Ingredients :

Cauliflower         1 No.
Potatoes            4 Nos.
Onion               1 No chopped lengthwise.
Ginger,Garlic paste 1 Tsp.
Salt                Acc to taste.
Tumeric             1/2 Tsp.
Cumin Powder        2 Tsp.
Coriander Powder    2 Tsp.
Red Chilli Powder   2 tsp.
Garam Masala        1 Tsp.
Cilantro            Few sprigs for Garnishing.
Oil                 1 Tbsp.

Method :

Seperate the florets from Cauliflower. Wash & drain.
Cut Potatoes into Chunks.
Heat Oil in a Pan , add Onions & fry till translucent.
Add ginger, garlic Paste, stir, Mix in Potatoes , cover to cook.
When the Potatoes are half done , add the flowrets,
tumeric & salt. Cover to Cook. Open afer a few minutes,
add all the dry powders & mix. Garnish with Cilantro leaves
& Serve hot with Breads, Rice, Rotis or as a side dish.

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Ingredients :

Wheat Flour       : 1/2 Cup
All Purpose Flour : 1/2 Cup
Salt              : To Taste
Oil               : 2 Tbsp + Oil for Deep Frying.
Warm water        : To knead the dough

Method :

Mix Flour,oil & salt, by hand or in food processor.
Knead well by adding water to make a hard dough.
Cover it with a wet cloth. Heat oil for Deep Frying.
Divide the roll into lime sized balls. With the help of rolling pin .. roll each to disc/circular shape.
Deep fry poori’s in hot oil for a minute.. turn side & fry till puffed & golden in color.
P.S. Differnt people use different combination of flours…
this is the way I use.. even if you dont have
all purpose flour handy .. just use plain wheat flour..
Serve hot or warm with Gorbanzo/Channa masala.

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Ingredients :

Macaroni Pasta    2 Cups
Tomatoes large    2 Nos
Onion medium size 1 No
Ginger paste      1 Tsp. 
Potato Large      1 No
Coriander Powder  2 Tsp.
Chilli Powder     1 Tsp.
Tumeric           1/2 Tsp.
Salt              Acc to taste
Garam Masala Pwd  1 Tsp. 
Cilantro Fresh    For Garnishing
Water             10 Cups
Cheese            As Sprinkle

Seasoning :

Mustard seeds     1 Tsp.
Cumin seeds       1 Tsp.
Oil               2 Tsp.

Method :

Cut all the Vegetables lengthwise. Rapid boil the water, add Pasta & cook till aldente.

Reserve 1/2 Cup of water,drain & run cold water over to stop cooking.
Heat oil & do the seasoning .Add Onions fry till translucent.
Add ginger paste ,potatoes ,salt,tumeric & cover to
cook for few minutes.
Mix in tomatoes ,cook till juice wilts from tomatoes.
Add the reserved pasta water if necessary.
Add coriander ,chilli powder & cook till potatoes are done.
Mix in macaroni pasta & adjust the seasoning.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves & serve with cheese Sprinkle.

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Ingredients :

*Paneer cubes           15-20 .
Onion chopped           1 No.
Garlic clove Chopped.   2 Nos
Salt                    To taste
Coriander Powder        1 Tsp.
Cumin Powder            1 Tsp.
Sugar                   1/4 Tsp.
Oil                     1 Tsp.
For Gravy :
Spinach                 1 bunch.
Ginger small            Piece 1.
Cinanamon               small stick 1.
Green Serrano chillies  2 Nos or to Taste.
Onion small Chopped     1 No.
Tomato                  1 NO
For Garnish :
Grated Cheese          1 Tbsp.
Cream                  1 Tbsp or To Taste
Wash & drain the water from Spinach. Chop them coarsely.
In a pan bring to boil or microwave on high for 8 minutes all the ingredients for gravy.

Cool & grind them coarsely to Paste.
In the same pan heat the oil, fry onions till translucent. Add Garlic & fry briefly. mix all the spice powders & stir.

Add the Spinach Paste & let cook for a couple of minutes till combined. Add the Paneer cubes cook for 2 minutes & switch off the flame.Adjust the seasonings & Serve Garnished with Cream & Grated Cheese on top.
*Paneer these days is readily available in all Indian Grocery stores. or substitute with firm Tofu which is more healthier.

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Ingredients :

Onions Big              1 no
Green chillies          2 nos
Red Chillies(dry)       2 nos
mustard seeds           1 tsp
urad dal                2 tsp
tamarind dry            1 small piece
salt                    to taste
brown sugar             1 tsp
oil                     1 tbsp

Method :
Chop the Onions coraesly
In a pan heat the oil & add 1 tsp of urad
dal,&chilliies. fry for a minute. Add the Onions & salt.
Fry till all the ingredients gets mixed & raw smell of
onions are gone.
Let it cool completely . Add the tamarind,brown sugar
& grind it to a fine paste . DO the seasoning with the
other tsp of urad dal , mustard seeds in a tsp of oil.
Enjoy with steaming Dosas or just plain rice.

