Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mini Pizza Recipe

Mini Pizza
                                                                           
Hi everyone, I'm on a weight loosing spree....I have resolved to loose 12 kg of weight. I have started doing yoga(surya namaskar) and exercise on a regular basis and diet moderation. This is a simple, quick, tasty recipe that is equally healthy. This is my solution for odd-hour hunger.

I used multi-grain bread on which you could put vegetable of your choice (i have added onion tomato capsicum)and I have added lil shredded cheese topped it with pepper-salt, basil, oregano..any-other  herb of your choice. I have also added pasta sauce (red sauce) on top of it. You could just apply it on the bread in the beginning.

If you have any other quick healthy recipes ..do let me know...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Pears Pure & Gentle Cleansing faceWash Review

I'm gonna review the Pears face wash..i love all the TV ads they are so cute. When i was younger i always believed that using this soap will make my skin "MASOOM" like the girl in the add..hehehe... I'm not gonna rant on&on abt it ..so go read for yourself.....and hey MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone.....
Pears Facewash

Price : Rs 50..

Net Weight : 60 g

Shelf life : 2 years,...believe you me its gonna over before that...

The product on my hand


What the product claims & Key ingredients : Pears is the gentle way to keep your skin looking innocent and beautiful. It is enriches with pure glycerin and natural oils that gently moisturize skin to keep it smooth while its mild fragrance and soft lather ensure that your skin gets the pampering it deserves. These are the ingredients ....GLYCERIN, ACRYLIC COPOLYMER, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, FRAGRANCE, DIMETHICONE COPOLYOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, METHYL CHLORISOTHIAZOLINONE, BHT, DISODIUM EDTA, BENZOPHENONE-3, LEMON, FAGUS SYLAVATICA, LAURYL GLUCOSIDE, WATER and SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE

Directions to use : SQUEEZE A LITTLE GEL ON YOUR FINGERTIP APPLY ON FACE AND WORK UP A LATHER, IF GEL GETS INTO YOUR EYES RINSE WELL WITH WATER, USE DAILY FOR BEST RESULTS SOAP FREE WASHING PREPARATION.

Availability : Its available in most of the stores..

Lathered on my hand without water

My experience :

* This is my HG face wash coz no matter what i always come back to it.


* I love the amber colour of the face wash and is very thick in consistency.

* It smells great..abt that this is the one with the new packing..and it has a different smell than the old one..i definitely think it has some sandalwood smell..or is it just my nose...do let me know...

* Its great for me in the summers but can't say the same abt dry wintery season..when nothing seem to work.

* This tube come with a flap opening..so its convenient to use..

* Lathers so well that you actually just need about a 25 paise coin size amount for the entire face and neck.

* I get smooth squeaky clean skin after i wash my face and makes my skin very soft too.

* Loooovvvveeee the price......

Repurchase : For sure even if i get new face washes along the way......

Oriflame Giordani Gold Adaptive foundation Review

Oriflame always seems to offer discounts in their products...and i have friend who is a consultant and i always get my stuff at good deal... This is the first foundation that I have purchased. I had one way back and that was of lakme..and that suited my complexion so well..but somewhere down the line.i forgot the shade number/name..and i couldn't find it anymore...weird huh!!





Price : Rs 890 mentioned on the label..i got it for Rs500 YAY for that :)

Net Weight : 30 ml (which i guess i pretty decent)

Shelf life :
3 years i believe

What the product claims & Key ingredients :
Self-adjusting foundation which blends with your skin to reveal a perfect complexion. With soft focus pigments to mimic your skin’s natural color and texture. Smooth, sensual application. Well there is a huge list of stuff mentioned in the cover and I'm feelin so lazy that I'm gonna skip this one time...;)

Directions to use : Clean your face and moisturize it (coz foundation goes on more smoothly on your skin) with a primer. You could use a small sponge or a brush or your fingers..i personally like to use a small sponge applicator it gives a even finish. I have seen my fellow bloggers using brush but i don't have any so no idea as to how it works...

Availability : The thing with Oriflame is that you have to go through a consultant to get your stuff. as it is not available in the stores

My experience :
  • For a first time user per say ..i think its just great..i got porcelain (2645) for myself.

  • I love the way my skin feels and looks flawless as it is i don't have any blemishes..but those invisible spots gets taken care of.

  • It gives low- medium coverage..its good for daily use as i use very lil (half a drop) on my face and neck and i want to use it soon and move on to other foundations..hehe

  • It doesn't dry-out my skin(i have dry and sensitive skin ppl) at the same time it doesn't break me out.

