Friday, December 25, 2009

Mrs. Dalal attends the 10th anniversary special PETA celebration.

Being a vegetarian has always been of utmost importance to me and I feel that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the rights of all animals and follow the principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment.

On 18th of December 2009, I was delighted to attend the PETA India celebration for completion of their 10 years in India. The star studded gala was hosted by long time PETA supporters John Abraham, Hema malini, Anoushka Shankar, Raveena Tandon and Atul Kasbekar.

PETA stands for “people for the ethical treatment of animals”, with more than 1.8 million members and supporters, is the largest animal right organization in the world. PETA is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights for all animals.

PETA India felicitated all long time PETA supporters who have helped them in the last ten years in speaking up for the voiceless beings. The list included Bollywood stars, musicians, Photographers and Government officials for passing Animal friendly Laws.
Celebrated Santoor player Rahul Sharma mesmerized the audience with his melodies, while Ash Chandler brought in some International Flavour with his singing and Ishq Bector made the audience kick of their heels to his foot tapping performance.
Mentor Emeritus for PETA India, Ms Anuradha Sawhney was awarded by PETA India’s founder Ms Ingrid Newkirk for her 9 years of service for Animals.
All PETA supporters showed their love for animals by showing solidarity to PETA’ Cause and congratulated the PETA India team for completing 10 long years of victories for animals.
I was enthralled to see that the guests were treated with Delectable Vegan food in a special Menu created by Simran Kodesia for PETA along with the team of Chefs at the Trident Hotel.
The guests also received a Gift bag full of vegan goodies, which included Vegan Chocolates, Vegan Cosmetics and a Book authored by PETA India’s founder Ms Ingrid Newkirk.
It was a delight to be part of this Anniversary celebration and I wish PETA all the best for their future endeavors.

Friday, December 04, 2009



The popular round of advice that nutritionists dish out is to have snacks that are around 100 calories with the right balance of nutrients. But 100 calories itself is a dicey number. One can get 100 calories by having either two fat-laden sweet cookies or one portion of low calorie mix sprouts bhel. The key to right snacking lies in the right selection of food and the right amount. This is how the concept of creating a “100 Calorie Snacks” cookbook took shape.

The book is filled with 30 scrumptious recipes that have been classified under 6 different categories of Chatpata Chaat, Waffles & Pancakes, Instant Dishes, Dry Snacks, Wraps & Kebabs and Multi-Cuisine Snacks. The recipes have been designed by my team of nutritionists and chefs in a manner that they are filling as well nutritious. I suggest you to stick to the portion size as mentioned in each recipe to avoid over exceeding the calorie intake.

Sticking to these recipes will surely satisfy your taste buds, avoid unnecessary bingeing on high-calorie snacks and help you overcome the thinking that 100 calorie snacks can only be raw fruits and vegetables.

The book also busts several common myths about snacking and provides helpful hints and tips.

So, go ahead and enjoy these snacks whenever your tummy cries for snacks.