SAUTÉED MORINGA LEAVES

Moringa tree is called the Drumstick tree / Miracle tree or the Tree of Life. It is a superfood used for developing immunity and healing purposes for thousands of years. Every part of the tree is used for some or the other healing purposes. Its leaves, flowers as well as fruits are all edible .

The leaves can be used in raw form or can be dried and powdered or juiced out or cooked to make vegetable or sprinkled in salads and soups.

Moringa leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas.

They are very rich in calcium, potassium, minerals and amino acids. They should be consumed in small quantity as they generate heat.

Cauliflower leaves and stems juice

Nutritious cauliflower leaves and stems

Cauliflower leaves and stems can also be used to create nutritious juices along with fruits and vegetables.

Cauliflower leaves contain more than twice the amount of protein than that in cauliflower, double the amount of carbs, is a richer source of dietary fiber and the greens provide thrice the amount of minerals. It is also an exceptionally good source of calcium and is inexpensive as it is mostly thrown away.

Check out my video with these simple recipes below.

Chutney recipe of Cauliflower Leaves

Nutritious cauliflower leaves

Did you know that cauliflower leaves are edible and highly nutritious? Watch my video below to create an nutritious accompaniment for all types of dishes using this amazing superfood.

Cauliflower leaves contain more than twice the amount of protein than that in cauliflower, double the amount of carbs, is a richer source of dietary fiber and the greens provide thrice the amount of minerals. It is also an exceptionally good source of calcium and is inexpensive as it is mostly thrown away.

Oven Grilled / Roasted vegetables

Winters are approaching, festivals are arriving, and Coronavirus is still lurking around. So we have to stay fit, vigilant as well as have fun! And what is fun without food….With loads of veggies of the winter season, its the perfect time for grilled/roasted food.

Don’t have any BBQ, no worries! Watch, prepare and enjoy a scrumptious oven grilled/roasted vegan/vegetarian recipe the video of my new recipe.

Tisanes /herbal teas

Tisanes

With the commencement of lockdown and social distancing due to coronavirus, people have started making delicious food at home. So once you are done having heavy meals daily, take a sip of one of the three extremely simple Tisanes that I have shown in my video below.  They ‘ll detox your body as well as your digestive system.

Tisanes are getting popular and preferred over teas and coffees as they do not contain caffeine. Try to have them preferably the first thing in the morning.

HAPPY HEALTHY LIVING!

 

Herbal Decoction for viral fevers / seasonal flu

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With so many seasonal flu and viruses / viral fevers, cold and cough playing havoc in our lives and breaking down our immune system, this powerful herbal decoction acts like a magic potion. It is simple to make, and requires just two herbs. Even healthy people can drink it and boost their immunity. It is tried and tested and is also recommended in Ayurveda. Make it and experience its benefits yourself!!

I have been making this decoction for years. Whenever my kids fall ill I make this decoction and give it to every member of my family. By having this decoction, even the healthy members don’t get infected as it boosts immunity to a great extent.

I have specifically made this video as there is a rise in viruses all over the world and around us. The only remedy left (apart from maintaining good hygiene and sanitization) is to boost one’s immunity. Have fresh fruits and vegetables, eat freshly made home cooked food and if you are down with flu, try this herbal plant based decoction.

 

 

 

All about prosperity!

Ma Lakshmi is known as Goddess of Wealth and Fortune in India. She is one of the most important deities for people to pray and why not? Everybody needs money. Every human has a desire to have a prosperous life full of wealth and luxury. Everybody wants all the good things and all the happiness & pleasures that they see around themselves.

But, does everybody achieve all the desires one has? The answer is NO. Because despite having a certain amount of money and luxury, people tend to be jealous and greedy. Out of jealousy people gossip, spread false things about others, do wrong actions, manipulate situations, may even take extreme steps, deriving sadistic pleasures – you start feeling nice and accomplished when you see the other person sad, worried or victimized.

Do you think you can ever get prosperous by doing such things? You are knowingly and unknowingly inviting Alakshmi to yourself. Alakshmi is the opposite of Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and fortune while Alakshmi brings misfortune, hurdles, poverty and grief (Law of Duality).

Alakshmi comes when there is an accumulation of bad karmas. So if you think you can have lots of money & luxury and at the same time seek sadistic pleasures, you’re on the wrong track. Haven’t you seen people in depression in the wealthiest of families? Haven’t you read news about people doing heinous crimes in the most affluent class?

To be prosperous not only means just to have wealth but also having other types of luxuries like sound physical and mental health, peaceful mind, good family, cheerful atmosphere at home,  pleasant relations with others,  knowledge, etc.

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Enjoy all types of wealth

Hence, Lakshmi manifests Herself into eight forms, popularly known as Ashtalakshmi. She signifies eight different forms of wealth – prosperity, fertility, good luck, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny and power.

