Mar 30, 2011

Parippu Vada (Lentil Fritters)

Vadas are a traditional South Indian snack made with lentils, potato, or gram flour, shaped into doughtnuts or flat discs, and deep fried.  Parippu vadas are made with tuvar dal (split pigeon peas), but I have made these with chana dal (split chickpeas) - kind of like an Indian-version of a falafel. 

You will need:

3/4 cup of bengal gram dal - wash and soak for 3 hours.

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe


Drain the soaked dal, grind to a coarse paste with barely any water.  This should be a coarse paste with bits of dal seen in it.  (A better way to do it - take about 1/4 of the soaked dal and grind to a thickish puree with little bit of water.  Then add the remaining dal, no water, and make a coarse drier paste.  I haven't yet tried this, though.)

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe
Grind to a coarse paste.

Chopped Additions:

5-6 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (can substitute with red onions)
2 green chilies finely chopped (serrano/thai chilies)
About 10-12 curry leaves finely choped - that would be about 2 sprigs (can substitute with corriander leaves if you don't have curry leaves)
1-inch piece of ginger - finely chopped

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe


Mix everything together with salt to taste (add salt either while grinding or now).

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe

Mix, shape into flat...umm..flat shapes...:P  I keep them on a grease-proof paper so it's easier to take it off and fry.

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe
parippu vada lentil fritters recipe

Fry and leave to drain on paper to remove any excess oil.  Serve hot - best served with coconut chutney, ideally.  I did say ideally, because..tomato sauce is much faster :P

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe


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Mar 27, 2011

The Body Shop Olive Body Butter


TBS Olive Body Butter - all-over body moisturiser with olive oil that helps condition, soften, and smooth the skin and prevent dryness.

TBS the BodyShop Olive Oil Body Butter Reviews Ingredients Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog

Staying in Bangalore means even in the summers skin stays dry, and the problem gets worse because of the hard water.  Needless to say, I try out a lot of body butters all through the year.  I am currently using the TBS Olive Body Butter, and I am really liking it.  A pale greenish body butter with the richness of olive oil, it is thick enough to fit in the body butter category yet spreads easily enough and gets absorbed quite quickly too.  My skin stays hydrated the whole day - I don't think it stretches the whole 24 hours, but I can just about barely manage without having to reapply - so I would say about 8-12 hours of really well moisturized skin.  After that, it starts to give up :P

TBS the BodyShop Olive Oil Body Butter Reviews Ingredients Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog
It is body butter, though, and can be greasy, so don't pick this up unless your skin is really dry.  It has a very mild fragrance, at least compared to some of the other TBS body butters that I have tried, but it did seem a bit plasticky to me - not really something that bothers me, though.

TBS Olive Body Butter - Ingredients


TBS the BodyShop Olive Oil Body Butter Reviews Ingredients Skincare Blog

If you are having problems with dry skin, I would definitely recommend this.  Best used immediately after a bath when the skin is still damp - helps seal in the moisture, you need lesser of the product, and it gets absorbed much faster.

TBS Olive Body Butter (available here) - Cost:  Rs. 745/200 mL ($18.00)

Other TBS Product Reviews:
Mango Body Butter - Bodyshop
The Body Shop Cotton Squares
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil 
The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter
The Body Shop Almond Oil Nail and Cuticle Treatment
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz Cream
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Scrub
The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues
The Body Shop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Hand Cream 
The Body Shop Tea Trea Mask
The Body Shop Travel/Mini Brush Kit Review
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Shea Butter and Sesame Oil Body Balm  
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The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo for colored hair 
The Body Shop Passionfruit Scrub
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Scrub

Clinique Derma White Super City Block (SPF 40/PA++)

I have never been a big fan of sunscreens/sunblocks - they made me oily and only added to the usual acne - and I figured I would rather be dark and tanned than spotted!  A visit to the Clinique counter changed my mind.  I know every skincare brand would tell you to use a sunscreen, but what was different with Clinique was that their moisturizer (Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) was just that - dramatically different, in a good way.

Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen
Clinique Derma White Super City Block (SPF 40/PA++)

Clinique's Derma white Range includes a range of products meant to reduce/prevent spots and imperfections - specially formulated for Asian skins - but I heard this range is being discontinued in India.  Do let me know if anyone has any info regarding this.  On to the sunblock itself:

Clinique claims:  Invisible high-level UVA/UVB shield helps prevent dark spots and imperfections.  Clinique's proprietary melanin-dispersion formula with Black Out Yeast Extract adds a whitening boost.  Oil-free.  Lightweight.  Wear as makeup primer or alone.

Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen

My experience with the product:  First thing, this product looks like a tinted moisturizer.  It's light brown in colour - like any tinted moisturizer would be.  Clinique does not specifically state this, and really, it did not make any difference to me, but just in case you buy this online or without trying it at a store - this is not white or creamy in colour.  The product is easy to spread.  I use a moisturizer first, then dot this product over my face and blend it in.  I wait about 15-20 minutes before I apply any other product over this or even step out.

Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen
Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen
Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen

As you can see from the photos, the skin seems a little shiny after applying this.  After some time, as this gets absorbed better by the skin, this shine gets greatly reduced.  I just apply my powder foundation over this and that sorts out any remaining shine.
  • This is an oil-free product, but it does give a little shine to the face - which can be easily managed with any powder.
  • If applied in excess, in darker skin tones, it can leave a whitish cast.  I am pretty dark, and I don't usually get a white cast, so I think normally that should not be a problem.
  • Perfect for oily-skinned girls or the acne-prone - it never ever broke me out.
  • Clinique Super City Blocks are marketed for those stuck in the city where pollution levels tend to be high.  These act as barriers to the smoke and grime along with providing sun protection.
  • I don't use this on a daily basis, so I really cannot comment on how effective this range is at reducing existing imperfections.  I have not got any new break-outs with using this, though, which is never the case with me and sunscreens!
  • Clinique claims this works as a primer - I guess it does, but I have never tested to see if my foundation lasts longer over this.  It does allow for a bit more smoother application of foundation.
This comes packaged in a tube.  Although pretty leak proof and safe to carry in the bag, the opaque tube makes it difficult to tell how much of the product is left.  Another thing, it is a bit runny, so you have to be careful how much you squeeze out.  It is easy to take out too much and the tube does get messy near the cap area over time.
Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen

My only gripe with this product - I was told by an SA at Clinique that it has been discontinued.  I am not sure if this is true, but if yes, then I really don't know what to say!  I love this product, and I really wish Clinique continues to sell this in India.

Cost:  About Rs. 1500 (I bought this a long time back, and I don't remember the exact cost).

Ingredients:  Check here for ingredient list.  Clinique prints the ingredient list on the box, and I threw that away :P

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My Summer Makeup Must-Haves

Mar 22, 2011

My Summer Makeup Must-Haves :P

Not that I am that great with makeup anyway, but with summer fast approaching, I can happily go around with hardly any makeup and blame it on the heat (for winters, I have to think of some excuse :P).  These are my favorites for this summer.

chanel mat lumiere foundation clinique dermawhite mac select moisturecover duo
Sunscreen:  Clinique Dermawhite (heard it's been discontinued)
Concealer:  MAC Select Moisturecover Duo (review here)
Chanel Mat Lumiere Powder Foundation (review here)

Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner - Mystery Muave (here)
YSL Rouge Volupte Luscious Pink (here)
Chanel glosses - Nakkar and Praline
chanel blush espiegle
Blush:  Chanel Espiegle - gives just a hint of warmth to my face
and  a barely there peach sheen.
I guess bright colours for the eyes are the in this summer, but I have been managing with just these twist-up eyeliners of late.  Not that I am that much of an eyeshadow person - I just use one colour at a time - but now I have gotten so lazy, I skip even that :P

avon glimmersticks diamonds eyeliner
Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liners (review here)
And some blotting sheets in case the skin starts misbehaving :P (recommended must-have by Cali):

TBS Tea Tree Blotting Sheets (review here)


What are your must-have makeup products for the summers?

