Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Yogurt Lime Sorbet

Temperature is soaring day by day! Though there are thunderstorms and rains but the mercury is not going down as such.. With these hot summer days you need simple food and lots of juices and water. Even you crave for cold items like fruit juices, softdrinks, mocktails and obviously icecreams...Today after a long gap I have come up with a simple frozen dessert... No it's not icecream though we are scraming for icecream! However, this is similar to icecream...Today's recipe is Yogurt-Lime Sorbet. Do you know what is sorbet? Is sorbet or icecream  same? What is the difference between sorbet and icecream? I know lot of questions coming to your mind.


Here is the answer,

Sorbet = water+sugar+fruit (flavouring agent)
Icecream = milk/cream+sugar+fruit(flavouring agent)

Sorbet is more icy in texture whereas Icecream is creamy as the name suggests.

I have used to famous ingredients of summer to make my yogurt lime sorbet. The key ingredients are Yogurt and Lime. Both are hit during the summer and it cools your body too. No fancy ingredients require to prepare this yogurt lime sorbet. Even you don't need any icecream maker. Just try it out at home and let me know how it was.

Yogurt Lime Sorbet
Ingredients

Yogurt - 11/2 cup
Sugar - 3 to 4 tablespoon
Water - 1/2 cup
Lime Juice - 1 tablespoon
Vanilla Essence - 2 to 3 drops

Procedure

1. Take yogurt and sugar in a blender and blend it well.
2. Now add lime juice, water and vanilla essence to it and blend once again.
3. When the sugar dissolves transfer it into a airtight storage container and freeze it until it becomes firm. This may take overnight time.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Hack The Mind of Indian (#MoreIndianThanYouThink)


  
Have you watched this recent TVC of Lufthansa? If not, then I would suggest you to watch it right now! A TVC which will make you feel proud as an Indian! Growing global influence of India will make you think #MoreIndianThanYouThink.

India is a developing country and India's growing influence is appreciated around the globe. We are not lagging behind anymore. In each and every field Indians are shining with their own way of thinking which depends on Indian ideologies, values and culture, the secret behind many successful Indians. Top MNCs including Google, PepsiCo, Microsoft, SoftBank, MasterCard (to name a few)  are leading by Proud Indians. We have explored the space too and created history by launching 104 satellites in one go. We are proud of our Indian cricket team. Indian food has also made a special place in World's cuisine. Words like Bhelpuri’, Keema, ‘Papad’ and ‘Dhaba’ have made their place in Oxford Dictionary. World's political culture is also influenced by our Indian politics. People around the world must be wondering what is the secret behind all these success stories?

I believe this is the specialty of Indian culture. We are being taught and nurtured from the ground level and slowly scale up ourselves as we grow more. At the same time, our culture teaches us to be patient and down to earth. As we learn we also share our knowledge which enriches us other way.

Last year we visited to United States of America which is a developed country. So we normally read in articles that we should learn lot of things from the developed countries and implement in our country for the betterment of our country. However, I never thought that certain things what we learnt in our childhood can make us superior.  It was a fine evening and we went for shopping. We purchased and stood in a queue for billing. Normally, the queue moves faster but it was not happening though. I could see from a distance that the billing counter girls were looking worried. So my fellow shoppers said their calculating machine (computer) is not working and they are unable to process them in a manual way too as it involves mathematics :). 

Vector illustration with supermarket counter, cashier, queue of buyers. Vector set with people (customer), shop (grocery)/supermarket interior. Flat vector icon set: people in the supermarket, cashier
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Other fellow shoppers were also worried so I walked to the counter girls and they explained me it was literally impossible for them to do the addition and subtraction manually as they have never done it without a calculator. Though they had smart phones but they wanted someone to supervise the matter. I did manually and they cross checked through their smart phones and the chaos was solved quickly. That time I was remembering our school days how we learnt numbers and then addition, multiplication, subtraction without using calculator which made us independent of machines. I was recalling how my father used to teach us addition! He used take two baskets and few fruits and used say suppose pink basket contains 2 apples and green basket contains 3 apples, so how many apples are there in total! Not to forget that, Aryabhatta was the first Indian mathematician who first uses the concept of zero. I was really feeling happy to help them out using my basic knowledge which I learnt in an Indian curriculum.

A fun way of illustrating that two plus three equals five using red cherries on a white background.
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I think it  is all in our culture and upbringing which makes us rich in knowledge and we shine as global leaders! So if someone wants to beat Indians, the key is #MoreIndianThanYouThink.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Oats Porridge

Exercise should be part of everyone's daily routine. Exercise is not just for weight loss but to keep yourself fit and positive towards life challenges. It could be in any form like brisk walking, jogging, working out in gym, yoga or dance. I love walking and I also love yoga. In my school days I used to do yoga and later the habit was completely gone as I moved to higher classes. However, nowadays whenever I get time I love going to park and do brisk walking. 



Recently we have put our daughter for dance classes and there is a yoga class too. My husband noticed it and started inquiring, I was surprised. Later he enrolled my name there and from last 3 months I have joined into power yoga which I am really loving it. It is a strict rule that you should not eat anything heavy at least 2 hours before power yoga. My class is in the evening so after lunch I have to eat something heavy around 4 so that I get the stamina to perform well in my yoga class. Some times I eat sandwich, sometimes healthy salads and one day I tried Oats Porridge and it was good. So often I eat oats porridge with banana which is a healthy option. Oats Porridge is a very good breakfast option for toddlers as well as adults. Lear here how to make Oats Porridge.

Oats Porridge

Ingredients

Rolled Oats or Cooking Oats - 1/2 cup
Milk - 21/2 cups
Sugar - 11/2 tablespoon or as per taste
Banana - 1, chopped (optional)
Almonds - 5 to 6 chopped (optional)

Procedure

1. Take the oats in a pan and add milk into it. 
2. Cook until it thickens. Keep stirring it to avoid burning and forming lumps. 
3. Add sugar and stir till it dissolves.
4. Switch off the gas and pour it in a serving bowl. 
5. Top it with chopped bananas or any fruit or dry fruit of your choice.