Thursday, 26 March 2015

Watermelon-Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

Summers have hit the Bangalore city. Bright sun is sucking out all our energy leaving us perspiring and making our body to demand progressively for chilled drinks to quench our thirst. It is always better, in-fact best to have delightful natural fruit drink over fizzy drinks. Fruits like melons, citrus fruits, berries are loaded with healthy natural sugars,water, vitamins and minerals. 
Watermelons have high water content of approx 92%, rich in  soluble fibres, Vitamins B1 and B6 and lycopene. Strawberries and lemons are excellent source of vitamin C. Ginger and mint aids digestion, reduce inflammations. Honey is made up of glucose, fructose, and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. When we are aware of amazing health benefits of these fruits, honey, ginger, mint…Why not to combine them all to make cool drink, sip it over and revive our selves. Let’s go through how to make this refreshing Watermelon-Strawberry Ginger Lemonade….

3 cups, watermelon, deseeded and cubed
1 cup, strawberries, roughly chopped,
2 tbsp, lemon juice
1 inch, ginger piece, peeled and roughly chopped
8-10, mint leaves
4 tbsp, honey (adjust the sweetness as per your preference)
few ice cubes, mint leaves  and lemon slices
In a blender add watermelon, strawberries, ginger and mint leaves. Blend it until smooth
Add honey, lemon juice and water, blend again well. Strain it
Put few ice cubes, mint leaves and lemon slices in the serving glasses, pour prepared lemonade and serve chilled

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Desi Health Bites-Keema Hari Pyaaz Masala

Keema hari pyaaz masala ( Mince meat with spring onions) is one such dish that I relate to my childhood  when I use to enjoy it to the core with hot phulkas or khichdi whenever my aunt made this at her home. Keema Hari Pyaaz masala is regular affair at my home as it has made it to top in my hubby's list too. A very simple recipe with  gamut of flavours is must a try for all you meat lovers out here.

FRBH- a must member at my kitchen counter and this delicious Keema Hara Pyaaz Masala was cooked init.  In my earlier post, I have discussed few key benefits of FRBH and in this post I shall bring out some more beneficial facts about it. Squalene is an important organic compound which inherits the property to prevent skin cancer and ageing of skin. This Squalene is found primarily in rice bran, olives and amaranth seeds.  The presence of Squalene in FRBH gives another reason to include this on a regular basis in our diets.
The rice bran oil doesn’t have a taste of its own so there is no possibility of the original taste of the food being compromised.  The oil made from rice bran is enriched with a wide range of nutrients that keeps your heart healthy, boosts immunity and prevents skin ageing. The benefits are not limited to any particular age so there is no constraint of it being used selectively for only few family members. I also have recently learnt about the rice bran oil’s benefits and it popularity around the world where it is also called as “heart oil” in Japan and “health oil” in the western countries.
 In most of my recipes, I have been using FRBH or Fortune Kachi Ghani(mustard oil), extra virgin olive oil, Sesame oil and Coconut oil . I would recommend all my readers and followers who are health conscious to include Fortune Rice Bran Health oil in your daily diets. 

500 gms, mutton mince
1 nos, large bunch spring onions ( shallots and greens, both chopped separately)
1 nos, bay leaf
1 tsp, caraway seeds ( shajeera)
6-8 nos, black peppercorns
½ tsp, turmeric powder
1½ tsp, coriander powder
1½ tsp, garam masala powder
 1½ tsp, fennel seeds, crushed
2-3 nos, green chili, slit
3 tbsp, FRBH oil
Salt as per taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Grind or pulse in chopper together to a coarse paste :-
1/3 cup, coriander leaves
1½ inch, ginger piece
8-10 nos, garlic cloves
4-5nos, green chilies (you may increase or decrease as per requirement)
In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil
Add bay leaf,  shajeera and black peppercorn, fry for few seconds
Add chopped shallots( white part of spring onion) and sauté for a minute
Add mutton mince and sauté on high heat for 3-4 minutes
Add blended masala paste, coriander powder, turmeric, crushed fennel seeds and salt, sauté for another 2-3 minutes
Add add little water, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or till keema is done
Lastly, add garam masala powder, green chili slit, lemon and spring onions greens
Sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
Dish out, garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot with nan, paratha, phulka, khichdi or pulao of your choice.

