Tori Delicious

Tori Delicious 1 Tori Delicious

Hi friends! Here is another very simple, easy to make and delicious recipe for you all.Tori Delicious this dish/ sabzi (Ridge gourd) is loved by some and not appreciated by many . Its natural flavor and taste is not enjoyed by many, but turai /Tori has a basic quality, it absorbs all other flavors wonderfully and makes the dish amazingly delicious. Tori Delicious is a very simple dish delicately spiced and blended with moong dal, is not too spicy.
Turai / tori/ (Zucchini) is a nutritious, low in calories and a versatile vegetable. It can be prepared using a variety of cooking techniques.

Main Name: Zucchini
Biological Name: Cucurbita pepo
Hindi Name: Tori, Turai
Names in other Indian languages: Peerkan kai (Tamil), Oru pachakkari (Malayalam), Beera Kaaya (Telugu), Turiya, Ghisoda (Gujarati), Jhinge, Jhinga (Bengali), Dodke, Shira?e (Marathi), Janhhi (Oriya), Turai (Urdu), Tori (Punjabi)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes (slow fire cooking)

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Course: Main, Vegetables

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd
  • 1/2 cup Moong daal / Yellow green gram lentil husked
  • 1 medium size tomatoes ,chopped and pureed
  • 1 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger /adrak, finely grated
  • 12 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup curd / yogurt / Dahi
  • 2/3 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 level tsp chili powder or adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp Coriander / dhania powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin /geera
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive oil / or Pure ghee

Method:

 Step 1.

 Wash and peel the Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd and cut it in small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Finely chop onions and puree tomatoes and keep aside. Wash Moong daal / Yellow green gram lentil husked nicely and keep aside.

Step 3.

 In a heavy bottom pan heat the oil, add cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling, add finely chopped onions in it.

Step 4.

Fry the onions till light golden, add minced garlic and grated ginger, sauté for few seconds. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder in it. Fry these spices for a few seconds.

 Step 5.

Now add finely cubed Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd in it, mix well. Cover and cook on low flame till Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd is soft, add washed Moong daal, tomato puree and further cook covered on low flame till daal is soft/ cooked well .

Step 6.

When Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd, tomatoes , daal is cooked and well blended (and 75% of water is evaporated) add curd / yogurt / dahi mix well, cook for couple of minutes more, add fresh lime juice.

 Step 7.

Switch off the heat. Garnish it with finely chopped Cilantro / Coriander before serving. Serve hot with Indian bread of choice!

Smooth or Sponge gourd:

Health Benefits of Zucchini/Smooth or Sponge gourd:

  • Incredibly low in calories, zucchini makes a great way of filling your stomach without worrying about the calories being carried along with it. With just a couple of calories, you can include zucchini in your diet plan.
  • Regular consumption of cheesy, doughy foods with high sodium levels or other processed foods can leave your body yearning for water. With a high water concentration, vegetables like zucchini contribute to hydration, thereby fulfilling the body’s water requirement.
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which is required by the body to prevent health conditions, like scurvy and other illnesses, including heart conditions and certain types of cancers. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin C that helps in overcoming the deficiency of this vitamin.
  • Zucchini contains dietary fiber which lowers cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids which are produced by the liver from the cholesterol. Since the fiber binds so well to the bile acid to instantly digest fat, the liver is induced to generate more bile acid.
  • The high levels of vitamins A and C present in zucchini keep the cholesterol from oxidizing in the body’s blood vessels, thereby delaying the onset of atherosclerosis.
  • Dietary fiber is known for promoting healthy and regular bowel movements, which help in preventing carcinogen toxins from settling in the colon. Zucchini has dietary fiber present in high amounts which avoids the risk of different kinds of cancers.
  • Studies indicate that zucchini contains phytonutrients which assist in reducing the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition where the prostate gland enlarges, resulting in complications with urination and sexual functions in men.
  • With the presence of magnesium in considerate amounts, zucchini helps in lowering the risk of heart attack and strokes to a great extent. Besides, it also contains folate which is necessary for breaking down the amino acid homocysteine, which when increased, can lead to heart attack and stroke.
  • Zucchini is ideal for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory allergies as it increases one’s immunity due to the high vitamin C content. Furthermore, it also helps in controlling the symptoms of any autoimmune disorders which can lead to internal inflammation of organs.

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Instant Moong Dal

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Moong dal /green gram husked is packed with protein and low on carbs,  and is one of the best sources of protein for vegetarians . It is part of all most all  Indian vegetarian menus, it is tasty and filling.

Hi friends ! Here is a recipe for you, “Instant  moong dal”, plain, simple, spiced lentil, very healthy and delicious and Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal too! This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium..

