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5 Innovative Vegetarian Food Ideas, Snacks & Homemade Mithai for Diwali Party

5 Diwali Party Ideas

5 Diwali Party Ideas

Need new and innovative ideas Vegetarian food ideas, snacks and homemade mithai for a Diwali party are meant to wow everyone? These fun recipes are quick and easy to prepare. They will take less time but make a bigger impression on your vegetarian Diwali party guests.


  1.  Eggless Egg Kebab with Leftover Chhole – Special something for vegetarians

Do you want to cook up a dish to remember for vegetarians? This leftover chhole kebab looks like an egg but it is a vegan preparation. It is unique, fun and easy to cook! You can simply use leftover chhole or use boiled or canned chickpeas. There’s a sinful center of creamy paneer and the outer covering is spicy and delicious. This is the vegetarian variety of scotch eggs, if you will. Check out the innovative vegetarian recipe here!

  1. Mickey Mouse Besan Laddoo for Kids in 15 minutes

Kids will love to make it and eat these nutritious laddoos. Packed with protein, they are full of goodness for growth and development of the muscles.The mouse face is tucked with slices of almonds to boost the taste and energy. Share happiness and smiles on your Diwali Party. Here is the recipe.



  1. Leftover Dal Soup in Bread Bowl – Classy European Snack for party guests

Wondering what you can make with some leftover black dal? Wonder no more. Here’s a black dal that can be served to special guests in a bowl made of bread! Just break a piece of bread from the sides and dip it in the European style soup. Isn’t this a great food idea for vegetarians? It is easy to make and filling for party guests. See the recipe here.



  1. Leftover Roti Sweet for Surprise Guests

This sweet looks like a million buck. It is bound to get your surprise guests wondering how you pulled it off in such a short time. Most homes have leftover rotis and yogurt lying in the fridge, even if you have a little rice instead of roti, you can try out this yummy dish.



  1. 15 Minutes Homemade Malai Barfi for a quick fix mithai

Malai barfi is best eaten fresh, really fresh. When there’s no mithai at home, or someone doesn’t like what you’ve bought from the store, this malai barfi is the perfect quick fix. It is ready in 15 minutes and really yummy too. Here’s a recipe for Homemade mithai.


Do try out these recipes and share pictures with us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. We would love to hear more food ideas. Share your Diwali recipes and ideas here. The best recipe submissions will get a Diwali surprise gift from us.  Have a yummy Diwali.

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Crispy Sweet Potato Chaat || Nourishing Natural Foods

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Shakarkandi Paneer Anaar ki Chaat
Oven Baked, Crispy Sweet Potato Fries are marinated in a lip smacking masala. It is spicy, sweet and tangy at the same time. This recipe is loaded with vegetarian protein, fiber and vitamins. It is nourishing, easy to make and drool worthy..!!
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Sweet Potato Fries, Oven Baked
  1. a) Preheat the oven at 200 Degree Celcius/ 400 F. b) Scrub the sweet potato clean and cut them into quarters. c) Add ghee and coat the sweet potato. d) Add all the dried spices and mix well. e) Place them on an aluminium sheet over a baking tray. Seal the package with another sheet of aluminium foil on top. f) Oven bake it for 15 minutes at 200 degree celsius. Then flip it over and bake it for another 15 minutes. g) Pull the fried out of the oven and allow them to cool.
Giving the Smoky Flavour
  1. To give the smoky flavour. Heat coal in a metal bowl until it is red hot. Place the coal in the centre of the fries and pour a spoonful of hot ghee on it. Once the coal starts smoking seal the aluminium package again and allow the smoky flavour to absorb in the sweet potato.
Finishing the Chaat
  1. a) Drizzle honey. b) Add pomegranate. c) Crumble homemade paneer on top. d) Tear and add the herbs. e) Squeeze the lemon juice. f) Garnish with red chilli powder. Serve!
Recipe Notes

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DIY Kitchen Makeover Project – Making Food Dreams Come True..

