Sweet Potato Recipes from India as part of World Moms Blog and ONE Moms

19 Feb

World Moms Blog is proudly working with ONE Moms as a community partner. As a Senior Editor at World Moms Blog, I would like to share a few Indian recipes made from sweet potato for this initiative.

ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Backed by over 3 million ONE members, ONE achieves change through advocacy.

To read more about ONE, click here.

Malnutrition claims the lives of well over three million children a year.

Sweet potatoes have the power to provide much-needed nutrients like vitamins C, A and B6 to undernourished children, helping to avert stunting and ensuring proper growth. On top of that, sweet potatoes are relatively cheap to produce and easy to grow in uncertain conditions, perfect for regions prone to drought and famine.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Check out some sweet recipes from India. India is famous for its desi curries, spicy side dishes and mouth-melting sweet pies. I have collated three of my favourite dishes here. I have taken help from Awesome Cuisine in preparing this. Yes, that is one awesome recipe site.

Sweet Potato Halwa (Sweet dish)

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato – 1 cup
Sugar – 4 to 5 tsp
Milk – 1 cup
Elaichi – 1 tsp
Cashew nuts – as required
Raisins – to garnish
Almonds – to garnish
Ghee – 4 tsp
Saffron Strands – 1 tsp, dissolved in 1/4 cup milk
Water – 1/2 cup

Method:

  • Pressure the sweet potatoes for 3 to 4 whistles.
  • Remove the skin, mash well and keep aside.
  • In a pan add a little ghee.
  • Add the mashed sweet potato and milk.
  • Mix well.
  • Add 4 tsp of sugar and mix again.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and elaichi powder. Let it simmer.
  • Once it has thickened add the saffron strands with the milk and mix.
  • Garnish with cashew nuts, raisins and almonds.
  • Serve.

Sweet potato paratha (Indian bread made with Sweet potato)

Ingredients:
Sweet Potato – 1 cup, boiled and mashed
Wheat Flour – 2 cups
Lemon Juice – 1 tblsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Mince Fine:
Green Chillies – 4
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
Coriander Leaves – little
Mint Leaves – a few

Powdered Masalas:
Coriander Cumin Powder – 2 tsp
Dried mango powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp

Method:

  • Mix together the flour with a pinch of salt, 2 tsp oil and make a very stiff dough, using very little water.
  • To mashed sweet potato, add green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves, mint leaves, coriander-cumin powder, dried mango powder, garam masala along with lemon juice and some salt.
  • Make a soft dough, break off small balls, keep aside.
  • Take a small portion of the dough, make it into a cup using oil for doing so.
  • Place a ball of sweet potato inside the cup, close, flatten on a floured board and roll lightly into a paratha.
  • Transfer parathas onto a tawa on medium heat, cook on both sides.
  • Apply ghee, raise the heat, and cook further till browned and crisp.
  • Serve hot with chutney.

Sweet potato curry (spicy side dish for breads and rice)

Ingredients:
250 gms Sweet Potatoes, boiled and sliced
1 medium Onion, minced
3 Green Chillies, minced
2 big Tomatoes, grated
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Coconut, grated
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tblsp Coriander seeds
3 Garlic Flakes
few Curry Leaves
4 Red Chillies
handful of Coriander leaves, sliced
Salt to taste

Method:

  • Grind coconut, red chillies, garlic, cumin and coriander seeds to a fine paste.
  • Heat 2 tblsp of oil and fry the onions and green chillies till soft.
  • Add tomatoes and spices and cook till the oil comes out.
  • Once the oil comes out, add sliced sweet potatoes and ground paste.
  • Put in 2 cups of water along with the remaining ingredients.
  • Cook till the curry turns a little thick.
  • Serve hot.

That is my favourite sweet potato dish. Yes, Spicy curry to have with my leavened Indian bread.You can just boil rice and have it with this curry. That is the best!!

There are scores of Sweet Potato recipes here in this link from INDIA.

Go ONE Moms!! You are doing a great job through this advocacy. As part of World Moms Blog, I am proud share this Social Good work!

Photo Credit/Recipe Credit: Awesome Cuisine

$5 saves 2 lives in Laos. Learn how!

8 Feb

What would you do today with INR 266 (US $5)? I came up with a list of things I would do if I had US 45. Check them out.

$5 saves 2 lives 

  • I would book two tickets at INOX for the movie Vishwaroopam
  • Or I would go to Express Avenue and splurge it on a T-shirt for DDH or a kurti for me.
  • I would buy a Bey-blade (those fancy electronic tops from Cartoon Network) for DDS.
  • Heck, I would just buy this week’s grocery – plain and simple if I was not in a mood for splurging away that money.
  • Maybe I would hire a domestic help and get all the window panes and grill doors dusted and cleaned and scrubbed.
  • I would even get my unstitched dress materials stitched into chudhidhars.

I know, I know, I can get so many things done with INR 266 (US $5). But what I chose to do today is, donate to CleanBirth.org.

