Monday, December 11, 2017

Simple Egg curry | Spicy egg curry | Dhaba style egg curry

1. Eggs 5 (boiled & peeled)
2. Onion paste 1/2 cup
3. Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
4. Tomato half (cut into cubes)
5. Salt to taste
6. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
7. Cumin powder 1/2 tbsp
8. Coriander powder 1/2 tbsp
9. Kashmiri red chili powder 1 tbsp 
10. Garam masala 2 tsp
11. Cooking oil 3 tbsp
12. Coriander leaves (handful)


1. Boil the eggs for 15 minutes or till the eggs are boiled hard. Peel the eggs and keep them aside.
2. Take 1 tbsp of cooking oil in a pan and fry the eggs till they turn brown from all the sides. Keep the fried eggs aside.
3. Now in a pan take 2 tbs of oil, add onion, ginger and garlic paste, saute them on medium to low heat and take care not to burn the masala, saute till the raw smell of onion, ginger, garlic are gone. Add half tomatoes and cook nicely, sprinkle water if needed.
4. When the masala are almost cooked, add salt to taste, 1 tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tbsp cumin powder, 1/2 tbsp coriander powder and 1 tbsp kasmiri red chili powder (optional, you can also use regular red chili powder). Cook all the ingredients together.
5. Now add 2 tsp of garam masala powder, mix and pour 2 cups of water. Wait till it starts boiling.
6. When the water starts boiling add the fried eggs and let cook for 2-3 more minutes.
7. Take out the egg curry in a bowl and sprinkle handful of coriander leaves. Serve hot and enjoy with steamed rice, chapati or naan. 

Thank you. Eat healthy & stay healthy.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Does drinking warm water in morning & whole day helps in weight loss | Warm water v/s Cold water | Personal experience

Drinking warm water

           Drinking warm water in the morning with few drops of lemon and honey is best known as a weight loss remedy. Even many people believe that drinking warm water all day can help to reduce weight. Well drinking only warm water without a proper diet and exercise won't help you lose weight and with a proper diet and workout you don't need to drink warm water the whole day, drinking room temperature water can also keep you hydrated, detoxify and regulate body mechanism.

How water works in our body?
           Water is one of the essential thing for the functioning of our body, as our body uses the water in all cells, organs and tissues to help regulate its temperature and other important body functions. When we drink water, it goes to stomach then to small intestines, where it is absorbed and goes directly into the blood stream to be used by the body organs.

Cold water v/s warm water?
          There are different discussions and opinions on which temperature water is good for our body. While some people talk in favor of cold water others prefer drinking warm water. One of the main reason to choose warm water over cold water is, when we drink cold water after having a meal or during a meal, the cold water passes through our digestive system making the fats from the food to solidify. Due to this reason it becomes difficult for the body to absorb and excrete the fat out of the body. Where as some studies show that drinking cold water can eliminate body fat, as our body burns a lot of calories in the procedure, to warm the cold water to balance with our body temperature.

           In other hand drinking warm water can help to break down the food more easily, making it to digest faster. Drinking warm water in the morning detoxifies the body keeping it hydrated for longer time. While many people believe, that drinking warm water can help in weight loss, this theory is not yet scientifically proven. 

Personal experience of drinking warm water?

            One of the common morning drink for detoxification of the body and weight loss remedy is warm water, lemon and honey. I tried this remedy for 15 to 20 days, I really don't know if it helped in weight loss but I got a lot of acne (pimples) after few days of drinking warm and lemon water. They were painful and big and every other day one of them would pop up. Initially I didn't realize why I was getting so much pimples but soon I got irregular bowel movement. Then I did a little research and got to know that sudden change in diet (e.g; warm water in morning) can be one of the cause for acne and irregular bowel movement. 
             Then I stopped drinking warm water in the morning, but it took a long time, almost 1-2 months for acne to reduce completely. I have never tried drinking cold water every day as it makes my teeth sensitive, but sometimes I do drink cold carbonated drinks. I would like to mention that, again it depends on the skin type, and how your body and skin reacts to warm water, you can try for few days to learn if it suits your body or not.
              Personally I prefer to drink room temperature water for every day. It keeps the body hydrated, quenches thirst, detoxifies the body, helps in digestion and regulates bowel movement. And in morning you can add few drops of lemon to increase its taste.

*Disclaimer- This article is written to provide only information and general idea.

This article should not be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition.

Please consult your healthcare provider before any diagnosis, treatment or medication.
Personal experience provided is according to my skin type and my personal diet and body system.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pre-diabetes and Gestational diabetes


What is Prediabetes?
         Prediabetes or also known as the Borderline diabetes is a medical condition in which the blood sugar level of the body is not so high to be a proper diabetes or type 2 diabetes. This can be an alarm to alert you that you are on the path to diabetes and it's not too late to control it.

What happens?
          When you have prediabetes, the pancreas produce little insulin, so after you have a big meal the insulin released are not enough to get the glucose into the cells, thus your body doesn't respond to insulin properly.

