Thursday, March 20, 2014

WAR WITH RAW ~ ASH GOURD SALAD FOR ENFF

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
 Hi All,
Are you thinking I have gone RAW? ;-), But when I think of Nutritious food, only raw food comes in my mind. Its natural and its directly prepared by God. Am I right?
Today I am introducing you our king of raw food, King of Vegetables; ASH GOURD. Don't get confused with Aishwarya Rai Bachhan. I am talking about Natural beautiful vegetable.
Enough of jokes now.
I never knew the benefits about this veggie, I always saw this was used during poojas at home especially on house warming day. And I really thought that only Brahmins(or who comes for doing puja)  should eat it. That is how it was, after puja they used to take it home.
Only after I joined SSY course, I realized the importance of its benefits. From then, it has become a part of my menu in some or the other way. I wait to use this in my preparation
I make juice with it, I make salad with it, I add it in sambhar, I make ash gourd fry.... The list goes on.
But,
Taking it in the morning in the form of  juice  by adding the equal quantity of water to it is the best for many healthy reasons. Season it with very little salt and pepper(optional). (This and beetroot juice are too potent to be taken alone and need to be diluted with equal quantity of water)

I have a 2 page notes on its benefits which I took it during my course.
I tried to find out the benefits of this from net, because its the evidence to prove my love for this veggie.




Coming to today's recipe,
Its simple, easy and healthy and NUTRITIOUS. So what are you waiting for?
Ingredients:
Ash gourd - 1 cup, cleaned, peeled, de seeded
Cucumber - 1 small, cleaned and peeled
Fresh yogurt or curds - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Pepper powder - 1 tsp or chopped 

For temepering:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
a dash of hing
Curry leaves few
Urad dal - 1 tsp(optional)
Red dry chilly - 1 cut into small pieces




Method:
  • Take one cup ash gourd. Either grate it or churn it in a mixer just for half a minute. I prefer the latter one.
  • Keep it aside.
  • Cut the cucumber in to small cubes.
  • Take yogurt in a serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to it. Mix well. Add the ash gourd and cucumber. Mix well and refrigerate for some time(if you have)
  • Till that,
  • heat oil in a small pan.
  • Add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add urad dal and allow to change the color.
  • Add curry leaves, hind and red dry chilly.
  • Remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
  • Add it to the ready salad.
  • Serve cold with chapati or rice.

  • The other day I had it with khara pongal :-)
WILL COME WITH DIFFERENT NUTRITIOUS FOOD IN THE NEXT POST FOR THIS EVENT. (THIS TIME NOT RAW FOR SURE)







Keep Smiling,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

JAGGERY MUSTARD INSTANT MANGO PICKLE ~MAHARASHTRA SPECIAL FOR ICC, FEBRUARY

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you all? I am happy to be again in Indian Cooking Challenge this month. And I am happy to take this challenge because I need to use mangoes and that too are from our trees. Its always a very happy feeling to use the vegetables, fruits grown from our backyard. Now a days, I use raw mangoes in everything. In rice, chutney, curry, upma, thalipeeth... list goes on.

And now Srivalli"s challenge. 
She has followed Varada's recipe which is really just perfect for this season. Its sweet, its sour, its tangy and it has the fresh taste of fresh mustard seeds... Ohh! I really loved it. Thanks to Valli and Varada. The color of the dish itself drives you crazy!!

Visit VALLI'S PAGE TO SEE HER VERSION INSTANT MANGO PICKLE


Ingredients:
Raw mango - 1/4 kg
Part I~
Mustard seeds(small and red ones) - 1/2 cup
Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
Haldi- 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 cup(color should be strong)
Jaggery - 3/4 cup(original recipe has 1cup)
Salt - 1/2 cup
water - 1/2 cup or less, (add little first)












For tempering
Oil -1/2 cup(I have used ground nut oil)
Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Haldi -1/2 tbsp
HIng -1/2 tsp



Method:
Wash and peel the mangoes.
Deseed and cut into small cubes(smaller the better)
or
grate it into a pulp.(I liked the cubes)
Heat oil in a kadai.
Add the mustard seeds, allow to splutter.
Add haldi and hing.
Remove from the fire and allow it to cool fully.

Mix all the ingredients under part one and turn into fine paste.
Add this to the mango cubes. Mix well.
Pour the tempered oil.
Mix well, adjust the seasoning.
Enjoy this super duper pickle for breakfast, lunch, dinner.... or in between as a snack with bread or biscuit or chips...




