Archive | August, 2017

Makhana And Paneer Curry Recipe

5 Foods To Include In Your Post Pregnancy Diet

Post pregnancy diet is as important as the pregnancy diet. Here are few recipes to add to your post pregnancy diet plan.

Pregnancy is a transition phase for every woman. With these changes it is mandatory to take better care of your health. Post pregnancy diet is as important as pregnancy diet. New mother has to nurse the baby as well as she has to lose extra weight. So, the diet should be in such a way that you should get all the required nutrients but should not gain empty calories.  Hoping on high calorie and less nutritious food is easy but not good for your health. Yes, it is very difficult to take care of yourself with a new born baby because you have to take care of the new one. But remember if you ignore your health you can’t be fit and you will be unable to take care of the apple of your eyes. Post pregnancy diet should be full of calcium, folic acid, protein and vitamin C. So, for a nursing mother, most important food includes low fat dairy products such as curd, paneer or cheese; legumes or pulses; whole-grain foods or whole grain cereals and vitamin C rich fruits.

Sometimes, it is very difficult to make healthy as well as delicious food. Usually we end up with healthy but tasteless food or tasty but unhealthy food. But don’t worry we are there for you. So, here is a list of recipes which are very nutritious, easy to prepare as well as delicious. Try these recipes for a wholesome, mouth- watering and easy food. You can prepare these foods in your busy schedule too.

Makhana and paneer curry recipe

By Bharati Dhawan

Makhana is rich in protein and fiber and low in calories so enables weight loss without compromising on your health. Similarly, paneer not only contains protein and calcium; it is also a good source of CLA which helps in fat burning process. These qualities of the ingredients make it ideal for post pregnancy diet.

Please click here for recipe link -> Makhana and paneer curry

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Soya chunks masala curry recipe

By Heena Bharat

Give your diet a boost of protein with mouth- watering taste of soya chunks. Soya is one of the major source of protein in vegetarian diet. Try this soya chunk masala for delicious and healthy meal.

Please click here for recipe link ->  Soya chunks masala curry

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Amla murabba recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

Amla or Gooseberry is one of the major source of vitamin C. It is very important in post – pregnancy diet. Relish the taste of amla and get wholesome of vitamins from a single fruit.

Please click here for recipe link -> Amla murabba

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Palak chole curry recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

Palak or spinach is rich in iron, potassium, vitamins and fibres. Adding this with the protein pellets (chole or chickpea) is the best gift you can give to your body during post pregnancy and nursing time.

Please click here for recipe link -> Palak chole curry

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Sprouted moong salad

By Heena Bharat

Salad is a good way to start the meal. Instead of salads loaded with calories and different sauces try this salad of sprouted moong. You will feel the difference in you. Including it in your post pregnancy diet will make you active and energetic.

Please click here for recipe link -> Sprouted moong salad

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Cake Disasters | 4 Most Common Baking Mistakes

Cake Disasters | 4 Most Common Baking Mistakes

Are cake disasters bothering you?  After all the effort you put in, do your cakes have no wow factor? Our baking expert is here to help you avoid cake disasters.

Who doesn’t enjoy peering into the oven, looking through the warm lights inside and watching the ‘deliciousness-to-be’? As a child, I remember breaking into song and dance when I smelled that indescribable aroma of Mom’s baking; I also remember being told off for standing too close to that ‘hot oven door!’ waiting for it to be done.

To date, the most difficult part of baking for me has been dealing with impatience. From the minute the tray goes into the oven, I am trying to look inside. Has it risen yet? Is it done? Are the tops too brown? Should I remove the tray and check just for one teeny-tiny minute?
NO!

Enjoy baking but dislike the end result? You are in the right place because here I am now going to list down most commonly encountered lamentations I have heard from new bakers:
1. My cake rose so beautifully but the next thing I know, it sank. Now my cake has a crater the size of the Grand Canyon.
2. My cake tastes fine, but it’s not as soft and springy as it’s supposed to be.
3. I followed the instructions to the T. Why didn’t my cake turn out like the recipe said it would?
4. I followed the instructions here and there and did my own thing at some parts.

Read on to find out in detail on what you could be doing wrong!

Cake rose? Then sank?

Cake Disasters

Do not, I mean DO NOT open the oven door until more than 70% of baking time is done. If you have followed the temperature in the recipe instructions, a cake that will take one hour to bake will not be magically done in 20 minutes. So friends, hold your horses and resist the urge to pull down that oven door. According to the experts, the temperature of an oven drops by 10 degrees every second or so that it is open. By opening that door early on, you have invited a giant valley onto your cake. No amount of frosting will cover that up. Trust me – been there. Done that. Didn’t work.

Cake not soft or airy?

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Couple of things – I remember thinking as kid while I was mixing batter – “Lump! I SEEEE YOU! I KEEELLL YOU!” Leave those lumps alone! Do not overthink things and do not keep mixing the batter until kingdom come. Just be sure, the ingredients are well incorporated – in the sense, there are no white flour streaks or unmixed cocoa powder hiding in the batter. Ideally a good recipe will ensure you have minimal lumps. Trust your recipe.

