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

 

Lacha Parantha.jpgMatar/Green peas paratha
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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Stuffed Cauliflower/Bharwan Gobhi

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Stuffed Cauliflower/Bharwan Gobhi

Hi Friends! Cauliflower is often considered one of the healthiest foods on earth- and there is good reason why. With its rich supply of health-promoting nutrients, it seems there isn’t much cauliflower can’t do. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable (or Brassicaceae) family- along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts and some other less common varieties. Here is a delicious never to leave your special dinners menu, very easy to make recipe .

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Prep Time : 20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size Cauliflower, whole trimmed
  • 1 cup Fresh green peas, shelled
  • 150 gms fresh cilantro/coriander
  • 4 tbsp grated fresh Coconut
  • 3 green chilies
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt/ or to taste
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour/ maida
  •  1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup tomato Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder

Method :

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take the shelled peas add 1/4 cup water close the lid and place the pressure cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to the room temperature. Open the lid and remove the peas in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a deep pan take 6 glasses of water add 1 tbsp salt. When water starts boiling add Stem-side down, place the whole head of cauliflower in the boiling liquid and cover with the lid. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is easily pierced with a fork. Remove the cauliflower from the pot and place gently in a shallow bowl stem side up. Keep it warm.

Step 3.

Grind to paste cilantro/coriander leaves, grated coconut, green chilies, salt, sugar and lemon juice. kep aside.

Step 4.

Stuff the warm Cauliflower with the cilantro/coriander sauce carefully. Turn it stem down and  Keep aside .

Step 5.

In a non stick pan put butter and all purpose flour/ maida. Mix well, on low flame cook for 1-2 minutes. Add tomato ketchup and half cup of water, chili powder salt and prepare a medium consistency sauce.

Step 6.

Just before serving, pour this hot sauce on the cauliflower. Garnish it with boiled peas and serve this delicious low calorie dish hot with Lachcha paratha, Garlic Nan etc.Slice the cauliflower into wedges (like a slice of cake) using a sharp knife and spoon a little bit of the sauce over each portion.

Health Benefits of Cauliflower:

1. Reduces Cancer Risk

Numerous studies have shown that there is a strong tie between someone’s diet and their risk for developing cancer. Studies demonstrate that cauliflower is especially useful for preventing breast cancer in addition to colon, liver, lung, and stomach cancers.

2. Fights Inflammation

Inflammation is at the heart of nearly all chronic diseases that we are faced with so commonly today. Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which lower oxidative stress and the presence of free-radicals in our body.

3. Decreases Risk for Heart Disease & Brain Disorders:

Researchers now know that high levels of inflammation are correlated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

4. Provides High Levels of Vitamins and Minerals (especially important Vitamin C and Vitamin K)

In addition to Vitamin C and other antioxidants, cauliflower is also a good source of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning it is absorbed in the intestines along with fat, so this is one reason why eating cauliflower along with a source of healthy fat (like coconut oil for example) is important.

5. Improves Digestion and Detoxification

Certain compounds found in cauliflower- sulforaphane, glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian- are very useful for helping the body to detox due to how they support liver function.

6. Aids in Weight Loss

Cauliflower is extremely low in calories (only 29 calories per cup), has virtually zero grams of fat, very low levels of carbs and sugar, and yet is high in volume and filling fiber. This makes it an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight, since you can consume large amounts of cauliflower and fill up, without over-consuming calories, fat, sugar, or carbs.

7. Helps Balance Hormones

Consuming a diet rich in whole foods and antioxidant-filled vegetables like cauliflower has been shown to help balance hormones partially by reducing unhealthy levels of estrogen. High estrogen foods can be harmful to health when they begin destroying the vulnerable hormonal balance that many people struggle to maintain.

8. Preserves Eye Health

The sulforaphane found in cauliflower has been shown to protect the vulnerable tissues of the retinal area from oxidative stress that can result in blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more.

Ref. https://draxe.com/cauliflower/

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Ajwain Poori

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Ajwain Poori/fried Indian bread

Hi friends! Puri (also spelled poori) is an unleavened deep-fried Indian bread, commonly consumed on the Indian subcontinent. It is eaten for breakfast or as a snack or light meal. It is usually served with a curry or bhaji, as in Puri bhaji. Puris are perhaps one of the most well-known and delicious breads of Indian cuisine.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Cuisine: Indian

Category: Bread, fried Indian bread

Course: Breakfast

Makes 15 -20 puris

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms whole wheat flour / atta
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/ carom seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • oil for deep-frying

Method :

Step 1.

In a bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, cooking oil, Ajwain/ carom seeds   and salt, using fingers, till it resembles bread crumbs.

 Step 2.

Slowly add about a cup of water, just enough to form a firm/ stiff dough and knead till smooth. keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into small lemon size equal portions, and roll out into 3″ rounds on an oiled board.

Step 4.

 Heat the oil for deep frying, in a wok or kadhai, fry the puri one at a time, holding them under the oil on the first side until they puff. Turn and deep-fry the puris till they turn light golden brown in colour from both the sides.

Step 5.

Drain on absorbent paper kitchen towel lined plate, so that puris are dry without excessive oil.

Step 6.

Serve hot and crisp puris with a hot side-dish or just Raitas and pickle; it’ll be a winner all the way!

Note:

Add a little salt to the oil to keep it from smoking.Always add the puri to the oil as soon as they’re made. Rolled and kept puris, tend to become a little dry and sometimes do not puff up properly.

It can be served as a snack or a meal depending on the accompanying items. However, it is important to know the right way of making puris, so that they come out nice and fluffy and without too much oil.

Health benefits of Ajwain:

  • Ajwain seeds contain health benefiting essential oils such as thymol, a monopterone derivative class of chemical compound which gives aromatic fragrances to seeds. Besides, they also compose of small amounts of other phytochemicals such as pinene, cymene, limonene, and terpinene.
  • The active principles in the ajwain may help increase the digestive function of the intestinal tract through facilitating the release of gut juices (gastro-intestinal secretions).
  • Thymol, the essential oil obtained from ajwain has local anesthetic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
  • Likewise in caraway, ajowan seeds too are rich source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants

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

Selection and storage:

Ajwain is readily available in the spice stores specializing in Indian or Middle-Eastern spice ingredients. In general, whole ajwain seeds displayed for sale alongside with other spices such as dill, cumin, coriander, caraway, etc. Buy fresh, wholesome, compact seeds emanating pleasant thyme-like flavor when rubbed between fingers.

Once at home, store the seeds in an airtight container and place in a cool dark place away from sunlight and humidity. Ajowan seeds should be used as early as possible since they lose flavor rather quickly, largely because of evaporation of essential oils.

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