Monday, 13 August 2012

Kantha Kurta my way !!

Kantha is one the oldest embroidery form from Bengal , I still remember how much I enjoyed doing this way back in school & NIFT as this is the simplest form of embroidery. Recently I have started doing garments customization , well it was always been my passion and after giving up from job I thought I will concentrate on my designing skills full time. I enjoy doing this & it keeps me content and occupied.I don't run a proper boutique shop where ladies come & ask you to do stuff for them. My concept of working is very different I like to connect to my clients , understanding their requirements and then designing for them accordingly.Now that I am already doing it I am get tempted to try new things, can't help it I am greedy woman !! Lolz ...

We have this concept of couple kitty among cousins so I had a reason to get dressed !
It was on weekend and this is what I wore .....

Wearing -
Kantha halter kurta- bought the fabric from an exhibition and designed it myself :), don't miss the multicolored tassels and the bottom laces detailing I added to the look :)
Maroon lycra pajami- bought from local market 
Black peep toe footwear- Aiva 
Yellow Kantha sling bag- Dilli Haat 
Antique gold cuff- Gifted by BFF Shamaila 
Black Ed Hardy Watch 
Panther ring- Accessorize
Yellow earrings- Aisha , gifted by BFF Daman

Makeup wise-
I have applied winked eye liner with neutral liptick and slight blush

Products used to achieve this look

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Recipe : Kadhai mix veg


Cooking time-25 mins

Bitter Melon( karela)- about 5-6 small ones
Baby potatoes- about 10-15
Ladyfinger- about 50 gms
Baby eggplant - about 5-6
Gram flour -about 1/2 cup
Mustard oil- about 1 1/2 tbsp
Dhania powder - 2 tsp
salt- as per taste
Turmeric- 11/2 tsp
Amchur- 1 tsp
Sauf powder-1 tsp
Red chillies- 3/4 tsp
Garam Masala- 1 tsp

Step by step recipe-

Peal the bitter melon( I have used baby bitter melon in my dish  , you can opt for the normal size too).Cut it from centre partially but dont completely cut it.

Cut the egg plant into half ( btw these are from our kitchen garden :) )

 Cut the ladyfinger into half partially just like bitter melon.

 Slice the onions.

Wash the baby potatoes nicely and dry them.

In the gram flour mix the pealed remains of bitter melon , add a little salt and water. Mix the consistence the same way you make pakoras.

Make small balls of this mixture and fry that in mustard oil in a kadhai.

When the balls are fried take them aside and add the bitter melon, fry it for about 3-4 mins till they turn a little brown.

Now add the baby potatoes, and keep stirring for about 5 mins.

Now add the balance vegetables except for onions ,mix it well and keep starring it for 5 mins.


Now add the pototoes and the pakodas in the mixture and also add the spices that includes salt , sauf powder, turmeric , red chillies and garam masala.

Cover the kadhai with lib and on low flame cook if for about 10-15 mins.

This is how the final dish looks like :)

Just wanted to share with you guys that I experimented with this dish and everyone at home loved it , so thought of sharing the recipe with you guys !