Restaurant Style Chilli Paneer Gravy, Indo Chinese

Indo Chinese is not only famous but darn delicious. And I for one need to eat some for a change maybe every second week.

I mean most people I know would love to eat Chinese and our Indo Chinese has certainly evolved. But the street style/restaurant style chilli paneer can never be beaten.

I avoid eating out as much I can so nailing this recipe perfectly was important to me. Ingredients are simple. And it’s just so basic but still take some simple steps to follow to make it exactly like a restaurant but at home.

Chilli-paneer

So I shared my tips and tricks to the perfect fried rice and this is an extension to that post.

Together both recipes are bomb. And bonus points to it as I can pack a variety of vegetables and a variety of color to both.

My chilli paneer recipe is kid friendly, perfect to take for a pot luck or making a quick lunch.

So let’s begin.

Directions to make Restaurant Style Chilli Paneer-

Ingredients-

150 gm Paneer

1 Cup capsicum cut in squares

1/2 cup onion cut in squares or big chunks

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

1 tsp finely chopped ginger(or grated)

Salt & Pepper as per taste

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

1/4 cup red chilli sauce

1 tsp vinegar

2-4 tbsp ketchup

5-6 tbsp oil

2 tbsp corn flour

2-3 tbsp spring onion greens

Method:

In a non stick pan heat half the oil.

Cook the paneer cubes until crispy and golden on all sides. Keep aside.

In the same pan add more oil if needed and start by adding ginger and garlic.

Fry that for about 20 sec until they are fragrant.

Now add the onions and capsicum. Saute them quickly and add all the sauces.

Lastly add salt and pepper as per taste.

Add 1 cup water mixed with 2 tbsp cornflour.

Pout this over the paneer and mix. If needed add water to adjust the consistency of the chilli paneer.

Homemade chilli paneer is ready. Garnish with spring onion greens.

Enjoy with fried rice for a yummy meal.

Chilli-paneer

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Curlvana Gentle Shine Conditioner Review: Does it Work?

Like fingerprints, curly hair is never the same. Different people have different kinds of curls, however, there is one thing that is common between all curl patterns and that is frizz. If you’re a curly beauty, you’d relate to how much of a problem frizz is.

It is the reason why women with curls, despise their hair and relegate to straightening or blow-drying. But what if I told you that I’ve found something that has tamed my frizz by about 80%? Yes, you read that right!

Today I am going to review one of the best conditioners for curly hair in India: Curlvana’s gentle shine Conditioner.

Intrigued? Read ahead!

Curlvana conditioner review


An introduction to the brand


Curlvana is India’s very first glycerine-free brand that is specially formulated for wavy, curly, and coiled hair. They are a CG-Approved Indian brand, that is cruelty-free and environmentally sustainable. So why
is glycerine being villainized here? Well, it is a humectant that attracts moisture from the environment. While this ingredient is great for the skin, it’s quite the opposite for curly hair. When coated with glycerine, strands that are already dry start absorbing water molecules from the environment, leading the hair shaft to swell causing some major frizz. Therefore, obliterating glycerine and other humectants
from hair care products can help in keeping the curl pattern intact on day 2 and day 3 after wash; Curlvana has done just that!


Curlvana Gentle Shine Conditioner: Brand Claims


The brand claims this conditioner is lightweight yet ultra-hydrating, so it won’t weigh down the curls but replenish the moisture back to the mane. It defines the curls and improves the curl pattern, making the locks bouncy and soft. So, are the claims true?


I was looking for a conditioner for curly hair and came across this bright green tube on an e-commerce site and decided to purchase it. I think conditioners are an integral part of the Curly Girl Method because it restores moisture to dry, lackluster hair. Since there are no artificial fragrances added to this line, there
is no particular scent in this product. The texture is smooth and the conditioner glides on the hair like butter. I like to comb through my tresses while the conditioner is still on, as it helps in detangling my curls. The conditioner has excellent slip and my comb doesn’t get stuck in my hair strands.


My curls are low porosity, so I was skeptical if this product would weigh down my hair, but it didn’t. In fact, my curls felt hydrated, smooth, and bouncy after air-drying. My mom who has wavy hair used it too, and she quite liked it. Her waves had a better pattern after a couple of uses, which means that this product is ideal for wavy and coiled hair as well.

Final verdict


If you are looking for a shampoo and conditioner for curly hair, then I’d suggest you look into the Curlvana range. It seems like a cool brand, that has put in a lot of R&D to resolve curly hair problems. I am very happy with the conditioner and am certainly going to repurchase the other products from the
line. I think using them in conjunction will keep my curls happy and healthy. Since they have a whole line-up of CG-friendly products in India, it makes it easy to narrow down the choices and pick up everything from one brand.

