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Authentic South Indian Recipes
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Eggless Cake Without Raising Agents: A No Baking Powder, No Baking Soda Sponge Cake Recipe


When you are able to bake an eggless cake without raising agents, your happiness knows no bounds, right? This is exactly what I am in for today. What started as an experiment has worked out wonders for me.
eggless sponge cake without raising agent


I was trying to hone my cake baking skills while learning a few baking basics. Then struck this idea of baking a cake without baking powder or baking soda. A loved one is suffering from histamine sensitivity, and these chemical agents trigger urticaria, which gives me goosebumps. So I decided to go the other way round - baking an eggless cake without raising agents.

You need a light flour here - something that would effectively replace maida/all-purpose flour/refined flour/white flour. I remember one dhaba wala telling me once about how they replace maida sometimes - using a mix of jau and rice flour.

So this is exactly what I needed. This has given me one of the simplest yet tastiest cakes. Please do not change the flours, as I am unsure how any other flour would work here. I will experiment with them first and report to you all.

Okay so let's talk a little about the flours here.

Perhaps the cake is little denser, but I still love it for its sheer exclusion of chemical agents. What better than a chemical-free eggless cake? It is my version of fruit cake!

Barley Benefits
Packed with important vitamins and minerals, barley is one of the healthiest cereal grains produced. But this healthy grain has not earned the same reputation and popularity as oatmeal and whole wheat flour. Nevertheless if you learn the benefits of barley for health, you would certainly make it a part of your regular diet.

The wonderfully versatile cereal grain is loaded with dietary fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, copper, niacin, chromium, and phosphorus, among others. With a nut-like flavor, barley does make a great grain for healthy cookie recipes.

Barley is categorized as gluten grain and should be avoided by gluten insensitive people. Others can benefit from barley recipes:
  • Mix barley with other whole grains, such as wheat flour, to bake healthy cookies, cakes, and muffins. Barley does make a flavorful addition to healthy whole grain biscuits recipes.
  • Use cooked barley flakes as a tasty salad.
  • How about trying a hot nutty barley soup or hot cereal meal?
  • Why not add barley flakes to nuts and make healthy snacks?
eggless barley cake without baking powder

Ingredients: for the  eggless cake without raising agents

Note the ingredients for the cake no maida below:

1/2 cup- barley flour /atta (jau)/sorghum
1/2 cup- rice flour
1/4 cup- milk powder
1 tbsp- flax meal (roasted powdered flax seeds)+ 3 tbsp of warm water or 1 egg
6 tbsp- sugar powder (depending on your taste)- please do not replace with jaggery (I am unsure how it will react here)
1/2 cup- cream/malai or butter
1/2 cup (2 tbsp less than 1/2 cup)- thick curd
any flavoring agent - I used elaichi powder alone
Soaked raisins and nuts of your choice (I soaked raisins in warm water..this ensures that they won't burn in the oven)
You may add coconut powder or almond powder for more intense flavor. But I loved the eggless sponge cake even without any fruity flavor or artificial essence.

Procedure: How to make eggless cake without raising agent

If you are proud of your muscle power, it's time to show some here. I promise it will work magic for you in the oven, especially for a loved one who is intolerant to chemical agents, leveaners, or raising agents.

This eggless no raising agent cake is a perfect gift for someone you love but who is suffering from histamine sensitivity. 
no baking powder cake no egg no maida no atta

