Coriander Chutney

Coriander Chutney NG 1

Hi friends! Very delicious and easy coriander chutney that goes well with stuffed parothas or snacks or can be used as spread . Try to make Coriander chutney with onions following this easy recipe.

Total time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: sides

Making time: 2 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup tightly packed, coriander leaves/dhania, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 3 green chilis, chopped
  • 1 small marble size tamarind / Imali, seeded
  • 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 tamarind. Put all these ingredients along with salt and 1/4 cup of water in a grinder.

Step 3.

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 basic. It goes very well with all Indian snacks and sandwitches.It can be stored for 8-10 days in the refrigerator.

Health Benefits of Coriander:

•Cilantro is also used to prevent and treat infections caused by bacteria and fungus.
•Cilantro is rich in minerals that may be valuable in maintaining overall health. Cilantro leaves  are rich in calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium and iron. Research has shown that low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. While iron is essential for red blood cell production. Calcium and manganese is essential in treating and preventing weak bones (osteoporosis) and can help reduce spinal bone loss in older women.
•Cilantro seed oil has a reputation in many traditional medicines as an anti-inflammatory agent, an analgesic, anti-diabetic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, fungicidal, and has cholesterol-lowering effects. These health benefits are due to the abundance of phytonutrients found in Cilantro’s volatile oils, these include carvone, geraniol, limonene, borneol, camphor, elemol, and linalool.
•Cilantro is also rich in flavonoids that are considered antioxidants, these include quercitin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and epigenin. Cilantro also contains active phenolic acid compounds, including caffeic and chlorogenic acid.
•Cilantro contains natural antibacterial compound called dodecenal that is safe and effective against Salmonella, a deadly bacteria that is the cause of foodborne illness.
•Cilantro leaves have sufficient antioxidants, phytonutrients and fibers that actually help in maintaining good level of HDL – known as good cholesterol while reducing the LDL level. – the bad cholesterol.
•Cilantro is also beneficial in maintaining good skin and mucus membrane because it is rich in folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene and vitamin-C.  The rich vitamin A is important in protecting the vision, lungs and other vital organs.
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Cheese Kebabs

Cheese Kebabs

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.

Hi friends!The Healthy Cheese Kebabs recipe makes a perfect appetizer to make for the cold winter parties or tea time snack for the monsoons. These Kebabs with bread slices are  flavored with garlic, gingers, green chillies and coriander leaves. The Kebabs are deep fried and you can use your Air frier making them healthy and super delicious as well.…

Ingredients:

  • 6 White Bread slices
  • 4 Cheese cubes (Amul)
  • 5-6 pods Garlic (finely ground to paste)
  • 2 Green chilies, ground to paste
  • 1” Ginger (finely grated)
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • Cooking Oil for deep frying

Method:

 Step 1.

 Soak bread slices in water until completely moist. Hold the moist bread slices in the palm of your hand and thoroughly drain all the water out. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Grate the cheese and ginger. Mash the bread in a mixing dish.

Step 3.

 Add grated cheese, garlic paste, grated ginger, green chili paste, coriander leaves and salt, mix well. Knead like a dough gently.

Step 4.

Make small balls out of the mixture, press them between your palms gently, deep fry in hot oil on medium flame. Drain on a paper kitchen towel.

Step 5.

Serve hot cheese kebabs with coriander chutney.

Note: Cheese quantity can be slightly increased or reduced as per individual’s taste while making these delicious kebabs.

Health Benefits of Cheese:

Cheese contains a host of nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12. Calcium is one of the nutrients most likely to be lacking in the American diet. According to government statistics, nine out of 10 women and six out of 10 men fall short of calcium recommendations. The high-quality protein in cheese provides the body with essential building blocks for strong muscles. For a complete listing of the nutrients in cheese, see the table below.

If you are lactose intolerant, many cheeses, particularly aged cheeses such as Cheddar and Swiss, contain little or no lactose and are often well tolerated.

For the past 30 years or so, saturated fat—found in meats, eggs, cheese, butter, whole milk, lard and some oils—was considered a primary cause of heart disease. New research, however, is showing that saturated fat has a minimal impact on heart disease risk, which is changing the “saturated fat is bad” paradigm and allowing people to enjoy more cheese and other favorite foods. Further research is needed showing significant scientific agreement.

Even if saturated fat is less of a concern, calories still matter. To reduce calories, you can grate or sprinkle harder cheeses over your dishes or use small amounts of aromatic and sharp cheeses for their delicious cheese flavor. Many reduced-fat varieties of cheeses are also available. This 2014 article in the Food and Nutrition Magazine provides more information on the Charms and Challenges of Cheese.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that individuals ages 9 and older consume at least 3 servings of milk, cheese or yogurt each day; children aged 4-8 years need 2-1/2 cups per day. One serving of cheese is one and one-half ounces of hard cheese, one-third cup for grated cheese and two ounces for processed cheese.

Ref. http://www.healthyeating.org/Milk-Dairy/Nutrients-in-Milk-Cheese-Yogurt/Nutrients-in-Cheese.aspx

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Samosa

samosa

Samosa – Potato Stuffed Pastry

Hi friends! A samosa, samoosa, sambusa, or samboksa is a fried or baked dish with a savoury filling, of spiced potatoes.

