From apple jalebis to macarons: Six places in Delhi where you can eat amazing desserts

Gulkand Ice Cream at Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge.

Who doesn’t like to tuck into a plateful of sinfully gooey chocolate cakes, especially on a rain soaked day? It’s the stuff dreams are made of where you can just stare at the downpour through the window, share a laugh with friends and chomp away to glory! If you are from the Capital and a dessert lover you probably already know of The Big Chill Cafe’s Banoffee Pie or Elma’s Bakery’s Red Velvet Cake. But they are not the only places where you can add an Instagram post and devour every bit of sugar you can lay your fingers on.

Here are a few other places where you can get a sugar high too:

The Artful Baker: Can’t afford a trip to France? No problem. Instead, make a trip to Khan Market to try out the Monte Cristo, a concoction of Belgian chocolate and hazelnut chocolate on a bed of almond sponge. You won’t be disappointed.

Apple Jalebis at Cafe Lota. (Source: Flickr/Anita)Apple Jalebis at Cafe Lota. (Source: Flickr/Anita)

Cafe Lota: Their apple jalebis with coconut rabdi– crispy apple fritters, dusted with cinnamon and served with a coconut dip is a must have. It goes well with a cup of Attikan coffee – a Chikmagalur roast.

Groghead: Their Groggy Chocolate Fondue – melted Swiss chocolate with dark rum and chocolate liqueur, served with fruits, marshmallows, jujubes, churros and the Apple Cider Cake – pound cake, mascarpone, apple cider glaze will give you dessert goals.

Sugarama Patisserie: Enjoy little blobs of sugary goodness at this quaint little bakery. The Belgian Chocolate and Peanut Butter macarons are a must-have.

Macarons at Sugarama Patisserie. (Source: Facebook/Sugarama Patisserie) Macarons at Sugarama Patisserie. (Source: Facebook/Sugarama Patisserie)

Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge: You will love their Gulkand Ice Cream – traditional ice cream flavoured with rose preserve and their Kesari Phirni – ground rice cooked in milk, flavoured with cardamon and saffron.

Sakura: Try the Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream and the Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream at Sakura. It will nearly give you a food-gasm. It’s that good!

5 Amazing Home Remedies for Dry Hair

5 Amazing Home Remedies for Dry Hair

Dry, unmanageable and unconditioned hair

is not a pretty sight and can lead to a lot of problems. Not only does this hair type lack lustre and shine, but is also prone to hair fall issues

. I have come across many people, both men and women, who use everything and just about anything to try and tame their hair

in an effort to make them shiny, soft and manageable. If only it was that simple!

There is no doubt whatsoever that dry hair is genetic, but it could also be the result of unhealthy lifestyle habits, which include food and drinks, sleeping hours, stress levels and exercise routine, and above all, your hair care regime. And by this, I do not mean just shampooing your hair.

 

Hair care means taking care of your hair right from shampooing and conditioning to oiling it regularly, using the right oil, natural hair masks, hair nourishers, tonics and also following a healthy diet. The hair care regime has to be a part of your weekly, if not bi weekly, routine.

 

Here are some home remedies to take care of dry hair –

 

1. Regular Oiling

 

I would suggest that those with dry hair problem should oil their hair at least twice a week and leave it on for at least two hours. Not only does it help condition the hair but provides nourishment as well, making it soft and promoting hair growth. A good quality Mahabhringraj or Brahmi Amla oil is recommended. Or else a good quality sesame seed oil mixed with equal quantities of almond and castor oil. Use turban therapy to allow the oil to seep into the roots.

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2. Avocado Hair Mask

 

You can use the following natural hair mask after oiling your hair, which will nourish it –

 

1 mashed avocado

 

2tsp honey

 

2tsp triphala powder

 

2 eggs, beaten

 

Method: Mix all the ingredients well and apply all over your hair. Cover with a shower cap for at least 45 minutes. Wash with a mild herbal shampoo.

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3. Rose Hair Mask

 

Rose petals are known for their incredible properties for both skin and hair. Combine them with two other power ingredients – almond oil and eggs, and they can work wonders. Use –

 

2 eggs, beaten

 

1/2 cup fresh rose petal paste

 

4 tsp almond oil

 

Method: Mix all the ingredients together and apply all over the hair and scalp and leave in for about 45 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo.

