Red beans / Rajma with yogurt

Red beans with Yogurt.JPGRed beans / Rajma with yogurt

Hi friends!Kidney beans are an excellent source of molybdenum. They are a very good source of folate, dietary fiber, and copper. Kidney beans are a good source of manganese, phosphorus, protein, vitamin B1, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Here is a recipe, simple and Easy , Red Kidney beans /rajma with yogurt give it a try. In this recipe there is no tomato. It is a delicious variation from traditional Red Kidney beans /rajma  recipe, you will love the taste of it.

Preparation Time : Soaking overnight

Cooking time : 40 minutes + 20 minutes

Servings : 4

Main Ingredients: Red kidney beans /Rajma, Curd /yogurt and Onions

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 tea cup red kidney beans /rajma
  • 2 tb sp Gram flour / besan
  • 1 tea cup thick yogurt / curd / dahi
  • 1 medium size onion or 1/2 tea cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder ,cumin roasted and powdered
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder or 1 1/2 ” piece of cinnamon
  • 1 level tsp Red chili powder or as per taste
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 6 black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 1/4 tsp Salt or salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp cooking Oil

Method:

Step 1.
Wash  Red beans / Rajma well and soak  in 6 cups of water overnight.

Step 2.

pressure cooker , add chopped onions and salt and place the cooker lid . Place the pressure cooker on the high flame. the moment full pressure is formed ,reduce the heat to low flame for 25 minutes. Switch off the stove and let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature. Open the lid and check Red beans / rajma, it will be totally cooked ,in shape yet soft.  Keep aside.

Step 3.

Dry grind cloves, cinnamon, cardamom , black pepper and keep aside.

Step 4.

Take curd / yogurt in a mixing bowl and whisk well add gram flour /besan and mix well.

Step 5.

Heat oil  in a thick bottom sauce pan and add, Bay leaf , ground spices from step 3. Fry for few seconds, add chili powder, turmeric powder. Add Curd/yogurt and gram flour /besan mix from step 4 to the seasoning. Cook on a medium flame for 2-3mins and add 2 cups of water. Bring the mix to boil.

Step 6.


Add cooked Red beans / Rajma, rosated cumin powder, bring it to boil and let it cook on low flame  for about 10-15 minutes till gravy thickens. Switch off the stove.

Step 7.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with laccha Paratha or any other Indian bread of choice!

Note:

Gram flour /Besan with curd /yogurt , provides a good gravy.

Health Benefits:

Kidney beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, kidney beans’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, kidney beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. But this is far from all kidney beans have to offer. Kidney beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites. Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared foods like delicatessen salads and salad bars. Persons who are sensitive to sulfites in these foods may experience rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation if sulfites are unwittingly consumed. If you have ever reacted to sulfites, it may be because your molybdenum stores are insufficient to detoxify them.

Lower Your Heart Attack Risk

Kidney beans’ contribution to heart health lies not just in their fiber, but in the significant amounts of folate and magnesium these beans supply. Folate helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is an intermediate product in an important metabolic process called the methylation cycle. Kidney beans’ good supply of magnesium puts yet another plus in the column of its beneficial cardiovascular effects.

Kidney Beans Give You Energy to Burn While Stabilizing Blood Sugar

In addition to its beneficial effects on the digestive system and the heart, soluble fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels. If you have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, kidney beans can really help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy. Studies of high fiber diets and blood sugar levels have shown the dramatic benefits provided by these high fiber foods.

Iron for Energy

In addition to providing slow burning complex carbohydrates, kidney beans can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores.

Maintain Your Memory with Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

Thiamin participates in enzymatic reactions central to energy production and is also critical for brain cell/cognitive function. This is because thiamin is needed for the synthesis of acetylcholine, the important neurotransmitter essential for memory and whose lack has been found to be a significant contributing factor in age-related impairment in mental function (senility) and Alzheimer’s disease.

Manganese for Energy Production and Antioxidant Defense

Kidney beans are a good source of the trace mineral manganese which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.

