Nadir Yakhni Recipes

Lotus root or Nadru is found in the lakes of Srinagar. Hence it is a popular ingredient used in delicacies in Kashmir. Nowadays it is available in local vegetable markets as well

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Nadir Yakhini is a yogurt gravy based dish cooked in a variety of spices.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes Image result for nadur yakhni recipe
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 5-6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 kg nadru (lotus root)
  • 100ml mustard oil
  • 2 cups of whipped curd
  • 3 table spoon saunf powder (fennel seeds powder).
  • 1/4 tea spoon hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 tea spoon shah jeera (cumin)
  • 1 tea spoon kala jeera (black cumin)
  • 3 crushed moti elaichi (black cardamom)
  • 2 crushed choti elaichi (green cardamom)
  • 1 tea spoon saunth powder (ginger powder)
  • 2 tej patta (bay leaves)
  • 1 stick dalcheeni (cinnamon)
  • 1 whole laung (clove)

Method

  • Wash the lotus root well and peel them, cut them into 2″ thick pieces.
  • Boil them for 5-7 minutes to get rid of the mud and dirt inside the holes
  • You can fry the nadru after boiling (This is optional)
  • Add these pieces of nadru in a pressure cooker with 2 glasses of water
  • Add salt, tej patta, dalcheeni, laung and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles till the lotus root softens
  • Heat the mustard oil in a pan, add shah jeera and hing
  • Beat the curd and add it to the pan and stir constantly to avoid curdling
  • Let it boil
  • Add the salt for this gravy, saunf powder, saunth powder, kala jeera, moti elaichi and choti elaichi and give it a boil.
  • Add these contents to the pressure cooker with the nadru
  • Let it boil for 10 minutes so the flavors are absorbed by the nadru
  • Serve with boiled basmati rice
Lotus root is a very healthy vegetable. Rich in minerals like potassium, phosphorous, iron, manganese, copper, zinc and many more; contains vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. It is a source of dietary fiber, also complex carbohydrates
Benefits of Lotus Root
* Boosts Immunity
*Aids Digestion
*Helps weight management
*Reduces stress
*Improves Blood Circulation
*Regulates blood pressure
*Relieves constipation
*Protects the heart
*Facilitates digestion
So what are you waiting for, get your stock of good health now.
By NSS
26th March 2018

Walking For A Healthy You

Walking is the most natural way of exercising, man has been walking since the beginning of time immemorial. When done right, you can walk your way to a fitter, slimmer and a healthier you

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  • 10,000 steps a day is recommended for fitness. Keeping track of the number steps taken gives you a sense of achievement. Adapting to small lifestyle changes could help you get in shape, walking to the grocery store or to a friend’s or even to run errands, taking the staircase, ditching the elevators and escalators will help you reach to your desired weight.
  • A dedicated 40-minute walk will also help reach your daily target. You can even walk in intervals, it helps control blood sugar levels and also can squeeze into your tight schedule.
  • Intensity can be increased by a brisk walk or walk uphill which will increase the heart rate, help build muscles, increase metabolism and would not even lead to sore muscles. Interval walking also works wonders, walk at varied speeds to increase calorie burn.
  • Eating healthy, cutting on sugar and bakery products will also help speed the weight loss process.
  • Try having foods and beverages that boost metabolism,  like green tea, green coffee, protein-rich food. Drink 3-4 liters of water to flush toxins.

Walking has innumerable benefits, some of which are

  • Burns calories, promotes weight loss, helps cut down the extra flab
  • Reduces risk of diseases, increases bone density, keeps the heart healthy, prevents disease like diabetes
  • Keeps the body active by stimulating blood circulation, controls blood pressure and cholesterol levels, refreshes the system, lifts your spirit, makes feel livelier, rejuvenates the body
  • Cheapest and easiest form of exercise can be done anytime, anywhere. There is an array of walking videos available online for which you just need an internet connection, walk along with them or walk on the treadmill, without a need to step out of the house.
  • Walking keeps a person happy and keeps stress at bay. Calms down the nerves as the body releases endorphins which have an overall relaxing effect.
  • Improves memory and cognitive functions of the brain as the levels of the hormones serotonin and dopamine increase due to walking
  • Improved blood circulation gives the skin a healthy glow, delaying the signs of aging.
  • Walking with a friend keeps the motivation high and the bond strong
  • Walking keeps a man happy and healthy and keeps off the excess weight, also strengthens muscles

