November 23, 2015

Rearranging My Kitchen Pantry - A Simple Step to Lose Weight

In the previous post, I told you how I rearranged my refrigerator.. In this section I am going to tell you how to alter the kitchen pantry.. If you are puzzled why I am writing a post on this, I would answer you as follows.. No one can think about weight loss after stocking Chocolates, Ice Creams, Sweets and Oil fried snacks in home.. So I thought I must write on this..

C'mon lets walk-through my kitchen cabinets..


This is a cabinet in which I usually store health drinks, coffee, tea like stuffs.. Now I have stocked it with the following items
  • Honey - For making lemon and honey
  • Raw Sugar/ Brown Sugar - I substituted regular refined sugar with raw sugar.. You may question me, why do I use sugar when trying hard to loose weight.. I use it in fruit juices and coolers
  • Palm Sugar and Dry Ginger Powder - for making masala milk
  • Green Tea - you all know a lot about green tea than me :)


These are the items I keep in my kitchen without fail.. I told you already that I am fond of millets.. Please do not think that I am advertising on brands or so.. These are the store bought items.. Whichever brand you feel the best, buy and use that brand.. I just wish to list the items, nothing else..
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Ragi Flour/ Finger Millet Flour
  • Bajra Flour/ Pearl Millet Flour
  • Red Rice Aval/ Red Poha
  • Ragi Semiya/ Finger Millet Semolina
  • Samba Wheat Puttu Powder


These are the spices I include in my regular diet.. These items help out in digestion and have a lot more benefits..
  • Pepper/ Milagu
  • Fenugreek/ Venthayam
  • Cumin Seeds/ Jeeragam
  • Mustard Seeds/ Kadugu
  • Carom Seeds/ Omam/ Ajwain
  • Cinnamon/ Pattai


These are the gram/bean items I feed myself with.. I never fail to take one bean/gram per day.. I have a variety like
  • Green Gram
  • Chick Peas
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Red Beans
Here I have missed an interesting entry.. "OILS and FATS".. I am still confused to decide which oil to use and which to eliminate.. I use coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and gingelly oil
  • Olive Oil for Sauteing Vegetables
  • Sunflower oil for Frying (not for me :(.. this is for my husband and baby)
  • Gingelly Oil for all kind of Dosas
  • Coconut Oil for Vegetable Curries.. (Still I am puzzled whether to continue the use of cocnut oil or skip it continuously.. I should consult a my dietitian before that )
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November 22, 2015

Rearranging My Refrigerator - A Simple Step to Lose Weight

Simple alterations in your kitchen pantry can help yourself to loose more weight.. I have gained a little more weight of 4 pounds and I am trying to lose those extra pounds now.. One step in such a journey is altering our kitchen cabinets and refrigerator with items those will help you to loose weight.. Yesterday, I went for shopping and have packed a few items in my kitchen..

I am going to show you my refrigerator trays.. You try to take the tips and make a few modifications as per your wish..


I stock the vegetable tray of my refrigerator with
  • Lemons - for making lemon and honey in morning
  • 2 or 3 watery and leafy vegetables like bottle gourd, radish and cabbage - I consume only leafy and watery vegetables, as they favor weight loss
  • Ginger - for making coolers like Ginger Lime, Ginger Grape, Ginger Orange and Ginger Pine..
  • Mint - for making mint coolers like Lime Mint, Ginger Mint and Orange Mint.. I consider coolers as my fat molters and tummy fillers.. 

This is my fruit tray and it has items like
  • Apples - Right from the day I started my weight loss, I am feeding myself with apples.. 
  • Raw mango - For making salads tasty
  • Carrots - Again, for making salads..

This is another rack, which I use for storing snacks.. And my snacks include
  • Sweet Corn - I usually have half a boiled or grilled sweet corn.. This happens occasionally.. 
  • Shredded Pomegranate - It is really a good habit to store some shredded Pomegranate.. Whenever you feel like having something sweet, you can have some granules..

This may look like an extra item..
  • Carnation fat free evaporated milk - I make soups out of it once in a week.. Soups like creamy tomato, cream of broccoli or cream of spinach.. 
I hope you all have guessed what to have in your refrigerator and will buy those this weekend.. Have a happy weight loss..
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November 17, 2015

Wheat Rava Laddu | Godhumai Ravai Urundai | Low Fat Desserts


I am back after a week of sabbatical.. We had a very nice Diwali this year.. Successfully I adapted to a pre-weak diet and workout plan.. This helped me a lot to manage weight during this festival season.. I tried a few recipes that would suit for this blog.. I have started to blog again..

A friend of mine gave me the recipe for this Wheat Rava Laddu.. It is quit simple recipe and my little girl likes it a lot.. It is rich in fiber and makes us feeling full.. I have put it in my weight loss diet menu.. This is a very healthy weight loss diet.. Yes, it required very little amount of sweetness and no other additives.. C'mon lets see the recipe..



