Friday, September 27, 2013

My Beauty Must Haves

Today's post is going to be all about my beauty must have's. The products that I've been using to keep my skin looking healthy and glowing. My skin type is oily, not just T zone oily, I'm talking about all over my face type of oily. It's sucks but someone once told me that people with oily skin types tend to look younger as they age but I suspect that they told me that to make me feel a bit better about my overly oily skin. It's not too bad when I'm fresh faced but I've realized that when I wear makeup it seems to get worse or rather the oiliness  is a lot more noticeable. Anyway, if you've got oily sensitive skin like me and you're looking for products that combat both issues then perhaps some of the products here may be able to help you as  much as they've helped me. Let's get started.
  
Cleanse. When I get out of the bed in the morning, I go straight for one of my two cleansers. If my skin has any acne flair ups I turn to Murad Clarifying Cleanser. If there's no acne I'll turn to my Cetaphil Gentle Daily Skin Cleanser. In the inter months I turn to Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream; it's geared towards older women but I love how moisturizing it is and it works miracles during those cold winter months. For my body I absolutely love most of Dr. Bronners liquid soaps; my two favorites are the Hemp Tea Tree and Peppermint.  These cleanser are effective yet gentle and easily found in stores and online for reasonable prices.
Makeup Remover. I don't wear makeup everyday but when I do I remove it by utilizing the oil cleansing method. To most this may sound weird but it's a very simple yet effective manner of getting rid of all the makeup off of your skin while moisturizing it instead of stripping it completely as most cleansers do. Instead of using your usual cleanser get your favorite oils, rub them on your face, let it sit for a minute, dip your washcloth into some warm water and thoroughly wipe the oil and gunk off your face. That's it, oil cleansing method in a nutshell. My favorite oils to use is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Almond Oil particularly Sweet Almond Oil. I love Coconut Oil for most things but I'd caution you to stay away from Coconut Oil for oil cleansing. Most people complain that it clogs their pores and causes more breakouts. Of course it's up to you if you'd like to try it.     
Exfoliate. Two of my top exfoliating products are the St. Ives Apricot Scrub and the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion kit. Both products gently exfoliates and deep-cleans my skin. The Apricot scrub has been around for ages and is found in most of your local pharmacy's and beauty supply stores for less than $5. Talk about getting a bang for your buck. 
Treat. Then, while I sip on my soy green tea latte, I lightly rub on the Freemans Avocado and Oatmeal Clay mask which purges the dirt and oils from my pores. It's rich in Vitamin E and leaves my skin feeling cleaner and not as dry as most clay masks do. One tip would be to drink the recommended amount of water intake when doing clay masks. I've found that when I use them if I don't drink water I almost always break out the day after. I also Collagen Essence facial Mask by Skininstinct but there are hundreds of brands of collagen masks and other types of masks like Aloe, Ginseng, Green tea etc. I also love the Garnier Skin Renew Anti- Puff Eye Roller Gel. This little gem comes in handy when I pull all nighters which happens regularly. The roller gel moisturizes, shrinks my bags, and is said to increase circulation. You can use it then apply your makeup but I don't. I use it at night just before I hit the sack.  Another amazing treatment is RoC Retinal Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream. This helps fight lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area with minimal or no irritation.
Moisturize. When it comes to moisturizers I tend to stick to a select few that I rotate depending on the season and on how my skin feels. My everyday moisturizer is my Cetaphil moisturizer  I love it because it's easily accessible,  inexpensive, fragrance free, and most importantly it works. When I'm in the mood to pamper my skin with a high end super effective moisturizer I turn to Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream. If you're looking for a powerhouse moisturizer then this is it.   
Hope you've found this list to be helpful. Like I said I have sensitive oily skin and these products have worked miracles for me. Most of them are inexpensive so you don't have to worry about going broke for the sake of beauty. What are your beauty must haves? 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Detox Juice recipes

So for the past seven days I've been on a detox. I've been consuming nothing but vegetables, fruits, coconut water, and water. I've been using some pretty amazing juicing recipes that not only taste delicious but they've left me feeling lighter and re-energized. Wanna try these heavenly elixirs out? Keep reading.   


