I hit the gym this morning and realized that in order to get fit we need to not only work out but eat healthy ! Eating healthy may not necessarily mean eating boring and so keeping this in mind this is what I had for breakfast. ( Post a 900 calorie workout I guess it’s ok to be moderately healthy :P)
I got this recipe off the internet and modified it a bit to make it healthier. Here’s my version of this pure protein drink that will keep me going through the day !
1 medium banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen – this will give you thick , creamy and yummy milkshake consistency sans the fat & calories !
6 oz Greek Yogurt
1 cup of chopped Berries – I like to add berry of the season , strawberries in this case and it may thin the smoothie a bit as compared to using Frozen Berries , but it still is fresh and yummy !
1/2 cup of finely chopped beetroot – you wont even taste it I promise !
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite kind of milk – you can even add Amul , Nestle or Pride of Cows milk !)
1 Tablespoon peanut butter (any kind you like – I use WholeEarth or Skippy )
Put all of the ingredients into the blender, in the order listed, and blend on high until thick and smooth.
p.s.You may need to stop and stir/scrape down the sides of the blender a few times.
The source of Protein -
18 gms from greek yogurt
About 4 gms from unsweetened almond milk
About 1 gm from natural peanut butter
It was so delish that I want to make this everyday for the rest of my LIFE !!! Go ahead, give it a try !
Yesterday a friend of mine gifted me Tulip bulbs ! Given I’m in Mumbai and that the last time I travelled to Netherlands and tried to get my bulbs to bloom flopped I was really excited about this new project !
So I’ve now got the following indoor plants :
1. Jasmine – yet to bloom , finger crossed
2. Orchids – have 2 varieties and they are on their way to bloom for the second season so yippeee
3. Peppermint – I will let this grow more before I start using the leaves for my cooking.
4.Anthuriums – I guess new leaves are beginning to sprout out now so yay !
5. Money plants – I gave them out for Diwali so kept a few for home.
So I’m hoping that my Tulips and Orchids bloom soon so they add more colour to my room !
On our drive back from Mahabaleshwar , hubby dearest suggested we take a slight detour and lunch at a restaurant of my choice in Pune. This put me in a frenzy because while Pune is really close to Mumbai I have visited it just once or twice and don’t really recollect where we ate back then.
Facebook and Twitter came to my rescue with friends and followers pitching in with ideas for restaurants they recommend. A quick search on Zomato Pune helped us narrow our decision down and we chose Malaka Spice a Pan Asian restaurant that came highly recommended by all.
About 25 minutes drive off the main highway (Pune-Mumbai expy) this restaurant nestled in Koregaon park near German Baker and Contemporary Arts & Crafts. We walked in without a reservation ( given it was a Wednesday afternoon) and were surprised to find that it was really large and spacious with options to dine outdoors or indoors.The ambience is young and peppy and I love how their walls are adorned by art from upcoming artists and how they have a play area for kids to color and paint while the adults chill.
We seated ourselves indoors and went through the really elaborate and confusing menu. There were so many options that I really couldn’t decide what to order ! The alcohol was fairly well priced and tempting as it was to enjoy our brunch with booze the drive back prevented us from doing that .
We were starving because after a really early breakfast and early start from Mahabaleshwar our hunt for the perfect restaurant had delayed our meal.We got down to business immediately and were greeted by Kabir , who is the ‘match making’ expert at Malaka Spice and he recommended a couple of things we could try out.
This is what we ordered :
Tom Mo Bia – A vietnamese minced chicken starter , shallow fried on Sugar cane skewers .
Cost – Rs. 190
They were really nice , lightly fried and had an amazing flavour. I loved how they were spicy on the outside but slightly sweet inside thanks to the flavour of the Sugarcane stick. Though the dish comes with honey-chilli sauce , I suggest you try it with their Sabal sauce which is superb!
Moringa Leaves with Tiger prawns
cost Rs 550
Though the Moringa leaves had to be substituted with basil leaves ( they were unavailable) this was the highlight of our meal. One of the tastiest South asian prawns dish I’ve ever tried.
Cost Rs 130
We actually wanted Sticky rice but because they were unavailable we chose to go the Brown rice route. Good decision as they were really well made and of good quality.
Yaki Udon Noodles
cost Rs 330
A taste of Japan in every bite , Udon noodles tossed in Wasabi and sichmi powder . We tried the chicken version that we loved.
Cost Rs 200
Duck tossed in Teriyaki sauce , pretty nice and went well with our Brown Rice. Mildly spiced so I suggest if you like it hot then you should specify it at the time of ordering. Since I know they offer fresh meats I was happy to try the duck , else I usually avoid eating duck & emu at new places .
Total meal cost for 2 without alcohol Rs 2500 inclusive of taxes.
They have an App that you can download and get Free drinks worth the food bill so look for the Malaka App before you head there..
We were so stuffed we skipped desert and doggy bagged our Noodles. Over ordering to make sure we try different foods is something I sub consciously do when travelling but I know this is a restaurant I will definitely go back to really soon !
Been to any other restaurant in Pune that you recommend ? Let me know so I may try it the next time !
Call them at : (+91) 20 26156293, (+91) 20 26151088, (+91) 9823064050
Location : Lane No. 5, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune, 411001
Mumbai weather is hot already ! 30 degrees in February leaves you feeling cheated because we didn’t really have a winter this year barring 10 days of sub 20 degrees weather….
So when hubby dearest suggested we take a couple of days off and visit a cooler climate , Mahabaleshwar was our first choice . The last time I visited Mahabaleshwar was in 1996 so it was definitely overdue !
