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Why are Zouk’s bags an ideal choice for every trendsetter woman

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Accessories within an accessory! Isn’t it just fascinating? Yes, Zouk’s bags are all about spacious compartments, elegance, and sturdiness.

Women, over time, have evolved with their possessions. They have become more precise and strident with their choices. Be it their life decisions or petty preferences, the color or quality of a particular product, they are much oriented than before.

You will hardly come across a woman who hasn’t matched her outfit with her accessories or paired her perfectly manicured nails with her jewelry. From their floral scrunchies to their motif handbags and plaid footwear, they cherish every belonging with pride. 

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Conversely, with several prominent brands rolling in the market, there’s a gamut of options to embrace. While some may prefer contemporary quirky designs and colors, some may find classic patterns and shapes intriguing. There’s a sea of choices to favor. In any case, it has become a challenge for brands to meet the expectations and demands of their target group. 

However, Zouk’s timeless bags are unmatchable beauties. For the trendsetter woman, Zouk’s collection, ranging from pretty slings, backpacks, tote, office bags, laptop, and handbags are an absolute muse. Read on!

Zouk’s bags- the perfect piece to adorn any occasion

Create that seamless statement with the varied flo motif, Mughal motif, or abstract patterned bags that are just perfect to dazzle any occasion. Stylish yet affordable, the handbags give an absolute experience to express yourself amid the crowd. 

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Moreover, the bags are designed keeping in mind one’s daily convenience. So, don’t worry if you have to carry your beauty essentials, sanitizer, extra masks, wipes, chocolates, and more to the parties or office meetings. Zouk holds it all. 

What the modern women prefer vs what do Zouk offer

Accessories within an accessory! Isn’t it just fascinating? 

Gone are those days when women looked out for just bags to carry their essentials. Now, they lookout for a number of aspects. Of course, everyone loves pockets in their dresses and a lot more pockets and compartments in their bags!

From being the trendy pick to incorporating all the key features like being spacious, lightweight, sturdy handles, pretty designs, and having generous pockets, Zouk is simply the best choice for anyone who is looking to invest in a good handbag.

And more for the office goers

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Most women spend their time out of home or in the office. Accordingly, a bag that is functional, sturdy, as well as elegant is something women always hunt for. This flo motif laptop bag comes with a detachable strap which makes it versatile. The padded laptop compartment inside along with front, back, and inbuilt pockets make it an ideal laptop bag, office bag, messenger bag, and daily use bag.

More about Zouk’s bags

Talking about sturdiness, Zouk’s bags are made of 100% vegan leather. That is, they are PETA-approved, completely cruelty-free, and responsible. So, when you are grabbing affordable handbags online from Zouk, you are buying ethically manufactured products that hurt no one.

Luxury to fast fashion, the trend of chicest handbags is bucking up. And Zouk, with its high-end styles in vogue, is reveling in all the attention. After all, won’t you cheer for a bag that holds your big club sandwich, a laptop, your scribble notepads, all your skin essentials, and also that pair of extra sleepwear for your weekend sleepover plan with your bestie!?

Note: Check out https://zouk.co.in for more bags and accessories.

The essential skincare routine for glowing skin

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Every woman dream of impeccable, glowing, and beautiful skin. But following a regular skincare routine might sound frantic for some. The eventful schedules and demanding lifestyle often push one to miss out on their skincare routine at times. And because of such improper cleansing, dust particles, dirt, and makeup that remain trapped, further lead to buildups, resulting in acne, dry, rough, and dull skin. 

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However, the problem becomes severe during summertime. With more accumulation of dirt and oil underneath our skin, acne breakouts and rashes are likely to crop up.

Subsequently, I tried intervening in why people tend to skip a skincare regime. And surprisingly, these are some of the reasons that I received:

  1. They are too lazy for a skincare routine
  2. They don’t have time
  3. They never felt the need to invest time in one
  4. Skincare products are expensive
  5. Harmful chemicals present in the cosmetics may damage their skin more
Considering these facts here’s an easy and effective skincare routine that’s not just affordable but also effective for treating and healing skin damages:

Step 1: Clean the pores

Use a mild cleanser to clean up the pores. A gentle cream cleanser or oil-based cleanser works well, however, you can also use a chemical-free face wash. Splash some water on your face and take the required amount of face wash onto your palm. Apply on your face and neck and lather well. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

Step 2: Scrub those dead cells out

Exfoliation is essential to scrape those dead flaky cells, deeply penetrated dirt, dust, and other pollutants that cause skin damage. Being an ardent fan of organic skincare essentials, I always check for the ingredients before making a purchase. This Hawaiian Mud and Seaweed Scrub from Myra Veda is one such product I can totally rely on when it comes to skincare.