Protein Power Plus

If you’re wondering how to replace red meat in your menus, become a fan of kidney beans. These hearty beans are a good source of protein, and when combined with a whole grain such as whole wheat pasta or brown rice provide protein comparable to that of meat or dairy foods without the high calories or saturated fat found in these foods.

How to Select and Store

Whether purchasing kidney beans in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and that the beans are whole and not cracked.

Canned kidney beans can be found in most markets. Unlike canned vegetables, which have lost much of their nutritional value, there is little difference in the nutritional value of canned kidney beans and those you cook yourself. Canning lowers vegetables’ nutritional value since they are best lightly cooked for a short period of time, while their canning process requires a long cooking time at high temperatures. On the other hand, beans require a long time to cook whether they are canned or you cook them yourself. Therefore, if enjoying canned beans is more convenient for you, by all means go ahead and enjoy them. Store dried kidney beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place where they will keep for up to 12 months.

Cooked kidney beans will keep fresh in the refrigerator for about three days if placed in a covered container.

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Kamal Kakdi /Lotus stem Koftas/ dumplings

lotus root            Kamal Kakadi Kofte 2

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus stem Koftas/ dumplings

Lotus root, known as renkon in Japan and Lián ou in Chinese, hold a special place since older times in their cultures. The roots as well as lotus seeds, raw or cooked, have found application in variety of oriental recipes in East, Southeast Asian, and Pacific regions.

To prepare, break the root at nodal intersections into individual parts. Wash it thoroughly in cold running water before use. Trim the ends. Peel its inedible outer tough skin using a paring knife to expose ice-white, daikon (radish) like flesh underneath. It can be cut into cubes, or chopped to fine sticks in a ways desired as in other vegetables. Rinse the slices immediately in the vinegar or acidulated (lemon) water to prevent from discoloration.

Hi friends! today I have prepared Kamal Kakdi /Lotus root Kofte/ dumplings. It is a tasty, nutritious and easy to make curry.

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus root Kofte/ dumplings

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main Course-Veg

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

For koftas / dumplings

  • 250 grams Lotus leaves cleaned grated and soaked in water
  • 2 medium Potatoes , boiled peeled, grated
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely grated
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 ” ginger piece , finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 4 tbsp Gram flour /besan/ chick pea flour
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • Oil to deep fry

For Gravy

  • 2 medium size Onions, grated
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes, grated
  • 2 ” piece Ginger, finely grated
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/ coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Method :

For lotus stems/ kamal kakdi koftas or dumplings:

Step 1.

Wash lotus stems/ kamal kakdi well. Scrape lightly each lotus stems/ kamal kakdi. Grate the lotus stems/ kamal kakdi in a mixing bowl.

Step 2.

Add boiled ,peeled and grated potatoes into the same mixing bowl with grated stems/ kamal kakdi bowl. Add salt, ginger, red chili powder, gram flour and corn flour and mix well. Shape into small balls and keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai, slide in gently the stems/ kamal kakdi balls and deep fry on medium heat till golden. Drain on a paper kitchen towel to remove excessive oil.

For Gravy

Step 4.

To make gravy heat oil in a non stick pan. Add onions and sauté till translucent and light golden brown.

Step 5.

Add grated ginger, garlic paste and mix and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder mix well and sauté for few seconds.

Step 6.

Add tomato puree and mix and continue to sauté. Add 1/2 cup water and mix. Sauté, stirring, till oil begins to separate. Add 2 cup water and mix.

Step 7.

Mix Corn flour in 4 tbsp water till lump free. Add this to the gravy and cook till the corn flour gets cooked and blended.

Step 8.

Drain kofte / dumplings and add to the gravy and simmer for a few minutes. Add coriander leaves, salt, garam masala powder and mix. Cover, reduce heat, cook for 7-8 minutes.

Step 9.

Serve hot garnishing with finely chopped coriander/ cilantro.