        Only a blood test can show if you have Prediabetes or not. Your healthcare provider will ask you for necessary tests required for the diagnosis of Prediabetes.

How to know if you have Prediabetes / Symptoms? 
         It is very difficult to know if you have prediabetes, as the symptoms are mild and goes unrecognized. But if you are thirsty every time, frequently going to pee and feeling tired then do talk to your healthcare provider. The best thing is to do regular check ups, take care of your diet and  get your blood test done every year or as suggested by your doctor.

        Maintaining a healthy life style is the best thing to avoid all kind of diseases which includes,
1. Exercise- Regular exercise for 30-60 minutes, mild to moderate and maintain a healthy weight.
2. Balanced diet- Eat healthy and nutritious diet including, fruits, vegetables, grains etc. and avoid high carb food, fried food etc.

Gestational Diabetes

What is Gestational Diabetes?

     Gestational diabetes is the condition in which there is rise in blood sugar levels during pregnancy. This can affect women who have had no history of diabetes.

What happens?
     This can occur due to hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy.

      Blood test and other necessary screening should be performed during pregnancy to diagnose Gestational diabetes.

Signs & symptoms

     It is very difficult to notice any signs and symptoms during pregnancy, so necessary tests to diagnose Gestational diabetes in very important. Keep an eye on common signs and symptoms including frequent urination and increased thirst.

     Balanced and nutritious diet and mild to moderate exercise (pregnancy exercise) can be included. But before any changes to your diet and life style (specially during pregnancy) consult with your Gynaecologist for proper tests and necessary treatment.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Instant noodle healthy or unhealthy? | Know about instant noodle

Instant noodle

             As a child I always wanted to have those packet noodles in my lunch box for the school. Even though parents refuse to have them, then also it always tempted me. When I went to hostel for my graduation, me and my friends would survive on instant noodles for days during the exams. Instant noodle or the minutes noodle are one of the easiest, tasty and fast cooking food, just boil water add the noodle and seasoning powder (that comes in the packet) cook for 2-3 minutes and enjoy a proper snack, it makes the tummy instantly full. Though instant noodle is available all over the planet but some of the Asian countries are known to consume highest number of instant noodle in the whole world. Numbers of research are done every day to understand, that how healthy is instant noodle for children as well as adults? Lets know a little bit about instant noodle.
             Instant noodle are always a topic of debate because of the contents like, edible oil, gelling agent, emulsifying agent, flavor enhancer, anti-caking agent, MSG and many more toxic preservatives and unhealthy additives.  They also contain high amounts of sodium, unhealthy fats like saturated fatty acids and trans fats, bad cholesterol and tons of carbohydrate, which are non-nutritious.Instant noodle does not contain any nutritional value, as they have more of simple carbohydrates and no fiber, they contain a lot of added flavors rather than any valuable nutrition.

            Recently a lot of research is done and many articles are found on the internet about a toxic preservative called, tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) written as "Antioxidant" in the ingredients section on the noodle packet. This chemical is known to be a by product of petroleum industry, which prevents the oxidation of fats and oils. Instant noodles do not break down easily in the stomach, which make it slow and difficult to digest and give stress on the digestive system. It may create hormonal changes in many adults(mostly in females).

              Instant noodle contain saturated fats and trans fat which can lead to cholesterol. It also increases the LDL (bad) cholesterol value and lower HDL (good) cholesterol level. It can also lead to diabetes due high carbohydrate content and cause rise in blood pressure(hypertension) due to high sodium content. Processed foods are always major reason for weight gain and obesity. Instant noodle add little to no nutritional value to your healthy balanced diet.

             Instant noodles are always loved by all, let they be children or adults. Not because of the taste but the easy and convenient way of cooking, and hunger satisfying due to high carbohydrate content. But always keep yourself and your family away from instant noodle as well as any other processed food as they are unhealthy and non-nutritious. It is very difficult to completely keep away from such foods but avoiding these food can be your first step to a balanced diet and healthy life.

How to make instant noodles edible

*Disclaimer- This article is written to provide only information and general idea.
This article should not be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition.
Please consult your healthcare provider before any diagnosis, treatment or medication.

Friday, November 17, 2017

What is hemoglobin | What causes hemoglobin level to drop | Difference between hemoglobin and iron

What is hemoglobin?

Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in the Red blood cells (RBC) that carries oxygen from the lungs to different part of body tissues and carries carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.

What causes hemoglobin level to drop?

The normal hemoglobin level for men ranges from 13.5 grams/deciliter to 17.5 grams/deciliter.
The normal hemoglobin level for woman ranges from 12.0 grams/deciliter to 15.0 gram/deciliter.