 Recipe cook time: 5 -7 minutes

Course: Main

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup moong dal /yellow dal / husked
  • 12 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger , finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric/ haldi powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds /jeera
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Ghee/ butter
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro /Coriander , finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash moong dal very well, keep aside with 500 ml water.

Step 2.

On a high flame in a pressure cooker take washed moong dal with 500 ml of water, add ginger, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and chopped garlic. Close the lid. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove.

Step 3.

When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid blend the dal mixture and keep aside.

Step 4.

In a pan heat butter/ ghee, add cumin seeds. When cumin starts crackling add the seasoning to the blended dal. Bring it to boil.

Step 5.
Add lemon juice mix well and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with boiled rice or any Indian bread of choice!

Health benefits of Moong dal/ green gram husked:

1.It is good source of protein and dietary fiber.
2.It is low in fat and rich in potassium ,calcium and B complex vitamins.
3.It is easy to digest and not like other pulses which are heavy for digestion.
4.Dietician always recommend to eat fibrous lentils at least three times a week.
5.The fiber in these lentils help to decrease high cholesterol.
6.Mostly this dal is cooked for sick persons in home.

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Cabbage Fry

Cabbage fryCabbage Fry

Hi friends! Try this healthy and simple and tasty recipe.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup husked moong dal / Moong dhuli dal ,soaked in a cup of water for 15 minutes
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tps Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / Heeng
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp Salt/ or to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and Soak the Moong dal for 15 minutes.Cut the cabbage in fine threads or it can be grated too keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi / or pan add mustard seeds, when it  starts crackling add asafetida / heeng saute till slightly pink in colour. Add curry leaves, ginger grated. Stir and sauté for a minute.

Step 3.

Add Moong dal, cabbage turmeric powder and salt, cover and cook on low flame stirring intermittently until moong dal is soft.Serve hot with rice or any Indian bread of choice.

Note:

1. Choose a cabbage that is heavy for its size. Make sure the leaves are tight and firm as loose leaves indicate an older cabbage. Store cabbage in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

2. Cabbage can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, roasted, sautéed or stuffed. The sulfurous odor often associated with cabbage only develops when the cabbage is overcooked. The longer a cabbage is cooked, the stronger the odor becomes.

3. Add shredded cabbage to any salad or fresh coleslaw.

Quick tips for eating more cabbage:

  • Keep it simple and drizzle roasted chopped cabbage with olive oil, cracked black pepper and minced garlic
  • Add shredded cabbage to a fresh green salad
  • Add chopped cabbage to any soup or stew near the end of cooking.
Possible health benefits of cabbage:

Cabbage, which is often lumped into the same category as lettuce because of their similar appearance, is actually a part of the cruciferous vegetable family. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale and broccoli are notorious for being chock-full of beneficial nutrients. If you are trying to improve your diet, cruciferous vegetables should be at the very top of your grocery list.

Cabbage can vary in color from green to red and purple, and the leaves can be smooth or crinkled. With less than 20 calories per half cup cooked, it is a vegetable worth making room on your plate for.

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 cabbage decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Protection from radiation therapy

A compound found in cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables known as 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM) has been shown to protect against the harmful effects of radiation therapy. It is well-known that DIM has protective effects against cancer, but this study shows there is also hope for using it as a shield to protect healthy tissues during cancer treatment in the future.

Cancer prevention

Another cancer-fighting compound found in cabbage is sulforaphane. Research over the past 30 years has consistently shown that consuming cruciferous vegetables has been associated with a lower risk of cancer. More recently, researchers have been able to pinpoint that the sulfur-containing compounds (namely sulforaphane) that give cruciferous vegetables their bitter bite are also what give them their cancer-fighting power.

More studies with sulforaphane are testing its ability to delay or impede cancer. Promising results have been seen with multiple types of cancers including melanoma, esophageal, prostate and pancreatic. Researchers have discovered that sulforaphane has the power to inhibit the harmful enzyme histone deacetylase (HDAC), known to be involved in the progression of cancer cells. The ability to stop HDAC enzymes could make sulforaphane-containing foods a potentially powerful part of cancer treatment.

Another natural chemical found in cabbage, parsley, celery and other plants known as apigenin has been found to decrease tumor size in an aggressive form of breast cancer in a recent study conducted at the University of Missouri. Researchers claim that their findings show that apigenin has potential to be used as a non-toxic treatment for cancer in the future.

Red cabbage contains the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin, the same compound that gives other red and purple-hued fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. Anthocyanins have been shown to slow cancer cell proliferation, kill already formed cancer cells and stop the formation of new tumor growths.

Heart health

The same potent anthocyanins in red cabbage that help protect against cancer have been shown to suppress inflammation that may lead to cardiovascular disease. A recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition associated the intake of flavonoid-rich foods with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stated that even small amounts of flavonoid-rich foods may be beneficial. The high polyphenol content in cabbage may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet buildup and reducing blood pressure.

