Matar paratha

 

Lacha Parantha.jpgMatar/Green peas paratha
Indian flat bread

Hi friends! Green Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a boon for our health . Here is the recipe of paratha/Indian flat bread stuffed with this tasty power food.

Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes

Cooking time : 10-15 minutes

Cuisine : North Indian / Punjabi

Servings : 4

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cup Matar /Green peas , shelled
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour /atta
  • 2 Green chilli ,finely chopped
  • 1 tsp roasted and powdered geera / cumin seed
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt / or Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/ aam choor
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp pure ghee / olive oil for shallow frying

Method :

Step 1.

Take two cups whole wheat flour in a bowl, mix water , little at a time. Add enough water to make a firm dough ,not too soft not too hard. Keep aside, covered for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Step 2.

Wash, pressure cook and mash the peas. Keep the mashed peas in a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Add the mashed peas, finely chopped coriander leaves , black pepper powder, green chilies, cumin powder, red chili powder and salt . Mix all the ingredients well.

Step 4.

Divide dough in medium-sized balls, roll out each ball into a medium thick chapatti using dry flour for dusting.

Step 5.

Put  two tablespoons of the peas mixture in the middle of the rolled chapatti and close from all sides. press on your palm.

Step 6.

Sprinkle a little flour on top, and roll the stuffed dough gently, taking care not to break it. Heat a tawa /Griddle and cook the parathas.

Step 7.

Shallow fry both sides to golden brown , using a little ghee. Serve hot with a blob of butter. A bowl of curd / yogurt and fresh coriander-Mint chutney/ chili pickle is a good accompaniment.

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 good sources of protein, vitamins, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.
  • Fresh pea pods are an excellent sources 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 to expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in their 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 would 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 the cure of 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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Mixed Flour Uthappams

Utthapam onion tomatoMixed Flour Uthappams

Uthappams or ooththappam or Uthappa is a dosa-like dish made with a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uthappam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter. Uttapam is traditionally made with different toppings such as mixed vegetables, tomatoes, onion/ shallots, chilies, cabbage, coconut etc. It is generally eaten with sambar or chutney.

Hi friends ! Instant uthappams always salvage the situation when nothing is planned for breakfast. Here is the most simple, easy and never failing instant uthappams recipe for you all.

Makes: 4 Uttapams

Prep time:5 minutes

Cooking time:10 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, South Indian

Category: Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Rice flour
  • 1/2 cup Maida /All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Suji rawa /Semolina
  • 1/2 cup curd /yogurt /Dahi, thick slightly sour, whisked
  • 2 medium size onions, very finely chopped
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Green chili paste
  • 2 tbsp Coriander/ Cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2/3 tsp Salt/ or to taste
  • Oil,to cook uttapams

Method:

Step 1.

In a mixing bowl mix all purpose flour/ maida ,suji rava/semolina ,rice flour, salt , baking soda.

Step 2.

Add to step1 mix whisked curd / yogurt / Dahi and gradually add sufficient water to it and mix until lump free batter is formed.

Step 3.

The batter should be thick but of pouring consistency Keep this aside for 15 minutes.

Step 4.

Add green chili paste, cumin seeds and finely chopped coriander/Cilantro leaves, and mix it well.

Step 5.

Pour a ladle full of batter on a hot non stick tawa /gridle spread it in a circular motion on the tava lik we make a dosa taking care that the quantity of batter will be more than a dosa as the uthappam is thicker. top the uthappam with a handful of the onion, and tomatoes .

Step 6.

Pour 1 tbsp oil approx over and around the uttapam, cover it with a lid and cook for 1 -2 minutes on medium flame.

Step 7.

Turn / flip the uthapaam when cooked on one side. The onion, tomato side gets cooked flip it back this side also gets cooked and light golden brown in colour.

Step 8.

When the uthappams are crisp and cooked on both sides, serve hot with hot sambar and coconut chutney. Uthappams can also be served with coriander chutney .

