Tomato dal/lentil

 

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Tomato dal/lentil

Hi friends! Here is a very delicious recipe of tomato dal /or tomato pappu fro Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is 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. Tomato dal /or tomato pappu is one of the most cooked lentil/dal/pappu varieties in Andhra cuisine. It is usually cooked with tuvar / toor dal, though it varies on individual’s choice. Dal is cooked with tomato till well blended and then seasoned with ghee or oil.

Course : Main

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Time: 15 minutes Cooking time

Total Time: 35 minutes

Cuisine: India, Andhra Pradesh

Servings: 4

Tomato dal or tomato pappu – andhra style tomato dal where pigeon pea lentils are cooked with tomatoes and other spices-herbs. slightly tangy and a flavorful dal best had with steamed rice.

Ingredients :

  • 1 tea cup Tuar dal/arhar dal/ pigeon pea lentil
  • 1 small onion or ½ cup finely chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes ,finely chopped
  • 2 Green chilies ,length wise slit and deseeded
  • 2sprigs curry leaves /kadi patta
  • 6-9 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1tsp ginger finely grated
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of asafetida /hing
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil /ghee
  • 11/4 tsp salt /as per taste
  • 1tsp Tamarind pulp

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and clean the Tuar/arhar dal /pigeon pea lentil and soak for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker heat cooking oil or ghee add the mustard seeds, as they start crackling add curry leaves, asafetida/Hing.

Step 3.

When asafetida/Hing turns light pink add the onions, and green chilies, sauté the onions till translucent. Add the grated ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a minute or so on low flame.

Step 4.

Add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, and salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.

Step 5.

Add the lentil with the water it was soaked in, close the lid and pressure cook on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame. Cook for 20 minutes then switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature, remove the lid.

Step 7.

Add Tamarind pulp, mix and bring the cooked dal/ lentil to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame, stir well. Cook the dal/lentil for 8-10 minutes on a low . Switch off the stove.

Step 8.

Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Step 9.

Serve tomato dal/lentil hot with boiled white rice, lemon pickle, fried chilies, pachadi and papadams.

Health Benefits of Tuar/arhar dal /pigeon pea lentil :

1.Toor dal is also an excellent source of carbohydrates, which your body needs for energy.Legumes such as toor dal contain complex carbohydrates, which are recommended because of their increased nutritional value.

2.It provides many of the nutrients your body needs, such as protein, fat,fiber and carbohydrates.It is very nice source of protein in Indian Cooking specially Vegetarian.

3.It also has a good amount of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins.

4.It is high in dietary fibre, low in saturated fat, and cholesterol free.

5.Toor dal contains folic acid, an important vitamin for all women especially those planning to become pregnant.

6.It cures cough, poisoning effect, gas troubles, acidity, stomach pain and piles.

Ref.http://healthytips-foryou.blogspot.in/2014/11/health-benefits-of-tuvar-dal.html

How to Use Tuvar Dal ?

1.Tuvar Dal can be used as soaked in water for 1-2 hours or cooked with water in pressure cooker for 10 minutes.

2.Cooked Tuvar Dal combined with Indian spices is generally served with roti and rice.

3.Tuvar Dal can be cooked with rice with some spices, generally known as , Turichi Khichdi in Maharashtra or Tuvar Dal Ni Kichadi in Gujarat, considered as complete protein diet.

4.Southe Indian Dish, Sambhar, made from Tuvar Dal is very famous accompaniment for Idli and Dosa.

5.Dal Bati in Rajasthan is very famous for its taste and as a traditional food. The dal is always made from Tuvar dal or sometimes mixed with other Dals.

 How to Store Tuvar Dal?

1.Tuvar Dal can be stored for long time like 1 year.

2.It can be stored in covered bin or airtight container, in cool and dry place.

3.Add some Bay leaves or dry red chilies to Dal to keep infestation at bay.

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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/

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Tori Delicious

Tori Delicious 1 Tori Delicious

Hi friends! Here is another very simple, easy to make and delicious recipe for you all.Tori Delicious this dish/ sabzi (Ridge gourd) is loved by some and not appreciated by many . Its natural flavor and taste is not enjoyed by many, but turai /Tori has a basic quality, it absorbs all other flavors wonderfully and makes the dish amazingly delicious. Tori Delicious is a very simple dish delicately spiced and blended with moong dal, is not too spicy.
Turai / tori/ (Zucchini) is a nutritious, low in calories and a versatile vegetable. It can be prepared using a variety of cooking techniques.

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: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd
  • 1/2 cup Moong daal / Yellow green gram lentil husked
  • 1 medium size tomatoes ,chopped and pureed
  • 1 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger /adrak, finely grated
  • 12 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup curd / yogurt / Dahi
  • 2/3 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 level tsp chili powder or adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp Coriander / dhania powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin /geera
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive oil / or Pure ghee

Method:

 Step 1.

 Wash and peel the Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd and cut it in small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Finely chop onions and puree tomatoes and keep aside. Wash Moong daal / Yellow green gram lentil husked nicely and keep aside.

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

Fry the onions till light golden, add minced garlic and grated ginger, sauté for few seconds. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder in it. Fry these spices for a few seconds.

 Step 5.

Now add finely cubed Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd in it, mix well. Cover and cook on low flame till Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd is soft, add washed Moong daal, tomato puree and further cook covered on low flame till daal is soft/ cooked well .

Step 6.

When Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd, tomatoes , daal is cooked and well blended (and 75% of water is evaporated) add curd / yogurt / dahi mix well, cook for couple of minutes more, add fresh lime juice.

 Step 7.

Switch off the heat. Garnish it with finely chopped Cilantro / Coriander before serving. Serve hot with Indian bread of choice!

Smooth or Sponge gourd:

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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  • 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.
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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.
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Instant Moong Dal

Panch DalInstant Moong Dal

Moong dal /green gram husked is packed with protein and low on carbs,  and is one of the best sources of protein for vegetarians . It is part of all most all  Indian vegetarian menus, it is tasty and filling.

Hi friends ! Here is a recipe for you, “Instant  moong dal”, plain, simple, spiced lentil, very healthy and delicious and Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal too! This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium..

 Recipe cook time: 5 -7 minutes

Course: Main

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup moong dal /yellow dal / husked
  • 12 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger , finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric/ haldi powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds /jeera
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Ghee/ butter
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro /Coriander , finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash moong dal very well, keep aside with 500 ml water.

Step 2.

On a high flame in a pressure cooker take washed moong dal with 500 ml of water, add ginger, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and chopped garlic. Close the lid. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove.

Step 3.

When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid blend the dal mixture and keep aside.

Step 4.

In a pan heat butter/ ghee, add cumin seeds. When cumin starts crackling add the seasoning to the blended dal. Bring it to boil.

