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Parval or parwal is a vegetable that belongs to the gourd family. It is called pointed gourd in English. Today Im sharing a recipe that is not as popular as other stuffed vegetable recipes, but if you have to believe me this bharvan Parval tastes delicious.

In this recipe we first prepare the stuffing that is made with simple everyday spices. It is only the magic of Vinegar and sugar that takes the taste of the stuffing to a different level. This same stuffing can be used to prepare stuffed baigan (eggplant) and snake gourd.

stuffed parval recipe

Ingredients For Stuffed Pointed Gourd Recipe

Parwals – 8 nos.

Ginger Garlic paste  – 3 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fennel Seeds ( saunf)- 1/4 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Hing – a pinch

Sugar – 1/4 tsp

Vinegar (white cooking vinegar)- 2 tsp

Oil

Salt to Taste

Let us go Step-by-Step in making this  delectable dish

 1. Prepare the  Parwal

 

Wash the Parwals clean and pat dry with a kitchen towel

Peel the Pointed gourds and cut off the tips of both the ends

Now slit the parwals lengthwise to provide an opening for stuffing it

Remove the seeds and flesh, de-seed all the Parwals (save it as this will be added to the stuffing)

2. Preparing the Stuffing

bharwa parwal stuffing

Heat one teaspoon oil in a non stick pan ( I suggest non stick because your stuffing wont stick to the pan while you saute it).

Add quarter teaspoon each of Mustard seeds, Cumin Seeds and Fennel Seeds (saunf) and allow them to splutter.

Now add Ginger Garlic Paste and saute

When the oil starts oozing out add the powdered masalas i.e Turmeric powder, red chilly powder, Coriander powder and cumin powder.

Add salt, sugar and vinegar.

Once the masala is nicely cooked and the oil has separated  add in the flesh and seed, cook for another 2-3 mins.

When everything is well cooked  turn off the heat

Now remove the stuffing in a plate and allow it to cool

3. Stuff the Parwals

bharwa parwal recipe

Start stuffing the parwals one by one ensuring you divide the stuffing equally for all the parwals

4. Cook the Parwals

There are two methods that I know are used to cook the bharwa parwals the Frying Method and the Steaming Method

Bharwa Parwals prepared by using the frying method can be eaten right away but the steamed parwals require further shallow frying to form a firm crisp layer on the outer side. The steaming method is perfect to be added to a thick spicy gravy.

Here I am going by the frying method

Heat oil in a pan add a pinch of turmeric and Hing (Asafoetida)

Place all the stuffed gourds in the pan and allow to cook, at this point you can add a pinch of salt for seasoning the Parwals.

Cook it from all the sides, make sure you turn the Parwals very carefully, applying too much pressure can push the stuffing out from the Parwals.

Cook it well from all sides

Once done, serve hot with Dal Rice.

 

 

 

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Parval or parwal is a vegetable that belongs to the gourd family. It is called pointed gourd in English. Today Im sharing a recipe that is not as popular as other stuffed vegetable recipes, but if you have to believe me this bharvan Parval tastes delicious. In this recipe we first prepare the stuffing that [...]

Living in the world of advertisements and brand promotions we usually fall for what looks impressive and is popular,  the end result of which is skin and hair related problems. As far as our beauty and personal care products are concerned most of us tend to buy wrongs products. Did you know that the shampoo that your friend is using which is proving to be a blessing for her hair can just be unsuitable for your hair type?  Just imagine if you had someone to understand your skin and hair type and could help you choose the most suitable beauty products for you. Sounds interesting right! Aplava is one such initiative that is committed to helping people in choosing best beauty products for them. It is more than just being any other online beauty and drugstore.

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What is Aplava

Aplava.com is a one stop solution for all your beauty and personal care products. Though it’s new in the segment, they have managed to make the website stand out with an innovative feature that helps the user  to create a personalized beauty profile  based on which their experts suggest the best suited products for your skin and hair. All you need to to do is create your profile, review your cart and checkout.

The Brands

Along with the popular brands like Lakme, Revlon and Olay, Aplava has brought on board some very luxe brands also. The list of brands is huge and the options of products are many.

