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Organic skincare works better & does wonders on your skin. The quality and performance of the natural ingredients makes them worth your beauty efforts.

Human body uses nutrients absorbed not only through food, but also through the skin. It is medically understood that what goes on your skin absorbs into your bloodstream and is carried through your body. We are all aware of benefits of eating healthy. But let’s not forget that skin is an organ which is alive, growing and changing every second of every day.

By choosing to go organic with your skincare, you are choosing products whose ingredients work with the sophisticated natural systems of your skin. And given the right nutrients, your skin can care for and mend itself.

Let’s explore the beauty secrets of few of the very common spices we all use almost every day!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon might be unassuming but it delivers fantastically when it comes to speeding blood circulation which makes your skin breathe thereby removing acne. It's also packed with antioxidants — substances that fight skin damage. The beauty uses of cinnamon also include making a blush at home, and a foundation tint.

How:

Add cinnamon to a lip scrub or lip balm (if you are making it at home) and apply it on your lips. The spicy effect of cinnamon will push blood to your lips and hence give them a rosy and natural look.

Garlic Powder

Your hair follicle needs nutrients to produce thick, healthy hair. Often due to stress and insufficient nutrition, we face the problem of hair thinning. Since garlic has high amount of amino acid, it helps restore and re-energise hair follicles thereby giving you healthy and strong hair. The Vitamin C and strong sequence of disulfide in garlic further promotes hair growth.

How:

Garlic hair mask could be prepared by combining 1/4 tsp of garlic powder with 2 ounces of olive oil, heat the mixture for 30sec and massage scalp and rinse out after 20mins.

Ginger

Ginger Tea is best for sore throat, cold and cough but it’s a reservoir of beauty benefits too. One of the tips for glowing skin is ginger. When applied to face, it can give a great amount of shine, glow and natural radiance to your face and yet save you the cost of expensive creams and lotions.

How:

Apply the juice of fresh ginger piece on your face and let it stay on for 10mins. Initially, it might give you a feeling of slight irritation but over a period the burning sensation will lessen out.

Pepper

Pepper is a hot remedy to get clear skin (and there is no second meaning here). When you mix it with other ingredients and apply it on your skin, you are on your way to loosening skin pores and removing acne and blackheads. That is why pepper is so popular in getting blemish-free skin.

How:

Mix 1 tsp yogurt with 1 tbsp. black pepper and apply the mixture on your face. After a couple of minutes, rinse it off to see the desire results.

One can as well prepare a body warming scrub by mixing salt, pepper and olive oil to exfoliate dead skin.

Turmeric

Turmeric also known as haldi, has main ingredient-curcumin that has an instrumental role to play in fighting inflammation. With the benefits of turmeric, you can say goodbye to skin hazards such as acne, wrinkles, fine lines and instead get brightened skin tone. No wonder why, the Hindu marriage has a ceremony devoted to turmeric to impart beauty on the bride’s face. This is one of the homemade beauty tips for glowing skin.

How:

Turmeric with honey and mix it to make it a thick paste. Apply it on your skin and let it stay for 20 minutes.

Fennel

Fennel is a great anti-inflammatory spice and used for reducing skin sensitivity. Being antiseptic in nature, fennel seed is great for oily and acne prone skin types because it can remove the dirt and bacteria often causing oil buildup and breakouts. It contains vitamins A, C, and E, which is an awesome combination for dark spots and wrinkles.

How:

Crush fennel seeds and combine with boiling water to make a rinse that will help reduce dandruff and strengthen hair strands.

Blend 1tbs of fennel seeds, 2tbs of oatmeal. Add 1/4 cup of boiled water. Keep the mask on for 5 minutes and rinse well with lukewarm water.

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Triphala

In India, it is said: “No mother? Do not worry so long as you have triphala.” Indian people believe that it can care for the internal organs as a mother cares for her children.

Triphala is a Sanskrit term where “tri” means “three” and “phala” meaning “fruit”. The mixture is a combination of Amala berry (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki berry (Terminalia belerica) and Haritaki berry (Terminalia chebula) in recommended proportions.

Triphala Health Benefits

Triphala powder (churna) is a traditional Ayurvedic formula which has many healing properties. Here are a few of its benefits as explained on livestrong.com:

Gastrointestinal Motility

Triphala is believed to promote gastrointestinal motility. Doctors often prescribe prokinetic drugs to treat gastrointestinal conditions. In a study published in the "Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, “researchers found that triphala is equally effective in gastric emptying as prokinetic drugs without producing negative side effects.

