Navratri: Fasting or Feasting?

Navratri is a revered Hindu festival, which is celebrated twice a year with pomp and show. One in Chaitra month (March-April) and the other in Ashwin month (October-November). This is the time where most people fast, eat, sing and dance.

This is also a time when the so called fasting becomes a massive feasting. Hearing alarm bells are we!

The amount of fried foods people eat in the name of fasting! I tell you, it’s better to avoid them altogether. People gain weight, thanks to all the fried alu, the lovely fried sabudana, and the yummy kuttu atta poori. 9- days flat!! The various ‘namkeens’ that we eat in the name of the so called fast and the ladoos. And who can forget that Special Navratri Thali served at Haldirams Really? Who are we fooling ? Is it the God’s that we are fooling? Or is it just us and our bodies that we are doing a favour?

Some one truely said, ‘once on the lips, always on the hips’ or maybe stomach! So whatever fried you are eating is directly going to your hips. Bamm..!! their goes your lovely summer dress, yet again! The summers that you had been waiting for to wear that yellow dress, gone.. So yes, put that pakora down right now!! Summer goals gone down the oil like literally!

Well, you still have 7 days to go! Save some inches for the dress that you really have been eyeing. Keep reading for some really cool ideas to cut the flab this Navratri. Yes you Can!!

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The Summer Tea’s

We have a few yummy Ice-Tea recipes to help you through the summer heat and make it a breeze for you.

  1. Minty Ice-Tea
  • Simply take 2-3 black tea bags. Boil one and a half cup of water and seep the tea bags for around 5 minutes.(anything more than that will make the tea bitter).
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  • Let it cool. Put two cups of water more into that mixture to dilute and refrigerate!
  • Squeeze some lemon to it and garnish with mint when serving, adding ice cubes to it at the same time. Viola!
  1. Cooling Cucumber
  • Use the same method as the above to prepare the tea.
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  • While putting the tea to refrigerate, add 10-15 cucumber slices to it.
  • Add crushed ice while serving. Its really that easy!
  1. Fruity Fusion
  • Take 2-3 tea bags of earl grey tea bag.
  • Mash an orange, and 2 raspberries a little and put it a big mouth bottle along with a few mint leaves.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Refrigerate
  • Put crushed ice while serving.
  1. Strawberry Blast
  • Freeze 7-9 strawberries.original
  • Put the frozen strawberry in a pitcher and pour a pre made diluted black tea over it.
  • Serve with crushed ice and little lemon.
  1. Blueberry Lemon Ice Tea
  • Bring frozen blueberries (1 pkt.) and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and sieve.
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  • Bring 4 cups water to a boil in same saucepan (after cleaning it).
  • Add 3 tea bags, and let stand 5-6 minutes. Remove tea bags and throw. Stir in 2 tsps. sugar and blueberry juice. Pour into a pitcher and chill. Serve over ice.

Wow!! Don’t they look tasty??? Summer has never been so cooler! Get set go, try thee few drinks and leave your comments on how good they were!

What’s all the Hulla Boo about the Cuppa?

Beep Beep Beeeeepppppp……went off the alarm yesterday.

A few minutes later…

Good Morning mom…is the tea ready? Went off my sister,barely being able to open her eyes.

I’m just sitting there looking at all the drama that was happening or maybe about to happen. Just triggering a wave of questions….what is it about tea that is making my otherwise really sensible sister go cranky early in the morning.

Finally after a hustle of a few more minutes, she sat on the bed smiling at me and the hot cuppa in her hand.

Wow, what a magical cuppa it was! I wish it was that easy for me to make her smile too after a stupid fight..! Human beings I tell you.

Everybody drinks tea.

Only the options keep changing, it may be white tea, green tea, blackcurrent tea, lemon tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, we have something as jasmine tea as well!! Wow, who could have possibly thought that tea would become so socially acceptable? Its the only beverage that people consume more than a coke maybe?? Or maybe even water?? Its a fun fact, do google it!

For some it makes them fresh, for some it makes them open their eyes (literally!! I see that everyday). It might be a way to pass time for some or a full blown gossip session for people with some tea and cookies thrown in.

The truth of the matter being, it really livens you up, re-hydrates you and gives you a powerhouse of antioxidants as well (it consists of flavanoids, which is also present in apples, berries, garlic etc yay!!) maintains your bone health and prevents its loss(voila who could have thought of that?!!!), it definitely contains less caffeine than your regular coffee (doesn’t mean you start loading up on it though) and soothes the digestive system.

Well that’s a lot of reasons to have tea!

It makes one think how did tea come into being in the first place. I’ve got it covered for you. According to a legend  a Chinese Emperor  while drinking a bowl of just boiled water, when a few leaves blew from a nearby tree into his bowl, changing its colour and flavour. Phew! If making tea was that easy! And this is not the only legend that goes about for something as simple as a tea..

Now, that the summers are really on..it’s time to bring out those iced-tea glasses, and stir up some quick tea’s to refresh you this season! Keep reading to find some awesome iced-tea recipes in the next blog.