Bottle Gourd curry

 Bottle gourd Ghiya delicious

Bottle gourd  curry

 Some other names of Bottle gourd-lauki/Doodhi/ghiya

Hi friends! Bottle gourd-lauki/Doodhi/ghiya is one of the well known vegetables in the market which has wonderful taste. Along with its tastes, it also has variety of health benefits.  Please add this new simple yet delectable curry to your menu.

Ingredients

  • 400 gms Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 6 pods of garlic, mashed
  • 3 tbsp Popy seeds/Khuskhus/posta
  • 1 /2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal/ husked black gram lentil
  • 1/4 tsp Nigella/Kalonji/onion seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds, powdered
  •  1/2 tsp Turmeric powder /Haldi
  • 3 green chilies, remove seeds, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk , low fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • 1level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 3tbsps Cilantro/ Coriander leaves/Dhania, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash peel and cut the Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi into small cubes. In a pressure cooker put the cut Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi and add 1/4 cup of water, close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. As soon as the full pressure is formed switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, take the steamed Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi cubes in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 3.

In a non-stick pan heat oil , add the cumin seeds, cumin seeds. As soon as it crackles, add onions and mashed garlic, urad dal. Sauté for few minutes till onions are translucent/ light golden brown in colour add salt, Nigella/Kalonji/onion seeds , fenugreek powder, cut green chilies and turmeric powder.

Step 4.

Cook the spices  it for about 1-2 minutes more and then add  cubed Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi and mix it well. Make sure that the Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi cubes get coated with the masala , add  powdered poppy seeds/khuskhus/posta to the pan. Now cover the pan and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Step 6.

After 1-2 minutes,  add the milk to the pan and cook it for more 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove. Take out the vegetable in a serving bowl , garnish it with finely chopped coriander. Serve hot with chapatti  or boiled white rice for a appetizing meal.

Health Benefits of Bottle gourd/ Lauki/Doodhi:

Bottle Gourd has multiple health benefits, few of them are:

  1. Bottle gourd is rich in dietary fiber, both, soluble and insoluble. Hence, it helps in curing constipation, flatulence and even piles. It is also easy to digest.
  2. It promotes weight loss. The vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre in lauki keep the body well-nourished and curb unnecessary appetite, especially if you drink its juice in the morning on an empty stomach.
  3. Its fat and cholesterol content is extremely low.
  4. It consists of approximately 96% of water and is therefore a great thirst quencher. It also prevents fatigue and keeps the body cool and refreshed during summers.
  5. Apart from the iron content it is also rich in vitamin B and C, and helps in anti-oxidative actions.
  6. It also contains sodium, potassium, essential minerals and trace elements, which regulate blood pressure and prevent the risk of heart ailments.
  7. High in sodium and potassium, bottle gourd is also an excellent vegetable for people with hypertension.
  8. It is a suitable vegetable for light, low-calorie diets as well as for children, people with digestive problems, diabetics and those recovering from an illness or injury.
  9. Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurveda physicians for balancing the liver function, when the liver is inflamed and unable to process food efficiently for nutrition and assimilation.

Ref. https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/16-reasons-why-lauki-is-healthy-3556/post

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Stuffed Cauliflower/Bharwan Gobhi

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Stuffed Cauliflower/Bharwan Gobhi

Hi Friends! Cauliflower is often considered one of the healthiest foods on earth- and there is good reason why. With its rich supply of health-promoting nutrients, it seems there isn’t much cauliflower can’t do. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable (or Brassicaceae) family- along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts and some other less common varieties. Here is a delicious never to leave your special dinners menu, very easy to make recipe .

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Prep Time : 20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size Cauliflower, whole trimmed
  • 1 cup Fresh green peas, shelled
  • 150 gms fresh cilantro/coriander
  • 4 tbsp grated fresh Coconut
  • 3 green chilies
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt/ or to taste
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour/ maida
  •  1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup tomato Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder

Method :

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take the shelled peas add 1/4 cup water close the lid and place the pressure cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to the room temperature. Open the lid and remove the peas in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a deep pan take 6 glasses of water add 1 tbsp salt. When water starts boiling add Stem-side down, place the whole head of cauliflower in the boiling liquid and cover with the lid. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is easily pierced with a fork. Remove the cauliflower from the pot and place gently in a shallow bowl stem side up. Keep it warm.

