The A-Z of good health

 A for Almonds                                                                                                                                     Almonds regulate blood pressure.                                                                                                 Almonds reduces risk of heart disease- they lower bad cholesterol, maintains healthy cholesterol, protect artery wall damage.                                                                                     Almonds help brain development, prevent Alzheimer’s disease- they contain folic acid.                                                                                                                                                           Almonds reduce risk of diabetes – they regulate rise of insulin and glucose after meals.                                                                                                                                                         Almonds prevent osteoporosis, improves bone health- they contain phosphorous.                                                                                                                                                Almonds, prevents constipation-they have fiber.                                                             Almonds helps weight loss-they have mono-unsaturated fat which satisfies appetite, prevents over-eating.                                                                                                               Almonds help in energy production-they contain manganese, copper and Riboflavin.                                                                                                                                                Almonds boost immune system. Almonds lower risk of colon cancer.                                         Almonds nourish and improve skin complexion- they have Vitamin E.

CAUTION– EAT IN MODERATION AND AVOID ALMONDS IF YOU HAVE NUT ALLERGIES, KIDNEY OR GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS                                                                                                A for      AVOCADOS                                                                                                                                                      Avocado is technically a fruit. Many people avoid Avocados  thinking they are fattening. In fact,                                                                                                                                                  Avocados help weight loss as (they contain only healthy fats); they are high in mono-unsaturated fat and also have fiber, which helps you feel full longer.                                                                                                                                                                  Avocados are an unexpected source of protein for vegetarians! (1.9 gm of protein)                                                                                                                                                                   Avocados reduce blood pressure (a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure)-they contain a very high level of potassium, even more than bananas, they balance the potassium to sodium ratio important vital for the functioning of the kidney.                                                                                                                                                  Avocados lower cardiovascular diseases- they are loaded with a high, heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids- oleic acid, which reduce the bad LDL cholesterol, increase the HDL cholesterol.                                                                                                                       Avocados help blood glucose levels, especially for diabetic patients.                                 Avocados help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis- they have anti-inflammatory properties.                                                                                                                                           Avocados are good for eye health, they lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts- they have antioxidants like Lutein and Zeaxanthin.                                   Avocados help easy digestion.                                                                                                        Avocados protect liver from damage and ailments.                                                             Avocados maintain healthy skin, hair.                                                                                             Avocados help treat vitamin K deficiency related bleeding.                                                 Avocados are excellent for overall health – they are very rich in various essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They also have anti-ageing and anti-cancer as they are loaded with antioxidants.                                                                                                                                                            Avocados are best eaten raw- wash, peel, de-seed and have as a snack, in salads or in your sandwich.                                                                                                                         CAUTION– Avocados may cause migraines in some people.

Do Try Out These Yummy Indian Egg Recipes The Next Time You Want To Cook Something Simple But Nutritious!

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Masala omelette

 

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Pan baked eggs/ Bhuzna
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Boiled egg bhurji
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Omelette curry

 

This article was first published on Women’s Web

What was the first thing that you tried making when you learned how to cook? Probably an egg?

Packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, eggs are one of the easiest ingredients to ‘play around with’ in the kitchen. They are very versatile and can be cooked to please the pickiest of palates, and most importantly, the Indian palates, giving many wonderful Indian egg recipes.

Whether you have a picky egg-eater in the family or have grown weary with the crack, whisk and scramble routine; these desi ‘scrambling’ methods will make eggs more exciting to cook and more enjoyable to eat. So, lets get cracking!

Read more http://www.womensweb.in/2016/10/indian-egg-recipes-versatile-egg/

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If I had 6 chairs on my dining table,I would invite  6 celebrity chefs/food lovers to join me for  a pot luck dinner!I would request each one to bring their one signature dish 🙂

Here are the invitees!

The original master chef of India, the well renowned chef,Sanjeev Kapoor! It would be great  to share a meal and conversation with someone who has take Indian cuisine to a new level, besides inspiring and setting an example for thousands of other budding chefs in India. It should be such a memorable experience for everyone at the table,to hear about his vast culinary knowledge,experience and expert tips.

Two household names,food enthusiasts and critics,Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma! No one better to co-ordinate the dinner menu,take hold of the conversation, than these two  men with their energetic, witty and chatty style.

The most entertaining and enthusiastic Punjabi chef on Indian television,chef Harpal Singh!There won’t be a  dull moment with such a jolly  and humorous person at the table. I would  tell him how much I have enjoyed watching his shows, his fusion food recipes and have even tried cooking a couple of his wonderful  recipes.

Wouldn’t it be great to  have one celebrity chef  from across the continent? The famous British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver would be the next choice; to sample his typical healthy and delicious British cuisine. We have watched him make Indian cuisine on his show and I would love to know what he thinks about our desi food.

The dining table would feel so incomplete without a woman chef.So,last,but not the least,I would love to have the bubbly and beautiful anchor of  the show “Mumy Ka Magic”- the lovely Amrita Raichand! I would tell her how much I like her presentation style and also her dressing style!

Each of these celebrities will bring  their own unique taste and distinctive style. This  will be a great chance not just to taste their food but to have their opinion about my cooking. I am still wondering what I should make for them. Do you have any suggestions?

 

 

 

Mum’s fish curry

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Simple things can give us the most pleasure! Having a hearty home cooked meal is one of them. Can there there be anything more pleasurable and comforting than  coming home to a hot meal made by Mum?

I want to share my Mums mouth watering fish curry curry recipe which is one of my favourites.This recipe comes from Coastal Maharashtra( Konkan-famous for its fish dishes)

Here are the Ingredients:

King fish- 1 kilo. You can get adventurous and try mackerel,pomfret or salmon instead.

