Top 5 Foods for excellent hair growth-

With our busy lives to cope up, we all barely have the time to give our hair the needed care and nourishment. Most of the times, we also forget that food is an integral part of that excellent long and silky hair growth you have always dreamt of. Here are some of the top foods for hair growth-

 

  1. Spinach-
foods for hair growth
spinach

Spinach is one of the best foods for hair growth as it is rich in nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate and much more. Vitamin A helps is nourishing the scalp by letting the glands promote sebum. Hair loss is mainly caused due to the lack of these nutrients.

2. Fatty fish-

Foods for hair growth
Fatty Fish

Fatty fish is also one of the best foods for hair growth, especially salmon, herring and mackerel. The presence of Omega 3 fatty acid helps in providing increased hair density. Fatty fish is also a great source of nutrients for hair growth like Vitamin D3, Vitamin B, proteins and much more.

3. Sweet peppers-

foods for hair growth
Sweet Peppers

Sweet Peppers are also one of the best foods for hair growth as it is rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes the strengthening of hair strands and is also rich in antioxidants. Sweet peppers are also an excellent source of Vitamin A which helps in nourishing the hair.

4. Oysters-

foods for hair growth
Oyster

Oysters are also one of the best foods for hair growth due to its high zinc content. Zinc helps in hair growth and repair.  Oysters are much safer when compared to taking zinc supplements.

5. Eggs-

foods for hair growth
Eggs

Eggs are also one of the best foods for hair growth as it is rich in protein and biotin. They are also rich in zinc and selenium. Biotin is a nutrient essential for producing keratin which smoothes hair.

 

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The perfect Mutton Biriyani!

Biriyani is always a hearty dish that is enjoyed by children and adults alike, and Mutton Biriyani is the classic biriyani fancied by all. Imagine the layers of mutton and masala in the rice to give you the perfect ‘Dum’! Here is a recipe for the most sought-after Mutton biriyani of the year-

 

Mutton Biriyani
Mutton Biriyani
  1. The Marination for the Mutton biriyani

 

  • Mix curd, ginger-garlic paste, raw papaya paste, chilli powder, salt, lemon juice and garam masala as the marinating paste.
  • Marinate the mutton and leave it for at least 3 hours.

 

     2) Prepare the fried onions for the Mutton biriyani-

 

  • Heat oil in a pan and add a few pieces of sliced onion; fry until brown.
  • Remove them from the pan and place them separately; these fried onion slices are called ‘Barista’.

 

     3) The Mutton for the Mutton biriyani- 

 

  • Heat ghee in a deep bottomed pan and add the remaining sliced onions, green chillies and stir well until onions are golden brown.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste and stir well.
  • Add the marinated mutton and let it cook for 7-8 minutes.
  • Add masalas like Coriander, Cumin Powder and Red chilli powder; mix well.
  • Pour in 3 cups of water, mix and bring it to boil; let the mutton cook in low heat.
  • Further add in tomatoes, salt, Garam Masala and coriander leaves.
  • Let it cook for 15 minutes; the texture of the gravy should be thick.

 

     4) The Rice for the Mutton biriyani- 

 

  • Boil water and add in long basmati rice along with spices- Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black Peppercorn, Cumin, Star Anise, Bay leaf and Salt.

 

5) The Saffron-milk for the Mutton biriyani-

 

  • Add saffron strands, kewra essence and rose water in 1/4th cup of warm milk.

 

6) Time to Layer the Mutton biriyani- 

 

  • In a deep vessel, heat ghee and spread the melted ghee throughout the bottom and sides by rotating the pan.
  • Add a layer of rice, meat, fried onion slices, ghee, and sprinkle saffron water.
  • Continue the layering and make sure the top layer is of rice.
  • Garnish with chopped onion, green chillies, mint and coriander.
  • Cover the biriyani with aluminium foil or dough and close lid, let the biriyani cook in this ‘dum’ for a few minutes without burning the bottom.

 

Serve hot and experience heaven in the form of this aromatic ‘Mutton Biriyani’.

 

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Homemade Nutella for all your cravings- Simple homemade recipe!