Step 3.

Grind to paste cilantro/coriander leaves, grated coconut, green chilies, salt, sugar and lemon juice. kep aside.

Step 4.

Stuff the warm Cauliflower with the cilantro/coriander sauce carefully. Turn it stem down and  Keep aside .

Step 5.

In a non stick pan put butter and all purpose flour/ maida. Mix well, on low flame cook for 1-2 minutes. Add tomato ketchup and half cup of water, chili powder salt and prepare a medium consistency sauce.

Step 6.

Just before serving, pour this hot sauce on the cauliflower. Garnish it with boiled peas and serve this delicious low calorie dish hot with Lachcha paratha, Garlic Nan etc.Slice the cauliflower into wedges (like a slice of cake) using a sharp knife and spoon a little bit of the sauce over each portion.

Health Benefits of Cauliflower:

1. Reduces Cancer Risk

Numerous studies have shown that there is a strong tie between someone’s diet and their risk for developing cancer. Studies demonstrate that cauliflower is especially useful for preventing breast cancer in addition to colon, liver, lung, and stomach cancers.

2. Fights Inflammation

Inflammation is at the heart of nearly all chronic diseases that we are faced with so commonly today. Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which lower oxidative stress and the presence of free-radicals in our body.

3. Decreases Risk for Heart Disease & Brain Disorders:

Researchers now know that high levels of inflammation are correlated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

4. Provides High Levels of Vitamins and Minerals (especially important Vitamin C and Vitamin K)

In addition to Vitamin C and other antioxidants, cauliflower is also a good source of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning it is absorbed in the intestines along with fat, so this is one reason why eating cauliflower along with a source of healthy fat (like coconut oil for example) is important.

5. Improves Digestion and Detoxification

Certain compounds found in cauliflower- sulforaphane, glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian- are very useful for helping the body to detox due to how they support liver function.

6. Aids in Weight Loss

Cauliflower is extremely low in calories (only 29 calories per cup), has virtually zero grams of fat, very low levels of carbs and sugar, and yet is high in volume and filling fiber. This makes it an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight, since you can consume large amounts of cauliflower and fill up, without over-consuming calories, fat, sugar, or carbs.

7. Helps Balance Hormones

Consuming a diet rich in whole foods and antioxidant-filled vegetables like cauliflower has been shown to help balance hormones partially by reducing unhealthy levels of estrogen. High estrogen foods can be harmful to health when they begin destroying the vulnerable hormonal balance that many people struggle to maintain.

8. Preserves Eye Health

The sulforaphane found in cauliflower has been shown to protect the vulnerable tissues of the retinal area from oxidative stress that can result in blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more.

Ref. https://draxe.com/cauliflower/

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Guacamole

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Guacamole dip

Guacamole (Spanish: [wakaˈmole]; or [ɡwakaˈmole] ; can informally be referred to as “guac” in North America) is an avocado-based dip or salad first created by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. In addition to its use in modern Mexican cuisine, it has also become part of American cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient.

Hi friends! Here is the recipe of an all time favorite dip you will relish with mashed avocado mixed with chopped onion, tomatoes, chili, black pepper, and minced garlic .

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1 lime, juice / 2 tbsp juice
  • 1 small onion, / 1/2 cup very finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 medium size tomato, seeded and diced finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander /cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed

Method:

Step 1.

Cut the avocado in half , remove the pit and scoop the pulp with a spoon from their shells in a mixing bowl. Mash the pulp well with a fork.

Step 2.

Add to the scooped avocado pulp, lime juice , salt, pepper powder, mix well. Fold in the onions, seeded and finely chopped green chilies and, tomatoes, cilantro, and minced garlic.

Step 3.

Serve with fresh tortilla chips, unsalted rice cakes or multi grain biscuits.

Health Benefits of Avocado:

Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats. Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health. Here are 12 health benefits of avocado, that are supported by scientific research.

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious.What we refer to as “avocado” is the fruit of the avocado tree, called Persea americana .This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is the main ingredient in guacamole.

