Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Reading the long list of ingredients in my toothpaste, some of them I can't even pronounce correctly, wondering do I really need all this to clean my teeth or we have an alternative. Going back to roots is a FAD nowadays and who does not want to follow the trend. Switching to  Neem datun (twig) is one of the wisest decision I took to improve my oral health and hygiene. 

Neem, as we all know, is the wonder herb with numerous health benefits. It is popularly known as 'Village Pharmacy'. In many rural areas still, neem datun is still used and considered better than the toothbrush and paste. 
Neem twig is chewed for a few minutes. It releases a bitter extract which acts as a cleaning agent. The twig fans out into a natural bristle brush which works effectively to clean the teeth. 

Let's check out some amazing benefits it offers:

1. It is fluoride, sugar, and sulfate free. 
2. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
3. Prevents plaque formation and discoloration of teeth.
3. Treats swollen gums.
4. Act as a natural teeth whitener. 
5. Maintains alkaline levels in saliva. 
6. It is easy on our pockets. 

I am glad I switched to our very old trusted DATUN and I am sure you will be too. For a bright smile and strong teeth, let's give it a try. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Life seems so complicated. Especially when we overburden ourselves with constant worries and overthinking.

Today I woke up late than my usual time, felt as if I have no energy to lift myself and do my daily chores. My throat was choked due to cold and I realized it was because I was stupid enough to take cold rose milk last night. Sigh! The day started with cursing myself. My mind was disturbed as I was unable to finish anything on time. Was feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Finally, I decided to take a break and sit for some time. I was in need of MOTIVATION. 

And I stumbled upon this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh which says :

" Smile, breathe, and go slowly."

I took some deep breaths and realized that something as simple as taking long deep mindful breaths can be a game changer. It calms our mind and relieves our tensions. When we are stressed out or have anxiety we tend to work in a fast manner.

 Let's do an experiment, whenever we are stressed out we will take a break, sit and take some deep breaths and then move on. Share your experience, if this small breathing exercise helps to dissipate the worries and calms you down. 

Sharing with you some of my artwork which is an escape for me. 

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."

------Twyla Tharp




I have been procrastinating so many things for almost a year now. One of that is regularly posting on my blog. I click pictures, write still do not post it. Maybe I was resisting myself or gathering the courage to share what I am doing, learning, writing with audience whom I do not know. Most of us do that and avoid posting on social media as negative talk start spiraling in our mind. What if people judge our writing skills, may what I do is not worthy of sharing, maybe it is mot useful. Maybe! 

How many likes we get on our post become the most important criteria. We start losing the essence of sharing. We focus on stuff which people will like the most not that we firmly believe in. And that's what we do when we doubt our abilities.
Self-sabotage is a killer of our creativity and our productivity. Let's switch on to action mode and start doing. 

One step at a time. Started drawing after a long time. Sharing it with you all. 

"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else." ---- PABLO PICASSO

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mint Coriander Green Pulao

Flavored with Mint and Coriander this rice dish is our family favorite.

When my mind is stuck as in what to cook, I take out some corridor, mint, rice and a handful of spices. In minutes I have an awesome bowl of rice, which honestly I won't mind digging in daily. But that's just me not my better half, he wants VARIETY :-).

So the two shining stars in this recipe are MINT and CORRAINDER  apart from other spices which also have numerous health benefits. 

Both the herbs are easily available all the year round and offer abundant health benefits. Including them, in your daily diet is like popping those FAD DETOX PILLS in a most holistic and natural way. So do not fall for fads rather detoxify using these herbs in your daily diet. 

Both the herbs are an ANTIOXIDANT powerhouse. Cancer and Chronic Illness ...No Baby you can not come near me I am consuming these herbs on daily basis.

These herbs are also an excellent source of Vit K, potassium, manganese, magnesium, calcium iron. I hope I have given you n number of reasons to include these herbs in your recipes. 

Let's hop on the recipe now.

