Friday 24 November 2017

Peppery Broccoli Pulao ~ An Iron-rich dish (Recipe)

Every foodie looks for a dish that is both healthy and delicious. I believe we should always have food that is rich in essential vitamins and minerals. And if we know some cool recipes, we can prepare some really tasty dishes with healthy ingredients. 

There are so many people who suffer from iron-deficiency. During my college days, I remember suffering from iron-deficiency anemia due to the poor choices of food that I made. It is a well-known fact that every second woman in India suffers from iron-deficiency. If you have pale skin, weak nails that break away easily, feel tired most of the times and suffer from frequent hair fall, you must know that you are iron-deficient. Iron-deficiency reduces the stamina and energy of a woman to a huge extent. She is unable to work for long hours, which results in serious social, economic and lifestyle consequences in her life. 

There are various iron-rich foods such as spinach, broccoli, raisins, beans, oats, lentils, beetroot, almonds, methi, brown rice, whole wheat bread, eggs, chicken, and fish. You must incorporate these food items into your daily diet so that you don't face iron-deficiency symptoms. 

One of my favorite vegetables is Broccoli because not only it is a superfood with several health benefits, it is also delicious.Therefore, recently I cooked a new dish with Broccoli which I named "Peppery Broccoli Pulao". If you love fried rice, pulao and biriyani, you will surely love this dish too. It is healthy, spicy and tasty. 

Ingredients Required to make Peppery Broccoli Pulao

-Basmati Rice
- Mustard Oil
-Green Chili
-Bay Leaf
-Black Pepper Powder

Steps to make Peppery Broccoli Pulao 

-I have half-cooked the Basmati Rice in pressure cooker beforehand.
-Heat the pan with oil
-Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf. Cook till you get a beautiful aroma. 

-Now add chopped onion, grated ginger, and green chili. Saut the mixture gently over low flame.

-When the onion becomes translucent, add broccoli florets, finely chopped carrots, and peas. 

-Now, add black pepper powder to the mixture and mix well. 

-Now, add the half-cooked Basmati Rice and mix gently. Add salt, water and give it a final mix. 

-Put a lid on the pan and let the pulao get cooked on low flame. Add a little ghee at the end for extra flavor.  

You can garnish the peppery broccoli pulao with coriander leaves and green chili. It is best served with Dum Aloo. 

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So, what are you waiting for? Grab this opportunity to show your culinary skills. And don't forget to incorporate iron-rich ingredients into your daily diet to stay fit and healthy. Try the "Peppery Broccoli Pulao" recipe and let me know if you liked it. 

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Saturday 18 November 2017

Benefits of Air Purifiers

One of the biggest concerns of people these days is the rising air pollution. All classes of society are facing a lot of problems due to poor air quality. Research has shown that the air quality of our homes is even worse than the air outside. And this is why it is important to have an air purifier at your home. 

People need to understand one important aspect regarding air purifier in India. It is not just a luxury, but also a necessity. Especially in the northern parts of India, the levels of toxic impurities in the air have increased to an alarming extent. As no guaranteed solution is available, it is extremely important to keep the indoor air pure. It will make everyday living a lot easier. 

The quality of your indoor air often goes unnoticed because people think pollution occurs only in the open areas. There are various factors that contribute to the air pollution in your home such as formaldehyde, asbestos, inadequate ventilation, etc. Therefore, it is essential to address these factors at the right time before they create health issues in your family. Choosing air purifiers for home is a smart choice as it not only improves air quality but also keeps your family members healthy. 

Let us look at some of the most important benefits of air purifiers:

1. You get clean, healthy air: The first important benefit of having an air purifier at home is that you will get clean and healthy air. Air purifiers are technically designed to remove microns from the air, rendering it 99.9% dust free. 

2. Helps people suffering from asthma: Some air purifiers are designed in such a way so that people suffering from asthma gets relief. These air purifiers purify the air by removing particles causing allergies and other impurities that cause an asthma attack. 

3. Eliminates smell: Air purifiers can eliminate any smell present in the air such as medicinal odors and heavy cooking smell. They are also known to suck up second-hand smoke. Therefore, air purifiers are effective in removing cigarette smoke. 

4. Protects furnishings: Air purifiers keep your home beautiful by protecting furnishings, preserving room decor and reducing maintenance. They can also reduce fire hazards from heating equipment in your house.  

Thus, you can see that there are various benefits of air purifiers. 
There are various types of air purifiers available. Choose the best air purifier for your home. As air purifiers can clean the tiniest particles in the air, they are great for keeping your family healthy. If you are suffering from allergies or asthma, you must get an air purifier in your house. Livpure air purifiers are designed to suit all your needs. 

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Friday 10 November 2017

A Letter to Broken Promises

To Broken Promises, 

There was a time when I believed that promises are meant to be kept. I was under the impression that when people promise something, they do it with the kernel of their existence. They mean every word they say with the intention of retaining it. I believed human beings are defined by the promises they make and keep. 

It has been only a few years when I realized that promises are nothing but shallow words, said in order to fool or extract something from you. They are governed by the fickleness of the human mind and they have nothing to do with the human heart. Once the realization dawned on me, I could count the number of broken promises and strangely, feel no resentment towards the people who broke them. 

Something that is governed by the mind, has no chance of permanence. Isn't it? And so, my dear broken promises, I hold no bitterness towards you. You made me comprehend why memories always weigh more than promises. Although this is not a letter to memories, I must tell you that had you not been there, human beings wouldn't have clung to their suitcase of memories like a homeless person who has lost everything in a calamity. 

Being a writer, I deal with words every single day. I play and romance with words when I am putting them on paper. But while talking to a person, I take care not to use words frivolously. I believe if you truly love and care for someone, there won't be the need of making promises vocally. You can do that in your heart and try your best to keep it. 

Dear broken promises, you taught me to use words in all conscience. You taught me to look beyond words and peep into the intentions concealed beneath the words. You helped me understand that some things break, not because they are fragile, but because they are already broken from the first minute, the only difference is that the cracks have been cleverly camouflaged. 

And finally, it's because of you I believe in living in the moment. Just like seasonal changes, human intentions keep changing and with that, the promises they had made once. I would never let you take the life out of me; instead, I would let good memories fill the hole that you puncture in my heart. 

Thank you for making me wiser, stronger and more compassionate!


A girl who no longer believes in promises

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