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How to make Chicken Tandoori?

How to make Chicken Tandoori


  • 1 whole chicken – 800 grams
  • Butter – 2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil (or mustard oil for best results)– 2 tablespoons
  • Garam masala powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Garlic paste – 2 tablespoons
  • Ginger paste – 1.5 tablespoons
  • Yoghurt – 1.5 cups
  • Salt for taste
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 2 to 3 teaspoons
  • Red chilly powder – 2 teaspoons

Process of marinating: Yoghurt (after removing the excess water) is mixed will all the above ingredients, i.e., oil, cumin, garam masala, ginger paste, garlic paste and red chilly powder. This mixture is rubbed in the chicken and covered. Then a mixture of little bit of black pepper, salt and lemon juice is rubbed over the meat. After that it is set aside for approximately 30 minutes.

Method of preparation: First one must make small cuts with in the chicken, allowing the marinade mixture for getting deep inside it. After that the chicken is said to be refrigerated for approximately one hour or more for getting better results. In the next step the meat is taken out and permitted for it to come down to normal room temperature. Skewer (a long metal pin which is used to hold pieces of food together while cooking) is inserted inside the chicken and placed within a preheated tandoor at a temperature up to 200 degree Centigrade or 400 degree Fahrenheit. Usually people prefer a cylindrical clay oven for cooking “Chicken Tandoori” which is around 3-4 feet high, imparting its own flavor to the chicken. The chicken is cooked for approximately 8 to 10 minutes and an oven glove is used for taking it out from the oven. Butter is basted over the chicken and again placed inside the oven until the cooking is done. After everything is done, it can be served with spicy mint chutney, roti and sliced onions.

How to maintain plants in winter?

How to maintain plants in winter

Winter season is considered as the harshest season for not only humans but also for plants. It is the season when plants need of extra protection from the dry weather. Hence most of the gardeners wonder of how to maintain the delicate plants in this season. Keeping the plants in best condition and good health needs certain specialized skills. One’s gardening practices must change along with the changing of season for getting the best results.

Measures taken for maintaining plants in winters

  1. Protecting potted plants from heat retaining materials is a must in the winter months. A person may buy special material for placing it over the base of the plants, which ensures them for retaining heat. By doing so at the same time makes the plants to move close to the house, enhancing their winter health.
  2. If the weather is tremendously freezing, then the plants must be watered. This will make the plants to get water before the ground gets frozen. Moreover it will provide extra protection for the roots against frost damage.
  3. For ensuring the nutrients to stay intact, one must add up small amounts of compost over the plants.
  4. By adding mulch to the soil prevents the roots from getting decayed and will further protect it from the cold climate.
  5. Ideal plants must be planted in the winter months, but those must not be forced to grow in unnatural habitat. Planting must be done only when the ground is soft for digging.

How to make a photo look nice?

How to make a photo look nice

Make your frame more exciting

People do fancy photography from the very beginning of the camera days. Opportunity has increased with the development of camera. Nowadays many editing software are available in order to make the photograph look even more attractive. But isn’t it sounds even good to make it beautiful while you click it. It does not only sounds good but give happiness as well. Photography is all about visual art. It is meant for looking good. Generally people like to capture whatever they see with their naked eye. But there are some specific rules and trick to make it beautiful that may appear attractive to eyes.

Rule of 3rd: it is one of the most important rules that you may come across for each every frame you shot. This rule is being created to make the photograph look interesting and attractive. If it is being done properly for a photograph, it has the capability to provide optimum visual pleasure. This rule deals with the subject placement during the framing time. In this rule, the entire frame is being divided into nine equal boxes. Two horizontal grid lines divide the frame into three equal segments. Two vertical grid lines divide the frame into three equal vertical segments. Most of the time people keep the object at the centre and click the photograph. It might serve the purpose of capturing the object but there is nothing interesting to look for. Putting the subject in the centre is nothing but boring photography. The grid lines are most important significance in photography. The one and only task is to put the subject on the grid line or in the 3rd segment from each side. It is important to judge the subject. If the subject is horizontal, you need to put the subject on the horizontal gridline and if it is vertical, vertical gridline should find it.

Avoid mergers: inexperience might lead you to some funny mistakes. Many times you will find that if there is more than one object in the frame, they dramatically find some same line position along with virtual z axis. For example, many times you may find that someone is standing right in front of the tree. The 2D photographic illusion might bring some impression that the tree has grown over the head and it will appear to be something funny. In these cases, it is better to stand one object beside other.

