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December 29, 2016

Win A Skin Care Gift Hamper Worth Rs. 600!!


Win A Skin Care Gift Hamper Worth Rs. 600 !!

Grab the Chance to #Win A Skin Care Gift #Hamper Worth Rs. 600 in the New Year 2017!!
Post a unique easy to use winter skincare tip and win a Prakriti Skin Care gift hamper…..

Instructions To Participate In The Contest:

1: Post your skin care tip with details of herbal ingredients with quantities, in the comment box below the contest post with your name and contact details OR
You can also email us the skin care tip with details of herbal ingredients with pictures at enquiry@prakritiherbals.in with your name and contact details

2: You can post only 1 entry for the contest

3: The contest will be judged on the basis of the uniqueness, ease of preparation and use of skin care tip

4: The tip should not have appeared on the Prakriti Herbals Blog – https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/ or the Prakriti Herbals FB page or in the Prakriti Herbals tips WhatsApp group

5: Last date of receiving the registration and contest entries: 31st December (Midnight)

6: The contest winner will be announced on our facebook page by 1st week of Jan 2017

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October 15, 2016

10 Special Fruits for Hair Care and Skin Care


10 Special Fruits for Hair Care and Skin Care

Fruits are delicious extracts bursting with vitamins offered by nature!!
We have fruits in our day to day life along with our standard meals. We all know that the fruits contain vitamins, minerals, proteins and many other major aspects. But, what does that have to do with the skin and hair?? Let’s find out:

We have selected 10 Special Fruits for Hair Care and Skin Care which are available commonly in any fruit shop. Each fruit has got its own unique specification that keeps your skin and hair healthy, glossy and gorgeous. It actually works on your skin and hair naturally and keeps them in excellent condition and slows down ageing.
Here are a listed few selected fruits that are mostly used as skin care and hair care ingredients.

Amla: Amla is the key ingredient in most hair oils since the age of ayurveda for nourishing the hair and curing all scalp and hair loss issues

Apple: Rich in citric acid, apple juice or paste acts as the perfect cleanser for face and skin especially if the skin is oily.

Lemon: With the maximum vitamin C content, lemon acts as the magical remedy for dandruff and pimple marks. It is highly suitable for oily scalp and skin. Crush it, squeeze it and apply it – that’s all you need to do.

Strawberry: It can be used as a perfect homemade scrub that exfoliates the skin pores and cleanses them with natural glow effect. Just crush it and scrub on your skin on alternative days.

Walnut: The oldest natural facial scrub ever was made out of walnut. It has balanced vitamins and proteins which not only clean up the pores but also rejuvenate the skin naturally. It is a little difficult to make at home but not impossible either .

Orange: Juicy orange extracts and its outer cover are highly effective for skin marks, pimples, under-eye circles and many other skin concerns. Just apply the fluid on the skin and see the magic instantly.

Kiwi: It is one of the glamorous fruits which has immense nutritional values and gives a glow to your skin. It is suitable for all skin type and has no side effects.

Coconut: Coconut imbibes the goodness of nature that helps in hydrating and nourishing the skin. Coconut oil can be used for both hair and skin to make them smooth and healthy.

Avocado: Avocado, also known as butter fruit has got special medicinal values that helps treating scratchy scalps as well as skin full of acne. It gives 100% positive effects that too in a very short time span.

Pomegranate: A colorful fruit rich in vitamin content – it is also a skin care remedy which helps the skin to glow and reduce all signs of aging. It can be used as a natural cleanser as well as a scrub for any skin type.

So, just don’t eat fruits but also apply it on your skin and hair simultaneously. Trust me, these 10 Special Fruits for Hair Care and Skin Care can really makes a transparent difference- check it out for yourself and glow the natural way!!

February 2, 2014

3 minute Chocolate cup cake..yummmyyy!!