Health benefits of Lotus root:

  • Lotus root is one of the moderate calorie root vegetables. 100 g root-stem provides about 74 calories. Nevertheless, it composed of several health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Lotus rhizome is very good source dietary fiber; 100 g flesh provides 4.9 g or 13% of daily-requirement of fiber. Dietary fiber together with slow digesting complex carbohydrates in the lotus root help reduce blood cholesterol, sugar, body weight and constipation conditions.
  • Fresh lotus root is one of the excellent sources of vitamin C. 100 g root provides 44 mg or 73% of daily-recommended values. Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis inside the human body. Collagen is the main structural protein inside the body, required for maintaining integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy, develop resistance against viral infections, boosting of immunity, wound healing and to scavenge cancer causing harmful free radicals from the body.
  • In addition, the root contains moderate levels of some of valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), folates, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin. Pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) acts as a coenzyme in the neuro-chemical synthesis in the brain which influences mood. Adequate pyridoxine levels help control nervous irritability, headache, and tension. It also cuts heart-attack risk by controlling harmful homocysteine levels in the blood.
  • Further, the root provides healthy amounts of some important minerals like copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Along with iron, it is also required in the production of red blood cells.
  • Crunchy, neutral yet delicate flavor of root lotus is because of its optimum electrolyte balance. It composes agreeable ratio of sodium to potassium at the value 1:4. While sodium gives sweet taste to the root, potassium acts to counter negative effects of sodium by regulating heart rate and blood pressure.Ref.http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lotus-root.html

Selection and storage

Lotus root (renkon) harvest begins by August and last until fall. Traditionally, farmers sink thier legs in knee-deep ponds and try to feel for the rhizome guiding their toes, which are then dug out by hand. Southeastern region of China and lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan are known for renkon production.

From a distance, lotus rhizomes appear as big size bananas arranged in sausage pattern. While buying, look for clean, firm roots with smooth unblemished skin. Fresh roots are readily available year-round in major cities in the USA. One can also buy sliced, canned, and freeze-dried roots in the supermarkets or Japanese and other Asian stores.

Once at home, place the roots in cool, dark place away from humidity for 3-4 days. Uncut rhizomes can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks inside the refrigerator.

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Green chickpeas curry

Green Chick peas Image    Green chickpea curry

dried Green chickpeas / green chanas / sukha hara Chanas

Hi friends ! Another of healthy and simply delicious recipe of chickpeas it has numerous benefits to offer to healthy eaters. Dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas/ Hara Chanas is protein rich curry is a good accompaniment with basmati rice or any Indian bread of your choice.

Main Name: Chickpea

Biological Name: Cicer arietinum

Names in other Indian languages: Kothu kadalai (Tamil), Kadala (Malayalam), Sanagalu (Telugu), Chana (Gujarati), Chola (Bengali), Harbara (Marathi), Buta (Oriya), Chole (Punjabi), Chana sabut (Urdu)

A staple of Middle Eastern, African, and Indian cuisines, chickpeas are believed to be one of the oldest cultivated beans, dating as far as 5,400 BC. The first record of consuming chickpeas can be traced back to about seven thousand years back. They were first cultivated in the Mediterranean basin around 3000 BC amongst Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans and were then introduced to other subtropical regions by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. Gradually, the Indians who had immigrated to other countries brought back chickpeas and integrated them into their cuisines. Today, India is the largest producer of chickpeas, supplying around 80 to 90 percent of the world’s production. Other commercial producers include Pakistan, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Mexico.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas
  • 2 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 4 medium size tomatoes, cut into small pieces and pureed
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 cloves, powdered
  • 4 peppercorns, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 ” piece Ginger, finely grated
  • 15 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp Salt / or as per taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas well and soak it overnight in 600 ml of water.

Step 2.

Peel wash and cut the onions fine, keep aside.

Step 3.

In a pressure cooker take the soaked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas along with the water soaked in. Add finely chopped onion and salt to it and place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, reduce to low flame for twenty minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 4.

