Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Chicken lollipop in schezwan sauce

Ingredients

1. Chicken drumstick  2
2. All purpose flour 2 tbs
3. Corn starch 1 tbs
4. Salt to taste
5. Coriander powder 2 tsp
6. Paprika powder 2 tsp
7. Onion 1/2 cup diced
8. Green bell pepper 1/2 cup diced
9. Soy sauce 1/2 tsp
10. Tomato chili sauce 1/2 tbs
11. Schezwan sauce 1/2 cup
12. Black pepper powder 2 tsp
13. Spring onion or scallion 2 tbs
14. Olive oil

Preparation

1. Clean the chicken drumsticks, using a knife cut the chicken and make the lollipops.
2. Add salt to taste, paprika powder, coriander powder, corn starch and all purpose flour to the chicken lollipops. Mix and keep it aside.
3. Now take 5-6 tbs of olive oil in a pan for shallow frying, fry the chicken from all the sides on medium to low heat till it's cooked from inside.
4. Take them out of the oil and keep them aside.
5. Now in a pan add 2 tbs of olive oil add onion and green bell peppers, fry them.
6. Add soy sauce, tomato chili sauce, schezwan sauce and black pepper powder and 2 tbs of water let it boil for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
7. Add spring onion or scallion and the fried chicken lollipops, let it boil for 4-5 more minutes.
8. Serve hot as a starter or side dish and enjoy your chicken lollipop in schezwan sauce. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Gobhi Paratha

Ingredients

1. Cauliflower 2 cup (grated)
2. Wheat flour 2 cups
3. Salt to taste
4. Turmeric 1 tsp
5. Curry powder 2 tsp
6. Coriander powder 2 tsp
7. Cumin Powder 2 tsp
8. Asafoetida (hing) 2 pinch
9. Onion 1/2 cup (grated)
10. Ginger 1 tsp (grated)
11. Green chili 2 (grated)
12. Cooking oil (as required)
13. Cumin seed 1 tsp

Preparation

1. First make the filling for paratha. In a pan take 1 tbs of oil,  add cumin seed, when it crackles add grated green chili, grated onion saute for 2 minutes then add grated ginger, saute for one more minute. 
2. Now add grated cabbage, cook for 3-4 minutes, add salt to taste, turmeric powder, curry powder and coriander powder cook for 2 more minutes. The stuffing is ready, keep it aside.
3. To make the paratha, in a bowl take wheat flour add asafoetida, salt to taste, cumin powder and 1 tsp of oil. Knead it to make soft dough. Cover and keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.
4. Make round balls out of dough, take a ball press it between two palms to make it flat, now stuff the cabbage filling in the dough and close it using your thumb and palm to make a ball.
5. Using a rolling pin roll the ball to round and flat paratha.
6. On skillet put the paratha and cook it from both the sides. Add 2 tsp of oil and cook it nicely.
7. Take it out and serve hot with butter, or pickle, or sweet curd.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Paneer 65

Ingredients

1. Paneer (Cottage cheese) 200 grams (cut into cubes)
2. All purpose flour(maida) 4 tbs
3. Corn starch 4 tbs
4. Salt to taste
5. Paprika 2 tsp
6. Black pepper powder 2 tsp
7. Onion 1/2 cup (cut into diced)
8. Capsicum 1/2 cup (cut into diced)
9. Cabbage 1/2 cup (cut into diced)
10. Green chili 2
11. Curry leaves 6-7
12. Tomato chili sauce 2 tbs
13. Soy sauce 1 tsp
14. Cooking oil (for shallow frying)

Preparation

1. First make the paneer fritters, for that take the paneer cubes in a bowl add all purpose flour, corn starch, salt to taste, paprika and black pepper powder, mix them all together, keep them aside.
2. In a pan take oil for shallow frying, fry the paneer from both the sides and keep them aside.
3. In a pan take 2 tbs of oil, add green chili and onion saute them for a minute, now add the curry leaves and then capsicum and cabbage, saute them all for 2-3 minutes on a high flame.
4. Put the fried paneer(cottage cheese fritters) and saute for couple of seconds.
5. Add tomato chili sauce, soy sauce and a tbs of water, cook for 2-3 minutes, till its completely dry.
6. Serve hot with paratha or naan. 

