Cucumber Koottu/ Green Apple

Summer Special – Beat the Heat, as we know Cumber is the natural body coolant. We can feel the fact by consuming this on a regular basis and much more health benefits of cucumber can be explained in short form by the below image for a better understanding of the benefits of cucumber. This has a bland taste with plenty of water content. This is used to serve as salads in most of the menu list so that the benefits of cucumber will have no loss of its nutritional value. Very fewer recipes are made with this vegetable. Here we have one interesting recipe just to mix and eat but, not a salad in the form of Koottu. This koottu is very easy and delicious to serve with roti, Chappathi and Biriyani children may like to have this mixed with plain cooked rice.

1) Hydration. The electrolytes in cucumbers can help prevent dehydration. …

2) Bone health. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, and it may support bone health. …

3) Cancer. …

4) Cardiovascular health. …

5) Diabetes. …

Inflammation. …

Skincare.

Method to Prepare: Serves two Person

To Grind Ingredients:

Green chili-2

Coconut grated-2 tbsp

Cumin-1/2 tso

Salt-1/2 tsp

In addition to add

Cucumber-2

(Shallots -2 chopped if you prefer I have not added here)

Yoghurt-1/2 cup or 1 tablespoon of Lemon juice

Seasoning: This step is optional

Oil-1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds

Curry leaves

Grind Mix and Serve:

Peel the skin and grate the cucumber. Cucumber has a lot of water content in it, clever use of this juice to grind the above-given ingredients, do not add water to grind.

Extract juice from cucumber by squeezing.

Grind the above mentioned, Green chilli, coconut and cumin to a smooth paste by adding this juice no water.

Now take a wide bowl, add grated cucumber, ground paste salt and yoghurt or lemon extra as you prefer to serve, Seasoning it with mustard and curry leaves.

Combination to serve:

Roti, Chapathi, or even with Vathal kulambu,Kara Kulambu and plain cooked rice.

Green Apple:Green Apple -1
Chopped onion -1
*To Grind:*
Coconut 2 tbsp
Green chilli -1
Cumin-1/2 tsp
Curs-2 tbsp
*Method*
Grate Apple, squeeze the juice .
Grind the above mentioned “To Grind”
Ingredients by adding this squeezed juice to a smooth paste, add salt.

Now, heat pan with a teaspoon of ghee season it with mustard seeds, and asafoetida.
Add curry leaves and chopped onion saute for a while and switch off flame add this to the grated Apple mix along, grind paste and a table spoon of curd mix well and serve with Chapathi or variety rice

Honey Gooseberry

Honey Gooseberry/Thean Nellikkai in Tamil, Amla in Hindi- It has innumerable medicinal values but tastes sour and bitter to consume more so we used to dip in salt to have a pleasant taste. We can make many recipes with Gooseberries as Jam, Pickle, juice, in sambar and Rasam too and as dried varieties, even though we can consume these taste very little only, this Honey Amla will be tasty and healthy to consume more as much as we like to enjoy.

It is a great source of Vitamin C and is absorbed easily by the body, unlike Vitamin C supplements. Prepare dried amla using honey to make it even more savoury. … Regular intake of amla not only leads to healthy and glowing skin but also improves eyesight, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar and lipids.his humble fruit, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is one of the most important foods in Ayurvedic medicine and is a storehouse of good health. It has almost twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. Use this inexpensive wonder fruit to stay well this winter.

Cures sore throat and cold: Amla is a great source of Vitamin C. Mix 2 teaspoons of amla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it three to four times a day for immediate and effective results.

Amla reduces constipation: Being rich in fibre, amla manages constipation trouble

Amla helps heal painful mouth ulcers: If taken in liquid form, amla can also cure mouth ulcers. Dilute amla juice in half a cup of water, gargle and you’re set.

Amla has anti-inflammatory properties: Amla helps in reducing arthritis-related pain. Snack on dried amla or have it fresh and raw. Both work.Amla candy is good for eyesight and for the brain. Picture courtesy: Theindianvegan.blogspot.in.

Helps in weight loss: Are you working out hard to reduce your weight? Including amla in your diet will achieve amazing benefits as it improves metabolism and aids in faster digestion.

Here are some ways to use Amla or Amlaki (nectar of life in Sanskrit) in your daily life:  

Dried amla for snacking: The luscious, tangy-sweet flavour of this fruit makes it a perfect winter-time snack. It is a great source of Vitamin C and is absorbed easily by the body, unlike Vitamin C supplements. Prepare dried amla using honey to make it even more savoury.

