White Bliss

‘Keep your food and relations healthy to make your life and body fit.’

Day-3

Hung curd dip

It is something I relish when my mind is stuck with thoughts due to busy schedule and the stomach is heavy because of formal unavoidable wedding invites where food is on display at large. And you have no choice but to eat. As everyone else is doing the same.

 

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Ingredients

Curd- 4 bowls

Coriander- 1 teaspoon

Onion- 2

Tomato-1

Cucumber-half

Mint leaves

Coriander leaves

Sea salt

Black pepper

Cumin

Process

  1. Hung the curd in a clean and soft kitchen napkin. Or Put it in a big sieve and let it drain all the water. It will take at least an hour. So do it while you start your regular cooking. By the time you finish cooking, it will be ready.
  2. Pour the thick Hung curd dip in a steel large bowl. It will look cheesy, spongy and soft. The acid and excess water has been drained out of the curd.
  3. Use hand mixer and whisk it well.
  4. Add chopped onions, cucumber and tomato.
  5. Whisk it again.
  6. Add your special flavor with a smile. Salt, black pepper, crushed cumin, crushed dry mint powder, mint leaves and coriander leaves.
  7. Whisk it for the perfection and last time
  8. Serve in a bowl.
  9. Switch on your favorite channel or movie, carry grapes, nachoz, finger cut carrot /cucumber etc. to go with it.
  10. Add half a  teaspoon lemon juice.

Variation and creation

  1. Just onions will also be fine in case of non availability of cucumber and tomato.
  2. Add thinly crushed garlic and ginger just a teaspoon of both.
  3. Add chaat masala for a tangy taste.
  4. You can preserve it for a week in fridge.

Who can eat

  1. Diet conscious
  2. Good for digestion
  3. For curd lovers
  4. Fat free food lovers
  5. For long TV watchers!

Suggestion: You can’t make everyone happy, make hung curd dip!

 

Snack Attack

Matar Makhana Snack/ Lotus seeds and peas

(Day 2)

I was teaching my kids. We all were putting our heads into books and worksheets as the exams were close. Meanwhile I was trying to look like a total monster and carrying  ‘JUST STUDY AND NO TALK’ face, we got an unexpected guest Mr. Joseph Narayan. He recently shifted from US to India to take care of family business. He wanted to learn Hindi and said I know ‘thora thora’ means little little but I want to learn more as I am not feeling perfect to deal with the labour. ‘Mera kaam Kaanch’ that I deal in glass business. His efforts to speak Hindi were so amazing that it lightened our mood. A floured energy rose and he left. We pressed our faces back into the faces but now with a smile.

Mr. Joseph requested some healthy breakfast meal as he had gained health issues being alone and unable to understand Indian cooking. So here we go with our favorite sweet legume peas which is also known as healing food as it is rich in vitamin C, Fibre and manganese and antioxidants.

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Ingrediants:

Ginger -10 gms crushed

Garlic cloves -1 crushed

Onion -2 diced

Peas -2 cups

Roasted peanuts -2 teaspoon (optional)

Sesame seeds

Coriander leaves

Process

  1. Take a non stick pan. Add two teaspoon of oil (Sunflower or Rice Bran oil)
  2. Meanwhile boil peas and add a pinch of sea salt on the other side.
  3. Add dry crushed coriander, ginger and garlic. Stir a bit.
  4. Add onions. Let them have a light brown color.
  5. Peas might be boiled in 4-5 mins. Drain water.
  6. Add peas to the pan.
  7. Add sea salt, black pepper, a pinch of Turmeric (Patanjali Turmeric is the best, so far).
  8. To enhance the flavors, add a dash of cinnamon and  cumin powder.
  9. Serve in a bowl. Add coriander leaves. Add a teaspoon of lemon or chaat masala.
  10. Relish the peas snack with the cucumber.

Variation and Creation

  1. Add spring onion along with the onions.
  2. Add boiled french beans for great green attack.
  3. While onions are being stirred, you can add lot of coriander leaves.
  4. Add roasted peanuts.
  5. Add sunflower seeds.