Paneer pakora (cottage cheese fritters)

Ingredients

1. Paneer(cottage cheese) 200 grams (cut into cubes)
2. Ginger paste 2 tsp
3. Garlic paste 2 tsp
4. Salt to taste 
5. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
6. Red chili powder 2 tsp (kasmiri)
7. All purpose flour 1/2 cup (maida)
8. Corn starch 2 tbs
9. Cooking oil (for frying)

Preparation

1. Take the paneer(cottage cheese) cubes in a bowl add all purpose flour, corn starch, ginger and garlic paste, salt to taste, turmeric powder and red chilli powder (use kasmiri red chili powder for color or paprika powder)
2. Now in a pan take oil for frying (you can deep fry or  shallow fry the fritters)   
3. Fry the paneer(cottage cheese) from both the sides till they are cooked.
4. Serve them hot with your choice of sauce or chutney.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Achari fish tikka (Tilapia fish)

Ingredients

1. Tilapia fish(boneless) 300 grams cut into cubes.
2. Onion paste 1 tbs 
3. Ginger paste 1 tbs
4. Garlic paste 1 tbs
5. Green chili paste 1 tbs
6. Curd 2 tbs
7. Salt 1/2 tsp
8. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
9. Coriander powder 2 tsp
10. Black cumin seed(kalonji) 1 tsp
11. Fennel seed 1 tsp
12. Mustard seed 1 tsp
13. Fenugreek seed 1 tsp
14. Cumin seed 1 tsp
15. Mustard oil 1 tbs
16. Black salt 1 tsp

Preparation

1. Wash the fish, add half tsp salt and turmeric powder mix and keep it aside.
2. Meanwhile mild roast black cumin powder, fennel seed, mustard seed, fenugreek seed and cumin seed. Powder it.
3. Now take the fish, add ginger garlic paste, onion paste, green chili paste, curd, coriander powder, black salt and the dry seed powder. 
4. Warm the mustard oil and add to the fish and other ingredients, mix them all together nicely. Cover it freeze it for 2-4 hours before baking.
5. Take a baking tray and place the marinated fish or use skewer. Now bake it on 400 degree fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes. 
6. Turn off the oven and wait for 15 more minutes. Serve hot with onions and chutney.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tandoori Chicken | Oven baked chicken | Baked chicken leg piece

Schezwan egg fried rice

Ingredients

1. Basmati Rice 2 cup (cooked)
2. Onion 1/2 cup cut into slices
3. Cabbage 1/2 cup cut into strips
4. Green pepper 1/2 cup cut into strips
5. Schezwan sauce 1/2 cup
6. Salt to taste
7. Black pepper powder 2 tsp
8. Eggs 3
9. Cooking oil 2 tbs
10. Coriander leaves

Preparation

1. In a deep pan take 1/2 tsp of oil, crack eggs, add salt to taste and a pinch of black pepper powder. Scramble the eggs and keep it aside.
2. Now in the same pan take 1 & 1/2 tbs of oil, add onion fry them to golden brown, add the cabbage and green bell peppers, fry them for couple of minutes.
3. Add salt to taste, sprinkle black pepper powder and the cooked rice. fry for couple of more minutes.
4. Pour the schezwan sauce and the scrambled eggs, cook for 2 minutes on high flame.
5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tandoori chicken

Ingredients

1. Chicken 600 grams (leg piece) 
2. Curd 1/2 cup
3. Onion paste 2 tbs
4. Ginger paste 1 tbs
5. Garlic paste 1 tbs
6. Lemon juice 1 tbs
7. Salt to taste
8. Turmeric powder 4 tsp
9. Chili powder (kasmiri) 4 tsp
10. Coriander powder 2 tsp
11. Curry powder 2 tsp (optional)
12. Garam masala powder 2-4 tsp
13. Mustard oil 5 tbs

Preparation

1. Take the chicken wash, clean and give incisions. keep it aside.
2. For the first marination take the chicken leg pieces add salt to taste, 2 tsp of turmeric powder and lemon juice. Rub the marination all over the chicken. Keep it covered for 30 minutes.
3. For the second marination, take the first marinated chicken, add curd, onion paste, ginger paste, garlic paste, salt to taste, 2 tsp of turmeric powder, chili powder (use kasmiri for color), coriander powder, curry powder, garam masala powder and mustard oil. Mix all the ingredients nicely, rub all over the chicken, stuff the marination into the incision made.
4. Keep it covered in the fridge overnight or at least 6-8 hours before baking.
5. Now place this marinated chicken on a oven tray with a rack.
6. Bake on 400 degree fahrenheit (200 degree celsius) for 30-40 minutes. Check in between, turn sides if needed.
7. Take it out (be careful of hot oven) serve hot with onion and green pudina chutney.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Macho posto

