Green Garlic Chutney

Green Garlic chutneyGreen Garlic Chutney /Sauce

What is Green garlic ?

Green garlic is younger garlic that is collected prior to the cloves have started to mature. The resulting veggie looks like a scallion, having a deep green stalk along with a pale white bulb. It may regularly be observed on the market in a farmers’ market early in the year, and may be also cultivated in your own home fairly effortlessly. Several big food markets usually do not stock green garlic, even though growing consumer demand may possibly alter this. It may also generally be special ordered by way of a greengrocer.

  Hi friends ! A rare combination of coriander and fresh green garlic makes the Coriander Green Garlic Chutney flavorful, colorful and healthy! Green garlic, though seasonal, is definitely a worthy addition to this chutney as it multiplies the health benefits of garlic. Make this low-calorie chutney a little in advance and refrigerate, for a refreshing touch.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Cilantro /coriander finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh green garlic / hara lehsun chopped, green leaves and white bulb
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp roasted chana dal
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2cup water

Method :

Step 1.

Wash cilantro / coriander  leaves well and finely chop and keep aside.

Step2.

Wash, clean green garlic well and finely chop and keep aside.

Step3.

In a blender take chopped cilantro /coriander leaves, green chilies , salt with 1/2 cup of water and blend the ingredients to a smooth paste.

Step 4.

Transfer the chutney / sauce into a jar add the lemon juice, mix it well .Use as required as accompaniment with appetizers, snacks or main courses.

Green Garlic is well known as a natural health remedy that has long been used to treat various ailments. It is extremely easy to source in most countries and can be consumed cooked or fresh. It is most easily included in your food or can be eaten on its own.

Listed below are some benefits of Green garlic :

1. Boosts immune system:

This really is one of the leading health advantages of green garlic. It includes allicin, a sulphur compound which is accountable for the stinky odor of garlic. This particular sulphur substance increases up the defense mechanisms.

2. Antibiotic:

Green garlic has got anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory qualities which safeguards against infections.

3. Rich in iron:

Individuals with reduced blood count or even anemia must have this particular spring veggie since it is an abundant method of obtaining iron. Green in addition to matured garlic consists of protein ferroportin which carries stored iron from inside the cell to outside the cell. Elevated iron levels within the body increases blood count.

4. Good for heart:

We all know that garlic is really a heart friendly component. However, green garlic also includes polysulfide which safeguards the heart from illnesses. The spring veggie also advantages the health since it consists of manganese. This mineral keeps great cholesterol levels (HDL) within the body. The more manganese is there within the body, the more quantity of HDL will probably be present to encourage a normal heart.

5. Fights gastro-intestinal infections:

Aside from combating cold and cough, green garlic is additionally great at treating gastro-intestinal microbe infections.

Ref.http://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-green-garlic/

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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.
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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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Paneer Tikkis/cheese Cutlets

Vrat ki tikki 1Paneer Tikkis/ Cottage cheese cutlets

Cottage cheese provides many health benefits, including a high protein content, as well as significant calcium, phosphorus, and potassium contents, and it can be used for weight management.

 

Hi friends! here is a recipe for your Navratri fast that can never go wrong! You can simply enjoy these tikkis as snacks any other time of the year too. These Paneer tikkis can be prepared instantly and easily for the navratri Vrat. Delicious to eat and simple to make.

Navratri Fast

Navratri literal meaning is ‘nine nights’ and during these nine days the celebration of Durga Puja in India. Nine different incarnations of the Goddess Shakti, Adi Shakti, or the original creator, observer and destroyer of the universe, are worshipped during these nine days. The festival is part of the Hindu tradition and different regions in the country follow different rituals to perform puja on this auspicious occasion. In Eastern India, the last five days of Navratri the Goddess Shakti is worshipped in the form of Durga, in the Northern and Western parts of India people worship nine different incarnations of the Adi Shakti. People Observe fasts during this sacred period, as it is a popular belief that the Goddess fulfill the wishes of their devotees. Fasting has always been part of Indian festivities. Science has attested to the health benefits of fasting.

Ingredients:

  • 150 gms Paneer / cottage cheese
  • 2 medium size boiled Potatoes / 2 t cups mashed or grated boiled potatoes
  • 2 tbsp, Buck wheat flour / kuttu ka atta
  • 10 Cashew nuts, lightly roasted, coarsely powdered
  • 1 Green chili , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Salt/ or as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro/ fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Ghee /Oil – for frying

Method :

Step 1.

Cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker with two cups of water. The moment pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame for 5 minutes, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker to room temperature, open the lid take out the potatoes, peel and mash the potatoes. keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl grate paneer/ cottage cheese. Add mashed potatoes, salt, finely cut green chilies, finely grated ginger, cashew nuts, Buck wheat flour / Kuttu ka atta. Mix everything really well and make a soft dough.

Step 3.

Divide the mixture into eight equal parts. Roll each part of the mixture into round shape and pat each round in an oval.

Step 4.

Preheat three tbsp ghee /oil in a wok / non stick frying pan for frying Tikkis. Place Tikkis in hot ghee /oil for frying. Place 3 to 4 tikkis in the hot ghee /oil and fry until they turn golden brown in color from all sides.

Step 5.

Take out fried Tikkis on a paper kitchen towel lined plate. Similarly fry all the Tikkis.

Step 6.

Serve hot with Vrat wali chutney of coriander/ cilantro.

Nutrients in Cheese

Cheese is produced throughout the world; it is an ancient food with origins that predate recorded history. It is a dairy product made from pressed milk curds. Different varieties are made from unripened (fresh) cheese or ripened (aged) cheese.

Cheese is a delicious and nutritious food that is very versatile. You can add it to other dishes or eat it by itself. It’s convenient and portable. There are more than 300 varieties of cheese—including American, Cheddar, Mozzarella and Colby—many of which are available in various flavors, forms (chunks, slices, cubes, shredded, grated, crumbled, sticks, spreads) and packages to meet consumers’ needs.

Health Benefits Of Cottage Cheese:

The health benefits of cottage cheese include weight loss, a good supply of protein, B complex vitamins and healthy fats, and a reduced risk of breast cancer. Cottage cheese is also a good source of various minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium which all play vital roles in many of the body functions.

Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer: The calcium and vitamin D found in dairy products, especially in cottage cheese, reduces the risk of breast cancer. Research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health by Shin et al. found that in case of premenopausal women, the level of calcium and vitamin D actually helped in reducing the risk of breast cancer. This particular study was conducted over a period of 16 years.

Rich in Protein: One of the biggest benefits of cottage cheese is the high amount of casein protein found in it. It is believed that cow’s milk contains the highest amount of casein protein among various milks. The amount of protein contained in cottage cheese is ideal for vegetarians in supplying them with the required amount of daily protein. Cottage cheese does not require any amount of cooking and it can be consumed directly.

Best Foods for Pregnant Women: Cottage cheese is recommended for pregnant women along with athletes due to various essential nutrients found in it. For example, pregnant women need calcium and cottage cheese is a very good source for it. Cottage cheese also contains phosphorus, which is an important element found in bones that is also recommended during pregnancy.

