Thursday, September 30, 2010

Health benefits of Methi(Fenugreek)


Methi is part of kitchens of all Indian. We always like to have them in any form. Methi can be consumed in many ways or we can say that everyone likes Methi in their own way. I am here mentioning some of benefits that we can get with including Methi in our routine; we might not have it daily but having Methi once or twice also can be equally healthy habit.

Some of Major benefits of Methi

Improve Digestion

Methi helps in maintaining a good metabolism and prevents constipation. It purifies blood and helps in flushing out the harmful toxins

Helps In Losing Weight:

Methi is very effective in losing weight. With the assistance of proper diet and exercise, fenugreek can work wonder on your body. Soak a few Methi seeds in water and chew them in the morning, on an empty stomach. Fibers in Methi fill stomach for longer time even if you will have it little

Good for Women health

Methi also helps attain hormonal balance in women and therefore, helps in enlargement of breasts. It also helps increase the lactation in breast feeding women. Many Places, Methi is important part of diet of pregnant women. It can even reduce labor pain and induce child birth in a woman. Moreover, it reduces the menstrual discomforts and reduces menstrual pains.

Helpful for Diabetes & Reduce Cholesterol

Fenugreek proves to be a very good agent in reducing bad cholesterol from the body. Use of More methi is very useful for Diabetic Person, as it helps in reducing glucose in blood and urine. You can consume it either by incorporating it in your diet or chewing its seeds (after soaking them overnight).

Some of Medicine uses of Methi Leaves

• Anemic patients can consume Methi leaves regularly as they are a rich source of iron.

• Fenugreek leaves paste applied on palms and soles alleviates burning sensation.

• A cup of Methi leaves decoction added to honey and a teaspoon of ginger powder clears the phlegm and cures cough.

• Methi leaves paste applied on swellings, sprains and burns heals them effectively.

• Methi leaves consumed regularly tones your respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system and neuromuscular system.

• Methi leaves powder significantly increases the antioxidant system in diabetics.

Some of beauty used of methi are

• Fresh Methi leaves paste and coconut milk applied over the scalp is believed to prevent hair-loss, promote hair growth, preserve its natural color, delay graying of hair and make it silky soft.

• A paste of Methi leaves mixed with vinegar is good for treating dandruff.

• A pimple and blackhead prone skin when treated with the paste of Methi leaves and turmeric, improves the skin tone.

• Methi leaves also has anti ageing properties. Make a paste of fenugreek leaves and add boiled milk to it. Applying this to your face delays the appearance of fine lines and face wrinkles. It not only improves the complexion but also makes one look years younger.

I always like to include methi in our diet, at least once a week.I have included some of Methi’s recipes in CookWithPia . Try them . Visit blog regualarly for more methi recipes and include methi in your routine more healthy ways

Methi Sambhar

Palak Methi Ka Sag


More Recipes to come. keep Visiting CookWithPia

Hara Bhara Palak Corn Cutlet

Yesterday my husband wanted to have some cutlet. I have decided to add some palak into that. Then I felt i can something more into that. I have added corn, carrot and Gobhi in the cutlet. I was just trying to add some new flavors into cutlet. Result was so good, my husband was want more and more cutlet. It has Goodness of palak, carrot and corn. Try it , its really yummy !!!!!


1/2 bunch Palak
1 cup corn
1 carrot chopped
1/2 cup gobhi chopped
3 boiled Potato
2 slice bread mashed 
1  chilly chopped
1 tps  Jeera powder (Cumin Powder)
1 tps Amchoor ()
1/2 tps Garam Masala
1 tps Red Chilly
Salt According to taste

  1. Boil water in a pan , when water start boiling add palak leaves. let it cook for 3-4 minute. 
  2. get the palak out of water, chop cooked palak finely. 
  3. Cook 1/2 cup corn in little water in microwave for 2 minute.
  4. add corn , chopped carrot, green chilly and chopped Gobhi into palak.
  5. now mix boiled potato into palak mixture.
  6. add mashed bread, amchoor, jeera powder, red chilly and salt 
  7. mix well. now devide it into 10-12 equal peices .give it shape of tikki or cutlet
  8. add little oil in the nonstick pan. 
  9. cook till it will become brown from both side. 
  10. serve hot with chutney of your choice. I served with green chutney

