April 30, 2016

Simple Broccoli Masala | A Vegan and Protein Rich Side Dish

simple broccoli masala

From the time I heard that broccoli is rich in protein, I wished to try a number of dishes with broccoli. The reason is that I am not a big fan of meats. I am convenient to have non-veg once or twice in a month. That too just to include some kind of protein. This reason stirred me to try a variety of broccoli dishes. When I tasted broccoli for the first time, I did not like it. My husband is pretty convenient to have boiled broccoli with salt and pepper. But I needed a spiced up version.

One day I just tried my usual cauli flower masala recipe with broccoli. Unexpectedly, it worked out I really felt happy to taste that aromatic dish. It tasted like a non-veg. NOthing else to say.. I have included it in our weekly menu and having it often. A good source of protein ofcourse. If you are following a weight loss diet, you could include this dish and have it as a side dish. It is good in protein and will keep you filled.

Simple Broccoli Masala

Recipe Source: my own trial
Preparation time: Cooking Time: Yield 2 cups (4 servings)
Serving size: 1/2 cup | Calories per serving: 90

Ingredients
Broccoli - Half Head, separated

Onion - 1/2 medium, sliced thin

Tomato - 1 medium, sliced thin

Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 teaspoon

Chilli Powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Garam Masala POwder - 1/2 teaspoon

Salt - as per taste

Coriander Leaves - little, chopped

Quick Procedure
1. Boil water. Add some salt and then broccoli.

2. Let broccoli boil for a minute. Not more than that.

3. Drain broccoli and wash it in cold water. Drain it again.

4. Heat a pan. Add some oil.

5. Add sliced onions and cook till they become transparent.

6. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.

7 Add tomatoes and cook them till they become mushy.

8. Add broccoli and saute once or twice.

9. Add chilli powder and garam masala powder and give a good mix.

10. Saute till the raw smell goes off.

11. Cook it covered for a few minutes and switch off the flame.

12. Add chopped coriander leaves and it will be ready to serve.


Step-wise Procedure

Boil water. Add some salt and then broccoli. Let broccoli boil for a minute. Not more than that. Drain broccoli and wash it in cold water. Drain it again.

Heat a pan. Add some oil.  Add sliced onions and cook till they become transparent.  Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.

Add tomatoes and cook them till they become mushy. Add broccoli and saute once or twice.


Add chilli powder and garam masala powder and give a good mix. Saute till the raw smell goes off. Cook it covered for a few minutes and switch off the flame. 


Add chopped coriander leaves and it will be ready to serve with hot chapathis or rice.

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April 28, 2016

Methi Chapathi | Methi Roti | Vendhaya Keerai Chapathi

methi chapathi

This is quite a lazy man's dish. Yeah. This kind of masala mixed chapathis will be really helpful for many of us. I saw the procedure to make Methi Tepla in a television program. The chef also added a point that you can make it simply as a masala mixed chapathi. He said it will also be very tasty. I just wished to give a try. The main reason is that, we could have this chapathi with simply curd. It can be used a breakfast as well as lunch. So I decided to make it and have. Instead of adding raw methi leaves, I sauted them and added. I thought it might increase the taste. I made this a very long back. No only I got time to publish the post. This is a very simple recipe to make. We have the health benefits of vendhaya keerai included in this chapathi. You could call it as Methi Chapathi or Methi Roti. Recently, this is one of my favorite food items. This makes a perfect lunch along with half a cup of curd. I don't think another side dish is needed for it. Reshmi also liked it very much. I reduced the spices in her chapathis.

Other Chapathi or Roti Recipes from this site,
How to make Soft Chapathis ?
Carrot Chapathi ro Carrot Roti

methi chapathi

Methi Chapathi | Methi Roti | Vendhaya Keerai Chapathi

Prep Time :
Cook Time:
methi chapathi recipe
Yield:
15 chapathis
Svg Size:
2 to 3 chapathis
Average Rating:
5 for 5
Calories per Serving:
160 to 240
Posted By:
Cuisine:
Tamilnadu

Ingredients
  • 2 cup wheat flour
  • 2 cups methi leaves
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry masala powder
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 2 tsp curd
  • salt
  • oil for making chapathis
Quick Procedure
  • Chop, wash and clean methi leaves. Heat a very little oil in a pan. Add methi leaves and saute them. They will release water and then the water will reduce itself. Collect this sauted leaves.
  • Take wheat flour in large mixing bowl. Add ginger garlic paste, salt, chilli powder, curry masala powder and ghee. Mix well.
  • This is time to add the sauted methi leaves and curd. Add little warm water and start making the dough. Kneed it well. You will get a soft chapathi dough. Let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Make small round balls out of it. Press and flatten them. 
  • Heat a pan. Grease it with oil. Place the rotis. Keep the flame medium-high. Cook for few minutes. Apply little oil on the top and flip it to the next side. Lower the flame to medium-low.  Cook the roti till it gets cooked properly. Transfer it to a plate and cover it with a cloth, This prevents from the rotis becoming dry.  Rotis will remain soft for a long time.

