Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pachoru - a Keralite Christian offering

For Catholic Christians, September 8 marks the Feast of Mother Mary, or Nativity of Mother Mary, believed to be Her birthday. 
 
 
The winegrowers in France called this feast "Our Lady of the Grape Harvest". The best grapes are brought to the local church to be blessed and then some bunches are attached to hands of the statue of Mary. A festive meal which includes the new grapes is part of this day.
 
In Kerala, meanwhile, most churches would give "THIS" as an offering to the devoties , after the Church Service. Traditionally, known as "pachoru" in Malayalam it's raw rice cooked in coconut milk and served with jaggery syrup.
 

 
 
Ingredients

Raw rice - 1 and 1/2 cup

Thick coconut milk - 1/2 - 1 cup

Thin coconut milk - 5 cup

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Salt as needed

Jaggery as needed
 
Preparation
 
Pressure cook raw rice along with 5 cups of thin coconut milk, salt and cumin seeds till 2 whistles.

When the pressure is released, add thick coconut milk to the cooked rice. Boil it. Switch off the stove.

Grease a plate and pour the cooked
rice to this and flatten it, keep it for sometime, so that you can cut it into the desired shapes.
 
Pachoru is ready to be served with jaggery syrup .
 
How to prepare jaggery syrup

Boil jaggery with some water on low flame till it melts completely to forms the syrup. Cool and strain before using.
 

 
Now, hope over to my Pick Quicks blog if you would  like to have a peep into OUR Parish Church Feast back home in Kerala, The Thykoodam St. Raphael's Churuch, and not to miss, the best of the most " in"music band at the moment..."The Thaikoodam Bridge".
 
 
The link "here"


Recipe source - a dear co-blogger friend Beena . Here blog in the link here


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Avalose - podi - Cookies (instant no-bake treats) with chocolate and pecans


Avalose Podi (fried rice flour with grated coconut and cumin) and Avalose Unda (Balls made of this roasted rice flour) is soo typical to a Keralite household, and believe it is one of the staple items most "non-resident keralites" carry with them back from vacations. I have never had to prepare it myself, coz most of the time, it would be already prepared and ready for us , by the time we reach our paternal homes.

 
Home-made Avalose Podi in its packaging. Usually, it is taken with honey or sugar in its powder form, or mixed with honey/jaggery syrup to form balls aka the Avalose Unda.
 
Read about the making of the Avalose powder and ball versions here.
 
And this pack was there, in my pantry shelf...staying as such and to be honest, i am not than keen a fan of it...be it in any form.  So, on a wild instinct, last weekend...decided to give it a facelist...a makeover kindof.  Unlike the regular honey or jaggery, decided to use condensed milk as the liquid base. A trial...


You need ( i took)
Avalouse poowder - 2 cups
Condensed milk - 1/4 cup or more
Ghee - 1 or 2 tsp
Milk - few tbsps
Vanilla essence (optional)
Cooking chocolate
Chopped pecans

 
Thats 2 cups of Avalose podi . Not being specific on the quantity for the condensed milk. May be 1/4 - 1/2 cup, coz we need it sweet.

 
In a wok, added 1-2 tsp tsp ghee, added the powder and condensed milk mix. Warm on medium flame.
Added some regular milk, a few tablespoons, until we get the right consistency to shape it. It has cumin and grated coconut within, so didnt try with much added flavours.

 
I tried with these cookie cutters, round and star shaped, but finally decided to stick on to handshaped ovals.


Now..for the choco-touch.
 

Take the cooking chocolate in a M/W safe bowl. And mind it..do not leave it by its self..lest these mini hands would snatch it in no time.


Break to roughly small chunks and microwave on high for 1 minute. Sitr and then go less on time. Say 30 secs more.
 
 
This was about 4 cubes from the choco bar at 1 minute and 30 secs in M/W.
 
 
Stir well.
 
 
Line the shaped cookies (alright..from now on..we call them...cookies! ) and drizzle the melted chocolate in lines.

 
 
For a change, dipped one portion of the cookie into the melted chocolate and later into chopped pecans to coat over the chocolate.
 
 
There you go. Instant no-bake- Avalouse Cookies with chocolates and Pecans !!!
 
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School & Threptin - the meal between meals


I am sure I am not the only mother who goes through this….
The alarm would ring..you slap it shut. It snoozes again..you slap it off again until some realization walks into your sub-consious mind, kicking you out and off the bed, just to go “ooh Sh*# !!! am  too late”.

Here in our household, come mornings, it’s the Dad’s duty to wake the kids, brush and put on their uniforms. The Mom moves straight to the kitchen…breakfast, tiffins for school, office…

But during summer, the Father would have left for work even before the rest of the world is awake. Being on site, the works would start by 4 am, 5 am depending on the heat. Thankfully, the kids too don’t have school during summer, unlike this year…the schools have started and he still got to leave much earlier. Now that really gets me really really nervous. Each morning is a target by itself. 3 school going kids and 1 office going mommie…and we all need to leave at the same time before 7 am.

The kind of days when you keep repeating to "HIM"
Yaar Lord..slow down the clock naa…give me some more time between 6 and 7 am
and all HE does is look back at you, and show….

...... the tonguey !!! :P :P

But, end of the day..you have learned to survive. And turst me, even minor changes in regualr routines can help a long way in the early morning rush.
 
Sharing here some handy tips to tackel such mornings by doing a couple of the chores, the previous night itself.
 
I always see to it that there IS a portion of fresh veggie/fruit in their tiffins. So, chop it up the previous night, and keep in the refrigerator tightly sealed in a zip-lock, lest they lose their values.
 
 

Seperate the diffrent veggies and here, i put the cut carrots in a sandwich pack and then along with the carrot into the zip-lock. You save on an extra pack. ;)

 
Some chicken nuggets too, for sandwiches  are fried forehand and so, it just needs warming in the M/W the next day.
 
 
Fill the water bottles and into the fridge. The boys prefer the water cold. But mind it, while left out, it definitely develops the precipitation and so do not forget to wipe the surface of the bottle before placing them into their bags.
 
And,  for a tiffin -peap. A typical pack while defintiely in short of time.  
 
 
Milk toast, grapes and Threptin diskettes. Heard of these ? Hold on..will get to it, right after the toast.



Mix milk with some sugar, cardamom powder and vanilla essence. Dip the bread slices in the milk and toast in butter. Sprinkle more sugar on top if kids wants it "sweet"


Do not leave the bread in the milk for long, else it gets too soggy .

 
And these...threptins...not sure if all are familiar. This has been in my household right from our childhood. My mommy always used to give 2 or 3 of these diskettes to us , either to school or as a snack while we were small and it now goes heriditary, to the next generation. I dont see these in the Kuwait market, but defintiely available in India and each time,  returning back after vacation one or two of these tins would too be on board.




Used as a health food supplements to a diet consisting largely of cereals and vegetables. Threptin Diskettes makes up, qualitatively and quantitatively, the protein requirements of both children and adults. For better utilization of protein, it should preferably be taken twice or thrice daily, 3-5 Threptin diskettes at a time. They are easily digested and well tolerated. It also supplies adequate calories for the efficient utilization of protein.
 
Threptin Diskettes are available in Regular, Chocolate, Mango and Pineapple flavours
 
Weight watchers should definitely look out for Threptin Diskettes. These will not only make you feel less hungry, you will give up on your maida and sugary biscuits as well !
 
These are Glutten free, safe for people with glutten intolerance. 
 
More about Threptin biscuts/diskette here .
 
 And by now..I would have overcome my
(a borrowed image..but found it too cute, had to share it )

"this" kinda status to...
(another borrowed image)
 
THIS !


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Zatar- Hummus - Egg wrap with the King Khan guest appearance.

 
 

 
 You know how most..most of the Indi-movie romance goes ?
 
 
The hero - heroine starts off the journey like this ! They neither look at each other....nor talk. Constantly...
 

dishoom..dishoom.....
But some minor twist..and they end up...
 
 this way.
 Dance..Music... and then the real show gets rolling !!!!
 
My attitude towards these two ingredients - Za'atar and Hummus  was exaclty in the very same lines.
 
I was introduced to the "yucky" looking dip for the first time (almost 8 yrs back) during an offficial lunch meeting, and   the host, a Project Manager of an other Engineering Consultant Group  and of Lebanese origin, knowing that I was new to Kuwait, was giving me an in-detail intro into their cuisine. And this..za'atar in olive oil mix was served as a dip for bread sticks.
 
For me, then, most of the time..food appeal goes by looks and this was definitly not appealing to my eyes. May be he, who was sitting right across me, noticed it and started..
 
"Sona ! you need to try it. In our country...our mothers used to force us to have it, cause it was said to be a wonder herb mix. Good for memory. We too as kids, never liked it much...but nevertheless, always used to have it on the day of our exams".  It's a belief that za'atar makes the mind alert and the body strong.
 
(This, however, is also believed to be a myth fabricated during the Lebanese civil war to encourage eating of za'atar, as provisions were low at the time and za'atar was of abundance)
 
 
 
Za'atar is generally prepared using ground dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, or some combination thereof, mixed with toasted sesame seeds, and salt, though other spices such as sumac might also be added
When the dried herb is moistened with olive oil, the spread is known as za'atar-wu-zayt or zeit ou za'atar (zeit or zayt, meaning "oil" in Arabic and "olive" in Hebrew).
 
Not so willingly..i took a dip..and thought that would be my first and last.

 
 
Exactly the same with hummus too. More about this chikpea-dip here  .
 
But some where, down the line...things changed...and i gradually started liking these. Well not just me..my kids too. They love it. So, for a change it was a combination of these two which went as the spread for their dinner chapathi roll.
 
 

How to prepare hummus :

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoonsalt
 
 


Of course ! he knows the trick.
 
 
Ooh..please dont kajol darlin' ...hota hai rae... ;)
 
 
It's all coming back to me"her" now.......(the background music plays )
 
While Lady Kajol is definiely not unhappy with King Khan repeating his tactics...the cucumbers and tomatoes got sliced.


Line them in...


Few eggs turned into omlettes . They too get aligned.

 
Wrapped ..and gone !


         
meanwhile... the King is back with his "call".
 
Just need to wait and watch, who takes that call.

Those who are regular at my place defintiely will know that it is not the first time that Mr. King Khan makes a guest appearance on my writes. He was here, in  the Train Cake post
 
 
and here  as well,  
 
 
the "chaahun-me-yaah-na" post on Pick Quicks . Coincidently, all these three posts are of the  same concept but in different contexts thou.
 
I AM, his fan...need I say ?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oats & Prices @ Kuwait Market & some DIY hair treatment solutions using Oatmeal

An Englishman and a Scotsman were discussing oats. The Englishman, with his nose in the air said     
"In England we feed oats to our horses, and in Scotland you feed oats to your men...",
to which the Scotsman replied      
 
"...that's why in England you have such fine horses and in Scotland we have such fine men!" :P :P
 
                           ******************************
 
In continuation to one of my previous post :  
 
 
which is all about the common doubts that we have about Oats...... What is all with these different types..steel cut, rolled, old fashioned, latest fashioned.. ;), quick cooking..slow cooking.... which type can be used for what type of cooking...does the health benefits vary with each types...so so on.....
 
this, however is specifically for those here in Kuwait, about the different varities available in the market, WITH the PRICE TAGS...and of course, some interesting DIY hair care solutions using OATS.
 
Never thought of that ?? Read on...
 
 
Went shopping last weekend..kids were back home...hubs was browsing elsewhere..so the happy-me got some perfectly "me" time to peacefully look around the aisle and be clicking specifically having this post in mind.
 
The most colourful was this Instant flavoured Oats section. Literally..any flavour...with fruits, nuts, spices...PRESENT SIR !  The Indian savoury ones are yet to hit the market thou. (pictures clicked @ LuLu Hyper market, Kuwait)
 
 
At around KD 1.700 - KD 1.900 they are about 10 (or 8 ??) individual serving sachets per pack. Handy for a quicky     on-the-go run. Just add hot water and M/W or leave on counter top for a few minutes.
 
 
Dont get the logic here. Old fashioned and Quick cooking ones both at the same price !! KD 2.250. I would in this case definitely go for the old fashioned one as the second seems to be highlt priced for this particular packing.
 
 
 
Same here... Quick Cooking Rolled Oats and Old Fashioned Rolled ones..again at the same pricing. KD 1.640. hmmm... Again, would go for the Old fashioned in this case too...
 
 
Bob's Organic Red Mill-Steel cuts  @KD 2.140 for 680 gms.
 
 
 
 
 500 gms Oatmeal - less than 1/2 KD .
 

 
 
while this brand is definitely much highly priced than the previous. KD 1.850 for a less than 1/2 kg pack.
 
And , now for some Did You Know facts...
 
Unrelated to oatmeal the food, there is a town in Texas called Oatmeal. It's 56 Miles northwest of Austin putting it nearly smack dab in the very middle of the state.
 
 
 oatmeal texas
 I'm not sure if they eat oatmeal in Oatmeal, but it's a curious fact none the less (or maybe not). !!!!
 
Did You Know ...
Oatmeal can be a best sudstitute to a deep conditioner for hair.
 
Check out this video .
 
 
DIY Oatmeal & Honey Moisturising Deep Conditioner
 
Did You Know ...
 
Oatmeal does a great job as a dry shampoo as well. Seriosuly !!
 


 
You can use oats and baking powder to create your own dry shampoo right at home. Rd.com suggests, “Put 1 cup oatmeal in the blender and grind it into a fine powder. Add 1 cup baking soda, and mix well. Rub a bit of the mixture into your hair. Give it a minute or two to soak up the oils, then brush or shake it out of your hair (preferably over a towel or bag to avoid getting it all over)

More about it here.  

Hope this post was helpful to you, as much it is to me.

                           ******************************

 


 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pachoru - a Keralite Christian offering

For Catholic Christians, September 8 marks the Feast of Mother Mary, or Nativity of Mother Mary, believed to be Her birthday. 
 
 
The winegrowers in France called this feast "Our Lady of the Grape Harvest". The best grapes are brought to the local church to be blessed and then some bunches are attached to hands of the statue of Mary. A festive meal which includes the new grapes is part of this day.
 
In Kerala, meanwhile, most churches would give "THIS" as an offering to the devoties , after the Church Service. Traditionally, known as "pachoru" in Malayalam it's raw rice cooked in coconut milk and served with jaggery syrup.
 

 
 
Ingredients

Raw rice - 1 and 1/2 cup

Thick coconut milk - 1/2 - 1 cup

Thin coconut milk - 5 cup

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Salt as needed

Jaggery as needed
 
Preparation
 
Pressure cook raw rice along with 5 cups of thin coconut milk, salt and cumin seeds till 2 whistles.

When the pressure is released, add thick coconut milk to the cooked rice. Boil it. Switch off the stove.

Grease a plate and pour the cooked
rice to this and flatten it, keep it for sometime, so that you can cut it into the desired shapes.
 
Pachoru is ready to be served with jaggery syrup .
 
How to prepare jaggery syrup

Boil jaggery with some water on low flame till it melts completely to forms the syrup. Cool and strain before using.
 

 
Now, hope over to my Pick Quicks blog if you would  like to have a peep into OUR Parish Church Feast back home in Kerala, The Thykoodam St. Raphael's Churuch, and not to miss, the best of the most " in"music band at the moment..."The Thaikoodam Bridge".
 
 
The link "here"


Recipe source - a dear co-blogger friend Beena . Here blog in the link here


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Avalose - podi - Cookies (instant no-bake treats) with chocolate and pecans


Avalose Podi (fried rice flour with grated coconut and cumin) and Avalose Unda (Balls made of this roasted rice flour) is soo typical to a Keralite household, and believe it is one of the staple items most "non-resident keralites" carry with them back from vacations. I have never had to prepare it myself, coz most of the time, it would be already prepared and ready for us , by the time we reach our paternal homes.

 
Home-made Avalose Podi in its packaging. Usually, it is taken with honey or sugar in its powder form, or mixed with honey/jaggery syrup to form balls aka the Avalose Unda.
 
Read about the making of the Avalose powder and ball versions here.
 
And this pack was there, in my pantry shelf...staying as such and to be honest, i am not than keen a fan of it...be it in any form.  So, on a wild instinct, last weekend...decided to give it a facelist...a makeover kindof.  Unlike the regular honey or jaggery, decided to use condensed milk as the liquid base. A trial...


You need ( i took)
Avalouse poowder - 2 cups
Condensed milk - 1/4 cup or more
Ghee - 1 or 2 tsp
Milk - few tbsps
Vanilla essence (optional)
Cooking chocolate
Chopped pecans

 
Thats 2 cups of Avalose podi . Not being specific on the quantity for the condensed milk. May be 1/4 - 1/2 cup, coz we need it sweet.

 
In a wok, added 1-2 tsp tsp ghee, added the powder and condensed milk mix. Warm on medium flame.
Added some regular milk, a few tablespoons, until we get the right consistency to shape it. It has cumin and grated coconut within, so didnt try with much added flavours.

 
I tried with these cookie cutters, round and star shaped, but finally decided to stick on to handshaped ovals.


Now..for the choco-touch.
 

Take the cooking chocolate in a M/W safe bowl. And mind it..do not leave it by its self..lest these mini hands would snatch it in no time.


Break to roughly small chunks and microwave on high for 1 minute. Sitr and then go less on time. Say 30 secs more.
 
 
This was about 4 cubes from the choco bar at 1 minute and 30 secs in M/W.
 
 
Stir well.
 
 
Line the shaped cookies (alright..from now on..we call them...cookies! ) and drizzle the melted chocolate in lines.

 
 
For a change, dipped one portion of the cookie into the melted chocolate and later into chopped pecans to coat over the chocolate.
 
 
There you go. Instant no-bake- Avalouse Cookies with chocolates and Pecans !!!
 
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School & Threptin - the meal between meals


I am sure I am not the only mother who goes through this….
The alarm would ring..you slap it shut. It snoozes again..you slap it off again until some realization walks into your sub-consious mind, kicking you out and off the bed, just to go “ooh Sh*# !!! am  too late”.

Here in our household, come mornings, it’s the Dad’s duty to wake the kids, brush and put on their uniforms. The Mom moves straight to the kitchen…breakfast, tiffins for school, office…

But during summer, the Father would have left for work even before the rest of the world is awake. Being on site, the works would start by 4 am, 5 am depending on the heat. Thankfully, the kids too don’t have school during summer, unlike this year…the schools have started and he still got to leave much earlier. Now that really gets me really really nervous. Each morning is a target by itself. 3 school going kids and 1 office going mommie…and we all need to leave at the same time before 7 am.

The kind of days when you keep repeating to "HIM"
Yaar Lord..slow down the clock naa…give me some more time between 6 and 7 am
and all HE does is look back at you, and show….

...... the tonguey !!! :P :P

But, end of the day..you have learned to survive. And turst me, even minor changes in regualr routines can help a long way in the early morning rush.
 
Sharing here some handy tips to tackel such mornings by doing a couple of the chores, the previous night itself.
 
I always see to it that there IS a portion of fresh veggie/fruit in their tiffins. So, chop it up the previous night, and keep in the refrigerator tightly sealed in a zip-lock, lest they lose their values.
 
 

Seperate the diffrent veggies and here, i put the cut carrots in a sandwich pack and then along with the carrot into the zip-lock. You save on an extra pack. ;)

 
Some chicken nuggets too, for sandwiches  are fried forehand and so, it just needs warming in the M/W the next day.
 
 
Fill the water bottles and into the fridge. The boys prefer the water cold. But mind it, while left out, it definitely develops the precipitation and so do not forget to wipe the surface of the bottle before placing them into their bags.
 
And,  for a tiffin -peap. A typical pack while defintiely in short of time.  
 
 
Milk toast, grapes and Threptin diskettes. Heard of these ? Hold on..will get to it, right after the toast.



Mix milk with some sugar, cardamom powder and vanilla essence. Dip the bread slices in the milk and toast in butter. Sprinkle more sugar on top if kids wants it "sweet"


Do not leave the bread in the milk for long, else it gets too soggy .

 
And these...threptins...not sure if all are familiar. This has been in my household right from our childhood. My mommy always used to give 2 or 3 of these diskettes to us , either to school or as a snack while we were small and it now goes heriditary, to the next generation. I dont see these in the Kuwait market, but defintiely available in India and each time,  returning back after vacation one or two of these tins would too be on board.




Used as a health food supplements to a diet consisting largely of cereals and vegetables. Threptin Diskettes makes up, qualitatively and quantitatively, the protein requirements of both children and adults. For better utilization of protein, it should preferably be taken twice or thrice daily, 3-5 Threptin diskettes at a time. They are easily digested and well tolerated. It also supplies adequate calories for the efficient utilization of protein.
 
Threptin Diskettes are available in Regular, Chocolate, Mango and Pineapple flavours
 
Weight watchers should definitely look out for Threptin Diskettes. These will not only make you feel less hungry, you will give up on your maida and sugary biscuits as well !
 
These are Glutten free, safe for people with glutten intolerance. 
 
More about Threptin biscuts/diskette here .
 
 And by now..I would have overcome my
(a borrowed image..but found it too cute, had to share it )

"this" kinda status to...
(another borrowed image)
 
THIS !


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Zatar- Hummus - Egg wrap with the King Khan guest appearance.

 
 

 
 You know how most..most of the Indi-movie romance goes ?
 
 
The hero - heroine starts off the journey like this ! They neither look at each other....nor talk. Constantly...
 

dishoom..dishoom.....
But some minor twist..and they end up...
 
 this way.
 Dance..Music... and then the real show gets rolling !!!!
 
My attitude towards these two ingredients - Za'atar and Hummus  was exaclty in the very same lines.
 
I was introduced to the "yucky" looking dip for the first time (almost 8 yrs back) during an offficial lunch meeting, and   the host, a Project Manager of an other Engineering Consultant Group  and of Lebanese origin, knowing that I was new to Kuwait, was giving me an in-detail intro into their cuisine. And this..za'atar in olive oil mix was served as a dip for bread sticks.
 
For me, then, most of the time..food appeal goes by looks and this was definitly not appealing to my eyes. May be he, who was sitting right across me, noticed it and started..
 
"Sona ! you need to try it. In our country...our mothers used to force us to have it, cause it was said to be a wonder herb mix. Good for memory. We too as kids, never liked it much...but nevertheless, always used to have it on the day of our exams".  It's a belief that za'atar makes the mind alert and the body strong.
 
(This, however, is also believed to be a myth fabricated during the Lebanese civil war to encourage eating of za'atar, as provisions were low at the time and za'atar was of abundance)
 
 
 
Za'atar is generally prepared using ground dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, or some combination thereof, mixed with toasted sesame seeds, and salt, though other spices such as sumac might also be added
When the dried herb is moistened with olive oil, the spread is known as za'atar-wu-zayt or zeit ou za'atar (zeit or zayt, meaning "oil" in Arabic and "olive" in Hebrew).
 
Not so willingly..i took a dip..and thought that would be my first and last.

 
 
Exactly the same with hummus too. More about this chikpea-dip here  .
 
But some where, down the line...things changed...and i gradually started liking these. Well not just me..my kids too. They love it. So, for a change it was a combination of these two which went as the spread for their dinner chapathi roll.
 
 

How to prepare hummus :

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoonsalt
 
 


Of course ! he knows the trick.
 
 
Ooh..please dont kajol darlin' ...hota hai rae... ;)
 
 
It's all coming back to me"her" now.......(the background music plays )
 
While Lady Kajol is definiely not unhappy with King Khan repeating his tactics...the cucumbers and tomatoes got sliced.


Line them in...


Few eggs turned into omlettes . They too get aligned.

 
Wrapped ..and gone !


         
meanwhile... the King is back with his "call".
 
Just need to wait and watch, who takes that call.

Those who are regular at my place defintiely will know that it is not the first time that Mr. King Khan makes a guest appearance on my writes. He was here, in  the Train Cake post
 
 
and here  as well,  
 
 
the "chaahun-me-yaah-na" post on Pick Quicks . Coincidently, all these three posts are of the  same concept but in different contexts thou.
 
I AM, his fan...need I say ?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oats & Prices @ Kuwait Market & some DIY hair treatment solutions using Oatmeal

An Englishman and a Scotsman were discussing oats. The Englishman, with his nose in the air said     
"In England we feed oats to our horses, and in Scotland you feed oats to your men...",
to which the Scotsman replied      
 
"...that's why in England you have such fine horses and in Scotland we have such fine men!" :P :P
 
                           ******************************
 
In continuation to one of my previous post :  
 
 
which is all about the common doubts that we have about Oats...... What is all with these different types..steel cut, rolled, old fashioned, latest fashioned.. ;), quick cooking..slow cooking.... which type can be used for what type of cooking...does the health benefits vary with each types...so so on.....
 
this, however is specifically for those here in Kuwait, about the different varities available in the market, WITH the PRICE TAGS...and of course, some interesting DIY hair care solutions using OATS.
 
Never thought of that ?? Read on...
 
 
Went shopping last weekend..kids were back home...hubs was browsing elsewhere..so the happy-me got some perfectly "me" time to peacefully look around the aisle and be clicking specifically having this post in mind.
 
The most colourful was this Instant flavoured Oats section. Literally..any flavour...with fruits, nuts, spices...PRESENT SIR !  The Indian savoury ones are yet to hit the market thou. (pictures clicked @ LuLu Hyper market, Kuwait)
 
 
At around KD 1.700 - KD 1.900 they are about 10 (or 8 ??) individual serving sachets per pack. Handy for a quicky     on-the-go run. Just add hot water and M/W or leave on counter top for a few minutes.
 
 
Dont get the logic here. Old fashioned and Quick cooking ones both at the same price !! KD 2.250. I would in this case definitely go for the old fashioned one as the second seems to be highlt priced for this particular packing.
 
 
 
Same here... Quick Cooking Rolled Oats and Old Fashioned Rolled ones..again at the same pricing. KD 1.640. hmmm... Again, would go for the Old fashioned in this case too...
 
 
Bob's Organic Red Mill-Steel cuts  @KD 2.140 for 680 gms.
 
 
 
 
 500 gms Oatmeal - less than 1/2 KD .
 

 
 
while this brand is definitely much highly priced than the previous. KD 1.850 for a less than 1/2 kg pack.
 
And , now for some Did You Know facts...
 
Unrelated to oatmeal the food, there is a town in Texas called Oatmeal. It's 56 Miles northwest of Austin putting it nearly smack dab in the very middle of the state.
 
 
 oatmeal texas
 I'm not sure if they eat oatmeal in Oatmeal, but it's a curious fact none the less (or maybe not). !!!!
 
Did You Know ...
Oatmeal can be a best sudstitute to a deep conditioner for hair.
 
Check out this video .
 
 
DIY Oatmeal & Honey Moisturising Deep Conditioner
 
Did You Know ...
 
Oatmeal does a great job as a dry shampoo as well. Seriosuly !!
 


 
You can use oats and baking powder to create your own dry shampoo right at home. Rd.com suggests, “Put 1 cup oatmeal in the blender and grind it into a fine powder. Add 1 cup baking soda, and mix well. Rub a bit of the mixture into your hair. Give it a minute or two to soak up the oils, then brush or shake it out of your hair (preferably over a towel or bag to avoid getting it all over)

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Hope this post was helpful to you, as much it is to me.

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