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Aloo paratha

When I was young and living in Nepal, my mum used to make aloo paratha from time to time. Yesterday for some reason that is what I felt like having and wanted to surprise hubby as well with some nice food so this was my first attempt at making the delicious aloo paratha.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat flour (Makes 6 parathas)
  • 1/2 cup water (Use more as needed)
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 chopped green chili
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3 teaspoons of ghee

Method

  • In a container, mix flour, pinch of salt and water and knead to make dough. The dough is done when it is smooth and doesn’t stick on your hand.

Aloo paratha (1)

  • Set the dough aside and cover it, which will help to make a soft roti.
  • Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker until it is cooked.
  • Once cooked, drain the water and let the potatoes cool down.
  • Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel and mash them.
  • Add green chilies, chopped fresh coriander, cumin seeds, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt to the mashed potatoes. Mix well like the way you knead dough.

Aloo paratha (2)

  • Divide the potatoes into 6 equal parts and make six balls out of them.
  • Divide the dough also into 6 equal parts and make six balls out of them too.

Aloo paratha (12)

  • Take a dough ball and roll using a rolling pin it to make a circle of around 3 inch wide. Use dry flour under the dough while rolling if the dough starts sticking to the rolling pan.

Aloo paratha (5)

  • Now add the potato ball in the middle of this dough circle and pull the edges to wrap the potatoes.

Aloo paratha (3) Aloo paratha (4)

  • Repeat the process for all balls.

Aloo paratha (6)

  • Take these wrapped potatoes balls and roll it lightly to make a roti around 6 inches in width. As there is potatoes filling, do not press too hard and use dry flour if potatoes or dough started sticking to the rolling pan.

Aloo paratha (7)

  • Heat a non-stick pan and make sure it is hot and dry.
  • Put the rolled paratha on the pan and cook for a minute or until it is lightly brown on one side.

Aloo paratha (8)

  • Once it is brown on one side, flip the paratha to another side and cook it until brown too.
  • Once the partha is cooked, add ½ teaspoon of ghee and press the paratha with a spatula.

Aloo paratha (9)

  • Flip again and press with a spatula making sure the paratha is golden-brown on both sides.

Aloo paratha (10)

  • Paratha are best served hot and crispy.

Aloo paratha (11)

mushroom curry (7)

Its Friday today, I am looking forward to the weekend.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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10 Foods That Clean Your Facial Skin

Everyone wants clean, healthy, and great looking skin. Although moisturizers are great, as are certain facial products you can use at home, and different makeup products you can purchase, there are also several foods that will help clear your skin, and give you that young, glowing look you are in search of. With several different ingredients, healthy oils, and essential nutrients, these are 10 Food That cleans your facial skin, and will give you that young, healthy glow, and the all natural skin appearance you are looking for.

1. Avocados

Not only are they used in many facial products, but the skin as well as the fruit of the avocado are exceptionally high in Vitamin B. Niacin (b-3), is very important to smooth, healthy skin, and can help with the appearance of irritated, red, or puffy skin. If you choose this fruit, you can either consume it in a salad, in a smoothie, or on its own; or, you can choose to use the fruit as a facial rub, with other natural ingredients, to help with the skin’s overall appearance.

2. Berries

Vitamin C is another essential for healthy skin, and berries have it. From strawberries to blackberries, the vitamins will work to help build collagen fibers, and provide younger looking skin. Antioxidants are also very high in the berries you consume, and these are essential to helping with inflammation. Whether you consume smoothies on a regular basis, or just eat a few strawberries each day, they are great resources for healthier looking skin.

3. Cottage Cheese

Selenium and Vitamin E which are found in this food, help fight free radicals, as well as provide higher antioxidant counts for healthier looking skin. Certain reports also claim that cottage cheese can help prevent certain types of cancers, if eaten as part of a healthy diet plan.

4. Almonds (nuts) – Fatty acids found in these foods help maintain the cell membrane, and help remove harmful toxins from the body. They also help retain water, which gives the skin the plump, healthy look you want over your face and body. Plus, the healthy oils and fats in nuts are great for overall heart health, and maintaining a healthy weight, which is something everyone wants to do.

5. Potatoes – A baked potato can provide a high amount of copper the body needs, for a healthy glow. The high zinc and Vitamin C count also aid in creating more elastin in the skin, providing young, healthy, and vibrant looking skin, at all times of the day.

6. Healthy whole grains – Although grains that are low on the glycemic index cause a spike in blood sugars, whole grains are on the high end of the spectrum, meaning they are also going to help in keeping the young looking, healthy appearance you want, when you are considering skin care, and the best looking skin possible. You do have to make sure they are high in fiber (look for foods listed high by the Whole Grain Council), for the best results, and for the most benefits to your skin.

7. Flax seed – If you do not love fish, or other foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, flax seed oil is the perfect solution for you. The high omega-3 count is going to help with hydrating the body, diluting sebum levels, unclogging pores, and helping prevent and fight acne. The healthy oils found in this flax seed oil, will give the skin the natural glow, and will provide you with the health benefits you need, for young, healthy skin.

8. Yogurt – High in protein, yogurt is going to help create firmer, more elastic looking skin. Greek yogurt is even more beneficial, as it contains more than two times the amount of protein, and is high in fiber, as regular blends of yogurt that you would consume. As an added benefit, there are several great flavors, and you can go with plain if you add some berries, or honey, for a little more flavor.

9. Pepper – With green, yellow, orange, and red, not only are peppers fun and colorful on your plate, they can also help with the crow’s feet you experience below your eyes. Carotenoids (antioxidants in these peppers) help with wrinkle prevention, and they can also help to reduce wrinkles, for younger, and for fine and healthy looking skin, if eaten on a regular basis.

10. Mango – Not only is it a delicious fruit, it can also help with the overall look and health of your skin. Mango contains more than 80% of the Vitamin A you need to consume during the course of the day, and it can help maintain the skin, and overall appearance of it. The high levels of antioxidants also help fight off free radicals, meaning you are not going to notice premature, or aging skin, at a younger age than you would hope to. Plus, it is low in calories, and it is a great fruit to add to your diet regime.

Of course there are several other foods that you can include in the diet, that are going to help with the appearance of the skin, as well as with your overall health. From fish such as salmon, that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, to walnuts, that have the oil that will help soften the skin, there are several foods that you can choose from, for better, younger looking skin. Depending on your diet, and foods you enjoy, some options are going to be better than others, for certain dieters.

Regardless of the benefits you are looking for, or what kind of appearance you want your skin to have, these 10 Food That cleans your facial skin are not only going to provide a finer, younger appearance, they will also make you feel better. For heart health, as well as for the benefit of younger looking skin, these are 10 of the many great options and foods that you should consider adding to the diet on a regular basis, for the results, and great looking complexion, you seek.

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