Immunity and digestion

A popular way to consume cabbage is in a fermented form such as sauerkraut and kimchi. Chocked full of probiotics, fermented foods are one of the best things you can consume for your immune and digestive systems. Healthy microbes generate an acidic environment to preserve and develop flavor and enzymes in fermentation that make vitamins and minerals easier to absorb.

The fiber and water content in cabbage also helps to prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract. Eating adequate fiber promotes regularity, which is crucial for the daily excretion toxins through the bile and stool.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284823.php#possible_health_benefits_of_consuming_cabbage

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Mix Dals Fry

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Hi friends! A very popular reasonably spiced north Indian preparation.It is a tasty combination of husked moong dal and masoor dal  . Dal fry  is very delicious quick and easy to make.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian, Punjabi

Course: Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Split husked Moong dal
  • 1/2 cup Masoor dal
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small size tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Wash well and soak moong dal  and masoor dal for ten minutes in 500 ml of water.

Step 2.

Pressure cook on high flame the dals in the same water in which it was soaked, with salt, turmeric powder and the red chili powder. The moment full pressure is formed,Switch off the stove.Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, remove the cooked dal in to a serving bowl.

Step 2.

Heat the ghee in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling add chopped onions sauté till golden. Add minced garlic saute till light golden add green chili.

Step 3.

Add this seasoning to the dal, simmer for two minutes, add lime juice and remove from heat. Serve hot.

Possible health benefits of Moong and Masoor dal:

Moong Dal:Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

moong dal is hailed has the healthiest among the dals. Others like masoor dal have health benefits too.

Masoor Dal : Masoor dal is very good for people suffering from bile reflux, and it also improves the blood circulation in the body.

Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20026

Good point of mixed dals:

  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Low in sugar
  • Very high in dietary fiber
  • High in iron
  • High in manganese
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in thiamin
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Moong Dal Halwa

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Halva (halawa, alva, haleweh, halava, helava, helva, halwa, halua, aluva, chalva) refers to many types of dense, sweet confections, served across the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Balkans, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Malta and the Jewish world.Halva may also be based on numerous other ingredients, including sunflower seeds, various nuts, beans, lentils, and vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins, yams and squashes.

The mung bean (Vigna radiata), alternatively known as the moong bean, green gram, or mung Sanskrit मुद्ग / mudga, is a plant species in the legume family. Themung bean is mainly cultivated in India, China, and Southeast Asia.

Hi friends! Halwa made from moong dal and flavored with cardamom, saffron and almonds. It’s a traditional Indian winter dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup split husked green lentil /yellow Moong dal
  • 150 gms Mawa / Khoya, grated
  • 1/2 cup pure ghee (cow’s milk ghee)
  • 1 level cup sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk (low fat)
  • 2 tbsp almonds powder
  • 2 tbsp of slivered almonds (sliced almonds) for garnish

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the moong dal or husked green lentil, in enough water overnight or for 5 to 6hours, drain and grind the  moong dal or husked green lentil to a slightly coarse paste with adding just enough water as needed to blend. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Melt ghee in a non stick wok/ pan, add the ground moong dal mixwell.Stir fry over low flame till fried well, approximately 20-25 minutes.Mixture in the first stage of frying is pasty, then starts getting lumpy and then starts breaking down and getting separated with the fat releasing from the sides, break the lumps while stirring.

Step 3.

In a non stick pan on low flame friy the grated mawa/ khoya. Mix it with the fried moong dal.

Step 4.

While the moong dal is getting fried, heat one cup of water and one cup of milk. Add sugar, saffron and green cardamom powder to the mixture. Bring it to a boil to dissolve the sugar, and keep hot till needed.

Step 5.

Add milk mixture to the fried dal mix and stir well to blend it , the mixture sizzles, so gently add the hot milk and water mixture.

Step 6.
Cook over medium low flame till the liquid is absorbed, and stir-fry till the fat separates and mixture leaves the sides of the pan / wok.Transfer on to a serving dish, decorate the Moong Dal Halwa with the lightly roasted slivered almonds and serve hot.

Possible health benefits of Moong dal:
It is used for making the legendary dal tadka and dal fry. It is eaten on a regular basis in every indian household in combination with rice and vegetables. Moong dal is a dieter-friendly dal rich in iron and potassium. Iron helps maintain haemoglobin levels and potassium helps reduce blood pressure, a boon for hypertensive people. It is extremely light and can be easily eaten when you fall ill and even by pregnant women. Moong dal is used for making soups, stews and purees. Boiled moong dal is also used for making delicious spicy parathas.

