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All of us marvel at the imagination of writers or anyone who has the ability to create something. Story-telling is an art that involves beckoning unknown and unformed characters from the dark recesses of our mind, giving them shape and making them real, at least in words.

Is the stage before writing just as fulfilling though? Broken hearts, unsaid feelings, unexpressed emotions and the many demons that keep us awake at night exist for us but are a ‘figment of our imagination’ for others. Isn’t writing the therapy we use for ourselves to deal with them and move on?

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Fruit Preparations for Navratri #Bloggarba

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This is my turn to hop on the #bloggarba.

Thank you Snehalata Jain of Blogsikka for introducing me.

Navratri has begun and one can feel the magic of festivity, spirituality and positivity everywhere. Ardent devotees of Maa Durga who had been eagerly waiting for her arrival can be seen thronging various Puja pandals, offering prayers and seeking her blessings for happiness and fulfillment of their wishes.

Navratri is celebrated twice a year, in summer and autumn, and it is common for many people to fast during this time. Like with many other rituals we observe there is a scientific reason attached to this too. Our body immunity is weak during this time owing to seasonal changes and fasting can help us maintain better health with the help of a light diet.

While we want to be part of the Navratri revelry and dan(diya)ce our hearts out, sometimes matters like working late or the early closing time of 10pm can make us skip our dinners for lack of time to cook or eat. If we’re fasting, it’s worse and can no way be a healthy option for the entire Navratri. Fasting doesn’t mean going hungry.

With your fast and health in mind, today I’m suggesting some quick fruit recipes which are sumptuous, easy to make, give the perfect sugar kick and will keep your hunger pangs at bay for a long time. Read on to know more! 🙂

Layered fruits in Rabdi

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Cut some of your favourite fruits in small pieces. Layer them in a glass and pour some rabdi (prepared in advance) on the top. This one glass is packed with a whole lot of nutrients and colours and the best thing to have while fasting. Apart from the sweet rabdi, it has only natural sugar. You can adjust the sweetness of rabdi with little or no sugar as per your choice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds. This dish tastes better when served cold.

Custard apple cream dip with Chikki crackers

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We’re all fans of crackers and dips and miss them during fasting. Well, crave no more. This custard apple cream and chikki spread is just what you need. Blend fresh custard apple pulp and fresh cream together till they are light. You can add some milk for a slight flowing consistency. Adding sugar is optional, since custard apple is very sweet. Use this cream as a dip and have it with coconut, sesame, amaranth, groundnut or cashew chikki.

Mango Falooda for all seasons

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This Mango Falooda isn’t for fasting but can be modified by omitting the seviyan and sabja seeds. Soak sabja seeds for around an hour in water, boil the seviyan in a pan till they are soft, strain and keep them aside. Blend a scoop of mango ice-cream, 2-3 tablespoons of mango pulp and half glass of milk together till they form a thick shake. Layer a glass with soaked sabja seeds, boiled seviyan and then pour the mango milkshake into it. Garnish with cream, chopped almonds and pistachios.

These simple recipes have give you some respite, I assume. 🙂 Please make sure you get proper nutrition and have enough fluid intake to keep yourself healthy and fit during fasting. Enjoy Maa Durga’s visit to the fullest and be safe. Happy Navratri! Jai Mata Di! 🙂 ❤

Hope you’re well fed and refreshed at this station and ready to go ahead on your journey! 🙂 🙂

Next up is Monika who blogs at Alubhujia. Stay on and have fun as she keeps you company after this. 🙂

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She is Monika from Panchkula. She is basically a Punjabi girl who is simple but bold. She is a postgraduate in Physics and is working in the field of teaching. She is very enthusiastic about learning new things. She relishes reading n writing and currently blogs about the diverse flavours of life  at www.alubhujia.com. The interesting fact about her blog is that she writes equally well in English as well as Hindi language. Her love for her blog is growing day by day and she soon wants to turn into an author.

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Indian-Italian Stuffed Bread

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Ever since we discovered it a few months ago this cute little bakery near my home has become our one-stop shop for every big or small celebration. We visit it often to satiate our sweet cravings any time of the day. Not only does it have the softest melt-in-your-mouth fresh cakes and pastries, but also has innovative Vegetable and Paneer snacks which I love to binge upon.