GINGER SHOT – I begin my day by reducing toxicity with this powerful shot. Ginger is packed with copper, potassium, sodium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium. Ginger is one of those things that I almost always have in my kitchen. Here are just a few reasons why I consume so much of this amazing root. Several studies have demonstrated ginger's ability to defeat several types of cancer cells, including some of the most aggressive and difficult to treat: lung, ovarian, colon, breast, skin carcinoma, prostate, and pancreatic. Studies have also shown that diabetes may be both prevented and treated, along with the related abilities to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood fats. Ginger is also anti fungal and a great antibiotic. Ginger consumption provides relief from ulcers, diabetes complications, inflammation, gastric distress, toxicity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (fructose damage), menstrual pain, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, knee osteoarthritis, nausea ,motion sickness, and bacterial diarrhea among other things. I usually make ginger shots by putting some ginger in my juicer then chug it straight up or add an apple or pear to it on the days that I'm not in the mood to drink it straight up. Warning- drinking ginger shots is not for the faint of heart but the benefits are worth it. Another way to enjoy ginger is to make fresh ginger tea. I simply peel my ginger/ grate it and add it to a cup of hot water. Let it sit for a while then consume. You can add your sweetener of choice but I drink it straight while on a detox.   

GREEN DOES THE BODY GOOD –  This green juice recipe is one of my favorites. It's full of green vegetables, packed with vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll to re-generate and cleanse the body. To make this one I use kale, collard greens, swiss chard, celery, apple, ginger, and lemon. Kale is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K -- and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein. Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. As with most recipes feel free to play around with the amounts in order to make it to your liking.

GRAPEFRUIT JUICE – This powerful anti-aging antioxidant is a great source of Vitamin C. I don't juice my grapefruit. I eat it or use a handheld juice extractor so that I can get the pulp and extra fiber from the grapefruit. Grapefruit has a vast amount of health benefits. Don't believe me; look it up yourself. A word of caution though. If you consume medications on a daily basis consult your doctor before consuming large amounts of grapefruit juice as it interacts with certain medicines.



RUBY RED RICHNESS – This is a very rich red blast of vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients made of a combination of beets, avocado, apple, lemon, ginger, carrot, parsley, and dandelion root. Beets are rich in potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; and folic acid. These little gems are natures aphrodisiac. You may think I'm kidding but I assure you that I'm not. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. As if those benefits aren't good enough beets are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer. Dandelion root  is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, and gallstones. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements.These reasons along with many others is why dandelion root makes a great addition to this drink.


CLEANSING TONIC – Hydrate the skin, cleanse the organs, boost the immune system and burn toxins. Made from cucumber, lemon, ginger, cayenne pepper, and turmeric. Turmeric has so many powerful benefits that if I attempted to address them all this blog post will be way too long so I'll stick to the very basics. Turmeric has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking for thousands of years. In addition, ayurvedic and Chinese medicines utilize turmeric to clear infections and inflammations on the inside and outside of the body. Western medical practitioners have only recently come on board in recognizing the benefits of turmeric. Turmeric has been found to block cancer. Doctors at UCLA recently found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, appeared to block an enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer. In that study, 21 subjects with head and neck cancers chewed two tablets containing 1,000 milligrams of curcumin. An independent lab in Maryland evaluated the results and found that the cancer-promoting enzymes in the patients’ mouths were inhibited by the curcumin and thus prevented from advancing the spread of the malignant cells. It's a powerful antioxidant and is a potent anti-inflammatory. Tumeric is inexpensive, mild in taste, and benefits every system in the body. Adding this powerful plant to your diet is one of the best things you can do for long term health.



