Top 5 Yoga Foods for International Yoga Day- a guide to a balanced yogic diet!

Yoga is a cure not just for the body, but also for the spirit and the mind. Along with Yoga, there are certain Yoga foods that will help you maintain the physical, spiritual and mental endurance. Here are the top 5 yoga foods for a yogic diet-

  1. Whole Grains-
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whole grains

Whole grains like brown rice, barley and quinoa are high in several nutrients like selenium, magnesium and protein. You can consume a toast made out of whole grains before your yoga session for extra energy due to carbohydrates. This makes whole grains one of the best yoga foods.

2. Beans-

Yoga foods
beans

Beans like black beans, kidney beans, and navy beans, are highly packed with nutrients like carbs, fibre, potassium and much more. Beans aid in weight loss, heart health, and the overall betterment of health. This makes beans one of the best yoga foods.

3. Sweet Spices-

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Cinnamon

Sweet spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg have various health benefits overall. While cinnamon benefits the heart, cardamom helps in digestion and nutmeg has antibacterial properties. Now you know spices are one of the best yoga foods.

4. Fruits-

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fruits

Fruits of different kinds have various benefits for various body parts and functions. They are not just a natural energy booster, but also richly packed in various nutrients. This makes fruits as one of the best yoga foods.

5. Herbal Tea-

Yoga Foods
Herbal Tea

A strong cup of herbal tea before or after your workout can help in reducing muscle pains, prevent chronic diseases, boost your immune system and much more. Some of the best herbal teas are lemon tea, Passionflower tea, turmeric tea and much more. Now you know herbal tea is one of the best yoga foods.

 

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Top 5 Foods for eyes and vision- Eat away for perfect healthy eyes!

Eye health is of great importance, especially when the world has focused its vision towards bright screens throughout the day. Apart from that, a hectic lifestyle has led to a quick and unhealthy diet. All these factors have led to a population with diminishing eye health at a very young age. Here are the top 5 foods for eyes & it’s health-

 

  1. Seeds-

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    Seeds

Seeds are highly packed with nutrients like omega-3 and vitamin E. Seeds can be used as a garnish or can be blended in juices or smoothies. Some of the best seeds which fall under best foods for eyes are chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds.

2. Citrus fruits-

Foods for Eyes
Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are also one of the best foods for eyes, due to its high content of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in fighting age-related eye damage. Some of the best citrus fruits are lemons, oranges, and grapefruits.

3. Eggs-

Foods For Eyes
Eggs

Eggs are not only good for eyes but are also good for various other health issues too. Eggs contain multiple nutrients like Vitamins C & E, lutein, zeaxanthin etc. These help in avoiding age-related eye damage, which makes them one of the best food for eyes.

4. Water-

Foods For Eyes
Water

Water, as we all know, is one of the major requirements for our very existence. Every function in our body is directly dependent on the water content in our bodies, including our eyes which requires fluid. This makes one of the most important foods for eyes, as plenty of water can avoid symptoms of dry eyes.

5. Sweet potatoes-

Foods For Eyes
Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, just like carrots (which are also good for the eyes). They are also a good source of the antioxidant Vitamin E, which helps in the overall eye health. This makes sweet potatoes one of the best foods for eyes.

 

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Top 5 Delicious Bowl Meal recipes for a quick foodgasm!

Bowl Meal is a trend now and is also a meal that can be easily prepared, easily packaged and easily consumed. This type of meal was introduced due to its convenience, especially for people with a hectic work schedule. Here are some of the best must-try bowl meal recipes-

 

  1. Tomato Mint Pulao & Paneer Chutneywala-
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Tomato Mint pulao

This is one of the best bowl meal recipes in the Indian Cuisine! Tomato Mint Pulao with its tangy and spicy flavour leaves a rush of flavours in between your boring work hours. The Paneer Chutneywala is a dish with a spicy and minty flavour and is mostly prepared as a dry dish/ starter.

2. Mattar Pulao & Butter Chicken-

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Mutter Pulao

Mattar Pulao, with its subtle flavour, can be paired with any side dish. Butter Chicken, on the other hand, is a creamy and aromatic gravy with tender chicken pieces marinating in the gravy. This is the perfect bowl meal for people who love non-spicy yet aromatic and heavy flavours.

