Peppered Cauliflower

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(Peppered Cauliflower/ Gobi)

“This is a simple but delicious preparation. Even people who don’t like cauliflower will love this dish!”

Cook time: 15minutes

Ingredients :

  • 1 Cauliflower medium size
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt or /salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil or melted butter

 Method:

Step 1.

Wash the cauliflower well, cut into small florets. Take one liter water in a bowl, put two tea spoons salt in on it and soak the cauliflower florets in it for an hour. ( to clean thoroughly the cauliflower) Keep aside.

Step 2.

Take the oil or butter in a wok/ Kadahi, heat on full flame. Add cumin, when it starts spluttering reduce the heat to low flame and add cauliflower florets and salt to it, mix well.

Step 3.

Cooke covered with a lid on a low flame till well cooked. Sprinkle the pepper powder on it. Serve hot with all Indian breads.

Health Benefits Of Cauliflower-Gobi :

Cauliflower is a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, which are both powerful antioxidants.

It contains glucosinolates and thiocyanates (including sulforaphane and isothiocyanate), which help to increase the liver’s ability to neutralize potentially toxic substances that could lead to cancer if left unattended.cauliflower-containing diets are good for cancer prevention.

regular cauliflower consumption can help decrease the risk of inflammation-mediated diseases such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes mellitus.

glucoraphin present in cauliflower appears to have a protective effect on your stomach lining. With glucoraphin, your stomach is not prone to the bacterium helicobacter pylori, thereby reducing your risk for stomach ulcer and cancer.

cauliflower consumption is protective against cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

Cauliflower also contains antioxidants. Antioxidants by themselves have many benefits – they act as an anti inflammatory agent and they help build a health immune system

Cauliflower is rich in folate and also vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin B, it helps in growth of cells.

Cauliflower also contains calcium which has numerous benefits. Calcium helps to make our bones and teeth strong along with many other important functions like transmission of nerve impulses.

Cauliflower also helps us to lose weight. Cauliflower is also a good source of vitamin C, which is a key element to burn fat. And it also contains folates which again help in weight loss.

To boost vitamin K content in your system, increase the cauliflower content in your daily diet. Vitamin k plays a key role in development of bones as it helps in development of bone cells.

Ref. Health benefits: http://www.yadtek.com/health-benefits-of-cauliflower-gobi-puvvu/

Gobi/Cauliflower Pakodas

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Gobi/Cauliflower Pakodas

Hi friends ! You have probably heard that the most nutritious foods are the ones that are the most colorful. There are even several fad diets that tell you to avoid any white or colorless food, but don’t write off cauliflower and other white veggies just yet. Try out this easy tea time, healthy and delicious snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size Cauliflower , florets separated
  • 2 1/2 cups Besan /Chickpea/ Bengal gram flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 1/2 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • Water to prepare a thick batter
  • Oil, for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the Cauliflower florets very well and soak in water with two table spoons of table salt for two hours at room temperature. (this is essential for disinfecting the florets of invisible bacteria.)

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take Besan /Chickpea/ Bengal gram flour,rice flour , salt, ajwain / Carom seeds,  baking soda, and red chili powder.

Step 3.

Gradually add water to the besan/Chickpea/ Bengal gram, rice flour and spices mix to make a thick, yet flowing consistency batter.

Step 4.

Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai/ wok for deep frying.

Step 5.

Drop small portion of batter into the hot oil and if it comes to surface of the oil immediately, oil is ready for deep frying.

Step 6.

Take one floret at a time, dip in the batter nicely and gently slid in to the hot oil on medium flame. Put around 5-6 florets at a time. Do not over crowd the kadai / wok with pakodas. Flip them gently in between to let them fry evenly until they are 70 % fried.

Step 7.

Drain the partially fried pakodas onto a kitchen tissue and repeat the same process with the remaining florets to make all the pakodas.

Step 8.

When all the florets are partially fried, press each partially fried pakodas (one by one ) with the rolling pin, gently, and deep fry again to get well cooked, crisp pakodas.

Step 9.

Drain the fried pakodas on paper kitchen towel to drain out extra oil. Serve hot delicious pakodas with Green chutney /Tomato sauce and a cup of Indian masala tea to enjoy this tasty snack !

 

Possible health benefits of consuming cauliflower:

Cauliflower contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer, fiber that helps with satiety, weight loss and a healthy digestive tract.

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions.

Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like cauliflower decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Cancer

Cauliflower contains antioxidants that help prevent cellular mutations and reduce oxidative stress from free radicals. One of these is indole-3-carbinol or I3C, commonly found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower/ I3C has been shown to reduce the risk of breast and reproductive cancers in men and women.

Digestion

Cauliflower is high in both fiber and water content, which helps to prevent constipation, maintain a healthy digestive tract and lower the risk of colon cancer. Adequate fiber promotes regularity, which is crucial for the daily excretion toxins through the bile and stool, but good digestion is far from all that fiber can do for your body.

 

Memory

Choline is a very important and versatile “vitamin-like factor” in cauliflower that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.3

Strong bones

Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture and osteoporosis. Adequate vitamin K consumption improves bone health by acting as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improving calcium absorption and reducing urinary excretion of calcium.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282844.php

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