  • It has a very mild smell which doesn't seem to bother me.

  • I love the gold color outer packaging it is just so appealing isn't it?

  • The bottle is also pretty cute with a pump on it.

  • It says its made in Poland...i earlier thought it was made in India...anyway..

  • For a first time user of foundation i would say it is a good choice.
Repurchase : Yup but i also wanna try the MAC range.....

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gulab Jamun Recipe

Hey people i was encouraged by my husband to do this post. He has a sweet tooth and (High BP) too...he is an IT professional. My hubby loves this thing and always orders up 2 plates of gulab jamun, so i thought why not make it at home. Besides we spend so much money to eat out, so thought i could save some money on that and spend on shopping...yippeee.....Also my MIL always sends homemade ghee which i use only for tadka..I'm gonna make some serious sweets...

Ingredients for gulab jamun : 

Non sweetened Khoya= 2 cups


Maida= 5 tbs

 


Cardamom (elaichi) powder = a big pinch


Baking soda = 1 pinch


Water = 1/2 cup


Ingredients for sugar syrup :


Sugar = 1 Kg ( add 1 cup extra if you want the syrup to be sweeter i like mine with less sweet)


Water = 1 liter


Rose essence or cardamom powder can be used to flavor the sugar syrup.


How to : I have added in a step by step pic



Make a very loose dough of the ingredients listed under gulab jamun dough
Take sugar and add equal amount of water to it
Heat the sugar syrup for about 5-6 mins
I have taken Kishmish, you could also use pista...to stuff inside the jamuns..
Like this you have to stuff it inside
Now make small balls of the dough..
sugar syrup is also ready....
Add the fried gulab jamuns immediately into the sugar syrup
There you go..its all yours to eat......
P.S : 
  1. The sugar syrup attains the consistency in the first 5-6 mins.if you keep heating it again the syrup becomes watery.
  2. The dough should be very loose and soft.don't knead it like you would do atta for roti..
  3. Use a wide container to make the syrup so that there is lot of space for your jamuns to soak.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lemon Rice Recipe

Hello people, I was feeling so lazy to prepare any elaborate dinner for my husband, so thought of making simple south Indian food the lemon rice with french beans subzi. Both are pretty basic and easy recipe. It has rained non-stop in Chennai and surprisingly its cool here..I'm planning to make some namak pares for this weather it would be heavenly....

Lemon Rice

Ingredients :

Rice = 1 cup washed and cooked
Lemon = 1-2 cut in half and take the juice
Groundnut = 1 tbs fried in lil oil
Cashew nut = 1 tbs fried in oil

salt = to taste

To Temper :

Oil = 2 tbs


Mustard seeds = 1 tsp
broken urad dhal = 1/2 tsp
Bengal gram = 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves = 2 springs
Turmeric powder = 1/4 tsp
Hing = 1 big pinch
Green chillies = 2 finely chopped
Ginger = 2 inch in length finely chopped

How To :
  • Cook rice as you would do everyday and keep aside.
  • In a small saucepan, add oil wait for it to get hot.
  • Add all the items given under TEMPER in the order listed.
  • Switch of the stove and the lemon juice (if you add it while still on stove it will become bitter).
  • Add this mixture onto the cooked rice and throw in the nuts.
  • Serve hot with papads or any subzi..it tastes best with fried potatoes.
Please let me know if there is any other variations that you are aware of...


Monday, December 6, 2010

**Weekend Haul**

BATA ballerinas and Khadi soaps

 Hi guys,I'm back with my weekend haul, nothing much though. I have been dying to try the Khadi products for such a long time. Luckily we spotted a khadi store in Chennai near Spencer plaza. My hubby also like khadi as mos of the products are directly from the people who make it. There is a wide variety of products that are available there. The mat that you see on the background is actually my new yoga mat that i got for Rs140. I also got 2 sitting mats for 40 each...YAY.....
 
