Bottle Gourd curry

 Bottle gourd Ghiya delicious

Bottle gourd  curry

 Some other names of Bottle gourd-lauki/Doodhi/ghiya

Hi friends! Bottle gourd-lauki/Doodhi/ghiya is one of the well known vegetables in the market which has wonderful taste. Along with its tastes, it also has variety of health benefits.  Please add this new simple yet delectable curry to your menu.

Ingredients

  • 400 gms Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 6 pods of garlic, mashed
  • 3 tbsp Popy seeds/Khuskhus/posta
  • 1 /2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal/ husked black gram lentil
  • 1/4 tsp Nigella/Kalonji/onion seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds, powdered
  •  1/2 tsp Turmeric powder /Haldi
  • 3 green chilies, remove seeds, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk , low fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • 1level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 3tbsps Cilantro/ Coriander leaves/Dhania, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash peel and cut the Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi into small cubes. In a pressure cooker put the cut Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi and add 1/4 cup of water, close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. As soon as the full pressure is formed switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, take the steamed Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi cubes in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 3.

In a non-stick pan heat oil , add the cumin seeds, cumin seeds. As soon as it crackles, add onions and mashed garlic, urad dal. Sauté for few minutes till onions are translucent/ light golden brown in colour add salt, Nigella/Kalonji/onion seeds , fenugreek powder, cut green chilies and turmeric powder.

Step 4.

Cook the spices  it for about 1-2 minutes more and then add  cubed Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi and mix it well. Make sure that the Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi cubes get coated with the masala , add  powdered poppy seeds/khuskhus/posta to the pan. Now cover the pan and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Step 6.

After 1-2 minutes,  add the milk to the pan and cook it for more 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove. Take out the vegetable in a serving bowl , garnish it with finely chopped coriander. Serve hot with chapatti  or boiled white rice for a appetizing meal.

Health Benefits of Bottle gourd/ Lauki/Doodhi:

Bottle Gourd has multiple health benefits, few of them are:

  1. Bottle gourd is rich in dietary fiber, both, soluble and insoluble. Hence, it helps in curing constipation, flatulence and even piles. It is also easy to digest.
  2. It promotes weight loss. The vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre in lauki keep the body well-nourished and curb unnecessary appetite, especially if you drink its juice in the morning on an empty stomach.
  3. Its fat and cholesterol content is extremely low.
  4. It consists of approximately 96% of water and is therefore a great thirst quencher. It also prevents fatigue and keeps the body cool and refreshed during summers.
  5. Apart from the iron content it is also rich in vitamin B and C, and helps in anti-oxidative actions.
  6. It also contains sodium, potassium, essential minerals and trace elements, which regulate blood pressure and prevent the risk of heart ailments.
  7. High in sodium and potassium, bottle gourd is also an excellent vegetable for people with hypertension.
  8. It is a suitable vegetable for light, low-calorie diets as well as for children, people with digestive problems, diabetics and those recovering from an illness or injury.
  9. Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurveda physicians for balancing the liver function, when the liver is inflamed and unable to process food efficiently for nutrition and assimilation.

Ref. https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/16-reasons-why-lauki-is-healthy-3556/post

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Baghare baingan / spice stuffed baby brinjals

Baigan Baghare 1Andhran Baghare baingan

Brinjals/ Egg plant are known as baingan in Hindi. This vegetable is known as the king of vegetables. Brinjals/ Egg plant  are high on nutrients, and have many health benefits and therefore it should be consumed at least once a week.Well cooked Brinjals/ Egg plant is very delicious.

Hi friends ! Brinjals/ Egg plant are good for weight loss as they are low in calories. Brinjals/ Egg plant are also rich in fiber which helps in  the feeling full for longer period and prevents us from overeating. Here is a very tasty yet easy to cook recipe for an awesome result! Baby Brinjals/ Egg plants stuffed with spice mix and cooked on slow fire.

