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Fenugreek Porridge- A Healthy Treat For The Body

Fenugreek porridge is a very healthy and delicious porridge, which is considered to be an ideal medicinal food to keep good health and is highly recommended for post-natal care. The main ingredient is fenugreek, also known as Methi seeds. Additionally, fenugreek is a delicious warming spice from Trigonella foenum-graecum plant and a commonly used one in Indian cooking and helps balance Vata and Kapha. It is bitter-sweet and nourishing which creates a strong grounding effect in the body. What’s more, fenugreek helps to improve digestion, bowel movements, lactation and hormonal balance and helps to control cholesterol, diabetes, bloating and metabolism as well. Now, let’s have a look at its preparation! Ingredients Raw rice -1 cup Fenugreek/Methi Seeds-2 tbsp Water-4 cups Cumin Seeds-1/2 tsp Shallots -5 nos Grated Coconut -1/2 cup Salt to Taste How to prepare? 1.  Soak fenugreek in water overnight. Also, wash and soak raw rice in water … Continue reading “Fenugreek Porridge- A Healthy Treat For The Body”

Pinni – It’s Sweet Yet Healthy

Comprised of flax seed powder and dates, Pinni is a North-Indian special sweet, which is gluten-free and sugar-free, making it completely healthy. With the ability to keep the body warm, this delicious dessert is a perfect winter delicacy! In fact, Pinni is considered as an essential winter food in North India. While it increases body temperature, it can also enhance immunity, energize your body and improve joint mobility. And, you can literally prepare it within minutes. It’s that easy! Let’s see how it’s prepared! Ingredients 1/4 cup water 1 cup flax seed flour/powder 1/2 tbsp cardamom powder 3 tbsp Ghee 10 finely chopped dates 1/4 cup raisins (optional) Preparation 1.  Take flax seed flour in a pan and roast it on medium flame without oil. Keep roasting until it becomes golden brown. Once done, keep it aside. 2. Now, place a deep pot on the stove and add ghee to … Continue reading “Pinni – It’s Sweet Yet Healthy”

A Quick and Easy Wintermelon Dish (Olan): A Curry for Pitta

Olan is a quite popular dish in South India. A Sadya, the South Indian Feast, is incomplete without an Olan. With a blend of healthy vegetables, Olan is a nutritious dish that’s perfect to be added to your diet. It goes well with white rice, brown rice, quinoa, couscous, appam and wheat bread. The main ingredient of Olan is Winter Melon (also known as ash gourd or wax gourd) that’s simmered in coconut milk. Winter melon is good for the brain, breast milk, and gut. And, it’s a popular cooling vegetable. Olan is a simple dish that has minimal ingredients and is light and subtle in flavour. Let’s see how it’s prepared. Ingredients Adzuki beans (Red Cow Peas / Van Payar) – 1/2 Cup Ash gourd (Kumbalanga) – 2 Cups Green Chilly 3 numbers or black pepper a quarter of a teas spoon (crushed) Coconut Cream – 1 Cup Salt … Continue reading “A Quick and Easy Wintermelon Dish (Olan): A Curry for Pitta”

Pumpkin and Spinach Soup: Our Detox Soup

Pumpkin soup forms a thick and creamy dish filled with the natural flavours of Pumpkin and spinach. With pumpkin being the major ingredient, the soup offers many health benefits. In addition, this vegan dish requires very few ingredients and can be easily prepared in time for a perfect detox meal. when eaten moderately, it’s gentle on the stomach and helps to balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Furthermore, pumpkin and spinach soup serves as a nutritious meal and is filled with Vitamin A,m and iron which help improve immunity and fight infections. Let’s see how it’s prepared. Ingredients Pumpkin- 2 cups, chopped Onion- 1, chopped Garlic- 1 tbsp, minced Dress Ginger (grated): 2 teaspoons Vegetable Broth/ warm water- 4 cup Salt- as required Pepper- 1 pinch Cumin seeds: 2 teaspoons Fennel seeds: 2 teaspoonsMustard seeds 1 teaspoon Dry pitted Prunes (cut into small pieces) 1 cup Baby Spinach leaves: 2 cups … Continue reading “Pumpkin and Spinach Soup: Our Detox Soup”

Creamy & Healthy Red Lentil Curry

While adding nutrition to your meal, Red Lentil Curry is a vegan traditional Indian curry. Without any dairy or milk, it has a creamy flavour and is a very easy delicious curry that will almost go well with almost anything! It can be even taken as a lentil soup! When paired with a bowl of rice or gluten-free naan, it makes an authentic and protein-packed meal. This dish is easy to prepare and being red lentil as the main ingredient, it offers a lot of benefits. It is gentle on the gut, good for all the three doshas, helps in weight management, improves blood circulation, builds immunity and reduces the risk of heart problems. Let’s see how this delicious dish is prepared. Without further ado, let’s see how it’s made! Ingredients Red Lentils 1 cup, rinsed and drained Tomatoes 1 cup, cut into small pieces (optional) Ginger 1 tsp, minced … Continue reading “Creamy & Healthy Red Lentil Curry”