Walking tips

  • Wear the right shoes that are comfortable, offer a good grip and support and do not pinch anywhere
  • Track the number of steps using a pedometer or a tracking mobile app
  • Warm your body up, start with slow walking and then work up the speed
  • Carry water for hydration
  • Walk with a good posture, with your back straight, tummy tucked in, navel trying to touch the back
  • Arms need to be as close to the body as possible while swinging them so that the motion is fluid and effective
  • Swinging the arms back and forth faster will increase your walking speed
  • Relax the neck and shoulder muscles
  • Take shorter strides trying to push off the leading foot with more force while keeping 
  • The heel should touch the ground first then roll the foot on your toes for minimum stress on ankles and knees
  • Find a walking buddy  to keep yourself motivated

Coupled with a healthy diet, a daily walk done in the right way can work wonders for one’s well being. So, what are you waiting for; put on your walking shoes and start today! And remember, “The only shortcut for weight loss is taking the long path”

By NSS

26th March 2018

4 Easy Tips for Healthy Living

Life is beautiful and amazing! You don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs (kidney, heart, lungs, gallbladder, liver, stomach, intestines, etc.) may be working well, but who knows they may not be able to work tomorrow. Don’t take your good health for granted. Everyone in the world hopes to live healthier, feel best and make this life a better one. Let us Take care of our body in simple 5 ways.

  1. Drink lots of Water – Water is one of the essential substance on earth. That is in the liquid form at the temperatures commonly found on the surface of our planet.  Plants, Animals, and Human Beings need water to carry out cell activity, the body loses the water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, which is why it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating food which contains water. It also keeps your skin looking healthier and gives you more energy. I know, you’ve heard this before …but the question now is why have n’t you started doing it?  We shall act like we live in a desert and then start drinking lots of water.Image result for water
  2. Exercise – It not only lowers the risks of some diseases and helps Image result for exercisepeople to lose weight.Most effective way to improve your mental health and also gives a positive impact on depression, anxiety and moreover that it acts like stressbuster sometimes.Movement is life and it makes you feel good. Start moving that awesome body of your ’s there are many ways these days like yoga, running or kickboxing. A gym would be the best which does both cardio and weight training. Regular Activity also improves the quality of the life. Increase the level of the activity in your life its not only about being healthy but also to have fun at the same time. Don’t just do cardio activities . Give your body a proper workout.
  3. Eat Healthy food – Like fruits and vegetables are important for good health, with many vitamins and minerals.Do you know that oranges offer more health benefits than vitamin C pills? Try having fruits in the morning as a first meal and even in the mid-meal, you can at least have one fruit. Avoid excess fiber intake as it is detrimental to constipation and smooth digestionImage result for healthy food. Too much of fiber can even cause gas and abdominal bloating. Pick different colored vegetables and fruits while shopping. As they are bright colors which are usually high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are good for health because they remove free radicals that can damage our cells. Macro-nutrients are nutrients needed in bulk amounts to ensure normal growth, metabolism, and well-being of our bodies. Cut down on processed foods and go for healthy fats.
  4. Don’t skimp on sleep – Studies have shown that those who sleep less tend to weigh more.

How to remain Happy ?

