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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My 12 Best Skin Care Tips & A Bonus Face Pack

Secret to a flawless beauty is to have a good health, to be in shape, to need less makeup, to have an even skin tone and glow. So today I’m going to share 12 of my favorite skin care tips, to keep you looking your best. Try them ( all or any! ) to get that radiance you’ve always wanted.

  1. Every morning, have warm to hot water with lemon and apple cider vinegar to jump-start your digestion.
  2. Without fail use sunscreen on your face and neck every morning and as required, and so far, you would avoid 80% of new spots or wrinkles! Use sunscreen now and every day for the rest of your life.
  3. Break a sweat! Do speed-walks, yoga, swimming or try any sport or find any fitness activity that you really enjoy, and you’ll stick with them for a long haul. I believe fresh air does wonders for the skin, so go for a walk whenever possible.
  4. Eat healthy and you won’t have to count calories – have lots of fresh fruits and veggies that are rich in antioxidants.Try to incorporate these food items ( whichever suits your food habits, body and skin ) in your everyday diet as they’ll  keep you glowing inside-out : dried apricots, cucumbers, walnuts, avocado, watermelon, oranges, flax seed, chia seed, spinach, tomatoes, corn, soybeans, papaya, sweet potatoes, almonds, chicken, turkey, shellfish, salmon.
  5. Exfoliate your skin twice a week to get rid of all dirt and clogging. It will keep your skin healthy and soft.
  6. Sleep for 7 hours. No amount of makeup or any alternate measure can replace a good sound-sleep.
  7. Rinse your face with lukewarm water all round the year. Use cool (not cold) water if you have rash or redness of any kind. Icy cold water will not help your skin in any ways nor would hot water. It will only dehydrate the skin.
  8. Use Vitamin C rich food and serums. It will benefit your skin humongously!
  9. Always use moisturizer/ body lotion that goes with your skin type after shower or when you take off your makeup. Try to look for a moisturizer that is rich but not greasy. Never ever quit moisturizing. I personally always infuse few drops of oil in my moisturizer, body lotion, face packs, makeup, hair serum 🙂
  10. Drink more water.
  11. Don’t use tons of makeup. Trust me you really don’t need a lot. Just a touch here and there to accentuate your features. And also, do not worry too much about what beauty trends are “In”. I feel it’s more about self-expression in terms of makeup/hair/fashion. Do what makes you feel happy and beautiful!
  12. If you suffer with serious acne/pimples problems then you must cut-off sugar and carbs for a while.

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And now finally I would like to share a turmeric-based face pack. Its regular use will give you a flawless glowing skin. It will also help you to control acne/pimples.

You’ll need :

  • Honey – 2 tablespoons
  • Collage 2017-04-19 16_26_31Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coconut milk – 1 teaspoon

Mix all the ingredients into a smooth consistency and apply evenly on clean and dried face. Let it dry for 10 minutes. You can reapply another layer if you want to keep it longer. Rinse face with tepid water and pat dry.

Don’t forget to moisturize! 🙂

I would prefer to use this mask at night, before going to sleep. In the morning you will see how beautiful golden glow your skin has.

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