Sunday, 2 August 2015

Eggless Cupcakes Recipe | Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe | Egg free Cupcakes in Cooker

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes - A recent addition to my pressure cooker baking list. To be more specific, I have made these eggless chocolate cupcakes in my pressure cooker without oven. You can follow the same recipe and bake in your oven.

Eggless cupcakes 

I made my first frosting when I tried these egg free chocolate cupcakes. I was very happy with the results. There may be many of you who wants to make cupcakes in cooker for so many reasons. It is an awesome feeling to see the cupcakes beautifully rising in your cooker. Are they not better than bakery ones especially for your kids?

After trying eggless brownieeggless tutti frutti cake and eggless rava cake in pressure cooker, I am very much comfortable now in making pressure cooker cakes. But this eggless chocolate cupcake is the first one in my list of pressure cooker cupcake recipes.


Eggless cupcake recipe

Here is the recipe for you to learn how to make cupcakes in pressure cooker with step by step instructions and picture.


About the Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes:

These are egg free cupcakes. I have added 2 tsp curd of make these cupcakes without eggs. The cupcakes were soft, moist, spongy as each and everyone of you would love.

Eggless chococlate Cupcake Recipe

I have made these eggless cupcakes with plain flour(maida). I have made eggless vanilla cake in pressure cooker and it is made using rava(sooji). You can follow the ingredients list of the sooji pressure cooker cake recipe and make cupcakes in the same way.


Eggless Cupcakes Recipe | Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe


Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Eggless Cupcakes Recipe | Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe - Learn how to make cupcakes without eggs and enjoy egg free cupcakes at your home. Make them in pressure cooker without oven.

Cuisine: World Category: Dessert Yields: 6 big cupcakes
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:
 



Ingredients
  • Plain Flour/Maida - 3/4 cup(1 cup = 200ml)
  • Cocoa powder - 3 tbsp(unsweetened)
  • Unsalted Butter - 3 tbsp(room temparature)
  • Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Curd - 2 tsp(not too sour - to replace eggs)
  • Milk - As required to make the batter(1/2 cup approximately)
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla Essence - 1/4 tsp
      For Chocolate Frosting
  • Unsalted Butter - 1/3 cup
  • Cocoa powder(unsweetened) - 2 tbsp
  • Powdered and Sifted Sugar or Icing sugar - 1 cup
  • Milk - As required for binding(1 - 2 tbsp approx)
 
Instructions
  1. Take powdered sugar and butter in a wide mixing bowl and whisk until light and fluffy. I used an electric blender to whisk. You can also use hand whisk.

    Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe step1

  2. Add plain flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla essence to the mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup milk. Combine everything to make the cupcake batter. You can additionally add 1 or 2 tbsp milk if the batter is too thick. The batter should be slightly thicker than idli dosa batter. I had to add additional 2 tbsp of milk for my eggless cupcake batter. Once the batter is ready, add curd and combine again. I would recommend to keep addition of curd at last so that you can adjust the measurement of curd according to its sourness. If the curd is too sour, reduce the quantity. Check the taste after adding 1 tsp and then add another tsp if required.

    Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe step2

  3. Take cupcake moulds or stainless steel bowls as I showed in the picture. Grease the bowls with olive oil or butter. Fill the batter in each mould. Make sure to fill only 2/3 full as the batter will rise and it should have room for rising in the bowl. Arrange the bowls in pressure cooker container in which you cook rice. Make sure that you leave 1 inch gap between each bowls. I had to take 2 bowls from the container when the batter started rising as I felt extra spacing was required. I placed the 2 bowls in refrigerator and ate it. They were so nice.

    Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe step4

  4. Preheat pressure cooker for 4 minutes. For preheating the cooker, remove whistle and gasket, close the lid and heat the pressure cooker for 4 minutes.Once the cooker is heated, place the cooker plate or any other similar perforated plate on the cooker as shown in picture. Place the container with the bowls carefully on top of the plate. Cover it with a thick stainless steel lid. You can also use cooker lid. Refer Notes section for more details.

    Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe step5

  5. Cook in medium flame until a tooth pick or a buttered knife comes out clean. It took 25 minutes for me approximately. The cooking time varies based on several factors. Check Notes section for more details. Keep it closed for 5 minutes before taking out. Allow the eggless chocolate cupcakes to cool down before decorating with frosting. Otherwise the frosting will melt down.

  6. Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe step6

  7. For chocolate frosting, whisk butter and sugar until they turn light and fluffy. Add cocoa powder and mix well. Sprinkle milk little by little to bring it to the consistency of frosting cream. It should be easy to spread, squeeze. It should be slightly thicker than ketchup.
These Eggless Chocolate cupcakes are very tasty and frosting is not mandatory. These cupcakes are tasty as such even without eggs. Enjoy egg free cupcakes.



Notes:

1. I always use thick stainless steel lid to cover the cake batter while cooking. I do not use pressure cooker lid to cover. It is believed that the cooker's safety valve and other parts might get damaged on long term usage. It is also easy to check the progress as and when we desire.


2. I placed the stainless steel bowls inside a container in which I usually cook rice. It is easy to cover the batter instead of closing individual bowls if placed directly on the perforated plate. It is also easy to handle.

3. I always use my Prestige Deep pressure pan to make pizza, cookies and cupcakes as it is wide and accommodate more quantity at a time than normal pressure cooker. You can also make in normal pressure cooker but you cannot cook more cupcakes in one shot.

4. The cooking time varies depending on several factors like the intensity of the stove's flame, thickness of cooker & container, batter consistency, ingredients and so on.

5. If you are making cakes in pressure cooker for first time, keep checking the consistency after 15 minutes. It might extend the cooking time. But you can make sure that the cupcakes do not get burnt.

6. You can follow the same recipe and cook in oven. It will take 20-22 minutes approx.

7. The cupcakes were good for 3 days even without refrigeration. I do not know how long they will be good as they were finished up in 3 days.

Don't forget to check my other pressure cooker cake recipes.

If you have any doubt in the process, feel free to comment your query. Happy pressure cooker baking!!

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July Fab Bag 2015 Review

July 2015 Fab bag review is here. I have already posted February Fab bag review. This is my second Fab bag. I felt love with both the bags as they were something special. February Fab bag was Valentine's day special. This July Fab bag is Red Carpet edition. The products came in a beautiful golden color bag this time.

July Fab bag has products worth 3000 INR and it is available for just 599 INR.



People who want to know about Fab Bag, here you go.

About Fab Bag:

Getting premium cosmetic samples is now simple with FAB BAG. FAB BAG is a monthly bag of happiness with full of best beauty and grooming products for hair, skin, makeup, bath & body, fragrances and much more. You can subscribe for 1 month, 3-months, 6-months or 1-year plan. There are lot of Indian Beauty Boxes and Bags available in India and this is one of the best Indian Beauty Bags available for both Indian men and women.


How it works?


You need to sign up and fill a fun quiz which is all about your beauty profile. The quiz is designed to help their beauty & grooming experts understand about your hair, skin conditions and your preferences. Based on your profile, the experts curate a truly FAB BAG especially for you.


What is a FAB BAG?


FAB BAG  comes out every month with samples of new amazing high class products. You get full size products too sometimes. The samples are designed to come for one week approximately, basically a good trial period within which you can know whether it works for you. After trying the samples, you can order full-size products from their online store in juicy discounted price. FAB BAG is available separately for men and women.



Products in my July Fab Bag 2015:

1. SUGAR TWIST AND SHOUT FADEPROOF KAJAL:

I received the full size kajal worth 699 INR.

Company claims:

This is a fade proof Kajal and requires only one stroke to get glamorous eyes.

My opinion: 

Yes, one stroke is good enough. If you want to be bold with your eyes, you might need few more strokes.