Step 5.
Add lemon juice mix well and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with boiled rice or any Indian bread of choice!

Health benefits of Moong dal/ green gram husked:

1.It is good source of protein and dietary fiber.
2.It is low in fat and rich in potassium ,calcium and B complex vitamins.
3.It is easy to digest and not like other pulses which are heavy for digestion.
4.Dietician always recommend to eat fibrous lentils at least three times a week.
5.The fiber in these lentils help to decrease high cholesterol.
6.Mostly this dal is cooked for sick persons in home.

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.
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Kulfa / Purslane Bhurji

Kulfa Bhurji

Kulfa / Purslane bhurji

Hi friends ! Looking for an easy yet tasty Kulfa/Purslane recipe? Learn how to make Kulfa/ Purslane Bhurji using healthy ingredients.We love  Kulfa ki bhurji . Kulfa / Purslane has thick and spongy leaves, and reddish stems, both of which are edible.

Botanical name : Portulaca Oleraceaa

Indian name : Kulfa

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Although purslane is considered a weed in the United States, it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. It has a slightly sour and salty taste and is eaten throughout much of Europe, the middle east, Asia, and Mexico. The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible. Purslane may be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried, or cooked as spinach is, and because of its mucilaginous quality it also is suitable for soups and stews. Australian Aborigines use the seeds to make seedcakes. Greeks, who call it andrakla (αντράκλα) or glystrida (γλυστρίδα), use the leaves and the stems with feta cheese, tomato, onion, garlic, oregano, and olive oil, add it in salads, boil it or add to casseroled chicken. In Turkey, besides being used in salads and in baked pastries, it is cooked as a vegetable similar to spinach. In Albania it is also is used as a vegetable similar to spinach, mostly simmered and served in olive oil dressing, or mixed with other ingredients as a filling for dough layers of byrek. In the south of Portugal (Alentejo), “baldroegas” are used as a soup ingredient.

Names of this green leafy vegetable in other languages:

  • Bengali: Lunia, Bara Lunia
  • Hindi: Kulpha, Khursa,
  • Gujarati: Luni bhaji
  • Maharashtrian: Ghol
  • Tamil: Pachiri
  • Telugu: Gangapaayala, Peddapaayala, Payala kura, Peddapaavila aaku koora, Goli Kura
  • Kannada: Doddagoni Soppu
  • Arabic: Ba’le, Bakli, Farfhin, Arnuba, Bighal, Barabra (Maghrib), Rijl, Rujila, Al-hamqa, Al-baqla, Badalqa, Kharqa
  • Armenian: Perper
  • English: Purslane, Garden purslane, Pigweed, Hogweed
  • French: Pourpier potager
  • Greek: Glystiritha, Andrakln
  • Italian: Portulaca, Porcellana, Perchjazza (Bari, Apulia)
  • Spanish: Verdolaga
  • Turkish: Semizotu, Temizlik (Aksaray Province)
  • Urdu: Kulfa ki bhaji

Purslane / Kulfa is actually a super food. High in omega 3 fatty acids, purslane also possesses a variety of other nutritional benefits. Making appearances in farmers’ markets and even fancy restaurants, purslane should also become a household staple, as it is a potent health remedy.

What is Purslane?

Often labeled as a “weed,” purslane is actually a succulent herb. The plant is formally known as portulaca oleracea and less affectionately called little hogweed. The plant looks similar to the common jade plant and generally has fleshy, round leaves growing from a thin stalk.

The flavor components alone are often enough to make individuals try the herb. The leaves are the most important part of the plant and offer a moisture-rich bite similar to the crispness of a fresh cucumber. The leaves also render a note of lemony tang with a bit of a peppery finish.

Taste is not the only reason to eat this plant, however. It is considered by many as “a miracle plant.” Purslane / Kulfa literally has the highest level of omega 3 fats than any other green plants. It also boasts an assortment of other vitamins and nutrients.

 

Ingredients :

  • 500 gms Kulfa / purslane, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 Medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp Chana dal / Bengal gram split
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / hing
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 level tsp Red Chili powder
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil or any other cooking oil

Method:

Step 1.

Heat the oil in a wok / kadahi / pan add asafetida / hing, sauté for few seconds till turns pink.

Step 2.

Add onions and fry onions in hot oil. When onions turn light golden, add Kulfa / Purslane, washed Chana dal / Bengal gram split, red chili powder and salt.

Step 3.

Mix well, sauté for a minute. Cover and cook on low flame till Chana dal / Bengal gram split is well cooked. Switch off the stove.

Step 4.

Serve hot with steamed white rice or any Indian bread of choice.

Health Benefits of Kulfa / Purslane:

In addition to its nearly 400mg of omega 3 fatty acids per serving, purslane also offers a variety of other nutrients.

The tender, leafy plant also possesses a number of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.These nutrients make the plant an effective herbal refreshment for health and wellness.

Its high concentrations of omega 3 fats make it an effective treatment for boosting heart health, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and controlling symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

Its nutrient profile also make it an effective treatment for diabetes, asthma, migraines, and osteoporosis.

The herb can even prevent cancer, promote skin health and boost immunity.

While labeled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a “noxious weed,” Kulfa / purslane is actually a beneficial health supplement. Above all, it is a taste and treat combination !

Ref. http://www.earthclinic.com/herbs/purslane.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.

 

 

 

Dal Fry and Batti

Dal rajisthani        Baatis

Dal and Baati

Hi friends! Rajasthan, is not only famous for its rich culture but what makes the state popular, is its cuisine.Dal fry served with battis is one of the most famous dishes from the state. All foodies  must have tasted them at least once.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

Servings : 4 

Cuisine: Indian , Rajasthan

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

For Dal

  • 1/4 cup husked Split green gram/ husked moong dal /dhuli moong dal
  • 1/4 cup husked Split black gram /dhuli urad dal
  • 1/4 cup Split Bengal gram/chana dal
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 ” Ginger piece, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 2 Whole dry red chilies, broken stemmed
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 1 ” Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 3 Green chilies, chopped(optional)
  • 11/2 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium Lemon/ 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

For Battis

  • 2 cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp ajwain / Carom seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Pure ghee
  • 1 level tsp salt / or salt to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and soak moong dal, urad dal and chana dal in about four cups of water for an hour.

Step 2.

Take the soaked dals along with the water in a pressure cooker, add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and place it on high flame till full pressure is formed . As soon as full pressure is formed switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature. Open the lid and take out the dal in a bowl.

Step 4.

Heat oil in a sauce pan, add cumin seeds, asafetida, dry red chilies, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamoms .Add finely chopped tomatoes. Sauté for few seconds.

Step 5.

Add the cooked dals to this seasoning and mix well. Add juice of lemon and cook for few minutes till dal is well blended. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Take out the seasoned dal in a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with the battis.

For Baatis

Step 7.

