List of ways to make your diet healthy

When we talk about dieting or seeing a nutritionist, the first thing that comes to mind is weight. It is assumed that a person who’s fat or has a big belly only has to diet or exercise in order to reduce it. But the truth is that everyone must exercise and eat right in order to stay healthy, no matter the weight. You may be thin but not healthy, so focus on staying healthy. Many of the diseases we face are associated with the stomach. So eating right is more important than you think. It can prevent heart disease; help your liver live longer etc.

Here is a list of ways or tips to help you make your diet healthy.

  1. Remove a few heavily processed staples

Instead of cutting down all your processed foods at once, avoid eating oil and soda in the beginning which would result in a huge difference.


  1. Replace white breads

As you know, white breads are the ones made from maida and its regular consumption is harmful, so instead try whole wheat or multi grain breads which in turn are healthy.


  1. Check your portion while eating (per serving)

The calorie count matters but the most common mistake one ends up doing is consuming more of the less calorie products in order to have a fuller stomach. So, to avoid this little mistake, check the portion of the serving especially when you visit restaurants.


  1. Excessive clean eating can be harmful

Excess of everything is bad, and so is eating clean all the time. In order to keep a balance, one must follow a 80-20 pattern where one must allow himself/herself to indulge in satiating tasty delicacies once in a while. No need to be guilty of your cheat mealsany more.


  1. Variety on plate

We have all read it in our school days that eating a variety of foods is the best way of staying healthy, a balanced diet for health benefits. And this includes a variety of vegetables and fruits.


  1. Sleep for right no. Of hours

It is researched that the no. of sleeping hours matter to not just the functioning of your body but also to the physical appearance. The ones who sleep for good 7-8 hours daily are leaner than the ones who do not get enough sleep.


Staying healthy is a choice. Though the minor changes can be difficult in the beginning, soon your body will adjust to it and the results will keep you motivated.


Baby care tips for soon-to-be or new parents

The arrival of a baby in every household marks a special joyous occasion for it is stepping into a new and a different world. Parenting is a full-time job. A little newborn’s care is of utmost importance as it is the basic foundation of a child’s growth and for first timers and soon to be parents, it is scary. And if you are reading this, there is a high probability that you belong in one of the categories. Fear of holding the baby right, understanding the cry of the baby, giving it the right environment etc. creep up initially.

But here we have listed down a few of the tips that would help you raise your baby with a little more care and caution.

  1. Right way to hold a baby

Baby hugs are the cutest. Once you hold a baby, you don’t want to leave her/him at all. But you don’t want to hurt the child either. So, to hold a baby right, the forearm of your one hand should be under the baby’s head going on to the spine and another hand should support your first hand.

Another way of holding a baby is, rest your baby’s head and neck on one hand and put the other hander under the hip for balance.


  1. Regular diaper change

You would have to develop a habit of checking the diaper of the baby every 3-4 hours to see if the baby hasn’t soiled the diaper. A healthy baby urinates often so to avoid rashes, change it as soon as you find out.


  1. Regular sterilization of bottles

Washing your baby’s feeding bottles are not enough. They are prone to infections so to avoid that, make sure the bottles you feed them from are bacteria free. The easiest way to sterilize it is boiling them in water. Nowadays, there are various sterilising solutions and sterilising machines also to put in for better results.


  1. Careful around the umbilical cord

A newborn baby has a part of umbilical cord on the navel for at least 10 days or up to 3 weeks. Special attention is needed on that part. Use powders as per doctor’s advice to dry it up and speed the healing process and also make sure to not make your baby wear tight clothes which can cause irritation and pressure on the area. With a little extra caution, it will dry soon.


  1. Burp your baby right

Unlike elders, babies have a sensitive digestive system and to cope with that, you must burp your baby after every feed. Gentle pats on the back or moving your palm from lower to upper back are the right ways helping the baby sleep better.


  1. Right way to bathe your baby

The scariest thing of all is to bathe a baby. Initially, there are sponge baths for newborns until the umbilical cord dries down but once it heals, a baby should get a proper bath. Make sure that you have everything ready before taking the baby for a bath. Keep holding the baby with your one hand throughout. Do not put water directly on the baby’s sensitive skin, rather keep your palm in between the mug and the baby’s skin. For convenience, you can also take some water in your palm and wet the baby’s body. Also, get different shampoos, soaps, oils etc. for your baby and do not use the same products as that of adults. Those are harsh and can harm the baby.


