Food Goodies

A powerful thread: Saffron

Saffron is derived from a flower crocus sativus. The stigma of the flower are used as seasonings which

Corcus sativus

imparts crimson color and flavor to the product. Called as Kesar in Hindi, Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. The attractive eye appealing color, the flavor and the medicinal properties imparted by Kesar makes it a exquisite spice. Being the strongest and flavorful spice, addition of this spice can totally change the taste of the final food prepared to a higher level.

This spice is also called as Varnya Gana in Aryuveda science which means the one that gives fairness and makes the skin glow.

Properties of Saffron.

Saffron can change the color and the flavor of the entire food product when added in minimal quantities. Infusion in milk can create wonderful Indian desserts such as Shrikand, Kheer, Cheesecakes. Also, saffron is also used in biryani and other rice related dishes.

Saffron is added to the food products by dissolving in milk or hot water to extract the color and flavor from the spice. This is due to the fact that saffron needs a moist medium to release its color and flavorful components. Chefs of popular restaurants dissolve saffron in wine for the complete extraction to add flavor to the food dish.

Saffron is a sensitive spice and hence its usage must be regulated. Saffron is never exposed to heat treatments as it gives adverse affects to the final product of the food.There are three types of Saffron in the market: Indian Saffron, Iranian Saffron and the Spanish Saffron. One must take care that adding saffron with other spices may alter the taste of the latter spice when added in larger quantities.

Benefits of adding Saffron to Milk for pregnant ladies

  • Saffron is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Folic Acid.
  • Saffron can control the blood pressure which fluctuates during pregnancy
  • Boil your glass of milk with strands of saffron; saffron rich milk is extremely beneficial as it improves the hemoglobin level in the blood owing to Saffron’s richness in Iron.
  • Saffron rich milk can help in keeping the baby in the womb voluntary.
  • Saffron rich milk can combat the mood swings which most of the pregnant ladies face during her first trimester.

One must always consume saffron milk in morning before breakfast and before bedtime. Depending on the season, the quantity that must be added to the milk as Kesar threads are considered as hot foods.

When to drink Kesar ka Doodh (Saffron Milk)

During the beginning of pregnancy, one can take around 2-3 threads and slowly increase 3-4 threads.

  • Summer: 2-4 threads
  • Winter season: 4-5 threads of kesar and
  • Rainy Season: Should not exceed 3 threads

Tips while cooking Saffron

  • Take care while using the saffron as adding large quantity of saffron can make the food taste bitter.
  • Never add saffron directly to the prepared food. It must be dissolved in milk or water beforehand.

Infusing saffron in wine can give better results of the final product.

  • For 1 tsp of saffron, add 3 tsp of liquid to dissolve the strands.
  • Do not mix saffron using wooden utensils as it can absorb saffron.
  • While adding in liquid food products such as soups, stews and salad dressings, the threads of saffron can be crushed and added, taking care that the saffron should not get burnt.

Cooking Pasta using Saffron

Recently, I developed a white pasta sauce using saffron to increase the intake of saffron in my regular diet. It was delightful dish and it also supplied my body with good amounts of nutrients.

  • One can use saffron for cooking white sauce pasta by adding a pinch of saffron to the usual white sauce preparation

Can we now understand how a small thread can provide us bundle of nutrients, serving multiple health benefits such as curbing acidity, giving us a radiant skin, preventing hair fall. If this strand can be beneficial to a growing baby in the womb, can we imagine the numerous benefits that it can give to a developed adult?

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Chia Seeds in Water – A Natural Energy Drink

Chia seeds are the new superfoods & I’m totally in love with the Chia seeds added water, the natural energy drink when I read a story how Aztec warriors could survive for 24 hours on just one spoon of Chia Seeds. Plant-based Chia Seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (commonly & abundantly found in fishes), which is extremely helpful in losing pounds.


