How To Make A Simple Rice Dish - Khichdi

Monday, 22 May 2017

A simple rice dish with rice and lentils is normally called khichdi in Asia, because that is where it comes from. It is typed as khichdi but called khichri. It doesn't really have a name in english it is just known as rice and lentils.
Khichdi is a soft rice and lentil dish it can be eaten any time of the day and can be given to babies as it is soft to eat. It is easy to eat and make, it isn't heavy on the spices either. It is mainly known to be given if someone is ill to make them feel better, but you can eat it whenever you want because it is part of a healthy diet.
The ratio of the rice and lentils is totally up to you I used 60% rice and 40% lentils but you can have 50% of each, it's whatever your prefer. You can use Masoor daal which comes in the colour brown and orange or moong daal which is the green lentils and even chick pea lentils, alternatively, you can even use mixed lentils. 
But do bear in mind some lentils like the moong daal may need more water and may take more time to cook than other lentils. If you would like the dish to be more dryer with less water then add less water if you would like it more softer then add more water. 

This recipe is khichdi using red lentils. Makes for 4 people in about 25 to 30 minutes.

Ingredients
Rice 3/4 of a cup (150g)
Red split lentils (Masra daal) 1/2 cup (85g)
Butter 2 tablespoon
Half Onion
Salt 2 teaspoon or to taste
Green Chillies 2 or 3 (optional)

Method
I used a saucepan with a lid to make khichdi but can be made in a pressure cooker or a pan making sure it has a lid though because you will need to steam the rice and lentils.

First of all, wash the lentils and the rice separately and soak in warm water for about 10 minutes and make sure they are drained out of the water before your cook them. 

Next, add two fully heaped tablespoons of butter and add half an onion diced into the butter. Cook the onion until it is soft and translucent and lightly brown, we don't want the onion to be brown too much. 

Once the onion is soft add one cup of water (water added to butter will make it steam up so be careful) and add the lentils in. After that, add 2 teaspoons of salt and the green chillies with the stem cut off and let it steam for about 5 minutes.  

Pinch the lentils to see if they are about cooked if yes, then add 2 more cups of water and add the rice in. 

Then cook for about 15 minutes on low heat with the lid on. You can check after 10 minutes making sure it does not stick to the bottom if you feel there is less water you can add more in and let it steam until cooked, and let it steam until the rice is cooked with the lentils.

Finally, your khichdi should be ready to eat 😊

This is optional but to add more flavour you can add black pepper, grated ginger, bay leaves or cloves. If wanting to serve to babies then you can just use rice and lentils, salt will be optional. You can accompany the khichdi with salad and yoghurt as well.

I hope you enjoy your khichdi!

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Travel Essentials Checklist

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Travelling can be a hassle (the getting ready part) sometimes but can be made easy, with a handy checklist. Everyone would love to enjoy packing rather than rushing and figuring out what do I need. I always think a checklist is helpful even if that's for shopping, work or travelling. If not 100% it will definitely help you at least 50% and is just a way of checking if you have everything, because if you leave something at home it would be mean whilst you are on holiday you would have to buy that item if you really need it, so it's actually a money saver as well.

Bear in mind some things you might not have to take because it depends on the weather as well, a warm sunny place will not require jumpers, you will probably need insect repellent, mini fan and sunglasses. Going to a cold place you will need dry skin cream, warm clothing and gloves.
There can be items added to the list because you may have something you need to take but others do not so you can always make your own separate list too. You can get two copies and tick for the first time round for when you have the items and second time when you have packed the items, and cross out any which you don't need to take or you don't have space for.

Here is my version of a holiday checklist, these are items which can be placed into hand luggage and booked luggage, feel free to print it and use it for your travel, checking everything and you're ready to travel. ✈

Here is a link to the document and also an image.

https://goo.gl/faj2qN


Have a safe and stress-free travel :) 

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Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit Review

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

I have the lip kit in the colour Runway Berry and a single matte liquid lipstick in the colour paparazzi. I haven't tried a lot of Barry M lip products and as this was a new product I was definitely impressed with the outcome. Currently, they are selling 3 limited edition lip kits which include a lip liner and liquid lip paint and they have come out with 5 new single liquid lip paints that's without a lip liner. I purchased one lip kit and one single lip paint. The single liquid lipstick retails for £4.99 and the lip kit for £6.99 which I think is a pretty good price for the quality and the product.

