Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf

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Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf

Hi friends! Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf is an easy recipe which can be prepared as one pot meal! Pulav/Pilaf, a rice dish consumed mainly in Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.

 Ingredients:

1 tea cup Basmati Rice

2 cups Cauliflower tiny florets

15 cloves Garlic, crushed

1 Bay leaf /Tej Patta

3-4 Cloves, powdered

3-4 black peppers, powdered

3 black cardamoms

2 ” stick Cinnamon

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp salt or salt to taste

3 tbsp Cooking oil

2 tea cups water

Method:

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain and keep ready.

Step 2.

Wash the cauliflower florets well under running water. Drain and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a heavy bottom pan take the cooking oil and place it on high flame. Add Bay leaf/Tej patta, Black cardamom, Cinnamon, turmeric ,powdered cloves and pepper. Sauté for few seconds , add garlic paste stir for few seconds .

Step 4.

Add Cauliflower florets to these spices and sauté on medium flame for few more seconds.

Step 5.

Add drained rice, salt and two tea cups of water. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat. Cover and cook on the slow flame for fifteen minutes or till rice is well cooked.

Step 6.

Serve hot with mint Raita, pickle and papads!

 Health benefits of Rice :

The health benefits of rice are many. Rice is the staple grain for more than half the world’s population, especially Asia. Rice is becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world as well. Rice is a great source of complex carbohydrates which give us the energy we need. According to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations), rice provides 20 percent of the world’s dietary energy supply.

Rice contains all the amino acids essential for building and maintaining muscle tissue, and make up antibodies, enzymes, and hormones. These amino acids also help maintain healthy skin, hair, eyesight, and nourish the heart, lungs, tendons and ligaments, brain, nervous system and glands.

Rice is low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium and hence makes a perfect food for those with high blood pressure and requiring a low-sodium diet. The calcium in rice (especially brown rice) helps lower blood pressure.

Ref. http://vegrecipes4u.com/health-benefits-of-rice/

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Green Peas Pilaf/ Matar Pulav

Rice pilaf with peas

Green Peas Pilaf/ Matar Pulav

Hi friends ! Here is a delicious easy to cook and serve recipe using Basmati rice / long grain rice. Basmati rice has wonderful aroma, literally translated as ‘the fragrant one’ . Basmati rice is a unique species of rice originating from India. Just like all species of rice, basmati is available in white or brown versions, depending on the extent of the milling process. Like jasmine rice, it has its own unique smell. In the case of basmati, this smell is due to the presence of a chemical called 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline, which is found in basmati rice at about 90 parts per billion. That’s about 12 times more than in other types of rice, giving basmati its special aroma. Brown basmati rice is comparable to other types of brown rice in nutrient content (although it does contain about 20% more fiber compared to most other types of brown rice), and white basmati rice is comparable to other types of white rice.

Cooking time: 20 minutes approx.

Cuisine: Indian , North Indian

Course : main

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms uncooked long grain rice/ Basmati rice in India
  • 225 gms onions, chopped thin lengthwise
  • 2  cups / 200 gms shelled green peas / fresh or forzen
  • 1  Cumin seed / Jeera
  • 1 black cardamom/badi elaichi
  • 2 small green cardamom/hari elaichi or choti elaichi
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1″ cinnamon stick / 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp gram masala
  • 4  tbsp olive oil / any cooking medium
  • 600 ml water
  • 2 level tsp salt /  or salt to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Wash the rice well and soak it for 15 minutes.

Step 2.

Shell the peas, keep aside. Cut the onion length wise and keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed vessel add cumin seed, when starts crackling add black and green cardamoms, and cinnamon. Fry for a few seconds.

Step 4.

Add chopped onions and fry on medium heat for few  minutes till the onions are light golden brown.

Step 5.

Add to the above seasoning rice, green peas, water and salt, gram masala. Mix well and bring to boil on high heat. Once starts boiling, reduce heat and cook covered on low flame for 15-20  minutes or till all water evaporates and rice is well cooked.

Step 6.

Serve hot garnished with black pepper powder with bottle gourd raita or Indian curries of your choice!

Basmati rice is a healthy ‘supergrain’:

Basmati is gluten-free and low in fat. It contains all eight essential amino acids, folic acid, and is very low in sodium and has no cholesterol.

Basmati has a low to medium glycaemic index, meaning that energy is released at a slower, steadier rate leading to a more balanced level of e

Ref. http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=365

Ref. http://www.tilda.com/our-rice/why-basmati-is-best

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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.
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Poha dosa or attukula Attu

Andhra Dosa Poha dosa or attukula Attu

Hi friends ! this Dosa recipe is an Andhra Pradesh specialty and is known as Attukula Attu or Poha Dosa. It is an amazingly soft, spongy, porous dosa. Is fluffy inside and crisp on the edges and makes a delicious week end breakfast. It can be served with tomato chutney and sambar like any other South Indian dosa.

