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Beat the Heat

Summers bring along with it the scorching heat, sweating and a host of several other heat-related issues.  With the change in season, the human body naturally needs a change in diet and lifestyle depending on the season. Let us try to Beat the Heat this summer with the following tips:

The right diet:

Switch to fresh & light meals regularly instead of heavy & stale junk food which tends to increase the heat in your body. Add on fruits & vegetables in your diet which are high in water content.

  1. Stay Hydrated:

Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking 2-3 liters of water daily. Make sure to carry a water bottle while traveling.

  1. Workout schedule:

Exercise can be restricted to the coolest hours of the day (early morning and evening) to avoid exhaustion.

  1. Get adequate sleep:

Limit your exposure to lights, and keep the space well ventilated to cool the room which may improve sleep quality.

  1. Eye care:

Wear protective eyewear when outdoors that can block the brightness and protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays.

  1. Skincare:

Applying sunscreen will help protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.

  1. Wear the right clothes:

Wearing light-colored clothes, preferably cotton and loose-fitting will help in keeping the body cool.

  1. Avoid alcohol & caffeine:

Avoid aerated drinks, alcohol & caffeine which can dehydrate the body quickly. Substituting the same with water or flavored water can help in keeping the body hydrated.

Mushroom and Fenugreek Brown Rice

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Serving: 3

 

Ingredients:

  • One cup finely chopped fenugreek (Methi) leaves.
  • ½ cup sliced mushroom
  • ½ cup brown rice
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped green chilies
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped brinjal
  • ½ cup Vaal seeds
  • ½ tbsp. chilli power
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped coriander

 

Recipe:

  • Heat the oil in pressure cooker add green chillies, ginger, garlic, onion and sauté it properly on medium flame.
  • Add mushroom, fenugreek leaves, tomato, brinjal, Vaal seeds, chili powder mix it properly and cook it on medium flame with occasional stirring.
  • Once cooked add brown rice, salt and 2 cups of hot water.
  • Pressure cook it for 3 whistles.
  • Allow the pressure cooker to cool.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve.

 

 

Nutritional Information: Brown rice and fenugreek leaves are good for Diabetics. Mushrooms are low in calories, rich in protein and antioxidants.

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Easy-Peasy Mango Phirni

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving size: 2

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup mango puree
  • 2 cups full fat milk
  • Sugar as per taste (You can also use honey)
  • 1 tbsp. cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp. blended almond
  • 5/6 finely chopped pistachios

 

Recipe:

  • 1.  Take half cup of basmati rice grains and wash it properly. Drain out all the water and spread it on the clean towel for drying.

 

  • 2.  Once the grains are dried grind them in grinder but make sure that it is semi fine granular consistency and not fine powder.

 

  • 3.  Keep this grinded rice grains aside.

 

  • 4.  Take one kadhai add 2 cups of full fat milk in it and bring it to boil.

 

  • 5.  Once the milk begins to boil add rice grains in it and stir it continuously on low flame.

 

  • 6.  Add sugar (or honey) according to your taste. And keep stirring continuously so that it doesn’t get brown or burn.

 

  • 7.  The milk with thicken as the rice grains will cook. Keep stirring continuously so that no lumps are formed.

 

  • 8.  Switch of the flame once the consistency becomes thick.

 

  • 9.  Now add blended almond, cardamom powder in the Phirni.

 

  • 10.  Mix it properly cover the pan or kadhai with lid and let it cool at room temperature.

 

  • 11.  Once the Phirni cools down add mango puree in it and again mix it properly to get uniform consistency

 

  • 12.  Now take the Phirni in small bowls and garnish it with chopped pistachios.

 

  • 13.  Cover the bowls properly and let it refrigerate for 1 hr.

 

  • 14.  Serve you delicious chilled mango Phirni.

 

 

Nutritional Fact: Mango is low in calories high in nutrition.

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Camel Milk Powder is one of the most nutritious milk powder, which have been consumed in the desert regions. It is also known as the white gold of the desert.