Company claims: 

It comes with easy grip for non-slip application on the go.

My opinion:

Yes, application is so easy. It is easy to apply while travelling too.

Company claims:

Made with gentle ingredients.

My opinion:

There is a big list of chemicals in the ingredients in the list. I do not have much knowledge to judge whether the ingredients are really gentle.

Company claims:

Stays for 24 hours.

My opinion:

Not for me at least. I went for a family outing on a hot day with this kajal on. I applied only one stroke. It stayed good for 3-4 hours. It started peeling off after that. It stays longer when I stay inside home:)

Company claims:

Water proof eyeliner.

My opinion:

Yes, it is water proof. But warm water can help to peel off easily as they have mentioned.

Company claims:

Eyeliner's pen format tapers to precision offering endless possibilities of application

My opinion:

The pen format is really good in precisioning.

2) BELLAPIERRE MINERAL LIPSTICK:

I have received full size lipstick which is worth 1500 INR.

Company claims:

Lipstick is with Natural moisturizers and it is perfect for true siren-pout, keeps lips luscious and primed to perfection all night long.

My opinion:

This lipstick does not make the lips dry. Yes, it has moisturizing effect. It keeps the lips luscious and primed to perfection for long. The lipstick is really good. But the price is expensive.

3) VANA LUXURY SUMMER SHINE:

I received 60 ml sample size of Italian Bergamot Luxury Summer Shimmer sunscreen. The full product is 115 ml and costs 2400 INR. I really felt what I have received is not just sample. The bottle is bigger.

Company claims:

It contains no paraben and it is 100% vegan lotion. A divine blend of 10 natural & essential oils. Leaves your skin luxuriously perfumed with a hint of sparkle.

My opinion:

No paraben and it is pure vegan lotion with lot of essential oils like carrot seeds oil, olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, Lavender essential oil and so on. It has nice aroma and gives a hint of sparkle. Perfect for parties and weddings.

4) AYORMA FAIRNESS & ANTI-TAN FACE WASH and FARINESS DAILY SCRUB:

I have received the sample of face wash and scrub. Sample size is 8 ml each. The full size face wash is 100 ml for 349 INR. Full size scrub costs 279 INR for 50 g.

Company claims:

Camera-ready skin. A heavenly combination of Ayurveda & Aromatherapy blended by modern technology, AYORMA gives you spa-like results at home. Scrub is enriched with essential oils & herbal extracts. It also moisturizes and nourishes skin.

My opinion:

I am not able to give any opinion about the face wash. The sample size is too small and it came only for very few washes. The scrub is good. Both of them have good fragrance.

Overall Thoughts:

I loved the eye liner very much. Lipstick is too good and stays longer. But the price is expensive. Vana Luxury summer shine is good for parties and functions. The price is expensive but we are not going to use it daily anyway. So, the bottle comes for long time. The sample size of AYORMA face wash is small and I am not able to judge its effectiveness. Scrub is really good.

This July Fab bag is really awesome. You can buy it definitely. Lipstick, Kajal, Vana Luxury summer shine are really good. I do not worry about the sample sizes of face wash and scrub as other products are really good for the price of 599 INR. Go to Fabbag.com to buy this awesome July Fab bag right away.

Disclosure: The product has been sent by brand for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own and unbiased.
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Masala Oats Recipe - How to prepare Masala Oats at home

Masala Oats - A healthy, easy and filling breakfast option for both kids and adults. Did I forget to tell you that it is tasty too? Yes, the taste of the masala oats recipe I have given here is very close to the store bought one. We have to forget Noodles masala now and change to Oats masala.

Oats has soluble fiber which reduces bad cholesterol levels. Hence it helps to decrease the risk of heart problems. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels.


Masala Oats

Cooking Oats based dishes does not mean that you end up in scaring your kids and hubby. Plain boiled oats is boring unless you are in weight loss program or in diet control. But Chocolate oats and masala oats are tasty.

