Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chicken Manchurian

Chicken Manchurian

Probably chicken manchurian is the most wanted chinese item among the indians.
Indians have their own version of chicken manchurian which is most suitable for indian tastebud.
Here I am sharing this awesome recipe.

Ingredients :

  1. Boneless chicken cut in small pieces - 500 gms
  2. Onion cut in cubes - 2 medium
  3. Capcicum cut in cubes - 1 large
  4. slit green chilly - 4-5 (if you want less spicy then you can remove the seeds)
  5. Corn flour 2tbsp(for making the batter) 2tsp(for the gravy)
  6. Maida - 2tbsp
  7. Soya sauce - 2 tbsp
  8. Vinegar - 2tbsp for marination
  9. Spring onion - 1/2 cup chopped
  10. Garlic - 2tbsp chopped
  11. Ginger - 1 tsp chopped
  12. Egg - 1
  13. pepper powder 1 tsp,chilly powder 1 tsp
  14. Refined oil - 2tbsp for gravy and adequate amount for deep fry
  15. Salt to taste

Method :

  1. Clean the boneless chicken and marinate with vinegar and salt.
  2. Mix the corn flour, maida and egg.Add salt and little water to make a thick consistency.Add pepper powder and chilly powder to this mixture.
  3. Put the chicken pieces in that mixture and then deep fry in oil till the coating become golden.The chicken should be cooked.
  4. Take a bottom heavy oak and heat 2tbsp of oil.
  5. Fry the Chopped garlic,chopped ginger and onion in high flame till onion becomes transparent.
  6. Add capcicum and slit green chilly and fry for 2 mins in high flame.
  7. Add soya sauce and 1 cup of water.
  8. Mix 2 tsp cornflower with little water and add it to the gravy while boiling.
  9. When the gravy thickens, add the fried chicken pieces and wait till the gravy boils.
  10. Finally add the chopped spring onion and serve hot.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chicken Hariyali Murgh

Chicken Hariyali Murgh

This particular recipe is very healthy and tasty.It has high nutritious value and goes very well with chapathi or parantha or jeera rice.Its a preparation of a soft murg in  rich creamy gravy.


Chicken - 500 gms
Palak - 2 bunches
Coriander leave - 1 cup chopped
Pudina leave - 1 cup chopped
Green Chilly - 4-5
Onion - 2 (made to paste)
Garlic - 6-7 pods
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Elaichi - 3
Dalchini - 1inch
Cloves - 3-4
Garam masala powder - 1tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1tsp
Fresh cream - 1/2 cup
Butter 3 tbsp
salt to taste


  1. Wash and clean the chicken.Marinate it with turmeric powder and salt till the time you prepare the palak.
  2. Take a pan.Add some water and boil.Add salt and palak.Boil the palak for 2mins.Immediately after boiling,stain the palak and pass cool running water over it. This way the color of palak will be dark green.
  3. Make a smooth paste of palak,green chillies,garlic,ginger,coriander and pudina using a mixer grinder.
  4. Add 2 table spoon of butter in a kadai and heat it. Do not overheat butter.Just heat it till it melts.
  5. Add whole garam masala(elaichi,dalchini and clove).
  6. Add the onion and fry it till it becomes brown in color.You may add little salt this time to get the color soon.
  7. Add turmeric and chilli powder once the onion is cooked(it will ooze out oil once it is cooked) and lower the heat.Fry for 2 mins.
  8. Now add the chicken and fry for some more time in high flame.
  9. Add the palak mix and salt.Lower the heat.keep a tight lid on the top.Put it in dum for 25-30 mins.Do not add water as we want the gravy to be thick.Also the chicken will remove some water and the dish will be cooked in that water only.
  10. After 25 mins, open the lid and add garam masala powder and fresh cream.Cover and cook for another 5 mins.
  11. Finally add 1tbsp of butter on top of the gravy and Hariali murg is ready to be served..happy eating :)

Jovees Gold Facial Kit

As i said in my introduction post that I am going to maintain a consolidated post, so here I am moving my old blog entries to this new blog. Below is the review of the product "JOVEES GOLD FACIAL KIT"

Jovees Gold Facial Kit

top row(left to right) : Cleanser,Scrub,Face mask bottom row(left to right): message gel and max moisturizer

I am not that parlor going type and I really do not prefer to do facial at parlors. Somehow I am always scared of those stretching and pulling done at parlor at the time of doing facial.So I thought the best way would be to buy one message cream and do it myself at home comfortably.Previously I was using my Biotique Quince seed facial massage cream and was quite happy with it.But then the gold thing striked me as everywhere I got the report from my friends that the gold facial is the hot thing in the market.So I just walked in to Health and Glow to find a gold facial kit.Somehow the SA had convinced me to get this Jovees gold facial kit.
I saw the ingredients and was quite impressed.The price was also ok(it costs me 1350 INR) compared  to some other facial kits(like Shahnaz Hussain - it will cost you near 4000 if you want to buy all cleanser scrub massage gel and mask)

What the Product Claims

Jovees 24 Carat Gold Products will help to improve the skin's texture gradually reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It will help remove dark circles under eyes, making skin look resilient and youthful 

Marigold Cleansing Cream
An exclusive deep pore cleansers, for drt and extra dry skin, which contains precious herbs and botanicals along with pure gold leaves that helps to deep clean the slon, reduces melanin dispersion for lighter skin. while maintaining skin's natural moisture balance
Active ingredients: Wheat Germ oil, almond oil, olive oil 

Gold Massage gel & maximum moisturiser (combo pack)
24 carat gold massage gel helps improve blood circulation and restores softness, smoothness and radiance
Maximum Moisturiser contains precious botanicals and essential oils, which help to restore the moisture balance to the skin and improve skin's elasticity. 

