Aishwarya’s Rai’s Chicken Curry

Film star Aishwarya Rai in film THE MISTRESS OF THE SPICES. PH Photo
Along with chicken, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan really likes her Manglorean fish curry,  Aishwarya Rai’s favourite chicken curry

(Recipe courtesy: Purushottam Shetty. T

Step 1

1 tbsp – Coriander seeds
1/2 tbsp – Sesame seeds
1/4 tbsp – Cumin seeds
4-5 – Peppercorns
1/2 tsp – Methi seeds
2 – Garlic cloves

Step 2
1/2 – Coconut, grated
2 – Onions, finely sliced
10-12 – Dried red chillies
1 tsp – Turmeric powder
2 tsp – Ghee

1kg – Chicken, with bone, clean and cut into medium-sized pieces
Milk of 1 coconut
1 – Onion, finely sliced
1/2 – Tomato, finely diced
Some curry leaves
1 tbsp – Coconut oil
Salt to taste


Step 1: Prepare the Masala
* In a pan, put some coconut oil and add all the ingredients.
* Toast on medium flame for 4-5 minutes, mixing them so that they don’t burn, and roast evenly. Remove the roasted ingredients from the pan and set them aside.

Step 2
* In the same pan, add the ghee, sliced onions and tomato, and sauté for 3 minutes.
* Add the grated coconut, turmeric powder and curry leaves, and sauté for 5 minutes. Turn off flame and cool.
* Then, put the mixture in a grinder along with the toasted masala prepared and grind them until a smooth thick paste is formed (adding water from time to time).

Step 3
* In a separate pan, put some coconut oil, add the sliced onions and tomato and fry until golden brown.
* Add the chicken and cook on high for 5 minutes.
* Reduce the flame, place the lid and cook for an additional 9-10 minutes, mixing well once in a while.
* Add the masala prepared in Step 1, salt, curry leaves and mix well. Place lid and cook on medium flame for 8-10 minutes.
* Add 3-4 cups of water and cook on high flame for 2 minutes. Reduce the flame, place lid and simmer till chicken is cooked.
* Before turning off the flame, add the coconut milk and mix well. Remove to a serving bowl.


Having Pets Improve Health

A Golden Retriever puppy and toddler snuggle on a bed.

5 ways pets can improve your health



Whether it’s their cute paws, sweet snuggles, or happy tail wags, there’s no doubt that pets bring joy into our lives. And if you didn’t already have a million reasons to love your furry best friend, here’s one more: research shows that owning a pet can help your health and well-being.


It turns out, that special bond you share with your pet has lots of positive health benefits. Pets can help with stress, depression, obesity, heart health, and more. Here’s a look at some of the extra (health) perks you get from your pet.


Lower blood pressure and cholesterol

According to the American Heart Association, having a pet may lower your risk of heart disease.1 Dog owners, in particular, tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels — most likely due to all those dog walks. One study found that dog owners did more walking and physical activity than non-dog owners, and they were 54% more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity.2


Less feelings of loneliness

It doesn’t matter if you live by yourself or in a full house, studies show that pets help people feel less isolated and alone — and less depressed.3 The bond between people and pets is a source of important emotional support. In addition to this one-on-one companionship, researchers found that pet owners end up socializing more with people in their neighborhood.4 Another bonus of those regular dog walks.


Buffer against stress

Having a bad day? Cuddle up with your four-legged friend. Studies have shown that the interaction between people and pets increases oxytocin levels in the brain.5 Oxytocin, known as the “cuddle hormone,” has a physical effect on your body. It helps slow your heart rate and breathing, and prevents stress hormones, creating a sense of calm and comfort. So go ahead and snuggle up with your beloved cat.


Prevent weight gain

Perhaps it’s the walks, hikes, or playing fetch, but it appears that all that work to keep your pup active is helping lower your risk of obesity. Researchers found that dog walking is linked to lower body mass index and fewer doctor visits for seniors.6


Keep allergies at bay

When kids are exposed to cats and dogs at a young age, they have less chance of developing allergies. Research shows that children who grow up with dogs have lower rates of asthma.7 One theory is the exposure to the dog’s dirt and bacteria — from their fur and paws — helps kids build immunity. Similarly, babies who lived with cats during the first year of their life are less likely to be allergic to cats.8


The research is clear — the love and companionship from pets does wonders for your mental and physical health. Pet owners are often happier, have greater self-esteem, and are more physically fit. When you adopt a pet, you don’t just improve the quality of their life — they help improve the quality of your life, too.




1Glenn Levine et al., “Pet ownership and cardiovascular risk: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association,” Circulation, June 11, 2013.

2See note 1.

3Allen McConnell et al., “Friends with benefits: On the positive consequences of pet ownership,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2011.

4Angela Curl et al., “Dog walking, the human–animal bond and older adults’ physical health,” The Gerontologist, March 19, 2016.

5Suzanne Miller et al., “An examination of changes in oxytocin levels in men and women before and after interaction with a bonded dog,” Anthrozoos, March 2009.

6See note 4.

7“Pet exposure may reduce allergy and obesity: Research shows having a dog early in life may alter gut bacteria in immune-boosting ways,” University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry,, April 6, 2017.

8Ganesa Wegienka, et al., “Lifetime dog and cat exposure and dog‐and cat‐specific sensitization at age 18 years,” Clinical & Experimental Allergy, July 2011.


