Hing or Asafoetida
A common Indian herb or spice that has antibacterial, anti-viral properties and is a digestive aid. It’s the one spice that will help keep the nausea and bloating down, stoke your appetite and help you eat better. Most of us use it in tadkas, especially for dals, and it aids absorption of nutrients from the dal. It also plays an important role in helping to improve our moods, and relieves fatigue or drowsiness that sometimes accompanies T1.
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How to use it:
• Pinch of hing in chaas (buttermilk) along with kalanamak to keep the acidity down.
• In tadkas for dals and sabzis.
• Add a pinch in coconut oil and massage on the tummy for relief from gas and bloating.
T1F2: Ragi / Nachni / Mandua or the Finger Millet
India is the highest producer of this millet but affluent urban folk are almost unaware of this red little wonder. Or at least that was the case till the glutenfree fad struck us too. Ragi is a nutrient-rich food and—from amino acids to calcium, iron to fibre—it provides us everything that we need in this crucial phase. It regulates our appetite and prevents over-eating, is very easy to both cook and digest, and even keeps the lipid levels (triglycerides—the circulating fat in the bloodstream, high levels of which will make you prone to diabetes) in check. Also, long term it is required for good lactation too, so it’s good to start including it in your meals, at least a couple of days a week, from now.
How to use it:
• Can make bhakris or rotis with it, and while this takes some practice, the ragi dosa is easy to make and delicious. Just dosa and chutney also makes for a light meal when you are not feeling like eating a full meal of roti-sabzidal. Ragi mudde, eaten with peanut chutney in Karnataka, is a good light meal too.
• Sprouted ragi is even better and can be stored / refrigerated for a week. Can turn into a quick breakfast meal—malt / satva or kanji or ambil— and you can teach your husband to cook this.
• Ragi laddoo, made by rolling it with sesame, almonds, peanuts and coconut. You can Insta it with the following hashtags: #glutenfree #miracleseeds #calciumrich #yummy #easytocook #dairyfreecalicum
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