Antibacterial Effects

Triphala is also believed to possess antibacterial properties. In a study published in the "Journal of Ethnopharmacology," researchers found evidence of antibacterial activity against various bacterial species associated with the development of gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancers.

Antioxidant And Antitumor Effects

Triphala is further believed to possess antioxidant and antitumor properties. One of its three constituent fruits, Amla, is the world's richest source of vitamin C. In a study of patients ingesting triphala published in the January 2001 issue of "Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology," the fruit led to improvements in lipoprotein serum profiles, including increased HDL, decreased LDL and lower total cholesterol levels. Researchers also isolated a number of tannins in Amla that may contribute to triphala's antioxidant properties. Amla fruit is further believed to extend life span for animals with tumors.

How To Use Triphala

Triphala is a herbal formula used to treat variety of health conditions by medical practitioners. It does carry risk of side effects in a few scenarios and hence it’s advised to consult a medical practitioner to learn about the recommended dosage. Some of the suggested ways as mentioned on draxe.com:

Health

  • Triphala is usually taken on an empty stomach. The powder can be used to make a tea by adding a half-teaspoon of powder to a cup of hot water. Stir well and wait for it to cool. You can also combine the powder with honey or ghee before a meal.
  • As a digestive tonic and laxative, triphala is best taken in the evening, about two hours after eating, and at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Oral rinsing using triphala extract is believed to create a protective effect indicating a potential role in dental care.

Beauty

  • Triphala powder can also be applied topically to skin to speed up the healing of bruises and sunburns.
  • Triphala is traditionally used as a tonic in hair and eye washes.

Note: Before following any of the mentioned ways of usage of triphala kindly consult a medical practitioner to understand the correct dosage recommended for you.

Triphala Potential Side Effects

Triphala is an Ayurvedic medicine and it’s important to be aware of its possible side effects to avoid health complications. Few side effects as mentioned on healthwatchcenter.in:

  • Not Safe For Use During Pregnancy: Ayurvedic physicians refrain from prescribing this medicine to pregnant women. It is also proved to show toxic effects on the baby and can also induce miscarriage.
  • Diarrhea: Triphala being powerful cleansing agent is beneficial for people who suffer from chronic constipation but at the same time, it can have a deeper effect on people, especially if they have a sensitive intestinal lining.
  • Disrupted Sleep And Insomnia: This happens at the initial stage of consuming this mixture and the condition will slowly go away once the body gets used to the medicine.
  • Increase Blood Sugar Level: There are studies which show that the Indian Gooseberry which is present in this mixture can cause the elevation of blood sugar level.
  • Unwanted Weight Loss: Triphala's colon cleansing effect eliminates the toxins present in the body which causes loss of excessive fat. Hence if one has an average weight then kindly consult an Ayurvedic medical practitioner for correct dosage details.
  • Allergic Reactions: It can cause allergic reactions in the body if one is allergic to one or more of the ingredients of the triphala mixture.

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Triphala powder

 

amla berry powder

Amla berry has been used in Ayurvedic medicine system for decades now. Scientifically Amla berry is referred to as Phyllanthus emblica or emblic myrobalan. Its benefits are mentioned in Ayurvedic texts and has been experienced by people since olden days.

 

Vedica Organics Organic Amla Berry Powder

Our Organic Amla Berry Powder is processed from Organic Amla berries grown well in compliance with nature in eco-friendly organic farms.

Amla berry is consumed in many forms and the most favorable one is the powdered form as compared to fresh Amla berry fruit because of its higher bioavailability meaning easily absorbed by our body.  

Benefits

Let’s explore the list of some of the many benefits of Amla as highlighted by Anoop Sharma, here:

Anti-Aging

Amla stops health-related hyperlipidaemia by decreasing the number of free radicals in the body because of its antioxidant qualities. Free radicals are related with signs of aging like wrinkles and age spots.

Diabetes

Indian gooseberry contains chromium, which has a medicinal value for diabetic patients. It reduces blood sugar in diabetic patients.

Strengthen Immunity

Indian gooseberry makes your immune system and nervous system stronger. Amla has high antibacterial value which helps to fight against infection by building immunity.

Heart Friendly

Amla is beneficial in heart attack, fast heartbeat and high blood pressure. It makes your blood vessels soft and increase elasticity which prevents heart attack and high blood pressure.

Great for Eyes

Amla (mirobalano) has a huge amount of calcium in it which is a necessary supplement for eyes. It aids the consumer to have a proper eye site as it is enriched with vitamins.

