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Quarantine Fasting: Leading a Healthier Lifestyle this Navratri

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It is a strange time and it just doesn’t matter where you are (not being a bummer). In the thick of these uncertainties, it is important for you to stock up on healthy foods during your Quarantine Fasting. Navratri season gives you a reason to do so. Add some diversity to your refrigerator and to your life. Here are a few ways you can break the monotony of your everyday food cycle:

Makhanas:

Also known as foxnuts, these are low on sodium content, making them a delight for the people with high blood pressure
and everyone! These are light, zero-calorie, and a (Navratri) snack! They help to flush out toxins from your body. Altogether, it is a good choice to munch on!

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Snacks during Quarantine…Snacking is considered one of the favourite pastimes of humans when they have nothing to do and are getting bored to death🙈🙈 . 4pm scene at our house… . Dotty: Can I have something to eat? Am not hungry but feel like eating something spicy The man: Is there something to eat? I am feeling a bit hungry(Utter lie😡! But he pleads 'Telling nothing but truth'! bcoz he knows unnecessary snacking for adults is not allowed in this house😃😃) . Am sure most of you can relate with me… So, this Masala Phool Makhana | Fox Nuts comes to my rescue…healthy, quick and easy! ——————————————————————- 🔸Recipe🔸 ➡️Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add 2 cups of Phool Makhana and roast on medium heat till they crisp up. Switch off heat. Transfer to a bowl and set aside ➡️ To the same pan(which is still hot, don't have to turn on the heat again), add a teaspoon of coconut oil. This will melt right away. Now, add 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp chaat masala, 1/2 tsp amchur powder and salt to taste. Give a quick stir. Add roasted Makhana back to the pan and toss well to let the masala coat them evenly ➡️Enjoy with a cup of hot tea or store in an airtight container for later use ——————————————————————- Nutrional Value: Fox nuts are rich in proteins, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and potassium, thus making them an ideal snack item. Low glycemic index and gluten-free, diabetics can enjoy a handful of them on a regular basis. But care should be taken to keep them healthy by using minimal oil during the preparation . . . . . . .

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Green Vegetables:

Want to keep illnesses at bay? Eat green veggies every day! Yes, this should be the motto of not just your quarantine fasting days, but for every other day after it. Loaded with Vitamin C, K and iron, it would only improve your immune system and make it stronger. Keep your refrigerator stocked up with spinach, cabbage, broccoli and other green veggies. (Foodie dream intensifies)

Limited oil:

While having put all your desires in one place, it is also important to ensure that you are using minimal oil in your meals. This becomes essentially important if you are cooking for a diabetic patient. One can cook magnificent meals with little cooking oil.

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Banana Chips:

Since we are advocating you to to eat healthy, we would leave you with a little liberty to munch on something you like. Banana chips make a great deal! They are light, spicy and crunchy (remember when you used to munch lays and uncle chips?) A treat in quarantine fasting, indeed!

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Food Adulteration And Why You Should Worry

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Food is one of the basic necessities for sustenance of life. But we have all become a little skeptical of the purity and quality standards of the food we consume these days. Food colours, chemicals and additives often creep up not just in our local produce, but even in packaged products. Mixing milk with water to add volume, starch in paneer to make it thicker and fluffier, hydrogenated oils and vanaspati in ghee, and anatta in butter to give it that dark, rich yellow colour, stories like these often shake us up and make us question what we eat. Food adulteration is posing a great threat to us. Find out more about it.

What Is Food Adulteration?

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Food adulteration is an act of adding or mixing of poor quality, inferior, harmful, substandard, useless or unnecessary substances to food. This act of spoiling the nature and quality of food items is considered food adulteration. Adulterated food is dangerous because it may be toxic and can affect health and it could deprive nutrients essential for proper growth and development of a human being. The worst part is some adulterated food even causes cancer, the most life threatening disease.

Types Of Adulteration

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Food items, medicines, vegetables, paste, creams, products of famous brands and so on and so forth. May be because of this adulteration, people who consume such adulterated food suffer with upset stomach and other health related issues. I can say more than 20 per cent patients who visit a doctor or any clinic or any hospital are those who had consumed such adulterated food and food products.

How The Fast Food Concept Is Affecting Us

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After the arrival of  fast food concept and online order practices, the consumers really do not bother what type of food is being served to them. They totally forget the health aspect and only concentrate to get their order served at their doorsteps. Taking advantage of a consumer’s laziness, many restaurants and food joints which serve food do not bother to give importance to the quality aspect of the food but only want to satisfy their customers by serving them on time.

Why do companies engage in adulteration?