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Appam Dahi Vadas

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Appam Dahi Vadas

Hi friends!Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing steamed lentil balls and spices.

 All varieties of dals/ lentils can be added to make Appam vadas nutritious.

Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Vegetarian

Serves : 6- 8

 Ingredients:

 For Appams

  • 1/2 cup Black gram dal (husked)
  • 1/2 cup Moong dal (husked)
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour or raw rice 2 table spoons soaked
  • 1/4 level tsp Asafetida powder
  • 2-3 Green chilies
  • 8 to 10 Curry leaves, finely choped
  • 1tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp level salt / or Salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • Olive oil for lining the appam skillet before Cooking

For the Dahi / curd / Yogurt

  • 4 cups chilled Dahi / curd / Yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Black salt
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander/ cilantro/ dhaniya leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the two dals /lentils,raw rice (if rice powder is being used then no soaking of raw rice required) very well and soak in water together for overnight.

Step 2.

Grind soaked dals / lentils and rice, fenugreek seeds and finely chopped curry leaves, green chilies in a grinder, adding water slowly (so a minimum quantity is used), to a thick consistency batter.  Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl, add salt mix well. Keep it for fermenting for 2-3 hours.

Step 3.

Take a table spoon of oil in a pan , heat the oil add asafetida wait for a few seconds for it to turn pink, switch of the stove. Add this tempering to the batter. Mix rice flour (if no previously soaked raw rice added), salt, and baking soda in the dal batter, and mix well. Keep it aside for few minutes.

Step 4.

Place an appam skillet applying  or spraying oil to all the molds of the skillet.  When heated, fill in all the moulds of the skillet one by one and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 5.                                         

After few minutes check if appams are cooked by inserting in a knife in the appams, if it comes out clean, appams are ready on one side. Flip each appam to cook on the reverse side, spraying or adding a drop of oil to each mould.

Step 6.

When cooked both sides to a light golden colour, remove from the skillet and soak in hot water.

Step 7.

Let the appams stand in hot water till water cools. Squeeze out water from appams and arrange in a serving dish.

Step 8.

Whisk yogurt add salt, black salt, roasted cumin powder, black pepper and red chili powder and mix it well. Pour the yogurt mix over the ready appams in the serving dish.

Step 9.

Garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve cold.

Health benefits of Lentils/ Dals:

Lentils / dals are higher in fiber content, extremely rich in soluble fiber, which helps the digestive system.

Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. It also helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.

Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.

Lentils increase energy levels by replenishing iron reserves in the body.

Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

Health benefits Curd:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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Broccoli Kebabs

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The health benefits of broccoli are very extensive. Not only is the vegetable loaded with essential nutrients, it also has therapeutic properties.

Hi Friends! My recipe of this appetizer is sure to start your meal on a healthy and delicious note!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Course: Appetizers, snack

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Broccoli, cut into florets,washed
  • 1/2 cup green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli, washed
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Chickpea Flour / Besan
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds, roasted and Powdered
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp or to taste Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Almonds powdered
  • 3 tbsp Gingili / sesame seeds

Method:

Step 1.

Take the broccoli and green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli in a pressure cooker add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp salt. Place the cooker on the high flame, as soon as pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker, open and take out the broccoli, green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli, in a strainer and keep aside.

Step 2.

Mash Broccoli and cooked moong dal well.

Step 3.
In a separate bowl, combine Chickpea Flour, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Dry Mango Powder, Salt, Coriander Powder and Red Chili Powder, broccoli moong dal mashed and almond powder mix well.

Step 4.
Add lemon juice and mix again. Shape into medium size rounds and pat them flat with your palm.

Step 5.

Roll the kebabs in sesame seeds /gingili seeds . Deep fry the sesame seeds /gingili seeds -studded kebabs on low to medium flame till golden brown .

Step 6.

Serve hot Broccoli kebabs with fresh coriander / mint chutney.

Note:

sesame seeds:  

1    a tropical herbaceous plant, Sesamum indicum, of the East Indies, cultivated, esp. in India, for its small oval seeds: family Pedaliaceae

2    the seeds of this plant, used in flavouring bread and yielding an edible oil (benne oil or gingili),   (Also called)    benne, gingili, til         
(C15: from Latin sesamum, from Greek sesamon, sesame, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic simsim)

Health benefits of Broccoli:

Over recent years researchers all over the world have identified a wide range of therapeutic properties associated with broccoli. So, apart from being a nutritional powerhouse, what other health benefits does broccoli provide?

Research reveals that broccoli can:

Prevent osteoarthritis – a British study revealed that broccoli contains a compound called sulfophane which may help fight osteoarthritis – sulforaphane can block cartilage-destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation.

Protect your skin against the effects of UV light – broccoli may help prevent skin cancer, not by eating it though, but by applying it directly to the skin.