Despite devouring bakery products, I’m not much of a baker myself. I’m almost always sure that my cakes can either be used to replace bricks for Taekwando practice or be responsible for early denture treatment for the adventurous and masochistic ones. Call it a case of low confidence, if you may. I’m just not cut out for it.

That is why when I come across different types of breads available at this place it particularly interests me. To be honest, in my home the use of breads is primarily limited to having bread-butter with tea or for making sandwiches. Flavoured breads have only recently found their way to my kitchen; hence the avenues opened for experimentation are endless!

This lovely Spicy Masala bread loaf was something I was tempted to try out. With a palate accustomed to not settle for any dry bread (even flavoured one) I had to figure out a way to slip some additional taste, possibly nutrition and moisture into it. Since it was thick enough to be parted in the middle, I toyed around a bit and created this beautiful, colourful dish.

Spicy Masala bread with Italian vegetable stuffing

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Ingredients:

Spicy Masala bread (preferably) or any one of your choice – 1 no

For filling:

Onion (finely chopped) – 1 no

Tomato (finely chopped) – 1 no

Baby corn (diced in circles) – 5-6 no

Capsicum (finely chopped) – 1 no

Carrots (finely chopped) – 1 no

French beans (finely chopped) – 5-6 no

Basil leaves (roughly shredded) – 2 tablespoons

(for filling and garnish)

Garlic (finely chopped) – 5-6 cloves

Cheese cubes (shredded)/cheese slices – 2-3

Pasta sauce – 1 tablespoon

Italian mixed herbs – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon

Garlic butter – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

For garnish:

Tomato ketchup

Mayonnaise

Basil leaves

Procedure:

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic to it and sauté till it turns brown. Add onions and let them get translucent.

2. Now add all vegetables one by one. Start with French beans, carrot, baby corn, capsicum and finally add tomatoes. Sauté them lightly so their crunch is retained. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

3. Add shredded basil leaves, pasta sauce and season with Italian mixed herbs, black pepper and salt (keeping the salt in the sauce in mind).

4. Mix well and let it cool. Your filling is ready.

5. Now take the bread and slit it partly midway. Take care that it doesn’t break into two pieces.

6. Grease it generously with garlic butter. Add the filling to it (keep some aside for garnish). Don’t try to force more than you can fill comfortably. Finally, add the cheese slice/shredded cheese and press the sides close together.

7. Heat a pan and melt some garlic butter over it. Lightly grill the bread carefully from both sides.

8. Serve in a lovely big plate and garnish with the filling, basil leaves, tomato ketchup and mayonnaise.

The bread loaf had lots of red chilly flakes, kasuri methi and other Indian spices on the top. Those spices mixed with the Italian seasoning in the filling, cheese and garlic butter made an awesome combination. You have to try it to believe it! ❤

I have no idea if any such dish exists or what is it called (help me out?). This was a figment of my imagination. What about you? Which new thing have you tried or want to try your hand at? Do share with me.

Alexa Rank on Sep 21, 2017

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Second Chance by Sandeep Jatwa #BookReview

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Everything we do has good or bad consequences but how often do we stop and ponder upon it while we’re doing it? Humans tend to live in abandon and forget that their wrongdoings are getting registered and will eventually need to be accounted and answered for. However, with some stroke of luck what if they get a second chance to set it all right? This is the premise of the book Second Chance by Sandeep Jatwa that I’m reviewing today.

What is the book about?

This is the story of Shekhar Kapoor, a self-consumed successful businessman who would stop at nothing to get his way. He is arrogant, brash, mean and patronising and has little or no love or respect for anyone in his life. Suddenly one day he starts receiving cryptic warnings from something called City of Justice to mend his ways or pay for it. He ignores them.

Only after he’s killed in a car accident and he faces the Bookkeeper does he realise that all of it wasn’t his imagination. His entire life is flashed in front of him and he’s filled with shame, dread, fear and guilt looking at it all. He hopes there’s some way in which he can undo the pain he has caused to everyone around him but is it possible? Is it too late already?

