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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Healthy Grilling Methods | Tips for Perfect Grilling

Healthy grilling methods you should try this season


It is a perplexing subject to think that you have to change all your eating habits in order to remain healthy and physically fit. If you are a lover of grilled meat, then you know that there comes a time that you need to think about your eating habits. The most worrisome bit in this whole thing is keeping up with the latest information on what is right and what is not.


Go lean on your meats


Like the deliberation of choosing between gas vs. charcoal grill, the line between leaving the fat on your meat and removing it is a thin one. Ideally, the fat on meat adds to the flavor of the result after smoking. However, if you are looking to get a healthier way to get your grilling going, then you need to consider going lean on your meats. Trim off any excess fats that are visible on your meats. This will reduce fats dripping on your grill that cause flare-ups, which will also save you from the unhealthy grilling of eating charred meat. While at it, remove the skin from poultry before hitting your smoker.


Always marinate


Marinating, to most people, seems like a way to get more flavors and seasoning on food. However, there is more to marinating than meets the eye. When you soak your meat a couple of minutes before grilling it, you reduce the formation of HCAs. The marinade forms sort of a protective layer on the meet that acts as a barrier, which is health-promoting in grilling meats.
For your marinade, ensure you have:
  • An acid – to encourage enzyme action and to tenderize meat. These can be found in juices like apple juice, lime and lemons, and also in wines and yogurts.
  • Oil – usually for moisture. try oils like olive oils, canola, among others
  • Herbs and spices – as per your preferences


Pro tip: refrigerate any foods you plan to marinate for more than 30 minutes. This way, you prevent the formation of bacteria on your meat.


Pick the healthier proteins


All meat can be smoked, but not all of it is fit as a healthy grilling option. Fishes like salmon, fillets, skinless chicken and other lean poultry, are the best choices. Opt for grilling recipes like chicken kebabs, turkey burgers, mushrooms, round cuts for other meat like pork and beef. 


Grill fruits for dessert


Fruits are always a healthier option than doing meats alone. The natural sugars in fruits caramelize amazingly in the high grill heat. Try fruits like apples, pears, and pineapples, which are great served with smoked meats.

While at it, toss in some vegetable in the heat. The best bit about grilling vegetables, other than being a healthy option, it does not form HCAs. You can grill them on their own or along with your meats. However, while possible, try to separate your meat from veggies. This way, you can set your heat and time appropriate to the food type you are grilling.


Flip doesn’t fork


Most people feel like using a fork to turn the meat on the grill is easier and faster. However, you stand to lose a lot of juices on your meat as you poke holes on the skin through to the meat. The juices you release from the meat may drip on your smoker, which contributes to the production of FCA which is also unhealthy. Instead, use a pair of tongs or a spatula to flip your steak a from side to side. You will also achieve the grill marks which makes your meat appear like one grilled by a pro.


Keep your grill clean


Over and above, the healthiest way to grill your food is by keeping your smoker clean at all times. After cooking your food the charred bits of the food stick on the grill. If left, they encourage bacteria to grow, which is unhealthy. Instead, always clean your grill immediately after grilling, when the grill is hot.


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mango Pachadi Recipe | Tamil New Year Special | Onam Special Recipe

manga pachadi recipe


Mango Pachadi Recipe


Mango pachadi is a delicious, simple and must recipe prepared for Tamil New Year. Also its a traditional recipe in Onam sadya and ugadi festival. This is my mom's signature recipe and it tastes absolute divine with its unique flavor and scrumptious taste. Do try and let me know your feedback.


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 Mango pachadi Recipe


  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Total time: 20 Minutes
  • Serves: 3 to 4
  • AuthorJayanthy Kumaran
  • Recipe Category: Lunch
  • Description: Learn to make traditional mango pachadi recipe with video and easy step by step instructions. It tastes divine with unique flavor and mild spicy taste.


