Sabudana Kheer Recipe| Sago Pudding | Tapioca pudding

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Sabudana Kheer Recipe

Sabudana Kheer or Sago Pudding is a sweet Indian dessert. Milk , Sabudana, nuts and saffron are main ingredients used for preparing Sabudana Kheer. Sabudana is made of tapioca root also known as Cassava. Though we use sabudana for desert dishes, we can also use it for making khichdi. To be clear on the nutritional fact, it has no other nutrient except carbohydrates. It is also preferred during fasting or Vrat for making various dishes as it provides instant energy.  Furthermore, we also call it favorite baby food because of its appealing taste and is easily digestible. This is very quick , easy and flavorful which can be prepared in quickly during crash hours when your are hungry and craving for sweets. Here I have added Cashews, Almonds and raisins as topping but you can also add your other favorite nuts and enjoy this exquisite dish.

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml) for Sabudana Kheer Recipe:

While preparing a baby food you can simply make it by adding only Sago / Sabudana and avoid adding saffron and other dry nuts.

Sabudana : 1/2 cup

Milk          : 4 cup

Sugar        : 2 table spoon(as per your taste)

Saffron     : few strands (4 -5 leaves)

Cardamom powder: 1/2 teaspoon

Cashews  : 2 table spoon

Almonds : 1 table spoon chopped

Raisins    : 1-2 table spoon

You may also like : Dahi Parwal curry

Sabudana Kheer Recipe Steps :

Soaking Sabudana:

  1. Wash the sabudana in plain water and drain the water after cleaning.
  2. Soak Sabudana in 1 cup of water for 2 hours approximately . Sometime we need to soak it for longer than 2 hrs especially during winter.  It will absorb water and gets double in size.
  3. As shown below , drain the remaining water and keep it aside.

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Preparation of Sabudana Kheer :

  1. Heat Milk in a deep and thick bottomed pan
  2.  Let the milk comes to a boil and keep stirring.
  3. Add saffron in the boiling milk
  4. Now you can cardamom powder and sugar. stir them well for a few minutes.
  5. Finally add sabudana to the milk.
  6. Boil the mixture until the sabudana becomes swollen and translucent.
  7. If you like thick pudding, simmer it for few more minutes. I personally prefer thick  puddings as the milk turns yellowish and gives nice creamy flavor.
  8. Once the required consistency is reached, garnish it with your favorite nuts
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Sabudana kheer gets thicken once it cools down.

The best desert – Sabudana pudding is ready , serve it in a bowl or in your favorite cup:)

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Don’t Miss: Punjabi Chhole Masala

Sabudana Kheer Recipe| Sago Pudding | Tapioca pudding

Sabudana Kheer or Sago Pudding is served as a sweet Indian dessert. It is a very quick , easy and flavorful recipe.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml):

  • Sabudana : 1/2 cup
  • Milk          : 4 cup
  • Sugar        : 2 table spoon as per your taste
  • Saffron     : few strands 4 -5 leaves
  • Cardamom powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cashews  : 1 table spoon broken
  • Almonds : 1 table spoon chopped
  • Raisins    : 1-2 table spoon

Instructions

  1. Wash the sabudana in plain water and drain the water after cleaning.

  2. Soak Sabudana in 1 cup of water for 2 hours approximately .  It will absorb water and gets double in size.

  3. Drain the remaining water and keep it aside.

  4. Heat Milk in a deep and thick bottomed pan

  5. Let the milk comes to a boil and keep stirring.

  6. Add saffron in the boiling milk

  7. Now you can add cardamom powder and sugar. stir them well for a few minutes.

  8. Finally add sabudana to the milk.

  9. Boil the mixture until the sabudana becomes swollen and translucent.

  10. If you like thick pudding, simmer it for few more minutes. I personally prefer thick  puddings as the milk turns yellowish and gives nice creamy flavor.

  11. Once the required consistency is reached, garnish it with  your favorite nuts

  12. Sabudana kheer gets thicken once it cools down. Sabudana pudding is ready , serve it in a bowl or in your favorite cup:)

Kadai Paneer Recipe|Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer or Karahi Paneer is a famous dish of India and is one of the most common dishes preferred in restaurant. It is spicy and delicious and is best paired with roti, paratha. Kadai Paneer is a spicy curry recipe with a lot of spices to give it a robust bold flavor.

Paneer is my favorite dish and I try various recipes of Paneer but Kadai paneer is very special one:).

