Navaratri Millet Dhokla 0
The rains call for comfort foods that's both healthy and extremely delicious. We have the perfect recipe in store for you -Dhokla, and that too a healthier version
Millet Dhokla is one of those recipes that you will never stop using on a rainy day because it defines comfort. And what better way to enjoy comfort if not guilt-free?
The recipe can be made using any of the millets which are light (little millet / barnyard millet / Samai)
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
- 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1/8 Tsp Asafoetida Powder
- 2 Slit Green Chillies
- 10 Curry Leaves
- Dry roast millet for 2 minutes on low heat. Remove, wash thoroughly and dry on a clean cotton cloth for 20 minutes.
- Make grits/rava using the mixer.
- In a bowl, add salt and curd, beat the two to make it smooth. Mix the millet grits thoroughly and keep it covered to ferment overnight.
- Next morning, add chopped green chillies, grated ginger and soda. Mix well.
- Grease two plates and pour the batter into them. Tap the plates so that the batter spreads evenly.
- Steam the batter for around 10 to 12 minutes. Once cooled, cut into pieces.
- Take a piece of dhokla, apply green chutney and cover with another piece. Repeat the same for the remaining Dhoklas.
Do the seasoning mentioned above and pour it on the dhoklas. Serve.
Let us know how it turned out, stay tuned for more.
Healthy Festive Season 0
Celebrate this year's holidays with healthy eating
This Navaratri takes the initiative to detox your body and embraces more healthy and nutritious options.
We inhale and consume toxins in our daily lives through food or living in a polluted environment. Fasting is an excellent opportunity to detoxify the body and remove toxins that may have accumulated in the tissues over the years.
During this festive season, people opt for different types of fruits and foods that are nutritious. Antioxidants in these foods help remove harmful free radicals from the body.
Fluid intake increases during fasting. It helps keep the body hydrated. During Navaratri, try coconut water, fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, buttermilk, etc., to nourish the body and hydrate the skin.
Avoid wheat, rice, and lentils; instead, embrace ingredients like Singhare Ka Atta, Kuttu ka atta, Sama, Sabudana, etc, to give your digestive system a much-needed rest. Foods that are easy to digest are consumed during Navaratri.
Try replacing table salt or processed/refined salt with Sendha Namak (pure salt without chemicals), as it aids digestion, boosts immunity, regulates blood pressure, and keeps the body active throughout the day.
Try to avoid using heat-generating spices like Haldi (turmeric), Dhania (coriander), Hing (asafetida), Garam Masala (mixed exotic spice powder), Rai/Sarson (mustard), Lavang (cloves), etc., do not use sesame/mustard oil for cooking. Groundnut oil or ghee is used for cooking vrata recipes. So keep your body cool and refreshed by avoiding them and using Jeera (cumin) and Kali Mirch (black pepper).
Meditation and prayers are a significant part of Navaratri vrat. These will help soothe your senses, body, mind, and soul. In short, fasting during Navaratri can exercise self-control, self-discipline, and self-control.
Marrying Ayurveda to Modern day Diets 0
Marrying Ayurveda to Modern day Diets
There is no denying that currently we are on a roller coster ride full of new diets and fads. These include diets of cleanse, superfoods, clean eating, detox and the list can go on. What we forget is that Indian Ayurveda had known and practised this science generations ago and there is a vast treasure of knowledge what we have had all along. Ayurveda, an age-old Indian science, has secrets to clean, healthy lives that don't need you to spend excessively on every new health fad, and can be accessed through one's everyday kitchen.
Ayurveda talks about elements our body is build of air, water, fire, ether and earth and the misbalances these elements get into - the doshas - Vata, Pitha and Kapha! The key is to eliminate or reduce the dosha and achieve a state of harmony. All foods many not suit us despite being inherently healthy and safe to consume. So how to do we really figure whats good for us.
There are two simple choices in front of us. We go to a Ayurvedic practitioner and get our dosa checked and go as per recommended diets for the same. Or better still start listening to our bodies. Is the red rice we just had, actually made us feel lighter or heavier. How did we emotionally feel after consuming a particular food group at the time of the day. If we felt lighter, energetic, happy. We can listen to our internal gut system.
Going on a diet should not be a mind game but mindful eating would actually lead us to the bliss we are looking from a healthier body…..
Pearly Barley Risotto 0From this point forward, barley will be your new best friend. Unlike plain white rice, pearl barley is an excellent source of fibre and protein, to keep you full and energised longer.
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Diced Shallots or Onions
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 cup mixed Mushrooms of all the types available.
1 Teaspoon Nutty Yogi Italian Seasoning or mixed herbs of your choice
1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Cup Pearl Barley (soaked overnight and par boiled)
4 - 4 1/2 Cups Vegetable Stock
2 Tablespoons Balsamic, Apple Cider, or Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast (for vegan options) // Parmesan
Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once melted or shimmering, add onions and saute until softened and translucent; about 5 - 6 minutes.
Mix in all the herbs and seasonings, followed by the barley. Stir thoroughly and saute for 4 - 5 minutes longer to gently toast the grains. Gently pour 4 cups of the stock in, followed by the vinegar. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and let cook for 30 - 35 minutes, until the grains are tender and the liquid has almost entirely been absorbed.
Add the cheese cooking for just a minute
Turn off the heat and stir in the creamy finish of your choice. Serve hot!
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