Keep Smiling,

Monday, March 10, 2014

SWEET N SPICY RED MASALA POHA FOR PPCS

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I have posted my recipes in PPCS  in a particular manner. I started with soup, pickle, chutney, side dish, main dish, rice and dessert. Actually I had planned to post some healthy cookies I made last month. Unfortunately, I lost the photos from my camera. And now I don't have time to bake again and click, I thought of bringing some snack to  Potluck Party, Cyber Style party. Hope you all do not mind and enjoy it.
And even Juice is pending in the menu. I will bring it in coming months.
Poha is very common in breakfast menu in South India and Maharashtra. I am not sure about other parts of India. Poha is prepared in different ways at different places and is enjoyed as an evening snack too. Its a quick snack for unexpected guests. Its filling also.
Here, I am  giving a simple but different recipe which is normally prepared by local Brahmins here in our North Karnataka. They call it as Gojjavalakki. They crush the poha.
Mine is little altered as they do not add onion but I love it in poha. Thats why I can't call it gojjavalakki and hence named it as Masala Poha.
Don't go for the color in my photo as my camera is a very normal one, and sometimes I can not get the proper color. But this poha turns out red as I am using red chilli powder, jaggery and tamarind paste.
You can check my MIX VEG POHA which is very common way of making in our side.


Coming to today's recipe:

It serves 2

Ingredients:
Thick poha(Thick flattened rice) - 1 1/4 cup
Water to soak the poha
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - tsp
Urad dal - 2 tsp
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1  big, finely chopped
Green chilli - 1 small finely chopped
Curry leaves - few, finely chopped
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
Bisi bele bath powder or Rasam powder - 2 tsp
Jaggery - 2 tbsp
Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp
Fresh coconut - grated (2 tbsp)

Marination:
{to add to Soaked Poha(this gives extra taste to your poha as the poha absorbs salt and sugar taste)}
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Puthani powdered - 1 tbsp(optional)
Fresh coriander - 2 tbsp finely chopped

to Garnish(optional)
Fresh coriander - 1 tbsp, finely chopped,
Fresh coconut - grated, 1 tbsp


Method:
First soak the poha in little water. I just put it in a colander and sprinkle the water and keep it like that for 5 minutes.
When done, Add all the ingredients under marination and mix well.
Keep it aside.

Heat oil in a wide thick kadai.
Add mustard seeds and wait them to splutter.
Add the urad dal and wait till changes to golden color
Add the cumin seeds, curry leaves and onion and green chilli
Fry till onion turns pink.
Go on adding all other ingredients one by one, just stirring each time you add one.
Mix well and cook for 3 minutes. Or cover and cook for 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn it.
Add the marinated poha and mix really well.
Adjust the seasoning.
Garnish with fresh coriander and Coconut. Serve hot.


Linking it to 
Potluck party, Cyber style! - Fun and the Challeng... 




Keep Smiling,

Friday, February 28, 2014

CRISPY POTATO HEARTS FOR PPCS (FOOD REMAKE)


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you dearies? Hope all is well at your end. 
Started my post like a letter :-), This month I got the perfect recipe from our group., February is the month of Love... and I got to make these lovely potato hearts.



A very simple, easy, quick but the yummiest snack for everyone.
I am not giving the details of the recipe here. Please visit Mon's PAGE to get the recipe.


My kids loved this chat and already ordered me to make again this Sunday :-)





Sending this to Jagruti's 




Keep Smiling,

Thursday, February 20, 2014

GO NUTS!!! A WAR WITH RAW for ENFF event ~ GROUNDNUT JUICE

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Confused with the title of the post? Yes, I am right when I have written WAR with RAW.  My blog has always had a war with raw food. This is a war of love for your body, your health and your life. Today I am going to share my thoughts, my experience with the raw food and few excerpts from GURUJI SHRI RISHI PRABHAKARJI's talks which are published in the book 'NUTRITION PACKED AMRUT AAHAR', "a cook book of uncooked food" by SHEHNAZ A THANAWALA.
Again confused?
Let me start it again. I came in contact with SSY(SIDDHA SAMADHI YOGA) course around 15 years back. And that changed my life. The way of thinking towards everything on this Earth changed, I started thinking positive. My stage fear disappeared. I became more friendly with everyone. It was a new life for me. I don't want to talk more about myself as we are here to talk about food.
The main thing changed was the food habit. I realised the importance of RAW food.
As the years went,though it was not possible for me to follow it 100%, but I always preferred having raw food everyday and whenever possible. Once a year, I stay on raw food for continuous 13 days which helps me to reduce my weight and cleanse the body.

{Now, whatever I am writing below are the answers from Pujya Guruji:
1.What is RAW food?

