|1 1/2 cups medium grain rice|
|1/2 cup yellow mung beans|
|1 teaspoon salt or as per taste|
|1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds|
|1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed|
|1 teaspoon ginger root, chopped|
|2 green chilies, cut lengthwise|
|4 curry leaves|
|3 tablespoons oil or clarified butter (Ghee)|
|4-6 cashew nuts fried in clarified butter|
|Wash rice and yellow mung beans and drain.|
|Cook in 5 cups of water until very soft. Remove from heat and add salt and mix well.|
|Heat oil or ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds, crushed black peppercorns, ginger, green chilies and curry leaves. When the cumin seeds crackle and are brown, add the mixture to the Ven Pongal an dmix well. Garnish with fried cashew nuts. Serve hot with Chutney or Gojsu.|
Ven Pongal recipe ingredients
|2 cups cream of wheat|
|2 teaspoons of salt or as per taste|
|4 cups water|
|1 onion, finely chopped|
|1 green chili, chopped|
|1 teaspoon ginger root, chopped|
|4 curry leaves|
|4 tablespoons oil|
|1 teaspoon black mustard seeds|
|2 teaspoons white split gram beans|
|2 teaspoons yellow split beans|
|Heat a deep pan, over medium heat and dry roast cream of wheat till light pink in color. Transfer the roasted cream of wheat to a bowl and set aside.|
|In the same pan add oil. When oil is hot, add the mustard seeds. When mustard seeds are about to crackle, add white split gram beans and yellow split peas. When the mixture is light brown, add chopped ginger, chilly, curry leaves and onions. When onions become soft, pour in water and add salt.|
|When water boils, turn the heat to low and gradually add the roasted cream of wheat, stirring continously, to avoid forming lumps. When the cream of wheat is cooked and no water remains, remove from heat and serve with pickle, sambaar or chutney.|
|** Vegetable Upma can be made by adding chopped vegetables like carrots, beans, onions and peas. Add 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder also. Instead of fresh peas, frozen ones can also be used.|
|** Tomato Upma can be made by adding 1 big, or 2 medium chopped tomatoes to the water and after it boils, the cream of wheat can be added. In this variety also, add turmeric powder.|
Aloe Vera gel has a lot of purposes. We started using it for healing burns, damaged skin, and even digestive problems centuries ago. That is why it came as no surprise to me when someone mentioned using Aloe Vera for acne. After all,
it has polysaccharides that are ideal for skin repair.
Does Aloe Vera help acne? Do we now have the million-dollar solution to this world-wide dilemma?
I am sorry to disappoint ladies and gentlemen but our quest for the most effective home remedies for acne does not end here. Does Aloe Vera cure acne? – Yes and no. Like I said, Aloe Vera has polysaccharides that serve as the building blocks for skin repair. So yes, Aloe Vera can help cure the wounds of acne by decreasing the inflammatory process and by helping eliminate or lessen the ugly scars that pimples leave behind. However, no, it does not cure acne per se. As is always mentioned by most experts, acne should be cured from the inside out and most topical agents cure only the symptoms of acne.
Even though Aloe Vera cannot cure acne, it does not make it completely useless. It is still extremely effective at healing acne wounds so take a pen and paper and take note of the following Aloe Vera acne tips:
This is what Aloe gel looks like up close. Credit to Matt Biddulph at Flickr for this great shot.
1. A routine to cleanse your face using Aloe Vera products. It is best to do it day and night. Regular use of Aloe Vera can significantly improve symptoms of acne.
2. Take a topical Aloe Vera gel and apply it on the heavily affected area. The gel works well as a spot treatment .The gel can also diminish swelling and redness from acne too.
3. Wash your face once in the morning and again in the evening using facial cleansers with Aloe Vera components. There are many soaps and cleansers that incorporate Aloe Vera in their products so make sure you choose one that is ideal for oily skin.
4. as a facial moisturizer you can use Aloe Vera acne cream and lotion. Regular moisturizing products usually promote oil production on the face but Aloe Vera moisturizers won’t.
5. You may also use Aloe Vera gel at night to serve as a facial mask. evenly and generously Spread it on your face before going to bed and let it stay overnight. In the morning, Wash it off with warm water.
You might be disappointed to know that Aloe Vera does not necessarily cure acne. But look at the brighter side of things; at least they can help you get rid of ugly scars.
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