Panjiri Prasad

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Prasad  also called prasada or prasadam is a material substance of food that is a religious offering in both Hinduism and Sikhism. It is normally consumed by worshippers. ‘Prasad‘ literally means a gracious gift.

Dear friends! HAPPY JANMASHTAMI TO ALL OF YOU!! Dhaniya Panjiri Prasad is specially  eaten during  fasting on Lord Krishna’s birthday / Janam ashtami for breaking the fast. The dhaniya panjiri is very flavorsome and nutritious.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms  dry Coriander/dhaniya seeds, finely powder
  • 100 gms Jaggery Powder
  • 1 cup Makhana/fox nuts
  • 4 tbsp clarified butter/pure Ghee
  • 1/2 cup khopra / dried coconut, finely grated
  • 15 Cashew nuts , roasted and cut into small pieces

Method:

Step 1.

Take dry coriander seeds in a grinder and grind it to fine powder.

Step 2.

Heat two tablespoon olive oil or clarified butter /cow’s milk ghee, in a pan add makhana/ Fox nuts and stir fry for 3-6 minutes on medium heat. Cool fried makhanas/ Fox nuts and grind in the grinder to a coarse powder. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Dry roast cashew nuts in a small pan on medium flame or microwave for 2 minutes. Cool and cut in to small pieces. keep aside.

Step 4.

In a non stick pan/ wok heat two table spoons clarified butter/pure ghee add the powdered coriander/dhaniya powder and  fry on medium to low heat for 6-8 minutes. When lightly fried powdered coriander/dhaniya gives a nice fragrance. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.
 Add jaggery powder, roasted nuts, roasted makhanaa/Fox glove powder and  finely  grated khopra /dried coconut. Mix well let panjiri/ mixture come to room temperature dhaniya panjiri is ready.

 

Health benefits of coriander seeds:

  • Coriander seeds possess many plant-derived chemical compounds that known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
  • The characteristic aromatic flavor of coriander seeds comes from their essential volatile oils and fatty acids. Some important fatty acids in the dried seeds include petroselinic acid, linoleic acid (omega 6), oleic acid, and palmitic acid. In addition, the seeds contain essential oils such as linalool (68%), a-pinene (10%), geraniol, camphene, terpine etc. Together; these active principles are responsible for digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties of the seeds.
  • As in other spices, coriander is also rich in dietary fiber. 100 g seeds provide 41.9 g of fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert insoluble fiber, which helps increase bulk of the food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system and help easing constipation condition.
  • In addition, dietary fibers bind to bile salts (produced from cholesterol) and decrease their re-absorption in colon, thus help lower serum LDL cholesterol levels. Together with flavonoid anti-oxidants, fiber composition of coriander helps protect colon mucusa from cancers.
  • Its seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for cell metabolism and red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is utilized by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  • Unlike other dry spice seeds that lack in vitamin C, coriander seeds contain an ample amount of this anti-oxidant vitamin. 100 g of dry seeds provide 21 mg or 35% of RDI of vitamin-C.
  • Furthermore, the seeds are the storehouse of many vital B-complex vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

Selection and storage:

Coriander seeds as well as its oil can be readily available in the markets year around. The seeds used as spice. Good-quality coriander seeds should release pleasant, slightly peppery flavor when squeezed between index and thumb fingers. In the store, buy whole seeds instead of coriander powder since, oftentimes it may contain adulterated spicy mix.

At home, store seeds in cool, dry, dark place, in airtight containers. This way, they keep well for many months and can be milled using a hand-mill whenever required. Ground or powdered coriander should be stored inside airtight containers and placed in the refrigerator. Use this spicy powder as early as possible since it loses its flavor rather quickly due to evaporation of essential oils.

Culinary uses:

Dried coriander seeds are one of the common spice ingredients used worldwide. In general, completely dried seeds gently roasted under low flame just before milling in order to get fine powder. Roasting releases special aromatic compounds and essential oils in the seeds.

Here are some serving methods:

  • Coriander seeds are used as flavoring agent in confectionery, stews, sausages, sweet breads, and cakes.
  • Coriander leaves as well as seeds are being used as an aromatic spice in Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Middle-eastern and European cooking.
  • Russian dark rye bread, “Borodinsky bread” uses coriander seeds.
  • In India, ground powder of coriander seeds is a common household spice powder that is used in pickling, chutneys, stews, curries, marinades as well as in sausag

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

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Black Chickpeas Curry

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Kaala chana or black chickpeas are cooked in a tasty recipe, kaal chana curry. An Indian spicy recipe of chickpeas cooked in a tasty onion based gravy. Relish with any Indian bread of your choice or rice.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kala channa / black chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 3 tomatoes, medium size, pureed
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 2onions , medium size, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves, powdered
  • 2 black cardamoms. peeled and seeds powdered
  • 15 cloves of garlic, make a paste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp Coriander, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the Kala chana/ black chickpeas overnight.

