Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf

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Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf

Hi friends! Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf is an easy recipe which can be prepared as one pot meal! Pulav/Pilaf, a rice dish consumed mainly in Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.

 Ingredients:

1 tea cup Basmati Rice

2 cups Cauliflower tiny florets

15 cloves Garlic, crushed

1 Bay leaf /Tej Patta

3-4 Cloves, powdered

3-4 black peppers, powdered

3 black cardamoms

2 ” stick Cinnamon

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp salt or salt to taste

3 tbsp Cooking oil

2 tea cups water

Method:

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain and keep ready.

Step 2.

Wash the cauliflower florets well under running water. Drain and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a heavy bottom pan take the cooking oil and place it on high flame. Add Bay leaf/Tej patta, Black cardamom, Cinnamon, turmeric ,powdered cloves and pepper. Sauté for few seconds , add garlic paste stir for few seconds .

Step 4.

Add Cauliflower florets to these spices and sauté on medium flame for few more seconds.

Step 5.

Add drained rice, salt and two tea cups of water. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat. Cover and cook on the slow flame for fifteen minutes or till rice is well cooked.

Step 6.

Serve hot with mint Raita, pickle and papads!

 Health benefits of Rice :

The health benefits of rice are many. Rice is the staple grain for more than half the world’s population, especially Asia. Rice is becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world as well. Rice is a great source of complex carbohydrates which give us the energy we need. According to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations), rice provides 20 percent of the world’s dietary energy supply.

Rice contains all the amino acids essential for building and maintaining muscle tissue, and make up antibodies, enzymes, and hormones. These amino acids also help maintain healthy skin, hair, eyesight, and nourish the heart, lungs, tendons and ligaments, brain, nervous system and glands.

Rice is low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium and hence makes a perfect food for those with high blood pressure and requiring a low-sodium diet. The calcium in rice (especially brown rice) helps lower blood pressure.

Ref. http://vegrecipes4u.com/health-benefits-of-rice/

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Sarson ki bhurji

saron ki Bhurji G   Makki ki roti with bhurjiSarson ki bhurji                                                 Makki ki Roti

Main Name: Mustard Green
Biological Name: Brassica juncea
Names in other Languages: Mostaza (Spanish), Moutarde (French), Sarson ka sag (Hindi), Kadugu ilai (Tamil), Kadugu ila (Malayalam), Ava akulu (Telugu), Rai Ni Bhaji (Gujarati), Sorisa sag (Bengali), Mohari-chi pan (Marathi), Sarson-da-sag (Punjabi), Sarson ka sag (Urdu)

Hi friends! Winter is a very good season to eat seasonal delicacies that are not only finger-licking good, but are also packed with multiple benefits that help you stay warm and strengthens your immunity. Winter chills may sometimes lead to mineral deficiencies in the body which need to be supplemented through proper diet. Comfort food like Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag with makki ki roti are well-known for their nutritional properties.

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag
  • 18 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 3 Green chillis, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp corn flour / makki ka aata
  • 3 tbsp curd / yogurt/ Dahi
  • 1/4 tsp hing / asafetida
  • 1tsp Cumin seeds/jeera, finely powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2/3 tsp Salt / or as per taste
  • 3 to 4 tbsp mustard Oil

Method:

Step 1.
Take Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag leaves, wash them and finely chop them and keep aside.

Step 2.

Now in a blender take garlic cloves, one green chili and grind them into a fine paste.

Step 3.

In a wok / kadahi/ pan, take mustard oil when oil smokes reduce the flame, put hing / asafetida, add garlic chili paste, cumin seeds powder, coriander powder, salt and turmeric powder. Fry this on medium flame for 3-4 minutes.

Step 4.

Add finely chopped Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag leaves to it and cook covered on medium/low flame till it is well blended and cooked.

Step 5.

Mix 3 tbsp curd / yogurt/ Dahi with 2 tsp of corn flour. Add it to the bhurji and mix well.

Step 6.

Cover the lid and cook for 4-5 minutes more. Serve hot with Makki ki roti.