Ingredients

 For pastry:

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 6 tablespoon water

For potato stuffing:

  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 hot green chili (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoon green coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp amchoor/ Dry mango powder
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

 Dough for Samosa Pastry

Step 1.

Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Add four tablespoons oil and rub until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Step 2.

 Slowly add about six tablespoons water ( or little more if required) and knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until it is smooth.

Step 3.

 Rub dough with oil. Cover it and set aside for 30 minutes or longer.

Potato stuffing for Samosa

Step 1.

Boil, cool and peel the potatoes. Dice it into 1/4 inch size cubes.

 Step 2.

 Heat four tablespoons oil in kdahi /wok on medium flame. Lower the heat and carefully put the cumin seed, wait for it to splutter, add coriander powder, cumin powder, chili powder and cubed potatoes. Stir fry until golden brown on medium heat.

Step 3.

Add peas, ginger, amchoor powder, and fresh coriander (cilantro). Mix and cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Do not forget to stir while cooking, finally add garam masala.

Making Samosa

 Step 1.

Knead the dough again. Divide it into about ten equal portions.

Step 2.

Roll it into flat round shape with about five inch diameter.

Step 3.

Cut the rolled dough into two halves. Make each half into a cone by sticking seam together with a little water.

Step 4.

Fill the cone with about two to three tablespoons of the potato filling.

Step 5.

Stick the top of the cone together with a little water. The seam should be about 1/4 inch (5 mm) wide.

Step 6.

Repeat this process until all the Samosas are filled and ready.

Cooking Samosa

 Step 1.

 Heat oil for deep frying using a wok/ Indian kadhai over a medium-low flame.

Step 2.

When the oil is hot, carefully put in as many samosas as fit in the kadahi /wok. Fry slowly, turning the samosas until they are golden brown and crisp.

Step 3.

Drain excess oil on a paper kitchen towel and serve hot with mint/ coriander/ Imali chutney.

Health benefits of potatoes :

The health benefits include their ability to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, boost heart health, protect from polyps, prevent cancer, manage diabetes, strengthen the immune system, reduce signs of aging, protect the skin, increase circulation, reduce blood pressure, maintain fluid balance, reduce insomnia, and boost eye health.

Weight Gain: Potatoes are primarily made of carbohydrates and contain very little protein. This makes it an ideal diet for those excessively lean or thin people who desperately want to put on weight. The vitamin content includes vitamin-C and B-complex, which also help in proper absorption of carbohydrates. That is one of the reasons that potatoes make up a large part of the diet of sumo wrestlers, as well as many other athletes who need large energy reserves to burn off in order to compete!

Digestion: Since potatoes predominantly contain carbohydrates, they are easy to digest and facilitate digestion. This property makes them a good diet for babies or for those who cannot digest hard food, but need energy.
Skin Care: Vitamin-C and B-complex as well as minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are good for the skin.

Scurvy: The vitamin-C present in potatoes can help prevent this disease, caused by a deficiency of vitamin-C. It is characterized by cracked lip corners, spongy and bleeding gums, and frequent viral infections. Although it has been eliminated from most first and second world countries with ready access to vitamin C, it still exists in certain nations of the world, so the prolific presence of potatoes in the world helps with this problem.

Rheumatism: There are two parts to the effect of potatoes on this condition. Vitamins like the calcium and magnesium in potatoes help to provide relief from rheumatism. Also, water obtained from boiling potatoes can relieve the pain and inflammation of rheumatism.

Inflammation: Potatoes are very effective in reducing inflammation, both internal and external. Since it is soft, easily digested and has a lot of vitamin-C (a very good antioxidant that repairs tissue wear and tear), potassium and vitamin-B6, it can relieve any inflammation of the intestines and the digestive system.

Cancer Prevention: Certain types of potatoes, particularly red and russet potatoes, contain high levels of flavonoid antioxidants and vitamin A like zeaxanthin and carotenes, they can protect you against many types of cancer. Also, research at the Agricultural Research service has shown that potatoes contain a compound called quercetin, which has been proven to have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Finally, the high levels of vitamin A and C both have antioxidant qualities that can protect your body from the devastating effects of cancer.

High Blood Pressure: Since high blood pressure can occur for a number of reasons that include diabetes, tension, indigestion, nutrient balance, food content and many others, different treatments are required. Luckily, potatoes can alleviate multiple possible causes; potatoes can be used to relieve high blood pressure due to tension.

Brain Function: Proper functioning of the brain depends largely on the glucose level, oxygen supply, various components of the vitamin-B complex and certain hormones, amino acids and fatty acids like omega-3. Potatoes cater to almost all the needs mentioned above.

Heart Diseases: Apart from the vitamins (B-complex, C), minerals and roughage, potatoes also contain certain substances called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin). Carotenoids are beneficial for heart health and the functioning of other internal organs.

Kidney Stones: Kidney Stones, also known as Renal Calculi, are caused mainly due to increased levels of uric acid in the blood. potatoes also contain magnesium, which inhibits the accumulation or deposition of calcium (calcification) in the kidney and other tissues, thereby proving beneficial for treatment of renal calculi.

Diarrhea: They are an excellent component of an energy-rich diet for those suffering from diarrhea, since it is very easy to digest and contains mild roughage. However, eating too many potatoes can cause diarrhea due to the excessive ingestion of starch.

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

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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.
  • 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.