My kid likes Masala Oats and I also like to include oats in my diet occasionally. I bought Saffola Masala Oats once when we went for grocery shopping. When I was cooking it on a fine evening, my kid came and asked me what I am cooking because of the nice aroma. I told him that it is Masala oats. He told me that he wanted to taste it.

I offered the masala oats to him and he liked it so much. I did not expect that. Though my hubby does not have much interest towards oats, my kid likes it. The saffola masala oats is not as tasty as noodles. But their masala is close to the noodles masala.As my kid loved it, he started asking me frequently. Masala oats is definitely the healthiest option especially for kids. I was looking to prepare masala oats at home itself for a long time.

I did not hesitate to offer him as I thought it was better than noodles. It happened long time back. I had some kind of negativity towards noodles. So, I ensured that I buy noodles once in a while just to please the palates. Now, the things have changed. Everyone put their thumbs down for noodles including noodles lovers.

I definitely miss the taste of the popular noodles but I feel blessed that it is banned at least now before making further destruction to the community.

When my kid asked for Masala oats last week, I decided to prepare masala oats at home without delaying further. I had to do a minor research on the ingredients of popular masala oats brands and managed to take the taste of my homemade masala oats close to them. I would say that I am completely delighted with the outcome. My kid had it for Saturday breakfast happily without complaining.

Masala Oats


Masala Oats Recipe - How to prepare Masala Oats


Masala Oats Recipe Learn how to make tasty and healthy masala oats at home. Homemade Masala oats is so tasty with the right combination of spice powders.
Cuisine: Indian Category: Breaskfast Serves: 2
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:
 
Ingredients
  • Oats - 200 g
  • Big Onion - 1/2
  • Tomato - 1/2
  • Ginger - 1/4 inch
  • Garlic - 1 clove
  • Coriander powder - 1/8 tsp(optional)
  • Corn flour - 1 tbsp
  • Carrot - 1 small
  • Beans - 2
  • Green Peas - 3 tbsp
  • Salt - To taste
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp or as required to get the desired color
  • Coconut grated - 1/2 tsp(optional)
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 inch stick
  • Oil -  1 tsp
  • Water - As required
 
Instructions
  1. Chop carrot and beans finely. Pressure cook carrot, beans and peas for 2 whistles with sufficient water and little salt.
  2. Chop the big onions roughly. Peel off the garlic skin and ginger. Grind chopped onion slices, ginger and garlic in mixer and keep aside.
  3. Heat a pan and dry roast oats and transfer it to a plate.
  4. Heat oil in the same pan. Add the onion, ginger and garlic paste, cinnamon stick, cardamom and saute till the raw smell of onion paste goes off.
  5. Add the roasted oats and add sufficient water(400 ml approximately). You can add more water little by little as and when required while cooking.
  6. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder(optional) sugar and salt. Adjust the measurements according to your taste. Mix well.
  7. Mix corn flour in 3 tbsp water. Mix well without lumps. Add this corn flour mixture to the oats. Mix well.
  8. Add grated coconut in this stage. Mix well and cook till the oats get blended with the spices and the raw smell of corn flour goes off. Add water  little by little as and when required.
Masala Oats is ready to serve. Garnish with coriander leaves if desired.


Oats Masala

Notes:

1. Adding grated coconut is optional. You can skip it if required. The coconut should be grated finely. You can also grind it in a mixie without adding water and make a fine powder before adding it.

2. Adding sugar is optional. It gives a mild sweet taste to the masala oats which I liked it. Some branded masala oats add sugar.

3. Corn flour is used for binding. I have seen some brands are using some chemical binding agent in their masala oats, Hence I used corn flour for thickening and binding. It helps to bind the oats well like noodles. You can skip it if you want.

