Learn how to make soft & fluffy gluten free roti’s with Nutty Yogi Gluten Free Super Lite Flour 0
Learn how to make soft & fluffy gluten free roti’s with this easy step by step 2 videos tutorials. ⠀
- 1.5 cup gluten free flour (I’ve used gluten free super lite flour from @nuttyyogi ) ⠀
- 1 cup water ⠀
- 1 tsp oil ⠀
- Pinch of salt ⠀
- Extra flour ⠀
1. In a pan add 1 cup water.⠀
2. Add a pinch,less than half tsp of salt.Allow it to boil.⠀
3. Add 1.5 cup gluten free flour. ⠀
4. Using a wooden ladle, allow the flour to cook and continue to mix well until the dough starts to form.⠀
5. After 2-3 minutes when the dough is formed add 1 tsp oil and mix.⠀
6. Transfer the dough onto a plate.⠀
7. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rest for 5-7 minutes until the dough cools down slightly and then knead to make into a smooth ball.⠀
8. Take a small portion of the dough, make a small ball and then roll into roti using a rolling pin. Add extra flour whenever necessary so it doesn’t stick to the board. 9. Heat a pan on high heat and transfer roti to the pan , cook for few minutes on each side. It can also be cooked directly on the flame. ⠀
10. Transfer to plate and enjoy the delicious soft and fluffy gluten free roti.⠀
- Gaurav Jain
- Tags: Gluten Free
The Fibre Rich Diet! 0
A new word has been added to the Healthy way of talking and that is Dietary Fibre. A relatively new entrant in the family of vitamins, cholesterol free and minerals, aren't we confused what is Dietary Fibre. How does it work and most of all how is it beneficial for us!
Dietary fibre is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be digested by our bodies' enzymes. It is found in edible plant foods such as cereals, fruits, vegetables, dried peas, nuts, lentils and grains.
There are two kinds of Dietary Fibre – Soluble and Insoluble:
Functions and benefits of insoluble fibre
Insoluble fibres have many functions, including moving bulk through the digestive tract and controlling pH (acidity) levels in the intestines.
Benefits of insoluble fibre:
- Promotes regular bowel movements and prevents constipation
- Speeds up the elimination of waste through the colon
- By keeping an optimal pH in the intestines, insoluble fibre helps prevent microbes from producing substances which can lead to cancer
Food sources of insoluble fibre include vegetables - especially dark green leafy ones, root vegetable skins, fruit skins, whole wheat products, wheat bran, corn bran, nuts, and seeds
Functions and benefits of soluble fibre
Soluble fibre binds with fatty acids, it slows down the time it takes to empty the stomach and the rate of sugar absorption by the body.
Benefits of soluble fibre:
- Reduces cholesterol especially levels of LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Regulates sugar intake, this is especially useful for people with diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Soluble fibre is fermented by gut bacteria, improving immune, digestive, and overall health
Good sources of soluble fibre include kidney beans, pinto beans, brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, zucchini, apples, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, prunes, legumes, oatmeal, and whole-wheat bread.
What kinds of foods are rich in fibre?
Eat plenty of vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and fruits. Do remember that much of the fibre in fruits and vegetables is stored in the seeds, skin and membranes. Hence, an un skinned apple has more fibre than a peeled banana. By the way, raspberries have the highest fibre among all fruit and avocados are second to raspberries with 14 grams of fibre in a cup. Strawberries and blueberries are also full of fibre.
Do remember to drink plenty of water (about eight glasses a day) with your fibre-rich diet so that you can eliminate the undigested fibre easily. Also, the water you drink binds with the soluble fibre to form a gel that lowers insulin and your body’s capacity to store fat.
- Gaurav Jain
Quinoa - the Super seed 0
I picked up my first packet of quinoa a few years back after I read an article screaming about its goodness. The packet sat pretty in my pantry for a few months! I would look at the packet and wonder about it and then decide that is it too much of a bother to cook and anyway I am not sure if I will like the taste, if the family would like it – and isn’t it easier to make pasta for dinner? I forgot about its existence and it stopped niggling my conscience (it was expensive!). I finally threw it out when I was moving countries – the expiry date long gone!
When we moved into Dubai, it took a while to get the kitchen set and we were either eating out or ordering in for close to a month.
Zomato helpfully gave us a list of restaurants and we happily experimented with cuisines and dishes! We tried quinoa biriyani, quinoa tabbouleh, quinoa risotto and loved it!
We were converts!
I decided that something that tasted so good cannot possibly be healthy – and went fact hunting! To my surprise – I found that it is not just healthy – it is super healthy!!
Here’s a list of what I found:
- Quinoa is pronounced keen-wah not kwin – o – ah!
- Quinoa is not a grain!! It is what is called a pseudo grain. We eat the seed of the quinoa plant. It belongs to the Goosefoot family and is related to other filled with goodness plants like Spinach and Chard.
- Quinoa is naturally gluten free and it is a complete protein. It provides all of the essential amino acids which the body needs. It is rich in Iron, magnesium, Vitamin E, potassium and fiber. It is a great source of proteins for vegetarians
- Quinoa is not a modern day seed – it has been the staple food from pre – historic days! The ancient Incas cultivated it in the Andes region of South America.