Being a natural living enthusiast I am always in search of brands that manufacture natural, herbal and organic products and to be true I was impressed to see a wide range of natural skin and hair care products from across the globe. Few brands that I saw on Aplava are now topping my Shopping list and I have listed them below

Pangea Organics: As quoted in Pange Organic Website  “Pangea utilizes the latest scientific methods to extract all of the powerful actives that plants have to offer”

Wild Fern: A Newzealand based company that is making the best use of natural elements  for formulating skin care products and presenting them in Earth friendly packaging.

TVAM: Having its roots in Southern part of India TVAM has a wide range of products for hair, Skin and Body care products. Their product line comprises of Body scrubs, face masks, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, moisturizers and many more, all made with high quality natural ingredients

Natio: An Australian brand that offers Plant based beauty range Natio combines the finest natural ingredients with 100% pure essential oil blends. Their makeup products are mild and a very good way to treat your skin.

Satthwa: Started by an Entrepreneur who was suffering from hair fall. After a lot of research, trial and errors he came up with this premium hair oil, which is now solving the hair fall problem for many individuals.

 How To Get Started With Aplava

Log in to Aplava

Build your regime that is done by answering a series of questions about your skin and hair. This is probably the most exciting part while shopping at Aplava. In this section you will answer questions about your skin and hai type, and also about the problematic issues that you may have. This data will be used to create your personalized beauty profile and wait, you also get your beauty score.

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Once your personalized beauty profile is created the Aplava algorithms will recommend you the best suited products for you

You can also take help from their experts in building your regime and choosing right products.

My Shopping Experience With Aplava

Intrigued by the herbal and organic range of products available at Aplava.com, I chose a brand that suits my liking. I ordered Panchpushpa 5 Indian flower calming body wash from  Just Herbs and Natural Bath Peach & Cream Body Latte.

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Placing The Order

Once you are done with your cart, the process of placing the order is piece of a cake. It has all the payments options that the other popular ecommerce portals offer.

The Packaging

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The packaging of the parcel was very good. All the products were separately wrapped in a bubble wrap which saved it from the rains. When I received the package it was raining heavily, though the outer carton was slightly wet, the products inside were sitting safely.

Delivery / Shipping

I received my parcel within two days of placing the order which is excellent. Shipment tracking is also smooth.

Products to Look For

Lip Balms : I don’t know a single who doesn’t use a lip balm,and if you are one of those who love to save your lips with lip balms then Aplava is the right place for you to buy the best lip balm to pamper your pout.

Hair Shampoo : With a diverse range of herbal, cosmetic and organic products (all in one place), Aplava indeed is the place where you can grab the best shampoo for hair care.

Bath And Body Care : If you are into Body scrubs and massage then you will be amazed to see the variety available at Aplava.

The Verdict

To conclude Aplava is a complete solution with numerous brands, smooth and swift shipping and authenticity seal for the products which gives the assurance that the products available at Aplava are genuine and authentic. ‘Ask the expert‘ feature is one of its kind and very helpful for those who have sensitive skin as they get professional assistance in choosing the most appropriate product for their skin type. Some luxury brands that are easily available at Aplava are difficult to find elsewhere online.

Overall I had  a wonderful experience shopping at Aplava and I will be visiting their website quite often  looking out for more Organic and all natural beauty and skincare products

They also run sitewide discount that will add to your joy of shopping at Aplava Then why wait, just visit this amazing online beauty and drugstore right away and gab your best buy

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Living in the world of advertisements and brand promotions we usually fall for what looks impressive and is popular,  the end result of which is skin and hair related problems. As far as our beauty and personal care products are concerned most of us tend to buy wrongs products. Did you know that the shampoo [...]

Easy Spanish Omelette Recipe For Breakfast

Omelettes are so much fun to eat, they are easy, delicious and  quick. I have relished omelettes in many forms and with different variations. Here I will have to admit that with every new recipe of Omelette that I try  my love for it doubles. I really cannot stop experimenting with this divine devil, Mr. Egg.

I like to enhance the flavor of egg by introducing different ingredients to my regular Omelette. And this recipe is a perfect amalgamation of two most loved ingredients of people around the world, Potatoes and Egg.