3. Coconut rice & Vegetable Stew-

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Coconut rice

Coconut rice is a famous south Indian Rice Dish and can be eaten with no condiments. A vegetable Stew, a perfect gravy for veg lovers, and leaves a soothing flavour in your mouth due to its lack of spice. This is the perfect bowl meal for someone who loves mild flavours.

4. Karivepaku Annam & Chicken Chettinad-

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Karivepaku Annam

Karivepaku Annam is usually a perfect dish for the weekends rather than for a day at work. This is because it is more of an oily and crispy nature, with roasted curry leaves, nuts and other flavours. This dish, combined with a spicy Chicken Chettinad, gives you the best foodgasm of the day as a bowl meal.

5. Tamarind Rice & Banarasi Dum Aloo-

Are you someone who loves to have the perfect kick of flavours in your mouth? Then, a bowl meal of Tamarind Rice and some Banarasi Dum Aloo is the perfect bowl meal for you! Tamarind rice gives a tangy flavour, while the Dum Aloo gives you a journey of all the Indian spices in your mouth.

 

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A leaf Licking good experience with these Top 5 Vishu Sadya recipes!

Vishu is one of the times when Malayalees anticipate for that perfect Vishu Sadya! A Sadya is a plethora of veg curries that are spread on a banana leaf to resemble a sumptuous meal. A typical Sadya features flavours from tangy to spicy to sweet. Here are the top 5 Vishu Sadya dishes of Vishu 2019

 

Vishu 2019
Vishu Sadhya

Olan

Olan is a non-spicy dish with a coconut milk curry base and its major ingredients being Black-eyed beans, pumpkin, and green chillies. Although it commonly appears in white, it can also be made in a slight brown coloured prep. Olan is a recipe that is mandatory in every Sadya and it is so for Vishu 2019 as well.

Tamarind Rasam

This is an exclusive recipe for the people who love tangy flavours. Rasam is a dish that can be made in many ways like tangy, spicy, etc and much more. Tamarind Rasam can add the extra touch of tanginess and spiciness to your Vishu 2019.

 

Pachadi

Pachadi is a sour curd based dish and can be made into varieties depending on flavours. Some of the common Pachadi flavours are Beetroot, raw mango, Bitter gourd and much more. Make this Vishu 2019 fabulous with a colourful Beetroot Pachadi.

Naranga Achar

‘Naranga Achaar’ typically means lemon pickle. With its sour and spicy flavour, it is all set to add fire in your mouth. Vishu 2019 cannot be any more grandeur!

Payar Mezhukkupetti

This is a fried and healthy dish made of long beans. It is the perfect side dish for a curry like Sambhar. Add some healthy note to Vishu 2019 with this dish.

 

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Top 5 Salads to beat the heat this Summer!

Summer is the season for you to whisk up the perfect salads to keep you hydrated all day long! Using the right ingredients and drinking ample water throughout the day can help you stay fresh the whole season.

Here are some of the top 5 Salads you should be munching on for ‘Healthy and Nutritious Week’-

 

  1. Kachumber Salad-
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Kachumber Salad

Kachumber, meaning cucumbers, are some of the best ingredients that can be used for almost any kind of salads. Kachumber Salad is the perfect crunch this summer due to its heavy content of cucumber. Cucumbers have high water content, hence can keep you hydrated all long. Get the recipe!

 

2. Green Salad-

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Green Salad

With the goodness of the greens pumping in, green salads are amazing for their freshness factor. A salad so easy to prepare and light! Get the recipe. 

3. Sprout Relish Salad-

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Sprout Salad

One of the best salads to get you going all day long! Packed with multiple nutrients and proteins, a single bowl of sprout salad with a perfect workout regime can give you the body you have always dreamt for. Get the recipe now! 

4. Carrot Sambharo Salad-

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Carrot Salad

Carrots are also a perfect ingredient for salads due to its high mineral content. This salad has carrots as the major ingredient, hence giving you a nutrient-packed day. Get the recipe now!

5. Pasta Salad-

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Pasta Salad

Who wouldn’t love pasta in salads??? Pasta salads can be your perfect bowl of dinner when you blend the perfect ingredients along with it. Get the recipe now!