Another reason cakes do not reach their full potential of airiness and softness is because your ingredients are not brought to room temperature before you begin. Butter and Egg – I am primarily looking at you. (Melted butter also will not help). When at room temperature, butter and eggs mixed together with the other (room temperature!) dairy ingredients captures air. In the oven, this captured air, escapes and while it does, your baked product rises beautifully creating that soft and airy texture that you desire in your cake.

Followed your baking recipe? Still stuck with a dud cake?

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You may have followed them, however shortcuts involving the steps mentioned above, will still hold you back from achieving the ultimate result. If you haven’t chosen shortcuts and you still end up with a mediocre product, you may want to check the temperature of your oven. Sometimes a re-calibration could be called for.

Did not follow your baking recipe?

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At the risk of sounding like a school teacher, “Why, child?” Like I said before. Trust your recipe. It always pays to follow the exact measurements that your recipe calls for, because there is a science involved in coming up with those numbers. Dunking some extra baking soda in there in the hopes of achieving a super fluffy cake or reducing the number of eggs because you hate eggs or or or…turning up the oven temperature to be done sooner – ahem! Don’t.

I am a self-taught baker. Whatever I have learnt through the over-cooked, dry, underdone, ugly-looking cakes/cookies/rolls I have made, is that when it comes to baking, patience is truly a virtue. So, grit your teeth, hold on and resist that urge to be done with it all. Because in the end, it is your work of art coming out of that oven door.

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4 Homemade Face Masks For All Skin Types

Homemade face masks cleanse your skin and remove dead cells. Here are some of the best homemade face packs to make your skin look younger and glowing.

 

Your facial skin is thinner than your overall body skin. That’s the reason it needs more care and attention than the rest of the body. Next in our series, we bring you some easy, homemade facial masks to make your skin look healthy and glowing. These natural and homemade face packs not only remove dead skin and unclog the pores, but also increase blood circulation, leaving skin fresh and radiant. Regular use may also help in controlling fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

How to make a Face Mask

Making a face pack is very simple. Here are few quick and easy recipes for our own masks:

For oily/acne skin:

Strawberry yogurt and honey face mask recipe

  • Strawberry – ¼ cup
  • Yogurt – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon

Mash all the ingredients together to form a thick paste. Yogurt and honey has antibacterial properties and also tends to cool skin. Lemon helps tighten the pores. Strawberries are great for acne prone skin and you can use the left over mask as your breakfast smoothie!!

For normal skin:

Honey and banana face mask recipe

  • Ripe banana – 1
  • Honey – 2 teaspoon

Mash the banana using a fork (or your fingers!) to get a thick cream like consistency. Add honey and mix well. This banana face pack will leave your skin glowing.

For dry skin:

Avocado and honey face mask recipe

  • Avocado (very ripe) – ½
  • Honey – 2 tablespoon
  • Coconut oil – ½ tablespoon

Mash avocado till it gets smooth consistency. Mix in honey and coconut oil and your mask is ready. Honey has healing properties and avocado and coconut oil add moisture to your dry skin leaving it radiant and hydrated.

For aging/mature skin:

Apple cider vinegar face mask recipe

  • Apple – 1
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  • Cornflour -1 teaspoon

Grate the unpeeled apple and stir in apple cider vinegar and cornflour. Mix to form a thick paste. This mask works great as wrinkle-defying mask.

How to use a face mask

  • Clean the skin properly with cleanser. Apply face pack on freshly cleaned skin leaving the areas around eyes.
  • Leave the mask for at least 15-20 mins to do its job. Relax during that time.
  • Wash your face with warm water or wipe it with a damp towel.
  • Always apply moisturizing cream or gel after that.

 

So, next time when you can’t find time to pamper yourself or don’t want to splurge on the expensive spa products, just turn to your kitchen. These simple and effective homemade face mask recipes will leave your skin fresh, bright and younger looking in no time.

 

Disclaimer:

Before using any product on the body for the first time, take an allergy test. Use a small portion of it on your arm and see for any reaction for two days. If it doesn’t show any signs of allergy or reaction, you can use it for your body. The information contained on this site is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own dermatologist or other medical professional. Tips and recipes here are the experiences of the author.  Everyone is unique and results vary from person to person. Caution must be taken while using essentials oils. Pregnant women and children below 7 years should not use essential oils.

References:

http://inhabitat.com/7-diy-face-masks-for-a-gorgeous-spring-and-summer-skin/

http://www.rd.com/health/beauty/homemade-facial-masks-recipes/

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/masks-for-glowing-skin/

 

Sprouted Moong Salad Recipe

5 Quick Salad Recipes For A Nutrition Conscious Diet

5 easy salad recipes which you can try. “Health is wealth,” and to remain healthy, a nutrition conscious diet is a must. 

In today’s hectic life we tend to stay healthy by cutting down calories and modifying our eating habits. In this context salads play a vital role and are usually served raw with variety of dressings and seasonings. Generally salads were thought to be served as a side dish along with a main meals but thanks to the health consciousness among people they have replaced its status . It is quite healthy to stick to nutritious diet . However health freaks ponder over as to how to bring variation to satisfy their taste buds.

Here we have outlined five different salad recipes which will be helpful in weekly meal planning.

