Meethi Seviyan / Sweet Vermicelli :

Seviyan

Meethi Seviyan / Sweet Vermicelli

Vermicelli (Italian: [vermiˈtʃɛlli], lit. “little worms”) is a traditional type of pasta round in section similar to spaghetti. In Italy vermicelli is slightly thicker than spaghetti, but in the United States it is instead slightly thinner.

Rakhi/Raksha Bandhan Special

Hi Friends!

To make the Desserts made with seviyan, meethi seviyan/Semiyan, today I have used the handmade vermicelli.  The handmade ones are healthier, taste the same but are also available in whole wheat flour. These seviyan/Semiya are shorter and slightly thicker, they add to the taste!

Recipe Servings: 6

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2  tea cups seviyan/Semiyan/Vermicelli
  • 6 Green Cardamoms /peeled and powdered
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 Tb spoon Almond Slivered
  • 1 tea Cup Sugar
  • 11/2 tea Cups water
  • 2 Tb spoons Clarified butter/Ghee

Method:

Step1.

In a heavy bottom pan fry the seviyan/Semiyan/Vermicelli in ghee,add cloves, stirring continuously till they turn light golden brown .

Step 2.

Add water to the fried seviyan/Semiyan/Vermicelli and bring it to boil. When the water starts boiling reduce the heat , cover and cook till 90% cooked.

Step 3.

Add sugar, powdered green cardamom powder to the cooked seviyan/Semiyan/Vermicelli. Stir to mix sugar well and let it cook through till all the water has evaporated.

Serve garnished with slivered Almond .

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Bell Pepper stuffed     Bell peppers sliced

Stuffed Bell Peppers:

Recipe Contributed By Mrs. Usha Mehta

Recipe Servings: 4

  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes

The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety. Red bell pepperscontain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you withantioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Thecapsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits

Hi Friends! Bell peppers stuffed with Rice , tomatoes, onions, dry fruits and steamed. A scrumptious dish!

Ingredients:

  • 3 bell peppers / capsicums
  • 6 tbsp basmati rice
  • 2 onions, or 1 1/2cup grated onion
  • 2 big tomatoes or 1 1/2 cup of tomatoes, grated
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 3 tsp cashew nuts roasted & coarsely ground
  • 3 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper  powder
  • 1 tsp salt/ or to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Cut off  the tops of the peppers, scoop out seeds and membranes so that the capsicums become hollow.

Step 2.

Wash rice well soak for 15 minutes, drain. Grate the ginger, onions and tomatoes . Keep aside.

Step 3.

In a mixing bowl take rice, grated onions, tomatoes and ginger. Add salt, ground cashew and pepper powder and mix again.

Step 4.

Now stuff each Bell peper/capsicum 3/4 with the mixture, add one tsp oil to each capsicum . Place the stuffed Bell pepper/capsicums in a container.

Step 5.

Place a pressure cooker on high flame with two glasses of water. Put the Capsicum container inside the pressure cooker. When the water starts boiling, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes till the rice is cooked and capsicums become tender.

Step 6.

Serve hot.

Health Benefits of Bell Peppers:

Here’s a short list of the good things they can do for your health:

  • Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. Bonus: that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C!
  • They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful.  The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.
  • Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids,  particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation.
  • If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.
  • The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
  • The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
  • Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.
  • Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.

So, pop some bell peppers into your shopping basket, and start reaping their rich health benefits!

Ref. https://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-incredible-health-benefits-of-bell-peppers.html

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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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Oats Porridge

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Oats Porridge

Oats in Hindi जई jaee

 Kingdom: Plantae

Order:      Poales

Family:      Poaceae

Genus:      Avena

Species:    A. sativa

Angiosperms

Monocots

Commelinids

Botanical name: Avena sativa

The oat (Avena sativa), sometimes called the common oat, is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name (usually in the plural, unlike other cereals and pseudo cereals. While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats.

Difference between rolled oats and quick oats?

Old-fashioned rolled oats: These are made by steaming the toasted groats and then running them between rollers to create flakes. Rolled oats can be eaten as is or cooked into oatmeal (it takes about ten minutes). Quick-cooking oats: These are simply rolled into thinner flakes, so they cook a little faster.

Cultivation:

Oats are best grown in temperate regions. They have a lower summer heat requirement and greater tolerance of rain than other cereals, such as wheat, rye or barley, so are particularly important in areas with cool, wet summers, such as Northwest Europe and even Iceland. Oats are an annual plant, and can be planted either in autumn (for late summer harvest) or in the spring (for early autumn harvest).

Hi friends! What better way to gain the strength and energy to carry you through a hectic morning schedule than with a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oats porridge. Oats add extra nutrition to a variety of healthy dishes.

