Hi all, this day, November14th is observed as World Diabetes day. When Swathi , highlighted this importance and announced the event, I can barely resist myself from joining. Thanks to her, this event made me go through a lot of learning process and know more about Diabetic diet. So, with no more delay, I present you two diabetic-friendly dish topped with brief description.
What is Insulin?
Our body cells needs energy in order to perform all our physical tasks. And this energy is available in form of glucose/sugar that floats freely in our blood. But our body cells won't easily grab them or digest them. They need some hormone to help/intake the glucose available, just like my kid, Varsha who wants food, but needs Mommy to feed her :D . So, this mommywali help is done by Insulin, an hormone secreated by Pancreas. Insulin helps cells to digest the glucose so that your body cells becomes active and carries on all activities.
What is Diabetes?
Just imagine your body cells when not enough Insulin is created, or when Insulin is not recognized by them. The amount of glucose/sugar stays as such, and increases everytime you have your food. This results in high level of glucose in blood or high blood sugar. This condition is called as Diabetes mellitus.
So, when blood sugar increases, there is an urge for blood cells to feed/ to consume, where will they go?? Some try to utilize fat content available as energy source while some degenerate. Such degeneration of cells throughout they body may lead to severe complications like Heart-attack, Paralysis, Dementia (loss of memory), Blurred vision, Loss of weight, Increased thirst, Frequent urination and other gastric-oriented problems like Nausea, Vomitting etc
No Direct cure
Since there is no direct cure, an diabetic patient must restore to all three preventive measures, given below.
- As key effect, degeneration of blood cells should be prevented. Medication plays its part here and homeopathic medicines have also shown to have good remedy.
- Alternatively, body sugar levels must also be controlled. This is helped by physical exercise.
- Following an diet with high-fibre, low-fat/cholestrol is also important since this disease may lead to cardio-vascular problems.
Diabetic diet is filled with whole grains(wheat, oats, barley, maize, brown rice, millet etc), fresh fruits, vegetables. Here, I am going to make two dishes, which are diabetic-friendly in order to highlight this event. They are Barley vegetable soup & Barley topped fruit salad.
Barley vegetable soupIngredients required are 1/2 tsp amul 'light' butter, 3-4 garlic pods sliced, 1 cup of finely chopped vegetables like Onions, Mushrom, Carrot, Palak (spinach), 1/2 cup of Barley pearls soaked for 3-4 hours, Salt & Pepper, to taste.
Heat butter in pan, add garlic slices and sauté till they brown. Add onions and other vegetables and sauté well. Wash the soaked barley and add in pan.
Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for single whistle.
Season them with salt and pepper, serve hot!
Barley topped fruit salad
Ingredients required are 1/2 cup of barley, soaked for two hours, 2 cups of chopped fruits like Apple, Papaya, Kiwi, Banana, 2 orange deskinned de-seeded and separated to segments, 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds, 1 tbspn of lime juice, 1 tsp of chaat masala.
Wash the soaked barley seeds, cook them on stove-top with one cup of water. As you will notice, barley will absorb water and turn soft after it gets cooked.
In a large bowl, add chopped fruits, pomegranate seeds, barley pearls, lime juice, chaat masala. Mix well, finally fold in orange segments.
Serve them chilled.
Happy cooking!!! :)