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How to Make Soft Fluffy Idlis Without Eno Salt

Soft, Snow white Idlis are the go to food for the South Indians. Idli along with sambhar and coconut chutney are the ideal combo. This is one of the Indian foods that is known and identified as one of the best health foods across the globe by the World Health Organization.

Let me share my recipe of making Idlis.

  • 4 cups of uncooked boiled rice( ask for the variety called diamond idli rice. This is one variety that is easily available with local wholesale grocery. you can use the small grain or large grain one.)
  • 1 cup – urad dal
  • 1 tsp – methi/fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cup cooked rice (it can be anything, the raw rice or boiled rice) or 1 cup white pohe ( flattened rice)

Method

Wash and soak the rice overnight. It needs to be soaked for at least 5 to 6 hours.

Before you grind the rice the next morning Soak the Urad dal along with methi seeds for not more than 30 minutes.

Note: Wash the urad dal mildly just once. The more number of times you wash, it tends to lose the elasticity.

Grind the rice first in the largest jar of your blender to a fine paste. Add little rice at a time and grind to get a fine paste. Add water little by little so you get a good flowing consistency.

If you are using cooked rice, this should be grounded to a pasted even before your grind your rice. If you are using soaked pohe, you can put it in small quantities along with your idli rice.

Once you complete grinding the rice  and have transferred it to a container, its time to grind the urad dal.

Note: When you grind urad dal, instead of normal water use ice water  to make the paste. This stops the urad dal from getting cooked in the blender.

Once the urad dal is grounded to a paste. Transfer it into the container contain the rice batter. Mix well. I usually, use my hand to mix both the batter. While you are mixing, add the salt as per your taste.

Please note: You should store the idli batter in a big container, because the batter rises when it ferments.

If you grind the batter in the morning , say around 9 Am, it will be ready for use by evening.  In summer, it ferments faster so once its fermented, lower the container into a vessel containing water. Or refrigerate it.

The measure I have given is what I use. You can also half the amount of rice. Then you have to half the urad dal, methi, pohe/cooked rice.

Happy idli making. Leave your comments below.

 

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Butterflies, Parathas and the Bhagavad Gita- An Insight

Hey friends, I know I am back to blogging after a long long time. I was held up with personal and professional work over the last one and half months.

In between I found time to read the book

Butterflies, Parathas and the Bhagavad Gita: A Quirky and Heartwarming Journey Through God’s Instruction Manual for Life.

Here is my take on the book

If you ask me how the book is, I would say its Gita Simplified for the Modern Lifestyles and Times. Loved the simple language in which the book is written so the common man understands and relates with the incidents that has been mentioned in the book.
This book is an answer for those people who believe Gita and its philosophy does not work for the modern times.
The author of this book, Dr. HariHaran h,as revealed to many that Gita and its philosophy is applicable and can be applied at the current times. I appreciate his in-depth research in Gita, Upanishads and Vedanta that has culminated in a book for a common man like me. I have a Bhagavad Gita at home that I have never opened to this day.
But the verses of Gita that has been interspersed with the story of two childhood friends has been an eye-opener for me. I have decided that before I start my day, I need to at least open a page of Bhagavad gita and read a few lines.

Its a fact that initially, you may not understand anything that is written there. But gradually over the period of time, when you read and re-read, you may understand something.

This book is for those who staunchly believe spirituality is what gives you peace of mind as you age and who believe the perspective of life can change with time. Life is what one makes up. The book teaches us there is a turning point in the life of each and every human being. Some recognizes sooner, while there are other who take time to observe and realize that, and many perish without understanding that at all.

Hats off to the Author to creating a book that brings out the various emotions of the reader . Go ahead and read to know the story of two good childhood friends and how fate and destiny have fun at their expense

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The Power of the Subconscious Mind

I have read quite a few books on this topic The “power of the subconscious mind.”  More than a decade ago I was introduced to a basic course on Neuro Linguistic Programming by a colleague of mine. That was beginning and from there on I started  reading books and write ups on this topic. Even today its one of my most favored topic.

Recently, I happen to read a synopsis of a book  THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF by Bruce H. Lipton. Though initially looking at the cover page I thought it was something to do with Biology and Physics, as I was flipping through the pages,  I realized it dealt with the mind. And how the cells of the human body reacted to the environment.

Watch this video by Bruce H.Lipton before you buy the book. This book is easily available on the Amazon marketplace.

In this book, Mr. Lipton tells in detail about the power of conscious and subconscious mind. I leave you with a few pointers to ponder over and make use of it in your day to day life. I agree, its not so easy to change or start practicing what you read overnight. But gradually, if are able to start practicing you will notice a significant change in your life.

The subconscious mind is million times more powerful than the conscious mind, and decides most of the things in our lives according to the beliefs it has..

Many times we fail to change an unpleasant habit despite our will-power and consistent efforts..

It’s because the habit has been so strongly programmed in our subconscious mind that the efforts made by our conscious mind hardly make any difference.

*Conscious Mind is just a shadow* *of our Unconscious Mind..*

So, when the tribals of Solomon Islands curse a tree, they are actually installing negative and harmful beliefs in the tree’s emotion (yes, trees do have emotions too).

Within few days, those negative emotions becomes a belief & eventually changes the molecular architecture of the tree and kill it from inside..

2500 years ago, when the Buddha said that *‘You are what you think’,* he was not articulating a random philosophical theory.

Actually he was telling a scientific fact which is now proved correct by Quantum Physics and Molecular Biology.

The book has a special chapter on Conscious Parenting where it talks about the beneficial and harmful effects of what parents say to their children..

If you are a parent and you keep cursing your child in the name of constructive criticism, you are installing beliefs in their mind which will keep harming them forever..*

*But if you keep appreciating them in a sincere way, you are installing beliefs in their mind which will help them entire life..*
And also be careful of what you keep saying to yourself.
Repetition of words and thoughts is the best way to install a belief in your subconscious mind..
If you keep saying you are a loser,don’t be surprised if you become one within a few months or years..
And if you have friends who keep saying such things to you, there is no harm in saying a quick goodbye to them..
 
 you must value yourself a little more..
So accept all as they are..
Love all unconditionally
And …Always keep saying to yourself..
*I am healthy, wealthy, happy, successful & prosperous!*
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World Tuberculosis Day

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#WorldTuberculosisDay #UniteToEndTB

World TB Day celebrated on 24 March each year, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB.

WHO calls on countries and partners to “Unite to End Tuberculosis”

 

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Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind

2017 is the second year of a two-year “Unite to End TB” campaign for World TB Day. This year, WHO will place a special focus on uniting efforts to “Leave No One Behind”, including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalization and overcome barriers to access care.

Source: WHO