Sample soaps





 I was not sure which soap i wanted to try-on. So got this for about 65 bucks. I got Strawberry, neem-tulsi, green-apple, rose-water, lavender and lemon. I have started using the strawberry wala soap,,but doesn't at all smell like strawberry.....I haven't used the other soaps...
Jasmine-cheese soap with VIT E
 I thought this was a soap meant for the body but turned out to be a conditioner for the hair. This one smells nice. I'm using this soap after i wash my hair with a shampoo...My hair becomes super dry after i use this and i don't think i'm gonna buy it again.This was for about Rs 65 or 68..not sure

Vintage payal
 I have been wanting a payal for a really long time, the one which has ornate designs on it. Something that I could wear for the festive season... i bought this from khadi store....,,,, yeah they do have a separate jewellery section and the have some of the amazing kada collection that i have seen lately..I'm gonna buy them next...Btw this payal is for Rs3200 it is exchangeable for half the price...yippe. The reason it is expensive is coz of the red and green stones.

up close
Hey ...,,,let me know what you think of the haul....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lakme Rose Powder Review

lakme Rose powder
 
I have been using this product from the last 6 months. There is nothing to rave about it, coz its just your regular face powder (read ponds, yardley). The shade that I'm using is 01 soft pink..



Price : Rs 80

Net Weight : 40 gm

Shelf life : 2 yrs

What the product claims & Key ingredients : Foundation make-up in a powder format- gives a flawless radiant look ( took this form the website).Contains rose fragrance to keep you fresh, contains sunscreen to protect from harmful   UV rays. Gives a flawless radiant look. Well it gives a whole lot of chemical names of stuff added to make this product which i find too lazy to type it down...

Directions to use : To take the powder out  from the box you would need to tap it on the bottom and there will be enough powder spurting out on the perforated top plastic sheet. Dab it with the puff provided inside the box onto your cleansed face. or you could use a brush and mop it on your face...:-)

Availability : Pretty much everywhere.....

My experience :
  • Love the fragrance and the colour of the powder.
  • It says SPF but how much not mentioned...
  • The quantity is good ....could last you for a good 8 months.
  • It doesn't spill as did my last 2 lakme compacts...it broke inside my bag...
  • Does nothing as far as coverage is concerned.
  • Ideal for daily use...Nothing great about it..
  • You could use it as loose powder also...
  • The price is awesome...
Repurchase :  Yup.....

Hey guys .,,do let me know what do you think about it....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Malabar Egg Curry Receipe

Its so good to be back...My hubby accidently (claims) broke the adapter for my lappy. I'm writing this post from my hubby laptop.

This below recipe is very yummy but needs patience to prepare the coconut milk. This gravy type can be used to make panner, soya chunks etc..,,use your imagination...


Ingredients :

Eggs = 3 bolied,shelled and cut in half
Onion = 2 thinly sliced
Thick coconut milk = 1 cup
Thin coconut milk = 1 cup
Ginger-garlic paste = 1 tbs
Red chillie powder = 1 tsp
Turmeric powder = 1 tsp
Corriander powder = 1 tsp
Garam masala = 1 tsp
Salt = as per taste
Freshly chopped corriander for garnish

For Tempering :


Mustard seeds = 1/4 tsp
Jeera = 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves = lil
Oil = 2 tsp

Before we start the preparation, just wanted to let you know how to prepare thick and thin coconut milk. For coconut milk, we grind the coconut pieces(1 coconut) in 1/4 cup of water and strain it. This milk will be thick and is called  the thick coconut milk. Again grind the coconut with 1/2 cup of water,,this one will be comparatively thinner in consistency, hence thin coconut milk.....If you are to lazy to go through all this then just buy the ready made coconut milk and dilute it.

How to :
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add the ingredients given in temper.
  • Add onion, pinch of salt and saute it till golden brown.
  • To this add the giner garlic paste ad saute till you get rid of the raw smell.
  • Add chille powder, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder.
  • Quickly add thin coconut milk and reduce the flame. Bring it to boil and let it cook for about 3-4 mins.
  • While in low flame, add thick coconut milk and the eggs and salt. 
  • Let it be there for about another minute add chopped green coriander.
P.S. : To get the authentic kerala(malabar) feel you could temper it with cooking coconut oil(not parachute). 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

WiseShe International Giveaway

Hey ...bloggers.... Anamika of Wiseshe is holding a Internationl giveaway to celebrate the fact that she has crossed more than 200 followers...YAY...And I wish you get thousands more Anamika...



Well this what she is giving away..

  • Loreal Paris Peached pink blush which is a gentle mineral blush 
  • Loreal Paris  Translucent finish powder which has a soft focus mineral finish
  • Loreal Paris Skin improving powder foundation (Gentle mineral makeup with SPF 19 sunscreen)
So go and check out her site Wiseshe and keep your fingers crossed xoxo

VLCC Kajal Review

When we think of make-up...we think of eyes and lips. To define the eyes there is nothing better and effective as kajal...Since childhood we have been using it .,,,it is marked on newborn babies (nazar) to ward of evil...My mom used to use shringar and eyetex kajal as those were popular during their times...



