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. 😀

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

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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Mango Milkshake – Mango Milk Smoothie Recipe

Mango Milkshake – Mango Milk Smoothie Recipe

Mango Milkshake is a healthy chilled drink in which the pulp of fresh mangoes is blended with milk & sugar and flavored with vanilla. It tastes delightful when served with whipped cream topping, nuts & finely chopped mango slices. Yum-yum!! 🙂

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Mango Milkshake from Homemaking Delight

Summer not only brings us heat and sweat. It’s also the season for some heavenly delicious fruits like Jackfruit, Watermelon, Cantaloupe (Muskmelon), chikku(Sappotta) and finally, the king of Fruits – MANGO. I love mangoes!! But, I am so picky with the mangoes. it must be juicy and pulpy with no fibre strands. 🙂 But, when I laid my eyes on the fresh juicy ones in the market earlier this week, I was so sold! So were a dozen of those mangoes! 😀

Mango is a kind of fruits which blends with everything from making smoothie, shake to cake & sweets. The delay in posting recipes with mangoes in our blog is mainly because of our love for mangoes 😀 (which we couldn’t wait to make dishes out of those & we ate those as such). Well, no blaming us. Who can resist the juicy, golden, delicious mangoes? Well, I prepared mango milk shake with those mangoes and the recipe is here for you now. The taste of thick creamy mango pulp with the goodness of milk & cream in this mango milkshake can’t be just defined in words. Try it for yourself!! And, don’t forget to add the vanilla extract, it surely adds a bit of magic. 🙂

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Vegetable Dum Biryani Recipe – Easy Hyderabadi special Briyani

Vegetable Dum Biryani – Easy Hyderabadi special Briyani

Vegetable Dum Biryani is a spicy rice dish in which the rice and vegetables are half-cooked separately and then dum cooked (or steam cooked) together on low flame forming layering in a deep vessel so that the aroma sinks into the rice. Meal for two or for a crowd??? This single pot dish is perfect for lunch, picnic, dinner party or get-together.

As you all know there is a difference between our usual veg briyani and vegetable dum briyani. For veg biryani, the rice and veggies are cooked together along with the spices and for the latter, they are steam cooked in layers at low flame for the flavors to get absorbed into the rice while cooking. The way dum briyani looks is just a feast for the eyes. Orange and yellow colors of saffron, long white basmati rice and a portion of gravy-mixed rice along with fried onions with a hint of mint & coriander leaves would be very tempting to look at 🙂 I just love the way our vegetable dum briyani is served – colorful & yummy.

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Vegetable Dum Biryani Recipe – Hyderabadi special – Veg Dum Briyani – South Indian Biriyani special – HomeMakingDelight

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Red Pepper Sauce Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

Red Pepper Sauce baked Mac and Cheese

Red Pepper Sauce Mac and Cheese – Baked Macaroni and cheese – Delicious cheesy dish prepared by cooking macaroni in roasted red bell pepper sauce, topped with cheese & bread crumbs which is then baked to form a crunchy golden layer on top with cheesy middle layers. This Mac and Cheese is of English origin and is world famous.

All I ever tasted was the traditional mac and cheese prepared with alfredo sauce and it tasted a bit bland with just salt & pepper (Ouch!! I guess I jot hit by mac and cheese lovers). May be, I was so used to it and it has become boring. 😐 Few days back, I saw a recipe of roasted red pepper sauce prepared for spaghetti on a TV show. The timing was great. My cousin had just then surprised me with a new casserole dish and I had just all the inspiration needed. 😀 I adapted the recipe to make my version of mac and cheese. The thick roasted red pepper sauce adds a special flavor to macaroni. The taste of the crunchy golden top with the soft sweet pepper flavored macaroni with bursting cheesy layers would just blow you away!! Upgrade your mac and cheese with our version of red pepper sauce below and do let us know how you enjoy it!! 🙂

Red Pepper Sauce Mac and Cheese Recipe - baked spicy Macaroni and cheese with golden crust - Home-Making-Delight

Red Pepper Sauce Mac and Cheese Recipe – baked spicy Macaroni and cheese with golden crust – Home-Making-Delight

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Mayonnaise mask for hair -Top benefits of mayo on hair care

Top benefits of Mayo on hair care – Mayonnaise mask for hair

Goodness of mayo on hair care – Mayonnaise mask for hair – Mayonnaise or as we call mayo is a well-known dressing that is often used in sandwiches, salads and dips. It’s primary ingredient is egg with yolk which is known for its good proteins. Lemon juice or vinegar is also present in mayo which are used widely in hair care. As you know, hair loves protein and when it gets enough protein, it grows longer, healthier and stronger. This has got mayo to an excellent place in hair care regimen.

My hair is quite fine. It used to be thin and dull. But after I started taking good care of it and ate nutritious food, it has become better now. I have no complaints at least. But, during the last December snow, my usually straight hair had become very frizzy &dry and it was kinda pointing out in all directions. It gave a few of my friends a good laugh too. 😀 It had become quite non-manageable as the winter progressed. I couldn’t style my hair as I wished. It refused to stand still and was looking to spread away from my head pointing to all the directions. 😐 I later learnt that it was caused by the dryness in the winter air. My conditioners were able to help only to some extent to control the frizziness of my hair. Go on and read how I used natural coconut milk mask and mayonaisse mask for hair and escaped my frizzy, electric and dry hair. 🙂  Over to tips and benefits of using Mayonaisse mask for hair from Home MakingDelight..

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Top benefits of mayo on hair care – Mayonnaise mask for hair – Mayo Mask in hair care – HomeMakingDelight

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