Sweet Potato Pilaf

Sauteed Sweet Potato Rice cooked using Tomatoes, Onions & Indian Spices in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

You may use any oil you prefer, I find Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Del Monte is the best variety for Healthy Indian style cooking. 

Pilaf = Pulao

Ingredients

Rice Long Grain              – 2 cups, Washed, Soaked & Drained

Sweet Potato                    – 3 Medium Size Pcs, Diceddiced-sweet-potatoes

Onion                               – 3 Medium Size Pcs, Thinly Sliced

Tomato                             – 2 Medium Size, Pureed

Curd                                 – 1/4 Cup

Olive Oil                          – 2 Tbsp

Garam Masala Powder    – as per taste

Red Chilli Powder           – as per taste

Turmeric Powder             – as per taste

Salt                                   – as per taste

Water                                – 2 Cups, Filtered/Purified

Dry Masala:

                   Bay Leaf – 1 Pcsthinly-sliced-onions

                   Black Peppercorn – 3 Pcs

                   Cumin seeds – 1 Tsp

                   Cloves – 2 Pcs

Optional Garnish – Fresh Cilantro (Coriander Leaves)

  • Heat Olive oil in a pressure cooker,
  • Add the Dry Masala, let it splutter,
  • Once spluttering goes down, add onions and sweet potato to it,
  • Fry well until the onions start turning brown,
  • Add Salt, Turmeric, Red Chilli & Garam Masala Powder to it,
  • Keep mixing well, till onions are finally brown
  • and now, add tomato puree to it,
  • Keep flame medium till gravy is properly cooked (when oil separates)
  • Now add curd, cook for another five minutes,
  • Add rice, 2 cups of water, let it cook for two whistles and
  • Transfer contents to serving bowl or rice plate,

IMG_20171024_220310.jpg

Garnish with Fresh Cilantro (as you like it)
Voila, Sweet Potato Rice is ready for the table.
Serve Hot with chilled Curd or Raita as an accompaniment.
Bon Appétit !!

Next post: Why should Sweet Potatoes be in your diet?

 

Daily Skincare Routine

 2017-09-23-16-40-20-646-02.jpg

 

“I’m working on myself, for myself, by myself.”

Hey lovely people,

As promised, Today’s post is going to be about skin care routine and a lot of our lifestyle choices that contribute to the way we look. Choosing good products is definitely important, but it should also come from within. If we are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle, no matter how good or expensive skincare products we invest in, it’s not going to give you the desired results. We are what we eat, drink and “How our daily lifestyle choices affect our skin” is what we are going to be discussing today :

Eat Healthy 

Yeah I know, we all love snacking and eating out. And it’s perfectly fine if done in moderation. Regularly eating junk or missing out on greens and vitamin rich foods, will eventually make our skin look dull. So choose and plan out your regular diet. Trust me you will see good results.

Drink Plenty of Water

This comes from my own experience, I used to buy all kinds to products, but never got the results that I was looking for. So, I chose and designated a drinking bottle just for my use and I started keeping tabs on how much water I drank in a day. Some of my friends and relations used to laugh at me that why am I so obsessed with drinking water all day. But they were amazed when they saw the results. My skin looked & felt better and more clear, without putting on a lot of makeup. This change definitely paid off.

Exfoliate Twice A Week

Uneven skin tones are often a result of dead skin on parts of the body that we are unable to /do not exfoliate properly. It is not just the face that requires to be beautiful, it’s your whole body as there is dead skin all over our body. Exfoliation twice a week is the ideal frequency for this part of our skin care routine. I follow this religiously every single week to get rid of dead skin and to get an increase in blood circulation, giving it a healthy, natural glow. But do not over do it as that will strip away your natural body oils and damage your skin.

Cleanse Regularly, Daily

Never forget to properly cleanse your skin before applying your skin care products and after removing makeup. Cleansing removes toxins, impurities, bacteria, dead skin, thus keeping it more fresh. The results of your make up will also be better. Always keep in mind to remove makeup and cleanse no matter what. Never sleep with makeup on your skin as it will contribute to your aging process. A good hygiene is a must, so follow a regular before & after Cleansing Routine.

