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        Sakthi Lunch     

           

                                   Whole Wheat             based chappati, roti, pasta, etc. Use only stone ground flour which             are truly whole wheat flour. Other "claimed" whole wheat flours may             not be 100% whole wheat but mixed with white flour. Like rice             polished refined wheat flour is devoid of fiber and nutrients and             cause all health problems in the long run. So try to use as much             possible whole wheat grain.

           

                       Corn based             tortillas are very healthy if it prepared in the traditional Mexican             way of fermenting corn with lime and grinding it to flour and then             making tortillas with it.

           

                                   Rye also can be             used in the form of whole rye flour and be made as             chappati, roti, pasta.

           

                                      Rye  Grain                                            Barley Grain

           

                          

           

                      Whole Barley can             be used like rice by soaking it overnight before cooking it. Pearl             barley is devoid of fiber and nutrients and so try to use whole             barley. Whole Barley chappati , roti also can be made. Laboratory             studies show that the insoluble fiber found in barley can be             extremely effective in maintaining regular intestinal function which             may help reduce the incidence of certain types of cancer such as             colon cancer. Extensive research on barley's soluble fiber has shown             that it can help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk             of heart disease.”

           

                                     Quinoa and Buckwheat             (whole grains) also can be used like             rice and wheat.

           

                                              Quinoa                                                  Buckwheat

           

                          

 

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Cooking oil -6

Oil comparison of percentages

Cooking with oils

Oil Bake Sauté Fry Deep
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Almond, refined X X X   Light, delicate, all-purpose. Good for skin care and massage.
Apricot Kernel, refined X X X   Mild, all-purpose. Good for skin care and massage.
Avocado, refined X X X   Good for dressings, searing meat and wok frying. Promotes good cholesterol.
Canola, refined X X X   Neutral, all-purpose. Higher in omega-3s than olive oil.
Canola, Super X X X X Developed for high heat. High in monounsaturates.
Canola, unrefined X X   Mild and nutty. The least saturated of all culinary oils.
Coconut, refined, unrefined X X X X Neutral flavor. Substitute for shortening or butter in baking.
Corn, refined, unrefined X X     If not certified organic, may be genetically engineered.
Grapeseed, refined X X X   Clean, light neutral taste.
Hazelnut, unrefined X X     Rich, full flavor. Drizzle on food, dip bread.
Olive, unrefined, refined X X X   Flavor varies based on olive variety and region. High in antioxidants.
Palm Fruit, refined X X X X Substitute for shortening. No hydrogenated or trans-fats, less saturated than butter.
Peanut, refined X X X X Light flavor.
Peanut, unrefined X X     Subtle peanut flavor. Good in Asian dishes.
Pumpkin, refined X X X   Rich, full flavor. Adds pizzazz to salads, vegetables and pasta. May help balance hormones.
Safflower, High Oleic, refined X X X   Light flavor, all-purpose.
Safflower, Super, refined X X X X Also know as “Very High Oleic.”
Safflower, polyunsaturated, refined X X X   Mild flavor.
Safflower, polyunsaturated, unrefined X X     Delicate flavor.
Sesame, refined X X X   May help with high blood pressure.
Sesame, unrefined X X     Adds full, nutty sesame flavor to Asian dishes.
Sesame, toasted, unrefined X X X   Add to Asian dishes after cooking. Nice on salads.
Sunflower, High Oleic, refined X X X   Very mild.
Sunflower, polyunsaturated, refined X X X   Multi-purpose. Not for high-heat cooking.
Walnut, refined X X X   Mild. Nice for salads, marinades and sautéing.
Walnut, unrefined X X     Rich, full flavor. Drizzle on food, dip bread.
 Source of the above information: http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/products/grocery/tips_cooking_oils.html

Sakthi Sweets

        The objective is to make sweets with whole grains and unrefined sugar and ghee or butter instead of refined grains and sugar and hydrogenated oils. The advantage of using whole grains for sweets is that the fiber content in them traps sugar which will not be released for absorption. The obvious reason is that the whole grains has a store of nutrients of its own and so will not pull out body's reserve nutrients for its digestion. This is a healthy approach to save for body nutrients and prevent exhaustion of them avoiding refined food products.

