Matar paratha

 

Lacha Parantha.jpgMatar/Green peas paratha
Indian flat bread

Hi friends! Green Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a boon for our health . Here is the recipe of paratha/Indian flat bread stuffed with this tasty power food.

Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes

Cooking time : 10-15 minutes

Cuisine : North Indian / Punjabi

Servings : 4

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cup Matar /Green peas , shelled
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour /atta
  • 2 Green chilli ,finely chopped
  • 1 tsp roasted and powdered geera / cumin seed
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt / or Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/ aam choor
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp pure ghee / olive oil for shallow frying

Method :

Step 1.

Take two cups whole wheat flour in a bowl, mix water , little at a time. Add enough water to make a firm dough ,not too soft not too hard. Keep aside, covered for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Step 2.

Wash, pressure cook and mash the peas. Keep the mashed peas in a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Add the mashed peas, finely chopped coriander leaves , black pepper powder, green chilies, cumin powder, red chili powder and salt . Mix all the ingredients well.

Step 4.

Divide dough in medium-sized balls, roll out each ball into a medium thick chapatti using dry flour for dusting.

Step 5.

Put  two tablespoons of the peas mixture in the middle of the rolled chapatti and close from all sides. press on your palm.

Step 6.

Sprinkle a little flour on top, and roll the stuffed dough gently, taking care not to break it. Heat a tawa /Griddle and cook the parathas.

Step 7.

Shallow fry both sides to golden brown , using a little ghee. Serve hot with a blob of butter. A bowl of curd / yogurt and fresh coriander-Mint chutney/ chili pickle is a good accompaniment.

Health benefits of green peas:

  • Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • Fresh, tender peas are relatively low in calories on comparison to beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas carry just 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are good sources of protein, vitamins, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.
  • Fresh pea pods are an excellent sources of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are one of the B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods when given to expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in their newborn babies.
  • Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 100 g of fresh pods carry 40 mg or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin would help human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  • Peas contain phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body.
  • Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh seeds contain about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function (mineralization) through promotion of osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells. It also has established role in the cure of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside the brain.
  • Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin and eye-sight. Additionally, consumption of natural fruits/vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.

 Ref.http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/green-peas.html

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Badam Kesar Kulfi

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Badam Kesar Kulfi

Origin of kulfi

The world ‘Kulfi’ derived from Hindi language and is said to be a synonym for the word ‘ice’, coined by the residents of the Himalayan region. The word is spelled as ‘qulfi’ in Persian, meaning ‘covered cup’.

Hi Friends! one of the greatest Indian desserts is Kulfi. Kulfi is a traditional ice-cream made with boiled milk, sugar, Saffron, almonds and is available in many flavors. Summers can never be fun without kulfis and ice creams. Here is a summer bonanza for you all! Absolutely yummy, easy to make at home Kulfi !!!

Kulfi is a frozen, milk based dessert, colloquially known as the Indian ice cream. The kulfi is not churned, and the texture is to be dense and thick.

Prep Time : 10 minutes

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Dessert

Cook time : 2 hours

Serve : 6

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients :

  • liter Milk, full cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Corn flour
  • 1/2 Cup ground Almonds
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron/kesar powdered
  • 1/2 cup sugar/ or as per taste increase

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan heat the milk. When the milk begins to boil, reduce the heat and stirring intermittently simmer, till the milk is reduced by half.

Step 2.

Take 1/2 cup cold milk and add corn flour to it. Mix well into a lump free mixture.

Step 3.

Add the corn flour-milk mixture, to the boiling milk, mix well (step.1).

Step 4.

Add sugar, saffron, almond powder to the above mixture. Cook for two to three minutes, stirring continuously. Switch off the stove and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Step 5.

Pour the mixture into individual kulfi moulds and place them in the freezer to set.

Step6.

In Approximately three hours, when well set, take the kulfi out of the mould and serve immediately.

