Appam Dahi Vadas

Appam dahi Vadas 2Khara appam 3

Appam Dahi Vadas

Hi friends!Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing steamed lentil balls and spices.

 All varieties of dals/ lentils can be added to make Appam vadas nutritious.

Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Vegetarian

Serves : 6- 8

 Ingredients:

 For Appams

  • 1/2 cup Black gram dal (husked)
  • 1/2 cup Moong dal (husked)
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour or raw rice 2 table spoons soaked
  • 1/4 level tsp Asafetida powder
  • 2-3 Green chilies
  • 8 to 10 Curry leaves, finely choped
  • 1tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp level salt / or Salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • Olive oil for lining the appam skillet before Cooking

For the Dahi / curd / Yogurt

  • 4 cups chilled Dahi / curd / Yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Black salt
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander/ cilantro/ dhaniya leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the two dals /lentils,raw rice (if rice powder is being used then no soaking of raw rice required) very well and soak in water together for overnight.

Step 2.

Grind soaked dals / lentils and rice, fenugreek seeds and finely chopped curry leaves, green chilies in a grinder, adding water slowly (so a minimum quantity is used), to a thick consistency batter.  Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl, add salt mix well. Keep it for fermenting for 2-3 hours.

Step 3.

Take a table spoon of oil in a pan , heat the oil add asafetida wait for a few seconds for it to turn pink, switch of the stove. Add this tempering to the batter. Mix rice flour (if no previously soaked raw rice added), salt, and baking soda in the dal batter, and mix well. Keep it aside for few minutes.

Step 4.

Place an appam skillet applying  or spraying oil to all the molds of the skillet.  When heated, fill in all the moulds of the skillet one by one and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 5.                                         

After few minutes check if appams are cooked by inserting in a knife in the appams, if it comes out clean, appams are ready on one side. Flip each appam to cook on the reverse side, spraying or adding a drop of oil to each mould.

Step 6.

When cooked both sides to a light golden colour, remove from the skillet and soak in hot water.

Step 7.

Let the appams stand in hot water till water cools. Squeeze out water from appams and arrange in a serving dish.

Step 8.

Whisk yogurt add salt, black salt, roasted cumin powder, black pepper and red chili powder and mix it well. Pour the yogurt mix over the ready appams in the serving dish.

Step 9.

Garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve cold.

Health benefits of Lentils/ Dals:

Lentils / dals are higher in fiber content, extremely rich in soluble fiber, which helps the digestive system.

Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. It also helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.

Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.

Lentils increase energy levels by replenishing iron reserves in the body.

Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

Health benefits Curd:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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Bathua ka Raita

Bathua saag   Bathu Raita

(Bathua/ Chenopodium album Raita)

Hi friends!Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing Bathua/ Chenopodium album and spices.

Bathua/ Chenopodium album has an earthy, mineral-rich, astringent salty taste comparable to spinach. Bathua is readily available during India’s winter months at elevations up to 4,700 meters. Some sources, such as the “Handbook on Herbs Cultivation and Processing,” also list the plant as a summer crop in irrigated areas.When buying bathua, look for a slightly white, dusty coating—this is perfectly natural, and is a hallmark feature of the plant. The leaves lose this powdery residue upon maturity. If consuming raw, look for younger leaves. Otherwise, opt for firm, dense leaves with no obvious signs of wilt.

Preparation Time :10 minutes

Cooking time : 5 minutes

Cuisine: India,Uttar Pradesh

Course: Raita

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Servings : 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bathua/ Chenopodium album , finely chopped
  • 3 cups Curd / Yogurt /Dahi
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1 tsp Ginger, grated finely
  • 1/2 tsp cumin / Jeera, roasted and powdered
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2/3 level tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black salt

 Method:

Step 1.

Put the chopped Bathua/ Chenopodium album in a pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup of water, close the lid and put on a high flame. The moment pressure is formed switch off the heat. Let the cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 2.

