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News flash

Ivy Hasan's solo exhibition

From November 13 to 15 Doll's House will arrange a solo exhibition of Ivy Hasan famous for her thematic dress design. The exhibition is named "Shurjota Alo Debei". The collection will include saree, panjabi, fatua, and teenagers collection. The exhibition will be held at Chittagong Shilpakala Academy.

Kids & Moms…the magic of mother care

Are you expecting a visit from Mr. Stork soon? Does the thought of embarking on a shopping spree (or safari, rather) for baby clothes, food, and assorted new-baby paraphernalia give you morning sickness at all times of the day, even if you're the dad? Well, all your worst worries are about to end.

Located at House 46 Road 11 Block C, Banani is a store called Kids & Moms, that, as its name suggests, is devoted to mothers and their children. From diapers to stretch creams, everything a woman needs for herself and her babies, you'll find it here, all under one roof.
The bright, neat, and functional rooms are done up in pretty shades of pastel, and are spacious and easy to navigate. K&M offers food items like baby formula, cereals, honey, chocolate and so on, children's clothing for the group of newborns to twelve-year olds, childcare items that include diapers, feeders, grooming kits, etc, and mother care items such as nursing pads, maternity belts etc. They offer a wide range of trusted international brands at great values.

K&M stresses on quality control. They get their products straight from the distributors to avoid fakes and counterfeits, and also offer a selection of special mother care products that are unavailable anywhere else in the country. However, what makes this outfit truly unique is the presence of trained staff who can guide first-time parents on the proper use of the products, and they often offer handy tips on childcare. How's that for service?

In the near future, K&M plans to extend its range of products to include a fun-zone and to offer play equipment like slides and swing sets. Here's wishing them the very best.

If you want to get the best buys for your baby, make Kids & Moms your destination, and you won't have to go anywhere else.

By Sabrina F Ahmad

Fashion frenzy at Fairy's

"Crazy little party girl How I love her…"

If you want to give your little party girl something she'll go crazy over, hop right into Fairy's and buy her a dress. Located at Bilquis Tower, Road 46, Gulshan-2, this place has been around for a long time, and is an old hand at the children's party-wear business. For Dhanmondi dwellers, they also have a branch at the new Anam Rangs Plaza , in Satmasjid Road.

Whether it's for a birthday party, a wedding ceremony, or Eid, if you've got a little princess at home, who's under 14 years of age, Fairy's has the dress of her dreams. They've got a huge range of frocks for little girls, from new borns to the 12-14 age groups. The exclusive party wear is made of a range of synthetic materials like velvet, satin, lace, chenille, etc. They come in varying degrees of detail work and embroidery, including the famous Fairy's signature…'smocking' (a unique method of adding a ribbed texture to the material by hand) on the bodice, complemented by tiny cloth rosebuds. There is also a daily-wear range that comprises of cotton frocks in various cuts and prints, perfect for the casual outing or picnic.

The prices at Fairy's are fixed; the party-wear collection topping off at Tk.700 and the daily wear collection ranging between Tk.150-500. There is also a collection of outfits for the domestic help, and/or their daughters, which ranges between Tk.350-480 and comes in a range of sizes.

If you really want your little girl to look good, then make Fairy's your destination. Fairy's has been synonymous with quality garments for a long time, and even if their items are a little bit pricey, they are definitely worth the immense satisfaction of your little party girl, when she becomes the envy of her friends in her fancy Fairy's outfit.

By Sabrina F Ahmad

A true taste of Asia by Tommy Miah

Hara Murgh
1 medium chicken cut into pieces
½ cup curds
3 medium sized sliced onions
1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
1-15 nos cashewnuts
2 sticks of cinnamon
8 black peppercorns
4-5 cloves
4 cardamoms (green)
1 tsp. cumin seeds
2 tsp. coriander seeds
6 green chillis
1 bunch of coriander leaves
1 bunch of mint leaves
2 tbsp. cream
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 ½ cups of warm water
Ghee as per requirement
Salt according to taste
1. Soak the cashewnuts in water 10 minutes and fry the sliced onions until crisp.
2. Grind the cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, black pepper, cumin seeds and coriander seeds and coriander seeds to a fine powder.
3. Grind the green chillis, coriander, mint, cashewnuts and fried onions to a fine paste separately. This is your green masala paste.
4. Marinate the chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste, curds and the green masala paste for an hour.
5. Heat ghee in a pan and add the chicken. Fry till the ghee separates and turmeric powder and salt as per taste.
6. Sauté for 5-6 minutes and then add water. Allow it to cook until the chicken becomes tender.
7. Now add the powdered masala and cream. Simmer till the gravy becomes thick. Serve hot with naan.

Gosht Tamatar
500 gms mutton
500gms tomatoes, chopped
2-3 onions, finely chopped
A small piece of ginger
4 garlic cloves
8-10 red chilies
1 tsp. cumin seeds
½ tsp. pepper corns
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
1. Mix together ginger, red chilies, garlic, cumin seeds, pepper corns in a mixer and blend to a fine powder.
2. Clean the mutton pieces well and marinate in the above ground powder for 30 minutes.
3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and fry the onions until brown.
4. Then add chopped tomatoes, salt, marinated mutton and stir well.
5. Also add little water and cook until the pieces are tender.
6. Remove from heat and serve with plain rice or any pulao.

Microwave Achari Gosht
1 ½ lb or 800 gms of boneless mutton
1 cup of curd/yogurt
4 cups of water
½ cup of mustard oil
1 tsp. each of ginger-garlic paste
¾ cup of pureed onions
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. kalonji (nigella/onion seeds) seeds
1 tsp. Aniseed
1 tsp. red chilli powder
½ tsp. turmeric powder
15 gms of jaggery
4-5 nos. whole red chilli
Salt according to taste.
1. Whisk the curd with one liter of water.
2. Heat mustard oil for 2 minutes.
3. Add the ginger, garlic, onion puree, cloves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds, aniseed and microwave on high for 7-8 minutes.
4. Mix in red chilli powder and turmeric powder and salt and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add the mutton whole red chillis, jaggery and curd water mixture and cook for 15 minutes till done.
Serve with boiled rice or chapati.




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