Most people have no control over their emotional well-being. It is said that life is a matter of choices. Being happy is a choice. Decide, “Whatever the circumstances I want to be happy and I will be happy always.” There are no terms and conditions for happiness. Most people are as happy as they decide to be. Happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have. It depends on what you think. Our basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, and good at what we do. You also want to have a sense of control. Money doesn’t automatically fill these requirements, but it sure can help. I’ve learned to look for ways to spend money to stay in closer contact with my family and friends; to promote my health; to work more efficiently; to eliminate sources of irritation and marital conflict; to support important causes, and to have enlarging experiences. For example, when my sister got married, I splurged on a better SMARTPHONE. It was expensive, but it gave me a lot of happiness. We expect others to treat us better than we treat them. We work out a few times and stress because we don’t instantly look like models. We want to live like rock stars, ignoring the fact that only a few people reach that level of success.In short, we tend to have unreasonable expectations. The difference between what we feel entitled to and what we actually get is the source of much misery.Accept life in its entirety; stop thinking in terms of what should be and accept what is. When you live without entitlement, every good thing becomes a wonderful surprise. Even better, expecting nothing means never being disappointed. The expectation is also the root cause of all the sorrows. “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, then there will be the comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” Anne Frank

Here are few ways that I follow. Hope they help you too.

  1. Hang around with positive people who make you smile. Avoid those who are perpetually complaining and criticising.
  2. Always remind yourself that nothing is more important than your peace and happiness. You are born to be happy!
  3. Always keep a goal in life, something to look forward to. That will keep you motivated.Image result for remain happy
  4. Try to make the best of every situation. Spend time reading, watching movies, exploring your hobbies and most importantly travel. Travel as much as you can. Focus on collecting memories that last a lifetime.     Conclusion  – At the end of the day, bad things will happen to you. You will have highs, lows and lots of mediums in your life. You’re only human, just like everybody else.So Just change the attitude and thinking towards it. IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY – MAKE OTHERS HAPPY – Dada

Are Dairy foods good for you ?

Yes, obviously they are good. Dairy is a controversial and confusing food Group these days.  How much should dairy products be consumed?  Aim for 3 dairy servings (about 3 cups) of low-fat milk products each day. Some good choices are listed below. Low-fat dairy products: 1 cup of 2%, 1%, or skim (fat-free) milk.

  • Butter and butter blends.
  • Natural and processed cheese products.
  • Cultured Dairy. Yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, dips and other cultured dairy foods.
  • Frozen Desserts. Ice cream cakes other frozen desserts made with dairy ingredients.
  • Ice Cream/Novelties. …
  • Non-Dairy Beverages. …
  • Whey, Milk Powder and many more.Image result for dairy products

The most important thing about dairy food is the quantity and the timings of when you are having it. They help to meet our calcium requirements and many other things. To meet dietary calcium requirements, women need 1,000 milligrams per day between ages 19 and 50 and 1,200 milligrams after age 51, according to the federal Office of Dietary Supplements. Drinking three to four glasses of milk would be very much helpful.So you all know that dairy foods are number one for bones and teeth plus calcium as I have mentioned above.  But did you know having enough milk, yogurt and cheese can be good for your heart, blood pressure and losing fat also?  Gaining muscle too?

Milk, cheese, and yogurt are naturally full of important nutrients such as calcium and protein but excess should be avoided.The unique package of vitamins and minerals they provide means these dairy foods have some pretty important health benefits!  Not only me but also The Australian Dietary Guidelines say that consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and colorectal cancer – some of the main causes of death in Australia. Because of these great health benefits the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we include milk, yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives (mostly reduced fat) every day as part of a balanced diet. Flavored yogurts should be avoided. but if no option left then you should read the flavored yogurt content and avoid if it contains alternative sugars like fructose, glucose, sucrose as they are not healthy. Also, avoid flavored sugar with the high amount of sugar. You can add natural sweeteners like honey etc. If you were to remove milk from your diet, it is important to substitute it with the following foods: Bean, Kale, Two servings of oatmeal, Egg yolks, Fatty fish and Fortified orange juice. Each coin has two sides it is our choice to choose whether dairy foods are good or not even  Whether you’re a serious athlete or you’re exercising for your general health and fitness, nutrition is fundamental to your performance as Milk is one of the best drinks for re-hydration and refueling after exercise. One of the most common reasons why people still drink milk as adults is to strengthen their bones. Milk is one of the richest sources of calcium and vitamin D.

