Dengue: Symptoms, Cure, Prevention


dengue treatment








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 measure.
Experience speaks
Since dengue seems to be spreading like wildfire, it's good to learn from the experience of someone who has had experienced it herself. Anna and her son suffered from a dengue attack last year. She has shared plenty of good information with us all - I am copying her messages so that you can read and see what all precautions, therapies, and steps can help overcome the dengue symptoms.
OF COURSE, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN AS SOON AS YOU SEE ANY SYMPTOMS.
Anna: "My son got it first....both our symptoms were exactly the same. First comes the fever which rises to 105 degrees or more and stays put fr abot 5 days..meaning wen u take paracetamol it will come down to 101 or 102 and then rise back to 104 or 105. We were having lots of pomegranate juice, wheat grass juice, apple juice...fresh at home as all these help in stabilizing the platelets which went down drastically. My sons at 1.25 and mine to 95000.
"Papaya leaves are very effective. U hv to boil the leaves strain and hv that water.We did that too. And we didn't go to any hospital, nor had any allopathic medicine. No self medication plese, except paracetamol/crocin.
Each of us took about a week to get over this. The fever doesn't come down before 4 to 5 days. Weakness remains for the next 10 days at least.'

Its important to completely rest even after the fever comes down because dengue is likely to relapse if we are not alert and the second time around is supposedly worse because it attacks our bones.
Wheat grass is also an effective remedy - grind in a juicer and apply.
Severe headache behind your eyes and temples plus rash over your body...reddish..pinkish in color after abt 3 or 4 days....this rash is the major diff between viral and dengue...rest physical symptoms are almost same. 
Take adequate steps to bring down the fever - keep applying cold water packs on both forehead and feet...to bring the stubborn fever down. After 5 days the fever suddenly breaks down and leaves u in a sweat....that's the indication that u are on yr way back....but totally exhausted and drained.
PRECAUTIONS: Wear thin full sleeves..esp kids should be protected as they are less aware. Keep taking pomegranate juice,wheat grass ,giloy ,omega,beetroot, and tulsi leaves."

Homoepathy Medication for Dengue

Dengue is a back-breaking condition in which you experience the worst pain symptoms when your muscles and joints ache like anything.

My brother had it last year, and we were there with him. Right from day one, we followed a multipronged approach. My brother recovered within 7 days. Ideally it takes people a month to recover from dengue symptoms.

Here's what we followed for dengue treatment:

  • 1 paracetamol daily (only if fever persists)
  • boiled papaya leaves and goliy root in water - strained the mix and gave him to drink everyday - papaya leaves are good for platelet count and giloy is an ayurvedic remedy for immunity boosting
  • gave tender coconut water twice a day - helps boost platelet count, provides energy
  • gave two homoepathic medicines for dengue -  Eupatorium and rhus toxicodendron 200 ch --- 3-4 drops in water every 2 hours. I must tell you that this is a highly effective remedy for dengue. These two homoe medicines are useful in dengue fever and muscle/joint aches. This is the only dengue joint pain remedy that works effectively. Also termed "bone set", Homeopathic medicine Eupatorium Perfoliatum brings about quickest relief from severe bone and joint pains in dengue. Eupatorium Perfoliatum also provides relief from severe pain in the eye sockets, headache, and body ache.

  • homemade fruit juice every few hours- including mausambi and pomegranate (anar)


Unfortunately, being immune to one dengue strain does not make us safe from the other three. Sadly, dengue upsurge begins in the monsoon season, primarily in the north of the country. Sadly, small children are most vulnerable to dengue, since they are not able to explain their symptoms. The worst part is the symptoms are almost identical to viral fever.
Stay safe!

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!!










coconut tikki
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 using chana dal - soak it for 2 hours and then grind separately.
Now mix besan, ginger-garlic paste, red chilly (green chilly), coconut, turmeric and salt.
Add little water (it needs to be viscous) we do not want it to be too flowy.
Heat a skillet (tawa).
Grease the tawa. Take little batter in your hands and place it on the tawa.
Do the same with the rest of the batter.
Keep on low flame. If you wish you may sprinkle oil on the tikkis (I use little oil, so I didn't add).
It will take 5-6 mins or even longer for one side to cook.
Then flip the other side. Sprinkle little oil and let the tikkis rest on the tawa on a low flame.
Slowly press them with a spatula.
Check once done. Turn off the flame.
Enjoy this healthy snack.