                              Avocado-desert-cream

In a blender, blend one well ripen pear and few dates to a solid paste. Then to that add one well ripen avocado and blend it as thick as possible. This delicious desert is a very healthy and tasty tasty. You can chill it and stuff in cones and give to children instead of health spoiling ice creams.

Vegan sweets with no diary fat:

Flax seeds  Ladduflax-laddu

Dry Fry one cup of brown flax seeds in a pan without any oil or butter for 10 minutes until it is roasted. Then powder it . Powder quarter cup of Jaggery  and mix (knead) with the flax seed roasted powder and roll into balls. It is easy and very very healthy.

Preparation Time : Less than 15 minutes.

Sesame seeds  Laddu

sesame-ladduDry Fry one cup of black or white (black better) sesame seeds in a pan without any oil or butter for 10 minutes until it is roasted. Then powder it in a blender or mixi . Powder quarter cup ofJaggery  and mix (knead) with the sesame seed roasted powder and roll into balls. It is easy and very very healthy. It is extremely good for women to regulate irregular mentruation and suffering from infertility problems.

Preparation Time : Less than 15 minutes.

Peanut  Laddu

pottuDry Fry one cup of peanut in a pan without any oil or butter for 10 minutes until it is roasted. Then powder it .Powder quarter cup of Jaggery  and mix (knead) with the peanut roasted powder and roll into balls. It is easy and very very healthy.

Preparation Time : Less than 15 minutes.

Quinoa sweet

        Soak quinoa and pressure cook it. Using milk cooker easy way to cook payasam (porridge) is to heat 2 cups of  milk (you could add one cup of milk and one cup water if you don’t like too much of milk).  when the milk cooker starts to give whistle  add ½  teaspoon of   cardamom powder or one broken pod and five broken cashews and 10 raisins.  Add ½  cup or little less of  cooked quinoa and mix well without forming lumps. Add ½ cup of brown sugar and close the lid and allow to boil.  (You could add butter one teaspoon and mix finally for  good flavor).

Preparation Time : Less than 12 minutes.

                              Whole red rice payasam (porridge)

In a pan boil two  cups of milk (you could add one cup of milk and one cup water if you don’t like too much of milk). Add ½  cup of  cracked red rice or brown rice (in a mixi or blender)  to the milk and cook the rice in it. When it boils add  ½  a teaspoon of turmeric powder (we use this as a coloring agent rather than using chemical colors) , ½  teaspoon of   cardamom powder or one broken pod and five broken cashews and 10 raisins.  When the contents are cooked well add ½ cup of brown sugar and mix well (adding sugar in the end reduces sugar use, you could use less than half cup also). Keep stirring for a minute and then serve. (You could add butter one teaspoon and mix finally for  good flavor).

 Preparation Time : 30 minutes.

Amaranth Halwa

Soak overnight amaranth seeds and then pressure cook it. Heat butter in a pan and then add broken 10 cashews and 10 raisins.  Add ½  cup or little less of  cooked quinoa and mix well without forming lumps. Add ½ cup of brown sugar and close the lid and allow to thicken.  Serve.

Preparation Time : Less than 12 minutes.

Whole Almond Halwa

Soak overnight one cup of  whole almonds (not blanched) and do not peel the skin. The skin has nutritional benefits and also taste good as halwa. Then grind the almond with water or whole milk (milk taste better).  Heat butter in a pan and add the ground almonds paste to it and stir it continuously till it is almost cooked. All half a cup of brown sugar (add more or less according to the sweetness you need). Keep stirring until it is cooked and thicken.

Then take out of stove and add one teaspoonful of cardamom powder. Mix well and then can be poured on a plate and cut later into desired shape or rounded into balls.

 Cashew Halwa

Soak overnight one cup of  cashews. Then grind the almond with water or whole milk (milk taste better).  Heat butter in a pan and add the ground cashew paste to it and stir it continuously till it is almost cooked. All half a cup of brown sugar (add more or less according to the sweetness you need). Keep stirring until it is cooked and thicken.

