How to Draw a Mandala in 6 Easy Steps?

Drawing a mandala is just like meditation – so relaxing and rejuvenating. Creating a mandala layer by layer is so fascinating and intriguing.

Mandala is a combination of repeated geometrical and organic patterns.  You can choose any shape and detailing of choice. Just keep in mind that while drawing mandala maintain symmetry of patterns.

I know one can get intimidated by seeing a mandala and may find it difficult to draw a mandala pattern. However, trust me if you know the process, it’s quite easy. No special training is required to draw a mandala.

It can be drawn on any medium (like paper or canvas), along with basic stationery requirement.  So, in this post I am going to show the flower mandala I drew on a thick A4 size white sheet.

Stationary required:

  • 1 white A4 sheet
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Fine tip pens (I have used 0.7 and .10 tip-size pens)
  • Circle stencils (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Coloring pencils (as I’m sure you would be tempted to add color to mandala you have drawn)

Process

Step – 1

First divide the sheet horizontally and vertically along the center. This gives perfectly symmetrical and consistent drawing.

With the help of compass or circle-stencil make 3 concentric circles (circles with common center) for reference. Center of circles must coincide with the intersection point of lines drawn in previous step. As you can see, this will divide each circle into four equal parts.

Essence of Mandala art lies in different intricate patterns drawn inside concentric circles.

Step – 2

I started by filling the area between inner-most and middle circles first. Here, I have drawn a flower with ten petals.

How to draw mandala - step 3

I first drew top and bottom petals along the vertical dividing line with the line bisecting both the petals. This will help you in figuring out the exact space left in each quadrant. In this drawing, space for just two petals was left in each quadrant. So, I filled the space with two more petals in each quadrant.

Tip – Dividing the page helps in better allocation of space and gives a perfect symmetrical drawing with less effort and rework.

Step – 4

Next, I added four pairs (one inside each) of petals (with vertical and horizontal guiding lines bisecting them) between the outermost and middle circles. Then I filled empty spaces in each of the four inner petals with three teardrops.

How to draw mandala - step 4

Step – 5

Let’s proceed to the next outer layer. In this layer, I added eight quartets (one inside each other) of petals.

How to draw mandala - step 5

Again follow the same rule. First draw outermost petals in each quadrant to get a judgment of available space. For this I first drew three petals but it looked too cramped, so I went ahead with only two petals. Since two looked fine, drew similarly in remaining quadrants too.

Tip – While drawing repetitive patterns (with bigger shape containing the next similar smaller shape), always draw outermost shape first and then the next inner one. This saves time and effort on repeated work.

For example, if you go the other way, i.e. draw the inner shape first and if not enough space is left for next outer shape, then lot of rework may be required. So, always start with the biggest size and then proceed to next smaller inside shape.

I always follow this technique even while drawing intricate Indian folk art, like Madhubani painting.

Step – 6

In the last layer of this beautiful mandala, I drew eight petals. An eight-petal lotus mandala is considered sacred in many cultures (like Hinduism and Buddhism). If you do some research on flower mandala, you will come to know how common eight-petal pattern is.

How to draw mandala - step 6

Here also, follow the same process of first drawing four petals on dividing line. This will give you a fair idea that only one petal can be adjusted in the space remaining. Then add the further detailing inside each petal.

Step – 7

After completing with mandala drawing, make it permanent with a fine-tip black pen. You can even use sketch pen or any marker pen for the same. After completion of pen work, erase the pencil lines. Finished mandala will look like this.

How to draw mandala - step 7

You can leave at this point, but how about coloring it? 🙂

How to color a Mandala?

There is no such rule on how to color a mandala. Just follow your heart! Drawing requires brain and heart, while coloring is just the work from heart. It’s often said, colors filled in a mandala reflect your state of mind.

Colored Mandala

In happy state obviously your hand will reach for brighter colors (like red, yellow and orange colors). While in peaceful and calm state you may reach for shades of blue and green.