Healthy Hair

As it contains iron and other hair growth and nourishing elements, it is used in several hair serums, oils and many more. It helps in maintaining the natural sheen of hair by intensifying the hair from the root and ensure that your hair will stick with you no matter what.

 

How to Use Organic Amla Berry Powder?

For Health:

  • For 100% relief in every heart disease, have 1 tbsp. of mixture of equal amounts of dry Amla berry power and sugar candy powder every morning with water on empty stomach. Please note to not eat anything for next 2 hours after having this. It makes your heart stronger and maintain your heartbeat.
  • To improve eye vision, wash your eyes with filtered berry powder water prepared from the Amla berry powder soaked overnight in water.
  • Have mixture of 2g Amla berry powder and 2g liquorice powder with hot water twice a day to address cough problem.
  • Consuming Indian Gooseberry powder with honey before taking food enhances hunger. It likewise serves to adjust nitrogen levels, in this way increasing weight in a sound manner.
  • Have mixture of 1 tbsp. of Amla powder with 50g curd on empty stomach two to three times a day to treat bleeding from piles.

 

For Cosmetic Benefits:

  • To address white hair problem, soak Amla powder, Haritaki (Chebulic Myrobalan/ Indian Gall Nut) and Reetha (soap nuts/soap berries), taken in equal quantities in water overnight in an iron pot/container. Apply this mixture on your scalp and wash it off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes. Follow this procedure minimum 2 times in a week and within 2 months you will notice the change.
  • Mix Amla powder, candy sugar power, black sesame seeds and dry Bhringraj (Eclipta prostrata/ False daisy) powder. Take 6g of this mixture every morning with 250ml milk. This medicine will help address and fix your white hair problem by enhancing the black hair growth in few months.
  • To prevent pimples and make your skin clean and glowing have 1 tbsp. of Amla powder every night with lukewarm water.

 

For Cooking:

  • It can be used as an alternative to tamarind powder, lemon or such other fruit to add flavor to your food.
  • It can also be used as seasoning agent for foods.

 

Caution:

Indian Gooseberry seems LIKELY SAFE for most people when consumed in amounts found in foods as mentioned on WebMD here. Before following any remedies, kindly contact a qualified Ayurvedic/Medical Practitioner to understand the correct dosage for you and/or to understand if you are allergic to any.

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Lentils

Sugar and sweets are always fun, may it be breakfast, dessert or a quick snack. Naturally occurring sugars, like in fruits, is always healthy but other processed foods, could be made healthy with organic and healthy ingredients. Here the healthy ingredients we are talking about are “lentils”.

Lentil, an edible pulse is a high protein, high fiber member of legume family. Including lentils in our everyday diet has numerous health benefits as explained by Medical News Today, here:

  • Lentils are an excellent natural source of folate
  • One cup of lentils provides almost half your daily recommended intake of manganese
  • Evidence suggests that lentils protect heart health
  • Lentils are an easy to prepare and versatile ingredient
  • They are also a relatively low-cost ingredient

CAUTION: If one has kidney problems or gout, limit or avoid intake of purine-containing foods such as lentils.

Though lentils may seem bland and boring to some, but they are nutritional powerhouse and we can look for interesting ways to add them to our daily diet. Above all choosing to go organic is not just to support environment, but also to enjoy the natural and chemical free food.

Here’s one of the very interesting organic muffin recipe, a quick breakfast for those who live the hectic, on-the-go lifestyle. With lentils added, it makes a high protein and fiber recipe.

 

Organic Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins With Lentils

Cinnamon oatmeal muffins

 

Serving(s): 12 | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 25 - 30 minutes

Ingredients

     ¼ cup organic dry red lentils

     1 cup organic all-purpose flour

     1 cup oats

     ½ cup organic brown sugar

     1 tbsp. baking powder

     ½ tbsp. baking soda

     1 tbsp. organic cinnamon

     ¼ tbsp. organic salt

     1 cup applesauce

     ¾ cup yogurt

     ¼ cup canola oil

     1 large egg

     ½ cup raisins or other organic dried fruit


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Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). In a small saucepan, cover the red lentils with water by about an inch, and bring to a boil; simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the lentils are very soft. Drain well in a sieve and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together the applesauce, yogurt, oil and egg. Add to the dry ingredients along with the cooked lentils and stir until almost combined; add the raisins, stir just until blended.
  • Divide the batter among 12 paper-lined muffin cups, filling them. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and springy to the touch. Tilt them in their pans to help them cool.