Red Lentil Dal – The Gluten-Free Vegan Dish

Red lentil dal curry or widely known in India as Masoor dal is generally a vegan and nutritious dish. This flavoury soup or curry consists of a majorproportion of red lentils with spices and herbs. Usually served with a bowl of cooked rice, roti or butter naan, this authentic dish offers several health benefits. The nutritional value of red lentils is beneficial for your bones and teeth. This is a lentil that is tridoshic, gut-friendly and a course of protein. Additionally, they prevent diabetes, promote weight loss and help improve digestion. Now, let’s dive into the easy preparation of red lentil dal. Ingredients -Red Lentils – 1 cup, rinsed -Tomato – 2, medium chopped or juice of 1 lemon -Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp (optional) -Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp -Onion or spring onion – 1 cup, sliced -Green Chilli – 1, chopped (optional) -Dried Red Chilli – 1 or … Continue reading “Red Lentil Dal – The Gluten-Free Vegan Dish”

MIXED VEGETABLE CURRY

Mixed Vegetable Curry is an Indian dish that is truly healthy as well as delicious. Though this is a curry by its name, it’s a dry one with less gravy, and this makes it appropriate to consume as curry, main dish or side dish. Simply put, a versatile dish that can be made with any set of vegetables and can go well with almost any dish. The interesting part is that it’s easy to prepare. Every ingredient is easily available, and most of them are the ones we use on a daily basis. So, if you want to quickly make a vegan and gluten-free curry, Mixed Vegetable Curry is what you are looking for. Now, let’s see how it’s prepared. Ingredients 3 tbsp (44 ml) olive or coconut oil 1 finely chopped medium onion or spring onion 4 cloves garlic, crushed (optional) ½ inch piece ginger, crushed 1 medium tomato … Continue reading “MIXED VEGETABLE CURRY”

VEG PULAO

Veg pulao is a one-pot dish made of basmati rice, vegetables, spices, and herbs,making it a delicious, healthy and aromatic dish. The good thing about Pulao is you can choose any set of vegetables and use any grain -quinoa, barley, corn or almost any grain or millet instead of rice. Moreover, it is easy to prepare and can be served as a special meal or as lunch. The way veg pulao is made differs from one region to another region of the Indian subcontinent. Here is a simple veg pulao recipe to make a flavourful meal for yourself or your loved ones. Let’s dive into the ingredients and the way veg pulao is prepared. Ingredients: 1½ cup basmati rice2 tablespoon vegetable oil or ghee2½ cup water1½ tablespoon ginger and garlic paste (optional, you may use just ginger as well)salt as required Vegetables 1 medium shallot or spring onion2 green chilies … Continue reading “VEG PULAO”

HEALTHY BANANA BREAD

If you are looking for sweet bread to have with your tea or to have as a dessert, Banana Bread would be the best choice. With its moist texture and soft crumbs coupled with the taste of banana and sweetness, this bread can steal your heart. And, it’s not just delicious but healthy as well. Banana Bread is one of those snacks that you would not feel fed up with after eating. What’s more, you could easily bake it from your home. Without further ado, let’s see how it’s made! Ingredients 5 tablespoons coconut oil 1/2 cup honey (or pure maple syrup) 5 medium bananas 2 eggs 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups regular whole wheat Preparation 1. Take the bananas in a bowl and mash them thoroughly. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 3. Take another bowl and add … Continue reading “HEALTHY BANANA BREAD”

Pradhaman – A lentil pudding- A Traditional South Indian Dessert

Pradhaman is a variation of payasam (kheer/ rice pudding), which is one of the traditional desserts of South India. South Indians typically prepare this on festive occasions like Onam and Vishu. The classic Kerala Feast (Sadhya) is incomplete without a Payasam, and Parippu Pradhaman is often included in Sadhya. Yellow Moong Dhal (mung bean lentils) is the master ingredient of this delicious dessert, and jaggery, cashew nuts, coconut bits, raisins and cardamom make this dessert a perfect one. Typically, Parippu Pradhaman is served hot, but the cold version is as delicious as the hot version. Be it any way, this mouth-watering dessert is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Let’s dive into its recipe. Ingredients Yellow Moong Dhal – 1 cup Thick Coconut Milk (First Extract of Coconut Milk) – 1/2 cup Medium Thick Coconut Milk (Second Extract of Coconut Milk – 1 cup) Roasted Cumin Powder – 1/4 Teaspoon … Continue reading “Pradhaman – A lentil pudding- A Traditional South Indian Dessert”