Broccoli Paratha Recipe – Stuffed Paratha Recipe

Broccoli Paratha Recipe – Stuffed Paratha Recipe

Broccoli Paratha –Stuffed Veggie Paratha is a healthy lunch box/dinner dish in which the minced broccoli florets are seasoned with spices & onion and stuffed inside the Indian wheat flat bread which is then cooked on hot tawa with butter or oil.

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Broccoli Paratha – Stuffed Paratha Recipe from Homemaking Delight

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Homemade Gift Basket – DiY – Fruit Gift Basket for mother’s day

Homemade Gift Basket – DiY – Fruit Gift Basket – Hand-made gifts

Homemade gift basket / DiY Fruit Gift basket  is an easy handmade gift in which the hand picked fruits are arranged in a decorated basket and delivered to the recipient at his/her home or workplace for special occasions such as Mother’s day, Valentines day, Christmas & other holidays or as a ‘Thank you‘ gift. 🙂

We all exchange gifts on special occasions & holidays as a token of love. Though, store-bought gifts make our loved ones happy, hand-made gifts are the ones that make them feel special & stay in the heart. It just shows the time & affection they invested in making the gift. I got an opportunity to make a homemade gift basket, when we were invited by our relatives. We were not sure about our visit until the last moment, so I had not planned earlier for a gift and also I didn’t have enough time to buy something special for them. My nephew is a big fan of fruits. So, I thought of making this special & healthy homemade gift basket. There were a few small imperfections here & there (My first time, please!), but together it looked beautiful. 🙂

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Fruit Gift Basket – DiY from Homemaking Delight

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4 In 1 Dual USB Car Charger Adapter Review – Product from Tophatter

4 In 1 Dual USB Car Charger Adapter Review – Tophatter Product

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There were times when only rich people can afford cars and telephones at homes. They both were status symbols. (iPhone’s still a status symbol these days) 😀 But, cars and mobile phones have become very important in our lives these days. With the growing technology, starting from automatic gear to autonomous driving, we have seen much development in cars. I am not an expert in cars/automobiles. But, I guess the one basic thing that every car needs in this era is an USB portal. This is all because of the mobile phone that’s like our sixth finger. Busy or not, I keep forgetting to charge my mobile and it will always have low battery holding its last breath waiting for me to charge (My mobile charge is 4% right now) it. The USB portal in our car has saved my mobile a lot many times. If you are like me then, you definitely need a USB car charger adapter to keep you connected when you are busy hitting the road. 🙂

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4 In 1 Dual USB Car Charger Adapter – Product Review from Homemaking Delight

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Poha Recipe – Aval Upma – Quick breakfast with flattened rice

Poha Recipe – Aval Upma – Quick breakfast with flattened rice

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Poha Recipe – Aval Upma – Quick breakfast with flattened rice, peanuts and onions – Aval Upma called as Poha in North India is an easy, simple breakfast prepared by cooking soaked flattened rice with onions and peanuts.

Normally Tamil people would have Idly/Dosa/Upma for their breakfast. But, many people would run farther whenever they hear the word ‘Upma‘.  😀 There are loads of Upma varieties – Arisi Upma, Rava Upma, Wheat rava Upma, Semiya Upma, Ragi Semiya Upma etc. They would make a proper full-supplement delicious breakfast when accompanied with matching chutney/sambhar/kothsu. They are easy to prepare and would mostly be preferred by Bachelors/Bachelorettes for breakfast. Here is one simple but delicious recipe for Aval Upma commonly referred to as POHA.

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Easy Poha Recipe – Aval Upma – kanda poha – Flattened rice recipe – HomeMaking Delight

Growing up, I was never a big fan of upma varieties and never touched them. My mom would prepare dosa for me whenever she prepared upma at my home. Luckily, they never served upma in my college hostel too (Not so lucky, I could have killed a few people with my hostel IDLIES in a single hit 😐). Once I was at home for my study hols and I was reading ( ??!??!!? ) something. As I was reading, I saw my Thatha (Grandfather) rushing in and out of the dining hall very frequently munching something. He normally used to eat very less irrespective of whether he liked or not. Out of curiosity, I opened and saw what it was there in the hot pack and to my surprise, I saw steaming ‘Aval Upma’ in there. I had already had dosa then, so I rushed to tell my mom that Thatha seemed to have like it so much. My mom was so glad hearing that and then she asked me to try that. Saying that, she put a spoonful of that AVAL Upma into my mouth and that moment I realized that UPMAs are all not that bad like I had been assuming ( After started my own cooking while I was staying with my friends, UPMAs are the ones that kept me alive, that is a different story 😛). Good thing is her poha recipe is quite simple too. She prepares so many flavors of POHA (Sweet, Tamarind, Lime, Dhal flavored) all of which would be so delicious. I would post them soon for you guys. Over to my mom’s delicious poha recipe – Onion Aval Upma – Kanda Poha from Home-Making-Delight with step by step photos.

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Baby Shower Decorations – DiY – Baby Shower Wall Decor Ideas

Baby Shower Decorations – DiY Baby Shower Wall Decor Ideas

Baby Shower Decorations – DiY Baby Shower Wall Decor – An easy handmade wall decor made by cutting scrapbook paper in the shape of onesies and pasting the letters on them to spell the name of the newbie MOM. 🙂

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Baby Shower Decorations – DiY Baby Shower Wall Decor from Homemaking Delight

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Mint flavored Lachha Paratha recipe – Layered Pudina Parantha

Mint flavored Lachha Paratha recipe – Layered Pudina Parantha

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Pudina Lachha paratha or Mint flavored Lachcha paratha – Indian, layered, mint-flavored whole wheat flatbread – Mint Lachcha paratha is a flat bread made from wheat flour (Atta) and fresh mint leaves and pressed and rolled in a way that it forms several soft layers. Roasted spice powders would be sprinkled in between the layers to enhance the flavor & taste. This paratha is quite famous and mostly prepared in North India and Pakistan.

