Aam papad / Mango jelly

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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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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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Mango Yogurt

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Hi friends! Start off your day right with nutritious breakfasts made from yogurt / curd. Yogurt is packed with the nutrients (like calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin and B12) needed to get us through our morning without feeling hungry. Low-fat yogurt offers an ideal blend of protein and carbohydrates as part of a healthy breakfast. No Flame Cooking!

Recipe Cook Time: 6-7 minutes

Recipe Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet, ripe, firm Mangoes
  • 1/2 kg fresh curd / yogurt
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp Sliced / slivered Almonds (soaked overnight)*
  • 1/2 tbsp Chironji/ Charoli/ charonji
  • 1 tsp Green cardamom powder

Method:

Step 1.

Take curd / yogurt and sugar in a big mixing bowl, whisk curd gently to get a smooth texture of the curd.

Step 2.

Peel Mangoes, cut into small cubes and fold into the whisked curd. Add almonds, cardamom powder.

Step 3.

Serve chill.

Note :

* Almonds soaked overnight :Almonds are known for their immense health benefits, and one of the most well-known one is the fact that they help your memory. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, zinc, calcium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids, almonds can do a world of good when it comes to your health. But in order to absorb all those nutrients, the almonds you eat, should be soaked in water overnight. This is because their brown, rough skin contains a certain enzyme inhibitor that is meant to protect the seed until it has the perfect conditions for germination. Our body cannot breakdown this enzyme-inhabiting compound, not only making the digestion of almonds difficult, but also restricting your body from absorbing its nutrients. Apart from that, soaking almonds also softens the seed, making it easy to chew and therefore digest.

Ref. Soaked Almonds: http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-soaked-almonds-for-skin-hair-and-health/

*Chironji/ Charoli/ charonji :

These seeds are used as a cooking spice primarily in India. Charoli/ charonji/ Chironji are tiny almond-flavored dried seeds of a evergreen tree called Buchanania lanzan, which is cultivated across India, primarily in the northwest. After the hard shell is cracked, the stubby seed within is as soft as a pine nut. The charoli seed is lentil-sized, is slightly flattened and has an almond-like flavour. Though they can be eaten and used raw they are often toasted or roasted before use, as this intensifies the flavour. Charoli seeds are cooling and are used to remove burning sensation from the body. The seeds also act as a tonic to the brain. Charoli seeds are relatively low in calories and are a good source of protein and fat (59 grams per 100 grams of charoli seeds). They contain good amounts of dietary fiber. Charoli provides you with vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and niacin. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus and iron are also found in high amounts in these seeds.

Ref. Chironji: http://chefinyou.com/ingredients/what-is-charoli-nuts/

Health benefits of Mango fruit:

  • Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, andpoly-phenolic flavonoidantioxidant compounds.
  • According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect from colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Several trial studies suggest thatpolyphenolic antioxidant compounds in mango are known to offer protection against breast and colon cancers.
  • Mango fruit is an excellent source ofVitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and β-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 IU or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin-A. Together; these compounds have been known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin-A also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Fresh mango is a good source of potassium. 100 g fruit provides 156 mg of potassium while just 2 mg of sodium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • It is also an excellent source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Consumption of foods rich invitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxinerequired for GABA hormone production within the brain. It also controls homocysteine levels within the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in coronary artery disease (CAD), and stroke.
  • Further, it composes moderate amounts ofcopper. Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper also required for the production of red blood cells.
  • Additionally,mango peel is also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.

Ref. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/mango-fruit.html

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Mango Lassi

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Hi friends! Lassi is popular refreshing  and one of the most loved  drink of India, a tastier way to add the summer flavors to this traditional drink is the addition of yummy ripe mangoes. This is ideal for healthy skin and provides the goodness of mangoes along with the benefits of yogurt.