Unwanted object: once you have crafted your frame with your idea, you need to make sure that the entire frame is perfect in your eyes. Sometimes many unwanted object appears in the frame at the time of capturing. The blur appearance of the object irritates the eyes of the viewers.

Figure placing: every object that finds some place in your photography has some unique shapes and figures. It is important to understand the weight of figure frame appearance. It is better to place the heavy object to left of the frame (right in your view). Putting heavy object to the photographic right side is kicker for eyes. We have the habit of watching from left to right.

How to use a DSLR camera?

How to use a DSLR camera

Effective DSLR use for beginners

Are you feeling lucky enough to buy a new DSLR camera? Do not have any idea to operate it properly? No need to worry much as it is one of the most common issues. It is always safe to have clear photography idea before you buy a DSLR camera. If you have the photography idea, the only thing you need to deal with is nothing but the technical part of the camera. Dealing both together is tough job to perform. You may not have come across few technical terms with your mobile camera or point and shoot camera will give you hard time to get accustomed with the DSLR.

Photography will sound interesting under some specific condition. You may have some interesting concept inside that you would like to execute or some other photography concept that you have seen somewhere and you would like to reproduce the same. In order to do that you need to know all the operation to set all the features to right mark. You may not be successful in one day but the regular practice with the device will take you close to that. You will have auto mode for taking pictures. But auto mode will not be enough in every case. You need to understand one thing that DSLR will bring a massive opportunity for experiment and you need to get yourself fit for that.

The most important thing you need to do at first is nothing but reading the manual carefully. It will provide you all the details about the operational factors of the camera. Each and every camera comes with some specific characteristics. Manual is the best guide to gather information about that. Manual will be key to use the camera like a pro. The beast way of reading the manual is not reading it whole at a time. You can read few pages at a time and try practicing it with the camera. The regular process of reading and practicing will take you closer for effective use and you might not need the manual for some small ask.

Depth of field, aperture, ISO, exposure, f number, shutter speed will be the primary terms and mark that you need to come across during the photography with DSLR. If you do not have any idea about all these term, the manual and internet will torch some light on it. But these will appear as some number that you need to control depending on the situation. There will be no guidance book available that can prototype these. There is a simple procedure to get hold to the operational factors. There is no second option than practice. But the practice has some specific procedure. You can set your camera into auto mode and capture the picture you want to capture. As soon as you capture the picture, you will get all the number status for that picture. It will give you a fare idea. Now take the camera into manual mode and set the numbers exactly or around that to take manual classics.

Ways to protect yourself from cough and cold

Ways to protect yourself from cough and cold

People with low immunity power suffer mostly from cough and cold. The immune system in most of us is very low and become vulnerable to diseases. Cough and cold happens due to seasonal changes and also due to allergies, pollution and smoke. Both cough and cold happens due to variety of bacteria and viruses that are contagious.

Symptoms of cold and cough:

Cough and cold symptoms are sore throat, whooping cough, congestion and runny nose. It causes breathing difficulty, heaviness, headache, body ache, loss of appetite. It may cause breathing problem in many as well. If you catch a cold or cough the best way to prevent it is by washing hand frequently and keeping the viruses away.

Ways to protect yourself from cough and cold:

One can protect from the cough and cold to boost one’s immune system is by following these simple tips:

  • Staying fit helps to boost the immune system and can prevent cough and cold.
  • Smoking should be quitted.
  • Stress is another factor that affects the human health so one must take rest.
  • Drinks with caffeine must be avoided instead herbal teas or lots of water should be consumed.
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, green vegetables and whole grain foods that give lots of minerals and proteins to the body.
  • One must get proper rest and good nutrition to improve the resistance power.
  • Avoid sharing personal items like pillows, towels and toiletries.
  • Never touch your mouth, eyes or nose without washing hands.
  • Hand washing is a survival skill!

How is cough and cold caused?

Cough is caused by inflammation of the bronchial tubes and throat. This inflammation causes the mucus to form which we try to take out by coughing. The vitality of the system has been lowered due to improper diet and fresh air. Cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract that causes nasal congestion and sneezing. Improper clothing and bedding at night often cause cold. The infection of cold goes down from lungs to further trouble the body. Cough and cold can be treated by home remedies as well.