COO COO FOR COCO – This recipe is rich in potassium, magnesium and great hydration combined with Vitamin C and immunity booster. Made from coconut water, orange, lime, lemon, alkaline water. As a child I'd grow up seeing an abundance of mango, cherry, and coconut trees outside my bedroom window so needless to say that I'm coo coo for coconut. Coconut water is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels within the body. Research studies suggest that cytokinins in coconut water showed significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects. Coconut water is very low in sodium and chlorides, but rich in sugars and amino acids. Its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of the fruits like oranges. Coconut water contains a good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the body due to diarrhea. Fresh coconut water has a small amount of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid) and it provides about 4% of RDA. Talk about a knock out of amazing benefits.

Feel free to try these recipes and let me know how you like them. As always...

Live long and prosper


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Best Wedding Planning Apps

Planning a sizable wedding can be extremely difficult if you don't have a lot of help. In today's smart phone savvy world we've got apps for just about everything at our finger tips. The apps listed here will come in handy when you're planning you're special day. Who says you need a wedding planner? These apps will keep you organized and right on track.

                                     WEDDING HAPPY


itunes.apple.com - Free

This is one of my favorite wedding planning apps of all time. It's super easy to get up and running – you don't even have to put in your email address. All you do is put in your wedding date and it'll build a customized list of pretty much everything to help you keep organized and on track. You can actually sync this up to your Facebook too. 

                                                       WEDDING BUDGET

itunes.apple.com - Free


I actually love the fact that this app is free because it's meant to keep you on a budget. Remember, your wedding should have some type of budget and this app will ensure that you stay on it. It puts you in control of what money you spend and where you spend it. 


           THE KNOT ULTIMATE WEDDING PLANNER
itunes.apple.com - Free


The Knot is one of the most well-respected magazines and websites out there. Now not only is that wealth of all things wedding knowledge on the website, but now it's available via a very nifty app. It's amazing. This app is free to use and it's a fantastic app that really will help you choose everything from your dress all the way to getting you inspired for your centerpieces.



                                       FUN WEDDING
itunes.apple.com - $1.99


This happens all of the time to brides and grooms, you think that planning your playlist is going to be really easy. You sit down, come up with a few awesome songs (Train – Marry Me) and then after those songs, you have no idea what else should be on the list. While this app costs a little money, it is an amazing app to have to help you choose the right playlist.

                                ULTIMATE WEDDING pLANNER


itunes.apple.com - Free

This is another great app that is going to really help you plan everything from honeymoon spots all the way to fantastic dress designers. This app is free too – which is so amazing. If you want to really plan your wedding by yourself, without a wedding planner, this app is for you.
                                     WEDDING COUNTDOWN
itunes.apple.com - Free


Of course, when you are planning your wedding, you are keeping a countdown in your head, but wouldn't it be cool to have the countdown on your phone too? This particular app will countdown the days, hours, minutes and seconds to your wedding. After the wedding? It'll stick around and countdown to your anniversary.
                                               
                                                      PINTEREST
itunes.apple.com - Free


If you're like me, you already have this app on your phone, but if not, get it. It's a great app for inspiration of all kinds and you can seriously find just about everything on it. Whether you're looking for centerpiece ideas or ideas for what to give your bridesmaids, this app is a necessity for wedding planning.


So to all you beautiful brides to be out there, I hope that you find these apps to be helpful in planning your special day. Do you have any other apps that you're using for your wedding? Do you have any advice for someone planning their wedding? Feel free to share it.


Good Luck & Congratulations =)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Quicky Low Carb Crustless Turkey Pepperoni Pizza


This low crab treat is something that I turn to when I'm craving a gooey, cheesy pizza but I don't want to suffer the consequences of the usually carb loaded treat. It's simple and can be modified to your tastes.

Ingredients: 

  • Turkey Pepperoni
  • Tomato sauce or paste
  • Cheese
  • Bell Peppers
  • Pineapple chunks (optional)

Directions:


Place turkey slices in a round pizza like position. Make sure that there is no space between the slices towards the middle of the faux crust.


Place tomato paste or sauce on pepperoni as you would on a pizza.

Place cheese and any other toppings and place in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes depending on the heat of your oven. 


Remove from oven and enjoy. 

