Berry Citrus Smoothie | Antioxidant Rich Weight Loss Smoothie

Berry Citrus Smoothie

There is nothing tough or time taking in making a smoothie. It is one of the light and healthy breakfast you could make for your weight loss day. I love having smoothies. Infact, smoothies make me a guiltless breakfast everyday. This citrus berry smoothie is one I found in a magazine. You can make this with any kind of berry. Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry anything will go with this very well. I love the flavor and taste. One important thing is there is no need to add sugar to this smoothie. This will taste very sweet without sugar. It will also be tangy and with a very nice flavor from the kind of berry we use. It is better to use only frozen oranges. If the orange is fresh and not a frozen one, the smoothie will be with more flesh from oranges, which is absolutely undesirable.


Notes

  1. Soak chia seeds in advance. Never use dry chia seeds. it is not good for health.
  2. Use only frozen orange slices. If it is unfrozen, it will affect the smoothness. If will not result in a smoothie at all.

Berry Citrus Smoothie

Berry Citrus Smoothie | Antioxidant Rich Weight Loss Smoothie

Preparation time: Cooking Time: Yield 2 cups (2 servings)
Serving size: 2 cups | Calories per serving: 160

Ingredients
  • Frozen Orange Slices - 1 cup
  • Berries - 1/4 cup
  • Soaked Chia Seeds - 1 tablespoon

Quick Procedure
  • Take frozen orange slices, berries and chia seeds in a blender and grind them to a puree.
  • Add a cup of water and grind it again to a fine smoothie.
  • Chill it if needed. Adding Sugar is optional.

Step-wise Pictures

1. Take frozen orange slices, berries and chia seeds in a blender and grind them to a puree.
2. Add a cup of water and grind it again to a fine smoothie.
3. Chill it if needed. Adding Sugar is optional.
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Quick and Instant Oats Dosa | Diet Style Dosa Recipe

oats dosa

Mostly people who plan for a weight loss diet will have oats handy. Though most of us don't know the health benefits of oats, we think that it is good for our weight loss diet. Oats has more soluble fibers and thereby helps in absorption, assimilation and throw out of bad cholestrol. It is also something quick to prepare and working people feel the comfort. I am not a great fan of oats. But if I am pretty lazy to prepare a good breakfast, I would use oats and make porridge.

This oats dosa is something new to me and I learnt it from Padhus Kitchen. I tried it with some modification as per my taste. In simple words, I did not add the additional flavoring ingredients like onion and chillies. Also I added some wheat flour for making the batter smooth. It was really to asy to make these dosas. And the dosa was very soft to chew and was good in taste. Hope I will make this often for my breakfast. Check out other dosas for diet recipes too..


Notes
  1. This dosa will not be crispy and all. It will be soft and soggy only.
  2. Follow the exact measurements for best results.
  3. Be careful while adding water. Too much of water will spoil the recipe. Less water will yield a thick dosa without bubbles.
  4. Don't let it rest for more than an hour. It will be difficult to make the dosa. Better make the batter and make dosas immediately for best results.
Recipe Source : Padhu's Kitchen - Oats Dosa (Modified)

oats dosa

Instant Oats Dosa

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
6 to 8 Dosas
Serving Size: 3 Dosas Calories per Serving: 250

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of oats, instant or rolled
  • 1/4 cup of sooji
  • 1/4 cup of rice flour
  • 1/4 cup of wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tablespoon of curd
  • one or two cups of water
  • oil for greasing
  • salt for taste

Quick Procedure
  • Take oats, rice flour, wheat flour and sooji in a blender. Grind them once or twice. Add curd and a cup of water. Grind them once again.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add cumin seeds, salt and asafoetida. Add little more water to make the batter thin.
  • Heat a griddle and make dosas. You should pour the batter from a feet of height and around the corners first. Then fill the gap at the center, little by little. Use non-stick griddle for better results.

