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MOUSHMI KISHORE
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DIET Of a few dishes to keep you warm

As the temperature drops, Nature has a way of keeping our body warm — through the food we eat. Small wonder our choice of food s and requirements of edible items changes with the season. The cool season is an excellent time to incorporate herbs and spices in the diet.

Besides generating heat, spices such as cinnamon, ginger, garlic, cloves, pepper, and turmeric contain phytochemicals that act as decongestants and have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties too.

Nuts and oilseeds such as almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts, raisins, apricots, black and white sesame seeds are also ideal for the cold. Honey and jaggery too have warming effects and are natural substitutes for sugar. Seasonal fruits and vegetables such as dark leafy greens are a good source of iron and folate, and help maintain a good haemoglobin level. Carrot, turnip, pumpkin, gooseberry (amla), oranges, tomatoes, and guava help fight the likes of infections such as the common cold, cough and flu. Stay hydrated throughout the day to keep yourself warm. Lean meat, fish, and poultry are associated with increased heat production and good thermo-genesis.

Here is a the recipe for a soup to keep you snug during cold days.

Heart-warming Soup

Ingredients

Onions: 2

Tomatoes: 2

Potatoes: 2

Carrots: 4

Turnip: 200 gm

Finely chopped

spinach: Half cup

Fresh cream: Half

cup

Milk: 1 cup

Pepper: 1 tsp

Butter: 1 tsp

Salt: To taste

Parsley — for

garnish

Method

Slice the vegetables into big pieces. Wash, add eight cups of water and cook in a pressure cooker. Blend the mixture in a liquidiser and strain the soup. Add butter and boil for 10 minutes. Warm the milk. While serving, add warmed milk, cream, salt and pepper. Decorate with chopped parsley and serve hot.

MOUSHMI KISHORE

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