A Dose of Good Health and Nutrition 175

While the month of March began with a blazing heat, I felt very bored to cook and wanted some change in the routine. We decided to head out for lunch. However, I did not want to go to those regular restaurants that are heavy with spices, oil, and all the things that are rich in gluten, sugar and what not. We may enjoy the taste, but in the end of the day, it feels so heavy that we may even end up with digestion problem.

Hence, we decided to go to a restaurant that we recently noticed. This is a restaurant that boasts of fresh and nutritious food. You will note there are no much varieties of dishes here. “Vaathsalya Millet Cafe” is a place for those who are really looking for healthy, homely and nutritious food.

Sitting in their outside seating, we ordered Elaichi Malt drink and tomato soup. For the main course, we ordered Thali meals and waited. As the place is new for us, we waited anxiously to taste. Seeing fewer varieties in the menu, we were slightly put down. So waited for the food. When the drink was served, you could actually see smiles on our faces after the first sip. It was so tasty and we decided to order few more glasses. Later, the meals were served. The menu of the thali meals was, millet roti, millet (proso) kheer, sprouts curry, vegetable curry, millets (Navara) pulav, salad, buttermilk, papad. Everything was so delicious that I asked for a second serving. The serving is slow, so enjoy the malt and other health drink while your healthy food gets cooked and served freshly.

What is more? You can also buy the healthy food products from their retail millet shop such as the finger millet pop, Aralu, finger millet malt in different flavors, millets. The pleasant ambiance with bamboo chairs and tables outside, indoor seating which does not allow it to be too crowded, healthy food altogether makes it a must visit. I am definitely looking forward to my next visit soon.

If you are planning a visit to Bangalore or looking for a homely and healthy lunch or dinner, this is the restaurant you should be going. They also do home deliveries. Check out their website to know more.

Visit us at  www.vaathsalyafoods.com .

Location of the restaurant – #277, 15 Cross, 21 Main, 100 ft road, JP Nagar, 5 Phase, Bangalore -78

Contact – 9449810272

You can also check out their FB Page here.

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Cooking Diary by Shruti Agrawal 121

Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession

That is exactly what Shruti Agrawal did!! Meet the young baker who loves to bake and cook a yummy and delicious variety of food and desserts that will make you want to eat more. Shruti Agrawal is a penchant food and recipe blogger and owns the site well known as www.cookingdiarybyshruti.com.

Though Shruti completed her post graduation, her desire always remained in starting something on her own and be her own boss. However, she knew the value of education and hence wanted to finish her master’s hoping her education may help her in providing guidance to start and lead a successful business. bb

Creativity is allowing yourself to do mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep

Which perfectly applies to Shruti as initially, she tried various other things to find her true interest. Such as the fashion industry, online store, family business and few other, none of which could win her mind and heart together. But she realized that baking and cooking is something she loves to do.

Cooking and baking came naturally to her as Shruti’s mother was also an excellent chef around her kitchen and Shruti learned many things at a young age. She started experimenting recipes since the age of 12.

My mother is the biggest inspiration to me and all that I know today is something I have learned from her. I will be the happiest when I cook as good as she does.

– tells Shruti with all the love and fondness to her mother who inspired her to reach where she is today.

One cannot learn an art without making mistakes, and Shruti also faced a few accidents in the kitchen like burning her cupcakes or over roasting. Well, that’s part of learning because when you make a mistake you learn what to do and what not to do, isn’t it?

Sometimes when opportunities come, it knocks our door in the form of love by our family. Little did she know that one day she will own a cooking and food blog where people would look forward to what she writes and shares her recipes. In the year 2014, her sister Kirti encouraged her to start a blog with all her food recipes and share the idea with people who have similar interest and Kirti was adamant till Shruti started it. Until then she had no idea that she had it in her to turn her passions into a way of living.

As a teenaged girl, Shruti always watched the Nigella Lawson on TLC and aspired to become like her one day. However, she could not give much attention to what she truly loved to do as much of her time went into the preparation of her graduation and post graduation in marketing and advertising sectors.

When her sister forced her to start the blog, she was secretly excited too as she always loved writing. She decided to share her recipes through her blog. She did not know how to start one though. Hence, she researched and learned the basics of using a WordPress and started her blog.

She still remembers when she started the blog, the first post she wrote was about chocolate muffins. Prepared the muffins, took photos from her Samsung Note-2 and wrote a lengthy recipe. She was a novice in writing a food blog and was not as good in food styling and photography then. She kept the post in draft for about five days until she cooked up some courage to post it on the blog. She kept visiting her draft blog making sure if there were no errors.

When you do something out of heart, people always accept it gracefully and with love.

– claims the charming Shruti remembering her experience of her first post.

The love and appreciation she got from people in the form of comments and likes pushed her to work harder. People truly loved the idea of making a complicated recipe easier and upon that it was eggless. Since then there was no turning back. Shruti began to cook and bake the foods. Also took photos of them step by step to make a different post for every recipe. The process taught her to excel in other skills and fine tune her abilities in photography, food dressing, and styling.

