August 31, 2016

Inippu Aval | Sweet Poha | Simple Snack or Breakfast

inippu aval

Breakfast is the first healthy thing we have every morning. But most of us skip breakfast in the name of "BUSY MORNING". Although most of the moms push something into their child's bellu, they forget themselves having a proper breakfast. Working people face the hardship with time and they too skip breakfast often. I have told several times that you healthy diet breaks with skipping a healthy breakfast. You msut have atleast a smll quantity of something to avoid weight gain, dizzines, ulcers and anaemia. This sweet poha or inippu aval is a quick recipe to prepare with very less number of ingredients.

You can make it and have it immediately or pack it as a brunch. It tastes good as an evening snack too. I have seen some people using plain sugar in the place of jaggery. Compared to white sugar, jaggery is healthy. So better use it. In this recipe, I have used thin poha. You may use thick poha or red poha too. Only the soaking time differs. Thick poha and red poha requries more time to get soaked. Also they should be washed twice before soaking. They have a slight flavor which is not desirable. Hence, washing is needed.

Recipe Source: Homestyle

inippu aval

inippu aval

Inippu Aval | Sweet Poha | Simple Snack or Breakfast

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
1 cup
Serving Size: 1 cup Calories per Serving: 200 to 250


Ingredients
  • Thin Poha - 3/4 cup
  • Powdered Jaggery - 2 Tablespoons
  • Grated Coconut - 1 Teaspoon
  • Chopped Almonds - 1 Teaspoon

Quick Procedure
  • Soak thin poha in water for just a minute. Squeeze water out of it and spread it in a clean plate. If you keep it as lumps, it might farm a hard mass.
  • Add powdered jaggery and grated coconut. gently mix it with hands. Never mix well and hard. It might smash the entire poha.
  • You could serve it by adding little chopped almonds at the top of it.

Step-wise Pictures

Soak thin poha in water for just a minute. Squeeze water out of it and spread it in a clean plate. If you keep it as lumps, it might farm a hard mass.
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Add powdered jaggery and grated coconut. gently mix it with hands. Never mix well and hard. It might smash the entire poha.
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You could serve it by adding little chopped almonds at the top of it.
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August 29, 2016

Veg Clear Soup | Vegetable Clear Soup | Indian Soup Recipes

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. It will be just like a water flavored and seasoned. But it is very very light. You might have already read somewhere that soups burn calories than they actually have. That does not speak about some soups which are rich in calorie with creamy stuffs or some oily soups having more meat. That also does not mean any type of soup that has sauces. Only a clear soup or spiced up soup could burn more calories than they actually have. This vegetable clear soup stands at the top of all. It is just a vegetable stock, correctly flavored ans seasoned to make a light soup. In evening, at the time of craving, you can definitely have a bowl full of soup with toasted bread slice at the side. It is one of the low calorie snack and it is the actual calorie burner. 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 stalk and spring onions in all of the soups. Not everyone have the two handy every time. So you could use stalks of celery or cilantro instead of spring onion. Perhaps, spring onions give the actual flavors.

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

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

veg clear soup

veg clear soup

Veg Clear Soup | Vegetable Clear Soup | Indian Soup Recipes

Prep Time :
Cook Time:
veg clear soup recipe
Yield:
4 cups
Svg Size:
1 cup
Average Rating:
5 for 5
Calories per Serving:
40
Posted By:
Cuisine:
Indian

Ingredients
  • 3-4 garlic
  • small piece of ginger
  • one full scallion
  • one small carrot
  • 5 to 10 beans
  • small piece of cabbage
  • salt and pepper
  • little olive oil
  • corn flour or rice flour
Quick Procedure
    Mince ginger, garlic and scallions. Finely chop the vegetables.
  • Heat a pan. Add little oil. Add scallions, grated ginger and garlic. Saute till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add finely chopped cabbage, beans and carrots. Saute for a while.
  • Add 4 to 5 cups of water. Let it boil. Cook it covered for 20 more minutes. The vegetables will become very soft and the flavor of the soup would have increased now.
  • Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water. Liquidate it with more water. Add this to the soup and mix well. Switch off the flame. Soup is ready to serve hot.
  • Adding chopped scallions, salt and pepper at the time of serving.

