The pretty and pleasant looking green (at times purple) leafy vegetable-cabbage, needs no introduction. Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin C along with Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2 & Vitamin K. It is also a great source of manganese, dietary fiber, folate & copper.Since cabbage is high in fiber, it provides good roughage making it a great remedy for constipation & other digestion related problems. The presence of beta-carotene helps in maintaining eye health and delaying cataract formation. Lets look at some interesting ways to enjoy more cabbage in our diets.
Raita is one of the most popular accompaniments or side dish served along with Indian meals. For those of you who are not very closely familiar with the Indian cuisine, raita is a yoghurt (curd) based preparation (prepared in sweet / salty forms) and served along with the main course.Raitas are extremely cooling and refreshing and therefore very popular in summers when the mercury levels are on the rise. Though all year around, raitas are served in Indian households with spicy food. The cooling properties help in balancing out the heat emanating from spices and meats and hence they are always served with dishes such as pulao and biryani.There’s a raita to go along with almost every kind of meal. Lets have a look at some recipes of this yogurt preparation, which will definitely add that zing to your meals. The first standard step is to keep a bowl of whisked yogurt ready and add fresh vegetables, fruits & select herbs/seasonings.
Honey popularly known as liquid gold, has many health benefits. Research says honey contains antioxidants that help prevent cancer, reduce gastro-intestinal disorders & has anti-bacterial & anti- fungal properties. External application of honey helps in healing minor cuts & burns too.Honey is extensively used in baking but the versatile golden good can be used to add a magical touch to many recipes. Try & buy honey in its real & pure form as often one finds adulterated versions in the market. Lets look at some easy recipes that can be made delicious with a touch of honey.
We Indians love our pickles. Pickles (called ACHAR in Hindi) have been an integral part of our meals. We have savored them with parathas, enjoyed them with plain dal rice, licked off generous amounts from the containers with pooris or sometimes just had them along with plain curd – rice.We all have our favorite family recipes consisting of delectable pickle our mums and grand mums make seasonally. So yes, pickles occupy a special place in our hearts apart from our kitchens.While the process of making some pickles can be long drawn, there are some very “easy to make” pickles. Lets look at some easy vegetarian pickle recipes to tingle our taste buds.
Spinach commonly known as Palak, is one of the most popular leafy vegetable. From being an active ingredient in daily cooking at homes to featuring as a culinary delight in exotic menus, spinach is a versatile green. Apart from its rich colour, spinach is widely known for being a powerhouse of nutrients. Spinach is high in niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. It is low in fat and even lower in cholesterol.Studies have also shown that spinach contains nutrients that help in prevention of cancer, asthma, lowering of blood pressure, improving bone, skin & hair health. Now that’s what we call a powerhouse of good nutrition. Lets check some delicious ways to get your family to eat more of this ‘Magic Green’.
More & more people are being diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. A fat soluble vitamin, deficiency of vitamin D leads to risk of developing bone abnormalities & lower immunity levels. Vitamin D has several important functions like regulating calcium absorption in the system. This vitamin also plays an important role in regulating mood & fighting depression.Though our bodies produce vitamin D when directly exposed to sunlight, certain foods can also help us get vitamin D when included in our diets. Let look at some easy delicious ways of getting more of this “sunshine vitamin”.
A simmering pot of dal (lentils) in Indian kitchens is a common sight. A staple dish across Indian households, dal is a favored source of protein for vegetarians. Though every Indian kitchen has its own favorite dal preparation, there are many ways to prepare dals. Dals are made differently across homes & can range from being spicy & sweet to extremely hot depending on regional influences.Usually, a dal recipe requires the dal to be boiled to a stew like consistency & many a times vegetables are added along with Indian spices like turmeric powder, coriander powder & garlic or ginger. A tempering is added towards the end to finish the preparation & lend smokey flavors. Lets look at some delicious Indian dal preparations.
Highly versatile, smoothies can be made with a variety of fruits & vegetables. A great way of adding nutrition to our diets, smoothies also make a great beverage during summers. Many avoid smoothies as often restaurants serve sugar laden versions made with packaged juices & flavoring agents. Some don’t like smoothies as they are often made with milk.A healthy smoothie is a real thing & we would love you to try these delightful smoothies made with nutritious fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, calcium rich yogurt, coconut milk & superfoods. Add or alter ingredients as per personal taste to enjoy a real treat loaded with health benefits this summer. Smoothies are great in between meals when hunger pangs beckon & suit every mood.
From being a staple food item in many homes to being used as a trencher (absorbent plate) in middle ages, the journey of bread has been an interesting one. In India, when bread came from Goa, it was known as Pao. Pao was initially made with whole wheat as no one used maida (refined flour) during those days. Bakers across North of India, than started making other varieties & soon the humble bread was used widely in street food items.Though many instantly think of sandwiches, there are many others delicious recipes one can make with bread. Lets look at some such delicious dishes.
Rich in Vitamin C, lemons infuse a zingy taste when added to anything! Hot water infused with lemon juice is a popular secret of many for beautiful skin & improved digestion. Research also says that the citric acid present in lemons may help prevent kidney stones & lemon water provides hydration during hot summer days.We all reach for a chilled glass of lemon water during summers, but there is so much more that can be done with this juicy & tangy fruit. The outer aromatic skin (zest) is often added to cakes & other desserts to add flavor whereas the juice can be used to make a delicious salad dressing that can easily replace vinegar. Lets look at some tasty things to make with lemons this summer.
Summers call for consumption of some chilled coolers – basically beverages which will help us combat the rising mercury levels. Many of us love enjoying a glass of India’s favorite drink – THE LASSI. Lassi (a thicker form of buttermilk) is a yoghurt based drink made with water, some spices and fruits for added flavor. It can be relished salted or sweet depending on how you want it. Unlike fizzy drinks and packaged juices, lassi is healthy & packed with health benefits. Yoghurt, the main ingredient used in making lassi, prevents bloating, constipation, reduces stomach acidity, improves immunity and aids digestion. Yogurt is also rich in calcium, proteins, carbohydrates, Vitamin A, B and riboflavin.There are many interesting ways in which lassi can be made at home. Lets look at how we can cool down with this delicious beverage.
Curry leaves (famously known kadhi patta) are like permanent residents of Indian kitchens. Just like our masalas and spices, curry leaves and coriander form an integral part of our food recipes. From garnishing to enhancing flavours, these green leaves perform an excellent role in Indian cuisine.And of course like other greens, curry leaves come with a host of health benefits. So let’s have a look at a few things they do for our welfare. We bet you won’t discard them from your food next time.