Take Bathua/ Chenopodium album from the cooker put in the blender, add two green chilies, one tea spoon grated fresh ginger, puree the mixture to a fine paste ,keep it aside.

Step 3.

Take Curd /yogurt / Dahi in a bowl and whisk it well to a smooth texture.

Step 4.

Add salt, black salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder, to the whisked curd and mix well. Keep it aside.

Step 5.

Take the pureed Bathua/ Chenopodium album add it to the spiced and whisked lightly curd once more. Mix well, refrigerate. Serve cold with all Indian breads, boiled rice or rice biryani etc.

Health benefits of Bathua/ Chenopodium album:

Many groups in India use bathua medicinally. According to the book, “Indian Medicinal Plants,” bathua acts as a laxative, anthelmintic for hookworms and roundworms, and as a blood purifier.

When prepared as an infusion, it manages hepatic disorders, spleen enlargement, biliousness, burns, and ulcers. The book, “Handbook on Herbs Cultivation and Processing” explains that that the ground plant mixed with alcohol is also applied topically to treat rheumatism and arthritis.

Bathua or Chenopodium album, also called Goosefoot, Lambs’ quarters and All Good is a plant whose leaves are used as a vegetable. Bathua has a lot of health benefits as well. It is very useful for those suffering from kidney stones. Take out the juice from tender leaves and stems by grinding them, Drink 10-15 ml of this mixed with water on empty stomach in the morning and then in the evening also for some days. It helps to break the stones and helps in their removal. Bathua is a brain food, removes urinary infections and promotes urine flow. It is useful for those suffering from arthritis. If there is swelling and pain steam heat some leaves and apply this as a hot poultice on the area. It will reduce swelling and pain. Bathua is also useful for internal swellings of stomach, intestine, liver, uterus etc.

In jaundice mix equal quantities of juice of bathua and giloy (tinosporia cordilolia). Take 25-30 ml of this mixture in the morning and evening for relief from jaundice.

For gout and high uric acid eat bathua vegetable regularly.

Ref. http://www.bubblews.com/news/1422605-health-benefits-of-bathua-or-chenopodium-album

Curd Health benefits:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

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Pumpkin Raita

Pumpkin Raita

Hi friends! Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing yellow pumpkin and spices.

Pumpkin fruit is one of the widely grown vegetables that is incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. While this humble backyard vegetable is less in calories but contains vitamin A, and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance.The plant is a fast-growing vine that creeps along the ground surface in a similar fashion like that of other Cucurbitaceae family vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, squash, cantaloupes…etc. It is one of the most popular field crops cultivated around the world, including the USA at the commercial scale for its fruit, and seeds.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 250 gm Pumpkin
  • 3 cups Curd/Dahi /yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black salt
  • ½ tsp Roasted cumin seed powder
  • ½ tsp Salt or / as to taste

For seasoning:

  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 pinch asafetida / Hing
  • 6-8 curry leaves

Method:

Step 1.

Peel, wash and then cut the pumpkin in to small, slightly thick pieces.

Step 2.

Put the pumpkin along with two cups of water in a pan on a high flame. The moment water starts boiling, reduce the heat to low flame. Pumpkin will boil in eight to ten minutes.

Step 3.

Strain out the water from the boiled pumpkin and let it cool. Mash 1/4 of the boiled pumpkin a little with the back of the ladle.

Step 4.

Whisk the Curd/ yogurt till smooth. Add salt, sugar, pepper, red chili, cumin powder, black salt, and mix well. Fold in the boiled pumpkin pulp as well as pieces. Mix well.

Step 5.

Heat oil in a pan add mustard, when it starts crackling, add asafetida fry for few seconds. When asafeida turns pink add curry leaves, fry for few seconds, switch off the stove. Pore the seasoning on the Raita, mix well.

Step 6.

Refrigerate and serve cold, with rice dishes and your favorite Indian bread.

Note: Pumpkin raita like all raitas help in digesting the food.

Health benefits of curd/ Yogurt:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

 

Health benefits of Pumpkin:

 

It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol

it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes.

