Grated cheese, onion, capsicum, shallow fried chicken sausages and tomato
Sep 30, 2008
Grated cheese, onion, capsicum, shallow fried chicken sausages and tomato
Basmati rice 1 kg
Water- 1 litre
Milk- 500 ml
Grind these ingredients in a mixer ( ingredients from 1- 6 )
4,fennel -2 teaspoon
Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves 50 g
Mint leaves 25 g
Curd 150 ml
Tomato 150 g
Onion 1 kg
Black cumin seeds 1 tsp
Cinnamon stick 2 pieces
Bay leaves 2
Cashew nuts kismis 50 g
Ghee 200 g
Coriander powder 2 tbsp
Milk 500 ml
Saffron 1 pinch
1. Heat the ghee in a saucepan; saute the onions till golden brown colour and add sliced tomatoes sauté well.
2. Put ginger garlic paste, curd and biriyani masala and turmeric powder, and coriander powder.
3. Add the chicken pieces and cook well.
4. Soak the rice about 10 minutes and drain well.
5. Melt the ghee in a saucepan and add in the spices and sliced onion mint, coriander leaves, cashew nuts, kismis, bay leaves and sauté till brown in colour.
6. Add milk and water. Allow to boil and then add rice. Lower the heat, cover and continue to cook for 15 minutes. Drain rice. ( rice should not be over cooked. Cook the rice till 3/4 th done and grains remain seperate ).
7. Take another saucepan and place half the rice into it. And add the chicken on the top of the rice. And put the remaining rice on top of the chicken. And spread to make an even layer.
8. Make random holes through the rice with a spoon and pour into each a little saffron milk.
9. Place a few knobs of ghee, fried onion, cashew nuts and kismis on the surface and cover tightly. Seal the edges with atta paste ( mix ¼ cup atta and water ). Keep this sauce pan over a Dosakkallu or Iron kadai. Cook on a slow flame for 15 minutes ( or bake in an oven at 350 * C for 20 minutes ). You should open the seal only at the time of serving. Serve with salad , pickle and pappadam.
Sep 29, 2008
Neichoru, Pappadam and lime pickle
Sep 28, 2008
When you run out of makeup remover and you can't get to the store, use powdered milk instead. Just mix 3 tablespoons powdered milk with 1/3 cup warm water in a jar and shake well. Add more water or powder as necessary to achieve the consistency of heavy cream. Now you are ready to apply your makeshift makeup remover with a face cloth. When you're done, wipe it off and rinse with water.
Give yourself a facial
Here's another way to give yourself a fancy spa facial at home. Make a mask by mixing 1/4 cup powdered milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Thoroughly coat your face with the mixture, let dry completely, then rinse with warm water. Your face will feel fresh and rejuvenated.
Treat yourself to a luxurious foamy milk bath. Toss 1/2 cup or so of powdered milk into the tub as it fills. Milk acts as a natural skin softener.
Clean and soften dirty hands
You come back from the garden with stained and gritty hands. Regular soap just won't do, but this will: Make a paste of oatmeal and milk and rub it vigorously on your hands. The stains will be gone and the oatmeal-and-milk mixture will soften and soothe your skin.
Sep 27, 2008
Its free oxygen radical scavengers protect against sun damage.
When applied topically, they help skin make more collagen and speed healing.
Study participants who ate tomato paste with olive oil daily for ten weeks reduced their risk of sunburn.
All contain biotin, an essential vitamin for fat and carb metabolism. A deficiency can lead to dry skin and brittle hair and nails.
It contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity, so you'll have fewer fine lines.
Omega-3s (from walnuts, DHA-fortified foods, even lemon-flavored cod-liver oil)
Omega-3s seem to put shine in your hair and help skin look and feel young.
During home manicures, it's hard to keep the nail polish from running over on your cuticles. Petroleum jelly can help your manicures look more professional. Dab some along the base of your nails and the sides. If polish seeps off the nail during the manicure, all you do is wipe off the petroleum jelly and the sloppy nail polish is gone.
When applying nail polish, a foam pellet or a small chunk cut from a block of foam packaging placed between each finger or toe will help spread them apart and keep the polish unblemished until it can dry.
You can soften the cuticles on your fingers and toes before manicuring them by soaking your digits in a bowl of undiluted white vinegar for five minutes.
Your nail polish will have a longer life expectancy if you first dampen your nails with some vinegar on a cotton ball and let it dry before applying your favorite polish.
Heat 1/2 cup bath oil mixed with 1/2 cup water on High in your microwave for 30 seconds. Place the solution in a deep bowl and soak your fingers or toes in it for 10-15 minutes to soften cuticles or calluses. After drying, use a pumice stone to smooth over calluses or a file to push down cuticles. Follow up by rubbing in hand cream until fully absorbed.
If you were ever forced to swallow castor oil as a child, this may be a pleasant surprise: The high vitamin-E content of that awful-tasting thick oil can work wonders on brittle nails and ragged cuticles. And you don't have to swallow the stuff. Just massage a small amount on your cuticles and nails each day and within three months you will have supple cuticles and healthy nails.
