Wednesday 25 December 2013

MALPUA – A Delicious and Famous Odia Sweet Dish

Malpua is one type of pancake, which is very famous in Odisha, Westbengal, Maharastra and Bangladesh. It is offered to Lord Jagannath in his Sakala Dhupa or Morning Food. As a sweet dish it is so delicious and can be served as a dessert or snacks.

For Batter
  • 1 ltr. Milk.
  • 1 cup Refined Flour/Maida
  • 2 tsp Semolina/Suji (For Crispiness)
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 ripe Banana (well mashed)
  • 500 gms Ghee to Fry
For Sugar Syrup
  • 300 gms Sugar
  • Saffron Strands (Kesar)
  • Water Required
  • First take a pan and boil the milk, till it reaches a coating consistency level.
  • In the mean time prepare the sugar syrup. Keep aside around 50 grams of sugar and add the rest sugar to the water and make an one thread consistency sugar syrup.
  • Dissolve the Saffron Strands in a tablespoon of warm milk and add it to the Sugar Syrup.
  • Now cool the reduced boiled milk. Add the Refined Flour, Mashed Banana, Fennel Seeds, Cardamom Powder, Semolina and the rest of the sugar kept aside before. Mix them all well.
  • Keep in mind that the batter should not be watery, it should be bit thicker than the usual batter. Keep the batter aside for 1-2 hours.
  • Now take a flat-bottomed pan/kadai and heat the Ghee.
  • Now pour a little batter with a ladle to the ghee to form the Pancake or Malpua.
  • Keep frying in both the sides till it becomes golden brown color.
  • When both sides done, drain it properly and immersed it inside the sugar syrup. Soak it inside the syrup for 5-7 minutes.
  • Now your Malpuas are ready. Serve them hot.

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Sunday 22 December 2013

Moong Daal Vada – A Famous Gujarati Snacks

Daal Vada or Gujarat na Daal Vada, a famous Gujarati all time snacks to be enjoyed. It’s so yummy, crispy and delicious along with the combination of chopped onions and fried chilies. It’s on high demand especially during the Monsoon. If you’ve been to Gujarat and haven’t tried this, then you’ve missed a lot. So next time don’t forget to have a try of Gujarat na Daal Vada.

Since it’s my favorite snacks here at Ahmedabad, so I’m gonna share it for my followers.

For Vada Preparation:
    • 1 Cup  split Yellow Moong Daal
    • 1 Cup  split Green Moong Daal
    • 2/3 Cup Chana Daal
    • 1/3 Cup Whole White Urad Daal
    • 10-12 Fresh Green Chilies
    • 2-3" fresh Ginger
    • 8-10 Cloves Garlic
    • 1 tsp Ajwain seeds
    • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
    • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
    • 1/3 Cup Curry leaves
    • Pinch of Baking Soda
    • Oil for deep fry
    • Salt to taste
For Serving Purpose:
    • Green Chilies to Serve
    • 1 Big Size Chopped Onion to Serve
    • Lemon Juice
  • First Clean, wash and soak all the daals properly 6-7 hours. It’ll be better if you soak them overnight.
  • Then drain the water completely. From 2/3 of Chana daal, keep 1/3 Cup Chana daal separate. Mix Rest 1/3 Chana daal along with the other 3 daals.
  • Now place all the daals in a mixer/grinder and grind them all to a coarse mixture with the Green Chilies, Ginger and Garlic. Add some water if required, but be sure that the mixture is not runny.
  • Roast dry the ajwain, fennel and cumin seeds for few minutes on non-stick pan and then grind it and to the coarse daal mixture. Chopped the curry leaves and also add them to this mixture.
  • Now add required Salt and Soda and mix everything.
  • Now add the separate 1/3 Cup Chana daal to this mixture.
  • Now take oil required for deep frying in a pan and put it on low flame.
  • Make small balls from this daal mixture and put the balls in the heated oil one after another.
  • Fry the balls on a low-medium flame until they turn brown in color. The vada should be crispy outside and soft inside.
  • Now take out the Daal Vada balls from the pan, when they turn brown.
  • Fry Green chilies and sprinkle salt on them. Add lemon juice to the chopped onion.
Now your Daal Vada is ready. Serve them hot with the Fried Green Chilies and Chopped Onions. You can also try them with Ketchup if required.

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Saturday 21 December 2013

JackFruit or Kathal Masala Curry

The Jackfruit is a species that belongs to the Mulberry family (Moraceae), which is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia. It is also known as the national fruit of Bangladesh. It is well-suited to tropical lowlands & it’s fruits are the largest tree-borne fruit, which can grow up to 35-40kg in weight.

