After the scorching heat of the summers and the humidity of the monsoon, winters are the coziest seasons of all; warm food and hot beverages, while you are cuddled in the blanket make it all up.
But winter is also an invitation to cold and flu. There are some things you can’t consume like cold eatables or drinks, lest you catch the cold! But if you didn’t know, we are here to tell you that just by adding a little ginger and garlic to your everyday food, you can keep the cold away for good, apart from a lot other things! Here are a few ways you can add more ginger and garlic to your food and the reasons:
If you are a tea lover, switch to adding a bit of ginger in your tea everyday. It makes it taste a hundred times better, but also comes with plenty of health benefits! It keeps you warm, which is why so many people opt for tea multiple times a day during the winters! It also boosts your immunity.
Ginger also helps in digestion, so you can say goodbye to all the gastric problems! It improved your blood circulation to a great extent. Here’s a tip: add some ginger paste to your food everyday, and it’ll taste much better. Another tip: Mother’s Recipe has ginger paste, so you should load up on it!
Ginger keeps you extremely hydrated, so it is all the more reason you should add it to your diet. If you have respiratory issues, you have lucked in! Ginger is known to reduce respiratory problems, and help you breathe and feel better. Here are a few foods you can add ginger to: tea, Upma, pongal, anything Indo-Chinese that you make.
Garlic shall not be left out. Garlic, just like ginger, keeps you warm. It is also a great source of minerals, like calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, and potassium. Vitamin C is essential for your body as it helps in fighting seasonal ailments, builds immunity and strengthens your body. Garlic is rich in Vitamin C, so the more you consume, the more you are protected from common colds and flu.
As displeasing as it sounds, eating raw garlic can help in reducing your cholesterol levels and improve the health of your heart. It also contains a certain component that helps in thinning your blood vessels.
Did you know you could have garlic tea? Just like ginger tea, garlic tea helps keep you absolutely warm during winters. It’s absolutely easy to make and only requires a few cloves of garlic, some cinnamon, lemon and honey!
Garlic is known to increase your defence against allergies, and also regulates your blood sugar levels. Not just that, it also helps in recovery from cancer because it contains an anti-cancer agent called germanium. Garlic, like ginger, also increases your blood circulation and boosts immunity.
Ginger and garlic make a great combination as well! They add a great flavour to your everyday food, making it taste much, much better. You can add it to almost anything, and relish in the delicacy. If you are someone who loves ginger & garlic in everything, we think you should check out Mother’s Recipe Ginger Garlic Paste. It tastes exactly the same as the one in your house, but is easier to use and find, and not to forget, extremely affordable!
If you are wondering how to add more ginger and garlic to your food, worry not! Mother’s Recipe has ginger paste, garlic paste, as well as ginger-garlic paste that is readily available, absolutely easy to use and delicious!
Did you know that Mother’s recipe also has garlic pickle? So the next time you’re having some curd rice or parathas, keep with you a pack of Mother’s Recipe Garlic Pickle and enjoy the scrumptious side dish to your food!
Mother’s Recipe products are all free of preservatives and free of added flavours. What you see is what you get, and it’s all natural!
Cooking, as fun as it can be, takes up a lot of your time. If you’re a working mom, a student or a young working professional, cooking might seem a stressful job; especially when you are running late for college or work, or might seem like a lengthy process when you’re trying to have a fun weekend. And when it comes to food, healthy, delicious desi food is what we tend to crave.
Let’s make your job a little easier, and make cooking double the fun again. Here are a few quick cooking hacks for your desi meals.
Everyone has been in a situation where they put the milk on the stove, forget about it, and run around the house doing everything else. And by the time you realise it, the milk has already overflowed. Here is a trick – place a wooden spoon on the vessel, and it will not spill!
Making soft rotis can be a task, and a long one at that, because you have to knead the dough for a long time, leaving our arms sore. And more often than not, if you are not an expert, your rotis might not even turn out to be soft. Here is what you can do: add some milk to the dough. This will ensure the rotis turn out extremely soft!
Do not like the amount of oil that puris soak up? And puris can soak up a lot! What you can do is, roll the dough for puri, and place them in the freezer for 15 minutes. Your puris will fluff up nicely without soaking up too much oil!
This is the thing about lemons: if you do not squeeze out the juice in a few days, they dry up. And when you do try to squeeze out the juice, it takes quite a bit of time, and your fingers end up feeling cramped. What you can do is, put the lemons in the microwave and heat them for about 10 to 20 seconds. This will help you juice the lemons more easily!
Onions take a long time to caramelize, unless you’re planning to deep fry them on a high flame. The next time you are looking to caramelize onions, add a bit of salt and the job will be done quickly.
Have you ever tried making paani puri at home and the paani just didn’t turn out like the street-style ones? The next time you crave paani puri, just get Mother’s Recipe’s Panipuri paste, and your pani puri will taste just like the ones you get on the street. To top it off, it’s absolutely healthy, with no preservatives.
Peeling boiled eggs with your bare hands hardly ever goes right. Here is an easy trick: place the eggs in batches in a plastic container, and close the lid. Shake the container until the eggs are entirely peeled!
Everyone has tried peeling garlic tirelessly and ended up with really smelly hands with an odour that does not budge. The easiest way to peel garlic is to chop the top and bottom! But guess what? You do not even have to do that! Mother’s Recipe Garlic Paste is the most authentic garlic paste that you can add to absolutely anything, and you will find no difference, because the paste is made from all natural ingredients!
Bhindi and rice, both, can be very sticky when you try to cook them; no one likes the stickiness! Here is what you do: squeeze a bit of lemon juice while you’re cooking either. This will ensure the stickiness goes away!
