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June 29, 2011


1.Instead of salt, use  “Saindava Lavana”  which is available in any ayurvedic shop. This is nothing but the salt which occurs naturally,this is NOT the salt that we usually use in the kitchen which is chemical salt and is harmful.

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The origin of rock salt comes from the sea bed that evaporated million years ago.
The Indus Valley is where the ancient Indian culture n civilization developed and this salt range of  Indus Valley is where our Indians mined salt thousands of years ago.The salt range lies between Indus river and Himalayan range in the north of what is Pakistan today. Our ancient Indians called the salt mined there as Saindava Lavana.
This salt was used with great success by Ayurveda. By contrast, Indus Salt is uncontaminated and pure.
Rock salt is possibly the purest form of salt, which is free from environmental pollutants, chemical components and does not require a refining process. It contains pure minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper and all the other 84 minerals.
Benefits of Rock Salt:
  • Skin benefits :
    It helps in exfoliating dead skin cells, cleansing skin pores and protecting the natural skim layer to produce healthy and energized skin type. It also helps in strengthening skin tissue to rejuvenate the skin to make it look younger and firm.
  • Antioxidant 
    It helps in getting rid of toxic minerals and refined salt deposits by stimulating blood circulation and mineral balance.
  • As a Health Monitor
    Use of rock salt helps in stabilizing blood pressure by maintaining a balance of high and low blood pressures. It also helps in controlling weight by equalizing minerals which inhibit cravings and eliminate fat dead cells.
  • As a Cure
    Rock salt is used as a home remedy to cure many disorders and ailments. It used to treat many kinds of skin disorders and other ailments such as rheumatic pains and herpes. It can also be consumed along with lemon juice to eliminate stomach worms and control vomiting. The common cold and cough and other nasal and chest ailments can be treated with recipes that involve rock salt as the main ingredient. It is even used to reduce pain, inflammation and irritation from insect bites.
 2. Instead of sugar, use “Patika” which is also available in any ayurvedic shop.
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3. Brown Rice  is more preferable than any other rice as it is considered to be highly nutritious and healthy. Its called Mudi Biyyam / Dampudu Biyyam in telugu.  If you are worried about your growing weight, feeling fatigue more often, want to stay away from diabetes, want to keep your cholesterol level down then brown rice is the right kind of food for you.
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Process of cooking Brown Rice :
  •  Cooking brown rice is a little tricky and time taking process. Many people have trouble cooking brown rice in the beginning. Once you cook regularly you get used to it. You must bear this in order get the full nutrients it has. The first step is to clean and rinse the rice properly and soak in lukewarm water for at least half an hour or more. Since brown rice is a whole large grain with upper bran layer intact; it needs to be soaked in lukewarm water for better result.
  • Here you must learn to add right amount of water to cook brown rice. For cooking brown rice take double the quantity of water to rice. For example: If you are cooking 2 cups of rice add 4 cups of water. Any thing less makes the rice hard to eat and anything more makes it messy.
  • Now put on the stove and cook the rice on high flame for 5 to 10 minutes and then reduce the flame letting the rice cook in a simmer for another 20 minutes. It usually takes long time to cook when compared to white rice. Do not bother about the gas expenditure while cooking. Think about the benefits of eating brown rice. Because regular use of brown rice keeps you away from doctors and medicines.
  • When the rice is cooked take off the stove and keep the lid closed for a while for better results.
  • Your rice is now ready to serve. Serve it hot with any curry. Regular use of brown rice keeps you fit and healthy. Make a practice of eating brown rice regularly at your home and make your friends and relatives follow the same.
4.  Way to drink water :
  • Drink lukewarm water approximately 2-3 glass immediately after getting up in the morning.This helps the night-long gathered saliva in your mouth to reach your stomach which is very good for digestion and lukewarm water consumption in morning also cleans up the digestive track.
  • Never drink cold water or any cold thing as stomach needs heat for digestion of food and consuming cool things calms down that heat which makes it difficult for the digestion system to digest the food.
  • Drink water sip by sip instead of gulping it quickly just like the animals do for maintaining a good and healthy digestive system.
  • Fill a copper jug full of water and allow it to stand all night. Drinking this water in the morning on empty stomach gives great health benefits.
5. Top 10 Health Benefits of Ginger
      Source :   Nishas Kitchen

  • Ginger is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
  • As Ginger contains anti viral, anti toxic, and anti fungal properties, and is used for the prevention of and treatment against the common cold. The intake of ginger helps stimulate the secretion of mucus, quieting your cough and soothing any scratchiness I your throat.
  • The health benefit of ginger is it acts as an antihistamine and aids in the treatment of allergies.
  •  Since Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, it provides the best health benefits helping in digestion and the prevention of cramps.
  • Ginger has proven to help lower your cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of blood clots.
  • Ginger has been used by pregnant women to ward off the morning sickness. Ginger may be effective for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women when used for short periods.
  • Fresh ginger juice if applied to minor burns as well as skin irritations provides immediate relief.
  • Ginger oil is used in spas and saloons for a perceived refreshing effect on one’s mind and a potential ability to reduce arthritic pain.
  • Ginger can also be used for reducing toothache.
  • Ginger may be used by children over 2 years of age to treat nausea, stomach cramping, and headaches.
June 29, 2011


1. If dosa sticks to the tawa, rub an onion cut into half dipped in oil on the hot tawa and sprinkle some water over it. Now try making the next dosa.

2. To get good crisp puris, add a little semolina into the dough.

3. Adding pinch of salt while frying onions makes it quicker to fry the onions.

4. If want to preserve ginger,garlic and green chillies paste for long add bit salt and hot oil to it while grinding.(Source :  Nilisha Agarwal)

5. Adding Kasuri methi to sambar will enhance the taste and flavour (Source: Swetha S Abhinav)

6. f forgetten to soak chana or rajma in night, to just saok them in hot water for 1 hour n then when going to boil in pressure cooker add 2 whole supari in it….they will get boiled soon  (Source : Nilisha Agarwal)

7. Add 1 cup dahi and 1/2 cup ghee( i knw thts too much) to methi paratha dough….and knead it with warm water… will add taste n will becme soft too (Source : Nilisha Agarwal)

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