Artocarpus_heterophyllus_fruits_at_tree   JACKFRUIT

In India, people at different parts have named it in different ways. In Oriya it is called as “Panasa”, in Bangla it is called as “Kathal”, in KannadaHalasu”, in Malayalam “Chakka”, and in Marathi it is called as “Fanas”.

This fruit is so tasty and can be eaten in ripe as well as in unripe manner. Being a good source of dietary fiber its a particularly good option for vegetarians. The flesh is starchy and fibrous and the seeds are also edible.

Today I’m going to share my own prepared “Kathal Masala Curry”, which is a famous Indian Curry and hope you all will like it.


  • 500g Jackfruit/Kathal
  • 3 Onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbs garlic paste
  • Corn Flour Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 4 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ¼tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp of Chicken Masala/Kitchen King
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 2 red tomato finely cut
  • Whole Garam Masala
  • Refined Oil to Saute and Cook
  • Finely chopped 3 Green Chilies
  • Salt to Taste
  • Fresh cut Coriander leaves
  • 1 tbs Soya Sauce
  • 2 tbs Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbs Curd

  • First of all oil your hands well. Keep some oil handy while cutting the jackfruit, as you will need to smear your palms with oil from time to time.
  • Oil prevents hands from getting sticky and itchy. Peel the jackfruit and slice into rounds of desired thickness.
  • Slice rounds into halves, and remove any thick stem in the center, before cutting slices into smaller cube or bite pieces. Do not wash. Scrape any dirt off.
  • Then in a pressure cooker take required amount water and add the jackfruit bites/cubes along with 1tsp Salt and and 1 tsp Turmeric Powder and boil it till the cooker gets 1 whistle. This is being done to remove or subside the Astringent taste of the Jackfruit.
  • Then take a bowl and take out the boiled jackfruit cubes from the pressure cooker put inside the bowl. Add 4-5 tbsp Corn Flour Powder, 1 tsp turmeric Powder, 1 tsp Red Chilly Powder, 1tsp Coriander Powder to it. Mix all these well and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
  • Take 2-3tbs of refine oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the marinated jackfruit cubes and saute it for 4-5 mins and then keep aside the fried cubes.
  • Take 6-7 tbs oil in the Pan. Once the oil gets heat and the Cumin Seeds to it.
  • When spluttering stops add finely chopped onion and green chilies & keep frying till the onions turned to golden color.
  • Add Ginger, Garlic paste, Coriander Powder, Turmeric powder, chili powder and fry.
  • When the raw smell is gone add cut tomato and salt.
  • Keep stirring the masala cooking till it leaves oil around it and all the tomato pieces get smashed completely.
  • Then add the Chicken Masala/Kitchen King Masala to it and keep stirring for 2-3 mins. more.
  • Then add 1tbs soya sauce, 2tbs tomato sauce & keep on stirring.
  • Then finally add the 2tbs curd in to masala mix it well and keep it covered with a lid on low flame for 2mins more.
  • Then remove the lid stir the masala once and then add the fried/sauted  Jackfruit cubes to the masala and mix them all properly.
  • Now add 2-3 cup of water and put the garam masala powder to it and bring to boil.
  • Cook for 4-5 minute then garnish with fresh cut Coriander Leaves.
Now your Kathal Masala Curry is ready to enjoy. Serve it hot with Chapati/Roti or Rice.
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Wednesday 18 December 2013

Everyday Foods that Can Kill Someone

A lot of foods in our daily diet are actually poisonous and can be dangerous for our life. Being alert about what you eat is really important as sometimes, even a seemingly regular food can turn fatal. Here are some foods that can actually kill someone.
fruits that can kill you