Stepwise Pictures
Chop, wash and clean methi leaves. Heat a very little oil in a pan. Add methi leaves and saute them. They will release water and then the water will reduce itself. Collect this sauted leaves.
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Take wheat flour in large mixing bowl. Add ginger garlic paste, salt, chilli powder, curry masala powder and ghee.
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Mix well. This is time to add the sauted methi leaves and curd.
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Add little warm water and start making the dough. Kneed it well. You will get a soft chapathi dough. Let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
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Make small round balls out of it. Press and flatten them.
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Heat a pan. Grease it with oil. Place the rotis. Keep the flame medium-high. Cook for few minutes. Apply little oil on the top and flip it to the next side. Lower the flame to medium-low. Cook the roti till it gets cooked properly. Transfer it to a plate and cover it with a cloth, This prevents from the rotis becoming dry. Rotis will remain soft for a long time.
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Tasty, simple and healthy Methi Rotis for you..
methi roti
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April 26, 2016

10 Day Detox Diet Plan for Weight Loss by Dr. Hyman - An Overview


I am going to a library often and I have started reading more and more books on diet recipes. I am damn sure that not every one like same style of recipe. Somebody likes spicy like food, some prefer Chinese, some love continental and some home-style. This made me to dig into more and more diet recipes. Also I am trying to learn more point on losing weight. The library has a lot and lot of book in my topic of interest. One such book I went through is this 10 Day Detox Diet. It is written by Dr. Mark Hyman. I cannot tell you everything about the plan in a single post. So in this post, I am just going to concentrate in giving an overview. 


Discussion on Myths

It starts with a discussion on some weight loss myths. I was little amazed to see the discussion on myths. Even myself have believed some of them. I will highlight a few.
Myth#1 - You can be healthy, even if you are overweight - this is really a myth
Myth#2 - Small changes will make lose weight - But a number of small small changes will help out.
Myth#3 - Don't lose weight too fast - Right.. Slower weight loss will demotivate, mostly. But one thing is true. You should not drop more than 5 pounds, a week at any cost.

What will this detox diet result in ?

This 10 days diet will result in 8 lb weight loss or 3.4% of body weight

Out with Bad Things

This diet asks us to avoid the following things
Sugar
Gluten
All Grains
Dairy
Beans and Legumes
Processed Foods
Processed Oils
Alcohol
Caffeine
Over exposure to electronic gadgets, as they interrupt our sleep 

In with good things

They ask us to make sure we practise the following things
proper sleep
exercises
detox bath and
calm mind

Is there any supplement ?

Yes, they constantly talk about PGX Fiber and ask us to take it before our breakfast, lunch and dinner. This makes three doses. I do not know more than this. But for those who struggle a lot because of overweight, it will be better to learn what it is and then think of it. But what I think is we can go ahead without this fiber. But relax the rule and include whole grains and beans. They are just proteins and fiber. Instead of something artificial, we can go for natural things. This is my personal opinion.

What are the changes to happen in the 10 days ?

Day 1 - Satisfy
Day 2 - Detox
Day 3 - Empty
Day 4 - Motivate
Day 5 - Listen
Day 6 - Think
Day 7 - Nurture
Day 8 - Design
Day 9 - Notice
Day 10 - Connect

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April 23, 2016

Samai Arisi Kanji | Little Millet Porridge | Diabetic Friendly Breakfast

samai arisi kanji

Samai Arisi Kanji is one of the healthy breakfasts. It is really a good diabetic friendly recipe. Samai has a medium glycemic index and that makes it more diabetic friendly. It is a lite and conforting breakfast recipe. My mom used to make this kind of porridge, whenever I go to home from hsotel. Mostly hostel and hotel foods make our stomach upset. This makes a need for soft and simple breakfasts from home. This kanji is a remedy for ulcers. Those who have ulcers in stomach can try this kind of porridges. It would really help.

samai arisi kanji

Samai Arisi Kanji | Little Millet Porridge

Recipe Source: Tirunelveli Regional Recipe, modified with Samai or Little Millet
Preparation time: Cooking Time: Yield 6 cups (3 servings)
Serving size: 2 cups | Calories per serving: 300

Ingredients
Samai or Little Millet - 3/4 cup

Fenugreek - 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin Seeds - 1 Teaspoon

Garlic - 20 cloves

Milk - 1 cup

Salt - as per taste

Quick Procedure
1. Wash and drain Samai or little millet.