Appropriate for all types of skin, this mild scrub not just exfoliates those dead skin cells but also leaves a refreshing effect on the skin. All thanks to the ingredients! Aside from its mind-calming fragrance, the goodness of shea butter, cocoa butter, olives, and camellia leaf gives rich nourishment to your skin.  

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Direction to use: Dampen your face and squeeze out the required amount of scrub. Massage gently in a circular motion, using upward strokes at times. You can also leave it on for 2-15 minutes as a mask (this is entirely optional). Dab a soft cotton cloth in warm water and rinse off gradually.

Step 3: A clay pack to heal

I believe in clay masks more than any other masks (although I try all of them). Mainly because I was introduced to clay and sandalwood packs during my teenage years and those worked wonders on my acne issues then. However, it’s been a long I haven’t come across a good clay pack. But this Amazonian Clay from Egypt seemed like a good investment. 

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Sourced from the mouth of the Amazon River, it helps absorb excess oil, eliminate toxins, and reduces visible pores. The soft and fine texture of the clay will leave a radiant impression on to your skin. 

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Direction to use: Scoop out 2-3 spoons of Myra Veda Amazonian Clay from Egypt on a glass bowl. Mix it with Myra Veda Pure Rose Water to form a smooth paste. You can also use it with yogurt, milk, honey, or other ingredients. Apply all over your neck and face. Let it dry for 5-10 minutes and rinse off. Pat dry using a soft towel.

Step 4: Tone up the pores

A toner is a must-have in a skincare routine. Wondering why? It is because once you wash your face or clean up the pores, the pH balance of the skin shudder. To restore the balance, it is imperative to use a good toner right after cleaning the face. 

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For toner, I always prefer rose water and Myra Veda’s Pure Rose Water has been my favorite. Unlike most commercial brand’s rose water/toner it is not mixed with any synthetic chemicals like propylene glycol and other preservatives but contains 100% pure and natural rose water. You can get visible results within days of using this product religiously. 

Direction to use: Spray Myra Veda’s Pure Rose Water onto your face directly or spray on a cotton ball and apply all over your face and neck.

Step 5: Moisturize

The final step- moisturize. Yes, never ever leave out this step from the routine. Moisturizing helps nourish and protect your skin and prevent further breakouts and wrinkles. Invest in a light non-greasy moisturizer that best matches your skin. 

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I hope this skincare routine is effective in ensuring the overall health of your skin and make you glow.

Don’t forget to check out Myra Veda’s range of skin and hair care products at https://www.myravedaluxury.com

Get away with summer skin rashes with this easy home remedy

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Don’t let summer skin rashes pull you down. This easy home remedy will help you glow once again!

The days of juicy mangoes and watermelon mojitos are here. Also, the days of acne breakouts, rashes, tan, and burns too are here. Summer and skin have always been in a constant cold war. No wonder how tough you hold on to a summer skincare routine, an inevitable ugly-looking pimple will pop out to smirk at you. 

For the ones with oily skin, oh! I understand the pain completely. The hot and humid days with less clothes and least skincare products not just take a toll on our skin but also to our pockets. Investing on high SPF sunscreens to a range of cosmetic products, with a only to aggravate the conditions.

While summer has changed a bit since last year with frequent lockdowns, curfews, work from home, and limited exposure to outdoors, its impact on our skin too has altered. I never had so much issues with my summer skin. But after days of staying indoors and barely exposing myself to the sun and the open air, my skin began to sense the outside environment alien. Even for few hours if I am out in the heat these days, I develop rashes and acne breakouts on my face. And of course, how can I miss out those adamant prickly heat that refuses to go away!

Finally, after trying different summer skincare products and tested ways to handle distressing summer skin, I have come up with a remedy that might work wonders on your problems too. 