Ingredients for Kadai masala

  1. 1 to 1.5 tbsp coriander seeds
  2. 4 or 5 black pepper seeds
  3. 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  4. 2 Cardamom pods
  5. 2 cloves (lavang)
  6. 1/2 or 1 inch of Cinnamon stick

Ingredients for Gravy / Curry

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  1. 2 large tomatoes chopped
  2. 1 large Onions chopped
  3. 1 teaspoon Kashmiri Red chili powder
  4. 2 tbsp cream
  5. 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon Garam Masala/ Kadai Paneer masala
  6. 1 teaspoon Kasoori Methi ( Dried fenugreek leaves)
  7. Salt as per taste

Other Ingredients for making Kadai Paneer

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  1. 1/2 Capsicum cubed
  2. 1 large or Medium sized Onions cubed

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  1. 250 gram Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese cubed or triangled
  2. Handful coriander leaves finely chopped

Direction for Kadai Paneer Recipe

Preparation of Kadai masala:

  • Dry roast bay leaf, black Cardamom, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon in a pan until nice aroma starts or for around 1 min over low heat.
  • Separate the Bay leaf, allow the remaining spices to cool for a while and grind them into a coarse or fine powder. Keep it aside.

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Preparation of Gravy:

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add Onions and saute till it turns translucent.
  • Add tomato and saute until it softens.
  • Cool it and blend into a fine paste and keep aside.

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Direction for making Kadai Paneer Recipe:

  • Add oil in the same pan or another and heat it up.
  • Saute ginger garlic paste till raw smell goes off.
  • Add onion tomato paste and saute it for 2 min
  • Mix kadai masala, kashmiri red chilli powder and stir it well.
  • Add cubed onions and capsicum and saute it until half cooked.
  • Add cream and mix well on low heat. Cook for another 5 min on medium heat.

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  • Add 3/4 cup of water (or as per consistency required), salt as per taste and Paneer. Cook them well till the gravy thickens and the oil separates out on top.
  • Finally add Garam Masala and dry fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) and cook for 1 min.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and Enjoy with roti, Paratha or Jeera Rice.

Also see : Palak Paneer Recipe

Don’t Miss: Sabudana Kheer Recip

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Cursive handwriting worksheets -free printable

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Cursive Handwriting overview
Tips to improve cursive writing
Cursive handwriting Video
Uppercase cursive handwriting worksheet
Lowercase cursive handwriting worksheet
Words writing practice sheets
Sentence writing practice sheets
Blank page link to practice free hand writing

Cursive handwriting worksheets :- free practice worksheets for uppercase and lowercase letters a to z

Though we are living in digital world, cursive writing has not lost its importance in education. Cursive handwriting is something very special to me personally. I remember my school days when I used to practice cursive handwriting worksheets for hours to improve my writing and it would take me no time to complete the whole worksheet. But we used to have limited pages of  workbook with no flexibility to print and practice. Now we can get so many free printable for upper and lower cases along with coloring sheets. I thought to create my own cursive writing worksheets and get back to my school days. Cursive practice is so soothing and peaceful experience, I never get bored with this. I literally feel so relax connecting all letters together in a word and improving the beauty of so called “handwriting”.

Tips for Cursive handwriting worksheets| How to write in cursive

Don’t miss to watch and share this video

I usually prefer gel pen for cursive handwriting worksheet practice since it releases nice fluid line of ink. But pencil would be a good choice for beginners. Usually a 3 dotted lines handwriting worksheet would be good to practice as it helps writing in uniform straight lines. Do you remember those funny moments when you tried writing in a blank worksheet and the sentence would follow a funny trajectory?:) Hand should be bending rightwards with flexibility to move in a line. It helps the movement of pen and hurts little even after writing for hours.

  • Uppercase cursive handwriting worksheets

Below link provides individual cursive handwriting worksheets for uppercase letters. You can download all the worksheet all together in a single click. Along with single links, you can download individual sheets based on your need and convenience.

Capital cursive

This worksheet provides full set of capital alphabets tracing worksheet. Apart from the capital tracing letters, you can find lowercase tracing , words and sentences practices below.

Download free pdf worksheets for upper case cursive writing worksheet.

  • Lowercase cursive handwriting worksheets

Below link provides individual cursive handwriting worksheets for each lowercase letters. You can download all the worksheet all together in a single click. Along with single links, you can download individual sheets based on your need and convenience.

Cursive Handwriting Worksheet

Download free pdf worksheets for lower case cursive writing practice worksheet.

This worksheet provides full set of lowercase alphabets tracing worksheet.

  • Words practice sheet for cursive writing

3 different sets of cursive word practice. Once your kid is done with letter practice, it would be good idea to work on some letters practice. Below worksheet will help improving the links made from one letter to another letter and make a complete set of words.

Cursive handwriting worksheets free printable- words practice

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  • Sentence practice sheet for cursive writing

3 different sets of cursive sentence practice. Once your kid is done with letter practice, it would be good idea to work on some sentence practice. Below worksheet will help improving the links made from one word to another word and make a complete set of sentences.

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Cursive handwriting worksheets free printables- sentence practice

This Sentence practice worksheet has 3 lines dotted cursive sentences for tracing and 4 blank line for children to practice writing  Download and print sentence practice worksheet for free PDF.

