Modak: A Mix of Old, New and Healthy Ideas

Modak: A Mix of Old, New and Healthy Ideas

Modak, kozhukattai, kadubu- Lord Ganesha’s favourite sweet goes by different names in different languages. This is a simple dish with a very few ingredients, but the complexity lies in the artful folding of the rice flour dough around the sweet (or savoury filling) such that it remains intact during the steaming process. It should neither be too thin nor too thick and should be soft and well-cooked after the steaming process. In Marathi cuisine, the steamed modak is known as ukdiche modak as there is also a deep-fried variant that has a golden and crisp outer layer, called tallele modak.

Healthy Vegetarian Alternatives to Non-Veg Foods

Healthy Vegetarian Alternatives to Non-Veg Foods

Some people believe we cannot obtain all the nutrients we require from a vegetarian diet. In this article, we will explore how true this belief is, the benefits of a vegetarian diet and some vegetarian substitutes to popular non-veg items.

What is a Vegetarian Diet?

A vegetarian diet is one that excludes meat and fish and may or may not include dairy and eggs. It is different from a pescatarean diet, which excludes only meat and not fish, and from a vegan diet, which excludes all animal products.

Easy Moong Dal Soups: Healthy Soup Recipes

Easy Moong Dal Soups: Healthy Soup Recipes

The humble moong is not just affordable and nutritious, but delicious and versatile too. Keep reading and you’ll find there’s more to moong than the standard dal preparation.

Containing protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds, moong offers balanced nutrition all on its own. Boiled moong offers a protein content of over 7%, fibre content of about 8% and a 19.15% carbohydrate content. It is one of the best sources of plant-based protein. Moong dal is also rich in essential amino acids, which your body is unable to produce on its own. Moong dal is also rich in flavonoids and phenolic acids which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Although moong comes with certain antinutritional factors, their effects can be combated through cooking, germination, fermentation or dehulling. Moong beans also contain potassium, magnesium and fibre, which have been linked to lower blood pressure levels in adults.

Organic living – a healthy lifestyle

Organic living – a healthy lifestyle

We see social media posts and professionals saying this all the time – ‘eat organic’. However we do not always act on it and at times we don’t delve deeper into how it can really impact us. Toxins in our system include environmental toxins as well. They can affect our metabolism, mitochondrial health that can lead to long term damages. Here are some key reasons we must start looking into organic produce.

Healthy and Wholesome Summer Salads

Healthy and Wholesome Summer Salads

Summer is just around the corner. And an increase in temperature often brings about a decrease in appetite. It can be tough coming up with a menu for summer that is both appealing and nutritious. A great way to stay hydrated and energized in the hotter months is to incorporate a lot of salads into your meals. What’s more, with the addition of fruits, meat, protein rich pulses and more, the humble side dish can be transformed into a scrumptious main course.
Healthy Snack Recipes for Kids

Healthy Snack Recipes for Kids

Kids do end up feeling hungry ever so often. This is especially true if they are at an age when they are forever running around or playing sports. The times when they are ravenous are when they get back from school or from playing outdoors. There is also the boredom-driven hunger when they come into the kitchen every couple of hours to see if there’s something interesting to eat, especially during school holidays. Many a time, they forget to drink enough water which may also make them feel that they are hungry – so along with some healthy snacking alternative, hydration is important as well.
Preparing To Run A Marathon – Just Before And After

Preparing To Run A Marathon – Just Before And After

It’s a day before the marathon and you’re looking for some last minute inspiration or tips to help you run those miles without cramping up or feeling the ill-effects of fatigue.
The fascinating wellness facts about Makar Sankranti

The fascinating wellness facts about Makar Sankranti

‘Makar Sankranti’ is known as ‘lohri’ in the north, ‘pongal’ in the south, ‘uttarayan’ in Gujarat, ‘bhogali bihu’ in Assam and ‘til sankranti’ in Bihar – all over India, this joyous occasion is celebrated as the winter harvest festival. The gorgeous sun enters the Capricorn, marking the beginning of longer days and so we dedicate this festival to Lord Surya and all the goodness it brings with it.
Healthy Indian Classic Dishes

Healthy Indian Classic Dishes

While it is appreciated for being delicious and rich, Indian food often gets a bad rap for being unhealthy. Most of us move towards salads and soups when we are trying to adopt a healthier diet. Do you know, a lot of Indian dishes offer a perfect balance of all necessary macronutrients? While some other dishes are a complete wholesome meal by themselves.
Simple Tips To Cooking Healthy Meals

Simple Tips To Cooking Healthy Meals

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Components Of A Perfect Salad

Components Of A Perfect Salad

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Healthy Breakfast Recipes For Winter

Healthy Breakfast Recipes For Winter

Do you scratch your head every morning wondering what to make for breakfast? Well, worry not, we have some ideas! Here are a few wholesome breakf...