Shoo those prickly problems with this summer rashes home remedy

Rashes that are prickly, itchy, and with a burning sensation are quite common during summer. A heat rash occurs mainly due to sweat pores that are blocked by dirt, creams, or other particles. However, for some, rashes don’t need an invitation from blocked pores. They can just arrive at any time. Sensitive skin however is more prone to catch rashes. 

Pure aloe vera gel from www.honeyandspice.in

If you notice any prickly rashes on your skin, this easy-peasy home remedy will help soothe your skin from irritation and provide a cooling effect.

Things you will need:

  1. Pure aloe vera gel – Fresh or store-bought (I use Honey and Spice’s Pure aloe vera gel for all my aloe vera requirements)
  2. Peppermint essential oil
  3. Lavender essential oil

Method

  • If you are using store-bought aloe vera gel, scoop out the required portion of the gel in a glass bowl. Or you can scrape out the gel from a leaf. 
  • Add 2-3 drops of peppermint and lavender essential oil. 
  • Mix well and put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  • Clean the affected areas and apply all over. 
  • Massage gently for 1-2 minutes.
  • For best results, use this 3-4 times a day. 

You can directly apply aloe vera gel but adding the essential oils provide a calming effect to the affected areas and help to heal faster. I have tried applying aloe gel from the plant directly on the skin after cooling for some time. It did help in minimizing the effect but took me a week time to repair my skin. On the other hand, applying with the essential oils did the job faster, within 2-3 days. However, this may vary from skin to skin.

You can use tea tree oil as an alternative. This essential oil also has skin calming properties.

As the mercury rises, we tend to deplete more electrolytes and water from our body. Thus, it becomes imperative to drink more water and keep ourselves hydrated and less fatigued. Eating nutrient-rich foods and juicy fruits like watermelon, oranges, berries, sweet lime, pomegranate, etc. during summer is another way to keep the skin healthy and glowing.

Don’t forget to let me know if this method works on your skin.

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A vibrant space for all your home-décor needs: Itokri is the place to be

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If you are looking for pretty hangings, vivid curtains, folk and tribal art pieces, aromatic fragrances to keep your home delightful, and with more options on your list, then ITOKRI is the place you should check out. Not just that this platform also embraces apparel, pieces of jewelry, footwear, stationaries, personal and body care, and an array of accessories. 

ITOKRI celebrates the diversity of Indian trades. Artisans and entrepreneurs ranging from small to medium and emerging finds their place in this platform.

This space also nurtures ancient art forms and traditional crafts that we seldom find in today’s times. From tribal, modern, heritage, to crafts from across the nation, one can find it all under one roof.

ITOKRI for all your home decor needs

This is my first experience with ITOKRI. What caught my attention is the newspaper-wrapped box that contained my ordered products. As I tear the wrapper, there was another surprise. A beautiful handmade paper box cuddled my products. 

Tryst with personal care products 

Personal care products from itokri

If you are someone who loves to enter a sweet-smelling bathroom, you won’t need any additional fragrances to make it more aromatic. The sweet floral scents from the soaps, shampoo, and body wash will seal your bathroom with pleasant vibes throughout. Ah! And also, you!

Prepared using ayurvedic techniques, these products are free from harsh chemicals and ingredients that deteriorate one’s skin. The products contain pure essential oils, almond oil, wheat germ oil, herbs and botanicals, papaya enzyme, and the highest quality organic aloe vera to give a refreshing bathing experience.

The aroma that fills your home with happy vibes

A gift set from itokri

Conjure up the right atmosphere with incense sticks and cones. With a lingering aura of rose, musk, amber, and other fragrances, fill your home with pleasant notes without a hint of overpowering.

Light up your little spaces

Illuminate the cozy corners of your room with fragrant candles. These perfumed clay pots and floating candles are individually and carefully hand poured before pressing the dried florals.

Gift sets for all occasions

Check out https://www.itokri.com/ for more products.

The confident swimwear collection by LYRA

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Not confident with your bikini body? Don’t worry! LYRA got you covered. 

With summer knocking on everyone’s doors, it’s time to prep up the wardrobe with adorable pairs of swimsuits, bikinis, shorts, tanks, and all the vibrant flowy dresses. But for someone who dresses modestly, it often becomes a tough task to opt for swimwear that visibly exposes parts of their body. The bathing suit anxiety often takes a toll on women, crushing them with low self-esteem. 