Reverse diabetes heart damage – eating broccoli promotes the production of enzymes that help protect heart blood vessels5 and reduce the molecules that damage them.

Reduce cancer risk – eat broccoli just three times each month and you could potentially reduce the chance of developing bladder cancer by around 40 percent, according to experts at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, USA.

Broccoli plant compound detoxifies air pollutants in the body – research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, suggests new benefits of eating broccoli.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266765.php

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Panchmel dal

 

Panch Dal panchmel dal or panchratna dal

Hi friends! Panch / 5 lentils/dals are used in the original panchmel dal recipe it is also known as panchratna dal. The word panch means five. It is a highly nutritious, delicious dal recipe. The five lentils / dals are:

  • Bengal gram dal/chana dal
  • black gram husked/ urad dal
  • green gram husked / moong dal
  • pigeon peas spilt, husked / arhar/ tur dal
  • Pink lentil / Masoor dal

Recipe type: main

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup bengal gramdal / chana dal
  • 1/4 cup green gram husked / moong dal
  • 1/4 cup pink lentil / masoor dal
  • 1/4 Pigeon peas spilt, husked / arhar dal / tur dal
  • 1/4 cup Black gram dal husked /urad dal
  • 4 cups water for pressure cooking the dals
  • 2 cloves /laung
  • 2 green Cardamoms
  • 1 tsp ginger , finely grated
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp asafetida powder/hing
  • 15 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt as per taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash well and soak all the dals  in water for thirty minutes. In a pressure cooker take a table spoon of oil, heat it and add cumin seed. When the seeds start cracking add asafetida fry it for few seconds till asafetida turns light pink in colour.

Step 2.

Add the dals, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and ginger in the pressure cooker on high flame. The moment pressure is formed switch off the stove. Let it cool to room temperature.

Step 3.

Open the lid of the pressure cooker, if the dal mixture looks a bit thick, then add some water slowly and stir to get a thick pouring consistency in the dal.

Step 4.

Take another pan, heat  ghee, add the cloves, green cardamoms, garam masala powder and crushed garlic.Fry them till they are fragrant.

Step 5.

Now add this fried tempering mixture to the dal, mix well. Simmer the dal for 10 minutes or so that the flavours of the spices blends well with the lentils.

Step 6.

Serve hot, garnish the dal with coriander leaves. Panchmel dal  goes very well with tandoori rotis ( Indian bread baked in clay onen), rice dishes.

Good points of mixed dals / lentils:

Health Benefits:

This recipe for Mixed Dal is very tasty and it gives energy. It is also very nourishing due to its high protein and brings deep nourishment to the tissues (dhatu).

Dals are very commonly used in the Indian cuisine. It is hard to find an Indian household that does not stock up different types dals. As dals have to prepared on a daily basis, we need to have a lot of dals on board to maintain the variety. Besides dals are types of pulses that have many nutritional values. The health benefits of dals in general is that they are very rich in proteins. As many Indians are vegetarians, these different types of pulses provide them with main source of vegan proteins. That is why, all the different types of dals are very important for the typical Indian diet. Apart from the general health benefits of dals, each type of dal has its own set of nutritional values. So it is advisable to have a mix of all these dals in your diet. Some types of dals are healthier when compared to others. For example, the black gram dal and moong dal are hailed has the healthiest among the dals. Others like masoor dal have health benefits too but they also have some side effects. For example, masoor dal raises your uric acid levels so you must limit its consumption. So here are some types of dals and their exclusive health benefits.
Chana dal or Bengal gram dal is one of the richest vegan source of dietary proteins. It is also rich in trace minerals like copper, manganese etc. Having this dal helps keep diabetes at bay.

Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

Masoor dal is very good for people suffering from bile reflux, and it also improves the blood circulation in the body.
Urad Dal If its proteins you want from your meal, then opt for urad dal. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Toor Dal is one of the most popular dals eaten in India. This dal has immense amounts of complex dietary fibres that helps to regularize bowel movements.

 

Read more at: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20026

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Lauki Tamatar

Ghiya ki sabzi

Lauki Tamater/ Bottle gourd with Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms lauki
  • 2 medium size tomato , finely chopped
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely chopped
  • 2/3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • ½   tsp red chili powder
  • ½   tsp turmeric powder
  • a Pinch of asafetida (Hing)
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2/3 tsp salt or/ salt to your taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and peel the lauki/ bottle gourd, slice off the top and bottom tip and cut it into small
cubes, soak in water till used later.
Step 2.

In a wok/ kdahi heat oil, add cumin seed, when it crackles , add asafetida and fry tll it turns pink. Add chopped onions,fry till onion turns golden brown.

Step 3.

Add the spices,coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and mix with the oil and fry them for few seconds more.

