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  • Culture / Dance / Folk Dance

    Ghoomar Performance

    Presenting a Rajasthani Folk – Thali Dance & Bollywood Freestyle Fusion (Thali Dance id one of the Rajasthani Folk Dances Where you balance the Thalis aka steel plates on your bare palms incorporating the process into dance. (P.s. No Adhesive, No Handles, knobs attached to hands or Thalis)

    Performing for a Fundraiser for Starship (Kids Hospital) called Bollywood For Starship organised by Barfoot & Thompson. Gratitudes to Ms. Priya Shankar who invited me to perform and be a part of such great cause!

    Much 💖

    Sonal

  • Baby / Babyfood / Food / Food Fashion and Fun with Sonal / Parenting / Toddler Recipe

    Corn & Courgette Fritters

    Hiya peeps! Howz it goin! Thank you to the ones who reminded me of my Toddler Finger Food series. So, here I’m, once again , with another tempting yet nutritious finger food recipe for the littlies! I hope it will help out my fellow mothers in a great way. Here sharing an easy peasy recipe of Corn & Courgette Fritters that is nutritious, yummy, visually appealing, has crunchy texture (which I believe is preferred by almost every toddler) and a big plus, this recipe is customisable to older kids and adults too.
    It contains highly nutritious ingredients important for a balanced meal for your fast-growing toddlers.

    💡Ingredients

    ✨Multigrain Flour – 1 Cup
    I’m using @aashirvaad Multigrain Flour that is made of wholesome goodness of six different grains – wheat, soya,bengal gram, oats, maize and psyllium husk. These ingredients are full of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Hence, a healthier alternative to any flour, especially the plain flour.

    ✨Corn Kernels (Steamed) – ⅓ Cup
    Corn is rich in Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron which helps in the production of red blood cells in the body.

    ✨Courgette (Shredded) – ⅓ Cup
    Now, Courgette is again full of Vitamin A,Manganese,Vitamin C,Potassium,Magnesium,Vitamin K, Folate,Copper,Phosphorus, Vitamin B6,Thiamine plus small amounts of Iron, Calcium and zinc.

    ✨ Organic Yogurt (One Spoon or as needed for the desired consistency of batter)
    Organic Yougurt also known as Indian Yogurt is rich with Fat and Calcium which play very important role in development of a toddler.

    ✨ Shredded Cheese (1 big Spoonful)
    Chesse is again full of goodness of Vitamin A, Calcium,Vitamin D,Vitamin B-6,Cobalamin and Magnesium

    ✨ Salt & Pepper as per your toddler’s taste

    💡 Recipe:

    ✨Mix all the ingredients and work it into a thick, pancake batter-like consistency.
    ✨Heat a large non stick frying pan over medium low heat and grease lightly with butter, ghee or oil.
    For each fritter, place 1 to 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, turn and cook for a further 1 to 2 minutes or until the fritters are cooked through.

    And, here’s a delicious #fingerfood ready for your toddler!
    I hope you and family would enjoy this recipe!

  • Baby / Babyfood / Food / Food Fashion and Fun with Sonal / Parenting / Toddler Recipe

    Cheesy Baked Disks

    So, I’ve been asked so many times by fellow mothers, what do I feed my 15 months old ? So, here I’m starting a baby food recipe series, which will help out my fellow mothers in a great way. Here sharing an easy peasy recipe of Cheesy Baked Disks that is nutritious, yummy, visually appealing, has crunchy texture (which I believe is preferred by almost every toddler) and a big plus, this recipe is customisable to older kids and adults too.

    It contains highly nutritious ingredients importantt for a balanced meal for your fast-growing toddlers. It has Paneer aka Cottage Cheese that is full of Protein, Fat, Carbs, Folates, Calcium and Phosphorus. I am also using normal cheese that has magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, D, and K meaning, it can contribute to healthy bone development in children. Cheese also contains Protein, Fat and Calcium. Now coming to Veggies! The beauty of this recipe is you can use your toddler’s favourite Vegetables into it. Here, I am using Capcicum which is a good source of: Vitamin A Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6 ,Vitamin B9 (folate/folic acid) ,Vitamin C ,Vitamin E ,Vitamin K Manganese ,Potassium. Corn Kernels that will add a little sweetness to the recipe and again has almost everything mentioned above. And Onion which is a good dietary fibre and has iron too. So, shall we begin?

