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Benefits of Curry Leaves And Its Side Effects

Diverse utilization of antibiotics in today’s world is one of the crucial causes for the surging emergence of multi drug resistant pathogenic strains that do not respond to the usual line of treatment. Curry leaves being popular for their various antioxidant properties and the ability to control diarrhea and several gastrointestinal problems satisfy the current trend to look out for an alternative such as herbal medicines. Barring this they have cancer fighting traits.

Benefits of Curry Leaves And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Curry Leaves
Nutritional Value of Curry Leaves
Health Benefits of Curry Leaves
Lowers cholesterol
Boosts digestion
Preserves the Liver
Hastens hair growth
Helps maintain eye health
Eradicates Bacteria
Promotes weight loss
Keeps anemia at bay
Controls side effects
Improves blood circulation
Anti diabetic properties
Treats wounds
Uses of Curry Leaves
Side-Effects & Allergies of Curry Leaves
Cultivation of Curry Leaves

Curry Leaves

Curry Leaves known as Kadhi Patta is a vital herb that belongs to the rutaceae family and is native to India and the southeast asian region. In spite of having a feebly acidic and slightly pungent taste, dried curry leaves are widely used in asian cuisines for flavouring foods. But there is more to the humble curry leaves than simply flavor. Right from helping your heart to function in a better way to enlivening your hair and skin with vitality, it is loaded with health benefits.

Nutritional Value of Curry Leaves

These high-speed growing deciduous shrubs are an obligatory part of Indian cooking where all the dishes start and end with it for seasoning or garnishing. Curry leaves are very rich in essential nutrients like copper, minerals, calcium, phosphorous, fiber, carbohydrates, magnesium and iron. Furthermore it also contains numerous types of vitamins and amino acids. The leaves can be dried or fried, depending on the intended use, and the fresh form is also very popular.

Health Benefits of Curry Leaves

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Curry Leaves
Health Benefits of Curry Leaves

Lowers cholesterol

Did you know that curry leaves have properties that can help in lowering one’s blood cholesterol levels? Well, as per a published study these shrubs, packed with antioxidants prevent the oxidation of cholesterol that forms LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). This in turn increases the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) and protects you from heart disease and atherosclerosis.

Boosts digestion

Since days of yore, one of the benefits of curry leaves is that it aids digestion. In Ayurveda, it is believed that kadi patta has mild laxative properties that help the stomach get rid of unwanted waste.

Preserves the Liver

Research on curry leaf has indicated that the tannins and carbazole alkaloids present in the leaves exhibited good hepato-protective properties. Also, its highly effective anti-oxidative property when combined with vitamin A and vitamin C not only protects, but also stimulates the organ to work more efficiently.

Hastens hair growth

Curry leaves are very effective in treating damaged hair, adding bounce to limp hair, strengthening the shaft of thin hair and hair fall. Other than that the leaf extract has shown antifungal activity towards Malassezia furfur fungal scalp infection, which is why it can be used to treat dandruff.

Helps maintain eye health

Curry leaves are rich in Vitamin A which contains carotenoids thus it lessens the risk of cornea damage. Vitamin A deficiency can cause disorders of the eye including night blindness, loss of vision and cloud formation. The leaves thus keep the retina healthy and defend against vision loss.

Eradicates Bacteria

Every second illness is caused by infections or involves oxidative cell damage. In today’s world where incidences by antibiotic-resistant strains are growing rapidly alternative remedies to infections is a necessity. This is where curry leaves show promise. Curry leaves are laden with carbazole alkaloids, compounds that contain antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The compound linolool, responsible for the flowery scent of these shrubs, is also capable of killing bacteria and cell-damaging free radicals .

Promotes weight loss

Curry leaf is a successful herb when it comes to losing weight.It is one of the best remedies to get rid of assembled fat in your body. Studies show that curry leaves can help reduce triglyceride and cholesterol level that help in tackling obesity.

Keeps anemia at bay

Consumption of curry leaves can be helpful to people who are anemic as these leaves are a great source of iron. Presence of folic acid helps the body in absorbing iron. Without sufficient folic acid in the body, the iron is excreted from the body without being absorbed properly. Curry leaves help in this matter by providing the required amount of iron and folic acid to the body.

Controls side effects

Consumption of curry leaves reduces the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and also offers protection against chromosomal damage and safeguards bone marrow.

