Choliya / Fresh Green Chana curry

Choliya paneer.JPGCholiya / Fresh Green Chana curry

Hi friends! Choliya / Fresh Green Chanas are popular in all parts of the world however, mostly people are familiar with beige color chickpeas, popularly known as garbanzo beans. Green chana or green garbanzo, most commonly known as Punjabi choliya is entirely different from its counterpart, its fresh. The fresh Choliya / Fresh Green Chanas tastes the  best. Another recipe in my routine cooking for  health benefits and wonderful taste. Fresh green chickpeas are the winter food that tastes super good, a Popular seasonal treat of India.

Ingredients:
200 gms  choliya /green chana

200 gms Cottage cheese/paneer, cut into cubes

2  medium size onions/1 cup grated onions

2 medium size tomatoes, finely chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric/haldi powder

1level tsp red chili powder/ or to taste

1 tbsp ginger , finely grated

1 tbsp garlic, mashed

2 tbsp Coriander powder

1/2 tsp roasted and powdered cumin seed/ jeera

2 tbsp cilantro/dhaniya, finely chopped

2 tbsp cooking oil

1 tsp salt/ or as per taste

2 1/2 cups water

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the fresh green chanas/choliya and keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add and fry the grated onions until lightly. Add grated ginger, garlic paste and fry till the color changes to golden brown.

Step 3.

Now add finely chopped tomatoes, salt, coriander powder, cumin/jeera powder, turmeric and red chili powder.

Step 4.

Let it cook on low flame till the masalas are well fried. Add cubed Cottage cheese/paneer pieces, choliya, and 2 1/2 cups of water. Mix well.

Step 5.

Close the cooker lid, when it comes to full pressure, reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 15 minutes.

Step 6.

Switch off the heat and let the pressure cooker come to room temperature. Serve hot garnished with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves.

Other Culinary Uses:

· Hara Chana is best eaten raw or roasted or boiled.
· Sauté some in olive oil, which softened them, put sea salt on them, and enjoy the taste.
· Can be tossed into stir-fries, sautés, and salads.
· Combined with sweetcorn and some green or red bell pepper also makes an awesome chat.
  Ref. http://shilpsnutrilife.blogspot.in/2014/01/fresh-green-chickpeas-hara-channa.html

Health Benefits:
The green chick peas have a wealth of nutrients like energy, protein, calcium and iron
Fresh green chickpeas or choliya contain vitamins C, E, K and B-complex vitamins, folate, and the minerals magnesium, zinc and pantothenic acid. Fresh chick peas are high in dietary fibers too.
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Guacamole

guacimole dip

Guacamole dip

Guacamole (Spanish: [wakaˈmole]; or [ɡwakaˈmole] ; can informally be referred to as “guac” in North America) is an avocado-based dip or salad first created by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. In addition to its use in modern Mexican cuisine, it has also become part of American cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient.

Hi friends! Here is the recipe of an all time favorite dip you will relish with mashed avocado mixed with chopped onion, tomatoes, chili, black pepper, and minced garlic .

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1 lime, juice / 2 tbsp juice
  • 1 small onion, / 1/2 cup very finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 medium size tomato, seeded and diced finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander /cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed

Method:

Step 1.

Cut the avocado in half , remove the pit and scoop the pulp with a spoon from their shells in a mixing bowl. Mash the pulp well with a fork.

Step 2.

Add to the scooped avocado pulp, lime juice , salt, pepper powder, mix well. Fold in the onions, seeded and finely chopped green chilies and, tomatoes, cilantro, and minced garlic.

Step 3.

Serve with fresh tortilla chips, unsalted rice cakes or multi grain biscuits.

Health Benefits of Avocado:

Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats. Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health. Here are 12 health benefits of avocado, that are supported by scientific research.

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious.What we refer to as “avocado” is the fruit of the avocado tree, called Persea americana .This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is the main ingredient in guacamole.

2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas.potassium is a nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of .This nutrient helps maintain electrical gradients in the body’s cells and serves various important functions.

3. Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber.Fiber is another nutrient found in relatively large amounts in avocado.

5. Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

6. People Who Eat Avocados Tend to be Healthier.The Fat in Them Can Help You Absorb Nutrients From Plant Foods When it comes to nutrients, the total amount of them is not the only thing that matters.

7. Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect The Eyes Not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, they are also high in antioxidants themselves.

8. Avocado May Help Prevent Cancer. There is limited evidence that avocado may be beneficial in preventing cancer.

9. Avocado Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis.

10. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight.

11. Avocado is Delicious and Easy to Incorporate in The Diet. Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods.

Ref. https://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/

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Sukhe aloo / dry potato curry

sukha alooSukhe aloo / dry potatoes curry

Sukhe aloo / dry potao curry

Hi friends,

Potatoes are one of the most common and important food sources on the planet, and they contain a wealth of health benefits that make them all the more essential as a staple dietary item for much of the world’s population. Potatoes have nutritional components  today, it’s difficult to imagine and diet vegetables without potatoes They have somehow became one of the most popular and recognized foods on the planet. Potato that go far beyond carbohydrates and calories, and they can be an extremely beneficial addition to any dietary plan. Here is a simple and very delicious recipe . You will enjoy  these sukhe aloos / dry potato curry with puris.

 

 Prep Time : 20 minutes

Cook time : 7-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Cuisine :Indian

Course : Main

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg boiled potatoes
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / hing powder
  • Ghee 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp or /Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin, powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander/ cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take potatoes add three cups of water and close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame for five minutes. Switch of the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the potatoes. Peel the potatoes and cut them in to small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a non stick pan / wok / kadahi and add asafetida / hing powder to it . When it starts turning light pink in colour add cumin seeds . When the cumin seeds begin to splutter add the cut potato cubes , chili powder, coriander powder, salt, dry mango powder / aam choor powder, roasted cumin seed powder and mix well.

Step 4.

Cover and cook on low heat for three to five minutes. Switch off the stove. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves. Serve hot with wheat flour puris and mango pickle.

Health benefits of potatoes :

The health benefits include their ability to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, boost heart health, protect from polyps, prevent cancer, manage diabetes, strengthen the immune system, reduce signs of aging, protect the skin, increase circulation, reduce blood pressure, maintain fluid balance, reduce insomnia, and boost eye health.

Weight Gain: Potatoes are primarily made of carbohydrates and contain very little protein. This makes it an ideal diet for those excessively lean or thin people who desperately want to put on weight. The vitamin content includes vitamin-C and B-complex, which also help in proper absorption of carbohydrates. That is one of the reasons that potatoes make up a large part of the diet of sumo wrestlers, as well as many other athletes who need large energy reserves to burn off in order to compete!

Digestion: Since potatoes predominantly contain carbohydrates, they are easy to digest and facilitate digestion. This property makes them a good diet for babies or for those who cannot digest hard food, but need energy.
Skin Care: Vitamin-C and B-complex as well as minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are good for the skin.

Scurvy: The vitamin-C present in potatoes can help prevent this disease, caused by a deficiency of vitamin-C. It is characterized by cracked lip corners, spongy and bleeding gums, and frequent viral infections. Although it has been eliminated from most first and second world countries with ready access to vitamin C, it still exists in certain nations of the world, so the prolific presence of potatoes in the world helps with this problem.

Rheumatism: There are two parts to the effect of potatoes on this condition. Vitamins like the calcium and magnesium in potatoes help to provide relief from rheumatism. Also, water obtained from boiling potatoes can relieve the pain and inflammation of rheumatism.

Inflammation: Potatoes are very effective in reducing inflammation, both internal and external. Since it is soft, easily digested and has a lot of vitamin-C (a very good antioxidant that repairs tissue wear and tear), potassium and vitamin-B6, it can relieve any inflammation of the intestines and the digestive system.

Cancer Prevention: Certain types of potatoes, particularly red and russet potatoes, contain high levels of flavonoid antioxidants and vitamin A like zeaxanthin and carotenes, they can protect you against many types of cancer. Also, research at the Agricultural Research service has shown that potatoes contain a compound called quercetin, which has been proven to have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Finally, the high levels of vitamin A and C both have antioxidant qualities that can protect your body from the devastating effects of cancer.

High Blood Pressure: Since high blood pressure can occur for a number of reasons that include diabetes, tension, indigestion, nutrient balance, food content and many others, different treatments are required. Luckily, potatoes can alleviate multiple possible causes; potatoes can be used to relieve high blood pressure due to tension.

Brain Function: Proper functioning of the brain depends largely on the glucose level, oxygen supply, various components of the vitamin-B complex and certain hormones, amino acids and fatty acids like omega-3. Potatoes cater to almost all the needs mentioned above.

Heart Diseases: Apart from the vitamins (B-complex, C), minerals and roughage, potatoes also contain certain substances called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin). Carotenoids are beneficial for heart health and the functioning of other internal organs.

Kidney Stones: Kidney Stones, also known as Renal Calculi, are caused mainly due to increased levels of uric acid in the blood. potatoes also contain magnesium, which inhibits the accumulation or deposition of calcium (calcification) in the kidney and other tissues, thereby proving beneficial for treatment of renal calculi.

Diarrhea: They are an excellent component of an energy-rich diet for those suffering from diarrhea, since it is very easy to digest and contains mild roughage. However, eating too many potatoes can cause diarrhea due to the excessive ingestion of starch.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-potato.html

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Lal Chaulai sabzi / Red Amaranth

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Red Chaulai  / RedAmaranth  is also called – Red amaranth, blood amaranth, Indian spinach, lal chulai, Amaranthus cruentus, Annual herb with red ovate to ovate-elliptic leaves, used as vegetable

Hi friends! Amaranth leaves are back in food buzz. Once savored by the ancient Aztecs, Mayans and Incas in their staple diet, this gorgeous greens is witnessing a food renaissance recently. Packed with antioxidants, protein, vitamins, calcium, carbohydrates, iron and minerals, health benefits of amaranth leaves are numerous. Read to know the reasons for including amaranth leaves into your daily diet. Today I am going to share an extremely nutritious  recipe of Lal Chaulai Bhaji/ Red Amaranth. It is very delicious and highly nutritious, learn how to make yummy and very easy Lal Chaulai Bhaji/ Red Amaranth by following the easy steps.

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time :20 minutes

Recipe cook time : 25 minutes

Course : Main

Cuisine : Indian, Uttar Pradesh

Serves : 4

Ingredients

  • 250 gms.Chaulai  /Amaranth Greens
  • 2 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
  • 12 Cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Dry mango powder/amchoor
  • 1/2  tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely grated fresh coconut
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil or any cooking oil of choice

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and soak in cold water with a pinch of salt for ten minutes.

Step 2.

Drain and finely chop the Lal Chaulai  / Red Amaranth  , keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a wok /Kadahi /pan, add chopped onions and fry till light golden.

Step 4.

Add  chopped  lal Chaulai  / Red Amaranth  leaves , chili powder, salt and stir and cook covered on low heat till the water dries.

Step 5.

Then  add grated coconut , and add dry mango powder/ amchoor  mix well, stir for a few minutes. Serve hot with Indian breads of choice, boiled rice etc.

 What are the health benefits of amaranth leaves?

  • Provides energy: Highly packed with carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin K, folate, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, amaranth leaves boost energy in the body.
  • Prevents electrolyte imbalance: Amaranth leaves are terrific source of manganese, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus necessary for maintaining proper mineral balance in the body.
  • Excellent gluten-free diet: Vegetarians with gluten-intolerance or those suffering from celiac diseases can meet daily recommended dose of protein from amaranth greens. Compared to other plant sources namely wheat, rye, rice and oats, Amaranth contains 30% more protein with complete set of amino acids.
  • Improves digestion: High dietary fiber content (3 times that of wheat) in the greens improve digestive health and reduces constipation. It is easily digestible and good for both young ones and elders.
  • Aids in weight management: Protein in the leaves help to reduce insulin levels in the blood and also release a hormone that lessen hunger pranks and prevent “binging catastrophe”.
  • Reduces bad cholesterol: One of the key benefits of amaranth leaves is cholesterol-lowering ability. Being fibrous, this leafy vegetable is effective in reducing LDL levels in the blood and promotes weight loss. Presence of tocotrienols (a type of vitamin E) also aids in cholesterol-lowering activity.
  • Good for anemic patients: Iron-rich (5 times that of wheat) red amaranth leaves promote coagulation and increase hemoglobin content and red blood cell counts.
  • Decreases risk of cardiovascular disease: Amaranth leaves are an excellent dietary source of phytosterols that lowers blood pressure and prevents heart ailments including stroke.
  • Fight-off cancer: Presence of lysine (an essential amino acid) along with vitamin E, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and vitamin C helps to fight against free radicals responsible for aging and formation of malignant cells.
  • Ayurvedic treatments: Juice extracted from fresh amaranth leaves are prescribed for treating diarrhea, and hemorrhage conditions.
  • Stop hair loss and graying: Besides regular consumption, applying juice from the leaves prevent brittle hair falling. This wonderful cosmetic benefit of amaranth leaves also retards the onset of premature graying.
  • Prevents calcium-deficiency ailments: Calcium present in amaranth leaves reduce risk of osteoporosis and other calcium deficiencies because it has twice the calcium as milk. Indeed good news for lactose-intolerants!
  • Improves eyesight: Vitamin C found in the leaves contribute to towards healthy vision.

 Ref.http://www.innovateus.net/health/12-health-benefits-eating-amaranth-leaves

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Ivygourd/Kundru Sabzi

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Kundru ki sabzi

A gherkin-like vegetable, Coccinia grandis, from Southern India and Indo-China, considered to be effective in lowering blood sugar levels. Kundru is a green vegetable also called tendli, tindora or ivy gourd. It is a great source of soluble fiber and is also rich in Vitamin A and C. Coccinia grandis, the ivy gourd, also known as baby watermelon, little gourd, gentleman’s toes, tindora is a tropical vine. It is also known as Cephalandra indica and Coccinia indica.

 In India it is called Kundru in hindi ,Tondekayi In Karnataka “, kovakkai in tamil , kovakka(കോവയ്ക്ക) in Kerala , in Assam kunduli , in Telugu  it is called dondakaya.

 History of Ivy Gourd / Kundru:

Ivy gourd is from time to time grown like a garden veggie within the exotic as well as sub-tropical parts of the entire world and was most likely brought to the Northern Territory just before European settlement. Modest populations are spread through the entire northern coastal parts of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. However, an invasion was documented from riparian vegetation along Wolston Creek within the western suburbs of Brisbane in February 2011, well away from previously known range of this particular species around Australia. Since that time it’s been noticed distributing from gardens in other regions of Brisbane (e.g. at Boondall and Sunnybank).

Hi friends! A quick and easy side dish with Ivygourd/Kundru that goes very well with both rice and chappathis.

  Prep time-15 minutes

Cooking time-25 minutes

Difficulty level-Easy

Cuisine-Indian

Course– Main

serve-4

Ingredients:

  • 150 gms Kundru / tundlis /Ivygourd
  • 2 potatoes medium size, sliced in wedges
  • 2 onions medium size, finely chopped
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/ amchoor
  • 1/2 level tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil for cooking
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnishing

Method :

 Step 1.

 Wash and dry the kundru properly. Now slice  the Kundru  in four wedges (lengthwise). Keep aside.

Step 2.

 Similarly cut the Potatoes and Onion in length. Keep aside

Step 3.

 In a wok / kadahi/ or heavy bottom pan heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it starts crackling add asafetida/ Hing and fry for few seconds ( it should not become dark brown). Add chopped onions, sauté the onions till translucent add grated ginger, crushed garlic, chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric, sauté for few seconds more.

Step 4.

Add in the sliced wedges of  potatoes  into the wok / kadahi/ or heavy bottom pan. Sprinkle salt, mix well cover and cook on low flame. Let it cook until the potatoes are half cooked.

Step 5.

Add in the kundru wedges, stir and cover the pan. Cook Kundru and the potatoes until tender .

Step 6.

Once the vegetables are softened, add in the amchoor / dry mango powder. Mix the vegetable very well. Stir fry for another minute and turn off the heat. Transfer the Kundru sabzi into a serving bowl garnish with finely chopped coriander / cilantro leaves. Serve along with Dal / lentil and Indian bread of your choice or bowl of hot rice.

Note: The potatoes are added first, as it takes a little longer time to cook.

Culinary Usage:

Ivy gourd, or even tendli since it is additionally referred to as, features a great number of cooking usages. Much like most veggies, they may be prepared in the number of ways prior to being cooked. A number of them are:

  • The tendli is cut into tiny pieces or even bigger chunks or even cubes since the require might be, and included with a number of other veggies just like carrots or even potatoes to make curries.
  • It might be grated and had along with cream sauce or even utilized in sandwiches.
  • A distinctive type of cutting the tendli is cutting it in the spherical shape, to create tendli rings. These could be utilized in the huge number of recipes.
  • You might also cut the tendli into halves, and take away the inner seeds and also have just the soft fleshy interior. You may even slice it with the aid of a sharp knife, as well as deep fry it together with Chilies. This is extremely typical in Mexico.
  • In numerous parts of West Indies and South Asia, tendli is prepared together with potatoes, as well as served together with curd or even yoghurt, or might even be utilized in veggie preparations.
  • Tendli may also be stuffed simply by taking out the seeds, as well as including numerous spices into it. Various combos could be tested, in accordance with your preference.

Health benefits of Ivy Gourd:

Ivy gourd has been considered as a therapeutic herb in traditional Thai as well as Ayurvedic medication. The parts utilized in diabetes treatment include the leaves; however the primary usage of ivy gourd is cookery, which is regarded as a veggie. Ivy gourd includes beta-carotene, an important vitamin A precursor from plant sources. Additionally it is regarded as an excellent source of protein and fiber. A number of the health advantages related to the ivy gourd are provided as follows:

  1. Possesses laxative characteristics

This particular vegetable is additionally created seize laxative qualities and increasing the bowel motions within our body. This particular property is mostly related to the beta carotene as well as Vitamin A stripped away from the plant of the vegetable. Because of this, it is also utilized to cure gonorrhea.

  1. Normalize blood sugar level

The ability of minimizing the blood sugar level can also be related to this particular veggie. This is particularly because of an essential liver enzyme contained in this particular food which standardizes the sugar metabolism within your body, by improving the glucose production. Therefore additionally it is of excellent assistance to the diabetic patients and is also strongly suggested for them.

  1. Healing certain diseases

Since times immemorial, the ivy gourd has been utilized like a cure for asthma, leprosy, bronchitis and jaundice.