4. Adjust the red chilli powder quantity as per your taste. 

5. When you prepare the masala oats for the first time, just add the ingredients little by little. Check the taste and adjust to get your desired taste.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Jabong.com Kids Online shopping review

Today I am sharing my review about the dresses which I have bought for my kid from Jabong.com. Shopping for my kid has been easier till he was a baby. Myself and hubby just look for few things like quality, fabric, brand and color. My hubby is very quick in shopping. So, he just picks quickly. We have never looked for particular designs or prints before.



Those days are gone. We involve our kid nowadays in choosing dresses for him. It is definitely a fun to see how he spends his time in choosing the dresses on his own.

Problems we faced with shopping for kid in stores:

Though we enjoyed letting our kid to choose the dresses, we started facing problems too. He picks all dresses with vehicle prints blindly. He does not bother about color, quality or brand.

Most of the shops do not have more collection especially for boys. Most of them do not have many designs in different color shades. Sometimes my kid asks us to buy t-shirts with same print but in different colors. He might not get bored. But we get bored to see same prints again and again. If a shop has different designs and prints, color options are limited.

My hubby stopped him taking to different stores for shopping his dresses. He directly takes him to branded stores and asks him to choose his dress. My son is not happy with the limited collection and I am not happy with the price tags. My hubby also started feeling bored to look at the same designs again and again every time.

Transition to Online shopping:

I thought of trying online shopping for my kid. Though myself and hubby buys most of the dresses online, we have never bought dresses for my kid online. Finding the right brand is the tough task when it comes to shopping online. Once you find the right brand for you, it becomes breezy.

With different requirements from each one of us, I have to be very careful with my shopping. My kid has to love the design and print. My hubby has to love the fabric, brand and quality. I should be happy with the quality, fabric, color and price. I also prefer dresses which just requires normal wash.

I have shopped many dresses and accessories for me from Jabong before. I was happy with their service and collection. Their return policy is very easy and the quality is also good. They will have discounts most of the time. So, I decided to buy from Jabong.

Jabong.com Kids Online shopping Review:

Jabong has really a wide variety of kids dresses. The dresses are very attractive. The collection is really huge. The colors are bold and some are really unique.

Once I have selected few dresses based on the requirements, I asked my kid to choose the ones which he like the most. Below are the dresses I shopped for my kid after getting votes from my son and hubby:)

Note: The price varies for different age groups. The price and discount might might vary time to time. 


Black Jeans with Belt:

Brand - Zucchini
Fabric  - Cotton
Wash - Normal Wash
MRP - 1399 INR
Discount - 55%
Discounted Price - 630 INR

The jeans is in good quality, looks fashionable, stretchable and comfortable for my kid.


Black T-shirt:

Brand - Gini & Jony
Fabric - Cotton
Wash Care - Normal Wash
MRP - 499 INR
Discount - 40%
Discounted Price - 299 INR


Blue T-shirt:

Brand - Playdate
Fabric - Cotton
Wash - Normal Wash
MRP - 399 INR
Discount - 50%
Discounted Price - 200 INR
Buy it here - http://www.jabong.com/playdate-Blue-T-Shirt-1455099.html

The black jeans and t-shirt might dull look in the picture as my kid wore them as soon as the parcel arrived. We went to the park and he played for more than 2 hours with the new dresses. I was not given any time by my kid to take photos when they were fresh. He played hard and the dresses were soiled. The jeans was really comfortable for him. It is stretchable.

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Jathikai Uses and benefits for face, skin and health | Health Benefits of Nutmeg

Jathikai(in Tamil) is called as Nutmeg in English. Jathikai is widely used in Tamil Nadu for the benefits the spice offers. It is also called as Jathikka. It has plenty of nutritional value. It is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Niacin, Folic acid, Ribloflavin, Beta-Carotene.

Whenever you use jathikai, make sure that you include only a dash of it. Nutmeg powder should not be used in more quantity.

Jathikai | Nutmeg is available in most of the Indian grocery stores. It is available in whole and powder form.

Jathikai is the seed of the tree, "Myristica fragrans" which is native to Indonesia. It looks great in its beautiful round shape.

