Thursday, March 8, 2018

How To Make Fresh Creamy Yogurt at Home

A simple way of preparing yogurt at home is to adding warm milk into a preferably ceramic bowl along with a starter yogurt (starter yogurt is a small quantity of yogurt left out from the previous batch). This mixture is mixed, covered and allowed to stand for 4 to 5 hours. This process is undisturbed to acquire the best result which is thick curd that tastes good and has a good consistency. A runny curd is not what you wish to acquire as a result. But regular practice and little care can help you prepare the best creamy yogurt. Moreover special care should be taken while preparing yogurt.

8 Tips to For Making Fresh Yogurt at Home

For instance, while making yogurt at home make sure that

1. The milk that is used for making yogurt is fresh.

2.  The milk that is to be used for making yogurt should be warm not hot or boiling.

3.  Also the container and spoon that is used to make yogurt should be clean and dry.

4.   If you plan to use the same container that was used yesterday to prepare yogurt, make sure that the container is clean and dry. Never use the same container without washing.

5.  If this is for the first time you are giving a try on making yogurt, you can use store-bought yogurt as the starter milk. But see that the store-bought yogurt is fresh, not too sour and thick.

6.  A container that has the capacity to hold up heat is the right container to make yogurt. Containers such as ceramic bowls with lids or small porcelain jar with lids that can trap heat work as a best solution. But you can also use stainless steel bowls.

7. Few are known to include gelatin while making yogurt. Use of gelatin is said to enrich the creaminess of yogurt. But this option is not for vegetarians. Hence even a fresh active culture can surprisingly make a yogurt much creamier.

8. The yogurt mixture can be kept overnight to set, if it is to be consumed next morning or next day.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

12 Ways to Cook With Yogurt

Yogurt is known to be used as one of the main ingredients in most of the cooking. You could use yogurt for making gravies, you could use it for marinades, you could add them to chutneys, you could make curries, you could use it to make desserts. Thus yogurt can work wonders in your kitchen. We could enjoy the maximum health benefits of yogurt only if we knew how to incorporate it in cooking. There are still many wonders of yogurt that we sometimes are unaware of. For instance you could use them as thickening agents, as tenderizers or substitute for cream. When it comes to cooking with yogurt, we need to follow some rules. Here are some tips that could help you to cook with yogurt.

12 Ways to Cook With Yogurt

1. Yogurt is an excellent option to thicken sauces. It works as a substitute for heavy cream. But whenever using yogurt as an thickening agent, make sure that you keep a watch. Or there is a possibility of curdling. To avoid curdling, make sure you add 2 tsp of cornstarch or 1 tbsp of flour to yogurt and make a paste. Keep whisking on a low flame until the sauce thickens and simmers. Never allow the sauce to boil.

2. There is a possibility that yogurt could separate and curdle when added to hot liquids. Hence in such cases make sure you use yogurt at room temperature.

3. If you need to freeze yogurt, you can do it up to six weeks. Make sure you freeze it in an airtight container. The results of yogurt may vary once they are thawed. Never re-freeze yogurt once thawed. There is a possibility that the yogurt may go little runny. This usually depends upon the quality of brand and the additives in it.

4. The acidity content of the yogurt makes it a great tenderizer and hence can be used to tenderize meat.

5. Yogurt should never be whisked vigorously. Instead it is advisable to fold yogurt gently with the other ingredients the recipe calls for.

6. For people who worry a lot about calories and choose their ingredients carefully, the ideal pick for them would be yogurt, as it is best substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream. Yogurt can be incorporated in salads as dressing to quit worrying about calories and enjoying food guilt-free.

