Moong Dal Dosa

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Moong Dal Dosa  / Green gram pancake

   Hindi Name: Dhuli Moong

It is a yellow colored dried form of green gram that is obtained by removing its green skin. It is mostly used in Indian cuisine as a pulse that is cooked by adding spices. The lentils are small, ovoid in shape, and green in color. They have a mild taste. Unlike green grams that can be sprouted and consumed, husked gram can only be cooked. Cooked with minimal spices, it is often given to patients as it is easily digestible. In some parts of the country it is also used to make a sweet dish and consumed like a dessert.

Hi friends! here is another very easy recipe for an instant and healthy breakfast. There is no fermentation of the batter required. Dosa is one of the most popular Indian breakfast. There are many varieties of Dosas . Dosa is like a pancake. This recipe of delicious of Moong dal Dosa can be relished more when served with green garlic chutney / sauce, a winter season treat.

Prep time: 2-3 hours or Soaking overnight

Cook time: 5 minutes

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 4

Makes: 6-8 Dosas

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Moong dal husked
  • 1/2 cup Rice flour
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil of choice
  • Green coriander – 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • 1 level tsp Salt /as per taste
  • 1 tsp Cumin seed /jeera
  • Cooking Oil – for making dosa

Method :

Step 1.

Soak green gram split /yellow moong dal husked in water for 4-5 hours or /overnight.

Step 2.

Grind the soaked and drained Moong sabut / Green gram yellow dal /husked , green chilies and salt with some water into a thick smooth paste. Batter should not be too thick or too thin. Remove the batter in a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Add the rice flour, cumin seeds/jeera to the batter and mix well.

Step 4.

Place a non-stick tava / griddle over medium flame. Grease the non-stick tava / griddle lightly. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it if water sizzles right away non-stick tava / griddle is ready for making dosa.

Step 5.

Pour a ladle full of the batter mixture onto the non-stick tava / griddle and spread evenly with the back of the ladle in a circular motion, about six to eight inches in diameter.

Step 6.

Drizzle oil at the sides and in the center. When the batter begins to dry a bit, gently pour one tsp of oil / or spray oil over and around it again. Wait for about 20-30 seconds, then flip the dosa using a spatula.

Step 7.

When dosa is golden brown on both sides. Fold it once-twice with the help of spatula and remove from non-stick tava / griddle, slide it gently. Sprinkle some water on the non-stick tava / griddle, and repeat this process for making the remaining dosas.

Step 8.

This batter gives approx 6-8 crisp dosas. Serve Piping hot moong doss with Green garlic chutney/ coconut chutney or coriander chutney.

Dosa, Dos and Don’ts for best results:

Do use a moderately hot griddle/ tava for dosas
Do use a grinder / blender for the batter
Do place the batter (if required to ferment) in 70-80 degrees F for fermentation
Don’t start making dosas using chilled batter, let the batter come to room temperature
Don’t make dosas on an unseasoned griddle/ tava
Don’t use poor quality rice and dal for best results

 Nutritional Profile:

A 1-cup serving of cooked moong dhal has 147 calories per serving. With only 0.77 grams of total fat, moong dhal beans are a good source of low-fat protein, with a little more than 14 grams per serving. While the majority of adults in the United States eat enough protein, a variety of protein sources — including more non-animal sources — is highly recommended.

Dietary Fiber Content

Moong dhal is particularly high in dietary fiber, providing almost 15.5 grams of fiber per 1-cup serving. This provides between 40.5 and 71 percent of the dietary reference intake for fiber per day for adult men and women. Dietary fiber can help reduce blood cholesterol levels as well as prevent dietary complications, such as constipation and diverticulosis. A diet high in dietary fiber will also reduce the risk of overeating, as you feel fuller with less food.

Vitamins and Minerals

Containing a broad array of essential vitamins and minerals, moong dhal is especially rich in potassium, calcium, folate and other members of the vitamin B complex. All B vitamins help your body break down carbohydrates into glucose, to produce usable fuel for your body. Folic acid also helps with healthy brain function and the production of DNA. It is also important in maintaining good mental and emotional health. Moong dahl also contains some vitamin E, C and K.

