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North Indian Punjabi Recipes
If Punjabi recipes tempt your taste buds, then this page is a must-visit. Take a peep into Anita Chahal aunty's kitchen and see what authentic Punjabi food is all about. You will also find fusion recipes from Anita aunty's Punjabi kitchen. Not to mention, she has started to share OPOS recipes as well.

Authentic South Indian Recipes

Authentic South Indian Recipes
If you love south Indian food, do not leave without checking this page. Dedicated to Chitra Balachander, a south Indian homemaker, the page is all about taking a journey into her south Indian kitchen. Travel with me to her kitchen to savor traditional south Indian food.

Home Remedy for Cough, Cold: How To Cure Viral Infections


You, I, and we have experienced viral infections frequently. Probably each one of us has had to deal with such infections every now and then. Changing weather puts you at a high risk of viral infections. Children are particularly vulnerable to cough and cold. But Indian grandmoms and great grandmoms were very particular about home made remedies for viral infections. They would bank heavily on home remedies for cough and cold and depend the least on prescription medications.
home remedy for cough, cold, viral

I still remember the kadahas (therapeutic drinks) and soups that my grandmom would make for us when we would fall sick as little children. Our grandmoms would focus on anti-viral spices from nature's pharmacy, viz. ginger, garlic, turmeric, black peppercorns, basil leaves, and even almonds.

Home Remedy for Cough

My mom has learnt one proven home remedy for cough relief from her MIL. The recipe for cough is very simple. It goes like this.

She takes a few black peppercorns and grinds them to powder. Keeps chopped almonds aside.
Then she heats 1/2 tsp of ghee or clarified butter. Stirs in chopped almonds and instantly drops the pepper powder and sugar as per taste. You can have this simple, spicy yet yummy home remedy for cough with tea, milk, or even with a roti (Indian flatbread).

My dad often takes it with roti.
I enjoy this cough remedy with my cup of tea.

Home Remedy for Cough: Syrup by Anita Chahal aunty ji

home remedy for cough by Anita Chahal aunty
Anita Chahal aunty has shared some amazing home remedies with us in our group "Healthy Recipes by Homemakers."

Like mom, she is a simple, suave, and intelligent lady, who cooks simple yet yummy food in her kitchen.  Her home remedies are highly effective. I have personally tried her home remedy for cough, and I can vouch for that remedy. It is seriously effective.

Next comes this home made cough syrup by Deepti Aggarwal. Deepti is a mom to two beautiful kids and serves deliciousness at the dining table. However, she often talks of the proven recipes of her dear mom and grandmom.

She has some amazing ideas to transform bland unhealthy snacks into delicious healthy appetizers. Her suji momo recipe is a hit at my place.
home remedy for cough by Deepti Aggarwal

This is the instant remedy for dry cough that I was mentioning earlier. Do try it without an iota of doubt if someone at home is suffering from painful and sore throat. A has taken this home remedy for dry cough a number of times ever since we came across this recipe shared by Anita Chahal aunty. I have shared the remedy for cough with many of my friends and every single person has benefited significantly from the remedy.
home remedy for dry cough by Anita Chahal
Next comes this homemade chayavanprash recipe by Radhika Maheshwari. When Anita Chahal aunty shared her chayavanprash, I was seriously wondering about her culinary talent. I have no doubt about her home made chayavanprash recipe. Then Radhika Masheswari shared her chayavanprash with us. 

Believe me, these people are immensely talented. I have seen Radhika Maheshwari come up with some amazing recipes that will leave you surprised. She is simply wonderful in her kitchen lab.
home remedy for viral infections - homemade chayavanprash by Radhika Maheshwari
This is the homemade chayavanprash by Anita Chahal aunty ji. I have no words for her talent. She inspires us each day. When she came up with this home remedy for viral infections and immunity boost, I knew she is a bundle of talent.
home remedy for viral infections - homemade chayavanprash by Anita Chahal

Homemade cough tablets

I could never think of this, but Anita Chahal aunty came up with this homemade cough tablet recipe, though she has always credited Radhika Maheshwari for this recipe. Both these ladies have a goldmine of culinary talent that makes them the queens of their homes. Perhaps Anita Chahal aunty is the queen of our hearts as well. She has silently stolen away many hearts in the food world. 



homemade cough tablets

This home remedy for cold is a tried-n-tested recipe, which has never failed me (us). A recipe by my dearest mom, the cold remedy is therapeutic, besides being a lip-smacking blend of roasted chickpea flour, milk, black pepper, and nuts.

home remedy for cold

Another cold remedy passed onto my mom from my grandmom is a very delicious curry made from ginger and garlic paste. Remember, these root plants are immensely therapeutic and have proven healing properties. I will do a detailed post on it.

