Spinach Leaf Fritters

Palak leaf Pakodas

Spinach leaf fritters

 

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a wonderful green-leafy vegetable often recognized as one of the functional foods for its wholesome nutritional, antioxidants and anti-cancer composition. Its tender, crispy, dark-green leaves are one of the favorite ingredients of chefs all around the planet. Botanically, it belongs to the Amaranthaceae family, and its scientific name: Spinacia oleracea. Spinacia plant grows about 1 foot in height. Although, it can be grown year round, fresh greens are best available just after the winter season in the Northern hemisphere from March through May and from September until November, in the South of the equatorial line.At least, two varieties of spinach are cultivated for their edible leaves; Savoy type with dark-green crinkle (wrinkled) leaves and flat-leaf type with smooth surfaced leaves.

Hi friends! Follow the recipe and absolutely delicious crispy spinach fritters ready in no time !

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time: 2 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 15 Spinach , fresh leaves
  • 1 cup Chickpea flour / gram flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds / Ajwain
  • 1 tsp coriander powder

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Spinach leaves very well and keep aside.

Step 2.

Take a mixing bowl, add gram flour, rice flour, baking soda, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt. Now take a cup of water and make a medium consistency (neither too thin nor too thick) batter.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in wok / kadahi /pan. Take one by one each spinach leaf and dip in the batter, making sure spinach leaf is well coated with the batter from both the sides and then gently slid it in to the hot oil.

Step 4.

Fry it on medium flame till golden brown from both sides. Serve hot with fresh coriander chutney.

Health benefits of Spinach leaves:

  • pinach is store house for many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties.
  • Very low in calories and fats (100 g of raw leaves provide just 23 calories). Its leaves hold a good amount of soluble dietary fiber and no wonder green spinach is one of the finest vegetable sources recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs!
  • Fresh 100 g of spinach contains about 25% of daily intake of iron; one of the richest among green leafy vegetables. Iron is an important trace element required by the human body for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for oxidation-reduction enzyme, cytochrome-oxidase during the cellular metabolism.
  • Fresh leaves are rich source of several vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene. Together, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a healing role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. It thus helps protect from “age-related macular related macular disease” (ARMD), especially in the elderly.
  • In addition, vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for normal eye-sight. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A and flavonoids also known to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Spinach leaves are an excellent source of vitamin K. 100 g of fresh greens provides 402% of daily vitamin-K requirements. Vitamin K plays a vital role in strengthening the bone mass by promoting osteotrophic (bone building) activity in the bone. Additionally, it also has established role in patients with Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
  • This green leafy vegetable also contains good amounts of many B-complex vitamins such as vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, folates and niacin. Folates help prevent neural tube defects in the offspring.
  • 100 g of farm fresh spinach has 47% of daily recommended levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  • Its leaves also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor for many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.
  • It is also good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Regular consumption of spinach in the diet helps prevent osteoporosis (weakness of bones), iron-deficiency anemia. Moreover, its soft leaves are believed to protect human body from cardiovascular diseases and cancers of colon and prostate.

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

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Masala Potatoes

Baby Potatoes 1  Masala Potatoes

Hi friends! A different snack! It is a quick and easy to cook  recipe made with small baby potatoes. Cooked in few mild spices and can be served as a Appetizer / starter/ snack dish for dinners and lunches. These potatoes are extremely delicious to serve as evening snack.

Preparation time:15 minutes

Cooking time: 6-7 minutes

Course: Snack / Appetizer

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Potatoes Small,baby potatoes
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil for frying (or any other cooking medium)
  •  1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp chaat masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder, or / as per your taste
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander/ cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the potatoes nicely, put in the pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp of salt. On high flame when pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 5 minutes switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, open the lid and take out the potatoes, peel the potatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a wok / kadahi heat oil on medium flame, add cumin seed, when cumin seeds start crackling add coriander powder, red chili powder fry for few seconds add baby potatoes, salt and chaat masala.Mix well, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes stirring the potatoes intermittently (baby potatoes should be well coated with the spices.

Step 4.

Remove in a serving dish and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves toss well and serve hot as a tea-time snack!

Note: While I have used baby potatoes for this recipe, if not available, you can use any sized potatoes. Just cut them into suitable bite size pieces.In-case chaat masala is not available you can use same quantity of dry mango powder/ Aamchoor.