Jathikai in different languages:

English - Nutmeg
Tamil - Jathikai or Jathikka or Jadhikkai
Hindi - Jaiphal
Telugu - Jaikaaya or Jajikayi
Malayalam - Jathikka
Kannada - Jaika or Jeerake or Jajikai
Marathi - Jaiphal or Jayphal
Gujarathi - Jayiphal or Jaiphal
Punjabi and Bengali - Jaiphal
Urudu - Jaiphal
Oriya - Jaiphala
Scientific Name - Myristica Fragrans

Jathikai Uses | Health Benefits of Nutmeg:

Jathikai is used to improve the over all health. It has antiseptic, anti spasmodic, anti rheumatic, analgesic, digestive and comforting properties.

1. Jathikai for sleep:

Jathikai helps to induce sleep. People with sleep disorders prefer Jathikai to get a good night sleep. Nutmeg helps to treat various sleep disorders. It has natural sedative properties and helps you to get sleep naturally without sleeping pills and other chemicals.

Mix jathikai powder in warm milk. 1/8 tsp of Nutmeg powder can be added to 1 cup of warm milk. Drink it before going to bed. You will get a deep sleep very soon.

Jathikai is a popular natural sleep aid. It provides relaxation and gives a sound sleep.

2. Jathikai for face, skin and hair:

Jathikai is good in treating pimples, blemishes, acne and acne scars. It has anti-inflammatory properties.

Just swipe the jathikai in a wet stone and apply the paste on the pimples. Repeat it daily till the pimple and scars goes off. Make sure that you clean and pat dry your face before applying.

If you have jathikai powder, mix it with water and make a thick paste. Clean and wipe the face gently. Apply the jathikai powder paste directly on the pimples.

You can use freshly ground nutmeg powder too.

After applying, wait for 20 minutes and wash it off with clean water. Pat dry your face.

You can also mix tumeric powder, sandalwood powder with the jathikai powder. Instead of water, you can use rose water or milk to make the paste.

Jathikka is also good for dry skin. You can massage the nutmeg oil before taking bath. Jathikkai thailam is available in market. Use it according to the instructions. Jathikkai oil is used for treating hair problems also like dandruff. Please look out for quality jathikkai oil for usage.

3. Jathikai for babies:

Jathikai is good for babies. But please limit the quantity you give to babies with just a swipe.  It induces the sleep in babies. This is a very old home remedy. People give it as a part of Ura marundhu. People give vasambu, sukku, masikkai, kadukkai and few other ingredients also along with nutmeg.

4. Jathikai for Stomach problems:

Nutmeg is good to treat stomach problems like indigestion, diarrhea and flatulence. You can include nutmeg powder in your breakfast cereals or with warm milk.

5. Jathikai for dental problems:

Nutmeg has anti-bacterial properties. It is used in oral care and to treat problems like tooth pain, sore gums. Nutmeg oil is available in market. One drop of oil can be applied in the problematic area.

6. Jathikai for joint pains, massage and aromatherapy:

There are jathikai oil available in the market for joint and muscular pains associated with rheumatism or overexertion.  Even nutmeg essential oil is available online and offline which can be used in massage and aromatherapy.


How to include Jathikka in your diet | Eating Jathikai:

Adding a pinch of jathikai powder in warm milk is the simplest way to include in your diet. You can also add them in yogurt, juices, rasam, soups, smoothies. Even some make jathikai pickle too.

Warning:

Do not add too much of nutmeg powder. A pinch of nutmeg powder is the recommended dosage. I have never added more than that. It is good to limit yourself to 1 to 2 pinches of Nutmeg powder for adults and 1 swipe for babies and not more than that without medical advice.

Over dosage of nutmeg powder can induce severe side effects like nausea, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth and memory disturbances.  It is good to avoid nutmeg during pregnancy.

So, please keep jathikai away from children.

