Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Recipe 130: Stuffed Chillies

Winter means abundance of fruits and vegetables.

And one thing I surely make every weekend is Stuffed Chillies. 

I use fat non-spicy chillies that are usually bright green in color. Ask your vendor for chillies that are used for pickling and I am sure he/she will understand. This variant of chilly is usually not that spicy and tastes similar to a capsicum.

Scroll below for the most ultimate stuffed chillies that can be eaten as it is or with roti/paratha.

Ingredients:

  1. 10-15 green chillies
  2. 1 cup besan or chickpea flour
  3. 1/4 cup oil or ghee
  4. 2 tsp. dhania powder
  5. 2 tsp. amchur powder
  6. 1 tsp. dhania powder
  7. 1 tsp. red chilly powder (optional)
  8. 1/4 tsp. ajwain seeds
  9. salt to taste

Method:

Wash the chillies thoroughly.
Pat dry.
Make a slit on one side of the chillies to form a pocket for the masala.
If the chillies are too spicy and carefully extract and throw the middle vein and seeds.
Keep aside.
Now in a pan, saute all the dry ingredients in 1 tbsp. ghee or oil on low heat till besan begins to emit a nice nutty aroma.
Switch off the heat and allow the dry mixture to cool for 10 minutes.
Now spoon the masala into the chillies to its optimum capacity.
Heat some oil or ghee into a pan.
Place all the chillies and cover and cook on low flame. 
Keep turning gently to cook the chillies on all sides.
Sprinkle some water if the chillies have soaked all the oil and is sticking to the pan.
When cooked, take all the stuffed chillies onto a plate and serve warm.

 Tips:

  • You can turn these into mirchi ka pakora by dipping the prepared stuffed chillies and dipping them in thick besan slurry and deep frying.
  • In order to make the stuffing intact into the chillies, add more oil or ghee. You can even add some water to the dry besan mixture while stuffing. 
  • This recipe is a basic besan stuffing. The chillies can be stuffed with many more ingredients like grated paneer, boiled potatoes, etc.
  • You can turn these stuffed shallow fried chillies into a gravy dish and serve it with rice or pulao.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Best and Affordable Skincare Products

Skincare is so personal and because every skin type and its problems are different, to give an advise on what is best and must be kept on your dressing table is very difficult.

After a long time, I am sharing my personal favourites when it comes to skincare.

Each one listed below are easy on the pocket. Gives a satisfying result. And have been tried and tested by not just me but many women all across the globe.

Without further blabbering, lets begin with "Best and Affordable Skincare Products of 2018"

Dabur Gulabari

This is one of the cheapest products in my list today. This cream is great for those who want some moisture to their already oily skin. Just a little bit on a clean face, and you don't have to worry about dry flaky skin. It will not clog or give you pimples. The formulation is such that it is not at all greasy or heavy on skin.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

As much as we all love makeup, coming home and removing them is important. Proper products and techniques are required than just washing face with a face wash, especially when wearing waterproof makeup. Recently launched by Garnier, the Miceller Water is excellent for removing foundation, lipstick, mascara and liner. Its also great for days when you haven't worn much makeup but been out for long and want to clean all the dust and pollution from your face. Take a few drops on a cotton pad and swipe away!
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Palmolive Bodywash Thermal Spa

With gentle scrubbing microbeads, coconut extract and jojoba, this body wash is a treat for skin. Its smooth on skin and not very drying after a shower. The fragrance is mild yet refreshing.

Plum Green Tea Skin Toner

I was never into the 3-step skincare (cleansing-toning-moisturizing) until recently when I noticed that my mishaps has taken a toll on my skin. Toner is now in my routine everyday. After a face wash and before using a night cream, this toner really helps me calm my skin and let no excess sebum form on my t-zone. Infact, it is great to use before applying sunscreen and foundation. This toner makes my pores smaller and let the makeup stay fresh for longer.
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Lotus Herbal Nutranite Skin Renewal Night Cream

I am never into fairness products, but radiance and supple skin is definitely on my list of preference when choosing skincare products. Been using Lotus Herbal Night Cream for several months now and I do see a luminosity on my skin each morning. The smell is heavenly and absolutely suitable for putting me to a lovely sleep each night.

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Saturday, 2 October 2021

Weekend Getaway to Kasauli


Looking for a quick weekend getaway from Delhi, that is not too far yet away from city hustle-bustle?

Head over to Kasauli! A  quaint little town in the city of Himachal Pradesh, India.

The History

Kasauli is a cantonment town in Solan district, Himachal Pradesh. It was originally named Kusowlie  and established by the Britishers in 1842. As compared to Shimla and Manali, Kasauli never was a major tourist destination, but Kasauli did became the favourite summer spot for the Britishers. 

Continuing the legacy of subordinating Indians, many of the elite clubs, mall roads and bungalows were kept exclusively for the Britishers and Indian were not allowed to enter. Some eerie tales of ghost sightings make rounds in Kasauli till date about a sergeant who was shot by his officer.

The Manki (Monkey) Point is one of the main attractions of Kasauli. Situated in the Air Force Station at the center of the Kasauli town, the temple is said to be the site where Lord Hanuman's feet touched the hill when he was returning from the Himalayas and carrying Sanjeevani Booty

Pine Valley Resort and My Experience

I have been to Kasauli more than I can count and still the place entices me. Infact, each time I am in Kasauli, I have experienced it differently and from the variety of stay options, the way you feel about the place also changes.