Health benefits of the potatoes:

Yet far from being the devil’s food, a cooked new potato has only 26 calories and is packed with nutrients. A key to lasting weight loss is eating foods that make you feel full for longer.’You should eat complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, rather than simple carbohydrates like sugar or biscuits which give a short energy boost followed by hunger pangs,’ she says. ‘In this way, potatoes can help you reduce binge-eating.’

Nutritious: Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. As a rich carbohydrate source, they help to fuel all reactions in the body which you need for movement, thinking, digestion and cellular renewal.

Vitamin Booster:

Potatoes were eaten by 19th Century English and Spanish sailors to fend off scurvy. Surprisingly rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C, a medium potato (150g) with the skin provides 27mg, almost half of the recommended daily intake. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Potatoes are underground tubers, meaning that they store all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants in spring. Rather than being bland and starchy, they’re actually full of nutrients.

Super food: One new potato contains just 26 calories

BLOOD PRESSURE

Potatoes have kukoamines. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a plant, Lycium chinense – which also contains kukoamines – as a tea to lower blood pressure. A few good servings of potatoes a day would have some blood-pressure lowering activity.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Potatoes have flavonoids, which help protect against cardiovascular-disease by lowering levels of bad LDL-cholesterol and keeping arteries fat-free. The B vitamins in potatoes also protect arteries. Vitamin B6, found in potatoes, reduces levels of a molecule called homocysteine which is involved in inflammation and the furring up of arteries. High homocysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

GUT HEALTH

A single baked potato will provide nearly 12 per cent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, giving similar levels to whole grain breads, pastas and cereals. High levels of dietary fibre and ‘bulking agents’ support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer.

 

STRESS

Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a substance needed for cellular renewal, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood. Just  100g of baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. It is used to make neurotransmitters –substances that deliver messages from one cell to the next. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are needed for the regulation of mood and Vitamin B6 is needed to make them. It is also used to make adrenaline, hormones that help us respond to stress, and GABA, a substance linked to relaxation and a feeling of well being.

 

DON’T PASS ON THE POTATOES

Cut out the extra fat and deep frying, and a typical baked potato suddenly becomes a healthy high-fibre food. Packed with vitamins: Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition.

Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition. As Vitamin C leaches into water, bake your potatoes if you want to get the most of this vitamin.

Chips that have been cooked in deep-fried oil will be soaked in artery-clogging fat and packed full of unhealthy calories. Instead, eat oven-baked chips, which are virtually fat free.

Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1206765/Why-potatoes-suprising-health-benefit-key-lasting-weight-loss.html

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Brinjal Pakodas

Brinjal Pakoda

Brinjal /baingan / eggplant – pakodas /Fritters

Hi friends! A mouth watering pakodas/ fritters. Crispy on top and soft and delicious inside any time snack!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Makes : 8-10 pakodas

Level : Easy

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Ingredients:

For Marinating:

  • 1round brinjal /baingan / eggplant , cut into thin round slices
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder, for marinating
  • 1/4 salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

    For The Batter:
  • 1 1/2 cup besan/bengal gram flour/ chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds /ajwain
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • oil for deep frying
  • Coriander / mint chutney for serving

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and cut thin round slices of the brinjal /baingan / eggplant. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Marinate the brinjal /baingan / eggplant slices , both side with the salt, chili powder and turmeric mixture and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Step 3.

In a bowl mix besan/bengal gram flour/ chickpea flour, Rice flour, ajwain /carom seed, coriander powder, baking soda, red chili powder, salt. Gradually add water to prepare a thick batter.

Step 4.

On medium flame,  heat in a wok / kadahi or / pan enough oil to fry the sliced brinjal /baingan / eggplant .

Step 5.

When oil gets heated up dip and coat the marinated brinjal /baingan / eggplant slices with batter and deep fry in hot oil till it turns golden brown from all the sides.

Step 6.

Drain the pakodas on an absorbent kitchen towel, to drain the excessive oil and serve hot with coriander / mint chutney.

 Health benefits of Eggplant (aubergine):

  • Eggplant is very low in calories and fats but rich in soluble fiber content. 100 g provides just 24 calories but contributes about 9% of RDA (recommended daily allowance) of fiber.
  • Research studies conducted at the Institute of Biology of São Paulo State University; Brazil suggested that eggplant is effective to control high blood cholesterol.
  • The peel or skin (deep blue/purple varieties) of aubergine has significant amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins. Scientific studies have shown that these anti-oxidants have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
  • Total antioxidant strength measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of aubergines is 993 µmol TE/100 g. At value 15; they are one of the low glycemic index (GI) vegetables.
  • It contains good amounts of many essential B-complex groups of vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish and required for fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Further, this vegetable is an also good source of minerals like manganese, copper, iron and potassium. Manganese is used as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Potassium is an important intracellular electrolyte that helps counter pressing (hypertension) effects of sodium.

