Save Soil to Save Life!

On my visit to the Isha Foundation, Sadhguruji’s Ashram, I decided to spend some time meditating and reflecting upon myself. Just as I sat down, a gust of air tickled my ears and that made me think, even this playful wind has such a big role to play in our daily life. Generous mother nature bestows us with so much, but do we really do justice to it?

Not enough, it seems. The problems of air pollution, climate change and water scarcity are sky rocketing with each passing day, and so is the concern of soil health!

Soil is “the only magic material that turns death into life,” says Sadhguruji. All humans, animals and plants, require soil to thrive, just like any other element. However, we often take it for granted despite being aware that life wouldn’t be the same without this precious soil!

Especially being a chef, I really cannot imagine how we can ever attain an organically rich diet without the nutrient rich soil. It is because of the soil that the plants attain adequate minerals and nutrients, which then makes its produce full of nourishment. So, it is high time we give soil the attention it deserves. We must look after the soil health now if we wish to have a diet full of nutrient rich food tomorrow, as simple as that.

I am absolutely grateful for the global movement launched by Sadhguruji- Save Soil, to address the soil crisis. Indeed, we need to come together and take steps collectively to ensure soil health. By doing so, I’m sure we can make a difference. I am obliged and absolutely encouraged to take part in promoting this vital cause.

This is not any agitation, but as a Chef and a responsible citizen, I consider it is my topmost responsibility to do so. Hence, I promise to stand by and make enough noise about the soil. On that note, I want to request everyone to join in and take actions to safeguard our future by safeguarding soil health today.

Save Soil. Let us make it happen!

Warm up with these dishes on a cold winter night!

Winter is here and so are a number of vegetables that we wait for all year round. Starting from sarson to red gajar, fresh peas to fresh greens, every single vegetable that comes around during this season creates absolutely delectable dishes that you cannot resist.

The winter season calls for meals that provide comfort and make you feel cosy while also being extremely flavorful. Every cuisine has a certain set of dishes, flavours, and aromas that are incredibly delectable and will surely make your mouth water till you eat a bite.

In order to make your winter season the best so far, I have created a list of recipes that will ensure your stomach is well fed and your palette is the happiest it’s ever been:

Mustard (Sarson) is a winter delicacy that is grown in abundance during the winter season. Hailing from the fields of Punjab, this dish is more than relished across the nation. Sarson da Saag goes hand in hand with makki ki roti that is topped with butter/ghee.

Everyone across the globe is thankful to Gujarat for introducing this exquisite dish, Undhiyo, to the world. This is a wholesome dish that is prepared with a number of vegetables based on choice and is loved, relished, and savoured by people in every corner of the world.

The earthy flavours of Mushrooms and the freshness of matar harvested in winter make for a wholesome and delicious dish. Prepared in an onion tomato gravy, this dish will definitely be the highlight of your dinner spread.

Red carrots when prepared with methi, creates an aromatic dish that one cannot get enough of. The winter season calls for a dish prepared with red carrots that are available in the market only during this season. The sweetness of the carrot mixed with the slightly bitter and tangy taste of methi ensures that this dish will make your winter season a big hit!

Radish or Mooli can be consumed as a salad before lunch or cooked in a recipe for any meal of the day. Imagine- a cup of tea in the morning with a side of mooli paratha for breakfast- seems exciting, doesn’t it? This recipe is very simple to prepare and extremely delicious to consume on a cold winter day.

This winter season brings with it a whole lot of festivals and a lot more fun. This season, treat your palette to aromatic, wholesome, and delectable dishes that will make the end of your year the best.

So, now you know that during these winters, this recipe list will be your go to not just to fill your stomach but to relish every single meal.

A Santa Cake Or A Cracker Santa, Pick Your Favorite For This Christmas!

Christmas is the time to spread love and happiness like Santa. The first thing that comes to our mind when we think of Christmas is the cold winter night, decorated Christmas trees and lots of yummy treats!

We are sure that you all are as excited as we are. We all want to do something special for Christmas, don’t we? Especially for that Christmas party, when everyone’s Josh is high, we want to present not only delicious but also jaw-dropping recipes that will make the guests go “WOW!”

Children eagerly wait to find out if they’ve been ‘good’ enough to get some gifts from Santa or have they been on Santa’s ‘naughty list’. In fact, children and adults equally look forward to this merry time. If you are planning for a children’s special Christmas party, then we have an idea.

Every year, we adorn our homes with stunning decorations and simply bake a delicious cake, but imagine how nice it would be to decorate the cake to resemble a Santa or maybe a snowman? Sounds amazing, right? We are sure that your young guests will love it. So, unleash your creativity and win a million hearts as we bring to you a list of handpicked recipes that literally shout ‘Christmas’.

  • Santa Cake

The first one on our list is everyone’s favourite, the Santa Cake. Welcome Santa, the jolly man dressed in all red, on the Christmas-Eve with a cake that resembles him, long white beard and the iconic red hat! The moist cake is visually appealing, but for that you need to up your icing game. Don’t worry though, we have got you covered. Watch on the recipe and become a pro!

https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Santa-Cake—SK-Khazana.html

  • Strawberry Santa

If you are looking for something cute, little and easy to welcome your guests, we suggest you should try out the Strawberry Santa. Red strawberries, magically turned into Santa! Voila, that’s every child’s dream. The colour of fresh strawberries is so uplifting in itself that the guests will feel welcome. Trust us, no one can resist eating them. Moreover, it is not at all time consuming. You can involve your children to make the recipe and enjoy.

  • Cracker Santa

Now, you must be thinking of something crispy and salty, so how about crackers and cheese? A match made in heaven! This recipe is so easy to make that you’ll just love it. You can also get your kids to help you to make them as we guarantee, it’ll all finish up within minutes! Black olives as eyes, green olives as a cute moustache and nachos as a hat, all assembled together to make it look like a Santa Claus. These bite-sized cute Santa crackers are ‘thoda hatke’ than the rest of them, so it’ll immediately put a crown on your head.

https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Christmas-Cracker-Santa.html

  • Date Jingle Balls And Snowman

Next one is a snowman. We think, the centre of your meal spread should be something very healthy and attractive at the same time. Date Jingle Balls and Snowman is the perfect recipe which ticks both these boxes. Lovely dates, almonds, pistachios, and cream cheese yummy! Besides, it will also give you the wintery snow feel. Children are sure to love it, so get ready to make them.

  • Yule Log

Yes, besides the pretty looking dishes, you want to have something traditional, so the Yule Log is just perfect. We mean the cake of course! The spongy, moist cake will melt in your mouth and immediately melt your hearts too! Your creativity plus your determination will make this cake tastier. Happy baking.

  • Ginger man Cookies

Finally, no Christmas is complete without ginger man cookies. We are sure you have made them before, but this year, it is going to add value to your party with all the other decorations in place. So instead of making usual cookies, try out this edible Gingerbread Wreath. Wreath on a plate is definitely not something you’ve had before, so it is a game changer. Surprise your guests and show-off your skills.

Wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!