This eggless beauty has amazed me. Even without any flavoring agent, it is bursting with flavors.
  1. Preheat oven for 12-15 mts at 170 degrees.
  2. Keep a cake tin greased with oil and dusted with dry atta aside.
  3. Keep flax seed powder soaked in warm water aside. I wanted to use an equivalent of three eggs, but unfortunately had little more than 1 tbsp of flax powder, so went ahead with it. So this makes it as a substitute for 1 egg. It means you may try with an egg as well if you do not have flax seed handy.
  4. Mix malai/cream with sugar. Vigorously whisk until your arms start paining. I kept whisking with my hand whisker for around 30 minutes. LOL. Yes, this holds the key to inserting air bubbles in your cake, which make it lighter, soft, and moist.(kind of - I am still learning cake baking basics). Check this link to learn more. I actually added curd, cream, and sugar powder together. So my mix initially looked like paneer. Then it left a little water as well, but I kept whisking until it looked creamy - better than before. So I think it is a good idea to whisk sugar with cream first until it forms a creamy mix and then add curd and whisk again until it wears a bubbly creamy look. I leave it to you. It was simply an experiment and I am so happy with the result. 
  5. When your arms resist any further whisking effort, take a little break. Start sieving all the flours, including milk powder, 8-10 times - the more the better.  This is another crucial step. Since we are making no raising agent cake, this becomes even more important. Please continue to sieve as long as you can. You will be aerating the flours that will make them lighter and ready to go into the wet mix.
  6. Keep raisins and nuts coated with dry flour powder. While sieving, I added these nuts to the flour, so this ensured that the flour coated them well.
  7. When you are done with sieving, it is time to whisk the wet mix again. Continue with your whisking marathon. You know this is exactly what your grandmoms and great grandmoms would do. I have heard that they would whisk the wet mix for almost 2 hours- OMG! I wonder about their woman power - na muscle power.
  8. Drop in elaichi  powder in the wet mix. WHISK AGAIN. Yes, I am making you run a whisking marathon, but it does help give you soft, airy cakes without any chemical agents. I would better run these marathons than adding raising agents in my recipes.
  9. Now is the time to fold in the dry ingredients. Well, make a well in the center of dry ingredients. Start pouring wet mix. Fold the batter in the same direction until just mixed. PLEASE DO NOT WHISK NOW. YES, NO MORE WHISKING. It is as simple as that. Just fold. I used my hands for folding the batter. 
  10. Pour the batter into the baking pan. Tap it gently 4-5 times. Now it's time for baking the eggless cake.
  11. Place a rack in the microwave. Keep the baking tin on top of it.
  12. I baked it in my microwave convection mode of 170 degrees for 28 mins. You may bake it in your oven. I am sure this will be easy to bake in cooker as well. 
  13. Allow the cake a 5-min standing time.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool down before unmolding your baked beauty.
  15. Trust me, this is one guilt-free cake that you would want to indulge in every time. I am thinking of the options with this cake. It can work well as a fruit cake. Did I say it tastes just like a fruit cake? So imagine if we add fruit puree as well? I am thinking. Put your thinking caps on too! 
  16. I am unsure how this eggless cake recipe would come up if you try to double it.  I will need to experiment to confirm that it would work.

Amaranth Til Ladoo for Fasts: A Pure Fasting Recipe, A Remedy for Cough


One nut-based ladoo that serves two purposes - a fasting snack and a remedy for cough. Well, you may be wondering how a nutty ladoo can be a cough remedy. Well, you do not need to scratch your brains. I am here to make things easier for you.
ladoo for fasts: cough remedy


Let me take you to my childhood. I have seen mom often use black pepper as a cough remedy. Her signature cough remedy is to

  • take a tablespoon of ghee
  • add black pepper powder and almonds
  • drop in little amount of sugar
  • turn off the flame when the almonds look roasted
Try this remedy for cough and you will instantly find some relief. Mom would serve this to dad with a roti.I would love to enjoy this fiery roasted almond mix with a cup of ginger tea.

Today, I am fighting cold symptoms. Hubby has a sore throat. While I am giving him Anita Chahal aunty ji's dry cough syrup, I wanted to experiment with mom's cough remedy.

So here I am with an altogether different recipe.

Now you might be wondering why I have dubbed it as a fasting recipe - well, primarily because it uses

Trust me, you will love every single bite of these nutty ramdana ladoos for fast. Of course, you may have these sweet bites at any time. These are addictive and oh so healthy.

You need not have a sweet tooth to enjoy these melt-in-mouth beauties. Even if you detest the very name of sweets, you can still manage to eat at least 2 amaranth ladoos in one go.

The more, the merrier !!!
But of course, keep some control on yourself.
It is still summer time and we do not want you to indulge too much in sesame seeds. 
Less is more here!


