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March 19, 2012

Contest winners of Our Healthy Fenugreek Recipe Contest!!!




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JOINT CONTEST WINNERS OF  HEALTHY FENUGREEK  SEEDS/LEAVES ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST:

                                                  KABITA MAHARANA &NAYANA SHETTY
FENUGREEK-Nature’s boon for all round health  is truly a blessing not only for our skin,hair but also for optimum health. Fenugreek or “methi ” as it is called in India  not only reduces dandruff,hair fall and acne,but also lowers cholesterol ,diabetes and is a natural remedy for many other ailments.
So we decided to have  a contest for original yummy but healthy recipes.We received some  lipsmacking entries which were judged by an expert ,and the joint lucky winners of our gift hamper of natural beauty products are:Kabita Maharana &Nayana Shetty

1. Winning Entry From Kabita Maharana:

Wholesome &Yummy Bharwa Methi ke Paranthe with Tangy Tamatar ki Chutney

Ingredients For Parantha:

1. 150 gm Methi leaves 2. Garlic 4-5 cloves3. Green chili one4. Amchoor powder ( dry mango powder)5. Olive oil  6. Multigrain flour (whole wheat, soybean, bajra and raagi)7. Salt to taste

For the Stuffing:

1. Green Peas (crushed)2. One green chilli (finly chopped)3.2 tea spoon chopped garlic4. Salt to taste

Method:

1.Boil one liter of water and take it out of the flame. Clean and wash the (fenugreek) methi leaves and add it to the boiling water (This process takes out the bitterness of methi while keeping its nutritional values intact and gives it more color and texture). Cover and let it be for 5 minute. Now drain the water and add garlic, chilly, dry mango powder and salt to the methi leaves and grind them into a fine paste. Pour the paste onto a bowl and add the multigrain flour to it till it makes fine dough and keep it aside. Try to avoid water.

2.Now heat a non stick pan and add one teaspoon of  olive oil. Before it catches more heat add the chopped garlic and chilly (to preserve Olive oil’s nutritional values don’t let it release smoke when heated). Sauté it little and add the crushed green peas and salt. fry it on low flame for 7-8 minute. Once done let it cool.

3.Make medium sized ball from the methi dough and stuff it with the crushed peas and roll it to a chapati size. Heat a non stick tawa and fry the parantha with  olive oil. Note that to avoid use of more oil it is advisable to use a brush to apply oil on the parantha. It keeps them soft and melting yet uses less amount of oil.

For Tamatar Ki Chutney as accompaniment:

Heat a pan and add half tea spoon of virgin olive oil and add a pinch of mustard seeds to splutter. Now add two medium sized tomatoes chopped. Fry them in high flame for about a minute and add 1/2 tea spoon of chili powder and salt as per your taste. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes. You can also add chopped garlic for extra flavor

2.Entry From Nayana Shetty:Nutritious Crunchy  Sprouted Methi Salad

Ingredients:

Methi seeds – 1/4 cup sprouted

Moong – 1/4 cup sprouted

Capsicum – 1/4 cup (Red, Green and Yellow)

Carrot – 1/4 cup

Cucumber – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1/4 cup

Lettuce – 1/4 cup

Apple – 1/4 cup (Red or Green)

Lime juice – 2 tablespoons

Salt and pepper powder, to taste

Roasted cumin powder, optional

Method:

1. Soak methi seeds overnight.

2. Drain the water, wrap the seeds in a cloth and keep in a closed container for 1 or 2 days till sprouts appear.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for moong seeds.

4. Chop all the fruits and vegetables and mix them in a bowl along with the moong and fenugreek.

5. Sprinkle salt and pepper just before serving. Add a dash of lime, to taste.

6. A nutritious and crunchy salad is ready to be served as a snack or before a meal.

We tried out these recipes&found them super delicious,and at the same time very nutritional as well..Surprisingly the bitter taste of fenugreek just seem to have disappeared….Why don’t you try  out these super duper recipes  yourself&feed your loved ones as well  …Please feel free to add your feedback on these recipes 🙂

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February 21, 2012

Apple cider vinegar drives dandruff, hair loss and acne away……



Apple cider vinegar(ACV) is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider which  reduces itching of the scalp and dandruff by destroying the bacteria and/or fungi that clog hair follicles. The fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV (apple cider vinegar) is very beneficial for treating dry and frizzy hair esp due to hard water , hairloss and dandruff,as well as for reducing acne and blemishes….Apple cider vinegar is  an extremely rich source of minerals (particularly potassium), vitamins, enzymes and amino acids.It is cleansing, gives the hair more body and luster,reduces hair-loss,and removes deposits of minerals from hard water and residue of shampoos,styling products.

1. For itchy scalp and dandruff: Apply  undiluted apple cider vinegar to the scalp with a cottonball. You could  add 5-6 drops of rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) to the  apple cider vinegar. Rosemary increases peripheral circulation, stimulates circulation and metabolism of skin layers and is commonly used to treat dandruff and other scalp disorders as well as hair loss and baldness.Wrap the head with a towel or a showercap for an hour.Wash the hair with a natural, herbal shampoo that is suitable for your hair type. Finish with an apple cider vinegar rinse to flush out soap residue leaving the hair soft and lustrous .

2. ACV rinse to remove deposits of minerals from hard water and residue styling products. Method of use:Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in 1 ltr of softened or distilled water and use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning.You could either spray it as a final rinse,or pour it over your hair bending over a sink.This removes all the build up of deposits and residues of styling products as well.Towel dry,and your hair will be softer and shinier .Do not rinse with the regular hard water after this rinse as it can cause redeposits of the minerals.

3. Reduces Acne and Clears blemishes :Apply diluted ACV (5 tbsp in a glass of water) with a cottonball to reduce acne and blemishes.Wash off after 15 minutes.

4. ACV used internally to reduce heartburn,gout,and for weight loss:
An energizing drink to clear your skin :2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar,A squeeze of lime1 tbsp of honey,8 oz. of mineral water…..It is a natural remedy for heartburn,gout,helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes; gives a smoother texture and complexion, helps with joint pain and stiffness, helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them, helps reduce levels of glucose,reduces sugar cravings and lose weight.Ideally should be had before food as it serves as a natural  appetite suppressant as well..It is generally believed that the nutrients, enzymes, and organic acids in apple cider vinegar causes weight reduction by acting as an appetite suppressant, by increasing your body’s metabolic rate, reducing water retention, and by helping you maintain a feeling of well being.

A blend of baking soda and vinegar has also been reported to do  wonders for your hair.Check it out here

Truly  like the proverbial apple,Apple cider vinegar too helps  keep the  doctor away!!! 🙂