  1. Adi Lakshmi – Adi means the ‘source’. It means the wealth that supports a seeker to reach at his source – consciousness. In other words, it means spiritual wealth / knowledge. Whether a person believes it or not, happiness, bliss and peace  comes effortlessly by spirituality. With the blessings of Adi Lakshmi, a person attains a strong, focused, unwavering mind full of wisdom and strength.
  2. Dhana Lakshmi – Dhana means money. She is the giver of wealth in the form of money. With the help of money one acquires all the material things like big houses, expensive clothes, far away travels, exotic vacations, jewelries, etc.
  3. Dhanya Lakshmi – Dhanya means ‘grains’. She is the Goddess of agricultural wealth depicting fertile land, clean environment, good produce of crops, abundance of food. This also means prosperity in the form of food. The person would love to throw parties where sumptuous delicious  food is made and everyone enjoys it!  It denotes pleasures of life in relation to food, family and friends. A person might also be inclined to donate food in charity to the poor and needy .
  4. Gaja Lakshmi – Gaja means ‘elephant’. In this context elephant means cattle or animals. Prosperity in the form of animals might be linked to farmers owning a number of cattle, also people owning dairy farms and pleasures a person can receive from having pet animals, aquariums, farms etc.
  5. Santaan Lakshmi – Santaan means ‘offspring’. It means, wealth of having children, having a family. Having the fortune of giving birth to another life through you and also the happiness one gets from raising ones children, seeing them grow, watching them being successful in their endeavors, is immeasurable. Having sensitive and well character-ed kids with strong moral values definitely makes life rich for the parents.
  6. Dhairya Lakshmi – Dhairya means ‘patience’.Patience is a positive quality in a person. With patience one can achieve greatest things in life. It is a strength. An impatient person will be quarrelsome and will face hurdles in the smallest of things.
  7. Jaya Lakshmi – Jaya means ‘victory’. Victory means conquering hurdles of life to achieve success. Through courage comes victory. Courage, focus and clarity of thoughts leads to having a fulfilling life.
  8. Vidya Lakshmi – Vidya means ‘knowledge’. Knowledge here means knowledge of subjects like science, arts and everything that is material by nature.The degree one gets, the field one is in, the subjects one is passionate about- physics, mathematics, commerce, languages, history, etc. all comes under this category. And the pleasures and success that one acquires by studying and utilizing the knowledge of ones favorite subjects into wholesome careers and earning and enjoying life through it comes under Vidya Lakshmi.

These are the eight forms of Ashtalakshmi. From here, one can realize that wealth doesn’t mean only money but also how happy one can be from the bottom of one’s heart – by means of having patience, courage, material and spiritual knowledge, raising kids by providing them good environment, by being social, by enjoying sumptuous food with friends and family, and by spending time with animals – one becomes sensitive to Nature, thus, enjoying ALL ASPECTS of life.

 

 

Edible flowers

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Since ancient times flowers have been used for various purposes in various activities like colouring, dyeing, decorations,infusions,in making medicines, decoctions to  the present times in cakes too.

Edible flowers provide lots of health benefits.They can be had in both raw and cooked forms.

I am sharing three recipes where edible flowers have been used in raw form to make awesome salads. They can be used as splendid party starters, specially for vegans!!

Is someone bothering you ?

Laws of karma are complex. While it is clear that you reap what you sow, some believe karmas affect us from our previous lives and some believe that everything happens in this lifetime only.
Somehow, I have always felt attracted towards concentrating on solutions. Also,having the fortune of meeting a lot of spiritual masters in my twenties might have altered my thought pattern.
Most people have experienced this common life situation where someone keeps troubling/bothering them. It becomes a painful situation and may even get out of hand.
But there are solutions for even the toughest situations; we just have to decode them.
There are some laws of the universe that we need to understand and one of them is the Law of Duality. – Day:Night , Good:Bad, Sweet:Sour , Beautiful:Ugly, Hot:Cold, Problem:Solution.

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Law of Duality

If someone is bothering you, the human body has only two responses – Fight : Flight.
Fight – Fight may lead to dangerous consequences or may aggravate the situation.
Flight – Flight means to run away or to avoid the person or situation.
But for how long can you run away from a person whom you meet everyday or every few days? This can be a very tough and uncomfortable  situation but the level of suffering is in your hands.
The solution is to increase your good deeds/ karmas. Start helping people as much as you can, indulge in charities, start some new project  or a hobby ( the idea is to get busy MENTALLY so that your whole ATTENTION  DIVERTS from that particular person to other GOOD THINGS that are constructive and positive in nature). Also by doing this you accumulate merits.
Karmically you will get so busy doing healthy activities, meeting new people, creating new situations, new friendships, getting aware about new things, gaining knowledge and bringing smiles to people. In a way you won’t realise that you have stopped thinking about the person troubling you anymore.
You may be seeing him/her everyday, but he/she wont be ALIVE IN YOUR MIND  in the form of negative thoughts.
Once you achieve THIS state of mind, that person won’t trouble you anymore.  Any attempts to provoke you would fail as you have become mentally powerful.
This helps you in understanding and applying one of the other laws – Law of Attraction.
The more positive your thoughts, the more positivity you will attract for yourself  and vice versa.

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Law of Attraction

In this situation you break your negative thought pattern by diverting your mind through engaging in positive activities, thus breaking the cycle.  By using the Law of Attraction, thinking good things, taking actions to help people, you provide yourself  with good days ahead and ultimately free yourself from the sufferings and the painful situation which you had that time.
This was a piece of advice given to me by one of the spiritual masters years ago.

Microgreens Salad

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Microgreens Salad

Continuing from my last blog, I am sharing a tasty healthy vegan, out of the box recipe for all age groups, that can be enhanced by microgreens.

It is a complete LIVE FOOD, hence its nutritional value increases multifold. The recipe includes ingredients like sprouts, dry fruits and freshly grown microgreens, which are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. You can have it in your breakfast or lunch every day and see the difference in your energy levels, mood, physical and mental make-up while decrease in symptoms of diseases.

It is easy to make, does’nt require any cooking and is fit for lazy people who want good health without cooking food.