The cold remedy is simple.

Grind ginger and garlic to paste.
Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add the ginger-garlic paste.
When the rawness goes, add salt, turmeric, and black pepper.
Mix everything well.
Add little amount of water so that the paste does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
Stir in milk and let it boil until it reaches a thick consistency. We do not want it to be very thick. 
You can enjoy this remedy for cold with roti. It tastes yummy and is highly therapeutic.

ACV as Cough Remedy

Another home remedy for cough that never fails me is apple cider vinegar and honey concoction. It soothes the throat as the alkaline environment helps kill infectious bacteria in the throat. I always make it a point to take this sour remedy for cough every time I suffer from sore throat.

Cough remedy tip: If a loved one is suffering from a sore throat, you cannot leave them to suffer just like that. Stir in a tablespoon of honey in lukewarm water and let the patient sip in the mix slowly aftr every 3-4 hours. This remedy for cough will surely help relieve their symptoms.

Home Remedy for Cough

Taking leaf from Anita Chahal aunty's dry cough remedy, I have come up with another effective remedy for cough symptoms. Here it is:

Take a few black pepper corns.
Take equal amount of crystallized sugar.
We need little amount of fresh ginger juice, 1/4 tsp of carom seeds or ajwain, and a small piece of cinnamon (dalchini).

Boil all these ingredients together until the water reduces to half.
Sip when it is still hot and you will find immediate relief from a sore throat.

Bottom Line


This collection of home remedies for cough and cold should help you manage your viral infection symptoms during changing weather. These remedies for viral infection come in handy any time every time.

So if a loved one has low immunity or frequently suffers from viral infections, what are you waiting for? Why not give some of these home remedies for cough and cold a try?

I am sure you guys will benefit immensely from this cough remedy collection. Do write to me about your experience. 

Hair Loss Natural Remedy: Oil for Hair Growth, Greying, Hair Problems


Hair fall pains. Falling hair is a deep concern shared by one and all. Men and women both experience loss of hair for one reason or another. Perhaps environmental factors play a role in hair loss. However, there are plenty of reasons of hair fall, including health issues. If you suffer from an underactive thyroid, you are more likely to experience hair loss. Similarly, there are other medical conditions that can cause hair fall in men and women so much so that men tend to go bald quickly. However, if your hair loss is not due to a medical condition, there are several home remedies for hair fall that can come in handy.
miracle hair oil - home remedies for hair fall 


Like you, I have been experiencing severe hair loss for almost a year. But my problem is not related to any medical condition. Environmental factors tend to affect my hair. I have always enjoyed long hair strands.

I came across this home remedy for hair loss when my friend Anna Singh shared this with me two months back. Anna has a bountiful of home remedies, thanks to her mom, who has deep knowledge and experience in the same. I benefit from both, since Anna always shares some of her darling mom's home remedy tips with me.

I have been applying this hair fall oil remedy for over two months, and have experienced considerable improvement. My hair tend to break less often now, compared to a year ago, when strands of hairs would fall while combing. However, I am still experiencing hair fall, which may be due to weather conditions. It is extremely hot out hair and now it's monsoon time, when everyone experiences hair fall.

I am very particular about hair care, and follow a strict regimen for hair : here are my home remedies for hair fall -


  • applying henna every week
  • applying hair oil every other day and keeping it for minimum 2-3 hours
  • washing hair every other day
  • not experimenting with just about any home remedies for hair fall
I am very cautious about using any products on my hair and never use anything without research. When Anna shared this home remedy for hair loss with me, my first task was to research educational sites to understand how a particular herb/spice can help hair growth. I studied, gained knowledge, and then implemented the same in the hair fall home remedy.

Now you must be wondering what this hair loss remedy is all about?
Well, without further ado, let me share the recipe with you. You need easily available ingredients which make awesome home remedies for hair fall .


  • Coconut oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Nigella satvia/seeds
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • curry leaves

Also known as the Blessed seed, nigella satvia has miraculous therapeutic benefits. We will do a separate post on nigella benefits because it is a vast topic and I do not want to hijack this post. I understand you are here for hair loss remedy. So let's focus on that.

