20 Magical Christmas Movies for Kids

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start making a list of best kids Christmas movies. So, once you’re done with the tree decoration and gift wrapping, cuddle with your darlings and watch some evergreen, fun-filled movies that warm the yuletide spirit.  

Come Christmas and there are many important things that keep you busy, right from decking the halls, putting up holiday trees, wrapping gifts, and baking treats. With so many things to do, it’s easy to forget that the most important thing to do is spend quality time with your loved ones. And there’s nothing better than to watch a slew of movies snuggled in bed with your munchkins!

Children’s Christmas movies are eternally charming, and the best part is that you are never too old for them. Take your pick, get ready some munchies, and make the most of Christmas night!

Top 20 Christmas Movies for Children

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Topping the list of holiday movies for kids, Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ features Jimmy Stewart in the role of George Bailey, who makes sacrifices for the sake of spreading goodwill in the small town of Bedford Falls. Watch out for the scene where he helps angels get back their wings!

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This kids Christmas movie brings cartoonist Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic stories to life via a divine television special. It is a heartfelt celebration of the season’s holiness.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

A young reindeer, because of his red, bright nose, is banished from traditional reindeer games. Rudolph makes it his mission to help them. This movie is among the classic kids Christmas movies!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

4. The Polar Express (2004)

When it comes to the best animated Christmas movies for kids, The Polar Express (2004) by Chris Van Allsburg wins hands down. This is the story of a train that’s headed for Santa’s workshop.

The Polar Express (2004)

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Santa is abducted from Christmas Town by Jack Skellington, a restless ghoul, who decides to deliver all the presents himself. This mash-up of Christmas and Halloween is super entertaining!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

6. Millions (2004)

A sack of money falls into the hands of a seven-year-old boy and his brother. What do they do with the dough after knowing where the loot came from? Do they invest in charity or blow up the treasure on material goods?

Millions (2004)

7. Home Alone (1990)

Macaulay Culkin, a cheeky kid, holds ground against bumbling burglars after his family accidentally flies off to Paris, leaving him home alone. Watch this action-packed comedy for many warm moments with your kids. A sure rib-tickler.

Home Alone (1990)

8. White Christmas (1954)

The Bing Crosby musical gives you some swell times with your excited kids and makes you exchange Connecticut for Vermont. It’s certainly a cinematic victory lap for its juggernaut title song.

White Christmas (1954)

9. Holiday Inn (1942)

The movie is all about a Connecticut resort and star-crossed show guests that make your kids dream of a wonderful “White Christmas.” This comedy is oft-watched for its best-selling Irving Berlin songs.

Holiday Inn (1942)

10. Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell (Buddy), a wide-eyed sweetheart, is an elf that has outgrown the North Pole. He arrives in New York to live a life of his own. A must-see for city kids who’ll love to see Buddy enjoying Christmas in NYC.

Elf (2003)

11. The Santa Clause (Film Series)

When Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), helps Santa during a Christmas crisis, he finds out that he has unintentionally agreed to be the next Santa Clause! An inside look at Santa’s home and toy factory on the North Pole is incentive enough for your kids to be hooked!

The Santa Clause (Film Series)

12. Fred Claus (2007)

When Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn), Santa’s bitter older brother is in dire need of money, he is forced to move to the North Pole and help him out for the cash. Set the tone for the night with this heartwarming yet hilarious kids Christmas movie!

Fred Claus (2007)

13. A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol is probably the most popular Charles Dickens novel and its movie adaptation is as captivating as the classic book. The story follows a bitter old miser (Jim Carrey) who learns about compassion when visited by three spirits on Christmas. While the story in itself is beautiful, the motion-capture animation effects are fascinating!

A Christmas Carol (2009)

14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Adapted from a children’s story by the beloved  Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a comedy about the Grinch (Jim Carrey) who hates Christmas and sets out to ruin the holiday. Cindy Lou, a six-year-old who is a stong believer of the spirit of Christmas sets out to help him change his ways.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

15. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas tells the story of Santa’s clumsy young son Arthur who sets out to save Christmas for a little girl. A festive tale with a wonderful message, Arthur Christmas is an excellent choice for your kids.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

16. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Every child has been told the story of how Santa comes in through the fireplace on Christmas eve to leave presents under their Christmas tree, and we’re sure most kids have once dreamt of actually being able to catch him in action. Watch what happens when two siblings try to prove Santa exists by setting a trap.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

17. The Grinch (2018)

Watch this musical of how the Grinch, along with his loyal dog, Max, try to steal Christmas by posing as Santa Claus. This is one of the best Christmas movies for toddlers, that has everyone humming along to the music.

The Grinch (2018)

18. Trolls Holiday (2017)

A sequel of the award-winning film Trolls, Trolls Holiday revolves around the queen of the trolls, Poppy, who sets out to instil some holiday cheer and spirit in the Bergens, who don’t have any holidays to celebrate. Watch the fun that ensues.

Trolls Holiday (2017)

19. Jingle All the Way (1996)

Get into the spirit of gift-giving by watching this movie about two fathers who race to buy their kids their favourite toy for Christmas. This is an all-time favourite that is heartwarming and funny at the same time.

Jingle All the Way (1996)

20. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Watch what happens when a snowman comes to life in this classic movie. Everyone, right from kids and adults is sure to have a great time watching this movie on Christmas eve.

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

There you have it! These top kids Christmas movies are sure to give you hours of snuggle time and bonding with your loved ones, this holiday season. So, gather some comfy blankets and pillows, get some popcorn ready, and have a Merry Christmas!

12 Amazing Indian Guinness World Records You Won’t Believe

Indian Guinness world record holders have been at the top when it comes to doing amazing things. There are a lot of names of Indians in the Guinness Book of World Records. Name any field – be it business, science, sports, technology or medicine, Indians have held records of doing exemplary work. There are some bizarre records too that Indians hold with pride. Those are incredible records and you won’t really believe that Indians claim those world records.

Unique Guinness World Records Made By Indians

Indians, diverse and colourful in their approach, have invariably been on a record-breaking spree with the thrust of being better and unusual.  Here are some amazing achievements made by Indians which are difficult to believe:

1. The Largest Laddu

The largest laddu in the traditional laddu making – boondi recipe was made by the Tapeswaram based sweet firm named Bhaktanjaneya Suruchi Firms. An individual laddu weighs 29,465 kg. This record was achieved in September 2016, by PVVS Mallikharjuna Rao of Tapeswaram, Andhra Pradesh, India. The laddu is known to be offered to one of the biggest idols in the state, at Gajuwaka. The laddu is made up of refined sugar, ghee, almonds, cashew nuts, refined oil, cardamom, and water.

2. Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand

One person who has the longest fingernails on a single hand and holds a record is Shridhar Chillal.  Born in 1938, he stopped cutting his nails since 1952. His longest nail is the thumbnail which measures 197.8 cm. He did face a lot of problems because of the weight he had to carry but still, he persevered. His wish is to have his nails preserved in a museum.

3. Most Worms Eaten Per Minute

If you meet this record holder, you will find him to be an ordinary man. What is most unbelievable about him is that he has a weird habit of eating insects and worms. This man is John Peter, whose diet comprises of earthworms and dosa for breakfast, dragonflies, dal for dinner and a midday snack of 10 or 20 lizards. He has the distinction of eating the most earthworms in a minute. As it sounds weird, it is one of the most unbelievable record set by an Indian.

4. Longest Turban in the World

An amazing record held by an Indian is Mr. Avtar Singh Mauni from Patiala, Punjab for wearing the longest turban in the world. A turban stretching almost 645 meters, weighing 100 pounds takes almost six hours to be tied on his head.

5. World’s Fastest Typing Using Nose

It is unbelievable that a person can type using his nose. Mohammed Khursheed Hussain is the one and the only person to hold the world record of typing the alphabets at the fastest speed. He has broken another record of typing a given sentence of 103 characters. The time taken was 47.44 seconds, which means he broke the previous record of 1 min 33 seconds set by another girl.

6. World’s Longest Moustache

The Guinness World record for having the longest moustache is held by a Jaipur resident, Mr. Ram Singh Chauhan. He has been toiling hard and has grown the moustaches for 32 years and it is 14 feet long.

7. World’s Shortest Woman

A lady holding dual record for being the shortest woman and the tiniest teenager alive is Ms. Jyoti Ange. She measures only 61.95 centimetres or 2 feet.

8. World’s Biggest Chapati

An Indian organization named Shree Jalaram Mandir Jirnodhar Samitee which is at Jalaram temple Jamnagar made the world’s largest chapati weighing around 63.99 kgs.