Let the cooker come to room temperature, open the lid and take out the cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Wash tomatoes well. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and put them in a blender and puree it. Keep ready.

Step 6.

Mince the garlic cloves, peel and finely grate the ginger, keep aside.

Step 7.

Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan, add cumin seed , wait till it crackles. Add Bay leaves sauté for few seconds, add powdered cloves, peppercorn, Cinnamon, coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder . Mix and sauté for few seconds add ginger garlic paste fry for few seconds . Then add pureed tomatoes and cook covered on low flame , till oil starts to surface.

Step 8.

Now add to the sauce pan cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas along with the onions and water it is cooked in. Mix it well.

Step 9.

 On high flame, bring dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas and masalas

to a boil and reduce to low flame and cook for 15-20 minutes more. Switch off the stove, serve hot with steamed rice or any Indian bread of your choice like fresh naans, parathas, chapattis etc..

Health benefits of Dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas/ Hara Chanas:

Rich in both types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, chickpeas escort the trapped bile acids out of the body and lower cholesterol levels, thereby contributing to cardiovascular health.

The insoluble fiber content in chickpeas helps in preventing digestive disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis; hence, promoting positive digestive health.

With folate and magnesium in high amounts, chickpeas protect the body from cardiovascular diseases. Folate reduces the levels of the amino acid, homocysteine which causes damage to the lining of arteries and increases the risk of blood vessel blockages.

With a rich supply of soluble fiber, chickpeas help in balancing blood sugar levels; thus, providing support to diabetic patients suffering from highs and lows of blood sugar levels.

The high fiber content in chickpeas induces feelings of satiety, thereby cutting down the intake of unwanted calories and keeping your appetite under control.

An excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, chickpea boosts production of energy and defends against several diseases.

Molybdenum is a mineral and an antioxidant important for stimulating the body’s mechanism for reducing symptoms of energy, helping with impotency in men, fighting against tooth decay and irritability, and preventing anemia. Molybdenum is found in chickpeas in abundance.

Chickpeas contain phytochemicals called saponins which are highly beneficial for the health of women. They act as antioxidants, providing protection against osteoporosis, lowering the risk of breast cancer, and minimizing hot flushes in post menopausal women.

Chickpeas help in meeting your daily iron requirements. The deficiency of which reduces the delivery of oxygen throughout the body, resulting in feelings of weakness and tiredness, difficulties in concentration, and increasing the risk of infections.

A good source of iron, chickpeas also help with the proper functioning of the human system and preventing conditions, like anemia, weakness, hair loss, headaches, and other critical health concerns.

Regular consumption of folate is important for the production and maintenance of new cells, particularly during periods of rapid growth, like during pregnancy and infancy. Women, who consume adequate amounts of folate during their childbearing years, can reduce their risk of delivering babies with a neutral tube defect.

Enriched with the amino acid tryptophan, chickpeas are a good source of serotonin which regulates fluctuating moods and sleeping disorders. Eating chickpeas before bedtime leads to calmness and induces a good night’s sleep.

Ref. http://recipeclout.india-server.com/chickpeas.html

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Lotus Seeds and green peas Curry

lotus seeds and green peas curry 1Lotus Seeds and green peas Curry

After trying out the shallow fried lotus seeds as a healthy snack, here is a delicious curry with the lotus seeds.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups Lotus seeds
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes
  • 2 medium size Onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 12 Cashews, powdered
  • 1 cup Green Peas , fresh or frozen
  • 2 peppercorns, finely powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 Clove, powdered
  • 1 tsp Fennel / saunf seeds, powdered
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt/ or as per taste
  • 1tabsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Curd / yogurt/ dahi , whisked
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan, put the ghee/ oil and when hot add the lotus seed stir fry until crisp over medium low flame. This takes 5-7minutes. Keep it aside.

Step 2.

Roast the cashew nuts in the microwave for two minutes. Cool and put in a grinder. Powder the cashew nuts in a grinder and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a pressure cooker take green peas add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the peas aside.

Step 4.

