Eating right

JUST WHEN you feel you can't possibly have another helping of those cookery books, comes three arrivals, published by Prism Books. There are no pretty pictures or glossy art paper here. No-nonsense and functional, the books are aimed at urban hypertensives, heart patients, and diabetics, besides a pre-emptive one for children.

Shashi Raghunath, who already has two cookbooks and several cookery shows on TV to her credit, and Gowri K., a dietician with Diacon Hospitals, have together brought out Eating Without Fear: Cookbook for Diabetics and Eat Right, Live Well: A Cookbook For Hypertensive & Heart Patients. The third book, Growing Up Great & Healthy: Cookbook For Children has Ms. Raghunath teaming up with Lakshmi Ananthanarayanan, a clinical dietician at the M.S. Ramaiah Hospital who's a regular on TV in diet-related programmes.

Hearteningly, each recipe mentions the calories, and/or proteins, fat, and cholesterol. Eating Without Fear, into its second edition, includes sweets, something diabetics with a sweet tooth will welcome. The quantities are strictly measured, keeping in view that diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder. One cup of the sweets mentioned can substitute for one chapatti or dosa, two idlis, one cup upma, or one glass of milk, say the authors.

A sample recipe:

Apple and Raisin Pudding

Apples -2 Raisins - 1 tsp Sweetener - 3 tablets Cinnamon powder - a pinch Lime juice - � tsp.

Soak raisins in water for about 1 hour. Peel and slice apple and mix with the raisin water. Mix cinnamon powder, lime juice, and sweetener, and pour into baking mould. Bake 7-8 minutes in a moderate oven. Serve hot.

Eating right

Yield: 1 bowl, number of servings: 2, calories: 75 per serving.

In Eat Right, Live Well, the authors have stinted on oil even as they strive to stick to regular home fare. Salt is the enemy of heart patients, they caution. There is an interesting range of salads and soups, besides innovations like baked samosas. Non-vegetarians can take heart: there are several modified recipes for them too. Check this out:

Fish in Banana Leaf

Pomfret - 1 (100 gm) Pudina - � cup Garlic - 2 cloves Green chillies - 2 Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp Onion - 1 small Salt - to taste Lime juice - 1 tbsp

Clean and wash fish, rub with salt and lime juice, and set aside. Make paste out of all the other ingredients. Slit the fish and rub thoroughly with the ground paste. Place the fish in a banana leaf, tie with string and steam in a pressure cooker without the weight. Serve hot. No. of servings: 1, calories: 132, fat: 1.91 gm, cholesterol: 100 mg.

Parents will know how tough it is to get their brats to eat initially, and then stop them eating junk later. Growing Up Great & Healthy covers recipes for pregnant and lactating women as well as infants and toddlers. There's even a section, Diet for Obese Children, comprising fruit juices, soups, and rotis.

Apple and Date Pudding

Apple - 1 large Seedless dates - 1 cup, chopped Walnut - � cup, chopped Sugar - � cup Flour -1/4 cup Baking powder - 1 tsp Salt - a pinch Cinnamon powder - � tsp Nutmeg powder - � tsp Eggs - 2

Peel and chop apple. Add to the dates and walnuts. Add sugar and mix well in a greased, flat-bottomed bowl. Mix salt, baking powder, nutmeg powder, and cinnamon powder, and sprinkle over the arranged fruit. Beat eggs and pour over this mixture and mix well. Cover bowl with foil and place in pressure cooker without the weight. Steam for 10 minutes. Then place the weight, reduce heat, and cook for 30 minutes. Cool pudding and invert on to plate.

Calories: 608, protein: 23.8 g, fat: 39.8 g.

Considering the effort involved, the books are a steal at Rs. 65 each. However, they could do with tighter editing: there are redundant phrases and sentences, besides the odd typo.

Prism Books can be contacted at 1865, 32nd Cross, 10th Main, BSK II Stage, Bangalore 560 070.


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