Fruit Salad

Fruit salad NG

Hi ! Friends here is a refreshing fruit salad recipe. Served regularly as part of main meals, is a way of eating a good variety of fresh, seasonal fruit daily. This by itself will brighten up any meal, and it tastes great at any time of day!

Recipe will serve: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple sliced and cut into small cubes
  • 1 banana, ripe but firm, sliced into discs
  • 1Guava sliced, cut into small cubes
  • 1 Pear sliced, cut into small cubes

Dressing

  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Black salt
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Method:

Step 1.

Wash, dry and cut the apple, pear in to small cubes, peel and dice the bananas.

Step 2.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the fruit cubes, and banana discs.

Step 3.

Spread the lemon juice on the cut fruit, in the mixing bowl. Sprinkle black salt , pepper and table salt on the fruit pieces, toss well. Serve freshly prepared salad at room temperature.

Note:

Many different varieties of seasonal fruits can be used to make the dish.

About the Fruit used:

  1. The Pear is a fleshy pome, or fruit, of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus communis), cultivated in many varieties in temperate climates; also, the tree which bears this fruit.
  2. Guava is a round edible yellow tropical fruit of a small tropical tree with pink or white flesh and hard seeds and a strong sweet aroma .
  3. Banana is a long curved fruit which grows in clusters and has soft pulpy flesh and yellow skin when ripe. Cluster of bananas is called: a bunch of bananas .The tropical and subtropical palm-like plant which bears bananas, having very large leaves but lacking a woody trunk is from Genus Musa, family Musaceae: several species, in particular M. sapientum
  4. Apple a round fruit with firm, white crisp flesh and a green, red, or yellow skin. It is fruit of a tree of the rose family.Many varieties have been developed  for eating or as dessert or cooking fruit or for making cider.

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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.
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  • 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.
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Banana Yogurt

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Hi friends! Start off your day right with nutritious breakfasts made from bananas, yogurt / curd. Yogurt is packed with the nutrients (like calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin and B12) needed to get us through our morning without feeling hungry. Low-fat yogurt and bananas offers an ideal blend of nutrients, protein and carbohydrates as part of a healthy breakfast. No Flame Cooking!

Recipe Cook Time: 6-7 minutes

Recipe Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 4 Sweet, ripe, firm bananas
  • 1/2 kg fresh curd / yogurt
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp kishmish (raisins)
  • 1 tbsp Sliced dry coconut *
  • 1 tbsp chironji *

Method:

Step 1.

Take curd / yogurt and sugar in a big mixing bowl, whisk curd gently to get a smooth texture of the curd.

Step 2.

Peel bananas, cut into thick slices and fold into the whisked curd. Add Kishmish, chironji,sliced dry coconut.

Step 3.

Serve chill.

Note :

* Sliced dry coconut:
Slice dry coconut using a sharp knife by cutting vertically across the cutting board. Thinly slice them. These can be used as a garnish for other desserts like custards, puddings etc.

*Chironji/ Charoli/ charonji :

These seeds are used as a cooking spice primarily in India. Charoli/ charonji/ Chironji are tiny almond-flavored dried seeds of a evergreen tree called Buchanania lanzan, which is cultivated across India, primarily in the northwest. After the hard shell is cracked, the stubby seed within is as soft as a pine nut. The charoli seed is lentil-sized, is slightly flattened and has an almond-like flavour. Though they can be eaten and used raw they are often toasted or roasted before use, as this intensifies the flavour. Charoli seeds are cooling and are used to remove burning sensation from the body. The seeds also act as a tonic to the brain. Charoli seeds are relatively low in calories and are a good source of protein and fat (59 grams per 100 grams of charoli seeds). They contain good amounts of dietary fiber. Charoli provides you with vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and niacin. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus and iron are also found in high amounts in these seeds.

Ref. Chironji: http://chefinyou.com/ingredients/what-is-charoli-nuts/

Health Benefits of Banana:

A look into the nutritional breakdown of bananas and it reveals the following: per 100 grams, it contains 0.3 gm total fat, zero cholesterol, 1 mg salt, about 360 mg potassium, 2.6 gm dietary fiber, 12 gm sugar and 1.1 gm protein. If you still need reasons as to why you must include bananas in your diet, here are some –

  1. High Fiber Content

Banana is loaded with fiber, both soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber has the tendency to slow down digestion and keep you feeling full for a longer time. Which is why bananas are often included in a breakfast meal so that you can start about your day without having to worry about the next meal.

  1. Heart Health

High fiber foods are said to be good for the heart. According to a study done by University of Leeds in UK, increasing consumption of fiber-rich foods such as bananas can lower risk of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD).

  1. Ease in Digestion

According to Ayurveda, banana has a sweet and sour taste. The sweet taste is said to bring about a sense of heaviness but the sour taste is known to stimulate agni (the digestive juices), thereby supporting digestion and helping in building up metabolism.

  1. Powerhouse of Nutrients

Banana is a heavyweight when it comes to nutrition. It is loaded with essential vitaminsand minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and B6. These all contribute to the proper functioning of the body and keeping you healthy.

  1. High Source of Potassium

The high content of potassium in bananas makes it a super fruit. This mineral is known for its numerous health benefiting properties – it helps in regulating heartbeat, blood pressure, and keeps the brain alert.

  1. Blood Pressure

It is a known fact that salt is the evil when it comes to high blood pressure. Bananas have low salt content and high potassium content, and these properties contribute to making it ideal for those undergoing this condition.

  1. Helps Fight Anaemia

Due to the high iron content in bananas, they are good for those suffering from anaemia. Anaemia is a condition where there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells or haemoglobin in the blood. This leads to fatigue, shortness of breath, and paleness.

Ref.http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/benefits-of-banana-how-to-include-the-fruit-in-your-daily-diet-1216006

Here’s how curd helps you stay healthy:

  • Helps improve digestion. …
  • Healthy for your heart. …
  • Great for those who are lactose intolerant. …
  • Helps boost immunity. …
  • Good for your teeth and bones. …
  • Can be used as a skincare product. …
  • Helps get rid of dandruff. …
  • Helps release stress and anxiety.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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.

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