My take on it

This book serves as a reminder to us that every good deed has the capacity to undo bad ones. A life filled with happiness and love is more worthy than earning millions and living in punishing solitude. The author has depicted the stark contrast in the protagonist’s behaviour well. Punishment or the fear of it isn’t a solution but it can act as a deterrent. The concept of a second chance at life is refreshing and unique and is the best takeaway from this book.

On the downside, I wish the book was edited better because I could find mistakes in it. Hope this will be dealt with in the next print.

I’ll give this book 3/5 stars.

BOOK DETAILS
Author:                      Sandeep Jatwa
Publisher :                 Educreation Publishing
Language:                  English
Binding:                      Paperback
Number of Pages:      190

I received this book from VInfluencers in exchange for an honest review.

Food-hack and the love of spice

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Everyday cooking isn’t easy. If you’re a foodie like me, having the same vegetable for the second time in a week will surely drive you up the wall. While we would love to have mouth-watering, exotic-sounding culinary marvels served to us on a fancy platter everyday, the onus to make it happen lies on the shoulders of the poor confused soul who needs to cook his way through.

The practical issue of using up the refrigerated stock before it goes bad might be a dampener but cannot be ignored either. Sometimes we’re left with a little of this and that which cannot be used up singularly and doesn’t ideally ‘fit’ together. Necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t it? For a chef, this is the sign to take off and open his wings of creativity!

My son loves corn and makes me buy it every time he accompanies me to the green grocer’s. The guy sells it only in fixed quantities and our consumption isn’t as much. Baking it on the stove ‘roadside style’, corn rice, corn besan, steamed corn and what not, I have tried everything! Still, many times one odd piece remains and I’m left wondering what to do with it.

Faced with a similar conundrum, I came up with this Potato-corn sabzi the other day. This was an experiment, yet the surprisingly unique burst of flavours in my mouth was amazing. If you like your food spicy, this dish is for you!

Potato-corn in coconut-chilly gravy

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Ingredients:

Potatoes (boiled and roughly diced) – 3 no

Corn (blanched) – Half cup

Onion (made into paste) – 1 no

Mustard and cumin seeds (for tempering) – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilly powder (optional) – 1 teaspoon

Hing (asafoetida) – Quarter teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

For fresh masala:

Desiccated coconut- Half cup

Whole red chillies (dry) – 2 no

Coriander seeds – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 1 no

Garlic cloves – 5-6

Ginger – Half inch

For garnish:

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1 teaspoon

Procedure:

1. Dry roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds, desiccated coconut and red chillies in a pan till they are fragrant. Remove them from heat and let them cool.

2. Grind them together till they have a coarse powder consistency, then add chopped tomato, garlic and ginger and grind till you have a smooth paste. Add very little water, if required.

3. Heat oil in a pan and temper it with mustard and cumin seeds. After they splutter, add hing.

4. Add the onion paste and sauté on a low flame till it turns pink. Add the fresh masala paste and sauté the mixture till you can see oil separated on the top.

5. By now the mixture should be fragrant. Add turmeric powder and red chilly powder and sauté for another one minute.

6. Add the boiled potatoes and blanched corn and mix well.

7. Add water depending upon the thickness of the gravy you desire. Season with salt.

8. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.

9. Voila! Your dish is ready. Serve hot. Garnish with coriander leaves.

You can have this with laccha paratha, kulcha or naan or even use it as gravy with rice. It works well with everything.

What do think of this little creation of mine? What do you do when you have limited resources and want to have something new and tasty? Do leave a comment and let me know.

Alexa Rank on Sep 19, 2017

Sep 19

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Music #FridayFotoFiction

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“I don’t have it in me anymore.” he had said.

One of the best guitarists of his time and his personal favourite, John was flabbergasted that he had to counsel Alex. Creative shutdowns weren’t unheard of in his profession, yet knowing that the man whose music had been his companion on many a lonely nights disturbed him.

Alex’s last collaboration was over a year ago and its failure had driven him into a shell. Rumourmongers had already written him off. He was so depressed that he hadn’t touched his priced guitar in months.