Note:

  • These uthappams are best eaten hot because cold uthappams turn soggy.
  • when on high flame do not pour the batter on the hot non -stick tawa / gridle . Reduce the flame to low before starting to pour the batter for the next uthappam.
  • Always stir the batter before pouring for the next uthappam.
  • There are many instant variety dosas like Rawa doas, BesanDosa, Wheat flour Dosa and Oats Dosa to name a few.

Health Benefits:

Traditional Indian recipes are very tasty, quite nutritious, many are low in calories and fat if prepared at home. These days, the trend of eating out in restaurants has gone up. The food available there may not be as nutritious and low in fat and calories as that prepared at home. Also the quality of oil may also be open to discussion. It is not known if the restaurant cooks are using same oil repeatedly many times. Reusing oil for frying repeatedly will make the recipes unhealthy. It is therefore prudent to do home cooking and enjoy!

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Potato cury / Dahi aloo

Potatoes in curdPotato cury / Dahi aloo

Whether mashed, baked or roasted, people often consider potatoes as comfort food. It is an important food staple and the number one vegetable crop in the world. Potatoes are available year-round as they are harvested somewhere every month of the year.

The potato belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family whose other members include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and tomatillos. They are the swollen portion of the underground stem which is called a tuber and is designed to provide food for the green leafy portion of the plant. If allowed to flower and fruit, the potato plant will bear an inedible fruit resembling a tomato.

Potato cury / Dahi aloo

Hi friends! a very easy to prepare recipe. Dahi Aloo/ potato curry with puris was everyone’s favorite dish for breakfast/ brunch, especially in the olden days, when people lived in joint families and puris were considered to be the quickest to make.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-7 minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms potatoes boiled and peeled
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds /jeera
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds /saunf, powdered
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/hing
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder /haldi
  • 1 1/2 cup curds / yogurt/dahi , whisked
  • 1 tbsp olive oil/ or any other cooking medium
  • 1/2 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp green coriander , finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Boil the potatoes. Peel and cut the potatoes in small cubes in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds and asafetida. When the cumin crackles, add the, fennel seeds powder, coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder and sauté for a few seconds.

Step 3.

Add the boiled and cubed potatoes, salt and sauté till the spices /masala coats the potatoes evenly.

Step 4.

Add whisked curd mix and stirring continuously bring to a boil. Switch off the stove. Serve hot, garnish with the finely chopped coriander.

    Note:  Very good accompaniment with this curry  is Puris / Indian bread .

Health benefits of potatoes:

Potatoes are a very popular food source. Unfortunately, most people eat potatoes in the form of greasy French fries or potato chips, and even baked potatoes are typically loaded down with fats such as butter, sour cream, melted cheese and bacon bits. Such treatment can make even baked potatoes a potential contributor to a heart attack. But take away the extra fat and deep frying, and a baked potato is an exceptionally healthful low calorie, high fiber food that offers significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Our food ranking system qualified potatoes as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid.

Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals.

Blood-Pressure Lowering Potential

UK scientists at the Institute for Food Research have identified blood pressure-lowering compounds called kukoamines in potatoes. Previously only found in Lycium chinense, an exotic herbal plant whose bark is used to make an infusion in Chinese herbal medicine, kukoamines were found in potatoes using a new type of research called metabolomics.

Until now, when analyzing a plant’s composition, scientists had to know what they were seeking and could typically look for 30 or so known compounds. Now, metabolomic techniques enable researchers to find the unexpected by analyzing the 100s or even 1000s of small molecules produced by an organism.

“Potatoes have been cultivated for thousands of years, and we thought traditional crops were pretty well understood,” said IFR food scientist Dr Fred Mellon, “but this surprise finding shows that even the most familiar of foods might conceal a hoard of health-promoting chemicals.” Another good reason to center your diet around the World’s Healthiest Foods!

In addition to potatoes, researchers looked at tomatoes since they belong to the same plant family—Solanaceae—as Lycium chinense. Metabolomic assays also detected kukoamine compounds in tomatoes.