As women we know how difficult it is to stay head high and confident when we are not comfortable in our own skin and dress. Feeling apprehensive about wearing a bikini or exposing swimwear is common for most women. Whilst some women overcome their summer body anxiety, for some, it remains a never-ending struggle. They tend to miss out all the fun, fretting over their beach bodies. 

Here’s a collection of gorgeous and sexy yet modest collection of swimwear that will leave you celebrating every summer instead of hiding indoors with bewilderment.

Pretty in pastel:

This pastel collection is truly stunning. The soft hues of green, pink, coral, etc. makes the collection an irresistible pick to celebrate the summer blissfully outdoors.  

Bright and bold with patterns:

With a keen eye on style, this collection is a muse. From feeling good to looking good, this collection of swimwear holds every attribute to make one stand out. The classic colors are an elegant match with its minimal design to enhance the summer glow. Pair it with a sleek high-bun and you are all set to scream glam.

For plus-size women:

Now feel beautiful without compromising on coverage! Express your body confidently with this plus-size collection that’s precisely crafted keeping in mind the style quotient. Keep aside your self-doubts and insecurities and get swim body-ready with this plus-size collection.

About LYRA

LYRA is created through a woman’s struggle to find swimwear that’s modest, makes her feel comfortable and confident, and matches her lifestyle. For someone who loves to dress modestly and also loves outdoor, swimming, and keeping herself fit, it becomes demanding to meet every expectation, ultimately ending up compromising with one thing or the other. This is how LYRA is born; out of Ikram Zein’s enthusiasm to incorporate modesty, style, elegance, and passion.

After a year of working on ideas, designs, and more, Ikram was finally confident to launch her collection in December 2016. LYRA has all the elegance of classic Hollywood, Moroccan beach cool, and minimalist design. The swimsuits are made from light weight, fast dry, premium quality Italian Carvico fabric with high UV protection and can be bought as a full set, or separates, including a chic turban style head covering leggings, and long line, long sleeve tops, that can create the fit and cover as per one’s wish.

The swimwear collection has also been showcased at London Modest Fashion Week. The LYRA brand appreciates that every woman is different, has a sense of what she feels comfortable in, but doesn’t want to compromise on look or feel good. Be it lounging by a poolside, kicking it on the beach, or going for a swim. LYRA looks to reflect the beliefs and values of women from all walks of life.

Check out the full collection of swimwear and accessories at https://lyraswimwear.com

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Guide to choosing the right fabric and color for any occasion

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When choosing our apparel or ordering our bespoke garments, don’t we ensure the fabric and color that we have picked is pairing well and right with our body tone, the occasion, and the season?

Of course, nobody would like to wear a Banarasi silk saree to the beach (Or will you?). Choosing the right fabric and color for any occasion is as important as choosing the right food for your body.

Envisaged your dress? Now what?

The kind of fabric you choose determines your overall appearance. You must have visualized your dress- whether it is going to be layered, body-hugging, or loose fit; short, midi, or a flowing gown; whether it is going to be a floral, checked, or solid colored; a silk chiffon, organza, or a sequined one?

Nonetheless, to settle with your desired design, choosing the right fabric stands first in the list of priorities. Another significant point to remember is to choose the color based on one’s skin tone. Your skin tone and the color you choose should complement each other and must in no way make you look bugged out. 

Choosing your fabric and color scheme according to season

Black Floral Digital Print Rayon Fabric from www.fabcurate.com

Now that you have envisioned your dress and the color, it’s time to stock up the fabric. Since summer is round the corner and is going put down its roots for a few more months, humidity, sweat, and exhaustion are likely to walk hand in hand. But then, summer is also the time to experiment with the myriad hues and palettes you had been storing in your mind. And attending parties with heaps of makeups and dresses sounds like a real tough play. 

Oddly, for someone like me who has accepted a cotton or a viscose tee and baggy pair of pants as her soulmate for all seasons, it’s an insanely demanding load even to think of draping a saree or putting on a gown.

Oh! If you are like me, don’t sweat! Here is how you can choose your fabric and look ravishing, even in summers.

Slay with satin

Satin is a smooth sheen weave that is popularly used to make blouses, shirts, skirts, gowns, lingerie, jackets, scarves, ties, beddings, curtains, and ballet shoes. 