Oats Porridge

Prep Time : 5 minutes

Cook time : 5-6 minutes

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Serve : 2

Ingredients :

·         1/2 tea cup Oats

·         1 1/2 tea cups milk

·         1 tea cup water

·         15 Almonds, powdered

·         2 tbsp Chironji

·         2 tbsp Pumpkin seeds (skin removed)

·         2 tbsp Sunflower seeds (skin removes)

·         2 tbsp Musk melon seeds (skin removed)

·         1 tsp flax seed powder

·         6 Dates, seeded and cut into small pieces

Method:

Step 1.

Take water in a pan, add white oats bring it to boil. Add milk  bring it to a boil reduce the heat. Add almonds , chironji, all three types of seeds to the oats and cook for about five minutes or till it reaches a thick consistency.

Step 2.

Add Dates, flax seed powder and stir to mix it. Serve hot in porridge bowls.

Note: If you want sweet porridge, add four tea spoons of sugar and mix it.

Possible Health Benefits:

Oats Lower Cholesterol Levels

A steaming bowl of fresh cooked oatmeal is the perfect way to start off your day, especially if you are trying to prevent or are currently dealing with heart disease or diabetes. Lowering high cholesterol levels can therefore significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Unique Oat Antioxidants Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Oats, via their high fiber content, are already known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Now, the latest research suggests they may have another cardio-protective mechanism.

Prevent Heart Failure with a Whole Grains Breakfast

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization among the elderly in the United States. Success of drug treatment is only partial (ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers are typically used; no evidence has found statins safe or effective for heart failure), and its prognosis remains poor.

Oats May Enhance Immune Response to Infection

In laboratory studies reported in Surgery, beta-glucan significantly enhanced the human immune system’s response to bacterial infection.

Oats May Stabilize Blood Sugar

Studies also show that beta-glucan has beneficial effects in diabetes as well. Type 2 diabetes patients given foods high in this type of oat fiber or given oatmeal or oat bran rich foods experienced much lower rises in blood sugar compared to those who were given white rice or bread. Starting out your day with a blood sugar stabilizing food such as oats may make it easier to keep blood sugar levels under control the rest of the day, especially when the rest of your day is also supported with nourishing fiber-rich foods.

Oats and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Oats and other whole grains are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion.

Fiber from Whole Grains, Such as Oats, and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer

Ref. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=54

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Green Chili Fritters

 

Green Chili Fritters.JPGGreen Chili Fritters

Hi friends! Green Chili fritters / Pakora are delicious and in  winter can be served with a hot cup of Indian masala tea. It’s a simple and easy recipe .

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15minutes

Cuisine : Snacks,

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 2

Ingredients :

  • 2 long  green chilies / pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Onion
  • 1/4 cup boiled mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2 tsp Fennel powdered
  • 2 tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or as per taste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Oil for deep frying

For the fritter/pakora batter:

  • 1 cup gram flour /besan
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt or/ as per taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the chilies, wipe them with kitchen towel, slit each chili lengthwise towards the center vertically without  slitting completely as chili has to be stuffed.

Step 2.

Heat two table spoon oil in a pan/wok , add grated onion. Sauté the onion lightly, add mashed potatoes siring and mixing well. Add salt, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, Fennel/saunf powder, and dry mango/amchoor powder, mix well. Cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes more, switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Cool the filling mixture to room temperature. Fill the slit chilies with a table spoon of  stuffing gently . Keep aside.

Step 4.

In a mixing bowl take the gram flour, rice flour, chili powder ,baking soda and salt.

Step 5.

Gradually add water to make thick batter and whisk the batter until smooth.

Step 6.

Heat  oil in a wok/kadai or heavy bottom deep pan.

Step 7.

Dip the stuffed chilies one by one in the batter coating the chili from all sides. Gently slide in the hot oil. Fry big chili one at a time. Fry at medium heat until golden brown in color. Remove with a slotted spoon on a kitchen towel to remove excessive oil .

Serve the Green Chili fritters/ hari mirch pakora with tangy coriander chutney and hot cup of tea.

Notes

1.Remove the seeds after slitting the chili.

Health benefits of green chilies:

