Star’s Summer Salad Series #1 – Black Chickpea Chaat

There is such a wonderful variety of vegetables and fruits available in summer! To take advantage of nature’s bounty, in Star’s Summer Salad Series, I will share fresh summer salad recipes that are a healthy & a easy replacement to heavy meals.

I have some ideas where you don’t have to do much work or compromise on taste and most of these ingredients are handy in your kitchen. Have a go at them and let me know your thoughts and share your favorite recipes in the comments!

Black Chickpeas Chaat

The salad that I am sharing with you as my first recipe, makes me so nostalgic, as a child i used to buy this tasty snack from a vendor who used to stand outside the playground and serve it in newspaper boats. I always asked for extra chaat masala and nimbu, loved the spicy-tangy flavor which makes my mouth water even as I think of it. I hope you enjoy it as much I love it! Continue reading

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3 Unique coolers for hot summers!

It hot outside… and I am speaking of namma Bengaluru where the skies are always overcast and cool! I have a bunch of coolers made and kept in the fridge for any time that my system might overheat. Hope these help you too!

Tangy Ginger-mint cooler

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped Ginger
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons Jaljeera powder
  • Handful of crushed Mint
  • Black salt – to taste
  • Soda
  • Sugar to taste

Mix the ginger, mint, jaljeera powder, black salt & sugar with soda.Β  Enjoy the cooling drink, jaljeera adds a tang to the spicy heat of ginger! Yum….

Cool Ginger-mint...tangy!

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Wardrobe must-haves for the real working woman!

Getting up in the morning to go to work is already difficult and selecting an outfit a task by itself! While we see great combinations created in magazines I have found they are sometimes over the top and do not reflect the actual lifestyle of people! I have a few must-have outfit separates that help me mix n match quickly and create different looks everyday!

  • Scarves/Dupatta

Scarves can used in many ways to oomph up working women look to a chic professional look. With the additional benefit of acting as a barrier to protect us from the sun to making you look slimmer n taller if used correctly, a scarf has many benefits.

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Beautiful scarves

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3 Quick dinner recipes for the busy professional!

When I come home from work the only thing I want to do is relax, but as a single person who has to eat, I have to cook it. I have a few tried and tested quick fixes for a light dinner or snack which are a combination of mom’s cooking and my innovation. These recipes serve one person (me), increase ingredients as you require. Try them and let me know what you think.. πŸ™‚

Quick Corn Salad

  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels, steamed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 small capsicum, charred on stove, peeled & chopped

Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt, pepper, Chat masala to taste

Mix all the ingredients together while the corn is warm.. Enjoy!

Corn Salad...

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How to deal with difficult work situations… 5 tips from a person who didn’t know how!

Ever had to deal with a difficult work situation? I know, I have. In professional life competition is tough and it is survival of the smartest. I work in the IT industry where the pressure is high and impeccable quality is in low supply hence time and again I have seen difficult situations aka escalations (IT lingo) and have wished if there were a few ways in which I could handle the crisis better, so I put together a list.

Here are 5 ways to deal with situations which seem out of control –

  • Keep Calm! I could quote many an instance where a situation could be saved if one of the parties had kept his cool and thought over the next steps instead of hyper-ventilating. Taking deep breaths is a sure shot mechanism of calming those nerves. I have my own crazy way..I listen to the sound of rain on my music player. Find your own calming mechanism.Breathe...
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Summer is here.. 5 awesome ways to keep it cool from a Goan beach bum! :)

The Indian summer is here, even the beautiful cool Bangalore is hot and dry. Here are my top 5 quick tips to keep it cool since I have spent most of my life in the tropical (hot and humid) beach city of Goa!

  1. The unavoidable – Drink lots of water or fresh fruit juice! Avoid avoid avoid hot beverages, colas, drinks with preservatives etc. I love watermelon juice and lemon soda from the local vendor…Yum

    Fresh juices are right for you!

    Fresh juices are right for you!

  2. Sunscreen baby – Slather on a good quality sunscreen, for Indian summer SPF 25 and above should do. Repeat coverage every 3-4 hours. My personal favorite is Lotus Herbal 3 in 1 SPF 50…

    Never miss the sunscreen!

    Never miss the sunscreen!

  3. Monitor the sun – Weird? Hell no, don’t leave the house between 12 noon to 4p.m. if you can manage it. The sun is harshest at this time!

    Avoid direct sun...

    Avoid direct sun…

  4. Cottons & Linens – Light & breathable fabrics keep your mind and body cool. Besides there are so many beautiful options to choose from. If you live in a city where there is not much variety in clothing options; buy online! Easy…

    Keep it light..

    Keep it light..

  5. Lose those long tresses – Did you know that hair grows back?? Yes? Ok! Get a cute pixie cut or layers if you want to keep your length but want to lose the extra weight. Also layers make you look younger and chic(er)! Yippee! I am gonna get myself some layers and a fringe… πŸ™‚
    Layers it is!

    Layers it is!

    Happy Summer…enjoy!

PS – The images are from Google and I claim no copy right over anything other than the text.. πŸ™‚

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My love for Food!

Of all the things that cannot be controlled in life, one thing that can be catered just right is a steaming plate of pasta… One of my passions in life, if life allows, is to feed all the people who have not had a chance to taste this heavenly yet humble dish.

These past days my love for cooking this dish has reinvigorated and in one weekend I have ended up making 3 sauce variants! A beautiful Bechamel (white sauce) and 2 variants of the Arrabiata (red/tomato sauce). I think the biggest facilitator in this was the fresh, pre-cut veggies now available online in Bangalore and other metros. It completely motivated my lazy ass to created a home cooked variety of these simple to make dishes.

If you want to know the recipes do let me know and I will post them for you..