After ginger, it is garlic. Ever noticed how extremely difficult it is to peel ginger? And if you’re trying to do so with a knife, it seems near impossible! To peel ginger faster, what you can do is use a spoon instead. This will ensure your ginger is thoroughly peeled, and will avoid wastage. But if you are looking to use ginger a lot, peeling them every now and again can seem like a task! Why not just get the Mother’s Recipe ginger paste instead? That will make your job even easier!
Those were a few Indian cooking hacks that you can definitely try! Here is another hack: Mother’s Recipe has ready to cook food, lip-smacking chutneys and pastes, that will make your job even easier! They are 100% natural, have no added preservatives and are full of natural flavour. Let us know if any of these hacks work!
Kids can be extremely picky and notorious when it comes to eating food. You can always hear other mothers whining about how making their kid(s) eat almost anything is a challenge. The trick parents play to ensure their kids eat enough and healthy are endless. And if it is your usual leafy greens and vegetables, you are sure to be overwhelmed by their tantrums.
Now that the festive season here, the need for snacks is even higher. It is usually around the festivities that parents let go of the strictness around eating greens and healthy food, but why have your child miss out on them? After all, festivity or no festivity, nutritious and healthy food stands important.
Let’s take a look at some tasty, healthy yet easy to make snacks that your kids will love to munch on!
Spicy Potato Crackers
Kids’ favourite vegetable ever is potatoes; we would not know a single kid who does not love them. As a parent, you know how to stuff in vegetables with your potatoes, and this is no different, except it has lots of cheese!
Mix all the ingredients except the crackers into a bowl. Place the crackers on a plate, and add the mixture onto half of the cracker. Use the leftover crackers to place on the mixture, to make a cracker sandwich. Now take these crackers and dip them in sev, to coat evenly. Then dip them in coriander as a topping, and coat them evenly. Place them on a plate, garnish with more Mother’s Recipe Tamarind Date Chutney, add some sev on the top and serve. A quick, easy, healthy snack for your kids!
Upma Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Curry Leaves Pesto
Chicken Nuggets are a kid’s absolute favourite. Every fast food corner they go to, they want chicken nuggets. But now that children cannot step out of the house, neither can you, not being able to have chicken nuggets is a huge tantrum. We have got just the recipe for you that is quick and easy, and goes without saying, healthy!
Thinly slice the chicken into multiple pieces. Mix it with salt, pepper and Mother’s Recipe red chilli chutney. Leave it to marinate for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
After marination, add the refined flour slurry to the marinated chicken so it’s nicely coated. Add Mother’s Recipe Upma Instant Mix onto a plate and coat the chicken with it and put them aside.
For the pesto sauce, you will ideally want to soak the curry leaves in boiling water so they soften a little, then put them in cold water for a little while. Put the curry leaves in a blender, some salt, pepper, cashews, and olive oil. Give it a nice blend until it has formed into a thick paste and your pesto sauce is ready!
Fry your coated chicken in oil until they turn crispy. Place them on a plate, garnish with crispy curly leaves, some red chilli chutney and you’ve a tasty snack ready!
Mother’s Recipe has a range of products that you can choose from to make easy snacks for your kids. Chop and change the chutneys you use, or the coatings you use for frying, and you will have a brand new recipe at your disposal. Enjoy authentic pastes and chutneys without the hassle of making them yourself. Mother’s Recipe products are made from all natural ingredients, no added preservatives, or flavours. Zero artificial
Festivity is here. We all know what that means. There’ll be galore and dishes to choose and let’s not even get to the sweets. Festivals are celebrations where everything right from tea snacks to Grand food items are prepared in abundance. So let’s take ourselves on a pan India trip and experience the several mouthwatering dishes.
India is one such country wherein we can experience so many wonderful dishes no matter where we are. This festive season try out some of these traditional dishes.
There is no better way to start this blog than by praising the humble samosa. Hot boiled potatoes and peas cooked in fervent gravy wrapped and fried in crispy covering is surely a treat this country swears by. This heavenly pasty even though originated in central Asia, it surely made its way to the Indian heart. When festivity arrives you can see that there are always some samosas frying in the kitchen. Guests are also fed this delicacy in plenty. It’s one such dish that fits into any function no matter how simple or grand. You can Relish this wonderful tea time pastry snack with some tangy samosa chutney from Mother’s Recipe.
Travelling down to the south a bit. This crunchy savoury snack is known by many names ranging from murukku, chakli, chakuli etc. Many at times it’s made with rice flour and spices but there are also variants that have come up with time. There are palak murukku also which can be a healthier option this festive season. It’s a fun tradition down south where families sit together and start making these yummy snacks a few days before the festival so that on the main day they can be sent in little packets to family around time. This also shows us that festive food in India doesn’t simply come as food it’s also a big emotion for most of us. You can serve these crispy snacks to guests alongside some Chana Masala papad. It could be a tea time to remember!
Paneer tikka masala
Paneer is one such amazing ingredient that is so adaptable. When you want a quiet dinner it can be subtle and when you want to have a grand festival gathering it can come in this majestic dish. The Paneer tikka masala is a favorite not only in India but also in other countries. The preparation of marinating the fresh cottage cheese then grilling, whilst the gravy is cooking with spices. When it all comes together, it’s a celebration in your mouth! This dish is perfect for all those loud and fun festive nights with family and friends. You can serve it with a side of some fresh garlic naans or Jeera rice, these are the best pairings that go with this amazing curry. Festive seasons can be quite hectic, you can always grab some Mother’s Recipe ready to cook Paneer tikka masala and enjoy a feast in twenty minutes!
No celebration is complete without this decadent dish. This is a great dish for a perfect end to a great dinner party. It’s also perfect for sweet tooths who don’t like indulging in something that’s very sweet and heavy. It strikes the perfect balance between something sweet and a grand dessert for festivity. You can have a quick fix for your dessert needs with the Mother’s Recipe ready to make kheer mix. Serve some sweetness in style this festive season.