6. Chicken Caesar Salad-

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Caesar Salad

 

For all the meat lovers, add some chicken to your favourite salad. The best salad for a meat lover is the Chicken Caesar Salad; toss some chicken into your green salad along with some Caesar dressing now.

 

 

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Battling the heat- Women chefs around the world!

The culinary world is an outstanding world which is made picture perfect with the image of a female chef cooking some of the most exquisite cuisines. Although that’s the image generally portrayed, very few women are able to battle out and emerge as notable chefs. This international womens day 2019 , let’s have a glimpse in the world of cooking. 

Just like any other field, women are still battling their way out, even in the culinary domain. Looking at a general household, kitchens are the most favourite spot for anyone to hang out. It is that place where our moms cook some of our favourite dishes which is irreplaceable in terms of taste, hygiene, and love.

 

Ironically, millions of moms are out there who are left unrecognised for their talent and passion, be it by the family, friends or anyone. The moment they decide to step out of the comfort zone of their kitchens, it becomes a tough battle to compete and come up in this still male-centric society. Various factors are meant to be challenged apart from the everyday prejudices of being a woman.

 

However, many women have been able to step out in the big picture with their culinary skills, while still are some struggling fiercely. At present, very few female chefs have been able to make it to the top and share the world kitchen with the top chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Wolfgang Puck and much more. They are namely- Ina Garten, Elena Arzak, Ana Ros, Padma Lakshmi, Bethenny Frankel, Julia Child, Garima Arora, Emma Bengtsson, Dominique Crenn and the like.

Many women like them have been able to move forward and fight for other women to get opportunities as them. Some are doing their best although they still remain unsung heroes. However, with the progress made by both men and women in creating an equal stratum for both genders, many platforms have come up to support various talents of different women across the globe.

 

These days, the growth of food techs have hiked due to constant demand, especially when healthy and homemade food is a booming market. Many platforms like Masala Box have come up with the concept of distributing homemade food fresh from home kitchens by using home chefs and their talent for cooking. Although such platforms exist, the accessibility to such information of such opportunities still remains a dream to many.

This International Women’s Day, let’s take the moment to applaud for all the women out there, recognised or not, who have been able to make a difference and be a role model.

Top 5 Indian Bread recipes you must try-

Indian Breads are some of the most varied, delicious and healthy recipes! It is well known that bread is better than rice due to its less amount of carbs and calories. If you are looking to lose weight try switching to bread rather than rice.

 

Here are the top 5 Indian Breads you will love-

 

  1. Poori-
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poori

Who doesn’t love waking up to some hot Pooris and Aloo Bhaji with some coffee for breakfast? The wonderful thing about Pooris is that although it is eaten mostly with delicious curries like Chole, it can also be paired with something sweet, maybe some caramel sauce or Jam. This makes Poori top of the list for our Indian Breads.

2. Pav Bhaji-

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pav bhaji

Already imagining the streets of Delhi where you just run into a Pav Bhaji vendor? The amazing mash of veggies and spices with ample flavouring to give your taste buds the right kick paired with some hot buttered breads! Yes, this makes Pav Bhaji one of the best Indian Breads.

3. Amritsari Kulcha-

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Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Are you this hardcore Punjabi food fan? Then the Amritsari Kulcha is a must try; a plethora of flavours like potatoes, chillies, chaat masala, and coriander bursting in your mouth! Hence, Amritsari Kulcha can be one of the best Indian Breads.

4. Sheermal-

Indian Bread
sheermal

Sheermal is one of the best Indian breads for all those who have a sweet tooth! The recipe is a sweet amalgamation of flour, ghee, saffron and milk. Eat it plain or pair it with some sweet yoghurt or even a spicy Murgh curry.

5. Moong Dal Chila-

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moong dal chila

These are also one of the best Indian breads due to its health and nutrition factors. The bread is highly nutritious due to its strong ingredient- moong dal lentils, and are also yummy due to its spices and herbs. Simple as it is to prepare, simple as it is to eat with some green chutney or tomato ketchup.

 

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Homemade Nutella for all your cravings- Simple homemade recipe!

