Urad Dal Pinni

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Urad Dal Pinnies

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

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

Cuisine: India, North Indian

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:  45 minutes

Makes: 20 pinnies

Ingredients:

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

Method:

Step 1.

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

Step 2.         

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

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

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

Step 6.

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

Step 7.

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

Step 8.

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

 Step 9.

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

 Step 10.

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

Note:

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

Health Benefits of Urad Dal:

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

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Oats Porridge

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Oats Porridge

Oats in Hindi जई jaee

 Kingdom: Plantae

Order:      Poales

Family:      Poaceae

Genus:      Avena

Species:    A. sativa

Angiosperms

Monocots

Commelinids

Botanical name: Avena sativa

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

Difference between rolled oats and quick oats?

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

Cultivation:

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

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

Oats Porridge

Prep Time : 5 minutes

Cook time : 5-6 minutes

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Serve : 2

Ingredients :

·         1/2 tea cup Oats

·         1 1/2 tea cups milk

·         1 tea cup water

·         15 Almonds, powdered

·         2 tbsp Chironji

·         2 tbsp Pumpkin seeds (skin removed)

·         2 tbsp Sunflower seeds (skin removes)

·         2 tbsp Musk melon seeds (skin removed)

·         1 tsp flax seed powder

·         6 Dates, seeded and cut into small pieces

Method:

Step 1.

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

Step 2.

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

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

Possible Health Benefits:

Oats Lower Cholesterol Levels

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

Unique Oat Antioxidants Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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

Prevent Heart Failure with a Whole Grains Breakfast

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

Oats May Enhance Immune Response to Infection

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

Oats May Stabilize Blood Sugar

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

Oats and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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

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

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

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Saffron/Kesar milk

 

Saffron milk/ Kesar milk

Hi friends ! Here is a very healthy drink for the approaching Winter ! Saffron flavored milk enriched with almonds, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, dried dates/ Sūkhē khajūra/ chuhara and served hot. You will never be able to say NO!!!

Preparation Time : 5-8 minutes

Cooking time : 15-20 minutes

Servings : 4

 Cooking time: 25 minutes

Cuisine: India ,Uttar Pradesh, North India

Course: Beverages

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients:

  • 20 Almonds blanched and roughly chopped
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 6 Green cardamoms, finely powdered
  • 4 dried dates/ Sūkhē khajūra/ chuhara, stone removed ,sliced
  • a pinch Nutmeg powder
  • a pinch saffron strands
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Method:

Step 1.

Heat milk in a thick-bottomed pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer on low heat for fifteen minutes.

Step 2.

In a food processor grind the almonds to a smooth paste by adding a little milk while doing the grinding. Add almond / badam paste , cardamom powder, a pinch of saffron and nutmeg powder to the simmering milk and continue to boil for another five minutes.

Step 3.

Add sugar stir, boil for another two minutes, remove from heat. Serve warm in individual glasses.

The King of Spice: Saffron

The undisputed King of all these spices is the Saffron, which, when included in the recipe, gives a royal touch to any dish, savory or dessert. Also known as the Golden Spice, Saffron is unique in many ways. Exquisite, elusive, exclusive, exotic, delicate and the most expensive, this is a spice to be reckoned with and is worth its weight in gold! Elusive because saffron is the stigma of the saffron flower (Crocus Sativus) and each saffron flower contains only three stigmas. These stigmas or saffron threads are handpicked by elderly women from the centre of the crocus flower and it takes anywhere around 70,000 to 250,000 flowers to get one pound of saffron. Thankfully however, only a very little quantity is required to be added to a dish to get that distinctive aroma, flavor and color.

Buying, Storing Saffron:

There are three important criteria to look for while buying saffron

  • Saffron threads (Stigmas) are all red and have no other color.
  • Saffron threads must be dry and brittle to the touch.
  • Saffron aroma is strong and fresh, never musty. 

Storing: Saffron has to be stored in an airtight container away from heat, moisture and light. If stored carefully saffron can retain its potency, aroma and coloring properties for almost three years.

 Cooking Tips:

  • Saffron has to be soaked in water, liquor or the cooking liquid so as to best release its flavor and essence. For one teaspoon of saffron strands use three teaspoons of liquid and soak for around one or two hours to get best results.
  • Do not use wooden vessel to mix saffron as wood absorbs the saffron easily.
  • Turmeric can be used as a cheaper substitute for saffron to obtain the color, but not the flavor.
  • Though a smaller quantity of powder is required in recipes in comparison to saffron strands, it is not very feasible as the powder has a shorter shelf life.

