Paneer Biryani in Instant Pot

When you’re trying to empty your fridge and there are few odds and ends lying around, you come up with your own recipe using them, we’ve all been there. This is one such recipe and it turned out so delicious that now I make this whenever I have guests and they love it too. One of my friends loved it so much that she took the recipe from me and made it for her party and said it was a hit. Sold yet? ๐Ÿ˜€ Read More …

Staycation!

If you follow me on Instagram/Snapchat you know that I was staycationing in Chicago. Hari tried his best to convince me for a vacation this year but I wasn’t ready yet. So he came up with this brilliant idea of staycation and I din’t have the heart to say no this time. Also, this is my only ‘travel’ this year, I loved it so much that I wanna document it here. So on Dec 25th we went on a staycation, we stayed at the Marriot in Wilmette which was amazing (good job, husband)! We checked-in, toured the room and got into our swimsuits and headed straight to the swimming pool and oh boy, we had a whole pool to ourselves and had a blast. You know what, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. ๐Ÿ˜€ Read More …

Best Compliment Ever!

Who doesn’t like to hear compliments? I can see my husband raising his hands and legs, but that’s just him! :/ I love compliments, both giving and receiving. There’s something so nice about it, it instantly makes the giver and the receiver happy. As much as I like receiving compliments, I act all gawky sometimes and here’s a post about how I act clumsy. But, tell me, what’s the best compliment you have received? I would love to hear, aw c’mon don’t be shy, I would love to hear all about it. I’m gonna shamelessly share some of my favorite compliments. But before that, when was the last time you gave someone a compliment? I usually shy away from giving someone the compliment that they deserve to know. But not anymore, I’m very vocal these days and I love spreading happiness wherever I go. So go ahead and give compliments to people you meet in restaurants, train, work place, spa etc. Read More …

Spinach Dal Khichdi in Instant Pot

Long time, no IP recipes!! In fact not much recipes off late. The reason is I’m so so lazy these days that I hardly cook anything great but even if I do I’m lazy to take pictures! ๐Ÿ˜€ So I planned to make dal and rice yesterday but got so lazy that I dumped everything in IP and made dal khichdi. ๐Ÿ˜› And it turned out so good especially on a cold winter night, this is such a heavenly comfort food! I usually make khichdi/dal with moong dal but I ran out of it and made with toor dal and loved it. If you don’t have a Instant pot, make the same thing in pressure cooker or rice cooker. Alright, here’s how I make it. Check out other Instant Pot recipes here. Read More …

Shelfie

Remember the shelf that I mentioned in myย anniversary postย ?Here’s the quick story whether you want to know or not, but I can’t skip this part. ๐Ÿ˜› This shelf might not seemย that great but it is special to me and you will know why in a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was hunting for a good industrial book case since few months. Either they were not really great or ย din’t fit into my budget and I just couldn’t narrow down to one. Scouting million stores(virtually) later, I found this shelf and even the price was reasonable, so I added it to the cart only to realize it’s out of stock. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Dang! I was so annoyed and pissed that I stopped looking for bookshelves for good. I felt a little bad initially and lost interest eventually. But apparently Hari kept looking at their website every day first thing in the morning and one fine day he noticed that there was one last piece that was in stock!! He ordered it immediately and and wanted to surprise me with it but I was so burned out that day that he had to tell me about the bookcase to cheer me up. The conversation went like this.. Read More …

Schedule a me-time

Past two days has been so rough (screw you hormones), but I’m done sulking not because I’m fine but I WANT to be fine. So I’m gonna schedule a ‘me-time’ with me (duh) today – I’m gonna play some good music, do my mani/pedi, read a book, watch this week’s carpool karaoke featuring Bruno Mars and drink lots of water! I’m sure I’m gonna have a great week ahead, a lil bit of ‘me-time’ is all I need perhaps. Have you ever noticed that if you are happy, everything around looks happy and triggers happiness in others around you? So I want you to schedule your ‘me-time’ too however busy you are. Read More …

How are you?

This is the most dreaded question of 2016 for me. In fact until Oct of 2015, if anyone asked me, “How are you?” my response would be “Oh I’m doing great!:D” I have always replied like this to every ‘how-are-you’ question ever since I’ve started talking I think. My response might seem like my life was a breeze and I was high on weeds life. I can surely say that 50% of it is true. My life was not a breeze but I was always high on life. I have been bullied for scoring good marks, I have flunked more than once and many such horrible horrible things have happened but it just din’t seem to bother me much thankfully. Read More …