All right, let's get back to the cough remedy-cum- fasting recipe.
Since they are a rich source of copper, sesame seeds are known to help rheumatoid arthritis patients manage their symptoms. Calcium in sesame seeds helps protect colon cells, preventing colon cancer, osteoarthritis, PMS, and even migraine. Zinc in sesame improves bone mineral density and boosts bone health.

Black Pepper benefits for cough, cold
Black pepper is known to stimulate mucus flow and help relieve mucus congestion.

Almond Benefits
benefits of almonds
almond benefits

Ladoo for Fasts: Ingredients for Amaranth Ladoo


I always make small batches, so my ingredient list clearly points toward that. I could make 4 ladoos from these ingredients. If you are not making these for fasts, you may add dry ginger powder or saunth to make it a perfect cough remedy.

1/4 cup- almond powder (grind almonds to powder)
1/4 cup- amaranth flour (rajgira/chulai/ramdana atta) - you may substitute with besan/oats or any other flour you fancy for a non-fasting recipe
1/4 tsp or little more - black pepper powder
1/2 tsp- ghee/clarified butter (replace with any plant-based oil for a vegan recipe)
1/4 cup- sesame seeds (til)
5-6 almonds
1 Gur piece (you may add more if you have a sweet tooth, I like it subtly sweet- or you may add sugar instead)
1/4 cup- water

How to make ladoo for fasts: A Perfect Cough Remedy

graphic courtesy: harsharan-the graphic artist

If your fasting rules do not include any of these ingredients, you are free to skip them!

cough ladoo

  1. Add ghee
  2. Roast sesame seeds and chopped almonds.
  3. Add amaranth flour.
  4. Remove in a separate vessel and mix with almond powder.
  5. Add water, black pepper powder, and gur in the pan.
  6. Heat it on medium flame until gur dissolves in water.
  7. Stir in the aforementioned roasted powder.
  8. Mix everything well. Add more black pepper powder if you so wish to.
  9. Turn off the flame when the mix comes together as a ball in the center of the pan.
  10. Make balls when it is still warm, otherwise it will become difficult to roll out ladoos.
  11. You may make it in fudge or burfi form.
  12. Roll each ladoo in almond powder if you wish to.
  13. Enjoy healthy, yummy ladoos for fasts.
  14. Of course, the cough remedy is a visual treat to the eyes and a melt-in-mouth sweet that you would want to try out again and again.

No Baking Powder Cashew Cookies With Whole Wheat: How To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Looking for another no raising agent cookie recipe? Well, we have already prepared a number of eggless cookies without baking powder or baking soda. This cashew nut cookie batch is special. How? Of course, when you make something for your family, it has got to be special.
cashew cookies without oven

When your dad says, these eggless cookies could sell for 500 bucks per pack, you need no other explanation for this batch of cashew cookies.

Then your brother tastes these melt-in-mouth beauties and suggests, "why do not you start your cookie business as well"?


Need I say more about these fiber-rich whole wheat cashew cookies?
Recently, I was in Patiala - my mayka - I tried 4-5 varieties of cookies there. Dad says this time the cookies were the best.

I even tried semolina lemon cake, which was loved by one and all. My dad continues to extol my efforts.
eggless semolina lemon cake


Let's talk a little bit about these eggless cashew cookies with oatmeal.


I do not bring cashews home, as munching on these delicious dry fruits may raise cholesterol levels in your body. If you are already suffering from cholesterol management issues, then I would suggest that you replace cashew with healthier nuts, for example, almonds and pistachios. You may even add toasted sesame seeds.
kaju atta cookies


cashew cookies with atta

airfryer atta cookies

Anyway, for once-in-a-while indulgence, these eggless whole wheat cashew cookies can be tried. They won't disappoint you.

Another added advantage of this batch of eggless cookies is that you do not need any raising agent to turn these baked goodies soft and melt in mouth. The fat content will take care of the softness and crispness.
whole wheat cashew cookies without baking powder

cashew cookies eggless no baking powder

But then there is a trick to make soft simple cookies without raising agents. I am sharing the tips in the recipe below. Leverage these tips to make healthy cashew cookies without raising agent.

So let's see how to prepare cookies without baking powder or baking soda.

Before that, let's see why you should substitute white flour with whole grains.

benefits of whole wheat

whole wheat atta cookies


Atta Cookies for Kids Ingredients

airfryer cookies with whole wheat

11/2 cup- powdered oats (grind rolled/regular oats to powder)
1/2 cup- whole wheat flour
1/2 cup- sugar (more or less depending on your taste)
1/2 cup- ghee/clarified butter
2-3 tbsp- milk or 2 tbsp more if the dough looks dry or is difficult to bind
elaichi powder or fennel seeds for flavor
chopped cashew nuts - you may add pistachio and almonds as well
almond pista powder (optional)-1/4 cup
roasted flax seeds

How to make oatmeal delicious: Whole Wheat Cashew Cookies Eggless

  1. Whisk ghee and sugar powder until the mix looks light and fluffy.
  2. Add cardamom powder or fennel seeds.
  3. Sieve both flours 5-8 times. This is important to aerate the flours.
  4. Add powdered nuts and roastedflax seeds
  5. Sieve again.
  6. Now add dry ingredients to the wet mix.
  7. Mix with hands. Do not knead. Kneading will result in gluten formation, which will make cookies chewy. But we want crunchy biscuits. So just mix everything with hands, without kneading.
  8. Add milk - 1tbsp at a time until the dough comes together as a ball.
  9. We need a soft dough. Now drop in chopped cashew nuts. Roll into a log or ball.
  10. Wrap the dough ball in an aluminum foil/parchment paper.
  11. Refrigerate for 30 mts.
  12. Take out the dough and preheat oven/microwave convection for 10 mts at 180 degrees.
  13. I made these eggless cookies in an airfryer.
  14. The dough may feel hard to roll out initially. Keep it for 10 mts on the counter.
  15. Roll out like a thick chapati using a rolling pin. Make desired shapes. Do not forget to make insertions using a fork. This will allow deeper and even heating/baking/airfrying.
  16. Bake/or airfry the cashew cookies at 180 degrees for 15-20 mts.
  17. Allow the eggless cookies to cool down completely before munching on these bakes beauties.
  18. The yummy cashew cookies are ready to be dunked in a hot cup of tea or glass of milk.
  19. Of course, you may have these eggless bakes just like that.

Airfryer Cookies For Kids Without Oven

The airfryer cookies with whole wheat and oats can be tried on gas/stovetop as well. You may bake these in a cooker or on a tawa. For the procedure to bake eggless cookies without oven, check this simple cookie recipe. 

feedback on whole wheat cashew cookies for kids

feedback on cashew cookies eggless whole wheat

Home Remedy for Cough, Cold: How To Cure Viral Infections


You, I, and we have experienced viral infections frequently. Probably each one of us has had to deal with such infections every now and then. Changing weather puts you at a high risk of viral infections. Children are particularly vulnerable to cough and cold. But Indian grandmoms and great grandmoms were very particular about home made remedies for viral infections. They would bank heavily on home remedies for cough and cold and depend the least on prescription medications.
home remedy for cough, cold, viral

I still remember the kadahas (therapeutic drinks) and soups that my grandmom would make for us when we would fall sick as little children. Our grandmoms would focus on anti-viral spices from nature's pharmacy, viz. ginger, garlic, turmeric, black peppercorns, basil leaves, and even almonds.

Home Remedy for Cough

My mom has learnt one proven home remedy for cough relief from her MIL. The recipe for cough is very simple. It goes like this.

She takes a few black peppercorns and grinds them to powder. Keeps chopped almonds aside.
Then she heats 1/2 tsp of ghee or clarified butter. Stirs in chopped almonds and instantly drops the pepper powder and sugar as per taste. You can have this simple, spicy yet yummy home remedy for cough with tea, milk, or even with a roti (Indian flatbread).

My dad often takes it with roti.
I enjoy this cough remedy with my cup of tea.

Home Remedy for Cough: Syrup by Anita Chahal aunty ji

home remedy for cough by Anita Chahal aunty
Anita Chahal aunty has shared some amazing home remedies with us in our group "Healthy Recipes by Homemakers."

Like mom, she is a simple, suave, and intelligent lady, who cooks simple yet yummy food in her kitchen.  Her home remedies are highly effective. I have personally tried her home remedy for cough, and I can vouch for that remedy. It is seriously effective.

Next comes this home made cough syrup by Deepti Aggarwal. Deepti is a mom to two beautiful kids and serves deliciousness at the dining table. However, she often talks of the proven recipes of her dear mom and grandmom.

She has some amazing ideas to transform bland unhealthy snacks into delicious healthy appetizers. Her suji momo recipe is a hit at my place.
home remedy for cough by Deepti Aggarwal

This is the instant remedy for dry cough that I was mentioning earlier. Do try it without an iota of doubt if someone at home is suffering from painful and sore throat. A has taken this home remedy for dry cough a number of times ever since we came across this recipe shared by Anita Chahal aunty. I have shared the remedy for cough with many of my friends and every single person has benefited significantly from the remedy.
home remedy for dry cough by Anita Chahal
Next comes this homemade chayavanprash recipe by Radhika Maheshwari. When Anita Chahal aunty shared her chayavanprash, I was seriously wondering about her culinary talent. I have no doubt about her home made chayavanprash recipe. Then Radhika Masheswari shared her chayavanprash with us. 

Believe me, these people are immensely talented. I have seen Radhika Maheshwari come up with some amazing recipes that will leave you surprised. She is simply wonderful in her kitchen lab.
home remedy for viral infections - homemade chayavanprash by Radhika Maheshwari
This is the homemade chayavanprash by Anita Chahal aunty ji. I have no words for her talent. She inspires us each day. When she came up with this home remedy for viral infections and immunity boost, I knew she is a bundle of talent.
home remedy for viral infections - homemade chayavanprash by Anita Chahal

Homemade cough tablets

I could never think of this, but Anita Chahal aunty came up with this homemade cough tablet recipe, though she has always credited Radhika Maheshwari for this recipe. Both these ladies have a goldmine of culinary talent that makes them the queens of their homes. Perhaps Anita Chahal aunty is the queen of our hearts as well. She has silently stolen away many hearts in the food world. 



homemade cough tablets



This home remedy for cold is a tried-n-tested recipe, which has never failed me (us). A recipe by my dearest mom, the cold remedy is therapeutic, besides being a lip-smacking blend of roasted chickpea flour, milk, black pepper, and nuts.

home remedy for cold

Another cold remedy passed onto my mom from my grandmom is a very delicious curry made from ginger and garlic paste. Remember, these root plants are immensely therapeutic and have proven healing properties. I will do a detailed post on it.

The cold remedy is simple.

Grind ginger and garlic to paste.
Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add the ginger-garlic paste.
When the rawness goes, add salt, turmeric, and black pepper.
Mix everything well.
Add little amount of water so that the paste does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
Stir in milk and let it boil until it reaches a thick consistency. We do not want it to be very thick. 
You can enjoy this remedy for cold with roti. It tastes yummy and is highly therapeutic.

ACV as Cough Remedy

Another home remedy for cough that never fails me is apple cider vinegar and honey concoction. It soothes the throat as the alkaline environment helps kill infectious bacteria in the throat. I always make it a point to take this sour remedy for cough every time I suffer from sore throat.

Cough remedy tip: If a loved one is suffering from a sore throat, you cannot leave them to suffer just like that. Stir in a tablespoon of honey in lukewarm water and let the patient sip in the mix slowly aftr every 3-4 hours. This remedy for cough will surely help relieve their symptoms.

Home Remedy for Cough

Taking leaf from Anita Chahal aunty's dry cough remedy, I have come up with another effective remedy for cough symptoms. Here it is:

Take a few black pepper corns.
Take equal amount of crystallized sugar.
We need little amount of fresh ginger juice, 1/4 tsp of carom seeds or ajwain, and a small piece of cinnamon (dalchini).

Boil all these ingredients together until the water reduces to half.
Sip when it is still hot and you will find immediate relief from a sore throat.

Bottom Line


This collection of home remedies for cough and cold should help you manage your viral infection symptoms during changing weather. These remedies for viral infection come in handy any time every time.

So if a loved one has low immunity or frequently suffers from viral infections, what are you waiting for? Why not give some of these home remedies for cough and cold a try?

I am sure you guys will benefit immensely from this cough remedy collection. Do write to me about your experience. 

Hair Loss Natural Remedy: Oil for Hair Growth, Greying, Hair Problems


Hair fall pains. Falling hair is a deep concern shared by one and all. Men and women both experience loss of hair for one reason or another. Perhaps environmental factors play a role in hair loss. However, there are plenty of reasons of hair fall, including health issues. If you suffer from an underactive thyroid, you are more likely to experience hair loss. Similarly, there are other medical conditions that can cause hair fall in men and women so much so that men tend to go bald quickly. However, if your hair loss is not due to a medical condition, there are several home remedies for hair fall that can come in handy.
miracle hair oil - home remedies for hair fall 


Like you, I have been experiencing severe hair loss for almost a year. But my problem is not related to any medical condition. Environmental factors tend to affect my hair. I have always enjoyed long hair strands.

I came across this home remedy for hair loss when my friend Anna Singh shared this with me two months back. Anna has a bountiful of home remedies, thanks to her mom, who has deep knowledge and experience in the same. I benefit from both, since Anna always shares some of her darling mom's home remedy tips with me.

I have been applying this hair fall oil remedy for over two months, and have experienced considerable improvement. My hair tend to break less often now, compared to a year ago, when strands of hairs would fall while combing. However, I am still experiencing hair fall, which may be due to weather conditions. It is extremely hot out hair and now it's monsoon time, when everyone experiences hair fall.

I am very particular about hair care, and follow a strict regimen for hair : here are my home remedies for hair fall -


  • applying henna every week
  • applying hair oil every other day and keeping it for minimum 2-3 hours
  • washing hair every other day
  • not experimenting with just about any home remedies for hair fall
I am very cautious about using any products on my hair and never use anything without research. When Anna shared this home remedy for hair loss with me, my first task was to research educational sites to understand how a particular herb/spice can help hair growth. I studied, gained knowledge, and then implemented the same in the hair fall home remedy.

Now you must be wondering what this hair loss remedy is all about?
Well, without further ado, let me share the recipe with you. You need easily available ingredients which make awesome home remedies for hair fall .


  • Coconut oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Nigella satvia/seeds
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • curry leaves

Also known as the Blessed seed, nigella satvia has miraculous therapeutic benefits. We will do a separate post on nigella benefits because it is a vast topic and I do not want to hijack this post. I understand you are here for hair loss remedy. So let's focus on that.

Nigella -Black Seed Oil For Better Hair Growth (kalonji)


Nigella Satvia is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich spicy plant, known as kalonji or onion seeds.
  • Touted as an immunity enhancer, nigella has been used as a beauty secret for centuries. 
  • It has immunity boosting and skin healing properties. Some people claim that nigella for skin disorders is a miracle remedy. I have not applied it on my skin thus far, so cannot substantiate the claims. 
  • Research also claims that Nigella satvia helps boost good cholesterol, HDL, levels in the body. 
  • These are rich in linoleic, oleic oils that are essential fatty acids. 
  • They are also known for their amino acid content that are the building blocks of hair and promote hair growth.
  • Research suggests that topical application of the antioxidant-rich nigella oil/seeds can help promote hair health and prevent premature aging. 

Fenugreek for Hair Loss

Fenugreek seeds are rich in Phytoestrogene, which is known to promote hair growth. With a strong aroma, fenugreek contains a range of active ingredients, such as alkaloids, flavonoids, and vitamins. Ideally used in the culinary world, fenugreek has been in use for its medicinal benefits in the ancient world.

Research studies done on mice reveal that fenugreek works as an effective home remedy for hair growth. It takes into consideration hair diameter, length, and hair weight. Studies reveal that besides being a hair loss supplement, fenugreek promotes nail growth.

This is another tried and tested remedy. Ever since I started using this miracle oil for hair growth, the nails on my hands have shown significant improvement and are growing rapidly.