Live Long and Prosper

Friday, September 13, 2013

Yummy Banana Nutella Muffins and Bars

I had a few overripe bananas, a jar of Nutella, some peanut butter, and an overwhelming urge to combine them all. I combed Pinterest and Google for recipes. I compared and contrasted. And then I realized that I didn’t need a new recipe, I could simply adapt my usual banana muffins recipe. Why not play with it and add some sweet Nutella goodness to it? Why not indeed. It all began with this.

Yes, I know that's only one banana pictured, but the others had been in the freezer for a while and it was too revolting to photograph. Anyway, let's get started.

Ingredients:


1 cup whole wheat white flour (Yes, you read correctly it's whole wheat wheat flour but feel free to use your usual white flour)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup mashed ripe banana (I used two large ones)
1 egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (I used low-fat)
Melted Nutella (I used a heaping teaspoon per muffin cup)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In a separate bowl, beat together the banana, sugar, egg, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir in the yogurt.

Stir the banana mixture into the flour until just combined then scoop the batter into the muffin cups, filling them about halfway up, maybe a little less.

Scoop some Nutella into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 25 seconds. Using a teaspoon, drop a good-sized glob into the center of each muffin. Top up each one with the rest of the batter, and drizzle some more Nutella on top of that.
 
Lower heat from 375 to 350 degrees then place muffins in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool before serving then devour relentlessly.


Here's a more detailed explanation below.  

I dug into the dry ingredients. Whole wheat white flour, baking powder (a full tablespoon), baking soda, and salt. I thought about the spices before putting them in, thinking about how they’d blend with the Nutella, so I used just one heaping teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg(my fav) and then I whisked.

           
In a separate, small bowl, I mashed the banana. To that I added a quarter cup of brown sugar. You could use any sugar in this, or even white sugar if it’s all you have, but I like the depth of flavor this sugar provides.

To that I added an egg, vanilla, and peanut butter. My measuring method for the peanut butter is a little dodgy, I just get a tablespoon out of the kitchen drawer (vs. a measuring tablespoon) and scoop out a big glob of it, dump it in, then stirred to mix.
I added in a quarter cup of vanilla yogurt, and mixed. The color of your batter should get a bit lighter. I poured all of that into the bowl with the flour, and mixed just until incorporated. Then I got out the muffin pan, pre-lined with paper muffin cups, and fill each one about halfway, or just under.
I then prepared the Nutella by melting it. I used a pot with hot water then placed a small bowl of nutella in it in order to melt it but you can use a microwave for about 20-30 seconds. It really depends on the type of microwave that you're using, some get hotter faster. 
I placed a nice dollop of melted Nutella in the center of each muffin then covered them with the rest of the batter. Because I couldn’t resist, I added another heaping dollop of Nutella to the top of each one and swirled it around a bit.
Happy with my master piece I placed them in the oven, reduced the temperature to 350 (from 375), and baked for just over 15 minutes. I let them cool in the pan for a few minutes, then moved them to a wire rack. They turned out great. These muffins has a light fluffy texture and the Nutella turns them from a breakfast dish into delicious indulgent treat. The only suggestion I’d give to improve them would be to add more Nutella and/or peanut butter .=)


If you're not a muffin lover and you'd like to make these in the form of a cake or make nutella banana bars then here's a quick recipe that's just as yummy. Here's what you'll need.

Ingredients:

6 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup  flour
1/2 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup Nutella 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8×8 pan, set aside.

Mix melted butter with brown sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.

Add salt, stir in flour. Mix in bananas and peanut butter. Pour into prepared pan.

Melt the Nutella briefly in the microwave. Drop by spoonfuls over the batter, and swirl in with a knife.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. Cool on rack before cutting.

Maybe next time I'll try Almond butter instead of peanut butter. Oh the possibilities. 

Happy Snacking.



Source: Inspired by Buns in My Oven. Adapted from Smitten Kitchen & Bake at 350.