Then take out of stove and add one teaspoonful of cardamom powder. Mix well and then can be poured on a plate and cut later into desired shape or rounded into balls.

Aloe Vera sweet for piles: 20 gm of pepper, cumin seeds, and chukku (dry ginger) each are powdered together in 1 litre of aloe vera juice. ½ kg of palm sugar and 1 litre cow’s milk is added and boiled. Allow the mixture to reduce to a thick consistency (reduce to 50% of original). This is then cooled and stored in a bottle. Half a teaspoon of this preparation is then taken internally both morning and evening.

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Sakthi Dinner-2

Cracked Grains

       To make cracked grains at home, put grains in a blender (mixer),  pulse blend and stop when required size is reached. Do not fully powder the grain. Soaking the cracked grain is better than just using it as it is. All grains can be cracked to smaller size and used.

        Cracked wheat, rice, and corn are available in the market too. The only advantage of making it at home (it takes only a few minutes) is that you can be sure of using whole grains.

        Here is a sample menu

Cracked Wheat Upma (for a heavier dinner)

Put all the ingredients in the recipes below directly in the pressure cooker and stir once. Allow three whistles. After 5 to 10 minutes open and add chopped coriander leaves and serve. 

  • Cracked wheat      1/4 cup                                    
  • Garden peas         1/4 cup
  • Ginger chopped     ¼ teaspoon                                
  • Cashew nuts         5
  • Green chili            ½ or 1 (optional)                                  
  • Curry leaves         10
  • Onions                 1 small                                  
  • Water                  2  cups
  • Coconut oil           1 tablespoon                                
  • Lemon                  1 or 2 tablespoon
  • Flavor mix             1 teaspoon

Quinoa  Upma

  • Quinoa                1½ cup                                    
  • Garden peas        1 cup
  • Ginger chopped    ¼ teaspoon                                
  • Cashew nuts       10
  • Green chili           ½ or 1 (optional)                                       
  • Curry leaves        10
  • Onions                1 medium                                   
  • Water                 2 ½ cups
  • Vegetable oil        1 tablespoon                                
  • Lemon                 1 or 2 tablespoon
  • Flavor mix            1 teaspoon

Puffed Rice

Ingredients:

  • Rice Puffed
3 Cups
  • Onion Chopped
1 No.
  • Tomato Chopped
2 Nos.
  • Dates
4 Nos.
  • Green Chili
1 No.
  • Cilantro/Coriander
4 Teaspoon
  • Salt
½ Teaspoon
  • Cucumber chopped
½ Cup
  • Water
½ Cup    

Preparation:

Blend the dates, green chili and salt with water to form a thick syrup. Then mix all the ingredients and serve. No cooking required

Serve as a snack or as a light dinner.

Preparation time: 10 minutes.

 

 

Brown Rice dosai (pan cake)
Ingredients:

  1. Brown Rice(long grain) – 2 cups
    2.  Black Urid dahl(don’t remove the outer covering) – 1 cup
    3. Methi seeds (Fenugreek seeds) – 1 table spoon
    4. Others dahls of your choice – in total – 1 cup –mix of toor, channa, moong, masoor, etc.
  2. Blend well and leave it in a warm place or inside the oven(no need to turn it on). After fermenting, make dosas.       

Ferment it really well and so good not only for digestion but for your whole system. This fermented pan cake is much better than unfermented one's because it gives less stress to the body. So good to prevent many dieseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 

Steaming is better than making as a pan cakes. The steamed one's are called as Idli's.

 Variations:
1. I add half a cup of “chamai  and cholam in tamil” and cut down on dahls a little. Check out the English names for it in grains section of sakthi pharmacy.  When you add chamai and cholam, the dosas become very crispy and turn out as good paper roast.
2. You can also add ginger, green chilli, little black pepper corns, asafetida, etc. for extra flavor.

 These dosas when fermented well are light for the body, healthy and tasty. It goes well with chutney and sambar.

 

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