A raita recipe for summer.

A raita recipe for summer.

Last month, I shared the pumpkin+curd raita  recipe. Today, I share the spinach+curd raita recipe. This, again, is from my mum’s kitchen, and a personal favourite.

I love curd, and any recipe that has curd is a favourite. Be it boondi raita, or the pumpkin raita, the cucumber raita, or the spinach raita….I love them all. And, summer is the perfect time for raita, right?

What with the heat leaving us exhausted and thirsty, round the clock, any recipe with curd is beneficial. And, it is a blessing if you are a curd-lover, for I know some people who are allergic to this milk product.

Sigh.

So, sharing today, this cooling recipe that requires no more than 20 minutes to prepare, and is not only tasty, but nutritious, too.

A cool recipe for the hot summer

INGREDIENTS:

Spinach + Curd raita

 

Spinach leaves – 1 bunch, washed clean

Curd – 200 gm

Green chillies – 1

Ghee – for tempering

Cumin seeds & asafoetida – for tempering

Sugar and salt – to taste.

 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE:

CURD:

  • Rich in calcium, potassium, zinc.
  • A good source of proteins, Vitamins A, B6 and B12.
  • Contains live bacteria that’s great for immunity and our intestinal tract.

SPINACH:

  • An excellent source of calcium, Vitamins A and C.
  • Consists of fibre, protein, zinc, phosphorus and choline.
  • Protects against high blood pressure and heart disease.

METHOD:

Clean the bunch of spinach leaves, wash under running water and leave it in a colander for the water to drain.

Then, chop finely the spinach leaves and the green chilli.

Chopped spinach for the raita

 

In a pan, pour some ghee for tempering (approx. 1 tbsp). Once it’s hot, crush some cumin seeds on your palm and add them to the ghee. Then, add the asafoetida and the green chilli.

Next, throw in the chopped spinach leaves and saute for a couple of minutes and place the lid on the pan.

Take the lid off after a few minutes, and then cook till the water from the spinach leaves evaporates completely.

Switch off the burner.

In a bowl, take the thick curd (minus the water) and whisk it well. Add sugar and salt to taste.

Add the cooked spinach to the curd and mix well.

Spinach and curd raita

 

Ta-da! Your cool spinach+curd raita is ready!

You can enjoy it with chapati (indian Flat Bread), or have it just like that. Either ways, it’s delicious and makes for a perfect accompaniment with pulav or biryani, instead of the usual cucumber raita.

 

Spinach and curd raita with chapati

 

Do try it out and let me know if you like it.

Love,

SHILPA…

A cooling summer raita that's delicious and nutritious, too.

Chocolate love.

Chocolate love.

 

SInce the past two days I have craved chocolates…the darker ones…like crazy! May be my ‘chums’ round the corner were the reason behind this sudden increase in my chocolate-craving. But, chums or no chums, chocolates are a girl’s best friends, don’t you agree, girls? One bite and all your bad mood evaporates and you are left smiling, contentedly! What magic lies hidden in there!

Metanoia is a health and wellness blog, but I do like to have fun here, because, well, what’s life without some fun, right? So, although I don’t have a lot many pictures of these dark brown pieces of heaven, I thought of sharing a few good things about chocolates and how they help our health. Basically, I just wish to find more excuses to eat chocolates, that’s all!

How eating chocolate helps:

Dark chocolate contains minerals like iron, potassium, manganese, zinc and phosphorous.

It is loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, etc. Antioxidants protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and reduce the signs of ageing.

The flavanols in dark chocolates improve the blood flow and help lower blood pressure.

Dark chocolate (may) increase blood flow to the brain and improve brain function.

Dark chocolate also helps reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL).

And, finally, it helps beat stress and improves your mood, instantly.

I Googled the above information because, well, Google ji is Mr. Know-all! But, the one thing I do know, is anything in moderation is good for our health, chocolates, included. And, the darker the variety, the better, because it has more of cocoa (70% and above) and less of sugar. And, sugar, as you all are well aware, is the number one enemy of our health.