Friday, September 6, 2013

How To Nip Bad Social Habits Today

There’s something to be said for slow and steady progress.  But there’s also something to be said for strong, decisive action.  When it comes to bad, self-defeating habits, there’s no time like today to quit cold turkey.  Easier said than done; believe me I know from personal experience. For some reason I've been more aware lately of the annoying social habits of other people.  Worse than that, I've then been noticing many of the same behaviors in myself.  Yikes. As I approach my 30's I'm determined to try my best to engage in self improving activities and think happier more positive thoughts. Whether you're in your late 20's, 30's, 40's, heck even if you're in your teenage years these tips are all great ways to usher positivity into your life and the life of others around you. Cutting out these negative habits makes it simpler to foster good relationships by getting to the heart of productive communication, so why not start today? Come on guys, don't make me do it all alone. =) Anyway, here are some some social habits that needs to be kicked to the curb pronto.   

Seeking attention by complaining

I spoke to someone a while back who all but refused to talk about the positive aspects of their life.  After listening to their troubles, I asked about some of the cool projects they have going on. Within two sentences, they were back to complaining about trivial things.  We all need to share our troubles with friends or strangers from time to time, but don’t fall into the habit of turning conversations into your own personal dumping ground 100 percent of the time.  It’s an easy way to get attention, but it’s a poor way to keep it; and it’s a poor way to view your life.

 Cutting people off mid-sentence
If I were to be judged by a jury of my peers I'd be found guilty of this one big time. I don't talk a lot but when I find someone I feel super comfortable with I babble incessantly. When I engage in my babble sessions I tend to cut people off mid-sentence. Oopsie. The only time this is okay is when you’re in an intense brainstorming session.  Or you’ve got an urgent situation to attend to.  Or you haven’t seen your  friend in months...you get the gist.  Most of the time, interrupting just means that you’re missing the best parts of the conversation.  Plus, you’re showing your chat partner that you value your own thoughts over theirs. Yikes. Say it with me; I will not cut anyone off mid- sentence. Now the hard part begins, actually practicing what we preach. 
 Focusing on your inner monologue instead of the dialogue in front of you
I admit it, I've been guilty of doing this a lot. If you do this as much as I do then you'll know that after a while it becomes somewhat automatic. It'll take some effort to get out of this habit but it's worth the effort. Stay focused on the other person’s words and points.  People rarely mind when you say, “Hmm. Let me think about that for a second.”  Quite the opposite, since it shows that you’re taking the conversation seriously.  If you compose your answers while someone else is speaking, you’re really only having half a conversation. You owe it to yourself and the person you're talking to to stop for a bit and truly be engaged in the conversation. Might I suggest you read Just Listen, it's a great book. Don't think or judge, just listen.

Multi-tasking while you chat

Even if you are a professional multi-tasker, if you’re talking to someone, talk to them, and that’s it.  Don’t browse online, don’t watch TV, don’t update your to-do list, and please, don’t eat while you’re on the phone.  Whether they say so or not, most of the time it really annoys the person you’re talking to.  My mom constantly complains about me typing on my phone or on the computer while she speaks to me. In turn I hate the fact that she constantly eats while talking on the phone to me. We both promised to stop those bad multitasking habits with each other; so far so good. If you really don’t have the time to talk, be honest and find another time, or cut it short.

Not paying attention to the people you care about most

Pretending to listen while your mind wanders to your work day, etc.  Do you really think that your loved ones can’t tell? And even more importantly, they need you to listen sincerely and thoughtfully.  I know I'm not the only one out there that does this. There is no greater gift of love and no greater expression of caring that you can offer the special people in your life, than your undivided time and attention.  You need to remember that ‘love’ is listening, and everyone wants to be heard.   Read The 5 Love Languages. I know it's aimed at married couples but it's a great book for anyone interested in improving their relationships.

Constantly fishing for compliments

“Oh, I look terrible today.” – after someone compliments you.  “I just threw it together at the last minute.” – when you obviously dressed up.  “I’m really not good at things like this.” – when the people you’re with know you are.  Please.  Stop.  It’s annoying and not flattering. Just take the compliment and smile.  