Step-wise Pictures

1. Take oats, rice flour, wheat flour and sooji in a blender.
2. Grind them once or twice.
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3. Add curd and a cup of water.
4. Grind them once again.
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5. Transfer to a bowl and add cumin seeds, salt and asafoetida.
6. Add little more water to make the batter thin.
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7. Heat a griddle and make dosas. You should pour the batter from a feet of height and around the corners first. Then fill the gap at the center, little by little. Use non-stick griddle for better results.
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How to make Kudampuli Charu ? | Kudampuli and Weight Loss

kudampuli for weight loss

I have heard a lot about Garcinia Cambogia in advertisements. I thought that it is something like a chemical extraction. I don't believe in weight loss products and hence, never tried to learn about it. Later in one television show, one doctor was explaining about Kudam Puli and told that it is good for weight loss. He showed one type of puli. I felt like I am familiar with it. But where exactly never stroke in my mind. I dug in a few memory pages and at last found that it is the pathiya puli we used post-pregnancy.

My mom's native is Nagercoil and in the cuisine, there is a significant importance to Kudam Puli. They kept it as a secret ingredient while making some fish kuzhambu, prawn kuzhambu and panakams. Because of this reason, they themselves don't know the health benefit. Other than pathiya samayal, they never used it for anything else. I wanted to learn more about it. Hence, ringed up my dad. My dad is good in explaining origin of food. He answered my questions. He told that tamarind we regularly use is not good for health, as it causes calcification in kidneys. It is also a reason for fat around abdomen. Paunch or Thoppai is a gift of the regularly used tamarind, which is of African origin. Kudampuli had been our traditionally food and replaced by tamarind in later years. Finally, he surprised me that Kudampuli dissolves fat around abdomen. Kudampuli dissolves fat and at the time stops accumulation of bad fat around tissues. Even before knowing the health benefits, I have been using it in Pathiya Kuzhambu. After knowing the benefits, I have started using it often. Will post a few more recipes using Kudampuli soon.

When I purchased it, took it and smelled, I was shocked. It smelled awful. It was an undesirable flavor. Later my mom taught me how to use it. It required soaking, extracting and boiling methods to eliminate the pungent odour. If it is treated properly, it can be added to regular puli kuzhambu, rasam or sambhar. It can be also made as soup or sweet juice (panakam) and included in our daily food.

Other topics on Cooking Basics
How to cook Red Rice or Kerala Matta Rice
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How to make cook Brown Rice ?
How to make soft Chapathis ?
How to make make Moong Dal Sprouts ?

kudampuli for weight loss

Kudampuli Charu | kudampuli for weight loss | Indian Weight Loss Herb


Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
xx
Serving Size: xx Calories per Serving: xx

Ingredients
  • Kudampuli
  • Water

Quick Procedure
  • Take required quantity of kudampuli and soak it in water for 30 minutes
  • Mash kudampuli with hands and extract the water to a vessel.
  • Again add water, mash and extract water. You could repeat this step for 5 to 6 times.
  • Boil the extracted water for 15 to 20 minutes and let it to settle down.
  • Using a sieve, strain the boiled extract.
  • Store this in a bottle. You can refrigerate this and use in kuzhambu, sambhar or rasam.

Step-wise Pictures

1. Take required quantity of kudampuli and soak it in water for 30 minutes
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2. Mash kudampuli with hands and extract the water to a vessel.
3. Again add water, mash and extract water. You could repeat this step for 5 to 6 times.
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4. Boil the extracted water for 15 to 20 minutes and let it to settle down.
5. Using a sieve, strain the boiled extract.
6. Store this in a bottle. You can refridgerate this and use in kuzhambu, sambhar or rasam.
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Papaya Carrot Smoothie | Weight Loss Smoothies | Juice Fasting Recipe

papaya and carrot smoothie

Papaya is one fruit, which I hate the most. But the amount of Vitamin A it has is more, more and more. If you are currently facing some problems with eye, you must include papaya in your diet. It is good for eyes. When papaya is combined with carrots, the benefit doubles. 

This smoothie is one such combination, which you should never resist. Adding sugar or honey is completely optional. While blending, papaya and carrot gives a mixed flavor of mangoes. I love mangoes and the flavor is very much inviting.