So, color it the way you want. After all, you have created it with so much effort. You can even take multiple copies of the mandala you have drawn, and fill each of them with different color combinations.

I sincerely hope this tutorial was helpful to you. You may also like to read how to make a personalized name-plate.

In case of any doubt or confusion feel free to ask me, I will be more than happy to help you. Your question will also help others trying to draw a mandala. If you think something more needs to be added here please do let me know.

From here you can start creating your own mandalas and may be some day I will see your mandala coloring books. 🙂

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Fellow bloggers how do you manage time?

Since I have started blogging I’m always looking out for some more free time; time to read some more blogs. There are so many wonderful bloggers sharing their enriching experiences.

Before blogging I was greedy for free time for my art related works like doing Madhubani painting or Zentangles. Interesting posts in reader steals away so much of time. Still till date I have never ever able to complete new post in reader, there are always some post left unread.

So here is upfront question from fellow bloggers how do you all manage time. I see some blogs are so lively filled with lots of interactions. How do you people manage time?

How do you allocate time for reading other bloggers post and taking out time for commenting?

Easy Chana Dal Pakora

Few days back, I was grinding soaked chana dal to make stuffing for farra (a delicious and healthy steamed preparation made of rice-flour and chana dal).

Suddenly, my daughter came with her demand for pakora, and soon my hubby too joined her saying this monsoon does call for hot pakoras. So, all of a sudden plan for tempting channa dal pakoras was in place.

bengal-gram-fritter

Pakora is very easy to make and even better, it tastes awsome in cool weather. In Indian households, in rainy weather, hot plate of fried snacks and masala chai are a common sight.

Just like spicy samosa, pakoras too are favorite street food available around the year in all parts of India. They are also called vadas or bhajias in different parts of the country.

Pakoras are Indian fritters made out bengal-gram (chana-dal) flour or lentils. It can similarly be made with green-gram (moong-dal) lentil. Just make sure you have soaked dal for 2 hours prior to grinding. Actually, lots of variations can be done in pakora while adding any vegetable of your liking in batter. You may also like to read about moong-dal tikki – the lentil preparation with less oil.

Though these days I have reduced the frequency of making pakora as it’s deep-fried, but once in a while savoring lip-smacking hot snacks is permissible :-). So here is the easy process of making chana dal pakora.

Ingredients

  • Soaked bengal-gram (chana dal): 1 cup
  • Sliced Onion: ½ cup
  • chopped green chilly: 2
  • Chopped coriander leaves: 1 tbsp
  • Ginger: ½ inch
  • Salt: as per taste
  • Turmeric: ½ tsp (optional)
  • Asafoetida (hing): ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds: ½ tsp
  • Oil for deep frying

Procedure

  • Cut thin slices of onion. It’s important to cut thin slices of onion because thick slices of onion take more time to cook than dal. So you won’t get the taste of crisp pakoras, after all the fun is in having in crisp pakoras.
  • Grind soaked chana dal, ginger and make a coarse paste. You can even add green chilly while grinding. But when children are around I prefer adding thick-chopped chilies so they can remove it while eating. Do not add water while grinding or it will make the batter thin.
  • Now add onion and all the other ingredients in batter and mix well. You can grind dal few hours in advance, but don’t leave batter for long duration after mixing salt and onion.  This is because water is released from onion which thins the batter. After proper mixing, batter is ready for deep frying.
  • Heat oil in heavy bottom skillet and add spoonfuls of batter in hot oil. Don’t overcrowd the skillet with pakoras or you will find it difficult to manage these hot bubbling beauties. 🙂
  • After about 5 minutes, slowly turn them upside down. You will see nice golden color. Keep turning them till you get evenly-cooked crisp pakoras.

