You’re what you eat

motivational-quotes

You have been given some amazing gifts here. Focus on how you can develop and use them instead of looking at what that girl over there is doing. Be Yourself , You’re Amazing ! Look at the things you have already achieved , overcome and experienced . No one can do you as amazing as you can . You’re responsible for your health, growth and peace of mind .
No one can live a life for you..No one can push for you .. Love you for all that you have been,all that you are , and all you are yet to become .

You are YOU and No one is YOU and that is your super power .

You have one life ..

Live your BEST life ..

I strongly believe, “Health is Wealth” and “You’re what you eat”

Started a healthy eating lifestyle challenge this month ..  #AprilChallenge #selflove #selfcare

Health is not something we have. It’s something we create. Do you agree?!

It’s been over 2 years (today marks the day ) that I’ve eaten a vegetarian diet, and I’ve loved each moment. It’s been a transformative mind, body, spirit journey. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Health is something that will never go out of style .. it allows you to live your BEST LIFE. I encourage you to try one vegan meal a day. I don’t need to say much more. You’ll feel and see a difference. Enjoy the gift of health.

(some of these pictures from search engine. Thanks!)

Winding up with a Quote

“Invest in yourself, it’ll be the best investment you ever made.”

Love , Devi ❤

Weekend Table Spread !

Day 28 of 365

And this is how the weekend flies…

🙌👊🏼 I’m going back on my Vegan diet so if anyone sees me eat cheese  smack me 👊🏼✨

(Dinning out with family)

“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” ✨- Suzanne Weyn

Being a vegetarian makes life fantastic  🙂  Try it ❤

Health/Diet Tip

Hi Everyone !

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my Food category .

I’ve been regularly posting pictures of my healthy plates on social media sites .If you’re anything like me and are ALWAYS hungry, then volume eating is your best friend. Volume eating allows you to increase your food intake without increasing your calories. I love incorporating lots of veggies into my diet so that I can eat a LOT of food at every meal!

See below for  pictures of fruit bowls .

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Fruits,Sprouts and peanuts .

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Devi Venkatesan

Cauliflower pakoda/ Gobi pakora

 

Cauliflower pakoda/ Gobi pakora  is a delicious deep fried snack. This is  my daughters favorite starter .

Ingredients:
Cauliflower – 250 gms, chopped
Besan Flour – 1/3 cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Saunf – 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – few
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
Green Chilli – 1, small, finely chopped
Oil as required for frying

Method:
1. Mix the gram flour, salt, saunf, cumin powder, turmeric powder and enough water to make a thick batter.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and green chillies.
3. Add the cauliflower florets and mix well.
4. Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
5. Add the cauliflower florets, drain any excess batter, and fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until light golden brown.
6. Serve with tomato sauce or  chutney.

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Cluster Beans Paruppu Usili/Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili /Seeni Avarakkai Usili

22688796_1631080156975701_3320944942239156833_nSharing a recipe today .. Are you ready ?

Paruppu Usili is a traditional South Indian dish which is prepared with lentils. It is a very healthy dish as it has lentils and is steam cooked. This goes excellent with almost any type of kuzhambu. You can try the same recipe with french beans as well..Follow this procedure and enjoy a traditional meal with your loved ones.

 Ingredients

Cluster Beans -1/4 kg
Tur dal -1/3 cup
Bengal Gram/channa dal/kadalai paruppu -1/4 cup
Red chillies -2
Green chillies-2
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

For the seasoning
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/hing -1/4 tsp
Curry leaves –few

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Preparation

Wash and chop cluster beans finely. Add turmeric powder, salt and steam cook.
Soak tur dal and channa dal together for 1-2 hours. Drain the water completely and grind it (without adding water) coarsely with green chillies 
or red chillies and salt.
Grease idly mould and steam cook the ground dal. 
Once cooked, crumble the mixture with your hands.

Method 
Heat  oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing and curry leaves.
Then add the crumbled dal, cook for 3-4 minutes on low heat, then add the cooked cluster beans (if there is water, squeeze it out completely and add to the above) and mix well.Cook for further 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve as a side dish for rice.

Appreciate all feedbacks ! Please like and share it .

Devi Venkatesan

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Happy Karva Chauth/Karwa Chauth

karva-chauthHappy KarvaChauth !!

I have always loved festivities,the time starting from Janmashtami to Christmas.Colors,lights,music and rituals all around.Full of festive vibes and it feels awesome.It changes the bad mood and makes life colorful.Dress up and enjoy ! Celebrate life !

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Some interesting facts about Karvachauth festival below.
Karva Chauth/Karwa Chauth is the day on which a wife keeps a fast and prays for her husband’s long life,prosperity and well-being .It is a Hindu festival widely celebrated in the North and northwestern parts of India. It celebrates love and it urges people to go the extra mile for their beloved.The festival was emerged also as a day for celebrating autumn. Karva means clay pot while chauth means fourth.

Karwa Chauth Recipe

Karwa Chauth is incomplete without Vermicelli Kheer. Preparing it is easy and does not take much time. Here’s how you can prepare this special Karwa Chauth recipe.
Ingredients
Seviyan or Vermicelli
Ghee or butter
Sugar
Milk
Dry fruits
Saffron

Method
In a heavy bottom pan, put some ghee or butter and let it melt. Add 1 cup or 250 gms of Seviyan to it and fry for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Add around 3 cups of milk and allow it to boil. Add sugar to it and let it simmer for a few more minutes.
Lastly, put some saffron and dry fruits of your choice. Seviyan Kheer is ready to be served.
As Karwa Chauth, the day of love approaches, it’s time to get dressed in your finest clothes, to get your hands tattooed with pretty and delicate henna designs(mehandi),give and receive lovely Gifts,Fasting and Feasting .

It is time to fall in love all over again! Dress up and enjoy ! Celebrate life ! Enjoy the day !!

Devi Venkatesan

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#HappyKarvaChauth  #IndianFestival  #festivities  #indianculture #karvachauth  #luckywife   #blessed  #diya  #mehandi  #love  #autumn     #Hindufestival

Millet Idly #HealthyBreakFast

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Millet Idly

Millets are good for diabetic patients.

Finger millet,Foxtail millet,Ragi,Pearl millet (Use any of these)

 Millet -2cups

Urad Dhal – 1 cup

Fenugreek Seeds – 2 tsp

Salt – as required

21767796_2025512647463789_846588885_nMeasure the ingredients and wash well. Soak everything together for 1-2 hour. Drain the water and grind them to a smooth, thick and fluffy batter with less water. Add salt required while grinding itself. Allow the batter to ferment overnight or 8 hours. It rises a little and not like our idly batter.(Boil water in a idly pan, pour batter in the idly plates and steam it for 8-10 minutes. )

Serve hot with spicy chutney.

Notes

Fenugreek Seeds are optional.

You can try the same recipe with Kuthiraivali,sama and varagu millets.

Devi Venkatesan

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