  • Any natural food item which is not cooked or processed by heat can be called raw(or uncooked) food.
2.Is it difficult to digest RAW food?

  • Not at all, actually it is easier to digest raw food (takes only 13 hours to digest) than cooked food which takes 24 hours to digest and Non Veg which takes about 72 hours.
3.Are all the raw foods are good to eat?

  • NO, not necessarily so, It is the amount again how much we take and how we take it.
4.How much quantity of raw food one should eat?

  • Normally  healthy people should have about 50% to 70% of their total daily food as raw food. But, for someone who wants to start newly, has to increase the quantity slowly from 20%.
One can do a 'raw food fasting; once a month where you can have 100% raw food or juices on that day.
5.Will the RAW food make me weak?

  • No, in fact you can be strong and healthy. Initially people may have a diarrhoea or constipation as the body needs time to get adjusted.
6.Can one cure the ailments and diseased by having this Amrut Ahar or RAW food?

  • Yes, many have succeeded. Chronic diseases can be effectively controlled by proper diet.
But, take care to consult proper teachers before you start it as a regular intake, considering your food allergies, the diseases you have.}

*****While I am typing this, I got the sad news that  Pujya Guruji Rishi Prabhakar has left for his heavenly abode leaving us to spread his worldly message.******

I don't know what inspired me to write about him in today's post or how it came in my mind that I should write about the raw food and him. May his soul rest in peace. I am sure that he is always there for us in our heart.
This post is dedicated to him.

Coming back to today's post,

Yes, I am following this diet with the Pranayam and the meditation I learnt during the course and It has helped me to overcome many diseases, mentally and physically.

I agree that it was not possible for me to follow it 100% as I take non vegetarian food and normal cooked food on daily basis, but YES, the RAW FOOD has always helped me to keep my health under control.

I have already posted many raw food recipes in my blog. You can click salad parade  to get the recipes and few more in my archived posts.
           Today's recipe is a unique one which I have taken from the same book. I always enjoy this juice which is very healthy and can have at breakfast.
Its groundnut juice. Surprised? Groundnut and juice?



I will come to the nutrition facts about peanuts.
It is full of proteins. Actually contains more protein than meat, about tow and a half times more than eggs and far more than any other vegetable food except Soya bean and yeast. BUT, its best to eat ground nut after it has been SOAKED OVERNIGHT.
Peanuts or groundnuts are rich in proteins and packed with essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, iron, and dietary fibres. Peanuts provide optimum health benefits and are excellent energy boosters. 
click the LINK for more details.
And Jaggery  is loaded with nutrients such as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous. Jaggery is often known as a cleansing agent because it helps to get rid of unwanted particles from the respiratory tract, lungs, food pipe, stomach and intestines. Extremely rich in iron, jaggery is advised to all those who have a low level of haemoglobin in their blood and are anaemic.
click the LINK  for more details.

Try to have it once or twice a week. As for every thing, even this has little side effect which is negligible.It is allergic to many.
If you are having first time, then may be you will get acidity, but don't worry if its not severe. 

To make one glass of juice:
Ingredients:
Groundnuts -20 soaked overnight
Banana or Chikoo or apple or dates or any two or one(choice is your)-1/2 cup
Jaggery to taste or 1 tbsp
Powdered cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Method:
Blend all in a mixer till smooth paste.
Add the water to bring it to the consistency of a milk.
Serve immediately.



Keep Smiling,




Saturday, February 15, 2014

GATHIYA ~ GUJARATI SPECIAL FOR ICC, JANUARY

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you? Seeing me in Indian Cooking Challenge after 6 months. NO excuses, but really missed all the challenges. 
Hope you all are not Katti with me. 
Srivalli"s ideas are always very unique and she chooses the challenges very 
challengingly :-)
This time it is easier one, but again depends on the quantity of the baking soda 
and the time you roast it.
Srivalli has followed her friend Vaishali's recipe. 
And even my experience is same like Valli's. my dough also got stuck though I added water. And it was very hard to press, I had to call my daughter as my hands are not that strong to press. (got some problem)
And even I did not had mould for gathiya, I had this long strip one so thought of using it,
Whats there in shape??? right?
And I added some pepper powder to give a spicy taste, it was really good.
I used only 1/4th of the quantity as I already had a big packet of ready gathiya (ready made).

So, here goes my pictures for the challenge for the month of January 
which is Gujarati Special Gathiya. 


Here is the  original link from Valli's space:

Gathiya ~ Gujarati Special | How to Make Gathiya | Indian Cooking Challenge - January


AN EVENING TREAT TO MY SELF.

