Friday, January 29, 2016

Moong Sprout Usal | Steamed moong sprout salad - healthy breakfast

Hi friends
I am sharing the moong sprout salad. . This is one of my favorite dishes  as a kid, ofcourse by mom :) just loved having this as breakfast or even as side dish with chapati for lunch or dinner!

Recipe source: tarla dalal

1 cup Moong Sprout
2 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste

For The Garnish
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

For Serving
lemon wedges

  1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  2. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the moong sprouts, turmeric powder, salt and 1½ cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  5. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  6. Garnish with onions and coriander and serve hot with lemon wedges

Friday, January 22, 2016

Kids footprints bird and bee!

Hi friends. .sharing one of our favorite painting activity!  Kiddo just loves to apply paint all over her hands/feet and create interesting pattern!

I still remember my first attempt at getting her to do handprint and footprint some 2 years much scared was I for the mess it is gonna create :)

Check out our other handprint and footprints here:

Thursday, January 14, 2016

DIY Kite | Kids craft | Tutorial

Dil me tarang aur sabhi se apnapan
Zindagi me gud jaisa mithapan
Aao hokar saath hum udaaye patang
Aur bhar de chaaro or khushiyon ke rang

Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in India. Makara Sankranti commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon in South India. The movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makara in Sanskrit, this occasion is named as Makara Sankranti in the Indian context.


This festival has different regional names:
Makar Sankranti: Chhattisgarh, Goa, Odisha, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh,Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and West Bengal
Pongal, Uzhavar Thirunal: Tamil Nadu
Uttarayan: Gujarat
Maghi: Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The day before, people of Punjab celebrate Lohri.
Bhogali Bihu: Assam
Shishur Saenkraat: Kashmir Valley
Khichdi: Uttar Pradesh and western Bihar
Makara Sankramana: Karnataka
In other countries too(Napal, Tailand, Myanmar, Combodia, Sri Lanka) the day is celebrated but under different names and in different ways.

In Maharashtra on Makara Sankranti (मकर संक्रान्ति) day people exchange multicoloured halwa (sugar granules coated in sugar syrup) and til-gul laadoo (sweetmeats made from sesame seeds and jaggery. Check out the recipe here). While exchanging til-gul as tokens of goodwill people greet each other with the words "तिळगुळ घ्या, आणि गोड-गोड बोला / til-gul ghyaa, aani goad-goad bolaa" meaning ‘Accept this til-gul (sweet) and utter sweet words’. The underlying thought in the exchange of til-gul is to forget the past ill-feelings and hostilities and resolve to speak sweetly and remain friends. The importance of sesame seeds is it keeps body warm and provide good oil, which is needed as winter dried up the moisture from body.

Kite flying is an inevitable part of this festival. Kites are made of special light-weight paper and bamboo and are mostly rhombus shaped with central spine and a single bow. The string often contains abrasives to cut down other people's kites. When people cut any kites they used to yell with words like "kaypo chhe", "e lapet", "phirki vet phirki" and "lapet lapet" in Gujarati. People spend the whole day on their terrace, flying kites with music on and yummy goodies to munch on!

Sharing here our attempt at making kite when we were back in Sydney. Kiddo and me thoroughly loved out activity and the daddy too got involved in taking pics and posing with the kite J

Here are the step by step pictures:

material required:
a4 size paper for making kite
cello tape
circle punch (the one used for filing also works)
string for holding the kite

Fold the paper into half and draw eyes on it

Mountain fold the center to create a nose of the kite.

Turn around the kite and stick the straw horizontally with the tape

Punch a hole on the top side of the nose and tie a string

Stick th ribbon tail on the back of the kite
tadaa..the kite is ready to soar!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

kids handprint peacock

Hi friends. .sharing a simple craft for kids. This is a handprint peacock which can be used  as a keepsake for the kids handprint.  Also it satisfies the mess loving kids..since you need to apply paint all over the hands. . This may get lot messy if not handled properly!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Favorite 5 cards of 2015

Made this card for a friend. .love the bright and bold colors of this card.

Favorite card for my best friend. 

Card for a cause stop domestic violence

Endless card..hubby's favorite@

Pop up card for my brother. 

Sending this to debby favorite 5 of 2015

Monday, January 4, 2016

Madhubani Sun Bookmark/Tag

Hi friends. .wish you all a very happy new year!

Hope you have good luck and wonderful time with friends and family in the year 2016.
For me 2015 was a roller coaster year. .being in sydney..singapore..Thailand. .malaysia. .then in india ..Mumbai. .napgur..adilabad..and nearby places.  It was a transformation from the most developed places on earth to the little rural towns!  Amazing and enriching experience all the way!
Sharing today a bookmark/tag I painted in madhubani style. .hope you like it :)
Painting a madhubani Sun is new to me , since this is the first time I painted it. Loved making it.

Sending this to


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