Shakar-para

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Home made Shakar-paras  a treat, Yummy!

Hi  friends ! Here is an easy  recipe to make delicious Shakar-paras today. Taste is medium sweet, crispy yet melt in your mouth! Traditionally served as a snack to guests during janmashtami Diwali but excellent snack to be had throughout the year . Shakar-paras are prepared in two ways.  In one recipe sugar or jaggery is kneaded in the dough of  shakar-paras and in the second recipe shakar-paras are sugar or jaggery coated later. In my this recipe I have made Shakar-paras with sugar kneaded in the dough. As you will see it is very easy to make sweet.

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Time for frying: 20 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka

Course: snacks

Serves : 6

Ingredients :

  • 2 1/2 cups All purpose Flour /Maida
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup Chick pea flour / Besan
  • 1/2 cup Ghee
  • 3 tbsp fresh Cream / Malai from boiled and cooled milk
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds / Til
  • Oil – for frying

Method:

Step 1.

Sift flours, powder the sugar finely in a grinder, keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take all purpose Flour /Maida , Grind sugar finely, rice flour, Chick pea flour / bengal gram flour /besan, mix well and add ghee, fresh Cream / Malai from boiled and cooled milk and powdered sugar ,cream mix and rub in very well.

Step 3.

Add sesame seeds / Til Knead a soft firm dough by adding milk very slowly as required . Cover and keep aside the dough for 30 minutes.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into four equal portions. Roll out each portion into a 1/4 ” thick flat round circle.

Step 5.

Cut the rolled dough circles into diamond shaped Shakarparas with a knife . keep in a greased tray for frying.

Step 6.

Heat oil in kadahi /wok or a deep heavy bottom pan, put cut diamond shaped Shakar-paras in hot oil. After putting the shaker-paras in hot oil reduce the heat to medium low flame. Fry till they turn light golden brown, turning regularly.

Step 7.

Remove the fried Shakar-paras on a tray lined with paper kitchen towel to drain excessive oil.

Step 8.

When all the Shakar-paras are fried, cool and store them in an air tight container.

Note:

Very hot oil while frying will cook the shakar-para from outside but will not be cooked properly inside.

It is rich in carbohydrates, making it an instant source of energy.

Shelf life: It has a long shelf-life. Once it cools completely, store in airtight container , will stay good for weeks.

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Methi Matar

Methi mutter

fresh fenugreek / methi leaves with green peas

Delicious treat for your next get-together, a party favorite! 

Alternate Names: Fenugreek is also known as Methya (in Marathi), menthya (in Kannada), Vendayam (in Tamil), Menthulu (in Telugu), Uluva (in Malayalam) , Uluhaal ( in Sinhalese), Methi ( (In Oriya,Bangla, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi). In Persian it is Shanbalîleh, and in Arabic its name is Hilbeh. Cooking: 45 minutes

Course: Main

Serves: 4

Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh green peas

2 cups fresh fenugreek / methi leaves, finely chopped

2 tomatoes, blanched, and choped

1 onion medium size, finely chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp black pepper powder

1/2 cup malai/fresh cream

9 cashew nuts

1 tsp poppy seeds / khuskhus, soaked in 1/4 cup water

1 1/4 tsp salt or / salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tbsp Olive oil

For the paste:

1 onion, medium size

2 green chilies

1tsp ginger, finely grated

4 cloves garlic

Method:

Step 1.

Wash very well in cold water and cut finely fenugreek / methi leaves in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Soak for half an hour the finely chopped Fenugreek / Methi leaves in one cup of water, add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp sugar to it . Strain the fenugreek / methi leaves and squeeze extra water from fenugreek / methi leaves and keep aside.

Step 3.

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 keep the peas aside.

Step 4.

Take 1 onion, finely chopped, 2 green chilies, chopped, 1tsp ginger 4 cloves garlic and 1/4 cup in a blender and make a fine paste. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Blanche tomatoes, and after removing the skin chop finely and keep aside.