Who can use

  1. If you have deficiency in vitamin C .
  2. Weak eyesight
  3. Wish to boost immunity and fibre
  4. Wish to go green and sing ‘I am in love with my body’

Makhana/ Lotus seeds Diet

 

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Ingredients:

  1. Curry leaves- 5 to10
  2. Lotus seeds or makhana – 2 cups
  3. Mustard seeds – a pinch
  4. Mint leaves
  5. Coriander leaves
  6. Lemon
  7. Mustard oil

Process

  1. Take a non stick pan.
  2. Add half a teaspoon Patanjali mustard oil.
  3. Add 5 gms Butter.
  4. Add curry leaves and mustard seeds. Let them crackle.
  5. Add Makhanas. Roast them while shaking the pan.
  6. Once you see them changing color a bit. Remove from the fire.
  7. Serve them in a bowl.
  8. Garnishing with curry leaves, coriander leaves and lemon.

Who can eat

  1. Who travel a lot, easy carry snack.
  2. Who want to have a hydrated light snack.
  3. Who are in play zone and want something good to munch.
  4. Who love their husbands and kids!

Suggestion:

Must have a curry plant in your balcony else beg borrow steal option is always available!!!

Snack Attack

Matar Makhana Snack/ Lotus seeds and peas

(Day 2)

I was teaching my kids. We all were putting our heads into books and worksheets as the exams were close. Meanwhile I was trying to look like a total monster and carrying  ‘JUST STUDY AND NO TALK’ face, we got an unexpected guest Mr. Joseph Narayan. He recently shifted from US to India to take care of family business. He wanted to learn Hindi and said I know ‘thora thora’ means little little but I want to learn more as I am not feeling perfect to deal with the labour. ‘Mera kaam Kaanch’ that I deal in glass business. His efforts to speak Hindi were so amazing that it lightened our mood. A floured energy rose and he left. We pressed our faces back into the faces but now with a smile.

Mr. Joseph requested some healthy breakfast meal as he had gained health issues being alone and unable to understand Indian cooking. So here we go with our favorite sweet legume peas which is also known as healing food as it is rich in vitamin C, Fibre and manganese and antioxidants.

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Ingrediants:

Ginger -10 gms crushed

Garlic cloves -1 crushed

Onion -2 diced

Peas -2 cups

Roasted peanuts -2 teaspoon (optional)

Sesame seeds

Coriander leaves

Process

  1. Take a non stick pan. Add two teaspoon of oil (Sunflower or Rice Bran oil)
  2. Meanwhile boil peas and add a pinch of sea salt on the other side.
  3. Add dry crushed coriander, ginger and garlic. Stir a bit.
  4. Add onions. Let them have a light brown color.
  5. Peas might be boiled in 4-5 mins. Drain water.
  6. Add peas to the pan.
  7. Add sea salt, black pepper, a pinch of Turmeric (Patanjali Turmeric is the best, so far).
  8. To enhance the flavors, add a dash of cinnamon and  cumin powder.
  9. Serve in a bowl. Add coriander leaves. Add a teaspoon of lemon or chaat masala.
  10. Relish the peas snack with the cucumber.

Variation and Creation

  1. Add spring onion along with the onions.
  2. Add boiled french beans for great green attack.
  3. While onions are being stirred, you can add lot of coriander leaves.
  4. Add roasted peanuts.
  5. Add sunflower seeds.

Who can use

  1. If you have deficiency in vitamin C .
  2. Weak eyesight
  3. Wish to boost immunity and fibre
  4. Wish to go green and sing ‘I am in love with my body’

Makhana/ Lotus seeds Diet

 

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Ingredients:

  1. Curry leaves- 5 to10
  2. Lotus seeds or makhana – 2 cups
  3. Mustard seeds – a pinch
  4. Mint leaves
  5. Coriander leaves
  6. Lemon
  7. Mustard oil

Process

  1. Take a non stick pan.
  2. Add half a teaspoon Patanjali mustard oil.
  3. Add 5 gms Butter.
  4. Add curry leaves and mustard seeds. Let them crackle.
  5. Add Makhanas. Roast them while shaking the pan.
  6. Once you see them changing color a bit. Remove from the fire.
  7. Serve them in a bowl.
  8. Garnishing with curry leaves, coriander leaves and lemon.

