How to convert your leftover rice into SUPERFOOD?

Rice is one of the most popular grains eaten around the world. It is consumed in many different ways and forms like boiled, steamed, stir-fried? 

Did you know the best way to eat rice is after fermenting it overnight!!

Fermentation increases the bioavailability of its nutrients by multiple folds and also provides a very critical element for our gut – probiotics.

What surprised me the most was that by simply fermenting rice overnight for 12 hours enriches it with different essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, and degrades antinutrients (phytic acid, tannins, and polyphenols).  Fermented rice is good for your whole body including your skin, hair, and gut.

Here are some of the most well-known benefits of Fermented Rice:

Improved Bio-Availability of nutrients: After just 12 hours of fermentation of 100 grams of rice, the availability of iron changed from 3.4 mg to 73.91mg (an increase of 2073%). Bio-availability of other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6/12 and Calcium and Phosphorous also increased multi-fold.

Gut friendly: Fermentation harbors trillions of beneficial bacteria that help digestion and has many disease-fighting and immunity developing properties. Consuming rice in this form helps quicker digestion and strengthen the immune system. As this is very fibrous food, it also helps with the regulation of your poop. It is one of the powerful and cheap probiotic foods you can have.

Easy to make: Fermenting rice is one of the simplest dishes you can make. All you need is cooked rice and water and let nature do its work. 

Here is a simple recipe to cook fermented rice:

Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)

  • 1 cup boiled basmati rice
  • 2 cups of water


  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 3-4 Curry leaves
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder (Optional)
  • 1 tsp chopped onion (Optional)
  • Cilantro 
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice or 1 tbsp yogurt


  • Mix the boiled rice with water in a glass or clay container
  • Leave in a warm place overnight or a minimum of 8 hours
  • In the morning strain the water and drink it as a refreshing probiotic drink (Taste alert: it will taste like rice)

Tempering for the rice

  • Heat oil in a pan – add mustard seeds and curry leaves
  • Add chopped onions when seeds start to splutter
  • Stir it for 2 minutes and switch off the gas
  • Add the tempering, salt, and spices to the fermented rice
  • Mix well while mashing the rice well with a spoon
  • Garnish with green chili and cilantro leaves
  • Mix lemon juice or yogurt 
  • Enjoy during breakfast or lunch!

There are different variations of fermented rice enjoyed in various parts of the world. In China, its called “Jiuniang” or “Laozao”, and in Singapore and other adjacent countries, it’s called “Tapai”. These are the sweeter version of fermented rice.

Next time you cook rice, keep some aside for fermentation and enjoy the many benefits of this simple yet powerful probiotic food.

What is hiding in your toothpaste?

You might be super careful about what food you put in your mouth but have you ever thought about the ingredients in your toothpaste?  Commercial kinds of toothpaste are loaded with ingredients you wouldn’t think of putting in your mouth ever.

Your mouth is highly absorbent so even if you are not ingesting your toothpaste, the chemicals in your toothpaste still get absorbed in your bloodstream.

Here are some of the most common harmful ingredients found in commercial toothpaste. : Triclosan, Titanium dioxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Artificial Sweeteners, Diethanolamine (DEA) and Flouride.

All of these chemicals have been linked to various health problems like hormone disruptions, gastrointestinal disturbances, behavioral disturbances, and even cancer.

The good news is it is really simple and cheap to make toothpaste at home with only FOUR ingredients.


  • 4 tablespoons raw virgin coconut oil
  • 2–4 tablespoons baking soda
  • Few  drops of essential oils (I have used  cinnamon clove and peppermint – both works)
  • 1 tablespoon  turmeric powder
  • small glass jar


  1. Place coconut oil container in a bowl of hot water to liquefy it
  2. Measure all ingredients into a bowl and stir until completely blended.
  3. Store the finished product in a lidded glass jar.

How does this toothpaste work?

Coconut oil is antibacterial, so it reduces inflammation and fights bad bacteria in the mouth

Baking soda discourages the formation of plaque and helps to prevent gum disease. It has also been found to effectively remove surface stains on teeth

Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and contains antioxidants. It helps in treating gum disease.

Use this toothpaste in place of your regular toothpaste to experience whiter, cleaner, healthier teeth and gums!!