Cut each tomato in two halves to blanch. In a pressure cooker take the cut tomatoes add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the tomatoes in a small bowl, remove the skin from all four pieces with a fork and put them into a blender, along with cashew powder to it and blend the mix. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Cut the onions in to small pieces put in the pressure cooker add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the onions into a blender jar. Blend the onions in to a fine paste and keep  aside.

Step 6.

Heat oil in a wok/ Pan / kadai add green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel / saunf powder and sauté lightly add the onion paste and sauté for 5-8 minutes on medium flame. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and sauté for half a minute.

Step 7.

Add blanched tomatoes, cashew nut powder paste. Cook for five to seven minutes on low heat. Add salt and turmeric, red chili powder, mix well. Add 3 cups of water bring it to boil add the peas mix well and cook for another 5-7 minutes on low heat.

Step 8.

Add the fried lotus seeds, whisked curd / yogurt / dahi and mix thoroughly . Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and switch off the flame. Add the lemon juice now and mix it well.

Step 9.

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves. Delicious Lotus seeds Curry can be served with Indian breads of choice!.

Health and beauty benefits of Lotus seeds:

Lotus seeds, commonly known as makhana in India, are the seeds of the water lotus plant. The seeds are small, round and white or off-white in appearance. They are the edible seeds of lotus flower which can be roasted or fried. Lotus seeds are used for nutritional and healing properties in Chinese medicine. The lotus seeds are highly useful in terms of nutritional benefits and are low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol; high in magnesium potassium, thiamine and phosphorus. Besides being edible, the lotus plant has many health and beauty benefits as well. You can use makhana seeds in desserts, rice porridge, soups and stir fry dishes.

Lotus seeds are also a good source of protein, iron and zinc, which makes them extremely nutritious. They contain the anti-aging enzyme, which assist repair damaged proteins. Due to this anti-aging propery, many cosmetic companies are trying to include the seeds in their products. Along with it, the seeds have a natural flavonoid which prevents inflammation. Lotus seeds have an astringent property which benefits the kidneys and helps to restore vital energy within the body. The sweet and neutral taste of makhana seeds nourish the spleen and alleviate diarrhea. Makhana seeds are endowed with sedative properties and are used to treat insomnia or restlessness. The lotus embryo is useful for heart because of its bitter and cooling properties. Also it can help dilate blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure.

According to western research, the seeds are antiviral which help fight the herpes 1 virus. Also it has been founded useful in lowering hypertension. One of the vital medicinal benefits of lotus seeds is stopping chronic diarrhea. Due to astringent properties, the seeds are consumed to help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and improve appetite. Other major benefits of lotus seeds include palpitations, insomnia and irritability. They are also used to control bleeding.

Since makhana seeds are high in fiber, it helps to avoid constipation. Also they help the body to remove the waste; prevent the accumulation of toxins.  Lotus seeds are low in calories, fat and high in fiber and thus helpful in diabetes. It lowers the blood sugar level. The seeds are recommended for women during pregnancy and post natal weakness; helps in female infertility. The makhana seeds are also used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic pains. Further, the seeds are beneficial in weight loss too as they are high in fiber and low in calories .Lotus seeds are also very useful in anemia. The lotus seeds can be digested by all age groups. They are a healthy snack for children .Just roast the seeds a bit and add a pinch of salt.
Ref. http://healthyfoodsonly.blogspot.in/2012/11/health-and-beauty-benefits-of-lotus.html

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Tomato kadhi

Tomato Kadhi GTomato kadhi

Sindhi cuisine (Sindhi: سنڌي کاڌا) refers to the native cuisine of the Sindhi people from Sindh, Pakistan. The daily food in most Sindhi households consists of wheat-based flat-bread (phulka) and rice accompanied by two dishes, one gravy and one dry. Today, Sindhi food is eaten in many countries including India, where a sizable number of Hindu Sindhis migrated following the independence in 1947.