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

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Broccoli Kebabs

Broccoli Kebabs 1Broccoli Kebabs

The health benefits of broccoli are very extensive. Not only is the vegetable loaded with essential nutrients, it also has therapeutic properties.

Hi Friends! My recipe of this appetizer is sure to start your meal on a healthy and delicious note!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Course: Appetizers, snack

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Broccoli, cut into florets,washed
  • 1/2 cup green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli, washed
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Chickpea Flour / Besan
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds, roasted and Powdered
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp or to taste Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Almonds powdered
  • 3 tbsp Gingili / sesame seeds

Method:

Step 1.

Take the broccoli and green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli in a pressure cooker add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp salt. Place the cooker on the high flame, as soon as pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker, open and take out the broccoli, green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli, in a strainer and keep aside.

Step 2.

Mash Broccoli and cooked moong dal well.

Step 3.
In a separate bowl, combine Chickpea Flour, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Dry Mango Powder, Salt, Coriander Powder and Red Chili Powder, broccoli moong dal mashed and almond powder mix well.

Step 4.
Add lemon juice and mix again. Shape into medium size rounds and pat them flat with your palm.

Step 5.

Roll the kebabs in sesame seeds /gingili seeds . Deep fry the sesame seeds /gingili seeds -studded kebabs on low to medium flame till golden brown .

Step 6.

Serve hot Broccoli kebabs with fresh coriander / mint chutney.

Note:

sesame seeds:  

1    a tropical herbaceous plant, Sesamum indicum, of the East Indies, cultivated, esp. in India, for its small oval seeds: family Pedaliaceae

2    the seeds of this plant, used in flavouring bread and yielding an edible oil (benne oil or gingili),   (Also called)    benne, gingili, til         
(C15: from Latin sesamum, from Greek sesamon, sesame, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic simsim)

Health benefits of Broccoli:

Over recent years researchers all over the world have identified a wide range of therapeutic properties associated with broccoli. So, apart from being a nutritional powerhouse, what other health benefits does broccoli provide?

Research reveals that broccoli can:

Prevent osteoarthritis – a British study revealed that broccoli contains a compound called sulfophane which may help fight osteoarthritis – sulforaphane can block cartilage-destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation.

Protect your skin against the effects of UV light – broccoli may help prevent skin cancer, not by eating it though, but by applying it directly to the skin.

Reverse diabetes heart damage – eating broccoli promotes the production of enzymes that help protect heart blood vessels5 and reduce the molecules that damage them.

Reduce cancer risk – eat broccoli just three times each month and you could potentially reduce the chance of developing bladder cancer by around 40 percent, according to experts at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, USA.

Broccoli plant compound detoxifies air pollutants in the body – research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, suggests new benefits of eating broccoli.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266765.php

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Methi Theplas

Thepla snack

Methi Theplas

Hi friends! Methi Thepla. Theplas are an inherent part of gujarati meals, and are used for regular meals, travelling and for picnics! eaten with chunda or sweet mango pickle,theplas can be enjoyed hot or otherwise.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 3 minutes each thepla

Course: snacks

Cuisine: Indian /Gujarat

serves: 12 theplas

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour/atta
  • 1 cup gram flour/besan
  • 1 cup chopped fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves
  • 1/2 cup curd / yogurt / Dahi, whisked
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 level tbsp coriander seeds, powdered
  • 2/3 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil , slightly heated
  • 1 tsp salt or / as per taste
  • oil for frying

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl mix dry whole wheat flour / atta, gram flour /besan, Fenugreek leaves, salt, grated ginger, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder and hot oil.

Step 2.

Add curd gradually and as required, to knead a soft dough.

Step 3.

keep the dough aside for 30 minutes covered with a damp kitchen towel.

Step 4.

Make small lemon sized balls from the dough.

Step 5.

Roll each ball thinly into 3 ” flat discs. Place the discs one by one, on the heated griddle / tava, when one side is half cooked, flip it .

Step 6.

When flipped side is half cooked, flip it. Apply ½ tsp oil on the cooked side and again flip and cook it apply ½ oil on the other side as well and cook on medium heat.

Step 7.

once the thepla is cooked on both sides to a light golden brown, remove from the griddle / tava.

Step 8.

