Bhindi/OkraLadyfinger Raita

Bhidi Raita     bhindi pic

Bhindi / okra/ lady finger Raita

Hi friends! Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing fried Bhindi / okra/ lady fingerpieces and spices.

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Curd / Yogurt /dahi
  • 150 gms. Bhindi/ okra /lady finger, chopped circular
  • 1 tsp fresh coriander paste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin/ Jeera, roasted, powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp red chilies powder
  • oil for deep frying okra
  • 1/2 t-spoon Mustard seeds
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

Wash very well Bhindi/ okra /lady finger. Dry on a paper kitchen towel, trim both the ends, cut into slightly thickl circular discs. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Take a wok / kadahi and add oil to it, heat oil , put chopped Bhindi /Lady finger/Okra gently in the hot oil and fry it on medium-high heat. When well fried, drain on a paper kitchen towel and keep aside.

Step 3.

Take curd / yogurt in a medium sized bowl. Whisk the curd / yogurt with a blender or fork until it is smooth. Add water if curd / yogurt is too thick and blend well.

Step 4.

Add fresh coriander pate, cumin powder, pepper powder, salt, red chili powder to the whisked curd, mix it well.

Step 5.

Now, in the spiced curd / yogurt and gently fold in the fried Bhindi / Okra /Lady finger.

Step 6.

Heat a table spoon oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds and when mustard seeds start spluttering add curry leaves, saute for few seconds then turn off the heat and porethis seasoning evenly on the fried Bhindi / Okra /Lady finger raita.

Step 7.

Refrigerate the raita. Serve cold with boiled rice, rice biriyanis etc.

Health benefits Bhindi / Okra /Lady finger:

The dietary fibers contained in this  vegetable are best for those who are on weight reduction programme. Bhindi / Okra /Lady finger comprises of no calories, therefore is good for weight loss. The high Vitamin content in Bhindi / Okra/ Lady finger helps battle cold and improves the overall functioning of the immune system. The Vitamins and numerous minerals like magnesium, manganese, calcium and iron in Bhindi / Okra/ Lady finger fights against hurtful free radicals and enhances the functionality of the  immune system.

Ref. https://beautyhealthtips.in/top-health-benefits-of-eating-okra-or-ladys-finger-or-bhindi/

 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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Moong Pakori Raita

Bundi raita     moong dal pakori   Moong Pakori Raita

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

Serving: 6

Dal soaking time: 3-4 hours

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:      

 For Pakori

  •  1 cup soaked overnight ( or for  at least 3-4 hours) dhuli moong daal (husked green gram)
  • 1  tsp red chili powder / or add more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/ geera
  • 1 level tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 1 tsp adrak (ginger) finely grated
  • Oil for deep-frying

For Raita

  •  1 liter Curd/ yogurt
  • 1 tsp roasted and powdered cumin seeds/ geera
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt / or salt to taste

Method:

Step 1.

wash and soak moong dal for 3-4 hours. Grind the daal to a smooth consistency with using very little water or no water.

Step 2.
Heat the oil and drop teaspoonfuls into the hot oil and fry the pakoris, fry to a golden color, strain and keep aside on a paper kitchen towel till all the pakoris are fried.

Step 3.

Soak the pakoris in water for ten minutes. Then take out the pakoris from water and gently squeeze out the water and keep aside.

Step 4.

Whisk the curd/ yogurt in a bowl very nicely. Mix salt, roasted geera powder, pepper, add the ready pakoris to the curd. Mix well, refrigerate till served.

Note: Imali /tamrind, khatti meethi chutney, goes very well with this Raita.

Curd Cooking tips:

A bowl of fresh curd and dal pakori (Raitas)is a great accompaniment to lunches and dinners.  Add sour curd to salads which make it taste better.

Sour curd is added to vegetable curries instead of tomatoes to make it rich and delicious.