2. Heat some water in a pan. Add samai and let it boil.

3. Add fenugreek, cumin seeds and garlic cloves.

4. Let everything boil and get cooked. It will not take more than 20 minutes.

5. Once the millet is cooked soft, swtich off the flame and let it rest for sometime.

6. Add milk and mix gently.

7. Add some salt at the time of serving. Tasty millet porridge will be ready in a very few steps.

Step-wise Pictures
Wash and drain Samai or little millet.
samai arisi kanji

Take some fenugreek and cumin seeds.
samai arisi kanji

Heat some water in a pan. Add samai. Add fenugreek, cumin seeds and garlic cloves.
samai arisi kanji

Let everything boil and get cooked. It will not take more than 20 minutes. Once the millet is cooked soft, swtich off the flame and let it rest for sometime.
samai arisi kanji

Add milk and mix gently. Add some salt at the time of serving.
samai arisi kanji


Tasty millet porridge will be ready in a very few steps.
samai arisi kanji


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April 18, 2016

What to eat - Day 7 of GM Diet at Workplace


This section is exclusively for those who work. They need to carry nearly 4 boxes to their office. I will list out the things you need to carry. This list will be helpful to be in diet, in the middle of your working schedule. You can take it as an outline and prepare as per your interest.

Day 7
  • Breakfast - You will have at your home
  • Mid-Morning - You should carry a large bowl of fruit salad
  • Lunch - Vegetarians need to take a box with one cup of brown rice and one cup of tomato stew. Non-vegetarians can take one grilled chicken breast or one grilled fish fillet.
  • Evening - Take a bowl full of wonder soup
  • Dinner - If you stay late, you can take some vegetable salad with light dressing.
So, carry four boxes. One large bowl of Wonder soup, One bowl of Fruit Salad, One box with brown rice porridge, One box with rice and stew or One boxed with grilled protein. A vegetable salad with separate light dressing.

Non -Veg Style
 Veg Style
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What to eat - Day 5 and Day 6 of GM Diet at Workplace

This section is exclusively for those who work. They need to carry nearly 4 boxes to their office. I will list out the things you need to carry. This list will be helpful to be in diet, in the middle of your working schedule. You can take it as an outline and prepare as per your interest.

Day 5
  • Breakfast - You will have at your home
  • Mid-Morning - You should carry a large bowl of wonder soup.
  • Lunch - Vegetarians need to take a box with one cup of brown rice and one cup of tomato stew. Non-vegetarians can take one grilled chicken breast or one grilled fish fillet.
  • Evening - Take a bowl full of tomato soup
  • Dinner - It is better if you carry a box with brown rice porridge. Because your hunger will be more this day.
So, carry four boxes. One large bowl of Wonder soup, One bowl of Tomato Soup, One box with brown rice porridge, One box with rice and stew or One boxed with grilled protein.

Non -Veg Style
 Veg Style

Day 6
  • Breakfast - You will have at your home
  • Mid-Morning - You should carry a box of cucumber and carrot salad.
  • Lunch - Vegetarians need to take a box with one cup of brown rice and one cup of tomato stew. Non-vegetarians can take one grilled chicken breast or one grilled fish fillet.
  • Evening - A bowl full of wonder soup from as evening snack
  • Dinner - If you stay late, you can take some vegetable salad with light dressing.
So, carry three boxes. One large bowl of Wonder soup, One bowl of Cucumber Salad, One box with brown rice porridge, One box with rice and stew or One boxed with grilled protein. You can carry a vegetable salad with separate dressing, in addition to these.

Non -Veg Style 

Veg Style 

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April 17, 2016

What to eat - Day 3 and Day 4 of GM Diet at Workplace


This section is exclusively for those who work. They need to carry nearly 4 boxes to their office. I will list out the things you need to carry. This list will be helpful to be in diet, in the middle of your working schedule. You can take it as an outline and prepare as per your interest.

Day 3
  • Breakfast - You will have at your home
  • Mid-Morning - You should carry a large bowl of wonder soup.
  • Lunch - You need to take a box full of subway style veggies and sweet onion sauce separately
  • Evening - Carry Pomegranate Salad in a box. Leave two or three teaspoons of it, if you happen to stay in office for a long time.
  • Dinner - It is an option to carry vegetable salad with separate onion sauce in tiff-in box, if you have calls or meetings after 7 pm
So, carry three boxes. One large bowl of Wonder soup, Vegetable Salad and Pome-Orange Salad. Another Veggie Salad also in case of long stays. Carry Sweet Onion Sauce separately.

