Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Oat Bran Muffins: yummy fiber for your diet!

Our body needs fiber, but our taste-buds doesn't find it tasty.
Let's give our body and our taste-buds a healthy treat :)
Oat Bran Muffins!
a must try!


  1. Oat Bran – 2 1/2 cups
  2. Baking Soda – 2 tsp
  3. Walnuts – 1/2 cup, chopped
  4. Milk – 1 cup
  5. Yogurt – 1/2 cup
  6. Oil – 2 tbsp
  7. Eggs – 2 large
  8. Salt – 1/8 tsp
  9. Brown Sugar – 1/2 cup
  10. Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Vanilla – 1 tsp
  12. Ripe Bananas – 2, mashed


  • In a bowl, whisk together Milk, Oil, Eggs, Yogurt, Brown Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon Powder and Vanilla.
  • Mix in mashed Bananas.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together Oat Bran, Walnuts, and Baking Soda.
  • Pour dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix/whisk well.
  • Pour batter into a muffin tray coated/sprayed with oil. Note: Oat Bran Muffins don’t rise as much as regular muffins so you can fill the muffin tray all the way to the top.
  • Bake for approximately 25 – 30 minutes at 350 F. Note: every oven is different, keep an eye on yours or just do the toothpick pick check.


as anytime snack

or with your morning tea/coffee like I did :)

Important Tip: 
You may replace eggs with Flaxseed Powder. 
Take 2tbsp of flaxseed powder, mix it well with 6tbsp of warm water. Keep aside for about 5min and then use as we used eggs.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Vegetable Biryani!

I recently started sharing recipes I like on Designing Life. 
So did you try the Pasta I shared? 
Two days back I tried Vegetable Biryani (I love Chicken Biryani though), 
and this was no less than the Chicken Biryani! Super Hit! 
Try it yourself. I used the following recipe.


For Rice:

Basmati Rice – 2 cups
Bay Leaf – 1
Green Cardamom
Cinnamon Stick
Salt – to taste
Oil – 1 tsp
Mint Leaves – few
Clarified Butter/Ghee – 1 Tbsp
Saffron – 1/4 tsp soaked in 2 Tbsp water

Biryani Masala (as per taste)

For Vegetable Mixture:

Ginger/Garlic Paste – 2 Tbsp
Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste
Potatoes – 2, peeled and cut into large pieces
Cauliflower – 1/2 medium, cut into big florets
Frozen Green Peas – 1 cup
Green Beans – 1 cup, cut into medium pieces
Carrots – 1/2 cup, cut
Green Chilies – 3 to 4 (or to taste), slit
Mint Leaves – handful
Dried Fenugreek Leaves – 2 Tbsp
Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) – small bunch, chopped
Tomato – 1 large, cut into big pieces
Yogurt – 1 cup, beaten
Oil – 3 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds– 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece
Cloves – 4
Black Cardamom – 1
Bay Leaf – 1
Onion – 1 large, sliced
For Garnishing: Fried Onions and chopped Cilantro.


Soak Saffron in 2 Tbsp of water and set aside.

For the rice: 
  1. Bring enough water to boil and add Cinnamon Stick, Bay Leaf, Whole Cloves, Green Cardamom, 1 tsp Oil, Salt, drained soaked rice and a few mint leaves.
  2. Cook rice for exactly 5 minutes. Drain the water from the rice and add ghee and mix gently. Rice should be not fully cooked.

For Vegetable Mixture:
  1. In a bowl, add Ginger/Garlic Paste, Coriander Powder, 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder, and Salt – mix well.
  2. Add Potatoes, Cauliflower, Green Peas, Green Beans, Carrots, Green Chilies, Cilantro, chopped Mint Leaves, Dried Fenugreek Leaves – Mix well and allow to marinate.
  3. In a non-stick pan, heat Oil on medium heat.
  4. Add Cumin Seeds and allow them to sizzle.
  5. Add Cinnamon Stick, Bay Leaf, Whole Cloves and Black Cardamom.
  6. Add Sliced Onions and brown lightly.
  7. Add 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder, 1 Tbsp Biryani Masala, salt and mix well.
  8. Add marinate vegetable mixture and additional salt, mix thoroughly, cover and cook until the veggies are 3/4 cooked.
  9. Switch off stove and add Tomatoes and lightly beaten Yogurt and mix gently.
  10. Coat bottom and sides of a baking dish with spray cooking oil or simple oil you use (to avoid sticking).
  11. Layer bottom of baking dish with 1/3 of cooked rice.
  12. Sprinkle 1 tsp of Biryani Masala on the rice.
  13. Layer 1/2 of the vegetable mixture over the rice and sprinkle Fried Onions on top.
  14. Layer another 1/3 cooked rice over the veggies and sprinkle 1 tsp Biryani  Masala.
  15. Layer remaining vegetable mixture and sprinkle Fried Onions on top.
  16. Layer remaining 1/3 cooked rice and sprinkle 1 tsp Biryani Masala.
  17. Drizzle Saffron water over the rice, more Fried Onions and garnish with cilantro.
  18. Cover and cook for 30 minutes in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven. (every oven is different, keep an eye)

Serve with Raita.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Thank You Google!

This post is to thank a virtual friend, Google Search!
Everyone of us use google for every small tiny stuff.
Searching for people, places, recipes, jobs, classifieds, articles, songs, movies, images, maps, news, BLOGS!, shop, travel, bookings, contacts,
almost for everything we have Google!
Google helped me a lot during all my studies, school & college. Informations which were not in books, they were in google. 
Whenever, whatever you don't understand we say, 
"just google it" or "google maar yaar!". 
I remember when in college at PAF, we were quite much depended on google and used say "google dev ki jai" or "long live google".
Even to read this Designing Life's post, you need to google it! :)
And why I am thanking so much to google today? I just woke up couple of hours ago and while checking Facebook I came across this beautiful advertisement about google search. And this made me give thanks to google for unlimited reasons till now and still counting! *smiles*

via Youtube


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

festive lights!!

Hope all my friends had very Happy Diwali full for colors, lights and fun!

a project, this has it's own story!

up-cycled Diwali project 

my ceramic plates worked perfectly for Rangoli on carpet
(our apartment has wall-to-wall carpet :( / :)

puja time :)

the entrance
when you live in an apartment, you have to find creative ideas for your decor.
Can't make Rangoli here? Paint it on huge plate **smiles**

closer look :)

our patio

this year we had more than just Phuljhadi

from my counter!