Chickpea Pilaf / Chole biryani

Chickpea Pilaf / Chole biryani

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Hi friends !Here is a yummy combination of rice, chickpeas / Kabuli chanas /Gabanzo beans, with spices. It is a complete, nutritious and healthy meal.

Cooking time: 20 minutes approx.

Cuisine: Indian , North Indian

Course : main

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cup chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas, canned or cooked
  • 3cups sliced onions
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 2 bay leafs/tejpatta
  • 11/2 tsp salt / or to taste
  • 3 cloves, powdered
  • 1 black cardamom, powdered
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 6 black pepper corns, powdered
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 tsp gram masala/ mixed spices powder
  • 2 cups water

  Method:

Step 1.

Wash the rice well and soak it for 15 minutes.

Step 2.

Soak the dry chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas overnight.In a pressure cooker take the soaked dried chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas along with the water soaked in. Add salt to it and place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, reduce to low flame for twenty minutes. Switch off the stove.

( If using canned chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas, drain the liquid out of the can of chickpeas and wash the chickpeas well. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in a deep heavy bottom pan, add cumin seed. When cumin starts crackling add the bay leaves, powdered cloves, pepper powder, cinnamon, cardamom powder sauté for few seconds. Add the sliced onions. Fry the onions till golden brown.

Step 4.

Add chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas and rice, salt and water. After it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame and cover the pan and let it cook till rice is well cooked (approximately 10-12 minutes). Sprinkle lemon juice and gram masala, switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Serve hot with  Potato Raita/ Coconut Raita or any other Raita of your choice !

Note:

Cover and cook the rice on low flame after water starts boiling. Don’t stir the rice while they are cooking.check the rice in about 110-15 minutes. Check when the  the water has evaporated and rice is tender and well cooked, switch off the stove.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  1. White Chickpeas is a versatile source of protein in the human body.
  2. It helps in boosting the protein power and energy, which is a basic requirement for the healthy body.
  3. Chickpeas consist natural protein and vitamins which helps in muscle and body building.
  4. They are low in fat and cholesterol.
  5. Boiled chickpeas are highly beneficial to provide protein, foliate and zinc in the body.
  6. Chickpeas are high dietary fibre, which is an ultimate source of carbohydrates, hence strongly recommended to the diabetics
  7. Basmati is a healthy ‘supergrain’

    Basmati is gluten-free and low in fat. It contains all eight essential amino acids, folic acid, and is very low in sodium and has no cholesterol.

    Basmati has a low to medium glycaemic index, meaning that energy is released at a slower, steadier rate leading to a more balanced level of energy.

Ref.http://www.tilda.com/our-rice/why-basmati-is-best

Difference between basmati rice and regular rice (both the brown and white versions)?

Basmati rice is a unique species of rice originating from India. Just like all species of rice, basmati is available in white or brown versions, depending on the extent of the milling process. Like jasmine rice, it has its own unique smell. In the case of basmati, this smell is due to the presence of a chemical called 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline, which is found in basmati rice at about 90 parts per billion. That’s about 12 times more than in other types of rice, giving basmati its special aroma. Brown basmati rice is comparable to other types of brown rice in nutrient content (although it does contain about 20% more fiber compared to most other types of brown rice), and white basmati rice is comparable to other types of white rice.

Ref. http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=365

 

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Oats Dosas

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Oats Dosa

Hi friends ! Doasas are crispy savory pancakes/ crepes from South India is a staple food in its home region. In entire country too, Dosas are hugely popular. Instant dosas always come handy when nothing is preplanned for breakfast. There are many instant version dosas, my oats dosa recipe is easier to make than you think ! The good thing about these dosas is that they are thin and crisp and are delicious and healthy for you.For complete range of various breakfast options do check out my recipe menu.

VARITIES OF DOSAS: There are more than hundred different varieties of Dosas in India with a brilliant blend of taste, flavors, nutritional balance and seasonings. Oats dosas are special Dosas in this catagory and make healthy, nutritious breakfast or  great all time snacks! There are many instant version dosas, my Oats Dosa recipe is easier to make than you think !This recipe of Oats dosa is simple, easy,instant and gluten-free recipe. Once tasted, will definitely become hot favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white oats, I used Quaker’s quick white oats
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup yogurt , whisked well
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 2″ ginger piece,finely grated
  • 1 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp cilantro/ coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 level tsp ENO fruit salt,Regular / 1 small pouch
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

Method:

Step 1.