Ingredients


  • Raw mango - 2
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Jaggery - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 or 2
  • Curry leaves - a few


Video of how to make Manga Pachadi




Method


  1. Take raw mangoes.
  2. Peel off the skin.
  3. Grate to fine shreds as shown in video.
  4. Soak jaggery in water for 10 mins.
  5. Take thick jaggery water out of it by filtering the impurities at the bottom.
  6. Heat oil in frypan.
  7. Add grated mango, salt, turmeric pwd and green chilli.
  8. Saute for a minute.
  9. Add 1/4 cup of water and cook in medium flame by covering with lid.
  10. Once the mango is cooked soft, add thick jaggery water.
  11. Heat in high flame until the pachadi thickens.
  12. Turn off flame.
  13. Heat a tsp of oil for tempering.
  14. Add mustard, cumin, split urad dal, red chilli, curry leaves and neem flowers (optional)
  15. Wait to splutter.
  16. Add to pachadi and mix.
  17. Healthy and traditional Mango pachadi is ready.
  18. Enjoy..!

manga pachadi recipe



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Muskmelon Juice | Muskmelon Juice Recipe | Summer Juice Recipes

muskmelon juice recipe


Muskmelon Juice Recipe


Very healthy and refreshing muskmelon juice recipe that can be prepared in summer. Its sooper hydrating and is very popular for its high water content. Check out the delicious muskmelon juice recipe below and enjoy..!


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Muskmelon Juice Recipe


  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook time: 0 Minutes
  • Total time: 5 Minutes
  • Serves: 3 to 4
  • AuthorJayanthy Kumaran
  • Recipe Category: Health drinks
  • Description: Learn to make fresh muskmelon juice recipe with video and easy step by step instructions. It tastes divine with all the health benefits of muskmelon.


Ingredients


  • Musk melon - 1
  • Jaggery or sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Cinnamon pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Walnuts to garnish
  • Ice cubes (optional)


Video of how to make Muskmelon Juice




Method

  1. Slice Muskmelon to half.
  2. Remove the seeds.
  3. Scoop the fruit as shown in video.
  4. Add to blender.
  5. Add jaggery or sugar.
  6. Add ice cubes, cinnamon pwd, honey and 2 cups of water.
  7. Blend to smooth texture.
  8. Pour in glass.
  9. Garnish with chopped walnuts.
  10. Serve chilled.
  11. Yummilicious summer health drink is ready.
  12. Enjoy..!
summer juice recipe


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Dates Milkshake Recipe | How to make Khajoor Milkshake at home - Homemade Health Drinks Recipe

dates milkshake recipe

Dates Milkshake Recipe


This is one of the most delicious and healthiest milkshake recipe both for kids and adults. This sweet shake recipe is prepared with dates and chilled milk. Check out the video recipe and prepare the yummiest drink at home.


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Dates Milkshake Recipe


  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook time: 0 Minutes
  • Total time: 5 Minutes
  • Serves: 3 to 4
  • AuthorJayanthy Kumaran
  • Recipe Category: Health drinks
  • Description: Learn to make fresh dates milkshake recipe with video and easy step by step instructions. It tastes divine with all the health benefits of dates.


Ingredients


  • Dates - 10 to 15
  • Chilled milk - 300 ml
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Cinnamon pwd - 1/4 tsp


Video of how to make dates milkshake



Method


  1. Wash and soak dates in warm water for 10 mins.
  2. Deseed them.
  3. Add to blender.
  4. Add chilled milk.
  5. Add cinnamon pwd, sugar and honey.
  6. Blend well.
  7. Pour in glass.
  8. Serve chilled.
  9. Heavenly delicious dates milkshake is ready.
  10. It makes a healthy and filling breakfast recipe for your kids.
  11. Enjoy..!

dates milkshake recipe


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Pineapple Juice Recipe | How to make Pineapple Juice at home | Summer Juice Recipes

Pineapple juice recipe

Pineapple Juice

Fresh and delicious pineapple juice can be prepared at home easily. We know pineapple is loaded with health benefits as its packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Check out the quick recipe to prepare healthy and delicious summer drink at home.

