Oct 27, 2011

HAIR - THE RICHEST ORNAMENT FOR WOMEN ( Post for- Love is a two way street: Love your hair and it loves you back! on IndiBlogger )

                                             As I have very little hair,
                                             I always wish for long and beautiful hair.
                                             Wish that I loved my hair with great care,
                                             And not feel myself shy or to scare.
                                             I wish that I washed my long hair with Dove,

                                            And nourished them with all my love.
                                           I want to make my hair smooth and shine,

                                            And click a beautiful snap of mine.
When I was about 11 to 12 years old, I had dandruff problem. There was itching due to dandruff. My mom tried several remedies, but they were of no use. Finally, I applied DOVE Anti-Dandruff shampoo. After using it continuously for several days, dandruff problem is solved. Thanks to DOVE.I use DOVE Moisturizing lotion , cream and soaps. Using these products I don't have dry skin . So, in my opinion, DOVE is the best brand. I always use DOVE products . Till now I didn't have any harm effects by using Dove products.

Hair is almost like a social status, especially for women. Hair is the richest ornament for women. Hair brings our self image into focus. Long , beautiful, shiny, nourishing hair always enhances the beauty of women.  Females feel quite touchy about their hair. They think that hair is the most important part of their beauty. But now-a-days , trend is changing . Most of the girls think that they cannot maintain hair and therefor they prefer to go for a simple haircuts.
    To improve beauty of hair and to avoid hair problems like hair loss, increase of dandruff , lice etc , proper care is a must. Nutrition is most important aspect to have healthy hair. Vitamin A , Vitamin B and Vitamin E are responsible for healthy hair. Vitamin B3 , B5 ,B6  and B12 are also important. There are other ingredients too which are important for healthy hair.Hair needs to be properly cured as it always makes our head and mind feel fresh. Hair care is most important to both males and females, but its more important for females when compared with males. Modern people like to go to spa. But people who don't like to go to spa, try to maintain hair care by using home remedies or trying different brands of oils and shampoos.While you buy any shampoo, Please note that a it doesn't contain any harmful  ingredient that may cause damage or any other side-effects to your hair. 

Choosing right shampoo :

Healthy hair : Shampoo with protein is a good bet. Regular shampoos should do well for this type of hair.

Fine hair : Shampoos labeled with substantive proteins will help this type of hair. Shampoo has to be a little more acidic.This will help the cuticles become smoother and impart shine to our hair.

Oily hair : Lemon-based shampoos are the best remedy to offer. Jojoba-based shampoos help break up sebum buildup. They leave the hair dirt free and revitalize the scalp.

Hair washing :

The fact is that we can wash our hair as many times and as many days as  we want to, provided we use the right type of shampoo that suits our hair. It is purely a personal decision on the number of times we want to wash our hair. It is believed that our ancestors seldom washed their hair, but with today's pollution  and other problems , we can hardly think of following that dictum.

  • It is recommended to wash our hair only when really required.
  • Don't wash your hair two times in progression as this might leave your hair dryer stripping away the natural oils. 
  • Choose the right type of shampoo that will suit your hair type and the conditioners in the shampoo will help the hair look a lot healthier and protect the cuticle from wear and tear too.
  • If you have scheduled to wash your hair everyday then ensure that your shampoo has the right pH balance. 
Hair washing tips :
  • We should be gentle while we massage the shampoo into our hair.
  • Too much use of shampoo will result in dry and unruly hair.
  • If your hair remains oily after the shampoo wash everyday, replace it with a conditioner straight away, it helps giving great looks to your hair.
  • Start shampooing from the nape of your neck and then into your scalp.
  • Using a comb to distribute the conditioner is a great idea.
  • Blot the water from your hair into a towel and do not rub as it is very weak when wet.
  • Do not wrap your hair in a towel over a head for a long time; this will cause damage to the root of the hair.
  • Try and avoid blow drying your hair as much as possible.



This is my post link- http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=87759 please click the link and view my post to promote it and return back to the link and click on promote the post..
hope that u will promote my post

Oct 18, 2011

Kumbh ( Mushroom ) Masala


Mushrooms - 300 gms
Onion- 1 sliced into thin long pieces
Tomato puree - 1/2 small cup 
Ginger -Garlic paste - 2 tsps
Cashewnuts - 3
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1"
Cardamom - 2 pods
Cloves - 2
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - for garnishing
Green chillies - 2 ( slit lengthwise ) - ( Optional )
Oil- 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste

Method :

Clean, wash and slice the mushrooms and keep aside.
Soak cashewnuts in lukewarm water for 15 minutes and then grind into a smooth paste.
Take a pan and heat oil.Add sliced onion and saute till they become transparent.Remove from heat and allow it to cool for sometime.Then make a paste and keep aside.
Then heat the same pan with remaining oil.Add cumin seeds, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.When they start to crackle add the onion paste and green chillies .Saute for 2 mins, add tomato puree and again saute till the oil separates from the mixture.Then add cashewnut paste ,ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell disappears.Add chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder, saute for a min.Now add sliced mushrooms, salt to taste and garam masala powder.Combine evenly and cover with a lid.Cook on low flame till the mushrooms become tender.Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis / chapatis.