Who doesn’t get excited after sighting a bottle of Nutella in your refrigerator? Although Nutella is widely craved for by kids and adults alike, it may always be advisable to make your own jar of Homemade Nutella as a healthier option. If you think it’s a hassle, you’re wrong!

homemade nutella
homemade Nutella

Here is a quick and healthy recipe for you to try on ‘World Nutella Day’-

 

Ingredients to make Homemade Nutella-

Hazelnuts (1 cup), Milk Chocolate chunks (12 ounces), canola oil(1 tablespoon), powdered sugar (2 tablespoons), unsweetened cocoa powder (1 Tablespoon), vanilla extract (½ teaspoon)

 

Directions to make Homemade Nutella-

 

  1. Toast hazelnuts until the skin begins loosening up; wrap them in a clean kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove the skin as much as possible.
  2. Blend hazelnuts in a food processor until a smooth paste and further add oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Also, add in the chocolate (pre-melted in an oven).
  3. Strain the paste for leftover hazelnut chunks, and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Top 3 Tricolor recipes to prepare this Republic Day!

Republic Day is around the corner and it’s time to make things bright in the kitchen as well as your table! This week, we intend to make your day extra special with some Tricolour recipes. Here are the top 3 Tricolour recipes for our Republic Day-

 

  1. Tricolour flavoured rice-

    Republic Day
    Tricolor Rice

A perfect lunch for the day is a plate of tri coloured rice which not only appeals to your eye but also lets you savour on a myriad of flavours. A tri coloured rice is generally prepared with 3 different flavours of rice on a single plate, or you can also attain the colours with just adding food colouring to 3 different layers of the rice. The most common rice flavours prepared to attain the Republic Day feel are- Tomato Rice, Coconut Rice and Pudinah rice; you can also use other combinations like Carrot Pulao, White rice and Spinach Rice.

  1. Tricolour sandwiches-
Republic Day
Tricolour Sandwiches

Tricolour sandwiches are the perfect start to your day as breakfast or as even starters or snacks. Prepare layered sandwiches using tangy and Spicy Tomato Chutney, mayonnaise/ cheese and Pudina Chutney. These sandwiches are the perfect snack to munch on while watching the Republic Day parade.

  1. Tricolour Dosa-
Republic Day
Tricolour Dosas

Tricolour dosas may seem a bit out of the usual and is also a perfect way to break your fast! Prepare tangy tomato chutney and spread it evenly on the dosas, and add a dollop of Pudinah chutney and butter in the centre of the dosa. You can also make Republic Day even more special by using a spicy or sweet carrot filling in the dosas along with some green chutney to boost up the spice factor.

 

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Chicken Mulligatawny for the soul!

‘Chicken Mulligatawny’ is a soup based dish derived from the Indian origin and the word ‘Mulligatawny’ literally means ‘pepper water’. This dish is mostly an interpretation of curry with some chicken pieces and is cooked in various forms. The dish was common in British India as well as England since those times.

Chicken Mulligatawny
Chicken Mulligatawny

Here is the recipe for Chicken Mulligatawny to touch your soul-

 

Ingredients for Chicken Mulligatawny-

 

Canola oil, chopped onions, celery, garlic, diced apples, curry powder, cumin, coriander, ginger, chicken broth, tender chicken breasts, coconut milk, lemon juice, salt, pepper, sliced almonds

 

Directions to prepare Chicken Mulligatawny-

 

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven and add onions, garlic and celery; stir until soft.
  • Add apples, curry powder, cumin, coriander, and ginger; cook until apples get soft.
  • Add broth and then rice, and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and add chicken; cook until chicken and rice get tender.
  • Add coconut milk and stir continuously and thoroughly.
  • Remove from heat and season it with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with almonds.

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Quick and Easy recipe for ‘Murgh Saagwala’!

‘Saag‘ is a typical leaf based dish or gravy and is mostly eaten with Indian breads or rice.  ‘Murgh Saagwala’  is most popular in Nepal, Odisha, Kashmir, Haryana and West Bengal. Although spinach is the most common base used for the ‘Murgh Saagwala’ gravy, it can also be made using other greens and spices like broccoli, kale, mustard leaves and much more.

