Sunday, 25 December 2016

Ragi Semiya Preparation In Electric Rice Cooker || How To Cook Quick Dinner Recipe || Healthy Recipe

Let us see how to cook this easy and healthy recipe.

Ingredients :

Onion, Green Peas, Dried / Green Chili, Salt, Curry Leaves, Chana Dal, Urad Dal, Mustard Seeds, Oil, Tomato, Lemon

Steps :
1. Soak Ragi Semiya In water along with salt for 3 mins.

2. Drain water from ragi semiya after 3 mins.

3. Here we are using electric rice cooker so make the cooker ready for steaming, grease some oil in the steaming tray and steam ragi semiya for 5 mins.

4. After 5mins take away the ragi semiya from the tray and allow it to cool.

5. Mean while take a pan and heat some oil in it. Add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, chilies and add sliced onions and saute it well. 

6. Once onions cooked well, add chopped tomatoes, salt and Green Peas in it.

7. Now add ragi semiya in this mixture and saute it for a minute. Then squeeze lemon in it ( Completely Optional ).

8. Ragi Semiya is ready now.

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

How to prepare carrot / Beetroot Halwa at Home

Carrot and Beetroot Halwa

You know carrot halwa is one of my special recipes. Milk, nuts, sugar and carrot flavour really gives a rich taste to the recipe. Even we can make this halwa without milk but today i'm going to explain you all with milk. Carrot halwa doesn't take much time to prepare but we need to spend some time in particular stage while preparing this recipe.

Let's begin.

Ingredients :

Grated Carrot       - 2 cups
Boiled Milk         - 1 cup
Condensed milk      - 1/2 cup
Sugar               - 1/2 cup
Ghee                - 5 tsp
Cashew nuts
Dried Grapes

Step : 1
Thoroughly wash and peel carrots and grate it well. Just 2 tightly packed cups of grated carrots are enough for us.

Step : 2
Place cooker in medium flame ( I usually prepare carrot halwa in the cooker ). Now add 4 tsp of ghee ( you can also use refined oil instead of ghee ) and grated carrots.

Step : 3
This part is very important to get a good taste to this recipe. Saute the grated carrot in ghee for almost 15 mins in slow to medium flame. Grated carrots may start to shrink in heat.

Step : 4
Once carrot shrunk well add condensed milk and keep on stirring. Later add normal boiled milk and allow it to bubble for few secs. Now stir it well and close the pressure cooker with lid.

Step : 5
Allow it to cook for 10 to 15 mins, make sure you must have added enough milk to cook or else it may become dry with insufficient milk.

Step : 6
Once you cooked grated carrot with milk, open the lid ( Switch off the stove to cool down pressure cooker. Because it is dangerous to open cooker which is in flame ).

Step : 7
Once you open the cooker stir the content well and switch on the stove. Now the consistency is very important, cooked carrot shouldn't have too much of milk with it. If the milk doesn't get reduced allow it to cook for few mins ( without covering the cooker ).

Step : 8
Now add sugar along with carrot & milk mixture. Saute it well. As like you sauteed carrot in ghee, take time and saute sugar with carrot and milk mixture.

Step : 9
Halwa is almost ready. You can fry cashew nuts and dried grapes in ghee and add to the mixture as a final step.

Wow!! There you go... Halwa is ready.

Beetroot Halwa :

Yummy carrot halwa has been prepared. Now you may have a question "How to prepare beetroot Halwa?". It's again simple and delicious dish. You can make beetroot halwa with the same procedure. The only difference is beetroot may be bit watery when compared to carrot. So it may take much time to reduce milk content (Before adding sugar ). Some people grind beetroot instead of grating it. But i usually prefers grating beetroots. Try these two simple and tasty recipes in your home!!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Capsicum / kudamilagai Gravy For Chapathi

Today we are going to deal with Capsicum.You know everybody have a special ingredient and they always have a stock of it in home. I would say my special ingredient is capsicum in most of the cases. Because it tempts people to eat the recipe and it comes with many health benefits too. Capsicum comes with different colours and all do have extraordinary health benefits. It prevents cancer, good for immune system and more.  

So now we are sure that capsicum plays a vital role in maintaining our health. Let me explain a recipe with capsicum for you today. And this recipe go well with chapatti.

Capsicum / kudamilagai Gravy For Chapathi :

Let's see how to prepare delicious capsicum gravy.

Ingredients :

Capsicum - 4 Nos
Tomato     - 2
Onion        - 2
Ginger       - 5 Cloves
Cumin seeds
Fennel seeds
Coriander seeds
Bay leaf
Turmeric Powder
Chilli Powder

Steps :

Step : 1 Grind Ginger, Garlic, Coriander seeds. Make it as a paste.