  • Cashew: A poisonous chemical named urushiol present in raw cashew, can lead to death of a person. The ones that are available in the market are not in their raw form as they are steamed before being packed for consumption.
  • Almonds: Just like cashew nuts, almonds are also considered to be extremely poisonous if not treated before consumption. The most flavoursome almonds bitter almonds have the strongest scent and are the most popular. But the demerit is : they are full of cyanide. So before consumption, bitter almonds must be processed to remove the poison.
  • Potatoes: Potatoes are the most common vegetable but its plant is really very poisonous. Everything except the bulbs, that we consume, is extremely harmful. If you consume the leaves of the potato plant in excess quantities it can prove to be fatal.
  • Mushrooms: Toadstools are poisonous mushroom that must not be eaten. Mushrooms that are found in the wild are the harmful ones and can cause grave damage to the body. However, you must take note of the fact that not all mushrooms are poisonous. Mushrooms of unknown origin should be considered dangerous to eat.
  • Rhubarb: Rhubarb is a plant with edible and flavoursome stems which are used as a part of a number of desserts. However the leaves of this plant contain an acid which is very harmful in nature.Being observant about the quality and nature of food you consume is particularly imperative. Having complete knowledge and information about unusual foods is another important point to be taken care of.Rhubarb is a very underrated plant – it produces some of the nicest tasting puddings and is incredibly easy to grow at home. Rhubarb is something of a wonder plant – in addition to an unknown poison in its leaves, they also contain a corrosive acid. If you mix the leaves with water and soda, it becomes even more potent. The stems are edible (and incredibly tasty) and the roots have been used for over 5,000 years as a laxitive and poop-softener.
  • Cherries: The tiny little red fruit is enjoyed by most people and used in a number of ways. However, the seed of the cherry is poisonous in nature. It releases hydrogen cyanide in your body. You might feel uneasy, dizzy or even vomit. Extreme reactions include convulsions, kidney failure and heart related problems.When the seeds of cherries are crushed, chewed, or even slightly injured, they produce prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide). Next time you are eating cherries, remember not to suck on or chew the pip.
  • Apple seeds: The fruit that actually keeps the doctor away has poisonous seeds that contain cyanide. However, the level of cyanide is low and does not cause extreme reactions. But health experts do not recommend eating apple seeds.Like the previous two items, apple seeds also contain cyanide – but obviously in much smaller doses. Apple seeds are very often eaten accidentally but you would need to chew and consume a fairly high number to get sick. There are not enough seeds in one apple to kill, but it is absolutely possible to eat enough to die. I recommend avoiding apple eating competitions! Incidentally, if you want to eat an apple and find a worm in it (and hopefully not half a worm), you can drop it in a bowl of salt water which will kill the worm.

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    Monday 4 November 2013

    Essential Nutrition For Women To Maintain Good Health

    Eating healthy food is essential for both the men and women. Both have different dietary requirements. Here are some foods that every women must include in their diet.

    essential nutrition for women

    • Flax seeds
      To have a good health, eat flax seeds regularly. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and are known to reduce the risk of heart disease,breast cancer, stroke and diabetics. They also have an anti-inflammatory properties that prevents arthritis.
    • Salmon
      Salmon is rich in iron, which is usually lacking in women, but it is also full of omega-3 fatty acids, known to improve your mood. Omega-3 helps in treating depression and prevents mood swings. When eaten 2-3 times per week, salmon can protect you from problems such as heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, high blood pressure. Also helps in reducing inflammation, keeping the blood from clotting excessively and relaxing and dilating the arteries.
    • Cranberries                                                                      
      Eating cranberries reduces the risk of breast cancer and heart disease. Also, they have the ability to prevent and cure urinary tract infections. It  is very good for women to have a glass of cranberry juice every other day. Polyphenols found in cranberries may prevent dental cavities and gum disease by stopping bacteria that produce this damage from settling in the mouth.
    • Spinach                                                                            
      While this might not be a much-loved food, spinach is packed with a host of vitamins, minerals and high amounts of magnesium. Due to presence of magnesium, it helps in reducing the physical symptoms of PMS like swelling, breast tenderness, bloating and weight gain. The mineral iron present in spinach is particularly important for menstruation cycle of women and growing children and adolescents.
    • Walnuts
      Experts say that walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterol, which all are important in reducing the risk of breast cancer. The high omega-3 content also helps in bone health,arthritis and depression. Walnuts also comprise nutrients like calcium, magnesium and folic acid.
    • Oats
      Oats are bursting with health-boosting nutrients, great for female health. They keep your heart healthy, great for digestion, keep blood pressure levels in check and also contains vitamin B6, which helps to prevent PMS and mood swings. Another component named folic acid, which prevents birth defects in babies and is essential for women during and after pregnancy. It also provides high levels of fiber, low levels of fat and high levels of protein.
    • Milk
      Calcium deficiency is one of the major health concerns that affects women worldwide. Good for healthy bones and teeth. Milk is an absolute must for women at any age. A great source of calcium, milk, when combined with vitamin D, is one of the best ways to keep osteoporosis at bay. Milk is also helpful in preventing symptoms of the dreaded PMS.
    • Tomatoes
      A carotenoid that is essential for good health is lycopene, which is a pigment found in tomatoes. And several studies have said that lycopene can help to prevent breast cancer. Apart from this, there is also evidence that suggests that it reduces the risk of heart disease. Also makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage, a leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles. Tomatoes are a natural cancer fighter. Lycopene can reduce the risk of several cancers, including prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, stomach, prostate and ovarian cancer. 