Some of the home remedies are:

  • Steam inhalation: boil water and place your head over the pot at a safe distance. The steam provides moisture and gives relief!
  • Water: water thins down the mucus and expels it from the body.
  • Gargle: putting salt in lukewarm water and then gargling with it may give instant relief to the sore throat.
  • Vitamin C: intake of vitamin C builds up the immunity system and chances of nasal infection becomes less.
  • Honey: a spoonful of honey consumed regularly is useful in such conditions.
  • Soup: soups are easy to swallow and give relief.
  • Tea: tea with ginger is beneficial.
  • Garlic: garlic in raw form or eaten with soup can provide good relief to the cold.

All these home ingredients give instant relief to the problem of cough and cold.

How to choose colors in winter?

How to choose colors in winterBefore choosing which colors are ideal for a person, one must decide which season he or she belongs to. In the winter season, the skin looks clear and cool, hence one may think of how to choose colors in winter? If a person loves winter, then he or she will look good in cool grays, bright pinks, deep reds, navy blue, true black, true white, icy pastels and jewel tones.

One can get a shiny look in tutti-frutti and mandarin colors. A scrub top having true white and deep navy swirls can be complemented along with true red trim. It is said to be the best winter palette. Side waist tie can offer an adjustable and comfortable fit. It is considered that peach, red and predominantly yellow colors are warmer. Pink, violet and blue undertones on the skin are cooler. Determining winter tones according to skin color varies from light to dark. Usually rich colors are chosen, such as sapphire and ruby. Steel grey, white and black colors are also best for the winter season. Some other colors which are perfect for winter season are bright colors like fuchsia, red and electric blue.

Blue undertones are better than yellow undertones.  If a person is a true winter lover then he or she must try these colors for getting a radiant skin. However muted or neutral colors like Smokey violet or ran should be avoided. This is because winter season is itself a dull season so people must wear bright and jovial colors.

How to take care of hair in winter?

Usually it is seen that hair becomes harsh in the cold winter months. In the extreme low temperatures the hair gets dry as the moisture gets stripped off from hair, becoming brittle. It is necessary to not oil the hair in winter season, as it causes dandruff. Occurrence of dandruff in the cold season is very common, as the hair gets dry so does the scalp.

Using great amounts of shampoo regularly also makes the hair dry and rough as well as eliminates natural oils from the hair. Moreover interior heating tends to damage the hair by blow drying and washing the hair in hot water. Exposing the hair in hot and cold conditions makes the hair strands weak, which further gets susceptible to become damaged. Therefore while shampooing the hair; it is must to apply conditioners as well as other hair moisturizing products. With the usage of serums one can get soft and moisturized hair in the winter season.

It is better to use mild, herbal shampoo for not making the hair dry or frizzy. Leave-on conditioner makes the hair smooth and soft.  Another effective method of maintaining hair in the winter months is trimming it. With frequently trimming the hair, the damaged portions get eliminated. This makes the hair look polished and neat. It is believed that trimming increases the stimulation of hair growth as well as makes it more beautiful. One can use beanies, scarves and hats, for protecting the hair from the strong winds of winter.

How to make Mutton Dum Biriyani

How to make Mutton Dum Biriyani


  • Cashew – 10-12 nos
  • Rose water – 10 drops
  • Curd (dahi) – 100 grams
  • Ghee (clarified butter) – 250 grams
  • Garam masala powder – 1tablespoon
  • Red chili powder – 2tablespoon
  • Coriander powder – 2tablespoon
  • Cumin powder – 2tablespoon
  • Saffron – 2 grams
  • Jaiphal (Nutmeg) powder – ½ tablespoon
  • Javitri (Mace) powder – 6 grams
  • Bay leaves – 5 nos
  • Black pepper – 15 nos
  • Cinnamon – 8 strips
  • Black cardamom – 3 nos
  • Cardamom – 12 pieces
  • Clove – 12 pieces
  • Pasted mint leaves – 2 tablespoon
  • Garlic paste – 2 tablespoon
  • Ginger paste – 2 tablespoon
  • Tomato, chopped – 200 grams
  • Onion, chopped – 400 grams
  • Mutton – 500 grams [cut to medium pieces]
  • Basmati rice – 500 grams
  • Salt to taste

Process of marinating – First the Basmati rice must be washed properly and soak it in water for approximately 20 minutes. After that the mutton chunks must be washed and ½ tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp salt, curd, garlic paste and ginger paste must be added. After mixing all these thoroughly, it must be kept for refrigeration for 6-7 hours.

Method of preparation – For preparing Mutton Dum Biriyani first the mutton must be boiled. Then 50 grams of ghee is heated within a pan. Black pepper, bay leaves, clove, cinnamon and cardamom must be added and stirred until becomes golden brown. 750 ml of water as well as 2 tsp salt is added to it. Then the soaked Basmati rice is added in to it when the water tends to boil and is further cooked until it is half done. In another pan, 100 grams of ghee is heated where the rest of black pepper, bay leaves, clove, cinnamon and cardamom is added. Stir fry it till the color is light golden. Chopped onion is transferred in to it and stirred for around 5-7 minutes in low flame or the color of onion becomes golden. After that chopped tomato is added and stir fried for 2 minutes. The boiled and marinated mutton chunks are transferred, by adding pasted mint leaves, garam masala powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, cumin powder, ginger paste and garlic paste. The entire thing is sautéed for approximately 15 minutes in low flame. If necessary one can add a bit of water and cover the pan. This should be done until the mutton gets 3/4th cooked. Saffron is soaked in 20 ml hot milk. Ghee is brushed in the inner surfaces of a “Handi” (deep bottomed pan along with round neck and an open lid). Then half amounts of the Basmati rice which is cooked is transferred in to the “Handi”. 50 per cent rose water, jaiphal, javitri, 2 tsp ghee, fried onion and some cashews must be spread over the Basmati rice. After that the mutton chunks are transferred along with the spices. The rest of the rice is added over it and again rose water, jaiphal, javitri, 2 tsp ghee, fried onion and cashew is spread. At last 500 ml mutton stock which was kept aside is transferred in to the “Handi”. It is covered properly and kept inside the oven under 2500 C, for approximately 20-25 minutes. After Mutton Biriyani gets prepared, it is ready to be served hot with “Raita”.


How to make up in winter?

How to make up in winterIn the winter season the oil glands beneath the skin becomes inactive as well as produces lesser moisture. Extra attention and care for the skin is required due to this. Applying the right moisturizer and exfoliating the skin regularly makes the skin smooth and healthy. For doing the right make-up three basic steps must be followed, that is cleansing, toning and moisturizing. A person can use a self tanning item which gives a spark of color and instant boost to the pale skin in winter. Various sunless-tanning products which can be used in winter are in-built daily moisturizers, lotions, gels, tanning wipes, etc. Right foundation must be selected, but should not make the skin dry. Moisturizers with in-built foundation are best base makeup for the skin in winter. A question may arise in the mind of how to make up in winter? Here are some steps for applying simple make up:

  • A favorite cover-up should be applied for covering dark circles and blemishes. Power can be used in case of oily skin.
  • Eyebrows can be colored along with an eyebrow brush.
  • Frosty eye shadow, just like pale white can be applied in the eyelids.
  • Lining the upper lash line along with black liquid liner pencil makes the eyes look wide and natural.
  • Black mascara must ne used for giving a finish to the eyes.
  • Light cherry or light pink blush adds up life to one’s face.
  • One may use a cherry lip gloss or red lipstick for finishing the overall look.

How to treat your skin in winter?


Many people experience dry skin in winter. This frosty weather can tend to be wonderful for the winter lovers, but it does bring various problems for the skin as well as hair. As skin is the most sensitive part of the body, it becomes dry at first. With the upcoming of winter season people start to prepare their winter clothes, but nobody thinks how to take care of the skin. Skin dryness is common in winters. Hence if one is not careful then many skin problems may occur, like flakiness, dermatitis and itchiness.

For preventing these problems one must use a good moisturizer, which makes the skin supple and soft. Hot baths are to be avoided as it tends ton make the skin dry and stripped off. It is better to take bath in lukewarm bath. Omega3 and Vitamin E supplements are the best for the skin on winters. By applying it on the skin, makes it well hydrated and glowing. One must also not neglect the lips, as it is the most essential part in the body which needs care. For getting soft, luscious lips, one must apply a balm or cream.

Drinking lots of water not only flushes out the toxins but also keeps the skin hydrated. Having plenty of water sends away the free radicals, causing pre-mature aging. Moisturizing the skin in winter season is a must, but it must be exfoliated too, so that the dead cells get removed. One can get attractive and healthy skin by cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing regularly.