Make a fine paste with:

2 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tbsp fennel seeds

4-5 garlic cloves

1 medium sized onion

A bit of turmeric

Red chilli powder- My mum likes it hot and spicy.You can adjust the spice level according to your preference.Put this paste aside.

Now,make some fresh coconut paste . You can use dry coconut instead,soaked in water overnight.

Soak some  kokum(amsul)in water- about…

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Mum’s fish curry

14361328_1533281133365435_5897419404338807875_oSimple things can give us the most pleasure! Having a hearty home cooked meal is one of them. Can there be anything more pleasurable and comforting than  coming home to a hot meal made by Mum?

I want to share my Mums mouth watering fish curry curry recipe which is one of my favourites.This recipe comes from Coastal Maharashtra( Konkan-famous for its fish dishes)

Serves 4

Here are the Ingredients:

King fish-  A kilo. You can get adventurous and try mackerel,pomfret or salmon instead.

Make a fine paste with:

2 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tbsp fennel seeds

4-5 garlic cloves

1 medium sized onion

A bit of turmeric

Red chilli powder- My mum likes it hot and spicy.You can adjust the spice level according to your preference.Put this paste aside.

Now,make some fresh coconut paste . You can use dry coconut instead,soaked in water overnight.

Soak some  kokum(amsul)in water- about 2-4 depending on how much fish you use using and as per your taste.

Cooking Method:

Heat some oil in a pan. Add the first  paste.Sauté a few minutes. Add all the fish pieces, then some water(add little if you want a thick curry) and gradually bring to a boil. Add the coconut paste,kokum (along with its water) and some salt.Garnish with coriander.

Serve hot and enjoy with rice or chapatis.

My mum’s side of the family has some wonderful cooks – starting with my grandmother, aunt and even uncles!  Each one having their own unique style and distinctive taste. This is just ‘one’ of those many lip smacking dishes.It will finish in no time, leaving you wanting for more!

 

 

 

 

 

Let it snow, let it snow!

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Do you like snow? I definitely do. Have you been dreaming about it? I have grown up not just dreaming but obsessing about snowfall. I always imagined what it would actually look like, what the freezing temperature would feel like, which place on earth I would see it in and whether I would ever see it at all.

Whenever I watched scenes/songs from old iconic Shammi Kapoor movies (which showed the movie stars sliding down snow capped mountains) or movies filmed in the scenic Swiss Alps it would set me dreaming. Would I see snow in India? Would it be Shimla or Kashmir? I dreamed of going to Switzerland like so many Indians do. Would that ‘magical’moment ever arrive?

It did. I was visiting London in winter. I would check the weather forecast every single morning on T.V. I met a few Londoners and would ask them whether it would snow that year. They would be very surprised that I hadn’t seen snow. I forgot to tell them that in my country it only snows in the northern parts where I haven’t been. They said it didn’t always snow in London and like every year they were hoping for a white Christmas. I even asked them what the sky would look like. They said it would look dark, dreary and leady, just before. They got just as excited for me.

It was nearing the end of November and the temperature started to dip towards freezing point. I would keep looking at the sky, the clouds. Did they look leady? There were times when everything got still, quiet and dark.  It looked like it would snow any minute, but it didn’t.

November 29 2010, 3.00 a.m..

I was fast asleep. I heard my father calling out and say something incredible. Bleary eyed, I jumped out of bed, walked towards the window and looked outside. In the stillness of the dark, gloomy winter night and the silence of the streets; illuminated by the dim street lights was a whitish glow all around. I rubbed and blinked my eyes in disbelief. No, I wasn’t seeing things and I wasn’t dreaming this. It was a dream come true. It was a sight I will never forget.

It had snowed, not a lot, but just enough. At that unearthly hour, we got out our warmest clothes, went down the staircase and stepped out of the house to play. The snow crunched a little under our feet. When I picked it up,it felt a bit warm at first(not cold as I had anticipated)and then my hands started to freeze.

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More snow followed in December. It was a miraculous moment, to wake up and see this spectacle from our bedroom windows. The snowflakes looked so dainty and pretty as they fell.  They had already buried the roof and the road with what looked like scoops of vanilla ice-cream. I couldn’t get my eyes of this startling sight- it was so surreal. Imagine being treated to this sight just after waking up.

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Enchanting isn’t it?

Later while on a walk, we had only just reached the end of the street and there was a sudden surprise. It felt like we were being hit by something. Was it someone playing mischief and throwing snowballs at us? That someone was actually a snowstorm!  We were hit by a snowstorm. Armed with our umbrellas, we shielded ourselves. Although it was a short but heavy snow flurry, it was something special and delightful. We hurried back home and we had a most marvelous time playing outside. Those moments made the wait worth it.

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While it looks beautiful as it snows and just after it snows, it’s when it starts to melt and turns into ice that it can be a bit dangerous- it gets slippery to walk and drive on.

The following days was all about wrapping up in coats and scarves, wearing boots and going for walks in the chilly weather;walking past bakeries to the heavenly smell of freshly baked bread and goodies, shivering and walking into the warm cafes, to  have hot chocolate/ cinnamon latte, donuts, sandwiches, pretzels etc.

It was fun going to see the Christmas lights and displays, heading early morning for the Christmas sales and the fantastic Christmas markets- enjoying the many rides, listening to Christmas songs and gorging on warm festive food like Bratwurst sausages, crepes, churros, chestnuts and mulled wine.

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It was great watching people skate on the ice rinks (and wishing I could too ) and meeting Santa in his grotto. Later at home, we built a snowman(it wasn’t as easy as I had thought) and baked some turnips.

Right now here in India I feel baked, toasted and roasted.It’s summer and it  is sweltering hot! I am longing for some cool climate. If it’s snowing in your part of the world, do parcel and send me some snow here 😉