I infuse my water with chia seeds & keep drinking it all day along! Raw seeds do not provide nutrients as much as the soaked seeds. Chia seeds can absorb water 10x its weight, hence it will keep us hydrated too!

Seven Wonders Of Chia Seeds:

  1. Excellent source of Fibres: 2 tsp of fibre can provide 10gms of fibre which 50% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance. Isn’t it amazing to switch from fibre rich biscuits to chia seeds? Also, a study proves that daily intake of 10gms of fibre reduces the risk of heart diseases & type 2 diabetes.
  2. Boosts Energy: If youget tired very quickly while working out, then start consuming Chia Seeds right away. They boost energy & metabolism similar to a sports drink. The best part of chia seeds serving as an energy booster is less sugar or zero sugar consumption. Chia seeds are rich in leptin which improves your stamina & endurance.
  3. Weight Loss:  Being rich in fibres, chia seeds get you away from unnecessary calorific snacking. Chia seeds are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids & alpha-linoleic fatty acids, which also contribute to weight loss. You may not lose pounds & pounds of weight but definitely, it reduces the visceral adipose tissue that causes the belly fat to increase.
  4. Build Muscle: Chia seeds are rich in proteins, providing almost 4gms of protein per ounce of serving. It is a superfood to all the vegans, who are always looking for foodstuff which will serve them with protein.So, if you are trying to develop lean muscles, lose out fat & balance your sugar level, then go ahead & infuse your water with Chia Seeds.
  5. Rich in Zinc: Lately, tablets like zincovit are gaining popularity amongst women aged above 40. These tiny seeds are rich in zinc, it will improve the woman’s health, increase the hormone leptin & keep the bad breath germs away!
  6. Digestive Health: After consumption of soaked chia seeds, they form a gelatin-like substance in the body, which improves the health of the bacterias present in the gut. Take it if you are suffering from any gastrointestinal issues: Acidity, Constipation, Diarrhoea.
  7. Improve Heart Health: Chia seeds are rich in essential fatty acids (omega-3 & Alpha-linolenic), which are associated with reduced LDL or Bad Cholesterol, decreased thrombosis, improved heart health & may also lower your blood pressure.



  • We can keep refilling the bottle with water, you do not have to discard the chia seeds. The chia seeds start absorbing water as soon as you have filled them with water.
  • Additionally, we can add chia seeds to curd, yoghurt, salad. However, the soaked chia seeds provide more nutrients than raw seeds.Adding chia seeds to lemon water can give good weight loss results.
  • Do not eat more than 10-15gms of chia seeds as the high fibre content can make your stomach upset.
  • If you are eating more than 2 tsp of raw chia seeds, then consume plenty of water.






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How Good Is Lemon?

A tiny juicy fruit, preferred by many to top over their dishes for its own tangy taste!!

How good is it for us??

Lemon contains limolin which has anti obesity properties, the juice is usually mixed with hot water for rapid weight loss  & believe me it works!!

It contains phytonutrients which have antioxidants & antibiotic properties. The antioxdiant property of lemon gives you a younger skin & delays aging by scavenging the free radicals present in the body!!

With the onset of summer, lets commit to having a glass of lemon water daily – for better rehydration of the body!!

Lemon juice is citrus due to the presence of vitamin C, that takes away your skin dryness & acne. Topical application does wonder if you have too much acne issues….

They boost metabolism & lowers the cholesterol in the body…

They are good for clearing all the toxins in your body… It removes all the toxins from your GI tract…The toxins accumulated in the body affect the functioning of liver & kidney… Detoxify your body by adding some lemon juice & cucumber juice to water, mint leaves can also be added…

Smelling the lemon takes away nausea feeling!!