Make fine powder of oats in a grinder, keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take the powdered oats, rice flour, salt, asafetida, cumin seeds  and whisked yogurt, mix the ingredients well. Gradually add water as needed to make batter consistency of dosa/ pancake mix. Set aside for about ten minutes.

Step 3.

Add green chilies, finely chopped cilantro /coriander, grated carrots, add  ENO fruit salt mix it well, batter will become little frothy.

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.

When the batter begins to dry a bit, gently pour one tsp of oil over and around it. Wait about 20 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, fold it once with the help of spatula and slide it gently on a plate.

Step 8.

Repeat this process for the remaining dosas.

Step 9.

Serve oat dosa hot. The best accompaniments with the Oats Dosas are coriander/ coconut/ curry leaves or tomato chutney.

Note:

  • The key for the perfect and crisp lacy dosas lies in the consistency of batter, so please stick to the measurements provided in the recipe.
  • Mix the batter well before use.
  • The tawa / griddle used to prepare dosas, preferable should be flat an iron or non-stick tawas work best, use a properly heated tawa /griddle ( not cold , not too hot) for best results.
  • For the instant dosas pour the batter mixture onto the tawa / griddle and spread in a circular way evenly with the back of a ladle, about six-eight inches in diameter.
  • Dosas are best when eaten hot. Cold Dosas turn soggy and become slightly sticky.
  • For complete range of various chutney options do check out my recipe menu.
The Benefits of Eating Oatmeal Every Morning :
Whole Grain

Oatmeal is a whole grain, and eating whole grains can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal also contains lignans, a plant chemical that has been found to prevent heart disease. The food label on your package of oats should list one ingredient: whole grain oats. Avoid prepackaged oatmeal that may be high in both sodium and sugar and lower in beneficial fiber. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends eating whole grains to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, whole grains such as oats are a source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins.

Lower Cholesterol

Eating oatmeal can lower your cholesterol, especially your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, consider adding oatmeal to your daily menu. MayoClinic.com even recommends oatmeal as one of the top five foods to eat to improve your cholesterol numbers.

Lower Weight

Oatmeal is a source of fiber. That means when you eat oats for breakfast, you’re going to feel full for a long time. Breakfast foods high in sugar and fat can make you feel full for a brief period, but then you’re hungry again. A breakfast smoothie, consisting of blended oats, fruit and ice, can satisfy your hunger easily until lunch.

Oatmeal Options

If you’ve tried oatmeal before and didn’t like it, reconsider. Combining fruit or nuts with your oats while they’re cooking adds more nutrients. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg give great flavor to your oats. Limit any sugars and let the natural flavor of the fruits and spices take over. Blend your oats with different fruits into a healthy oatmeal smoothie. Because oatmeal is such a beneficial food, try to find a different way to eat it every day.

 

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Gram Flour/Besan Uttpam

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Gram Flour / Besan Uttapam

Gram flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour, chickpea flour, or besan, is a pulse flour made from ground chickpeas. Used in many countries, it is a staple ingredient in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi cuisines.

Hi friends! Gram Flour / Besan Uttapam is a tasty dish for breakfast or as a snack. This recipe is easy and quick to prepare and can be served with coriander / cilantro chutney. It is a favorite dish of the family for breakfast, folded with cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gram flour / besan
  • 150 gms fresh cottage cheese / paneer, grated
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain / Carom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp cilantro / coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp of oil to cook

Method:

Step 1.

Grate the the cottage cheese/ paneer and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take Gram Flour / Besan, rice flour , add salt, baking soda, carom seeds, coriander powder, red chili powder slowly add water mix to make a smooth batter. The mix consistency of pancake batter or Dosa batter.

Step 3.

Take  a non-stick pan /tava and place on medium flame. To check the heat level required, test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. Water should sizzle right away.

Step 4.

Pour about 1 ladle of the batter onto non- stick pan / tava stick and spread evenly with a back of ladle. Starting from the center, with spiral movement spread the batter outward evenly to form a circle about 6″ in diameter.

Step 5.

Immediately after spreading the batter onto non-stick pan /tava , spread evenly two tbsp grated cottage cheese/ paneer, 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves on the dosa.

