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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Lotus Seeds and green peas Curry

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After trying out the shallow fried lotus seeds as a healthy snack, here is a delicious curry with the lotus seeds.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups Lotus seeds
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes
  • 2 medium size Onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 12 Cashews, powdered
  • 1 cup Green Peas , fresh or frozen
  • 2 peppercorns, finely powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 Clove, powdered
  • 1 tsp Fennel / saunf seeds, powdered
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt/ or as per taste
  • 1tabsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Curd / yogurt/ dahi , whisked
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan, put the ghee/ oil and when hot add the lotus seed stir fry until crisp over medium low flame. This takes 5-7minutes. Keep it aside.

Step 2.

Roast the cashew nuts in the microwave for two minutes. Cool and put in a grinder. Powder the cashew nuts in a grinder and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a pressure cooker take green peas add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the peas aside.

Step 4.

Cut each tomato in two halves to blanch. In a pressure cooker take the cut tomatoes add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the tomatoes in a small bowl, remove the skin from all four pieces with a fork and put them into a blender, along with cashew powder to it and blend the mix. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Cut the onions in to small pieces put in the pressure cooker add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the onions into a blender jar. Blend the onions in to a fine paste and keep  aside.

Step 6.

Heat oil in a wok/ Pan / kadai add green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel / saunf powder and sauté lightly add the onion paste and sauté for 5-8 minutes on medium flame. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and sauté for half a minute.

Step 7.

Add blanched tomatoes, cashew nut powder paste. Cook for five to seven minutes on low heat. Add salt and turmeric, red chili powder, mix well. Add 3 cups of water bring it to boil add the peas mix well and cook for another 5-7 minutes on low heat.

Step 8.

Add the fried lotus seeds, whisked curd / yogurt / dahi and mix thoroughly . Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and switch off the flame. Add the lemon juice now and mix it well.

Step 9.

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves. Delicious Lotus seeds Curry can be served with Indian breads of choice!.

Health and beauty benefits of Lotus seeds:

Lotus seeds, commonly known as makhana in India, are the seeds of the water lotus plant. The seeds are small, round and white or off-white in appearance. They are the edible seeds of lotus flower which can be roasted or fried. Lotus seeds are used for nutritional and healing properties in Chinese medicine. The lotus seeds are highly useful in terms of nutritional benefits and are low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol; high in magnesium potassium, thiamine and phosphorus. Besides being edible, the lotus plant has many health and beauty benefits as well. You can use makhana seeds in desserts, rice porridge, soups and stir fry dishes.

Lotus seeds are also a good source of protein, iron and zinc, which makes them extremely nutritious. They contain the anti-aging enzyme, which assist repair damaged proteins. Due to this anti-aging propery, many cosmetic companies are trying to include the seeds in their products. Along with it, the seeds have a natural flavonoid which prevents inflammation. Lotus seeds have an astringent property which benefits the kidneys and helps to restore vital energy within the body. The sweet and neutral taste of makhana seeds nourish the spleen and alleviate diarrhea. Makhana seeds are endowed with sedative properties and are used to treat insomnia or restlessness. The lotus embryo is useful for heart because of its bitter and cooling properties. Also it can help dilate blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure.

According to western research, the seeds are antiviral which help fight the herpes 1 virus. Also it has been founded useful in lowering hypertension. One of the vital medicinal benefits of lotus seeds is stopping chronic diarrhea. Due to astringent properties, the seeds are consumed to help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and improve appetite. Other major benefits of lotus seeds include palpitations, insomnia and irritability. They are also used to control bleeding.

Since makhana seeds are high in fiber, it helps to avoid constipation. Also they help the body to remove the waste; prevent the accumulation of toxins.  Lotus seeds are low in calories, fat and high in fiber and thus helpful in diabetes. It lowers the blood sugar level. The seeds are recommended for women during pregnancy and post natal weakness; helps in female infertility. The makhana seeds are also used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic pains. Further, the seeds are beneficial in weight loss too as they are high in fiber and low in calories .Lotus seeds are also very useful in anemia. The lotus seeds can be digested by all age groups. They are a healthy snack for children .Just roast the seeds a bit and add a pinch of salt.
Ref. http://healthyfoodsonly.blogspot.in/2012/11/health-and-beauty-benefits-of-lotus.html

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Pumpkin Halwa

 

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Yellow pumpkin /kashiphal/Seetaphal Halwa

Hi friends! An out of the ordinary  delicious Halwa made with the goodness of pumpkins.

Cuisine: India, North India

Course: Dessert

Serves : 8

Recipe Cook Time :2 hours, 45 minutes Approximately

Ingredients:

  • 2 kg fresh Pumpkin/kashiphal/seetaphal (yellow)
  • 1 1/2 liters milk
  • 1 cup Almond- Slivered
  • 2 tbsp Poppy seeds/ khus khus , washed and soaked in water for two hours
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5-7 tbsp Clarified butter /Cow’s milk ghee

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and peel the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin into small cubes.

Step 2.

Take a thick bottom deep pan / wok put pumpkin pieces add 1000 ml milk .

Step 3.

Bring the milk to boil, cook the Pumpkin in milk on slow fire.As the milk starts evaporating, gradually keep on adding rest of the 500 ml milk and continue cooking on slow fire till pumpkin is well blended with milk.

Step 4.

Add the poppy seeds /khuskhus to the mixture.

Step 5.

Heat ghee in a heavy pan and fry the Almond flakes till light pink in colour. Add the cooked Pumpkin.

Step 6.

Cook over a low flame for 10-15 minutes more.

Step 7.

Stir in sugar and continue cooking until the halwa is having thick consistency, starts leaving the sides of the pan, switch off the stove.

Step 8.

Garnish with slivered almonds, serve hot.

Note: For Sugar free dessert sugar can be replaced with 2 cups of Splenda-( Sugar substitute/Sugar free)

Health benefits of Pumpkin:

  • It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol
  • it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes.It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as α, ß carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in retina of the eyes. Thus, it helps protect from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly.
  • The fruit is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

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

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