Grey hair remedy

Monday, February 28, 2011

Soak dry amla powder or gooseberry powder or usirika powder in water, for 8 hours. Make thick paste and apply to hair. Wait for half an hour and take bath. Do this twice a week. Hair will blacken gradually.

Told by Dr. Eluchuri (Ayurvedic doctor)

Prevent wrinkles

Apply pure castor oil  on your face and  gently massage. Wash after 30 min. This will soften the skin and prevent  wrinkles.

Puffy eyes

Take a drop of castor oil and massage on the eye lids very very gently. It will slowly remove the puffiness of the eyes.

Bread Bonda

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ingredients :
Bread 6 slices
Potatoes 3
Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
Urad dal 1 teaspoon
Onion 1 big sized
Ginger ½ inch piece
Green chillies 3
Turmeric powder pinch
Salt as needed
Oil for deep frying

1. Steam or cook the potatoes. Peel the skin and mash into it.
2. Cut green chillies and ginger into fine pieces or grind them. Cut onion into small pieces.
3. Heat a deep pan or skillet and two teaspoons of oil. Add the urad dal and mustard seeds when the mustard seeds start to splutter. Add the onions, green chillies and ginger , saute well.
4. When the onions become translucent add the mashed potatoes, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes in medium low flame. Switch off the stove.
5. Let the potato curry cool. Make small oval shaped balls or small balls.
6. Soak the bread piece in little water. The bread will become very soft. Cover the potato balls with the bread.
7. Heat a deep pan or skillet and add oil for deep and fry in the oil until golden brown. Serve with chutney or ketchup.

Peanut Sesame Chutney

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Peanuts or ground nuts 1 cup
Til or nuvvulu or sesame seeds ¼ cup
Green chillies 4
Garlic cloves 3
Ginger 1 inch piece
Tamarind 2 inch piece
Salt as needed

1. Heat a pan and dry roast peanuts and til or nuvvulu. When they slightly change color switch off the stove.

2. Grind the roasted peanuts, til, green chillies, ginger, garlic, salt and tamarind to a fine paste by adding water. Adjust the consistency using suitable amount of water as per your taste.

Pico De Gallo or Fresh Salsa

Friday, February 18, 2011

White onion 1 big sized
Tomatoes 3
Jalapeno peppers or Thick chillies 3
(Adjust accordingly)
Fresh cilantro leaves ½ cup chopped finely
Limejuice 2 table spoon
Salt as needed 

1. Cut onion, tomatoes and jalapeno into small pieces. Transfer them to a bowl.
2. Add cilantro, lemon juice and salt. Mix well.
3. Refrigerate for and an hour.

Herbal Bleach - 2

Apply raw rice powder and butter milk and apply on face and neck. After 15 to 20 minutes wash your face and neck .

Natural bleaching

Milk 2 teaspoons
Lemon juice  3 drops
Tumeric powder 1 pinch
Mix  all  the ingredients well and  apply to face and neck, wash after 20 minutes.

Herbal Bleach -1

Apply ripe tomato juice on face and neck. After 15 to 20 minutes wash your face and neck .

Smelling of mouth or Bad breath

To prevent and stop bad breath or smelling of mouth chew fennel seeds or somp.

Reducing Dark Circles

Cut potato into pieces and make juice. Apply the potato juice  on the dark circles and wash after 15 minutes.

Home made scrub

Scrub your face, neck and hands with the mixture of granulated sugar and  lemon juice for 5 minutes. The dead skin fall off and the face, neck and hands will brigthen up.

