Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Chicken Pepper Fry -Ramadan Special

Ingredients
1.Chicken  300 gms
2.Onion  75 gms
3.Curry leaves 5 gms
4.Salt to taste
5.Oil 20 ml
6.Garlic 10 gms
Grinding:
 1.Turmeric 2 gms
2.Chilly powder 5 gms
3.Pepper corns 10 gms
4.Cumin 3 gms
5.Ginger 5 gms  

Preparation Method

•Wash chicken pieces and cook in half a cup of water adding salt and the ground spices till tender.
•Fry chopped onion and curry leaves in oil till golden brown.
•Add the cooked chicken and fry for few minutes.

Another Method
•Boil the chicken pieces in salt and turmeric.
•Then fry onion and curry leaves and add the boiled chicken and
•Then the masalas and
•fry for few minutes

Kerala Beef Fry recipe -Ramadan Special

Ingredients
1.Beef -1kg
2.onions -2medium(sliced)
3.green chillies -6-8
4.ginger -1 chopped
5.coriander pwdr -2tsp
6.Garlic -8 pods
7.Tomatoes -2chopped
8.Cinnamon -1
9.Cloves -5
10.cardomom-5
11.Perunjeerakam 4 tsp
12.Blackpeppercorns 20
13.turmeric pwdr 1/2 tsp
14.pepper pwdr 1/2 tsp

Preparation Method
Mix meat with all ingredients except cardomom, cloves, pepper corns & perunjeerakam.
•Grind the above 4 spices to a masala.
•Now cook the beef with the ground masala & salt in a pressure cooker till cooked(appr. 15 min.) around 80% cooked.
•Heat the oil & splutter mustard seeds &add the chopped onions & saute & then the coconut peices & curry leaves till light brown.
•Now add the meat &cook till gravy is dry & dark brown  

Ramadan special -Beef Ularthiyathu

Ingredients
1.Beef (trimmed) ½ kg
2.Red chilli powder ¾ spoon
3.Coriander powder 1 tsp
4.Turmeric powder ½ tsp
5.Pepper powder ¼ tsp
6.Cummins (Jeera) 1 pinch
7.Cinnamon 2 pinch
8.Cloves 3-4
9.Cardamom 2
10.Shallots (sliced) 100 g
11.Garlic (flakes) 1 big clove
12.Ginger 1 piece
13.Curry leaves 2 sprigs
14.Coconut (cut into small pieces) 100 g
15.Vinegar ½ tsp
16.Salt to taste
17.Coconut oil 50 ml
18.Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Preparation Method
Grind all spices together into a fine paste.
•Marinate beef with the spice paste and keep aside.
•Add ginger, garlic, shallots, curry leaves, coconut, vinegar and salt to the marinated meat and mix thoroughly.
•Cook meat on a slow fire till tender.
•Temper beef with coconut oil, mustard seed, curry leaves, shallots and crushed garlic.
•Serve hot.

Nombu Kanji - Ramadan special Recipe

Ingredients for Nombu Kanji 
  •   Lamb or beef(minced) – ½ cup
  •  Broken rice – 2 small cups  (soaked in water and later drained)
  •  Green gram(Cheruparipppu) – ½ cup  (soaked in water and later drained)
  •  Vegetables(chopped) – 1 cup
  •  Onion(medium) – 2 nos  (thinly sliced)
  •  Tomato(medium) – 1 no  (finely chopped)
  •  Green chillies – 2 - 3 nos
  •  Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  •  Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  •  Chilly powder – 1 tsp
  •  Cumin seeds(Jeerakam) – ½ tsp
  •  Coconut – ½ no
  •  Cinnamon(Karugapatta) sticks – 1 – 2 nos
  •  Cloves(Grambu) – 3 - 4 nos
  •  Salt – As reqd
  •  Coriander leaves(chopped) – A little
  •  Mint leaves – A few
  •  Ghee/oil – 1 – 2 tbsp
Preparation Method of Nombu Kanji - Ramzan special Recipe
1)Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker.
2)Splutter cumin seeds followed by cinnamon sticks and cloves.
3)Add onion and green chillies and sauté till the onions turn light brown.
4)Add the meat and sauté again till it too turns light brown.
5)Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté till you get rid of the raw smell.
6)Add tomato and sauté well till it gets blended well.
7)Add turmeric powder and chilly powder and stir well.
8)Add the vegetables, mix well and sauté for a while.
9)Add green gram and broken rice and mix well.
10)Fry the rice and dhal for a while. 
11)Add about 4 cups of water and mix well again.
12)Add salt and mix well.
13)Pressure cook for 5 –10 mins or till done.
14)Add thick coconut milk and mix well, if more water is reqd.:- Serve hot or warm.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Barley