Step 6.

When batter starts to dry a little, slowly spread little cooking oil over and around it. After 30 seconds; flip the uttpam using a flat spatula. Press the uttpam lightly all around with the spatula to make the cheese and uttpam cook evenly until crisp and golden brown on both sides.

Step 7.

Repeat the process for the remaining uttpam. Serve uttpam hot with cilantro / dhania / coriander chutney.

Note:

Quick spread of the batter on hot non-stick pan / tava, will make the spreading easier and will give better results.

Health benefits of Besan/ gram flour:

Besan flour, or gram flour, may not sound familiar until you hear its third name: chickpea flour. The characteristic nutty flavor from finely ground chickpeas gives besan flour the ability to create tasty, simple breads that stand on their own with few ingredients. It also stands above wheat flour in protein and folate content.

Basics

Besan flour is naturally higher in protein than wheat-based flours. One-half cup contains 10 grams of protein, compared to 8 grams in whole-grain wheat flour and just 6 grams in white flour. One-half cup of besan flour has 178 calories and 3 grams of total fat. Even though that’s double the fat of whole-wheat flour, 70 percent of the fat in besan flour comes from healthy unsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol. The same portion has 5 grams of fiber.

Vitamins

One-half cup of besan flour has 201 micrograms of folate, compared to 26 micrograms in whole-wheat flour and 182 micrograms in enriched white flour. If you consumed an entire half-cup of besan flour, you’d get 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of folate. This important vitamin is critical for the production of proteins and genetic material. In this role, folate is especially important during periods of rapid growth. When taken before and during pregnancy, it helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. The same portion of besan flour is a good source of thiamin and vitamin B-6. Thiamin converts food into energy, while vitamin B-6 is needed for the synthesis of red blood cells and the neurotransmitter serotonin that regulates appetite and mood.

Minerals

Besan flour delivers a boost of iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Well known for its role carrying oxygen, iron also functions as an antioxidant and it’s needed for the production of collagen. Magnesium causes muscles to relax, which helps maintain vascular health and regulates blood pressure. Phosphorus combines with calcium to form the primary compound used to build bones. It also carries lipids through the body and activates enzymes that produce energy. One-half cup of besan flour has 2 milligrams of iron, 76 milligrams of magnesium and 146 milligrams of phosphorus.

Preparation Tips

Besan flour is usually mixed with water, olive oil, yogurt or milk to make a paste that can be any consistency depending on the desired use. The paste is seasoned with any combination of parsley, cumin, coriander, turmeric, red chili, rosemary, onion or garlic. It’s traditionally cooked in a skillet to create a flatbread called socca or fried into fritters. Use a thick besan flour batter to coat and fry vegetables or add small shrimps to a thin batter and fry them into appetizer-like pancakes.

Gluten Free

Besan flour doesn’t contain gluten, so it makes a good substitute for wheat flour in gluten-free diets. Depending on the food you’re making, the bean taste may not create the best result. Try mixing besan flour with white rice flour, making sure that the total amount is the same that’s called for in the recipe. You’ll probably need to adjust the fluids to create the same consistency achieved with wheat flour. If you’re making yeast dough, you’ll need to add about 1 teaspoon of guar or xanthan gum for every 1 cup of flour so that the yeast can rise.

Ref. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrient-besan-flour-3167.html

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Panna /Green Mango Drink

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Panna /Green Mango Drink

Hi friends! I am introducing a delicious summer drink Panna, it is a raw mango drink. This is made with green cooking mangoes. It is a very well-liked drink for hot summer days. In India and Pakistan people prepare a very refreshing drink from fresh raw mangoes. it’s sweet and sour in taste. The pulp of raw mango should be mixed with cumin seeds, black pepper, and black salt. Blend and serve this chill drink in sizzling summer to overcome dehydration. The summer has almost reached its peak and we need such summer coolers to cool our self’s. Raw mangoes are also good source of B vitamins that are beneficial to maintain good health it can be used in preparing numerous dishes. Due to the presence of vitamin C, they are highly beneficial in strengthening immune system. It helps in throwing away from all waste products from the body.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time : 15 minutes

Course : Beverages, Cold beverages

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

serves : 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 raw green cooking mangoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar/ 6 tbsp sugar/as per taste
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1 tsp cumin seed , dry roasted and powdered
  • 1 tbsp dry mint leaves, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • fresh mint leaves, few leaves
  • Ice cubes

Method :

Step 1.