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4. Natural Hair Rinse

 

If you are among those who don’t have the time for carrying out elaborate hair care regimes, why not make some natural hair rinses to use after shampooing and conditioning? Here’s how –

 

Take 200ml distilled water or spring water and add 2 tsp honey. Use this as an after shampoo rinse.

 

You can also boil 10 Marigold flowers in 1 litre of water. Let this steep for 1 hour and add 1 tsp olive oil. Strain and use as an after shampoo rinse for your hair. Not only will your hair feel softer but more manageable as well.

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5. Flowery and Fruity Hair Pack

 

Flower and fruit extracts have always had a special place in my treasure trove of beauty recipes, both for the skin and hair. This recipe is a real treat. I use it regularly and also have shared it with some of my Bollywood clients whose hair goes through a lot of turmoil and stress with the constant drying and hairstyling.

 

1 cup marigold and rose paste

 

10 hibiscus flower paste

 

10 hibiscus leaves

 

5 bay leaves

 

1 mashed banana

 

4 tsb olive oil

 

1 egg

 

1 tsp ghee or clarified butter

 

Method: Mix all the ingredients well and apply on your hair. Leave in for 1 hour with a shower cap and then steam your hair. This will help the ingredients soak into the roots and strengthen them. Shampoo after 1 hour.

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With all these wonderful natural recipes your hair will gradually transform from dry and stressed to soft and smooth. Imbibe them into your daily lifestyle and see the magic in your tresses.

8 Amazing Beauty Remedies for Split Ends, Without Getting a Haircut!

It is a dreaded sight to see our hair with split ends. How much do we hate to see our hair tearing apart making it look extremely brittle and weak! Because we don’t have a lot of options, so we head to the salon to give those beautiful tresses a haircut. Heart-breaking isn’t it? Our hair has to combat with so many problems every single day including sun damage, heat, dust, pollution, chemicals and what not. Split ends are one of the most common problems that we face. They are the result of fraying of hair due to the above mentioned reasons. But what if we do not have to get a hair cut to get rid of split ends? Well then, take notes as we jot down some amazing home remedies to prevent split ends and the good news is you can find them easily available at home.

8 Amazing Beauty Remedies for Split Ends, Without Getting a Haircut!

Causes of Split End

  • Exposure of hair to excessive heat, dust and pollution
  • Over-washing your tresses
  • Excessive use of hair-styling products like straighteners, curlers and chemical products like serums, sprays and dry shampoos
  • Irregular oiling of hair
  • Washing your hair with hot water
  • Not getting your hair trimmed regularly
  • Chemical treatments including perming and hair coloring
  • Exposure to hard water including chlorinated swimming pools

 

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The causes of split ends can include excessive usage of hair-styling products that damage your hair

 

Beauty Remedies for Split Ends​

1. Egg Yolk

 

Using egg as a hair mask is one of the best and most effective remedies of all time. Eggs help cure your frizzy hair and give them a healthier shine. The egg yolk is the protagonist here. It has an adequate amount of protein that strengthens the strands of your hair and prevents any split ends. Egg also works as a moisturiser and conditioner for your hair.

 

How to Apply?

 

It is always better to team up the egg yolk with other ingredients to get remarkable results. One of the remedies is to mix egg yolk with two tablespoon each of olive oil, almond oil and honey. Apply this egg mask and keep it for about 30-45 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

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Eggs are full of protein that help in strengthening your hair

2. Beer

 

Applying beer is as good as drinking it. It supplies sugar and protein to your damaged hair follicles, thereby controlling split ends. It also helps in adding volume to your hair, apart from working as an amazing conditioner.

 

How to Apply?

 

Make sure you use flat beer on your hair. Beer with fizz may damage your hair. After shampooing your hair, just wash your hair with beer and keep it for 2-3 minutes before washing it off.

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Beer supplies sugar and protein to your hair

3. Honey

 

Honey has always been a healer, working wonders for maintaining a healthy body, hair or skin. Honey has humectant, which prevents loss of moisture, thus rescuing you from getting a dry scalp. Consequently, it will also prevent split ends as it strengthens the hair follicles. It also helps in keep your hair scalp clean due to its anti-bacterial properties.

 

How to Apply?