Amla powder for your hair: Amla is one of the most nourishing herbs for the hair. It acts as a natural conditioner for healthy, shiny hair. It also slows down the greying process. Amla helps strengthen hair follicles, and increases blood circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. Use amla oil or mix amla powder in henna and apply on your hair.

Amla for glowing skin: This wonder berry is known to be the best anti-ageing fruit according to traditional Indian medicine. Regular intake of amla not only leads to a healthy and glowing skin but also improves eye sight, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar and lipids. Eat as murabba, pickles or candies; but consume it daily.

The easiest way to have amla is either raw or if you have a taste for it, you could even keep some dried amla candy with you to munch on whenever hungry. This will tackle the junk factor in your life without compromising on taste! Even Honey Amla…

Honey Amla

Amla reduces constipation: Being rich in fibre, amla manages constipation troubles.

Amla helps heal painful mouth ulcers, Amla has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients:

Goosebery-200 gms

Jaggery-2 tbsp

Honey-150ml

Method:

  1. Wash and wipe gooseberries/Amla with a soft cloth. (Add a pinch of limestone powder to avoid shrinks on gooseberry on the final process).

2. Steam cook gooseberries for 3 minutes, Make sure not to cook for a long time this process is just to deseed. No need to cook soft.

3. Deseed, leave it to dry for 3 hours. Indoor is fine no need to dry under the direct sun.

Take a glass jar and add grated jaggery first then the deseeded Gooseberries.

Leave it for a day it will ooze out juice when it is incorporated with powdered Jaggery.

Now, Remove the liquid separately this can be used as a juice or otherwise bring it to boil the juice for one string consistency and add it to the gooseberries for more sweetness or optionally to have reduced honey to it.

If you do not need more sweetness you can soak in only Honey after the deseeding process. Honey acts as a preservative here

For Amla Candy:

Remove from syrup if excess and dry under hot sun for two days.

Store it in a jar for daily usage.

Beet Green Thuvattal

Try to utilize the values, stop throwing the away your Beet greens!!!

Beet greens are packed with high amounts of vitamins and nutrients, including iron, protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and fiber. They also are extremely low in calories, fat, and cholesterol. help lower blood pressure. 

Beet greens also help fight inflammation, improve digestive health, support brain health, and contain anti-cancer properties. Beets are ranked as a superfood for several obvious reasons. Their bulbs and leaves alike possess healthy properties to help keep you in great physical and mental shape.

Beetgreen Thuvattal:

Ingredients:

Beet green a bunch clean and wash thoroughly.

Onion-1

Green chilli-2

Boiled thoor dal-2 tbsp

Coconut grated-1 tbsp

Salt-1/4 tsp

To Season:

Oil-2 tsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Cumin- one pinch

Urad dal-1/2 tsp

Method:

Peel and cut onion,Green chili.

Heat pan with oil and add “To season items” let it splutter.

Add chopped onion and green chili saute for a while and add greens saute for 3 minutes sprinkle some water close and cook soft.

Now add boiled dal and coconut saute for 3 more minutes to get fried in medium flame.

Delicious Beet green Thuvattal is ready to serve.

Suggestion:

Can be served with Rice condiments, stuffed to pack rotis and rolled Dosa.

Curry leaves twig soup

We use Curry leaves for aroma and flavour in most of our Indian cuisines.

We normally used to discard the twigs from curry leaves, as we do not really get to know the benefits held in it and not more recipes can be done with the twig is another reason we throw these twigs. We can make soup out of it which is very healthy and as any time soup.

Link for this recipe in Tamil Version:

https://wp.me/p6uzdK-im

In the primeval times, the curry leaf branches have played a significant role in good oral hygiene. The thin twigs or branches were used as a datun (i.e. natural brush) for cleaning the teeth, strengthening the teeth and gums and protecting them from harmful bacteria and air borne microbes. These days in modern ayurvedic treatments the powder of the leaves or the raw leaves are being used as tooth powder for preserving good oral health.

Curry leaves play a pivotal role in the field of weight loss. The leaves when eaten raw or consumed as juice or soup, serves as a detox drink to cleanse the body from within, burn fat, reduce bad cholesterol and enhance digestion. Taking curry leaves regularly is bound to show promising results.

Packed with essential vitamins, carbohydrates, fibre and volatile oils, curry leaves play a vital role in controlling diabetes, treating heart problems, preventing infections and also providing beautiful hair and skin.