                                                               **Stay Healthy**
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    Friday 25 October 2013

    Spices That Can Prevent Cancer

    Most Valuable Spices
    • Cayenne Pepper/Capsaicin (Chilli peppers): A very important spice with anti-cancer properties. An overdose of chilli peppers however should be restrained but capsaicin destroys potential cancer cells and reduces the size of leukaemia tumour cells considerably. It can be concluded that, it is not only setting our tongues on fire, also can scare cancer pathogens off too.
    • Ginger: This amazing spice is having a lots of medicinal qualities that can help in  lowering the cholesterol, boost metabolism and kill cancer cells. Easily added to vegetable dishes, non vegetables menu preparations(fish,meat etc.) and salads. Ginger enhances the flavour in cooking.
    • Oregano: More than a pizza or pasta topping, oregano confirms its worth as a potential agent against prostate cancer. Consisting of anti-microbial compounds, just one teaspoon of oregano has the power of two cups of red grapes. A Phyto  chemical named 'Quercetin',which is  present in oregano, restricts the growth of malignant cells in the body and acts like a drug against cancer-centric diseases.
    • Cinnamon: A half teaspoon of cinnamon powder every day can keep away the risk of  cancer. cinnamon is a source of iron and calcium. Cinnamon is useful in reducing the growth of tumour. Also it blocks the formation of new vessels in the human body.
    • Cumin: It helps in digestion and probably that is why we like chewing a handful of cumin seeds at the end of every meal. However, its health benefits is much more than we can imagine. A portent herb with anti-oxidant characteristics, cumin seeds contain a compound called 'Thymoquinone' that checks proliferation of cells responsible for prostate cancer.
    • Saffron: Saffron contains a natural carotenoid dicarboxylic acid called 'Crocetin'  which is a primary cancer-fighting element . It not only inhibits the progression of the disease but also decreases the size of the tumour by half, guaranteeing a complete goodbye to cancer. Though it is the most expensive spice in the world. A few saffron threads come loaded with lots of benefits so that you won't think paying for it.
    • Fennel: It is loaded with phyto-nutrients and antioxidants. Due to which  cancer cells have no other options rather to accept defeat when the spice is fennel. 'Anethole', a major constituent of fennel resists and restricts the adhesive and invasive activities of cancer cells. It suppresses the enzymatic regulated activities behind cancer cell multiplication.
    • Turmeric/Curcumin: It is main or you can say as the king of all spices. It comes in dealing with cancer diseases. Turmeric contains the powerful polyphenol Curcumin that has been clinically proven to retard the growth of cancer cells causing prostrate cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, brain tumour, pancreatic cancer and leukaemia amongst a host of others.
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    Wednesday 16 October 2013

    Carbon Nanotubes From Recycled Waste Plastic Bags

    2840300715_d8352aa29ePlastic bags or Polythene carry bags , that’s what we say are getting so popular and have become as if an essential thing in our day to day life. These have surpassed in the matter of use over the grocery market since they were first introduced more than 30 years ago. Billions and Billions of them are used around the world each year. Most of these bags are non-bio-degradable and a majority of them still end up in landfills, which is now a serious matter of concern and an alarming effect to the whole world.

    It has now turned as one of the most serious threats to our oceans is plastics pollution. It constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Since it is not bio-degradable, these plastic pieces are eaten by marine life, wash up on beaches, or break down into microscopic plastic dust, attracting more debris.

    When they are thrown to dustbins, garbage cans, plastic bags do not simply decay unlike other biodegradable trashes like paper and leftovers.  If they are scattered anywhere on the ground, they become the sources of water pollution. Plastic is also swept away by ocean currents, landing in swirling vortexes called ocean gyres. These floating garbage sites are impossible to fully clean up.

    There are many negative impacts that can cause by plastic bags. Plastic poses a significant threat to the health of sea creatures, both big and small. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic because plastic bags are made of various chemicals which are mainly toxic. That is certainly very harmful to the health and the environment.

    It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade. Even if we stopped using plastics today, they will remain with us for many generations, threatening both human and ocean health.

    Since it’s a big matter of concern and an alarming to threat to the whole world, so despite these alarming facts and cons, there are several actions taken to address and overcome the problem of plastics. One of them is the successful production of essential Carbon Nanotubes from these waste plastic bags.

    What is Carbon Nanotubes:
    Carbon nanotubes are tiny cylinders of carbon atoms, one nanometer in diameter (1/10,000 the diameter of a human hair). They are the strongest and stiffest materials yet discovered - hundreds of times stronger than steel but six times lighter - and their unique mechanical, electrical, thermal and transport properties present exciting opportunities for research and development. They are already used in a variety of industries including in electronics, sports equipment, long-lasting batteries, sensing devices and wind turbines.

