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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 28, 2012

CONTEST WINNING RECIPE WITH OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL !!




Yummy Garden Fresh Olive tossed Salad – Winning Entry from Saloni  Bhandari

Prep Time:30 minutes

Servings:10

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Black Ripe Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Naturals Green Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion (or white onions), diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 small green zucchini, unpeeled, and diced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives(or green stalks of spring onions) thinly sliced or 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine olives, carrot, sweet onion, cucumber, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, parsley and chives(or spring onions).
  2. Add lemon peel, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to bowl; mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Makes approximately 5 cups,Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Olives and olive oil are friends of your heart and skin 

These Mediterrenean tree-plucked fruits have been used from the days of the Egyptians.They  are high in heart-healthy monosaturated fats that shrink the risk of atherosclerosis. Add olives & olive oil to your diet to help maintain a healthy heart & lovely skin as they contain vitamins, antioxidants & omega 3 fatty acids. Olives Help reduce harmful cholesterol levels as well. Studies have shown that consumption of olives ensures healthy heart benefits such as reduced harmful cholesterol level. It also has anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antithrombotic as well as vasodilatory effects in humans and animals.

Add them to your diet : Add olives to salads,dressings,dips,pizzas or simply pop them into your mouth as a  delicious  snack. Do keep in mind  that  extra virgin olive oil  should never be heated and should be used only for salads,pasta etc
Use regular olive oil for stir frying or pan frying.Know more about the 4 type of olive oils https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/different-types-of-olive-oil-when-to-use-which-one/

Olives and Olive oil  for  skin and hair care:
Olive Oil reduces acne breakouts and opens clogged pores.Olive oil contains natural anti-oxidants and vitamins and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Secondly, olive oil also acts as a moisturizer, so it prevents the dry flaking that leads to acne breakouts.Thirdly, and perhaps the most important fact of all is that olive oil doesn’t clog pores and in fact dissolves the impurities inside closed pores. Hence when you cleanse your face with olive oil , it won’t leave behind residue that will clog pores and lead to acne breakouts.
Olives  are very high in iron content which reduce anaemia and help boost up the immune system as well as anaemia can cause severe hair loss as well.Olive oil combats dandruff which is usually caused by a flaky dry scalp by infusing moisture&preventing flaking.

So do your heart ,skin &hair a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as  a daily snack.

February 27, 2012

Contest winners of our Healthy Walnut Recipe Contest!!!



JOINT WINNERS OF  PRAKRITI HERBALS ‘S  HEALTHY WALNUT ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST:
HEENA AWASTHI &MANASA SOGAL NADIG

WINNING ENTRY:HEENA AWASTHI:Gur Wali Akhrot (Jaggery coated Walnuts) 
Simple and addictive recipe- Take equal quantity of jaggery and walnut. Crush the jaggery to almost a fine powder. Add jaggery in the wok, stir on the medium heat till jaggery is almost melted (Switch off the heat)- throw in the cut walnut pieces and coat them well. Take a huge plate and slightly coat it with ghee. Spread the mixture onto the plate and let it cool  completely. Once cooled, break the mixture into walnut size pieces.Enjoy!! 🙂 Both Jaggery & Walnut are  good for your health and Skin-Heena Aswathi

WINNING ENTRY FROM MANASA SOGAL NADIG:Penne Pasta with Walnut Basil Pesto
Ingredients: 1 lb Pasta boiled as per directions  and drained; big Bunch of basil leaves; 1/2 cup walnuts slightly roasted; 1/2 cup shredded mozarella cheese;Olive oil approx 1/4 cup; Salt&Pepper to taste.
Method:In a food processor, put the walnuts, basil leaves-run when walnuts are chopped roughly-add cheese and process drizzling olive oil little by little till the pesto forms–Pesto has to be granular and  not very smooth. Make sure you use Extra virgin Olive oil. Mix with hot pasta and adjust seasoning to taste!!My kids’ summer favourite and I substitute pine nuts with walnuts in the pesto for the omega punch!!! :)))-Manasa Sogal Nadig

Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E &omega 3 fatty acids ,thus helping  to keep the skin &hair protected from dryness&reducing   hair fall.Walnuts are  also very high in iron content which reduce anaemia and help boost up the immune system as well.They reduce anaemia which is also very often  responsible for hairfall.
Olives and olive oil are friends of your heart and skin  as well.So do your heart &skin a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as  a daily snack.Know more about the 4 types of olive oil https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/different-types-of-olive-oil-when-to-use-which-one/
Walnuts slowdown the ageing process as they are rich in compounds including vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids,ellagic acid, flavonoids, and melatonin, all of which have antioxidant properties-hence walnuts reduce wrinkles and fine lines.Walnuts have also been proven to reduce the onset &progression of age related diseases like Alzheimer’s!!It has  been found that Walnuts when eaten along with meals high in saturated fat limit the ability of the harmful fat to damage arteries.
So Munch just 7 walnuts a day,or try these recipes  and you will have met the recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, omega fatty acids and protein in your diet…………

December 12, 2011

Olives:Friends of your Heart&Skin


Do your heart &skin a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as  a daily snack.
These  Mediterrenean  tree-plucked fruits have  been used from the days of the Egyptians.They  are high in heart-healthy monosaturated fats that shrink the risk of atherosclerosis.Add olives&olive oil to your diet to help maintain a healthy heart&lovely skin as they contain vitamins,antioxidants&omega 3 fatty acids.

Add them to your diet : Add olives to salads,dresings,dips,  pizzas or simply pop them in your mouth as a  delicious  snack. Additionally, use extra virgin olive oil as a cooking medium as  it has been proven that  food cooked in olive oil absorbs less oil&has fewer calories.

Health benefits of Olives:

1.Cardiovascular benefits:

Free harmful radicals oxidize cholesterol in our blood vessels, this eventually results into the formation of fats in the arteries leading to a heart attack or stroke. Presence of antioxidant nutrients in olives prevent this oxidation of cholesterol, and reduce the chances  of severe heart disease. As per experts, consumption of olives in your diet helps to maintain healthy heart as olives are zero cholesterol&contain high amount of healthy monounsaturated fat that act as a helping hand to shrink the risk of atherosclerosis.

2.Prevent cancer and reduces the growth of carcinogenic cells:

Olives are rich in vitamin E that acts against free radicals,thus  helping  to prevent cancer and reduces the growth of carcinogenic cells. As per research, olive is referred as one of the most popular vegetables to prevent cancer.

3.For Healthy skin:

Olives are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. Olive also contains  high concentrations  of vitamin E&Omega 3 that helps in providing natural skin glow. As per various research, consumption of vitamin E helps to protect skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, thus forming a shield against premature aging and skin cancer. Massaging  daily with a few drops of olive oil will give you a   glowing and healthy skin complexion.Any wonder that olive oil is traditionally used for babies as  a massage oil &trusted by mothers worldwide!!

4.Reduces dandruff,hairfall&gives soft silky hair:

The anti oxidant properties of olive oil along with vitamin E aids  good hair growth and ensures soft&smooth hair,if applied regularly.Weekly massage with warm olive oil reduces dandruff.

5.Reduces acne -Anti-inflammatory &Antibacterial properties:

The monounsaturated fats, polyphenols and vitamin C in olives helps to neutralize the free radicals thus reducing inflammation.

Use a mixture of castor oil & olive oil to massage &deep cleanse your face.Then use warm water or a washcloth dipped in warm water to wipe it off. Olive oil( extra virgin) has been proven to be good for acne-prone skin. Firstly, olive oil contains natural anti-oxidants and vitamins and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Secondly, olive oil also acts as a moisturizer, so it prevents the dry flaking that leads to acne breakouts.