Stepwise Pictures
Mince ginger, garlic and scallions. Finely chop the vegetables. Heat a pan. Add little oil. Add scallions, grated ginger and garlic. Saute till the raw smell goes off.
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Add finely chopped cabbage, beans and carrots. Saute for a while. Add 4 to 5 cups of water. Let it boil.
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Cook it covered for 20 more minutes. The vegetables will become very soft and the flavor of the soup would have increased now.
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Dissolve corn flour or rice flour in 2 tablespoons of water. Liquidate it with more water. Add this to the soup and mix well. Switch off the flame. Soup is ready to serve hot.
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Tasty and healthy soup to serve as a starter or evening snack
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August 27, 2016

Kara Pori | Manjal Pori | Spicy Puffed Rice

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.
preparation

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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August 22, 2016

Cucumber and Mango Salad | Simple Salad for Diets

cucumber salad

This is a very simple recipe. You will definitely scold me, if I describe a lot about this. So I am going ahead with a short description. Cucumber really helps well in weight loss . Also it is cheaper and keeps our body cool during summer. It has lots and lots of minerals, fibers and fluids. But the negative part is that most of the people don't like its flavor. I'm myself of that kind. Just to make sure it is tasty and to mask the flvor with something else, I am adding mangoes. Fully ripen mangoes are meant for calories. Raw mangoes will be very sour. So I decided to go ahead with partially ripen mangoes. You should definitely try this recipe. It is one of the easiest salads. But no compromise in taste.

Recipe Source : Cooking Light Magazine

cucumber salad

Cucumber and Mango Salad | Simple Salad for Diets

Soaking Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
1 cup
Serving Size: half cup Calories per Serving: 50 to 70

Ingredients
  • Mango - half
  • Cucumber - half
  • Chilli Powder - half
  • Chat Masala Powder - half
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Minced Coriander Leaves - 1 teaspoon

Quick Procedure
  • Take mango and cucumber. You should be careful while selecting the mango. It should not be fully ripen or fully raw. If it is in the middle state, it will have more fiber and little sweetness. Wash them. Chop them.
  • Add chat masala, chilli powder and salt. Add minced coriander leaves. Mix well. You can serve this now.

Step-wise Pictures

Take mango and cucumber. You should be careful while selecting the mango. It should not be fully ripen or fully raw. If it is in the middle state, it will have more fiber and little sweetness. Wash them. Chop them.
preparation

Add chat masala, chilli powder and salt. Add minced coriander leaves. Mix well. You can serve this now. preparation

Notes
  • Don't add too much of chilly powder. If you do it by any chance, wash it well and then add chat masala and coriander leaves.
  • Use half ripen for best results. To identify it, the skin will be half green and half yellow. The mango will be hard. It will not be soft.


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Avocado Ice Cream | Increase your HDL | No Cream or Extra FAT

avocado ice cream

I love ice creams. I am crazy about it. I still remember the days I spent in Ramapuram with my hostel roomies. Five of us would go for a walk by 7 or 8 in evenings. In the main street of ramapuram there was an ice cream shop. (It is not a hifi parlour and all) We would buy some icecreams and finish off in a jiffy. After starting a weight loss regimen,  I started reading the food label. I really shook me the first time. Yep, if you read a label and understand how much fat it has, you will never eat an ice cream. But that much fat is OK if you have it once or twice in a month. If you have it often, it is a  perfect killer. 

You can never lose weight including ice cream in your diet. So what to do ? We can have yogurts. Yogurts have pro-biotics and they don't have more creams. But not everyone like yogurt and yogurt has more lactose content. This is the reason for trying some ice cream with a good fat. Once I use the word good fat, Avocados just block my mind. Avocados are rich in good fat. Having a small portion of avocados increases your HDL level. I thought of trying ice creams with avocado, because of its creamy or buttery texture. Beating avocado with milk makes it fluffy, creamy and buttery.

In this ice cream, I have not added any artificial flavor or any sugars. There will be predominant flavors of avocado. Adding chopped nuts make it more and more tasty. Selection of ripen avocado is the secret of successful avocado ice cream. Try this and include this low calorie ice cream in your diet. If you are also a crazy bee for ice cream, definitely you will be satisfied. As I have added only a little sugar while making ice cream, top it with some honey for extra taste.