9. World’s Most Expensive Wedding

The record for the most expensive wedding is held by steel tycoon Mr. Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter, Vanisha’s wedding. The total amount spent was approximately USD 60 million in 2004. The guests were welcomed in Bollywood style by the famous actor, Shah Rukh Khan. It actually is not a surprise as Indians are known to spend lavishly during weddings.

10. Longest Solo Dance Marathon

An amazing Indian dancer Ms. Kalamandalam Hemaletha danced for about 123 hours and created a record of longest solo dance marathon at Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy.

11. World’s Largest Biryani

Indians have done amazing feats to win recognition. One such attempt was made by 60 Indian chefs who worked with pole length ladles to cook biryani using 1200 kgs of rice. It just proves that Indians are obsessed with food.

12. World’s Largest Number of Selfies Taken Together

The staff and students of Federal Institute of Science and Technology, Kochi were so taken over completely by the craze of clicking selfies that they clicked 1000 selfies in a minute. They clicked it in a group and not each which would have been worst.

It is quite an interesting thing to know about odd achievements. People try to stretch the limits beyond elasticity to establish a record. Some of our countrymen have done just that, and no matter how odd, their achievements are worth mentioning!

11 Best Stress Management Books

Stress is not an uncommon word anymore. Massive amount of stress is faced by millions of people on a daily basis. It has many negative physical side effects because of which people are compelled to search for the best stress books to understand and cope with it. Some books contain detailed explanations to avoid stress affecting the body and mind. A person who reads stress management books is able to transform the negative into positive and approaches it correctly.

Top 11 Stress Management Books

Here are some stress management books that you can pick up for a read.

1. End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain by Don Joseph Goewey

The book has a detailed description of the effects of stress on the body. The author also mentions how stress impacts the brain. The major tenet of the book is how to live peacefully while dealing with stress and its effects. The author has explained a four-step strategy to increase brainpower, eliminate anxiety and decrease stress.

2. The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good At It by Kelly McGonigal

This is one of the best books on stress. In this book, the author gives the message that stress is actually good for a person as it’s the reaction to stress which makes it bad. People who approach stress positively are able to use it as a tool for growth, whereas people who worry make themselves worse.  The author states that readers would be doing a disservice to themselves if they didn’t take her points into consideration.

3. Is Stress Your Silent Killer?: How to Deal with Stress and Achieve Permanent Relief by Janet Matthews

This is a stress relief book which has a cliff note version of dealing with stress. If you’ve read many books on stress already, you may find it repetitive. The author gives an introduction to the concept of stress and explains different techniques to deal with it.

4. The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques by Margaret    Wehrenberg

The author has based her book on a simple concept. If you want the problem to be fixed, you need to first understand it. She explains the causes of anxiety and some scientific techniques that work that don’t require medication. To combat anxiety, the book offers many practical and effective tips.

5. Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety and 21st Century Illness by Richard O’Connor

The psychologist author uses a down-to-earth approach and common language to explain why our modern world produces so much stress and what can be done about it. It is one of the best books on stress management at the workplace. The author advocates a mindfulness approach to life as it can make people thoughtful, alert, deliberate, kinder, patient and more tolerant.

Books on Stress Management

6. The Mayo Clinic Guide To Stress-Free Living by Amit Sood

This is one of the best stress management books by an Indian author. The author has expertise working with many stressed-out patients and so, his tips are practical and productive. This book will help you feel calm and peaceful. The author suggests avoiding too much exposure to news in order to cope with stress.

7. The Stress Management Handbook: A Practical Guide to Staying Calm, Keeping Cool, and Avoiding Blow-Ups by Eva Selhub

This handbook teaches readers how to live and speak from a place of love rather than resentment and frustration. It is a humorous and light-hearted guide to stress. People end up with resentment and frustration when they are unable to get what they want to be it love, money or recognition. The author’s words of wisdom and scientific knowledge can definitely help in transforming people’s lives for the better.

8. The Science of Stress Management: A Guide to Best Practices for Better Living by Amitava Dasgupta

Stress is inevitable and it has to be managed well. Stress is such that it can deteriorate your mind and body inside-out. This book offers an evidence-based approach to manage stress for optimum results. It goes into the depths of science to explain stress management strategies for good overall health.

9. 9 Strategies for Dealing with Workplace Stress by Stephanie Berryman

This is one of the best stress relief books which mentions practical tools to manage and reduce stress at work. It deals with the causes of stress, bad and good stress, and stress reduction. The author advises people to improve relationships and find common ground, compassion and a new respect for others. She has drawn on her personal experiences of dealing with many clients in the corporate sector.

10. Stress: Coping Techniques for Managing Stress To Help You Stop Stress Now by Melody Stressdone

If you feel that stress is knocking you down, de-stress books can tell you what to do. This book has many easy-to-follow steps to reduce fear, anxiety, and tension. You’ll be able to handle the anxiety that stems from interaction with strangers, relatives, friends, and co-workers after reading this book.

11. Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed by Rita Emmett

This book is a combination of time management and positive psychology. The author explains very clearly that stress is often not a result of workload but inefficiency in dealing with the workload. She mentions anecdotes to illustrate and highlight the main points in the book. It gives an overview of the significance of managing one’s life and the workload properly to reduce stress.

Stress is a serious problem which reduces productivity and turns work into a dreary chore. Stress reduction can help to bring back balance into your life. The multiple tips mentioned in these books can be a perfect source of guidance.

8 Yummy Pav Recipes to Enjoy With Your Family

Pav is a small loaf of bread that is made with maida and is enjoyed all over India with a variety of dishes. If you are looking for a good pav recipe or recipes for dishes to enjoy your pav with, you are in the right place!

Lip Smacking Pav Recipes That You Must Try

Before we get into the recipes, we have for you a recipe of how to make the pav from scratch. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own at home!

1. Pav Recipe

Ingredients 

  • Maida, 3 – 3 ½ cups
  • Softened butter or oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Dry active yeast, ¾ tablespoon
  • Sugar, 2 teaspoons
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Warm water, 1 cup
  • Milk, for brushing

Total Cooking Time 

  • 1 hour 55 minutes

Servings 

  • 8 pavs

How to Make 

  • Mix together one cup of flour, yeast and sugar in a bowl.
  • Add the water and stir it using a whisk or a spoon until the mix is thick and smooth.
  • Cover the bowl and leave the batter to rise for about 40 minutes.
  •  At the end of the 40 minutes, you will see a frothy and bubbly layer on top of the batter.
  • Add in another cup of flour, oil and salt and mix well.
  • Finally, add the last cup of flour and begin to knead the mix into a dough.
  • If your dough is still sticky, you can add in another ¼ or ½ cup of flour.
  • Continue to knead until your dough is smooth yet pliable.
  • After kneading, spread oil or butter over the surface of the dough.
  • Using a cotton cloth, cover the dough and keep it aside to leaven for about an hour.
  • Once it has risen, it will have doubled in size.
  • You must now punch the dough gently to deflate it and then mould it into a log shape.
  • Slice this log into equal parts and roll each part into a smooth and round roll.
  • Grease a baking tray and place the rolls onto it, ensuring to leave at least one inch space between them.
  • Now, cover the tray and leave the dough to rise again for around half an hour.
  • Fifteen minutes before baking the pavs, heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  • Brush the pavs with milk before placing the tray in the oven.
  • Once in the oven, bake for half an hour or until the tops are golden and hollow.
  • Remove them from the oven and move them to a cooling rack to prevent them from getting soggy.
  • Your pavs are ready!
fresh pav

Now that you know how pav is made, here are some pav dishes that you must try making for the family. They are sure to be a hit!

2. Masala Pav

Best had during tea time with a steaming cup of chai, this masala pav recipe is simple and is a taste of Mumbai street food.