Prep time : Soaking over night + 15 minutes

Cook time : 30 minutes

Cuisine : Indian , Andhra Pradesh

Course : Breakfast

Serves: 12 dosas

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups rice sona masoori (variety of rice) gives good results
  • 1/2 cup poha/ Flattened rice /also called beaten rice
  • 1 1/2 cup sour curd whisked with 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • oil for frying the dosa

Method:

Step 1.

wash the rice and poha / Flattened rice /beaten rice in a bowl. Soak the rice, Fenugreek seeds and poha in the buttermilk mixture over night.

Step 2.

Grind to a smooth batter along with the soaked in buttermilk. Add soda ,salt and mix well. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.

Step 3.

Heat a non stick tava or griddle take a ladle of batter and spread the batter and make a ¼ inch thick dosa.

Step 4.

Drizzle oil on the dosa and around the edges. Cover the dosa with a lid and cook on medium flame for 1-2 minutes till the base is cooked and crisp and the top is soft and spongy. Flip and cook the other side.

Step 5.

Serve poha dosa hot with Tomato /coconut chutney and pumpkin sambar.

 

Andhra Pradesh cuisine is a cuisine of South India native to the Telugu people from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is also the cuisine of the Telugu-speaking population of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with slight variations due to local influences. Generally known for its tangy, hot and spicy taste, the cooking is very diverse due to the vast spread of the people and varied topological regions.

All three regions — Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana — have distinctive cuisines, where in semi-arid Telangana state region millet-based breads (roti) is predominant staple food, while rice is predominant in irrigated Andhra and Rayalaseema regions and ragi is popular in Rayalaseema regions which is predominantly semi-arid. Many of the curries (known as koora), snacks and sweets vary in the method of preparation and differ in name, too.

The state is the leading producer of red chili, rice and millets in India influences the liberal use of spices — making the food one of the richest and spiciest in the world. Vegetarian as well as meat and seafood (coastal areas) feature prominently on the menus. Dal (lentils), tomato and tamarind are largely used for cooking curries. Spicy and hot varieties of pickles form an important part of Telugu cuisine.

Ref.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu_cuisine

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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.
  • 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.
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Stuffed Brinjals/Aubergines

Brinjals stuffed NG

Stuffed brinjals /aubergines /egg plants

In this recipe ground nuts and sesame seeds and coconut gratings are used for making stuffed baby brinjals /aubergines /egg plants.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

 Course: main

Cuisine: Maharashtra

Serves: 4

Ingredients :

  • 200 gms brinjals /aubergines /egg plants
  • 1 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato medium size, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsps Coriander leaves, finely chopped

For the filling

  • 1/4 cup peanuts, roasted
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp fresh coconut, finely desiccated
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed well
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp haldi/ turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek /methi powder
  • 2/3 tsp red chili powder
  • 1tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 1 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 1tsp aamchoor / dry mango powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the brinjals /aubergines /egg plants well, Slit the brinjals /aubergines /egg plants, lengthwise, into four, but leave the stems on, so the brinjals /aubergines /egg plants remain joined at the stem and soak in salted water for 20 minutes.

Step 2.

Dry roast the peanuts first, when they start to become light brown, add the sesame seeds followed by desiccated fresh coconut. Roast these ingredients till all of them are light brown. Switch off the stove.

Step 3.

When the coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds cool down, put in a grinder, add one finely chopped onion , ginger, garlic, grind to a smooth paste with little water. Take it out in a mixing bowl.

Step 4.

Add salt , jeera powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder , fenugreek /methi powder and turmeric powder to the ground masala paste and mix well.

Step 5.

Stuff each brinjal/aubergine /egg plant with this ground masala. Keep aside.

Step 6.

In a skillet /pan heat oil, add one finely chopped onion and fry them till they turn transparent.

Step 7.

Add the pureed tomato to the lightly fried onions and fry for 2-3 minutes. keep on stirring continuously Add the stuffed brinjals to the skillet / pan fry for few minutes. Add water, and cover and cook for 20-25 minutes.

Step 8.

Switch off the stove. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with bajra / Millet flour rotis, rice or puris.