Step 6.

Make a fine paste of soaked poppy seeds / khuskhus seeds and cashew nuts, keep aside

Step 7.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a kadahi / wok / or frying pan, add the fenugreek / methi leaves and saute on medium flame for 2-3 minutes till slightly glossy. Switch off the stove and remove the fenugreek / methi leaves in a bowl and keep aside.

Step 8.

Heat the remaining one tbsp oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling add one finely chopped onion and saute till the onions are transparent. Add onion, ginger, garlic, green chilies paste to it and saute for seven to eight minutes on medium flame, stirring continuously.

Step 9.

Add chopped tomatoes, freshly ground pepper powder mix well. Cook for five minutes more.
Add the boiled green peas and fenugreek / methi leaves sauté for two minutes.

Step 10.

Add cashew nut and poppy seeds paste and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Step 11.

Reduce flame, add cream/ malai , stirring continuously add salt mix well. Switch off the stove.

Step 12.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Health benefits of Methi / Fenugreek leaves:

In the Eastern cultures, especially India, fenugreek leaves are more widely used as compared to seeds primarily due to its immense nutritional benefits. While the seeds of this plant are used for only for the flavor, the leaves have herb nutrition value in them. So, when we talk about the benefits of fenugreek we are particularly referring to its greener parts.

Fenugreek leaves are basically a kind of green leafy vegetables unless you dry them for storage (kasuri methi). So they will give you all the goodness associated with green vegetables.

The fresh leaves of the Methi plant have a slightly bitter under taste and can be cooked just like we cook spinach. It is a very good source of iron.That is why fenugreek, both its seeds and leaves are considered medicinal for curing anemia. In fact, even if you follow standard medicine, patients with low hemoglobin count are usually put on a diet of fenugreek and other vegetables like spinach and lettuce.

Fenugreek has herb nutrition in it. If you crush the fresh leaves of Fenugreek or make a glass of juice out of them, it could be the perfect health drink to control the hormonal level of insulin in the blood. Fenugreek is a kind of similar to bitter gourd when we consider the bitter taste and properties of regulating insulin. It is a must note point for diabetics.

Fenugreek could give competition to Spinach as a rich source of vitamin K. Commonly spinach is the traditional answer to all your vitamin K needs but fenugreek has almost as much or more of this vital nutrient.

It is a very good source of roughage because is basically comprised of leaves. It will fulfill your body’s fibre requirements abundantly. Traditionally methi or fenugreek is supposed to be very beneficial to people who have a persistent problem of constipation.

Surprisingly, fenugreek is also a great source of protein and nicotinic acid. These nutrients lend benefits of fenugreek that are specific to hair. It foster hair growth and is good for the general health and shine of hair.

Inspite of so many benefits people sometimes don’t prefer to eat fenugreek because of its bitterness, especially in the dried form when the concentration of the bitterness increases. The solution is to either eat it fresh or add the dried leaves to foods like dals, curries or mix it or knead the flour to make tasty methi parathas! Either ways the benefits of fenugreek as a nutritional bonanza need to be utilised to the fullest.
Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2011/benefits-fenugreek-leaves-130911.html

 

Tomato Paneer

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Hi friends! Cottage cheeses chunks in tomato gravy with mild spices, tossed together in olive oil.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Main Course

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients :

  • 250 grams Paneer /cottage cheese
  • 8 medium size tomatoes, pureed
  • 1/2 cup Fresh cream
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida / heeng
  • 2 green chillies , made into paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 nutmeg / jayaphal, powdered
  • 1tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 8 green cardamoms , powdered
  • 1 tsp or /Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Method :

Step 1

Cut paneer/cottage cheese into small cubes fry the cubes in a non stick pan lightly. Cut tomatoes and puree in the blender, keep aside.