 

Using only honey and water can make your hair sticky and messy. A better way is to prepare a hair mask consisting of honey mixed with curd, olive oil and egg yolk (optional). Apply this mixture on your hair, including the scalp, and keep it for around 20-25 minutes before washing it off.

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Honey has humectant which prevents loss of moisture in your hair

4. Chamomile

 

Chamomile is a brilliant ingredient for curing dry and frizzy hair. Its antiseptic properties remove the dead cells to let your hair grow properly. Regular use of chamomile helps to prevent split ends as it keeps the hair scalp and hair clean.

 

How to Apply?

 

Giving your hair a nice rinse with chamomile tea can result in beautiful hair. All you need to do is soak two chamomile tea bags in boiling water and let it cool. Once the water has extracted its elements, rinse your hair using this water. You can use chamomile oil for massage too.

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Chamomile is a brilliant component for curing dry and frizzy hair

5. Black Lentils (Dal)

 

Surprised, aren’t you? Yes, black lentils are a wonderful source of proteins, iron, folic acid, phosphorus and fiber, among others. Folic acid is responsible for transporting oxygen from the blood to your hair follicles, thus improving the quality of your hair. You can apply and off course include a lot of it in your diet.

 

How to Apply?

 

Make a coarse powder of half a cup of black lentils and one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and blend it with half a cup of curd. Apply this thick paste on your hair and keep it for at least an hour before washing it off with a mild shampoo.

 

6. Ripe Papaya

 

Papaya also consists of folic acid. Folic acid helps in improving the blood circulation in your scalp and hair. It also has vitamin A that enhances the production of sebum, which is natural oil present in the body. Papaya helps in keep your scalp and hair follicles moisturised, promoting hair growth and preventing spit ends and frizzy hair.

 

How to Apply?

 

All you need is to blend a raw papaya and yoghurt to make a thick paste. Apply it on your hair and wait for 30-45 minutes. Finally, wash it off using cold water.

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Papaya consists of folic acid that helps in improving your blood circulation

7. Coconut Oil

 

This is the most common, age-old recipe to prevent split ends. It helps in smoothening your hair and remove the dirt present on the scalp. It clearly combats all hair problems including split ends, dullness and hair fall.

 

How to Apply?

 

Without any additions, you just need to massage your hair and hair scalp with warm coconut oil and keep it for about 1-2 hours and wash it with tap water.

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Coconut hair oil helps in removing dirt from your hair

8. Aloe Vera

 

Aloe Vera has always proved to be an excellent cure for damaged hair and split ends. It consists of proteolytic enzymes that dig out dead cells on the scalp, further letting your hair grow. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that keep your scalp cool and away from dirt, further promoting a healthy hair growth.

 

How to Apply?

 

All you need to do is to extract the gel out of 2-3 aloe vera leaves and apply it on your hair. It may be sticky and messy but worth it. Keep the gel for about 30-40 minutes and rinse it off. You can apply a mild shampoo after the application of gel.

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Aloe Vera is an excellent source for curing damaged hair 

So now you don’t have to worry about getting a haircut due to dreaded split ends. Trust these beauty remedies to be amazing and with regular use, you can easily get rid of your hair woes.

Natural Lip Scrubs: 7 Amazing Beauty Recipes to Take Care of Chapped Lips

Chapped or dry lips is something we all dread because not only does it look dreadful, it is painful as well. A common problem that occurs during winters due to the cold climate, it is a result of dryness. As such it becomes a compulsion to religiously apply lip balms to keep it moisturised and prevent the problem. However, most commercial lip balms hardly live up to their promise of bringing instant relief, providing only short-lived solutions. Even the lip balms we carry in our hand bags give us a very temporary relief. But more than lip balms what can help you even more are lip scrubs. They work effectively in removing chapped skin and giving you smooth lips. So why not go for natural lip scrubs and get rid of this problem permanently? They will not only save you from buying extravagant products but also leave your lips beautiful. Here’s our list of favourites –

Natural Lip Scrubs: 7 Amazing Beauty Recipes to Take Care of Chapped Lips

1. Sugar Lip Scrub

 

It is one of the easiest things that can be made at home as it comprises only three ingredients: coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. The sugar acts as an exfoliating agent while the honey moisturises after the sugar scrub removes the dead skin. It is a very efficient therapy for sore or chapped lips.

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2. Coffee Scrub

 

The caffeine content in the coffee rejuvenates the lips making them flush with colour and life. Though it might not leave a very nice after taste, it gives a intriguing effect. You can use a sweet balm for follow up. Mix a tablespoon of ground coffee and olive oil and gently apply on your lips. Leave it for five minutes and rinse it with water thereafter followed to make your lips softer.

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3. Mint Lip Scrub

 

In case you don’t like the fragrance or the taste of coffee you can go for the mint lip scrub, which also helps in reviving the lips. The addition of peppermint does wonders to dry and chapped lips. Your lips will feel soft and plump.

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4. Coco Lip Scrub

 

This scrub adds moisture to the lips and comes very expensive at the stores. But you can make it at your home using only two ingredients. You need one teaspoon of coconut oil and sea salt. Mix them together and rub it on your lips in circular motion. Do it daily to get better pouts and red lips.

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5. Lemonade Lip Scrub

 

Since there is lemon in the scrub, it turns out to be very refreshing as well as effective especially in the summers. The Vitamin C presence in the scrub performs its wonders. The lemon juice acts as cleanser and kills the bacteria on the lips.

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6. Honey, Lemon and Sugar Lip Scrub

 

This combination gives benefits of three supreme ingredients for healthy lips. Honey is a powerhouse of antioxidants and lemon provides the necessary vitamins. Besides exfoliating, this scrub also acts as a moisturiser for the lips.

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7. Honey Lip Scrub

 

This scrub is a combination of honey, baking soda and olive oil. The sweetness of honey takes care of the icky flavor the baking soda and exfoliates the lips beautifully. Rub the mixture of baking soda, honey and few drops of olive oil gently on your lips and further rinse with warm water. It will help in removing the dead cells.

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Eggplant You May Have Not Heard Before

Commonly known as aubergine in England and brinjalin India, eggplant is a glossy, teardrop-shaped vegetable belonging to the nightshade botanical family. It is the same purple variety found across the globe but is referred to as an eggplant mostly in the United States. The eggplant is native to a number of countries stretching from India to Burma and extending to China.

While the eggplant is assumed to be a vegetable, it is actually a fruit that is cooked as a vegetable or a savoury dish. Thus biologically, it can be termed as a fruit and in terms of cooking it is used a vegetable. With a slightly bitter and acidic taste which may not be preferred by many, it is essential to consider the impressive health benefits that eggplant offers.

It is packed with vitamins like vitamin C, K and B6 and an ample amount of potassium, manganese and fiber. Even the leaves and roots of the plant are widely used for treating various infections and to heal wounds. Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood suggests several benefits that come along with eggplants that no one told you yet.

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Eggplant You May Have Not Heard Before

1. Heart friendly: A pigment present in eggplant known as anthocyanins helps strengthen the functioning of the heart. It also help to bring down the “bad” cholesterol and acts as a powerful antioxidant.

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2. Acts as a natural laxative: Rich in fiber, eggplants improve the functions of the digestive system by acting as a natural laxative. It provides fiber, in addition to water and antioxidants which can prevent the risk of inflammation in the digestive system and also helps in relieving constipation.

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3. Weight loss: Saponin in the eggplant prevents fat accumulation and absorption in the body and thus, aids the process of losing weight. While its nutrient content is extremely high, eggplant low on carbohydrates and calories and can easily fit into your weight loss diet.

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4. Rich in antioxidants: Anthocyanins that impart the deep purple colour to eggplants help in fighting free radicals in the body preventing the growth of cancer cells as well as other disease causing bacteria.

 

5. Helps prevent anemia: A rich source of iron, eggplants increase the production of red blood cells in the body and thus help fight anemia or iron deficiency which is common in females.

 

Now that you know all the health benefits of eating eggplants regularly, don’t shy away from this wonderful vegetable. There are several ways in which they can be made appealing and easier to consume for those who detest eating them. For instance, adding it to a simple sandwich or a whole grain burger does wonders. You can toss them with pasta or bake with cheese and other vegetables. Smokey, roasted eggplants are lovely with some light sauce. These are just few options to get you going.