Ingredients 

  • Butter, 2 tablespoons
  • Red onion, 1, chopped
  • Tomatoes, 2, chopped
  • Green pepper, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Red pepper, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Ginger, ½ inch
  • Garlic, 3-4 cloves
  • Green chilli, 1
  • Pav bhaji masala, 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon
  • Red Kashmiri chilli powder, ½ teaspoon
  • Kasuri methi, 1 teaspoon, crushed
  • Coriander, 3 tablespoons, chopped
  • Lemon juice, 1-2 teaspoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, ½ cup
  • 4-5 pavs
  • Butter, 1 tablespoon

Total Cooking Time

  • 25 minutes

Servings

  • Serves 4

How to Make

  • Place a pan on the stove and heat butter in it.
  • Once it has melted, add in the cumin seeds and wait for them to crackle.
  • With a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic, ginger and chilli together.
  •  Add them into the pan and sauté till they start to change colour.
  •  Add the onions into the pan and sauté till they start to become translucent.
  •  Add the tomatoes, mix well and cook for about two minutes.
  •  Add the salt, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala and sauté well for a minute.
  • Add the red and green peppers along with the kasuri methi and sauté.
  •  Add ½ cup of water and cook on medium low to low heat for around 10 minutes.
  • The masala mix should be moist but not runny.
  •  Add the lemon juice and coriander.
  • In another pan, heat butter and sprinkle in some kasuri methi. Toast the pavs on it.
  • Put the masala on the toasted pavs and garnish with some sliced onions.

3. Pav With Goan Potato Gravy

This dish is spicy and tangy, and is the perfect accompaniment for pavs.

Ingredients 

  • Potatoes, 4 cups, peeled, chopped and par-boiled
  • Tomato pulp, 1 cup
  • Oil, 1 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Onions, 2, medium sized, whole, unpeeled
  • Oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Poppy seeds, 2 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon sticks, 2
  • Cloves, 3
  • Black peppercorns, 4
  • Whole coriander seeds, 2 teaspoons
  • Dry Kashmiri red chillies, 3, broken
  • Grated coconut, ¾ cup
  • Garlic, 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • Pavs, 4

Total Cooking Time

  • One hour

Servings

  • Serves 4

How to Make

  • Roast onions over an open flame.
  • Once they have turned black, allow them to cool before peeling and chopping them.
  • Heat oil in a pan and sauté together the poppy seeds, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, red chillies and coriander seeds.
  • Add the coconut into the mix and sauté for another three minutes.
  • Allow the mix to cool and then blend it into a paste using half a cup of water. Keep this aside.
  • In a kadai, sauté the potatoes in oil for about 5 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Add the prepared paste, one cup of water, and salt.
  • Mix well, cover and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • It is ready to be serves with pavs.
pav with goan potato curry

4. Pav Usal

This usal pav recipe is simple and tasty.

Ingredients 

  • Dried white or yellow peas, 1 cup, soaked for 8 hours
  • Tamarind water, 1 cup
  • Onion, 1, finely chopped
  • Garlic, 4 cloves, finely chopped
  • Green chillies, 2, finely chopped
  • Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida (Hing), 1 pinch
  • Red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala, 2 teaspoons
  • Curry leaves, 1 sprig
  • Coriander leaves, 1 sprig
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil
  • Pavs, 8

Total Cooking Time

  • 50 minutes

Servings 

  • Serves 4

How to Make

  • Pressure cook the soaked peas for five whistles and then set aside to allow the steam to come out naturally.
  • Heat oil in a dish and add mustard seeds.
  • Once they begin to pop, add the hing and curry leaves.
  • Add the garlic and sauté until the colour begins to change.
  • Then add the onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes to the dish along with the tamarind water.
  • Simmer for ten minutes.
  • Pour in the cooked peas, garam masala, salt and chilli powder.
  • Mix everything well, cover and simmer on low for twenty minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and garnish with coriander before serving with pav.

5. Chatpata Pav Recipe

Similar to the famous pav bhaji, this is a faster way to get similar flavours.

Ingredients

  • Pavs, 6
  • Butter, 6 teaspoons for pav, 2 tablespoons for masala
  • Onions, ¾ cup, finely chopped
  • Capsicum, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Garlic, ½ teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes, 1 cup, finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Chilli powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Black salt, ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala, ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander, 2 tablespoons, chopped
  • Lemon wedges

Total Cooking Time 

  • Half an hour

Servings

  • Serves 6

How to Make 

  • Heat butter in a pan and then add the onions and capsicum.
  • Sauté the ingredients until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and water. Mix well and cook for two minutes on low heat, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add in the garam masala and the black salt and mix well.
  • Stir occasionally as it cooks for about a minute on low heat.
  • Turn off the heat and divide the masala into six parts.
  • Heat a teaspoon of butter in a pan and take one portion of the masala mix.
  • Sauté this for a few seconds.
  • Slit a pav open and place it on the masala on the pan. Ensure the masala is spread evenly on the pav.
  • Cook for a minute before removing from heat.
  • Cook the rest of the pavs with the masala in the same way.
  • Garnish them with coriander and lemon wedges.
chatpata pav recipe

6. Pav Bhaji

Here is an easy pav bhaji recipe.

Ingredients 

  • Vegetable oil, ½ cup
  • Garlic, 2 teaspoons, chopped
  • Green chilli peppers, 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Onions, 1 cup, chopped
  • Fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons, grated
  • Tomatoes, 1 cup, chopped
  • Green peas, 1 cup
  • Carrots, 1 cup, grated
  • Potatoes, 4, boiled and mashed
  • Pav bhaji masala, 3 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
  • Pavs
  • Butter, ½ tablespoon
  • Onion, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Green chilli peppers, 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
  • Fresh coriander, ¼ cup, finely chopped

Total Cooking Time 

  • 50 minutes

Servings

  • Serves 4

How to Make 

  • Heat oil in a dish on medium heat.
  • Sauté the green chillies and garlic for a few seconds.
  • Add the onions and ginger and sauté until the onions have browned.
  •  Add the tomatoes, mix and cook until it turns pasty.
  •  Add the carrots, peas and potatoes.
  • Add the pav bhaji masala and mix well.
  • Cover the dish and cook for fifteen minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add salt and lemon juice and mix.
  • Toast the pavs with butter and serve with the bhaji garnished with coriander, onions and green chillies.

7. Vada Pav

This vada pav recipe will have you feeling like you are walking the streets of Mumbai.

Ingredients 

  • Pavs, 8
  • Dry garlic chutney
  • Potatoes, 1 ½ cup, boiled and mashed
  • Green chillies, 2, chopped
  • Garlic, 1 ½ tablespoons, grated
  • Ginger, 2 teaspoons, roughly chopped
  • Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Hing, ¼ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves, 8
  • Turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon
  • Oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Besan, ¾ cup
  • Turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon
  • Baking powder, a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry

Total Cooking Time 

  • 40 minutes

Servings 

  • Serves 8

How to Make 

  • Using a mortar and pestle, grind the ginger and garlic together with the green chillies.
  • Heat oil in a dish and add mustard seeds.
  • Once they start crackling, add the hing and curry leaves and sauté for a few minutes.
  •  Add the garlic, ginger and chilli paste and sauté for another few seconds.
  •  Add potatoes, salt and turmeric powder and mix everything together well.
  • Remove this from the fire and let it cool.
  • Divide it into 8 parts and shape into balls.
  • For the outer covering, mix the besan, turmeric powder, baking soda, oil and salt together.
  •  Add around 1/3 cup of water to make a batter.
  • Dip the vada mixture into the batter and coat it well.
  • Gently put it into the oil and fry until golden brown in colour.
  • Drain it on paper towels and keep it aside. Do the same for all vadas.
  • Slice each pav and spread the dry garlic chutney onto it.
  • Place one of the vadas inside and serve.
vada pav

8. Misal Pav

Delicious sprouts and tangy tomatoes bring the flavour in this misal pav recipe.

Ingredients

For Misal Masala

  • Onions, ¼ cup, thinly sliced
  • Oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Dry coconut, ¼ cup, grated
  • Coriander seeds, 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Cloves, 3
  • Peppercorns, 3
  • Cinnamon stick, 25mm
  • Dry Kashmiri red chillies, 2
  • Garlic, 3 cloves

For Misal

  • Oil, 3 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Onions, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon
  • Sprouted matki, ½ cup
  • Sprouted safed vatana, ½ cup
  • Sprouted moong, ½ cup
  • Sprouted chawli, 2 tablespoons
  • Chilli powder, 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Coriander, 2 tablespoons, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste

To Serve With

  • Mixed farsan, ½ cup
  • Potatoes, 8 tablespoons
  • Chopped onions, ½ cup
  • Coriander, 4 tablespoons, finely chopped
  • Pavs, 8
  • Lemon wedges, 4

Total Cook Time

  • 40 minutes

Servings

  • Serves 4

How to Make

For Misal Masala

  • Heat oil in a pan and add the onions along with the grated coconut. Sauté until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and sauté the mix for about five minutes.
  • Take this off the heat and rest.
  • Once it has cooled, blend into a powder.