I made these cutlets in little excess , used it again in the burger in the morning.  I felt burger also become healthy with touch of all vegetable :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Moong Dal Chilla

CookWithPia is getting some new recipes everyday from reader's of all over the world. This recipe is sent to me by Reshma Nitu Chugani , She has sent this recipe from Spain. she has given it name of MOONG DAL CREPE. I have changed its name because it is more like chilla in India. This recipe is great and healthy also. Thanks Nitu for this recipe

2 cups of yellow moong dal

1/5 cup of white urad dal
1" Ginger Chopped
2 Green Chilly
1 tps Cumin Seeds
1/2 Bunch coriander leaves chopped

1. soak the dals overnight in ample water

 2. drain n wash them and grind in a blender with a little water, a nice piece of ginger and some green chillies.grind to a nice thick

3. add salt and cumin seeds, coriander leaves and leave for ferment for about 3-4 hours.

4. heat a non stick pan and add a little oil to it 

5  then take a scope of this batter and spread it quickly over the heated pan and cook on both sides till brown and crispy.

6. serve with chutney or sauce of your choice.
CookWithPia Tips
1. You can fill paneer mixture inside Chilla. Grade 100 gm paneer , add some chilli, salt , and corriender into that.
another option is take bhujiya (Aloo bhujiya ) , chopped tomatos, chopped onion , chopped tomatoes and mix them . add little salt.
Both filling will add a great taste to Chilla

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lemon Mint Ginger Refersher



2 Lemons
1 cup mint leaves
1” ginger chopper
6 tps sugar
1 tps salt
2 glass water

  1. Put water in blender.
  2. Now add lemon juice, mint leave and ginger into water
  3. Now add sugar and salt into it
  4. Grind it
  5. Add some ice cubes and decorate with lemon slice. Refreshing drink is ready.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Healthy Bread Pizza

Many of my readers asked me about some recipes that is healthy as well as help in reduce their weight. I made this recipe in breakfast today. It has not any oil or butter still it is very tasty and very easy to make


4 Whole Wheat Bread

For topping
1 cup Sooji (semolina)
1 cup curd
1 small capsicum chopped
1 small tomato chopped
1 onion chopped
1 green chilly finely chopped
salt according to taste
1 tps red chilly

  1. Toast the bread till half done
  2. in a bowl mix add curd in the sooji
  3. now add all vegetables in the mixture
  4. add salt and red chilly according to taste
  5. take half toasted bread make a layer of topping .
  6. cook in microwave for 2-3 minute.
  7. Serve hot with sauce of your choice

Note: if you are making it for your kids, you can add a layer of cheese also


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Reduce Weight without Dieting

Being overweight is one of the big problem, mostly Indian are facing. I am just giving simple steps to reduce weight without going on diet.

Eat Breakfast Everyday

A big misconception about Dieting is to skip breakfast. Actual need of body is totally opposite to that. You should always take proper breakfast. Breakfast is one of the most important meal of the day. It provides a lot of energy that you need to perform your whole day tasks. Actually skipping breakfast can result in eating more throughout the day.

Use liquid calories wisely

If you are feeling thrust, it is always better to have water. Liquid calories you are taking from carbonated drinks, juices are actually providing easy calories to your body because body doesn’t need to do any work to digest it. If you want to drink something its always better to have water or you can take some citrus drink without sugar, low fat milk or 100% juice.

Go for grain

Replace fine grain with whole grains. Reduce intake of fine grain products like white bread, cookies, cake etc. instead of start using whole wheat bread, whole wheat chapatti, multi grain chapatti and brown rice. They are fiber rich and body need to do more work to digest them and they will also fulfill need of fiber in body.

Eat less than your hunger

Eat a little less than your hunger. If you feel like eating 3 roties have only 2.5. It will satisfy your hunger and also you are taking fewer calories. Just try to reduce you’re your food intake by 10 or 20%, you will start losing weight. Have food in small bowl or plates. That will help you in eating less still you will be feeling full.

Walk more

Reduce use of lift to minimal. If your destination is on 2nd or 3rd floor, instead of Lift go by stairs. Even if you have to go 5th ot 7th floor don’t take lift for at least 2 floor. If you have to go near by market park your vehicle at a distance and go by walk. It will give a good amount of exercise to your body and help in burning some extra calories . Some other steps can be walk when you are taking on phone, get your pet out whenever you get chance.

