Penne with tomato-garlic sauce/Penne Arrabiata!

Yesterday, my hubby planned spontaneously to eat out while we were just driving near our house to give dear son a round. And the funny part was that I was wearing my home clothes-a donald duck top and a floral print lower with “ghar ka chappal”and he insisted me to enter pizza hut in that state :(. I entered and hid my legs below the table :P. We decided to take the order(chicken BBQ roll for hubby, veg pasta for me and veg. pizza for both of us)as parcel and here comes the tragic part-when I opened the pasta box at home, it was a non-veg one 😦 :(. And then I had to eat the dinner which I had already prepared. So to compensate for my yesterday’s tragic situation, I made pasta today for breakfast, with loads of veggies and a yummy tomato-garlic sauce 🙂 The sauce was quite similar to the arrabiata sauce, but I didn’t add chilli flakes in it since I can’t bear chillies much. If you like it, go ahead, add chilli flakes and thymes in the sauce and skip soy sauce then you’ll have arrabiata sauce ready!

Here goes the recipe-

Penne with tomato-garlic sauce

Penne with tomato-garlic sauce

Ingredients:

Penne pasta-2 cups(I had a spoon of fusilli in my kitchen; so I added that too)
Onion-1 small (chopped)
Capsicum-1-2 tbsp (diced)
Mix veg of your choice (I’ve taken spinach, green beans, broccoli)-1/2-1 cup (cut into pieces)
Baby tomato-10 nos.
Garlic-1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Black pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Soy sauce-1/2 tsp
Parmesan cheese-2 tbsp (grated)
Basil leaves-1 tsp (chopped) (if you can’t get it, then take the dry one)
Oregano- 1/2 tsp
Salt-to taste
Olive oil-2 tbsp

Method:

-> Boil pasta in salted water. Drain, run through cold water and add a little bit of oil in it to avoid them sticking together.
-> Steam-broccoli, spinach, green beans. If you do not like steamed veg you can sauté them 🙂
-> Now heat oil in a pan and add garlic to it. Sauté it till the raw smell fades (do not turn brown).
-> Add baby tomatoes cut into 4 pcs each.
-> Add salt and basil in it and cover it with a lid and let it turn softer(Check it regularly. If you find it is sticking to the pan, you can add/sprinkle little water in it) add soy sauce.
-> Cook for about 5-7 minutes. Now add back pepper, cheese and oregano. Mix well and turn off the stove.
-> In another wok heat up oil and add capsicum in it. After 2 minutes add onion in it. Cook till onion turns transparent.
-> Add rest of the boiled veg(sautéd veg) and salt. Toss it for approx. a minute or two and then add pasta in it.
-> Cook for 1-2 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Now serve the pasta with the tomato-garlic sauce. Garnish with oregano and cheese. Serve hot! 🙂

Another Yummy Pasta Recipe:

Cheesy Pasta!

Cheesy Pasta

Cheesy Pasta

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Get rid of the dark underarms!!

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Are you also one of those girls/ladies who is so willing to wear sleeveless shirts, tops and dresses but drops the idea because of her dark underarms? If yes, you better NOT! 😉

It is normal for the underarms to be a shade darker than the rest of your body. But if you are finding it a way darker then it means you are not taking proper care of it! But don’t worry, it’s never too late. Here are few tips which would make your underarms beautiful (just be patient..it takes around 8-10 months..but worth the effort):

1) Throw all the razors in the dustbin (not of your hubby’s..else you’d thrown in the bin 😛 ):

Yeah, please do that! Razors do not remove your hair from the roots but cut them mid-way. You can never find your underarms all beautiful after using a razor..why? Because the hair is cut midway and the hair which is beneath the skin peeks from there making the whole underarm looks darker.
Throwing razor doesn’t mean you need to invite hair remover. It is even worse than your razor. The chemicals used in it makes your skin darker after repetitive use. So the best bet is wax with tweezers. You can make an affordable, no chemical homemade wax with honey, sugar and lemon (will let you know the detail method in another post 🙂 ).