Take wheat flour in a mixing bowl. Add salt, baking powder and half a cup of pure ghee. Mix well, rub with your fingers very nicely till mix resembles bread crumbs. Add sufficient water and knead into easily pliable yet a little stiff dough.

Step8.

Take small lemon sized portions of the dough, press firmly in to making round /circular/ balls ( just like while making chapatti ). we can make twelve battis with the dough. Keep aside.

Step 9.

Take a pressure cooker, grease the cooker with one tablespoon of ghee. Place the pressure cooker on medium high flame . (and remove the whistle from the lid and keep it aside)

Step 10.

When the cooker becomes hot, put the baatis or round balls of dough one by one in the cooker. Making sure to keep only that many baatis as are in one line or in one layer only and are not on top of each other.

Step 11.

Place the lid on the cooker and close it. Let battis cook on medium flame for 15 -20 minutes. Make sure that you shake the cooker well gently with hands without removing the lid every two -three minutes.  The cooker can be rotated sideways and turned upside down gently ( see that cooker lid is tightly closed). This process will help in cooking the baatis from all the sides properly.

Step 12.

Serve the baatis hot with dal fry. There is no need to dip the baatis in ghee before serving.

Note:

  • In this recipe baati is cooked with less ghee.
  • Battis can be cooked faster.
  • No oven required.

Health benefits of mixed lentils / dals:

Dals are very commonly used in the Indian cuisine. It is hard to find an Indian household that does not stock up different types dals. As dals have to prepared on a daily basis, we need to have a lot of dals on board to maintain the variety. Besides dals are types of pulses that have many nutritional values. The health benefits of dals in general is that they are very rich in proteins.
Bengal Gram Dal Chana dal or Bengal gram dal is one of the richest vegan source of dietary proteins. It is also rich in trace minerals like copper, manganese etc. Having this dal helps keep diabetes at bay.
Urad Dal If its proteins you want from your meal, then opt for urad dal. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Moong Dal Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

Ref: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20023

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Mix Dals Fry

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Hi friends! A very popular reasonably spiced north Indian preparation.It is a tasty combination of husked moong dal and masoor dal  . Dal fry  is very delicious quick and easy to make.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian, Punjabi

Course: Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Split husked Moong dal
  • 1/2 cup Masoor dal
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small size tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Wash well and soak moong dal  and masoor dal for ten minutes in 500 ml of water.

Step 2.

Pressure cook on high flame the dals in the same water in which it was soaked, with salt, turmeric powder and the red chili powder. The moment full pressure is formed,Switch off the stove.Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, remove the cooked dal in to a serving bowl.

Step 2.

Heat the ghee in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling add chopped onions sauté till golden. Add minced garlic saute till light golden add green chili.

Step 3.

Add this seasoning to the dal, simmer for two minutes, add lime juice and remove from heat. Serve hot.

Possible health benefits of Moong and Masoor dal:

Moong Dal:Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

moong dal is hailed has the healthiest among the dals. Others like masoor dal have health benefits too.

Masoor Dal : Masoor dal is very good for people suffering from bile reflux, and it also improves the blood circulation in the body.

Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20026

Good point of mixed dals:

  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Low in sugar
  • Very high in dietary fiber
  • High in iron
  • High in manganese
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in thiamin
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Appam Dahi Vadas

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Appam Dahi Vadas

Hi friends!Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing steamed lentil balls and spices.

 All varieties of dals/ lentils can be added to make Appam vadas nutritious.

Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Vegetarian

Serves : 6- 8

 Ingredients:

 For Appams

  • 1/2 cup Black gram dal (husked)
  • 1/2 cup Moong dal (husked)
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour or raw rice 2 table spoons soaked
  • 1/4 level tsp Asafetida powder
  • 2-3 Green chilies
  • 8 to 10 Curry leaves, finely choped
  • 1tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp level salt / or Salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • Olive oil for lining the appam skillet before Cooking

For the Dahi / curd / Yogurt

  • 4 cups chilled Dahi / curd / Yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Black salt
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander/ cilantro/ dhaniya leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the two dals /lentils,raw rice (if rice powder is being used then no soaking of raw rice required) very well and soak in water together for overnight.

Step 2.

Grind soaked dals / lentils and rice, fenugreek seeds and finely chopped curry leaves, green chilies in a grinder, adding water slowly (so a minimum quantity is used), to a thick consistency batter.  Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl, add salt mix well. Keep it for fermenting for 2-3 hours.

Step 3.

Take a table spoon of oil in a pan , heat the oil add asafetida wait for a few seconds for it to turn pink, switch of the stove. Add this tempering to the batter. Mix rice flour (if no previously soaked raw rice added), salt, and baking soda in the dal batter, and mix well. Keep it aside for few minutes.

Step 4.

Place an appam skillet applying  or spraying oil to all the molds of the skillet.  When heated, fill in all the moulds of the skillet one by one and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 5.                                         

After few minutes check if appams are cooked by inserting in a knife in the appams, if it comes out clean, appams are ready on one side. Flip each appam to cook on the reverse side, spraying or adding a drop of oil to each mould.

Step 6.

When cooked both sides to a light golden colour, remove from the skillet and soak in hot water.

Step 7.

Let the appams stand in hot water till water cools. Squeeze out water from appams and arrange in a serving dish.

Step 8.

Whisk yogurt add salt, black salt, roasted cumin powder, black pepper and red chili powder and mix it well. Pour the yogurt mix over the ready appams in the serving dish.

Step 9.

Garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve cold.

Health benefits of Lentils/ Dals:

Lentils / dals are higher in fiber content, extremely rich in soluble fiber, which helps the digestive system.

Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. It also helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.

Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.

Lentils increase energy levels by replenishing iron reserves in the body.

Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

Health benefits Curd:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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Chana dal Dosa / Bengal gram dal dosa

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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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Purnam Burelu

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Purnam Burelu

Hi friends! Purnam burelu / Indian Sweet Bengal Gram Dumplings is a popular sweet treat in Andhra Pradesh of India, which is served mostly as a sacred offering to God. This particular extremely delicious dessert brings a flavor of authentic South Indian cuisine to your home.

Cuisine:  Indian /Andhra Pradesh

Course: Dessert

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup urad dal
  • 200 gms chana dal
  • 200 gmsJagery (or Sugar)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 6 cardamoms, powdered
  • Oil for deep fry

Method:

Step 1.

Clean wash and soak urad dal and rice overnight. Grind to a smooth but little thicker than Dosa batter. Add a pinch of salt and a tea spoon of sugar and mix well.

Step 2.

Clean wash and soak chana dal for an hour and with two cups of water cook in a pressure cooker on high flame. The moment pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame for 15 minutes. When pressure is cool to room temperature, open the lid and drain the water and keep the boiled dal aside.

Step 3.