Step 2

In a non stick pan heat oil, add asafoetida fry till slightly pink, put cumin seeds when it starts crackling add turmeric powder, nutmeg powder, sugar, salt and mix well sauté for a minute.

Step 3

Add tomato puree, green chilli paste, and mix well bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and cook till the oil surfaces.

Step 4

Add cottage cheese pieces and fresh cream. Sprinkle cardamom powder, mix well. Let the mixture come to boil. Switch off the stove. Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Note: After adding cream do not cook for long period, over cooking alters the texture and taste of the dish. Nutmeg goes well with certain types of savory dishes like cheese dishes etc.

Paneer is a type of cheese. It is the Indian name for cottage cheese. Paneer, unlike other cheeses, has not been matured and it is rather bland. Cheese is nutritious food made mostly from the milk of cows but also other mammals, including sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks. The milk is curdled using some combination of rennet (or rennet substitutes) and acidification.Bacteria acidify the milk and play a role in defining the texture and flavour of most cheeses. There are hundreds of types of cheese.

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Exotic Shahi paneer

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Exotic Shahi paneer

Hi friends! Shahi paneer is a popular North Indian dish eaten with Indian breads like roti or naan. Shahi paneer is preparation of paneer/cottage cheese pieces in a thick, creamy and spicy gravy.

Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Level: Easy

Category: Vegetarian

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 150 gms Paneer / cottage cheese
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 medium size onions cut into big pieces
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 12 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • 15 cashew nuts, powdered
  • 1/4 cup Dahi / yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 tsp saffron
  • 1/2 tsp gram masala
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 2/3 tsp salt or / salt to taste

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker put half cup of water, add onion pieces. Cook on high flame, the moment pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Allow to cool to room temperature. Grind to a fine paste with green chilies.

Step 2.

Cut the paneer into small square cubes, keep aside.

Step 3.

In a heavy bottom pan/ kadai / wok heat the oil, add the bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and  sauté till fragrant.

Step 4.

To the step 3 seasoning add the green chillies and boiled onion paste and sauté for four to five minutes on low flame, it should not change colour. Add the grated ginger and mashed garlic and continue to sauté for a minute.

Step 5.

Add the cashew nut powder and the yogurt and sauté till the masala gets thicker. Stir in the cream, saffron and garam masala powder and salt.

Step 6.

Add the paneer / cottage cheese pieces and mix gently. Sprinkle green cardamom powder and serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice !

Note: Spinach Raita and Panchratan dal / lentil are good accompaniments.

Health benefits of Cottage cheese / paneer :

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.

Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer: The calcium and vitamin D found in dairy products, especially in cottage cheese, reduces the risk of breast cancer.

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.

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.

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.

Quick Serving Tips

Salad– Add chopped/grated cottage cheese to salads such as green salads and tuna salads.

Omelet– Add chopped cottage cheese and vegetables to the egg mixture for making a delicious omelet.

Curries/Stew– Cottage cheese can be used for making stew/curries, along with meat and vegetables.

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

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Yummy Lauki / bottle gourd

Ghiya Malai

Yummy lauki / ghiya/ bottle gourd Ki Sabzi

Hi friends ! Bottle gourd, also called lauki / Ghiya or /doodhi, is a vegetable that is probably known in India for its delicious preparations. Here is a simple, easy to cook and delicious recipe of lauki / ghiya/ bottle gourd / Doodhi . You will try it once, it will remain on your party menu for ever!

Recipe Servings: 4

Recipe Cook Time : 30 minutes

Level: Easy

Course : Main, Vegetable dish

Cuisine : Indian , North Indian

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms lauki / ghiya/ bottle gourd, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp jeera /cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk cream
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 level tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts, roasted and ground
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves fresh /hara dhania finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

 Method:

 Step 1.

 Heat the oil in a wok / kadahi and add the jeera, when jeera begins to splutter, add the cut Lauki pieces , salt and stir continuously over high flame, till the Lauki cubes looks a bit glossy.

Step 2.

