Dress according to your body type!

Dress according to your body type

Dress according to your body type

“One size doesn’t fit all”, this goes so true with the dresses we wear. The same dress looks different on different person. We should always wear according to our body structure instead of blindly copying someone. Find below some important tips on dressing.

DRESSING TIPS FOR:

Small height:

1) Don’t wear dresses with horizontal strips as it will make you look even shorter. If you want to wear strip do wear vertical ones.
2) Avoid capris as it cuts your leg length and make you look shorter. If you are really a big fan of it do wear tight ones that too of the colour of your legs.
3) Wear monochromatic dresses, means dresses of single colour. If you can’t wear it all the times wear the lower and the footwear of the same colour.
4) Don’t carry a big handbag.
5) Don’t wear shoes with ankle straps it will make you look shorter, if you really can’t wear heels without straps be sure the footwear is of nude colour and with thin straps.
6) Don’t wear baggy, loose-fitted dresses.
7) Wear high-waisted bottom or a thin belt at high waist.
8) Tucking the top will help you look taller.

For big bust:

1) Never wear anything on the top which has frills etc on the front side, it will make your bust look ever bigger.
2) Don’t wear high necks.
3) V-necks goes very well with big busts.
3) You can layer your tops with jackets etc.
4) Wear darker tops, and lighter lower. It will make your body look more even.

For big hips:

1) Don’t wear tight jeans or anything tight on the hips which accentuate your hips more.
2) Don’t wear pants that narrows down across the ankle. Wear straight pants, no skinny please.
3) Don’t wear a top which ends just above your hip, instead wear a top which covers half of your hips.
4) Try wear light coloured tops and dark coloured lower.
5) You can wear a cardigan or bolero which covers your hip.

For big belly:

1) Don’t wear a dress which is bulky around the belly so that it look ever bigger!
2) Layers works well for big bellies too.
3) Never wear a belt at the middle of the tummy, it will accentuate the belly.
4) You can wear a dress which has band waist above your natural waist, below your ribs.
5) Don’t tuck your tops ever.
6) Don’t wear skin-fitted tops or else you layer it.
7)) Wear your lower just at the naval, not above or below.

Enjoy dressing! 🙂

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How to get a fried papad without frying?!

My husband is so fond of fried papad and I like it roasted. Roasted, mainly because I don’t want to use so much oil for frying.
Here is a method which serves the purpose of both. It tastes like fried but it is roasted. Confused? Don’t be, just read on!

-> Take the papad

-> Oil both sides of it:

-> Now roast it on the stove like we generally do.

-> Here we get the fried yet roasted Papad 🙂

P.S: I like it without spots, but my dear son started shouted at the same time and the papad burnt a bit 😦 .
But don’t worry you will get an absolute spotless papad 🙂

11 Vastu tips for a prosperous home..


1) Keep the entrance of your house clean and clutter free. Do not keep shoes scattering around the main door, it obstructs the energy coming inside the house.

2) Do not hang any depressing, painful or sad painting on the walls. Instead hang some bright and happy pictures/paintings.

3) Fish aquarium is considered to be very auspicious especially in the wealth front. Keep it in the living room for continuous flow of wealth. Clean and change the water at regular interval.

4) Keep the toilet/bathroom doors closed.

5) Never keep a cactus or any of the kind plants at home.

6) If your expenses are out of your control, keep a plant in your bathroom.

7) Never keep a plant or water element in the bedroom.

8) While sleeping your head should point towards south. For students, it should be east.

9) Never place God’s image facing south direction. You should face east while praying.

10) Never keep dining table against the wall.

11) Keep salt in the bathroom. It absorbs negative energy. Don’t forget changing the salt at regular intervals.

Vegetable vermicelli!

Vegetable Vermicelli

Vegetable Vermicelli

Ingredients:

Vermicelli(thick and roasted)-2 cups
Capsicum-1 small
Onion-1 small
Carrot-1/2 small
Chilli-1 pc
Mustard seed-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-4-5
Asafoetida-1 pinch
Lemon juice-1 tsp
Oil-2 tbsp
Salt-to taste

Method:

-> In a pan take oil. When the oil heats up add mustard seeds.
-> When the mustard seeds splutter, add asafoetida and curry leaves.
-> Cut capsicum, carrot, onion, chilli in small pieces.
-> Add onion and green chilli into the pan, fry till it turns light golden.
-> Now add capsicum and carrot. Fry for sometime.
-> Add the roasted vermicelli and water sufficient enough that it covers the vermicelli fully.
-> Cover with a lid. Keep checking regularly.
-> When the vermicelli is cooked. Add lemon juice.
-> Switch off the burner.