When I was a little girl ..

When I was a little girl, I loved to play kitchen! My DIY Kitchen Project is all about making food dreams come true. Growing up, I never owned a dollhouse. We never really needed one; my six cousins and I would each claim a study table or a chair and call it our “house”. I would spend the entire summer vacation dreaming about how I want to set up my own little kitchen. Probably the only thing that has changed is the size of my kitchen playthings.

I live with my parents, on other days I live in a rented apartment with a tiny kitchen and a bossy older sister. Even today, I think about having my own little kitchen someday. I even imagine where my herb garden would go, what my kitchen counter would look like and even what kind of grinder I would like. If you have ever held on to a little wish since you were a child, you would know what it feels like when a surprise package makes that vision come alive. Well, that is exactly what happened to me recently.


Making Food Dreams Come True ..


A Massive Package arrives..

About two weeks ago I received a massive package at my doorstep. I had no idea who had sent it, I read my name on it and got so excited that I just began to break it open. To my surprise, the box was full of colourful kitchen stuff! There were bright pink mixing bowls in 3 different sizes. There were bright, colorful and skid-free chopping boards. Bright green ingredient bowls, storage boxes, little tiny masala boxes, salt and peppershakers, it was all here! There were boxes to store every ingredient that I’ll probably ever need in my kitchen.

For a decade now, my mom and I have been collecting kitchen items from all over the world. I have collected German steel knives and pineapple Schneider, to cocktail glasses and Swiss-made glass bottles. I have saved it all and kept them locked up in a cupboard. Somehow, it never felt like the right time, to get those things out and finally set up that dream kitchen.

Bright New Stuff

Bright New Stuff

New Beginnings…

But something changed that afternoon, something about this oh-so-bright package that had arrived at my door inspired me to do it. To go ahead and make my food dreams come true. And that’s when I made this decision. My YouTube channel is on full swing and I need a studio of my own to stick to my shoot schedules. There’s no way that I can get my kind mother to vacate her kitchen for my shoots every other day. The attic is empty and all this stuff is so inspiring! I finally have all the stuff I need to make my kitchen look good, bright and really pretty most of all. So I am going for it.


I am converting my Attic into a Brand New DIY Studio kitchen..!

I will be sharing all the little steps and details about how I am putting this together. I’m sharing my kitchen story so that one day, you will be inspired to do up or redo your own kitchen on a low budget DIY project. I’m really inspired with all the lovely DIY ideas on Pinterest and all over the Internet. So go ahead and follow my DIY kitchen ideas board to see all the ideas that I’m shortlisting for this project. I will keep updating this post and adding ideas to it. So you can come back and see the progress as we go along.


Bright and Shiny New Kitchen Stuff..


Here’s a glimpse of all the colourful stuff sent to me by All Time Plastics that really inspired me to finally start this project. This stuff is really cool, it is so bright that it makes me happy, especially with bland white walls in my attic it brings that happy pop of colour that my kitchen needs.

All the captions have the details of their products. The chopping board in white is skid free so it doesn’t move as you chop. A lot of their bowls are not microwavable so don’t risk it. They have a wide range of stuff. A lot of airtight containers bowl, measuring cups, mugs, jars and really cute looking measuring spoons. The large pink bowls, red colander and bright green bowls are so dear to me because they are adding so much spunk to my kitchen look! I’m really digging this.

Here are the Steps I’ve taken so far to convert my dingy, storage space of an attic to a Kitchen Makeover on a budget.

How to make Bright, New DIY Kitchen?

Step 1 – Checking for Light and Ventilation

When you’re converting any space into a kitchen, ventilation is very important. Since I’m trying to create a kitchen on a budget, I’m not looking to buy an electric chimney, so I chose room with many windows so that it doesn’t get too stuffy when I cook or give a tadka.

I also checked which part of the room is well lit for most part of the day. Day light makes the food look great when I take pictures for a blog or shoot a video. Fumes and low light while cooking can affect your eyes badly, so ventilation and light are important if you spend long hours in the kitchen.