The IFR scientists found higher levels of kukoamines and related compounds than some of the other compounds in potatoes that have a long history of scientific investigation. However, because they were previously only noted in Lycium chinense, kukoamines have been little studied. Researchers are now determining their stability during cooking and dose response (how much of these compounds are needed to impact health).

Vitamin B6—Building Your Cells

If only for its high concentration of vitamin B6—1 medium potato contains over one-half of a milligram of this important nutrient—the potato earns high marks as a health-promoting food.

Vitamin B6 is involved in more than 100 enzymatic reactions. Enzymes are proteins that help chemical reactions take place, so vitamin B6 is active virtually everywhere in the body. Many of the building blocks of protein, amino acids, require B6 for their synthesis, as do the nucleic acids used in the creation of our DNA. Because amino and nucleic acids are such critical parts of new cell formation, vitamin B6 is essential for the formation of virtually all new cells in the body. Heme (the protein center of our red blood cells) and phospholipids (cell membrane components that enable messaging between cells) also depend on vitamin B6 for their creation.

Vitamin B6—Brain Cell and Nervous System Activity

Vitamin B6 plays numerous roles in our nervous system, many of which involve neurological (brain cell) activity. B6 is necessary for the creation of amines, a type of messaging molecule or neurotransmitter that the nervous system relies on to transmit messages from one nerve to the next. Some of the amine-derived neurotransmitters that require vitamin B6 for their production are serotonin, a lack of which is linked to depression; melatonin, the hormone needed for a good night’s sleep; epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones that help us respond to stress; and GABA, which is needed for normal brain function.

Vitamin B6—Cardiovascular Protection

Vitamin B6 plays another critically important role in methylation, a chemical process in which methyl groups are transferred from one molecule to another. Many essential chemical events in the body are made possible by methylation, for example, genes can be switched on and turned off in this way. This is particularly important in cancer prevention since one of the genes that can be switched on and off is the tumor suppressor gene, p53. Another way that methylation helps prevent cancer is by attaching methyl groups to toxic substances to make them less toxic and encourage their elimination from the body.

Methylation is also important to cardiovascular health. Methylation changes a potentially dangerous molecule called homocysteine into other, benign substances. Since homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls greatly increasing the progression of atherosclerosis, high homocysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Eating foods rich in vitamin B6 can help keep homocysteine levels low. In addition, diets high in vitamin B6-rich foods are associated with overall lower rates of heart disease, even when homocysteine levels are normal, most likely because of all the other beneficial activities of this energetic B vitamin.

A single baked potato will also provide you with over 3 grams of fiber, but remember the fiber in potatoes is mostly in their skin. If you want the cholesterol-lowering, colon cancer preventing, and bowel supportive effects of fiber, be sure to eat the potato’s flavorful skin as well as its creamy center.

Vitamin B6—Athletic Performance

Vitamin B6 is also necessary for the breakdown of glycogen, the form in which sugar is stored in our muscle cells and liver, so this vitamin is a key player in athletic performance and endurance.

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=48

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Paniyaram/ spiced dumplings

Paniyaran 1

Paniyaram /spiced dumplings originated in Tamil Nadu ,south of India, these are made in a special utensil or cookware called paniyaram chatti which have molds in it like a muffin pan . It is the traditional cookware used for making the paniyaram / spiced dumplings and gives the them round ball like appearance. It is made with rice and black lentil/ urad dal batter . These are basically called appams or spicy dumplings, and are generally served for breakfast or as a snack. These are also known in South India as Kuzhi paniyaram ,appe, guliappa, gulittu, and gundponglu, etc.

The batter is made by soaking the ingredients like rice, black lentils and Fenugreek seeds overnight in water, grinding the contents, then letting the batter ferment. Salt is added after mixing, the batter and  is poured into the cookware pan’s compartments and placed on a low flame. After couple of minutes, the appams / paniyaram / spiced dumplings are flipped over to cook from the top . The Kuzhi paniyaram /spiced dumplings are ready to serve when they turns golden-brown  all around .

Hi friends !masala paniyaram/ spiced dumplings are very easy to make. These can be made with leftover idli batter at home. There are different versions of masala Paniyaram / spiced pancakes. Here is one recipe for you to enjoy!

