Showing posts with label Health tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health tips. Show all posts

Monday, December 16, 2013

15 USEFUL INDIAN COOKING TIPS


USEFUL COOKING TIPS:

1) To make softer chapatis, add salt and little oil to flour, knead it with boiled water, keep it for 15 minutes before making chapatis

2) To make softer idlis add soaked rice flakes or sago in the batter

3) Do not refrigerate tomatoes and citrus fruits, It kills flavors, nutrients, and textures

4) Rub hands with dry salt to remove onion and garlic odor

5) When boiling corns on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to the water, It brings out the corn's natural sweetness

6) Leave butter and eggs at room temperature overnight, to get best results while baking

7) When cooking vegetables don't add salt until the end. Adding salt early can dehydrate vegetables and reduce their nutritional value

8) Brine Poultry Before Preparing, to give it the super juicy flavour

9) If you forget to soak chana/Rajma overnight. Just soak the chana/Rajma in the boiling water for an hour before cooking

10) Before cooking cauliflower keep it soaking in water mixed with a teaspoon of vinegar for 15 minutes. It loosens the dirt and kills insects that may be lodged between the florets

11) Knock on a watermelon, If It sounds hollow, its ripe. If it doesn't sound hollow, it's unripe

12) Test egg's freshness by mixing 2 teaspoons of salt in a cup of cold water and place the egg in water, If it floats it is an old egg, if it sinks, it's fresh

13) While cooking chicken or meat, first cook it over high flame to seal the juices and then lower down the heat and cook till its tender

14) In warm climate bananas tend to get over-ripe. To stop this process, put bananas in the frigde. The skin may turn black, but banana will remain firm

15) Soak almonds in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes .The skin will peel off easily


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CORIANDER / CILANTRO LEAVES





CORIANDER / CILANTRO
Cilantro is a popular Mediterranean herb commonly recognised in India as coriander or dhania patta. It is part of most Indian kitchens and very often used to garnish curries, salads and soups. A simple aloo ki sabzi tastes much better with a liberal garnishing of coriander.
It is an annual herb. Coriander is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia.
The leaves are variously referred to as coriander leaves, fresh coriander, Chinese parsley, or (in North America) cilantro.

CORIANDER LEAVES NUTRITIONAL VALUE:
Cilantro is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
It is also rich in many vital vitamins including folic-acid, vitamin-A, beta carotene and vitamin-C that are essential for optimum health.

CORIANDER LEAVES 10 HEALTH BENEFITS:
* It lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

* It helps in the reduction of fats and thus aids weight loss.

* When eaten fresh and raw, coriander tremendously reduces sugar level, thus good for diabetes patients.

* A very good food for digestive system. Promotes liver functions and bowel movements. Prevents flatulence when taken with hot water. Coriander leaves are a good source of roughage and fiber too, thus relieving gastrointestinal problems.

* Coriander contains anti-inflammatory properties. This is why it is good against inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

* It is good for the eyes. Antioxidants in coriander prevent eye diseases and problems. It’s a good remedy in the treatment of conjunctivitis.

* Coriander is effective in relieving dermatological conditions. When mixed with turmeric powder or paste, coriander reduces acne and provides protection from eczema, dryness and fungal infections.

* Coriander aids in proper functioning of liver and helps prevent cancer and epileptic seizures

* Coriander prevents involuntary contraction of muscles and is effective in fighting cold

* Natural compounds in coriander leaves remove toxic heavy metals from the body without any side effects. Accumulation of heavy metals can cause many dangerous health problems including memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease

This humble herb can be grown in your kitchen garden. So, make it a part of your kitchen and add more taste to your platter. And also derive benefits from its health properties.

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