Curd Rice

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 Hi Friends! In South India curd rice is eaten as a part of meal. It is a great summer food too. Two main ingredients  to make are Rice. In telugu it is called  daddojanam and thayir sadam  in tamil. I am sharing a simple method of making it today. Well cooked rice is mixed with curd and then seasoned to make it tasty and flavorful.
Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking  time: 20 minutes

course: main

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 2

Ingredients :

  • 1cup white rice
  •  2 cup thick curd/ yogurt /dahi
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt /or as per taste

for seasoning:

  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • a pinch of asafetida/heeng
  • 1 tsp urad/ black gram dal husked
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

Method:

Step 1.

Wash rice well and soak in 2 cups of water for 20  minutes.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker take the soaked rice along with the water soaked in, add salt .Close the lid and place  the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the pressure cooker come to the room temperature , open the lid take out the rice mash lightly with a ladle.

 Step 3.           

Add milk and bring the mix to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame. Cook the mixture for ten minutes . Cool the cooked rice.

Step 4.

whisked the curd / yogurt/ dahi add to the mashed cooled rice. Mix it well

Step 5.

In a pan, take oil add hing hen slightly pink in colour add mustard seeds, when mustard begins to splutter, add urad dal and fry until light golden, add chili and curry leaves. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Pour the seasoning  on the curd rice, mix well. Curd rice is ready to be served with lime or mango pickle and papadams.

How good is curd rice for your health?
Improved Digestion: The nutrients present in curd rice are easily get absorbed by the digestive system. This is due to the curd will help in absorbing nutrients from rice that you have eaten.

No more heart diseases: It minimizes the risk of high blood pressure and helps reduce cholesterol levels by preventing the thickening of carotid arteries.

Great meal for those who are lactose intolerant: Some people, who cannot consume milk because they are lactose intolerant, can safely consume curd based cuisines. It converts the lactose present in milk to lactic acid, making it easier to digest. Also, you do not lose out on the nutritional boost that milk provides.

Improved Immunity: When you have curd rice, you are actually increasing your Immunity . It has many good bacteria which are able to fight against the micro-organisms in our body.

 

Improved teeth and bone care: Like any other milk products, the curd rice has the high amount of calcium and phosphorous which are essential for teeth and bone strength. It would also prevent osteoporosis.

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Tomato dal/lentil

 

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Tomato dal/lentil

Hi friends! Here is a very delicious recipe of tomato dal /or tomato pappu fro Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is generally known for its tangy, hot and spicy taste, the cooking is very diverse due to the vast spread of the people and varied topological regions. Tomato dal /or tomato pappu is one of the most cooked lentil/dal/pappu varieties in Andhra cuisine. It is usually cooked with tuvar / toor dal, though it varies on individual’s choice. Dal is cooked with tomato till well blended and then seasoned with ghee or oil.

Course : Main

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Time: 15 minutes Cooking time

Total Time: 35 minutes

Cuisine: India, Andhra Pradesh

Servings: 4

Tomato dal or tomato pappu – andhra style tomato dal where pigeon pea lentils are cooked with tomatoes and other spices-herbs. slightly tangy and a flavorful dal best had with steamed rice.

Ingredients :

  • 1 tea cup Tuar dal/arhar dal/ pigeon pea lentil
  • 1 small onion or ½ cup finely chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes ,finely chopped
  • 2 Green chilies ,length wise slit and deseeded
  • 2sprigs curry leaves /kadi patta
  • 6-9 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1tsp ginger finely grated
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of asafetida /hing
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil /ghee
  • 11/4 tsp salt /as per taste
  • 1tsp Tamarind pulp

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and clean the Tuar/arhar dal /pigeon pea lentil and soak for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker heat cooking oil or ghee add the mustard seeds, as they start crackling add curry leaves, asafetida/Hing.

Step 3.

When asafetida/Hing turns light pink add the onions, and green chilies, sauté the onions till translucent. Add the grated ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a minute or so on low flame.

Step 4.

Add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, and salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.

Step 5.

Add the lentil with the water it was soaked in, close the lid and pressure cook on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame. Cook for 20 minutes then switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature, remove the lid.

Step 7.

Add Tamarind pulp, mix and bring the cooked dal/ lentil to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame, stir well. Cook the dal/lentil for 8-10 minutes on a low . Switch off the stove.

Step 8.

Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Step 9.

Serve tomato dal/lentil hot with boiled white rice, lemon pickle, fried chilies, pachadi and papadams.

