Oat and whole wheat flour bannock!

Oat and whole wheat flour bannock

Oat and whole wheat flour bannock

You can also use some other flours (like oat flour, barley flour etc) or wheat flour in it instead of whole wheat flour in this recipe, but I am on “maida chodo abhiyaan” these days 😛 , so it is whole wheat flour for me.

Here goes the recipe!

Ingredients:

Instant oat-1/2 cup
Whole wheat flour-1 ½ cups
Egg-1
Milk-1 ½-2 cups
Baking powder-1 pinch
Sugar-1 tbsp (or to taste)
Vanilla Essence-1/2 tsp
Butter-1-2 tbsp
Honey & nuts-for garnishing

Method:

* In a bowl take whole wheat flour and baking powder mix well. You can also take them in strainer and strain down, it helps in mixing them well too.
* Now separate egg into egg white and yolk. Beat egg white well (till frothy).
* Now in the whole wheat bowl, add the egg yolk and mix well. And add oat, sugar, vanilla essence and milk.
* Then pour the egg white in the batter. Turn with gentle hand and only in one direction.
* Now heat up a pan and spread butter in it.
* Pour 1-2 tbsp of the batter and let it cook.
* Cook both sides til golden brown.
* Take it out and garnish it with honey and nuts of your choice.

Serve hot! 🙂

A funny incident…

2355228-326683-illustration-of-kids-at-bus-stop-waiting-for-school-busA funny incident happened to me few days back. I was waiting at my colony gate for my office cab and few steps apart, there was a small school-going girl waiting with her dad for her school bus. Suddenly, she pointed her finger towards me and started shouting “papa udhar dekho”. She was so scared and about to cry. I felt so embarrassed and said to myself “oh gosh, do I look so horrible that the girl is scared of me”. At that time, I had lots of pimple on my face and a day prior to this incident even I was wondering by glancing at the mirror “yaar, ye kitna darawane lag rahein hain”. But not had the slightest idea that I am looking so horrible that a kid will get scared of me and would start to cry by my appearance. I was cursing the cab, “jaldi kyo nahi aaraha yaar..” and I started looking here and there just to curb my anger and embarrassment. Suddenly I looked back and was like “Oh no”! There was an about 5 ft 8 inch tall cow with almost 2 ft long horns and she was just 1/2 ft away from me. I ran from that place and felt like shouting at that girl’s dad “aapki beti itni der se chilla rahi hain, par aap ek baar bol nahi sakte ki mere pichhe itni badi aur itni dangerous gai khadi hain..#$%%^&&$#@” 😡 and more of it. But then my cab arrived and I left. I was a bit relieved, not because I survived that long, sharp-horned cow, but because I get to know that I don’t look that horrible to make a child scared of me. And later I was smiling at the whole incident throughout the day 😛 😛

P.S: I wrote this post few years ago in my personal blog (shivani-blahblah.blogspot.com, which is dormant now).

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Fluffy veg. pancakes!

Fluffy pancakes

Fluffy pancakes


This is very great breakfast option as it is full of veggies which makes it healthy plus it is super-quick to make.So let’s move on to its recipe-

Ingredients:

Semolina-2 cups
Yogurt-1/2 cup
Salt-to taste
Mixed veg. of your choice-1 cup(chopped)
Eno-1/2 sachet
Oil-1-2 tbsp

Method:

-> Mix semolina, salt, curd and add little water to make a batter. It shouldn’t be runny.
-> Now add all veggies and 1/2-1 tsp of oil.
-> Heat up oil in a pan. And JUST BEFORE start making pancakes, add eno in the batter and mix gently with light hand(don’t over-mix it).
-> Now pour 2 tbsp of batter/pancake in the pan. Let them leave the edges, then sprinkle little oil around the edges and on the top of them and then flip them one by one.

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-> Cook well the other sides too. It should be golden brown in colour.

Now take them out and serve with chatni/raita/sauce etc 🙂

20 minutes tasty baby corns!

Tasty babycorns

Tasty baby corns

This is a super-quick recipe which you can serve to your guests in no time! So let’s get down to the recipe super-fast. Here it goes!