John knew he had to try something out of ordinary here. Music was lot more than big labels, setting records or thunderous sales; it was a spiritual experience. The sound of nature didn’t make a dime, but was priceless!

Walking together, John knew Alex felt the magic again. Music hadn’t deserted him. Not yet.

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Rice and some goodness :-)

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All of us have at least one of those cheat favourites we cannot do without. The labour of a whole week callously goes down the drain while munching hungrily on an order of French Fries or downing spoonfuls of a tempting chocolate cake. Warnings of well-meaning people about their health concerns, calorie count or even adverse effects fall on deaf ears, as we shrug them off and treat ourselves to another helping of it.

I’m not an advocate of dieting but on my cheat days, if I have to, I prefer to select the empty calories of my choice. I will gladly swap a roadside Pav Bhaji for a trip to Pizza Hut or enjoy some crispy Jalebis over a box of butter cookies. Moderation is the key and if we practice it well, I believe we’ll never have to sacrifice anything at all.

Rice is something most nutritionists and dieticians ask us to keep a strict check on or possibly omit completely from our plate. This is sacrilege for the likes of me because even though I’m a Marwari and rice isn’t our staple food, I love my pulao, biryani, fried rice and also the humble homemade daal-chawal (with dollops of ghee).

If you’ve read my earlier posts you’ve probably noticed that I used coriander leaves in almost all of them. Apart from their health benefits, coriander leaves can lend colour and taste to an otherwise bland preparation and I love using them generously in my cooking. So, combining my two food loves, today I’m sharing a rice recipe with you which has lots of coriander (and vegetables) in it.

Coriander Vegetable Rice

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Ingredients:

Basmati rice (soaked for 15 minutes) – 1 cup

Coriander leaves – 2 cups

Green chillies – 3-4 no

Ginger – Half inch

Garlic – 5-6 cloves

Mixed vegetables of your choice (roughly chopped) – 1 cup

(carrots, capsicum, green peas, potato, caluliflower, etc)

Onion (finely chopped) – 1 no

Cloves and black pepper– 8-10 each

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch

Bayleaf – 1 no

Hing (Asafoetida) – Quarter teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoons

Salt to taste

Procedure:

1. Grind coriander leaves in a grinder with green chillies, ginger and garlic. Add water as required until it has a smooth chutney-like texture.

2. Blanch the mixed vegetables in hot water for 5 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and when it is hot add the cloves, black pepper, cinnamon stick, bayleaf and hing.

3. After they splutter and change colour, add finely chopped onions and sauté till they turn translucent.

4. Add the mixed vegetables and sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add the coriander paste and sauté for another 1-2 minutes. The coriander paste must retain its lovely green colour.

5. Drain the water from the soaked rice and add it to the pan mixture. Keep turning the rice in the pan gently so it doesn’t break and also mixes up nicely in it.

6. Sauté till the rice grains looks shiny and separated and is coated well with the coriander mixture. Add salt and water as required. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 10-15 minutes.

7. Your Coriander Rice is ready! Garnishing isn’t required, simply serve (and eat) it with a lot of love. 🙂

You can have it with Boondi or Pineapple Raita and papad, or just like that.

Hope you liked it and want to try it out.

What do you eat on your cheat days? Do let me know.

Alexa Rank on Sep 16, 2017

Sep 16

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5 fashion tips for girls this Navratri #NavratriHoppers

Navratri, the festival that commemorates womanhood, might be celebrated differently in different customs around the length and breadth of our country but the one thing that unites us all is the revelry and anticipation associated with it!

I’m delighted to be part of this Navratri blog train #NavratriHoppers where a group of 12 versatile bloggers have come together to share their views, suggestions and expertise on all things Navratri and women. Thank you so much Deepika for bringing me in. Follow her social channels to stay updated:

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Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/makeupmagiqueblog

As a teenager I remember raiding my mother’s wardrobe and jewellery box, mixing and matching it with my own and trying out all sorts of innovative makeup, colours and shades to create a different festive look for all the nine days.

Hoping there’s still time before my pretty and enthusiastic doll of a girl will exercise similar privileges with me, I wanted to make this experience enjoyable for her. The princess that she is, catering to her specific choices and passing the muster wasn’t a cakewalk!