 Ref: http://readanddigest.com/the-king-of-spice-saffron/

Uses Of Saffron

Saffron is widely used in many cuisines around the world, including India. It is used in Indian sweets and sweet dishes, to make syrups, to color food and flavor both food and beverages.

Saffron is also used in the cosmetic and perfume industry. It is used to dye fabrics. In India, it is a part of religious and marriage festivities.

Ayurveda, Unani and Chinese medicine have used saffron traditionally for healing and even Western medicine uses it to treat certain health conditions.

According to Ayurveda saffron balances the tridoshas and increases body heat.

Nutrients In Saffron

  • Saffron contains over 150 volatile oils that yield aroma of which safranal is the one that gives it its hay like flavor.
  • Among the non volatile compounds, alpha-crocin gives saffron its distinct yellow orange color.
  • It also contains, lycopene. zeaxanthin, alpha and beta carotenes etc.
  • Saffron is extremely rich in manganese and has very good amounts of vitamin C, iron, potassium, phosphorus and copper.
  • It has good levels of folates, niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and Vitamin A.

Health Benefits Of Saffron:

Saffron has an amazing number of health properties among them are anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, antipoisonous, cardiotonic, carminative diuretic, stimulant, lactogogue, sedative, aphrodisiac, immunomodulating and antioxinant properties.

Saffron can be taken in foods or beverages to derive its health giving benefits.

Saffron can be used to suppress appetite to control weight. This can be beneficial to those who wish to control their overeating habits.
8 to 10 strands of saffron can be steeped in a cup of warm water for 20 minutes to make a saffron tea like drink. that will provide this benefit. 1 gram of saffron can make 50-60 cups of this saffron tea.

Ref. http://hubpages.com/health/Saffron-Or-Kesar-Health-Benefits-And-More-Of-This-Most-Expensive-Spice

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Samwat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer

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Samwat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer

Kheer from India: Alternative names Payasam, payasa, ksheeram, fereni

Place of Origin: South Asia

Region or State: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal , Banladesh

Kheer is a South Asian rice pudding made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca, or vermicelli, Samwat ke chawal with milk and sugar; it is flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert. It is also known in some regions as payasam, payasa, gil-e-firdaus and fereni. Kheer made from this special kind of rice called Samwat ke chawal / parsai ke chawal ke kheer, is very delicious and easy to make.

Samwat Ke Chawal or Sama ke chawal or Barnyard millet is a wildly growing grain which is actually a seed not grain Sama ke chawal or Barnyard millet is vastly used during Navratri fasting as it is rich in complex carbohydrates and protein .It is considered an ideal food for fasting days in North India

Hi friends! This  year the Navratri festival season began from October 13, 2015. During the nine days, of Navratri people observe a strict diet but there are certain kinds of food which can be consumed. The cuisine during fasting is actually irresistible and more mouth-watering . There is a long list of the special kind of food which can be consumed during the Navratri vrat or fast. Here is a simple and delicious recipe for you.

Prep Time : 30 minutes

Cook time : 45 minutes approx.

Serve : 6

Level Of Cooking : Medium

Cuisine: Indian, (vrat or fasting time)

Course: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Samwat ke chawal / parsai ke chawal
  • 1 1/4 liter Milk toned
  • 12-15 cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp slivered Almonds
  • 12-15 Raisins
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Samwat ke chawal /rice well and soak in two cups of water for 1/2 an hour.

Step 2.

Roast slivered almonds and cashews lightly in microwave. After cutting the cashews into small pieces keep aside slivered and roasted almonds and cut cashew pieces aside.

Step 3.

Take milk in a deep heavy bottom pan and bring to boil on high flame. Add drained Samwat ke chawal / rice to milk and lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.

Step 4.

Cook till the Samwat ke chawal /rice is fully cooked and the milk has reduced to approximately half.

Step 5.

Add sugar and keep cooking till the sugar has fully dissolved. Add raisins,cut almonds and cashew nuts and cardamom powder and cook for another ten minutes. The kheer should be thick but of dripping consistency.

Step 6.

Kheer is ready to sreve, garnish with slivered almonds and serve hot or chilled as per liking.

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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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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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