With these tips you will soon become a pro at taking care of your newborn baby.

If you haven’t already purchased products for your baby, choose from the wide range at in the best prices.

10 things/ways to keep you warm this winter

Winter might have come in Game of Thrones but it is yet to come here in India. And when it comes to Delhi, we want to make sure you keep yourself healthy to enjoy the best season of the city.

So we have brought a list of things or ways that will help you keep warm this winter.

  1. Layers

This one is quite obvious but in order to be fashionable and all, the young lot seems a bit distracted. So, this is just to remind them that it is very important to keep the core warm and the best way is to wear layers of clothes.


  1. Indoor exercise

Winter is a lazy season when you are least motivated to work but to keep yourself warm, one must exercise. Staying active will help the body stay warm.


  1. Hot tub bath

There are many who skip baths in winters and dare you tolie about it. You know it and so do we. Skip this habit, not bathing. Dip in a hot tub and you’re sorted.


  1. Healthy breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in winters, it works even better. Healthy meals at regular intervals are the best.


  1. Hydro insulated flask

Keep a hydro insulated flask with you to stay hydrated throughout the day. This helps in better blood circulation and hence, better warmth for the body. Put in ginger or a cinnamon in the tea for whenever you feel cold.


  1. Ear covers

They made way to the market a few years ago and were seen on every other man’s ears. They work great and one must use whenever they go outdoors.


  1. Snuggling in the blankets

If you have the right blanket, snuggling in the winters can be most fun and distressing.


  1. Room heaters

But if you have to work and snuggling is not an option, then for sure go for room heaters. But be careful, don’t use them for long as they tend to dry up the skin and direct contact can be harmful.


  1. Alcohol

Now, one just needs an excuse to consume alcohol and winters give you one. Alcohol helps to keep your body warm; this is why you see most of the truck drivers drunk at night to deal with winters. Consume it in a limit and it’ll work.


  1. Bonfires

Songs and bonfires are a great combination and your dark, gloomy winter nights will be taken care of by this. Just put up a safe fire on your roof and enjoy the light cool breeze on your face.






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5 Biryani Recipes for Diwali Dinner

Among hundreds of festivals, Diwali is the biggest festival for most of the Indians. Every religion has a different story and a reason for celebrating it but the few of the common things are crackers, sweets, lights, diyas, and FOOD.

Different delicacies are made when people visit each other’s houses with Diwali gifts and various Diwali parties are held to celebrate togetherness. Diwali dinners are a way for families to bond and what better than Biryani to serve to your guests. Hyderabadi Biryani, Chicken Biryani, Veg Biryani etc. are some of the royal dish’s categories. Making biryani is an art and not everybody masters it but the beginning to it is a good biryani recipe.

So, we have brought a few of the best biryani recipes for you to try this Diwali to impress your guests.

  1. Butter Chicken Biryani

If you are a non-vegetarian, the word ‘Butter Chicken’ is enough for you to be convinced about making this biryani. Go on! You won’t be disappointed.


Serves: 2


  • 250 gm boneless chicken
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • ½ cup hung curd
  • ¼ cup cashew paste
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
  • 1 tspgaram masala powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • ¼ cup fried onions
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves (pudina)
  • ½ cup fresh coriander (dhaniya)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp whole spices
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • Fried onions for layering
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream for layering
  • Few strands of saffron (kesar)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Dough for sealing for smoking (dhungaar)
  • Slice of onion
  • Charcoal