    The structure of carbon nanotubes can be observed by rolling up a graphite sheet plane to a tube. According to Dresselhaus and co-workers, the crystalline structure of CNTs can be characterized by the (chiral) roll-up vector R within a corresponding graphite sheet plane. R = ma + nb (m,n ∈ N), with vectors a and b describing the base unit of the graphite sheet plane. The roll-up vector results from the difference between the two grid points of the graphite lattice that coincide in a single grid point of the nanotube on the imaginary roll-up. The length defines the perimeter, the angle ϑ the helicity (chirality) of the nanotube.

    Carbon Nanotubes
    The potential for carbon nanotubes hinges on the industry’s ability to produce large quantities more cheaply and uniformly. Current synthesis methods involve complex processes and equipment, and most companies in the market measure production output in only several grams per day.

    Carbon nanotubes are classified as per their structures and geometry: single-wall nanotubes (SWNTs), double-wall nanotubes (DWNTs), and multi-wall nanotubes (MWNTs). The different structures have individual properties that make the nanotubes appropriate for different applications. Because of their unique mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties, carbon nanotubes present exciting opportunities for scientific research and industrial and commercial applications.

    Carbon nanotubes can also be effective semiconductors with the right arrangement of atoms. Scientists are still working on finding ways to make carbon nanotubes a realistic option for transistors in microprocessors and other electronics.

    Advantages of Carbon Nanotubes
    Carbon nanotubes have a number of valuable and unique properties, including:
    • High thermal and electrical conductivity
    • Optical properties
    • Flexibility
    • Increased Stiffness
    • High tensile strength (100 times stronger than steel per unit of weight)
    • Light weight
    • Range of electro-conductivity
    • Ability to be manipulated yet remain strong
    What exactly behind this research:
    To overcome the various negative issues generated by the waste plastic bags, Scientists of Adelaide University have developed a new way of producing Carbon Nanotubes, thereby lessening the various alarming effects of these plastic bags.

    Scientists at Australia's University of Adelaide have developed a process for turning waste plastic bags like you get at the grocery store into “fine carbon nanotube membranes.” This high-tech nano substance is a sophisticated and expensive material with a variety of potential applications, including filtration, sensing, energy storage and other biomedical innovations.

    Researchers at the University's School of Chemical Engineering had already been growing nanotubes in pores on alumina membranes. Each pore had layers of carbon deposited in it, until enough layers had built up to form a tube. Ethanol was being used as the carbon source.

    PhD student Tariq Altalhi, however, realized that any carbon source could be used. In an experiment, pieces of non-biodegradable plastic bags were vaporized in a furnace. The resulting carbon proved more than adequate for the task. No toxic catalysts or solvents are required for the process.

    Researchers grew the carbon nanotubes onto nano porous alumina membranes using pieces of grocery bags, which were vaporized in a furnace to produce carbon layers that line the pores in the membranes.

    “Initially we used ethanol to produce the carbon nanotubes,” says Professor Losic. “But my student (Tariq Altalhi) had the idea that any carbon source should be useable.” The potential for carbon nanotubes hinges on the industry’s ability to produce large quantities more cheaply and uniformly. Current synthesis methods involve complex processes and equipment, and most companies in the market measure production output in only several grams per day.

    “In our laboratory, we’ve developed a new and simplified method of fabrication with controllable dimensions and shapes, and using a waste product as the carbon source,” says Professor Losic. The process used by the researchers is seen as a jumping point for a future where plastic waste can be used without generating poisonous compounds.

    Applications and Uses of Carbon Nanotubes:
    Today, carbon nanotubes find application in many different products, and researchers continue to explore creative new applications.
    Current applications include:
      • Bicycle components
      • Wind turbines
      • Flat panel displays
      • Scanning probe microscopes
      • Sensing devices
      • Marine paints
      • Sports equipment, such as skis, baseball bats, hockey sticks, archery arrows, and surfboards
      • Electrical circuitry
      • Batteries with longer lifetime
      • Electronics
    • Future uses of carbon nanotubes may include:
      • Clothing (stab proof and bulletproof)
      • Semiconductor materials
      • Spacecraft
      • Space elevators
      • Solar panels
      • Cancer treatment
      • Touch screens
      • Energy storage
      • Optics
      • Radar
      • Biofuel
      • LCDs
      • Submicroscopic test tubes
    Beside the  high production costs currently limit commercial applications, but the possibilities for new production methods and applications are encouraging. As understanding of carbon nanotubes expands, so will their uses. Because of their unique structure & geometry and chemical and physical properties, carbon nanotubes have the potential for revolutionizing not only daily life but also scientific exploration and healthcare.
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    Monday 14 October 2013

    ALOE VERA (Ghrit Kumari in Sanskrit) - An Incredible Medicinal Plant

    Aloe Vera Plant

    Aloe Vera is one of the most helpful and incredible plant in the world, which is used for its medicinal properties.