Once they get that nice golden color, pull them out and spread on kitchen paper towels as this will absorb excess oil. My Mil often jokes whenever I keep pakoras on kitchen towels after frying. She says, “your generation love to enjoy fried food but want to avoid oil, how is that possible?”  🙂

lentin-fritter

Enjoy these tempting pakoras with hot cup of masala-tea accompanied by green mint chutney or garlic chutney. You may even like the combination of sweet and tangy tamarind chutney with hot pakoras.

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How to make immunity-booster Masala Chai?

I am from a family of tea-lovers, and I myself is a big-time tea-buff. Before marriage, I used to have 3-4 cups of tea daily. However, gradually due to my husband’s opposition and acidity problems, I realized one cup of evening tea is more than sufficient.

Masala Chai

So, I decided to have just one cup of tea which should be of my liking. I am so particular about my tea that I always make it myself. I very rarely like tea made by someone else.  Call me cynical, but even if I am visiting someone at tea-time, I usually have my tea at home before going.

I always try to enhance the flavor of my tea and that too in a time-saving manner. That’s why, one fine day I thought why to grate ginger and crush cardamom every day. Won’t it be better to take a shortcut without compromising taste? So, this led me to come up with home-made tea masala.

I pondered what all can be added in tea-masala and gathered all dry ingredients available at home and made fine powder of it. Trust me it turned out really good. It’s more fragrant and is required in small quantity compared to stale ready-made ones. I really love my masala chai with spicy samosa and moong dal tikki :-).

It’s really simple and you can adjust the proportion of ingredients according to your liking. Information gathered about health benefits of mint leaves while writing mint drink and mint chutney posts made me try mint leaves in tea too.

Since these days I am very fond of mint tea, I increased the amount of dry mint leaves. Let me tell you, mint in tea tastes really good as it adds subtle flavor of mint in tea.

When affected by sore throat or cold this kadha (kahwaa)  works wonders for me. It’s so soothing to have a hot cup of kadha. It also provides some relief from body pain caused from cold.

So, here is the list of ingredients I have used. If by chance you don’t have any that’s perfectly fine. Since it’s monsoon time, I have added dry tulsi (holy basil) and cloves as they act as immunity-booster providing protection from cough and common cold.

Making-masala-tea

Ingredients

  • Black peppercorns: 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) sticks: 4-5
  • Black cardamom: 4-5
  • Cloves: ½ tbsp
  • Green cardamom: 1 tbsp
  • Dry mint leaves: 1 tbsp
  • Dry tulsi (holy basil): ½ cup
  • Dry lemon grass: ½ cup
  • Dry ginger powder (saunth): 2 tsp

Procedure to make Chai-masala

  • Cut lemon-grass strands into small pieces and crush tulsi leaves too.
  • Take all the herbs and spices and grind to make fine powder.
  • You will get an aromatic tea-masala ready to make masala-chai.
  • Store it in an air-tight jar to keep its fragrance intact. This tea-masala stay good for more than 6 months at room temperature. So no need to store it in refrigerator.

Chai-masala-powder

Procedure to make Indian Masala-chai

  • To make one cup tea I normally take ¾ cup milk and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan.
  • Bring it to boil and add 2 tsp tea-powder, 1 tsp of sugar and ½ tsp chai-masala.
  • Cover it and brew it on medium flame for 10 minutes.
  • Take it off the heat and strain it directly in your favorite tea cup.

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Easy Black and white Madhubani Paintings

Madhubani painting is one of the popular styles of Indian folk paintings. Every region in India has its own folk art with Madhubani painting originating from Bihar. You can read more about Madhubani paintings in what is Madhubani.

One of the objectives of this post is to help anyone who is interested in Madhubani art. It was readers’ interest in mono-color Madhubani paintings that encouraged me to share my black and white Madhubani Painting.

Madhubani painting takes time and needs practice to master it. In short, there are no shortcuts. I have not taken any formal training in this art, but learned by practicing and observing others great artists work. So, all you need is lots of practice.

You can learn the basics of Madhubani painting by going through How to draw Madhubani painting in 6 easy steps.