Sometimes we also used to make it at home,,,...I'm sure all of us know it by now.  The first kajal that I purchased was of Himalaya..its nice but smudges..So thought of buying VLCC kajal..as i read in some blog that it is MATT. So got it, even though my himalaya kajal is still only half-empty.....


VLCC Kajal
Matt Blaccckk Kajal
Swatched on my hand



Price : Rs 135

Net Weight : 2.5 gm

Shelf life : 2 yrs

What the product claims & Key ingredients : A unique formulation that does not smudge, smear or fade after application. The goodness of natural oils and herbal extract nourish and relax the eyes. Triphala helps in maintaining good vision. Contains Triphala, Liquorice extracts, Camphor and Almond oil.


Directions to use : Apply on the waterline, for a smokey effect you could smudge it a lil...


Availability : It is not available in Malls, as far as I know. You could get it in your local cosmetic store though.


My experience :  
  • This Kajal comes in a tube form, so no need to dip in your fingers into the kajal as is the case in shringar/eyetex..(hygiene point of view)
  • Both Himalaya & Vlcc kajals have the same packaging. 
  • When it comes to smudging VlCC does a good job of not doing it(smudging)..hehe
  • It is quite black, and stays for a good 5 hrs without touch-ups..
  • However it is not as smooth as i would like it to be.
  • Decently priced

Repurchase : Hmm Yes...till I get THE perfect kajal.search is on...lets see...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Online shopping

Hey do you guys know from which site I can buy stuff make up, clothes, bags, shoes, home and kitchen stuff.

The site has to have the following :

  • Offer massive discounts than available at retail market.
  • Free shipping is a must or it should be negligible.
  • Product display should be there with details (clear pics).
  • Stuff should be authentic.
  • Return policy / Exchange policy should be there.
Please let me know if you know of any site both Indian and international.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Home Cleaning Tips for Diwali


  1. Instead of using the cleaners available in your local dept store like the lizol, mr.mucles etc..They contain such hazardous stuff in them,,so instead of using those you can switch to a much cheaper and safer call purpose cleaner = White wine vinegar. Yes people you heard it right you just need this amazing stuff to keep your home sparkly clean.
  2. Always use hand gloves before you start doing your chores.. I use the Scotch Brite gloves they cost less than Rs 100.
  3. If you use soap to take bath / shower, when they become very small after usage and you don't want to use it. Keep storing those soap bits and put it into a old socks and tie it with a fancy ribbon. You could use this by dipping into water,,,......if you want to clean some stubborn dirty places..kitchen shelf , fan etc..these are very effective and they are soft on your skin unless you use rin shakti to take shower...hehehehe..
  4. Cleaning the fridge with the half a lemon dipped in vinegar..,,, really works. It leaves a very lemony smell.................mmmm clean...
  5. To clean the mirrors and glass surfaces in the house. Instead of using Kollen (remember the T.V commercial funny huh ), you could use piece of newspaper and fold it several times & dust the surface that needs to be cleaned with Vibhuti (greyish ash) that is offered in the temple.  Clean the surface and you got yourself a brand new mirror.
  Let me know if these tips worked for you., and also if you have any other new tips....

    French Toast Receipe

    Who doesn't like All american breakfast...To truly enjoy the brunch, you need home made jam(marmalade) , the which I will post the recipe some time later. And some green tea (i'm health conscious), some scones ( i don't know how to make them :-) ). Some scram-belled eggs, brown bread toast (crispier the better), Freshly squeezed orange juice....

    Wouldn't it be lovely if the husband/boyfriend did this for you once in a while??????

    Ingredients :

    Plain white bread (maida bread) = 4 thick slices.
    Egg = 2 eggs
    Cinnamon powder = 1-2 pinch
    Sugar (powdered sugar)= 2 tbs
    Milk/curd/ fresh cream = 1/2 cup
    Butter(amul) = 2-3 tbs

    How to :

    • Before we begin to make the recipe, please make sure that the bread is thick at-least 1/2 inch, so that it doesn't break while in the process of cooking.
    • In a bowl firstly, beat the two eggs to a  nice consistency...add a pinch of cinnamon powder and whisk it again.
    •  Add sugar and whisk it again, finally add (Milk/curd/ fresh cream) any one of these and whisk it nice and good..
    • Take girdle/flat pan, drizzle butter on the pan....dip the bread in the egg mix...adjust the suagr as per your taste....
    • Place the soaked bread on to the pan and wait for it to cook for some time.
    • With the help of a spatula, turn over the bread and cook for some more time.
    • Serve it by drizzling honey on top it.
    I personally like it with curd becoz it gives it a sweet n sour taste...Try it out and let me know if you like it....Its super easy and tastes heavenly



    Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Tips to cook faster for Working women

    I'm housewifing right now, but when I was working in Bangalore I used to cook breakfast and lunch in the morning before going to office. And when i say breakfast it was not cornflakes or bread butter jam,,,proper nashta....These are the things that I learned over to period of 2 yrs that helps me to cook fast and not slog in the kitchen.

