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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

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INDIA: Praying for rain – WMB post

20 Jun

INDIA: Praying for rain.

I am over at World Moms Blog today talking about Chennai, its hot sultry weather, what the heat did to my son, the power cuts and a secret… Hush hush. Do you know why we changed the time, the post goes live on World Moms Blog? It has to do with our very own singara Chennai. Click the link, “Praying for rain” and read about it.

The GAVI global tea party at Chennai, India.

23 May

The GAVI tea party in India

The GAVI tea party in India

It was 17th May, 2 PM, Chennai.

The place was my residence.

My 90-year-old grandmother was there. The group whom I had invited for a tea party slowly started arriving one by one. Sunitha, Geetha, Suma, Hema, Shobana and Narasimhan were all experts in their chosen fields in society. I think even being a home maker needs special skills to excel.

There were hot spicy samosas, tomato-chilli sauce, green tea, masala chai on the table.

I spoke about how World Moms Blog happened in my life just as I was quitting my job. I spoke about Jennifer going on a maternity leave and sharing some editorial responsibilities with all of us. I spoke about the board of editors forming in World Moms Blog. I spoke about our common interest in society, World Moms Blog being represented in the UN foundation’s summit for social good, WMB’s eventual interest in Child Immunisation programmes, joining hands with GAVI for a cause.

And now we were evolving from being a blog, to being an international mascot. All of us, contributors and fans of WMB were advocating children’s immunisation programmes.

And then, we watched a couple of videos. In Sierra Leone, 20% to 25% of deaths were because of Pneumonia and Diarrhoae. In Nicaragua there were massive deaths due to pneumonia. My guests were moved. Some of them had tears in their eyes. Hema for one had.

I asked them how they felt.

My grandmother was the first to express her feelings and voiced her support for immunisations because she felt one generation’s interest and adhering to the schedule perfectly helped in eliminating the particular disease for the next generation. What a point! She said, she saw that happening with her own eyes in the four generations she had witnessed.

We talked about India being declared Polio free. We talked and talked and talked.

Everyone felt strongly. I was overwhelmed. I was expecting at least one of them to talk against vaccination and immunisation. I expected at least one of them to say they did not think this was for them, because they did not have the time. But I was wrong. They had passion within them. Their fire was unextinguishable.

At the end of the party, I asked them if they would go back and spread the message of GAVI. There was a chorus of yes and they all suggested ways and means for themselves to host such parties.

I knew my job had just begun. I remembered the day I volunteered to Jennifer Burden, the founder of World Moms Blog that I would host a party too.

And all our kids chorused, “We want a disease free world.” That one was cute!

Thank you World Moms Blog and GAVI Alliance.

A small step in breaking the Caste System.

27 Jan

India: Breaking the Caste System.

Peaceful demonstrations against the reservation system. New Delhi, India

Peaceful demonstrations against the reservation system. New Delhi, India

That is my latest post at World Moms Blog. Today in India the most burning issue among the educated is the reservation system in educational institutions and government sector, which is based on the caste system.

As a mother, I would want my son to be judged by what he is capable of rather than which community or caste he was born into. What about you?

A massive paradigm shift in the thought process is necessary to get over this social evil.

Take a small step today. Yes, it will make a huge difference in the upliftment of social equality and human rights.

Please leave a comment on World Moms Blog and let your voice heard against this.

Photo credit to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dharnaeithflag.jpg

Motherhood and being Cultured!

5 Nov

        

This post is dedicated to the one year Blogiversary of one of the most happening parenting communities, World Moms Blog.

I was asked to write about Motherhood relating to our Indian culture and link up with the World Moms Blog . In India I would say there are at at least 50 different cultures for every aspect. And the same and more apply to motherhood. Having said that, this post has nothing to do with any of the  specific 50 different cultures of India.

For me motherhood simply means worshipping my mother’s motherhood. I should say I have not much vocally appreciated her as much as I should be not only for bringing me up, but doing everything else and more for my son, her grandson.

Motherhood

Sculpture - "Motherhood" at St.Anne convent in northern Kentucky.

This is where it began. When I was pregnant I contacted Hepatitis-A, a viral infection and was down with jaundice. It was not specifically life threatening or problematic for the baby in womb (because of the placental barrier), but we all were so stressed mentally and emotionally. This was approximately during the 22nd week. I was working 12 hours a day, designing the supposedly love of my life, car electronics. During that period I was living, 350 miles away from home.

The gynecologist and gastroentrologist advised complete bed rest until the day of delivery. I was very upset hearing this. I pleaded, I coaxed, that I work at least after a month’s rest. I was feeling completely fit and fine. But for whatever reasons God chose, I was back at my parents’ home relaxing and enjoying all the remaining 5 to 6 months of pregnancy. I was eating home cooked food by the world’s greatest cook (mom), being pampered and cared and just plain killing time reading books, researching pregnancy and stuff over the internet. The DDH used to visit me over the weekends at my parents’ place. [**I have not really thanked him enough for letting me stay on at my parents’ place indefinitely**]. And life was benevolent indeed.  

And then, one fine day I delivered a healthy happy crying baby boy and all was fine again in this mama’s world.

And I went back to work when DDS was 6 months old.

No day care, said the DDH. No nannies. No nothing. I was devastated. Apparently the DDH was a great fan of attachment parenting, and well, neither did I have the heart to send him to a day care to strangers. I mean, yes, I know there are so many wonderful care centers and I am not being judgmental. Having said that, I just felt I needed my little boy to be with people he knew, he was biologically related to.

So, super woman aka my mom, aka my son’s grand mom stepped in to the rescue. She traveled 350 miles away from her home, stayed with us, away from her husband and her son and took care of DDS while I worked away ‘happily’ at the car electronics typing away software codes for the automatic power steering.

Now, my dad visited us during the weekend to be with his wife, my mom and with all of us, his family. And oh, my brother sacrificed being with his mom too, because he was just entering college, and needed her emotional support. But the neediest was the baby, so my mom devoted her entire time, energy and thoughts to baby. We stayed in this arrangement for at least 5 years when we decided I would quit work because mom had to go back home, for her own personal reasons.

But the point is, my mom put up with a 25-year-old, grown up, pregnant, moody, lazy, physically unwell woman (me) for half a year, an ignorant mom (me) for another half-year and then she stayed away from her family, her husband and her son for 5 full years. I can not really thank my father and brother enough for letting me have her fully. She did all this for her grandson. Her idea of motherhood which can not be defined in any words except by retelling this story is just my idea of motherhood.

Culture is also refinement, culture is also being civilized, culture, my father always says, is doing what is best and correct for the moment and living life the way, God would later say, Ah, I am proud of you, my child. Isnt that how culture must have evolved in any society?

So, I am blessed to have parents who are cultured and who tried their best to imbibe that in my brother and me.

And this post celebrates that woman, who is the best mother in the whole world.

Some day, I hope my son says that too.

 

This article is part of the World Moms Blog Link-up

This article is part of the World Moms Blog Link-up

Go ahead, click the above button and view all posts written by mothers all around the globe participating in the World Moms Blog link up! I encourage the reader to also participate by writing your own post under the topic, “Motherhood, culture and myself” and show your support for the most celebrated feeling, “motherhood” by ‘liking’ and commenting on my and all posts.

INDIA: My “It Happened” Moment

20 Jun

INDIA: My “It Happened” Moment.

Thats my latest post at World Moms Blog. Go ahead, click it, read it and leave comments at World Moms Blog.

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