Stationary required for black and white Madhubani Painting

  • Hand-made sheet/thick drawing sheet
  • Pencil
  • Black marker pen
  • Fine-tip black pen
  • Black poster color
  • Fine-tip round brush
  • Tracing sheet

Process for black and white Madhubani Painting

  • I divided the drawing sheet in four equal parts and sketched a guideline with pencil on one part. Traditionally, skilled Madhubani artists worked directly with brush and nib. Their free-flowing hands didn’t required pencil guidelines.
  • I then copied the same design on tracing paper and then traced it on all 3 parts. Tracing helped in achieving uniformity in all four parts of the painting.
  • After finishing the tracing work with pencil, I proceeded to make outline with black marker.
  • With the fine-tip pen, made the inner outline. If you notice, there is double line throughout the painting. Double line is one of the main characteristics of Madhubani Painting.

madhubani-painting-process

  • With the help of fine-tip black pen, I did intricate detailing in foreground and background.
  • In the last step, I used black poster color and fine-tip round brush to fill in black color.

Fish in Madhubani style

Art gives you lots of liberty to experiment and develop your own style. There are number of ways using which you can make a madhubani fish. If you observe here I have created five different kinds of fish, each with different detailing.

Fish-in-madhubaniBackground of Madhubani Paintings:

I’m often asked what one should observe in madhubani paintings? My answer is to look for detailing and intricate pattern which makes this folk art more treasured.

Even the background plays important role in Madhubani paintings. No space is left blank. Every inch is filled with fine lines.  I have incorporated petal shapes (as shown in image #1) to fill the background. Whereas, to fill small negative space in between used the repeated pattern of fine curved lines (as shown in image #2).

Madhubani-background-detailingPeacock in Madhubani

Initially, I thought to create black and white Madhubani fish painting. However, when I started sketching, love for peacock couldn’t stop me from drawing Madhubani peacocks. 🙂

madhubani-peacockRole of border in Madhubani painting

Border is essential in Madhubani painting. It gives a complete look to painting. You can use any repeated pattern of curves to form a border. Here, I have used lotus motif in all four corners and in center. Then completed the border with repeated flowing curve patterns.

border-for-madhubaniSo here is the how my completed black and white Madhubani painting looks like.

easy-madhubani-paintingPour in your questions on Madhubani paintings. I would be more than happy to help and it would be learning process for me too.

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How to Make Easy Garlic Chutney

With the arrival of monsoon request for garlic chutney starts in my family. I feel there is some relation between rain and hot and spicy food combinations. I hear murmurs about garlic chutney on dining table. So, before request becomes demand, I make this spicy garlic chutney. 🙂

easy-garlic-chutneyWhole dry red chili and tomato give this chutney bright and appealing color. Tomato gives a slight tangy taste too. If kept in refrigerator, this chutney can last for more than a month and tastes good with almost everything – be it flavorsome moong dal tikki or multi-grain parathas.

Benefits of Garlic

I would also like to add that garlic has antibiotic properties and it flushes out toxins from our body. It also boosts immunity and provid a shield of protection from common cold that’s so common in rainy season.

There are so many other health benefits of garlic, but in this post I’ll focus on the recipe only. So, coming back to my recipe now.

This is Rajasthani style garlic chutney and is different from momos garlic chutney. This version is cooked, making it suitable to last for longer time. So, here is the process and list of ingredients of this easy to make garlic chutney.

