Welcome to the Nutrition Centre

A joint initiative between Aga Khan Health Boards around the world and TheIsmaili.org, the Nutrition Centre is your guide to traditional foods of African, Central and South Asian, and Middle Eastern origin.
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H is for... Haldi (Turmeric)

Haldi (turmeric). Photo: MGP / Dollar Photo Club

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.

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Recipe: Hummus - Healthier version

Hummus - Healthy. Photo: Riaz NathuHummus is a nutritious treat that is often served as part of a "mezze" of appetisers in Middle Eastern restaurants. Try this healthier version which uses less oil and salt. Not a red traffic light in sight!

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Recipe: Hummus - Traditional

Hummus Traditional. Photo: Riaz NathuChoose this Middle Eastern treat as a starter or healthy snack. It's so versatile you can even mix hummus with roasted vegetables for a filling sandwich, or spread it on toast in place of butter. Sprinkle with red chilli powder for extra zing!

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How to manage your diabetes during Ramadan

Even when fasting,  regular dietary recommendations should be followed. Continue trying to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day. Photo: Rahima Alani

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.

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G is for... Gajar (Carrot)

Gajar (carrot). Photo: Natika / Dollar Photo Club

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.

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