Chana Dal with Kaddu

kaddu Chana Dal

Bengal gram dal with yellow Pumpkin

Hi friends! Combination of Chana dal and pumpkin is highly nutritious, has a rich flavour and aroma, is amazingly delicious and gets easily digested.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Recipe type: main

Cuisine: north Indian

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

for cooking the chana dal in pressure cooker:

  • 1 cup chana dal/bengal gram dal
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric/haldi
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/hing
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt or / Salt as required
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed / jeera
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 500 ml water

for seasoning:

  • 200 gms Yellow pumpkin, Cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger/adrak, finely grated
  • 8-9 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed/jeera
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 3 cloves, powdered
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Black Cardamom seeds, powdered
  • 2 tsps fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Pure Ghee
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, finely chopped, for garnishing

Method:

Step 1.

Clean and wash the chana dal well, soak the dal for an hour in 500 ml water, keep aside

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker heat a tablespoon of cooking oil, add cumin seed, wait till starts spluttering, add asafetida fry for few second till turns pink.

Step 3.

Add the chana dal with water and turmeric, chili powder powder . On a full flame place the pressure cooker on the stove. The moment pressure is formed, reduce to low flame, cook for twenty five minutes. switch off the stove, let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 4.

Open the lid of the pressure cooker, dal is well cooked, keep aside.

Step 5.

Take a pan, heat ghee add the cumin first and fry for a few seconds, add the onions and fry till they become light brown, add the garlic and fry till golden. Add coriander powder, fry for few seconds,  add clove and Black cardamom powder. Add pumpkin pieces, fry for 3-5 minutes, now add the tomatoes, ginger, stir and sauté on low flame till the tomatoes get cooked and the oil starts to leave the side of the mixture.

Step 6.

Pour this tempering mixture on the dal, stir and simmer the dal for 10-15 minutes till dal is well blended, the dal is neither thick nor thin. Add fresh lime juice.Garnish chana dal with chopped coriander leaves. Serve the chana dal hot with basmati rice pulaos or with any of the Indian breads.

Note:

The consistency of the dal can be easily adjusted, if the dal becomes thick, then after adding the tempering, add some water and simmer for some minutes or if the dal become thin, simmer for a longer time so that you get the right consistency.

Possible health benefits of consuming pumpkin:

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like pumpkin decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality. It can also help stave off diabetes, heart disease, and promote a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Pumpkin is one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that gives orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant color. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body once it is eaten.

Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease, and delay aging and body degeneration.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279610.php

Possible health benefits of consuming Chana dal:

  • Chana dal is high in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol.
  • It also has a very low hypoglycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.
  • Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein.
  • It is low in fat and most of it is polyunsaturated.
  • Chana dal is extremely delicious in taste, full of nutritious and can be digested easily.

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

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Lehsuni Moong Dal

Moong dal Lehsunwali 1

husked Green gram  with garlic

Hi friends! Yellow moong dal is extremely light and easy to digest. It is easier to cook. Moong dal is used for making soups, stews and purees.

 Preparation Time : 10-15 minutes

Cooking time : 5-8 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup husked green gram dal /dhuli moong dal
  • 1 medium size Onion ,finely chopped
  • 12 pods of garlic / lehsun (finely past)
  • 1 “piece Ginger/ adrak, finely grated
  • 1/ 2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or Salt to taste
  • 500 ml water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil/ pure ghee

Method :

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the Moong dal in three glasses of water , keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil/ ghee in the pressure cooker, add asafetida, when turns pink, add mustard seeds, starts to splutters add curry leaves. Fry for few seconds (do not let it turn dark brown) .

Step 3.

Add the moong dal with three glasses of water to this seasoning. Add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till the full pressure is formed ( after the first whistle, switch of the heat), let it cool.

Step 4.

Heat ghee (clarified butter) in a thick bottom pan, fry onions till golden, put ginger and garlic paste, fry for a few minutes.

Step 5.

Add this seasoning to the dal and mix well.

Step 6.

Serve hot with boiled rice, pulaows or geera rice and all the Indian breads.

Note: Moong dal is cooked in many different ways in India. This recipe with the goodness of garlic/ lehsun is very simple, delicious and with a garlic flavor.

