BANANA STEM ‘N’GINGER LASSI


Banana stem also known as a Valathandu in Tamil,has ample amounts of benefits which some 

are ignorant of ,and consider it to be a waste.

This banana stem is amassed with fiber ,and can prevent constipation and ulcer.The potassium 

and vitaminB6 contained nutrients ,help to increase production of haemoglobin and insulin,

thus beneficial to anaemic and diabetic patients.Though not a miracle cure for weight loss,it 

gradually helps in weight loss.It is a miracle drink for those suffering from kidney stones.So 

that’s the information for now.

For the recipe 

INGREDIENTS (serves 3-4)

2 cups of diced banana stem

a small piece ginger

1 cup curd or yoghurt

salt to taste

1/2 tsp cummin powder

METHOD

When you clean the banana stem ,remove all the thick linings.Finally when you can 

no more remove it is the part you have to use.

Blend all the ingredients in a juice extractor.If you like serve chilled.

It is considered to be the best ,when taken in an empty stomach,after a workout,in the morning

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WOODAPPLE CHILL(DIMBUL KIRI)


As the summer is taking full control ,in Tamil nadu ,i think it’s best to keep hydrated with

cool and healthy drinks,avoiding fizz or aerated ones.Today i’m going to share with you

woodapple nectar or dimbul kiri called in Srilanka,In Srilanka this fruit is widely

available and also consumed raw like a  spicy sambol,and the ripe ones are either eaten

in the shell with sugar or made into a drink.This fruit with a hard wooden shell has loads

of health benefits.It is good for diabetic patients,nursing mothers,fights bacterial and

viral infections ,a  good blood purifier,good for respiratory problems as it eases out the

phlegm in the system.So now i’m getting into the benefits of coconut milk..why?As it is

part of the drink.

Coconut milk rich in fibre,and highly nutritious with  minerals like iron,calcium

,magnesium,..and Vitamin group of C,E,B1,B3,B5,B6.Unlike cow’s milk,it is lactose

free.Consuption of coconut milk (medium chain saturated fatty acid) may protect the

body from infections,and viruses.

So let me close the healthy part and get into the recipe.Simple recipes got big write up….

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe woodapple pulp

1 cup coconut milk

sugar to taste.

a pinch of salt.

METHOD

Blend the pulp,coconut milk and the rest of the ingredients.Chill in the refridgerator and

serve.Those who like it thin may add more coconut milk or water.

Serve with vanilla ice cream for the extra richness.Even chocolate ice cream can be

served with,but i like it with vanilla ice cream,

Without ice cream itself it tastes excellent,so its your choice .

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GREEN JUICES(Breakfast juices)


Today i’m going to give you 2 healthy juices for breakfast.One is a celerycombination,the

other is a spinach combination.Both these leaves have amazing health contributes.

To start with celery.Celery taken in the form of juice gives you extra benefits,than used in

other dishes.Nutrients in the fibre are released when made into a juice.High content

of vitamins  A,B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folate, calcium,

magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids. So,… now i shall

pause at the health benefits,and now proceed to the recipe.

Celery and Amla juice

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup celery  leaves

2-3 amla/nelli/gooseberry pitted

1/2 an inch piece ginger

1 tblsp honey.

a pinch of salt

jaggery to suit your taste.

1-2 cups water

METHOD

Put all the ingredients in a juice extractor.Blend well ,and serve chilled.

Those who are more on to the health side,you could drink it without straining.(well, i

drink it like this.)

Variations: Tender coconut water may be added in place of water

 

SPINACH ‘N’ WHITE PUMPKIN JUICE

These two vegetables share the same type of health benefits.White pumpkin considered

to have loads of water content, is refreshing for summer,and also aids in fat loss.

This can be taken with only salt or only sugar/jaggery/honey.Your preferances always.!

INGREDIENTS

100 gm white pumpkin peeled and cubed (leave the seeds on to get extra benefits)

a handful of spinach leaves(palak leaves).

1/4 cup curd

salt to taste

sweeteners like honey,sugar,jaggery added to your preferance.

1/4 tsp.cummin seed powder (cooling agent)

1-2 cups water

METHOD

Blend all these in a juicer,juice extractor.Serve cool .

 

 

 

GUAVA ‘N’AMLA JUICE


The  two fruits combined here have amazing benefits .The guava fruit not only has many

benefits,but the leaves and the bark too ,are used in ayurvedic medicines.Dwelling on the

benefits of the fruit,it is good for pressure,diabetes,the glow of skin,good for teeth,for

constipation and many more.

Now for the benefits of amla,nelli or gooseberry are that they purify blood,burn fat,and

equally beneficial like the guava.Almost everyone know to make juices,but it’s the certain

combinations which  some do not have the idea to try.That was the reason i started this

category.So now for the recipe.I used the light green soft variety of guava.You can use the

ripe one if you are not serving a diabetic patient.

INGREDIENTS (serves 1)

1 big guava

1-2 amla depending on the size

a pinch of salt

1 cup water

1 tblsp yoghurt / curd(optional)

1 -2 tblsp.honey /palm sugar /jaggery

METHOD

Deseed the gooseberry.Blend all the listed ingredients in a juicer and serve.Depending on

the individuals choice ,you could serve it as a smoothie or mixed with water to make a light

drink.(if you do not have a juice extractor,do strain the seeds from the guava if you like)

Variations  1.Green grapes (1/4 cup)can be added  to this juice recipe.

2. 1/4 cup strawberries and guava

3.Amla .ginger,and mint.

4.amla and pineapple

5.amla,white pumpkin

Note.Please do not make ahead and keep.Juices are good made at the time of serving .

Ginger and 1/4 tsp cummin seed powder could be added to all the juices listed if you

like.

 

 

WHITE PUMPKIN AND CARROT JUICE


I would like to introduce a new category into my listing for healthy and detox juices,which

can be consumed by those who love to shed calories,and those who love to be on the

healthy and vibrant side.Can be consumed empty stomach or any time you prefer before

lunch ,or after a workout.So let’s get going.

INGREDIENTS  (Serves 3)

200-250 gm white pumkin

1 carrot

1/2 lime

a pinch of salt

1-2 cups water

2 tblsp honey or palm sugar

METHOD

Peel the skin off the pumpkin,and don’t discard the seeds.Cut into small pieces.

Cut the carrot and grind both in a juicer till fine.

Pour  the juice into a jar,and mix in other ingredients and serve.

Note :Those who love to drink,with the pulp can do so.You can pour this on cornflakes and

have for breakfast.I always add a pinch of turmeric to the juices,so if you prefer you

can add.

Variation: Buttermilk can be added instead of water.