Lotus Seeds and green peas Curry

lotus seeds and green peas curry 1Lotus Seeds and green peas Curry

After trying out the shallow fried lotus seeds as a healthy snack, here is a delicious curry with the lotus seeds.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups Lotus seeds
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes
  • 2 medium size Onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 12 Cashews, powdered
  • 1 cup Green Peas , fresh or frozen
  • 2 peppercorns, finely powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 Clove, powdered
  • 1 tsp Fennel / saunf seeds, powdered
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt/ or as per taste
  • 1tabsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Curd / yogurt/ dahi , whisked
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan, put the ghee/ oil and when hot add the lotus seed stir fry until crisp over medium low flame. This takes 5-7minutes. Keep it aside.

Step 2.

Roast the cashew nuts in the microwave for two minutes. Cool and put in a grinder. Powder the cashew nuts in a grinder and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a pressure cooker take green peas add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the peas aside.

Step 4.

Cut each tomato in two halves to blanch. In a pressure cooker take the cut tomatoes add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the tomatoes in a small bowl, remove the skin from all four pieces with a fork and put them into a blender, along with cashew powder to it and blend the mix. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Cut the onions in to small pieces put in the pressure cooker add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the onions into a blender jar. Blend the onions in to a fine paste and keep  aside.

Step 6.

Heat oil in a wok/ Pan / kadai add green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel / saunf powder and sauté lightly add the onion paste and sauté for 5-8 minutes on medium flame. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and sauté for half a minute.

Step 7.

Add blanched tomatoes, cashew nut powder paste. Cook for five to seven minutes on low heat. Add salt and turmeric, red chili powder, mix well. Add 3 cups of water bring it to boil add the peas mix well and cook for another 5-7 minutes on low heat.

Step 8.

Add the fried lotus seeds, whisked curd / yogurt / dahi and mix thoroughly . Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and switch off the flame. Add the lemon juice now and mix it well.

Step 9.

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves. Delicious Lotus seeds Curry can be served with Indian breads of choice!.

Health and beauty benefits of Lotus seeds:

Lotus seeds, commonly known as makhana in India, are the seeds of the water lotus plant. The seeds are small, round and white or off-white in appearance. They are the edible seeds of lotus flower which can be roasted or fried. Lotus seeds are used for nutritional and healing properties in Chinese medicine. The lotus seeds are highly useful in terms of nutritional benefits and are low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol; high in magnesium potassium, thiamine and phosphorus. Besides being edible, the lotus plant has many health and beauty benefits as well. You can use makhana seeds in desserts, rice porridge, soups and stir fry dishes.

Lotus seeds are also a good source of protein, iron and zinc, which makes them extremely nutritious. They contain the anti-aging enzyme, which assist repair damaged proteins. Due to this anti-aging propery, many cosmetic companies are trying to include the seeds in their products. Along with it, the seeds have a natural flavonoid which prevents inflammation. Lotus seeds have an astringent property which benefits the kidneys and helps to restore vital energy within the body. The sweet and neutral taste of makhana seeds nourish the spleen and alleviate diarrhea. Makhana seeds are endowed with sedative properties and are used to treat insomnia or restlessness. The lotus embryo is useful for heart because of its bitter and cooling properties. Also it can help dilate blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure.

According to western research, the seeds are antiviral which help fight the herpes 1 virus. Also it has been founded useful in lowering hypertension. One of the vital medicinal benefits of lotus seeds is stopping chronic diarrhea. Due to astringent properties, the seeds are consumed to help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and improve appetite. Other major benefits of lotus seeds include palpitations, insomnia and irritability. They are also used to control bleeding.

Since makhana seeds are high in fiber, it helps to avoid constipation. Also they help the body to remove the waste; prevent the accumulation of toxins.  Lotus seeds are low in calories, fat and high in fiber and thus helpful in diabetes. It lowers the blood sugar level. The seeds are recommended for women during pregnancy and post natal weakness; helps in female infertility. The makhana seeds are also used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic pains. Further, the seeds are beneficial in weight loss too as they are high in fiber and low in calories .Lotus seeds are also very useful in anemia. The lotus seeds can be digested by all age groups. They are a healthy snack for children .Just roast the seeds a bit and add a pinch of salt.
Ref. http://healthyfoodsonly.blogspot.in/2012/11/health-and-beauty-benefits-of-lotus.html

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Dal Fry and Batti

Dal rajisthani        Baatis

Dal and Baati

Hi friends! Rajasthan, is not only famous for its rich culture but what makes the state popular, is its cuisine.Dal fry served with battis is one of the most famous dishes from the state. All foodies  must have tasted them at least once.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

Servings : 4 

Cuisine: Indian , Rajasthan

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

For Dal

  • 1/4 cup husked Split green gram/ husked moong dal /dhuli moong dal
  • 1/4 cup husked Split black gram /dhuli urad dal
  • 1/4 cup Split Bengal gram/chana dal
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 ” Ginger piece, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 2 Whole dry red chilies, broken stemmed
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 1 ” Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 3 Green chilies, chopped(optional)
  • 11/2 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium Lemon/ 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

For Battis

  • 2 cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp ajwain / Carom seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Pure ghee
  • 1 level tsp salt / or salt to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and soak moong dal, urad dal and chana dal in about four cups of water for an hour.

Step 2.

Take the soaked dals along with the water in a pressure cooker, add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and place it on high flame till full pressure is formed . As soon as full pressure is formed switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature. Open the lid and take out the dal in a bowl.

Step 4.

Heat oil in a sauce pan, add cumin seeds, asafetida, dry red chilies, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamoms .Add finely chopped tomatoes. Sauté for few seconds.

Step 5.

Add the cooked dals to this seasoning and mix well. Add juice of lemon and cook for few minutes till dal is well blended. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Take out the seasoned dal in a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with the battis.

For Baatis

Step 7.

Take wheat flour in a mixing bowl. Add salt, baking powder and half a cup of pure ghee. Mix well, rub with your fingers very nicely till mix resembles bread crumbs. Add sufficient water and knead into easily pliable yet a little stiff dough.

Step8.

Take small lemon sized portions of the dough, press firmly in to making round /circular/ balls ( just like while making chapatti ). we can make twelve battis with the dough. Keep aside.

Step 9.

Take a pressure cooker, grease the cooker with one tablespoon of ghee. Place the pressure cooker on medium high flame . (and remove the whistle from the lid and keep it aside)

Step 10.

When the cooker becomes hot, put the baatis or round balls of dough one by one in the cooker. Making sure to keep only that many baatis as are in one line or in one layer only and are not on top of each other.

Step 11.

Place the lid on the cooker and close it. Let battis cook on medium flame for 15 -20 minutes. Make sure that you shake the cooker well gently with hands without removing the lid every two -three minutes.  The cooker can be rotated sideways and turned upside down gently ( see that cooker lid is tightly closed). This process will help in cooking the baatis from all the sides properly.

Step 12.

Serve the baatis hot with dal fry. There is no need to dip the baatis in ghee before serving.

Note:

  • In this recipe baati is cooked with less ghee.
  • Battis can be cooked faster.
  • No oven required.

Health benefits of mixed lentils / dals:

Dals are very commonly used in the Indian cuisine. It is hard to find an Indian household that does not stock up different types dals. As dals have to prepared on a daily basis, we need to have a lot of dals on board to maintain the variety. Besides dals are types of pulses that have many nutritional values. The health benefits of dals in general is that they are very rich in proteins.
Bengal Gram Dal Chana dal or Bengal gram dal is one of the richest vegan source of dietary proteins. It is also rich in trace minerals like copper, manganese etc. Having this dal helps keep diabetes at bay.
Urad Dal If its proteins you want from your meal, then opt for urad dal. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Moong Dal Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

Ref: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20023

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Beans Curry

Beans curryBeans Curry

This delightful food group is a must try, as beans are tasty and nutritious.

Bean Main Dishes: beans are in stews and casseroles; they’re baked with meat; in some cultures, like that of Mexico, they’re unique dishes that are served constantly [think tacos, enchiladas, chalupas]; cattle drives moved across American eating huge pots of beans at every meal; Indian tribes ate beans for thousands of years.Vegetarian Bean Main Dishes: vegetarians like me frequently fix main dishes without meat, using beans as the filling ingredient, rather than animal products. With a salad and crusty bread, they’re yummy!Baked Beans: are the most famous bean dish and they’re baked with all kinds of different ingredients: onions, garlic, barbecue sauce, cranberries, mushroom, pineapple – even Dr. Pepper and beer.Bean Salads: everyone has eaten cold beans in salads. Bean Soups: there are bean soups in cultures all over the planet from Cuban black bean soup to Mexican spicy soups to French Canadian pea soup and my favorite, our American Senate Bean Soup.Bean Dips: are a favorite of most people and are quite popular at all kinds of social gatherings and surely go well at a Super Bowl party with a huge bowl of chips.

Beans Curry:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup black eyed beans / lobiya
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tabs ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tabs garlic, minced
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 3 cloves , powdered
  • 1 bay leaf / Tej patta
  • 2 tabs coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder /amchoor
  • 4 medium size tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Gram masala, optional
  • 2 tbsp cilantro/ coriander / dhaniya leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt /or salt to taste
  • 3 tabs olive oil / any cooking oil

Method:

Step 1.

Rinse the soaked kidney beans and Black eyed beans overnight.

Step 2.

Now on a high flame in a pressure cooker take the soaked lobia / Black eyed beans/ kidney beans, five cups of water, salt close the lid . After the pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame for twenty minutes switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool open the lid and check, beans will be soft.  Set aside with the cooking liquid.

Step 3.

Heat the ghee in a deep and heavy bottom pan, when its hot add the cumin. Wait for it to crackle. Add in the bay leaf, clove, cinnamon and sauté for few seconds then add in the onions and cook until the onions are golden brown.

Step 4.

Add in the ginger, garlic and sauté for a minute or so. Now, Add in the red chili , cumin, coriander powder, stir to mix and add in the tomatoes.

Step 5.

Reduce heat and cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring every now and then. When the oil starts separating in the fried masala, add in the salt and cooked beans in along with the broth.

Step 6.

Stir to mix, bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium low heat, till well blended and consistency thickens slightly. Switch off the stove.

Step 7.

Serve this delicious curry hot, garnish with cilantro / coriander/ dhaniya leaves with choice of Indian bread.

Health benefits of Beans:

Nutrients & Beans

Beans are loaded with nutrients that our bodies crave:

B Vitamins: are necessary for healthy brain and nerve cells, for normal functioning of the skin, nerves and digestive system.

Calcium:  for strong bones and teeth and to help keep the body more alkaline, rather than acidic.

Potassium: helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Folate: a B vitamin that our bodies don’t produce yet dry beans are our single best source of this important vitamin which helps protect against heart disease and cancer.

Anything that I like to eat that makes me healthier definitely gets an A+

Ref.http://www.blissplan.com/wellness/the-benefits-of-beans-9-reasons-why-you-should-eat-beans/

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Buttermilk

Buttermilk 1  Buttermilk

Hi friends! With summer approaching buttermilk is too good to leave out of your lunch menu. Its distinctive texture and tangy taste, buttermilk is one drink which must be a part of our meal. Specially during summers to beat the heat. Buttermilk is a probiotic drink and has great health benefits.

Level of cooking: Easy

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 4minutes

Cook Time: 1 minutes

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Course: Beverages

Serving : 2

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups Fresh curd / yogurt / Dahi
  • 2 cups Cold water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger juice*
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves / dhaniya leaves
  • 1 Green chili, finely chopped

Method: 

Step 1.

Take the Coriander leaves /dhania patta, green chili (without seeds) in a mortar and pestles and grind them well.

Step 2.

Now take the curd and add the water to it. Mix it well to forms a homogeneous solution either with a whisk or in a blender.

Step 3.

Now add the salt and the paste to the mixture. Stir / blend well and serve cold.

Note:

*Ginger Juice – take 1inch piece of ginger. Grate it and squeeze the juice out of the grated ginger.

Health benefits of the Buttermilk:

– Buttermilk has acid in it which fights germs and bacteria and helps clear stomach and aid digestion.

– It is very helpful for those who are looking to lose weight.

– It is a rich source of Vitamin B12 and so is believed to help fight anaemia and stress.

– Since it contains electrolytes and lots of water, it is the best treat to give to your body to fight dehydration.

– After having a heavy, oily and spicy meal, buttermilk works best to drain out excessive fat from the body and making your stomach light.

– Buttermilk also works as one of the best remedies to treat acidity.

Ref. http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/healthy-eating/top-5-health

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French Beans with Moong Dal

french beans moong dalFrench beans with Moong dal

Green beans and other beans, such are kidney beans, navy beans and black beans are all known scientifically as Phaseolus vulgaris. They are all referred to as “common beans,” probably owing to the fact that they all derived from a common bean ancestor that originated in Peru. From there, they spread throughout South and Central America by migrating Indian tribes. They were introduced into Europe around the 16th century by Spanish explorers returning from their voyages to the New World, and subsequently were spread through many other parts of the world by Spanish and Portuguese traders. Today, the largest commercial producers of fresh green beans include Argentina, China, Egypt, France, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Italy, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.

For a high fiber diet French beans should be included in the diet. Beans are healthy as they are not only fibrous but also anti oxidants. Beans can be cooked in many different recipes.

Preparation time : 11-15 minutes

Cooking time : 15-20 minutes

Course : Main Course-Veg

Cuisine : Indian

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms French beans, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Moong dal husked
  • 2 Dry red chilies
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • a pinch of cooking soda / soda bi carbonate
  • 2 tabsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 6 Curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 2/3 level tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger , grated
  • 2 tbsp Scraped coconut

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak the husked green gram dal for 15 minutes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash and cut the beans in to 1″ long pieces. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Grate 3″ piece of coconut and keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat oil in a wok / Kadahi / pan add mustard seeds, wait for mustard to crackles add asafetida, curry leaves, and whole red chilies, sauté for few seconds.

Step 5.

Add the soaked, drained moong dal , grated ginger, salt, turmeric, chili powder and give it a good stir. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes on low flame, stirring in between.

Step 6.

Add cut beans, pinch of soda, mix well. Cover and cook till beans are soft. Sprinkle grated coconut cook for a minute more. Serve hot with boiled rice or any Indian bread of choice!

Note:

Beans must be fresh tender and flexible.

Just prior to using the green beans, wash them under running water. Remove both ends of the beans by either snapping them off or cutting them with a knife.

Healthy Steaming of green beans is recommend for maximum flavor and nutrition. Fill the bottom of a steamer pot with 2 inches of water. While waiting for the water to come to a boil, rinse green beans.

It is best to cook green beans whole for even cooking. Steam for 5 minutes and toss with our Mediterranean Dressing and top with your favorite optional ingredients.

Health Benefits of French beans:

Antioxidant Support from Green Beans

Best studied from a research standpoint is the antioxidant content of green beans. In addition to conventional antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene, green beans contain important amounts of the antioxidant mineral manganese. But the area of phytonutrients is where green beans really shine through in their antioxidant value. Green beans contain a wide variety of carotenoids (including lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin) and flavonoids (including quercetin, kaemferol, catechins, epicatechins, and procyanidins) that have all been shown to have health-supportive antioxidant properties. In addition, the overall antioxidant capacity of green beans has been measured in several research studies, and in one study, green beans have been shown to have greater overall antioxidant capacity than similar foods in the pea and bean families, for example, snow peas or winged beans.

Cardiovascular Benefits

Just as you might expect, the antioxidant support provided by green beans provides us with some direct cardiovascular benefits. While most of the cardio research on green beans involves animal studies on rats and nice, improvement in levels of blood fats and better protection of these fats from oxygen damage has been shown to result from green bean intake. Interestingly, the green bean pod (the main portion of the green beans that provides the covering for the beans inside) appears to be more closely related to these cardio benefits that the young, immature beans that are found inside.

While not documented in the health research to date, we believe that the omega-3 fatty acid of content of green beans can also make an important contribution to their cardiovascular benefits. Most people do not even recognize green beans as a source of omega-3 fats! While there is a relatively small amount of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in green beans, this amount can still be very important and is actually fairly large in comparison to the amount of calories in green beans. You get 1 milligram of ALA for every 4 calories of green beans that you eat. For every 4 calories of walnuts that you eat, you get 1.4 milligrams of ALA. So you can see that green beans—while not as concentrated in ALA as walnuts—are nevertheless an underrated source of this heart-protective nutrient.

Other Health Benefits

The strong carotenoid and flavonoid content of green beans also appears to give this vegetable some potentially unique anti-inflammatory benefits. For example, some very preliminary research in laboratory animals shows decreased activity of certain inflammation-related enzymes—lipoxygenases (LOX) and cyclooxygenases (COX)—following intake of bean extracts. Because type 2 diabetes is a health problem that is known to contain a basic component of chronic, unwanted inflammation, we are also not surprised to see some very preliminary research in the area of green bean intake, anti-inflammatory benefits, and prevention of type 2 diabetes. (The very good fiber content of green beans most likely adds to the potential of green beans to help prevent this common health problem.) We expect to see more research in both of these health benefit areas (anti-inflammatory benefits and prevention of type 2 diabetes).

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=134

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Butter murukkus

Butter murukkus     Murukku press        Butter murukkus                                                                             Murukku Press

Hi friends! We are a big fans of butter murukkus. The murukkus available in stores are very different from the home made ones. The texture and taste of the murukkus changes with the proportion of ingredients used in making the murukkus. While making this snack, the ratio of rice flour and the other flour will give different look and taste to the snack.

Recipe Cuisine: Indian, South Indian

Recipe Category: Snacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Rice flour
  • 2 tbsp Bengal gram flour/ Besan
  • 2 tbsp roasted gram dal flour/ Chutney dal flour
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp Cumin seed/ Jeera
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds / Til
  • 1/2 tsp Asafetida / heeng
  • 1 tsp salt / or as per taste
  • Oil For deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Powder roasted gram dal flour/ Chutney dal flour in a grinder. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take rice flour, roasted gram dal flour/ Chutney dal flour, Bengal gram flour/ Besan, salt, pepper, asafetida , sesame seeds, cumin seed and butter. Rub in the melted butter well with your finger tips.

Step 3.           

Slowly add water to make a smooth soft dough easy enough to press.

Reason is we want the butter murukku in strips, not long, broken strips, bite sized. So if its but dry, it breaks by itself as we squeeze. But its not a must, you can either squeeze little and use ur hands to break or squeeze long strips and break later, or even make murukku shape. 3-rub

Step 4.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi/ pan on the medium flame. Fill in the prepared soft dough in the murukku press with the three star plate at the base in the press. Squeeze the dough pressing the handle, and give it a little shake for the dough to break and fall into the oil. Fry these two to three inches long murukku pieces in to the hot oil. Cook on medium flame stirring in between and flipping the murukkus until cooked from all sides.

Step 5.

Drain the fried murukkus in a paper kitchen towel lined tray. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Notes:

If you hold the press at an angle while squeezing the dough above the hot oil the murukku pieces break easily into the oil.

You can either press the dough down directly in the hot oil or make random lengths on a tray and gradually fry in batches.

