May 23, 2014

9 Best Ways to Apply Multani Mitti for Dry Skin at Home
Fuller’s Earth, or commonly referred to as Multani Mitti in India, is a clay substance which is proven to have healing and other beneficial properties for the skin. Being rich in magnesium chloride, it helps in reducing acne as well. Dry skin can be quite bother some especially during the winter months when the skin feels itchy and irritable. Most people can afford to buy this substance as it is pocket-friendly and has no proven side effects as well. Therefore, it can be said that multani mitti is beneficial for dry skin.
Listed below are some of the best ways to apply homemade multani mitti for Dry Skin.
Multani Mitti and Honey:

Multani mitti and honey can be mixed together to form an effective face pack for dry skin. All you need to do is make a paste and apply it to your skin. It will help infuse moisture into your face, giving it a radiance that you might not have witnessed before. You should apply this paste on your face and neck and leave it on for around 20 minutes before you rinse it off. 

Multani Mitti and Curd Face Pack:
A multani mitti and curd face pack is good for dry skin as it helps add glow to the skin, leaving it moist and supple. Apply the paste on your face and neck for close to 20 minutes before you rinse it off with cold water for effective results.
Multani Mitti and Sandalwood Face Pack:
A facial mask made from multani mitti and sandalwood is also one of the best ways to combat dry skin. All you need to do is keep the mixture on your face for at least 15 minutes before washing it off. To ensure that your skin remains moist and pimple-free use twice a week.

Multani Mitti and Orange Peel Face Pack:

Multani mitti and orange peel go well together to ensure that your skin remains moist and supple. You could add a little milk to make the consistency a little better. This mixture is great for people who want immediate results. In fact, this mixture is used for bridal grooming in India. 

Multani Mitti and Turmeric Face Pack:
A face pack made from multani mitti and turmeric has its own beauty benefits. Make a paste of it and add some honey to make the consistency more thick. Apply this mixture to your face and neck and you will notice that your complexion will brighten and there will be a reduced amount of pimples on your face. 
Multani Mitti and Papaya Face Pack:
One of the major benefits of adding a papaya paste to multani mitti is that is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A , various antioxidants and when combined with honey too, it serves as an effective remedy for dry skin, thereby putting the glow back in your face. All you need to do is squash the papaya and add the honey and multani mitti together and make a thick paste out of it. Apply it on your face and keep it on for close to 15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. 
Multani Mitti and Potato Face Pack:
Potatoes contain vitamin C, B complex, and other minerals which are great for the skin. Add a touch of rose water to it and multani mitti and you will have a mixture that will keep your skin moist and clean, thereby removing impurities.
Multani Mitti and Cucumber:
A cucumber and multani mitti can be blended to make a good face pack for dry skin. Add the juice of the cucumber to multani mitti, besan and some honey to make a thick consistency that will remain on your face. Apply the pack at least thrice a week for effective results – glowing and moist skin.
Multani Mitti, Rosewater and Neem:
Dry skin can be alleviated with a face pack made from a combination of multani mitti, rose water and neem which work together to give you clean and moist skin.

May 9, 2014

Neer dosa or Panpaley

The whole recipe is mentioned below and after a lot of digging I came through this great recipe.I loved this dosa all my life and till now eat by the 10s when I get a chance.So I gotta try this...its findin the right rice that has got my neer dosa browning and cracking.Nobody could tell a proper recipe and something I have learnt as an adult,many good cooks dont share their recipes honestly in all goes.....

Rice and Coconut Crepes (Neer Dosa) Recipe

by SALA @ VEGGIE BELLY on MARCH 11, 2014

Neer dosa is a savory rice and coconut crepe from southern India. I first had neer dosa when my mother’s best friend Jayanthi Aunty, took me to Mathsya, an Udipi style restaurant in Chennai, India. She insisted I get these delicate, coconutty dosas. But I was hesitant at first. I like my dosas big, golden and crisp. These were quite the opposite – soft and delicate. But still, I let Jayanthi Aunty order neer dosas for me. Now, I’m usually super picky and particular about what I order in restaurants. But with Jayanthi Aunty, its different. I trust her. She’s known me since childhood, and knows what I like and don’t like. Besides, she has impeccable taste in everything from clothes to jewelry to furniture to food. So I wasn’t surprised when the neer dosas arrived. They were fluffy, soft and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Thank you, Jayanthi Aunty for making me get that very first neer dosa. It was love at first site!
After I had my first neer dosa, I set out to perfect the making of neer dosa at home. I don’t live in Chennai, and can’t go to Mathsya for my neer dosa. So I had to figure this out at home. I’ve arrived at this recipe after a lot of trial and error, and I have to say its fabulous. I’ve now been making this neer dosa recipe at home at least once a week!

