Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Thirst for Best and Worst of 2018.



2018 is coming to an End and I am very Excited about the New Beginnings with 2019!(will announce it soon) Yayyy! Now, who doesn't get excited with the 'Best' and 'Worst' lists and conclusions!? Best and Worst Movie of 2018, Best and Worst Gadgets of 2018, Best and Worst Cars of 2018, Best and Worst Diets of 2018, Best and Worst Smartphone Trends of 2018, Everything Best and Worst of 2018...... But wait, You were Expecting a "Best and Worst Natural Beauty and Lifestyle products of India 2018 Round-up" from Me Right? Infact, that is what anyone would expect that from any Beauty Blogger. But, i decided to Swim Against the Current! Because, just like that fish in the picture below, A Truth Flashed in my mind.


 First, i thought i will do a Best and Worst of 2018 breakdown but, later when i was about to list them all, a Question Flashed in my head: Is there ever an 'Absolute' for Best? Can that Thirst for 'The Best' ever be Quenched? Nah...Not really. The WAR will Forever be ON! For example: Some people Love Eggnog whereas some people Loathe it(i am one of them). Some people Love Ranveer Singh(i am one of them) and some people Loathe him! So, It's always "To Each His Own". Agree?

I am not telling this Randomly but by my Experience. Because, all these products were 'Best' for me in one climatic/water condition but when i used them in other climatic/water conditions, they weren't really 'The Best' ones. And sometimes, a product dearly loved by my friend or family member was an Absolute nightmare for me! Every one of you might have gone through similar experiences. Right? So, i decided to provide a link to all the products that i Loved at one point or the other and Let YOU DECIDE what could be THE BEST for YOU according to your preference and the conditions you live in. And, since this post has a political vibe to it, let me make it clear that i am not against any blogger who chooses to do the Best and Worst listings. This was just My Personal Choice. Do Not Miss the End. ;)

Here is the picture of all products without that huge red sticker:



So, here's the List of Review links:
(click to read)

  Seer Secrets Aloe vera & Guduchi Hydrating Retexturing Facial Serum Review.

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

Fun Review: BON Organics Pet Soap Review.

BON Organics Jasmine Water Review. Much more than just plain ol' Jasmine and water!

Seer Secrets Sabdariffa Tisane Herbal Tea Review. An Excellent Floral Source of Vitamin C!


LOTD: Jaggi Jasoos - A look inspired by Jagga Jasoos.



Seer Secrets Rambutan, Dates and Liquorice Lip Scrub Review. A Gourmet Lip Treat!

Seer secrets Raw Mango, Paprika and Mint Lip Plumper Review. One Hot Lippy Deal!

Forest essentials Iced Pomegranate and Kerala Lime Body mist Review.

Review: Seer secrets Jasmine and Orange Soothing Yogurt Enzyme Body cleanser Review.


Review: Forest essentials Iced Pomegranate and Kerala Lime Silkening Shower wash Review


Bon Lip Stain/Tint - Strawberries(Red) Review. A product that any Natural beauty Lover Couldn't Live Without!

BON Rose Gulkand Toner Review. A GEM from BON Organics.

Seer Secrets Quantum Quattro Gemstone Bath bar Review. A Gem or A Grim?

Do Bandar Citrus Lip Butter Review.

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

Soulfull Millet Smoothix Review. A New Launch from Soulfull.

Pro nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Review. The Magic of Organic Himalayan Apples.

Juicy Chemistry Choco-Mint Lip Butter Review.

Aroma Essentials Neem Face wash Review


What did you feel about this post? Felt like Sharing it with everyone? or, Felt like throwing a bucket full of Eggnog at me? :P Leave your Honest opinions in the Comments Section below.When i am saying "Honest", I Mean It! I Really Mean It! Ranveer singh promise! Kasam re kasam Simmba kasam! :D

See you all in 2019 with Exciting New Plans! ;D

Infinite Love,
Siri.

'Swimming against the current' image source: Google images.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Raisin Cheese with Honey-Sesame Vermicelli Recipe. A Warm and Sweet Edible Christmas Wreath.


Ho Ho Ho! Jingle Bells! Christmas is here and so is 'This' Santa with the "Raisin cheese" and Honey-Sesame Vermicelli to bless you with Health. No no...not the Dish but, the Recipe. :D

A Warm and Sweet Edible Christmas Wreath. :)

Did you ever eat Raisin Cheese? No...not the Raisin Cheesecake. I am talking about the Raisin Flavoured Cheese! Did you? Did i? Yes, And, that too by Accident! ;P Read on to know how. ;)

My Original Idea was to make a "Raisin Rabdi". But, after making the plain Milk Rabdi, i mixed in the Raisin puree and cooked it more to thicken it. That's when some compound in the Raisin decided to act on the milk and turn it in to Cottage Cheese consistency. And, that's how i tasted Raisin Cheese! ;P Anyhow...it tasted good with the "Honey-Sesame Vermicelli" so, i decided to share the recipe with you all. :) I will give another try with the Raisin Rabdi and if i succeed, will definitely share the recipe with you. :)

Enough of this Long and Boring(was it?) chat. Let's just jump to the recipe of this Healthy and Super Tasty Sweet Treat. :)

Note: I am not writing it in a regular step wise fashion. I am quite new to this food blogging thing and i get confused with writing steps and listing out ingredients. No no...Don't blame my MS because, i have been bad with numbers and orderly things right from my childhood.  So, let me just write everything down in a 'casual chat' fashion. :)

1.Raisin Cheese with Honey-Sesame Vermicelli: First, dry roast the Vermicelli until it gives off a toasted flavour. And then, keep it aside to cool off. Click HERE for the Review of Pro Nature Organic Atta Vermicelli.