Masala peanut salad recipe

By Vijay Haldia  

The vegetables and peanuts impart crunchiness to the salad. The salad looks quite appealing and appetizing.

Please click here for the recipe-> Masala peanut salad

salad recipesMethidana sprout kairi salad recipe

By Sandhya Harsh

The salad is a sure hit among the nutrition conscious, since it makes use of fenugreek sprouts. The bitterness of fenugreek is very well balanced by the sour kairi or raw mango pieces . It can be consumed by diabetics and people wanting to shed extra kilos of their weight.

Please click here for the recipe->Methidana sprouts kairi salad

salad recipeFattoush- A refreshing Arabic salad recipe

By Pranali Banwadikar

This Arabic styled salad makes use of chickpeas and veggies beautifully. Filled with various tastes it must find a place in the weekly menu definitely. I am sure that you wont be disappointed.

Please click here for the recipe->fattoush salad

salad recipeQuinoa with stir fried veggies salad recipe

By Sandhya Sampat

Quinoa has attained an important place in every cuisine. This salad is a superb one pot meal too which is packed with goodness of veggies. Ready within minutes and full of nutrients, it is a must try for health conscious people.

Please click here for the recipe->Quinoa salad with stir fried veggies

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Sprouted moong salad recipe

By Heena Bharat

Moong sprouts or green gram lentil sprouts are filled with nutrients and are an easy option for making a salad. Today sprouts of all kinds are readily available in the local vegetable shops as well as supermarkets.  So it is an easy option as people stock your pantry with such kind of foods.

Please click here for the recipe->sprouted moong salad

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In the end it can be said that the salads do have variety.  Say bye to bland eating and take care of your health in a spicy and interesting way.

 

Milk Powder Modak Recipe

9 Modak Recipes For Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Modak is that sweet recipe that is unique to Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Here are 9 interesting variations in Modak recipe.

Whenever we think of Ganesh Chaturthi, Modak comes to our mind. Even the stories of Ganesha are filled with modaks mostly. In spite of being the most common sweet, every locality follow their own style of preparing modaks. Our awesome food authors have done exactly the same thing – prepared many modak variations for our audience exclusively! Below are 9 such ideas to try.

Mawa & meva modak recipe

By  Bharti Dhawan

This mawa modak rich with dry fruits is sure to melt in your mouth. Try this modak recipe to please those khoya fans!

Please click here for recipe link -> Mawa & Meva Modak

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Steamed modak recipe

By  Roop Parashar

This steamed modak recipe turns out to be super soft and looks similar to the famous momos. These modaks look so inviting and authentic to offer Lord Ganesha!

Please click here for recipe link -> Modak (Ukadiche Modak or Steamed Modak)

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Milk powder modak recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya

This modak recipe is a creative one that makes use of milk and cream! Try this variation and your kids are going to love it.

Please click here for recipe link -> Milk Powder Modak

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Boondi modak recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya

This modak recipe shows a unique way of using boondi. Sweet boondi is just not limited to making the famous boondi laddo, but you can even make modaks!

Please click here for recipe link -> Boondi Modak

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Sweet momos modak recipe

By  Priti Tayal

These sweet momos that are modak shaped are the most authentic ones used for prashad in maharashtra. The coconut and jaggery stuffing gives it a great flavor to binge on!

Please click here for recipe link -> Modak ( Sweet Momos)

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Dry fruit modak recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya

This modak recipe is loaded with dry fruits and nuts and is delicious yet nutritious. This is a north Indian special sweet that is served in many festivals, along with Ganesh Chaturthi.

Please click here for recipe link -> Dry Nuts Modak in 10 minutes

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Mava modak recipe

By Rajni

This mava modak is an instant sweet recipe that is famous in Maharashtra. Adding dry coconut powder enhances this modak’s texture and flavor.

Please click here for recipe link -> Mava Modak

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Ukadiche modak recipe

By  Poonam Bachhav

This is another variation to the famous steamed modak recipe. This recipe calls for sesame seeds, poppy seeds and a hint of nutmeg that gives a distinct aroma.

Please click here for recipe link -> Ukadiche Modak / Steamed Modak

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Amba baklava modak recipe

By  Meenakshi Kapur

Amba baklava modak is a mango flavored modak that is again a traditional Maharashtrain sweet recipe. The mango puree and orange zest make this modak stand out.

Please click here for recipe link -> Amba Baklava Modak

 

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Saffron Rice Recipe

9 Ganesh Chaturthi Sweet Recipes For Your Family

Ganapati bappa morya! Ganesh Chaturthi is fast approaching and here are 9 festival recipes to try!
Just yesterday we were practising Ganesh ji ki aarti for the upcoming celebrations! Ganesh Chaturthi is one such festival where the rituals get kicked off from the week before, with practices like, preparing eco friendly Ganesha! I remember how I used to accompany my dad for Ganesh Chaturthi shopping. We used to buy eco friendly Ganesha idol, made with fresh clay in Ganesha shaped moulds. Hanging fruits, as part of Ganesha idol/pooja decoration was another fun part I used to enjoy. Also undrallu and kudumulu (the Andhra/telugu dishes for Vinaya Chavithi) made by my mom form an important part to complete the celebrations.
Here are more such interesting Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipes that your family would love!

