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8/3/09 11:44 A

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Naan is yummy! When we were in India, we tried all of the breads, but here at home, I haven't tried making any of them, except roti. In time. :)

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8/2/09 10:27 P

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Wow how nice as Nita di said its nice to eat food which generally we are not used to once in a while and even if you like rice you can experiment with low starch ones like basmati, wild rice and brown ones will provide extra fiber too.

PS- Choley are my favorite too and have you tried it with Nan or kulcha bread its yummy ...

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8/2/09 1:38 P

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Nita, I forgot how wonderful your recipes are. Thank you for the link. This morning I am trying Punjabi Chole and roti. I told my husband - We eat too much rice!!! LOL. Have a wonderful day my friend! emoticon emoticon

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8/1/09 8:56 P

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I just googled and found so many recipes to cook roti, phulka, chapati, etc. Good Luck. You tube has numerous chefs showing the how to's.

Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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8/1/09 8:43 P

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You are right, it always helps to watch someone make.....Here's one of my modified to taste healhty with high protein content, recipes for you.

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I am NOT a north Indian who grew up eating roti for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once a week for dinner, once a week of ghee poories for breakfast, were a norm in our home.

Whatever I learnt is all by myself....from trial and error or what my Aunt or other friends taught me here. Here are a few tips:

When you add a drop of oil or ghee to the dough, it will be crispier. You can even add hot milk.

Hot water is the key to a soft dough - one of my aunts used to add the American whole wheat flour to boiling water and cook for a minute(when we could not get Indian smooth stone ground Indian chapati flour) for a softer dough and add a hand full of white flour too. Not sure if you can get Indian chapati flour whereever you live.

I am sure others can add their own tips.


here's one for methi parota, the healthy way I make it. No ratings yet.....I am not here for ratings for I post my recipes for my own reasons. Nor am I going to convert my recipes to simplify them as I was asked to for SP to select........Hahha!

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Edited by: NITAINMN at: 8/1/2009 (20:46)
Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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8/1/09 8:29 P

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Those are great ideas. I love dal and beans so I try to work those into our diet as well. My husband eats so much rice and you are right, it seems it is all carbs. When we are in India, his Mom does make him drink buttermilk before he leaves for work everyday. At night here, I tend to crave cereal. I think it is because of the milk and has something to do with the spice I use in my food.

Do either of you have a good recipe or tips for making roti. I have tried twice, but they have not turned out well. I am sure it should be simple, but do not have anyone to watch. That is the way I learn.

Thanks much!!

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7/28/09 10:41 P

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Hi as Nita di has told you can include more varieties of whole legumes and Dal in your food like kidney beans chickpeas and skim milk or buttermilk or yogurt for protein looking at your page i think your DH belongs to southern part of India so may be eating rice more often you can try with chapati (indian flat bread) i am told that now a days you can easily get it there and if you want you can make it at home too and make sure to use whole flour in your bread too .

i make mine with the whole wheat flour with soya flour and millet flour added to it for extra protein and fiber .you can experiment with different varieties of pancakes which are made with lentils we call them Chilla

other thing you can do is you can make dishes out of low fat Paneer weather gravies or or stir fries .

I am still doing the course of nutrition(still 2 months left) but now that whatever i have studied any type of food whether veg or non veg to maintain a helthy body exersice and portion control are two important keys and so is the eating at right food at right time.



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7/28/09 10:05 P

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Hello! How are you Lady? How wonderful to see you here...Welcome! emoticon

Most vegetarian diets are high carb, which surely can lead to weight gain, diabetes, etc. just to name a couple. India, where I grew up, I remember my grandpa's home, where traditions remained, they followed a beautiful system for meals. I ate lunch there one whole year when I was in a college near them. Every summer, we stayed there...despite the fact that I never saw my grand parents! It was my mother's brother's family. Anyway, there was always beans, chick peas or lentils - legumes or dal along with vegetables and red rosemutta rice. One had to either drink butter milk, or eat yogurt. They had a system of what bean was eaten on which day of the week!!! lol.

My Mom made us drink milk in the morning for breakfast with Idli, dosa, etc. prepared with plenty of lentils or dals for protein too. Some days, we would eat ripe jack fruit first thing in the morning.

Some healthy bean ( we truly believed it was real) coffee with jaggery as sweetener at tea with yummy foods like upma, phova, bread, etc. or light dosa.

At night, we had Indian flat breads ( roti, chappati) on rare occasions as a treat. But, mostly what was called conji ( red rosematta rice again in water) with ghee and freshly sauteed vegetables and a glass of milk for protein. Fruits at night before bed time...not sure if its a good idea... but, certain fruits like apple, pear, Papaya at night is great.

We had no issues of not getting enough protein or gaining weight...as a matter of fact, I was the black sheep of the family being way too skinny which is why I stayed at Uncle's home or at my father's sister's home to fatten me!! lol.

OK, long note shortened: Make sure you include enough protein in your diet, with brown rice, beans, chick peas, and whole lentils; along with other easily available tofu and variety. Never leave the table without eating 1/2 a cup of yogurt. Do not fill your belly with rice ( no more than 1/2 a cup - one serving), eat more veggies to fill up.

Now, if I can act on my own suggestions.....

Edited by: NITAINMN at: 7/28/2009 (22:06)
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7/28/09 2:39 P

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My husband is vegetarian and has always been skinny. When he moved to the U.S. though and I started cooking for him, he and I both started gaining weight. I think it has to do with the balance of ingredients in our diet even though it is a vegetarian diet. Any thoughts on how to mix things up in order to have a healthier lifestyle. We generally will eat rice and a vegetable curry each day. He's not a fan of raw vegetables.

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