How many calories in mustard greens (per 100 gm):

Mustard greens have about 20 calories per 100 gm of weight.

How to Buy Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag:

  •  Always try to purchase green colored mustard greens instead of opting for the red or purple colored leaves.
  • Make sure that the mustard greens you have purchased are fresh and crisp.
  • The green color of mustard greens should be lively. Avoid buying mustard leaves which have yellow or brown spots on the surface.

Mustard Green Storage Tips:

  • Do not store freshly purchased mustard greens for more than 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • Keep your mustard greens inside a plastic bag before placing it in the refrigerator. Make sure that all the air from the plastic bag has been removed before storing the mustard greens.

Health Benefits of Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka sag :

  1. Mustard green is known for its detoxification qualities. The sulfur-containing nutrients, phytonutrients and glucosinolates, present in mustard greens help to activate the detoxification enzymes in the human body and also regulate their activities. The detox support is directly related to the risk of acquiring cancers of the bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate and ovarian. No detoxification in our bodies means that cells will eventually become cancerous.
  2. Mustard green is also one of the best known antioxidants available in the market. The antioxidant support given by mustard green helps in reducing the risk of oxidative stress in the body cells.
  3. Mustard green is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits which help in building the messaging molecules in the body.
  4. The anti-inflammatory qualities of mustard greens assist in the prevention of several cardiovascular diseases, like heart attacks, ischemic heart diseases, and atherosclerosis.
  5. Regular consumption of mustard greens is beneficial for lowering the amount of cholesterol in the human blood; thus, leading to a healthy heart. Consuming steamed mustard leaves increases the rate of cholesterol lowering ability, thereby preventing unwanted inflammation that can otherwise cause problems for blood vessels and blood circulation, leading heart attack and ischemic heart disease.
  6. With many vitamins and minerals present in mustard greens, they promote proper functioning of the immune system and other bodily processes, regulate digestive processes, develop bones and other ligaments connecting the bones, and monitoring the bowels and digestive tract.
  7. The presence of vitamin E in mustard greens in significant amounts is excellent for taking care of skin and hair by giving you healthy skin and lustrous, strong hair.
  8. Mustard greens have considerable value in treating a number of disorders, like gout, sciatica, menopause symptoms, neuralgia, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, bruises, tendonitis, flu, common cold, eruptive sores and boils.

Ref. http://www.foodofy.com/mustard-green-nutrition-facts.html

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Spicy Kebabs

Lentil Kebabs with dip

Spicy Kebabs with yogurt dip

Hi friends! Everybody likes Kebabs. Not all kebabs have to be made with meat! Try out these scrumptious, easy, vegetarian lentil kebab recipe. It is high fiber, tasty and, perfect to serve at lunch or as evening / party snack with any spicy chutney/ dip. This recipe is a superb and yummy substitute for meat kebabs that all will enjoy. Make these Indian-style crisp lentil Kebabs for perfect party snacks or a starter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sabut Masoor /red lentils
  • 1 medium size onion, or / 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 12 cloves of garlic, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/ Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice or juice of 1 small lemon
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

For garnishing:

1 medium size onion, cut into rings.

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak sabut Masoor / red lentil overnight in cold water, drain and keep aside.

Step 2.

For the lentil kebabs, tip the drained sabut Masoor / red lentil into a food processor and blend until coarsely mashed, but not puréed.

Step 3.

Transfer to a mixing bowl and add chopped onions, chopped garlic and chopped Cilantro/ Coriander leaves. Add salt, green chilies and freshly ground black pepper and mix well.

Step 4.

Take about 2 Tbsp of the mixture in your hands (You can oil your palms if it’s sticking) and roll into kebabs. The mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.

Step 5.

Take sufficient cooking oil into a deep heavy bottom frying pan and place over medium flame . To test if the oil is hot enough for frying, put a small piece of onion in it, if the onion sizzles in the oil and comes on the surface fast, the oil in the pan is at the correct temperature for frying Kebabs.

Step 6.

Gently slide in Kebabs one by one in hot oil , until the pan is fairly full but not overcrowded. We need to fry them in batches. Fry for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden-brown and cooked through.

