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GO FOR SEED GANESHA (ECO-FRIENDLY)


As we all know that Ganesh Utsav, a 10 day celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha, is just around the corner! In many Hindu scriptures, during Ganesh Utsav, the Idol is worshipped using turmeric and other natural ingredients. This Idol should be made of clay as when it is immersed in water it’s a tribute to the environment. But over the last decade the Idols are made out of POP, and when immersed in water, they are leaving harmful chemicals for underwater life.


We are not really being environmentally conscious if we can’t correct this simple step. We need to say no to Idols made of chemical, plaster of paris, clay, plastic, thermocol (polystyrene). We need to go for natural, biodegradable material so that after immersion kriya it does not pollute water and surroundings. 


You can bring this change in your home by celebrating this festival with #ecofriendly seed Ganesha and pay a real tribute to our Mother Earth by helping the environment go green again. 


Why do we have ‘seeds’ in Ganesha? 

After you place the Idol in your garden and do water immersion kriya, the clay will mix with mud and what will come out is a plant that brings life to any surrounding.


For all those who are bringing Bappa home, lets get him in his eco-friendly avatar!
Shastha Foods is making it real simple for you. 

We are providing #ecofriendly seed Ganesha. Buy them from your nearest store Available at all local Indian Stores. Check your nearest outlet @ https://shasthaonline.com/pages/store-locator-1

Check out exciting offers in combo packs by Shastha Foods for this Ganesh Chaturthi..

ART OF COOKING MILLETS


All of us are aware of little yellow beads with mild corn flavor and naturally gluten-free with a lovely and light texture when cooked, and relatively quick-cooking because of their small size, but do you know #how to cook Millets perfectly to enhance their right flavor and texture.


Different ways to use millets in the kitchen?
Commonly cooked as a porridge to enjoy in the morning, there are many other ways to use millets. You can toss raw millet into cookies, muffins or quick breads for extra crunch. Use it to thicken soups, or as a base for warm grain salads of your choice. You can also buy millet grits that are extremely quick-cooking, and are wonderful in any preparation.  All the millets are best eaten when they hot or warm after cooking.

But as millets cool they also tend to dry out and it is very difficult to even swallow if the cooked millets get cold. 

So how do you cook Millets perfectly
When preparing millet, toast it in a skillet before adding any liquid to enhance the nutty flavor of the grain. There are two general ways that you can cook it. The first will result in a fluffy, whole-grain side dish much like quinoa and the second way is to use more water (3 cups instead of 2 cups) to result in a creamy, porridge with a polenta-like consistency — great for breakfasts. If you’re going this route, stir it much more frequently. This creamy version is also fantastic because you can pour it into a pan to cool, slice it as you would polenta, and fry it into croquettes or savory squares.

The water used will depend on the consistency and the choice of your recipe.

– If you are cooking millets as a replacement for rice for lunch or to make pulao, and prefer the grains to be separate, the ratio of millet to water is 1:2

– If you want the millets to be soft and not grainy or using them to make khichdi, the ratio is 1:3

– If you are going to make pongal or a thick porridge, then the ratio is 1:4

Where to buy Millets
Shastha Foods has put together a wide variety of Indian Millets, working directly with farmers in India. Our millet family includes Barnyard Millet, Kodo Millet, Little Millet, Foxtail Millet, Brown top Millet, Broken Sorghum Millet Grits, Broken Finger Millet Grits. 

Check out the complete range and order individual or group packs:https://shasthaonline.com/collections/millet-grains

Also check out our Millets Recipe book for mouth watering recipes:
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SHASTHA BATTERS - 24 HOURS EFFORT IN 32 OZ. CONTAINER

SHASTHA BATTERS


We all know the morning grind - get kids ready for school, work through meetings, get ready yourself and dash out of the door. To manage this flurry of activity you want to have a wholesome start. Instead of a quick junky breakfast you can enjoy healthy, homemade meals with Shastha batters instantly without any hassle of soaking, washing or grinding etc. Just heat up the pan, spread Shastha’s ready to cook batter evenly and get super fluffy, soft and aromatic crepes and enjoy super filling, healthy and wholesome breakfast in just 5 minutes. You basically are getting the 24-hour process of making fresh batter in ready to cook containers, free from preservatives or any other additives. 


If your kids are studying away from home or you are travelling you can still enjoy the same homemade flavors that are super healthy and delicious meals with our Batter value packs which are not only authentic and wholesome but also on reasonable prices. Buy these value packs from https://shasthaonline.com/collections/batter


At Shastha Foods we are committed to bringing healthy, homely and wholesome food to our discerning customers. We have a wide range of batters in 14 flavors, pure, Healthy and Nutritious. Each of our batters is prepared from the finest ingredients that will remind you of the same homemade flavors as mother’s cooking. We also have organic batters which are organically certified and USDA approved. 








