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Dal (lentil) fry

I have written a recipe about dal before but this one is slightly different as this is thicker and I have used different spices.

  • ½ cup red lentils
  • ½ cup  brown lentils
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 medium red onion finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger crushed
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon methi, crushed
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  • In a pressure cooker, pour all lentils and add 1 teaspoon salt, a pinch of turmeric powder and add 2 cups water.
  • Cook for 15 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  • When cooked, the lentils should be soft. Lightly mash and keep aside.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon ghee and add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamoms and bay leaf to the pan and sauté them till they crackle and become fragrant.

  • Add turmeric powder, ginger garlic and fry for a few minutes.
  • Now add the chopped onions and fry till the onions turn light golden brown.

  • Add chilli and methi and stir for a minute.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes; stir and sauté till the tomatoes soften.

  • Now add chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and mix with the rest of the onion-tomato masala.

  • Add the cooked dal and mix well.

  • Add water and stir very well and season with salt as required.

  • Simmer the dal on a low flame till the dal thickens a bit. Keep on stirring the dal at intervals so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • When the dal is done, switch off the flame, add chopped coriander leaves .

Take care and have a great weekend.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Blessed to be a mum :)

Every day since Chhori came to this world, I feel so blessed to be a mum. A lot of small and big things have happened in the past year which has made my life so happy. Sometimes I wonder why I waited so long to have a baby but then I know the answer for that too  :).

Chhori (3)

As I mentioned in the previous post, I exercise in the morning a few days a week. Today when I woke up at 6 o’clock to do my exercise before work, Chhori decided to wake up too. I tried unsuccessfully to put her back to sleep and eventually took her out of her cot and to the lounge where I was going to exercise.

Chhori (2)

I let her sit on the sofa while I turned on the TV and put my exercise video on. I am doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) exercise 20-30 minutes in the morning. I change the routine everyday so I don’t get bored.

I started my exercise with mountain climbing and squats. She was just sitting quietly and watching what I was going. Then I started jumping jacks. Once I started jumping she started smiling at first and then laughing and clapping. That moment was so cute; I couldn’t help but laugh with her. As I repeated the routine, she kept laughing making my day so much brighter.

Chhori (1)

I also did a few set of burpee and I need to jump for that and she loved it too and she was so happy watching me. I am so happy that she woke up and enjoyed watching me exercise.

After a few other routines, I had to exercise lying on my back. As I started doing crunches, she got down from the sofa and went to touch my tummy and legs. I was feeling ticklish at the time but AS came to my rescue and took her away for a while. I did finish all my routine and I felt so good that Chhori was around all the time.

Chhori (4)

I know she won’t wake up so early every morning but now I know that if she does, I will not try to put her back to sleep but will enjoy the extra time I can spend with her.

Because of the great start of the morning, I am feeling really great today.

I hope everyone out there is having a great day too. Take care.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Getting back to a healthier happier me

I am not sure if it is normal or not but I normally look at my old photos and realise that I had a better body pre-pregnancy.

myoga

During pregnancy I put on 18 kilos in total which was 3 kg more than the recommended weight. I have to admit that most of the weight was around my tummy. My weight gain was normal for the first 6 months but  I was hungry a lot during the last few months of the pregnancy and I was munching on lots of junk food too.

my pregnancy

I continued with my walking and swimming routine but still managed to put on a good amount of weight. The last month was the worst with swollen hands and legs. Summer heat of Sydney didn’t help at all.

pregnancy  (1)

Then my beautiful angle arrived on this earth; healthy and happy which made everything I did seem worth it.

chhori (4)

I thought my tummy would go down straight after the birth of Chhori but I looked like I was still 5 months pregnant when I came home from the hospital.

The weight kept dropping every day after that as I was breastfeeding. Even though  the doctor gave me an all clear to exercise after 6 weeks, I didn’t do much for the first 3 months as I was too busy looking after Chhori and catching up on sleep whenever I had any spare time.

Traditionally in Nepal new mums are given 3-4 meals of rice with jwano ko jhol, minced chicken, lots of ghee (clarified butter) and chaku (molasses). So my mum had similar ideas in her mind for me. For the first month, I was eating everything my mum cooked minus chaku (molasses) without complaining. I was eating rices 2-3 times a day and also consuming chocolate muffins and other junk food.

But after a month I reduced my intake of rice and slowly tried to go back to my normal pre-pregnancy diet but it was a bit difficult at times. I felt so hungry due to breast feeding that it was hard not to eat junk lying around.

I have lost 13 kg so far and so have 5 kg remaining. In order to help me lose the rest and regain my exercise routine, I joined a gym as soon as Chhori turned 3 months.

The first few sessions almost seemed to kill me with the pains and aches but things are getting better now. I am going twice a week these days which should get me into my normal routine slowly and I hope to lose those remaining kilos too.

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I have started to fit into most of my clothes now and hope to fit into everything soon.

exercising (3)

Wish me luck everyone, I will keep you posted on how I go.