  • Taking spicy dishes with a lot of chilies and fiery capsaicin or green bell pepper in the summer months will result in cooling down your body by sweating process.
  • Biting a raw green chillies will result in the pain you feel and help to dissolve blood clots and aids in digestion.
  • Intake of it will help a lot in your heart related problems. Eating green chili protects from health problems.
  • It increases your metabolism by burning your calories.
  • It helps you to keep you in better mood.
  • It is a good medicine for arthritis.
  • High amounts of the antioxidant beta-carotene, in it supports the cardiovascular system a lot.
  • The benefits of eating green chilies for health care of eyes and immune system.
  • Helps a lot in blocking the cholesterol content in the body.
  • Vitamin A in it will helpful in the health and maintenance of bones, teeth, mucous membranes.
  • Vitamin C in it plays a key role in the maintenance of bones, teeth and cartilage.
  • It promotes a good health in Intestines.
  • It is a good treatment for nerve-related disorders like persistent pain, psoriasis and neuropathy.
  • It acts as a natural pain reliever that is potent enough to help treat conditions like osteoarthritis.
  • It helps a lot in facial twitching.
  • It helps you to keep away from wrinkles.
  • It acts as an anti inflammatory medicine for skin related issues.
  • It helps maintain the health of the skin.
  • Vitamin C in it helps in the cure of wounds.
  • As an antioxidant, it strengthens overall health and helps the body fight infections.
  • Vitamin C in it will help in providing a glowing skin.

Ref. https://beautyhealthtips.in/incredible-benefits-of-indian-green-chillies/

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Panjiri Prasad

Dhaniya pangiri1Panjiri Prasad

Prasad  also called prasada or prasadam is a material substance of food that is a religious offering in both Hinduism and Sikhism. It is normally consumed by worshippers. ‘Prasad‘ literally means a gracious gift.

Dear friends! HAPPY JANMASHTAMI TO ALL OF YOU!! Dhaniya Panjiri Prasad is specially  eaten during  fasting on Lord Krishna’s birthday / Janam ashtami for breaking the fast. The dhaniya panjiri is very flavorsome and nutritious.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms  dry Coriander/dhaniya seeds, finely powder
  • 100 gms Jaggery Powder
  • 1 cup Makhana/fox nuts
  • 4 tbsp clarified butter/pure Ghee
  • 1/2 cup khopra / dried coconut, finely grated
  • 15 Cashew nuts , roasted and cut into small pieces

Method:

Step 1.

Take dry coriander seeds in a grinder and grind it to fine powder.

Step 2.

Heat two tablespoon olive oil or clarified butter /cow’s milk ghee, in a pan add makhana/ Fox nuts and stir fry for 3-6 minutes on medium heat. Cool fried makhanas/ Fox nuts and grind in the grinder to a coarse powder. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Dry roast cashew nuts in a small pan on medium flame or microwave for 2 minutes. Cool and cut in to small pieces. keep aside.

Step 4.

In a non stick pan/ wok heat two table spoons clarified butter/pure ghee add the powdered coriander/dhaniya powder and  fry on medium to low heat for 6-8 minutes. When lightly fried powdered coriander/dhaniya gives a nice fragrance. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.
 Add jaggery powder, roasted nuts, roasted makhanaa/Fox glove powder and  finely  grated khopra /dried coconut. Mix well let panjiri/ mixture come to room temperature dhaniya panjiri is ready.

 

Health benefits of coriander seeds:

  • Coriander seeds possess many plant-derived chemical compounds that known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
  • The characteristic aromatic flavor of coriander seeds comes from their essential volatile oils and fatty acids. Some important fatty acids in the dried seeds include petroselinic acid, linoleic acid (omega 6), oleic acid, and palmitic acid. In addition, the seeds contain essential oils such as linalool (68%), a-pinene (10%), geraniol, camphene, terpine etc. Together; these active principles are responsible for digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties of the seeds.
  • As in other spices, coriander is also rich in dietary fiber. 100 g seeds provide 41.9 g of fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert insoluble fiber, which helps increase bulk of the food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system and help easing constipation condition.
  • In addition, dietary fibers bind to bile salts (produced from cholesterol) and decrease their re-absorption in colon, thus help lower serum LDL cholesterol levels. Together with flavonoid anti-oxidants, fiber composition of coriander helps protect colon mucusa from cancers.
  • Its seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for cell metabolism and red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is utilized by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  • Unlike other dry spice seeds that lack in vitamin C, coriander seeds contain an ample amount of this anti-oxidant vitamin. 100 g of dry seeds provide 21 mg or 35% of RDI of vitamin-C.
  • Furthermore, the seeds are the storehouse of many vital B-complex vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

Selection and storage:

Coriander seeds as well as its oil can be readily available in the markets year around. The seeds used as spice. Good-quality coriander seeds should release pleasant, slightly peppery flavor when squeezed between index and thumb fingers. In the store, buy whole seeds instead of coriander powder since, oftentimes it may contain adulterated spicy mix.

At home, store seeds in cool, dry, dark place, in airtight containers. This way, they keep well for many months and can be milled using a hand-mill whenever required. Ground or powdered coriander should be stored inside airtight containers and placed in the refrigerator. Use this spicy powder as early as possible since it loses its flavor rather quickly due to evaporation of essential oils.

Culinary uses:

Dried coriander seeds are one of the common spice ingredients used worldwide. In general, completely dried seeds gently roasted under low flame just before milling in order to get fine powder. Roasting releases special aromatic compounds and essential oils in the seeds.

