Sattu Parantha

The process of preparing Sattu is ancient and is popular over a wide area of North India, particularly Bihar state. It is prepared by dry roasting Bengal grams. The traditional way of preparing Sattu involves the use of an iron vessel in which the grams are roasted in sand. Afterwards they are sieved and then ground to a fine flour.

It is one of the healthiest food on earth, and must try this Sattu prantha recipe that I’m about to share with you all. It’s packed with nutrients and is quite delicious. Tangy enough to tantalize your taste buds and is a wholesome meal. It can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It has a tendency to make the throat go dry, so serve it hot with baingan/eggplant bharta, curd, chutney, pickle or sauce. Sattu can be easily available at any Indian grocery store. However if you cannot get it near your house, you can easily prepare it at home by grinding roasted chana daal/bengal gram to a fine powder.

So let’s gather our ingredients 🙂

For Stuffing:

  • 1.5 cup – Sattu ( roasted Chana daal/Bengal gram powder )20170411_160740
  • 5 – Cloves garlic, chopped fine or grated20170411_163432
  • 1 inch – ginger, cleaned and grated20170411_163405
  • 1 – Onion, medium-sized, finely chopped
  • 2-3 – green chillies, chopped
  • 1 tsp – Red chilli powder
  • 3 tbs – Coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp – Lime juice ( freshly squeezed preferred ) 20170411_164507
  • 1 tsp – Ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 1 tsp – Kalonji/ Nigella seeds
  • 2 pieces – Mango pickle, mashed or 1 tsp amchur/dry mango powder
  • White salt + pink salt – to taste
  • 2 tsp – Mustard oil : it gives out the pungent taste adding more flavour.20170411_162507

For Atta/Wheat flour dough:

  • 2 cups – Whole wheat flour20170411_165622
  • 3/4th – 1 cup – Water
  • 2 tsp- oil/ghee (ghee/clarified butter preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp – salt
  • Extra flour for rolling
  • Ghee/Clarified butter or oil (Mustard/Canola/Sunflower) for cooking
       Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 g (100g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 51.93Calories 430.62
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 5.77g 9%
Saturated Fat –  
Cholesterol –  
Sodium –  
Total Carbohydrate 64.28g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1.05g 4%
Sugars –
Protein 22.88g
Vitamin A – Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 24.9% Iron 5.184%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition summary:

Calories431   Fat5.77g   Carbs64.28g   Protein22.88g
There are 431 calories in a 100 g serving of Sattu Sattu.
Calorie breakdown: 13% fat, 64% carbs, 23% protein.

Source- http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/chickpeas-(garbanzo-beans-bengal-gram)-(mature-seeds)

Let us begin with step by step process for easy execution.

  1. We will start with the preparation of the filling for this delicious tangy parantha. Mix all the ingredients mentioned in the stuffing section with sattu. Add one or two tablespoon water to make the stuffing moist, so that it’s easy to bind. You can do a small test by closing the fist with the stuffing and see if it stays in the place. Adjust the salt and other spices as per your taste palate.

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  2. Now we will prepare the dough. In a large mixing bowl, add the measured amount of wheat flour and salt. Mix them thoroughly together, and then add ghee/clarified butter- mix well. Make a dent in the center of the flour, pour a little water at a time, gather them together. Use your fist and knuckles to push and stretch the dough and knead it to a pizza dough consistency. We need a firm dough, a soft dough might be difficult to manage. 20170411_170405
  3. Going further to the next step, divide the dough into small portions about the size of a lemon, and shape them round. On a lightly flour dusted surface, take one ball, dip it into the flour and roll it using a rolling pin into a small circle. We do this to avoid the dough from sticking to the surface.
  4. Place one or two spoonful of the sattu stuffing at the center of the rolled out dough. Bring the edges together to enfold the filling to form a smooth round ball and pinch off the excess dough, if necessary. Then, roll out nice and round paratha, about 5 1/2” to 6” in diameter. You can use extra flour while rolling the dough. However, use as little as required.
  5. Heat a tawa or a cast iron griddle/flat pan over medium flame/heat. Make sure the pan is evenly hot before you place the parantha. Cook the parantha evenly from both sides while applying oil or ghee/clarified butter on the parantha and the sides, to a golden brown color. One or two tablespoon of ghee should be more than enough or just spray to a coating for healthier option. Gently press the edges and top of the parantha with a flat spatula until parantha puffs up. This might take a little practice.20170411_190657

Serve it hot with baingan ka bharta, curd, chutney, pickle or sauce.20170411_192529

P.S. It’s a super food and helps with obesity, constipation, high cholesterol, constipation and lots of other stomach disorders. I can share a drink recipe on demand.

