The last year has compelled us to reconsider our health goals, reorganise our priorities and revamp our entire way of life. “Strengthen yourself or perish” has been the scariest unsaid fact looming like a persistent grey cloud over us. The rude wake-up call served as a warning about the downside of taking the comfortable life we have for granted. Over the last month, I’ve shared many foods that assist in making you stronger from within while benefiting external factors like your skin and hair in many ways too.
“Ek, ek se bhale do, do, do se bhale teen” goes the famous song from Amar Akbar Anthony. This quirky way of reiterating the power of unity applies to food as well. Today we’ll talk about foods that are healthy on their own but healthier when paired with others. A mi’x’ of goodness, if you will!
Although ‘multigrain’ flour mixes are packed and branded as a new step in health revolution, they’ve been part of our culinary culture for a long time. Maharashtrian cuisine extensively uses bhaajni (roasted and ground rice, lentils, pulses etc) in traditional recipes like thalipeeth and chakli. Their combinations may vary depending upon taste and recipe. Flour-mixes can be made gluten-free and are a great source of nutrition for vegans too.
Flour mixes are versatile and can be replaced by or added to regular wheat flour for additional health benefits. Toddler moms can breathe easy since even chapatti is packed with many essential nutrients. Flour mixes can be used in cookies, cakes, breads or tea-time snacks like mathris and shakkarpara.
Seeds mixes bring together the goodness of a variety of seeds in one tablespoon. They can be consumed raw or roasted and whole or ground into a powder. Many of us don’t have a chakki nearby and are forced to use store-bought atta. Sadly, it loses most of its fiber content and nutritive value. Also, even though chakki-ground aata is better, it isn’t enough to cater to our regular dietary needs. Adding seeds like flax, carom, cumin or sesame enhances its taste and makes it a healthier option.
Popping a teaspoon of roasted whole seeds mix instead of chocolates or candies will be a great service to your body. Garnish your cookies with them, add them to your smoothie bowls or snack on them before or during workouts.
Mi‘x’ed herbs and spices
Herbs and spices are an integral part of our food heritage and in this series we’ve discussed many of their health benefits. Every cuisine, Indian or international, uses signature herbs and spices that offer their foods and recipes a distinct taste and flavour. Dried Italian mixed herbs like basil, thyme, rosemary etc are the perfect topping for pizzas and pastas. Mexican seasonings like Cayenne pepper and cilantro give their recipes a wonderfully exotic twist. Closer home, every Indian region has a heady variety of masalas and powders like Garam masala, Podi powder, Bhaja moshla, etc.
Make your regular tea an immunity boosting concoction by adding a basic spice mix of black pepper+cloves+cinnamon+cardamom seeds with milk, ginger and tulsi. This spice mix can be added to your coffee, black tea and kadhas too.
Xmas plum cake is a delicacy that involves a unique blend of tradition and food. Xigua is type of African watermelon. Xacuti is a native Goan chicken curry made with chillies, potato and poppy seeds. Xavier soup is an indulgent Italian soup that has Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley in a rich chicken broth. X foods are an interesting mi’x’, aren’t they? What would you like to add?
Special thanks and hugs to Pragun for her inputs for this post!
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