Yes, developing a taste for the bitter chocolates can take time, so all you need to do, is eat more of it, little by little, and soon you will be in love with it! A little practice is all it takes.  And, if it doesn’t appeal to you, then, well, I am here…you can courier it to me. I am very helpful like that, you see!?

Of course, dark chocolates are number one on my list of favourites, but I also love white chocolates, too. The milkiness of these just makes me go weak in the knees. Gosh, I am salivating even as I type these words! And, to share a little secret, my passion for chocolates is such, my lip balm is chocolate flavour as is my body lotion!

How about you? Did you drool while reading it? If you did, we are friends, already! If you did not, you really need to go, have a bite of this heavenly, healthy food and then let me know how you felt.

Until then…

Love,

SHILPA…

BENEFITS OF EATING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your ‘poison’ ? #FlavoursomeTuesdays

What’s your ‘poison’ ? #FlavoursomeTuesdays

Hello, people, and welcome to FlavoursomeTuesdays!

May just flew by, didn’t it? The heat, the humidity, the vacations, and oh, the mangoes, too — all of these making an exit, for the monsoon is here! But, that’s Life…days and months passing by, in the blink of an eye.

So, let’s get on with our foodie talks, shall we?

As I asked in the title above, what is your poison?

Okay, poison here means what is it that you like to drink…IN THE MORNING!? As in TEA or COFFEE? What did you think was I asking? What alcoholic drink is your preference? Oh, come on! This is a health and wellness blog, guys! 😛 And, I am a good girl. Well, sometimes!!! *wink wink*

Okay, so, about that poison I asked.

Mine is COFFEE…always has been, except on the rare occasion when I feel like having a minor change in my daily schedule and I reach for TEA.

Hubby gets the Davidoff coffee for me (lucky me!) which is simply out of this world! The moment I open the jar, the aroma hits me and transports me to a Wonderland, or should I say, Coffeeland!? Have you tried this brand? Do try…it’s awesome!

There is something about coffee–the aroma, the taste and the sound of the word ‘coffee’– that arouses in me a feeling of happiness not many things do. My day doesn’t begin with coffee, as such, but my breakfast does end with a mugful of chilled, sweetish coffee. I like two spoonfuls of sugar to one of coffee, and some cream, too, to make it nice and frothy! Calories be damned!

Every sip of this heavenly brew mesmerises me and I find myself feeling buoyant and energised as it enters my system. I so wish the mug was a tad bigger in size, with a larger holding capacity–like, maybe, a litre, at least!

However, there are some rare moments, like the chilly winters (a rarity in Mumbai) when I reach for a cup of warm tea to soothe my sore throat, or maybe, just for a change of taste. Of course, such occasions are really really rare, for I am so not a tea person. I am too much in love with my coffee!

I prefer the light Twinnings Earl Grey tea, which I prepare without milk or sugar. Just dip- dip a tea bag in a cup of hot water and my tea is ready! The commonly preferred ginger tea, or adrak wali chai with loads of milk, sugar and extra tea leaves isn’t, ahem, my cup of chai! My family, though, is full of tea people. And, I learned the art of preparing the perfect cuppa from mum, the taste of which I know not, to date. I never drink the tea I prepare for others. 😛

So, how about you? What do you prefer?

Chai, or coffee?

Oh, and I almost forgot to add…I love having a few banana chips after my coffee, because as much as I love the taste of coffee, the aftertaste feels, mmm…not very pleasant. So, this is my favorite combo, in case you invite me to your place some afternoon for coffee. Chilled coffee and banana chips. That’s all. I don’t need any biscuits, or cakes, or any other accompaniment for my coffee.

Just a heart to heart conversation with you along with the coffee, and you will have made my day!

Do share with me about your ‘poison’, will you? Would love to know, and also make notes, just in case you drop by at my place, someday. Would love to have you over!

Love,

SHILPA…

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