“This blogpost is in association with Fortune Foods  as a part of their Desi Health Bites activity– The Hunt for the Best Rice Bran Oil Recipes. For more updates and healthy recipes using Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil, follow Fortune Foods on Facebook and on Twitter at @fortunefoods"

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Desi Health Bites-Murgh Aloo Tikki

     Health is major concern for everyone today. The lifestyle we have today with limited physical activities has imposed a great risk on our health.  Our daily routines get us into such busy schedules that we hardly get time to take a moment and think about the wellness of our health.  I had made a point to keep a tap on my family’s health and religiously follow proper eating habits and health checkups to ensure my family has a sound health.  As it gets difficult for individuals to really get on the treadmill or even running or exercising for just 10 minutes for that matter, we have started depending heavily on our diets to keep our vital parameters under control.  A healthy diet cannot completely let go the required workouts but mitigates the risk to a great extent. 

    One of the tips which I strongly believe is preparing food in oil rotation policy. What I mean is preparing food in different types of oils on different days.  So far, I have been using Fortune Kachi Ghani(Mustard oil), extra virgin olive oil and all other types of oils for cooking. About 5 to 6 months back when I picked Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil from one of the supermarkets, least did I knew that it would get to the top in my list of oils. I started reading more about the Fortune Rice Bran Health oil after I saw impressive results whenever I fried, deep fried or cooked anything using it. Even the deep fried dishes tasted so light in oil and it doesn’t get absorbed within the food like other oils because of its high stability and non-stickiness. The most vital micronutrient called “oryzanol” found in the bran of rice is the key to fight bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol keeping your heart healthy.  

     FRBH is made from the brown outer layer over the rice grain and not the rice.  The brown layer which is called the rice bran goes in FRBH and not the rice grain so undoubtedly, it can be consumed during fasts.  FRBH is filtered optimally to keep the oryzanol well in proportion with all the other essential micronutrients and that’s what gives the oil a darker appearance. Now, with all the benefits, it doesn’t sound logical to just call transparent and colourless oils as the good ones.  
     Most of my delicacies have been prepared using Fortune Rice Bran Health oil and here I am sharing one of my mom's recipes, which is now a must make at my home, Murgh Aloo Tikki- an appetiser or can be even had as a snack. These Murgh Aloo Tikkis are shallow fried possessing a crispy outer texture and they just melt in your mouth bursting a medley of flavours. This tikki is always on the top list when my family craves for  evening snack or as an appetiser during meal. I make sure that my freezer is stuffed with these tikkis, so that its always handy and ready on plate when my kids or my hubby asks for it. It is a must try and here is how we can make it..

250 gms, boneless chicken, cut in cubes 
1 tsp, garlic paste
1 tsp, ginger paste
2 tsp, vinegar
2 tsp, oil
Salt and pepper to taste

For tikki:
250 gms, potatoes, boiled and mashed/grated
1 tsp, ginger, finely chopped/grated
1 nos, medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp, green chilies, finely chopped (may be increased or decreased as per preference)
2 tbsp, green coriander leaves, finely chopped
 2 tbsp, mint leaves, finely chopped
¾ tsp, chat masala
1 nos, egg white
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp + for shallow frying, FRBH oil
To serve:
Mint-coriander chutney and vinegar onions or onion rings


Marinade chicken with the ingredients mentioned under marination. Keep it covered for 10 minutes.

In a heavy bottom pan, add chicken pieces. Sauté on high heat for few minutes, cover and simmer till done. Take it off the heat, cool and shred or pulse( in chopper).  This can be prepared ahead and refrigerated.

For tikki:-

In small pan, heat 2 tsp oil, add chopped onion and sauté until they turn soft and pink. Take it off the heat and cool.

In bowl, combine shredded chicken,potatoes, cooked onions, mint, coriander leaves, chat masala, ginger,  green chilies, egg white, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Divide the tikki mixture into equal lemon sized balls. Flatten each ball make tikkis. At this stage, if you wish, you can freeze them for later use.

Shallow fry the tikkis from both sides until golden brown and crisp.

Serve hot with mint coriander chutney and vinegar onions or onion rings.

“This blogpost is in association with Fortune Foods  as a part of their Desi Health Bites activity– The Hunt for the Best Rice Bran Oil Recipes. For more updates and healthy recipes using Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil, follow Fortune Foods on Facebook and on Twitter at @fortunefoods"