Cooking Moong Dhal

Moong dhal can be boiled whole or they can be soaked to make a paste. The beans are sometimes ground up to produce flour. Common to a wide range of Asian and Indian cuisines, moong dhal is used for sweet as well as savory preparations. Naturally low in fat and high in protein, keep your moong dhal dish healthy by pairing it with low-fat foods, such as vegetables; using a minimal amount of added fat; and possibly combining it with rice to make a complete protein.

Ref. http://www.livestrong.com/article/535349-the-nutritional-value-of-moong-dhal/

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Methi Aloo

Methi Aloo NG

Methi Aloo /Potatoes with 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 only for the flavour, the leaves have herb nutrition value in them.

Hi friends ! Methi Aloo is a delicious dish made with fenugreek leaves, potatoes and a combination of spices. Fenugreek is a green leafy vegetable with a unique taste that is packed with nutrients. There are many health benefits of fenugreek. This dish is delicious in addition to being healthy!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves : 4

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main

Ingredients

  • 400 gms fenugreek leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 medium size potatoes peeled , cut into small cubes( about 1 cup of cubed potatoes)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida/hing
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil
  • 2/3 level tsp salt / or salt to taste

 Method:

Step 1.

Wash peeled and cut the potatoes in small cubes and soak them in water. Wash the Methi /fenugreek leaves and chop them finely, keep aside.
Step 2.

Heat the oil in a wok / heavy bottom pan over high flame. When a little smoke starts emitting from the oil mustard oil is ready reduce the flame to low.

Step 3.

Add asafetida powder and then add finely chopped methi / Fenugreek leaves ,potatoes stir. Add red chili powder, and salt. Mix it well and cook uncovered for the first 8-10 minutes on slow flame.

Step 4.

Now cover and cook until potatoes are tender and well blended with Methi /Fenugreek leaves it should take about 12-15 minutes. Keep stirring intermittently .

Step 5.            

After potatoes cooked well, switch off the stove. Serve Methi Aloo hot with any Indian bread of choice.

Nutritional Benefits Of Fenugreek Leaves:

So, when we talk about the benefits of fenugreek we are particularly referring to its greener parts. Here are a few good health tips related to fenugreek. 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. This is because they supply the missing ‘bulk’ to your faeces and thus make bowel movements smooth. 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. Read more about: health benefits, nutrition

Read more at: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2011/benefits-fenugreek-leaves-130911.html

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Spicy Kebabs

Lentil Kebabs with dip

Spicy Kebabs with yogurt dip

Hi friends! Everybody likes Kebabs. Not all kebabs have to be made with meat! Try out these scrumptious, easy, vegetarian lentil kebab recipe. It is high fiber, tasty and, perfect to serve at lunch or as evening / party snack with any spicy chutney/ dip. This recipe is a superb and yummy substitute for meat kebabs that all will enjoy. Make these Indian-style crisp lentil Kebabs for perfect party snacks or a starter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sabut Masoor /red lentils
  • 1 medium size onion, or / 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 12 cloves of garlic, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/ Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice or juice of 1 small lemon
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

For garnishing:

1 medium size onion, cut into rings.

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak sabut Masoor / red lentil overnight in cold water, drain and keep aside.

Step 2.

For the lentil kebabs, tip the drained sabut Masoor / red lentil into a food processor and blend until coarsely mashed, but not puréed.

Step 3.

Transfer to a mixing bowl and add chopped onions, chopped garlic and chopped Cilantro/ Coriander leaves. Add salt, green chilies and freshly ground black pepper and mix well.

Step 4.

Take about 2 Tbsp of the mixture in your hands (You can oil your palms if it’s sticking) and roll into kebabs. The mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.

Step 5.

Take sufficient cooking oil into a deep heavy bottom frying pan and place over medium flame . To test if the oil is hot enough for frying, put a small piece of onion in it, if the onion sizzles in the oil and comes on the surface fast, the oil in the pan is at the correct temperature for frying Kebabs.

