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Beauty and burden of being brown

Society places a lot of emphasis on beauty. Unfortunately, although we say “beauty is only skin deep” that is the depth that much of the population focuses on. Of course, it is quite true that for each society, the concept of beauty is quite different. In some cultures, having long ear lobes is considered beautiful, while in others, having dark skin is. Many Americans covet dark skin and go to tanning parlors, at high cost, to obtain it.  At the same time, in India, people spend tons on whitening creams and bleaches. Although there are dozens of articles proving that these creams do nothing, the sale of “whiteners” has not gone down. And it won’t until the society, as a whole, changes its perception of beauty.

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Easy peasy Mujadhara in a pot

One evening, I wasnt particularly in the  mood to cook. But my dearest husband was coming later than usual. IMG_3999So at the last moment, I scrambled to make something for dinner. Hmmm…what do I cook that is easy and yet healthy! I saw lentils lying around…then it hit me…Mujadhara in a single pot! It takes very simple ingredients to make this delicious meal. One pot, one protein and one healthy meal.

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Indio Chinese – Hakka Noodles

Indo-Chinese is a cuisine of its own. Although it probably started as Chinese food fashioned for the Indian palate, today it is respected on its own. And it is one of my favorites! One of my best Indo-Chinese preparation is Hakka noodles. Now, I have to IMG_4068forewarn you…getting this perfect is a bit tricky. But I will do my best to give you all the tricks of the trade to make it close to perfection.

The one good I love about my preparation is that you can add as many vegetables and proteins to make it real healthy and yet real yummy for your family.

OK. Now let’s get started.

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Homemade Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Anyone who has had Indian food (North or South) knows that ghee (clarified butter) is an important ingredient. In North India, breads are usually tempered with ghee and in South India, rice preparations are normally served with ghee. A small IMG_4082amount of ghee daily ensures good lubrication for the body. Remember that all the cells in the brain are made of fat cells…so inclusion of good fat is essential. The key word being “good fat”.

I am very paranoid about buying non-organic dairy products, especially since growth hormones are often found in non-organic dairy. So making my own ghee at home is the sure and economic way to have organic ghee. In this blog, I want to share my process of making ghee.

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Simple Dal Palak – comfort food done well

When returning from a long day at work, the heart craves for some comfort food. Comfort food is different for different people. IMG_3954For me a simple dal palak (lentils with spinach), bring a certain warmth to my heart and soothes my soul. One would think simple food is easy, but that is no always so…it is very easy to mess it up. So today, I bring you my own recipe that is simple food at its best.

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