High Five’s for the Summer !! 88

We are proud of our countries, rich variety of landscape, flora and fauna and of course seasons. We enjoy all along with the food, spices and herbs associated with them. The summers are here and so is the ever increasing temperature and the wide variety of tropical fruits. Every house has its own share of summer recipes. Out of many, sharing here some simple effective cool drinks.

Love of Mango Man- Aam Panna
Mango is a synonym of summers. Everybody loves mangoes irrespective of age! Raw mango or kacchi keri is relished in many forms. Here is a cool mango drink made by raw mango to beat the heat.

• Green mangoes 1 kilogramme
• Roasted cumin powder 4 teaspoons
• Roasted fennel(saunf) Powder
• Black salt (kala namak) 2 teaspoon
• Sugar 3 cups
1. Wash and boil the mangoes. Let them cool. Peel, mash and strain the pulp.
2. Add five cups of water and mix well.
3. Add the cumin powder, powdered fennel seed, black salt, and sugar. Mix well till sugar is dissolved. Chill in the refrigerator.
4. Pour into glasses as required and dilute with chilled water as per your taste.
5. Serve immediately.

Tadka Chaach – Tempered Buttermilk
A very humble recipe from the villages of India. A guaranteed coolant. Rustic India still relies on this one since ages and nothing can beat the cooling effect it has.
• Curd
• Cumin seed roasted
• Ginger 1 inch
• Chili 1
• 1 tbsp black salt
1. Mix the curd, cumin seeds powder, ginger-green chili paste, black salt and salt in a deep bowl and mix well.
2. Add 4 cups of chilled water and whisk well.
3. For the tempering, heat the oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds.
When the seeds crackle, pour the tempering over the buttermilk.
4. Garnish with chopped coriander and mint. Mix and serve.

Lemony Melon

• 1 Medium size watermelon
• 2 tablespoon mint leaves
• 1 tablespoon black salt
• ½ tablespoon chaat masala
• 1 lemon

1. Cut and deseed watermelon into cubes.
2. Blend all ingredients in the blender.
3. No need to add water.
4. Serve cool in a tall glass.

Childhood memories-Yummy Jal jeera

 ¼ cup packed chopped mint leaves (pudina)
 ¼ cup packed chopped coriander (hara dhania)
 1 tablespoon chopped ginger (adrak)
 1 tablespoon cumin seed dry roasted and powdered (bhuna jeera)
 Pinch of asafetida (hing)
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon black salt (kala Namak) available in Indian stores
 3 tablespoons lemon juice
 1 tablespoon tamarind seedless (imli)
 2 tablespoon sugar adjust to taste
 4 cups water
 1 cup crushed ice
1. Blend all the spices into the paste using enough water needed to blend.
2. Strain the spice mix and squeeze all the spicy water out. Discard the roughage.
3. Add the water, mix it and serve over the ice.

Tropical Fun
• 1 Glass of Pineapple Juice
• 1 Glass of Orange Juice
• Few Mint Leaves
• 1 teaspoon of Ginger juice

1. Mix the juices.
2. Crush the mint leaves along with the ginger juice.
3. Add crushed ice.
4. Pour Juice mix. Stir and serve.

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A real wonder fruit – Banana. 4

Banana is the most commonly available fruit all over the world. Yet many are ignorant about the loads of benefits that this wonder fruit has to offer.

It is an instant energy booster and can help you relieve from the sudden hunger pang. So if you are going to have a super busy day, don’t forget to pack a banana in your bag.

This fruit is super rich in two important nutrients- Potassium and Magnesium. Both are equally good for keeping our heart healthy.

Want to know other health benefits of this fruit?

Here you go-

  • Health benefits for children: The wonder fruit is a must have in your child’s diet. The goodness of vitamin A helps in maintaining  a good eyesight among children. The rich iron content and high potassium levels give boost to a child’s mental health and keep the fatigue at bay.  And also the calcium rich food helps in the good health of bones of your child.
  • Rich in Fibre: Banana is a rich source of fibre, both soluble and insoluble. It helps in both preventing and curing  constipation and also as the soluble fibre is known to slow down the digestion process, it helps us to remain full for longer time. So add banana to your breakfast platter to kick start your busy day.
  • Good for heart: A good source of Potassium and Mangnesium and also fibre, it helps keeping the heart problems away and lowers down the risk of heart diseases.
  • Digestion friendly: The salt content present in this fruit helps in stimulating the digestive juices which further helps in digestion and builds up metabolism.
  • Extra Goodness: You will be super amazed to know that one single fruit, Banana, is rich in so many nutrients. It is a must have fruit for all ages. It is rich in niacin, potassium, mangnesium,riboflavin,calcium, protein,folate and vitamin B6. All these nutritions are required by the body for its proper functioning and growth.

