Most of us have grown up eating many homemade delicacies made by our mothers, aunts and other ladies, in our case dad and husband too. Indian food and festivals are inseparable. My mom used to have specific delicacies on festivals. She never made anything mismatch to that season of the festival. Say for example, for Nagpanchami ( It is a festival where we pray to the Snake God) she used to make naivedhya of Sakhar Bhat ( Sugar Saffron Rice). On the last day of Ganapati, that is on Ananta Chaturdashi, she used to make Banana Pachadi ( Kelachi Koshimbir) which she used to call as “ Anantachi Koshimbir,” these things were seldom repeated as may be those festive days would be perfect weather-wise to have this all. After her, I have never seen anybody so thoughtful with regards to food. Come rainy season and we used to refrain from Brinjal, Onion completely, and Garlic, the simple reason would be that rains make the digestion sluggish, if we eat something like onion, we would need a good digestive power, as the winter approach, the digestion gets back to normal and after Diwali, we can actually start eating Brinjal, Onions, and Garlic. There is a specific day called “ Tulasi Vivah” when one can start eating everything. Diwali sweets were made well in advance and were allowed to be eaten only on the Abhyangasnan Day ( Narakchaturdashi) the tradition which continues till date.
Why this much thought in eating?
Because our food science is very well advanced and it is as per the season. Seasons affect the gut and digestive power of the stomach. If we eat as per the digestive power, we are never to fail. I totally believe in eating seasonal food. Diwali is meant for eating. Good food and Good times equal Diwali. Diwali Palaharam is a matter of great interest across India. With the talks of diet and nutrition in place, life has become difficult.
How the supply in the market changes our perception of food.
7 to 8 years ago, PepsiCo introduced oats in India. The campaign was making India heart healthy. The campaign was successful and slowly other companies like Britannia, Kellogg’s also rushed to bring in the most healthy cereal of the world “ Oats.” Looking at the facts, it is apparent that slowly with these types of campaigns India has become 200 crore market for cereals which is nothing but packaged food presented wonderfully and advertised really well. Same goes with other packaged goodies such as Wafers, Noodles and so on. The question on my mind is why would we give up our food and go ahead to eat something which does not even taste a bit like Indian food. The answer is the power of ADVERTISING and BRANDING.
How colors, advertising, branding, and campaigns change the food scenario?
Nobody branded Poha, Upma, Idli, Dosa the way we are bombarded with Pizza, Noodles and Masala oats advertisements. Same goes with Diwali Snacks. After Navratri, you can watch Cadbury advertising about how to gift Chocolates ( Cadbury Chocolate Pack) this Diwali to your loved ones, neighbors and so on. I mean really? When did the warmth of homemade ladoo, murukku, shankarpali was replaced by something made in the factory with many other products with loads of preservatives?
Oats Chivda, Ladoo Without Sugar and Gluten Free Chakli
There cannot be Chivda without Poha, Corn Poha, or Sabudana Poha period. There cannot be ladoo without sugar ( palm sugar or jaggery are good replacements of sugar), and there cannot be chakli without gluten as Chakli wouldn’t happen if there is no Gluten in the mix. So, the gist of all the above is, as we always say, eat in moderation. Have those long walks every day consistently to feel good and fit.
No million dollar company can be worried about your heart, and it’s health though they claim. Ultimately, you are the only person who knows your body and its needs. So, eat homemade, think homemade and seasonal. Whether should you have all the sweets? Please have as you wouldn’t get the warmth and thought with which it is conceived and made.
Life comes a full circle when I enter the month of March. It is mostly because the monthly calendar is filled up to the brink in this month. The Palash flowers bloom as the month of Holi starts, and the heatwave makes its way through Northern India. The Gulmohar starts shedding its dull look, and the red flowers bloom for almost two months till May.
Indians formally welcome the summer through HOLI, the festival of colors, nature plays Holi with different color flowers blooming.
It is also officially the last month in the new financial year, and all the entrepreneurs have to muster up the courage to close the old financial books and open the new ones. In many ways, March needs a lot of preparation and planning to just be through it, unlike other twelve months.
So what is on cards in the Month of March for me?
- Content Planning
- Implementation of Kaizen ( Continuous Improvement)
- Better Employee Relationships
- Personal Habits
- Working out six days a week
- Clean eating
- More water intake
- Reducing Gadget Time
- Household Organization
- Using KonMari Method
- HW and Play Date Planning
- Family Functions
I plan using #Hobonichi Techo Cousin and #Hobonichi Original English Version.
Because discipline in all these aspects only will bring the best out of this month..With all this in my kitty, I should say
March, Here I Come!
She loved to host get-togethers like no one else. Invites well before the day, a warm welcome to all, great supper, music and a heart to heart banter. A well spent evening and the guests had left.It was 11.30 p.m. She closed the door and looked into the living room only to see the wine glasses lying on the floor, the plates all over the table and the chocolate wrappers on the carpets and much more.She sighed! She started picking up the glasses one by one from over the floor and remembered each conversation she had with her friends
Cleaning the house is therapeutic. But not after a long tiring day of hosting a party.Even the most organized people feel stressed to do the dishes after all guests have left the place.Though you don’t want to offend the guests by asking them to clean their plates you can politely make a request to stack their stuff in a corner.
But if you are still afraid, to be honest then here is a quick guide to clean the house and make your house enviable
First and foremost important rule is to plug into the most favorite songs while carrying out the mundanity. Turn on that radio to know that the RJs are also working at the wee hours.
1. Decluttering the areas:- Place for everything, everything in its place (PEEP) is a thumb rule for a beautiful house. With less time to spruce up the house make sure you pick up the things lying around in the living room and in the dining areas. Bucket these into two huge tubs respectively.If you have used the disposable plates and cups, then pick those separately and bin those up.
2. Look for the spills and clean them right away:- You don’t want the valuable carpet to smell of the spillover soft drink by the kid-guest.Clean that particular part of the carpet immediately after the accident.
3. Doing the dishes:- We are in survival mode here! Just stack the dishes in the dishwasher, if you have any. If not, then you have to separate the stuff you would require immediately for the next day. Doing the dishes is not as important as removing the leftover food from the same.Neatly, gather up the garbage in the plastic bag and keep it out to prevent an accidental leak. Prioritize this deal and get yourself those brownie points.
4. Enliven those kitchen counters:- Wake up the next morning to a clean platform by giving it a quick mob. Clean the kitchen counters and if needed light up a scented candle.
5. Sparkling the bathrooms clean:- The last thing you want is to the wake up to the dirty toilets. Peep in that corner of the house.Clean the soiled areas, if any. Flush it amply.
You may also wish to take a rejuvenating bath and enter the dreamland.
Dusting, Vacuuming can be done on the next day. Cleanliness is next to Godliness but when there is less time at hand and a mess all over these simple tips would make cleaning just a “Cake-Walk”.