For Misal

  • In a pressure cooker, heat some oil and toss in the cumin seeds.
  • Once they start to crackle, it’s time to add the onions and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add the misal masala and sauté for another minute.
  • Add the turmeric powder, tomatoes and water and cook well for three minutes, stirring in between.
  • Add the safed vatana, matki, chawli sprouts and moong and mix everything well.
  • Add salt and two cups of hot water.
  • Mix and pressure cook for three whistles.
  • After the steam has released, open the lid.
  • Add ½ cup water, chilli powder and coriander. Mix this well.
  • Simmer for another five minutes and stir occasionally.

To Make Misal Pav

  • Put ¼ of the misal in a bowl.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons of batata poha, 2 tablespoons of mixed farsaan, 1 tablespoon coriander, 2 tablespoons onions and serve with pav.
  • Do the same for the remaining ingredients.

The above pav recipes are easy and delicious and will be a wonderful treat that you can enjoy with the family, so spoil your family by trying a few of them!

10 Delicious Rajasthani Dishes That You Shouldn’t Miss

India is a land of varied cultures and traditions, and the royal state of Rajasthan has always mesmerised us with its vast heritage, golden deserts and majestic forts. However, this colourful state also has much to offer when it comes to mouth-watering delicacies. People from Rajasthan like to enjoy their food, and that reflects in their cuisine. Rajasthani cuisine has been influenced by the warrior-lifestyle of the state’s early inhabitants, and also by the scarcity of fresh vegetables and water in the desert region. Rajasthani food remains unspoiled for days, and many of the dishes can be eaten without heating.

If you wish to learn some delicious and lip-smacking Rajasthani recipes that will make your family drool, we suggest you to read on!

10 Popular Rajasthani Dishes With Recipes

Here are some popular Rajasthani recipes that you can try at home!

1. Laal Maas

One of the most famous and loved meat recipes of Rajasthan is Laal Maas. This hot and spicy mutton gravy can be had with rice or roti.

Laal Maas

Ingredients:

  • Lamb meat – 1 kg, cut into medium-sized pieces
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Onions – 3-4,  thinly sliced
  • Thick yoghurt – 1 cup
  • Green cardamom – 3-4
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Cinnamon stick – 1
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 4-5 teaspoons
  • Coriander powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Garam masala powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Ghee – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoons

Preparation Time:

15 to 20 minutes

Total Cooking Time:

1 hour 20 minutes

Serving:

7 to 8

Method:

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan and add cardamom, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add onions, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, yoghurt, mutton pieces and salt. Cover and cook until mutton becomes tender.
  • Add chilli powder and coriander powder. Cook until oil separates from the masala.
  • Add garam masala, one cup water and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with fragrant coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with boiled rice or any Indian bread.

2. Gatte ki Sabzi

One of our favourite vegetarian Rajasthani recipes is Gatte ki Sabzi. This recipe involves making soft gram flour dumplings dipped in a curd based gravy.

Gatte ki Sabzi

Ingredients:

For the Gattas:

  • Gram flour – 1 cup
  • Curd – 1-2 tablespoons
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dhania powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Roasted cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch, finely chopped
  • Oil for frying

For the Gravy:

  • Curd – 1 cup, whisked
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Green chilli – 1, slit
  • Dried red chillies – 4-5
  • Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cloves – 10
  • Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic cloves – 6-7, chopped
  • Hing – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • A handful of coriander leaves, chopped

Preparation Time:

10 to 12 minutes

Total Cooking Time:

40 to 45 minutes

Serving:

4 to 5

Method:

  • In a bowl, take gram flour, chilli powder, turmeric powder, dhania powder, hing, cumin powder and salt. Mix all the ingredients.
  • Add curd, oil and baking soda to make a soft dough.
  • Roll the dough into long thin strips.
  • Boil these in water for 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove from water, and cut the strips into smaller pieces.
  • Heat oil in a wok, deep fry the gattas until crispy. Keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in a separate pan, and add cumin seeds and chillies. Cook for a minute.
  • Add onion and sauté well.
  • Add cloves and garlic and mix. Throw in all the powdered spices and sauté for a minute.
  • Add salt and curd. As the oil begins to separate, add gattas. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with any Indian bread or rice.

3. Mirchi Vada

This is a famous street food option that the locals usually relish with evening tea.

Mirchi Vada

Ingredients:

  • Large green chillies – 10-12
  • Gram flour – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Water
  • Oil for deep frying

Vada Filling:

  • Boiled potatoes – 5-6
  • Fennel powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Green chillies – 2, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Time:

10 to 15 min

Total Cooking Time:

30 to 35 min

Serving:

4 to 5

Method:

  • Slit the chillies from the centre and discard the seeds.
  • Mash the boiled potatoes and mix salt, chilli powder, mango powder, asafoetida, fennel powder, coriander powder and salt into it.
  • Put the potato filling into the chillies.
  • In a separate bowl, mix gram flour, salt and water to make a smooth and thick paste.
  • Dip the chillies in it.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Fry the green chillies one by one until they turn golden and crispy.
  • Serve with the imli chutney and mint chutney.

4. Pyaaz ki Kachori

When it comes to Rajasthani food recipes, Pyaaz ki Kachori is something that cannot be missed!

Pyaaz ki Kachori

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • Refined flour – 1 1/2 cup
  • Melted ghee – 4-5 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Baking powder – 3/4 teaspoon

For the Filling:

  • Onions – 4-5, chopped
  • Green chillies – 2, chopped
  • Kalonji – 1 teaspoon
  • Fennel seeds – 2 teaspoons
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Chilli powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Gram flour – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Oil for frying

Preparation Time:

15 to 20 min

Total Cooking Time:

30 to 35 min

Serving:

6-8

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients required for the dough, and knead for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add kalonji, fennel seeds and bay leaves, and sauté for a minute.
  • Add onion and green chillies, and sauté for two to three minutes.
  • Add chilli powder, gram flour, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Cook for two minutes. Turn off heat and let it cool.
  • Make 8 to 10 portions of the dough. Roll and place the filling. Seal the ends.
  • Deep fry on medium heat until they turn crisp.
  • Serve with Lehsun ki Chutney.

5. Lehsun ki Chutney

Rajasthani food is incomplete without this yummy chutney. It can be savoured with snacks as well as meals.

Lehsun ki Chutney
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Whole dry red chillies – 8-10, soaked in warm water for 15 to 20 min
  • Whole garlic – 2, cleaned and peeled
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Time:

20 min

Total Cooking Time:

30-35 min

Serving:

4-5

Method:

  • Put garlic cloves and dry red chillies in a blender and churn into a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Let the fenugreek and mustard seeds crackle.
  • Add the prepared chilli-garlic paste, salt, sugar and water. Cook till oil floats on the surface.
  • Serve with parantha, snacks or meals.

Note: Store the chutney in a clean jar glass and use it for a week to 10 days.

6. Baati

This is a type of Rajasthani bread that is round and firm and can be relished with dal and other gravy recipes.

Baati

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour – 3 cups
  • Ghee – 1 cup
  • Sooji – 1 cup
  • Warm water – 1 1/4 cup
  • Salt as required

Preparation Time:

15 mins

Total Cooking Time:

1 hour

Serving:

10 to 12

Method:

  • Mix flour, soojighee, salt and water to make a soft dough.
  • Let it sit for 25-30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 10 to 12 equal parts and make small balls.
  • Brush some ghee on them.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Break the hot baatis and pour ghee on them before serving.

7. Churma

Churma is a Rajasthani sweet dish that tastes absolutely divine.

Churma

Ingredients:

  • Flour – 2 cups
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Grated jaggery – 1 cup
  • Mixed nuts (almonds, pistachio and cashew nuts) – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup

Preparation Time:

10 to 15 minutes

Total Cooking Time:

25 to 30 minutes

Serving:

4 to 5

Method:

  • Take flour and add ghee; mix well. Add water to make a stiff dough.
  • Make thick round and crispy chapatis.
  • Cool the chapatis and grind them in a blender until they become a fine powder.
  • In a pan, put the powdered chapatis, jaggery and ghee, and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Garnish with mixed nuts. Serve hot.

8. Kesar Murg

Kesar Murg is chicken dipped in thick creamy gravy. Cashew nut paste adds a rich texture to this chicken recipe.

