Friday, August 28, 2015

Healthy -eggless banana bread ( microwave)

For this recipe I used 2 medium sized bananas
sugar  1 1/2 tbsp
baking pdr. 1 level tsp
curd  3 tbsp
milk 4-5 tbsp
ragi and other millets with almond pdr. ( which is readily avilable)   4 tbsp
whole wheat flour   2 tbsp
nuts and raisins as desired
ghee/ butter for greasing

mash the bananas well with sugar, add curd, mix well
add wheat flour, mix well, add half of the milk and the other mixed flour, mix well
then add rest of the milk, baking pdr., nuts and raisins, mix well
as I baked in the normal microwave, the mixture should be slightly thinner than the normal cake mixture
baked on micropower high for 6 minutes
My son, daughter-in-law, grandson loved it so much, this was what was let for me !

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Various Uses Of Baking Soda

Most of us have a box of baking soda just laying around, somewhere in the back of our refrigerators. You may want to take that box out of the fridge, since it has a wide range of benefits that you wouldn't otherwise imagine! Baking soda can help clean grease off floors, freshen your breath,  and even help relieve insect bites! You won't believe some of the other uses baking soda has for everyday problems.   

Here Are 22 Different Purposes for Baking Soda: 

1) Whitens Your Teeth - You've probably noticed many toothpaste brands featuring baking soda as a main ingredient, and for good reason. Baking soda helps remove stains and discolorations from the surface of the teeth or the enamel. You can simply add a teaspoon of the sodium bicarbonate with your toothpaste, and brush for a few minutes. Don't forget to rinse well.  

2) Unclog Drains - Baking soda can help unclog stuffed drainpipes when combined together with vinegar. Pour a pot of boiling hot water down the drain with half a cup of baking soda. Let the natural drain cleaner go to work for a few minutes. Add a cup of vinegar mixed with hot water on top of the baking soda, then cover the drain with a plug. Your drains should be super clean in less than 10 minutes. 

3) Keeps Your Breath Fresh - Are you trying to get rid of that garlic you had for lunch? Baking soda can help with that. Baking soda works like magic for freshening your breath, and acts as a natural mouthwash. Put a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water, and your bad breath is history!

4) Washing Produce in the Sink - Produce might appear clean on the surfaces, but you'll be stunned at the amount of chemicals and dirt that come off when they are washed properly. Add a 1/4 cup of baking soda into a sink full of water, and dunk the produce inside for a few minutes. Let the solution absorb all the chemicals before rinsing and eating. 

5) Relieve Insect Bites - Baking soda can alleviate the itching of a mosquito bite. The alkaline inside the sodium bicarbonate neutralizes the skin irritation, and provides instant relief. Add a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water, and then dip the mixture on the affected areas by using a clean cloth. 

6) Relieve Heartburn - There are many natural home remedies for treating heartburn. One of the remedies includes baking soda. Baking soda acts as a natural antacid when mixed together in water, and helps reduce the acid reflux. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of warm water. Make sure the solution dissolves well before drinking. 

7) Relieve Skin Irritation - Baking soda helps relieve skin irritations when applied as a paste with witch hazel. Gently apply the paste on the itchy spots, and let it relieve the discomfort. You should consult with a physician beforehand if you suffer from dermatitis or other serious skin diseases.

8) Deodorize The Refrigerator - Baking soda can eliminate horrible smells from the fridge, and keep it deodorized. Sprinkle a little baking soda with water onto a damp sponge, and clean the refrigerator thoroughly. Make sure you remove all the food before cleaning the shelves out.  

9) Remove oil and Grease - Another excellent function of baking soda is that it can be used to remove oil and grease stains from upholstery. Place a little dab of the baking soda onto a clean white cloth, and allow between 10-15 minutes for the substance to go to work. The oil and grease stains should magically dissolve by that point. 

10) Simple Floor Cleaner - Baking soda can act as a natural floor cleaner to remove unwanted stains. Add a half cup of baking soda into a bucket of warm water, and use the mixture to mop up the mess. Some people even add a little dash of lemon extract for a fresh and pleasant smell. The baking soda also acts as a disinfectant.

11) Polish Silver Flatware - Are you having a hard time removing the grease out of your beautiful silverware? Not to worry, baking soda, will have your flatware sparkling in no time! You'll need some aluminum foil, a glass dish, a tablespoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of sea salt, half a cup of white vinegar, and a cup of boiling hot water. Dip the silverware into the mix, and use a pair of tongs to remove them from the boiling water after.  