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Nayra India Launches Eco-Friendly Reed Diffuser For Your Home

Who doesn’t want a fragrant-smelling home! But with all the chemical-laden fragrances available in the market. It was always my concern that they are not good for me and my family.

You can naturally create a refreshing ambiance at your home. Aroma diffusers yield a good option that is worthy of modern family aesthetics. And no wonder, why you are not an exception! The well-being of a family depends on several health factors, most of which are related to positive vibes.

A naturally made reed diffuser spread positive vibes more easily and more quickly than anything else.

Recently I discovered the Nayra India’s Reed diffuser.

NAYRA diffuser is made with the goodness of quality fragrance, assembled with a magnificent handmade flower that changes color you can call it a magical flower. It refreshes up the air and builds an aura of soothing fragrance. Suitable for:- Home, Office, Show-room, Hotels rooms, Banquet hall, etc. Lasts a minimum of 4 weeks. The ideal temperature is 22-23° C and the humidity is 55-65%. This reed diffuser looks like a decor piece. The color changes from white to liquid color in 24 hours.

What is Reed Diffuser-
These Nayara India Reed diffuser are color-changing, naturally scented, eco-friendly, and long-lasting fragrances. You can choose from up to a dozen aromatic fragrances.

Why should you buy Nayra India Reed Diffuser-
These are so pretty to look at that they can easily be a part of your decor or be a centerpiece. The Reed diffuser doesn’t need any electric outlet or any chemicals. Just place it and your home will smell fragrant and soothing.


How long does the fragrance last-
Reed diffuser last up to 45 days after which you may need to replace them. You can easily turn off Nayra’s air diffuser. Just pull the flower out of the vial and secure the lid. This gives you the advantage of using it according to your wish.


How safe are Reed diffuser-
Nayra Reed diffuser are safe to use as there is no need to use electricity or any chemicals. However, it’s always a good thing to keep them away from the reach of toddlers and kids. Reed diffusers don’t use steam to dispel aroma in the room and so they don’t cause the proliferation of fungus and mold that steam diffusers do.


How to choose a cool color-changing Reed diffuser-

With the help of online research, you can easily compare and pick the right reed diffusers for yourself. At Nayra India, you get a fair comparison and find the best smelling reed diffuser with just a click. These reed diffuser has very good quality and is affordable. At Nayra India you get access to several designs and styles in the aroma diffusers range. If you are an essential oil lover then an essential oil

reed diffuser will makes your heart goes out and compliments your home decor well.

Conclusion-

Finding the scented reed diffuser depends entirely on your taste and inclination towards aromas and reed sticks. So, they are classified under different headings to make things easier for you. Based on your interests choose a fragrance reed diffuser or aroma oil. At Nayra India the reed diffusers are available at the best prices in comparison to other places. Their wide range of diffusers will draw your attention to volume and fragrances. So what are you waiting for? Pick your favorite reed diffuser now.

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15 Summer Fruits & Their Health Benefits

If there is anything good about summer it is the season of Mangoes. But the king of fruits is not the only fruit you can enjoy in summers. Infact there are so many fruits that are summer specific. Not to mention their health benefits that you must try to eat them.

Which fruits are called summer fruits-

Fruits that are available in summer and a loaded with high water content, mineral rich to restore lost salt from the body and are easy on the stomach.

