Boondi Raita is Quick and Easy Yogurt Dip Recipe. Boondi Raita Recipe is the easiest Indian Curd Preparation, can be made by adding bundi in yogurt (dahi / curd) and then flavored with some mild spices. It is a nice side dish recipe which can be served along with spicy biryani and pulao. It can also be served with chips, nachos.

 

Shengadana peanut Chutney

Peanut chutney is a very easy, spicy recipe.  This can be a good travelling dish with paratha or thepala or poori.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup Peanuts

• 4-5 Garlic cloves

• 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

• 1 tbsp Red chili powder

• Salt to taste

Method:

Heat up pan on medium heat. Add peanuts and roast them.

Roast peanuts on low to medium heat for about 10-12 minutes.

Stir continuously while roasting.

The peanuts should get nice even brown color.

Turn off the gas and transfer the peanuts into a dish.

Peel the roasted peanuts when these cool down.

You can transfer all the ingredients into a blender jar and blend into coarse powder.  You can store the chutney in airtight container. • It has shelf life of about 1-2 months.

• You can serve this chutney as side dish.

It goes well with paratha or thepla while travelling too.

How to make fenugreek methi paste

Fenugreek paste/methi paste can be used for hair packs, face packs and also in food.


Ingredients

Fenugreek seeds/ Methi seeds
Water

Method
Make sure fenugreek seeds are clean.
Rinse with water 2-3 times.
Soak fenugreek seeds in water for 6-7 hours.
If you have 1 cup fenugreek seeds than add 2 and half cups of water.
After soaking strain extra water * and keep it aside.
Blend fenugreek seeds to a fine paste with minimum water.
Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week.

This paste can be used for face packs, hair pack, and cooking. Fenugreek is good for people having high sugar.
It is also good for nursing mothers for producing milk.
* Extra water can be used as hair rinse or face rinse.
Fenugreek water is antibacterial and can cure pimples and acne.

How to make curry leaves powder at home

urry leaf powder can be used for hair packs, and also in food. Curry leaves helps hair regrowth, prevent premature graying of hair.
It is good source of iron. Helps to control sugar and also helps in food digestion. In winter season it is difficult to get curry leaves so you can make curry leaves powder and store it in an airtight container to use during winter season.
Use this for hair packs, curry, rice, sauces etc.

Ingredients
Curry Leaves

Method:
Take few sprigs of curry leaves.
Rinse with water to make sure it is clean.
Remove leaves and dry them on kitchen towel for 30-45 minutes.
Best way is to dry them in the sunlight for 2 days.
If you dont have access to sunlight then there is alternative.
Keep pan on low-medium heat.
Transfer the curry leaves on pan.
Keep stirring every 2-3 minutes.
Roast until they are crisp.
Cool it down and blend to fine powder.
You can store curry leaves powder in an airtight container for 3-4 months.
Make sure all containers used are dry and clean.

How to make coriander seed powder

How to make Coriander seeds (Daniya seeds) powder at home
coriander seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium.
It is very beneficial to health.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Coriander seeds (Daniya seeds)

English Version

Hindi Version

Method:
• Clean the coriander/daniya seeds for any husk. Dry roast in a pan over low flame until you get a nice aroma and they start turning light brown in color by stirring it occasionally. Make sure you keep stirring otherwise they will turn black which will give bitter taste to the coriander powder.

• Spread on a plate and let it cool for few minutes to avoid moisture in the powder

• Grind roasted coriander/daniya seeds into a powder in mixer or spice grinder.

• Allow it to cool for some time and store it in an air tight glass container.

You can use dhaniya powder in vegetables, rice, sauce, curry etc.

How to sprout Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek sprouts are healthy and can be added to soups, salads, gravy, vegetables, etc.