 Health Benefits of Almonds:

  1. They reduce heart attack risk.
  2. They lower “bad” cholesterol. Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels.
  3. They protects artery walls from damage.It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
  4. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.
  5. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss.
  6. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
  7. They help provide good brain function.Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. They nourish the nervous system.According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.
  9. They alkalize the body. Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.

Ref.http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-almonds-king-of-nuts.html

Health Benefits of Saffron:

Healing Benefits of Saffron

The benefits and medicinal properties of this highly priced spice, make it a valuable culinary ingredient worldwide. Modern research suggests that saffron can be used as an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic [to cause sweating], carminative [ to prevent gas] and to bring on mensuration. Some other benefits are mentioned hereunder:

1. Protects against cancer: Saffron contains a dark orange, water soluble carotene called crocin, which is responsible for much of saffron’s golden color. Crocin has been found to trigger apoptosis [ programmed cell death] in a number of different types of human cancer cells, leukemia, ovarian carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, and soft tissue sarcoma.
2. Promotes learning and memory retention: Recent studies have also demonstrated that saffron extract, specifically its crocin, is useful in the treatment of age related mental impairment. In Japan, saffron is encapsulated and used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, memory loss and inflammation.

3. In patchy baldness: Saffron mixed in liquorice and milk makes an effective topical application to induce hair growth in alopecia.

4. Protection against cold: Saffron is a stimulant tonic and very effective to treat cold and fever; saffron mixed in milk and applied over the forehead quickly relieves cold.
5. Food Additives: Saffron is an excellent replacement for synthetic food additives- for eg: instead of FD and C yellow no 5: a synthetic food coloring agent that is a very common allergy trigger, Saffron’s glorious yellow could be an acceptable hypoallergenic choice.

Ref. http://food.ndtv.com/health/7-health-benefits-of-saffron-the-priceless-spice-1263525

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Ajwain Poori

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Ajwain Poori/fried Indian bread

Hi friends! Puri (also spelled poori) is an unleavened deep-fried Indian bread, commonly consumed on the Indian subcontinent. It is eaten for breakfast or as a snack or light meal. It is usually served with a curry or bhaji, as in Puri bhaji. Puris are perhaps one of the most well-known and delicious breads of Indian cuisine.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Cuisine: Indian

Category: Bread, fried Indian bread

Course: Breakfast

Makes 15 -20 puris

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms whole wheat flour / atta
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/ carom seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • oil for deep-frying

Method :

Step 1.

In a bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, cooking oil, Ajwain/ carom seeds   and salt, using fingers, till it resembles bread crumbs.

 Step 2.

Slowly add about a cup of water, just enough to form a firm/ stiff dough and knead till smooth. keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into small lemon size equal portions, and roll out into 3″ rounds on an oiled board.

Step 4.

 Heat the oil for deep frying, in a wok or kadhai, fry the puri one at a time, holding them under the oil on the first side until they puff. Turn and deep-fry the puris till they turn light golden brown in colour from both the sides.

Step 5.

Drain on absorbent paper kitchen towel lined plate, so that puris are dry without excessive oil.

Step 6.

Serve hot and crisp puris with a hot side-dish or just Raitas and pickle; it’ll be a winner all the way!

Note:

Add a little salt to the oil to keep it from smoking.Always add the puri to the oil as soon as they’re made. Rolled and kept puris, tend to become a little dry and sometimes do not puff up properly.

It can be served as a snack or a meal depending on the accompanying items. However, it is important to know the right way of making puris, so that they come out nice and fluffy and without too much oil.

Health benefits of Ajwain:

  • Ajwain seeds contain health benefiting essential oils such as thymol, a monopterone derivative class of chemical compound which gives aromatic fragrances to seeds. Besides, they also compose of small amounts of other phytochemicals such as pinene, cymene, limonene, and terpinene.
  • The active principles in the ajwain may help increase the digestive function of the intestinal tract through facilitating the release of gut juices (gastro-intestinal secretions).
  • Thymol, the essential oil obtained from ajwain has local anesthetic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
  • Likewise in caraway, ajowan seeds too are rich source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants

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

Selection and storage:

Ajwain is readily available in the spice stores specializing in Indian or Middle-Eastern spice ingredients. In general, whole ajwain seeds displayed for sale alongside with other spices such as dill, cumin, coriander, caraway, etc. Buy fresh, wholesome, compact seeds emanating pleasant thyme-like flavor when rubbed between fingers.