Still doubt the goodness of the super power of this fruit. Check some more benefits of banana which makes it essential to be included in the diet.

  • Low in salt content and rich source of potassium makes this fruit boon for those having high blood pressure.
  • The rich iron content of this fruit makes it good to have for those who are suffering from anaemia.
  • The zero cholesterol property of this fruit makes it good for people having heart diseases. As it is rich in fibre, potassium and mangnesium this helps in keeping the heart problems under check.

Now you would love to know how to include this wonder fruit in your diet,isn’t it?

  • Grab it, peel it and have it.
  • Blend it with milk and few drops of vanilla essence and your banana milk shake is ready.
  • you can add this fruit in cake batter. Bake it and have a slice of banana cake.

Want to know about more dessert that can be made out of banana?

This wonder fruit can be used in many dessert. Add it to kheer, Malpua, halwa, Pyassam and many more.

Even the raw state of banana is used globally in many cuisines. It can be used to make curries, kebabs, wafers and pakoras. The famous Kerala curry Avial and Kaplan also have raw banana as its ingredient.

So what are you waiting for. Grab your banana today.

Beauty benefits of a vitamin C. 4

We all must have read a lot about Vitamin C and its health benefits. Many of you might know about its health benefits. It can cure sore throats, keeps constipation under control and also helps in keeping the flu at bay. Apart from this Vitamin C is also required for healthy growth and strong blood vessels.
These are all health benefits but how many of you know that apart from health benefits, vitamin C is a boon to a beauty regime and has loads of beauty benefits too.Have a look at the amazing benefits of the Vitamin C that will surely enhance your beauty.

Vitamin C and our energy levels

Energy levels and beauty, aren’t they go hand-in-hand? You don’t look your best when you are feeling lethargic. Vitamin C helps us to remain active as it helps in absorbing iron from the food we take and give boost to our energy levels. With high energy levels, you can remain active through out the day and it enhances your look as it keeps the dullness away.

Vitamin C and Weight loss

Beauty can’t be thought off without you being fit. We run from gyms to dieticians to shed those calories. You will be surprised to know that by increasing the intake of Vitamin C in your regular diet you will give a boost to your weight loss regime. Wondering how? Vitamin C has a capability of lowering down the insulin levels thus helping you to shed those extra calories.

Vitamin C and hair health

Tired of your dull looking hairs? Vitamin C is a one-stop solution for all your worry about hairs. Hair fall, dry and frizzy hairs, dandruff problems, split ends all can vanish with the daily boost of vitamin c. It boosts our mental wellness too by keeping stress under check. This is again important for the damage free long and shiny hairs. So why to waste the hard earned money on saloons when we can have our hairs look good by eating right.

Vitamin C and all about skin

Skin health is of utmost important to look beautiful. It’s not all about fair colour. Who will not fall in love with the person who has radiant, glowing, blemish-free skin? Vitamin C comes to your rescue yet again for all the skin related problems. It is an anti-oxidant and thus a regular intake of Vitamin C prevents your skin from ageing. Vitamin C is required by our body for the production and maintenance of Collagen; a collagen is a protein which helps in providing elasticity and strength of the skin. It also replaces the dead skin cell from the skin. As we age, the natural production of collagen by body slow down and therefore our skin starts sagging and showing the signs of ageing. Thus, Vitamin C can keep you saying “age

Thus, Vitamin C can keep you saying “age is just a number”. Apart from the radiant and glowing skin, Vitamin C also protects skin from tanning and sun burn as it has anti-inflammatory properties. So now, save those thousands you were spending on all those lotions and creams by simply increasing the intake of this amazing vitamin.

Vitamin C and Long Lustrous Nails

Vitamin C take care of your long nails and their shine by keeping blood vessels strong.

Vitamin C is water soluble so our skin cannot store it in the tissue. To have a daily dose of vitamin C, you must increase the intake of the food rich in this vitamin.

Believe me, the best makeup you can ever wear is glowing and healthy skin. So why not work for it? After all, a beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.