Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dr. Mantena's Special - Jackfruit Juice

Jackfruit is almost like an exotic fruit that has a unique and sweet aromatic flavor. It is exotic not only in terms of flavor and aroma but also in terms of physical appearance. The inner part of the fruit has bulb like pulps that contain seeds. The pulps are sweet when ripe and can be eaten right off the fruit. 

Jackfruit is another summer fruit gifted by the Nature. It is nutritionally rich, have anti-oxidants in them having unbelievable health benefits. 

So today’s Dr. Mantena Special is ‘Jackfruit Juice’. It is traditionally used to help treat asthma, skin problems, hyper-tension and to fight certain types of cancers. The juice is also believed to help get rid of other body problems like jaundice, indigestion, pneumonia and hypoglycemia. So without wasting anytime further lets go into preparation details.


Jackfruit bulbs                   -        1 cup

Milk                                 -        ½ cup

Water                              -        1 glass

Honey                              -        1 tbs

Servings                          -        2

Preparation: It is a very simple recipe that can be made in no time.

1. Take 1 bowl of jackfruit and remove the seeds from it.

2. Add the deseeded fruit, half a cup of milk and a glass of water in a jar and grind into a pulpy juice

3. The healthy nutritious and a delicious jackfruit juice is ready. Adding honey is optional. If you need little more sweet, you can add honey.

It is rich in fiber and potassium which helps in free bowel movement and providing energy to the body.

So guys don’t miss this wonderful juice. Keep watching the space for more updates.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dr. Mantena's Special - Mango Lemonade

Today’s Dr. Mantena’s special is a healthy and refreshing summer drink called ‘Mango Lemonade’. Though the summer is at its end mangoes are still available and so is the lemon; then why not try this wonderful chiller? 

Mango shake is a very common drink during summer but unlike mango shake mango lemonade is sweet and tangy. I tried at home and it is a delightful drink. Children would enjoy this drink for sure. It is very simple, easy to make and less time consuming. So why to waste any time let’s go into the preparation details.

Mango                     -        ½ slice
Lemon                     -        1
Honey                     -        1 tbs

Serving                       :           2


1. Take half a slice of the mango and chop into pieces and put aside in a bowl.

2. Grind the mango pieces into thick pulp adding little amount of water.

3. Fill 1/4th glass of mango pulp, squeeze half slice of a lemon juice into the glass, add ½ tbs of honey and mix them well with a spoon.

4. Finally add chilled water from an earthen pot and enjoy the drink. 

I hope you will try this healthy and refreshing drink and enjoy. Keep watching the space for more updates.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dr. Mantena's Special - Pesar Attu

In the month of February 2015 I posted a blog on making South Indian breakfast delight “Dosa” which has gone viral on internet and has received a very positive response. As written in the blog, making dosa consumes lot of preparation time. This very reason leads you to the nearby restaurants and breakfast centers to get a market made dosa which is not good for your health. In that blog I explained in detail about making a delicious, healthy and nutritious dosa at home.
For couples both of whom are working to earn their livelihood, it is really difficult to cater time to make a time consuming breakfast like dosa. Therefore they prefer to buy food from outside which is never good for health in any respect. Hence, Dr. Mantena’s Kitchen has today come up with a time saving, easy to make and a healthy recipe in this update. So, Today’s Mantena’s special is – “Pesar Attu”.

Pesarattu is one of the popular breakfasts of Andhra people. It is another variety of Dosa where we use whole moong or green gram which is known as Pesar and Attu means dosa in Telugu. You must be wondering if this is another variety of dosa then how can it be a time saver. It is definitely a time saver because you don’t have to ferment the batter as it is done in regular dosa using urad dal (black gram). So without wasting much time let us go in details of ingredients and preparation method.


1. Whole moong / green gram                 -        2 cups
2. Brown Rice                                       -        ½ cup
3. Chick pea gram (Chana Dal)                -        1 tbs
4. Ginger                                             -        1 small piece
5. Green Chilies                                     -        6 nos.
6. Onion                                               -        1 big size
7. Coriander Leaves                               -        1 bunch


1. Take green grams, brown rice, chick pea gram into a bowl and soak for 4 – 6 hours. If you are planning to make dosa for breakfast in the morning then soak them a night before you sleep.

2. Thoroughly rinse the soaked grams and grind into a fine batter adding 3 green chilies and some water into a blender as shown in the picture below. You don’t have to ferment the batter for pesarrattu as the green grams are soft unlike black grams (urad dal). Fermenting moong batter spoils the taste of dosa. Therefore make dosa immediately after soaking. The consistency of the batter should be of a regular dosa.


3. Once the batter is ready keep it aside and finely chop onions, green chilies and coriander leaves.


4. Now light on the stove and heat the non-stick pan for few minutes. Once the pan is heated pour a ladle full of batter in the middle of the pan and spread in the circular motion as shown in the picture below.

5. Sprinkle chopped onion, green chilies and coriander leaves over it and let it cook for some time. Once the dosa turns golden brown, fold and remove.

Serve this crispy, healthy and delicious Pesar Attu hot with some healthy chutney as published in my previous blogs without using any of the harmful tastes like salt, sugar, ghee, tamarind, red chili powder and masalas.

If you have noticed, we have not used any of these harmful tastes in the pesarattu shown above. To bring taste to the Attu we used some natural and healthy ingredients like onion, green chilies and coriander leaves.

The green gram itself is so tasty that you don’t want much from it. Onion and green chilies don’t let you miss the salt and coriander leaves give a great taste and aroma. I don’t think even the first timer would ask for any salt if he eats this.

I hope you like this post. Keep watching the space for more updates.


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