Kesar Murg
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Boneless chicken – 500 gms
  • Onion paste – 1 cup
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Cashew nuts  – 1/4 cup, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and blended into a fine paste
  • ½ cup
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Green cardamom – 8-10
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon, soaked in some milk
  • Ghee – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Time:

10 to 15 minutes

Total Cooking Time:

35 to 40 minutes

Serving:

3 to 4

Method:

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan, add bay leaves and cardamom, and cook for a minute.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and onion paste, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add coriander powder and cashew nut paste and cook for a few minutes.
  • Put chicken and saffron into the pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5-6 minutes.
  • At this juncture, add salt, beaten curd and chilli powder and wait until the chicken gets well-cooked.
  • Add cream, and mix well. Remove from heat, and serve hot with naan or parantha.

9. Bajra Rotla/Bajre ki Roti

This Rajasthani bread can be relished with any gravy or chutney.

Bajra Rotla

Ingredients:

  • Bajra flour – 2 cups
  • Onions – 2, chopped
  • Potatoes – 2-3, boiled and mashed
  • Green chilli-garlic-ginger paste – 2 teaspoons
  • Dried mango powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Chopped green coriander – 1/2 cup
  • Grated fresh coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

Preparation Time:

10 mins

Total Cooking Time:

20 mins

Serving:

3-4

Method:

  • Take a large bowl, and mix all the ingredients to form a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into 6 to 8 small portions and roll out each to make a chapati.
  • Heat a flat pan and cook these chapatis one by one using ghee to make them crispy.
  • Serve hot with any gravy or chutney.

Note: Use warm water to make a softer dough.

10. Papad ki Sabzi

This traditional Rajasthani recipe can be instantly prepared with papads, curd and tomatoes. Let’s check it out!

Papad ki Sabzi
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Papads – 5-6
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 2, chopped
  • Chopped ginger – 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilli -1, chopped
  • Kasuri methi – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped green coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 3 teaspoons

Preparation Time:

10 mins

Total Cooking Time:

10 to 15 minutes

Serving:

3-4

Method:

  • Roast papads in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Alternatively, you can deep fry the papads.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and sauté until they turn brown.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and kasuri methi and sauté for a while.
  • Add tomatoes, green chillies, ginger and red chilli powder. Cook until the masala separates from the oil.
  • Add water and cook on low heat for a few minutes.
  • Once the gravy starts thickening, add curd, salt and coriander leaves.
  • Take papads and break them into small pieces. Add them to the gravy and cook for a minute or two.
  • Relish with hot paranthas or rotis.

Note: Curd should be at room temperature or else it will coagulate.

If you’re bored of having the same meals over and over again, try out these easy-to-make delicious Rajasthani recipes. These scrumptious dishes are sure to become the favourites of your family members and loved ones!

11 Best Dal (Indian Lentils) Recipes You Must Try

Indian cuisine is much like its culture – varied. Different recipes can be prepared using one common ingredient. Dal is one of the most famous ingredients used in our cuisine, and there is a huge variety of recipes to choose from. From the bright yellow chana dal to tasty moong dal, here is a selection of the best dal recipes from every state of the country.

Easy and Healthy Dal Recipes You Can Make at Home

We all have eaten dal, but may not know how to exactly make it. Here are some easy dal-based recipes for you to try:

1.  Moong Dal Dosa

Healthy and easy, this moong dal recipe is bound to be a hit with your family.

Moong Dal

Ingredients:

  • Moong dal – 2 cups
  • Urad dal – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5
  • Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Salt – two teaspoons

Total Cook Time:

6 hours

Servings:

Serves Four

Method:

  • Soak moong dal and urad dal in water and keep in a cool place to ferment for at least three hours. If you have the time, leave it to soak overnight.
  • Blend the ingredients together until they reach a batter-like consistency.
  • Leave aside to rise for a couple of hours.
  • In a pan, fry the dosas with oil or ghee until crisp.
  • Serve with chutney or sambar.

2.  Dal Tadka

Here is a dal recipe made in restaurant style.

Dal Tadka

Ingredients:

  • Arhar dal – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 2, split lengthwise
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Tomato – 2, chopped
  • Ginger – ½ inch, grated
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – ½ teaspoon
  • Water – 2 ½ cups
  • Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon, crushed
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • Ghee – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic cloves – 6, finely chopped
  • Dry red chillies – 3
  • Red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon

Total Cook Time: 

30 minutes

Servings:

Serves four

Method:

  • Rinse and then add the dal to a pressure cooker with the chopped tomatoes, onions, green chillies, ginger, turmeric and asafoetida and 2 ½ cups water.
  • Mix everything well and then pressure cook for 8 whistles.
  • Mash the dal well until you have a creamy but not too thick consistency.
  • Let the dal simmer for about five minutes.
  • Add the kasuri methigaram masala powder, coriander and salt.
  • Mix well and remove from heat.
  • In a small pan, heat some ghee. Add some cumin seeds until they begin to crackle.
  • Add the red chillies, chopped garlic and asafoetida.
  • Once the garlic turns brown, add the chilli powder and mix well.
  • Pour the tempering onto dal and cover.

3.  Dal Fry

Here is a simple Dal Fry recipe.

Dal Fry

Ingredients:

  • Yellow moong dal – ¼ cup, soaked for two hours then drained
  • Masoor dal – 1 cup, soaked for two hours then drained
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Garlic – 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Salt
  • Ghee – 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Kalonji (Nigella seeds) – ½ teaspoon
  • Kashmiri red chilli – 1 whole
  • Onions – ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes – ½ cup finely chopped
  • Coriander – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Total Cook Time:

2 hours, 30 minutes

Servings:

Serves four

Method:

  • Put the dal, green chillies, turmeric powder, garlic, ginger, salt and 2 ½ cups of water in a pressure cooker.
  • Mix and cook for two whistles.
  • Heat ghee and add dry red chilly, mustard seeds and nigella seeds and sauté until they turn fragrant.
  • Add onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes along with a quarter cup of water and cook for a few minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the cooked dal mixture with ¼ cup of water and mix.
  • Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Stir it now and then.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve.

4.  Dal Makhani

Here is a Punjabi Dal Makhani recipe for you.

Dal Makhani

Ingredients:

  • Whole urad dal – ¾ cup, soaked overnight
  • Rajma – ¼ cup, soaked overnight
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Onion – 1, finely chopped
  • Green chillies – 2, finely chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 2 teaspoons
  • Tomato puree – 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Cloves – 3
  • Green cardamom – 3
  • Black cardamom – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Indian bay leaf – 1
  • Red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Nutmeg – 3 pinches, grated or powder
  • Cream – ¼ cup
  • Kasturi methi – ¼ teaspoon
  • Butter – 3 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste

Total Cook Time:

1 hour

Servings:

Serves 4

Method:

  • Add the soaked and rinsed dal to a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water.
  • Stir everything together well.
  • Pressure cook for about 18 whistles. If not yet cooked, cook for five more whistles after adding ½ cup water.
  • Heat butter in a pan and add the whole spices. Sauté till they become fragrant.
  • Add the onions and sauté till they’re translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add green chillies and sauté.
  • Add tomato puree and stir.
  • Add nutmeg and chilli powder. Cook this mixture till you see the fat begin to separate.
  • Add the rajma beans and urad dal.
  • Cook everything on low flame for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the cream and mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and cream.

5.  Chana Dal Chutney

This delicious Chana Dal Chutney goes well with dosaidli and even as a side dish for your main course.

Chana Dal Chutney

Ingredients:

  • Split Bengal gram – 2 tablespoons
  • Red chillies – 3
  • Salt – 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin – ½ teaspoon
  • Oil – 2 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Green chilli – 1
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Curd – ½ cup
  • Pepper – ½ teaspoon

Total Cook Time:

15 minutes

Servings:  

Serves four

Method:

  • In a frying pan, heat some oil and fry the red chillies, cumin and split Bengal gram till you get a fragrance. Set aside to cool.
  • Put the ingredients in a blender along with pepper, asafoetida and salt, and blend well.
  • Add curd to the mix.
  • For the tempering, heat oil in a pan and fry mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies together and then pour into the chutney.
  • Mix everything together well and serve with dosaidli or even with piping hot rice and a teaspoon of ghee for a yummy rice dish!

6.  Dal Dhokli

This Indian dal recipe originated in Gujarat and is known for its incredible flavour.