Our batters are prepared in the traditional method of soaking and grinding to perfection. These ready to cook batters are naturally gluten free, vegan and contain no artificial ingredients. All natural and wholesome batters are now available for your customers.






Give him/ her a great start each day with our 100% organic, USDA / CCOF certified batters that come in three flavors… Better still, make it a compelling reason to be your customer.








Shastha Foods brings pure, high quality products that you can include in your daily diet to remain healthy, fit and energetic.


For any queries, write to us: contact@shasthafoods.com

SHASTHA FOODS NOW IN CANADA

No matter how far you are from home you always miss and crave for childhood flavors you grew up with. Food is what keeps us connected to our roots and can bring back endless stories. The aromatic smell from grandma’s kitchen can tickle our taste buds anytime and anywhere. 


Are you also missing the mouth watering delicacies from back home? At Shastha Foods we are committed to bring healthy, homely and wholesome food to our discerning customers. Now you can order a wide range of Indian delicacies, living in Canada, at https://shasthacanada.com/


Shasthacanada.com is an Online shopping place for our Canadian Customers looking to buy products from Shastha foods with less wait time and smooth ordering process within Canada itself. Our products ranging from Indian Rice, Millet Grains, Millet Flour, Filter Coffee products, Grand Sweets are authentic, homely and healthy. We bring regular shipments from India and ship out of SanJose, USA


Indian Rice

https://shasthacanada.com/collections/indian-rice

 

Shop a wide range of rice varieties at Shasthacanada.com and embrace the taste and aroma of different recipes that you can cook for your family.



Millet Grains

https://shasthacanada.com/collections/millet-grains

 

Shastha brings you millet grains that can be easily consumed by everyone. We have 50+ tasty and healthy millet recipes that you can enjoy in the morning. These gluten-free grains are healthy, wholesome and pure.

 

 Millet Flour

https://shasthacanada.com/collections/millet-flour


Shastha brings you millet flour mixes that can be eaten in different forms for  breakfast, for a long and energetic day. 



Filter Coffee

https://shasthacanada.com/collections/filter-coffee


Are you missing the aroma of fresh filter coffee and that subtle taste, just like a cup of coffee back home! What could be better than to start your day with the perfect cup of your choicest blend of coffee? Enjoy the taste and aroma of freshly brewed coffee with Shastha Foods.



Grand Sweets & Snacks

https://shasthacanada.com/collections/grand-sweets-and-snacks


Now order a wide range of Mouth watering Grand Sweets & Snacks, living in Canada. and enjoy the same tasty and authentic flavors that you grew up with.

HEALTHY EATING BY SUSTAINABLE FARMING

There’s no doubt that you can bring the biggest change in your health and happiness just by eating right. But it’s also true that our current pace of life doesn’t leave us much room to always make healthy choices. Most of us rush back home every evening to make something quick, not necessarily healthy and wrap up eating dinner, without enjoying it.

It doesn’t always have to elaborate to be wholesome & delicious meal. If we look back to the way our grandparents used to cooked and eat food, they used the most basic ingredients, procured locally and cooked in simple but effective ways. If you are looking for healthy substitutes to carbs and proteins than try out ‘Millets’.

For the past two years we’ve been working with farmers in India to practice techniques of sustainable farming and harness goodness of earth, and grow crops free of chemicals full of nutrition content. Shastha Foods carries over 50 varieties of Millets and their products. We support our farmers and connect with them to bring all natural, wholesome and authentic food products with no artificial flavors, no preservatives. Browse through entire range of Shastha Indian Millets and feel free to order.

Try these healthy, nutritious recipes and enjoy a hearty meal with Shastha Foods.

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Download our millets cook book from - https://shasthaonline.com/blogs/news/millet-recipes.

These 57 creative recipes of Shastha Millets ebook combine greens and millets grains in dishes for all meal occasions that burst with flavor, taste, and color. This is an indispensable book for the health-conscious home cook.


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Jaggery- A natural sweetner

Do you have a sweet tooth and hunt for sugary food after every meal? Sugar cravings are the hardest to resist especially if you are trying to control caloric intake. Most of us end up indulging ourselves in those instant sugar options after meal. To add on, our festivals and special occasions are not complete without sugar loaded sweets.