Ingredients:
Baby corn-15 nos.(cut into 2-3 pcs.each)
Capsicum-1 tbsp(cut into small pieces)
Onion-1 tbsp(cut into small pieces)
Garlic-1 tsp(finely chopped)
Black pepper-a pinch
Spring onion-for garnish
All-purpose flour-2 tsp
Cornflour-1 tbsp
Soy sauce-1-2 tsp
Salt-to taste
Green chilli-1/2 tsp(chopped)
Oil-for frying
Sugar-1/4 tsp(optional)
Tomato ketchup-1/2-1 tsp(optional)

Method:
-> Take baby corns in a bowl and add salt, 1/2 tsp of soy sauce, black pepper, little bit of garlic, 2 tsp of all-purpose flour and 2 tsp of corn flour. Add little water, just to make a paste. Cover the bowl with a lid and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
-> After 10 minutes, deep fry them till golden brown and take them out on a kitchen towel or a tissue paper.
-> Heat up oil in a skillet and add chopped garlic in it. After 10-15 seconds, add chopped green chillies.
-> Now add onion and fry till translucent.
-> Add capsicum and cook for 2-3 minutes(we want then crunchy, not soft). Add salt.
-> *Now in bowl take cornflour and mix water to it to make a solution. Add this solution into the skillet, a little at a time to get the desired consistency.
-> Add soy sauce and sugar or tomato ketchup(you can add both-sugar & tomato ketchup or you can skip both depending on your liking).
-> Now give it a stir and bring it to a boil before switching off the stove(if you want it totally dry you can skip step* or you can cook it for few more minutes to dry up the gravy)
-> Now garnish it with chopped spring onion and serve it hot as a starter or as an evening snack!

Happy serving/eating 🙂

{DIY}-Home-made body scrub for soft and smooth skin!

I made this body scrub a month back and using it since then. It really makes the skin soft and supple. If you have an extreme oily body, you can skip adding oil. So lets start with the method!
You would need-
* Almond powder
* Crushed oats
* Red lentil/Masooor dal powder
* A bowl
* Almond oil
* Body wash

Mix crushed oat, almond powder, masoor dal in the ratio 1:2:3. You can mix good quantity of it and store it in a box and keep it in your bathroom shelf.
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Now you can use this scrub while taking shower. In a bowl take 1-2 tbsp of the powder,

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add 1-2 tbsp of body wash

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and 1/2 tsp drops of oil(since the body wash I am using right now is already having olive oil so I am skiping the oil part).
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Now add little water to make a paste.
Wet your body and then apply this paste all over it. Keep it for 5 minutes if you can and now scrub very gently with loofah and then wash with water. Pat dry with towel and apply body lotion. Do it twice or thrice a week.

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Veg. chila with amla-dhania chatni..

Vegetable Chila

Vegetable Chila

When it comes to breakfast, muesli, cornflakes and oats are the things I consider at last. I like to feed my family with fresh hot Indian breakfast. Until the morning is good and satisfactory, we can’t expect an energetic, high mood day. But my hubby leaves for office really early at 7 am. And I have to do hell lot of things before that-cook his lunch, cut a big bowl full of salad and another big bowl full of fruits which he carries to office and then make breakfast. And sometimes, my 2 years toddler wakes up at the same time and clings to me. Making him engage in some activity also takes away some time. So because of the time constraint, I can’t indulge into lengthy breakfast option, but I try to incorporate the maximum nutrients I can in the quick breakfast I make. Here is the recipe of one of those quick, easy breakfast options, veg. chila & gooseberry chatni.

Ingredients for veg. chila:

Gram flour/besan-2 cups
Veg. of your choice-1/2-1 cup(finely cut)
Green chilli-1/4 tsp(chopped)
Black pepper powder-1 pinch
Dry fenugreek/kasuri methi-1 tbsp(roughly crushed with hand)
Salt-to test
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Oil-1 tbsp
Water-1 ½-2 cups(approx.)

Method for making veg. chila:

-> Mix gramflour, turmeric powder, salt and water.
-> Beat them properly to avoid any lumps plus to aerate the mixture.
-> Now add rest of the ingredients and mix them well (if time permits, keep aside for 5 minutes).
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-> Now grease a pan and keep it on the stove.
-> Pour the batter(we don’t want a very hot pan while pouring the batter because it resists the spreading of batter properly).
-> Now when you find that the batter is leaving the edges, sprinkle a bit of oil around it and on its surface and give it a flip.
-> When both the surfaces are cooked properly, take it off the pan.

Now the Chatni. Amla is so rich in Vitmain C, I think everyone should try to have it daily, be it in any form.

Ingredients for goosbery chatni:

Gooseberry/Amla-2
Garlic-6 cloves(if small)
Green chilli-1
Coriander leaves-5 tbps
Extra virgin olive oil or mustard oil-1-2 tsp
Lime juice-1 tsp
Salt-to taste

Method for chatni:

-> Mix all the ingredients and run the mixer.
-> Adjust salt, oil and lime juice as per your liking.

All ready!! 🙂

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-

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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

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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