Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Recipe: Coconut Prawn Spice Vermicelli with Tam-Or Honey Reduction. A Sweet Global twist to the Indian Spicy Prawn



Prawn vermicelli is a popular seafood vermicelli dish allover the world. (The beginning is seriously not fun but please keep reading for a full-on of it!) Usually, it is made with Rice vermicelli but here i made it with the Pro Nature Organic Atta Vermicelli and trust me, it turned out quite yummy! What's Special you ask? Here it is: I just customized it with my "Tam-Or Honey Reduction". Wondering what "Tam-Or" is? Ha ha...'Tam' stands for "Tamarind" and 'Or' stands for "Orange". See...You don't really have to try hard to make just about anything sound Exotic! ;P

Tamarind is the best companion for Indian Prawn Recipes and i just gave it a Sweet Global Twist by Adding Orange Juice and Honey to it. And my my her her him him....i can sit with a bowl of this Reduction and Gorge away to Glory!

So, Here's my First(but, not my best) Food Blog Post:

Ingredients
2) 500 gms Small or Medium Prawns. Large/Tiger prawns don't workout well for this recipe.
3) 1 Glass Fresh Thick Coconut milk.
4) 2 inch Fresh Turmeric Root or 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder.
5) 4-5 Green chillies and 1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder for Flavour balance.
6) A pinch of Garam masala powder.
7) 1 or 2 pinches Sambar powder.
8) 1 sprig Curry leaves.

Tam-Or Honey Reduction Ingredients:

1) 1 small laddoo sized Tamarind.
2) 2-3 Orange segments depending on the size.
3) 2-3 teaspoons Honey. I used Sakura Fresh Eucalyptus Blossom Organic Unfiltered Exotic Honey.
(This is the Full version of the Puzzle pic from THIS post.)


Let's Cook Away:


First, Dry Roast the Vermicelli till it turns a little brown. It is easy to burn this thin Vermicelli if you are not attentive. So, be watchful and keep tossing continuously.


Heat a little oil (I used cold pressed Coconut oil) and Add Finely chopped Green Chillies and Curry leaves to it. And then, add the prawns along with the tails and sautee for a minute. And then add Grated Turmeric or Turmeric powder and Chilli powder and mix to coat the prawns with it.

Saute for a few seconds and add salt to it. Then add a small glass of water and bring the whole mixture to a boil. Add Vermicelli to the Boiling water and cook until the water is almost absorbed and then add the Fresh Thick Coconut Milk. Cook until the coconut milk is also almost absorbed. That's it. Done.


Let's jump to the Tam-Or Honey Reduction now:


1. Take a small Sauce pan and add Soaked and Extracted Tamarind Juice.
2. Boil it for 1-2 minutes.
3,4. It should reach the consistency shown in the picture below.
5. Now add the Orange juice that has been extracted from the segments and strained.
6. Add Honey and boil until it reaches a thick Gel like consistency and then turn off the stove. Done.

Ready!

This was my First Food Blog post and i was sh*t confused with the picture taking while cooking! And in the process the daylight started to go down and i had to quickly plate up like whatever and too a super sh*tty picture of the plated food! Just can't believe i worked for 4 full months as a Food photographer at Green Path Organic State, Bangalore! :'( Lesson Learnt: I should start early in the day for Best Results. :P

Review of the Pro Nature Organic Atta Varmicelli: Click HERE.

Aaaaaaand, with this Pro Nature Organic Atta Vermicelli, i cooked up a Dessert too! Hint: Raisins and Cheese.....;) Shall post it Next week coz i am travelling this week. See Y'all. :)

P.S: Don't forget to let me know how the "Tam-Or Honey" thing turned out.(If you try it that is :P) ;D

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Infinite Love,
Siri.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pro Nature Organic Atta Vermicelli Review. A 'Health'ified and 'Taste'ified Staple.


Vermicelli, Semiya, Shavige, Sevai, Sawine …..and whatever infinite names it is called by, is one of the staple food products that almost every Indian kitchen possesses. While ‘Upma’ is made almost thrice a week in South Indian homes, Kheer/Payasam is made on 80% of the festive occasions. Vermicelli that we get in India is usually made out of Maida. But recently, Pro Nature has introduced organic wheat vermicelli in to the Indian market. So let’s see if the Pro Nature Organic Atta Vermicelli can beat the reputation of the classic Maida/Refined flour vermicelli.