Grind the dal in a grinder adding powdered jaggery.  Now remove the mixture in a thick bottomed pan.  Add two spoon of ghee.   Cook on medium flame until the paste thickens, stirring continuously.  (otherwise it may stick to the bottom)

Step 4.

Let the cooked chana dal and jaggery mix cool.  Add the cardamom powder mix well.  This mixture is called Poornam in Telugu.  Make small lemon size balls.

Step 5.

Heat oil in a wok / Kadahi on medium flame, dip each chana dal ball in the prepared batter, and gently slid into the oil.  Fry until golden brown.  Drain the fried Poornam Boorelu on a paper kitchen towel to drain excessive oil.

Note:

Usually hot Poornam Boorelu are served with a spoon of pure ghee.

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Broccoli Kebabs

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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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Cabbage with Lentil

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Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian , Maharashtra

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Chana Dal /Split Bengal gram ,soaked in a cup of water for 2-3 hours
  • 2 tbsp coconut, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tps Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

 

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the chana dal for 3-4 hours.Cut the cabbage in fine threads or it can be grated too keep aside.

 

Step 2.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi / or pan add mustard seeds, when it crackles add curry leaves, ginger paste and garlic paste. Stir and sauté for two minutes.

Step 3.

Add chana dal, cabbage turmeric powder and salt and cook on low flame until chana dal is soft. Add grated fresh coconut mix well. Cook for two minutes more. Serve hot.

Health benefits of cabbage:

 

Fresh, dark green-leafy cabbage is incredibly nutritious; but very low in fat and calories. 100 g of leaves provide just 25 calories.

 

The vegetable is a storehouse of phyto-chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane, and isothiocyanates. These compounds are powerful antioxidants and known to help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood.

 

Fresh cabbage is an excellent source of natural antioxidant, vitamin C. Provides 36.6 mg or about 61% of RDA per 100 g. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

 

Total antioxidant strength measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value) is 508 µmol TE/100 g. Red cabbages contain more antioxidant value, 2252 µmol TE/100 g.

 

It is also rich in essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that our body requires them from external sources to replenish.

 

It also contains a adequate amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for the red blood cell formation.

 

Cabbage is a very good source of vitamin K, provides about 63% of RDA levels. Vitamin-K has the potential role in bone metabolism by promoting osteotrophic activity in them. So enough vitamin K in the diet gives you healthy bones. In addition, vitamin-K also has established role in curing Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside their brain.

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

 

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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Panchmel dal

 

Panch Dal panchmel dal or panchratna dal

Hi friends! Panch / 5 lentils/dals are used in the original panchmel dal recipe it is also known as panchratna dal. The word panch means five. It is a highly nutritious, delicious dal recipe. The five lentils / dals are:

  • Bengal gram dal/chana dal
  • black gram husked/ urad dal
  • green gram husked / moong dal
  • pigeon peas spilt, husked / arhar/ tur dal
  • Pink lentil / Masoor dal

Recipe type: main

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup bengal gramdal / chana dal
  • 1/4 cup green gram husked / moong dal
  • 1/4 cup pink lentil / masoor dal
  • 1/4 Pigeon peas spilt, husked / arhar dal / tur dal
  • 1/4 cup Black gram dal husked /urad dal
  • 4 cups water for pressure cooking the dals
  • 2 cloves /laung
  • 2 green Cardamoms
  • 1 tsp ginger , finely grated
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp asafetida powder/hing
  • 15 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt as per taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash well and soak all the dals  in water for thirty minutes. In a pressure cooker take a table spoon of oil, heat it and add cumin seed. When the seeds start cracking add asafetida fry it for few seconds till asafetida turns light pink in colour.

Step 2.

Add the dals, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and ginger in the pressure cooker on high flame. The moment pressure is formed switch off the stove. Let it cool to room temperature.

Step 3.

Open the lid of the pressure cooker, if the dal mixture looks a bit thick, then add some water slowly and stir to get a thick pouring consistency in the dal.

Step 4.

Take another pan, heat  ghee, add the cloves, green cardamoms, garam masala powder and crushed garlic.Fry them till they are fragrant.

Step 5.

Now add this fried tempering mixture to the dal, mix well. Simmer the dal for 10 minutes or so that the flavours of the spices blends well with the lentils.

Step 6.

Serve hot, garnish the dal with coriander leaves. Panchmel dal  goes very well with tandoori rotis ( Indian bread baked in clay onen), rice dishes.

Good points of mixed dals / lentils:

Health Benefits:

This recipe for Mixed Dal is very tasty and it gives energy. It is also very nourishing due to its high protein and brings deep nourishment to the tissues (dhatu).

Dals are very commonly used in the Indian cuisine. It is hard to find an Indian household that does not stock up different types dals. As dals have to prepared on a daily basis, we need to have a lot of dals on board to maintain the variety. Besides dals are types of pulses that have many nutritional values. The health benefits of dals in general is that they are very rich in proteins. As many Indians are vegetarians, these different types of pulses provide them with main source of vegan proteins. That is why, all the different types of dals are very important for the typical Indian diet. Apart from the general health benefits of dals, each type of dal has its own set of nutritional values. So it is advisable to have a mix of all these dals in your diet. Some types of dals are healthier when compared to others. For example, the black gram dal and moong dal are hailed has the healthiest among the dals. Others like masoor dal have health benefits too but they also have some side effects. For example, masoor dal raises your uric acid levels so you must limit its consumption. So here are some types of dals and their exclusive health benefits.
Chana dal or Bengal gram dal is one of the richest vegan source of dietary proteins. It is also rich in trace minerals like copper, manganese etc. Having this dal helps keep diabetes at bay.

Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

Masoor dal is very good for people suffering from bile reflux, and it also improves the blood circulation in the body.
Urad Dal If its proteins you want from your meal, then opt for urad dal. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Toor Dal is one of the most popular dals eaten in India. This dal has immense amounts of complex dietary fibres that helps to regularize bowel movements.

 

Read more at: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20026

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Dhaba Dal

 Dhaba Dal GpicDhaba Dal

Black Gram- English
Urad dhuli, Urad chilka, Urad sabut , Urad saboot,Kali dal -Hindi
Ulundu Paruppu – Tamil
Minappappu – Telugu
Uzhunnu Parrippu – Malayalam

What is a Dhaba?

 A roadside Indian food stall.

To get a true taste of India’s long-cultivated culinary traditions, visitors often are advised to sample the various dhaba dining establishments along the roads throughout the country. This is India’s version of fast food, which as of 2011 has yet to be replaced by more commercial establishments. Dhaba evolved from Punjabi customs and typically offers more standardized Punjabi cuisine, from tandoor-baked naan and roti to masala-laden dals and chicken dishes.This name reportedly originated in the Punjab region of India, which neighbors both India and Pakistan, and has come to epitomize these countries in its food. Its flat breads are generally made in the customary tandoor oven. These ovens also are frequently used to cook spiced chicken on skewers, called tandoori chicken, as well as a number of other dishes.