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How often have we heard these terms being tossed about and how often have we used them knowing only vaguely what “nutrition and balanced diet” actually mean. “A balanced diet is a combination of various essential nutrients in the proper proportion. Nutrients would bring within their purview carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fats, vitamins, mineral salts and lastly even water. Let us see how each of these contribute to our well being. Carbohydrates (essentially sugars and starches) supply us with energy while fiber keeps the guts healthy. Proteins build muscles, Fats are required for cells and other body functions. The importance of vitamins and minerals cannot be emphasized enough for their functions are vital for the human body. Water is required to flush out the waste products and remove the toxins. It is a total cleanser.

Carbohydrates are found in starches, sugars and fibers, Unrefined starchy foods like whole meal bread, rice and pasta and potatoes in their skin are considered to be the best as they contain more vitamins, contain fiber and regulate the release of energy. Refined sugar and products containing it are termed as “empty calories” because they do not contain any nutrients. They only have energy giving properties. In contrast natural sugars present in fruits and vegetables are healthy. These carbohydrates should make up at least 40-50 percent of your diet.

Next on the list are the builders of muscle proteins. Milk, milk products, beans nuts, grains, soy and wheat germ all contain protein. These should be consumed in such a way that they account for about 20-30 percent of your diet.

Fats should not be excluded form the diet. What we need to do is to ensure that saturated fats be used sparingly. Polysaturated fats, which are mainly got from plants, are considered to be more beneficial. Milk, butter, cheese, soy oil, olive oil., flaxseed oil, all contain fats. Fats should account for at least 30 percent of our diet.

No praise sung in respect of vitamins and proteins can be sufficient. From fighting infection and aiding bone growth, to promoting cell production and boosting the immune system, vitamins are vital for the human body. Vitamin A and Riboflavin is found in milk, butter and vegetables, thiamin in whole grain nuts and seeds, Niacin is found in milk, Vitamin B6 is found in spinach, broccoli and bananas, Vitamin C is found in green vegetables and citrus fruits, vitamin D is found in milk, Vitamin E is found in vegetables, rice, and bran, and Vitamin K is found in wheat germ, vegetable oil and whole grain bread and cereal.

Minerals like calcium which are necessary for bone growth and healthy teeth, copper which is require for the metabolism of iron, iron itself, Magnesium which is involved with the functioning of the nerves and spinal cords, and sodium, potassium, phosphorous and zinc can be found either in milk, grains, vegetables, fruits, cereals, yogurt or wheat germ. Drinking the proverbial 8 glasses a day of water is a must.

So nutrition and a balanced diet contribute towards good health. This means no skipping meals especially breakfast. The body metabolism is increased with the right kind of breakfast foods. Regular moderate exercise will ensure that you look good and feel good.

All this does not imply that a balanced diet is boring and uninteresting. It only means ensuring that you get the right variety of foods in your diet. An occasional treat is always on the cards.

In India, Ayurveda focuses on dietary aspects for the physical being, for the purity of mind and for the cosmic spirit. For physical well being , the focus is on adequate water and food at regular intervals. Food essentially consists of complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits and moderation in fat to balance the doshas. For the purity of the mind, foods like nuts, seeds of sunflower and sesame, green vegetables, milk, buttermilk, yogurt, citrus and fibrous fruits are essential. Dietary ideals for the cosmic spirit ensure that the balanced diet works best when food is eaten in non-stressful environment. In the end we see, the basic idea is the same, nutrients in the right proportion should be our mantra.

All foods contain some sort of a nutrient. It may be a carbohydrate, fat or protein. They also contain some calories, vitamins and minerals. The role of the vitamins and minerals is to accelerate the production of enzymes in the body and thus help in the breakdown of the food that we eat. In order to ensure good health, fight obesity and reduce the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases, it is essential that we focus on the number of calories that we consume.

At any given time, the no. of calories that we burn should be greater than the number of calories that we consume. If this does not happen, then the extra calories just add on as fat. It is here that negative calorie foods come into the picture. They are very low calorie foods, which contain the essential vitamins and minerals needed for enzymatic reactions but the best part about them is that they require more calories to digest than they actually contain. Put simply it means, more work needs to be done by the body in order to get those calories.

Since the foods are low calorie foods, the calories will come from the fat in the body. Hence by eating more of these foods, you actually lose weight rather than gain. If you eat a piece of cake, which contains say 300 calories, it requires approximately only 150 calories for it to be digested. The remaining calories add on as fat. If on the other hand you bite into a cucumber, which is a negative calorie food (approximately 20-25calories), it will require more than 50 calories for it to be digested. This means the excess 25 calories will come from the body’s fat deposits.

Fortunately enough for us, nature has an abundance of low calorie foods: some of them are Beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, cucumber, green beans, onion, radish, spinach, lettuce (vegetables) and apple, lime, papaya, orange, watermelon, tomato, peach, and pineapple (fruits). Along with fiber rich foods, breakfast, lunch and dinner cannot only be healthy but also enjoyable.