    1. When you buy your vegetables, try to clean and store them individually in tupperware boxes (freezer mate).
    2. Store those tupperware boxes on top in which the vegetables are more perishable than the others.
    3. I have bought green chille box & onion box from Tupperware, the shape of the boxes resemble the vegetable....its super cute.........
    4. For the next days cooking, I usually after dinner time while watching TV...peel the required onion, garlic, chop the tomatoes,  chop the vegetables and clean the green leafy vegetables...so its easier to cook...saves a lot time..believe me...
    5. If I have guest coming over for lunch/ dinner.. i make a paste of onion & tomato, ginger-garlic paste, tamarind pulp not juice, green chille paste..If I'm making non-veg i steam the onion till they are transparent and make a paste out of it.....
    6. Buy badam, kaju, kismish, pista etc and fry them a lil to remove any moisture left and store them in air-tight containers...You can just eat them always,,and use it as garnish to some turn some dull boring khana to a delicacy.

    Caramel Kheer Recipe

    The easiest sweet dish recipe ever and tastes gorgeous.............Go put on your aprons........

    Ingredients : 

    Milk = 1 ltr (full cream)
    Basmati rice = 1/4 cup
    Sugar = 1 cup
    Water = 1/4 cup hot water
    Chopped dry fruits of your choice

    How to :
    • Clean, wash and soak the basmati rice for about 15 mins in water.
    • Heat a empty pressure pan without lid to a very hot temperature.
    • Then add about 2 tbs of sugar, wait till it caramelizes. This will provide the color to the kheer. 
    • When the sugar has become really dark brown, add 1/4 cup of hot water. Make sure you do that carefully becoz the pan will be very HOT.
    • Add the milk & the soaked basmati rice. When the milk boils close the cooker with the weight, and reduce the flame.
    • Cook this way for about 20-25 mins. Turn of the stove.
    • Open the cooker after the pressure leaves the stove & add sugar and mix well.
    • Cook for 2 mins without the lid
    • Serve hot or cold with Chopped dry fruits of your choice.

    Biotique Mud pack Review

    I was asked by Rentu   and  indanmakeupways to do a review on the face pack. So, this post is dedicated to you,.....My first dedication YAY.......:-)

    I think for my skin type(which is a combination skin), most of the products show good results especially face packs. I have tried the mud pack from Lotus herbal it was good for my skin. The thing with the face packs/masks is that they show instant results which by my experience stays for about 3-4 hours. So if you need to got out on a date/meeting/brief party etc....this product comes to my rescue.....




    Price : Rs 180
     
    Net weight : 85 g


    Shelf life :
    3 yrs


    What the product claims &
    Key ingredients : Rejuvenating and Skin Tightening Pack for Face and Body :- A rejuvenating pack containing minerals salts of Magnesium, Calcium and Iodine. Also contains Basil Oil, Geranium Oil, Lavender Oil and Peppermint Oil. Gives devitalized and tired skin a clear youthful radiance.

    Directions to use : Apply a thick layer on clean dry face and neck. Avoid eye and mouth area. Put cotton eye pads soaked in rose/cucumber water on eye area. Rest for 15-20 min.

    Then remove the pack by washing your face with water. Follow with toner and moisturizer. 

    Not recommended for very sensitive skin.

    Availability :
    Its pretty much available everywhere...like the health n glows, dept stores, local cosmetics stores and chemist shops.

     
    Biotique Mud pack

    My experience :  
    • For me face packs have always been a resort to relaxation. Just put them on and take a short nap on the couch or the bed.
    • My skins glows it really shows a great deal of difference in terms of my skin's softness.
    • It soaks up all the oil on your face and leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean (which i like).
    • Instantly brightens up the skin though it may not leave a pinkish tint/glow as in case of their Fruit pack.
    • It has the texture of thick smooth white clay.
    • The smell is kinda strong, very herbally, minty and not so pleasant. It reminds of the clay dough we used to play with when i was younger the colored ones....
     Repurchase : Yup....I always buy the packs plus its herbal so i don't have to worry about the side-effects.