Top 5 food additives to avoid

You don’t just eat what you think you are eating. For eg. If you are eating potato chips, you would think it is potato, oil, and salt. Right? WRONG! Here is the ingredient list on a bag of potato chips I recently found in my grocery store: Potatoes, cottonseed oil, salt, whey, maltodextrin, spices (including black and white pepper), sunflower oil, sugar, dextrose, onion powder, sodium diacetate, buttermilk, garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavors, yeast extract, citric acid, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, malic acid

There are hundreds of additives, added flavors added to our food before it reaches our plate. All packaged products are enhanced, fortified and have added chemicals to increase the shelf life. Even though these additives are approved by FDA and identified as safe when consumed in small quantities but what most people don’t understand is that when we are eating multiple food items /multiple servings of these additives throughout the day, it causes havoc to our body. It makes us SICK!

Multiple studies have shown the impact of these additives on our health and causation of diseases in our bodies.  The simple rule is to eat as much raw, fresh or home cooked meals as possible but it is not always feasible. The sad part is that they are present in the organic foods as well so even if you are buying organic bread or from your trusted brand (See my last post ) it is still advisable to read the ingredient list to make informed decisions.

Here are some of the top food additives I avoid when buying packaged foods.

  1. Artificial Sugars: Some of the most commonly found artificial sweeteners are: Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet, NatraTaste Blue), Sucralose (Splenda), Acesulfame K (ACE K, Sunette, Equal Spoonful, Sweet One, Sweet ‘n Safe), Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin), Xylitol, Sorbitol. Artificial Sweeteners are found in diet/sugar-free sodas,  jello (and other gelatins), desserts, sugar-free gum, yogurts, drink mixes, baking goods, tabletop sweeteners, cereal, breath mints, pudding, kool-aid, ice tea, chewable vitamins etc..Artificial sweeteners, like Aspartame, are believed to be carcinogenic, make you gain weight and have an impact on memory. These toxic sweeteners may lead to a wide variety of ailments including brain tumor, lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, migraines, and seizures.
  2. Food Colors: Food colors are one of the most widely used and dangerous additives. In Europe there regulations on labeling food dyes to inform consumers of the health risks, the United States has no such requirement. Some of the common food dyes used today are Blue #1, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6 etc. They are found in baked goods, beverages, desserts, candies, cereal, drugs. Studies have established a strong correlation between the food colors and hyperactivity in kids. They have also shown to cause tumors in lab mice.
  3. BHT: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are widely used by the food industry as preservatives, mainly to prevent oils in foods from oxidizing and becoming rancid. They are found in many chips, cookies, and cereals. They are also used in used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. According to EWG research: Some data has shown that BHT can cause cancer in animals. Rats fed BHT have developed lung and liver tumors (EFSA 2012). BHT has also been shown to cause developmental effects and thyroid changes in animals, suggesting that it may be able to disrupt endocrine signaling (EFSA 2012). A neurobehavioral study of rats exposed to BHT throughout development described effects on motor skills and coordination before the animals were weaned.
  4. Nitrates or Nitrites: Cold cut meats like Turkey, Ham, Salami are usually treated with nitrates or nitrites which are chemicals commonly used as coloring agents, preservatives and flavoring. They are used to prolong a food’s shelf life but they come with health concerns. Studies have linked nitrites to stomach cancer. There is also evidence that nitrites may be associated with brain and thyroid cancers, but a causal link has not been established.
  5. Carrageenan: Carrageenan is everywhere – in yogurts, nut milk, cold cut meats and a lot of organic products. You can find it in organic yogurt, tofu, coconut milk and the list goes on and on. It has a long and controversial reputation as an emulsifier that damages the digestive system. Even though Carrageenan is derived from red algae or seaweed but it goes through a processing process, which makes it degraded and harmful for consumption. Studies have established that consumption of carrageenan induces inflammation in our body. Various sources claim that individuals experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms (ranging from mild bloating to irritable bowel syndrome to severe inflammatory bowel disease) have noticed that eliminating carrageenan from the diet leads to profound improvements in their gastrointestinal health.

Here are few in the top of my list but there are many more that you should be careful about like Trans Fats and Partially Hydrogenated Oils. Try eliminating or reducing these chemical additives from your diet and observe the difference in your overall health.

What other additives do you avoid when buying packaged foods?