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Mother's Day Special

In The Kitchen With Mom And Son: Ragi Biscotti And A Lesson In Healthy Cooking

#ThankYouMom: Mother-son duo team up for a healthier future!

In The Kitchen With Mom And Son: Ragi Biscotti And A Lesson In Healthy Cooking

‘I’ll make beetroot paratha. That’s my mom’s favourite!’ says 14-year-old Ishan when asked what’s on his Mother’s Day menu.

Meanwhile, his mother, Pooja, prepares ragi biscotti, the healthy version of biscuits.

“Health begins in the kitchen,” she says.

Also Read: Shaping A Healthy Future: How Parents Can Help Their Children Beat Obesity

Until recently, the woman, mostly the mother, was the only person within the family who cooked. Things are changing rapidly and the Kulkarni household is the living example of it.

Here, you will find both the mother and the son teaming up to create each other’s favourite dishes, always keeping health in mind.

From pizza to biscuits, chips, and doughnuts, this duo has found healthier alternatives for everything.

“I am so happy I could learn the art of healthy cooking from my mom. It’s the need of the hour,” says Ishan, who discovered his love for cooking at the age of 9.

Watch: Dos and Don’ts For Preventing Childhood Obesity

His mother points out the alarming rise in childhood obesity and diabetes, emphasising the importance of healthy eating.

No wonder that the duo has opened their kitchen to the public. They have a YouTube channel and are planning to open a café or a bakery as they continue to create delicious treats with a healthier twist.

Their message on Mother’s Day:

Let’s pass on our cooking skills to the younger ones. It’s all about taking charge of our health. We must show them how to make tasty healthy food that’s good for them and swap out the not-so-healthy food with better ones.

NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Ayushmann Khurrana. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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