Who can eat

  1. Who travel a lot, easy carry snack.
  2. Who want to have a hydrated light snack.
  3. Who are in play zone and want something good to munch.
  4. Who love their husbands and kids!

Suggestion:

Must have a curry plant in your balcony else beg borrow steal option is always available!!!

Diet Plan

I weigh 75 kg at present which got enhanced by in law’s love and affection from 54 kg. No worries. It is something I gained!

The sad part is it has to be lost as I feel heavy. So I have decided to do chalk out some home remedies for it. Apart from yoga and walk, I have to watch my diet as well. The age concerns are also there. At the age of 42, I can’t expect a Zero figure. Although I can gift myself a toned body. So I will keep updating you about my weight loss journey. Stay tuned and toned.

Sprout snack

Day 1

It is a yummyiliciously healthy snack. One can opt for it as a breakfast or mid day meal or dinner. It is a two days process though but the wait is worth.

sprouts.jpgIngredients: (for two servings)

50 gms moong beans

50 gms black chickpeas

25 grams beans

Onion -2 finally chopped

Spring onion -2 finally chopped

Lemon -2 or 1 (as per taste)

Mint leaves-10

Curry leaves- 5

Mustard seeds -a pinch

Dry coriander – half a teaspoon

Cucumber sliced (for garnishing)

Tomato sliced ( just a half for garnishing/ if you like)

Sea/Rock salt – as per taste (Go low on it)

Black pepper -as per taste

Method

  1. (Two days process) Soak the beans overnight. In morning, drain water and tie the beans in a cotton cloth and hang it. you can use all kinds of beans. Black chickpeas and red beans take a little longer than moong. Next day or till the night, sprouts will be ready.
  2. Take a non-stick  pan. Use Patanjali mustard oil or Saffola Rice bran oil (half a teaspoon). Add a half teaspoon butter (preferably homemade). Greasing a bit is also important for your bones.
  3. Add curry leaves and mustard ( a pinch). Add dry crushed coriander. Add Onion as soon as they start to crackle.
  4. When Onions turn light brown colored, add the sprouts. Stir them for about two minutes. Meanwhile add sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Serve it in a bowl. Add lemon juice or vinegar (a teaspoon) if lemon not available.
  6. Garnish with Cucumber, lemon and mint leaves.

Variation and Creation

  1. If you are a dry fruit lover, you can add roasted nuts and peanuts too.
  2. To enhance your immunity power, add sesame, pumpkin and sunflower deeds.
  3. lemon juice can be replaced with Orange juice as well so as to add some fruit punch.
  4. ‘Good food is good mood’. For the sake of good mood, decorate the cooked food in some special and innovative way always. Use cucumber, Lemon, spring onions, coriander and mint leaves etc.

Who can use it

  1. Those who don’t like to eat the pulses in regular cooked way.
  2. Don’t have time to do extended hours of cooking.
  3. Gym goers, protein deficient and diet conscious persons.
  4. Living all alone and at times don’t feel like cooking!
  5. For the love of variation in salads

#dietfood #salad #foodstyling

 

Dr. Tarsem gujral- An interface with a novelist

I had never known my father so deeply unless I sat with him for the formal interview. Here is a brief write-up of the long flawless journey of a legend who has weaved his life the hardest way but still stand strong on his ethics:

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Dr. Tarsem Gujral- is a name that people can oath on. It is a common saying among his friends, if ‘Pal’ (an affectionate name given by friends) has said this, there is no doubt or second opinion to be taken on. He is a man of the principles who always believed in ‘you act what you expect’ from others. Hence, he set an example to live a meaningful life full of courage, strong moral values, firm determination and constructive thoughts. He considers his writings as a service to the mankind through which he spoke against injustice, addictions, malpractices and be worthy of the life.

He was born on 10th April, 1950. His father, Mr. Siri Ram Gujral was a successful local businessman and owned a popular shop Gujral Bag House, he was a man of wisdom. His mother Smt. Raj Rani Gujral was a housewife.

Mr. Tarsem Gujral was a keen observer and introvert as a child. He completed his M.A. (Hindi) from Guru Nanak Dev University. His doctorate was on the ‘the contribution of Prem Chand Ji in diverse story time periods’. He was never a businessman and could not take over the family business.  Not being tactful by nature, he led a simple life. He did the job as an auditor in an office which hardly valued his writing caliber.

