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Green peas boost your immunity since they are packed with antioxidants like flavinoids, carotenoid, phenolic acids and polyphenols. A protective polyphenol called coumestrol found in green peas is said to help prevent stomach cancer. They are rich in phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. You can also ensure normal bowel movements by eating peas regularly. Their high fibre content relieves the symptoms of constipation. Fresh pea pods are also a rich source of folic acid, ascorbic acid and essential B-complex vitamins.
They are also said to be great for your skin. A fistful of green peas daily is said to keep wrinkles and fine lines away. They are effective in anti-ageing due to their high anti-oxidant content. Just add some seasoning to a cup of boiled peas and eat them as mid day snacks.
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A spice prized for its medicinal properties!

While cinnamon is a popular spice in Indian cooking, did you know that it has a host of health benefits as well? Modern science has now confirmed what our ancestors have instinctively known for ages.
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A spice prized for its medicinal properties!
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HAPPY PONGAL!
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Bidding goodbye to Margazhi!

As we say goodbye to Margazhi, a time when even Chennai gets a taste of winter, farmers would boil cane juice in vats, reducing them to golden-brown jaggery. The festival, celebrated as Sankranthi in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, celebrates the farmer and the land, which yields bountiful produce year after year. Part of the festivities is boiling milk in a pot decorated with a turmeric bulb and leaves, and letting it overflow.
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Bidding goodbye to Margazhi!
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Let the vibrancy and colour of Pongal brighten up your life! Dhanyam wishes you all a very happy Pongal!!
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2017-01-16
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Every time you buy organic, you are persuading more farmers to grow organic
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This easy to prepare tangy rasam tastes great!! It can be served with steamed rice or had as a soup. This will serve as a good appetizer.
Ingredients:
Ripe tomatoes - 2
Green chill - 2
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Tender Ginger – 2 inch piece
Tuar dal 1 tbsp
Rasam powder 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1 pinch
Black pepper – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
Curry leaves
Fresh coriander leaves
Ghee, mustard, and cumin seeds for seasoning
Salt to taste
Preparation:
Cook the dal, mash and keep aside.
Puree a tomato and finely chop the other one.
In a pan, add 1/2 tsp of oil and fry the green chilies. Do not overcook.
Allow this to cool. Grind in a mixer along with salt and ginger.
In a pan add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, ground green chili ginger paste, turmeric powder, asafoetida and 2 cups of water. Add few curry leaves.
Allow this mixture to boil in a low flame for about five minutes.
Add the dal and a cup of water to this and cook till frothy.
Pound the pepper and cumin seeds using a mortar and pestle.
Heat ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds and the ground pepper jeera powder. Add it to the rasam.
Note: Do not reheat the rasam. The lemon juice in it will turn it bitter on reheating.
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The goodness of Ginger!

Ayurveda gives Ginger a special status because this wonder spice has time-tested digestion friendly properties in addition to other health benefits. It is one of the popular medicinal herbs used in traditional medicines for centuries.
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The goodness of Ginger!
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Nellikai Pachadi is a wholesome and nutritious raita which is served on dwadashi to break the Ekadashi vrat/fast. Nellikai / gooseberry is rich in vitamin-C & antioxidants.
Wash 2-3 amla (nellikai), slice the sides and separate the seeds.
Place 2tbsp grated coconut, sliced amla, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 green chill in the mixer and grind it to a coarse paste.
Transfer this to a cup of beaten curd with salt.
Heat oil in a pan; add 1 tsp mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Allow them to crackle and add it to the pachadi.
Healthy, tasty and tangy Nellikai Pachadi is ready to serve!
Note: Amla is a very good coolant and hence has to be avoided at night.
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Preserve the turmeric rhizome this season!
Turmeric is a hardy plant that doesn't need much care and can survive in a variety of climates.
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