Til/sesame Gud laddoos

til_laddooTil/sesame Gud laddoos

Hi friends ! WORK harder, EAT better , RUN faster , Feel stronger. Sesame seeds are very beneficial for health, generally they are overlooked, but they include the ability to prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, among  a wide variety of  other benefits !Sesame seeds / Til combined with Gud / jaggery a natural sweetener and full of nutrients is a delicious winter bonanza.

Makar Sankranti, also known as Sankranti or Makara Sankrant, is one of the highly auspicious days in a Hindu calendar and the day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya (Sun God). In 2016, the date of Makar Sankranti is January 15.Wish you all a very happy Sankranti. This festival is Tilgul Til (sesame seeds) and gud(jaggery). Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam and heralds the arrival of spring season. Lord Surya is worshipped on the Makar Sankranti day and is a form of Nature Worship. Makar Sankranti is observed throughout India by all communities but with slight variations in the festivities.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sesame seeds / til
  • 1 tbsp Clarified butter
  • 1/4 cup roasted ground nuts, halved
  • 1/2 cup jaggery/ Gud, grated
  • 4 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 1/4 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan / wok / griddle take the sesame seeds / Til, roast on a medium flame till they start popping and are light brown in colour. Switch off the stove. When roasted sesame seeds/ til cools, quick grind in the grinder will make a coarse powder. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Take the peanuts in a microwave safe bowl and roast for 60 seconds.

Step 3.

Heat grated jaggery / Gud with 1/4 cup water on medium flame, stirring continuously as jaggery/ gud gets burnt very easily.

Step 4.

To check if Jaggery / gud is cooked and ready, drop of hot jaggery/gud drop in a small plate with some water. If the jaggery sets like a drop without getting dissolved the required consistency is right. switch off the stove.

Step 5.
Now add the sesame seeds / til coarse powder, roasted and broken into halves peanuts, and cardamom powder and mix till well blended.

Step 6.

Divide the mixture in 12 equal portions on a non stick tray. Apply some ghee to your palms and make small (table tennis size) balls of the portions on the plate, taking care the mixture is sufficiently cool and handle able . If the mixture cools off fast while making the laddoos, then, heat the mixture a little again till it melts and repeat the procedure.

Health benefits of sesame seeds:

  • Flavorful, crunchy sesame seeds are widely considered healthy foods. 100 g of seeds carry 573 calories. Although, much of its calorie comes from fats, sesame contains several notable health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
  • The seeds are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, which comprises up to 50% fatty acids in them. Oleic acid helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in mono-unsaturated fats help prevent coronary artery disease, and stroke by favoring healthy lipid profile.
  • The seeds are also very valuable sources of dietary protein with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children. Just 100 g of seeds provide about 18 g of protein (32% of daily-recommended values).
  • In addition, sesame seeds contain many health benefiting compounds such as sesamol (3, 4-methylene-dioxyphenol), sesaminol, furyl-methanthiol, guajacol (2-methoxyphenol), phenylethanthiol and furaneol, vinylguacol, and decadienal. Sesamol and sesaminol are phenolic anti-oxidants. Together, these compounds help stave off harmful free radicals from the human body.
  • Sesame is among the seeds rich in quality vitamins, and minerals. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin.
  • 100 g of sesame contains 97 µg of folic acid, about 25% of recommended daily intake. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis. When given to expectant mothers during their peri-conception period, it may prevent neural tube defects in the newborns.
  • Niacin is another B-complex vitamin found abundantly in sesame. About 4.5 mg or 28% of daily-required levels of niacin is provided by just 100 g of seeds. Niacin helps reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition, it enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis.
  • The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.

Just a hand full of sesame a day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein.

 Ref. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sesame-seeds.html

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Besan Laddoos

Besan ladoos

Hi friends! The Besan ladoo is a popular and very delicious traditional Indian snack/ Indian dessert in North India, made with gram flour, powdered sugar and ghee.

Ingredients:

  •  500 gms besan / gram flour
  • 300 gms Sugar powdered
  • 12 green cardamoms seeds finely powdered
  • 250 gms Pure Ghee

Method:

Step 1.

In a kadhai / wok / heavy bottom pan, heat ghee.

Step 2.

Add the besan/ gram flour to it. On medium flame, mix well and continuously stirring, fry the besan / gram flour till it gets fried well and has golden colour .

Step 3.

When besan/ gram flour is well fried, take it off the heat. Gradually add powdered sugar, cardamom powder mixing constantly.

Step 4.

Mix very well, cool the mixture to a bearable / handle able level and make( round) laddoos!

Step 5.

Cool the laddoos before storing in a container.

Makes 36 medium sized laddoos.

Health Benefits of Besan / Chick pea flour:

Lowers diabetes- Besan is known to have very low levels of glycemic in it, which is great for those who have high diabetes. One can use the flour to make parathas and rotis, or replace the wheat flour to make desired dishes too.

Happy heart- Besan assures you with a happy heart, since it has high soluble fibre in it, which helps the heart stay strong and healthy for a very long time to come. Even the most reputed heart surgeons and specialists recommend the use of besan over any other flour for the heart, say experts

Lose weight now- Since besan has low glycemic index, the calorie count would be low too, which is why fitness freaks and experts swear by the consumption of besan, smoothie of besan is known as SATTU in India.

Fights allergies- Besan doesn’t have gluten in it, which is grain and especially wonderful for those who have allergies to gluten induced foods. Besan flour is highly nutritious and helps the body with immense benefits, especially when fighting allergies of any kinds.

Gluten free- Those who suffer from celiac ailments cannot have gluten, which is a protein. Gluten is found in barley and wheat extensively, but not in besan. Besan helps the immune system stay strong in the process, and the patient would be able to absorb all the nutrients as well as stay well nourished too.

No more anaemia to worry of- The flour of besan helps with fatigue, weight loss and even iron deficiency in the body, and we all know  when someone has low iron content in the body, they suffer from anaemia.

Besan is also good for those who suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, autoimmune disorders, sclerosis, autism, ADHD and more.

One can use besan for the skin with a pinch of turmeric powder and milk. The paste can be applied on the visible parts of the face and neck and left for ten minutes to dry. This is a pack which would help exfoliate the skin and brings back the moisturising effects too. Besan flour helps tighten the skin, gives it a glow and brings back elasticity too

As a body scrub, the flour of besan has been used time again since our grandmothers young hood days. To remove spots, back acne, body marks and oiliness of the body, try using the flour as a pack with milk and turmeric twice a week. This is a pack which would remove the tan and keep the skin healthy and fresh.

Ref . http://stylesatlife.com/articles/besan-benefits/

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • 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.