Stuffed Cauliflower/Bharwan Gobhi

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Stuffed Cauliflower/Bharwan Gobhi

Hi Friends! Cauliflower is often considered one of the healthiest foods on earth- and there is good reason why. With its rich supply of health-promoting nutrients, it seems there isn’t much cauliflower can’t do. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable (or Brassicaceae) family- along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts and some other less common varieties. Here is a delicious never to leave your special dinners menu, very easy to make recipe .

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Prep Time : 20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size Cauliflower, whole trimmed
  • 1 cup Fresh green peas, shelled
  • 150 gms fresh cilantro/coriander
  • 4 tbsp grated fresh Coconut
  • 3 green chilies
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt/ or to taste
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour/ maida
  •  1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup tomato Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder

Method :

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take the shelled peas add 1/4 cup water close the lid and place the pressure cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to the room temperature. Open the lid and remove the peas in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a deep pan take 6 glasses of water add 1 tbsp salt. When water starts boiling add Stem-side down, place the whole head of cauliflower in the boiling liquid and cover with the lid. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is easily pierced with a fork. Remove the cauliflower from the pot and place gently in a shallow bowl stem side up. Keep it warm.

Step 3.

Grind to paste cilantro/coriander leaves, grated coconut, green chilies, salt, sugar and lemon juice. kep aside.

Step 4.

Stuff the warm Cauliflower with the cilantro/coriander sauce carefully. Turn it stem down and  Keep aside .

Step 5.

In a non stick pan put butter and all purpose flour/ maida. Mix well, on low flame cook for 1-2 minutes. Add tomato ketchup and half cup of water, chili powder salt and prepare a medium consistency sauce.

Step 6.

Just before serving, pour this hot sauce on the cauliflower. Garnish it with boiled peas and serve this delicious low calorie dish hot with Lachcha paratha, Garlic Nan etc.Slice the cauliflower into wedges (like a slice of cake) using a sharp knife and spoon a little bit of the sauce over each portion.

Health Benefits of Cauliflower:

1. Reduces Cancer Risk

Numerous studies have shown that there is a strong tie between someone’s diet and their risk for developing cancer. Studies demonstrate that cauliflower is especially useful for preventing breast cancer in addition to colon, liver, lung, and stomach cancers.

2. Fights Inflammation

Inflammation is at the heart of nearly all chronic diseases that we are faced with so commonly today. Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which lower oxidative stress and the presence of free-radicals in our body.

3. Decreases Risk for Heart Disease & Brain Disorders:

Researchers now know that high levels of inflammation are correlated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

4. Provides High Levels of Vitamins and Minerals (especially important Vitamin C and Vitamin K)

In addition to Vitamin C and other antioxidants, cauliflower is also a good source of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning it is absorbed in the intestines along with fat, so this is one reason why eating cauliflower along with a source of healthy fat (like coconut oil for example) is important.

5. Improves Digestion and Detoxification

Certain compounds found in cauliflower- sulforaphane, glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian- are very useful for helping the body to detox due to how they support liver function.

6. Aids in Weight Loss

Cauliflower is extremely low in calories (only 29 calories per cup), has virtually zero grams of fat, very low levels of carbs and sugar, and yet is high in volume and filling fiber. This makes it an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight, since you can consume large amounts of cauliflower and fill up, without over-consuming calories, fat, sugar, or carbs.

7. Helps Balance Hormones

Consuming a diet rich in whole foods and antioxidant-filled vegetables like cauliflower has been shown to help balance hormones partially by reducing unhealthy levels of estrogen. High estrogen foods can be harmful to health when they begin destroying the vulnerable hormonal balance that many people struggle to maintain.

8. Preserves Eye Health

The sulforaphane found in cauliflower has been shown to protect the vulnerable tissues of the retinal area from oxidative stress that can result in blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more.

Ref. https://draxe.com/cauliflower/

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Ajwain Poori

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Ajwain Poori/fried Indian bread

Hi friends! Puri (also spelled poori) is an unleavened deep-fried Indian bread, commonly consumed on the Indian subcontinent. It is eaten for breakfast or as a snack or light meal. It is usually served with a curry or bhaji, as in Puri bhaji. Puris are perhaps one of the most well-known and delicious breads of Indian cuisine.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Cuisine: Indian

Category: Bread, fried Indian bread

Course: Breakfast

Makes 15 -20 puris

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms whole wheat flour / atta
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/ carom seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • oil for deep-frying

Method :

Step 1.