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Pineapple Juice recipe


  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook time: 0 Minutes
  • Total time: 5 Minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • AuthorJayanthy Kumaran
  • Recipe Category: Health Drinks
  • Description: Learn to make refreshing pineapple juice recipe with video and easy step by step instructions. It tastes divine in hot summer days.


Ingredients


  • Pineapple - 1
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Pepper pwd - 1/4 tsp


Video of how to make Pineapple Juice



Method


  1. Peel the skin of pineapple completely.
  2. Slice to small pieces.
  3. Add to blender.
  4. Add sugar, honey, pinch of salt and pepper pwd.
  5. Add 2 cups of water and blend to smooth mixture.
  6. Filter the pulp as shown in video.
  7. Pour the delicious fresh pineapple juice in glass.
  8. Add ice cubes and serve chilled.
  9. Refreshing homemade pineapple juice is ready in no time.
  10. Enjoy chilled.
pineapple juice


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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Paneer Nuggets Recipe | Crispy Paneer Bites | Kids Recipes

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Paneer Nuggets Recipe 

Paneer Nuggets Recipe - crispy paneer bites - its very quick and easy to prepare this crispy paneer nuggets at home. Its a very good alternative for chicken nuggets and tastes mildly spicy and delicious. Check out the easy recipe!


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Paneer Nuggets Recipe


  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook time: 5 Minutes
  • Total time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • AuthorJayanthy Kumaran
  • Recipe Category: Snacks 
  • Description: Learn to make crispy paneer nuggets recipe with video and easy step by step instructions. It tastes divine with hot cup of coffee| tea.

Ingredients


  • Paneer cubes - 1 cup
  • Maida | All purpose flour - 3 tbsp
  • Corn flour - 1 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli pwd -1/2 tsp
  • Pepper pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano | mixed herbs - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - a little 
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Salt to taste

Video of how to make Paneer Nuggets


Method

  1. Slice paneer to fine cubes.
  2. Add to bowl.
  3. Add maida flour, corn flour, ginger garlic paste, salt, raw sugar, pepper pwd, red chilli pwd, oregano, coriander leaves, lemon juice and mix.
  4. Add little water and mix to thick paste.
  5. Add the paneer slices and coat with the marinade.
  6. Let it marinate for 5 mins.
  7. Take the marinated paneer slices and coat with bread crumbs.
  8. Arrange all the coated paneer slices in plate as shown in video.
  9. Heat oil in fry pan.
  10. Deep fry the paneer cubes in medium flame until both sides are golden brown and crispy.
  11. Drain in kitchen tissue.
  12. Lipsmacking delicious paneer nuggets are ready.
  13. Enjoy hot with tomato ketchup or any dip of your choice.

Thandai Recipe | How to make Thandai | Shahi Thandai Recipe | Holi Special Recipe

shahi thandai
Thandai Recipe


Thandai, or shardai Recipe - Delicious and healthy cold drink prepared with mixed nuts and flavored with cardamom and saffron. This traditional special recipe is very famously prepared for holi and shivratri festival. Check out this easy to follow recipe.

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Thandai Recipe


  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook time: 5 Minutes
  • Serves: 3
  • AuthorJayanthy Kumaran
  • Recipe Category: Breakfast | Dinner
  • Description: Learn to make traditional thandai recipe with video and easy step by step instructions. It tastes divine with irresistable saffron flavor. 


Ingredients


  • Whole milk - 600 ml
  • Almonds - 20
  • Cashew nuts - 15
  • Pistachios - 10
  • Walnuts - 4
  • Kaskasa (poppy seeds) - 2 tsp
  • Cardamom pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel (saunf pwd) - 1/2 tsp
  • Saffron strands - a few
  • Raw sugar - 50 g