Disclaimer: 

This article is for general reference purpose. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Before starting any new health regime, it is highly recommended to consult a professional doctor.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Flax Seeds Uses and Health Benefits | How to eat flax seeds

Flax Seeds is one of the top vegetarian substitute for Cod liver oil. If you are a vegetarian, consuming flax seeds can give you the benefits of Cod liver oil. If you are fond of low carb diet or curious in weight loss, flax seeds may help you a lot. With richness of fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, Lignan, Flax seeds can help you to maintain the overall health of your body.

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Though there are numerous benefits you can get from consumption of Flax seeds, there are side effects too when the dosage is high. Also, it is important to drink more water when you eat flax seeds. For every 1 tbsp of flax seed powder, you must drink 1 glass of water in addition to your daily water intake. Also, it is good to limit yourself to 2 tbsp a day.

Flax seeds in different languages:

Flax seeds have different Indian Names in different languages in India.

Flax seed in Hindi - Alsi or Alasi. It is called as 'Alsi' also in Gujarati and Punjabi. 
In Tamil - Ali Vithai/Azhi Vithai/Aazhi Vidhai/Aali Vidhai
In Marati - Jawas, Alashi
In Bengali - Tishi
In Kannada - Agasi
In Malayalam - Cheruchana Vithu
In Oriya - Pesi
In Telugu - Avise Ginzalu

Ground Flax seed is called as Pisi hui alasi, Tharaiyil Aazhi vidhai in Tamil, Jaminivara flaxseed in Marati, Graund flaxseed in Telugu, Nelada Flaxseed in Kannada, 


Varieties of Flax Seeds:

1. Brown Flax seeds
2. Golden or yellow flax seeds

Golden or yellow flax seeds are also called as Linseeds. Except a yellow type flax called 'Solin', all other type of flax seeds have similar nutrients and good amount of short chain Omega 3 Fatty acids. Solin has low level of Omega 3 Fatty Acids when compared with other type of flax seeds. Solin is also known as Linola.

Flax seed Oil or Linseed Oil(Alasi Ka Tela in Hindi):

Flax seed oil is also known as Linseed oil which is extracted from Flax seeds. It is an edible vegetable oil.

Flax seed oil and Linseed oil are called Alasi Ka Tela in Hindi.

Health Benefits of Flax Seeds:


Flax seed Nutritional information - 100 g of  Flax seed contains 534 calories, 3.7 g of saturated fat, 29 g of Polyunsaturated fat, 8 g of Monounsaturated fat, 18 g of Protein, 813 mg of Potassium, 30 mg of Sodium, 27 g of Dietary Fiber and 1.6 g of Sugar. It is also rich in Calcium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Iron, Phosphorous, Zinc and Magnesium. It also has Vitamin C.

Flax seeds have a lot of health benefits which is the advantage of flax seeds.

1. Omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds help to protect your heart from various heart related diseases.
2. Lignans present in flax seed have antioxidant and Estrogen qualities.
3. Recent studies have mentioned that they have anti-cancer properties. They can protect from breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer.
4. They are believed to reduce the  bad cholesterol LDL and increase the good cholesterol HDL.
5. Flax seeds for weight loss:
Flax seeds are widely used for weight loss. As it is rich in fiber, it keeps you feel  fuller. Including flax seed powder with your roti, cereals, rice, idli, dosa can make you to feel full easily and help you to avoid overeating.  When you include in your snacks, you will be able to avoid overeating. Hence flax seeds are useful for weight loss.
6. Flax seeds helps to control diabetes.
7. Flax seeds in Low Carb Diet:

When you are in low carb diet, eating flax seeds is very good as it is rich in fiber, omega 3 fatty acids and many more nutrients.

How to eat Fax seeds?

Here are some easy ways how you can consume Flax seeds as part of your daily diet. As whole flax seed is too hard for the body to break down, you can include them in powder form or oil. Eating flax seeds in ground form helps your body to digest them easily and process it effectively.

Since Flax seed oil has low smoke point, it is not recommended to cook in stove. Please check the instructions on the label before using.