Recipe Source : Three Many Cooks - Avocado Ice Cream

avocado ice cream

Avocado Ice Cream | Butterfruit Ice Cream | Increase your HDL | No Cream or Extra FAT


Prep Time :
Chilling Time:
Yield:
2 cup
Serving Size: 1/2 cup Calories per Serving: 150

Ingredients
  • Avocados - 2
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Chopped Nuts - 2 Tablespoon for mixing
  • Chopped Nuts - 1 Tablespoon for topping
  • Honey - 1 Teaspoon per Serving

Quick Procedure
  • Take ripen avocados and cut them into half at the center. Twist and separate. With a spoon take out the creamy and buttery flesh of avocado. Discard the black portion of flesh, if any. Mash the flesh with a ladle and make it soft.
  • Take them in a blender. Add half cup of milk and quarter cup of sugar. Grind them to a creamy paste. It will be like butter, exactly. Collect it in a container and add chopped nuts. Anything like walnut, badam or cashews can be used.
  • Mix together and refrigerate for 2 hours to 4 hours.
  • After it freezes, take it out. Heat a scoop and take the ice cream. Top it with honey and chopped nuts. As it is made with very little sugar, you please add honey.

Stepwise Pictures

Take ripen avocados and cut them into half at the center. Twist and separate. With a spoon take out the creamy and buttery flesh of avocado. Discard the black portion of flesh, if any. Mash the flesh with a laddle and make it soft. preparation

Take them in a blender. Add half cup of milk and quarter cup of sugar. preparation

Grind them to a creamy paste. It will be like butter, exactly. Collect it in a container and add chopped nuts. Anything like walnut, badam or cashews can be used. preparation

Mix together and refrigerate for 2 hours to 4 hours. preparation

After it freezes, take it out. Heat a scoop and take the ice cream. Top it with honey and chopped nuts. As it is made with very little sugar, you please add honey. preparation


Try this and include this ever low calorie ice cream in your diet. If you are also a crazy bee for ice cream, definitely you will be satisfied. 
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August 17, 2016

Beetroot Clear Soup | Indian Soup Recipes

beetroot clear soup

I have seen many people who hate beetroot. My husband and kid are first in the list. They never like beetroot poriyal or kootu. They also just pick and throw out the beetroot pieces in kurma or pulavs. Because of the reason, I can never eliminate beetroot from my weekly diet. It is rich in iron content and fiber. It is really good for our health. Just to make them eat this healthy root, I tried beetroot soup today. The soup was good in taste. The best part is my kid loving the taste of the soup. I also loved having the soup. I flavored it with cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves to manage the flavor of beetroot, which is undesirable.

For making the soup, the first thing you need to do is selecting a good beetroot. The beetroot should be dark pink or red. It should not be having traces of white or pale pink. If it has such traces or lines, the flavor will be really undesirable and you will hate anything made with such beetroot. Selecting a nice beetroot is also a skill. First, you should scratch the skin. If the part is fully dak red or dark pink, then pick it. Also don't take more than a week to cook it. If you do so, the root will mature and start developing white lines and a raw smell. That is difficult to manage. So choose a first class beetroot to make any nice recipe with it. This soup also needs such a root. Rest things, let us see in the recipe.

Pregnant women can take this soup. It is a good iron supplement. Lactating mothers can also take this soup, as beetroot increases milk. Post surgery, we can incldue this soup in diet to increase iron and equalize the blood loss. Those who try weight loss can definitely include this soup. Infact more clear soup burns more calories.



Refer Other Healthy SOUP Recipes..

beetroot clear soup

Beetroot Clear Soup | Improves Iron or Haemoglobin

Prep Time :
Cook Time:
cauliflower kootu recipe
Yield:
3 cups
Svg Size:
1 cup
Average Rating:
5 for 5
Calories per Serving:
80
Posted By:
Cuisine:
Tamilnadu

Ingredients
To pressure cook
  • 2 small beetroots
  • 1 garlic crushed
  • 1 shallot crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small stick of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves or grambu
  • 2 and half cups of water
To season
  • Salt - as per taste
  • pepper powder - as per taste
  • Butter - 1/4 teaspoon

Quick Procedure
  • Take beetroot, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, crushed garlic, crushed shallot in a pressure cooker and add water. Cook it for 2 whistles, one at high and one at medium.
  • When the steam subsides, open the lid. Strain the cooked vegetables and collect the stock in a vessel.
  • Add pepper, salt. When it is hot, add butter. Quick soup will be ready in just 15 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Stepwise Pictures

Take beetroot, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, crushed garlic, crushed shallot in a pressure cooker and add water. Cook it for 2 whistles, one at high and one at medium.
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When the steam subsides, open the lid. Strain the cooked vegetables and collect the stock in a vessel.
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Add pepper, salt. When it is hot, add butter. Quick soup will be ready in just 15 minutes.
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August 13, 2016

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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August 12, 2016

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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