  • Blank Practice worksheet for cursive writing. Along with letter , words and sentence tracing, free hand practice is also very important. Hence, you can download below worksheet for free hand practice.

Blank worksheet provides flexibility to practice your own words and sentence with the dotted line practice. Let your kid enjoy practicing letter, words or sentences of their own choice. After all, they are their own boss:)

3 Lines worksheet

Free download , click here.
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uppercase cursive handwriting worksheet (free!!)

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Uppercase cursive handwriting Worksheet –

Here we have provided link to download free pdf for uppercase tracing letters. It will help kids to practice and improve capital letter cursive handwriting. You can either download individual uppercase cursive handwriting worksheet or download single pdf provided in the bottom of the page.

Also see : Lowercase cursive handwriting worksheets (free !)

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Lowercase cursive handwriting worksheet (free!!)

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Lowercase cursive handwriting –

Here we have provided link to download free pdf for lowercase tracing letters. It will help kids to practice and improve lowercase cursive letter handwriting. You can either download individual lowercase cursive handwriting worksheet or download single pdf provided in the bottom of the page.

Also see : Uppercase cursive handwriting worksheets (free !)

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Kidney bean recipes | Rajma Recipe

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Kidney bean recipes

Kidney beans are used in variety of traditional dishes usually eaten well cooked. There are various cuisines  for kidney bean recipes but the kidney bean curry or the rajma masala is my favorite one. kidney bean recipe ( rajma masala in hindi) is a famous Indian dish. Kidney beans are not only composed of carbs and fiber, but are also one of the richest plant source of protein. Low in calorie and sugar , it is food for those with diabetes. The beans also contain a high amount of potassium, which contributes to heart health. So after knowing its benefits why not to include this tasty Kidney Bean recipes  in your healthy diet.

While Rajma Masala goes well with Roti, Naan and Chapati, it tastes great when served with plain rice or Jeera Rice and is one of my favorite combination too. It is mainly a North Indian dish but is preferred by everyone because of its unique taste and texture. This recipe is a blend of boiled beans in onion tomato based gravy mixed with other spices.

Also See: Punjabi Chhole Masala

Ingredients for Kidney bean recipes (servings for 2):

  1. Kidney Bean –  1/2 cup (100 grams)
  2. Green Chilly – 1-2
  3. Onion  – 1 medium size
  4. Tomato – 2 medium size
  5. Ginger Garlic paste- 1 teaspoon
  6. Oil – 2 tablespoon
  7. Bay leaf – 1 leave
  8. Cinnamon (Dalchini) – 1 inch
  9. Cardamom (Elaichi) – 2 pods
  10. 2 cloves (lavang)
  11. Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  12. Cumin Powder  – 1/2 teaspoon
  13. Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  14. Kashmiri Red chilly powder (optional) – 1/2 teaspoon
  15. Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon
  16. Salt to taste
  17. Coriander leaves for garnishing – 1 tablespoon

Instructions for making Kidney bean recipes:

Preparing Beans / Rajma:
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  1. Wash and soak the Beans or Rajma in  water (1 cup appx) and leave it overnight or for 8 to 10 hours so that it absorbs water and its size increases.
  2. Discard the soaked water and add other 2 cups of fresh water.
  3. Pressure cook the soaked Beans/Rajma along with water and salt (as per taste) to 2 whistle on high flame and 2 whistle on low flame or for 10 min on low flame until it becomes soft but not mushy.
  4. Keep it aside and allow it to cool.
Preparing paste for Gravy/curry:
  • Roughly chop the onions, tomato and green chily.
  • Grind these finely chopped onions, tomato, green chili into a fine smooth paste.

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Instruction for Rajma Curry / Beans Curry:
  1. Heat oil in a pan. Once hot, add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom till the fragrance is absorbed in the oil.
  2. Add cumin seeds and saute it until they began to splutter.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and saute it until the raw smell goes off.
  4. Now add the onion tomato paste and mix it well.

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  1. Add dry spices turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, cardamom powder and mix them well. Cook this paste well for 12-15 min or till oil starts separating on the sides and the raw smell goes away.
  1. Add the boiled Beans / Rajma stock into the gravy. If needed add more water to required consistency to make thick or thin gravy.

Boiling Rajma Masala

  1. Add Garam masala and stir it well.  Simmer it for 10 to 15 min on medium flame.
  2. Add chopped corriander leaves for garnishing at top and serve hot with Roti, Naan Chappati, plain Rice or Jeera Rice.