12) Remove Odors from Your Hands - Baking soda can clean your hands from heavy smelling odors. Sprinkle a little baking soda onto your hands, and rub them together. You can even add some toothpaste or mouthwash to one hand and rub. Don't forget to rinse your hands with water after.

13) Deodorize Garbage Disposals - There is no smell quite as unpleasant as clogged garbage disposals, especially during the summertime. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, while allowing the warm water to run. The soda neutralizes the foul odors, giving your garbage disposals a fresh clean smell.  

14) Homemade Air Freshener - The vast majority of air fresheners contain harmful chemicals and toxins that are unsafe to breathe in. Baking soda acts as a natural ingredient to help sanitize any disinfected areas. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with water into an empty spray bottle and voila! 

15) A Self-Made Deodorant - Would you believe that you can use baking soda to make a natural under arm deodorant? It may sound a little hard to believe at first, but it actually works. Here's what you'll need to make the homemade deodorant:
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda 
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder 
  • 10 to 15 essential oils of preference (optional) 
Mix everything into a small mixing bowl. You can add the essential oils after the mixture has been made. Place the concoction into a small container, and allow it to sit for a few minutes before applying the solution. 

16) Clean Your Combs and Brushes - You can get rid of oil buildup and residue from your combs or brushes, simply by adding baking soda. Soak the combs or brushes into a solution of baking soda and water. You'll need a single tablespoon of the sodium bicarbonate, and allow 15 minutes or so for the mixture to take effect. Let them dry out on a towel afterward.    

17) Keep Cut Flowers Fresher For Longer Periods - You don't have to throw away that gorgeous bouquet of flowers just yet! Baking soda can help extend the longevity of the cut flowers by adding a teaspoon of the white sodium powder to the water in the vase. 

18) Pamper Your Feet - Baking soda eliminates foot odors, fungus and even Athlete's foot. Soak your feet in a tub of warm water, then add about 3 tablespoons of baking soda. The homemade pedicure should help get rid of the bacteria causing the unpleasant foot odors. 

19) Carpet Deodorizer - Sprinkle a dash of baking soda over your carpeting to remove harsh stains. Baking soda absorbs the odors naturally. Allow the soda to settle into the carpeting for a few hours before vacuuming it up. 

20) Easy Microwave Cleanup - Baking soda can help clean out all the spilled sauces inside the microwave. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl with a cup of water, and let the concoction settle for three minutes. Your microwave will be as good as new!

21) Freshen Coat Closets - Keep an open box of baking soda inside your closet to remove all odors from being trapped inside. The powerful powdery scent will keep your closets fresh and clean all year round. You can also mop a closet floor without carpeting by using a vinegar baking soda mix. 

22) Keep Ants Away - Ants are terrible pests, and they can invade your home within the blink of an eye! Baking soda kills the tiny pests in their tracks. You can make your own home-made pest solution with a little baking soda, and a trail of regular sugar. The sugar is what attracts them, while the baking soda kills them. Pest problem solved! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Amazing uses of Mayonnaise !

Be pleasantly surprised to find it has a host of non-food related uses. This item is so adaptable. It can be used for cleaning indoors and out and also can be useful in many beauty routines. I also appreciate the money I’m going to save knowing these neat tricks. 

