Dolphia’s Bengali Garlic Spinach Sauté

“Eating healthy is important but so is eating well too. A hearty meal with family is the most important part of leading a meaningful and healthy lifestyle (my personal thoughts)“. For some reason though, we have forgotten to understand that health is not merely in wealth, it also lies in the wealth of real happiness than perceived ideas of joy. Don’t you think?

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For ages joint families dwelled under one roof living a symbiotic life. The house was full of laughter and happiness. The happiness that today we could only imagine. Everything was real and pure. The chores were assigned. Men practiced profession and earned bread while women nurtured the tasks of the family and home in general. The division was clear and unquestioned.

People had no issues with teeth and hair. Their health was perfect. The could walk miles and consume all the ghee and nuts they ate. Their skin was glowing and their life was not about capturing every minute on a gadget.

People were content in little that they earned and shared amongst community. The barter was healthy. Men and women walked distances to achieve their targets. They did not hence need a psychiatrist or a gym. The health was part of their lifestyle and they lived it.

Industrialization came in and men moved out of their nuclear families came about. Urbanization further distanced us from the roots of true concepts of health. Stress, pollution, independence and self-entitlement now govern our lives. We have become the slaves of gadgets and gizmos. My mind is buzzed off sometimes with all the overwhelming technology. Yes, it has enriched our lives but has made it a mechanical engine too. I know it’s debatable.

I notice the change in myself in last one year. This has been the most that I used social networking as a medium of leading life (for lack of better words). I have a reason to curb. But,do we really want to pause and retrospect? No,we (including me) want to get off our struggles and stress through social networks. The question is do we have the healthiest lifestyle and health status? So many amongst us nearing 30’s have health issues and yet they are gymming on regular basis.

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My father was my hero,the epitome of health,strength,wisdom and knowledge.He shall always be! My mind is contemplating what am I going to be an epitome of to my son? Definitely not a hero.

The point I m trying to convey is how important it is to value spending actual time with family laughing, sharing and crying after a whole day of struggles in the outside world. Hence dinner is very important meal of the day to me! I like to make a balanced meal that all of us could enjoy without any gadget interruptions!

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Aspiring to make the meal interesting and likeable I need new recipes to try on. Now everyday cannot be “Eureka” but something new (healthy) could make a difference. So, when I don’t innovate in the kitchen factory my fellow bloggers inspire me with their rustic recipes. I mentioned to Dolphia of my love for Bengali food. However, though Bengalis are known for their exquisite mithai (sweets) and fish of course, their vegetarian platters are equally delicious so requested her to share few traditional recipes.

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The sweet girl that she (Dolphia) is, she took all the trouble of making a variety of these and matched them with perfectly shot picturesque trip to Bengal! Thank-you is too little a word to say, for I have a warm hug for my Bengali sister transported all the way to the east coast! I promise to make each one of those and share pics 🙂 And yes I will dedicate that “Wada Bhaat” recipe to you soon!Please refer her recipe hereJ. The recipe is a simple Spinach-Garlic sauté with practically zero oil and extremely nutritious. My pre-schooler loved it and kept asking for more servings of “palak bhaji” (spinach side-dish).

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I haven’t tweaked much in Dolphia’s recipe much (Yeah, but I said not much:P). I added a kick of freshly crushed “rai” or mustard seeds for the lack of owning a bottle of mustard oil. Back home in Bombay, our Bengali neighbor Krishna aunty added a hint of crushed mustard seeds and cooked in mustard oil always. Dolphia, I hope you don’t mind J. Trust me the recipe overall came together beautifully and your instructions were just perfect. Especially about the quantity of salt, they directions were spot on!

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The combination of fresh greens with garlic and red chilis always is vibrant visually and tantalizes taste buds. We gobbled a power meal of 3 bunches of spinach at one go! So, good job-check J.

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For the love of good life a cure so simple as to having a meal together is really priceless, don’t you think? How many of you like to have meals with no gadgets around (Just “US” kind of thing) ?

I do definitely! ❤


Chevron Prints & The dining Chairs: A lovestory <3

As an architect my brain is wired with aesthetics in a weird way. Yes, I don’t laugh at Antonio Gaudi’s twisted columns. I absolutely adore them and marvel over their grandeur.

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So, moral of the prelude is my brain begins to itch inorder to reform things and make them my own J.

I like cost friendly ideas though. Some concepts on pinterest and fantastic. One of them is the makeover of old dining chair covers and giving them the hint of season in play. It’s super easy and if one invests a maximum of 20-25$ one could really spruce up the boring chairs into pieces of art!!

The fabric is something that I m very picky about because it needs to be soft, stiff, budget friendly with a trendy print on it. Yes, I m demanding. But do you think hourglass mommies get to do that often? Ahh, let’s not discuss that J It’s a known in all the unknowns around, don’t you think?

This time though there was an added enthusiastic criterion while selecting the fabric was the new house! The chairs need to be in sync with the “oh so red wall”, ivory curtains and navy sofas.