For me, baking is Therapeutic. It makes me feel happy, calm and peaceful.

– says Shruti being content and happy with what she is doing.

Cookingdiarybyshruti is a food blog which is all about baking, cooking, food photography, food styling, and its trends. The blog concentrates on making different complex food items from scratch and breaking it down into easier recipes. The blog also features foods with gluten free, sugarless delicacies. Shruti likes to explore baking food with fruits, new ingredients, alternative flours and mainly most of it is eggless.

A visual appearance of food holds the same love for a food, as it takes for cooking it. Hence I love to take photos of all the food I prepare with exceptional skill on photography. I love to dress the food and take pictures of them before I post my recipe for my readers.

– conveys the young food inventor who also loves writing.

Shruti is also a writer in various e-magazines like Polkacafe.com, Foodkraft, TheUrbanSpice, and few others. Love for writing and baking has given a space where she has built a career that she loves the most today.

I believe if we love our work and have a passion for what we do, nothing can go wrong. All we have to do is dream and believe in what we do.

– tells Shruti, the strong believer with a voice of confidence.

Shruti also conducts baking workshops in Delhi. Her previous contracts for the workshops was with some of the well-known food companies such as the Epigamia Yogurt,

Shruti also conducts baking workshops in Delhi. Her previous contracts for the workshops was with some of the well-known food companies such as the Epigamia Yogurt, Wishq India, Frontier Biscuit, and Paper Design Company. Readers have followed her from blog to her workshops to learn her style of cooking and baking which talks volumes of her skills.

The love my readers have shown by coming again and again and asking me to share more of my recipes keeps me encouraged. The love and response they show keep me going and growing. My vision is to take my blog to bigger heights than it is today and bring more people together with similar interests. I also want to open a CDBS kitchen studio where people can learn baking and cooking different things with a difference. I want to create a community where each one of us could inspire one another in our culinary adventures and conquer the oven. I believe in making my passion my paycheck.

– says Shruti thanking her readers and all the people who stand by her appreciating her talent and skills in writing and baking both.

When you follow your passions there is no stopping you from leading the ladder of success. Shruti Agrawal is truly an inspiration for women who think all they know is only cooking because just cooking can be a hugely successful career, isn’t it?

Did the story of Shruti Agrawal inspire you? Do not wait anymore. Take your cooking and baking skills to a better level by learning few more recipes by Shruti Agrawal. Visit her Facebook Page to know more.

Click Your Photos the Right Way! 85

A couple of months back, when it was the time of exams for my daughter, she and her friends kept calling each other asking and sending photos of notes through what’s app. Some of the pictures were so blur that my daughter had to call and ask them to send again. Agreed! Children may not know many things in the mobile but I have seen older people also are very careless when they click a photo. We might have observed some of the pictures that are shared in our regular gossiping book that is Facebook which is in dark lighting though it was shot in daylight, some are shaken, some or blur, while some might even have cut faces…Oops!!

Not everyone is a great photographer to go around with a great camera in hands always. Truth is even great photographers do not do that. They just know the knack as when to click the perfect shot from any device. But can you take good pictures from your mobile phones? Yes! Our mobile phones are called as smartphones for a reason, isn’t it?

So, how to take good clicks from our smartphones? Here are few pointers.

  • Make sure whatever you are trying to click should not be under shadows of things that are behind you are a shadow of yourself.

  • Use the one-third rule. That is, use the grid lines while taking a picture. Focus and adjust as where you want the item corners to be seen in the photo based on positioning properly with the help of grid lines.

  • Avoid zooming to take a closer shot of a picture. When you zoom in the image becomes blur or pixelated. Instead of either, you should try to go closer or take the photo and then crop it with only the item you needed to be photographed.

  • Try to use the natural light as much as possible, because the flash sometimes reflects the natural light and other bright items in the background dulling the subject.

  • Do not pose for every photo or do not ask people to look into the lens. Just take candid photos as people shot unexpected shows many different emotions and that makes it more interesting.

  • Wait till the lens adjusts and the image is clear before clicking on the image button.

  • Use photo editing apps. One of the best advantages is, there are various photo editing apps. I regularly use these apps to make all my photo to look good. No makeup does not make me worried anymore to share among friends and family because I simply use the youcammakeup app. You will be surprised with so many free apps that let you do various things to your photos and also add animations.

  • Use external lens add-ons to make your pictures shot with better clarity, and distance.

  • Find some support if you can before clicking as a slight movement can blur the pictures.

  • Use various filters that are available in your phone camera settings.

  • Use the highest resolution available on your phone.

  • Most of all if you want good pictures, you need to have a lot of patience.

    Hope these tips helps. If you got any more ideas for a better photography from mobile phones share them in comments.