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time : 10 minutes

Cuisine : Indian , South Indian

Course: Breakfast / healthy snack

 Serves:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups idli batter
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/hing
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder(optional)
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro / coriander, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp carrot, finely grated
  • 1/4 tspsalt if required

Method:

Step1.

In a mixing bowl take the left over batter , add coconut, onions, green chili, ginger, carrot and salt, mix well.

Step 2.

On a medium flame heat the paniyaram chatti/ dumpling cookware with circular moulds . In each mould add a drop of cooking oil.

Step 3.

Take a spoonful of the batter mix and put in each mould leaving 1/4 of the mould empty.

Step 4.

Reduce the heat to low flame and allow the batter mix to cook for 1-2 minutes.

Step 5.

When the batter is firmed in the moulds, turn each paniyaram/ dumpling, in each mould with the help of a skewer or tip of the knife so that the other side get cooked and becomes golden brown.

Step 6.

Check the paniyaram/ dumplings for even cooking, turn once or twice for uniform cooking. Remove the cooked paniyaram/ dumpling from the cookware mould and serve hot with coconut chutney / sambar or both chutney and sambar.

 Note: Many variations can be tried with the basic recipe.

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Oats Dosas

Oats Dosa 1

Oats Dosa

Hi friends ! Doasas are crispy savory pancakes/ crepes from South India is a staple food in its home region. In entire country too, Dosas are hugely popular. Instant dosas always come handy when nothing is preplanned for breakfast. There are many instant version dosas, my oats dosa recipe is easier to make than you think ! The good thing about these dosas is that they are thin and crisp and are delicious and healthy for you.For complete range of various breakfast options do check out my recipe menu.

VARITIES OF DOSAS: There are more than hundred different varieties of Dosas in India with a brilliant blend of taste, flavors, nutritional balance and seasonings. Oats dosas are special Dosas in this catagory and make healthy, nutritious breakfast or  great all time snacks! There are many instant version dosas, my Oats Dosa recipe is easier to make than you think !This recipe of Oats dosa is simple, easy,instant and gluten-free recipe. Once tasted, will definitely become hot favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white oats, I used Quaker’s quick white oats
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup yogurt , whisked well
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 2″ ginger piece,finely grated
  • 1 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp cilantro/ coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 level tsp ENO fruit salt,Regular / 1 small pouch
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

Method:

Step 1.

Make fine powder of oats in a grinder, keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take the powdered oats, rice flour, salt, asafetida, cumin seeds  and whisked yogurt, mix the ingredients well. Gradually add water as needed to make batter consistency of dosa/ pancake mix. Set aside for about ten minutes.

Step 3.

Add green chilies, finely chopped cilantro /coriander, grated carrots, add  ENO fruit salt mix it well, batter will become little frothy.

Step 4.

Place a non-stick tava / griddle over medium flame. Grease the non-stick tava / griddle lightly. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it if water sizzles right away non-stick tava / griddle is ready for making dosa.

Step 5.

Pour a ladle full of the batter mixture onto the non-stick tava / griddle and spread evenly with the back of the ladle, about six to eight inches in diameter.

Step 6.

When the batter begins to dry a bit, gently pour one tsp of oil over and around it. Wait about 20 seconds, then flip the dosa using a spatula.

Step 7.

Press the dosa very gently with the spatula all around to ensure even cooking, when dosa is golden brown on both sides, fold it once with the help of spatula and slide it gently on a plate.

Step 8.

Repeat this process for the remaining dosas.

Step 9.

Serve oat dosa hot. The best accompaniments with the Oats Dosas are coriander/ coconut/ curry leaves or tomato chutney.