Flax seed powder:

You can make your own Flax seed powder at home by dry roasting and grinding it. You can buy flax seeds in whole or ground form from super markets or you can buy online also. When you take flax seed powder, it is good to drink 1 glass of additional water(than your normal intake) for every tablespoon of flax seed powder you consume.

The flax seeds and flax seed powder should be stored in an air tight container and kept in fridge for a longer shelf life.

How to eat flax seed and include flax seed powder in your diet?

Flax seed powder as thickener:

Flaxseed powder can be used instead of plain flour or Maida and Cornstarch as thickening ingredient especially in soup and sauces. You can also replace gram flour with flax seed powder if you like while making kurma and other similar gravies. You can also use flax seed powder in baking items.

Replacement of Eggs:

Instead of adding egg, you can mix 1 tbsp of flax seed powder to 3 tbsp of water(1:3). Leave it for half an hour before using.

Binding Agent:

Flax seed powder can be used to bind patties, cutlets. You can use the flax seed like bread crumbs to bind.

Baking:

You can use flax seed powder when you bake cake, cookies, muffins and bread items.

Milk, Yogurt, Juice, Soups, Salads, Smoothie, Milk shakes and Lassie:

You can sprinkle a little amount of flax seed powder in your daily dose of milk, favorite juice, shakes, salads, soups and smoothies, yogurt and lassie.

Cereals like Oats and Corn flakes:

You can sprinkle flax seed powder while cooking oats or having corn flakes or any other cereal items.

Egg Omelet:

You can sprinkle flax seed powder like pepper powder while making egg omelet.

Snacks - Sweets and Savories:

You can add flax seed powder while making savories like omapodi, thukkada, murukku and sweets like dates halwa, thirattu paal.

Variety Rices and Kulambu:

Include flax seed powder while making variety rices or any kulambu, sambar varieties.

Flax seed Powder as side dish for Idli/Dosa/Rice and Roti:

Flax seeds can be used to make idli podi/idli chilli powder. It can be used as a side dish for Idli, Dosa, Roti and Rice. It tastes best when mixed with Gingelly oil.

I have already posted idli podi recipe in this blog. You can add 1 cup of flax seeds(Aazhi Vidhai/Alsi) and follow the same recipe to make Flax seed powder at home. In addition to the health benefits of Flax seeds, you also get the health benefits from Whole Urad dal, Gram dal and other ingredients used to make this powder.

Recipe for idli podi is here - Idli podi recipe.

Warnings - Side Effects of Flax Seeds:

1. Flax seeds are not recommended for pregnant and breast feeding ladies.
2. It is better to avoid flax seeds when you have periods. Flax seeds are known for slow clotting. The bleeding might be lower.
3. Diabetes people who already take medicines to control their blood sugar should be cautious with it as both of them lowers your sugar level which might lead to low sugar.
4. People who takes medicines to stop clotting should not take Flax seeds as they are also slow clotting. Both will make more bleeding.
5. People who have bowel problems should not have flax seeds as it might increase bloating and stomach discomfort.
6. People who are already in medication for health issues should consult your doctor before trying any home remedy.
7. Avoid if you are allergic to it.

This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This is just for reference. As always, you need to consult a certified physician before taking starting any new health regime.
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Zephyr Toys Robotix1 Motorized Engineering System for Kids Review

Zephyr Toys Robotix1 Motorized Engineering System for Kids Review - This is second toy we have chosen for our kid after Zephyr Toys mechanix grand pix from the brand Zephyr Toys. The first one was purely plastic based engineering construction set which is suitable for 3+ years old kid. My son has grown up a little more and he is now ready to play with advanced toys too.

Zephy toys are unique and different from the usual vehicle and other toys. I love it mainly as the it helps the children to enhance many skills and it also has the ability to engage the kid for a long time. If my hubby and kid sit together with Zephyr toys, they spend more than one hour every time.


Zephyr toys review
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