Step 2 – Cleaning out the Mess & Sanitization

There was a lot of old stuff stored in the attic for years. Luckily, I found that some of the old stuff could be refashioned and put to use in the new kitchen. I have some old wooden window frames for instance which I intend to use to hang my pots and pans, so there’ll be some mini DIY projects along the way. Once I moved stuff around to empty out a part of the attic, it was time for deep cleaning. It is a storage space being turned into a kitchen, so the cleaning is intense. I dusted and washed, and then sprayed disinfectants everywhere, then washed again.


Step 3 – Planning and Kitchen Layout

We have a layout as per flow of work in professional kitchens. It is, storage and prep on the far left, final mixing and cooking on the right, and then finishing at the pick up counter. In this case I kept it simple. Chopping and prep on the far left [of the right-handed cook], then mixing and finally cooking. Instead of pick up counter, I kept a little photo corner to take good pictures of the final dish.


Step 4 – Basic Set Up



Materials used so far [I’ll keep adding them as I go along]
  • Marble or granite slab to create kitchen counter top. You can also use a cement sheet for the tabletop.
  • An old study desk or table, strong enough to hold the kitchen counter top
  • A sink or makeshift water supply and drainage provision in one corner of the room.


I’ve used an old marble tabletop placed on an old dark wood study table to create the kitchen counter. The marble top is 5 foot by 3 foot while the table that holds it is about a foot smaller on either side. But don’t worry it is unlikely that it will topple. There’s no water supply in this room, so I am creating a makeshift sink. This is how we do it on sets. A steel sink on the side is connected to a bucket of water and a small motor pump and an empty bucket is placed under the sink for the drained water. These are some of the first steps I’ve taken. I’ll be mentioning more of the materials used and steps taken, as we go along.


I’m welcoming ideas from everywhere. If you have ever executed a DIY Kitchen project of your own or if you have any wonderful budget ideas for my kitchen, then please feel free to share it in the comments or follow me on instagram and share your ideas as we go. I’m more practical than artsy, so I would love to hear your ideas to make this place as pretty as I can.







9 Turmeric Benefits – 5 Dinner Ideas | How to Make Best Golden Milk Recipe

I had no idea that I’ve been eating turmeric wrong all along!  I devised this recipe to fix that problem. Have you also been hearing about the extraordinary turmeric benefits lately? Here is how you can boost the benefits for better absorption of turmeric.  In this video I have combined all ingredients for better health and immunity to make the Best Golden Milk recipe in terms of taste and health benefits.


Foodmantra food consultants will always bring you proven facts and well researched information. Foodmantra recipes, videos and articles try to use natural foods in recipes to boost your health and fitness.

How to Eat Turmeric Right?

Turmeric will benefit our body only when we eat it in the right way. I had no idea that dull yellow allepey turmeric has double the good properties [curcumin that boosts good health] than the bright yellow madras turmeric I generally use in curry. Also, we will not get the benefits of turmeric unless we mix it with ghee, coconut oil or any fat and boost its absorption with blackpepper.

5 Dinner Ideas 1 Curry Mix | How to make Golden Paste Curry Mix?

9 Benefits of Turmeric & Golden Milk

  1. Increases Immunity

Whenever I have a cold and cough between seasons I drink this liquid gold. Golden milk along with blackpepper, honey, ginger and cinnamon cures the cold in no time.  I like to drink it all through the year and especially during the winter and monsoon because it prevents me from getting a cold or fever all together.

2. Sleep Better and No Depression

My mother would always give me a hot cup of Haldi ka Doodh aka Golden milk right before I went to bed on school nights. I only learnt later that the soothing drink helps us sleep better. Turmeric has curcumin which helps us sleep well.  It also helps us tackle stress and depression.

