Category Archives: Food

Some of us live to eat, but all of us eat to live. You don’t need to eat tasteless food to remain healthy. Let your mind and body enjoy the experience of eating.

Fried versus roasted

I do not really enjoy deep fried snacks…. I have been brainwashing myself into believing that!!! it is working….instead of the deep fried pakoras everyone was enjoying at home, i marinated a few vegetables and fruits and roasted them….here is how my delicious snacks looked ….

In the picture on the left are the deep fried snacks…and on the right side are the roasted snacks…I had bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and cottage cheese…..


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Raw turmeric and black pepper milk

 Raw turmeric is much more beneficial as compared to the powdered/ ground form …regarding the anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-ageing and cardio-protective properties attributed to turmeric. The raw turmeric is used by boiling in water, with milk, in salads, or simply added to any dish. The ingredient Curcumin is thought to be largely destroyed in processing the raw turmeric to its powdered form. Raw turmeric is a beautiful orange-gold colour and I do love the flavour and colour it adds to any food. Here is how we use it optimally in milk. Take 250 ml of milk, 1 inch of freshly grated raw turmeric and 2 crushed peppercorns. Add all to a pot and boil for 3 minutes. Remove, strain and enjoy the taste and health…most of the health benefits of turmeric are due to Curcumin, which is available only in the raw form….black pepper enhances the absorption of Curcumin….


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The ‘Good Fats’ for health and weight loss!!!

At the end of a meal in winters, we eat a little boiled rice….after pouring some hot ghee and jaggery on it…..the tastiest, yummiest, healthiest dessert ever!!! Here is why it is good, despite being fat-laden…Ghee has

  •  Saturated, stable fats
  • Vitamin A (fat-soluble, availability is more in ghee than milk and carrots!)
  • Conjugated Linolenic acid (CLA) which prevents certain tumours
  • Vitamin K2—Calcium uptake is increased in your bones
  • Butyric acid…inhibits breast cancer growth and soothes the intestine
  • SATIATION—-WEIGHT LOSS OCCURS

Jaggery has:

  • Iron and Folate
  • Rich in K
  • Complex carbohydrate-energy over more time
  • Magnesium–good for the intestines etc.
  • Potential for weight loss–rich K, etc contribute to this

 

 


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The Holiday Breakfast

Breakfast is the one meal that can be calorie-laden ( that’s my excuse!!). The family had black chickpeas, patato curry,  puris and halwa.. followed by turmeric milk…yup, going trekking..


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Ethiopian eggplant -in N-E India

The Ethiopian eggplant grows in India and Africa. It is a vibrant red colour..the people in N-E India eat it raw as well as cooked…it is rich in carotene and fibre…..what more could one want? this plant has the looks and taste that makes you want to eat it again…and again…..it is called a mock tomato as it looks like a cross between a tomato and eggplant….

 


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Easiest way to roast/ grill

The holiday season continues….indulgence and merrymaking are going on non-stop…..grilled or roasted fruits/ vegetables / meat are a must….the easiest way to achieve this  is a small, highly effective, inexpensive and easily make-able tandoor/ grill…enjoy…..


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Gooseberry for Vit C–our way

In our home grows a gooseberry tree which provides an annual crop of the Vit C -laden gooseberries. We have found that eating them raw is almost impossible for us, hence we slightly cook them with fenugreek seeds and green chilies for extra taste and health…Gooseberries are rich in Vit C and contain several other vitamins and minerals.


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Raw turmeric benefits

Turmeric features in the list of treasures in the North-eastern part of India. Turmeric is used generally as a powder to add flavour and colour to food. It is believed that the raw turmeric is much more beneficial regarding the anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-ageing and cardio-protective properties attributed to turmeric. The raw turmeric is used by boiling in water, with milk, in salads, or simply added to any dish. The ingredient Curcumin is thought to be largely destroyed in processing the raw turmeric to its powdered form. Raw turmeric is a beautiful orange-gold colour and I do love the flavour and colour it adds to any food. 


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Brown rice versus white rice

Brown rice has the outermost hull removed, while white rice has the bran and germ layers removed in addition to the hull. In removing additional layers, the white or polished rice loses some Vitamin B complex vitamins, magnesium, fatty acids and dietary fibre. It is obvious that brown rice is superior to white rice in nutritional value and causes a slower and reduced rise in blood sugar after consumption. The brown rice should be germinated before cooking ( soaked for about 6 hours) before cooking for the healthiest results. The North-eastern part of India produces some of the best brown rice, which tastes as good as white rice!!! try it….


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Yummiest healthiest samosas

The samosa is a favourite snack of ours. To make them healthy, while retaining the taste, one can make the filling out of cashews, almonds and raisins. Potatoes are the standard filling, to which cottage cheese, masala and raisins are generally added, after which they are deep fried. By adding our kind of filling  and using a halogen oven to air fry samosas, the snack retains its taste and becomes healthy. Try it!i


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