More protein in diet

Try to add more protein in your diet. Protein takes more time to digest so you will feel full for more time. So you are less likely to over eat. For more protein you can include pulses, sprouts, egg, and chicken in your diet, peanut butter, low fat yoghurt in your diet.

Switch to low calorie alternative

You can trim calories very effectively if you will switch to low fat alternatives. Like start using low fat butter, low fat yoghurt, skim milk, reduce use of mayonnaise in sandwich, reduce oily food , reduce intake of fast food.

Go Vegetarian

Reduce intake on meat products to minimum. If you like to take non vegetarian 3 times a week, reduce it to one time a week. It will help to not taking extra calories. Vegetables has less calories but they are rich in vitamins, minerals and protein

Keep Looking on Blog for Low cal recipes. October is Low Calorie recipes special


Monday, September 20, 2010

Butter Chicken in Pia's Style

Last sunday we have decided to make butter chicken. It was cooked by both me and my husband. Result was really very tasty.; You can also try and I am sure you will like it


600 gm Chicken
For marinate

1 cup curd
1 tps lemon Juice
2 tps Kashmiri mirch
1 tps garam masala
salt according to taste

For gravy-

5-6 medium Tomato
5-6 Green cardamon
10-12 peppercorn
10-12 clove
1tps garam masala
1 tps red chilly
2 tps sugar
1 tps kasturi methi
1 cup cream 
50 gm low fat butter
salt according to taste


1. Wash chicken and make small slits on chicken with the help of knife.
2. Mix all ingredients on marinate in curd
3. Marinate chicken in the mixture for 1 hour
4. Put 3 tps of oil in pan.
5. put chicken one by one in pan. Let it cook for 10 minutes on low fame.
6. Check if chicken is cooked. Than on high flame let all water absorb. it will look like Roasted chicken


1. put butter in pan. Add green cardamom, clove, peppercorn and cinnamon in the oil. Cook it for 2 minutes
2. Now add ginger garlic paste and chopped green chilies
3. Sauté for few minutes
4. Now add tomato puree into pan. If too thick add some water. Add salt according to taste
5. Add some kasturi methi and sugar into curry
6. Cook it for 10 minute. Then add cooked chicken pieces into the curry.
7. Let it cook on slow flame for 5 minutes.
8. Now add cream. Cook it for another 3 minutes
9. Add green coriander for garnishing


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Panjabi Chole Bhature

Chola Bhatura On one Sunday I have decided to make Chola Bhatura. On that day bhatura was very tasy and soft. I am just sharing my recipes and also secret of good bhatura.

 Chole :
250 Gm Chick Peas (Chole)

1 teabag ( this is used to give the black colour)
4-6 Kali Ilaichi
Salt acording to taste
1 tps Black Salt

3-4 Green Chillies - finely chopped
1 piece Ginger - finely chopped
2-3 Tomatoes - finely chopped
2-3 tsp Green Corriander - finely chopped
1 Onion - finely chopped
1/2 tsp Mango powder (aamchur)
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
Red Chillies accoding to taste
2 tsp dry Coriander Powder
oil to cook
2 pieces Bay Leaves
2 tps Chole masala

soak chick peas in water for whole night.
for getting black chole like market. add Chole along with salt and teabag in the cooker . add enough water. Cook it for 3-4 vessels. Do not over cook
Take oil in the pan . now add bay leaves and onion. when onion will start changing color add tomoato and garam masala. then add chole , keep the water in which chole has been cooked seperate. mix well for 2-3 minutes
add chole masala, amchur and ginger.
add water in which you have boiled chole earlier
cook it for 10 minutes
now add 2 tps corriender powder and cook for 2 minutes
if gravy is too thick add some water
mash some of chole , it will give thick look to chole
Garnish with green corriender

2 cup Maida
1 cup curd
oil to fry
1 tps salt
1 tps baking powder

mix salt, and baking powder in the maida
now 2 tps some oil.
add curd into maida mixture. make a smooth dough
keep this dough for 7-8 hours before cooking. (Thats a secret. the dought will become double of its size. and bhatura will be really nice)
heat the oil in kadai.
divide dough into 12 equal parts. Roll it like big size
Deep fry and serve hot with Chole

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