How to control cravings ?

Food and sugar cravings are a dieter’s worst enemy . Everyone has experienced such moment when you walk towards the fridge, look inside realize nothing is in your diet and walk away disappointed. Sometimes it can be even difficult to tell that if your body is actually hungry or just bored, bad advice can be pills or hocus pocus theories .  8 simple appetite suppressants that actually work –

  • Drink water first this is because thirst and hunger cravings are often confused. Due to the sedentary lifestyle, our bodies were designed to do and then get up and do something so to conquer this drink a large glass of water, wait for few minutes after that and you will often find that the cravings go away as your body was bored and was searching for another dopamine head.
  • Sip on some peppermint tea – lots of studies are done on this. Inhaling the scent of peppermint tea every two hours caused people to eat 1800 fewer calories than normal. it also showed reduced cravings for sugar and fatty foods.
  • Meditation – Strange but true meditation has been shown to reducing binge eating by 70% in severe food addicts.It has also been shown to increase focus, improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, make you more empathetic to others. You only need 5-10 minutes for these effects and this can be done anywhere and at any time.Image result for meditation
  • Eats lots of protein and fibrous carbs at the same time – Protein has been shown to greatly reduce cravings and help people to naturally decrease the calories and even lose fat, not the weight. Fiber has been shown to reduce appetite by 39% like combine them in meals. For example  – Steak + Spinach salad can be added to the lunch or dinner and even apple + whey protein shake.
  • Drink Decaf Coffee – It looks like decaf coffee has finally found its place in the world. Not only does it have antioxidants and nutrients. it is also a strong appetite suppressant. In fact, it also proved to beat out regular coffee and caffeine pills for helping people stop cravings.
  • Drink apple cider Vinegar throughout the day – Vinegar increases the fullness you feel from your meals. It can also help you to fight sugar cravings and even stopping those mid-day crashes with its blood sugar leveling effects. Drink 2tbsp apple cider vinegar + 1 glass of the water 30 minutes before your meals or during your meals.Related image
  • Spice thing up – Adding cayenne pepper to your meals has been shown to increase metabolism and decrease the curbed appetite. It has also been proven to increase fat burning in men and women. So adding a Sriracha and Louisiana hot sauce will help to stop your cravings.
  • Eat Satiating Food – The biggest problem people face is eating foods that don’t satisfy them. Butter, white bread, cream, and pizza these are empty calories which leave the body unsatisfied. Watermelon, oranges protein, oatmeal, meat, apple, and potato leave the body feeling full. Eat more of these foods to stop your cravings.

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How to control diabetes ?

Diabetes is a  disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood. There are 2 types of Diabetes which are – Type 1 diabetes where there is a chronic condiImage result for diabetestion in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin which is unrecoverable. Type 2 diabetes where is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose) which can be recoverable. The scientific word for diabetes is Diabetes Mellitus.  These days it has become a very common heath problem. People are even going to Nutrition center to cure it through diet and by losing weight. Some of the common symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, weight loss (even though you are eating more), excessive thirst, increased urination, cut and bruises that are slow to heal and blurred vision. Bitter Gourd also is known as bitter melon, which can be helpful for controlling diabetes due to its blood glucose lowering effects. It tends to influence the glucose metabolism all over your body rather than a particular organ or tissue. Even due to the high sugar level, people are on insulin and medication which is too costly and after getting affected by diabetes they start focusing on their health and diet  They have to eat every 2-3 hours so that their sugar level is maintained. but they eat most carbohydrates which are the major cause of diabetes , They should start eating healthy and lots of fat and protein, they won’t only get cure from diabetes but even they would start losing weight which would be mostly fat. It is also said that you can control diabetes with one boiled egg every day.

