Mar 02

Kalpavriksha or Baobab has tremendous potential in enabling a healthy life even amidst the high pressure lifestyles in a typical metro life. 

Oct 28


  • 100 gm Peas
  • 100 gm Potatoes
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 Tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt as desired

Recipe: Heat the onions with the ginger-garlic paste in microwave for 1 min. Then, add diced tomatoes and microwave again for 1 more min. Let the mix cool and then blend it well in a mixer. Once it achieves a paste form, put it in a pan and heat on low flame. Add the salt and turmeric powder. While this is being done, microwave the peas and diced potatoes together in a bowl, for 3 mins. Add them to the paste in the pan when done and cover with a lid. Let it continue to be cooked on low flame for 3-4 mins. until the peas and the potatoes soften up. Turn off the flame and add the garam masala and you are done :)


Oct 27

Until I cooked this myself, I couldn’t believe one could cook Bhindi without oil and yet make it taste just as good. And I bet you wouldn’t believe this either until you make it yourself. So go ahead and try it out. Its healthy, especially if the doc has ordered you an oil free diet.


  • 1/2 kg Bhindi
  • 2 medium sized Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Turmeric
  • Salt
  • Garam Masala
  • Amchur


Wash, wipe and cut the Bhindi in the shape and size you prefer. Microwave it for 4 mins. But after the first 2 mins, be sure to take the bowl out for a few seconds and turn the Bhindi upside down. This ensures that each piece gets equally done.

Finely chop the onions and the tomatoes.

In another glass bowl, put the chopped onions and microwave for 2 mins. Transfer them to a non stick pan and cook on low flame. Now microwave the tomatoes for 2 mins. Transfer these to the pan with the onions and keep stirring the mix for a few minutes on low flame.

Now add the salt, turmeric and Bhindi. Mix it all well, cover and cook on low heat. After 5 mins, turn off the flame, add the garam masala and amchur, mix well and serve.


Oct 26


  • 2 Potatoes peeled, washed and diced
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1/2″ piece of Ginger
  • 4 pods of Garlic
  • Dhania powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Haldi


Chop the tomatoes and blend well in a mixer. Pour the tomato puree into a pressure cooker. Add salt, haldi and dhania powder. Cook on high flame for 1 minute and then simmer. As soon as the puree looks cooked, their colour will become bright. Add the diced potato next and stir for 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 glass of water. Cover the pressure cooker lid and cook for 5 minutes.

When the pressure is released, open the lid and stir again. Add the garam masala. Garnish with fresh, green coriander leaves and serve hot.


Oct 24

Yes, Gobhi Aloo can be made without a drop of oil and still taste well. Here’s how:


  • 1.2 kg Gobhi
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 tsp Shah Jeera
  • Pinch of Hing
  • Pinch of Garam Masala
  • Turmeric
  • Green Coriander Leaves
  • Salt to taste


Cut the Gobhi into fine florets. Chop the Potatoes and dice the Tomato.

In a kadhai on low flame, roast the Shah Jeera. Add the Hing, salt and turmeric. Next, add the chopped Potatoes and Gobhi florets. Mix well. Sprinkle some water, cover with a lid and let it cook – all on low flame. Let it cook until the florets and potatoes soften up. Remove the lid when the vegetables look cooked. Toss them well and continue cooking on low flame for another 5 minutes. Then add the diced Tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes.

Add Garam Masala and garnish with fresh, chopped Coriander leaves and serve hot!


Oct 23

If you love aloo parantha but have been ordered an oil-free, ghee-free diet by the doctor, don’t let it worry you. You can still enjoy the paranthas made without oil just by adding a few more masalas and devouring them straight from the flame!


  • 4 boiled Potatoes
  • 2 large Onions
  • 1/2 inch piece of Ginger
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Blackpepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Ajwain
  • 1/4 tsp. Bhuna Jeera powder
  • Anardana powder or Amchur


For the filling – Peel and mash the potatoes and keep them aside. Finely chop the onion, ginger and coriander leaves.

Now mix them all together and add all the masalas.

For the parantha -

Make 2 small balls of kneaded wheat flour (atta). Flatten and roll each out to equal size. Put a generous portion of the filling on one of the rolls and cover with the other. Seal the edges well and roll them out a bit more.

Cook on low heat on a tawa without oil. Roast till golden brown and then flip sides. When both sides of the parantha are golden brown, serve it hot with curd and chutney.


Oct 21

Chutneys are full of healthy greens. Make them at home and enjoy the goodness of greens masked as a tangy accompaniment!


  • 50 gm Dhania (cleaned, washed and finely chopped)
  • 2 bunches of Pudina (cleaned, washed and finely chopped)
  • 2 twigs of Curry Leaves (washed and chopped)
  • 2 amla (deseeded)
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste


Blend dnania, pudina, curry leaves and amla in a mixer. Add a little water just so that it blends well. Finally add salt and lemon juice as per taste.