Mar 21, 2011

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream (Review)

TBS Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream (Body Wash) - with relaxing ingredients of jujube date, hops, milk protein, and Community Trade camomile and cocoa butter for restful sleep and silky soft skin.

TBS Bodyshop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream Body Wash Reviews Ingredients Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog

I picked The Body Shop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream because of the "Deep Sleep" tag.  I find it a little difficult falling asleep (except if I am working), so I thought this would be a great product for me to try out.  TBS claims it "promotes restful sleep" and recommends using this at bedtime. The Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream is a creamy white and lotion-like in consistency with a sharp citrusy smell to it.

TBS Bodyshop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream Body Wash Reviews Ingredients Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog

The bottle has a flip-open cap, and it needs a bit of an effort to squeeze out the product, not because of its consistency but because the bottle itself is a bit hard.  Other than that, I think it's pretty sturdy packaging with no chances of leakage.

TBS Bodyshop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream Body Wash Reviews Ingredients Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog

My Experience with TBS Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream

I really couldn't find any difference in my sleep after using this, so that claim, at least for me, is really just a claim.  I have not used it in combination with any other product from this range, so that might be one reason it didn't make me any sleepier!  That apart, I love this shower cream because it does not dry out my skin at all.  I use this with the TBS bath gloves, and the lather is not too much.  It is also much easier to wash off than most shower gels I have tried (though this is the first time I am trying a shower cream).  It leaves my skin clean but does not dry it out - just perfect for my dry skin.  The smell is a bit strong, but I personally don't have any problem with it.

TBS Bodyshop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream Body Wash Reviews Ingredients Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog

TBS Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream - Ingredients

Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Glucose, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Limonene, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Sodium Cocoa Butter Amphoacetate, Hydrolyzed Oats, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Prunus RDulcis Oil, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Medica Limonum Oil, Linalool, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Humulus lupulus, Anthemis Nobilis Oil, C11-15 Pareth-40, C11-15 Pareth-7, Citrus Aurantium Amara Oil, Zizyphus jujuba, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase.

Bodyshop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream (available here) - Cost:  Rs. 595/200 mL ($18)

Overall, I liked this shower cream.  A bit pricey, but if you have dry skin, do give this a try, especially if it's on discount.

Complete List of Bodyshop Product Reviews - Check here
Mango Body Butter - Bodyshop
Super Soft Lips the Body Shop way - TBS Lipscuff and Lip Care (01 Translucent)
The Body Shop Peppermint Purifying Foot Mask
The Body Shop Precious Pearlescents Eyeshadow Trio (Discontinued/Limited edition) Swatch
The Body Shop Cotton Squares
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil 
The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter
The Body Shop Almond Oil Nail and Cuticle Treatment
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz Cream
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Scrub
The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues
The Body Shop Olive Body Butter
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Hand Cream 
The Body Shop Tea Trea Mask
The Body Shop Travel/Mini Brush Kit Review
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Shea Butter and Sesame Oil Body Balm  
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu and Green Tea Bathing Salts
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo for colored hair 
The Body Shop Passionfruit Scrub
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Scrub
Bodyshop Cassis Rose EDT


Mar 13, 2011

Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel - Onyx Sparkle

Avon launched the Nailwear Pro range a few months back, replacing their regular nail polishes with these.  Had heard some good reviews of this, finally got to try it this week.