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

badam burfi for navratri

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 levels
  • Add dietary fiber and aid in digestion
  • Make a powerful snacking option
  • Are 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, this was a mug cake.

You might also want to try almond butter whole wheat cake.

You may also make almond butter kulfi, which is seriously healthylicious and does not use cream or sugar!  Almond butter does the magic here while honey adds subtle sweetness to this seriously addictive kulfi.

Trust me, the almond butter kulfi sans oats makes a delicious navratri recipe.


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badam burfi almond fudge


    Almond Benefits

Almonds come with several health benefits. Unlike other types of nuts that are high in bad cholesterol, almonds raise good cholesterol levels. Try this health food and you will fall in love with the recipe!

According to a study published in the American Dietetic Association Journal, almonds raise vitamin E levels in the red blood cells and plasma. The study also claims that almonds for cholesterol are really beneficial and help in lowering LDL while raising HDL levels. The nuts help improve blood lipid levels and are thus great for the heart functioning.

Another study published in the Cancer Letters claims that almonds may help reduce colon cancer risk. In fact, eat almonds regularly to boost your body's cancer'fighting properties. Of course, you cannot change your genes, but you certainly can alter the behavior of genes with the type and amount of food you eat.

Though almond benefits outnumber their side effects, if you are allergic to nuts, avoid consuming them.

Click here to go to almond-gur chikki recipe, which is another navratri special snacking option.


Almond Burfi Recipe:
Whether you are looking for navratri recipes or everyday snacking options, this almond fudge recipe is not to be missed.
A delicious way to consume the power-packed almonds, this navratri sweet recipe is perfect way to enjoy the benefits of almonds.


1 cup: almonds (soaked in hot water for 5-8 mins, which makes peeling their skin easy - we need to make almond meal)
Sugar - as per taste
Condensed Milk - 1/2 cup (home made - take milk in a heavy bottomed pan and add 2 tbsp of cream or malai on a low flame. keep stirring until milk is reduced to half) For navratri recipes, make your own condensed milk at home

badam burfi
Almond Meal Recipe
We need to make almond meal.


  • Soak almonds in hot water for 5-8 mts.
  • Peel their skin and let them dry. You can do so naturally by keeping them in sunlight for whole day or dry them on gas burner in a heavy bottomed pan. I had no time for sundrying, so did the same on stovetop in kadahi. Just dry roast peeled almonds.
  • Let them cool down so that there is no moisture left.
  • Grind them to powder.
  • Your almond meal is ready.

Now let's use almond meal for burfi:
  • Add the almond meal to condensed milk.
  • When the mixture starts to become a mass, add sugar and give it a good stir.
  • Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and a mass is formed.
  • Switch off the flame
  • Knead it well. I used a spatula to do so.
  • Take a greased plate (you can use aluminum foil or parchment paper)
  • Put the almond dough on the plate, press it with a heavy utensil. I used my marble circular board (chakla) to press the dough. Let it remain under the circular board for half an hour. It will be easier to cut the burfi into different shapes.


almond meal


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.
besan nankhatai without sugar

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!
besan nankhatai in cooker


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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chickpea flour cookies vegan or nonvegan






  Nankhatai: WHat's That
The word nankhatai and the look of these chickpea gluten free cookies sound so royal. It's been a personal favorite since childhood. I loved visiting the local bakery in Patiala just to have these delicious chickpea flour cookies.

Dad knew his daughter loved this set of cookies more than any other, and he would never forget to bring these for me.