  1. Ivy Gourd as Health Food

It is promoted like a health food in several parts of India due to its high-content of Vitamins. Each one of these vitamins is essential for the body of a human, and helps reinforce the defense mechanisms. It is abundant with Vitamin C, which will help in conditioning the bones. It’s got ß-carotene inside it that is a precursor of Vitamin A in body. Additionally, it consists of Vitamin B1 and B2.It is usually best to take Ivy Gourd together with meals throughout fever.

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

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Stir fry Cabbage

Cabbage stir fry.jpg Stir fry Cabbage

Cabbage is considered world’s healthiest food. It is also a very good source of manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper. Additionally, cabbage is a good source of choline, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, pantothenic acid, protein, and niacin.
Hi friends! here is an extremely easy to cook and delicious recipe with cabbage.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut gratings
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tps Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / hing powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Method:

 Step 1.

 Cut the cabbage in fine threads or it can be grated too keep aside.

Step 2.

 Heat oil in a wok / kadahi / or pan add Asafetida / hing, when it turns light pink in colour add mustard seeds. When mustard starts crackling add curry leaves. Stir and sauté for few seconds.

Step 3.

Add cabbage ,chili powder and salt and stir fry on high flame for five minutes. Reduce the heat to low flame and let the cabbage cook for five more minutes.

Step 4.

Add grated coconut and mix it well and cook for another two -three minutes. Serve hot with rice or Indian bread of choice!.

 

Health benefits of Cabbage:

Cabbage, being rich in iodine, helps in proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system, along with keeping the glands of the endocrine system in proper condition. It is good for the brain and is useful in the treatment of neural disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The various other nutrients present in cabbage, such as vitamin-E, keep the skin, eyes and hair healthy. The calcium, magnesium, and potassium found in cabbage is very useful for a wide range of health benefits. Cabbage can also be used for the treatment of varicose veins, leg ulcers, peptic and duodenal ulcers.

Basically, that very common component of your Chinese dishes could be a miraculous addition to your diet. Don’t be afraid to add cabbage to your daily diet, whether it is in your soup or salad, and that small change will help you live a healthier and longer life.

Ref.https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-cabbage.html

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kohlrabi Pickle

Ganth Gobhi pickle

kohlrabi /Knol Khol/Ganth Gobi Pickle Photo curtsy Mrs. Paramita Mehta

kohlrabi /Knol Khol/Ganth Gobi Pickle Recipe is contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta.

Description:
Knol khol is one of the lesser known vegetables. It is known by many different names, like Navalkol. Ganth Gobi etc. But it is most commonly known as Kohlrabi.

Knol khol, or kohlrabi as it is better known as, has North-European origins. It has thence spread all over the world, including in South Asian countries. It is very widely used in the Northern state of Kashmir in India. It is also used popularly in many other states in this country.

The kohlrabi is quite similar in looks to that of a cabbage. It is greenish in color, with white patches. It is big and round. The main difference with the cabbage is that there are no leaves covering this vegetable. There may be some light green colored extrusions which are mostly shoots.

It is sometimes also called the German Turnip because of its stout and tuber like structure. It belongs to the brassica family, which also contains the cabbage and brussels sprouts. It is one of those few vegetables which originated in Europe. Kohlrabi (or Brassica oleracea) is a perennial plant as it is grown all throughout the year. It has a very cool and succulent stem, which can be consumed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg Kholrabi /Knol khol /Ganth Gobi
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp Mustard [rai] seeds, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 cup Mustard oil

For Parboiling the kohlrabi :

  • 1 1/2 liter water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the Kholrabi / knol khol /ganth gobi thoroughly.Remove the leaves and lightly clean the outer surface of each Kholrabi /Knol khol /Ganth Gobi with lukewarm water , without peeling the gobi cut into 1/2 cm thick even slices. Cut each slice in two halves.

Step 2.

In a deep pan take  1 1/2 liters of water ,add 1 1/2 tbsp of salt. Place the pan covered  on high flame. when water starts boiling put all the slices of Kholrabi /Knol khol /Ganth Gobi in the boiling water.

Step 3.

Let the pieces boil for a minute or two, switch off the stove. Strain the slices with the help of a strainer. Cover the strainer with a muslin cloth and leave it over night.

Step 4.

In a mixing bowl take mustard oil, 2 1/2 tbsp salt, red chili powder,turmeric powder and ground mustard powder. Mix all these ingredients well add par boiled Kholrabi /Knol khol /GanthGobi slices .Mix gently, ensuring the Kholrabi /Knol khol /GanthGobi slices are well coated with the spice mix.

Step 5.

Take a dry glass jar/ porcelain jar and fill in these masala / spice coated Kholrabi /Knol khol /GanthGobi pieces. Cover the mouth of the jar with a muslin cloth and keep it in the direct sunlight.

Step 6.

Keep in the sun for two to three days. The jar contents should be shaken or mixed well every day. The pickle is ready in three- four days. Serve with rice pilaf or Indian breads and curry of choice.

Note:

  • Whether you’re using organic or mass-produced veggies Wash the vegetables by  scrubbing the vegetables under lukewarm water .
  • While  cutting any vegetables for boiling,take care to cut the vegetables in to small even sized pieces . The smaller even sized pieces cook faster and nutrient loss is less
  • Always cut the vegetables just before you’re ready to boil them,the vegetables remain fresh.
  • Intensity of sunlight can speed up or slow down the process of pickle getting ready.

Medicinal benefits of Kholrabi /Knol khol /Ganth Gobi:
Kohlrabi has a rich content of nutrients and vitamins. Its nutrient content is summarized below:

  1. It has a rich content of anti-oxidants. This helps a great deal to fight cancer.
  2. It has a high content of dietary fiber. This helps in the smooth and effective functioning of your digestive system. It also cleanses your body.
  3. It makes the immune system of your body stronger, by stimulating certain enzymes which makes your immune system stronger, due to the presence of compounds in it like isothiocyanates and sulphoraphanes.
  4. It helps in curing diabetes. You should have a cup of an aqueous extract of this vegetable every morning if you are a diabetic patient.
  5. It has negligible amount of fats and calories, and has 0% cholesterol. Thus, it is very good for obese patients and those who are trying to slim down.
  6. It has a rich content of beta-carotene (rich source of Vitamin A), Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It contains ascorbic acid, which is a rich source of Vitamin C, and is also an anti-oxidant. It helps to kill harmful radicals in your body, thus fighting cancer. It is especially effective in curing colon cancer.Nutritional and dietary information
    Kohlrabi is rich in nutrients. Its nutrient content is summarized below:

    1. Vital vitamins for the human body, like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 ( Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid). It is also rich in folate.
    2. Protein and dietary fiber.
    3. It has a low content of fats and almost 0% cholesterol.
    4. It contains beta-carotene, which is a rich source of Vitamin A.
    5. It is rich in minerals and electrolytes like Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Zinc and Selenium.

Ref. http://www.spiceflair.com/know-about-knol-khol/

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Baby Potatoes

 

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Baby potatoes are the potatoes which are removed from the soil before they are fully grown. Because of this , baby potatoes have a sweeter flavor. Baby potatoes usually have a pale brown thin outer skin. They are used all over the world in a variety of dishes like salads, vegetable accompaniments to even main courses. Baby potatoes can be cooked using various recipes, can be baked, grilled, steamed, broiled, roasted, stir fried, etc.

Hi friends !If you are looking for a simple and spicy dish to go well with rice pilaf, this is a very easy recipe with baby potatoes.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4
Cuisine: Indian

Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Kg small /baby Potatoes
  • 1 tsp Red chilie powder
  • 12 Sambar Onions (shallots)
  • 12 Garlic pods
  • 2 tbsp White vinegar
  • 1/2 level tsp Salt /to taste
  • 1/2 cup Oil

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker wash and put baby potatoes add three cups of water and close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame, the moment full pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame. After five minutes switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature open the lid and take out the potatoes, peel the skin and keep aside.

Step 2.

Grind together without water, sambar onions /shallots / pearl onions, garlic pods, and white vinegar to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Add and sauté the peeled baby potatoes over low flame for a few minutes. Keep on tossing well, so that the potatoes become golden brown and crisp all around. Remove the fried potatoes in a bowl and keep aside.

Step 4.

In the same pan add left over oil and heat , add the onion, garlic, vinegar ground paste and sauté for a minute ill garlic ginger paste slightly changes colour. Add fried potatoes to the fried paste and gently mix. Cover and cook over low flame, stirring and mixing the potatoes frequently.

Step 5.

After 5– 8 minutes of cooking on low flame, when the paste is well coated and blended with the potatoes ,( it would have coated the potatoes well). Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot Garnishing it with finely chopped cilantro /Coriander leaves. It goes very well with rice pilaf.

Note:

If baby potatoes are not available big potatoes can be cut in big cubes.

Frying the potatoes in the beginning, before adding the onion paste will ensure a lovely golden colour and enhanced taste.

Ref.http://www.caloriecount.com/calories-fresh-easy-baby-potatoes-i296013

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Matar/Green peas Puri

 

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Matar ki Puri /Green peas stuffed Indian fried bread

Sweet, delicious green peas, also popular as garden peas, are one of the ancient cultivated vegetables grown for their succulent nutritious green seeds. Peas probably have originated in the sub-Himalayan plains of north-west India. Today, this versatile legume is one of the major commercial crops grown all over the temperate, and semi-tropical regions.

Botanically, pea plant is an herbaceous vine. It belongs to the family of Fabaceae, in the genus: Pisum. Scientific name: Pisum sativum. Some of the common names include english peas, sweet peas, garden peas, pease,…etc.

Hi friends !For a pleasant  healthier change from kachories try this delicious stuffed matar puri /Green peas stuffed Indian fried bread . whole wheat  flour puris are delicious and easy to make too.

Recipe contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Course : Breakfast,Breads

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 10-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Mutter /Green peas , shelled
  • 2cups Wheat flour
  • 1 tsp jeera / cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida /hing
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/ aam choor
  • Oil for deep-frying

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take the shelled peas, add a cup of water and 1/4 tsp salt close the lid. Place the pressure cooker on high flame . The moment full pressure is formed , switch off the stove. Allow the pressure cooker to cool down to room temperature, open the lid and roughly blend the boil peas in a blender or mash them with a masher. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take wheat flour, add 1 tsp salt and little water to make a firm dough. Cover and set aside for fifteen minutes.

Step 3.

 In a wok / kadhai / heavy bottom pan heat 2 tbsp oil add asafetida / hing powder saute for few seconds, the moment it turns pink add geera / cumin powder, red chili powder, 1/2 tsp salt and dry mango powder / aam choor sauté for half a minute. Add the mashes peas mix well and cook till the water evaporates. Mix well and remove from heat.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into equal portions and shape into balls. Roll out each portion to a thick small disc and place a tablespoon of the peas mixture and gather the edges to make a ball and flatten it with your palms.

 Step 5.

Roll it lightly to make small stuffed puris. Heat oil in a kadai and slid in gently the stuffed puri, deep fry the puris till golden and puffed. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper towel.

 Step 6.

Serve hot with khatta meetha/ sweet and sour yellow pumpkin dish/sabzi and mango pickle for best results.

 

Health benefits of green peas:

  • Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • Fresh, tender peas are relatively low in calories on comparison to beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas carry just 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are good sources of protein, vitamins, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.
  • Fresh pea pods are an excellent sources of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are one of the B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods when given to expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in their newborn babies.
  • Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 100 g of fresh pods carry 40 mg or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin would help human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  • Peas contain phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body.
  • Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh seeds contain about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function (mineralization) through promotion of osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells. It also has established role in the cure of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside the brain.
  • Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin and eye-sight. Additionally, consumption of natural fruits/vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.

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

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Methi Aloo

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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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Sarson ki bhurji

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Main Name: Mustard Green
Biological Name: Brassica juncea
Names in other Languages: Mostaza (Spanish), Moutarde (French), Sarson ka sag (Hindi), Kadugu ilai (Tamil), Kadugu ila (Malayalam), Ava akulu (Telugu), Rai Ni Bhaji (Gujarati), Sorisa sag (Bengali), Mohari-chi pan (Marathi), Sarson-da-sag (Punjabi), Sarson ka sag (Urdu)

Hi friends! Winter is a very good season to eat seasonal delicacies that are not only finger-licking good, but are also packed with multiple benefits that help you stay warm and strengthens your immunity. Winter chills may sometimes lead to mineral deficiencies in the body which need to be supplemented through proper diet. Comfort food like Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag with makki ki roti are well-known for their nutritional properties.

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag
  • 18 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 3 Green chillis, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp corn flour / makki ka aata
  • 3 tbsp curd / yogurt/ Dahi
  • 1/4 tsp hing / asafetida
  • 1tsp Cumin seeds/jeera, finely powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2/3 tsp Salt / or as per taste
  • 3 to 4 tbsp mustard Oil

Method:

Step 1.
Take Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag leaves, wash them and finely chop them and keep aside.

Step 2.

Now in a blender take garlic cloves, one green chili and grind them into a fine paste.

Step 3.

In a wok / kadahi/ pan, take mustard oil when oil smokes reduce the flame, put hing / asafetida, add garlic chili paste, cumin seeds powder, coriander powder, salt and turmeric powder. Fry this on medium flame for 3-4 minutes.

Step 4.

Add finely chopped Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag leaves to it and cook covered on medium/low flame till it is well blended and cooked.

Step 5.

Mix 3 tbsp curd / yogurt/ Dahi with 2 tsp of corn flour. Add it to the bhurji and mix well.

Step 6.

Cover the lid and cook for 4-5 minutes more. Serve hot with Makki ki roti.

How many calories in mustard greens (per 100 gm):

Mustard greens have about 20 calories per 100 gm of weight.

How to Buy Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka saag:

  •  Always try to purchase green colored mustard greens instead of opting for the red or purple colored leaves.
  • Make sure that the mustard greens you have purchased are fresh and crisp.
  • The green color of mustard greens should be lively. Avoid buying mustard leaves which have yellow or brown spots on the surface.

Mustard Green Storage Tips:

  • Do not store freshly purchased mustard greens for more than 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • Keep your mustard greens inside a plastic bag before placing it in the refrigerator. Make sure that all the air from the plastic bag has been removed before storing the mustard greens.

Health Benefits of Mustard Greens/ Sarson ka sag :

  1. Mustard green is known for its detoxification qualities. The sulfur-containing nutrients, phytonutrients and glucosinolates, present in mustard greens help to activate the detoxification enzymes in the human body and also regulate their activities. The detox support is directly related to the risk of acquiring cancers of the bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate and ovarian. No detoxification in our bodies means that cells will eventually become cancerous.
  2. Mustard green is also one of the best known antioxidants available in the market. The antioxidant support given by mustard green helps in reducing the risk of oxidative stress in the body cells.
  3. Mustard green is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits which help in building the messaging molecules in the body.
  4. The anti-inflammatory qualities of mustard greens assist in the prevention of several cardiovascular diseases, like heart attacks, ischemic heart diseases, and atherosclerosis.
  5. Regular consumption of mustard greens is beneficial for lowering the amount of cholesterol in the human blood; thus, leading to a healthy heart. Consuming steamed mustard leaves increases the rate of cholesterol lowering ability, thereby preventing unwanted inflammation that can otherwise cause problems for blood vessels and blood circulation, leading heart attack and ischemic heart disease.
  6. With many vitamins and minerals present in mustard greens, they promote proper functioning of the immune system and other bodily processes, regulate digestive processes, develop bones and other ligaments connecting the bones, and monitoring the bowels and digestive tract.
  7. The presence of vitamin E in mustard greens in significant amounts is excellent for taking care of skin and hair by giving you healthy skin and lustrous, strong hair.
  8. Mustard greens have considerable value in treating a number of disorders, like gout, sciatica, menopause symptoms, neuralgia, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, bruises, tendonitis, flu, common cold, eruptive sores and boils.

Ref. http://www.foodofy.com/mustard-green-nutrition-facts.html

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Palak stir fry

Saag paneer

Stir fry Saag paneer / Spinach with cottage Cheese

Cook this simple , delicious super quick Saag paneer / Spinach with cottage Cheese recipe. It is a healthy, delicious Spinach /Saag salt and red chili powder recipe. Serve the Saag paneer /  Spinach with cottage dish with roti or parathas.

 

Preparation Time : 1o-15 minutes

Cooking time : 8-12 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Course: Main Course-Veg

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Servings : 4

Ingredients:

  • 750 gms palak saag /spinach , finely chopped
  • 150 gms paneer pieces cottage cheese/ paneer
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / hing
  • 1 /2 tsp Red chili powder / or to taste
  • 2/3 tsp level salt / or Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil / or any cooking oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash well spinach / palak saag and drain it. Chop spinach/ palak saag finely and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a wok / jadahi / heavy bottom pan heat oil , add Asafetida / hing powder sauté until light golden brown.

Step 3.

Add chopped spinach, salt, chili powder , cover and cook on low flame for 8-10 minutes till spinach / palak saag is cooked.

Step 4.

Grate cottage cheese / paneer add it to the spinach / palak saag , mix and cook on low heat for a minute more.

Step 5.

Serve hot with Indian breads of choice !

What is Cottage Cheese/ Paneer?

Cottage cheese (paneer) is a mild flavored cheese curd dairy product that is prepared from loosely packed cow’s milk. It is prepared by allowing milk to curdle and then draining it almost completely. The milk is curdled by adding lemon juice, vinegar or chemical enzymes. Milk goes bad quite often and curdles naturally. In such cases too, people often use the curdled milk to prepare cottage cheese. It is not pressed after draining however, so the curd that is retained is not compact. This curd that is left behind is then washed or rinsed out to get rid of the acidic content that is normally present in curd. The product that is left behind is a sweet curd cheese. Cottage cheese prepared in this manner has a bland and mild taste, making it a great addition to various types of food as it brings out the flavor in other ingredients.

Cottage cheese can be found in different styles and may differ slightly depending on the different types of milk that it may be prepared from, with different fat levels or there may also be some variation because of the method of preparation. Cottage cheese may also be sold as chunks, not in the loosely packed curd form and this kind of cottage cheese is produced by pressing cottage cheese to get rid of all of the whey. Like milk, cottage cheese is a perishable food and should be consumed within a week to ten days of preparation.