Here are some serving methods:

  • Coriander seeds are used as flavoring agent in confectionery, stews, sausages, sweet breads, and cakes.
  • Coriander leaves as well as seeds are being used as an aromatic spice in Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Middle-eastern and European cooking.
  • Russian dark rye bread, “Borodinsky bread” uses coriander seeds.
  • In India, ground powder of coriander seeds is a common household spice powder that is used in pickling, chutneys, stews, curries, marinades as well as in sausag

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

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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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Curd rice/yogurt rice

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yogurt rice is a dish of India. The word “curd” in India usually refers to unsweetened yogurt. It is very popular in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. In

Curd rice ( Tamil: தயிர் சோறு, Kannada: ಮೊಸರು-ಅನ್ನ (mosaru-anna), Telugu: పెరుగు అన్నం, Malayalam : Thayiru) also called the state of Tamil Nadu it is called “Thayir Sadam”. “Thayir”=Curd, “Sadam”=rice.

hi friends, here is a simple recipe of  curd rice/ yogurt rice.While it is most easily prepared by simply mixing boiled rice and yogurt, different  methods can be used . One of these recipes is given here: Rice is boiled so that it breaks down, becoming almost like a paste. Bring it to room temperature. It is then seasoned with fried red chilies, and curry leaves, and along with the urad dal , mustard seeds, and asafetida. Alternatively, it can be prepared by mashing cooked plain rice (can also use leftover boiled rice), and then mixing it with some salt, yogurt and (a bit of milk to lessen the sour flavor of yogurt or to stop it from souring too much) garnishing it with fried urad dal, mustard seeds, green chilli .

 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking  time: 20 minutes

course: main

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 2

Ingredients :

  • 1cup white rice
  •  2 cup thick curd/ yogurt /dahi
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt /or as per taste

for seasoning:

  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • a pinch of asafetida/heeng
  • 1 tsp urad/ black gram dal husked
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

Method:

Step 1.

Wash rice well and soak in 2 cups of water for 20  minutes.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker take the soaked rice along with the water soaked in, add salt .Close the lid and place  the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the pressure cooker come to the room temperature , open the lid take out the rice mash lightly with a ladle.

 Step 3.           

Add milk and bring the mix to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame. Cook the mixture for ten minutes . Cool the cooked rice.

Step 4.

whisked the curd / yogurt/ dahi add to the mashed cooled rice. Mix it well

Step 5.

In a pan, take oil add hing hen slightly pink in colour add mustard seeds, when mustard begins to splutter, add urad dal and fry until light golden, add chili and curry leaves. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Pour the seasoning  on the curd rice, mix well. Curd rice is ready to be served with lime or mango pickle and papadams.

Health benefits of having curd rice:

1. It boosts digestion and works best for stomach upsets, indigestion and bloating.

2. It’s a good natural substitute for pro-biotic and antibiotics for very young children during early stages of fever.

3. Has the mercury risen too high for your comfort? Just add some curd to your diet and you will feel better.

4. Curd is also a natural fire extinguisher after a very spicy meal. A small cup of curd will keep those spice tears away.

5. It’s high in calcium and good fats and a must have in high protein diets.

6. You apply it on your skin or on your hair for a soft, healthy glow

It increases immunity and the defense mechanism of the body.

8. It improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods in your body.

9. It’s extremely versatile in flavor and makes for a healthier substitute for milk and cream in your desserts and savory dishes.

Ref. http://www.idiva.com/news-health/10-reasons-to-have-curd-rice-in-daily-diet/15062562

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Aam papad / Mango jelly

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Aam Papad/Mango jelly

Hi friends, here is a recipe of traditional tangy Indian dessert made of mango pulp mixed with concentrated sugar and dried under sun. Mango Papad / jelly  is  healthy and very easy to prepare at home.  Homemade Aam Papad/Mango jelly is simply delicious. one of the most tasty & delicious mouthwatering mango papad that we ate many times in our childhood can now be made at home hygienically and enjoyed .

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Drying time: Two days in strong sunlight/ or three days indoors

Course: Indian dessert

Ingredients:

  • Mangoes – 2 big(500 grams)
  • Sugar – 100 gms
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Method:

Step 1.

Wash, peel and cut mangoes into cubes.

Step 2.

Take the cubes in a blender ,add  sugar and blend in to a fine paste without water .

Step 3.

Put the pulp of mangoes and sugar in a sauce pan then place it on the high flame to boil. After it comes to boil, reduce heat to low flame. Cook for 20 -25 minutes stirring constantly.

Step 4.

Take a non stick tray or grease a plate with Ghee, pour the cooked mango pulp in the plate and spread it into a thin layer  lightly in the greased  tray.

Step 5.