Rich Source of B-Complex Vitamins: B-complex vitamins found in cottage cheese are helpful in various metabolic activities in our bodies. Some of them include vitamin B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin, and folate.

-Vitamin B12 is needed for proper brain functioning and helps in absorbing iron.

-Riboflavin helps in converting carbohydrates into energy.

-Pantothenic Acid acts as a synthesizer that helps in forming proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids in our body.

-Thiamin helps in converting sugars into energy in the pyruvate dehydrogenase system.

-Niacin, on the other hand plays an important role in digestion, energy production, and cholesterol reduction.

-Folate helps in fetal development in pregnant women, helps in producing red blood cells and keeps the heart healthy.

Strengthens Bones: Calcium is one of the major elements associated with milk and their products. Some of the benefits of calcium-rich foods include bone strengthening and weight loss. The amount of calcium in cottage cheese is 8% of the daily recommended value. Calcium, found in milk and milk products such as curd or cottage cheese, helps in building strong bones throughout childhood and adulthood. Eating calcium-rich foods during pregnancy and later years is helpful, especially in osteoporosis and colon cancer. It also helps the nervous system in sending nerve impulse and controls weight gain and heart disease. These are just a few of the benefits of eating calcium-rich foods like cottage cheese.

Heart-Friendly and Maintains Blood Sugar Levels: Cottage cheese is a good source of magnesium. In the human body, most of the magnesium is concentrated in our bones. Magnesium also acts as a catalyst, promotes biochemical reactions, activates various enzymes in the body, maintains muscle and nerve functioning, and supports the immune system. It helps in maintaining blood sugar levels and prevents heart attacks, constipation, psychiatric disorders, migraine, and collagen.

Prevents Strokes and Controls Anxiety: Apart from other nutrients, cottage cheese contains potassium. Potassium acts as a fluid-balancing element in the body and is an important component in neural activities of the muscle and brain. It also relieves muscle cramps. Intake of potassium on a regular basis prevents the risk of getting brain stroke, since it lowers blood pressure and the contraction of vessels. It is also helpful in decreasing stress levels and anxiety. Potassium, along with sodium, act as electrolytes, but potassium does not have the side effects of sodium such as increased blood pressure and cardiovascular stress.

Improves Biological Functions: Zinc found in cottage cheese is about 4% of the daily recommended value.  In the human body, it is found in the brain, muscles, bones, kidneys, liver, prostate, and eyes. It helps in the metabolism of DNA and RNA.  Zinc is one of the trace elements whose presence in our body helps in improving the immune system, digestion, diabetes control, fights stress and anxiety, cures night blindness, improves ocular health, prevents appetite loss, prevents prostate disorder, fights various infections and also acts as an antioxidant.

Improves Digestion: Cottage cheese contains phosphorous, which plays a major role in the formation of DNA and RNA. It is a major component in forming bones along with calcium. Phosphates also help in digestion, excretion, and in the production and extraction of energy in the cells.

Antioxidant Properties: Selenium is a trace element found in cottage cheese. It is required in very small quantities, not more than 50 mcg to 70 mcg in adults. Selenium is useful as an antioxidant that protects cells and DNA from damage. It is also believed that an optimum intake of selenium-rich foods reduces the risk of prostate cancer. New study suggests that a diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer.

A Few Things to Consider:

There are certain risks involved in eating cheese, both of the cottage and grocery varieties. Some of these are particular risks for those people suffering from diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure).

Higher Levels of Sodium: Salt is a major ingredient used at various stages of cheese and yogurt preparation. As per the research conducted by Demott, Hitchcock, and Sanders at the University of Tennessee, an average of 3.7 mg/g to 4.5 mg/g of sodium chloride is found in various dairy preparations, including cheese. The findings are almost double the federal government’s approved salt content level (2.7 mg/g).

Bacterial Contamination: One may experience bacterial contamination by eating cottage cheese or any other dairy product, if the milk has not been pasteurized properly. One of the most common diseases that is associated with unpasteurized milk, improperly cooked meat, poultry, and fish is listeriosis, which is caused by Listeria monocytogenes. This bacteria is particularly known to be risky for pregnant women and their developing fetus.

Cholesterol Levels in Cottage Cheese: The level of cholesterol in cottage cheese depends upon the type of milk used for preparing it. If whole milk is used for cheese preparation, the cholesterol content would be as high (33 mg per 1cup) as compared to low fat milk (10 mg per 1 cup) or no fat milk (4 mg per 1 cup). So, if you are health conscious, use low fat versions of cottage cheese to avoid extra fat intake and excessive cholesterol.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-cottage-cheese.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.

Moong Dosa /Pesarattu

Dosa MoongMoong Dosa /Pesarattu

Prep time: Soaking overnight

Cook time: 5-6 minutes

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Indian, Andhra Pradesh

Serves: 4

Makes: 6-8 Dosas

Hi friends! Here is one more recipe for healthy breakfast. Dosa is one of the most popular Indian breakfast. There are many varieties of Dosas . Dosa is like a pancake. This recipe of Moong Dosa or Pesarattu is a healthy and delicious breakfast recipe of Andhra Pradesh. It can be served with Upma.

Ingredients:       

  • Cup Moong sabut / Green gram whole/ pesalu
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/8 tsp Asafetida / hing
  • 1 tsp cumin seed / jeera
  • 1 tbsp cilantro / coriander
  • 1/2 cup olive oil / or any other cooking oil for frying dosas

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Moong sabut / Green gram whole well. Soak the Moong sabut / Green gram whole overnight in 500 ml water.

Step 2.

Grind the soaked and drained Moong sabut / Green gram whole , asafetida, green chili, ginger, coriander leaves, salt with some water into a thick smooth paste. Remove the batter in a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Add the rice flour to the batter and mix well.

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.

Sprinkle some of the finely chopped onions, green chilies and coriander leaves. Drizzle oil at the sides and in the center. When the batter begins to dry a bit, gently pour one tsp of oil over and around it again. Wait for about 20-30 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. Flip it over again and add a big spoonful of mixed vegetable upma in the center of the dosa /pesarattu, fold it once with the help of spatula and remove from non-stick tava / griddle, slide it gently on a plate.

Step 8.

Sprinkle some water on the non-stick tava / griddle, and repeat this process for making the remaining dosas /pesarattus. This batter gives approx 6-8 Dosas /pesarattus.
Step 9.

Serve hot. Coconut / cilantro/ coriander chutney is an excellent accompaniment to this dosa .

Dosa, Dos and Don’ts for best results:

Do use a moderately hot griddle/ tava for dosas
Do use a grinder / blender for the batter
Do place the batter in 70-80 degrees F for fermentation
Don’t start making dosas using chilled batter
Don’t make dosas on an unseasoned griddle/ tava
Don’t use poor quality rice and dal
Health benefits of Green Gram or Moong whole /sabut:

Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More

Here is a super food I really love and enjoy not only because it keeps me full but it also helps me lose weight. It has many properties that are beneficial for us especially when we are starving ourselves in the name of being on diet.