Wash the mangoes well and place them in the pressure cooker on high flame with three glasses of water.

Step 2.

The moment full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame for 10 minutes. Switch off the stove, let the cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid and remove the mangoes and water in to a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

After cooking the raw mangoes, the peel comes off easily. Scrape the pulp from the peels and mangoes, collect the cooked mango pulp in a bowl discard the peels and seeds.

Step 4.

Blend the mango pulp along with the water it was cooked in add sugar, black salt, salt, cumin powder, dry mint leaves powder and black pepper powder.

Step 5.

Aam panna/ raw mango drink is ready. Store it in a decanter /bottle / jar in the fridge.

Step 6.

Serve with ice cubes and garnished with fresh mint leaf.

Health benefits of Raw mangoes:

Tenderizing Agent

Mango, both in its green & ripe form is a very good tenderizing agent due to these same enzymes, therefore ideal to include in any marinade.

Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Unripe green mangoes are beneficial in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders. Mix one chopped raw mango with honey and salt. Consuming this mixture is very much effective in curing for summer diarrhoea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.

Heat Stroke

Raw mango guards you from negative effects of excessive hot temperature. The harmful sunrays and sizzling winds are dangerous to the health of your skin. To prevent from excessive loss of water from the body, you may consume raw mango sprinkled with salt. This simple snack quenches your thirst. Heat stroke leads to extreme exhaustion & weakness, which can be treated with raw mango drink. You need to cook raw mango in hot ashes and mix the pulp with sugar. This recipe provides amazing energy. Drinking raw mango juice helps in preventing from extreme loss of sodium chloride.

Scurvy

This remedy is highly popular in the scriptures of Indian traditional medicines. Dried powder of raw mango that is prepared after drying in sun is highly useful in the treatment of scurvy (Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C).

Herbal Remedy for Bilious Disorders

Unripe mangoes are an excellent fruit remedy for bilious disorders or liver disorders. The acids contained in the unripe, green mango trigger the secretion of bile and act as an intestinal antiseptic. Consumption of green mango with honey and pepper alleviates biliousness, and thereby diseases like urticaria and jaundice.

Blood Disorders

The fresh green raw mango is highly valued for its ability to cure blood disorders. It increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps the formation of new blood cells. It aids the absorption of food, iron and prevents bleeding tendencies. It increases body resistance against tuberculosis, anaemia, cholera and dysentery.

Precaution

We know excess of anything is bad, so avoid eating raw mangoes in-excess. Their excessive intake may cause throat irritation, indigestion, dysentery and abdominal colic. One should, therefore, not consume more than one or two green mangoes daily. Drink water immediately after eating raw mangoes as, it clots sap and makes more irritated. Do not eat raw mango without draining its sap. The intake of sap may cause gastro- intestinal, throat, and mouth infection.

Ref. http://www.khanapakana.com/article/ced410b8-af11-4a98-a330-0b784a162737/-raw-mango-natural-benefits-and-curative-properties

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Halwa Bemisal

Millet Halwa VG

Millet Flour Halwa – In Hindi Bajre ka halwa -In Telgu- జొన్నలు

English Name-Pearl Millet ,Hindi Name: Bajra

A cereal, used a lot in rural India, it has a high fiber content. The most common millet is pearl millet i.e bajra, which is an important crop in India. India is the largest producer of pearl millet. Very famous in Rajasthan, it is the most famous type of millet. Bajre ki roti with sarsoon da saag is one of India’s signature dishes from the farms. These brown grains incorporate a nutty and bittersweet after taste. It is commonly prepared as a bread and stuffed parathas whereas the flour can be used to make dokhlas, Munn and chaklis. Bajra should always be consumed fresh therefore it is best to purchase it in small quantities.

Did you know?

Bajra is called babala and lebelebele in Africa and milheto in Brazil. One cup of dry pearl millet expands to three cups of cooked millet.
Usage :

Over 90 percent of pearl millet cultivated is consumed as food by humans. Having its texture similar to brown rice, it can be cooked like rice. It is also used in the preparation of flat breads.
Pearl millet is grounded to flour and is used in making various baking products like breads, cookies, muffins, chapatis/ flat bread and biscuits. It lasts for not more than 15 days. The dried bajra grains are ground to flour which is light brown to greyish in color with a nutty taste. Bajra flour is usually used in winters as it is known to warm the body.

