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Saturday, March 19, 2011

COPING WELL WITH EXAMINATIONS

EXAMINATIONS..

Here are some tips to follow, so health and mental problems wont arise in the time of exams.

Examinations are a terror which cause lots of tension to both students and their mothers.
Students in their tension skip off the morning breakfast which is a MUST.
The breakfast in the morning is an important one,which calms down the brain, and makes it work better,helps to remember everything in exam.
Therefore the examinations will be attended successfully.
The breakfast should be nutritous with proteins and carbs.

  • A glass of Milk,or Badam milk.
  • Chhappathis
  • Butter,bread and jam
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fruits
  • Fruit juices
Mothers should take care that their children will have them,before exams to cope up the exams successfully.
Do not go for junk foods or fries.
Take plenty of water and fruit juices.
And also there are some ayurvedic medicines available in India,which relate to increase of brain power.
Can use it under a ayurvedic doctors prescription.
Usage of Brahmi is one of such example.

And do breathing exercises like Pranayama for 5 mins to calm down the anxiety.

Brain is a WORK SHOP, citrus fruits helps the brain to work better.
It improves the mental ability and increase the sharpness of the brain.

Lime, orange,sweet lime are some of the citrus fruits which have ample amount of Vit-C.
To improve brains sharpness foods that supply amino acids and vitamins especially Vitamin-B complex should be taken.

Improve the Brain Sharpness:
In general,not only for exams but in every day to day schedule a person should be alert.

Exercises that improve the sharpness of the brain are by solving puzzles that appear in newspapers and magazines,learning arts and crafts,playing games,and also video games.

The steps to follow compulsorily are

  •  Pay attention to what you are reading
  •  Practice, do practice,no.of times
  • By cultivating healthy habbits and eating good food we can cope up to remain the brain a  healthy one..

Saturday, March 12, 2011

GONGURA FRIED RICE / SORREL LEAVES RICE

GONGURA FRIED RICE
A famous delicacy of south india,gongura rice is so easy to prepare and tastes delicious..can be prepared in minutes of time..
Materials:
  • Gongura paste: 1 cup Sorrel leaves/gongura should be well washed,boiled and made in to paste.
  • Cooked rice: 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Nuvvula podi / sesame powder: 1/4 th cup
  • Seasoning items: 1 tsp  each of mustard seeds,urad daal, chana daal and jeera
  • Curry leaves : 2 tbsp
  • Red mirchi slits :of 2 nos
  • Green chilli slits of 2 nos
  • Cilantro : optional
  • Garlic flakes :6 to 8 optional
  • Methi seeds :1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil 2 tbsp
Method:
  • Place a pan on the stove and add oil to it.
  • Add methi seeds,seasoning materials one by one.
  • Fry for 2 mins,next add red chilli,green chilli slits,curry leaves and garlic flakes.
  • Mix and fry well,for 2 to 3 minutes in low flame.
  • Next add gongura paste and mix well for 2 minutes,next add salt to it and mix well.
  • Then add cooked rice(rice should not be hot,it should be at room temp)
  • Mix well,lastly add sesame powder / nuvvula podi..and mix well.
  • Garnish with cilantro chop and serve hot..

GREEN TEA BENIFITS

1) Weight Loss
2) Anti – Aging
3) Lowers Blood Pressure
4) Fights Cancer
5) Asthma Relief
6) Lowers Cholestrol
7) Fights against Infections
8)Rheumatoid arthrities
9)Cardio vascular disease
10)Infections
11)Prevent tooth decay


Harmful effect:
If drunk more it causes Insomnia.

Award

Woww..got  another award..This award was shared by Hema of Hems kitchen ,and Thanks Hema for remembering me and passing this award..This is the second award.