Ingredients

1. Fish 500 grams (I am using Tilapia) 
2. Poppy seed(Posto) 3 tbs
3. Mustard seed 2 tbs
4. Garlic 2 clove
5. Onion 1/2 cup (cut into juliennes)
6. Tomatoes 2 ( cut into juliennes)
7. Dry red chili 1
8. Green chili 2
9. Salt to taste 
10. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
11. Cooking oil (as per requirement)

Preparation

1. Wash the fish and marinade it with salt to taste and 1/2 tsp of turmeric. keep it aside.
2. In a pan take 5 tbs of oil and shallow fry the fish till they turn golden brown from both the sides.
(Depending on type of fish, choose the way of frying deep or shallow)
3. Next make a fine paste of poppy seed, mustard seed, garlic and dry red chili.
(While using black mustard seed strain the paste using a sieve to avoid the bitter taste of mustard)
4. Now in a pan take 2 tbs of oil, add green chili and onion, cook the onion till they turn golden brown, now add the tomatoes and cook them till they are completely cooked.
5. Add the poppy seed paste and 1/2 cup of water (so the paste doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan), add salt to taste and turmeric powder.
6. Cover it and cook for at least 15 -20 min on low to medium flame or till the raw smell of the poppy seed and mustard seed are gone. Stir occasionally and add water if needed.
7. Now add the fried fish and cook for 5 more minutes. 
8. Decide for the required amount of gravy and cook accordingly.
9. Serve hot with steamed rice and enjoy.


-Fish to use- You can use Hilsa(ilish), Rohu, or Tilapia(which is boneless). All of them tastes great.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Health benefits of Apple

Health benefits of apple

Apple

1. Apples are extremely rich in important phytonutrients, dietary fibers and flavanoids.
2. Apples are also very good source of Vitamin C.
3. Apple also contains Vitamin B-complex (vitamin B-6, riboflavin & thiamin)
4. Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
5. Boosts immune system and prevents diseases.
6. Facilitates digestion and helps to reduce constipation.
7. Helps to reduce body toxins.
8. Helps to improve cardiovascular health.
9. Helps to maintain a healthy weight.
10. Helps to keep the teeth and gums healthy.
11. Helps to improve eyesight.
12. Helps to protect from osteoporosis.
13. Helps to prevent cancer.
14. Helps to keep the skin clean and clear.
15. Reduces LDL(bad)cholesterol.
16. Improves healthy brain function.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How to perfectly cook Pulao

Perfectly cooked puloa

For sweet pulao-
1. Take 2 cups of rice in 4 cups of water (double the water)
2. Add required spices to water, when water starts to boil add the rice.
3. Cook covered for 15-20 minutes on low to medium flame.
4. Add sugar/jaggery at the end. Then cook for 5 more minutes.
5. Put ghee(clarified butter) & serve hot.
-Adding sugar at the end will help the rice to cook perfectly.
-Adding sugar at beginning won't cook the rice as well as the rice may stick to the bottom.

For vegetable pulao
1. Take 2 cups of rice in 5 cups of water.
2. Boil water with vegetables, salt, spices, ghee/oil after few minutes add the rice.
3. Cook covered for 15-20 minutes on low to medium heat.
4. If you want to add fried vegetables then take 2 cups of water for 2 cups of rice.
5. Add salt, spices, when water comes to a boil add the rice.
6. Cook covered for 10-15 minutes.
7. Now add the fried vegetables and cook for 5-10 minutes more.
8. Garnish with mint leaves or coriander leaves and serve hot.

For boiled rice pulao
1.Take 1 cup of rice with 3 cups of water. 
2. Soak the boiled rice before 2 hours prior to cooking.
3. Add salt, oil & spices to water and bring it to boil, add rice.
4. Cook covered on low to medium heat for 30-40 minutes.
5. Keep it covered for 15 minutes more and serve hot.

For pressure cooker 
1. Take 1 cup of rice for 2 cups of water (double the water)
2. Add salt, ghee/oil, spices, water and rice, all in the pressure cooker.
3. Cook on medium heat for 2 whistle.
4. Turn off the heat and wait till pressure is released.
5. Serve hot with curd or curry.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

How to control diabetes- Maintain a healthy life style

Control Diabetes- Healthy life

Diabetes known as the 'mother of all diseases' is difficult to control, as it is related to food but is not impossible. Two most important things in order to control diabetes and maintain a healthy life style are balanced diet and exercise.