Ref.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sindhi_cuisine

Tomato kadhi or Sindhi kadhi

Tomato kadhi or Sindhi kadhi – is a main dish for Sindhis known as curry chawara. Tomato kadhi is very nutritious because of the use of vegetables in this dish. Sindhi kadhi is an example where the dish is enriched with the vegetables providing great taste, colour and texture.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

 Category: Main curse

Cuisine: Indian , Sindhi

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 8-9 medium size tomatoes
  • 3 tbsps Gram flour / Besan
  • 150 gms Cluster beans / Gwar Phali
  • 150 gms Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi
  • 1 carrot, washed, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium size potatoes, each potato cut into four big pieces
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, grated and juice taken out
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

For seasoning

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / Heeng
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, remove side thread, cut cluster beans/ Gwar phali into two inch pieces. Cut the head and tail of Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi and cut into two inch big pieces. wash , peel and cut the carrot into small cubes. Wash peel and cut each potato cut into four big pieces. Keep aside.

 Step 2.

Wash and cut each tomato into four pieces. Grind it to make puree. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Take chopped potatoes, carrots and cut cluster beans/ Gwar phali in the pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup water and a pinch of salt and close the cooker lid. Place the pressure cooker on high flame the moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature. Open the lid and take out the steamed vegetables in a bowl.

Step 4.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok /kadai/ pan and sauté Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi on medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Lower the heat and remove the shallow fried ladies finger pieces in tray.

Step 5.

Add to the hot oil, asafetida sauté for a few seconds, add mustard and cumin seed. When mustard and cumin start crackling add curry leaves, reduce the heat to low flame.

Step 6.

To the above seasoning add the Gram flour / Besan and saute till it is golden brown. Add a cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil, mix in turmeric , red chili powder, salt and the pureed tomatoes. Mix it well.

Step 7.

When the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to low flame. Now add the sautéed Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi pieces, steamed potatoes, carrot cubes and cluster beans/ Gwar phali along with 1 1/2 cup of water and mix well. Boil it, cover and cook on low flame until gravy becomes thick consistency and oil floats.

Step 8.

Serve hot with boiled / steamed white rice, Aloo tuk and pappad !

Note:

  • Steaming cluster beans, potato pieces and carrot cubes in pressure cooker is time saving.
  • sautéing Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi separately is necessary .

Possible health benefits of Lady Finger :

Weight Loss – The low calorie content of Okra (30 kcal / 100 gm) and its high fibre content make it a suitable food for weight loss. It provides minimum calories and its high fibre levels help in keeping you full for longer.

 Heart disease – Okra contains soluble fibre pectin. Pectin helps in lowering bad cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis by helping in elimination of deposited cholesterol and clots. Controls blood sugar levels – This benefit of lady finger may be attributed to its fibre content. Eugenol a type of fibre, helps in slowing down digestion and absorption of sugar from the blood stream. Hence it helps in avoiding sugar spikes after meal and stabilizes the blood sugar levels. Its fibre further helps in lowering blood sugar levels.

Improves digestion – The fibre content of lady finger helps in better digestion, and regularization of bowels. Pectin swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of waste from the intestine. People suffering from constipation benefit from regular consumption of  lady finger.

Improves immunity –  Another important benefit of lady finger is that it contains Vitamin C which helps in improving immunity.

Anemia – Lady finger contains iron and folate and Vitamin K, nutrients that help in treating and avoiding anaemia. Prevention of colon cancer – Like all other high fibre foods, lady finger too helps in prevention of colon cancer by keeping the digestive system intact and functioning properly.

 Improves eyesight – The Vitamin A and beta carotene present in lady finger may be helpful in improving eyesight.

Treatment of dandruff and lice – Okra is used as  home remedy for dandruff and lice. Cut okra horizontally and boil in water, add lemon to this water and use this water for rinsing hair.

As you can see that most of the benefits of lady finger are attributed to its rich fibre content. Hence dietitians advise everyone to eat as many veggies with your meal as possible.