Now I want to bake this batch for him. Will surely post besan nankhatai pics when I bake them for dad. He has already tasted a number of cookies baked by his daughter though and liked them.
atta nankhatai without baking powder

besan nankhatai no baking powder


nankhatai without sugar

The Indian version of shortbread cookies are nutty, healthy, and yummy. The melt-in-mouth chickpea biscuits are a breeze to process and require a handful of ingredients that are easily available on your kitchen counter top.

Now that the festival of lights is around the corner, would you mind baking a fresh batch of besan nankhatais to present these baked goodies as a Diwali gift to a loved one? Nothing like a freshly baked cookies!!!


Here's my new besan nankhatai recipe without baking powder or sugar:
1/2 cup- besan
1/2 cup- whole wheat flour
3 tbsp- semolina or suji
4 tablespoon ghee (solid ghee - not melted)
1/4 cup- jaggery powder or raw cane sugar
green cardamom powder
slivered almonds, pistachios
pinch of rock salt or common salt

How to make besan atta nankhatai without baking powder:

  1. Sift besan, whole wheat flour, and semolina 4-5 times using a strainer.
  2. This will aerate the flours and make them lighter, giving them the expected rise without baking powder or any other raising agent.
  3. Next, take ghee in a bowl and whisk with a pinch of salt and jaggery powder. Whisk for a good amount of time -8-10 minutes until it looks light and fluffy. This is why we need solid ghee.
  4. Throw in cardamom powder and mix well.
  5. Gradually add the flour mix to the ghee. Collect the ingredients and try binding it into a dough.
  6. It might look a little difficult initially, but you can do it slowly and steadily.
  7. Once you are able to bind the dough, make small lemon-sized balls with it.
  8. Preheat the oven or microwave convection to 180 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Grease a baking tray and dust it with flour.
  10. Press the nankhatai balls lightly and make a cross sign on each cookie with a knife.
  11. Insert a nut into the cross sign.
  12. Place each cookie on the baking tray and follow the process with the remaining balls.
  13. Make sure there is a distance between each besan nankhatai. Do not clutter the tray. Else the cookies might not bake properly. They need adequate space for expansion.
  14. Bake the beauties for 18-20 minutes.
  15. Allow the atta nankhatais to cool down before munching on them.
  16. The nankhatais will be soft initially and taste like pedas. Gradually, they will become crispier.


Besan Nankhatai 2nd recipe Ingredients 

1 cup besan (gram flour)
3 tsp suji (semolina) -(optional) - adds that crunch
1/2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp choti elaichi (green cardamom powder)
1/2  cup of powdered sugar (depending on your taste buds)
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter ) or you may take 1/4cup ghee and 1/4 cup oil
Almond flakes or pistachio as desired


Procedure

  1. Take ghee and sugar in a bowl and beat them well until fluffy and creamy. Add powdered elaichi and mix well.
  2. In a different bowl, mix besan, suji, and baking powder. Suji is optional and is added for crunch.
  3. Now combine wet ingredients with dry ones. No need to knead the dough like chapati dough. Just gather the ingredients well.
  4. If the dough feels dry, add little more ghee.
  5. It should be like smooth, soft dough, which is easy to be rolled into balls and does not break.
  6. Make lime-sized balls and press little with your palms. If you want, you can insert almonds or pista in the cookies, as shown in the pic. 
  7. Do not press too hard.
  8. Place nankhatais in a baking tray and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, we need to preheat the oven/cooker for 10 mins. 
  10. Take an iron skillet (tawa), and place a cooker on it. 
  11. Place a wire rack inside and switch on the flame.
  12. Take out the steel/baking tray from the refrigerator and keep inside the cooker.
  13. Keep on medium flame for 12-15 minutes.
  14. Check after 10 mins. If needed, keep for 5 mins more.
  15. Small cracks will start to appear on the cookies.
  16. That's it! Turn off the flame. Let them cool and take them out on a cooling rack. Make sur eyou do not burn your hands taking the chickpea gluten flour cookies out. This batch will stay fresh for a week. But I seriously doubt it will disappear soon.
  17. If you want to bake in microwave, preheat the microwave for 10 mins. Then turn on the convection mode - 180 degrees for 10-12 mins. Check after 12 mins. If needed, keep for 5 mins more.
  18. Your besan nankhatais are ready to be savored. Enjoy this traditional delicacy.
  19. If you love besan, you are almost sure to fall in love with this unique chickpea biscuit recipe dished out with cornflakes. The unique besan-cornflakes combination tastes havenly. Try it once.
besan nankhatais with cornflakes



No Butter Buttery Matar Paneer Korma


no butter matar paneer
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!


no oil paneer gravy
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 recipe that uses not a single drop of oil/ butter. The taste is so good that every single bite feels divine.

