Bad Romance


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About The Author:  Harshita Srivastava, is the author of ‘One In A Million’ that got published by Mahaveer Publishers in April 2013 in her final year of Mechanical Engineering at G.L. Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management, Noida.  She is an avid reader and a prolific blogger. She was the editor and contributor of a romantic anthology, ‘Moonlit Matinee’. She loves reading classics and is a diehard Mills and Boons fan. She owns two blogs by the name, ‘Dreams V/s Reality’ and ‘Relationship Vows’. She believes that writing provides solace to her soul and that is why ditched her engineering skills for the mighty pen. She writes for a number of online platforms on a regular basis and loves interacting with people. Apart from writing, she loves travelling, reading, listening to music and spending time with friends and family. She loves to see happiness around her so she’ll always be found motivating people or making them smile. At present, she resides in Gurgaon and works as a Content Writer with a leading e-commerce group. She can be reached at: hsrivastava0205@gmail.com, Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/hsrivastava0205 and Twitter handle- @hsrivastava0205.

Blurb: Life is a bitch and I’m one of its victims. I had the perfect life. I was blessed with the perfect boyfriend, a perfect best friend, the perfect set of girlfriends and perfect choice of career. There were some loopholes but then they went beyond my perspective. Overall, I had the kind of life people would ideally like to have but happy times aren’t meant to last forever. Sometimes we feel that we have figured life but that’s something that is never going to happen. You know why? It’s because it has this habit of kicking us right in the middle of ecstasy. No wonder, it did the same with me. This is my story, my story of that exploration within, my feelings, my emotions, my thought process, my priorities, my conflicts and my journey into the temptation of love, lust, lies and betrayals. This is the story of Kritika and a man who gave her life another dimension, Tanishq. This is a story of the complexities of relationships and the trap that a simple idea of sensuality, pleasure and euphoria can put you into. This is a story for everyone who has loved, lost and fought for survival and love, together.

Review: The book is a story of a girl Kritika who falls in love to realize that Vikrant is not perfect for her and when she finds her perfect partner in Tanishq, life tricked her to her own miseries. Kritika and Tanishq fall in true love but Kritika finds it difficult to free herself from Vikrant. I would advise one to read this book to know further of their love story as I would not give spoilers. I liked the narration, something new and good. The author has written the feelings of every character with finesse. I could spot a few editing errors which should have been checked thoroughly. The tagline “Love, Lies and Betrayal” aptly sums up the theme of the story well. I managed to read it and finish in a couple of hours; it is a one day read. I liked reading the depiction of the hostel life of girls. Kritika and her friends’ hostel life experience added up to the splendour of the story.

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Oh you Blackie


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The list of 5 things I would love to have it in Black:-

1. Black watch – The matter of wearing and enjoying fine timepieces is a passion that these days must be justified. Sometimes be taken seriously you need to be noticed with a nice watch. For me Marc in black does that trick.

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2. Black shorts – One look in my wardrobe and I realised I don’t have shorts in black. It’s easier than you think to dress up in shorts with the right accessories.

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3. Black mehndi – Black mehndi is the preferred choice of many for festivals, occasions and weddings or even for casual wear since it imparts a look different from the usual mehndi and with the coming festive season, I am eager to get my hands adorned in black.

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4. Black German forest cake – German black forest cake makes knees go weak. I have never made it but I would love to make it and treat my family with this cake. Taste of dark chocolate layers and the electric red of maraschino cherries are simply yummy.

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5. Black cinemini ipad – With an outdoor living room, and someone like me who loves watching movies outdoors at night but feels a TV outside is risky, this Cinemin black iPad, micro projector is just perfect.

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Addicted to Black


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As being one of the ‘black’ colour loving person, I would say that it is a slimming shade, which can be used with just about any style of clothing. I don’t have to choose between different colours, when I want to dress to go out it keeps my laundry sorting to a minimum. I have been lover of black for years!