Pluck 30-40 fresh curry leaves with its twigs. add this magic drink to your daily regimen as soup

Ingredients:

Curry leaf twigs- 8 to 10

Shallots-3

Garlic pods-2

Tomato small-1

Green chilli-1

Toor dal-2 tsp

Turmeric powder-2 pinch

Salt-1/4 tsp

pepper-1/4 tsp

To season:

Butter/oil-1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds- 2 few

Pepper corns-3

Fennel-1 pinch

Method to prepare:

Curry leave twigs few, cut in to random pieces. Peel the skin of onion, garlic, cut tomato.

Add a few curry leaves, onion, garlic, tomato and Toor dal pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles.

Once it gets cool to release pressure mash it well with a wooden (mathu) strain it to get clear extract of the soup

Season it with the above-mentioned ingredients allow it to boil for few minutes.

Add salt and pepper serve hot. It has a similar taste of mutton Elumbu (bone soup)

Note:

To enhance the taste you can add, grind coriander seeds-1/4 tsp

Cumin-1/4 tsp garlic pod-1

and pepper corns few. Mix and allow it to boil after seasoning.

Tomato Clear soup

Tomato clear soup is common and loved by most of the soup lovers.

Normally I don’t prefer soup in thick consistency. It should be diluted with nice aroma and toothsome taste.

My family members prefer soup as regular intake is another interesting one for me to try many healthy soup recipes. I like to feed them with tasty soups to enjoy. Already tomato dal soup recipe is posted for both drinking and to mix with rice. This recipe is for drinking as such with some soup biscuits.

Ingredients:

Tomato-1 big(steam and peel skin)

Onion shallots-4 nos

Garlic-2 pods

Toor dal- 1 tbsp

Green chili-1

Cook and grind the above to a smooth paste

Salt-1/2 tsp

Sugar-1/4 tsp

Garnish with”

pepper-1/4 tsp

Garam masala powder

Butter-1/2 tsp or oil as you prefer

Coriander leaves chopped

Pressure cook and grind the above ingredients. Strain it to get smooth liquid, add water according to your preferred consistency.

Season it with butter and a pinch of garam masala

Add salt, sugar(optional) and allow it to boil.

Transfer to serving bowl sprinkle some pepper and chopped coriander leaves.

Note:

I don’t add coconut milk you can add if you prefer for enhanced taste.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A.

Pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C, which can help boost your immune system. Its supply of vitamin E, iron and folate may strengthen your immunity as well contents may protect your eyes against sight loss, which becomes more common with age.

Pumpkin is packed with nutrients and yet has under 50 calories per cup (245 grams). This makes it a nutrient-dense food. It’s also a good source of fiber, which may suppress your appetite.

Consistency you prefer to serve:

Soup is a simple method to prepare and consume any time. This can be made diluted to have as a drink soup,

Bit thicker by adding some cream to have rich creamy soup.

Semi gravy consistency to have with Roti or Bread this can be made as a dip according to our necessity and preference of meal to decide to serve.

Ingredients:

Pumpkin-150 gms

Onion shallots-4 nos

Garlic-3 pods

Green chili-1 small

Tomato small or half

Salt-1/4 tsp

Pepper

Roasted bread pieces few

Pumpkin seeds few to have a crunchy bite

To season:

Gram masala powder a pinch

Butter-1/2 tsp

Method:

Peel skin and wash, pressure cook for 2 whistles, pumpkin, onion, garlic, and tomato.

Once it comes to normal temperature, drain the water

(broth) in the cooked vegetable keep aside we can add it in the next step.

Grind the cooked ingredients to get a smooth consistency of soup.

Now add cooked veg broth and water according to your preferrable consistency.

Now, season it with the above-mentioned butter and garam masala a pinch for mild aroma add the soup allow it to boil for few seconds, add pepper and salt.

Serve warm with the roasted bread pieces and pumpkin seeds and pepper powder. which makes you heavenly delight.

Ladies Finger Soup

Ladies Finger Soup:

Soup is primarily liquid food helps in easy digestion for all including baby, soup for children, soup for all men and women. No age barrier to having soup healthy or sick, soup is served. It increases your appetite, mild and yummy drink before your main meal.

Ingredients:

Ladies finger (woody is good)-4nos

Garlic-3pods

Onion-3nos

Green chilli-1

Salt-1/2 tsp

Pepper powder-1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder-2 pinches

Toor dal-1 tbsp

To season:

Butter-1/2 tsp

Cumin or Fennel-1/4 tsp

Garam masala powder-a pinch

Method:

  1. Boil Toor dal, onion, garlic, green chilli three to four whistle.
  2. Let it cool, mash it and add 3 cups of water strain it if you prefer here I have not done and kept ready.
  3. Heat pan, add butter and season it with your interesting spices, now add the cut ladies finger and saute for 3 minutes in medium flame partially roasted, add the soup prepared and allow it to boil.
  4. Add Turmeric powder and salt.
  5. Once the ladies finger is cooked, transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle some pepper and chopped coriander.

