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5 types of rice that you should add to your diet-Shastha Foods

5 types of rice that you should add to your diet-Shastha Foods

5 Types of Rice that you should add in your diet!  (OR)

5 Types of Rice That You Should Have In Your Pantry

Eating the same kind rice every day can get a little boring, isn’t it? It is fascinating to know how many varieties of rice are present and can be consumed on a daily basis. Let’s talk about some of these varieties that you should be adding to your diet and pantry.

Within over a dozen different kinds of rice available today it is hard to decide on their differentiation. All these varieties have their own flavour, aroma and texture. But beyond the taste each variety has some specific nutrient value that your diet may require. Also, many rice dishes require specific kind of rice to get the most authentic and natural taste. If you’ve always wanted to have the super soft Idli that your grandma used to make, then you need to use the Idli rice that adds the right texture when grinded into Idli batter and ferments to the correct degree to bring the balance. There are a lot of options in terms of using these different types of rice in various dishes. Rice can be your best friend irrespective of the fact whether you have a sweet tooth or love to indulge in savory treats.

Here are some delicious and nutritious varieties of rice that you should incorporate into your diet.

Hand Pound Rice:

Hand Pounded rice is pulled by hand so that only the robust outer protection layer, the husk, is removed. Going on a diet does not mean that you have to skip your favourite food, instead, you can include this traditional rice in your diet.

Seeraga Samba Rice

Samba Rice is the traditional rice in South India. It comes in various varieties like Seeraga Muthu and Seeraga Samba. It has a distinct taste and the flavour can be described as more “starchy” or “corny.”

Bamboo Rice

Bamboo Rice is a type of white rice that is infused with pure fresh bamboo juice. When cooked it retains a pale colour. It is perfect to use as sticky rice in many dessert recipes as well.

Idly Rice

Choosing the right kind of rice is very important in making the perfect Idly. It is pre-processed in order to reduce the soaking time before grinding. In addition to this, it is also gelatinised to give you that perfect Idli very easily.

Poni Raw rice is high in vitamins and is used for preparations such as Idly/ Dosa etc. This variety of rice is used in curries as well.

Kali Jeera Rice

This variety of rice is also known as baby basmati rice. It cooks more quickly than regular basmati rice. It cooks in a couple of minutes and has fresh, taste and aroma of cumin in it.

Try out these different varieties of rice and add different flavours in your diet. It is time to explore all these delicious rice recipes and enjoy its flavour and nutrition as a part of diet in your daily routine.

Use different flavours and ingredients of to make some delicious and amazing dishes with mouth watering flavours and add a nutrition pact staple food item to your diet.

This variety of rice is also known as baby basmati rice. It cooks more quickly than regular basmati rice. It cooks in a couple of minutes and has fresh, taste and aroma of cumin in it. It is time to explore all these delicious rice recipes and enjoy its flavour and nutrition as a part of the diet in your daily routine.

Use different ingredients  to make some delicious and amazing dishes with mouth watering flavours and add a nutrition pact staple food item to your diet.

Millet Cookies for guilt free snacking

Millet Cookies for guilt free snacking

Millet Cookies: Gluten Free, Guilt Free and A Healthy way of Snacking!

Do you also think that millets are only the food for animals? In olden days millets were used mainly as fodder for cattle. But the recent changes towards healthy eating have brought a lot of popularity to this wonder grain.

Millets are primarily grown in Africa and India and have been a staple food in the diet of villagers and our forefathers for ages. Unfortunately during the food revolution and use of processed products, we moved away from millets and the health benefits they provide.

A study by Celiac Disease Foundation shows that Millets are gluten-free and hence can be a perfect guilt-free snack. In addition to this, they can be very filling and will prevent you from binge eating by keeping you full.

Nutritional Benefits of Millets:

  1. Millets are a rich source in proteins and can be used to substitute meat in a vegetarian diet.
  2. Millets are also high in iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.

Cookies are one of the healthiest options when it comes to snacking and adding healthy ingredient makes it guilt-free. Millet Cookies are baked, are easy to digest and taste absolutely delicious.

It can be a perfect all-time snack. You can have millet cookies with milk for your breakfast, mid-day or evening snack as well. What could be more delicious than having your favourite cookies with natural and fresh ingredients like cardamom, cumin, oregano and have a punch of flavour in your mouth?

A Study by US National Library of Medicine indicate that millets also help in reducing cholesterol, prevent premature greying of hair and make your skin look fresh and young. It also contains the amino acid, tryptophan, which works as a natural relaxant. It is one of the best sources of calcium and vitamin D and thus helps in strengthening the bones as well.

Knowing about such amazing health benefits millet cookies is the easiest and yummy way of adding this superfood to your diet.

Shastha Food brings to you a range of millet cookies with an option for everyone. Our range includes multi Millet Masala Cookies, Pearl Millet Cardamom Cookies, Finger Millet Pineapple cookies, Fox Millet Strawberry cookies etc

And these to your diet and enjoy the amazing benefits.

Stay Healthy!!

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Quinoa can be part of Indian food

Quinoa can be part of Indian food

Quinoa: Why is it the ultimate choice for the health freaks?