Keep Smiling,

Monday, February 10, 2014

PARLE - G KHEER FOR PPCS

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Sorry for not participating in the event in the last two months.Health was  a priority.
I always loved Parle-G biscuits, and who won't love these oldest sweetest biscuits. When I was young and not well, I always demanded Parle G because I knew this is the time to convince my mother and enjoy my biscuits dipped in coffee or tea. And I love that cute boy on the wrapper, I am sure you all too love him. 
Today I am here with a sweet using my favorite biscuit,which tastes good when eaten hot and tastes heaven when eaten cold.
I am talking about Kheer. I love kheer (again same slogan). I can have anything sweet. O K, leave me here only.


Coming to the recipe,
This is little different but very easy. You don't have anything and have very little time for an unexpected guest. And you really want to serve a better food with a great dessert. Your search ends here...
Ingredients:
Milk - 1/2 litre or 500 ml
Sugar - 3/4 cup or less(ask your tongue for it :-)  )
Parle G Biscuit - 8 to 10
Cardamom - 2, powdered
Ghee - 1 tsp

Method: 

  • Boil the milk in a thick bottomed pan. 
  • Once done, add sugar and keep on a low flame. 
  • Boil it for at least 20 minutes, the milk will reduce to 3/4.
  • Crush the biscuits and add it to the milk, 
  • Stir and cook it for some more time(around 10 minutes).
  • Be careful not to leave it alone, or it will burn at the bottom.
  • Now add the cardamom powder and ghee.
  • Mix well. Boil for few more minutes.
  • Remove from fire and allow it to cool. 
  • Have it warm or keep it in the fridge, have it chilled.


Keep Smiling,

Monday, January 20, 2014

MAGIC WATER AND MILK FOR HEALTHY LIFE/EAT NUTRITIOUS, FEEL FABULOUS

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you all? I am here today with a healthy purpose. Jagruti and Me have started a event on healthy, nutritious food series.
Its not only about recipes or food preparations. Here we are talking also about few tips or may be exercises or any other way which helps to keep us healthy.
I am not a Guru or gained any diploma or degree in any of the field, but I am following it regularly. Here whatever I am posting is what I have experienced and gained the benefits.
Today, I am talking about how I start my day and how I end it. I mean what is my first food intake in the morning  and what is the last thing I sent to my body. ;-)
The first thing after I get up and brush my teeth is this glass of warm water with honey, lime juice and Cinnamon powder.
And it really works. I am taking it regularly in the morning. For me it has worked as an energizer and has proved very positive.
THIS IS TOTALLY MY EXPERIENCE AND IT IS NO WHERE SUGGESTED BY DOCTORS.
Warm water is always better than the normal water at any time of the day. But having it in the morning has its own benefits.
With that if you are adding a tbsp of lime juice, you are adding Vitamin C and many more.
There are 100+web sites or blogs to give you information about the benefits of having this magic water. I have just tried to refer few and giving you the links.
1.  Drinking lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey may help to reduce belly fat and obesity. Lemons are low in calories while honey is a fat free, natural energy booster. Their combination helps to melt down the fatty deposits in the body. Honey contains natural fruit sugar which is digested easily. Add one teaspoon of honey and three teaspoons of lemon juice to a glass of warm water. Stir well and drink it every morning to shed those extra kilos from the body.
And 
here is the best information about the benefits of having lime in your water in the morning:
But, 
there is an information about side effect of having lemon is here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/180835-side-effects-of-lemon-in-water/
AND

"Lemons have a high citric acid content that may irritate your stomach, particularly if you have an ulcer. This acid, even if diluted in water, can also damage tooth enamel if consumed in large quantities".

And according to the fitness guru Rujuta Diwekar(author of “Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight”)(recently I have started following and reading and watching videos about her) won't agree with this that it  helps us to burn calories. 
Anyways, for every good thing there is always some bad thing, but when you see the positive side, its fine to go ahead, right?
I believe in it, because it keeps me fresh or may be I have it with my regular exercise, walking and meditation. Each of us have our own experience right? 

Now adding Cinnamon to your water has lot of benefits.
Go through this site to get more information. 
and
For me, it has proved to remove bad cholesterol.  

And, now the last thing is adding garlic in your milk in the night.
If you really don't like it you can have it thrice a week. 
Garlic has played a very important role in Indian food history. Just go through the sites if you want detailed information about its benefits.
"Getting down to the main topic of this hub - Garlic milk : A medicinal drink.
This drink with garlic, is tasty, less hot, less smelly and very effective in fighting cold,sore throats and infections. Is your picky eater prone to frequent cold ? This is the right drink to enhance his/her immune system. Kids love it !...." CONTINUE READING...