Yes, I am taking about the good old Green Gram or Green Moong. We can have it in many forms. We can soak it and make a healthy dal to have with roties or brown rice, we can sprout it and make a healthy salad from it. There is also one interesting way that I doubt most are not aware of; we can dry roast the dal and dry grind it into flour to make some healthy and tasty roties/ parathas or wet grind it to make healthy versions of dosa, idli or uttapa.

Now here are some reasons why you should give so much thought to Green Moong:

  1. It’s loaded with Goodies: It is rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and also in many minerals including iron, calcium, and potassium. Not to forget it is a powerful source of vegetarian protein.
  2. It good to Shed Some Unwanted Weight: It is considered a healthy weight loss food as it is a low fat food rich in proteins and fibre. It curbs cravings and keep us full for a long time. It detoxifies the body and benefits the metabolism as well as immune system.
  3. It’s good for the Heart: It helps to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system. Regular intake of Green Moong reduces bad cholesterol and improves the flexibility of arteries and veins. It also regulates the blood pressure.
  4. Keeps a check on the Blood Sugar Level: Green Moong is full of complex carbohydrates in form of high fibre, which aids digestion. Complex carbs also stabilizes blood sugar and controls its sudden rise after meal, while keeping body’s energy at a balanced level. Green Moong can be highly beneficial for people having a high blood sugar level.
  5. It’s Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial and Anti-Cancer: Green Moong contains Vitamin B-1, Vitamin C and Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine). Regular consumption of diets rich in Vitamin-B6 help you develop resistance against contagious agents that cause diseases. As per Ancient Chinese medicine it also contains anti-cancer properties.

It’s Amazing for Skin:

Moong bean dry grinded powder serves as an effective facial scrub or face mask. It makes skin smooth and youthful while minimising skin problems like acne, spots, tan or wrinkles. It is mild enough to be used as a daily face cleansing agent. For dry skin add milk or cream or honey to it. For oily skin add rose water or tap water to make a paste. Apply a thin layer and wash off when it dries. You can add a pinch of turmeric powder for a natural glow.

Ref. http://www.thevibrantwriter.com/green-gram-or-green-moong-a-superfood-for-weight-loss-and-much-more/

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.

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

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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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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Poha dosa or attukula Attu

Andhra Dosa Poha dosa or attukula Attu

Hi friends ! this Dosa recipe is an Andhra Pradesh specialty and is known as Attukula Attu or Poha Dosa. It is an amazingly soft, spongy, porous dosa. Is fluffy inside and crisp on the edges and makes a delicious week end breakfast. It can be served with tomato chutney and sambar like any other South Indian dosa.

Prep time : Soaking over night + 15 minutes

Cook time : 30 minutes

Cuisine : Indian , Andhra Pradesh

Course : Breakfast

Serves: 12 dosas

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups rice sona masoori (variety of rice) gives good results
  • 1/2 cup poha/ Flattened rice /also called beaten rice
  • 1 1/2 cup sour curd whisked with 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • oil for frying the dosa

Method:

Step 1.

wash the rice and poha / Flattened rice /beaten rice in a bowl. Soak the rice, Fenugreek seeds and poha in the buttermilk mixture over night.

Step 2.

Grind to a smooth batter along with the soaked in buttermilk. Add soda ,salt and mix well. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.

Step 3.

Heat a non stick tava or griddle take a ladle of batter and spread the batter and make a ¼ inch thick dosa.

Step 4.

Drizzle oil on the dosa and around the edges. Cover the dosa with a lid and cook on medium flame for 1-2 minutes till the base is cooked and crisp and the top is soft and spongy. Flip and cook the other side.

Step 5.

Serve poha dosa hot with Tomato /coconut chutney and pumpkin sambar.

 

Andhra Pradesh cuisine is a cuisine of South India native to the Telugu people from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is also the cuisine of the Telugu-speaking population of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with slight variations due to local influences. Generally known for its tangy, hot and spicy taste, the cooking is very diverse due to the vast spread of the people and varied topological regions.

All three regions — Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana — have distinctive cuisines, where in semi-arid Telangana state region millet-based breads (roti) is predominant staple food, while rice is predominant in irrigated Andhra and Rayalaseema regions and ragi is popular in Rayalaseema regions which is predominantly semi-arid. Many of the curries (known as koora), snacks and sweets vary in the method of preparation and differ in name, too.

The state is the leading producer of red chili, rice and millets in India influences the liberal use of spices — making the food one of the richest and spiciest in the world. Vegetarian as well as meat and seafood (coastal areas) feature prominently on the menus. Dal (lentils), tomato and tamarind are largely used for cooking curries. Spicy and hot varieties of pickles form an important part of Telugu cuisine.

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

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Matar/Green peas Samosas

Samosa Matarwala G

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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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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Chana dal Dosa / Bengal gram dal dosa

Chana dal dosa 1

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.

Ref. http://www.mywellnessmart.com/products/121

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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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Masala Potatoes

Baby Potatoes 1  Masala Potatoes

Hi friends! A different snack! It is a quick and easy to cook  recipe made with small baby potatoes. Cooked in few mild spices and can be served as a Appetizer / starter/ snack dish for dinners and lunches. These potatoes are extremely delicious to serve as evening snack.

Preparation time:15 minutes

Cooking time: 6-7 minutes

Course: Snack / Appetizer

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Potatoes Small,baby potatoes
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil for frying (or any other cooking medium)
  •  1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp chaat masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder, or / as per your taste
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander/ cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the potatoes nicely, put in the pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp of salt. On high flame when pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 5 minutes switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, open the lid and take out the potatoes, peel the potatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a wok / kadahi heat oil on medium flame, add cumin seed, when cumin seeds start crackling add coriander powder, red chili powder fry for few seconds add baby potatoes, salt and chaat masala.Mix well, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes stirring the potatoes intermittently (baby potatoes should be well coated with the spices.

Step 4.

Remove in a serving dish and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves toss well and serve hot as a tea-time snack!

Note: While I have used baby potatoes for this recipe, if not available, you can use any sized potatoes. Just cut them into suitable bite size pieces.In-case chaat masala is not available you can use same quantity of dry mango powder/ Aamchoor.

Health benefits of the potatoes:

Yet far from being the devil’s food, a cooked new potato has only 26 calories and is packed with nutrients. A key to lasting weight loss is eating foods that make you feel full for longer.’You should eat complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, rather than simple carbohydrates like sugar or biscuits which give a short energy boost followed by hunger pangs,’ she says. ‘In this way, potatoes can help you reduce binge-eating.’

Nutritious: Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. As a rich carbohydrate source, they help to fuel all reactions in the body which you need for movement, thinking, digestion and cellular renewal.

Vitamin Booster:

Potatoes were eaten by 19th Century English and Spanish sailors to fend off scurvy. Surprisingly rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C, a medium potato (150g) with the skin provides 27mg, almost half of the recommended daily intake. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Potatoes are underground tubers, meaning that they store all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants in spring. Rather than being bland and starchy, they’re actually full of nutrients.