These are some of our most favorite festive delicacies. You can choose amongst these and serve these to all the guests who come home. In fact you can even make yourself a little treat as Mother’s Recipe is always with you to give you a joyous and tasty celebration.
Malayalis around the world specifically wait for one thing all year round, and that’s the joyous festival of Onam. The state of Kerala celebrates this harvest festival regardless of religion or belief systems, families gather together to share a lunch that’s served on a banana leaf called sadhya.
The sadhya is such a visual treat while also being a wholesome meal itself. Some sashays say up-to forty different varieties of curries on it’s own, this all vegetarian meal has a diverse range in terms of types of foods. Food is a very important part of Onam, the whole household flocks to the kitchen in the morning itself to help make all the dishes, since there are a wide variety of food items, every single item in the sadhya is taken very seriously. The sadhya is divided into several parts, the cooking styles, spices, the ingredients vary throughout the meal.
Onam is also known as the festival of flowers and joy, women of the house deck themselves in Kasavu sarees and design a flower pattern called pookalam, which is laid outside the house in order to attract prosperity and good luck
The rice is served in the middle of the leaf, lined with at least three types of chutneys on the side, the appalam placed carefully besides the rice, two types of sambar, a curd curry and many more lip smacking delicacies. Every Malayali knows that a sadhya isn’t complete without a delicious Payasam.
The myth of Mahabali also surrounds the story of Onam, people dressed as Mahabali roam around to give people blessings,
Malayali or not, you can always have your own Onam recipes with mother’s recipe’s amazing range of products
Tamarind chutney: Tamarind chutney is used in several dishes in Malayali cuisine, whether just a few spoons in a sambar or just on its own on the side to take a taste along with other delicacies. Tamarind chutney has a strong tangy taste that enriches every dish that you add it in
Ginger garlic paste: This paste is also the highlight of several onam dishes, it adds a unique kick to the curry it is in, moreover there is a very traditional side dish which is called the puli inji, which literally translates to sour ginger, which is made from ginger, you could add a little paste when making it to add some extra goodness and taste.
Kerala Mango Pickle: every sadhya needs a good addition of a good pickle, Kerala is known for its traditional pickle making customs, the recipes have been passed down from generations to generations, experience the authentic taste of the Kerala mango pickle with Mother’s Recipe’s yummy range of Kerala pickles. Adding a great pickle to your sadhya elevates the whole taste, the spiciness of chili is said to be good for blood circulation and aids digestion.
Appalam: What’s there to not love in a good crispy appalam? The Kerala appalam is usually fluffy and light and has no spice infused in it, it goes well with the meal laid out in front of you, it balances out the flavours which are already there on the banana leaf. Mother’s recipe appalams have this exact quality wherein they provide the kind crisp and saltiness to your meal.
We hope you have a great time trying out different recipes during the harvest season filled with joy, we wish you heart fulls of joy and fuller stomachs! Get your hands on the easy and delicious products of mother’s recipe to try out several different food items. We wish you a joy filled and happy Onam!
The love and regard for pickles transcend time and relishing a good pickle is an art in itself. In India, pickles originate from every part of this culturally diverse land. From Kerala to West Bengal- every region offers something unique and rich in heritage. For food-lovers and pickle enthusiasts, India is truly a haven.
Growing up, we must have all enjoyed our mother’s tangy and spicy pickles that are stored in ceramic urns. This summer, It is most likely that you are in search of some exciting pickles to try, and are in a fix. Well, we decided to help you out by narrowing the perfect list for you. Here are 10 varieties of pickles that you must try this summer. We assure you that these summer-friendly pickles will turn out to be a blockbuster hit amongst your family members.
This popular condiment has been part of the Indian cuisine for a long time with a fan-base spanning generations. It is prepared with lemons, chilli powder, and other spices. Sweet and sour, it is packed with a burst of flavours. It goes great with lentils, curries, vegetable biryani, rice, stuffed flatbreads, and naan. Making this pickle may seem difficult, but buying Mother’s Recipe’s Sweet Lime Pickle isn’t. Now, go get your pack of happiness today!
Green Chilli Pickle is a lip-smacking North Indian style delicacy that originates in Rajasthan. It is prepared with fresh green chilies, mustard seeds, and lemon juice. This goes very well as a condiment with simple Indian dishes like dal-rice, curd-rice, veg pulao, and roti-sabzi. It enhances the overall taste of the simplest of meals. So, if you are looking for a pickle that will pack a powerful punch, then buy your pack of Mother’s Recipe’s Green Chilli Pickle.
Ingredients made from quality sun-ripened limes and then spiced with special, this ancient recipe acts as a great condiment to the rich taste of local dishes from Rajasthan. This spicy, hot, yet sweet accompaniment is best served with Indian bread like naan, kulcha, and rotis. This pickle is a classic because it gives a burst of flavours. It will surely leave you feeling refreshed, and wanting more. So, go get your pack of Mother’s Recipe’s Rajasthani Sweet Lime today!
This is a tangy pickle prepared with Citron or otherwise called Narthangai. This pickle is sour and emerges from the southern parts of the nation. What stands out in this accompaniment is that it has a lot of medical properties. It aids digestion, helps ease nausea, and it is a rich source of Vitamin-C. Best served with curd rice, it enhances your meal by offering a rich, authentic taste. It is perfect for summer, for your family to enjoy, so don’t hesitate to get your pack of Mother’s Recipe’s Citron Pickle.
This tangy and tasty mixed pickle contains an assortment of regional and seasonal fruits and vegetables. A typical Bengali “Mishali”, this pickle has the authentic taste of Bengal and offers a rich taste of the mangoes. From curd rice to Indian bread- you can eat it with the dish of your choice. Get transported to your childhood with the pack of Mother’s Recipe’s Bengali Mango Pickle today!