Fry all the theplas one by one and stack them in a basket or tray.

Step 9.

Serve methi theplas with lime/ green chili pickles or as a healthy snack with Indian masala tea.

Note:

Methi theplas are light as well as healthy enriched with the goodness of Fenugreek leaves can be served with Indian masala tea as a snack!

Instead of curd we can also use milk.

Fenugreek leaves/ Methi leaves:

In the Eastern cultures, especially India, fenugreek leaves are more widely used as compared to seeds primarily due to its immense nutritional benefits. While the seeds of this plant are used for only for the flavour, the leaves have herb nutrition value in them. So, when we talk about the benefits of fenugreek we are particularly referring to its greener parts.

Nutritional Benefits Of Fenugreek: Fenugreek leaves are basically a kind of green leafy vegetables unless you dry them for storage (kasuri methi). So they will give you all the goodness associated with green vegetables.

The fresh leaves of the Methi plant have a slightly bitter under taste and can be cooked just like we cook spinach. It is a very good source of iron. That is why fenugreek, both its seeds and leaves are considered medicinal for curing anemia. In fact, even if you follow standard medicine, patients with low hemoglobin count are usually put on a diet of fenugreek and other vegetables like spinach and lettuce.

Fenugreek has herb nutrition in it. If you crush the fresh leaves of Fenugreek or make a glass of juice out of them, it could be the perfect health drink to control the hormonal level of insulin in the blood. Fenugreek is a kind of similar to bitter gourd when we consider the bitter taste and properties of regulating insulin. It is a must note point for diabetics.

Fenugreek could give competition to Spinach as a rich source of vitamin K. Commonly spinach is the traditional answer to all your vitamin K needs but fenugreek has almost as much or more of this vital nutrient.

It is a very good source of roughage because is basically comprised of leaves. It will fulfill your body’s fibre requirements abundantly. Traditionally methi or fenugreek is supposed to be very beneficial to people who have a persistent problem of constipation.

Surprisingly, fenugreek is also a great source of protein and nicotinic acid. These nutrients lend benefits of fenugreek that are specific to hair. It foster hair growth and is good for the general health and shine of hair.

Inspite of so many benefits people sometimes don’t prefer to eat fenugreek because of its bitterness, especially in the dried form when the concentration of the bitterness increases. The solution is to either eat it fresh or add the dried leaves to foods like dals, curries or mix it or knead the flour to make tasty methi parathas! Either ways the benefits of fenugreek as a nutritional bonanza need to be utilised to the fullest.
Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2011/benefits-fenugreek-leaves-130911.html

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Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

Hi friends! Why Is it Important to Eat Vegetables? Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.Pav Bhaji is a delicious preparation with mixed vegetables.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Course: Snack

Cuisine: Indian, Mumbai

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium size potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Pumpkin, cut in to small Cubes
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, tiny florets
  • 1/2 cup carrot,cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup French beans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Brinjals / Aubergine / egg plant, cut into small cubes
  • 2 capsicums /green bell peppers, finely cut chopped
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 15 cloves garlic, grind into a paste
  • 2 tbsp ginger, finely grated
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 3 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds, roasted, powdered
  • 200 gms butter
  • 2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 12 pavs

Method:

For the Bhaji:

Step 1.

Take all the mixed vegetables except onions and capsicum in a pressure cooker add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 tsp salt. Place the cooker on the high flame, as soon as pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker come to room temperature, open the lid and lightly mash the vegetables, keep aside.

Step 2.

On a high flame in a wok / Kadahi / or deep heavy bottom pan take butter ,  add the chopped onions, saute the onions.

Step 3.

Saute the onions till they become transparent, add the ginger-garlic paste, fry for a minute.

Step 4.

Add the Capsicums and fry till they are well cooked. Add the chili powder, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala, roasted cumin seeds powder. Mix and fry for few minutes till the capsicum get cooked a bit.

Step 5.

Now add the mashed vegetables to the fried masala mix well add 1 cup water. Keep on stirring and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes on low flame. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Add the lemon juice and mix it well. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves with lightly butter fried pavs and a blob of butter in each bowl of bhaji.

The buttered pavs:

Step 1.

Slice pav horizontally into two and pan fry in butter for half a minute, pressing two or three times or till pav is crisp and light brown. Serve hot.

For Serving:

  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 6 fresh lemon wedges
  • 6 knobs of butter

How to serve:

  • For a single serving take a small bowl of hot bhaji, 2 pavs freshly fried,1 tbsp of finely chopped onions, a lemon wedge on a plate.
  • Top the hot bhaji with a knob of butter and serve immediately garnished with 1/2 tsp of finely chopped coriander.
  • Serve hot.