Improves blood circulation

Incorporating curry leaves into ones daily diet helps in overcoming menstrual problems, gonorrhea, diarrhea and relieve aches.

Anti diabetic properties

One of the biggest health benefits of curry leaves is that it has the ability to control diabetes. Insulin producing pancreatic cells can be triggered and protected by including curry leaves in ones diet.

Treats wounds

Applying the paste of curry leaves has curative effects on wounds, rashes, boils and mild burns. Paste of the leaves also helps prevent and eliminate any type of harmful infection.

Uses of Curry Leaves

Other than a strong distinctive smell and pungent flavor, curry leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium and iron. Adding curry leaves to ones meals aids in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, diabetes, morning sickness and nausea. Curry leaves also help flush out toxins and body’s fat content.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Curry Leaves

Curry leaves should be avoided if one is allergic to it. A trained medical practitioner should be consulted prior to usage by pregnant, breastfeeding women and toddlers.

Cultivation of Curry Leaves

Curry leaf plants are native to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Andaman Islands. Though they are widely cultivated, the herbs are particularly associated with Indian cuisines. Presently, curry leaves are also cultivated in Australia, the Pacific Islands and Africa as food flavouring.

Popular Questions & Answers

I just want ask doctors that which is the best oil for decreasing hair loss and to increase hair density please tell me because I am facing too much problem of hair loss.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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I am 23 year old girl I am facing constant hair loss infact I'm going bald. My weight is constantly increasing and my face is becoming dull acne problem & dark spots problem. please help me what should I do.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested for medicine contact on private chat good luck.

My hair is falling all over head (especially sideways) madam. I have anxiety disorder. I gets worse when I am stressed out and during lack of sleep. Is this hair loss reversible madam coz im not married yet.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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Hi, My 9 year old daughter has alopecia areata since 2015. She was taking tempted but had puffiness on her face so I switched over to homeopathy at Dr. Batra's. But no results. I feel the patch is widening and no new hair. Please help. I want to know how and where can I get a solution.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck write details of medicine she has taken and for how long and any tests done so far?
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I am suffering from hair fall please guide me. A doctor told me because of your too much thanking. What is connection between thinking and hair fall.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga
Homeopath, Indore
There are many causes of hair fall, like exposure to pollution, prolong stress, chemical content of shampoo, prolong illness like malaria, typhoid, hormonal imbalance (like hypothyroidism), nutrition deficiency, stress etc.; Have protein rich diet like milk, egg, etc. Add more fruits in diet, avoid Stress and over thinking, have enough sleep (7-8 hrs), avoid chemical added shampoo and cosmetic hair oils. Give coconut/almond oil massage to scalp. Take homeopathic treatment for chronic hair fall. It is natural and holistic way of treatment. Medicine is selected individually on basis of thorough details of patient like medical history, cause, routine, temperament etc. Hence well selected remedy gives complete relief and promotes new hair growth. Message back for online homeopathic consultation.
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

All Ayurvedic treatments have their roots in hundreds of years of research and thus are extensive. The philosophy followed by these treatments is that every human being in governed by three doshas of forces - vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Depending on the force that is in highest proportion in an individual, all his psychological and physical attributes are determined. Hair loss is attributed to the pitta dosha which is concentrates on metabolism and digestion. The various methods to treat premature loss of hair, according to Ayurvedic principles are:

  1. Balancing the pitta dosha: Pitta dosha can be managed by eating less salty, fried and spicy food, consuming limited amount of alcohol, coffee and meat and reducing smoking habits. Certain herbs can curb excess pitta like shatavari or asparagus and bitter vegetables.
  2. Ayurvedic oil and shampoo: An effective remedy is oil made by boiling a cup of neem (margosa) leaves in 4 cups of water. The mixture is then strained and stored. If applied at night and rinsed off in the morning, hair loss can be prevented and your hair gets healthier. An Ayurvedic shampoo can be made at home by preparing a mixture of methi (fenugreek), green bean (mung dal), soapberries, lemon juice and curry leaves which need to grinded well together before applying on the scalp.
  3. Ayurvedic diet plan: Ayurveda believes that a well-balanced diet is the preventive measure to most ailments, including hair loss. Consuming vegetables with high protein and iron content like cauliflower, kale, pumpkin leaves, spinach, salsify, lentils, beet greens, string beans, dandelion greens, raisins, soybeans etc. proves to be helpful in this regard. This diet can also help to combat systemic diseases like alopecia which may causes loss of hair and sizeable bald spots.
  4. Ayurvedic medicines: Four ayurvedic medicines are used extensively for the purpose of combatting hair loss. These are Thikthakam Kashayam, Thikthakam Grisham (regulates metabolism), Chyavana Prasam and Narasimha Rasayanam, which improves the strength and quality of hair).
  5. Combating other problems that cause hair loss: Using herbs like Brahmi (to manage stress), Shilajita and Jatamansi (for thyroid imbalance), cardamom (for chronic problems) and ashwagandha (for immune system disorders) can indirectly help when hair loss is a symptom or side effect of another disease. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