Dal Dhokli
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Green moong dal – ½ cup
  • Red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves – 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ teaspoon
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves – ½ tablespoon, chopped
  • Turmeric – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Bay leaf – ½
  • Asafoetida – 1 pinch
  • Refined oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Wheat flour – ¼ cup

Total Cook Time:

1 hour

Servings:

Serves two

Method:

  • In a large bowl, mix cumin powder, turmeric, chopped coriander, salt, oil and wheat flour.
  • Add just enough water to knead the mix into a dough.
  • Make small balls and roll them out in the same way you would a chapati.
  • Cut out each piece into a square.
  • Take a wide dish and fill it with water.
  • Bring the water to boil and then add the dhokli pieces one by one.
  • Once the dhoklis begin to soften, take them out and keep them separately.
  • Pressure cook the dal with 1 cup of water.
  • Add oil and ghee to a pan and add bay leaf, cumin seeds, curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida to it.
  • Sauté for a few seconds and then add red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder to the spices.
  • Mix well.
  • Quickly add this tempering to the dal along with some salt and let it cook for a few minutes
  • Add the dhokli towards the end of cooking, giving them only about a minute or two on the heat.

7.  Pancharatna Dal

Of all the dal recipes, only this one includes the goodness of five types of lentils.

Pancharatna Dal
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Whole urad dal – ¼ cup
  • Chana dal – ¼ cup
  • Moong dal – ¼ cup
  • Masoor dal – ¼ cup
  • Tuvar dal – ¼ cup
  • Onions – 2, fine chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Tomatoes – 2, chopped
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Coriander – 2 sprigs, fine chopped
  • Salt to taste

Total Cook Time:

1 hour, 15 minutes

Servings:

Serves four

Method:

  • Leave the lentils to soak for at least two hours before you start making the dish.
  • Once they have thoroughly soaked, add them to a pressure cooker and cook for four whistles.
  • Add oil to a pan and let it heat.
  • Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  • As the cumin begins to turn brown, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté once again.
  • Add the green chillies, tomatoes and coriander powder.
  • Once the oil begins to separate, add the dal, whisking a bit before pouring.
  • Mix well and allow it to cook on low flame for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

8.  Methi Palak Dal

This recipeuses moong dal and spinach.

Dal Palak
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Moong dal – ¼ cup
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 4
  • Onion – ½ , chopped
  • Green chillies – 3, chopped
  • Garlic – 2 pods
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric – ¼ teaspoon
  • Chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Fenugreek leaves – 1 cup, chopped
  • Spinach – 1 cup, chopped
  • Lime juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – 1 cup

Total Cook Time:

1/2 hour

Servings:

Serves two

Method:

  • Cook dal in a pressure cooker with half a cup of water. Three whistles should be enough.
  • In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • When the seeds start to pop, add green chillies and cook till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add garlic and fenugreek leaves and cook until leaves wilt.
  • Add chilli powder, turmeric and salt, and stir well.
  • Next, add spinach and cook till the leaves wilt.
  • Mash dal and add it to the mixture.
  • After mixing well, add a cup of water and let it cook for about ten minutes.
  • Add lime juice and stir well.
  • Cover and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

9.  Hyderabadi Khatti Dal

This spicy lentils recipe is the Hyderabadi version of Khatti Dal.

Hyderabadi Khatti Dal

Ingredients:

  • Dhuli masoor dal – 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Tomatoes – 1 cup, chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Green chillies – 3, split into halves
  • Tamarind pulp – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil – 3 tablespoons
  • Garlic – 6 cloves, crushed
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Dry red chillies – 3
  • Curry leaves – 12
  • Coriander – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Total Cook Time:

40 minutes

Servings:

Serves four

Method:

  • Add dal to a pressure cooker with salt, tomato, turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and red chilli powder.
  • Cook for three whistles on low heat.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once all the steam has been released, open the lid. Add tamarind pulp and mix.
  • Heat oil in a small pan to make the tempering.
  • Add garlic and let it fry till golden brown.
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds and wait for them to pop.
  • Add this to the dal and sprinkle coriander as garnish. Serve with rice and sabji.

10.  Dal Mughlai

This recipe tells you how to make tasty dal in a style that originated in the royal kitchens.

Dal Mughlai
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Tuvar dal – ¾ cup
  • Chana dal – ¼ cup
  • Tomatoes – 1 cup, chopped
  • Bottle gourd – 2 cups, cubed
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic – ½ teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Green chillies – 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Onions – ¾ cup, sliced
  • Coriander – 2 tablespoons, fine chopped

Total Cook Time:

Forty minutes

Servings:

Serves six

Method:

  • After washing, allow the dal to soak for at least half an hour and then drain.
  • Add bottle gourd, tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt, 3 cups of water and dal to a pressure cooker.
  • Cook for three whistles.
  • Once the steam has escaped, remove the lid and whisk the dal.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them pop.
  • Now add green chillies, garlic, onions and ginger and sauté until onions are golden brown.
  • Add the dal, salt and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Mix well. Garnish with coriander and serve.

11.  Dal Bharta

Rich with spices, this dish is bound to impress.

Dal Bharta
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Tuvar dal – 2 cups
  • Onion – ¼
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1-inch stick,
  • Black peppercorn – 6
  • Salt to taste
  • Water
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Tomatoes – 2, chopped
  • Cashew nut paste – 3 tablespoons
  • Yoghurt – 3 tablespoons, whisked
  • Fresh cream – 2 tablespoons
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander – 2 sprigs, finely chopped

Total Cook Time:

40 minutes

Servings:

Serves eight

Method:

  • Boil the dal with onion, garlic cloves, cinnamon sticks, black pepper, bay leaf and salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and salt.
  • Sauté till the onions turn golden brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add tomatoes and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Cover and cook until tomatoes turn soft.
  • In a bowl, add powdered spices and make a paste of it using water.
  • Once the tomatoes have softened, pour in the masala paste and cook till the mix is dry.
  • Add the dal and sauté well till it has completely blended with the spices.
  • Add cashew paste and yoghurt and mix well with one cup of water.
  • Add cream and butter, and allow everything to cook till it is creamy in texture.
  • Turn off the heat. Garnish with eggs and coriander.

FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions:

1. How Much Time Does It Take for Dal to Boil?

Dal can take a long time to boil if not soaked for a minimum of one to two hours. Dals like tuvar dalmoong dal and split Bengal gram will boil in 30 minutes while dals like chana dal and rajma need to be boiled for 40 minutes. If you’re using a pressure cooker, the time taken will be about 15 minutes.

2. How Long Does Dal Last in the Fridge?

Cooked dal can be kept in the fridge for about four to five days without it going bad.

3. How Can I Make Dal Thicker?

You can thicken dal by using cream, coconut milk, tomato paste or stock. You can also allow the dal to cook for longer until enough water evaporates, bringing the dal to the consistency you desire. Mashing the dal also thickens it and gives it a creamier texture.

4. What Happens If I Don’t Soak Dal?

While not all lentils need to be soaked, lentils like beans are better after a good soaking. This is because soaking helps to speed up the cooking time as well as eliminate gas. If you do not soak lentils, you will need to waste a lot more gas or electricity to cook it, or may end up with uncooked dal.

Adding dal to your diet is beneficial as they are rich in protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins. So, get into your kitchen and give something a shot. You will be healthier and happier for it. Your taste buds will thank you too.

4 Traditional Kerala Snacks

We all like to eat chips and other fried foods but we are also aware that fried snacks are not good for us. How about you try some traditional healthy snacks? Traditional snacks are tasty too. It may not be as other ready-made snacks. Read this blog post to learn the recipes of different types of traditional Kerala snacks (sweet, salty, and spicy). Your children will love these.

1. Unniyappam

Uniyappam

Ingredients

  • Rice flour – 2 cups
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Bananas – 2
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Black sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Coconut  pieces – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut oil for frying (you can use any oil available in your kitchen)
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste

How to Make

  • Dry roast the rice flour over medium flame for about 3-4 minutes and keep aside.
  • Melt the jaggery in 1/4th cup of water.
  • Slice the bananas.
  • Heat some ghee in a pan and fry the banana slices for 5 minutes. Let them cool then grind to get a smooth paste.
  • Take the roasted rice flour in a bowl and add the melted jaggery to it. Mix well. Add the banana mixture to it and mix again.
  • Add the coconut pieces to the mixture.
  • Add the cardamom powder, cumin seeds, black sesame seeds, and salt, and mix well. The mixture should look like a cake batter.
  • Add some water if needed and make a smooth mixture.
  •  Cover the bowl with a plate and let the batter sit for an hour.
  • Now take the paniyaram pan and apply some oil.
  • Heat the pan and pour the batter in each hole.
  • Cook it over medium flame. When they start turning golden brown, flip it and let them cook from the other side as well. Serve hot.