Originating from the kitchens of Gujarat, this tasty pickle reflects the true flavour of the region. The name of this dish comes from jaggery, referred to as ‘gol’ and mangoes that are called ‘Keri’. Made with the superb combination of succulent mangoes, sugar, and carefully selected spices, this pickle goes well along with theplas, bhakris, mathris, khakras, or just plain roti. Mother’s Recipe’s Gorkeri Pickle is a condiment that will become a staple once you try it this summer, so go check it out already.
This delectable side dish is customary in all Gujarati households and holds a special place in their cuisine. It is a wonderful dish that will satisfy the craving of every food enthusiast. It is made with shredded mangoes dried under the sun and mixed with spices and seasoning. This is a simple dish that reflects the rich heritage of the region. Mother’s Recipe’s Choondo Pickle works great alongside bread, rice, theplas, and mathris. So, go check it out today.
Maharashtra Mango Pickles are a delicacy that is blended to perfection to remind you of the Marathi Lonche. Mother’s Recipe’s Maharashtra Mango Pickle uses mangoes hand-picked from the Ratnagiri province of Konkan Coast to provide that genuine taste. It is then spiced and seasoned with flaming red Byadgi Chillies, Methi, Mustard, and Hing. Sounds mouth-watering, right? Now, it’s time to stock up on this delicious pickle!
Dripping with traditional flavours and exotic taste, this pickle is famous in the parts of Punjab. It is made using five ingredients that include raw mangoes, chickpeas, lotus stem, karonda, and amla or lime. Besides these, spices are added to give the additional flavour. You can serve this condiment alongside Parathas and rotis. Mother’s Recipe’s Punjabi Pachranga Pickle will tantalize your taste buds for sure!
A pickle that stems from god’s own country- Kerala, this special is a pan-Indian delight. It is made using delicate Kanni Mangoes picked in time and then spiced with chili powder, methi, hing. You can serve it with curd rice, and steamed rice. If you were craving for a spicy condiment all this while, then this pickle is your best friend! So try your hand at Mother’s Recipe’s Kerala Vadu Mango Pickle now for the ultimate summer experience.
Now that you have scrolled through some of the most interesting pickles you could try this summer, there’s just one thing left for you to do- Try them before summer bids goodbye. We are sure that this will make your family dinner table routine an exciting and fun affair.
Paneer makhani otherwise referred to as Paneer butter masala is an iconic dish that has a slightly sweet creamy curry made of Paneer or tofu. The word makhan is a Hindi word, which means butter. So, makhani means buttery. The origin of this dish can be traced back to the 1950s when the Punjabis created this dish in Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi. In fact, a survey found that Paneer Butter Masala was one of the top 5 food ordered at night in India.
The specialty of this dish is the sauce and it was discovered by mixing a lot of fresh butter into a tomato-based curry. The curry is prepared usually with simple ingredients such as- butter, tomatoes, cashews or cream. Masalas such as red chilly powder and garam masala are also used to prepare this gravy. Here is a recipe that will interest you as well. If the procedure to make this delicacy is difficult for you, then you can cook this paneer delicacy at home using- Mother’s Recipe Butter Paneer Masala Mix. The best part of this process is that you cook it within minutes. All you have got to is boil the masala with some water and add the cubes of paneer. Isn’t this a quick, tasty and convenient way to cook your favorite dish?
Ingredients required to prepare paneer butter masala
To make the paste:
2 teaspoons Oil
1 medium or 1 cup Onion chopped roughly
Skimmed milk powder
Mother’s Recipe Ginger garlic paste
2 small or 1 cup Tomato chopped
⅛ teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 ½ teaspoons Coriander powder
1 ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
Salt to taste
Cashew Nuts broken
Coriander and Cumin
All these ingredients are available in the Paneer Butter Masala Ready to cook mix of Mother’s Recipe. Instead of going through the tedious task of arranging the right amount of the above mentioned ingredients, shop the pack and make your cooking simpler.
For paneer butter masala recipe:
2 tablespoons Butter
2 Cloves and cardamoms
1 teaspoon Mother’s Recipe Ginger paste
1 teaspoon Mother’s Recipe Garlic paste or freshly grated
1 cup Water
200 grams or 7 oz Paneer cut into pieces
Red chilli powder or chopped green chilies for extra spiciness or
3-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or fresh cream or malai (optional)
Although RTC mix has most of the necessary spices, you can top it up as per your servings and need of the extra spiciness.
Instructions to prepare paneer butter masala
Making the paste:
Take the Mother’s Recipe Ready to cook pack of Paneer Butter Masala and empty it in a pan.
Add water to it and let it boil over low flame for few minutes.
Add extra red chili powder or chopped green chillies if you like your dish a little extra spicy.
Making paneer butter masala recipe:
In the same pan heat the butter and oil on medium heat.
Add whole spices. Saute for a minute or till you get a nice aroma of spices.
Add pieces of paneer in the pan and let it cook for a few minutes.
Then add water to make gravy consistency and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Add kasoori methi, paneer cubes, and mix.
Lastly add cream, mix and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
Turn off the stove.
Your dish is ready to be served! You can garnish it with coriander leaves and an ample amount of home-made butter. We assure you that this will turn out to be a block-buster amongst your family and friends.
You can cook this up in the cooker as well. It’s even simpler! Mix the entire content of the Ready To Cook mix, 250g of paneer pieces, ½ cup of milk (125 ml) and ½ cup of water (125ml) in a pressure cooker. Cook for 1 whistle and then cook on a low flame for one minute. Stop cooking. Stir in 2 tablespoon of butter.
Here is a rough estimate of the nutritional value. It contains a total calories of 465kcal for 1 serving.