Why do we need to compromise our age old traditions when there are naturally sweet products that not only add flavour but also immense nutritional value to the food we eat. Let’s follow the same tradition of our ancestors and satisfy our sweet tooth naturally by adding natural sweetness to meals. Jaggery or ‘Gur’ is a most common ancient Indian sweet used widely in sweets and dishes. Made from sugarcane and date palm, It comes in all kinds of forms, from semi-liquid to solid blocks, of different shapes and sizes. It is rich in fibre and vital nutrients, and free from chemicals. Jaggery is an essential ingredient in several Indian recipes and tastes absolutely divine. Loaded with nutrients that add to our health, jaggery is a natural sweetner that we’ve forgotten because of processed products.

According to Ayurveda, it is the best natural cleansing agents for the body, which removes toxins particles from the body. It is a carbohydrate that provides instant energy to the body as it gets absorbed in the bloodstream instantly. It is often used in place of sugar for sweetening beverages in rural India. None of the traditional Indian sweets are baked without addition of Jaggery.

We are happy to revive this forgotten wonder product and are bringing it back to your kitchen or pantry in the purest forms.Shastha Foods jaggery products are sourced from farmers who follow and practice age old techniques of making ‘Gur’.

Order your home-style sweetner and enjoy it in drinks and food:

 Karupatti Vellam: Made from freshly concentrated product of cane sugar and date palm tree, Palm jaggery is a treat to taste buds. The process of making palm jaggery does not involves use of any chemical agents, hence all the natural minerals are retained as no preservatives are added..

 

 

 

Panam Kalkandu:
Panam kalkandam the crystalised form of palm sugar. It is produced from the sweet “Neera” from Palmnyra and is a nutrient rich, low glycemic crystalline sweetner.

 

Organic Jaggery powder and cubes:
Healthier & tasty substitute for Refined Sugar. is produced from sugarcane cultivated in organic farms spread across India without application of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

 

 

 Order online from https://shasthaonline.com/collections/jaggery

HEALING AYURVEDIC MILLETS KHITCHARI

HEALING AYURVEDIC MILLETS KHITCHARI

 

"Food blogger Soma Sengupta has created absolutely delicious, healthy and super simple recipes using Shastha Millets Adai batter and Foxtail Millets grains. Her blog https://www.myfridayfoodswings.com/ is an amazing compilation of yummy and delicious authentic recipes.

As they say, food is medicine and in ancient India, the Ayurvedic classic convalescing diet included a Khitchari since ancient times. It is prescribed in Ayurveda even today as a part of the Panchakarma which is the classic Ayurvedic mind-body cleanse to strengthen your basic constitution and immunity. The Khitchari is a meal which is power packed with nutrition and easy to digest. 

I have replaced rice with Millets and amped up the health quotient even more. Millets are a super grain with enormous benefits. It is low-glycemic, rich in protein and naturally gluten free. The millets khitchari packs in even more nutrition than the rice based one. Also, the use of fresh Turmeric and Ginger makes this dish even healthier and satisfying. 

Enjoy trying the recipes!"

 Ingredients

Yellow Mung Dal – ½ cup

Millets – ½ cup

Vegetable Oil – 2 tbsp

Bay Leaf – 1

Black Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Asafoetida – 1 pinch

Whole Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Dry Red Chilies – 2 (optional)

Turmeric root – ½ inch, washed and peeled

Ginger root – ½ inch, washed and peeled

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

Cilantro – 1 tbsp, finely chopped

Direction

  1. Wash and soak the mung dal and millets in two separate containers for 30 mins.
  2. In a pan, heat the vegetable oil.
  3. Add bay leaf, asafoetida, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chilies. Let it sputter and get fragrant.
  4. Drain the mung dal and millets and add it to the pan. Add salt and stir.
  5. Alongside, grind the turmeric and ginger in a mortar pestle. Throw that in the pan and stir everything together for good 3-4 mins.
  6.  Add 2 cups of water and let it come to a boil. Now on a medium flame, let the khitchari simmer for 20 mins. Add 1/3- 1/4 cup of water if needed. Take a few grains out of the khitchari and mash between your fingers to test if it is cooked.
  7. The mixture should be mushy. Once done, add the lemon juice and ghee. Stir it in along with the cilantro.
  8. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Remove from stove and serve alongside a fresh salad of cucumber, carrots and some roasted poppadums or papad.

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Mouth watering recipes using Indian Millets

Mouth watering recipes using Indian Millets

Food blogger Soma Sengupta has created absolutely delicious, healthy and super simple recipes using Shastha Millets Adai batter and Foxtail Millets grains. Her blog https://www.myfridayfoodswings.com/ is an amazing compilation of yummy and delicious authentic recipes.