Bumblebee Yellow And Green Floral Pattern Digital Print Japan Satin Fabric from www.fabcurate.com

And this bumblebee yellow and green patterned Japan satin fabric can be a great choice for a  blouson top or a high low dress or for a kimono dress to take over your summer look. Thanks to it shimmery fabric!

The lustre and sheerness of this fabric, as you glide on, will undoubtedly make you catch eyes even with a blanched makeup. But hey, dab on some pretty bold colors to highlight your lips and steal the show.

Rise with rayon

This super soft rayon fabric with rich and elegant design is definitely going to be a win-win for shawls, scarves, sarees, lingerie, suits, trousers, dresses, tops, and bottoms. 

Black Floral Digital Print Rayon Fabric from www.fabcurate.com

With better absorbing power than cotton, this textile has all the attributes to run the show for your summer needs. You can go for wide-legged or flared pants, a box pleated, or a long wrap skirt and match with your favorite pair of sandals. 

Black Floral Digital Print Rayon Fabric from www.fabcurate.com

What I love about this lustrous fabric are its dainty floral patterns that is an ideal choice for summer parties. Be it a cocktail or a wedding party, the sheerness of the shades is pure gorgeous to admire. Regardless of a daytime or night celebration, this breathable fabric and design will catch eyeballs.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match with bold solid colors and some cool bling-tassel accessories.

What is Fabcurate

Fabcurate is a community of designers who believe in creating glorious art out of fabric. The community explores towns, streets, and villages to curate the best fabrics for their creation that never compromise on quality or the design of the fabric. The artisans are fully trained and empowered to create crafts like Kalamkari, Ikat, Ajrakh, Indigo, Tie & Dye, Dabu, Shibori, Banarasi, Bandhani, Batik, etc. which reflect the royal Indian culture. 

Besides, one can spot a range of prints and designs ideally devised for kids, specific occasions, parties, or regular wear on their website. In fact, Fabcurate is the solution for all your fabric confusions- right from the choice of patterns to its reasonable rates.

Moreover, unlike other platforms where you have to stick to a minimum order value or quantity to place your order, here, you have the freedom to choose and pick your design and quantity according to your choice. Be it a thousand meters fabric or just one, you can fulfil your need without any terms and conditions.

Now upgrade your wardrobe without any hitch.

Check out www.fabcurate.com  for an extensive collection of fabrics, textures, and designs. 

Brighten up every occasion with ExclusiveLane’s tribal jewelry pieces

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“ExclusiveLane’s tribal jewelry pieces are a muse that you cannot refuse.”

Jewelry is a woman’s best friend. She may not be enticed by places, food, or even makeup among other things, but “I have enough jewelry,” said no women ever. Not just does a piece of jewelry represent femininity or social status, it also helps a woman feel confident. It is her prized possession.

A pretty dress and a matching pair of footwear may make one beautiful but doesn’t a piece of jewelry add instant magic to her overall look? Be it a wedding day, a cocktail dinner, or just a random day at the office, a pair of earrings or just a pretty little neckpiece always pep up the look.  

Stumbling upon ExclusiveLane’s jewelry collection

Every woman has their own distinct preferences in jewelry. While some like to keep it simple and chic with minimal bling, some like to adorn heavy jewelry pieces studded with precious gemstones or traditional motifs and designs. 

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But for someone like me, there’s another branch of preference called “adorning based on mood.” Somedays I would accessorize myself like I am going to Cannes; other times, it is just a plain, dull look with no makeup or accessories, just an exhausted pigeon who jumped out of bed. But amid the several moods, there has never been one where I resisted myself from buying jewelry. I may not wear some of the accessories that I own in this lifetime. Nonetheless, adding them to my collection has always fancied me more than wearing them. 

As I was browsing to add a few new trinkets and bling to my treasure box, I happen to brush past some of ExclusiveLane’s tribal jewelry collection. Here are some classic pieces that bewitched me and I am pretty sure you too will love to adorn them for any of your occasions (or just add them to your collection):

“Tribal Queen Beaded” Bohemian Brass Necklace Handcrafted in Dhokra Art (Matinee):

This piece of necklace is a stunner. I love how the colors, the design, and the materials used here balance each other comely. This pretty piece depicts “The Tribal Queen Beaded,” from the collection “The Relics of Mohenjo-Daro.” 