Do not over crowd the wok / kadahi/ pan while frying the murukkus as murukkus absorb more oil.

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Tomato kadhi

Tomato Kadhi GTomato kadhi

Sindhi cuisine (Sindhi: سنڌي کاڌا) refers to the native cuisine of the Sindhi people from Sindh, Pakistan. The daily food in most Sindhi households consists of wheat-based flat-bread (phulka) and rice accompanied by two dishes, one gravy and one dry. Today, Sindhi food is eaten in many countries including India, where a sizable number of Hindu Sindhis migrated following the independence in 1947.

Ref.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sindhi_cuisine

Tomato kadhi or Sindhi kadhi

Tomato kadhi or Sindhi kadhi – is a main dish for Sindhis known as curry chawara. Tomato kadhi is very nutritious because of the use of vegetables in this dish. Sindhi kadhi is an example where the dish is enriched with the vegetables providing great taste, colour and texture.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

 Category: Main curse

Cuisine: Indian , Sindhi

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 8-9 medium size tomatoes
  • 3 tbsps Gram flour / Besan
  • 150 gms Cluster beans / Gwar Phali
  • 150 gms Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi
  • 1 carrot, washed, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium size potatoes, each potato cut into four big pieces
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, grated and juice taken out
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

For seasoning

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / Heeng
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, remove side thread, cut cluster beans/ Gwar phali into two inch pieces. Cut the head and tail of Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi and cut into two inch big pieces. wash , peel and cut the carrot into small cubes. Wash peel and cut each potato cut into four big pieces. Keep aside.

 Step 2.

Wash and cut each tomato into four pieces. Grind it to make puree. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Take chopped potatoes, carrots and cut cluster beans/ Gwar phali in the pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup water and a pinch of salt and close the cooker lid. Place the pressure cooker on high flame the moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature. Open the lid and take out the steamed vegetables in a bowl.

Step 4.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok /kadai/ pan and sauté Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi on medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Lower the heat and remove the shallow fried ladies finger pieces in tray.

Step 5.

Add to the hot oil, asafetida sauté for a few seconds, add mustard and cumin seed. When mustard and cumin start crackling add curry leaves, reduce the heat to low flame.

Step 6.

To the above seasoning add the Gram flour / Besan and saute till it is golden brown. Add a cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil, mix in turmeric , red chili powder, salt and the pureed tomatoes. Mix it well.

Step 7.

When the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to low flame. Now add the sautéed Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi pieces, steamed potatoes, carrot cubes and cluster beans/ Gwar phali along with 1 1/2 cup of water and mix well. Boil it, cover and cook on low flame until gravy becomes thick consistency and oil floats.

Step 8.

Serve hot with boiled / steamed white rice, Aloo tuk and pappad !

Note:

  • Steaming cluster beans, potato pieces and carrot cubes in pressure cooker is time saving.
  • sautéing Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi separately is necessary .

Possible health benefits of Lady Finger :

Weight Loss – The low calorie content of Okra (30 kcal / 100 gm) and its high fibre content make it a suitable food for weight loss. It provides minimum calories and its high fibre levels help in keeping you full for longer.

 Heart disease – Okra contains soluble fibre pectin. Pectin helps in lowering bad cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis by helping in elimination of deposited cholesterol and clots. Controls blood sugar levels – This benefit of lady finger may be attributed to its fibre content. Eugenol a type of fibre, helps in slowing down digestion and absorption of sugar from the blood stream. Hence it helps in avoiding sugar spikes after meal and stabilizes the blood sugar levels. Its fibre further helps in lowering blood sugar levels.

Improves digestion – The fibre content of lady finger helps in better digestion, and regularization of bowels. Pectin swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of waste from the intestine. People suffering from constipation benefit from regular consumption of  lady finger.

Improves immunity –  Another important benefit of lady finger is that it contains Vitamin C which helps in improving immunity.

Anemia – Lady finger contains iron and folate and Vitamin K, nutrients that help in treating and avoiding anaemia. Prevention of colon cancer – Like all other high fibre foods, lady finger too helps in prevention of colon cancer by keeping the digestive system intact and functioning properly.

 Improves eyesight – The Vitamin A and beta carotene present in lady finger may be helpful in improving eyesight.

Treatment of dandruff and lice – Okra is used as  home remedy for dandruff and lice. Cut okra horizontally and boil in water, add lemon to this water and use this water for rinsing hair.

As you can see that most of the benefits of lady finger are attributed to its rich fibre content. Hence dietitians advise everyone to eat as many veggies with your meal as possible.

Ref.http://www.dietburrp.com/benefits-of-lady-finger/

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Parwal curry

Parwal Vegetable

Trichosanthes dioica / pointed gourd/ parwal/parval
Trichosanthes dioica is also known as the pointed gourd, parwal/parval (from Hindi),Kovakkai(fromTamil) or thonde kayi (from Kannada), or potol (from Assamese, Sanskrit, Oriya or Bengali (পটল) pôţol) “Paror” in Maithili, “Parol” in Magahi and “Parora” in Bhojpuri, Urdu and Awadhi. Colloquially, in India, it is often called green potato. It is widely cultivated in the eastern and some northern part of India, particularly in Odisha, Bengal, Assam, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. It is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains major nutrients and trace elements (magnesium, potassium, copper, sulfur, and chlorine) which are needed in small quantities, for playing essential roles in human physiology. parval (pointed gourd, Trichosanthes dioica)

 

Parwal Aloo Odisha

Parwal curry – Recipe is contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta.

Hi friends! Enjoy this easily digestible vegetable cooked with potatoes and Indian spices. Parwal is a seasonal vegetable and is available during summers till monsoon season in India.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves : 4

Difficulty Level : Easy

Ingredients

  • 300 gms parwal / pointed gourd
  • 1 medium size potato, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 12 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated finely
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut, finely grated
  • 1 cup curd / yogurt / dahi
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and scrape the parwal / pointed gourd lightly with a knife ,cut the ends and cut them into halves horizontally. Remove any fibers and seeds that are yellow and hard. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Peel the potato and cut it lengthwise once and horizontally once to match the parwal / pointed gourd.

Step 3.

In the blender take the minced garlic, grated ginger, grated coconut and curd and blend it to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok / kadahi /pan and shallow fry the parwal / pointed gourd on medium flame till they become little soft and golden brown. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Then in the same heated oil add potato cubes and shallow fry the potatoes till they become little soft and golden brown and add shallow fried parwal / pointed gourd from step 3.

Step 6.

Add turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds powder, salt to the shallow fried parwal / pointed gourd and potatoes . Cover and cook till soft.

Step 7.

Add garlic, ginger, coconut, curd paste to the cooked vegetable. Bring it to boil , let it simmer on low flame for 7-8 minutes.

Step 8.
garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or any other Indian bread.

Note:

  • Peel the skin of Parwal / pointed gourd lightly.
  • Parwal / pointed gourd is generally deep fried before using in the curry, shallow frying is healthier.

 Possible health benefits of Parwal / Pointed gourd:

Improves Digestion Parwal is easy to digest, and the fiber rich green vegetable is good for treating gastrointestinal and liver disorders.

Lowers Cholesterol & Blood Sugar The small round seeds of parwal benefits the health as it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels naturally.

Weight Loss This is another health benefit of having parwal. It is low in calories and keeps you fuller for a long time, thus aiding weight loss.

Treats Flu In Ayurveda, pointed gourd or parwal is used as a medicine to cure cold, fever and throat problems.

Blood Purifier According to Ayurveda experts, this is another health benefit of parwal. Pointed gourd is excellent for balancing Kapha. It helps purify blood tissue and this in turn makes it a good green vegetable for skin care as well.

Skin Benefits Parwal is rich in vitamins like Vitamin A and C, and antioxidants which makes it good for the skin.

Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/wellness/2013/health-benefits-parwal-036618.html#slide26319

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Cabbage Fry

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Hi friends! Try this healthy and simple and tasty recipe.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup husked moong dal / Moong dhuli dal ,soaked in a cup of water for 15 minutes
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tps Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / Heeng
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp Salt/ or to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and Soak the Moong dal for 15 minutes.Cut the cabbage in fine threads or it can be grated too keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi / or pan add mustard seeds, when it  starts crackling add asafetida / heeng saute till slightly pink in colour. Add curry leaves, ginger grated. Stir and sauté for a minute.

Step 3.

Add Moong dal, cabbage turmeric powder and salt, cover and cook on low flame stirring intermittently until moong dal is soft.Serve hot with rice or any Indian bread of choice.

Note:

1. Choose a cabbage that is heavy for its size. Make sure the leaves are tight and firm as loose leaves indicate an older cabbage. Store cabbage in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

2. Cabbage can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, roasted, sautéed or stuffed. The sulfurous odor often associated with cabbage only develops when the cabbage is overcooked. The longer a cabbage is cooked, the stronger the odor becomes.

3. Add shredded cabbage to any salad or fresh coleslaw.

Quick tips for eating more cabbage:

  • Keep it simple and drizzle roasted chopped cabbage with olive oil, cracked black pepper and minced garlic
  • Add shredded cabbage to a fresh green salad
  • Add chopped cabbage to any soup or stew near the end of cooking.
Possible health benefits of cabbage:

Cabbage, which is often lumped into the same category as lettuce because of their similar appearance, is actually a part of the cruciferous vegetable family. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale and broccoli are notorious for being chock-full of beneficial nutrients. If you are trying to improve your diet, cruciferous vegetables should be at the very top of your grocery list.

Cabbage can vary in color from green to red and purple, and the leaves can be smooth or crinkled. With less than 20 calories per half cup cooked, it is a vegetable worth making room on your plate for.

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like cabbage decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Protection from radiation therapy

A compound found in cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables known as 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM) has been shown to protect against the harmful effects of radiation therapy. It is well-known that DIM has protective effects against cancer, but this study shows there is also hope for using it as a shield to protect healthy tissues during cancer treatment in the future.

Cancer prevention

Another cancer-fighting compound found in cabbage is sulforaphane. Research over the past 30 years has consistently shown that consuming cruciferous vegetables has been associated with a lower risk of cancer. More recently, researchers have been able to pinpoint that the sulfur-containing compounds (namely sulforaphane) that give cruciferous vegetables their bitter bite are also what give them their cancer-fighting power.

More studies with sulforaphane are testing its ability to delay or impede cancer. Promising results have been seen with multiple types of cancers including melanoma, esophageal, prostate and pancreatic. Researchers have discovered that sulforaphane has the power to inhibit the harmful enzyme histone deacetylase (HDAC), known to be involved in the progression of cancer cells. The ability to stop HDAC enzymes could make sulforaphane-containing foods a potentially powerful part of cancer treatment.

Another natural chemical found in cabbage, parsley, celery and other plants known as apigenin has been found to decrease tumor size in an aggressive form of breast cancer in a recent study conducted at the University of Missouri. Researchers claim that their findings show that apigenin has potential to be used as a non-toxic treatment for cancer in the future.

Red cabbage contains the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin, the same compound that gives other red and purple-hued fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. Anthocyanins have been shown to slow cancer cell proliferation, kill already formed cancer cells and stop the formation of new tumor growths.

Heart health

The same potent anthocyanins in red cabbage that help protect against cancer have been shown to suppress inflammation that may lead to cardiovascular disease. A recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition associated the intake of flavonoid-rich foods with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stated that even small amounts of flavonoid-rich foods may be beneficial. The high polyphenol content in cabbage may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet buildup and reducing blood pressure.

Immunity and digestion

A popular way to consume cabbage is in a fermented form such as sauerkraut and kimchi. Chocked full of probiotics, fermented foods are one of the best things you can consume for your immune and digestive systems. Healthy microbes generate an acidic environment to preserve and develop flavor and enzymes in fermentation that make vitamins and minerals easier to absorb.

The fiber and water content in cabbage also helps to prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract. Eating adequate fiber promotes regularity, which is crucial for the daily excretion toxins through the bile and stool.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284823.php#possible_health_benefits_of_consuming_cabbage

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Kesar Phirni

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Kesar Phirni /Rice Pudding

 Rice pudding is a dish made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Different variants are used for either desserts or dinners. When used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar. Such desserts are found on many continents, especially Asia where rice is a staple.

The following ingredients are usually found in rice puddings:

  • rice; white rice (usually short grain, but can also be long grain, basmati, or jasmine rice), brown rice, black rice
  • milk; (whole milk, coconut milk, cream or evaporated)
  • spices; (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger etc.)
  • flavorings; (vanilla, orange, lemon, pistachio, rose water etc.)
  • sweetener; (sugar, brown sugar, honey, sweetened condensed milk, fruit or syrups)
  • eggs

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_pudding

Hi friends! A delicious and fragrant milk and rice based Indian dessert served cold. Milk thickened with rice flour and flavored with cardamom, and saffron.This recipe is contributed by an avid blog user Mrs. Usha Mehta

Cook time : 15 minutes

Cuisine : North Indian, Punjabi

Course : Dessert, Indian Dessert

Serves: 3-4                    

Ingredients:

  • 40 gms Rice flour
  • 500 ml Milk, Low fat
  • 1/2 cup milk, for mixing rice flour
  • 3 green cardamoms, powdered
  • A pinch saffron / Kesar strands
  • 60 gms sugar
  • 1 tbsp Almonds, slivered

Method:

Step 1.
In a mixing bowl mix rice powder and 1/2 cup milk together to a smooth lump free paste.

Step 2.

In a sauce pan take 500 ml milk, bring it to boil reduce the heat and add the rice paste stirring continuously .

Step 3.

Add cardamom powder, saffron, and sugar. Keep stirring till thick and lump free.

Step 4.

Once thickened switch off the stove, pour the phirni mixture into serving dish.

Step 5.

Top it with slivered almonds and some Chirongi.

Step 6.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve chill.

Note: Serving and Eating of Phirni

Phirni is served as a dessert after meals. The way of serving this dish is quite distinctive. Traditionally, the rice and milk mixture is poured in separate earthen bowls. While serving, each bowl is served separately. Garnishing plays an important role in serving of this popular sweet dish. It can be done with chopped dry-fruits and raisins. Silver paper also known as ‘chandi wark’ is placed on top of the rice and milk mixture. It is usually eaten with dessert spoon or traditionally with wooden spoon.

Nutritional Facts Related to Phirni/ Rice pudding :

Being a milk based dish, phirni is quite healthful. Rice also adds to the nutritional value of the dish. Even nuts and raisins are full of vitamins, proteins and minerals. The only thing that let the consumers to avoid it is the use of sugar. It is a sweet dish, hence not recommended for obese and diabetic patients.

 Ref. http://ifood.tv/indian/phirni/about

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Mix Dals Fry

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Hi friends! A very popular reasonably spiced north Indian preparation.It is a tasty combination of husked moong dal and masoor dal  . Dal fry  is very delicious quick and easy to make.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian, Punjabi

Course: Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Split husked Moong dal
  • 1/2 cup Masoor dal
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small size tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Wash well and soak moong dal  and masoor dal for ten minutes in 500 ml of water.

Step 2.

Pressure cook on high flame the dals in the same water in which it was soaked, with salt, turmeric powder and the red chili powder. The moment full pressure is formed,Switch off the stove.Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, remove the cooked dal in to a serving bowl.

Step 2.

Heat the ghee in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling add chopped onions sauté till golden. Add minced garlic saute till light golden add green chili.

Step 3.

Add this seasoning to the dal, simmer for two minutes, add lime juice and remove from heat. Serve hot.

Possible health benefits of Moong and Masoor dal:

Moong Dal:Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

moong dal is hailed has the healthiest among the dals. Others like masoor dal have health benefits too.

Masoor Dal : Masoor dal is very good for people suffering from bile reflux, and it also improves the blood circulation in the body.

Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20026

Good point of mixed dals:

  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Low in sugar
  • Very high in dietary fiber
  • High in iron
  • High in manganese
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in thiamin
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Matar/Green peas Samosas

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Matar/Green peas Samosas

Samosa : A samosa /səˈmsə/ or samoosa is a fried or baked pastry with savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils and also with ground meat. They may or may not also contain pine nuts. The samosa originated in the Middle East (where it is known as sambosa) prior to the 10th century. Its size and consistency may vary, but typically it is distinctly triangular or tetrahedral in shape. Indian samosas are usually vegetarian, and often accompanied by a mint sauce or chutney. Vegetarian samosas originated in Uttar Pradesh. Samosas are a popular entree appetizer or snack in the local cuisines of Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Southwest Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean, the Horn of Africa and North Africa. Due to cultural diffusion and emigration from these areas, samosas are today also prepared in other regions. Alternative names :  Samsa, somsa, sambosak, sambusa, samoosa, singada, samuza, somasi, somaas

Ref.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samosa

Hi friends! Here is the recipe of a crispy and spicy, yummy Indian snack which is crisp  and filled with peas and spices.

Preparation time: 10 minutes.

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Savory Snack

Ingredients:

For Pastry/ dough

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour/ Maida
  • 1 tbsp Semolina /sooji
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup warm water

For Filling:

  • 200 gms  frozen green peas, boiled
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder /amchoor
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or/ to taste
  • 8-9 cashew nuts, coarsely ground

 Method:

For  pastry/ dough

Step 1.

In a bowl mix all-purpose flour/ Maida, Semolina /sooji, salt, ajwain /carom seeds, oil and mix well. Gradually add  warm water to make a soft dough (adding water as much required).

Step 2.

Knead the dough well to make it smooth and pliable.Cover the dough and keep aside for ten minutes.

For Filling

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take green peas add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame, when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and drain the water take out the peas in a bowl. keep the peas aside.

Step 2.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and put the coriander powder, chili powder, dry mango powder/ amchoor, gram masala, cashew nuts and salt. Saute for few seconds add green peas mix, stir fry and  mash the peas to get a coarse mixture. Cook on low flame for about 5-8 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Let the let the filling cool to room temperature. Keep aside.

For making samosas

Step1.

Before starting, knead the dough for a few seconds again.

Step 2.

Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and roll each portion of dough with a drop of oil on the rolling board, into a thin flat round shape with about 5 inch diameter.

Step 3.

Cut the rolled dough circle from the center into two halves with kinfe. Make each half into a cone by sticking seam together with a little water. Pinch gently the side of this cone so that it is completely sealed.

Step 4.

Fill the cone with about 1.5 tablespoons of the cooked pea mixture. Press this filling down gently.Close the slightly wet top of the cone edges to form a triangular shape, pinching the top edge to seal it completely.This way fill in all the samosas and keep ready on a tray.

Step 5.

Heat sufficient oil in a wok, kadahi /frying pan on medium heat. To check if oil is hot enough place a tiny piece of dough in oil and if dough come to the surface , oil is ready for frying.

Step 6.

Slide in the samosas in the hot oil one by one carefully,frying a few at a time. Samosas should not overlap in the frying pan.When samosas starts floating on top of the oil, slowly turn them .

Step 7.

Fry the samosas until the samosas are golden-brown on all sides. This should take about 5-6 minutes. Take the Samosas out over a  paper kitchen towel for removing extra oil.

Step 8.

Green Pea/ Matar samosas are ready to serve!  Serve hot as tea time snack with fresh coriander / dhaniya chutney.