Wheat Rava Laddu

Wheat Rava Laddu - A Healthy Snack

Recipe Source: Neighbor 
Preparation Time: 30 minutes for 10 laddus
Calories: 70 to 80 per laddu

Ingredients

Wheat Rava/ Godhumai Rava1 cup
Grated Jaggery¼ cup
Roasted Grated Coconut2 Tablespoons
RoastedCashew nuts1 Tablespoon
Roasted Groundnuts2 Tablespoons
Cardamom powdera pinch
Ghee½ Teaspoon

Procedure

Take wheat rava in a blender and pulse it twice or thrice
Sieve the broken rava to remove large pieces.. for this use rava sieve with little large holes..
Dry roast the sieved rava till it gets heated up
Remove it to a wide mouth vessel for binding
Add roasted nuts, coconut and cardamom powder
Heat jaggery with 2 Tablespoons of water and let the jeera come to one string consistency
Switch of the flame and add 1/2 teaspoon of ghee..
Add the jaggery to rava mixture and stir well
Make the mixture to laddus.. If the mixture starts to dry up in the middle, heat it little bit..

Step-wise Pictures

Take required ingredients.. Take wheat rava in a blender and pulse it twice or thrice..

Sieve the broken rava to remove large pieces.. for this use rava sieve with little large holes..Dry roast the sieved rava till it gets heated up  

Remove it to a wide mouth vessel for binding.. Add roasted nuts and coconut..

Mix well.. Heat jaggery with 2 Tablespoons of water and let the jeera come to one string consistency..

Switch off the flame and add 1/2 teaspoon of ghee.. Switch off the flame and add 1/2 teaspoon of ghee..

Add the jaggery to rava mixture and stir well

Make the mixture to laddus.. If the mixture starts to dry up in the middle, heat it little bit..Here we have the delicious laddus..



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November 8, 2015

Radish Poriyal | Mullangi Poriyal | Healthy Side Dish

Radish has been my least favorite vegetable from the begining.. My parents used to advice me to eat this pretty good vegetable (as sambhar).. They said it controls body heat and good for hair growth.. As a child, I did not hear these stuffs..

When my doctor gave me the tips for weight loss, she asked me to take more radish.. I wondered how this vegetable can favor weight loss.. When I searched in google, it surprised me.. It nourishes hair, build muscle, boost metabolism and what else we need more than this ?? In spite of all these benefits, the flavor of radish is not as good as we expect.. I am still trying to find dishes which have subtle flavor of radish.. This Radish Poriyal/ Mullangi Poriyal is one among those.. C'mon let us see the recipe

Radish Poriyal/ Mullangi Poriyal - Side Dish

Recipe Source: Aval Kitchen
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 (8 ounce bowls)
Calories: 100 per serving

Ingredients
Chopped Radish1 cup
Finely Chopped Garlic1 Tablespoon
Urid Dhal1 Tablespoon
Channa Dhal1 Tablespoon
Cumin Seeds½ Teaspoon
Dry red Chillies1 cup
Turmeric Powdera pinch
Asafoetidaa pinch
Curry leaveshandful
Saltas per taste

Procedure

Dry roast Urid Dhal, Chana Dhal, Cumin Seeds and Red Chillies till they become golden brown..
Switch off the flame, add asafoetida and remove it to a plate
Take it in a blender and grind it well
Heat a tawa, add oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves and garlic, one by one and fry them.
Add chopped radish
Add turmeric powder and salt
Add a little water to it
Cook it covered.. It will take sometime.. It took 10 minutes for me to get cooked..
When the cooked vegetable becomes little dry, add powdered ingredient..
Fry it well, till it becomes dry..
Now the our Poriyal is ready to serve..


Step-wise Pictures:

Take the required ingredients

Dry roast Urid Dhal, Chana Dhal, Cumin Seeds and Red Chillies till they become golden brown..

Switch off the flame, add asafoetida and remove it to a plate


Take it in a blender and grind it well

Heat a tawa, add oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves and garlic, one by one and fry them..

Add chopped radish

Add turmeric powder and salt

Add a little water to it

Cook it covered.. It will take sometime.. It took 10 minutes for me to get cooked..

  When the cooked vegetable becomes little dry, add powdered ingredient..

Fry it well, till it becomes dry..

Now the our Poriyal is ready to serve.. I had this one with Ragi Kanji/ Finger Millet Porridge

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November 7, 2015

Kerala Style Diet Plan for Weight Loss | Sample Diet Chart (Non-Vegetarian)


I have been to my favorite doctor Dr. Krishna for consulting and getting tips for weight loss. She is from Kerala. The initial diet plan she gave me was completely in kerala style. I just consulted a dietitian to get it converted in tamilnadu style. As my friend Asha asked it for her friend, I thought of sharing it in the blog. It might be useful. This is a general chart. It is an outline and you need to modify it as per your taste and health conditions. Always consult a proper dietitian, if you can.

Follow the BASIC STEPS

  1. Do a 30 to 40 minutes exercise. It may be walking, jogging or kinda zumba dance workouts.
  2. Do some yoga or meditation. This helps to control our senses over food.
  3. Drink 3 to 4 liters of water. Although it is tough in this winter, we can never achieve a weight loss without drinking enough  water. Jeeraka vellam can also be included. 
  4. Drink a glass of warm water, 20 minutes after every meal.
  5. Cut off biriyani, broiler chicken, all purpose flour parotta, fried snacks, pizzas, bakery items, ice creams and snacks. You might have a single piece of any of these, once in a week. (as a cheat diet)
  6. No Achar.(Pickle)
  7. No Parathas
  8. Drink a green tea per day. Drink a cup of warm water after every meal. Drink a cup of water 20 minutes before any meal.
  9. Use only gingelly oil, olive oil or coconut oil for cooking. No REFINED OIL. No fried items.

SAMPLE DIET PLAN (Vegetarian)

Morning

  • any herbal tea with lemon and honey for sweetening OR
  • katang chaya with half sugar is also permitted

Breakfast 

  • a small piece of gothambu puttu or ragi puttu with 1/2 cup of side dish OR
  • 3/4 cup of oats or ragi porridge or matta ari kanji OR
  • 3/4 cup of gothambu upma

Mid Morning Snack

  • Apple or 2 Biscuits or Tender Coconut

Lunch

  • 3/4 cup of red rice (matta ari) with 1/2 full cup of cabbage, carrot or beans thoran. You can have meen kuzhambu with 2 to 3 pieces of fish. Please use little oil. OR
  • 3/4 cup of red rice (matta ari) with 1/2 full cup of keera, cabbage, carrot or beans thoran. You can have (chemmeen)prawn, duck or turkey. No mutton or chicken. Please use little oil. OR
  • 2 chapathis with egg or veg kurma, raita and a small salad OR
  • 3/4 cup rice with rasam and 2 small pieces of steamed fish (vevichathu) or grilled fish (pollichathu)

Evening 

  • 1 ginger tea with half sugar and 2 biscuits

Dinner

  • 2 chapathis with kurma and raitha OR
  • 1 large appam or idiyappam with vegetable stew (more vegetables) OR
  • one piece of grilled fish (pollichathu) or steamed fish (vevichathu)


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November 5, 2015

Urid Dhal Porridge | Ulunthu Kanji | Weight Loss Breakfast Recipe


When I was young, my mom used to make any porridge every Sunday.. She will make awesome side dishes.. There are two reasons behind it.. It is an easy recipe and good for treating Ulcer.. We had a variety of porridge.. Paal Kanji, Sirupayaru Kanji, Ulunthu Kanji, Siruparuppu Kanji, Sukku Kanji, Omam Kanji, etc,. I will post these soon.. Today, let us see Urid Dhal Porridge/ Ulunthu Kanji.. 


Urid Dhal is rich in Protein.. That is the reason why we use it for making Idly Dosa Batter.. Our traditional Indian breakfast have always been a protein-rich one.. Some of don't know that.. This Urid Dhal Porridge is rich in protein and good for treating Ulcer.. Make and have it this week end.. Urid Dhal Porridge is certainly a weight loss breakfast which keeps you filled..



Ulunthu Kanji or Urid Dhal Porridge

Urid Dhal Porridge/ Ulunthu Kanji - Healthy Breakfast

Recipe Source: Grandma
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 200 per serving

Ingredients
Urid Dhal¼ cup
Parboiled Rice/ Puzhungal Arisi1 cup
Garlic Cloves10 to 15
Fenugreek/ Vendhayam1 Teaspoon
Chukku/ Dry Ginger Powder½ Teaspoon
Skimmed Milk1 cup
Saltas per taste

Procedure

Heat a Tawa and dry roast Urid Dhal till it is heated up
Wash roasted Urid Dhal and Rice together and drain it
Take the drained Urid Dhal and Rice in a pressure cooker
Add 5 cups of water to it.. 3 for Rice and 1 for Urid Dhal.. 1 for cooking it mushy..
Add fenugreek, dry ginger powder and garlic to it and cook for 3-4 whistles.. You can keep it in high flame till single whistle and then for 10 minutes in medium flame.. It depends on you..
Once you open the cooker, mix it gently with a ladle..
Add milk and give a good mix

Step-wise Pictures

Take required ingredients.. Soak fenugreek for an hour..Heat a Tawa and dry roast Urid Dhal till it is heated up

Wash roasted Urid Dhal and Rice together and drain it.. Take the drained Urid Dhal and Rice in a pressure cooker.. Add 5 cups of water to it.. 3 for Rice and 1 for Urid Dhal.. 1 for cooking it mushy..

Add fenugreek, dry ginger powder and garlic to it and cook for 3-4 whistles..

You can keep it in high flame till single whistle and then for 10 minutes in medium flame.. It depends on you.. Once you open the cooker, mix it gently with a ladle..

Add milk and give a good mix.. After it cools down, add salt s per taste..

Serve it with you favorite Thugayal

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