Health benefits of 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/

Health benefits of moong dal:

Among other moong dal nutrition benefits, this dal is a good source for a variety of vitamins and minerals.  Provides folate (vitamin B9). Moong dal also provides significant amounts of thiamine (vitamin B1), as well as vitamin B5 and vitamin B6. In addition to this, it contains high levels of the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zin.

A great moong dal nutrition benefit is the amount of fiber it has.

Moong beans are packed with protein.

Moong dal can be a great, nutritious addition to a balanced diet. It is a healthy meal that provides high levels of protein and fiber while containing relatively few calories and little fat.

Ref.http://weightloss.answers.com/nutrition/5-nutrition-facts-for-moong-dal

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Cucumber Raita

Cucumber     Cucumber Raita 1

Kheera /Cucumber Raita

Hi friends! Here is a simple, delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt/curd/Dahi  containing grated cucumber and spices. A no flame ,very healthy, tasty,  easy to follow  curd based recipe.This preparation provides protein. Natural live cultures are good for body.

Prep Time: Under 15 min

Course: Main course,Side dish

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 3 cups plain Yogurt
  • 1 medium size cucumber (half grated and half chopped)
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp finally chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp low sodium salt/or to taste (low sodium salt is good for health)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and peel cucumber. Grate one half of the cucumber in a bowl and chop second half of the cucumber in to small cubes in the same bowl.

Step 2.

Take the yogurt in a mixing bowl, beat it to a smooth texture.

Step 3.

Add the salt, cumin powder, pepper to the beaten curd.

Step 4.

Mix or fold in the grated and cubed cucumber and mix well.

Step 5.

Refrigerate till served. Serve as a side dish with all the rice preparations and Indian breads .

Health benefits of cucumbers:

Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins.

Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day.

Cucumber cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure. Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients.

Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels.

Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

Ref. http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html

 Health benefits of 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/

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • 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.
  • 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.
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Bottle Gourd Raita

Lauki /Ghiya / Bottle gourd Raita 

bottle-gourd  ghiya raita 3

Hi friends! Here is a simple, delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt/curd/Dahi  containing grated steamed bottle gourd and spices.

 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Prep Time: Under 15 minutes

Course: Main,side dish

Serves: 4 people

 Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Curd / Yogurt or 500 gms curd/ yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Ghiya (lauki)
  • 1tsp Cumin (jeera roasted and powdered) powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard powdered
  • 1/2 tsp salt/ or salt to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Grate ghiya with a grater,keep aside.

Step 2.

Boil grated ghiya in three cups of water till soft (6-7 minutes), drain in a strainer and cool it.

Step 3.

Mix the curd with a beater. If curd is thick mix little milk.

Step 4.

Now add salt, cumin powder and pepper powder in the beaten curd.Fold in the boiled ghiya, mix well.

Step 5.

Keep refrigerated till served.Sprinkle powdered mustard on it.

Step 6.

Serve ghiya raita chilled  as a side dish with boiled rice, rice pulaos, chapattis, parothas, and all other Indian breads.

Cooking tips

A bowl of fresh curd and veggies (Raitas)is a great accompaniment to lunches and dinners.  Add sour curd to salads which make it taste better.

Sour curd is added to vegetable curries instead of tomatoes to make it rich and delicious.

Health benefits of 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/

Health benefits of bottle gourd/lauki:

This South Asian bottle gourd is bottle shaped, light green and long. The flesh inside is spongy. Bottle gourd or lauki is over 90% water therefore it is easy to digest.

It contains many vitamins and minerals, such as, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate.

It is extremely popular for weight loss. Especially the bottle gourd or lauki juice.

Bottle gourd is extremely popular for reducing high blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy

Lauki or bottle gourd is known to combat excessive thirst in diabetic patients.

The fiber and the minerals in the bottle gourd or lauki supports healthy digestion and combats flatulence and combats constipation.

Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurvedic doctors for reducing liver inflammation.

Ref. http://beautyhealthtips.in/amazing-10-health-benefits-of-bottle-gourd-lauki/

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • 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.
  • 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.
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