Video of how to make Thandai


Method

  1. Soak almonds in warm water for 10 mins.
  2. Remove the skin and set aside.
  3. Soak cashew nuts, pistachio nuts, walnuts and poppy seeds in 1/4 cup of milk for 5 mins.
  4. Add soaked almonds, cashew nuts, pistachio nuts, walnuts and poppy seeds along with soaked milk to blender.
  5. Add pepper pwd, fennel pwd, cardamom pwd and cinnamon pwd.
  6. Grind to smooth paste.
  7. Heat 600 ml of milk.
  8. Add few saffron strands and sugar.
  9. Stir good.
  10. Add the nuts paste and stir well.
  11. Turn off flame.
  12. Allow to cool.
  13. Transfer to serving cups.
  14. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve chilled.
  15. Lipsmacking delicious Shahi thandai is ready.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hot Chocolate Recipe | Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

hot chocolate drink

Hot Chocolate Recipe

Here comes the best homemade hot chocolate recipe. Kids just love this creamy hot chocolate drink with inviting chocolate flavor. This rich, aromatic drink is easy to make and gives an extra kick especially on cold winter days. Also you can add a dash of heavy cream to this hot chocolate recipe. The main ingredients used in this recipe are dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa and milk. Enjoy this creamy homemade hot chocolate drink and stay warm through cold winter nights!

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook time: 5 Minutes
  • Serves: 3
  • AuthorJayanthy Kumaran
  • Recipe Category: Breakfast | Dinner
  • Description: Learn to make yummy hot chocolate recipe with video and easy step by step instructions. It tastes divine with irresistable chocolate flavor. 

Ingredients


  • Dark chocolate - 100 g
  • Cocoa pwd - 2 tbsp (unsweetened)
  • Cinnamon pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar (optional) - 1 to 2 tbsp
  • Full fat milk - 300 ml

Video of how to make Hot Chocolate drink


Method

  1. Add whole milk to pan.
  2. Allow to boil.
  3. Once milk starts boiling, add dark chocolate pieces.
  4. Stir to dissolve.
  5. Add cinnamon pwd, cocoa pwd and sugar (optional)
  6. Give a quick stir.
  7. Allow to boil for another 2 mins.
  8. Enjoy the inviting choco aroma from the hot drink.
  9. Turn off flame.
  10. Lipsmacking delicious hot chocolate milk is ready.
  11. Pour in glass and enjoy!
  12. Kids love this restaurant style healthy hot chocolate drink.

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Cucumber Roti Recipe | Healthy Dinner Recipes

cucumber paratha

Cucumber Roti Recipe

Cucumber roti is a healthy bread recipe, excellent to serve with yoghurt, pickle and spicy curries, making a delicious dinner menu. This authentic recipe is quite popular in North Indian cuisine and tastes divine. This recipe takes barely any time to be prepared and is one of the best lunch box snack item.

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Cucumber Roti Recipe


  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • AuthorJayanthy Kumaran
  • Recipe Category: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
  • Description: Learn to make healthy delicious cucumber roti recipe with video and easy step by step instructions. It makes an excellent combo with yoghurt, pickle or any curry. 

Ingredients


  • Cucumber - 2
  • Green chilli - 2
  • Grated ginger - 1 tsp
  • Wheat flour - 1 cup
  • Besan flour - 1/4 cup
  • Cumin pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Ajwain (omam) pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil or ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Mint and coriander leaves

Video of how to make cucumber roti



Method

  1. Wash and slice cucumber to small pieces.
  2. Add to blender.
  3. Add green chilli, grated ginger, mint and coriander leaves.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water and grind to smooth paste.
  5. Transfer the cucumber paste to mixing bowl.
  6. Add salt, cumin pwd, turmeric pwd, ajwain pwd, sugar (optional) and stir well.
  7. Add besan flour.
  8. Add wheat flour little by little and knead.
  9. Add oil and knead to smooth dough.
  10. Let the dough rest for 5 mins.
  11. Divide into equal sized balls.
  12. Take a dough ball, dust with flour and roll it to round discs as shown in video.
  13. Heat a frypan.
  14. Place the roti on hot pan.
  15. Drizzle butter or oil and fry on both sides until the roti is cooked to golden brown.
  16. Remove from pan.
  17. Healthy and yummy cucumber roti is ready.
  18. Serve hot with any curry or yoghurt or pickle.

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