We are staying at the Club Mahabaleshwar , courtesy a cousin who is a member here. If I had to describe this property in one word I would say Serene . I feel teleported back to the era of the Brits when they were still occupying India and Mahabaleshwar used to be their summer retreat.
More in my next post , as I hear the dinner bell and I need to head to the dinner hall for our meal. Today’s menu sounds promising :
As a kid I hated driving to Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar or anywhere for a long weekend because the roads were so bad ! As I grew older either I overcame the car sickness or the roads just got really better
In the past year we’ve driven to Lonavala , Pune , Udaipur to Nathdwara .Ahemadabad and now are off to Mahabaleshwar for a quick break. The roads have been great so far and we’ve had options to stop at the McDonald in Panvel or some food court in Khopoli. I was very tempted to goto Imagica on the way but given we had a late start we are going to keep going if we want to make it in time for tea !
We’re heading to Mahabaleshwar Club which has a Golf Course amongst other amenities and we are super excited about that . Stay tuned for more updates from me
I was wondering what to kick start this project with and it was then that I decided that i should start with a Moroccan Chicken & Saffron rice ( since cous-cous is a hard to fin commodity these days). While making my Moroccan Chicken I realised that my stock of preserved lemons was over and it was time to make a fresh batch so I guess that too can count as part of my Project52 contribution for this week.
Preserved Lemons :
What you need -
6-7 lemons ( I guess it’s better to make just enough to use 2-3 times and then you can always make a fresh batch)
Salt – lots of salt. I use Dried Coarse Fleur de Sel de Guerande salt because it lends it that extra punch. Can be bought at any Gourmet Store.
Bay leaf – 1 big one
Coriander seeds – about a tablespoon
Cinnamon – 1 stick ( you will realise over the many weeks that I love using a lot of cinnamon and garlic in all my food and as little oil as I can use and yes only Olive oil – always unless the recipe specifies and cries for something else)
1 Dried Chiili
A Toothbrush ( yes you read it right!)
So basically the toothbrush will help with scrubbing off the dirt and spots on the lemon peel.
Once that is done make an X mark in the lemon , leaving about 5 cm off the base.
Then stuff the lemon with a LOT of salt.
Then add all the other ingredients into your Pickle Jar.
Top that up with the lemons , squeezing them lightly and packing them into the jar.
The next day press the lemons down to get some more juice out and follow this for 2-3 days.
After about a month your preserved lemon should be ready for use.
I love them , I even use them as an Ice cream topping !!
I’ve always wanted to take something up as a project & then commit to it for a period - a year or so . My hubby dearest being a foodie , suggested that I try my hand at Project52 for food ! Yeah you read it right – the wannabe domestic diva that I am was super excited to kick off on this fantastic journey called Project52 . My attempt will mean 52 weeks and 52 meals ( 1 soup/beverage , a salad/appetizer , a main & a dessert to be attempted either together as a complete meal or spread through the week to keep it easy to do & flexible).
Sounds like fun right ?
Stay tuned for more details , pictures & my recipe !
I am a Proud Indian , yes I know we have our own flaws and our share of crappy politicians but I am proud to belong to a country with such a rich heritage and culture. My new society hoists the Indian Flag on Independence day and Republic day and I think that’s pretty cool !
This was the first Republic Day for me in my new building and I felt super honoured when they asked me to hoist the flag today , since I was the newest member here !
I love the Google Doodle today and the ones they have had in the past !
Which one is your Fave ? Mine is the one with our Royal Tiger <3
January weather in Mumbai is nothing short of perfect. I love being a Mumbaikar this time of the year ! It’s not too cold , the weather is not too humid and it is NRI season here which basically means friends and family visiting from around the World.
This year is going to be fantastic for me , because no matter what I have resolved be a positive and happy person who will always look at things through my looking glass and see them in the colors that make me happy. January so far has been great with aunts and cousins visiting and lots of fun things going on and while I skipped running the marathon today because I still haven’t recovered from my achilles tendinitis issue , I have resolved to run it in 2015 and beat my previous best !
Friday evening was a fun makeover session at the newly opened Lakme Absolute salon in Bandra , hosted by Stylling Avenue (run by my friend Pooja Chadha) where we had style experts guiding us on what make up to wear , how to dress to the occasion and even had hair stylists offering free consultation and hair dos ! Wine and petit fours made the colorful evening fun and a good way to kick start the weekend.
Yesterday was down time Saturday with the day spent chilling at home , catching up on my reading for my next Book Club meet.I am currently ready Sputnik’s Sweetheart and I really seem to like Murakami’s style so far ! In the evening we headed out for a play courtesy Saloni Sanghvi Doshi of It’s Showtime. While the play left me with mixed feelings , it was good to see that the Indian Theatre scene is getting more experimental and the audience too is open to such concepts. Check out details of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) , I did enjoy their rendition of Hamlet though !
The upcoming week will include a Dance class sign up at The Hive ( my friend Malini recommended this , she’s a professional blogger and her blog is really cool to read ! ) and God knows I can do with some working out and fitness routine. Priced at Rs 3000 for 8 sessions I think it’s a fair deal and will be a good chance to let my hair loose lol. Hopefully there will also be progress on the work front. I can’t wait to share details with you but only once my site is up and running !
I love Fridays – I mean who doesn’t right ? With the weekend just around the corner , Saturdays and Sundays always are fun. Tomorrow I’ve been invited for a Makeover party hosted by my friend Pooja and her company Styling Avenue.
I’m really looking forward to check the mew Lakme Absolute salon in Bandra and you know what’s even better is that you can too ! All you have to do is book an appointment at 9820308784 and tell them that I / Pooja invited you ! Or just go check the salon out any other day I’m sure you’ll love it !!