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.
Protein is important to our health, our workouts and recovery, and our brain function; without it, we wouldn’t function at our best and our bodies wouldn’t be able to support us long-term.
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.
But a substantial rise in the number of children wearing glasses is increasing at high pace. Kids these days have more eye-related problems since the load placed on the eye has significantly increased.
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.
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Your local markets carry a wide variety of nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows can come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. Fresh produce may also become contaminated after it is harvested, such as during storage or preparation.
At the beginning of the New Year, our motivation for changing our eating habits is often very strong. But as we get busy it can become difficult to keep our resolutions. It's imperative to create realistic goals and increase your awareness about what you're eating.
1. Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer in men. Laboratory studies suggest that pomegranate extract may slow cancer cell reproduction and even induce apoptosis, or cell death, in cancer cells.
Jaggery is derived from sugarcane and date palm and is a type of cane sugar. It comes in all kinds of forms-from semi-liquid to solid blocks of different shapes ans sizes. Jaggery is loaded with nutrition as it is rich in fibre and vital nutrients and is free from chemicals. It is an essential ingredient in several Indian recipes and tastes absolutely divine.
India is a diverse country. The tastes and variety of food differs from state to state. Based on the diversity of food. the country can be divided into four regions - North, West, South and East.
Wheat is the most common grain to be crushed into flour. Archaeological surveys have found that it was used in the Indian subcontinent since the Indus Valley civilisation (3300 BC - 1700 BC). Ancient Indian scripts including the Rigveda (one of the oldest surviving texts known to man) mention the use of wheat flour in various forms, including being mixed with milk, fried in ghee and spiced with cardamom, pepper and ginger. Barley and rice flours were also used.
The Yajurveda, one of the four key Sanskrit texts of Hinduism, describes the making of rice cakes as a ritual offering to Agni, the God of Fire. The Shunya Purana, written by Ramai the Wise in the 10th - 11th century AD, states that 50 varieties of rice, such as Nagra, Jhinga-sal and Panloi, were grown in Bengal even then. Many of those varieties are now extinct but these three varieties are still being conserved on special farms by rice conservationists.
Milk is eaten in some form in every part of India. Milk is drunk on its own or flavoured with spices, flowers and herbs. It is also made into products that are curdled, as in paneer or chhena, non-curdled, such as ghee and khoya (made by cooking milk until it solidifies), or fermented, as in yogurt.
Lentils are ancient foods and were eaten in India in prehistoric times. Lentils are called ‘dal’ in many parts of India. The word denotes the raw product as well as cooked lentils. They are essentially carbohydrate and protein with no fat.
1. Spices for health
Spices are used for several reasons - the first and foremost for their health-giving properties. All spices are good for one’s health if eaten in moderation. Turmeric is used both fresh as a root and in powder form. It contains the antioxidant curcumin, thought to help conditions such as a sore throat and possibly prevent cancer.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet many people skip the meal because of lack of time, preparation or even appetite compels to the skip the meal.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. But you don’t have to eat carrots to receive these nutritional benefits. Drinking carrot juice is an easy way to add carrots to your diet. Here are eight reasons why you should add carrot juice to your diet.
International Women Day: A day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
Weather is getting colder, many people experience symptoms of the flu and this happens due to number of reasons.Ginger is a staple of herbal remedies, runny noses and other indications of congestion are staples of winter. In Ayurveda, ginger is used for kaphic conditions like congestion and runny noses. Ginger’s antiviral actions include stimulating macrophage activity, preventing viruses from attaching to cell walls.
One thing that is a must for your kid every day are almonds - which are an excellent supplement being loaded with lots of nutrients that are necessary for those growing years.
Typically, when we think about health, we don’t think about bones. We are always in misconception that bone problems occur to only elderly people.But building healthy bones starts in young age only by adopting healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits is important to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later in ours life.