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Dengue: Symptoms, Cure, Prevention

With a sudden spike in the number of dengue cases, especially in Punjab and Delhi, it is but imperative to understand dengue symptoms for each one of us. Sudden fever with severe headaches, joint and muscle pain, and fatigue are the most common signs, which are typical of viral fever. Unmindful of the fact that it could be dengue, we mistake it for common cold, flu, viral infection, exhaustion, or body fatigue.
In such conditions, we tend to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including voveran, disprin, aspirin, brufen, and ibrufen, and paracetamol-based drugs (which include combiflam, Dolo). Please do not use these drugs on your own without medical advice, as these actually increase the risk of death from dengue.
These over-the-counter drugs reduce platelet levels considerably and cause gastric or intestinal tract bleeding that decreases blood platelets, further enhancing the dengue effect.
Please increase your fluid intake and keep yourself hydrated as a precautionary me…

Coconut Tikki (Coconut Cutlet): Health Food

Nobody would deny that traditional recipes appeal to us all. What's more, they are a delicious combination of taste and health. Today, I have come up with another delectable snack from the state of Odisha.

Coconut is a rare commodity in North India (though it has started to become popular now), but it is a staple in coastal states of the country. Odisha is one such coastal state of India with copious production of coconut!!










Here's presenting coconut tikki (cutlet) or nariya bhajja - as it is commonly called in Odisha.  The recipe uses simple easily available ingredients at home - including ginger, garlic, besan (gram flour - besides coconut.

Let's make this scrumptious snack that I usually enjoy as a side dish or accompaniment with rice.

Recipe:
1/2 cup besan (gram flour/chana dal)
1/2 cup fresh coconut - the more the better
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp- turmeric
salt as per taste
Green/red chilly - optional
Water -little

Process
Grind coconut. Keep aside.
If you are u…

Almond Fudge (Badam Burfi) Recipe for Navratris, Festivals, Fasting

It was my navratri fast today, so I was in no mood to cook anything. All I was able to make was navratri special sweet - badaam burfi. 
When hubby says this is the best almond fudge he has ever had, what more can I say? 

Almonds are power-packed nuts - rich in calcium, dietary fiber, proteins, and magnesium. Almonds benefit health in numerous ways. 

Help manage blood glucose levelsAdd dietary fiber and aid in digestionMake a powerful snacking optionAre loaded with vitamins & minerals, making them a complete health food





Health benefits of almonds have been a matter of discussion for centuries, with no controversies whatsoever. Eat them raw or toasted; flakes or sliced, slivered or floured or simply turn them into almond milk or almond butter. 
Believe me or not, almond butter makes a great substitute to clarified butter. I have tried an almond butter cake, without adding a single drop of oil or butter and it turned out amazingly delicious.This delicious cake was ready in 2 minutes. yes,…

Besan Nankhatai: A Healthy, Chickpea Gluten Free Cookie Recipe

Besan nankhatai is a delicious blend of chickpea gluten free flour and butter. Yes, easy to dish out, this nankhatai recipe can be tried with or without oven.

This besan nankhatai pic is from my archives - the first time I made this delicacy, that too in cooker and on gas stove. This is my first attempt at cookie making. It was just the time the baking bug had bitten me!!! I did not own a microwave until then and decided to buy after this successful attempt at cookie making.

You may be surprised to know that I started my cookie baking journey with this batch. So this is special and I want to share this with you all.

Now if you are wondering: is chickpea flour gluten free, then I would say yes it is!


So you can enjoy this healthy batch of baked goodies dished out with a simple chickpea biscuit recipe, so anybody can try out and relish heaven in every bite.

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  Nankhatai: WHat's That
The word nankhatai and the look of these chickpea gluten free cookies sound so royal. It's …

No Butter Buttery Matar Paneer Korma

Call it matar paneer or butter paneer, this is a lip-smacking treat both for the tongue and soul. Don't believe me?

Well, you have got to try this finger-licking, sumptuous, yet healthy no butter buttery matar paneer recipe.

Surprised, are you?

By now, you already know me.

When cooking, all my energies are channelized into striking a balance between health & taste. We all love butter and its buttery, creamy taste, but butter is still not so utterly butterly delicious for health.  Agree! But how many of you are actually prepared to let go off your love for butter for health?

Count me in!


Health does come first to me and I always try to ensure that my recipes use less oil while not compromising on taste, though this isn't always the case. Some recipes taste really bland without oil/butter.

But I can still manage to eat all that and hubby does not complain either. Lucky me :)

Now cutting the long story short, I have come up with an utterly butterly delicious matar paneer rec…

No Oil, Butterless Whole Wheat Cookies

No oil, butterless cookies with whole wheat for dieters The secret to this simple cookie recipe lies in its beauty. Unravel a unique cookie-cracker recipe and indulge in these baked goodies guilt free, for these use not a single drop of oil or butter.

Did I say these are yummy and healthy if you are on diet?

This batch of whole wheat cookies butterless are unlike typical biscuits but these are certainly good to go for those willing to indulge in oil-free, guilt-free cookies. This almond cookies recipe is for those who want to avoid the use of butter/ghee/oil or limit the quantity of fat. I did not add a drop of oil to the recipe, so they turned out hard. So I suggest adding little ghee/malai to the recipe to make your cookies soft from inside and crispy from outside. These cookies taste awesome with the fennel aroma and goodness of almond milk. Despite their hardness, my hubby, who rarely eats cookies, loved them.

I didn't add baking powder, but have included it in the recipe for …
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