Showing posts from July, 2015

Ear Ring Holder 1

All those of you who have a big collection of junk / costume jewellery must have faced the problem of storing them. I love ear rings and love them in different materials, colours, sizes and shapes.
I have them in Gold, Silver, beads, pearls, precious and semi precious stones, wood, seeds, bone, glass, shell, thread, etc.
Have you noticed that the ear rings with hooks get tangled up when you keep them all in a box or a case? Most of the time, you will find one ear ring that you want to wear but not its pair, especially when you are in a hurry? I had that problem often. Not any more!
I made a holder / board (for the lack of a better name) on which I hung all my ear rings with hooks. It is kept the board on top of a wall unit, at eye level.
From a packing box, I cut out a flat piece of side panel and smoothened the edges with scissors.The ear rings were made into different categories based on their size. I knew how many rows and what distances they should be hung.Drew horizontal lines acro…

Is India Senior Citizen friendly?

Is India as a nation, senior citizen friendly?
India isa nation of 1.23 billion people in July 2014. It is a young nation. It is expected to be the most populous country by 2025. Out of 1.23 billion, those between the ages 15 - 59 are 72.9 billion or 60.3%; and people aged 60 years and above are 10.32 crores or 8.6%, as per 2011 census.
What does the census show? It seems to me that there above 10 core old people / senior citizen as of now, and the number is going to grow rapidly in the near future. Soon we will also be joining the ranks of the 'Elderly', ie. if we have not already.
My questions are: 'Are our urban spaces equipped to cater to the elderly?'  'Are our public spaces, transport, road and traffic rules senior citizen friendly? 'Are our outdoor spaces, Public spaces and buildings, and transportation  designed keeping in mind the needs and requirements of the elderly?'
If you look around, you do not see many elderly people going about their chores by them…

Mixed Lentil Curry

It is my favourite. Instead of using one variety of lentil at a time, and also the taste can get boring, I buy them all 250 gm. each, and mix them up. You can also use sprouted ones. This recipe gives a lot of proteins, great taste and easy to prepare. 
Mixed Lentil curry
Take any combination of lentils with skin intact, eg: Toor dal (Pigeon Pea) Moong dal Greengram), Urad dal (Black gram), Chana dal (Bengal gram), Lobia (Black eyed pea), Dried Mattar (pea), Matki (moth bean), Alsane (red cow peas) etc.
Mixed lentils – 2 cups Tomatoes (chopped) – 2 nos. Salt  - to taste Onion (grated or made into a coarse paste) – 1 no. Chilli powder – ½ tsp. Garam Masala powder  (optional) – ½ tsp. Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp. Ginger garlic paste or garlic paste – ½ tsp. Oil – 2 tbs. Cumin seeds – ½ tsp.

Raw Mixed Lentils
Method: Clean and soak the mixed lentils over night or for 4 hrs and more. Cook them in pressure cooker until they are cooked soft. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds. When they start to splutter,…

Bottle gourd with sweet cum sour mango curry

Summer is the season for MANGOES! I love them; sour, sweet and sweet cum sour! We eat the sweet mangoes or make juice out of them. With sour / raw mangoes, you can use them in cooking or make chutneys or pickles. There are always a few raw mangoes which start to become ripe. What does one do with them? They are not sweet enough to eat, and not sour to cook with. This is what I did ….

Bottle gourd – small oneSweet cum sour mango – 1 no.Mustard seeds & Cumin seeds – ½ tsp.Green chilli, cut into small pieces – 1 no.Curry leaves – a fewSalt – to tasteTurmeric powder – ¼ tsp.Oil – 2 tbs.Method: Clean and skin the bottle gourd. Cut it into 1 sqcm. pieces. Take out skin from the mango too. And cut it into pieces. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds, and then green chilli pieces and curry leaves. When they begin to splutter, put bottle gourd pieces into the oil. Cover the pan and let it cook in low heat. When the vegetable is half done, add turmeric powd…