Monday, 26 June 2017

Make your Eid special with authentic Haleem recipe by chef Rounak Kinger

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Eid Mubarak everyone….

Eid, like all festivals, is a very beautiful day. It celebrates the spirit of joy, happiness, togetherness and above all, sharing. All across the globe, the day also means feasting and meeting friends over food.

The festival of Eid is mainly known for non vegetarian delights and sewain. And Haleem is one of the most famous recipes not just for Eid, but for the entire month of Ramzaan. Over a period of time Haleem has become a rare recipe as people prefer kebabs and biryani over this exotic recipe.

We decided to go back into the cuisine trail this Eid. And chef Rounak Kinger, executive Chef at Novotel Lucknow and one of the finest young chefs in the country, joined us in the trail. This Ramzaan, Chef Rounak found the most exotic recipe for Haleem and offered it for Lucknowites all through the holy month. For Eid special recipe, he shared his Haleem recipe with us, with some amazing pictures. While those celebrating Eid can make this recipe at home, those who are visiting their friends can also make it as a gift, spreading love and joy with each bite.

Presenting the Eid Special Recipe

The Traditional Haleem
By chef Rounak Kinger


1.       Mutton boneless (with good marbling, cut into 1 inch pieces) : 1kg
2.       Broken wheat : 100gm
3.       Chana dal: 50gm
4.       White urad dal spilt: 50gm
5.       Black cardamom: 2gm
6.       Green cardamom: 2gm
7.       Bay leaf: 1 leaf
8.       Cloves: 3gm
9.       Ginger garlic paste (40:60 ratio): 18gm
10.   Freshly grounded coriander powder : 30gm
11.   Freshly grounded cumin powder: 30gm
12.   Freshly grounded garam masala: 10gm
13.   Fresh green chillies chopped: 20gm
14.   Sliced onions : 150gm
15.   Fresh coriander leaves: 50gm
16.   Tomato chopped: 50gm
17.   Lemon wedges: 100gm
18.   Ghee pure: 1kg
19.   Golden fried Cashewnuts: 20gm

Method for cooking :

- Wash, rinse and soak broken wheat, chana dal and urad dal for 4 hours. In a medium degh, boil the mixture of dal and wheat until cooked and mashed.
- In a separate degh, take 200gms of ghee and fry the sliced onions with ginger garlic paste, all whole spices until the onions turn golden brown. Add mutton pieces.
- Cover the deg with mutton and cook until mutton pieces are tender and shredded easily. Add the dal & wheat mixture to mutton and cook for another 1 hour.
- Add the powdered masalas, mint leaves, coriander leaves and salt to the mixture along with all the ghee.
- Make sure you are handling the entire degh of haleem with a wooden spatula and not steel or any other metal.
- When the mixture becomes soft and pasty (around after 4 to 5 hours), turn off the heat and taste the delicacy.
- Garnish with fried onions, mint leaves, coriander, lemon wedge and Cashewnuts.

Me and my bestie got a chance to savour this amazing Haleem by Chef Rounak and I must say, it was awesome. Ofcourse it is a time consuming recipe but it tastes awesome just the traditional way. Chef Rounak says he is trying his best to keep such "lost in modern day life" recipes alive and festivals are the best time to enjoy it. If you make this Haleem, do share a photo on social media tagging us (check all handles on the right side of the page) and also chef #rounakkinger. We would be happy to repost. Eid Mubarak.. 

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Give your hair some detox this monsoon with Aroma Essentials Tomato & Pumpkin Hair cleanser

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By Tarry

Hello my dear lovelies…

I know I am not regular with my two post a week schedule these days and I am really sorry. Loads was piling up and needed urgent attention. But yes, nothing can make me neglect my blog and this week onwards, a minimum 2 ka schedule will be followed for sure. :-)

By now, you all know how much I love this indie brand called Aroma Essentials. They are amazing handmade products sans any chemicals. They not only help in detoxing your skin and hair from the long chemical usage, but also give an amazing life to your skin and hair. I am an absolute fan of few of their hair products. 

Monsoons are here in most parts of the country and within a few days, the entire country would be soaking in the rains. And although I love the monsoons, I hate what it does to my dry hair. My hair, which is always craving for some extra attention, goes for a complete toss in monsoons. And I always feel the need for a detox of my hair and scalp. 

This time, Aroma Essentials has come to my rescue. While checking with Madhu about my hair condition, she suggested me this product and now, after having nearly finished it, I am ready with my review. 

Presenting my deets on

Aroma Essentials Tomato & Pumpkin Hair Cleanser

INR 400 for 200 gms

Online through their FB page Aroma Essentials. Do connect there because the brand’s creator, Madhurima, makes it a point to customize products according skin type and need.

