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A calorie is a unit of energy. In nutrition, calories refer to the energy people get from the food and drink they consume, and the energy they use in physical activity. Calories are listed in the nutritional information on all food packaging. Many weight loss programs center around reducing the intake of calories.

An average woman needs to eat about 2000 calories per day to maintain, and 1500 calories to lose one pound of weight per week. An average man needs 2500 calories to maintain, and 2000 to lose one pound of weight per week. However, this depends on numerous factors. These include age, height, current weight, activity levels, metabolic health and several others

Lets see how much calories we have in south Indian food items.

Vegetarian food and its calories
Tamarind Rice - 150g - 415 calories
Vegetable makkani - 150g - 130 calories
Paneer kalimirch - 150g - 346 calories
Parotta - 1 - 80 calories
Chappathi - 2 - 80 calories
Curd rice - 300g - 433 calories
Bisibelabath - 300g - 535 calories
Papad - 1 - 160 calories
Salad - 5 pieces - 60 to 70 calories
Curd pachadi - 80 ml - 112 calories
Gulab jamoon - 40g - 143 calories
Paneer / Butter - 100/60g - 110 to 150 calories
Vegetables side dishes (Aloo gobi, Aloo mutter etc..) - 150g - 306 calories
Sambar - 150g - 199g
Garlic Rasam- 150g - 36 calories
Banana poriyal - 100g - 353 calories
Bottle gaurd - 150g - 415 calories

Dry sweets - 1 pieces or 60 to 80g - 100 to 130 calories
Kheer/ Payasam - 100g - 95 to 120 calories
Salad - 5 vegetable’s pieces - 60 to 70 calories
Fried Rice / Bisebelabath / Vegetable pulav / Vangibath - 100 or 60 g - 75 to 100 calories
Fryums - 5 pieces - 100 calories
Stuffed Parota - 2 - 110 calories
Vegetable soup without cream-100g - 30 to 50 calories
White rice - 60g - 55 calories
Dal/grams products - 60g - 50 to 70g
Rasam - 100ml - 30 calories
Sambar (1 or 2 vegetables) - 100g - 60 calories
Vegetable kootu - 60g - 80 to 100 calories
Curd - 100g - 112 calories
Butter - 100g - 56 calories
Pickle - 1 spoon - 7 to 9 calories
Papad fried - 1 - 160 calories
Jeera pulav - 150g - 388 calories
Jilebi - 100g - 380 calories
Vegetable noodles - 150g - 316 calories

Non veg items
Egg fried rice - 1 plate or 200g - 340 calories
Egg masala - 150g - 343 calories
Garlic chicken - 150g - 314 calories
Chicken Briyani - 1 plate or 200g - 470 calories
Mutton briyani - 1 plate or 200g - 450 calories
Kadai chicken - 200g - 350 calories
Chicken hydrabad - 1 plate or 200g - 700 calories
Chicken lollypop- 1 piece or 60-70g - 100 calories
Chicken chilly fry - 200g - 300 calories
Egg omelette - 1 - 130 calories
Egg and plate curry - 200g - 300 calories
Fish Fry - 100g - 240 calories
Fish curry - 200g - 460 calories
Egg burji masala - 150g - 258 calories


The Food safety and Quality Commission of India has tested 6,432 milk samples from 1,103 cities across the country.

Pawan Agarwal, chief executive officer of the commission, speaking on the results of the study!

When testing 6,432 milk samples across the country, he said the unwanted chemicals and pesticides mixed with cows fodder and provided to cow. In addition, he added that it is high in fats and sugars. Considering all this, 38 percent of processed milk is non-standard.

As such, there is a deadline for milk to be produced according to the rules. He said that if the inferior milk is produced in violation of the norm, strict action will be taken.


Biriyani also known as biriyani, birianibirani or briyaniis a mixed rice dish with meat or vegetables. This is the very popular dish among the Muslims. Still Muslim biriyani is popular which is made during the festivals and marriages. It is made with Indian spices, ricemeat (chicken, goatbeeflamb, prawn, or fish), vegetables or eggs. 

Biryani is as special. If my plan is biriyani for lunch, I use to starve from morning to noon for biryani hunting. (I don't make at home. Only in the restaurant)

There are few specific places which are famous for biriyani and Everyone will have some favorite places to have the tasty biriyani. Below are few places as per mine and my friends experience. 