5 minute Chocolate cake

STORM IN A COFFEE CUP 🙂
A  5 minute chocolate fudge cake that can be made even by kids!!Here’s how……….
Ingredients:
1 big coffee mug

–           4 tbsp All Purpose Flour (Maida)

–           5 tbsp powdered sugar

–           2 tbsp cocoa powder

–           3 tbsp milk

–           3 tbsp oil

–           1 tsp vanilla essence

–           1 egg

–    1/4 tsp of baking powder

–   chopped nuts, chocolate sauce for decoration

Procedure:

1. In the coffee mug, add the maida, sugar, cocoa powder,baking powder  and mix well so that no lumps are formed. This is dry mixing.20140202_122132

2. Now add milk, oil, vanilla essence. Whip   an egg well and add to the mix.

3. Mix everything nicely with a spoon so that no lumps get settled at the bottom of the mug.

4. Put the microwave on high heat and cook the mug with the mix for exactly 3 mins. Mind it exactly 3 mins. Try it with your microwave, if it gets too high then reduce the time to 2 mins and 50 secs. Do not worry it will not spill (as long as it is a big mug that you have used) and it will be cooked.

5. Let it stand for 30 sec in the microwave while it is switched off.

6. Take it out on a plate and

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decorate it with your choice of choco chips,chocolate sauce and chopped nuts

7. It tastes a little different than a regular cake but it is the quickest way to make cake with icecream or chocolate sauce.
Watch the detailed video recipe by our very own Master chef Sandhya Oza from Curry classes-It’s so much fun actually watching the cupcake rise  in the coffee mug like the leaning tower of Pisa;) Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0BtTEpLgwg
Recipe courtesy http://mystartupkitchen.wordpress.com/desserts/chocolate-mug-cake/

 

August 15, 2012

Tricolour Salad ………Happy Independence Day!!!


Wish you a very Happy Independence Day!!!

TRICOLOUR SALAD

Recipe Courtesy Nayana Shetty
Ingredients:

Parsley leaves -1 bunch
Mint leaves-1 bunch
Tomato-1 cup
Onion-1 cup
Lemon-1
Extra virgin Olive oil-1 tbsp
Salad leaves-1 bunch
Soaked burgul
Salt to tasteEnjoy this very healthy tricolour salad bursting with the goodness of antioxidants,iron and vitamins and glow this Independence Day……..:)

July 15, 2012

Refreshing Luscious Watermelon Kulfi Candies


Can’t get fresher than this one!!!A refreshing delicious dessert to beat the summer heat,bursting with the goodness of luscious watermelons!!This queen of fruits,the red juicy watermelon  is truly a powerhouse of antioxidants  like Lycopene&Vit C truly making it a beauty food which makes you glow!!


Watermelon Kulfi-Recipe Courtesy Nayana Shetty
Ingredients:

2 cups- Watermelon Deseeded Chunks

1 Cup- Thick Set Yogurt

4 Tbspn- Sugar

Method:

1.Blend the listed ingredients and pour it in the candy or kulfi  moulds.

2.Freeze it for at least 6 to 8 hrs.

3.To add a yummylicious twist,you could add pieces of crushed strawberry as well into the mixture before freezing into moulds

4.Remove from freezer,Unmould and Serve with a smile 🙂

Enjoy this refreshing treat  and pamper not only your taste buds ,but your skin as well!!!!:)

April 10, 2012

CONTEST WINNERS -OUR PAPAYA HEALTHY ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST!!!


                                                                             

JOINT CONTEST WINNERS OF THE PAPAYA HEALTHY RECIPE CONTEST:SUJATA BHIDE&SHRI KRIPA

Just love the brightly coloured luscious papaya fruit which is not only delicious in taste,but also a very rich source of antioxidant nutrients which can be made into fruity packs which rejuvenate the skin and hair beautifully.Truly the beauty of this wonderful plant is that all its parts have excellent medicinal &nutritive value…The ripe fruit or even the raw fruit are both storehouses of  nutrients such as carotenes,vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and last but not the least lots of fiber.It helps with the digestive system as well, by breaking down the proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes.Most people relish papayas  as is,but we wanted to find more delicious ways of having it as well……..Hence we decide to run a contest for the most original,innovative&healthy recipe using either ripe or raw papaya…..All the recipes were delicious-showcasing the 2 most original winning entries for you……:)

1.WINNING ENTRY FROM SUJATA BHIDE:PAPAYA PRESERVE/JAM

Ingredients:

