It’s a spicy affair – Indian spices and their uses

With friends belonging to different parts of India, my taste buds have been treated with all sorts of delicacies – dal pakwaan, handwa, thalipeeth, makkai roti with sarson ka saag, thepla, bisi bele bhaath, idiappam, gate ki sabji, dal bati, to name a few. And on the occasions, I have visited their homes; I have seen their kitchen shelves stacked with the same spices that my mother uses.

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Spices are a regular feature in every Indian kitchen. These spices not only add dollops of taste and a pop of colour but also bring in a host of health benefits.

Besides food enhancers, spices have been long recognized for their medicinal properties. No wonder my grandma always insists on a cup of ginger tea when I am down with a cold. Or a teaspoon of methi daana when I am constipated.

Without further ado, let’s explore the staple ingredients which lend Indian food their magic: Continue reading

The PPTF approach to eat what you love

As a foodie, I can’t resist pastry, fries and pizza. But as a nutritionist, I know gorging on these foods will make me fat and bring along a bundle of health problems. Fortunately, the battle between the foodie and the nutritionist has found a middle-ground – The PPTF approach. I follow the principles of pairing, portions, timing and frequency to eat every dish I love.

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And if you want to keep a tab over your weight and health, I strongly recommend you to follow it. I assure you that can savour every dish you love without fretting about the weighing scale, provided you follow this mantra. So, let’s start understanding how you can apply this approach to your favourite foods.

I am sure paratha is your favourite breakfast; it’s something you would love to eat daily. And guess what.. your wish might just come true if you find the portion size and the perfect pair for your paratha. Continue reading