Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sooji (semolina) halwa

Ingredients

1. Sooji (semolina) 1 cup
2. Ghee (clarified butter) 1/2 cup
3. Sugar 1 & 1/2 cup
4. Cashew 5-6 pieces
5. Raisin 5-6 pieces (optional)
6. Cardamom buds 2 

Preparation

1. Heat ghee (clarified butter) in a pan and add sooji (semolina) and roast till lightly brown. Stir continuously and take care not to burn, take out and keep it aside.
2. Take 1 tbs of ghee in pan and roast the cashews and raisins, keep them aside.
3. Now take 1 & 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water, boil it to make a thin consistency sugar syrup. Powder the cardamom bud and add to the sugar syrup.
4. Now slowly add the roasted sooji (semolina) and cook on medium to high heat till its cooked and the syrup is evaporated, add roasted cashew and raisins and cover it for10-15 minutes.
5. Serve hot and enjoy your halwa.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cauliflower potato in coconut gravy

 Ingredients

1. Cauliflower 2 cups (cut into pieces)
2. Potatoes 1 cup (diced)
3. Coconut milk 1 cup
4. Onion paste 2 tbs
5. Ginger paste 1/2 tbs
6. Garlic paste 1/2 tbs
7. Green chili paste 2 tsp
8. Salt to taste
9. Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
10. Coriander powder 1 tsp
11. Bay leaf 1 
12. Cardamom 1 bud
13. Cinnamon stick 1 small piece
14. Green peas 1/4 cup
15. Cooking oil 2 tbs

Preparation

1. Heat 1 tbs of cooking oil in a pan, add potatoes fry them for few minutes, now add the cauliflowers and shallow fry till they are half cooked. Keep them aside 
 2. Now take 1 tbs of oil add bay leaf, cardamom bud, cinnamon stick and onion paste saute for 2 minutes.
3. Add ginger garlic paste and green chili paste cook for few more minutes on low to medium heat till the raw smell is gone.
4. Now add salt to taste, turmeric powder, coriander powder and cook for some time on medium to high heat, add water if needed.
5. Add the half cooked fried cauliflower, potatoes and green peas, mix them all together, now add coconut milk and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir continuously till it starts boiling.
6. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot with steamed rice.  


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Malai aloo palak (Creamy potato spinach curry)

Ingredients

1. Large potatoes 2 (cut into cubes)
2. Spinach 4 cups (washed and roughly chopped)
3. Heavy cream 1/2 cup
4. Onion 1/3 cup (finely chopped)
5. Ginger 1 tsp (finely chopped)
6. Tomatoes 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
7. Salt to taste
8. Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
9. Curry powder 1 tsp
10. Coriander powder 2  tsp
11. Red chili powder 1 tsp
12. Olive oil 2 tbs
13. Green peas (optional)

Preparation

1. Heat 2 tbs of olive oil in a pan, fry the cubed potatoes till half cooked, take out and keep them aside. Now add chopped onions to the oil & fry them till golden brown.
2. Add  finely chopped ginger, saute for couple of seconds and add chopped tomatoes.
3. Cook the chopped tomatoes nicely till the raw smell is gone, add some water if needed.
4. Now add salt to taste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, curry powder and red chili powder. Saute them all together for few seconds.
5. Now add the fried potatoes, green peas(optional) and spinach, cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat. Cover occasionally. Spinach may release water, if not then sprinkle some water as needed.
6. Finally add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and let it boil for 1-2 minutes on high heat. Stir continuously so that the curry does't stick to the bottom.
7 Serve hot with steamed rice or chapati and naan. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Chili gobhi(cauliflower) Dry

Ingredients

1. Cauliflower 2 cups (cut into small pieces)
2. Onion 1/2 cup (diced)
3. Capsicum 1/2 cup (diced)
4. Ginger 1/2 tsp (finely chopped)
5. Garlic 1 tsp (finely chopped)
6. Green chili 1/2 tsp (finely chopped)
7. Corn starch 2 tbs
8. All purpose flour 4 tbs
9. Salt to taste
10. Black pepper powder 1 tsp
11. Chili tomato sauce 1 tbs 
12. Soy sauce 1/2 tsp
13. Cooking oil (as required)
14. Red chili powder (kasmiri for color)

Preparation

1. Take the cauliflowers in a bowl, add corn starch, all purpose flour, black pepper powder, salt to taste and kasmiri chili powder. Mix them all together, add water as needed. keep them aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the cauliflowers on medium to high heat till they are cooked or turns brown. Take them out and keep aside.
3. Now take 1 tbs of oil in a pan add chopped ginger, chopped garlic and chopped green chili, saute them for 30 sec, add the onion and capsicum, some salt to taste fry them for couple of minutes.
4. Now add the fried cauliflowers, stir them altogether on high flame.
5. Add chili tomato sauce, soy sauce and black pepper powder, stir nicely. Don't add water.
6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot as a starter or side dish.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Chicken kassa(dry)

Ingredients


1. Chicken 1 kg (cut in pieces)
2. Onion 2 cups (cut into slices)
3. Ginger paste 2 tbs
4. Garlic paste 2 tbs
5. Red chili paste 1/2 tbs
6. Bay leaves 2
7. Cumin seed 1 tsp
8. Salt to taste
9. Turmeric powder 2 tsp
10. Chicken powder 2 tsp
11. Coriander powder 2 tsp
12. Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
13. Cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp
14. Mustard oil 4 tbs
15. Potatoes 2 (diced) Optional