Now keep the tray covered with a thin muslin cloth out in the sun to dry for two days. In the strong sun light when it is very hot then the Mango Papad will be dried and ready in two days.

 OR

We can keep the plate in the room under the fan .This way Mango Papad also but takes longer to dry.

Step 6.

Remove  the dried Mango Papad with a knife from the sides of the plate. It will come out completely. Once the Mango Papad / jelly has dried completely take it out with a knife on a plate. Cut this Mango Papad /jelly in to desired shapes and sizes. These pieces of cut Mango Papad/ jelly  can be placed together  one over the other in layers.

Note

If the Mango Papad / jelly is slightly wet then it will stick to the plate, in this happens then keep the Mango Papad /jelly to dry for some more time.

Possible health benefits of mangoes:

Mangoes have been named the most widely consumed fruit in the world.

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 mangoes decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.

Age-related macular degeneration

The antioxidant zeaxanthin, found in mangoes, filters out harmful blue light rays and is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.3

A higher intake of all fruits (3 or more servings per day) has also been shown to decrease risk of and progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Asthma prevention

The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, found in mangoes, papaya, apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin and carrots.

Cancer

Diets rich in beta-carotene may also play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition5 and has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.4

In a study conducted by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists who tested mango polyphenol extracts in vitro on colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancers, mangoes were shown to have some impact on all cancers tested but were most effective with breast and colon cancers. The researchers are hoping to do a small clinical trial with individuals who have increased inflammation in their intestines with a higher risk for cancer for further proof for the efficacy of using mangoes in cancer prevention or treatment.7

Bone health

Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption can be achieved by eating a proper intake of fruits and vegetables, and is important for improving calcium absorption essential for optimal bone health.6

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 mango provides about 3 grams of fiber.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 21-25 grams of fiber per day for women and 30-38 grams for men.

Digestion

Mangoes, because of their fiber and water content, help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.

Heart disease

The fiber, potassium and vitamin content in mangoes all help to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Skin and Hair

Mangoes also great for your hair because they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

Adequate intake of vitamin C, which 1-cup of mango per day can provide, is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275921.php

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Cholia/green chikpeas kebabs

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Cholia/ dried green chikpeas kebabs

What are Green Chickpeas?

Green Chickpeas are young garbanzo beans harvested at their peak of freshness and are nutrition packed! These delicious and nutritious beans are now available dried in grocery stores.

Hi friends! here is a simple ,easy to make recipe of Kebabs. Not all kebabs have to be made with meat! Try out these scrumptious, easy, vegetarian Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas kebab recipe. It is high fiber, tasty and, perfect to serve at lunch or as evening / party snack with any spicy chutney/ dip. This recipe is a superb and yummy substitute for meat kebabs that all will enjoy. Make these Indian-style crisp Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas Kebabs for perfect party snacks or a starter.

Preparation time:  overnight soaking and 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Course: Healthy snacks, appetizers

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas
  • 1 medium size onion, or / 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 medium size potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 12 cloves of garlic, minced well
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely grated
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/ Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

For garnishing:

1 medium size onion, cut into rings.

Method:

Step 1.

Wash dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas well and soak it overnight in 500 ml of water.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker take the soaked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas along with the water soaked in. Place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, reduce to low flame for twenty minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Let the cooker come to room temperature, open the lid and take out the cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas in a mixing bowl , strain out the liquid. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Peel wash and cut the onions fine, keep aside.

Step 5.

Peel , mince the garlic cloves, and finely grate the ginger, keep aside.

Step 6.

For the kebabs, tip the drained cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas into a food processor and blend until coarsely mashed, but not puréed. or with a masher you can manually mash the boiled chanas.

Step 7.

Transfer  mashed cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas to a mixing bowl and add chopped onions, chopped/ minced garlic and chopped Cilantro/ Coriander leaves. Add corn flour ,salt, green chilies and freshly ground black pepper and mix well in to a dough.

Step 8.

Take about 2 Tbsp of the mixture /dough, in your hands (You can oil your palms if it’s sticking) and make small patties of the dough and shallow fry them in a non stick pan with little oil. Cook till it turns golden brown on both the sides. The mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.

or

Step 9.

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

Step 10.

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

Step 11.

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

Step 12.

Serve the hot and crisp kebabs with the spicy coriander/ cilantro/mint chutney .

Note:

Kebabs can be shallow fried in a non stick pan or deep fried.

Health benefits of Dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas/ Hara Chanas:

Rich in both types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, chickpeas escort the trapped bile acids out of the body and lower cholesterol levels, thereby contributing to cardiovascular health.

The insoluble fiber content in chickpeas helps in preventing digestive disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis; hence, promoting positive digestive health.

With folate and magnesium in high amounts, chickpeas protect the body from cardiovascular diseases. Folate reduces the levels of the amino acid, homocysteine which causes damage to the lining of arteries and increases the risk of blood vessel blockages.

