The Nutrition Centre, a joint initiative between the Aga Khan Health Board (UK) and TheIsmaili.org, is your guide to traditional foods of African, Central and South Asian, and Middle Eastern origin. It can help you and your family learn about the nutritional benefit of traditional cooked foods. Throughout the site, you will find recipes, healthy eating tips, and advice on how you can make your meals healthier.
To mark World Cancer Day on 4 February, Munira Premji shares what she has learned from her relationship with food while battling the ravages of three cancers over the past five years.
To mark World Diabetes Day, Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, discusses the importance of physical activity, explores some common barriers and ways to overcome them.
Mutter, also known as peas, belong to the same family as pulses, which includes beans, dal, lentils and chickpeas. They are a great source of protein and fibre, with virtually no fat.
With all the attention on the problems of overweight and obesity, it is easy to forget that there are many people whose main concern is how to gain weight in order to improve their health. Gaining weight can be just as difficult — physically and psychologically —
As the Jubilee Games approaches, Ismaili athletes around the world are spending countless hours training. But underestimating sweat loss and not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and serious side effects.
Non-communicable diseases kill 38 million around the world each year. In India, the country’s Aga Khan Health Board rolled out Health Mantra, a national programme to help the Jamat to better understand the growing threat of NCDs.
NCDs are the leading cause of death in the global population, and a serious problem in the Ismaili community. Unhealthy diet is a key risk factor — one that the Ismaili Nutrition Centre is helping to address.
Limbu can be used to describe both limes and lemons, which are sour and acidic citrus fruits. Both are an excellent source of vitamin C.
Kela (bananas) are nature’s convenience food. They are widely available, inexpensive, and found in their own natural packaging. From a baby’s first weaning food to a snack that seniors with chewing difficulties can easily manage, kela can be enjoyed
Jardalu (or apricot) is a soft fleshy fruit, usually pale yellow to orange in colour, with a relatively large stone that is easy to remove when the fruit is ripe. They can be eaten raw, dried or cooked into a tasty dessert.
Imli (tamarind) — also known as aamli and “Indian date — has a delicious sweet and sour flavour and is a versatile ingredient. It can be eaten raw as a bean, used for flavouring like a spice, and enjoyed as chutney, a condiment, and even as a
Of all the spices, haldi (turmeric) is one of the more common found in South Asian kitchens. It is most often used in the powder form but fresh haldi can also be grated or crushed just before adding it to savoury dishes. In packaged or prepared baked goods, custards
For Muslims with diabetes, the fast during Ramadan can present a challenge in day to day management of the condition. In this article, Dr Hala Alsafadi offers tips on staying safe.
Gajar (carrot) is a crunchy root vegetable available in a range of colours like orange, red, yellow, purple and white. It is a good source of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in our bodies.
Feeri (blueberries) are found naturally in the cooler climates of North America and Europe. Ripe feeri have a deep blue thin skin, with a green fleshy middle and a sweet taste.
Elaichi is a spice used in Arabic, South Asian and even Chinese traditions to add a sweet aromatic flavour to desserts, chai, curries and rice dishes. In both Ayruvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used to treat digestion and oral health issues.
Daraam is a fruit with a reddish, leathery outer skin that houses edible seeds that are divided by white membranes. It is thought to be beneficial to your health.
Chuqander are usually a deep red colour but there are varieties ranging from white, orange and even striped. Both the beets and their greens can be eaten as they are tasty and full of unique nutritious properties.
You may have memories of your grandma telling you to eat “saath (seven) badaam a day.” Well, as explained in this latest Nutrition Centre A to Z article, research suggests that she was giving you good advice!
The Ismaili Nutrition Centre has launched a new series of articles on simple ideas for popular foods. This A to Z of different fruits, vegetables and everyday ingredients builds greater awareness of basic nutrition and encourages you to try healthy and easy ideas for
On 11 July 2017, leaders of the Jamat representing all Ismailis around the world visited Mawlana Hazar Imam at his residence in Aiglemont to mark the inauguration of his Diamond Jubilee.
Excerpt from Mawlana Hazar Imam's Presidential Address at the International Seerat Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, March 12, 1976
The Northeast Jamat participates in activities leading up to the Imamat Day celebrations on July 11, 2017 marking the beginning of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Diamond Jubilee year.
"The Mehndi Night was incredible. There was so much love, happiness, and energy in the room. It reminded me of 1986 when Mawla was coming. My heart was full and I am looking forward to all the celebrations. This will really be the year of love and celebration." -Nasim Budhwany
In collaboration with SOAS University of London,we present a lunchtime of summer sounds and dance from across the Silk Road.