Herb clear soup

Herb clear soup:

Sounds different right?

Yes, taste and aroma are awesome everyone will like it. Easy to prepare in minutes, no wastage policy. Normally we throw the Coriander stem, Mint stem, curry leaves twigs here we use these as main ingredient to make soup. Surprisingly unbelievable taste to say, try you will realize it.

Now we will try to keep herbs in stock for usage. Normally, we collect leaves to store in the refrigerator and throw the stem as unwanted now on-words don’t throw it collect and make soup. The same method can be followed to prepare drumstick stem soup.

Healthy soup ingredients:

To Boil:

Coriander stem, Mint stem ( Pudhina) Curry leaves-1 cup

Clean and cut roughly to cook.

Toor Dal cooked 1 tablespoon

Onion shallots-4

Garlic pods-3

Green chilli-1

Tomato one half

To Season:

Butter-1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds-a pinch/Garam masala 1 pinch

Cury leaves

Turmeric powder-2 pinch

Salt-1/4 tsp

Pepper-2 pinch

Few drops of lime juice on serving

Method:

Boil the above mentioned “To Boil ingredients” in the pressure cooker for 3 to 5 whistles.

Once it cools down mash it well and strain using the stainless steel strainer.

Note: If you prefer the soup bit thicker consistency you can grind in the mixie for second add water and strain it. (Remove sticks in the boiled soup and grind)

Heat pan, add butter and season it with “To season” ingredients. Add salt, turmeric powder and curry leaves, allow it to boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

Now sprinkle pepper and serve, garnish with few chopped coriander leaves and lime juice if prefered.

For children, a tablespoon of coconut milk can be added while boiling. add milk and switch off immediately it gets curdle if allowed to boil for a long time.

Yummy Herb clear soup is ready to serve with some vegetable fritters.

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Ragi Rotti

Ragi Roti:

Rich in Iron, Calcium, fiber and gluten-free. It’s packed with calcium, good carbs, amino acids, and Vitamin D. Easy to prepare, healthy to have as breakfast. Tomato chutney and the combination of coconut chutney will enhance the taste to enjoy the breakfast, simply awesome with powdered sugar cane jaggery. (Nattu chakarai)

A whole grain is one that contains all three parts of the kernel – the bran, germ, and endosperm while refined grains are processed to retain only the endosperm. This makes whole grains healthier as they contain the fibre-dense bran and along with other essential nutrients that are not lost due to processing.

Sweet Ragi Roti:

Sweet Ragi Roti is very delicious to eat at any time. Iron-rich roti with the enhanced taste and aroma of cardamom.

Its nutritional value increases the immunity and keep us healthy to fight with unknown viral infections.

Ingredients to prepare sweet Roti:

Ragi Flour-1 cup

Jaggery powdered-1/4 cup

Elaichi powder-a pinch

Coconut grated-1/4 cup

water-1 1/2cup

Method to prepare:

Take a pan, add one-half cup of water bring it to boil. Add powdered jaggery to the boiling water once the jaggery dissolves, filter the syrup and bring it to the pan again.

Add, grated coconut, elaichi powder and Ragi flour to the syrup.

Cook on the medium flame till it becomes thick to make patties (partially cooked form)

switch off stove, devide the cooked flour to equal balls.

Take a piece of Banana leaf/ butter paper grease the leaf, place a ball and make it to thin patties as much as possible. wet your hands or grease it to make the process easy.

Heat Iron tawa, place the patties and cook both the sides smear some ghee or butter cook both the side in medium flame.

Serve rotties hot. It can be store for 3 days to consume.

Milk Mix Panagarkandu

Milk Mix Panagarkandu:

This is a highly effective method of having this milk to reduce Cough, cold and throat infection. During the winter season not only for children usually, everyone has to come across these possibilities. To get rid of this we can take some precautionary method to handle easily at home

“Win the Winter”

This homemade mix has innumerable medicinal values. Better avoid store-bought packed mix.

Make this mix in advance ready to prepare milk in a few minutes.

Ingredients:

Panagarkandu-1 cup(200 grams)

Pepper corns-1 heap teaspoon

Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon

Dry ginger-1 inch piece

Single-step to make this mix ready, Just grind altogether and sieve it to have a fine powder.

Store and use whenever you feel some discomfort to be treated.

Boil milk with the ratio of 50/50 milk and water bring it to boil, add a teaspoon of this mix switch off and filter. Drink warm before your bedtime.