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Their one and only intention is that they want to increase their profit margin and want to earn big in a short time. Just to make more profit and money, risking other’s lives is absolutely an unethical practice. But they do not bother at all. Food adulteration gives these tech companies an easy way out. An escape route. With a very few lakhs they spend they try to gain as much as amount they can. The effects of adulteration are not distinctly seen. Hence, no immediate concerns can be raised.

The Most Common Food Frauds

Food Adulteration

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According to FSSAI,  Some of the most common adulterated foods are milk and milk products, atta, edible oils, cereals, condiments, pulses, coffee, tea, confectionery, baking powder, vinegar, besan and curry powder. Sometimes, simply looking at the food won’t giveaway whether it’s been adulterated or not. In a lot of cases, food additives and chemicals hide behind their scientific pseudo names. While this might not fall under the exact definition of food adulteration, they’re just as bad.

What We As Public Do?

Food Adulteration

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People need to be very cautious when they buy products from stores and malls. They should check for standards like ISI standard mark, Agmark for quality products, FSSAI standard mark, date of packing and date of expiry etc. If none of the prescribed standard marks is there, then they should totally avoid buying such products.

Check Your Food for Adulteration 

Food Adulteration

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There is a good chance that a lot of what you eat is adulterated. While it might be difficult to detect with regards to packaged foods, there are certain everyday foods you can cross-check. FSSAI has put together a list of foods that you frequently consume and how to spot if any of them have been tampered with or adulterated.

Milk: Put a drop of milk on a polished slanting surface. If it flows leaving a white trail behind, then it’s pure but if it flows without leaving a mark then it’s adulterated. To make sure that the milk you’re having isn’t synthetic, pay attention to its taste. Synthetic milk has a bitter, almost soapy aftertaste and turns yellow on heating.

Honey: Honey is often adulterated with water to increase the bottle’s quantity. The best way to ensure that’s not the case, dip a cotton wick in pure honey and light it with a matchstick. If there is water in the jar it won’t allow the honey to burn.

Chili powder: Chilli powder is often adulterated with a similar looking substance like brick powder. To find out if yours is too, take a teaspoon of chilli powder and stir it into a glass of water. If the water changes colour to something red and earthy then you know your powder was adulterated.

Tea: Take a filter paper and spread a few tea leaves on it. Sprinkle some water over the filter. If there is any colour present in the leaves then it’ll stain the paper. Now wash the filter paper under tap water and carefully look for stains against the light. If it is adulterated, then it will certainly be coloured differently.

 

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7 Essential Indian Spices And Their Uses

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Indian cuisine is renowned for its sumptuous use of Indian spices, but that doesn’t mean you need a lot of spices to prepare Indian food at home. Without the correct use of spices, your dish will not be the one on top. Indian spices are grown in different subcontinents if the country. All of the Indian spices are used in different ways- some are, whole, chopped, powdered. Moreover, even diced ones are very popular.

 

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Here’s a shortlist of  Indian spices/spice mixtures you need to start using while cooking Indian. 

Cumin 

Cumin seeds have a distinct earthy and aromatic flavor and can be a tad bitter. Also, it imparts a nutty tinge to any dish. It is commonly used for tempering curries and vegetables. Most North Indian curries start off with a tempering of cumin seeds in hot oil just like this jeera rice recipe. Powdered dry roasted cumin seeds (bhuna jeera powder) is commonly used in garnishes for raitas too.

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Mustard Seeds (Rai)

Although there are 3 varieties of mustard (black, white, and brown), the black one is most widely used in cooking. Many South Indians use mustard seeds in place of cumin seeds for tempering. In Eastern India to enhance its taste, mustard seeds are crushed into a paste and added to curries. Find out this Ven Pongal recipe (a rice-lentil porridge from the south of India) that uses mustard seeds to cool.

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Cumin Powder (Jeera Powder)

Roast and powder whole cumin seeds in a spice grinder, or buy ground cumin powder. Cumin in both its forms, either way whole or powdered is a must-have spice in your kitchen pantry. It is used to enhance the flavour of curries and dals, together with coriander powder. Many North Indian curries involve adding this combination of spice powder once the onions and tomatoes are fried in oil. Also, you can this mixture in dal fry as it enhanceS flavours too.

 

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 Coriander Powder

Many curries, chutneys, and vegetable dishes are seasoned with coriander (the ground spice and the herb). In North Indian curries, coriander powder
is commonly used along with cumin powder. You could either do a 1:1 ratio or 1:2 where two teaspoons of coriander powder would be used for each teaspoon of cumin powder.