And now i pass this lovely award to these lovely bloggers
  1. Aipi of                 USmasala
  2. Uma of                Umas culinary world
  3. Hari chandana of Indian cuisine
  4. Santhosh  of        Santhoshs kitchen
  5. Padmini of           Padhus kitchen
  6. Sathya of             Super yummy recipes
  7. Sharmi of             Neivedhyam
  8. Chaithra  of          Aathidhyam
  9. Krishnaveni of      Krishnavenis kitchen
  10. Padma of             Padmas kitchen
  11. Malar gandhi of    Diet world
  12. Nivedita of           Niveditas kitchen
  13. Kitchen queen of  Khatta meetha thikka
  14. Harmaan of          Hamaare thoughts
  15. Prathiba of           The chef and her kitchen    

I have to pick only 15 bloggers thats why i short listed though i want to pass it to many more..
RULES:
  1. Accept this award.Post it in your blog with the name of the blogger who has given you this award..with a link to her blog.
  2. Pass it on to 15 blogger friends,to keep the ball rolling.
  3. Let the nominated blogger know about their award.(leave a commentt in their most recent post)..

Thursday, March 10, 2011

VANKAYA INGUVA KARAM/ EGG PLANT CURRY


Vankaya inguva karam / Egg plant curry,is one of the South Indian traditional recipe,which does not contain either garlic or onion and is a sathvik food item which goes well with south indian families..It can also be prepared as stuffed brinjal / egg plant  curry,by stuffing the spicy curry paste in to the brinjals cut into 4 halves with the ends intact..You can make it when you get bored with onion or garlic..or on festive days.

Ingredients:
  • Egg plant - 1/2 Kg
  • Oil - 3 Tbspns for curry 
  • Salt - To taste
Egg Plant - Either made in to pieces or cut into 4 halves for stuffing with the end of the brinjal intact..

Curry paste:
  • Oil 1 tsp for frying
  • Urad Dal - 2 Handfulls
  • Methi seeds - 1 t spn
  • Red Chillies - 5 or 6(To your spice level)
  • Jeera - 1 t spn
  • Hing powder - 1/2 tspn

Method:

  • Place a pan on the stove and add 1 tsp oil
  • (or u can even dry roast them)then fry  urad dal, methi seeds, red chilles, jeera.
  • At last add hing before 1 minute you switch off the stove.
  • Make paste of all the above ingredients by adding some water.
  • Take a pan add the oil to it.
  • Add egg plant pieces(or add stuffed brinjals), grinded paste, salt, half cup of water and close the lid.
  • Adjust water to consistency. Keep stirring in the middle so that it will not be burnt.
  • Switch off the stove when done.
 You can eat this curry with the rice and roti.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

COOL SUMMER

SUPER COOL SUMMER
  • In the Summer season, though how careful we are,take extra care not to get dehydration,sun-tan,excessive perspiration,body odour,and dry skin in rocky places which cause tiny summer wrinkles to appear,etc skin ailments.
  • Every body sweats and loses lots of water.
  • Do take lots of water,coconut water,buttermilk with Salt,and lime water,healthy drinks made with powdered millets,what we call ragi java etc.
  • And also soups to be included in the menu.
  • Foods to be included are cabbage,tomatoes,daals and beans,bananas and sprouts,raisins and leafy vegetables especially palak.
  • Regarding sunscreen -foods that are red,orange,yellow and green in colour,such as kheera,tomato,carrot,capsicum,acts as sunscreen protective layer in the body,resulting the reflection of ultra violet rays.
  • Fruits control the body heat, so water melon is a good option.
  • Pine apple ,banana,grapes and cherries also play an important role.
  • For those who cant take fruits can prepare fruit salaads,and milk shakes with fat less Milk.
  • To maintain oral health curds,butter milk,milk are to be drunk.
  • Foods which have antioxidants can be taken to prevent from summer.
  • Glucose water can be consumed in the afternoon.
  • Regarding skin,as the temperature rises in hot months,extra cleansing is necessary for oily skin people.
  • Another big problem is excessive perspiration and body odour.
  • Twice a day (atleast) take bathwith soap and plenty of water.
  • And certain areas where perspiration is excessive ,should be dusted liberally with talcum powder.
  • For infants,they should be bathed in afternoon in water to which a few drops of cologne have been added.
  • Dust their bodies liberally with talcum powder. 
  • For top to-toe freshness ,cleanse your hair at least weekly twice.

  • For tired eyes wrap crushed ice in a piece of cloth and apply it to closed eyelids.Relax for 15 minutes.