Step 4.

Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook covered for eight to ten minutes on low flame or until they become soft and blend with spices.

Step 5.

Add cubed lauki/ bottle gourd pieces, salt and one cup of water and mix everything together, close the lid turn the heat to low flame.

Step 6.

Add more water if needed and cook till lauki is cooked well, once you have the desired consistency turn the stove off.

Step 7.

Serve hot, garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Note:
Bottle gourd/ lauki is a bland vegetable, try to cook with other ingredients and combination, to make this dish delicious. For variations cook lauki with onion masala or to cook lauki with channa Dals / Lentils.

 

Health benefits of lauki / Bottle gourd:

Bottle gourd, also known as lauki or doodhi in India is a popular vegetable used in dishes all across the country. One of the famous health benefits of the vegetable is that it is easy to digest and great for those suffering from digestive problems. However, lauki has more health benefits than one and here are some of them.

  1. Aids digestion

People suffering from constipation should eat bottle gourd as it is high in fibre and helps clear the food stuck in your colon. Additionally, juice made out of bottle gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature. Read about more home remedies that can cure constipation. 

  1. Great for weight loss

Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fibre content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full. Here is a sample weight loss diet for your reference.

  1. Helps treat urinary disorders

Bottle gourd has a cooling effect on your body, and a glass of bottle gourd juice is a great diuretic that can be used to treat burning sensation while passing urine. This burning sensation is caused due to high levels of acid in the urine, which can be countered by the alkaline nature of bottle gourd juice.

  1. Refreshes you during summers

Just like cucumber, bottle gourd too has a high amount of water which keeps you hydrated during summers. Drinking a glass of its juice will ensure that you do not face loss of sodium, fatigue or extreme thirst while you are out in the sun. This makes it great for people whose jobs require them to travel in daylight.

  1. Prevents heart disease

Unhealthy lifestyles are leading to several cases of heart disease in urban India. So much so that, 70% of the urban population is at risk of heart disease due to wrong lifestyle choices like eating fried and processed foods, smoking, etc. Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, bottle gourd has zero cholesterol and is rich in Vitamins like Vitamin C and antioxidants making it good for your heart.

  1. Reduces stress

It is quite easy to feel stressed in today’s times, and unhealthy eating can only worsen the situation. Bottle gourd has a high water content has a cooling effect on your body which makes you feel better the very moment you take it. It also has diuretic, sedative and antibilious properties which makes your body feel better internally, and keeps stress at bay. Read more about how you can combat stress.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-lauki-dudhi-bottle-gourds-sa114/

Lehsuni Moong Dal

Moong dal Lehsunwali 1

husked Green gram  with garlic

Hi friends! Yellow moong dal is extremely light and easy to digest. It is easier to cook. Moong dal is used for making soups, stews and purees.

 Preparation Time : 10-15 minutes

Cooking time : 5-8 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup husked green gram dal /dhuli moong dal
  • 1 medium size Onion ,finely chopped
  • 12 pods of garlic / lehsun (finely past)
  • 1 “piece Ginger/ adrak, finely grated
  • 1/ 2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or Salt to taste
  • 500 ml water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil/ pure ghee

Method :

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the Moong dal in three glasses of water , keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil/ ghee in the pressure cooker, add asafetida, when turns pink, add mustard seeds, starts to splutters add curry leaves. Fry for few seconds (do not let it turn dark brown) .

Step 3.

Add the moong dal with three glasses of water to this seasoning. Add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till the full pressure is formed ( after the first whistle, switch of the heat), let it cool.

Step 4.

Heat ghee (clarified butter) in a thick bottom pan, fry onions till golden, put ginger and garlic paste, fry for a few minutes.

Step 5.

Add this seasoning to the dal and mix well.

Step 6.

Serve hot with boiled rice, pulaows or geera rice and all the Indian breads.

Note: Moong dal is cooked in many different ways in India. This recipe with the goodness of garlic/ lehsun is very simple, delicious and with a garlic flavor.

Possible health benefits of Moong dal:

  • Pulses are low in fat & cholesterol, high in dietary fiber and rich in protein, making them an excellent heart healthy food choice with established health benefits.
  • It is used for making the legendary dal tadka and dal fry.
  • It is eaten on a regular basis in every indian household in combination with rice and vegetables. Moong dal is a dieter-friendly dal rich in iron and potassium. Iron helps maintain haemoglobin levels and potassium helps reduce blood pressure, a boon for hypertensive people.
  • It is extremely light and can be easily eaten when you fall ill and even by pregnant women.