De-emphasizing compliments with self-effacing remarks

It’s okay to say “thank you” when you’re complimented.  By making a self-effacing comment, you nearly force the other person to repeat their compliment, which is not a gracious thing to do.  Acknowledging a compliment isn’t snobby – like you’re admitting that you think you’re just grand – it’s a simple courtesy.  Besides, you earned it.  Saying “thank you” not only makes the other person feel good, it’s a healthy reminder that you’re responsible for some really good things in your life.

An un- supportive attitude

The greatest compliment you can give to someone is to believe in them and let them know you care.  When you see something good in someone, don’t hesitate to express your appreciation.  When you see something that isn't good in someone, don’t neglect to give them your wholehearted blessings and best wishes. Like my grandma always say, " If you've got nothing good to say then say nothing at all." 

Trying to please everyone

This one is all about keeping your sanity.  Man oh man this one plagued me for much of my adult life thus far. I've always felt the need to please everyone and most of the time I would keep my opinions to myself or bend over backwards in order to make everyone else but myself happy. No more darn it. No matter how loud their opinions are, others cannot choose who you are.  The question should not be, “Why don’t they like me?” it should be, “Why am I wasting all my time and energy worrying what they think of me?”  If you are not hurting anyone with your actions, keep moving forward with your life.  Be happy.  If others don’t like it, let them be.  Life isn’t about pleasing everybody. Trust me I've tried and it you'll drive yourself insane.  You'll never ever please everyone and you'll live a miserable life trying to.

Obviously we all slip up sometimes, so don’t berate yourself when you do.  I too have been guilty of every single one of these negative social habits, some more than others but I'm guilty of doing every single one of them from time to time. 

So with that said, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Any bad habits you’d like to add to the list? Please continue the conversation by leaving a comment below.

Live long and prosper

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sweet & Crunchy Thin Trinidadian Kurma Recipe


It's that time of year again; Labor day. In New York every labor day we celebrate the West Indian Day Parade. A day celebrating every aspect of our culture. At this parade every single island of the Caribbean is represented and celebrated. We sing, dance, cook, eat, and most importantly create an environment of togetherness and love. While getting my mas costume ready today I had a hankering for Kurma. Kurma is a sweet and crunchy treat that my grandmother would make for me as a child; one of my favorite Trinidadian snacks. Fried mouthfuls of spiced dough in a sugary glaze, they can be found and purchased throughout most island school ‘tuck shops’and corner vendors. Kurma in Trinidad can take one of two forms. The hard and thin kurma is similar to large matchsticks and is very crunchy, while the soft or fat kurma  are much richer and pillowy in texture. Hard kurma is by far the most popular form of kurma in the Caribbean and this is the type of kurma I decided to make today. Here's what you'll need:

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. flour
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 cup water to knead flour
1 cup sugar


DIRECTIONS
  • Sift the flour , add the cinnamon powder and ginger powder, and cut in the butter.

  • Add the water gradually and mix to form a firm, but hard enough dough
  • Cut the dough evenly.
  • And roll into balls
  • Dust the surface with a little flour and roll out each ball
  • Roll until the dough is about 1/4″ thick
  • Cut the rolled dough into strips (about 3″ long strips)
  • Drop the first batch of strips in hot oil. Stir to ensure that every strip is covered with oil
  • Fry first on a low flame until crispy... then increase the heat 
  • Fry until golden brown and remove…
  • Place on paper towel in order to allow most of the oil to be absorbed by the paper towel
  • Drop the grated ginger into 1/2 cup of boiled water
  • Add about 1 cup of sugar 
  • Stir occasionally until it forms into a thick syrup
  • The syrup is ready when it drips and form long threads from a spoon
  • Pour syrup over kurma and mix quickly to glaze the kurma
  • Set aside to cool before serving.
See, it's easy to make and doesn't require much ingredients.So treat your friends and families to fresh home made kurma. Feel free to adjust the spices and flavors to your preference.


Enjoy =)