Serve hot 🙂

What about a bowl of “hot & sour soup” in this cold day?

Hot & Sour Soup

Hot & Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup is one of the famous chinese soups, very popular in India.

Here is the recipe for making 2 bowls of it-

Ingredients:
Chopped veg-4 tbsp of your choice(I have taken cabbage and carrot)
Garlic-4-5 or according to your liking (I like to use loads of it)
Green chilli-1 finely chopped
Spring onion-1/2 pc.(finely chopped)
Corn starch-1 tsp
Butter-1 tbsp
Oil-1/2 tsp
Salt-to taste
Black pepper powder-1 pinch
Soy sauce-2 tbsp
Sugar-1/2 tsp(or you can use 1 tsp of tomato sauce)
Water/veg. stock-2 ¼ bowls

Method:

-> Heat up a pan and add oil with butter in it.
-> Add chopped chilli, garlic and spring onion. Stir.
-> After 1 minute, add the chopped veg. and salt.
-> Add water(or veg. stock) and soy sauce. Give it a boil.
-> We want the vegetables crunchy. It shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes.
-> Add sugar/tomato sauce.
-> Now take corn starch in a bowl and add 2 tbsp of water. Mix well.
-> Add the mixture, little amount at a time and keep stirring to avoid forming lumps.
-> When you get the right consistency, stop adding the mixture of corn starch and water. Mix well.
-> Switch off the burner. Add butter and black pepper.

Serve hot! 🙂

Macaroni in Indian style.

Macaroni in indian style

Macaroni in indian style

I love to eat pasta and also to cook it in different styles. It was so cold yesterday and I was so willing to eat something HOT. Since macaroni doesn’t take long to cook and I use chopper which does the chopping work really fast, so it took me not more than 20-25 minutes to get this HOT cuisine. Let’s see how..

Ingredients:

Macaroni-1 cup
Green chilli-1 small
Onion-1 small
Garlic-1/2 tbsp
Capsicum-1 small
Beans-2-4 nos.
Tomato-1/2 small
Salt-to taste
Coriander Powder-1/2-1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder-1/4 tsp
Oil-1 tbsp

Method:

-> Boil macaroni in salted water. Strain and run through cold water and add oil. Keep aside.
-> Chop chilli, garlic, onion, capsicum and beans.
-> In a pan, take oil. Add chopped chilli, garlic and onion. Fry for 2 minutes or till translucent.
-> Now add chopped capsicum and beans and fry for 1-2 minutes.
-> Add salt, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
-> Add tomato. Cook till oil separates.
-> Now add the boiled macaroni. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove.

It is ready to serve 🙂

Since I wanted to eat something really hot, I added scrambled egg in it 😉

Macaroni with scrambled egg

Macaroni with scrambled egg

Can you open up a pomegranate in 10 seconds? I bet, now you can! :)

Are you also one of those people who loves pomegranate, but hates the mess it creates and the time it consumes while de-seeding them? If yes, then read on the easier way of opening it..

First cut the pomegranate into halves.
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Now take the first half and tap it with a rolling-pin till you get all pomegranate seeds out. If you can still see few seeds left, twist the half with you hand and you will have them out. Do the same with the second half. In no time you will have all pomegranate seeds out.
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Wohoo!! Go try it right now. Happy eating 🙂
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Useful kitchen tips!

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Here are few kitchen tips. Hope you find them useful 🙂

1) Sometimes you find the coffee in the container has hardened. This is because of the moisture which has entered the container. Never keep the container in fridge and always close them tightly.The best way to store coffee powder is to keep them in an air-tight container and keep a spoonful rice wrapped in a linen cloth in it for preventing the hardening of coffee.
2) While frying something in butter, add a bit of oil to avoid burning of butter.
3) If you have to grate cheese, apply oil on the grater. It will make grating easy and will also prevent sticking of cheese on the grater.
4) If you have to peel off garlic skin, put it in water for 10-15 minutes and then peeling would become easier.
5) If you want to make crispy pakodas(fritters), add some rice flour in the batter.
6) If you want to make non-sticky okras, don’t wash them with water before cooking. Instead, wipe them with a clean wet cloth or with kitchen towel and let them dry before cooking.