  • 500 g Papaya (half-ripe)
  • 2 cup sugar
  •  1 tsp Citric Acid

How to make Papaya Preserve:•Peel the papaya and remove the seeds.•Cut papaya into big pieces.•Boil the papaya pieces till tender.•In a pan, mix sugar with one cup of water.•When the sugar dissolves completely, add citric acid and boil this mixture for two to three minutes.•Once done, remove from heat and strain.•Cook over low heat, till the syrup strings a thread.•Remove from heat, cool and store in a bottle.
This yummy preserve can be relished  in any season with chapati or bread rolls, or even as a just after dinner dessert…like I do 😉

WINNING ENTRY FROM SHRI KRIPA-PAPAYA BURFI:
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups- grated raw papaya
  •  1 cup-grated coconut
  • 4 tsp-ghee
  •  1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup- milk
  •  1tsp-cardamompowder
  • Method:Take a thick bottomed pan or non stick pan ,heat ghee in this and add grated raw papaya and fry till the raw smell of papaya vanishes.After the raw smell disappears,add milk and coconut and mix. When the milk evaporates add sugar and mix well till this papaya mixture leaves the sides of the pan..When it is done pour this mixture onto a greased plate and press nicely and make flat.After it cools cut into desired shapes and serve.Yummy Papaya barfi is ready to eat!!….

Do try out these innovative new dishes  with all the goodness of papaya as the star attraction in them…..Enjoy!!! 🙂

April 6, 2012

Beat the heat with a Refreshing Summer drink from black grapes……Enjoy!!!:)


Summer’s here and what better way to beat the heat, than with this  lovely summer drink made from luscious  black grapes………………These black beauties are simply a powerhouse of antioxidants,flavanoids,vitamins&minerals-fabulous for the skin&for all round health as well.
Black grapes are not only great natural cleansers,moisturisers and reduce acne,fine lines&dryness-They can be made into fabulous skin pampering facemasks as well which add a glow to your skin…Check here for more details .The fruit is antibacterial and anti inflammatory and contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids-powerful antioxidants that help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging.So here’s the recipe for black grape juice courtesy Nayana Shetty

REFRESHING GRAPE JUICE
– Recipe from my superchef of an aunt  Nayana Shetty….:)
Ingredients:Fresh black grapes———1/2 kg Seedless
Sugar optional
Ice cubes—few
Soaked sabja seeds or falooda seeds——–1/4tsp
Chat masala optional——–pinchMethod:1.Soak the grapes and little salt&1 tsp vinegar in cold water filled bowl for 2 minutes.
2. Wash and rinse well
3.Put the grapes in to blender along with ice cubes and blend to a smooth paste.
4.Strain with strainer using little cold water.
5 .Add soaked sabja seeds, chat masala(optional) serve chilled.
 Relax with  this refreshing summer drink&pamper your skin&soul…….Enjoy&do let us know if you liked it too !!!!:)
March 22, 2012

Go healthy with Fenugreek-traditional recipes from South India


Fenugreek based recipes from South India:
Fenugreek has magical medicinal benefits,not only as a beauty aid for good skin and hair,keeping dandruff,acne and dryness of hair &skin at bay,but also reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels,and has been  used for the treatment of various ailments like heartburn,diarrhoea,fevers,etc  from the ancient times.Both the leaves and seeds of this slightly bitter-tasting wonderful vegetable are widely used in traditional Indian cooking&thought that it definitely deserved to be talked about 🙂 Fenugreek seeds are also traditionally used to enhance milk production in lactating mothers especially in India.Studies have indicated that the production of milk can increase by up to 500% within 1-3 days of consuming fenugreek seeds regularly as it contains Diosgenin -a compound having estrogen like properties. Even today a yummy fenugreek based sweet is a must for lactating mothers in  South India!!!
So have just put together a few extremely nutritious recipes,courtesy our superchefs……


MENTHE DOSA

Recipe by Padmanayana Shetty, Muscat, Oman

Ingredients:

3 cups raw rice
1 cup  beaten rice or rice flakes
Coconut milk extracted from 1 coconut
1 tsp urad dal
1-2  tsp methi or fenugreek seeds
2 tsp instant yeast or dry yeast diluted in warm water
4 tsp or less sugar

Method :

1. Clean, wash & soak rice, methi, urad dal for 4 hours together.
2. Grind with coconut milk and beaten  rice (cleaned & washed )to a very fine paste.
3. Add yeast and mix the batter.
4. Keep it for fermentation for about 4 to 5 hrs in a warm place.
5. Then prepare dosa with non stick tawa or aapam pan without oil.