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    ++Kadhai Mushroom Receipe++

    Kadhai mushroom is so popular in restaurants. Thought i would recreate it at home....This same recipe could be used to make kadhai paneer/tofu. Tastes best when served with naan & fresh green salad.

    Ingredients :

    Mushrooms = 200 gm pack (cleaned & cut into four pieces)
    Capsicum = 1 cubed
    Onion = 2 (1chopped finely+1 cubed)
    Tomato = 1 finely chopped
    Ginger-garlic paste = 2 tbs
    Red chille powder = 1 tbs
    Coriander powder = 1 tbs
    Cumin powder = 1tsp
    Garam Masala = 1 tsp
    Pepper powder = 1/4 tps

    Oil = 3-4 tsp
    Freshly chopped corriander
    Salt to taste

    How to :
    • Heat 3-4 tbs of oil. To the hot oil add cumin, wait for it the splutter.
    • Add the chopped onion, fry it for a min with a pinch of salt.
    • Add ginger-garlic paste, red chillie powder & tomatoes.
    • Cook this mixture for about 5 mins, by this time all the water from the tomatoes would have dried up and little oil will be separating from the corners of the thick paste.
    • Now add 1/2 cup water, coriander powder, garam masala powder, black pepper powder and salt.
    • Bring the mixture to boil, and then cover & cook in simmer mode of the gas stove for about 2 mins.
    • Add the mushrooms, onions (cubed ) and capsicum to the gravy. Keep stirring it in the high flame if you want it to be thick in consistency.
    • Finish off the dish by adding freshly chopped green coriander on top of it.
    • Enjoy with your choice of any Indian bread....

    **FREINDS**my fav series of all time

    I could watch this show over and over again. This show used to be aired on Star World at 7:30 pm weekdays. Ahh i was such a huge fan of the show. So i went ahead and bought the complete 1-10 year season.yipeee....

    I first went to the Landmark store and looked for the CD's the guy at the desk told me that they are out of stock rite now,so he asked me to leave my number and he would call me. Which I did...Yeah well couple of days later i got a call from the store of CD's arrival. So i sent my hubby to pick them up...and guess what....it was priced at 7 or thousand rupee, and husband wouldn't let me spend so much money on the CD's...........

    Instead he bought the compressed DVD's for about Rs 900. I was afraid of the quality of the video and sound..Well it turned out to be as good as the original. It has the menu options with 3-4 subtitles...It was a steal if you ask me.

    About the show : 

    This half-hourly comedy started with six twenty something friends who face life and love in New York. Now, they are six twenty something friends with older, bigger concerns. Monica and Chandler are married. Ross and Rachel have fallen in love, broken-up, married, divorced, and had a baby together - in that order. Phoebe recently married, and Joey still acting.

    Cast :
    • Jennifer Aniston = Rachel Green
    • Courteney Cox Arquette = Monica Geller
    • Lisa Kudrow = Phoebe Buffay
    • Matt LeBlanc = Joey Tribbiani
    • Matthew Perry = Chandler Bing
    • David Schwimmer = Ross Geller 

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Lotus Herbal Lip Balm Review


    Lotus Lip Balms have been there for quite a long time now... I usually buy the one that comes in the stick...However i got these at a offer buy 1 get 1 free so i though ...why not?...I immediately checked for the expiration date on the same as i was skeptical about it but turned the mfg date was 8/10 which is OK .......I thought I would gift one to my sis.hehehe:-)...I have read a lot of reviews about this product and i have got mixed responses from them...So i have decided to give my honest review/opinion....
    Lotus Lip Balms

    Back side is so shiny hehehe

    Top-Raspberry*Bottom-Fruity fusion

    Price : Rs 80 now with offer its Rs 40 each

    Net weight :  5 g

    Shelf Life : 3 years

    What the product claims : The lip Balm's highly active moisturizing formula combines the benefits of Raspberry extract, honey and other precious herbal oils such as Almond and Wheatgerm. It helps to repair dry, cracked and chapped lips and protects them from the drying effect of cold,dry winds of winter making them look healthier and smoother.

    Key Ingredients : Raspberry extract, Honey, Jojoba oil, Almond oil and Wheatgerm oil.

    Availability : Its pretty much available everywhere...like the health n glows, dept stores, local cosmetics stores and chemist shops.