Barley US Penny ($.01) for size comparison (pe...Image via Wikipedia Barley has many medicinal virtues. Pearled barley, which is the form the grain is largely eaten and consumed as a food by invalids. The malt prepared from barley is used in the preparation of malt extract for the incorporation in the diet of the infant and the invalid.
 The partially germinated and dried grain is the source of malt extract which is more nutritious than the un malted barley. Malt extract consists chiefly of dextrin and malt sugar and contains the ferment diastase enzyme which is developed during the malting process. This ferment diastase possesses the power of converting starch into dextrin and sugar, thus assisting in the digestive of starchy or farinaceous foods.
•Digestive System Disorders :- The pearl barley has always been used by orient traditional physicians for the healing and the rejuvenation of the digestive system. A simple, yet effective folk remedy was to make a barley
Barley contains eight essential amino acids.[35][36] According to a recent study, eating whole grain barley can regulate blood sugar (i.e. reduce blood glucose response to a meal) for up to 10 hours after consumption compared to white or even whole-grain wheat, which has a similar glycemic index. The effect was attributed to colonic fermentation of indigestible carbohydrates. Barley can also be used as a coffee substitute.

Hulled barley (or covered barley) is eaten after removing the inedible, fibrous outer hull. Once removed, it is called dehulled barley (or pot barley or scotch barley).Considered a whole grain, dehulled barley still has its bran and germ making it a nutritious and popular health food. Pearl barley (or pearled barley) is dehulled barley which has been steam processed further to remove the bran.[38] It may be polished, a process known as "pearling". Dehulled or pearl barley may be processed into a variety of barley products, including flour, flakes similar to oatmeal, and grits.
Barley—Low GI, Low GL
Now let’s get back to barley, an exceptionally nutritious and healthy food for humans. On average, pearl barleys have an extremely low GI—25—and a relatively low GL—11—an excellent combination. We say “on average” because for most foods, many factors can affect these values, e.g., age, ripeness, processing method, cooking method, the presence of additives (salt, sugar, spices, butter, etc.), and the presence of other foods in the same meal. Any of these could significantly change the GI and, therefore, the GL of the individual food in question—and, therefore, of the overall meal. For that matter, these values can vary from person to person and even in the same person from day to day. So averages are all we can go on.

There are also differences among the different varieties of a given food, such as the cultivars of barley (cultivars are to barley as varietals are to grapes—they’re members of the same species, but with significant, sometimes dramatic, differences in composition and appearance). One barley cultivar that stands out is called Prowashonupana.  “Prowash,” as it’s called for short, was developed in the 1990s by plant breeders at Montana State University as a hulless cultivar that’s low in starch, high in protein, and very high in fiber—it has two to three times the amount of fiber as most other cereal grains.2

Prowash Is Naturally Rich in Healthful Beta-Glucan

A major portion of the fiber in Prowash is a highly beneficial soluble fiber. It takes the form of viscous polysaccharides called beta-glucans, which are known for their ability to reduce cholesterol levels.*3 In barley, the beta-glucans are found throughout the entire kernel, whereas in most other grains, they’re concentrated in the outer bran layer and can thus easily be lost in processing.

brew and sip throughout the day, while restricting intake of other foods. This folk remedy has helped many people even to this day.
The barely brew is prepared by boiling one-quarter cup of all natural pearled barley in about 2.5 litres of water. When the water has boiled down to about 1.25 litres, it should be strained carefully. This all natural barley brew helps digestive rejuvenation in two ways. It has a demulcent or soothing
 response and relieves the burning digestive actions. It has also a mucilaginous response and introduces a natural oily substance which helps to protect the abraded mucous membrane of the digestive system. Once the digestive system is thus soothed and healed, it can promote better assimilation of foods.
•Fever :- Barley is also useful in fever and all inflammatory conditions on account of its soothing properties.
• Urinary Disorders :- Barley gruel with butter milk and lime juice is an excellent diuretic carbohydrate food. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of urinarv disorders like nephritis and cystitis.
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Cranberry juice-The health enhancing benefit