2.Methi Sweet porridge(Metheda ganji) in Mangalore

Recipe by Padmanayana Shetty, Muscat, Oman
Basmathi or any other rice-1cup
Methi seeds-less than 1/4 cup
jaggary-1cup(vole bella or palm sugar tastes even better)
coco nut-1 to extract milk
salt -little or pinch
1.Boil methi seeds along with rice in cooker with alittle water for 4 whistles
2.add jaggary(melt and strain to remove impurities)
3.add coconut milk and salt, boil some time
4. while serving add ghee
adjust sweetness and if you want less methe reduce the amount

3.METHI HALWA (Methi Adthina in Mangalore)

Ingredients :

1/2 kg methi seeds

1/2 kg ghee

1 kg jaggery, grated

1 1/2 coconut grated and roasted

1 kg beaten rice, roasted

Method :

Clean, wash and pressure cook methi seeds in plenty of water till soft. Strain and remove water. Grind methi to a rough paste. Fry the ground methi paste in 1/2 kg ghee until the ghee separates and oozes out. Add jaggery and boil till thick and sticky syrup. Add coconut, beaten rice and mix well. Remove, cool and store.

Recipe Courtesy Gladys Elisha nee Soans
Thanks Nayana Shetty,Gladys Elisha nee Soans &The Mangalore Cuisine for your lovely recipes:)
You would  also be interested in the contest winning recipes of our healthy fenugreek recipe contest  and how fenugreek helps reduce dandruff,dryness and hair loss naturally!!!
Do experiment with all these lovely original time tested recipes &add health and beauty to your life

March 19, 2012

Contest winners of Our Healthy Fenugreek Recipe Contest!!!




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JOINT CONTEST WINNERS OF  HEALTHY FENUGREEK  SEEDS/LEAVES ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST:

                                                  KABITA MAHARANA &NAYANA SHETTY
FENUGREEK-Nature’s boon for all round health  is truly a blessing not only for our skin,hair but also for optimum health. Fenugreek or “methi ” as it is called in India  not only reduces dandruff,hair fall and acne,but also lowers cholesterol ,diabetes and is a natural remedy for many other ailments.
So we decided to have  a contest for original yummy but healthy recipes.We received some  lipsmacking entries which were judged by an expert ,and the joint lucky winners of our gift hamper of natural beauty products are:Kabita Maharana &Nayana Shetty

1. Winning Entry From Kabita Maharana:

Wholesome &Yummy Bharwa Methi ke Paranthe with Tangy Tamatar ki Chutney

Ingredients For Parantha:

1. 150 gm Methi leaves 2. Garlic 4-5 cloves3. Green chili one4. Amchoor powder ( dry mango powder)5. Olive oil  6. Multigrain flour (whole wheat, soybean, bajra and raagi)7. Salt to taste

For the Stuffing:

1. Green Peas (crushed)2. One green chilli (finly chopped)3.2 tea spoon chopped garlic4. Salt to taste

Method:

1.Boil one liter of water and take it out of the flame. Clean and wash the (fenugreek) methi leaves and add it to the boiling water (This process takes out the bitterness of methi while keeping its nutritional values intact and gives it more color and texture). Cover and let it be for 5 minute. Now drain the water and add garlic, chilly, dry mango powder and salt to the methi leaves and grind them into a fine paste. Pour the paste onto a bowl and add the multigrain flour to it till it makes fine dough and keep it aside. Try to avoid water.

2.Now heat a non stick pan and add one teaspoon of  olive oil. Before it catches more heat add the chopped garlic and chilly (to preserve Olive oil’s nutritional values don’t let it release smoke when heated). Sauté it little and add the crushed green peas and salt. fry it on low flame for 7-8 minute. Once done let it cool.