Enjoy trying the recipes!

MULTI MILLETS ADAI

Being a working mom, very often I don’t have time to make things from scratch. Yet, I want to give nutritious homemade meals to my family. And the Shastha batters are a blessing. Made from the best ingredients, they are naturally fermented and do not contain any artificial ingredients. Millets are an indigenously grown super grain in India. By replacing millets for rice in these batters, Shastha Foods have kicked things up a notch.

Low glycemic, high protein and completely gluten-free, the Shastha batters are a dream come true for anyone looking to add plant based superfoods in their diet. And the nutty, tangy taste of millets is something you will get addicted to. Finally, there is something that is healthy and delicious.

RECIPE:

1. Multi Millets Adai

Ingredients

Shastha Multi Millets Adai Batter – ¼ cup per Adai

Vegetable Oil

Direction

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet.
  2. Dip a paper kitchen towel in some vegetable oil and wipe the skillet with it to grease it. Alternatively, you can use Pam spray too.
  3. Add ¼ cup of Shastha Multi Millets Adai batter and spread it out thin like a crepe with the back of your spatula. Make sure to do this swiftly so that the batter is spread uniformly before it starts to cook.
  4. One minute into it, add a little vegetable oil along the edges. You will see the edges crisp up and get cooked faster than the center. 
  5. Wait until the center is cooked. The whole thing takes about 2-3 mins. Slowly get your spatula underneath the adai and loosen it from the skillet.
  6. If required flip it and cook on the other side too.

2. Red Tomato Garlic Peanut Chutney

Ingredients

Tomatoes – 3

Garlic – 2, big cloves

Dried Red Chilies – 1

Tamarind pulp- 2 tsp

Salt – To Taste

Peanuts – ½ cup

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 4-5

Vegetable Oil – 2 tbsp

Direction

  1. Soak the red chili in hot water for 20 mins.
  2. Rub some vegetable oil on the tomato and roast on an open flame till they get charred. This takes anywhere between 4-5 mins.
  3. Alternatively, put them under the broiler for 4-5 mins. Take care to flip them halfway.
  4. Let it cool. Remove the charred skin, and cut into pieces.
  5. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Add peanuts, tomatoes, hydrated red chili, tamarind pulp and salt. Stir and cook for 3-4 mins. Let it cool.
  6. Once cooled, put it in a food processor and puree it 
  7. In another pan, heat another tbsp of vegetable oil. Add curry leaves and mustard seeds. Let it sputter 
  8. Pour in the pureed mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes till the consistency is that of a chutney.
  9. Taste for salt and adjust if necessary. Serve alongside Adai or Dosas.

3. Coconut Cilantro Chutney

Ingredients

Cilantro – 1 bunch

Coconut – 1 cup, grated

Green Chilies – 2

Ginger – ½ inch, washed and peeled

Salt – To Taste

Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Direction

  1. Wash the cilantro and the green chilies and throw it in the food processor with ¼ cup of water and the grated coconut, ginger and make a puree.
  2. In a pan, heat a tbsp of vegetable oil and add the mustard seeds.
  3. Add the pulsed mixture and keep stirring and cooking.
  4. Add salt to taste. Cook for 3-4 mins till the chutney reaches the desired consistency.
  5. Add lemon juice, taste for salt and adjust if necessary. Serve alongside Millets Adai.

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SPICE YOUR FOOD WITH INDIAN SPICES

Are you bored of your usual cooking? Or have your taste buds been craving for something new? Let’s spice it up! We are here to talk about making food better and tastier with some common herbs and spices. In most indian homes spices are used generously on low flame to provide color, texture and an aroma to food that is always inviting. Spices are usually dried up before using for cooking. Aromatic spices add flavor and bite to curry dishes and many of these spices also offer you health benefits.

Did you know Indian cooking can use upto 36 different types of spices?

These spices are not only used for seasoning food but also are packed with solid healthy benefits, right in your kitchen.

So to lead a healthy and balanced life by avoiding ailments and lifestyle diseases, a nutritious diet rich in spices can be the way to go.

Shastha Foods has a great collection of pure and healthy spices that will make your normal food more tasty, aromatic and flavorful

SHASTHA IDLI CHILLI POWDER:

A delicious preparation of careful blends of lentils, spices and red chilies to give the right flavor and taste. It is a great combination for idly, dosai, oothappam and even for adai. Made from the finest quality Pulses and Spices. 100% Authentic Traditional South Indian Recipe. Pure Vegetarian Home made Tasty Flavour.