9 Core Six -Pack Ab Exercises

Work the obliques, plus ab muscles you never knew you had, with hard-core exercises that deliver the results endless crunches can’t.

By Jenna Birch 

9 Core Exercises to Get You Closer to a Six Pack
Work every angle of your abs with these hardcore moves to sculpt a six-pack fast.

Everybody wants a six-pack-which is great. But FYI, there are actually four key muscle groups you need to tone to get a taut tummy. (On a deadline? This workout is the fastest way to lose belly fat.)

“For the best results, both aesthetically and functionally, you need to target all the muscles in your abdomen,” explains NYC-based trainer Joan Pagano, author of Strength Training Exercises for Women.

What are they? Let’s meet all your ab muscles.

On the side of your abs, you have your external abdominal obliques and your internal abdominal obliques. Your external obliques lie on top, and are those muscles you feel in your side, just under your arm. The internal obliques are deeper muscles that lie underneath your external obliques, acting as stabilizers to help you maintain your posture.

The transversus abdominis are your deepest muscles, running horizontally around your midsection. Pagano says that toning these creates a “natural girdle” to keep your tummy tucked and stabilize your pelvis. Then, of course, there’s the most superficial muscle group in the abdomen: the rectus abdominis (when toned, the classic “six-pack” abs). This set runs from sternum to pelvis, helping you flex your spine while walking.

One move alone does not tone all these muscles. You’re going to need at least a few weapons in your arsenal to tighten up all over. Here, Carbon38 cofounder Caroline Gogolak demos the best hard abs moves to target all areas-even the ones you can’t see. (Next up: Tackle our 30-day abs workout challenge.)

1. Roll Back

Roll Back

Works: Rectus abdominis

Pagano says: Sit up straight, with knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor. Pull torso in close to thighs, reaching arms forward at shoulder level with palms down. Exhale, drawing navel toward spine as you roll back onto tailbone, curving spine into a “C” shape. Inhale and realign spine to straighten up. (Want more? Continue with the best exercises for lower abs.)

2. Twisting Roll Back

Twisting Roll Back

Works: Internal and external obliques, the rectus abdominis

Pagano says: With arms extended forward, perform a roll-back, curving spine into a “C.” Twist torso to one side, bending one elbow and pulling it back at shoulder level while reaching other arm to opposite knee. Reach both arms forward and return to starting position. Repeat on the other side.

3. Medicine Ball Sit-Up

Medicine Ball Roll Back

Works: Transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques

Personal trainer Jimmy Minardi says: Hold a medicine ball over head, and recline all the way down. Lift from core back to a sitting position, keeping the ball over head. To make this more challenging, find a slant board at the gym, or buy one for around $50. Hook feet under the top of the board. The downhill slant and extra weight add an extra challenge to ab muscles. Increase the angle of the board and the weight of the ball for better results.

4. Kneeling Crunch

Kneeling Crunch

Works: Rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques

Pagano says: Kneel with one arm stabilized directly under shoulder, reaching other arm forward at shoulder level and opposite leg back at hip height. Exhale, contract abs, and round back up to the ceiling while drawing elbow to knee, turning palm up. Repeat on the other side.

5. Dead Bug

Dead Bug

Works: Transversus abdominis, internal and external obliques

Pagano says: Lie on back with legs raised, knees bent over hips and calves parallel to the floor. Extend arms to the ceiling with palms forward, and pull abs tight, bringing navel to spine. Exhale, lowering opposite arm and leg toward the floor, bringing remaining knee in over chest. Keep low back connected to the floor at all times-don’t arch. Repeat on the other side.

6. Lunge Split Jacks

Plyo Lunge

Works: Rectus abdominis

Minardi says: Stand with feet in a staggered stance, left foot in front of right, 2 or 3 feet apart, then lower body into a split squat. Jump up and scissor-kick legs, landing with right leg forward. As soon as feet land, lower body into a split squat.

7. Toe Dip

Toe Dip

Works: Transversus abdominis

Pagano says: Sit tall with both knees bent in front, feet flat on the floor. Lean back onto elbows with shoulder blades down and together. Tighten abs, sliding hands under lower back for support with palms facing down. Lift legs so that knees are bent over hips with calves parallel to the floor, inhaling and dipping toes to the mat while maintaining those right angles at the knees. Exhale, then return to starting position.

8. Bicycle Crunches


Works: Internal and external obliques, transversus abdominis

Minardi says: Lie flat on the floor with lower back pressed to the ground; pull abs downward to target deep ab muscles. Interlace fingers and put hands behind head. Start by bringing knees in toward chest, lifting shoulder blades off the ground. Straighten right leg out to about a 45-degree angle from the ground while turning upper body to the left, bringing right elbow toward the left knee. Make sure ribcage is moving, not just elbows. Repeat on the other side. You should be creating a “pedaling” action; do this exercise with slow and controlled motion. (Complement bicycle crunches with the Muffin Top Melter plan-results are self-explanatory!)

9. The “Jean-Zip”

Jean Zip

Works: Transversus abdominis

Pagano says: You can do this move discreetly, at any time throughout the day. As if you were zipping up a tight pair of jeans, “scoop abs” by pulling navel in toward spine and then up, lifting the pelvic floor. This move engages those deep abdominal muscle to flatten the belly-it’s the muscle that lies right under your zipper. (Exercise is key, but if a taut tummy is what you’re after, some overall lifestyle changes might be in order. Luckily, you can lose belly fat in 14 days with just a few key tweaks.)

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