 

Camel’s milk can be considered rich in nutrients and vitamins necessary for the health of Humans. The milk consists of vital nutrients including vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.

Our Camel milk powder is made from pure and fresh camel milk procured from Grade A dairies of Indian Deserts.

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CUCUMBER & LEMON REFRESHER

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 small size cucumber
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Honey
  • 2 cups Chilled water

 

Recipe:

  • Take 1 small size cucumber cut it in small pieces and blend it in blender using water
  • Using strainer strain the cucumber juice in one jug
  • Add lemon juice, honey and water in that jug
  • Stir it properly and keep it in fridge
  • Serve your chilled Cucumber lemon refresher

 

Nutritional Information:

Cucumber helps keep your body hydrated. It’s low in calories and high in important vitamins and minerals.

Lemon: Lemon is a good source of vitamin C. It helps reduce digestion problems.

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Papaya Apple Juice

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving size: 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chilled papaya cubes
  • 1 cup chilled apple cubes
  • ½ cup Dahi(Curd)
  • A pinch of Jaiphal (Nutmeg) powder
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • Ice cubes

 

Recipe:

  • Take a grinder add all the ingredients in it and blend till it becomes frothy and smooth.
  • Pour the juice in Glass and serve.

 

Nutritional Information:
This healthy juice helps keep your body cool. It is a  perfect weight loss juice. Papaya helps you burn extra calories and is also rich in vitamins and minerals. Apples are rich in fiber and antioxidants.

Papaya Apple Juice

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving size: 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chilled papaya cubes
  • 1 cup chilled apple cubes
  • ½ cup Dahi(Curd)
  • A pinch of Jaiphal (Nutmeg) powder
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • Ice cubes

 

Recipe:

  • Take a grinder add all the ingredients in it and blend till it becomes frothy and smooth.
  • Pour the juice in Glass and serve.

 

Nutritional Information:

This healthy juice helps keep your body cool. It is a  perfect weight loss juice. Papaya helps you burn extra calories and is also rich in vitamins and minerals. Apples are rich in fiber and antioxidants.

Beetroot Rice

Preparation time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serving size: 4

Ingredients:
• 1 and ½ cup Basmati rice
• 3 tbsp. oil
• 2 to 3 Green Cardamom
• 1 piece of Cinnamon
• 3 to 4 pieces of Cloves
• 4 to 5 Black pepper
• 1 tbsp. Mustard seeds
• 1 tbsp. Cumin seeds
• 1 cup finely chopped Onion
• Curry Leaves
• 2 medium size finely chopped beet roots
• 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
• 2 finely chopped green chilli
• ½ cup coriander leaves finely chopped
• ½ tbsp. turmeric powder
• ½ tbsp. coriander powder
• Water as per requirement
• Salt as per taste

Recipe:

• Take the rice wash it properly with water and soak it for 25 to 30 mins.
• After 30 mins drain the water and keep it aside.
• Heat oil in pressure cooker. Then add all the whole spices in it and sauté it for 2 mins.
• Add curry leaves and chopped onion in it. Sauté it till onion becomes light golden.
• Add green chilli and garlic ginger paste in it and sauté it for 2 minutes.
• Now add finely chopped beetroot in it stir and sauté it for a minute.
• Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and mix it properly.
• Now add rice in it mix it properly and then add 2 to 3 cups of water the way you add for cooking normal rice.
• Pressure cook the rice for 2 to 3 whistle.
• Once the pressure settles down remove the lid garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.
• Serve hot beetroot rice with raita.


Nutritional Information: Beetroots are packed with essential nutrients, are rich in fiber, manganese, potassium, iron. It improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure.