Health Benefits of Tuar/arhar dal /pigeon pea lentil :

1.Toor dal is also an excellent source of carbohydrates, which your body needs for energy.Legumes such as toor dal contain complex carbohydrates, which are recommended because of their increased nutritional value.

2.It provides many of the nutrients your body needs, such as protein, fat,fiber and carbohydrates.It is very nice source of protein in Indian Cooking specially Vegetarian.

3.It also has a good amount of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins.

4.It is high in dietary fibre, low in saturated fat, and cholesterol free.

5.Toor dal contains folic acid, an important vitamin for all women especially those planning to become pregnant.

6.It cures cough, poisoning effect, gas troubles, acidity, stomach pain and piles.

Ref.http://healthytips-foryou.blogspot.in/2014/11/health-benefits-of-tuvar-dal.html

How to Use Tuvar Dal ?

1.Tuvar Dal can be used as soaked in water for 1-2 hours or cooked with water in pressure cooker for 10 minutes.

2.Cooked Tuvar Dal combined with Indian spices is generally served with roti and rice.

3.Tuvar Dal can be cooked with rice with some spices, generally known as , Turichi Khichdi in Maharashtra or Tuvar Dal Ni Kichadi in Gujarat, considered as complete protein diet.

4.Southe Indian Dish, Sambhar, made from Tuvar Dal is very famous accompaniment for Idli and Dosa.

5.Dal Bati in Rajasthan is very famous for its taste and as a traditional food. The dal is always made from Tuvar dal or sometimes mixed with other Dals.

 How to Store Tuvar Dal?

1.Tuvar Dal can be stored for long time like 1 year.

2.It can be stored in covered bin or airtight container, in cool and dry place.

3.Add some Bay leaves or dry red chilies to Dal to keep infestation at bay.

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Lettuce Salad

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The French believes salad improves digestion after a meal. … For the Americans, they eat their salad before or during a meal. Eating your Les Salades first actually helps with weight control because you get to eat more vegetables and eat less of the main course.

Hi friends! Here is the recipe of a delicious salad. I keep this dressing simple — just adding a little Dijon mustard and a nice, balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients:

For salad:

  • 1 medium size potato, boiled, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small Onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 lettuce leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 1/2 cup walnut kernels, soaked in water for an hour

For salad dressing:

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard, or other grainy mustard
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the lettuce leaves and soak in salt water for 1 hour , take out from the water and dry the lettuce leaves. Cut four lettuce leaves, keep aside.

Step 2.

Cut one boiled potato into small cubes, Cut onions in to thin slices, cut the walnut kernels into halves, keep aside.

Step 3.

In a large bowl, place the cut lettuce leaves, cubed potatoes, onion slices, cut walnut kernels. Drizzle in half of the oil and vinegar dressing season with salt. Using fork, gently toss the salad to combine. Add the remaining dressing, The salad should not be soggy.

Step 4.

To serve, take a bowl line it with 3-4 lettuce leaves and pour the tossed salad in to it and serve immediately.

Health Benefits Of Lettuce:

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Lettuce possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help in controlling inflammation.

Protects Neuronal Cells: Neurons are brain cells that form physical connections to make up memory.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels: Lettuce can be beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels that often lead to cardiovascular disease and other dangerous conditions.

Antioxidant Properties: Studies have shown that lettuce possesses antioxidants with significant free radical-scavenging capabilities.

Antimicrobial Properties: The latex of lettuce possesses antimicrobial properties. Candida albicans and a number of other yeasts were completely deformed upon coming into contact with the latex from lettuce.

Anti-Cancer Properties: Lettuce leaf extracts can control certain type of cancer. Research on human cancer cells, particularly leukemia cells and breast cancer cells, were controlled to a significant extent after being treated with lettuce extracts.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-lettuce.html

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Matar paratha

 

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Indian flat bread

Hi friends! Green Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a boon for our health . Here is the recipe of paratha/Indian flat bread stuffed with this tasty power food.

Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes

Cooking time : 10-15 minutes

Cuisine : North Indian / Punjabi

Servings : 4

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cup Matar /Green peas , shelled
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour /atta
  • 2 Green chilli ,finely chopped
  • 1 tsp roasted and powdered geera / cumin seed
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt / or Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/ aam choor
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp pure ghee / olive oil for shallow frying

Method :

Step 1.

Take two cups whole wheat flour in a bowl, mix water , little at a time. Add enough water to make a firm dough ,not too soft not too hard. Keep aside, covered for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Step 2.

Wash, pressure cook and mash the peas. Keep the mashed peas in a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Add the mashed peas, finely chopped coriander leaves , black pepper powder, green chilies, cumin powder, red chili powder and salt . Mix all the ingredients well.