2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas.potassium is a nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of .This nutrient helps maintain electrical gradients in the body’s cells and serves various important functions.

3. Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber.Fiber is another nutrient found in relatively large amounts in avocado.

5. Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

6. People Who Eat Avocados Tend to be Healthier.The Fat in Them Can Help You Absorb Nutrients From Plant Foods When it comes to nutrients, the total amount of them is not the only thing that matters.

7. Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect The Eyes Not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, they are also high in antioxidants themselves.

8. Avocado May Help Prevent Cancer. There is limited evidence that avocado may be beneficial in preventing cancer.

9. Avocado Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis.

10. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight.

11. Avocado is Delicious and Easy to Incorporate in The Diet. Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods.

Ref. https://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/

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Sukhe aloo / dry potato curry

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Sukhe aloo / dry potao curry

Hi friends,

Potatoes are one of the most common and important food sources on the planet, and they contain a wealth of health benefits that make them all the more essential as a staple dietary item for much of the world’s population. Potatoes have nutritional components  today, it’s difficult to imagine and diet vegetables without potatoes They have somehow became one of the most popular and recognized foods on the planet. Potato that go far beyond carbohydrates and calories, and they can be an extremely beneficial addition to any dietary plan. Here is a simple and very delicious recipe . You will enjoy  these sukhe aloos / dry potato curry with puris.

 

 Prep Time : 20 minutes

Cook time : 7-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Cuisine :Indian

Course : Main

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg boiled potatoes
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / hing powder
  • Ghee 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp or /Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin, powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander/ cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take potatoes add three cups of water and close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame for five minutes. Switch of the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the potatoes. Peel the potatoes and cut them in to small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a non stick pan / wok / kadahi and add asafetida / hing powder to it . When it starts turning light pink in colour add cumin seeds . When the cumin seeds begin to splutter add the cut potato cubes , chili powder, coriander powder, salt, dry mango powder / aam choor powder, roasted cumin seed powder and mix well.

Step 4.

Cover and cook on low heat for three to five minutes. Switch off the stove. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves. Serve hot with wheat flour puris and mango pickle.

Health benefits of potatoes :

The health benefits include their ability to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, boost heart health, protect from polyps, prevent cancer, manage diabetes, strengthen the immune system, reduce signs of aging, protect the skin, increase circulation, reduce blood pressure, maintain fluid balance, reduce insomnia, and boost eye health.

Weight Gain: Potatoes are primarily made of carbohydrates and contain very little protein. This makes it an ideal diet for those excessively lean or thin people who desperately want to put on weight. The vitamin content includes vitamin-C and B-complex, which also help in proper absorption of carbohydrates. That is one of the reasons that potatoes make up a large part of the diet of sumo wrestlers, as well as many other athletes who need large energy reserves to burn off in order to compete!

Digestion: Since potatoes predominantly contain carbohydrates, they are easy to digest and facilitate digestion. This property makes them a good diet for babies or for those who cannot digest hard food, but need energy.
Skin Care: Vitamin-C and B-complex as well as minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are good for the skin.

Scurvy: The vitamin-C present in potatoes can help prevent this disease, caused by a deficiency of vitamin-C. It is characterized by cracked lip corners, spongy and bleeding gums, and frequent viral infections. Although it has been eliminated from most first and second world countries with ready access to vitamin C, it still exists in certain nations of the world, so the prolific presence of potatoes in the world helps with this problem.

Rheumatism: There are two parts to the effect of potatoes on this condition. Vitamins like the calcium and magnesium in potatoes help to provide relief from rheumatism. Also, water obtained from boiling potatoes can relieve the pain and inflammation of rheumatism.

Inflammation: Potatoes are very effective in reducing inflammation, both internal and external. Since it is soft, easily digested and has a lot of vitamin-C (a very good antioxidant that repairs tissue wear and tear), potassium and vitamin-B6, it can relieve any inflammation of the intestines and the digestive system.

Cancer Prevention: Certain types of potatoes, particularly red and russet potatoes, contain high levels of flavonoid antioxidants and vitamin A like zeaxanthin and carotenes, they can protect you against many types of cancer. Also, research at the Agricultural Research service has shown that potatoes contain a compound called quercetin, which has been proven to have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Finally, the high levels of vitamin A and C both have antioxidant qualities that can protect your body from the devastating effects of cancer.