Its a simple breakfast recipe, a Potato and Egg Omelette. A Spanish Omelette is a combination of crispy fried potatoes and egg, seasoned with salt and pepper. I have seen people adjusting the recipe according to their taste and preference. Some common add-ons are onions, spring onions and herbs.

In my  recipe for making a Spanish Omelette, I have given it a healthy twist. Instead of deep frying the potatoes I prefer to grill them, but its completely a matter of personal choice. It will be equally perfect if you want to go with the deep frying method.

I have never been to Spain and I have no idea how a Spanish omelette would taste in its homeland. This recipe has my own twist and Im sure its close to its native counterpart.

easy spanish omelette recipe

Recipe : SPANISH OMELETTE


INGREDIENTS

4  Medium Sized Potatoes

2 Eggs

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Paprika


METHOD

  • Peel and dice the potatoes in small cubes
  • Lay them on a grilling tray
  • Drizzle some Olive Oil and Sprinkle Paprika ( you can use normal red chilly powder also)
  • Pop them in the oven. Set grill mode in 180 degrees for 12 mins. Alternatively you can deep fry the potatoes instead of grilling them. In this recipe I have grilled the potatoes.
  • Once done, cool the potatoes and  transfer them to a mixing bowl
  • Add the Eggs, Salt and Pepper and whisk so that it gets mixed with Potatoes evenly.
  • Heat oil in a pan and pour in the mixture.
  • Spread it evenly with the help of a spatula.
  • Let it cook nicely on one side in medium heat.
  • Now place a plate on top of the pan and  take the omelette out. Carefully slide the omelette back into the pan to cook the other side. Insert a fork to ensure that omelette is well cooked from inside also.
  • Once cooked take it out in a plate and serve with your favorite Sauce.

Try this simple recipe of Spanish Omelette, make your variations and don’t forget to share it with us.

 

 

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Omelettes are so much fun to eat, they are easy, delicious and  quick. I have relished omelettes in many forms and with different variations. Here I will have to admit that with every new recipe of Omelette that I try  my love for it doubles. I really cannot stop experimenting with this divine devil, Mr. [...]

Home Remedies For Losing Weight

In our eat-and-run, massive-portion-sized culture, maintaining a healthy weight can be tough and losing weight, even tougher. But while there’s no easy fix to losing weight, there are plenty of steps you can take to develop a healthier relationship with food, curb emotional triggers to overeating, and achieve lasting weight-loss success.

Increased weight leads to various health situations that can be hard to combat. Certain causes of sudden weight gain like diabetes, insomnia, stress and hypothyroidism are a cause of serious concern.

“Being fat isn’t your fault; staying fat is.”The reason why so many people are overweight,is not because they’re lazy or unmotivated, but because their environments – social, familial, economic make them fat and keep them that way.

If your spouse has ever bought you ice cream to “reward” you after a week of hard workouts, if your friends and family have ever pressured you to eat or drink more, or if your job or commute is just too time-consuming to allow time for fitness, the Home Remedies for Losing Weight  will surely work for you.

These reasons may resonate with your personal experiences of Weight Gain

Low fat foods:

Lots of foods in the supermarkets today are labelled “low-fat”. But there’s a catch, low-fat foods contain high levels of sugar. High sugar foods can also contain lots of calories and so contribute to weight gain.”

Anxiety:

When we have a surge of adrenaline as part of our fight/flight response, we get fidgety and activated. Adrenaline is the reason for the “wired up” feeling we get when we’re stressed. While we may burn off some extra calories running around cleaning because we can’t sit still, anxiety can also trigger “emotional eating.” Overeating or eating unhealthy foods in response to stress or as a way to calm down is a very common response.

Cravings and Fast Food:

When we are chronically stressed, we crave “comfort foods,” such as a pack of potato chips or a tub of ice cream. These foods tend to be easy to eat, highly processed, and high in fat, sugar, or salt. We crave these foods for both biological and psychological reasons. Stress may mess up our brain’s reward system or cortisol may cause us to crave more fat and sugar. We also may have memories from childhood, such as the smell of freshly baked cookies,, that lead us to associate sweet foods with comfort.