Saturated Fat: 11g
Tips To Make The Delicious Paneer Butter Masala
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a key ingredient, so you must make sure to use ripe, red and firm tomatoes with a slightly sweet taste. Ensure that the tomatoes should not be very sour or tangy.
Paneer: Use homemade paneer if possible or a good quality store brought fresh paneer.
Cooking tomato puree: The tomato puree has to be sautéed and cooked really well. Oil or butter should leave sides of the tomato paste. If the tomato paste is not sautéed well, the raw flavor of tomatoes will be felt in the dish.
Butter: Use good quality butter. You can use both unsalted or salted butter.
Cashew paste: To grind cashews to a fine consistency, it is better that you soak them in hot water for 30 minutes.
Replacement for cashews: If you don’t have cashews, don’t worry, the best alternative is almonds. Soak the almonds in hot water for 30 minutes. Then peel them and make a paste of almonds with little water.
Taste and flavor: If the butter paneer masala gravy tastes tangy or sour, then to balance the sour taste you can add a bit of sugar or cream. But do not add too much sugar as then the gravy becomes too sweet. Also, do note if you add cream then you might have to add less sugar in the butter paneer gravy.
Frying paneer: You can fry the paneer cubes if you want and then add in the prepared gravy or sauce.
Color: To get the bright orangish-red color, it is best to use Kashmiri red chilli powder. Using deep red colored tomatoes also contribute to a lovely orange color in the gravy.
Now, it is time to cook your very own delicious Paneer Butter Masala using this amazing recipe or go to your nearest supermarket and buy a packet of Mother’s Recipe Paneer Butter Masala Mix.
Apart from this, Mother’s Recipe brings an assortment of products for daily cooking. From freshly made cooking paste to instant mixes to quick hunger solutions. Pickles, papads, and chutneys are also available to accompany your meals to make them tastier and interesting.
Tomatoes are a key ingredient, so you must make sure to use ripe, red and firm tomatoes with a slightly sweet taste. Ensure that the tomatoes should not be very sour or tangy.
7 Quick & Healthy Microwave Indian recipes for Breakfast
A microwave is one of the most underrated devices present in your kitchen. It saves time, makes your work easier in the kitchen but most often, it is used just to reheat and defrost food; especially breakfast. This practice stops today because we are about to share some exciting healthy breakfast recipes that take only minutes to prepare and serve. Now, morning breakfast items will never be boring.
Recipe 1: Rava Pongal
Rava Ponga is a traditional South Indian dish that is not only a mouth-watering delicacy. It is a healthy breakfast item that is made with the richness of rava and moong dal.
The dish is flavoured up with a dash of ginger and spices like cumin seeds and pepper as well. If you are a lover of ghee then surely, you cannot miss this delicacy as a dollop of ghee is added for consistency and taste.
Usually, it is made during the season of Pongal, but this amazing dish does not need a reason to be made. So, try out this simple recipe here now!
Fine roasted rava
Green gram dal
5 to 6
3 to 4 tbsp
A small piece cut finely
Take a micro-safe bowl and add the green gram dal.
Add 2 cups of water into this bowl and make sure it cooks well in the microwave [high] for 15 minutes.
Don’t forget to keep stirring every three minutes.
You can also spread a little ghee on it so as to prevent spilling.
It is now time to add the roasted Rava to it and the remaining amount of water.
Once you add the ingredients, please micro high this mixture for another three to four minutes, stirring once in between.
Now, add the crushed pepper, curry leaves, salt, roasted cashews, ghee, cumin seeds, and ginger to it.
Once, you mix it well with a stirrer, micro high for another minute.
If the Pongal is still watery, you must micro high again for a minute or two.
Allow a standing time of 2 to 3 minutes. The dish is ready to be served now.
You can serve this dish hot with chutney or sambar to heighten the taste and flavour.
Rava pongal is a dish that can be enjoyed by everybody across all age groups, so don’t be hesitant to try this for breakfast.
Recipe 2: Rava Idli
Rava Idli is a traditional South Indian dish that first originated in the small tiffin centres of Karnataka. A favorite amongst all age categories, the authentic Rava Idli never goes out of style. A dish mostly found in South Indian homes, the dish uses ingredients like- rava, curd and some spices.
The process does not involve grinding and fermentation, making this ideal for a harried breakfast. To cook this dish in a microwave is simple and quick. Here is a recipe that you must try today.
Rava / Sooji
Curd / yogurt
ENO powder / Baking powder
Oil (To grease the idli moulds)
Take a microwave safe bowl and add 1 cup of Rava/Sooji.
In the same bowl, it is time to add 1 Cup Curd/Yogurt.
Mix them both well to avoid forming lumps. Add a little water to make a thick paste-like batter.
Let the mixture rest for 20 mins.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the batter.
Add 1 teaspoon ENO powder/baking soda to the mixture.
Take a microwave idli mould and grease it with some oil.
Add Idli mixture to each mould. Make sure you do not overfill.
Put 1/2 cup of water in a microwave bowl which comes with an idli stand(microwave safe)
Keep the idli stand into it and cover it with a lid.
Microwave it for 4-4.5 mins at high power(900 Watts).
Your delicious breakfast is now ready to be served. The dish can be served alongside spicy and flavourful chutneys.
Recipe 3: Dhokla
A popular Indian snack that finds its roots in Gujarat, this delicious dish can be enjoyed as a breakfast as well. The preparation takes less than 30 minutes. So, if you are on the run to your workplace, then this recipe is a saviour. Filled with the goodness of Besan and other spices, this is a favourite for all age groups. Unlike the traditional preparation, this microwave recipe takes less effort.