Oct 14, 2011

Chole ( Chickpeas curry )

Ingredients :

White chickpeas / garbanzo beans - 1 1/2 cup
Tomato paste - 2 tbsps
Onions ( chopped ) - 3/4 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 3 to 4 tsps
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Cloves - 3 to 4
Cinnamon - little
Red chilly powder - As per taste
Roasted Cumin seeds powder - 1 tbsp
Roasted Coriander seeds powder - 2 tbsp
Chole masala - 2 to 3 tsps 
Coriander leaves - chopped, for garnishing
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste


Soak the chickpeas overnight/ 5-6 hrs and cook in pressure cooker for two whistles
Heat oil in a pan,add ginger- garlic paste and sauté until it turns light brown.
Add the cloves and cinnamon and stir for a while. Now add the onions and stir until it turns transparent.
Add the tomato paste and cook until the raw smell of tomato is gone.
Mix the turmeric, red chilly, jeera, coriander powder, chole masala along with a little salt and leave covered on low flame for a minute.Add more oil at this time if dry.
Add the chickpeas along with the water and continue to cook covered. Simmer for a while until the gravy blends with the beans.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Oct 9, 2011

Salted Jackfuit Dry curry ( Salla Upkari )

Ingredients :

Salted Jackfruit - 2 cups
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 3 ( chopped )
Oil - 2 tsps
Water - As required
Grated coconut - 2 tsps ( optional )

Method :

Remove salted jackfruit from salted water and soak it in fresh water for half an hour. Remove the jackfruit from water and discard the water. Slice the jackfruit pieces into thin 1 inch pieces.
In a kadai , heat oil.Add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add red chilly pieces and fry for 10 seconds. Add jackfruit slices and fry for 2 minutes. Sprinkle little water over it. If liked, add grated coconut finally and mix well.
Serve as a side-dish with dal and white rice.

Oct 7, 2011

Bittergourd - Hogplum in a gravy ( Karate - Ambade gashi )

Ingredients :

Bittergourd - 3 
Hogplums - 3 lightly crushed ( dhadache in konkani / guddu in kannada ) 
Long Beans - 1/4 kilo ( Cut into 1 inch pieces )
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - 1 strand
Fried Red chillies - 7 to 8
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Jaggery - A small piece
Salt - To taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Water - As required

Method :

Cut bittergourd into round pieces. Wash them and cook in little water for 10 minutes. After it gets cooked, drain the water completely.  Add bittergourd pieces in seperate water and cook again alongwith long beans pieces for 10 minutes. Then, add salt to it. Cook again alongwith hogplums for 2 minutes.
In a seasoning laddle, heat oil. Add urad dal to it and fry. Keep it.
Grind fried red chillies + grated coconut into masala. Before transfering it into a bowl, add urad dal to the masala and grind again into fine masala.
Add the ground masala to the cooked vegetables. Add small piece of jaggery to it. Cook it for 5 minutes. 
Meanwhile, in a seasoning laddle, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. After it splutters, add curry leaves to it. Add the seasoning to the curry.
Serve hot as a side-dish.

Oct 1, 2011

Sprouted Green Moong in a Gravy ( MOOGA AMBAT )

Ingredients :

Green Moong - 2 cups
Grated coconut - 2 cups
Fried Red chillies - 5 to 6
Tamarind - A little
Onion ( medium ) - 2 ( finely chopped )
Potato ( big ) - 1 ( cut into small square pieces )
Salt - To taste
Oil - 2 tsps

Method :

Soak moong for 5 to 6 hours. Then, drain the water.
In a clean cloth, put moong and tie it. Leave it for 2 days so that moong gets sprouted.
Wash the sprouted moong. Cook sprouted moong alongwith potato pieces and only 1 onion pieces.
Grind grated coconut + fried red chillies + tamarind into a fine masala.
After the sprouted moong, potato pieces and pieces of a onion gets cooked, add salt to it and cook again for 2 minutes. Add ground masala to it and bring to boil for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a seasoning laddle, heat oil, Add the pieces of the remaining 1 onion. fry it till golden brown. Add the seasoning to the curry.
Serve hot as a sidedish with dal and rice.

Singapore Fried Rice


Basmati rice or Long grained rice - 1 cup
Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Onion - 1/2 ( cut into 1 inch thin pieces )
Bell-Pepper / Capsicum - 1/2 ( cut into 1 inch thin pieces )
Peas - 1/2 cup ( Optional )
Mushrooms - 2 ( halved and sliced into thin pieces )
Carrot - 1 ( cut into 1 inch thin pieces )
Spring-onion ( green portion ) - 3 strands
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp ( finely chopped )
Cabbage ( shredded into 1 inch thin pieces ) - 1 tbsp 
Red chilly powder - 1 1/2 tsps
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Soya sauce - 2 tsps
Salt - To taste
Oil - 1 1/2 tsp
Water - To wash rice + few drops

Method :

Wash the rice very well. Cook the rice by adding 1/2 tsp oil ( note that the rice is not overcooked and becomes mushy ). Spread the cooked rice in a thin layer on a plate. Let it cool.
Heat oil in a deep bottomed kadai. After it gets heated, add pepper powder and redchilly powder. Fry it for a minute. Then add ginger-garlic paste and onion pieces. Fry at high heat till the onion gets golden browned. Add the peas, mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper and fry at high heat till 3 minutes so that the moisture gets dried.
Lower the heat and add the soy sauce. Mix it evenly so that all the veggies gets the flavour . Add cooked rice and salt. Stir it evenly and toss once . Keep frying at medium heat. Increase the heat to high again. When all the flavours get binded evenly, add cabbage pieces and cook for 3 minutes. sprinkle a few drops of water in kadai for the sizzle and the smoke. Switch off the heat. Add the coriander leaves and spring onions. Cover it for 5 minutes so that the flavours get absorbed completely.
Serve hot.