Note:

  • If you use a high flame for frying, the samosa crust will remain soft and not cook properly.
  • Fresh shelled peas can be used too.
  • Raw Samosas can be made and refrigerated for two days
  • For a healthy snack, take just sufficient oil in the wok, kadahi /frying pan for frying the samosas and discard the used oil after frying.

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Methi Aloo

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Botanical Name:  Trigonella foenum-graecum
Common Name:  Fenugreek
Hindi : Methi
Sanskrit : Medhika, Chandrika
Tamil: Vendhyam

Fenugreek (/ˈfɛnjʉɡrk/; Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae, with leaves consisting of three small ob ovate to oblong leaflets. It is cultivated worldwide as a semiarid crop, and its seeds are a common ingredient in dishes from the Indian Subcontinent in South Asia. Major fenugreek-producing countries are Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, Argentina, Egypt, France, Spain, Turkey, and Morocco. The largest producer is India, where the major producing states are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, and Punjab. Rajasthan accounts for over 80% of India’s output.

Use

Fenugreek is used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens). Sotolon is the chemical responsible for fenugreek’s distinctive sweet smell.

In India Methi Ghatia Snack is made out of lentils and fenugreek seeds.

Cuboid-shaped, yellow- to amber-colored fenugreek seeds are frequently encountered in the cuisines of the Indian Subcontinent, used both whole and powdered in the preparation of pickles, vegetable dishes, daals, and spice mixes such as panch phoron and sambar powder. They are often roasted to reduce bitterness and enhance flavor.

Fresh fenugreek leaves are an ingredient in some Indian curries. Sprouted seeds and microgreens are used in salads. When harvested as microgreens, fenugreek is known as samudra methi in Maharashtra, especially in and around Mumbai, where it is often grown near the sea in the sandy tracts, hence the name samudra, “ocean” in Sanskrit.Samudra methi is also grown in dry river beds in the Gangetic plains. When sold as a vegetable in India, the young plants are harvested with their roots still attached and sold in small bundles in the markets and bazaars. Any remaining soil is washed off to extend their shelf life.

In Turkish cuisine, fenugreek is used for making a paste known as çemen. Cumin, black pepper, and other spices are added into it, especially to make pastırma.

In Persian cuisine, fenugreek leaves are called شنبلیله (shanbalile). They are the key ingredient and one of several greens incorporated into ghormeh sabzi and eshkeneh, often said to be the Iranian national dishes.

In Egyptian cuisine, peasants in Upper Egypt add fenugreek seeds and maize to their pita bread to produce aish merahrah, a staple of their diet.

Fenugreek is used in Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine. The word for fenugreek in Amharic is abesh (or abish), and the seed is used in Ethiopia as a natural herbal medicine in the treatment of diabetes.

Hi friends! Methi Aloo easy recipe yet very delicious!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian, Punjabi

Course: main, vegetable dish

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium size Potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 250 gms Fenugreek leaves/ methi, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or/ to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and finely chop Fenugreek leaves/ methi. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash, peel and cut the potatoes into small cubes.

Step 3.

Heat Mustard oil in a wok / kadahi/non-stick pan. Add asafetida saute for few seconds add Fenugreek / Methi leaves  and saute for two minutes. Add potatoes, red chili powder,   salt and mix well . Stirring every 2-3 minutes or so cover and cook on low heat till potatoes are well cooked.

Step 4.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Health benefits of Fenugreek Leaves:

Fenugreek is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and a good source of Iron and vitamin C. Steaming is considered the best way of cooking this herb, as all the vitamins are retained. The protein content in dried fenugreek leaves is almost equal to that in pulses. The leaves are said to be cooling. They are very beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence and sluggish liver. Fenugreek leaves help treat mouth ulcers. The leaves also help in the formation of blood. The leaves, being rich in iron, are very beneficial for anaemia.

Fenugreek Leaves Home Remedies

  • Make a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves. Apply on scalp, leave for 30 minutes, and then wash. This strengthens hair and gets rid of dandruff.
  • The freshly ground paste of fenugreek leaves, applied on the face before going to bed, prevents pimples and black heads.
  • Make an infusion of the fenugreek leaves. Use this as a gargle for mouth ulcers.
  • Due to its cooling properties, applying a poultice made of the fenugreek leaves is an excellent home remedy to heal burns and swellings.
  • Fenugreek leaves cooked with green onion stalks, are very good for clearing Constipation.
  • A tbsp of fenugreek leaves juice, taken with 1-2 black raisins, relieves dysentry.

Ref.http://naturalhomeremedies.co/Fenugreek.html

Disclaimer: The content found in this website is for informational purposes only, and is in no way intended as medical advice or as a substitute for medical counseling. Consult a doctor or naturopath before making any changes to your diet.

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Mixed Vegetable fry

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Mixed Vegetable fry

Hi friends! In Tamilnadu mixed vegetables with any vegetable are stir fried, served as a side dish for lunch or dinner with rice, dal and some curry. The vegetables that are used in this recipe are finely chopped, cooked and tossed with fresh grated coconut.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1/2 cup French beans, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size potato, washed, peeled and cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 medium size Onion ,finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 3 tbsp Coconut , finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / or salt to taste

For seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 sp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Split black gram /Urad dal
  • 1 red chili , Whole
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida

Method :

Step 1.

In a wok / kadahi / pan heat oil and add the mustard seeds. When the mustard starts crackling add asafetida, curry leaves and the dry red chili, split black gram dal.

Step 2.

Add onions to the step 1 seasoning. Sauté the onions and for a minute or till the onions are translucent.

Step 3.

Add the chopped beans, shelled peas, cubed carrots, and cubed carrots and salt. Cook the mixed vegetable covered till potatoes are soft and well cooked.

Step 4.

Finally add the fresh grated coconut, mix well with the cooked vegetable and switch off.

Step 5.

Mixed vegetable is tasty, nutritious as a side dish with boiled rice or pilafs.

The Health Benefits of Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Frozen mixed vegetables provide convenience and nutrition.

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

Ref. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-frozen-mixed-vegetables-4299.html

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Khandvi

Khandvi

Easy Khandvi recipe

Khandvi is a savory snack in Gujarati cuisine. It consists of yellowish, tightly rolled bite-sized pieces, and is primarily made of gram flour and yoghurt.Khandvi is readily available across India, and is commonly eaten as an appetizer or snack. Many people choose to buy it from local shops rather than preparing it at home, though it is easy to make.In other parts of India, this dish is also known as Suralichi vadi or Patuli.

Hi friends! Gujarati khandvi, a delicious appetizer/ teatime snack is relished by all. It can be prepared easily .

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Gujrati

Course: Snack/ Appetizer

Serves: 2

Level : Easy

 Ingredients :

  • 1/2 cup Gram flour /Besan
  • 1/2 cup Curd
  • 2 tbsp Green coriander ,finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Green chili ,minced
  • 6 Curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1/2 level tsp salt /or as per taste

For tempering:

    • 1tabsp oil
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 4-5 kadhi patta /curry leaves
    • 1 tbsp green coriander, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup grated coconut

Method:

Step 1.

In a mixer jar take gram flour/ besan, curd, water, salt, turmeric, chili paste,  and make a smooth batter , without any lumps (batter can also be prepared in a bowl, by whisking it manually).

Step 2. 

Take the mixture in a non stick pan over high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring all the time ,to avoid scorching.

Step 3.

Keep cooking and stirring the mixture. It starts thickening, looking like a thick paste like consistency. Keep stirring continuously .

Step 4.

Mixture is ready, when a tsp of from it is spread on to an ungreased surface, and when cool, it should come off clean. mixture for making khandvi is now ready.

Step 5.

For spreading the cooked mixture, take a tray without greasing it with oil. With help of a spatula, spread the khandvi mixture over the tray very thinly. Within 15 to 20 minutes, batter cools and sets.

Step 6.

Now with a knife, cut the cooled khandvi spread into 6 inch long and 2 inch wide strips.Roll each strip like a scroll, as firmly as you can, without breaking them, make all the rolls and arrange  on a plate.

Step 7.

For tempering :

Now heat oil in a small pan. Chop the green chili lengthwise. When oil is sufficiently hot add mustard seeds into. when mustard seeds start crackling, add curry leaves . Spread this Seasoning /tadka over the khandvi .

Step 8.

Arrange them on to a serving dish. Garnish with the coriander, coconut and serve.

Step 9.

Tasty khandvi is now ready. Serve khandvi with coriander chutney/or ketchup or any chutney as per your taste.

Note:

  1. For making Khandvi mixture should be smooth, lump free.
  2. Sour curd / dahi / yogurt gives better results.
  3. The batter is cooked down to a thick paste and then spread thinly on a flat surface.
  4. It can be served hot or cold
  5. Besan flour is made from chickpeas.

Nutrient Facts for chickpeas / Gram flour /Besan Flour:

Besan flour, or gram flour, may not sound familiar until you hear its third name: chickpea flour. The characteristic nutty flavor from finely ground chickpeas gives besan flour the ability to create tasty, simple breads that stand on their own with few ingredients. It also stands above wheat flour in protein and folate content.

Basics

Besan flour is naturally higher in protein than wheat-based flours. One-half cup contains 10 grams of protein, compared to 8 grams in whole-grain wheat flour and just 6 grams in white flour. One-half cup of besan flour has 178 calories and 3 grams of total fat. Even though that’s double the fat of whole-wheat flour, 70 percent of the fat in besan flour comes from healthy unsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol. The same portion has 5 grams of fiber.

Vitamins

One-half cup of besan flour has 201 micrograms of folate, compared to 26 micrograms in whole-wheat flour and 182 micrograms in enriched white flour. If you consumed an entire half-cup of besan flour, you’d get 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of folate. This important vitamin is critical for the production of proteins and genetic material. In this role, folate is especially important during periods of rapid growth. When taken before and during pregnancy, it helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. The same portion of besan flour is a good source of thiamin and vitamin B-6. Thiamin converts food into energy, while vitamin B-6 is needed for the synthesis of red blood cells and the neurotransmitter serotonin that regulates appetite and mood.

Minerals

Besan flour delivers a boost of iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Well known for its role carrying oxygen, iron also functions as an antioxidant and it’s needed for the production of collagen. Magnesium causes muscles to relax, which helps maintain vascular health and regulates blood pressure. Phosphorus combines with calcium to form the primary compound used to build bones. It also carries lipids through the body and activates enzymes that produce energy. One-half cup of besan flour has 2 milligrams of iron, 76 milligrams of magnesium and 146 milligrams of phosphorus.

Preparation Tips

Besan flour is usually mixed with water, olive oil, yogurt or milk to make a paste that can be any consistency depending on the desired use. The paste is seasoned with any combination of parsley, cumin, coriander, turmeric, red chili, rosemary, onion or garlic. It’s traditionally cooked in a skillet to create a flatbread called socca or fried into fritters. Use a thick besan flour batter to coat and fry vegetables or add small shrimps to a thin batter and fry them into appetizer-like pancakes.

Gluten Free

Besan flour doesn’t contain gluten, so it makes a good substitute for wheat flour in gluten-free diets. Depending on the food you’re making, the bean taste may not create the best result. Try mixing besan flour with white rice flour, making sure that the total amount is the same that’s called for in the recipe. You’ll probably need to adjust the fluids to create the same consistency achieved with wheat flour. If you’re making yeast dough, you’ll need to add about 1 teaspoon of guar or xanthan gum for every 1 cup of flour so that the yeast can rise.

Ref. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrient-besan-flour-3167.html

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Carrot Barfi

Carrot barfiCarrot / Gajar Barfi

Barfi or burfi is a sweet confectionery from the Indian Subcontinent. The name originates from the Persian word Barf which means snow. The confection is served in India, all year round, it has many varieties. Main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.

Hi friends!Make this yummy barfi very easy to make and very delicious.

Preparation Time : 5-10 minutes

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Servings : 6-8

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Indian Desserts

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Carrots, grated
  • 150 gms Khoya/mawa, grated
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Almonds, powdered
  • 2 tbsp Almonds , slivered
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee for greasing
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, peel and grate the Carrots.

Step 2.

In a wok / kadahi/ heavy bottom pan take milk and add grated carrots, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the carrots cook on low flame till 90 % milk is absorbed.

Step 3.

Add grated khoya, cardamom powder and sugar. Mix well and cook for five to ten minutes or till mixture thickens. Add powdered almonds to the mix.

Step 4.

Grease an aluminum tray with ghee or take a non stick tray. Switch off the stove, pour the carrot mix into the tray and spread evenly.

Step 5.

You can even keep it in the refrigerator to set. Decorate chopped nuts and set aside for cooling.

Step 6.

Cut into squares and decorate each square with a slivered almond and serve.

 Possible health benefits of Carrots:

Prevention of Heart Disease: High cholesterol is a major factor for heart disease. Since regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol levels, it is a good idea to consume a healthy dose of carrots, in order to prevent heart-related problems.

Blood Pressure: Carrots are rich sources of potassium, which is a vasodilator and can relax the tension in your blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing blood flow and circulation, boosting organ function throughout the body and reducing the stress on the cardiovascular system.

Immune Booster:  Carrots contain a number of antiseptic and antibacterial abilities that make it ideal for boosting the immune system. Not only that, carrots are a rich source of vitamin C, which stimulates the activity of white blood cells and is one of the most important elements in the human immune system.

Digestion: Carrots, like most vegetables, have significant amounts of dietary fiber in those orange roots, and fiber is one of the most important elements in maintaining good digestive health.

Prevents Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers, notably lung cancer.

Improves Eyesight: Deficiency of vitamin A can cause some difficulty seeing in dim light. Since carrots are rich in vitamin A, it is good for improving eyesight and preventing conditions like night blindness from developing as we age.

Oral Health: The organic compounds in carrots all by themselves are good for mineral antioxidants, but carrots also stimulate the gums and induce excess saliva. Saliva is an alkaline substance and combats the bacteria and foreign bodies that can often result in cavities, halitosis, and other oral health risks.

Stroke: Eating a carrot every day reduces the risk of stroke by 68%. Many studies have strengthened the belief in the “carrot effect” on the brain. Studies conducted on stroke patients revealed that those with highest levels of beta-carotene had the highest survival rate.

Diabetes: Carrots are good for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids in this delicious vegetable. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar, thereby helping diabetic patients live a normal, healthy life. They also regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized by the body, providing a more even and healthy fluctuation for diabetic patients.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/carrots.html

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Olive oil dip

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A dip can be prepared with sour cream, hung curd, olive oil, softened cheese, and/or mayonnaise with herbs and spices added.A dip or dipping sauce is a common condiment for many types of food. Dips are used to add flavor or texture to a food, such as pita bread, dumplings, crackers, cut-up raw vegetables, seafood, cubed pieces of meat and cheese, potato chips, tortilla chips, and falafel. Unlike other sauces, instead of applying the sauce to the food, the food is typically put, dipped, or added into the dipping sauce (hence the name). Dips are commonly used for finger foods, appetizers, and other easily held foods. Thick dips based on sour cream, crème fraiche, milk, yogurt, mayonnaise, soft cheese, or beans are a staple of American hors d’oeuvres and are thinner than spreads which can be thinned to make dips. Dip is a very widespread food, and various forms of dip are eaten all over the world. People have been using sauces for dipping for thousands of years.

Hi friends! Dip:A mixture of ingredients that complements other foods such as raw vegetables, chips, or toast, which are dipped into it. Enjoy this yummy dip on toasted bread fingers.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons oil extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar ( I used apple cider)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 sp sugar
  • 1/2 sp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper , freshly -ground
  • 9 cloves of garlic, minced

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl take olive oil, vinegar, salt, sugar , oregano and pepper whisk all ingredients together in a in a small bowl.

Step 2.

When the mixture starts thickening add minced garlic and whisk some more.

Step 3.

Let the mixture stand for five minutes to rehydrate dried herbs and blend flavors. Mix again and use the delicious dip on toasted bread fingers( toast a brown bread slice in a sandwich toaster, cut into fingers). spread the dip on the fingers or dip the fingers and eat.

Health Benefits of Olive Oil & Bread

Eating fresh whole grain bread dipping in extra virgin olive oil as a side dish with dinner or as a light healthy snack or appetizer can provide health benefits such as:

  • A Healthy Cardiovascular System
  • Reduction in Strokes, Heart Attacks, and High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
  • Natural Inflammation Relief
  • Younger Youthful Skin, Nails and Hair
  • A Stronger Healthy Immune System
  • Natural Prevention Against Certain Types of Cancers such as Digestive, Respiratory, Brain and Reproductive Kinds
  • Keeps the Mind Healthy and Strong by Enhancing Memory and Reducing Oxidative Stress

Ref.http://www.naturalnewsblogs.com/bread-dipped-extra-virgin-olive-provides-outstanding-health-benefits/

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Mace

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A Tale of Two Spices: Nutmeg and Mace:

MACE= जावित्री (pr. {javitri} )(Noun)
Usage:Add some mace powder to add aroma to the dish.
Nutmeg = जायफल

  1. East Indian tree widely cultivated in the tropics for its aromatic seed; source of two spices: nutmeg and mace
  2. hard aromatic seed of the nutmeg tree used as spice when grated or ground

Did you know that nutmeg and mace are actually siblings? These two are from the same fruit of the nutmeg tree Myristica frangrans. The nutmeg is the oval-shaped pit, which is the fruit, and mace is the bright red webbing that surrounds the shell of the pit. The mace is removed, dried and then ground into a coarse powder that turns a reddish color. The nutmeg can either be dried and left whole and packaged for grating, or dried and grated fresh.

The taste between nutmeg and mace is slightly different with mace being more pungent and spicier, similar to the combination of cinnamon and pepper. And nutmeg can be described as less intense than its sibling with a sweetness similar to cinnamon but more piquant. Both spices actually include some of the same oils that flavor pepper and cloves. Even though they have similar uses in recipes they are both rarely used together. I find that nutmeg does have a sweeter more delicate flavor and fragrance than mace. But you decide which one you prefer?

 

Nutmeg it is often used in baking recipes for cakes, cookies, and in savory dishes such as soups and stews, sausages, meats, soups, fruits and preserves. And let’s not forget about the popular holiday beverage of eggnog which just wouldn’t taste the same without a sprinkle of nutmeg.

In terms of using nutmeg with other spices, it works well with allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cranberries, cumin, ginger, pepper, sugar, thyme, and vanilla. You can use nutmeg in savory dishes like asparagus, beans, cabbage, eggs, fish, lamb, onion, carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, sausage, seafood chowders, veal, and yams, as well as coffee drinks.

Mace is primarily used in baking and has long been the dominant flavor in doughnuts. It is often used in cakes, cookies, and in savory dishes just like its sibling, nutmeg. Mace Combines well with allspice, cinnamon, cloves, cranberries, cumin, ginger, sugar, and vanilla and tastes great in eggs, pumpkin, yams, potatoes, sausage, veal, and stuffings.

Celebrate the taste of fall spices with nutmeg and mace and try experimenting with either one.