Brand:
Pro Nature Organic Foods (P) Ltd is a Bangalore based Organic Food marketer. At Pro Nature we are committed to provide 100% Certified Organic Food Products to our customers.

Being a pro-women organization, our production work force largely comprises women and we support women driven initiatives.
Since 2006, Pro Nature has positively impacted livelihoods of hundreds of rural women who participate in our supply chain. We are committed to increase this impact every year.

Pro Nature Atta Vermicelli: Is the first organic atta vermicelli in India. It is a unique product which is made with Wheat Flour and no maida. It is priced just at Rs 40/- for 180 g pack.

 Review:

1.Texture:
Before receiving this Pro Nature Organic Atta Vermicelli, i kept on thinking that the strands are going to be super thick since it is made out of wheat, It is going to be super duper difficult to roast and then to cook. But, but but but but but.....it proved me wrong in every way! The strands were super thin, got roasted quickly and It’s super easy to cook! And they did not become pasty like the maida ones and did hold their shape really well even after i forgot to check on it and left it a little longer on the stove.

2.Taste:
Usually, to me, the Wheat version of any Maida based food product tastes Bleh. But, after i made a dish out of this Pro Organic Atta Vermicelli and put the first 1/4th spoon(since i was concerned about the taste) in my mouth, it erased all such concerns right that moment. It Tasted Ahhhhhmazzzzzing! Far better than the Maida version! I Loved it to the core! <3

3.Price:
And, another Good News is: At 40/- INR per 180 gm packet, It’s Super Duper Truper Affordable. Never before was Healthy Organic Food So Affordable.

Rating: 5/5. 10/10. 100/100. <3

My Conclusion:
Just run to either a local organic shop that stocks Pro Nature products or Bigbasket.com and get yourself a few packets of this staple and be ready to win the hearts of the people you cook it for over and over and over.......(to the power of Infinity) Again. ;)


I cooked a Simple but Super Mouth Watering Dish using the Pro Nature Organic Atta vermicelli and Trust me, it Won Everyone’s Heart in my family. I Will share the recipe in the next post. Till then, Here's a Puzzle Pic of the main Ingredients:

Can you Guess what all the Dish is made out of??? ;) This Pic contains 9 of them. Tell me what all you found in the Comments section below. I'll be looking forward to it. :) If you need the Un Re-Sized Picture which you can Zoom much more to have a look at the ingredients, just Shoot Me an E-mail: vanityrehab@gmail.com

See you in the Next Post with the Recipe. My First Food Blog! :D


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Infinite Love,
Siri.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Soulfull Millet Smoothix Review. A New Launch from Soulfull.


Chronic MS and 5 PM Hunger pangs… are the two things that I am seriously struggling with. They both go hand in hand to churn up troubles for me you know. Here’s how: The MS Fatigue pumps in right when i think that i am out of my Afternoon Nap Mode and am ready to whip up a snack for myself. They never fail to succeed in leaving me like a ‘Bhooka Fakir’ for the rest of the evening. I know i know…Swiggy/Zomato/Uber eats exist but, how long can you survive on the same junk everyday!?  So, when someone throws you a 1 minute No-Junk snack product, you feel blessed. Don’t you? I Sure Did. Here’s my Review of the Bangalore based health food brand Soulfull’s new launch: Millet Smoothix.

2 single serve sachets in a Free shaker. This shaker set's price is 60/- INR. Also, it comes in a 5 sachet carton without a shaker too which costs 150/- INR.


The cap of this shaker is completely spill-proof. So, you need not worry when you shake things up. ;)


This is how the Millet Smoothix powder looks like.


This is a 350 ml shaker and i made around 250 ml smoothie with Hot milk and jaggery to taste. I felt that 200 ml to 300 ml would be the right range depending on your taste. For me, 225 ml was perfectly balanced.