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Curse: Main Indian, Vegetable dish

Cuisine: Indian , Andhra pradesh

Serves : 6
Ingredients:

  • 250 grams baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan
  • 2 medium size onions, chopped into small pieces
  • 12 pods Garlic, mashed well
  • 1 tsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tsp Sesame seeds /til
  • 2 tbs Peanuts
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds /khuskhus
  • 2 tbsp Dry coconut /copra, finely desiccated
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek / Methi seeds
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tsp Tamarind pulp
  • 1 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash thoroughly baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan and slit the brinjals, lengthwise, into four, but leave the stems on, so the eggplants remain joined at the stem. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a heavy bottom pan /wok /kadahi dry roast cut onions till they turn light golden brown. keep aside for cooling.

Step 3.

In a heavy bottom pan dry roast together cumin seeds, coriander powder, sesame seeds, peanuts,  poppy seeds, dry coconut and fenugreek seeds till they begin to give out a nice aroma, stirring continuously on medium to low flame. Switch off the stove ,cool the roasted spices.

Step 4.

In a grinder take together roasted onions, roasted spices, ginger, garlic, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and  sugar and grind to a very fine paste.

Step 5.

Add tamarind pulp to the spice paste and mix well. Stuff  each baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan with this spice paste  and keep the left over spice paste aside.

Step 6.

In a heavy bottom pan / wok / kadahi heat olive oil add curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds. Gently slid in the stuffed brinjals and sauté for about ten minutes on medium flame.

Step 7.

Add the left over spice paste to the sauteed baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan and mix gently. Add one cups of water, bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low flame cover and cook till the baby brinjals/ egg plant / baingan are fully cooked.

Step 8.

Serve hot. An excellent accompaniment to boiled white rice or any Indian bread of choice!

Health benefits of Brinjals / egg plant / Baingan :

Prevent cancer

Fibre and antioxidants are just two of the nutrients that make brinjal a food that can keep cancer at bay.

Great for weight loss

Brinjals are great for weight loss as they are low in calories with 100g of the vegetable containing just 25 calories. It is also rich in fiber which helps in promoting the feeling of satiety which means that eating a small serving will make you feel full and prevent you from overeating.

Prevent heart disease

Like most fruits and vegetables, brinjals too are great for your heart. Being rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin B-6 and phytonutrients like flavonoids, this vegetable lowers the risk of heart disease. The presence of antioxidants keeps your arteries healthy and prevents heart attack.

Controls blood pressure

Brinjal contains potassium, an important mineral, which plays a key role in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body. It also helps in neutralizing the effects of sodium on the body thereby aiding in blood pressure control. Apart from this, increased intake of anthocyanins that are present in high amounts in brinjal, also lowers your blood pressure.

Good for diabetics

As brinjals are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber content, they are known to be good for people suffering from diabetes. This is because, the high fiber causes helps in controlling blood sugar levels in the body by controlling the absorption of glucose from food.

Lowers cholesterol in the body

Brinjals is rich in chlorogenic acid that acts as a powerful antioxidant agent, lowering cholesterol levels in the body.  It also contains high amounts of fibre that increases the absorption of blood cholesterol by the liver to produce bile.

Gives your skin a natural glow

As we age, our skin undergoes free radical damage which can cause the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on our faces. The antioxidants and vitamins present in brinjals can prevent this from happening. Additionally, it is also high in water which flushes toxins from your body and gives your skin a nice and healthy glow.

Good for your brain

Eating brinjals can prevent brain damage as it contains phytonutrients that can protect your cell membranes. These phytonutrients are also known to boost memory function and aid in transferring messages from one part of your body to another.

Help you to quit smoking

Apart from these benefits, brinjal is also known to have nicotine and thus helps in quitting tobacco. However, you’ll have to eat 10 kg of the vegetable to get as much nicotine into your body as a cigarette.

Tips you should follow while incorporating brinjal in your diet

  • Instead of metal knife, use a stainless steel knife to cut the vegetable as it prevents the chemical reaction between pytochemicals present in brinjal and metal.
  • As you cut brinjal, put them in salt water or sprinkle salt over the pieces. This removes the compounds that render bitter taste to the vegetable. It also makes your dish more tasty and palatable.
  • Brinjal can be added to any dishes like sambhar, pizza or pasta or can be consumed even in fried, baked, sauted, grilled, roasted or steamed form.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-brinjal-baingan/

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Bottle gourd Halwa

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Lauki /bottle gourd Halwa

Locally known as “Lauki” (Hindi) or “Sorakkai” (Tamil), this veggie is not that popular in the western world.Found in every kitchen of the Indian household, bottle gourd believed to have originated in Africa, constitutes a major part of food in the Indian cuisine. Like it or not, this gourd has dominated the domestic main course menu for time immemorial.