The reason why we should have this one as a morning breakfast smoothie is, it is filling. If you have a glass of smoothie, definitely you could stand from hunger for the next 3 hours, It reduced pressure and it reduces tension. If you are on a weight loss diet, definitely include this smoothie to have a fast weight loss.

papaya and carrot smoothie

Papaya and Carrot Smoothie | Weight Loss Smoothies | Juice Fasting Recipe

Prep Time :
10 mins
Chilling Time:
Yield:
2 cups
Serving Size: 2 cups Calories per Serving: 140

Ingredients

  • Papaya - 8 cubs
  • Carrot - half medium, cubed</span>
  • Milk - half cup
  • Soaked Chia Seeds - 1 teaspoon Raw Sugar or Honey - 1teaspoon (optional)

Quick Procedure

  • Take papaya, carrot and soaked chia seeds in a blender.
  • Add sugar or honey.
  • Puree the above ingredients well.
  • Add milk and one cup of water. Grind it once again.
  • Papaya and Carrot Smoothie is ready to serve chilled.

Step-wise Pictures
1. Take papaya, carrot and soaked chia seeds in a blender.
2. Add sugar or honey.
3. Puree the above ingredients well.
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4. Add milk and one cup of water. Grind it once again.
5. Papaya and Carrot Smoothie is ready to serve chilled.
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Ginger Pineapple Smoothie | Weight Loss Smoothies | Juice Fasting Recipe



Ginger is one important spice which helps in losing weight. It also helps to improve digestion. I remember my childhood days in which my mom used to give me this drink. I used to hate it. After learning the health benefits nowadays, I am having this once in a month. Whenever I have it for morning breakfast, I will become hungry so soon in afternoons. I myself would feel light after this drink.

But we cannot follow the same recipe for having it as a smoothie right ? For the reason, I am including a few pineapple pieces and little chia seeds. Both incorporate their own health benefits and make the smoothie more tasty and healthy. You could definitely include this smoothie in your diet and have a healthy weight loss.

pineapple and ginger smoothie

Ginger and Pineapple Smoothie | Weight Loss Smoothies | Juice Fasting Recipe

Prep Time :
10 mins
Chilling Time:
1 hour
Yield:
2 cups
Serving Size: 
2 cups
Calories per Serving:
150

Ingredients
  • Pineapple - 8 cubs
  • Ginger - 3 inches stick
  • Lemon - half
  • Soaked Chia Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Raw Sugar or Honey - 1teaspoon (optional)

Quick Procedure
  • Take pineapple, soaked chia seeds and ginger in a blender.
  • Add lemon juice and sugar or honey.
  • Puree the above ingredients well.
  • Add one cup of water and grind it once again.
  • Pineapple and Ginger Smoothie is ready to serve chilled.

Step-wise Pictures
1. Take pineapple, soaked chia seeds and ginger in a blender.
2. Add lemon juice and sugar or honey.
3. Puree the above ingredients well.
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4. Add one cup of water and grind it once again.
5. Pineapple and Ginger Smoothie is ready to serve chilled.
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Kariveppilai Mor | Home Remedy for Hair Fall

weight loss drink

I think you all know the benefits of curry leaves. They are rich in iron and anti-oxidants. My friend once told that her aunt who has cancer is taking curry leaves juice after her chemo therapy. 

I started inquiring the benefits and found that curry leaves help in cell rejuvenation. Removal of dead cells and refreshing the lazy ones. Also some of the doctor I have met and complained about hair fall asked me to have curry leaves juice. 

But it is not that much easy to simple have drink curry leaves juice in a gulp. It won't taste good. You need more flavors in it.

In this recipe, I have listed a few other ingredients to add with this curry leaves juice to enhance the flavor and make it more tasty. You will never nod your head negatively, once you taste it. It is that much tasty. It is that much yummy. And the benefits are really great. Have it in empty stomach or as a mid-day snack.

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Kariveppilai Mor | Curry Leaves in Buttermilk

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
xx
Serving Size: xx Calories per Serving: xx

Ingredients
  • Curry Leaves - a handful
  • Ginger - a small and thin slice
  • Green Chillies - a small piece
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt as per taste
  • Buttermilk - 1 cup

Quick Procedure
  • Wash and clean curry leaves. Take curry leaves, ginger and green chilly in a blender.
  • Grind curry leaves to a fine paste, adding little water.
  • Add half cup of water and give a final pulse.
  • Strain the juice and add it to buttermilk.
  • Add salt and asafoetida. Give a good mix.
  • Karuveppilai Mor with good flavor is ready.