Ingredients

  • Garlic: 2 whole bulbs
  • Whole dry red chilies: 5-6
  • Red tomatoes of medium size: 3
  • Oil: 4 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds (jeera): 1tsp
  • Salt: 1tbsp
  • Coriander powder: 1tbsp
  • Turmeric: 1 tsp

Process

  • Soak the dry chilies in small amount of water for 30 minutes. This will make them soft and easy to grind in paste.
  • Peel the garlic – this is the time-consuming task. I usually roast the garlic on iron girdle for 5 minutes on medium flame. This makes skin-peeling task quick and much easier.
  • Chop tomatoes in big pieces. Drain water and take only red chilies. Bring together garlic, tomatoes and red chilies. Blend them in mixer and make smooth paste of it.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet and tamper the cumin seeds in it. Now transfer the paste into skillet and add turmeric, coriander powder and salt into it. It’s very important to mention here that you don’t have to add water in this chutney. If you feel it’s dry, add small amount of oil in it.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes while stirring in between. You will notice paste leaving oil, signaling the chutney is ready and it’s time to take it off the flame.

So here is lip-smacking garlic chutney ready for you.

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Kids Craft Idea – Key-holder

Keeping kids busy is a necessity and what could be better than keeping them occupied in doing something creative. Naturally, all kids are creative and they love creating something. They also enjoy seeing their creation displayed.

Therefore, a key-holder is a wonderful craft idea for kids, because it can be a nice household utility as well. So, in this post I’ll explain the procedure to make a key-holder that even your can make.

Key holder

Things required

  • Hard-board (or thin ply-board of 2mm-3mm thickness) cut-out
  • Hooks for holding keys
  • White M-Seal used for art and craft
  • Acrylic color
  • Baby talc
  • Adhesive (Fevicol)
  • Bowl to make paste
  • Fork
  • Coloring brush
  • Varnish
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife/cutter
  • Water
  • Rough cloth

Process

  • You can use hard-board of any size. I had this rectangular piece with me, so went ahead with it. You can get different (shapes and designs) hard-board cutouts at any art and craft store.  I opted for ‘Om’ symbol because it blended well, and fixed it (with nails) to rectangular hardboard piece.

Key holder hardboard cutout

  • Screw-in the hooks at appropriate position (as shown in above image). My husband helped me in this task. You can get these screws at any hardware store and get it fixed there.
  • Now the fun part for kids begins. First you’ll need adhesive and baby talc.

Key holder adhesive and talc

  • Mix 2 tbsp talc and approx 1 tbsp adhesive (e.g. Fevicol) to make a thick paste. Add just few drop of water to dilute this paste. Spread this paste all over the hard-board. Let it dry slightly for around 10 minutes and then create textures with help of a fork. Ask your child to make any random pattern or texture. Leave it overnight drying.

Key holder base coating

  • You can get white M-seal (used for art and craft work) from any craft store. In India, it’s popularly known as Shilpkar (from Fevicryl). To use Shilpkar, mix the resin base and hardener in equal proportion to form even dough. Sprinkle little amount talcum powder on hands to avoid sticking.

Key holder white mseal

  • Switch-off the fan while working with M-Seal because it hardens very quickly. Additionally keep it covered under its wrapper to protect it from drying. Kids do take time to make shapes from it.
  • With the help of rolling-pin, roll out some dough. Use knife/cutter to cut out one square and triangle shape from it.

Key holder dough-work

  • Apply some glue and stick the shapes on board to make a hut. You can get your your kid to add further detailing using the same dough. To form border, dough is now shaped like long tail and pasted on edges of board with the help of glue.

Key holder dough-work

  • After completing the m-seal work, let it to dry for approximately 2 hours. IF you are intrested in m-seal craft have a look at personalized nameplate.
  • Next is coloring stage which kids are really excited about. First, color the background and then proceed to fill color in foreground. Add detailing (keeping in mind kids’ comfort) with a small brush. In this project, detailing was added in the hut.

Key holder coloring-work

  • Leave it to completely dry for 10-12 hours and then apply varnish. Varnish works as a shield from wear and tear. With a coating of varnish, you can also clean it regularly with moist cloth.

Key holder varnishing

So, the key holder is finally complete and can be used to hang keys. Your child will be glad to see his/her creation being used for such a wonderful purpose.