And here goes my BLACK list:

1. Black Mobile- As much as I like brightly coloured cases of the iPhone, the handset color I would love is black. After dropping serious money on a smartphone we’d prefer not to end up with something that looks like it came from a toy shop.

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2. Black Hat – Big floppy hats are my new love. Hats are just not summer essential but fashion statement too. Floppy hats look great in photographs also in real life with that correct size of brim to hold it.

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3. Black Blazer- Although the blazer will never be out of fashion, I wonder, has it lost a bit of area to other outwears pieces. The infinite styles a blazer has: fitted, classic, oversized, boyfriend style, and the fact that it goes with absolutely anything while giving it a slight preppy or classy vibe is the best.

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4. Black Jeans – Every girl needs a pair of black jeans.  There’s nothing worse than a wardrobe malfunction when you’re looking hot and you don’t wear jeans. The beauty of styling an all black look is mixing the different shades of black, which changes depending on the texture of the material. The stretch black jeans are now wardrobe essential as they take your look from day to night in a blink.

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5. Black Saree- I never owned a saree, let it be in any colour but given a probability now I desire a black designer saree. To become the center of attraction with an elite black saree with resham embroidery- stone and patch patta work combining with a black Jacquard Net blouse.  Black just brings out the best features in you.

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All things Black & Beautiful


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Black is a formal, elegant, and prestigious color. Authoritative and powerful, the color black evokes strong emotions; hence I like this color so much. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless.

Here comes the list of 5 things I would love to have it in Black:-

1. Black Mane- I have dark brown hair and it’s getting boring. I want to spice things up a bit by dying my hair jet black. Black hair in any state can be downright fascinating. Whether it’s silky, straight and draping or kinky, coyly and wild, or something in between.

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2. Black Bracelet- It stems from a belief that an envious look or glance brings bad luck upon the receiver, wearing a black bracelet doesn’t protect evil, it pokes the evil in the eye and protect you and I often fall prey to this ‘buri nazar’ so a charm bracelet is a must.

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3. Black dress – Every woman should have a little black dress, but it’s important to invest in one that’s special. A dress with a detail—an interesting sleeve, an embellished belt—that makes it unique.

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4. Black eye-makeup – The all-time most popular, most-applied makeup shade isn’t classic crimson or workaday beige. It’s black, in all its chic-to-grunge glory. Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra elaborately decorated their lids with glossy black kohl. It’s the most universally flattering makeup shade ever.

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5. Black laptop- Using a pink laptop for the last 5years, it is high time for me to change into a new machine and a new color. A HP 15 notebook in black is my next buy.

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Black, such a happy color


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The colour black relates to the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, and as a result it creates an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world. For me black is shade of protection and comfort, strong, contained, formal, sophisticated, seductive, mysterious, endings & beginnings.

Here goes a wish list of 5 black things I desire at present:

1. Black nail colour – Haven’t we all been offended at the thought of black nail polish, reserved for punks. But today many girls can be seen sporting it. Black looks chic and can be paired with almost any outfit. It forms a fantastic base colour for nail art with black nail polish and almost all glitter nail polishes gets accentuated when worn on it. I am looking forward owning a few of black nail colour bottles.

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2. Black heels – A pair of black heels will make any outfit stand out in a crowd. Whether the wearer is attending a big party or a casual dinner date, heels are a great way to stay fun and stylish. Black heels also make great shoes for business meetings. With more confidence, meetings and dinners will have more fun! Jimmy Choo’s is my choice for perfect pair of black heels today.

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3. Black Dior – The timeless and unique work of art, the Granville bag in black leather is imbued with the Couture spirit of Dior. I love this bag deeply from my heart. Not just me every woman wants their own Dior handbag in their life. However, as well known, the price of Dior costs a bomb.

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4. Black Mini cooper – I own a blue Nissan currently but a mini cooper in black is definitely in mind as my next car. Minis are notoriously driver oriented cars, in that they are so freaking fun to drive! Pretty cute and zippy, and have a charm about them that competitors just don’t have.