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Lentil/Dal Appams

Khara appam 3

Hi friends! In all, five assorted husked dals / lentils are used for making these appams.  On fermenting this batter provides very soft appams. Makes a very nutritious and delicious breakfast or healthy snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Black gram dal husked
  • 1/4 cup Moong dal husked
  • 1/4 cup Bengal gram dal /chanadal
  • 1/4 Toor dal
  • 1/4 cup Masoor dal
  • 1/4 cup Raw rice or rice flour
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 2-3 Green chili
  • 4 tbsp curry leaves , finely chopped
  • 1/4 level tsp Asafetida powder
  • 1 tsp level salt / or as per taste salt
  • Olive oil for cooking

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the dals /lentils,raw rice (if rice powder is being used then no soaking of raw rice required) very well and soak in water together overnight.

Step 2.

Grind soaked dals / lentils and rice, fenugreek seeds and finely chopped curry leaves, green chilies in a grinder, adding water slowly (use a minimum quantity ), to a thick consistency batter.  Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl, add salt mix well. Keep it for fermenting for 2-3 hours.

Step 3.

Take a table spoon of oil in a pan , heat the oil add asafetida wait for a few seconds for it to turn pink, switch of the stove. Add this tempering to the batter. Mix rice flour (if no previously soaked raw rice added), and salt in the dal batter, and mix well. Keep it aside for few minutes.

Step 4.

Place an appam skillet applying  or spraying oil to all the moulds of the skillet.  When heated, fill in all the moulds of the skillet one by one and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 5.

After few minutes check if appams are cooked by inserting in a knife in the appams, if it comes out clean, appams are ready on one side. Flip each appam to cook till golden on the reverse side, spraying or adding a drop of oil to each mold.

Step 6.

Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Health benefits of Lentils / Dals :

Lentils / dals are higher in fiber content, extremely rich in soluble fiber, which helps the digestive system.

Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. It also helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.

Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.

Lentils increase energy levels by replenishing iron reserves in the body.

Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

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Moong Dal Vada

Moong dal pakori with muli

Hi friends !Food is a great indicator of the seasons.Moong Dal Vada is another delicious snack for winter season. The vadas taste  is never the same without freshly grated radish served with coriander chutney. It is an amazing experience.

Serving : 6

Cooking time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:      

  • 1 cup dhuli moong daal /husked green gram,soaked for 3-4 hours
  • 1 tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 /2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/ geera
  • 1/2 tsp level, baking powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 2 green chilies , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander / cilantro, finely chopped
  • Oil for deep-frying

Method:

Step 1.

wash and soak moong dal for 3-4 hours. Grind the daal to a smooth and thick consistency with using very little water or no water.

Step 2.

Take out the dal batter in a mixing bowl. Mix cumin seed, salt, chili powder, green chilies, coriander and finely chopped ginger. Mix the ingredients well.

Step 3.

Heat the oil and drop table spoonfuls into the hot oil and fry the vadas, fry to a golden color,drain and keep aside on a paper kitchen towel .

Step 4.

Serve  this protein rich  snack, hot with coriander chutney or saunth/ tamrind/ imli khatti meethi chutney.

Possible health benefits of Moong dal:
It is used for making the legendary dal tadka and dal fry. It is eaten on a regular basis in every indian household in combination with rice and vegetables. Moong dal is a dieter-friendly dal rich in iron and potassium. Iron helps maintain haemoglobin levels and potassium helps reduce blood pressure, a boon for hypertensive people. It is extremely light and can be easily eaten when you fall ill and even by pregnant women. Moong dal is used for making soups, stews and purees. Boiled moong dal is also used for making delicious spicy parathas.

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Moong Pakori Raita

Bundi raita     moong dal pakori   Moong Pakori Raita

Hi friends! Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt/curd/Dahi containing fried lentil balls and spices.

Serving: 6

Dal soaking time: 3-4 hours

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:      

 For Pakori

  •  1 cup soaked overnight ( or for  at least 3-4 hours) dhuli moong daal (husked green gram)
  • 1  tsp red chili powder / or add more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/ geera
  • 1 level tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 1 tsp adrak (ginger) finely grated
  • Oil for deep-frying

For Raita

  •  1 liter Curd/ yogurt
  • 1 tsp roasted and powdered cumin seeds/ geera
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt / or salt to taste

Method:

Step 1.

wash and soak moong dal for 3-4 hours. Grind the daal to a smooth consistency with using very little water or no water.

Step 2.
Heat the oil and drop teaspoonfuls into the hot oil and fry the pakoris, fry to a golden color, strain and keep aside on a paper kitchen towel till all the pakoris are fried.

Step 3.

Soak the pakoris in water for ten minutes. Then take out the pakoris from water and gently squeeze out the water and keep aside.

Step 4.

Whisk the curd/ yogurt in a bowl very nicely. Mix salt, roasted geera powder, pepper, add the ready pakoris to the curd. Mix well, refrigerate till served.