Need your nail polish to dry in a hurry? Spray it with a coat of cooking spray and let dry. The spray is also a great moisturizer for your hands
Create a small, spillproof carry case for nail polish remover by tucking a small piece of sponge into a plastic film canister. Saturate the sponge with polish remover and snap on the lid. For an emergency repair, simply insert a finger and rub the nail against the fluid-soaked sponge to remove the polish.
Pamper your fingernails without the help of a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
Get the comfort of a salon treatment when giving yourself a home pedicure. Just place marshmallows between your toes to separate them before you apply the nail polish.
To add some oomph to your fingernails, just plunge them into a bowl of mayonnaise every so often. Keep them bathed in the mayo for about 5 minutes and then wash with warm water.
Sep 25, 2008
You will need
Spinach - 1 bunch
Onion- 1, finely sliced
Crushed garlic- 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder -1 / 2 teaspoon
Pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Cooking oil - 1 teaspoon
In a pan/ kadai , heat oil. Add finely sliced onion and garlic. Fry till get golden color. Add chopped spinach. Mix it well. Cover with a lid. Cook on a slow flame for 10 minutes / till done. Add eggs and mix it nicely. Add salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and pepper powder. Cover with a lid for 5-8 minutes. Stir occasionally. Serve with Rice/ Chapati and dal.
Sep 24, 2008
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Sep 21, 2008
Lamb Biryani, 600 g: 2,460 calories
Chicken Tikka Masala, 400 g: 1,360 calories
Mutton Rogan Josh, 400 g: 1,400 calories
Rabri with Kesaria Jalebi, four pieces: 1,100 calories
Tandoori chicken - 300 calories
Lamb bhuna- 680 calories
Chicken tikka - 680 cal
Meat samosa - 320 calories
Vegetable samosa - 260 calories
Aloo gobi -330 calories
Chicken curry -700 calories
Kheema -780 calories
Beef Keema, 400 g: 1,560 calories
Chicken Korma, 400 g: 1,740 calories
Shahi Tukda, four pieces: 450 calories
Boondi ladoo 150 calories
Cake with icing -302 calories
Gujia - 501 calories
Gulab jamun - 387 calories
Halwa ( Atte ka halwa ) -265 calories
Jalebi - 494 calories
Suji halwa - 300 calories
Milk shake - 100 calories
Sep 20, 2008
Make a facial mask
You don't have to go to a spa to give your face a quick assist:
To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain yogurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
For a revitalizing facial mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.
Relieve sunburn - For quick, temporary relief of mild sunburn, apply cold plain yogurt. The yogurt adds much needed moisture and, at the same time, its coldness soothes. Rinse with cool water.
Sep 18, 2008
Sep 16, 2008
Craftsmen produce a variety of utilitarian items using natural material like cane and bamboo. Not only these materials, readily available, they are also easy to work with and hardly require the use of specialized tools or equipment.
In India crafts associated with cane and bamboo, have generally been carried out by different tribal societies within the country. The tribals, since ancient times, have been using cane and bamboo to give expression to their art and to earn a living.
Cane and bamboo crafts from Tripura are amongst the best in India, because of their beauty and exquisite designs. A variety of products and items such as furniture, panels and partitions, table mats and floorings, lampshades etc are made here.
I took these photos from North East craft Fare – Valluvarkottam –Chennai. Enjoy these photos. …. Exhibition- cum - sale till 18 th Sep 2008.
Sep 12, 2008
The main dishes were:- Pappadam, Banana Chips, Kaaya Nurukku, Chammanthi Podi, Sharkara Puratti, Naranga Achaar, Mix veg Thoran, Kalan, Avial, Kerala Boiled Rice, Sambar, Semia Payasam, Curd and ghee.
Sep 10, 2008
2 nd Avenue
Landmark - next to Anjappar, Mc Rennet, Tanishq
Anna Nagar # 2619 1222 / 9940092945
T Nagar # 24312345 / 42616161 /9940092111 /222/
Sep 9, 2008
Sri Krishna Sweets has been around for many years now and its pure ghee sweets are famous not only in Chennai but in other parts of Tamilnadu.
A striking feature which I found at the Annanagar outlet was the attitude and crispy clean dress of the attending staff reminiscing a Jewellery shop . Apart from sweets and savories, there were many offerings from the hot plate – like Kara / Sweet Paniyaram, Sweet / coconut / Masala Boli etc.
To enhance the shopping experience, there was a live violin recital which added to the splendor. With chairs around, one can enjoy the food and the music as well.
Featured here is a pair of Samosas. I found them very rich with liberal sprinkling of Cashew nut splits. Size of samosas were also fulfilling.
Yes, You guessed it right. Of course; these things will not come cheap. A single samosa costs Rs.15/-
Even though the offerings are pocket heavy and loaded with cals , I recommend a visit.
Around this time every year ( Gut feeling tells me it is Sept 20th); Sri Krishna Sweets offers “ Buy 1 kg and get 1 Kg free” Ghee Mysorepa for a day. I have seen serpentine queues last year – but it is worth the trouble - as the offer sweetens the already sweet Mysorepa.
Sri Krishna Sweets,
2nd Avenue, Annanagar East,
Chennai – Tel – 26191222.
( Very near to Annanagar roundtana – next to Anjappar, McRennet).