When it rains, it pours ailments. At least that’s what most Mumbaikars seem to be feeling with sniffles, flu, malaria and other such diseases flooding the city. While we know that seafood and certain vegetables are a no-no this season, there are some superfoods that help you keep bugs at bay. We get nutritionist Dr Nupur Krishnan and Chef Abdul Qader Shaikh to whip up four easy-yet-healthy recipes for you to try at home this monsoon.
Raw Ginger Pickle
1 cup tender ginger n 1/4 cup lemon juice n 1 tsp salt n 1/4 tsp sugar
Peel and cut ginger into juliennes. In a bowl, mix lemon juice with salt and sugar and stir until all the ingredients dissolve. Add ginger pieces to this liquid and allow it to rest for 1-2 hours. Store the pickle for up to one week in an airtight container or glass jar and serve with Indian meals, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, etc.
Antioxidant Anti-flu Stew
8 cloves garlic n 1/2 cup tomato juice n 1 onion (chopped) n 1 inch fresh ginger piece (grated) n 1 beetroot (diced) n 350 gm carrot (diced) n 50 gm bulgur wheat (soaked in water), handful of salad leaves n 1 spring onion (chopped) n juice of 1 lemon n 1/4 cup tomatoes (diced) 1 tbsp parsley (chopped) n 1/4 cup celery (chopped) n 1 tbsp rosemary (finely chopped) n 1/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar n 4 medium leeks (sliced) n 1 tbsp black pepper as per taste.
In a non-stick pot, heat oil and sauté onions, garlic and leeks for a few minutes. Add beetroot and carrot and cook for 5 minutes. Add spring onions with 1-2 cups of water. Once the liquid begins to boil, add tomatoes and tomato juice. Add bulgur wheat and more water if required. Cover the pot and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes more. Garnish with chopped herbs, lemon juice, salad leaves and apple cider vinegar before serving.
Chia Seed and Celery Smoothie
1 1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup celery leaves
1/4 cup yogurt
1 tbsp chia seeds (sabja)
Sugar as per taste
In a bowl, empty orange juice and add chia seeds to it. Within 10 minutes, the seeds will begin to fluff up. Transfer them into a blender along with the juice and add yogurt, sugar and celery leaves to it. Blitz into a thin smoothie and serve at room temperature.