Don’t miss : Kadai Paneer Recipe

 

Rajma Masala Recipe | Kidney Beans Recipe | Pinto Beans Recipe

Kidney beans are are used in variety of traditional dishes usually eaten well cooked. While Rajma Masala goes well with Roti, Naan and Chapati it tastes extremely delicious when served with plain rice or Jeera Rice and is one of my favorite combination too. It is mainly a North Indian dish but is preferred by everyone because of its unique taste and texture. This recipe is a blend of boiled beans in onion tomato based gravy mixed with other spices.
Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian
Keyword Indian Cuisine, Indian Recipes, Kidney beans Recipe, Lunch, Pinto Beans, Rajma Curry, Rajma Masala, Rajma rice, Spicy curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2
Calories 0.312 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Kidney Bean 100 grams
  • 1 Green Chilly
  • 1 Onion  medium size
  • 2 Tomato medium size
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 inch Cinnamon (Dalchini)
  • 2 pods Cardamom (Elaichi) or 1/1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 2 cloves lavang
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri Red chilly powder (optional )
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander leaves for garnishing - 1 tablespoon

Instructions

Preparing Beans / Rajma:

  1. Wash and soak the Beans or Rajma in lot of water and leave it overnight or for 8 to 10 hours so that it absorbs water and its size increases.
  2. Discard the soaked water and add other 2 cups of fresh water.
  3. Pressure cook the soaked Beans/Rajma along with water and salt (as per taste) to 2 whistle on high flame and 2 whistle on low flame or for 10 min on low flame until it becomes soft but not mushy.
  4. Keep it aside and allow it to cool.

Preparing paste for Gravy/curry:

  1. Roughly chop the onions, tomato and green chily.
  2. Grind these finely chopped onions, tomato, green chili into a fine smooth paste.

Instruction for Rajma Curry / Beans Curry:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Once hot, add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom till the fragrance is absorbed in the oil.
  2. Add cumin seeds and saute it until they began to splutter.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and saute it until the raw smell goes off.
  4. Now add the onion tomato paste and mix it well.
  5. Add dry spices turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, cardamom powder and mix them well. Cook this paste well for 12-15 min or till oil starts seperating on the sides and the raw smell goes away.
  6. Add the boiled Beans / Rajma stock into the gravy. If needed add more water to required consistency to make thick or thin gravy.
  7. Add Garam masala and stir it well.  Simmer it for 10 to 15 min on medium flame.
  8. Add chopped corriander leaves for garnishing at top and serve hot with Roti, Naan Chappati, plain Rice or Jeera Rice.

Nutrition Facts*

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 100
Servings Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 132.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.7g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 37.3g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9.9g 40%
Sugars 4.9g
Protein 10.8g 22%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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How to make guacamole

How to make guacamole

Guacamole –

After visiting Mexican restaurants couple of times, I fell in love with guacamole. I always have it on sides along with tortilla chips. I was wondering how to make guacamole, so I tried making it at home. Making guacamole is very quick and easy recipe but I  tried experimenting the regular recipe with yogurt  and it turned out “addictive”.  Choosing right avocados is very important to make tasty guacamole.

The tough part of how to make guacamole is to select avocado that is ripen. If you are trying first time, you may find it difficult to choose right avocado. Try to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. If it yields on applying gentle pressure then it is ready for immediate use. Avocado is one of my favorite fruits due to its great nutrient value. Avocados are full of fat and most of it is monounsaturated, so it’s really a great thing to consume on a regular basis. While browsing I found that Avocados are also good source of soluble fiber which makes it a healthy choice.

Apart from the health benefits, Avocados are also flavorful. We can use it in various recipes like quick sandwiches, steamed vegetable and quinoa salads.

How to make guacamole -Ingredients

Guacamole Recipe

How to make guacamole - step by step method for home made guacamole.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Guacamole recipe, How to make guacamole
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Haas avocados peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 Lime juiced
  • 1 Plum tomato seeded and diced
  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 1/4 Jalapeno pepper seeded and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp Cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp yogurt

How to make guacamole – step by step method:

  •  Start with a ripe avocado on a cutting board and cut it lengthwise around the seed until the knife hits the seed. Remove the seed and scoop out the flesh in a bowl. If you find avocado are not ripen enough, soften it by rubbing between your palms. :Avacado 1200 800
  • Mash it with the help of a fork or spoon. Based on your preferences, you can coarsely mash it or make it a smooth paste. I like guacamole little chunky.Mashed avacad 1200 800
  • Add chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro in the mashed avocado and mix it well. You can adjust the quantity of these ingredients based on your taste preferences
  • Add yogurt and fresh lime juice. Don’t pour too much of lime juice as it can suppress the original taste of the avocados.ava mix NEW 1200 800
  • Add  Jalapeno and salt as per your taste.
  • You can add Cayenne and other spices like cumin to add make it more spicy and tasty.
  • Enjoy it with your favorite tortilla chips!! 🙂

You can enjoy it right away or keep it in refrigerator. But before refrigerating wrap it with plastic cover at the top since it gets brown by air contact. Usually Guacamole is served with tortilla chips but If your are health conscious, you can consume it as sides along with steamed vegetables.