2) Try avoiding deodorants as much as possible:

Deodorants are also not good for you if you are striving for lighter underarms. If you really have the problem of body odour you can rub lemon on your underarms which has dual benefit-keeps body odour at bay and being a natural bleach lightens your underarms. If you can’t leave deodorants and can’t live without them just keep in mind 3 things- 1) Keep it at a distance while spraying 2) Always buy a deodorant after looking at its ingredients 3) Always wipe the deodorant PROPERLY before going to bed otherwise it can clog the pores, which is not good 😉

3) Make scrub your best friend:

It is very important to exfoliate the dead cell off your underarms. So make it a habit to exfoliate gently every single day while taking shower. You can also make your own effective scrub. Just mix 1 tbsp honey , 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice and few drops of oil (of your choice) and apply it on your underarms. Massage gently with circular motion and rinse it off.

5) Use cucumber and lemon:

Take a tbsp of cucumber juice with 1 tbsp of lemon juice and apply it all over the underarms everyday 5-10 minutes before shower. This will help in lightening of the underarms.

4) Moisturize:

It is very important to moisturize your underarms daily. A moisturized underarms are always softer and anything soft are mostly beautiful, isn’t it? 😉

So try these tips and you would notice a GREAT change in the color tone and texture of your underarms soon 🙂

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Make yummy masala corn in 5 minutes flat :)

Masala Corn

Masala Corn

Happy Independence Day, beautiful ladies 🙂 Hope you’ll are enjoying your holiday, today! No holiday here 😦 How I miss those jalebis mom used to bring home every independence day without fail. It was a kind of ritual! Anyway, I had maggi today for breakfast to compensate for jalebis 😛 Ok, now lets move on to the real topic!

Don’t we tend to have masala corn whenever we get to see it in the shopping malls? It is super easy and quick to make and we can make it at home too as an evening snack. You can experiment and add ingredients as per your liking. If you want to make it a little bit Indian way, you can also add chopped onion, coriander leaves, chat masala and tandoori masala. Here I am sharing the way I make it and the way I like it 😉

Ingredients:
Frozen sweet corns-1 bowl
Salt-1 pinch
Butter-1-2 tsp
Black pepper powder-1/4 tsp
Lemon juice-1 tsp
Vinegar-1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder-1/4 tsp (in the pic above, I have not added red chilli powder)

Method:

-> Take out the frozen sweet corns in a MW safe bowl and microwave it for 4 minutes. If you don’t want to MW it then you can steam it 🙂
-> Now mix well all the ingredients in it and have it warm 🙂

Beauty secrets of bollywood actresses!!

We wonder what the bollywood actresses do to get that glowing and beautiful skin. Two things common to all are, good amount of water intake which keeps the skin hydrated and eating a balance diet. Let’s see their beauty regimens!

Kareena Kapoor:

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No matter how hard you try, you can’t ignore her glowing skin. She is a true punjabi by heart who loves her parathas with ghee but she also considers her exercise and yoga routines as a prayer. She does 80-100 rounds of suryanamaskar. She is a vegetarian who eats every two hours to keep her metabolism going. She doesn’t believes in facials and avoid chemical products as much as possible. She follows the CTM routine and never sleeps with make-up on. She eats a healthy meal with lots of green veggies and whole grains.
For her hair she massages it using a mixture of almond oil, castor oil, coconut oil and olive oil once a month.

Dia Mirza:

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This sweet lady is also blessed with a beautiful and flawless skin. She has a combination skin which is quite moody. She vouch for ‘Body Shop’ skin care products. She is a foodie and eats vegetables in the salad form and tries avoiding heavily cooked foods. She is regular with her exercise and follows the CTM routine.

Aishwarya Rai:

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You can love her or hate her, but can’t ignore her. Much talked about her pregnancy weight gain and all, but no one can deny about her beautiful skin. She makes sure to drink warm water with lemon and honey every morning. She drinks 8 glasses of water and is so much into eating fruits and veggies. She also drinks coconut water for hydrating her skin. A firm believer of natural beauty care products, she can’t go outstation without carrying her gramflour/besan along(which she uses as a cleanser and exfoliator). For moisturizing her skin, she uses milk and yogurt. She is also into yoga and meditation.

