Friday, March 22, 2013

An End to Split Ends

The best part in women that adorns her is hair. Long, lustrous and silky smooth hair just adds on to her beauty and provides a grace to her persona.

Love Dove  !
Well indeed I do. And to justify my statement I must state that Dove was introduced to me in my early twenties, as a gift from my overseas maternal aunt. Since then I am sharing my bathroom with Dove in every possible way. From soap to shampoo, body wash to conditioner; trust me dove is all around my place. I wonder that day is no far when I’ll start swearing on the brand.
Well never mind, I too have a braid tale which is a three generation story, revolves around me, of course, my mother and my daughter.

Once upon a time, there was a school girl whose mother was obsessed with her hair care, more than she was. Every day without a miss the mother used to oil girl’s hair, which was till her waist line, air tight braids were made and the thickness of those two braids individually was as of a metal rod. You bet they were pretty thick and I know so because those were my braids. Every girl used to envy me for my thick and long black hair. School girls used to ask me the secret behind my beautiful braids, was nothing rare. Those were pretty good happy days for me. But one day what I saw, enemy of hair! And it was no alien force. They were my own hair. Their ends! Yes the spilt ends! I was worried and heart broken. These split ends were new to me and this new was no good. I could do nothing to get rid of these dirty ends. And being candle therapy the only solution in those days, I had to go for same. Irrespective of me hating the candle therapy because I was vulnerable and scared, that what if some accident happen, what if the therapy goes wrong? What if the therapist is not a pro? What if I had to cut short my length due to failure in therapy? There were so many what if’s , but I was helpless. I was still proud of my tresses, but deep down somewhere I had a glitch against these ugly ends

Today, those tresses are gone. But what I have is a daughter. Just like my mother she is obsessed with her hair care. But her techniques are a lot different as of my mother’s back in those days. She has shoulder length hair, which is according to her is the best length to keep one’s hair healthy and nourished. Any length below this will lead to loss in nourishment and dry and dead ends. But just like every other girl she craves for long tresses. I have seen her going lala over my length after seeing my pictures when I had long tresses. With a fear of spilt ends, she is afraid to grow them long, thus she opt for frequent hair cut, which leads to length till shoulder. While she wish to grow her hair longer than mine.

The other day I was watching T.V and my cookery show was interrupted with commercials, when suddenly Dove Split End Rescue system ad flashed on screen. At first I was thinking if this could actually happen? And I was left thinking should I order this product or not? What if this just another false claim by advertisers? Despite being doubtful, I made up my mind to use it once. And I applied for these samples.
Just after a few washes difference was identified. The bottles were soon emptied. I can say my loyalty towards Dove has finally paid off by introducing this new product.

P.S. I miss Dove Split End Rescue Shampoo in my own time. As the saying goes, it’s always better to be late, than never.

P.S. This is no a fiction, but one dramatized chapter of my life. I proudly say Love Dove, not just because I do, but as it is so worth it.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bathua Ki Poori Aur Aaloo Ki Subzi

Health is Wealth. This is what I keep on telling my family but nothing can be done when everyone is fried food lover or to be precise Poori lover. Adding bathua leaves (green leafy winter vegetable) in the poori dough was somewhat helping me in making my pooris healthy. But what about oil? Well now I have an alternative for that i.e. Fortune Rice Bran Oil. The makers of the oil claims that it is very light and is less consumed. I had a doubt myself at first, but alongwith my hubby's consent  I can say "Makers' claim is absolutely right". Pooris came out perfect and yes they hardly consumed any extra oil and we were not feeling heavy and sleepy like we usually do after having fried and oily food. They were light and yummy. Do try "Bathua ki Poori" in Fortune Rice Bran Oil and  feel healthy.


For Bathua Poori

Fortune Rice Bran Oil            For Deep Frying
Wheat Flour                           One Bowl
Bathua Leaves Paste             Half Bowl
Crushed coriander Seeds       1/2 tsp
Green Chilly(chopped)          1-2
Red Chilly Powder                1/4 tsp
Salt                                        as per taste                        


Clean and Wash bathua leaves. Drain out excess water through strainer. Keep aside.
Boil sufficient water in a broad vessel. Add bathua leaves. Blanch for three to four minutes. Add 1/4 tsp of sugar to maintain the green color.  Drain out the water. Pour over some cold water and strain. Make Paste in Blender.
Take wheat flour in a vessel. Add salt, crushed coriander seeds, green chilly, red chilly powder and mix well.
Add bathua paste and mix. Gradually add some water to prepare a stiff but pliable dough. Rest for fifteen minutes. Divide into small portions. Roll into pooris. Heat sufficient oil in a deep frying pan. Deep fry the bathua poori from both sides till crispy.  Yummy and crispy pooris are ready.

Ingredients for Aaloo Ki Subzi

Fortune Rice Bran Oil       One Tbsp
Boiled Potato                    3 to 4
Tomatoes                          3
Green Chilly                     1 to 2
Coriander Powder           2 tsp
Turmeric Powder             1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder            1/4 tsp                                                                      
Garam Masala                1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds                   1/4 tsp
Asafoetida                       a pinch
Ginger                             a small piece
Salt                                  as per taste


Roughly mashed the potatoes and keep aside. Grind tomatoes in a blender with green chilly and ginger.
Heat oil in a pan. Add asafoetida. Saute for a minute. Add in cumin seeds. When they start to crackle, simmer the fire. Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder and immediately add tomato puree. Stir. Add coriander powder and salt. Cook for three to four minutes or  until  the oil comes out. Add in potatoes and mix. Add two and half cups of water. Stir. Cook for five minutes. Switch off the fire. Sprinkle garam masala. Add fresh coriander leaves. Serve with hot crispy bathua pooris. Enjoy!!     .

This post is a part of Healthy & Tasty Recipe Contest with Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil & BlogAdda.com