Saturday, 21 September 2013

Homemade Ubtan (Bath Powder) Recipe With Green Gram Powder


This homemade bath powder/ ubtan made with green gram powder/ flour is so gentle on the skin and many people in our family, including me use it, instead of soap. We call this "Pasi payaru maavu/ Pachai payaru maavu" in Tamil. I have been waiting to post this bath powder/ ubtan recipe for quite some time, but the climate did not cooperate, as you need  bright sunlight to make this powder. There is a reason this powder has been used as a bath powder for ages. This bath powder does not strip the skin of the natural oils and regular use prevents black heads and softens the skin. But this powder will spoil easily, if the green gram and vetiver is not sun dried till crisp. I prefer to make small batches of this powder. This bath powder cleanses well and it can be made into a paste with water and used as a face scrub too. During winter season, mix the green gram powder with milk or yogurt and use. To make this powder, sun dry green gram dal and vetiver in bright sunlight till they get very crisp. Powder it finely in a mixer. Vetiver is very aromatic, so use just little to make this powder. Both vetiver and green gram powder are very cooling. This powder is excellent for small babies as it does not have any chemicals. Keep the left over powder in an air tight box away from moisture.     

 


 METHOD:
 1. This is vetiver root. The root is dried and sold in the markets.



2. Take green gram dal and vetiver in a plate and sun dry till very crisp.


2. Powder it till the mixture is very fine in a mixer.


3. To use, take the requires amount of powder and mix it with water to form a paste. During winter season, mix it with yogurt or milk.

NOTES:
  • Sun dry it till the ingredients are crisp, else you will not be able to powder it finely.
  • Vetiver gives a nice smell and acts as a natural body coolant, so try not to skip it.

41 comments:

  1. can we use organic green gram powder bought from the store as well?

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  2. Yes, that will be good too..

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  3. wht is vetiver known in either gujarati or hindi?

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  4. Vetiver is called" Khus" in Hindi.

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  5. what is vetiver in telugu??n can u tel me where can i get it??i stay in hyd...

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    1. Hi,
      Vetiver is called "Kuruveeru" in Telugu. I am sorry, I don't know where you get it in Hyderabad. I will try my best, to find and post reputed online sources for the ingredients soon.

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  6. omg.....your work is amazing...your posts are great...and the way you explain it and those pics...they explain everything...and the way you put those pics are simply superb,...All i want to say is ur work is just great great great.......................

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  7. Is there any place i can buy vetiver in bangalore??

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  8. I am sorry, I don't have any idea where u get vetiver in banglore....

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  9. U get it in shivajinagar. . Net dharmaraja koil street

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  10. Hi.. Will this powder be smooth enough to be used for 5 months old baby?

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  11. Hi Aruna,
    I usually grind the powder in the machine (the place where the grind the flours), so the powder is very smooth. You can use this powder safely for 5 month old baby.

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  12. Shall I keep also vetiver in sun dry

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    1. Please sun dry the vetiver too, else it will be hard to powder it finely...

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  13. can i use payatham maavu for bathing daily

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    1. Yes, you can use payatham maavu everyday for bathing...

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  14. Where do you get vetiver in Coimbatore? Now I use just green gram powder for bath for me and my toddler son.But my toddler is attracted to soap than this powder.

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  15. pls tel suggestion for oily face i am using payatham maavu only its make more oily and pimples

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    1. For oily face, try drinking lots of water, it really makes a huge difference for oily skin and try using clay based masks weekly twice (you can find clay mask recipes in the blog) to get rid of excess oiliness...

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  16. hi, what is the ratio BW vettiver and green gram??

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    1. I usually use a small bunch of vetiver (app around 10 grams) for a cup of green gram dhal....

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  17. Any online site you can refer , where we can get khus/vetiver.

    Thanks

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    1. I haven't bought vetiver root online but try scents-of-earth.com, they were the only online shop I could find that sells vetiver root. But I don't know about the quality of the root as I haven't purchased anything from them...

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  18. What is the benefit of this if I use it daily as a facewash twice a day ???? Cn u pls reply me ???

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    1. Hi, This homemade bath powder prevents blackheads and whiteheads. It is also a great cleanser that does not strip the skin of natural oils...

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  19. Great blog, really good service to community. do you have preparation for herbal soap?

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    1. I don't have herbal soap recipes in the blog still..

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  20. I live in the coldest part of the world.. so drying in the sun is not possible for me.. can i dry roast the green gram and use the same?

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  21. Can I mix paitha mavu with kadali may and also last urine manj all in the ratio 1:1:1 ?

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    1. Though this bath powder can be used for new born babies, I would suggest using the nalangu maavu powder from the blog for babies, it gives the best results...

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  23. Hey. Great post. I have switched to natural hair cleansers, since i dont want to use chemical shampoos. I live in a place where shikakai or arappu is unavailable. Im currently payatham mavu for hair as besan was too drying. Is it good for my hair in the long run? I also add lemon peel and nelli mulli powder. Can you suggest anything else. Mine is oily dandruff prone hair.

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    1. Hello, You can also try using reetha powder along with payatham mavu, it will help get a bit of foam and will cleanse the hair well too...

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  24. Can i use this as bath powder for my 3 months baby?

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    1. Yes, this bath powder can be used for 3 month old baby. It is very gentle and fragrant...

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  25. Hi Ramya,
    Thank you for the excellent and informative blog. I wanted to ask if I can add kasturi manjal to this powder?

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