Easy Microwave Roasted Makhanas (Foxnuts)- yummy

  • 3 cups Makhanas (foxnuts)
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. chat masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. oil

 

Mix the Makhanas, oil and spices together , so that all Makhanas are lightly coated.
Place them in a single layer on glass baking dish.
Microwave on high for 1 minute
Microwave on high another 1 minute
You will hear popping sound at this stage, if not stir again and microwave for another 30 seconds.
Remove the tray from microwave.
Let it cool for 10 minutes before eating. Your crispy roasted Makhanas are ready to eat.

 

(PS: You can experiment with various masalas, I personally love using butter and red chilly for flavouring)

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Single Girls Guide to First Date – Scenario 2 ( Indian Arranged Marriage Setup , Meeting the Guy & his parents)

Although most parents will allow the prospective bride and groom to meet alone, you may end up with a first meeting with the guy and his entire clan.

What to wear?

Dress

A pretty kurta in a complexion enhancing colour teamed with tights or an elegant sari (check with your parents) are good options.

Jewellery

A simple pendant and earring will make you look elegant and pretty.

Makeup

Fresh natural makeup / nude look will give you confidence, while making sure that prospective in-laws do not feel you are trying to hide behind paint. You can opt for light pink or French manicure.

How to greet?

Generically a standard Namaste with folded hands and a smile will save you from the questioning looks from elders that may come with a “Hi” or getting labelled as “too traditional” if you opt for touching the feet.

Things to do / not to do

Sitting: Your parents / prospective in-laws may ask you to sit near them / their son. Do so gracefully. No rolling the eyes, looking shocked or uncomfortable.

Talking: Once you’ve exchanged the pleasantries, follow their cues and let them start the talking. Avoid being overfriendly or too restrained. Tone yourself down. Be polite. Skip embarrassing incidents and sticky subjects. If you think you are not comfortable with the line of questions being asked, change the track of the conversation.

With the guy: Don’t try to interview the guy in front of his parents. They may think that you will intimidate him.

Don’t be a fake: Be your own self. Don’t portray a wrong image; this can lead to a future disaster.  If you don’t know how to cook, say you’ve never had a chance or need to cook till now and who can predict what the future may bring.

 

Think of this whole situation as an interview with a prospective employer. You need to be the best version of yourself and make the interviewer want to hire you.

 

Easy Microwave Poppadom Curry (Papad ki Sabzi) – mood lifting

Ingredients:
Papad (plain or masala)- 2 

Red Onion -1 small

Tomato -1 small 

Garam Masala / Curry Masala -1/4 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Cilantro – for garnishing

Red Chilli Powder -to taste

Cumin Seeds -for seasoning  1/4 tsp

Water – 1/2 cup

Oil -1/2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Place poppadoms on microwave safe plate , microwave on high for 1 minute 
  2. Put oil in microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 1 minute
  3. Add cumin seeds. Microwave on high  for 30 seconds.
  4. Add chopped onion mix well and microwave for 1 minute.
  5. Add chopped tomato, mix well with onion and heat for 90 seconds.
  6. Add Salt, Chilli Powder, Garam Masala and half cup of water to the bowl , mix well. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  7. Break the poppadoms in  bite size pieces and add to the curry. Stir well.  Microwave for 30 seconds.
  8. Garnish with the cilantro and serve with  bread / rice.

Easy Microwave Radish Chips ( mooli ke chips ) – yummy

  • Radishes thinly sliced – ( 1/8th inch slices ) – around 30 slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp

In a bowl mix the oil and spices , add radish slices. Mix well to ensure all slices are coated evenly with the mixture.

Arrange as many slices as will fit in a single layer on a microwave plate lined with  paper towels. The slices should not touch or else they stick together.

Microwave the slices at 100% power for 2 minutes. Flip them over and microwave at 50% power for another 1 minutes. Remove any chips that are starting to crisp and brown. Continue cooking the remaining chips at 50% power in 1 minute intervals until they are all crispy and golden

Enjoy delicious Radish chips.

Single Girls Guide to First Date – Scenario 1 ( Indian Arranged Marriage Setup , Meeting the Guy Alone)

A first date can be a nerve wrecking experience specially in cases of arranged marriage scenarios where it can be a blind date on top of  being a first date. The questions on top of every girls mind is a > where to meet ( in-case the guy asks preference ) and  b > what to wear.

Where to Meet ( Options )

1> Coffee shop of a Good Hotel : They will not be as crowded as the local  CCD’s / Barista’s / Mochas, while providing the safety of meeting in  public place . Coffee shops are always a good option as you can extend / limit the time of meeting on the basis of how the date progresses.

2>  Brunch Date : Will allow you to linger and chat over food in a relaxed atmosphere , which is more intimate than coffee shop date. Try this  if you have liked the guy during your previous on – phone talks

3> Mall – Avoid on weekends and rush hours. Large malls like Inorbit & Highstreet Phoenix in Mumbai , Amanora in Pune , Ambience Mall in Delhi etc provide food as well as activity options.

Just ensure that first date is not in secluded place ( obvious for security reasons ) , someone knows where you are going , is not a very expensive place.

What to Wear

1 > Indian / Western – Wear what you normally wear. If you normally wear only Jeans , wear a pair with dressy feminine top , if you are comfortable in Indian wear , a nice Kurta with leggings / tights / salwar is appropriate. If you normally wear dresses , wear it – just ensure that length is not too short , and you are not showing too much skin at top.

2> Dress Nice not Sexy – Its the first date and you do not want to give the wrong impression. Do not show too much skin.

3> Wear a girly color that flatters you : For fair girls with blue undertones – Pink is great option , while if you are wheatish , peach  / coral will make you glow. If you want to dress up slim in black , try accessorizing it with Red.

4 > Natural Glow – Makeup should be natural. Hide your imperfections , put on some peach blush , a nice lipgloss , and clear mascara . Guys do not like heavily madeup girls.

Easy Microwave Recipe for Boiling Milk , Making Tea ,Coffee & Paneer ( cottage cheese)

Make 1 cup Coffee in Microwave

• Heat ½ cup milk for 2 minutes in microwave

• Add ½ cup water, sugar & 1 tsp coffee to the milk & heat for 40 seconds

• Your coffee is ready

 Make 1 cup Tea in Microwave

• Heat ½ cup water with tea-bag & sugar and heat for 2 minute

• Add milk and heat for 1 minute

• Your tea is ready

• You can also heat the milk & water together but the tea may taste a bit different

Boil Milk in Microwave

• Take 1 packet milk (500ml) in microwave safe bowl

• Heat for 4 minutes

• If not boiled heat for 30 seconds more.

• Keep your eye open to avoid spillages

Make Paneer in the microwave

• Micro on  high 4 cups of milk in a doubly sized microwave safe bowl for 5 minutes.

• Stir every 2 minutes in between.

• Now add 2 tbsp of curd and micro on high for 1 more minute. Leave it to cool for five minutes and then drain out the water.