1. Balanced diet- Food is the most important thing of every living being. Food not only gives us energy to work but also gives us all kind of essential nutrients, that helps our body to grow and fight with diseases, boosts our immune system which helps us to stay away from air born and water born viruses and bacteria.

Importance of our daily food- What they contain
 1. Macronutrients- These are the nutrients that provide calories and energy which are essential for growth, metabolism and also building blocks for growth and maintenance of a healthy body. And these are needed relatively in large amounts. They are- Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat.

 2. Micronutrients- These dietary component are only required by the body in small amount but are vital for the development, disease prevention and wellbeing. They are- Vitamins and minerals.

 3. Non-nutrients- Water and fibers are non-nutrients, but are important substances that we need to include in our diets to stay healthy.

As mentioned above from Carbohydrates, proteins to vitamins, minerals and water everything is equally important for the development and maintenance of our body.
-Thus having a balanced meal is the only key to have a healthy body, skin and mind.
-Balanced diet includes all kind of macro, micro and non-nutrients. 
-Balanced diet also includes portions, how much you should eat in a day according to your body weight and body fat. 
-Balanced diet is also about calorie consumption according to your age, sex and your daily physical activities.
-Most important thing in balanced diet is time, you should always have your meal in time. Don't skip meals.
-Drink plenty of water for proper digestion, detoxification and to keep your body hydrated.

2. Exercise- Exercise is equally important as food. When we exercise body improves the oxygen flow to the brain, the heart becomes stronger and pumps more blood. Heart rate and blood pressure goes down, which decreases number of diseases and gives more energy. 
Other benefits of  exercise are
-Increases appetite
-Improves digestion
-Reduces constipation
-Promotes quality sleeping
-Lowers the risk of heart disease
-Reduces bad cholesterol
-Reduces  blood pressure
-Improves cardiovascular health
-Reduces diabetes
-Controls blood sugar level
-Reduces weight
-Increases metabolism
-Increases immunity
and many more
Exercising every day or five days a week  for atleast 30 minutes can help you stay away from many diseases and related complications. Making exercise as a part of your daily life is the key to healthy and disease free life. Include simple work outs in your daily routine like-
-Walking
-Swimming
-Running
-Cycling
-Climbing stairs
-Jogging
Start a healthy life style from today. Eat healthy, exercise, stay healthy and happy.







*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.



Chicken Pasta | Chicken pasta with tomato sauce

Chicken pasta

Ingredients

1. Boiled chicken 1 cup (cut into small pieces)
2. Boiled pasta 1 cup 
3. Onion half cup (cut into juliennes)
4. Tomatoes two
5. Red chili sauce 2 tbs
6. Salt to taste
7. Rosemary spice 1 tsp
8. Oregano 1 tsp
9. Black pepper powder 1 tsp
10. Coriander leaves (chopped)
11. Olive oil 1 tbs
12. Garlic 1 clove (chopped)
13. Mild cheddar cheese (optional)

Preparation

1. To make tomato sauce, take 2 tomatoes, red chili sauce and salt to taste, add some water and grind it to paste, keep it aside.
2. In a pan take 1 tbs of olive oil, add half cup of onion saute till they turn golden brown.
3. Now add chopped garlic and chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes.
4. Pour the tomato sauce and cook for 5-7 minutes on low to medium heat.
5. Now add salt to taste, rosemary and lemon peel spice, oregano and black pepper powder, cook for 2 more minutes.
6. Now add coriander leaves and boiled pasta and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
7. Finally add mild cheddar cheese and serve hot.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Cut onions without tears

Tips to cut onion

1. Cut a piece of onion and put it on the knife while cutting the onions to avoid tearing.
2. Put the onions in the freezer for 30 minutes before cutting them.
3. Microwave the onion for 20 seconds before cutting.
4. Chew something while cutting onions.
5. Soak the onion in warm water before cutting.
6. Cut the root of the onion at last.
7. Use a sharp knife so that fewer enzyme is released while cutting the onion.