Step 7.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on Paper kitchen towel to drain out the excessive oil before serving.

Step 8.

Serve the hot and spicy kebabs with the spicy coriander/ cilantro/mint chutney or can serve these with cucumber dip too.

Yogurt Dip:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt/ Dahi/ curd
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, minced or 1 tsp dried mint leaves powder
  • 1 cup cucumber pieces, cucumber peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt /or to taste

Method:

  1. Place the yogurt, cucumber in a blender and puree on high speed until blended. While blending, gradually add the mint and salt. Dip is ready!

Lentils Storage Tips:

  • Lentils a longer shelf life. You can store lentils in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. This way they can be stored for up to twelve months.
  • Lentils purchased at different times contain varying stages of dryness and hence, should be stored separately as they will require different cooking times.
  • Cooked lentils have a relatively shorter life. If kept in a covered container in the refrigerator, they can remain fresh for about three days.

Health Benefits of Masoor dal (Lentils): 

  • Lentils are extremely rich in soluble fiber, which forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract, thereby helping in removing bile from the body. It further helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels.
  • 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.
  • The insoluble fiber in lentils leads to the feeling of early satiation; hence, people eat less and gain fewer pounds. Besides, insoluble fiber is indigestible, which passes through the body adding just a few calories.
  • Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties. Studies have proved that regular consumption of lentils can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. Fiber in the lentils reduces blood cholesterol levels and plaque forming on the walls of the arteries, thereby eliminating the risk of stroke or other cardiovascular diseases.
  • 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.
  • Rich in the antioxidant, molybdenum, lentils assist the body in breaking down harmful substances hence reducing allergy symptoms. This antioxidant is also essential for preventing impotency, particularly in older men, and avoiding anemia.
  • Researches indicate that the vitamin E found in lentils helps prevent the risk of Parkinson’s disease, though the exact connection is not yet determined.

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

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Baghare baingan / spice stuffed baby brinjals

Baigan Baghare 1Andhran Baghare baingan

Brinjals/ Egg plant are known as baingan in Hindi. This vegetable is known as the king of vegetables. Brinjals/ Egg plant  are high on nutrients, and have many health benefits and therefore it should be consumed at least once a week.Well cooked Brinjals/ Egg plant is very delicious.

Hi friends ! Brinjals/ Egg plant are good for weight loss as they are low in calories. Brinjals/ Egg plant are also rich in fiber which helps in  the feeling full for longer period and prevents us from overeating. Here is a very tasty yet easy to cook recipe for an awesome result! Baby Brinjals/ Egg plants stuffed with spice mix and cooked on slow fire.

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Curse: Main Indian, Vegetable dish

Cuisine: Indian , Andhra pradesh

Serves : 6
Ingredients:

  • 250 grams baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan
  • 2 medium size onions, chopped into small pieces
  • 12 pods Garlic, mashed well
  • 1 tsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tsp Sesame seeds /til
  • 2 tbs Peanuts
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds /khuskhus
  • 2 tbsp Dry coconut /copra, finely desiccated
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek / Methi seeds
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tsp Tamarind pulp
  • 1 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash thoroughly baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan and slit the brinjals, lengthwise, into four, but leave the stems on, so the eggplants remain joined at the stem. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a heavy bottom pan /wok /kadahi dry roast cut onions till they turn light golden brown. keep aside for cooling.

Step 3.

In a heavy bottom pan dry roast together cumin seeds, coriander powder, sesame seeds, peanuts,  poppy seeds, dry coconut and fenugreek seeds till they begin to give out a nice aroma, stirring continuously on medium to low flame. Switch off the stove ,cool the roasted spices.

Step 4.

In a grinder take together roasted onions, roasted spices, ginger, garlic, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and  sugar and grind to a very fine paste.

Step 5.

Add tamarind pulp to the spice paste and mix well. Stuff  each baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan with this spice paste  and keep the left over spice paste aside.

Step 6.