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Alongside the tint of brown, the color blue is absorbing me more. Of course, I have a fondness for blue but there’s more than just the colors that this neckpiece holds; it’s the amalgamation of materials, the pattern, and the finest work of craftsmanship. What actually grabs one’s interest toward this exquisite tribal piece is its graceful Dhokra Art design that is crafted by precise hands. Besides, the subtleness of the combination of colors is truly enthralling.

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Usage: If you want to add a dash of vibrancy or a bold mood to your peaky look, this neckpiece is sure to amaze you. It will go great with any minimally designed top or tunic, a neutral solid or pastel colored saree or salwar, and will even jazz up your “confused to wear which” accessories day.

Price: Rs. 1375

Tribal Beauties” Bohemain Brass Earrings Handcrafted in Dhokra Art:

There’s not a single reason to not fall in love with this timeless beauty. Adding an antique not just enhances the look but also makes the one wearing it stand out from the rest.

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This “Tribal Beauties” from the collection “The Relics of Mohenjo-Daro” is another charming piece from ExclusiveLane. What blew me is its aesthetic and subtle work of art. 

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Usage: This muse is something that will pair perfectly with any look. Add it to your “everyday wear” collection or raise a subtle yet richness to define a heavily embellished saree or lehenga look.

Price: Rs. 595

A brief about ExclusiveLane

ExclusiveLane is born out of love for handicraft products. The company is desirous to handpicked the finest products from rural artisans from different parts of India. Exhibiting diversity, heritage, and authentic products to urban consumers thereby preserving traditional art has been their prime motive.

The company is headed up with the solemn goal to provide economic upliftment of the artisans that are involved in preserving the heritage of the handicrafts industry in India. 

What’s more in store

Apart from their exquisite jewelries in focus, ExclusiveLane also houses a range of marvelous collections from dining, home décor, pots and planters, lamps, diffusers, to more. Check out their handcrafted designs at www.exclusivelane.com

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A soft and fluffy date and coffee cake recipe

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I can never get enough of cakes. Indeed, baking has proved as the most therapeutic means to manage my anxious mind. Amid all others, baking a date cake and a banana cake seemed stress-free for me; given the fact that I am left with minimal utensils to wash and the cakes turn delectable and fluffy. However, the road to baking a moist and soft old-fashioned healthy date cake consist of not much hard work. Just some great quality dates and brown sugar and the win is all yours.

Ever since I developed this cherished bond with baking aromatic cakes, there’s no stopping. In fact, all the eggs and fruits that my husband brings would go into my cakes or tarts. I love how my fervent desire for cooking (or baking) is molding so perfectly each day. From blazing a cake to ashes to baking that perfectly soft and spongy cake, I have got my hands on precision.

How temperature or material of the vessel affect while baking

And this date cake is the result of weeks of experimenting with temperatures, ingredients, vessels, and techniques. In case of baking, it is imperative to know that every oven has different features and the baking differs from an aluminum to a silicon vessel. So, you need to experiment with your vessels and temperatures of your oven before settling for a perfect spongy cake.

Unlike my other gooey or sticky date cakes, I decided to keep this a bit light, fluffy, and moist at the same time. 

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Date cake baking temperature may vary depending upon factors like vessels used, materials or size of the cake, etc. For this date cake, I used a rectangular silicon mold and an OTG to bake. I kept the temperature at 185 degrees Celsius for less than 20 minutes.

Here’s the recipe on how to make a perfect date cake, or a date and coffee cake:
  1. Pick a fistful of good quality dates and remove the seeds.
  2. Boil half a glass of water.
  3. Put the dates in the boiling water, stir in between intervals.
  4. Once the water soaks to half, leaving a mushy bottom, add a tablespoon of instant coffee powder. 
  5. Stir for about two minutes and remove the pan. 
  6. Once cooled, transfer to a food processor and reduce it to a smooth paste. You can also use a few tablespoons of milk if the blend seems too dry. 
  7. The date paste is ready.