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I was surfing the net for some fabric ideas, prints and colours that would go well with my specifications. Internet was full of Chevy print madness. I was intrigued with the zig-zags and instantly fell for them!

The makeover has a recipe for sure J


  • 5-2 yards of fabric (Joann’s, Michaels as well as few Walmart stores carry the fabric & textile.)

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  • A staple gun (we bought the stapler but one could even rent it from the local branch of hardware stores and the pins are available in every supermarket.)
  • Staple pins. (You will need quite a bit to set the fabric correctly on the seat backing)
  • 4 Chairs with removable seats. My hubby removes the seat in advance so its easy to cut the fabric, staple and fit the seat back.
  • A pair of sharp scissors.
  • 20 min of your precious time.


  • Preparing the Fabric: Lay the fabric on a flat surface with its wrong side (back side) up and the actual design pattern facing down. If the fabric has wrinkles or crease, I like it iron it out. Keeps the fabric look crisp. (Yes, I show clear signs of being related to Monica Gellar).

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  • Preparing the seat back: If the seat has any other detachable covers (apart from the cover that it had when bought as it acts as an insulation), please remove them. Especially the pins you need to get rid of them (if you had pinned any before for some reason).

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  • Place the seat back side up on the fabric. At a distance of 3-4 inches from the seat make a mark or just fold then cut carefully. The panel for first seat is ready.
  • Use that panel as the stencil and cut three more for the other seats.
  • Then place the fabric and seat as mentioned before. Fold the margins on the seat and staple them. This needs to be done right. If you are not sure of holding it tight by yourself please ask someone to hold it while you staple.

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  • The corners need to be neatly tucked into and then stapled. They are first to come off so firmly press it down on seat back and then staple it.
  • Turn it around and fix it to the chair body!
  • Done, just relax and have fun!

The chevy print and the chairs are just mad about each other or so I feel 🙂 They gel well with the general ambience of our living space and kitchen. And my husband feels I m crazy! He loved the look but he feels I m too much into sprucing up things. Ha ha whatever!

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I love being myself 🙂 A little twisted and twirled but an hourglass at heart 🙂

As Marilyn Monroe saysI’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best”. 

All is Well!

A month and over of hiatus finally comes to an end! Ah, how I have missed being here. This being the space that keeps my spirits high! But, I m back recharged and lighter than before! Yes, the hourglass is on its way to be!! And All is well! (pic courtesy:google images)

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Where had I vanished? The house move finally happened in the wee hours of 25th June 2015 though our material existence (the boxes et al) had been moved on 18th the contractor hadn’t finished work enough for us to start living into the place we will finally belong. But our apartment lease was to end on 25th at 6.00 pm and we had no choice but to move in as-is! The contractor drama in detail for future posts! Trust me it has been one real life drama that moved me totally!

Anyway, the house is all set! We have had the fortune of visitors from all corners of the world visiting us in our new home. Yes, we are finally home! And not a minute goes that I don’t think about this house we bought and a home we made J. Every corner and every wall made specially for us to render memories that would last a lifetime.

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In the meanwhile, I have lost a total of 7lbs from May 10th.The inches have dropped down considerably. The moment of rejoice was when I could fit into a sleeveless blouse from circa 2008! That week of my saree pledge challenge made it ultra special to adorn the 5 yards of awesome-ness!

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And BTW, I successfully enter my 14th week of saree pledge challenge this week! My mother is busy cleaning up her saree closets and shipping some of her classics collected over last 50 years to my new home! Home seems home already with two packages already sitting pretty into my closet! Time to hit the red carpet J! And yes, wait for a big announcement about it soon!

Moving and settling down could be extremely stressful. Especially the last 15 days before the move-out date we ate out a lot. I was so concerned about the weight then! But, to my surprise my weight remained the same through those 15 days!

The regimen after moving into the new home has changed a bit. I haven’t yet begun my 30-day Ab challenge that stopped suddenly a month ago due to the move. I regularly sweep the floors at the new place to keep them clean and myself lean :P! So far that plan seems to have been working well but need to get back to ab challenge!

Another highlight of the last month has been Sumana Doss Barman’s challenge of sayings/proverbs / idioms! Madam, I m going to take it up by horns! No further delays! And we will meet really soon!

Traditionally a social butterfly is not what I would call myself (instead a wallflower would be perfect for me) but last few weeks have been busy attending get-togethers and dinners! I probably am ready for a break there! “Oh Surely”, my husband would say!

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The new kitchen kicks me to try new recipes from the backyard basket of ingredients. I made this delicious basil plum sauce (from the plum tree here) that would be served that would be served with Chicken soon!

Yes, that reminds me to thank my lovely audience for being patient and sharing the pics of recipes from here that you and your family enjoyed! Chickpea crusted eggplant hearts on platter recipe seems to hit the right nerve! I m so glad to share a bite of my childhood with all of you!! Thanks for trying these!

In short, All is well! I m pretty much planning to be the hourglass mommy, not figuratively but in reality! And she is here to stay!! Gear up, buckle up!