November 14, 2007

Vegetable Pilau served with Curried Idaho Potatoes

November 14th is observed as 'World Diabetes Day' by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) - to raise awareness about diabetes and its complications around the world. Over 240 million people are suffering from diabetes worldwide and IDF predicts that in 20 years the number will be 380 million. Early education about type 1 and type 2 diabetes helps in reducing the risk of millions of lives. Now, Its time to make a difference !!

...The theme of this year's 'World Diabetes Day' campaign is Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. It can strike children at any age, including pre-school children and even toddlers. Yet diabetes in children is often diagnosed late, when the child has diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), or it is misdiagnosed completely. In many parts of the world, insulin, the main life-saving medication that children with diabetes need to survive, is not available (or is available but remains inaccessible for reasons of economy, geography or constraints on supply). As a consequence, many children die of diabetes, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Those closest to the child - family, school staff, family doctor - may not be aware of the ominous signs. The World Diabetes Day 2007 and 2008 campaigns set out to challenge this and firmly establish the message that ‘no child should die of diabetes'....
- A message from International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

Now, the question is "What can I eat if I am diagnosed of Diabetes?". The answer according to American Diabetic Association - " Eat anything you like, as long as the blood glucose is under control and you fit in into your daily meal plan with some regular exercise !!". :)
I made few such yummy recipes (with respective nutritional values and diabetic exchanges) which can be included in your everyday meal. and with some careful planning, "All food can fit into yours.."..:)))

Vegetable Pilau served with Curried Idaho Potatoes

Vegetable Pilau


1 cup Long grain rice (uncooked)
1 Onion (finely chopped)
1 Green Bell Pepper ( We can also add Red/Yellow Pepper to make it more colorful)
1 Tomato (finely chopped)
2 Green Chillies
1 tbsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tbsp Chilli powder
Salt - to taste
1/2 tbsp Biryani Pulao Masala/Garam Masala
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/4 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
Water - to cook rice


In a large skillet, heat some oil, add onion and. Sauté for few minutes, or until onion is golden brown. Now, add remaining ingredients except rice, Mix well and cook for 5 minute. Then, finally add rice. Cover and simmer until rice is properly cooked. I garnished it with some spring onions. Enjoii !!

Nutritional Values: Per Serving: 200 Cal
2g Fat, 39g Carb
3g Fiber, 284mg Sodium
0mg Cholesterol, 4g Protein

Diabetic Exchanges:

2 Bread
2-1/2 Vegetable
1/2 Fat.

Curry Roasted Idaho Potato Wedges


2 Large Idaho Potatoes ( or any baking variety)
1 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Curry powder
Salt & Pepper
1/4 tbsp turmeric


Preheat Oven to 450F. In a bowl, take all the ingredients listed below except potatoes and mix well. Cut the potatoes into wedges (with skin if desired). Marinate them with the mixture of curry powder and keep aside for few minutes. Take a baking tray and spray some PAM (or apply some oil) at the bottom. Arrange these potato wedges and bake for 1 hour or until they turn golden brown and crisp; Switching trays (moving lower tray to upper position) after every 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutritional Values:
261 calories, 7 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 4 g protein, 47 g carbohydrates

November 14th is also Chacha Nehru's Birthday which is celebrated as 'Children's Day' back in India as a tribute to his immense love for children.
Wishing All my readers a very Happy Children's Day..:))

Wanna donate some Rice grains to needy people on this day:
Then play a simple vocabulary game and donate 10 grains of rice for every correct word at Thanks to Sheela, as I came to know about freerice through her blog.


  1. I had totally forgotten of the Nov 14th childrens day back at home.
    Thankx for reminding and it was a good post for reading.

  2. Great post Siri. Rice and fruits have natural sugar too, so got to watch out for those too. Other than diet and exercise can control the blood sugar unless it's beyond control.

  3. @ Happy Cook: I just love Children's day when I was a kid and Thanks for dropping by HC.

    @ Ashaji: Rice does have some sugar ashaji, but I read in an article online that it fine with a minimal amount of rice and the doctors recommend to have potatoes in a diabetic diet. So made these...:).

  4. Siri, I had also forgotten its childrens day today. The curried potatoes look yummy.

  5. There were diabetic camps all over the city. I could'nt go as my son had to get ready for exam. Creating awareness is good! Nice post siri!:)

  6. Awesome post ...Very awesome recipe and must be tasty great

  7. Nice post, love the recipe too yum. :)

  8. @ Seema: Me too. Yesterday as I was browsing through the net, I realised today is Children's Day...:) and Thanks for ur dear comments..:)

    @ Lathamma: Nice to know there is awareness back in India too amma and such diabetic camps are organised..:)and Thanks for ur sweet comments amma..:D

  9. @ Deepa: Thanks dearie for dropping by. Do visit again..:)

    @ Jeena: The potatoes were awesome Jeena, were very crispy and the flavor too was irresistible. Do try it sometime..:D

  10. My dad has i sure am aware of it! I really feel sad for so many children in this present world who suffer from this! its heart rending!

  11. Thought you forgot to mention about childrens day..fine dear!...:D
    Nice post!Fine recipes :)

  12. Everything looks delicious!
    Siri: can I say something if you don't mind? You have "Image courtesy: Google images" at the bottom of this post but the truth is, google images does not own any of the images that it shows in its searches. One needs to seek permission from the owners of the various sites themselves, not from google. I am saying this only because I don't ever want you to be accused of plagiarism. I have had my images lifted by other websites, and they say, I found this image on "google images" and I have to explain that while google might have shown my images in its search, they are still my property and cannot be used without permission.

  13. @ Dhivi: Ya dear, there are so many little children affected by diabetes and have no proper treatment and care...:(

    @ Bharathy: Oh No Bharathy, when I wan in school, I used to just love children's day and teacher's day too..:)

  14. @ Nupur: Thank You so much Nupur for ur advice. Seriously, you definitely have a point and will correct myself from this post on to mention the respective website's name as courtesy rather than 'Google Images'. I know, how bad plagiarism could be and I am totally against it. Thanks again for letting me know and correcting me dear..:)

    @ Sagari: Thanks dear for ur sweet comments..:)

  15. great post and pictures are also good...!!

  16. @ Raji: Thanks dearie for ur sweet comments on the post..:)


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