Review:
Soulfull is a brand that is very dear to my Heart because, The SoulfullBanana Ragi flakes has been my most favourite breakfast flakes from the past 4+ years.Now, they’ve launched a range of evening snack products. This Millet Smoothix is one of them.

The Soulfull Millet Smoothix is an Instant smoothie powder which is made up of a chockfull of healthiest ingredients that have been bombarding the headlines these days: Millets. Millets are the oldest known superfood in India. From Granny to Farmer, millets are everyone’s best food choice. Along with millets, this smoothie mix contains 12 grains, cereals, pulses and jaggery. Comes in 'Almond' and 'Chocolate' flavours.

Enjoy it with Cold or Hot Milk. 

You waiting for the Taste judgement? Ha ha…here it is:
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LOVE IT! LOVE IT!! LOOOOOVVVVEEEE IT!!!

It tastes Comforting and Smooth. The BEST part is: It doesn’t have Cardamom like every other health drink out there in the market. I don’t like it. I gag whenever I have any health drink that has cardamom in it.(I Love Cardamom Chai and Thandai though.)

My 5 PM Hunger pangs are Taken Care of Forever by the Soulfull Millet Smoothix. One Happy Human i feel like!

And, Being a Chronic MS patient, cooking breakfast is also out of my bounds. So, I just eat a little cereal like the Soulfull Banana flakes or when i am too lazy, i just gulp  down a glass of warm milk with Boost. That’s it. They say it is the secret of their energy but, in my case, it failed to give me the necessary energy to pop out of my fatigue mode. Instead, all that it did was: "Increase the number of cavities". X-( So, this Soulfull Millet Smoothix has been a God-sent product for me on my Lazy Days. Keeps me Full and Energetic till lunch. #HungerSatisfied #SmartFood

And also, Good Food is the Secret of Good Skin! So, i might as well call it a Beauty Smoothie! ;D

Do i Recommend?  
Definitely! My Love can not be Measured with any existing unit! The Soulfull Millet Smoothix has Made my life Infinite Times Easier and Healthier. I have Definitely Found a New FAVOURITE from soulfull! And, this Millet Smoothix is going to hold that place For a Verrrrrryyyyyyy Long Time! <3 This Happy Human wants to make many more Humans Happy by Suggesting This Soulfull Millet Smoothix to Banish their Hunger Pangs!

Conclusion:
Free of Additives, Fillers Preservatives and Sugar, The Soulfull Millet Smoothix is a Pure Health Treat with a super Affordable Price tag! *Thumbs Up!*

Buy Online From: Amazon.in

Have you tried the Soulfull Millet Smoothix? Share your experience with us. :) And would you like to see more flavours in the Millet Smoothix? Tell us which ones in the Comments section below. :) If you ask me, i would tell 'Thandai', 'Salted' and 'Butterscotch/Caramel'. He he... ;P

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Infinite Love,
Siri.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dire Need of the Hour: Population Control - World Population Day 2018.


Heading towards the Peaks of Population Explosion, We Humans better Re-Wire Our Minds/Lives and Think Beyond Family Expansion While realizing that this Planet belongs to Not Just Us but Other Creatures too. In fact, We NEED those Creatures for Us to Survive. If They are Gone, We are Gone. But, an Interesting Fact is that if We are Gone, Them and the Planet, Both will Flourish. Read on for More Such Information with Statistics Included.

World Population Day, July 11, 2018.
*This is a picture taken by me, of a fallen Jack fruit from my Backyard. Just Picturize that the Round Fruit is Earth and the Gap less Spikes are Human Beings.

Just Imagine we've got only that much space left after Human Population Mega Explosion! Just an imagination though...Because, Nature would've taken care of such a Dire Situation in it's own way. :P

Read on the Article below by Sadhguru Jaggi vasudev of Isha Foundation. I chose to Re-post His Article because, i couldn't have written it better.
Article Source: isha.sadhguru.org
July 11 is World Population Day. In this excerpt of a speech on population, Sadhguru looks at how planning out the family and taking charge of human birth are very important aspects if we are to control human numbers.
Sadhguru: I have been at any number of conferences where people talk of various dangers that we are facing, such as water and environmental conservation, but what pains me is, no government wants to address the most fundamental problem – population.

