Chow chow (Chayote) Chutney for babies

After a long gap, here I come with a healthy yet tasty recipe for our babies who do many tantrums before finishing his/her meal.

Today, I am gonna share a recipe which you can use as a side dish for idli/dosa. I hope your child will love this chutney and ask for more idli/dosa.

Ingredients

  1. Chow chow (chayote) – half
  2. Onion – 1 chopped
  3. Tomato – 1 chopped
  4. Garlic – 2 or 3 cloves
  5. Tamarind – little amount (optional)
  6. Urad dhal – 1 tsp
  7. Curry leaves – 10 to 15
  8. Oil – 1tbsp
  9. Mustard – 1tsp
  10. Asafoetida – 2 pinch

Recipe

Take half a chayote and remove the seed in it. Now, peel the skin of it before cut it into small pieces.

Now, heat a pan and pour oil in it. Add urad dhal and fry it. Once it becomes golden brown, add the chopped onion and garlic into it and saute until the onion becomes soft. Then add chayote, small ball sized tamarind for tangy taste and curry leaves and saute for 2minutes.

Now, you can add the chopped/mashed tomatoes and saute for a minute. Low the flame and close the pan with a lid. Wait until the tomatoes become mushy in texture.

Once it is done, off the flame and let the mixture cools completely. Now, you can put this into a mixer jar and grind into a fine paste. Add a little amount of water if needed to attain soft texture.

Note

For children above one year, you can add little amount of salt and spice for added flavors

In addition to this, you can temper the chutney for added taste. For tempering, pour a teaspoon of oil into a tadka pan and add few mustard seeds. Once mustard starts sputtering, add asafoetida and off the flame. Pour this into the chutney. That’s it. Chow chow chutney is ready to serve for your little one with idli/dosa.

Golden Milk and its Health Benefits

Have you heard the word “Golden Milk” ever? If yes, then you might also know about the delectable aroma and tremendous health benefits it has. Golden (Turmeric) Milk is nothing but a home-made drink which can be regularly taken. As turmeric is India’s most versatile spice, most of the Asian people might know about the advantages it contains.

Here, I am gonna explain the health benefits of Golden Milk which can be easily made with the ingredients in your house.

Golden Milk (Turmeric Milk)

1. Sleeping Aid

As the key ingredients(milk and turmeric) of Golden Milk has anti-depressant properties, it increases the serotonin levels in the brain. This will make you to feel relax, calm and drowsy. Have a habit of drinking Golden Milk once a day before you go to bed. It will act as a remedy for insomnia.

2. Immunity Booster

Curcumin in turmeric has antibacterial,antiviral and anti-fungal properties, which help to get rid of cold, flu and other infections.

Also, the other ingredients in Golden Milk carry antioxidants which aid in boosting your immune system. Try consuming the Golden Milk in the morning with empty stomach. This increases the chances of strengthening your immunity.

3. Better Digestion

Troubles like bloating , heart burns can be reduced when the Golden Milk is consumed on a regular basis. If you had a heavy lunch, then take a cup of Golden Milk which helps in fat digestion by increasing the flow of bile.

In addition, it lessens loss of appetite and gastro-intestinal infections. Children can consume the Golden Milk to get rid of worms in the stomach

4. Headache Remedy

As turmeric has blood thinning effect, your nerves will get proper blood circulation. Take a cup of warm turmeric milk. This can ease your headache whether it is due to sinus or mental stress.

5. Improves Women’s Reproductive Health

Turmeric acts as estrogen, which increases fertility in women. People who have issues in conceiving can consume golden milk daily to avoid hormonal insufficiency. Also, women who have pain during their periods find relief by consuming the milk at that time

Though it has many benefits, women who are in their first trimester of pregnancy are not advised to take the golden milk regularly as it is a uterine stimulant.

6. Anti-Cancer Agent

The Curcumin present in turmeric can kill cancer cells and prevent spreading it to other body parts. Consuming turmeric milk routinely assists in preventing malignant growths too. Nevertheless, this cannot cure cancer at the final stage

Bottom Line

On the whole, compared to other drinks such as coffee and tea, one can consume Golden Milk daily to stay healthy as you all know health is wealth.