Less Sleep:

Do you ever lie awake at night worrying about paying the bills or about who will watch your kids when you have to go to work? Research shows that worry is a major cause of insomnia. Our minds are overactive and won’t switch off. We may also lose sleep because of pulling overnights to cram for exams or writing until the early hours. Stress causes decreased blood sugar, which leads to fatigue. If you drink coffee or caffeinated soft drinks to stay awake, or alcohol to feel better, your sleep cycle will be even more disrupted. Sleep is also a powerful factor influencing weight gain or loss.

Precautions

We live in a fast-paced world where eating has become mindless. We eat on the run, at our desk while we’re working, and in front of the TV. The result is that we consume much more than we need. To practice sensible eating:

Make A Note of What You Eat: Eat slowly, savoring the smell and texture of your food. If your mind wanders, gently return your attention to your food and how it tastes.
Say No To Distractions While Eating: Try not to eat while working, watching TV, or driving. It’s too easy to mindlessly overeat.
Eat 3/4th of Your Hunger: It takes time for the signal to reach your brain that you’ve had enough. Don’t feel obligated to always clean your plate.

Home remedies for losing weight

These remedies are popular, since they cause quick fat reduction. They offer zero side effects. Thus, they are one of the best ways to quick weight reduction.

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Lime juice-honey

Lime juice and honey mixed in lukewarm water is a very effective home cure for weight reduction. One teaspoon of honey mixed with the juice of half a lime in one glass of lukewarm water should be taken frequently.
Another way of having Lemon and Homey is through the Green Tea, which can be aggregated with warm water. Lemon juice and honey, enhancing its taste and health benefits too.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is another popular home remedy to reduce excess weight. It helps breakdown fat and hence prevents the accumulation of body fat.

• Mix two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink it daily in the morning and preferably before meals.
• You can also drink a glass of water mixed with one teaspoon each of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.
You can have up to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a day. Do not exceed this amount, as it may reduce your blood potassium levels over time and lower your bone mineral density.

Cabbage Juice:

Cabbage is a very common food item that is known to be a warehouse of vitamins and fibers. However, it is not known to the world that cabbage is one of the fastest weight reduction formulas as well.
Nevertheless, vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C increases the body metabolism by triggering the breakdown of carbohydrates. These two vitamins are present in cabbage in abundance, which makes it an effective fast weight loss formula.
The fibres present in cabbage improve digestion. This reduces the amount of toxins present in the body. Toxins do not allow the body to otherwise absorb nutrients, which decreases the metabolic rate. All these toxins are flushed out of the body by cabbage consumption. Increased metabolic rate increases the fat breakdown as well. Thus, cabbage directly attacks the deposited fat that leads to obesity.

Curry Leaves

Eating 10 fresh curry leaves daily in the morning works as a great Ayurvedic remedy to deal with obesity and diabetes caused by obesity. Continue this treatment regularly for at least three to four months.

Ginseng

Ginseng is a strong stimulant herb that’s been proven to help speed up the body’s metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels. It also gives a potent energy boost (which is great for exercising) and increases mental alertness significantly. Of all the natural “performance enhancers” out there, ginseng is by far the best.

Honey and Cinnamon

Yes honey contains sugar (natural sugar), but it also helps promote fat metabolism and fat burning. Cinnamon regulates blood sugar levels and insulin levels and stops you from overeating (and is especially good for overweight people who are also diabetics).

For all these reasons, these kitchen essentials forms the best home remedies for quick weight loss.

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In our eat-and-run, massive-portion-sized culture, maintaining a healthy weight can be tough and losing weight, even tougher. But while there’s no easy fix to losing weight, there are plenty of steps you can take to develop a healthier relationship with food, curb emotional triggers to overeating, and achieve lasting weight-loss success. Increased weight leads to [...]

Wearing an after delivery belt  is not a new concept, its an age old practice and has been performed in several countries, including India. What makes the whole concept refreshing and new is the evolution of the post natal belt from a normal cloth to a highly aesthetic and ergonomically designed tummy binder.