Causes for lower hemoglobin- The reason for lower hemoglobin is blood loss due to
- Nutritional deficiency like iron, folate
- Prolonged menstrual bleeding (anovulatory cycle)
-. Blood loss due to traumatic injury
- Major surgery
- Stomach ulcer

Hemoglobin (a protein) in red blood cell carries oxygen throughout the body. Low hemoglobin level causes the body to have less red blood cells. Lower hemoglobin level indicates of Anemia. 
Symptoms may include ( In severe decrease of hemoglobin count)
- Weakness
- Headache
- Dizziness
- Difficulty in breathing
- Brittle nails
- Cravings to eat ice and clay
- Depending on the underlying causes of lower hemoglobin, treatment should be done accordingly. Contact your doctor for test and check ups.

-Hemoglobin level can be detected or determined by a blood test. Test your blood yearly to keep track of your healthy numbers.

-If you get any of the symptoms mentioned above immediately contact your healthcare provider for necessary treatment and medicines.
-Take proper nutritious diet. Include Iron and folic acid to your daily diet.

 Iron and Hemoglobin
- Iron is an important element that helps  in blood production. In other words iron is needed to make hemoglobin in the body.
- Hemoglobin in other hand caries oxygen from lungs to different part of the body tissues.

*Disclaimer- This article is written to provide only information and general idea.
This article should not be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition.
Please consult your healthcare provider before any diagnosis, treatment or medication.

The statistical information given is taken from internet sources.

Food remedy for low hemoglobin

Low hemoglobin

Take food rich in Iron. Food to eat
1. Pomegranate
2. Spinach
3. asparagus
4. Beetroot
5. Apricot
6. Pumpkin
7. Chicken and mutton(goat) liver
8. Oyster
9. Dates, almond and raisins
10. Jaggery
Folic acids
1. Green leafy vegetables
2. Broccoli
3. Dried beans
4. Peanut
Vitamin C 
1. Lemon
2. Oranges
3. Strawberries
4. Grapefruit
5. Bell pepper
6. Broccoli
7. Tomatoes

Food to avoid
1. Tea
2. Coffee
3. Alcoholic beverages
4. Soft drink

*Disclaimer- This article is written to provide only information and general idea.
This article should not be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition.
Please consult your healthcare provider before any diagnosis, treatment or medication.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Know about me

Hey foodies,

                 Thank you so much to show your interest in my health and food blog as well as to know about me. My name is shikta, and I love cooking and eating different type of cuisines, as a child I grew up with foodies, in a family where festivals and happiness are celebrated with love, affection and lot of awesome and authentic food as soon as I grew and went for my graduation my love for food increased more and more. As you all know the food in hostels are terrible, me and my roommates usually order food from outside. Then we started cooking in our hostel room, sometimes we come to my home for small parties and every weekend we would go to different restaurants, try street foods, that was really fun. After getting married I went to many places in India and outside India, where I explored and tried different type of authentic and concocted food.

                Soon I realized that I was getting addicted to restaurant's food, that was making me ill. The repeated use of oil in the fast foods, frozen and stored foods of restaurants, caused indigestion, stomach bloating etc. so I decided to cook at home whatever I love to eat, use organic and fresh ingredients. I started my journey by web surfing about health related food and diseases, healthy recipes, food remedies and how to store to keep the nutrition intact etc. But it was really difficult to find all information at one place, relate them with each other, as well as understand things in short. Thus I decided to write blog, make things easy and simple to understand, bring food and health related information's together, add some grand maa's food remedies, kitchen tips/hacks and share it with you all. And that's how this blog was created. So be a part of this journey by sharing your recipes and health related tips.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Maggi atta noodle in an Indian curry style


1. Maggi atta noodle 1 packet
2. Potato 2 tbsp (cut into small pieces)
3. Raw papaya 2 tbsp (cut into small pieces)
4. Pumpkin 2 tbs (cut into small pieces)
5. Salt to taste
6. Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
7. Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
8. Curry powder 1 tsp
9. Tomato half (cut into slices)
10. Coriander leaves handful (finely chopped)
11. Cooking oil 1 tbsp
12. Butter (optional)


1. Cut the vegetables (potato, raw papaya and pumpkin) into small pieces, wash and keep them aside.
2. Take 1 tbsp of cooking oil in a pan, when the oil is warm enough add the vegetables and fry them till they are half cooked on high to medium heat.
3. When the veggies are half cooked add salt to taste, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of red chili powder and 1 tsp of curry powder. ( You can also use extra maggi masala but it is always good to avoid the sachet masala which come with the noodles as they contain MSG )
4. Fry the spices with the veggies for few seconds, add sliced tomatoes, cook the tomatoes for a minute and pour 2 cups of water and let it to boil.
5. When the water starts boiling break the noodle to halves and put them into the boiling water, sprinkle the maggi masala that comes with the noodle, mix and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on high to medium heat till the noodles are cooked to soft.
6. Turn off the heat, add handful of finely chopped coriander leaves and mix nicely.
7. Serve hot with butter(optional) and enjoy your maggi masala Indian curry style.  

Thank you eat healthy and stay healthy

*Note- To make the noodles more healthy, cook the noodles separately in boiling water, drain the excess water (this will help to drain out the edible gum and oil that is used to make the noodles). Now use this cooked noodles in the curry. 
- Take care to add vegetables that will taste good to you with noodles.