This week World Moms Blog and CleanBirth.org have partnered to raise 1000 birthing kits. I am in. Are you?

How much difference will $5 make in your life? And how much difference will it make in a mother’s life, in the screams of her labour pain, in the throes of sweat and panic, lying on a bed of leaves in the middle of a dense jungle, just about to give birth to her darling baby.

I gave an extra hug to my little one thinking about a mother out there giving birth under such conditions in the village of Laos. What about you?

World Moms Blog and CleanBirth partnered to donate their FB status

World Moms Blog and CleanBirth partnered to donate their FB status

You can do a lot more things too. Check out this article on World Moms Blog. You can even donate your status on FaceBook and do a lot more. (http://www.worldmomsblog.com/2013/02/05/social-good-saves-lives-laos/)

If you are interested in donating to CleanBirth.org, please do so by clicking this CleanBirth.org. You would have made a great difference to some mama and baby out there.

Review: CouponDunia’s awesome discount coupons

1 Feb

By now, all of us shopaholics would be familiar with the concept of online shopping. Sitting in the comfort of our homes and getting our choicest luxury products at the click of a mouse is such an exciting thing. No more roaming around in the city in the sweltering heat or annoying rain. No more haggling with rickshaws or checking the meter in a taxi. No more bargaining with hawkers. Hey, wait a minute, but you cannot bargain online, or can you?

Yes, coupon codes! Welcome to the world of Coupons. So we browse here and there and some how collect coupons and try to get a discount. But how many of us really succeed? I mean, can we get a decent discount and the pleasure of having bargained a product to 50% of the prize?

No! Well, but I got something better. Have you heard of a 70% discount? Well, I know, you haven’t. Check out this awesome world of Coupons – www.CouponDunia.in.

United Colors of Benetton products at BabyOye at 70% discount. Well, can it get better? Of course not! But wait, they have more. I got a good deal on traditional wear for young boys. Well, just check out all the BabyOye Coupons.  (http://www.coupondunia.in/babyoye). Oh, my son absolutely loved the hooded sweatshirt too.

I am an avid shopper at FirstCry. I especially love the Fashion accessories for kids and my son loves the Toys. CouponDunia offers awesome discounts for both of these. You should also not miss out the 50% discount on the warm sweaters, sweatshirts and thermal wear. Check out all the FirstCry Coupons. (http://www.coupondunia.in/firstcry).

Another great deal which I got is from SnapDeal. Check out all the SnapDeal Coupons. (http://www.coupondunia.in/snapdeal).  Buy a watch and get 50% off on the second watch. Awesomeness!!! You also get a great deal of discounts on books too. Yes, sir, a minimum of 50%.

CouponDunia offers discounts and coupons and vouchers for at least 700 online stores. Check out all the store details in the CouponDunia Store. I am sure there is something for you too.

Picture Courtesy: www.CouponDunia.in

The views expressed in this post are completely mine though I am a paid reviewer and content writer.

Love, peace, unity on New Year 2013

28 Dec

My latest article which got published on Huffington Post is about spreading Love, Peace, Unity in coming New Year 2013. The link to it is here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/purnima-ramakrishnan/spreading-love-peace-and-unity-this-new-year_b_2361990.html

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 FOLKS !!!

If the world were to end tomorrow…

15 Dec

If the world were to end tomorrow … come on, the world is not going to end …

But in the remote chances that this were my last day … I would be very happy…  because …

The laundry yet to be folded and stashed away!

The laundry yet to be folded and stashed away!

I don’t have to cook, clean or do the laundry. Since recently, somehow I always seem to be laundering. I put the clothes in the machine, take them out, fold them, keep them inside and the  cycle repeats. I don’t know how I got into this vicious cycle of laundering repeatedly. And I am not even a new mom. So, good riddance to laundry, oh how I wish…. Check that pile I still have to fold and put away!

Is the space in the sink enough?

Is the space in the sink enough?

And you guys all know my apathy towards cooking. Ok, I made it public and now you all know it, if you didn’t earlier. But I am a dutiful wife, or at least I think so. And for the records, my husband is snickering at that statement. Ah, so, well, cooking – the famous sustenance which makes me stay alive. Well, eating makes you stay alive. But for that, someone has to cook, right?! And a stay-at-home mom cannot claim to not have time to cook, can she? If only, the world ends tomorrow, I can be rid of this chore! Hmmpphh!!! Oh well, if someone cooks for me at least once a month, I will take up cooking. And by someone cooking for me, I don’t mean eating out. I mean, someone cooking (read it as husband) once a month(only once in 30 days). Is it too much to ask? I know… I know… All those hubbies reading this, are going to say, ‘what a bad influence for my wife’!!! I did not even mention cleaning up the dirty dishes!! The picture suffices.

Toys (aka junk) which could be dumped in various cartons and ideally banned from a sensible household.

Toys (aka junk) which could be dumped in various cartons but ideally is supposed to be banned from a sensible household.