Jamun Jalebi Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By Bishakha

You must have tried gulab jamun and jalebi, but how about Jamun Jalebi? Here is an interesting variation with minimal ingredients.

Please click here for recipe link -> Jamun Jalebi

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Laapsi Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By Kumkum Mathur

Laapsi is a traditional Rajasthani festival recipe that is usually made for Ganesh Chaturthi. Try this dalia/broken wheat based sweet recipe this time.

Please click here for recipe link -> Laapsi ( Bhagwan Prasadam)

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Puran Poli Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Poonam Bachhav

Puran Poli is a famous Maharashtrain festival sweet recipe that typically looks like a chapatti with a sweet stuffing. Have it with good amount of ghee spread and it tastes heavenly!

Please click here for recipe link -> Puran Poli

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Rava coconut laddoo Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Heena Bharat

Laddoos are all time favorite sweets in India for all festivals. This rava coconut laddoo is super easy to make and the texture will make you fall in love with it!

Please click here for recipe link -> Rava Coconut Laddoo

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Besan coconut laddoo Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Sandhya Harsh

This is another laddoo variation that is sure going to melt in your mouth! There is a slight twist from the regular besan laddoo and coconut makes it interesting.

Please click here for recipe link -> Besan Coconut Laddoo

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Besan sooji laddoo Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya 

This laddoo has the good mix of sooji/semolina and besan/gram flour and is more rich in flavor and texture. This is a wholesome laddoo especially for kids and is easy to make.

Please click here for recipe link -> Gram Flour Semolina ( Besan Sooji ) ladoo

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Doodhi halwa Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Sandhya Sampat

Well, who ever doesn’t like lauki/bottle gourd as a vegetable in regular dishes should get to taste this halwa. I am sure they will change their opinion from next time after tasting this halwa!

Please click here for recipe link -> Doodhi Halwa

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Panjiri Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Ruchika

Panjiri is a rich sweet recipe loaded with many dry fruits. It is not just yummy but a nutritious sweet for your kids and whole family!

Please click here for recipe link -> Panjiri

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Saffron rice Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Bharti Dhawan

This is such an exclusive sweet dish in the form of rice. The aroma of this saffron rice will definitely make you go for seconds.

Please click here for recipe link -> Saffron Rice

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Indian festivals

Indian Festivals And Their Significance In Today’s World

Indian festivals show a unique way of celebrating culture and tradition. Among many other popular beliefs, food is one expression that brings people together and binds them with a community feeling.
The number of festivals and the number of days in a year appear to be equal in this land. And when it comes to my family, it is not an exaggeration when I say that there is a high possibility that if we start counting the festivals, the number might as well be more than the number of days! I grew up in a family that follows many rituals and takes time and effort in performing pooja and observing the days in their authentic significance. Today, as a mom, while I might not observe all the days with such endurance, I choose to enjoy and take part in at least the ones that are close to my heart. One important aspect that cannot be overlooked irrespective of festivals with varying intensities is – of course, food! I might miss religious rituals, but never a chance to taste the local delicacies that achieved prominence over time and come as a combo, that is unique to each festival. For example, one cannot imagine Ganesh Chaturthi without modaks, christmas without plum cake and eid without seviyan!

What is festival?

According to wiki, “A festival is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its religion or traditions.” Indian festivals are rich in culture, tradition, diversity, food and rituals. It gives us an opportunity to observe and celebrate a common cause, that brings the whole community together. Here are more reasons on why I love Indian festivals

Ritual Time in Indian festivals

While some perform rituals for religious purposes, there are others who do it for spiritual reasons or to keep the tradition alive or for pure pleasure. If not for religious reasons, mostly I find myself performing rituals as a form of self-expression. Like when I put this rangoli, the main intention is to make use of this opportunity (on a festival day) to express my creative self, which I would otherwise postpone doing it on a a regular day.
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It also a meditative process when I light the diya and use dhoop for fragrance. Also, rituals like breaking handi/utti for janmashtami are popular and enjoyed by the majority.

Bonding time in Indian festivals

If it is a major festival, people working out of their native place take this opportunity to visit family and friends back home. Flying kites, bullock cart rides, making rangoli, keeping bommala koluvu/golu etc are some of the practices that favor spending time with family. A traditional celebration sometimes calls for having family lunch in banana leaves filled with mouthwatering festival recipes.

Creative time in Indian festivals

Come varalakshmi vratham, and I would be engrossed in idol making! Other festivals, I would be engrossed in making rangolis or getting other forms of decor ready. Needless to say, I enjoy the way Indian festivals bring out the creative best in each of us.