Cover and cook on low flame till lauki is tender, stirring in between a few times.

 Step 3.

Add the cream, ground cashew nuts mix well and cook for two minutes more, till well blended. Serve hot garnished with, black pepper powder, chopped green chilies, coriander leaves with any Indian bread of choice!

Health benefits of Lauki /Ghiya /Bottle gourd:

In fact, traditional healers recommended consumption of this bottle gourd to treat various conditions. Here are some of its benefits you must know.

Aids digestion: People suffering from constipation should eat bottle gourd as it is high in fibre and helps clear the food stuck in your colon. Additionally, juice made out of bottle gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature [1].

Great for weight loss :Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fibre content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full.

Helps treat urinary disorders: Bottle gourd has a cooling effect on your body, and a glass of bottle gourd juice is a great diuretic that can be used to treat burning sensation while passing urine. This burning sensation is caused due to high levels of acid in the urine, which can be countered by the alkaline nature of bottle gourd juice.

Refreshes you during summers: Just like cucumber, bottle gourd too has a high amount of water which keeps you hydrated during summers. Drinking a glass of its juice will ensure that you do not face loss of sodium, fatigue or extreme thirst while you are out in the sun. This makes it great for people whose jobs require them to travel in daylight.

Prevents heart disease: Unhealthy lifestyles are leading to several cases of heart disease in urban India. So much so that, 70% of the urban population is at risk of heart disease due to wrong lifestyle choices like eating fried and processed foods, smoking, etc. Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, bottle gourd has zero cholesterol and is rich in vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants making it good for your heart [3].

Reduces stress: It is quite easy to feel stressed in today’s times, and unhealthy eating can only worsen the situation. Bottle gourd has a high water content has a cooling effect on your body which makes you feel better the very moment you take it. It also has diuretic, sedative and antibilious properties which makes your body feel better internally, and keeps stress at bay.

Warning: Even though, bottle gourd is really good for your health, it can sometimes be bad. Bottle gourd juice that tastes bitter can seriously damage your digestive health according to a study published in Indian Journal of Gastroenterology in 2011.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-lauki-dudhi-bottle-gourds-sa114/

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Tori ki Sabji

Tori

Tori ki Sabji

Main Name: Zucchini
Biological Name: Cucurbita pepo
Hindi Name: Tori, Turai
Names in other Indian languages: Peerkan kai (Tamil), Oru pachakkari (Malayalam), Beera Kaaya (Telugu), Turiya, Ghisoda (Gujarati), Jhinge, Jhinga (Bengali), Dodke, Shira?e (Marathi), Janhhi (Oriya), Turai (Urdu), Tori (Punjabi)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes (slow fire cooking)

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Course: Main, Vegetables

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 750 gms Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd
  • 2 big size tomatoes ,chopped and pureed
  • 2 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
  • 1″ piece Ginger /adrak
  • 1/2 cup cream/ fresh malai
  • 1 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 level tsp chili powder or adjust to taste
  • 2 tsp Coriander / dhania powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin /geera
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive oil / or Pure ghee

Method:

 Step 1.

 Wash and peel the tories and cut them in small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Finely chop onions and puree tomatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

 In a heavy bottom pan heat the oil, add cumin seeds, when cumin starts to splutter, add finely chopped onions in it.

Step 4.

Fry the onions till golden, add salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder in it. Fry these spices for a minute.

 Step 5.

 Then add tori in it. Cover and cook till tori is soft, add tomato puree, grated ginger .

Step 6.

When tori, tomatoes are cooked and well blended (and 75% of water is evaporated) add malai / cream mix well, cook for couple of minutes more.

 Step 7.

Switch off the heat. Sprinkle it with pepper before serving. Serve hot.