  • Ensure the feeling of freshness by keeping all your personal belongings clean.Cotton clothes are preferred,and all the saris,dresses,etc should be starched and well pressed for a neat appearance.
  • When ironing clothes,place a pad of cotton soaked in cologne or your favourite perfume by your side and run the pad on the clothes before ironing.Your pleasantly fragrant clothes will make u feel cool and fresh.

  • Do away all the nylons,shifons and georgets and silks,and bring out light cotton dresses,cool voils and crispy organdies in light shades.
  • Avoid too many accessories.
  • The makeup should be reduced to the minimum.
  • Foundation creams and lotions should be avoided.
  • Finish make up with a light puff of powder.
  • Be liberal with flowers.Use plenty of them in your hair.
Spray on your favourite perfume and when you go out you feel as pleasantly fresh and cool as though you are in a hill station.

Source:
A collection from  magazines.

KITCHEN--A BEAUTY CLINIC

KITCHEN IS A BEAUTY CLINIC FILLED WITH COSMETICS:
  • When facial skin lacks moisture and feels dry,dip in a cottonwool in whole milk and apply all over the face.Let it dry for half an hour.Afterwards wash face with cool water.Do this for 10 days ,see the change.
  • Mix Papaya paste well(mashed),apply to the face and wash after half an hour.It removes the oilyness and dullness of the skin.
  • Mix keera juice to a few drops of milk,apply.It cleanses the face.
  • For a dull facial skin,one can also apply mashed Banana paste.

  • For a shining facial skin,mix 2 spoons lime juice,2 spoons dosakaya rasam,2 spoons carrot juice.Apply the mixture of these 3 items,apply as a MASK and wash after 20 minutes with a cool water.


  • To make the facial skin shining,apply 4 spoons Barley powder and 3 spoons of Lime juice,and some water,well mixed. Keep it until it is dry. And wash with cold water.
  • To tone the skin ,mix Egg White to a few say 3 to 4 drops of Honey,and apply to the face.
  • For a Glowing Sin ,add a few drops of Almond oil or Olive oil,to the Bath water.
  • Even one can add a spoon of whole milk and 2 to 3 drops of honey mixture to the face for Glow.
  • If you are in a hurry and want to get an immediate result of instant glowing skin,apply Carrot juice or
Tomato juice .
  • To prevent the Sun tan ,mix one-fourth cup of  thick Buttermilk, to 2 spoons Tomato Juice.Mix well apply to the face and neck.The dullness will disappear.
Source:
Collection from magazines

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

GREEN CHILLI FRITTERS / MIRAPAKAYA BAJJI

Mirapakaya bajji / green chilli fritters,is one of the famous snack item prepared in the evenings..Especially college / school going children make their queues near chat bhandars in the evenings for this/their favourite mirapakaya bajji..
Materials:
  • Oil for deep frying
For batter:
  • Besan / senaga pindi - 1 cup
  • Rice flour -1 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Red chilli powder 1 pinch
  • Eating soda 1 pinch
  • Water for mixing.
For chillie mixture:
  • Green chiilies -4 to 5 nos
  • Green chilli, should be teared with a knife in the middle,remove the seeds from it
For stuffing in green chillies:
  • Boiled potato 1 no
  • Ajwain / vamu 1/4 tsp
  • Amchur powder / lime juice 1/4 tsp
  • Salt a little
  • Mix these 4 items in to a paste form,and stuff in the green chillies and keep them ready.
Method:
  • Mix water in the besan powder  rice powder mix ,add sufficient water,the mixed batter should be thick and resemble dosa batter for its thickness. 
  • Place a pan on the stove add oil to it.
  • After the oil is heated ,dip the stuffed green chilli in the besan batter and carefully place them slowly in the boiling oil.
  • Deep fry them till brown in colour.
  • Serve hot.
Ok if u want  the taste just resemble the street food and be aromatic with onions,then finely chop onion,cilantro and mix slightly chilli powder,salt and lime juice and mix well..and keep aside.Next cut each mirchi bajji /chilli fritter with the ends intact ,and stuff the onion mixture and serve..it tastes yummy..You  can see my another blog aratikaya bajji in snacks ,in which i stuffed the onion mixture..