The recipe for the Golden Milk will be posted by this week itself. Follow our blog to get the recipe in your mailbox.

What if we consume EGG?

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Eggs! The most preferred food by humans especially, hen eggs. Also, few people would like to take Omega-3-enriched eggs. What if we consume eggs? For years, people have a belief that Egg yolks are not advisable to heart patients as they contain fat. Many people argued whether the egg is a vegetarian or non-vegetarian food.

But, why after these many debates, beliefs & controversies, people love eggs?

In simple words, there are mainly two reasons behind this.

  1. The egg is a simple food from which we can attain n number of nutrition.
  2. Compared to all the other dishes, egg is the only food that you can cook in minutes in the form of many recipes, as they are versatile. One can even consume the egg without cooking. Always, we people prefer easy chores with the best results. And fortunately, eggs can do that.

Now, why this egg is the most nutritious food on the Earth? Does our Earth have any other food full of nutrition? And the answer is Yes! We have some. But still, the egg is the only food which is made up of a single cell that has the ability to produce a complete chicken or any other bird and now you understand how much nutrition it must hold to give birth.

Amount of Consumption matters!

When we ask, why people give importance to Egg whites and yolks are not even considered. Within seconds, one would say, “Egg yolks are full of fat and it will increase my weight”. I don’t know who made people believe this saying. If someone tells us, “No, you should not eat this. It will gain more muscles in your body”. Suddenly, without any question, we will see that food as a curse, and try to stop consuming it if we are not that much fond of it. But what if we really like it? That is the other scenario. In this case, we would say, “It’s ok. I always love this food”.

In both cases, we never try to find out the reason behind that saying as we are busy with our machine life.

In general, Egg whites are good for both healthy & unhealthy humans. Nevertheless, we should not separate the health benefits of the egg as egg white & egg yolk. The entire egg contains almost all the nutrition & calories our body needs. But what matters here is the amount of consumption. Yes! One can eat three eggs per day without any anxiety.

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Health Benefits of Egg

Coming to the health benefits, Egg white is rich in protein & the egg yolk has cholesterol. When the food cholesterol comes, some people feel like, “Oh, No! Cholesterol is bad for health”. Here, your perception is wrong. According to scientists, Cholesterol plays a significant role in humans as it is a structural molecule that your cell membrane requires. The yolks contain HDL(High-Density Lipoprotein), which is good cholesterol when compared to LDL, the bad cholesterol. The egg yolk has this HDL a lot. HDL is one of the supreme components in reducing cardiovascular diseases. In most cases, egg consumption increases HDL and the LDL remains constant except on some rare occasions, where the LDL varies slightly. And also, if you worry about this LDL, you can adhere to three eggs per day and not more than that.

Do you know?

Our liver produces cholesterol for our body needs and if you consume cholesterol through food, the liver adjusts its mechanism and produces less cholesterol. That’s why the human body is amazing.

Other than Protein and Cholesterol, eggs can even improve your vision with the help of antioxidants. Egg aids in weight loss as eating eggs make you feel that your tummy is full.

COVID-19 and Eggs

Eggs play a vital role in reducing the risk of COVID-19. In addition to other components like garlic and pepper, eggs also boost your immune system, as it contains sulfated glycopeptides. These glycopeptides trigger the cells to protect the body from infections and diseases. And now, you can have high immunity with a lower risk of corona virus infection.

Now, why the egg is a vegetarian food?

Technically, people who eat animal flesh are non-vegetarian but the egg doesn’t contain animal flesh or muscle tissues. It includes only reproductive tissues. And so, a vegetarian can eat eggs, but a vegan should not. According to the vegan concept, not only animal flesh but also the products obtained from animals should not be consumed.

Bottom Line

On the whole, eggs are one of the most loved foods, no matter egg white or egg yolks. Also, hen eggs are associated with many cooking dishes and baking foods. If you are a foodie with some health-conscious, certainly eggs are the best choice for you.

Beauty Tip of the day!

To improve the softness of your skin, mix some holy basil leaves with turmeric powder. Grind it into a fine paste and apply it on your face or other parts of the body!