And then after good riddance from laundering and cooking, I would also like some respite from cleaning and tidying up the house forever. I don’t think this needs any explanation at all. Does anyone want to see how my son’s room look like? Do you think my frail body can survive another attempt at tidying up and decluttering???

lol!!! serves us right, to get freaked out for everything..!!!

lol!!! serves us right, to get freaked out for everything..!!!

I cannot imagine the world coming to an end, because I want my son to grow up, live his life, do something with it, find its purpose, have a goal, work towards it, have a family, be happy, have children of his own and generally enjoy and be in joy. He needs to find his zest for life. This alive existence would all be a waste, if not. I would want him to be happy and jolly and whatever else he wants to be. Can the world end without he experiencing his existence? Nay!

I have more pressing problems! I have to create enough room in my cluttered home, for 3 bodies to move, habitate and hibernate without getting hurt !!!

I have more pressing problems! I have to create enough room in my cluttered home, for 3 bodies to move, habitate and hibernate without getting hurt !!!

Well, I really don’t think the world is going to end tomorrow, because God, if he were a male God, would not be so kind to give a woman respite from so many of the above mentioned things. The male-God would want my inner domestic goddess to rise forth and shine and be the goddess she was meant to be. And God, if she is a woman, will not be so hard-hearted to end the world as well, without a mother realising her dreams of her son’s purposeful and happy and joyful existence.

So, coming to the end of this world, … err… the end of this post… If at all the world ends tomorrow, I don’t have to do anything. Oh, how much an over-worked, stressed out mother would understand that! My inner domestic goddess can just vegetate! Ahhh!

This is part of a link-up. Today World Moms at World Moms Blog are talking about what they would do in case the world ended tomorrow. Come, check it out!

http://www.worldmomsblog.com/2012/12/15/saturday-sidebar-if-the-world-were-to-end-tomorrow/

Abraham Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher … and TO ME

12 Dec

Dressed up as a 'rockstar' for the fancy dress competition

Dressed up as a ‘rockstar’ for the fancy dress competition

My latest post at World Moms Blog. It goes like this – Abraham Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher … and TO ME!!!

Well, go on, click and read it. The link is lying around everywhere.

Guest Post: By Jennifer Burden @ World Moms Blog

26 Oct

When Purnima asked me to guest post on the Alchemist’s Blog, I was thrilled.

Hello India and beyond!

World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog

Purnima and I met through World Moms Blog, where we are both a part of the editing team.  World Moms Blog writes from over 24 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. She has voluntarily carried out various roles for the blog from social media to now editing the Saturday Sidebar question, where our contributors chime in from around the globe on a topic. She also has initiated and championed internal processes, too, such as a new photo project she is working on with another contributor, Polish Mom Photographer.

The excitement of getting so many mothers from so many different corners of the world in one place has led to our advocacy for all children. Today, I’m honored to tell you about the trip I have just began. (I’m actually on the plane right now writing this!) The UN Foundation invited me to Africa as part of a delegation of Shot@Life champions from the United States. The purpose of the journey is to experience UNICEF’s Child and Family Health Days, where they are making a difference in the child mortality rate there by providing children with Vitamin A tablets to help prevent blindness, polio and measles immunizations, deworming tablets to those who need them and insecticide treated bed nets to help prevent malaria. They will also be checking children for malnutrition.
World Moms Blog’s advocacy for life-saving vaccines for the children who need them most has led to this first trip to the field.  Behind these grass-roots efforts have been amazing women, like Purnima, who have been championing for the health of children around the world.
In May, Purnima threw a private “GAVI Global Tea Party“, a grass-roots party developed at World Moms Blog to help raise global awareness for vaccines for children.  At these parties,we have brought friends and relatives into conversation about the cause with the help of GAVI films from the field. The event was filmed for a documentary, and the guests also spoke about how India was named polio free this year, a great milestone!
In the US World Moms Blog has been advocating with Shot@LIfe, the UN Foundation’s campaign for the cause. Contributors and friends of World Moms Blog have contributed over $4,000 to help vaccinate children from diseases that are a threat to them. Our advocacy has led to our editor Nicole Melancon and friend of the blog, Jodi Fendrick lobbying Congress on behalf of global vaccines.
We’ve been doing some neat things at World Moms Blog, and Purnima has been a part of it!  You can follow the Shot@Life trip to Uganda this week.  On Twitter follow hashtag #vaccineswork.  You can also check in to the Shot@Life blog.  I will also be sending pictures from the field to our social media team, who will be posting them to Facebook all this week. I hope you will join me virtually on this social good journey!
Jennifer Burden is the founder and Managing Editor of World Moms Blog, which was listed by Forbes Woman in their “Top 100 Websites for Women 2012.” She was also named a “50 Tweeters of Social Good You Have To Follow” by the Armchair Advocates.
You can follow World Moms Blog on Facebook here, on twitter here and on Pinterest here.
Follow our journey at Shot@Life here.
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