It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.

It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as α, ß carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in retina of the eyes. Thus, it helps protect from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly.

The fruit is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

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

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Potato Raita

Aloo Raita 3  Potatoes pic

Hi friends!Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing boiled potatoes and spices.

Whisked curd with tiny pieces of boiled potato and flavored with spices make a delicious side dish with the main course.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Curd/Dahi /yogurt
  • 2 potatoes medium size, boiled peeled and cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds , roasted and powdered
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt or /salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp kala namak/ black salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mint powder

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker, put the potatoes with two cups of water, close the lid and place the cooker on full flame. The moment pressure is formed reduce to low flame, cook for three minutes. Switch off the heat and allow the cooker to cool to room temperature.

Step 2.

Peel the potatoes,cut the potatoes in to tiny cubes, keep aside.

Step 3.

Whisk the Curd/ yogurt till smooth. Add salt, sugar,pepper, red chili,cumin powder, kala namak, dry mint leaves powder and mix well. Fold in the potato cubes .

Step 4.

Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with the little roasted cumin and red chili powder. Refrigerate the raita till served.Serve  Aloo raita cold with the main course.

Health benefits of Aaloo /Potato:

Contrary to the popular belief that potatoes should be avoided because they are rich in starch, medical reports today claim that potatoes should be consumed as they help in enriching the body with essential nutrients. Potatoes are rich in phytochemicals which help in fighting against respiratory diseases, cardiovascular ailments and several types of cancer.

People suffering from high blood pressure should consume potatoes. Potato contains a compound known as kukoamine which helps in lowering blood pressure.

Potato is rich in vitamin B6 which aids in building and repairing body cells. This vitamin leads to the production of enzymes in the body, which in turn leads to chemical reactions which cause cell repairs. Apart from repairing of human body and brain cells, this nutrient is responsible for the production of the molecule amine in the human body, which helps in transmissions between different nerves of the human nervous system.

Potatoes are highly effective in relieving high blood pressure caused due to tension, indigestion, nature of food and several other reasons. The fiber content is known for lowering cholesterol and improving the functioning of insulin in the body, thereby lowering blood pressure.

The fiber content of potato helps in lowering plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentration in the human body.

Potato contains large quantities of starch which helps to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.

Potatoes make an ideal food for people who are lean and thin. With mounds of carbohydrates and proteins, they help in promoting weight gain.

Easy to digest, potatoes help in facilitating the digestion process, especially for people who cannot digest hard food but require energy, such as patients and babies.

Potatoes have vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc in significant amounts which are beneficial for the skin. They are great for curing pimples, spots, burns and even help in softening and cleaning the skin, particularly around elbows, back of the palms, and so on.

The vitamin C content in potatoes is helpful for preventing the dreaded deficiency disease scurvy and its symptoms, like cracked lip corners, spongy and bleeding gums, and frequent viral infections.

Potatoes have essential nutrients that help in providing relief to rheumatism due to the high starch or carbohydrate content that increases weight and reverses the effects of this disorder.

Ref.http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/potato-nutrition.php

Curd Health benefits:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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Baigan/Eggplant/Aubergine Raita

Baigan Raita 2   brinjal pic
Baigan is also known as Brinjal or eggplant or Aubergine Raita

Hi friends! Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing roasted and mashed brinjal /baigan/egg plant and spices.

 

Ingredients:

1 medium sized brinjal/Baingan / Eggplant
2 cups Curd/ yoghurt /Dahi
1/2 tsp cumin/Jeera roasted, ground
1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper /Kali mirch
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp coriander/ Dhaniya/ Cilantro, fresh leaves finely chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
Method:

Step 1.

Wash well the baigan /eggplant /aubergine with water. Dry with a kitchen napkin. Apply some oil on the baigan and keep it for roasting on an open flame. Keep it turning on the fire after couple of minutes such that the baigan gets roasted on all sides completely. When soft and well roasted from all sides, remove from fire & soak in cold water for peeling the skin.