Also see : Kidney Bean Recipe

Don’t miss: Sago Pudding

Dahi Parwal curry | Pointed Gourd with Yogurt

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Dahi Parwal curry | Pointed Gourd with Yogurt

Dahi Parwal is a famous Bengali dish also known as doi potol. It is very delicious and easy to cook recipe. Though like all recipes of parwal like parwal aloo , parwal curry but dahi parwal curry is very special one. Parwal is very tasty vegetable and it always finds its place in the parties of north India. It is a seasonal vegetable and we can get fresh parwal during summer time. Nowadays we can find this round the year also, thanks to technology upgrades in agriculture.

Ingredients for Dahi Parwal curry
Serves: 2

  1. 250 gm Parwal (Pointed Gourd)
  2. 2 Onion medium size
  3. 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  4. 1 teaspoon Ginger and garlic paste
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Jeera
  6. 1-2 Bay leaf
  7. 2 Cloves
  8. 1/2 stick Cinnamon
  9. 1 teaspoon Kashmiri laal mirch powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper powder
  11. 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  12. 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  13. 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  14. 2 teaspoon Kasoori methi ( Dried fenugreek leaves )
  15. Salt to taste
  16. 150 gm Yogurt (curd / Dahi)
  17. 1/2 bowl Chopped coriander
  18. 1 piece Green chilly ( or as required)
  19. Oil as needed

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Marinating Parwal:

  • Scrap the Parwal lengthwise and chop off the pointed end at both side.
  • Wash and dry the Parwal and apply half cuts in the middle in both the direction, see below:
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  • Mix with little Turmeric and Salt, keep aside:

Method for Dahi Parwal curry :

  • Take onion and make a smooth paste and keep aside.
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  • In a small Bowl add all powdered ingredients (turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and Kashmiri red chilly powder) and add little water to make a smooth paste
  • Heat Oil in a deep bottom Pan or Kadai
  • Fry the Parwal till golden brown. Drain and keep it aside.
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  • Now heat some more oil in the same pan or another pan.
  • Add Bay leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves and whole Cumin seeds. Allow cumin seeds to crackle.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute it till raw flavor is gone.
  • Add the onion paste and masala paste and stir well
  • Cook for 5 minutes while stirring continuously.
  • Now beat the curd in a bowl, slow the heat and pour in the beaten curd gradually while mixing. Usually we avoid mixing curd if the flame is too high.
  • Now you can Add salt, stir well to mix it thoroughly and cook for 2-3 minutes on high heat.
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  • Add the fried Parwal and saute it for a minute.
  • Now add one cup water (or as per consistency required) and lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or till the Parwal becomes soft.
  • Cook till the Oil separates on the side
  • Add Garam Masala powder and Kasoori Methi (dry fenugreek leaves). Mix it and add half spoon ghee into it (optional).
  • Garnish with handful of coriander leaves.

Also SeeSabudana Kheer Recipe

Don’t MissPalak Paneer

Nutrition Facts*

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 250
Servings Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 82.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.2g 14%
Saturated Fat 2.1g 11%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 715mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 9.4g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
Sugars 4.5g
Protein 3.6g 7%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

*This nutrition fact is for general information only. Please check terms of use before using this site

 

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Lifestyle caused Obesity- a serious threat

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Lifestyle caused Obesity

An old proverb says- “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. If we modify it considering today’s scenario, we can say- “All work and no play makes Jack an obese boy”. Imagine how difficult life it would be if a person is carrying 20 to 30 kg of weight on its back for no reason. That’s what happens to you when you gain weight and carry an extra weight of fat with you.  Gaining of weight can be due to many reasons such as hormones, any disease, cancer, drug induced or our own lifestyle. Here we will discuss only about obesity caused by lifestyle or we can say Lifestyle caused Obesity .

Sedentary lifestyle and jobs which bound us to desks is making us obese. Too much munching and snacking and moving little is the real cause of lifestyle caused obesity. Changes in life style like hectic schedule, excessive intake of tea and coffee, addiction to smoking, drugs and drinking alcohol and improper sleep causes obesity. If it were only confined to body’s improper shape, it would not bother much but it leads to life threatening diseases such as arteriosclerosis and heart attack. Unfortunately, obesity is a chronic condition and there is no ‘quick fix’ solution or treatment that is effective for all overweight or obese individuals.