Note: Imali /tamrind, khatti meethi chutney, goes very well with this Raita.

Curd Cooking tips:

A bowl of fresh curd and dal pakori (Raitas)is a great accompaniment to lunches and dinners.  Add sour curd to salads which make it taste better.

Sour curd is added to vegetable curries instead of tomatoes to make it rich and delicious.

Health benefits of curd:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

Health benefits of moong dal:

Among other moong dal nutrition benefits, this dal is a good source for a variety of vitamins and minerals.  Provides folate (vitamin B9). Moong dal also provides significant amounts of thiamine (vitamin B1), as well as vitamin B5 and vitamin B6. In addition to this, it contains high levels of the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zin.

A great moong dal nutrition benefit is the amount of fiber it has.

Moong beans are packed with protein.

Moong dal can be a great, nutritious addition to a balanced diet. It is a healthy meal that provides high levels of protein and fiber while containing relatively few calories and little fat.

Ref.http://weightloss.answers.com/nutrition/5-nutrition-facts-for-moong-dal

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Mung dal with Lauki

Moong dal giyawali

       Mung dal with Lauki/bottle gourd

Hi friends! Mung dal with Lauki/bottle gourd is a delicious combination of lauki and lentils. It is a delicious Indian recipe served Indian cuisine.

Preparation Time : 10-15 minutes

Cooking time : 5-8 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine North Indian

Course Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 (500gms approx) bottle gourd small (lauki/Ghiya),peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup husked green gram dal (dhuli moong dal),soaked for 3-4 hours
  • 1 big size Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 “piece Ginger/ adrak, finely grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds/ geera
  • 2 tsp Coriander/ dry dhaniya powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or Salt to taste
  • 750 ml water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil/ pure ghee
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped – (for garnishing)

Method

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the Moong dal in three glasses of water for 3-4 hours (same water is used while cooking the dal). keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil/ ghee in the pressure cooker, asafetida, when turns pink, add cumin seed, when cumin starts to splutters add coriander powder. Fry for few seconds (do not let it turn dark brown) .

Step 3.

Add the moong dal with three glasses of water to this seasoning. Add the lauki cubes, salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till the full pressure is formed ( after the first whistle, switch of the heat). let it cool.

Step 4.

Heat ghee (clarified butter) in a thick bottom pan, fry onions till golden, put gram masala fry for a few seconds.

Step 5.

Add this seasoning to the dal and mix well. Garnish it with fresh finely chopped coriander leaves.

Step 6.

Serve hot with boiled rice, pulaows or geera rice and all the Indian breads.

Note: Moong dal is cooked in many different ways in India. This recipe with the goodness of lauki/ Ghiya/ bottle gourd is very delicious and a healthy recipe.

Health Benefits of Yellow Mung dal:

1.It is good source of protein and dietary fiber.

2.It is low in fat and rich in potassium ,calcium and B complex vitamins.

3.It is easy to digest and not like other pulses which are heavy for digestion.

4.Dietician always recommend to eat fibrous lentils at least three times a week.

5.The fiber in these lentils help to decrease high cholesterol.

6.Mostly this dal is cooked for sick persons in home as it is easily digestible.

 Possible health benefits of Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya:

In fact, traditional healers recommended consumption of this bottle gourd to treat various conditions. Here are some of its benefits you must know.

Aids digestion: People suffering from constipation should eat bottle gourd as it is high in fibre and helps clear the food stuck in your colon. Additionally, juice made out of bottle gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature [1].

Great for weight loss Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fibre content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full.

Helps treat urinary disorders Bottle gourd has a cooling effect on your body, and a glass of bottle gourd juice is a great diuretic that can be used to treat burning sensation while passing urine. This burning sensation is caused due to high levels of acid in the urine, which can be countered by the alkaline nature of bottle gourd juice.

Refreshes you during summers: Just like cucumber, bottle gourd too has a high amount of water which keeps you hydrated during summers. Drinking a glass of its juice will ensure that you do not face loss of sodium, fatigue or extreme thirst while you are out in the sun. This makes it great for people whose jobs require them to travel in daylight.

Prevents heart disease: Unhealthy lifestyles are leading to several cases of heart disease in urban India. So much so that, 70% of the urban population is at risk of heart disease due to wrong lifestyle choices like eating fried and processed foods, smoking, etc. Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, bottle gourd has zero cholesterol and is rich in vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants making it good for your heart [3].

Reduces stress It is quite easy to feel stressed in today’s times, and unhealthy eating can only worsen the situation. Bottle gourd has a high water content has a cooling effect on your body which makes you feel better the very moment you take it. It also has diuretic, sedative and antibilious properties which makes your body feel better internally, and keeps stress at bay.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-lauki-dudhi-bottle-gourds-sa114/

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  • 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.