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PHD degree- A proud moment

He got married to Ms. Santosh Lamba in the year 1970 at a tender age. He chose to name  her as ‘Kawita’ after marriage and rested his inspirations on her. Interestingly, both of them completed their studies  after marriage. They have seen the dawns and shadows of life together. She has always been his pillar of strength .

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Mrs. Kawita Gujral-the betterhalf!

Q1.  What moments made you feel that there is a writer in you?

A: I don’t owe it to any particular moment as it was always there-as a part of my soul. Seeing many deaths of the closed ones in my childhood (younger brother and grandpa) and the tragic partition of 1947 had made me indifferent and shaken. The Hindu- Muslim political partition had left people with their lives upside down and loss of family, reputation and even flesh. It used to bother me a lot.

Our childhood didn’t have any you tube or tabs, the main focus used to be on telling stories. My grandparents used to make me tell stories. Not only them, I was a famous story teller among friends too. Their interest and sparkling eyes while hearing my stories worked as an impetus to me. I used to feel inspired to tell a unique and better story next time. Those story telling days and the feel of a hero among them still carries a special place in my heart.

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Dr. Tarsem Gujral-with his daughter

Q 2. When did you start writing? 

A: My first draft was done when I was in class 9. I made an effort to write a novel. It was just around 20 pages when it lost its life through a visitor at home who took my papers lying on the center table to light the cigarette. That incident annoyed me and made my decision to be a writer stronger.  

Q3. Do you feel reading and writing are complementary?

A: Reading works as a fertilizer. As per Newton’s law, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. One feels motivated by the rich literature written by the great personalities. Furthermore, the thoughts get direction too. I wish to mention here about my Hindi teacher at school who used to say “Although stealing is a bad habit yet if one has to do it so as to read ‘Godan’, one must surely do”. Mr. Prem Chand’s writing skill has always impressed me.whatsapp image 2019-01-27 at 19.38.19jk-rowling-quote

I used to read a lot since childhood. Me and my friends used to rent a book at Re. 1/- and had shared readings of the same book. I recall the magazine “Parag” –children’s story book which used to be our all time favorite.

Our land has produced the legends that have raised voices against atrocities through their writings. Pen is mightier than sword.’ We must read them. Any literature which leaves a positive message for the society always captures my heart. To name a few- Mr. Prem Chand, Kushwaha ji and Amrita Pritam Ji.

Q4. When your literature did get published first?

A: My first poem was published in the magazine “Veer Partap”-Sunday magazine. It was a feeling of immense pleasure. I was even aired for the first time in ‘Yuvvani’ in which I recited my poems. ‘Koi Ek din’, ‘Raakh aur Cheelien’, ‘Danke ki chot par sharafat’ and ‘Phir bhi aas’ etc. are few of my creations. I have even translated English and Punjabi literature. Moreover, I have even done critical appreciation of many books.

I have also been closely working with the TV for several TV programs ‘Kavita Path, ‘Samiksha’ and ‘Goshti’ etc. Throughout my literary ride, my motive has been to get Hindi its due acknowledgement and leave a positive message for the society.

Q5. As per you, what is life?

A5. Life is unpredictable and uncertain yet it is a beautiful creation of God. It is a structure with barricades. We never find our dream life but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying. Although there is no pathfinder available, yet we should struggle hard to find our path. And if one is dedicated, one will certainly find it. Instead of waiting for the destiny, we should create our own destiny.

Personally, life has been unfair to me from the birth till now. Lost my loved ones in this journey. The loss of my young son is the greatest loss which can never be covered. Shattered by heart, I still stand strong with my shaking hands. I am committed to write when everyone is fall asleep. I am devoted towards life. Well, my life is my books-kind of linear pair!

I am grateful to my friends who has been my strength and support in my sorrows and joys. My heartfelt gratitude to all of them from Print media, TV, Radio and my pen friends. Special thanks to Mr. Mohan Sapra- my role model -Guru and friend, Mr. Vinod Shahi- my boon companion, Mr. Gurbachan- the confidante!

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His world-family and friends in one frame!

Q6. What message you would like to give to the young writers and society.