Step 6.

Gently slide in Kebabs one by one in hot oil , until the pan is fairly full but not overcrowded. We need to fry them in batches. Fry for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden-brown and cooked through.

Step 7.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on Paper kitchen towel to drain out the excessive oil before serving.

Step 8.

Serve the hot and spicy kebabs with the spicy coriander/ cilantro/mint chutney or can serve these with cucumber dip too.

Yogurt Dip:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt/ Dahi/ curd
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, minced or 1 tsp dried mint leaves powder
  • 1 cup cucumber pieces, cucumber peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt /or to taste

Method:

  1. Place the yogurt, cucumber in a blender and puree on high speed until blended. While blending, gradually add the mint and salt. Dip is ready!

Lentils Storage Tips:

  • Lentils a longer shelf life. You can store lentils in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. This way they can be stored for up to twelve months.
  • Lentils purchased at different times contain varying stages of dryness and hence, should be stored separately as they will require different cooking times.
  • Cooked lentils have a relatively shorter life. If kept in a covered container in the refrigerator, they can remain fresh for about three days.

Health Benefits of Masoor dal (Lentils): 

  • Lentils are extremely rich in soluble fiber, which forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract, thereby helping in removing bile from the body. It further helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels.
  • The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.
  • The insoluble fiber in lentils leads to the feeling of early satiation; hence, people eat less and gain fewer pounds. Besides, insoluble fiber is indigestible, which passes through the body adding just a few calories.
  • Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties. Studies have proved that regular consumption of lentils can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. Fiber in the lentils reduces blood cholesterol levels and plaque forming on the walls of the arteries, thereby eliminating the risk of stroke or other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.
  • Rich in the antioxidant, molybdenum, lentils assist the body in breaking down harmful substances hence reducing allergy symptoms. This antioxidant is also essential for preventing impotency, particularly in older men, and avoiding anemia.
  • Researches indicate that the vitamin E found in lentils helps prevent the risk of Parkinson’s disease, though the exact connection is not yet determined.

 Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

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Semolina Crackers

Semolina Crackers

Hi friends! Salted crackers are a very crisp and delicious tea time snack.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Snack

Makes: 24 discs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Semolina/Sooji flour
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 2/3 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 cup Water (use as required)
  • Oil to deep fry

Method:

Step 1.

Mix Semolina/Sooji flour, salt, pepper, oil and rub it well with your finger tips.

Step.2

Add water little at a time, kneading the mix well with your palm into a soft firm dough. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into about four equal portions. Take each portion of the dough and roll it into 4″ circles. With a cookie cutter cut 4-6 crackers/discs from each rolled out circle.

Step 4.

Prick each cracker/disc with a fork. Heat the oil for deep frying on medium heat. To check if the oil is ready (hot enough for frying), put a tiny piece of dough in the oil to see if it comes up slowly.

Step 5.

On low flame, fry the crackers/discs in batches, until both sides are light golden in colour.

Step 6.

Drain the fried crackers on a paper kitchen towel lined dish to drain out the excessive oil, if any.

Note:

  1. Cool and store in air tight containers.
  2. When you add the water little at a time the Semolina/Sooji flour will look scattered but slowly it will form a dough.

Health benefits of Semolina /Sooji:

  • Semolina is made from durum wheat, so it is digested slowly. This helps you feel full longer and prevents you from overeating.
  • Semolina improves kidney function, thanks to its potassium content.
  • Add some chopped nuts and raisins to your semolina porridge, and you increase its nutritional content as well as taste.
  • Add some chopped vegetables to savory semolina upma, and you have a power-packed, as well as delicious, meal in a bowl.
  • Semolina is a good source of two vital vitamins: E and the B group. Both, as we know, are essential for good immunity from disease.
  • For those who lead an active lifestyle, semolina is a quick and nourishing source of energy.
  • The trace minerals in semolina, such as phosphorus, zinc and magnesium, are beneficial for the health of your bones and nervous system.