Many dhaba stands have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian offerings. India reportedly has more devout vegetarians than everywhere else in the world combined. These customers can fill up on various tandoori breads, mashed lentil dishes called dal, and various curried entrees that are heavy on vegetables, rice and paneer — the local cheese. Throughout many of these dishes, the Punjabi masala, or blend of spices, is a common theme: ginger, onion and garlic.

Hi friends! Here is a healthy, never failing recipe of a delicious dal / lentil you will like to add to your party menu.Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean from List of Indian Dals and mostly used in Southern part of Asia. Urad dal is used as a major ingredient in Indian cuisine for preparing a healthy diet. Urad dal has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which is required by the body. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

 

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 45 min

Serve: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black urad sabut / whole black gram
  • 1/2 cup chana dal
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 11/2 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed / jeera

For tempering/tadka:

  • 1 large Onion , finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1″Cinnamon stick
  • 15 Garlic cloves , crushed
  • 1Bay leaf
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Method:

Step 1.

On high flame pressure cook the Urad sabut/ black gram lentil and chana dal along with 500 ml water, turmeric powder, grated ginger and salt. After pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame, cook for twenty five minutes.

Step 2.

Turn off flame and once the pressure reduces, remove the dal and mash it lightly with the back of a ladle. Add another two cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce flame and simmer.

Step 3.

While the dal is simmering, heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan, add asafetida, cumin seed, the bay leaf, coriander powder,  and cinnamon stick and once it sizzles, add chopped onions, fry till light golden, add crushed garlic, gram masala and sauté  the seasoning for five six minutes more.

Step 4.

Add the seasoning to the simmering dal and mix well and simmer for ten – fifteen minutes, till well blended. Turn off the stove and remove the dal in a serving bowl.

Step 5.

Serve hot with rice pulaos, Raitas ,Salads and Indian breads of choice!

Note:

  • For authentic flavor, the dals are cooked on slow fire after taking out of the pressure cooker.
  • Using ghee in the tadka gives a rich flavor to the dals/ lentils.
  • To make dal more spicy and fragrant,  half a teaspoon of garam masala is added towards the end of the cooking process.

    Health Benefits of Urad Dal:

    1.Energy Booster
    Black gram is a healthy pulse as it is rich in iron content. This helps boost the energy levels in the body and keeps you active.
    2.Protein rich
     Urad Dal is good source of protein in vegetarian diet. This makes these beans an inexpensive, economical and tasty protein source.
    3.Anti inflammatory properties
     Urad dal  has anti inflammatory properties. Usually a hot poultice of black gram is used in inflammation of joints and muscle pain.
    4.Anti-Aging
     Urad dal also has various beauty benefits. Applying urad dal face packs is good for the skin as it prevents the formation of fine lines. Moreover, black gram also helps get a fair and flawless skin.
    5.Improves Digestion
     The best benefit of ingesting urad dal is that it enhances digestion because of its rich fiber content. Urad dal benefits the health as it has both soluble and insoluble fiber which is good for digestion and also prevents constipation.
    6.Boosts Heart Health
     Aside from reducing cholesterol, black lentils also boost health. This advantage is linked to the rich magnesium and folate levels that prevent damage to the arterial walls. In addition, magnesium boosts cardiovascular health through increasing blood circulation.

    Health Benefits of Chana Dal:

    1. Chana dal is high in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol.
    2.It also has a very low hypoglycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.
    3. Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein.
    4.It is low in fat and most of it is polyunsaturated.
    5.Chana dal is extremely delicious in taste, full of nutritious and can be digested easily.

    Ref.http://healthytips-foryou.blogspot.in/2014/11/health-benefits-of-urad-dal.html

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Dal Makhani

 Dal Mahani

Dal Makhani

Hi friends! Dal makhani or dal makhni is a popular dish from the Punjab region of India . The primary ingredients are whole black lentil, red kidney beans, butter and cream. Highly nutritious, and very delicious dal .

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Pressure Cooking time : 25 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Punjabi

Course: Main Course-Veg

Level Of Cooking: Medium

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Sabut urad/ black gram whole
  • 1/4 tbsp Rajma/ Red kidney beans
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or /salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves/ powdered
  • 2 Black cardamom, peeled and powdered
  • 18cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Butter or ghee/ clarified butter
  • 4 medium Tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp Coriander, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash well and soak sabut urad /Black gram whole and rajma / Red beans overnight in 750 ml of water.

Step 2.

In a Pressure cooker take sabut urad/ Black gram whole and Rajma/Red beans (with the same water in which it was soaked), with salt, turmeric powder ,the red chili powder, finely grated ginger and finely chopped onion . Close the lid and place the pressure cooker on high flame. Once the pressure is formed, reduce heat to low flame, cook for twenty five minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Open the lid when pressure cooker is cooled and see if the rajma/Red beans are totally soft. If not cook on low heat till the rajma /Red beans becomes soft.

Step 4.

Heat oil in a pan when the cumin seeds crackle, add powdered cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, sauté for few seconds add garlic paste fry till the garlic paste turn light golden brown in colour, add ghee or butter. Add the pureed tomatos and cook over a medium flame till the mixture leaves oil.

Step 5.

Add the above seasoning to the cooked dal /lentil and rajma /Red beans mix. Add some water if the mixture is too thick and cook on low flame for ten minutes. Add fresh cream , garam masala powder .

Step 6.

Simmer on low heat till the dal / lentil is well blended. Serve hot garnished with coriander .

 Urad dal health benefits:

This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B. Urad dal is also good for women as it has iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium which makes it a healthy pulse.For those who do not eat meat or fish, have black gram as it is rich in protein which is much required by the body.

Digestive Benefits

All dry beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber. The same is true of red beans, which provide about 7 to 8 grams per 1/2-cup serving, depending on the variety. They’re a rich source of insoluble fiber — found mainly in the bean’s skins — which promotes digestive health and bowel regularity.

Cardiovascular Health

Red beans support heart health in a variety of ways. Because they’re a low-fat, cholesterol-free source of high-quality plant protein, you’ll get roughly 8 grams of protein per 1/2-cup serving of red beans. enough folate helps lower blood homocysteine levels; having high homocysteine levels is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Weight Management

Like all legumes, red beans are an ideal component of any weight management diet, whether to promote weight loss or prevent weight gain. Their high-protein content makes red beans more satiating, meaning you’re more likely to feel fuller longer after eating them. Combined with resistance training exercises, eating protein-rich foods while trying to lose weight can also help you preserve or build lean tissue, which, in turn, can keep your metabolism humming.
Diabetes Protection

Most foods that support cardiovascular health and help manage body weight are effective in protecting against type 2 diabetes, and the same holds true for red beans.