Step 2.

Peel the skin of the roasted baigan. Keep it on the chopping board. Cut the stem of the baigan. Mash the roasted brinjal with a fork. keep aside.

Step 3.

When the baigan is getting roasted, take the Curd/Dahi/yogurt in a mixing bowl, whisk it to a smooth texture.

Step 4.

Add finely chopped fresh coriander leaves, salt, cumin, pepper, red chili powder and lemon juice to the whisked curd, mix it well.

Step 5.

Now, in the spiced curd / yogurt , gently fold in the roasted and mashed baigan/ brinjal/ eggplant /aubergine ,blend well.

Step 6.

Refrigerate Baigan Raita till use. Serve cold with Rice dihes, all Indian breads.

Health bebefits of Brinjal or baigan :

Brinjal or baigan as it is called in India, is a vegetable that is extremely high on nutrients and has many health benefits which makes it something you should try and eat at least once every week. A lot of people don’t like the taste, but if you cook it well, it can be extremely delicious too. Brinjals are great for weight loss as they are low in calories with 100g of the vegetable containing just 25 calories. It is also rich in fiber which helps in eating a small serving which makes you feel full and prevent you from overeating.

Ref.http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-brinjal-baingan

 Health benefits Curd:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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Palak/Spinach Raita

Spinach leaves   Palak Raita 1

Palak / Spinach Raita

Hi friends! Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing steamed Spinach leaves and spices.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Spinach / Palak, finely chopped and pureed
  • 3 cups Curd / Yogurt /Dahi
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger, grated finely
  • 1/2 tsp cumin / Jeera roasted and powdered
  • 2/3 level tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black salt

 Method:

Step 1.

Put the chopped Spinach / Palak in a pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup of water, close the lid and put on a high flame. The moment pressure is formed switch off the heat. Let the cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 2.

Take spinach from the cooker put in the blender, add two green chilies, one tea spoon grated fresh ginger, puree the mixture to a fine paste ,keep it aside.

Step 3.

Take Curd /yogurt / Dahi in a bowl and whisk it well to a smooth texture.

Step 4.

Add salt,black salt, cumin, to the whisked curd and mix well. Keep it aside.

Step 5.

Take the pureed spinach add it to the spiced and whisked curd. Mix well, refrigerate. Serve cold with all Indian breads, boiled rice or rice biryani etc.

Health benefits of Spinach / Palak:

Spinach is an excellent food loaded with tons of nutrients and a low calorie package. Greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

As per studies the possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609.php

Curd Health benefits:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref.http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
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Coconut Raita

Coconut Raita 1  Coconut-with-leaves-300x234

Hi friends! Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing grated fresh coconut and spices. A no flame ,very healthy, tasty,  easy to follow  curd based recipe.

Prep Time: Under 15 min

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Curd / yogurt /dahi
  • 2 tbsp fresh Coconut, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for seasoning

Method:

Step 1.

Take curd / yogurt / Dahi in a small bowl and whisk it well.

Step 2.

Add grated coconut, salt, chili powder and again mix them well. Keep the Raita aside.

Step 3.

Take the oil in a small pan, heat and put mustard seeds in it. When mustard starts spluttering add curry leaves, sauté for few seconds. Switch off the heat, pore the seasoning over the Raita. Refrigerate the coconut Raita till you serve.

Coconut health benefits:

This amazing fruit seed coconut offers strong antioxidant properties and health benefits. Coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that can amply provide for all human needs and have multiple health benefits. Referred to as kalpa vriksha (Sanskrit for “the tree that supplies all that is needed to live”) in ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, anti fungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world. Considered one of the most treasured foods of all time, coconut products — including coconut flesh, coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut cream — each deliver superb health benefits. Coconut-producing regions export coconuts all over the world so it’s relatively easy to find coconuts at your local health food store or Asian grocer.

Ref. http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/coconut-health-benefits/#axzz3EWDxw6Br

Curd Health benefits:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
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  • 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.
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