Hi friends! A new recipe for the winter. Once you make this yummy halwa in winter, it will remain on your dessert’s menu  for every winter!!!

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Indian desserts

Time : 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Millet flour , 120 gms
  • 120 gms Jaggery
  • 1/2 cup Ghee
  • 6 Cashews
  • 15 pistachios
  • 15 Almonds
  • 6 Green cardamoms,

Method:

Step 1.

In a pan take 2 cups of water add Jaggery to it. On a high flame bring it to boil, reduce to low flame till jaggery has melted in water completely.

Step 2.

Dry roast lightly the nuts in a non stick heavy bottom pan, keep aside to cool. When cooled coarsely grind cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat ghee in a wok/kadahi add millet flour to it. Stir frying cook on low-medium flame until it changes colour and slightly golden brown in color.

Step 4.

Add the hot jaggery syrup. Mix well and cook on medium flame stirring continuously until it gets thick in consistency.

Step 5.

When halwa gets thick add ground nuts and cardamom powder. Mix all ingredients really well and cook for one more minute. Millet flour halwa is ready.

Step 6.

Garnish the halwa with a tabsp of ground nuts and serve hot.

Note:

You can increase or decrease the quantity of sweetness in halwa as per your choice.

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Nutritional Value :

Bajra is high in proteins, iron, calcium, folic acid and prevents anemia. It is higher in calorie count than wheat. It also promotes a healthy nervous system. Many claim bajra is the key to a slim waist since it aids in burning fat. It helps to overcome acidity due to its alkaline nature.
Ref. http://food.ndtv.com/ingredient/pearl-millet-700926

Health Benefits of Millet:

  1. Millet is alkaline and it digests easily.
  2. The Hunzas – who live in a remote area of the Himalayan foothills and are known for their excellent health and longevity – enjoy millet as a staple in their diet.
  3. Millet will hydrate your colon to keep you from being constipated.
  4. Millet acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your inner ecosystem.
  5. The serotonin in millet is calming to your moods.
  6. Millet is asmart carbwith lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Because of this it has a relatively low glycemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice.
  7. Magnesium in millet can help reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks.
  8. Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol.
  9. Millet consumption decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein.
  10. All millet varieties show high antioxidant activity.
  11. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for sensitive individuals.
  12. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetariandiet.

Ref. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-health-benefits-of-millet.html

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Bajra / Millet Roti

Bajra Roti

Bajra / Millet roti or bajra bhakri

Bajra / Millet roti or bajra bhakri is gluten free flat Indian bread made from millet / bajra flour.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 3 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Bread

Serves: 6 small flat rotes / breads

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bajra /millet flour
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / as per taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, roasted and powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, medium size, finely chopped
  • 1 cup hot water
  • some bajra / millet flour for dusting
  • Olive oil / pure ghee for frying rotes

Method:

Step 1.

In a pan heat the water and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl, take the bajra / millet flour add salt, red chili powder, cumin seed powder, onions and coriander leaves. With the hot water knead the mixture into a smooth ,soft dough.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into six equal portions. Dust with flour the rolling board and roll each portion into 3″ disc/ roti/ flat bread.

Step 4.

Heat a griddle / tava on a medium flame, carefully transfer each rolled disc/ roti/ flat bread disc on to the hot tava / griddle.

Step 5.

Cook one side of the roti, flip and cook the other side. Put some ghee on the disc/ roti/ flat bread and fry slowly then flip a couple of times and cook till golden brown spots appear on both sides of the disc/ roti/ flat bread and it is well cooked. (fry the bajra rotis like parathas)

Step 6.

Fry all the disc/ roti/ flat bread one by one and stack all the rotis in a small bread basket or a casserole. Serve bajra roti / disc/ flat bread hot with a stuffed brinjals/ egg plants/ aubergines as side dish and dhaba dal (Sabut urad/ black gram whole with Bengal gram dal/ chana dal).

Health Benefits of Millet:

Millet is more than just an interesting alternative to the more common grains. Our food ranking system qualified it as a good source of some very important nutrients, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Heart-Protective Properties

Although oats have been widely publicized for their heart-protective properties, millet is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. Magnesium has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of asthma and to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Magnesium has also been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, especially in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.