"HOW TO TAKE GARLIC:

Crush two or three small cloves of raw garlic and eat it raw or boiled, before going to sleep. You can have it with a glass of milk or with water. Please do not take more than two or three raw cloves of garlic per day as it might makes your blood thinner and might cause serious ailments.
Contra-indications/precautions:
Do not consume more than three to four raw cloves of garlic a day.
Patients having heart and other problems should take medical advice before consuming it.
It's best to avoid garlic before any surgery because it could probably disturb Anticoagulants.
If you are on any medication, always check with your doctor first before taking raw garlic.
Asthma patients should not use it as it worsens the symptoms of Asthma."

So, what do you think about my post, please do comment on your experience,
It will lead us to new road.
Sending it to our own event started by me and Jagruti :


Expecting your views on it.

Keep smiling,

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Eat Nutritious, Feel Fabulous - Challenges that we all should take !

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you all?Wishing you all a very happy new year. Everyone is busy around making new resolutions and Trying(!!) to keep. Today Me and Jagruti are here for something else. We don't want you people do make some resolutions and trying hard to keep those. We want you all to do some commitment and follow it regularly.
Resolutions are to break but not commitments.
Dearies, we are here to bring some awareness about what actually is a real healthy food and its benefits. We would like to invite all of you to join us and lets make our and our loved ones life healthy.
I learnt a great lesson in the life and always push myself to keep fit and healthy. May be I am off and on in between but always follow at least three things.
Some simple rules for good life:
Regular exercise and brisk walking at least for 45 minutes,
Meditation
Good food,
Lot of water intake.
Laughing
 I am not talking any thing new or I am not a guru in any of these fields. But this is what I have realized and I have committed myself to maintain these. Will you join me too. Not actually only me, its WE, Me and Jagruti.
Lets hear it in Jagruti's  (of Jagruti's Cooking Odysseywords:

"What is the real meaning of healthy? These days this word is constantly thrown around without truly understanding it's real value. With so many claiming to be eating healthy, there is still a massive increase in the general public developing all sorts of health related illnesses. 


The only way to combat all of these illnesses is to eat well and to do plenty of exercise. There are so many nutritious foods out there that can increase our well being and health. wholegrain, proteins and essential amino acids, good fats and fruits and vegetables! It's about eating all of these in moderation. If we can incorporate more of these foods into our diet, then our overall health is sure to improve!

Obviously, simply adding a piece of fruit to your calorie loaded dessert doesn't suddenly make your dish healthy. Adding heaps of sugar to your nutritious porridge is completely against the point! A bit of vegetable puree to fried food won't magically make it beneficial. It has been scientifically proven that eating certain foods together cancels their nutritional value. For example foods with calcium will prevent any iron being absorbed in the body, so eating these together in the same meal isn't going to help!

I want to search for recipes that actually are healthy and full of nutrients. That use all of the true ingredients out there, that have medicinal benefits to the body. I want all of you to come up with recipes that do have health benefits, where every ingredient in the recipe can provide the body with a different nutrient. This recipe could be one that's been passed down the family, or your own creation!
The focus is on low GI and low fat!

I was thinking over the past few months to start this challenge, one day our fellow food blogger Nivedita of Nivedita's Kitchen mentioned the same and then we both decided to go ahead with this project.

So why wait any longer, it's new year, let's make a new start ! Let's cook with nutritious food in right manner and share with the world out there. If you are thinking same as me and Nivedita, join us and let us know if you want to be a part of this challenge. 

So let's Eat nutritious and feel Fabulous !

Guidelines to follow :-

  • Prepare dishes with Wholegrain, Vegetables, Fruit, Legumes,Seeds, Nuts, Natural sweeteners or low fat dairy or Non-dairy products without loosing their vitamins and minerals. These type of dishes won't be allowed e.g. Cake baked with little fruit or Baked samosa made with AP flour as there is no nutrition in AP flour so no point to either bake or fry. Do you know what I mean ? 
  • Recipe which are allowed only contains ONLY 1 tsp. fat or sugar per serving.
  • Only Vegetarian dishes will be allowed.
  • Can cook Breakfasts, lunch, Dinners, Snacks or drinks.
  • Me and Nivedita will be hosting this challenge over alternative months.
  • We all will post our recipes on 20th of every month.
  • Use of logo and link of this announcement page is MUST.
  • If you want to join us please email me at jagrutiscookingodyssey1971@gmail.com
  • or you can mail at nivedita.mt@gmail.com
This month Jagruti is hosting the event. So please send your recipes to her blog.


Keep Smiling,

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