2. Kozhukatta

Kozhukatta

Ingredients 

  • Rice flour – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – 3/4th cup
  • Ghee – 3 tablespoons
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required

How to Make

  • Boil half a cup of water.
  • Let it cool then add the rice flour to it. Make a soft dough and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan and add ghee to it.
  • Add the grated jaggery to the pan and let it melt. Then add the grated coconut.
  • Sauté the coconut and jaggery mixture for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cardamom powder and salt and mix well.
  • Grease your palm with ghee.
  • Take a small portion of the dough and roll it out to make a small circle.
  • Take 1 spoon of jaggery and coconut mixture and place it in the centre of the rolled out dough.
  • Take the edges of the rolled out dough and bind it.
  • Repeat the above three steps to make more kozhukatta.
  • Steam the kozhukatta for about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm.

3. Banana Chips

Banana chips

Ingredients 

  • Raw bananas (plantains) – 2
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

How to Make

  • Peel the skin of the bananas with the help of a knife.
  • Slice the peeled bananas. The slices should be very thin.
  • Take 1 cup of water in a bowl and add the turmeric powder to it.
  • Add sliced bananas to a bowl and soak them in water for 15 minutes.
  • Pour them to a colander and let them dry.
  • Then take a towel or cloth then spread the banana slices for absorbing extra water
  • Meanwhile, heat some oil in a pan.
  • Once the banana slices dry, fry them in the oil until they turn crispy.
  • Place these chips on the kitchen towel to get rid of the excess oil from the banana chips.
  • Sprinkle salt on the chips and enjoy.

4. Sweet Poha

Ingredients 

  • Beaten rice (rice poha) – 2 cups
  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Cashew nuts and raisins – 100 grams

How to make 

  • Melt the jaggery in 1/4th cup of water.
  • Add the grated coconut to the jaggery mix.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes while stirring continuously.
  • Add the cardamom powder, cumin powder, and salt and mix well. Keep aside and let it cool.
  • Dry roast the poha for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix poha to the jaggery and coconut mix.
  • Heat a pan, add 1 tablespoon of ghee to it and roast cashew nuts and raisins.
  • Add the dry roasted cashews and raisins to the poha mixture and mix well. Then enjoy.

Make these yummy snacks for your family and enjoy with your kids.

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Facing Food Fuss? Let’s Make It Fun With Green Leafy Veggies!

Hello mommies and dear parents of tiny tots. Greetings!

Being a mother to a toddler is equally taxing yet fun. Understanding their babbles and coos to wonder what they are trying to express is a task in itself. Amidst all this along with managing daily routine, feeding children is a major task for mums, and to figure out what is right and what isn’t is another big mystery! Let’s bring in some fun to food so that our terrible 2s and over-enthusiastic 1s along with terrific 3s indulge in it happily and with joy!

Certain food groups like green leafy veggies take a long time to digest…literally in the toddlers mind! They never feel like going for a bowl of greens but would happily munch on crisps any day. Do you also face similar issues dealing with your toddler when it comes to feeding them? Okay then, let’s try to make food fun for our kiddos!

How to incorporate greens in their diet is the question. Green leafy veggies have loads of minerals vitamins and plenty of antioxidants which boost immunity. I tried boiling spinach and blending it to make a fine soup out of it. I thought I had achieved something out of it as the aroma of the steaming hot soup filled the air and everyone in the house was waiting to grab their bowls! I hence felt maybe my little one would do the same. If not, he would at least have a small cup of it. Alas! I was disappointed since he just refrained from gulping it.

What Next?

I wanted my little one to eat, but how to make him eat was the question. After thinking over it for a while, I thought of adding some corn and boiled potato to it, mixed up with cheese, and turning them into tikkis.
The spinach soup was used instead of water to mix up the ingredients. I tossed the tikkis in butter and offered it to my tiny little human.

The moment he took the first bite, he fell in love with the dish and happily started munching on healthy green spinach corn tikkis! My cup of joy was full seeing him do that.

One thing I learnt out of this was if we experiment with food for young ones, they love and enjoy every bit of it. The monotonous roti subji or rice or dal do not lure them much. At the same time, keeping the kid’s health in mind we should opt for healthy choices rather than going for ready-to-eat products like junk and fast food.

Such experiments even help incorporate good foods in a different way and make the platter a perfect snack.

Recipe for Spinach Corn Aloo Tikki

  • 1 boiled potato, mashed
  • 0.5 cup boiled corn, mashed
  • 3 tbsp spinach soup or spinach paste
  • Cheese as per your requirement
  • A bit of salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Pepper (if loved by your kid)
  • Butter to shallow fry tikkis

Mix all ingredients to a smooth dough and make around 5-6 small tikkis out of it. You may use a cookie cutter to mould the tikkis and make them more attractive for your little one. Shallow fry it with butter on a pan and serve.

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Working From Home With Kids – Tips To Survive

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown, most people are working from home. While many people are managing just fine, the same cannot be said for those who have kids. If you’re a parent, working from home with your kids around, who want to be entertained all the time or have snacks every hour, can be challenging. Children demand attention 24-7 and parenting while meeting tight deadlines, responding to endless emails, and attending conference calls every two hours can be hard. As this disease is spreading rapidly, we don’t know for how long we will have to stay cooped up in our homes and you may have to work from while attending to your kids’ demands. But do not panic, working from home while under quarantine with kids can be fun if you know how to make it fun.

How to Work From Home With Kids When Under Quarantine

Here are some tips for staying productive while working from home with children during coronavirus.

1. Designate an area for your ‘home office’.

Yes, you want to keep an eye on your children all the time while you are at home, but the noise and their fun can be a distraction for you. This is why having a designated ‘work space’ in your home is necessary. Trust us, while working in your kitchen and using the kitchen table as work table sounds fun, but it’s not the optimal work area. If your kids are on the naughtier side, you will have to keep your files, laptop, and other work-related things out of their reach. So choose a well-lit area of your house that can be your home office. Keep a small table and place a drawer underneath to store your files and records. Keep it clutter-free and organised.

Home office

You can also make a small work space for your kids in your home office. Set up a small table and stock it with things like paper, pens, colours, pencils, tape, and stickers. This will buy you some time to focus while not worrying about the kid. This way, they will always be able to see you.

2. Work when your kids are asleep.

If you are working from home with toddlers, then you can use their sleeping schedule or napping hours to your advantage. While your kids sleep for two to three hours in the afternoon, you can have uninterrupted time to concentrate on your work. Utilise this time to get important tasks done. Save these hours for doing tasks that need your complete focus. You can do this by doing low-priority or less challenging tasks when the kids are awake and scheduling work or calls on a significant project while they are asleep.

If your children are in their teen years, they won’t take naps during afternoon hours. In such a case, ask them to read or play silently, or clean the house. This way they learn something new without disturbing you. Make the most of this time by focussing on important work. Despite your perfect plans, there will be days when things won’t go as planned, but it’s okay. Don’t stress yourselves, do as much as you can.

3. Make a boredom box.

This can be a lifesaver on days when all your strategies to keep your children occupied fail to work. Simply create a boredom box, which can be a box full of activities or crafts based on your children’s interest. This will help your kids play in a specific way or create certain projects. The boredom box would contain things your children are sure to like. For example, if your kid like crafts, then the box would contain things like glue, straws, paper, glitter, paints, stickers, buttons, yarn, and the other things in your home that you think are relevant. After you have assembled these things, you can ask them to make cards or something else. This will keep your children happily occupied while you work from home.

4. Talk to your children.

Your children can see that you’re on an important call, but that shall not stop them from bursting into your room and crying and complaining about something their sibling did. Yes, this may sound funny, but it’s not funny when you actually have to face this situation. You’re left shushing your toddler while your boss awaits your bright ideas. If you’re ever faced with such a situation, quickly press the ‘mute’ button on your smart phone. Trust, us, it’s a smart choice. But the best thing you can do is talk to your children about it.

Talk to your kids while working from home

You can use the power of repetition to teach your children what not to do when they are left alone for a while. First, tell them what tasks during your work should not be interrupted and what activity they should be doing during this time. Pretend to have a meeting or call to see how your kids react and go through this drill more than one time. Reward and praise them when they get it right and gently guide them if they do not. The more you practice, the more your kids will learn. Good behaviour never comes overnight; it takes patience and practice. So be a little patient with your kid while you teach how to behave.

5. Show your commitment.

When you are working from home, it is important that you stay committed to your job and to your boss. Let them know that you are productive and quick with work like always. One example to show your commitment is by responding to their emails quickly or as early as possible. Though most people like working in pyjamas, you might find that your productivity and confidence level is increased when you are dressed professionally. This will also let your kids know that when you are dressed in office-wear, you are doing office work, and that they should not interrupt during important calls.