Step 4.

Divide dough in medium-sized balls, roll out each ball into a medium thick chapatti using dry flour for dusting.

Step 5.

Put  two tablespoons of the peas mixture in the middle of the rolled chapatti and close from all sides. press on your palm.

Step 6.

Sprinkle a little flour on top, and roll the stuffed dough gently, taking care not to break it. Heat a tawa /Griddle and cook the parathas.

Step 7.

Shallow fry both sides to golden brown , using a little ghee. Serve hot with a blob of butter. A bowl of curd / yogurt and fresh coriander-Mint chutney/ chili pickle is a good accompaniment.

Health benefits of green peas:

  • Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • Fresh, tender peas are relatively low in calories on comparison to beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas carry just 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are good sources of protein, vitamins, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.
  • Fresh pea pods are an excellent sources of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are one of the B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods when given to expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in their newborn babies.
  • Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 100 g of fresh pods carry 40 mg or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin would help human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  • Peas contain phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body.
  • Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh seeds contain about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function (mineralization) through promotion of osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells. It also has established role in the cure of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside the brain.
  • Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin and eye-sight. Additionally, consumption of natural fruits/vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.

 Ref.http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/green-peas.html

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Nutritious Pancakes

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Nutritious Pancakes

Hi friends! A pancake or hotcake, griddlecake is a flat cake, often round, prepared from a starch-based batter that may contain eggs, milk and butter and cooked on a hot surface such as a griddle or frying pan, often frying with oil or butter. In Britain, pancakes are often unleavened and resemble a crêpe.

History: The ancient Greeks and Romans ate pancakes, sweetened with honey; the Elizabethans ate them flavored with spices, rosewater, sherry, and apples. They were traditionally eaten in quantity on Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, a day of feasting and partying before the beginning of Lent.

Course: Breakfast

Prep Time : 15-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1cup oats flour
  • 2 cups palm sugar
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 18 Almonds, powdered
  • 6 Walnut kernels, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • Clarified butter/pure ghee for frying

Method:

Step 1.

In a mixing bowl take whole wheat flour, Oats flour, baking soda, Palm sugar, milk, Almond, walnut powder, mashed bananas, salt and mix the ingredients to thick pouring consistency.

Step 2.

Heat a little ghee on a non stick griddle/tawa and pour ladle full batter on it and spread a little gently.

Step 3.

Cook till golden brown on both the sides. Serve hot with honey or cubed strawberries.

Note:

Adding mashed, grated or chopped fruits or vegetables to your pancake batter adds vitamins and minerals as well as flavor.

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Badam Kesar Kulfi

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Badam Kesar Kulfi

Origin of kulfi

The world ‘Kulfi’ derived from Hindi language and is said to be a synonym for the word ‘ice’, coined by the residents of the Himalayan region. The word is spelled as ‘qulfi’ in Persian, meaning ‘covered cup’.

Hi Friends! one of the greatest Indian desserts is Kulfi. Kulfi is a traditional ice-cream made with boiled milk, sugar, Saffron, almonds and is available in many flavors. Summers can never be fun without kulfis and ice creams. Here is a summer bonanza for you all! Absolutely yummy, easy to make at home Kulfi !!!

Kulfi is a frozen, milk based dessert, colloquially known as the Indian ice cream. The kulfi is not churned, and the texture is to be dense and thick.

Prep Time : 10 minutes

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Dessert

Cook time : 2 hours

Serve : 6

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients :

  • liter Milk, full cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Corn flour
  • 1/2 Cup ground Almonds
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron/kesar powdered
  • 1/2 cup sugar/ or as per taste increase

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan heat the milk. When the milk begins to boil, reduce the heat and stirring intermittently simmer, till the milk is reduced by half.

Step 2.

Take 1/2 cup cold milk and add corn flour to it. Mix well into a lump free mixture.

Step 3.

Add the corn flour-milk mixture, to the boiling milk, mix well (step.1).

Step 4.

Add sugar, saffron, almond powder to the above mixture. Cook for two to three minutes, stirring continuously. Switch off the stove and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Step 5.

Pour the mixture into individual kulfi moulds and place them in the freezer to set.

Step6.

In Approximately three hours, when well set, take the kulfi out of the mould and serve immediately.

 Health Benefits of Almonds:

  1. They reduce heart attack risk.
  2. They lower “bad” cholesterol. Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels.
  3. They protects artery walls from damage.It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
  4. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.
  5. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss.
  6. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
  7. They help provide good brain function.Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. They nourish the nervous system.According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.
  9. They alkalize the body. Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.