For best nutmeg flavor, purchase whole nutmegs and grate them by using the smallest grater holes just before adding them to your recipe. A whole nutmeg yields at least two to three teaspoons of grated spice, and the best flavor of the nutmeg oil will soon evaporate, so use it quickly.

Mace spice nutrition facts

Mace spice is dry, outer aril that firmly enveloping around the nutmeg kernel. Nutmeg and mace indeed are two separate spice products of same nutmeg fruit. However, mace characteristically has higher concentration of certain essential oils and features refined yet intense aroma than nutmeg. For the same reasons, it commands special place in the kitchen spice box!

Mace as well as the nutmeg seeds were thought to have originated in the tropical rain forest of Indonesian Maluku Islands, also known as the spice Islands. Binomially, nutmeg is an evergreen belonging to Myristicaceae family, and known scientifically as Myristica fragrans. There are several species of nutmeg grown all over the world other than Myristica species, such as M. argentea, M. malabarica (Indian), and M. fatua. They are rather similar to M. fragrans in appearence, however, have inferior flavor and aroma.

 

Botanically, the nutmeg fruit, in fact, is a drupe like apricot. Once completely ripen, it splits through its bottom (basal) end to reveal a single, centrally situated oval shaped hard seed (kernel) known commercial as “nutmeg.” Closely adhering to this nutmeg kernel is crimson-red, lacy or thread like arils known as mace spice. This mace aril is then carefully peeled off the kernel surface by either hand or using a knife, and allowed to dry under shade for 3-4 days. Dried mace arils, which now appear amber in color are processed and graded before dispatched for sale.

 

Processing of mace spice

  1. fragrans tree yields up to three times in a season. Once harvested from the tree, its outer pulp or husk is removed and discarded. Just underneath the tough husk is the golden-brown color aril, known as “mace,” enveloping firmly around the nutmeg kernel. Mace is gently peeled off from the kernel surface, flattened into strips, dried, and sold either as whole “mace blades” or finely ground into powder. The nutmeg kernels are then dried under sun for several days to weeks. At larger commercial set-ups, this process is done rather more rapidly over a hot drier machine until the whole nutmeg rattles inside the shell.

 

Health benefits of mace spice

  • Essentially employed as an aromatic agent, mace spice greatly enhances color, taste and flavor of foods. Nonetheless, it contains some of the anti-oxidant compounds essential oils, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Mace features quite different nutritional profile than nutmeg has. It is less in calories, however, has more concentrations of essential oils, vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenes, iron, calcium,
  • The spice contains fixed oil trimyristine, and many essential volatile oils, which gives a sweet aromatic flavor such as myristicin, elemicin, eugenol and safrole. These oils occur in higher concentration in mace than in nutmeg. The other less important volatile-oils are pinene, camphene, dipentene, cineole, linalool, sabinene, safrole, terpeniol.
  • The active principles in ace spice have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines as anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive, and carminative functions.
  • Mace has more vitamin-C content than nutmeg. 100 g mace spice has 21 mg against just 3 mg of nutmegs. Likewise, mace blades contain more riboflavin (vitamin B-2).
  • Mace arils are rather excellent sources of vitamin-A. 100 g of mace provides 800 IU vitamin A, nearly nine times more compared to that in nutmeg.
  • Mace arils contain more calcium, copper, iron and magnesium than nutmeg. 100 g of mace powder has 13.90 mg of iron when compared to just 3.04 mg of nutmeg. Manganese and copper are utilized by the human body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome oxidases enzymes.

Medicinal uses:

  • As in nutmeg, mace extraction has also been employed in Chinese and Indian traditional medicines for treatment of illnesses related to the nervous and digestive systems. The compounds in this spice such as myristicin and elemicin have been found to have soothing as well as stimulant properties on brain.
  • Nutmeg and mace-oil contains eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for toothache relief.
  • The oil is also used as a local massage to reduce muscular pain and rheumatic pain of joints.
  • Freshly prepared mace-decoction with honey has been employed to get relief from nausea, gastritis, and indigestion ailments.

See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients:

Mace spice (Myristica fragrans), Ground,
Nutritional value per 100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 475 Kcal 24%
Carbohydrates 50.50 g 39%
Protein 6.71 g 12%
Total Fat 32.38 g 162%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 20.2 g 54%
Vitamins
Folates 76 µg 19%
Niacin 1.350 mg 8%
Pyridoxine 0.160 mg 12%
Riboflavin 0.448 mg 34%
Thiamin 0.312 mg 26%
Vitamin-A 800 IU 27%
Vitamin C 21 mg 35%
Electrolytes
Sodium 80 mg 5%
Potassium 463 mg 10%
Minerals
Calcium 252 mg 25%
Copper 2.467 mg 274%
Iron 13.90 mg 174%
Magnesium 163 mg 41%
Manganese 1.500 mg 65%
Phosphorus 110 mg 30%
Zinc 2.15 mg 20%

Selection and storage

In the stores, one can buy whole mace, straight slivers known as mace blades, or ground powder packed inside air-sealed containers. Look for whole mace or its blades instead of powder since powdered mace shall lose its flavor rather quickly because of evaporation of essential oils. The other reason being, it oftentimes may be mixed with inferior quality mace species.

Once at home, store the whole mace spice and blades in an airtight container and place in cool, dark and dry place, where it can stay for several months. Ground mace, however, should be stored in well-sealed packs and used as quickly as possible.

Culinary uses

Both nutmeg as well as mace spice employed widely in cooking recipes. Although, mace and nutmegs can be used interchangeably, mace has a pleasant yet more intense flavor than nutmeg, and gives light saffron color to the dishes it added to. Mace blades should be fished out before serving. Instead, they may seep in hot water and the extraction may be directly added to the recipes.

Here are some serving tips:

  • Mace is particularly sought after in sweet dishes. It gives sweet, warm and pleasant flavor, especially to the bakery foods like pastries, donuts, cake, etc.
  • In the Indian subcontinent where it is popular as javitri, found in an array of sweet and savory recipes.
  • It also employed as one of the common ingredients in the spice mix, particularly in Indian garam masala powder, and Moroccan, rass-el-hanout.
  • Its freshly ground powder is added to meat stews, bean stews, sauces, and soups (sup kambing).

Safety profile

  • Consumption of nutmeg as well as mace spice in large doses may cause lack of concentration, sweating, palpitations, body pain and in severe case; hallucination and delirium.
  • In very small doses, it may be used safely in pregnancy and lactation.

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Masaledar Lobiya Curry

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Masaledar Black eyed pea /cow pea /
Lobiya Curry

The black-eyed pea, also known as the cow pea, is thought to have originated in North Africa, where it has been eaten for centuries. It may have been introduced into India as long as 3,000 years ago, and was also a staple of Greek and Roman diets. The peas were brought to the New World by Spanish explorers and African slaves. The earliest records are from 1674 when they were introduced to the West Indies. They have become a common food in the southern United States, where they are available dried, fresh, canned, and frozen. 

Prep time : Soaking the beans over night

Pressure Cooking time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

 Recipe type: main dish

Cuisine: north Indian

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup lobia /black eyed beans
  • 1 tbsp ginger finely grated
  • 15 garlic flakes crushed
  • 2 medium sized onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp of fenugreek seeds
  • 3 medium size tomatoes chopped
  • a small pinch of cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 2 red chilies whole
  • 2 cloves
  • 5 cups of water
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 small black cardamom powdered

Method :

Step 1.

Soak the lobia/ Black eyed beans overnight or for a few hours.

Step 2.

Now take the soaked lobia / Black eyed beans, four cups of water, salt and keep the pressure cooker on high flame till pressure is formed. After the pressure is formed cook on low flame for fifteen minutes switch off the stove, cool and check, beans will be soft.  Set aside with the cooking liquid.

Step 3.

While the lobia /black eyed beans are cooking, heat two table spoons of oil in a pan ,add onions and sauté on medium-low heat for about ten minutes until the onions are slightly golden brown add tomatoes,  grated ginger , crushed garlic and cook for 5-6 minutes switch off the stove, cool the fried onion,tomatoes and ginger , garlic.Grind into a smooth paste in a grinder. Keep the paste aside.

Step 4.

In a separate pan, heat the remaining one tbsp of oil, and add the cumin seeds, wait till cumin crackles, add fenugreek  seeds, black cardamom powder, cloves, cinnamon, dried red chillies.  Fry the spices in the oil for one or two minutes or so (over frying will change the taste) cool and then transfer into a mortar.  Grind into a coarse paste.

Step 5.

In a separate sauce pan, heat the remaining one tbsp of oil, add tomato, ginger , garlic , onion paste from step 3. Saute this paste for two minutes on medium flame, add coarsely ground spice paste to it along with turmeric, coriander powder, fry for one or two minutes.

Step 6.

Add the lobia / Black eyed beans with its water into the above fried masala in the saucepan.  Add a little more water if needed. Cover and bring to boil, then simmer for at least ten to fifteen minutes.

Step 7.

Serve hot , garnished with finely chopped Dhaniya / Coriander/ Cilantro leaves with Indian breads like Chapattis, parathas etc. and boiled rice.

 Possible Health Benefits of Black-eyed peas/ Cow peas / lobiya:

Black-eyed peas have so many health benefits here are a few of them:

  • Aids the digestive system and the colon: Due to its high fiber content it helps with elimination and keeps cancer at bay. Fiber is a nutrient that helps regulate your digestive system, and increasing your intake could help alleviate constipation and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Fiber also helps keep your cholesterol levels healthy by preventing cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream, which reduces your risk of developing heart disease. Additionally, high-fiber foods keep you feeling full, since they are digested slowly — which is important for weight control.
  • Good for the heart: It contains fiber, flavonoids no cholesterol and therefore is advantageous for the heart.
  • Good for the stomach: It helps with problems associated with the stomach, pancreas as well as spleen.
  • Helps in weight loss: Low in fat and calories makes them a nutritious accessory for a weight-loss diet plan. A diet which is lower in fat and calories can help you slim down, avoids putting on weight and safeguards you from numerous health problems, which includes cardiovascular disease, diabetes and also depressive disorders.
  • Helps with the bladder: It has been confirmed to be useful in reducing blockages or even discomfort related to urination problems.
  • Lowers cholesterol level: Cowpeas are well known because of their capability to reduce the plasma cholesterol within your body. This really is aided by them being recognized like an excellent method of obtaining proteins as well as dietary fibers, and it has a comparatively lower glycemic index.
  • Rich in anti-oxidants: The anti-oxidation property restricts the growth of the cancerous cells within the body.

Ref.https://godshealingplants.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/black-eyed-peas-health-benefits/

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Lasooni Palak Aloo

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Lasooni Aloo Palak/ Spinach, potatoes with Garlic, easy to cook and simply delicious !

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Category: Veg

Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Spinach/ Palak
  • 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1/2 cup curd/ Dahi / Yogurt
  • 15 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/ hing powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1pinch baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

 Method:

Step 1.

Wash the spinach very well, finely chop and keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash, peel and cut potatoes into small cubes, keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in a wok / kadahi and add the Asafetida. Fry for few seconds till pink in colour.

Step 4.

Add crushed garlic paste to the asafetida seasoning. Saute till slight change in colour, about half a minute.

Step 5.

Add in the spinach, potatoes, salt , red chili powder and baking soda . Cover and cook on a slow flame for ten minutes on low flame or till potatoes are tender.

Step 6.

Add whisked curd / Dahi / Yogurt , mix well. Cook for ten minutes or so on low flame till it is well blended . Serve hot with chapattis or any other Indian bread of choice.

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

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Moong Dal Halwa

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Halva (halawa, alva, haleweh, halava, helava, helva, halwa, halua, aluva, chalva) refers to many types of dense, sweet confections, served across the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Balkans, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Malta and the Jewish world.Halva may also be based on numerous other ingredients, including sunflower seeds, various nuts, beans, lentils, and vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins, yams and squashes.

The mung bean (Vigna radiata), alternatively known as the moong bean, green gram, or mung Sanskrit मुद्ग / mudga, is a plant species in the legume family. Themung bean is mainly cultivated in India, China, and Southeast Asia.

Hi friends! Halwa made from moong dal and flavored with cardamom, saffron and almonds. It’s a traditional Indian winter dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup split husked green lentil /yellow Moong dal
  • 150 gms Mawa / Khoya, grated
  • 1/2 cup pure ghee (cow’s milk ghee)
  • 1 level cup sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk (low fat)
  • 2 tbsp almonds powder
  • 2 tbsp of slivered almonds (sliced almonds) for garnish

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the moong dal or husked green lentil, in enough water overnight or for 5 to 6hours, drain and grind the  moong dal or husked green lentil to a slightly coarse paste with adding just enough water as needed to blend. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Melt ghee in a non stick wok/ pan, add the ground moong dal mixwell.Stir fry over low flame till fried well, approximately 20-25 minutes.Mixture in the first stage of frying is pasty, then starts getting lumpy and then starts breaking down and getting separated with the fat releasing from the sides, break the lumps while stirring.

Step 3.

In a non stick pan on low flame friy the grated mawa/ khoya. Mix it with the fried moong dal.

Step 4.

While the moong dal is getting fried, heat one cup of water and one cup of milk. Add sugar, saffron and green cardamom powder to the mixture. Bring it to a boil to dissolve the sugar, and keep hot till needed.

Step 5.

Add milk mixture to the fried dal mix and stir well to blend it , the mixture sizzles, so gently add the hot milk and water mixture.

Step 6.
Cook over medium low flame till the liquid is absorbed, and stir-fry till the fat separates and mixture leaves the sides of the pan / wok.Transfer on to a serving dish, decorate the Moong Dal Halwa with the lightly roasted slivered almonds and serve hot.

Possible health benefits of Moong dal:
It is used for making the legendary dal tadka and dal fry. It is eaten on a regular basis in every indian household in combination with rice and vegetables. Moong dal is a dieter-friendly dal rich in iron and potassium. Iron helps maintain haemoglobin levels and potassium helps reduce blood pressure, a boon for hypertensive people. It is extremely light and can be easily eaten when you fall ill and even by pregnant women. Moong dal is used for making soups, stews and purees. Boiled moong dal is also used for making delicious spicy parathas.

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bottle gourd Barfi

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Lauki/bottle gourd Barfi

Barfi or burfi is a sweet confectionery from the Indian Subcontinent. The name originates from the Persian word Barf which means snow. The confection is served in India, all year round, it has many varieties. Main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.

Hi friends!Here is the recipe of a yummilicious bottle gourd barfi . It is easy to make and is very tasty to eat!

Preparation Time : 5-10 minutes

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Servings : 6-8

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Indian Desserts

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya, grated
  • 150 gms Khoya/mawa, grated
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 10 Almonds
  • 10 Cashews
  • 15 Pistachoos
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee for greasing
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, peel and grate the Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya.

Step 2.

In a wok / kadahi/ heavy bottom pan take milk and add grated Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya cook on low flame till 90 % milk is absorbed.

Step 3.

Add khoya, cardamom powder and sugar. Mix well and cook for five to ten minutes or till mixture thickens. Add slivered almonds, cashews, and pistachios to the mix.

Step 4.

Grease an aluminum tray with ghee. Remove from heat, pour into the greased tray and spread evenly.

Step 5.

Sprinkle chopped nuts and set aside for cooling.

Step 6.

Cut into squares and serve.

 Possible health benefits of Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya:

In fact, traditional healers recommended consumption of this bottle gourd to treat various conditions. Here are some of its benefits you must know.

Aids digestion: People suffering from constipation should eat bottle gourd as it is high in fibre and helps clear the food stuck in your colon. Additionally, juice made out of bottle gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature [1].

Great for weight loss Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fibre content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full.

Helps treat urinary disorders Bottle gourd has a cooling effect on your body, and a glass of bottle gourd juice is a great diuretic that can be used to treat burning sensation while passing urine. This burning sensation is caused due to high levels of acid in the urine, which can be countered by the alkaline nature of bottle gourd juice.

Refreshes you during summers: Just like cucumber, bottle gourd too has a high amount of water which keeps you hydrated during summers. Drinking a glass of its juice will ensure that you do not face loss of sodium, fatigue or extreme thirst while you are out in the sun. This makes it great for people whose jobs require them to travel in daylight.

Prevents heart disease: Unhealthy lifestyles are leading to several cases of heart disease in urban India. So much so that, 70% of the urban population is at risk of heart disease due to wrong lifestyle choices like eating fried and processed foods, smoking, etc. Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, bottle gourd has zero cholesterol and is rich in vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants making it good for your heart [3].

Reduces stress It is quite easy to feel stressed in today’s times, and unhealthy eating can only worsen the situation. Bottle gourd has a high water content has a cooling effect on your body which makes you feel better the very moment you take it. It also has diuretic, sedative and antibilious properties which makes your body feel better internally, and keeps stress at bay.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-lauki-dudhi-bottle-gourds-sa114/

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Mawa Gujiya

Mawa Gujia

Mawa Gujiya

Mawa/Khoa
Khoa is a dairy product widely used in South Asian cuisine of India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is made of either dried whole milk or milk thickened by heating in an open iron pan. Wikipedia
 Region or state: Indian subcontinent

Hi friends! An all time favorite and delicious snack you can have round the year and not only for Holi!

Preparation Time : 20 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Provides : 18 Gujias

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Indian desserts

Type: Dumpling

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour/ maida
  • 250 gms Khoya/mawa , grated
  • 1/4 cup Ghee / olive oil
  • 10 almonds, coarsely powdered
  • 12 Cashew nuts ,coarsely powdered
  • 12 Pistachios, coarsely powdered
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method :

Step 1.

Dough for Gujia Pastry:

Sift the flour into a big mixing bowl, rub 1/4 cup ghee / olive oil into the flour with your finger tips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs and knead into a firm dough with milk. Cover with a damp kitchen napkin and leave to rest for at least half an hour.
Step 2.

For the filling:

Heat a non-stick pan add the grated khoya/ mawa and Sauté the khoya/ mawa over medium heat till it looks slightly fried. Mix in the sugar, cardamom powder, almonds, cashew and pistachios.

Step 3 .

Take off the heat and when it cools, and divide into eighteen equal portions.

Step 4.

For Gujias:

Divide the dough into eighteen equal portions and shape into balls. Roll out into thin rounds, like a puri.

Step 5.

Place one portion of the stuffing on one half of the rolled round /puri, lightly moisten the edges, fold the other half over the stuffing and press the edges to seal. Either cut off the edge with a fancy cutter or pinch the edges with the tip of a fork to make a design.

Step 6.

Make all the gujiyas in this way. keep aside

Step 7.

Heat sufficient oil in a wok /kadahi. To check if the oil is ready for frying, put a tiny piece of dough in it. If it comes up at once, add gently slide in a few gujiya at a time. Add as many gujiyas as fit in comfortably and deep-fry for five to six minutes.

Step 8.

Turn them over and lower the heat to medium. Fry till golden brown on all sides. Lift out and leave to drain on absorbent kitchen paper towel , cool and store in an airtight container when completely cold.

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Mushroom Peas Curry

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Green peas and mushrooms cooked to a delicious gravy.