Nigella -Black Seed Oil For Better Hair Growth (kalonji)


Nigella Satvia is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich spicy plant, known as kalonji or onion seeds.
  • Touted as an immunity enhancer, nigella has been used as a beauty secret for centuries. 
  • It has immunity boosting and skin healing properties. Some people claim that nigella for skin disorders is a miracle remedy. I have not applied it on my skin thus far, so cannot substantiate the claims. 
  • Research also claims that Nigella satvia helps boost good cholesterol, HDL, levels in the body. 
  • These are rich in linoleic, oleic oils that are essential fatty acids. 
  • They are also known for their amino acid content that are the building blocks of hair and promote hair growth.
  • Research suggests that topical application of the antioxidant-rich nigella oil/seeds can help promote hair health and prevent premature aging. 

Fenugreek for Hair Loss

Fenugreek seeds are rich in Phytoestrogene, which is known to promote hair growth. With a strong aroma, fenugreek contains a range of active ingredients, such as alkaloids, flavonoids, and vitamins. Ideally used in the culinary world, fenugreek has been in use for its medicinal benefits in the ancient world.

Research studies done on mice reveal that fenugreek works as an effective home remedy for hair growth. It takes into consideration hair diameter, length, and hair weight. Studies reveal that besides being a hair loss supplement, fenugreek promotes nail growth.

This is another tried and tested remedy. Ever since I started using this miracle oil for hair growth, the nails on my hands have shown significant improvement and are growing rapidly.

Ingredients for hair oil

100 ml- coconut oil (I have already shared the recipe to make coconut oil at home.check here) - or click on the above video on step-by-step process to prepare homemade coconut oil


50 ml- castor oil (if you are allergic to castor, you may skip it-- it works magic for some people- gives you darker locks) -The second time I increased the amount of castor oil and it almost equalled that of coconut oil - it's completely your choice


2 tbsp- fenugreek seeds powder (methi dana)
2tsp- nigella seeds powder (kalonji)
15-20- sprigs of dried curry leaves (kadipata) (I used dried curry leaves that I had brought from Odisha )


How to make hair fall oil with coconut oil

hair oil ingredients

Gather all ingredients on the countertop.

iron kadahi for hair oil preparation

Take an iron kadahi. Yes, you need a cast iron pan/vessel for this. Ferrous oxide turns deeper upon heating. This gives you the black color. You need it for a darker tint.
Heat the pan.

castro oil for hair
 Add castor oil to it immediately.
coconut oil for hair
Next, add coconut oil. Let the two oils reach smoking point -1-2 minutes.
ingredients being added 

Immediately add the powdered seeds and dry curry leaves.
Turn off the flame after 2 minutes. We do not want to overheat the oil.

heated hair oil. left overnight
Mix and leave it for 10-12 hours or overnight.
I always leave it overnight.
straining oil
Next day, strain the oil using a tea strainer.

hair oil is ready

Your miracle hair oil is ready for application.

miracle hair oil

My personal experience says you have got to be patient with the results. It has taken me almost 2 months to notice a considerable change. Though my hair continue to fall (monsoon time as well), they have become bouncy, soft, and heavy.

Thankfully, I do not have dandruff. But Anna says this is an absolute remedy for dandruff problems as well.

The difference in my hair: Then 'n Now

I can feel the bounce clearly. Earlier, my hair had become too dry, thanks to the Delhi pollution. My hair have suffered a lot due to the pollution. Stress is another reason for hair loss. Your diet also plays a big role in your hair health.

Additionally, when mom used to comb my hair, they were in best hands. As kids grow up, they tend to feel self dependent. The aura of independence tends to take kids farther away from the protective hands of their parents.

When I started combing my hair on my own, they started suffering. But since I have always loved my hair, I have always taken good care of them.

But then my Delhi life began, and my hair started to suffer despite my love and care.

But now I think I have the best hair fall weapon to safeguard my hair against the weather and pollutants.

I love my hair more than ever!

Here's another age-old hair fall recipe, which is an effective remedy for dandruff. The hair oil remedy is shared by my Healthy Recipes by Homemakers member Shaista Bedi.

hair fall remedy

I will be posting other hair fall tips shared by Shaista Bedi ji and Balvinder Kaur at the end of the page.

Tips for Bouncy, Heavy Hair


  1. Eat omega 3 foods. Sea fish is the best source of omega 3.
  2. Make sure you get vitamin E from your diet. If you do not get it from diet, then you have got to supplement your diet with cod liver oil. Please do not take it without consulting a medical practitioner.
  3. Wash your hair regularly. I make it a point to wash them every other day.
  4. Apply the miracle hair oil and leave it for a good 2-5 hours for the best results. I apply it in the morning after my morning walk and wash my hair in the evening. So I allow the hair good time to absorb the oil.
  5. Make sure you apply henna on your hair. Prepare your henna pack with tea/coffee/curry leaves concoction. Leave it for a minimum of 30minutes before applying it on your hair. Most hennas require overnight soaking. I use VLCC henna, which does not require a longer soaking time. You can apply it immediately. I have been using it for over 7 years.
  6. This works as dandruff treatment as well.
  7. The combination therapy with this hair oil and henna can prove lasting effects. However, everyone's situation is different, so I am unsure if this will have exactly the same effects for everyone. But I simply hope that the benefits of fenugreek for hair and nigella seeds for hair work wonders for you. Keeping my fingers crossed. Do write to me about your experience.
Here are more proven hair fall and dandruff tips shared by my dear groupies.
hair loss remedy dandruff