- It comes in different colours. The colours just add to the variety and all of them are equally nutritious!
With its nutty flavor and fluffiness, it is a versatile seed and lends itself to any recipe. It can be used in salads, baked dishes, risotto, biriyanis, dosas, cookies, pancakes… the list is endless and the limit is your imagination! It pairs well with most vegetables and gives a nutritious boost to all your dishes!
First things first! Rinse your quinoa well! Nature has given the seeds a bitter coating to deter birds.. but we cannot let that deter us! Soak the quinoa in cool water for 5 – 7 minutes and rinse well. I use a large tea strainer or a fine meshed colander to help me rinse it!
Quinoa is cooked the same way as rice. Pour 2 cups of water in a pot and add 1 cup of quinoa to it. Let it simmer for 12- 15 minutes till all the liquid has been absorbed. Do not stir while simmering. Once the water has been absorbed – remove from heat and gently fluff up the quinoa with a fork. Ta da! Your quinoa is ready! ( If you are like me and use a pressure cooker for everything – pressure cook 1 cup of quinoa with 1 ¾ cups of water for one whistle). Salt is optional. Don’t be grossed out by the little curly string that will come out of cooked quinoa- it is just the germ of the seed and is edible!
- Gaurav Jain
Salads in a Jiffy! 0
Short on time but want to eat Healthy! Our chef has whipped up a few salads which can be made in a very short time and still pack a punch in flavour.
1. Mango Kasundi Salad:
- Ripe Mangoes diced – 2 Mangoes / 2 Cups
- Kasundi – 2 Tbsp.
- Mint Leaves – a few
- Honey – 2 Tsp.
- Green Chilli fine chopped – ¼ Tsp.
- Rocket leaves – 2 cups
- Salt as per taste
- Mustard Seeds powder – ½ Tsp.
- Curry leaves – 5-6 no's
Cut mangoes in dice and keep aside.
For the Salad Dressing take small mixing bowl; take two table spoons of Nutty Yogi Kasundi, fresh mint leaves, honey, salt and green chillies & mix well.
Take bigger mixing bowl and put diced mango, salad dressing, add hand full of rocket leaves and put tadka of rai and curry leaves from top. Mix it well and serve.
Protip: If Rocket leaves are not available, baby spinach or even normal spinach can be used to make the salad. You can also add the mustard micro greens.
2. Raw-Ripe Mango Salad
- Raw mango – 1 nos
- Ripe Mango – 1 nos
- Salt - as per taste
- Green Chilli – ½ Tsp.
- Coriander leaves – 1 Tsp.
- Honey – 1 Tbsp.
- Tamarind Fresh Ginger Desi Style Dressing– 3 Tbsp.
Cut both types of mangoes into thin slices. Take a mixing bowl put Nutty Yogi Tamarind Fresh Ginger Desi Style Dressing, freshly chopped green chilies, fresh coriander, honey & mix well. Add the mangoes and mix well. Ready to serve.
3. Lobiya (Black eyed Beans) Ki Garam Chaat
- Onion – ½ nos fine diced
- Lobiya boiled – 1 medium Cup
- Corn – ¼ medium cup
- Tomato – 3 tbs fine diced
- Green Chilli – 1 tsp fine chopped
- Rajasthani Lehsun Chutney – 2 tsp
- Salt – as per taste
- Sugar – ½ tsp
- Lemon – 2 tsp
- Fresh Coriander – 1 tbs
Take a mixing bowl add boiled lobiya, add boiled corn, add chopped onion, tomato, green chilly, add Nutty Yogi Rajasthani Lehsun Chutney, add Lemon, sugar and fresh coriander and mix well and serve hot.
4:Three P’s (Potato - Paneer – Pineapple) Salad
- Aloo cut in cubes – ½ cup
- Paneer Cubes – ½ cup
- Pineapple Cubes – ½ cup
- Hung Curd – 2tbsp
- Black pepper – ¼ tsp
- Lemon – ½ tbs
- Salt as per taste
- Sugar – ½ tsp
- Cream – 1 tbs
- Kashundi – 2tbs
- Lettuce – a hand full
Take a mixing bowl; add hung curd, black pepper, lemon juice, sugar, cream and Nutty Yogi Kashundi and mix well. Your salad is ready to serve.
Add aloo, paneer and pineapple cubes and lettuce and mix well and add salt to taste.
5: Mango Capsicum Paneer Salad
- Mint Leaves – 4-5
- Salt as per taste
- Green Chilies – ½ tsp
- Mango – ½ bowl diced
- Capsicum – ½ bowl diced
- Paneer – ½ bowl diced
- Sweet and Spicy Tamarind Peanut Salad Dressing – 2tbsp
Dice all in thin slices - mango, capsicum and paneer. Add mint leaves, salt, green chilies and Sweet and Spicy Tamarind Peanut Salad Dressing and mix all together and serve.
- Gaurav Jain
Going Gluten Free! 0
Going Gluten Free!