Possible health benefits of consuming eggplant:

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like the eggplant decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Heart health

The fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and phytonutrient content in eggplants all support heart health. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating foods containing flavonoids is affiliated with a lower risk of mortality from heart disease. Consuming even small quantities of flavonoid-rich foods may benefit human health.2

Several studies show that consumption of the flavonoids known as anthocyanins has played a major role in lowering risk of cardiovascular disease. One particular study revealed that those who consumed more than three servings of fruits and vegetables per week containing anthocyanins had 34% less risk of heart disease than those who consumed less. In another clinical study, researchers found that increased intake of anthocyanins was associated with significantly lower blood pressure.3

Blood cholesterol

Research on the effects of eggplant consumption in animal studies has shown that rabbits with high cholesterol that consumed eggplant juice displayed a significant decrease in weight and blood cholesterol levels.5

Laboratory analyses of the phenolic compounds in eggplant reveal that the vegetable contains significant amounts of chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most powerful free radical scavengers found in plants. Chlorogenic acid has been shown to decrease LDL levels, and also serves as an antimicrobial, antiviral, and anticarcinogenic agent.4

Cancer

Polyphenols in eggplant have been found to exhibit anti-cancer effects. Anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They protect body cells from damage caused by free radicals and in turn prevent tumor growth and invasion and spread of cancer cells. They also stimulate detoxifying enzymes within cells and promote cancer cell death.3

Cognitive function

Findings from animal studies suggest that nasunin, an anthocyanin within eggplant skin, is a powerful antioxidant that protects the lipids comprising cell membranes in brain cells from free radical damage. It has also been proven to help facilitate the transport of nutrients into the cell and wastes out.6

Research has also shown that anthocyanins inhibit neuroinflammation and facilitate blood flow to the brain. This helps prevent age-related mental disorders and also improves memory.3

Weight management and satiety

Dietary fibers are commonly recognized as important factors in weight management and loss by functioning as “bulking agents” in the digestive system. These compounds increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller for longer and thereby lowering your overall calorie intake. Since eggplant is already low in calories, it makes a great part of a healthy, low-calorie diet.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279359.php

Idlis

IdliesIdlis
Idlis and dosas fall in the fermented food category. The urad dal & fenugreek seeds South Indian cuisine is almost synonymous with idli! idli is not only easy to make but also extremely healthy and easy to digest. In fact, when stranded on a highway with nothing to eat, people wouldn’t hesitate to walk into a roadside hotel and buy a few idlis, as it is steamed, and therefore quite safe to eat anywhere!

Soaking time:  over night

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Fermenting time:  Over night

Cooking Time: 12 minutes per batch

Makes: 16 idlis in one batch

Cuisine: India, South India

Course: Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups par-boiled rice (ukda chawal)
  • 1 cup urad dal husked /split black gram husked
  • 1 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
  • 2/3 tsp or / salt to taste
  • oil for greasing
  • coconut chutney for serving with Idlis
  • sambar for serving with Idlis

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and soak the urad dal with fenugreek seeds and rice separately in sufficient water overnight.

Step 2.

Drain and blend the urad dal and fenugreek seeds in a mixer, adding water slowly as required,till smooth and frothy . Remove it in a big mixing bowl and keep aside.

Step 3.

Drain and blend the rice in the mixer till smooth. Remove and keep aside.

Step 4.

Combine the urad dal and rice paste together in the mixing bowl . Cover and keep aside to ferment overnight.

Step 5.

After the batter is fermented, add salt to the batter and mix well.

Step 6.

Take the Idli mould, fitting in your pressure cooker, ( in five liter capacity pressure cooker, we have an Idli mould for making sixteen Idlis in one batch) . Grease the moulds with oil.

Step 7.

Put spoonfuls of the batter into greased idli moulds. When the mould is filled with batter, place it in the pressure cooker with 3 cups of water.

Step 8.

After closing the pressure cooker lid, place the cooker on a medium high flame, (without the weight) when steam starts coming out , note the time and cook for 12 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 9.

Keep it standing for five minutes. Open the lid and carefully take out the Idli mould from the pressure cooker. Let it cool for 7-8 minutes.

Step 10.

After the Idli mould is outside for five minutes, remove the idlies one by one from the moulds with the tip of kitchen knife in to a serving bowl.

Step 11.

Repeat the process with the remaining batter to make more idlis.

Step 12.

Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar.

 

 

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

Prep Time: Under 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6-8 minutes

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rice, boiled/or leftovers
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder level
  • 2 small size lemons
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal (husked black gram dal)
  • 1/2 tsp bengal gram (channa dal)
  • 1-2 dried red chilies
  • a small pinch of asafetida
  • 6-8 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tsp of olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt or /salt to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Cooked rice used for making lemon rice should not be mushy/ overcooked. The rice grains should be separate. (Pre cooked or freshly cooked).

Step 2.

In a wok/ kadahi for tempering , take two tsp of oil and when hot, add mustard seeds. When mustard starts spluttering, add urad dal, chana dal curry leaves, asafetida , roasted peanuts turmeric powder and red chilies sauté on a medium flame for a minute.

Step 3.

Add the rice, salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for few minutes, stirring continuously.

Step 4.

Add the lemon juice, mix well and cook on a medium flame for few second to blend in lemon juice well. Serve hot garnished with fresh finely chopped coriander leaves.