Health/Diet Tip

Hi Everyone !

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my Food category .

I’ve been regularly posting pictures of my healthy plates on social media sites .If you’re anything like me and are ALWAYS hungry, then volume eating is your best friend. Volume eating allows you to increase your food intake without increasing your calories. I love incorporating lots of veggies into my diet so that I can eat a LOT of food at every meal!

See below for  pictures of fruit bowls .

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Fruits,Sprouts and peanuts .

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Devi Venkatesan

Cluster Beans Paruppu Usili/Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili /Seeni Avarakkai Usili

22688796_1631080156975701_3320944942239156833_nSharing a recipe today .. Are you ready ?

Paruppu Usili is a traditional South Indian dish which is prepared with lentils. It is a very healthy dish as it has lentils and is steam cooked. This goes excellent with almost any type of kuzhambu. You can try the same recipe with french beans as well..Follow this procedure and enjoy a traditional meal with your loved ones.

 Ingredients

Cluster Beans -1/4 kg
Tur dal -1/3 cup
Bengal Gram/channa dal/kadalai paruppu -1/4 cup
Red chillies -2
Green chillies-2
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

For the seasoning
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/hing -1/4 tsp
Curry leaves –few

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Preparation

Wash and chop cluster beans finely. Add turmeric powder, salt and steam cook.
Soak tur dal and channa dal together for 1-2 hours. Drain the water completely and grind it (without adding water) coarsely with green chillies 
or red chillies and salt.
Grease idly mould and steam cook the ground dal. 
Once cooked, crumble the mixture with your hands.

Method 
Heat  oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing and curry leaves.
Then add the crumbled dal, cook for 3-4 minutes on low heat, then add the cooked cluster beans (if there is water, squeeze it out completely and add to the above) and mix well.Cook for further 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve as a side dish for rice.

Appreciate all feedbacks ! Please like and share it .

Devi Venkatesan

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Millet Idly #HealthyBreakFast

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Millet Idly

Millets are good for diabetic patients.

Finger millet,Foxtail millet,Ragi,Pearl millet (Use any of these)

 Millet -2cups

Urad Dhal – 1 cup

Fenugreek Seeds – 2 tsp

Salt – as required

21767796_2025512647463789_846588885_nMeasure the ingredients and wash well. Soak everything together for 1-2 hour. Drain the water and grind them to a smooth, thick and fluffy batter with less water. Add salt required while grinding itself. Allow the batter to ferment overnight or 8 hours. It rises a little and not like our idly batter.(Boil water in a idly pan, pour batter in the idly plates and steam it for 8-10 minutes. )

Serve hot with spicy chutney.

Notes

Fenugreek Seeds are optional.

You can try the same recipe with Kuthiraivali,sama and varagu millets.

Devi Venkatesan

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Beating the heat with Buttermilk

Beating the heat with Buttermilk

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To prepare buttermilk blend yogurt with water . Also add some spices such as cumin powder, pepper, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves and coriander leaves are crushed and added to the mixture to enhance its taste and therapeutic benefits.

This drink helps to keep the body cool and improves digestion.

Buttermilk is an effective therapy to prevent dehydration. It is full of electrolytes and is one of the best drinks to fight against the heat and loss of water from the body.

Buttermilk contains Contains all essential macronutrients

It provides calcium. Lactic acid, the main constituent in this drink develops the immune system of the human body .

Devi Venkatesan

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Masala Paniyaram / Kuzhi Paniyaram / Kara Paniyaram

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Masala Paniyaram /  Kuzhi Paniyaram
Ingredients:
Onion – 1 Medium 
Idli Batter – 2Cups
Green Chilies – 2
Curry Leavse – few
Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Freshly Crushed Peppercorns – 1/4 tsp
Oil – 2 tsp + To cook paniyaram
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Split Urad Dal – 1 tsp
Grated Ginger – 1/2 tsp
Grated Coconut – 1/4 Cup
Salt – Required

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Method:
1. Finely chop onion, green chilli, curry leaves, coriander leaves.
2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok or pan add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add urad dal, green Chili, onion saute until onion becomes soft. 
3. Add fried onion, ginger, coconut, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, crushed pepper, coriander leaves with idli batter and mix well. 
4. Heat the paniyaram chatti/pan, add a few drops of oil. Pour spoonful of the batter or until 3/4 of the paniyaram mold.
5. Allow the batter to cook for 2-3 minutes on a low or medium flame, turn each paniyaram with the help of a wooden skewer or spoon and cook until crisp, turn once or twice for uniform cooking if required. Repeat same for rest of batter.
 
Serve hot with Chutney.
Devi Venkatesan
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COCONUT MILK RICE/THENGAI SADAM

COCONUT MILK RICE/THENGAI SADAM

18057905_1859579657390423_3884458518881147237_nIngredients:

Basmati rice-2 cups(soaked for 30 min)

Coconut Milk-2 cups
Water –  1 cup

Coconut-1 cup grated

Peas-1 cup

Coriander leaves for garnishing

Salt to taste

Sugar-1 tsp

Ghee-1 tblspn

Coconut Oil-1 tblspn

For Seasonings:

Cashew-2 tblspn

Ginger-1 inch piece(chopped

Cinnamon(pattai)-1 stick

Cardamom(yelakai)-2

Cloves(krambu)-2

Pepper-1 tsp

Raisans-2 tblspn

Garlic-6 cloves

Cumin seeds(jeera)-1 tsp

Bay leaves(brinji ilai)-1

Green chilli-3

Method:

In a pressure cooker add oil and/or ghee and heat it now add in all the seasoning ingredients and fry for a minute.

Then add in the soaked rice,peas (You can also add sweet corn which pairs well with peas.)and fry for a minute .Add in coconut milk and 1 cup of water and bring that to boil.Season with salt and sugar.Cover and cook for 10-15 min.

  • In the mean time fry the coconut in a oilless pan till golden and chop the coriander leaves finely.You can also add sweet corn which pairs well with peas.

When the rice is done just add this fried coconut,coriander leaves and ghee and mix well.

Serve hot with any Raitha.

Devi Venkatesan

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Radish Sambar and Cauliflower Potato masala recipe

17619541_1824954737519582_1001572598_nI prepared Radish Sambar and Cauliflower Potato masala for Lunch today
This will go well with Rice. See below for sambar recipe

Ingredients:

2 cup Sambar (Tuvar) Dal
1/4 kg Vegetables(any vegetable Drumstick,Ladiesfinger,Brinjal)
I used radish today
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
3 Red chillies
3 Green chillies
1 tsp Sambhar powder
Curry leaves
a pinch asafodita
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Mustard
1/4 tsp Tamarind paste
4 tbsp Cooking oil

 

Method:
 
  • Wash and chop vegetables.
  • Boil water and cook the dal with turmeric and salt.
  • Separate the cooked dal and water, and keep them aside.
  • In thuvar dal water cook the vegetables..
  • After the veggies are cooked, add tamarind paste.
  • Now add the cooked thuvar dal and simmer for  sometime
  • Heat some oil in a pan, splutter mustard, then add methi, red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, asafodita, turmeric, and sambar powder and keep frying for a few minutes.
  • Season the sambar with the above prepared 
  • Sprinkle coriander on top.
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