Plant a lemon tree in your surrounding

It keeps away insects & maintains the humidity in the atmosphere. The aroma of the lemon tree also removes negative vibration from the surrounding, reducing your stress & calming your mind…


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Top 5 Reasons To Eat Sarso Ka Saag

Sarso Da Saag

Sarso; Mustard Seeds and Greens: The most loved saag of North Indians; Sarso Ka Saag… While, in South, people prefer mustard seeds in Salads, Soups… Cultivated in the winters, it is consumed with a lot of love… The benefits of Sarso Saag are plenty…Need not to say, green leafy vegetables are the most nutritious food for vegans and they are known to be full of Vitamins and Minerals, especially Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Iron.

The Mustards leaves, seeds and stems are edible. The leaves are steamed and eaten, the mustard seeds as condiment and mustard oils can be obtained by pressing mustard seeds…So, is it not a magical plant!

And off course, not to forget the movie scenes shot in Sarso ke khet

DDLJ & Sarso ke Khet


  • They have high fibre content which helps in relieving constipation and aids in weight loss…
  • Mustard greens are rich in Calcium, so good for those suffering from joint pains…
  • The saag is beneficial to people fighting menopause, heart and asthma
  • Steamed mustard greens have the ability to bind bile acids, which is crucial in lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Mustard greens are rich in Vitamin K which means there will be better absorption of Vitamin D and Calcium.

Watch out the video by Zayka Recipes on the preparation of Sarso Da Saag…


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Say, CheeeSe as Jerry Did !

Saying Cheese while clicking a photograph is for a bright smile and eating cheese is for a bright skin.

The 1990s Cartoon Network showed small releases of the most loved yet famous animated Series “TOM & JERRY”. And if you have been a school going kid, I am pretty sure you and your friends loved Jerry for his smart and witty humour. Tom, the cat always chased Jerry to consume him and Jerry, tiny sized with surprising strength loved Cheese and wins our heart coming out of Tom’s notorious attempts.

If you see, the 1990s Cartoon has always shown us good food to eat:

Jerry & Cheese

Dexter & Omelette Du Fromage 

Poppeye & Spinach

Bugs Bunny & Carrots

Google : Omelette Du Fromage and the first thing you will see is Dexter !! Eureka !!

                           Omelette Du Fromage

Cheese, a dairy product is the most beneficial one. Not everyone prefers cheese but its multi-benefits will make you turn towards cheese. Replace your dairy butter (it contains 80% fat, FYI) with cheese (rich in Calcium, Vitamin K and Vitamin B12).


Cheese is the most beneficial dairy product

One thick slice of cheese gives you enough proteins that you get from a glass of milk. The abundant protein found in cheese is casein, preferably alpha-casein.

Trying to gain weight or build your muscles, cheese is your way to do it. Diet and working out goes hand in hand !!

Cheese contains fat varying from 8-34% depending on the variety you pick up. The fat content is highest in cream cheese.

The carbs in Cheese is lactose, which is commonly called as milk sugar.

Cheese is predominant in Vitamins and Minerals. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12 and minerally rich in Zinc, Sodium, Selenium and most importantly CALCIUM.

Cheese brings glow on your face. Yes it does.! Have it regularly and see the affects

Cheese helps you stay away from :

  1. Bone Problems
  2. Gum Problems
  3. Heart Diseases
  4. Dull Skin
  5. Hair fall
  6. Blood clotting problems
  7. Pigmentation on face.

Do you Bite Nails; and cannot just stop doing it?? Then, have cheese daily.

The time “NOW” is right to start looking out for more cheese.

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BuckWheat / Kuttu : The energy source behind a fast


BuckWheat flour/Kuttu ka Atta is gaining popularity in the West and here in India, we are still consuming it during fast. This post will explore the nutritional content of Buck Wheat.I am sure it is going to surprise you !!

Let us have a look on the profile of the BuckWheat :


Kuttu Ke Pakode

The Protein content of Buckwheat (8.5 to 19.5gms) is similar to that of an egg :

  1. Albumin (180mg/gm)
  2. Globulin (430mg/gm)
  3. Prolamine (8mg/gm)
  4. Glutenin (230mg/gm)
  5. Good Source of methionine, lysine, histidine, tryptophan.