Gold Scrub
Gold Scrub having delicate granules that penetrates deep into the skin to clean, wipe-away spent surface cells. 

Gold Face pack
This 24 Carat Gold Face Pack is an exclusive and powerful facial pack which helps to accelerate the regeneration of new cells under the eyes and aids in removing dark circles & gives a fresh look to the delicate area under the eyes

Direction of use

  Here I have added the snapshot of direction of use because I feel too lazy to type them out. :P

My experience with the Product :

The Marigold cleanser did not work as a cleanser on me.It was like a lip balm.It left my face oily and left a glow.But anyway I cant say that its a facewash type of cleanser.Rather it worked as a oily makeup remover thing(like we use olive oil sometime to remove makeup).

The Gold Scrub was quite good and I was able to remove my blackheads and whiteheads with it.
Its not very rough(as compared to the everyouth one) and its not gentle either.Its good and after using it I felt a smoother,softer,tender and refreshed skin.

Softness,Smoothness and radiance whatever it claimed about the Massage Gel was quite active .
I am happy with the result.But I felt that it left my skin little dry.

Next i applied the Maximum Moisturizer and my skin was feeling good.I am having a normal skin.
It soothes the dryness and leaves the face balanced.

Next I really liked the  Face Pack as it was like gel. I have always felt like the other masks dries my face.
So I liked it as it did not leave my face dry or it did not make it oily either.

Overall it left my skin with a super clean, tender,soft and smooth feelings. It made my skin very very refreshed. :) . My skin was left with a glow.  So loved the product a lot.
But I really  could not verify the antiage wrinkle thing and removal of dark circle as they claimed because I dont have any.

Pros :

1.  Value for Money
2.  Ingredients are natural and good.Its herbal and no harmful chemicals were used.
3.  It smells good. :)

Cons :

1. Only thing I found is that you cannot use any single product at a time from this kit except only the Scrub I guess. Because you'll achieve the entire effect only after applying the products as directed.

2. Packaging is bad bad bad. :(
It comes in a tub and not very hygenic. You have to use a spatula.
And I always fight a lot to place the lids of the Cleanser, Scrub and Face Mask.

My rating would be 4/5 and I am very happy with this.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Prawn Malai Curry

Prawn malai curry or chingri macher malai curry is one sweetheart to bengali tastebud.Ilish and Chingri these two are the most loved items among bengalis.Especially prawn malaikari -- the creamy buttery prawn in rich coconut gravy that just melts in the mouth...nothing can be compared with I'll share the recipe of prawn malaikari.


Prawn - 500 gms(preferably bagda or galda..I did not get any of these two varieties..:( i just take one which looked lil bigger to me)
small elaichi 3-4
labang - 3-4
dalchini - 1 inch
bay leaf -1
coconut grated - half
coconut milk - 200 ml
green chilly -3-4
Kazew and Charmagaj (watermelon seed) paste (half cup)
garam masala powder 1tsp
Mustard paste 1 tbsp
turmeric powder 1tsp

  1. Clean the prawns.remove the black duct from prawn.Add salt and turmeric.
  2. Fry the prawn in mustard oil till they become opaque and keep it aside.
  3. Heat mustard oil in a kadai and add whole garam masala and bay leaf.
  4. Add slit green chillies and fry for 1 min.
  5. Add coconut milk and cook for 5 mins.
  6. Add grated coconut and cook for some more time. I add grated coconut and coconut milk both to get  a good consistency.
  7. Add the kazew and charmagaj paste(it will give an amazing consistency and taste) and cook it till the oil oozes out.
  8. Add turmeric powder and cook for 2 mins
  9. Add some water to make the gravy little thin(it should not be very thin)
  10. Add salt and sugar according to taste.
  11. Add mustard paste and cook for 1-2 min
  12. Finally add some garam masala and ghee
Your yummy chingri malai curry is ready to server hot!!
it goes very well with hot steamed rice.

Chingri Macher Malai Curry

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Paintings taken from old blog

"I was neither living nor dead"
blues - hill
blues - seascape
another seascape


I am a software engineer working in Bangalore.I was graduated from Bengal Engineering and Science University.Apart from my professional career, I am a cook,gardener,painter and a good wife too :).I love to cook.Cooking is my passion since I was 12.My other interests include reading books,watching movies,gardening,beauty,decor and many more.You can find the reflection of my interests in my blog.I am a very bad story teller and 6 long years in corporate life has almost taken out all the writing skill out of me. Thanks to my husband and my mom for their support.A lot of recipes I share in this blog is my mom's recipe.She is the best cook I have ever seen in my life.Thanks to husband for giving me his mobile with which I take the pictures. Of course they are not like DSLR but they are not bad either. :)This is my fifth blog and from now I have decided to discontinue all my other blogs.I thought of consolidating all the older blog entries in this new blog.
For any queries reach me at


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