Deepika Padukone:

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The leggy lass and the nation’s latest heart-throb, Deepika, too is blessed with a beautiful skin. With an athlete background, fitness has always been into her routine. She is a morning person and a great fitness freak who can even wake up at 5 pm just to run. She believes in doing yoga outside, in the nature. When busy with her shoot she does take out 1/ 2 hour from her sleep and exercises because that makes her feel great. She is not a great fan of facial but indulges into cleaning sessions. She does indulge into body massage once a week. Loves her south indian dosas, but do eat it without potato filling and with mint(pudina) chutney instead of the coconut one. She relies on dark chocolates for the sweet cravings.

Sonakshi Sinha:

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We have seen her many times without makeup. But with or without makeup she looks beautiful. She gives the credit for her beautiful skin to her mom, who is still so beautiful. She is also a follower of CTM routine and does not step out without sunblock. She believes that fake eyelashes gives a beautiful look. She rubs ice on her face for instant glow and closing the pores. She also applies aloe vera gel on regular basis.

Madhuri Dixit:

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We don’t even remember when we get to see her for the very first time. No doubt, she has aged gracefully. She endorses having balanced diet on time. She says “if you do not take rest you do tend to attract wrinkles so rest with proper exercise is very important”. Her exercise regime also includes kathak. She vouches for gramflour, honey and lemon for natural glow. She emphasizes on massaging hair regularly with oil before washing for stronger, thicker and healthier hair.

Karishma kapoor:

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Kapoor’s glowing skin is genetic but this yummy mummy lost 25 kgs after her pregnancy and even in her late 30s she is still so fit and beautiful. She eats about 6-8 meals a day and do take 2-3 egg whites daily. Her weakness is eating out but when she does so she eats healthy options available. She exercises 3-4 times a week, does take stairs and practices yoga. She loves to take ½ hr of nap every afternoon. She washes her hair twice a week and get it trimmed every 2 months.

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Dahi vada with khatti-meethi chatni..

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada is one of the famous dishes of India. It can be made either with moong dal or with urad dal or even by mixing both. Here is the recipe of dahi vada made with urad dal.

Ingredients for dahi vada:

Dhuli urad dal(Ivory white lentil)-2 cups
Green Chilli-1-2 pc(s)
Ginger(grated)-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp or to taste
Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp
Baking soda-1 small pinch
Red chilli powder-1/4 tsp
Hing powder(asafoetida)-1 pinch
Roasted cumin seed powder-1/2 tsp
Yogurt-2 cups
Black salt-1/2 tsp
Oil-for deep frying

Method for making dahi vada:

-> Soak dal(lentil) overnight.
-> Next day mix all the ingredients(lentil, cumin seeds, grated ginger, green chilli, asafoetida, baking soda, salt) together and grind it in a grinder(add little water just to help with the grinding process. The paste/mixture shouldn’t be runny).
-> Now heat up oil in a wok.
-> Apply water or oil on your palm. Take 1 tbsp of mixture on your palm and spread it to give a round shape(you can also pour 1 tbsp of mixture directly into the oil for spherical shape).
-> Now pour that mixture into the oil. Deep fry it.
-> In a bowl take water. When you take out vadas from the oil put it in the water bowl.
-> In another bowl take yogurt and beat it well. Add little water, salt and roasted cumin seed powder along with little bit of red chili powder.
-> Now take out the vadas out of the water bowl, one by one. Squeeze out the water till the last drop and put the vadas into the yogurt.
-> Let it seat there for around 20-30 minutes.

Now let’s get down to the recipe of khatti-meethi imli chatni-

Ingredients for chatni:

Imli(tamarind)-1/2 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Black Salt-1/4 tsp or to taste
Coriander Seeds-10 nos.
Red Chilli-1 pc.
Sauf(fennel)-1/2 tsp

Method for chatni:

-> Soak tamarind in warm water for around 1/2 hr.
-> Squeeze out the pulp and separate the seeds.
-> Now in a wok take the tamarind pulp, sugar and black salt.
-> Put the wok on the stove and let the sugar melt and the mixture boil. Slow down the flame and stir continuously to prevent burning.
-> Dry roast coriander seeds, red chilli and fennel. Make its powder and add in the tamarind-sugar mixture.
-> Cook for 1-2 minutes(we don’t want the chatni to be so thick and also keep it in mind that the chatni will thicken further after cooling down).
-> Switch off the stove. Take out the chatni in a bowl and let it cool down.