Radish Sambhar(Sambar)

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Total time: 45 mins

Serving size: 5 people

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 small cup tur dal (Yellow split Pigeon peas)
  • ½ tbsp turmeric
  • ½ tbsp asafoetida (Hing)
  • 2/3 tbsp oil
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • 1 small finely chopped tomato
  • 2 cups chopped radish(mooli)
  • 2/3 tbsp tamarind water
  • Sambhar masala
  • 2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • ½ tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 and ½ tbsp urad dal
  • Curry leaves
  • 2 whole dry Kashmiri red chilli
  • Finely chopped coriander

 

 

Recipe:

  • Take one small cup of tur dal. Wash it properly. Add turmeric powder, asafoetida and water in it and pressure cook it for 3 to 4 whistles.
  • Once cooked turn off the gas and let it cool.
  • After cooling whisk the dal well and keep it aside.
  • In a not stick pan heat 2 to 3 tbsp of oil .
  • Add chopped onion, tomatoes and radish in it and let it boil for 5 mins.
  • Add the whisked tur dal, tamarind water, and red chilli powder, salt in it and mix it properly.
  • Add some water in it and cover the pan with lid and let it cook for 10 mins with continuous stirring.
  • Heat some oil in tadka pan add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and Kashmiri red chillies in it. Saute it on low flame.
  • Pour this tempering over the sambhar and mix it properly.
  • Garnish it with coriander.

 

 

Nutritional Information:

Radish is rich in Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamins, and Calcium. Being low in calories is thus a good option for weight loss. Helps improve the digestion and metabolism of the body.

 

Rajma Dhokla

 

Preparation time: 8 hrs

Cooking time: 15 mins

Total time: 8hrs 15mins

Servings size: 2

 

Ingredients:

1 cup Rajma (kidney beans)

1 tbsp ginger paste

1 tbsp green chilli paste

½ tbsp sugar

Salt as per taste

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tbsp mustard seeds

½ tbsp asafoetida (hing)

5/6 curry leaves

 

 

Recipe:

  • Take one cup Rajma clean, wash and soak it overnight.
  • Drain the remaining water from Rajma and blend it in a smooth batter.
  • Add ginger paste, green chilli paste, sugar, and salt, in the Rajma batter and mix it properly.
  • Take a thali and grease it with oil.
  • Pour this batter in that thali and spread it evenly.
  • Take the steamer add water in it and let it boil.
  • Once boiled keep the thali in steamer and let it steam for 15 mins on medium flame
  • After 15 mins turn off the gas and let it cool.
  • Cut it into square pieces.
  • Take a tadka pan. Heat the oil in it add mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves in it and sauté on medium flame for few seconds.
  • Pour this tempering over the prepared dhoklas and spread evenly.
  • Serve the Rajma dhoklas with green chutney.

Nutritional Information:

Kidney beans are rich in carbohydrate, fibre, potassium and proteins, iron and vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for blood coagulation.

Siddu with Ragi (Finger Millet) – Himanchali Dish


– Serving Size – 4

Preparation Time – 7 hrs

Cooking Time – 20 mins

Total Time – 7 hrs 20 mins

  • – Ingredients for Siddu dough
  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup Finger Millet Flour (Ragi aata)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 4 tbsp cow ghee
  • Water to knead

  • – For Stuffing
  • 2 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 cup finely chopped green garlic
  • Finely chopped green chilies as per taste

  • – Procedure
  • Take wheat flour, finger millet flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Kneed the mixture with help of water. Cover the dough and leave it for overnight.
  • For stuffing take 1 cup poppy seeds in pan and heat to with continuous stirring for 5-6 mins.
  • Let it cool and then grind it in a mixer. Add rest of ingredients in it and keep it aside.
  • Now to make Siddu make small balls of the dough ( as per your requirement) and then stuff it with the posth mixture.
  • Take the steamer adds water in it and brings it to boil. Place the Siddu on the sieved container and cover it with tight lid. Steam it for 15-20 mins.
  • Turn off the gas let the steamer cool for 5 mins.
  • Serve Siddu with ghee or pudina chutney

  • – Nutritional Information

Ragi is high in protein. Low in fat and gluten free. Poppy seeds are good souce of Omega 6 fatty acids, protein and dietary fibers, vitamins and minerals.