cabbage paratha

Cabbage paratha | A kindness Challenge

Tell me it’s normal to not want to read the newspaper because it makes you sad. If you’re here for just the cabbage paratha bit, please feel free to jump right down to the recipe. If you have a bit more time, please read on. I cried last week when I read the stories of the wives, mothers of fishermen from Kanyakumari who are waiting, praying for a miracle after cyclone Ockhi. They are fighting despair as each day passes, hoping that their loved ones would return alive somehow while also wondering how to make ends meet, how to explain to the little kids at home who are asking for their “Appa”, how to pay back the loan they took for the new boat, how to pay the school fees. I pray for all those families. I urge you to pray too, for them. I am a huge believer in the power of prayers. I think it can make a difference. It is hard to be kind Too often we underestimate the value of a kind act, a small prayer, a tiny favour. We’re doing these things so rarely these days because we’re very busy being enraged about the news. There’s rarely anything positive or happy in the news anyways. I can barely contain my despondency when I read about another rape, another hate crime, the lifelong court trials that suck the life out of the people before tilting in favour of the powerful. Add to that, the self-righteous, sweeping generalizations and twisted up narratives that people serve up on social media attacking their favourite people to hate. I don’t know if everyone has an Aadhar card, if everyone has a bank account. Everyone sure has a group they hate. Women, men, hindus, muslims, Christians, low-caste, high-caste, brahmins, devars, non-brahmins, Sanghis, Commies, Congis, Leftists, Thalapathy fans, Thala fans. It is hard to be optimistic. And precisely because it is so difficult, I think we need to try extra hard to stay hopeful, to be kind and to do good. Kindness, generosity and cheer are like muscles. We need to work them constantly so that we can put them to use when we need them most.   Goodness There was a friend in school who complained about being left out from the gang and acted up from time to time being frosty and even rude. I remember being miffed by the...
Will Kelloggs K help you lose weight?

Will Kelloggs Special K help you lose weight?

Nobody ever lost weight with their mothers around. When I am in the midst of the strictest diet, when I’ve not eaten rice for a week, when I am painfully sipping sugar-less coffee my mother hands me a big plate full of hot off the stove assorted bajjis – onion bajji, potato bajji and vazhakai bajji. She brings me mutton biryani the next day. She thrusts a big dabba full of fried vengaya vathal (onion-rice fritters) for snacking. You’d think she doesn’t want me to ever lose weight, which wouldn’t be inaccurate. In fact she doesn’t register that I am fat. Ah, Mothers. In spite of my mother’s sabotage, I managed to stick to Kelloggs Special K for breakfast and dinner for an entire week. 2-bowls a day, just like Deepika Padukone says. Do you want to know if it worked? If I lost weight? In just a bit.. As part of my project 50k, I am experimenting with different diets and exercises to see what works and what doesn’t and to infuse some variety and interest into my weight-loss journey. I am sharing all those details with you as I know many of you are in the same boat. The Kelloggs special K tastes delicious, slightly sweet and wonderfully crunchy. On the Kelloggs Special K pack, there are clear instructions as to what makes the 2 bowls that Deepika talks about. 30 grams of Kelloggs Special K along with 120 ml of skimmed milk makes one bowl and that is 144 calories. Compare that with 2 idlis+ sambar, 2 dosas + sambar or a serving of upma which all work out to about 300 calories and you are consuming only half of that. 144 calories is super low for a meal and would be fantastic for someone looking to lose weight. It tastes great and is low-calorie. What more could you ask for? Well, let me show you what 30 gm looks like. 30 gm turned out to be just over a 1/4 cup. I am using a 1/2 cup measure in this picture and I have a little over half of it filled. I don’t know about Deepika but a 1/4 cup of cereal is like a baby-portion of cerelac. That’s the amount of food we feed our neighbourhood crow. Sorry, he likes to eat more except on Ammavasai when he likes to act pricey. 30 gm of cereal is simply insufficient for me. On days I’ve worked out, I want to...
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