If this is not enough reason why you should try this recipe out, then what is? Ingredients Required:
Green chilli paste
Salt & Turmeric
For the tadka: Rai Kadi patta Green chillies, julienne
For Garnishing: Dhania Coconut
Take a microwave safe bowl and mix the besan, ginger paste, chilli paste, salt, turmeric, sugar and oil.
Along with these ingredients, beat in the curds as well.
Now, it is time to beat all the ingredients till it becomes smooth.
Add the water and mix well again.
Add the fruit salt, stir gently and pour immediately into the greased microwavable dish, cover
Cook at high power for about 6-8 minutes, rotating the dish once.
Heat the oil for the tadka, add the rai, kadhi patta and green chillies.
Saute till slightly colored.
Add 1 cup of water.
Cut the dhokla into desired sized pieces and pour the tadka over.
Garnish with the dhania and coconut and serve.
The dish is ready to be served. It tastes great when you serve it alongside chillies. If not, enjoy it with coconut or green chutney.
Recipe 4: Chivda
The traditional Chivda is a quick fix that can be enjoyed without guilt. This dish is well known to control sugar levels, be rich in iron and low in calories. In fact, it is easily digestable too. With abundant health benefits, this recipe requires basic ingredients and preparation.
Chivda is something that would make for a welcome accompaniment to your meals on picnics, road trips, and game nights too! So, try it now.
Pressed rice 4 medium chopped green chilli
Take a microwave-safe bowl and add some oil in it.
Heat the oil by putting it in the microwave oven for around 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, roughly chop the green chillies.
Take the bowl out and add the tampering ingredients i.e. cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and green chillies in the bowl and microwave it for 2 minutes.
Take the bowl out again and add peanuts into the tampered mix and microwave it again for about a minute.
Now, put asafoetida and turmeric powder in the oil and peanut mix and microwave it for 10 seconds.
Add poha/ chivda to the bowl and microwave it for 4 minutes.
Mix them in between after every minute.
Recipe 5: Sevai Upma [Vermicelli Mix]
Sevai Upma is a dish that is not only a simple solution for breakfast problems, but also a healthy one too. Vermicelli is fat-free, low in cholesterol and contains very low sodium. A popular South Indian dish, you can cook it in a single bowl in a microwave. The best accompaniments to this dish include- peanut chutney, curd and pickle and Idli podi.
This recipe below uses the same ingredients as a rava upma. Now, try it at home and let your family be the judges of how good the dish is. If you are worried about the upma becoming too mushy or sticky, don’t worry. This recipe eliminates that.
Thin Vermicelli /Sevai
Either slit or in a paste form, as per taste
Whole or crushed
Salt and sugar
As per taste
Curry Leaves and chopped Coriander
3 to 4
Put the vermicelli in a microwave safe bowl.
Add oil and mix it all well.
Microwave it for 1-2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds. When it is red, add some water and let it cook for a while.
The vermicelli should be microwaved for another 3 minutes.
In a skillet, heat oil, and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, and cumin seeds.
Add chopped onions, turmeric powder, salt, sugar, peanuts, green chillies paste/slit and mix it all well along with the vermicelli.
Now, it is time to garnish the dish with some cilantro. ango
The dish is ready to be served hot. We assure you that this dish will be a blockbuster.
Recipe 6: Mango Chutney
As summer fast approaches us, it is time for the fruit of the season- mangoes! So, what better season to cook some delicious Mango Chutney. It is a spicy, tangy and interesting accompaniment to breakfast items. You can spread it on bread, and serve your kids a fun sandwich as well.
The dish is spicy from ginger and garlic. Meanwhile, it gets a punch of tangi-ness from the acidity present in the mangoes and vinegar. The sweetness arises from the added sugar. If you are an avid lover of the mangoes, then you can eat it alongside rice, chicken and lamb as well.
Finely chopped red onion
Finely chopped green bell pepper
Grated fresh ginger
Freshly ground black pepper
Peel, halve, and seed the mango, and cut it into 1/2-inch cubes.
Now, it is time to combine the mango with all the other ingredients in a deep 1 1/2 quart microwave-safe casserole.
Let it cook well in the microwave, uncovered for 7 minutes.
Allow the chutney to cool slightly.
Furthermore, cover the casserole tightly and refrigerate it.
It will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator.
Now, the dish is ready to be served. Now, isn’t this an interesting take on the traditional mangoes? So, what are you waiting for, try it now.
Recipe 7: Bread Upma
Usually, made with the leftover bread slices, this popular Indian snack is indeed a breakfast special. The dish tastes best when served hot and garnished with abundant cashews. It only takes 15 minutes to make this dish, so get your microwave safe bowls ready. It is time to cook Bread Upma.
Whole wheat bread
6 slices (cubed)
Onion (big and chopped finely)
Green chillies (slit opened)
Mustard seeds + urad dal
Dry red chillies
Heat oil in a microwave-safe bowl for 2 minutes on high, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, dry red chillies, asafoetida powder to the oil.
Let it cook in a microwave oven for 5 minutes on high until the dals turn golden brown.
Now add the chopped onions, minced ginger, slit opened green chillies, curry leaves.
Cook everything again on high for 10 minutes (stir in between) along with turmeric powder and salt.
Now add the cubed bread chunks.
Toss everything gently until everything mixes with the spices.
Cook again for 10 minutes on high (stir in between).
Serve with ketchup or spicy chutneys.
Serve with ketchup or spicy chutneys.
Isn’t this a simple dish to cook? We bet your family and friends are going to love this dish.
Now, stop scrolling for inspiration and start cooking some tantalizing breakfast items from the recipes mentioned above. Which one is your favourite dish? Tell us in the comments!
Tamarind is a tree particularly found in tropical countries. It produces seed pods that contain brown pulpy fruit with a sweet-sour flavour. This flavour changes depending on the stage of ripening.