7. For weight watchers who enjoy health diet plans, the ideal way to bake recipes is by substituting cream with yogurt.

8. Yogurt can also be used for tenderizing baked items like bread loaves which need to be moist.

9. Yogurt can be the best acidic counterpart for baking soda to produce a leavening effect.

10. To lengthen the storage period of yogurt, add some sugar to it.

11.  If you wish to prevent the souring of yogurt, add a piece of coconut to it.

12. If while cooking yogurt curdles, there is still a chance you could fix it. Make a paste of cornstarch and all purpose flour in a ratio of 1:2 along with little water. Make a thick paste and add to the gravy. Cook on slow flame and continue stirring until the gravy thickens and recombines.

Monday, February 26, 2018

12 Health Benefits of Yogurt

Call it curd or even simply our 'desi dahi'; the deliciousness of yogurt never fails to amaze us. It is not just any dairy product but an important component of our daily diet. In India yogurt is a one of our staple diet. Right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari yogurt is consumed in different forms depending on their varied climatic conditions. Some of these different forms includes buttermilk, lassi, curd rice, chaas, kadi or simply curd with little sugar. The best part of yogurt is that it is tasty enough to be consumed just as it is. Fresh yogurt is made in most of the Indian homes every single day. Yogurt is basically a form of curdled milk which is prepared by fermenting the milk with an addition of a bacteria and allowed to coagulate the milk to thicken into a creamy texture. Apart from cow milk and buffalo milk, lately yogurt is also been made with Soya milk.

Learn more about 12 Ways to Cook With Yogurt

12 Health Benefits of Yogurt

1. Consuming yogurt is nourishing as it is an important source of protein, essential vitamins, calcium and roboflavin.

2. Importantly people who have problem digesting milk can opt for yogurt instead.

3. The millions of 'friendly live and active' bacteria culture that the body gets when we consume yogurt helps our body in many ways. These bacteria that are present in yogurt, break down the lactose that we consume and make it easier to digest.

4. Consumption of yogurt is also beneficial for patients with disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, dysentery and colitis.

5. Yogurt is also known to fight harmful bacteria which causes food poisoning.

6. One of the most important benefit of consuming yogurt regularly is that it is known to keep ulcer causing bacteria in control.

7. The common misconception that yogurt should not be consumed by one who suffers from sore throat is actually a myth. Fresh yogurt can be consumed anytime even during cold. This rule of avoiding yogurt during cold and sore throat applies to refrigerated yogurt, sour yogurt and stale yogurt.

8. Regular consumption of yogurt is beneficial in controlling the burning and itching caused during vaginal infections.

9. Consumption of yogurt helps ease out the burning and itching sensation caused in rectum.

10. Yogurt acts as an excellent moisturizer for your skin. Applying yogurt just itself or mixing it along with honey, lemon juice, and aloe vera serves as excellent beauty packs and acne pack.  

11. Yogurt act as a fantastic hair conditioner for hair. Yogurt can be mixed with henna, aloe vera, egg, honey or lemon for an excellent hair pack that boosts hair growth and provides awesome shine to your hair.

12. Last but not least, one serving of yogurt everyday is associated with longevity. Consumption of yogurt can keep many health related problems at bay and thus help you achieve a healthy, long life.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fish Moilee Recipe

Fish Moilee or Meen Moilee is one of the traditional and well known recipes of Kerala. Meen Moilee is traditionally cooked with Surmai or seer fish but one can experiment with almost any kind of fish. Surely the results would turn out fabulous. I am using fish fillets in the following recipe, but traditionally sliced fish is used commonly. Make sure to use thick slices if you are cooking with sliced fish. Do not over cook the fish.

Ingredients for Fish Moilee Recipe

Fish fillet - 500 gm, cut in large cubes
Coconut milk (thick) - 1/2 cup
Coconut milk (thin) - 2 cups
(Use one large coconut to first extract 1/2 cup of thick milk and then followed by 2 cups of thin coconut milk)
Onion - 1, sliced
Tomato - 1, cubed
Curry leaves - 10/15 leaves
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp, chopped
Green chilies - 5 to 6, slit
Coconut oil - 2 tbsp (you can also use olive oil)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garlic - 8 cloves
Ginger - 1 tbsp, crushed
Red chili - 4
Cashew nuts - 5 to 6
Coconut slivers - 2"
Salt, to taste

Method for Fish Moilee Recipe

Grind to paste garlic, ginger, red chili, coconut sliver and cashew nut. Set aside.