Tone Your Skin

Toning your skin is essential to get rid of clogged pores, acne prone skin. It balances our skin to be less prone to oiliness and infection. Prepares our skin to be moisturized especially after removing heavy makeup. If you follow it up after a good cleansing routine it will not harm your skin, in fact it revitalizes your skin making it more soft and radiant, restores skin’s pH balance and shrinks pores as well. Dabur Gulabari Rose Water is my All-time favorite skin toner. Its fragrance is awesome.

Moisturize Regularly

You might not realize it today, but the benefits of moisturizing your skin will be visible in years to come. No matter what type of skin you have, Dry or Oily, keep it hydrated at all times if you wish to look and stay younger. Always try to put on a moisturizer right after you have had your bath, on a little damp skin as it helps to lock in the moisturize and also absorbs it better. I use Bio Care Aloe Vera Gel foe my face and Nivea Smooth Milk Body Lotion as a regular moisturizer.

Sleep 6 to 8 Hours

Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep is important for a good physical health, well being and help in repairing, regenerating our skin. The amount of sleep we get affects our day to day lives, our energy level and our appearance. Getting a good beauty sleep has become an integral par of our skincare regime. A well rested body will look good and perform better.

daily skincare routine-eat healthy-drink water-exfoliate-cleanse-tone-moisturize-sleep

 

 

“The results of a good routine will show on your skin and reflect your confidence.”

If you’ve read the whole article then do let me know how you plan out your daily routine.

Look of The Day with Cal, Coloréssence & Lakmé

 

2017-09-18-03-16-35-652-01-01.jpg

“If it makes you feel beautiful, then do it.”

Long Lasting, No Smudging, Affordable makeup; these are the options almost every woman looks for while buying beauty products of your choice, and still do not want them to damage our skin.

I am not sure how to put my happiness into words.  Just received my ordered products from amazon a couple of days back and I’m so excited to share my views on the quality & effect they bring after I’ve finished.

Since I don’t use too much make-up on my skin, I’ve gone semi-formal this time.

For this look, I’ve used Lakmé 9 to 5 CC Cream for base, which instantly brightens up your face giving you a flawless look and covering any small spots you have on your face. It gives a smooth finish.

I didn’t contour my face so I’m not gonna mention it. Simply applied CAL Love Affair Matte Lipstick and finished the look by using coloréssence High Definition Mineral Makeup Pan Cake powder. I usually use it to touch up, it keeps my look fresh all day. It is water resistant so your makeup stays as it is and it’s not harmful.

DM me for Shade, queries or more. Your inquiries are always greatly appreciated.

2017-09-19-20-32-26-956.jpg

Product Review NAKED3

Hello Friends,

Super excited to share my look that 2017-08-16-20-55-45-062-01-COLLAGE.jpgI created just for fun with my NAKED 3 Urban Decay Power Brush new set which my hubby had ordered for me from Amazon. Now, I am not much of an expert when it comes to applying makeup, but more than just a learner and I believe in wearing less makeup, just highlighting my features.

I do not contour my whole face, just my nose and add a little blush to my cheeks. Wearing a good dark shade is always a plus, as it instantly brightens up your face. I used ELLE 18 Color Pops Matte (Lets Tango P28)to finish this look.

With these brushes it becomes so much easier to create a smooth flawless look. The design & weight of these brushes is so perfectly balanced that, these actually feel like extensions of my fingers doing all the work. Made with super fine quality bristles – applying eye shadow, contouring, using a blush is so much easier. I have quite an assortment of make-up brushes but ever since I’ve used NAKED3 brushes, I almost always find myself reaching out to use these more often. They’ve become my favorite make-up tool b’coz they feel incredibly soft & the distribution of color is even.

“Beauty is the opposite of perfection…

…it’s about Confidence, Charisma & Character.”

DIY Natural Apple Skin Peel

What is it?

Apples contain fruit acids that are called Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA). These acids exhibit natural ability to excellently exfoliate cells, accelerate cell renewal, stimulate cell metabolism, synthesis of collagen, elastin and other components, change acidity of the skin, influence process of skin keratinization.