Food Time in Indian festivals

Finally, we reached the most relevant feature, the food. While daily cooking in India itself offers diversity, festival recipes are like the icing on the cake. My sister and I always look forward to my mom’s handmade puliogare/pulihora on all festivals! Having a sweet tooth made me love festivals even more. Sometimes I wonder, if offering to God is just an excuse to please our own taste buds? Like, few days back I tasted a dhaniya based sweet powder, called dhaniya panjiri, that is made especially for Janmashtami and it was just yum. I never heard of this variation before and all thanks to our friends from diverse backgrounds. Even the most common modak would taste differently across different states of India. And no matter what, you do not get to taste these authentic delicacies in restaurants. Indian home kitchens have a monopoly over festival recipes, isn’t it? That is the reason why we never miss an event to bring to you the festival recipes, contributed by housewives and moms of India. With this platform, you can try a new modak variation, new barfi variation, new gujiya variation etc in your own kitchen. For example, even if you are cooking at your home in Karnataka, with these recipes you get to taste the flavors of Mathura! Keep watching this space for our upcoming Indian festival recipes, curated just for you, that are sure to entice you!

Let the footprints be only of love and kindness

As someone who has deep respect for eco friendly measures, I cannot conclude without this important message. Request everyone to respect the environment and the humans around like how we respect our own house and family members respectively. Creating pollution and causing discomfort to others in the name of festival celebrations will do no good to us and especially our future generations. Through out the celebrations, we should be conscious that we are only leaving the minimal footprint that is possible. As the famous saying goes, “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children
Chole Bhature In Punjabi Style Recipe

5 Easy Indian Recipes For Dinner

These easy Indian recipes for dinner will make dinner time more enjoyable with your family. Try these 5 simple Indian recipes for dinner.
Dinner is a major meal in Indian cuisine. Though it is the last meal of the day, it can be considered as a major one since the whole family sits and enjoys it together. As it is the last meal of the day not only it has to be light but also tasty and healthy and more importantly easy on the digestive system.
I remember having a filling dinner which was simplest yet tastiest dal, chawal or roti, subzi made by my mother and how we used to polish off our plates along with the discussion we had about our day.

Karela Peels Sabzi dinner recipe

by Sandhya harsh

This preparation makes use of the peels fantastically and I bet is not only healthy but tasty too.
Please click here for the recipe -> Karela Peels Sabzi
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Green onions curry dinner recipe

by Heena Bharat

This dinner recipe with chapattis is a versatile curry which is light and quite easy on the stomach and it’s full of nutrients.
Please click here for the recipe -> Green onions curry
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Chole bhature in Punjabi style dinner recipe

by Vijay haldia

This dinner recipe is an awesome preparation for people who wish to eat something special for dinner .With a raita as a side dish it is one of the preparation which will disappear from the plates instantly.
Please click here for the recipe -> Chole Bhature In Punjabi Style
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Paneer biryani dinner recipe

by Bishakha

For people with a “rice tooth” , paneer biryani is the ultimate solution when not feeling like to cook yet relish the food. This one pot meal is easy to prepare and a guarantee comes along that you will enjoy it not only while eating but also during cooking it. The aroma can be felt while looking at the picture itself.
Please click here for the recipe -> Paneer biryani recipe
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Tomato and spinach pulao dinner recipe

by Bharti Dhawan

This pulao is full of nutrients and taste.It is an easy option for people who want to eat light yet the looks of it prove to be magical. Easy to prepare one pot meal and ready in minutes. It can be easily made by working people who wish to enjoy their dinner.
Please click here for the recipe -> Tomato & Spinach Pulav
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homemade body butter recipe

4 Homemade Body Butters For A Deep Nourishment

Handmade body butters are the easiest and safest products to hydrate your dull skin. We bring you some body butters which you can make for yourself or they can be a perfect handmade gift too!

The largest organ of your body is – SKIN. It does a lot for us.  It protects the whole body from outer environment. It stores moisture and fat in it, protect from sun & heat, excrete oil and sweat. Our hard-working skin deserves lot of care. So, next in our body care series, we bring you the DIY body butter recipes.

Difference between body lotion and body butter

Lotions or creams available in the markets are always lighter than a body butter. It is so because almost all of them are water based. They use emulsifiers to mix water and oil. Also, beeswax is used in them to give it a lotion or cream like consistency. Since, the body lotions are lighter and water based, they last for few hours. For rougher skins (the body skin and not the facial skin) body butter gives a lasting moisture.

If you want to treat your dry and dull skin with a great moisturizer but are afraid of those expensive bottles with lots chemicals in it, these natural recipes are perfect for you.

How to make body butter

Here are the homemade recipes for 4 best body butters for all skin types

Coconut, honey and lavender homemade body butter recipe

  • Coconut Oil (cold pressed extra virgin) – ½ cup
  • Honey – 2 tablespoon
  • Lavender Oil – 20 drops

Mix coconut oil (at room temperature: it should be in soft semi-solid state) and add honey to it. Add essential oil in it. Whisk it using a hand whisk or a blender until you get a fluffy consistency. Store in an air tight container. Honey and coconut oil together makes amazing nourishment for your dry and dull skin.

Vanilla and cocoa homemade body butter recipe

  • Cocoa butter – 1 cup
  • Almond Oil – ½ cup
  • Coconut Oil – ½ cup
  • Vanilla essence

Melt cocoa butter in double boiler. Take a saucer pan and heat water in it. In it, place another smaller bowl and put cocoa butter in it for melting. Add almond oil and coconut oil in it and mix. Cool the mixture and let it sit in refrigerator for around 2 hours till it reaches semi solid state. Add vanilla extract to it and whip it till cloudy formation. Store it in air tight container. Vanilla and cocoa smells amazing together and works great for skin. Try not to eat it!