Super food: One new potato contains just 26 calories

BLOOD PRESSURE

Potatoes have kukoamines. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a plant, Lycium chinense – which also contains kukoamines – as a tea to lower blood pressure. A few good servings of potatoes a day would have some blood-pressure lowering activity.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Potatoes have flavonoids, which help protect against cardiovascular-disease by lowering levels of bad LDL-cholesterol and keeping arteries fat-free. The B vitamins in potatoes also protect arteries. Vitamin B6, found in potatoes, reduces levels of a molecule called homocysteine which is involved in inflammation and the furring up of arteries. High homocysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

GUT HEALTH

A single baked potato will provide nearly 12 per cent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, giving similar levels to whole grain breads, pastas and cereals. High levels of dietary fibre and ‘bulking agents’ support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer.

 

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Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a substance needed for cellular renewal, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood. Just  100g of baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. It is used to make neurotransmitters –substances that deliver messages from one cell to the next. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are needed for the regulation of mood and Vitamin B6 is needed to make them. It is also used to make adrenaline, hormones that help us respond to stress, and GABA, a substance linked to relaxation and a feeling of well being.

 

DON’T PASS ON THE POTATOES

Cut out the extra fat and deep frying, and a typical baked potato suddenly becomes a healthy high-fibre food. Packed with vitamins: Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition.

Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition. As Vitamin C leaches into water, bake your potatoes if you want to get the most of this vitamin.

Chips that have been cooked in deep-fried oil will be soaked in artery-clogging fat and packed full of unhealthy calories. Instead, eat oven-baked chips, which are virtually fat free.

Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1206765/Why-potatoes-suprising-health-benefit-key-lasting-weight-loss.html

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Matara/Dried White peas

Matar white peas

White peas dried / sukha matar/ Matra- No onions no garlic recipe! Light and delicious matra served with warm kulchas is replicated at home!Matar kulcha is one of the popular street food of Delhi.

Cook time: 25 minutes

Course: snacks / brunch

Cuisine: Indian / North Indian

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

for the matar/white peas curry:

  • 1 cup, white peas dried / sukha matar
  • 2 cups water, for pressure cooking the peas
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds powder, roasted and powdered

Masala chutney:

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp of asafetida/hing
  • 1 black cardamom, seeds only
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 1/2 tsp black salt/kala namak
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1small lemon size tamarind, seedless
  • ¼ cup water for grinding

For garnishing:

  • 1 onion, medium size, finely chopped (Optional, do not use if no onion cooking required)
  • 1 tomato ,medium sized, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1 lemon, small, cut in to small cubes
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves , finely chopped

Method:

cooking the peas:

Step 1.

Clean, wash and soak the matar / dried white peas overnight.

Step 2.

Put soaked matar / dried white peas in the pressure cooker with 4 cups of water on high flame, the moment pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame for fifteen minutes.

Step 3.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, open the lid and take out the cooked peas in a bowl and keep aside.

preparing Masala chutney:

Step 3.

Grind all the ingredients, cumin seeds, fennel seeds/saunf, fresh mint leaves, of asafetida/hing, cardamom, seeds , dry mango powder/amchur powder, red chili, black salt / kala namak, black pepper powder, and tamarind with water to a smooth paste. keep aside.

preparing white peas curry:

Step 4.

In a pan, heat oil. On a high flame, add the cumin seeds, when it starts crackling remove the pan from stove.

Step 5.

Add the dry spices like chaat masala, roasted cumin powder, amchur powder and red chili powder. Stir and add the cooked matar to these masalas. Place the pan on the stove and heat the matar for 5 minutes, add the prepared masala chutney and mix well. Cook the matar or peas curry till masala is well blended, for about 2 minutes.

Step 6.

Serve hot the matar garnished with coriander leaves,onions, tomato, ginger and chilies squeeze some lemon juice on top and mix lightly with Kulcha.

Dried Peas Health Benefits :

Although dried peas belong to the same family of beans and legumes, they are classified in a separate group due to the preparation. The fully matured pea pods are dried to get dried peas. It is harder and starchier than that of fresh peas and can be readily used when fresh peas are not available. Dried peas are available in yellow, green, and red colors. Health benefits of dried peas are numerous due to their nutritional value.

Dried peas benefits are numerous owing to the presence of essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

They are packed with dietary fiber and are a good source of nutrients such as proteins, molybdenum, thiamin, folate, potassium, and phosphorus.  Half a cup of cooked dried peas provides:

  • 144 calories
  • 26 g carbohydrates
  • 10 g proteins
  • 10 g dietary fiber
  • 1 g fat
  • 2 mg sodium
  • 0 mg cholesterol
Some of the health benefits are as follows:
  • Since dried peas have high fiber content, they have a cholesterol lowering effect.
  • People with diabetes, hypoglycemia, or insulin resistance problems suffer from irregular glucose metabolism. Dried peas helps to maintain blood sugar levels as it slows down the burning process, thereby providing steady amounts of glucose to the blood.
  • A cup of dried peas provide 65.1% of the daily value of fiber, and the fiber helps to relieve constipation and prevent gastrointestinal disorders.
  • The isoflavones present in dried peas prevents health conditions like prostate and breast cancer.
  • Dried peas are good sources of iron and by eating a quarter cup of peas daily, one can meet 8% of his/her daily iron needs.
  • Other dried peas benefits include the lowering risk of heart disease. The ingredients folate and magnesium present in dried peas help to maintain the level of homocysteine and help to avert heart diseases.
  • Dried peas are rich in magnesium and potassium. The former helps to improve blood flow, and the latter helps to maintain blood pressure, thus lowering the chance of plaque buildup in blood vessels.
  • Sulfites that are commonly used in salads and processed foods cause headache and disorientation. Molybdenum present in dried peas play a vital role in detoxification of sulfites. One can obtain 196% of the daily value of molybdenum by consuming a cup of cooked dried peas.
  • Dried peas are also great protein snack with fiber that helps with weight loss. They will curb hunger pangs by keeping the blood sugar levels under control.

 

Ref. http://www.diethealthclub.com/therapeutic-value-of-different-foods/beans-and-legumes/dried-peas.html

 

 

Brinjal Pakodas

Brinjal Pakoda

Brinjal /baingan / eggplant – pakodas /Fritters

Hi friends! A mouth watering pakodas/ fritters. Crispy on top and soft and delicious inside any time snack!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Makes : 8-10 pakodas

Level : Easy

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Ingredients:

For Marinating:

  • 1round brinjal /baingan / eggplant , cut into thin round slices
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder, for marinating
  • 1/4 salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

    For The Batter:
  • 1 1/2 cup besan/bengal gram flour/ chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds /ajwain
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • oil for deep frying
  • Coriander / mint chutney for serving

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and cut thin round slices of the brinjal /baingan / eggplant. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Marinate the brinjal /baingan / eggplant slices , both side with the salt, chili powder and turmeric mixture and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Step 3.

In a bowl mix besan/bengal gram flour/ chickpea flour, Rice flour, ajwain /carom seed, coriander powder, baking soda, red chili powder, salt. Gradually add water to prepare a thick batter.

Step 4.