tips on dandruff hair fall

hair oil for dandruff 


Steamed Sugar-Free Eggless Cake With Lentils

Do you remember my eggless lentil cake with chocolatty flavor? Today, I bring to you another sugar-less lentil cake, sweetened with fiber-rich dates. I like everything about this eggless cake because it is one guilt-free indulgence you would want to relish time and again.

moist urad dal cake

choclaty lentil cake eggless

A guilt-free treat is all about healthy eating, isn't it? You can indulge in food and have it happily, without worrying about calories and fats. But you must have everything in moderation.



sugar-free cake wit hlentils eggless

EGGLESS CAKE lentils
Ever tried a lentil cake? What about eggless, sugar-free baking? This healthy eggless lentil cake is my take on guilt-free indulgence. You will love every bite and feel like indulging in more. The steamed cake is one guilt-free treat for your whole family, for it is steamed, uses lentils, is sugar free, and is a little chocolatty. Who would  not want to grab a piece of this healthy pie?


More so, it uses a minuscle amount of baking soda. I was skeptical if the cake would rise without it, though I have used fermented urad dal for this reason only, as I did not want to add any raising agent. But the moist eggless chocolate cake is still apt to indulge in.


Eggless Steamed cake batter ingredients 


1/2 cup- urad dal paste (fermented ...but not kept for too long, else it will start smelling bad and turn sour - I had soaked 1 cup of black lentils and took half of it for cake batter)
1/2 cup- suji (whole wheat semolina)
1/4 tsp- baking soda (I added as I was unsure if the cake would rise with fermented ural dal alone , but it rose and rose beautifully)
10 dates pieces or more if you want it sweeter
2 tsp- honey (I had to add as I found the batter less sweet; and I had to offer the cake to someone else to taste)
pinch of black salt
1/4 cup - buttermilk or milk or whey to soak dates(or you may simply soak dates and raisins in water)
10 raisins (kishmish)
1 tbsp- cocoa powder or 1 tbsp more for a more chocolaty flavor
1/4 cup- olive oil/plant-based oil
Nuts of your choice
1/2 tsp- vinegar/apple cider vinegar/lime juice

How to bake a sugar-free cake with lentils


  1. Soak urad dal for 2 hours and grind to paste, adding little water. Alow the batter to ferment for 5-6 hours. We do not want it to turn soar.
  2. Meanwhile, soak dates and raisins in milk/buttermilk/whey/water. They will get swollen and be easier to mix and mash. Whisk this mix well to form a batter. 
  3. Stir in olive oil and any flavoring agent that you may want to add. I did not add anything. Whisk the mix well until light and fluffy.
  4. Add semolina or suji in the fermented urad dal batter. Mix it very well. 
  5. Stir in cocoa powder.
  6. Next add the wet ingredient mix.
  7. Fold the batter twice or thrice so that everything gets mixed properly.
  8. Add nuts.
  9. Allow the batter to rest on the counter for 30 mts.
  10. Take a deep vessel or cooker and add water.
  11. Keep a baking tin greased separately. Dust the pan with whole wheat flour. I have used a steel bowl.
  12. After half an hour, add baking soda to the eggless cake batter and immediately add vinegar.
  13. Mix it in one direction.
  14. The steamed cake batter should drop like a ribbon.
  15. Pour the sugar-free cake batter in the baking pan.
  16. Place a steel bowl with water in the cooker, which already has water. Or you may place a cooker stand instead of a bowl.
  17. On top of the stand or bowl, place the cake pan and cover the vessel.
  18. Let it heat for 5 mins on high flame.
  19. Lower the flame after 5 mins to low.
  20. Steam the sugar-free lentil cake for 40 mts or until a skewer comes out clean.
  21. Allow the eggless steamed cake to rest for an hour and cut it only when it has cooled down.
  22. You may top it with chocolate sauce. I have used 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, 1 tsp honey, 2 tbsp hung curd and mix everything well. Add more honey if it looks thick. Top the cake with the chocolate sauce evenly. I am no expert in it, but tried doing so. Here's our eggless, sugar-free cake with lentils. 
  23. I was seriously doubting the taste of the cake while preparing, but the moist cake is absolutely yummy and just perfect for guilt-free indulgence. 