Shea homemade body butter recipe

  • Shea Butter – 1 cup
  • Coconut Oil – ½ cup
  • Jojoba Oil – ½ cup
  • Geranium Oil 20 drops

Melt shea butter in a double boiler. Add coconut oil and jojoba oil and mix. Cool down the mixture to semi solid state. Add geranium oil and whip till you get a cloudy consistency. Transfer to an air tight container. Nourish your skin daily with this shea body butter. It’s good for sensitive skins also and you can use it for kids too (don’t add essential oil if using for kids)

Cinnamon homemade body butter recipe

  • Shea Butter – ½ cup
  • Coconut oil – 1 cup
  • Cocoa butter – ½ cup
  • Cinnamon Oil 20 drops
  • Cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder

Melt shea and cocoa butter in a double boiler and add coconut oil to it. Mix and let the mixture cool. Add cinnamon oil and crushed cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder and whisk well. Store it in air tight container. Cinnamon is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal substance. It helps in firming and tightening skin. It is also helpful in cellulite. So, if you want to get rid of those uneven white lines on thighs, hips or buttocks just add this amazing ingredient, cinnamon to your body butter.

Other important points to note:

  • Always melt shea or cocoa butter in double boiler to help preserve their properties.
  • Always add essential oil when the mixture has cooled down. Essential oils also tend to lose their properties at higher temperatures.
  • If you find any of the mixture heavy (or little oily) for you try adjusting the amount of shea butter like reduce shea or cocoa butter and increase the amount of coconut oil in it.
  • You can use almond oil also to add vitamin E in your butter or you can add a few drops of pure (good quality) vitamin E oil also for extra dose of nourishment. That will add to its shelf life too.
  • These butters can hold their consistency till 23-24 degree centigrade. If your bathroom is hotter, store it in refrigerator else it may start melting.
  • For best results, use the homemade body butter all over your body after shower and your skin will stay hydrated all day!

Please click here to read: 6 Homemade Body Scrubs For All Skin Types

Disclaimer:

Before using any product on the body for the first time, take an allergy test. Use a small portion of it on your arm and see for any reaction for two days. If it doesn’t show any signs of allergy or reaction, you can use it for your body. The information contained on this site is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own dermatologist or other medical professional. Tips and recipes here are the experiences of the author.  Everyone is unique and results vary from person to person. Caution must be taken while using essentials oils. Pregnant women and children below 7 years should not use essential oils.

References:

http://www.naturalandhealthyliving.com/cinnamon-body-butter-for-cellulite/

https://wellnessmama.com/6544/whipped-body-butter/

http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/best-essential-oils-for-skin/

http://www.beautyglimpse.com/pamper-skin-homemade-body-butter/

https://pixabay.com/en/body-cream-massage-care-gift-913908/

 

Independence Day Tricolor Recipes

8 Indian Independence Day Recipes For A Tricolor Platter

Try these 8 tricolor recipes that help you celebrate Indian Independence Day in an engaging way!

Time to see the tricolor Indian flag reaching for the skies on the eve of 70th Indian Independence day on August 15th 2017! I have fond memories of Independence Day and Republic Day from my childhood. We would practice all the patriotic songs from a week before to be performed at the school assembly on Independence day. Sometimes I would even prepare for a speech on Independence day, where the text was mostly written by dad. When I got an opportunity to visit my dad’s workplace, I used to participate in some singing/drawing competitions. Also sweets and chocolates were distributed as part of the celebrations. Independence day celebrations today are not limited to such cultural activities but innovation in food has also become the focus after flag hoisting ceremony.

How are you celebrating the Indian Independence day this year? Today there are celebrations right from kindergarten days and parents would be requested to dress their little ones in tricolors of our national flag or there would be a fancy dress walk depicting freedom fighters. Why not make it more interesting with some tricolor recipes too? You can also use them to contribute in your colony where food is part of the celebrations on August 15th.

Tricolor milky heart bite Independence day recipe

by Roopa Parashar

This super easy recipe is a delicious dessert that is made with bread and milk cream. For sure your kids are going to love this!

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolor Milky Heart Bite

Independence Day Recipes

Tricolor idli sandwich Independence day recipe

by Vijay Haldiya

Make your regular idlis more inviting with this simple recipe. Also a great way to convince your kids to finish breakfast without hassles.

Please click here for the recipe -> Idli Sandwich

Independence day recipe

 

Tricolor veggie upma Independence day recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Upma is a dish that is easy on cooking and light on tummy. This can be a great option for breakfast during Independence day celebrations.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolor Veggie Upma – Easy & Healthy

Independence day recipes

Tricolor stuffed capsicum Independence day recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

We know that capsicum usually comes in saffron, green and yellow colors. Though white color is missing as per flag colors, this colorful dish can be served with rice.