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5. Black sheer top – I am obsessed with sheer blouses. I am so drawn to them but I realised I don’t own a black top. Tuck in, Leave them flowy, with pants, with skirts, under a sweater or blazer, I love it in all ways.

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Zesting up my life


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Everyone has their own source of pure positive energy, available to them every hour, every minute of every day, regardless of who you are or what’s going on in your life. This energy/zest is the key to your happiness – it’s the source of your strength – the essence of your spirit.

I am going to now write about the five things, people or situations that Zests up my life.

1. I read whenever I have time or else I do make out time for it. I started to do it when I was four years old. The first time I did it, I felt interested. So I kept reading. The teachers always taught me to read the difficult words. I was happy when I read a story with a happy ending. I was thrilled when I read a detective story.  I enjoy reading because I like to explore the imaginative world of authors. One an expert says that the more you read the more you get and the more you get confused I think? But reading adds more to my knowledge. Reading adds zest to my life.

2. I think all of us agree that music can express any kind of feelings, don’t you think so? Who doesn’t please raise your hand!! It takes every day, hour, minute and second of my time just to listen to the music – when I wake up in the morning, on my way out, when I get back home, even when fall asleep at night also, when I feel so happy or blue, when I fall in love and any other feelings. It is music which adds zest in life. How does music work all this magic? Music directly influences pulse, blood pressure and the electrical activity of muscles.  I don’t know it before. It’s just music accompanies and follows me anywhere, anytime, anyhow and anyone else.

3. Explaining how writing gives me high zest in life is just like trying to explain to a little kid why the grass is green or the sky is blue. I don’t know. In some ways, writing is just getting words down on paper. They don’t have to be coherent, it doesn’t have to make sense, but it’s your thoughts and feelings. There, finally out there in the open. It’s that sense of release and being able to express your thoughts that makes writing zestful.

4. From the time I was a little girl watching my mother cook I was hooked. I realize now that she was the best teacher I could have ever asked for. She could cook for any number. Not only do I think its fun to experiment with different spices and flavours, but it’s a labour of love for me. I love spending a lot of time to make something special to give to my family, show my appreciation for all they do.

5. What do we get out of painting or creating art, other than the finished piece? I personally believe the act of creating, the creativity behind an artwork, is crucial for personal happiness and satisfaction called zest in our lives. My pieces are talking pieces and add character and brightness to homes and workplaces. I love painting, knitting and embroidery. I love colours. When I see a photograph or get an idea, I try to paint it. The joy of creation is immense and if the work is appreciated, it is the icing on the cake.

 This post is a part of the #ZestUpYourLife activity in association with TATA Zest and BlogAdda.com

It’s my second year blogaversary, and I have a little wish


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Time flies when you’re having fun blogging. And meeting all sorts of amazing people. And sharing—and getting—advice, encouragement, affirmation and inspiration.

Thanks to all of you for visiting—I am grateful every single day for your company. Tell me whether there’s anything in particular you’d like to read on this blog in that way I will never run out of stuff to write about.

When I first started blogging, I had no idea who would actually read what I wrote. Thanks so much to everyone who takes a little time out of their day to read the content I post here. It really means the world to me and I always love reading all your comments, even if I don’t always get a chance to reply right away. And I’m so excited that I’ve reached 200+ followers on the blog! *jumps around excitedly* Hugs and cupcakes for everyone, okay?

I cannot wait to see what my third year of blogging will bring, but I’m glad I get to share it with all of you!

Come someday


Come someday , I would  be found in any empty room thinking about you only,  come  swiftly like blowing wind and touch me so gently but even in that touch I would feel you, come someday like cloud  so that I can hope for you or come like rain & heal me, come some night In my half awakening  eyes so that I can dream for you , of you, come like fiction characters of most melancholic novels for whom I am yet shedding my tears, come out of the music I am listening right now so that I can see the masterpiece in reality.