PG Diploma in Nutrition & Diabeties, M.Sc.in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

Navaratri is just around the corner, and it will culminate into Dussehra. Each of the nine days of the festival is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

It is a time of fasting, and it is considered to be the best time to cleanse the body and make the body stronger. Most people who undergo fasting do not consume pulse, grain, and meat during this period which would make the body devoid of essential nutrients. It is important to make the most of this time, it’s also important to stay healthy and maintain a diet that helps you get through the coming 9 days of continuous fasting. Hence, here is an insight into how to carry on with the fasting and enjoy the festive spirit healthily.

Tips To Fasting In A Healthy Way!

  1. It is always better to eat small meals instead of complete starvation. This will help in maintaining the proper amount of blood glucose level and ensure that one does not get tired easily.
  2. Unless you are on a 'nirjal vrat' (fast where you don't even have water), keep yourself hydrated. It is always good to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water. Other liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, green tea and lemon water are healthy additions.
  3. As the body is devoid of any regular source of protein during this time, the diet can comprise Amaranth, which is an excellent source of protein. Amaranth porridge with milk or daliya with lots of vegetables can just fuel up the body for the whole day.
  4. High carbohydrate foods like potatoes and sabudana should be combined with fibrous vegetables like cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd, etc.
  5. The vegetables should be roasted, grilled or baked instead of deep-frying them.
  6. To make up for the deficiency of carbohydrates and protein, you can also make chapattis or pooris with the help of Kuttu. Samak rice is also very good for the digestive system during this time. It should be accompanied with lots of vegetables.
  7. The craving for sweet can be met by fruits, apple kheer, Samak rice kheer, and raita. One should not go for food which is deep-fried or those easily available packets of salted snacks. This is because they are high in salt and fat content. Almonds, raisins or walnuts can be taken in.
  8. Refined sugar should never be used and should be substituted with healthy alternatives like jaggery or honey.
  9. During this time, if a heavy lunch is taken, the dinner should be kept light.
  10. While cooking food, rock salt or sendha namak should be the only salt which is used. It helps in keeping the blood pressure levels in control and also helps in better absorption of minerals.

Fasting is an age-old phenomenon, practiced for ages for religious purposes aimed at improving good health if done right. Embrace the joy of festival with the best of fasting recipes. From old favorurites to new ones, indulge in a lot more than just a usual fare-

#Recipe1: Banana Walnut Lassi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat yoghurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3-4 walnuts (or include Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts)
  • 1 tsp seeds (mix of flax seeds and sesame seeds)
  • 1-2 tsp honey

Method-

  1. Step-I In a food processor, pour yoghurt, whey powder, flax seed, sesame seeds, walnuts, honey and bananas.
  2. Step-II Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
  3. Step-III Transfer into a glass and garnish with chopped walnuts before serving.

#Recipe2: Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sabudana (sago)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (roasted)
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3-4 sabut lal Mirch (whole dried red pepper)
  • 1 sprig kadhi patta (curry leaves)
  • 2 tsp or to taste sendha Namak (white rock salt)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp hara dhania (coriander leaves)
  • 1 tsp green chillies, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak Sabudana in water for about an hour.
  2. Step-II Drain, then spread over a thick cloth for about 1hour. It is important for the water to drain out very well and there should be no moisture.
  3. Step-III In a bowl, mix sabudana, peanuts, sendha namak or rock salt, and chilli powder very well, so that it is coated well with this mixture.
  4. Step-IV Heat the ghee and add zeera, lal mirch and kadhi patta.
  5. Step-V When mirch darkens a bit, add sabudana mixture and turn around over low heat till cooked through.
  6. Step-VI Take it off the heat, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Step-VII Serve garnished with the coriander leaves and green chillies.