Possible health benefits of Moong dal:

  • Pulses are low in fat & cholesterol, high in dietary fiber and rich in protein, making them an excellent heart healthy food choice with established health benefits.
  • It is used for making the legendary dal tadka and dal fry.
  • It is eaten on a regular basis in every indian household in combination with rice and vegetables. Moong dal is a dieter-friendly dal rich in iron and potassium. Iron helps maintain haemoglobin levels and potassium helps reduce blood pressure, a boon for hypertensive people.
  • It is extremely light and can be easily eaten when you fall ill and even by pregnant women.

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Spicy Masoor Dal

 

Spicy Masoor dal

Spicy Masoor Dal

Hi friends! It is a delicious lentil made with tomato and spices. Masoor dal can be cooked in the combination of various other vegetables such as beans, cauliflower, green peas, etc. also.

Preparation time: 10 mins.
Cooking time: 10 mins.
Serves 6
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup masoor /whole red lentil, husked masoor whole
  • 2 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2″ piece ginger , finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1 level tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pure ghee
  • 1 tbsp coriander /dhania/Cilantro, finely chopped for garnishing

For Tempering:

  • 12 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size onion, finely sliced

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the masoor dal very well, soak in 500 ml water for fifteen minutes.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker, take Olive oil heat add cumin . When cumin starts to crackle, add asafetida fry for a few seconds, till it is light pink in colour. Add the chopped onions, add the tomatoes, fry for 3-4 minutes.

Step 3.

Add coriander, turmeric, chili powder, fry for few seconds, add soaked dal with water, salt and close the lid, cook on high flame, after the pressure is formed, reduce heat to low flame, cook for one minute only. Cool the pressure cooker to room temperature.

Step 4.

Open the lid of pressure cooker, take out the dal in a medium size bowl. Heat the ghee in a pan add the sliced onions sauté for 4-5 minutes, till light golden.

Step 5.

Add the finely chopped garlic, fry for 3 to 4 minutes, add gram masala, fry for few seconds.

Step 6.

Put the above tempering in to the dal . Serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander. It is very delicious spicy dish. Serve with all Indian breads or boiled rice.

Health benefits of Masoor dal:

Packed with protein, fiber, iron, folate, and other important nutrients, lentils are the storehouse of nutrition offering you numerous health promoting benefits and longevity as well.Masoor dal is an ideal food addition to your weight loss diet because it is low in fat and contains high amounts of fiber. Eating fiber rich foods controls your appetite by giving you the feeling of fullness which lasts for a long period of time. Masoor dal helps in loseing weight, protects the heart, and is good for diabetics.

Red lentils improve digestive health, reduce cancer risk,boost your immune power,reduce inflammation,and are healthy for eyes.Red lentils boost energy,and is good for strong bones and teeth.

Ref. http://www.valuefood.info/food/natural-food/nutrition-health-benefits-pulses-cereals/benefits-of-red-lentils-masoor-dal/

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Moong and Lobiya /Black eyed beans

 Moong sabut        Black eyed beans

Hi friends! Enjoy this high protein Moong sabut / Whole green gram/Mung beans, cooked with Lobiya / Black eyed beans .

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup moong sabut /whole green gram
  • 1/2 cup Lobiya / Black eyed beans
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing/ asafetida
  • 2/3 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp powdered coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp of fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp pure ghee
  • 500 ml water

 For seasoning

  • 2 Medium size onions finely chopped
  • 2 Medium size tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the black-eyed beans and Moong sabut and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker, put two table spoon oil in it, and heat, when heated put hing/ asafetida and wait till it turns light pink in colour. Add cumin seed/ geera, when it starts spluttering , put coriander powder, fry it for a few seconds. Add black-eyed beans and Moong sabut along with water, salt, ginger and turmeric, chili powder.

Step 3.

Pressure cook for twenty-five minutes, on reduced heat and switch off the heat. Wait for it to cool.

Step 4.

Heat the ghee in a pan, add the cinnamon stick and fry for few seconds, add the onions. Fry till the onion turns golden add , add the fenugreek seeds fry for few more seconds, add the tomato paste. Cool and grind this masala to a paste. Put paste in the pressure cooked black-eyed beans and Moong sabut mix, bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 10 minutes. The consistency of the dal can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing water.

Step 5.

Add the, garam masala ,lime juice and mix well.

Step 6.

Serve hot garnished with the coriander leaves with chapattis, paranthas and all rice preparations.

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/

Health Benefits of Mung Beans:

1. Can Help Lower High Cholesterol Levels and Protect Against Heart Disease

Mung beans have the ability to regulate cholesterol levels because their antioxidants act like potent free-radical scavengers, reversing damage done to blood vessels and lowering inflammation. Mung beans are a great addition to any anti-inflammatory diet thanks to their ability to keep arteries clear and to improve circulation.

