Saturday, 16 March 2019

Recipe 71: Carrot & Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cooking with seasonal vegetables is not just easy and cost effective, but food is immensely nutritious.

You are not opening tinned or canned foods. You are not working with dehydrated items. But actually stirring fresh and juicy fruits and vegetables.

I bought a few carrots and cauliflower today, and a quick yet filling lunch that I could think of was a fried rice.

It turns out so good always that I had to share its recipe today.
I usually never add haldi/turmeric to this kind of fried rice and prefer it to be white. You, however, can definitely add 1 tsp. haldi. The sugar is completely optional. I like a slight sweet tasting fried rice. If you do not prefer then omit it. Besides, carrot and cauliflower more varieties of vegetables can be added like green peas, potatoes, mushroom, etc.

Lets begin with my favorite Carrot and Cauliflower Fried Rice!


  1. 1.5 cups rice
  2. 1 small cauliflower cut into small florets
  3. 1 large carrot cut into small pieces
  4. 4-5 green chillies
  5. 1 tsp. zeera/cumin seeds
  6. 1 tsp. sauf/fennel seeds
  7. 1 tsp. sugar
  8. 2 elaichi/cardamom
  9. 2 cinnamon sticks
  10. 1 star anise
  11. salt to taste
  12. vegetable oil/ghee for cooking


Heat some oil or ghee in a large biryani handi.
Temper cumin and fennel seeds till light brown.
Add the cauliflowers, cinnamon, cardamom and star anise.
On high heat, fry till cauliflower develops some brown color.
Now add chopped carrots, green chillies, salt and sugar.
Fry and cook till the vegetables are 70 percent done.
Now add washed and drained rice.
Sauté for 1-2 minutes on high heat or till you hear rice crackling.
Add water judiciously.
Cover the vessel and cook on low heat till rice cooks and water is absorbed completely.
Serve hot.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Quirky Kitchen and Home Decor Products

Looking at the large number of viewers and requests for more quirky products for home, I have another list of brand new items that will add more drama to your everyday life.


Faucet Extender

Wall Sticker-cum-Family Photo Tree

Kitchen Door Sign

Door Sign

Snacks Serving Platter on Wheels

Colored Glass and Holder Set

Spectacle Holder-cum-Show Piece

Friends Lover Cushion

Nature/Tribal/Village Wall Decal

Kids Height Chart Wall Decal

Kitchen Wall Decal

Ice Lollies/Popsicle/Kulfi Moulds

Plastic Reusable Popcorn Buckets With Lid and Handle

Portable Barbeque Grill

Reusable Cupcake/Muffin Silicon Moulds

Kitchen Gear

Basket with Handle


Remote Holder

Chalk Slate Coasters

Pickle and Chutney Jars

Fun Nameplate for House Entrance

String Lights-cum-Photo Hanger

Door Mar

Click for another collection - Quirky Kitchen Gadgets Part 1  

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Recipe 70: Eggless Orange Cake

Eggless cakes are way more easy and just as tasty than regular ones.

Ofcourse an egg replacement has been used - Flax Seeds, which not only makes the cake fluffy and moist, but also provides all the nutrients that flax seeds are known for.
My recipe is simple and uses very few ingredients.

I have not used any orange juice, so don't mind if you feel a lack of tang in the cake. I however you wish then feel free to add 0.5 cup of fresh orange juice and reduce the quantity of milk from 1 cup to 0.5 cup.

While, the orange peel is enough to give the cake the taste and flavour of oranges, you can still go ahead with a few drops of Orange Essence and Orange Food Color for a more robust smelling and orangish looking cake.

Don't be scared of using orange peel as it is not at all bitter. With correct technique you can get orange peel without any bitterness. See and understand my 3 ways to get orange peel for cakes, cookies and pancakes.
Waste no time and get moving for Eggless Orange Cake.