Why does it work?

When used in higher concentration levels above 20%, These acids are able to act not only on the upper layer of the skin, but also penetrate into its deeper layer. It is one of the main anti-aging methods to prolong the youth of our skin, stimulate the removal of epidermis and helps get rid of dead cells.

Multiple application of fruit acids enhances exfoliation of dead layers of skin which means that it can eliminate some skin defects such as redness, roughness, acne and spots due to acne. Fruit acids are able to induce swelling of skin cells & inter-cellular substance, thus increasing its elasticity and reducing visible wrinkles.

How to Use It?

Either you can use fresh cut slices of the fruit and rub it directly on your skin and rinse or you could try out this easy DIY Natural Skin Peel. I tried it and liked it very much.

pixlr_20170901195907762.jpg

DIY Natural Apple Skin Peel

Ingredients

2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tsp Apple Sauce

(for Apple Sauce Recipe Click Here)

Procedure

Mix Apple Cider Vinegar and sauce.

Apply to cleansed face using a brush or spread with clean hands.

You can use it all over your body as well.

Keep it for 10 to 15 minutes and sponge/rinse off with clean cloth & water.

Apply moisturizer.

Use sunscreen later if you plan to step out into the sun.

 

Stay Tuned 4 More…

Coming Soon on My Blog…

Your feed back would be greatly appreciated.

 

DIY Rose Petal & Licorice Toner

Hi Friends,

As promised here is the DIY Rose Petal & Licorice Toner. Hope you find it useful. It makes skin soft & hydrated with a touch of nature.

Rose Petal & Licorice 2

Ingredients2543337_L-COLLAGE

Fragrant Rose Petal           2 Cups

Licorice Stick (Muletthi)   2 inch Pcs

Rose Essential Oil               4 Drops

Distilled Water                    As per requirement

 

How To Make It

Slightly crush the Licorice stick & Put together with all Rose petals in a pan.

Fill enough distilled water just to cover the top of petals and bring to boil.

Reduce burner to lowest for 15 minutes, stir lightly.

Strain using muslin cloth, Set aside and let it cool.

After it cools down add Rose Essential Oil to it and mix well.

Transfer into a spray bottle of your choice. Romantic-red-freeze-dried-rose-petals-ANIMATION

Store in Refrigerator.

 

How To Use It

Always use it on washed/cleansed skin.

Spray directly on skin.

Spread using fingers & let dry naturally.

Once it’s dry you can then use any serum/moisturizer.

You may feel free to use it on any body area including Face, Neck, Arms, Hands, legs, feet, etc.

 

 

Its Benefits

This toner will give you the combined effects of Licorice, Rose Water & Rose Essential Oil.

Its benefits are and not just limited to:-

Natural skin lightening, Natural sunscreen, Skin protection from damage, Antioxidant, Anti Bacterial, Astringent, Anti Aging, Anti Inflammatory, Relax & balance skin pH value, Fights acne, Balance Hormone, Relieve Anxiety, Reduce Stress, Improve Skin Condition, Reduce Rosacea, Helps Moisturize your skin as well as hydrate it & also will help calm down the irritation on your skin and help with redness and naturally increases libido.

Makes your skin feel really good and smell wonderful.

A Big Thanks To All Visitors

 

What does Amla do for Hair?

Hey friends, Welcome back to my blog.

I know I’ve been pretty irregular during the past couple of weeks. Forgive me for I was taking care of my pet Golden ‘Alvin’, who hasn’t been doing well (he’s six) ever since he got invaded by the dreaded 4-letter vermin. Its not so much an easy task having a golden retriever in your household. Well now he’s so much better and now I am back where my much needed blog needs attention.2017-07-29-19-52-37-986

This might bring certain fond memories for quite a lot of us Indians. Remember Dabur Amla Hair Oil! Most of you would recognize it from your childhood when you would have seen your granny, mom or elder sisters using it for their hair or massaging yours on the weekends. Even my husband & his family have used it for many years. The Indian Gooseberry is the most commonly utilized fruit in the households of India because of its extensive health, beauty, skin & hair care benefits and medicinal properties for long years. This Superfruit is now easily available across the globe thanks to eCommerce and global shipping.

