5 Must have kitchen Ingredients

5 Must Have Kitchen Ingredients

If you don’t have a well-stocked kitchen, making something new or interesting that you just saw on TV can seem like a challenge. Not only that, there are some magic ingredients that you must always store with you because they are super healthy and do you a lot of good.

5 must have kitchen ingredients

5 must have kitchen ingredients

Typically if you notice, there are some things that you would need in most of your recipes… Whether you’re cooking a vegetarian meal or meat, grilled fish, some essentials help you stir up a dish of your choice… but the magic ingredients we were referring to here also are a must-have because of the benefits they offer. Let’s go through some of these…

  • Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil

Here’s the detailed description about these ingredients.

  1. Virgin Olive Oil

If you are planning to stir fry some greens, sauté some veggies or make a salad dressing, olive oil is the basic thing you would need at first. Some of you would be using some other vegetable oils for cooking, but research proves that olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids and helps prevent many diseases. Regular consumption of virgin olive oil helps reduce chances of cancer and protects against many coronary diseases and health problems. 

  1. Salt and Pepper

Salt and pepper are most commonly used in almost all cuisines and dishes. Recipes usually always require the usage of both, as salt and pepper help to enhance and add flavour. Salt also gives us the needed iodine in our body and pepper adds to the flavour and taste. Pepper is no doubt a very versatile seasoning that can be used in pasta, an Indian dish, a simple salad, or anything else you are trying from other international cuisines.

  1. Garlic

Can you think of many recipes that can be made without this wonder ingredient? Not only does it add a punch to a dish you are cooking, it is highly nutritious and has very few calories. This wonder herb is very high in Allicin (a sulfur compound) and high in many nutrients like Manganese, Vitamin B6 and C, Selenium, Calcium, Copper etc. It acts as a magical medicine in flu and common cold. Not only this, it helps improve Cholesterol levels and lowers risk of heart ailments.

  1. Tomatoes

Be it a gravy dish, a pizza, salads, pasta, or anything, tomatoes are a must-have. Did you know that this humble vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin C and K, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), biotin, dietary fiber, copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E, phosphorus and much more? This storehouse of goodness is not only good for your skin but also prevents many types of cancer and is good for your heart and kidneys. Add a lot of raw tomatoes in your salads as eating them raw gives you the benefit of the antioxidants present in them. 

  1. Basil

You would agree that sprinkling some herbs to your pasta, pizza, breads or oriental veggies adds that zingy flavour to your cooking? But if you have fresh Basil leaves in your kitchen, it’s a double whammy! These simple looking green leaves are actually an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin C, iron, omega-3 fatty acids and folate. Loaded with so many qualities, this herb has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and also helps your heart to stay healthy.

So this is my choice of 5 must-have magical ingredients that you must store at all times not only because they make your dish more yummilicious but because they are health-packed too!

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Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive & Basil Hand Cream

Hey Girls,

I went for shopping few days back and i was just looking for good stuff for me. Suddenly i look at the Crabtree & Evelyn shop. I stopped by this place and found so many good things in their basket. I want to try their products for so long but didn’t found anything here in Pune. So finally i found their shop in Phoenix Mall, Viman Nagar. I thought why not give a try to their hand creams first.

crabtree and evelyne avocado olive basil hand cream

Crabtree and Evelyne Avocao Olive Basil Hand Cream

I choose Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive & Basil. First come to the main ingredients about this hand cream.


Avocado has so many benefits for our skin. Avocado has very rich minerals, nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants.  Avocados are great source of anti-oxidants for healthy skin. Avocados have very high amount of carotenoids, its really helpful to improve your skin’s density, thickness and tone. Avocados are rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A also. Avocado helps to cleans, moisturise skin. Avocados are also helps to reduce wrinkles too.


Olives are also great source of vitamin E. Olives also contains anti-oxidants. Olive oil works as a cleanser and moisturizer. Olive oil helps restore skin elasticity, so it’s known as an anti-aging product also. Antioxidants helps to nourish, hydrate the skin.


Basil is known as Tulsi in India. It has many benefits for our skin as well as for body also. Tulsi is used as ointments to heal wounds in our ancient Indian period. Basil has anti bacterial properties so it can be used in many ways. Basil is an anti inflammatory, works as anti-bacterial to reduce redness, dark circles, puffy eyes and many more. Anti-oxidant property of basil helps slowing aging in human skin. Basil has many more properties that help in our health also.

crabtree and evelyne avocado olive basil hand cream

Crabtree and Evelyne Avocao Olive Basil Hand Cream – Ingredients & Price

The product claims, Lock in lashings of moisture with our award-winning Avocado, Olive & Basil Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy. Infused with macadamia nut oil, shea butter, avocado butter, and basil and olive extracts, this intensive cream nourishes skin so it’s noticeably smoother after each luxurious application.

  • Contains hydrating ceramides and antioxidant-rich vitamin E
  • Myrrh extract helps condition nails and cuticles
  • Formulated without colour, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil, propylene glycol


From the sun-drenched orchards of the Mediterranean, comes a deeply hydrating blend of plant extracts, botanical oils and emollient butters. Extracts of conditioning basil, rejuvenating olives and creamy avocado combine to comprise our most moisturising collection—a series of elixirs that soften, soothe and revitalise. Your skin will drink it in.

crabtree and evelyne avocado olive basil hand cream

Crabtree and Evelyne Avocao Olive Basil Hand Cream

Now coming to my review, Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive & Basil is really a good hand cream. Texture of the cream is very smooth and soft, skin feels hydrated. No stickiness at all. Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive & Basil has beautiful herbal fragrance. It smells so fresh; it absorbs into my skin quickly and leaves no grease.

My hands become dry in winters, i hate that feeling when you go out and your hands looks so dry and dull. I started using this cream and i must say now in winters my hands looks so clean, smooth and lovely. Especially if you are looking for something in winters for your hands then Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive & Basil hand cream is made for you. Here i want to mention that my hands were already soft and no hard skin, so i can’t say it works on any hard skin or bad skin. As of my experience my hands become softer and smoother after using this.

crabtree and evelyne avocado olive basil hand cream

Crabtree and Evelyne Avocao Olive Basil Hand Cream

As per the packaging concern, it comes in a tube, which is very handy. Tube can be easily carried in your daily hand bag as well as this is the perfect small size for travel kit. It comes in a bigger pack also; I prefer to choose the smaller pack for my first trial. As per as price concern its bit expensive. But its little high price is worthy when you look at your beautiful hands in winter without any dryness.

Girls, here I have a question for all of you, “How often do you use hand cream?” Hmm!!! Actually i know most of the girls don’t use hand creams.  When i started care of my skin, i started using hand creams and foot creams as well. And now i must say, using hand cream becomes my daily routine.

So go girls give a try to this beautiful product. I must say you will not disappoint.


Price: 225 INR for 25gm