Carrot Soup

carrot Soup

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian
Serves : 2
Level: Easy
Ingredients :

  • 4 carrots, medium size, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 apples, peeled, cored, and cubed
  • 1 onion , medium size, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 9 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups milk , low fat
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

Melt butter in a pressure cooker. Add onion sauté till they are translucent add ginger , garlic and sauté for a minute on low flame.

Step 2.

Add cubed apple and carrots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add water and close the lid. On high flame, the moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to room temperature.

Step 3.

Remove the cooked mixture from the cooker into a blender jar and puree the vegetables. Strain and add 2 cups of milk bring to a boil , and then simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt and black pepper.

Step 4.

While the soup is simmering, cut the bread into cubes and in a frying pan over medium flame, heat 2/3 cup of the olive oil until it is just below smoking. Add the bread pieces and fry until crisp and golden brown on all sides. Remove and drain on a kitchen paper towel.

Step 5.

Pour the soup in bowls, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with croutons on the side.

Possible Health benefits of Carrots:

An overwhelming body of evidence exists suggesting that increased intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risks, carrots included.

Cancer: A variety of dietary carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body.

Lung Cancer: One study found that current smokers who did not consume carrots had three times the risk of developing lung cancer compared with those who ate carrots more than once a week.2

Colorectal Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.3

Leukemia: Carrot juice extract was shown to kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression in a 2011 study.4

Prostate Cancer: Among younger men, diets rich in beta-carotene may play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition.5

Vision: According to Duke ophthalmologist Jill Koury, MD, vitamin A deficiency causes the outer segments of the eye’s photoreceptors to deteriorate, damaging normal vision. Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene will restore vision.6

Studies have shown that it is unlikely that most people will experience any significant positive changes in their vision from eating carrots unless they have an existing vitamin A deficiency, which is common in developing countries.

So where did all the hype surrounding carrots and vision come from? During World War II, the British Royal Air Force started an advertising campaign claiming that the secret to their fighter pilots clear, sharp vision was carrots. Realistically, the fighter pilot’s accuracy was due to a new radar system the British wanted to keep secret from the Germans, but the rumor spread and remains popular today.

Other possible benefits: The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve immune function.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270191.php

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Tomato Soup

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Hi friends ! Whether you refer to a tomato as a fruit or a vegetable, there is no doubt that a tomato is a nutrient-dense, super-food that most people should be eating more of.The tomato has been referred to as a “functional food,” a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition, additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene. Here is a simple yet delicious recipe of tomato soup.

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients: 

    • 8  medium size tomatoes- chopped (into four quarters each)
    • 1 medium size onion ,finely chopped /or 1 cup chopped onion
    • 2 carrots, finely chopped / or grated
    • 4 cloves of garlic , finely chopped
    • 1/2 ” piece ginger ,finely grated
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 2 tsp salt or /to taste
    • 4 cups of water

To garnish:

    • 2 tsp fresh cream for garnishing

Method: 

Step 1.

In the pressure cooker take halved tomatoes, carrot ,onions, garlic, ginger with 4 cups of water close the lid and place the cooker on high flame.The moment full pressure is formed switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cooled down to room temperature,open the lid and strain the the tomatoes and vegetables with a strainer.Keep the strained soup in a mixing bowl aside.

Step 3.

Remove the tomato skins with a fork from the strained vegetables and blend all the vegetables in a blender.

Step 4.

Put the blended vegetable mix through soup strainer in to the strained soup, mix well.

Step 5.

Bring to a boil again, and then simmer. Add salt, sugar and black pepper. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

Step 6.

Pour the soup in bowls, and garnish with the cream. Serve the croutons on the side.

Health benefits of Tomatoes:

Recent developments on the health benefits of tomatoes from MNT news

A tomato-rich diet may reduce breast cancer risk, study shows.

Risk of breast cancer for postmenopausal women may reduce with a tomato-rich diet, after a study showed the diet increased levels of adiponectin – a fat and blood sugar regulator.

Soy And Tomato Combination May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer.

Men who consume plenty of soy and tomato combinations probably have a much lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to those who don’t.

Tomato extract ‘improves blood vessel function’ in CVD patients

Results of a study published in the journal PLOS One, revealed that CVD patients who received lycopene supplementation showed improved blood vessel response to acetylcholine, compared with healthy volunteers, which indicated normalized endothelial function.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/273031.php

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.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.