Preparation

1. Wash the chicken and marinade with salt to taste, 1 tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tbs of mustard oil, keep it covered for 1 hour.
2. Now in a pan take 2 tbs of oil add onion slices fry on medium to high heat till they turn brown and crisp, take care not to burn or over cook. Keep them aside to cool and grind to make fine paste.
3. Take 1 tbs of oil in pan add cumin seeds and bay leaves, saute for a second now add the ginger garlic paste and cook for 3-4 minutes till the raw smell is gone.
4. Now add the fried onion paste that you made earlier, with it add red chili paste cook for 2-3 minutes on medium to high heat.
5. Now add salt to taste (some salt is already added in the chicken), 1 tsp of turmeric powder, coriander powder. Cook for 1 minute.
6. Add chicken and potatoes, cook it on medium to low heat for 15 to 20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked from inside. Add the chicken powder meanwhile. Cover if needed.
7. Don't add water, stir chicken continuously so it doesn't stick to the bottom. If you see water is released by the chicken then turn the gas to high to medium heat, till water is evaporated.
8. Fry the chicken with all the spices and when done add 1 tsp of cinnamon and cardamom powder. Turn off the gas and cover it for 15-20 minutes, so that the flavors of cinnamon and cardamom powder are absorbed in the curry.
9. Serve hot with rice or chapati.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tip to store mushroom

Store mushroom

1. To store the mushroom, take mushroom out of the box and put them on a paper towel for 30 minutes, so that excess water on the surface is evaporated.
2. Now line a zip lock pouch with some paper towel, make small holes so that air can pass.
3. Now keep the mushrooms in the bag, this way mushroom won't rot quickly. 

Food remedy for joint pain and other inflammatory pain

Pain

1. Cherries- helps to reduce the uric levels. Are very good for joint pain and headaches.
2. Turmeric- helps to reduce chronic pain, inflammatory pain and sore throat.





3. Ginger- helps to reduce muscle pain and joint pain.
4. Pineapple- helps to reduce stomach pain due to bloating.
5. Oranges and lemons- vitamin C is known to reduce inflammation and pain.





*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.

Health benefits of kidney beans

Kidney beans

1. Kidney beans are very good source of iron and folate.
2. They are also rich in manganese, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
3. Kidney beans are high in dietary fibers and phenolic acids.
4. They are also good source of protein.
5. Contains anti-oxidants.
6. Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties.
7. Promotes bone health and prevents osteoporosis.
8. Lowers blood sugar level and prevents diabetes.
9. Helps to reduce LDL(bad) cholesterol.
10. Boosts immune system and prevents diseases.
11. Helps in detoxification and helps in healthy digestion.
12. Helps to reduce weight and increase energy.
13. Helps to increase memory strength.
14. Helps to increase heart health.
15. Helps the keep the kidneys healthy.


Cold coffee

Ingredients

1. Whole milk 1 cup 
2. Sugar 1 tbs (Or sugar free 2 sachet)
3. Instant coffee 1 tbs (or 1/2 as per your requirement) 
4. Crushed ice 1 cup
5. Fresh whipped cream 1/2 cup
6. Freshly ground coffee beans 1 tsp

Preparation

1. In a cup take the whole milk and whisk, till froth is formed on the milk.
2. Now in a blender take sugar, crushed ice, coffee and 1 tbs of cream. Blend it till sugar and coffee are dissolved.
3. Now slowly pour the milk in it and blend it for 2 seconds.
4. Take it out in a glass, and take care to pour all the froth that you made earlier.
5. Pipe the whipped cream over the coffee froth and garnish with freshly ground coffee beans.
6. Enjoy your cold coffee in a summer evening.  

Food for 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.

Food to avoid in Type 2 diabetes

1. Food rich in carbohydrates such as white rice, sweet corn.
2. Food made of all purpose flour or white flour, including cakes, bread and pastas.
3. Foods that contains high amount of unsaturated fats trans fats like butter, shortening and cheese
4. Processed meat and beef.
5. Processed sugary drinks, like apple juice, orange juice etc.
6. Processed sugary snack like cookies, crackers which also contains all purpose flour.
7. Full fat dairy product like, whole milk, whole cream.
8. Potatoes, deep fried, mashed, curried etc.
9. High sugar containing fruits like, banana, mango, cherries and grapes.
10. High carbohydrate containing vegetables or starchy vegetables like potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes, yams, beans, quinoa.
11. Reduce drinking excess amount of alcohol.

Food to eat in Type 2 diabetes

1. Eat a lot of vegetables including, bitter gourd, ridge gourd, egg plant, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, raw papaya etc.
2. Green leafy vegetables like. spinach, kale, mustard greens.
3. Other vegetables like, Sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
4. Fruits like Berries, apples and citrus fruits.
5. Different type of beans and lentils.
6. Healthy nuts (in the morning)
7. Healthy oils like, olive oil.
8. Take low fat dairy product like low-fat milk and yogurt.
9. Whole grain foods like, whole wheat, oats and barley etc.
10. Brown rice.
11. Fish like salmon which contain omega-3 fatty acid.

12. Unprocessed home-made juice, green tea etc.

Not only eating good and healthy foods in diabetes, important but also eating in time is equally important. Taking meals in right time, not skipping your meal and exercise are important to control diabetes.



*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.