You came in dream, but the space you left was reality, I am still, for this moment, time is running world moving In Its natural pace but here I am stand still, stopped for this moment. While writing you, thinking about you how could I be in this world. When I am trying to compose our own world (sorry, of my own world, you are far away in reality I am in Illusion. You may come now, I am beyond this materialistic world till I am writing this, and I am in crowd but still Isolated.

 You and me contrary to each other both trying to filling our own world, you have colours to fill. I am having only black & white shades to colour my life, but this is perfect blend, this is how it should be. Don’t complain, I won’t  work hard  for a bright future, maybe I can’t or I just not willing to do so, (since Its good to have some regrets of life don’t need  to have all happiness of life) but I can promise , I would daily compose a new poetry for you , by those words you can adore yourself as jewel, I won’t afford any Audi but will show my dreamy eyes (sometimes regretful ,as not  providing all joys of life)  where you can have happy ride, I can’t assure you of worldly pleasure  but can assure you of my faith and love which would not fade, at least that would be time immortal . I am not Gabriel Garcia Marquez  who promised his love Mercedes that right now I am nothing but after 10 years I would world’s renowned writer , no I even can’t be that good in writing but   I would be renowned  for you only, what I have to do with this world.

I am not good In many things, not practical enough to deal with world , sometimes may be found as mad or behaving like child, but I can’t bother what people thinks of me. I may found In a  traffic point  resting on floor and writing some new blogs or any high altitude fly over in evening struggling for words  to compose a new poetry to heal myself through writing as its cathartic  for me but this is all I do, or only thing that I can do.

I assure you whenever cloud will come & bestowed their wishes by rain, I would be also found raining by words in this diary.  Come someday not like now in dreams, but come some day in reality also, I would be waiting…

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field, I will, meet you there” – Rumi

By,

Pradhyuman Singh Rathore

About him : He has completed his engineering though not having any interest. He likes reading , writing,  and casually pens down as its therapeutic. He is new to blogging world . His favorite author changes with every good novel he reads. He’s confused, partially pessimistic and an alone soul.

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About the author: Piyush Jha  is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker and the author of the bestselling novel, Mumbaistan. A student political leader at university, he pursued a career in advertising management after acquiring an MBA degree. His films include Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar. He lives in Mumbai.

Blurb:“The book describes the situation when college students across Mumbai are assassinated and slaughtered one after another in ghastly ways, Inspector Virkar from the Crime Branch is called in to take the hold of the situation. While the inspector investigates, he comes across and bumps into a callous bunch of young hooligans, who are techno-savvy wrongdoers and use social networking sites along with the Internet for blackmailing and sextortion. Read this book to solve the mystery of how these two cases linked? Find out who is the mastermind behind these murders?

Review:The story begins with Inspector Virkar getting information about Usman, a teacher-turned-Khabri-turned-extortionist who is out of arrest.  During the investigation of the murder spree, Inspector Virkar comes across facts, tips, about a network and cracks the case by raging the whole anti-social network. I liked the last chapter which exposes the actual mastermind leaving the reader surprised. I like thrillers and this book being crime thriller but just unstoppable for me. One of the best Inspector Virkar series, I can call this.  After a long time I can say I read a book which hardly had any flaws or editorial mistakes. The story has an interesting beginning and ending. A story plot built on sex, social media and technology works almost all the time especially in today’s time. Even the narration of the story is perfect so it doesn’t fall loose anywhere. None of the part is exaggerated or lengthened. So, tediousness never generates while reading the book. I liked usage of local dialect (Marathi) in between the lines.

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

 

India Online Fashion Week Fantastic Bloggers Hunt


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Online shopping giant and my personal favorite online shopping mall Jabong has come out with the first-ever ‘India Online Fashion Week’. The event, slated to be held from July 25-30 2014, aims to reach millions of viewers across the world through official website at India Online Fashion Week (IOFW). Offering a global platform to showcase their creations, IOFW 2014 will also serve as a medium to connect the budding designers with their audience. Offering a global platform to showcase their creations, IOFW 2014 will also serve as a medium to connect the budding designers with their audience.

