Food and Nutrition

Banana Stem Salad – Why you should include it in your diet

The banana plant is one of those beings on this planet that be can regarded as man’s best friend (along with coconut trees and dogs, for instance). Literally no part of the plant goes unused. The flowers are used in making juices (helpful in case of painful menstruation) and sometimes used in concoctions made for Asthma patients.  The leaves are used in Ayurveda for wrapping wounds; they are also used to treat stomach disorders. One of the prominent utilities of the banana leaf is that people in South India use it as a plate and the food is served on...

Bhakri – Sorghum Chappatis

For all of us who have gone gluten free in our search for a healthy lifestyle, not eating Chapattis is probably the saddest part of our lives. Oh, the all so flexible and yummy Chapattis! Anything goes with it, right? Sabzis, sambaar, chutney, curd, pickle and what not? It’s every cook’s saviour and every foodie’s delight.              Much before Chapattis became a rage in South India, Bhakri or jolada rotti or sorghum bread was a staple food in the northern parts of Karnataka. Bhakri, being made of sorghum, has a high nutritional value. It’s known to have high levels of...

Gluten free Upma made of little millet

Do you know how good millets are for you? Their uses are almost alien to most of us as they have been sidelined after the green revolution. They are highly nutritious and once upon a time constituted the major diet of Indians. Millets are rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and are also gluten-free and has low-GI (Glycemic index). Here are some nutritional facts regarding little millet: (Figures given are per 100g of little millet) • Protein: 7.7g• Fats: 4.7g• Minerals: 1.5g• Fiber: 7.6g• Carbohydrates: 67g• Calcium: 17g• Phosphorous: 220g• Thiamin: 300g A diet that includes millets...

Diet recipe for Kichadi – the perfect yogic food

Approximately 1 hour after completing shankhaprakshalana and soon after completing vamana dhauti, the specially prepared food, kichadi (rice and lentils), must be taken. The 3 components of the kichadi are helpful in the restoration of correct digestive function. The clarified butter (cow’s ghee) is necessary to coat the intestinal walls until the body produces new lining. Rice provides simple easily digestible material in the form of carbohydrates and creates mucus, which also protects the inner lining of the alimentary canal. The lentils supplement the diet by giving the body an easily digestible source of protein. It’s an all round nutritional meal...

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