Hi friends! Try this easy recipe to make  lauki halwa , it is simply delicious!

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 30 -45 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian ,Maharashtra

Course: Desserts

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Lauki/Bottle gourd/Ghiya
  • 1/2 litres Milk
  • 1 cup Fresh cream
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 9-10 Cashew nuts for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds/ Khuskhus

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and peel the Lauki/Bottle gourd/Ghiya and grate it in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat milk in a wok/Kadahi/non-stick pan and bring it to boil. Add the grated Lauki and cook till it gets cooked and the mixture starts thickening.

Step 3.

When 80% of the milk evaporates, add sugar and poppy seeds and cook on low flame while stirring continuously, till the sugar dissolves.

Step 4.

Add cream and green cardamom powder to the cooked Lauki and mix it well.

Step 5.

Cook on low flame for another ten minutes or till very well blended. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Remove it in a dessert serving bowl and serve hot, warm or cold, garnished with slightly fried or roasted cashew nuts.

Health benefits of Lauki/ Bottle gourd/Ghiya :

What’s making this veggie popular these days is its enormous impact on the treatment of high blood pressure and heart disease. The myriad of health benefits of bottle gourd is least known to many.Bottle gourd is believed to help the liver function in a balanced fashion.

The juice from the leaves help cure jaundice and the juice from the gourd helps reduce graying of hair.

The gourd juice, helps treat burning sensation in the urinary passage if consumed with lime juice.

It reduces fatigue and keeps you fresh, especially during summer.

It helps fight constipation, as it is fiber rich. Because of its fiber and low fat content, Ayurveda highly recommends this food for diabetic patients and young children.

Ayurveda also recommends the juice of this gourd in the treatment of acidity, indigestion and ulcers as it serves as an alkaline mixture.

Indian traditional medicine claims that bottle gourd acts as a nerve tonic and can help improve obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This claim has been confirmed by a study published in the journal Pharmacognosy Research where the investigators found that the plant possesses anti-compulsive (anti-OCD) activity although they are not certain about the mechanism of action of this plant.

Bottle gourd is also considered one of the best weight loss foods since it is 96 percent water and provides just 12 calories per 100g of serving.

It is rich in, thiamin, vitamin C, zinc, iron and magnesium thus helping in improving overall health.

The juice from bottle gourd leaf helps in curing baldness and aids in preventing tooth decay.

So the good old “lauki”, though neglected the most, has both healing and cosmetic benefits that many people are unaware of. These easy growing climbers have made a great impact on the domestic gardening segment as well, due to its enormous health benefits.

Ref.http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/nutritional-guard-bottle-gourd.htm#

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Dates / Khajur Ladoos

Dates Ladoos

 Dates / Khajur Ladoos

Hi friends! Tasty laddoo made with a combination of dates and dry fruits.There is no sugar added in this recipe!

Preparation Time :15 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Serves : 15 Ladoos

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Course: Indian deserts

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 275 gms Dates, seeded
  • 30 gms Almonds
  • 30 gms Cashew nuts
  • 30 gms Pistachios
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 2 tbsp Gum resin /gond, fried and powdered
  • 3 tbsp Poppy seeds /Khuskhus
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method :

Step 1

Take the dates , remove the seeds and coarsely grind in a mixer and transfer into a bowl.

Step 2

Dry roast lightly the nuts in a non stick heavy bottom pan, keep aside to cool. When cooled coarsely grind cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios. Keep aside.

Step 3

Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a pan, add gum resin and fry till golden brown. Drain and cool ,make a powder keep aside.

Step 4

In the same pan, add the poppy seeds, roast them lightly, remove and keep aside .

Step 5

In the same pan, add 1 tbsp ghee add dates and mix well. Sauté till dates are heated. Remove into a plate and set aside to cool slightly.