  1. What is obesity?

 Consuming high amount of energy from diet but NOT burning off this gained energy through physical activities causes the excessive energy to get stored in the form of fat in our body and it leads to obesity. Obesity is a condition where a body accumulates so much extra fat that it has negative health implications. If a person gains 20% more weight than the normal weight range, then he is referred as obese. A simple way to know that a person is obese or not is by calculating its BMI (Body Mass Index). The formula for calculating BMI is-

Body Mass Index (BMI) = Mass (m) / height2 (h2)

Common BMI level ranges from-

Underweight- under 18.5 kg/m2

Normal weight- 18.5 – 25 kg/m2

Over weight- 25 – 30 kg/m2

Obese- over 30 kg/m2

  1. How improper lifestyle causes obesity?

  • Improper diet & Lifestyle caused Obesity-

    Dietary habits of people has always been an important factor in causing obesity. Eating easy to cook food, readymade foods, foods loaded with preservatives and fried foods are the real culprit of making a person obese. You should be careful about your diet and read the nutritional facts of your diet. A little judicious decision on what you eat and when you eat can lead you towards a healthy life. Food high on calorie and sugar leads to obesity. Fried foods are quite rich in fats and gets accumulated in our body. Preserved fruit juices with added sugar, carbonated soft drinks etc. are few examples of high calorie food and we should say a big NO to them.

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  • Lack of physical activity-

    The sedentary lifestyle which we follow today is the second cause for obesity. Today’s jobs require a person to  confine to its chair and desk and meeting targets on his desktop, which in turn causes little or no movement. Walking and cycling is a forgotten thing as people rely on their cars even for short distance commute. Children avoid playing out as they are so engrossed playing their video games, play station and watching television. Lack of exercise and physical activities leads to obesity.

  1. How can we control lifestyle caused obesity?
  • Intake of balanced diet-

    A little mind to what we eat can be a complete solution to your problem. Unnecessary eating, skipping meals, substance abuse are few things that needs a little attention before they lead to alarming levels of obesity. Taking small portions of food in regular interval is good for our health. Fried food, sugar rich drinks should be a strict NO. Always consider foods rich in protein, fibers and low on fat, carbohydrate and sugar. Water intake should be on higher side to increase bowel movement and avoid unnecessary eating.

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  • Exercise-

    Physical workout is important to burn the extra stored fat and to liberate excess energy generated by over eating. Regular work outs not only help you get rid of the extra calorie but also keeps you fit, active and energetic. Exercise does not have to be difficult and rigorous. A moderate 30-minute daily workout combined with some physical activity can help get rid of those extra calories. However, it could be tough to squeeze into a schedule, there are some fun-loving exercises such as dancing, swimming and zumba etc.

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  • Physical activity

    Physical activity increases people’s total energy expenditure, which can help them stay in energy balance or even lose weight, as long as they don’t eat more to compensate for the extra calories they burn. It can involve parking your car far away from your workspace, using stairs instead of elevator, bicycling for short distance commute, 10 mins walk-break between your work hours, stretching at your desk and frequent water breaks.

  • Yoga-

    Yoga is a wonderful form of movement that improve flexibility, strength and lose weight. It is always touted as a way to “burn fat without breaking a sweat!”. It is known that stress leads to a poor diet.  Yoga helps to greatly reduce stress, which not only helps you make better decisions but also lowers cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone that causes weight gain.  Lowering your cortisol levels help you lose weight naturally. Yoga postures that help in losing weight are surya namaskar or sun salutation, mayurasana or peacock pose, bhujangasana or cobra pose, matasyasana or fish pose, malasana or garland pose etc. These simple and less energy intensive poses can help you get rid of the excess baggage of weight you are carrying.

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Lifestyle caused Obesity should be considered as a disease which makes our health and life sick. It also impacts our life span due to its various side effects. Losing weight requires balanced diet and regular workout. If you have obesity, losing even 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases!!

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About Author: This is a guest post by Deepti Singh, M. Sc. (Food Microbiology and Toxicology)

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Perfect skin : 5 Natural Tips

How to get perfect skin

Perfect skin

We always have curiosity to know how to get perfect impressive skin and glow the skin naturally. The old axiom “beauty starts from within” is true and no makeup can ever surpass it. When you have perfect skin, you look impressive naturally. Food is the main source to provide supplements to maintain a perfect skin. Super foods are in real sense our super heroes. These foods have incredible properties and one of them is that they are good for having perfect glowing skin naturally. Every person treasured assets like skin and hair and wants his/her dose of nutrients that can keep them glowing and healthy. Free radicals weaken our skin immunity and different metabolic processes which cause different skin problems and glow of our skin is lost.

The nutrients present in super foods help your skin to rejuvenate and thus helping it glow externally and looks perfect. Many of us think that we can look good by applying various cosmetics which is true up to some extent; But if your skin is unhealthy, the cosmetics will not be able to conceal it. So it’s very important to include these super foods to help keep your skin healthy, perfect and glowing:

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Spinach to glow skin –

The food that our famous cartoon character Popeye gulped down his throat most of the time. Well was he aware of its benefits is not known to us but yes for sure it’s good for your skin? Spinach is full of vitamins like vitamin A, B, C, E, K and some important minerals. It is effective in clearing acne and thus maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin B present in spinach protects our skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun which in turn may cause premature ageing and also skin cancer. It also has ample of antioxidants that destroy free radicals which causes early ageing. Vitamin K removes dark circles and skin pigmentation thus rendering radiant skin. Vitamin A improves the skin tone while Vitamin C helps repair skin . So now you know what Popeye might not have known😊!!!