Claims:  Salon quality nail colour that keeps nails polished and coloured. 

avon nailwear pro enamel nail polish onyx sparkle notd review swatch
Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel - Onyx Sparkle

avon nailwear pro enamel nail polish onyx sparkle notd review swatch

The colour is a greyish-brown with multicoloured (green, gold, and rest of the colours you check :P :P) shimmer in it.  I didn't really like how it went on the nails, took 3 coats to get an even smooth look.

avon nailwear pro enamel nail polish onyx sparkle notd review swatch

Though I thought it looked kind of nice initially, by the next morning it had started chipping at the ends.  I did do some extra work, but I still feel, the fault is with the nail polish (of course, I am never the one to be blamed :P).

avon nailwear pro enamel nail polish onyx sparkle notd review swatch

Cost:  Rs. 119 (got free with Avon Glimmersticks Diamond)


avon nailwear pro enamel nail polish onyx sparkle notd review swatch
Avon Glimmersticks Diamond

Mar 11, 2011

Lakme Fruit Blast Berrylicious Fruit Revitalizing Scrub Mask (Review)

Lakme Fruit Blast Berrylicious Fruit Revitalizing Scrub Mask:  With the goodness of raspberry, figs, and oats - Lakme claims this unique 2-in-1 scrub-mask deep cleans, polishes, and moisturizes your skin, all in one go.  Oat proteins leave a protective barrier on the skin, which prevents moisture from leaving it keeping your skin hydrated and nourished.  Figs maintain the moisture balance in your skin while preventing acne and pimples.  The soft, velvety texture of natural clay and minerals detoxify your skin, while sprinkles of oat extracts and wax beads cleanse away excess oil. The enigmatic blend of raspberry and fig extracts softens and nourishes your skin.

Lakme Fruit Blast Berrylicious Fruit Revitalizing Scrub clay Mask for oily skin summers Indian makeup beauty skincare blog reviews ingredients how to use

Though I had heard a lot about this mask, I never did actually get to see it outside of the internet until very recently.  Since this is a clay-based mask, I guess it's a good thing I bought this just when summer is starting.  The packaging is the usual tube but no flip-open cap on this one.  No complaints with the packaging except it looks just the same as the face wash and is easy to mistake one for the other.  Lakme, however, seems to have solved that problem (at least in my case) by ensuring that only the face wash was available anywhere I searched - no way I would mix up the two products - brilliant strategy!

Lakme Fruit Blast Berrylicious Fruit Revitalizing Scrub clay Mask for oily skin summers Indian makeup beauty skincare blog reviews ingredients how to use

On to the product itself, it is a thick paste that spreads easily enough and is a bright pink colour that reminds me of Gelusil.   I suppose the intention was to give it a very fruity colour - maybe a raspberry puree (?) - but I am pretty sure the colour comes from some artificial colouring agent, and it won't hurt to go a little light on that.  There are very small wax beads in it that you can feel while spreading the product.

Lakme Fruit Blast Berrylicious Fruit Revitalizing Scrub clay Mask for oily skin summers Indian makeup beauty skincare blog reviews ingredients how to use

How to Use/Ingredients:  Contains parabens and DMDM Hydantoin (2 preservatives I could identify).

Lakme Fruit Blast Berrylicious Fruit Revitalizing Scrub clay Mask for oily skin summers Indian makeup beauty skincare blog reviews ingredients how to use