In a heavy bottom pan / wok / kadahi heat olive oil add curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds. Gently slid in the stuffed brinjals and sauté for about ten minutes on medium flame.

Step 7.

Add the left over spice paste to the sauteed baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan and mix gently. Add one cups of water, bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low flame cover and cook till the baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan are fully cooked.

Step 8.

Serve hot. An excellent accompaniment to boiled white rice or any Indian bread of choice!

Health benefits of Brinjals / egg plant / Baingan :

Prevent cancer

Fibre and antioxidants are just two of the nutrients that make brinjal a food that can keep cancer at bay.

Great for weight loss

Brinjals are great for weight loss as they are low in calories with 100g of the vegetable containing just 25 calories. It is also rich in fiber which helps in promoting the feeling of satiety which means that eating a small serving will make you feel full and prevent you from overeating.

Prevent heart disease

Like most fruits and vegetables, brinjals too are great for your heart. Being rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin B-6 and phytonutrients like flavonoids, this vegetable lowers the risk of heart disease. The presence of antioxidants keeps your arteries healthy and prevents heart attack.

Controls blood pressure

Brinjal contains potassium, an important mineral, which plays a key role in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body. It also helps in neutralizing the effects of sodium on the body thereby aiding in blood pressure control. Apart from this, increased intake of anthocyanins that are present in high amounts in brinjal, also lowers your blood pressure.

Good for diabetics

As brinjals are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber content, they are known to be good for people suffering from diabetes. This is because, the high fiber causes helps in controlling blood sugar levels in the body by controlling the absorption of glucose from food.

Lowers cholesterol in the body

Brinjals is rich in chlorogenic acid that acts as a powerful antioxidant agent, lowering cholesterol levels in the body.  It also contains high amounts of fibre that increases the absorption of blood cholesterol by the liver to produce bile.

Gives your skin a natural glow

As we age, our skin undergoes free radical damage which can cause the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on our faces. The antioxidants and vitamins present in brinjals can prevent this from happening. Additionally, it is also high in water which flushes toxins from your body and gives your skin a nice and healthy glow.

Good for your brain

Eating brinjals can prevent brain damage as it contains phytonutrients that can protect your cell membranes. These phytonutrients are also known to boost memory function and aid in transferring messages from one part of your body to another.

Help you to quit smoking

Apart from these benefits, brinjal is also known to have nicotine and thus helps in quitting tobacco. However, you’ll have to eat 10 kg of the vegetable to get as much nicotine into your body as a cigarette.

Tips you should follow while incorporating brinjal in your diet

  • Instead of metal knife, use a stainless steel knife to cut the vegetable as it prevents the chemical reaction between pytochemicals present in brinjal and metal.
  • As you cut brinjal, put them in salt water or sprinkle salt over the pieces. This removes the compounds that render bitter taste to the vegetable. It also makes your dish more tasty and palatable.
  • Brinjal can be added to any dishes like sambhar, pizza or pasta or can be consumed even in fried, baked, sauted, grilled, roasted or steamed form.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-brinjal-baingan/

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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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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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  • 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.

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Kamal Kakdi /Lotus stem Koftas/ dumplings

lotus root            Kamal Kakadi Kofte 2

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus stem Koftas/ dumplings

Lotus root, known as renkon in Japan and Lián ou in Chinese, hold a special place since older times in their cultures. The roots as well as lotus seeds, raw or cooked, have found application in variety of oriental recipes in East, Southeast Asian, and Pacific regions.

To prepare, break the root at nodal intersections into individual parts. Wash it thoroughly in cold running water before use. Trim the ends. Peel its inedible outer tough skin using a paring knife to expose ice-white, daikon (radish) like flesh underneath. It can be cut into cubes, or chopped to fine sticks in a ways desired as in other vegetables. Rinse the slices immediately in the vinegar or acidulated (lemon) water to prevent from discoloration.

Hi friends! today I have prepared Kamal Kakdi /Lotus root Kofte/ dumplings. It is a tasty, nutritious and easy to make curry.