2. Helps Lower High Blood Pressure

Mung beans nutrition include the ability to fight another significant cardiovascular disease risk factor: high blood pressure.

3. Contains Antioxidants That Fight Cancer Development

High levels of amino acids — oligosaccharides and polyphenols — in mung beans are thought to be the main contributors to their antioxidant power that can fight cancer development.

4. Can Help Prevent or Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Strong evidence exists that mung beans nutrition has a significant anti-diabetic effect and can naturally help prevent or treat cases of type 2 diabetes.

5. Provide a High Source of Protein

Mung beans nutrition includes a very impressive amount of protein for a plant, with about 20–24 percent of their chemical structure being amino acids (protein). Mung beans nutrition is also rich in other essential amino acids, including leucine, isoleucine and valine, which can be combined with other plant sources (like whole grains or some vegetables) to make a “complete protein.” Their highly absorbable protein content makes them a smart choice for vegans or vegetarians, especially considering how many other nutrients they add to someone’s diet.

6. Boosts Immunity and Protects Against Infections and Viruses

Mung beans nutrition contains a range of phytonutrients that are considered anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, helping them to increase immunity and fight harmful bacteria, viruses, colds, rashes, irritations and more. Mung beans promote a healthy balance of bacteria within the digestive tract, which helps with nutrient absorption and immune defense.

Ref. https://draxe.com/mung-beans-nutrition/

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Mung beans and chana Dal

 Moong sabut       +          Chana dal

Moong chana 3

Mung Beans / Whole green gram, cooked with chana dal / gram dal

Hi friends! Nutritious, tasty combination and very commonly used in the Indian cuisine.

Servings: 6

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup moong sabut /whole green gram
  • 1/2 cup Chana dal / Bengal gram dal
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing/ asafetida
  • 2/3 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp powdered coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp pure ghee
  • 500 ml water

 For seasoning

  • 2 Medium size onions finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala

Method:

Step 1.

Pick, clean and wash the dals very well, keep aside.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker, put two table spoon oil in it, and heat, when heated put hing/ asafetida and wait till it turns light pink in colour. Add cumin seed/ geera, when it starts spluttering , put coriander powder, fry it for a few seconds, add dals , water, salt, ginger and turmeric, chili powder.

Step 3.

After the pressure is formed, reduce the heat and let it cook for twenty-five minutes. Switch off the heat. Keep to cool.

Step 4.

Heat the ghee in a pan, and add the onions. Fry till the onion turns golden add garam masala. Put the seasoning in the dal, bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 10 minutes. The consistency of the dal can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing water.

Step 5.

Add the, lime juice and mix well. Serve hot garnished with the coriander leaves.

Health Benefits of Mung Beans:

1. Can Help Lower High Cholesterol Levels and Protect Against Heart Disease

Mung beans have the ability to regulate cholesterol levels because their antioxidants act like potent free-radical scavengers, reversing damage done to blood vessels and lowering inflammation. Mung beans are a great addition to any anti-inflammatory diet thanks to their ability to keep arteries clear and to improve circulation.

2. Helps Lower High Blood Pressure

Mung beans nutrition include the ability to fight another significant cardiovascular disease risk factor: high blood pressure.

3. Contains Antioxidants That Fight Cancer Development

High levels of amino acids — oligosaccharides and polyphenols — in mung beans are thought to be the main contributors to their antioxidant power that can fight cancer development.

4. Can Help Prevent or Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Strong evidence exists that mung beans nutrition has a significant anti-diabetic effect and can naturally help prevent or treat cases of type 2 diabetes.

5. Provide a High Source of Protein

Mung beans nutrition includes a very impressive amount of protein for a plant, with about 20–24 percent of their chemical structure being amino acids (protein). Mung beans nutrition is also rich in other essential amino acids, including leucine, isoleucine and valine, which can be combined with other plant sources (like whole grains or some vegetables) to make a “complete protein.” Their highly absorbable protein content makes them a smart choice for vegans or vegetarians, especially considering how many other nutrients they add to someone’s diet.

6. Boosts Immunity and Protects Against Infections and Viruses

Mung beans nutrition contains a range of phytonutrients that are considered anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, helping them to increase immunity and fight harmful bacteria, viruses, colds, rashes, irritations and more. Mung beans promote a healthy balance of bacteria within the digestive tract, which helps with nutrient absorption and immune defense.