Cranberry juice was first made by American settlers in 1683. It is a love it or hate it beverage. For those who like it, it has a number of health benefits. Let me share some of those.
Emulsifies Fat
This is for all of you that have some excess fat to lose. According to Nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., Cranberry juice contains high levels of organic acids, which have an emulsifying effect upon fat deposits. She generally suggests it along with some flax seed or flax seed oil.
Urinary infections
When it comes to urinary tract infections caused by a strain of E coli bacteria, cranberry juice compounds may help. Some of the compounds in the juice block the bacteria from sticking to the cells in the body, so that the body can more easily flush the bacteria out.
Respiratory Infections
Study results in 2002 suggest that cranberry juice may inhibit a type of bacteria that is a common cause of ear and respiratory infections in children. This is according to researchers at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
In this study it was found that cranberry juice can inhibit certain strains of Haemophilus influenzae, a type of bacteria found in the nose and throat of 75% of healthy children and adults. The bacteria can also cause infections, and may be responsible for up to 40% of bacterially-derived middle ear infections.
In this study, the researchers found that the juice could prevent certain strains of the bacteria from sticking to red blood cells or mouth cells, a step that can allow the bacteria to linger in the body. It seemed that the juice inhibited the bacteria's pili, the hair-like structures that allow them to adhere to surfaces. The juice had no effect on strains of Haemophilus influenza that lacked pili.
While the results took place in test tubes, this certainly would be something to keep in mind for children and adults who get throat and ear infections.
Don't overdo the juice!
I do want to warn you that excessive consumption of juices. Drinking too much fruit juice can contribute to obesity, the development of cavities (dental caries), diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems, such as excessive gas, bloating and abdominal pain. Children especially, as their bodies are smaller for the amount of juice ingested.
Recipe
Consider this more of a medicinal drink than a beverage, and you will do fine. Probably 3 cups a day for an adult, and a half cup 3 times a day for a child, until symptoms abate. 
1 tea bag of Green Tea or Chai Green Tea
(Chia green tea contains ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove along with green tea)
2 cups unsweetened Cranberry Juice
Bring one pint of water to a rolling boil. Insert your tea bag and steep 3 to 6 minutes. Pour into a one quart container. Add two cups of unsweetened Cranberry Juice. Store in the refrigerator and use within three days.You can drink this cold or warm it up and drink. If you have used regular green tea you can add a very small pinch of any of the spices mentioned above that is in the Chia tea, for more flavor.
Health benefits
Cranberry juice is known to have various health benefits. These include: Cranberry juice contains phytochemicals, which may help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cranberry juice is high in oxalate, and has been suggested to increase the risk for developing kidney stones, although more recent studies have indicated it may lower the risk.Cranberry Juices are usually free from artificial colourings, making them suitable for those who do not consume food dyes.
 Cranberry juice and urinary tract infection (UTI)
A known claim is that cranberry juice may help prevent and relieve the symptoms of urinary tract infections by primary and secondary means. The primary means works on the bacteria directly by altering the molecular structure of the fimbriae on the pathogenic strains of the bacteria that cause the infections.The properties of the proanthocyanidins in cranberries prevents the bacteria from adhering to the surface of the bladder and urinary tract.[5] The secondary means works indirectly on the bacteria by changing the intravesical pH (the pH of the bladder's contents) making it more acidic.
However, a recent randomized control trial was unable to show that among women with an acute UTI, drinking cranberry juice (8 oz of 27% twice daily) would reduce the incidence of a second UTI.
 Health issues
Although cranberry juice may help prevent growth of bacteria, its pH may be as acidic as 2.3–2.5, which is more acidic than most soft drinks, which could potentially dissolve tooth enamel over time.
Historically, cranberry fruits and leaves were used for a variety of problems, such as wounds, diarrhea, diabetes, stomach ailments, and liver problems. Most notably, cranberry products have been used in the hope of preventing or treating urinary tract infections. The berries are used to produce beverages and many other food products, as well as dietary supplements in the form of extracts, capsules, or tablets.
Research has examined the use of cranberry in preventing urinary tract infections but study sizes have been too small to provide a definitive answer. Recently, an NCCAM-funded study in Clinical Infectious Diseases found that cranberry juice—given to college-aged women who just recovered from a bladder infection—did not prevent urinary tract infections from coming back. 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Traditional Kozhikode Halwa