Something about paneer: Paneer is a fresh and delicate cottage cheese made from whole milk in India. Paneer is rich in nutrients and making it involves long and complicated procedures.
Cottage cheese can be found in different styles and may differ slightly depending on the different types of milk that it may be prepared from, with different fat levels or there may also be some variation because of the method of preparation. Cottage cheese may also be sold as chunks, not in the loosely packed curd form and this kind of cottage cheese is produced by pressing cottage cheese to get rid of all of the whey. Like milk, cottage cheese is a perishable food and should be consumed within a week to ten days of preparation.

Health Benefits of Cottage Cheese:

Cottage cheese is often thought of as a dieter’s food because of its nutritional profile. It certainly is a healthy food and is often seen as such because of its high protein and calcium content and low fat content. It is also a good source of numerous other nutrients and is extremely easy on the digestive system.

Protein Rich: Cottage cheese is a great source of protein and it’s not surprising that most nutritionists recommend the inclusion of cottage cheese as an important ingredient in almost any vegetarian diet. The exclusion of meat from your diet significantly affects protein intake and increasing cottage cheese consumption is one of the best ways to offset this lack of protein in the diet. Just one cup of cottage cheese (226 gm) will give you 28 gm of protein. This means that it will give you 56% of required daily intake of protein.

Most of us are well aware of the importance of protein, but we often tend to regard it as not entirely necessary. However, this couldn’t be less true. As one of the essential nutrients, protein is absolutely vital for our health and wellbeing. Protein is especially important for bodybuilding, fitness and sports enthusiasts, as protein is essential for muscle growth and repair. It is also extremely important during pregnancy, as protein drives fetal development and brain growth.

Diabetes Friendly: Cottage cheese is low in carbohydrates and high in protein, making it a great addition to any diet for diabetics. It is even listed as a healthy food choice by the American Diabetes Association because the low carbohydrate content and protein dense food ensures that energy is released into the body slowly, without causing any of the spikes in blood sugar levels. This also means that unlike certain high energy foods it doesn’t just give you a sudden burst of energy that peaks and falls just as quickly. While a cup of cottage cheese gives you 28 gm of protein, it contains just 6 gm of carbohydrates.

Satiating: The low-carb and high protein profile of cottage cheese also makes it a great health food for anyone with a weight problem that stems from overeating or from snacking on unhealthy foods. The slow release of energy from this protein dense food ensures that you get adequate energy without the sudden bursts in energy levels characteristic of other high energy foods. This makes it a good addition to your diet as a ‘between meal’ snack to satiate your hunger and prevent you from binging on junk foods.

Skeletal and dental health: Cottage cheese is also an excellent source of calcium making it a healthy food choice for everyone. While problems like osteoporosis that are associated with calcium deficiency or inadequate calcium intake usually set in later in life, calcium intake during childhood and youth has a considerable impact on bone health later in life. Try and include more cottage cheese in your diet, especially if you don’t consume much milk and other milk products.

Weight Loss: Cottage cheese is also a great source of conjugated linoleic acid or CLA. CLA forms when the chemical composition of linoleic acid gets altered by bacteria. There are claims that CLA offers a variety of health benefits such as increasing body metabolism and promoting weight loss, cholesterol lowering effect and cancer risk reduction. Unfortunately, most good sources of CLA like beef, lamb and veal also contain excessive amounts of fat. Butter, another source of CLA is also high in saturated fats. Cottage cheese is therefore a healthier source of CLA, especially if you are a vegetarian.

Keep in mind, that none of these claims about the efficacy of CLA have been substantiated with evidence so far.

 Ref. http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/health-benefits-of-cottage-cheese.htm

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Tori Delicious

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Hi friends! Here is another very simple, easy to make and delicious recipe for you all.Tori Delicious this dish/ sabzi (Ridge gourd) is loved by some and not appreciated by many . Its natural flavor and taste is not enjoyed by many, but turai /Tori has a basic quality, it absorbs all other flavors wonderfully and makes the dish amazingly delicious. Tori Delicious is a very simple dish delicately spiced and blended with moong dal, is not too spicy.
Turai / tori/ (Zucchini) is a nutritious, low in calories and a versatile vegetable. It can be prepared using a variety of cooking techniques.

Main Name: Zucchini
Biological Name: Cucurbita pepo
Hindi Name: Tori, Turai
Names in other Indian languages: Peerkan kai (Tamil), Oru pachakkari (Malayalam), Beera Kaaya (Telugu), Turiya, Ghisoda (Gujarati), Jhinge, Jhinga (Bengali), Dodke, Shira?e (Marathi), Janhhi (Oriya), Turai (Urdu), Tori (Punjabi)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes (slow fire cooking)

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Course: Main, Vegetables

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd
  • 1/2 cup Moong daal / Yellow green gram lentil husked
  • 1 medium size tomatoes ,chopped and pureed
  • 1 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger /adrak, finely grated
  • 12 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup curd / yogurt / Dahi
  • 2/3 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 level tsp chili powder or adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp Coriander / dhania powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin /geera
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive oil / or Pure ghee

Method:

 Step 1.

 Wash and peel the Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd and cut it in small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Finely chop onions and puree tomatoes and keep aside. Wash Moong daal / Yellow green gram lentil husked nicely and keep aside.

Step 3.

 In a heavy bottom pan heat the oil, add cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling, add finely chopped onions in it.

Step 4.

Fry the onions till light golden, add minced garlic and grated ginger, sauté for few seconds. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder in it. Fry these spices for a few seconds.

 Step 5.

Now add finely cubed Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd in it, mix well. Cover and cook on low flame till Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd is soft, add washed Moong daal, tomato puree and further cook covered on low flame till daal is soft/ cooked well .

Step 6.

When Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd, tomatoes , daal is cooked and well blended (and 75% of water is evaporated) add curd / yogurt / dahi mix well, cook for couple of minutes more, add fresh lime juice.

 Step 7.

Switch off the heat. Garnish it with finely chopped Cilantro / Coriander before serving. Serve hot with Indian bread of choice!

Smooth or Sponge gourd:

Health Benefits of Zucchini/Smooth or Sponge gourd:

  • Incredibly low in calories, zucchini makes a great way of filling your stomach without worrying about the calories being carried along with it. With just a couple of calories, you can include zucchini in your diet plan.
  • Regular consumption of cheesy, doughy foods with high sodium levels or other processed foods can leave your body yearning for water. With a high water concentration, vegetables like zucchini contribute to hydration, thereby fulfilling the body’s water requirement.
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which is required by the body to prevent health conditions, like scurvy and other illnesses, including heart conditions and certain types of cancers. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin C that helps in overcoming the deficiency of this vitamin.
  • Zucchini contains dietary fiber which lowers cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids which are produced by the liver from the cholesterol. Since the fiber binds so well to the bile acid to instantly digest fat, the liver is induced to generate more bile acid.
  • The high levels of vitamins A and C present in zucchini keep the cholesterol from oxidizing in the body’s blood vessels, thereby delaying the onset of atherosclerosis.
  • Dietary fiber is known for promoting healthy and regular bowel movements, which help in preventing carcinogen toxins from settling in the colon. Zucchini has dietary fiber present in high amounts which avoids the risk of different kinds of cancers.
  • Studies indicate that zucchini contains phytonutrients which assist in reducing the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition where the prostate gland enlarges, resulting in complications with urination and sexual functions in men.
  • With the presence of magnesium in considerate amounts, zucchini helps in lowering the risk of heart attack and strokes to a great extent. Besides, it also contains folate which is necessary for breaking down the amino acid homocysteine, which when increased, can lead to heart attack and stroke.
  • Zucchini is ideal for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory allergies as it increases one’s immunity due to the high vitamin C content. Furthermore, it also helps in controlling the symptoms of any autoimmune disorders which can lead to internal inflammation of organs.

Ref.http://recipeclout.india-server.com/zucchini.html

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Kamal Kakdi /Lotus stem Koftas/ dumplings

lotus root            Kamal Kakadi Kofte 2

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus stem Koftas/ dumplings

Lotus root, known as renkon in Japan and Lián ou in Chinese, hold a special place since older times in their cultures. The roots as well as lotus seeds, raw or cooked, have found application in variety of oriental recipes in East, Southeast Asian, and Pacific regions.

To prepare, break the root at nodal intersections into individual parts. Wash it thoroughly in cold running water before use. Trim the ends. Peel its inedible outer tough skin using a paring knife to expose ice-white, daikon (radish) like flesh underneath. It can be cut into cubes, or chopped to fine sticks in a ways desired as in other vegetables. Rinse the slices immediately in the vinegar or acidulated (lemon) water to prevent from discoloration.

Hi friends! today I have prepared Kamal Kakdi /Lotus root Kofte/ dumplings. It is a tasty, nutritious and easy to make curry.

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus root Kofte/ dumplings

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main Course-Veg

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

For koftas / dumplings

  • 250 grams Lotus leaves cleaned grated and soaked in water
  • 2 medium Potatoes , boiled peeled, grated
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely grated
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 ” ginger piece , finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 4 tbsp Gram flour /besan/ chick pea flour
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • Oil to deep fry

For Gravy

  • 2 medium size Onions, grated
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes, grated
  • 2 ” piece Ginger, finely grated
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/ coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Method :

For lotus stems/ kamal kakdi koftas or dumplings:

Step 1.

Wash lotus stems/ kamal kakdi well. Scrape lightly each lotus stems/ kamal kakdi. Grate the lotus stems/ kamal kakdi in a mixing bowl.

Step 2.

Add boiled ,peeled and grated potatoes into the same mixing bowl with grated stems/ kamal kakdi bowl. Add salt, ginger, red chili powder, gram flour and corn flour and mix well. Shape into small balls and keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai, slide in gently the stems/ kamal kakdi balls and deep fry on medium heat till golden. Drain on a paper kitchen towel to remove excessive oil.

For Gravy

Step 4.

To make gravy heat oil in a non stick pan. Add onions and sauté till translucent and light golden brown.

Step 5.

Add grated ginger, garlic paste and mix and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder mix well and sauté for few seconds.

Step 6.

Add tomato puree and mix and continue to sauté. Add 1/2 cup water and mix. Sauté, stirring, till oil begins to separate. Add 2 cup water and mix.

Step 7.

Mix Corn flour in 4 tbsp water till lump free. Add this to the gravy and cook till the corn flour gets cooked and blended.

Step 8.

Drain kofte / dumplings and add to the gravy and simmer for a few minutes. Add coriander leaves, salt, garam masala powder and mix. Cover, reduce heat, cook for 7-8 minutes.

Step 9.

Serve hot garnishing with finely chopped coriander/ cilantro.

Health benefits of Lotus root:

  • Lotus root is one of the moderate calorie root vegetables. 100 g root-stem provides about 74 calories. Nevertheless, it composed of several health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Lotus rhizome is very good source dietary fiber; 100 g flesh provides 4.9 g or 13% of daily-requirement of fiber. Dietary fiber together with slow digesting complex carbohydrates in the lotus root help reduce blood cholesterol, sugar, body weight and constipation conditions.
  • Fresh lotus root is one of the excellent sources of vitamin C. 100 g root provides 44 mg or 73% of daily-recommended values. Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis inside the human body. Collagen is the main structural protein inside the body, required for maintaining integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy, develop resistance against viral infections, boosting of immunity, wound healing and to scavenge cancer causing harmful free radicals from the body.
  • In addition, the root contains moderate levels of some of valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), folates, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin. Pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) acts as a coenzyme in the neuro-chemical synthesis in the brain which influences mood. Adequate pyridoxine levels help control nervous irritability, headache, and tension. It also cuts heart-attack risk by controlling harmful homocysteine levels in the blood.
  • Further, the root provides healthy amounts of some important minerals like copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Along with iron, it is also required in the production of red blood cells.
  • Crunchy, neutral yet delicate flavor of root lotus is because of its optimum electrolyte balance. It composes agreeable ratio of sodium to potassium at the value 1:4. While sodium gives sweet taste to the root, potassium acts to counter negative effects of sodium by regulating heart rate and blood pressure.Ref.http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lotus-root.html

Selection and storage

Lotus root (renkon) harvest begins by August and last until fall. Traditionally, farmers sink thier legs in knee-deep ponds and try to feel for the rhizome guiding their toes, which are then dug out by hand. Southeastern region of China and lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan are known for renkon production.

From a distance, lotus rhizomes appear as big size bananas arranged in sausage pattern. While buying, look for clean, firm roots with smooth unblemished skin. Fresh roots are readily available year-round in major cities in the USA. One can also buy sliced, canned, and freeze-dried roots in the supermarkets or Japanese and other Asian stores.

Once at home, place the roots in cool, dark place away from humidity for 3-4 days. Uncut rhizomes can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks inside the refrigerator.

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Oats Dosas

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Oats Dosa

Hi friends ! Doasas are crispy savory pancakes/ crepes from South India is a staple food in its home region. In entire country too, Dosas are hugely popular. Instant dosas always come handy when nothing is preplanned for breakfast. There are many instant version dosas, my oats dosa recipe is easier to make than you think ! The good thing about these dosas is that they are thin and crisp and are delicious and healthy for you.For complete range of various breakfast options do check out my recipe menu.

VARITIES OF DOSAS: There are more than hundred different varieties of Dosas in India with a brilliant blend of taste, flavors, nutritional balance and seasonings. Oats dosas are special Dosas in this catagory and make healthy, nutritious breakfast or  great all time snacks! There are many instant version dosas, my Oats Dosa recipe is easier to make than you think !This recipe of Oats dosa is simple, easy,instant and gluten-free recipe. Once tasted, will definitely become hot favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white oats, I used Quaker’s quick white oats
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup yogurt , whisked well
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 2″ ginger piece,finely grated
  • 1 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp cilantro/ coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 level tsp ENO fruit salt,Regular / 1 small pouch
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

Method:

Step 1.

Make fine powder of oats in a grinder, keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take the powdered oats, rice flour, salt, asafetida, cumin seeds  and whisked yogurt, mix the ingredients well. Gradually add water as needed to make batter consistency of dosa/ pancake mix. Set aside for about ten minutes.

Step 3.

Add green chilies, finely chopped cilantro /coriander, grated carrots, add  ENO fruit salt mix it well, batter will become little frothy.

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, about six to eight inches in diameter.

Step 6.

When the batter begins to dry a bit, gently pour one tsp of oil over and around it. Wait about 20 seconds, then flip the dosa using a spatula.

Step 7.

Press the dosa very gently with the spatula all around to ensure even cooking, when dosa is golden brown on both sides, fold it once with the help of spatula and slide it gently on a plate.

Step 8.

Repeat this process for the remaining dosas.

Step 9.

Serve oat dosa hot. The best accompaniments with the Oats Dosas are coriander/ coconut/ curry leaves or tomato chutney.

Note:

  • The key for the perfect and crisp lacy dosas lies in the consistency of batter, so please stick to the measurements provided in the recipe.
  • Mix the batter well before use.
  • The tawa / griddle used to prepare dosas, preferable should be flat an iron or non-stick tawas work best, use a properly heated tawa /griddle ( not cold , not too hot) for best results.
  • For the instant dosas pour the batter mixture onto the tawa / griddle and spread in a circular way evenly with the back of a ladle, about six-eight inches in diameter.
  • Dosas are best when eaten hot. Cold Dosas turn soggy and become slightly sticky.
  • For complete range of various chutney options do check out my recipe menu.
The Benefits of Eating Oatmeal Every Morning :
Whole Grain

Oatmeal is a whole grain, and eating whole grains can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal also contains lignans, a plant chemical that has been found to prevent heart disease. The food label on your package of oats should list one ingredient: whole grain oats. Avoid prepackaged oatmeal that may be high in both sodium and sugar and lower in beneficial fiber. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends eating whole grains to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, whole grains such as oats are a source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins.

Lower Cholesterol

Eating oatmeal can lower your cholesterol, especially your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, consider adding oatmeal to your daily menu. MayoClinic.com even recommends oatmeal as one of the top five foods to eat to improve your cholesterol numbers.

Lower Weight

Oatmeal is a source of fiber. That means when you eat oats for breakfast, you’re going to feel full for a long time. Breakfast foods high in sugar and fat can make you feel full for a brief period, but then you’re hungry again. A breakfast smoothie, consisting of blended oats, fruit and ice, can satisfy your hunger easily until lunch.

Oatmeal Options

If you’ve tried oatmeal before and didn’t like it, reconsider. Combining fruit or nuts with your oats while they’re cooking adds more nutrients. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg give great flavor to your oats. Limit any sugars and let the natural flavor of the fruits and spices take over. Blend your oats with different fruits into a healthy oatmeal smoothie. Because oatmeal is such a beneficial food, try to find a different way to eat it every day.

 

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Broccoli Salad

Brocolli salad.JPGBroccoli Salad

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 10 minutes

Cuisine: Fusion

Course: Salads

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Servings : 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head Broccoli
  • 1 small size potato boiled and cut into tiny cubes
  • 1/2 cup walnut kernels
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon’s mustard paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt / or Salt to taste
  • 6 cloves Garlic , crushed
  • 4tbsp extra virgin Olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider/ Vinegar
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Sesame/ Til seeds , toasted

Method :

Step 1.

Remove the broccoli florets keeping the stems . Cut each floret vertically into halves.

Step 2.

Boil 4 cups water in a pan, add broccoli florets and salt , leave the florets in hot water foe 5-7 minutes.

Step 3.

Remove the broccoli florets from the hot water and refresh in ice cold water. Drain the water and keep the florets aside .

Step 4.

Take walnuts in a small microwave proof bowl, add 1 cup of water. Microwave it for two minutes. Take out keep aside to cool.

Step 5.

Take a boiled potato, cut it into tiny cubes, keep aside.

Step 6.

For the salad dressing, take extra virgin olive oil in a mixing bowl, add crushed garlic cloves, apple cider/or vinegar, salt, sugar, mustard paste, fresh lime juice and red chili flakes and mix well.

Step 7.

In a mixing bowl take broccoli florets, potato cubes, walnut kernels and add the prepared salad dressing and mix well.

Step 8.

Transfer the salad into a serving bowl. Just before serving sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top and serve .

two heads of broccoliBroccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, rutabaga and turnips. These nutrition powerhouses supply loads of nutrients for little calories.