Ref.http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-almonds-king-of-nuts.html

Health Benefits of Saffron:

Healing Benefits of Saffron

The benefits and medicinal properties of this highly priced spice, make it a valuable culinary ingredient worldwide. Modern research suggests that saffron can be used as an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic [to cause sweating], carminative [ to prevent gas] and to bring on mensuration. Some other benefits are mentioned hereunder:

1. Protects against cancer: Saffron contains a dark orange, water soluble carotene called crocin, which is responsible for much of saffron’s golden color. Crocin has been found to trigger apoptosis [ programmed cell death] in a number of different types of human cancer cells, leukemia, ovarian carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, and soft tissue sarcoma.
2. Promotes learning and memory retention: Recent studies have also demonstrated that saffron extract, specifically its crocin, is useful in the treatment of age related mental impairment. In Japan, saffron is encapsulated and used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, memory loss and inflammation.

3. In patchy baldness: Saffron mixed in liquorice and milk makes an effective topical application to induce hair growth in alopecia.

4. Protection against cold: Saffron is a stimulant tonic and very effective to treat cold and fever; saffron mixed in milk and applied over the forehead quickly relieves cold.
5. Food Additives: Saffron is an excellent replacement for synthetic food additives- for eg: instead of FD and C yellow no 5: a synthetic food coloring agent that is a very common allergy trigger, Saffron’s glorious yellow could be an acceptable hypoallergenic choice.

Ref. http://food.ndtv.com/health/7-health-benefits-of-saffron-the-priceless-spice-1263525

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Bottle Gourd curry

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Bottle gourd  curry

 Some other names of Bottle gourd-lauki/Doodhi/ghiya

Hi friends! Bottle gourd-lauki/Doodhi/ghiya is one of the well known vegetables in the market which has wonderful taste. Along with its tastes, it also has variety of health benefits.  Please add this new simple yet delectable curry to your menu.

Ingredients

  • 400 gms Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 6 pods of garlic, mashed
  • 3 tbsp Popy seeds/Khuskhus/posta
  • 1 /2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal/ husked black gram lentil
  • 1/4 tsp Nigella/Kalonji/onion seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds, powdered
  •  1/2 tsp Turmeric powder /Haldi
  • 3 green chilies, remove seeds, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk , low fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • 1level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 3tbsps Cilantro/ Coriander leaves/Dhania, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash peel and cut the Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi into small cubes. In a pressure cooker put the cut Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi and add 1/4 cup of water, close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. As soon as the full pressure is formed switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, take the steamed Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi cubes in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 3.

In a non-stick pan heat oil , add the cumin seeds, cumin seeds. As soon as it crackles, add onions and mashed garlic, urad dal. Sauté for few minutes till onions are translucent/ light golden brown in colour add salt, Nigella/Kalonji/onion seeds , fenugreek powder, cut green chilies and turmeric powder.

Step 4.

Cook the spices  it for about 1-2 minutes more and then add  cubed Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi and mix it well. Make sure that the Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi cubes get coated with the masala , add  powdered poppy seeds/khuskhus/posta to the pan. Now cover the pan and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Step 6.

After 1-2 minutes,  add the milk to the pan and cook it for more 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove. Take out the vegetable in a serving bowl , garnish it with finely chopped coriander. Serve hot with chapatti  or boiled white rice for a appetizing meal.

Health Benefits of Bottle gourd/ Lauki/Doodhi:

Bottle Gourd has multiple health benefits, few of them are:

  1. Bottle gourd is rich in dietary fiber, both, soluble and insoluble. Hence, it helps in curing constipation, flatulence and even piles. It is also easy to digest.
  2. It promotes weight loss. The vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre in lauki keep the body well-nourished and curb unnecessary appetite, especially if you drink its juice in the morning on an empty stomach.
  3. Its fat and cholesterol content is extremely low.
  4. It consists of approximately 96% of water and is therefore a great thirst quencher. It also prevents fatigue and keeps the body cool and refreshed during summers.
  5. Apart from the iron content it is also rich in vitamin B and C, and helps in anti-oxidative actions.
  6. It also contains sodium, potassium, essential minerals and trace elements, which regulate blood pressure and prevent the risk of heart ailments.
  7. High in sodium and potassium, bottle gourd is also an excellent vegetable for people with hypertension.
  8. It is a suitable vegetable for light, low-calorie diets as well as for children, people with digestive problems, diabetics and those recovering from an illness or injury.
  9. Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurveda physicians for balancing the liver function, when the liver is inflamed and unable to process food efficiently for nutrition and assimilation.

Ref. https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/16-reasons-why-lauki-is-healthy-3556/post

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