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.

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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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Dates / Khajur Ladoos

Dates Ladoos

 Dates / Khajur Ladoos

Hi friends! Tasty laddoo made with a combination of dates and dry fruits.There is no sugar added in this recipe!

Preparation Time :15 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Serves : 15 Ladoos

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Course: Indian deserts

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 275 gms Dates, seeded
  • 30 gms Almonds
  • 30 gms Cashew nuts
  • 30 gms Pistachios
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 2 tbsp Gum resin /gond, fried and powdered
  • 3 tbsp Poppy seeds /Khuskhus
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method :

Step 1

Take the dates , remove the seeds and coarsely grind in a mixer and transfer into a bowl.

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 one tablespoon of ghee in a pan, add gum resin and fry till golden brown. Drain and cool ,make a powder keep aside.

Step 4

In the same pan, add the poppy seeds, roast them lightly, remove and keep aside .

Step 5

In the same pan, add 1 tbsp ghee add dates and mix well. Sauté till dates are heated. Remove into a plate and set aside to cool slightly.

Step 6

Add coarsely ground roasted nuts, green cardamom powder and crushed gum resin,poppy seeds to the dates. Mix everything well switch off the stove.

Step 7.

Cool the dates mixture, divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into small lemon size ladoos.

Cool ladoos and store in an airtight container.

Possible health Benefits of Dates:

  • Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.
  • It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.
  • Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack. Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people.
  • Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researchers have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke. Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.
  • Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages. Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay.
  • It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.
  • Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem.
  • Cures abdominal cancer. The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine. It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well. Cures abdominal cancer. The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine. It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.

Ref. http://www.indiaparenting.com/health/325_3792/top-10-health-benefits-of-dates.html#

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Tomato Paneer

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Hi friends! Cottage cheeses chunks in tomato gravy with mild spices, tossed together in olive oil.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Main Course

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients :

  • 250 grams Paneer /cottage cheese
  • 8 medium size tomatoes, pureed
  • 1/2 cup Fresh cream
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida / heeng
  • 2 green chillies , made into paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 nutmeg / jayaphal, powdered
  • 1tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 8 green cardamoms , powdered
  • 1 tsp or /Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Method :

Step 1

Cut paneer/cottage cheese into small cubes fry the cubes in a non stick pan lightly. Cut tomatoes and puree in the blender, keep aside.

Step 2

In a non stick pan heat oil, add asafoetida fry till slightly pink, put cumin seeds when it starts crackling add turmeric powder, nutmeg powder, sugar, salt and mix well sauté for a minute.

Step 3

Add tomato puree, green chilli paste, and mix well bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and cook till the oil surfaces.

Step 4

Add cottage cheese pieces and fresh cream. Sprinkle cardamom powder, mix well. Let the mixture come to boil. Switch off the stove. Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Note: After adding cream do not cook for long period, over cooking alters the texture and taste of the dish. Nutmeg goes well with certain types of savory dishes like cheese dishes etc.

Paneer is a type of cheese. It is the Indian name for cottage cheese. Paneer, unlike other cheeses, has not been matured and it is rather bland. Cheese is nutritious food made mostly from the milk of cows but also other mammals, including sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks. The milk is curdled using some combination of rennet (or rennet substitutes) and acidification.Bacteria acidify the milk and play a role in defining the texture and flavour of most cheeses. There are hundreds of types of cheese.

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Nei Appam/Neyyappam-1

Nei appams while cooking  Nei appams

Nei Appam/Neyyappam

Hi friends! Nei Appam or neyyappam as its called is made in all South Indian households on festivals as a neivedhyam / prasadaam. To make it healthier in this recipe it is made using appam moulds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cups-Jaggery, dissolved in one cup water
  • 2 Bananas, mashed well
  • 2 tsp Rava / semolina
  • 6 green cardamoms, powdered
  • 2 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Oil for lining the mould indents

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl take wheat flour, mashed bananas, rava, cardamom powder, ginger powder, baking soda and mix well .

Step 2.

In a pan heat water add jaggery, heat till all the jaggery dissolves.

Step 3.

Mix the jaggery syrup to the flour gradually, stirring and mixing all the ingredients well.

Step 4.

Add slowly milk to  the mix  to have a thick batter.

Step 5.

Keep the batter aside for half an hour.

Step 6.

Heat the appam pan and put oil into each mould . Now add the required amount of batter into the moulds. When it gets cooked (golden brown), turn other side and make sure appams are fully cooked. Serve hot wheat appams.

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Exotic Shahi paneer

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Exotic Shahi paneer

Hi friends! Shahi paneer is a popular North Indian dish eaten with Indian breads like roti or naan. Shahi paneer is preparation of paneer/cottage cheese pieces in a thick, creamy and spicy gravy.

Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Level: Easy

Category: Vegetarian

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 150 gms Paneer / cottage cheese
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 medium size onions cut into big pieces
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 12 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • 15 cashew nuts, powdered
  • 1/4 cup Dahi / yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 tsp saffron
  • 1/2 tsp gram masala
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 2/3 tsp salt or / salt to taste

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker put half cup of water, add onion pieces. Cook on high flame, the moment pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Allow to cool to room temperature. Grind to a fine paste with green chilies.

Step 2.

Cut the paneer into small square cubes, keep aside.

Step 3.

In a heavy bottom pan/ kadai / wok heat the oil, add the bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and  sauté till fragrant.

Step 4.

To the step 3 seasoning add the green chillies and boiled onion paste and sauté for four to five minutes on low flame, it should not change colour. Add the grated ginger and mashed garlic and continue to sauté for a minute.

Step 5.

Add the cashew nut powder and the yogurt and sauté till the masala gets thicker. Stir in the cream, saffron and garam masala powder and salt.

Step 6.

Add the paneer / cottage cheese pieces and mix gently. Sprinkle green cardamom powder and serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice !

Note: Spinach Raita and Panchratan dal / lentil are good accompaniments.

Health benefits of Cottage cheese / paneer :

Cottage cheese provides many health benefits, including a high protein content, as well as significant calcium, phosphorus, and potassium contents, and it can be used for weight management.

Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer: The calcium and vitamin D found in dairy products, especially in cottage cheese, reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Rich in Protein: One of the biggest benefits of cottage cheese is the high amount of casein protein found in it. It is believed that cow’s milk contains the highest amount of casein protein among various milks. The amount of protein contained in cottage cheese is ideal for vegetarians in supplying them with the required amount of daily protein. Cottage cheese does not require any amount of cooking and it can be consumed directly.

Best Foods for Pregnant Women: Cottage cheese is recommended for pregnant women along with athletes due to various essential nutrients found in it.

Rich Source of B-Complex Vitamins: B-complex vitamins found in cottage cheese are helpful in various metabolic activities in our bodies. Some of them include vitamin B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin, and folate.

-Vitamin B12 is needed for proper brain functioning and helps in absorbing iron.

-Riboflavin helps in converting carbohydrates into energy.

-Pantothenic Acid acts as a synthesizer that helps in forming proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids in our body.

-Thiamin helps in converting sugars into energy in the pyruvate dehydrogenase system.

-Niacin, on the other hand plays an important role in digestion, energy production, and cholesterol reduction.

-Folate helps in fetal development in pregnant women, helps in producing red blood cells and keeps the heart healthy.

Strengthens Bones: Calcium is one of the major elements associated with milk and their products. Some of the benefits of calcium-rich foods include bone strengthening and weight loss.

Heart-Friendly and Maintains Blood Sugar Levels: Cottage cheese is a good source of magnesium. In the human body, most of the magnesium is concentrated in our bones. Magnesium also acts as a catalyst, promotes biochemical reactions, activates various enzymes in the body, maintains muscle and nerve functioning, and supports the immune system. It helps in maintaining blood sugar levels and prevents heart attacks, constipation, psychiatric disorders, migraine, and collagen.

Prevents Strokes and Controls Anxiety: Apart from other nutrients, cottage cheese contains potassium. Potassium acts as a fluid-balancing element in the body and is an important component in neural activities of the muscle and brain. It also relieves muscle cramps. Intake of potassium on a regular basis prevents the risk of getting brain stroke, since it lowers blood pressure and the contraction of vessels. It is also helpful in decreasing stress levels and anxiety. Potassium, along with sodium, act as electrolytes, but potassium does not have the side effects of sodium such as increased blood pressure and cardiovascular stress.

Improves Biological Functions: Zinc found in cottage cheese is about 4% of the daily recommended value.  In the human body, it is found in the brain, muscles, bones, kidneys, liver, prostate, and eyes. It helps in the metabolism of DNA and RNA.  Zinc is one of the trace elements whose presence in our body helps in improving the immune system, digestion, diabetes control, fights stress and anxiety, cures night blindness, improves ocular health, prevents appetite loss, prevents prostate disorder, fights various infections and also acts as an antioxidant.

Improves Digestion: Cottage cheese contains phosphorous, which plays a major role in the formation of DNA and RNA. It is a major component in forming bones along with calcium. Phosphates also help in digestion, excretion, and in the production and extraction of energy in the cells.

Antioxidant Properties: Selenium is a trace element found in cottage cheese. It is required in very small quantities, not more than 50 mcg to 70 mcg in adults. Selenium is useful as an antioxidant that protects cells and DNA from damage. It is also believed that an optimum intake of selenium-rich foods reduces the risk of prostate cancer. New study suggests that a diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer.

Quick Serving Tips

Salad– Add chopped/grated cottage cheese to salads such as green salads and tuna salads.

Omelet– Add chopped cottage cheese and vegetables to the egg mixture for making a delicious omelet.

Curries/Stew– Cottage cheese can be used for making stew/curries, along with meat and vegetables.

Ref.https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-cottage-cheese.html

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