Development and Repair of Body Tissue

The phosphorus provided by millet plays a role in the structure of every cell in the body. In addition to its role in forming the mineral matrix of bone, phosphorus is an essential component of numerous other life-critical compounds including adenosine triphosphate or ATP, the molecule that is the energy currency of the body. Phosphorus is an important component of nucleic acids, the building blocks of the genetic code. In addition, the metabolism of lipids (fats) relies on phosphorus, and phosphorus is an essential component of lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures.

Millet and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Millet and other whole grains are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion.

The FDA permits foods that contain at least 51% whole grains by weight (and are also low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol) to display a health claim stating consumption is linked to lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Now, research suggests regular consumption of whole grains also reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. (van Dam RM, Hu FB, Diabetes Care).

In this 8-year trial, involving 41,186 particpants of the Black Women’s Health Study, research data confirmed inverse associations between magnesium, calcium and major food sources in relation to type 2 diabetes that had already been reported in predominantly white populations.

Risk of type 2 diabetes was 31% lower in black women who frequently ate whole grains compared to those eating the least of these magnesium-rich foods. When the women’s dietary intake of magnesium intake was considered by itself, a beneficial, but lesser—19%—reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes was found, indicating that whole grains offer special benefits in promoting healthy blood sugar control. Daily consumption of low-fat dairy foods was also helpful, lowering risk of type 2 diabetes by 13%. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and get the benefits of both millet and dairy by serving a hot bowl of millet topped with low-fat milk and your favorite dried fruit, nuts or seeds.

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Helps Prevent Gallstones

Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as millet, can help women avoid gallstones, shows a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Studying the overall fiber intake and types of fiber consumed over a 16 year period by over 69,000 women in the Nurses Health Study, researchers found that those consuming the most fiber overall (both soluble and insoluble) had a 13% lower risk of developing gallstones compared to women consuming the fewest fiber-rich foods.

Those eating the most foods rich in insoluble fiber gained even more protection against gallstones: a 17% lower risk compared to women eating the least. And the protection was dose-related; a 5-gram increase in insoluble fiber intake dropped risk dropped 10%.

How do foods rich in insoluble fiber help prevent gallstones? Researchers think insoluble fiber not only speeds intestinal transit time (how quickly food moves through the intestines), but reduces the secretion of bile acids (excessive amounts contribute to gallstone formation), increases insulin sensitivity and lowers triglycerides (blood fats). Abundant in all whole grains, insoluble fiber is also found in nuts and the edible skin of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, many squash, apples, berries, and pears. In addition, beans provide insoluble as well as soluble fiber.

Fiber from Whole Grains and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer

When researchers looked at how much fiber 35,972 participants in the UK Women’s Cohort Study ate, they found a diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as millet, and fruit offered significant protection against breast cancer for pre-menopausal women. (Cade JE, Burley VJ, et al., International Journal of Epidemiology).

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53#healthbenefits

 

Multigrain Munn/Multigrain Cookies

Multigrain Cookies Munn

Multigrain Munn / Millet and Sorghum cookies

Safe snacking

Hi friends!In these cold winter months, we often find ourselves reaching for the blanket in bed or a recliner chair near a room heater with unsuitable snacks. Avoid piling on the winter kilos with my very delicious and nutritious multigrain fat free treat substitute. In nations with high sorghum consumption, the grain is often eaten as porridge or boiled like rice as a base for other dishes. The Ethiopian bread injera is made from sorghum, as are a variety of gluten-free beers.

Preparation & Cooking Time : 10 -15 minutes

Serves: 4

Course: Snack/ Healthy snack

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Punjab
Ingredients :

  • 2 cups Bajra / Millet Flour
  • 2 cups Jowar /Sorghum flour
  • 200 gms Jaggery
  • 4 tbsps Til/ Sesame seed
  • 1/2 cup powdered almonds
  • 11/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp khopra finely chopped (optional)

Method:

Step 1.

Add 1 1/2 cup of water to jaggery and heat until the jaggery melts. Keep aside for cooling.

Step 2.

In a pan on medium flame dry roast the Til/ Sesame seed till slightly pink, switch off the stove. Keep aside for cooling.

Step 3.

