Veg Clear Soup Recipe | Vegetable Clear Soup Recipe

veg clear soup

I personally like clear soups. Might be because of calorie consciousness. Whenever I go to hotels, I prefer veg clear soup or chicken clear soup. 

Soups burn calories than they actually have. I don't mean some soups which are rich in calorie with creamy stuffs. 

In evenings, at the time of craving, you can definitely have a bowl full of soup with toasted bread slice at the side. You can feed this soup to above five months old babies. As this is very light, old people can also include this soup. This is a weight watchers pet too.

Regarding the source of the recipe. I searched in internet and found a number of clear soup recipes. They have used spring onion bulbs and spring onions in all of the soups.

Refer Other Tasty SOUP Recipes..
GM Wonder Soup in Indian Style
Corn and Peas Soup

Recipe Source : Spice India Online - Click here for original recipe


veg clear soup

Veg Clear Soup Recipe | Vegetable Clear Soup Recipe

Prep Time :
Cook Time:
veg clear soup recipe
Yield:
4 cups
Svg Size:
1 cup

Average Rating:
5 for 5
Calories per Serving:
40
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Cuisine:
Indian

Ingredients

Main Ingredients
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 spring onion bulbs
  • 2 garlic cloves and little ginger
  • one small carrot
  • 5 to 10 beans
  • small piece of cabbage
  • salt and pepper

Additional
  • chopped spring onions
  • corn flour or rice flour

Quick Procedure
  • Heat some butter in a pan. Add spring onion bulbs, minced ginger and garlic. Saute till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add vegetables and saute for a while.
  • Add 3 cups of water and little salt. Pressure cook for 2 o 3 whistles. The vegetables will become very soft and the flavor of the soup would have increased now.
  • Mix corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water. Add to soup and bring it to boil.
  • Soup is ready. Add chopped scallions, salt and pepper at the time of serving.

Stepwise Pictures
Chop the vegetables. Chop garlic and ginger, finely.

Heat some butter in a pan. Add spring onion bulbs, minced ginger and garlic. Saute till the raw smell goes off.

Add vegetables and saute for a while.

Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water.  Add this to the soup and mix well. 

Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water.  Add this to the soup and mix well. 

Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water.  Add this to the soup and mix well. 

Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water.  Add this to the soup and mix well. 

Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water.  Add this to the soup and mix well. 

Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water.  Add this to the soup and mix well. 

Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water.  Add this to the soup and mix well. 


Sprinkle spring onions, pepper and salt. Serve hot.
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Kara Pori | Manjal Pori | Low Fat Snack Ideas

spicy puffed rice

If you are from south side of Tamilnadu, you might be very familiar with this snack. Kara Pori or Manja Pori. It will be very tasty and very low in calorie. It is really nice to see such low calorie and flavored snacks being traditional. When we were staying in hostel, my friend's mom used to give it as a big and large paper bag. It will be having flavors of garlic, asafoetida and spicy too. We all loved the snack and asked for the recipe. It was so simple. The best thing about this snack is, itself being very low in calories. As puffed rice fills the stomach so easily, you will be able to eat only a very limited quantity and it limits the calories. It is a way lower in cost too.

Usually, they add little fried peanuts for more taste. I have not added it in this recipe. Just to lower the calories, nothing else. You can guiltlessly take this one as a snack during your weight loss journey.


Recipe Source: Friend's Mom.

spicy puffed rice

Kara Pori | Manjal Pori | Spicy Puffed Rice

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


Ingredients
  • Puffed Rice or Pori - 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chilli Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/8 teaspoon
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, crushed
  • curry leaves - curry leaves
  • salt - as per taste
  • olive oil - 1/2 teaspoon

Quick Procedure
  • Heat a pan. Add oil. Add crushed garlic and saute till it becomes crispy. Add curry leaves and switch off the flame.
  • Add salt, asafoetida, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix well. Let the pan get cooled.
  • Add puffed rice and mix well. Let the masala get mixed with the puffed rice. Let everything cool down. Kara pori or Manja pori is ready.