EVERY city has at least one sweet named after it and in Kozhikode; it is the thick, black, yellow and white glutinous Kozhikode Halwa. Every sweet shop, every bakery, every major store selling food items and packaged foods, sells the ever-present Calicut Halwa. You will find the Halwa stacked behind a glass counter, a big, fat, black mass, glistening with oil, and with a sickly sweet smell about it. Visitors to the city are initiated into developing a Kozhikode Halwa fix by crafty salespersons in these stores who cut a thin slice of the sweetmeat and offer it for sampling. Once tasted, the visitor gets hooked onto the Halwa.
Kozhikode/Calicut has an entire street with stores selling colourful Halwa. Locally called Aluva, it is a made from flour, sugar and lot of stirring to a sticky/rubbery consistency and the mouth-watering smell of cooked sugar and coconut oil. This is the traditional way of making it.


Ingredients
• 2 cups of all-purpose flour
• 4 cup of sugar
• 1 cup water
• 1 tsp cardamom seeds, crushed.
• 1.5 liter coconut oil(or vegetable oil)
• •dry coconut slices(optional)
Directions

Mix the flour with 8 cups of water and leave it covered for a day. Remove the water from top and add make up the water again and leave it for one more day. Flour will start to ferment by this time. You may keep it refrigerated on the second day to prevent over fermentation.

Remove the water form top and filter out any lumpy portions from the flour paste. Heat the oil to 350 degrees and keep it aside. Boil the sugar with 1 cup of water and add the flour paste and cardamom seeds. Stir everything together and add the hot oil. Stir continuously on medium/high heat until the halwa separates from oil and starts to sticks together. Continue stirring for two more minutes and transfer to a greased pan and add the coconut slices. Cool down and cut into desired size.Don't worry about 1.5 liters of oil, it will separate out and can be reused later. Cooking in excess hot oil is a key step in getting the correct consistency and finishing it faster

Carrot Halwa Recipe

Indian tasty delight “Carrot Halwa Recipe” (Gajar Halwa). Carrots are great for eyes so drink fresh carrot juice every morning instead of unhealthy beverages like coffee. Carrots are rich in vitamins so know how to prepare the carrot halwa recipe in as less as 3 steps. Take a look.
Ingredients-
1.3 carrots (peeled, grated and boiled)
2.1 cup sugar
3.½ cup milkmaid (condensed milk)
4.2 big tsps of ghee
5.½ cup cashews and raisins (ghee fried)
6.Pinch of saffron powder
7.Pinch of cardamom powder
Carrot Halwa Preparation:
1.In a pan, add sugar with 1/4 cup of water and keep stirring until thick syrup.
2.Add the grated carrot into the syrup and stir well.
3.Then add milkmaid, ghee, pinch of saffron and cardamom and stir continuously until the mixture is semi solid.Garnish with fried raisins and nuts. Tasty carrot halwa (gajar halwa) is ready.This mouth watering gajar halwa serves 3 and can be stored fresh (refrigerate) for atleast 5 days.

Monday, May 16, 2011

22 Disease Fighting Super foods

Some foods get all of the glory. (Pomegranates, we’re looking at you.) But new research is uncovering the age-defying, disease-fighting, fat-blasting superpowers of common foods you already love. These 22 edibles are cheap, quick to prep, mouth wateringly delicious — and most are probably already in your kitchen. And to make it even easier for you to tap into their head-to-toe benefits, we created a tasty seven-day diet plan featuring every age eraser on our list. A diet that fights fine lines, fatigue and heart disease and helps you lose 2 pounds per week — what are you waiting for? Dig in!
Almonds - Savor this snack. Dieters who noshed on almonds daily shed 62 present more weight and 56 percent more fat than those who didn’t, a study from Loma Linda University in California finds. “The fiber in nuts may prevent your body from absorbing some fat, speeding weight loss,” says lead author Michelle Wien, R.D. Almond eaters also lowered their blood pressure, and the vitamin E in these nuts may keep skin supple.Reap the rewards. Chomp on 1 ounce (about 35) raw or roasted almonds daily.