In a bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, cooking oil, Ajwain/ carom seeds   and salt, using fingers, till it resembles bread crumbs.

 Step 2.

Slowly add about a cup of water, just enough to form a firm/ stiff dough and knead till smooth. keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into small lemon size equal portions, and roll out into 3″ rounds on an oiled board.

Step 4.

 Heat the oil for deep frying, in a wok or kadhai, fry the puri one at a time, holding them under the oil on the first side until they puff. Turn and deep-fry the puris till they turn light golden brown in colour from both the sides.

Step 5.

Drain on absorbent paper kitchen towel lined plate, so that puris are dry without excessive oil.

Step 6.

Serve hot and crisp puris with a hot side-dish or just Raitas and pickle; it’ll be a winner all the way!

Note:

Add a little salt to the oil to keep it from smoking.Always add the puri to the oil as soon as they’re made. Rolled and kept puris, tend to become a little dry and sometimes do not puff up properly.

It can be served as a snack or a meal depending on the accompanying items. However, it is important to know the right way of making puris, so that they come out nice and fluffy and without too much oil.

Health benefits of Ajwain:

  • Ajwain seeds contain health benefiting essential oils such as thymol, a monopterone derivative class of chemical compound which gives aromatic fragrances to seeds. Besides, they also compose of small amounts of other phytochemicals such as pinene, cymene, limonene, and terpinene.
  • The active principles in the ajwain may help increase the digestive function of the intestinal tract through facilitating the release of gut juices (gastro-intestinal secretions).
  • Thymol, the essential oil obtained from ajwain has local anesthetic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
  • Likewise in caraway, ajowan seeds too are rich source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants

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

Selection and storage:

Ajwain is readily available in the spice stores specializing in Indian or Middle-Eastern spice ingredients. In general, whole ajwain seeds displayed for sale alongside with other spices such as dill, cumin, coriander, caraway, etc. Buy fresh, wholesome, compact seeds emanating pleasant thyme-like flavor when rubbed between fingers.

Once at home, store the seeds in an airtight container and place in a cool dark place away from sunlight and humidity. Ajowan seeds should be used as early as possible since they lose flavor rather quickly, largely because of evaporation of essential oils.

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Bhindi Kurkuri/Crispy Okra

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Hi friends! Here is and easy to prepare crispy Okra/Ladyfingers/bhindi recipe.Available year round, lady finger (Aka Okra) better known  as bhindi- can be consumed for its many health benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams Okra/Ladyfingers/bhindi
  • 1/2 cup Chick pea flour /Gram flour /besan
  • 2 tbs spoons rice flour
  • 1 tsp Dry mango powder/ Amchur
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin roasted and powdered
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt /or to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi very well .  Trim the ends and halve each Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi vertically first and then slice each half into thin strips.

Step 2.

In a deep bowl take the thin stripes of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi add Chick pea flour /Gram flour /besan, rice flour , salt, cumin powder, red chili powder and Dry mango powder/ Amchur and dry mix well.

Step 3.

Drop handful of quoted slices into the hot oil and deep fry on medium heat till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent kitchen towel.

Step 4.

Serve hot with Vegetable biryani and pulaos.

Health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi :

This green, longitudinal gooey-gooey vegetable is used in multiple ways such as, to thicken soups, it can also be eaten sautéed, cooked in typical southern gravy, or even in pickled form. Lady finger is known as a nutritional power and has myriad health benefits because of the plethora of nutrients it contains including minerals, vitamins, fiber and carbohydrates. Check out some of the amazing health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi

1.Helps you Lose WeightBhindi is low in calorie and is suitable for weight loss purpose. 2. Alleviates Symptoms of Asthma Okra is also rich in Vitamin C, known to alleviate symptoms of asthma.

3.Improves Digestion and Lowers Cholesterol Rich in fiber, bhindi helps with two very common problems faced by people worldwide. One of them is Indigestion. Fiber helps increase bulk of stool by dissolving in water present in the gut. This helps with constipation and straining and makes excretion easy. Second problem that fiber can help with is High Cholesterol. Soluble fiber in gut absorbs cholesterol from food, prevents its absorption and eliminates it from the body.

4.Improves Immunity Bhindi also contains antioxidants along with vitamin C. These constituents of bhindi act as immune boosters against harmful free radicals and also support the immune system.