When it comes to shopping for kids, the most important thing is to ensure that they feel comfortable, the cloth must be soft and shouldn’t cause any rash and most important, they must wrap our million dollar babies in the best way possible.

Here are my recommendations on what your budding fashionista must wear this Navratri:

#1 Anarkali gown with a poncho twist

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Ponchos are very trendy these days, be it for adults or kids. This exquisitely detailed netted poncho looks elegant with a simple full length anarkali which has beautiful embroidery work on the waist. Since they aren’t attached, you can wear them together or team them up with something else. No frills needed with this one, except a thick bracelet and a pair of chic sandals.

#2 Netted Pathani in Red and Gold

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This Pathani dress can be worn to a function and can also be easily managed in a crowded Garba place. The colours are both festive and give a rich feel to it. You can accessorise it with hair accessories, a smart neckpiece, earrings and a handful of bangles. If worn together with the red and gold sari my blog friend Jayshree suggests, you are sure to be the best-looking pair on the floor!

#3 Go Yellow the traditional way

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Navratri cannot be imagined without atleast one of these vibrant, mirrored and so very attractive Garba dresses. Backless cholis, embroidered blouses, halter-neck tops and what not, there are plenty of designs to choose from. These have limited colour options but one can hardly complain. Accessorise it with the pompom jewellery my blog friend Amreen recommends and your look is complete!

#4 Colourful beaded jewellery

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Little girls want to copy their elders but the darlings don’t have the patience to put up with it for long and even lose them easily. With their comfort and safety in mind, I’d suggest you select such beaded, weightless non-expensive jewellery for them. Lots of good options are available in the market. Select something she likes and wears happily.

#5 Trendy footwear

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Footwear is quite tricky and a personal choice but, keeping the dancing in mind, make sure you avoid those blingy sandals or chappals because they may bite. There are many cute jootis available that go well with traditional as well as modern outfits and aren’t hard on your girl’s delicate feet.

You will find lot more options if you sift through local markets at Kalbadevi, Borivali, Dadar, Santacruz or even Vashi. Hope this helped you. When it comes to fashion trends and fusion, sky is the limit! Have a great Navratri, all of you. Look good, feel good, enjoy yourself and be safe!

I’m now passing over the baton to Rakhi, who will take the train ahead from here. Check out her social channels:

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lifethrumumseyes

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lifethrumumseyes

I’m collaborating with a group of 12 versatile bloggers for this Navratri blog train #NavratriHoppers. Do check out other wonderful Navratri posts under this hashtag!

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Calling all Pizza Lovers :-)

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How often have you craved for your favourite junk food and grudgingly curbed that persistent voice calling out from inside of you merely because it doesn’t fit into your diet plan? How often have you wondered why we cannot create something that not only agrees with our health goals but is also pleasing to our palate? Is sacrificing our food choices necessary?

If you are like me, I’m guessing these questions have hounded you more than you’ll be willing to accept. You’ll be my hero if you can pass by a Pav Bhaji stall and the aroma doesn’t beckon you to grab a bite or the sight of just-out-of-the-kadhai jalebis doesn’t tempt you. I’m allowed my indulgences sometimes. Are you?

While I like how everyone is high on working out, eating right and generally keeping their fitness levels up nowadays, I do wonder if complete depravation of so-called unhealthy foods can last a lifetime. As someone who has tried all kinds of diets till date, I can confess that we can eat right and yet keep our taste buds happy.

I love pizzas and although I like cheese, a thick layer of cheese on my pizza puts me off. I’m also annoyingly choosy when it comes to the thickness of the crust or the choice of toppings. This is why I prefer making pizza base at home. This also gives me a chance to toy around with different grains that don’t feature in our daily food.

Read on to know my recipe for Nachni pizza, a great diet-friendly variation and replacement for the refined flour pizza base. This is good for you as well as your kids and can be made into a full meal.