Mushrooms, though classified as vegetables in the food world, are not technically plants. They belong to the fungi kingdom and although they are not vegetables, mushrooms provide several important nutrients. Mushrooms are naturally low in sodium, fat, cholesterol, and calories and have often been referred to as “functional foods.” In addition to providing basic nutrition, they help prevent chronic disease due to the presence of antioxidants and beneficial dietary fibers such as chitin and beta-glucans.

Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Main Course

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms Button mushrooms , finely sliced
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 2 medium size Onions, cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes
  • 8-9 Cashew nuts, finely powdered
  • 12 Peppercorns, finely powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 Clove, powdered
  • 1 tsp Fennel / saunf seeds, powdered
  • 1 Green cardamom, finely powdered
  • 3 Green chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash, clean and slice the mushrooms. In a pressure cooker, add sliced mushrooms and 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame, when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Once the pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the mushrooms aside.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker take green peas add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame once full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When the pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the peas aside.

Step 3.

Cut each tomato in two halves. In a pressure cooker add the cut tomatoes and 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the tomatoes in a small bowl. Remove the skin from all four pieces with a fork and put them into a blender. Add finely chopped green chillies and cashew powder to it and blend the mix. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Cut the onions into small pieces. Put in the pressure cooker with 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Once the pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the onions into a blender jar. Blend the onions in to a fine paste and keep  aside.

Step 5.

Heat oil in a wok/ pan / kadhai. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel / saunf powder and sauté lightly, till fragrant. Add the onion paste and sauté for 5-8 minutes on medium flame. Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a minute or so.

Step 6.

Add blanched tomatoes, cashew nut powder and green chillies paste. Cook for five to seven minutes on low heat. Add salt and red chili powder, mix well. Add 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. To this, add the mushrooms, peas. Mix well and cook for another 5-7 minutes on low heat.

Step 7.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Possible health benefits of mushrooms:

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Countless studies have suggested that increasing consumption of naturally-grown foods like mushrooms decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Cancer: Mushrooms contain just as high an antioxidant capacity as carrots, tomatoes, green and red peppers, pumpkins, green beans, and zucchini.4

Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables but can be found in mushrooms. It plays a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium prevents inflammation and also decreases tumor growth rates.2

The vitamin D in mushrooms has also been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells by contributing to the regulation of the cell growth cycle. The folate in mushrooms plays an important role in DNA synthesis and repair, thus preventing the formation of cancer cells from mutations in the DNA.2

Diabetes: Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. One cup of grilled portabella mushrooms and one cup of stir-fried shiitake mushrooms both provide about 3 grams of fiber.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 21-25 g/day for women and 30-38 g/day for men.

Heart health: The fiber, potassium and vitamin C content in mushrooms all contribute to cardiovascular health. Potassium and sodium work together in the body to help regulate blood pressure. Consuming mushrooms, which are high in potassium and low in sodium helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

Additionally, an intake of 3 grams of beta-glucans per day can lower blood cholesterol levels by 5%.3

Immunity: Selenium has also been found to improve immune response to infection by stimulating production of killer T-cells. The beta-glucan fibers found in the cell walls of mushrooms stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells and prevent tumors from forming.3

Weight management and satiety: Dietary fiber plays an important role in weight management by functioning as a “bulking agent” in the digestive system. Mushrooms contain two types of dietary fibers in their cell walls: beta-glucans and chitin which increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller longer and thereby lowering your overall calorie intake.3

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/278858.php

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Appam Dahi Vadas

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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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Creamy Peas Soup

Pea soupCreamy Peas Soup

The green peas are not taken as an exotic food in terms of nutrient composition as green peas do contain some sugar and starch . But they also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phytonutrients.  Since one cup of green peas contains at least 10 milligrams of coumestrol, it’s not difficult for us to obtain this remarkable health benefit.

Hi friends ! Please try peas soup this winter. The green peas soup is very delicious and really easy to make.

Prep time: 7 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Soups

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup  green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp All purpose flour / Maida
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups Milk (low fat)
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 Mint leaves, for garnishing

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker place the shelled peas with 1/2 cup of water. Close the lid and pressure cook on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch the stove off. Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, and take out the peas in a bowl.

Step 2.

Use a blender to puree the steamed peas. Set aside.

Step 3.

Place a saucepan over medium-high heat and add butter. When hot, add the crushed garlic and sauté for 50 seconds.

Step 4.

Add  maida/all purpose flour. Stir and cook the butter-flour mixture/roux over low heat with a wooden spoon.

Step 5.

Once it gets the sandy texture, add cold milk and bring it to a boil, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.

Step 6.

Simmer gently for two minutes. Add pureed peas, salt and pepper powder and mix well. Serve hot, garnished with a pair of fresh mint leaves.

Health benefits of green peas:

  • Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • Fresh, tender peas are relatively low in calories on comparison to beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas carry just 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are a good source of protein, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.
  • Fresh pea pods are an excellent source of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are one of the B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods when given in expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
  • Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 100 g of fresh pods carry 40 mg or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin help human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  • Peas contain phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body.
  • Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh seeds contain about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function (mineralization) through promotion of osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells. It also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside the brain.
  • Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin and eye-sight. Additionally, consumption of natural fruits/vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.

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

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Bottle gourd Halwa

Lauki Halwa Arch

Lauki /bottle gourd Halwa

Locally known as “Lauki” (Hindi) or “Sorakkai” (Tamil), this veggie is not that popular in the western world.Found in every kitchen of the Indian household, bottle gourd believed to have originated in Africa, constitutes a major part of food in the Indian cuisine. Like it or not, this gourd has dominated the domestic main course menu for time immemorial.

Hi friends! Try this easy recipe to make  lauki halwa , it is simply delicious!

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 30 -45 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian ,Maharashtra

Course: Desserts

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Lauki/Bottle gourd/Ghiya
  • 1/2 litres Milk
  • 1 cup Fresh cream
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 9-10 Cashew nuts for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds/ Khuskhus

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and peel the Lauki/Bottle gourd/Ghiya and grate it in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat milk in a wok/Kadahi/non-stick pan and bring it to boil. Add the grated Lauki and cook till it gets cooked and the mixture starts thickening.

Step 3.

When 80% of the milk evaporates, add sugar and poppy seeds and cook on low flame while stirring continuously, till the sugar dissolves.

Step 4.

Add cream and green cardamom powder to the cooked Lauki and mix it well.

Step 5.

Cook on low flame for another ten minutes or till very well blended. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Remove it in a dessert serving bowl and serve hot, warm or cold, garnished with slightly fried or roasted cashew nuts.

Health benefits of Lauki/ Bottle gourd/Ghiya :

What’s making this veggie popular these days is its enormous impact on the treatment of high blood pressure and heart disease. The myriad of health benefits of bottle gourd is least known to many.Bottle gourd is believed to help the liver function in a balanced fashion.

The juice from the leaves help cure jaundice and the juice from the gourd helps reduce graying of hair.

The gourd juice, helps treat burning sensation in the urinary passage if consumed with lime juice.

It reduces fatigue and keeps you fresh, especially during summer.

It helps fight constipation, as it is fiber rich. Because of its fiber and low fat content, Ayurveda highly recommends this food for diabetic patients and young children.

Ayurveda also recommends the juice of this gourd in the treatment of acidity, indigestion and ulcers as it serves as an alkaline mixture.

Indian traditional medicine claims that bottle gourd acts as a nerve tonic and can help improve obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This claim has been confirmed by a study published in the journal Pharmacognosy Research where the investigators found that the plant possesses anti-compulsive (anti-OCD) activity although they are not certain about the mechanism of action of this plant.

Bottle gourd is also considered one of the best weight loss foods since it is 96 percent water and provides just 12 calories per 100g of serving.

It is rich in, thiamin, vitamin C, zinc, iron and magnesium thus helping in improving overall health.

The juice from bottle gourd leaf helps in curing baldness and aids in preventing tooth decay.

So the good old “lauki”, though neglected the most, has both healing and cosmetic benefits that many people are unaware of. These easy growing climbers have made a great impact on the domestic gardening segment as well, due to its enormous health benefits.

Ref.http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/nutritional-guard-bottle-gourd.htm#

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Semolina Crackers

Semolina Crackers

Hi friends! Salted crackers are a very crisp and delicious tea time snack.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Snack

Makes: 24 discs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Semolina/Sooji flour
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 2/3 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 cup Water (use as required)
  • Oil to deep fry

Method:

Step 1.

Mix Semolina/Sooji flour, salt, pepper, oil and rub it well with your finger tips.

Step.2

Add water little at a time, kneading the mix well with your palm into a soft firm dough. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into about four equal portions. Take each portion of the dough and roll it into 4″ circles. With a cookie cutter cut 4-6 crackers/discs from each rolled out circle.

Step 4.

Prick each cracker/disc with a fork. Heat the oil for deep frying on medium heat. To check if the oil is ready (hot enough for frying), put a tiny piece of dough in the oil to see if it comes up slowly.

Step 5.

On low flame, fry the crackers/discs in batches, until both sides are light golden in colour.

Step 6.

Drain the fried crackers on a paper kitchen towel lined dish to drain out the excessive oil, if any.

Note:

  1. Cool and store in air tight containers.
  2. When you add the water little at a time the Semolina/Sooji flour will look scattered but slowly it will form a dough.

Health benefits of Semolina /Sooji:

  • Semolina is made from durum wheat, so it is digested slowly. This helps you feel full longer and prevents you from overeating.
  • Semolina improves kidney function, thanks to its potassium content.
  • Add some chopped nuts and raisins to your semolina porridge, and you increase its nutritional content as well as taste.
  • Add some chopped vegetables to savory semolina upma, and you have a power-packed, as well as delicious, meal in a bowl.
  • Semolina is a good source of two vital vitamins: E and the B group. Both, as we know, are essential for good immunity from disease.
  • For those who lead an active lifestyle, semolina is a quick and nourishing source of energy.
  • The trace minerals in semolina, such as phosphorus, zinc and magnesium, are beneficial for the health of your bones and nervous system.

Of course those with gluten intolerance would need to avoid eating semolina.

Ref.http://www.healthbeautyblogs.com/articles-flours-benefits/assorted-benefits-of-sooji-for-health-and-diet

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Black Pepper

Black pepper Image 1Black Pepper

Pepper is often described as the “king of spices,” and it shares a place on most dinner tables with salt. The word pepper originated from the Sanskrit word pippali, meaning berry. Pepper is now grown in Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Kampuchea as well as the West coast of India, known as Malabar, where it originated.

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning.

Pepper has been used as a spice in India since prehistoric times. Pepper is native to India and has been known to Indian cooking since at least 2000 BCE. Until well after the Middle Ages, virtually all of the black pepper found in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa travelled there from India’s Malabar region. Little else is known about the use of pepper in ancient Egypt and how it reached the Nile from India.

The ancient history of black pepper is often interlinked with (and confused with) that of long pepper, the dried fruit of closely related Piper longum. The Romans knew of both and often referred to either as just “piper”.

Pepper (both long and black) was known in Greece at least as early as the 4th century BCE.Pepper (both long and black) was known in Greece at least as early as the 4th century BCE, though it was probably an uncommon and expensive item that only the very rich could afford. Trade routes of the time were by land, or in ships which hugged the coastlines of the Arabian Sea. Long pepper, growing in the north-western part of India, was more accessible than the black pepper from further south; this trade advantage, plus long pepper’s greater spiciness, probably made black pepper less popular at the time.

The hot taste sensation in pepper comes from a resin called chavicine in the peppercorns. Peppercorns also are the source of other heat-generating substances, including an alkaloid called piperine, which is used to add the pungent effect to brandy, and an oil that is distilled from the peppercorns for use in meat sauces.

As a natural medicinal agent, black pepper in tea form has been credited for relieving arthritis, nausea, fever, migraine headaches, poor digestion, strep throat, and even coma. It has also been used for non-medical applications as an insecticide. Of course, black pepper is a favorite spice of cooks because of its dark color and pungent aroma and flavor.

White pepper is also commonly used and is popular among chefs for its slightly milder flavor and the light color that compliments white sauces, mayonnaise, souffles, and other light-colored dishes. White pepper is also true pepper that is processed in the field differently than its black form.

A mixture of black and white peppercorns is called a mignonette. Ground pepper is also popular in mixes of spices. Kitchen pepper is called for in some recipes for sauces and includes salt, white pepper, ginger, mace, cloves, and nutmeg. Pepper, therefore, proves itself to be a versatile and essential ingredient in combination with other spices, as well as in solitary glory in the pepper mill.

Health Benefits:

Improve Digestion and Promote Intestinal Health

Black pepper (Piper nigrum)stimulates the taste buds in such a way that an alert is sent to to the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion. Hydrochloric acid is necessary for the digestion of proteins and other food components in the stomach. When the body’s production of hydrochloric acid is insufficient, food may sit in the stomach for an extended period of time, leading to heartburn or indigestion, or it may pass into the intestines, where it can be used as a food source for unfriendly gut bacteria, whose activities produce gas, irritation, and/or diarrhea or constipation.

Black pepper has long been recognized as a carminitive, (a substance that helps prevent the formation of intestinal gas), a property likely due to its beneficial effect of stimulating hydrochloric acid production. In addition, black pepper has diaphoretic (promotes sweating), and diuretic (promotes urination) properties.

Black pepper has demonstrated impressive antioxidant and antibacterial effects–yet another way in which this wonderful seasoning promotes the health of the digestive tract. And not only does black pepper help you derive the most benefit from your food, the outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.

How to Select and Store

Black pepper is available whole, crushed or ground into powder. To ensure best flavor, buy whole peppercorns and grind them yourself in a mill just before adding to a recipe. In addition to superior flavor, buying whole peppercorns will help to ensure that you are purchasing unadulterated pepper since ground pepper is oftentimes mixed with other spices. Whole peppercorns should be heavy, compact and free of any blemishes.

Even through dried herbs and spices like black pepper are widely available in supermarkets, you may want to explore the local spice stores in your area. Oftentimes, these stores feature an expansive selection of dried herbs and spices that are of superior quality and freshness than those offered in regular markets. Just like with other dried spices, when purchasing black pepper try to select that which is organically grown since this will give you more assurance that it has not been irradiated (among other potential adverse effects, irradiating black pepper may lead to a significant decrease in its vitamin C content.)

Black pepper should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place. Whole peppercorns will keep almost indefinitely, while ground pepper will stay fresh for about three months. Pepper can also be frozen although this will make its flavor more pronounced.

Tips for Preparing and Cooking

Tips for Cooking with Black Pepper:

Add pepper that you have freshly ground in a mill at the end of the cooking process. Since it loses its flavor and aroma if cooked for too long, adding it near the end will help to preserve its flavor.

How to Enjoy

A Few Quick Serving Ideas
  • Coat steaks with crushed peppercorns before cooking to create the classic dish, steak au poivre.
  • As the pungent taste of black pepper is a natural complement to the deep, berry-like flavor of venison, use it to flavor this meat when preparing venison steaks or venison stews.
  • Keep a pepper mill on your dining table so that you can add its intense spark to a host of different recipes that you prepare.
  • Olive oil, lemon juice, salt and cracked pepper make a delicious salad dressing.
Black Pepper, whole peppercorns
2.00 tsp
5.80 grams
Calories: 15
GI: very low
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV
(%)
Nutrient
Density
World’s Healthiest
Foods Rating
manganese 0.74 mg 37 45.7 excellent
vitamin K 9.49 mcg 11 13.0 excellent
copper 0.08 mg 9 11.0 very good
fiber 1.47 g 6 7.3 very good
iron 0.56 mg 3 3.8 good
chromium 0.93 mcg 3 3.3 good
calcium 25.69 mg 3 3.2 good
World’s Healthiest
Foods Rating
Rule
excellent DRI/DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10%
very good DRI/DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5%
good DRI/DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5%

In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Black pepper

Ref. http://www.ancient.eu/Pepper/

Ref. http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Pepper.html

Ref. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=74#healthbenefits

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Aloo Matar Rasedar

Aloo mutterPotato peas curry

Sweet, delicious green peas or garden peas are one of the ancient cultivated vegetables grown for their succulent nutritious green seeds. Peas are probably originated in the sub-Himalayan plains of north-west India. Now, this versatile legume is one of the major commercial crops grown all over the temperate, and semi-tropical regions.

Botanically, pea plant is an herbaceous vine. It belongs to the family of Fabaceae, in the genus: Pisum. Scientific name: Pisum sativum. Some of the common names include english peas, sweet peas, garden peas, pease,…etc.

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Main Course

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green peas, shelled
  • 2 medium size potatoes, cut in to small cubes
  • 3 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 4  medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp  turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp  red chili powder /or as per taste
  • 2/3 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain curd/yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Method :

Step 1.

Heat oil in a pan add add the chopped onions, when they soften and start to turn golden brown, add the turmeric powder, coriander, chili powder and salt. Fry on low flame till the masala smells nice and is blended well with the onions (about 1-2 minutes).

Step2.
Add the tomatoes and about half cup of water. When starts to boil simmer until the tomatoes are soft (about 3-5 minutes). Cool it to room temperature and puree this mixture in a blender .
Step 3.

Take the blended mixture in a pressure cooker, add cubed potatoes and shelled peas. Close the lid and cook on high flame.  The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When the  pressure cooker cools to room temperature open the lid.

Step 4.

Add the whisked yogurt and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well, the moment it starts boiling switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Garnish the curry with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice and Raita.

 Health Benefits of Green Peas:

Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Fresh, tender peas are relatively low in calories on comparison to beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas carry just 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are a good source of protein, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.

Fresh pea pods are an excellent source of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are one of the B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods when given in expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.

Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 100 g of fresh pods carry 40 mg or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin help human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

Peas contain phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body.

Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh seeds contain about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function (mineralization) through promotion of osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells. It also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside the brain.

Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin and eye-sight. Additionally, consumption of natural fruits/vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.

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

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Chana dal Dosa / Bengal gram dal dosa

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Chana dal Dosa / Bengal gram dal dosa

Chana Dal: A Nutritious Boost for Your Weight Loss Diet

Different legumes and pulses benefit any diet because they are high in protein and other nutrients that contribute to proper nutrition. When you are on a weight loss program, eating balanced meals is essential to achieve your goals. In Eastern cuisine, chickpeas and its varieties are widely in use and they are often included in several curry dishes. Chana dal is one of such varieties that provides good nutrition .

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Chana dal /Bengal gram dal
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2/3 level tsp Salt or / salt as required
  • 1/4 tsp Hing / Asafetida
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Olive Oil for fryingMethod:

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the Chana dal /Bengal gram dal in water overnight.

Step 2.

With little water from the soaked dal grind the dal with green chilies, chopped onions , Hing / Asafetida

and salt into a batter. Take out the batter in a mixing bowl, keep aside.

Step 3.

Chop the coriander leaves into small pieces and add to the batter.

Step 4.

Heat a nonstick pan/ griddle / tawa and grease it with little oil.

Step 5.

On medium flame pour a ladle full of batter and spread it on the greased nonstick pan/ griddle / tawa

and pour oil around it.

Step 6.

After the dosa is cooked on one side, flip it on the other side and cook on low medium flame. Cook on both the sides, using a little oil, till they turn golden brown in colour. Now remove the Chana dal dosa on a plate. Serve hot with coriander or mint chutney.