OverallVellore is the best city to eat flavored biryani. Biryani is wonderful in all the shops here. 

Best biriyani shops are,

1. Ya Mohaideen - Pallavaram , Chennai

2. Vellore Biryani, Vellore Kitchen - Vellore

3. Star Biryani - Ambur

4. RautharMappillai Virundhu - Madurai

5. Green Crest Chennai biriyani. Chennai
     Actual Chennai taste with Brinjal thalcha gravy. Fantastic. 

In many restaurants in Coimbatore used to make like Dindukal biriyani. If the spices are in correct ratio, it will be good. Else we can't expect the proper biriyani. 

6. Delhi Darbar - Peelamedu , Coimbatore. 
    Here biriyani is made in Mogul style (Ambur style) and the taste is very good. 

7. If you still need Dindigul Method Biryani, you can try Ammayi House, RamanathapuramCoimbatore. Here food is made using clay Pots. Biryani Super!

8. Hydrabad Biriyani house - Ooty and Koonur.
    Actual Hyderabadi taste. I have never tasted this kind of tasty food at a tourist site.

9. AGS Biriyani - Tambaram, Chennai.
    A small biryani hotel called AGS Biryani near Irippuliyur By-passTambaram. The taste is fantastic. Get Bucket Biryani (parcel only. Price 800 or 900Rs). Between 10 and 12 people can eat. 

10. Virudhunagar, GN Chetty Road, Chennai
      If you try a little high class, you could try the restaurant called Virudhunagar, GN Chetty road, Chennai. The biryani you get is delicious with a long flavoring of rice. 

11. Dindukal thalappakattu Biriyani , NeelamburCoimbatore. 
      Few days back, we visited the newly opened Dindigul Talapakkaty Biryani Restaurant in NeelamburCoimbatore. Biryani and Thalcha are WOW WOW !. No need to wash your hands with soap after eating biryani. Because the oil is too low. Sometimes or after having some restaurants biriyani, we could feel heavy in the stomach. Here nothing felt. Mutton biriyani cost is 240 and chicken biriyani is 210.

12. Annapoorna Tea coffee bar & Tiffin Center, Raja veedhi and Range goundar veedhicoimbatore. 
It is a small vegetarian restaurant. The mushroom biryani is not available anywhere in the city as you can find here. Such an awesome taste. Around 1/4 plate quantity only they give. Price range from 40 to 50 rupees. But the taste will be for 500 bucks. One or two biryanis we eat. This is the best choice for vegetarians.

13. You can give a try with Dindukal venu biriyani. 

Apart from this, other favorites biriyani like my wife's home made biryani sprinkled with love and charm with homemade ingredients, my own chettinad biryani and biryani tied to Islamic friend's house ceremony. These are available to us free of charge, hot, healthy, and free of charge.

Everyone's taste is different from each other. My favorite is probably not like the other. This is just my experience!

Avin milk, this is the most often used milk in cities. The name '' in Tamil means cow. So it is called as Avin milk means Cow's milk. 

It is a dairy company run by the Government of Tamil Nadu founded in 1958.

Each color in the milk packet represents the amount of fat it contains. Avin milk comes in four colors.

Those are.

1. Blue

2. Orange

3. Green

4. Magenta

Blue color

This is called toned milk. It contains 3 percent fat.

Green color
This is called standard milk. It contains about 4.5 percent fat.

Orange color
It is called full cream milk. It contains about 6 percent fat. It is a milk with high fat content.

Magenta color
This is called double toned milk. It contains about 1.5 percent fats.

Usually, it is best that we use magenta and blue milk packets at home. This is because it contains only low-fat products.

Full cream milk is often used in bakeries and tea shops. This is because even though they mix more water, their density will not get reduced.

This block chicken is also known as Kadaknath chicken commonly found in India. Its meat, blood and bone are in black. 

Ayam Cemani is a breeded chicken available in the Indonesia chicken market. This is totally black chicken. The chicken's wings, feathers, skin, bones, blood - all in black color. These are exported around the world for good prices.

Also, at the Niang Abi Temple in Gianiyar - Bali, Indonesia, the black blood of this type of chicken is used for the sacred ritual "Aasi Kepuran".