A6. I would like to urge the youth of today to be focused. Set goals. Don’t live in the given situations rather get out of your comfort zone. Invest all your energies to achieve the set goals. Apart from the regular job, do something constructive.

Here, I would like to mention an incidence. When I was little, I used to fall sick often. Due to my sickness, my attendance in the school was low. My parents, having lost their one son, were quite worried about my health and future. They took the opinion of a palmist, who said that I didn’t have the line of education in my hand. But I was fond of studies, I created my line of education myself. So, you somehow create your destiny too.

For the writers of today, the youth decides a nation’s development quotient. I have huge hopes on them. They are enriched with technology and wide vision. Encouraging, radical and constructive thoughts are expected from the young writers.

Q7. Having published 55 books and many other literary works; Having bagged the National award, Punjab Siromani Award, UP Sohardya award and many more, where do you find yourself among other writers?

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National award For the contribution to Hindi language

A7. I am in no race. I write because I feel like. Writing is my worship to God. I write because I feel inspired; I write because I wish to inspire. Moreover, a writer feeds on the feedback of its readers and not on cash prizes or mementos.

The motivation we get by achieving these awards cannot be ignored too and I am deeply thankful to the concerned persons for showing their belief in me. I should not let them down.

Q8. Would you like to share any memorable moment in your literary voyage?

A8. My connection with my readers is interesting, instinctual and reflexive. I feel amused by the bright rays of sun, the butterflies’ flutter, the giggles of a child and the wrinkles on the face of an old woman and I choose them as my topics. The readers feel connected and immersed automatically.

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A true writer always gets drenched by the surroundings- pleasant or terrific. My first novel ‘Jalta Hua Gulab’ was my expression of sufferings, the burnings and inhumanity spread during 1984 riots. It was recognized by the great Nagarjun ji too.

I received many calls thanking me for penning down of the tragic historic period. But one call made me feel that our work doesn’t go in vain. One person called me up to thank me for saving his life. He went to the railway tracks to commit suicide but before dying somehow he purchased a book and read it overnight. The words of the book made him change his mind. He called up from the telephone booth to inform the same. For a writer, such incidents are incentives. I have received postcards for appreciation of some article or story read in some magazine, book or newspaper. These are my assets. These are the wealth we writers carry with us.

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“Be courageous  -Be dedicated – Be wise” are the three mantras of Mr. Gujral’s life.

11th June- A Father’s story

11th June is the most sad and tearful day of my life. It came as Tsunami and washed away all my strength and the teachings I have instilled in my child. I have tried to pen down my feelings several times but never had the courage to. I lost my son who was arevenound 20 years of age on 11th June 1992. He was 6 feet tall and we used to share our shoes. His black hair used to fall on his broad forehead. He was muscular and looked quite handsome than any other young boy of his age.

Since his absence, I have found myself in a whirlpool in which the waves of thoughts and blames from society make me spin around. The guilt feeling of not able to survive him suffocates me so much that I am not able to breathe even sometimes. On every 11th June, a process starts. A process of failed parenting, a process of seeing his death in my hands and that process I feel being dead slowly too- a process of unliving every moment while you are alive. I have been dying every moment since then, dear Anirudh. I can’t explain how the behavior and attitude of people change. The satire by people give the feeling of being razed head to toe. The path since 1992 is leading me onto such a journey which is full of cactus all around. There had been no celebrations so far. The purchasing of clothes is no fun at all too. I do make efforts to get out of the mourning. But as much as I try, I find myself more dipped and dragged into it.

It was a dark and unfortunate day full of storm. The storm was so dreadful that it not only washed away all joys of our life but also converted the day ( our life) into night (darkness). The place called Islam Ganj used to be a lively place. Kids used to play all kinds of street games. Oldies used to have their leisure time chit chatting sessions along with listening to Radio, street hawkers used to urge public through their singing skills. That day, the scene was horrible. The dreadful storm had washed away all our hopes. The street (our life) was dull and empty.

11th June converted the father’s day into a never ending moment of life. I had heard it somewhere

Sometimes life passes away in a moment, Sometimes one moment of life does not pass away not pass away even’

So, the life of the father has cling to that day although he didn’t pause anyone else’s life.