Murgh Saagwala
Murgh Saagwala

Here is a quick and easy recipe for ‘Murgh Saagwala’, or also known as ‘Chicken saagwala’-

 

Main Ingredients for ‘Murgh Saagwala’ –

 

  • Whole Chicken – 1
  • Spinach – 2 bunch
  • Large Onions – 2
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Ginger – 1 inch
  • Tomatoes (blended) – 3
  • Cardamom – 2 pods
  • Cloves – 2
  • Milk – ¼ of a cup
  • Sour cream – 6 tablespoons
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cayenne pepper – ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric – ½ teaspoon

 

Directions –

 

  • Heat oil in a skillet and fry the chicken pieces until brown and set it aside.
  • Boil spinach in a separate pot along with water; ensure that the lid is covered.
  • After boiling for about 10 minutes, blend it to a semi-paste texture.
  • Fry onions, garlic and ginger in the same skillet until brown.
  • Add the tomato puree, coriander powder, cayenne pepper, turmeric powder, cardamom and cloves.
  • Add salt as per requirement.
  • Add a tablespoon of water and stir continuously.
  • Pour milk and also add the chicken chunks to it after stirring.
  • Leave it to a simmer until the chicken is tender.
  • Add in the spinach and garam masala and let the gravy start thickening.
  • Add in the sour cream and bring it to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and add some butter if needed.

Your ‘Murgh Saagwala’ is ready!

 

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TOP 5 PASTA DISHES FOR A LOVELY SUNDAY BRUNCH!

Pasta is a dish which is vibrant, flavourful and light, and does not compromise on the health factor. There is no person who doesn’t skip the idea of having pasta dishes for a brunch plan or a dinner idea. Be it for your child’s tiffin, or for a lovely dinner date, pasta is always a saviour and is a dish which can be easily experimented.

 

Here are top 5 pasta dishes for that much awaited Sunday brunch-

 

  1. Sicilian Spicy Pasta-
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Sicilian spicy pasta

This is the perfect recipe for a quick healthy and cheesy pasta dish and is also a perfect dish for all the spice lovers. All you need is to throw in some broccoli, parmesan cheese, garlic, and some red chilli. This is one of the easiest of pasta dishes and is a must-have for all the gym lovers.

   2) Wheat pasta in Mushroom sauce-

Pasta dishes
Pasta in mushroom sauce

                       The mushroom sauce is a sauce which has to be nailed to perfection and you can also add in some chicken chunks into this mind-blowing pasta dish. This recipe works really well with whole wheat flour and is a must try for all the pasta lovers. Wheat Pasta in mushroom sauce is also one of the most delicious pasta dishes.

 

                  3) Spaghetti Alio Olio Peperoncino-

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Spaghetti alio olio peperoncino

                      Give it 20 minutes time and you can gobble upon this amazing pasta recipe. This is also one of the most delicious and easy pasta dishes and all you have to do is some simple tossing. The 3 major ingredients are garlic, chillies, and olive oil.

 

                   4) Cheesy baked pasta-

pasta dishes
Cheesy baked pasta

                        Are you a cheese lover? Then here is one of the best pasta dishes for all the cheese lovers in town! Add in some chicken chunks along with other ingredients, top it with some cheese, bake it to perfection and your good to go.

 

                   5) Pasta Con Pomodoro E Basilico-

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Pasta Con Pomodoro E Basilico

                        This can be suggested as one of the pasta dishes that make the benchmark of Italian cooking. Add your pasta to an amazing tomato sauce base with lots of garlic and olive oil. Serve it hot and you will find yourself craving for more.

 

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TOP 5 NEW YEAR COCKTAILS TO WELCOME 2019!

As 2018 ends, we all have certain things to bid goodbye to, and we also plan on inviting good vibes and welcome in the new year. New year is also a time where you spend good times with your loved ones, through food, music, parties, and much more happiness. Here are top 5 New Year Cocktails to welcome 2019 with an amazing toast-

  1. Gibson Martini-
New Year Cocktails
Gibson Martini

Gibson Martini is one of the best New Year Cocktails and is the most sought-after New Year drink of the year. With its exclusive flavour of dry mouth giving you the perfect midnight New Year kiss, this cocktail will end your year with the perfect bang. Add in some cocktail onions and vermouth to your gin and your good to go!

2. Red velvet cake martini-

New Year Cocktails
Red Velvet Cake Martini

One of the best New Year Cocktails for the red velvet lovers! All you need is vodka, creme de cacao, buttermilk and some food colour to give you the rich redness. To make it even more visually appealing, dip the rims of the martini glass to some frosting and then on some red sugar.

3. Ginger Cosmopolitan-

New Year Cocktails
Ginger Cosmopolitan

This is one of the most exciting New Year Cocktails which will spice up the party! Blend in some ice, vodka, liquor, cranberry juice, lime juice with some muddled ginger root. Strain out the ice and muddle root to have the perfect pungent touch to your New Year.