World Population Day Stats: India & the World

In the early 20th century, the world’s population was 1.6 billion people. Today, a century later, we are 7.3 billion people. The United Nations is projecting that by 2050, we will be 9.8 billion people. I think this is just irresponsible reproduction of humanity. In India, in 1947, we were 330 million. Today, we are 1.3 billion. It doesn’t matter how many policies you change, what kind of technologies you bring, how many trees you plant there is simply no solution unless we put a cap on human population.



This chart shows global population growth with a forecast up to 2100 | World Population Day: Sadhguru's Speech
Credit: Statista.com

Either we control our population consciously, or nature will do it in a very cruel manner. This is all the choice there is. In India particularly, right now, 60% of our land is ploughed, just to feed these 1.3 billion people. Our farmers, with rudimentary, totally ramshackle infrastructure, are producing food for over one billion people. 


This chart shows the population in 2017 and forecast for 2050 | World Population Day: Sadhguru's Speech
Credit: Statista.com

This is an absolutely commendable fact, but still, the man who produces food is not eating properly. That is not a commendable fact; that is not something to be proud of. The people who produce food for all of us, the rice or wheat that we are eating today, their own children don’t eat a full stomach. This is essentially because we have not taken the responsibility of deciding, “Okay, this much land – how much population can we support?” It definitely cannot support an endless growth of human population.

World Population Day: Earth Is Not Just For Humans

This idea that the planet is made only for human beings is a very gross idea. It has been put into people’s minds, saying that “you are created in God’s image”. I am sure even a worm is thinking God looks like a large worm! 


Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report | World Population Day: Sadhguru's Speech
Credit: Nature.com

We need to understand – not just for ecological reasons, for the sake of your humanity – that every creature on this planet has a complete life of its own. Even an insect has a total life of its own – a whole lot of things are happening in his life. Just because someone is smaller or looks different from you, thinking he has no right to live and only you have a right to live here, is a very gross way to exist for humanity. Humanity devoid of humanity, that’s what humanity is today. Unless humanness is brought forth, I don’t think things like controlling human population consciously will happen. 

World Population Day: How Do We Control Population?

Governments have to make policies. But just policies are not sufficient. They cannot enforce these kinds of things in a democracy. These kinds of things will only work if there is a campaign to bring the necessary awareness. But people in the government definitely have to put the idea forth. Private agencies and NGOs can do a few things, but governmental action is needed. 
Talking about ecology, land conservation or water conservation without controlling human population is not going to make a difference because the kind of impetus that is there in the form of science and technology is making every human being hyperactive. You cannot cap human activity because that will amount to capping human aspirations. You can only cap human population. 

World Population Day: Taking Charge of Birth

Ecological conservation, green technologies, all these things are definitely needed, but addressing the most fundamental thing, that we have multiplied four times over and we have done nothing about it, and are still continuing to multiply, is the biggest problem.
In 1947, the life expectancy of an average Indian was 32 years. Today, it has crossed 65. So we took charge of death, but we should have also taken charge of birth. Today, you neither have enough buses, land, toilets, temples or even a sufficient piece of sky for 1.3 billion people. 
The only thing we can do is – are we going to adjust our population to the resource that we have? That is something that every human being can do if the necessary education and awareness is brought into their lives. If that investment is made, we don’t have to plant trees. The planet is not in peril, it is human life which is in peril. This is something human beings need to understand. I hope we wake up to this fact and do what is needed.
So, Let's WAKE UP TO THIS FACT and Do What is Needed.
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Editor's Note: Read this article, where Sadhguru answers, if it is necessary that a family should have more children or is just one child sufficient?

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Infinite Love,
Siri.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Diya Mirza and UNEP Executive Director - Erik Solheim in conversation with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. #BanPlasticPollution - Ban Single Use Plastic.


World Environment Day started to Fade Away?

Here's a Refresh: Below is a video where the Bollywood Actress Diya Mirza and Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme has a Deeply Insightful conversation on #BanPlasticPollution - Ban Single Use Plastic with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev - a Yogi, Mystic and the Founder of Isha Foundation.