How to perfectly cook Biryani Rice

Tips to cook biryani rice

For dum biryani (chicken)
1. For 2 cups of basmati rice, take 5 cups of water.
2. Add salt to taste, biryani spices and 2 tbs of ghee/vegetable oil to the water.
3. When water starts to boil put the rice and cook for 15-20 minutes or till the rice is half cooked.
4. Drain the excess water.
5. Now use the rice for dum biryani.

For one-pot biryani (chicken)
1. Soak basmati rice for 2 hours before cooking.
2. Prepare the biryani curry with masala and spices.
3. Add the soaked basmati rice.
4. For 2 cups of rice use 4 cups of water.
5. Cook for 30 minutes on lower to medium flame.
 6. Add few tbs of water if needed.

For vegetable and egg biryani
1. For 2 cups of rice take 4 cups of water.
2. Boil water with all biryani spices, salt and oil/ghee.
3. Add the rice and cover the lid.
4. Cook for 15 minutes on medium to high heat.
5. Now add prepared vegetables or eggs (as desired).
6. Cook for 10-15 more minutes on low heat.

Hot and sour chicken soup

Hot and sour chicken soup

Ingredients

1. Boiled chicken 1 cup (cut into small pieces)
2. Ginger 1/2 tsp (finely chopped)
3. Garlic 1/2 tsp (finely chopped)
4. Green chili 1 (finely chopped)
5. Tomato sauce 1 tbs
6. Green chili sauce 1/2 tbs
7. Soy sauce 1 tsp
8. Olive oil 1 tbs
9. Salt to taste
10. Black pepper powder
11. Coriander leaves (for garnishing)
12. Corn starch 1 tbs

Preparation

1. In a sauce pan take 1 tbs of olive oil, add chopped garlic, chopped ginger and chopped green chili saute them for a minute.
2. Now add the boiled chicken, saute for couple of minutes add salt to taste and pour 2 cups of water.
3. When the water starts to boil pour corn starch mix (mix 5 tbs water to 1 tbs of corn starch) let it boil.
4. Now add tomato sauce, green chili sauce, soy sauce and black pepper powder. Let it to boil for 5-7 minutes.
5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Food remedy for UTI (urinary tract infection)

UTI

Urinary tract infection can be painful as well as irritating. But by simple food remedies, UTI can be treated at home.

1. Drink plenty of water, atleast 8-10 glasses of water everyday to avoid UTI. If you see any sign of UTI, drink 10-12 glasses of water a day. This can help to flush away the bacteria that causes infection.
2. Eat food or drink juices which contains more amount of Vitamin C. As Vitamin C helps to make the urine more acidic and this inhibits the growth of bacteria. 
Few fruits and vegetables that contain higher number of Vitamin C are, Orange, lime, lemon, guava, kiwi, berries, Green leafy vegetables, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli.
3. Eat fruits with high water content like, Watermelon, cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple.
4. Eat plenty of vegetables with high water content, Cucumber, zucchini, celery, lettuce, radish.
5. Baking soda and water also helps to reduce UTI.

*There are number of causes for UTI and severe conditions may need medical attention and urine tests.




*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.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tips to cook Brown rice

Cooking brown rice
There are three ways to cook brown rice-

1. The perfect cooked brown rice- 
-To make perfect cooked brown rice, in a big saucepan boil 3 cups of water.
- Wash the 1 cup of brown rice and put in the boiled water.
- Cover and cook on medium heat for 35-40 minutes.
- Drain the excess water and cover it for 10-15 minutes.
- Perfectly cooked steamed brown rice is ready.

2. Sticky brown rice-
- To make sticky brown rice, In a big saucepan take 2 cups of water,  1 cup of brown rice and 2 tsp of salt.
- Cook covered on low to medium heat for 45-50 minutes. Add water and stir as required.
- Turn off the heat and keep it aside covered for 10-15 minutes.
(No need to drain)

3. How to cook brown rice quickly-
- To cook the brown rice quickly, soak the 1 cup of brown rice for 4-5 hours.
- In a big saucepan take 2 cups of water and 2 tsp salt, let it boil.
- When water starts boiling add the soaked rice into it.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes on medium to high heat. (add water if required)
- Drain the excess water.
- Quick made steamed brown rice is ready. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Paneer tikka (kathi) roll

Paneer tikka kathi roll | Paneer roll

Health benefits of cottage cheese (paneer)

Cottage cheese (Paneer)

