Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Organic food stuffs for an elaborate meal on Bhai Dhooj

Have you thought of your cuisine on the occasion of Bhai Dooj?  What treat are you planning for your lovely brother? Fried poori, gulab jamun, kheer, laddu, whatever it may be, we are sure it would be something special.

Bhai Dhooj, the festival that celebrates the affectionate bond between sisters and brothers is never complete without the delicacies prepared by you, wherein you instil all your love and blessings for your kin.

But the food items prepared with so much affection are detrimental to your brother’s health. Is this because they are fried and high in calories?  Not only this, the fundamental ingredients used in preparing the dishes are not organic. They are cultivated using, well, let’s not repeat it. You know it already.

But we were wondering why not give you an idea on organic options to make Bhai Dhooj cuisine a healthy delight for your brother.


The celebration starts by offering sweets to your brother after performing the ritual. Common sweets used are besan ladoo,  gulabjamun and barfi. The basic ingredients used in these confectioneries are flour, be it wheat flour or gram flour, ghee, sugar and milk.

You just need to make a small change of replacing these ingredients with organic ones. Use organic flour, ghee, organic sweeteners like jaggery and maple syrup, condensed milk and organic dry fruits for your recipes. It will be worth doing so as you gain essential nutrients like iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and vitamin C found in organic food.

Main Course Meal

Vegetables, chappatis, poori, paranthas and raita comprise an elaborate meal for this day. We know it’s difficult to take out time for such a luxurious meal but you won’t stop going to any extent to show your affection for your sibling. And choosing organic food is one way of achieving that purpose.

Loaded with the goodness of antioxidants and destitute of harmful organophosphorus compounds, organic vegetables ensure strong immunity and a happy heart. They are also superior in taste than their non- organic counterparts. Beans and pulses are no different when it comes to conventional cultivate.

Every time you choose organic, you not only ensure your family’s health but also lend a helping hand in agricultural management that promotes soil health and fertility; fosters species diversity, helps encounter climate change and prevents damage to the valuable water resources.

The flour that goes in making chappatis and paranthas can provide supplements like vitamin B, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc only if it’s organic. The conventional cooking oil needs to be replaced with an organic counterpart obtained by natural metabolic process from plants and animals. It strengthens your digestive system without compromising on taste.

After all, it’s your duty to take care of your brother’s digestive system by not making him feel bloated after a meal. Bloating is a common problem on Bhai Dhooj –ask your brother!

Be it plain yoghurt or raita, it always takes care of your teeth and bones by providing you calcium and phosphorus. You are also gifted with a healthy heart, digestion and immune system. Fruits like cucumber, pomegranate, apple or pineapple can be added to supplement the curd with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals present in organic fruits. Non-organic products are loaded with organophosphorus compounds that are detrimental to brain health.

And last but not the least, the spices and condiments you use in your recipes, salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin powder etc. should also be derived from organic farms to complete your organic meal.

Small changes can make big differences. Just think about taking this small step of an organic meal this Bhai Dhooj and see the vibrant smile on your brother’s face.

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