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Baigan/Brinjal / Aubergines Stir fry

Brinjal Fry AndhranBrinjal / Aubergines Stir fry

Cooking With Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplants:

Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant  is a vegetable that can be prepared in a variety of ways. It is excellent when grilled, stuffed, roasted, sautéed, puréed or served in soups or stews. It can also be used to make curries, stir-fries and kababs. Eggplants offer endless possibilities to try something different this year and in years to come. Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplants offer endless possibilities to try something different now and in future too. Naturally low in calories, fat and sodium, Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant is also high in fiber and an excellent source of potassium, as well as folic acid, copper, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and magnesium.

Hi friends !

If you can’t remember the last time you ate Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant, this is the season for something new. As a gardener, be adventurous. Grow a new variety in your garden. As a chef, be creative. Try my new simple yet delicious recipe Brinjal / Aubergines Stir fry for your table.

Preparation Time : 5-6 minutes

Cooking time : 15-20 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Andhra pradesh

Course: Main, Vegetables

Cooking Level : Easy

Servings : 4

 Ingredients:

500 gms. Long Brinjals, Cut into Vertically Long Pieces

1/4 tsp Turmeric

2/3 tsp Salt

For masala / Paruppu podi :

2 tsp Coriander powder

1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds

1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds

2 Red Chilies, whole

2 tsp black gram dal / udad dal

2 tsp Chana Dal/ bengal gram dal

3 tbsp Olive Oil or / any cooking oil of choice

Method:

Step 1.

Heat1/2 Tea Spoon of Oil in a pan and fry White Gram, Chana Dal, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Red Chilies. Transfer the mixture into a tissue paper for the oil to get absorbed.

Step 2.

Grind this mixture to powder and keep it aside for use later.

Step 3.

Add remaining oil in a fresh pan. Add cut long pieces of Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant to the hot oil and let it cook covered on low flame. Stirring it at a regular intervals.

Step 4.

After the Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant is half cooked add Turmeric and Salt.

Step 5.

After a few minutes add the masala /ground powder/ Paruppu podi .Cook for 5-6 minutes more, switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot with steamed rice or Indian breads of choice !

Some tips for cooking Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant for the new chefs :

Use good varieties that have been developed of Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant for good flavor.

The Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant’s flesh discolors fast after being cut so it should be used right away. If you want to cook little later cut Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant slices / pieces can be lightly sprinkled with lemon juice to help prevent browning. Also, slice eggplant with a stainless steel knife to avoid blackening.

Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant is more than 90% water, the larger fruits also tend to release water when cooked. We can reduce the excess moisture by marinating the slices or cubes of Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant with salt for 1-2 hours. Drain, rinse thoroughly to prevent excessive saltiness, and pat dry on a kitchen towel before using.

When deep-frying or pan-frying eggplant for the first time note that it absorbs high level of oil. To avoid excessive absorption of oil by the Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant prior to frying, the pieces / slices can be coated with bread crumbs or a flour.

Health benefits of Brinjals / Aubergines /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.

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.

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

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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.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

Stuffed Bitter gourd /Karela -2

Bitter gourd stuffed 2Stuffed Bitter gourd /Karela -2

bitter-melons in a vine

Bitter gourd /Bitter melon / Karela is one of popular edible pod vegetable in many Asian countries. It is grown widely as a field crop as well as backyard vegetable and, in fact, is among the most bitter tasting of all culinary vegetables.bitter-melons in a vine. Bitter gourds hanging down in a vine. This variety commonly found in Indian subcontinent. Noted for pointed ends. Bitter melon is a temperate/tropical vegetable probably originated in South-East Asia. Like in other members of the Cucurbitaceae family, it too is a fast-growing, trailing or climbing vine with thin stems and tendrils which require trellis to support their climbing vines.Bitter gourd pods are characterized with soft lengthwise ridges and uneven pebbly surface. Depending up on the cultivar type, its immature pods can be light to dark green and have oblong or oval shapes with a pointed tip at the blossom end. Internally, the flesh is white with rough edged seeds, somewhat similar to ridge gourd seeds in appearance. As the fruits begin to mature, they gradually become hard, turn yellow or brown in color.

Hi friends! Bitter gourd / Karelas stuffed with fresh Indian spices is irresistible. The spicy onion masala stuffing works wonders with Bitter gourd / Karelas. The stuffed Bitter gourd / Karelas are best enjoyed with Indian breads.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes Approx.

Servings : 3

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main Course-Veg

Ingredients:
6 medium sized bitter gourd /karela

  • For stuffing the bitter gourd / Karela :
  • 2 big onions, finely grated
  • 1 level tsp salt / or as per taste
  • 1 tsp  cumin seeds /jeera roasted and powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander /dhania powder
  • 2 tbsp Fennel seeds, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder /haldi
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried mango powder /amchur
  • 2 tbsp Mustard oil / or any other cooking oil

For Serving the bitter gourd / Karela :

  • 2 medium size onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium size tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil / or any other cooking oil

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and with a peeler peel the bitter gourd / Karelas and keep the peel / scrapings aside for using later.

Step 2.

In boiling, water add 1 tbsp salt and put the bitter gourd / Karelas in it. When the bitter gourd / Karelas become a bit softer take them out of the water.

Step 3.

Let the bitter gourd / Karelas cool. With a sharp knife. Slit each bitter gourd / Karela length wise on one side,  if the seeds are big scoop out and discard them.

Step 4.

Mix wheat flour, little turmeric powder and salt apply the mixture inside and out side of the bitter gourd / Karelas and keep asides for 1/2 hour. This will reduce the bitterness of the bitter gourd / Karelas.

Step 5.

For preparing the masala for stuffing the bitter gourd / Karelas:

Heat oil, add grated onions, salt, turmeric, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and dry mango powder/amchur and cook on low flame till light golden brown.

Step 6.

Take out the mixture from the pan in some other container and let it cool. Stuff this well cooked masala tightly in each bitter gourd / karela. Tie thread all around the bitter gourd / karelas so that the mixture doesn’t comes out from the slit. keep aside.

Step 7.

In a pan take 3 tbsp of oil and heat it. Slide gently all the stuffed bitter gourd /karelas in the pan and fry it on low flame, keep turning the bitter gourd / karelas at regular intervals till it is golden brown. Cover and cook for few minutes.

Step 8.

For Serving the bitter gourd / Karela :

Step 9.

Heat the mustard oil in a non-stick pan add sliced onions, sauté till turns translucent.

Step 10.

Add the tomatoes, bitter gourd scrapings, turmeric powder, red chili powder dry mango powder, salt and coriander and mix well.

Step11.

Sauté till the mixture leaves oil and keep aside. Take out this well cooked mixture in a serving dish and place the stuffed cooked bitter gourd / karelas on this mixture after removing the threads.

Step 12.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice like chapatti, paranthas etc.

Health benefits of Bitter gourd / Karela (Bitter melon) :

  • Bitter melon is very low in calories, carrying just 17 calories per 100 g. Nevertheless, its pods are rich sources of phytonutrients like dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • Bitter melon notably contains phyto-nutrient, polypeptide-P, a plant insulin known to lower blood sugar levels. In addition, it composes hypoglycemic agent called charantin. Charantin increases glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis inside the cells of liver, muscle and adipose tissue. Together, these compounds may have been thought to be responsible for blood sugar levels reduction in the treatment of type-2 diabetes.
  • Fresh pods are an excellent source of folates, carrying about 72 µg/100g (18% of RDA). Vitamin folate when taken by mothers during their early pregnancy time, would help reduce the incidence of neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
  • Fresh bitter melon is an excellent source of vitamin-C (100 g of raw pod provides 84 mg or about 140% of RDI). Vitamin-C is one of the powerful natural antioxidants which helps scavenge deleterious free radicals from the human body.
  • Further, it is an excellent source of health benefiting flavonoids such as ß-carotene, a-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin. It also contains a good amount of vitamin-A. Together, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging, cancers and various disease processes.
  • Bitter melon stimulates easy digestion and peristalsis of food through the bowel until it is excreted from the body. Thus, it helps in relieving indigestion and constipation problems.
  • In addition, it is a moderate source of B-complex vitamins such as niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium.
  • Early laboratory tests suggest that certain phyto-chemical compounds in bitter melon might be effective in the treatment of HIV infection.

Ref. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/bitter-gourd.html
Note:

Bitter gourd / karelas may contain alkaloid substances like quinine and morodicine, resins and saponic glycosides, which may be cause intolerance in some people. Their bitterness and toxicity may be reduced somewhat by parboiling or soaking in salt water for upto 10 -30 minutes.

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Chaulai Bhurji /Amaranth Greens

Amaranth greenChaulai Bhurji /Amaranth Greens

Hi friends! Today I am going to share an extremely nutritious  recipe of Chaulai Bhurji /Amaranth Greens. It has a salty flavor, learn how to make delicious and very easy Chaulai Bhurji/ Amaranth Greens by following the easy steps.

Amaranth, tender-: Amaranthus gangeticus

Names in other Indian Languages: Notya (Bengali) , Chaulai sag (Hindi) , Dantu (Kannada) , Cheera (Malayalam) , Math (Marathi), Thandukeerai (Tamil) , Thotakoora (Telugu)

The word ‘Amaranth’ is derived from the Greek term ‘amarantos’ meaning ‘unwithering’. The term was applied to Amaranth for its hearty characteristics that for the people that used it, came to symbolize immortality. The Hindi term for Amaranth, Ramdana, means God’s own grain. This bountiful seed is grown all throughout India from the high slopes of the Himalayas to the many coastlines of the country. Numerous different Amaranth varieties are grown throughout the country, but the Himalaya region is known as the Amaranth ‘centre for diversity’ for the number of varieties that grow in the region. This crop is also a native species to the Andean region of South America, including Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. In the Andes region it remains widely grown today. This crop has been called ‘Incan Wheat’ because it was a staple food for the Incas, but was used long before this time. Today the grain often goes by the name kiwicha. In North America/Europe where this crop is sometimes sold, it occasionally goes by the name ‘love-lies-bleeding’ due to its bright, fluorescent colour ranges.

Amaranth is a hardy crop, high in fiber. Using amaranth in combination with wheat, corn or brown rice results in a complete protein level as high as the value found in fish, red meat, or poultry. The grain is very easy for the body to digest and so is traditionally eaten during fasts, and given to those who are recovering from illness. Amaranth is consumed as both a vegetable and a grain. The leaves of the plant are frequently used in countries throughout Africa, the Caribbean, China and even Greece in various dishes and stir-frys. In China, it is believed that eating Amaranth greens are great for improving eye sight, and in countries throughout Africa it is recommended by doctors for people with low red blood cell count. The Hills People in India believe they get their strength from the daily consumption of this super grain! Commonly, the grain is popped before it is consumed which is often made into gruel called sattu or laddoos. The grain can further be ground into flour and mixed with other types of flours to make everyday staples like chapatti.

While amaranth may be known as a ‘forgotten food grain’ its taste and exceptional health benefits recognized around the world make it a grain that is still prominent in the lives of people in many different places and should not be soon forgotten!

Ref. http://seedfreedom.in/amaranth-a-himalayan-treasure/

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time :20 minutes

Recipe cook time : 25 minutes

Course : Main

Cuisine : Indian, Uttar Pradesh

Serves : 4

Ingredients

  • 500 gms.Chaulai  /Amaranth Greens
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 2 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
  • 1 Green chili, finely chopped
  • 12 Cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil or any cooking oil of choice

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and soak in cold water with a pinch of salt for ten minutes.

Step 2.

Drain and finely chop the Chaulai  /Amaranth Greens, keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a wok /Kadahi /pan, add chopped onions and fry till light golden, add finely chopped garlic saute for twenty seconds or so.

Step 4.

Add  turmeric, chili powder, salt and chopped Chaulai  /Amaranth Greens, stir and cook on low heat till the water dries.

Step 5.

Then fry for a few minutes and remove from heat.Serve with hot chapatti, boiled rice etc.

Note:

Do not add any water to chopped Chaulai  /Amaranth Greens while cooking.

Health benefits of Cholai or Chaulai or Amaranth leaves

– Good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate,thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin

– Good source of minerals eg calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese

– Regular consumption reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

– Improve antioxidant level.

– Strengthen immunity.

– Saag form helps to cure constipation.

– Blood purifier.

– Drinking 15-20 gm cholai juice reduces swelling in eyes due to heat, reddishness and improves eyesight.

– Mix 25 ml Cholai juice with misri and drink to reduce burning sensation in urine and calm down body heat.

– Drinking Cholai juice purifies blood and removes toxic substances from the body.

Ref. http://www.bimbima.com/health/post/2012/09/18/health-benefits-of-cholai-or-chaulai-or-amaranth.aspx

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Brinjal /Aubergines fry

Brijal fryBrinjal /Aubergines fry

The scientific name of brinjal/ aubergine is “Solanum melongena” and is a member of nightshade family. It is a member of the genus Solanum which is related to both potato and tomato. Brinjal is also called as Egg plant because it is named by Europe farmers in 18th century as they  actually look like white and yellowish goose or hen eggs, hence it is named as Egg plant. It is believed that brinjal is originated in Indo- Burma region and is distributed in south East Asia, southern Europe, China and Japan.

Brinjal /Aubergine is a common vegetable that is grown in all most all parts of India. It comes in different varieties of colors like yellow, green, dark purple, reddish purple and white. It tastes good when it is cooked or fried rather than eating it raw because the raw fruit somewhat tastes bitter. It is used in some of the Ayurvedic medicines due to its medicinal properties also extremely advantageous through the health perspectives.

Hi friends! here is a simple easy and delicious recipe to add on to the Vegetarian main course.

 Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 300 gms long purple Brinjal, cut into long thick strips
  • 1 medium size potato, peeled, cut into long strips
  • 1 medium size Onion, cut into Slices
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 1/2 tsp Bengal Gram dal
  • 1/2 tsp Black gram dal
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chili powder
  • a small pinch Turmeric powder
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1/2 level tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil /cooking Oil
  • To be mixed into a marinade:
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oil

Method:

Step 1.

Combine the brinjals /Aubergines thick strips with the prepared marinade and toss gently. Keep aside for 15 minutes.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan / wok / kadahi and add mustard seeds.

Step 3.

When mustard seeds start crackling , add cumin seeds and dals. Fry for a few seconds until the dals turn light golden brown in colour, add the curry leaves.

Step 4.

To the step two seasoning add cut potatoes strips, marinated brinjals /Aubergines and turmeric powder, chili powder , salt and mix well.

Step 5.

Cover and cook vegetables on low flame till soft and well cooked. Switch off the stove and transfer the contents to a serving bowl .

Step 6.

Garnish with coriander and serve hot with steaming boiled rice or Indian bread rotis.

Health benefits of Brinjals / Aubergines:

Brinjals /Aubergines , known as baingan in Hindi, is known to be king of vegetables.  High on nutrients, this vegetable has many health benefits and hence, it should consumed at least once a week. Although a lot of people don’t like the taste, if cooked well, it can be extremely delicious. Here is why this vegetable should be on list of groceries the next time you shop for vegetables.

Prevent cancer

Fibre and antioxidants are just two of the nutrients that make Brinjal /Aubergine a food that can keep cancer at bay. Fibre helps clear the toxins present in your digestive tract and has been found useful in the prevention of colon cancer. Additionally, the antioxidants help in fighting free radical damage to your cells which helps keep cancer at bay.

Great for weight loss

Brinjal /Aubergine 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 fibre 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, Brinjal /Aubergine 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 /Aubergine 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 /Aubergine, also lowers your blood pressure.

Good for diabetics

As brinjal /Aubergine 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

Brinjal /Aubergine is rich in chlorogenic acid that acts as a powerful antioxidant agent, lowering cholesterol levels in the body.  It also contains high amounts of fiber 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 /Aubergines 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 /Aubergine is also known to have small quantity of nicotine and thus helps in quitting tobacco.

Tips you should follow while incorporating brinjal /Aubergine 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 /Aubergine and metal.
  • As you cut brinjal /Aubergine, 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 /Aubergine can be added to any dishes like sambhar, pizza or pasta or can be consumed even in fried, baked, sauteed, grilled, roasted or in steamed form.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-brinjal-baingan/?gclid=CjwKEAjw_MisBRCTuNPfoMqU4ngSJACrJv1V1wHMItH-2DzS-hzF_J6DV3lyJebwMXxWUk1A_auePRoCFzvw_wcB

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Kulfa / Purslane Bhurji

Kulfa Bhurji

Kulfa / Purslane bhurji

Hi friends ! Looking for an easy yet tasty Kulfa/Purslane recipe? Learn how to make Kulfa/ Purslane Bhurji using healthy ingredients.We love  Kulfa ki bhurji . Kulfa / Purslane has thick and spongy leaves, and reddish stems, both of which are edible.

Botanical name : Portulaca Oleraceaa

Indian name : Kulfa

Kulfa Image 1

Although purslane is considered a weed in the United States, it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. It has a slightly sour and salty taste and is eaten throughout much of Europe, the middle east, Asia, and Mexico. The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible. Purslane may be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried, or cooked as spinach is, and because of its mucilaginous quality it also is suitable for soups and stews. Australian Aborigines use the seeds to make seedcakes. Greeks, who call it andrakla (αντράκλα) or glystrida (γλυστρίδα), use the leaves and the stems with feta cheese, tomato, onion, garlic, oregano, and olive oil, add it in salads, boil it or add to casseroled chicken. In Turkey, besides being used in salads and in baked pastries, it is cooked as a vegetable similar to spinach. In Albania it is also is used as a vegetable similar to spinach, mostly simmered and served in olive oil dressing, or mixed with other ingredients as a filling for dough layers of byrek. In the south of Portugal (Alentejo), “baldroegas” are used as a soup ingredient.

Names of this green leafy vegetable in other languages:

  • Bengali: Lunia, Bara Lunia
  • Hindi: Kulpha, Khursa,
  • Gujarati: Luni bhaji
  • Maharashtrian: Ghol
  • Tamil: Pachiri
  • Telugu: Gangapaayala, Peddapaayala, Payala kura, Peddapaavila aaku koora, Goli Kura
  • Kannada: Doddagoni Soppu
  • Arabic: Ba’le, Bakli, Farfhin, Arnuba, Bighal, Barabra (Maghrib), Rijl, Rujila, Al-hamqa, Al-baqla, Badalqa, Kharqa
  • Armenian: Perper
  • English: Purslane, Garden purslane, Pigweed, Hogweed
  • French: Pourpier potager
  • Greek: Glystiritha, Andrakln
  • Italian: Portulaca, Porcellana, Perchjazza (Bari, Apulia)
  • Spanish: Verdolaga
  • Turkish: Semizotu, Temizlik (Aksaray Province)
  • Urdu: Kulfa ki bhaji

Purslane / Kulfa is actually a super food. High in omega 3 fatty acids, purslane also possesses a variety of other nutritional benefits. Making appearances in farmers’ markets and even fancy restaurants, purslane should also become a household staple, as it is a potent health remedy.