Mother Earth is so Generous.
If only we give her the chance,
She will Restore Everything in
Absolute Abundance and Beauty

- Sadhguru.

And here's "I Breathe: A Song for The Earth", a lively tune offered by Sounds of Isha in gratitude to the Earth, our home.


And another from The HinduIt will be a war on single-use plastic

And also, if you have Gone through or have Written any informative articles, Please Share with us in the Comments section below. :)
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Infinite Love,
Siri.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream Review. A Boon for Chronic/Bed-ridden Patients and Trekkers


Featuring in the Background: My Organic Mint patch. :)

Do you consider any product GOD? I Do: The Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream is MY GOD.

Read on to know how this little jar of Natural Deodorant Cream Earned the GOD Status!

Comes in a plastic jar with a golden cap. The Outer casing containing this jar is made of cardboard.

Ingredients: Don't miss the Real Silver Leaves! <3 and Don't panic with Phenoxyethanol because as per EWG's Skin Deep database, it is a low hazard ingredient. And, Silver has been used to keep bacterial infections at bay in medical sciences for a long time. I remember the 'Silverex' Ointment that was prescribed to my mom when she burnt her hand pretty badly. It is a Safe Biocide.

Super Creamy Texture.



The Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream Review:

Being a Chronic MS Patient, i struggle to take a bath every day. Sometimes i Can't bath for 2-3 whole days and as an obvious result, i manage to reach the Peaks of Stink. Since i can't stand and am against Chemical Deodorants, I tried Natural powders, Essential oils and what not! None of them worked beyond one hour. I tried managing by wiping my underarms with a wet towel but to no avail. I was feeling super frustrated and i just couldn't stand this situation anymore.

And just then, Like God appears in Bollywood movies when you are at the peaks of your difficulties, this Natural Deodorant Cream appeared in my life!(Actually Instagram. :P) From then, i am feeling Blessed! Yes, Blessed. Might sound Cinematic but, that is how i can express my gratitude towards this product.

It controls the Body Odor for almost 12+ hours!(with at least one Re-Application). The Underarm Odor was nil till 8 hours for me and after that a faint hint of odor started to seep out. A wet cloth wipe and one more Re-Application gave me another 5-6 hours. Wet cloth wipe is not mandatory.

This is why i call it a Boon/GOD for Chronic patients and Bed-ridden ones. And also people who go on Adventure treks where they don't get to bath for many days can also carry this God product with them. It's a Boon for Anyone who does full-on physical activities and also to those who can Do None.

Warning: Do not apply on Genitals. You can apply Around them but Never 'On' them.

You need very little product. About a Pea size. So, this jar will last you a very long time. At least six months for sure.

*After application, You have to massage it in for about 2-3 seconds for it to get absorbed completely.

It's scent is pleasant Sweet Mint and Lemon which is not too strong. Sensitive noses may handle it with ease. The mild fragrance stays for a long time.

Though it looks like a flashy white thick cream, it doesn't give a white cast or stain clothes. Look at the pictures below:

Freshly Applied.

After 10 mins, 99% of the white cast is gone. (They are my manly fingers. No Wax, No Manicures. Just Raw and Rugged.)

Note:
This Product's Level of Effectiveness depends on many factors like: Level of Natural Body Odor, Level of Physical Activity and Number of days you did not take a bath. But still, i would say it will almost work it's best in Extreme situations too.


So, Do I Recommend?

Heaven Yes! Yes! and Yes! The Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Natural Deodorant Cream beats all the Chemical Deodorants on all levels. You may not find another equivalent in the Indian Market right now. So, Just buy yourself a jar and Un-Stink away to Glory!

P.S: Seer Secrets has become my Most Favourite Affordable Natural Skincare Brand!

Rating: Without Doubt, 100/100! I never ever gave a hundred to any product till now!

Price324/-INR.

Availability: Get it for 299/- INR at Qtrove.com, Also available on: Amazon.in and Nykaa.com

Please feel free to ask any kind of doubts regarding the Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream. :)
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Have you used The Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream or any other Natural Deodorants that beat Chemical Deodorants? Share with us in the comments section below. :)

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Infinite Love,
Siri.


*Featuring in the Background: My Organic Mint patch. :)