Enjoy with just about anything :)


Oct 20

Just because one has been ordered a fat free diet by the doctor, it doesn’t mean that they have to survive without yummy desserts. Here is one yummy, finger-licking fat free dessert recipe. And one thats super healthy, with all the goodness of dates and calcium of the sesame.


  • 2 tbsp Besan
  • 50 gms deseeded Dates
  • 20 gms Til (Sesame)
  • 20 gms Magaz
  • 30 gms Jaggery


Put besan in a heavy bottomed pan and heat on low flame till it gives a wonderful aroma. Add Til and Magaz and stir for about 2-3 mins.

Next add the deseeded dates and turn off the flame. In a microwave, heat the Jaggery for 30 seconds and add it to the mixture in the pan. When the mixture cools off, shape it neatly into equal sized balls.

Your yummy laddus are ready. Go ahead and savour them without any guilt!


Nov 19
If we wish to preserve our nature and maintain a healthy, peaceful environment around us, we should limit our needs. Anuvrat is one small step toward this. Anu in hindi means small & Vrat means resolution. By taking small resolutions, each one of us can do our part in conserving nature in our day to day life. Some basic resolutions everybody can take in his life are as follows.
  • I will limit the amount of water in my day to day life because water has become one of the most scarcest items in the world.
  • I will limit the number of items I take in food everyday.
  • I will try to use as much natural light as possible, thus preserve electricity.
  • I will try to limit the number of clothes and accessories I buy every year.
  • I will try to limit the number of vehicles I have & will try to use more fuel efficient vehicles, and will try to commute by public transport wherever possible.

These are small, easy steps that anyone can take but will go a long way in preserving our precious nature. Above mentioned steps are the basics of Anuvrat movement. But If we are keen to maintain peace around us, which will result in mental health & emotional health for all, we should follow the following principles laid by Jain monk, ACHARYA SHRI TULSI.

a. I wont kill any living being, whether animal, bird or human being deliberately.

b. I wont kill a girl child in womb.

c. I will fight back, if somebody attacks on me, but wont attack on somebody deliberately.

d. I wont treat anybody superior, or inferior on the basis of caste or colour.

e. I wont encourage any religious sentiments, which spread hatred & violence.

f. I will be fair in my business dealings, & will not indulge in mixing in food items, for my profit, which may harm the health of my other fellow beings.

g. I wont support dowry, or another social activity which disturbs the emotional balance in the society.

h. I wont indulge in any bad habits such smoking, drinking or drugs.

All the above steps seem small, but they are difficult to practice. If brought to practice, however, they will provide mental & emotional stability to all of us, which in turn will lead to a healthy society and will lay  a solid  foundation for a healthy nation, thus leading the way to a peaceful world for generations to come…

Aug 23

Fasting is one of the important spiritual practices in Indian lifestyle. It is called ‘Nirjara’ meaning freedom from the effects of old deeds (Karmas) in Lord Mahavir’s way of spiritual practices. Fasting is as important as eating.

One should have full knowledge of diet i.e. what to eat, when to eat, how to eat and how much to eat.

Diet and fasting

Our physical as well as emotional health is affected by fasting. All our lower glands adrinal,gonads get stimulated when we eat normally. During fasting these glands get relaxed. An army that does not get food cannot move ahead. Similarly, our glands will not be active while fasting is done.

Spiritual basis of fasting

Fasting improves our tolerance power and increases determination. It reduces the stimulation of lower glands which results in reducing impulses, urges and sexual emotions.

Right way of fasting

First day take light meal, second day fasting should be done and third day again light meal should be taken. Following this routine will give the maximum benefit of fasting. In general, people start spiritual practice from yoga but Lord Mahavir started with fasting. If one can control hunger, other controls are easier.

Fasting – A Natural cure

Everyone knows that many diseases are caused due to overeating. One should fill half the stomach with food and one quarter with water. Last quarter should be left for the gas produced as a result of digestion. Fasting is a great medicine. Many diseases like asthma, hypertension, piles, axima, diabetes have been cured by fasting. Fasting is a good cure for diptheria, indigestion and other related diseases. Fasting delays aging. Immune system becomes stronger by fasting.The risk of cancer is reduced by fasting.

Duration of fasting

It can be done from 2-3 days to 2 months. Long duration fasting does not cause any harm if done properly.

Limitations of fasting

  • It does not help in the following cases
  • T.B. patients at second or third stage of disease
  • Diabetic patients at the last stage
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney problems

Fasting of longer duration is like a shock treatment. So it should be done under the guidance of an experienced person.

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