This chicken also called as "Kadaknath", which grows in the forests of the Indian state Madhya Pradesh. This meat has a vitamins that increase our immunity. As the meat of these chickens is black, it is also called as  black meat chicken or kalamasi. In Tamilnadu, we can find this chicken in few farms of Salem (Omalur) and  Vellore district.

The meat of this chicken is both delicious and fragrant and has medicinal properties. This meat is used as a medicine for many chronic diseases. In Homeopathy Medicine, people with nervous disorders are advised to eat this chicken meat.

Kadaknath chicken meat contains 25% protein . Cholesterol is only 0.73 -1.05%, So this meat can be eaten well by people with blood pressure and heart disease. Meat is rich in amino acids and hormone supplements that humans need.

People from North India such as Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Delhi believe that the meat of these chickens will increase masculinity and increase the viability of the sperm like Viagra pill.

The Food Research Institute, based in Mysore, has certified that black meat is very beneficial for heart patients. These chickpeas are being used in Chinese medicine and food as well.
Siddha Medicine recommending to use black meat to cure diseases such as gastrointestinal diseases, rashes and arthritis. In the past,  kadaknath meat gravy cooked with other herbs used to increase strength and stamina. Traditional tamil song has a line that Black meat cooked with asafoetida, pepper corns, tuber of cyperus( prappang kizhangu in tamil) is medicine for hiccup, gastrointestinal diseases, rashes, piles.


Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells. It gives blood its red color, and its job is to carry oxygen throughout your body.

The normal ranges for hemoglobin depend on the age and, beginning in adolescence, the gender of the person. 

The normal ranges are:

Newborns: 17 to 22 gm/dL

One (1) week of age: 15 to 20 gm/dL

One (1) month of age: 11 to 15 gm/dL

Children: 11 to 13 gm/dL

Adult males: 14 to 18 gm/dL

Adult women: 12 to 16 gm/dL

Men after middle age: 12.4 to 14.9 gm/dL

Women after middle age: 11.7 to 13.8 gm/dL

Below are the food you can take to increase the hemoglobin level.

Beetroot Juice:

Beetroot -1mint -5 leaves, a little ginger, brown sugar, coconut (as needed). Mix all of them and grind to extract juice. Drink this juice on an empty stomach every morning.

Drumstick leaves juice:

Handful of Drumstick leaves, cumin -2 tsp. Boil both with water. Filter this water and grind the leaves and cooked cumin. Mix the paste again with filtered water and mix it. Drink this soup daily to increase hemoglobin. 

You can drink ginger juice also to increase hemoglobin.

Taking iron rich food continuously will increase hemoglobin. 

Those are:

Beef and goat and Spleen.

Fish, Shrimp, Crab.


Dates, Dry Figs

Almonds, Pistachios and Cashews. 

Ground nuts

Spinach, Drumstick Leaves

Sweet potato, Carrot and Beetroot.

If you your hemoglobin level is very low, you can take iron tablets after consulting with a doctor.

When protein is lagging we used to think of adding chicken or fish in our diet to increase protein. But what vegetarians will do? . Below are the food items rich in protein apart from animal meat. 

Curt/yogurt - 23 g per cup
Lentils - 4 g per 1/4 cup
Beans varities - 4 g per 1/4 cup
Cheese - 14 g per 1/2 cup
Hemp seeds - 4 g per table spoon
Chia seeds - 3 g per table spoon
Green peas - 8 g per 1 cup
Foxtail millet - 8 g per 1 cup
Almonds - 3 g per 1/2 ounce
Eggs - 3 g per 1 egg
Spinach - 7 g per cup
Chikpeas - 8 g per 1/2 cup
Broccoli - 5 g per 1 cup
Pumpkin seeds - 30 g per 100 g
Peanuts - 24.5 g per 100 g
Pistachios - 21 g per 100 g
Sesame / Flax seeds - 18 g per 100 g
Cashew nuts - 15 g per 100 g
Walnut - 15 g per 100 g
Dry coconut - 8 g per 100 g

Eggs have many vitamins and minerals. So many of us will eat egg frequently. However, Frequent egg eaters should know a few important things. When eating an egg, do not take below foods immediately.


