Friday, March 11, 2016

Foods to cool in the summer heat


Help your body this summer to combat the heat by choosing appropriate foods that nature provides. Always eat in accordance with the cycle of the seasons. Maintain the body rhythm and adapt it accordingly to the changes in the weather and lifestyle. Here's a list of foods to cool in the summer heat:

Cucumber


Cucumber has high water content and is alkaline in nature. Hence it helps to neutralize the acidity that is produced by foods such as red meat, fried foods and dairy products.

- Consume it as a snack or add in salads.

- Use cucumber juice to provide cooling effect on sunburns by rubbing it directly on skin.

- Place cucumber slices on eyes to beat the heat.

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Melons


Melons such as watermelon, muskmelon are known to rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin by providing water, Vitamin C, iron, sodium and potassium.

- Drink watermelon juice regularly during summer.

- Eat melons to make up for the loss in sweat.

Citrus fruits


Citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges are excellent source of Vitamin C, electrolytes as well as fibre.

Mangoes


Mangoes both raw and ripe are in thing in summer. Where raw mangoes are known for their cooling effect and often consumed as raw mango drinks as panha; ripe mangoes are best to be indulged in just as it is or to prepare really awesome cooling treats such as milkshakes, smoothies, mango shrikhand and so on.

Kokum


Kokum, readily available in most Indian households is naturally endowed with cooling effects. Enjoy kokum syrup or simply add kokum to sabzis and dals.

Rose syrup


Really cooling, can be added to faloodas, milkshakes and many other summer drinks.

Coconut water


An ideal and easily available summer drink!

Jaljeera


Jeera (cumin) has cooling properties and when roasted and crushed, can be mixed with other spices and added to chilled drinks. Works as best appetizers.

Herbal teas


Hearbal teas when served hot can be ideal replacement for caffeine containing brews.

Black currants


Known to be really helpful during summer, soak them for few hours in water and munch them!

Curd


Curd is a great cooler, especially when served as buttermilk or lassi in summer.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

How to make homemade anti-dandruff remedies


Who doesn't love dandruff free hair. We try various measures to get rid of dandruff, various solutions, anti-dandruff shampoos.... But seriously are these anti-dandruff shampoos really that effective. Yes, often they are, but with so many different brands flooding the market it could get quite confusing which to buy!!! Here are some homemade anti-dandruff remedies that are worth giving a try. Can be easily made and applied to get an positive result. Try any one of these homemade anti-dandruff remedies:

Method I


- Mix two tbsp curd with 1 tsp of honey. 

- Apply to the scalp, stay put for 30 mins.

- Wash your hair with lukewarm water and mild shampoo.

- Repeat at least once a week.

Method II


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- Soak 2 tbsp chana dal for a couple of hours and cook until soft.

- Grind a handful fenugreek leaves and make a smooth paste.

- Mix chana dal and fenugreek paste and apply this mixture on the scalp.

- Stay put for 30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water and mild shampoo.

Method III


- Grind a cupful of fenugreek leaves into smooth paste.

- Apply on your scalp and leave it overnight.

- Wash your hair with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

How to store ginger for a long time

To store ginger for a long time and keep it fresh longer, follow this simple step:

- Store the ginger in a jar filled with water.

How to keep dals insect free

To keep dals insect free follow the simple steps:

- Heat the dals mildly in a fry pan or in oven.

- Allow the dals to cool and transfer it into a airtight container.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Foods one should indulge in during summer

Summer is all about staying hydrated and energised all the time to beat the heat. This summer, try and indulge in foods which provide you that extra zest and helps your body to stay in rhythm of the season and helps to adapt to the changed weather. Here's a list of the foods one should indulge in during summer:

- Drink plenty of fluids especially water.

- Other fluids may include homemade fresh fruit juices, mojito, buttermilk, fresh lime juice, unsweetened juices and water based beverages.

- Indulge in at least two - three servings of fresh fruits. This helps rehydrate and cool your body and also provide extra zest.

- Fresh vegetable salads provide body with much needed vitamins and minerals.

- Indulge in fruits that promise your body high water and electrolyte content to make up for the loss of sweat.

- Include fruits such as orange, sweet lime, grapes, watermelon, muskmelon, cantaloupes, berries, pineapple and tomatoes.

- Include sugarcane juice, watermelon juice, coconut water, herbal ice tea and lime juice in your diet.

- To take care of your energy levels include summer fruits such as banana, papaya, mangoes, chickoos and guavas.

- Include fresh sprouts and tofu in your salads to cool and cleanse your system.

- Avoid fried foods rather indulge in steamed foods and boiled food options.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Foods to avoid during summer

This summer indulge in foods that can provide the body with much needed extra zest and rehydration and not those foods which can make it hard to digest or actually dehydrate the system. Here's a list of foods to avoid during summer:

- Avoid foods that are hard to digest in order to reduce acidity and skin problems. Such foods to avoid would be sweets, fried foods, heavy gravies etc.

- Avoid red meat during summer.

- Avoid excessive intake of cereals and pulses as they can make you feel heavy.

- Avoid root vegetables.

- Avoid dairy products.

- Avoid colas as they don't hydrate you but actually the caffeine present within cold drinks dehydrate your system.

- Accordingly avoid caffeine containing brews such as coffee.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hot and Sour Veg Soup Recipe


Ingredients for Hot and Sour Veg Soup Recipe:

Mushroom - 7 to 8, sliced thinly
Corn - 4 to 5, sliced
Cabbage- 1 cup, thinly sliced
Carrot - 1, sliced
French beans - 1 cup, sliced
Capsicum - 1, sliced thinly
Soya Sauce - 1 tbsp
Vinegar - 1/4th cup
Garlic - 4 flakes, chopped
Ginger - 2" julienned
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt, as required
Cornflour - 4 tbsp
Green chili - 1, finely chopped
Pepper - 1 tsp

Method for Hot and Sour Veg Soup Recipe:

Heat a wok and add oil. Saute garlic and ginger, add vegetables and saute till soft.

Add 4 cups of water and allow to cook.

Add soya sauce, vinegar, green chili, pepper and salt. Mix well. Let it boil.

Slow down the gas. Mix cornflour with enough water to make paste. Add this to the soup. Keep stirring.

Serve hot.

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