The cloth binding technique that was used traditionally used a normal cotton cloth or even a saree to bind the tummy. But for present day woman, the scenario has changed, they have a wide array of options to choose from. There are plenty of international and indigenous brands catering the post pregnancy belt market.

The dilemma here is how to choose the best Post Pregnancy Belt that proves to be the best buy and an effective product that serves the purpose well.

To Know More about Post Pregnancy Belts Read This

Things To Consider While Buying A Post Pregnancy Belt

These are not the guidelines, these are the things that I considered while choosing the after delivery belt post my c-section for myself. Every woman is different and so are the priorities but there are some points which are common to all as far as my view point is considered

  • Comfort : The belt should be comfortable to wear, it must not hurt or cause any sort of pain or itchiness.
  • Design : It must have high coverage, so that there is no popping or bulging out.
  • Strecheability : The material of the belt should be stretchable to some degree, so that it provides proper fit and is neither too loose nor too tight.
  • Skin Friendly : This means your skin should feel happy with the belt. The material must be breathable so that it can deal with perspiration. It should be soft and smooth to feel as you may wear it directly on the skin as well.

1. Tynor Tummy Trimmer or Abdominal Belt

Features Of Tynor Tummy Trimmer

  • Perfect elasticity
  • Breathable materials
  • Dermophillic
  • No rolling over, no buckling
 This is an abdominal belt ideal for post natal tummy binding. It provides optimal compression and restores the muscles to the pre pregnancy state. It can be worn after C-section as well as normal delivery. The product comes in various sizes ranging from small to XXL. It is supported with special nylon reeves that prevent the belt from rolling over.
The price of this product changes with size, but its economic and affordable

 2. Mee Mee Post-Natal Maternity Support Corset Belt

 MeeMee is a well known brand in baby care segment. They have now launched their maternity range which maintains their standard.

  • Safe Convenient
  • Skin-Friendly Recommended for use post-delivery.
  • Provides Compression & support to help abdomen
  • Muscles improve & gain strength.
  • Reduces abdomen size measurement.

The belt is well ventilated and thus it is skin friendly. It claims to provide support to weakened abdomen & back muscles.Provides compression & support to help abdomen muscles improve & gain strength . Reduces abdomen size measurement. The product is washable and thus its hygienic.

You can buy it here

3. Wonder Care-Abdominal Binder Tummy Trimmer Post pregnancy Waist Support belt

The brand boasts on its aesthetic aspect. It is a three layered product with a glossy patch in the front.

The Wonder Care belt is majorly constructed with elastic and thus it is stretchable which means proper fit  and it will also provide compression to the abdominal muscles.

The highlight about the brand is that they have same price for all the five size variants unlike Tynor that charges differently for different sizes. Whether you buy small size or XXL, you will be paying the same price. Its quite affordable and is available online at just Rs.379.00, which is far from being pricey.

If you want to it buy online Order It Here

4. Belly Bandit tummy wrap 

Yes the uber n upmarket Belly bandit is now available in India. The belt is classy and made with soft fabric. it is the only belt in India that comes with printed fabric that flaunts a designer look.

Post pregnancy belly wrap maternity belt kourtney Brown is strechable and snug.
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The product is pricey, since its an internationally acclaimed brand their price have to match their standards. If its affordable for you buy it here.

5. Large Abdominal Belt support Post Delivery


This is from the famous house of Vissco. They have carved a niche for themselves in the field of orthopaedic rehabilitation and surgical products. This abdominal belt is ment to support the weakened abdominal muscles post delivery, it is even effective in post operative care.
The belt is made from a cotton knitted elastic fabric with holes that allow the skin pores to breathe.

The price for this is affordable and the product is worth the price. You can buy the belt here

Aiming to shrink the tummy after delivery, women are ready to try almost everything that comes way. Post pregnancy tummy binders are one simple way to get the pre pregnancy belly. At the same time post natal Yoga and exercise should also be considered to speed up the journey of post partum recovery.

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Wearing an after delivery belt  is not a new concept, its an age old practice and has been performed in several countries, including India. What makes the whole concept refreshing and new is the evolution of the post natal belt from a normal cloth to a highly aesthetic and ergonomically designed tummy binder. The cloth binding [...]

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