When sugar is eaten after egg, the amino acids in the sugar combine to form glycosyl lysine and break down the components of the amino acids in the egg. These molecules prevent Coagulation. So do not eat sugar immediately after an egg.

Soy milk

Eggs and soy milk are good and provide energy to the body, many people drink a bowl of soy milk after having an egg in the morning. This is wrong habit. Because, the protein in the eggs mix with trypsin of soy milk and can cause problems. This will make our body absorbing further protein.


When both eggs and meat are consumed simultaneously, they can cause digestive problems and cause diarrhea.

Don't drink tea.

Tannic acid in tea, mix with protein in the egg and causes digestive problems. Also, retain high toxins in the body.

Potatoes should not be eaten with eggs. The reason is that the nutrients in the potato prevent the body from absorbing nutrients like calcium and also cause diarrhea.

Similarly, you should not eat fruits with eggs. The reason is fruits will be digested easily. But the egg does not digest. It can take a long time.

Dear Chennai people, and Chennai travelers!!

You would get bored by taking regular south Indian meal with strong white rice, half boiled dhal, thicken sambar, red color vathal kuzhambu/spice kuzhambutomato floating rasam. If you have habit of eating this meal daily, you should try lunch meal at Thirukkural Restaurant located at Adyar Gandhinagar , 2nd main road. 

Barnyard millet sambar riceKodo millet lemon rice, Biryani made in Seeraga Samba rice, proso millet curd riceRaagi Roti, Peal millet koozh, banana stem pachadi are served as part of a meal which reminds our traditional, 100% percent healthy food and you will get satisfaction for your money.

Once upon a time, small grains were our main food. Corporate companies spread rumors that Adding coconut oil in the food will increase the fat and develop a heart attack. Then, we completely ignored coconut oil from our diet. Similarly, corporate companies changed our mind and removed cereals from our kitchen by saying eating cereal food will increase body heat, will not digest easily, only hard workers have to eat and it will give all kinds of diseases. But time has brought us back to the cereals.

Cereal meals can be eaten at only near parks or natural food festivals. Thirukkural Restaurant provides these healthy foods along with mild air cooling and Ilayaraja's music.

Karthikeyan Himayavarman and Suresh Jaganathan, who had been earning hundreds of millions of rupees in a month at a multinational corporation thrown away the job and opened this restaurant under the guidance of great scientist Nammazhvar. The restaurantbegan with a two-seater, has gradually grown into a big restaurant.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very beautiful. Every table has a small Bullock cart to hold tissue papers and Citronella curtains to hide sunlight are added beauty and natural. On one side of the LED screen, they are playing video that show farmer who produced the traditional rice called Poongar, to encourage and appreciate them.

Their restaurant start time is 12 pm. They are providing two lunch combos called Nammazhvar Virundhu(feast) and Tholkappiar virundhu. Cost of Nammazhvar virundhu is Rs.158. Total 19 items in it. As appetizer they are giving Cardiospermum halicacabum (Mudakkathan) soup or physalis (Manathakkali) soup. This hot soup will trigger hunger immediately once intake. Sometime, they provide old rice water (Neeraharam) instead of soup which is made from traditional rices like Maappillai samba or Poongar which will add extra flavor, taste and vitamin and minerals.

Three verities of raita being served. One verity made with eight vegetables like carrot, bottle gourd, raw banana, snake gourd ground paste along with grated coconut and curd. Second one made with finely chopped cabbage, grated coconut and ground nut powder, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Third one made with finely chopped banana stem along with that fenugreek, cumin and coriander seed paste. Color, smell are different from each other. In addition one mixed vegetable poriyal being served for people who don't like raw raitas.

Next is vegetable salad made with Carrot, cucumber and Onion. Fruit salad which has fruits like apple, pomegranate, pineapple and grapes. Banana chips being served. Apart from this, one bowl of sweet flattens rice made with coconut milk, brown sugar and shredded coconut. All are special and unique.

Six types of variety rices served like Barnyard millet sambar riceKodo millet lemon rice, tomato riceBriyani made in Seeraga Samba rice, proso millet curd rice and rasam rice.This can be different day to day. They have 10 verity rices like sesame rice, coconut rice, pepper rice.

One raagi roti also served. Side dish is horse gram thuvayal. One bowl of green kootu also available. Finally one bowl of millet koozh served with salt and sour taste. If needed we can get one glass of amla butter milk. If you have meal here, that day will be definitely special for you.