Step-wise Pictures

Heat a pan. Add oil. Add crushed garlic and saute till it becomes crispy. Add curry leaves and switch off the flame.
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Add salt, asafoetida, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix well. Let the pan get cooled.
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Add puffed rice and mix well. Let the masala get mixed with the puffed rice. Let everything cool down. Kara pori or Manja pori is ready.
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How to improve Hb ? Simple Tips

One of the problem which halts every woman is low Hb (haemoglobin) .. Whenever I go with some complaints to my family doctor, she would first check my Hb levels. It is because of the reason that low Hb causes a number of minor problems. If the Hb is very low it would result in anaemia. First let us see the symptoms of low Hb or Iron.

What are the symptoms of low Hb or Haemoglobin ?


I am not quite technical to mention all the symptoms. So I will list out a few very common symptoms.

  • hair loss
  • weakness or laziness o dizziness or fatigue or causing us to sleep often
  • headache
  • shortness of breath

What may be the causes for low Hb ?


There are a number of causes for low Hb. It ranges from the food we take to our blood absorbing iron from our food. Women are more susceptible to low Hb level because of the heavy bleeding that happen in regular menstrual cycle or childbirth.

How to improve Hb through a healthy diet ?


Doctors advise a healthy diet along with some iron supplements for improving and increasing iron. They say that we should take traces of vitamin C along with iron for proper absorption and assimilation of iron. I will list out a few food items that increase Hb.

  • Dry fruits and nuts like Dates
  • Red Meat like Beef, Goat Liver, Sardines and Salmon fish
  • Dark green and leafy vegetables like spinach, specially Moringa or Murungai Keerai
  • Fruits like Apple and Gooseberries
  • Vegetables like Beetroot
  • Molasses like Palm Jaggery

Indian Food Items rich in Iron - Vegetarian


Indian Food Items rich in Iron - Vegetarian

Indian Food Items rich in Iron - Non- vegetarian


Indian Food Items rich in Iron - Non- vegetarian





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Is your HDL level LOW ? What does it mean ?

If you have had your cholesterol test recently, you might be familiar with the term HDL and LDL. Above the age of 30, doctors prescribe a cholesterol test every year. Why they do so ? C'mon let us see the importance of HDL in our health.

What is HDL ?


HDL is High Density Lipoprotein. In a layman's term, it is the good cholesterol. It reduces the risk of heart diseases. I hope this simple explanation is enough to go ahead.

What does low levels of HDL implies ?


It implies that the risk of getting heart disease is a bit more.

What are the reasons for low HDL ?

  • very sedentary lifestyle which involves less or no exercise would result in low HDL
  • smoking decreases HDL
  • high body mass index is a reason for low HDL
  • food habits with very less amount of fat is also a reason for low HDL
  • eating more sugars or simple carbohydrates increases LDL and decreases HDL.

Can we increase HDL with decreasing fat intake ?


NO. Decreasing fat by a low fat diet decreases both HDL and LDL. Instead we need to lower LDL and increase HDL for a healthy heart.

Can we increase HDL with increasing fat intake ?


NO. Increasing fat intake increases both LDL and HDL.

What is the solution than ?

  • If you are smoking, you could reduce it.
  • If you are obese, try to reduce body weight.
  • If you are having a sedentary lifestyle, try to do cardio exercises.
  • If you are not having a proper food diet, consult a dietician and discuss with him/her. They could frame you a heart healthy diet.
  • Reduce the intake of saturated and trans fats.
  • Increase foods with more mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids. 

What are the foods those help to increase HDL ?