Note:

  • The key for the perfect and crisp lacy dosas lies in the consistency of batter, so please stick to the measurements provided in the recipe.
  • Mix the batter well before use.
  • The tawa / griddle used to prepare dosas, preferable should be flat an iron or non-stick tawas work best, use a properly heated tawa /griddle ( not cold , not too hot) for best results.
  • For the instant dosas pour the batter mixture onto the tawa / griddle and spread in a circular way evenly with the back of a ladle, about six-eight inches in diameter.
  • Dosas are best when eaten hot. Cold Dosas turn soggy and become slightly sticky.
  • For complete range of various chutney options do check out my recipe menu.
The Benefits of Eating Oatmeal Every Morning :
Whole Grain

Oatmeal is a whole grain, and eating whole grains can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal also contains lignans, a plant chemical that has been found to prevent heart disease. The food label on your package of oats should list one ingredient: whole grain oats. Avoid prepackaged oatmeal that may be high in both sodium and sugar and lower in beneficial fiber. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends eating whole grains to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, whole grains such as oats are a source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins.

Lower Cholesterol

Eating oatmeal can lower your cholesterol, especially your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, consider adding oatmeal to your daily menu. MayoClinic.com even recommends oatmeal as one of the top five foods to eat to improve your cholesterol numbers.

Lower Weight

Oatmeal is a source of fiber. That means when you eat oats for breakfast, you’re going to feel full for a long time. Breakfast foods high in sugar and fat can make you feel full for a brief period, but then you’re hungry again. A breakfast smoothie, consisting of blended oats, fruit and ice, can satisfy your hunger easily until lunch.

Oatmeal Options

If you’ve tried oatmeal before and didn’t like it, reconsider. Combining fruit or nuts with your oats while they’re cooking adds more nutrients. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg give great flavor to your oats. Limit any sugars and let the natural flavor of the fruits and spices take over. Blend your oats with different fruits into a healthy oatmeal smoothie. Because oatmeal is such a beneficial food, try to find a different way to eat it every day.

 

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Gram Flour/Besan Uttpam

Besan Dosa with cheese 1

Gram Flour / Besan Uttapam

Gram flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour, chickpea flour, or besan, is a pulse flour made from ground chickpeas. Used in many countries, it is a staple ingredient in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi cuisines.

Hi friends! Gram Flour / Besan Uttapam is a tasty dish for breakfast or as a snack. This recipe is easy and quick to prepare and can be served with coriander / cilantro chutney. It is a favorite dish of the family for breakfast, folded with cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gram flour / besan
  • 150 gms fresh cottage cheese / paneer, grated
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain / Carom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp cilantro / coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp of oil to cook

Method:

Step 1.

Grate the the cottage cheese/ paneer and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take Gram Flour / Besan, rice flour , add salt, baking soda, carom seeds, coriander powder, red chili powder slowly add water mix to make a smooth batter. The mix consistency of pancake batter or Dosa batter.

Step 3.

Take  a non-stick pan /tava and place on medium flame. To check the heat level required, test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. Water should sizzle right away.

Step 4.

Pour about 1 ladle of the batter onto non- stick pan / tava stick and spread evenly with a back of ladle. Starting from the center, with spiral movement spread the batter outward evenly to form a circle about 6″ in diameter.

Step 5.

Immediately after spreading the batter onto non-stick pan /tava , spread evenly two tbsp grated cottage cheese/ paneer, 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves on the dosa.

Step 6.

When batter starts to dry a little, slowly spread little cooking oil over and around it. After 30 seconds; flip the uttpam using a flat spatula. Press the uttpam lightly all around with the spatula to make the cheese and uttpam cook evenly until crisp and golden brown on both sides.

Step 7.

Repeat the process for the remaining uttpam. Serve uttpam hot with cilantro / dhania / coriander chutney.

Note:

Quick spread of the batter on hot non-stick pan / tava, will make the spreading easier and will give better results.

Health benefits of Besan/ gram 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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Tomato Chutney

Andhra DosaAndhra Tomato Chutney withPoha dosa / Attukula Attu .

Hi friends! Among the myriad varieties of chutneys, a special mention must be made of this easy to cook, delicious Andhra tomato chutney. It is a very good accompaniment to Poha dosa / Attukula Attu .