Table of Contents:
Origin of tamarind
Nutrient composition of tamarind
13 health benefits of tamarind
Side effects of tamarind
Other uses of tamarind
Where does tamarind originate from?
Its origin is in Africa but it is grown in other tropical parts of the world like India. It is used in many food dishes all around the world, particularly in South-East Asia.
Indian cooking predominantly combines taste with health. Recipes are packed with flavour and also have the goodness of nutrients that boost immunity and ensure comprehensive health benefits. Tamarind is a prime example of this.
With an array of benefits, tamarind is an indispensable part of any household.
To sum up:
Tamarind is a sweet-sour fruit found in the seed pods of the tamarind tree. It is tropical in nature and has a lot of benefits for every household.
What is the nutrient composition of tamarind?
Tamarind is packed with different nutrients that are good for health. Let’s break down the composition of nutrients in every 100 grams of tamarind.
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Tamarind is packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, integral in producing energy. It also has iron and calcium that helps in immunity-boosting and maintaining strong bones.
Potassium, magnesium and fibre present in this pulpy fruit also help in stress relief, fighting depression and diabetes as well as maintaining bowel health.
To sum up:
Tamarind pulp contains a holistic list of nutrients such as vitamins, iron and calcium for boosting overall body health.
13 Health Benefits of Tamarind
Tamarind has a variety of health and medicine-related uses. Its nutrients help in keeping the body hale and healthy and also helps in fighting diseases.
Tamarind: Adding flavour and value to dishes
Tamarind is used in chutneys, gravies, sauces and sometimes even candies to bring about the sour-sweet flavour.
It is an integral part of cooking in South-East Asian, Carribean and Mexican cuisines.
In South India, tamarind is a staple flavour in dishes such as sambar, rasam, and puli inji (A dish made of tamarind and ginger pulp), going with rice. It is added to many chutneys to bring about a sour flavour. Across the world, it finds its way into many rice-related dishes, giving it a rich flavour and adding to the taste.
Tamarind helps with stomach-related disorders Tamarind is a natural laxative predominantly used as a home remedy in treating illnesses related to the stomach. It induces the production of bile and cures bile-related disorders, leading to faster digestion. The presence of fibre, potassium and tartaric acid helps in proper bowel movement, acting as a cure for both diarrhoea and constipation. Its nutrients also cure worms in the intestine and keep your stomach healthy and functional.Tamarind extract taken with water can help with regaining one’s appetite. Pregnant women also consume tamarind to avoid problems such as morning sickness and nausea. (2)
The nutrients present in tamarind boost heart health Tamarind contains antioxidants that elevate heart health. The polyphenols present in it helps in reducing cholesterol levels and thereby decrease the risk of heart disease. (3)Tamarind also contains potassium that controls blood pressure, anxiety, stress and boosts general metabolism.
Tamarind has anti-diabetic properties Taken in moderation, the anti-oxidants in tamarind help control blood sugar levels and protect against diabetes. It helps in stopping the carbohydrates from getting directly absorbed into the bloodstream, thereby reducing the production of sugar in the body.
Tamarind betters nerve functions The vitamin B present in tamarind helps in boosting nerve function and enhance cell growth.It boosts eyesight and promotes proper brain functioning.
Tamarind possesses anti-microbial properties useful for treating diseases Traditional medicine used tamarind as a home remedy for tropical diseases such as malaria. The anti-inflammatory properties found in the various parts of tamarind ensure that immunity is boosted to protect and fight against bacterial infections and diseases. (4)
Benefits of using tamarind on external wounds The bark and the seeds of tamarind, as well as the pulp, are also used as a salve in curing external wounds. The antioxidants present in tamarind act as a great healing agent. (5)
Tamarind helps maintain skin health Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, tamarind is a great home remedy for maintaining healthy skin. It contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help in exfoliating the skin, cleaning pores and removing age-related spots to keep the skin free of blemishes. (6) The antioxidants present in the skin helps in removing uneven pigmentation and evens skin tone.
Tamarind helps in weight management Tamarind constitutes of an acid called hydroxy citric acid that ensures that the enzyme that stimulates fat storage reduces its activity.Consuming tamarind in juice form can also cause the fibre present in it to keep your stomach full, thereby away from mid-meal snacks.
Benefits of tamarind in boosting immunity Tamarind is rich in Magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamins A & C, all of which help in boosting the immune system. It provides the body with the aid to fight microbial infections and keep diseases at bay. Consuming tamarind in any form consistently can ensure a healthy immune system and a life free from diseases
Tamarind helps with proper liver functioning and liver-related injuries Tamarind is extremely helpful in the smooth maintenance of the liver. It boosts metabolism, which in turn, reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver, leading to the risk of fatty liver disease.Its antioxidants also protect and decongest the liver as well as the gall bladder and protect it from any damage.Tamarind extracts also help in treating liver injuries. (7)
Benefits of tamarind in treating fever Tamarind has been an integral part of traditional medicine in the Asian continent in curing fever.Tamarind has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that act as a natural coolant for the body. Tamarind paste brings down the body temperature when consumed with warm water. Consumed in moderation, it is highly beneficial in improving our health.
Tamarind helps in keeping joints healthy Packed with calcium and vitamin A & C, tamarind is a natural remedy for joint ache and swelling. Its anti-inflammatory properties ensure that the fluoride in the body is removed. Excess fluoride in the body can lead to bone density loss, thyroid disease, hormonal imbalances and arthritis.Tamarind as a part of one’s everyday diet ensures that the immune system is strong enough to fight against these diseases.
Other health benefits of tamarind Studies are being undertaken to understand the importance of tamarind seeds in treating dry eye. The presence of polysaccharide, a type of carbohydrate molecule, helps in treating this disease. (8)Tamarind also has high magnesium content in it. Magnesium plays an important role in more than 600 body functions. It helps in
Maintaining blood pressure
Synthesis of proteins leading to energy building
Smooth muscle functioning
To sum up:
Tamarind has an array of health benefits and is used in cooking. It plays a major role in traditional medicine and is also being explored in modern science.
