Recipe of the Week: Bandh-Gobi Mattar (Cabbage & Peas)

Another recipe for my neighbor; who’s turning into an Indian chef! This ones a pretty easy recipe and is delicious served with hot roti and yogurt.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin)
  • 1 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp curry powder
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dhaniya powder (coriander powder)
  • 1-2 tbsp oil

Here’s what you do:

Heat oil in large wok over medium heat. Add cabbage until wilted.  Add salt, curry powder, garam masala, dhaniya powder, haldi and mix well so that all the cabbage leaves are nicely coated with the spices. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, then add green peas. Mix all ingredients well, reduce heat to the lowest and cover. Let steam for 15-20 minutes or until cabbage is completely cooked. Enjoy with roti and yogurt!

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Sorry For Disappearing

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and every time I open up the WordPress app on my phone, I look at it for a second and then just shut it back down. I’m exhausted. I’m sick. I’m tired. I was frustrated, but part of my frustrations have gone away due to a doctor’s appointment with a fantastic pediatrician yesterday.

Finally a doctor who took the time to hear me out and understand what Ni’s been going through. Finally someone to confirm my assumption of what was wrong with Ni is actually truth. Finally someone who is doing their job and doing it well. Such a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders after yesterday’s appointment and I can see a light at the end of this horrible dark tunnel that Ni, me and D have been in.

Today, another weight was lifted from my shoulders. The Sochi Olympics report I’ve worked on for the last 2 weeks is finally done, finalized and submitted. It’s OVER! I stressed way too much over that report. But it was the first time I was left to do something as such on my own and quite frankly, it turned out fantastic.

Those are just a couple of the reasons why I’ve been MIA, besides of course the obvious; sleep deprivation. Now that those two things are resolved/near resolving, I will be back to my upbeat, regular posting self. Thanks for your patience and for sticking around while I dealt with all of this.

xoxo ~ Tamana

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Recipe of the Week: Aloo ki Sabji aka Dry Potato Curry

My simple and lazy Aloo ki Sabji aka Dry Potato Curry has become a big demand in my family and friend’s circle. Everyone either wants the recipe or wants me to make it for them. My neighbor, too loves my potato sabji and has asked me to post the recipe on my blog for her. So, this is for my dear, V and you sister-in-law.

Here’s what you need:

  • 4-5 medium/large potatoes – washed, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin)
  • 1 tsp saunf (fennel)
  • 1 tsp methre (fenugreek seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dhaniya powder (coriander powder)
  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 tsp dried fenugreek leafs

Here’s what you do:

Heat oil in large wok over medium heat. Add methre and let sizzle until dark brown, add ajwain, saunf and jeera until nicely browned. Add potatoes and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, curry powder, garam masala, dhaniya powder, haldi and mix well so that all the potatoes are nicely coated with the spices. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, then rub dried fenugreek leafs between hands, so to completely crush them and add to potatoes. Mix all ingredients well, reduce heat to the lowest and cover. Let steam for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are completely cooked. Enjoy with roti and yogurt!

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No Longer A Shave Slave: Final Verdict


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As you all know, I’ve been on a trial for the past 8 weeks using Inhibitif. My trial has now ended and I am on the maintenance period. You can read about my trial HERE and HERE.

Quick re-cap of what Inhibitif is:

  • Targets hair follicles to slow down growth and density of unwanted hair
  • Minimizes the need for hair removal for weeks
  • Reduces long-term hair removal costs
  • Is great for all skin types and hair colors

My final verdict of whether it actually works or not? Yes, it does work!

Here are my results:
Application: easy 5/5
Smell: No smell at all!
After application results: Skin feels soft and looks normal
Price: $29.99 4/5 – Inexpensive when considering the costs of threading or waxing
Overall rating: 5/5
Would I buy it again: Indefinitely. Actually, I will begin using it on my legs next week.
Would I recommend it to my friends: Absolutely

Overall results: Only waxing once every 2-3 weeks before hair becomes noticeable

So, as you can see, I had great success with the face serum. Since I’ve been using Inhibitif, my face seems clearer, skin smoother and color more even. I’ve gotten compliments on how great my face looks lately. I don’t know what it is about the serum, but it’s left my face looking fantastic, plus the hair is much less visible. I can’t believe how much money I have saved over the last few weeks on waxing. You definitely have to try it!

Next, I’ll be starting the serum for my legs and arms. Can’t wait to be almost hair-free for the summer!

Ni’s 16 Month Birthday Letter

Happy 16 Month Birthday, pumpkin-pie!

You’ve been sick for a good portion of the month. We found out you have pneumonia and an ear infection. We’ve visited the hospital paediatric ward many times this month and will probably do so for the next month or so too. But don’t you worry honey pie, mommy and daddy are not gonna let anything bad happen to you. We’re going to be with you through it all and will never leave your side. We’ll fight every battle together and conquer all the miseries of this world. I promise. We’ll be by your side forever and ever. Then you’ll get better and everything will go back to normal and you’ll come out stronger than when this all started.

Ok forget that for now. Let’s talk about Valentine’s Day! You enjoyed your treat from mommy and daddy and got yourself extremely sticky and messy. But you really loved playing with the little stuffed puppy we got you. Plus, aunty from next door bought you a beautiful red teddy bear, you love playing with that too. You hold him in your arms and try to put him to sleep like mommy puts you to sleep. It’s absolutely adorable.

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It was also daddy’s birthday a couple of days ago. Mommy threw daddy a surprise party and you had lots of fun there too. Plus, your uncle Harsh took lots of beautiful photos of you and daddy. Then you were off to bed and we spent the evening and night chatting, laughing and trying not to wake you up. It was quite the party!

Anyway love, that’s all for this month. Mommy’s praying that you get better quickly and life goes back to normal. We pray each day for you to be healthy and safe and always smiling. We love you darling. Happy 16 Month Birthday again. Xoxo