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Eating right

Three books offer recipes for the patients with BP, diabetes and heart problem

JUST WHEN you feel you can't possibly have another helping of those cookery books, come three arrivals, published by Prism Books. There are no pretty pictures or glossy art paper here. No-nonsense and functional, the books are aimed at urban hypertensives, heart patients and diabetics, besides a pre-emptive one for children.

Shashi Raghunath, who already has two cookbooks and several cookery shows on TV to her credit, and Gowri. K, a dietician, have together brought out Eating Without Fear: Cookbook for Diabetics and Eat Right, Live Well: A Cookbook For Hypertensive & Heart Patients. The third book, Growing Up Great & Healthy: Cookbook For Children has Shashi teaming up with Lakshmi Ananthanarayanan, a clinical dietician. Hearteningly, each recipe mentions the calorie, protein, fat and cholesterol content. Eating Without Fear, into its second edition, includes sweets, something diabetics with a sweet tooth will welcome. One cup of the sweets mentioned can substitute for one chapatti or dosa, two idlis, one cup upma, or one glass of milk, say the authors.

A sample recipe:

Apple and Raisin Pudding

Apples - 2
Raisins - 1 tsp
Sweetener - 3 tablets
Cinnamon powder - a pinch
Lime juice - tsp

Soak raisins in water for about an hour. Peel and slice apple and mix with the raisin water. Mix cinnamon powder, limejuice and sweetener, and pour into baking mould. Bake for 7-8 minutes in a moderate oven. Serve hot.

Yield: 1 bowl, number of servings: 2, calories: 75 per serving.

In Eat Right, Live Well, the authors have stinted on oil even as they strive to stick to regular home fare. Salt is the enemy of heart patients, they caution. There is an interesting range of salads and soups, besides innovations like baked samosas. Non-vegetarians can take heart: there are several modified recipes for them too. Check this out:

Fish in Banana Leaf

Pomfret - 1 (100 gm)
Pudina - cup
Garlic - 2 cloves
Green chillies - 2
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1 small
Salt - to taste
Limejuice - 1 tbsp

Clean and wash fish, rub with salt and limejuice, and set aside. Make a paste out of all the other ingredients. Slit the fish and rub thoroughly with the ground paste. Place the fish in a banana leaf, tie with string and steam in a pressure cooker without the weight. Serve hot. No. of servings: 1, calories: 132, fat: 1.91 gm, cholesterol: 100 mg.

Growing Up Great & Healthy covers recipes for pregnant and lactating women as well as infants and toddlers. There's even a section, Diet for Obese Children, comprising fruit juices, soups, and rotis.

Apple and Date Pudding

Apple - 1 large
Seedless dates - 1 cup chopped
Walnut - cup chopped
Sugar - cup
Flour -1/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Cinnamon powder - tsp
Nutmeg powder - tsp
Eggs - 2

Peel and chop apple. Add to the dates and walnuts. Add sugar and mix well in a greased, flat-bottomed bowl. Mix salt, baking powder, nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder, and sprinkle over the arranged fruit. Beat eggs and pour over this mixture and mix well. Cover bowl with foil and place in pressure cooker without the weight. Steam for 10 minutes. Then place the weight, reduce heat, and cook for 30 minutes. Cool pudding and invert on to plate.

Calories: 608, protein: 23.8 gm, fat: 39.8 gm. Considering the effort involved, the books are a steal at Rs. 65 each.

S.R.

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