1. Healthy Recipes for Alzheimer’s Patients
In a study conducted recently, Indian diet has been established to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in the elderly and the spices such as turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper help in relieving the symptoms of the patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Who said that ‘healthy’ in Indian terms translates to eating the boring khichdi and the tasteless moong dal for the rest of your lives. Here are some healthy as well as tasty delights for the patients with Alzheimer’s.
2. Haldi Doodh
Do you know that India and the other Asian countries where haldi (turmeric) forms a vital part of every dish have a significantly lower rate of Alzheimer’s as compared to the West?
For this recipe, you need to take a glass of cow’s milk( or vegetable milk or even water), and boil it with some haldi, a pinch of dalchini (cinnamon) and a dash of kali mirch (black pepper) along with half a spoon of sugar(optional).
You can either make this a part of your morning routine or have it before bed for an uninterrupted night sleep.
3. Badam Halwa
According to the MIND diet which is formulated to prevent dementia and boost up brain health, nuts are determined to be highly beneficial against dementia due to the high levels of Vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants.
For this recipe, you need to blanch the badaam (almonds) by soaking them for 5-7 hours and then peeling them. Grind these along with some water to form a smooth paste. In a pan, add this almond paste along with some sugar and kesar soaked in warm water or milk. Add ghee as required and keep stirring it continuously.
This filling, tasty and healthy recipe is perfect for the patients who find it difficult to ingest solid foods.
4. Bajra Palak Paratha
This recipe fuses Bajra or pearl millet flour and palak (spinach) both of which are considered highly beneficial for Alzheimer’s on account of their gluten-free nature and the high content of vitamins A & C respectively.
Combine a cup of bajra (Kambu – Tamil, Bajri-Marathi or pearl millet flour), some chopped green chillies, shredded ginger, half a cup of chopped palak (spinach) leaves and salt in a bowl. Add some water and knead this mixture in the form of a dough.
Make parathas out of this dough and serve hot topped with desi ghee and some green coriander chutney.
5. Cauliflower Keema
Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli contain folates and carotenoids which reduce the levels of homocysteine- the chemical which is linked with the deterioration of cognition ability.
For this, you need to grate some cauliflower. Heat a pan, put some oil, add jeera and heeng and saute till the spices start spluttering. Add some finely chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies and throw in spices like ajwain, red chilli powder, dhaniya powder, haldi and the traditional homemade garam masala.
Finish off with green coriander and serve along with whole wheat rotis or alongside some steamed rice.
6. Rajma Curry
The rich and the creamy gravy made out of the tomatoes and onion, the tender rajma ( or the red kidney beans) and the heavenly aroma of the spices- all this is what makes rajma curry an inseparable part of every North Indian kitchen.
For this, soak the rajma (kidney beans) overnight. Drain the water, rinse them and pressure cook the rajma for about 20 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan, add some chopped onions, ginger, garlic, green chilies and the tomatoes. Add the dhania powder, haldi, red chili and the garam-masala powder. Cook till the oil starts to separate from the spices.
Add in the pressure cooked rajma and cook for 12-15 minutes before serving with whole wheat chapatis or rice.
Tip- Kidney beans are defamed to cause bloating. This issue can be solved by adding heeng while cooking.
Note- Before trying these dishes, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Also, always consult your doctor before switching to a new kind of lifestyle.
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