Barley - Give your usual brown rice an upgrade. Barley has almost twice the fiber, plus cancer-fighting selenium. And beta glucan, a form of fiber in barley, helps lower cholesterol and reduces your body’s rate of fat absorption. When people with high cholesterol ate 3 to 10 grams of beta glucan daily, their levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides fell, a study in the Annals of Family Medicine shows.Reap the rewards. Quick-cook barley takes less time to prep but offers the same perks.
Bison - To sculpt sexy muscles, try this healthy beef alternative. The proof is in the patty: Three oz of ground bison deliver 50 fewer calories and nearly half the fat of a 70 percent lean beef burger. Choose grass-fed varieties; they contain more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than beef from conventionally grain-fed cows.Reap the rewards. When you’re making bison burgers, avoid flare-ups and charring on the grill — both may be linked to higher cancer risk.

Black beans - Basic black is always in style; the darker a bean’s coat, the higher its antioxidant activity. Beans are so good for you, they straddle two slots on the food pyramid. “They have enough protein to be a meat, and the vitamins and fiber of a veggie,” says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., spokeswoman in Sarasota, Florida, for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). One cup packs half your daily folate, blood pressure–regulating magnesium and energizing iron.Reap the rewards. Canned beans are as healthy as dried and don’t need soaking. Look for no salt added or rinse them to limit sodium.
Brussels sprouts - The vegetable you hated as a kid could help restore your youthful glow. Sprouts contain vitamin A to keep your immune system healthy and vitamin C to aid collagen building and fight wrinkles. Plus, they offer a phytonutrient that can help clear away carcinogenic substances in the body, says Keri Gans, R.D., spokeswoman in New York City for the ADA.Reap the rewards. Cook sprouts briefly and add olive oil; both help you nab more nutrients.

Cabbage - Be-leaf it! Women who ate more than three-cup servings of cabbage weekly slashed their breast cancer risk by 50 to 70 percent, a study from Michigan State University in East Lansing notes. Cabbage has phytochemicals that may ward off the disease. And it may lower your cholesterol nearly as much as oat bran, a study in Nutrition Research reveals.Reap the rewards. Steaming enhances cabbage’s cholesterol-lowering ability. To fight disease, serve slaw: Phytochemicals form only after vigorous cutting or chewing.
Coffee - Far from a vice, downing 1 to 3 cups of java daily might slash your risk for death from heart disease by as much as 25 percent, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows. The combination of antioxidants and certain acids in coffee may work together to soothe inflammation.Reap the rewards. Choose a medium roast for the most antioxidants. And pick a drip brew: Filter papers catch coffee compounds that may raise cholesterol.

Curry - Don’t save this spice for takeout night. Early research suggests that eating curry once or twice a week might halve your dementia risk. Curcumin, a pigment in curry, may dissolve Alzheimer plaques. It may also fight cancer. When patients took a curcumin supplement, the size and number of colon polyps they had was cut in half, a study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology notes.Reap the rewards. Pair curry with black pepper (sprinkle on vegetables) to absorb 2,000 percent more of its potent compounds.