With a rich supply of soluble fiber, chickpeas help in balancing blood sugar levels; thus, providing support to diabetic patients suffering from highs and lows of blood sugar levels.

The high fiber content in chickpeas induces feelings of satiety, thereby cutting down the intake of unwanted calories and keeping your appetite under control.

An excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, chickpea boosts production of energy and defends against several diseases.

Molybdenum is a mineral and an antioxidant important for stimulating the body’s mechanism for reducing symptoms of energy, helping with impotency in men, fighting against tooth decay and irritability, and preventing anemia. Molybdenum is found in chickpeas in abundance.

Chickpeas contain phytochemicals called saponins which are highly beneficial for the health of women. They act as antioxidants, providing protection against osteoporosis, lowering the risk of breast cancer, and minimizing hot flushes in post menopausal women.

Chickpeas help in meeting your daily iron requirements.  The deficiency of which reduces the delivery of oxygen throughout the body, resulting in feelings of weakness and tiredness, difficulties in concentration, and increasing the risk of infections.

A good source of iron, chickpeas also help with the proper functioning of the human system and preventing conditions, like anemia, weakness, hair loss, headaches, and other critical health concerns.

Regular consumption of folate is important for the production and maintenance of new cells, particularly during periods of rapid growth, like during pregnancy and infancy. Women, who consume adequate amounts of folate during their childbearing years, can reduce their risk of delivering babies with a neutral tube defect.

Enriched with the amino acid tryptophan, chickpeas are a good source of serotonin which regulates fluctuating moods and sleeping disorders. Eating chickpeas before bedtime leads to calmness and induces a good night’s sleep.

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

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Sago pudding / Sabudana Kheer

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During Navratri Sago / tapioca pearls / Sabudana is a common food consumed, when one is fasting. Sago / tapioca pearls / Sabudana  is a starch extract of the cassava plant. But not only Indians use this root, it is used across the world, including countries like South America and Brazil, tapioca is one of the most widely sold plants all over the world.

Hi friends In Hindi sabudana , edible starch which is obtained from a palm and is a staple food in parts of the tropics. The pith inside the trunk is scraped out, washed, and dried to produce a flour or processed to produce the granular sago used in the West. It a sweet dish made from sago and milk. The palm from which most sago is obtained, growing in freshwater swamps in SE Asia.

Prep Time : 25 minutes

Cook time : 30-40 minutes

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Desserts

Level Of Cooking : easy

Serve : 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tea cup Sago soaked
  • 500 ml Milk
  • a tiny pinch Saffron /kesar
  • 2 tbsp Almonds, slivered
  • 1/2 tea cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method

Step 1.

Soak the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana in water for 10 minutes.

Step 2.

In a non stick sauce pan boil milk with sugar and the saffron, reduce the heat and cook milk on low heat till it thickens a little. Add the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana after draining the water.

Step 3.

Cook on low flame, stirring intermittently, till the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana is well cooked. sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana becomes swollen and semi-transparent.

Step 4.

Add green cardamom powder and mix. and let the kheer thicken a bit.

Step 5.

Garnish the kheer with slivered almonds, serve hot or chill.

Health benefits of sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana

Helps muscle growth
If you’re a vegetarian looking for a healthy protein source, you can include tapioca in your diet. It contains large amounts of protein that can help muscle growth and strengthening, healing and other cellular function requiring proteins.

Improves bone health

Tapioca contains calcium, iron and vitamin K in abundance, which plays a very important role in maintaining bone health and improving flexibility. It also helps get rid of fatigue keeping you energised throughout the day.

Keeps blood pressure under control
Another great health benefit of tapioca is that it helps maintenance of blood pressure. The potassium content in tapioca improves blood circulation, which in turn, reduces the strain on your cardiovascular system.

Helps give your energy levels a boost 
Some of us often feel like we don’t have enough energy to keep ourselves going throughout the day. A great way to keep your batteries charged would be adding tapioca to your diet. Since tapioca is full of carbohydrates, it is a quick and healthy way to give your flailing energy reserves a boost.

Helps you gain weight
If you want to gain weight, then tapioca is exactly what you need. Packed with carbohydrates, this root makes weight-gain quick and easy. A perfect supplement for people suffering from eating disorders or those who want to gain weight, tapioca is cheap, easy to cook and definitely more healthy than artificial supplements.

Prevents birth defects
Tapioca contains folic acid and vitamin B complex which help in the proper formation of a foetus, protecting it against common birth defects like neural tube defect.