On the Outside
Aroma Essentials Products are always packed in simple, reusable containers. Since this is a cream shampoo, it comes in a jar with screwable cap. One can see the product in the jar and the label too gives all details including Madhu's number for reference. The jar is quite sturdy and can be travelled with. I prefer to use a spoon to take out the product so not much issues with hygiene too.  

On the Inside
Doesn't this shampoo cream look like a sorbet! I simply loved how it looked, although the smell wasn't too enticing. Nonetheless, the fact is that no artificial perfumes or preservatives are added to this product and the smell doesn't linger on for too long, neither does it bother sensitive noses. The cleanser is a nice peach coloured product which needs to be added with a little water and rubbed on scalp. It gives a decent lather and helps in really cleaning the scalp. Over regular usage, I have noticed that my scalp feels much better and even on third day, my hair doesn't feel too limp or lifeless. It has actually helped in clearing the buildup from my scalp. Now since it does not have any silicones or artificial stuff, it does not make hair super soft or shiny, but that can be handled with a conditioner. However, I have noticed much manageable hair, lesser frizz and lesser hairfall. So full marks to this amazing cleanser. 

PEL Rating
4.8 on 5.

Monsoon does play a havoc with all types of hair. And it is the best time to give your hair some detox. If you want better behaved hair this monsoons, do give the Aroma Essentials Tomato & Pumpkin Hair Cleanser a try. I have done it and I SIMPLY LOVE IT.... 

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Some essential oils to beat the summers – Part I

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By Tarry

Hola lovelies,

This heat and the humidity is really catching up on me. I love all weathers, right. However the only weather I strongly detest is humidity. Somehow, it totally drains me out. No energy to do almost anything. Phew!!

Btw, I believe some of you must be aware how much I believe in Aromatherapy. It relaxes me, heals me, protects me and helps me manage this sultry weather too. Believe me. And as I was thinking about the new post, it stuck me that why not I write about summer time aromatherapy. Some essential oils that can really make a difference to your life… well at least for some issues of life.

Presenting my deets on
Some essential oils to beat the summers – Part I

 I must say that essential oils are indeed big healers. I have been using them not just for myself, but even for my little niece. And trust me, have faith in them and they will work well.
Here is my list of essential oils for all your summer woes and some suggestions to use them too J

Lemongrass – This is one of the best essential oils to lift your mood especially in summers. The fresh smell of lemongrass can make even the dullest of days happy. Add a few drops to your bath water everyday to prevent body odour. You can also add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil in your shampoo for a clean, fresh feeling. This is especially good for oily scalp.

Tea TreeThis is indeed the most needed oil for summers, especially for oily skin beauties. Summers means breakouts. Dab a drop of tea tree oil on your breakout at night and you will see a reduction by morning. Add this one to your shampoo for dandruff and to rose water for a perfect toner for oily and acne prone skin.

Peppermint oil – Now this one is a really good one for summers. Who doesn’t like to feel cool cool! And nothing like peppermint or menthol oil. No wonder it is so extensively used in products promising cooling. Add a few, and just a few, drops to your shower gel, shampoo or even conditioner for a cool feeling. Add a few drops of the oil to a tub of water, soak your feet in it after a tired day and you will definitely feel the tiredness going out. If you are having a headache or migraine due to heat, add a few drops to water and rub it on your wrists and temples to feel better.

I have been using oils from this absolutely awesome brand called Nature’s Absolute. Check out their facebook page and instagram page for more. You can buy these from Amazon at some awesome discounted prices. They are pure and really good quality. Plus the bottle comes with a dropper without any extra cost, which gives you handle the quantity well. I am really impressed by the quality. Stay tuned for part 2, which has even more interesting oils.
Do try these.

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

End unsafe toilet woes with Pee Buddy

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By Tarry

Hello my dear lovelies…

Sorry for being a little irregular on the blog. Loads of work and the weather seems to be catching on with me. However, this place is special for me and I promise not to neglect it anymore. 

How many of you have faced the problem of unsafe and unhygienic toilets? I can bet almost each one of us. Whether it is office, malls, restaurants or cinema halls, clean and hygienic toilets are the prime concern for every woman. And during travels, this becomes even worse. I remember as a journalist, i use to travel continuously for hours and use to have a tough time finding a clean, hygienic toilet. Infact, I used to consume very little water so that I did not have to go to the loo often or could wait for a longer time. I knew that over a period of time this would have a toll on my bladder, but still who wants to get infected with UTI?