Please click here for the recipe -> TriColored Stuffed Capsicum – Tasty

Independence day recipes

Tricolor paneer idli Independence day recipe

by Bishakha

This innovative Independence day dish is yummy and takes care of nutrition too as we use pureed vegetables as the side dish.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolour Paneer Idli – Yummy

Independence day recipes

Tricolor capsicum masala fried rice Independence day recipe

by Heena Bharat

Would you like to prepare some special rice as part of Independence day lunch? Look no where, this capsicum masala fried rice is your best bet.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolour Capsicum Masala Fried Rice – Tasty!

 Independence day recipes

Tricolor muffins Independence day recipe

by Bishakha

Kids love muffins more when they come in different colors and shapes. This tricolor muffins come in handy for a play date or as a tea time snack.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolour Muffins – Tasty

Independence day recipes

Tricolor veggie eggs Independence day recipe

by Bishakha

If you are wondering if this recipe calls for eggs, then you are mistaken. This recipe calls for creative use of aloo, paneer and green peas to produce an effect that looks like an egg. Check the recipe for more details.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolour Veggie Eggs – Tasty and Simple

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homemade body scrub recipes

6 Homemade Body Scrubs For All Skin Types

Homemade body scrubs are the best body scrubs for a skin care routine. Here are 6 simple and natural body scrub recipes to exfoliate your skin and make it smoother.

Everyone dreams for a perfect skin and look. But pollution, unhealthy life style and diet has an adverse effect on your body like acne, early ageing, pigmentation, hair loss or dull and frizzy hairs. All those expensive body scrubs available in the market also don’t help much, rather the chemicals in these synthetic products tend to harm the body in long run.

So, just give your body a break from harmful chemicals and turn to your kitchen for the answers to all your skin and hair care issues. Yes, the solution to almost all your skin care issues lies in your own pantry.

Here, in this fist post in body care series, we bring for you 6 easy body scrub recipes and tips for your skin care routine from your kitchen.

Why homemade body scrubs are the best?

Pamper your skin with the scrubs regularly to remove dead cells and exfoliate it. It is very easy to make a scrub from your already existing kitchen ingredients. The base for any scrub can be a coarse ingredient (like sea salt, sugar, ground coffee, vanilla beans, cinnamon powder, oatmeal or a bran) and a base oil (like sweet almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, Argan oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil etc.) You can mix one or more oils to suit your skin. Here are 6 homemade body scrub recipes for you.

Homemade body scrub recipe for dry skin

Sea salt – 2 tablespoon

Almond oil – 4 tablespoon

Geranium oil – 15 drops

Mix sea salt and almond oil and add around 15 drops of geranium oil. Store in a tight jar. Almond oil is good for dry skin. Use this scrub once a month for dry skin.

Homemade body scrub recipe for Normal Skin

Sea salt – 2tablespoon

Coconut oil (extra virgin) – 2 tablespoon

Lavender oil – 15 drops

Mix sea salt and coconut oil and add around 15 drops of lavender oil. Store in a tight jar. You can replace coconut oil with jojoba oil or olive oil also. Use it once in 2 weeks.

Homemade body scrub recipe for Oily Skin

Sea salt – 2 tablespoon

Jojoba Oil – 1 tablespoon

Lemon – 10 drops

Mix sea salt and jojoba oil and add around 10 drops of lemon oil. Store in a tight jar. Use it weekly on oily skin.

Here are few more general sugar scrub recipes which can be used on all types of skins.

Homemade sugar scrub recipe with Honey

Honey – 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Brown Sugar – 3 tablespoon

Mix all ingredients and store in a tight glass jar.

Homemade sugar scrub recipe with coffee

Ground coffee – 2 tablespoon

Brown Sugar – 2 tablespoon

Olive oil (extra virgin) – 2 tablespoon

Mix all ingredients and store in a tight glass jar.

Homemade sugar scrub recipe with oatmeal

Oatmeal – 2 tablespoon

Honey – 2 tablespoon

Sugar – 3 tablespoon

Coconut oil – 2 tablespoon

Tea tree Oil – 10 drops

Mix all ingredients to for a paste and store in tight glass jar.

You can replace sea salt with sugar to get a smoother scrub. But be careful, these are body scrubs and should not be used on face as they may be a bit harsh for facial skin. Always use a moisturizer (body butter or body lotion) on your body after each scrub. Also, you can choose your essential oil as per your skin requirements or can skip it if you wish (they have their unique properties which can’t be overlooked though). As there is no preservative added in these products, make them in small batches to avoid sitting on shelf for long. Also, try to keep the jar away from water.

Aren’t these body scrub recipes quick and simple and the result will be a fresh, rejuvenated, exfoliated and smooth skin!  So, isn’t it simple to save our skin from harmful chemicals and saving your pocket from a dent!

Leave us a comment if you have any queries and keep following our body care series for more such recipes.

Disclaimer: Before using any product on the body for the first time, take an allergy test. Use a small portion of it on your arm and see for any reaction for two days. If it doesn’t show any signs of allergy or reaction, you can use it for your body. The information contained on this site is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own dermatologist or other medical professional. Tips and recipes here are the experiences of the author.  Everyone is unique and results vary from person to person. Caution must be taken while using essentials oils. Pregnant women and children below 7 years should not use essential oils.