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Rooibos Tea or Red Tea

Green, black, brown and now, red! No, these aren’t just some colors on the palette of your paint box. They are hues in the world of tea. The latest addiction and addition to the list being the ‘red’ tea, all the way from South Africa. We are talking about the Rooibos tea. What makes Rooibos tea so popular is the fact that it is known to have 50% more antioxidants than those found in green tea. Rooibos is obtained from Aspalathus Linearis, a shrub native to the Cape of Good Hope.

According to Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, “Red tea is an excellent anti-oxidant. It prevents the movement of free radicals in the body and thus, reduces oxidative stress. However, just like all kinds of tea, it must be had in moderation as tea is a natural dehydrator.”

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Rooibos Tea or Red Tea
A powerhouse of health benefits

1. An antioxidant:

The antioxidants present in rooibos tea prevent the movement of free radicals in the body and combat oxidative stress. This in turn prevents premature ageing and enables the maintenance of soft, supple skin.

2. Enables digestion:

Red tea is caffeine-free and also free of tannins. This element is present in other teas and is known to cause digestive issues among many people. Red tea is a storehouse of antispasmodic elements, preventing diarrhea and gastric issues. It has no oxalic acid, this makes it suitable for those who are prone to developing kidney stones.

3. Full of micro-nutrients:

Iron, zinc, copper and manganese are only a few of the many minerals that rooibos tea is rich in. If you are suffering from hair loss, red tea is known to improve hair growth by strengthening the hair follicles and provides the required nutrients that the body needs for healthy hair.

4. Boost your immunity:

Red tea has the power to protect your body against diseases while building and strengthening your immunity and making you stronger from within.

5. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties:

These encourage healing wounds and giving relief from any kind of pain. The tea is super rich in polyphenols, thus aiding the immune system and thereby, boosting the health of an individual.

6. Improves the quality of sleep:

It is important to note that rooibos tea is free of any caffeine content and therefore, it is extremely suitable for insomniacs. Caffeine is addictive and creates havoc for your the sleep cycle. Drinking red tea reverses the harrowing effects of too much caffeine and relaxes your tired nerves and calms you down.

7. Enhances bone strength:

The presence of calcium and manganese is really good for your bones. Along with strengthening bones, it encourages bone and joint development. Thus, problems like arthritis are kept at bay.

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8. Good for skin:

Red tea is also the secret to beautiful and radiant skin. The alpha hydroxy content of red tea can reverse cell damage and rejuvenate the skin. As a rich source of bioflavanoids, red tea improves blood circulation and glowing skin.

Rooibus tea can be had plain or just like black tea with milk and a drop of honey. In case, you like it without milk, you can add a squeeze of lime for a citrusy flavour.

Indulge in some gooey Chocolate Bundt Cake with this amazing recipe

Gooey chocolate cakes are the stuff dreams are made of. Even though ready-made cakes are widely available in the market, there is nothing like a fresh one baked at home. But, with our busy schedules it might get a little difficult to manage one in the kitchen. But how about weekends? When faced with a dilemma like, “I want to have something nice and sweet”, weekends are the best time to put on the chef’s hat and whip up a dessert.

This recipe by Chef Akhilesh Jha, Fresc Co, New Delhi is a must-try.

Chocolate Mocha-Kissed Bundt Cake
Serves 2 
Cooking time: 2 hours

Ingredients
For cake
1 box – Devil’s food cake mix
1 cup – Toned milk
½ cup – Vegetable oil
3 – Large eggs
3 tsp – Instant coffee granules

For icing on cake
1 cup – Semi-sweet Chocolate
¼ cup – Vanilla pots

Method
For cake
* Preheat the oven to 176 degree celsius. Spray 12-cup Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.

* Combine cake mix, evaporated milk, oil, eggs and 1 tablespoon coffee granules in a large mixer bowl and mix until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 2 mins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

* Bake for 39 to 43 mins or until wooden pick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Cool the pan on a wire rack for 15 mins before inverting it onto the same wire rack to cool completely.

Icing
* Place morsels and coffee-mate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of coffee granules; cover and allow to sit for 5 mins. Stir until smooth. If needed, microwave for 15 seconds and then stir until smooth.

* Spoon icing over the top of the cake allowing it to drip down the sides. Let it set for 30 mins.

* Before serving, fill the centre of the cake with fresh raspberries.

Note: To speed up the process, place iced cake in a refrigerator for 15 mins so that the icing sets.