Ref.http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/surprising-health-benefits-lady-finger-bhindi

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Onion Patty/Onion Kachori

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Hi friends! Happy holi to all of you. Here is an easy recipe of lip smacking, onion filled Spicy Snack for HOLI! These crisp, deep-fried Kachoris stuffed with an onion filling are so irresistible.

Preperation time:10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Snacks

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 3 tea cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 potatoes, boiled, peeled and coarsely mashed
  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander/cilantro/ dhaiya leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt/ or to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/heeng
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds, coarsely ground
  • 2 tbsp chick pea flour /besan
  • 2 tbsp amchoor /dried mango powder
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger finely grated
  • 3green chilies, remove the seeds, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • Cooking oil to deep fry

For the dough:

  • 2 tea cups All purpose flour /maida
  • 1/4 tea cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt /or to taste

 Method:

To make the dough:

Step 1.

In a deep bowl take all purpose flour/ maida, add 4 tbsp oil, 1 tsp salt and knead into a firm dough using water gradually.

Step 2.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen cloth and keep aside for 15 minutes.

For the filling:

Step1.

In a heavy bottom pan/ wok heat 2 tbsp oil in a broad pan. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, , and coarsely ground coriander seeds.

Step 2.

Sauté for half a minute when cumin starts crackling, add finely chopped onions, salt and continue to sauté.

Step 3.

When onions are lightly golden browned, add ginger, garlic, green chilies, red chili powder, and dried mango powder. Mix well and sauté for a few second more,.

Step 4.

Add boiled and coarsely mashed potatoes, and gram flour and finely chopped coriander/cilantro/ dhaiya leaves . Mix well, cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Remove the onion feeling in a bowl and let it cool to room temperature

Step 6.

Divide the dough in twelve equal portions. Roll out each portion of the dough into a 2½ diameter circle. Place 2-3 tbsp of the onion filling in the centre.

Step 7.

Bring the edges and press gently to close. Pat with hands to flatten the kachori, keeping the sides thin. Prick with a fork.

Step 8.

Repeat the same process with remaining portions of the dough.

Step 9.

Heat oil in a deep heavy bottom pan/ wok deep-fry the kachoris on high heat till golden. Drain on an absorbent kitchen napkin and serve hot with coriander/ sweet & sour tamarind chutney .

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Urad Dal Pinni

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Urad Dal Pinnies

Different names of Urad Dal
 Black Gram- English
Urad dhuli, Urad chilka, Urad sabut , Urad saboot,Kali dal -Hindi
Ulundu Paruppu – Tamil
Minappappu – Telugu
Uzhunnu Parrippu – Malayalam

Hi Friends! Urad Dal Pinnies are winter treats. Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean from Indian dals and mostly used in Southern part of Asia. Urad dal is used as a major ingredient in Indian cuisine for preparing a healthy diet. Urad dal has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which is required by the body. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Cuisine: India, North Indian

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:  45 minutes

Makes: 20 pinnies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tea cup Urad dal / black gram husked
  • 50 gms. Semolina
  • 1 1/4 tea cup Sugar
  • 200 gms Khoa/Mawa
  • 1 Tea cup clarified butter/Ghee
  • 6 Cardamom s, powder ed
  • 2 tbsp Tragacanth gum or Gond katira
  • 15 Cashew nuts, slivered
  • 15 Almonds , slivered

Method:

Step 1.

Clean and wash the Urad dal / black gram husked well. Soak the dal /lentil in water over night or at least 3-4 hours.

Step 2.         

 In a blender take the soaked dal ,with very little water grind it into a fine paste. Remove the ground dal to a bowl.

Step 3.

In a bowl cut the cashews, almonds into tiny pieces. Keep aside.

Step 4.

In a pan heat some clarified butter /ghee, add semolina and fry it for a minute. Add ground urad dal to the pan and fry the mixture, stirring constantly on medium flame until it gets golden brown in color, clarified butter /ghee starts separating from it. Remove the fried Dal mix in a bowl.

Step 5.

using a grater , grate the khoya / mawa.  Take a pan and on medium flame, stirring constantly cook it till it gets light golden brown in color. Remove into a bowl and keep aside.

Step 6.

In a pan heat two table spoons clarified butter/ ghee and when the ghee is hot, add the Tragacanth gum or Gond katira into it and fry on low flame stirring constantly. Fry until Tragacanth gum or Gond katira, puffs up and gets little brown in color. Take out the fried Tragacanth gum or Gond katira in a bowl. Allow it to cool to room temperature and powder it coarsely in a mortar. Keep aside.