Step 6

Add coarsely ground roasted nuts, green cardamom powder and crushed gum resin,poppy seeds to the dates. Mix everything well switch off the stove.

Step 7.

Cool the dates mixture, divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into small lemon size ladoos.

Cool ladoos and store in an airtight container.

Possible health Benefits of Dates:

  • Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.
  • It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.
  • Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack. Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people.
  • Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researchers have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke. Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.
  • Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages. Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay.
  • It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.
  • Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem.
  • Cures abdominal cancer. The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine. It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well. Cures abdominal cancer. The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine. It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.

Ref. http://www.indiaparenting.com/health/325_3792/top-10-health-benefits-of-dates.html#

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Methi Matar

Methi mutter

fresh fenugreek / methi leaves with green peas

Delicious treat for your next get-together, a party favorite! 

Alternate Names: Fenugreek is also known as Methya (in Marathi), menthya (in Kannada), Vendayam (in Tamil), Menthulu (in Telugu), Uluva (in Malayalam) , Uluhaal ( in Sinhalese), Methi ( (In Oriya,Bangla, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi). In Persian it is Shanbalîleh, and in Arabic its name is Hilbeh. Cooking: 45 minutes

Course: Main

Serves: 4

Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh green peas

2 cups fresh fenugreek / methi leaves, finely chopped

2 tomatoes, blanched, and choped

1 onion medium size, finely chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp black pepper powder

1/2 cup malai/fresh cream

9 cashew nuts

1 tsp poppy seeds / khuskhus, soaked in 1/4 cup water

1 1/4 tsp salt or / salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tbsp Olive oil

For the paste:

1 onion, medium size

2 green chilies

1tsp ginger, finely grated

4 cloves garlic

Method:

Step 1.

Wash very well in cold water and cut finely fenugreek / methi leaves in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Soak for half an hour the finely chopped Fenugreek / Methi leaves in one cup of water, add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp sugar to it . Strain the fenugreek / methi leaves and squeeze extra water from fenugreek / methi leaves 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.

Take 1 onion, finely chopped, 2 green chilies, chopped, 1tsp ginger 4 cloves garlic and 1/4 cup in a blender and make a fine paste. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Blanche tomatoes, and after removing the skin chop finely and keep aside.

Step 6.

Make a fine paste of soaked poppy seeds / khuskhus seeds and cashew nuts, keep aside

Step 7.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a kadahi / wok / or frying pan, add the fenugreek / methi leaves and saute on medium flame for 2-3 minutes till slightly glossy. Switch off the stove and remove the fenugreek / methi leaves in a bowl and keep aside.

Step 8.

Heat the remaining one tbsp oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling add one finely chopped onion and saute till the onions are transparent. Add onion, ginger, garlic, green chilies paste to it and saute for seven to eight minutes on medium flame, stirring continuously.

Step 9.

Add chopped tomatoes, freshly ground pepper powder mix well. Cook for five minutes more.
Add the boiled green peas and fenugreek / methi leaves sauté for two minutes.

Step 10.

Add cashew nut and poppy seeds paste and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Step 11.

Reduce flame, add cream/ malai , stirring continuously add salt mix well. Switch off the stove.

Step 12.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Health benefits of Methi / Fenugreek leaves:

In the Eastern cultures, especially India, fenugreek leaves are more widely used as compared to seeds primarily due to its immense nutritional benefits. While the seeds of this plant are used for only for the flavor, the leaves have herb nutrition value in them. So, when we talk about the benefits of fenugreek we are particularly referring to its greener parts.

Fenugreek leaves are basically a kind of green leafy vegetables unless you dry them for storage (kasuri methi). So they will give you all the goodness associated with green vegetables.

The fresh leaves of the Methi plant have a slightly bitter under taste and can be cooked just like we cook spinach. It is a very good source of iron.That is why fenugreek, both its seeds and leaves are considered medicinal for curing anemia. In fact, even if you follow standard medicine, patients with low hemoglobin count are usually put on a diet of fenugreek and other vegetables like spinach and lettuce.

Fenugreek has herb nutrition in it. If you crush the fresh leaves of Fenugreek or make a glass of juice out of them, it could be the perfect health drink to control the hormonal level of insulin in the blood. Fenugreek is a kind of similar to bitter gourd when we consider the bitter taste and properties of regulating insulin. It is a must note point for diabetics.