It is the richest source of protein amongst all the cereals and is gluten-free

Starch Content:

  1. The starch content of buckwheat is easily digestible.
  2. The starch content of the buckwheat serves as a prebiotic food. The prebiotic foods are known to improve the growth of digestive bacteria.
  3. They are good sources of dietary fibre.

Fat Content:

  1. They contain small amount of saturated fatty acids – Saturated fatty acids can raise your cholesterol levels, hence containing small amount of it is an added advantage.
  2. It reduces Low Density Cholesterol / Bad cholesterol and slightly increases High Density Cholesterol/ Good cholesterol in your body.

Vitamins and Minerals:

  1. They contain Vitamin B complex; Thiamine, Riboflavin, Vitamin E, Niacin and Vitamin -6
  2. Rich sources of Iron and Magnesium – comparatively higher than wheat.. Treat your Anaemia with it
  3. Rich sources of Zinc, copper, manganese – comparatively higher than rice. Zinc and copper are essential minerals required by woman who is nearing the menopause phase.

Other Advantages:

  1. Used to alleviate hypertension, diabetes mellitus (type-II diabetes), and hypercholestrimia and gall stones.
  2. It can reduce blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance.
  3. It reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Worried About its availability and Preparation? Fikar-not; Read on….

So, its time to include the Kuttu in your routine diet, instead of just having it on Shivratri & Janamasthmi

A lot of people in India have not heard the name of BuckWheat flour; so we have got a reciepe of  Kuttu Pakoda exclusively by Zayka Reciepes:

Find out the availability of kuttu ka aata at your nearest Kirana Shop and start consuming it regularly and see how your nutrient contents are met !




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Rice is Nice :)

A lot of us have feared that rice tends to increase our weight, since it is loaded with starch. But, rice also contains lysine-an essential amino acid, that most cereals lack !

Rice : The traditional grain

Rice has been traditionally very important for all of us- from the new borns to the newly weds, rice is the first grain that has been introduced to us. During any festival, its the rice thats showered on the forehead or placed along with the tikka on the forehead. In South India, the bride and the groom perform a ritual named Talambralu, where they shower each other with turmeric colored rice on each others head, while priests recites mantras. The newly wed dulhan enters the sasural after kicking a pot of rice. And, surprisingly how we have started eliminating rice from our diet ! Alas !


Rice showered on the bride

Rice being showered on the groom

Rice is eaten with dals for a complete balanced diet. The dals, ghee are known to lower the glycemic index of the food, hence reducing the weight

Rice has been traditionally cooked by our grandmas by removing the water. The idea behind the removal of water is not to remove the starch but the anti-ageing nutrients.

Why Rice is Nice?

  1. Rice is known to contain Vitamin B1; Thiamine.
  2. Rice eases bowel moment.
  3. Rice allows us to have a proper sleep.
  4. Rice is rich in methonine-an amino acid, which breaks fat in the liver.
  5. Rice contains inositol-which has fat burning, anti-burning and irritability reducing properties.
  6. Rice allows assimilation of Vitamin D and Calcium.
  7. Rice contains less than 10% required of starch which is converted to glucose in our body.

FYI : Rice and dal proportion for the preparation of kichdi Ph.D is being carried out in Stanford University, so now you know your mothers and grandmothers are the best to consult for well-being !

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Top 10 Reasons to Drink Beet Juice

Beet root is the taproot function of the plant. It has been since early age, linked with increased blood flow, lower the blood pressure and to fight against infection. Beet root is very nutritious as they contain vitamins and minerals and the most common way of consumption is by juicing the beetroot.

Beetroots are rich in folic acid vitamins, iron, potassium, manganese, antioxidants that provide us with many health benefits

Top 10 reasons to drink beet juice:

  1. Beetroot juice boosts your energy.

HOW: They provide you with 43Kcal/100gm of serve. They are rich source of folates and tryptophans which keeps you energetic.