#Recipe3: Sabudana Bhel Recipe
Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup sabudana 
  • 1 medium-sized potato (boiled and peeled)
  • 1 pinch red chili powder 
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts 
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • few drops of lemon juice or as required
  • rock salt or sendha namak as required

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak the sabudana in enough water overnight or for 4-5 hours.
  2. Step-II In a pan, dry roast the peanuts till they are browned and crisp. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Step-III In the same pan, roast the cashews till golden. Remove and keep aside.
  4. Step-IV Heat 2 tsp of oil in the same pan. Add the sabudana and continue to stir while sauting them.
  5. Step-V Stir and cook till the sabudana pearls become transparent, softened and completely cooked.
  6. Step-VI Mix the mashed boiled potatoes, peanuts, cashews, coriander leaves, lemon juice, rock salt, red chili powder.
  7. Step-VII Garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve the sabudana bhel in bowls.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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Hair Loss - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik
Hair Loss - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

All Ayurvedic treatments have their roots in hundreds of years of research and thus are extensive. The philosophy followed by these treatments is that every human being in governed by three doshas of forces - vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Depending on the force that is in highest proportion in an individual, all his psychological and physical attributes are determined. Hair loss is attributed to the pitta dosha which is concentrates on metabolism and digestion. The various methods to treat premature loss of hair, according to Ayurvedic principles are:

  1. Balancing the pitta dosha: Pitta dosha can be managed by eating less salty, fried and spicy food, consuming limited amount of alcohol, coffee and meat and reducing smoking habits. Certain herbs can curb excess pitta like shatavari or asparagus and bitter vegetables.
  2. Ayurvedic oil and shampoo: An effective remedy is oil made by boiling a cup of neem (margosa) leaves in 4 cups of water. The mixture is then strained and stored. If applied at night and rinsed off in the morning, hair loss can be prevented and your hair gets healthier. An Ayurvedic shampoo can be made at home by preparing a mixture of methi (fenugreek), green bean (mung dal), soapberries, lemon juice and curry leaves which need to grinded well together before applying on the scalp.
  3. Ayurvedic diet plan: Ayurveda believes that a well-balanced diet is the preventive measure to most ailments, including hair loss. Consuming vegetables with high protein and iron content like cauliflower, kale, pumpkin leaves, spinach, salsify, lentils, beet greens, string beans, dandelion greens, raisins, soybeans etc. proves to be helpful in this regard. This diet can also help to combat systemic diseases like alopecia which may causes loss of hair and sizeable bald spots.
  4. Ayurvedic medicines: Four ayurvedic medicines are used extensively for the purpose of combatting hair loss. These are Thikthakam Kashayam, Thikthakam Grisham (regulates metabolism), Chyavana Prasam and Narasimha Rasayanam, which improves the strength and quality of hair).
  5. Combating other problems that cause hair loss: Using herbs like Brahmi (to manage stress), Shilajita and Jatamansi (for thyroid imbalance), cardamom (for chronic problems) and ashwagandha (for immune system disorders) can indirectly help when hair loss is a symptom or side effect of another disease. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.
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Dull & Lifeless Hair - 10 Ayurvedic Ways to Treat It!

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Dull & Lifeless Hair - 10 Ayurvedic Ways to Treat It!

Hair is one of the most attractive aspects of a person. A head full of shiny, dark hair can turn heads while head with dry, lifeless, damaged hair has lesser appeal. There are definitely simple, but effective ways of inducing life back into the hair. Read on to know some of the most common causes of dry, damaged hair and how it can be reversed to enjoy healthy, shiny hair.

Causes: Nutritional deficiencies, excessive exposure to the sun, air-conditioned environments, excessive use of hair dryers, unhealthy hair products, can all affect the hair, making it dry and dull. Hair is so affected can be lifeless, break easily, have split ends, and fall easily. The shine and texture are affected and the scalp also lacks moisture and feels dry.

Treatment: Lifeless, dull hair need not be a reason to lose sleep. There are simple measures which would be readily available in most homes, have been used since ages, and have proven beneficial beyond doubts.