Vegetable Quesadilla or Veggie Quesadilla - Variety 1

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

4 flour tortillas
Grated Cheese(Cheddar cheese) ¾ cup
Red bell peppers or Red capsicum ½ big sized
Cooked black beans ¼ cup (optional)
Mixed vegetables (Corn, carrot, beans) ½ cup
Oil 1 ½ teaspoon
Salt as needed
Soak black beans in water for 6 hours. Cook the black beans.
1. Cut capsicum or red bell peppers into small pieces. Heat oil in a deep pan or skillet, sauté the red bell peppers , mixed vegetables until they are tender.
2. Heat a flat pan and spread a cooked tortilla on oil on the tortilla add the cheese (I did not have grated cheese , I cut the cheese into small pieces)
3. When the cheese starts to melt add the vegetables ( red capsicum , mixed vegetables).
4. Spread the cooked black beans.
5. Place another tortilla over the vegatbles and press the tortilla with a spatula.
6. Gently flip the quesadilla over to the other side and press the tortilla with a spatula.
7. Cook for 30 sec on the other side.
8. Cut it four quarter circles.

9. Serve with the salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

Dondakaya kobbari kandhi podi kura or Tindora cocunut curry

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dondakaya/ Ivy Gourd / Tindora 1 pound or ½ kg
Dry coconut powder 1 tablespoon or 3 teaspoons
Roasted toordal powder or kandhi pappu podi 4 teaspoons
Mustard Seeds 1 teaspoon
Chana Dal 1 teaspoon
Urad Dal 1 teaspoon
Jeera ½ teaspoon
Turmeric Powder  2 pinches
Red Chillies 3
Curry Leaves 6 to 8
Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
(adjust accordingly)
Oil 3 teaspoons or 1 table spoon
Salt as needed

1. Heat a pan and dry roast toor dal in medium low flame for 5 minutes or till it slightly changes the color. Switch off the stove.  Let it cool completely. Blend the roasted toor dal into a coarse powder.

2. Wash and cut the dondakaya into circular pieces and pressure cook or cook in pan until it is cooked.

3. Heat a deep pan or skillet and add oil after oil is heated add mustard seeds, chana dal and urad dal, curry leaves ,hing and red chillies.
4. When mustard seeds start to splutter add the dry coconunt powder and mix well. When powder slightly changes color add the cooked dondakaya or ivy gourd and mix well.

5. Add roasted toor dal powder, salt and tumeric powder, mix well.
6. Cook for about 10 minutes and add red chilli powder mix well and switch off the stove.

Dosa batter bonda or Dosa batter punukulu

This is quick ,fast and very delicious snack. When you have sudden guests this is perfect snack. This was made when I had friends at home. There were 4 kids so I didn't add green chillies.

Dosa batter 2 cups
Onion very finely cut 1 medium sized
Green chillies 3
Oil for deep frying

1. Mix dosa batter, onions and green chillies.
2. Heat oil in pan and when oil is hot add a spoon full of the batter when it is cooked and changes color gently flip it over to the other side.

3. When they turn golden color remove them and serve with chutney or ketchup.

Beerakaya pappu or Ridge gourd dal

Friday, February 11, 2011

Toor Dal or Kandhi pappu 1 cup
Ridge gourd 2 medium sized or 1 ½ cup pieces
Turmeric powder 1 pinch
Urad dal 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds ½ teaspoon
Red Chillies 2
Hing 2 pinches
Garlic 3 cloves (optional)
Onion 1 (optional)
Curry Leaves 6 to 8
Oil 2 teaspoons
Salt as needed
1. Wash and peel the skin of ridge gourd. Don't throw it you can make tasty chutney with ridge gourd skin. Click here for the preparation of chutney. Cut them into small pieces.
2. Heat a deep pan or skillet and dry roast dal. Wash the dal and add the berakaya or  ridge gourd pieces.
3. Cook dal and ridge gourd in the pressure cooker or a pan.
 4. Heat a pan add oil after oil is hot add urad dal, mustard seeds, red chilli, garlic(optional ), curry leaves and hing. (You can addd onion pieces and adfter it turns translucent add the dal)
5. When mustard seeds spulter and dal changes to golden color . Add the dal, tumeric powder, salt and red chilli powder and cook for 5 minutes. If you want dal softer and thinner add water and cook for more time.

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