My Experience with the Lakme Fruit Blast Berrylicious Fruit Revitalizing Scrub Mask:  I use this exactly as directed - leave it on for about 15 minutes by which time it dries.  It is fairly easy to apply and spreads smoothly.  I scrub while washing away the mask and the wax beads do a pretty good job of scrubbing.  It has a slight soapy feeling while washing off though no lather (not that I checked).
  • This leaves my skin clean but not dry.  Though Lakme attributes this to the few natural ingredients toward the end of the list, I think it's most because of the glycerin and hydrogenated castor oil towards the top of the ingredient list.  Anyway, it does not dry my skin out, but does not leave it oily either.  I use a moisturizer following this, and I have not had any breakouts.
  • The scrubbing power of the mask is due to the wax beads (Lakme also says oat extracts but I am ??) - these are very small, and it is very easy to make the mistake of overscrubbing.  Do not underestimate the power of these teeny beads!  You would never realize it because the beads seem so harmless, but later you would notice that the skin seems red.  You need to use just enough pressure to just slide these beads over your skin - as lightly as possible.  It left my skin clean, but I don't have blackheads so cannot comment on that.
  • I think it does a fairly good job of absorbing any excess oil - but in my opinion more suitable for oily-combination or even normal skins than the oily-skin girls.
  • I did not have any sensitivity or burning with this, but this is one thing I hesitate to comment on because there is a long list of ingredients, and skin reactions can be quite varied from person to person - check ingredient list.
  • It has a faint fruity smell that I don't really notice now.
Overall, a good 2-in-1 scrub-mask.  If you have oily-combination or normal skin, do give this a try.  Does not dry out skin excessively or make it too oily.  I didn't find it very easily available in the market, so that would be a minus point for this.

Cost:  50 g/Rs. 150

Mar 10, 2011

Vaseline Total Moisture 24-Hour Moisturizing Cream

Vaseline Total Moisture 24-Hour moisturizing cream with milk, honey, vitamin E, and glycerin:  Any winter problem - one 24-hour solutionImpressive claims, but the only reason I picked this up is because I found a small 20 g tube.

vaseline total moisture 24 hour moisturizing cream
vaseline total moisture 24 hour moisturizing cream
Vaseline Total Moisture 24 Hour Moisturizing Cream

Available in a variety of sizes, I have seen these sold in sachets and larger tubes, I find this an ideal cream to carry around in the bag.  Not too sure of the sachet packaging, but the tube is quite leak proof.

vaseline total moisture 24 hour moisturizing cream
vaseline total moisture 24 hour moisturizing cream

The product itself is a thick-looking cream that is actually quite soft and easy to spread.  It is quite greasy, but that disappears after a while.  I find this a bit too greasy to use as an all-over body cream, but for dry areas like my hands or elbows this is quite good.

vaseline total moisture 24 hour moisturizing cream

For the claims of 24-hour moisture, at least on me, it does not deliver.  About morning to evening, is what I got.  Especially on my hands, I really do need to reapply 2-3 times a day at least, but that is mostly because my hands get a lot of water on them.

Ingredients:

vaseline total moisture 24 hour moisturizing cream
Milk and honey extracts near the end of the list :P
Overall experience:  It gives decent moisturization, but I would not call this a replacement for my regular home-use cream.  It's strictly for the bag/car/office only - a temporary solution.  I find this a bit too greasy, though only for a while before it gets absorbed (or transferred on to my face :P).  For use as an all-over body cream, even if I do get past the initial greasiness, I think I would use up the product awfully fast.  It still leaves the cuticles dry, though!!

Repurchase:  Yes, once I run out of my other hand creams.  I love this cream for the simple fact that it is perfect to carry around in the bag.  Availability in a variety of sizes is definitely it's big plus point (for me) - plus it's not too expensive.   And I like the faint pleasant smell.

Cost:  Rs. 22/20 g

Also available:  7g/Rs. 5 and 40 g/Rs. 38 (Price info copied from this article :P :P)


 

Mar 8, 2011

Ayur Herbal All-Purpose Cream (With Aloe Vera)

Got a couple of things from my sister - she didn't need them, and I was happy to adopt - Ayur Herbal All-Purpose Cream was one of them.

What Ayur says:  Easily absorbable and rejuvenating cream. It preserves the skin by increasing the blood circulation. Tightens skin and prevents dehydration of skin, due to high concentration of natural moisturiser.

Ayur Herbal All Purpose Cream Aloe Vera Vitamin E Indian Makeup Beauty Dry Skincare Antiageing Moisturizer Blog Reviews
Ayur Herbal All Purpose Cream Aloe Vera Vitamin E Indian Makeup Beauty Dry Skincare Antiageing Moisturizer Blog Reviews
Ayur Herbal All-Purpose Cream with Aloe Vera
(and extra Vitamin E)

Though marketed as a face cream, I tried it as a body cream, and it works just fine.  It's a light, easy-to-spread cream, that gets absorbed in a jiffy and doesn't feel too heavy.