  1. In a bowl mix boneless chicken, garlic paste, ginger paste, hung curd, cashew paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, sugar, tomato puree, fried onions, salt to taste, fresh mint leaves and fresh coriander
  2. Mix well to marinate the chicken. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and longer for better flavour.
  3. In a pan add butter and set the flame to medium.
  4. Add the marinated chicken and cook until chicken is cooked.
  5. Now in a separate stock pot boil enough water and add a tablespoon of ghee and some whole spices (1 bay leaf, 2-3 black peppercorns, 2-3 cloves, 1 green cardamom, ½ inch cinnamon stick)
  6. Wash the rice thrice and remove excess starch.
  7. Now boil the rice until 3/4th done. Check the rice by pressing a grain of rice between your thumb and index finger. The grain should not squeeze completely that’s when you stop cooking.
  8. Now drain the rice and keep aside.
  9. In a heavy bottom pot, add ghee and cover the base with sliced potatoes. This can be skipped this is only for the biryani to not stick to the bottom.
  10. Now add in half of the cooked rice, now layer with fresh coriander and mint, fried onions.
  11. Now add the cooked chicken and cream and repeat the process.
  12. Now mix warm milk and saffron and add to the biryani.
  13. Now use thedough to seal the top. And cover so that heat doesnot escape the pot.
  14. Cook on a low flame for 15-20 minutes.
  15. Remove the sealed lid and carry out the smoking process. Place a live charcoal in a bowl or a slice of onion, add 2-3 cloves and now add ghee to release smoke. Cover for 3-5 minutes to infuse the smoky flavour. Remove the lid and serve hot with curd or raita.

  1. Instant Student Biryani

Though the name says it is for students, but it is an easy and a quicker biryani recipe than others and if you are short of time and can’t decide what to cook, this is perfect for you.




  • 2 cups basmati rice

For PaneerMarination:

  • 300 gmspaneer
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste

For Biryani Masala:

  • 1 tbsp refined oil
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ inch cinnamon piece (dalchini)
  • 1 cardamom (elaichi)
  • 1 clove (laung)
  • 4-5 peppercorn (kali mirch)
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ tspgaram masala
  • ½ tsp coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
  • ½ tsp cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp ghee

For Garnishing:

  • ¼ cup onion (sauté onion till brown)
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder (elaichi powder)
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder (jayfal powder)
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • Water, to sprinkle

For Smoking:

  • 1 magic coal
  • Ghee


  1. In a bowl add paneer, and all the marination masalas and mix well.
  2. In a pan heat oil and place whole spices, and let the flavours infuse in the oil.
  3. Add onions and sauté till they turn brown.
  4. Add tomatoes and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add turmeric powder, garam masala coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder.
  6. Sprinkle some water and pour little ghee.
  7. Mix in the paneer pieces and simmer for 2 minutes.
  8. Now add the cooked basmati rice.
  9. Mix everything well until combined.
  10. Add the caramelized onion, mint leaves, raisins and salt.
  11. Stir this well and add rose water, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder.
  12. Add a little more ghee and sprinkle some water.
  13. Give it a good mix and place a small bowl in the centre of the pan.
  14. Light the magic coal and place it in the bowl. Pour some ghee on the burning coal and cover the pan.
  15. Once the rice is smoked remove from flame.
  16. Serve hot, garnished with caramelized onion and mint leaves.

  1. Veg Dum Biryani

Vegetarian biryani for many non-vegetarians does not exist but the truth is that is made with the right spices and taste, it can turn out to be as delicious. This is one such recipe, a must try!


Serves: 4


For Biryani Rice:

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves (tejpatta)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • ½ tsp cloves (laung)
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ tsp pepper (kali mirch)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cup basmati rice (soaked for 20 minutes)

For Biryani Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 bay leaf (tejpatta)
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • ½ tsp cloves (laung)
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tspjeera
  • 4 cardamom (elaichi)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (carrot, gobhi, peas, potato, beans)
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 tspKashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric (haldi)
  • 2 tsp biryani masala powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coriander-mint paste (dhaniya-pudina paste)
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 cubes paneer
  • ¼ cup chopped mint (pudina)
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander (dhaniya)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • ½ cup fried onion
  • ¼ cup saffron water (kesarkapani)
  • Pinch of biryani masala powder
  • Wheat dough, to seal (atta)


  1. Firstly, in a thick bottomed deep vessel spread in a layer of prepared biryani gravy.
  2. Further layer it with cooked rice.
  3. Also spread a few chopped mint, coriander, fried onions and saffron water.
  4. As a third layer, spread biryani gravy.
  5. Repeat layering of cooked rice, saffron water, fried onions and biryani masala.
  6. Also top with a tbsp of ghee, mint and coriander.
  7. Close and seal with dough.
  8. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  9. Finally, serve Hyderabadidum biryani with raita or mirchikasalan.