Cancer Prevention

Red beans may help protect against cancer in a number of ways.

Red beans are also rich in antioxidants, which help inhibit the type of free-radical damage that may eventually lead to cancer. Red beans have a fairly high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity, or ORAC, score, which means that the antioxidants they contain are relatively effective against free-radical damage. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2010 ORAC report, red kidney beans have an ORAC score five times higher than navy beans and about 10 times higher than garbanzo beans.

Ref. http://www.livestrong.com/article/4692-need-health-benefits-red-beans/

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Chana Dal with Kaddu

kaddu Chana Dal

Bengal gram dal with yellow Pumpkin

Hi friends! Combination of Chana dal and pumpkin is highly nutritious, has a rich flavour and aroma, is amazingly delicious and gets easily digested.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Recipe type: main

Cuisine: north Indian

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

for cooking the chana dal in pressure cooker:

  • 1 cup chana dal/bengal gram dal
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric/haldi
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/hing
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt or / Salt as required
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed / jeera
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 500 ml water

for seasoning:

  • 200 gms Yellow pumpkin, Cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger/adrak, finely grated
  • 8-9 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed/jeera
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 3 cloves, powdered
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Black Cardamom seeds, powdered
  • 2 tsps fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Pure Ghee
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, finely chopped, for garnishing

Method:

Step 1.

Clean and wash the chana dal well, soak the dal for an hour in 500 ml water, keep aside

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker heat a tablespoon of cooking oil, add cumin seed, wait till starts spluttering, add asafetida fry for few second till turns pink.

Step 3.

Add the chana dal with water and turmeric, chili powder powder . On a full flame place the pressure cooker on the stove. The moment pressure is formed, reduce to low flame, cook for twenty five minutes. switch off the stove, let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 4.

Open the lid of the pressure cooker, dal is well cooked, keep aside.

Step 5.

Take a pan, heat ghee add the cumin first and fry for a few seconds, add the onions and fry till they become light brown, add the garlic and fry till golden. Add coriander powder, fry for few seconds,  add clove and Black cardamom powder. Add pumpkin pieces, fry for 3-5 minutes, now add the tomatoes, ginger, stir and sauté on low flame till the tomatoes get cooked and the oil starts to leave the side of the mixture.

Step 6.

Pour this tempering mixture on the dal, stir and simmer the dal for 10-15 minutes till dal is well blended, the dal is neither thick nor thin. Add fresh lime juice.Garnish chana dal with chopped coriander leaves. Serve the chana dal hot with basmati rice pulaos or with any of the Indian breads.

Note:

The consistency of the dal can be easily adjusted, if the dal becomes thick, then after adding the tempering, add some water and simmer for some minutes or if the dal become thin, simmer for a longer time so that you get the right consistency.

Possible health benefits of consuming pumpkin:

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like pumpkin decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality. It can also help stave off diabetes, heart disease, and promote a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Pumpkin is one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that gives orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant color. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body once it is eaten.

Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease, and delay aging and body degeneration.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279610.php

Possible health benefits of consuming Chana dal:

  • Chana dal is high in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol.
  • It also has a very low hypoglycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.
  • Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein.
  • It is low in fat and most of it is polyunsaturated.
  • Chana dal is extremely delicious in taste, full of nutritious and can be digested easily.

Ref.http://healthytips-foryou.blogspot.in/2014/11/health-benefits-of-chana-dal.html

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Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

Prep Time: Under 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6-8 minutes

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rice, boiled/or leftovers
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder level
  • 2 small size lemons
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal (husked black gram dal)
  • 1/2 tsp bengal gram (channa dal)
  • 1-2 dried red chilies
  • a small pinch of asafetida
  • 6-8 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tsp of olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt or /salt to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Cooked rice used for making lemon rice should not be mushy/ overcooked. The rice grains should be separate. (Pre cooked or freshly cooked).

Step 2.

In a wok/ kadahi for tempering , take two tsp of oil and when hot, add mustard seeds. When mustard starts spluttering, add urad dal, chana dal curry leaves, asafetida , roasted peanuts turmeric powder and red chilies sauté on a medium flame for a minute.

Step 3.

Add the rice, salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for few minutes, stirring continuously.

Step 4.

Add the lemon juice, mix well and cook on a medium flame for few second to blend in lemon juice well. Serve hot garnished with fresh finely chopped coriander leaves.

 

Lehsuni Moong Dal

Moong dal Lehsunwali 1

husked Green gram  with garlic

Hi friends! Yellow moong dal is extremely light and easy to digest. It is easier to cook. Moong dal is used for making soups, stews and purees.

 Preparation Time : 10-15 minutes

Cooking time : 5-8 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup husked green gram dal /dhuli moong dal
  • 1 medium size Onion ,finely chopped
  • 12 pods of garlic / lehsun (finely past)
  • 1 “piece Ginger/ adrak, finely grated
  • 1/ 2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or Salt to taste
  • 500 ml water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil/ pure ghee

Method :

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the Moong dal in three glasses of water , keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil/ ghee in the pressure cooker, add asafetida, when turns pink, add mustard seeds, starts to splutters add curry leaves. Fry for few seconds (do not let it turn dark brown) .

Step 3.

Add the moong dal with three glasses of water to this seasoning. Add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till the full pressure is formed ( after the first whistle, switch of the heat), let it cool.

Step 4.

Heat ghee (clarified butter) in a thick bottom pan, fry onions till golden, put ginger and garlic paste, fry for a few minutes.

Step 5.

Add this seasoning to the dal and mix well.

Step 6.

Serve hot with boiled rice, pulaows or geera rice and all the Indian breads.

Note: Moong dal is cooked in many different ways in India. This recipe with the goodness of garlic/ lehsun is very simple, delicious and with a garlic flavor.

Possible health benefits of Moong dal:

  • Pulses are low in fat & cholesterol, high in dietary fiber and rich in protein, making them an excellent heart healthy food choice with established health benefits.
  • 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.

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Lentil/Dal Appams

Khara appam 3

Hi friends! In all, five assorted husked dals / lentils are used for making these appams.  On fermenting this batter provides very soft appams. Makes a very nutritious and delicious breakfast or healthy snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Black gram dal husked
  • 1/4 cup Moong dal husked
  • 1/4 cup Bengal gram dal /chanadal
  • 1/4 Toor dal
  • 1/4 cup Masoor dal
  • 1/4 cup Raw rice or rice flour
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 2-3 Green chili
  • 4 tbsp curry leaves , finely chopped
  • 1/4 level tsp Asafetida powder
  • 1 tsp level salt / or as per taste salt
  • Olive oil for cooking

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the dals /lentils,raw rice (if rice powder is being used then no soaking of raw rice required) very well and soak in water together overnight.

Step 2.

