Monthly Archives: July 2013

Diabetes and Eating Habits: Breakfast recipe

Diabetes-food

Today, the world over, more than 1.5 million people suffer from one of the most common of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD), Diabetes. Diabetes, though genetic, is rooted in the poor diets we consume from our early childhood as well as an unhealthy lifestyle.

Diabetes is preventable if we adapt ourselves to a healthier lifestyle. Diabetes is now considered an epidemic in Asian countries, including Sri Lanka. Our meals should be balanced and nutritious, avoiding excess starch, sugar, carbohydrates and fat. Exercise also plays an important role in diabetic patients, in regularizing the excess sugar content in our systems.

Since diabetes is closely related to wrong food habits and also takes precedence as an NCD in this country, with even children prone to the disease, the following recipes will serve nutritious and well balanced meals for your family. These recipes also serve as guidelines to those who have their family’s health and well being in mind.

Breakfast: Plain Pancakes

Ingredients – Makes 10 pancakes

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Method

Mix all ingredients together and beat until smooth.  Pour thinly on a heated buttered pan until golden brown on both sides.

Variation: Pancakes can be served with any kind of side dish, such as the recipe given below, which is specially recommended for diabetes.

Green Gram Curry

Ingredients

  •  250 g green gram
  • 2 tsp Mc Currie Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Mc Currie Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Mc Currie Sweet Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Mc Currie Turmeric powder
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk, 1 cup
  • 2nd extract of coconut milk
  • Mc Currie Salt
  • 1 tsp Mc Currie Garlic Paste
  • 1 tbsp Mc Currie Curry Leaves
  • 1 ½ tsp oil

Method

Wash the gram and roast slightly. Slice green chillies finely and mix with garlic paste, onions, curry leaves and salt. Temper lightly in hot oil. Add chillie powder, turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, and boil in second and third extract of coconut milk until cooked. Then add the first extract of milk and simmer gently.

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Home Remedies for Vomiting

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There are many causes for vomiting. It could be due to pregnancy, food poisoning, excessive eating, excess consumption of alcohol, viral infection or stomach disorder. Vomiting is not a health problem but an indication that your body is not well.

Some of the pre-vomiting indications are gathering of saliva in the mouth, dizziness, fluctuating of body temperature and increased heartbeat.

The remedies given below are made out to reduce your discomfort and assist in bringing relief to your discomfort. However, if vomiting persists, you should consult a doctor without delay.

Lemon Juice : A few drops of lemon juice added to a cup of water with half a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of baking soda is about the oldest remedy to stop vomiting.

Ginger : When having the signs of vomiting, just have some ginger tea with a little sugar. This will give you instant relief. You can also eat some fresh gingerbread or some fresh ginger slices with salt in case of vomiting.

Mint : To get relief from vomiting, you can also try mint tea. To make mint tea, take one tablespoon of dried mint leaves and add it to a cup of boiling water. Steep it for half an hour, strain it and your tea is ready. You can chew the mint leaves used for making the tea. If fresh mint leaves are available, you can even chew them to cure vomiting. You can make another mixture with one teaspoon mint juice, one teaspoon limejuice, half teaspoon ginger juice and one teaspoon honey. Mix all the ingredients together and drink it to prevent vomiting.

Cloves : To stop vomiting the most simplest home remedy is to chew on a few cloves. Cloves have antibacterial and sedative properties that help in digestion and can also cure vomiting. You can use a few cloves to make a nice cup of tea to treat vomiting

Cumin : Roast Cumin Seeds in a pan and powder into coffee form. Prepare this powder as you would in coffee and sip it slowly.

Cinnamon : Cinnamon helps to treat nausea and at the same time vomiting. In a cup of boiling water, add half teaspoon cinnamon powder or one cinnamon stick and steep for a few minutes. Then strain the water and add a tablespoon of honey for sweetening before sipping it slowly. Have this solution at least two to three times a day and you will soon get relief from vomiting. However, this remedy is not recommended for pregnant ladies.

Visit the Mc Currie website for all your spice needs!

Spinach & Dhal (Lentils) Recipe

Spinach and Dhal

Popeye is not the only one who grows strong by munching Spinach! Vibrant looking Spinach is a rich source of Vitamin C. It plays an important role in fighting a variety of the most serious of illnesses, such as Cancer (both ovarian and prostrate) and improves cardiovascular health, brain functions and protects against aging. The Journal of Nutrition reports that Spinach contains a carotenoid that makes prostrate cancers destroy themselves. It also contains kaempferol, a strong antioxidant that prevents the formation of cancerous cells.

One cup of Spinach contains a person’s daily need of Vitamin K and Vitamin A. Spinach is also an excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fibre, calcium and protein and yet 1 cup has only 40 calories, thus making it an excellent source of nutrition without high calories.

Ingredients

200 grams dhal (Yellow Lentils)

½ bundle Spinach

1 ½ teaspoons Mc Currie Turmeric Powder

½ teaspoon Mc Currie Fenugreek Seeds

1 “ Piece Mc Currie Cinnamon

½ teaspoon Mc Currie Unroasted Curry Powder

5 Red Onions (Sliced)

4 Green Chillies (Sliced finely)

2 Pods of Garlic (sliced finely)

1 tablespoon Mc Currie Curry Leaves

1 inch Piece Mc Currie Rampe

1 ½ cups Extract of First Coconut Milk

2 Cups Extract of Second Coconut Milk

For Tempering,

5 Red Onions (sliced finely)

4 Green Chillies (sliced lengthwise)

3 Cloves Garlic (sliced finely)

1 teaspoon Mc Currie Mustard Seeds

Oil for Tempering

1 tablespoon Mc Currie Curry Leaves

1” Piece of Mc Currie Rampe

Method

Wash the dhal in several changes of water and place in a pan. Wash the Spinach in several changes of water to get rid of sand and shred into medium sized pieces and place on top of the dhal. Add the turmeric, unroasted curry powder, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon, red onions, green chillies, garlic curry leaves, rampe and salt to taste with 2 cups of second extract of coconut milk and place on the fire. Once the dhal is tender add first extract of coconut milk and simmer on a low flame for about 5 minutes. Take off the fire.

In another pan add the oil and when hot add the onion, green chilies, garlic, curry leaves and rampe and fry for a few minutes until the onions are golden brown. To this add the mustard seeds and crush chillies and fry for a minute or two on a low flame. When the aroma of tempered onions emanates, add the dhal and spinach vegetable and let it simmer on a low flame for a few minutes. Take off the fire.

The Spinach and Dhal is ready to be served. Stay tuned for more such recipes and visit the Mc Currie website for all your spice needs!

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