Instant Snack With Oats: How to Make Oatmeal Delicious With A Garlicky Flavor; Option for Diabetics


Looking for a quick yet healthy snack for preschoolers? Perhaps you may even be looking for a diabetes-friendly snack idea? This is what you should be trying out instantly. The concept of healthy snacks is perfect for people like you and me, who are facing time constraints and are too busy for extensive cooking.
instant mix with oats
Our cooking marathons leave us exhausted, most of the time, isn't it? Never mind, today, I bring to you the instant oats mix recipe of my sister in law, though she makes it sans oats.

She would often tell me to give this instant oats mix a tempering with garlic, but I have not done so on previous occasions. This time it was different. I went ahead with her tempering advice, and here I am with my immensely flavorful oats mix recipe. This is a perfect diabetes-friendly recipe if you eliminate cornflakes because corn has a good amount of glucose and cornflakes are processed along with sugar.

instant oats poha mix with garlicky flavor
This oats recipe is a must try for instant snack lovers as well as diabetic patients.

The instant oats mix is a people pleaser and promises to satiate your hunger pangs, for it is loaded with


  • fiber from oats
  • carbs from multigrain flakes and puffed rice
  • calories from flattened rice
Since it is rich in fiber and calories, you may feel full quickly. What more do you need?
This instant mix for diabetes is not for those who would love to keep munching on something all the time.

healthy snack for preschoolers




Garlic has immense health benefits for mankind. From lowering blood pressure to reducing plaque deposits and cholesterol levels, garlic is a must include ingredient for one and all (of course, those with certain religious affirmations may not use it).

Here's my detailed post on the benefits of garlic.
oats benefits recipes 


Ingredients

1cup - oats
1/2 cup-poha (rice flakes/flattened rice)
1/2 cup- murmure (puffed rice)
1/4 Cornflakes/multigrain flakes/ragi flakes (optional - I have added to make it a complete meal)
handful of curry leaves
 mustard seeds for tempering
black salt
8-10 garlic cloves (you may skip for a Jain recipe)
2 tbsp- oil (olive or any plant-based oil)
Turmeric
Nuts (I always use almonds, you may use peanuts as well)

How to make oatmeal delicious: Instant Oats Mix With Garlicky Flavor

This instant mix with a garlicky flavor is unlike the ready-to-eat mixes available in the market. Garlic adds an aromatic, flavorful, and healthy touch to the instant mix recipe. It is exactly what you need to add zing to your evening snacks.

  • Dry roast oats. Keep aside in a wide bowl.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and drop in rice flakes. If you want to dry roast poha, you can skip adding oil here.
  • Take out poha in the oats bowl once it has been roasted.
  • In the same pan, add murmure and dry roast. Remove in the same plate as poha.
  • Dry roast the flakes - cornflakes, multigrain flakes.
  • Take the remaining oil in the pan.
  • Add chopped garlic cloves. When the cloves look almost roasted, add mustard seeds.
  • When mustard seeds splutter, add almonds and then curry leaves and roast for a minute.
  • Immediately add turmeric and black salt.
  • Stir and immediately add the roasted ingredients.
  • Stir for a while and check for salt.
  • Turn off the flame.
  • Allow the instant snack with oatmeal to cool down before storing it in an airtight container for your evening hunger pangs.
  • You may go further on an experimental mode with this instant oats mix by adding chopped onions and tomato and sprinkling a few drops of lime juice atop. Mix and enjoy a healthy bowl.





Your complete Guide on Fiber: Recipes, Foods, Ideas


Fiber Foods: How Does It Help

Despite loud cries about the benefits of fiber foods, less than 3 percent of Americans meet their recommended fiber intake. You are already aware of the numerous benefits of including fiber rich foods in your daily diet. Besides helping make your bowel efficient, a high-fiber diet can improve your blood glucose levels, reduce the risk of stroke, lower your waistline and weight, and prevent you from a range of cardiovascular problems.


Do you know how important dietary fiber is for your health? Do you know you should drink a good amount of water if you increase your intake of fiber? How much is too much? Get complete details and fiber-rich recipes here.

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Ways To Increase Fiber Foods in Your Diet

If you are interested to include more fiber in your diet, there are many ways of doing so. You will find many dietary fiber rich foods around that can help keep you regular, improve bowel-related problems, get things moving, promote heart health, and keep blood sugar under control.

The Institute of Medicine recommends 38 grams of dietary fiber for men and 25 grams for women below 50 years of age.


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