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Jayanthi Padmanabhan
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Food lover, obsessed cook, crazy for vintage anything, tamil cinema fan, mother of two, daughter-in-law in a joint family (if you must ask)
Food lover, obsessed cook, crazy for vintage anything, tamil cinema fan, mother of two, daughter-in-law in a joint family (if you must ask)

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What are you reading these days, apart from types of plants, festivals of India, common nouns and shapes and patterns? And how exactly did this come about? At exactly which juncture, did you take up the homework portfolio? You were changing diapers. Dad did too at times. You played with him and dad recorded videos of his adorable little tantrums. You fed him. Dad maybe played a rhyme or two. You shopped for his clothes. Dad was browsing his phone. You bought him the cars and guns. Dad played with them...


Precedents. Precedents are very very important.

Sometimes I am so moved, inspired by what I am reading I have to share. I wanted to share what I’ve been reading these days. I hope you’ll share what you are reading and we could do a reading club kind of thing.

You have a book suggestion or a reading list? Please share.

Tap the link below for my current reading list and the rest of the post:

http://foodbetterbegood.net/what-are-you-reading-these-days/

#readinglist #goodreads #books #indianauthors #reading #momlife #moms #bookreview #novel #reading #bookstagram #booklover #amreading #mustread

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The only reason people make smoothies out of greens is because they don’t know how to make Keerai masiyal. The other reason could be that it is way simpler. If you have half an hour, you can make this keerai masiyal. My personal favourite way to have keerai is Keerai masiyal. Stir in greens into cooked dal and cook just until the greens are cooked through. Blend to desired consistency and top off with a fragrant hot oil tadka.

http://foodbetterbegood.net/keerai-masiyal/


#keerai #greens #dietmeal #weightloss #yummy #instafood #foodie #foodstagram #foodpic #nomnom #eatclean #homemade #feedfeed #kitchenbowl #realfoodz #dailyfoodfeed #foodphotography #bhgfood #f52gram #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #buzzfeast #sweetmagazine #droolclub #foodprnshare #gloobyfood #forkfeed #buzzfeedfood #bbcgoodfood #FoodTalkIndia #Indianfood #IndianFoodblogger #indianfoodstory

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Fellow project 50k losers (weight losers, I mean), for the first time since I started on my Project 50k weight loss journey I saw some real results last week. I climbed up on the weigh scale not expecting much. And lo and behold, I had lost 1.5 kilos in 10 days. I was ecstatic, so delirious in joy that I couldn’t believe what I saw. I didn’t climb up again to check though. I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of this moment. I sang all day that day.

There are some things that women are wont to share – maid, a good tailor’s contact and their weight-loss strategy. I am generous with everything except my maid. Here’s the weight-loss strategy I followed over those 10 days..

Tap the link below for the rest of the post and the recipe to a hearty, delicious salad of roasted cauliflower, paneer and chickpeas. It doesn't taste like a diet meal at all.

http://foodbetterbegood.net/project-50k-update-roasted-cauliflower-chickpeas-salad/

#salad #recipe #dietmeal #project50k #weightloss
#yummy #instafood #foodie #foodstagram #foodpic #nomnom #eatclean #homemade #feedfeed #kitchenbowl #realfoodz #dailyfoodfeed #foodphotography #bhgfood #f52gram #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #buzzfeast #sweetmagazine #droolclub #foodprnshare #gloobyfood #forkfeed #buzzfeedfood #bbcgoodfood #FoodTalkIndia #Indianfood #IndianFoodblogger #indianfoodstory

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The newest expletive around here is “Julie”. That one name signifies every person you ever hated, the lowest of the low, the back-stabbing, the “sombu-thooking”, the phony, the desperate wannabe, the conscience-less, the opportunist. If you’re not watching Bigg Boss you’ve missed watching the most hated character in the history of Tamil television, ever.

Whether you’re watching just for Kamal Hasan or because you’re curious how low it can get, or because the troll videos are too funny and you need to follow the show to follow the trolls or you’re watching as a social experiment, you’re watching Bigg Boss. That’s all that matters. Let’s not get all elitist about it. It’s ok.

Plenty of people have taken offence at the show for a variety of reasons, the lamest among them being – “There are so many better things to do, so many important burning issues to solve. Instead they are making Bigg Boss”. That’s the most fucked up reason I’ve ever heard. Does that mean we cancel all TV shows, movies, theatre shows, stand-up comedy, concerts & cricket matches and employ actors, comedians, models, musicians and cricketers in the army to fight at the border, in laboratories to research life-saving drugs, in environment groups to clear the oil spill?

