Recipe: Paneer + Spinach + Aloo Rice

My son is allergic to all legumes. And we are vegetarians. It becomes very hard for me to come up with protein options for his food.  This recipe is my go-to and I make it several times a week.


  1. Spinach – 1/2 cup chopped fine
  2. Aloo – 1/4 cup cubed
  3. Paneer – crumbled – 2 tbsp
  4. Rice – 1/4 cup
  5. Ghee – 1tbsp
  6. Fennel seeds – pinch
  7. Turmeric – pinch
  8. Jeera – pinch
  9. Mustard – pinch
  10. Peppercorns – 2


  1. Heat ghee in a pan and add the highlighted (#6 through #10)
  2. After 15-20 seconds add the vegetables and paneer, toss for 10 seconds.
  3. Add the rice and 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 tsp salt.
  4. Cook until the rice is well done. (or transfer into a pressure cooker and cook under pressure for 7-8 mins.

I was born Indian and as such my cooking has Indian influence. Also, my mom and mom-in-law influence a lot of what I feed my son (in fact they have a huge say in everything related to my son). I was advised to use little spice and salt, a lot of ghee and to cook food thoroughly for easy digestion.

Aloo= Potato
Paneer = Indian Cottage Cheese
Ghee= Clarified Butter



A couple of years ago I realized that we had way too much stuff.  We lived with that realization not knowing where to start/what to do. We got rid of some of our belongings in preparation for our son’s arrival. However, it has been a long and painful battle with material belongings ever since. The weight of possession draws us down like gunk on a wheel hampering the progress in our life. It occupies a very big portion of my mental CPU cycles and grates on my nerves day in and day out. In my mind’s eye I can visualize what owning less can do to us, our parenting and more importantly to our son. In spite of the realization and the benefits of de-cluttering we are not able to just get it done. I have been reading a lot of blogs and they all say one thing – start it slow, start it small. I guess I just have to “eat the frog” (a term meaning just do that thing however unpleasant it might look).  I want to change that, I really wish there were “simplicity consultants”. I am always good when I work in a team and having a consultant with motivate me to get it done. Until I find one, I guess I am going to be my own consultant.

Here are my 2 simple goals:

1) Clean out my son’s toys by next weekend
2) Clean out our linen closet by next weekend

I am going to tackle just these two tasks to begin with. Let’s see how that goes.

And I realized that living simple and being simple takes a lot of work Open-mouthed smile Simplicity has got be on your mind 24×7. It is akin to breathing. If you stop living and breathing simplicity, clutter and materials just take over your life. I hope to get into a rhythm of living simply!

Some blogs that are helping me in my journey:
1) Zen Habits
2) Simple Living Media group of blogs

I will leave you with a completely different article about fostering autonomy in children.


The sippy cup journey

I was cleaning out some shelves in our kitchen today and there they were. Several million sippy cups in multiple designs, brands, colors. Ok, not several million but close. It all started about 12 months ago. I was determined to find the right sippy cup for my son and so it began. We tried everything (almost) under the sun. I see now, that we went through about 13 different styles and not one of them worked. And this is where I threw in the towel, because V became more comfortable just drinking directly from a cup and/or straw.

But you all must agree that this is quite the visual!


PS: After publishing this post I found 2 more varieties in another closet. Sheesh!


What is your style of discipline?

We have come to a point where we need to figure out what kind of discipline we want to embrace with our son. We want him to be assertive, independent and free-spirited but sometimes it takes a toll. Like the time when we were in the airport security line and he insisted to push the stroller. He cried for 2 hours before falling asleep out of pure exhaustion. There was nothing we could do to stop the anger/frustration he was experiencing.

I read John Gottman’s book about raising emotionally intelligent child and I was applying some of the techniques with him but that did not help. Until now we were more of the distract and redirect type parents but that approach, I feel, is not working. We are against time-outs and also we don’t want to say too much “no”.

So what is your discipline style?


Here we go again

For a while I have been contemplating starting a blog to talk about our parenting. I started and then paused. And then started again and then paused and I had trouble figuring out my voice and if I wanted to speak anything at all in a public forum. I guess it does not hurt just trying one more time!