3. Helps Heal Wounds Faster

When I injure myself, have a little sprain or even after twisting my ankle I drink golden milk. I even apply turmeric with coconut oil over a cut in the kitchen. It stops the bleeding the wound does not get infected. It has now been proved that turmeric has properties that will help heal our wounds faster.

4. Good for Digestion

Turmeric, when eaten right, helps in better digestion by supporting the growth of good bacteria in the gut. It even helps in healing the stomach if you have an infection. I’ve now started added black pepper each time I use turmeric in my curry so that its healing properties soothe and improve my digestion.

5. Glowing Skin, Scars and Marks

I apply turmeric on my face for clean and glowing skin. It is also anti bacterial and its properties prevent and reduce acne on my face. In fact, I apply it on cuts and bruises so that they don’t leave a scar.

6. Acts as a painkiller

It has now been proven that turmeric acts as a painkiller. It naturally activates a process in the body that betters the natural pain-relieving response. Recently, my right shoulder was injured and I found that golden milk really helped in bringing down the pain. Of course this is my personal experience but as per research turmeric actually does encourage the body to relieve us of pain.

7. Anti – inflammatory

Accordingly to various studies I have read, turmeric is known to have very effective and excellent anti-inflammatory properties. So if you have an injury, swelling, redness or infection turmeric will help in healing it. Due to pain relieving and anti-inflammatory action turmeric is used in curing arthiritis, diabetes, heart diseases and even cancer.

8. Good for people with Diabetes or Cholesterol Issues

If you want to lower your blood sugar and reverse insulin resistance there’s no better natural treatment than adding turmeric into your diet. Turmeric is activates AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help in reversing Type 2 Diabetes. By helping diabetes it also reduces stress in arteries and keeps cholesterol in check.

In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes.

9. Cancer treatment

As per Cancer research UK and American Cancer society,

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.

Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer. As per the study, Turmeric  is able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing.


Mommy was right about Haldi ka Doodh!.. Science said so

My mother and grandmother always told me about the benefits of turmeric and how it is an incredible magic ingredient. The great thing is that its now scientifically proven and many more people are able to reap the benefits of this wonder ingredient! But like I’ve said before, it is important to use the right type of turmeric and combine it with the right ingredients to get maximum benefits for yours and your family’s good health.

So watch the video above and dance your way to good health with Golden Milk..!





How to Make Golden Milk

How to Make Golden Milk








Ask Chef – Make Classic Spaghetti Carbonara – Dinner Ideas

Classic Spaghetti Carbonara - Dinner Ideas

Classic Spaghetti Carbonara – Dinner Ideas

Classic Spaghetti Carbonara – Dinner Ideas

Here is a romantic Dinner Idea for you – Ask the Chef ! How to Make a Classic Spaghetti Carbonara..?
Step by Step recipe for those who love to impress when they cook..!
“You don’t need many ingredients to make a fantastic carbonara and, done properly, it’s a thing of beauty”.
Your favourite Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome. You should make carbonara with eggs, cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano), guanciale or pancetta, and black pepper. Use Spaghetti or you can also use fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine or bucatini.
A highly unlikely story told in  English as The Silver Spoon is that the dish was originally made with black squid ink. Therefore acquired its name as it was as black as coal. The simplest story is that the dish had always existed at the family level and in local osterie before traditional Roman cuisine got its stamp of fame.

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5 Fats Oils Help Lose Body Fat, Boost Weight-loss

Fats Oils cut Body Fat

Fats Oils cut Body Fat

These Fats, Oils Help Lose Body Fat

Fats That are Good for you

Like you, when I cook all I care about is; whether this food is tasty and is it good for my body? I’ve always been a chubby cook, and a part of me always strives to fit into my old college jeans. Yet, I’m a firm believer in feeling strong and fit, rather than weak and thin. I’d rather be toned and work hard on my shape than just blindly cut fats and carbs from my diet.

So, I spent days to research proven facts to find these simple tips and tricks to boost your health gain and weight loss. We know that most fats are high in calories and we tend to minimize or cut them out all together when we are trying to lose flab. Yet, I learnt that some fats actually help you burn and metabolise the fat in your body. You will actually lose the excess fat if you eat them in moderation on a regular basis.

