Available in abundance during the summer months, cucumber is the king of vegetables for a summer salad.With its high water content, its a must have to keep you hydrated in summers. Variate the cut of cucumber in each salad (chopped, chunky, sliced, half moon, like noodles) and you have different tasting salad. Add a different nut (coconut, peanut, sesame) and it lends more variety.This recipe puts together crunchy cucumbers with fresh coconut. It's a very basic, quick to do salad with a south Indian style tempering. Goes well with a simple dal-chawal meal or can be served with almost anything.
Cucumbers are extremely high on water content. Add to your daily intake to keep yourself hydrated in scorching summer months. But how much kheera can one eat each day? So here is our tip: Adding a different cut to this veggie can completely change it's look and feel. Add it with a different nut or nut paste, and you have a different tasting salad each time. Here's a recipe for simple easy to do delightful raw salad - cucumbers paired with the crunchy peanuts. No more of the same boring cucumber!
Dips add that oomph to your salads - no wonder they are also called ‘dressing' your veggies! This instant dressing is easy and quick to put together, and very handy when you don't have a pre-prepared dressing or dip in your fridge.This lemon honey dip is so versatile, it goes perfectly with whatever kind of salad you got to fix.So, go ahead and top your favourite combo of veggies with this lip-smacking dip!
Lauki, a summer vegetable with plenty of fibre and water content, is often resisted equally by kids and adults when served as a sabzi. Familiar with the struggle of getting some lauki up everyone's throat, we tried doing it the juicing way. And it worked out wonders! So here's a no-cook lauki recipe, blended with other summer vegetables. The mint and cucumber in this recipe mask the taste of lauki well. They won't eat lauki, let them drink! Do make sure to taste test your lauki before you juice it, just in case it turns out to be a bitter one!
Drink your veggies! Yes, juices are nature's vitamins and supplements packed with much needed enzymes and fibre. Juicesalso help you hydrate internally at a cellular level. If you are feeling thirsty in summers, your body is indicating a need to cool down naturally. Add juices daily, and see the difference! Offer them to kids, and you will be surprised that they may happily lap it up. In this recipe, the regular salad ingredients - tamatar and kheera aretransformed into a delightful drink!
Juices are a great way to up your raw quotient. They act as our much needed natural vitamin and mineral supplement. But it may feel cumbersome to get the process of juicing going. When starting to incorporate juices in your daily rhythm, it's best to start with simple single ingredients. Here is a quick-to-do recipe of readily available tomato juice blended with the flavourful pudina and ginger. Do note, we do not add any salt to our veggie juice as salt makes it fester in the tummy!
This recipe is a classic example of how choosing a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean sacrificing your food preferences. For mothers who often get stuck between choosing a healthy drink option vs. the child's craving for strategically advertised fruit juices, this recipe is a great respite! Yes, kid's favourite Mango Fruity homemade, no-preservatives, no-colours and fresh version! You may end up stockingthisregularly in your fridge all of mango season!
Fruit smoothies are a great way of increasing your raw intake. They also lend texture and variety to your fruit-eating ways. In this recipe, three easily available summer fruits are simply put together to get a wonderful summer smoothie. It's a good replacement to dairy based shakes and is additionally sweetened using natural sweetener - dates or honey. So, add variety along with nutrition to your summer breakfast or offer to kids when a “little hungry” in the evening! Its surely satiating! Do note, that peaches areavailable for only a very short while in summers. So make the most ofit when there. If you cannot find it, simply banana and mango make yummy combination too
Eating seasonally available fruits is not only a great idea healthwise, fruits even taste better when in season. Muskmelon, is abundantly available in summers and should be added liberally to you summer menu! If you are bored of simply cutting into cubes, you may want to try this simple way to make the best of muskmelons, a glassful! Fully ripe, juicy muskmelons make up for a perfect ingredient. Mint and a dash of nutmeg lends a special flavour to this wonderful summer drink. And what more, it only uses a natural sweetener - so no refined sugar! Good way to start the day!