    Ingredients
    Wholemeal Bread (cut in a circle shape)
    Butter Spread of your Choice
    Paneer aka Cottage Cheese (optional)
    Cheese of your Choice
    Finely chopped Onion
    Finely Chopped Capsicum
    Roughly churned boiled corn kernels
    Salt and pepper (if your Toddler is fine with it)

    Recipe
    All you need to do is mix all the ingredients well except the cheese and butter spread. Apply the butter spread onto the Wholemeal Bread disks, Top it up with the mixture, next top up with cheese and pop it into the oven on 180 degrees Celsius Or 356 Degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 7 minutes until the edges of disk turns a little brown. And, here’s a delicious finger-food ready for your toddler!
    I hope you and family would enjoy this recipe. Do lemme know how it turned out and whether or not you tried any variations

  • Babyfood / Food / Food Fashion and Fun with Sonal / Recipe / Toddler Recipe

    Bliss Balls Recipe

    We are vegetarians ! Yes, my 18 months old included! As we know some of the vitamins and minerals e.g. B Vitamins,  Omega 3 are very hard to get through a vegetarian diet.  So, I have created this No Cook , No Bake, No Sugar  – Protein Balls aka #energyballs recipe which takes care of those vitamins and minerals and much much more for us vegetarians.

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    These Protein Balls can be enjoyed by anyone; from a Toddler to Elderly. Here I am using more than a dozen ingredients. But when they combine; they transform into this magical energyball that you can munch on anytime and is super healthy! Shall we get started on this super quick and easy, no cook, no bake, no sugar recipe then?

    Ingredients:

    ▪️Oats – 3 Cups

    Oats are the main ingredient here. Along with Protein and Dietary Fibre , Oats offer high amounts of many vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, phosphorus, copper, B vitamins, iron, selenium, magnesium, and zinc.

    ▪️Cashew – 1 Cup

    Cashew are a huge source of monounsaturated fat (in other words, healthy fat, or cholesterol less fat) In addition, it also gives Vitamin K, Thiamin and vitamin B6.

    ▪️ Walnuts – 1 Cup

    Walnuts are primarily made up of protein and polyunsaturated fat. They contain a relatively high percentage of omega-3 fat. They are an excellent source of copper, folic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin E.

    ▪️Almonds – 1 Cup

    Almonds are loaded with Antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body and found in foods. They help defend your cells from damage caused by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Also, Almonds is a very well known source of Vitamin E.

    ▪️Sunflower Seeds – 1/2 Cup

    Sunflower seeds are excellent sources of several nutrients including Vitamin E and selenium.

    ▪️Pumpkin Seeds – 1/2 Cup

    Pumpkin seeds are rich in Antioxidants, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium and many other nutrients.

    ▪️Chia Seeds – 1/2 Cup

    Despite their tiny size, Chia Seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re loaded with Fibre, Protein, Omega-3 fatty Acids and various micronutrients.

    ▪️ Sesame Seeds – 1/2 Cup

    Sesame seeds again are great source of Fibre, Magnesium and Vitamin E.

    ▪️Dates – 1 Cup

    We are using Dated here as part of our Sugar substitute. In addition, they’re good source of nutrients, fiber and antioxidants.

    ▪️Dried Goji Berry – Handful

    Although, I forgot to place it in the picture; I used a handful of dried Goji berries in my recipe. These berries contain all essential 8 Amino Acids plus, vitamin C, Fibre, Iron, Vitamin A, Zinc and Antioxidants.

    ▪️Dried Apricot- Handful or less

    I am using Dried Apricot again as a natural sweetener. Besides it’s high on Vitamin A, Potassium and Copper.

    ▪️Raisins – Handful or less

    Along with being a good substitute for white sugar; Raisins contains good amount of Calcium, Phosphorus and Potassium.

    ▪️Honey Or Maple Syrup Or Ghee (Clarified Butter) – As needed.

    You can use any of the three as the binding agent. I’m using honey as my Toddler absolutely loves it.

     

    Recipe

    All you need to do is start grinding all the ingredients except the liquid one. Once the mixture is finer (as shown in the 3rd picture) start adding your chosen liquid binding agent spoon by spoon as you grind the mixture (as shown in the 4th Picture). Now, try and form a ball with both your hands. If it falls apart, add in a little more honey, Maple Syrup or Ghee (whatever you’re using) and grind again, the final mixture will look something like in the 5th picture. Now, form balls and enjoy the bliss.

    Storage

    Store in an airtight container/jar and refrigerate it. It can be stored for two weeks.

    Enjoy this sheer goodness with your family! And stay healthy and safe! 

    Much 💜

    Sonal

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  • Art & Crafts / DIY / Food Fashion and Fun with Sonal / Parenting / Tips / Video

    DIY Water Colour

    https://youtu.be/kF__QHhGKpU

    So, as you all know, I have a hyper-active 19 Months Old. And almost halfway through the Quarantine, I realized that we’re out of Paint/WaterColour. And mu little ninja loves water and color play. So, I thought to #DiyWaterColour with the ingredients from my pantry.

    I have attached the YouTube Video too for your convenience. 

    What you’ll need:

    • 1/2 cup shampoo / handwash / body wash etc (I used baby shampoo as it is gentle on their skin)
    • 1/2 cup cornflour
    • Food colouring
    • Water
    • Mixing bowls
    • Paint palette or small individual containers 
    • Paint brushes

    These measurements are approximates and of course, you can make more or less if you wish.