Foodmantra recipes, videos will always research the best natural foods to help you and me achieve our fitness goals together. We understand that nourishing the body with the right food is top priority in home cooking. Foodmantra food consultants will always bring you simple tips and tricks to boost your weight loss (& health gain) goals.

  1. Cow’s Ghee

Pure Cow’s Ghee, is known to be rich in vitamins like A, D, E, K. It also has a beneficial fatty acid, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and butyric acid. Ghee is a types of Fats Oils that Help Lose Body Fat. A regular supplementation of CLA showed significant loss in body fat over six months according to an obesity and weight gain study. Butyric acid on the other hand improves digestion and heals the stomach, helping in better digestion. Both these qualities of ghee not only help reduce fat but also help in stomach and digestion related problems like bloating and betters your metabolism.

How to Use it? 1 tablespoon of ghee can be added to temper a dal, spread over rotis or even mixed in dry chutneys such as miligai podi.

You can even use it to cook since ghee it is a stable fat and doesn’t lose its beneficial properties on heating.


2. Coconut Oil, cold pressed

Coconut oil, cold pressed is the hottest fat in discussion in health and nutrition circles. Coconut oil, although a saturated fat, contains medium chain fatty acids, which burn and convert to energy instantly without accumulating as body fat around your waist. In fact, studies have shown that coconut oil helps you burn belly fat and creates energy. It also reduces appetite and helps overall weight loss and promotes fitness. Coconut oil is another one of fats oils that help lose body fat.

How to Use it? Coconut oil is a great carrier oil and it helps you absorb minerals such as calcium and iron. So, I like using it with spinach, green leafy vegetables or simply cooking an egg in it. In the cold pressed oil, the flavor is rich and fragrant and adds delicate coconut richness to the taste. I often cook spinach uttapams in it, or use it with curry leaves to temper sambhar.


3. Onion Seed Oil (Kalonji ka tel)

It is said that this oil can cure all, except death. It is a powerful food to boost health and fitness. This oil has anti-obesity properties and decreases many weight gain triggers. It is known to have helped millions of people shed excess weight. It reduces appetite, regulates blood glucose levels and glucose absorption, these properties make it an important tool to help health gain and weight loss. This makes it among fats oils that help lose body fat.

How to Use it? While many people take a teaspoon of the oil on its own every morning, I don’t find the idea appealing. Onion seed oil can be drizzled raw on a salad and it will add to the flavor and the goodness of the all the raw food.


4. Sesame Oil

According to a Yale study, participants who consumed 2.6 tablespoons of sesame oil daily lost a significant amount of weight at the end of 45 days. When taken in moderation this oil can help weight loss and also makes you feel full. Yet, since it is high in calories, excess consumption may hinder your weight loss. In this case, moderation is key. Another study about treating obesity – Ayurvedic perspective, BHU says claims have been made of 10000 people having lost up to 10 kgs with regular use of sesame oil. Sesame oil is fats, oils that help you lose body fat.

How to Use it? While cooking in sesame oil is a common practice in Maharashtra, my personal favourite is the Asian sesame oil. It has a rich, nutty flavor that adds a perfect flavours to sauces and soups when drizzled on top.

5. Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil with the high concentration of oleic acid in avocado oil can help you lose weight – especially when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, there’s more to it than that. Avocado oil is thick and full of powerful nutrients, meaning that it will make you feel fuller faster and keep your appetite satisfied longer.

How to Use it? Drizzle it on salads, tacos. Add it to your salads in place of Olive oil with some lemon.

3 Foodmantra Skin Secrets – Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses 

To make myself look and feel beautiful, I follow a three-step mantra every single day. ‘Eat well, sleep well and cleanup well’. Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses help all three of these purposes. Trust me and follow these simple rules. Here’s how I do it.