Here are 15 Summer Fruits & Their Health Benefits-

  1. Watermelon– with its 92% water content its obviously the best fruit to beat the heat. Watermelon hydrates your body during summers and replenishes the lost vitamins and minerals. Watermelon is a rich source of vitamin B, C, E and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
  2. Mango– its undoubtedly the king of fruits in India because its rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Some would also say that its a healthy fruit. But mind the calories of eating too much mango.
  3. Kiwi– is an under loved fruit reserved for topping, smoothies and mainly to show off. But its loaded with vitamins like vitamin A, B6, C and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and iron, kiwi is one of the best Indian summer fruits.
  4. Muskmelon– kharbooja as its popularly called is a good source of vitamin A, C, potassium, and magnesium. Its high water content makes it the perfect summer fruit.
  5. Figs– Figs are natural sugar-containing summer fruits that provide instant energy during an exhaustive summer. Figs help replenish the dehydrated summer body with minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
  6. Orange– with more than 80 per cent of water content. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, Oranges keep your body hydrated and protect it from the summer heat
  7. Guvava– is rich in water content, fibre, iron, vitamin B complex, phosphorus, calcium, and carotene. Its also good for your teeth and oral health.
  8. Pineapple– Loaded with vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium, pineapple helps regain the lost minerals in the summer heat. Grab a drink that has real pineapple in it. Munching on pineapple fruit slices are my favorite. Infact you can add them to so many smoothie recipes.
  9. Plum– they are an eaily ignored summer fruits with so many other options but really they are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds such as carotenoids and phenolic acids. Plums help improve memory, lower blood sugar levelboosts bone health, and prevent a wide range of diseases.
  10. Lichi– Best eaten fresh these have nutritional components such as polyphenols. Lichi fruit is juicy yummy, it only comes for a very less time; a moth before its going to rain. So make the most of it.
  11. Grapes– There are so man varieties but green grapes are synonymous to summer. Grapes are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that make them beneficial against infections and help boost brain health
  12. Apricots– Delicious apricots are considered one of the best summer fruits. They are a rich source of beta-carotene that benefits eye health and skin health during summer.
  13. Peach– Peaches are not just good summer fruits but help lower blood pressure and prevent heart diseases. Peaches restore the lost vitamins and minerals in the body due to excessive summer sweat.
  14. Bael– After mango and litchi, bael is the most common among summer fruits in India. You need no ice or refrigeration for bael drink. It is a natural coolant with added benefits of antioxidants and an immunity booster.
  15. Papaya– One of the best summer fruit is papaya because of its enzyme content (papain and chymopapain) that strengthens immunity to fight viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Its also good for your gut health.

Drinks Ideas For Summer

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Is there Phenoxyethanol in Your Baby Products?

As a mom my first instinct is to protect my kid. Be if physically or emotionally. When I first became a mom I was super conscious of almost everything that I fed my baby and also what I applied on his skin.

I remember when my little one was around 6 months old he developed a white rash like on his body. His skin was itchy and he cried so much. And there was no way I could comfort him. Turns out he caught a reaction from one of the baby lotion & creams I was using.

From then on it’s a habit of mine to check the labels. All products like baby cream to baby wash to wipes and even diaper cream all should be watched for its ingredients.

Baby products these days claim to be organic, free of parabens and sulphate, all natural, plant based, clinically tested. But which one you choose if all say the same thing?

Most baby products these days are paraben-free and sulphate and phthalate-free. However, the new culprit on the block is Phenoxyethanol. There is a lot of talk about whether it is safe to use, its effects on skin and body and whether you should be worried about its presence in baby products.

What is Phenoxyethanol?

Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative that is added to various skincare products to increase the shelf life of a product. It helps to prevent fungi, bacteria, and yeast from growing in your products.

Which products have Phenoxyethanol?

Phenoxyethanol is used in many cosmetics and personal care products like eye shadow, sunscreen, eyeliner, shampoo, blush, deodorant etc. And also in many baby products like soap and body wash, shampoo, Massage oil, Diaper rash creams, lotions.

How will it appear on labels?

You will find it as these names behind any label so check out for them.

  • phenoxyethanol
  • ethylene glycol monophenyl ether
  • 2-Phenoxyethanol
  • PhE
  • rose ether
  • phenoxyethyl alcohol
  • beta-hydroxyethyl phenyl ether

Is it safe to use Phenoxyethanol?

As any chemical it has both good and bad effects.

The Good-

  • Phenoxyethanol is approved by Cosmetic Ingredient review(CIR), Food & Drug Administration(FDA) and European Economic Community(EEC) for usage in products and for consumption.
  • Studies show that it is not a primary or cumulative skin irritant. It is generally considered safe for use in a concentration of less than 1%.
  • Increases shelf life of products.

The Bad-

  • It can also cause allergic reactions in many cases that can be life-threatening.
  • If you are allergic to Phenoxyethanol then you can develop a rash when you apply the product.
  • If you have any skin condition like eczema then products with Phenoxyethanol can be harmful and can even react to exaggerate the current condition. 
  • In infants, it is also known to cause nervous system damage in case of excessive exposure.

Why you should look for Phenoxyethanol free products for your baby?

A baby’s skin is very delicate and its immunity is fragile. Ensuring its safety should be paramount. If possible, stay away from products that have harmful ingredients like Phenoxyethanol in it. Many brands like Chicco baby moments etc. you can find that are making products free of Phenoxyethanol. In fact, they are one of the few brands that have been proactive in producing their products free of Phenoxyethanol, parabens, SLS, SLES, alchohol, and dyes.

Conclusion

As parents, we need to be more responsible shoppers when it comes to choosing baby products. Read the label, research the safety of ingredients, and buy what’s safe & best for your baby.

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