Day 4
  • Breakfast - You will have at your home
  • Mid-Morning - You should carry a large bowl of wonder soup. You have to drink it as two portions. One as morning snack and other in the evening
  • Lunch - You need to take a box with cut bananas. Chop some almonds and keep it in a zip lock cover. Combine them at time of lunch.
  • Mid Afternoon - A small cup of badam drink with closed lid.
  • Evening - Remaining wonder soup from morning as evening snack
  • Dinner - If you stay late, you can take some skimmed milk from office canteen. No need to carry and all. After coming back to home, have one or two bananas.
So, carry three boxes. Cut bananas, Wonder Soup and Badam Drink. Another Carry chopped almonds in a separate zip lock cover.

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What to eat - Day 1 and Day 2 of GM Diet at Workplace

This section is exclusively for those who work. They need to carry nearly 4 boxes to their office. I will list out the things you need to carry. This list will be helpful to be in diet, in the middle of your working schedule. You can take it as an outline and prepare as per your interest.

Day 1
  • Breakfast - You will have at your home
  • Mid-Morning - You should carry chunks of pineapple in a lunch box. You can take two more three chunks , once you reach office. It will quench your thirst and make you refreshed.
  • Lunch - You need to take a box full of fruits for you lunch. Never miss this box. Don't think of buying at office. The availability is an issue.
  • Mid Afternoon - You can carry a whole guava and have it amidst of work
  • Evening - Carry Pomegranate Salad in a box. Leave two or three teaspoons of it, if you happen to stay in office for a long time.
  • Dinner - It is an option to carry Mixed Fruit Chat with more Apples in a tiff-in box, if you have calls or meetings after 7 pm
So, carry four boxes. Pineapple, Guava, Fruit Salad and Pome-Orange Salad. Fruit Chat also in case of long stays

Day 2
  • Breakfast - You will have at your home
  • Mid-Morning - You should carry cucumber and carrot salad in a box
  • Lunch - You need to take a box full of subway style veggies and sweet onion sauce separately
  • Mid Afternoon - You should carry a box with wonder soup
  • Evening - Carry cooked corn and boiled peas in a box.
  • Dinner - It is an option to carry vegetable salad with separate onion sauce in tiff-in box, if you have calls or meetings after 7 pm
So, carry four boxes. Cucumber Salad, Vegetable Salad, Wonder Soup and Corn-Peas Salad. Another Veggie Salad also in case of long stays. Carry Sweet Onion Sauce separately.

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April 16, 2016

What to eat - Day 7 of GM Diet

What to eat ?
Breakfast - Mixed Vegetable Smoothie

Mid-Morning - Fruit Salad

Lunch - for non-vegetarians, Grilled Fish or Grilled Chicken Breast

for vegetarians, brown rice with tomato stew

Evening - Wonder Soup

Dinner - Subway Style Vegetable Salad with light dressing of Sweet Onion Sauce
Will it be difficult ?
Should I answer this question guyz ? This day will be your favorite day. You are ending this diet and you will be more and more light this day. At the same time, please note two things. Give a gap of two weeks before continuing the next GM Diet. Also don't eat more the next day itself and gain all the lost weight.

What will be the result ?
Nearly 7 to 9 pounds of weight loss. Tucked tummy. Loose dresses. Glowing skin. What do you need more than this ? But remember that half of the weight lost is just water weight. If you do not continue to be in a proper weight loss diet plan or maintenance diet plan, this weight will be regained. Same time if you continue to be in a weight loss diet, the metabolism will burn more fat than usual. This will favor a good weight loss.


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April 15, 2016

What to eat - Day 6 of GM Diet

What to eat ?
Breakfast - Brown Rice Porridge

Mid-Morning - Carrot and Cucumber Salad

Lunch - for non-vegetarians, Grilled Fish or Grilled Chicken Breast
for vegetarians, brown rice with tomato stew

Evening - Wonder Soup

Dinner - Subway Style Vegetable Salad with light dressing of Sweet Onion Sauce
Will it be difficult ?
This day will be also be interesting. Morning time will be tough. But evening time will be really healthy. You will feel energized and you will get ready for the next day to end your diet with more reduction in weight.

What will be the result ?
Nearly 6 pounds of weight loss and your skin glow will be more. You could feel your tummy tucked in. You could feel your dresses becoming loose.


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