It is the world’s first ‘shoppable’ online fashion week that offers interested buyers the chance to immediately place an order on Jabong. The event will invite young and aspiring artists in the fields of designing, modelling, fashion photography, and hair styling and make-up artistry to participate from across the country. Shortlisted candidates will then be mentored by top industry insiders. The fact that this is happening for the first time worldwide, but also that it is a wonderful opportunity that will open doors for budding artists to showcase their aptitude.

The five-day extravaganza is set to be BIG and STYLISH bringing together fashion’s biggest names to offer exciting and exclusive shopping events and activities. Fashion industry’s top brands to create competitions where you’ll be in with the chance of winning a host of unique fashion experiences – stay tuned for more updates. Throughout the week there will be interviews with top fashion figureheads and star style icons; trend reports from brand leaders; and fashion & shopping guide – all to help inspire your shopping wish lists.

Jabong is India’s favorite online fashion destination and caters to the fashion aspirations of modern India.  With more than 1000 on-trend international high-street brands, sports labels to Indian ethnic and designer labels, there is everything and more for a consumer to choose from. Jabong associates itself with major Bollywood blockbusters and brings in the new wave in fashion trends.

Make sure you don’t miss out on our celebration of the best of the online shopping world organized by Jabong – the first ever India Online Fashion Week.- bring forward concepts hither to unseen in the world of fashion.

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Chicken & Yoghurt Curry


For me there is nothing like a bit of spice to make me feel a little better. Whether it is a sprinkling of cayenne pepper, some fabulous chilli oil made and immediately mopped up with some bread or drizzled over a steak, some cinnamon and ginger in a chocolate desert or the ever-popular perennial curry. All these wonderful aromas lift my spirits. Winter, summer, monsoon, I would be lying if I said I really cared! Today’s dish is a wonderfully satisfying curry, you can make it as fierce as you like, but it is soothing and cooling too because of the addition of yogurt. It is a wonderful meal to rustle up with very little prep and it does not require hours and hours, although, as with any curry, it will always improve with time and is best enjoyed the next day! For all the fans of korma/curry this is another fabulous dish to have up your sleeve, quick and tasty. This meal is made for sharing, call up some friends and have a meal together.

Chicken and yoghurt makes an awesome combination, just irresistible for me. Keep the curry simple or make it as authentic as you want. I like to add turmeric to my cooking whenever I can seeing as it is one of the most powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and cancer fighting compounds around! Give the spices (onions, ginger and garlic and chilli) a few minutes to cook before the entry of the chopped tomatoes into the curry. Coriander or cumin seeds are what my taste buds fancy also the chicken. I love fresh curry leaves for their heady scent. You need to give the tomato some time to cook and lose its acidity; if you need to, add a little water and put on the lid, giving it about 10 mins. Lift the lid and give it a whiff, does it smell good? Does it smell cooked? Give the sauce a taste, remember there is no seasoning yet. If the acidity has softened add the yogurt and stir it through. Season with salt. Add a good squeeze of lemon and stir through, taste again and adjust seasoning. Allow the sauce to thicken and cook for about 10 mins so the chicken is cooked through, but take off the heat before the lovely sauce cooks away! Transfer the curry into a Borosil’s EasyGrip® Casserole which comes with Handles, especially designed to allow you to easily hold the hot casserole.

Yum, I love this served on fragrant basmati rice or with hot parathas, with a generous sprinkling of chopped coriander on top. This is comfort food without any guilt – eating at its best.

This post is written for the “My Beautiful Food Contest” organized by Borosil in association with Indiblogger.

Makhani Murg


This dish is the most authentic tasting curry to ever come out of my kitchen and I absolutely loved it. Many curries tend to be plagued by pools of oil and are just really heavy, even to the point where every curry (whether it’s a vindaloo, butter, or masala) tastes nearly identical. This one tasted fresh, authentic, and light and I would without a doubt make this one again.  I love butter chicken! The hint of ginger and the traditional Indian spices, garam masala and curry powder, in this creamy sauce makes this curry awesome. Coconut milk prevails over the tomato sauce which makes the chicken taste truly creamy.