Health benefits of chana dal:

This pulse is high in protein as well as dietary fiber that aids digestion and keeps you full for longer. Chana dal is high in fiber and help to lower cholesterol. Apart from having a great taste, it also has a very low glycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes. Chana dal can be a good food for people with diabetes because it has a low glycemic index. Chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein Chickpeas are low in fat and most of it is polyunsaturated.

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Halwa Bemisal

Millet Halwa VG

Millet Flour Halwa – In Hindi Bajre ka halwa -In Telgu- జొన్నలు

English Name-Pearl Millet ,Hindi Name: Bajra

A cereal, used a lot in rural India, it has a high fiber content. The most common millet is pearl millet i.e bajra, which is an important crop in India. India is the largest producer of pearl millet. Very famous in Rajasthan, it is the most famous type of millet. Bajre ki roti with sarsoon da saag is one of India’s signature dishes from the farms. These brown grains incorporate a nutty and bittersweet after taste. It is commonly prepared as a bread and stuffed parathas whereas the flour can be used to make dokhlas, Munn and chaklis. Bajra should always be consumed fresh therefore it is best to purchase it in small quantities.

Did you know?

Bajra is called babala and lebelebele in Africa and milheto in Brazil. One cup of dry pearl millet expands to three cups of cooked millet.
Usage :

Over 90 percent of pearl millet cultivated is consumed as food by humans. Having its texture similar to brown rice, it can be cooked like rice. It is also used in the preparation of flat breads.
Pearl millet is grounded to flour and is used in making various baking products like breads, cookies, muffins, chapatis/ flat bread and biscuits. It lasts for not more than 15 days. The dried bajra grains are ground to flour which is light brown to greyish in color with a nutty taste. Bajra flour is usually used in winters as it is known to warm the body.

Hi friends! A new recipe for the winter. Once you make this yummy halwa in winter, it will remain on your dessert’s menu  for every winter!!!

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Indian desserts

Time : 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Millet flour , 120 gms
  • 120 gms Jaggery
  • 1/2 cup Ghee
  • 6 Cashews
  • 15 pistachios
  • 15 Almonds
  • 6 Green cardamoms,

Method:

Step 1.

In a pan take 2 cups of water add Jaggery to it. On a high flame bring it to boil, reduce to low flame till jaggery has melted in water completely.

Step 2.

Dry roast lightly the nuts in a non stick heavy bottom pan, keep aside to cool. When cooled coarsely grind cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat ghee in a wok/kadahi add millet flour to it. Stir frying cook on low-medium flame until it changes colour and slightly golden brown in color.

Step 4.

Add the hot jaggery syrup. Mix well and cook on medium flame stirring continuously until it gets thick in consistency.

Step 5.

When halwa gets thick add ground nuts and cardamom powder. Mix all ingredients really well and cook for one more minute. Millet flour halwa is ready.

Step 6.

Garnish the halwa with a tabsp of ground nuts and serve hot.

Note:

You can increase or decrease the quantity of sweetness in halwa as per your choice.

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Nutritional Value :

Bajra is high in proteins, iron, calcium, folic acid and prevents anemia. It is higher in calorie count than wheat. It also promotes a healthy nervous system. Many claim bajra is the key to a slim waist since it aids in burning fat. It helps to overcome acidity due to its alkaline nature.
Ref. http://food.ndtv.com/ingredient/pearl-millet-700926

Health Benefits of Millet:

  1. Millet is alkaline and it digests easily.
  2. The Hunzas – who live in a remote area of the Himalayan foothills and are known for their excellent health and longevity – enjoy millet as a staple in their diet.
  3. Millet will hydrate your colon to keep you from being constipated.
  4. Millet acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your inner ecosystem.
  5. The serotonin in millet is calming to your moods.
  6. Millet is asmart carbwith lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Because of this it has a relatively low glycemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice.
  7. Magnesium in millet can help reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks.
  8. Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol.
  9. Millet consumption decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein.
  10. All millet varieties show high antioxidant activity.
  11. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for sensitive individuals.
  12. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetariandiet.

Ref. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-health-benefits-of-millet.html

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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.
  • 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.

 

Bajra / Millet Roti

Bajra Roti

Bajra / Millet roti or bajra bhakri

Bajra / Millet roti or bajra bhakri is gluten free flat Indian bread made from millet / bajra flour.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 3 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Bread

Serves: 6 small flat rotes / breads

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bajra /millet flour
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / as per taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, roasted and powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, medium size, finely chopped
  • 1 cup hot water
  • some bajra / millet flour for dusting
  • Olive oil / pure ghee for frying rotes

Method:

Step 1.

In a pan heat the water and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl, take the bajra / millet flour add salt, red chili powder, cumin seed powder, onions and coriander leaves. With the hot water knead the mixture into a smooth ,soft dough.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into six equal portions. Dust with flour the rolling board and roll each portion into 3″ disc/ roti/ flat bread.

Step 4.

Heat a griddle / tava on a medium flame, carefully transfer each rolled disc/ roti/ flat bread disc on to the hot tava / griddle.

Step 5.

Cook one side of the roti, flip and cook the other side. Put some ghee on the disc/ roti/ flat bread and fry slowly then flip a couple of times and cook till golden brown spots appear on both sides of the disc/ roti/ flat bread and it is well cooked. (fry the bajra rotis like parathas)

Step 6.

Fry all the disc/ roti/ flat bread one by one and stack all the rotis in a small bread basket or a casserole. Serve bajra roti / disc/ flat bread hot with a stuffed brinjals/ egg plants/ aubergines as side dish and dhaba dal (Sabut urad/ black gram whole with Bengal gram dal/ chana dal).

Health Benefits of Millet:

Millet is more than just an interesting alternative to the more common grains. Our food ranking system qualified it as a good source of some very important nutrients, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Heart-Protective Properties

Although oats have been widely publicized for their heart-protective properties, millet is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. Magnesium has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of asthma and to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Magnesium has also been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, especially in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.

Development and Repair of Body Tissue

The phosphorus provided by millet plays a role in the structure of every cell in the body. In addition to its role in forming the mineral matrix of bone, phosphorus is an essential component of numerous other life-critical compounds including adenosine triphosphate or ATP, the molecule that is the energy currency of the body. Phosphorus is an important component of nucleic acids, the building blocks of the genetic code. In addition, the metabolism of lipids (fats) relies on phosphorus, and phosphorus is an essential component of lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures.

Millet and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Millet 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.

The FDA permits foods that contain at least 51% whole grains by weight (and are also low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol) to display a health claim stating consumption is linked to lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Now, research suggests regular consumption of whole grains also reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. (van Dam RM, Hu FB, Diabetes Care).

In this 8-year trial, involving 41,186 particpants of the Black Women’s Health Study, research data confirmed inverse associations between magnesium, calcium and major food sources in relation to type 2 diabetes that had already been reported in predominantly white populations.

Risk of type 2 diabetes was 31% lower in black women who frequently ate whole grains compared to those eating the least of these magnesium-rich foods. When the women’s dietary intake of magnesium intake was considered by itself, a beneficial, but lesser—19%—reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes was found, indicating that whole grains offer special benefits in promoting healthy blood sugar control. Daily consumption of low-fat dairy foods was also helpful, lowering risk of type 2 diabetes by 13%. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and get the benefits of both millet and dairy by serving a hot bowl of millet topped with low-fat milk and your favorite dried fruit, nuts or seeds.

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Helps Prevent Gallstones

Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as millet, can help women avoid gallstones, shows a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Studying the overall fiber intake and types of fiber consumed over a 16 year period by over 69,000 women in the Nurses Health Study, researchers found that those consuming the most fiber overall (both soluble and insoluble) had a 13% lower risk of developing gallstones compared to women consuming the fewest fiber-rich foods.

Those eating the most foods rich in insoluble fiber gained even more protection against gallstones: a 17% lower risk compared to women eating the least. And the protection was dose-related; a 5-gram increase in insoluble fiber intake dropped risk dropped 10%.

How do foods rich in insoluble fiber help prevent gallstones? Researchers think insoluble fiber not only speeds intestinal transit time (how quickly food moves through the intestines), but reduces the secretion of bile acids (excessive amounts contribute to gallstone formation), increases insulin sensitivity and lowers triglycerides (blood fats). Abundant in all whole grains, insoluble fiber is also found in nuts and the edible skin of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, many squash, apples, berries, and pears. In addition, beans provide insoluble as well as soluble fiber.

Fiber from Whole Grains and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer

When researchers looked at how much fiber 35,972 participants in the UK Women’s Cohort Study ate, they found a diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as millet, and fruit offered significant protection against breast cancer for pre-menopausal women. (Cade JE, Burley VJ, et al., International Journal of Epidemiology).

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53#healthbenefits

 

Cauliflower, Peas and Potato Stew

Cauliflower stew

Cauliflower, peas, potato Stew

 Vegetables usually show health benefits in long run by improving your overall health and keeping the internal systems in perfect condition. The consumption of vegetables takes care of your digestive, excretory, and skeletal system, as well as blood pressure levels. With a diet rich in vegetables, you are being benefited with abundant antioxidants that keep away diseases like cancer, cardiovascular problems and strokes. Moreover, vegetables deliver ample amounts of vitamins, including folate, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin B6, as well as carotenoids like beta carotene from carrots, lycopene from tomatoes, zeaxanthin from greens, and lutein from spinach and collard greens. Vegetables also help in keeping your weight under control and promoting healthy skin and hair. There have been innumerable research studies done all over the world that strongly suggest having fresh, green vegetables on a regular basis is far better than going for supplementary tablets to get the wholesome nutrition that you need.

Time: 20 minutes

Course: Main

Cuisine: India, Utter Pradesh

Level: Easy

Serves: 4
Ingredients:

1 medium size potato, boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes

1 cup cauliflower florets, washed

1/2 cup peas

1 medium size onion, finely chopped

1-2 green chillies

6 pods garlic, crushed

1 tsp ginger, finely grated

1 tsp dhania powder,

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

3 cloves, powdered

1″ Cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp jeera powder, jeera roasted and powdered

1 tbsp oil,

2/3 tsp salt or / salt to taste.

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, peel and cube potato. Cook the potato cubes and peas in a pressure cooker with one cup of water. The moment pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker to room temperature, open the lid take out the potato cubes and peas, keep aside.

Step 2.

Mash some green peas and potatoes coarsely. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi/ sauce pan and add the cumin seeds. When cumin starts crackling, add the finely chopped onions. When onions become translucent add small florets of cauliflowers and potato cubes and peas mix. Stir fry the vegetables on medium flame till the gets pinkish brown in 3-4 minutes add salt.

Step 4.
Add cloves, cinnamon, dhaniya powder, pepper powder, jeera powder and the ginger-garlic-green chili paste to the above mixture. Mix well and fry the mixture on medium flame for few minutes.

Step 5.

Add water to the masala and vegetables. Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Cover and cook on low flame for about 6-8 minutes. The cauliflower florets should be soft but retain their shape .
Step 6.
Serve the stew hot garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves with any Indian bread of your choice and raita.

 

Nutritional Value of Vegetables:

Antioxidants: Did you know that including vegetables in your diet is probably the easiest way to stay healthy, trim and nourished? Since vegetables are low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, they help you to stay in optimum health over the long term by keeping your weight in check. According to a recent study, plant-based foods contain antioxidants(polyphenols) that may improve blood sugar in people at risk for diabetes and heart disease.

As mentioned earlier, vegetables have abundant levels of antioxidants that prevent the growth of cancerous cells. Dark green vegetables have lots of phenolic flavonoid antioxidants and minerals. These vitamins and minerals are essential for the proper functioning of your body. Deficiencies of these vitamins and minerals can lead to serious deficiencies of your bones, teeth and vital organs. Moreover, antioxidants boost the body’s immunity and keeps from developing infections and diseases. Leafy green vegetables have a bioflavonoid known as ‘Quercetin’. This is responsible for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of vegetables along with its unique, anticancer properties. Quercetin also effectively cuts down the flow of substances that lead to allergies. This compound plays the role of an inhibitor of mass cell secretion, thereby decreasing the release of interleukin-6. Most of the green, yellow and orange vegetables also have high percentage of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B-complex, vitamin A, vitamin-C, vitamin K, zea-xanthins, α and β carotenes and crypto-xanthins.

Dietary Fiber: Vegetables are great options for consuming dietary fiber. Owing to the high percentage of fiber level in vegetables, your digestive track stays well toned. Vegetables are abundant in soluble as well as insoluble dietary fiber, known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSP). This dietary fiber absorbs the extra water in your colon and thereby retains the moisture content in the fecal matter. This aids in digestion, preventing chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, rectal fissures, and diarrhea. Your digestive system becomes sleeker and its ability to process foods becomes smoother, keeping many ailments away.  Eating more fiber-rich foods keep your digestive system clear and healthy, helping you to avoid problems like constipation, bowel irregularity, colon cancer and even polyps. Since they have high fiber, vegetables also tend to make you feel full for longer, and stops unnecessary snacking, so they can help reduce your weight.

Cancer Prevention: Cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli have a high content of indoles and isothiocyanates. These components have protective properties against colon cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer and other types of cancers. Broccoli sprouts have immensely higher sulforaphane than the matured broccolis, which is a cancer-protective substance. Furthermore, as said before, since vegetables are great antioxidants, they also alleviate the chances of fatal diseases like cancer.

Proteins and Amino Acids: If you eat less animal products in your diet, you must ensure that your diet is high in protein-rich vegetables to compensate for the proteins that you are missing. Once you have the correct combination of vegetables in your meals, you will gain ample amount of amino acids that are required to live healthy. Eat plenty of beans and spinach, along with whole grain rice for a balanced meal.

Water Content: Vegetables naturally have high levels of water; this is the reason why they are generally fat free and low in calories. You can rest assured of both your weight and health once you start on a vegetable-rich diet. The more you consume vegetables, the more the water intake that flushes out waste products and toxins from your body.

Minerals: Green leafy vegetables are high in magnesium and a have low glycemic index, thus proving to be helpful for patients with type 2 diabetes. If you eat at least 1 serving of green leafy vegetables each day, it will considerably lower the risks of diabetes. Green vegetables are also rich in iron and calcium, except for Swiss chard and spinach, since they are high in oxalic acid.

Vitamins: In general, vegetables have a high vitamin content. However, vitamin K is usually prevalent in almost all vegetables. The high level of vitamin K in green vegetables makes them an ideal and natural way to prevent bone problems. Vitamin K is necessary for the production of osteocalcin, a protein mandatory for proper bone health. In a survey, the addition of green, leafy vegetables considerably decreased the chances of hip fractures in middle-aged women.

Prevention of Hypetension: Recent research study suggests that Mediterranean diet comprising of food rich in unsaturated fats (found in olive oil and nuts) and nitrite and nitrate (found in leafy green vegetables) may help protect you from hypertension.

Lycopene and Beta Carotene: Green vegetables have high levels of beta-carotene, which improve immune function considerably once it is converted into vitamin A. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which protects your eyes from vision problems. A diet deficient in green vegetables often leads to the possibilities of blindness, and other illnesses in children and adults.

Allyl sulfides: Garlic, onions, chives, leeks and scallions are rich in allyl sulfides that help in lowering high blood pressure and protecting the stomach and digestive tract from fatal diseases like cancer.

Multimorbidity: Recent research suggests that greater consumption of vegetable, whole grain products and fruits may lower the risk of multimorbidity.

Good HealthEating fruit and vegetables may promote emotional well-being among healthy young adults.  Research suggests that good mood may lead to greater preference for healthy foods over indulgent foods.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/vegetables.html

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.

 

Stuffed Brinjals/Aubergines

Brinjals stuffed NG

Stuffed brinjals /aubergines /egg plants

In this recipe ground nuts and sesame seeds and coconut gratings are used for making stuffed baby brinjals /aubergines /egg plants.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

 Course: main

Cuisine: Maharashtra

Serves: 4

Ingredients :

  • 200 gms brinjals /aubergines /egg plants
  • 1 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato medium size, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsps Coriander leaves, finely chopped

For the filling

  • 1/4 cup peanuts, roasted
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp fresh coconut, finely desiccated
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed well
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp haldi/ turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek /methi powder
  • 2/3 tsp red chili powder
  • 1tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 1 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 1tsp aamchoor / dry mango powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the brinjals /aubergines /egg plants well, Slit the brinjals /aubergines /egg plants, lengthwise, into four, but leave the stems on, so the brinjals /aubergines /egg plants remain joined at the stem and soak in salted water for 20 minutes.

Step 2.

Dry roast the peanuts first, when they start to become light brown, add the sesame seeds followed by desiccated fresh coconut. Roast these ingredients till all of them are light brown. Switch off the stove.

Step 3.

When the coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds cool down, put in a grinder, add one finely chopped onion , ginger, garlic, grind to a smooth paste with little water. Take it out in a mixing bowl.

Step 4.

Add salt , jeera powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder , fenugreek /methi powder and turmeric powder to the ground masala paste and mix well.

Step 5.

Stuff each brinjal/aubergine /egg plant with this ground masala. Keep aside.

Step 6.

In a skillet /pan heat oil, add one finely chopped onion and fry them till they turn transparent.

Step 7.

Add the pureed tomato to the lightly fried onions and fry for 2-3 minutes. keep on stirring continuously Add the stuffed brinjals to the skillet / pan fry for few minutes. Add water, and cover and cook for 20-25 minutes.

Step 8.

Switch off the stove. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with bajra / Millet flour rotis, rice or puris.

Possible health benefits of consuming eggplant:

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like the eggplant decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Heart health

The fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and phytonutrient content in eggplants all support heart health. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating foods containing flavonoids is affiliated with a lower risk of mortality from heart disease. Consuming even small quantities of flavonoid-rich foods may benefit human health.2

Several studies show that consumption of the flavonoids known as anthocyanins has played a major role in lowering risk of cardiovascular disease. One particular study revealed that those who consumed more than three servings of fruits and vegetables per week containing anthocyanins had 34% less risk of heart disease than those who consumed less. In another clinical study, researchers found that increased intake of anthocyanins was associated with significantly lower blood pressure.3

Blood cholesterol

Research on the effects of eggplant consumption in animal studies has shown that rabbits with high cholesterol that consumed eggplant juice displayed a significant decrease in weight and blood cholesterol levels.5

Laboratory analyses of the phenolic compounds in eggplant reveal that the vegetable contains significant amounts of chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most powerful free radical scavengers found in plants. Chlorogenic acid has been shown to decrease LDL levels, and also serves as an antimicrobial, antiviral, and anticarcinogenic agent.4

Cancer

Polyphenols in eggplant have been found to exhibit anti-cancer effects. Anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They protect body cells from damage caused by free radicals and in turn prevent tumor growth and invasion and spread of cancer cells. They also stimulate detoxifying enzymes within cells and promote cancer cell death.3

Cognitive function

Findings from animal studies suggest that nasunin, an anthocyanin within eggplant skin, is a powerful antioxidant that protects the lipids comprising cell membranes in brain cells from free radical damage. It has also been proven to help facilitate the transport of nutrients into the cell and wastes out.6

Research has also shown that anthocyanins inhibit neuroinflammation and facilitate blood flow to the brain. This helps prevent age-related mental disorders and also improves memory.3

Weight management and satiety

Dietary fibers are commonly recognized as important factors in weight management and loss by functioning as “bulking agents” in the digestive system. These compounds increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller for longer and thereby lowering your overall calorie intake. Since eggplant is already low in calories, it makes a great part of a healthy, low-calorie diet.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279359.php

Yam/Jimikand Kebabs

Yam Kebabs NG 1

What is Yam / elephant yam?