Stepwise Pictures

Wash and clean curry leaves. Take curry leaves, ginger and green chilly in a blender.
Grind curry leaves to a fine paste, adding little water.
Add half cup of water and give a final pulse.
Strain the juice.


Add it to buttermilk.Add salt and asafoetida to buttermilk. Add the strained juice and give a good mix.

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Venpoosani Mor | Home Remedy for Weight Loss

weight loss drink

In most of the channels which insist natural weight loss and natural food, you would have seen this vellai poosani mor recipe. I first thought that I should just grind white pumpkin along with curd and have it as such. Later, I understood the importance of flavoring it. Otherwise, it tastes aweful. 

Whether we accept or not that it is the truth. I have been watching Arockia Samayal and Gramathu Samayal for the last three years. I love trying the recipes, if they are handy. But at the same time, I need some more reference from the net too. 

I referred this recipe from cooklikepriya. She definitely has a lot of wonderful recipes that we could include in our diet. Her buttermilk versions are awesome. Also some other diet style recipes have made me her fan . Being a weight loss aspirant, I always wished to look into her site.

What does this white pumpkin do to our body ? It dissolves fat aroundd abdominal area. I have repeated a multiple times to include water vegetables in you diet to favor a fast weight loss. All such water vegetables will dissolve the bad fat and will make you healthy. The bad fats when shed down really make you feel energetic and look good. 


Try this recipe as a mid-morning snack or drink it in early morning empty stomach. Both will help you to lose weight.

Recipe Source: cooklikepriya

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Venpoosani Mor | Buttermilk with White Pumpkin

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
0
Yield:
2 cups
Serving Size: 
1 cup
Calories per Serving
30

Ingredients
  • White Pumpkin - 6 cubes
  • Butter Milk - 1 cup
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ginger - very thin and small piece
  • Green Chilly - a very small piece
  • Salt - as per taste

Quick Procedure
  • Take white pumpkin cubes, remove skin and clean them. Take a blender. Add pumpkin cubes, asafoetida, ginger and green chilly pieces.
  • Puree them finely. Add water finally and blend it once again. Strain the puree. You will get a flavored juice.
  • Add this juice to buttermilk. Add little salt and mix well. Vellai Poosani Mor is ready to serve as a thirst quencher during summers.

Stepwise Pictures

Add salt and asafoetida to buttermilk
Take curry leaves, ginger and green chilly in a blender.
venpoosani mor

Grind it well adding little water.
Strain the juice
venpoosani mor

Add this juice to buttermilk and give a good mix. you are done.
venpoosani mor

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Brussel Sprouts Thoran | Protein Rich Side Dish for Diets

brussel sprouts thoran

Brussel Sprouts are rich in fiber and proteins. I have seen this little cabbage like sprouts in food market. I was not sure of the taste and flavor. Hence, never tried using it. Just for a trial, I bought it this week. When I cut it and chopped it, I found it similar to cabbage in flavor. Hence, decided to make it as a poriyal or thoran. I followed the exact procedure I use for making cabbage thoran. If you found this brussel sprouts near your area, buy and make thoran. It will taste too good. The taste was far better than cabbage. As I strongly believe in eating seasonal and regional vegetables, I recommend you to use if it is available more in your region. 

Check out a few other poriyals from my blog, that would contribute much in your healthy diet.
Seeni Avaraikkai Thoran or Cluster Beans Poriyal
Beetroot Poriyal
Nagercoil Papada Poriyal | Papada Miladi
Murungai keerai Muttai Poriyal or Drumstick Leaves Poriyal

Recipe Source: My Kitchen Trial , substituted brussel sprouts for cabbage

brussel sprouts thoran

Brussel Sprouts Thoran | Protein Rich Side Dish for Diets

Prep Time :
20
Cooking Time:
20
Yield:
2 cups
Serving Size:
1/2 cup
Calories per Serving:
40

Ingredients
  • Brussel Sprouts - half kg
  • Onion - 1/2 medium, sliced
  • Mustard Seeds - little
  • Urid Dhal - 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - a handful
  • Coconut Oil - 1/4 teaspoon
To grind to a coarse paste
  • Grated Coconut - 3 tablespoons
  • Shallots - 1
  • Turmeric Seeds - a pinch
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red Chillies - 1 or 2