  • Oils - Olive Oil, Canola Oil and Peanut Oil
  • Nuts - Walnut, Peanut, Pistachios and Almonds
  • Fruits - Apple, Avocado
  • Seeds - Flax Seeds and Chia Seeds
  • Beans and Legumes
  • Oats
  • Fish - Salmons and Sardines


Nuts like Almonds, Peanuts, Brazil Nuts, Pistachios and Walnuts

Chia Seeds, soaked

Flax Seeds

Beans and Legumes

Apples and Avocados

Avocados 

Oats absorbs LDL and increases HDL

Salmon fish is rich in Omega 3
Sardine or Chala Meen or Mathi is rich in Omega 3





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Are you a STRESS EATER ? Read this POST


Most of the people gain weight because of stress eating. What is this stress eating ? It is just a habit of eating or drinking more and more quantity of food, because of stress. Are you still not getting the point ? I will tell you my story first.


Am I a stress eater ? 

Yes, of course.. I have been a stress eater for years. When I studied my plus 2, it was really hectic. Pressure to score good marks and ranks made me more stressful. I ate like a giant because of the stress. This stress decreased my watch over what I eat. This stress made me to eat more snacks and sweets. Specially during exams, this type of eating was more. This even continued during my college life. When I started to work, I thought this kind of eating will stop. But it was NOT. Instead, it increased my appetite. After some hot status calls, I would go to restaurants and eat a lot. Mostly fried items and sweets. It will relax me indeed. After 2 successful weight loss journeys, I am still like this. 

If you wish to read my weight loss story in detail, chick out the following links..


What is wrong with stress eating ?

Stress eating directly results in weight gain. Stress eating over a period of time results in obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Mostly stress eaters consume fries and sweets. That is the reason for the weight gain. The high stress makes you to sleep right after eating a lot. That is the worst part. You might understand how effective this stress eating is in increasing weight.


Who are mostly STRESS EATER ?

As per reports the following people are mostly identified with a habit of stress eating.
  • Students during exams
  • Employees under work pressure
  • People who mostly think of family problems
  • Old people under stress
  • Pre and post menopause
  • Pre-menstrual cycle
  • Women, post delivery
  • Those who work in night shifts
  • Long distant drivers, who lack sleep


Is there a way to overcome stress eating ?

YES. There are a number of ways you could tackle it effectively. You should try to go to sleep early and get up early. You should not stay awake late night. You should try to drink more water. You should try to swallow an orange candy right after you feel over-stressed. If the above tips does not work and you go very crazy and need something madly, you could have salted or spicy popcorn without butter. If your wish for sweets is more, you can have caramelized popcorn. That is the only snack which is low in calories. Keep in mind that this stress eating never get satisfied with fruits or salads. It needs a snack or sweet. No other go.





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Samai Dosai | Little Millet Dosa | Diabetic Friendly

samai dosai

Samai is called little millet. Little millet is rich in calcium and fiber. It help in increasing HDL or good cholesterol. Type 2 diabetic people are advised by doctors to include more samai instead of rice. There are two reasons. One is the low glycemic index. The other is the fiber in samai. Both low glycemic index and more fiber are good for a weight loss diet and a diabetic friendly diet. 

We have a lot of recipes using samai. Samai dosa is one among them. This recipe will yield murugal dosai or crispy dosai. What I personally feel is to have this dosa very hot, otherwise there is a chance of becoming rubbery. Hot murugal dosas will taste good. If you make and have this dosa, you will definitely like this. It goes well with chutneys or sambar. It is a very nice recipe for diabetic diet. It is also a worthy recipe for PCOD and weight loss diets.

Check out a few other millet dosas too..
Pasippayaru Dosai or Green Gram Dosa
Ragi Rava Dosai or Finger Millet Rava Dosa
Kambu Dosai or Pearl Millet Dosa
Oats Dosai or Instant Oats Dosa

Source of the Recipe: My regular substitution method

samai dosai

Samai Dosai or Little Millet Dosa

Prep Time
14 hours
Cooking Time
Yield
15 to 20 Dosas
Serving Size
3 Dosas
Calories per Serving
300

Ingredients
  • Samai - 1 cup
  • Idli Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Urid Dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Poha or Aval - 2 Tablespoon
  • Toor Dhal - 2 Tablespoon
  • Fenugreek - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil and Salt for preparing dosas

Quick Procedure
  • Soak all the above said ingredients for 4 hours. Take it in a blender and grind it to a smooth batter, adding little water. Don't add too much of water at once. it will make the batter very loose and difficult to ferment.
  • Add little salt and mix well with hand. Let is ferment for 6 hours to 10 hours, depending on the temperature.
  • After fermentation. mix well. Add little water if needed and mix. It should be a regular dosa batter consistency.
  • Heat a pan. Apply and spread the batter. Apply oil on sides. Cover it with a lid. Once the colour turns brown, flip it and cook the other side. Dosa will be done in a very few minutes.