Put the black sesame seeds in a large sieve and sieve off the stones. In India, Black sesame seeds are notorious for it's stone content so, if you are not comfortable with this tedious job then substitute it with white sesame seeds. The Flavour will be compromised a little though!


In a hot wok, put 2-3 tbspns of Ghee/Clarified butter and when it completely melts, put a small glass of water(100-150 ml) and bring it to a boil. Now add the toasted vermicelli Turn off the stove and keep it aside. When you are ready to serve then, heat it up, turn off the stove, Pour the Honey and Fold it carefully in to the cooked vermicelli. Sprinkle rest of the Toasted Sesame seeds and you're Done! :)


2.Raisin Cheese:
Take 1 litre of Full-Fat Cow Milk in a thick bottomed pan and bring it to a boil. Now, keep it on a low flame and reduce it while stirring every few minutes. When it reduces to a thick cream like consistency, add the Raisin puree(Boil a fistful of raisins and puree them without water) and cook it further to a granular cottage cheese consistency. Do not make it too dry. And the Raisin Cheese is ready!


While serving, assemble both Honey-Sesame vermicelli and Raisin Cheese while making sure not to mix them up.. Tastes Best when served warm. Serve a Sweet Christmas Wreath like i did:

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Wish you all a Merry Christmas. :)
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Here's my Forever favorite Christmas Song 'Jingle bell rock' by Bobby helms. Yes, that popular song that they dance to in the 'Mean Girls' movie.
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Infinite Merries, Infinite Love.
Siri.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pro nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Review. The Magic of Organic Himalayan Apples.



This is the Review of the "Pro nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar".

I hope every one has gotten over the Hangover of 'DeepVeer' (Deepika padukone and Ranveer singh) and 'PriNick' (Priyanka chopra and Nick jonas) Weddings. :P Well...They've found their Best Partners for Life! And, Isha Ambani is also about to. Sorry...Filmy/Richie Rich wedding season na...toh... :PP So Now, Let's jump back to ours, which is the Evergreen "Apple Cider Vinegar". By Partner, of course i mean in Cooking, Skincare, Hair care, Health benefits and so on... and so on... ;D

Tid Bit: Ever heard that Apple Cider Vinegar can stop Ageing? Which almost implies that you can be Immortal! Hmmm...Sounds FLABBERGASTING! Naaah...As we all very well know, it's a RIDONKULOUS CLAIM! Wondering who on earth did this? None other than the 'Once up on' and 'Almost even now' "World Famous" in America: "Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar". Let's just forget that this ever happened. Wakay? :I



Price: 560/- INR for 500 ml.

Keeping aside all the claims and everything else, i love using Unfiltered and Unpasteurized Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for my Skin and in Cooking Barbecue dishes. I usually use Borges Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. So, what makes the Pro Nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Special you ask? Read on...

Borges Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother is made with the "Organically Harvested Apples from Spain" whereas the Pro Nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is made with "Organic Apples from the Himalayas", India.

And, that gives me a good enough reason to choose the #MadeInIndia Pro Nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Because, by choosing this, you choose to contribute to the Country's Economy and also Women's empowerment because Women are the Karta, Karma and Kriya at Pro Nature.

I have also observed that there is a clear difference in the flavour of the Pro Nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar when compared to the Borges Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. 


  • The Pro Nature one has a sharper and stronger flavour and the Borges one is mild.
  • It is Unfiltered, Unpasteurised and Bottled Raw.
  • The Pro Nature Organic ACV has much much much more "Mother" content than the Borges Organic ACV. Below is a Video which proves it.
Watch it in Full Screen with Full Screen Brightness for Best view of The Mother.


*Too many videos might increase the page load(idk), So, please watch the Borges one on my Instagram Feed. My Insta ID: vanityrehab

Here is the comparison image:

My Final Conclusion:

I choose the Pro Nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar any given day! Reasons: Organic Himalayan Apples, Insane amount of The Mother, Women empowerment and Country's Economy. What more reasons do you need? Right?


#makeinindia #madeinindia

Buy the Pro nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Online from: Bigbasket.com and it's soon going to be available on Amazon.in too.

You can also find them in many local Organic stores too.

Until Next Post(The Raisin Cheese one. Remember?), Merry Christmas.
Hallelujah.
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And, did you see how Deepika - Ranveer(especially his Khali bali. I'd rather watch the movie wala song dance for hours at a strech. Goose bumps already...) and Aishwarya - Abhishek were dancing in Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's
 Sangeet?? He he he...Sorry...my Brain has Gone Bonkers coz the whole web is flooded with these. X-( Bye. 😄
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8Infinite8 Love,
Siri.

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.