High Blood Pressure: Since high blood pressure can occur for a number of reasons that include diabetes, tension, indigestion, nutrient balance, food content and many others, different treatments are required. Luckily, potatoes can alleviate multiple possible causes; potatoes can be used to relieve high blood pressure due to tension.

Brain Function: Proper functioning of the brain depends largely on the glucose level, oxygen supply, various components of the vitamin-B complex and certain hormones, amino acids and fatty acids like omega-3. Potatoes cater to almost all the needs mentioned above.

Heart Diseases: Apart from the vitamins (B-complex, C), minerals and roughage, potatoes also contain certain substances called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin). Carotenoids are beneficial for heart health and the functioning of other internal organs.

Kidney Stones: Kidney Stones, also known as Renal Calculi, are caused mainly due to increased levels of uric acid in the blood. potatoes also contain magnesium, which inhibits the accumulation or deposition of calcium (calcification) in the kidney and other tissues, thereby proving beneficial for treatment of renal calculi.

Diarrhea: They are an excellent component of an energy-rich diet for those suffering from diarrhea, since it is very easy to digest and contains mild roughage. However, eating too many potatoes can cause diarrhea due to the excessive ingestion of starch.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-potato.html

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Curd rice/yogurt rice

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yogurt rice is a dish of India. The word “curd” in India usually refers to unsweetened yogurt. It is very popular in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. In

Curd rice ( Tamil: தயிர் சோறு, Kannada: ಮೊಸರು-ಅನ್ನ (mosaru-anna), Telugu: పెరుగు అన్నం, Malayalam : Thayiru) also called the state of Tamil Nadu it is called “Thayir Sadam”. “Thayir”=Curd, “Sadam”=rice.

hi friends, here is a simple recipe of  curd rice/ yogurt rice.While it is most easily prepared by simply mixing boiled rice and yogurt, different  methods can be used . One of these recipes is given here: Rice is boiled so that it breaks down, becoming almost like a paste. Bring it to room temperature. It is then seasoned with fried red chilies, and curry leaves, and along with the urad dal , mustard seeds, and asafetida. Alternatively, it can be prepared by mashing cooked plain rice (can also use leftover boiled rice), and then mixing it with some salt, yogurt and (a bit of milk to lessen the sour flavor of yogurt or to stop it from souring too much) garnishing it with fried urad dal, mustard seeds, green chilli .

 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking  time: 20 minutes

course: main

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 2

Ingredients :

  • 1cup white rice
  •  2 cup thick curd/ yogurt /dahi
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt /or as per taste

for seasoning:

  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • a pinch of asafetida/heeng
  • 1 tsp urad/ black gram dal husked
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

Method:

Step 1.

Wash rice well and soak in 2 cups of water for 20  minutes.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker take the soaked rice along with the water soaked in, add salt .Close the lid and place  the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the pressure cooker come to the room temperature , open the lid take out the rice mash lightly with a ladle.

 Step 3.           

Add milk and bring the mix to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame. Cook the mixture for ten minutes . Cool the cooked rice.

Step 4.

whisked the curd / yogurt/ dahi add to the mashed cooled rice. Mix it well

Step 5.

In a pan, take oil add hing hen slightly pink in colour add mustard seeds, when mustard begins to splutter, add urad dal and fry until light golden, add chili and curry leaves. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Pour the seasoning  on the curd rice, mix well. Curd rice is ready to be served with lime or mango pickle and papadams.

Health benefits of having curd rice:

1. It boosts digestion and works best for stomach upsets, indigestion and bloating.

2. It’s a good natural substitute for pro-biotic and antibiotics for very young children during early stages of fever.

3. Has the mercury risen too high for your comfort? Just add some curd to your diet and you will feel better.

4. Curd is also a natural fire extinguisher after a very spicy meal. A small cup of curd will keep those spice tears away.

5. It’s high in calcium and good fats and a must have in high protein diets.

6. You apply it on your skin or on your hair for a soft, healthy glow

It increases immunity and the defense mechanism of the body.