    Use and Benefits Of Aloe Vera :

    • Aloe Vera juice taken in empty stomach 25-50 gms in the morning cures all types of abdominal  disorder and  female diseases. It also lowers blood sugar levels .                                                         
    • Use the gel made from aloe vera plant on to your skin to remove skin rashes. Apply gel 2-3 times a day to the area until it is healed.

    • Skin loves Vitamins C and E which are present in Aloe Vera, which helps to  improve skin firmness and keeps it hydrated.
    • Aloe Vera gel also contains cooling properties to sooth  the sunburns. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps in replenishing its moisture.
    • Aloe Vera gel helps in reducing pigmentation and dark spots.
    • Applying pure Aloe Vera gel on pores and skin after washing, reduces annoying pimples and helps in treating acne problems.                                                                                                                                                

    • Applying Aloe Vera gel on a regular basis helps greatly to protect the skin’s youthful properties and removes the wrinkles and aging skin.
    • Aloe Vera is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and helps in digestion.
    • Aloe Vera is a well-known adaptogen. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness.
    • Aloe Vera is loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B12, C, E, Folic Acid and Niacin which  helps in replenishing vitamins and amino acids to your diet.
    • Use Aloe Vera instead of conditioner for silkier, smoother hair.
    • Aloe vera strengthens gums and promotes strong, healthy teeth by taking orally or use toothpaste with Aloe Vera ingredients.
    Enjoy the many benefits of Aloe Vera that Nature has given to us.
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    Saturday 12 October 2013

    KULAMBU CURRY: A Spicy And Delicious South Indian Curry

    • 3 big Tomatoes cut into small pieces
    • 2 medium sized Potatoes
    • 1/2 of a medium sized Brinjal
    • 100 gms green Peas
    • 1 medium sized Onion finely chopped
    • 2-3 Garlic Cubes finely chopped
    • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
    • 1/4 tsp of Turmeric Powder
    • 1/4  tsp of Red Chilli Powder
    • 2 tsp Kulambu Powder
    • 1/4 tsp of Mustard Seeds
    • 1 tsp Channa Dal
    • 1/4 tsp Tamarind Pulp
    • 1 Dry Red Chilli
    • Curry Leaves for seasoning
    • Coriander Leaves for garnishing
    • Salt to Taste
    • Oil to Cook

    kolumbu -curry
                                                                          KULAMBU CURRY

    • Wash all the vegetables(Tomatoes,Potatoes,Brinjal) and cut them.
    • Heat a pan with 1 tsp oil and put all the cut vegetables to fry in a medium flame. Once the frying is done, keep the vegetables in a bowl for cooling.
    • After cooling, make a paste of the fried vegetables in mixer grinder. Donot make a fine paste, keep it little coarse.
    • Again heat a pan with 2 tsp oil and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chilli, channa dal, chopped garlic cubes, finely chopped onion, finely chopped green chillies.
    • Once the onion becomes little brown, add cut tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli Powder, 1 tsp salt, kulambu powder, tamarind pulp and mix well. Cook it for 5-6 mins or till the gravy is ready.
    • Now mix the vegetable paste with the above prepared gravy and stir it well. Add little water and let it boil for another 2-3 mins.
    • The Kulambu Curry is ready now. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve it hot with rice.
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    Thursday 10 October 2013