Ref.http://www.dietburrp.com/benefits-of-lady-finger/

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Masaledar Lobiya Curry

Blackeyed beans curry 5

Masaledar Black eyed pea /cow pea /
Lobiya Curry

The black-eyed pea, also known as the cow pea, is thought to have originated in North Africa, where it has been eaten for centuries. It may have been introduced into India as long as 3,000 years ago, and was also a staple of Greek and Roman diets. The peas were brought to the New World by Spanish explorers and African slaves. The earliest records are from 1674 when they were introduced to the West Indies. They have become a common food in the southern United States, where they are available dried, fresh, canned, and frozen. 

Prep time : Soaking the beans over night

Pressure Cooking time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

 Recipe type: main dish

Cuisine: north Indian

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup lobia /black eyed beans
  • 1 tbsp ginger finely grated
  • 15 garlic flakes crushed
  • 2 medium sized onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp of fenugreek seeds
  • 3 medium size tomatoes chopped
  • a small pinch of cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 2 red chilies whole
  • 2 cloves
  • 5 cups of water
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 small black cardamom powdered

Method :

Step 1.

Soak the lobia/ Black eyed beans overnight or for a few hours.

Step 2.

Now take the soaked lobia / Black eyed beans, four cups of water, salt and keep the pressure cooker on high flame till pressure is formed. After the pressure is formed cook on low flame for fifteen minutes switch off the stove, cool and check, beans will be soft.  Set aside with the cooking liquid.

Step 3.

While the lobia /black eyed beans are cooking, heat two table spoons of oil in a pan ,add onions and sauté on medium-low heat for about ten minutes until the onions are slightly golden brown add tomatoes,  grated ginger , crushed garlic and cook for 5-6 minutes switch off the stove, cool the fried onion,tomatoes and ginger , garlic.Grind into a smooth paste in a grinder. Keep the paste aside.

Step 4.

In a separate pan, heat the remaining one tbsp of oil, and add the cumin seeds, wait till cumin crackles, add fenugreek  seeds, black cardamom powder, cloves, cinnamon, dried red chillies.  Fry the spices in the oil for one or two minutes or so (over frying will change the taste) cool and then transfer into a mortar.  Grind into a coarse paste.

Step 5.

In a separate sauce pan, heat the remaining one tbsp of oil, add tomato, ginger , garlic , onion paste from step 3. Saute this paste for two minutes on medium flame, add coarsely ground spice paste to it along with turmeric, coriander powder, fry for one or two minutes.

Step 6.

Add the lobia / Black eyed beans with its water into the above fried masala in the saucepan.  Add a little more water if needed. Cover and bring to boil, then simmer for at least ten to fifteen minutes.

Step 7.

Serve hot , garnished with finely chopped Dhaniya / Coriander/ Cilantro leaves with Indian breads like Chapattis, parathas etc. and boiled rice.

 Possible Health Benefits of Black-eyed peas/ Cow peas / lobiya:

Black-eyed peas have so many health benefits here are a few of them:

  • Aids the digestive system and the colon: Due to its high fiber content it helps with elimination and keeps cancer at bay. Fiber is a nutrient that helps regulate your digestive system, and increasing your intake could help alleviate constipation and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Fiber also helps keep your cholesterol levels healthy by preventing cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream, which reduces your risk of developing heart disease. Additionally, high-fiber foods keep you feeling full, since they are digested slowly — which is important for weight control.
  • Good for the heart: It contains fiber, flavonoids no cholesterol and therefore is advantageous for the heart.
  • Good for the stomach: It helps with problems associated with the stomach, pancreas as well as spleen.
  • Helps in weight loss: Low in fat and calories makes them a nutritious accessory for a weight-loss diet plan. A diet which is lower in fat and calories can help you slim down, avoids putting on weight and safeguards you from numerous health problems, which includes cardiovascular disease, diabetes and also depressive disorders.
  • Helps with the bladder: It has been confirmed to be useful in reducing blockages or even discomfort related to urination problems.
  • Lowers cholesterol level: Cowpeas are well known because of their capability to reduce the plasma cholesterol within your body. This really is aided by them being recognized like an excellent method of obtaining proteins as well as dietary fibers, and it has a comparatively lower glycemic index.
  • Rich in anti-oxidants: The anti-oxidation property restricts the growth of the cancerous cells within the body.