Who doesn’t get excited after sighting a bottle of Nutella in your refrigerator? Although Nutella is widely craved for by kids and adults alike, it may always be advisable to make your own jar of Homemade Nutella as a healthier option. If you think it’s a hassle, you’re wrong!

homemade nutella
homemade Nutella

Here is a quick and healthy recipe for you to try on ‘World Nutella Day’-

 

Ingredients to make Homemade Nutella-

Hazelnuts (1 cup), Milk Chocolate chunks (12 ounces), canola oil(1 tablespoon), powdered sugar (2 tablespoons), unsweetened cocoa powder (1 Tablespoon), vanilla extract (½ teaspoon)

 

Directions to make Homemade Nutella-

 

  1. Toast hazelnuts until the skin begins loosening up; wrap them in a clean kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove the skin as much as possible.
  2. Blend hazelnuts in a food processor until a smooth paste and further add oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Also, add in the chocolate (pre-melted in an oven).
  3. Strain the paste for leftover hazelnut chunks, and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Top 3 Tricolor recipes to prepare this Republic Day!

Republic Day is around the corner and it’s time to make things bright in the kitchen as well as your table! This week, we intend to make your day extra special with some Tricolour recipes. Here are the top 3 Tricolour recipes for our Republic Day-

 

  1. Tricolour flavoured rice-

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    Tricolor Rice

A perfect lunch for the day is a plate of tri coloured rice which not only appeals to your eye but also lets you savour on a myriad of flavours. A tri coloured rice is generally prepared with 3 different flavours of rice on a single plate, or you can also attain the colours with just adding food colouring to 3 different layers of the rice. The most common rice flavours prepared to attain the Republic Day feel are- Tomato Rice, Coconut Rice and Pudinah rice; you can also use other combinations like Carrot Pulao, White rice and Spinach Rice.

  1. Tricolour sandwiches-
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Tricolour Sandwiches

Tricolour sandwiches are the perfect start to your day as breakfast or as even starters or snacks. Prepare layered sandwiches using tangy and Spicy Tomato Chutney, mayonnaise/ cheese and Pudina Chutney. These sandwiches are the perfect snack to munch on while watching the Republic Day parade.

  1. Tricolour Dosa-
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Tricolour Dosas

Tricolour dosas may seem a bit out of the usual and is also a perfect way to break your fast! Prepare tangy tomato chutney and spread it evenly on the dosas, and add a dollop of Pudinah chutney and butter in the centre of the dosa. You can also make Republic Day even more special by using a spicy or sweet carrot filling in the dosas along with some green chutney to boost up the spice factor.

 

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Top 5 Party Menu Recipes-

Hosting a party at home is quite simple yet tough to nail in terms of food! Party menu recipes are quite the trick to make your party a grand success among your guests. Here are the top 5 party menu recipes that you can easily execute-

 

 

  • Galouti Kebabs-

 

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kebab

 

          These are one of the best party menu recipes to nail if you have a lot to feed for the party. Kebabs are quick to make by using some minced meat of your choice or veggies and deep fried in light ghee. They can be served as the perfect starter as well along with an amazing mint chutney.

 

2) Dum Aloo Lakhnavi-

 

 

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Dum Aloo Lakhnavi

    This is one of the most finger-licking good party menu recipes you can have for the day. The key to a ‘Dum Aloo Lakhnawi’ is the flavour of the yoghurt blended with cashews, tomatoes and onion gravy. It is usually of a mild spicy flavour yet very aromatic.

 

3) Makhwali Kofta-

 

 

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Makhwali Kofta

   This dish is also one of the best among party menu recipes due to its rich flavour content. The koftas are made from khoya and are immersed in a rich gravy made of  khus-khus, coconut and milk. This is the best dish to nail if you are looking forward to serving some hungry vegetarian guests for the night.

 

4) Dal Makhani-

 

 

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dal makhani

  This may sound too simple to be one of the best party menu recipes, although can kick in amazing flavours if made in the right way and served with the right dish. Dal Makhani along with some flavoured rice, chapatis and other main side dishes can bring in delight to the menu. Top it with some melted butter to make it more aromatic.

 

5) Dum Paneer Kali Mirch-

 

 

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Dum paneer kali Mirch

   This is one of the most top guaranteed party menu recipes for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lovers alike. Paneer cubes are soaked in a gravy made of yoghurt, cinnamon, crushed black pepper, fried onions, ginger and garlic. Serve it with butter naan or other amazing Indian breads or even steamed rice.

 

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