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South Indian Vegetarian Low Carb Diet – Day 1 Lunch

Yesterday, I wrote about going on Low carb diet. Like I said, it is all about carefully planning every meal. It is tedious, it is laborious, it is expensive, but it is very healthy. This should definitely motivate anyone to go on this diet.

So, on day 1 this was the lunch plate. All items listed here are posted on this blog. I have added links to all the recipes. Just wanted to emphasize, I am  vegetarian and not vegan. So, my plate does have low fat yogurt.


So, the plate has Majjige Huli or Khadi, Nuccina Unde, Hesaru Kalu Usli or Sprouted Moong Dal Usli and a cup of low fat yogurt.


South Indian Vegetarian Low Carb Diet

This post may come as a surprise for many of you. If you have been constantly reading my posts, you know very well I am very health conscious. And knowing that, you might be even more surprised to see this term “Low Carb Diet“.

It has been several years since I shyed away from eating white rice on a daily basis. I made rice maybe once a week. And during this day, when I made rice, I made sure we had delicious rubbida huli or Sambar, spicy saru or Rasam, a whole lot of fried Happala and Sandige. As you read that last sentence, your mouth started watering, right?

Told you, I ate this one day guilt free. Always reminding everyone we ate rice just 1 day a week. All other days, my cooking would be Avalakki, Upma, Chapathi, Dosa slightly healthy with brown rice, Idli and above all chapathi. So, even though we didn’t eat rice, the calories we consumed were way too high. And not to forget Sabhudana Khicahdi. Every Thursday night without fail.

Hmm, now you get it right? No rice, but all these other items still kept us full of high calories. And I kept complaining that even though I walked almost close to 5-6 miles and sometimes close to 7 miles, the scale didn’t budge. The weight kept creeping up slowly pound by pound.

Even though the weight kept adding, I have to thank God, the detailed medical checkup I had during my last visit for my Tietze syndrome showed no health issues.

However, it kept bugging me like crazy why my weight was not reducing. And one day after talking to my Would be Doctor Daughter, she said” Mom, stop being an Indian Vegetarian, become an American Vegetarian”. I asked her what she meant, she said Stop eating all those breakfast items you eat, and start eating Oatmeal. Do you know even the chapathi you eat has so many calories, and it is filled with carbs.

Her words kept ringing in my ear, and finally on April 18th I decided I am going to stop eating any carbs at all. It has been exactly 10 days, I have not touched rice, no chapathi, no dosa, no idli, no bread nothing.

It is not easy being a vegetarian, eating south Indian food to go on most diets you see online. We have to build our own meals, and our own plan. And that’s exactly what I am planning on doing.

So, now you may ask what do I eat? Remember all the dals, palyas, nucchina unde and kosambaris. That’s what I eat. It has been exactly 10 days, I have lost a few pounds nothing significant. I had a slight headache for 2 days, but it is gone now as well. I plan my meals, prepare well ahead. It is expensive, it is laborious, but worth every dollar and every pound I loose.

My husband also started this journey with me. He however eats 1 or 2 small chapathis. But, no rice. He accompanies me in long walks, exercise. We are in this together. Towards a healthy tomorrow, and low carb diet with loads of dals, legumes, vegetables, and fruits.

I will start posting more and more food items with low carbs. If you want to lead a healthy living, if you wish to reduce your cholesterol levels, if you wish to reduce your blood pressure, If you wish to loose some pounds, come join us in our journey. we will go through this journey together. Share our recipes, share our thoughts, share our frustrations when the scale doesn’t budge.:)

P.S: If you really have chronic illness, please consult your Doctor.

Chanda Kochhar’s letter to her daughter

Every time I talk to my Mom, she tells me some interesting articles she has read, a great recipe she saw on TV, or many times miracles of our beloved Rayaru. Today when I talked to her, she mentioned about a letter a Mom had written to her Daughter in a Kannada newspaper. I told her”Mom, it will be all over internet and I will read it”. And yes, the letter was posted by Ms. Melinda Gates on Facebook. I called back my Mom and told her I read the letter. I re-posted the same to my daughter, women colleagues at work, my whatsapp groups. I also read it loud to my Husband.

I have heard so many women tell me how hard it is to work, how hard it is to survive in this Male dominated society, how women pull down women at work and at home. Have I seen these things happen to me, YES. I have also seen this happen to my Mom, my Sister, my colleagues. As working women, we have gone through many challenges ourselves. We go through challenges everyday. But, most working women have a loving and caring family which makes it worth all the trouble we take at home and at work.