Combine the Bajra /millet flour and Jowar /Sorghum flour, almond powder and Til/ Sesame seed in a mixing bowl.  Add the melted jaggery to it and make a soft dough.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into 6-7 equal sized balls.

Step 5.

Now flatten each dough ball on a dusted rolling board or plastic sheet to form a small and thick circle with your palm or rolling pin.With a fork pierce the surface of the Munn / cookie

Step 6.

Place it on a heated tava / griddle and cook on a low flame covered with a lid for a minute.

Step 7.

Carefully flip the cookie cover and cook on the other side for a minute. Flip again third time cover and cook for a minute or so till golden and flip again a fourth time cover and cook for a minute. Remove from the tava / griddle and cool on a wire rack.

Step 8.

Cool and serve as a snack.

Health Benefits of Millet:

Millet is more than just an interesting alternative to the more common grains. Our food ranking system qualified it as a good source of some very important nutrients, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Heart-Protective Properties

Although oats have been widely publicized for their heart-protective properties, millet is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. Magnesium has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of asthma and to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Magnesium has also been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, especially in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.

Development and Repair of Body Tissue

The phosphorus provided by millet plays a role in the structure of every cell in the body. In addition to its role in forming the mineral matrix of bone, phosphorus is an essential component of numerous other life-critical compounds including adenosine triphosphate or ATP, the molecule that is the energy currency of the body. Phosphorus is an important component of nucleic acids, the building blocks of the genetic code. In addition, the metabolism of lipids (fats) relies on phosphorus, and phosphorus is an essential component of lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures.

Millet and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Millet and other whole grains are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion.

The FDA permits foods that contain at least 51% whole grains by weight (and are also low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol) to display a health claim stating consumption is linked to lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Now, research suggests regular consumption of whole grains also reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. (van Dam RM, Hu FB, Diabetes Care).

Helps Prevent Gallstones

Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as millet, can help women avoid gallstones, shows a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Fiber from Whole Grains and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer

When researchers looked at how much fiber 35,972 participants in the UK Women’s Cohort Study ate, they found a diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as millet, and fruit offered significant protection against breast cancer for pre-menopausal women. (Cade JE, Burley VJ, et al., International Journal of Epidemiology).

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53#healthbenefits

Health Benefits of Jowar /Sorghum flour:

Sorghum, an ancient cereal grain that’s a staple crop in India and throughout Africa, has long been considered a safe grain alternative for people with celiac disease and gluten insensitivity. New molecular evidence confirms that sorghum is completely gluten-free, and reports that the grain provides health benefits that make it a worthy addition to any diet.

Benefits Your Metabolism

Consuming sorghum benefits your health, thanks to its magnesium and copper content. Magnesium contributes to healthy bone tissue and regulates your body’s calcium levels, while copper boosts your immune system and promotes red blood development. Both minerals also play a role in your metabolism and help your cells produce useable energy. A serving of sorghum offers 91 milligrams of magnesium and 518 micrograms of copper. This provides 58 percent of your daily copper requirement, determined by the Institute of Medicine, as well as 22 and 28 percent of the recommended daily magnesium intake for men and women, respectively.

Helps Support Your Metabolism

Adding sorghum to your diet also helps you consume more iron and niacin, or vitamin B-3. Like copper and magnesium, iron and niacin support your metabolism — iron aids in fuel production, and niacin helps you break down and metabolize nutrients into energy. Niacin and iron also support healthy circulation, and iron plays a role in immune function. Each serving of sorghum provides 2.1 milligrams of iron and 1.4 milligrams of niacin. This makes up 12 percent of the daily recommended iron intake and 10 percent of the daily niacin intake, recommended by the Institute of Medicine, along with 26 and 9 percent of the daily recommended intakes of iron and niacin, respectively, for men.

It’s Tasty in Baked Goods, Salads and More

Use sorghum flour in place of wheat flour for gluten-free baking — its mild flavor works well in breads, wraps, muffins and other baked goods. Alternatively, cook whole sorghum grains in water to use in place of other grains in recipes. Combine sorghum with your favorite chopped veggies, fresh herbs in a lemon-juice vinaigrette for a hearty salad, toss a handful of cooked sorghum into a bowl of soup before serving, or ladle stir-fries or stews over a bed of sorghum grains, instead of rice.

Ref: http://www.livestrong.com/article/441156-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-sorghum/

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