Grind soaked dals / lentils and rice, fenugreek seeds and finely chopped curry leaves, green chilies in a grinder, adding water slowly (use a minimum quantity ), to a thick consistency batter.  Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl, add salt mix well. Keep it for fermenting for 2-3 hours.

Step 3.

Take a table spoon of oil in a pan , heat the oil add asafetida wait for a few seconds for it to turn pink, switch of the stove. Add this tempering to the batter. Mix rice flour (if no previously soaked raw rice added), and salt in the dal batter, and mix well. Keep it aside for few minutes.

Step 4.

Place an appam skillet applying  or spraying oil to all the moulds of the skillet.  When heated, fill in all the moulds of the skillet one by one and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 5.

After few minutes check if appams are cooked by inserting in a knife in the appams, if it comes out clean, appams are ready on one side. Flip each appam to cook till golden on the reverse side, spraying or adding a drop of oil to each mold.

Step 6.

Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Health benefits of Lentils / Dals :

Lentils / dals are higher in fiber content, extremely rich in soluble fiber, which helps the digestive system.

Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. It also helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.

Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.

Lentils increase energy levels by replenishing iron reserves in the body.

Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

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Lentils/Dals Appams 1

Khara appam

Appams with Two Lentils/Dals

Hi friends!All varieties of dals/ lentils can be added to make Breakfast / Snacks nutritious.  Almost all the dals / lentils can be used to prepare a variety of appams.  On fermenting this dough delicious appams can be prepared.  Coconut chutney is a good accompaniment to this wonderful preparation.

Serves :4-6

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Black gram dal (husked)
  • 1/2 cup Moong dal (husked)
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour or raw rice 2 table spoons soaked
  • 1/4 level tsp Asafetida powder
  • 2-3 Green chilies
  • 8 to 10 Curry leaves, finely choped
  • 1tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp level salt / or Salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • Olive oil for lining the appam skillet before Cooking

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the two dals /lentils,raw rice (if rice powder is being used then no soaking of raw rice required) very well and soak in water together for overnight.

Step 2.

Grind soaked dals / lentils and rice, fenugreek seeds and finely chopped curry leaves, green chilies in a grinder, adding water slowly (so a minimum quantity is used), to a thick consistency batter.  Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl, add salt mix well. Keep it for fermenting for 2-3 hours.

Step 3.

Take a table spoon of oil in a pan , heat the oil add asafetida wait for a few seconds for it to turn pink, switch of the stove. Add this tempering to the batter. Mix rice flour (if no previously soaked raw rice added), salt, and baking soda in the dal batter, and mix well.Keep it aside for few minutes.

Step 4.

Place an appam skillet applying  or spraying oil to all the molds of the skillet.  When heated, fill in all the moulds of the skillet one by one and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 5.                                         

After few minutes check if appams are cooked by inserting in a knife in the appams, if it comes out clean, appams are ready on one side. Flip each appam to cook on the reverse side, spraying or adding a drop of oil to each mould.

Step 6.

When cooked both sides to a light golden colour, remove from the skillet and serve hot with coconut chutney.

Health benefits of Lentils/ Dals:

Lentils / dals are higher in fiber content, extremely rich in soluble fiber, which helps the digestive system.

Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. It also helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.

Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.

Lentils increase energy levels by replenishing iron reserves in the body.

Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

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Spicy Masoor Dal

 

Spicy Masoor dal

Spicy Masoor Dal

Hi friends! It is a delicious lentil made with tomato and spices. Masoor dal can be cooked in the combination of various other vegetables such as beans, cauliflower, green peas, etc. also.

Preparation time: 10 mins.
Cooking time: 10 mins.
Serves 6
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup masoor /whole red lentil, husked masoor whole
  • 2 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2″ piece ginger , finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1 level tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pure ghee
  • 1 tbsp coriander /dhania/Cilantro, finely chopped for garnishing

For Tempering:

  • 12 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size onion, finely sliced

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the masoor dal very well, soak in 500 ml water for fifteen minutes.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker, take Olive oil heat add cumin . When cumin starts to crackle, add asafetida fry for a few seconds, till it is light pink in colour. Add the chopped onions, add the tomatoes, fry for 3-4 minutes.

Step 3.

Add coriander, turmeric, chili powder, fry for few seconds, add soaked dal with water, salt and close the lid, cook on high flame, after the pressure is formed, reduce heat to low flame, cook for one minute only. Cool the pressure cooker to room temperature.

Step 4.

Open the lid of pressure cooker, take out the dal in a medium size bowl. Heat the ghee in a pan add the sliced onions sauté for 4-5 minutes, till light golden.

Step 5.

Add the finely chopped garlic, fry for 3 to 4 minutes, add gram masala, fry for few seconds.

Step 6.

Put the above tempering in to the dal . Serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander. It is very delicious spicy dish. Serve with all Indian breads or boiled rice.

Health benefits of Masoor dal:

Packed with protein, fiber, iron, folate, and other important nutrients, lentils are the storehouse of nutrition offering you numerous health promoting benefits and longevity as well.Masoor dal is an ideal food addition to your weight loss diet because it is low in fat and contains high amounts of fiber. Eating fiber rich foods controls your appetite by giving you the feeling of fullness which lasts for a long period of time. Masoor dal helps in loseing weight, protects the heart, and is good for diabetics.

Red lentils improve digestive health, reduce cancer risk,boost your immune power,reduce inflammation,and are healthy for eyes.Red lentils boost energy,and is good for strong bones and teeth.

Ref. http://www.valuefood.info/food/natural-food/nutrition-health-benefits-pulses-cereals/benefits-of-red-lentils-masoor-dal/

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Mung beans and chana Dal

 Moong sabut       +          Chana dal

Moong chana 3

Mung Beans / Whole green gram, cooked with chana dal / gram dal

Hi friends! Nutritious, tasty combination and very commonly used in the Indian cuisine.

Servings: 6

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup moong sabut /whole green gram
  • 1/2 cup Chana dal / Bengal gram dal
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing/ asafetida
  • 2/3 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp powdered coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp pure ghee
  • 500 ml water

 For seasoning

  • 2 Medium size onions finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala

Method:

Step 1.

Pick, clean and wash the dals very well, keep aside.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker, put two table spoon oil in it, and heat, when heated put hing/ asafetida and wait till it turns light pink in colour. Add cumin seed/ geera, when it starts spluttering , put coriander powder, fry it for a few seconds, add dals , water, salt, ginger and turmeric, chili powder.

Step 3.

After the pressure is formed, reduce the heat and let it cook for twenty-five minutes. Switch off the heat. Keep to cool.

Step 4.

Heat the ghee in a pan, and add the onions. Fry till the onion turns golden add garam masala. Put the seasoning in the dal, bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 10 minutes. The consistency of the dal can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing water.

Step 5.