Step 2.

Now take the soaked Kala chana / black chickpeas, finely chopped onions, four cups of water, salt and keep the pressure cooker on high flame till pressure is formed. After the pressure is formed reduce the heat and cook on low flame for twenty five minutes switch off the stove. When the pressure cooker cools to room temperature, check, kala chanas/ black chickpeas will be soft.  Set aside with the liquid.

Step 3.

Heat two table spoons of oil in a pan ,add pureed tomatoes and sauté on medium-low heat for about five minutes add grated ginger, coriander powder, clove, black cardamom powder, turmeric, chili powder and garlic paste and sauté for 5-6 minutes.

Step 4.

Add the kala chana / black chickpeas with its water into the above fried masala.  Cover and bring to boil, then simmer for at least ten to fifteen minutes.

Step 5.

Serve hot , garnished with finely chopped Dhaniya / Coriander/ Cilantro leaves with any Indian breads of your choice or boiled white rice.
Health benefits of black chickpeas:

Aids in Weight Loss: Inclusion of fiber rich foods in your diet can greatly contribute to weight loss. Black chickpeas are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Cardiovascular Benefits: Black chickpeas contain a unique combination of antioxidants, anthocyanins, delphindin, cyanidin and petunidin as well as phytonutrients and ALA that maintain the health of blood vessels and prevent oxidative stress, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Black chickpeas contain considerable amounts of folate and magnesium. Folate lowers the homocysteine levels thus minimizing the risk of narrowing of arteries by plaque formation, blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
Lowers Cholesterol: The soluble fiber in black chickpeas binds the bile acids and prevents them from being absorbed by the body, thus reducing cholesterol levels. Daily consumption of around ¾ cup of chickpeas helps to decrease LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol triglycerides. Moreover, the dietary fiber of black chick peas is superior to that found in other foods.
Stabilizes Blood Sugar and Low Glycemic Index (GI): The soluble fiber in black chickpeas controls the absorption and release of blood sugar. Moreover, chickpeas have low glycemic index of 28 to 32 which means that the carbohydrate in them is broken down and digested slowly. This aids in weight loss by controlling appetite. The low GI causes blood sugar to rise moderately and slowly leading to lower blood sugar levels. Consuming ½ a cup of black chickpeas a day is effective in controlling blood sugar in just a week.
Prevention of Diabetes: As already stated, the carbohydrates in legumes such as black chickpeas are digested slowly, thus reducing the blood sugar levels. This contributes to insulin resistance, thereby reducing the risk of getting type-2 diabetes.
Great Source of Iron: Being a rich source of iron, black chickpeas can prevent anemia and boost your energy levels.
Good Source of Protein for Vegetarians: Black chickpeas are an alternative source of protein for vegetarians as these legumes in combination with whole grain or whole wheat protein, provide significant amounts of protein which are comparable to that of meat and dairy as well as devoid of high calories or saturated fats.
Beneficial for Women: The phytonutrients called saponins act as antioxidants to reduce the risk of breast cancer, prevent osteoporosis.
Treatment of Digestive Disorders: Black chickpeas are rich in dietary fiber, 2/3rd of which comprises of insoluble fiber which is vital for maintaining the health of digestive tract. Reduces the risk of cancer, particularly colon cancer.
Skin Benefits of Black Chickpeas: Black chickpeas are rich in folates, dietary fiber, protein, carbohydrates, copper, iron and phosphorus and devoid of sodium and cholesterol. They can be beneficial to your skin in the many ways.
Promotes Hair Growth: Black chickpeas contain vitamin B6 and zinc. Both these minerals play an important role in building up the protein in hair, thereby strengthening your hair follicles and promoting hair growth.
Combats Hair Loss: The combination of vitamin A and zinc in black chickpeas are vital for hair health and deficiency of any one of these in the diet can cause dandruff and hair loss.
Treatment of Dandruff: In order to get rid of dandruff, you can mix 4 tablespoons of black chickpea flour in around 250 ml water and massage your hair with it for a couple of minutes before washing.
Prevents Graying of Hair: Black chickpeas are loaded with protein and manganese. Manganese prevents your hair from changing pigmentation i.e. graying of hair.

Ref. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-black-chickpeas-for-skin-hair-and-health/

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Coriander-Garlic Chutney

Coriander chutney

Coriander garlic chutney

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

Total time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: sides

Making time: 2 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

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

Method:

Step 1.

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

Step 2.

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

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

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

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

Nutritional Value of Coriander:

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

Nutritional Value of Garlic:

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

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

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

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

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

Caution

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

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

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