    How to make water colour

    Divide the shampoo and cornflour into separate mixing bowls – one bowl for each colour you are going to use. Add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl, then stir in a teaspoon-ish of cold water. Mix well and add more water as required until the mixture is the right consistency. It needs to be thick enough to stick to the paint brush without dripping off, but thin enough to be able to paint a line.

    I hope this video will come in handy for you guys!

    Much 💖

    Sonal

  • Beauty / Food Fashion and Fun with Sonal / LIFESTYLE / Skincare

    Skincare Secrets 2.0

    So, I’m a mother to a toddler. I have been the primary carer for my daughter since the birth. Having our plates full with couple of Businesses and couple of new ventures and the new baby, I and hubby decided that one has to be focused on businesses and one on the baby to keep ourselves sane. But I still can’t keep my butt out of my business 😐. I want the best of both the worlds. So, right now I’m on the Multi-Tasking Level 9.03. And this desire of being top of my every single game took a toll on my both physical and mental health, my skin. After all, I realised that no matter how badly I want to be the best mother, the best business-woman, the best artist that I can be; nothing will be fruitful if I don’t take charge of health and care. Having said that, let’s descend on the point: ‘Skincare’!

    I started having dark circles and some dry patches during those tough-times, so I decided I needed something extra, something more nourishing than what I was using at that time; as I wasn’t able to drink enough water throughout the day, while taking care of a newborn baby. I was still unsure if the changes I made to my skincare were effective until 4 months ago when I started getting compliments for my skin from strangers just like before pregnancy. Hence, I decided it shouldn’t be a secret anymore. Every woman has a right to a healthy and happy skin! So, here’s those changes that I made.

    1️⃣ Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

    This Facial Soap by Clinique stands for what it claims. I wanted something that’s tough on daily build-ups like excess oil (sebum), dead skin cells, bacteria, dirt and other impurities. (Well, I’d mention Make-up residue too, but I don’t wear makeup regularly. ) And, doesn’t rob off the natural lustre of my skin. This Facial Soap exactly did that for me.

    2️⃣ Natural Sea Sponge

    Yes, I use Natural Sea Sponge on my face, and not on my body. I use it along with the Clinique Facial Soap. I think it provides enough of exfoliation to my skin, resulting into a clean and smooth skin.

    3️⃣ Noni Glow Face Oil By Kora Organics

    So, this oil by Miranda Kerr has been a complete game-changer for me. It has single-handedly treated my ‘New Mom’ Dark-circles and dry patches. It’s super- hydrating but doesn’t feel oily, sticky/heavy on skin. Infused with Certified Organic Noni Extract, Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil this natural elixir is a rich source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that will leave your skin looking and feeling healthy and radiant. Plus, it ticks my box of  Free from parabens, sulphates, synthetic colours and fragrances and silicones, Organic and Not tested on animals.

    Above all these, secrets there’s one secret; well, it’s not a secret, it’s a Golden Rule to a beautiful skin:

    Cleanse and Hydrate your skin every single night before sleep. ( No ifs, No buts, No coz)

    I hope, you enjoyed learning my skincare secrets. Take care of yourselves! 

     

    Much 💖

    Sonal

  • Food Fashion and Fun with Sonal

    The Sharmaji Ka Beta Syndrome

    Once I was changing Mishri ( she was almost 10 months then) in a Parent’s Room at a mall. There was another Asian mum changing her toddler right beside me. (And as the usual Mom-move we exchanged hellos through our babies, “ Say hi Mimi! Wave? “ Well let me reveal the secret behind the ‘diaper changing dialogue exchange’: Mums/Dads don’t do it to be amiable/social; we do it because we need a strong distraction from the strong poop odour.) Continue Reading

  • Beauty / Food Fashion and Fun with Sonal / LIFESTYLE / Make up / Skincare / Tips

    Skincare Secrets 🤫

    All right! So, I have been asked this question innumerable times from so many people! Throughout my journey as a schoolgirl, college diva, beauty queen to being a mum recently;  this question has been following me everywhere I go: “What do you use for such luminous beautiful skin?”  Well, I have answered every single one of them at times. To your surprise, I’ve been asked by males too. Continue Reading

  • Baby / Food Fashion and Fun with Sonal / Motherhood / Parenting / Pictures

    What I want on my first Mother’s Day!

    First of all, let me apologize for ghosting on you guys! I managed to write this article in bits over a month! Phew!! Yes, that is Motherhood. Well, this is my first Mother’s Day and my husband asked me, “ what do you want on your first Mother’s day darling”! (Yes, he asks me straight away because I’ve been disapproving of his choices of ‘Surprise gifts’ since 2007; and he’s a man so stepping up his gifting game is not his forte, to be honest) His question got me thinking what I really want on my first Mother’s Day.. but then my mind got diverted and started strolling through the memory lane! The moment we found out we’re pregnant there was a chaos of feelings: happiness, dismay, worry, joy, responsibility! Continue Reading