One month Diet Challenge.

Diet – A buzzword in today’s beauty/health concerned population. Is this really worthy? Does it really help?

Check out my story of diet. The pros and cons of dieting.

I started No onion-No garlic diet on July 27 and ended it on Aug 27. I basically gave up onion and garlic for a month to celebrate Ganesha-Chaturthi.

No-onion No-garlic, sounds so simple. Just pick away the garlic and onion in the food and eat it anyway. Well, maybe I didn’t realise the depth of it’s intensity in the beginning. I stopped visiting all restaurants which meant no Manchurians, No chats, No masala dosa, No pulav and so on. I started to check the ingredients of all the instant-packs and it occurred to me that all noodles, soups, masala powders even the basic upma has “dried garlic” or “dried onion” powders in them. Suddenly, my world was shook. What did I do? How am I going to leave my favourites!?! Well, I had to do it. There was no looking back.

Initially it was tough. Very tough. My snack times, my escapades were cut down. Even my mother was okay with it as she avoided onion & garlic in all recipe she prepared. I had to stick to desserts whichever outing I was into. Mostly, I declined because I didn’t eat whatever my friends ate. I had limited amount of choices.

After one month of restrictions and limitations, I finally noticed the change. Being the chronic migraine sufferer I am, I found my migraine in bay. I had my skin replenished with very limited number of acne, ulcer or acidity. Most importantly, my body is healthy, toned and flexible.

The disadvantages would include very fewer choices to relish, the situations to explain people “I am on a no onion & garlic diet” and In turn a “What!?!?? Why are you dieting” kind of look. It’s hard to make them understand tho :/ sometimes, a starving session as you wouldn’t get no onion & garlic food everywhere. This is it!

I feel the pros are too much over cons and I am gonna have a diet month every year like all the previous years. I would encourage everyone to do it likewise.



Chats, Health

Smile! Always :)

Everyone has tried smileys at any restaurant or food joint right? What do you say? It tastes delicious? Looks very simple to cook!? 

Let me tell you, it’s not as simple as it looks like. I tried baking it today at home for the very first time and it took me one whole hour to bake 15 perfect smileys. 

Boil the potatoes (about 5 medium sized ones) for about 10 mins. Add salt, chilli powder/ flakes, coriander powder, baking powder (not mandatory) and mash them together. Cast them with round moulds. Make eyes using straws and mouth using spoon. Use the extra dough to make another smile. Bake it in an air-fryer or fry it in hot oil ( deep/shallow fry).

Result, scroll below *_*

Time required : 10 mins (bake time) + 10 mins (mash time) + 20 mins (cast time) + 20 mins (fry time) = 1 hour.

Difficulty level : time consuming for first timers.

Taste : Healthy, Amazing, worth the time! 

Verdict : savour the taste of home-made healthy snacks. Go for it! 

Tip : Only potato dough would make the smiles break while casting which makes it a prolonged process. Try dipping it with maida + water/ corn-flour + water mixture to snap the extra times or make your process easier.

Health, Indian

Sunday brunch! 

Sundays are so refreshing! Finally I could sleep till 10, combine the efforts to cook both breakfast and lunch to make a simple brunch.

Today is one such day. Felt like putting a little more effort and cooking some delicious brunch. Tricolor love insisted me to include peas, potato and carrot in my curry. With usual masala, tomato and coconut, a simple curry was ready.

Something is needed with curry. Can’t eat it directly tho. So I bought a Malabar parota pack by IDs and thawed it to get the below result! 

Verdict : No onion, No garlic can be delicious too. Amazing! Made my day.

Tip : consume packed Malabar parota within 1-2 hours of thawing. Otherwise, it would become rubbery and hard to consume.

Health, Italian

Pasta pasta everywhere ❤️

They say there are more than 20 varieties of pasta! Well, how fortunate are we to savour one variety a day for 20+ days. 

Had been to shop groceries today and guess what, found three varieties ( penne, macaroni, twisted) and bagged them. They seem so amazing together🙂

P.S : they’re soji pasta and tastes better than maida pasta and good for health as well.


Okra surprise!

Missed this lady’s finger for quite a while. Result, fried some finely sliced okra aka lady’s finger and munched it with chapati! Yo, happy tummy = happy me❤️

Name : Okra Masala 

Prepared by me. 

Health, South Indian

Traditional recipe trial❤️

Chomai, traditional dish among sankethis. 

It had been quite a while since we geared up for some real hard work of cooking. Chomai is one among the trickiest things that I cook. It includes double boiling of rice flour and diligently getting the noodle strands out of it and seasoning it with chilli, mustard and curry leaves. Served with coconut Chutney, this is one of my favourite dishes ever!! 

Thanks mom for the recipe ❤️


Magical flavouring 🍅

A dynamic red concoction, sweet, tangy, spicy all at once, can be easily found at every household, yes, Tomato Ketchup.

Tomato ketchup is one of the common things among most of my favourite foods.

Be it baked, fried (shallow/deep) or cooked, be it Indian, Chinese, Italian, continental or Mexican, be it warm or hot, be it nasty or tasty, I can eat most of the food provided ketchup is given!! 

All thanks to James Mease for giving me this wonderful flavouring❤️