Fenugreek could give competition to Spinach as a rich source of vitamin K. Commonly spinach is the traditional answer to all your vitamin K needs but fenugreek has almost as much or more of this vital nutrient.

It is a very good source of roughage because is basically comprised of leaves. It will fulfill your body’s fibre requirements abundantly. Traditionally methi or fenugreek is supposed to be very beneficial to people who have a persistent problem of constipation.

Surprisingly, fenugreek is also a great source of protein and nicotinic acid. These nutrients lend benefits of fenugreek that are specific to hair. It foster hair growth and is good for the general health and shine of hair.

Inspite of so many benefits people sometimes don’t prefer to eat fenugreek because of its bitterness, especially in the dried form when the concentration of the bitterness increases. The solution is to either eat it fresh or add the dried leaves to foods like dals, curries or mix it or knead the flour to make tasty methi parathas! Either ways the benefits of fenugreek as a nutritional bonanza need to be utilised to the fullest.
Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2011/benefits-fenugreek-leaves-130911.html

 

Carrot Pudding/Gaajar ka Halwa

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Hi friends! Carrots the world’s healthiest food ! Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients.Carrot pudding / Gajjar ka halwa is a delicious,  halwa /pudding rich with nuts and dried fruits is very popular all over the world. It is winter season dessert in India.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg  carrots, fresh and grated
  • 1 liter milk full cream
  • 1 tin (400 gms ) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sugar or as per taste
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 100 gms khoya /dry thickened milk
  • 1/4 cup almonds, soaked over night and slivered
  • 2 tbsp kuskhus / Poppy seeds
  • 12 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the carrots very well, peel and grate and keep aside., soak the Khaskhas / poppy seeds in one cup water for an hour or so.

Step 2.

In a deep heavy bottom pan take carrots, milk and cook on a high flame till milk starts to boil. reduce to medium flame till all the milk thickens and reduces and blends with carrots. Add sugar and mix well.

Step 3.

Add khaskhas / poppy seeds and ghee to the carrot-milk mix and fry on slow / medium flame till the carrots are well fried and turn darker in color, add cardamom powder, mix well.

Step 4.

Add the slivered dry fruit, mix well and turn off the stove. Serve hot in bowls garnished with grated khoya.

Possible health benefits of Carrots:

Prevention of Heart Disease: High cholesterol is a major factor for heart disease. Since regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol levels, it is a good idea to consume a healthy dose of carrots, in order to prevent heart-related problems.

Blood Pressure: Carrots are rich sources of potassium, which is a vasodilator and can relax the tension in your blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing blood flow and circulation, boosting organ function throughout the body and reducing the stress on the cardiovascular system.

Immune Booster:  Carrots contain a number of antiseptic and antibacterial abilities that make it ideal for boosting the immune system. Not only that, carrots are a rich source of vitamin C, which stimulates the activity of white blood cells and is one of the most important elements in the human immune system.

Digestion: Carrots, like most vegetables, have significant amounts of dietary fiber in those orange roots, and fiber is one of the most important elements in maintaining good digestive health.

Prevents Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers, notably lung cancer.

Improves Eyesight: Deficiency of vitamin A can cause some difficulty seeing in dim light. Since carrots are rich in vitamin A, it is good for improving eyesight and preventing conditions like night blindness from developing as we age.

Oral Health: The organic compounds in carrots all by themselves are good for mineral antioxidants, but carrots also stimulate the gums and induce excess saliva. Saliva is an alkaline substance and combats the bacteria and foreign bodies that can often result in cavities, halitosis, and other oral health risks.

Stroke: Eating a carrot every day reduces the risk of stroke by 68%. Many studies have strengthened the belief in the “carrot effect” on the brain. Studies conducted on stroke patients revealed that those with highest levels of beta-carotene had the highest survival rate.

Diabetes: Carrots are good for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids in this delicious vegetable. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar, thereby helping diabetic patients live a normal, healthy life. They also regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized by the body, providing a more even and healthy fluctuation for diabetic patients.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/carrots.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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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
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