With the lip kit I applied the lip liner first and it applied nicely it's pigmented and a nice light berry colour, then I applied the liquid lip paint on my lips and let it dry, it dries within 1 minute. I really liked the colour not too light and not too dark and the feel of it was soft on my lips.
It does not dry your lips at all it has a nice velvet feel to your lips and are not sticky feeling, it is long wearing it can last all day but if you eat and drink it will start to fade from the inner middle and in the outer corners of the lips. I drank tea and notice from the steam of the tea it faded more.

The packaging is also nice it is a tube and you can see the lip colour from the clear packaging and you can see the colour from the end of the lip liner as well. The consistency of the liquid lipstick is thin, but not too thin that it runs and neither is it thick, it is the perfect consistency. They have a sweet scent to it but isn't overpowering, it smells sweet as candy.

The red is a beautiful bold red matte colour definitely a red colour every girl needs, it makes your teeth look extra white, but your lips look fabulous.
If you rub whilst removing the liquid lipstick then it will smudge I had the red one especially all over my mouth while trying to take it off, so I would be careful whilst removing it, but normally now I just leave it to come off itself but if I need it off I will use a wipe making sure the colour doesn't go around my mouth. You can see the swatches here, this is the colour and liquid lipstick when they have dried and it is a matte finish.

Overall, I will keep on using the lip kit and the lip paint it would be something great if you want it to last all day because it really does. The red lip paint is the only red lipstick I apply when I want the bold and long lasting colour because it's the perfect colour. The runway kit I also love wearing and would definitely recommend to everyone because there are no cons with this product you will love it.
You can purchase these from Superdrug and Boots.

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Affordable Eyeliner Pencil Avon Color Trend

Thursday, 11 May 2017

These are my all time favourite pencil eyeliners from Color Trend a part of Avon Cosmetics, I have been using these pencil eyeliners for years now and I have not considered using any other brand unless I want a colour that Color Trend does not have, the main reason is because the brand is really affordable and they are very pigmented and soft which makes them apply on smoothly, on sale you can get these eyeliners 99p each otherwise prices can be £1.50 or £2 depending on the price, Avon changes the price for every brochure.

At the moment they only sell the colours black, blue, brown and turquoise and in the kajal stick they have purple, black, green and brown. There are some eyeliners which they don't sell anymore like the green and white eyeliner and double ended kajal sticks. The packaging of the eyeliners has also changed from black to the colours of the eyeliners now, which is actually better because you can tell now which eyeliner is what colour, before I had to check the colour because all of the eyeliners were the same colour. Whatever the occasion is I always have this eyeliner on.
Old Packaging of Color Trend Eyeliners
Most of the pencil eyeliners I have are pencil eyeliners from Color Trend and a few are kajal sticks compared to other affordable brands like Mua, Revolution and Elf these eyeliners are a lot more better in quality, others I have found that they are too soft so when I apply they smudge easily and the colour is hard to remove but Color Trend eyeliners are not soft the tip doesn't break off easily and they are not too hard so they can still be applied very easily without putting a lot of pressure.

I have never experienced any smudging with this eyeliner, it does not smudge for me if I touch my eyes or if they are watery then the colour will fade a bit otherwise it can last. The quality is amazing even though they are not waterproof they can last for a good 4 to 5 hours, after that I only need to touch up once at the inner and outer corner of my waterline. It is easy to apply on the waterline it glides on smoothly, to apply as an eyeliner it can be applied as well.

This is an eyeliner I would definilty buy again if it runs out however this lasts me a long time I have had these for about 4 years and they still work great they have not dried out all, it is a must buy if you are on a small budget for purchasing makeup. All of Color Trend makeup is good quality and affordable.
You can purchase these eyeliners online or from you avon rep from an avon brochure.

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