Of course those with gluten intolerance would need to avoid eating semolina.

Ref.http://www.healthbeautyblogs.com/articles-flours-benefits/assorted-benefits-of-sooji-for-health-and-diet

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Masala Potatoes

Baby Potatoes 1  Masala Potatoes

Hi friends! A different snack! It is a quick and easy to cook  recipe made with small baby potatoes. Cooked in few mild spices and can be served as a Appetizer / starter/ snack dish for dinners and lunches. These potatoes are extremely delicious to serve as evening snack.

Preparation time:15 minutes

Cooking time: 6-7 minutes

Course: Snack / Appetizer

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Potatoes Small,baby potatoes
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil for frying (or any other cooking medium)
  •  1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp chaat masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder, or / as per your taste
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander/ cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the potatoes nicely, put in the pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp of salt. On high flame when pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 5 minutes switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, open the lid and take out the potatoes, peel the potatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a wok / kadahi heat oil on medium flame, add cumin seed, when cumin seeds start crackling add coriander powder, red chili powder fry for few seconds add baby potatoes, salt and chaat masala.Mix well, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes stirring the potatoes intermittently (baby potatoes should be well coated with the spices.

Step 4.

Remove in a serving dish and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves toss well and serve hot as a tea-time snack!

Note: While I have used baby potatoes for this recipe, if not available, you can use any sized potatoes. Just cut them into suitable bite size pieces.In-case chaat masala is not available you can use same quantity of dry mango powder/ Aamchoor.

Health benefits of the potatoes:

Yet far from being the devil’s food, a cooked new potato has only 26 calories and is packed with nutrients. A key to lasting weight loss is eating foods that make you feel full for longer.’You should eat complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, rather than simple carbohydrates like sugar or biscuits which give a short energy boost followed by hunger pangs,’ she says. ‘In this way, potatoes can help you reduce binge-eating.’

Nutritious: Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. As a rich carbohydrate source, they help to fuel all reactions in the body which you need for movement, thinking, digestion and cellular renewal.

Vitamin Booster:

Potatoes were eaten by 19th Century English and Spanish sailors to fend off scurvy. Surprisingly rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C, a medium potato (150g) with the skin provides 27mg, almost half of the recommended daily intake. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Potatoes are underground tubers, meaning that they store all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants in spring. Rather than being bland and starchy, they’re actually full of nutrients.

Super food: One new potato contains just 26 calories

BLOOD PRESSURE

Potatoes have kukoamines. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a plant, Lycium chinense – which also contains kukoamines – as a tea to lower blood pressure. A few good servings of potatoes a day would have some blood-pressure lowering activity.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Potatoes have flavonoids, which help protect against cardiovascular-disease by lowering levels of bad LDL-cholesterol and keeping arteries fat-free. The B vitamins in potatoes also protect arteries. Vitamin B6, found in potatoes, reduces levels of a molecule called homocysteine which is involved in inflammation and the furring up of arteries. High homocysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

GUT HEALTH

A single baked potato will provide nearly 12 per cent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, giving similar levels to whole grain breads, pastas and cereals. High levels of dietary fibre and ‘bulking agents’ support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer.

 

STRESS

Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a substance needed for cellular renewal, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood. Just  100g of baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. It is used to make neurotransmitters –substances that deliver messages from one cell to the next. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are needed for the regulation of mood and Vitamin B6 is needed to make them. It is also used to make adrenaline, hormones that help us respond to stress, and GABA, a substance linked to relaxation and a feeling of well being.

 

DON’T PASS ON THE POTATOES

Cut out the extra fat and deep frying, and a typical baked potato suddenly becomes a healthy high-fibre food. Packed with vitamins: Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition.

Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition. As Vitamin C leaches into water, bake your potatoes if you want to get the most of this vitamin.

Chips that have been cooked in deep-fried oil will be soaked in artery-clogging fat and packed full of unhealthy calories. Instead, eat oven-baked chips, which are virtually fat free.

Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1206765/Why-potatoes-suprising-health-benefit-key-lasting-weight-loss.html

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Basic Lobiya Curry

 

Black eyed beans curry New

Basic Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas

Black Eyed Bean is also known as lobia. This is a basic recipe, easy to prepare and very nutritious, very delicious and protein rich.

Prep time : Soaking the beans over night

Pressure Cooking time : 20 minutes

Cooking time : 35 minutes

 Recipe type: main dish

Cuisine: north Indian

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas
  • 2 onions, medium size, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes , medium size, pureed
  • 2 green chilies, make a paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak beans for two, three hours.

Step 2.

Heat the oil in pressure cooker on medium heat add cumin seeds crackle add onions. Fry the onions till light golden brown in colour.

Step 3.

Add the ginger, green chili paste, coriander powder, turmeric, and fry it for few seconds , add tomato puree, salt and cook on low flame for 8-10 minutes.

Step 4.

Add Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas and water close the pressure cooker. On high flame as pressure is formed turn the heat down to low and cook for 20 minutes.

Step 5.

Turn off the stove and wait until pressure has come down, open the pressure cooker lid. Black-eyed beans should be soft and tender.

Step 6.

Serve hot, garnished with fresh coriander leaves. Accompaniments any Indian bread of your choice or boiled white rice and potato Raita.

Note:Sour tomatoes give best results.

Possible Health benefits of Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas:

1. Subordinates cholesterol level

Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas are well known because of their capability to reduce the plasma cholesterol within your body. This really is aided by them being recognized like an excellent method of obtaining proteins as well as dietary fibers, and it has a comparatively lower glycemic index. Should the cholesterol level of the body just isn’t managed to the beneficial value, it might lead to serious side effects.

2. Rich anti-oxidants

This particular creamy white bean having a black eye is additionally recognized because of its function as high quality anti-oxidant. All of the types of Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas which include red, black and light brown ones, all are abundant with anti-oxidant qualities. The anti-oxidation property also guarantees curbing of the cancerous cells within the body.

3. Component of weight loss diets

Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas can verify as a good accessory for the weight loss diets due to various reasons. First it features a reduced power of sodium within it and therefore retains an ideal health level. Next this particular vegetable will become the reason behind minimal fat consumption and also resultantly aids weight reduction. Last although not the least, it includes totally no cholesterol, and therefore is advantageous for the heart too.

4. Great for diabetic conditions

Apart from the outlined health advantages, additionally it is verified to be effective at assisting diabetic problems. The fiber content of the veggie is both higher and in addition has become soluble, as a result it helps the body in subordinating the chance of diabetes. Flavonoids contained in Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas also defend against cardio vascular conditions.

5. Best for the stomach

This particular veggie is well known because of its optimistic effect of dealing with problems associated with the stomach, pancreas as well as spleen. In addition it has been confirmed to be useful in reducing blockages or even discomfort related to urination problems. Additionally, it calms the working of bowel in your body.

6. Low in Fat and Calories

Lobia / black eyed beans/Cow peas really are a low-fat as well as low-calorie food items, which makes them a nutritious accessory for a weight-loss diet plan. Canned types differ in content, yet a 1/2 cup of black-eyed peas is usually lower than 100 calories and has about 1 g of fat. A diet which is lower in fat and calories can help you slim down, avoids putting on weight and safeguards you from numerous health problems, which includes cardiovascular disease, diabetes and also depressive disorders.

 Ref.http://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-cowpeas/

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Sago Khichdi

sago khichadiSago/ sabudana Khichdi

Hi friends! This delicious Sabudana khichadi is an Indian dish made from soaked Sabudana. It is typically prepared in parts of Western India such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, & Gujarat. Wikipedia

Recipe serving: 4

Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes

Cooking time : 6-10 minutes

Cuisine: Maharashtra

Course: Snack, Healthy snack

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup Sago / sabudana
  • 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, shelled, roasted, coarsely pounded
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/ Jeera
  • 2 Red chilies, whole
  • 1 sprig kadhi patta /curry leaves
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp green chilies, chopped
  • 1 small lemon’s juice

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Sabudana/ Sago well. Soak in 4 cups of water over night . Drain out the water with a strainer, spread it on a paper kitchen towel for drying for ten minutes. To avoid sticky or lumpy khichadi, it is necessary to dry out the water very well. Sabudana / sago grains should be separate and moist.