If you like recycling and gifting personalized gifts you will surly like to know how I painted these glass bottles and turned them into vases.

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Ignore the Meaningless Noise

Last night while discussing day’s happenings with husband, a thought came to mind. There are so many noises around us but we react to only those that concern to us directly.

positive-wordsFor example, when we walk on road or are in any marketplace, we get to hear so many sounds. Like, horns of vehicles, conversations among people and endless buzz, but do we respond to all those? Certainly not!

We respond to only those voices that “we think” can affect us. So, why do we react to all the unpleasant and useless talks of people around us? Instead, why not consider these gossips or unproductive talks that bog us down as just a noise worth ignoring.

Why to waste premium space of our mind by storing unpleasant thoughts! Yes, our brain is no less than a high-end, prestigious neighborhood where trash-like things have no place. That’s why we must make a conscious effort to keep our mind free of garbage thoughts. Otherwise, it is no better than demeaning our exceptional mind space by allowing rubbish thoughts to live inside.

This is the way I try to keep myself unaffected and focused on my work and goal. I stay away from superficial talks. I consider all negative and meaningless talks as just a noise. I pretend I’m “listening”, but in reality I just “hear” those conversations.

I let my ears do their job, but keep the doors of my mind totally shut, as I cannot let its precious space to be occupied by rubbish.  When I am not absorbing what I’m hearing, then obviously I won’t react to the conversation.

Focus your energy in creative and constructive work without consuming yourself in aimless gossips. It’s better to be alone doing things you enjoy than sitting in conversation you find meaningless.

That’s why I occupy myself in Zentangles or intricate Madhubani paintings whenever I am free. Playing with my creativity gives me peace and I am able focus on my goals.

So, watch yourself and be careful of what you are letting your mind to absorb. Shut the doors of your brain when people around you question your conviction. For me, dreams are like projects. Just like, completion of any project depends on how well it is executed, fulfilling of dreams depend on how much effort you put in to bring it to reality.

Therefore, as the project leader of your dreams, it is up to you whether you are distracted by external noises or remain passionately focused on completing your project – your dream. Take responsibility of your dreams and actions, and don’t let disturbing talks affect you.

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Kesariya Daliya – Bulgur Wheat Dessert

Before writing about this dessert (kesaria daliya), I had to search for the English term for daliya. It was really confusing as it’s called by so many different names. It’s called bulgur-wheat, broken-wheat and even cracked-wheat. So, I finally came to a conclusion that all are one and the same.

Raw bulgur wheat

I also came to know, in Turkey bulgur wheat is usually par-boiled, dried and then sold in market. In India as well, bulgur wheat is widely used in food preparations and is easily available in stores – though not par-boiled, it’s just raw wheat cracked in small pieces.  In most of the preparations, it’s par-boiled and then the recipe is further processed.

The popularity of bulgur wheat is due to the fact that it is full of fiber and protein, making it quite healthy. Its low glycemic index (GI) makes it a must for weight-watchers. Low GI foods slowly release energy in body which results in reducing food carvings and keeping full for longer duration.

Although, I’m not an expert to talk about food to be taken for weight loss, my family’s healthy eating habits makes me naturally aware of nutritious value of food that we eat.

In this post, I am going to share a dessert made of bulgur wheat. It’s the specialty of my mom who makes it often. However, I must admit that till my college days I always avoided this dish, because I didn’t like the taste of bulgur wheat during those days.

In those days mine favorite Indian desserts were Chandrakala and jalebi with rabdi.

Therefore, one day my mom fooled me and made me try this for the first time by saying, it is sweet boondi of a different kind. Though I suspected, she somehow managed to convince me to eat it, only to disclose later that it was actually kesaria daliya.

Since then, I have developed a taste for it and whenever I make this dessert at home, I still remember how I got fooled by my mom. That’s why I suggest when you make this dish for the first time, don’t disclose about it and let your family guess it. 🙂

So, here is the process of making this dessert.