 

 

SHASTHA PARAPPU PODI:                                                                                                 A lip-smacking spice powder recipe mainly served as a condiment or as a side dish to rasma rice or sambar rice for lunch and dinner. it is mainly prepared from the combination of lentils and roasted chana dal mixed with dry spices.
This spicy condiment is typically used as taste enhancer when served with breakfast or with meals and is filled with spices and garlic flavours.

 

SHASTHA KULAMBU MILAGAI THOOL: 

A secret ingredient for a tasty cooking, this mixture is made up of dry spices, leaves, and dal. Shasthas Kulambu Chilli Powder gives you a great taste like homemade powder mix. This is such a versatile spice powder as it turns any simple dish extraordinary with its touch. Make appetizing curry recipes for your entire family instantly within few minutes Bring soul and taste to your scrumptious cooking with our flavorful powder.

 

 

SHASTHA SAMBAR POWDER:                                                                                    Fresh, aromatic, homemade sambar powder that adds flavourful addition to all the South Indian Sambars.It is an important ingredient in making “Sambar”. This spiced powder is made with a blend of roasted coriander seeds, toor dal, chana dal, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and few more which adds to this unique taste and exemplifies the taste sambar.

 

We can already see the benefits from Turmeric or Nutmeg that are getting popularized in form of supplement powders and tablets in super markets. But there are spices like fenugreek, fennel, corriander seeds, star anaise and many more in Indian spice cabinet that have huge health benefits but are not so popular.

At Shastha Foods, we are happy to bring those spices in forms of podis and powders to our customers in US and Canada.

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COLD PRESSED OILS AN AYURVEDIC SUPER HEALER

COLD PRESSED OILS AN AYURVEDIC SUPER HEALER

Remember our grandparents/parents telling us about how they used to go to the store with an empty can to purchase chekku ennai?  In South India, chekku ennai was a way of life until 50 years ago. “Chekku ennai” is the local name for cold pressed sesame oil.

Cold pressed oils produced using low-heat methods are superior in quality compared to regular oils and are healthy alternative to cooking oils. Our ancestors primarily consumed cold pressed oils until about 50 years ago, when large-scale manufacturers of refined oils took over the market. Known to be cholesterol free, these oils are unrefined or unprocessed, free from harmful solvent residues and contain natural antioxidants that are beneficial for the body.

Cold pressed oils are one of Ayurveda’s best secrets. If stored in clay utensils, chekku oil lasts for almost a year. Chekku oil is traditionally supplemented with palm sugar or jaggery, which heightens its flavor and also its nutritional value. Benefits of cold-pressed oils to your heart health and internal well-being are many , these oils can also be a healthier and safer source of nourishment





Cold pressing method is the process involving crushing seeds or nuts and forcing out the oil through pressure.

In olden times, a long cylindrical contraption known as 'ghani' was used to extract oil from oilseeds. Ghani is a long cylindrical chamber made from wood, with a pestle in the centre. Oil seeds are poured in the ghani and are gradually crushed by the rotating pestle till most of the oil comes out through the opening at the base. .

This was the simplest method for cold pressing oils out of a seed as it didn't involve generating too much heat.

Rich in vitamin E and having anti-inflammatory and healing properties. They are also rich sources of oleic acid that help boost your immune system. They are not only good for a healthy heart and your well-being, but they are also a healthier and safer source of nourishment for your skin.

You can use them on top of salads and breads for a combination of flavour and health.

At Shastha Foods we have a wide range of cold pressed oils that has been made with the same “Wooden pressed” method of extracting oil in its purest form thus maintaining its goodness. These include Sesame Chekku Oil, Peanut Chekku Oil and Coconut Chekku Oil.

Sesame Chekku Oil: Used for oil pulling, swishing or gargling it assists with strong and white teeth and gum. This oil is used as a carrier oil or base oil for preparation of herbal oils in Ayurveda.In Ayurveda sesame seed oil is used for Shirodhara, Abhyanga and Head Massages.

 

 Peanut Chekku Oil: Wonderfully pleasant, sweet-flavored peanut oil is low in saturated fats, free from cholesterol, contains essential fatty acid. It has deep yellow color with a pleasant nutty aroma and sweet taste as compared to refined oil with light-yellow color and neutral taste.

 

 

 

Coconut Chekku Oil:The purest form of coconut oil  is with water white colour and contains natural vitamin E that suggests that the oil has been subjected to less intense refining, lower temperature and no chemicals and thats why it makes the most amazing multi-tasker in your vanity dresser. Known as Gandusha, it is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that’s simply done by swishing a tablespoon of pure coconut oil in your mouth for 10- 20 minutes that removes bacteria and promotes healthy teeth and gums.

 

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