References: 

http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/best-essential-oils-for-skin/

https://www.wildly-natural-skin-care.com/choosing-natural-skin-oils.html

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/2-simple-diy-body-scrubs-for-gorgeous-glowing-skin/#gref

 http://www.storyoffive.com/oatmeal-honey-sugar-scrub-recipe/

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Happy Raksha Bandhan

12 Raksha Bandhan Recipes To Adorn Your Aarti Thali

We all know happy Raksha Bandhan becomes happier with some sweets and Raksha Bandhan songs around. Here are 12 Rakhi festival recipes that you should try making this year!
As per hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan 2017 falls on August 7th and is a bonding time for many families. Raksha Bandhan recipes are on our mind and we know you are thinking about them too!

How do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan | Rakhi ?

Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival, usually celebrated between a brother and a sister. The sister ties the rakhi (a decorated sacred thread) to her brother’s wrist and wishes him prosperity. The brother in turn gives her a gift and promises to be there for her. Aarti, tilak and sweets definitely make their place in the process. Raksha Bandhan has such huge significance that even in the age of sending online Rakhi gifts, online Rakhi wishes and Rakhi messages, many sisters who live abroad still  try and send Rakhi to India.

Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan | Rakhi ?

Rakhi festival is that occasion, where we spend time in realizing the importance of wishing good things for someone or reflecting on the support system that we have built for each other. We should be proud to have such strong family values and close knit communities and should take a moment to appreciate the same. In a sense, I feel it can be celebrated among any two persons who have a willingness to honor the festival in such spirit of empathy and not create a difference in our roles in the family. Hence the emphasis is more to recognize the worth of such priceless relationships, than just sending an instant message wishing ‘Happy Raksha Bandhan’ or receiving gifts.
No festival is complete without some mouthwatering sweets, isn’t it? We know that all of you would be grooving to some Raksha Bandhan songs, so these sweet recipes come in handy to keep your guests happy.

Raksha Bandhan sweet thali

By Bharti Dhawan

Here is a colorful Raksha Badhan thali with various burfis. There is sevaiyan burfi, almond burfi, carrot burfi, chocolate mava burfi and coconut burfi. Can you ask for more?

Please click here for the recipe -> Raksha Bandhan sweet thali

 Happy Raksha Bandhan

Paneer gulab jamun Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Subhadra Arya

Who doesn’t love gulab jamuns? But this time around, instead of getting a readymade gulab jamun mix, try this paneer variation and the gulab jamun would turn out to so soft and creamy!

Please click here for the recipe -> Paneer Gulab Jamun

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Sooji coconut malai ladoo Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Sandhya Harsh

Though ladoo is the most common sweet in India, we never feel satiated with eating just one, isn’t it? Forget the regular boondi ladoo and try this suji coconut malai ladoo for a change!

Please click here for the recipe -> Delicious Sooji Coconut Malai Ladoos!

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Kalakand Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

The secret behind the awesome texture of this kalakand is, how patiently you keep stirring it till the mixture just turns to golden crumble. You should definitely try this recipe for Raksha Bandhan to know better!

Please click here for the recipe -> Kalakand

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Cham cham Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Heena Bharat

Cham cham is a famous Bengali sweet that is so juicy, soft and made with chenna/paneer. The use of pistachios and saffron strands gives it a distinct flavor that is hard to resist.

Please click here for the recipe -> Chumchum – Bengali Special Sweet

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Ghevar in mango rabri Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Bishakha Saxena

Ghevar is a famous Rajasthani sweet that is known for crunchy texture as it is deep fried. It comes in various flavors depending upon the type of syrup it is dipped in once it is fried. Here is a mango rabri version that your family would love!

Please click here for the recipe -> Ghevar In Mango Rabri

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Coconut barfi Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Rupa Burman

The texture and flavour of this coconut barfi will definitely make you go back for more. This is a simple barfi recipe with minimal ingredients.

Please click here for the recipe -> Coconut barfi

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Moong dal halwa Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Somya Gupta

Moong dal halwa is not only delicious but is also a good way of adding some dal even in sweets. Hence it is a great way of adding this to your kid’s diet, along with enjoying it on Rakhi day.

Please click here for the recipe -> Moong Dal Halwa – Delicious Dessert

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Mango kalakand Raksha Bandhan Sweet Recipe

By Shikha Gupta

Kalakand is a versatile sweet that is known for its chewy texture that is addictive. Kalakand in mango flavor just makes it more inviting!

Please click here for the recipe -> Mango Kalakand

happy Raksha Bandhan

Apple kheer with oats Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Sandhya Sampat

Are you wondering which sweet to prepare for those health conscious members in the family? Frent not! Try this kheer that has the goodness of apple and oats and can even be a great addition for toddlers.

Please click here for the recipe -> Apple Kheer With Oats

happy Raksha Bandhan

 

Ras Kadam Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Ruchika

Ras kadam or kheer kadam is more famous in eastern states of India. It is a quick recipe with chhena base and becomes richer with the addition of khoya.

Please click here for the recipe -> Kheer Kadam | Ras Kadam

 

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Lunch platter with Rajma

By Ruchika

If you have more guests coming in for Rakhi then try this traditional Rajma – chawal recipe for lunch, along with sweets, to make it a complete meal.
Please click here for the recipe -> Rajma Chawal

Happy Raksha Bandhan