6. Make time for your family.

Now that everyone is at home, it is the perfect time to invest some time in your family and kids. You are more likely to get quality work time if you give your children attention for even 20 minutes every couple of hours. If you give them some attention, they are likely to be happy for a long time and won’t disturb you while you work. These breaks will also be refreshing for you while working and help you feel good about yourself. It will give you confidence that you can manage work, home, and kids. So, cuddle up with your kids and read a few short stories to them or sit on the floor and play block games with them while you have got the opportunity.

7. Let your kids make a few decisions.

Giving your children a chance to make their own choices will make them confident and independent. Let them decide what they would like to wear, what games they would like to play or which storybooks they would like to read. Give them a chance to make a few snacks (which do not need gas or playing with fire) for themselves and eat on their own. When they do these simple tasks on their own, you will get time to work without interruptions. You could also create a list of activities to do so that your children can follow the list.

Kids making sandwich and burger

For younger children, you can pack some food and leave it in the fridge and ask them to finish it by 2 pm. For older children, you can have them put a few ingredients together to make less-complicated meals. This would teach them to become independent.

8. Use tricks that work for you.

There’s always one thing that can stop your child’s incessant cries – it can be his favourite cartoon on television or eating his favourite chocolate. As a parent, you know what works best with your children. If watching their favourite cartoons can stop your kids from disturbing you while you’re busy with work, then let them watch, and don’t feel guilty about resorting to such techniques to keep your children occupied. If there is an important conference call or meeting coming up, then simply turn on the TV and give them a few snacks. This will keep them occupied for a while and will help you focus on the meeting. As long as their screen time is limited, it’s okay if you let them enjoy a few cartoons.

9. Communicate with your partner.

If your partner or spouse is at home, then it is important to communicate with your partner about responsibilities so that you both are on the same page with regards to your needs and expectations. This will help in cases when either one of you has heavy deadlines or meetings. Another great idea is to hang a sign on your office door when you are on an important call or meeting so that your family knows that it is not a good time to interrupt. You could also use silly props like capes or toys when you are on an important call and tell your kids that every time you use those, you should not be interrupted. These are very powerful signals for your children.

10. Plan ahead.

Always try to finish your work a few hours earlier instead of waiting till the last minute. If possible, you can take control of your own work from home mom schedule and create your own deadlines. Procrastinating never helps, and if you have children, it’s best to not leave the work for the next day. You never know what emergencies might come, so get your work done on time, in fact before time.

Taking care of children and attending to their constant demands while working from home can be difficult, but it is possible. The tips we have shared above will help – use them to your advantage and have a perfect work-life balance at home. Talk to your partner and share responsibilities. Divide housework and take turns to watch your children. It’s a difficult time, but remember that it’s during this time that you will get the chance to bond with your kids and family members. Make the most of it; don’t stress about work. Set a routine and get your work done in scheduled time. And then spend all your time with your loved ones.

Body Polishing at Home – Benefits and Steps to Do It

Pimples and zits appearing on your skin is your body’s way of telling you that it needs to be cared for. Your skin is your largest organ and the way you take care of it will reflect the way you appear to be outside.

What is Meant by Body Polishing?

Body polishing is a process where you use an abrasive cream for massaging and gently exfoliating your skin. It clears up dead skin cells, boosts blood circulation and makes you feel rejuvenated by the end of the session.

Is Body Polishing Safe for Your Skin?

Of course! Body polishing uses a blend of essential oils and natural ingredients which are free from chemicals, additives, and sulphates – making sure your skin gets what it needs to restore it back to life. It cleanses your skin and gets rid of the dirt and grime, making it soft and supple just the way it’s meant to be.

Amazing Benefits of Body Polishing

Following are some of the amazing skin polishing benefits:

  • Boosts your blood circulation and gives you that flawless radiant look
  • Removes dust, dirt, pimples, zits, and blackheads on the skin
  • Relaxes your mind and rejuvenates your body
  • Moisturizes your skin, reduces fine lines and eliminates wrinkles
  • Removes any signs of sun damage
  • No more dry skin and it helps in detoxification too
  • Promotes new cell growth and clears up dead skin cells
  • Gives you soft and supple skin

Step by Step Procedure to do Body Polishing at Home

If you’re planning to do body and face polishing at home, then here’s what you need and how to do it.

Ingredients

  • Pumice Stone
  • DIY Body Polish
  • Loofah
  • Olive Oil

Procedure

  • Take a lukewarm water shower and get ready with the ingredients
  • Gently massage your body with three tablespoons of olive oil and apply any DIY body polish
  • Add in the loofah (synthetic or natural, any works), and give yourself a nice massage for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Scrub your knees, elbows, and the other areas of your body
  • Take a shower and rinse well afterwards

Homemade Body Polishing Recipes

If you’re still left wondering about the other ways on how to do body polishing at home, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

1. Rice Flour Body Scrub Recipe

This full body polishing recipe works like a charm and is very easy to make. Start using it instantly!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup rice flour
  • 1/3 cup sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Coconut oil

Procedure

  • Combine the rice flour and sea salt in a big bowl
  • Stir in some turmeric powder
  • Add in coconut oil and mix well to make the consistency thick
  • Use this as your body scrub and apply it on your skin during shower time

2. Rose Petals Body Scrub

Do you love the smell of roses? We sure do and guess what? Rose petals are actually excellent for your skin. Here’s how to use this homemade body polish for dry skin.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a cup of rose petals (dehydrated)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter
  • 2 to 3 drops of essential oil

Procedure

  • Get a big bowl
  • Blend all the above-listed ingredients well
  • Apply it to your body, scrub and massage well, and  rinse in lukewarm water

3. Strawberry-Sugar Body Scrub

The goodness of strawberries and sugar when combined gives you the ultimate exfoliating skin polishing treatment at home.

Ingredients

  • A cup of sugar
  • 2 to 3 strawberries (fresh and crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 3 to 4 drops of essential oil

Procedure

  • Blend all the ingredients in  a bowl and mix well until smooth
  • Apply the scrub on your body and massage for a few minutes
  • Wash with lukewarm water and finish

4. Honey Body Scrub

Honey has antibacterial properties and when you combine it with rock salt and coconut oil, you get a natural body polishing scrub that not only heals your skin but moisturizes it and safeguards from sun damage.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of any bath salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan rock salt
  • A teaspoon of organic  raw honey
  • 1/2 a cup of coconut oil
  • A tablespoon of rosemary leaves

Procedure

  • In a bowl, start off by mixing in all the ingredients well
  • Make sure the consistency is thick
  • Pour this blend into an airtight mason jar and refrigerate for roughly 15 to 20 minutes
  • Apply it to your body, scrub well and wash with lukewarm water once done

Tips to Remember

Here are a couple of tips to remember when it comes to making the most out of your DIY body polish treatment at home:

  • Check your skin type before you opt for any of these natural body polish treatment protocols. For example, sugar-based body polish recipes work well with normal skin but not so much for those with dry skin. Sea salt recipes are ideal for oily skin types while those with sensitive skin should stick to DIY scrub recipes that incorporate shea butter
  • Make sure to store your body scrubs in airtight jars and containers. Refrigerate these and make sure to finish using them up in a month. Commercial body scrubs last longer in terms of a shelf life because of the chemicals and preservatives added to them. And since these are completely natural and contain no synthetic or artificial ingredients, you’ll have to use them up in a month or less since they’re fresh and don’t last as long
  • If you’re using a body polish recipe with oil in its list of ingredients, be sure to stay careful when applying it. A few drops of oil and a slippery floor could lead to slips and accidents in the bathroom when you don’t take care
  • Don’t scrub your body with a lot of force. Be gentle, go slow, and massage the different areas smoothly. If you scrub too hard, you’ll end up leaving scratches or marks which is not what you want
  • Avoid applying any of these body scrub recipes on cracked or damaged skin. Consult a dermatologist if you suspect you’re experiencing any allergic reactions to any of these natural ingredients
  • If you want to take these body scrub recipes a step further, you can start off by adding in some crushed fruit. Any kind of fruit like orange, lemons, apples, and avocados work. You have plenty of room to explore and adding in the fruits will help detox your skin and keep it glowing

When you treat your body to a healthy lifestyle and complement it with the perfect skincare routine, you get glowing and flawless skin. Your outer self is a reflection of your inner self and how well you take care of it. Luckily, these body scrub recipes will have you covered and you’ll be the envy of your friends and peers before you know it. Give it time, use these every day (or every other day) and you’ll start seeing results really fast.s