Recently, I came across this unique product called Pee Buddy. A revolutionary product, Pee Buddy allows us to stand and pee and not worry about unsafe toilets any more. Intrigued, I decided to try it out. 

Presenting my deets on

Pee Buddy Portable Female urination device  

INR 200 for a pack of 10

Best way to buy Pee Buddy is through their official website. You can find loads of combinations there to suit your needs. 

On the Outside
Pee Buddy is a sleek device made of paper. It comes in an envelop which has all the details about the usage, price etc. According to the brand, "A revolutionary product for women who hate dirty toilets when travelling for work/Leisure (Restaurants, Night Clubs, Malls, Cinema Halls, Friends House, Travel,railways, highways, patrol pumps, events, Pregnancy etc.) or those with medical condition (Joint Pains/Pregnancy etc). "PeeBuddy´s first and foremost concern is hygiene. No more UTI´s, No more dirty toilets. Now with PeeBuddy ­ a simple USE & THROW product, women can STAND & PEE in all unfriendly toilets." The packaging is easy to keep in your purse or handbag. 

On the Inside
Pee Buddy is a unique design indeed, conical. The green coloured device looks different when you first open it but once you follow the instructions, its easy to understand and use it. I have tried it during one of my recent travels and trust me, it is a really convenient way to urinate. I just wish I had it with me at a time when I used to travel continuously for 10 to 12 hours by road and there used to be no toilet in sight. I must appreciate the makers of this revolutionary product who thought about us women and gave us Pee buddy. Kudos. 

Woman! Say goodbye to your peeing woes with Pee Buddy. It takes a little time and practice to understand the device and use it. But once you get a hang of it, there is no stopping. If one simple device can save you from major issues like UTI and bladder problems, it isn't a bad deal.. Hai Na! I strongly recommend pee Buddy. Do try it out and you will never regret it. 

PEL Rating

4.9 on 5.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Love yourself and your home with MimamsAa and Wow plants

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By Tarry

Hola lovelies…

I have been on a explore trip this month. And by explore trip I mean I have been exploring new things.... new food, new hobbies, new interests and new people. And somehow, when it comes to my discovery tours, the universe goes all the way to help me out and satisfy the wanderlust in me. 

Recently, I was invited to witness a new concept in Lucknow... an Ethnic designer and lifestyle store and a Bonsai gallery under one roof. The idea was indeed appealing, because where else do you get items to decorate yourself and your office too in the same place... I was all for it and truly loved the experience. Those who follow me on instagram and fb have already had a glimpse of what I am talking about... BTW if you don't, follow me now :-) 

Presenting my deets on
MimamsAa designer and Lifestyle Store and Wow Plants 

 Mimamsaa... the name itself is quite appealing. It is a sanskrit word meaning reflection. And the designs, by young and uber talented designer Ankita Singh, are an ideal reflection of her thoughts and love for Indian textiles. A NIFT alumni, Ankita has worked with a number of apparel brands before she decided to launch her own label, at Gomti Nagar in Lucknow. 

Now, a glimpse into MimamsAa's collection. Ankita Singh is a designer who loves Indian textiles and traditional embroideries and this very well reflects in her label as well. MimamsAa uses traditional designs like chikankari, zardozi, benarasi weave, kimkhaab and muqaish on fabrics like cotton and silk, fusing them with global cuts to create apparels that can be flaunted by women of all age groups and body shapes. From Indian Ethnics like kurtas, sarees, stoles and even lehengas to westerns like Tunics, Dresses and tops, MimamsAa has it all. Take a look. 


Each of the pieces is either handcrafted in Lucknow or in Varanasi. And the best part... if you love a design but not its colour, you can get it customised too. Ankita beautifully fuses east with the west to cater to all hand weave loving crowd.

The premises also has a Bonsai gallery and store, WOW plants. Run by Sanchit Agarwal, WOW plants is your perfect destination if you are looking for a nice bonsai plant for your home or office, or even to gift someone.  Wow Plants not only sells Bonsais, but even beautiful containers in which they can be planted or gifted. 
Take a look at their collection. 

From Imli to Bargad to Peepal and even citrus fruit trees, Wow has an immense collection of Bonsai. It has the good luck bamboos in beautiful pots and lovely cacti too. A conversation with the owner can also help you understand on how you can maintain your bonsai better. With living spaces shrinking, Bonsai indeed is a good idea to add some soothing green to your home and make the atmosphere green and clean. 

WOW Plants and MimamsAa are perfect destinations if you love good things in life. Whether you want to look good yourself or make your surroundings beautiful, this is the place to be. With the wedding season coming soon, don't forget to check the place out for not just attire ideas, but even gifts.  

photographs by – Tarannum Manjul

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