Step 7.

Now fry the cut cashew and almonds in rest of the ghee until they get little golden brown in color. Allow it to cool and keep aside.

Step 8.

In a pan take sugar and add 2/3 cup of water , cook sugar will dissolve. Cook  the syrup to a thick consistency for 3-4 minutes. To check if syrup is ready, take a drop of syrup in a bowl, take it between your thumb and finger and stretch apart. It should 1 long thread and is thick in texture. The syrup is ready. Switch off the stove, sugar syrup is ready.

 Step 9.

 When the syrup is slightly cool, add fried dal , roasted cashews, almonds and Tragacanth gum or Gond katira podered and then fried khoa/ mawa, powdered cardamom and mix all the ingredients well.

 Step 10.

When he mixture cools down a little, or when it can be handle with hands, for making pinnies . Take a small portion of the mixture, and roll into round shape one by one and  start placing  the pinnies on a tray prepare pinnies from rest of the mixture. Now press these ladoos in a rectangular or any other desired shape. Garnish each pinnie with slivered almonds .Serve this delicious urad dal pinni this winter after dinner!

Note:

Cool and store pinnies in an airtight container for up to a month.

Health Benefits of Urad Dal:

1.Energy Booster
Black gram is a healthy pulse as it is rich in iron content. This helps boost the energy levels in the body and keeps you active.
 2.Protein rich
 Urad Dal is good source of protein in vegetarian diet. This makes these beans an inexpensive, economical and tasty protein source. 3.Anti inflammatory properties
 Urad dal  has anti inflammatory properties. Usually a hot poultice of black gram is used in inflammation of joints and muscle pain.
4.Anti-Aging
 Urad dal also has various beauty benefits. Applying urad dal face packs is good for the skin as it prevents the formation of fine lines. Moreover, black gram also helps get a fair and flawless skin.
5.Improves Digestion
 The best benefit of ingesting urad dal is that it enhances digestion because of its rich fiber content. Urad dal benefits the health as it has both soluble and insoluble fiber which is good for digestion and also prevents constipation.
6.Boosts Heart Health
Aside from reducing cholesterol, black lentils also boost health. This advantage is linked to the rich magnesium and folate levels that prevent damage to the arterial walls. In addition, magnesium boosts cardiovascular health through increasing blood circulation.

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Oats Porridge

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Oats Porridge

Oats in Hindi जई jaee

 Kingdom: Plantae

Order:      Poales

Family:      Poaceae

Genus:      Avena

Species:    A. sativa

Angiosperms

Monocots

Commelinids

Botanical name: Avena sativa

The oat (Avena sativa), sometimes called the common oat, is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name (usually in the plural, unlike other cereals and pseudo cereals. While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats.

Difference between rolled oats and quick oats?

Old-fashioned rolled oats: These are made by steaming the toasted groats and then running them between rollers to create flakes. Rolled oats can be eaten as is or cooked into oatmeal (it takes about ten minutes). Quick-cooking oats: These are simply rolled into thinner flakes, so they cook a little faster.

Cultivation:

Oats are best grown in temperate regions. They have a lower summer heat requirement and greater tolerance of rain than other cereals, such as wheat, rye or barley, so are particularly important in areas with cool, wet summers, such as Northwest Europe and even Iceland. Oats are an annual plant, and can be planted either in autumn (for late summer harvest) or in the spring (for early autumn harvest).

Hi friends! What better way to gain the strength and energy to carry you through a hectic morning schedule than with a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oats porridge. Oats add extra nutrition to a variety of healthy dishes.

Oats Porridge

Prep Time : 5 minutes

Cook time : 5-6 minutes

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Serve : 2

Ingredients :

·         1/2 tea cup Oats

·         1 1/2 tea cups milk

·         1 tea cup water

·         15 Almonds, powdered

·         2 tbsp Chironji

·         2 tbsp Pumpkin seeds (skin removed)

·         2 tbsp Sunflower seeds (skin removes)

·         2 tbsp Musk melon seeds (skin removed)

·         1 tsp flax seed powder

·         6 Dates, seeded and cut into small pieces

Method:

Step 1.

Take water in a pan, add white oats bring it to boil. Add milk  bring it to a boil reduce the heat. Add almonds , chironji, all three types of seeds to the oats and cook for about five minutes or till it reaches a thick consistency.