Heat oil and add to it mustard seeds, green chilies, onion and half the curry leaves. Saute till onions are transparent.

Add the ground masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric and continue to saute till the raw smell of the masala fades.

Add thin coconut milk, salt and mix well. Gently add to this the fish slices. Add tomatoes and rest of the curry leaves.

Lower the heat and simmer till fish is almost cooked. Add the thick coconut milk and continue to simmer till the gravy turns thick. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mutton Mince and Aubergine Rolls Recipe

The Mutton mince and aubergine rolls work as a perfect starter with a twist! The recipe is easy and serves as a kebab made with eggplant and mutton mince. Most importantly it is baked, but you also have an option of deep frying in absence of oven. Being baked makes it oil free and guilt free to enjoy. Perfect idea for party starters or snacks when served with a green salad. The following portion can serve 5 to 6 and takes 30 to 35 minutes to cook.

Ingredients for Mutton Mince and Aubergine Rolls Recipe

Aubergine (big brinjal/eggplant) - 1 to 2, should weigh 500 gm each
Mutton mince - 500 gm
Onion - 1 big, finely chopped
Mint leaves - 1/4th cup, roughly chopped
Coriander leaves - 1/4th cup, roughly chopped
Green chilies - 2 to 3
Black pepper powder - 1 to 2 tsp
Egg - 2
Breadcrumbs - 1 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp

Method for Mutton Mince and Aubergine Rolls Recipe

Lightly brush aubergines with oil and roast on live flame until well cooked. Once done, remove in a bowl and allow it to cool down.Once cool remove the skin and gently mash the flesh with a fork.

Mix the mince with the eggplant mash. Add to this mint leaves, coriander leaves, pepper, salt and finely chopped onions. Mix well.

Beat eggs and add them into the aubergine-mince mix. Divide the mix into equal portions and shape each portion into long rolls.

Gently roll each in breadcrumbs and place in a greased baking dish. Keep distance between each rolls.

Pre-heat an oven to 200 degrees C and then bake the mutton mince and aubergine rolls for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with a green salad. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Overweight Child Diet Plans

Starving your overweight child to lose weight is not done. If you seriously wonder how your overweight child can lose weight, you will have to undertake some strong measures yourselves. This would include ensuring that your overweight child enjoys healthy diet plans that can help him lose weight. A healthy diet plan for an overweight child would include cutting down on lot of junk and including healthy food items in the menu that taste good and are beneficial for them.

Overweight Child Diet Plans

Discuss With Your Child's Doctor

Before making any diet plans for your overweight child it is advisable to consult with your doctor. A doctor can determine your child's obesity and accordingly suggest the right diet for your child - What needs to be included and what needs to be excluded from the diet. Accordingly you can make diet plans for your overweight child.

Include Healthy Replacement Options

Including healthy replacement options for the existing ones can help tremendously while making overweight child diet plans. This replacements can help your child lose weight and can also make up for the missing nutrients in your child's body. Some healthy replacement food options are listed in the table below:

Regular Food Options
Healthy Replacements
White rice
Brown rice
Refined flour
Whole wheat flour, Multigrain flour
Aerated Drinks
Fruit and vegetable Smoothies, fresh fruit juices
Chocolate bars
Homemade protein bars, granola bars
Ice creams
Fruit popsicles
Sugary cereals
Wholegrain cereals, oats
Whole-wheat pasta
Healthy sandwiches
Low fat butter, margarine
Whole milk
Low fat milk, soy milk

Encourage Your Child's Involvement in Diet Planning 

Involving your child in diet planning helps in a big way. Once you help your child understand how important it is to include healthy foods in your daily diet, involve him or her in your plans for diet plans to lose weight. Take your child grocery shopping and give him an option of choosing his healthy food and drinks. Teach your child how to read food labels and learn about healthy food. 