A Date and Coffee Cake Recipe

This is not a sticky date cake but a fluffy and moist date and coffee cake
Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Equipment

  • Pan
  • Bowl
  • Oven
  • Whisk
  • Cake Mould

Materials

For the mush

  • 10 Dates Good Quality
  • 1 tbsp Coffee powder Instant coffee
  • ½ Cup Water

The Date Cake

  • 1 Cup All purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Sugar White and brown
  • 1 Tsp Butter
  • 3 Tbsp Refined oil
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 Pinch Baking soda
  • 1 Pinch Salt

Instructions

  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, coco powder, and salt in a bowl and seive the dry ingredients once or twice.
  • In another bowl, break 2 eggs and add the granulated sugar and date mush.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat the concoction for about 3-5 minutes, until it turns smooth.
  • Gradually add the the vanilla essence, refined oil, and butter and beat again.
  • Once all the ingredients are incorporated, add the dry ingredients in batches and beat using the electric whisk.
  • Mix the ingredients well using a spatula.
  • Transfer into a well-greased mold.
  • Bake into a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Insert a skewer to check your cake.
  • Ta-dah!

For a fluffy date cake, make sure your mixture is not too concentrated or neither too runny. It has to be a smooth batter that doesn’t stick on your spatula in a “never-leaving” way.

Also, for mixing the wet ingredients, I used the same pan that I used for boiling the dates. Saved my time washing another utensil. 😉

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Did your date cake turn out this good?

Share your experiences in the comments or write to me at [email protected]

Have an aromatic baking experience! 🙂

Creamy fruit tart recipe- Beetroot, mango, chocolate, and cream cheese tart recipe

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The luxuriance of pastry cream is heavenly. The amazing blend of egg yolks, corn starch, milk, cream, and sweetness is just the right snack for your craves. While there lies a number of tricks and tips to make a really succulent tart, the path doesn’t seem too crammed with sweat. Just the right amount of ingredients are important to rule the recipe. Nevertheless, to make this beetroot, mango, chocolate, and cream cheese tart recipe, it was one incredible experience. 

At one moment, I would plan to mix the mango and cream cheese, while on the other, I would wonder how a combination of chocolate and mango would taste like.

But you will gladly love this creamy fruit tart recipe- whether for munching or to round up as a dinner dessert.

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Making an authentic French Tart Recipe 

A tart is usually a baked recipe, consisting of a crumbly firm pastry shell with a sweet, savory, or fruity base. Nonetheless, for a French fruit tart recipe, the 4 essential ingredients include:

  • A sweet pastry crust
  • The vanilla pastry cream filling
  • Fresh fruits
  • A tart glaze

Seemingly, most French tart recipes call for berries and fruits on top. I preferred to play the fruit inside. 

Drawing everything from scratch is arduous and time-consuming, but it is worth the results. However, for an impatient person like me, things can often spill over. Luckily, I rescued the dessert from falling apart.

I was literally out of my mind (and body) when all at once, I decided to bake this tart. Not out of a great mood but out of frustration.

I set the gelatin to bloom and began curdling the milk. It was the creamiest of cream cheese that I had ever tasted. Even my chocolate ganache was ready. Sigh!

I was almost ready with my fillings when I realized I hadn’t even set the pastry dough.

I opened the cupboard to reach for the Marie biscuit packet. And wow! My biscuit tart shell turned out as an absolute complement to the incredible layers of sweetness.

Making of the crust and filling

This tart cake is the summary of a rich, creamy, chocolaty, and nutty taste at one bite. Like a classic French chocolate tart, it has the lusciousness of chocolate, graced by the tanginess of mango, and at the same time, the sublime flavor and silkiness of cream cheese. Just the right recipe to appease all moods.

For the tart base (or shortcrust), I used a packet of Marie biscuits. You can use any biscuits.

For the filling, I used three layers of cream cheese, mango, and beetroot and white chocolate base. This fresh fruit tart is the ultimate beauty you will ever make. 

Follow the tart crust recipe here:

4-in-one tart recipe- beetroot, mango, chocolate, and ricotta tart recipe

A good blend of different flavors, this french tart is your call for all kinds of snacking.
Prep Time30 minutes
Active Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours
Course: Dessert
Keyword: baked recipe, dessert recipe, French chocolate tart, French fruit tart, mango tart cake, tart at home, tart recipe
Yield: 3

Equipment

  • Tart mould
  • Heating pan
  • Food processor
  • Glass bowl
  • Spatula

Materials

For the tart crust/ shell

  • 1 packet Marie Biscuit You can opt for coconut or digestive biscuits also
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 3-4 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Sugar

For the filling

  • 1 cup Cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 2-3 Ripe Mangoes I took the small variety of mangoes
  • 5 grams White chocolate
  • 1 Beetroot
  • 2 tbsp Gelatin
  • 2 tbsp Melted butter
  • 1 tsp Corn starch

Instructions

  • Grind the biscuits to a fine powder 
  • Add the egg and the melted butter. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the granulated sugar and mix again
  • Spread into a tart mould and press the ends firmly.
  • Bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and brush the shell with egg wash
  • Put it back in the oven for another five minutes

Layer 1- Cream Cheese Filling

  • Add the cream cheese, vanilla essence, and sugar in a bowl and beat it until the sugar completely dissolves with the cheese. Keep aside.