  1. Eggs: Rich in proteins, eggs are one of the healthiest products for hair care. They promote the growth of keratin which is essential for hair growth.
  2. Lime: Lime has antibacterial properties and is rich in vitamin C. This helps clear scalp infections and promotes hair growth, which is healthier.
  3. Olive oil: It reduces dandruff, treats split ends, and restores shine and smoothness of the hair.
  4. Coconut oil: One of the most commonly used hair oils, it moisturises the hair and reduces dandruff and restores shine in the hair.
  5. Curry leaves: Adding curry leaves to coconut oil and warming it to apply on the scalp helps immensely in restoring life to hair. A warm towel can be used to wrap the hair when the oil is left in place for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  6. Henna: Rosemary or henna as it is commonly called is another way to condition hair and restore the shine and lustre back. It strengthens the hair cuticles and makes it less prone to breakage.
  7. Aloe vera: The gel from a freshly cut aloe vera plant has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help restore life back in damaged hair. It also reduces itching,
  8. Avocado: In addition to preventing hair damage, it also reduces hair loss and improves hair health.
  9. Olive oil: This reduces dandruff, and so improves infections which could be affecting hair health.
  10. Hibiscus: This helps repair damaged hair, improves volume, and reduces hair loss too. The leaves and the flower are used as a paste that is left for about an hour and rinsed off.

In addition to all these, gentle brushing, not brushing wet hair, proper diet, and good sleep are equally important for shiny, healthy hair.
 

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Best Breakfast options To Loose Belly Fat!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Best Breakfast options To Loose Belly Fat!

Breakfast is considered as an important meal as it helps you break your overnight fasting period and provides you proper energy along with other essential nutrients to keep you active and much focused and helps you to boost your metabolism.

Here are some healthy breakfast options that can be taken below:


1] oats/ragi idli: rich in fiber oats idli is a best and healthy breakfast recipe, which is very appetizing and easy to make breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • Oats: 1 cup
  • Semolina: ½ cup
  • Curd: ½ cup
  • Mixed veggies (any): ½ cup, chopped
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Salt: to taste
  • Eno: ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
  • Green chillies: 2, chopped
  • Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp, chopped
  • Ginger: 1 tsp, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Mustard: 3/4 tsp
  • Urad dal: 1 tsp
  • Channa dal: 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves: 1 spring

Method:

  • Roast oats for 3 minutes in medium flame then blend it in a blender.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, coriander and mixed veggies and cook.
  • Add semolina and stir fry for a minute on medium flame.
  • Transfer to mixing a bowl and add salt, curd, lemon juice, eno and water as required and make a batter (neither too thin nor too thick) and mix well.
  • Pour the batter in a greased microwave idly plate/idli stand and cook for 2 minutes on high.
  • Serve hot with mint chutney.


2] besan-oats cheela: a quick, healthy and delicious besan-oats cheela for breakfast under 20 minutes. This oats cheela can be served along with a green chutney.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 3/4 cup water (batter should be free flowing)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder (jeera),
  • 1 tsp fresh coriander chopped,
  • 1 tsp green chillies chopped,
  • 1 chopped onion & tomato (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (optional)
  • Oil to cook
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl except water.
  • Add water slowly till the batter smoothens.
  • The batter consistency should be same as dosa batter.
  • Take a non-stick pan and add 1/2 cup mixture and spread evenly.
  • Keep it on medium heat and cover it with a lid. Once it is half cooked add 1 tsp oil in the pan.
  • Cook it from both sides and serve hot.


3] paneer-moong dal cheela: a quick, healthy and delicious paneer-moong dal cheela for breakfast under 20 minutes. This paneer-moong dal cheela can be served along with a green chutney.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup moong dal (split green gram)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat paneer
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp green chillies -finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger (adrak)-finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander (dhania)-chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Soak the dal in water overnight.
  • In the morning remove the chilka and churn it in the mixer.
  • Add jeera, green chillies, ginger, coriander, red chili powder and salt.
  • Cook it over a fry pan at low flame after pouring it in cheela form at high flame.
  • Chopped green chillies, coriander stuffing can be used before serving.
  • Tip: make cheela on non-stick pan to avoid oil usage and you can stuff cheela with saute vegetables of your choice.