Like all dosa and idli batter, you need a good solid grinder. In my kitchen thats either my Ultra wet grinder or my Vitamix. For this recipe I used the Vitamix. Its easier to clean up after you are done blending and the Vitamix can easily grind the neer dosa batter to the super fine consistency that is key. Don’t have a Vitamix or similar powerful blender? I am giving away a Vitamix to one lucky Veggie Belly readerGo to this post to enter for a chance to win!

Tips for the perfect Neer Dosa

Consistency. Batter consistency is important. The batter must be a little thicker than whole milk. Also, grind the batter very finely. If you dip your thumb and index fingers in the batter and rub them together you should feel no grit or grain.
Hot skillet. Your skillet must be very hot before you pour the batter over it. Sprinkle a few drops of water on your skillet. If the water sizzles and bubbles away within 5 seconds, your skillet is hot enough. A hot skillet is also what makes the holes form in the dosa and makes it lace-like.
Work quickly. Because you are working with a hot skillet, you must pour and spread the batter very quickly so that a perfectly round dosa forms. The whole process of pouring the batter and swirling the pan so the batter coast it, should take about 10 seconds.
Practice. Watch the video I’ve included below and practise making a few dosas, you will be an expert in no time.
Neer Dosa Troubleshooting
Neer Dosa sticks to the pan – Your batter might be too thin or too cold. If the batter is too thin, you will have to start over. The ideal consistency of batter is slightly thicker than whole milk. If you are using refrigerated batter, let it come to room temperature first; cold batter will stick to the pan. An under seasoned pan will also make neer dosas stick. Usually the first 2 dosa will stick, and then they will start to come off the pan easily as the pan gets seasoned. A non-stick pan always helps.
Neer Dosas are cracking – Soak the rice longer if dosas are cracking. Adding a little extra cooked rice (1 tablespoon extra cooked rice per cup on raw rice soaked) to the batter will also help bind the batter and prevent neer dosas from cracking.
Neer dosas batter doesn’t coat the pan well – If your batter is too thick, it may not move around the skillet and coat it well to form a proper round. Dilute the batter with water till it is slightly thicker than whole milk. Cold batter also won’t glide and coat the pan, so make sure the batter is at room temperature.
Neer dosas are too brown – Your pan is either too hot or you’ve used too much coconut. But browned neer dosas are still tasty!

Neer Dosa Recipe

makes 16 eight inch dosas
1 cup sona masoori, or any other short grain raw rice
1/4th cup fresh grated or frozen coconut*
1 tablespoon cooked rice, optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil
*You can vary the coconut quality according to taste. Use as little as 2 tablespoons and up to 1/3rd cup.
1. Soak the rice in plenty of water for at least 4 hours and upto 8 hours (over night). Then drain the water.
2. Place the soaked rice, grated coconut, cooked rice if using, and 1 cup water in a Vitamix or similar powerful blender. Blend on medium speed for about 1 minute. Then crank up the speed to medium high and blend till the batter is very smooth, without grains or grit. If the batter gets hot during blending, throw in one or two ice cubes.
3. Add 1 more cup of water and salt and blend for a few seconds. The batter should be a little thicker than whole milk. If its too thick, add water to dilute it. You should have approximately 4 cups of batter.
4. Let the batter rest, covered for 1 hour. This is optional. You can also use the batter right away.
5. Heat an 8 inch non stick skillet on high heat. When you sprinkle a few drops of water on the skillet, it should bead up and sizzle away in under 6 seconds.
6. Dip a wad of paper towel in oil, and wipe the skillet. This will season the skillet.
6. Mix the batter well, and keep it near you. Pour 1/4th cup of batter into the center of the skillet. Immediately, shake back and forth and swirl the skillet so that the batter coats the bottom of the skillet completely and holes start to form on the surface. (See video above)
7. Drizzle a few drops of oil around the dosa. (If you are using a good non stick skillet, you can get away with not using any oil at all if you wish).
8. Now cover the skillet, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 30 seconds. The neer dosas should not brown. Remove lid, and cook another 30 seconds or till the dosas are no longer liquidy, come off the skillet easily and are still fairly white in color.
9. Fold the dosa into a semi circle and then again in half to form a triangle.
10. Bring the pan back up to high heat, and repeat for the remaining batter.
11. Serve neer dosas with chutney, podi or crushed jaggery