Step: 2 Grind tomatoes into a fine paste.

Step: 3 Add 3tsp of oil in a pan and saute chopped Capsicums.

Step: 4 Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, Fennel seeds, Clove, Cinnamon, Bay leaf. Then add finely chopped onions and saute for a while. Now ginger garlic paste and tomato paste, Saute untill raw smell goes.

Step : 5 Now add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and then add some water and close the lid. Wait for some time.

Step : 6 Add the fried capsicum and cook it for few minutes.

Delicious capsicum gravy is ready!!

Try this simple and easy side dish in your home. You can also suggest with some more special dishes with capsicum, so that we can share it here for our community.

Cheer Up !!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Healthy Food Items to cure Low blood pressure / Hypotension

Today we not going to deal with recipes , instead we are going to see some home remedies for low blood pressure.

I come across many people with low and high blood pressure and they faces some issues. If i concerned, i would say Whether it is  low blood pressure or some highly serious disease, we need to be mentally strong to move on. Because medicines cannot cure diseases untill we are mentally strong enough. First of all we need to think that "we will be recovered back soon", then it's  easier for medicines to cure it.

So be strong to defeat things! Low blood pressure is not at all a problem. If you have some symptoms of low Bp like dizziness, lightheadedness then definitely you need to check with your doctor for appropriate treatment. .  

We define it as low blood pressure when If bp is less than  90 mm Hg systolic or 60 mm Hg diastolic. This might be caused by various medical conditions. Healthy lifestyle can helps to control our Bp.

Lets see some healthy food which helps to raise Bp,

Beetroot Juice :
Beetroot juice well deals with low blood pressure. We can take once or twice in a day.

Salt :
Salt helps to increase the blood pressure but too much of salt intake may also cause problem. Add small quantity of salt in a glass of water and drink it.

Water :
Water! Water! Water!  Taking more water prevents dehydration and helps to increase blood volume.

Tulsi / Basil leaves :
Crush 15 tulsi leaves and extract the juice. Add one teaspoon of honey along with it and have it in the morning. Tulsi leaves not only deals with low Bp, it also helps to reduce stress.

Pomegranate :
You can take pomegranate as a fruit, juice or in some other forms. It helps to maintain your blood pressure.

Almond milk :
Almond milk helps to increase blood pressure. You can take it in the morning.

If you are experiencing some serious issues with low Bp, it's better to visit your doctor to undergo medical treatment.

Disclaimer :
The information provided in this blog is for knowledge sharing purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease. Doctor’s advice is must to cure any disease and the blog don’t have any intention to replace medical advises. Making any health care decision is purely depends on you. Blog writer is not a medical expert.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Red Rice / Sivappu Arisi - Dosa Recipe

Red Rice Dosa

You might be bored eating usual white rice and white dosa. So today we are going to look into the benefits of red rice and one recipe in it. Just try it, hope that's the right alternative for white rice. By the way, have you tried "Pearl millet Dosa" which i have explained quite recently?

Well, let us go into red rice in-depth. Red rice is not only richer in iron & fiber it also contains many nutritional value. Since red rice has health benefits, it is highly recommended for diabetics & heart patients. It also helps to lose weight ( Rich in fiber ).

Benefits Of Red Rice :

Contains Vitamin B6
Contains antioxidants
Helps to avoid obesity
Lower Blood Glucose levels
Fat Free
Recommended for diabetics & heart patients

We all know "red rice" is good for health but still we are not taking it regularly because we are used to white rice and its delicious taste. I agree, it is bit hard for us to completely switch over to other type of rice from white rice that quickly. But we can move on gradually. 

You can make a schedule for a week, which comprises of red rice, brown rice and white rice. If it hard for you to take red rice for lunch, you can have it as breakfast or dinner. It would be easier for you to cook and highly healthy too. So today i’m going to explain about a simple and easy recipe with red rice, you can add this in your weekly schedule.

Red Rice Dosa Preparation :

Ingredients :

Red Rice - 1/2 Kg
Urad dal - 5 to 7 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Water - As Required

Step : 1
Wash red rice, urad dal, Fenugreek seeds and soak it in water for 5 hours ( since we have added less quantity of urad dal, we can soak all ingredients together ).

Grind soaked ingredients well with enough water .

Step: 3
Mix salt as per need and allow it for fermentation ( At least 7 hours )

Step : 4
Mix the fermented batter well ( You can add some water to make the batter thin) . Thin batter helps us to make crispy dosa.

Note : Since we are preparing batter for dosa i have added lesser amount of urad dal. You can add 1/2 cup of urad dal if you want to make idlies and batter should not be too thin.

