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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Cauliflower pakoda/ Gobi pakora

 

Cauliflower pakoda/ Gobi pakora  is a delicious deep fried snack. This is  my daughters favorite starter .

Ingredients:
Cauliflower – 250 gms, chopped
Besan Flour – 1/3 cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Saunf – 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – few
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
Green Chilli – 1, small, finely chopped
Oil as required for frying

Method:
1. Mix the gram flour, salt, saunf, cumin powder, turmeric powder and enough water to make a thick batter.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and green chillies.
3. Add the cauliflower florets and mix well.
4. Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
5. Add the cauliflower florets, drain any excess batter, and fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until light golden brown.
6. Serve with tomato sauce or  chutney.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.
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Radish Sambar and Cauliflower Potato masala recipe

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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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