Improves digestion
Tapioca can give your digestive system a boost too. Known to help resolve common digestive disorders like constipation, indigestion, bloating and flatulence, tapioca also helps keep a check on your cholesterol levels, helping you stay healthy.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/7-health-benefits-of-sabudana-or-tapioca/

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Red beans / Rajma with yogurt

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Hi friends!Kidney beans are an excellent source of molybdenum. They are a very good source of folate, dietary fiber, and copper. Kidney beans are a good source of manganese, phosphorus, protein, vitamin B1, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Here is a recipe, simple and Easy , Red Kidney beans /rajma with yogurt give it a try. In this recipe there is no tomato. It is a delicious variation from traditional Red Kidney beans /rajma  recipe, you will love the taste of it.

Preparation Time : Soaking overnight

Cooking time : 40 minutes + 20 minutes

Servings : 4

Main Ingredients: Red kidney beans /Rajma, Curd /yogurt and Onions

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 tea cup red kidney beans /rajma
  • 2 tb sp Gram flour / besan
  • 1 tea cup thick yogurt / curd / dahi
  • 1 medium size onion or 1/2 tea cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder ,cumin roasted and powdered
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder or 1 1/2 ” piece of cinnamon
  • 1 level tsp Red chili powder or as per taste
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 6 black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 1/4 tsp Salt or salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp cooking Oil

Method:

Step 1.
Wash  Red beans / Rajma well and soak  in 6 cups of water overnight.

Step 2.

pressure cooker , add chopped onions and salt and place the cooker lid . Place the pressure cooker on the high flame. the moment full pressure is formed ,reduce the heat to low flame for 25 minutes. Switch off the stove and let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature. Open the lid and check Red beans / rajma, it will be totally cooked ,in shape yet soft.  Keep aside.

Step 3.

Dry grind cloves, cinnamon, cardamom , black pepper and keep aside.

Step 4.

Take curd / yogurt in a mixing bowl and whisk well add gram flour /besan and mix well.

Step 5.

Heat oil  in a thick bottom sauce pan and add, Bay leaf , ground spices from step 3. Fry for few seconds, add chili powder, turmeric powder. Add Curd/yogurt and gram flour /besan mix from step 4 to the seasoning. Cook on a medium flame for 2-3mins and add 2 cups of water. Bring the mix to boil.

Step 6.


Add cooked Red beans / Rajma, rosated cumin powder, bring it to boil and let it cook on low flame  for about 10-15 minutes till gravy thickens. Switch off the stove.

Step 7.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with laccha Paratha or any other Indian bread of choice!

Note:

Gram flour /Besan with curd /yogurt , provides a good gravy.

Health Benefits:

Kidney beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, kidney beans’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, kidney beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. But this is far from all kidney beans have to offer. Kidney beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites. Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared foods like delicatessen salads and salad bars. Persons who are sensitive to sulfites in these foods may experience rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation if sulfites are unwittingly consumed. If you have ever reacted to sulfites, it may be because your molybdenum stores are insufficient to detoxify them.

Lower Your Heart Attack Risk

Kidney beans’ contribution to heart health lies not just in their fiber, but in the significant amounts of folate and magnesium these beans supply. Folate helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is an intermediate product in an important metabolic process called the methylation cycle. Kidney beans’ good supply of magnesium puts yet another plus in the column of its beneficial cardiovascular effects.

Kidney Beans Give You Energy to Burn While Stabilizing Blood Sugar

In addition to its beneficial effects on the digestive system and the heart, soluble fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels. If you have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, kidney beans can really help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy. Studies of high fiber diets and blood sugar levels have shown the dramatic benefits provided by these high fiber foods.

Iron for Energy

In addition to providing slow burning complex carbohydrates, kidney beans can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores.

Maintain Your Memory with Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

Thiamin participates in enzymatic reactions central to energy production and is also critical for brain cell/cognitive function. This is because thiamin is needed for the synthesis of acetylcholine, the important neurotransmitter essential for memory and whose lack has been found to be a significant contributing factor in age-related impairment in mental function (senility) and Alzheimer’s disease.

Manganese for Energy Production and Antioxidant Defense

Kidney beans are a good source of the trace mineral manganese which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.

Protein Power Plus

If you’re wondering how to replace red meat in your menus, become a fan of kidney beans. These hearty beans are a good source of protein, and when combined with a whole grain such as whole wheat pasta or brown rice provide protein comparable to that of meat or dairy foods without the high calories or saturated fat found in these foods.

How to Select and Store

Whether purchasing kidney beans in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and that the beans are whole and not cracked.

Canned kidney beans can be found in most markets. Unlike canned vegetables, which have lost much of their nutritional value, there is little difference in the nutritional value of canned kidney beans and those you cook yourself. Canning lowers vegetables’ nutritional value since they are best lightly cooked for a short period of time, while their canning process requires a long cooking time at high temperatures. On the other hand, beans require a long time to cook whether they are canned or you cook them yourself. Therefore, if enjoying canned beans is more convenient for you, by all means go ahead and enjoy them. Store dried kidney beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place where they will keep for up to 12 months.