Ingredients:
Fenugreek Seeds
Water

English version

Hindi Version

Method
Soak fenugreek seeds in water for 7-8 hours.
Strain the water using strainer and muslin cloth.
Remove all the water and then cover fenugreek seeds in muslin cloth and keep it covered for 10-12 hours in a warm place.
If you want longer sprouts then sprinkle few drops of water on fenugreek seeds and keep it in a warm place for another 5-6 hours.

How to cook Quinoa Perfectly

Quinoa is healthy with proteins and essential amino acids. You can make pulao, upma, stir fry, salads using quinoa. But cooking quinoa can be tricky.
I am sharing few tips to cook perfect quinoa.
Ingredients 
1 cup quinoa
1 tsp oil
2 cups of water to broth

How to cook perfect fluffy quinoa

English

Hindi

Method: 

  • Make sure quinoa is clean.
  • Rinse quinoa 2-3 times and soak for 5-10 minutes to remove bitterness and plant chemical saponin.
  • Saponin gives bitter taste to quinoa and can be irritating to digestive system.
  • Drain all the water and keep it in the strainer to remove any excess water.
  • Heart a saucepan to medium heat. Add 1 tsp of oil , add quinoa and toast for 1-2 minutes.
  • Once you hear the popping sound, add water or broth.
  • Bring to a simmer and then reduce the flame to low. Cover and cook for between 15-20 minutes or until all liquid evopartes. Remove from heat and let sit covered for an additional five minutes. Fluff and add to your favorite dishes.

*If you are going to be storing in the refrigerator, allow to cool before transferring to a storage container.
* You can add salt, black pepper, turmeric while cooking quinoa.

How to store curry leaves fresh for a longer time

How to store curry leaves fresh for a longer time

Curry leaves helps to lower sugar and helps digestions. Use curry leaves in your everyday cooking.

English

Hindi 

Instructions
Clean curry leaves and dry on a kitchen towel under the fan .
Once they are completely dry put in the dry kitchen towel and wrap on all the sides.
Put this in the airtight container or zip lock bag.
Keep it the refrigerator and use when needed.
This will keep curry leaves fresh for a long time.

How to promote hair growth and prevent premature grey hairs

Hair Growth Hair Mask
This hair mask will help the growth of hair and also prevent premature graying of hair.
Yogurt nourishes hair and makes hair smooth and silky.
Curry leaves helps prevent premature graying of hair.
Methi/ Fenugreek seeds helps promote hair growth

Ingredients 
1 cup yogurt
4 sprigs of curry leaves
1/4 cup Fenugreek /methi seed powder (fine powder)

Method

  • Clean Curry leaves and remove curry leaves from stem.
  • Blend together curry leaves and yogurt using blender.
  • Add Fenugreek/Methi Seed powder stir.
  • Apply on hair and keep it on hair for 30-45 minutes.
  • Wash it of with water.

If you find fenugreek entangled in hair then when your hair is 80 percent wet, comb with wide tooth comb.

Skin Hydrating Face Pack

To prevent dry skin 

  • Drink Water regularly
  • Include fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Clean make up on face before going to bed.
  • Do not use harsh chemical based cleansers or makeup on face.
  • Avoid aerated drinks and junk food.

How to make skin hydrating face pack 

Honey, Oatmeal And Milk Hydrating Face Pack nourishes your skin and makes it glowing and soft. Honey acts as a natural moisturizing agent and helps your skin to retain the moisture. Oats have anti-acne properties, thus help to get rid of blackheads and cleanse your skin, helps to maintain moisture. Milk helps to cleanse skin without drying your skin

Ingredients 
Honey 1 tbsp
Oats 3 tbsp
Milk 2 tbsp

English

Hindi

Method

Crush oats , Mix honey and milk to form a smooth paste.
Clean your face and remove any make up.
Apply the pack onto your clean face and neck, leaving it there for 20-25 minutes.
When you are through then wash it off with clean water.
If needed apply a little bit of your favorite moisturizer or coconut oil or almond oil.
Enjoy your glowing, soft, supple skin.