Third, and perhaps the most important fact is that olive oil doesn’t clog pores and in fact dissolves the impurities inside closed pores. Hence when you cleanse your face with olive oil , it won’t leave behind residue that will clog pores and lead to acne breakouts.
Suggested blends depending on your type of skin:
Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Olive Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Olive Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Olive Oil.

6.Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease&senility:
Food rich in omega 3 fatty acids like olives,reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease -research reported by Dr Gary Small,Longevity centre,Los Angeles.Scientists have also found that  extra virgin olive oil contains a biologically active substance oleocanthal ,which changes the structure of the neurotoxic proteins which contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

7.Helps digestion:

Olives are easily digested by our stomach and  prevents constipation. It also helps to protect the stomach from gastritis and ulcers.Olive oil increases the secretion of pancreatic hormones and bile thus ensuring healthy digestive track and reduces the chance of gallstone formation.

8.Reduces cholesterol levels:

Olives are zero cholesterol&hence good for the heart. Studies have shown that consumption of olives  reduces harmful LDL cholesterol level,and have an  anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antithrombotic as well as vasodilatory effects in humans and animals.Foods cooked in olive oil absorb less oil,taste better&have lesser calories.So you can enjoy your food,without guilt!!

9.Helps to cure anaemia :

Olives are very high in iron content. This iron content helps in the formation of red blood cell which acts as an oxygen carrier &helps to boost up the  immune system as well.

Regular consumption of  a tablespoonful of extravirgin olive oil  or olives daily has been found to increase longevity,improve memory,retard effects of ageing&reduce the risk of  heart attacks,skin cancer&Alzheimer’s disease.Do ensure that you use extra virgin oil &olives in your diet for optimum benefits .Let’s  make the most of these natural , ready to eat culinary delights-a gift from nature….!!

October 12, 2011

Unveil Nature’s Beauty Secrets…….



Have you ever  wondered why the women of yore had much better hair and skin than we do today??Did you ever hear of our elders using or needing chemical  hair conditioners,sunscreens,astringents,toners,peel off masks,anti aging creams or worrying about acne,falling hair,dandruff,frizz and premature greying???Not likely at all!!!

Well,it’s time we shared their secret with you…..They actually had a secret valuable friend to help them out;)Guess who!!!!…She was none other than Mother Nature-“Prakriti“…..Truly Nature has proven herself not only to be  an ace cosmeticologist,but also a healing doctor and an expert chemist . From the ancient times,natural ingredients in plants that were used for skin and hair care had amazing curative,protective and preventive properties and being natural were harmfree and totally free of any side effects.The ancient natural skin and haircare recipes which are integral parts of our  Indian herbal heritage have been handed down for generations &have truly stood the test of time .

Applying turmeric to a young bride-to-be is an essential  part of traditional Indian weddings even today,and has its roots in the natural beautifying and antiseptic properties of  Turmeric.There are countless  myriad  examples of  natural cleansers like lemon and shikakai,moisturisers like aloevera,astringents like lemon,humectants like  honey,sunscreens like sandalwood and aloevera,haircolourants like henna,nourishers like almond,jojoba  and wheatgerm oil,exfoliators like papaya and walnut,and antiseptics like neem and tulsi……and these are just a few of the countless gifts of nature available to us.
Products created from natural ingredients available at home have essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and healing properties that work with your body to heal and protect the skin naturally.………So why look elsewhere when we can make simple beauty remedies from  ingredients found in our kitchen or home gardens ??

Just remember these  basic rules for home made beauty care :
Use simple at home recipes with fresh ingredients .
Use clean equipment and containers.
Make small batches of the product that you would use each day.
Do a patch test before trying out any home made beauty recipes to avoid any side effects.

 Nature’s treasure trove  of  natural cosmetics is truly endless which is precisely the reason we thought it was about time we unveiled all  the bounties Mother Nature has had in store for us…………………….:)