If you were watching a late night show of Bigg Boss and woke up late, here’s a super-quick finger-licking paneer stir-fry you can rustle up in 20 minutes flat just in time to pack into school lunch boxes.

For rest of the post and the recipe to a delicious paneer stir-fry, tap the link below:

http://foodbetterbegood.net/watching-bigg-boss-quick-paneer-stir-fry/

#recipe #paneerstirfry #stirfry #biggboss #biggbosstamil #dietmeal #project50k #weightloss
#yummy #instafood #foodie #foodstagram #foodpic #nomnom #eatclean #homemade #feedfeed #kitchenbowl #realfoodz #dailyfoodfeed #foodphotography #bhgfood #f52gram #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #buzzfeast #sweetmagazine #droolclub #foodprnshare #gloobyfood #forkfeed #buzzfeedfood #bbcgoodfood #FoodTalkIndia #Indianfood #IndianFoodblogger #indianfoodstory

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Do you remember the magazine that carried a feature on women’s leggings, photographing unwary moms’ bottoms when their kurta fluttered up at the traffic signal? I have an idea the magazine may like. I’d like to contact the same magazine to ask if they’d be interested in doing a similar feature on the men in gym who wear sleeveless T-shirts and gym tights and all men/boys who strap their pants around their thighs, their back pockets near the back of the knee and their “jockey” strap for everyone to see. If someone knows someone who knows someone who supplies water cans to that magazine, please put in a word, will you? That’s how things works, don’t they?

I was at the gym a couple of days back when all these distracting thoughts criss-crossed my mind. I noted them down to write about them later.

How is your project 50k coming along? I am eating healthy most of the time. But I do occasionally eat rice, dal makhani or biryani. I am still very much focussed on project 50k. Here is a pretty, pretty, delicious salad I hope convinces you that I am serious about all of this.

For an update on project 50k, recipe to this gorgeous salad and rest of the post, tap the link below:

http://foodbetterbegood.net/purple-cabbage-chickpea-salad-project-50k-update/

#salad #recipe #redcabbage #chickpeas #project50k #weightloss #dietmeal #yummy #instafood #foodie #foodstagram #foodpic #nomnom #eatclean #homemade #feedfeed #kitchenbowl #realfoodz #dailyfoodfeed #foodphotography #bhgfood #f52gram #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #buzzfeast #droolclub #foodprnshare #gloobyfood #forkfeed #buzzfeedfood #bbcgoodfood #FoodTalkIndia #Indianfood #IndianFoodblogger #indianfoodstory

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Hasini and Yuvi cracked up when they heard it’s called Shakshuka. They made up their own words out of it – “sokka pota suka”, “shoppu shappu”.. If you’ve never heard of Shakshuka, let me explain. Shakshuka is the mottai thokku of foreign origin. The muttai thokku (poached egg curry) that we make when we’re in a hurry, when we’re not in the mood to cut vegetables, when we’re craving a meaty dish but have nothing on hand and settle for an egg dish. Our humble muttai thokku is the sexy shakshuka of the western world. Like Haldi Doodh and Turmeric latte, Dal and lentil soup, kurma and curry, lassi and smoothie.

For rest of the post and recipe to a cheesy Shakshuka, tap the link below:

http://foodbetterbegood.net/shakshuka-muttai-thokku-foreign-origin/

#recipe #shakshuka #poachedeggs #brunchrecipe #foodblogger #foodie #foodstagram #instafood #feedfeed #bhgfood #f52grams #onepotdish #foodphotography

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I will never understand how after dropping the bournvita on the floor, colouring the eraser black, drenching the AC remote, plotting with the thatha paati to secretly eat ice cream, losing the 3rd water bottle in 2 months and stapling together the pages of their rough book, they can look as innocent as they do when they sleep.

A wave of guilt and remorse washes over me as I watch their sleeping faces, yuvi sleeps with half closed eyes, Hasini with her mouth slightly open, her arms under his head, he hugging his cheetah, his legs kicking her back. They take turns waking up during the night, to go to the toilet, to complain about the snake, the tiger, the skeleton; I pat them back to sleep without opening my eyes promising to slay them all. They insist they have to go “chuchi” and pat me to sleep and go to the toilet. How and when do these little creatures grow up and what are the mothers to do then?

