Saturday, November 28, 2015

Healthy Carrot Kheer with Sugarfree Natura

Carrot with its rich blend of dietary fibers and antioxidants can not only form a side dish (vegetable or mix it in sambar/dal) in full meals but it can also act as ingredient for a sweet dish. Carrot kheer or carrot payasam or gajar kheer is a common sweet dish across India due to its taste and easy preparation method. Additional ingredients apart from carrot can be increase the taste of this delicious desert. If you have been to Indian restaurant then carrot kheer is commonly served as a dessert or a sweet accompaniment for lunch or dinner. This is an ideal dish for festive and special occasions.

  • Carrot - 3 big
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Sugarfree natura - 1/2 cup (based on taste it can vary)
  • Cardamom powder = 1/2 tsp
  • Saffron strands -  a pinch

  1. Boil carrots and blend it into smooth puree.
  2. Bring milk to boil. Once milk forms the cream at the top, add carrot puree into it.
  3. Cook the mixture for 10 minutes.
  4. Then add sugarfree natura for the sweetness . Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Lastly add cardamom powder and saffron strands. Mix well and turn off the flame.
  6. Carrot kheer is ready to serve.

I have also tried this dish with other vegetables such as raw papaya, bottle gourd, and beetroot.
If you wish to increase the flavor of this dish then coconut milk or condensed milk along with nutmeg powder can be a good option. Some of my friends have prepared this dish using carrot puree. 

Whatever ingredients you use, do not miss the taste of this delicious dish. Yummy and one of my favourites.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Sweet Love Bond of Togetherness

The real togetherness is sharing love and giving support to our elders since I feel rejuvenated when I stay blessed with their strong blessings. There are still some families who believe that living together provides strong support to each other in the family. They strongly believe no one can defeat them when families stay together.
Family support makes à great difference in our life .It gives us great courage when we are in depression and provides an appreciation that helps secure the best position in our life.In my life, our biggest family support was our grandpa. He was a man filled with positive vibes and hardworking attitude. It was known by people that my grandpa turned anything into gold when he it. He was one of the well-known man in our village and loved by the people. People showed à great respect towards him.
He always taught us that living together is the strongest support in our life. To validate his point, he gave examples. One common example was the differentiation between the power of single stick and many stick. Single sticks are easier to break compared to bundle of sticks. Till today, I follow his example and would really love to share it with my future generations

I still remember my childhood days. When we all cousins used to come together and have lot of funs with our grandpa. My grandpa was agriculturist and had fields with the large varieties of grains grown. His favorite time other than working in the field was fishing in the sea. 

But when we asked, he asked to take us to pond fishing, which was really a fun activity. Along with my grandpa, we all use to have à really great time. The pond was very big enough for fishing.There were red and white lotuses with broad leaves floating on the water. Sometimes the frogs croaked and it felt as if they were greeting us for the adventurous event. 

All of us (cousins) use to carry our own fishing stick with little sweet thing attached to our fishing hook. Very few of us got lucky in catching the fish. Still the funniest part for us was to act like a fisherman by holding stick and waiting for fish to get stuck in the hook.

Natures not only help us to stay refreshed but also help us to share strong bond with our dear ones. Truly it was the fun to play in greens and woods with our cousins in the village.

As I scan back my memories, there is à mixture of sadness and happiness. Happiness is because i had à chance to wrap my joyful days in my diary and sadness because I would never get back the chance to experience my joyful days again with my cousins and my late grandpa.

I really miss my grandpa, as he was my role model and a joyful person, who thought nothing is impossible. His hard work and positive attitude helped me to move in the right track in my life. Lastly I would like to conclude that nature of togetherness help us to grow strong in our life with our elder support and stay positive throughout our life.

Do explore to get more information on what "Real Joy of Togetherness" means.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Staying at #BNLF with Stayzilla

Stayzilla is a portal for hotel room bookings across India. It is rapidly making its mark by reintroducing the concept of homestays across the country! Located across 4,000 locations in India with over 30,000 rooms it offers a unique way to search for popular stays. It also allows you to list your own property.

As a travel enthusiastic, I decided to explore the Stayzilla app. The numerous features offered by the app pleased me and i had a pretty good experience while navigating through the app. With an interesting GUI, it provides a user-friendly option.

You can download the Stayzilla app now from either Google Play Store (Link) or App Store (Link). Once you open the Stayzilla app, the below screen appears. You can input your travel destination and hit the “Search Stays” button.

If you have reached your destination and wish to find a hotel nearby then you can click on “Find stays near me” option. This option helps you locate the nearby rooms using the GPS feature. In addition to the above options you can also apply other filters such as Distance, pricing, popularity, etc. I searched for hotels around Andheri East and found 195 rooms.

Once you select the room of your choice, you can pay 30% of the total amount to book the room. The remaining payment can be done during check-in time at the hotel or through the app.

As i conclude , one feature which i liked the most is the Stayzilla chat Assistance feature that helps you resolve any issues. I did not try this option but one of my friend who tried seemed to be convinced with this feature. 

Another interesting feature of the app, which can be explored is the ability to list your property by entering basis details of the property like – your property name, the owner name, address etc. The experience is so easy that you will forget other modes of property listing or expect options like Stayzilla from other channels/apps. 

With so many options, i wonder why i took so long to explore this app. Next time you are looking for booking a room do explore the option of Stayzilla. I hope to get lucky with stayzilla at the #BNLF conference.