 Level of cooking: Easy

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 4minutes

Cook Time: 1 minutes

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian, Punjabi

Course: Beverages

Serving : 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Curd / yogurt
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 tsp granulated sugar
  • a small pinch salt
  • 1  mango medium size, cut into cubes /or 1 cup canned mango slices

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the mango well, peel it and cut into small cubes.

Step 2.

Take a blender jar, put mango cubes, Curd, sugar and cardamom powder in the blender.

Step 3.

Close the lid and whip all the ingredients together till smooth. Serve Chilled.

Note: Adjust sugar quantities depending on the sweetness of the mango. Best Mango Lassi is made with mangoes without fiber.

Health benefits of Mango lassi:

  • Mango Lassi is sweet Indian-style, smoothie-like drink is a blend of fresh mango, tangy plain yogurt, and milk. Low-fat or fat-free milk and mango keep saturated fat in check while delivering healthful calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. Mango Lassi Stimulates weight loss
  • Mangoes are fat-free, cholesterol-free and salt-free. There is only 1% fat, 0% cholesterol and 0% sodium in 1 mango. Mangoes do not make you fat even if you eat them every day. For example, if you incorporate three mangoes (400 calories) as part of the calories you need each day, you will not gain weight.

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Mango Chutney

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This simply delicious chutney recipe is contributed by Mrs. Rohini G Tirupathi.

Hi friends!Raw mango is one of the healthiest fruits you can try out in the beginning of summer. Raw mango is loved not just for its taste but also for the numerous health benefits it has. This mango chutney is made with raw mangoes and can be stored in an air-tight container. Try out this healthy recipe.

Ingredients:

  •  1 kg Green Mangoes (raw) grated
  • 1 kg Sugar
  •  10 to 12 chopped Garlic flakes
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seed,roasted and powdered
  • 3-4 tbsp Vinegar

Method:

Step 1.

 Wash, peel and grate the mangoes in a bowl.

Step 2.

 Add sugar and mix it well with the pulp without adding water.

Step 3.

 Cook with chopped garlic till a drop of it set on a cold plate.

Step 4.

 Remove from the gas and add the spices.

Step 5.

 When cold, add the vinegar.

 Step 6.

Bottle it in sterilized jars.

Note: Raw mangoes contains vitamin A and Vitamin E that is said to maintain hormonal balance in the body. Eating unripe mangoes with salt prevents the excessive loss of water from the body, and helps to quench thirst. In summers, it is the most sought after food because it is said to prevent heat stroke and is also used as a medicine against the same.

Health benefits of raw mangoes:

  • Treat blood disorders: Raw mangoes are extremely beneficial in treating blood disorders because of their high Vitamin C content. Vitamin C increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and boosts the formation of new blood cells. It also aids the absorption of iron and prevents bleeding tendencies besides increasing body resistance against TB, anaemia, cholera and dysentery.
  • Treatment of Scurvy: Dried mango powder is highly beneficial in treating Scurvy.
  • Indigestion and constipation:Raw mangoes are good for hormonal health.
  • They contain Vitamin B that helps you retain good health. They also help with indigestion and constipation problems. Furthermore, they cleanse the intestine and clear off many other infections. Raw mango contains vitamin A and Vitamin E that enhances one’s hormonal system.
  • Prevent dehydration
  • Eating unripe mangoes with salt prevents the excessive loss of water from the body, and helps to quench thirst. In addition, it also protects one from the negative effects of very high temperature. Drinking unripe mango juice prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron to excessive sweating.
  • Treats gastro-intestinal disordersUnripe mango juice is nutritious. Unripe mangoes are a rich source of pectin, which if mixed with honey and salt, is highly beneficial in treating gastro-intestinal disorders. It is also considered as very effective medicine for diarrhea, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.
  • Treat liver disorders Unripe mangoes help in treating liver disorders because they increase the secretion of bile acids and clean the intestines of bacterial infections. They also have more Antioxidants and Vitamin C than ripe mangoes. These antioxidant properties protect the body against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Ref. http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2015-02-16/186012/

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