The elephant yam can be described as an edible tuber, which is one of the most widely consumed food crops, mainly in the tropical regions. This tuber is called elephant yam because the plant that it is derived from is quite huge and resembles the foot of an elephant to a great extent. Therefore, some of the other synonyms for the elephant yam are elephant foot yam, sweet yam and elephant bread. The highest consumption of the elephant yam is in Africa, followed by some Asian countries such as India. Although in the United States sweet potatoes are often mistaken for the elephant yam, the two are actually quite different, since they belong to two completely different plant families.

Hi friends!On the health and nutrition front, elephant yams are very high in carbs and are also good sources of proteins and certain vitamins. Elephant yam antioxidants make it a nutritious food to eat. Here is recipe for Yam/Jimikand Kebabs.

Difficulty level : Medium

Cuisine : North Indian

Course: Appetizers / snack

Prep Time : 25 minutes

Cook Time : 15 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 250 gm Yam, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 cup Bengal gram split and skinned / Chana Dal
  • 2 small size Onions, finely Chopped Onions
  • 3 tbs Corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/Coriander , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 1 tsp Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • ½ tsp Aamchur/Dry Mango Powder
  • ½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Powder
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2/3 tsp Salt or / salt to taste

For filling:

  • 100 gms cottage cheese
  • 2 tsp Melon Seeds
  • 4 tbsp pista, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

Step 1.

Peel and clean Yam / Jimikand, cut into small cubes wash it well.

Step 2.

On a high flame in a pressure cooker put yam with white vinegar and 1 cup of water . Close the lid, when full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove and let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 3.

Open the lid drain yam and using a colander drain the water and wash the cubes under running water to remove some starch. place it in the food processor and grind into a fine paste. Lightly fry the ground yam in oil for 10 minutes. Switch off the stove and let cool it to room temperature.

Step 4.

On a high flame in a pressure cooker put washed chana dal with 3cups of water . Close the lid, when full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame and cook for1 5 minutes. Switch off the stove and let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 5.

Open the lid strain chana dal using a colander, drain the water and mash the cooked dal into a coarse paste.

Step 6.

Add boiled and mashed chana dal, coriander, finely chopped onion, crushed garlic, gram masala, amchoor/ mango powder, salt, red chili powder to the yam and mix well.

Step 7.

Divide into 12 equal portions. and keep aside.

Step 8.

For the filling, mix 1/2 tsp salt to grated cottage cheese, green chilies, melon seeds and pista. Make roundels with it, cover each roundel with yam mix.

Step 9.

Press each kebab and make it flat. Coat each kebab lightly in corn flour and set aside.

Step 10.

Heat about 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry Yam kebabs in batches until golden brown on both sides. Between batches, add oil as needed.and shallow fry in oil. Serve with green chutney.

Elephant yam health benefits:

There are several elephant yam health benefits that are quite well known.

Given below are some of the most common elephant yam health benefits:

  • The trace minerals and key minerals present in elephant yam include copper, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.
    • The fiber content in elephant yam is naturally high and therefore, it is usually considered a slimming food, as it promotes weight loss and reduces the levels of cholesterol in the body. If elephant yam is cooked in the right way, it can be eaten without any fear of weight gain.Several low fat elephant yam recipes are easily available through online resources as well as recipe books.
    • It has a cooling effect on the body, which is why it is good for people who suffer from hypertension.
    • Elephant yams are very high in omega 3 fatty acids; they help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body and increase the good cholesterol instead.
    • People who are undergoing treatment for piles are usually advised to eat high amounts of elephant yam.
    • The anti-coagulating properties present in yam can prevent the blood from clotting.

Ref. http://www.diethealthclub.com/articles/360/diet-and-wellness/elephant-yam-and-health-benefits.html

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.

Multigrain Munn/Multigrain Cookies

Multigrain Cookies Munn

Multigrain Munn / Millet and Sorghum cookies

Safe snacking

Hi friends!In these cold winter months, we often find ourselves reaching for the blanket in bed or a recliner chair near a room heater with unsuitable snacks. Avoid piling on the winter kilos with my very delicious and nutritious multigrain fat free treat substitute. In nations with high sorghum consumption, the grain is often eaten as porridge or boiled like rice as a base for other dishes. The Ethiopian bread injera is made from sorghum, as are a variety of gluten-free beers.

Preparation & Cooking Time : 10 -15 minutes

Serves: 4

Course: Snack/ Healthy snack

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Punjab
Ingredients :

  • 2 cups Bajra / Millet Flour
  • 2 cups Jowar /Sorghum flour
  • 200 gms Jaggery
  • 4 tbsps Til/ Sesame seed
  • 1/2 cup powdered almonds
  • 11/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp khopra finely chopped (optional)

Method:

Step 1.

Add 1 1/2 cup of water to jaggery and heat until the jaggery melts. Keep aside for cooling.

Step 2.

In a pan on medium flame dry roast the Til/ Sesame seed till slightly pink, switch off the stove. Keep aside for cooling.

Step 3.

Combine the Bajra /millet flour and Jowar /Sorghum flour, almond powder and Til/ Sesame seed in a mixing bowl.  Add the melted jaggery to it and make a soft dough.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into 6-7 equal sized balls.

Step 5.

Now flatten each dough ball on a dusted rolling board or plastic sheet to form a small and thick circle with your palm or rolling pin.With a fork pierce the surface of the Munn / cookie

Step 6.

Place it on a heated tava / griddle and cook on a low flame covered with a lid for a minute.

Step 7.

Carefully flip the cookie cover and cook on the other side for a minute. Flip again third time cover and cook for a minute or so till golden and flip again a fourth time cover and cook for a minute. Remove from the tava / griddle and cool on a wire rack.

Step 8.

Cool and serve as a snack.

Health Benefits of Millet:

Millet is more than just an interesting alternative to the more common grains. Our food ranking system qualified it as a good source of some very important nutrients, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Heart-Protective Properties

Although oats have been widely publicized for their heart-protective properties, millet is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. Magnesium has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of asthma and to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Magnesium has also been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, especially in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.

Development and Repair of Body Tissue

The phosphorus provided by millet plays a role in the structure of every cell in the body. In addition to its role in forming the mineral matrix of bone, phosphorus is an essential component of numerous other life-critical compounds including adenosine triphosphate or ATP, the molecule that is the energy currency of the body. Phosphorus is an important component of nucleic acids, the building blocks of the genetic code. In addition, the metabolism of lipids (fats) relies on phosphorus, and phosphorus is an essential component of lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures.

Millet and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Millet 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.

The FDA permits foods that contain at least 51% whole grains by weight (and are also low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol) to display a health claim stating consumption is linked to lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Now, research suggests regular consumption of whole grains also reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. (van Dam RM, Hu FB, Diabetes Care).

Helps Prevent Gallstones

Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as millet, can help women avoid gallstones, shows a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Fiber from Whole Grains and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer

When researchers looked at how much fiber 35,972 participants in the UK Women’s Cohort Study ate, they found a diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as millet, and fruit offered significant protection against breast cancer for pre-menopausal women. (Cade JE, Burley VJ, et al., International Journal of Epidemiology).

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53#healthbenefits

Health Benefits of Jowar /Sorghum flour:

Sorghum, an ancient cereal grain that’s a staple crop in India and throughout Africa, has long been considered a safe grain alternative for people with celiac disease and gluten insensitivity. New molecular evidence confirms that sorghum is completely gluten-free, and reports that the grain provides health benefits that make it a worthy addition to any diet.

Benefits Your Metabolism

Consuming sorghum benefits your health, thanks to its magnesium and copper content. Magnesium contributes to healthy bone tissue and regulates your body’s calcium levels, while copper boosts your immune system and promotes red blood development. Both minerals also play a role in your metabolism and help your cells produce useable energy. A serving of sorghum offers 91 milligrams of magnesium and 518 micrograms of copper. This provides 58 percent of your daily copper requirement, determined by the Institute of Medicine, as well as 22 and 28 percent of the recommended daily magnesium intake for men and women, respectively.

Helps Support Your Metabolism

Adding sorghum to your diet also helps you consume more iron and niacin, or vitamin B-3. Like copper and magnesium, iron and niacin support your metabolism — iron aids in fuel production, and niacin helps you break down and metabolize nutrients into energy. Niacin and iron also support healthy circulation, and iron plays a role in immune function. Each serving of sorghum provides 2.1 milligrams of iron and 1.4 milligrams of niacin. This makes up 12 percent of the daily recommended iron intake and 10 percent of the daily niacin intake, recommended by the Institute of Medicine, along with 26 and 9 percent of the daily recommended intakes of iron and niacin, respectively, for men.

It’s Tasty in Baked Goods, Salads and More

Use sorghum flour in place of wheat flour for gluten-free baking — its mild flavor works well in breads, wraps, muffins and other baked goods. Alternatively, cook whole sorghum grains in water to use in place of other grains in recipes. Combine sorghum with your favorite chopped veggies, fresh herbs in a lemon-juice vinaigrette for a hearty salad, toss a handful of cooked sorghum into a bowl of soup before serving, or ladle stir-fries or stews over a bed of sorghum grains, instead of rice.

Ref: http://www.livestrong.com/article/441156-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-sorghum/

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Bajre ka Munn/Millet cookies

Bajra Mun Millet cookies

Bajre ka Munn/Millet cookies

Hi friends! Another Safe snacking winter treat. In these cold winter months, we often find ourselves reaching for the blanket in bed or a recliner chair near a room heater with unsuitable snacks. Avoid piling on the winter kilos with my very delicious and nutritious treat substitute.Bajre ka Munn / Millet cookies, are a Winter bonanzas!

Preparation & Cooking Time : 10 -15 minutes

Serves: 6

Cuisine: Indian, Punjab

Course: Snack, healthy snack

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Punjab

Ingredients :

  • 3 cups Bajra / Millet Flour
  • 200 gms Jaggery
  • 3 tbsps Til/ Sesame seed
  • 1/2 cup powdered almonds
  • 1 cup water

Method:

Method:

Step 1.

Add 1 cup of water to jaggery and heat until the jaggery melts. Keep aside for cooling.

Step 2.

In a pan on medium flame dry roast the Til/ Sesame seed till slightly pink, switch off the stove. Keep aside for cooling.

Step 3.

Combine the Bajra /millet flour, almond powder and Til / Sesame seed in a mixing bowl.  Add the melted jaggery to it and make a soft dough.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into 6-7 equal sized balls.

Step 5.

Now flatten each dough ball on a dusted rolling board or plastic sheet to form a small and thick circle with your palm or rolling pin. With a fork pierce the surface of the Munn / cookie.

Step 6.

Place it on a heated tava / griddle and cook on a low flame covered with a lid for a minute.

Step 7.

Carefully flip the cookie, cover and cook on the other side for a minute. Flip again third time cover and cook for a minute or so till golden and flip again a fourth time cover and cook for a minute. Remove from the tava / griddle and cool on a wire rack.

Step 8.

Cool and serve as a snack.

Health Benefits of Millet:

Millet is more than just an interesting alternative to the more common grains. Our food ranking system qualified it as a good source of some very important nutrients, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Heart-Protective Properties

Although oats have been widely publicized for their heart-protective properties, millet is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium.  Magnesium has also been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, especially in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.

Development and Repair of Body Tissue

The phosphorus provided by millet plays a role in the structure of every cell in the body. In addition to its role in forming the mineral matrix of bone, phosphorus is an essential component of numerous other life-critical compounds including adenosine triphosphate or ATP, the molecule that is the energy currency of the body. Phosphorus is an important component of nucleic acids, the building blocks of the genetic code. In addition, the metabolism of lipids (fats) relies on phosphorus, and phosphorus is an essential component of lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures.

Millet and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Millet 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.

Helps Prevent Gallstones

Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as millet, can help women avoid gallstones, shows a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Fiber from Whole Grains and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer

When researchers looked at how much fiber 35,972 participants in the UK Women’s Cohort Study ate, they found a diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as millet, and fruit offered significant protection against breast cancer for pre-menopausal women. (Cade JE, Burley VJ, et al., International Journal of Epidemiology).

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53#healthbenefits

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Besan Ka Halwa

Besan Halwa 1

Besan / Chick pea flour Ka Halwa

Hi friends! Some of our favorite comfort foods for cold weather! Gluten Free: Besan/ Chick pea flour doesn’t contain gluten, so it makes a good substitute for wheat flour in gluten-free diets.

Key Ingredients: Besan, Sugar, Chickpea flour, slivered Almonds, Clarified Butter/ Pure Ghee

Recipe cook time: 20 minutes

Course: Indian dessert

Serves : 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Besan /Chick pea flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 4 tbsp pure ghee
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds for garnishing

Method:

Step 1.

In a pan put the sugar and water and bring it to boil. Keep on simmer, till required.

Step 2.

In a wok/ Kadahi, melt the ghee add the Besan /Chick pea flour and stir fry over medium heat, stir it continually for about 8-10 minutes. When the Besan /Chick pea flour is a light golden in colour and does not stick together much , it is well fried .

Step 3.

Pour the hot sugar solution into the fried Besan /Chick pea flour gently and carefully, stirring continually bring to a boil. Once the water is added, mix the Besan /Chick pea flour mixture well so that no lumps are formed. Gradually Besan /Chick pea flour absorbs the water added and starts thickening.

Step 4.

Thoroughly mix let whole mixture cook for 5-6 minutes more. keep on stirring so that the Besan /Chick pea flour halwa does not stick to the wok / Kadahi and starts leaving the sides. Besan /Chick pea flour halwa is ready now. Serve hot, garnished with the slivered almonds.

Health Benefits of Besan / Chick pea flour:

Lowers diabetes- Besan is known to have very low levels of glycemic in it, which is great for those who have high diabetes. One can use the flour to make parathas and rotis, or replace the wheat flour to make desired dishes too.

Happy heart- Besan assures you with a happy heart, since it has high soluble fibre in it, which helps the heart stay strong and healthy for a very long time to come. Even the most reputed heart surgeons and specialists recommend the use of besan over any other flour for the heart, say experts

Lose weight now- Since besan has low glycemic index, the calorie count would be low too, which is why fitness freaks and experts swear by the consumption of besan, smoothie of besan is known as SATTU in India.

Fights allergies- Besan doesn’t have gluten in it, which is grain and especially wonderful for those who have allergies to gluten induced foods. Besan flour is highly nutritious and helps the body with immense benefits, especially when fighting allergies of any kinds.

Gluten free- Those who suffer from celiac ailments cannot have gluten, which is a protein. Gluten is found in barley and wheat extensively, but not in besan. Besan helps the immune system stay strong in the process, and the patient would be able to absorb all the nutrients as well as stay well nourished too.

No more anaemia to worry of- The flour of besan helps with fatigue, weight loss and even iron deficiency in the body, and we all know  when someone has low iron content in the body, they suffer from anaemia.

Besan is also good for those who suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, autoimmune disorders, sclerosis, autism, ADHD and more.

One can use besan for the skin with a pinch of turmeric powder and milk. The paste can be applied on the visible parts of the face and neck and left for ten minutes to dry. This is a pack which would help exfoliate the skin and brings back the moisturising effects too. Besan flour helps tighten the skin, gives it a glow and brings back elasticity too

As a body scrub, the flour of besan has been used time again since our grandmothers young hood days. To remove spots, back acne, body marks and oiliness of the body, try using the flour as a pack with milk and turmeric twice a week. This is a pack which would remove the tan and keep the skin healthy and fresh.

Ref . http://stylesatlife.com/articles/besan-benefits/

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Yellow Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup 2

Pumpkin nutrition facts

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.

Pumpkin soup simply exotic.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 10 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine : Indian

Course: Soup

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Yellow pumpkin , cut into small cubes
  • 5 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 12 Black peppercorns
  • 1 medium size Onion/ 1 cup, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Maida/ all purpose flour
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 cups milk

Method :

Step 1

In a pressure cooker heat 2 tbsp butter, add bay leaf and black peppercorns. Add onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add cubed pumpkin, sauté for two minutes.

Step 2

Add one cup water and close the lid. Pressure cook until pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid strain excess stock and reserve. Remove the bay leaf and put it in the pumpkin stock. Puree  only the pumpkin onion mix.

Step 3

Add the reserved stock to the puree, keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat in a non-stick pan three tbsp butter, add all purpose flour, stir fry on medium flame. When it gets the sandy texture remove from the heat and cool.

Step 5.

Take boiling milk and pour the boiling milk into the fried cold all purpose flour and butter mix/roux, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Simmer gently for two minutes. Stir this white sauce, and then add pureed pumpkin mix.Cook the mixture on medium flame for about 2 minutes while stirring it continuously. Add salt, mix and switch off the heat.

Step 6.

Pour the soup in bowls and serve hot.

Possible 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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Onion Soup

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History : Onions are native to Asia and the Middle East and have been cultivated for over five thousand years. Onions were highly regarded by the Egyptians. Not only did they use them as currency to pay the workers who built the pyramids, but they also placed them in the tombs of kings, such as Tutankhamen, so that they could carry these gifts bestowed with spiritual significance with them to the afterlife. Onions have been revered throughout time not only for their culinary use, but also for their therapeutic properties. As early as the 6th century, onions were used as a medicine in India. While they were popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, they were oftentimes dressed with extra seasonings since many people did not find them spicy enough. Yet, it was their pungency that made onions popular among poor people throughout the world who could freely use this inexpensive vegetable to spark up their meals. Onions were an indispensable vegetable in the cuisines of many European countries during the Middle Ages and later even served as a classic healthy breakfast food. Christopher Columbus brought onions to the West Indies; their cultivation spread from there throughout the Western Hemisphere. Today China, India, the United States, Russian, and Spain are among the leading producers of onions.

Hi friends !While many people love to eat onions are most often used as a seasoning, I want to share with you how to enjoy them as a healthy soup. For great flavor and nutrition I recommend Heatlhy Sautéeing of sliced onions.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Serves :6

Ingredients:

  • 3 Medium size Onions, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups white sauce
  • 1tsp level tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups water

White sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons Refined flour /maida
  • 3tablespoons Butter
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon White pepper powder

Method :

 White sauce:

 Step 1

Melt three tablespoons of butter in a thick-bottomed pan. Add the flour, stir and cook the butter-flour mixture/ roux over low heat with a wooden spoon.

Step 2

When it gets the sandy texture remove from the heat and cool.

Step 3

When the milk boils, pour the boiling milk into the cold butter-flour mixture/ roux stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Simmer gently for two minutes, till sauce thickens slightly. Switch off the stove add salt,  and pepper powder keep aside.

