Traditional foods - The ones consumed for ages which are region specific depending upon the climate & the crop cultivated. The recipes are passed on to generations to keep up the health & cultural heritage. Such recipes promise to contain & impart the best of health & nutrition.
Besides being an excellent source of vitamins & minerals, they are also crucial to improving digestive health, gut flora and building up immunity. Authentic, region-specific dishes usually adhere to a balanced meal concept providing all the nutrients required by the human body.
Many preparations also help control weight gain and fight chronic illness acting like the best medicine.
They also bring along a lot of memories from one’s childhood.
Nutrient-dense food is the utmost priority during various stages of life but holds extra importance during childhood, pre-pregnancy stages, during pregnancy and also during the lactation phase.
Poor maternal nutritional status of women before and during pregnancy due to their own childhood undernutrition, low level of BMI at conception and inadequate gestational weight gain due to poor dietary choices have serious implications on both the mother and baby.
Birth weight, child growth and adolescent growth - all need good nutrition to determine good nutritional status before and during pregnancy.
Most food practices and traditions of India have stemmed from deeply rooted traditions and customs.
South Indian food has earned a lot of fame, particularly for scrumptious dishes like Dosa, Vada, Idli, Uttapam and Sambar.
South Indian meals comprise cuisines of five South Indian states namely Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, along with several local dishes varying within the state.
Some authentic and popular South Indian dishes that are specific to the south Indian states include Chakra Pongal, Sambar and Vada from Tamil Nadu, Rava Idli, Bisibelebath from Karnataka, Kadala Curry, fish-based delicacies and Appam from Kerala and Kebabs and Biryanis from Andhra Pradesh.
Below are certain specific south Indian dishes for pregnant and lactating women to boost fertility, energy and immune-building food for kids.
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FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Benefits - Consuming curry leaves during pregnancy is safe and very much recommended by clinicians. Curry leaves have numerous benefits that provide essential nutrients to the mother-to-be. Eating curry leaves also reduces the risk of anaemia, improves haemoglobin levels and reduces the risk of premature birth. It also helps with bloating & relieves flatulence.
Garlic is a natural blood thinner reducing the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension/pre-eclampsia. As pregnancy has a physical toll on a woman's body by reducing immune function, garlic intake boosts up infection-fighting abilities.
Both the ingredients possess anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Nutritional information of the recipe
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FOR LACTATING WOMEN
Benefits - It is a sweet dish mainly made from urad dal in Andhra. Urad dal is native to the Indian subcontinent and mainly grown in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh. It holds a higher protein value than most legumes. It is an excellent source of dietary fibre, isoflavones, vitamin B complex, iron and calcium which offers innumerable healing health benefits and is traditionally also believed to improve lactation.
Nutritional value (per serving)
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Benefits - These ladoos are a power pack of all the essential nutrients for children. It is a great snack option for children either in the morning for breakfast along with milk or for school during break time or to have during evening snack instead of consuming unhealthy calories from junk like chips, cream biscuits, sweetened beverages, etc. which lack nutrients that are essential at growing age.
The ladoos are made with jaggery rather than with refined white sugar which is high in calories and zero nutrients. Jaggery is a moderate source of iron which is an essential micronutrient to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. It also boosts energy to keep the children active.
Omega-3 Ladoos contains three major ingredients
Omega-3 ladoos have a good amount of fibre which gives satiety and avoids unhealthy food consumption, thereby preventing childhood obesity which is prevalent among children currently.
Take a thick bottomed pan and dry roast all the dry ingredients one by one (Peanuts, Sesame seeds, Flax seeds, Sunflower seeds, Watermelon Seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts and Desiccated coconut) until they turn light brown and keep it aside.
Once all the dry ingredients have been roasted and cooled, they can be grinded one by one and kept aside.
Transfer all the ingredients which had to be grinded into a large mixing bowl and give it a mix by adding finely chopped dates and keep aside.
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