Quinoa pronounced as ‘keen-wa’ has taken the food industry by storm in last couple of years and is still going strong as the ultimate food choice for health cautions people.

Why is this food ingredient becoming so common in Indian households? To answer that let's start by understanding facts about the nutritional benefits of Quinoa. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and has all the nine essential amino acids.

If you have a busy work schedule and are trying to eat healthy, Quinoa can be the ‘golden’ ingredient that provides highest quality protein and balanced carbs in your meal. And if you hate cooking, then it’s a wonder food for you. It’s easy to cook, tastes delicious, is filling and can be used in endless ways - salads, pulao, upma and more.

It is one of the most flexible food item that can be used as a side dish or blended easily into the main course. It holds on to the spices very easily and hence caters to the taste of almost all palettes from low, medium to fiery hot.

Now after reading so many good things about Quinoa your question would be how to cook this wonder food? The answer is simple, and the cooking process is even simpler. If you know how to cook rice you have won the battle to cook this superfood.

This super nutritious grain cooks very easily in no time and can be used in multiple ways.

A simple ratio of ingredients and the dish is ready.

  • Use 2:1 ratio of water to Quinoa while you are cooking.
  • Bring water to boil and add the grain to it, and let it simmer on low temperature.
  • Use a fork to separate the grains. Quinoa expands in water while being cooked and absorbs the liquid in it.
  • Voila! Your Quinoa is ready to eat.

We have compiled a cookbook of Indian recipes made out of Quinoa. Each of them have been meticulously tried and then suggested. Some of the popular recipes include

  • Quinoa Upma
  • Quinoa Pongal
  • Quinoa Bread Vada
  • Quinoa Bagala Bath
  • Red Quinoa Ladoos

You can download the complete recipe book HERE.


Try these healthyand easy quinoa recipes.You can add both Red Quinoa and White Quinoa to your diet.We also carry organic Quinoa sources from USDA certified farms.In addition to this, if you are looking for a quick & healthy substitute - you need to try diet Shastha Quinoa flakes to your diet.

Quinoa is the natural protein booster to your diet. When do you begin to add this to your diet?

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Why Do You Need To Switch To Organic Dals?

Why Do You Need To Switch To Organic Dals?

Why Do You Need To Switch To Organic Dals?

Dals have been a staple food in Indian diet, it has been consumed since ages due to the health and nutritional benefits that it offers.

Organic Dals are now becoming the first choice of every household and have been used in making several delicious and mouth-watering recipes. The question here arises that what is wrong with the age-old dal being used?The answer lies in the process that is used in making these dals.

When dals and pulses are polished, in the process of husk removal in order to make it look shinny, the nutrients present in them get decreased considerably. Moreover, artificial colours and powder ingredients are also added to this process which further decreases the natural taste and flavour of the dals.

On the other hand, unpolished and organic dals have the fibre and nutrient content still intact and are very good for health.

Organic dals being the healthiest of all, should be the ones that you incorporate into your diet instead of unpolished and polished dal. “Organic” refers to the fact that no chemicals have been used in the process of cultivation of the food item. Thus, organic dals or pulses are chemical free.

Organic dals are rich in protein and also act a great food in weight management as well.

It contains 35% protein which is more than the protein content in meat and poultry food products.

We have a wide range of organic dal/lentils according to the choices of different people such as:

 

  • Shastha Organic Toor Dal
  • Shastha Organic Moong Dal
  • Shastha Organic Chana Dal
  • Shastha Organic Kabuli Chana Dal
  • Shastha Organic Whole Green Moong
  • Shastha Organic Urid Gota Dal
  • Shastha Organic Urid Split Dal


At Shastha Foods, we are passionate about bringing you ingredients that are grown in pesticides free environments. Now your food will taste more aromatic and flavourful, same as back home.

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COLD PRESSED OILS

COLD PRESSED OILS

ARE COLD PRESSED OILS WORTH THE HYPE?

The oils that are used for everyday cooking are extracted from seeds, fruits, vegetables and nuts. There are several ways to extract oil from plants and trees.

The way any oil is extracted affects the taste of the oil in your food and the amount of nutrients that the oil has in it. Cold pressed oils retain all their flavour, aroma, and nutritional value, making these oils great for cooking and skin care requirements. The cold pressed extraction process does not need an external substance as with other methods. The seeds are crushed and pressed in order to extract the oil in the most natural way.

        

Cooking is the primary use for cold-pressed oils. Sesame Chekku, Peanut Chekku and Coconut Chekku oil are some of the varieties of cold pressed oils currently used for cooking, salad dressings and baking as well. ‘Chekku’ means wood press or cold press in ‘Tamil’. Cold press or Chekku has been used as one of the ancient method of extracting oils for decades.

Cold pressed oils are naturally cholesterol free and have zero trans fatty acids. This is a healthy and tasty alternative for people who have high cholesterol issues or those who are trying to manage their weight.