1. Remove adhesives
The natural emulsifiers in mayonnaise help soften sticky surfaces. You can remove the sticky residue left by glue, stickers and even remove gum. Cover the surface with mayonnaise and let it sit for five minutes. You should be able to peel off stickers or wipe glue away with a soft cloth. You can also use it to remove bird poop or tree sap that falls on your car, however because this is likely to be grimier it might take a few tries before it comes off completely.
2. Furniture polish and water stains remover
 If your patio furniture is looking worse for the wear or your wooden furniture is covered with water rings, mayonnaise can help. For water rings, let the mayonnaise sit for 10 minutes and then buff the stain. It’s a wise idea to try this on a small area first before you apply the mayonnaise everywhere.
For whole pieces of furniture, you can use a soft cloth to rub mayonnaise into the stained areas. The active ingredient in most furniture polishes is oil and similarly mayonnaise can replenish the moisture of wooden furniture’s finish. The oil and vinegar offer shine and protect the finish too.
3. Remove stuck rings
Mayonnaise can also help you remove a stuck ring from a finger if your ring is just not coming off. The oily texture of mayonnaise acts as a lubricant. Rub mayonnaise underneath and around the ring and twist. The ring should slide off. Stop if you feel numbness or excruciating pain.
4. Lice killer
Anyone can get lice, no matter how clean you are. There are lots of special shampoos for the condition but did you know you could just use mayonnaise? It’s a cheaper alternative lice fighter and has the added benefit of being non-toxic. Using room temperature mayonnaise, liberally apply the condiment all over your dry hair. Cover your head with a shower cap or wrap it in plastic wrap. Go to sleep with this mixture in your hair and the next morning you can wash it out. Afterwards use a fine comb to comb out any dead eggs or lice.
5. Conditioner for shiny hair
Mayonnaise can make your hair soft and smooth looking. Mayonnaise also contains nutritious ingredients: the egg yolk will encourage hair growth, the oil will condition and the vinegar will exfoliate the scalp.
After shampooing and towel drying your hair, comb in a tablespoon of room temperature mayonnaise. Start at the top of your head, and work it down to the tips. Coat each strand and leave it in for an hour. Wash your hair again with baby shampoo, or a small amount of regular shampoo. This will remove the greasy kitchen scent from your scalp. You can now dry your hair. The end result should be luscious locks.
6. Exfoliator
Mayonnaise has fantastic emollient qualities. Not only can it soften your hair, but it works wonders on your skin too. Apply a blob of mayonnaise to problematic skin areas such as your elbows or knees. Leave in the condiment for 15 minutes and wipe away with a washcloth or damp towel. Afterwards use a regular moisturizer to lock in the freshness.
You can also remove dead skin cells on your face, using mayonnaise as a facial mask. Spread mayonnaise over your face and leave it in for 20 minutes. You can wipe off and wash your face with water.
7. Glossy houseplants

If your houseplants are looking a little dull why not use this old florist trick. Take a paper towel and rub a little bit of mayonnaise on the leaves. This will leave not only leave your plants looking vibrant and glossy, but this trick also prevents dust from sticking to the leaves.

8. Sunburn relief
If you find that you’ve overdone it with the sun and underused your sunscreen, mayonnaise is a great relief for sunburn. The soothing ingredients will cool the skin and soothe the burn. Ingredients like oil and vinegar help hydrate the skin and prevent it from peeling.
9. Strengthen fingernails
 If your nails are often chipping or breaking, or you feel like giving yourself a home manicure, mayonnaise is your go to all-in-one ingredient. Rest your nails in a bowl of mayonnaise. Make sure to also dip your fingertip including your cuticles. Let your finger soak for at least 5 minutes. Rinse afterwards with warm water. This solution strengthens your nails, improves the condition of your cuticles, and can heal and prevent hangnails.
10. Fix wood cracks
It seems mayonnaise has endless uses. This last tip is great for aging furniture. If you find that your wooden furniture has small cracks, you can fill in the cracks with mayonnaise. Smooth the top over so that no extra mayonnaise remains. Leave it in for several days. The mayonnaise will release oils and proteins which will cause the wood to swell and in turn shrink the cracks.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Some things that shoud not be microwaved

Hard boil eggs
 If you try to hard boil eggs in your microwave you're likely to either end up with a big mess or burned fingers! The rapid heat from the microwaves creates a lot of steam in the egg, which has nowhere to escape. Exploded egg is hard to clean up—trust us.

Frozen cuts of meat are tricky to defrost in a microwave: Thinner edges start cooking while the thicker middle remains frozen. And if your microwave doesn't rotate food while cooking it, this too can lead to uneven distribution of heat, which can can allow bacteria to grow. The safest way to thaw meat is to defrost it overnight in your refrigerator, according to food safety experts.

Breast milk

Not only does microwaving frozen breast milk warm it unevenly, which can create scalding hot spots for sensitive little mouths, other research has found that this heating method may destroy some of breast milk's immune-boosting proteins, particularly on high power. A better bet: Nuke a mug of water, then place a bottle of breast milk in the mug to come to room temperature.

Chinese takeout containers

Metal (even small amounts of metal, like the handles on those white containers) and microwaves don't mix. Or, more accurately, when they mix, they can start fires. Put the rice in a bowl to warm it up.