3.Make medium sized ball from the methi dough and stuff it with the crushed peas and roll it to a chapati size. Heat a non stick tawa and fry the parantha with  olive oil. Note that to avoid use of more oil it is advisable to use a brush to apply oil on the parantha. It keeps them soft and melting yet uses less amount of oil.

For Tamatar Ki Chutney as accompaniment:

Heat a pan and add half tea spoon of virgin olive oil and add a pinch of mustard seeds to splutter. Now add two medium sized tomatoes chopped. Fry them in high flame for about a minute and add 1/2 tea spoon of chili powder and salt as per your taste. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes. You can also add chopped garlic for extra flavor

2.Entry From Nayana Shetty:Nutritious Crunchy  Sprouted Methi Salad

Ingredients:

Methi seeds – 1/4 cup sprouted

Moong – 1/4 cup sprouted

Capsicum – 1/4 cup (Red, Green and Yellow)

Carrot – 1/4 cup

Cucumber – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1/4 cup

Lettuce – 1/4 cup

Apple – 1/4 cup (Red or Green)

Lime juice – 2 tablespoons

Salt and pepper powder, to taste

Roasted cumin powder, optional

Method:

1. Soak methi seeds overnight.

2. Drain the water, wrap the seeds in a cloth and keep in a closed container for 1 or 2 days till sprouts appear.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for moong seeds.

4. Chop all the fruits and vegetables and mix them in a bowl along with the moong and fenugreek.

5. Sprinkle salt and pepper just before serving. Add a dash of lime, to taste.

6. A nutritious and crunchy salad is ready to be served as a snack or before a meal.

We tried out these recipes&found them super delicious,and at the same time very nutritional as well..Surprisingly the bitter taste of fenugreek just seem to have disappeared….Why don’t you try  out these super duper recipes  yourself&feed your loved ones as well  …Please feel free to add your feedback on these recipes 🙂

February 28, 2012

CONTEST WINNING RECIPE WITH OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL !!




Yummy Garden Fresh Olive tossed Salad – Winning Entry from Saloni  Bhandari

Prep Time:30 minutes

Servings:10

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Black Ripe Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Naturals Green Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion (or white onions), diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 small green zucchini, unpeeled, and diced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives(or green stalks of spring onions) thinly sliced or 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine olives, carrot, sweet onion, cucumber, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, parsley and chives(or spring onions).
  2. Add lemon peel, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to bowl; mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Makes approximately 5 cups,Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Olives and olive oil are friends of your heart and skin 

These Mediterrenean tree-plucked fruits have been used from the days of the Egyptians.They  are high in heart-healthy monosaturated fats that shrink the risk of atherosclerosis. Add olives & olive oil to your diet to help maintain a healthy heart & lovely skin as they contain vitamins, antioxidants & omega 3 fatty acids. Olives Help reduce harmful cholesterol levels as well. Studies have shown that consumption of olives ensures healthy heart benefits such as reduced harmful cholesterol level. It also has anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antithrombotic as well as vasodilatory effects in humans and animals.

Add them to your diet : Add olives to salads,dressings,dips,pizzas or simply pop them into your mouth as a  delicious  snack. Do keep in mind  that  extra virgin olive oil  should never be heated and should be used only for salads,pasta etc
Use regular olive oil for stir frying or pan frying.Know more about the 4 type of olive oils https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/different-types-of-olive-oil-when-to-use-which-one/

Olives and Olive oil  for  skin and hair care:
Olive Oil reduces acne breakouts and opens clogged pores.Olive oil contains natural anti-oxidants and vitamins and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Secondly, olive oil also acts as a moisturizer, so it prevents the dry flaking that leads to acne breakouts.Thirdly, and perhaps the most important fact of all is that olive oil doesn’t clog pores and in fact dissolves the impurities inside closed pores. Hence when you cleanse your face with olive oil , it won’t leave behind residue that will clog pores and lead to acne breakouts.
Olives  are very high in iron content which reduce anaemia and help boost up the immune system as well as anaemia can cause severe hair loss as well.Olive oil combats dandruff which is usually caused by a flaky dry scalp by infusing moisture&preventing flaking.

So do your heart ,skin &hair a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as  a daily snack.