It provides a lot of health benefits and is used in treating both external and internal health issues due to the presence of various nutrients such as vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron.
Side effects of tamarind:
Tamarind has no extreme side effects and can be consumed as a part of one’s dietary requirements every day.
Some studies suggest that the effect of tamarind has not been properly proven in pregnant women and patients diagnosed with diabetes. Taken in moderation, after a doctor’s consultation is helpful in knowing the extent of its consumption.
The nutrients present in tamarind might also cause a mineral overload, which in turn, might take a toll on the kidneys. Ensuring adequate consumption is highly necessary for getting the right nutrients.
To sum up:
There are no adverse effects on health due to consumption of tamarind. Consuming this fruit pulp and using its components such as the leaves and the seeds in moderation as a part of one’s daily diet is good for health.
FAQ about tamarind:
Is it good to eat tamarind every day? Tamarind has no apparent side effects. It might take a toll on one’s kidneys due to the excess of minerals present and is advised to be taken in moderation during pregnancy.
What are the side effects of tamarind? Yes, some types of tamarind are known to cause drowsiness but for the most part, tamarind cures insomnia and sleeping disorders to an extent due to the presence of magnesium, ensuring good sleeping patterns.
Does tamarind make you sleepy? Yes, tamarind has antioxidants that help improve metabolism. It also activates effective bile generation needed for proper digestion. It constitutes of an acid called hydroxy citric acid that ensures that the enzyme that stimulates fat storage reduces its activity.
Does tamarind help in weight loss? Yes, tamarind has antioxidants that help improve metabolism. It also activates effective bile generation needed for proper digestion. It constitutes of an acid called hydroxy citric acid that ensures that the enzyme that stimulates fat storage reduces its activity.
Is Tamarind good for diabetes? Yes, tamarind is known to have anti-diabetic properties by ensuring that carbohydrates don’t get directly absorbed in the bloodstream. However, people diagnosed with diabetes should constantly monitor food intake to ensure proper functioning.
Is Tamarind good for arthritis? Yes, packed with calcium and vitamin A & C, tamarind is a natural remedy for joint ache and swelling.
Is Tamarind good for kidney? Yes, tamarind is rich in potassium and helps in aiding the excretion of toxins from the kidney. However, some studies suggest that excess tamarind might cause a mineral overload which can take a toll on the kidneys.
Remember the days when food tasted so bland that you almost skipped a meal? But your day got saved by the one and only- ACHAR! Not only do pickles pair up great with every meal they also come with great benefits. You don’t believe this, do you?
Every time you added a spoonful of pickle to your plate, did you ask yourself, “How much pickle is too much pickle?” If yes, then here’s a blog to help you eat pickle guilt-free.
Pickle always seems to be adding drama and dynamism to our dishes. One thought that does raise an alarm is the ingredients that go into making a pickle. We have some recipes that have been handed down over the generations or we just pick a jar from the shelf. Pickling is the process of preserving food and mostly done with chopped vegetables or fruits with spices. You will be surprised to know that pickles come with a lot of nutritional value that is beneficial to health. So let’s begin to know more about the health benefits of achar!
A pickle a day brings antioxidants your way!
While age is just a number we don’t mind slowing down the process, do we? Here’s a thing about pickles, they are loaded with antioxidants. And if you aren’t aware of the miracles antioxidants bring to your body, do you even care about your skin? Pickles have raw and unripe ingredients which are a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are the molecules that slow down the process of aging by maintaining the level of oxidants with or without free radical action.
It makes you a better fighter!
We are not talking about taking a punch to the gut. We are talking about your immune system. The all-rounder ingredient that no dish can go without- turmeric is an important item in the making of the pickle. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that boost your immunity, therefore makes you invulnerable to most diseases. So every time you chew on that pickle, remember this winning health benefit of pickles.
Soak in vitamins and vital minerals
Pickles supply your body with vital minerals and vitamins. Especially the pickles made with leafy vegetables like curry leaves, fenugreek, coriander, mint, spinach. And we are talking about star nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K, iron, calcium, and potassium. These nutrients might be missed out on our daily diet but now thanks to achar you don’t have to worry.
Guess what’s going down? *Sugar*
Pickle made with vinegar helps in reducing blood sugar level which in turn improves blood haemoglobin. The presence of acetic acid helps you to maintain your sugar levels. Although if you have diabetes try to stay away from salted pickles as they increase blood pressure. In all, a certain amount of pickle might just be helpful for a lot of diabetic patients.
Brings out the burps!
Since our Indian thali has so much variety we need something that curbs the aftermath of a heavy meal. That is one of the reasons why pickle has become a part of every meal. Our stomach produces certain probiotic bacteria that help digest our flood. Our Indian pickles stimulate the growth of such bacteria which helps to evade certain digestive problems. If you are a big fan of gooseberry aka amla pickle then you are in for a treat! Gooseberry is alkaline in nature that helps in strengthening and clearing the digestive system.
Long live the liver!
Liver health can be improved with amla pickle as it contains hepatoprotective properties that protect and makes the liver stronger. You can avoid a lot of liver damages if you have a pickle and keep this organ healthy.
Get over a hangover
All those fun nights sometimes result in a rough morning the next day. We have all been there where we had a little too much fun the last night. Well, now we have a cure for those sickening hangovers. Pickles help in replenishing the depleted level of sodium. It also helps in rehydration so that your body can absorb water more efficiently.
So here are some of the benefits of a pickle a day. Now you can eat achar to your heart’s delight but make sure your pickle portion is an adequate amount. So keep your health close and pickles closer.