  1. Kulhad Egg Biryani

Apart from just cooking biryani, if you are looking for an impressive presentation of your food then this can turn tables for you. Try this and you won’t stop eating!


Serves- 2-3


For Egg Mixture:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 or 1 ½ tspchopped green chillis
  • ½ tspbiryani masala
  • Salt-to taste

For Biryani Masala:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf (tejpatta)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds (dhaniyekebeej)
  • 5-6 blackpeppercorns (kali mirch)
  • 4-5 cloves (laung)
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp brown onions (sauté till brown)
  • 1 tbsp curd (whisked)
  • 1 tsp biryani masala
  • 1 tsp cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • 1 tspgaram masala
  • 1 bowl steamed rice
  • Salt-to taste

For Garnishing:

  • 2 tsp fresh cream
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3-4 strands saffron (kesar)
  • 2-3 tbsp brown onions
  • Wheat flour dough (atta)- enough to cover & seal the kulhad from the top


  1. In a bowl, whisk eggs, add chopped green chillies, red chili powder, and biryani masala, salt and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add bayleaf, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black pepper, cloves, dry red chilli& stir well
  3. Add ginger garlic paste, brown onions,whisked curd (to avoid lumps) & cook well.
  4. Add biryani masala, cumin powder, garam masala & stir well.
  5. Toss the steamed rice in this masala & add salt to taste.
  6. Add the tossed rice in a kulhad& pour the egg mixture on top
  7. In a small bowl, mix saffron (kesar), fresh cream & butter and put the mixture on the kulhad biryani.
  8. Add some brown onions (caramelized) on top.
  9. Cover the kulhad with wheat flour dough (atta) & brush with butter.
  10. Bake at 180 degrees C for 15-20 mins
  11. Once the roti on top is cooked, remove it
  12. Serve hot!

  1. Soya Keema Biryani

Minced tempting meat and nutritious soya’s combination will take this recipe to heights. Cook this one for your loved ones and they won’t hesitate in asking for more.


Serves: 3


For Biryani Rice:

  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice
  • ½ tspjeera
  • 1 bay leaf (tejpatta)
  • 4 cloves (laung)
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (elaichi)
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tsp oil

For Biryani Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • ½ tspjeera
  • 1 small or ½ bay leaf (tejpatta)
  • 1 star anise (biryani flower)
  • 4 cloves (laung)
  • 1 small stick of cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (elaichi)
  • ½ cup onion thinly sliced
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¾ cup soya granules
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 tspchilli powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tspgaram masala + 1 tsp meat masala + 1 ½ or 2 tsp biryani powder
  • Salt as needed
  • ¼ cup curd or ½ cup thin coconut milk
  • Handful of mint leaves (pudina) and coriander leaves (dhaniya)
  • 1 tbsp of melted ghee


  1. Wash and soak rice as required. If using basmati rice, soak according to the instructions on the pack. Drain it to a colander.
  2. Bring 6-8 cups of water to a rapid boil along with salt, oil, jeera, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and green cardamoms.
  3. Add the drained rice to rapid boiling water and cook on a medium heat. You must feel the bite into the rice.
  4. Drain this out of the rice and set aside.
  5. To the drained hot water, you can add soya keema or chunks and leave to soak for a while. You can also use fresh boiling water to soak the soya. Squeeze off well and rinse them in fresh water a few times. Squeeze completely and set aside.
  6. Heat a pan with oil or ghee and sautéjeera, bay leaf, star anise, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.
  7. Sauté onions and green chilli until golden.
  8. Sauté ginger garlic paste for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add soya keema and peas and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  10. Add red chilli powder, salt, garam masala and meat masala or biryani masala, sauté for another 2 minutes.
  11. Add curd or coconut milk. Cook covered until the mixture turns to thick gravy. Check for salt and spice.
  12. Add mint coriander leaves. Layer the rice well.
  13. Sprinkle some coriander and mint leaves, pour ghee.
  14. Cover with a tight lid and place a heavy object over it. Or cover it with foil and cook on a very low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  15. Allow to rest for another 10 minutes. Open the lid and squeeze in lemon juice.
  16. Serve soya keema biryani hot or warm with a bowl of raita or onion slices.

With these lip-smacking biryani recipes, you must be now convinced to include biryani in your Diwali dinner menu.