What is Purslane?

Often labeled as a “weed,” purslane is actually a succulent herb. The plant is formally known as portulaca oleracea and less affectionately called little hogweed. The plant looks similar to the common jade plant and generally has fleshy, round leaves growing from a thin stalk.

The flavor components alone are often enough to make individuals try the herb. The leaves are the most important part of the plant and offer a moisture-rich bite similar to the crispness of a fresh cucumber. The leaves also render a note of lemony tang with a bit of a peppery finish.

Taste is not the only reason to eat this plant, however. It is considered by many as “a miracle plant.” Purslane / Kulfa literally has the highest level of omega 3 fats than any other green plants. It also boasts an assortment of other vitamins and nutrients.

 

Ingredients :

  • 500 gms Kulfa / purslane, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 Medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp Chana dal / Bengal gram split
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / hing
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 level tsp Red Chili powder
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil or any other cooking oil

Method:

Step 1.

Heat the oil in a wok / kadahi / pan add asafetida / hing, sauté for few seconds till turns pink.

Step 2.

Add onions and fry onions in hot oil. When onions turn light golden, add Kulfa / Purslane, washed Chana dal / Bengal gram split, red chili powder and salt.

Step 3.

Mix well, sauté for a minute. Cover and cook on low flame till Chana dal / Bengal gram split is well cooked. Switch off the stove.

Step 4.

Serve hot with steamed white rice or any Indian bread of choice.

Health Benefits of Kulfa / Purslane:

In addition to its nearly 400mg of omega 3 fatty acids per serving, purslane also offers a variety of other nutrients.

The tender, leafy plant also possesses a number of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.These nutrients make the plant an effective herbal refreshment for health and wellness.

Its high concentrations of omega 3 fats make it an effective treatment for boosting heart health, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and controlling symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

Its nutrient profile also make it an effective treatment for diabetes, asthma, migraines, and osteoporosis.

The herb can even prevent cancer, promote skin health and boost immunity.

While labeled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a “noxious weed,” Kulfa / purslane is actually a beneficial health supplement. Above all, it is a taste and treat combination !

Ref. http://www.earthclinic.com/herbs/purslane.html

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Raw Papaya curry

Raw papaya curyRaw Papaya curry

Hi friends! Green papaya is a powerful fruit full of essential nutrients and enzymes to promote digestive health. Since enzyme levels decline as the fruit ripens, raw papaya is picked when it is still green to retain all of its natural enzymatic qualities.

Raw Papaya curry

Ingredients:

  • 4 Raw papaya small size, cut into medium size pieces
  • ½ cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 medium size Onion , finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / or salt to taste

For Seasoning:

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Dry Red Chilies
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / hing
  • 2 sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil

 For the marinade:

  • 2 tbsp Curd / yogurt / dahi
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

Method:

Step 1.
Peel the skin of the papaya, clean from inside, remove seeds and wash well.

Step 2.

Cut the papaya into small pieces. Marinate the pieces in a mixing bowl with salt, turmeric , red chili powder and half cup of whisked curd for 2-3 hours .

Step 3.

Place a pressure cooker on high flame add marinated papaya pieces and half cup of water, close the lid of the pressure cooker. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. let the cooker cool to room temperature, open the lid and remove the papaya in to a bowl. The papaya is soft and it turns transparent when it is cooked.

Step 4.
Grind the grated coconut, garlic, onion, green chilies with 1/4 cup of water to a very fine paste.Keep aside.

Step 5.
For seasoning heat the oil in a heavy bottom pan. After a minute, lower the heat and add the mustard seeds wait for mustard to crackle, add asafetida, the curry leaves and fry, add the ground coconut masala to the seasoning. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add steamed papaya to the masala, mix well. Cook for 4-5 minutes on low flame, switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot with steamed rice or chapattis.

Health Benefits from Green Papaya:

The anti-inflammatory virtue from the papain in papaya greatly reduce inflammation in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout and asthma.

The rich fiber in papaya bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and is eliminated from the body during bowel movements.

Papaya is commonly known for its fine and natural laxative virtue which aids digestion. Taken regularly, it can help habitual constipation, bleeding piles and chronic diarrhea.

The three very powerful anti-oxidants in papayas help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol forms dangerous plagues that can eventually cause heart attacks or strokes.

Vitamin A available in papaya helps to reduce lung inflammation. So it is useful for active as well as passive smokers.

The papain in unripe papaya is extremely beneficial for those who are deficient in gastric juice, have excess of unhealthy mucus in the stomach, dyspepsia and intestinal irritation.

Consumption of unripe papaya juice help to contract the muscle fibers of the womb, resulting in proper and regular menstrual flow. It is especially helpful in cases of menstruation cessation in young ladies due to cold or trauma.

The juice from unripe papaya is highly beneficial in treating skin disorders like acne and psoriasis. When applied to wounds, it prevents pus formation and swelling. Paste made from unripe papaya when applied to the face, may remove pigmentation or brown spots, and making the skin smooth and delicate. Try it.

Immerse cut ripe papaya in vinegar for a week, then consume twice a day with meals until spleen is normalized.

Drink honey mixed in fresh juice from unripe papaya regularly over inflamed tonsils for diphtheria and other throat disorders. It dissolves the membrane and prevents infection from spreading.

 Ref.http://www.amicusfoods.com/green_papaya.html

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Tomato Chutney

Andhra DosaAndhra Tomato Chutney withPoha dosa / Attukula Attu .

Hi friends! Among the myriad varieties of chutneys, a special mention must be made of this easy to cook, delicious Andhra tomato chutney. It is a very good accompaniment to Poha dosa / Attukula Attu .

Nutritional Value of Tomatoes

The many health benefits of tomatoes can be attributed to their wealth of nutrients and vitamins, including an impressive amount of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper. Tomatoes also have dietary fiber and protein, as well as a number of organic compounds like lycopene that also contribute to the overall health benefits that tomatoes can confer to our health!

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

Cuisine : Indian, Andhra Pradesh

Course: Chutney and Dips

Level : Easy

Ingredient:

  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / hing
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsps olive oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and cut tomatoes into small cubes. Heat two tsp oil in a pan, add cumin seeds sauté till cumin starts crackling, add asafetida. when asafetida turns light pink in colour add tomato cubes and green chilies.

Step 2.

Cover and cook on low flame till tomato turns soft. Switch off the stove and cool.

Step 3.

Grind the cooked tomatoes along with salt to a smooth paste. Remove in a small serving bowl.

Step 4.

For seasoning, heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds , when mustard starts crackling add asafetida, dry red chili, few curry leaves and turn off heat. Pour this seasoning over the chutney and serve with Attukula Attu /Poha dosas.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes:

The health benefits of tomatoes have been known to mankind since ancient times. Tomatoes are rich sources of antioxidants that have been proven to be effective against many forms of cancer. Some of the other health benefits of tomatoes are as follows:

Abundant Source of Antioxidants: Tomato contains large amount of lycopene, an antioxidant that is highly effective in scavenging cancer causing free radicals. This benefit can even be obtained from heat-processed tomato products like ketchup. The lycopene in tomatoes defends against cancer and has been shown to be particularly effective in fighting prostate cancer, cervical cancer, cancer of the stomach and rectum as well as pharynx and esophageal cancers.

Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals: A single tomato can provide about 40% of the daily vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which prevents against cancer-causing free radicals from damaging the body’s systems. It also contains abundant vitamin A and potassium, as well as iron. Potassium plays a vital role in maintaining nerve health and iron is essential for maintaining normal blood health. Vitamin K, which is essential in blood clotting and controls bleeding, is also abundant in tomatoes.

Reduces Cholesterol and Protects the Heart: The lycopene in tomatoes prevents serum lipid oxidation, thus exerting a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. The regular consumption of tomatoes has been proven to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. These lipids are the key culprits in cardiovascular diseases and lead to the deposition of fats in the blood vessels.

Counters the Effect of Cigarette Smoke: The two main components of tomatoes, coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, fight against nitrosamines which are produced in the body and are the main carcinogens found in cigarettes. The presence of vitamin A in such high quantities has also been shown to reduce the effects of carcinogens and can protect you against lung cancer.

Improves Vision: Vitamin A, present in tomatoes, aids in improving vision, as well as in preventing night-blindness and macular degeneration. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that can be formed from an excess of beta-carotene in the body. A lot of vision problems occur due to the negative effects of free radicals, and vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant.

Digestive Health: Tomatoes keep the digestive system healthy by preventing both constipation and diarrhea. It also prevents jaundice and effectively removes toxins from the body. Furthermore, tomatoes have a large amount of fiber, which can bulk up stool and reduce symptoms of constipation. A healthy amount of fiber helps to stimulate peristaltic motion in the smooth digestive muscles, and also release gastric and digestive juices.

Lowers Hypertension: Daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the risk of developing hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. This is partially due to the impressive levels of potassium found in tomatoes. Potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it reduces the tension in blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing circulation and lowering the stress on the heart by eliminating hypertension.

Manages Diabetes: A study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the oxidative stress of type 2 diabetes.

Healthy Skin: Tomatoes aid in maintaining healthy teeth, bones, hair and skin. Topical application of tomato juice is even known to cure severe sunburns. Daily consumption of tomatoes protects the skin against UV-induced erythema. Tomatoes rank high in the preparation of anti-aging products.

Prevents Urinary Tract Infections: Tomato intake also reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections, as well as bladder cancer. This is because tomatoes are high in water content, which can stimulate urination, so tomatoes are a diuretic in certain ways. This increases the elimination of toxins from the body, as well as excess water, salts, uric acid, and some fat as well!

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/tomatoes.html

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Raw Mango curry

Raw mango curryRaw Mango curry

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cuisine: Indian ,South Indian

Course: Main , side dish

Cook time: 15 minutes

Level :Easy

Serves: 4

Hi friends! This is my summer season posting. It is a delicious curry which is made with few ingredients. It is Mango season and raw mangoes are available , this raw mango curry is a good accompaniment to steamed rice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium size Raw Mangoes
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt/ or salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup Thick Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk

Masala to grind:

  • 1/2 cup Grated coconut
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 6 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

For Seasoning:

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 Small onions, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 Dry red chilies
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and chop the mango into medium pieces.

Step 2.

On high flame place the pressure cooker , add the raw mango cubes and one tea cup water, turmeric powder, chili powder, 1/4 tsp salt and close the lid. As full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid and remove the cooked mango pieces in a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Grind coconut, green chili, garlic cloves and cumin seeds with little water to make a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Step 4.

In a pan, heat the oil add mustard seeds, when mustard starts crackling, add fenugreek seeds. Add the curry leaves and dry red chilies, grated ginger, sauté for 1-2 minutes, add chopped onions. Fry onions till light golden in colour and add coconut masala paste and mix well.

Step 5.

Now add cooked mango along with little water. (can use same water used for boiling mango).

Step 6.

Add 1/4 tsp salt and mix well. Curry should be of medium consistency and simmer for about 5-6 minutes on a low flame. Switch off the stove. Serve hot with rice.

  Health benefits of mangoes:

Lowers Cholesterol

Eating mangoes regularly can keep cholesterol levels in check. The high vitamin C, pectin and fiber content present in mangoes helps lower cholesterol levels, especially the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides in the blood. At the same time, they help increase the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.

Plus, mangoes are a rich source of potassium, which plays a key role in increasing blood flow in the nervous system, which in turn controls heart rate and blood pressure. They also reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

 Rejuvenates Skin

Mangoes are amazing for your skin and are often used in face masks and scrubs. Being a great source of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, mangoes help keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Plus, the vitamin A and beta-carotene in this fruit can restore, rejuvenate and revive your skin with vigor as well as give it a beautiful shine. Mangoes can also reduce dark spots, blemishes and acne.

To enjoy beautiful skin, do not throw away the skin after peeling a ripe mango. Rub the skin over your face, allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water. This simple remedy will make your skin soft and blemish-free!

 Prevents Heat Stroke

To reduce your risk of getting heat stroke, it is important to maintain the fluid level in your body. Being a rich source of potassium, mangoes help maintain the sodium level, which in turn regulates the body’s fluid level and protects you from heat stroke.

During the summer days, you can eat ripe mangoes or raw green mangoes daily to help cool down and rehydrate your body quickly. If you are eating ripe mangoes, soak them in water for one hour before eating to enhance their cooling effect.

You can make a healthy drink with raw mangoes to prevent heat stroke. Boil two raw mangoes in two cups of water until they become soft. When cool, squeeze out the pulp of the boiled mangoes and add it to a glass of cool water. Add rock salt and sugar for taste. Drink it once or twice daily.

 Improves Vision

Mangoes are also food for your eyes. The high amount of vitamin A present in mangoes is an important nutrient for eye health. Vitamin A promotes good eyesight and prevents various eye-related disorders like night blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, soft cornea and general ocular discomfort.

Also, the flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin present in mangoes are essential for good vision.

So, eat mangoes daily to improve your vision. Just one cup of sliced ripe mangoes fulfills 25 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin A.

 Alkalizes the Whole Body

This popular summer fruit also has an alkalizing effect on the body. The tartaric acid, malic acid as well as the small amount of citric acid found in mangoes help maintain a healthy alkaline level in the body.

This in turn prevents several health problems like chronic metabolic acidosis, kidney disease, muscle impairment and weakened bones.

Eating mangoes on a regular basis helps maintain the normal and slightly alkaline pH of the blood between a healthy 7.35 and 7.45. This helps transfer more oxygen throughout the body, increases energy levels, combats weight gain and prevents various digestive problems and osteoporosis.

 Aids Digestion

The high fiber content in mangoes helps digestion and elimination of waste products, as well as normalizes bowel movements. They can also help prevent gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease, according to a study published in Gastroenterology in 2013.

In addition, the fruit can provide relief from constipation and stomach ulcers. Mangoes also have enzymes that increase the breakdown of carbohydrates and protein, thus promoting conversion of food into energy.

Eating both ripe and unripe mangoes on a regular basis will improve digestion and reduce your risk of different types of gastrointestinal disorders.

Fights Cancer

The promising anti-carcinogenic properties of mangoes come from its high fiber and vitamin C content, along with the presence of several phenols and enzymes.Several studies have shown that the anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant compounds in mangoes can protect against colon, breast, lung, skin, leukemia and prostate cancers. Some of the antioxidant compounds found in mangoes that help fight cancer are quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methyl gallat.The anti-cancer compounds in mangoes effectively target and eliminate harmful cancer cells, without harming healthy, normal cells.The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute based in Boston recommends drinking one to two glasses of mango smoothies daily as part of a healthy diet for those who suffer from cancer.

Boosts Immune System

The high amount of vitamins C and A in mangoes plays a key role in keeping your immune system healthy and strong. Vitamin A is essential for proper immune system functioning.

It also maintains healthy skin and mucosal membranes, minimizing the risk of entry of various harmful bacteria and fungi. Vitamin C keeps the skin healthy and restricts the entry of infectious particles. It also boosts white blood cell production that strengthens immunity.Plus, mangoes have 25 different kinds of carotenoids that are good for your immune system. A strong immune system can easily fight common diseases like cold, flu and infections.Summer is here and so are the tasty and delicious mangoes. Considered the ‘king of the fruits,’ mangoes are loved by people of all ages and are eaten fresh more than any other fruit in the world. The sweet and aromatic taste of mangoes can refresh the mind and make you feel happy.

The health benefits of mangoes come from its rich content of nutrients, bioactive compounds and fiber. Mangoes are one of the richest sources of vitamins A, C and E, as well as minerals including potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium and phosphorus. They are also packed with pre-biotic dietary fiber and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.

Improves Memory

Mangoes also promote brain health and improve concentration level. According to a study published in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, there are several components in mangoes that help increase cholinergic function and decrease oxidative stress. This, in turn, enhances memory.The glutamine acid provided by mangoes is also known to boost memory and promote mental alertness. Plus, mangoes contain vitamin B6, which is vital for maintaining and improving brain function.

Ref.http://www.top10homeremedies.com/kitchen-ingredients/top-10-health-benefits-mangoes.html/3

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Raw Banana curry

 

Raw bananana curry

Raw Banana curry

Hi friends! One benefit of green bananas is the high resistant starch content.  For anyone trying to avoid food with high sugar content, green bananas are an option whereas yellow bananas are not.  So those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes can eat the unripe fruit while maybe ripened bananas are not as compatible. Unripe bananas also have pro-biotic bacteria, a friendly bacterium .  In addition, green bananas also help you absorb nutrients better, particularly calcium.

Cuisine : Indian, south Indian

Course: Main, vegetarian

Level : Easy

Serves : 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 Raw Bananas small size, cut into medium size pieces
  • ½ cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 medium size Onion , finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / or salt to taste

For Seasoning:

  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Dry Red Chilies
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / hing
  • 2 stalks Curry Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil

 For the marinade:

  • 2 tbsp Curd / yogurt / dahi
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

Method:

Step 1.

Place the raw banana pieces in a mixing bowl, marinate with curd, turmeric powder and salt and red chili powder. Keep aside for 2-3 hours.

Step 2.

In a blender take the grated coconut, green chilies, onion and garlic and grind them well. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Place a Wok/ kadahi/pan on high flame for seasoning and heat coconut oil in it. Add mustard seeds, when it starts crackling and add red chilies and curry leaves.

Step 4.

Add the marinated banana pieces and cover and cook on low flame, till soft. Stir intermittently.

Step 5.

Mix in ground coconut, onion, green chilies mixture. Cook for 3-4 minutes more.

Step 6.

Serve hot .

Why You Should Eat Green Bananas

Of course, you’ve eaten a banana – but have you ever eaten a green banana? If not, maybe you should. Eating green bananas offers some advantages you won’t get from eating the ripe, yellow fruit. What are the health benefits of green bananas?

Health Benefits of Green Bananas:

Green bananas aren’t a new exotic breed of fruit. They’re the unripe version of the same old banana most people know and love. Green bananas are “starchier”, but the type of starch they contain is resistant starch. Resistant starch is a type of starch that isn’t digested in the same way as most starches. Instead of being broken down, they pass through the intestines unchanged – which gives them the characteristics of an insoluble fiber.

