Paneer Onion Whole Wheat Pizza

This pizza is made using homemade roti/chapati from whole wheat flour, is a healthy alternative to store-bought pizzas, and it’s rich in fiber, and calcium.

Ingredients:

For 2 thin crust medium size pizza –

2  whole wheat tortillas/roti

100 gm paneer/cottage cheese

1 small onion

3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 tsp of any pizza sauce

1 tsp oregano

1/2 red chilli flakes (optional)

1 tsp olive oil

Method:

Make fresh whole wheat tortilla (roti/chapati) first. Let it cool down.

Cut the paneer and onion in cubes.

Spread the pizza sauce on the tortillas.

Put paneer and onions over that. Sprinkle cheese, oregano, and chilli flakes on top of that.

On a flat pan, spread the olive oil with a silicon brush and place the pizza on top. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat until the cheese melts. Make sure that the pizza doesn’t get burnt from the base so adjust the flame accordingly. If you want crispy pizza, switch off the flame and leave the pizza on the pan for a few minutes. Cook the 2nd pizza in the same way.

Enjoy the crunchy paneer and onion pizzas 🙂

Importance of human interaction

Human-to-human interaction is very important for mental well-being.
You can test this fact by not interacting with anyone for a few days. For this, you don’t have to confine yourself in a room. Do your regular activities, drive, study, work, shop, etc with minimum interaction with other people. Keep a record of how you feel during this period.
And then start to meet and call people. Do not miss any chance to talk to friends, or colleagues while working, shopping, walking, and any other activity like going out with people on weekends, etc. And record how you feel during this period.
I am sure you would feel much better mentally and emotionally in the latter case.

Good hormones are released when we interact with others. Man is a social animal. We are made to connect, cooperate, interact, build relationships and live in support of each other. That’s a sure-shot way to keep depression at bay, feel good mentally, and thrive in each other’s company. Find time to build a network of good people, and a social circle otherwise life becomes boring, and loneliness can affect our overall well-being negatively.

Sun protection

At a young age, we tend to ignore skin care as our skin is healthy and glowing. But as the years pass by, our skin loses the glow and becomes dull, tanned, wrinkled, patchy, or dry with exposure to the sun and/or due to stress. It makes a lot of difference if we take care of our skin from a young age. Getting radiant, soft, and healthy skin demands a daily skincare regime.

We really need to use sunscreen of SPF 40 or 50 to protect our skin. And it’s an absolute must when we are going out in the sun. Apply in the uncovered areas of the body, especially the face, neck, and arms. Also, wear a cap or hat, sunglasses, and an arm cover (if you are wearing a sleeveless or half sleeve attire). Use sunscreen whenever you are going out, whether it’s sunny or not. You should also apply it daily once or twice at home too. It does protect your skin.

Check for good brands with good ratings and feedback. You may want to try out a few till you find the one that suits your skin the best. There are many great tips for skin care but this post is especially for sun protection. Do take very good care of your skin.

 

Flower rangoli

Had a bunch of beautiful marigolds and roses. Made this design at the front of the doorstep. Looks very pretty and welcoming to the guests. Flowers always create positive vibes through their pretty colors and fragrance. You can do a variety of designs with fresh flowers. If there are fewer flowers, use the petals to create rangoli/designs.

Airfryer golgappa/pani puri

With no oil at all, air fry flat puris in the air fryer and get well-rounded, healthy golgappas or pani puris.

Keep some flat puris in the air fryer tray with some distance in between. Set temp at 200 deg Celsius and timer for 2 minutes. Sometimes they take less than 2 minutes, so you may want to check it after 1.5 minutes so they don’t get burnt. Air fry these puris in batches and enjoy yummy pani puris with chana filling or spicy water as you like!

My garden hibiscus

I was so happy to see two beautiful, bright red hibiscus blooming in my balcony garden this morning! These just last for a day or two, so thought of capturing these beauties 🙂

ज़िन्दगी की रेलगाड़ी

जी लो इस ज़िन्दगी को भरपूर
ज़िन्दगी की रेलगाड़ी चलती जा रही है
हर राही अपनी अपनी सीट पर बैठा अपनी ज़िन्दगी जी रहा है
न जाने किस वक़्त किसका स्टेशन आ जाए और प्लेटफार्म पर उतरना पड़े

हर दिन हर पल पूरी उत्साह से जियो
जिस किसी की भी मदद कर सकते हो करो
मदद करने वाले को सौभाग्य से अवसर मिलता है
जो बन सके बस करते चलो
कोई उम्मीद न रखो कुछ पाने की

ज़िन्दगी का फलसफा यही है
कि न कुछ लेकर आये थे
और न कुछ लेकर जाओगे
तो किस लिए सोंचना
बस अपना फ़र्ज़ करते चलो
और हर पल ख़ुशी से जीते चलो

क्योंकि न जाने कब स्टेशन आ जाए
और रेलगाड़ी से अपने प्लेटफार्म पर उतरना पड़े

 

Pumpkin soup

Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and used in a variety of ways. This pumpkin soup recipe is simple and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 250 gm of pumpkin
  • 3-4 cloves of roughly chopped garlic
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 4 glasses of water
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp butter (optional)

Method:

Wash and peel the skin of the pumpkin, remove the seeds, and chop it into big pieces. Put it in a pressure cooker. Add garlic, ginger, salt, and water. Pressure cook on a medium flame until 5-6 whistles. Switch off the flame. Let it cool down and open the cooker lid when it’s safe to open. Allow it to cool down completely and then puree it in the blender.

Add this soup back to the cooker. Add more water if the soup looks thick and boil it for a few seconds. Add black pepper and thyme. Add butter if you like. Enjoy the hot delicious pumpkin soup 🙂

 

Dark circles under eyes

Dark circles often appear under the eyes. It could be due to various reasons like lack of sleep, stress, lack of nutrition, exhaustion, etc.

There are many recommended and commercial products available in the market. These may or may not be effective every time for everyone.

There are some very useful ingredients available in our very own kitchen that help to reduce the dark circles to a great extent. The key is to apply regularly.

While cucumber slices, chilled tea bags, Vitamin E oil, and aloe vera are also effective, I found slices of potato to be very effective for dark circles. Just keep 2 cold slices of potato on the eyes daily once for 5 minutes or massage the area around the eyes with a potato slice. It helps to get rid of dark circles and reduce puffiness under the eyes.

काशी नगरी

काशी नगरी की बात ही कुछ अजब है,
अपनी ओर बस खींच लेती है
इस पवित्र स्थल में कुछ तो जादू है
जो मोह माया से दूर अपनी ओर आकर्षित करता है

चांदिनी रात में गंगा जी में नाव में सैर करना और सूर्योदय होने पर डुबकी लगाना
ऐसा अद्भुत एहसास होता है मानो सब कुछ मिल गया हो

इस पावन नगरी और विश्वनाथ मंदिर के दर्शन हर मनुष्य अपने जीवन में जरूर करे
वरना जीवन में कुछ अधूरा सा लगेगा

इस जीवन में जहाँ भी रहूँ, चाहत यही है कि अंत में बनारस के घाट ही पहुंचू
अंतिम समय गंगा किनारे और बनारस शहर में ही बीते
यहीं मेरा जन्म हुआ और यहीं मोक्ष प्राप्ति मिले।