Saturday, January 24, 2015

My favourites from December 2014 - Make-up, Skincare and Haircare

When the year started, I'd promised to you guys in my first blog post that I would be doing more on beauty and related stuff from this year onwards. So here I am in this very month, with my make-up, skincare and haircare favourites from December 2014. This is the first in the series, and I will be doing one every month from now on, so here we go :-)


I've created a video to share my above favourites with all of you, and if you guys follow me on my YouTube channel, then you must've already seen this video. But those of you who don't follow me there, here's the video just for you :-)


I hope you liked my favourites for December 2014. I'm going to be back in a few weeks with my January 2015 favourites. If you would like any particular product to be tried and reviewed by me, do drop me a comment with your request :-)

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Royalty at Rivaayat - Trident BKC's Traditional Cuisine Food Festival

When I think of amazing dishes made with closely guarded recipes having mysterious ingredients, the history of the royal Khansamas comes to my mind. The grandeur with which they served the Rajas, the Nawabs and the Zamindars, and the innovative dishes they created, are memories - doors to remembrances of days different from now. I remember the Khansama in my grandmother's kitchen dishing out explosive dishes all day long, making eating an all day activity with mouth watering dishes churned out one after the other. I don't remember eating most dishes again as he came up with delectable new dishes day after day. The sense of fulfillment that such dishes provide, more or less have become things of the past now, because neither do most of us have the time to enjoy such food nor can we find or afford some of the rare ingredients.

Wow, what recollections! All back to my mind because of the Rivaayat Food Festival that I recently experienced at the Trident Hotel at BKC, Mumbai at their Indian Specialty Restaurant - Maya. Thanks to the khansamas of Rampur, Awadh, Punjab and Hyderabad sharing their expertise with the chefs at Maya, we revisited some legendary dishes of India that are made from recipes more than 200 years old. Chefs Himanil Khosla and Jeewan Singh gave us an evening that is going to stay inscribed in my mind forever. You today are going to live that experience with me!

Maya has a warm ambiance with elements of traditional gold leaf work, complemented by striking accents of red and burnished gold. Personalized name cards made us feel special right from the beginning and the format of a scroll for the menu further added to the royal appeal. It was a busy night as I don't remember seeing a single empty table. Shows how much the people of Mumbai crave for such exquisite experiences.


We started with a Kebab platter consisting of tasty hand-picked kebabs by the chefs. 
  • The Rampuri Sigri Ki Seekh had the melt in your mouth effect along with the poppy seeds giving the minced lamb a lovely flavour. It's cooked in a traditional barbeque.
  • The Galouti Kebab was really soft due to all the pounding that the lamb meat goes through with clarified butter. It was aromatic and flavourful due to the spices used in making the kebab which included the special Awadhi garam masala, kebab masala, saffron, rose water and itr(edible perfume).
  • The Chapli Chicken Kebab originating from Peshawar is a flattened mince chicken kebab with just the right amount of spice to please your taste buds. It is also known as the Peshawari Kebab.
  • The chef saved the best for the last - Purani Dilli Style Fried Chicken which is originally a street food and comprises of chicken pieces marinated in a special yellow masala called Noori Masala, deep fried and served with chat masala.
The chutney to accompany these kebabs was a wonderful amalgamation of coriander with olives, and was nice and fresh with a tangy taste to it.



Then it was time for the main course. Like the starters, once more the chefs served us a great choice of dishes.
  • Awadhi Nehari - This dish is made with slow cooked lamb shanks where the meat absorbs all the yummy flavours as it gets cooked for hours over a fire. This dish has a very interesting history to it - Nehari's literal meaning is nihar muah which means the dish which is eaten early in the morning. Nehari originally used to be made with trotters or joints of animals which was considered cheap meat and was eaten by the poor people of the nawab’s kingdom as they could only afford that. Slowly and gradually the dish became so popular that the nawab himself wanted to try it but could not do so because of the reason that he was the ruler and could not eat a poor man’s meal. He asked his Khansama to prepare it and the cheap meat was replaced by lamb shanks and that is how the dish became a royal dish.  The nawab decided that he will try this dish in early hours of morning so that people would not know about it and that’s the reason it’s a breakfast dish and called nehari (nihar muah). Interesting isn't it?
  • Saag Murgh Kofta - Never before have I eaten such soft chicken koftas and the combination of it with a spinach gravy was delightful. The smell of ghee and kasuri methi added to my joy.
  • Langar wali Dal - A tasty blend of whole black urad dal and chana dal with basic spices and ghee which not only me but also the royals could not resist! It was basic yet a delicious preparation. Sometimes you don't need special ingredients to make a special dish! This dish owes its origins to the langars for the devotees at the Gurudawaras in Punjab. 
  • Mahi Kaliyan - A fish curry served to the royals of Hyderabad, the gravy of this dish is made with peanuts, coriander and sesame seed. Hands down the best dish I had that night! I savoured every bite of this dish and couldn't get over how a fish dish had a gravy so flavoursome yet not overpowering. 
To accompany these dishes, we were served the Khameeri roti - roti with a sweetish taste to it, Amritsari kulcha - an aloo stuffed mildly spiced kulcha and the all time favourite Makke ki roti



The finale to the main course round was brought about with the Kacche Gosht ki Biryani - a fragrant and succulent rice dish made of basmati rice, soft lamb and aromatic spices. It was a light preparation and more like the yakhni pulao made in our North Indian houses.