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Oranges to make you skin perfect-

It is considered as super food because of its higher content of Vitamin C that helps in skin and ligament repair. Thus it helps to slows down the process of wrinkle formation. Orange keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized thus making it flawless and naturally radiant and young as the one we see featuring in television commercials. It also has antibacterial properties which prevents acne. It’s a phenomenal fruit for lightning skin complexion. Acidic compounds present in oranges exfoliate the dead skin and regenerates new skin. After knowing these health benefits of oranges, you should consider some orange slices in your fruit salad. You may also have fresh orange juice, but it should consume it as soon as possible for maximum benefit as keeping the juice for long time reduces some nutrient value. Now that was some juicy information for you all, isn’t it?

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These are your friend if you want to boost your day. Almonds rejuvenate skin and remove fine lines and wrinkles thus acting as a natural Botox. Vitamin E present in almonds acts as an anti-ageing compound and helps in skin tightening. They have properties to treat skin problems such as acne, pimples, scar lines etc. Vitamin E nourishes our skin and prevents it from sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Oil present in almonds makes your skin soft and supple. Eating almonds maintains the tone and texture of the skin as it generates new cells. It can be also helpful to cure rashes, chapped skin, irritation and itching .  So go and grab some almonds for radiant skin.

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 These are bestowed with the title of super foods because these are highly rich in antioxidants or free radical scavengers. They are also called ‘little blue dynamos’ . It makes our skin youthful looking and dullness of skin will be a forgotten thing. Blueberries are good source of vitamins A, C and E which have amazing effects on your skin. Vitamin C brightens your dull skin. The collagen present in our skin is responsible for its suppleness and tightness. Nutrients present in blueberries promote growth of these collagen fibers thus removing fine lines and wrinkles. Blueberries have salicylic acid that can remove dead skin, open the clogged pores and is an important ingredient in anti-acne products. So, let’s pop up some of them or make smoothies with yogurt before it’s too late on part of our skin.

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Who doesn’t like yogurt? That too when it is available in different flavors!!! Yogurt is loaded with lactic acid. Lactic acid is helpful to remove dark spots. It acts as bleaching agents to clean our skin.  It also has antibacterial properties which kill some bacteria that could cause acne. Lactic acid present in yogurt dissolves dead skin and tighten pores. Tightened pores prevent excess oil from leaking out and thus preventing worst nightmare acne from popping out. For getting its maximum benefits take a bowlful of yogurt and top it up with fresh fruits or chopped nuts. You can consume it traditionally in form of buttermilk.

       Lifestyle impacts your skin, take care of yourself

Increasing lifestyle stress and pollution is causing a variety of skin problems and  these super foods could be helpful to handle these skin problems. Scientists claim that the newest source of high protein super foods may be insects like bugs, crickets, grasshoppers and ants so before these creepy things get in our diet chart you should try out these super foods which are delicious and nutritious. The secret to flawless radiant skin doesn’t lie in your makeup kit but yes it does in your food.  Perfect skin comes from intake of perfect diet and the above mentioned super foods may do some miracles to your skin, glowing you look like a super star. Hope this article was helpful to understand how to get a perfect skin.

This is a guest post by Deepti Singh (M.Sc. Food Biology And Toxicology), Thanks Deepti !!

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Parwal Aloo Curry | Aloo Potol |pointed gourd potato

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Parwal Aloo Curry

Parwal Aloo Curry is famous dish ,mostly prepared in northeast part of India. Due to its great taste, it always finds its place during  parties or any special occasional. We can prepare this dish in various ways like Parwal with Yogurt , Parwal fry etc.. My favorite is curry one as we can have it with chapati or rice both.

Ingredients (serving for 2) for Parwal Aloo Curry:

  1. 1 bowl Parwal (250 grams) – chopped lengthwise
  2. 1 big Potato
  3. one medium size finely chopped onion
  4. 2 big size tomato
  5. 1 green chili
  6. Kashmiri red chili powder
  7. 1 spoon ginger garlic paste
  8. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  11.  1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  12. 2 tablespoon Oil for sauteing
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Coriander leaves for garnish

Method for Parwal Aloo Curry:

  • Cut the tomatoes and grind it into a fine paste along with green chilly, ginger, garlic paste and keep it aside.
  • Peel off the skin of the potatoes and  chop it into cubes.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Once heated add Parwal and Potaotes and fry till it softens and turn golden. You can also add little salt so that potato can absorb it well. Flip and take out to another vessel.
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  • Heat oil in the same pan or you can use another pan. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Mix chopped onions and saute it till it turns golden brown.
  • Now you can add tomato ginger garlic paste along with turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilly powder. Cook the spices on a medium flame till oil shows separately.
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  • Add fried vegetables. Mix well and cook for half a minute more.
  • Now add 1 cup water and stir it well. Check the consistency and  add additional water if needed
  • Add fenugreek leaves and cook for 4-5 minutes until it boils.
  • Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
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Delicious Parwal Aloo Curry is ready to serve with chapatti and rice.

