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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Yummy Lauki / bottle gourd

Ghiya Malai

Yummy lauki / ghiya/ bottle gourd Ki Sabzi

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

Recipe Servings: 4

Recipe Cook Time : 30 minutes

Level: Easy

Course : Main, Vegetable dish

Cuisine : Indian , North Indian

Ingredients:

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

 Method:

 Step 1.

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

Step 2.

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

 Step 3.

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

Health benefits of Lauki /Ghiya /Bottle gourd:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.