Top healthy foods to be included in your daily diet during winter

With winter slowly setting in, our body also experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even food preferences. Winterizing your diet can be healthy and tasty, if you add a few favorite cold-weather foods in your diet. Here are a few foods that you need to include in your diet this winter…

Misal pav recipe – Maharashtrian style

Misal pav is a tradional and popular Maharashtrian dish. It consists of spicy curry made from sprouted moth beans (matki) called as ussal. There are other variations of ussal like chana ussal, green peas ussal , val ussal and chawli ussal. This dish is finally topped with farsan or sev (Indian noodles), onions, chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Misal is served with pav or Indian bread. There are different versions of Misal pav such as Kolhapuri misal, Puneri misal and Nagpuri misal. Also there are various types of misal like sev misal and dahi (yoghurt) misal. Misal pav can be had as a breakfast dish or simply enjoyed as a snack. It is a delicious dish and makes up for a wholesome meal.

Anti ageing tips to stay young

For a woman, a healthy, glowing and younger skin is of paramount importance. Everyone wants to stay young and trim, but one cannot prevent oneself from getting old. But we can always delay the process of ageing in a natural way by making small changes in our lifestyle. The best anti ageing secrets are simple

Basundi recipe

Basundi is a popular Indian dessert in the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka and it is made from milk, sugar and nuts. It is a sweetened dense milk prepared by boiling milk on low heat till it is reduced to half. Once the milk is reduced, sugar and nuts are added to it. Cooking the basundi after sugar is added gives a nice light pink colour to it. Basundi is best served warm or chilled garnished with almonds and pistachios. Here I have prepared basundi without nuts which also tastes divine. Keep stirring the milk continuously and scraping the sides of the vessel as this makes the basundi thick and gives a creamy texture to it. Basundi is ideal for occasions like Diwali or Navratri or any special occasions.

Brown rice kheer (payasam) with jaggery recipe

Brown rice kheer or payasam is a very healthy kheer or payasam made with brown rice and jaggery and garnished with cashewnuts and raisins. Brown rice is very rich in fibre and jaggery is full of iron. This kheer is absolutely delicious when served chilled and very easy and quick to make too. Brown rice gives a nice rich light brown colour to the kheer. Do try this brown rice kheer for a change and enjoy..

Sprouted green gram (moong) pakora recipe

Sprouted moong pakoras is a quick and easy snack or pakora recipe made with sprouted green moong. It is a healthy, crunchy and delicious teatime snack which is best enjoyed with green chutney or tomato sauce. Sprouted moong is very rich in proteins, fibre and other nutrients. Adding curry leaves and ginger gives a nice aroma and taste to the pakoras, You can either the sprout the green moong at home or it is readily available in small packets in the super markets. You can use these for making instant and healthy pakoras when you have unexpected guests at home or simply enjoy them with your family as a teatime snack.

Brinjal sambar recipe – Quick and easy sambar recipe

Brinjal sambar is a quick, easy and delicious South Indian sambar recipe made with brinjals, tamarind, sambar powder, toor dal and mild seasonings added to it. It goes well with steamed rice. You can use small brinjals for this recipe. Here I have used ready sambar powder which is easily available in the market. Brinjal sambar is also called as kathirikai sambar in Tamil Nadu and this is a quick recipe for making sambar.

Seven cups cake (7 cup cake) or burfi recipe – Easy to make Indian Diwali sweet

7 cup cake or burfi recipe is made from 7 cups of ingredients. Hence it is called as 7 cup cake or burfi. This sweet is very easy to make and very similar to Mysore pak. 7 cup cake is an ideal sweet for Diwali festival and a sweet which be liked by kids too. The secret to getting a good and delicious burfi is removing the mixture from the heat at the right stage to the plate.

Roasted gram dal ladoo or maladu or chutney dal laddu recipe – Easy to prepare Indian diwali sweet

Maa ladoo recipe with step by step photos. Maladu or maa ladoo recipe is a quick and delicious Indian sweet made with roasted gram dal, sugar, ghee, cardamom powder and nuts. It is especially made during festive occasions like Diwali. Maa ladoo is also called as pottukadalai urundai in Tamil nadu and this ladoo is made with few ingredients easily available at home. They are not only nutritious but can be prepared within 30 minutes.

Cornflakes mixture or chivda recipe – Easy and healthy South Indian Diwali snack

Cornflakes mixture or chivda is a traditional South Indian snack or mixture prepared from cornflakes, curry leaves, salt and red chilli powder and garnished with nuts. It is also a healthy mixture as it is stir fried and not deep fried and ideal for festive occasions like Diwali. It is very quick to make and can be had as a teatime snack too.