Xoxo

Tripti

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Hydration-Glow Serum

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to share my recipe to make a skin glow-hydration serum. It’s very easy to make and pretty cheap unlike store bought ones. I truly believe that it’s imperative to keep your skin nourished and hydrated to restore skin elasticity and firmness. And facial serums provide lasting hydration with just a teeny-weeny dollop. They are super concentrated and surely are very important step in skincare. 

This serum that I’m going to share with you all will help in restoring skin elasticity, repair and rejuvenate the skin leaving it soft, smooth and supple. It will further enhance the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and nourish itself and glow. Gradually it will improve skin tone and texture and tend to eliminate skin imperfections such as wrinkles, fine lines and age spots and discoloration.

Try out this concoction and you’ll see what tough competition it is to store bought expensive serums.

Let’s start with the serum now!

 

List of Ingredients:

  • Vegetable Glycerin – 1 tb
  • Rose water – 2 tbs
  • Aloe vera gel – 2 tbs
  • Sweet almond oil – 3/4th – 1 tbs

You can use any oil or a combination of oils of your choice depending on what suits your skin and weather conditions.

  • Vit. E capsule – 1

Take a glass/ plastic bowl and mix all of the ingredients together for a minute or two. It will look cloudy white once mixed properly. And you’re done! Secure it in any clean plastic/glass container or in a pump bottle.

Apply this overnight for skin nourishment, hydration and glow in your skin. You can also apply this during day time and before makeup.

I have a dry-normal skin. Hence, I have used a combination of oils ( argan oil, evening primrose oil, castor oil, avocado oil ) that goes with my skin type. I will advise you to make serum in small batches and use. This way you will be able to do your own little experiment with different oils every time and figure out which face oil is right for you, starting slowly with few drops at a time. Also, you can play with the ingredients’ measurement little here and there. No big deal! You can start with what I’ve shared and once you get the feeler, you can customize as per your wishes. 🙂

Here’s brief information on the oils that I’ve mentioned in this blog for the serum.

Argan Oil

Argan oil has high concentration of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. It’s more stable in sunlight than other antioxidants – so it’s perfect to wear during the day. It is roughly comprised of 80% fatty acids which work wonders to hydrate skin, make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen. It restores elasticity, and fade fine lines and wrinkles making this another excellent carrier oil for anti-aging serums.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil has a very thick consistency. However, it is one of the healthiest carrier oils for skin. It is rich with vitamins A and E, and is collagen-boosting. It is best to use this oil in combination with other carrier oil. It is ideal for those with dry, itchy/irritated, sensitive or aging skin.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond oil contains large amounts of vitamins E and K. It also is a natural UV blocker, making it ideal for people who are largely exposed in the sun. It also helps skin to regenerate and maintain elasticity, and promote better circulation. 

Castor Oil

I have used castor oil exclusively for a brief time, and less is more when we talk about this oil. It’s very thick in consistency but it pretty much dries out your skin. The best way to bring out its wonderful properties is to mix a small amount of castor oil with other thinner oil. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it ideal for breakout-prone skin. It is high in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and minerals, and can help heal discoloration and scars from acne.

Evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oil is quite effective in reducing hyper-pigmentation, redness on the skin due to any skin condition and lightens the skin naturally. If you are looking for a good moisturizer with a low comedogenic rating, evening primrose oil is a great choice. It nourishes the skin with essential fatty acids leaving a supple, smooth and youthful skin. It does prevent premature aging as it has strong antioxidant properties that help prevent free radical damage on the skin, which in turn helps prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

Try it out once and see for yourself how greatly it benefits you! See you guys soon 🙂

Xoxo

Tripti

Secret  Fairy Garden

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This garden project is very dear to me because it is part of my fairy fantasy and part of what I grew up with. I inherited the love for gardening from my parents. We had around 200 types of plants from flowers and herbs to bonsai at our rooftop. We had peacocks, squirrels, birds and monkeys as surprise visitors every now and then. Taking care of our little rooftop garden was part of our chores and me and my elder sister hated it. That is until we got older.