Eat Green Bananas and Reap the Benefits of Resistant Starch

The resistant starch that comes from eating green bananas has some interesting health benefits. It may even help with the battle of the bulge. High fiber foods and foods that contain resistant starch increase satiety and reduce overall calorie consumption, probably due to their effects on digestion and satiety hormones.

According to one study, the resistant starch in green bananas increases the rate of fat burning by blocking the ability of the body to use carbohydrates as fuel. When the body can’t burn carbohydrates as fuel, it’s forced to use fat instead. Foods high in resistant starch also increase insulin sensitivity, which can help people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugars.

Another Reason to Eat Green Bananas

Resistant starch has another important function. It helps to keep the digestive tract healthy by acting as “food” for friendly, probiotic bacteria. These good intestinal bacteria ferment the resistant starch in green bananas and use it to make energy. This helps to drive away bad bacteria that can cause anything from a bad case of diarrhea to chronic colon problems. When resistant starch is fermented it produces short-chain fatty acids that help to keep the colon healthy, and, possibly, reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Another surprising benefit? The short-chain fatty acids produced by the fermentation of resistant starch increases the ability of the body to absorb nutrients – especially calcium.

Other Health Benefits of Green Bananas

All bananas are a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium, and green bananas are no exception. People on low carb diets often avoid bananas because of their higher sugar content, but eating green bananas, in moderation, could have benefits for both dieters and diabetics.

Ref. http://www.aviva.ca/article.asp?articleid=173

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Tomato kadhi

Tomato Kadhi GTomato kadhi

Sindhi cuisine (Sindhi: سنڌي کاڌا) refers to the native cuisine of the Sindhi people from Sindh, Pakistan. The daily food in most Sindhi households consists of wheat-based flat-bread (phulka) and rice accompanied by two dishes, one gravy and one dry. Today, Sindhi food is eaten in many countries including India, where a sizable number of Hindu Sindhis migrated following the independence in 1947.

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

Tomato kadhi or Sindhi kadhi

Tomato kadhi or Sindhi kadhi – is a main dish for Sindhis known as curry chawara. Tomato kadhi is very nutritious because of the use of vegetables in this dish. Sindhi kadhi is an example where the dish is enriched with the vegetables providing great taste, colour and texture.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

 Category: Main curse

Cuisine: Indian , Sindhi

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 8-9 medium size tomatoes
  • 3 tbsps Gram flour / Besan
  • 150 gms Cluster beans / Gwar Phali
  • 150 gms Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi
  • 1 carrot, washed, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium size potatoes, each potato cut into four big pieces
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, grated and juice taken out
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

For seasoning

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / Heeng
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, remove side thread, cut cluster beans/ Gwar phali into two inch pieces. Cut the head and tail of Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi and cut into two inch big pieces. wash , peel and cut the carrot into small cubes. Wash peel and cut each potato cut into four big pieces. Keep aside.

 Step 2.

Wash and cut each tomato into four pieces. Grind it to make puree. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Take chopped potatoes, carrots and cut cluster beans/ Gwar phali in the pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup water and a pinch of salt and close the cooker lid. Place the pressure cooker on high flame the moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature. Open the lid and take out the steamed vegetables in a bowl.

Step 4.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok /kadai/ pan and sauté Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi on medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Lower the heat and remove the shallow fried ladies finger pieces in tray.

Step 5.

Add to the hot oil, asafetida sauté for a few seconds, add mustard and cumin seed. When mustard and cumin start crackling add curry leaves, reduce the heat to low flame.

Step 6.

To the above seasoning add the Gram flour / Besan and saute till it is golden brown. Add a cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil, mix in turmeric , red chili powder, salt and the pureed tomatoes. Mix it well.

Step 7.

When the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to low flame. Now add the sautéed Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi pieces, steamed potatoes, carrot cubes and cluster beans/ Gwar phali along with 1 1/2 cup of water and mix well. Boil it, cover and cook on low flame until gravy becomes thick consistency and oil floats.

Step 8.

Serve hot with boiled / steamed white rice, Aloo tuk and pappad !

Note:

  • Steaming cluster beans, potato pieces and carrot cubes in pressure cooker is time saving.
  • sautéing Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi separately is necessary .

Possible health benefits of Lady Finger :

Weight Loss – The low calorie content of Okra (30 kcal / 100 gm) and its high fibre content make it a suitable food for weight loss. It provides minimum calories and its high fibre levels help in keeping you full for longer.

 Heart disease – Okra contains soluble fibre pectin. Pectin helps in lowering bad cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis by helping in elimination of deposited cholesterol and clots. Controls blood sugar levels – This benefit of lady finger may be attributed to its fibre content. Eugenol a type of fibre, helps in slowing down digestion and absorption of sugar from the blood stream. Hence it helps in avoiding sugar spikes after meal and stabilizes the blood sugar levels. Its fibre further helps in lowering blood sugar levels.

Improves digestion – The fibre content of lady finger helps in better digestion, and regularization of bowels. Pectin swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of waste from the intestine. People suffering from constipation benefit from regular consumption of  lady finger.

Improves immunity –  Another important benefit of lady finger is that it contains Vitamin C which helps in improving immunity.

Anemia – Lady finger contains iron and folate and Vitamin K, nutrients that help in treating and avoiding anaemia. Prevention of colon cancer – Like all other high fibre foods, lady finger too helps in prevention of colon cancer by keeping the digestive system intact and functioning properly.

 Improves eyesight – The Vitamin A and beta carotene present in lady finger may be helpful in improving eyesight.

Treatment of dandruff and lice – Okra is used as  home remedy for dandruff and lice. Cut okra horizontally and boil in water, add lemon to this water and use this water for rinsing hair.

As you can see that most of the benefits of lady finger are attributed to its rich fibre content. Hence dietitians advise everyone to eat as many veggies with your meal as possible.

Ref.http://www.dietburrp.com/benefits-of-lady-finger/

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Parwal curry

Parwal Vegetable

Trichosanthes dioica / pointed gourd/ parwal/parval
Trichosanthes dioica is also known as the pointed gourd, parwal/parval (from Hindi),Kovakkai(fromTamil) or thonde kayi (from Kannada), or potol (from Assamese, Sanskrit, Oriya or Bengali (পটল) pôţol) “Paror” in Maithili, “Parol” in Magahi and “Parora” in Bhojpuri, Urdu and Awadhi. Colloquially, in India, it is often called green potato. It is widely cultivated in the eastern and some northern part of India, particularly in Odisha, Bengal, Assam, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. It is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains major nutrients and trace elements (magnesium, potassium, copper, sulfur, and chlorine) which are needed in small quantities, for playing essential roles in human physiology. parval (pointed gourd, Trichosanthes dioica)

 

Parwal Aloo Odisha

Parwal curry – Recipe is contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta.

Hi friends! Enjoy this easily digestible vegetable cooked with potatoes and Indian spices. Parwal is a seasonal vegetable and is available during summers till monsoon season in India.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves : 4

Difficulty Level : Easy

Ingredients

  • 300 gms parwal / pointed gourd
  • 1 medium size potato, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 12 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated finely
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut, finely grated
  • 1 cup curd / yogurt / dahi
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and scrape the parwal / pointed gourd lightly with a knife ,cut the ends and cut them into halves horizontally. Remove any fibers and seeds that are yellow and hard. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Peel the potato and cut it lengthwise once and horizontally once to match the parwal / pointed gourd.

Step 3.

In the blender take the minced garlic, grated ginger, grated coconut and curd and blend it to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok / kadahi /pan and shallow fry the parwal / pointed gourd on medium flame till they become little soft and golden brown. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Then in the same heated oil add potato cubes and shallow fry the potatoes till they become little soft and golden brown and add shallow fried parwal / pointed gourd from step 3.

Step 6.

Add turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds powder, salt to the shallow fried parwal / pointed gourd and potatoes . Cover and cook till soft.

Step 7.

Add garlic, ginger, coconut, curd paste to the cooked vegetable. Bring it to boil , let it simmer on low flame for 7-8 minutes.

Step 8.
garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or any other Indian bread.

Note:

  • Peel the skin of Parwal / pointed gourd lightly.
  • Parwal / pointed gourd is generally deep fried before using in the curry, shallow frying is healthier.

 Possible health benefits of Parwal / Pointed gourd:

Improves Digestion Parwal is easy to digest, and the fiber rich green vegetable is good for treating gastrointestinal and liver disorders.

Lowers Cholesterol & Blood Sugar The small round seeds of parwal benefits the health as it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels naturally.

Weight Loss This is another health benefit of having parwal. It is low in calories and keeps you fuller for a long time, thus aiding weight loss.

Treats Flu In Ayurveda, pointed gourd or parwal is used as a medicine to cure cold, fever and throat problems.

Blood Purifier According to Ayurveda experts, this is another health benefit of parwal. Pointed gourd is excellent for balancing Kapha. It helps purify blood tissue and this in turn makes it a good green vegetable for skin care as well.

Skin Benefits Parwal is rich in vitamins like Vitamin A and C, and antioxidants which makes it good for the skin.

Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/wellness/2013/health-benefits-parwal-036618.html#slide26319

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Cabbage Fry

Cabbage fryCabbage Fry

Hi friends! Try this healthy and simple and tasty recipe.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup husked moong dal / Moong dhuli dal ,soaked in a cup of water for 15 minutes
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tps Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / Heeng
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp Salt/ or to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and Soak the Moong dal for 15 minutes.Cut the cabbage in fine threads or it can be grated too keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi / or pan add mustard seeds, when it  starts crackling add asafetida / heeng saute till slightly pink in colour. Add curry leaves, ginger grated. Stir and sauté for a minute.

Step 3.

Add Moong dal, cabbage turmeric powder and salt, cover and cook on low flame stirring intermittently until moong dal is soft.Serve hot with rice or any Indian bread of choice.

Note:

1. Choose a cabbage that is heavy for its size. Make sure the leaves are tight and firm as loose leaves indicate an older cabbage. Store cabbage in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

2. Cabbage can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, roasted, sautéed or stuffed. The sulfurous odor often associated with cabbage only develops when the cabbage is overcooked. The longer a cabbage is cooked, the stronger the odor becomes.

3. Add shredded cabbage to any salad or fresh coleslaw.

Quick tips for eating more cabbage:

  • Keep it simple and drizzle roasted chopped cabbage with olive oil, cracked black pepper and minced garlic
  • Add shredded cabbage to a fresh green salad
  • Add chopped cabbage to any soup or stew near the end of cooking.
Possible health benefits of cabbage:

Cabbage, which is often lumped into the same category as lettuce because of their similar appearance, is actually a part of the cruciferous vegetable family. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale and broccoli are notorious for being chock-full of beneficial nutrients. If you are trying to improve your diet, cruciferous vegetables should be at the very top of your grocery list.

Cabbage can vary in color from green to red and purple, and the leaves can be smooth or crinkled. With less than 20 calories per half cup cooked, it is a vegetable worth making room on your plate for.

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

Protection from radiation therapy

A compound found in cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables known as 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM) has been shown to protect against the harmful effects of radiation therapy. It is well-known that DIM has protective effects against cancer, but this study shows there is also hope for using it as a shield to protect healthy tissues during cancer treatment in the future.

Cancer prevention

Another cancer-fighting compound found in cabbage is sulforaphane. Research over the past 30 years has consistently shown that consuming cruciferous vegetables has been associated with a lower risk of cancer. More recently, researchers have been able to pinpoint that the sulfur-containing compounds (namely sulforaphane) that give cruciferous vegetables their bitter bite are also what give them their cancer-fighting power.

More studies with sulforaphane are testing its ability to delay or impede cancer. Promising results have been seen with multiple types of cancers including melanoma, esophageal, prostate and pancreatic. Researchers have discovered that sulforaphane has the power to inhibit the harmful enzyme histone deacetylase (HDAC), known to be involved in the progression of cancer cells. The ability to stop HDAC enzymes could make sulforaphane-containing foods a potentially powerful part of cancer treatment.

Another natural chemical found in cabbage, parsley, celery and other plants known as apigenin has been found to decrease tumor size in an aggressive form of breast cancer in a recent study conducted at the University of Missouri. Researchers claim that their findings show that apigenin has potential to be used as a non-toxic treatment for cancer in the future.

Red cabbage contains the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin, the same compound that gives other red and purple-hued fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. Anthocyanins have been shown to slow cancer cell proliferation, kill already formed cancer cells and stop the formation of new tumor growths.

Heart health

The same potent anthocyanins in red cabbage that help protect against cancer have been shown to suppress inflammation that may lead to cardiovascular disease. A recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition associated the intake of flavonoid-rich foods with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stated that even small amounts of flavonoid-rich foods may be beneficial. The high polyphenol content in cabbage may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet buildup and reducing blood pressure.

Immunity and digestion

A popular way to consume cabbage is in a fermented form such as sauerkraut and kimchi. Chocked full of probiotics, fermented foods are one of the best things you can consume for your immune and digestive systems. Healthy microbes generate an acidic environment to preserve and develop flavor and enzymes in fermentation that make vitamins and minerals easier to absorb.

The fiber and water content in cabbage also helps to prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract. Eating adequate fiber promotes regularity, which is crucial for the daily excretion toxins through the bile and stool.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284823.php#possible_health_benefits_of_consuming_cabbage

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Mixed Vegetable fry

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Mixed Vegetable fry

Hi friends! In Tamilnadu mixed vegetables with any vegetable are stir fried, served as a side dish for lunch or dinner with rice, dal and some curry. The vegetables that are used in this recipe are finely chopped, cooked and tossed with fresh grated coconut.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1/2 cup French beans, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size potato, washed, peeled and cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 medium size Onion ,finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 3 tbsp Coconut , finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / or salt to taste

For seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 sp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Split black gram /Urad dal
  • 1 red chili , Whole
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida

Method :

Step 1.

In a wok / kadahi / pan heat oil and add the mustard seeds. When the mustard starts crackling add asafetida, curry leaves and the dry red chili, split black gram dal.

Step 2.

Add onions to the step 1 seasoning. Sauté the onions and for a minute or till the onions are translucent.

Step 3.

Add the chopped beans, shelled peas, cubed carrots, and cubed carrots and salt. Cook the mixed vegetable covered till potatoes are soft and well cooked.

Step 4.

Finally add the fresh grated coconut, mix well with the cooked vegetable and switch off.

Step 5.

Mixed vegetable is tasty, nutritious as a side dish with boiled rice or pilafs.

The Health Benefits of Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Frozen mixed vegetables provide convenience and nutrition.

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

Ref. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-frozen-mixed-vegetables-4299.html

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Carrot Barfi

Carrot barfiCarrot / Gajar Barfi

Barfi or burfi is a sweet confectionery from the Indian Subcontinent. The name originates from the Persian word Barf which means snow. The confection is served in India, all year round, it has many varieties. Main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.

Hi friends!Make this yummy barfi very easy to make and very delicious.

Preparation Time : 5-10 minutes

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Servings : 6-8

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Indian Desserts

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Carrots, grated
  • 150 gms Khoya/mawa, grated
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Almonds, powdered
  • 2 tbsp Almonds , slivered
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee for greasing
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, peel and grate the Carrots.

Step 2.

In a wok / kadahi/ heavy bottom pan take milk and add grated carrots, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the carrots cook on low flame till 90 % milk is absorbed.

Step 3.

Add grated khoya, cardamom powder and sugar. Mix well and cook for five to ten minutes or till mixture thickens. Add powdered almonds to the mix.

Step 4.

Grease an aluminum tray with ghee or take a non stick tray. Switch off the stove, pour the carrot mix into the tray and spread evenly.

Step 5.

You can even keep it in the refrigerator to set. Decorate chopped nuts and set aside for cooling.

Step 6.

Cut into squares and decorate each square with a slivered almond and serve.

 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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Lasooni Palak Aloo

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Lasooni Aloo Palak/ Spinach, potatoes with Garlic, easy to cook and simply delicious !

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Category: Veg

Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Spinach/ Palak
  • 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1/2 cup curd/ Dahi / Yogurt
  • 15 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/ hing powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1pinch baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

 Method:

Step 1.

Wash the spinach very well, finely chop and keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash, peel and cut potatoes into small cubes, keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in a wok / kadahi and add the Asafetida. Fry for few seconds till pink in colour.

Step 4.

Add crushed garlic paste to the asafetida seasoning. Saute till slight change in colour, about half a minute.

Step 5.

Add in the spinach, potatoes, salt , red chili powder and baking soda . Cover and cook on a slow flame for ten minutes on low flame or till potatoes are tender.

Step 6.

Add whisked curd / Dahi / Yogurt , mix well. Cook for ten minutes or so on low flame till it is well blended . Serve hot with chapattis or any other Indian bread of choice.

Health benefits of Spinach / Palak:

Spinach is an excellent food loaded with tons of nutrients and a low calorie package. Greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

As per studies the possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609.php

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Mushroom Peas Curry

Mater Mushroom

Green peas and mushrooms cooked to a delicious gravy.

Mushrooms, though classified as vegetables in the food world, are not technically plants. They belong to the fungi kingdom and although they are not vegetables, mushrooms provide several important nutrients. Mushrooms are naturally low in sodium, fat, cholesterol, and calories and have often been referred to as “functional foods.” In addition to providing basic nutrition, they help prevent chronic disease due to the presence of antioxidants and beneficial dietary fibers such as chitin and beta-glucans.

Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Main Course

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms Button mushrooms , finely sliced
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 2 medium size Onions, cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes
  • 8-9 Cashew nuts, finely powdered
  • 12 Peppercorns, finely powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 Clove, powdered
  • 1 tsp Fennel / saunf seeds, powdered
  • 1 Green cardamom, finely powdered
  • 3 Green chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash, clean and slice the mushrooms. In a pressure cooker, add sliced mushrooms and 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame, when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Once the pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the mushrooms aside.

Step 2.

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

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

Heat oil in a wok/ pan / kadhai. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel / saunf powder and sauté lightly, till fragrant. Add the onion paste and sauté for 5-8 minutes on medium flame. Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a minute or so.

Step 6.

Add blanched tomatoes, cashew nut powder and green chillies paste. Cook for five to seven minutes on low heat. Add salt and red chili powder, mix well. Add 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. To this, add the mushrooms, peas. Mix well and cook for another 5-7 minutes on low heat.