Many of my North Indian friends have asked my why south Indian parathas (Parottas) are different. Long back, my friend and I went to a restaurant where she ordered parottas (assuming that to be wheat parathas) and highly disappointed. Not because of the taste, though!! 🙂  She was a health-freak and she couldn’t eat parottas because of maida. 🙂 What North Indians prepare are parathas/paranthas/parattas made of whole wheat flour. They are made of different stuffings (onion parathas, potato/aloo parattas, cauliflower/gobi parathas, radish/mooli parattas) and also using greens or greens’ extracts – Pudina parathas, Palak paranthas etc. When these parathas made with layers, we call those ‘lachha parathas’. Lachcha means layers or long strands. 😐 That’s how it got this name..

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Mint flavored Lachha Paratha recipe -Layered Pudina Parantha – HomeMaking-Delight

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Dead sea mud mask – Top benefits for skin and health

 

Dead sea mud mask – Top benefits for skin and health

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Dead sea mud mask – Mud masks are thick clay-like face/body masks that are applied to provide deep hydration to skin and to protect the skin from acne and to cleanse, restore and tighten the skin. Dead sea mud masks are made from the mineral-rich mud of dead sea which has loads of medicinal benefits for skin and health.

Everyone wants a clear, smooth, acne-free, pimple-free skin. Loads of products are flooding the market promising to provide clean and clear glowing skin. Cosmetics like concealer and cream would hide the marks, pigmentation and pimples temporarily. Few masks, gel and cream would promise to remove them permanently. We must be very careful in choosing the products for it could contain harmful chemicals that may cause more damage to the skin. Natural, Ayurvedic and organic products must be given more importance while choosing such products.

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Top benefits of Dead sea mud mask – HomeMakingDelight

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Brinjal Gosthu Recipe – Chidambaram Kosthu – South Indian Kothsu

Brinjal Gosthu Recipe – Chidambaram Kosthu recipe –South Indian Kothsu 

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Brinjal Gosthu – Chidambaram Kosthu – A gravy with shallots and brinjal flavored with coriander seeds – Kothsu or Kosthu is a south Indian gravy prepared from brinjal and shallots (small onions) and served as side dish for Idly, Dosa and Pongal varieties. This dish is famous in and around chidambaram (a place in Tamil Nadu) and hence the name. 🙂

Chidambaram gosthu is a regional dish that is prepared in specific regions of Tamil Nadu like tanjore, kumbakonam, chidambaram, trichy, etc. You can find this dish being served in small hotels in these areas which have been in existence from only God-knows-how-long. 🙂 The taste would be divine. There was a small Iyer hotel in our place which served this brinjal gosthu with adai during evenings. My grandfather was a big fan then and used to order this home frequently. 🙂 We prepare this at home for special occasions or when guests arrive. 🙂

Brinjal Gosthu Recipe - Chidambaram kathirikkai Kosthu - South Indian eggplant Kothsu

Brinjal Gosthu Recipe – Chidambaram kathirikkai Kosthu – South Indian eggplant Kothsu

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Cilantro chutney recipe – Coriander Chutney without coconut

Cilantro chutney – Coriander Chutney without coconut 

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Cilantro chutney or coriander chutney – Ground cilantro with a hint of lemon and sugar thickened with peanuts – Cilantro chutney is a spicy and tangy side dish which is served with mild dishes like parathas, bajji, pakoras etc.

Cilantro also called as coriander or Chinese parsley is the most common flavoring ingredient used in India. We Indians add cilantro to all our dishes to increase flavor and aroma. We don’t spare coriander seeds also. We ground it well and use it as a flavoring agent in a few dishes. I like cilantro very much. Only when I add curry leaves and cilantro, I consider my cooking to be complete. 🙂 Especially, Rasam!! when I prepare rasam without cilantro,  I keep complaining about it the whole day. 😀

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Cilantro chutney recipe – Coriander chutney without coconut – Kothamalli chutney coconut-less version – Homemaking Delight

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Bread Pakora recipe – Bread Bajji – Indian Tea time snacks Recipe

Bread Pakora – Bread Bajji – Indian Fritters Recipe

Bread Pakora / Bread Bajji – Bread pieces dipped in spicy batter and deep fried  – Bread pakora or pakoda is an Indian fritter snack in which the bread slices are coated with the spice batter of besan & rice flour and deep fried in oil. It’s a perfect evening snack to pair with evening tea or coffee especially on a rainy day.

Pakora and Bhaji are the common easy fried snacks prepared frequently in most of the homes in India. Almost all the tea shops would have bajji and onion pakoras in the evening time. My favorite tea-shop fritter is mullu bonda – Big round shaped, finely chopped onions would be dipped in gram flour batter and deep fried. 🙂 Hot mullu bonda followed by steaming coffee would be great on evenings.

We can prepare bajji/pakoras with potato, brinjal, plantain, cabbage, okra, chayote and several others. Though, we can have them with tea, they go better with rice as well. Also, it involves washing, peeling & slicing of vegetables. That takes a bit more time and work especially when you have hungry kids after school or surprise guest visits. Bread Pakora is an easy snack that can save you all that time. All you have to do is just make the batter, dip the slices & fry them. (Ready-mix is also available to make the batter). The crunchy bread pakoras don’t even need any dip/chutney, you can serve it with just ketchup. Phew!!!

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Bread Pakoras / Bread Bajji from Homemaking Delight

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