All cereals? If you are not ok for this, you can go with Tholkappier virundhu. It will have sambar rice, curd riceseeraga samba biryani, ponniyarisi rice, Senna auriculata sambar, Solanum Trilobatum rasam, dry turkey berry, Kodo millet chappathicereal thuvayal.

Karthik and suresh talks about this restaurant the said as follows, Nowadays, traditional food can be available at street food cart only. To change this, we started this restaurant. Our healthy and tasty can be served differently like western food, mostly we use organic cereals and rices. We can feel the real taste of them here."

So friends!I would recommend you guys to visit this restaurant once!

Thespesia populnea commonly known as the Portia tree, Pacific rosewood or Milo, among other names, is species of flowering plant belonging to the mallow family, Malvaceae.

When we talk about this tree, I remember we make small horn out of this leave and blown. My father told me about medicinal benefit of this tree during my childhood. Immediately I checked with google for more detail. 

These trees are a sanctuary for caterpillar yearly once during rainy days. If this caterpillar bites, we used to apply coconut oil to get rid off itching. Those are unforgettable childhood memories. 

Also, those days Portia tree leaves are used as food serving leaves. But due to the technology we started using unhealthy aluminium foil, plastic paper foil. This is different story. Still in few villages, we see people using this tree for decoration of their fence. Let's see about this tree in more details below.

In Tamil, this tree is called as Poovarasu.(King of flowers). As per its name, it has many medicinal benefits for us when compared to other flowers. We can see this flower tree in the courtyard and in the gardens of many villages. This is one of the trees that live more than a hundred years long. It is found throughout India and Sri Lanka. Especially in South India. All the parts like leafflower, bark, seed are useful. Generally, the Portia tree is having four types. Desi Portia tree will have flowers throughout the year.

To protect the skin: We need to protect the skin carefully which is body's largest part. So that diseases can not enter into the body. Mix Portia tree bark powder, sandal wood powder and aeglemarmeles tree powder together. Apply this mixed powder on the skin frequently. This will prevent rash, scabies pigmented area on the skin. If you make juice out of the Portia tree seed pods, you will get gel kind of juice out of this. This juice can help to remove darker patches on the faceskin darkness due to neckless from the skin. Add two Portia seed pods,one ripe leaf, two hibiscus flowers make a paste like shampoo. Apply this shampoo during the bath. This will completely remove dandruff. If you apply the same paste into the body you will get shiny skin and it will remove Embryonic ring on the eyes.

Portia bark: The bark will have sweet taste if the tree is more than a hundred years old and red in color. Siddhars say that this stripe is a herbal. This hundred-year-old bark is broken down and extracted juice. This juice can be taken for 154(3 mandalam in tamil) days continuously to get rid off any kind of diseases and you will get a healthy body. Both Male and female can consume. In ancient times, women had a Portia bark powder along with honey to avoid a pregnancy.

Portia bark is equal to birth control. Removing Hepatitis Disorders. Strengthen manhood for men. Destroy intestinal worms. Ripe leaf, flower, seed, seed pods, bark, etc. are having capability to cure stabbing, swollen, scab.

To strengthen liver: Liver provides energy to all the body's function. If the liver suffers, your body will face a lot of health trouble. Hence, It is necessary to strengthen the liver. Jaundice is the effect of weaken liver. The ripe leaf of the Portia tree is rich in iron. Add one teaspoon cumin seed with ripe leaves to make juice and drink to cure jaundice. Crush Portia tree ripe leaves 2, seed pods -4, cumin seeds -2 spoon, fennel seeds 1 spoon, Portia tree bark -1, Amla 1 cup, small onion 4, thistle 5g together and boil this with three cup water until it reduces to 1/2 cup. Drink this water to strengthen kidneys. It will stop shivering of Hands and foot. It will protect the body from getting jaundice.

For the Syphilis disease: Agathiyar is said Portia tree destroy the body's germs and cure Syphilis. Portia trees seed pod gel milk will cure Syphilis. This is the Siddha's best experienced medicine. A scratching mucus on the skin of the scalp will disappear if we apply the seed pod milk. Inflammation of the joints is dissolved. Portia bark and oil will cure skin diseases.
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