Ingredients for hair oil

100 ml- coconut oil (I have already shared the recipe to make coconut oil at home.check here) - or click on the above video on step-by-step process to prepare homemade coconut oil


50 ml- castor oil (if you are allergic to castor, you may skip it-- it works magic for some people- gives you darker locks) -The second time I increased the amount of castor oil and it almost equalled that of coconut oil - it's completely your choice


2 tbsp- fenugreek seeds powder (methi dana)
2tsp- nigella seeds powder (kalonji)
15-20- sprigs of dried curry leaves (kadipata) (I used dried curry leaves that I had brought from Odisha )


How to make hair fall oil with coconut oil

hair oil ingredients

Gather all ingredients on the countertop.

iron kadahi for hair oil preparation

Take an iron kadahi. Yes, you need a cast iron pan/vessel for this. Ferrous oxide turns deeper upon heating. This gives you the black color. You need it for a darker tint.
Heat the pan.

castro oil for hair
 Add castor oil to it immediately.
coconut oil for hair
Next, add coconut oil. Let the two oils reach smoking point -1-2 minutes.
ingredients being added 

Immediately add the powdered seeds and dry curry leaves.
Turn off the flame after 2 minutes. We do not want to overheat the oil.

heated hair oil. left overnight
Mix and leave it for 10-12 hours or overnight.
I always leave it overnight.
straining oil
Next day, strain the oil using a tea strainer.

hair oil is ready

Your miracle hair oil is ready for application.

miracle hair oil

My personal experience says you have got to be patient with the results. It has taken me almost 2 months to notice a considerable change. Though my hair continue to fall (monsoon time as well), they have become bouncy, soft, and heavy.

Thankfully, I do not have dandruff. But Anna says this is an absolute remedy for dandruff problems as well.

The difference in my hair: Then 'n Now

I can feel the bounce clearly. Earlier, my hair had become too dry, thanks to the Delhi pollution. My hair have suffered a lot due to the pollution. Stress is another reason for hair loss. Your diet also plays a big role in your hair health.

Additionally, when mom used to comb my hair, they were in best hands. As kids grow up, they tend to feel self dependent. The aura of independence tends to take kids farther away from the protective hands of their parents.

When I started combing my hair on my own, they started suffering. But since I have always loved my hair, I have always taken good care of them.

But then my Delhi life began, and my hair started to suffer despite my love and care.

But now I think I have the best hair fall weapon to safeguard my hair against the weather and pollutants.

I love my hair more than ever!

Here's another age-old hair fall recipe, which is an effective remedy for dandruff. The hair oil remedy is shared by my Healthy Recipes by Homemakers member Shaista Bedi.

hair fall remedy

I will be posting other hair fall tips shared by Shaista Bedi ji and Balvinder Kaur at the end of the page.

Tips for Bouncy, Heavy Hair


  1. Eat omega 3 foods. Sea fish is the best source of omega 3.
  2. Make sure you get vitamin E from your diet. If you do not get it from diet, then you have got to supplement your diet with cod liver oil. Please do not take it without consulting a medical practitioner.
  3. Wash your hair regularly. I make it a point to wash them every other day.
  4. Apply the miracle hair oil and leave it for a good 2-5 hours for the best results. I apply it in the morning after my morning walk and wash my hair in the evening. So I allow the hair good time to absorb the oil.
  5. Make sure you apply henna on your hair. Prepare your henna pack with tea/coffee/curry leaves concoction. Leave it for a minimum of 30minutes before applying it on your hair. Most hennas require overnight soaking. I use VLCC henna, which does not require a longer soaking time. You can apply it immediately. I have been using it for over 7 years.
  6. This works as dandruff treatment as well.
  7. The combination therapy with this hair oil and henna can prove lasting effects. However, everyone's situation is different, so I am unsure if this will have exactly the same effects for everyone. But I simply hope that the benefits of fenugreek for hair and nigella seeds for hair work wonders for you. Keeping my fingers crossed. Do write to me about your experience.
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Steamed Sugar-Free Eggless Cake With Lentils

Do you remember my eggless lentil cake with chocolatty flavor? Today, I bring to you another sugar-less lentil cake, sweetened with fiber-rich dates. I like everything about this eggless cake because it is one guilt-free indulgence you would want to relish time and again.

moist urad dal cake

choclaty lentil cake eggless

A guilt-free treat is all about healthy eating, isn't it? You can indulge in food and have it happily, without worrying about calories and fats. But you must have everything in moderation.



sugar-free cake wit hlentils eggless

EGGLESS CAKE lentils
Ever tried a lentil cake? What about eggless, sugar-free baking? This healthy eggless lentil cake is my take on guilt-free indulgence. You will love every bite and feel like indulging in more. The steamed cake is one guilt-free treat for your whole family, for it is steamed, uses lentils, is sugar free, and is a little chocolatty. Who would  not want to grab a piece of this healthy pie?


More so, it uses a minuscle amount of baking soda. I was skeptical if the cake would rise without it, though I have used fermented urad dal for this reason only, as I did not want to add any raising agent. But the moist eggless chocolate cake is still apt to indulge in.


Eggless Steamed cake batter ingredients 


1/2 cup- urad dal paste (fermented ...but not kept for too long, else it will start smelling bad and turn sour - I had soaked 1 cup of black lentils and took half of it for cake batter)
1/2 cup- suji (whole wheat semolina)
1/4 tsp- baking soda (I added as I was unsure if the cake would rise with fermented ural dal alone , but it rose and rose beautifully)
10 dates pieces or more if you want it sweeter
2 tsp- honey (I had to add as I found the batter less sweet; and I had to offer the cake to someone else to taste)
pinch of black salt
1/4 cup - buttermilk or milk or whey to soak dates(or you may simply soak dates and raisins in water)
10 raisins (kishmish)
1 tbsp- cocoa powder or 1 tbsp more for a more chocolaty flavor
1/4 cup- olive oil/plant-based oil
Nuts of your choice
1/2 tsp- vinegar/apple cider vinegar/lime juice

How to bake a sugar-free cake with lentils


  1. Soak urad dal for 2 hours and grind to paste, adding little water. Alow the batter to ferment for 5-6 hours. We do not want it to turn soar.
  2. Meanwhile, soak dates and raisins in milk/buttermilk/whey/water. They will get swollen and be easier to mix and mash. Whisk this mix well to form a batter. 
  3. Stir in olive oil and any flavoring agent that you may want to add. I did not add anything. Whisk the mix well until light and fluffy.
  4. Add semolina or suji in the fermented urad dal batter. Mix it very well. 
  5. Stir in cocoa powder.
  6. Next add the wet ingredient mix.
  7. Fold the batter twice or thrice so that everything gets mixed properly.
  8. Add nuts.
  9. Allow the batter to rest on the counter for 30 mts.
  10. Take a deep vessel or cooker and add water.
  11. Keep a baking tin greased separately. Dust the pan with whole wheat flour. I have used a steel bowl.
  12. After half an hour, add baking soda to the eggless cake batter and immediately add vinegar.
  13. Mix it in one direction.
  14. The steamed cake batter should drop like a ribbon.
  15. Pour the sugar-free cake batter in the baking pan.
  16. Place a steel bowl with water in the cooker, which already has water. Or you may place a cooker stand instead of a bowl.
  17. On top of the stand or bowl, place the cake pan and cover the vessel.
  18. Let it heat for 5 mins on high flame.
  19. Lower the flame after 5 mins to low.
  20. Steam the sugar-free lentil cake for 40 mts or until a skewer comes out clean.
  21. Allow the eggless steamed cake to rest for an hour and cut it only when it has cooled down.
  22. You may top it with chocolate sauce. I have used 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, 1 tsp honey, 2 tbsp hung curd and mix everything well. Add more honey if it looks thick. Top the cake with the chocolate sauce evenly. I am no expert in it, but tried doing so. Here's our eggless, sugar-free cake with lentils. 
  23. I was seriously doubting the taste of the cake while preparing, but the moist cake is absolutely yummy and just perfect for guilt-free indulgence. 




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