Idli is a steamed dish and this is the reason why it is considered absolutely safe to be taken on a regular basis. It is also to be noted that there are different ways of making idlis and this is the reason why there are different varieties of idlis available throughout the world and especially in South India.
Menstruation is a regular biological function and the stigma around it needs to be removed. Certain foods can help replenish the loss of blood and fluids around this time. One must ensure adding iron-rich foods like kale chane, sprouts, saag, spinach, jaggery, fruits and vitamin C in your diet regularly.
Exam season is always a hectic season for everyone involved - the kids, parents, and even the teachers. Whether you're a student or the parent of a child sitting school exams, are there quick and easy food tips to help maintain those all-important energy levels and improve concentration and memory?
Buckwheat is packed with nutrients and good amounts of energy. The flowers of the buckwheat plant have a pleasant fragrance with rich, pungent, malty, molasses and an earthy taste. These are used for manufacturing a strongly flavored, dark brown-colored honey.
Chestnuts are small nuts and grow on trees and shrubs. Its growth is rapid in America and European countries while Chinese chestnut grows gradually. There are four different types of species found on earth such as Chinese, Japanese American and European chestnuts all of these have a disparate impact on the body.
A prune is a dried version of the plum. However, not all plums can be dried into prunes. The standard variety of plums used for prunes is d’Agen. This is because as the fruit matures, and has a deep purple color that indicates higher acid and sugar content. Most other varieties will ferment over time due to the presence of the stone intact, but this variety manages to dry off without fermenting.
The popular vegetable "ONION" found in most types of cuisine gives dishes their flavorful taste. Raw onions not only provide an excellent taste for our palates, but provide therapeutic and antibacterial properties that cleanse and detox our bodies to eliminate disease.
As a natural phenomenon, to an extent, it is not in our control, because growth hormones work differently in different human bodies. According to experts, the height of a person is determined by his or her genetics, and it is believed that a person stops growing after reaching the age of 18 years. But, on the other hand, a section of health experts feel that height can still be increased by a few inches, by adding certain types of food in the daily diet.
Our skin does naturally age. Wrinkles and age spots are the inevitable result of time, but skin ageing may be sped up by overexposure to the sun and tanning beds, strong soaps, chemicals and most importantly due to poor nutrition.
The basis of all Indian cookery is the ancient science of Ayurveda, the system of holistic healing which is the oldest known form of medicine. It was transcribed about 5,000 years ago by Himalayan sages who understood the value and health effects of the various herbs that grew around them.
Ayurveda recognises six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. All foods and herbs are classified by taste. The taste of a food gives the key to its actions upon the digestion, the body and ultimately emotions and sentiments. In Sanskrit, the word for taste and emotion is the same - ‘rasa’.
The holidays can, and should, be a time to focus on what we have in common and what we want to celebrate together. But what happens when our friends and family members have different diets and food preferences?
Sunflower seeds are the gift of the beautiful sunflower, a plant with rays of petals emanating from its bright yellow, seed-studded center. The sunflower's Latin scientific name, Helianthus annuus, reflects its solar appearance since helios is the Greek word for sun, and anthos is the Greek word for flower.
Fenugreek is an herb similar to clover that is native to the Mediterranean region, southern Europe, and western Asia. The seeds are used in cooking, to make medicine, or to hide the taste of other medicine. Fenugreek seeds smell and taste somewhat like maple syrup. Fenugreek leaves are eaten in India as a vegetable.
Banana flour is the next big Desi Superfood - Green Nendram Podi. The latest entrant in the gluten-free food club, green nendram podi, is an indigenous super food and is slowly becoming popular. It’s grown locally, is natural with no additives, high in starch and fiber, is very good for the gut and, most importantly, is hypoallergenic.
Rice is a staple ingredient in many of our kitchens and meals. While rice is a versatile and delicious grain, there are types of rice which are (way) more healthy than others.We all have heard the buzz that brown rice is healthier than white rice.
Bread is one of the most preferred meal options all over the world. Indians too consume a lot of bread whether as a snack, a side or a full-fledged breakfast dish. One thing however that needs to be taken into account is which bread is being consumed.
The sesame seed is so versatile that its presence is prominent in culinary experiences across the globe. They have a mild, nutty flavor and are used to add taste and texture in many recipes. They can be consumed raw, but the wider application is to roast it and add it as garnishing.More often, they are used in salads and as toppings on bread & in Indian Sweets.
These tiny sesame seeds have huge health benefits.
Even the simplest of cooking demands a degree of care and attention. But in the end all it involves is first knowing the right way to proceed and then happily being able to boil perfect eggs for the rest of your life without even having to think about it.