Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Easy recipes for kids- Ragi(Finger millet) halwa

This recipe is full of calcium and protein and contains a great amount of iron and other minerals..Why ?? coz its a halwa made with "Ragi" , commonly known as "Nachni" in Maharashtra and common name of Finger Millet in South India.It's not only good for children but for everyone and can double up as a healthy dessert too!!! As with my other recipes,I always try to bring in the health part by using more of healthy and nutritious food items.I almost always manage to trick my son by calling it a "chocolate pudding" !!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Indian Food Wisdom by Rujuta Diwekar - The importance of "tadka" in our food

I am about to start a series on sharing health and weight loss mantras from Rujuta Diwekar's video "Indian Food Wisdom" . I am really quite fond of her ideas since she doesn't stress on fad diets and talks on the importance of traditional food and their benefits and why we don't need to follow senseless diets to lose weight.We can stick to our old rich Indian food , eat merrily and still lose it all by eating it the right way !!

So, come and join me in this journey!!!!

                                    The importance of "tadka" in our food

The tadka that we apply to our food doesn't only carry calories,but it also has loads of nutrients and therapeutic values in it e.g. turmeric powder,ghee,oil,sesame seeds,coconut seasonings,etc.Unless you use it,you wont be able to absorb the vitamins and minerals and the heap of benefits that come with it.In other words,consuming vegetables alone without the tadka has no value.And of course,undoubtedly, it adds heavily to the taste.So what happens then?
a.You enjoy eating the food
b.Since your appetite is satisfied,you wont get cravings for high calorie food post the meal and that's where you will lose it healthily.

Most importantly,it helps you get "pranic" value .

Prana – that most people are unaware of – is vital energy.It is extremely important to uplift our senses,our joints and scalps healthy,our moods ,makes us light and lively and helps us stay healthy and energetic and keep us looking young and thin.So the mantra here is "to count prana and not calories."