Once at home, store the seeds in an airtight container and place in a cool dark place away from sunlight and humidity. Ajowan seeds should be used as early as possible since they lose flavor rather quickly, largely because of evaporation of essential oils.

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Onion Patty/Onion Kachori

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Hi friends! Happy holi to all of you. Here is an easy recipe of lip smacking, onion filled Spicy Snack for HOLI! These crisp, deep-fried Kachoris stuffed with an onion filling are so irresistible.

Preperation time:10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Snacks

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 3 tea cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 potatoes, boiled, peeled and coarsely mashed
  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander/cilantro/ dhaiya leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt/ or to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/heeng
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds, coarsely ground
  • 2 tbsp chick pea flour /besan
  • 2 tbsp amchoor /dried mango powder
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger finely grated
  • 3green chilies, remove the seeds, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • Cooking oil to deep fry

For the dough:

  • 2 tea cups All purpose flour /maida
  • 1/4 tea cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt /or to taste

 Method:

To make the dough:

Step 1.

In a deep bowl take all purpose flour/ maida, add 4 tbsp oil, 1 tsp salt and knead into a firm dough using water gradually.

Step 2.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen cloth and keep aside for 15 minutes.

For the filling:

Step1.

In a heavy bottom pan/ wok heat 2 tbsp oil in a broad pan. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, , and coarsely ground coriander seeds.

Step 2.

Sauté for half a minute when cumin starts crackling, add finely chopped onions, salt and continue to sauté.

Step 3.

When onions are lightly golden browned, add ginger, garlic, green chilies, red chili powder, and dried mango powder. Mix well and sauté for a few second more,.

Step 4.

Add boiled and coarsely mashed potatoes, and gram flour and finely chopped coriander/cilantro/ dhaiya leaves . Mix well, cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Remove the onion feeling in a bowl and let it cool to room temperature

Step 6.

Divide the dough in twelve equal portions. Roll out each portion of the dough into a 2½ diameter circle. Place 2-3 tbsp of the onion filling in the centre.

Step 7.

Bring the edges and press gently to close. Pat with hands to flatten the kachori, keeping the sides thin. Prick with a fork.

Step 8.

Repeat the same process with remaining portions of the dough.

Step 9.

Heat oil in a deep heavy bottom pan/ wok deep-fry the kachoris on high heat till golden. Drain on an absorbent kitchen napkin and serve hot with coriander/ sweet & sour tamarind chutney .

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Green Chili Fritters

 

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Hi friends! Green Chili fritters / Pakora are delicious and in  winter can be served with a hot cup of Indian masala tea. It’s a simple and easy recipe .

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15minutes

Cuisine : Snacks,

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 2

Ingredients :

  • 2 long  green chilies / pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Onion
  • 1/4 cup boiled mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2 tsp Fennel powdered
  • 2 tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or as per taste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Oil for deep frying

For the fritter/pakora batter:

  • 1 cup gram flour /besan
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt or/ as per taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the chilies, wipe them with kitchen towel, slit each chili lengthwise towards the center vertically without  slitting completely as chili has to be stuffed.

Step 2.

Heat two table spoon oil in a pan/wok , add grated onion. Sauté the onion lightly, add mashed potatoes siring and mixing well. Add salt, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, Fennel/saunf powder, and dry mango/amchoor powder, mix well. Cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes more, switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Cool the filling mixture to room temperature. Fill the slit chilies with a table spoon of  stuffing gently . Keep aside.

Step 4.

In a mixing bowl take the gram flour, rice flour, chili powder ,baking soda and salt.

Step 5.