Ingredients:  Serves 4 people

  • Bulgur-wheat: 1 cup
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Ghee: 1 tbsp
  • Milk: 1 tbsp
  • Saffron: few strands
  • Almond flakes: 1 tbs
  • Pistachio flakes: 1 tbs
  • Cardamom powder: 1 pinch
  • Water: 4 cup

Procedure

  • Add ghee in heavy bottom skillet and roast bulgur wheat on medium flame for 5 minutes.
  • Add 3 cup of water in the same skillet and boil roasted bulgur on low flame till it gets par-boiled and water gets evaporated.
  • In a bowl, soak saffron strands in 1 tbsp warm milk and cover the bowl. After 5 minutes rub the saffron strands gently by fingers to get a nice color. Use this saffron extract to enhance color and flavor of the preparation.
  • In another skillet take 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar and put on medium flame. Let the sugar dissolve, add saffron extract and par-boiled bulgur wheat in it.

Bulgur wheat in sugar syrup

  • Cover the skillet and keep it simmer on low flame for 15 minutes. Stir in between so that bulgur wheat evenly absorbs the sugar. It will turn tender after cooking in sugar syrup. Take it off the flame when sugar is absorbed completely.
  • Add cardamom powder, almond and pistachio flakes.

Bulgur wheat dessert

Serve it immediately (when warm) to confuse your folks with every bite they have. They will keep guessing while finishing the bowl of tasty and healthy kesaria daliya!

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Tomato Juice – The Splash of Red

Hot weather somehow diminishes my appetite and I don’t feel eating much in lunch. That’s why, in summers I prefer having glass of cool healthy home-made drinks (like – tomato juice, sattu drink, mint drink etc.).

Tomato Juice

A little bit of munching accompanied by a glass of fresh tomato juice refreshes me. The best thing is, it gets ready in almost no time. In fact, it’s pretty simple to make and feels really refreshing gulping down a glass of tomato juice.

Frankly speaking, I frequently make this healthy and tasty drink in summers just because it’s so easy to make. Otherwise, we ladies hardly put extra effort for ourselves. We keep exploring varieties for our kids and family, but when it comes to ourselves, we tend to delay things.

So, why not bring down the temperature this summer with something tasty as well as healthy. I am sure your family will also love the splash of tomato. It’s nutritious, so you’ll not have guilt feeling of taking extra calories.

Tomato Juice Benefits

In fact, tomato is full of vitamins and minerals. Regularly having tomatoes give healthy skin and great lustrous hair. Tell me which woman in the world would not like to have glowing skin and shinning hair!

Believe me, fresh tomato juice is loaded with health and taste.

Ingredients

Fresh tomato and mint

  • Tomatoes: 4-5 big size
  • Few mint leaves
  • Roasted cumin seed (jeera) powder: 1 pinch
  • Black salt: 1 tsp
  • Few ice-cubes

Procedure

  • All you need to do is take some fresh tomatoes, roughly chop them, add few mint leaves and crush them in blender.
  • Sieve the juice, and add black salt (according to your taste) and a pinch of roasted cumin powder. No sugar or water required but some ice cubes are definite welcome.
  • Healthy tomato juice is ready to be served.

Tomato juice to be served

Don’t throw the pulp residue

I don’t like to waste anything, and always to try to reuse things in a healthy way. That’s why I don’t throw away residual tomato pulp which is high in fiber.

I use it in vegetable preparations (like – aloo tamatar ki sabzi). Just sauté this mixture in oil, add the regular spices and add some boiled potato in it. And you have the tasty potato sabzi with subtle mint flavor.

You can even make tomato chutney of this residue. All you need is, fry the residue in oil, and then add salt and turmeric powder. Take it off the flame after 5 minutes and then add tadka of mustard and curry leaves.

So, I think I have given enough reasons for you to try this healthy juice. It will make you look gorgeous while stimulating your taste-buds. 🙂

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