Now I’m managing a small garden in my patio. I have potted several varieties of flowers, grow vegetables and herbs. I love houseplants too as it promotes health, gives depth to the space and has decorative value. It fills my heart with a sense of pride, peace, and relaxation to witness them blooming and sprouting.

Coming back to the point it’s my first attempt in ‘themed garden in a pot’. I saw a video on facebook sometime back and was super inspired. So finally I thought of trying my hand at it and visited Lowe’s and Walmart to collect all I needed.

Here is the list of things I bought and used in the making:

Lowe’s

  • Tete-a-tete Daffodil – $ 1.9820170410_151453.jpg
  • Dianthus – $ 1.9820170410_151425
  • Dracaena Godseffiana – $ 3.4820170410_151441
  • Schefflera “Moon Drop” – $ 3.4820170410_151434.jpg

Check the tags on the plants for tips on how much water and sunlight they require. Mine are all mix of full sun, high light, medium light and part sun with little variation of water requirements. But they all are thriving well with each other. I keep them well hydrated and expose them to indirect sunlight from 2:30pm till 7:30pm as l have west facing house.

  • White Pot – $ 14.98

Make sure there is hole at the bottom of the pot. This will allow excess water to drain through the soil easily. Place a saucer under the pot to avoid leaking. 

Choose a pot that you find appealing – simple or decorative. You can buy wooden/ clay/ plastic or resin pots of any size you want. Plastic and resin pots are lightweight and are easy to move or hang whereas wood and clay pots are heavy though sturdier.

Walmart

  • Toy Fairy Castle – $ 5.9720170410_151644.jpg
  • Mini Craft Sticks – $ 1.9720170410_151733
  • Brown Acrylic Paint (to paint mini craft sticks as fence)
  • Aquarium Gravel20170410_163111
  • Troll

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  • Fairies (Funville Sparkle Girls)20170410_151708.jpg
  • Pink Sequin Ribbon (100% acrylic)20170410_163237.jpg

I used my collection of shells from Anna Maria beach, Florida and a conifer fruit for troll which is found in abundance in Michigan and used few plastic ferns too.

It’s very important to find a good potting mix. It’s not advisable to use your garden soil as we are using potted plants here and they need loose and light soil texture. I have used Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. You can buy soil mix from Lowe’s/ Home Depot/ Walmart/ local garden etc. Try to look for a soil mix that includes fertilizers and organic matter.

I started with filling one fourth of the pot with soil. Placed Dracaena Godseffiana, Daffodil and Moon Drop at the other end of the pot, accommodating the root ball of each one of them and filled with more soil for the support. Next l planted six Dianthus in a row creating a boundary and patted down soil lightly with fingers to push out any pockets of air. We need to lightly water the plants at this point since potting mix soils are loose and airy and it will get pushed down with water weight. If the soil depresses more than you planned then adjust by adding more soil on top of it. 

Once done with potting of the plants start with the other half of the pot. I wanted to place toys on a lower ground hence l added less soil in the front to create a lower landscape. Now comes the decorating part finally! “The pot with fairy theme”. Yey!!!! I erected a fence of mini sticks by Dianthus line. Then pressed my “treasured hand-picked” shells to cover the soil and also to prevent water-soil running down to fairy picnic spot (we don’t want that to happen ever :p ). Fixed the fairy castle at one side and further filled the visible soil with aquarium gravel. Gently placed the pink sequin on the gravel for the fairies to chill out. At the back of the pot I placed a conifer fruit and put our tiny troll on top of it. And lastly for the final touch propped the plastic ferns around the castle and at the back. There it completes the look l finally wanted, and ta-daaa we’re done! 

You can now make your own version, and can use my project as a guideline and do even better! I’m going to buy a stand this weekend and flaunt the mini garden pot in my living room. I really enjoyed this mini garden project and hope you guys do too.

P.S. Keep the soil moist, but do not saturate it too much and avoid spilling water on toys. Keep in mind the watering instructions that come with the plant. Trim away any dry or dead leaves. Mine needs a little trimming too! 😀

Xoxo

Tripti