    Vegetable Manchurian Dry – A Popular Indo-Chinese Appetizer

    • For Manchurian Ball
    2 cups Finely Chopped Capsicum
    2 cups Finely Chopped Cabbage
    2 cups Finely Chopped Carrot
    2 cups Finely French Beans and Spring onion whites
    2 tbsp Maida/All-purpose flour
    2 tbsp Cornflour Powder
    1/2 tbsp Rice flour
    2 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
    1 tbsp Green Chili Paste
    1 tsp Soya sauce
    1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
    1 tsp Turmeric Powder
    Warm Water as required
    Salt to taste
    Oil for deep frying
    • For Spicy Sauté
    2 Medium Onion Finely Chopped
    1/2 cup Green Capsicum (bell pepper) Finely Chopped
    1 tbsp Ginger Finely Chopped
    3-4 Slitted Green Chilies
    1 tbsp Garlic Finely Chopped
    3 tbsp Cooking Oil
    2 tbsp Soya Sauce
    1 tbsp Chili Sauce
    1 tsp Vinegar
    3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
    2 pinch of Ajinomonto
    1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves Finely Chopped for Garnish
    3 tbsp Spring Onion Finely Chopped for Farnish
    • First start arrangement for making of Manchurian Balls. Take a bowl, add Maida, Cornflour, Rice flour, Salt, Ginger-Garlic Paste, Green chili Paste, Pepper powder, Soya Sauce, Turmeric Powder, Salt and all the finely chopped Vegetables.
    • Sprinkle little warm water up to requirement and make a thick mixture/batter. Add water little by little and use only as much water as required. Keep the batter/mixture aside for around 30 mins.
    • Make small Manchurian balls from the batter/mixture.
    • Now take a pan and heat oil in medium flame.
    • Place the Manchurian balls carefully in the hot oil. Fry the balls till Golden Brown at low flame. Put the Fried Manchurian Balls on an oil absorbent paper to remove excess oil and keep the balls aside.
    Manchurian Balls Fried Manchurian Balls
    • Now after frying of all the balls finished, start doing preparation for the Spicy Sauté.
    • Take Oil in a pan on medium flame. Add sesame seeds, minced Ginger, Garlic and the slitted Green Chilies and fry for 2-3 minutes.
    • Now add the chopped onions, and capsicum and fry until soft (4-5 mins).
    • Add the whites of Spring Onions and stir fry on high for 2 mins, constantly keep on tossing them.
    • Now add the Fried Manchurian Balls to the and stir for 3 mins, so that the balls should retain their crunchiness.
    • Now make the flame high and add the Soya Sauce, Chili Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Ajinomonto, Vinegar to the Spicy Sauté mix. Mix all these well and toss them for 2-3 mins. The flame to be kept high, so that after adding this sauces the crunchiness of the balls will not reduce.
    • Add 3-4 tbsp water if required & also salt if required and cook for 2 mins. more.
    • Keep then tossing for and finally turn off the flame after 2 mins.
    • Now your Vegetable Dry Manchurian recipe is ready. Garnish them with finely chopped Spring Onions & Coriander Leaves.
    • Serve it Hot as a starter or snack. It tastes best when served with hot and spicy Schezwan Fried Rice or Hot and Sour Soup.
    Dry Vegetable Manchurian

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    Wednesday 9 October 2013

    Gobi Chilli/Gobi 65 – An Indo-Chinese Recipe

    We all love Indo-Chinese Recipes. One of them is Gobi Chilli. It is also named as Gobi 65. It’s a very simple dish to prepare, takes around 20-30 minutes for preparation. It tastes so yummy and you can have this as a Starter or side dish with Rice or Roti/Naan.

    20 pcs Cauliflower Florets
    1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
    3 tbsp Maida/All Purpose Flour
    4 tbsp Corn flour
    1 tsp Sesame Seeds
    1 tsp Turmeric Powder
    1 tbsp Red Chilly Powder
    1 tbsp Coriander Powder
    1 tsp Pepper Powder
    1 tsp Cumin Powder
    1/4 tsp Soda
    1 tsp Vinegar
    1 1/2 tbsp Soya Sauce
    1 1/2 tbsp Chilly Sauce
    2 tbsp Tomato Sauce
    1 pinch Ajinomonto/China Salt
    3 nos. Onions Finely Chopped
    1 tbsp minced Ginger
    1 tbsp minced Garlic
    2 nos. Green Capsicum/Bell Pepper cut into cubes
    3-4 slitted Green Chilies
    1 tbsp Sugar
    Salt to Taste
    Chopped Coriander Leaves / Spring Onion for garnish

    • Clean all the Cauliflower Florets Properly. Now boil the florets in water with pinch of Turmeric Powder for 4-5 mins.
    • Now take a bowl and prepare the batter. Take the Maida, Cornflour, Vinegar, Cumin powder, Coriander powder, Red Chilly powder, Ginger-Garlic paste, Salt, Soda in the bowl.
    • Add required water and make a thick batter. Ensure that there should be no lumps. Keep the Batter for 10-15 mins.
    • Now heat oil in a pan at medium flame. Dip the boiled Cauliflower florets into the batter & fry it till golden brown. Drain excess oil using a paper towel and keep the fried florets pieces aside.
    Chilli Gobi-1Fried Cauliflower Florets
    • Now in the pan add some oil up to requirement and add sesame seeds, minced Ginger, Garlic and the slitted Green Chilies and fry for 2-3 minutes.
    • Now add the onions and capsicum and fry until soft (4-5 mins).
    • Add Soya Sauce and mix well.
    • Add Tomato Ketchup & Chili sauce to that mix and stir well.
    • Top off with the fried Cauliflower Florets and the remaining quantities of ingredients used to marinate (salt, sugar, ajinomonto and pepper powder).
    • Stir all the ingredients until well combined and fry for another 4-5 mins.
    • Now Garnish it with some finely chopped spring onions or fresh cut Coriander Leaves.
    • Now your Chilli Gobi/Gobi 65 is ready, serve it hot as a Starter or with Rice or Naan or Butter Roti.
    Chilli Gobi-2 Gobi Chilli/Gobi 65
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    Friday 4 October 2013