Ayur Herbal All Purpose Cream Aloe Vera Vitamin E Indian Makeup Beauty Dry Skincare Antiageing Moisturizer Blog Reviews

What I liked about it:
  • Cost:  Rs. 85/200 mL.  This would last me a long while - and considering it provides decent moisturization, I found this quite a plus point.  Available in 3 sizes:  80 mL, 200 mL, 500 mL - so you can always get a smaller size to try out.
  • It spreads very easily, neither too thick nor too runny, and the moisturization lasted the whole day.
  • I didn't find it too greasy or oily - was just enough to provide moisture without being too heavy.
What I didn't like about it:  No ingredient list!  I resent the "key ingredients" that so many companies seem to think is sufficient for a list, but Ayur has not even bothered with that.  Other than the vague terms on the label, there is no mention of anything that goes into the cream.

Ayur Herbal All Purpose Cream Aloe Vera Vitamin E Indian Makeup Beauty Dry Skincare Antiageing Moisturizer Blog Reviews
Aloe vera and extra Vitamin E - I am sure there is more in the cream than that :P
  • This has a very old-fashioned cold cream smell to it - I really don't find this a problem at all, and it doesn't even smell much on the skin.
  • Comes in a wide tub - It has not leaked with being thrown around in bags, so it doesn't seem that accident-prone.  However, I know at least one person who finds tub packaging unhygienic :P :P :P
  • Though I found this a very decent body moisturizer, it is not a very effective foot/hand cream.  I definitely need something more nourishing for the hands/feet.
This is, I think, the first product I am trying from Ayur, and it turned out not too bad.  I have not tried this on my face, not planning to either :P

Mar 6, 2011

Pumpkin Mulakushyam (Pumpkin Cooked With Lentils and Coconut)

Mulakushyam is a mildly spiced curry made with vegetables such as pumpkin, spinach, squash, gourds, etc. (any one of them, usually, and not all together), cooked with lentils and coconut paste.

pumpkin mulakushyam lentil coconut gravy
Pumpkin Mulakushyam
I have modified the traditional mulakushyam recipe - done most of the cooking in the microwave and used coconut milk instead of fresh coconut paste.  It tastes a bit different from the usual version but is much easier to make and would work if you have no access to fresh coconuts and/or a blender.

Step I:
  • 1 cup of cooked tuvar dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 1-1/2 cups of pumpkin - 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (cayenne pepper)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
Mix in a microwave safe bowl and cover and cook on 100% power for 10 minutes - time it takes for the pumpkin to cook.  Make sure there is enough water for the pumpkin to cook but not much excess.  Add about 1 tsp of salt (or to taste) after this step.

pumpkin mulakushyam lentil coconut gravy
Spiced and ready to go into the microwave.
pumpkin mulakushyam lentil coconut gravy
10 minutes later - cooked with hardly any water remaining.
Step II: 
  • 1 cup of thick coconut milk.
  •   1/2 tsp cumin powder.
  •   1/4 tsp black pepper powder.
Add the spice powders and the coconut milk to the cooked lentil and pumpkin mixture.  Mix, cook for about 3-5 minutes.  The mixture should come to a boil.

pumpkin mulakushyam lentil coconut gravy
pumpkin mulakushyam lentil coconut gravy
Cooked for 3 minutes (100% power)
Step III:  All that is left to do is a tadka - tempering with oil, dried red chili, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.  Heat about 2 tsp oil (I use coconut oil - can substitute with sunflower or canola oil).  Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds.  Soon as they start spluttering, add dried red chilies and curry leaves.  Add this to the cooked curry, stir it in.  Serve with rice.

pumpkin mulakushyam lentil coconut gravy


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