On medium flame,  heat in a wok / kadahi or / pan enough oil to fry the sliced brinjal /baingan / eggplant .

Step 5.

When oil gets heated up dip and coat the marinated brinjal /baingan / eggplant slices with batter and deep fry in hot oil till it turns golden brown from all the sides.

Step 6.

Drain the pakodas on an absorbent kitchen towel, to drain the excessive oil and serve hot with coriander / mint chutney.

 Health benefits of Eggplant (aubergine):

  • Eggplant is very low in calories and fats but rich in soluble fiber content. 100 g provides just 24 calories but contributes about 9% of RDA (recommended daily allowance) of fiber.
  • Research studies conducted at the Institute of Biology of São Paulo State University; Brazil suggested that eggplant is effective to control high blood cholesterol.
  • The peel or skin (deep blue/purple varieties) of aubergine has significant amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins. Scientific studies have shown that these anti-oxidants have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
  • Total antioxidant strength measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of aubergines is 993 µmol TE/100 g. At value 15; they are one of the low glycemic index (GI) vegetables.
  • It contains good amounts of many essential B-complex groups of vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish and required for fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Further, this vegetable is an also good source of minerals like manganese, copper, iron and potassium. Manganese is used as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Potassium is an important intracellular electrolyte that helps counter pressing (hypertension) effects of sodium.

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

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Broccoli Kebabs

Broccoli Kebabs 1Broccoli Kebabs

The health benefits of broccoli are very extensive. Not only is the vegetable loaded with essential nutrients, it also has therapeutic properties.

Hi Friends! My recipe of this appetizer is sure to start your meal on a healthy and delicious note!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Course: Appetizers, snack

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Broccoli, cut into florets,washed
  • 1/2 cup green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli, washed
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Chickpea Flour / Besan
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds, roasted and Powdered
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp or to taste Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Almonds powdered
  • 3 tbsp Gingili / sesame seeds

Method:

Step 1.

Take the broccoli and green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli in a pressure cooker add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp salt. Place the cooker on the high flame, as soon as pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker, open and take out the broccoli, green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli, in a strainer and keep aside.

Step 2.

Mash Broccoli and cooked moong dal well.

Step 3.
In a separate bowl, combine Chickpea Flour, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Dry Mango Powder, Salt, Coriander Powder and Red Chili Powder, broccoli moong dal mashed and almond powder mix well.

Step 4.
Add lemon juice and mix again. Shape into medium size rounds and pat them flat with your palm.

Step 5.

Roll the kebabs in sesame seeds /gingili seeds . Deep fry the sesame seeds /gingili seeds -studded kebabs on low to medium flame till golden brown .

Step 6.

Serve hot Broccoli kebabs with fresh coriander / mint chutney.

Note:

sesame seeds:  

1    a tropical herbaceous plant, Sesamum indicum, of the East Indies, cultivated, esp. in India, for its small oval seeds: family Pedaliaceae

2    the seeds of this plant, used in flavouring bread and yielding an edible oil (benne oil or gingili),   (Also called)    benne, gingili, til         
(C15: from Latin sesamum, from Greek sesamon, sesame, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic simsim)

Health benefits of Broccoli:

Over recent years researchers all over the world have identified a wide range of therapeutic properties associated with broccoli. So, apart from being a nutritional powerhouse, what other health benefits does broccoli provide?

Research reveals that broccoli can:

Prevent osteoarthritis – a British study revealed that broccoli contains a compound called sulfophane which may help fight osteoarthritis – sulforaphane can block cartilage-destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation.

Protect your skin against the effects of UV light – broccoli may help prevent skin cancer, not by eating it though, but by applying it directly to the skin.

Reverse diabetes heart damage – eating broccoli promotes the production of enzymes that help protect heart blood vessels5 and reduce the molecules that damage them.

Reduce cancer risk – eat broccoli just three times each month and you could potentially reduce the chance of developing bladder cancer by around 40 percent, according to experts at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, USA.

Broccoli plant compound detoxifies air pollutants in the body – research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, suggests new benefits of eating broccoli.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266765.php

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Crispy Potato Rolls

Potato rolls NG

Hi friends! An easy to make and tasty appetizer for Potato lovers! Use Air frier as a healthier option for cooking it.

Serves: 4
Style:
Indian Vegetarian

Ingredients:

  • 4 potatoes, medium size
  • 6 slice bread, multigrain
  • 1tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 2  green chilies, finely chopped
  • 2  tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp Dry mango powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1  tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Put the washed potatoes in a pressure cooker with two cups of water and close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove. When pressure cooker is cooled to room temperature, open the lid and take out the boiled potatoes.

Step 2.

Peel and mash the potatoes in a mixing bowl keep aside.

Step 3.

Take a bowl with water to wet the bread. Dip the bread slices one by one and dampen them with water, place the slices between your palms and press, squeezing out the excess water from the bread slices and mash them well.

Step 4.

 Now in the mixing bowl take mashed potatoes, mashed bread slices, green chilies, chopped coriander leaves, salt, cumin powder, red chili powder, dry mango powder, grated ginger and mix very well.

Step 5.

Take twenty four equal portions of the mix and make a roll with each portion and keep aside.

Step 6.

In a plate sprinkle sesame seeds, take each roll and roll over the sesame seeds in a way that each roll is well quoted with the sesame seeds. Keep aside.

Step 7.

Heat the oil for deep frying on high flame. Drop in the rolls slowly. Reduce the heat and fry on medium flame stirring frequently till the rolls are crisp and golden brown in color. Drain on a kitchen paper towel.

Step 8.

Serve hot with green coriander Chutney or tomato ketchup.

Health benefits of the potatoes:

Yet far from being the devil’s food, a cooked new potato has only 26 calories and is packed with nutrients. A key to lasting weight loss is eating foods that make you feel full for longer.’You should eat complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, rather than simple carbohydrates like sugar or biscuits which give a short energy boost followed by hunger pangs,’ she says. ‘In this way, potatoes can help you reduce binge-eating.’

Nutritious: Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. As a rich carbohydrate source, they help to fuel all reactions in the body which you need for movement, thinking, digestion and cellular renewal.

Vitamin Booster:

Potatoes were eaten by 19th Century English and Spanish sailors to fend off scurvy. Surprisingly rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C, a medium potato (150g) with the skin provides 27mg, almost half of the recommended daily intake. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Potatoes are underground tubers, meaning that they store all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants in spring. Rather than being bland and starchy, they’re actually full of nutrients.

Super food: One new potato contains just 26 calories

BLOOD PRESSURE

Potatoes have kukoamines. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a plant, Lycium chinense – which also contains kukoamines – as a tea to lower blood pressure. A few good servings of potatoes a day would have some blood-pressure lowering activity.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Potatoes have flavonoids, which help protect against cardiovascular-disease by lowering levels of bad LDL-cholesterol and keeping arteries fat-free. The B vitamins in potatoes also protect arteries. Vitamin B6, found in potatoes, reduces levels of a molecule called homocysteine which is involved in inflammation and the furring up of arteries. High homocysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

GUT HEALTH

A single baked potato will provide nearly 12 per cent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, giving similar levels to whole grain breads, pastas and cereals. High levels of dietary fibre and ‘bulking agents’ support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer.