Step 2.

Roast peanuts on a hot griddle, peel off the skin and then grind coarsely.Keep aside.

Step 3.

Wash green chilies, and coriander, chop finely . Peel and cut the potato into tiny cubes and keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat the oil in kadahi / wok or a heavy bottom pan and add Jeera, when it starts crackling, add Curry leaves /kadhi patta , red chilies and fry for few seconds, add the potato cubes. Cook till the potatoes are done. Add sabudana, roasted peanuts, salt, and chili powder, mix well .

Step 5.

Switch off the stove, sprinkle the lemon juice and mix well. Garnish the khichadi with finely chopped coriander leaves. Sprinkle lime juice and chopped coriander leaves on the khichadi, mix well.

Step 6.

Serve hot garnished with the finely chopped green chilies.

Note:

The Saboodana/Sago should be well soaked. Use a strainer or a colander to drain the water. Excess water in saboodana vada mixture will make it difficult to handle the mixture while making vadas . For better taste use roasted ground nuts. For best results Saboodana vada should be fried in a moderately hot oil till light golden on both sides.

Health benefits of eating sago / saboodana:

Sago or sabudana or tapioca pearls is a food which is full of energy and carbohydrates. It is extracted from the center of sago palm stems in the form of starch. It is also known as tapioca pearls. If is one of the wholesome diet of starch and carbohydrates and is used in a lot of Indian dishes. Sago is used in puddings, gruel or soups, and upma dishes. In gruel form, it is used in various carbonated drinks to provide energy without any addition of artificial chemicals and sweeteners. It is one food which possess a high cooling effect in the system and it is quite easy to digest. It is also used in making cakes and breads. Sago is helpful as a substitute in binding the dishes or making them thick. It is  low in calories and is preferred as a light meal option.

The benefits of eating sago are associated with its starch form as

  1. Aid in digestion: Pearl sago is used as one easily digestible non-irritating baby food, as well as a food in inflammatory cases. In such cases, sabudana is boiled with milk or water  and then added with sugar or spices to enhance the flavour.
  2. Nutritional value: Sago grains are about 2mm in diameter. They are a source of pure carbohydrates with very little protein, vitamin C, calcium and minerals. A hundred gram of dried sago yields about 355 calories, with an inclusion of 94 gms of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  3. Sago and the body: The main content of sago is carbohydrates and has an ancient history in aiding to certain herbal medicines. Sago alongwith  rice is used to cool the body. It is helpful in treating ailment resulting from too much heat, such as the production of excess bile. As we know it is a renowned food in Indian culture and moreover, it is a staple diet in some continents. The herbal remedy of sago is not hidden outside the Indian subcontinent such as Sri Lanka, New Guinea and other Asian pacific countries.
  4. Sago dishes: Various dishes are made from sago as it is easily mixed with wide variety of tastes and spices. However, sago is low in proteins, vitamins and minerals, its combination with other supplements can result  into high nutrition and taste. In various  parts of India, it is used as fasting food in the form of khichdi or pilaf, soaked sabudana fried with potatoes and other vegetables. Sago possess a high usage in baking breads and pancakes.
  5. A high energy booster:  Sago food is full of energy, and often served as a food  to break the fast. It has high beneficiaries for sick people as a supplement providing enough energy to combat the weakness and ailments.

Keep them in dry and airtight container. It should be kept away from moisture for long storage. The white pearls of sago becomes white when soaked in water and turns translucent when cooked. Fermentation may improve the nutritional value of sabudana. In Papua New Guinea, sabudana paste is partially fermented by mixing it in palm leaves,which are then stored  in cool place. Therefore, a lot of recipe with high in energy, you should not be missing it. As experiments can really turn it out in high taste value.

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