1. Paneer or cottage cheese  are excellent source of protein and calcium.
2. Cottage cheese are rich in magnesium and potassium.
3. Contains important mineral zinc, which improves biological functions.
4. Cottage cheese also contains lot of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
5. Cottage cheese contain Vitamin B.
6. It helps to keep the bone strong and healthy.
7. Cottage cheese contain anti-oxidant properties.
8. Helps to reduce cardiovascular diseases.
9.Boosts the immune system.
10. It helps to keep the hair and skin healthy.
11. Helps to promote healthy digestion.
12. Helps to reduce muscle cramps, anxiety and stress.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Paneer tikka (kathi) roll

Ingredients

1. Paneer (cut into cubes)
2. Onion (cut into cubes)
3. Green bell pepper (cut into cubes)
4. Curd one cup
5. Mustard oil 1 tbs
6. Onion paste 1 tbs
7. Ginger garlic paste 1 tbs
8. Coriander powder 1 tsp
9. Curry powder 1 tsp
10. Red chili powder 1 tsp
11. Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
12. Salt to taste
13. Whole wheat flour one cup
14. All purpose flour half cup
15. Green chili sauce

Preparation

1. In a bowl mix wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt to taste, water and knead it to a soft dough. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
2. To make the tikka masala, in a bowl take one cup of curd, add mustard oil, onion, ginger, garlic paste, coriander powder, curry powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste, mix them properly and keep it aside.
3. Now coat the cubed paneer, cubed onion and cubed capsicum with the tikka masala and grill them on a griller or a skillet(tawa). Keep it aside.
4. Now make small balls out of dough and roll them to flat round shaped chapatis.
5. Cook the chapatis from both the sides with oil.
6. Now spread some green chili sauce on the chapati and fill paneer tikka masala, make the rolls.
7. Serve hot with your favorite chutney or sauce.

Egg roll

Egg roll with vegetables

Egg roll

Ingredients

1. Whole wheat flour one cup
2. All purpose flour half cup
3. Onion 1 cup (shredded)
4. Carrots 1/2 cup (shredded)
5. Cabbage 1 cup (shredded)
6. Green bell pepper 1/2 cup (shredded)
7. Olive oil 1 tbs
8. Chili tomato sauce 1 tbs
9. Soy sauce 1/2 tsp (optional)
10. Salt to taste
11. Black pepper powder 1 tsp
12. Egg white

Preparation

1. Take wheat flour and all purpose(white) flour in a bowl, add salt to taste and water. Now knead it to a soft dough, cover and leave it for 15 minutes.
2. Now in a pan take 1 tbs of olive oil, add onions fry them slightly.
3. Now add shredded carrots, cabbage and green bell pepper, saute them for couple of minutes.
4. Add salt to taste and black pepper powder, saute for 1 more minute.
5. Add chili tomato sauce and soy sauce, mix, cover and keep it aside.
6. Now take the dough make small round shaped ball and roll it into flat round shaped chapatis.
7. In a skillet put the chapati, apply oil, cook from both the sides.
8. Now pour egg white and flip sides, and take it out in a plate.
9. Place the vegetable stuffing, onion and roll it.
10. Serve hot with your favorite sauce.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Health benefits of Tofu

Grilled tofu with stir fried vegetables in schezwan sauce

Vegetable sweet corn soup

Grilled tofu with stir fried vegetables in schezwan sauce

Health benefits of Tofu

Tofu

1. Tofu is made up of soyabean curd and is one of best vegetarian source of protein.
2. Also good source of vitaminA, vitaminB6, thiamine and folic acid.
3. They are very good source of calcium and iron.
4. Also contains other minerals like, manganese, magnesium, copper, selenium, phosphorus and zinc.
5. Contains nine essential amino acids.
6. Contains anti-oxidant properties.
7. Tofu are low in calorie and free of cholesterol.
8. Calcium in tofu helps to strengthen the bones.
9. Helps to reduce anemia.
10. Improves the metabolic rate and boosts digestion.
11. Helps to increase the immunity.
12. Prevents hair loss by providing required proteins to hair.
13. Helps to prevent liver problems.
14. Lowers the level of LDL (Bad cholesterol)
15. Benefits in Type 2 diabetes (specially kidney problems)

Grilled tofu with stir fries vegetables in schezwan sauce

Ingredients

1. Half cup tofu (cut into pieces)
2. Oil spray
3. Half cup of onion
4. Half cup of beans
5. Half cup of green bell pepper
6. Half cup of cabbage
7. Half cup of broccoli
8. Half cup of carrots
9. Black pepper powder
10. Ginger (shredded) as required
11. Coriander leaves
12. Salt to taste