Gradually add water to make thick batter and whisk the batter until smooth.

Step 6.

Heat  oil in a wok/kadai or heavy bottom deep pan.

Step 7.

Dip the stuffed chilies one by one in the batter coating the chili from all sides. Gently slide in the hot oil. Fry big chili one at a time. Fry at medium heat until golden brown in color. Remove with a slotted spoon on a kitchen towel to remove excessive oil .

Serve the Green Chili fritters/ hari mirch pakora with tangy coriander chutney and hot cup of tea.

Notes

1.Remove the seeds after slitting the chili.

Health benefits of green chilies:

  • Taking spicy dishes with a lot of chilies and fiery capsaicin or green bell pepper in the summer months will result in cooling down your body by sweating process.
  • Biting a raw green chillies will result in the pain you feel and help to dissolve blood clots and aids in digestion.
  • Intake of it will help a lot in your heart related problems. Eating green chili protects from health problems.
  • It increases your metabolism by burning your calories.
  • It helps you to keep you in better mood.
  • It is a good medicine for arthritis.
  • High amounts of the antioxidant beta-carotene, in it supports the cardiovascular system a lot.
  • The benefits of eating green chilies for health care of eyes and immune system.
  • Helps a lot in blocking the cholesterol content in the body.
  • Vitamin A in it will helpful in the health and maintenance of bones, teeth, mucous membranes.
  • Vitamin C in it plays a key role in the maintenance of bones, teeth and cartilage.
  • It promotes a good health in Intestines.
  • It is a good treatment for nerve-related disorders like persistent pain, psoriasis and neuropathy.
  • It acts as a natural pain reliever that is potent enough to help treat conditions like osteoarthritis.
  • It helps a lot in facial twitching.
  • It helps you to keep away from wrinkles.
  • It acts as an anti inflammatory medicine for skin related issues.
  • It helps maintain the health of the skin.
  • Vitamin C in it helps in the cure of wounds.
  • As an antioxidant, it strengthens overall health and helps the body fight infections.
  • Vitamin C in it will help in providing a glowing skin.

Ref. https://beautyhealthtips.in/incredible-benefits-of-indian-green-chillies/

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Shahi Tukda

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Shahi TukdaHi friends! Make this mouth watering , easy to make shahi  tukda with topping for your dessert menu today!What is Shahi TUKDA?

Shahi tukda is a simple and delicious recipe made from milk and bread. This is a delicious dessert that can be easily made at home.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Level of Cooking: Easy

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the rabdi:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup grated khoya/ condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 green cardamoms, finely powdered

For the shahi tukda:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Ghee, for deep frying
  • few saffron strands
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1tbsp slivered Almonds

Method:

For the Topping:

Step 1.

Heat milk in a pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook, stirring continuously, till it reduces to 1 cup.

Step 2.

Add grated khoya, sugar and cardamom powder and stir till sugar dissolves. The mixture will thicken on cooling.

For the shahi tukda:

Step 1.

Take the sugar with 2 cups water in a pan and cook over medium heat, stirring till sugar dissolves and cook till the syrup thickens. Switch off the stove and keep the syrup aside.

Step 2.

Trim the crust and cut each bread slice into four square shape with a knife. Heat clarified butter/ ghee in a pan and shallow-fry the bread pieces for about a minute, turn over and fry about a minute more or until golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.  Dip in the sugar syrup and remove on a plate.

Step 3.

To serve, arrange the fried bread slices on a serving dish and spoon topping  over each piece. Sprinkle over with slivered almonds and serve.
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Panjiri Prasad

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Prasad  also called prasada or prasadam is a material substance of food that is a religious offering in both Hinduism and Sikhism. It is normally consumed by worshippers. ‘Prasad‘ literally means a gracious gift.

