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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Chironji / Buchanania lanzan

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Latin Name : Buchanania lanzan

Indian Names : Charoli, Chironji, Chirauli, Char,Priyala, Boruda etc.

Common English Names : Cheraunji nut tree, Cherauli nut, Cudappah Almond, Chironji nut Charooli, Chirolo, Chirongi and Charoli in Hindi and  in Tamil , Telugu etc.

The Chironji tree is an evergreen tree native to India and grows all over the country especially in the Northwest area of India. It grows to a height of about 50 feet, has a straight trunk. The bark is rough and fissured, dark grey to black on the outside and reddish on the inside.

The leaves are thick, leathery, oblong and broad and are rounded at the base. The flowers are small and greenish white and form a terminal panicle. The fruit is black in color and are harvested from April to June.

The fruit has a hard seed coat while the inside kernel is soft like a pine nut. It has a light acidic flavor akin to that of an almond. Normally the seeds are roasted or toasted before consumption or usage as heat make more flavors to emanate from the seed. The seeds are flat, oval and speckled with dark patches.

The tree commonly grows in dry and open deciduous forests preferring to grow on sandy and loamy soil and does not grow in waterlogged areas.

Each tree yields from 1 to 5 kgs of charoli seeds and chironji seeds are considered a delicacy. They are especially used in making sevaiyan during the Muslim Eid festival.

The seeds lose their flavor if kept in the open and also become bitter.

Uses Of Charoli Or Chironji:

Used primarily as a topping for sweets, they go especially well with sweet and creamy halwas (Indian puddings). They are also a must on top of a delightful dessert called shrikhand which is a tantalizing combination of yoghurt, sugar, cardamom and saffron. They can also be used to sprinkle fruit salads, soups and kormas.

The seeds of chironji are a delicacy and are used in desserts, bakery and confectionery products. They are used to thicken sauces and gravies and also to flavor meats.

The seeds yield an oil that is comparable to olive and almond oil in their medicinal properties and is also substituted for these oils in the pharmaceutical products.

The bark yields tannin which is used in the leather industry, in clarification of wine and beer, in pharmaceutical industry etc.

Chironji has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicine.

 Health Benefits Of Chironji Or Charoli:

All the parts of the charoli tree are used in traditional Indian medicine. The fruit, roots, leaves, seeds, gum and oil are used in different ways to treat a variety of health issues.

Some of these health benefits are given below:

The oil is used to apply externally on glandular swellings of the neck. It is also useful in treating skin infections and to remove facial blemishes.

The extract of the roots is used as an expectorant, to treat blood infections and correct digestive disorders caused by liver or gall bladder dysfunctioning.

The gum is used to treat diarrhea and also chest pain related to the parietal nerves.

The juice of the leaves is used in digestion problems, as an expectorant, a purgative and also as an aphrodisiac.

An ointment made from the seeds relieves itching, prickly heat, rashes, skin spots, facial blemishes and other skin related problems.

The gum is dissolved in cow’s milk and used to treat rheumatic pains.

Chironji leaves act as a tonic, relieve fatigue and tiredness and have cardiotonic properties as well. The leaf powder is used to treat wounds.

A face pack made with the seeds and milk brings a glow to the face.

Charoli seeds are cooling and are used to remove burning sensation from the body.

The seeds also act as a tonic to the brain and are useful in many genito-urinary problems like gleet etc.

Like almonds chirongi nuts have been credited with the power to sharpen concentration improve eyesight and provide strength and vigor

Availability: They are supposedly mostly grows in East India and neighboring Burma. But these can be found in well stocked Indian grocery stores in the US where I got mine.

How to Store: They keep well for up to six months in dry air tight containers.

Ref. http://hubpages.com/hub/Charoli-Or-Chironji-The-Indian-Medicinal-Plant-Its-Health-Benefits-Nutrients-Uses-And-More

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Mango Yogurt

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Hi friends! Start off your day right with nutritious breakfasts made from 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 offers an ideal blend of protein and carbohydrates as part of a healthy breakfast. No Flame Cooking!

Recipe Cook Time: 6-7 minutes

Recipe Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet, ripe, firm Mangoes
  • 1/2 kg fresh curd / yogurt
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp Sliced / slivered Almonds (soaked overnight)*
  • 1/2 tbsp Chironji/ Charoli/ charonji
  • 1 tsp Green cardamom powder

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 Mangoes, cut into small cubes and fold into the whisked curd. Add almonds, cardamom powder.

Step 3.

Serve chill.

Note :

* Almonds soaked overnight :Almonds are known for their immense health benefits, and one of the most well-known one is the fact that they help your memory. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, zinc, calcium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids, almonds can do a world of good when it comes to your health. But in order to absorb all those nutrients, the almonds you eat, should be soaked in water overnight. This is because their brown, rough skin contains a certain enzyme inhibitor that is meant to protect the seed until it has the perfect conditions for germination. Our body cannot breakdown this enzyme-inhabiting compound, not only making the digestion of almonds difficult, but also restricting your body from absorbing its nutrients. Apart from that, soaking almonds also softens the seed, making it easy to chew and therefore digest.

Ref. Soaked Almonds: http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-soaked-almonds-for-skin-hair-and-health/

*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 Mango fruit:

  • Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, andpoly-phenolic flavonoidantioxidant compounds.
  • According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect from colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Several trial studies suggest thatpolyphenolic antioxidant compounds in mango are known to offer protection against breast and colon cancers.
  • Mango fruit is an excellent source ofVitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and β-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 IU or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin-A. Together; these compounds have been known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin-A also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Fresh mango is a good source of potassium. 100 g fruit provides 156 mg of potassium while just 2 mg of sodium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • It is also an excellent source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Consumption of foods rich invitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxinerequired for GABA hormone production within the brain. It also controls homocysteine levels within the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in coronary artery disease (CAD), and stroke.
  • Further, it composes moderate amounts ofcopper. Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper also required for the production of red blood cells.
  • Additionally,mango peel is also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.

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

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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/

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  • 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.
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