 

STRESS

Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a substance needed for cellular renewal, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood. Just  100g of baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. It is used to make neurotransmitters –substances that deliver messages from one cell to the next. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are needed for the regulation of mood and Vitamin B6 is needed to make them. It is also used to make adrenaline, hormones that help us respond to stress, and GABA, a substance linked to relaxation and a feeling of well being.

 

Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1206765/Why-potatoes-suprising-health-benefit-key-lasting-weight-loss.html

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Curry Leaves Chutney

 Curry Leaves Chutney 3 curry leaves Chutney Curry patta

Hi friends! Chutney (also chatney or chatni) is a family of condiments associated with South Asian cuisine made from a highly variable mixture of spices, vegetables, or fruit.As with other condiments such as relish or mustard, chutneys are based on a wide range of recipes and preparation methods, they vary widely by geography, they can range from a wet to dry or coarse to fine and they can be combined with a wide variety of foods or used for dipping.The word “chutney” derives from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning to lick.

 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: Chutney

Cuisine: south Indian

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 cups fresh Curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup roasted chana dal / bengal gram dal
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt / or as required
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

Step 1.

Put finely chopped onions, roasted chana dal , Curry leaves , green chillies, salt, in a grinder and blend the ingredients to a smooth chutney. Remove the chutney into a bowl from the grinder jar.

Step 2.

Serve the curry eaves chutney with idlies, dosas,Chana dal vada or uttapams etc.

Note: Refrigerate for one or two days and use as required

Health benefits of curry leaves:

Kadi patta or curry leaves is a staple in Indian dishes.

Commonly used as seasoning, this leaf adds a special flavour to every dish. But there is more to the humble curry leaf than simply flavour. Packed with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, curry leaves help your heart function better, fights infections and can enliven your hair and skin with vitality. Here are few healthbenefits of kadi patta.

Helps keep anaemia at bay
Curry leaves are a rich source of iron and folic acid. Folic acid is mainly responsible for carrying and helping the body absorb iron, and since kadi patta is a rich source of both the compounds it is your one-stop natural remedy to beat anaemia.

Fights diabetes
Not only does kadi patta help lower the blood sugar levels, but also keeps in check for a few days after the administration of curry leaves. Curry leaves help your blood sugar levels by affecting the insulin activity of the body and reduces ones blood sugar levels. Also the type and amount of fiber contained within the leaves play a significant role in lowering blood sugar levels. So, if you suffer from diabetes, kadi patta is the best natural method to keeping your blood sugar levels in check.

Improves digestion
Curry leaves is known to help improve digestion and alter the way your body absorbs fat, thereby helping you lose weight. Since weight gain is one of the leading causes of diabetes, kadi patta treats the problem right at the root.
Lowers cholesterol
Many research shows that curry leaves have properties that can help in lowering one’s blood cholesterol levels. Packed with antioxidants, curry leaves prevent the oxidation of cholesterol that forms LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). This in turn helps in increasing the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) and protects your body from conditions like heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Prevents greying of hair
Kadi patta has always been known to help in preventing greying of the hair. It is also very effective in treating damaged hair, adding bounce to limp hair, strengthening the shaft of thin hair, hair fall and treats dandruff. The best part about this benefit is that you can either choose to eat the curry leaves to help with your hair woes or apply it to your scalp as a remedy.

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Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney NG 1Basic Coconut Chutney

Hi friends! Chutney (also chatney or chatni) is a family of condiments associated with South Asian cuisine made from a highly variable mixture of spices, vegetables, or fruit.As with other condiments such as relish or mustard, chutneys are based on a wide range of recipes and preparation methods, they vary widely by geography, they can range from a wet to dry or coarse to fine and they can be combined with a wide variety of foods or used for dipping.The word “chutney” derives from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning to lick.

 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: Chutney

Cuisine: south Indian

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 cups grated fresh coconut
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal / bengal gram dal
  • 1/2 cup fresh Curry leaves
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or as required

Instructions:

Step 1.

Put fresh coconut, roasted chana dal , Curry leaves , green chillies, salt, in a grinder and blend the ingredients to a smooth chutney. Remove the chutney into a bowl from the grinder jar.

Step 2.

Serve the coconut chutney with idlies, dosas,Chana dal vada or uttapams etc.

Note: Refrigerate for one or two days and use as required

Health Benefits of Coconuts:

  • Lower cholesterol
    • Improve digestion
    • Ward off wrinkles
    • Stabilize glucose levels
    • Fight off viruses
    • Build cells
    • Regulate hormones
    • Increase thyroid production
    • Lose weight
    • Increase metabolism
    • Fight infections
    • Stave off memory loss
    • Kill bacteria
    • And more!

Ref. http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/coconut-health-benefits/

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Coconut Chutney

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Chutney (also chatney or chatni) is a family of condiments associated with South Asian cuisine made from a highly variable mixture of spices, vegetables, or fruit.As with other condiments such as relish or mustard, chutneys are based on a wide range of recipes and preparation methods, they vary widely by geography, they can range from a wet to dry or coarse to fine and they can be combined with a wide variety of foods or used for dipping.The word “chutney” derives from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning to lick.

(Coconut curry leaves Chutney)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: Chutney

Cuisine: south Indian

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 cups grated fresh coconut
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal / bengal gram dal
  • 1/2 cup fresh Curry leaves
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or as required

Instructions:

Step 1.

Put fresh coconut, roasted chana dal , Curry leaves , green chillies, salt, in a grinder and blend the ingredients to a smooth chutney. Remove the chutney into a bowl from the grinder jar.

Step 2.

Serve the coconut chutney with idlies, dosas,Chana dal vada or uttapams etc.

Note: Refrigerate for one or two days and use as required

Coriander-Garlic Chutney

Coriander chutney

Coriander garlic chutney

Hi friends! A wonderful combination of coriander and pungent garlic, made into a chutney . The tamarind adds a pleasant tang to the Coriander Garlic Chutney, served as a dip or bread spread.

Total time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: sides

Making time: 2 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup tightly packed, finely chopped coriander leaves/dhania
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilis, chopped
  • 6 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 small marble size tamarind / Imali, soaked in 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 level tsp salt / or as taste
  • 1/4 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

Take coriander, wash it very well and chop it, and keep aside.

Step 2.

Peel, wash and chop the onion, green chilis and garlic cloves. Put all these ingredients along with salt and 1/4 cup of water in a grinder.

Step 3.

Take the soaked tamarind in microwave safe bowl with the water, and heat it for a minute. Cool it and extract the pulp and add it to the other ingredients in the grinder.

Step 4.

Grind all the ingredients with water till smooth. Refrigerate till required.