4] buckwheat sprouts cheela:

 Buckwheat or kuttu is one of most popular gluten free flour consumed during these days. Also it is a easy and simple to prepare in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat (kutto)
  • 1/2 cup steamed sprouts
  • 1/4 cup plain oatsSteam the sprouts, red cabbage and bell pepper.
    Mix the above with the rest of the ingredients.
    Add all the salts as per the taste.
  • 1/4 cup low-fat curds (dahi)
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot and red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped spring onions and red tomato
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
  • Black salt to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil for cooking

Method:

  • Combine the buckwheat, steamed sprouts, curds and water in a deep bowl and mix well. Blend the mixture into a smooth paste.
  • Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and water and mix well.
  • Heat the oil in a non-stick tava (griddle) and pour a ladleful of the batter and spread it evenly and cook on a medium flame using olive oil till both the sides are golden brown in color.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves, grated beetroots.
  • Serve immediately with chutney.

5] sprouts-paneer dhokla: enjoy sprouts-paneer dhokla along with dhaniya/pudina chutney for breakfast or serve as a tea time snack.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup - wheat rava
  • 1/2 cup - oats, powdered
  • 1/2 cup - moong sprouts puree
  • 1/2 cup - mashed low-fat paneer
  • 1.5 cup - yogurt
  • 3/4 tsp - bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp - salt
  • Seasoning:
  • 1 tsp - mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp - fresh grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp - moong sprouts
  • 2 - coriander stalks, finely choppedSteam the sprouts, red cabbage and bell pepper.
    Mix the above with the rest of the ingredients.
    Add all the salts as per the taste.
  • 1/2 tbsp - oil

Methods:-

  • Mix the wheat rava, salt, and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl.
  • Add the moong sprouts puree and 1/2 cup of yogurt mix it well.
  • Then add the remaining 1 cup of yogurt and mix it well.
  • Pour it in a greased pan. Steam it for 10 minutes.
  • To check whether it's cooked insert a skewer and if it comes out clean then it's cooked.
  • For seasoning heat the oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering, add the moong sprouts and grated coconut stir it for 2 minutes. Pour it on top of the dhokla.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • To make moong sprouts puree: take 1 cup of moong sprouts and blend it by adding little water.


6] tomato upma: it is one of the most easily cooked and the feasible meal to have when a person is in hurry or do lack with the timings. Tomato upma can be treated as a breakfast or as a evening snacks. Cook the upma with the added healthy vegetables to make it one of the most nutritious meal of the day.
Ingredients:

  • Bombay rawa – 1 cup
  • Tomato – 2 nos
  • Onion – 1
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Fresh ginger – a small piece
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Oil – 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon
  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Cashew nuts – few (optional)
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

Method:

  • Chop onion, ginger and tomatoes finely. Slit green chillies lengthwise.
  • In a frying pan (kadai), put a tablespoon of oil and fry the rawa till it changes its color. Remove it and keep it.
  • In the same frying pan, put the remaining oil and when it is hot, add the mustard. When it pops up, add cashew nuts and dhals and fry till it turns light brown.
  • Add chopped onion, chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Fry till onions are transparent. Then add tomato pieces and fry till it mashes well.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well. Add three cups of water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, slowly add the fried rawa and stir continuously till it absorbs all the water and form like a ball.
  • Serve with coconut chutney or sambar.

7] dal thepla: thepla is a gujarati cuisine breakfast roti / paratha or indian bread.

Ingredients:-

  • Left over dal cooked ½ cup
  • Fresh fenugreek leaves (methi) chopped ½ small bunch
  • Whole wheat flour (atta) ½ cup
  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
  • Oil 1 tablespoon + for basting

Method:-

  • Pour dal into a bowl. Add fenugreek leaves, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt and chilli powder and mix well.
  • Add flour and knead into stiff dough. Add 1 tablespoon oil and knead again. Cover with damp muslin cloth and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions. Take each portion, roll in flour and roll out to a thin disc. These are theplas.
  • Heat a non-stick tawa. Place each thepla and cook, turning sides and basting with oil, on medium heat till golden on both sides.
  • Serve.

8] oats-matar dosa: this dosa batter is packed with protein and fiber. Oats is a healthiest recommended millet consumed daily for its high content of soluble fiber beta-glucan, a potent blood sugar and cholesterol-lowering agent.


Ingredients: for the dosa batter-

  • 1 cup plain oats
  • 1/4 cup urad dal (split black lentils)
  • Black salt to taste
  •  For the stuffing
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 slit green chilli
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup grated beetroot
  • 1/4 cup parboiled green peas
  • Black salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

 
 Other ingredients:
 2 tsp oil for greasing and cooking


Methods:

For dosa batter-

  • Combine the oats, urad dal and salt in a bowl and blend into a fine paste.
  • Add 1 cups of water and mix well to make a batter of pouring consistency.

