Lockdown Cooking | Aam Papad [ Dried Mango Rolls ]

Summer season and mangoes always go hand in hand. Being in India, summers vacations meant waking up late, eating junk, playing in the hot sun for hours, stealing dried mangoes from the terrace ( trust me, dried raw mangoes taste best when stolen! ), and then coming back home to eat aamras and poori, followed by aam panna and aam papad in the evenings.

I am not a huge fan of mangoes, but don’t mind experimenting with them. From cakes to juices, we never forget to add and use this seasonal fruit!

With work from home being the new normal, I do get some time in the evenings to experiment with food, and this time, I came across a very easy recipe that is not only time-saving but is a treat to the taste buds as well.

I tried making aam papad, or dried mango rolls, in less than 15 minutes, with zero mixings! Do check out my recipe for making dried mango rolls

What did I use?

  • Alphonso mangoes – Greenish yellow – 2 medium-sized
  • Powdered sugar – 4 to 6 teaspoons, based on the sweetness you need
  • Ghee – 1/2 teaspoon

How did I do?

  • Extremely simple. The first step cut mangoes into small pieces and added sugar – blended it till smooth
  • Next step, took a pan and poured the pulp, and cooked it for about 7 to 10 minutes on a medium flame. I ensured that I keep stirring to avoid forming lumps and to avoid the pulp from sticking at the bottom of the pan. My pulp is ready when it starts leaving the pan [ Check the image for reference ]
  • That’s it! my pulp was cooked and ready to hit the next process, where I took a plate and greased it with ghee. Once poured, I tapped the plate so that the pulp gets spread evenly.
  • My final step was to cover the plate with a muslin cloth [ important! else it’s going to be a treat to the ants ] and allow it to sun dry for 2 to 3 days.
  • Once dried, the roll becomes semi-transparent. Carefully peel the dried sheet and use a pizza cutter to cut lines and roll it.
  • Tadaa! dried mango rolls are ready!

Beauty and wellness | Baking Soda Face Scrub

Source : Canva By ffgimages

Honey has become my best friend now! It’s not only good for the taste buds but has also helped me in getting an instant glow for my last-minute and lazy skincare routine. Earlier, I have used baking soda for lightening dark underarms and honey for making a DIY tan pack. This time, I tried combining both honey and baking soda to make a scrub – cum – face pack and check the results. As expected, it gave me tremendous results, leaving my skin soft and clean! 

Here’s what I used

  • Baking Soda – 1 tablespoon
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Soft Toothbrush [ Optional ]

How did I make it?

  • I whisked honey and baking soda for about 2 to 3 minutes till I got a creamy and light texture. Once my pack was ready, I applied it evenly on a clean face and allowed it to sit for 5 minutes. Post that, I used a soft toothbrush and massaged my face in small circular motions, targetting each area for 30 to 45 seconds.
  • That’s it! my next step was to allow the pack to rest for 3 to 5 minutes post massage and rinse with cold water.
  • To complete my DIY treatment, I then used a thin layer of skin lightening gel and serum to remove the greasy effect and to remove the odor of the scrub. The gel and serum have to be washed off with cold water after leaving it for 5 minutes.
  • Also, remember NOT to use a face wash or soap at least for 6 hours after application for best results!

Note : Baking soda may NOT suit all skin types. Make sure you do a patch test before directly applying as baking soda may cause irritation and redness!

Do try it out and let me know your experience in the comments section!