Note:  There are many variations of coriander chutney. This versions of coriander chutneys is my favorite. It goes very well with Pakoras, Stuffed parothas or other many snacks.It can be stored for 8-10 days in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Value of Coriander:

A powerful herb, has many health benefits, Coriander commonly known as Cilantro or Dhania.It is used globally in food preparations. Coriander is packed with potential health benefits. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin-C), minerals and vitamins, each having a number of beneficial properties.It is rich in micro nutrients and nutritional elements. It contains dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Apart from being used in cooking, coriander leaves and seeds are known to help strengthen the stomach, reduce fever and lower cholesterol levels.

Nutritional Value of Garlic:

1.The Blood Purifier-Garlic will help to cleanse your system and flush out toxins.

2. Cold and Flu-Garlic is going to provide you relief from that stubborn cold and flu . Garlic can be added to hot stews, broths and soups to fight sinusitis, cold and flu. And garlic is best had in its raw state.
3. Prevention of Heart Disease-Consuming garlic on a daily basis (in food or raw) helps to lower cholesterol levels because of the anti-oxidant properties of Allicin.

4. Anti-bacterial and Anti-parasitic-Garlic has been used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections for the last 7,000 years. Studies suggest diluted garlic extract helps children with tapeworm infections.

5. Cancer Prevention-Several studies have indicated an association between daily consumption of garlic and prevention of stomach and colorectal cancers. It is said to strengthen the immunity of the body against cancer.

6. For Skin and Hair-The invigorating properties of garlic protect the skin from the effect of free radicals and slow down the depletion of collagen which leads to loss of elasticity in aging skin. Applied topically, garlic does wonders to skin infected with fungal infections and  provides relief from skin ailments like eczema. It is also an effective remedy for fungal infections like athlete’s foot and ringworms.
7. Splinters-Place a piece of cut garlic over the splinter cut and cover with a bandage- and voila! Bye-bye splinter.

Caution

  • Asthma patients should not consume garlic as it may have side-effects.
  • Garlic should be avoided before surgeries or medical operations.
  • Do not consume more than 2-3 garlic cloves in a day without consulting a doctor.

Ref. http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/powerhouse-of-medicine-and-flavour-surprising-health-benefits-of-garlic-1200468

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Moong Dal Vada

Moong dal pakori with muli

Hi friends !Food is a great indicator of the seasons.Moong Dal Vada is another delicious snack for winter season. The vadas taste  is never the same without freshly grated radish served with coriander chutney. It is an amazing experience.

Serving : 6

Cooking time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:      

  • 1 cup dhuli moong daal /husked green gram,soaked for 3-4 hours
  • 1 tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 /2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/ geera
  • 1/2 tsp level, baking powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 2 green chilies , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander / cilantro, finely chopped
  • Oil for deep-frying

Method:

Step 1.

wash and soak moong dal for 3-4 hours. Grind the daal to a smooth and thick consistency with using very little water or no water.

Step 2.

Take out the dal batter in a mixing bowl. Mix cumin seed, salt, chili powder, green chilies, coriander and finely chopped ginger. Mix the ingredients well.

Step 3.

Heat the oil and drop table spoonfuls into the hot oil and fry the vadas, fry to a golden color,drain and keep aside on a paper kitchen towel .

Step 4.

Serve  this protein rich  snack, hot with coriander chutney or saunth/ tamrind/ imli khatti meethi chutney.

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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Basic Tomato chutney

 

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Hi Friends! Here is the recipe of spicy, tangy and flavorful tomato chutney  Tomato chutney you will enjoy with idli, dosas.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients :

  • 3 medium size onions
  • 3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 tsp urad dal/ husked black gram dal
  • 1 red chili
  • 1/4 tsp of asafetida / hing
  • 1 small marble size tamarind ( without seeds, soaked in 1/4 cup of water for 1 hour)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp low sodium salt / or salt as required
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • Few fresh curry leaves
  • 1/4 cup water or as required for grinding the chutney(if required to run the grinder)

Instructions:

Step 1.

Peel, wash and chop the onions , keep aside. Chop washed tomatoes and keep them aside.

Step 2.

Take a pan heat the oil add the urad dal and when it starts to change colour, add asafetida , red chili. Fry for few more minutes till the urad dal becomes golden.

Step 3.

Add the onions and sauté till golden, add the tomatoes ,and salt. Cover and cook till the tomatoes become soft, and are cooked.

Step 4.

Cool the onion tomato mixture, add the seedless tamarind and grind in the grinder. Add water if required for grinding.

Take out the chutney in a serving bowl.

For tempering:

Heat a pan with a tea spoon of oil, put mustard seeds. When mustard starts crackling add few curry leaves. Switch off the heat and spread the tempering on the tomato chutney.

This chutney goes very well with idli, dosas or vadas.

The Health Benefits of Eating Cooked Tomato :

Cooked tomato products can be many different things, including stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and ketchup. Tomatoes fall into the category of red and orange vegetables, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends people eat more of them. While there are plenty of nutritious components in tomatoes, recent research has focused on specific phytochemicals such as lycopene, which occurs at higher levels in cooked tomatoes than in any other food.

Tomato Nutrition

Tomatoes are a low-calorie food, with only 33 calories in a large tomato. Tomatoes are high in vitamins C, A and K. They also contain high levels of potassium and manganese. Tomatoes are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive tract healthy by increasing stool bulk and preventing constipation. While cooking often reduces the levels of vitamins in tomatoes, some of these beneficial components remain intact. The tomato skins contain fiber and nutrients as well, so cooked tomato products with the skin are better than those without it.

Lycopene and Health

One of the most beneficial components in the tomato isn’t a vitamin or mineral, but the phytochemical lycopene. This compound, which gives tomatoes their distinctive red color, acts as an antioxidant in the body. Consuming high levels of lycopene can lower the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. Cooking tomatoes for two minutes, a quarter-hour and a half-hour boosts the lycopene levels in tomatoes by 6, 17 and 35 percent, respectively, according to research published in the “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry” in May 2002.

Cholesterol-Lowering Properties

A Meta-Analysis published in the April 2011 issue of “Maturitas” found that cooked tomato products could lower cholesterol at levels comparable to prescribed statins. Doses of 25 mg of lycopene a day lowered cholesterol levels by about 10 percent, according to the research. Getting this much lycopene from fresh tomatoes can be difficult, but it is easy to get this amount from tomato sauce or other cooked tomato products.

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Mango Chutney

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This simply delicious chutney recipe is contributed by Mrs. Rohini G Tirupathi.

Hi friends!Raw mango is one of the healthiest fruits you can try out in the beginning of summer. Raw mango is loved not just for its taste but also for the numerous health benefits it has. This mango chutney is made with raw mangoes and can be stored in an air-tight container. Try out this healthy recipe.

Ingredients:

  •  1 kg Green Mangoes (raw) grated
  • 1 kg Sugar
  •  10 to 12 chopped Garlic flakes
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seed,roasted and powdered
  • 3-4 tbsp Vinegar

Method:

Step 1.

 Wash, peel and grate the mangoes in a bowl.

Step 2.

 Add sugar and mix it well with the pulp without adding water.

Step 3.

 Cook with chopped garlic till a drop of it set on a cold plate.

Step 4.

 Remove from the gas and add the spices.

Step 5.

 When cold, add the vinegar.