Recipe adapted from: The Global Pulse Confederation (pulse.org)

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Organic Wheat Maida

A healthy balanced diet is always a key to maintain healthy body, skin and hair internally. But little bit of external care adds shine and glow to your healthy outlook. Considering the adverse effects of chemical cosmetic products and expensive medical procedures; many these days are switching to a healthy, natural and organic alternative. Fenugreek is one such wonder natural cosmetic product which can do wonders.

Fenugreek has three culinary uses:

As a herb (dried or fresh leaves)

As a spice (seeds)

As a vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and micro greens)

Organic Fenugreek Powder from Vedica Organics is obtained from grounded and roasted organic fenugreek seeds. Powdered fenugreek has a beautiful golden yellow color. Our Crushed Kasoori Methi which is crushed dried fenugreek leaves, is made by drying fresh fenugreek leaves.

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Let’s now explore how organic methi or fenugreek seeds could be used for your skin and hair:

Skin Exfoliation

Accumulated impurities make it difficult for your skin to breathe and function. Exfoliating not just makes it easy for your skin to breathe by removing dead cells but also keeps infection causing bacteria away.

How:

Mix powdered fenugreek seeds with yogurt in equal ratio. Wash your face and massage fenugreek face mask on your skin. Rinse it off after 20 minutes.

Inflammation Reduction

Minor burns, eczema, pimples and other skin disorders are associated with inflammation. Apply fenugreek mask topically to get rid of inflammation.

How:

Grind methi seeds into powder and pour warm water to it. Apply this mixture over affected part using a clean cloth or cotton swab.

Acne and Blackheads

Properties in this herb draw toxins from the skin, so it can easily treat blackheads and enhance elasticity of the skin. Acne is mainly cause due to inflammation and could be reduced in simple healthy way.

How:

To the above mentioned fenugreek mask just add few drops of honey and apply it over acne lesions.

Wrinkles Treatment

Fenugreek combats with free radicals which are the cause for aging, thereby wrinkles and stands as an excellent innate remedy for aging signs.

How:

Mix boiled milk to fenugreek paste, optionally add raw honey and mix thoroughly. Topically apply this face mask over the face and then rinse it off.

Dark Spots Prevention and Skin Lightening

Dirt and dead cells along with bacteria accumulate over skin to form dark spots. Fenugreek wipes out all impurities and tones your skin and hence making it glow. Vitamin C present in fenugreek protects your skin from harmful UV rays. Consuming it shows excellent results in protecting skin from sun rays.

How:

Mix powdered fenugreek seeds to milk and apply it over prewashed face and under eyes. Let it dry naturally and rinse it off after 15 minutes.5. Helps your Skin recover from Sun damage.

Alternatively, the above mentioned fenugreek and honey face mask helps with the sun damaged skin repair.

Skin nourishment

As you can see fenugreek is naturally stuffed with exceptional nutrients that can nourish the skin and improve your skin tone.

How:

  • As Facewash

Take fenugreek seeds and water in equal quantities. Keep it over stove on simmer. Collect the strained water in a bowl after 10mins and let it cool.

Now, use it as a daily wash. Nutrients in fenugreek transferred to water, which will cleanse and tones your skin.

  • Methi Face Pack

Renowned properties housed in methi helps to reduce scars and treat acne lesions.

Boil washed methi seeds in water for few minutes. Let it cool down and strain the seeds to apply the water over your face using cotton ball.

Alternatively, you can grind methi seeds with little water to form a thick paste like consistency and apply it over prewashed face.

For healthy hair

Seed paste improves local blood circulation, relieves pain and inflammation in wounds, abscess, boils and swellings. Fenugreek seeds not only help hair fall control and hair growth, but also help in dandruff control as well as make your hair thicken.

How:

Soak fenugreek seeds in water for 24 hours. Strain and use the water to rinse hair.

Mix fenugreek seeds paste and coconut milk well, apply to your scalp and hair and leave for half an hour.

You can alternatively use mixture of egg yolk and fenugreek seed paste as hair mask.

 

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Weightloss with spices

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and several other serious health conditions. Starving diet, avoiding your favourite foods, going sugar-free and/or oil-free or bland food are not the solutions. Including healthy nutritional components of food is as important.

Spices and Weight-Loss Relation

JAIME YOUNG, author of Wintry Reasons to Spice Your Meals, explains how do spices help with the weight-loss process:

Spices Create Fullness: Tastier food is more satisfying, and if you're not satisfied, then you're more likely to overeat. Try adding spices to recipes that you already make.