Ref. https://draxe.com/mung-beans-nutrition/

Health benefits of mixed lentils / dals:

Dals are very commonly used in the Indian cuisine. It is hard to find an Indian household that does not stock up different types dals. As dals have to prepared on a daily basis, we need to have a lot of dals on board to maintain the variety. Besides dals are types of pulses that have many nutritional values. The health benefits of dals in general is that they are very rich in proteins.
Bengal Gram Dal Chana dal or Bengal gram dal is one of the richest vegan source of dietary proteins. It is also rich in trace minerals like copper, manganese etc. Having this dal helps keep diabetes at bay.
Urad Dal If its proteins you want from your meal, then opt for urad dal. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Moong Dal Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

Ref: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20023

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Mung dal with Lauki

Moong dal giyawali

       Mung dal with Lauki/bottle gourd

Hi friends! Mung dal with Lauki/bottle gourd is a delicious combination of lauki and lentils. It is a delicious Indian recipe served Indian cuisine.

Preparation Time : 10-15 minutes

Cooking time : 5-8 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine North Indian

Course Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 (500gms approx) bottle gourd small (lauki/Ghiya),peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup husked green gram dal (dhuli moong dal),soaked for 3-4 hours
  • 1 big size Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 “piece Ginger/ adrak, finely grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds/ geera
  • 2 tsp Coriander/ dry dhaniya powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or Salt to taste
  • 750 ml water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil/ pure ghee
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped – (for garnishing)

Method

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the Moong dal in three glasses of water for 3-4 hours (same water is used while cooking the dal). keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil/ ghee in the pressure cooker, asafetida, when turns pink, add cumin seed, when cumin starts to splutters add coriander powder. Fry for few seconds (do not let it turn dark brown) .

Step 3.

Add the moong dal with three glasses of water to this seasoning. Add the lauki cubes, salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till the full pressure is formed ( after the first whistle, switch of the heat). let it cool.

Step 4.

Heat ghee (clarified butter) in a thick bottom pan, fry onions till golden, put gram masala fry for a few seconds.

Step 5.

Add this seasoning to the dal and mix well. Garnish it with fresh finely chopped coriander leaves.

Step 6.

Serve hot with boiled rice, pulaows or geera rice and all the Indian breads.

Note: Moong dal is cooked in many different ways in India. This recipe with the goodness of lauki/ Ghiya/ bottle gourd is very delicious and a healthy recipe.

Health Benefits of Yellow Mung dal:

1.It is good source of protein and dietary fiber.

2.It is low in fat and rich in potassium ,calcium and B complex vitamins.

3.It is easy to digest and not like other pulses which are heavy for digestion.

4.Dietician always recommend to eat fibrous lentils at least three times a week.

5.The fiber in these lentils help to decrease high cholesterol.

6.Mostly this dal is cooked for sick persons in home as it is easily digestible.

 Possible health benefits of Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya:

In fact, traditional healers recommended consumption of this bottle gourd to treat various conditions. Here are some of its benefits you must know.

Aids digestion: People suffering from constipation should eat bottle gourd as it is high in fibre and helps clear the food stuck in your colon. Additionally, juice made out of bottle gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature [1].

Great for weight loss Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fibre content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full.

Helps treat urinary disorders Bottle gourd has a cooling effect on your body, and a glass of bottle gourd juice is a great diuretic that can be used to treat burning sensation while passing urine. This burning sensation is caused due to high levels of acid in the urine, which can be countered by the alkaline nature of bottle gourd juice.

Refreshes you during summers: Just like cucumber, bottle gourd too has a high amount of water which keeps you hydrated during summers. Drinking a glass of its juice will ensure that you do not face loss of sodium, fatigue or extreme thirst while you are out in the sun. This makes it great for people whose jobs require them to travel in daylight.

Prevents heart disease: Unhealthy lifestyles are leading to several cases of heart disease in urban India. So much so that, 70% of the urban population is at risk of heart disease due to wrong lifestyle choices like eating fried and processed foods, smoking, etc. Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, bottle gourd has zero cholesterol and is rich in vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants making it good for your heart [3].

Reduces stress It is quite easy to feel stressed in today’s times, and unhealthy eating can only worsen the situation. Bottle gourd has a high water content has a cooling effect on your body which makes you feel better the very moment you take it. It also has diuretic, sedative and antibilious properties which makes your body feel better internally, and keeps stress at bay.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-lauki-dudhi-bottle-gourds-sa114/

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