Have a great week.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Healthy, glowing skin: 9 foods that are good for your face

This story has been adapted from the Huffington Post

GOOD skin: It’s something we all want, but often don’t have — and it might be because of what you’re eating.

So before you toss back comfort foods like hot dogs, chips or beer, think about how it might affect how you look and feel — and no, we don’t mean your waistline.

“It’s not just the sun that can age your skin,” Paula Simpson, a biochemist and holistic nutritionist who specialises in supplement formulation for skin health, told the Huffington Post.

“Diet influences skin at the cellular level, and since skin is our largest organ, it’s also the first to show nutrient deficiency.”

In order to keep a healthy glow inside and out, Simpson stresses eating well and hydrating correctly. Read on for her list of foods that will help you look and feel your best:

1. Watermelon

Maximise your watermelon consumption in the summertime.

Maximise your watermelon consumption in the summertime.

This symbol of summer is around 90 per cent water, which hydrates the body. “It’s loaded with vitamin C, which is required for healthy collagen production,” Simpson said. Its antioxidant properties make it “a free radical scavenger,” she says, which helps prevent signs of ageing.

2. Berries

Have berries as dessert instead of ice-cream.

Have berries as dessert instead of ice-cream.

Fresh produce like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are delicious in their prime, but Simpson really loves them because they’re packed with antioxidants, which can protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

3. Pineapple

Ripe, delicious pineapple!

Ripe, delicious pineapple!

Along with vitamins and minerals, this tropical fruit contains bromelain, thought to fight inflammation. Lessening inflammation also brings comfort for people with sunburn, Simpson says, which can occur all year round — so remember to slip slop slap, even in winter.

4. Citrus Fruits

Pop some lime in your water or tea.

Pop some lime in your water or tea.

Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, mandarins — name a citrus fruit and it’s probably good for your skin, says Simpson. Their vitamin C and amino acids, like proline and lysine play a role in collagen production, which can keep skin looking young.

5. Cucumber

Cucumber has multiple uses.

Cucumber has multiple uses.

We’ve all seen cucumber used to relieve puffy eyes, but Simpson points out you should be consuming cukes for healthy skin, too. Cucumbers are mostly water, so they hydrate and replenish the body and skin.

6. Tomatoes

Vine tomatoes.

Simpson calls tomatoes “the perfect food to protect skin cells,” thanks to their lycopene, which not only promotes collagen production but also fights off fine lines and wrinkles.

7. Dandelion Greens

A dandelion in before it’s picked.

If dandelion greens aren’t already a part of your salad mixes, they should be, notes Simpson. You can also get dandelion root in tea form, which you should drink instead of coffee. You’ll get more than your daily dose of vitamins A and K, as well as a good deal of collagen-producing C. It’s also used for skin conditions like acne and eczema, according to WebMD.

8. Salmon

Smoked salmon with some chilli, to spice things up.

Seafood is always a tasty option, and Simpson suggests ordering salmon if you want your skin to appear dewy and plump. The omega-3 fatty acids in the fish are a key component of how skin cells regulate oil production.

9. Coconut Water

If you haven’t already tried coconut water, you need to.

If you haven’t already tried coconut water, you need to.

Hydration is important all year round, so instead of reaching for sugar-laden sports drinks, Simpson encourages getting electrolytes from coconut water. “It supports youthful and supple skin,” she says, thanks to it’s hydrating powers and its hearty dose of potassium, which can help deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the skin by boosting circulation, Prevention reported.

Relapse of my healthy eating habit

I am sure you all know that I rant in this blog sometimes 🙂 or some of you might say I do that a lot. Anyway, this might me one of those posts.

As you know, I am trying to eat healthy and get back in shape. In my head, I want to be this perfect woman and I am working hard for that. I am going to Nepal in a weeks time and I want to wear a lehengha and make sure I look good on it. Therefore, I have many reasons to stick to my exercise and food plan.

Before yesterday, I was all fine. I was eating healthy expect on weekends. I was swimming almost every day and yoga on weekends. The stubborn fats seemed to burn off slowly and I could see that in very near future I would reach my goal.

myoga

I am so close to my goal that I was so sad to see that I relapsed yesterday.

We had tea at work in the morning and they had my favorite lemon meringue pie. As always, I stuck to the fruits at first but then I had to have the pie. Keeping in mind that I shouldn’t, I ate only ¼ of the small pie. It was just delicious and my taste buds went to heaven straight away.

I ate my healthy lunch, salmon sandwich and yogurt with fruits afterward so all good then.

While I was driving home, suddenly I have craving for cheese balls. You know the ones I mentioned before with heaps of butter, cheese and artificial flavoring with zillions of fats.

Anyway I couldn’t help myself so went straight to the shop and bought a few packets of cheese balls and some other junk food.

This part made me was annoyed with myself that I didn’t have the self-control at all. I paid for the food, went to the car and opened a packet of cheese ball straight away. I couldn’t wait for 5 minutes ride home to eat it. I am so annoyed with myself that I didn’t even have the self-discipline on this small matter.

Anyway, in terms of my progress apart from the relapse I am doing OK.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO