Thursday, May 19, 2016

Johnsons kids no more tangles shampoo and conditioner

Johnsons company has come under a lot of fire in recent times with regards to the contents in their products and how safe are they on a baby's soft skin. It is really sad since I was born in the era where baby care items were synonymous with Johnsons.  There was no other product or brand available in the market. The products were used on babies and even adults used them. 

Fast forward, when my little one was born, I was instructed to use products from another brand in the market on the baby. It is a little sad you know - a brand you had known and trusted for years is not trustworthy anymore. Anyways, there is no harm in shampoos right? It is not like a body lotion or creme. You just apply onto hair and wash it off, so it cannot be that harmful na!

Have you tried shampooing a toddlers hair. Sigh...they scream and fight . There is  a don't touch my head policy in my house. My little one has thick hair and it ends up dry and lifeless after a shampoo. And also once past the baby stage, you need to use a different shampoo.

So I was on the look out for a good shampoo and saw this on the supermarket shelf. The yellow packaging is quite attractive. The shampoo comes in a plastic bottle with a cap. It claims to be a shampoo and conditioner all in one bottle.

The shampoo is colorless and with a pleasant smell. I use about a coin size on my toddler's hair and it lathers up very well. After washing off, the hair smells nice and after drying the hair is soft, moisturised and definitely no tangles. The hair is left with a shine and moisture even if I don't oil my little one's hair before a shampoo.

I have tried this on moi hair also. I needed a lot more quantity of shampoo for my shoulder length unoiled hair and ended up with soft and manageable hair.So definitely a keeper for those days when you want to clean your hair and don't want to use a harsh shampoo.

This is my second bottle and this is definitely a product worth repurchasing.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A home remedy for cracked heels

This a a very simple, pocket friendly yet effective home remedy for cracked heels.

And the protagonists are:

Mix a teaspoon of glycerin with two teaspoons of rose water and apply to the heels of our foot and the entire foot ,immediately after a bath. 

The result is visible in three or four days. Soft and beautiful feet is yours :) :)

My mom's friend uses this concoction all over her body and she swears that she has less wrinkles because of this.

Glycerin and rose water is available in the bakalas or supermarkets. Glycerin is available in pharmacies as well.

So go ahead, give this a try before you purchase that expensive foot creme.

Australian body care tea tree oil body lotion

I haven't heard about the Australian body care brand until recently my little one was down with chicken pox and the doctor prescribed this body lotion to apply on her body. Now this prescription against norms - it is usually calamine lotion everybody uses to soothe those boils. Long story short, I bought this body lotion from the pharmacy [when the doctor prescribes something for your little one, no questions are asked; you just buy it]. It will lighten your pocket by 11 KD.

I haven't seen this body care range on the super market shelves in Kuwait. A bit of googling made me realise that the company uses tea tree oil in all of its products and that tea tree oil doesn't come from the tea leaves used to make tea. Tea tree is an entirely different variety of plant. Enlightenment!!!!!!!!!!!

The body lotion comes packaged in a plastic tube with a flip open cap. This is a 200 ml tube. The Australian product range claims to use natural active ingredients. In this case - tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has anti bacterial, anti viral and antiseptic properties. The expiry is 12 months from opening

I have used this body lotion on myself too and as you can see the cap is still clean; not much spillage/wastage is there once the cap is shut.

The body lotion is white in colour and has consistency of a normal body lotion. It is easy to dispense the body lotion from the tube by slighlty pressing the tube. Its the fragrance that just hits you in the face when you spread the body lotion. My my...the lotion has a very very strong smell of tea tree oil in it and it just engulfs you when you spread the lotion on your body. The smell is too strong for me and I hate it but thankfully the smell dissipiates in no time. The body lotion gets easily absorbed into the skin in no time, leaving it soft and supple for a long time. I didn't find the need to reapply it for the whole day. It is non greasy too.

The product also claims that it will stop ingrown hairs.Now to test that, I need to use the body lotion for a longer time than two weeks. This body lotion can be used by men and women.

I am very happy with the product except for the smell. Phew....
Well if you love tea tree oil products, then the smell might not bother you much. But then this product is supposed to soothe and calm sore, dry and cracked skin. So more of a medicinal kind of product rather than commercial body lotions which have more pleasing smells to attract the masses.

Here is the link if you want to know more about Australian Body Care products.
Unfortunately, the site is in Danish :(

The product is distributed in UK and Europe by this site:


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Banana Bread

If you have left over and over ripe bananas, a banana bread bread is a perfect way to salvage those bananas. Well, atleast one way to use them. I had tried several recipes from the net and was disappointed every time. Till I stumbled upon this recipe. The recipe is adapted from

  1. 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (chiquita)
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 3/4 cup brown sugar + 1/4 cup castor sugar
  5. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1.    Preheat the  oven to 180 degree celsius. Grease and flour one 9x5-inch loaf pan.
2.    Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and nuts. Stir into wet mixture and pour into prepared pan.
3.    Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

I over baked the bread a bit this time. Hence the dark shade. But it still tastes delicious.

The site has a lot of recipes for banana bread - I have tried her Mom's banana nut bread, Whole wheat healthy banana bread and heavenly healthy banana bread and all turned out tasty and moist.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Poori and aloo baji

Don't you just want to climb and conquer that golden mountain accompanied by the gooey yellowy simple breakfast/dinner dish.

I feel pooris have lost their glory what with all the health fads against fried items. A simple easy to make dish at home such as this one ,should be revered. There is history, culture, family and memories associated with such foods [the history part was a bit of an exaggeration though ;)]. Same story for the potato - starch,carbohydrate, fat----phew; it is just food people. Enjoy and eat it. Pooris and aloo bhajis are a zillion times healthier compared to corn flakes, oats and muffins and all those boxed and packaged stuff available in the supermarkets today.


1. Whole wheat flour (atta) - 2 cups
2. Semolina (rava) - 1 tsp
3. Salt
4. Water to Knead
5. Oil to fry

Knead the dough with the above ingredients. One point to be taken care of is that the dough should be firmer than chapathi dough and that the pooris should be made immediately once the dough is prepared. The oil should be hot and keep ladling oil onto the poori dough in the oil - this will ensure that the pooris will puff up.

Aloo (potato) bhaji
1. Potatoes - 2 big
2. Onion - 1/4 of onion or 4 small onions
3. Green chilli - 2
4. Ginger - 1/2 tsp
5. Garlic - 1/2 tsp
6. Tomato - 2 tbsp (chopped)
7. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
8. Coconut oil - 3 tbsp
9. Urad dal -1/2 tsp (optional)
10. Curry leaveas - optional
11. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
12. Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
13. Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
14. Garam masala  - 3/4 tsp
15. Salt - as required

Boil the potatoes, de skin them and keep aside.

Add mustard seeds into hot coconut oil. Once it splutters add the onion, green chilli, ginger, and garlic. Saute till the onion turns translucent. Now add the tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes are mushy and oil starts to separate. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and garam masala powder. Stir well. Now mash the potatoes and add to the above. Mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves(optional) and serve.

Meat ball curry

This is just another curry which goes well with chapathis/porotta.
If you use ready made meat balls, then less time is required in the preparation.

1. Meat Balls - 1 packet (Al-Kabeer meat balls)
2. Onion - 2
3. Ginger - 1 inch
4. Garlic - 5 pods
5. Tomato - 2 medium /1 big(pureed)
6. Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
7. Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
8. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
9. Kashmiri chilli powder - 1 tsp
10. Coriander powder - 2 tsp
11. whole masala:
         cardamom - 4
         cloves- 4
         cinnamon - 1 inch
        Bay leaf - 1 small (1/2 of one big leaf)
        peppercorns - 4
12. Coconut milk - 1 cup
13. Coconut oil - 3 tbsp
14. Salt - as required

Shallow fry the meat balls in a little oil in a non-stick kadai. Remove onto a plate.

Into the same kadai, add the coconut oil. When the oil becomes warm, add the whole masala (cardamom,cloves,cinnamon, peppercorns and bay leaf). Once they start releasing an aroma, add the chopped onions, ginger and garlic.Saute till the onions start to turn brown. 

Now add in the spice powders - chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and pepper powder. Give everything a good stir and get it all roasted well. Now add in the freshly pureed tomatoes. Stir everything together and it will be done once the oil starts separating. Patience is the key here....

Mix in a cup of hot water into the masala and add the meat balls. Let everything cook on a low flame for 10 - 15 minutes. In the end add the coconut milk; let it come to a boil and switch off the flame. Coconut milk will thicken the gravy but if you feel the gravy is too runny, just boil it for a few more minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

I did not bother garnishing with coriander leaves since every curry gets a similar decoration 
in the end. For once, I wanted the curry not to taste of coriander leaves. This garnishing part is left to the discretion of the person who is gonna prepare this dish.

Also I used Maggi coconut milk powder instead of fresh coconut milk [I used 2 tbsp of coconut milk powder in a cup of warm water].

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Pizza pizza-Papa Johns pizza

I love pizzas and was a hard core fan of one of the leading Pizza chains in the world (don't want to take any names here). No other brand could replace it. Their pizzas were tasty and the salads were yum.

Until I came across Pappa Johns pizza. It was an eye opener. The crust and the flavors were much much better compared to my all time favourite pizza chain. Sigh!

I ordered 'All the meats' this time. Its my all time favourite. The pizza comes with a garlic sauce dip and a pickled chilli. Not a very fancy presentation but they do make the best pizzas in Kuwait. One can easily gobble up up to 4 pieces ;). yep, no joking here. 

They do have a wide range of selection. 
You can order through their hotline number(1827272)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Biotique Bio Neem purifying facewash

I had read about Biotique and the various products the company manufactures and was wanting to try them ever since. The fact that it is an Indian company and that the products are all organic just added to the whole curiosity factor. I bought this face wash and a face scrub.

It comes in a plastic tube with a flip open cap. The cap is quite tight, so you are assured of no spillage. I paid 90 rupees for a 100 ml tube. The packaging relates to the whole idea of 'organic'.

The company claims that the product has therapeutic properties and that there are no preservatives in the product. maybe that is why the expiry date of the product is 12 months from the date of opening. It is not tested on animals. Biotique products are available in stores in India or you can buy online too on []

The face wash is pale green in color and very runny. It has a neem/aswagandha smell but it is not at all strong or irritating. 

To use, just wet your face and take a small amount of the product in your hands and gently massage onto the face. It lathers well and does remove dirt and at the end of the whole face wash ritual, you end up with clean face. It did not dry up my skin but if you have very dry skin, you will need to follow it up with a moisturizer. Neem leaves have anti-bacterial properties, so it can prevent pimples and purify your skin.

I tried using this face wash to remove makeup and it did a good job at that. For long wearing makeup, I had to do the face washing ritual twice to get squeaky clean skin.

Now , my only issue with the product is that it is very runny :(. I don't have to squeeze the bottle to get the product. Just open the cap and hold it upright and the face wash just flows out (see the picture above). Thank god for that cap that is really tight!

It is a good face wash for the price and performance. 
Definitely worth re-purchasing.

Athapookalams 2017

Onam was celebrated way back in September and there was a Pookalam competition also held then. My post is a bit late and but none the less ...