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Brain boosting foods -10 foods to boost brain power

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Brain boosting foods – 10 foods to boost your brain power

Health problems pose a risk in our life and it could happen at any stage of life. The main cause of early life diseases are the way we live our life these days; unhealthy eating, smoking, drinking and less of physical works are few of them. Our lifestyle has the highest impact on our health. Diseases such as obesity, heart problems and diabetes are few lifestyle diseases and according to a survey, certain lifestyle factors may lead to early onset of memory problems irrespective of person’s age. Brain boosting foods can help us tackle such issues.

The food you eat play an important role in keeping your brain healthy and can improve specific mental tasks, such as memory and concentration. Your brain is a big deal for you. You can help support your brain health and boost your alertness, memory and mood by strategically choosing your diet plan including these 10 brain boosting foods in your diet.

    1. Blueberries-

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    You might have felt fatigue, dizziness, loss of memory and brain fog. It could be due to free radicals produced by different biological processes. These free radicals can damage our brain cells. Blueberries provide antioxidants that can scavenge these free radicals that might damage your brain cells and helps in proper functioning of brain. Now you know why blueberries are classified under “super foods”.

     

    1. Eggs-

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    A very common food item on almost every breakfast table. The bright yellow yolk inside the white albumen of egg is rich in choline and vitamin B. Choline helps in formation of acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter (a chemical necessary for transmission of nerve impulses). Thus helps in maintaining memory and communication among brain cells.

     

    1. Walnuts-

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    Have you ever thought about how does your brain looks alike. Yes it looks like a walnut and to no surprise, eating it improves your brain power. Walnuts are rich in DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) which is an omega 3 fatty acid that is the primary structural component of your brain. Thus it protects brain health and prevent early age related dementia.

     

    1. Broccoli-

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    It has two nutrients that helps brain in its proper functioning the first one you are already aware of is choline as mentioned earlier and the second one is vitamin K. Vitamin K sharpens your memory and keeps dementia away in older peoples and up to some extent Alzheimer’s disease too. Now you know why it is included in brain boosting foods.

     

    1. Dark chocolate-

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    Who doesn’t love chocolates? But you will love it more when you will get to know that they are one of the richest source of antioxidants that protect your brain cells from oxidizing and thus from damaging by free radicals. Dark chocolate is also rich in flavanol which helps in reducing memory loss in adults.

     

    1. Coconut oil-

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    As vehicles needs fuel to run, like wise our brain cells also need fuel to function properly and brain can get its fuel from coconut oil. Medium chain triglycerides present in coconut oil breakdown into ketons which acts as brain fuel. It may help to some extent in dementia. Hence it is included in brain boosting foods.

     

    1. Oily fish-

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    Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) occur naturally in oily fishes. DHA and EPA both act as structural component of human brain that keeps brain healthy and evades chances of memory loss and has incredible impact on depression. EPA and DHA is very important for normal brain functioning and development throughout life.

     

    1. Turmeric

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    “Spice for life” yes you heard it right till now you have known turmeric as a coloring and flavoring agent in foods but here is why it is called spice for one’s life. A compound curcumin found in turmeric has an immense therapeutic use. It acts as an antioxidant, anti inflammatory and anti proliferative. It plays a vital role in curing brain tumors, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

     

    1. Pumpkin seeds-

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    Due to its benefits to brain health they are called “super seeds”. They not only contain omega 3 fatty acids which maintain brain health but also contains high amount of magnesium nutrient which provides calming effects to the brains. It helps in preventing dementia that occurred at an early age of life. Pumpkin seeds also contain vitamin E and antioxidants like carotenoids.

     

    1. Avocado-

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    They are rich in monosaturated fats which promote good inflow of blood to brain cells thus enhancing its functionality. Promoting blood inflow leads to highly functioning brain. It is also packed with amino acid and antioxidants which helps to reduce blood pressure. It is also good for nervous system to help relief stress .

     

    To sum up, we can say that in our busy live schedule, we should take out a few moments for our body. Try going out and run, jog, meditate, exercise and sweat out for body’s proper functioning. Wisely select your diet along with healthy  lifestyle. We may consider these 10 brain boosting foods to sharpen our brain and boost the brain power

About Author: This is a guest post by Deepti Singh, M. Sc. (Food Microbiology and Toxicology)

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