  1. 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1 cup sugar powder
  4. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  5. 1 tbsp. whole flax seeds (click to buy Organic Flax Seeds)
  6. 1 tbsp. baking powder
  7. 1/4 tsp. fine salt
  8. peels of 2 medium size oranges or 2-3 tbsp. of orange zest


In a mixer-grinder, make a paste of orange peels and flax seeds.
In a large mixing bowl, sieve together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add the orange paste, oil and milk.
Whisk well till a smooth cake batter forms.
Grease and flour a baking loaf pan or cake tin.
Baking options:
* For baking on Stove Top - Heat a large vessel. Place a metal stand inside and situate the loaf tin right at the middle. No need to cover the cake tin. Cover only the large vessel. Cook on low heat for 1 hour or till the cake rises and toothpick inserted comes out clean. No need to add water for steam.
* For baking in Oven - Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius. And bake for 45 minutes or till toothpick inserted comes out clean.
* For baking in Frying Pan - heat 1 tbsp. oil in a fry pan and pour 1-2 ladle full of cake batter. Flip the pancakes when bubbles form on top. Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruits for breakfast.
* For baking in Microwave - pour the cake batter in a silicon or heat safe glass bowl/mould and bake according to instructions in the microwave manual.

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Friday, 8 March 2019

How to Rock Holi This Year

Holi is a fun filled Indian festival.

Colors, water, sweets, music and parties is what Holi is all about.

However, to really rock Holi you definitely need the following stuffs!

Glitter Gulal - move to more jazzy colors with glittering powder colors

Herbal Gulal - safe and skin friendly dry colors

Water Balloons with Pump

Auto Fill Water Balloons - fill a bunch of water balloons at one go!

Pichkari Tank - the kiddy boys will love it

Barbie Pichkari Tank - for little princesses

Holi T-Shirt - make a cool statement with slogan t-shirts

Holi T-Shirt for Baby/Toddler - gift a toddler

Baby Onesie - gift a newborn with "My First Holi"dress

Party Props/Photo Booth - planning a huge get-together? Get some party props for photo sessions

T-Shirt Combo for Man-Woman - get in lovey-dovey mood

Holi Theme Tambola - have a gathering? get a party game!

Set of 3 Books on Holi to Teach Kids About this Festival

Gujiya Moulds - cannot make the traditional holi meethai? Get gujiya moulds

Kama Ayurveda Afterparty Skincare

Gift Combo - Cushon, Mug, Greeting card and Key Ring

Coffee Mug - sip your chai on holi morning or gift it to someone you love

Thandai Extract for Delicious Drink - just a few drops in your sweetened milk and have an instant thandai experience

Thandai Powder - Pista, Elaichi and Badam - stir a few tablespoons on chilled sweetened milk and serve thick thandai

Have a great Holi !

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Happy 1st Birthday SnS !!!

2nd March is always celebrated by my family because it is my Birthday!

I am a Piscean and a true one. All the qualities (good and bad) I resonate very well.

And, on a conscious note Spices n Secrets also took birth on this day.

The website was a gift from my husband last year and so today marks the 1st birthday of SnS!

The year was spent in searching a niche and building content that I particularly enjoy writing. From recipes that are self-perfected home to becoming a guide for aspiring PhD scholars to sharing titbits on parenting to simple skincare and healthy lifestyle tricks, this space has been my den where I love to sit with a cup of tea and relax.

Never have I considered it to be a chore and rather enjoy my time spent on SnS thoroughly.

The comments and emails are most-awaited things of my day and they just goes on to assure me that Yes! I am being heard.

So, thank you readers and all those who share and comment on my posts. I extend my thanks to all those who are connected to SnS in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mix and Pinterest.

Thank you to my Guest Authors who take their time out and have an interest in writing for SnS.

I bless SnS to grow more and reach those who are seeking advise and motivation in life.

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Best Books for Moms: Chicken Soup For the Soul Series

Reading is a very relaxing activity and to include it into your daily schedule will benefit you in more ways than one.

After becoming a mom, if something I don't have time for is reading. But that does not mean I gave it up.

Whenever time permits, I read and still continue to buy good books.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a series of books with a central theme - Motivation. It has several topics related to lifestyle and relationships.

Today I present to you a list of all the Chicken Soup for the Soul books that are for Moms. All are extremely inspiring, motivational, and will widen your viewpoint as you will get to know real stories and narrations of men and women worldwide.

Power Moms

New Moms

My Amazing Mom

Mom Knows Best

Mother's of Preschooler

Busy Moms

Stay At Home Moms

A Tribute to Moms

Thanks to my Mom

The Multitasking Moms Survival Guide

For Mom, With Love

Thanks Mom

Moms and Sons

New Mom's

Working Moms

Best Mom Ever

Recipes for Busy Moms

Cartoons for Mom

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