I remember watching an episode of Oprah once, very long ago. As a teenager back then, fighting acne and insecurities related to it. Feeling inspired, I wanted to be as confident and as beautiful as the women on that show. I never thought that it would be easy, especially for a girl like me! Even in my growing years I was plump with wavy dark hair and a face dotted with old and new acne marks.

Even so, one little line from that show always stuck with me. It was, ‘Happiness makes you look good’. Even to this day, I believe that happiness truly makes a woman look the best she can look. Well, happiness and a little care will make you feel good about yourself.

Foodmantra food consultants are always researching for the best combinations of natural foods to make you look good and feel good everyday. Foodmantra recipes, videos will always use simple ingredients to benefit your health and wellbeing.

FoodMantra for Better Sleep

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

I really believe in getting my beauty sleep. Eight hours of stress free sleep. Not only does this avoid puffy eyes, your face looks hydrated and cared for. I’m serious! Stress and lack of sleep speeds up your wrinkles. That means sleeping well will prevent your skin from ageing quickly. I know getting your beauty sleep can be hard. We easily get preoccupied with work, errands and random thoughts. One thing that has worked for me is eating natural foods that have nutrients to help you sleep better.

How Walnuts work..

Walnuts have melatonin, which helps you sleep better!  Omega-3 fatty acids help in relieving your stress. Walnuts are loaded with Vitamin B which manages your stress and mood. Better sleep and low stress levels are going to make your skin look healthy, hydrated and beautiful everyday.

Vitamin E and antioxidants in walnuts also remove toxins from our skin and fight the free radicals to delay our aging process. Walnut oil helps in hydrating and moisturising our skin. It also reduces puffiness, soothes and relaxes your eyes and lightens your dark circles.

Not only are walnuts great for your sleep and skin but they also  make your hair better. Being full of useful nutrients like Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and potassium strengthen our hair follicles and prevent hair loss. The natural oil in walnut moisturizes your hair and gives them a natural glow. They are naturally an anti-dandruff and anti-fungal agent and fight any scalp infections your may have . Walnut husk will also naturally highlight your hair. So in every way possible, walnuts make you look good!

Foodmantra for Eating Well

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

When was the last time you treated your own self to a delicious breakfast and felt really good about it? I’m tired of people associating anything tasty or sweet with negative emotions like, ‘I shouldn’t’ or ‘this is bad for me’. Eating well makes me really happy. Good food makes you feel energetic, light and happy all day. It carries us through our day. I don’t mean we load up on sugar every morning, but incorporating nuts and fruits in our breakfast can do wonders to the way we look and feel.

Including apples for instance, brightens, tightens and lightens the skin – also know as BLT. The antioxidants in apple prevent tissue damage, potassium is required for the skin, Vitamin A for new skin development and Vitamin C protects the skin. The collagen in apple helps the skin remain youthful and flawless. During the summer it can do wonders for your health and even for your skin! Here’s my recipe that combines the goodness of apple with the richness of walnuts to make a great breakfast.

No-Mayo Healthy Waldorf Salad 

Serves 1


Apples, cut into bite size pieces; 1 cup

Walnuts, chopped; 2 tablespoons

Celery, Chopped; 2 tablespoons

Raw Honey; 1 tablespoon

Cinnamon powder; 1 teaspoon

Yogurt; 2 tablespoons

Iceberg Lettuce, ice- cold cups; 2 leaves


In a large cold bowl, add yogurt, cinnamon and honey and whisk into a smooth dressing.

Add in the chopped celery and walnuts and fold it with the yogurt.

Fold in apples and the chill the salad for 20 minutes.

Place ice-cold cups of Iceberg lettuce on a plate and add spoonful of salad into the lettuce cups.

Serve right away!

This recipe makes a great healthy, wholesome and nutritious mini-meal. Perfect to start the day and stay energized. Apple walnuts crepes protect you and make you more beautiful with every passing day. These ingredients are great to ingest and also to apply for a great looking face.