Image result for diabetesResearch has also proved that even, when you get up early in morning usually the insulin is low that’s the reason Doctor and Nutritionist says that we should eat high sugar fruits in the morning hours and low sugar fruits as a middle meal or before lunch but for diabetes patients no high sugar fruit allowed only low sugar fruit . Strictly no fruits after lunch and even no bakery products with tea . No sugar in tea, a patient can use natural sugar-free or stevia (drops or leaves).Insulin in the morning hours is low due to fasting of 8-10 hours during sleep. That’s why in the morning hours you need simple forms of carbs that are fruits which can be any low sugar fruit and this rule is applicable to all the age groups there is no specification. If the glucose level is high in your blood then it can lead to serious health issues. Fenugreek Seeds soaked them in water for overnight, next day in the morning strained the water in the glass and drink this water every day which helps to control diabetes by stimulating pancreases increase in the production of insulins. LIFE IS NOT OVER BECAUSE YOU HAVE DIABETES . MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE, BE GRATEFUL – DALE EVANS.

Easy way to lose weight

Slim people’s secret is they care about food quality, not quantity, they love home cooking, they know what they are eating. They listen to their bodies, they don’t miss their breakfast, their keep track of their weight, they play sport, they eat plenty of vegetables and protein, no carbs at all. Obese people are usually hungry, unsatisfied and rebound weight gain. The first step is to lose weight is to cut the carbohydrates temporarily as insulin fat storing hormone is triggered by eating lots of carbohydrates and when insulin goes down the body starts burning fat stores for energy. The kidney which has stored excess of sodium and water starts losing out reduces bloat and unnecessary water – weight. Carbohydrates are not a bad thing but if you are interested in fast weight loss then this is one of the easiest ways to see the scale move quickly. Cut down your carbs to 30-50 grams per day from 250 carbs. Eat a ton of protein whether you are vegetarian, pescetarian, libertarian, or whatever but there is one food you are almost assuredly are not eating enough of Protein. Protein is the doubly effective approach for fast effective weight loss. First, it reduces your appetite as protein is the most satisfying nutrients on our planet which obsessive thought about food is reducing by 60% by 441 fewer calories per day. It also boosts your metabolism as it raises your calories burned by 80-100 calories per day . Salmon, eggs, beef, Chicken, pork, mutton, all the dairy products like paneer, milk, buttermilk no cheese and butter as they are allowed only in few diets and the most important supplements like whey protein , casein . Anyone of these should be taken in every meal by 30- 50 grams. Sleep 7-9 Hours per night , Minimum . Underestimated tools for steady and consistent weight loss . Lack of sleep disturbs appetite hormones and it also raises your stress hormone , cortisol which can cause stubborn body fat and higher calorie intake . Sleep is where your body recovers and quality sleep has been proved to make you more productive and less likely to gain weight and help you with your weight loss goals . So make sure to get minimum 7 hours per night for fast weight loss or any health goals . Life weight at least 3 times in a week as lifting weight has a particular positive effect on fast weight loss. This is because of the down-regulation of metabolism. Doing a little bit of weight – lifting will keep this happening and hit the gym at least 3 times in a week and resistance training. Focus on the quality of your food –  It’s not that calories don’t matter they definitely do but the problem is when they obsess over calories and they forget about the importance of the quality of Food. When you start eating high-quality lean protein + vegetables + high quality of fats then weight loss will surely happen naturally.