    My experience :

    • The consistency is quite thick if you compare it to Nivea lip balms.
    • There is really no color payoff except for the raspberry balm.
    • Works wonders for my dry and chapped lips i have so many of them that i keep one in each room and bag...
    • Moisturizing ability stays for 4 hrs or so...
    • Its certainly doesn't have any glossiness to it. I could use it as base for my lipstick.
    • Smells Delicious true to each flavor.
    • If you have long nails, it certainly doesn't seem hygienic to dip your nails into the balm pot. I use a small spatula to to pick it up.
    • Lotus Herbal claims to be all natural so i hope its safe as well..
    • At this price i think this is the one lip balm available that's really worth it.
    Repurchase : YES Always

      Monday, October 25, 2010

      **Dal Makhni Receipe**

      Kya kahoon is ke bare me..its like a comfort food for me. When you are feeling down and begin to wonder why god even bothered to create you...then it strikes you ding-dong.............to make dal makhni and savor it all....OK i think that was just crap, i don't know what more to write about this dish as I sincerely hope that it speaks for itself.....Chalo lets get started shall we...

      Ingrediets :

      Urad dhal(whole black) = 1/2 cup
      Rajma = 4 tbs
      Onion = 1 chopped
      Tomato = 1 chopped
      Garlic = 2-3 finely chopped
      Ginger-garlic paste = 1 tbs
      Cumin = 1 tsp
      Garam masala = 1 tsp
      Red chilli powder = 1/2 tsp
      Dried red chillies = 2
      Cream = 1/4 cup

      Butter = 1 tbs
      Oil = 1 tbs
      Salt to taste
      Water = 2 cups

      How to :
      • Soak the Urad dhal and Rajma overnight in water.
      • Take a small handi pressure cooker (any cooker will do). Heat 1  tbs of oil.
      • Add onion and a pinch of a salt, saute it till nicely done.
      • To the browned onions add ginger-garlic paste, chopped tomatoes and chillie powder.
      • Cook for 5 mins, add the soaked dhal & water.
      • Cook it for 3-4 whistles. Switch off the stove. Don't rush to open it let it cook in the steam.
      • Once pressure leaves the cooker add the milk and cream and cook it for 2 mins.
      • In a small frying pan, heat butter, add jeera, wait for it to fry until golden.
      • Put the chokh(jeera+butter) into the dal. Sprinkle garam masala on top.
      • Serve hot with any Indian bread...

      ((((My Mini Make-up Haul))))


      Make-up Haul

      This is my first chota sa make up haul, if  you notice all the products that i bought are very affordable. I went to Health and glow outlet at Spenser's Plaza (a mall in Chennai) where i got these items.


      Whenever im bored i prepare a long list of items that i would need and it runs about 4-5 pages...i know its crazy..well u cant really put a tab on wishes, now can u??? So just picked up some random stuff. My hubby refused to come inside the store and gave me just 15 mins to come out. So i just picked the basic items that i needed to start building my vanity. The Oriflame lipstick i got through a friend of my mom's who is a consultant and it was at a discounted price.


      Stuff that i got :
      • Vaseline Lip Care healthy White = Rs 60
      • Lotus Herbal Lip Balms = Rs 79 (Buy 1 get 1 free I got raspberry & fruity fusion).
      • VlCC kajal = Rs 135
      • Lakme Rose powder = Rs 80
      • Biotique Mud pack = Rs180
      • Lacto Calamine = Rs 29
      • Tissue paper packs = Rs 19
      • Eye Lash curler = Rs 60
      • Oriflame Hydra comfort lipstick (Mocha magic) = Price dont know
      • Lakme Sindoor = Rs 99
      Will try to post a review of each product separately after i start using those..so till then mu fellow bloggers happy hauling...Hey since the festival season is here go grab some great offers on make up stuff... 

      Sunday, October 24, 2010

      ##Paneer Butter Masala Recipe##

      We went to a restaurant yesterday to have our dinner. I wanted to order the day's special which was paneer butter masala, it was really awesome. I have prepared this a no of times at home but it never ever comes out like they they serve in these restaurants. So I kinda asked the chef to divulge the secret (malai & ketchup), which he did and I'm here to share it with you all.

      Whoever said that girls can't keep a secrets was so damn well RIGHT.....

      I cooked the recipe the very next day and my god it was heavenly. 

