Mongre ki Subzi/Radish Pods

 

Radish podsMoongre ki sabzi

Moongre ki Subzi / Radish Pods

In North India radish pods are known as moongre. They are sold in bundles and are crunchy. The pods can be eaten raw or cooked. If you love sharp flavours you will like this sabzi. We used to make a chutney by grinding the pods with green chilies and mixing in salt and thick yoghurt. We can make salads also with Radish pods.

Radish pods are crunchy and full of flavor. Podding radishes (Raphanus caudatus) are like other radishes in that they need cool weather for top flavor and very cool soil (as soon as it can be worked) for best growth. But, podding radishes tolerate heat better than root radishes when temperatures soar.

Radish pods begin to form in 40 to 50 days, lower ones ripening first. Pick the teardrop-shaped pods when they are tender, before they become fibrous. The 4- to-12-inch long pods are most crisp and flavorful when about pencil-thick.Pod colors range from green to green mottled with lavender to purple. The purple ones are the spiciest.

Ingredients:

  • 250gm Radish pods / Mogre ki phali
  • 2 medium size Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium size Potatoes
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, pureed
  • 15 cloves of garlic, well mashed
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 3 tbsp refined Mustard oil
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / heeng
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1 table spoon Green coriander, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the Moongre / Radish pods. Remove top and bottom ends of each pod. Cut into 1″ long pieces and keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash, peel and cube the potatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

Take a heavy bottom pan / wok / or kadahi heat the oil add the cumin seeds . When cumin seed start crackling add asafetida / heeng, fry till it is light pink in colour.

Step 4.

Add onions and sauté till light golden in colour, add garlic and ginger and fry for one or two minutes more. Add the pureed tomatoes, salt, turmeric, chili and coriander powder. Stir and cook till the tomatoes are well cooked and the oil begins to surface.

Step 5.

Add the cut Moongre / Radish pods and potato cubes. Cover and cook on low flame stirring at regular intervals till potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 6.

Serve with any Indian bread of your choice and lentil / dal, Raitas of your choice.

 

Health benefits of Radish pods / Moongre:

The pods are crunchy additions to that first spring salad and fast-to-grow pickle material. Packed with Vitamin C, podding radishes also offer plenty of other low-cal, high-fiber nutrients.

 

Tori ki Sabji

Tori

Tori ki Sabji

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: 6

Ingredients:

  • 750 gms Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd
  • 2 big size tomatoes ,chopped and pureed
  • 2 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
  • 1″ piece Ginger /adrak
  • 1/2 cup cream/ fresh malai
  • 1 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 level tsp chili powder or adjust to taste
  • 2 tsp Coriander / dhania powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin /geera
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive oil / or Pure ghee

Method:

 Step 1.

 Wash and peel the tories and cut them in small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Finely chop onions and puree tomatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

Fry the onions till golden, add salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder in it. Fry these spices for a minute.

 Step 5.

 Then add tori in it. Cover and cook till tori is soft, add tomato puree, grated ginger .

Step 6.

When tori, tomatoes are cooked and well blended (and 75% of water is evaporated) add malai / cream mix well, cook for couple of minutes more.

 Step 7.

Switch off the heat. Sprinkle it with pepper before serving. Serve hot.

Smooth or Sponge gourd:Tori crop

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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Methi Aloo Parathas

Methi Aloo Paratha  Methi Fenugreek-LeavesFresh fenugreek leaves and potato parathas / Methi Aloo Paratha

Hi friends!One of the healthy ways to add greens to your diet is eating methi aloo paratha. This is a good course to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Preparation Time : 30-35 minutes

Cooking time : 10-15 minutes

Servings : 5 -6

Main Ingredients: Whole wheat flour/ atta, 6 medium size boiled potatoes, fresh Methi / fenugreek leaves

Cuisine: North Indian / Punjabi

Course : Breakfast, Breads

Level Of Cooking: Medium

Ingredients:

  • 3 Potatoes medium (pressure cooked for3-4 minutes)
  • 2 cups of fresh methi /fenugreek leaves ,finely chopped
  • 3 cups wheat flour / atta
  • 2 Green chilli  (finely chopped, optional)
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsps pure ghee / olive oil for shallow frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and evenly mash the potatoes . Finely chop methi leaves. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Mix mashed potatoes, finely chopped methi leaves, green chilies, ajwain, chili powder and salt combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl, add atta / whole wheat flour and knead into a semi-soft dough using enough water (little at a time).