Step 4.                                       

In a pressure cooker heat the butter and fry the onions on a very slow flame until golden brown colour.

Step 5.

Add 3 cups of water, and salt close the lid and the moment pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame and cook for five minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

When cooker cools to room temperature, open the lid and add the white sauce, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper mix well bring it to boil. switch off the stove .Serve hot.

 Health Benefits of Onions:

Onions, like garlic, are members of the Allium family, and both are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects. A wide variety of allyl sulfides are found in onion, including the four major diallyl sulfides: DMS (diallyl monosulfide), DDS (diallyl disulfide), DTS (diallyl trisulfide), and DTTS (diallyl tetrasulfide). Also present are a wide variety of sulfoxides, including (+) S-methyl-L-cysteine sulfoxide (MCSO), (+)-S-(1-propenyl)-L-cysteine sulfoxide (PRENCSO), S-methyl-l-cysteine sulfoxide, S-propyl-l-cysteine sulfoxide, and S-propenyl-l-cysteine sulfoxide. Onions are an outstanding source of polyphenols, including the flavonoid polyphenols. Within this flavonoid category, onions are a standout source of quercetin.

Cardiovascular Benefits

In human studies, most of the cardiovascular benefits have been demonstrated in the form of overall diet. Multiple studies show onion to be a food that provides protection for the heart and blood vessels when consumed in a diet that is rich in other vegetables and fruits—especially flavonoid-containing vegetables and fruits. The benefits of onion in this overall dietary context extend to prevention of heart attack. In virtually all of these diet-based studies, participants with the greatest intake of vegetables (including onions) gain the most protection. The outstanding flavonoid content of onions supports these research findings. It’s also interesting to note that onion is most commonly consumed in relatively small amounts along with other foods rather than by itself.

Support for Bone and Connective Tissue

Human studies have shown that onion can help increase our bone density and may be of special benefit to women of menopausal age who are experiencing loss of bone density. In addition, there is evidence that women who have passed the age of menopause may be able to lower their risk of hip fracture through frequent consumption of onions. “Frequent” in this context means onion consumption on a daily basis! In this research on bone density in older women, very sporadic eating of onion (once a month or less) did not provide much benefit. That finding, of course, was very expected. But less expected was the finding that it took daily consumption of onion to show robust benefits for bone density. Just as in the cancer-related onion research, the take-away message here is clear: you don’t want to skimp on onions when you are incorporating them into your meal plan.

In and of itself, the high sulfur content of onions may provide direct benefits to our connective tissue. Many of our connective tissue components require sulfur for their formation. For example, with the exception of hyaluronic acid, all glycosaminoglycans (GAGS) are sulfated. (GAGS are the premiere family of molecules found in the ground substance of our connective tissue.)

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

While onion is not as well researched as garlic in terms of specific inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis or allergic airway inflammation, this allium vegetable has nevertheless been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=45

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Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Sweet & savour

Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Hi friends! With richness of vegetables, this dish is a good accompaniment to Indo Chinese fried rice ,the sweet and sour vegetable is just what you need to enjoy with fried rice or Hakka noodles.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Course: Main, Indo Chinese
Serves : 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup capsicum, bell peppers, yellow and red, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup Cucumber, chopped into big cubes
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup onion , finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp celery, cut into small pieces
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste

For The Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2tbsp Soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown vinegar
  • 1 /2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Method :

Step 1.

Cut the cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, onions, capsicum into small cubes. Cut cucumber, into big cubes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat the oil in a wok/ heavy bottom pan over high flame and add the onions and cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, onions, capsicum and sauté on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes stirring occasionally.

Step 3.

Take all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan, mix well and bring it to boil stirring continuously till sauce thickens, switch off the stove.

Step 4.

Add the prepared sauce and salt to step 2 vegetables, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring continuously. Serve hot.

Health Benefits of  Mixed Vegetables:

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin function as antioxidants. They’re the only carotenoids found in the retina, where they may help prevent age-related macular degeneration. One cup of boiled, mixed vegetables delivers more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The same portion of mixed vegetables has 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of manganese and 5 percent of the daily value of vitamins C and E. As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells throughout the body. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which gives it the ability to neutralize free radicals in lipids that have varied roles, such as providing cellular structure and transporting fats through the blood. Manganese has the job of protecting mitochondria, which are the structures inside cells that produce energy. Green peas are the highest source of vitamin C, while lima beans and carrots boost vitamin E. Lima beans also have at least double the manganese of other vegetables.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis. You’ll gain 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 13 percent of phosphorus from 1 cup of mixed vegetables. All of the vegetables have both minerals, but corn is low in calcium, while snap beans and carrots have less phosphorus than the others.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables with ground beef, onions and beef broth, and top them with mashed potatoes to make shepherd’s pie. Use them in a stir-fry with chicken and soy sauce or turn mixed vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to beef broth and undrained, canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

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Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Hakka Noodles with Veggies

Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Hi friends! Enjoy this healthy, scrumptious  fusion cooking at home.

Course: Main

Cuisine: Indo Chinese

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Level: Easy

Serves : 4

Vegetable noodles is a healthy Indo Chinese noodles recipe with good quantity of vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 300 gms , Hakka Noodles
  • 1 Cup Cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 Medium Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 Medium Carrot cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup French Beans, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium size Capsicum , cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup Spring Onion, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp Garlic, Finely Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Soya Sauce
  • 1tbsp green chili sauce
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt or /salt to Taste
  • 3 tbsp – Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar

 

Method:

Step 1.

Heat one liter water in a pan with salt and few drops of oil, when water starts to boil add noodles and cook until they are cooked. Drain noodles in a colander or sieve, use tap water to rinse noodles and keep side.

Step 2.

 

While noodles getting cooked, peel and cut thin strips of carrot, cabbage, , finely chop onion, beans, capsicum, spring onion, and garlic. Keep aside .

Step 3.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan add garlic, finely chopped onions saute for few minutes. Add carrot, cabbage strips, beans and saute for three -four minutes on medium to high flame. Add spring onions (white part) and saute until light golden brown saute until soft and pink add capsicum strips.

Step 4.

Now add salt, pepper green chili sauce, soya sauce, vinegar and mix everything well.

Step 5.

Add cooked and rinsed noodles and mix well to blend, add spring onion and mix again and cook for 1-2 minutes, switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot with vegetable Manchurian or sweet and sour vegetable curry.

Note:

To keep vegetables from getting over cooked , vegetables are cooked on high flame.

To keep the noodles from getting sticky , just keep cooked noodles under tap water and toss gently.

Health Benefits of Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin function as antioxidants. They’re the only carotenoids found in the retina, where they may help prevent age-related macular degeneration. One cup of boiled, mixed vegetables delivers more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The same portion of mixed vegetables has 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of manganese and 5 percent of the daily value of vitamins C and E. As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells throughout the body. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which gives it the ability to neutralize free radicals in lipids that have varied roles, such as providing cellular structure and transporting fats through the blood. Manganese has the job of protecting mitochondria, which are the structures inside cells that produce energy. Green peas are the highest source of vitamin C, while lima beans and carrots boost vitamin E. Lima beans also have at least double the manganese of other vegetables.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis. You’ll gain 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 13 percent of phosphorus from 1 cup of mixed vegetables. All of the vegetables have both minerals, but corn is low in calcium, while snap beans and carrots have less phosphorus than the others.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables with ground beef, onions and beef broth, and top them with mashed potatoes to make shepherd’s pie. Use them in a stir-fry with chicken and soy sauce or turn mixed vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to beef broth and undrained, canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried Rice

vegetable fried rice

Hi friends! Here is a quick recipe for Indo Chinese Vegetable Fried rice absolutely easy to make. Vegetarians will enjoy this delicious Steamed rice cooked with vegetables and  sauces. Serve with sweet and sour curry.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Course: main

Cuisine: Indo Chinese

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

for cooking the rice:

  • 1 cup long grained rice or basmati rice
  • 750 ml water
  • ½ tsp salt or as required

Vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup spring onion /Shallots
  • 1/2 cup carrots, into fine tiny cubes
  • 1/2 cup French beans, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Bell pepper (red and yellow) , chopped finely
  • 9 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1″ ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions to garnish
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt as required

Method:

Cooking the rice:

Step 1.

Wash rice very well till the water runs clear and soak rice in water for 15 minutes,drain and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a sauce pan, bring to boil 750 ml. of water with salt , add the soaked and drained rice to the boiling water.

Step 3.

On a low flame cook the rice without the lid , when the rice is cooked, remove the pan from stove and drain the rice. Keep aside.

Fried vegetable rice :

Step 1.

As the rice is cooling, cut the vegetables finely and keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a kadahi /wok / pan, add the garlic and saute for few seconds till golden, add ginger and the spring onions /shallots and saute for about three minutes on medium flame stirring continuously.

Step 3.

Add all the finely chopped vegetables, increase the flame on a high initially and stir fry the vegetables on a high flame for 3-4 minutes. Then stir fry on a medium flame stirring continuously so that vegetables are cooked and also retain their crunchiness and crispiness.

Step 4.

Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper, mix and add the rice. Stir fry for a few minutes till the sauce is well blended with the fried rice well. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Garnish with finely chopped shallots/ spring onions and serve the vegetable fried rice hot, plain or with an Indo Chinese vegetable Manchurian.

Note:

  • Some green chili sauce can be added to make rice chili hot.
  • Salt is added a little less in Fried vegetable rice as Soy sauce too has salt in it.

Health Benefits of Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin function as antioxidants. They’re the only carotenoids found in the retina, where they may help prevent age-related macular degeneration. One cup of boiled, mixed vegetables delivers more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The same portion of mixed vegetables has 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of manganese and 5 percent of the daily value of vitamins C and E. As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells throughout the body. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which gives it the ability to neutralize free radicals in lipids that have varied roles, such as providing cellular structure and transporting fats through the blood. Manganese has the job of protecting mitochondria, which are the structures inside cells that produce energy. Green peas are the highest source of vitamin C, while lima beans and carrots boost vitamin E. Lima beans also have at least double the manganese of other vegetables.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis. You’ll gain 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 13 percent of phosphorus from 1 cup of mixed vegetables. All of the vegetables have both minerals, but corn is low in calcium, while snap beans and carrots have less phosphorus than the others.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables with ground beef, onions and beef broth, and top them with mashed potatoes to make shepherd’s pie. Use them in a stir-fry with chicken and soy sauce or turn mixed vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to beef broth and undrained, canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

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Pua/Wheat Flour Pancakes

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Pua/Wheat Flour Pancakes

Hi friends! Pua / wheat flour Pancakes is one of our favorite comfort foods for cold weather!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Semolina
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 24 Almonds, powdered
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 tbsp clarified butter / ghee for frying
  • 2 tbsp Fennel seeds / Saunf
  • 12 Black peppers
  • 1 cup grated khopra

Method:

Step 1.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, semolina, baking soda, sugar and salt.

Step 2.

In the flour mixture pour in the milk. Whisk together thoroughly.

Step 3.

Gently fold the , almond powder and grated khopra, Fennel seeds and black pepper into the batter with a spatula.

Step 4.

Heat a griddle or a non stick pan over medium-high heat. Swirl enough ghee around the pan until it is well coated. Add pancake batter using a deep ladle.

Step 5.

When the pancakes start becoming golden brown on the bottom, flip them over to cook the other side.

Step 6.

Serve with warm kheer.

Health Benefits of Whole wheat flour:

Why whole wheat is good for you?

Whole grains are packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich inwhole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

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Vermicelli Kheer

Vermiceeli Kheer

Vermicelli / Seviyan Kheer

Hi friends!Vermicelli kheer /Seviya kheer, is one of the traditional dishes of India. It is made in every Indian household for special occasions like  Eid, Rakhsha Bandhan or  as a dessert throughout the year. In North India  it is called Vermicelli / Semiya / Seviya kheer and in south India it is called semiya Payasam.This delicious dessert can be served either warm or chilled.

Preparation Time :
10 minutes

Cooking time : 20 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: Indian , Hyderabad

Course: Desserts, Indian

Level : Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Vermicelli
  • 1 liter Milk 2
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 12 Cashew nuts
  • 12 Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 1/4 tsp saffron

Method :

Step 1

Fry Cashew nuts lightly in ghee in a non-stick pan. Add cashew nuts and raisins, keep aside.

Step 2.

In the pan, take vermicelli and stir fry till light golden. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Boil the milk in a deep heavy bottom pan. On slow fire let the milk boil and thicken , when 60% milk is left add fried vermicelli, mix well and cook on low heat for ten minutes.

Step 4.

Add sugar and saffron, cardamom powder, fried cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well and cook on low heat for five minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Mix well and serve hot

Note: Vermicelli / Seviyan Kheer/Semiya Payasam is a  low Calorie Indian Dessert.

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Spinach Leaf Fritters

Palak leaf Pakodas

Spinach leaf fritters

 

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a wonderful green-leafy vegetable often recognized as one of the functional foods for its wholesome nutritional, antioxidants and anti-cancer composition. Its tender, crispy, dark-green leaves are one of the favorite ingredients of chefs all around the planet. Botanically, it belongs to the Amaranthaceae family, and its scientific name: Spinacia oleracea. Spinacia plant grows about 1 foot in height. Although, it can be grown year round, fresh greens are best available just after the winter season in the Northern hemisphere from March through May and from September until November, in the South of the equatorial line.At least, two varieties of spinach are cultivated for their edible leaves; Savoy type with dark-green crinkle (wrinkled) leaves and flat-leaf type with smooth surfaced leaves.

Hi friends! Follow the recipe and absolutely delicious crispy spinach fritters ready in no time !

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time: 2 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 15 Spinach , fresh leaves
  • 1 cup Chickpea flour / gram flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds / Ajwain
  • 1 tsp coriander powder

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Spinach leaves very well and keep aside.

Step 2.

Take a mixing bowl, add gram flour, rice flour, baking soda, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt. Now take a cup of water and make a medium consistency (neither too thin nor too thick) batter.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in wok / kadahi /pan. Take one by one each spinach leaf and dip in the batter, making sure spinach leaf is well coated with the batter from both the sides and then gently slid it in to the hot oil.

Step 4.

Fry it on medium flame till golden brown from both sides. Serve hot with fresh coriander chutney.

Health benefits of Spinach leaves:

  • pinach is store house for many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties.
  • Very low in calories and fats (100 g of raw leaves provide just 23 calories). Its leaves hold a good amount of soluble dietary fiber and no wonder green spinach is one of the finest vegetable sources recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs!
  • Fresh 100 g of spinach contains about 25% of daily intake of iron; one of the richest among green leafy vegetables. Iron is an important trace element required by the human body for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for oxidation-reduction enzyme, cytochrome-oxidase during the cellular metabolism.
  • Fresh leaves are rich source of several vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene. Together, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a healing role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. It thus helps protect from “age-related macular related macular disease” (ARMD), especially in the elderly.
  • In addition, vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for normal eye-sight. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A and flavonoids also known to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Spinach leaves are an excellent source of vitamin K. 100 g of fresh greens provides 402% of daily vitamin-K requirements. Vitamin K plays a vital role in strengthening the bone mass by promoting osteotrophic (bone building) activity in the bone. Additionally, it also has established role in patients with Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
  • This green leafy vegetable also contains good amounts of many B-complex vitamins such as vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, folates and niacin. Folates help prevent neural tube defects in the offspring.
  • 100 g of farm fresh spinach has 47% of daily recommended levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  • Its leaves also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor for many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.
  • It is also good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Regular consumption of spinach in the diet helps prevent osteoporosis (weakness of bones), iron-deficiency anemia. Moreover, its soft leaves are believed to protect human body from cardiovascular diseases and cancers of colon and prostate.

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

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Dates / Khajur Ladoos

Dates Ladoos

 Dates / Khajur Ladoos

Hi friends! Tasty laddoo made with a combination of dates and dry fruits.There is no sugar added in this recipe!

Preparation Time :15 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Serves : 15 Ladoos

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Course: Indian deserts

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 275 gms Dates, seeded
  • 30 gms Almonds
  • 30 gms Cashew nuts
  • 30 gms Pistachios
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 2 tbsp Gum resin /gond, fried and powdered
  • 3 tbsp Poppy seeds /Khuskhus
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method :

Step 1

Take the dates , remove the seeds and coarsely grind in a mixer and transfer into a bowl.

Step 2

Dry roast lightly the nuts in a non stick heavy bottom pan, keep aside to cool. When cooled coarsely grind cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios. Keep aside.

Step 3

Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a pan, add gum resin and fry till golden brown. Drain and cool ,make a powder keep aside.

Step 4

In the same pan, add the poppy seeds, roast them lightly, remove and keep aside .

Step 5

In the same pan, add 1 tbsp ghee add dates and mix well. Sauté till dates are heated. Remove into a plate and set aside to cool slightly.

Step 6

Add coarsely ground roasted nuts, green cardamom powder and crushed gum resin,poppy seeds to the dates. Mix everything well switch off the stove.

Step 7.

Cool the dates mixture, divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into small lemon size ladoos.

Cool ladoos and store in an airtight container.

Possible health Benefits of Dates:

  • Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.
  • It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.
  • Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack. Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people.
  • Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researchers have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke. Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.
  • Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages. Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay.
  • It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.
  • Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem.
  • Cures abdominal cancer. The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine. It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well. Cures abdominal cancer. The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine. It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.

Ref. http://www.indiaparenting.com/health/325_3792/top-10-health-benefits-of-dates.html#

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Purnam Burelu

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Purnam Burelu

Hi friends! Purnam burelu / Indian Sweet Bengal Gram Dumplings is a popular sweet treat in Andhra Pradesh of India, which is served mostly as a sacred offering to God. This particular extremely delicious dessert brings a flavor of authentic South Indian cuisine to your home.

Cuisine:  Indian /Andhra Pradesh

Course: Dessert

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup urad dal
  • 200 gms chana dal
  • 200 gmsJagery (or Sugar)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 6 cardamoms, powdered
  • Oil for deep fry

Method:

Step 1.

Clean wash and soak urad dal and rice overnight. Grind to a smooth but little thicker than Dosa batter. Add a pinch of salt and a tea spoon of sugar and mix well.

Step 2.

Clean wash and soak chana dal for an hour and with two cups of water cook in a pressure cooker on high flame. The moment pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame for 15 minutes. When pressure is cool to room temperature, open the lid and drain the water and keep the boiled dal aside.

Step 3.

Grind the dal in a grinder adding powdered jaggery.  Now remove the mixture in a thick bottomed pan.  Add two spoon of ghee.   Cook on medium flame until the paste thickens, stirring continuously.  (otherwise it may stick to the bottom)

Step 4.

Let the cooked chana dal and jaggery mix cool.  Add the cardamom powder mix well.  This mixture is called Poornam in Telugu.  Make small lemon size balls.

Step 5.

Heat oil in a wok / Kadahi on medium flame, dip each chana dal ball in the prepared batter, and gently slid into the oil.  Fry until golden brown.  Drain the fried Poornam Boorelu on a paper kitchen towel to drain excessive oil.

Note:

Usually hot Poornam Boorelu are served with a spoon of pure ghee.

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