Watermelon, the classic summer fruit is nature's gift to keep our body hydrated and cool during summer months. This recipe combines watermelon juice with flavourful, cooling and fragrant mint leaves to create a perfect summer cooler! When you cut a watermelon, which does not turn out to be that sweet or juicy, simply churn in blender and make a juice. Tastes a lot better. Incase you are in a hurry, put in blender along with seeds, and sieve later.
An absolute cooling dessert and it can be easily eaten after a meal (if no fruit added). Also great to eat in evenings when hunger strikes you.Tip: Add a tsp of cacao powder and enjoy the chocolaty flavour.Carry-to-office tip: If your office has a fridge option, then make most of it. Mix Coconut milk with Sabja seeds & honey. Put in a container and cool in office fridge. Ready to eat whenever hunger strikes.
Delight the child in you. You can do a fruit lolly with just about any fruit! All you need is fresh seasonal fruit + water+ chunky pieces + lemon & some mint and voila you are done. Honey can be optional. Some great combos: Watermelon + mint + lemon Pineapple + pineapple pieces Mango + Pomegranate pieces Simple lemonade + raw mango pieces Anaar juice + pineapple juice Aam panna + mint leaves Keenu + grapes (Winter season) Your sure shot way to get the adults and kids excited alike! You could begin with paper glasses or even ice trays or invest in low cost moulds. You can also do in regular ice cubes or small glasses. Can use any juicy fruit. Turns out best with pineapple or mango or melons!
This one is another delightful way to answer the constant demand by our kids ‘Mummy, I want Ice cream'. The market bought versions have so many synthetic stabilizers, emulsifiers, preservatives and additives, so here is a healthful way to eat ice creams again! Actual preperation time of this dessert is about 30-45 mins. The 2-3 hours is for freezing. The prep of this recipe is easy, if you have extracted your coconut milk in advance.
Actual prep time of this dessert is about 30-45 mins. The freezing will take 2-3 hours. The preparation of this recipe is easy, if you have extracted your coconut milk in advance. Many times, home made ice creams leave a granular texture and are not as smooth. The trick is to churn them in mixie once again after it has frozen. And freeze once more. Also, you will need to consume it quickly. The longer you keep in fridge the more icy it will become. Wellcure tip: Break this recipe over 2 days Day1: extract coconut milk and set in fridge (it lasts for good 2-3 days) Day 2: extract almond milk and make the icecream
Makhanas (fox nuts, lotus seeds) are the perfect healthy office snack. Stock them at your workplace!! This is also our go-to-carry snacks for the kids. Whether a trip to mall, or an evening out in park, this is a handy snack equally enjoyed by kids.
Have this kebab raw or grilled with Imli chutney or hari chutney. Makes a great party snack. You can add your choice of veggies, whatever is available in fridge. Ideally a winter snack, made with lots of palak you can simply do it with other veggies. This version does not have potatoes, add them if you feel the need.
Kids will often say no to sprouts. Here is a simple way to add sprouts to kids meals. Serve this with home made green coriander chutney or home made sugar free Imli chutney and you kids won't say no. We often combine this tikki with nutty pumpkin or lauki soup and have as a full meal at home
Another favourite nutty soup. Can be easily given to toddlers. We were surprised that our own fussy toddlers seemed to enjoy this soup.If vegetables are cooked too long they lose their enzymes & nutrition. Thus we usually steam the veggies where needed, and do not pressure cook. Incase you do not have a steamer worry not, cut the veggies, add very little water and allow to boil/ steam in a wok with lid covered. Use the water in the soup.
What if you could avoid using oil and prepare sambar the healthier way. Follow the recipe to discover the oil free way of preparing the much-loved sambar! This recipes uses no oil at all, and all the veggies along with the onion is ‘dry fried' & cooked in the wok. This ensures the water content and enzymes of the veggies is retained.Taste and texture wise this keeps the veggies slightly crunchy. If you like your veggies soft in a sambhar, steam them in a steamer.