Notes: Instead of butter in the bhaji Olive oil or any other cooking oil can be used. In case pavbhaji masala is not available , garam Masala can be a good substitute .The vegetables that are usually added to the bhaji are cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, peas, capsicum and french beans pumpkin etc. Depending on the combination of these vegetables, the final taste of the  bhaji will be different. You can  make the bhaji with any of these veggie combination.

Health Benefits of mixed vegetables:

    • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
    • Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
    • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
    • Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
    • Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
    • Nutrients
    • Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, or cholesterol.)
    • Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
    • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.
    • Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
    • Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
    • Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.
    • Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.

Ref. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-why.html

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Crispy Potato Rolls

Potato rolls NG

Hi friends! An easy to make and tasty appetizer for Potato lovers! Use Air frier as a healthier option for cooking it.

Serves: 4
Style:
Indian Vegetarian

Ingredients:

  • 4 potatoes, medium size
  • 6 slice bread, multigrain
  • 1tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 2  green chilies, finely chopped
  • 2  tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp Dry mango powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1  tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Put the washed potatoes in a pressure cooker with two cups of water and close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove. When pressure cooker is cooled to room temperature, open the lid and take out the boiled potatoes.

Step 2.

Peel and mash the potatoes in a mixing bowl keep aside.

Step 3.

Take a bowl with water to wet the bread. Dip the bread slices one by one and dampen them with water, place the slices between your palms and press, squeezing out the excess water from the bread slices and mash them well.

Step 4.

 Now in the mixing bowl take mashed potatoes, mashed bread slices, green chilies, chopped coriander leaves, salt, cumin powder, red chili powder, dry mango powder, grated ginger and mix very well.

Step 5.

Take twenty four equal portions of the mix and make a roll with each portion and keep aside.

Step 6.

In a plate sprinkle sesame seeds, take each roll and roll over the sesame seeds in a way that each roll is well quoted with the sesame seeds. Keep aside.

Step 7.

Heat the oil for deep frying on high flame. Drop in the rolls slowly. Reduce the heat and fry on medium flame stirring frequently till the rolls are crisp and golden brown in color. Drain on a kitchen paper towel.

Step 8.

Serve hot with green coriander Chutney or tomato ketchup.

Health benefits of the potatoes:

Yet far from being the devil’s food, a cooked new potato has only 26 calories and is packed with nutrients. A key to lasting weight loss is eating foods that make you feel full for longer.’You should eat complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, rather than simple carbohydrates like sugar or biscuits which give a short energy boost followed by hunger pangs,’ she says. ‘In this way, potatoes can help you reduce binge-eating.’

Nutritious: Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. As a rich carbohydrate source, they help to fuel all reactions in the body which you need for movement, thinking, digestion and cellular renewal.

Vitamin Booster:

Potatoes were eaten by 19th Century English and Spanish sailors to fend off scurvy. Surprisingly rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C, a medium potato (150g) with the skin provides 27mg, almost half of the recommended daily intake. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Potatoes are underground tubers, meaning that they store all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants in spring. Rather than being bland and starchy, they’re actually full of nutrients.

Super food: One new potato contains just 26 calories

BLOOD PRESSURE

Potatoes have kukoamines. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a plant, Lycium chinense – which also contains kukoamines – as a tea to lower blood pressure. A few good servings of potatoes a day would have some blood-pressure lowering activity.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Potatoes have flavonoids, which help protect against cardiovascular-disease by lowering levels of bad LDL-cholesterol and keeping arteries fat-free. The B vitamins in potatoes also protect arteries. Vitamin B6, found in potatoes, reduces levels of a molecule called homocysteine which is involved in inflammation and the furring up of arteries. High homocysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

GUT HEALTH

A single baked potato will provide nearly 12 per cent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, giving similar levels to whole grain breads, pastas and cereals. High levels of dietary fibre and ‘bulking agents’ support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer.

 

STRESS

Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a substance needed for cellular renewal, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood. Just  100g of baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. It is used to make neurotransmitters –substances that deliver messages from one cell to the next. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are needed for the regulation of mood and Vitamin B6 is needed to make them. It is also used to make adrenaline, hormones that help us respond to stress, and GABA, a substance linked to relaxation and a feeling of well being.

 

Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1206765/Why-potatoes-suprising-health-benefit-key-lasting-weight-loss.html

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  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.