Prep: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Cuisine: North Indian
Serves : 2
- 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
Melt butter in a pressure cooker. Add onion sauté till they are translucent add ginger , garlic and sauté for a minute on low flame.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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