For rest of the post and recipe to a creamy, deliciously comforting Dal Makhani, tap the link below:

http://foodbetterbegood.net/dal-makhani/


#recipe #dalmakhani #parenting #motherhood #dal #indianfood
#yummy #instafood #foodie #foodstagram #foodpic #nomnom #eatclean #homemade #feedfeed #kitchenbowl #realfoodz #dailyfoodfeed #foodphotography #bhgfood #f52gram #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #buzzfeast #sweetmagazine #droolclub #foodprnshare #gloobyfood #forkfeed #buzzfeedfood #bbcgoodfood #FoodTalkIndia #Indianfood #IndianFoodblogger #indianfoodstory

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I was scrolling through my Instagram feed. Really? You’re stuffing ricotta into ravioli and then deep-frying it. And you are sandwiching ice-cream between cake and dunking in melted chocolate and then frosting it. And with the slightest hint of rain, before the radio channels can switch to rain songs, food bloggers are out in action with a flurry of deep fried pakodas and bajjis in their feeds. Really? How do you guys know I am on a diet? Deep fried crisp fritters, bubbling oil, melting cheese and dripping chocolate are sexy. They truly are food porn. And you can’t compete with porn.

There wasn’t a harder time to be on a diet.

I don’t think diet meals need not be boring or bland. It is totally possible to have healthy, delicious diet meals. I rounded up six of the diet meals that I’ve been making lately to help provide you some inspiration to make your own tasty diet meals. I love that most of these meals can be served to the entire family or you can pick one or two of the components of the meal for yourself.

How has project50k been so far? Share your progress/story with me. Stay focused. Lets do this!

Tap the link below for the recipes and rest of the post

http://foodbetterbegood.net/project-50k-weekly-meal-plan-diet-meal-plan/

#dietmeals #project50k #weightloss #diet #yummy #instafood #foodie #foodstagram #foodpic #nomnom #eatclean #homemade #feedfeed #kitchenbowl #realfoodz #dailyfoodfeed #foodphotography #bhgfood #f52gram #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #buzzfeast #sweetmagazine #droolclub #foodprnshare #gloobyfood #forkfeed #buzzfeedfood #bbcgoodfood #FoodTalkIndia #Indianfood #IndianFoodblogger #indianfoodstory

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Nobody ever lost weight with their mothers around.
When I am in the midst of the strictest diet, when I’ve not eaten rice for a week, when I am painfully sipping sugar-less coffee my mother hands me a big plate full of hot off the stove assorted bajjis – onion bajji, potato bajji and vazhakai bajji.

She brings me mutton biryani the next day. She thrusts a big dabba full of fried vengaya vathal (onion-rice fritters) for snacking.

You’d think she doesn’t want me to ever lose weight, which wouldn’t be inaccurate. In fact she doesn’t register that I am fat.
In spite of my mother’s sabotage, I managed to stick to Kelloggs Special K for breakfast and dinner for an entire week. 2-bowls a day, just like Deepika Padukone says.

Will Kelloggs Special K help you lose weight? Tap the link below for all the answers.

http://foodbetterbegood.net/will-kelloggs-special-k-help-you-lose-weight/

#project50k #weightloss #diet #instafood #foodie #foodstagram #foodpic #eatclean #feedfeed #kitchenbowl #realfoodz #dailyfoodfeed #foodphotography #bhgfood #f52gram #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #buzzfeast #gloobyfood #forkfeed #buzzfeedfood #bbcgoodfood #FoodTalkIndia #Indianfood #IndianFoodblogger #indianfoodstory

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You know the feeling when you say your prayers, remove your shoes and socks, look around and decide to leave your clothes on and slowly climb up on the weighing machine all the while imagining the time you ate just pineapple and leaves while the person in the adjacent table ate biryani, the time you braved the dust and traffic and walked to work and reason that these great sacrifices deserve at-least a 1 kilo drop and then look down to find a 200 gram increase.

You jump down as if given an electric shock. You gingery put one foot on the machine and as delicately as possible the other foot so as to exert minimum weight...

It’s a deeply emotional thing, all of this weight-loss business. Not easy at all, but not impossible. Patience and persistence.

In the meantime, here's a delicious diet meal you can enjoy guilt-free - Leek soup and Honey mustard grilled chicken.

For the rest of the post and recipe, tap the link below:

http://foodbetterbegood.net/diet-meal-leek-soup-honey-mustard-grilled-chicken/

#leeksoup #soup #project50k #grilledchicken #dietmeal
#yummy #instafood #foodie #foodstagram #foodpic #nomnom #eatclean #homemade #feedfeed #kitchenbowl #realfoodz #dailyfoodfeed #foodphotography #bhgfood #f52gram #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #buzzfeast #sweetmagazine #droolclub #foodprnshare #gloobyfood #forkfeed #buzzfeedfood #bbcgoodfood #FoodTalkIndia #Indianfood #IndianFoodblogger #indianfoodstory
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