The letter Mrs. Chanda has written resonates so very well with all working women.

Read the letter, and share your thoughts.

The entire letter can be read from this link:

Chanda Kochhar’s Letter to her Daughter

Some quotes from her letter is posted below:

I believe in fate but I also believe that hard work and diligence plays a very important role in our lives. In a larger sense, we all write our own destiny. Take destiny in your own hands, dream of what you want to achieve, and write it in your own way. As you go ahead in life, I want you to climb the path to success one step at a time. Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete.

As you go forward, you will sometimes have to take difficult decisions, decisions that others might scorn at. But you must have the courage to stand up for what you believe in. Make sure you have that conviction to do what you know is right, and once you have it, don’t let skeptics distract you from your path.

Shubha’s Crafty Corner

This web site has been reaching people far and wide. I am humbled by the love and affection you all have shown me over the past several years. With all this love and affection, I decided to give back to you all a series of posts which will inspire you all to do something more than what you have been doing.

I am always inspired by women and men as well, who go way beyond to follow their passion. One such person who I have been seeing on Facebook almost everyday is Ms. Shubha Mohan. Ms. Shubha has this wonderful crafty corner and posts amazing and creative designs of jewellery and other items almost everyday. I wanted to showcase her craft here in the blog, so you all could go visit her and enjoy wearing her creations.

I asked Shubha to write a few words and also send some pics.

Below are the details and Ms. Shubha’s contact information. You can see many more designs on Ms. Shubha’s facebook page.

About Myself : 
I am Shubha Mohan, Software Engineer, by profession but now a home maker. When I fully dropped the idea of going back to software line couple of years ago, the sleeping art in me woke up. I always love crafty things from childhood …My mom is big inspiration to me.
My hobbies are cooking,painting,sewing,listening to music and jewelry making.
Started doing quilling jewelry ….Every women like to look attractive. The reason I chose quilling is because of colours,Variety, light weight ,eco friendly,water resistant and at affordable price while high on quality and matching  gives exact or very close match to attire. My daughter and my niece were first models to try…:-)…When friends asked to make for them and gave small orders became serious about it .
With friends and family support and appreciation got motivated started doing          silk thread jewelry as well. Silk thread jewelry are very rich, attractive,ethnic,elegant and light weight  goes very well with all occasions ,party wear and traditional look. Jumkhas,Neck laces and bangles are back in trend with endless designs. we can customize jewelry for matching Saree,Kurthi,Langa Blouse etc.
If anyone interested in quilling and silk thread jewelry  please check my facebook page
contact : Shubha Mohan – 9902067108
Sewing is my another passion. Sewing and jewelry making is becoming part of life.
I Need to thank Meera for maintaining such awesome blog and updating us about culture and traditions. Also giving me this opportunity for sharing my little creative corner with you all.
Shubha Mohan


Back from India

Just wanted to let you all know I am back from Bangalore, India. Reached safely on Sunday night. It was hectic in Bangalore with work, and visiting all relatives. Had very little time to travel anywhere.

However, made a trip to Mysore to see my Grandmother one Sunday, and a trip to Seebi, Goravana Halli, and Devarayana Durga another Saturday. Will post pictures soon.

Visited Rayara Muta several times, and also the day I was traveling back. No visit to Mantralaya this time.

See you all soon in my next post.


In Bangalore, India

Just wanted to keep you all posted that I am here in Bangalore, India for work. I came yesterday morning, and will be here for the next three weeks. I will be working starting Monday at our Bangalore office.

There might be some delays in approving your comments and maybe new posts. Hope to visit a few temples, not much travel expected since work is hectic.

It is great to spend a few days with my Parents and also relatives.

Happy New Year -2016

Dear All,

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one of the millions of visitors who have visited this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has subscribed to this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has tirelessly contributed to this blog.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has commented.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has sent me personal emails.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who wrote to me saying I have inspired you.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who has conveyed their personal feelings and asked for my prayers.

May our Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru shower his choicest blessings on each and every one who have read the blog.

I shared my health issues, which brought tears to many of you, and for many who commented solidified the faith in our Supreme Lord.

A blog which has crossed many milestones, a blog which is being read in many countries, a blog which has many contributors, a blog which has influenced many, a blog which brings many to share their own stories, a blog which makes people have faith in our Supreme Lord, would not have been possible without the blessings from the Supreme Lord.

This blog wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support from YOU ALL.

Thanks for everything and have a wonderful NEW YEAR -2016.





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