Farmed rainbow trout - Eco-friendly farmed trout contains energizing B vitamins and brain-helping omega-3s. And eating any fish once or twice a week might make your brain function as if it were three to four years younger, a study from Rush University in Chicago reveals. The DHA in fish may replenish DHA stores in your brain.Reap the rewards. Eat this lean protein once a week.
Grapes - Like vino, the skin of fresh red grapes contains the protective chemical resveratrol, which may sharpen your brain and reduce your risk for both heart disease and cancer. “And there’s no alcohol, which has been linked to certain cancers,” Gerbstadt says. Pop a bunch for a ticker-saving dessert: Eating 1 to 2 cups of red and green grapes protects against the heart-harming effects of a fatty meal, a study in Vascular Pharmacology concludes.Reap the rewards. Go organic. Imported grapes, in particular, tend to have high levels of pesticides, reports the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, D.C.
Kiwifruit - Great things come in small packages: One kiwi packs more skin-brightening vitamin C than an orange, helping you get 94 percent of your daily quota. And unlike most fruit, kiwi provides some vitamin E to fend off free radicals and keep skin smooth. Plus, people who ate kiwis twice a day for 28 days were less prone to blood clots and lowered their blood triglycerides by 15 percent, a study from the University of Oslo in Norway finds.Reap the rewards. Hot fuzz! You can eat the outside of a raw kiwi; it contains filling fiber.
Mushrooms - Make room for ’shrooms. Adding mushrooms to animals’ diets stimulated the animals’ immune system in a way that might help ward off infections and cancer, researchers from Penn State University at University Park say. They speculate that the same would likely be true in humans, and that beneficial bacteria or nutrients within fungi’s cell walls may strengthen your defenses against disease.Reap the rewards. Aim for 2 teaspoons per day. This amount can cut women’s breast cancer risk by about two-thirds, a study in the International Journal of Cancer indicates.
Onions - Onions offer a trifecta of compounds to fight disease on all fronts: fructans, flavonoids and organosulfur. Fructans encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut, to thwart infection-causing bugs. Flavonoids prevent DNA damage that might lead to cancer. And organosulfur may keep blood clots at bay.Reap the rewards. Buy stronger onions such as northern yellow. They’re best for inhibiting liver and colon cancer cell growth. Sauté, simmer, grill and roast away — their superpowers can stand the heat.
Oregano - Mamma mia! A mere .5 tsp of dried oregano contains the same amount of antioxidants as 3 cups of raw spinach, says Wendy Bazilian, R.D., author of "The SuperFoodsRx Diet" (Rodale). The pizza and pasta topper is also a surprising source of fiber (1 tsp has 0.8 grams) and bone-building vitamin K.Reap the rewards. Dried and fresh oregano pack the same antioxidant punch. Sprinkle either version on chicken, omelets or fish.
Peanuts - What do wine and peanuts have in common? They both provide off-the-chart levels of resveratrol. And in addition to lowering cardiovascular disease and cancer risk, the high-fiber, protein-filled nibble also fights hunger, making it an ideal afternoon snack.Reap the rewards. Eat an ounce of roasted, toasted or boiled nuts. They contain more disease-fighting polyphenols than raw ones.
Pumpkin seeds - Mellow out with this soothing snack. Pumpkin seeds are rich in the calming amino acid tryptophan. The seeds also deliver phytosterols that may help lower cholesterol and help fend off certain cancers. Smashing!Reap the rewards. Toss seeds into granola, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt or salad to add crunch.
Shrimp - These little guys are a calorie bargain. One 4 oz serving sets you back only 119 calories but supplies 23 g of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and selenium, an antioxidant linked to lower rates of colon and lung cancer. Plus, eating about 10 oz of shrimp daily can raise your HDL (“good”) cholesterol by about 12 percent, researchers at The Rockefeller University in New York City have determined.

Reap the rewards. Look for Canada-caught shrimp for fewer contaminants. Frozen is fine; the big chill doesn’t nix the benefits.
Skim milk - It’s not only a bone builder. People who drank more than one glass of skim milk a day lowered their risk for colon cancer by 15 percent, a study from Harvard Medical School in Boston finds. The calcium and vitamin D in milk may work together to halt the growth of cancer cells. Sip a glass as a postworkout snack. “It helps your muscles recover faster, so you can get up and work out just as hard the next day,” Bazilian says.Reap the rewards. Buy organic or look for milk without antibiotics or hormones such as rBST.
Tart cherries - This red-letter fruit is a firmer, more sour variety than the sweet cherries you usually eat. They provide relief from inflammation and pain and may help you sleep. The red globes might make dieting hurt less, too: Rats that were fed the equivalent of 1.5 cups of tart cherries for 90 days metabolized sugar better and had less belly fat than those who didn’t consume cherries, a study from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor shows.Reap the rewards. Look for dried or frozen tart cherries or juices without added sugar, and buy organic — conventionally grown cherries are high in pesticides, the EWG notes.
Watermelon -Tomatoes get all the buzz for lycopene, a pigment that reduces your risk for heart disease and may help ward off certain cancers. But watermelon supplies more of the carotenoid, says Elizabeth Somer, R.D., of Salem, Oregon. The juicy fruit is also brimming with citrulline and arginine, which keep arteries healthy and help increase blood flow. Bikini bonus: One cup has only 46 calories and is 92 percent HO, quenching your thirst and helping you stay slim. Reap the rewards. Leave your melon on the counter to maximize its antioxidant content. A watermelon produces more carotenoids at room temperature than it does when chilled, according to USDA research.
Whole-wheat pasta - Surprise! These heart-helping noodles have a lower glycemic index than whole-wheat bread, says SELF contributing editor Janis Jibrin, R.D. That means they won’t cause blood sugar spikes. “Pasta gets a bad rap, but 1 cup of whole-wheat pasta has triple the fiber of regular pasta, so it’s really satisfying” Gans says. And people on a diet featuring whole grains lost more belly fat than those on a plan that included refined carbohydrates, a study from Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey indicates.Reap the rewards. Not a fan of whole-wheat pasta’s chewy texture? Mix it with regular pasta at first, then slowly skew the ratio.
Yellow corn - Lend us an ear: This grain is healthful in all forms, be it baby corn or popcorn. Research from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, reveals that milled yellow corn products — such as cornmeal, grits and corn flour — are rich in the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein, two antioxidants that protect your eyes and skin from UV damage.Reap the rewards. Steam corn briefly to maintain the cholesterol and blood sugar–lowering benefits of the kernels.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Masala Fried Fish- Kerala Easter recipes

