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Sri Sri Natural Farming and Home Gardening workshop in Vikaspuri, Delhi

Sri Sri Natural Home Gardening Program

The Art Of Living presents
Home Gardening Workshop

  1. Natural Gardening can save our planet, health and enhance our mental wellness.
  2. A guaranteed formula to deal with child development
  3. Gau based farming prevents neurological diseases and maintains hormonal balance.
  4. It prevents numerous harmful diseases and keeps depression at bay.
  5. Learn to grow chemical free vegetables in your terrace,balcony and home garden in this unique 3 day workshop
  6. Learn how to make Panchgavya based Natural fertilisers and pesticides with practical trainings

Date: 7 - 9 August 2018
⏰ Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Location: 867 Vikas Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi.

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Gulab Jamuns at Maigalganj

Maigalganj is a small town which is located on the highway between Lucknow and Sitapur. There are rows of shops on either side of this mandatory stoppage, but it is the Gulab Jamuns that claim fame for this small town. It is almost sacrilegioius to pass by Maigalganj without tasting these hot, soft and yet crispy on the outside, Gulab Jamuns. I ate 3 in one go! 

The Gulab Jamun is an Indian dessert made of thickened milk (Khoya) and fine all purpose flour (Maida). The two are kneaded well with a bit of water, made into balls and deep fried (preferably in clarified butter or pure ghee) and allowed to soak in a sugar syrup. Gulab Jamuns taste best when fresh and piping hot, and are a favourite street food in North India.

How to improve calcium intake and absorption the Ayurvedic way

Getting enough calcium in your diet is only half the battle--the other half is absorbing it. Mahirishi Ayurveda shares with us tips for improving Calcium intake and absorption:

  1. Eat foods that are easy for the body to digest.
  2. Eat the biggest meal at mid-day, when the digestive fire is strongest.
  3. Avoid caffeine and refined carbohydrates such as sugar.
  4. Avoid cold or iced drinks, which decrease the digestive fire.
  5. Do a daily warm oil massage (abhyanga). It helps enhance digestion and flush away impurities, and is traditionally known to stimulate bone growth.
  6. Go to bed by 10 p.m. so your body is at rest during its natural purification cycle from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  7. Eat plenty of foods that are high in calcium, such as sesame seeds, green leafy vegetables, walnuts, coconut and coconut milk. Warm whole milk is also an excellent calcium-booster, but choose unhomogenized milk for greater absorption. To enhance digestion, drink your milk separate from meals.
  8. Avoid vegetables from the nightshade family, including eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and yellow, red and green sweet peppers.

Foods to favour:

coconut and coconut watermilk and fruitspinach and green, leafy vegetableswalnuts


The spiritual etiquette of eating

The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating, according to ayurveda, is something reverent and important for the development of consciousness as well as our physical health.

Our bodies need an uplifting and settled environment in order to process and absorb the nutrients from our meals. If that is not available then we should at least be sitting down to eat -- not standing, walking, or driving our way through a meal.

Click to read a Sanskrit prayer before meals

South Indian wedding lunch thali


Sweet and sour brinjal recipe

Brinjal recipe from Lucknow kitche. Awadhi cuisine
  1. Heat oil, add a little methi and kalaunji.
  2. Saute onions, add crushed garlic and ginger paste
  3. When brownish, add turmeric, coriander powder, chilly powder, salt and a little water. Let it cook for a while.
  4. Add brinjal (previously boiled, drained and mashed). Cook a while.
  5. Add mango powder and bit of sugar or jaggery.

This comes from the Lucknowi kitchen of Mrs Saida Ahmad (Saddo Aunty). It goes well with roti. She makes many different kinds of rotis too! Will get some recipes some other time. This recipe was shared by her about a decade ago, on one my visits to her home when she had fractured her leg and pampered me with old time tales, advice and recipes.

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