In September 2021, I visited Kasauli from New Delhi. After searching scores of hotels, resorts, and homestays, I narrowed the choices down to one place - Pine Valley Resort.

This resort is quite far away from the main Kasauli town and as a result the tourist places such as, Manki Temple, Mall Road, Church, etc. are all at a minimum distance of 1-1.5 hrs. That means, once you are in Pine Valley Resort either
 be ready to drive long for sightseeing or have no plans and just relax in the resort itself.

I choose to do the latter - relax, roam and trek in and around the resort, perfect my photography skills, and eat the most tasty meals the hills can offer. 

The resort is spread over a large area. There are many small cottage-like rooms that are serving the purpose of reception, dining hall, rooms for guests, etc. We had an option of single room and a duplex. One look at the duplex and we made our decision.


We went in the not-so-suitable climate. So the continuous rains made us face landslides on our way to the resort. Also, the rooms had a damp smell, which really turned us off. However, the duplex option was great and since I was in a group of 4 adults and 1 kid, staying together was a good decision.

The resort itself is amazing. Cut off from the tourist locations and other hotels, I found total peace and serenity. After waking up at 6 am all I did was roam alone, click pictures, swing like a child, and order tea in the garden. 

The resort manager and other helpers were courteous. But most importantly, the food options and preparation was excellent. From crispy corn, chilly chicken, french fries, maggi noodles to simple tea and omelette-toast, each dish was well-prepared and fresh. 


I definitely had a wonderful and memorable time.

Time to say goodbye to Kasauli! 







Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Product Review: Deyga Organics Multi-Flower Glow Face Mask

As you age so does your skin. Which means you must take care of your skin with quality products.

One of my biggest issues with face packs or masks is the texture, dryness from  multani mitti, artificial smell, and even breakouts post-washing. 

The recent switch to Deyga Organics has made me so happy that I just cannot stop raving about it to my friends and family. The company sources its ingredients organically and ethnically. They use traditional recipes that are classic and helps to retain the effectiveness of each product.

The Multi-Flower Glow Face Mask is one-of-a-kind face mask that is:
* cooling (like aloe vera gel)
* smooth and silky (you won't stop gliding your fingers on the product) and 
* super fragrant (like walking into a garden of roses)


Made with the extracts of rose, hibiscus, lotus and lavender flowers, the Multi-Flower Glow Face Mask has a tingling sensation and hauntingly sweet smell of fresh flowers.

The product specifies that the mask must be stored in refrigerator and rightly so, because the cooling effect is unparalleled to any other face masks available in the market.

Just take sufficient amount of the mask, spread it on clean face and neck. Give yourself a rest for 30 minutes. Prepare some tea and read a book. And wash off. Use diligently once a week, the plumpness of the skin will return and remarkable glow effect can be felt.

While, the mask has done wonders for my skin and I have become a fan of its smell, however to some of my friends the product's fragrance is a bit over-powering (personal choice, I guess). This brings me to think that for those who are sensitive to strong smells may not prefer this mask. Also from the price point, the Multi-Flower Glow Face Mask is costing 600 INR for 100 gms. This can be an issue to those who are used to purchasing face masks that can be bought at less than 200 rupees for 50-100 gms.

Nevertheless, the organic ingredients, clear smooth texture, and natural powdered flowers into the mask is assuring enough that you are using one of the best skincare products currently available. 

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Monday, 30 August 2021

Best Gifts for a Tea Lover


It is no secret that tea is one of the most loved beverages in the world.

With each one having their own preferences and style of brewing, tea is consumed everyday and moreover several times a day.

In such a case, I think it would be a great gesture to gift a tea lover something that is extremely thoughtful and useful for their everyday tea-time.

Below I curated my list of the most beautiful items that a tea lover would cherish!

Kettle

Beautiful Chai Maker is elegant in looks and very useful.

Canister

Canisters are storage containers. Any tea lover would love to store tea leaves/grounds or pouches in a dedicated container. Gifting such items would never go to waste. 

Infusers

Infusers are used for dipping tea leaves in hot water and at the same time can be used as a strainer. Just add 2-3 tsp. of leaves and add hot water. Wait for 5 minutes to let the tea emit its color and aroma, and your tea is ready. 

Cups

Cups play a great role in setting the mood for tea. There can be options for formal gifting.


And, some fun options like rustic feeling clay tea cups.
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Thermal Mug

These are one of the best gifts because in the fast paced life we are living in, morning tea often gets cold and we all wish to carry tea from home and drink it on the go. But lack of proper tea mugs that has a lid and also keeps the tea warm makes our wish unfulfilled. Gift Thermal Travel Mugs that has a non-slip base, keeps tea hot or cold as you like and is absolutely travel friendly.
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Tea Box

A tea box is an assorted box of different flavour teas. It acts as a sampler tea for the tea lover to try before buying a larger pack of the one they loved most. The assorted Tea Box is a nice gifting item.
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So, my top gifting options for a tea lover are:
  1. kettle
  2. canister
  3. infuser
  4. cups
  5. thermal mug
  6. tea box








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