Archive | December 2016

354. Simple channa masala

I wish to share a very simple recipe for channa  masala.


Ingredients required :

channa – 1 cup

tomato – 1

small onion – 5

big onion – 2

red chilly – 3

green chilly – 2

ginger – 1 inch piece

garlic – 4 buds

cardamom – 2

clove – 4

salt – 1/2 tsp

dhania leaves – 1 bunch

cooking oil – 1 tsp

mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

hing – 1/4 tsp

turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Method of preparation :

Soak channa for 8 hours and pressure cook 3/4th of it  well. Grind  small onion, red chilly,  green chilly, garlic, cardamom, ginger, clove,  1/2 tomato, soaked channa coarsely.  Heat oil in a pan and put mustard seeds and hing. When they splutter put the big onion slices. When it becomes light brown,  add tomato, ground mixture, turmeric powder and salt. When it is cooked well, add cooked channa and bring it to a boil. Put dhania leaves and switch off gas. Nice & simple channa masala is ready.

353. Wheat Paratha

Most of us like to eat paratha. But, nowadays we fear to use maida. So, I prepared wheat paratha, avoiding maida. It tasted good. So, I wish to share the recipe with you.


Ingredients required:

Wheat flour  – 500 gm

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Ghee(or)oil-2 tsp

Method of preparation :

Knead wheat flour with salt and little of ghee or oil, by adding more water. We have to knead the dough for 10 minutes and the dough will become very soft after that. Cover the dough with a white cloth and leave it for half an hour. After that, make equal size balls with the dough. Then, we have to take a ball and roll it into a thin sheet. Drizzle some ghee or oil and spread it throughout. Fold it like a saree pleat and coil it into a round shape. Then, we have to flatten it and roll again into  round shape.  Heat a tawa , put the paratha and sprinkle little oil or ghee. Flip it over and leave until it becomes light golden brown on both sides. The wheat paratha is ready. Any side dish for chapathi goes well with it.

351. Sit in healthy style

There is a saying, “Sit not just in-style but in healthy style”. If the sitting posture is not proper, the neck & backpain problems occur. The persons working in offices in sitting position, cannot sit in the same posture for a long time. While sitting, they should not give more pressure for backbone and legs. While sitting, the legs should touch the floor. It the height is more, they can keep a small stool under the feet. The knees should be in line with the hip or below it. It protects the knee joints.

Poor posture is something that every office-based employee should consider throughout their day. Most people sitting at a computer get drawn into the screen, which means they crane their necks forward. This imbalance puts strain on the neck and spine.

While sitting, the backside of the leg should not touch the seat. There should be some gap. The bottom of the backbone should rest in the seat. It the position is not OK, we can keep a small pillow there. The shoulders should not bend in the front. The hands should be kept in a comfortable position while working. After half an hour of sitting, we have to walk for 5 minutes.

Sitting  down all  day long  is one of the worst things for our health. It increases the likelihood of heart disease and weight gain. Small changes, practiced consistently over a long period of time, are the best way to increase health and well-being. We have to avoid using lift and elevator, if we have to sit and work for a long time. We have to follow the habit of moving more and sitting less.

There is a need to establish healthy patterns of behavior during the early years in order to protect against possible health detriments in the future. For children parents could lead by example by also reducing their TV time and other sitting-based tasks.

So, please sit in a healthy style and avoid the dangers.

350. Assertiveness

We should have the courage to say “No”, when others compel us to say “Yes” & when we are right. That courage is known as assertiveness. Not only this, many positive qualities combined with  boldness make us to act or react firmly. Assertiveness is a skill regularly referred to in social and communication skills training. Being assertive means being able to stand up for your own or other people’s rights in a calm and positive way, without being either aggressive, or passively accepting ‘wrong’.

Assertiveness was increasingly singled out as a behavioral skill taught by many  personal development experts,  behavior therapists, and cognitive behavioral therapists. Assertiveness is often linked to self-esteem and self-prestige. Assertiveness is based on balance. It requires being forthright about your wants and needs while still considering the rights, needs, and wants of others.

Assertiveness involves advocating for yourself in a way that is positive and proactive. It also means being clear, direct and honest. Assertiveness is a skill that takes practice. It may always be easier for you to swallow your feelings, scream at someone or give them the silent treatment. But assertiveness is a better strategy. It works because it respects you and others.

Assertive behavior includes being open in expressing wishes, thoughts and feelings and encouraging others to do likewise. It is also compulsory of listening to the views of others and responding appropriately, whether in agreement with those views or not. We should have the courage for accepting responsibilities and being able to delegate to others. We should cultivate the habit of regularly expressing appreciation of others for what they have done or are doing. We should be ready  to admit to mistakes and apologise. Maintaining self-control.


349. Tiredness

Many people feel exhausted early during daytime, even though they get normal sleep at night. Fatigue is linked with mood and the accumulation of lots of little stresses in life. Our energy level is high in the morning and it goes down slowly when the day ends.  Shall we see the reason for our tiredness?

Our body is a closed thermo-dynamic system and the input-output equation matters much. If sufficient energy goes in functionality will be normal. For that we have to take proper diet periodically. If we skip the food or the intake is insufficient, then fatigue, lethargy, weakness and tiredness will enter our mind and body. Taking food with empty calories is of no use. The food we take should contain necessary minerals and vitamins  to fuel all the physiological processes.

Magnesium and potassium  are the magic supplements for our body strength. Magnesium is needed for energy  and potassium is responsible for electrolyte balance, which helps to prevent fatigue, irritability and cramps. Magnesium is available in plenty in green leafy vegetables, and in nuts. Bananas and tender coconut are rich in potassium.  So, those who are feeling tired often, please take these in plenty.

Taking rest in between hard work also refreshes our body. This rest helps our system for re-organising, cleaning, updating and turning back on with full mood.

So, friends, refresh your body & mind and free  your system from tiredness.