Step 2.

Add Dates, flax seed powder and stir to mix it. Serve hot in porridge bowls.

Note: If you want sweet porridge, add four tea spoons of sugar and mix it.

Possible Health Benefits:

Oats Lower Cholesterol Levels

A steaming bowl of fresh cooked oatmeal is the perfect way to start off your day, especially if you are trying to prevent or are currently dealing with heart disease or diabetes. Lowering high cholesterol levels can therefore significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Unique Oat Antioxidants Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Oats, via their high fiber content, are already known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Now, the latest research suggests they may have another cardio-protective mechanism.

Prevent Heart Failure with a Whole Grains Breakfast

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization among the elderly in the United States. Success of drug treatment is only partial (ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers are typically used; no evidence has found statins safe or effective for heart failure), and its prognosis remains poor.

Oats May Enhance Immune Response to Infection

In laboratory studies reported in Surgery, beta-glucan significantly enhanced the human immune system’s response to bacterial infection.

Oats May Stabilize Blood Sugar

Studies also show that beta-glucan has beneficial effects in diabetes as well. Type 2 diabetes patients given foods high in this type of oat fiber or given oatmeal or oat bran rich foods experienced much lower rises in blood sugar compared to those who were given white rice or bread. Starting out your day with a blood sugar stabilizing food such as oats may make it easier to keep blood sugar levels under control the rest of the day, especially when the rest of your day is also supported with nourishing fiber-rich foods.

Oats and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Oats and other whole grains are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion.

Fiber from Whole Grains, Such as Oats, and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer

Ref. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=54

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Kanji

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Hello friends! Kanji is a popular drink made from black carrots in winter.  They are highly nutritious and have a high iron and vitamin content. very good for the stomach. Regular intake gives a glow to the complexion. Kanji is very easy to prepare.

Prep Time : 2-4days

Cook time : 5 minutes

Level Of Cooking :Easy

Taste :Tangy

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Serve : 4

Course : Beverage

Ingredients:

  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 tsp Red chilli flakes
  • 4 tbsp Mustard powder,ground coarsely
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Salt

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and Scrub carrots under running water. Peel the carrots and cut into 3″ pieces.

Step 2.

Take carrot pieces in a glass jar. Add salt, Red chili flakes,powdered mustard  and mix. Add 2 liters of water and stir.

Step 3.

Close the jar and let it stand in the sun for two to four days.

Step 4.

Strain the contents and kanji is ready for consumption. In summer you can chill and serve this delicious drink .

Possible Health benefits of black carrots:

The nutrients in black carrot extract that give them their colour are anthocyanins which have several health benefits, such as the potential for treating neurological dysfunctions like Alzheimer’s disease. They can also be beneficial when treating cancer.

Anti-Carcinogenic Effects Against Colon Cancer Cells. A group of researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland analyzed the chemopreventive effects of anthocyanin extracts from various natural sources against colon cancer, and found that all anthocyanin extracts were capable of inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells. Research also suggests that lutein, the main carotenoid in purple carrots, may provide protection against colon cancer.

Strong Anti-Inflammatory Properties. Research suggests that anthocyanins have strong anti-inflammatory properties which might help alleviate symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Some experts believe that the anti-inflammatory properties of anthocyanins may be even stronger than those of aspirin.

Eye Health Protecting Qualities. You may have already heard that bilberries (wild blueberries) are good for your eyes, but also other anthocyanin-rich foods such as purple carrots may help improve your eye health. Studies suggest that anthocyanins can benefit vision in a number of ways, such as by enhancing night vision, increasing circulation within the capillaries of the retina, fighting macular degeneration, and reducing the risk of retinopathy in diabetic patients.

But the high anthocyanin levels in purple carrots are not the only reason why you might want to snack on these purple goodies if you care about your eyes; the lutein in purple carrots is also known for its eye health protecting qualities. Sometimes referred to as “the eye vitamin”, lutein is commonly used as a preventive treatment for age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Improved Vascular Health. If you suffer from venous insufficiency or varicose veins and are looking to reduce varicose veins through dietary modification, adding purple carrots and other foods that contain anthocyanins to your diet might be a good start. Anthocyanins help fight varicose veins by neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue, by repairing damaged proteins in the blood vessel walls, and by promoting circulation and overall health of the vascular system.

Ref. http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/purple-carrots-nutrition-vs-orange-cultivars.php

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