Nutritional Value of Tomatoes

The many health benefits of tomatoes can be attributed to their wealth of nutrients and vitamins, including an impressive amount of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper. Tomatoes also have dietary fiber and protein, as well as a number of organic compounds like lycopene that also contribute to the overall health benefits that tomatoes can confer to our health!

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

Cuisine : Indian, Andhra Pradesh

Course: Chutney and Dips

Level : Easy

Ingredient:

  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / hing
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsps olive oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and cut tomatoes into small cubes. Heat two tsp oil in a pan, add cumin seeds sauté till cumin starts crackling, add asafetida. when asafetida turns light pink in colour add tomato cubes and green chilies.

Step 2.

Cover and cook on low flame till tomato turns soft. Switch off the stove and cool.

Step 3.

Grind the cooked tomatoes along with salt to a smooth paste. Remove in a small serving bowl.

Step 4.

For seasoning, heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds , when mustard starts crackling add asafetida, dry red chili, few curry leaves and turn off heat. Pour this seasoning over the chutney and serve with Attukula Attu /Poha dosas.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes:

The health benefits of tomatoes have been known to mankind since ancient times. Tomatoes are rich sources of antioxidants that have been proven to be effective against many forms of cancer. Some of the other health benefits of tomatoes are as follows:

Abundant Source of Antioxidants: Tomato contains large amount of lycopene, an antioxidant that is highly effective in scavenging cancer causing free radicals. This benefit can even be obtained from heat-processed tomato products like ketchup. The lycopene in tomatoes defends against cancer and has been shown to be particularly effective in fighting prostate cancer, cervical cancer, cancer of the stomach and rectum as well as pharynx and esophageal cancers.

Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals: A single tomato can provide about 40% of the daily vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which prevents against cancer-causing free radicals from damaging the body’s systems. It also contains abundant vitamin A and potassium, as well as iron. Potassium plays a vital role in maintaining nerve health and iron is essential for maintaining normal blood health. Vitamin K, which is essential in blood clotting and controls bleeding, is also abundant in tomatoes.

Reduces Cholesterol and Protects the Heart: The lycopene in tomatoes prevents serum lipid oxidation, thus exerting a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. The regular consumption of tomatoes has been proven to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. These lipids are the key culprits in cardiovascular diseases and lead to the deposition of fats in the blood vessels.

Counters the Effect of Cigarette Smoke: The two main components of tomatoes, coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, fight against nitrosamines which are produced in the body and are the main carcinogens found in cigarettes. The presence of vitamin A in such high quantities has also been shown to reduce the effects of carcinogens and can protect you against lung cancer.

Improves Vision: Vitamin A, present in tomatoes, aids in improving vision, as well as in preventing night-blindness and macular degeneration. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that can be formed from an excess of beta-carotene in the body. A lot of vision problems occur due to the negative effects of free radicals, and vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant.

Digestive Health: Tomatoes keep the digestive system healthy by preventing both constipation and diarrhea. It also prevents jaundice and effectively removes toxins from the body. Furthermore, tomatoes have a large amount of fiber, which can bulk up stool and reduce symptoms of constipation. A healthy amount of fiber helps to stimulate peristaltic motion in the smooth digestive muscles, and also release gastric and digestive juices.

Lowers Hypertension: Daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the risk of developing hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. This is partially due to the impressive levels of potassium found in tomatoes. Potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it reduces the tension in blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing circulation and lowering the stress on the heart by eliminating hypertension.

Manages Diabetes: A study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the oxidative stress of type 2 diabetes.

Healthy Skin: Tomatoes aid in maintaining healthy teeth, bones, hair and skin. Topical application of tomato juice is even known to cure severe sunburns. Daily consumption of tomatoes protects the skin against UV-induced erythema. Tomatoes rank high in the preparation of anti-aging products.

Prevents Urinary Tract Infections: Tomato intake also reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections, as well as bladder cancer. This is because tomatoes are high in water content, which can stimulate urination, so tomatoes are a diuretic in certain ways. This increases the elimination of toxins from the body, as well as excess water, salts, uric acid, and some fat as well!

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

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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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