Thursday, May 26, 2011

Interesting Facts - Chilli Powder

According to me, chilli was just a spice to add taste to our cuisine. Or I have heard from our elders that too much of it will make us aggressive by behavior. But I came across a health magazine which had some interesting health facts about chilli powder. Here are those;

Lose weight faster with chilli powder:
                           This seasoning has compounds that will actually help to boost your metabolism. Add a sprinkle of these hot stuff to lose weight.!!

An ingredient for pedicure:
                         Relaxing with addition of chilli powder for pedicure can help you relaxe and revive from your ache. The “Capsaicin” in chilli increases blood flow to your feet and help to soothe and warm them.
Try this as your version for the spa's foot scrub,
1 tsp Honey
1/8 tsp Chilli powder
2 tsp Epsom salt
1 table spoon of unscented Jojoba oil
Make the above to a creamy paste. Apply and rub for 1 minute, wrap in warm wet towels, leave until cool and then wash. Don't try this if you have a sensitive skin, which might cause burning rather than tingling sensation.

For tummy troubles:
                        Inclusion of chilli powder would help reduce the incidence of tummy troubles like indigestion and acid reflux. But over dosage might lead to ulcer.

Pest-proof in your Garden:
                       Sprinkle chilli powder around your pot or edge of your garden to repel insects and animals. The hot flavor will keep the insects and animals away.

Hope you found this post interesting!!!

See you next time :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Best Marriage Proposal.. I think so too...

                       Marriages are mostly arranged according to our custom and tradition. But with the influence of western culture, Love marriages are increasing exponentially. Here is an interesting video that i came across from Yahoo. I am not sure how many of you have seen this before my post. I really loved the way the guy proposed and was so dramatic like a movie, that it has gained the tag "The Best Marriage Proposal Ever". Though it was the western culture of proposal, it impressed me due to the guy's respect to girl's family. Hope this will make you smile wider and wider moving till the end. And this can be used by the guys who are planning to propose!! Best wishes all out there!! Get Inspired :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Strawberry Shake !!

This is my first experiment with milkshakes. It has been a long wait for strawberry to quench my taste buds. Though it is one among the best in aroma and flavor, it might not impress a new-come by its taste. But after a few bites I fell for its taste too. It is rich in water content and has considerable amount of Potassium. Here is the best way to have strawberry, in the form of milkshake.

Strawberry - 1 cup
Chilled Milk - 1 1/2 glasses
Sugar - 4 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1tsp

- Wash the strawberries and add them to mixer along with milk, sugar and the extract.
- Blend them till smooth and serve.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bhel Puri (Home made- 100%):

I have had bhel puris from shops nearby with the help of basic mix. Here is a perfect my version of bhel puri. It is very simple and spicy snack special for a rainy day accompanied by hot chai.

Potato – 1 large
Onion – ½
Tomato – ½
Chat masala – 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder – a pinch

Rava – 1 cup
Maida – 1/2 cup
Salt – per taste
Water – to make dough

Green Sauce:
Pudina – 1 bunch
Corriander leaves – 1/2 bunch
Green chilli – 2
Ginger – A small piece
Salt – ½ tsp

  • Dice onion and tomatoes finely
  • Boil potatoes and keep the aside.
  • Mix rava, maida, salt and water and make a dough.
  • Make large roti with it and cut out smaller circles from them of desired circle size. Normally that would be a mouthful.
  • Fry them in oil and keep them aside.
Green Sauce:
  • Grind pudina, Corriander leaves, green chilli, salt and ginger into a fine paste.
Now comes the final makeover.
  • Break the pappad into half or into pieces.
  • Smash the boiled potatoes and add them.
  • Add the dices onions and tomatos.
  • Add salt, Chat masala and a pinch of chilli powder and mix them well.
  • Add the green sauce on this and serve.
  • Can also add ketchup to enhance taste.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Veg Puffs:

Have always wondered if we could make puffs at home during the school days where I used to grab a puff before getting on to the school bus to home. Here the conventional oven makes it easy to make all our crispy dreams come alive.
Though I have made this snack many times here, it dint survive long enough to tale a picture :) This time rolled my tongue till the photoshoot. Here it is; hope it tingles your taste buds too...

Puff pastry sheets
Potato – 1
Onion – ½
Tomato – ½
Chilli powder – ½ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Salt per taste


  • Cut the pastry sheets into three as per the folding. Two long stripes can make 4 puffs. You can make 6 out of them if it is a smaller puff.
  • Boil the potatoes, peel their skin and keep it aside.
  • Finely chop the onion and tomatoes.
  • Heat the frying pan and saute onion till glassy. Then fry tomato by adding salt, chilli and garam masala for about 2 minutes.
  • Add potato and mix it for a minute in flame.
  • Now cut the sheets into two and fill it with masala.
  • Close the pastry by wetting the edges with water and press it to close with a fork. It will look presentable.
  • Preheat the conventional oven for 400F.
  • Place the puffs on to the greased tray or covered with foil.
  • Bake at 400F for 20 minutes till golden brown.
  • Crispy, yummy, sizzling veg puffs ready to munch.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Amongst Lagoons !!

Be it sunny or gloomy day you would always be engulfed by the cold breeze pushing you to fold your arms in search of warmth. Just as it is cold, don't underestimate the sun; it is really efficient enough to bring on tans and sun burns. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I Thee Wed !!!

There comes the royal newly wed from the Westminster Abby, waving at the ardent crowd. The most awaited wedding of the royal family has broken all the previous traditions of the royal family.

The bride who has earned the love of the people is not from a royal background. This change of tradition has gained this marriage an unforgettable place in the history of mankind. The fashion designers from all over the world waiting to get a glimpse of the bridal. The crowd went crazy on taking their first look of the beautiful bride's attire. Adorned by lace and beautiful custom made wedding dress, Kate wore the Tiara (crown) of Queen London, looked exactly like a doll and the couple could just be fixed on their wedding cake as a topper!! She made her own statement in her dress and that reflected her with a beautiful veil accessorized with the tiara . She proved to be a potential queen by keeping poise at all the stressful situation of the wedding and stepped out t wave at the citizens with love and not authoritatively.

The Price and his wife walked through the aisle after delivering their vows; the Dutch of Cambridge holding the hands of his mistress blushing on one cheeks and beaming with pride on the other; the duchess greeting the members of royal lineage as she joined her way with the royal descendant and shimmering with a sense of fulfillment. She truly enjoyed the love from the citizens and her showed the excitement when she entered the balcony for their first appearance as a couple.

This is a real-time fairy tale wedding which has been witnessed by the world and let the viewers' happiness bless them with an amazing life ahead to live happily ever after!! 

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