Masala Fried Fish is made by marinating fish in an onion-green chilly paste, then frying it in oil. Onions are potatoes are fried in oil along with the left-over marinade and then served with the fish. The onion-green chilly paste imparts a nice flavor to the fish. It is better to marinate the fish for a few hours so that all flavors are absorbed by the fish. You can serve this dish when you have guests. The fried onions and potatoes definitely make this dish savory
Ingredients
1.Fish (cut into medium sized pieces) – 8 to 10 pieces (I used Tilapia)
2.Sliced Red Onions – 1 large
3.Potato (sliced into thin discs) – 1 small
4.Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
For Marinade
1.Kashmiri Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
2.Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
3.Fish Masala Powder – 1 tbsp (optional – I used Eastern Fish Masala)
4.Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
5.Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
6.Fenugreek Powder (Uluva Podi) – 1/4 tsp
7.Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
8.Salt – to taste
For Grinding
1.Diced Onions – 1 small
2.Green Chillies – 4 (Please alter according to your taste buds)
Preparation Method
1.Clean the fish thoroughly and soak it in water along with 1 tbsp lemon juice for a few minutes.
2.Drain and cut it into medium sized pieces suitable for frying.
3.Grind the onions and green chillies into a smooth and thick paste adding very little water.
4.Prepare a marinade using this onion-green chilly paste and all the other ingredients mentioned above.
5.Apply the marinade on the fish thoroughly. Refrigerate the marinated fish for around 2 hours. The longer you marinate the better it tastes.
6.Heat oil in a non stick frying pan for shallow frying. Place the fish carefully in the pan so that oil doesn’t splutter. Reserve the marinade.
7.Shallow fry the pieces on medium heat, turning sides occasionally.
8.Make sure to fry the fishes on medium heat so that the masala doesn’t get burnt. Drain the fish onto paper towels.
9.Add the onions and potatoes to the same oil and saute until soft.
10.Add the leftover marinade and continue sauteing until the onions are brown and the potatoes have been cooked. It will take around 20 minutes for the onions to brown.
11.Transfer the onion-potato masala to a serving bowl and place the fried fish on this masala.
12.Serve this Masala Fried Fish as a starter or as a side with Rice.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fried Masala Shrimps - Kerala Easter Recipes

Ingredients
1.Shrimps (Peeled and deveined) – 20 Nos.
2.Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
3.Oil – 1 tsp
For Marinade
1.Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
2.Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
3.Fenugreek Powder (Uluva Podi) – A pinch
4.Black pepper Powder – 1/4 tsp
5.Fish Masala Powder – 1 tsp (optional)
6.Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
7.Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
8.Salt – to taste
Preparation Method
1.Clean and wash the shrimps thoroughly. Add 2 tbsp of lemon juice to the shrimps and soak it in water for 5-10 minutes. This will help in eliminating any unwanted odour from the shrimps. Drain the water and keep the shrimps aside.
2.Prepare a marinade using the above ingredients and apply it on the shrimp. Keep it in the refrigerator for half an hour.
3.Heat a non stick Tava (Griddle) or Frying Pan and spread a few drops of oil on the surface (Alternatively, you can use cooking spray).
4.Place the marinated shrimps on the hot pan and cook covered on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
5.Flip the shrimps and fry for another 3-4 minutes till they begin to brown.
6.Be careful not to burn the shrimps as the taste will change drastically.
7.Remove from pan and serve immediately along with a wedge of lemon.