Quick Procedure
  • Heat a pan. Add little oil. Add mustard seeds, urid dhal and let it sputter. Add curry leaves and sliced onions. Saute till it becomes soft.
  • Add shredded brussel sprouts and saute for a while. Add salt. Add little water. Cover it and cook for few minutes till it becomes soft. Remove the cover. Let water reduce fully.
  • Take coconut,cumin seeds, red chillies, shallot, turmeric powder in a blender and grind it coarsely.
  • Add the ground mixture to cooked sprouts. Saute till the raw smell goes off. Finally, add a splash of coconut oil. Saute finally. You are done.

Stepwise Pictures

1. Heat a pan. Add little oil.
2. Add mustard seeds, urid dhal and let it sputter.
3. Add curry leaves and sliced onions. Saute till it becomes soft.
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4. Add shredded brussel sprouts and saute for a while.
5. Add salt. Add little water. Cover it and cook for few minutes till it becomes soft.
6. Remove the cover. Let water reduce fully.
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7. Take coconut,cumin seeds, red chillies, shallot, turmeric powder in a blender and grind it coarsely.
8. Add the ground mixture to cooked sprouts. Saute till the raw smell goes off.
9. Finally, add a splash of coconut oil. Saute finally. You are done.
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Kambu Adai | Pearl Millet Adai | Millet Dosas for Diet

Kambu Dosai

Kambu is one of the millets having more micro-nutrients. Kambu is high in fiber. It has a high glycemic index. It keep us filling for more time and hence it is good for weight loss diet. if you are planning to work late night, you could have this kambu dosa in your dinner. It will keep you more active and subtle your hunger.It has a lot more benefits to. This dosa will be comfortable for diabetes.

I referred this recipe from Padhu's Kitchen . I do not have whole pearl millet here. I am making use of kambu flour. In this recipe, I have used kambu maavu and followed a fermented kambu dosa batter. My personal opinion is it has a little of bitterness in the dosa. So instead of a direct dosa, I am going to add little onions, chopped chillies, asafoetida and cumin seeds. This will give a nice flavor and taste. This Adai does not need any side dish. If you wish to take a side dish, better try with tangy chutneys.


Recipe SourcePadhu's Kitchen

Kambu Dosai

Kambu Adai | Pearl Millet Adai | Millet Dosas for Diet

Prep Time :
2 hours
Cooking Time:
20 mins
Yield:
2 cups batter
Serving Size:
2 Adai
Calories per Serving: 
300

Ingredients
  • Urid Dhal - 1/8 cup
  • Parboiled Idli Rice - 1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek - 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Kambu Maavu or Pearl Millet Flour - 1 cup
  • Salt - as per taste

Quick Procedure
  • Soak rice, urid dhal and fenugreek for 4 hours
  • Take kambu maavu or pearl millet flour in a bowl.
  • Add salt and water to it. Mix it well to for a thick batter.
  • Take urid dhal, fenugreek and rice in a blender and grind it to soft batter
  • Add this batter to kambu flour batter. Give a good mix.
  • Let this batter ferment for 6 to 9 hours, depending upon the climate and room's temperature.
  • It will bubble and raise up.
  • Take the amount of batter you are going to use.
  • Add chopped onions, chillies, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Mix well.
  • Now the batter is ready to use. You can make Adais out of the batter and serve with tangy chutneys.

Step-wise Pictures

Take kambu maavu or pearl millet flour in a bowl.
Add salt and water to it. Mix it well to for a thick batter.
Add salt and water to it. Mix it well to for a thick batter.
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Soak rice, urid dhal and fenugreek for 4 hours
Take urid dhal, fenugreek and rice in a blender and grind it to soft batter
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Add this batter to kambu flour batter. Give a good mix.
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Let this batter ferment for 6 to 9 hours, depending upon the climate and room's temperature.
It will bubble and raise up.
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Take the amount of batter you are going to use.
Add chopped onions, chillies, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Mix well.
Now the batter is ready to use. You can make Adais out of the batter and serve with tangy chutneys.
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