Good news for Hyderabadis who are looking for excellent authentic Punjabi food. The Yellow Chilli Hyderabad is celebrating its Second Anniversary with a grand menu of pure Punjabi dishes…for your reservations contact Mr Tushar at 64645411. The Festival is on till 3rd of October so make the most of it.
Cook with non-stick cookware. They are good for baking, grilling, sautéing and even for soup. Non-stick pans allow you to cook with no oil, or just a brush of grease or substitute fats with water or juice. You can change the cooking methods. If you tend to deep-fry a lot, change the mindset. Either bake, broil, grill, poach or sauté foods. Microwave is a blessing for those who want to cook using minimal oil. Learn the art of subtracting. Read the recipe and simply subtract the amount of fats and sugars. For example, replace half the butter with fruit puree for an equally moist cake; use one-third less sugar in cakes or cookies and use dried fruit, not sugar, to add sweetness to cereal. Eat lean meats and trim all visible fat before cooking. Go for white meat than red meat. For example, chicken breasts are lower in fat than drumsticks. Choose the skim milk, yogurt and cheese. Avoid use of condensed milk as it is very high in sugars. Eggs are the best protein source and also cholesterol! When cooking, just substitute two egg whites for one whole egg (the fat, cholesterol and most of the calories from eggs are in the yolks).
Most important is to downsize portions. Do this and half the battle is won. Make the servings in smaller size. Use smaller plates, and make any cake serve twelve instead of eight!
Here are some healthy snacks for you!
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How better to spend a wet monsoon day than with a cup of hot tea accompanied by a plateful of hot and crispy bhajias? Tempting though this may be it is not very healthy especially during this season when out digestive systems are not at their best. But an occasional indulgence in these goodies is definitely called for.
I do not want to shatter the enjoyable dream of having bhajias on a rainy day, but to be on the safe side I will give you ideas that can work not only for pleasure of the palate but also will not make the digestive system work hard. I agree that pakoras, dal wadas, batata wadas, besan toast, medu wadas are the most favoured in this season. The fact is that deep fried things satisfy the palate deeply especially because the hunger pangs work overtime. But no amount of draining the fried goodies on absorbent paper can work to decrease the calories in the food. So here are some alternatives that might please you.
You can have dhoklas made with fermented batters in a variety of combinations. They are healthy and when tempered lightly with oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves and sesame give a fulfilling texture that pleases the palate. You can have these with green chutney or with sweet tamarind chutney or the ubiquitous tomato ketchup.
Dosas and uttappams are great too specially when you have them hot from the tawas. Top uttappams with onions or cashewnuts or tomatoes even with sev – they not whet your visual appetite they fill up your stomachs too. Hot sambhar and coconut chutney pep them up further.
Corn on the cob is a favourite monsoon snack. Have them roasted over (if possible) coal fire or even on the gas flame and sprinkled with herbs and spices. Or just boil the kernels, mix them with chopped onions and chopped tomatoes sprinkled with chaat masala and lemon juice.
Another favourite and wholesome snack could be ragda pattice or chole tikki. Top them with chutneys and chopped onions – they are absolute tongue ticklers.
You can always round off with a cup of hot masala tea or even a cup of hot milk lightly flavoured with dry ginger powder.
Make them, serve them, have them and simply enjoy!