Taking inspiration from Sonal Gupta's oil-free mushroom peas makhni, the recipe uses green peas and cottage cheese (paneer) dipped in a buttery yet not creamy gravy.

Try this healthy recipe (though it does use paneer, which is a dairy product and it's okay to indulge in once in a while) and relish the matar paneer makhni with rice or roti .


So let's come back to the matar paneer recipe:



Ingredients:
1 onion
1 tomato
6-7 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger piece
1 bay leaf (tej pata)
Few kasuri methi leaves
3 tbsp curd
1/2 tsp sugar
1 kashmiri red chilly
10 almond pieces (add almonds in hot water. let them boil for 3-4 minutes, and remove their skin)
250 gms Cottage cheese
1/4 cup green peas (take a bowl, add water and peas and keep it for boiling for 6-7 minutes or longer)
2 tbsp coconut milk (optional) - (I added because my gravy got too spicy)
1/2 cup water
turmeric, salt as per preference

no oil healthy recipe
Procedure:
  • Take chopped onion, chopped tomato,ginger, garlic, curd, almonds, and red chilly and grind into thick paste
  • Take a nonstick pan
  • Add bay leaf and paste
  • Bay leaf will change color slowly, since there is no oil
  • Stir well
  • Add salt & turmeric
  • Stir well
  • Keep stirring in between for 8-10 minutes
  • Add water and boiled green peas and keep it on a low flame for 10 minutes. You may want to keep it covered with a lid, but do keep checking in between
  • Add cottage cheese and kasuri methi
  • Stir once and enjoy this super healthy no oil recipe
Enjoy this healthy paneer makhni or matar paneer korma with rice or roti.

Looking for another healthy yet delectable paneer recipe? Try this healthy besani paneer recipe shared by dear Anita Chahal aunty ji.

Here's another paneer recipe - paneer badami.
besani paneer


paneer badami

















palak paneer
paneer do pyaza

paneer kofta
paneer biryani



No Oil, Butterless Whole Wheat Cookies

no butter 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 anyone that wishes to try. This may help make your cookies softer :)


Ingredients for Eggless Butterless Cookies with Whole Wheat: 

3/4 cup regular wheat flour
1/2 cup almond meal (I make it at home)
Sugar (depends on taste)
a pinch salt 
1 tsp baking powder or baking soda if you want it more like crackers
3/4 tsp dry roasted fennel seeds (you can add more or less depending on flavor preference)
1/2 cup almond milk (home made)


no butter wheat cookies

no butter almond cookies

How to make simple cookies with whole wheat:

Let's make almond meal first.
Soak 1/2 cup almond in hot water for 5-8 minutes.
It will make it easier to remove their skin.
Then dry the almonds on burner in a kadhai. No need to add any oil. When almonds have dried, let them cool down.
Then you can grind them into dry powder. This way you will get almond meal.
Here's a video on how to make almond meal to make your task easier



  • Then take 1/4 cup of almond meal and add less than 1/4 cup of water to it. Grind almond meal and water. 
  • This way you will get almond milk. I added saunf (fennel seeds) and sugar along with almond meal.
  •  If you want to use butter/ghee, you can reduce the quantity of almond milk and add butter when grinding almond meal with water.
This will ensure that everything mixes well. Keep aside.
Take wheat flour. Add salt. Now add almond meal. Add almond milk little by little and make a soft dough.
Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. It may take longer, so just keep watching closely.
Then once baked, take out the cookies on a stand and let them cool. Enjoy with a cup of hot tea.

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