Ref.https://godshealingplants.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/black-eyed-peas-health-benefits/

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Mushroom Peas Curry

Mater Mushroom

Green peas and mushrooms cooked to a delicious gravy.

Mushrooms, though classified as vegetables in the food world, are not technically plants. They belong to the fungi kingdom and although they are not vegetables, mushrooms provide several important nutrients. Mushrooms are naturally low in sodium, fat, cholesterol, and calories and have often been referred to as “functional foods.” In addition to providing basic nutrition, they help prevent chronic disease due to the presence of antioxidants and beneficial dietary fibers such as chitin and beta-glucans.

Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Main Course

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms Button mushrooms , finely sliced
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 2 medium size Onions, cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes
  • 8-9 Cashew nuts, finely powdered
  • 12 Peppercorns, finely powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 Clove, powdered
  • 1 tsp Fennel / saunf seeds, powdered
  • 1 Green cardamom, finely powdered
  • 3 Green chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash, clean and slice the mushrooms. In a pressure cooker, add sliced mushrooms and 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame, when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Once the pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the mushrooms aside.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker take green peas add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame once full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When the pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the peas aside.

Step 3.

Cut each tomato in two halves. In a pressure cooker add the cut tomatoes and 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the tomatoes in a small bowl. Remove the skin from all four pieces with a fork and put them into a blender. Add finely chopped green chillies and cashew powder to it and blend the mix. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Cut the onions into small pieces. Put in the pressure cooker with 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Once the pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the onions into a blender jar. Blend the onions in to a fine paste and keep  aside.

Step 5.

Heat oil in a wok/ pan / kadhai. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel / saunf powder and sauté lightly, till fragrant. Add the onion paste and sauté for 5-8 minutes on medium flame. Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a minute or so.

Step 6.

Add blanched tomatoes, cashew nut powder and green chillies paste. Cook for five to seven minutes on low heat. Add salt and red chili powder, mix well. Add 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. To this, add the mushrooms, peas. Mix well and cook for another 5-7 minutes on low heat.

Step 7.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Possible health benefits of mushrooms:

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Countless studies have suggested that increasing consumption of naturally-grown foods like mushrooms decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Cancer: Mushrooms contain just as high an antioxidant capacity as carrots, tomatoes, green and red peppers, pumpkins, green beans, and zucchini.4

Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables but can be found in mushrooms. It plays a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium prevents inflammation and also decreases tumor growth rates.2

The vitamin D in mushrooms has also been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells by contributing to the regulation of the cell growth cycle. The folate in mushrooms plays an important role in DNA synthesis and repair, thus preventing the formation of cancer cells from mutations in the DNA.2

Diabetes: Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. One cup of grilled portabella mushrooms and one cup of stir-fried shiitake mushrooms both provide about 3 grams of fiber.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 21-25 g/day for women and 30-38 g/day for men.

Heart health: The fiber, potassium and vitamin C content in mushrooms all contribute to cardiovascular health. Potassium and sodium work together in the body to help regulate blood pressure. Consuming mushrooms, which are high in potassium and low in sodium helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

Additionally, an intake of 3 grams of beta-glucans per day can lower blood cholesterol levels by 5%.3

Immunity: Selenium has also been found to improve immune response to infection by stimulating production of killer T-cells. The beta-glucan fibers found in the cell walls of mushrooms stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells and prevent tumors from forming.3

Weight management and satiety: Dietary fiber plays an important role in weight management by functioning as a “bulking agent” in the digestive system. Mushrooms contain two types of dietary fibers in their cell walls: beta-glucans and chitin which increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller longer and thereby lowering your overall calorie intake.3

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/278858.php

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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.