8. It improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods in your body.

9. It’s extremely versatile in flavor and makes for a healthier substitute for milk and cream in your desserts and savory dishes.

Ref. http://www.idiva.com/news-health/10-reasons-to-have-curd-rice-in-daily-diet/15062562

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Almond sharbat

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The almond is the edible seed that grows on the tree Prunus dulcis, more commonly called the almond tree. Almonds are native to the Middle East, but the United States is now the world’s largest producer. The almonds we buy at the store have usually had the shell removed, revealing the edible nut inside.

Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E.The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss. This makes almonds  close to perfect as a food.

Hi friends Here is a tasty sharbat recipe with badams /almonds. Learn how to make badam ka sharbat,  a wonderful summer cooler.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gm Almonds
  • 1 kg Sugar
  • 1 liter, cups Water
  • 9 black pepper corns
  • 8 Green Cardamoms,  finely powdered
  • 100 gms khuskhus/ poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk

Method :

Step 1.

Soak Almonds / badam in water overnight. Peel the almonds  and keep the kernals aside.

Step 2.

Soak khuskhus/ poppy seeds in water overnight. Strain and keep aside.

Step 3.

Boil sugar, water, and green cardamom / elaichi powder in it. Add half cup milk to remove the scum / froth, keep on removing the scum with spoon.

Step 4.

Boil it to one and half strand sugar syrup. It will be thick syrup.

Step 5.

When sugar syrup is boiling, in a blender take peeled Almonds / badam, khuskhus / poppy seeds, peppercorns and grind to a fine paste. Keep aside.

Step 6.

Add the  almond paste  to the thick sugar syrup, step 4,  mix well. Boil for five minutes more on slow fire. Switch off the stove. Cool the Almonds / badam sharbat to room temperature. Fill it in a wide mouth jar / container for storing in the refrigerator .

Step 7.

For making sharbat from the almond sugar concentrate, scoop out two tablespoons of concentrate in a serving glass. Top up the glass with cold water, stir the concentrate well and serve.

9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Almonds:

By Joe Leech, Dietitian

Almonds are an incredibly popular tree nut.Despite being high in fat, they are highly nutritious and extremely healthy.Here are 9 evidence-based health benefits of almonds.

  1. Almonds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients

Almonds boast an incredibly impressive nutrient profile.

  • Fiber: 3.5 grams.
  • Protein: 6 grams.
  • Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated).
  • Vitamin E: 37% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 32% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 20% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.

Bottom Line: The almond is a very popular tree nut. Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein and various important nutrients.

2. Almonds Are Loaded With Antioxidants

Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.

Bottom Line: Almonds are high in antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to ageing and disease.

3. Almonds Are High in Vitamin E, Which Protects Your Cell Membranes From Damage

Vitamin E is the name for a group of fat soluble antioxidants. These antioxidants tend to build up in cell membranes in the body, protecting the cells from oxidative damage.

Bottom Line: Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E. Getting plenty of vitamin E from foods is linked to numerous health benefits.

4. Almonds Can Assist With Blood Sugar Control

Nuts are low in carbs, but high in healthy fats, protein and fiber. This makes them a perfect choice for diabetics. However, another thing that sets almonds apart, is their remarkably high amount of magnesium.

Magnesium is a mineral involved in more than 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control .

Bottom Line: Almonds are extremely high in magnesium, a mineral that most people don’t get enough of. High magnesium intake may have major benefits for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

5. Magnesium Also Has Benefits For Blood Pressure Levels

The magnesium in almonds may also help to lower blood pressure levels.High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading drivers of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

Bottom Line: Low magnesium levels are strongly linked to high blood pressure, indicating that almonds can be beneficial for blood pressure control.

6. Almonds Can Lower Cholesterol Levels

Having high levels of LDL lipoproteins (the “bad” cholesterol) in the blood is a well-known risk factor for heart disease.

Bottom Line: Eating 1-2 handfuls of almonds per day can lead to mild reductions in LDL cholesterol levels.

7Almonds Prevent Harmful Oxidation of LDL Cholesterol

Almonds do more than just lower LDL levels in the blood. They also protect the LDL from oxidation, which is a crucial step in the heart disease process.