Plastic containers

You know you shouldn't pop plastic leftover containers in there, but you still do. Here's why that's bad: Many plastics contain estrogen-like chemicals (BPA is a well-known one) that can leach into your food when the plastic is heated. In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, 95 percent of 450 plastic products (such as baby bottles, zipper-top bags and containers) tested released chemicals that acted like estrogen after they were microwaved, washed in a dishwasher, or soaked in water. Even products labeled "BPA-free" released estrogen-like chemicals. Better to be safe and warm up your dinner directly on a plate.

Styrofoam containers

As a type of plastic, styrofoam can release harmful chemicals into your food when heated. Dump the leftovers onto a glass dish covered with a paper towel instead.

Certain plates

Do you have a lot of fancy China or metallic-trimmed bowls? Keep them far from the microwave. Even if the metallic trimming is miniscule, it may still react in the microwave, according to the USDA. If you use the microwave a lot, it’s best to invest in a plain colored glass plate for microwave use only.


With no food or liquid to absorb the microwaves, the magnetron (which is what makes the microwave function) ends up absorbing the microwaves instead, which can damage your microwave and even start a fire, according to the USDA. Make sure you don't accidentally press "start" without food or drink inside.

Cups of water
When plain water is heated in a microwave in a ceramic or glass container for too long, it can prevent bubbles from forming, which usually help cool the liquid down. The water becomes superheated; when you move the cup, the heat releases violently and erupts boiling water. To avoid this scalding risk, heat water only the minimum amount of time needed or heat it for longer in small cycles.

That mug you’ve had for years and years

Certain mugs made before the 1960s, like old versions of Fiestaware, were glazed with materials that could give off radiation and may contain lead and other harmful heavy metals. That mug you found at your neighbor's garage sale may look cute, but consider adding it to your shelf collection instead of drinking from it.

Beware of “Microwave Safe” labels

The only thing a “microwave safe” label tells you is that you can microwave the container without damaging it or damaging the microwave. In fact, manufacturers aren’t even required to test their ceramics to ensure safety after heating, according to the FDA (that’s probably why you’ve burned yourself on too-hot ceramic mugs). Even though something may say it’s safe to nuke, if you've never used it before, consider heating your liquid or food on the stove and then transfer it to a bowl, plate, or mug.

Popping the wrong foods, containers, or mugs in the microwave could make you sick, expose you to harmful chemicals, or even start a fire. Follow these tips to avoid dangerous microwave mistakes.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Arbi bondas


rice washed and soaked  1 cup
udad dal washed and soaked 1/2 cup
green chillies to taste
arbi leaves washed and finely chopped 1/2 cup
fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tbsp
hing  1/4 tsp
salt to taste

grind rice and dal adding as less water as possible to a thick paste with chillies
remove, add hing, salt, leaves, mix well
heat oil in a kadai/ pan, take small portions in your hands, put in hot oil carefully, fry till golden brown, drain well, serve hot with chutney/ ketchup

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( colocassia) Arbi-dal fry


chana dal soaked 1 cup
arbi leaves washed and chopped  1/2 cup
green chillies 3-4 or to taste
oil 2-3 tbsp
salt to taste
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
hing/ asafoetida  1/4 tsp

grind the dal with as little  water as possible to a paste, adding chillies, then add the leaves and grind, adding hing,  remove, add salt, mix well
put the mixture on a greased plate, steam for 12-15 minutes in a cooker/ vessel
remove, cool, cut into big pieces and grate or once luke warm mash it well with your hands or spoon
heat oil in a heavy pan/ kadai, add mustard seeds, once ti crackles, add the mashed mixture, mix well, keep it on low flame to fry according to your taste
this will go well with rice and dal/ rasam/ sambar

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Bondas/ Bhajiyas for fasting days !

for outer covering
raw banana boiled and mashed well 2
green chilli paste 2 tsp or to taste
ginger paste 1 tsp
salt to taste
turmeric pdr. 1/4 tsp
coconut grated  2-3 tbsp
arrowroot pdr.  2 tsp

for stuffing
paneer mashed  200 gm
nuts and raisins coarsely powdered  3 tbsp
coconut pdr. 2 tbsp
sugar  2 tsp
spice pdr. 1/2 tsp

mix all ingredients for outer covering, make small balls
mix all the ingredients for stuffing well and make small balls of the stuffing
oil your palm lightly, take small balls of the outer covering, flatten it, put filling cover from all sides well, make all in the same way
roll the balls in arrowroot pdr to coat it well, dust off excess powder
deep fry in hot oil till light brown, drain well, serve with green chutney
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