Smooth or Sponge gourd:Tori crop

Health Benefits of Zucchini/Smooth or Sponge gourd:
  • Incredibly low in calories, zucchini makes a great way of filling your stomach without worrying about the calories being carried along with it. With just a couple of calories, you can include zucchini in your diet plan.
  • Regular consumption of cheesy, doughy foods with high sodium levels or other processed foods can leave your body yearning for water. With a high water concentration, vegetables like zucchini contribute to hydration, thereby fulfilling the body’s water requirement.
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which is required by the body to prevent health conditions, like scurvy and other illnesses, including heart conditions and certain types of cancers. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin C that helps in overcoming the deficiency of this vitamin.
  • Zucchini contains dietary fiber which lowers cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids which are produced by the liver from the cholesterol. Since the fiber binds so well to the bile acid to instantly digest fat, the liver is induced to generate more bile acid.
  • The high levels of vitamins A and C present in zucchini keep the cholesterol from oxidizing in the body’s blood vessels, thereby delaying the onset of atherosclerosis.
  • Dietary fiber is known for promoting healthy and regular bowel movements, which help in preventing carcinogen toxins from settling in the colon. Zucchini has dietary fiber present in high amounts which avoids the risk of different kinds of cancers.
  • Studies indicate that zucchini contains phytonutrients which assist in reducing the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition where the prostate gland enlarges, resulting in complications with urination and sexual functions in men.
  • With the presence of magnesium in considerate amounts, zucchini helps in lowering the risk of heart attack and strokes to a great extent. Besides, it also contains folate which is necessary for breaking down the amino acid homocysteine, which when increased, can lead to heart attack and stroke.
  • Zucchini is ideal for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory allergies as it increases one’s immunity due to the high vitamin C content. Furthermore, it also helps in controlling the symptoms of any autoimmune disorders which can lead to internal inflammation of organs.

Ref.http://recipeclout.india-server.com/zucchini.html

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Tomato Soup

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Hi friends ! Whether you refer to a tomato as a fruit or a vegetable, there is no doubt that a tomato is a nutrient-dense, super-food that most people should be eating more of.The tomato has been referred to as a “functional food,” a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition, additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene. Here is a simple yet delicious recipe of tomato soup.

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients: 

    • 8  medium size tomatoes- chopped (into four quarters each)
    • 1 medium size onion ,finely chopped /or 1 cup chopped onion
    • 2 carrots, finely chopped / or grated
    • 4 cloves of garlic , finely chopped
    • 1/2 ” piece ginger ,finely grated
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 2 tsp salt or /to taste
    • 4 cups of water

To garnish:

    • 2 tsp fresh cream for garnishing

Method: 

Step 1.

In the pressure cooker take halved tomatoes, carrot ,onions, garlic, ginger with 4 cups of water close the lid and place the cooker on high flame.The moment full pressure is formed switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cooled down to room temperature,open the lid and strain the the tomatoes and vegetables with a strainer.Keep the strained soup in a mixing bowl aside.

Step 3.

Remove the tomato skins with a fork from the strained vegetables and blend all the vegetables in a blender.

Step 4.

Put the blended vegetable mix through soup strainer in to the strained soup, mix well.

Step 5.

Bring to a boil again, and then simmer. Add salt, sugar and black pepper. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

Step 6.

Pour the soup in bowls, and garnish with the cream. Serve the croutons on the side.

Health benefits of Tomatoes:

Recent developments on the health benefits of tomatoes from MNT news

A tomato-rich diet may reduce breast cancer risk, study shows.

Risk of breast cancer for postmenopausal women may reduce with a tomato-rich diet, after a study showed the diet increased levels of adiponectin – a fat and blood sugar regulator.

Soy And Tomato Combination May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer.

Men who consume plenty of soy and tomato combinations probably have a much lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to those who don’t.

Tomato extract ‘improves blood vessel function’ in CVD patients

Results of a study published in the journal PLOS One, revealed that CVD patients who received lycopene supplementation showed improved blood vessel response to acetylcholine, compared with healthy volunteers, which indicated normalized endothelial function.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/273031.php

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  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • 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.