Layer 2- Mango Filling

  • For the mango pastry cream, add the mango cubes into a blender and make a fine smooth pulp.

Layer 3- Beetroot and white chocolate filling

  • Add 5 tbsp water to the 2 tbsp gelatin. Set aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Grind or grate the beetroot and extract the juice using a sieve. Keep in a separate bowl.
  • Add a tsp of corn starch to half a cup of water, and stir. 
  • On medium heat, pour the mixture into a pan.
  • Now pour the bloomed gelatin into the corn starch mixture.
  • Add the vanilla and the beetroot extract. Bring it to boil. Sieve and keep aside. 
  • In another pan, heat water and place the white chocolate and butter on a glass bowl to melt.
  • Now fold the melted chocolate into beetroot extract.

For the assembly

  • Add the cream cheese layer in the cooled tart mold. Spread it evenly using a spatula. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.
  • Pour the second layer of mango pulp once the first filling cools. Let it set for five minutes in the fridge.
  • Now add the beetroot and chocolate layer. 
  • Refrigerate for 4-5 hours.

A good balance of a mango cheesecake and a French chocolate tart, this fruit tart contis is an amazing pick for all your dessert choices.

Let me know in the comments how your tart recipe goes.

Easy way to make watermelon halwa

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The arrival of Bihu always fascinates me. Likely because I love seeing my mother prepare 100s of til pitha (a kind of traditional rice cake made with sesame and sugar), tel pitha (a traditional rice cake), and narikol laru (coconut balls). I would wait for her until late midnight, watch her prepare the delicacies wholeheartedly. I was always attracted to her way of preparing the coconut balls. She teaches me how delicately I must handle the preparation, a slight mistake and the balls would not take its desired shape. I would listen and watch her patiently, as she molds the balls. And apparently, I have applied a similar method while making this pudding. This is easy to make dessert recipe and consumes less time to prepare.

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While I use to throw away the rind of watermelon every time, I choose to prepare something out of the inutile pieces (these were supposed to go right into the bin). After grinding to a good paste, I had decided to cook it the way my mother used to prepare the coconut balls, i.e., pour the mush directly to the pan and stir until the water dries up. After that, you can gradually add the other ingredients.

Here, I have also used some leftover red mesh of the watermelon that I had used for juice. You can skip that completely. Subsequently, I also made a few watermelon rind balls the next day. For making that, I applied a similar method of evaporating the excess water and adding a cup of roasted semolina. The rest of the steps remains the same apart from adding the liquid milk.

Watermelon Halwa Recipe

This is an easy to make watermelon halwa that is filled with nutrition and goodness of mik and nuts.
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dessert recipe, watermelon halwa, Watermelon recipe
Author: Madhuri Saikia

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Food Processor/ Grinder

Materials

  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil, ghee, or butter
  • 1/2 piece Cubes of watermelon shell the inside green shell
  • 1 cup Nuts, raisin, berries of your choice
  • 1 piece Cardamom
  • 3 tbsp Powdered Milk
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt

Instructions

  • Peel off the outer green layer of the watermelon (You can use the inside red part for juices or other purposes)
  • Cut it into small cubes and add the pieces in a grinder.
  • Heat a pan and put the grinded paste to the pan and keep stiring.
  • Make sure to stir frequently, until the water dries up.
  • Now add the powdered milk and crushed cardamom.
  • Mix thoroughly so that no lumps are formed.
  • Now add the sugar and salt and blend it until the water evaporates.
  • Add the milk and crushed nuts and stir evenly.
  • Add the ghee or butter
  • Voila! Your watermelon halwa is ready. Serve hot with sprinkled nuts or seeds.

Make sure you cook the recipe in medium to low flame

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