You guessed it right, this time I am going to tell you about the benefits of the Indian Gooseberry (Amla) for Hair. Amla is among the richest sources of Natural Vitamin C in the world. It is a perfect example of an highly potent and nutritious edible fruit rich in Phenols & Tannins. It contains essential fatty acids, which strengthen hair follicles. It contains a plethora of antioxidants such as Ellagic, Emblicanin, Gallic, Phyllantine and Quercetin acid. Amla also contains a high concentration of minerals, amino acids, as well as strong immune boosting properties. As an antioxidant, it is more than fifteen times powerful than a Pomegranate or double of that of an Acai berry. This indigenous fruit has extensive adaptability to grow in diverse climatic and soil conditions. The fruit exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and is highly acidic and astringent as well.

Did you know that deficiency of Vitamin C, which is found abundantly in Amla, is one of the most common reason for hair problems. This fruit is also one of the most easiest and powerful solution to most of the hair problems. With this fruit you need not worry about how to avail its benefits. Today, I’m going to let you in on how Amla is useful for your hair care. Amla is not just used for general hair care but also as an amazing restorative with curing properties. You can avail various benefits from Amla in form of powder, juice, fruit preserve, as a single ingredient or mix/pack combined with couple of locally & home available products. The application depends on what form of Amla you can lay your hands on.

 “The words of elders are like the gooseberry: bitter at first, then sweet” – Indian Proverb by anonymous

indian-gooseberry-337446_960_720

Cleansing & Polishing Body Bath Powder

Ingredients

2017-08-06-18-51-17-594

Body Bath Powder by Iknoor

1/4th Cup Whole Green Gram

1/4th Cup Split Red Lentil

1/4th Cup Gram Flour

1/4th Cup Rice

2 Tbsp Licorice Powder

2 Tbsp Red Sandalwood Powder

1 Tsp Walnut Powder

 

How To Prepare Body Bath Powder

Take Whole Green Gram, Split Red Lentil, Split Bengal Gram, Rice & grind them all into a fine powder. Mix them well with Licorice, Red Sandalwood, Walnut Powder & Gram Flour

Your Cleansing & Polishing Body Bath Powder is ready.

Store the powder in an air-tight jar.

Take care to keep it dry.

Read More

10 Steps To Look Younger

Wordle

The secret of the youth has been searched for since long time ago. Many researchers have experimented to find ways to slow down the aging process. Quite a few findings have been implemented by new age, organic cosmetics & food products but the most important thing for us to do is to be consistent in implementing & maintaining healthy lifestyle and eating habits.

We can’t stop the natural change, but we can still look younger if we work hard to slow down the aging process.

So Today, I’m going to let you in on 10 Steps to Make You Look Younger. These are very basic but often forgotten or brushed aside in today’s stressful world.

Please read further on to live a better life with a younger looking you:- Read More

Welcome to Inspire Beauty Online!

Welcome to Inspire Beauty Online!

💟Beauty ✨Skincare🍃DIY 🌸Aromatherapy 👠Fashion💟

Hi, I’m Iknoor Somal ‘n I love myself & my skin. I’ve started this blog to be as informative as possible about beauty, make-up & style.

It all started until a few years after my marriage. A lot of people used to compliment my complexion while inquiring about my skin care routine. I was actually amazed by the knowledge that many a person had no clue as to how to go about achieving similar results. Initially, on my own, I explored the world of beauty & style which led me to research and dabble with ideas & formulation for DIY products, Tips & Hacks.

🌟 When you look good, you feel good😘

anon

My hubby, having experiences from the fashion & events industry, was quite encouraging about me wanting to explore this aspect. I then found and got myself enrolled for an online course as a Style & Image Consultant. Surprisingly enough, this piqued my interest in wanting to know more, learn more, Online! Wanting to know more about what best to use on my skin! Wanted to know what these natural products contained and what goes into their formulation

Read More
%d bloggers like this: