Monthly Archives: November 2011

How can I keep my skin looking healthy all winter?

When winter comes, everything become dry; your hair, skin and even your heels. The natural oil is minimum that your skin produces during the dry & cold weather.
winter skin care tips
During winter the problems such as dullness, chapping, itchiness and flakiness etc. are very common. So it is very important to take proper care of your skin during this cold season.
It poses unique challenges to sustaining healthy skin. Constantly switching between indoor air and the harsh and cold winds of outdoor air removes moisture from the skin. While lotions and creams replace some of that moisture so it’s better to prevent the moisture loss in the first place. Because the dry skin cracked or irritated is vulnerable to infection & that’s the reason dermatologists say it’s essential to change your skin care routine along with the seasons in order to boost your body’s natural defences.
Here are some very important and useful tips for getting healthy skin during winter season

  • Use moisturizers lip balms and lipsticks.
  • Drinking lots of water keeps the skin moisturized and flushes the toxin out of your body.
  • Use a humidifier in the bedroom or living room once the relative humidity inside drops below 60 percent.
  • During cold weather don’t try to use hot water for bath because the hot water reduces the skin’s protective oils faster than warm or cold. Keep skin healthy by turning down the temperature.
  • During the winter season exercise is very important to promote the circulation of blood in your body. This helps keep skin healthy.
  • Extended wintry weather nights are mainly encouraging to sleep. Make the most of the long night and get satisfactory sleep skin cells’ ability to repair is best during rest.

Take these steps, and you will have smoother, softer skin that is moisturized and more sheltered against bad elements of the winter. And you will be preventing future wrinkles.

Sweets from Different Cultures of Pakistan!

Sweet (Mithai) is the traditional dish for celebrating the happiness especially in the countries like Pakistan, India & Bangladesh. Now there is a various type of sweets sweetswhich derived from different cultures. Like Ghulab Jaman it is one of the most famous types of sweet, Introduced during Mughal rule & now in the current age there is a list of sweet dishes recipes which are very much popular around the Pakistan. Like Burfi, Ras Gula, Cham Cham, Ladu, jalebi, Gajjar Halwa, Akhrot Halwa, Sohan Halwa, Habshi Halwa, etc that come from different societies or cultures and make a wide category  of sweets recipes & cake recipes.
Sweets (Mithai) are an essential part of weddings and just as important as groom and bride. When people of here talk about weddings or decide the date for the ceremony or meet their future in laws they are usually asking like “where is Mithai” or “Kuch Metah Hojai”.
Sweets (Mithai) have an essential element of any occasion in Pakistan’s culture. Sweet is also a best choice for a standard gift for any events like Eid, Birthday, Christmas, New Years, Happy Anniversaries or other parties etc… there are a number of shops in Karachi that offers the best quality and hygienic sweets like Dilpasand sweet bakers, Dhaka Sweets, BRAVO BAKERY, DUNKIN’ DONUTS, Faisal sweet & baker, Qasr-e-sherren, Habib Mithai Wala, Rahat Bakers, Ambala sweets & Bakers and much more. So let’s enjoy your precious occasions with delicious traditional sweets.
Note: has a selected range of sweets & cakes recipes.

Cashew Nut is Rich Nutritional Dry Fruit & Flavorful Ingredients for Recipes!

The soft, crispy and crunchy cashew nuts are loved for their luscious flavor. They are eaten as a snack or covered in chocolate and are often used as a flavorful ingredients to appetizers, desserts and with other foods.
cashew nutCashew nuts are faintly sweet in taste they are enjoyed as garnish in sweets and desserts along with almonds, they are scattered over desserts, and ice cream based preparations and is widely used in biscuits, sweets and cakes. Especially in Pakistan during winter it takes with a cup of evening tea or at night after meal. Cashew nuts are also used in Thai, Chinese, Indian & Pakistani cuisines along with almonds and other dry fruits to make recipes flavorful and scrumptious in taste.

Cashew nuts have a very excellent amount of Nutrition with several health benefits.

  • It restrains healthy monounsaturated fat that encourages good cardiovascularcashew nut health, because monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are related with increased risk for heart disease.
  • Cashew is rich in antioxidants that help in the elimination of free radicals that may cause some cancer.
  • They have a high energy density and high amount of dietary fiber; both have been attributed to a beneficial effect on weight management.
  • Cashew nut consumption helps the body utilize iron, eliminate free radicals, develop bone and connective tissue, and produce the skin and hair pigment melanin.
  • Cashew nut is cholesterol free.
  • It is an energizing food that is good for bones and joints.
So let’s enjoy such a healthy and scrumptious dry fruit with many Thai, Chinese, Indian & Pakistani cuisines recipes for enjoy the delicious taste with energy.
Note: Cashews quickly spoil at room temperature so it should be refrigerated in a tightly sealed container, than you can enjoy it for six months or up to a year if frozen.

Pistachios a wonderful dry fruit with some nutritional facts!

pistachios benefits in winter

Dry fruits are rich source of energy & nutrition and due to their diverse nutritional aspects the demand of such a fruits are increase day by day. Pistachio is such a dry fruit which has an excellent source of copper and manganese, and a good source of phosphorus. In Asian countries like Pakistan the consumption of Pistachio increases during winter and people like to eat such a dry fruit especially in night and with a cup of tea in evening.
Pistachios increase in areas which have winter cool enough so in Pakistan its produce from those tribal area which are cold than other areas of Pakistan. It has drought resistant in high summer temperature & can’t tolerate excessive dampness and high humidity. It is harvested in September, but sufficient supply and state-of-the-art storage systems allow the industry to provide pistachios throughout the year. To maintain the freshness of pistachios, store them in an airtight container (jug, Bottle, Pot) otherwise it will loss their crunch. Kept in a freezer or refrigerator it can be stored as long as a year.
Pistachios have the seven fundamental health benefits that may make you want to include them in your diet on a regular basis.
Healthy Blood
Pistachios are an amazingly rich source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is necessary to make hemoglobin, the protein responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood stream to cells, and is also shown to increase the amount of oxygen carried.
Skin Beauty Health
it is also a great source of vitamin E that often recommended for healthy and beautiful skin. Vitamin E is also helpful for protecting the skin from UV damages.
For Eye Health
Pistachios hold two carotenoids that not found in most nuts. These carotenoids are protective antioxidants help for defending tissues from damage & free radicals.
Help in Diabetes
Eating pistachios may help against diabetes because the experts recommended daily value of the mineral phosphorous & it is contained in just one cup of pistachios. As well as breaking down proteins into amino acids, phosphorous aidsglucose tolerance.
It is also helpful for the Nervous system, Immune system & good for heart health as well. You may also use pistachios as a ingredients with different such as pistachios Gelato, Roast Chicken with pistachio & cranberry Stuffing, chocolate pistachio strawberry, Chocolate pistachio Fudge and many others form

Almonds as a Superfood have Nutritional Benefits in all Season!

Almond (Badam) is one of the most favorite dry fruit. It has a great nutritional volume to make your life healthy & active. It is native to the Middle East and South Asia especially Syria, Israel, Turkey and Pakistan from where it has extended to other divisions of the world. In Pakistan, AlmondBaluchistan is the most important producer of almonds. Pakistan produced almost 26,487 tones of almonds during 2008-2009 from an area of 11,002 hectares. However in Pakistan almonds also have to import from out of the country to meet the domestic demand. In Pakistan, almonds are used not only as an essential ingredient for Tibb-e-Unani therapies but it also has many traditional uses in household cuisines and the preparation of sweet dishes such as almond pudding, Almond drink, Carrot & Almond soup, Crispy almond Baked thigh, Badami Qurma, Badami Gosht, Badami Palao and many others at

There are lots of Health benefits of Almonds some of them are as under;

Good for brain:  the nutrition’s Almond helps in development of the brain. Almond contains high intellectual level and has been considered as a necessary food item for growing children. Many mothers give 2-3 pieces of water soaked almonds daily & also with milk to their children for the healthy and active Brain.

For Skin care: Almond is also a well-known ingredient for the benefits of skin care and thereforeAlmond a massage with almond oil is often suggested for new born babies. Almond milk is also added in some soap as almonds assist in improving the complexion of the skin.

Boosts energy:  The existence of manganese, copper and Riboflavin in almond helps in energy production.

Against diabetes: Almonds offers protection from diabetes by reducing the rise in sugar and insulin levels after meals.

Help to control blood-pressure: the presence of potassium in almond helps to regulates blood pressure.  It has a very low amount in sodium which also helps to control blood pressure.

It is also good for heart and helps to regulates cholesterol, prevention of cancer, weight loss.  So let’s enjoy such a highly nutritional & beneficial dry fruit (Almond) with various recipes from for healthy and active living.

Peanuts favorite in Pakistan with nutritional values!

Winter nights are longer and freezing, everybody try to keep warm, So, Peanut is the precious gift of winter season, Specially in Pakistan, People like it very much. Mostly, in the night people buy from hawkers that are situated at the corner of street. Hawkers are calling like “GARMA GARM PHALY”
PEANUTS IN SHELLS SOFT LIGHT. Image shot 06/2007. Exact date unknown.
Currently Peanut is grown-up in more than 40 countries but its primary producers are China, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Mayanmar (old Burma), India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan & Pakistan. In Pakistan it is cultivated mainly in barani areas of Punjab and also in irrigated areas of the NWFP and Sindh. In sindh Thatta, Badin and Hyderabad could further be explored for peanut cultivation. Currently Pakistan is the seventh (7th) producer of peanuts in the world.
Groundnut or peanut has a variety of uses in Pakistan. It is mainly grown-up due to its high volume of oil for making cooking oil. The decolorized oil of peanut is used to make “margarine” (a food like butter). It is used in preparing vegetable recipes, sweet dish recipes and with chocolate recipes. Roasted peanuts are also sold in small packets in bakery & other shops and are also used in “nimko” mix. It has a great demand among Pakistan especially in winter season. It also serves with other dry fruits to guest at tea time.

Peanut oil is also used for manufacturing soaps, cosmetics and lubricants. It is a very good source of monounsaturated fats. It has the following nutrition per 100gm

  • Vitamin B: Thiamine .30 mg
  • Riboflavin13 mg
  • Niacin 16.2 mg
  • Vitamin E 8 mg
  • Calcium 74 mg
  • Iron 1.9 mg
  • Phosphorus 393 mg
  • Potassium 337 mg
  • Fat 44.2 gm
  • Carbohydrates 23.6 gm
  • Protein 26.9 gm
  • Calories 559gm

So lets enjoy such a nutritional dry fruits with your favorite recipes also has the various recipes such as peanut Cake, Chocolate peanut butter cheese cake and much more.

Pumpkin a Best Winter Squash Family Fruit with some diabetic Friendly Recipes!

The sweet flavors of pumpkin are wonderful in various kinds of autumnal taste full recipes. Pumpkins are grown all around the world but United States, Canada, Mexico, India and China are the biggest international producers of pumpkins. Usually in Pakistan pumpkin found in tribal area but due to full fill the demand it’s also import form the china as well. During December or from the end of November it is easily available in the markets of Pakistan. It is a very healthy fruit and found in six different verities from all over the world

Such as

  • Queensland blue pumpkinPumpkin
  • Butternut pumpkin
  • Jarrahdale pumpkin
  • Dumpling pumpkin
  • Jap pumpkin
  • Golden nugget pumpkin
Chinese use pumpkin foods to keep lower blood sugar. Diabetes patients can eat any of the pumpkin families on daily basis. Pakistan is one of the 10 countries in the world with the highest prevalence of diabetes and has one of the fastest increases in the number of diabetics. Pumpkin helps you to get a total control on diabetes. Karachifoods has selected number of sugar free recipes that could help to eat pumpkin with a variety of taste such as Pumpkin Soup, Shrimp in Pumpkin Seed Sauce you can use it with other different foods. There are other pumpkin recipes with sugar like Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Creamy Pumpkin sauce, Iced Pumpkin Cookies, Rigatoni with Pumpkin…etc. In short Pumpkin may be better for someone on a calorie-restricting diet, this is a very healthy source of nutrients and make scrumptious filling for pie. So enjoy!

Let’s have a Dandruff Free Hair in a Dry winter Season!

Winter is almost near to come when humidity is low & people have to face dry skin problem & particularly the most common problem is dandruff which is cause of embarrassment when you move towards any social gathering, family get together & offices etc. it is also a big cause of hair fall as well. Although dandruff is not normally risky to your health but it can be cause of your embarrassment.


Dandruff is usually illustrated by an itchy, dry or rough scalp. There are many possible reasons of dandruff, such as psoriasis, dry skin or eczema. In winter dandruff is commonly increase more than the other season but now by the help of some special & useful totkas you can reduce or remove the dandruff and make you hair strong & healthy as well. Here is some special & useful totkas that specially derive to your Dandruff Free Hair.

  • Take a bowl and put in 2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana) in water overnight. In the morning chop into a fine paste. Apply all over scalp and leave for half an hour. Wash with or mild shampoo.
  • Massage lemon juice all over your scalp and leave for 15-20 minutes than wash it. This treatment ensures dandruff free and absolutely clean hair. The key to beautiful hair is a clean scalp.
Hope fully it will be helping you for reducing or removing dandruff in a dry winter season as well.

Pomegranate a Delicious taste of fruit with a Number of Health Benefits!

Pomegrante is locally called “Anar” and is a native fruit of Afghanistan, Iran, northern India and Pakistan. Usually Pomegranate is easily available during winter season in Karachi it is easily available from your nearest market in just Rs. 110/kg to 150/kg (02-11-2011).  Mostly people are enjoy with Pomegranate or its juice as a refreshment  and it  is also used in different recipes for improving the taste such as cake, Prawns with Pomegranate and many more. Pomegranate is not only aPomegranate delicious fruit but it also has high nutritional values and several health benefits.  The famous proverb “AIK ANAR 100 BIMAR”
  • As pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, it can keep bad cholesterol (LDL) from oxidizing and hence prevents atherosclerosis.
  • Regular intake of pomegranate juice is highly valuable for people suffering from heart disorders.
  • It has been noted that pomegranate avoids clumping of blood platelets and also formation of unnecessary clots.
  • It is also has been discovered that pomegranate compounds canPomegranate juice eliminate prostate cancer and thereby slows down its growth.
  • It has been observed that juice of pomegranate aids in preventing heart attacks and strokes too.
  • Pomegranate juice is very useful for people suffering from diarrhea, but excess consumption may cause constipation.
  • It is believed that pomegranate is very useful in reducing plaque in arteries and raising HDL levels.
  • It is also helpful for reducing blood pressure levels and also enhances oral health.
  • It is helpful for preventing cartilage deterioration and hence, keeps osteoarthritis at bay.
  • Researchers have demonstrated that maternal intake of pomegranate juice can protect the neonatal brain from the hurt after an injury.

So why not enjoy the natural taste of pomegranates by using as juice or as ingredients in different foods for the happy & healthy life.

Let’s get the shiny nails By Zubaida Tariq!

healthy-beautiful-nailsBeauty is one of the important aspects for all women so let’s get a beauty tips now for the shiny nails. Just take a 1 glass of warn water &  mixed an ideal quantity of shampoo as per water you take to create bubbles also add some quantity of salt and dip nails in this little warm water just after that take a half lemon sprinkle salt over the lemon and rub your nails with lemon just a few mints then again dip nails in warm water and remove it after ten (10) minutes. Now add olive oil with lemon and apply it on nails and for getting an attractive shiny nail!