Step-wise Pictures

1. Soak all the above said ingredients four hours. Take it in a blender and grind it to a smooth batter, adding little water. Don't add too much of water at once. it will make the batter very loose and difficult to ferment.
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2. Add little salt and mix well with hand. Let is ferment for 6 hours to 10 hours, depending on the temperature.
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3. After fermentation. mix well. Add little water if needed and mix.
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4. Heat a pan. Apply and spread the batter. Appy oil on sides. Cover it with a lid.
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5. Once the colour turns brown, flip it and cook the other side. Dosa will be done in a very few minutes.
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Tasty and crispy Samai Dosas to serve with any chutney or thokku of your choice..
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Soraikkai Thanni Kuzhambhu | Low Calorie Side Dishes

soraikkai thanni kuzhambu

Bottle Gourd is one vegetable which helps in weight loss a lot. If you include more Suraikkai in your diet, there will be a good improvement in weight loss. It has more vitamin A and C. It also has more traces of folate. It dissolves the fat around abdomen. Belly fat will be dissolved. Thereby Bottle Gourd favors weight loss. I have detailed many recipes using Bottle Gourd. This thanni kuzhambu is introduced to me by my friend Nagammai. She is from Karaikudi. She has given me a lot of healthy recipes.

This thanni kuzhambu is really good in taste. It has good flavors. It is simple to make. It is a comfort food. You can have it with hot rice and appalam. You can also take it with hot and steaming idlis. If you are bored with usual bottle gourd recipes, you can definitely try this recipe and include in your weight loss diet.


Source: Nagammai, my friend

soraikkai thanni kuzhambu

Soraikkai Thanni Kuzhambhu | Thin Bottle Gourd Stew


Preparation time
Cooking Time
Yield
2 cups (2 servings)
Serving size
1 cup
Calories per serving
50

Ingredients
  • soraikkai or Bottle Gourd - 1, sliced and chopped to small size
  • turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • salt - as per taste
  • mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • curry leaves - little
  • oil - 1 teaspoon
  • coriander leaves - little
dry roast and grind to a smooth paste
  • red chillies - 2 to 4
  • coriander seeds - 2 teaspoons
  • grated coconut - 4 teaspoons
  • pepper corns - 5 to 7
  • cumin seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • fenugreek - 1/8 teaspoon

Quick Procedure
  • Heat a pan. Add oil. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves let them sputter. Add chopped soraikkai or bottle gourd and saute little. Add salt, turmeric powder and a cup of water. Cover it and cook it till it becomes soft.
  • Dry roast red chillies, grated coconut, coriander seeds, pepper corn, fenugreek and cumin seeds.Take it in a blender and grind it to a smooth paste adding little water.
  • Add this fine paste to cooked soraikkai. Let it boil for a while and the raw smell goes off. Add chopped coriander leaves and serve it with hot idlis or rice.

Stepwise Pictures

1. Heat a pan. Add oil. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves let them sputter. Add chopped soraikkai or bottle gourd and saute little. Add salt, turmeric powder and a cup of water. Cover it and cook it till it becomes soft.
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2. Dry roast red chillies, grated coconut, coriander seeds, pepper corn, fenugreek and cumin seeds. Take it in a blender and grind it to a smooth paste adding little water.
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3. Add this fine paste to cooked soraikkai. Let it boil for a while and the raw smell goes off. Add chopped coriander leaves and serve it with hot idlis or rice. preparation

soraikkai thanni kuzhambu

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