Less is More: Spicing your food adds natural flavour, which decreases the amount of fat and sodium you need to make meals feel hearty and heart-warming. In fact, a recent study found that antioxidant-rich spices like cinnamon, paprika, and cloves can actually reduce the negative effects of meals high in fat.

Curbs Cravings: According to Kate Geagan, MS, RD, author of Go Green, Get Lean, herbs and spices can play tricks on your sweet tooth. "Using herbs and spices expands your palette without extra calories and may decrease the amount of salt, fat, and sugar you use without sacrificing flavour," Geagan told WebMD.

Vedica Organics Spices and Their Benefits

With the wide varieties of spices offered here at Vedica organics, find below the spices which specifically help with weight loss as mentioned on website Naturopathycure.

Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves are typically used in sauces, curries and salads. Dried coriander seeds are used to flavour vegetables and curries. It has aromatic properties and it is a natural diuretic. It stimulates digestive process and help flush out impurities from the system. It helps to reduce water retention, cholesterol and regulates insulin level and thus helps in weight loss.

Turmeric: Bright yellow spice is consumed in dried powder for as well as a fresh herb. Turmeric helps in regulating body mechanism and in breaking down fat. A Columbia University research has shown that turmeric is effective in reducing the chances of diabetes.

Cardamom: It helps in boosting metabolism and also in keeping our digestive system healthy. It is low in saturated fat.

Mustard: A research from Oxford Polytechnic Institute of England has revealed that body's metabolism rate can be improved by 25%, if one consumes one teaspoon of mustard. It has great weight loss properties.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon helps in reducing the blood sugar and increasing insulin levels, and hence lower the chance of prediabetes. It also boosts metabolism and lowers LDL cholesterol which in turn controls obesity.

Cumin: It boosts our immune system. It helps in burning out calories by assisting the digestive process. Research has shown that cumin is also effective in the cases of Arthritis, Asthma and Kidney diseases.

Pepper: Pepper contains piperine that boosts metabolism. Pepper also assists absorption of certain nutrients in the body. It is advisable to use freshly grounded pepper in your food as the concentration of key component- piperine is high.

Ginger: Ginger boosts metabolism and raises body temperature. It helps in removing toxins and aids digestion. Ginger is also known to suppress appetite important for weight loss.

Note: Before following any remedies, kindly contact a qualified Naturopath/Medical practitioner to understand if you are allergic to one or more of the above listed spices.

 

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 Ragi malt

Ragi is low in fat and is highly compatible with oats. It is one of the most nutritious food, is easy to digest. Ragi is best for weight loss. Here’s the very simple yet healthy recipe with Ragi.

Author (Source): Harish (vegweightlossdiets.com)

Time: 15 Mins

Ingredients:

 

Item

Amount

Type

Alternatives

Ragi Flour

1/2 Cup

Main Ingredient

 

Water

1 Cup

Main Ingredient

 

Maple Syrup

3 Spoonful

Main Ingredient

Jaggery/Brown Sugar

Almond/Soy Milk

1/4 Cup

Optional

Any

Cardamom Powder

1 Table Spoon

Optional

 

 

Method:

  • Take the Ragi flour in a cup and add small amounts of water slowly and mix them to get a smooth liquid solution.
    • Hint 3: If you prefer you can also consider adding small amounts of flour on to heating water accompanied with continuous stirring. Key again is to focus on smooth easy paste. Employ the method that best suits you.
  • Once the Ragi paste is ready keep it aside and start heating a glass of water in a different vessel.
  • If you are not allergic you can also use suitable amount of milk instead of a water to enhance the taste.
  • The water/milk mixture must be heated till it starts to boil.
  • Now slowly add already prepared Ragi flour solution to boiling water/milk mixture accompanied with continuous stirring.
  • Add a pinch of cardamom powder followed by suitable amount of brown sugar or jaggery depending on your comfort.
  • Now heat must be reduced to low-medium and simmer the content for 4-5 minutes with periodic stirring.
  • Turn off the stove after this.
    • Hint 4: Folks with electric heater/stove might have to amend the heat reduce/alter timings mentioned here as they tend to react slowly to changes you make and could ruin your drink.
  • Let the drink cool down to your needs and hurray! the drink is ready to be served.

 

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Salted chocolate tart

Did you know corn is America's number one field crop? Corn leads all other crops in value and volume of production. In the U.S., corn production measures more than 2 times that of any other crop.