Cold pressed oils have high nutritive content than the oils that are extracted from the conventional heat extraction method. The major nutrients extracted from vegetable and seed oils are usually  - zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium. These are present in higher percentage in cold pressed oils. The overall nutritional value is better due to high antioxidant content present in it which, on the contrary, is low in conventional oils. They are also rich sources of oleic acid that help boost your immune system and overall health of your body.

In addition to cooking, when cold pressed oils are used for skincare, either directly or as an ingredient in skincare products, the results are very promising.

At Shastha Foods, we have a wide range of cold pressed oils that have been made with the same ‘wooden press’ method of extracting oil as used for generations back in India. This includes Sesame Chekku Oil, Peanut Chekku Oil and Coconut Chekku Oil.

Please visit our online store and check out the range of cold press oils.

Enjoy the rich taste and aroma of cold pressed oils in your food with Shastha Foods Chekku Oils.

Millets gluten free grains

Millets gluten free grains

Millet: A gluten free grain for your daily requirement

Millets are one of the most widely cultivated cereal crops in semi-dry areas of Asia and Africa. Millets are enjoying rising popularity nowadays due to a range of health benefits. These grains are gluten-free and hence can be easily consumed by everyone.

Types of Millets:

India is one of the largest producers of millet. Let's dig into the nutritional value and benefits of millet.

BARNYARD MILLET:

Barnyard Millet has  very high nutrient content. It contains 6 times more fiber compared to wheat. So this makes an ideal choice for people who are looking for an alternative to wheat.

This variety of millets has high calcium and phosphorus content also.

Banyard Millet

LITTLE MILLET:

Undoubtedly nutritional value of this type of millet is huge. It is a rich source of minerals like iron, zinc and potassium. If your body is vitamin deficient this can be a good source of natural B- vitamins as well.

Little Millet

PEARL MILLET

This gem millet is also known as miracle millet with the iron content that is eight times higher than that in rice. This can be a perfect substitute for the rice and other dishes that use rice as one of the main ingredients.

Pearl millet also helps in reducing digestion issues as well. With all these benefits, you should really think of adding this ‘gem food’ to your diet.

Pearl Millet.

FOXTAIL MILLET:

The foxtail millet is available in the form of rice or flour. This type of millet is high in carbohydrate content. It helps to boost your immune system naturally and helps in maintaining your cholesterol levels as well.

Foxtail Millet.

In addition to these the millet family has many other varieties as well such as Proso Millet, kodo Millet, Sorghum Millet, Multi Millet etc.

Millets are usually consumed in the form of batters thus making it easy to incorporate their nutritional value in your everyday diet. Why don’t you start incorporating this super food in your diet?

Please visit our online store "Shastha millet"

Please visit us our millet recipes blogs "Millet Recipes"

My South Indian Coffee

My South Indian Coffee

Why We Indians are sentimental about our coffee?

There are coffee lovers all across the globe. In fact, coffee is the most popular beverage globally after water. Most people love their lattes, espressos and kick-start their day with the much-needed treat every day.

Some people may call it an addiction or a mere habit but most of us have a heartfelt affection to it.

Now talking about South Indians, coffee is not just a drink or a beverage. Every South Indian has a special emotion or feeling attached to a traditional cup of ‘filter kappi’. The flavor and aroma of a fresh cup of kappi holds a special feeling in every South Indian's heart.

Making a perfect cup of filter coffee is considered an art and the South Indians have mastered this one over generations. The three elements that contribute to the perfect cup of kappi (South Indian Filter Coffee) is the perfect balance of simple ingredients, an authentic coffee powder with a mouthwatering froth to top the delicious beverage.

While achieving the perfect balance comes with practice, the most important ingredient to get the right blend is the ‘Coffee powder’. Using the same authentic coffee powder that your mother or grandmother used while growing up, will undoubtedly take you back home. The aroma and smooth texture that you feel with every sip can revive more memories and bring back the spirit of good old days.

What could be better than to start your day with the perfect cup of your choicest blend of coffee?

Leo Coffee has emerged as one of the leading brands of coffee in India. They have been associated with authentic coffee in various flavours and types for generations. Some of their most loved coffee is Leo Degree Blend, Leo House Blend, Leo Madras Blend etc.

Narasus coffee is another household coffee name in south India. If you are someone who would prefer organic coffee Narasus coffee is the perfect choice for you. Some of the famous coffee blends from Narasus is Peaberry blend, Narasus Insta Strong coffee blend, Narasus Udhayam, Narasus Instant Pure  etc.

You might miss a lot of things back home but coffee does not have to be one of them.

Enjoy the taste and aroma of freshly brewed coffee with Shastha Foods.

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Narasus Coffee.

 

Millet Recipes

Millet Recipes

57 CREATIVE RECIPES       

For the health-conscious home cook.

Eating healthy is a concern for people worldwide, be it for heart health, low fat, low carb or low calorie cooking for weight management. People are eating more greens and grains and feeling virtuous about the abundant vitamins and minerals and invaluable protein and fiber. Best of all, these foods are utterly delicious!

The 57 creative recipes of Shastha Millets ebook combine greens and quinoa 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.

The main features of this book are -

  • Simple and convenient recipes using easy-to-find ingredients
  • Low-prep times yielding dishes