Mint Coriander Green  Rice Pulao


Feeds 2

  • 1 1/2 cup rice (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander
  • 1 green chili
  • 1/2 cup  fresh mint 
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 clove
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil 
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • 1 tsp garam masala 
  • 2 tsp freshly ground dry coriander seeds 
  • 10 - 12  Cashews and 
  • 10 - 12 Raisins for Garnish
  • 1 tsp extra ghee to roast cashews and raisins
  • Salt to taste


  • Rinse the rice well with cold water and let it soak for 1/2 an hour. 
  • Puree the fresh coriander, green chili, and mint in a food processor or mixer with two or three tablespoons of water. If you don’t have a food processor/mixer, just chop them finely. 
  • Take a medium pot add the ghee/oil to heat it up.
  • When it’s hot, add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, and bay leaf and as they sizzle up add cumin seeds and dry coriander seeds powder.Now add the green paste, garam masala, soaked rice, salt and 2 cups water. Use the same measuring cup which you used for measuring the rice. 
  • Bring to a boil,  lower the flame to simmer, cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  • In a small pan lightly roast cashews in a tsp of ghee, once they become golden brown take them out in a small plate. Then roast raisins for 30 seconds in the same pan. Use them as a garnish to add beauty and bite to this rice dish.  
  • Serve this with yogurt/raita and papad for a simple yet delectable lunch/dinner.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Turmeric Tea Recipe

So the season is changing and you might be facing some nagging cold, feeling sick and lethargic. Whip up a batch of this soothing Turmeric Tea if you are feeling low and needs a health boost.

Turmeric is a staple in Indian kitchens. Not only it adds a rich color and flavor to the recipes it is also a powerful medicinal root. It has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric is a powerhouse of a chemical compound know as Curcumin. Curcumin has incredible health benefits. It has powerful Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Cancer, and Anti-Oxidant properties.
Apart from turmeric, I have also used Ginger and Black Pepper in this tea recipe. 
Ginger is a medicinal treasure and has been a widely used herbal remedy to treat cold, chronic cough, digestive disorders, constipation and much more. Ginger also assist with weight management by preventing metabolic disorders and reduce unwanted food cravings.Black Pepper is a healing spice used in Ayurvedic medicine. It relieves respiratory disorders, coughs, common cold, and indigestion. It also helps in dealing with weight loss in a natural way.



Serving: 1

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1/8 tsp dry black pepper powder 
  •  1 cup water 


  •  Add water to a teapot or saucepan, cover and bring to a boil.
  • Place turmeric, ginger and black pepper powder in a cup. Pour hot water over the top. Cover the cup with small plate or lid. Steep for at least 4-5 minutes before taking it. 
  • Consume this tea twice a day. I usually take one in the mid-afternoon snack time and one at night time before sleep. I sleep well as well as it relieves and soothes my sore throat. This tea is also an Immunity Booster. 
  • If you want you can make a big batch using the same proportion of the ingredients. Store it in the airtight container. It stays good for months. Avoid using a wet spoon when taking out the tea mix to prevent spoilage.

Monday, February 13, 2017


Know what goes in your Chocolate by making it all by yourself. All you need are 5 easily available ingredients. No need of a double boiler or standing by the stove. Just mix the ingredients and pour it on the molds and you have your very own Homemade Chocolate. The recipe is versatile and you can add your favorite toppings and flavors so let's be creative. Add nuts.dry fruits, jelly or whatsoever you want. The variations are unlimited.

The recipe is Quick, Easy, and Delish :-) 
Let's see what all you need. 


  • 1/4th cup Cacao Powder (Substitute: Cocoa powder) 
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk ( Substitute: Whipping cream )  
  • 1 cup Maple Syrup ( Substitute: Honey) 
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract 
  • A pinch of Salt (I have used Himalayan Pink Salt)

I have used light Coconut Milk, but full-fat milk can also be used.


  • In a bowl whisk all the ingredients well. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Pour them in the chocolate molds or Silicone Ice tray. 
  • Let them freeze for 2 hours. 
  • Once done take them out from the molds and store them in the airtight container. They need to be stored in the fridge else they will melt.


You can alter the quantity of ingredients as per your taste. For instance, if you like it more chocolaty add more cacao powder or if you want your chocolate to be more sweet add more sweetener.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Store bought salad dressings may contain high amounts of refined processed oils and harmful hydrogenated fats. So it is always a better idea to make your own. The result will be a refreshing, delicious and much healthier version of salad dressing with your favorite signature ingredients. Best part you will exactly know what goes in it. So no guess games.

This particular dressing I am sharing today is oil-free and ideal for weight watchers. It goes well with a lot of salad combinations. I used paneer cubes, tomatoes and onions to keep it simple. 



  • 3/4 cup thick yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro/coriander
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 
  • Salt to taste 
Blend all the ingredients together in a mixer. Chill the dressing in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes in order to bring out the flavors.

For the SALAD:

Combine 1 cup of paneer cubes, 1/2 cup chopped onions, 1 cup chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and mint for garnish. Add Chaat Masala for an extra punch of flavor. Add Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the chilled dressing over the salad and Enjoy a bowl of healthy deliciousness.