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,

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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?

 

Green Diwali! Clean Diwali! Green Planet!

Seasons Greetings, My dear friends!

Last few years saw an incredible rise in the sales and types of crackers. What almost all failed to accept and see was the super duper astronomical increase of pollution in our atmosphere all across the globe? But, Me & my husband share the same beliefs of not wanting to burst crackers. We do our best by keeping our environment clean, safe & breathable not just for people but also for our adorable pets, plants & animals. Maybe millions of sentiments do end up getting hurt, but then there’s only ONE PLANET EARTH.

Close friends living in & around New Delhi, feeling relief over the slight improvement upon recollecting previous memories of the same festival, expressed their desire to follow the same for the coming festivals. Say no to Flammable Crackers!

On Diwali for the last three years, we’ve been following our beliefs and having fun in the company of friends & family.

With the rise in #airpollution and #noise lets keep it #enviromentfriendly & #staysafe this #diwali 💥 I’m all for a #greendiwali what about you 💚🎇

 

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This year for my Diwali outfit, I chose earthy colors. A Green Churidar suit paired with a bright colored Floral Print Dupatta, accessorized by earrings that I snagged at the famous Johri Bazaar of Jaipur. Come, have a peek at the products I  used😃 for my look this diwali.

Brows-@lakmecosmetics Lakme Eyebrow Pencil M-C/399
Eyes-@lakmecosmetics Absolute illuminating Eye Shadow Palette Gold,7.5 g
Lips-@calcosmetics Intense Matte Lipstick-Mulberry Purple 3.5 g(shade # 3)
Lashes-#sugarcosmetics Lash Mob Limitless Mascara, 01 Black With A Bang
Face-@lovecolorbar Colorbar Perfect Match Primer,30 ml;
Face-@lakmecosmetics Lakme Face Magic Skin Tints Souffle
Highlight-@elfcosmetics E.L.F Shimmering Facial Whip Lilac petal 0.34oz
Accessories-#jaipurjwellery #johribazaar
Outfit-Suit-#jaipurbazaar
Dupatta- #amartex
#pikreview #love #ootd #jewelrygram #accessory #indianblogger #bblogger #loveit #thebest #jaipur #jaipurblogger #trendy #bling #gemstones #thebest #instagood #like4like #instareview #indiadiary

Hope Your Diwali was nicely lit with bright colored lights & radiant diyas.

Love to All.

Review: Zuci Natural Care

Citrus Fruit Extract Deep Pore Cleansing Wipes
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When I step outside, Citrus Fruit Extract Cleansing Wipes from Zuci Natural Care are my most ideal companion to have in the handbag for an instant clean up after spending time out in the harsh & polluting conditions of today.

Effortlessly remove make-up or cleanse any time in no time, they’re most ideal for oily skin conditions.

Enriched with Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tea, Vit-E, Glycerin; Extracts of Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Citrus & Cornflower; these wipes detox, cleanse, tone your face & neck, giving you a radiant glow.

Very Well formulated, the fragrant aroma of these wipes create a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter.

I use them regularly as a part of my skin cleanup routine.
Is it a part of yours?  It’s just simply Great.  Don’t ever cleanse without it!!

 

Look of The Day with Cal, Coloréssence & Lakmé

 

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“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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Your feed back would be greatly appreciated.

 

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

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Spinach Macaroni with Cheese

Today I’m presenting you all with an opportunity that shows you all how to make healthy recipe that’s simply just yummy and that too pretty easy to prepare. Now I’ve used a little cheese to add to the flavor and to keep my self from splurging too much, but then what’s a macaroni dish without cheese !! 🙂

Prep Time: 15- 20 Minutes

Bake Time: 20 Minutes

Servings: Serves 3

Spinach Macaroni with Cheese

Ingredients:

Macaroni                                2 Cups

Cheese (your choice)            2 Cubes, 25gms each

Whole Wheat Flour              1 Tbsp

Milk                                          1 Cup

Honey Mustard Dressing     2 Tbsp

Olive Oil                                   1 Tbsp

Garlic                                        10 Cloves, Finely chopped

Spinach                                     1 Cup, Finely chopped

Black Pepper                            To Taste  IMG_20170731_231358

Chilli Flakes                             To Taste

Salt                                             To Taste

Oregano                                    To Taste

Basil                                           To Taste

Procedure

  • Boil water in a pan and add a few drops of Oil and salt to it, add macaroni and cook till its done. Strain with running water and keep aside.
  • Heat remaining oil in a pan, add garlic cloves, saute for a few seconds, add wheat flour, saute just for five seconds and add milk to it. Keep on stirring, add 1 Cheese Cube, Honey Mustard Dressing, Black Pepper, Salt, Chilli Flakes, Oregano & Basil.
  • Cook the sauce till it thickens. Keep a little spinach aside for garnish and add remaining spinach to the sauce, cook for about two minutes. You can add more milk  to adjust consistency according your choice.
  • Turn off the flame. Grease the baking dish & mix Macaroni with sauce, Garnish with some chopped spinach & grated Cheese cube (the remaining 2ndCube) .
  • Bake at 225°C for 20 minutes.  Serve hot and enjoy!!

10 Steps To Look Younger

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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

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