Now about arranging the daha vada(s),

In a plate, take dahi vada(s) and add a bit of thick yogurt. Now sprinkle little black salt, roasted cumin seed powder and red chili powder. Spread 1-2 tsp of chatni over it. You can also add bhujia etc for some crunch! It’s all ready to be relished 🙂

P.S: About storage-you can store the chatni in refrigerator for 1 month easily. You can store the vadas for 4-5 day(s) in refrigerator. You just need to do the following-after frying the vadas you don’t have to put them in water instead you need to take them out on a tissue paper and when they cool down, store them in an air-tight container. When you have to eat/serve them, just take them out of the fridge and dip in warm water for sometime and then follow the same process as mentioned above 🙂

Banana-egg hair mask to moisturize your hair!

Banana works wonder for hair. So many hair packs can be made with banana as the base. You can also use just mashed banana on your hair if you are feeling lazy. I had 2-3 eggs left in my kitchen as we are not eating them because of the ongoing month of saawan. So I mixed it with the banana. Here is the whole method-

First you need to take 1 banana and mash it with your hand or you can run it in the blender with 1 tablespoon of milk.

Mashed banana and milk..

Mashed banana and milk..


Now add 1 egg in it. If your hair is on the oily side do add only egg white, if it is normal you can add the whole egg. Although my hair is not oily but my hubby hates the smell of egg so I used only egg white(as it doesn’t contribute in the egg’s smell :P). In that add a tablespoon of olive oil.

Add egg (here egg white) and olive oil to it..

Add egg (here egg white) and olive oil to it..

Adding oil serves two purposes-first it helps in providing extra nourishment to the hair and second, banana is very TOUGH to rinse off. If you haven’t mashed it properly you would probably turn mad removing every bit of banana from your hair. So to make the job of rinsing off easy, do add oil to the mask.

Mix all the ingredients well..

Mix all the ingredients well..

Now mix all the ingredients properly and apply it on your hair taking small section at a time. Now wear a shower cap and keep the mask for about 20 minutes. Then rinse it off and wash your hair. You would notice the difference 🙂

If you are one of those who can’t bring egg to their house, don’t worry 🙂 You can try this one. Just oil your hair properly with your favorite hair oil. Mash 1 banana PROPERLY and then apply it on your hair and keep it for about 30 minutes before rinsing off.

How to make the perfect cup of “cappuccino” at home(without any fancy tools)!

Coffee making is a real art, believe me! And many fail miserable in it, esp. we, the Indians 😦 😦 (ok, maybe some other nationals too).
The biggest mistake done by us is to treat tea and coffee equal and prepare them the same way. But the fact is that they are totally opposite in their nature. While boiling tea enhances its flavor, it is the opposite with coffee. Its flavor diminishes with boiling. So now let’s learn making a perfect cup of coffee.

Ingredients:

Ingredients required..
Coffee powder-1 tsp
Sugar-2 tsp(for moderate sweetness) or to taste
Water-1-2 tsp
Milk-1 cup
Bottle-any small bottle(in the pic shown, I’ve used an old mouth-freshener bottle)

Method:
-> In the bottle take sugar, coffee and water.
-> Put its lid and shake. You need to shake the bottle till the mixture turns light brown.
-> In the meanwhile heat up(or boil) a cup of milk.
-> Now comes the arranging/layering time. In a cup take 1-2 tbsp of milk and add a little bit of the mixture. Stir once, just ONCE.
-> Now add another layer of milk and then a little bit of mixture and stir.
-> Repeat the process once more. For the cup size shown in the pic, there must be 3 layers of milk and the mixture with the milk at the bottom and the mixture at the top.

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The yummy cappuccino ❤

Now it is all done! Enjoy the perfect cup of cappuccino and offer it to others too 🙂