    How to Create A Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive from an ISO Image

    It has been almost a year regarding the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 operating System. Since from the day of release, it’s gaining huge popularity among its users day by day. In the matter of popularity it not only has surpassed its predecessor Windows Vista and Windows 7 but also has recently surpassed Apple Inc’s OS X as far as the number of current users is concerned and this is because of its various exciting apps.
    The necessity to install Windows 8 from a USB device, like a flash drive, is now a common one due to the fact that many computers, especially tablets and smaller laptops and desktops, no longer have optical drives.
    So today here in the following post, I’m going to explain you the easy steps to create a bootable Windows 8 USB Drive from an ISO image.

    Necessary Requirements:

    Requirements for your System to Support Windows 8:

    Before creating a Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive, be ensure that the following two requirements you should have. Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7.

    Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
    RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
    Graphics card: MicrosoftDirectX 9 graphics device or higher

    Additional requirements to use certain features:

    • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports Multi-touch.
    • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
    • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
    Requirements for your System to Support Windows 8:
    • A flash drive (4 GB or more).
    • A Windows 8 DVD or ISO.
    • Access to a working computer, with a DVD drive if you have a Windows 8 DVD instead of an ISO image, with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed.
    Steps to Create Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive:
    • If you have not already, you will need to download a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8 ISO or Windows 8.1 Preview ISO file version you want and save it to your desktop in Windows 7 or Vista or XP installed. You can save it as the .iso file or can write it on a DVD.
    • Now download the Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft and then install it.
    MICROSOFT Windows USB DVD tool
    This free program from Microsoft properly formats your flash drive and then copies the contents of the Windows 8 installation ISO file you have to that flash drive.
    Note: Don't worry that this program has Windows 7 in the title. This program works perfectly well with Windows 8 ISO files and can be installed in Windows 8,
    Windows 7,Windows Vista, or Windows XP.
    • Start the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program. You should be able to find the shortcut on the Desktop, as well as in your Start menu or on your Start screen, depending on which version of Windows you installed the program on.
    • Click Browse on the Step 1 of 4: Choose ISO file screen.
    • Locate, and then select, your Windows 8 ISO file. Then click or tap Open.
    • Click or tap Next.
    • Choose USB device on the Step 2 of 4: Choose media type screen.
      Note: As you can see here, there is also a DVD option. Apart from files on a flash drive, you could also use this tool to burn a Windows 8 ISO image to a DVD or BD disc.
    • On the Step 3 of 4: Insert USB device screen, choose from the drop-down box the flash drive or USB-connected external hard drive you want to put the Windows 8 setup files onto and then touch or click Begin copying.
    Note: Suppose you haven't yet plugged in the USB storage device that you're planning to use, don’t worry, you can do that now and then tap or click the blue refresh button to make it show up in the list.
    • Click or touch Erase USB Device if you're prompted to do so on a Not Enough Free Space window. If you don't see this, don't worry, it just means that your flash drive or external hard disk is already empty.
    • On Step 4 of 4: Creating bootable USB device, just wait for the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to prepare the drive and copy the Windows 8 installation files to it.
      The first Status you see will be Formatting, which will take anywhere from a few to several seconds, depending on how large the USB drive is that you're using. Next status will be seen as Copying files which could take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, possibly longer, depending on which Windows 8 ISO file you're working from, as well as on how fast your flash drive, USB connection, and computer is.
      Note: Don't worry if you’ll find the percentage indicator shown on the screen jumps ahead quickly but then sits on a single number for a very long time. While it might not make a lot of sense to behave that way, it doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong.
    • Assuming everything went as planned, the next screen should say Bootable USB device created successfully with a Status that says Backup completed.
      You can now close the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program window. The flash drive, or other external USB drive you're using, now has the necessary files on it to install Windows 8 and is also properly configured to be
      booted from.
    • Now your bootable drive is ready. You can Boot from the USB device that you just created to start the Windows 8 install process.
      Note: If the Windows 8 setup process doesn't start, it's very likely that you'll need to make boot order changes in the BIOS. Make your USB-Drive as first bootable device by changing the Order in Boot Priority section in BIOS Setup.
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