 Step 6.

Bottle it in sterilized jars.

Note: Raw mangoes contains vitamin A and Vitamin E that is said to maintain hormonal balance in the body. Eating unripe mangoes with salt prevents the excessive loss of water from the body, and helps to quench thirst. In summers, it is the most sought after food because it is said to prevent heat stroke and is also used as a medicine against the same.

Health benefits of raw mangoes:

  • Treat blood disorders: Raw mangoes are extremely beneficial in treating blood disorders because of their high Vitamin C content. Vitamin C increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and boosts the formation of new blood cells. It also aids the absorption of iron and prevents bleeding tendencies besides increasing body resistance against TB, anaemia, cholera and dysentery.
  • Treatment of Scurvy: Dried mango powder is highly beneficial in treating Scurvy.
  • Indigestion and constipation:Raw mangoes are good for hormonal health.
  • They contain Vitamin B that helps you retain good health. They also help with indigestion and constipation problems. Furthermore, they cleanse the intestine and clear off many other infections. Raw mango contains vitamin A and Vitamin E that enhances one’s hormonal system.
  • Prevent dehydration
  • Eating unripe mangoes with salt prevents the excessive loss of water from the body, and helps to quench thirst. In addition, it also protects one from the negative effects of very high temperature. Drinking unripe mango juice prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron to excessive sweating.
  • Treats gastro-intestinal disordersUnripe mango juice is nutritious. Unripe mangoes are a rich source of pectin, which if mixed with honey and salt, is highly beneficial in treating gastro-intestinal disorders. It is also considered as very effective medicine for diarrhea, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.
  • Treat liver disorders Unripe mangoes help in treating liver disorders because they increase the secretion of bile acids and clean the intestines of bacterial infections. They also have more Antioxidants and Vitamin C than ripe mangoes. These antioxidant properties protect the body against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Ref. http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2015-02-16/186012/

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Apple Chutney

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This simply scrumptious chutney recipe is contributed by Mrs. Rohini G Tirupathi.

Hi friends! Apples are incredibly good for you, and eating them is linked to a lower risk of many major diseases. Here is yummy Apple chutney recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1kg
  • Sugar – 1 kg
  • Garlic flakes – 10 to 12 chopped
  • Salt – 1 tablespoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seed ,roasted and powdered – 1 tablespoon
  • Vinegar – 3 to 4 tablespoons

Method:

 Step 1.

 Wash, peel and grate the apples in a bowl.

Step 2.

 Add sugar and mix it well with the pulp without adding water.

Step 3.

 Take a heavy bottom pan and cook the mixture with chopped garlic till a drop of it set on a cold plate.

Step 4.

 Remove from the gas and add the spices.

Step 5.

 When cold, add the vinegar.

Step 6.

 Bottle it in sterilized jars.

Note:

Eat Chutney and Relish:

  • Have it on a sandwich
  • Apple chutney can be serve with crisps, tortilla chips or toasted pitta bread.
  • Roasted vegetables – Coat some vegetables such as sweet potato, carrots  in some oil and a few tablespoons of tasty chutney.
  • Grilled cheese on toast- Pop a layer of chutney on top of your toast and under your cheese before grilling, for a comforting cheese on toast snack.

Health Benefits of Apples:

  1. Apples Are Nutritious A medium apple is equal to 1.5 cups of fruit. Apples are also a rich source of polyphenols. While nutrition labels don’t list these plant compounds, they are likely responsible for many of the health benefits.
  2. Apples May Be Good for Weight Loss Apples are high in fiber and water — two qualities that make them filling.Bottom Line: Apples may aid weight loss in several ways. They’re also particularly filling due to their high fiber content.
  1. Apples May Be Good for Your Heart Apples have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. One reason may be that apples contain soluble fiber, which is the kind that can help lower your blood cholesterol levels.They also contain polyphenols, which have antioxidant effects. Many of these are concentrated in the peel.Bottom Line: Apples promote heart health in several ways. They’re high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol. They also have polyphenols, which are linked to lower blood pressure and stroke risk.
  1. They’re Linked to a Lower Risk of Diabetes Several studies have linked eating apples to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes .Bottom Line: Eating apples is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This is possibly due to their polyphenol antioxidant content.
  1. They May Have Prebiotic Effects and Promote Good Gut BacteriaApples contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic. This means it feeds the good bacteria in your gut.Bottom Line: The type of fiber in apples feeds good bacteria and may be the reason they protect against obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  1. Substances in Apples May Help Prevent Cancer Several studies have shown a link between eating apples and a lower risk of cancer.Bottom Line: Apples have several naturally occurring compounds that may help fight cancer. Observational studies have linked them to a lower risk of cancer and death from cancer.
  1. Apples Contain Compounds That Can Help Fight Asthma Antioxidant-rich apples may help protect your lungs from oxidative damage.Bottom Line: Apples contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help regulate immune responses and protect against asthma.
  1. Apples May Be Good for Bone Health Eating fruit is linked to higher bone density, which is a marker of bone health.Researchers think the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in fruit help promote bone density and strength. Bottom Line: The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds may promote bone health, and eating fruit can help preserve bone mass as you age.
  1. Apples May Protect Against Stomach Injury From NSAIDs The class of painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can injure the lining of your stomach. Bottom Line: Apples contain compounds that may help protect the stomach lining from injury due to NSAID painkillers.
  1. The Antioxidants in Apples May Help Protect Your Brain in Old Age However, apple juice may potentially have benefits for age-related mental decline. Bottom Line: According to animal studies, apple juice may help prevent the decl ine of neurotransmitters that are involved in memory.

Ref. https://authoritynutrition.com/10-health-benefits-of-apples/

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Coconut Curd Chutney

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Hi friends! learn yet another variety of chutney. This is  super easy chutney which can be made in less than 4-5 minutes

Prep time:5 minutes

Total time:6-7 minutes

Recipe type: Chutney

Cuisine: south Indian

Main Ingredients:

  • ½ cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1/2 cup curd/ yogurt
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal / bengal gram
  • 1 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt / or as required

For seasoning:

  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal (husked Black gram dal)
  • 2 tsp Olive oil

Instructions:

Step 1.

Put fresh coconut, roasted chana dal , green chillies, salt and curd, in a grinder and blend the ingredients to a smooth chutney. Remove the chutney into a bowl from the grinder jar.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a small pan.Put mustard seeds , the curry leaves and urad dal, fry a bit. When mustard crackles, switch off the heat.

Step 3.

Add the seasoning to the chutney.Check the salt and adjust as per your taste.Serve the coconut chutney with idlies, dosas,Chana dal vada or uttapams.

Note: Refrigerate for one or two days and use as required

Health Benefits of Coconuts:

  • Lower cholesterol
    • Improve digestion
    • Ward off wrinkles
    • Stabilize glucose levels
    • Fight off viruses
    • Build cells
    • Regulate hormones
    • Increase thyroid production
    • Lose weight
    • Increase metabolism
    • Fight infections
    • Stave off memory loss
    • Kill bacteria
    • And more!

Ref. http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/coconut-health-benefits/

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