Baingan Aloo Sabzi

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Hi Friends! Some facts about eggplant :

Eggplant comes in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes. The anthocyanins in eggplant may protect heart health   Another chemical in eggplant, nasunin, may help improve blood flow to the brain   Cooking methods include steaming, roasting, boiling, baking, or frying, but steaming appears to preserve the antioxidant levels most effectively.

Prep Time: 0-5 minutes

Cook time: 11-15 minutes

Serve: 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms long Brinjals, cut into 3” pieces and soaked in water
  • 2 medium size Potatoes, peeled washed and cut into thick fingers
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida/ heeng
  • ½ tsp powdered Fenugreek seeds/ Methi dana
  • 2 tbsp Saunf/ Fennel/ Aniseed  powder
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin powder
  •  1level tsp Salt /or to taste
  • 2 tbs Oil

Method:

Step 1.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan/wok/non-stick pan add asafetida, when it turn pink, add potato wedges, cover and cook on slow fire till potatoes are half cooked.

Step 2.

Add drained brinjal pieces, salt, chilli powder, coriander powder, Fenugreek powder, cumin powder, saunf/aneeseed powder mix, cover and cook till brinjal is cooked.

Step 3

Serve hot with chapattis, boondi raita and pickle of choice.

Note:

Fennel /Aneeseed/ Saunf seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an ingredient of a spice mixture

Possible health benefits:

Eggplants are rich in fiber and antioxidants.

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has been shown to reduce the risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.

Studies have long suggested that eating plant foods, such as eggplant, can boost overall health and wellbeing.

Laboratory analyses of the phenolic compounds in eggplant show that it contains anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, and chlorogenic acid, a powerful free-radical scavenger.

Anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Studies show that consuming even small quantities of flavonoid-rich foods may benefit human health in various ways.

1) Heart health

The fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and phytonutrient content in eggplants all support heart health.

In addition, eating foods containing certain flavonoids, including anthocyanins, may be associated with a lower risk of mortality from heart disease.

2) Cancer

Polyphenols in eggplant have been shown to have anti-cancer effects. Anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and, in turn, prevent tumor growth and the invasion and spread of cancer cells.

3) Cognitive function

Findings from animal studies suggest that nasunin, an anthocyanin in the eggplant skin, is a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cell membranes from free radical damage.

It also assists in the transport of nutrients into the cell and moving waste out. Research has also shown that anthocyanins help prevent neuroinflammation and facilitate blood flow to the brain. This could help improve memory and prevent age-related mental disorders.

4) Weight management and satiety

Dietary fibers are commonly recognized as important factors in weight management and loss, because they act as “bulking agents” in the digestive system.

These compounds increase satiety and reduce appetite. They help reduce calorie intake by making a person feel fuller for longer.

Eggplant is already low in calories, so it can contribute to a healthful, low-calorie diet.

5) Liver health

Research has suggested that the antioxidants in eggplant may help protect the liver from certain toxins.

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

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Bhindi Kurkuri/Crispy Okra

Bhindi Kurkuri.JPGBhindi Kurkuri/Crispy Okra

 

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

Ingredients:

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

Method:

Step 1.

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

Step 2.

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

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

Serve hot with Vegetable biryani and pulaos.

Health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi :

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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Cutlets with Oats

 

(vegetable Cutlets with oats)

What Are Oats and Oatmeal?

Oats are a whole-grain food, known scientifically as Avena sativa. Oat groats, the most intact and whole form of oats, take a long time to cook. For this reason, most people prefer rolled, crushed or steel-cut oats.

Hi friends! Oats Tikki or oats cutlet is easy and healthy snack made with oats, potato, mixed vegetables and spices.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium size Boiled and mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup White oats ( I used quaker’s)
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Green peas
  • 1/2 cup French beans finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli cut in to small florets
  • 8 Almonds finely cut
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 level tsp Salt/ or to taste
  • 1/2 cup Semolina

Method:

Step 1.

Take the mixed vegetables 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 vegetables, keep aside.

Step 2.

Boil and mash potatoes, mix in steam cooked vegetables. Add white oats, salt, chili powder, chopped coriander. Mix the ingredients well.

Step 3.

Shape into medium size cutlets . Roll the cutlets in semolina . Cook both sides adding cooking oil slowly on slow fire till golden brown (preferably nonstick tava/ plate/ pan) .

Serve hot with coriander chutney.

  1. Oats Are Incredibly Nutritious

They are a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains . Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds.

  1. Whole Oats Are Rich in Antioxidants, Including Avenanthramides

Whole oats are high in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds called polyphenols. Most notable is a unique group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, which are almost solely found in oats.

  1. Oats Contain a Powerful Soluble Fiber Called Beta-Glucan

Oats contain large amounts of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber. Beta-glucan partially dissolves in water and forms a thick, gel-like solution in the gut.Oats are high in the soluble fiber beta-glucan, which has numerous benefits. It helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promotes healthy gut bacteria and increases feelings of fullness.

  1. They Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage

Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. One major risk factor is high blood cholesterol.Oats may lower the risk of heart disease by reducing both total and LDL cholesterol levels and protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation.

  1. Oats Can Improve Blood Sugar Control

Type 2 diabetes is a common disease, characterized by significantly elevated blood sugars. It usually results from decreased sensitivity to the hormone insulin.Oats may help lower blood sugar levels, especially in people who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes . Due to the soluble fiber beta-glucan, oats may improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar levels.

  1. Oatmeal is Very Filling and May Help You Lose Weight

Not only is oatmeal (porridge) a delicious breakfast food — it’s also very filling. Eating filling foods may help you eat fewer calories and lose weight. Oatmeal may help you lose weight by making you feel more full. It does this by slowing down the emptying of the stomach and increasing production of the satiety hormone PYY.

Ref. https://authoritynutrition.com/9-benefits-oats-oatmeal/

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