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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Food for your external Beauty!

  1. Crushed oats or ground greengram with a little amount of curd or water can be a good scrub for your skin.
  2. 2 parts of Besan flour or Chickpea flour and 1 part of 'Kasthuri Manjal' also known as 'Curcuma aromatica' is good for acne. The besan flour actually removes the excess oil and the Manjal' is a good antiseptic for your skin. 1/2 part of cooking turmeric can be used instead of the 'Kasthuri manjal'. But be careful while using turmeric the color may stain your dress.
  3. Before shampooing your hair just massage your hair with coconut oil. Massage oil to the skull. Leave it for minimum 30 mins. It leaves your hair soft and shiny.

Vegetarian Mutton Gravy!

Before going into this recipe. I sincerely thank my friend, "Kaveri" for sharing this awesome recipe. I made few changes for my convenience. 

  1. Soya Chunks or meal maker - 2 cups
  2. Chopped Onion - 2 cups
  3. Finely Chopped Garlic - 1 tbsp
  4. Tomato - 1 cup
  5. Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tbsps
  6. Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Corriander Powder - 2 tbsps
  8. Garam Masala - 2 tbsps
  9. Turmeric powder - 2tsps
  10. Salt - 1 tsp
  11. Cloves - 2
  12. Cinnamon - 1 stick
  13. Anise star - 1
  14. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  15. Chopped curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  16. Water - 3 cups
  17. Cooking oil - 1/2 tbsp
  18. Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  19. Corriander Leaves - to garnish
  1.  Boil the water in a saucepan or any vessel, drop the soya chunks. Make sure the water covers all the chunks. Give a stir. Turn of the stove, cover it. Let it rest for about 10 mins.
  2. Now strain the chunks, refrigerate the water.
  3. Squeeze out the soya chunks a little, save that water too.
  4. Now to the soya chunks, add
                   1 tbsp of Ginger-Garlic paste
                   1 tsp of turmeric powder
                   1/4 tsp of Chilli powder
                   1/2 tbsp of Corriander powder
                    1 tbsp of Garam Masala powder  
                   1/4 tsp of salt
   5.    Mix them well and let it sit for 2 hours to 8 hours. My recommendation would be over night.
   6.    Turn on the stove. Place a frying pan on the stove, add oil , anise star, cinnamon, cloves, curry leaves and cumin seeds.
   7.    Add the chopped onion and Garlic. Cook for a minute.
   8.    Add 1 tbsp of Ginger Garlic paste. Cook for another minute.
   9.    Add the tomatoes, salt and rest of the cooking powders. Add the saved soya chunks water.
 10.  Cover them and let them boil for 5 mins. Add the marinated soya chunks. Cover and boil for another 10 mins.
   11. Grind the grated coconut and add them to the boiling mixture. Let them boil uncovered for another 10 mins. Stir them. Check for the consistency. If you want them watery then turn of the stove. Garnish them with Chopped corrainder leaves or let them boil until the required consistency.
Ready to eat with Chappathis, Rotis, Naan, any kind of bread, or rice varieties.