Maize, commonly known in North America and elsewhere as corn has many health benefits that one can’t ignore.

Benefits of Corn Include

  1. Good source of antioxidants

Corn is particularly a good source of is a high-antioxidant and known to support the immune system, defend the eyes and skin against oxidative stress.

  1. High in fiber

Like all vegetables and whole plant foods, corn provides a nice dose of filling fiber. It has various beneficial effects on the digestive system supporting the “good bacteria” in your gut.

  1. Slowly digested source of carbohydrates

Corn is high in starch, which is a type of complex carbohydrate that supports steady energy levels and controlls blood sugar levels.

  1. Naturally gluten-free

Corn actually is not a “grain” and is gluten-free. Since gluten is problematic and allergic for many, corn or corn flour makes a good stand-in for wheat flour or other gluten-containing foods.

  1. Part of traditional diets linked to longevity and overall health

Corn is also beneficial for heart health, reversing hypertension as a natural remedy for high blood pressure and controlling blood sugar levels.

However with all its benefits, you also have to be aware of instances when corn or it’s other forms effects on health.

Scenarios to Avoid Eating Corn

  1. When it’s genetically modified

Corn is commonly used to make a genetically modified oil that is a strong inflammatory and highly likely to become rancid (or “toxic”) when used in cooking.

  1. When it’s used to make high fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup isn’t natural and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a fructose-glucose liquid sweetener alternative to sucrose (common table sugar). It’s completely man-made, highly processed, and is used as a cheap way to sweeten processed foods.

  1. When it’s found in other forms of processed foods

Genetically modified organismsGMO corn is used to make different ingredients added to packaged, processed foods. For a complete list with over 50 corn-derived modified ingredients, you can refer to the Corn Allergens website.

organic corn flour
  1. If you have a sensitive digestive system

Corn allergies are actually pretty rare, but if you suffer from any cut out corn products from your diet altogether, try substitutes.

All of us have a sweet tooth and cannot say no to chocolate based dessert. When you use our organic products, you can enjoy it without having to worry about the side effects. Having explored all the benefits and non-benefits of corn or its other forms, let’s enjoy a very interesting recipe with organic corn flour.

 

Salted Chocolate Tart with Organic Corn Flour

Author (Source): Nigella Lawson (nigella.com)

Cooks Time: 55 minutes                                 Setting time: 2 hours                          Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

For the base

  • 2 x 154g/5½oz packets chocolate cookies, such as Oreos or Bourbons(28 small biscuits in all)
  • 50g/1¾oz dark chocolate (min. 70% cocoa solids)
  • 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp smoked sea salt flakes

For the filling

  • 100g/3½oz dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
  • 25g/1oz organic corn flour
  • 4 tbsp full-fat milk
  • 500ml/18fl oz double cream
  • 50g/1¾oz cocoa powder, sieved
  • 2 tsp instant espresso powder or strong instant coffee powder
  • 75g/2½oz organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ tsp smoked sea salt flakes

 

Method

  • For the base
    • Bash the biscuits in a freezer bag until they form crumbs, finely chop the chocolate and melt the butter
    • Mix everything, along with the salt, in a large bowl
    • Put into the fridge to harden for at least 1 or 2 hours if your fridge is stacked. I wouldn’t keep it for longer than a day like this as the crust tends to get too crumbly.
  • For the filling
    • Finely chop the chocolate. Put the corn flour into a cup and whisk in the milk until smooth.
    • Pour the cream into a heavy-based saucepan, then add the finely chopped rubble of chocolate, the sieved cocoa, espresso or instant coffee powder, sugar, vanilla paste or extract, olive oil and smoked salt.
    • Place over a medium to low heat and whisk to banish any lumpiness, as the cream heats and the chocolate starts melting; off the heat.
    • Whisk in the cornflour and milk mixture until it, too, is smoothly incorporated, and put the pan back on a low heat; keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
    • Take the pan off the heat every so often, still stirring, so that everything melds together, without the cream coming to a boil. When ready, it should be thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, and if you run your finger through it (across the back of the spoon) the line should stay.
    • Pour into a wide measuring jug or batter jug (it should come to about the 600ml/1 pint mark). Now run a piece of baking parchment or greaseproof paper under the cold tap, wring it out and place the damp, crumpled piece right on top of the chocolate mixture, then put the jug into the fridge for 15 minutes.
    • The mixture will still be warm, but will be the right temperature to ooze into the base without melting it.
    • Pour and scrape the mixture into the biscuit-lined flan tin and put back in the fridge overnight. Don’t leave it longer than 24 hours, as the base will start to soften.
    • Take out of the fridge for 10 minutes before serving, but unmould straight away. Sit the flan tin on top of a large tin or jar and let the ring part fall away, then transfer the dramatically revealed tart to a plate or board. Leave the tin base on.