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus root Kofte/ dumplings

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main Course-Veg

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

For koftas / dumplings

  • 250 grams Lotus leaves cleaned grated and soaked in water
  • 2 medium Potatoes , boiled peeled, grated
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely grated
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 ” ginger piece , finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 4 tbsp Gram flour /besan/ chick pea flour
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • Oil to deep fry

For Gravy

  • 2 medium size Onions, grated
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes, grated
  • 2 ” piece Ginger, finely grated
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/ coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Method :

For lotus stems/ kamal kakdi koftas or dumplings:

Step 1.

Wash lotus stems/ kamal kakdi well. Scrape lightly each lotus stems/ kamal kakdi. Grate the lotus stems/ kamal kakdi in a mixing bowl.

Step 2.

Add boiled ,peeled and grated potatoes into the same mixing bowl with grated stems/ kamal kakdi bowl. Add salt, ginger, red chili powder, gram flour and corn flour and mix well. Shape into small balls and keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai, slide in gently the stems/ kamal kakdi balls and deep fry on medium heat till golden. Drain on a paper kitchen towel to remove excessive oil.

For Gravy

Step 4.

To make gravy heat oil in a non stick pan. Add onions and sauté till translucent and light golden brown.

Step 5.

Add grated ginger, garlic paste and mix and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder mix well and sauté for few seconds.

Step 6.

Add tomato puree and mix and continue to sauté. Add 1/2 cup water and mix. Sauté, stirring, till oil begins to separate. Add 2 cup water and mix.

Step 7.

Mix Corn flour in 4 tbsp water till lump free. Add this to the gravy and cook till the corn flour gets cooked and blended.

Step 8.

Drain kofte / dumplings and add to the gravy and simmer for a few minutes. Add coriander leaves, salt, garam masala powder and mix. Cover, reduce heat, cook for 7-8 minutes.

Step 9.

Serve hot garnishing with finely chopped coriander/ cilantro.

Health benefits of Lotus root:

  • Lotus root is one of the moderate calorie root vegetables. 100 g root-stem provides about 74 calories. Nevertheless, it composed of several health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Lotus rhizome is very good source dietary fiber; 100 g flesh provides 4.9 g or 13% of daily-requirement of fiber. Dietary fiber together with slow digesting complex carbohydrates in the lotus root help reduce blood cholesterol, sugar, body weight and constipation conditions.
  • Fresh lotus root is one of the excellent sources of vitamin C. 100 g root provides 44 mg or 73% of daily-recommended values. Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis inside the human body. Collagen is the main structural protein inside the body, required for maintaining integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy, develop resistance against viral infections, boosting of immunity, wound healing and to scavenge cancer causing harmful free radicals from the body.
  • In addition, the root contains moderate levels of some of valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), folates, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin. Pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) acts as a coenzyme in the neuro-chemical synthesis in the brain which influences mood. Adequate pyridoxine levels help control nervous irritability, headache, and tension. It also cuts heart-attack risk by controlling harmful homocysteine levels in the blood.
  • Further, the root provides healthy amounts of some important minerals like copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Along with iron, it is also required in the production of red blood cells.
  • Crunchy, neutral yet delicate flavor of root lotus is because of its optimum electrolyte balance. It composes agreeable ratio of sodium to potassium at the value 1:4. While sodium gives sweet taste to the root, potassium acts to counter negative effects of sodium by regulating heart rate and blood pressure.Ref.http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lotus-root.html

Selection and storage

Lotus root (renkon) harvest begins by August and last until fall. Traditionally, farmers sink thier legs in knee-deep ponds and try to feel for the rhizome guiding their toes, which are then dug out by hand. Southeastern region of China and lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan are known for renkon production.

From a distance, lotus rhizomes appear as big size bananas arranged in sausage pattern. While buying, look for clean, firm roots with smooth unblemished skin. Fresh roots are readily available year-round in major cities in the USA. One can also buy sliced, canned, and freeze-dried roots in the supermarkets or Japanese and other Asian stores.

Once at home, place the roots in cool, dark place away from humidity for 3-4 days. Uncut rhizomes can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks inside the refrigerator.

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