Fear

Fear

A Little fear is essential for people to be righteous. Nature has built a little fear in all living beings. This fear makes life defend itself, protect itself. Like salt in food. Constructive fear helps for a successful life, like fear of failure makes you more keen and dynamic. For example – A boy who is afraid of not having of good job will work hard for a good degree, even though he has no interest in studies. Fear moves you from carelessness to taking care. Fear moves you from being insensitive to being sensitive. Fear moves you from dullness to alertness. Like a lady who was very lazy, never kept her house clean, but when she saw a cockroach in her house, she started cleaning, because of deep fear of cockroach might kill her. Total lack of fear may lead to destructive tendencies- a distorted ego knows no fear. Nor does one with expanded consciousness like terrorist.
While the ego dismisses fear and acts in a destructive manner, the wise one acknowledges fear and takes refuge in the Divine. When you are in love, when you are surrendered, there is no fear, Ego, too knows no fear. But there is a difference- like the difference between heaven and earth – between these two types of fearless states. Fear makes you righteous, fear bring you close to surrender</strong, fear keeps you on the path, fear keeps you far from being destructive. Like Arjuna got scared to see his grandfather, his Master, and other close relatives fighting against them in the battle field, he surrendered himself to krishna and asked for the guidance, Krishna cleared all his doubts and blessed him with divine knowledge (Geeta gyana), he could over a great deep fear of attachment and he fought. Surrender makes miracles. Peace and law are maintained on the planet because of fear. A newborn child knows no fear the baby relies totally on his mother. When a child, a kitten, or a bird starts becoming independent, they experience fear and this makes them run back to their mothers. This is inbuilt by nature to sustain life.
Fear is an emotion tool, it identifies warning threat of challenges, it is a panic if it evokes sudden and severe threat to one’s well being. People have fear of heights, fear of challenges, fear of rejection, fear of commitments, fear of separation, fear of loosing money, fear of loosing status, position, comforts, fear of death, fear of sickness etc. fear is a double edge weapon, if managed improperly it is bad, regressive, detrimental, and if managed properly, it is good, constructive, instrumental to progression of one’s personality.
Work hard, leave rest on God.

Feel Good

Feel Good
Happiness is state of mind. And also happiness is not complete until it is shared. Have you ever thought, what makes you feel good. What, is it that makes you, happy. The reason makes happy can be anything. Some of them could be- socializing, close relationship, prayer, shopping, eating, travelling, watching move, talking on phone etc. Whatsoever it may be, they are related to positive activity that leads to cheerfulness and enjoyment.
Stated below are the following sum factors which can help you to feel good always:-
• Trick you mind to believe that you are happy:-
Our thought influence our being, we are what, we think. Always think that you are better than fine, if you think you are happy, you will really be happy. Next time somebody asks you “ how are you?” “don’t say I am fine .“ “Say I am fantastic!” By during this you are making your mind believe, to feel good about yourself. This also help to enhance self-esteem.

• Be more social:-
One of the main factor to feel good is to have healthy relationship with self, family, friends, and society. In today’s time, it is very essential to have strong relations within the family, and outside with friends, it is equally important to have a figure number of friends an acquaintances . This large network of people also helps you to be more successful. Suppose you are in search of a new job, or you want to increase you business, or you in search of good life partner, networking will be a great help to you.

• Acceptance:-
Ignoring or running away from facts does not change the fact, it is always better to accept the fact. It is always better to appropriately adopt with the situation. The journey of life is never smooth and therefore adjustment is not a onetime activity. Over a period of time due to various reasons, you may need to make different adjustment with different situation. Thus being passion, balance and alert can help you feel good even in difficult time.

• Leisure time:-
You feel better when you relax. It is very necessary to take a break from time consuming duties or activities. There are various ways people choose to relax, like gardening, writing, watching TV, singing, playing, meditating or nurturing a hobby, or helping someone etc. These activities refresh your mind and body.
Sleep is also a state of rest for mind and body. Adequate amount of sleep is essential for a happy living.
All these above mentioned activities and sleep helps to relive the stress.

Few steps to feel good.
1. Drink lot of water– Not drinking enough water can make you dehydrated, which in turn can make you tired and not function as well.
2. Exercise- This helps you to enhance your mood and aid with happiness, self-esteem, proper sleep etc.
3. Take walks- If you live close to the store, walk instead of drive. Walk in your lunch break.
4. Yoga- Yoga helps to manage stress, improves breathing, heals body.
5. Put on some music and dance- This will release happy brain chemicals from exercise and it’s fun.
6. Sing- Singing especially group singing creates a feeling of bonding and community.
7. Help others- Philanthropy is about using your time, energy, money to help others. It provides you with a sense of perspective and a sense of purpose.