For the stuffing-

  • Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds and green chillies.
  • When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sautee for 2 to 3 minutes, till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the carrots and green peas, mix well and sautee for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the salt, chaat masala and chilli powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 more minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice, mix well and cook for another minute.

How to proceed-

  • Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and grease it with less oil.
  • Pour a spoonful of the batter on the tava (griddle) and move the spoon in a circular motion to make it round.
  • Place a portion of the stuffing in the center of the dosa and fold over.
  • Smear ¼ tsp of oil around the edges and cook on a medium flame till the dosa turns light brown in color.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and grated beetroot.

9] egg dosa/uttapam: protein rich egg dosa which is very good for breakfast. It is easy to make, rich in protein and makes a filling and delicious breakfast.

Ingredients:-

  • 50 gm soaked green gram
  • 1 egg white
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 no curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp oil

Method:

  • Blend soaked green gram dal with water and then mix egg white into it and mix it well.
  • Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds crackle, add curry leaves, garlic, salt
  • Add this in to the bowl and mix well.
  • Prepare dosa/uttapam in non stick pan.

10] berry yogurt smoothie with chia seeds: 
This smoothie is the mix of super-foods and rich in antioxidant and a healthy refreshment in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pc strawberries
  • 1/2 chopped apple
  • 1/2 chopped pear
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 150g low-fat natural yogurt or soy yogurt
  • 100ml of semi-skimmed milk or dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (or to taste)

Method:

Add milk, yogurt, strawberries, chia seeds, apple, pear, water and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.

11] quinoa- chia porridge: make your own hot cereal mix with this healthy recipe. The easiest and healthiest breakfast which is now a regular meal in everyone’s house.

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa: 30 gm
  • Low-fat milk: 250 ml
  • Fruit (banana/apple/berries/pear): 1 chopped
  • Nuts: handful
  • Chia seeds: handful
  • Cinnamon: 1 tsp

Methods:

  • Boil quinoa in milk for few minutes.
  • Pour in a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients.

12] egg white sandwich with hummus: a high-protein breakfast with a healthy spread is one of the easy and regular breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • Brown bread/multi-grain bread: 2 pc
  • Hummus: 1 tbsp
  • Egg white: 2 no
  • Cucumber: few slices
  • Tomatoes: few slices
  • Onion: few slices
  • Lettuce: 1 -2 leaves
  • Black pepper: 1 pinch

Methods:

  • Grill the bread.
  • Prepare the egg whites either boiled or omelette form.
  • Apply hummus on the bread. And then put all the remaining ingredients.
  • Serve it with either green chutney or low-fat dips.

13] fruit milkshake: fruit milkshake is a power pack of nutrients. They provide you iron, calcium, protein, antioxidants, energy along with essential fatty acids.

Ingredients:

  • Apple/pear: 1 no
  • Berries: few
  • Chia seeds/ pumpkin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Low- fat milk: 250 ml
  • Peanut butter: 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Oats: 10 gm (optional)

Methods:

Blend all the ingredients in a blender and serve chill.

14] sprouts chaat: sprouts chaat is another diabetes friendly recipe. Full of healthy proteins, carbs, vitamins and fiber this snack will keep you satiated. You can also feel free to indulge and add a boiled potato or use a chopped tomato instead of lemon juice.


Ingredients:

  • Steamed sprouts, rajma, chickpea
  • Cucumber
  • Red tomato
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Bell pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Black salt
  • Celery leaves/parsley leave/ coriander leave
  • Apple cider vinegar- 1 tsp
  • Oregano

Method:

  • Steam the sprouts, red cabbage and bell pepper.
  • Mix the above with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Add all the salts as per the taste.
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Curry Leaves
Nutritional Value of Curry Leaves
Health Benefits of Curry Leaves
Lowers cholesterol
Boosts digestion
Preserves the Liver
Hastens hair growth
Helps maintain eye health
Eradicates Bacteria
Promotes weight loss
Keeps anemia at bay
Controls side effects
Improves blood circulation
Anti diabetic properties
Treats wounds
Uses of Curry Leaves
Side-Effects & Allergies of Curry Leaves
Cultivation of Curry Leaves