The so called 'health gurus' advocate strange things.
"Avoid rice completely," says one.
"Don't use oil," says another.
Has anyone given a thought to what our ancestors ate? They were never crazy about eating raw food, but always ate variety of dishes, including pulses and oil. They were healthy and definitely lived longer. They also did a lot of physical activity which helped them maintain good health.
So they key to healthy living is simple- Choose different kinds of food that provides you with a variety of nutrients, consume it in moderation and exercise daily!
You just need to remember the healthy eating pyramid and choose foods accordingly-
Tip: Remember to use healthy cooking oil like rice bran oil in your dishes.
My personal favourite is Fortune Rice Bran Health. It is the healthiest oil on the planet! It contains valuable nutrients like Tocotrienol (a very powerful Vitamin-E), skin-friendly compound Squalene and above all the amazingly heart-friendly Oryzanol. Rice Bran Oil also has the highest cholesterol lowering property amongst all the common edible vegetable oils.
On this note, I would like to share my signature healthy recipe made using Fortune Rice Bran Health-
a South Indian dish 'Sattunavu' which literally translates to 'strength food'.
Sattunavu (dal rice with coconut milk)
This dish serves 2-3
Fortune Rice Bran Oil- 2 tablespoons
Ghee- 1 tablespoon
Raw rice- 3 cups (300ml)
Toor dal - 1 and a half cup (half the qty of rice)
Onion- 2, cut into long thin pieces
Tomato- 4 to 5, chopped
Coconut milk- taken from half of a medium sized coconut
Green chillies-6, chopped
Garlic-10 cloves, chopped
Salt - approx 1 and a half tsp
Corainder leaves- to garnish at the end
Saunf- 1 tsp
Bay leaves- 2 no.s
|Sattunavu with boiled egg|
Wash the rice and dal separately and soak separately for about 10 minutes.
In a pressure cooker, place dal, adding little turmeric powder and 1 tsp of oil. Pressure cook.
Heat oil and ghee in kadai. Once heated, add saunf, cinnamon and cloves. Once they splutter, add onions and shallow fry in low flame till they become transparent. After a while, add green chillies, tomatoes, garlic, salt and continue frying till you get a homogenous mixture. Add soaked rice to this and fry for a while.
Take an electric cooker, add this rice mixture to it and also add coconut milk and water ( approx. 50% of water + 50% of coconut milk for cooking rice). Let it cook for about 20 minutes.
After a while, remove the dal from the pressure cooker. Now, add the cooked dal to the half cooked rice inside the electric cooker and mix thoroughly. Both the rice and dal should be cooked to soft consistency.
Note: If needed, add some more water and salt and let it cook properly.
Garnish with corainder leaves and serve.
I suggest that you can have it with boiled egg for the perfect lunch option which will provide oodles of energy and protein!
Voila! You are on your way to good health :)