This salted chocolate tart is so easy to knock up but the addition of salt magically brings out the sweetness.

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story of spice

Ever imagined how would your favourite food taste without chilli /pepper??

Did you know the spices so common these days were once a much prized good and often used as commodity money for commerce!

Black pepper is referred to as “king of spices” or “black gold” and Cardamom as the “queen of spices”, which happens to rank 3rd in the list of highly expensive of spices, even today. Isn’t that fascinating?

Spice’s origination dates back to as old as 1000 BC where medical systems based upon herbs could be found in China, Korea, and India. Early uses were connected with magic, medicine, religion, tradition and preservation.

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What is a Spice?

Spice, basically is a seed, fruit, root, bark, berry, bud or vegetable substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food.


Spice trade developed throughout South Asia and Middle East in around 2000 BC with cinnamon and pepper, and in East Asia with herbs and pepper. It established and destroyed empires, led to the discovery of new continents, and in many ways helped lay the foundation for the modern world.

Spices were amongst the most demanded and expensive products available in Europe in the Middle Ages, the most common being black pepper, cumin, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Back then, they were all imported from plantations in Asia and Africa, which made them expensive.

Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why it is more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious disease, and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling. Spices are sometimes used in medicine, religious rituals, cosmetics or perfume production, or as a vegetable.

Ayurveda, one of the oldest forms of medicines, uses different herbs and spices to treat plethora of health issues, ranging from simple to complex.

When it comes to international platform today, India contributes 75% of global spice production. (Source: UN Food & Agriculture Organization)

United States began its entry into the world spice industry in the 18th century, when American businessmen began their own spice companies and started dealing directly with Asian growers rather than the established European companies.

Today Global travel, immigration and more adventurous palates are increasing the interest in spicy foods.

There are innumerable and scientifically proven benefits of spices.

To read and learn more about spices, click on the links below:

                                                Top 5 Reasons To Use Magic Spice Garam Masala

                                                Traditional Indian Spices for Detox

                                                Garam Masala- The Essential Indian Spice

Spices, native mostly to tropical regions, harbor valuable genes for resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses thereby bringing in the invaluable goodness. One cannot reconstruct the natural occurrence of spice plants in all cases. Hence, at Vedica Organics, we ensure that the spices, purely organic in nature, are traded right from their place of origin to your doorstep at a highly competitive price.

Spice up your life with our varied spice products that makes your everyday cooking tastier and healthier. Vedica promotes organic products and some of our spices are top selling in the market.

For details on the list of Spices, Vedica Organics offer, click here.

Ragi (aka Finger Millet), is widely grown as a cereal in the arid areas of Africa and Asia. Originated in East Africa, has been found in an Indian archaeological site dated to 1800 BC, with India being a major cultivator.

 

 Benefits of Ragi

Ragi with its many goodness and nutritional components as explained by Medindia, makes it necessary part of a vegan or a vegetarian diet. Listed below are few of the Ragi benefits:

 

Weight Loss

It has a much higher amount of dietary fibre compared to white rice and other grains. It is also a low fat cereal and most of the fats are in the unsaturated form. This makes it the best choice in grains for you, if trying to lose weight.


For Bones

Ragi is the richest source of calcium among plant foods. It helps in development of bones in growing children and in maintenance of bone health in adults and aging people. Thus Ragi helps to keep bone problems at bay and could reduce risk of fractures too. 

 

For Diabetics

Regular consumption of finger millet is known to reduce the risk of diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal tract disorders. According to research Finger Millet based diets help diabetics as they contain higher amounts of fibre over other cereals and millets. Diets based on whole finger millet have a lower ability to increase blood sugar level.

Lowering High Cholesterol Levels

Ragi contains amino acids which hinders fat formation in the liver, and helps to bring down the cholesterol levels. The high fibre content of Ragi also helps to manage cholesterol problems.

Anaemia Remedy

Ragi is an excellent plant source of natural Iron. Its consumption helps in tackling Anaemia. Vitamin C increases iron absorption. Sprouted Ragi develops vitamin C in the process of sprouting, therefore the iron in Ragi becomes more bioavailable when consumed as sprouted Ragi flour or Ragi malt.