Go For Healthy Snacking

Healthy snacking allows you to nibble on some awesome food options without worrying about calories and putting on weight. For instance instead of munching fried chips, one can try healthy snacking on dry fruits. Involve your children in kitchen by allowing them to help you prepare some healthy snacks at home such as protein bars or granola bars. Kids can always help in making healthy salads or other kid friendly foods such as fruit muffins or fruit flavored yogurt. More they involve in food making process, more they opt to eat and enjoy the healthy foods. Some healthy snacking options can include:

- popcorn without butter

- cucumber, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes lightly tossed with salt and pepper

- yogurt with fresh fruits

- fresh fruits

- fruit muffins

- fruit smoothies

Try Recipes Which Allow Hiding Your Child's Disliked Food Items 

Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, beetroot always end up in most disliked foods by kids. Parents often wonder how to incorporate these foods as part of their kid's healthy diet plans. So maybe such foods can find their way in your child's weight in a disguised way. Instead of including these foods in their actual format you could mash them and disguise them to make their way in your child's food without fuss. For examples smoothies, soup, kebabs, cutlets are great way of incorporating food items in a tasty way.

Learn more about how your overweight child can lose weight

10 Tips While Planning Overweight Child Diet Plans

1. Keep in check your child's like and dislikes for certain food. Like for instance few children hate vegetables like broccoli, pumpkin or even bottle-gourd.

2. Remove items such as whole cream, refined flour, excessive sugar, salt, etc from the menu.

3. Include healthy options such as olive oil or reduced fat cheese and cream.

4. Replace refined flour varieties with whole grain varieties. For instance whole wheat biscuits instead of regular biscuits, whole wheat bread instead of white bread.

5. Plan diet revolving around small food portions. Avoid large portions, instead serve your child small portions of food five to six times a day.

6. Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet plan.

7. Include lean meat instead of meat portions with high fat.

8. Prepare healthy food options and keep them in reach for a child to nibble on when hungry. This could include home-made protein bars, smoothies, granola bars, sliced fruits, or homemade fruit flavored yogurt.

9. Include low fat milk or cow milk in your overweight child diet plans instead of whole milk. You could also include Soy products such as soy milk and tofu.

10. While eating out, encourage your child to opt for healthy options other than fried items.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sweet Corn with Mayonnaise Grilled Sandwich Recipe

Sweet Corn with Mayonnaise Grilled Sandwich is a perfect breakfast recipe, easy to make and few of it's steps could be prepared well in advance like the preparation of chutney could be done a day before and stored in the refrigerator. This recipe can be a perfect breakfast option or anytime snack for kids. This recipe can also serve as a perfect lunch-box idea!

Ingredients for Sweet Corn with Mayonnaise Grilled Sandwich Recipe

Whole wheat bread - 4 slices
Sweet Corn - 1 cup, boiled
Cheese Slices - 2
Mayonnaise - 1/2 cup
Mustard sauce - 1 tbsp
Green Capsicum - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Yellow Capsicum - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Red Capsicum - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup, rinsed
Green chili - 1 or 2
Peanuts - 1 tbsp
Readymade Sev(crunchy noodles prepared from chickpea flour) - 1 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp

Method for Sweet Corn with Mayonnaise Grilled Sandwich Recipe

To prepare the chutney, grind coriander leaves along with peanuts, green chili, sev, lemon juice, salt, pepper and sugar. Make a fine paste and set aside.

In a bowl, mix boiled sweet corn along with all colored capsicums, mayonnaise and mustard sauce. Add the green chutney and mix well.

Spread heaped spoonful of sweet corn mayonnaise mixture on bread and place a cheese slice on the top. Cover it with a bread slice. Grill the sandwich and serve.


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