There’s a bottle of ginger-garlic paste lurking in every Indian home-cook’s kitchen. Many Indian recipes start with a basic process of roasting onion, garlic and ginger, along with whole spices in hot oil.
In India, turmeric or haldi has long been used in cooking, Ayurveda, cosmetics and as a colouring agent. Keep reading to know more about the advantages of this super spice and for some interesting ways to incorporate haldi into your daily diet to #SpiceUpYourHealth.
Ginger is an amazing herb, possessing powerful aromatic, warming, reviving and toning qualities. Indian medicine has long prized the relevance of this root for the effective treatment of a variety of conditions. And now, research and clinical studies have substantiated the use of ginger as folk medicine, linking the ginger root to several striking health benefits, giving it a status of super food!
Spices and condiments can elevate your dish from drab to fab. They have the potential to dole out irresistible taste, especially when used as a blend. One such spice blend that is used frequently in Indian households is the dhania jeera powder. These spices promise to lend a zing to the blandest and most tasteless recipe and bring it to life. Sprinkling a mere teaspoon of this spice blend into your dish guarantees you benefits beyond just fabulous flavor.
Most people’s relationship with food is usually in sync with their weight loss and health goals. Therefore, the common terms we hear are protein, carbohydrates and fat. However, when we say, ‘we are what we eat’, it is more than just this – it involves our moods, too. Yes, we can change our mood to what we want it to be using different kinds of foods.
While Navratri is popular in the northern and western parts of the country, Durga Puja is most popular in the east of India, and is celebrated with great fervour among the Bengali community.
Significance of Durga Puja
The celebration of Durga Puja marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasur, or the victory of good over evil. The ten-day long festival is celebrated with a number of offerings, pujas and prayers. It ends with Vijay Dashami, marking the day the goddess reunites with Lord Shiva, her husband after defeating Mahishasur. The Durga idol immersions held on this day, symbolize her return. Women bid the goddess farewell by sharing sweets and applying vermillion or sindoor on each other.
As the year comes to a close, many of us make resolutions to become a better version of ourselves in the coming year. These resolutions often revolve around health and fitness. Gym memberships, yoga classes, shopping for active wear, etc. all of these activities are on our minds. Each resolution starts with absolute conviction and energy, but as days pass by many of us tend to realize that we’ve bitten off more than we could chew in an attempt to totally transform our lives.