(The below piece has been written by our guest author Rashmi. Its her personal account of how Gluten Free diet has helped her with her Fibromyalgia)
I avoid gluten – though I do not have Celiac disease. Why do I do that? Well – definitely not because it is currently fashionable to do so – I do it on medical advice. I am a Fibromyalgia veteran of over two decades. Unfortunately, it is one of those conditions that need to be managed and cannot be cured. I met a Rheumatologist for the condition and one of the first things she asked me to do was to avoid Gluten.
Dr. Humeira Badsha, one of Dubai’s leading Rheumatologists is an advocate of gluten free eating to manage auto immune conditions like Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia etc. She says “ I have seen an improvement in most of my patients who have gone gluten free. There is a definite link between gluten and Arthritis”.
This was a revelation to me. I loved my phulkas, parathas, puris, breads.. well you get the gist! My mind rebelled at the idea of avoiding all the delicious food. At the same time, a small inner voice piped up – reminding me of Dr. Badsha’s words. I discussed this with a friend and decided to give gluten up as an experiment. My son wisely suggested that I put a time limit on it – so I decided to try it for 3 months.
That was 3 years ago! The effects were so spectacular that I couldn’t find a reason to go back to eating gluten. My stomach felt lighter – no signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome that used to be the bane of my life; my burping marathons disappeared, skin cleared up, inflammation levels came down a bit..
I do have my cheat days when I sneak in hot phulkas with baingan bharta or yummy homemade alu parathas with butter.. but they are few and far between. It was very tough initially – but with time – it became easier and the cravings are gone!
As always, when I started the process, I turned to Dr. Google for help. I read copious amounts about the good, bad and the ugly of gluten. I learnt to appreciate the distinctions between gluten allergy and gluten intolerance. I read stories of people who have to avoid gluten at all costs if they have to stay alive! I also read stories where people were following the diet as it was made fashionable by Hollywood celebrities. I spoke to doctors and nutritionists to get their view on the topic. I struggled with the to be or not to be questions ! “ Should I make my whole family gluten free?” ( No – I didn’t !); “ What will I do when I travel? Being a vegetarian is tough enough!” ( It is not difficult. I managed a Switzerland holiday); “ Does this mean that I stop eating out at all?” ( No – I was surprised at the choices offered )
Luckily – you don’t have to read through so much stuff! Stay with me for a series of articles that would hopefully demystify gluten and help you decide!
- Gaurav Jain
Gluten Free Diet – Demystified 0
Gluten Free Diet – Demystified
Gluten free diet is such a buzzword. Every one who is into health swears by a Gluten Free diet. But do we really understand the science behind what “gluten’” does to our body and why we should avoid it, if at all we should.
The word “gluten” has become such a buzzword in recent years, most likely because of the sudden popularity of the gluten-free diet that’s been endorsed by famous personalities. Before you consider trying this diet, read this page first to learn about gluten, and how it can negatively impact your body and health in the long run.
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein that forms an elastic bond in the presence of water. Its this adhesive property found in gluten that gives our rotis the perfect rolling. This ability isn’t surprising, considering that the word “gluten” is derived from the Latin word for “glue.”
How does Gluten behave?
Gluten interferes with nutrient breakdown and absorption from foods, regardless if they have gluten or not. This leads to the formation of a glued-together constipating lump in the gut that can prevent proper digestion. Afterwards, the undigested gluten prompts the immune system to attack the lumps or the fine mesh like lining in our small intestine.
Gluten consumption can also predispose people to increased damage and inflammation to the small intestine, causing nutrient malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, osteoporosis and other health problems.
A damaged gut then makes people susceptible to auto immune reactions or diseases in the longer run.
Where is Gluten found:
Foods like Wheat, Maida, Suji (Semolina) etc. Anything which contains wheat may have traces of gluten in it.
Major food habits of Indian include having three meals containing gluten in form of breakfast (Parathas, Porridge, Breads – wholewheat or white), lunch (Rotis, Pasta, pancakes) or dinner (Rotis, Pasta) etc. Hence we not only eat Gluten but our diets primarily comprise of gluten based diets. Even our evening snacks of samosa, mathiri, pav are all gluten based products.
What is Celiac disease
Most people who need to avoid gluten have celiac disease, a chronic digestive disorder in which individuals who ingest gluten experience an immune response. There is no cure for celiac, though people who have it can manage the disease by following a gluten-free diet. People who get diagnosed with Celiac know the havoc that gluten causes to their bodies.
So do we need to worry about Gluten then?
If we don’t have Celiac, it doesn’t mean that Gluten doesn’t play with our digestion. It simply implies that the effects on our digestion may not be sudden and extreme and here comes the importance of following a “Gluten Free” or “Gluten reduced diet”.
If we reduce most of the gluten based products, we minimize the effects and add solid nutrition to our bodies.
Why a Gluten-Free Diet Works
What can we eat to get to gluten free diet:
- Naturally gluten-free: Rice, millets, quinoa, sorghum, flax and amaranth seed are naturally gluten-free grains.
- Refined to remove gluten:We should typically avoid these flours as they are deprived of any goodness in the process of making the wheat gluten free.
We are writing a series on gluten free diet and its various aspects. This is the second in the series. Stay tuned for more.
- Gaurav Jain