Mantra for Better CleanUp

As I have mentioned above, using walnut and apple together is not only nourishing when eaten, it can also be applied on the skin. They help in cleaning dead skin, energizing and brightening the face with useful nutrients. A mix of these two ingredients to scrub the face helps get rid of blackheads and makes the skin glow. I find it increasingly difficult and expensive though, to prepare this mixture at home everyday. For regular and frequent exfoliation, moisturizing and nourishment, I have to rely on something that is easier to do.

 My Daily Ritual

I found that Himalaya’s  #GentleExfoliatingWalnutScrub turned out to be much cheaper than using actual walnuts and apple. It is great in the summer because the skin tends to darken and my skin is oily, so it attracts dirt and then I get pimples. The Walnut scrub helps me clean, remove blackheads and scrub out dirt from the pores. It also gives that suppleness from the moisture in walnut and that thin glow from the nut oils. When it comes to brightening, lightening and tightening – Himalaya #GentleExfoliatingWalnutScrub uses the same nourishing ingredients but it is applied on the skin and not eaten for breakfast!

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

I feel really good about the fact that I’m using such rich ingredients that nourish my skin with their nutrients for 130 bucks. It is literally like using the healthiest breakfast of fruits and nuts to clean and nurture my skin. Most importantly, I can use it frequently and regularly to clean my face. I know the scrub boasts its natural ingredients, so I find it way safer than using complex sounding chemical compounds that I don’t understand.

You’ll be surprised to see how hard it is to clean your face properly. Ever so often, we assume that we have washed off the dirt and pollution we attract to our exposed faces everyday. When you look closely, that same dirt clings on to the oil on the face and forms acne, blackheads and makes the face look dotted and patchy. We even wonder why our face isn’t glowing even though we think that we are eating right.

Why its important

Sometimes we miss including the yummiest and the most important nutrients in our daily diet. We also unknowingly ignore the importance of our sleep and daily hydration; not realizing that what makes us beautiful is the mantra to happiness itself! If you want to look beautiful, don’t forget to sleep well, eat well and cleanup well everyday. Happy Smiling!

Know about more ingredients that benefit your skin, hair and beauty, here.

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

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Foodmantra 9 Neem Uses – Get Great Skin, Hair & Beauty

Neem uses make you and me get great skin, hair, enhance beauty! These neem leaves, though bitter as hell, prevent and cure over a hundred diseases because they anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and even anti-cancerous. We frown upon eating because of the unpleasant taste but it has been used for cooking, bathing and chewing for centuries in India for to its powerful medicinal properties.

Have you noticed that the best things in nature are concealed in an unpleasant mask? Like the sparkle of a diamond for instance, is hidden in the darkness of coal, and it takes great effort to reap that sparkle. Don’t you think that neem is the diamond of the plant family?So what if it is bitter in taste, it is so beneficial for health that for me it is even more precious than diamonds.

Here are some effective ways in which neem can be incorporated into our daily routine so we can get the benefits of its powerful healing and protective qualities.

Neem Uses get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

Neem Uses get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

Foodmantra food consultants are always researching for the best combinations of natural foods to make you look good and feel good everyday. Foodmantra recipes, videos will always use simple ingredients to benefit your health and wellbeing.

Neem Uses help get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

Disclaimer: Pregnant and women who are breast-feeding please avoid ingesting neem because its safety at such times has not been established. It increases the heat and energy in the body and can be spermicidal in large quantities. Drinking lots of water or ash gourd juice brings down the body heat.

1) Neem leaves in Tea 

Neem leaves, tender and young leaves, can be added to boiling water till the water turns slightly greenish and sipped on its own. You can also add it to your choice of tea. I personally prefer to go for neutral tea like regular green, white or black tea rather than their flavored counterparts. Neem leaves have a calming effect, have anti viral properties and strengthen your immune system.

2) Neem flower in Thandai

We prepare and drink Thandai during Holi, at the beginning of summer. We tend to catch infections when these seasons change.

