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Gulabjaam – a mouthwatering movie not to miss

My love for food is well known in social circles. And to top that I married into a community who also love their food. In our house, the most common discussion is “Aaj jevaila kai karaicha?” Marathi for “What should we cook today?” We think of food in our waking moments and in slumber mode too. And the icing on the cake or the Kesar on our gulab jamun is that we don’t just love to eat, we love to cook it. So when people called us, all out of the blue, and said “You guys must watch this Marathi film called Gulabjaam” we knew we shouldn’t miss it for the world. Continue reading

5 simple ways to enhance nutrition in your child’s meal

National Nutrition Week is celebrated every year from 1st to 7th September. The initiative was conceptualised by the central government in 1982 to talk about the causes, effects, and the solutions to malnutrition. The theme of the program varies every year. This year the theme is ‘Better Child Health’ and focuses on addressing issues related to undernutrition in the first 1000 days of a child’s life. Children’s nutrition is a crucial factor which determines the quality and well being of the adults that they will grow into.

In the first 6 months or 180 days, of a child’s life, the sole nutrition should come from milk. The government and other regulatory & informative bodies have been working hard to propagate the virtue of breastmilk for babies should attain prime importance. In practice, while most are fairly successful in achieving this milestone, they are stumped when it comes to nutrition in the days proceeding the 6 months where other foods are introduced for baby. Even well-meaning & determined caregivers find themselves at a loss when it comes to children’s nutrition . Continue reading

Home cooked meals for baby – Healthy Parenting

One of the biggest side effects of parenthood for our family, if there can be such a thing, has been healthy eating. And at that, eating home cooked food. We didn’t resolve the moment we had a baby to do this but it has happened by way of us following many principles of new age parenting.

It all started when I was pregnant. The moment I broke the happy news to my mother she shipped me off to her house and home cooked 4 meals daily for me. All wholesome, with freshly bought vegetables & meats and hot off the gas to my plate. My father played his role by going to the market twice a day to buy the day’s special. My mother ensured that the crucial first trimester of my pregnancy was spent under her directive i.e. to eat right and healthy.

Then along came baby. Continue reading

Rajma & Roasted Beetroot Hummus

Rajma Hummus do these two words really go together? Well, let me tell you the backstory. I am a big lover of the North Indian staple and comfort food – Rajma (Kidney beans) chawal (rice). But everyone at home does not share my passion for the same. And my baby boy finds the beans too big to chew on. Rajma chawal gets made very rarely in our household then.

However last week when I was buying grocery from Amazon India, my eyes fell on a pack of the wine red Rajma or Kidney beans by Popular Essentials and I didn’t even think twice before adding it to cart. Once the rajma arrived I drifted into fragrant memories of Rajma chawal, eaten on cold mornings in Delhi when I travelled there for work. But the question remained – how do I get my family to eat Rajma and that too happily. 🙂 Continue reading

BabyT’s homemade birthday cake – dairy-free, maida-free

BabyT just turned 2 over the weekend and this time around I started all planning a month in advance and I am rather proud to say everything fell into place quite well. We had two parties for him – a private celebration with close family on the actual day of his birthday and another big birthday bash with all our friends and extended family. For both these celebrations, I was quite chuffed that everything from the decor to the menu to the entertainment was just as I had pictured it and most of all it made babyT very happy. So much so that he wakes up every morning and asks if there is another birthday celebration lined up for the day. Most important of all he asks if there will be cake? Continue reading

The Green Snack Co. – Healthy snacking made yumm!

BabyT is a foodie just like his parents. He loves his broccoli, Brussel sprouts, black olives, and Kiwi fruit. Yes, you are reading it right. Of course, I am fervently praying that his taste buds stay this way and he isn’t swayed by the junk food brigade that will smack him in the face once he is out in the real world.  I am no healthy eater myself. But after babyT’s arrival, I try to consciously incorporate healthy options in all that we put into our mouths – meals or snacks. Continue reading

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