I'm sure your kids enjoy eating these red coloured dosa and idlies. Just try it out.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Beetroot Chutney / Thogayal and it's benefits

Beetroot importance

Benefits of Beetroot :

Beetroots are rich in nitrates. We can take beetroot regularly to have a healthy heart. This not only reduces heart diseases, also  lowers blood pressure &  reduces stroke. Beetroot consist “beta cyanine” , which is a good antioxidant. It also contains soluble fibre which can control bad cholesterol .The other benefits of beetroot are,

Helps to lose weight,
Good source of energy,
Controls sugar levels,
Prevents constipation and More…

How to prepare Beetroot chutney?

Here i’m going to explain two types of preparation.

BeetRoot chutney - I

Beetroot Thogayal

Ingredients :

Beetroot – 2
Red Chillies – 4 (Depends upon your taste)
Coconut (grated) – 1/2 cup
Oil – 3 tsp
Bengal gram dhal - 2 tsp
Tamarind – Lemon size
Salt – Depends on your taste
Curry Leaves

Method :
Step : 1
Peel the beetroot and cut into small pieces.
Step : 2
Heat kadai fry Bengal gram dhal for a minute ( Without oil ).
Step :3
Empty the kadai and add 3 tsp of oil and add red chillies , beetroot in it. Stir it for 5 to 7 minutes.
Step : 4
Cool down the contents. Now take the mixie jar and all the items in it ( Beetroot, red chillies, Bengal gram, Tamarind, Coconut, curry leaves, salt )
Step: 5
Grind it without adding water.

Delicious Beetroot Thogayal is ready. You can use this as side dish for rice, dosa, idli, chapathi .
BeetRoot chutney - II

Ingredients :

Beetroot – 2
Red Chillies – 4 (Depends upon your taste)
Coconut (grated) – 1/2 cup
Oil – 3 tsp
Bengal gram dhal - 2 tsp
Tamarind – Small Lemon size
Salt – Depends on your taste
Curry Leaves
Small Onion - 10
Tomato - 2
Garlic - 5 cloves

Method :
Step : 1
Peel the beetroot and cut into small pieces.
Step : 2
Heat kadai fry Bengal gram dhal for a minute ( Without oil ).
Step :3
Empty the kadai and add 3 tsp of oil and add red chillies , onion, tomato, ginger, garlic. stir it for 3 minutes. Then add chopped beetroot and stir it well for 5 minutes.
Step : 4
Cool down the contents. Now take the mixie jar and all the items in it ( Beetroot, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, red chillies, Bengal gram, Tamarind, Coconut, curry leaves, salt )
Step: 5
Grind it without adding water. This method gives you more quantity of chutney.

I usually prepare beetroot chutney once in a week and my family enjoy eating it. You just have a try and let me know your suggestions.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Delicious Pearl Millet / Kambu / Bajra Dosa is ready for your dinner

In our previous article we learned about “Brown Rice” . Hope you tried it. I'm a kind of person who is really conscious about health and i usually analyse a lot before taking any food. I usually chart recipes for a week in my home. Which comprises of millets, veggies and more. Likewise you can have a schedule at your home and you can have some healthy foods in it. It really gives you valuable health benefits. After all our health is more important than anything. 

Today we are going to see about the goodness of “Pearl Millet “ and down the line we are going to see a easy and simple dinner recipe with it.


Pearl millet comes with many health benefits. As we all know it is rich in proteins and minerals ( phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and more.. ). So Lets go for the benefits of Kambu,

Helps to reduce cholesterol,
Good for Diabetics,
Helps to lose weight,
Good for heart health,
Recommended to treating stomach ulcers.

But we should be conscious while taking Bajra sometimes because too much of intake cause high uric acid deposits and Pearl Millet is good to take in winter.

The following section may make you feel delight because we are going to see about how to make dosa with Pearl Millet.

bajra dosa

Ingredients :

Pearl Millet / Kambu / Bajra - 2 Cups
Idli Rice - 1 Cup
Urad dhal / Ulunthu - 5 - 7 tsp
Fenugreek / Venthayam - 1 tsp
Salt - For Taste

Step : 1
Wash and soak Pearl millet, rice, urad dhal, fenugreek for 6 to 7 hours.

Step : 2
Grind it together. 

Step : 3
Shift the paste to a container and add some salt. Mix it well and let it for fermentation ( Nearly 7 hours ).

Step : 4
Now your batter is ready. You can make delicious dosa now.

I comes to know about the benefits of kambu a year ago, soon after i shifted to kambu dosa instead of typical rice dosa. It tastes good!! 

Seems simple right!! Have a healthy food and healthy lifestyle!!