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How to Grow Okra At Home

Okra, commonly known lady’s finger or Bhindi in India, is a seasonal plant which belongs to the melon family and has beautiful flowers. The vegetable can be cooked and consumed in different ways. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A along with calcium and fiber. It is low in calories containing about 25 to 40 kcal per 100 grams and is mainly made up of water (90%), protein (2%) and carbohydrates (7%). You may have been buying this healthy and versatile green from your nearest grocery…

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How to Make the Best Uthappams at Home

I still remember quick family meals at Sarvana Bhavan as a child. At a time when dining out was not a frequent affair, Saravana Bhavan was reserved for those quick meals or when you had unexpected guests. One of the favourite dishes for kids used to be the famous Seven-taste Uthappam – clever term coined by them. For the uninitiated, Uthappams (Uthappa in Kannada)  might be very similar to a dosa but they’re not the same thing. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside this is almost where…

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Kerala’s Favourite Breakfast: How to Make Soft Puttu at Home

One of Kochi’s most successful restaurant launches over the last couple of years was Dhe Puttu. It helped that one of the restaurant’s promoters is Dileep, a successful Malayalam actor. However, this is not a restaurant that depends solely on star power but is driven by an innovative idea. All this restaurant does is serve Puttu, Kerala’s emblematic breakfast favourite. Dhe Puttu has over 20 different versions of Puttu. A year ago, I learnt to make Puttu at the Anantara Peace Haven resort in Tangalle, Sri Lanka’s southern tip. They…

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How to Do Manicure At Home: Get Beautiful Hands & Perfect Nails

                      In this busy world where people don’t even have the time to look at themselves in the mirror, how will they take out time go to a salon for grooming up? It would be much easier if you could just do it at home. It’s no secret. Ladies (and men of course) love pretty hands – soft skin and well-polished nails. But that needs a lot of maintenance and frequent trips to your beautician. Professional manicures can be expensive…

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Work from Home Culture Could Be More Stressful, Leading to Insomnia

Daily work life is tough; battling traffic to meeting deadlines, it is a constant struggle. And the work only seems to pile up because there are just so many distractions at office due to discussions with colleagues, meetings and what not. At times like these most of us wish desperately for a work from home flexibility. It just seems a more productive way to make use of time. Working from home surely has its benefits, as you can plan your day, work in silence and make sure deadlines are met…

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6 Excellent Home Remedies for Piles

Piles or Hemorrhoids can be defined as swellings that develop inside and around the anus. They are cushions of tissue, which consist of blood vessels, muscle and so on. They are present in varying sizes and could also be outside the anus. It is not considered a serious problem and generally they disappear on their own. However, it is important to note that, sometimes, surgical procedures are required to remove piles.   Generally, genetic factors are associated with piles. They could be inherited. It is believed that as one grows…

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