Add the, lime juice and mix well. Serve hot garnished with the coriander leaves.

Health Benefits of Mung Beans:

1. Can Help Lower High Cholesterol Levels and Protect Against Heart Disease

Mung beans have the ability to regulate cholesterol levels because their antioxidants act like potent free-radical scavengers, reversing damage done to blood vessels and lowering inflammation. Mung beans are a great addition to any anti-inflammatory diet thanks to their ability to keep arteries clear and to improve circulation.

2. Helps Lower High Blood Pressure

Mung beans nutrition include the ability to fight another significant cardiovascular disease risk factor: high blood pressure.

3. Contains Antioxidants That Fight Cancer Development

High levels of amino acids — oligosaccharides and polyphenols — in mung beans are thought to be the main contributors to their antioxidant power that can fight cancer development.

4. Can Help Prevent or Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Strong evidence exists that mung beans nutrition has a significant anti-diabetic effect and can naturally help prevent or treat cases of type 2 diabetes.

5. Provide a High Source of Protein

Mung beans nutrition includes a very impressive amount of protein for a plant, with about 20–24 percent of their chemical structure being amino acids (protein). Mung beans nutrition is also rich in other essential amino acids, including leucine, isoleucine and valine, which can be combined with other plant sources (like whole grains or some vegetables) to make a “complete protein.” Their highly absorbable protein content makes them a smart choice for vegans or vegetarians, especially considering how many other nutrients they add to someone’s diet.

6. Boosts Immunity and Protects Against Infections and Viruses

Mung beans nutrition contains a range of phytonutrients that are considered anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, helping them to increase immunity and fight harmful bacteria, viruses, colds, rashes, irritations and more. Mung beans promote a healthy balance of bacteria within the digestive tract, which helps with nutrient absorption and immune defense.

Ref. https://draxe.com/mung-beans-nutrition/

Health benefits of mixed lentils / dals:

Dals are very commonly used in the Indian cuisine. It is hard to find an Indian household that does not stock up different types dals. As dals have to prepared on a daily basis, we need to have a lot of dals on board to maintain the variety. Besides dals are types of pulses that have many nutritional values. The health benefits of dals in general is that they are very rich in proteins.
Bengal Gram Dal Chana dal or Bengal gram dal is one of the richest vegan source of dietary proteins. It is also rich in trace minerals like copper, manganese etc. Having this dal helps keep diabetes at bay.
Urad Dal If its proteins you want from your meal, then opt for urad dal. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Moong Dal Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

Ref: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20023

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Moong Pakori Raita

Bundi raita     moong dal pakori   Moong Pakori Raita

Hi friends! Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt/curd/Dahi containing fried lentil balls and spices.

Serving: 6

Dal soaking time: 3-4 hours

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:      

 For Pakori

  •  1 cup soaked overnight ( or for  at least 3-4 hours) dhuli moong daal (husked green gram)
  • 1  tsp red chili powder / or add more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/ geera
  • 1 level tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 1 tsp adrak (ginger) finely grated
  • Oil for deep-frying

For Raita

  •  1 liter Curd/ yogurt
  • 1 tsp roasted and powdered cumin seeds/ geera
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt / or salt to taste

Method:

Step 1.

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

Step 2.
Heat the oil and drop teaspoonfuls into the hot oil and fry the pakoris, fry to a golden color, strain and keep aside on a paper kitchen towel till all the pakoris are fried.

Step 3.

Soak the pakoris in water for ten minutes. Then take out the pakoris from water and gently squeeze out the water and keep aside.

Step 4.

Whisk the curd/ yogurt in a bowl very nicely. Mix salt, roasted geera powder, pepper, add the ready pakoris to the curd. Mix well, refrigerate till served.

Note: Imali /tamrind, khatti meethi chutney, goes very well with this Raita.

Curd Cooking tips:

A bowl of fresh curd and dal pakori (Raitas)is a great accompaniment to lunches and dinners.  Add sour curd to salads which make it taste better.

Sour curd is added to vegetable curries instead of tomatoes to make it rich and delicious.

Health benefits of curd:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

Health benefits of moong dal:

Among other moong dal nutrition benefits, this dal is a good source for a variety of vitamins and minerals.  Provides folate (vitamin B9). Moong dal also provides significant amounts of thiamine (vitamin B1), as well as vitamin B5 and vitamin B6. In addition to this, it contains high levels of the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zin.

A great moong dal nutrition benefit is the amount of fiber it has.

Moong beans are packed with protein.

Moong dal can be a great, nutritious addition to a balanced diet. It is a healthy meal that provides high levels of protein and fiber while containing relatively few calories and little fat.

Ref.http://weightloss.answers.com/nutrition/5-nutrition-facts-for-moong-dal

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Mung dal with Lauki

Moong dal giyawali

       Mung dal with Lauki/bottle gourd

Hi friends! Mung dal with Lauki/bottle gourd is a delicious combination of lauki and lentils. It is a delicious Indian recipe served Indian cuisine.

Preparation Time : 10-15 minutes

Cooking time : 5-8 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine North Indian

Course Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 (500gms approx) bottle gourd small (lauki/Ghiya),peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup husked green gram dal (dhuli moong dal),soaked for 3-4 hours
  • 1 big size Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 “piece Ginger/ adrak, finely grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds/ geera
  • 2 tsp Coriander/ dry dhaniya powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or Salt to taste
  • 750 ml water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil/ pure ghee
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped – (for garnishing)

Method

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the Moong dal in three glasses of water for 3-4 hours (same water is used while cooking the dal). keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil/ ghee in the pressure cooker, asafetida, when turns pink, add cumin seed, when cumin starts to splutters add coriander powder. Fry for few seconds (do not let it turn dark brown) .

Step 3.

Add the moong dal with three glasses of water to this seasoning. Add the lauki cubes, salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till the full pressure is formed ( after the first whistle, switch of the heat). let it cool.

Step 4.

Heat ghee (clarified butter) in a thick bottom pan, fry onions till golden, put gram masala fry for a few seconds.

Step 5.

Add this seasoning to the dal and mix well. Garnish it with fresh finely chopped coriander leaves.

Step 6.

Serve hot with boiled rice, pulaows or geera rice and all the Indian breads.

Note: Moong dal is cooked in many different ways in India. This recipe with the goodness of lauki/ Ghiya/ bottle gourd is very delicious and a healthy recipe.

Health Benefits of Yellow Mung dal:

1.It is good source of protein and dietary fiber.

2.It is low in fat and rich in potassium ,calcium and B complex vitamins.

3.It is easy to digest and not like other pulses which are heavy for digestion.

4.Dietician always recommend to eat fibrous lentils at least three times a week.

5.The fiber in these lentils help to decrease high cholesterol.

6.Mostly this dal is cooked for sick persons in home as it is easily digestible.

 Possible health benefits of Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya:

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.

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

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