I opted in to use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce because of condensation that builds up in a crock pot, thus diluting the sauce. I have tested a tomato sauce version and didn’t like it. Plus the sauce was too runny due to condensation and the taste of tomatoes rather than cream prevailed. You can start with a thicker consistency sauce. Originally I added 3 tbsp whole wheat flour to the sauce and then 1 more tbsp at the end of cooking. So, add 1/4 cup flour in the beginning and whisk a bit more at the end if necessary. You can also use cornstarch as a thickener.

In case you are wondering how spicy the chicken is, it’s not. I would say it’s mild. You can definitely spice things up with some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. As for serving suggestions, I would recommend basmati rice pulao or parathas. I also suggest some fresh cilantro for garnish. It adds some fresh zest to a rich and creamy sauce.

This post is written for the “My Beautiful Food Contest” organized by Borosil in association with Indiblogger.

Yummy Waffles


Homemade waffles are a wonderful breakfast treat to make for the family. Waffles are not difficult to make. You can quickly put together a batch of homemade waffles. Up until now though, waffles weren’t really an option for me since I didn’t have a waffle maker. But since I bought one, I am serving more waffles and enjoying them. So now I can scratch that itch when I crave waffles.

Waffles are delicious and all that they should be not too sweet and just what you want in the morning. They’re quick and easy to make–very important if you’re a slow riser in the morning. The crispy texture on the outside and the tender fluffy on the inside makes for a wonderful breakfast. You can pour melted butter on this.

Now the beauty of waffles (aside from being waffles) is there’s a lot you can do with them. Whether it be mixing up how the waffle itself is made or topping, you’ll never get tired of them. You can even just make a bunch, throw them in the freezer, and stick them in the toaster for another day.

Use up the batter and get out the maple syrup, honey, sugar, and whatever fruits/nuts/whipped cream type of toppings you enjoy on your waffle along with a warm cup o’joe. So with all of those ideas for you to spruce up your waffles.  Enjoy!

This post is written for the “My Beautiful Food Contest” organized by Borosil in association with Indiblogger.

Lime n Lemony Rice


When I cook Indian food, I usually can’t decide on cooking any one particular kind of rice, so I instead make flavoured rice dishe(s) and have a little of each. As different as they both look and taste, there’s a lot in common between them, so making two at once is incredibly easy. Nice thing about these rice meals is that they are simple to prepare and require very little of your time, which is good when you consider how involved your main course might be.

Indian food is colorful, and lime rice further decorates your plate on account of that bright yellow color. This rice has a light level of spice and a distinctive lime flavor. Once mixed with all of the other spices, the lime isn’t in-your-face sweet citrus, but it is still very present and identifiable. This goes well with lots of dishes, but it may not be terribly helpful when it comes to giving you some spice relief if your main course is on the hot side. The color comes from turmeric, which doesn’t bring a whole lot of flavor to the dish, but lime rice that isn’t bright yellow simply isn’t lime rice.

While the rice is going, dice up your pepper finely and set this aside. In a separate pile, dice up your cilantro finely. Traditionally, you should be using fresh curry leaves, but I can’t seem to find any, so I settled on cilantro instead. If you have the option, use the curry leaves instead and don’t bother dicing them up.

The mustard seeds and dried chilis take on a deep mahogany color. This infuses a lot of great flavours in the rice. Sprinkle in some turmeric powder for that lively color, salt to counter the sweetness of the limes, and add in the curry/cilantro leaves. You can dish it on in a nice serving plate and before that taste some of the rice as you might want to add some more salt to balance the lime. Once you’re happy, it’s ready to eat.

This post is written for the “My Beautiful Food Contest” organized by Borosil in association with Indiblogger.