By Life Positive April 1999 How would you term a dinner without golden-fried meatballs, and a sumptuous roasted chicken? Simply delicious! Don’t believe it? Then try out these heartcare recipes excerpted from Food For Reversing Heart Disease by Dr Bimal Chhajer, an Indian cardiologist, and taste the difference LENTIL SPINACH SOUP Ingredients Spinach: a bunch (chopped)Onion: 1 (chopped)Garlic: 3-4 cloves (crushed)Lentil: 2 cups (washed)Water: 5-6 cupsBay leaves: 1-2Cottage cheese (from skimmed milk): 2-3 small piecesBlack pepper powder: ½ tspCoriander leaves (finely chopped): ¼ cupYogurt (skimmed milk): To use as a garnish Salt: To taste BEANS AND MACARONI SALAD IngredientsMacaroni: ½ cupBoiled cowpea: ½ cupOnion: 1 (thinly sliced) Tomatoes: 2 small (cut)Onion stalk: 1 (sliced)Coriander leaves:To garnish Dressing Lemon juice: 2 tspMustard: ½ tspCoriander leaves: 1 tbspGarlic: 1 clove (crushed)Salt, mustard & pepper: To taste MethodCook macaroni in salted water, and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add cowpea, onions, onion stalk, and tomatoes to the macaroni and mix well. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss thoroughly. Add salt and pepper. Cover and chill for some time before serving. For serving, toss again lightly and garnish with coriander leaves. Nutritive Value (per qrtr plate) Energy: 134 calories Carbohydrates: 27.1 gmProtein: 5.92 gmFat: 0.35 gm PAPAYA DRINK IngredientsPapaya: ½ (cut to pieces)Orange: 1Lemon: 1Mint: 1 sprigSugar: 2 tspBlack salt: ¼ tsp MethodPeel and separate the segments of orange. Mix together with papaya, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Blend with crushed ice. Pour into glasses and garnish with mint leaves. Serve chilled. Nutritive Value (per glass)Energy: 114 caloriesCarbohydrates: 18.1 gmProtein: 1.3 gmFat: 0.3 gm HERBED MUSHROOM PULAO IngredientsRice: 3 cupsMushroom: 2 cups (chopped)Onions: 2 (chopped)Garlic paste: ½ tspSpring onions: 2 (chopped)Coriander leaves: ¼ cup (chopped)Salt & pepper: To tasteChilly powder: ½ tsp MethodSauté onions, garlic paste and mushrooms. When done, add rice, salt, pepper, six cups of water and simmer on moderate heat till rice is done. Add coriander leaves and spring onions. Mix well. Nutritive Value (per qtr. plate) Energy: 114 caloriesCarbohydrates: 25.17 gmProtein: 2.97 gmFat: 0.3 gm SPICY SPINACH DUMPLINGS IngredientsSpinach (finely chopped): 2 cupsGreen chilli (finely chopped): 1Chickpea Flour: 1 tbspWheat flour: 2 tspCurd (optional): 2 tspRed chilli powder: ½ tspAsafetida: a pinchSugar: a pinchSalt: To taste Method Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. If the mixture is too dry to shape into balls, add curd and beat well till it is wet enough for molding. Now shape the mixture into small balls and steam them for 5-7 minutes in a pressure cooker on medium fire. Serve hot with chutney. Nutritive Value Energy: 83 caloriesCarbohydrates: 12.35 gmProtein: 4.83 gmFat: 1.54 gm APPLE SNOWBALLS IngredientsApples: 3-4Sugar: 5 tbspStrawberry jam: 2 tbspEgg white: 3-4Castor sugar: 2 tspGlazed cherries: 3-4 MethodPeel the apple and scoop out the cores to make them hollow. Dissolve granulated sugar in water and gently stew apples. Drain apples and arrange in a baking dish greased with a little curd. Fill the cavity of the apples with any jam you favor. Whisk egg whites stiff. Fold in half the castor sugar and continue to whisk till the mixture becomes really stiff. Fold in remaining sugar. Pour this mixture over the apples. Put the apples in an oven and bake at 300° F till they are light brown at the tips. Decorate with glazed cherries and serve. Nutritive Value (one apple snowball) Energy: 286 calCarbohydrates: 68.6 gmProtein: 1.9 gmFat: 0.49 gm
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