Colourful Nachni Pizza

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Ingredients:

For base:

Nachni flour – 1 cup

Wheat flour – Half cup

Paneer (crushed) – Half cup

Onions (finely chopped) – Half cup

Coriander leaves (finely chopped) – Half cup

Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Green chillies (finely chopped) – 3-4 no

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

For toppings:

Onions (roughly chopped) – 1 no

Tomato (roughly chopped) – 1 no

Red/green bell peppers (roughly chopped) – 1 or 2 no

(You can add any other vegetables of your choice)

Arrabbiata sauce – 1 tablespoon

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon

Cheese – 2-3 cubes (as required)

Butter – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Oregano, mixed herbs and chilly flakes for seasoning

Procedure:

1. Take a bowl and add all the base ingredients to it.

2. Knead it into tight dough adding as little water as possible. Use the moisture in onions and paneer instead.

3. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.

4. Divide the dough in equal-sized parts big enough to roll into a thick chapatti. Handle the dough carefully.

5. Make chapattis and bake them halfway on a heated pan.

6. On the other side, heat another pan and add oil to it.

7. Sauté the onions, tomatoes and bell peppers on a low flame. We have to retain their crunch.*

8. Add Arrabbiata sauce, salt and black pepper. Mix well.

9. Take the nachni base, grease it with butter and spread the toppings and grated cheese over it. Bake in an oven, microwave or a pan till the cheese melts.**

10. Serve hot.

11. Season it with oregano, mixed herbs and chilly flakes as per your choice.

* You cannot spread sauce on this base. Better to cook the toppings and season them beforehand.

** This crust won’t get too crispy. Baking till it turns brown and the cheese melts is enough.

I loved the colours of this dish so much that I didn’t want to disturb them and eat it at all. 😛 What do you think? Does it look appealing enough to you to try out yourself?

Alexa Rank on Sep 11, 2017

Sep 11

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Remember your grandparents and #LoveJatao

Grandparents always hold a special place in our hearts. We might or might not hold ourselves in great esteem but for them we are no less than the best. They are our support system and our confidantes. They are fun and give the most sensible advice. I’m glad to be a part of the #LoveJatao activity in association with Parachute Advansed and Blogadda.

Some relationships are so beautiful that we do not mind living and cherishing them vicariously through someone else. The love and bonding I see between my kids and their grandparents everyday is one such relation. Even being far away from each other, the intimacy in their interactions is hard to miss.

Having lost both my grandfathers even before I could learn to stand on my own feet, I never knew how it felt to covertly conspire, hold Grandpa’s finger and walk down to the nearest shop to buy a chocolate, make him a ‘ghoda’ and ride on his back in an impressive warrior pose or cuddle up with him while making him watch their favourite cartoons with them. It is fun to watch when my kids make Dad do all of this, and more!

I was luckier when it came to my maternal Grandma though. My Nani was one of the purest souls on earth who hadn’t met or heard of words like evil, anger or jealousy. Fair and beautiful, she always wore soft light-coloured cotton saris, the ends of which turned marginally black by the end of the day if we were around. When Mom got down for her afternoon nap, Nani would keep us engaged with her creative stories. She had such a vivid imagination that no story ever got repeated.

A lot has changed over the years, and some of it not for the best. While my in-laws indulge the kids a lot, their failing health doesn’t allow them to spend as much time with them as they’d like. It has its share of fun though. The biggest wars between the youngest and eldest kids in our household (you know what I mean, right? 😉 ) are for the television remote. The elder ones request lovingly while the younger ones threaten to ‘throw the remote in the water cooler’ to get their way! 😀

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A Jr got to spend time with Mom but I regret Angel won’t even have a fleeting memory of her. Easy access to pictures and connectivity by video calls ensures that we can keep the spirit of our loved ones alive and feel them close to us though. I’m truly indebted for this blessing. Although they cannot get over their funny face-making, Dad smiles lovingly looking at them on the screen everyday. 🙂

Grandparents are those adorable people who preach to discipline their own kids but develop a memory loss for them where their grandchildren are concerned. Making them happy is the easiest thing to do, one only needs to remember them and acknowledge their presence. They give lot more than what we can ever expect them to. ❤

What will be my special thing for them today? I’m going to make them record a video for Dad and my in-laws and send it to them without informing. They will be all smiles! The happiness over a pleasant surprise never gets old with age, right?

I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag @blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.