Neem being rich in anti-oxidants prevents viral, bacterial and fungal infections. We use neem flowers in the preparation of Thandai to prevent us from catching cold or viral infections.

3) Neem leaves for Tempering in Curries & Dal

Tender, young neem leaves are less bitter and we can use  them like curry leaves in tempering curries and dals. The small quantity prevents the curry from getting bitter while adding the therapeutic qualities of the wonder leaf to your food.


4) Neem Leaves in Curry 

Try using blanched neem leaves, like  in some South East Asian and Thai seafood curries, such as shrimp curry. Neem leaves are blanched two to three times in hot water to get rid of the bitterness, and then added to shrimp curry with palm sugar and tamarind paste.


5) Neem flower in Rasam & Rice preparations

Neem flower is less bitter than neem leaves. You can use these flowers as a vegetable. They call it Veppam pooand add it in South Indian vegetable curry preparations such as rasam and rice preaprations like Neem Flower tempered rice which uses roasted neem flower powder.


6) Neem in Bengali Vegetable Curries & Stir Fry

Use it in Bengali dishes which use bitter flavours in the cuisine beautifully incorporated in stir fries and curries. Other than the use of karela, neem is cleverly used in preparations such as neem begun, which is, eggplants simply tempered with neem leaves, turmeric and some other spices. Neem can control diabetes and purify blood.


Neem for Teeth, Skin & Hair 

7) Neem for Teeth 

You may have seen your grandmother or many people in villages chewing the bark of a neem tree. Many toothpaste brands also boast about carrying the properties of neem for healthier gums. Not only does the neem bark strengthen the gums, it also makes your teeth pearly white. It will prevent ulcers, infections and bad breath. So next time you see a neem tree, do break a twig and chew it!


8) Neem for Hair 

Remember taking a neem water bath as child when I had chicken pox? We did this to prevent the itching and scars from the pox. Use Neem leaves boiled in water to rinse and wash hair. Neem water prevents dandruff and other infections on the scalp.

9) Neem for Skin & Beauty

I’ve had an oily skin and acne issues ever since I was a teenager. Not just that, I tend to get redness on my cheeks as well. Each time people looked at my face, they would start with a chapter on skin care advice. Why don’t you try haldi? Do you go for clean-ups regularly? I think you should use our special 1000-rupee mudpack that will clear up your skin right away!

I’m a real believer in natural remedies; I avoid applying chemicals or never-heard-of fancy sounding compounds on my face, it makes me nervous. I’d much rather try the haldi and neem remedies. Bathing with boiled neem leaves or applying neem seed paste on the skin can help in clearing skin and reducing acne, even so it is really inconvenient to use neem in this way. The problem is, I could never make or apply these natural pastes regularly.

My Daily Skin Ritual 

Its tough to include this ritual with a hectic work schedule. Incidentally, I found something that I can fit in my daily routine. I find Himalaya Neem pack  easy to use, and can be applied and cleaned in a matter of minutes. The best part is that I don’t need to find and grind the neem seeds, and go through all that pain. I can actually get the goodness of neem without all that hard work. My Himalaya Neem pack has the neem and haldi both. Neem helps me disinfect the skin and the haldi also works as an antiseptic to keep germs away. I try to apply it every other day to keep my skin clear and healthy.

love the smell of the neem..

I’ve recently started using the Himalaya Neem pack around a week ago. Recently, I bought a bottle for 130 bucks last week. Its really helped in clearing my skin and the redness I had on my cheeks has reduced. The pack made my skin softer, cleaner and it looks hydrated. I’ve got oily skin, so in case you have dry skin and you want to try this pack, do read the label on the back. Raiding the kitchen every weekend to make my own face pack is a hobby, but this one really has helped me. I would use dried neem, haldi powder with some besan. This pack is a lot like that home pack, very natural and safe to use. Incorporating neem in your daily routine is a great idea, just make sure you don’t have any allergies to any of the ingredients.


Neem Uses get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

Neem Uses get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

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