Saturday, October 17, 2015

perfect brown rice in an electric rice cooker

I know there are a lot of posts on how to cook the perfect brown rice in an electric rice cooker,but this is how i do it and the results are really good 

  • measure the rice,  rinse and and add 1:2 (1 rice 2 water)ratio water
  • soak for a good 45 mins to an hour ..I have always had better results with longer soaking period .i sometime soak it up to 3 hours 
  • use a trivet if available just creates a pot within a pot so, that the bottom of the actual cooker never touch base ,if u don't have it then its fine ,if you do, use it .
  • with the brown rice setting let it cook and let it switch off on its own..or if your cooker is like mine ,without any setting ,then just let it cook until the indicator goes off.
  • and there you have it ..perfectly cooked brown rice ...its chewy and has lots of flavor on its own ,serve it with your favorite curry
Here is a video tutorial :

and here is a video for the review on the rice used :

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Homemade lotion- non greasy- 3 ingredient easy recipe

"Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle ,but put me in summer and ill be -a happy snowman",remember Olaf's summer song?I'm such a big fan(of Olaf,not of summer I'm not) but his idea of summer, his love for that season of year is so pure and magical,that it really makes you want to be a part of it.So to all my readers here's a little something to celebrate this summer ,a DIY on light homemade lotion that take less than 5 minutes to make

oil-1/4 cup
beeswax-2 tbs
aloe vera gel-1/2 cup
optional-essential oil of choice

 Aloe Vera gel as the basic ingredient here ,not only is this gel  great as a moisturizer,but also it treats acne ,sunburns and fights aging .Grapeseed oil has been used here because it is light but can be substitute with any carrier oil of choice  ,and the final ingredient used here is organic beeswax which acts as an emulsifier or thickener in this recipe.

  • start by measuring your wax in a bowl 
  • to this add the oil,heat this mixture using a double boiler method and make sure the wax is completely dissolved,
  • in few minutes the wax will start settling , this is the right time to add in your measured gel,
  • now with the help of a hand blender or mixer bring everything together,it will take a minute or two before you notice the lotion take form till then just keep mixing ,
  • also remember to scrap the sides off every now and then,and keep mixing until a smooth uniform lotion is formed 
  • if you prefer ,now will be a good time to add essential oils,ive used lavender here just a few drops will do ,
  • give it a one last stir and were done 
so much better than what comes out of a store bought plastic bottle and absolutely no harmful chemicals ,so the question is how long it last,the shelf life :well i haven't used any stabilizers,so it will go bad ,eventually ,in a couple of weeks .The trick here is to make small batches,each lasting two to three weeks,and store in sterile airtight containers in cool dry place
Here is a quick tutorial :
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