Baked Carrot Delight

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Baked Carrot Delight

  • Author: Banhishikha
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 - 5 pcs

Description

Baked Carrot Delight, a carrot flavored sweet can be consumed by diabetic, weight loss, weight management, obese, overweight, and any age group will enjoy the taste and flavor of the healthy sweet. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and lutein, which lowers the chances of cataracts and other eye problems.

This dish is ideal to consume as a sweet dish or dessert item at lunch or dinner and can also be served as a homemade healthy sweets to our guests.


Ingredients

  • Cottage cheese (low fat) – 100 gm
  • Carrot – 150 gm
  • Almonds/ Pistachios (finely chopped) – 8 pcs

Instructions

  1. Peel and grate the carrot.
  2. Keep aside 2 tsp of the grated carrot.
  3. Use the rest grated carrot to make juice.
  4. Heat the juice until it becomes ¼th
  5. Hang the cottage cheese for few minutes and squished.
  6. Then the carrot syrup and grated carrot were added to it.
  7. Mash the cottage cheese till smooth texture.
  8. Use butter paper to avoid oil greasing, and put the mixture in a baking tray and level it.
  9. Bake it at 1500c for 5 minutes.
  10. Cut it into a square shape.
  11. Garnish with finely chopped almonds or pistachios. Serve it cold.
  12. Storage life of 5 days if kept in a refrigerator.

 


Notes

Make sure chhena mixture becomes smooth.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 38 - 40 kcal
  • Fat: 0.95 - 1 gm
  • Carbohydrates: 2 - 3 gm
  • Protein: 3 - 4 gm

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Vegetable Dalia

 

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Vegetable Dalia

  • Author: Meenu Agarwal
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

Dalia is very popular all over India. Vegetable Dalia is considered to be one of the simplest, healthier and scrumptious one pot vegan meal. This is low in fat, high in Iron and fiber, and its best dish for everyone. Vegetable Dalia is very easy where the Broken Wheat Aka cracked wheat/Dalia, vegetables, basic Indian spices are cooked with Onion, ginger, garlic based tempering. Bulgur Wheat, is a healthy alternative to whole wheat as it contains the outer bran, which makes it an excellent source of dietary fiber.  Dalia is low in fats that not only aids in weight management but also prevents Obesity. So replacing wheat rotis or rice with Dalia is not a bad idea to boost your weight loss efforts. Dalia is also good for Diabetic and Gluten Intolerance patient.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Dalia
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped potatoes
  • ¼ cup shelled green peas/fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • salt as required
  • ¼ tsp Red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder

Instructions

1) Heat cooking oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let it crackle.

2) Add chopped onions and sauté till they become transparent. Now add chopped ginger, green chilies and sauté properly.

3) Add chopped tomato and sauté for 1 minute. Now add all the veggies of your choice and sauté till the vegetables are soft and tender.

4) Rinse the Dalia and add to the veggies. Stir for 3-4 minutes. Add 2 cups water and all the vegetables. Stir well occasionally till Dalia is cooked well.

5) If the Dalia has not cooked completely, then add some more water and cook on low medium flame without the lid till they are softened.

6) Garnish vegetable Dalia with chopped coriander leaves and sprinkle lemon juice on top.

7) Serve hot with coriander chutney.



Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 250 - 260 KCAL
  • Fat: 12 – 15 GM
  • Carbohydrates: 40 - 50 GM
  • Protein: 6 – 8 GM

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Diabetes a Frighteningly Familiar Ailment

With over 67 million of the population of India alone being diagnosed with diabetes and around 66% Indian children having abnormal blood sugar levels, does Diabetes mellitus or Madhumeham, as called in India, like the common cold, now need to be christened the common diabetes? As far as this country is concerned, it is fast becoming the next big epidemic of our times.

Let’s take a look at how the disorder takes place: In normal functioning of the body, sugar taken in gets digested and broken down into its simpler form, glucose, which is carried by the blood to the cells where they get used up as fuel for energy. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps move the glucose into cells. A healthy pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin based on the level of glucose. When there is a break in this chain of process, it could result in any of the two types of diabetes:

Type 1: Where the body is completely unable to produce insulin

Type 2: Where the body produces insulin but the cells don’t respond to it

In both cases, the glucose can’t enter the cells, thereby increasing the level of sugar in the blood.

Symptoms of diabetes:

Out of all, the three big symptoms are the 3Ps:

Polydipsia: A state of unusually excessive thirst and a constant feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat.

Polyphagia: It is the medical term used to describe excessive hunger or increased appetite that is beyond response to strenuous physical activity.

Polyuria: A condition where the body urinates more than 3 liters a day, as compared to the normal one to two liters in adults.

However, the above symptoms are not always possible to detect, especially in Type 2 diabetes where symptoms appear gradually over a period of years. The other symptoms to take note of are:

Blurred vision: Blurred vision can affect one eye (unilateral blurred vision) or both (bilateral blurred vision) eyes, and can occur often or rarely, but most importantly, can lead to a more serious eye problem.

Slow healing of wounds: High blood sugar levels lower the immunity of the body which results in cuts and wounds taking unnaturally long to heal.

Unexplained weight loss: Barring the couple of kilos here and there that increase or decrease, body weight in adults is supposed to stay stable. Which is why any drastic weight loss (i.e. over 5% of your body weight) that is unintentional, should trigger alarms of an underlying ailment.

Fatigue or extreme tiredness: The type of weariness that doesn’t wear off even after adequate hours of rest.

Genital itchiness: Unless caused by skin irritations or allergen, in which case they reduce quickly, genital itchiness can be a sign of a more serious ailment like diabetes.

There are also some symptoms that are gender specific, for example:

In men

  • Reduced strength from loss of muscle mass
  • Thrush around the genitals
  • Itching of or around the penis
  • Erectile dysfunction

In women

  • Thrush and yeast infections
  • Itching around the vagina
  • Female sexual dysfunction

Before diabetes hits:

There are two stages where if detected, diabetes can be brought to control more easily:

Pre-diabetes: It means that the cells in your body are becoming resistant to insulin or your pancreas is not producing as much insulin as required. Your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. It is a warning of a future development of diabetes but is also your chance of preventing development of Type 2 diabetes through proper diet and exercise.

Gestational diabetes: A form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, has the same symptoms as for other forms of diabetes. Sometimes the symptoms may not be noticeable, which is why women are tested for gestational diabetes between weeks 24 and 28 of their pregnancy. Gestational diabetes develops in about 3 to 5% of all pregnancies. It usually appears during the second trimester and disappears after the birth of the baby. If not controlled, complications can affect both the mother and the baby. GD also increases the risk of developing it again during future pregnancies and that of of Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Preventive measures against diabetes:

Reduce the intake of refined carbs like refined flour, white sugar, etc. and include more complex carbs like whole grains in your diet that take longer to digest, releasing slow but continuous energy for a long duration.

Get enough physical exercise in a day, either in the form of walking or running for a short while or playing a sport or a recreational activity involving physical movement. Just don’t sit stagnant for hours!

Get quality rest. Sleep for a good 6-8 hours and make sure it is deep sleep.

Keep stress out of your life. When in stress, the body releases a stress hormone called ‘cortisol’, which is antagonistic to insulin activity. The stress hormones make your blood sugar go up.

Have meals on time. Sure, work and business makes us put timely meals on a backseat, but at least starting the day with a hearty breakfast and ending it with a light, early dinner ensures that most of the damage has been controlled.

However, once diagnosed with diabetes, professional scrutiny and medication should be sought immediately to keep a check on further development.

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