Preparation

1. In a heavy bottom frying pan spray olive oil, add the onions and saute them till they are golden brown.
2. Now add the beans, mushroom and cook till mushrooms are cooked nicely.
3. Now add cabbage, broccoli, saute, add salt to taste.
4. Add the schezwan sauce and cook for few minutes.
5. Sprinkle black pepper powder, some ginger and coriander leaves.
6. Take out in a bowl and keep it aside.
7. Now cut the tofu into medium sized square pieces, marinade with salt and black pepper powder.
8. Now in a griller spray some oil and place the tofu till they are grilled nicely from both the sides.
9. Take them out and serve with the stir fried vegetables.
10. Garnish with some ginger and serve hot.

Vegetable Sweet corn soup

Vegetable sweet corn soup

Ingredients

1. Half cup cabbage (chopped)
2. Half cup of carrots (chopped)
3. Half cup of green beans (chopped)
4. One cup of sweet corn or yellow corn
5. Olive oil 1 tbs
6. Salt to taste
7. Black pepper powder 1/2 tsp
8. Corn starch

Preparation

1. In a sauce pan take 1 tbs of olive oil, add chopped carrots, chopped beans and saute them for few seconds.
2. Now add the chopped cabbage and sweet corn, saute for couple of more minutes and pour 2 cups of water, let it boil.
3. When it starts boiling add the corn starch mix (mix 1 tbs of corn starch to 8 tbs of water to make the mix).
4. Now add salt to taste, black pepper powder and let it boil for 5-6 minutes.
5. Serve hot with tomato and chili sauce. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes, also known as the adult onset diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes the glucose. In type 2 diabetes the body is unable to use the insulin properly or in other words pancreas make insulin but the cells don't use them, thus known to be insulin resistance. As the body is able to produce insulin but can't use it, type 2 diabetes is also known as Non-insulin dependent diabetes.

How type 2 diabetes develops?
As we know that pancreas makes Insulin. This insulin then helps the glucose (gives us energy) to get into our cells (building blocks of our body) and store it for later use (in liver). 
   When we eat food it travels to the stomach and breaks down to glucose then this glucose travels down to intestine where it is absorbed into blood stream, the insulin released from pancreas helps this glucose in blood to move into cells. Now in Type 2 diabetes pancreas produces Insulin, but insulin is unable to send the glucose from the blood to the cells, thus sugar builds up in the blood resulting in high blood sugar level. 

This may happen because of few reasons, and they are-
1. Bad communication between cells- Where cells don't send messages correctly, so body doesn't know how to produce, use and maintain the glucose and insulin.
2. More amount of glucose from liver-  As we know that excess glucose is stored in liver for emergency use, if liver is unable to store this glucose then, it releases more and more glucose resulting in increased blood glucose level.
3. Amount of beta cell released from body- If the insulin sent out is of wrong amount or sent in the wrong time then it can affect the glucose level.
4. Genes- studies show different bits of DNA can affect how body makes insulin.
5. Obesity- Being obese can cause insulin resistance, especially when there is extra fat arond the waist.

Diagnosis
Blood test is the most accurate test to show if one has diabetes or not. Doctor will ask for necessary blood test.

Symptoms- Can be really mild.
1. Frequent urination (Polyuria)
2. Drinking lot of water (Polydipsia)
3. Excess hunger (Polyphagia)
4. Blurry vision
5. Feeling lethargy
6. Joint pain
7. Acanthosis nigricans- Dark rashes around neck and armpits

Who are at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes
1. People of age 45 or older
2. Family member with diabetes i.e; parents, grandparents.
3. People with Prediabetes
4. Woman having gestational diabetes (pregnancy diabetes)
5. Heart disease
6. High triglycerides
7. Over weight or obese
8. High blood pressure
9. Smoking
10. Stress and Depression

Complications- High blood sugar level for a long time can cause complications like
1. Cardiovascular diseases
2. Kidney disease
3. Indigestion
4. Problem with eyes
5. Difficulties during pregnancy

Treatment-
1. Medication- Take medicines or insulin in time.
2. Frequently monitoring the blood glucose level.
3. Maintain a balanced diet.
4. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy life style.
5. Discussing about your diet and medications with your healthcare provider.







*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.