The skin of almonds is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent oxidation of cholesterol in test tubes and animal studies.

Bottom Line: LDL cholesterol can become oxidized, which is a crucial step in the heart disease process. Snacking on almonds has been shown to significantly reduce oxidized LDL.

8. Eating Almonds Reduces Hunger, Lowering Your Overall Calorie Intake

Almonds are low in carbs, and high in both protein and fiber. Both protein and fiber are known to increase satiety. They help people feel more full, so they end up eating fewer calories

Bottom Line: Nuts are low in carbs, but high in protein and fiber. Studies show that eating almonds (and other nuts) can increase satiety and help you eat fewer calories

9. Almonds Are Incredibly Effective For Weight Loss

Nuts contain several nutrients that are hard for the body to break down and digest.

So, despite being high in fat, almonds are most definitely a weight loss friendly food.

Ref. https://authoritynutrition.com/9-proven-benefits-of-almonds/

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Aam papad / Mango jelly

aam papadMango jelly/Aam Papad

Aam Papad/Mango jelly

Hi friends, here is a recipe of traditional tangy Indian dessert made of mango pulp mixed with concentrated sugar and dried under sun. Mango Papad / jelly  is  healthy and very easy to prepare at home.  Homemade Aam Papad/Mango jelly is simply delicious. one of the most tasty & delicious mouthwatering mango papad that we ate many times in our childhood can now be made at home hygienically and enjoyed .

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Drying time: Two days in strong sunlight/ or three days indoors

Course: Indian dessert

Ingredients:

  • Mangoes – 2 big(500 grams)
  • Sugar – 100 gms
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Method:

Step 1.

Wash, peel and cut mangoes into cubes.

Step 2.

Take the cubes in a blender ,add  sugar and blend in to a fine paste without water .

Step 3.

Put the pulp of mangoes and sugar in a sauce pan then place it on the high flame to boil. After it comes to boil, reduce heat to low flame. Cook for 20 -25 minutes stirring constantly.

Step 4.

Take a non stick tray or grease a plate with Ghee, pour the cooked mango pulp in the plate and spread it into a thin layer  lightly in the greased  tray.

Step 5.

Now keep the tray covered with a thin muslin cloth out in the sun to dry for two days. In the strong sun light when it is very hot then the Mango Papad will be dried and ready in two days.

 OR

We can keep the plate in the room under the fan .This way Mango Papad also but takes longer to dry.

Step 6.

Remove  the dried Mango Papad with a knife from the sides of the plate. It will come out completely. Once the Mango Papad / jelly has dried completely take it out with a knife on a plate. Cut this Mango Papad /jelly in to desired shapes and sizes. These pieces of cut Mango Papad/ jelly  can be placed together  one over the other in layers.

Note

If the Mango Papad / jelly is slightly wet then it will stick to the plate, in this happens then keep the Mango Papad /jelly to dry for some more time.

Possible health benefits of mangoes:

Mangoes have been named the most widely consumed fruit in the world.

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

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

Age-related macular degeneration

The antioxidant zeaxanthin, found in mangoes, filters out harmful blue light rays and is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.3

A higher intake of all fruits (3 or more servings per day) has also been shown to decrease risk of and progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Asthma prevention

The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, found in mangoes, papaya, apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin and carrots.

Cancer

Diets rich in beta-carotene may also play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition5 and has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.4

In a study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists who tested mango polyphenol extracts in vitro on colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancers, mangoes were shown to have some impact on all cancers tested but were most effective with breast and colon cancers. The researchers are hoping to do a small clinical trial with individuals who have increased inflammation in their intestines with a higher risk for cancer for further proof for the efficacy of using mangoes in cancer prevention or treatment.7

Bone health

Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables, and is important for improving calcium absorption essential for optimal bone health.6

Diabetes

Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. One cup of mango provides about 3 grams of fiber.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 21-25 grams of fiber per day for women and 30-38 grams for men.

Digestion

Mangoes, because of their fiber and water content, help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.

Heart disease

The fiber, potassium and vitamin content in mangoes all help to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Skin and Hair

Mangoes also great for your hair because they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

Adequate intake of vitamin C, which 1-cup of mango per day can provide, is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275921.php

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  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

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