Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kidoos Special - Variety Idlies

Is your kidoo making the bfast time a highly stressful and is your dining table becoming a battle ground everyday...? Here you go with interesting recipes that I am going to post on a regular basis....(which are time tested with similar fussy eater at my son :) )

Idlies...a traditional and healthy food of South Indians..a light food and its easily metabolized in body because of the conversion of starches during the process of fermentation.

Having idlies for breakfast is a great idea but why to bore the kids with the usual idlies..with some variations and twists we can make them take idlies without fuss and also smartly we can include the veggies into their these array of colorful idlies..and you can be satisfied you have given your kids the nutrients they need..

Give it a try and let me know your feed backs :)

Red Cabbage Sweet Corn Idlies :

Also referred to as Purple cabbage which is rich in nutrients, often taken as Salad. It has 10 times more Vitamin A and twice as much Iron as the regular green version..

By including them in regular idly batter you can give your kids a colorful, flavorful and healthy breakie,,,

Red Cabbage Sweet Corn Idlies 

Palak/Spinach Carrot Idlies :

No need to mention the high nutritive value of Spinach..and kids too aware their importance..Thanks to Popeye..the Sailorman..but making it more palatable is what we need to do as a dutiful mom..

This healthy mix of Carrot and Spinach is sure to meet the daily needs of Vitamin A, C and dietary fibre...

Watch out for more varieties of idlies in upcoming posts..:)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Green Guava Smoothie With Honey

Guava Smoothie?? May sound a little weird but it turned out to be a great recipe with a unique flavor. The health benefits of guavas are enormous. Guavas are loaded with Vitamin A which is very good for vision health. It is known to slow down cataracts and AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration). 

It has a large amount of anti oxidants and are found to slow down the metastasis (rapid multiplication) of cancerous cells. Vitamin C content in guavas are four times higher than the levels in Oranges and therefore it helps in preventing cough and cold. It is rich in fibre content and hence it helps in cleansing the digestive system and aids in free bowel movement. 

The Potassium content in guava balances the body blood pressure levels...and we can keep counting on the in numerous benefits this fruit offers..

Here you go...the delicious way of adding guava to your diet..

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Coconut Rose Milk - A Heavenly Twist

Coconut Milk due to the high saturated fat levels, often is ignored or afraid to be consumed by people who are diet conscious. But it has ample health benefits loaded within. According to new researches, it is referred to as the fat that make you thin. Coconut Milk consumption actually improves the metabolism ; it also has lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and capric acid, which have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. 

Lauric acid gets converted into monolaurin, which may fight the viruses and bacteria that cause herpes, influenza and even HIV and henceforth proved to improve immunity. Some studies shows that the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut milk may also kill the major types of atherogenic bacteria that cause plaque formation in the arteries -- that may lead to heart disease. 

Try out this yummy recipe of Coconut Rose Milk which is not only healthy but yummy too...

ABC Soup - A Miracle Soup

Recently been seeing this name "Miracle Drink" in all the food websites and forums..the ABC Drink which is nothing but Apple, Beetroot and Carrot, which has gained its fame due to the in numerous health benefits along with the antioxidant and anti cancerous properties it imparts.

As the saying goes, An apple a day keeps the doctor away..the apples are truly miraculous fruits packed with disease-fighting vitamins and antioxidants. They have been found to lower the risk of chronic diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Cancer, Heart Ailments, and Dementia.

The antioxidant beta-carotene is what that impart carrots their bright orange color. Beta-carotene in carrots is absorbed in the intestine and gets converted into vitamin A during digestion. Carrots are loaded with fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.

Betanin in beets has the anti-cancer property. Betacyanin in beetroot juice prevents the formation of cancerous tumours and detoxifies our body from harmful toxins.  Researches show that it reverse cancer like leukaemia, lung, skin, and breast, prostate and testicular cancer. Also known to have critical impact on people suffering from stomach cancer by inhibiting cancer cell mutation.

Should I justify more why this ABC is a miraculous combo..It is advisable to take this in empty stomach to harness the complete benefits..but how can we make it more palatable so that even the kids can gain the benefits too..With this in mind I came up with this idea..ABC Soup...

My son really enjoyed and it tasted great..

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Twist in Traditional Kesari....

Recently got introduced to this healthy version of Rava...Bansi Rava (a broken whole wheat Rava of Durum variety of wheat which is a healthy alternate to usual sooji) through my foodie buddy and I just loved the texture...Started experimenting various dishes..To embark my journey as a food blogger and to celebrate Aadi festival, I tried this Beetroot Bansi Rava Kesari. No added colors and the flavor and color imparted by Beetroot is just awesome and it tasted yummy too...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Milagu Poondu Kuzhambu

An authentic Lip-smacking Kuzhambu learnt from my grandma...Milagu kuzhambu (Pepper Gravy) with Garlic..A recipe to relish with hot rice or curd rice and my all time favorite..

Pepper corns 3 tablespoon
Toor dhall 2 teaspoon
Urd dhall 1 teaspoon
Raw rice 2 teaspoon
Tamarind extract 1 cup (thick)
Asafoetida a pinch
Turmeric powder half teaspoon
Mustard half teaspoon
Salt as needed
Powdered Jaggery half spoon

Dry roast raw rice..Pepper corns..Toor dhall...urd dhall..asafoetida..and powder them nicely
Heat three spoons of gingelly oil in a pan...add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter...garlic is optional and if adding,..add a cup of garlic and saute...add the tamarind extract...turmeric powder and salt as needed...bring it to boil...add the powder slowly by stirring continuously as it might form lumps...allow it to cook until the aroma comes...add the powdered jaggery and switch off when it becomes thicker...