  1. The juice cures birth defects.

HOW:  They contain folic acid vitamins, which can cure birth defects. Hence, it is a recommended juice for the pregnant women.

  1. Beetroot juices can solve anemia problem. 40% of the female population in the world suffers from anemia

HOW: They are rich in iron. Anemia is caused due to iron deficiency(known by your hemoglobin content). Beet root is your cure girls!! 🙂

  1. They are a must for patients suffering from hypertension.

HOW: They are loaded with potassium (beetroot is among top 5 rich in potassium foods), which is essential for people suffering from high blood pressure, thus keeping the blood pressure in control.

  1. Beetroot juices cure constipation issues and improves the digestion.

HOW: They are rich in dietary fibers.

  1. Beetroot juice helps you relax your mind and keep your mood balanced.

HOW: The juice contains betaine and tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is known to relax the mind of a man.

  1. The juice increase the blood flow to the brain, thus keeping you energetic and refrains from tiredness.

HOW: The juice of the beetroot converts nitrite to nitrate.Beetroot contains nitrite which increases the blood flow to the brain.

  1. Beetroots gives you clear skin and also keeps inflammation away.

HOW :  Since, they contain a lot of antioxidants; one of them is polyphenols,  that helps in clearing infection.

  1. Beetroot juices fight against cancer and  helps in development of stronger immune system.

HOW : The fiber present in the beetroot increases the level of antioxidant enzymes, which are known to eliminate cancer causing cells. They also increase the number of white blood cells in human body.

  1. Beetroot juice keeps cholesterol levels low.

HOW: The soluble fibers in the beetroot juice is high that helps in lowering the Low Density/Bad Cholesterol.


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All About Bananas

Banana, for me is a magical fruit. Loaded with Magnesium, Potassium and fibres, they provide multiple health benefits.

“Bananas ripen very quickly; the best way to prevent it from over ripening is to wrap the banana stems with a plastic and you will find the over ripening period has been extended by 5-7 days.”


Right from solving depression, insomnia problems to losing weight; let us have a look on top 10 reasons to eat Bananas:

  1. Eat bananas right after waking up; preferably within 15 minutes. Bananas are rich in Tryptophan (an amino acid) and Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine); which helps in elevating mood.
  2. Bananas can fight insomnia. Boil bananas in water for 15mins and strain it; add cinnamon to it and drink one hour before sleeping. This definitely will help you sleep better. The Vitamin B6 helps in releasing serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you relax and sleep better.
  3. During stress or before an important meeting ahead, eat a banana instead of drinking tea, it will calm you down.
  4. Bananas are; hence it regulates your bowel movement.
  5. Bananas when eaten in morning; helps you reduce weight. This is because the body requires sugar and carbohydrates when very high in fibres we wake up and bananas provide the right amount of carbs to the body; hence it doesn’t allow carbs to get converted to fat.
  6. They contain resistant starch and helps in digestion improvement. Bananas are also a good source of prebiotic fibre; which is a good feed for human gut bacteria; thereby improving digestion and helping in fat oxidation.
  7. When eaten in evening; helps weight gain banana. Potassium is needed for proper muscle build-up/working; hence advisable to the body-builders to consume a banana/banana shake; right after exercising. It provides the body with adequate amount of carbs and potassium.
  8. A lot of women (mostly pregnant) suffer from muscle cramp in the night (calf muscle of the leg). This is due to the deficiency of potassium in the body, which can be supplied through banana.
  9. Bananas counteracts with the calcium loss during urination.
  10. High levels of potassium and low level of salt in bananas is beneficial for high BP patients lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke.


“Bananas can also form a wonderful face mask when mixed with little quantity of honey and applied for 10mins. It removes the dead skin allowing the skin to shine.”


Hope this helps you. Please do let us know the benefits received after trying this out.

*Open for feedback & review always*


Reach out to me:

Akansha Dalmia,

The Well Being Talk


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