Step 7.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Possible health benefits of mushrooms:

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

Cancer: Mushrooms contain just as high an antioxidant capacity as carrots, tomatoes, green and red peppers, pumpkins, green beans, and zucchini.4

Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables but can be found in mushrooms. It plays a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium prevents inflammation and also decreases tumor growth rates.2

The vitamin D in mushrooms has also been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells by contributing to the regulation of the cell growth cycle. The folate in mushrooms plays an important role in DNA synthesis and repair, thus preventing the formation of cancer cells from mutations in the DNA.2

Diabetes: Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. One cup of grilled portabella mushrooms and one cup of stir-fried shiitake mushrooms both provide about 3 grams of fiber.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 21-25 g/day for women and 30-38 g/day for men.

Heart health: The fiber, potassium and vitamin C content in mushrooms all contribute to cardiovascular health. Potassium and sodium work together in the body to help regulate blood pressure. Consuming mushrooms, which are high in potassium and low in sodium helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

Additionally, an intake of 3 grams of beta-glucans per day can lower blood cholesterol levels by 5%.3

Immunity: Selenium has also been found to improve immune response to infection by stimulating production of killer T-cells. The beta-glucan fibers found in the cell walls of mushrooms stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells and prevent tumors from forming.3

Weight management and satiety: Dietary fiber plays an important role in weight management by functioning as a “bulking agent” in the digestive system. Mushrooms contain two types of dietary fibers in their cell walls: beta-glucans and chitin which increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller longer and thereby lowering your overall calorie intake.3

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/278858.php

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Creamy Peas Soup

Pea soupCreamy Peas Soup

The green peas are not taken as an exotic food in terms of nutrient composition as green peas do contain some sugar and starch . But they also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phytonutrients.  Since one cup of green peas contains at least 10 milligrams of coumestrol, it’s not difficult for us to obtain this remarkable health benefit.

Hi friends ! Please try peas soup this winter. The green peas soup is very delicious and really easy to make.

Prep time: 7 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Soups

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup  green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp All purpose flour / Maida
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups Milk (low fat)
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 Mint leaves, for garnishing

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker place the shelled peas with 1/2 cup of water. Close the lid and pressure cook on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch the stove off. Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, and take out the peas in a bowl.

Step 2.

Use a blender to puree the steamed peas. Set aside.

Step 3.

Place a saucepan over medium-high heat and add butter. When hot, add the crushed garlic and sauté for 50 seconds.

Step 4.

Add  maida/all purpose flour. Stir and cook the butter-flour mixture/roux over low heat with a wooden spoon.

Step 5.

Once it gets the sandy texture, add cold milk and bring it to a boil, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.

Step 6.

Simmer gently for two minutes. Add pureed peas, salt and pepper powder and mix well. Serve hot, garnished with a pair of fresh mint leaves.

Health benefits of green peas:

  • Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • Fresh, tender peas are relatively low in calories on comparison to beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas carry just 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are a good source of protein, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.
  • Fresh pea pods are an excellent source of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are one of the B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods when given in expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
  • Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 100 g of fresh pods carry 40 mg or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin help human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  • Peas contain phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body.
  • Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh seeds contain about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function (mineralization) through promotion of osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells. It also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside the brain.
  • Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin and eye-sight. Additionally, consumption of natural fruits/vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.

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

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Bottle gourd Halwa

Lauki Halwa Arch

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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Aloo Matar Rasedar

Aloo mutterPotato peas curry

Sweet, delicious green peas or garden peas are one of the ancient cultivated vegetables grown for their succulent nutritious green seeds. Peas are probably originated in the sub-Himalayan plains of north-west India. Now, this versatile legume is one of the major commercial crops grown all over the temperate, and semi-tropical regions.

Botanically, pea plant is an herbaceous vine. It belongs to the family of Fabaceae, in the genus: Pisum. Scientific name: Pisum sativum. Some of the common names include english peas, sweet peas, garden peas, pease,…etc.

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Main Course

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green peas, shelled
  • 2 medium size potatoes, cut in to small cubes
  • 3 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 4  medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp  turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp  red chili powder /or as per taste
  • 2/3 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain curd/yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Method :

Step 1.

Heat oil in a pan add add the chopped onions, when they soften and start to turn golden brown, add the turmeric powder, coriander, chili powder and salt. Fry on low flame till the masala smells nice and is blended well with the onions (about 1-2 minutes).

Step2.
Add the tomatoes and about half cup of water. When starts to boil simmer until the tomatoes are soft (about 3-5 minutes). Cool it to room temperature and puree this mixture in a blender .
Step 3.

Take the blended mixture in a pressure cooker, add cubed potatoes and shelled peas. Close the lid and cook on high flame.  The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When the  pressure cooker cools to room temperature open the lid.

Step 4.

Add the whisked yogurt and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well, the moment it starts boiling switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Garnish the curry with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice and Raita.

 Health Benefits of Green Peas:

Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Fresh, tender peas are relatively low in calories on comparison to beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas carry just 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are a good source of protein, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.

Fresh pea pods are an excellent source of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are one of the B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods when given in expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.

Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 100 g of fresh pods carry 40 mg or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin help human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

Peas contain phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body.

Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh seeds contain about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function (mineralization) through promotion of osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells. It also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside the brain.

Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin and eye-sight. Additionally, consumption of natural fruits/vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.

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

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Cauliflower, Peas and Potato Stew

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Cauliflower, peas, potato Stew

 Vegetables usually show health benefits in long run by improving your overall health and keeping the internal systems in perfect condition. The consumption of vegetables takes care of your digestive, excretory, and skeletal system, as well as blood pressure levels. With a diet rich in vegetables, you are being benefited with abundant antioxidants that keep away diseases like cancer, cardiovascular problems and strokes. Moreover, vegetables deliver ample amounts of vitamins, including folate, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin B6, as well as carotenoids like beta carotene from carrots, lycopene from tomatoes, zeaxanthin from greens, and lutein from spinach and collard greens. Vegetables also help in keeping your weight under control and promoting healthy skin and hair. There have been innumerable research studies done all over the world that strongly suggest having fresh, green vegetables on a regular basis is far better than going for supplementary tablets to get the wholesome nutrition that you need.

Time: 20 minutes

Course: Main

Cuisine: India, Utter Pradesh

Level: Easy

Serves: 4
Ingredients:

1 medium size potato, boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes

1 cup cauliflower florets, washed

1/2 cup peas

1 medium size onion, finely chopped

1-2 green chillies

6 pods garlic, crushed

1 tsp ginger, finely grated

1 tsp dhania powder,

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

3 cloves, powdered

1″ Cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp jeera powder, jeera roasted and powdered

1 tbsp oil,

2/3 tsp salt or / salt to taste.

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, peel and cube potato. Cook the potato cubes and peas in a pressure cooker with one cup of water. The moment pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker to room temperature, open the lid take out the potato cubes and peas, keep aside.

Step 2.

Mash some green peas and potatoes coarsely. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi/ sauce pan and add the cumin seeds. When cumin starts crackling, add the finely chopped onions. When onions become translucent add small florets of cauliflowers and potato cubes and peas mix. Stir fry the vegetables on medium flame till the gets pinkish brown in 3-4 minutes add salt.

Step 4.
Add cloves, cinnamon, dhaniya powder, pepper powder, jeera powder and the ginger-garlic-green chili paste to the above mixture. Mix well and fry the mixture on medium flame for few minutes.

Step 5.

Add water to the masala and vegetables. Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Cover and cook on low flame for about 6-8 minutes. The cauliflower florets should be soft but retain their shape .
Step 6.
Serve the stew hot garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves with any Indian bread of your choice and raita.

 

Nutritional Value of Vegetables:

Antioxidants: Did you know that including vegetables in your diet is probably the easiest way to stay healthy, trim and nourished? Since vegetables are low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, they help you to stay in optimum health over the long term by keeping your weight in check. According to a recent study, plant-based foods contain antioxidants(polyphenols) that may improve blood sugar in people at risk for diabetes and heart disease.

As mentioned earlier, vegetables have abundant levels of antioxidants that prevent the growth of cancerous cells. Dark green vegetables have lots of phenolic flavonoid antioxidants and minerals. These vitamins and minerals are essential for the proper functioning of your body. Deficiencies of these vitamins and minerals can lead to serious deficiencies of your bones, teeth and vital organs. Moreover, antioxidants boost the body’s immunity and keeps from developing infections and diseases. Leafy green vegetables have a bioflavonoid known as ‘Quercetin’. This is responsible for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of vegetables along with its unique, anticancer properties. Quercetin also effectively cuts down the flow of substances that lead to allergies. This compound plays the role of an inhibitor of mass cell secretion, thereby decreasing the release of interleukin-6. Most of the green, yellow and orange vegetables also have high percentage of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B-complex, vitamin A, vitamin-C, vitamin K, zea-xanthins, α and β carotenes and crypto-xanthins.

Dietary Fiber: Vegetables are great options for consuming dietary fiber. Owing to the high percentage of fiber level in vegetables, your digestive track stays well toned. Vegetables are abundant in soluble as well as insoluble dietary fiber, known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSP). This dietary fiber absorbs the extra water in your colon and thereby retains the moisture content in the fecal matter. This aids in digestion, preventing chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, rectal fissures, and diarrhea. Your digestive system becomes sleeker and its ability to process foods becomes smoother, keeping many ailments away.  Eating more fiber-rich foods keep your digestive system clear and healthy, helping you to avoid problems like constipation, bowel irregularity, colon cancer and even polyps. Since they have high fiber, vegetables also tend to make you feel full for longer, and stops unnecessary snacking, so they can help reduce your weight.

Cancer Prevention: Cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli have a high content of indoles and isothiocyanates. These components have protective properties against colon cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer and other types of cancers. Broccoli sprouts have immensely higher sulforaphane than the matured broccolis, which is a cancer-protective substance. Furthermore, as said before, since vegetables are great antioxidants, they also alleviate the chances of fatal diseases like cancer.

Proteins and Amino Acids: If you eat less animal products in your diet, you must ensure that your diet is high in protein-rich vegetables to compensate for the proteins that you are missing. Once you have the correct combination of vegetables in your meals, you will gain ample amount of amino acids that are required to live healthy. Eat plenty of beans and spinach, along with whole grain rice for a balanced meal.

Water Content: Vegetables naturally have high levels of water; this is the reason why they are generally fat free and low in calories. You can rest assured of both your weight and health once you start on a vegetable-rich diet. The more you consume vegetables, the more the water intake that flushes out waste products and toxins from your body.

Minerals: Green leafy vegetables are high in magnesium and a have low glycemic index, thus proving to be helpful for patients with type 2 diabetes. If you eat at least 1 serving of green leafy vegetables each day, it will considerably lower the risks of diabetes. Green vegetables are also rich in iron and calcium, except for Swiss chard and spinach, since they are high in oxalic acid.

Vitamins: In general, vegetables have a high vitamin content. However, vitamin K is usually prevalent in almost all vegetables. The high level of vitamin K in green vegetables makes them an ideal and natural way to prevent bone problems. Vitamin K is necessary for the production of osteocalcin, a protein mandatory for proper bone health. In a survey, the addition of green, leafy vegetables considerably decreased the chances of hip fractures in middle-aged women.

Prevention of Hypetension: Recent research study suggests that Mediterranean diet comprising of food rich in unsaturated fats (found in olive oil and nuts) and nitrite and nitrate (found in leafy green vegetables) may help protect you from hypertension.

Lycopene and Beta Carotene: Green vegetables have high levels of beta-carotene, which improve immune function considerably once it is converted into vitamin A. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which protects your eyes from vision problems. A diet deficient in green vegetables often leads to the possibilities of blindness, and other illnesses in children and adults.

Allyl sulfides: Garlic, onions, chives, leeks and scallions are rich in allyl sulfides that help in lowering high blood pressure and protecting the stomach and digestive tract from fatal diseases like cancer.

Multimorbidity: Recent research suggests that greater consumption of vegetable, whole grain products and fruits may lower the risk of multimorbidity.

Good HealthEating fruit and vegetables may promote emotional well-being among healthy young adults.  Research suggests that good mood may lead to greater preference for healthy foods over indulgent foods.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/vegetables.html

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Stuffed Brinjals/Aubergines

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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

Yam/Jimikand Kebabs

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What is Yam / elephant yam?

The elephant yam can be described as an edible tuber, which is one of the most widely consumed food crops, mainly in the tropical regions. This tuber is called elephant yam because the plant that it is derived from is quite huge and resembles the foot of an elephant to a great extent. Therefore, some of the other synonyms for the elephant yam are elephant foot yam, sweet yam and elephant bread. The highest consumption of the elephant yam is in Africa, followed by some Asian countries such as India. Although in the United States sweet potatoes are often mistaken for the elephant yam, the two are actually quite different, since they belong to two completely different plant families.

Hi friends!On the health and nutrition front, elephant yams are very high in carbs and are also good sources of proteins and certain vitamins. Elephant yam antioxidants make it a nutritious food to eat. Here is recipe for Yam/Jimikand Kebabs.

Difficulty level : Medium

Cuisine : North Indian

Course: Appetizers / snack

Prep Time : 25 minutes

Cook Time : 15 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 250 gm Yam, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 cup Bengal gram split and skinned / Chana Dal
  • 2 small size Onions, finely Chopped Onions
  • 3 tbs Corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/Coriander , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 1 tsp Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • ½ tsp Aamchur/Dry Mango Powder
  • ½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Powder
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2/3 tsp Salt or / salt to taste

For filling:

  • 100 gms cottage cheese
  • 2 tsp Melon Seeds
  • 4 tbsp pista, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

Step 1.

Peel and clean Yam / Jimikand, cut into small cubes wash it well.

Step 2.

On a high flame in a pressure cooker put yam with white vinegar and 1 cup of water . Close the lid, when full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove and let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 3.

Open the lid drain yam and using a colander drain the water and wash the cubes under running water to remove some starch. place it in the food processor and grind into a fine paste. Lightly fry the ground yam in oil for 10 minutes. Switch off the stove and let cool it to room temperature.

Step 4.

On a high flame in a pressure cooker put washed chana dal with 3cups of water . Close the lid, when full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame and cook for1 5 minutes. Switch off the stove and let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 5.

Open the lid strain chana dal using a colander, drain the water and mash the cooked dal into a coarse paste.

Step 6.

Add boiled and mashed chana dal, coriander, finely chopped onion, crushed garlic, gram masala, amchoor/ mango powder, salt, red chili powder to the yam and mix well.

Step 7.

Divide into 12 equal portions. and keep aside.

Step 8.

For the filling, mix 1/2 tsp salt to grated cottage cheese, green chilies, melon seeds and pista. Make roundels with it, cover each roundel with yam mix.

Step 9.

Press each kebab and make it flat. Coat each kebab lightly in corn flour and set aside.

Step 10.

Heat about 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry Yam kebabs in batches until golden brown on both sides. Between batches, add oil as needed.and shallow fry in oil. Serve with green chutney.

Elephant yam health benefits:

There are several elephant yam health benefits that are quite well known.

Given below are some of the most common elephant yam health benefits:

  • The trace minerals and key minerals present in elephant yam include copper, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.
    • The fiber content in elephant yam is naturally high and therefore, it is usually considered a slimming food, as it promotes weight loss and reduces the levels of cholesterol in the body. If elephant yam is cooked in the right way, it can be eaten without any fear of weight gain.Several low fat elephant yam recipes are easily available through online resources as well as recipe books.
    • It has a cooling effect on the body, which is why it is good for people who suffer from hypertension.
    • Elephant yams are very high in omega 3 fatty acids; they help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body and increase the good cholesterol instead.
    • People who are undergoing treatment for piles are usually advised to eat high amounts of elephant yam.
    • The anti-coagulating properties present in yam can prevent the blood from clotting.

Ref. http://www.diethealthclub.com/articles/360/diet-and-wellness/elephant-yam-and-health-benefits.html

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Yellow Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin nutrition facts

Pumpkin fruit is one of the widely grown vegetables that is incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. While this humble backyard vegetable is less in calories but contains vitamin A, and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance.The plant is a fast-growing vine that creeps along the ground surface in a similar fashion like that of other Cucurbitaceae family vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, squash, cantaloupes…etc. It is one of the most popular field crops cultivated around the world, including the USA at the commercial scale for its fruit, and seeds.

Pumpkin soup simply exotic.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 10 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine : Indian

Course: Soup

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Yellow pumpkin , cut into small cubes
  • 5 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 12 Black peppercorns
  • 1 medium size Onion/ 1 cup, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Maida/ all purpose flour
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 cups milk

Method :

Step 1

In a pressure cooker heat 2 tbsp butter, add bay leaf and black peppercorns. Add onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add cubed pumpkin, sauté for two minutes.

Step 2

Add one cup water and close the lid. Pressure cook until pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid strain excess stock and reserve. Remove the bay leaf and put it in the pumpkin stock. Puree  only the pumpkin onion mix.

Step 3

Add the reserved stock to the puree, keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat in a non-stick pan three tbsp butter, add all purpose flour, stir fry on medium flame. When it gets the sandy texture remove from the heat and cool.

Step 5.

Take boiling milk and pour the boiling milk into the fried cold all purpose flour and butter mix/roux, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Simmer gently for two minutes. Stir this white sauce, and then add pureed pumpkin mix.Cook the mixture on medium flame for about 2 minutes while stirring it continuously. Add salt, mix and switch off the heat.

Step 6.

Pour the soup in bowls and serve hot.

Possible 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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Onion Soup

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History : Onions are native to Asia and the Middle East and have been cultivated for over five thousand years. Onions were highly regarded by the Egyptians. Not only did they use them as currency to pay the workers who built the pyramids, but they also placed them in the tombs of kings, such as Tutankhamen, so that they could carry these gifts bestowed with spiritual significance with them to the afterlife. Onions have been revered throughout time not only for their culinary use, but also for their therapeutic properties. As early as the 6th century, onions were used as a medicine in India. While they were popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, they were oftentimes dressed with extra seasonings since many people did not find them spicy enough. Yet, it was their pungency that made onions popular among poor people throughout the world who could freely use this inexpensive vegetable to spark up their meals. Onions were an indispensable vegetable in the cuisines of many European countries during the Middle Ages and later even served as a classic healthy breakfast food. Christopher Columbus brought onions to the West Indies; their cultivation spread from there throughout the Western Hemisphere. Today China, India, the United States, Russian, and Spain are among the leading producers of onions.