Relaxation

One amazing benefit of Ragi is that it helps in relaxing the body naturally. It is found to be beneficial in conditions of anxiety, depression and migraine.

 

Source of Essential Amino Acids

Ragi is rich in Amino Acids vital for the body which helps in several aspects like muscle repair, blood and bone formation, improves skin health, facilitates metabolism and repair of body tissues. Ragi (aka Red Millet) is useful in various body processes, is main provider of sulphur in body, which is the body's natural and most important antioxidant.

For Nutritional value, click here.

 

Gluten Free Nature

For those who have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten (who for health reasons should not eat wheat with gluten), Ragi is here for rescue. Following a gluten free diet doesn’t mean giving up many grains, pastas, cereals and processed foods, but look for the tasty alternatives to other sources of gluten.

And the good news is, more and more groceries, online health food stores like Vedica Organics stock gluten-free products for you. Now it has become far easier for people with true gluten problems to eat healthy diets.

Organic Benefit

Once upon a time, Organic food was available only at health food stores, marketed to "tree-hugging" consumers willing to pay extra for "natural," environmentally friendly foods. Today, Organic foods are undeniably mainstream. Not only can they be found at most every neighbourhood grocer, but even giants like Wal-Mart are getting into the act.

"If you can afford them, buy them," recommends New York University professor Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH. "It really is a personal choice but how can anyone think substances, such as pesticides, capable of killing insects, can be good for you?" Consumption of Organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure.

The popularity of Organic products, which are grown naturally, pesticide-free, chemical free or without use of antibiotics and/or growth hormones is huge. With people who buy Organic are seeking assurance that food production is gentle to the earth, and/or looking for safer, purer and more natural foods.

Let’s turnaround the fortunes of Finger Millet (aka African Millet). Here’s a very interesting Organic Ragi Panwich (Finger Millet Pancake Sandwich) recipe below, and if you enjoy them, include more Ragi in your diet. That would be one miniscule step in the right direction.

Also, Vedica Organics offers highly discounted Organic Ragi products with free shipping !

 

Organic Ragi Panwich (Finger Millet Pancake Sandwich)

 

 

Time

Prep Time: 15 MIN

Cook Time: 20 MIN

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For Organic Ragi Pancake Batter

1/2 cup Organic Ragi flour (Organic Finger Millet Flour)

1/2 cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour

1 large Banana, mashed / 3 tsp. of Granulated Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

A pinch of Organic Salt

1 Egg whisked (Or Flax meal - Egg Replacer)

Oil for cooking

 

For Panwich

1 teaspoon Butter or Margarine

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar Cheese

2 teaspoons Water

2 Eggs

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar Cheese

Bacon/Any Meat/ Hash Brown slice (your choice)

1 teaspoon of Cream of Soup & Sour Cream (if using Hash Brown)

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients listed under Organic Ragi pancake batter in a large mixing bowl (batter should be of pouring consistency but not watery or even too thick).
  • Heat a skillet greased with a little oil on medium heat.
  • Once heated, pour a ladle or 1/4 cup of pancake batter on to the skillet.
  • While the pancake is cooking on medium heat, you will notice the top side begins to get bubbles. Air pockets will slowly get steamed and cooked. At this point flip to the other side and allow it to cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Flip again and place cooked pancakes on cookie sheet.
  • Continue the same with remaining batter and grease the skillet with oil after each batch.
  • Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat the eggs and water with fork or wire whisk.
  • In non-stick skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Pour egg mixture into skillet; cook until top is almost set. Gently lift edges to allow uncooked egg to flow underneath; continue to cook until set. Top with cheese. Remove from heat. Cut into 4 wedges.
  • Place bacon/meat slice in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and set aside or prepare the cheesy hash browns slice where the hash brown is baked with cream of soup, sour cream and cheese; as an alternative to meat.
  • To assemble each Panwich, top 1 pancake with egg wedge, meat/cheesy hash brown slice and another pancake.

Recipe credits: Archana Doshi, archanaskitchen.com & bettycrocker.com

You can purchase Organic Ragi Atta (Organic Finger Millet Flour) on Amazon or on our Vedica Organics website. We also sell Organic Whole Wheat Flour and Organic Salt as listed in ingredients above.

 

Click the link: http://www.vedicaOrganics.com/products/Organic-ragi-atta-millet-flour to shop with Vedica Organics.

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