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Friday, December 30, 2011

Gluten Free Halwa

For the complete recipe w/ ingredients, please go to Show Me The Curry 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Konkani Sammelan 2012 - Edison, New Jersey

Konkanis are a small but highly talented and successful group. The 2012 Konkani Sammelan program will celebrate our rich diversity of talent and success with a series of highly inspiring and memorable events, linked together by a common thread: EXCELLENCE.

Join us for Konkani Sammelan 2012 - Edison, New Jersey, June 29 - July 1, 2012!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

BreakThru Radio

Check out this cool online radio - BreakThru Radio and esp. Dj Rekha with her show Bhangra and Beyond!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Healthy Indian Diet

Show Me The Curry says: "We are very proud to introduce our first book called “The Healthy Indian Diet” written in collaboration with Dr. Niraj “Raj” Patel. Similar to the highly popular Mediterranean Diet, read about the health benefits of a traditional Indian diet and learn to make small changes in your daily food habits to protect yourself from chronic diseases."                      

I'm looking forward to getting my copy and reviewing it here.

Click here to purchase one for yourself or makes a perfect gift for your loved ones.

Check out the video explaining what it is all about!

Also don't forget to add Show Me The Curry to your favorite Facebook pages!


Also check out Dr. Raj Patel's first book - 9 "PRESCRIPTIONS" FOR HEALTHY LIVING (FOR GUJARATIS)

9 "PRESCRIPTIONS" FOR HEALTHY LIVING (FOR GUJARATIS) explains what aspects of the Gujarati-American lifestyle are unhealthy and lead to a higher risk of heart attacks and diabetes, and then describes what good habits can help you prevent disease and make you healthier as you grow into middle age. The author aims to keep it scientific and to keep it simple. He cites studies in the medical literature that support his "prescriptions" for better health, and writes in an easy-to-read, straight-to-the-point style. You will learn new insights like how to breathe deeply to relieve stress (the way most people take deep breaths is wrong and adds to stress), that corn oil is beneficial (perhaps more so than olive and canola oil) and that you can become healthier even if you do not lose any weight. Although 9 "Prescriptions" is written for the Gujarati community, which is majority- vegetarian (and thus, the author does not advocate eating meat), the principles behind his "prescriptions" are universal and can help any man or woman live healthier.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Introducing Allergy Free Recipes on SMTC

Show Me The Curry (SMTC) has embraced a wonderful idea. Can't wait to see what they come up with!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Why Indian Classical Music for Kids?

This post is authored by Kavita Bafana, Co-Founder and Director at Little Ustaads.  Little Ustaads offers play-based musical education classes for children ages 0-5 in the New York/New Jersey area and in Mumbai.  The curriculum is designed to encourage children and parents to discover and appreciate the world of Indian classical music through rhythmic tunes, rich vocals, mini instruments and vibrant visuals. Currently, Little Ustaads has classes running in Jersey City and Hoboken.

Why is Indian classical music important for Indian children growing up in the West?

Surrounded by Western influences, we face a difficult task of raising children that will accept, appreciate and embrace our Indian culture.  As determined parents, we may try many things like consistently speaking a native language, dancing to Bollywood tunes or serving children traditional foods.  These and other activities are beneficial, but we still lack the ability to speak to them at their level and to make them feel that they are part of a larger community – that all the things they are doing at home are not just unique to them, but rather are followed by many other children like themselves.  Indian classical music can be an amazing medium to captivate and connect our children to each other and their rich background right from birth.  

I was fortunate to have parents that introduced me to the wonders of Indian classical music through Kathak, a North Indian classical dance.    I learned language, culture and values that are core to our rich Indian traditions. Growing up in New York, the opportunity to excel in Indian classical dance allowed me to connect to my Indian community and be unique among my Western classmates.  This hobby has shaped me into who I am today and I am excited to pass it along to my children.

After having twins, I wanted them to have the same upbringing I was lucky to have, but I found my options limited.  With the prevalence of Western children’s music and Indian classical training beginning at age 6, I wanted to immerse them in sound patterns and melodies that children do not experience at school or at home such as the sitar or raag bilawal as early as possible.  Fortunately, I was able to work with a friend on this need and we created a curriculum for children designed to teach Indian classical music through play and dance.  I saw my twins build their Hindi vocabulary, develop familiarity with unique Indian instruments and train their ears to actively listen.  As they have grown up, I can see the benefits:  this early and sustained exposure has piqued their interest in pursuing different aspects of this art—primarily playing tabla and singing and dancing.

Another benefit of pursuing Indian classical music for children is to train ourselves as parents.  For those of us that have not been exposed to Indian classical music, we have the opportunity to learn what is a raag, what is a sargam and how to count teen taal.  For those of us that have been immersed in the art, it provides a time to focus on transferring that experience to our children.  In our busy schedule as parents or grandparents, we need organized time where we are completely there with our children, and Indian classical music can be a medium to provide that focused time to bond, learn and communicate.

For me, it is not a question of whether Indian classical music is better than Western classical music.  It is about speaking to children in a language they understand—music— while reaping the multiple other benefits to immerse them in their rich heritage.

© 2010 Little Ustaads

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Daughter's Culinary Journey: Masala Chai

A Daughter's Culinary Journey: Masala Chai: "I am sipping my masala chai as I type this blog post. Tea is by far my favorite beverage and this recipe for masala chai gives the otherwise..."

Thursday, January 20, 2011

More Book Reviews Coming Soon

I'm working on several books as the moment, Modern Indian Cooking By Hari Nayak & Vikas Khanna, Menus and Memories from Punjab: Meals to Nourish Body and Soul By Veronica Sidhu and Entertaining from an Ethnic Indian Kitchen By Komali Nunna. I'm waiting for the arrival of several other regional cookbooks, which I'll be reviewing also. More on those soon.

On my Gluten Free blog, I'll be reviewing two cookbooks - Gluten Free Everyday Cookbook By Gluten-free Chef Robert Landolphi and The Glorious Gluten-free Cookbook By Vanessa Maltin, and Real Life with Celiac Disease Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free By Melinda Dennis, MS,RD,LDN and Daniel Leffler, MD,MS, both founding members of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Click on the links when they become active (as I publish them) to read the reviews.

Thanks for stopping in. See you all back here shortly!