To accompany the biryani we were also served a Papad Platter with rolled roasted papad, methi khakra and nachni khakra. Three interesting dips were served along with the platter - a walnut and radish dip which was something that I had never heard or tasted of before, a papaya relish which was sweet and the coriander and olive chutney. Once again a wonderful combination.

The sumptuous meal was followed by three equally great deserts. Though we were full to the brim, we couldn't say NO to the sweet seduction that lay ahead. The chefs clearly know their proportions because if one is not careful with the ingredients and the blend of sweetness, then deserts tend to be just sugary without any taste of the main ingredient. 
  • The Gajrela - the traditional gajar ka halwa put to rest any doubts that were there about the deserts. The sweetness was balanced and the taste of carrot was not overpowered by any other ingredient used. 
  • While I was busy enjoying the halwa, PS went for the Gulathi, and did not put the spoon down till he had cleaned up the entire serving. Gulathi is a rice pudding made with clarified butter, milk and sugar and served with chandi vark(edible silver foil) and nuts. It was originally made by the ladies of the house and is a traditional recipe which is uncommon. Once again the sweetness was balanced allowing one to experience the subtle taste of all ingredients used. 
  • The third desert was the Sewaiya ka Muzzafar. It was the sweetest of the three and it really provided a perfect end to the meal. It was made of cardamom flavoured vermicelli, sweetened and cooked in ghee, and then served with rabdi.



With this we lived the life of the royals for the evening, and if you want to do the same, head to Maya at the Trident BKC. I would definitely say Go For It! The chefs and the attendants will dazzle you.

The festival is on from the 13th to the 23rd of January and serves thali for lunch and an a la carte menu for dinner. I would recommend reserving a table by calling on 022 66727777 in advance.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A brand new year!


Happy 2015 everyone!

2014 ended on a note of mixed feelings for me. Why you may wonder. Well, because it flew by too quickly and when a really good year just flies by, you don't really want it to end. It was the best year of my life, coz it gave me Aryaa :-) Motherhood is the most divine feeling you will ever come across, incomparable to any other! Along with Aryaa so many other related great things happened - from PS and me being a couple to becoming a family, our parents becoming grandparents, the sense of responsibility I associated with my life grew by leaps and bounds because I am also responsible for a new life now, and I also feel like a better person due to small but substantial changes that Aryaa has brought along, be it simple things like patience or calmness. Existing people in my life especially my parents have been the strongest pillars, and family and friends have only bonded further. I've also met loads of new amazing people without whom this year wouldn't have ended on such a great note. Over all I'm grateful for what the year has been for me personally. Looking forward to 2015 which is going to be another memorable one with my little one in tow :-D

Professionally also the year has been great, and looks to only getting better this year! On this front too I am thankful for the trust and faith placed in me by my clients and the brands and agencies I have associated with.

I really want to say a bigggg Thank You to all the people who have been by my side through it all! :-)

I have in mind quite some plans for Ri(t)ch Styles for 2015 and I am going to be sharing a few of them with you:

  • There is going to be a whole new look and feel to the blog and all the branding
  • There is going to be a greater focus on beauty and travel than in the previous years
  • I have loads of drafted posts as well as shoots done but no posts done - I am going to get around posting those even though they are from the year gone by cause they are worth sharing! My pregnancy had slowed me down, but I am getting around to getting back in full speed now!
  • Videos are going to make a comeback as well as be regular
  • And more which you have to wait and watch ;-)

For now, hope you guys also have some great plans for the year ahead which hopefully will materialize for all. Amen to that! Have a great 2015 and I will see you again soon with loads in store for 2015! Cheers to the new year! Mwah!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Celebrations at Shazé!


Christmas is here and it's time to bring out some holiday cheer! Time to toast to the year gone by and to the good times ahead! Also time to toast to my dear Aanam's blog What When Wear turning 3 in style with Shazé's latest launches!

Shazé is a premium lifestyle brand with gift options ranging from fashion jewellery designed in Italy which it launched recently, scarves in soft Yak wool, sunglasses, watches to home décor that also includes adorably cute baby stuff (you know why baby stuff is so dear to me these days!). My favourites are all laid out below for you to check out and desire!







Well well well, what did I tell you? Gorgeous aren't they? But I ain't done yet :-) The best part that I loved is yet to come.

Shazé's latest jewellery campaign which has just been launched - The ‘Un Occasion’ Campaign, is all about dispelling the thought process that only occasions such as Diwali, Christmas, birthdays or anniversary’s call for buying gifts. Infact Shazé’s jewellery range is fit for any occasion and every mood, anytime time of the year, just how I like it. I dress up everyday without waiting for a special day or raison d'être cause I believe in making every day an ocassion! Do you still need any other reason to get going and gift yourself a pretty piece my dearies? ;-)



Shazé is available in Mumbai at their store on Hughes Road, and pan India through stand alone stores, shop in shops and on their online store.

What When Wear, all the best for lots more years and loads of success!


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