Bhindi Kurkuri/Crispy Okra

Bhindi Kurkuri.JPGBhindi Kurkuri/Crispy Okra

 

Hi friends! Here is and easy to prepare crispy Okra/Ladyfingers/bhindi recipe.Available year round, lady finger (Aka Okra) better known  as bhindi- can be consumed for its many health benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams Okra/Ladyfingers/bhindi
  • 1/2 cup Chick pea flour /Gram flour /besan
  • 2 tbs spoons rice flour
  • 1 tsp Dry mango powder/ Amchur
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin roasted and powdered
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt /or to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi very well .  Trim the ends and halve each Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi vertically first and then slice each half into thin strips.

Step 2.

In a deep bowl take the thin stripes of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi add Chick pea flour /Gram flour /besan, rice flour , salt, cumin powder, red chili powder and Dry mango powder/ Amchur and dry mix well.

Step 3.

Drop handful of quoted slices into the hot oil and deep fry on medium heat till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent kitchen towel.

Step 4.

Serve hot with Vegetable biryani and pulaos.

Health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi :

This green, longitudinal gooey-gooey vegetable is used in multiple ways such as, to thicken soups, it can also be eaten sautéed, cooked in typical southern gravy, or even in pickled form. Lady finger is known as a nutritional power and has myriad health benefits because of the plethora of nutrients it contains including minerals, vitamins, fiber and carbohydrates. Check out some of the amazing health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi

1.Helps you Lose WeightBhindi is low in calorie and is suitable for weight loss purpose. 2. Alleviates Symptoms of Asthma Okra is also rich in Vitamin C, known to alleviate symptoms of asthma.

3.Improves Digestion and Lowers Cholesterol Rich in fiber, bhindi helps with two very common problems faced by people worldwide. One of them is Indigestion. Fiber helps increase bulk of stool by dissolving in water present in the gut. This helps with constipation and straining and makes excretion easy. Second problem that fiber can help with is High Cholesterol. Soluble fiber in gut absorbs cholesterol from food, prevents its absorption and eliminates it from the body.

4.Improves Immunity Bhindi also contains antioxidants along with vitamin C. These constituents of bhindi act as immune boosters against harmful free radicals and also support the immune system.

Ref.http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/surprising-health-benefits-lady-finger-bhindi

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Methi Theplas

Thepla snack

Methi Theplas

Hi friends! Methi Thepla. Theplas are an inherent part of gujarati meals, and are used for regular meals, travelling and for picnics! eaten with chunda or sweet mango pickle,theplas can be enjoyed hot or otherwise.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 3 minutes each thepla

Course: snacks

Cuisine: Indian /Gujarat

serves: 12 theplas

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour/atta
  • 1 cup gram flour/besan
  • 1 cup chopped fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves
  • 1/2 cup curd / yogurt / Dahi, whisked
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 level tbsp coriander seeds, powdered
  • 2/3 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil , slightly heated
  • 1 tsp salt or / as per taste
  • oil for frying

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl mix dry whole wheat flour / atta, gram flour /besan, Fenugreek leaves, salt, grated ginger, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder and hot oil.

Step 2.

Add curd gradually and as required, to knead a soft dough.

Step 3.

keep the dough aside for 30 minutes covered with a damp kitchen towel.

Step 4.

Make small lemon sized balls from the dough.

Step 5.

Roll each ball thinly into 3 ” flat discs. Place the discs one by one, on the heated griddle / tava, when one side is half cooked, flip it .

Step 6.

When flipped side is half cooked, flip it. Apply ½ tsp oil on the cooked side and again flip and cook it apply ½ oil on the other side as well and cook on medium heat.

Step 7.

once the thepla is cooked on both sides to a light golden brown, remove from the griddle / tava.

Step 8.

Fry all the theplas one by one and stack them in a basket or tray.

Step 9.

Serve methi theplas with lime/ green chili pickles or as a healthy snack with Indian masala tea.

Note:

Methi theplas are light as well as healthy enriched with the goodness of Fenugreek leaves can be served with Indian masala tea as a snack!

Instead of curd we can also use milk.

Fenugreek leaves/ Methi 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 flavour, 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.

Nutritional Benefits Of Fenugreek: 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

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Palak Pakodas

Palak Pakora NG

Spinach fritters / Palak Pakodas

Hi friends! Palak pakoda is an easy to prepare, tasty and crispy snack prepared with fresh spinach leaves. It goes very well with a hot cup of tea.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh Palak /spinach leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup Besan/ bengal gram flour
  • 1/2 tsp carom/ajwain seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red Chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2/3 level tsp Salt or/ to taste
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the spinach leaves well, drain the water and finely chop the spinach and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a bowl, mix together besan, baking soda and salt. Now add the chopped palak leaves, carom/ajwain seeds, red chili powder, coriander powder and mix well. Add water little by little and mix all the ingredients to a thick batter.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a kadai. To check if the oil  is hot enough, drop a small drop of batter into the oil, if it raises to the surface immediately, then the oil is hot enough to fry the pakodas.

Step 4.

Now reduce the heat to medium and take spoonful of batter ( 7-8 spoons) and gently slide in to the hot oil. Fry the pakoda in hot oil till they are golden brown in color. Remove pakoras from the oil and drain them on a kitchen towel . keep them aside.

Step 5.

When all the pakodas are half fried, press the each one with the rolling pin. Re fry the pressed pakodas to crisp pakodas!

Step 6.

Serve hot with coriander/ mint chutney.

Health Benefits of Spinach/Palak:

  • Spinach is a storehouse for many phytonutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties.
  • It is very low in calories and fats (100 g of raw leaves provide just 23 calories). Also, its leaves hold a good amount of soluble dietary fiber; no wonder why this leafy greens often recommended by dieticians in the cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs!
  • Fresh 100 g of spinach contains about 25% of daily intake of iron, one of the highest for any green leafy vegetables. Iron is an essential trace element required by the human body for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for an oxidation-reduction enzyme, cytochrome oxidase during the cellular metabolism.
  • Fresh leaves are a rich source of several vital antioxidant vitamins like vitamin-A, vitamin-C, and flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and β-carotene. Together, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a healing role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it thought to provide antioxidant and protective UV light-filtering functions. It thus helps protect from “age-related macular related macular disease” (ARMD), especially in the older adults.
  • Further, vitamin-A is required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin and is essential for night vision. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids are also known to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Spinach leaves are an excellent source of vitamin-K. 100 g of fresh greens provides 402% of daily vitamin-K requirements. Vitamin-K plays a vital role in strengthening the bone mass by promoting osteoblastic activity in the bones. Additionally, it also has an established role in patients with Alzheimer’s diseaseby limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
  • This green leafy vegetable also contains good amounts of many B-complex vitamins such as vitamin-B6(pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, folates, and niacin. Folates help prevent neural tube defects in the newborns.
  • 100 g of farm fresh spinach has 47% of daily recommended levels of vitamin-C. Vitamin-C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  • Its leaves also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. The human body uses manganese and copper as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor for many enzymes that regulate growth and development, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.
  • It is also a small source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Regular consumption of spinach in the diet helps prevent osteoporosis (weakness of bones), iron-deficiency anemia. Moreover, its soft leaves are believed to protect the human body from cardiovascular diseases and cancers of colon and prostate.

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

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