5 homemade face scrub!

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1) Rice flour with honey & lemon juice or rice flour with curd & lemon juice.

* Take 1 tbsp of rice flour. Add 1 tbsp of honey and few drops of lemon juice to make a paste.
OR
* Take 1 tbsp of rice flour. Add 1 tbsp of curd and few drops of lemon juice to make a paste.
* Apply on the face. Keep it for 15-20 minutes.
* Then moisten the face with water and scrub it off gently in circular motion.
* Wash off with lukewarem water followed by cold water.
* Dry it gently with soft towel and apply moisturizer.

2) Brown sugar, honey and olive oil.

* Take 1 tbsp brown sugar and mix 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil to make a paste. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice for better cleaning.
* Scrub with it gently for about 3-4 minutes and then was it off with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
* Dry it gently with soft towel and apply mositurizer.

3) Red lentil (masoor dal) powder with milk.

* Take 1 tbsp red lentil powder and mix 2 tbsp milk.
* Let it sit for 30 minutes and then apply on the face.
* After 20 minutes, dampen your face with water and scrub it out gently in circular motion.
* Wash off with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
* Dry and apply mositurizer.

4) Coffee and yogurt.

* Take 1 tbsp ground coffee beans and add 1 tsp of curd or adjust the quantity to make a smooth paste.
* Scrub it gently in circular motion for 4 minutes and then wash it off.
* Dry with towel.

5) Almond powder and honey.

* Take 1 tbsp of almond powder and honey to make a smooth paste.
* Scrub with it in circular motion.
* Wash off, dry with towel and apply moisturizer.

Note:

1) The purpose of cold water (as the final rinse) is to tone the face. You can also use cold rose water or cold cucumber juice for toning insted of water.
2) Scrub your face once or twice a week to remove dead skin.
3) Scrubing more often and longer or harsh can backfire. So never scrub for more than 4-5 minutes maximum and always do it the most gentle way you can.

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Baked vegetable!

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I had this baked veg.during my stay in Goa. Loved cabbage poriyal and baked veg., so decided to try them when I’d be back at home. I tried them and they turned out to be really good. Here goes the first recipe.

Ingredients:

Mixed veg. of your choice (parboiled in salted water)-2 cups
White sauce-3-4 cups (Find: How to make white sauce)
Milk-1/2-1 cup
Black pepper-1 tsp
Salt-to taste
Dry oregano-to garnish
Mozzarella cheese-1/2-1 cup

Method:

* Add milk to the white sauce and mix well.
* Now, in a baking pan/tray start layering veg. and white sauce one by one with white sauce on the top. Sprinkle a bit black pepper with every white sauce layer and salt with veg.layer.
* On the top of it sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese and dry oregano.
* Pre-heat oven to 150 degree C.
* Bake it for 10-15 minutes.

Serve hot 🙂

P.S: * You can also add pasta in the mixed veg. and it will be baked pasta 😉
* Bear in mind that cheese is salty, so add salt accordingly!

25 ways to wear a scarf!

Scarves add to the fashion quotient. Mere a scarf can enhance the beauty of a casual or a formal dress and can change your look. Moreover, winters and scarves are inseparable, you have to have if not many then few scarves in your wardrobe. You can tie them in so many ways. Here are 25 ways to wear scarfs. (Courtesy:Wendy’s Lookbook http://www.youtube.com/user/wendyslookbook?feature=watch)

Palak Paneer

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Ingredients:

Paneer-200 gm
Onion-2 small
Tomato-2 medium
Garlic-5
Green chilli-2 pcs.
Coriander powder-1 tbsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Black pepper-1/2 tsp
Spinach-1 bunch
Oil-1-2 tbsp
Cumin-1/2-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Salt-to taste

Method:

* Blanch spinach and make its paste.
* Make paste of tomato and chilli.
* Make another paste of onion and garlic.
* Cut paneer into cubes and dip into salted lukewarm water.
* In a wok heat oil and add cumin seeds.
* Now add paste of onion and garlic.
* Fry till light brown.
* Now add dry masalas (turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and black pepper).
* After 1-2 minutes, add tomato & chilli paste and salt.
* Cook till oil separates.
* Now add spinach and paneer with little water.
* Give it a boil.
* Switch off the stove and serve hot!