Dear friends! HAPPY JANMASHTAMI TO ALL OF YOU!! Dhaniya Panjiri Prasad is specially  eaten during  fasting on Lord Krishna’s birthday / Janam ashtami for breaking the fast. The dhaniya panjiri is very flavorsome and nutritious.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms  dry Coriander/dhaniya seeds, finely powder
  • 100 gms Jaggery Powder
  • 1 cup Makhana/fox nuts
  • 4 tbsp clarified butter/pure Ghee
  • 1/2 cup khopra / dried coconut, finely grated
  • 15 Cashew nuts , roasted and cut into small pieces

Method:

Step 1.

Take dry coriander seeds in a grinder and grind it to fine powder.

Step 2.

Heat two tablespoon olive oil or clarified butter /cow’s milk ghee, in a pan add makhana/ Fox nuts and stir fry for 3-6 minutes on medium heat. Cool fried makhanas/ Fox nuts and grind in the grinder to a coarse powder. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Dry roast cashew nuts in a small pan on medium flame or microwave for 2 minutes. Cool and cut in to small pieces. keep aside.

Step 4.

In a non stick pan/ wok heat two table spoons clarified butter/pure ghee add the powdered coriander/dhaniya powder and  fry on medium to low heat for 6-8 minutes. When lightly fried powdered coriander/dhaniya gives a nice fragrance. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.
 Add jaggery powder, roasted nuts, roasted makhanaa/Fox glove powder and  finely  grated khopra /dried coconut. Mix well let panjiri/ mixture come to room temperature dhaniya panjiri is ready.

 

Health benefits of coriander seeds:

  • Coriander seeds possess many plant-derived chemical compounds that known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
  • The characteristic aromatic flavor of coriander seeds comes from their essential volatile oils and fatty acids. Some important fatty acids in the dried seeds include petroselinic acid, linoleic acid (omega 6), oleic acid, and palmitic acid. In addition, the seeds contain essential oils such as linalool (68%), a-pinene (10%), geraniol, camphene, terpine etc. Together; these active principles are responsible for digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties of the seeds.
  • As in other spices, coriander is also rich in dietary fiber. 100 g seeds provide 41.9 g of fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert insoluble fiber, which helps increase bulk of the food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system and help easing constipation condition.
  • In addition, dietary fibers bind to bile salts (produced from cholesterol) and decrease their re-absorption in colon, thus help lower serum LDL cholesterol levels. Together with flavonoid anti-oxidants, fiber composition of coriander helps protect colon mucusa from cancers.
  • Its seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for cell metabolism and red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is utilized by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  • Unlike other dry spice seeds that lack in vitamin C, coriander seeds contain an ample amount of this anti-oxidant vitamin. 100 g of dry seeds provide 21 mg or 35% of RDI of vitamin-C.
  • Furthermore, the seeds are the storehouse of many vital B-complex vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

Selection and storage:

Coriander seeds as well as its oil can be readily available in the markets year around. The seeds used as spice. Good-quality coriander seeds should release pleasant, slightly peppery flavor when squeezed between index and thumb fingers. In the store, buy whole seeds instead of coriander powder since, oftentimes it may contain adulterated spicy mix.

At home, store seeds in cool, dry, dark place, in airtight containers. This way, they keep well for many months and can be milled using a hand-mill whenever required. Ground or powdered coriander should be stored inside airtight containers and placed in the refrigerator. Use this spicy powder as early as possible since it loses its flavor rather quickly due to evaporation of essential oils.

Culinary uses:

Dried coriander seeds are one of the common spice ingredients used worldwide. In general, completely dried seeds gently roasted under low flame just before milling in order to get fine powder. Roasting releases special aromatic compounds and essential oils in the seeds.

Here are some serving methods:

  • Coriander seeds are used as flavoring agent in confectionery, stews, sausages, sweet breads, and cakes.
  • Coriander leaves as well as seeds are being used as an aromatic spice in Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Middle-eastern and European cooking.
  • Russian dark rye bread, “Borodinsky bread” uses coriander seeds.
  • In India, ground powder of coriander seeds is a common household spice powder that is used in pickling, chutneys, stews, curries, marinades as well as in sausag

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

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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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