Step 3.

Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 3″diameter circle, dusting it with a little wheat flour for rolling, brush with melted ghee/ oil, fold into half to form a semi- circle. Brush the semi-circle with melted ghee and fold both ends again to form a square. Roll out into 5″ square paratha using a little wheat flour for rolling.

Step 4

Heat a non-stick tawa (griddle) and Shallow fry both sides each paratha, using a little ghee/ oil, till golden brown spots appear on both the sides. Repeat steps 3 to 4 to make 5 more parathas.

 Step 5.

Serve hot with a blob of butter. A bowl of curd / yogurt and chili pickle is good accompaniment.

Fenugreek leaves health benefits:

The word “fenugreek” has its origin in the Latin language, and refers to ‘Greek hay’. It is commonly seen in the Mediterranean areas of Southern Europe.For ages, it has been grown in this region, together with North Africa and India. Inhabitants of these regions use both the leaves and seeds as a spice for their dishes. The fenugreek herb is basically in the form of seeds and works as an effective nutritional supplement. Due to the numerous health benefits provided by this herb, they’ve been used by herb lovers for ages.

1. Poor liver function:

This leaf is highly beneficial for treating poor liver function and dyspepsia. It is also helpful in treating gastric problems and other intestinal issues. It is also used for curing dysentery and diarrhea. These leaves are also used in the powdered form for treating GI issues, as well as allergies or congestion of the upper respiratory zone.

2.Cholesterol:

Fenugreek leaf has an incredibly strong effect on blood lipid levels; it may also prove helpful in lowering atherosclerosis. Patients suffering from lipid fluctuations benefit hugely from this herb; the reason behind this is its capacity to cut down cholesterol levels, LDL and triglycerides while pulling up their HDL levels. Place some of these leaves in water and leave it overnight; next morning, strain the water and consume it.

3. Diabetes:

The healing properties of fenugreek are quite similar to cinnamon; due to its anti-diabetic elements, this spice is capable of controlling glucose metabolism. It also helps in preventing and treating of Type II diabetes.This herb balances blood glucose homeostasis and reduces cellular insulin resistance. According to medical researchers, fenugreek lowers blood sugar levels of Type II diabetics by a huge percentage.

4. Heart problems and blood lipids:

This herb, fenugreek, has a strong balancing effect on blood lipid levels and lowers the hazards of atherosclerosis. In case of diabetes, it has substantiated an outstanding ability to reduce LDL levels, triglycerides and cholesterol. One more important characteristic of this spice is its power to reduce platelet creation, which, in turn, lowers the chances of sudden blood clotting in your heart; the common consequences being strokes and massive heart attacks. Like most of the other spices, fenugreek too contains strong antioxidants. It is also beneficial in protecting other internally generated antioxidants from any kind of damage. It also shields the body against a variety of other chronic diseases.Fenugreek provides iron as nutrient to body.

5. Skin benefits, reduces blemishes:

This herb is highly beneficial in reducing skin marks and blemishes. If there are some stubborn marks or spots on your face, consider using something natural like fenugreek leaves. Mix a spoon of fenugreek seed powder with a few drops of water; blend it continuously till it’s smooth in texture. Next, apply this paste on your face and leave it for fifteen minutes. Next, swipe it off with a wet cotton ball.

6. Hair benefits, for long and lustrous hair:

For long and lustrous hair, apply a thick fenugreek paste on your scalp and keep it for forty minutes. Next, rinse it off with cold water. You can repeat this practice once or twice a week. Considering its countless natural benefits, it works as an excellent alternative to damaging and unsafe chemical found in local shampoos.

Ref. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-fenugreek-leaves-for-skin-hair-and-health/

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.

 

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