Oats is a dietary fiber rich food capable of increasing the body’s metabolism. A cup of oatmeal flakes with a little bit of turmeric, salt, coriander powder, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder is mixed with a cup of milk and heated for a couple of minutes.(you can make the spices and use the readymade mix). Let it thicken to the desired consistency. Top the mixture with fresh fruits, yogurt, nuts anything you like and you have a high-powered nutritious breakfast with not too many calories in it.

Vermicelli is an Indian favorite and whether it is just for a quick snack or for breakfast it is a nutritious low calorie vegetarian recipe. Roast a cup of vermicelli until it is slightly brown. Cook peas, shredded carrots, sliced potatoes with a pinch of salt and turmeric. Sauté mustard seeds, urad dal, green chillies, ginger, and hing. To this add the cooked vegetables and vermicelli. Add adequate water and cover for about 5 minutes. A tasty, filling and nutritious dish is ready. Idly is another south Indian delicacy, which is low calorie because it is steamed. A mixture of urad dal and rice in the proportion of 1:2

Sprouted salads are very popular in Indian homes. Take A cup of steamed sprouts (moong is very good for health). Add chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, chilli powder, salt and coriander leaves and a dash of limejuice. Your sprouted salad is ready. This is an all time food and can be taken at any time.

Parathas are the Indian equivalent to sandwiches. With the proper filling, it can be quite a delicious dish. The ubiquitous Palak Paratha or Gobi paratha are all time favorites. In fact, you can use any filling, the healthier, the better. Steam palak and cool. Mix wheat flour, steamed palak, chilli powder, cumin seeds, and salt. Add a little oil and adequate water to make dough. Roll out the parathas, place on the tawa and add a little oil or butter. Serve hot with curd or green chutney.

To cool yourself off, you can use a cucumber dish. Thinly sliced cucumber, nonfat yogurt, sliced green onions, green chillies and salt is all that you need. Add salt to the cucumber; mix well and drain using a sieve. When fairly dry, add yogurt, green chillies and green onions. You have just whipped up a low calorie recipe fit for a king.

One thing that must be remembered is that any high caloried dish can be converted into a low calorie one. When making dal for instance, instead of frying the onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic, add them to the dal when you boil it. Then for the seasoning you can use very little oil, whether it is jeera or rai. Instead of frying, try and roast foods. Use a microwave whenever possible. Avoid using coconut as far as possible. Use skimmed milk and fat free yogurt . Avoid malai, cream and too many nuts. You have it all—low calorie vegetarian recepies leading to a low calorie diet.~ Author Mini Swami.

ALL foods contain calories and when you eat more but burn less, then fat deposits increase. No matter how healthy you eat, it is just possible that your calorie intake increases.

So though certain foods help you to burn a greater number of calories than the calorie value of the food itself, thus resulting in a possible weight loss, the focus should be on eating the right kind of food and burning calories through movement and exercise.

However, that being said, let us turn our attention to the kind of foods that may be called as “fat burners”.

Foods that are rich in Vitamin C have the properties of acting as fat burners. Limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit and vegetables like, broccoli, cabbage, celery, carrot, watermelon and apple fall into this category. Broccoli and cabbage contain high quantities of calcium and vitamin C, and is also fibrous.

What vitamin C does it dilutes the fat and thus renders it less effective. It also becomes easier for such fat to be flushed out of the system. Pectin is found in apples and mot fresh fruits. This substance is said to be able to limit the fat that is absorbed by the cells.

In addition to this , pectin helps in the absorption of watery substances. The reaction of the watery substances on the cells makes it release fat deposits.

Breakfast foods like Oatmeal, skimmed milk and whole grain cereal and even spicy foods containing peppers are considered as foods that burn fat. Oats are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. The capsaicin present in peppers induces the body to produce more stress hormones which in turn revs the metabolic rate burning more calories in the process. Soy is the wonder product, which has chemicals, which help fat from being deposited and also helps to act on the fat deposits in the body by breaking them down. Soybeans enhance the body’s ability to do away with fat.

The juice of garlic or the oil of garlic has the same protective property towards body cells and catalyses the action of getting rid of body fat. Many Indians aware of this fact are mixing their atta with soy flour.

Black Tea, coffee, and green tea also perform the same function. Consuming these foods and doing exercise would increase the metabolic rate of the body. Since the metabolism is boosted and the foods themselves are deficit in calories, the energy and fat that is stored in the body help in the digestion process. In short such foods take longer to digest and require more energy to break them down. These foods are often termed as negative calorie foods. Such foods often contain a lot of water, high percentage of fiber and are low in fat.

Water has always been in the news. Not only is it a natural product, which suppresses appetite, flushes toxins and excess sodium, but is also known to have contributed to an increase in the metabolic rate. The liquids and solids present in soup is also said to have the same properties. Low fat yogurt has been touted to be a rich source of calcium, which helps in weight loss. The bottom line here is that your body has to be taught to burn fat efficiently. Exercise—increase your muscle density (this is the area where calories are burnt). Increase the Basal metabolic rate and burn those excess calories.

Eat in moderation, go in for complex carbohydrates and whole grains, limit saturated fats, eat fruits and vegetables, rev up the metabolism and sure enough those foods that burn fat will do their job. Remember it is a combination of everything that is going to ensure that you burn those deposits of fat.

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