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Chili Powder

Chili powder is a must for most Indian meals. Moreover, when used in moderation, can liven up any meal. Red chili powders may be of different varieties but the two common types are Kashmiri (mild and used for colour or distribution) and Cayenne (extremely hot).
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Turmeric

Turmeric, a main ingredient in Indian cuisine, is used in most vegetable and dals/lentil preparations (except greens) to enrich the curries with its fragrance and yellow colour. Additionally, this versatile spice is often known for its healing properties and is often used for minor cuts and burns as an antiseptic.

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Garam Masala Powder

A prominent blend of spices in Indian cooking, garam masala is commonly used for adding warmth in biryanis and North Indian dishes. You can keep it at home, or you can go shopping. After the cooking process is complete it is often used as a garnish. There are exceptions, though, like this biryani shrimp where it is added during cooking.

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Indian Thalis That Will Take You Straight To Food Heaven

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In India, daily meals are an essential part of the food culture. Three wholesome Indian thalis a day is a good ritual which every Indian family follows in their routine. Thali is a Hindi word meaning- plate.  We are here to give you a food glimpse of our everyday meals. Which are mainly inspired by the local procedure, seasons and cravings! In an Indian household, thali meals are seen to be consumed daily. Whereas, in some busy weekdays, simple dal or a curry with basmati rice is comfort food we all seek. Additionally, these meals are packed with nutrient-rich foods. Including, whole grains, meat, low-fat dairy products and many fruits and vegetables.

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Indian thalis are a platter meal packed with lentils, vegetable stew, eggs or meat curries. Furthermore, some side dishes, pickles, chutney, rice etc. to enhance the test. This seems like a lot but each and every dish presents a balanced diet to the meal. Also, a meaningful purpose too.

Here are few authentic Indian Thali Meals that are nothing less than a grand feast 

 

Thali 1 

Serve your meal with Moong dal tadka, Cabbage Sabzi and some Turai (Ridge Gourd). Add any type of curry with some Achari Paneer Tikka and boondi raita to enhance the flavours. Also, serve with Tandoori Paratha for mouth-watering flavours.

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Thali 2

This meal includes Kala Chana Masala (it can be in the form of gravy as well). Additionally, some Punjabi Dahi Bhalla, Butter Muruku. To enhance the sweetness serve with Ras Malai. Also, pair with Basmati rice and Tandoori Phulka too for the ultimate taste.

Indian Thalis

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Thali 3

Put some Lauki (Ghiya), Kofta Curry, Punjabi Chana Masala. Pair up with boondi raita and Methi Lachha Paratha in your plate. Serve with papad and mangoes to make it a summer special.

Indian Thalis

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Thali 4 

Add some Dhaba style Dal Tadka, Paneer Butter Masala to get a ride of flavours. Also, Punjabi Style Karela Sabzi too. Side dish with Boondi Raita, Green chutney, Onion Tomato Salad, and Khasta Paratha. Your perfect Punjabi style thali is ready!

Indian Thalis

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Thali 5 

A healthy version of an Indian thali. Add some Tinda (Apple Gourd) Curry with Punjabi Egg Masala. Moreover, Pair up with Carrot Raita, Basmati Rice, Chapati, and Fresh Mango to enjoy authentic tastes.

Indian Thalis

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Thali 6

For a lightweight lunch, try some Tadka Dahi (Curd). Additionally, Turai (Ridge Gourd) Ki Sabzi, Beans Aloo Sabzi, Chapati, Papad, Salad, and Fresh Mango. Who says a perfect summer meal doesn’t exist?

Indian Thalis

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Thali 7

Below are some Chana Cury, Arhar Dal Fry, Pahadi Aloo Gutke. Add Tandoori Paratha, Basmati Rice. Pair up with Salad, Aam Ka Achar, Masala Chaas (Buttermilk) and Fresh Mango. A go-to meal for your digestive system.

Indian Thalis

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Thali 8

A light-hearted lunch includes Sabut Masoor Dal, Egg Masala. Paired up with some Seviyan Kheer, Papad, and Chapati.

Indian Thalis

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Thali 9

A pure Rajasthani meal with Yellow Dal Tadka, some Arbi Masala and Papad Ki Sabzi. Side dish with Jeera Rice, Tandoor Chapati, and Fresh Mango for a summery taste. However, Indian Thalis are meant to be full of different flavours.

Indian Thalis

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Thali 10

Dal Tadka, Bhindi (Okra) Masala, Punjabi Rajma Masala. Add some Soya Chaap Tikka Masala, Instant Mango Pickle and see the magic of tastes! Also, add some Papad, Chapati, Rice and Mithai too. Moreover, that’s like a complete meal now.

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Related- There’s a chutney for every occasion.

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