Hi friends !While many people love to eat onions are most often used as a seasoning, I want to share with you how to enjoy them as a healthy soup. For great flavor and nutrition I recommend Heatlhy Sautéeing of sliced onions.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Serves :6

Ingredients:

  • 3 Medium size Onions, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups white sauce
  • 1tsp level tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups water

White sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons Refined flour /maida
  • 3tablespoons Butter
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon White pepper powder

Method :

 White sauce:

 Step 1

Melt three tablespoons of butter in a thick-bottomed pan. Add the flour, stir and cook the butter-flour mixture/ roux over low heat with a wooden spoon.

Step 2

When it gets the sandy texture remove from the heat and cool.

Step 3

When the milk boils, pour the boiling milk into the cold butter-flour mixture/ roux stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Simmer gently for two minutes, till sauce thickens slightly. Switch off the stove add salt,  and pepper powder keep aside.

Step 4.                                       

In a pressure cooker heat the butter and fry the onions on a very slow flame until golden brown colour.

Step 5.

Add 3 cups of water, and salt close the lid and the moment pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame and cook for five minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

When cooker cools to room temperature, open the lid and add the white sauce, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper mix well bring it to boil. switch off the stove .Serve hot.

 Health Benefits of Onions:

Onions, like garlic, are members of the Allium family, and both are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects. A wide variety of allyl sulfides are found in onion, including the four major diallyl sulfides: DMS (diallyl monosulfide), DDS (diallyl disulfide), DTS (diallyl trisulfide), and DTTS (diallyl tetrasulfide). Also present are a wide variety of sulfoxides, including (+) S-methyl-L-cysteine sulfoxide (MCSO), (+)-S-(1-propenyl)-L-cysteine sulfoxide (PRENCSO), S-methyl-l-cysteine sulfoxide, S-propyl-l-cysteine sulfoxide, and S-propenyl-l-cysteine sulfoxide. Onions are an outstanding source of polyphenols, including the flavonoid polyphenols. Within this flavonoid category, onions are a standout source of quercetin.

Cardiovascular Benefits

In human studies, most of the cardiovascular benefits have been demonstrated in the form of overall diet. Multiple studies show onion to be a food that provides protection for the heart and blood vessels when consumed in a diet that is rich in other vegetables and fruits—especially flavonoid-containing vegetables and fruits. The benefits of onion in this overall dietary context extend to prevention of heart attack. In virtually all of these diet-based studies, participants with the greatest intake of vegetables (including onions) gain the most protection. The outstanding flavonoid content of onions supports these research findings. It’s also interesting to note that onion is most commonly consumed in relatively small amounts along with other foods rather than by itself.

Support for Bone and Connective Tissue

Human studies have shown that onion can help increase our bone density and may be of special benefit to women of menopausal age who are experiencing loss of bone density. In addition, there is evidence that women who have passed the age of menopause may be able to lower their risk of hip fracture through frequent consumption of onions. “Frequent” in this context means onion consumption on a daily basis! In this research on bone density in older women, very sporadic eating of onion (once a month or less) did not provide much benefit. That finding, of course, was very expected. But less expected was the finding that it took daily consumption of onion to show robust benefits for bone density. Just as in the cancer-related onion research, the take-away message here is clear: you don’t want to skimp on onions when you are incorporating them into your meal plan.

In and of itself, the high sulfur content of onions may provide direct benefits to our connective tissue. Many of our connective tissue components require sulfur for their formation. For example, with the exception of hyaluronic acid, all glycosaminoglycans (GAGS) are sulfated. (GAGS are the premiere family of molecules found in the ground substance of our connective tissue.)

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

While onion is not as well researched as garlic in terms of specific inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis or allergic airway inflammation, this allium vegetable has nevertheless been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=45

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Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Hakka Noodles with Veggies

Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Hi friends! Enjoy this healthy, scrumptious  fusion cooking at home.

Course: Main

Cuisine: Indo Chinese

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Level: Easy

Serves : 4

Vegetable noodles is a healthy Indo Chinese noodles recipe with good quantity of vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 300 gms , Hakka Noodles
  • 1 Cup Cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 Medium Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 Medium Carrot cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup French Beans, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium size Capsicum , cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup Spring Onion, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp Garlic, Finely Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Soya Sauce
  • 1tbsp green chili sauce
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt or /salt to Taste
  • 3 tbsp – Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar

 

Method:

Step 1.

Heat one liter water in a pan with salt and few drops of oil, when water starts to boil add noodles and cook until they are cooked. Drain noodles in a colander or sieve, use tap water to rinse noodles and keep side.

Step 2.

 

While noodles getting cooked, peel and cut thin strips of carrot, cabbage, , finely chop onion, beans, capsicum, spring onion, and garlic. Keep aside .

Step 3.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan add garlic, finely chopped onions saute for few minutes. Add carrot, cabbage strips, beans and saute for three -four minutes on medium to high flame. Add spring onions (white part) and saute until light golden brown saute until soft and pink add capsicum strips.

Step 4.

Now add salt, pepper green chili sauce, soya sauce, vinegar and mix everything well.

Step 5.

Add cooked and rinsed noodles and mix well to blend, add spring onion and mix again and cook for 1-2 minutes, switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot with vegetable Manchurian or sweet and sour vegetable curry.

Note:

To keep vegetables from getting over cooked , vegetables are cooked on high flame.

To keep the noodles from getting sticky , just keep cooked noodles under tap water and toss gently.

Health Benefits of Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin function as antioxidants. They’re the only carotenoids found in the retina, where they may help prevent age-related macular degeneration. One cup of boiled, mixed vegetables delivers more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The same portion of mixed vegetables has 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of manganese and 5 percent of the daily value of vitamins C and E. As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells throughout the body. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which gives it the ability to neutralize free radicals in lipids that have varied roles, such as providing cellular structure and transporting fats through the blood. Manganese has the job of protecting mitochondria, which are the structures inside cells that produce energy. Green peas are the highest source of vitamin C, while lima beans and carrots boost vitamin E. Lima beans also have at least double the manganese of other vegetables.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis. You’ll gain 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 13 percent of phosphorus from 1 cup of mixed vegetables. All of the vegetables have both minerals, but corn is low in calcium, while snap beans and carrots have less phosphorus than the others.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables with ground beef, onions and beef broth, and top them with mashed potatoes to make shepherd’s pie. Use them in a stir-fry with chicken and soy sauce or turn mixed vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to beef broth and undrained, canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried Rice

vegetable fried rice

Hi friends! Here is a quick recipe for Indo Chinese Vegetable Fried rice absolutely easy to make. Vegetarians will enjoy this delicious Steamed rice cooked with vegetables and  sauces. Serve with sweet and sour curry.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Course: main

Cuisine: Indo Chinese

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

for cooking the rice:

  • 1 cup long grained rice or basmati rice
  • 750 ml water
  • ½ tsp salt or as required

Vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup spring onion /Shallots
  • 1/2 cup carrots, into fine tiny cubes
  • 1/2 cup French beans, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Bell pepper (red and yellow) , chopped finely
  • 9 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1″ ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions to garnish
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt as required

Method:

Cooking the rice:

Step 1.

Wash rice very well till the water runs clear and soak rice in water for 15 minutes,drain and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a sauce pan, bring to boil 750 ml. of water with salt , add the soaked and drained rice to the boiling water.

Step 3.

On a low flame cook the rice without the lid , when the rice is cooked, remove the pan from stove and drain the rice. Keep aside.

Fried vegetable rice :

Step 1.

As the rice is cooling, cut the vegetables finely and keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a kadahi /wok / pan, add the garlic and saute for few seconds till golden, add ginger and the spring onions /shallots and saute for about three minutes on medium flame stirring continuously.

Step 3.

Add all the finely chopped vegetables, increase the flame on a high initially and stir fry the vegetables on a high flame for 3-4 minutes. Then stir fry on a medium flame stirring continuously so that vegetables are cooked and also retain their crunchiness and crispiness.

Step 4.

Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper, mix and add the rice. Stir fry for a few minutes till the sauce is well blended with the fried rice well. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Garnish with finely chopped shallots/ spring onions and serve the vegetable fried rice hot, plain or with an Indo Chinese vegetable Manchurian.

Note:

  • Some green chili sauce can be added to make rice chili hot.
  • Salt is added a little less in Fried vegetable rice as Soy sauce too has salt in it.

Health Benefits of Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin function as antioxidants. They’re the only carotenoids found in the retina, where they may help prevent age-related macular degeneration. One cup of boiled, mixed vegetables delivers more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The same portion of mixed vegetables has 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of manganese and 5 percent of the daily value of vitamins C and E. As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells throughout the body. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which gives it the ability to neutralize free radicals in lipids that have varied roles, such as providing cellular structure and transporting fats through the blood. Manganese has the job of protecting mitochondria, which are the structures inside cells that produce energy. Green peas are the highest source of vitamin C, while lima beans and carrots boost vitamin E. Lima beans also have at least double the manganese of other vegetables.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis. You’ll gain 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 13 percent of phosphorus from 1 cup of mixed vegetables. All of the vegetables have both minerals, but corn is low in calcium, while snap beans and carrots have less phosphorus than the others.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables with ground beef, onions and beef broth, and top them with mashed potatoes to make shepherd’s pie. Use them in a stir-fry with chicken and soy sauce or turn mixed vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to beef broth and undrained, canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

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Spinach Leaf Fritters

Palak leaf Pakodas

Spinach leaf fritters

 

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a wonderful green-leafy vegetable often recognized as one of the functional foods for its wholesome nutritional, antioxidants and anti-cancer composition. Its tender, crispy, dark-green leaves are one of the favorite ingredients of chefs all around the planet. Botanically, it belongs to the Amaranthaceae family, and its scientific name: Spinacia oleracea. Spinacia plant grows about 1 foot in height. Although, it can be grown year round, fresh greens are best available just after the winter season in the Northern hemisphere from March through May and from September until November, in the South of the equatorial line.At least, two varieties of spinach are cultivated for their edible leaves; Savoy type with dark-green crinkle (wrinkled) leaves and flat-leaf type with smooth surfaced leaves.

Hi friends! Follow the recipe and absolutely delicious crispy spinach fritters ready in no time !

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time: 2 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 15 Spinach , fresh leaves
  • 1 cup Chickpea flour / gram flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds / Ajwain
  • 1 tsp coriander powder

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Spinach leaves very well and keep aside.

Step 2.

Take a mixing bowl, add gram flour, rice flour, baking soda, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt. Now take a cup of water and make a medium consistency (neither too thin nor too thick) batter.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in wok / kadahi /pan. Take one by one each spinach leaf and dip in the batter, making sure spinach leaf is well coated with the batter from both the sides and then gently slid it in to the hot oil.

Step 4.

Fry it on medium flame till golden brown from both sides. Serve hot with fresh coriander chutney.

Health benefits of Spinach leaves:

  • pinach is store house for many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties.
  • Very low in calories and fats (100 g of raw leaves provide just 23 calories). Its leaves hold a good amount of soluble dietary fiber and no wonder green spinach is one of the finest vegetable sources recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs!
  • Fresh 100 g of spinach contains about 25% of daily intake of iron; one of the richest among green leafy vegetables. Iron is an important trace element required by the human body for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for oxidation-reduction enzyme, cytochrome-oxidase during the cellular metabolism.
  • Fresh leaves are rich source of several vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-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.
  • Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. It thus helps protect from “age-related macular related macular disease” (ARMD), especially in the elderly.
  • In addition, vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for normal eye-sight. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A and flavonoids 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 osteotrophic (bone building) activity in the bone. Additionally, it also has established role in patients with Alzheimer’s disease by 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 offspring.
  • 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. Manganese and copper are used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor for many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.
  • It is also good 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 human body from cardiovascular diseases and cancers of colon and prostate.

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

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Spinach Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blanched and pureed spinach
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 clove of garlic, mashed
  • 11/2 tbsp fine flour/ Maida
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or salt to taste
  • 2 tsp fresh cream (optional)

Method:

Step1.

In a pressure cooker place the washed and finely chopped spinach (palak) with 1/2 cup of water. Close the lid and pressure cook on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed (one whistle) switch the stove off.

Step 2.

When cool enough to handle, open the lid. Puree the spinach in a blender.

Step 3.

Heat butter in a non-stick pan. Add the mashed garlic and sauté for half a minute. Add all-purpose flour and stir fry on medium flame. When it gets a sandy texture remove from heat and cool.

Step 4.

Take boiling milk and pour into the fried, cold all purpose flour and butter mixture, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Simmer gently for two minutes. Stir this white sauce, and then add pureed spinach.

Step 5.

Cook the mixture on medium flame for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Add salt, mix and switch off the heat.

Step 6.

Pour the soup in soup bowls and add freshly ground pepper on top. Serve hot.

Health benefits of Spinach / Palak:

Spinach is an excellent food loaded with tons of nutrients and a low calorie package. Greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.As per studies the possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.

 Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609.php

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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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Broccoli Kebabs

Broccoli Kebabs 1Broccoli Kebabs

The health benefits of broccoli are very extensive. Not only is the vegetable loaded with essential nutrients, it also has therapeutic properties.

Hi Friends! My recipe of this appetizer is sure to start your meal on a healthy and delicious note!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Course: Appetizers, snack

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Broccoli, cut into florets,washed
  • 1/2 cup green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli, washed
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Chickpea Flour / Besan
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds, roasted and Powdered
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp or to taste Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Almonds powdered
  • 3 tbsp Gingili / sesame seeds

Method:

Step 1.

Take the broccoli and green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli in a pressure cooker add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp salt. Place the cooker on the high flame, as soon as pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker, open and take out the broccoli, green gram lentil / moong dal dhuli, in a strainer and keep aside.

Step 2.

Mash Broccoli and cooked moong dal well.

Step 3.
In a separate bowl, combine Chickpea Flour, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Dry Mango Powder, Salt, Coriander Powder and Red Chili Powder, broccoli moong dal mashed and almond powder mix well.

Step 4.
Add lemon juice and mix again. Shape into medium size rounds and pat them flat with your palm.

Step 5.

Roll the kebabs in sesame seeds /gingili seeds . Deep fry the sesame seeds /gingili seeds -studded kebabs on low to medium flame till golden brown .

Step 6.

Serve hot Broccoli kebabs with fresh coriander / mint chutney.

Note:

sesame seeds:  

1    a tropical herbaceous plant, Sesamum indicum, of the East Indies, cultivated, esp. in India, for its small oval seeds: family Pedaliaceae

2    the seeds of this plant, used in flavouring bread and yielding an edible oil (benne oil or gingili),   (Also called)    benne, gingili, til         
(C15: from Latin sesamum, from Greek sesamon, sesame, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic simsim)

Health benefits of Broccoli:

Over recent years researchers all over the world have identified a wide range of therapeutic properties associated with broccoli. So, apart from being a nutritional powerhouse, what other health benefits does broccoli provide?

Research reveals that broccoli can:

Prevent osteoarthritis – a British study revealed that broccoli contains a compound called sulfophane which may help fight osteoarthritis – sulforaphane can block cartilage-destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation.

Protect your skin against the effects of UV light – broccoli may help prevent skin cancer, not by eating it though, but by applying it directly to the skin.

Reverse diabetes heart damage – eating broccoli promotes the production of enzymes that help protect heart blood vessels5 and reduce the molecules that damage them.

Reduce cancer risk – eat broccoli just three times each month and you could potentially reduce the chance of developing bladder cancer by around 40 percent, according to experts at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, USA.

Broccoli plant compound detoxifies air pollutants in the body – research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, suggests new benefits of eating broccoli.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266765.php

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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

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • 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.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

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

 

Palak Poori

Palak Puri

Spinach / Palak Poori

Hi friends! Enjoy poori made with spinach dough. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein and choline.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Makes 20 –
24 puris

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flower
  • 1 cup Palak leaves, pureed
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 Green chilies, fine paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed, roasted and powdered
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or / cooking oil of your choice
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, and salt, coriander powder, green chili paste, cumin seed powder , add Olive oil to the mixture, using fingers, mix in oil till it resembles bread crumbs. Add palak leave puree.

 Step 2.

Slowly add about half a cup of water or little more, just enough to form a firm/ stiff dough and knead till smooth. keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into small lemon size, equal portions, and roll out into 3″ rounds on an oiled board.

Step 4.

 Heat the oil for deep frying, in a wok or kadhai, fry the puri one at a time, holding them under the oil on the first side until they puff. Turn and deep-fry the puris till they turn light golden brown in colour from both the sides.

Step 5.

Drain on absorbent paper kitchen towel lined plate, so that puris are dry, without excessive oil.

Step 6.

Serve hot, goes very well with Vegetable, potato stews / aloo sabzi etc.

Health benefits of Spinach / Palak:

Spinach is an excellent food loaded with tons of nutrients and a low calorie package. Greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

As per studies the possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609.php

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • 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.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

Cabbage with Lentil

Cabbage with lentil 1

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian , Maharashtra

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Chana Dal /Split Bengal gram ,soaked in a cup of water for 2-3 hours
  • 2 tbsp coconut, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tps Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

 

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the chana dal for 3-4 hours.Cut the cabbage in fine threads or it can be grated too keep aside.

 

Step 2.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi / or pan add mustard seeds, when it crackles add curry leaves, ginger paste and garlic paste. Stir and sauté for two minutes.

Step 3.

Add chana dal, cabbage turmeric powder and salt and cook on low flame until chana dal is soft. Add grated fresh coconut mix well. Cook for two minutes more. Serve hot.

Health benefits of cabbage:

 

Fresh, dark green-leafy cabbage is incredibly nutritious; but very low in fat and calories. 100 g of leaves provide just 25 calories.

 

The vegetable is a storehouse of phyto-chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane, and isothiocyanates. These compounds are powerful antioxidants and known to help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood.

 

Fresh cabbage is an excellent source of natural antioxidant, vitamin C. Provides 36.6 mg or about 61% of RDA per 100 g. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

 

Total antioxidant strength measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value) is 508 µmol TE/100 g. Red cabbages contain more antioxidant value, 2252 µmol TE/100 g.

 

It is also rich in essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that our body requires them from external sources to replenish.

 

It also contains a adequate amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for the red blood cell formation.

 

Cabbage is a very good source of vitamin K, provides about 63% of RDA levels. Vitamin-K has the potential role in bone metabolism by promoting osteotrophic activity in them. So enough vitamin K in the diet gives you healthy bones. In addition, vitamin-K also has established role in curing Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside their brain.

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