      Ingredients :

      Paneer = 200 gm pack cubed any brand (you can also substitute it with tofu which is easily available in dept stores)
      Onion = 1 large finely chopped 
      Ginger-garlic paste = 1 tbs
      Coriander powder = 1 tbs
      Garam masala = 1 tps
      Red chillie powder = 1 tps
      Tomato puree = 1 tomato pulp (you can also buy the kissan tomato puree pack)
      Tomato sauce/ketchup = 1 tbs
      Kasuri Methi = 1 Big pinch
      Milk = 1/2 cup
      Cream =1 cup ( i got amul cream)
      Oil = 3 tps
      Salt to taste

      How to :
      • Heat 2 tbs of oil in a non-stick pan and fry the paneer pieces.
      • Take the paneer pieces and dunk them onto a bowl of warm water, this will ensure that the paneer stays super soft.
      • If you are lazy like me you can use the same pan in which you fried the paneer or you could use a new one.
      • Heat the pan add the remainig oil fry onion with a pinch a salt.
      • Saute it till nicely done toa golden brown.
      • Add ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder, garam masala, chille powder and salt.
      • Cook for 2-3 mins, add tomato puree, tomato sauce, kasuri methi and the milk.
      • Cook covered for 5 mins in the simmer mode of the gas stove.
      • Add the panner(squeeze the excess water before you add it to the gravy) and add the cream.
      • Mix well and cook it for another 2 mins.
      • Serve hot with any sort of Indian bread....

      @@Bhindi Masala Recipe@@

      Bhindi (okra) is something that most us like, I can't imagine anyone who hates it. Another simple recipe for you all to enjoy..


      Ingredients :


      Bhindi = 1/2 kg sliced length-wise
      Tomato = 4 medium chopped
      Onion = 2 large chopped
      Green chille =2 chopped
      Ginger-garlic paste = 1 tsp
      Garam Masala = 1 tbs
      Red chille powder = 1 tsp
      Bay-leaf = 1
      Cloves =4
      Fresh green coriander chopped
      Oil = 4 tbs
      Salt = As per taste

      How to :

      • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add the bhindi pieces and fry them.
      • Keep the fried bhindi aside.
      • Take a kadai, heat 3 tbs of oil add cloves and bayleaf.
      • After 1 min add onion and saute it with a pinch of salt.
      • Once the onions are nicely browned add the green chille, ginger-garlic paste.
      • Sprinkle garam masala and fry for 2 mins.
      • Add tomato, red chille powder, salt and cover & cook until tomato becomes soft.
      • Add the fried bhindi and keep it for 2 mins. 
      • Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander and serve hot with rotis / phulkas..yumm.......

      ~~Mutton Chukka Recipe~~

      Yesterday I wanted to eat something really spicy non-veg stuff and something that could be easily be prepared.

      Mutton Chukka is one such recipe that does not require elaborate preparation and also there is no compromise on taste :-). This recipe is for two people but i can finish it off alone if I'm really hungry lol...

      Ingredients :

      Mutton = 1/4 kg boneless small pieces
      Onion = 1 Big diced
      Tomato = 2 Medium diced
      Garlic = 3 pods
      Ginger = 1/4 inch piece
      Red Chille powder = 1 tsp
      Coriander powder = 1/4 tsp
      Turmeric powder =1 big pinch
      Curry leaves = 10-15
      Salt = to taste
      Oil =2 tbs

      To roast and dry grind to a fine powder :

      Cinnamon = 1 inch
      Clove = 3
      Cardamom = 2
      Black pepper (sabut) = 1 tsp
      Fennel = 1 tsp
      Cumin =1/2 tsp

      How to :

      • Pressure cook up to 3 whistle the following items : mutton, onion, tomato, garlic, ginger, chille powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, water and salt.
      • In the mean-time, dry roast the items given in "To Roast" and once it cools down grind it in a mixer and keep aside.
      • Take a kadai (preferably aluminum) and add oil (if the mutton pieces already have fat on it, you can add less oil. 
      • Add curry leaves to the hot oil.
      • Add the mutton pieces and the freshly prepared Masala in step 2.
      • Cook in high flame till all the masala is absorbed and all you are left with is nicely browned pieces of spicy mutton.
      • Serve hot with rice or anything that fancies you.

      Friday, October 15, 2010

      ***RED Bags & Shoes***

      Who doesn't like the color red right?..I mean I do..Every time I go shopping I end up buying something in red..

      So that is why I'm going to be posting a lot of pics in here for all the Red color loving freaks like me.....ENJOY







      Thursday, October 14, 2010

      ::Black Bags & Shoes::

      Hello everyone, you may not know that I have a bag and shoe fetish...

      These are the bags and shoes that I'm currently lusting after...So here comes the visual treat...I know the list is so long so just sit back and relax......





       
      Hope you all enjoyed the treat will post some more later on.... So i guess Happy shopping til then....

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