Spicy Beef Tomato Curry - Kerala Easter Recipes

Ingredients
1.Cubed Beef – 2 lbs or 1 kg approx
2.Diced Onions – 1 big
3.Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
4.Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
5.Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
6.Meat Masala Powder – 1 tbsp
7.Home Made Garam Masala Powder – 2 tsp
8.Crushed Tomatoes – 1 can (approx 1 cup)
9.Oil – 2 tbsp
10.Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
11.Salt – to taste
12.Water – as needed
Home Made Garam Masala Powder
You can dry roast and grind the following ingredients to make Fresh Garam Masala Powder.
1.Cloves (Gramboo) – 10
2.Cardamom (Elakka) – 4
3.Cinnamon stick (Patta/Karukapatta) – 2 pieces of 1” inch length each
4.Star Anise (Thakkolam/Nakshathra Poo) – 1
5.Fennel seeds (Perinjeerakam) – 1 tbsp
For Marinating the Beef
1.Home Made Garam Masala Powder – 2 tsp
2.Meat Masala Powder – 2 tbsp
3.Red Chilly Powder – 1 tbsp
4.Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
5.Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
6.Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
7.Minced Garlic – 5 or 6 cloves
8.Minced Ginger – 2 tbsp
9.Slit Green Chillies – 4
10.Curry Leaves – A sprig
11.Salt – to taste
Preparation Method
1.Wash the beef thoroughly and allow the water to drain.
2.Marinate the beef with all the above ingredients and keep it aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
3.Pressure cook the beef with 1/2 cup water. The cooking time varies depending on the beef used. For stew beef, I pressure cook it on medium heat for 2 whistles. The beef which we get in Kerala has a longer cooking time. So pressure cook accordingly. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cover and cook the beef in any big pan for around 45 minutes to 1 hour until tender.
4.Meanwhile heat oil in a non stick pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add onions and saute until the onions become translucent.
5.Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes until the raw smell disappears.
6.Reduce heat and add red chilly powder, meat masala powder, garam masala powder and coriander powder. Saute for 2 minutes.
7.Add the crushed tomatoes along with 1 cup water and salt to taste. Cover and cook for around 10 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked thoroughly.
8.Open the pressure cooker and transfer the cooked meat along with its gravy to the above pan. Mix everything well.
9.Cover and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes so that the masala gets coated on the meat. Add salt if needed.
10.Serve this Beef Curry with Rotis or Appam.

Easter in Kerala

Easter is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Christians typically celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday), two days after Good Friday and three days after Maundy Thursday. The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between AD 26 and 36, traditionally

The content of Easter was gradually analyzed into historical events and each began to be celebrated on a different day. As a result, Easter grew into a Holy Week and came to have a preparatory season to precede and a festive season to follow. Thus we have four distinct periods in connection with the observance of Easter –

1. Lent, the forty preparatory penitential days.

2. Holy Week including the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

3. The Octave of Easter (classical time for Baptism) and

4. The paschal season or Easter time extending over forty more days.

On Holy Thursday the Lord's supper is held in the evening. The washing of feet is a remarkable trait, emphasizing the love for one another. At home there will be the rite of the paschal bread. After supper, the 'cross cake' is brought out and cut into pieces. A piece is broken, dipped into sauce and handed over to each member of the family in due order. Good Friday is a day of grief when churches are empty and dark. Services are held in the afternoon. In most churches one finds a bitter drink prepared from leaves, vinegar, etc for everyone to taste after the service. Holy Saturday is a day of mourning and wailing. A total silence reigns the church from morning to dusk. But by ten at night the church is full to observe the Easter Vigil. In the gloom which envelops the church, new fire is struck from flint and blessed. A big candle is then consecrated and from it is lighted many candled indicating the resurrection. Bells peal, music fills the air and light floods the hall. Hallelujah is the joyous word of Easter wish. Easter Sunday is a quiet day and the celebrations rather spiritual and inward rather than social and showy. There will be grand dinner at homes and visit of relatives

Monday, March 21, 2011

Vishu Recipe –Payaru Olan (Steamed Vegetables & Whole Pulse)


Ingredients

To Pressure Cook

1 kg white Bopla

4 tbsp Chowli seeds

3 green chillies

Salt to taste

For seasoning

3 tbsp. coconut oil

½ Coconut

Making

Peel and cut white bopla.and add chowli seeds .wash vegetables and pressure cook along with salt and chillies till done .Extract coconut milk and add along with coconut oil and bring to a boil.Serve hot .