4. Royal Blue Cocktail-

New Year Cocktails
Royal Blue Cocktail

The Royal Blue Cocktail is one of the most tantalizing drinks and is the most eye- appealing drink to serve for a fancy New Year Party. The secret behind its rich blue hue is of Blue Curacao. All you need for the cocktail is cranberry juice, citron vodka, blue curacao, and lime; decorate the rim with some granulated sugar.

5. French 75 Cocktail-

New Year Cocktails
French 75 Cocktail

One of the most classy and light New Year cocktails for all the wine lovers! All you need is some gin, lemon juice, simple syrup to be poured into a champagne flute. Add some sparkling wine further and garnish with lemon peel to make your drink of the year.

 

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Top 5 Christmas Cakes you must be baking this year-

It’s the festive season and what’s a Christmas without baking some cakes! Over the years, cakes have been baked as a tradition for every Christmas, all around the world and have been evolved over the years. Here are the top 5 Christmas Cakes that you must be baking this year-

 

  1. Classic Waldorf Red Cake-
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Classic Waldorf Red Cake

 

This is a cake that will kick in the holiday colour to your day and will be an element of decor on your table. The famous Classic Waldorf Red Cake is mostly baked as a cake tower with layers of buttercream frosting in between. The secret ingredient is almond milk and it definitely tops the chart among Christmas Cakes.

 

2) Rum Cake-

Christmas Cakes
Rum Cake

A simple yet divine cake for the perfect Christmas dinner! The cake is prepared using rum and pecans as the highlight with a simple vanilla batter mix. Rum Cakes are popularly baked around the world making it to the top list of Christmas Cakes.

 

3) White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake-

Christmas Cakes
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Cheesecakes are always a succulent party in the mouth and are a must bake goodie for this Christmas. This cheesecake is simple to prepare yet adds a slight twist in flavour by bringing in the white chocolate blend along with the sour cream cheese. While chocolate biscuits are added as the base, pure raspberry sauce is drizzled over, hence making it one of the best Christmas cakes ever.

 

4) Gingerbread Cake-

Christmas Cakes
Gingerbread cake

Gingerbread was first introduced in Europe during the 10th century. This cake is just a twist to the famous gingerbread and is a party for ginger lovers. These cakes are a must try among Christmas Cakes due to its simple preparation methods.

 

5) Figgy Pudding cake-

Christmas Cakes
Figgy pudding cake

The name of this one of the best Christmas cakes will sort of lead to confusion. Well, confuse not! This bliss of a cake is a dense and moist cake immersed in flavours like nutmeg, cinnamon, orange marmalade and lots of figs.

 

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Top 5 easy Salad recipes for a healthy you!

Salads are the healthiest and refreshing option when you crave for a healthy life. Although to kickstart a healthy life, it may seem difficult initially to get into the habit of eating healthy, especially eating salads. Here are some of the top 5 easy salad recipes for a healthy you-

 

 

  • Tomato- peach salad-

    easy salad recipe
    tomato & peach salad

 

          If you are a sweet tooth, this is definitely one of the easy salad recipes you can nail. Toss in some diced tomatoes and peach along with some red onion slices. Drizzle it with cider vinegar and olive oil, along with some sugar, salt and pepper seasoning.

 

2) Creole Green Beans-

Creole Beans salad
Creole beans salad

    Beans can be easily used as one of the easy salad recipes for a healthy you. Blanch some green beans along with some red onion slices. Drizzle it with creole mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

 

3) Caesar Salad-

easy salad recipe
Caesar Chicken Salad

   Caesar salad is also one of the most delicious easy salad recipes. Prepare a puree with garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and egg yolk, by slowly adding a bit of olive oil while blending. Drizzle this puree over lettuce, onions and tomatoes, and if needed, some chicken chunks.

 

4)  Hearty Tuna Salad-

Easy Salad recipe
Tuna salad

    Here is one of the healthiest easy salad recipes for the gym lovers. Mix in some oil- canned tuna with your favourite veggies like pickled mushrooms, beans, celery, and olives. Drizzle it in with some mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss in some cherry tomatoes if needed.

 

5) Chicken Mango Salad-

Easy salad recipe
Chicken & Mango salad

    Again one of the yummiest easy salad recipes for both chicken and sweet lovers. Toss in some diced chicken and mango with some lemon juice, ginger and olive oil. Serve it chilled!

 

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