Cooked kidney beans will keep fresh in the refrigerator for about three days if placed in a covered container.

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Lal Chaulai sabzi / Red Amaranth

Lal Chaulai sabzi / Red AmaranthRed Chaulai G

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

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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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Red beans Galouti Kebabs

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Red Bean /Kidney bean /Rajma Kebabs

The kidney bean is a variety of the common bean Phaseous vulgaris. It is named for its visual resemblance in shape and color to a kidney. Red kidney beans can be confused with other beans that are red, such as adzuki beans.There are different groups of kidney beans, such as:

  • Red kidney bean (also known as: common kidney bean, Rajma in India, Surkh(Red) Lobia in Pakistan).
  • Light speckled kidney bean (and long shape light speckled kidney bean).
  • Red speckled kidney bean (and long shape light speckled kidney bean).

What are kebabs ?

Kebab (also kebap, kabob, kebob, or kabab) is a Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, and South Asian dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit[.

Hi friends !The Galouti kebabs were made famous by “Lucknow”, India ‘s royal chefs. ‘Galouti’ or ‘Galawati’ means melt in the mouth. A mix of kidney beans and Indian spices, with corn flour, all purpose flour are shallow fried to gorgeous brown.These are definitely  delicious, easy to make vegetarian kebabs, will melt in your mouth once you have tasted them.

Prep time : Overnight soaking

Cook time : 25 + 20 minutes

Cuisine : Indian, Utter Pradesh

Course: Appetizers

Serves : 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kidney beans/  Red Bean / Rajma
  • 1 small sized onion, chopped fine /1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1small sized tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp garlic , crushed
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro /coriander leaves/ finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Corn flour
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour / maida
  • 1 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • Oil for fryingDry Roast:
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds / khus khus
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 tsp cumin seed /jeera
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1tsp chironji /Charoli
  • 9 cashew nuts

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak Red beans / Rajma /kidney beans overnight in 500 ml water.

Step 2.

In a pressure take the soaked Red beans / Rajma /kidney beans along with the water soaked in. Close the lid and place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low lame. Let it cook for 25 minutes, switch off the stove.

Step 3.

When the cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and drain and transfer the boiled Red beans / Rajma /kidney beans to a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Dry roast cumin/ jeera, cinnamon, green and black cardamoms, cloves and cashew nuts, chironji and poppy seeds / khus khus. Cool to room temperature and grind to a fine powder.

Step 5.

Add red chili powder, salt, and dry roasted ground masala, to the / Rajma /kidney beans in the mixer jar. Grind Red beans / Rajma /kidney beans into a coarse paste. Remove it in a mixing bowl.
Step 5.

Add chopped onion, tomatoes ,green chilies , chili powder, grated ginger, garlic paste, lemon juice, corn flour , all purpose flour / maida and mix well. Make elongated kebabs from the mixture.

Step 6.

Heat oil in a non- stick wok / pan fry and shallow fry the kebabs till equally done on all sides. Serve the delicious kebabs hot with green garlic chutney / coriander chutney.

The health benefits of red kidney beans:

Prevents diabetes

Red kidney beans fall in the category of low glycemic index foods and they do not spike the blood glucose levels post meal in diabetics. In other words, they raise the blood glucose levels very slowly. Also, they contain good quality carbohydrates and lean protein which makes them a healthy option. And the cherry on the cake is that they are low in fat too. Also, the two amino acids which regulate insulin levels — arginine and leucine are present abundantly in red kidney beans.

Lowers cholesterol levels

Rajma is a tremendous source of soluble fibre which helps lower cholesterol levels. Soluble fibre forms a gel when it comes in contact with the stomach contents and this binds the cholesterol and prevents its re-absorption back into the system, thus lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Prevents hypertension 

Nutritious red kidney beans are also a very good source of potassium and magnesium along with soluble fibre and protein which helps maintain blood pressure within normal range and protects the over-all heart health. Potassium and magnesium dilate the blood vessels and arteries thus assuring smooth blood flow.

Helps lose weight

These fibre-rich beans when consumed, occupy a lot of space in the stomach thus providing a feeling of fullness for a longer period of time and they are low in fat too. This makes it an appropriate pre-workout option as it will provide sustained energy throughout.

Strengthens the immune system

The health benefits of rajma are not just limited to its fibre and protein content as it is full of antioxidants too. These antioxidants boost our immune system and protect it from the harmful effects of free radicals by scavenging them and limiting the damage. Antioxidants are also believed to have anti-ageing properties.

Combine rajma with vegetables in the form of salads or soups to make it more nutritious. Eating red kidney beans every day can become boring or monotonous, here is another interesting way to incorporate it in your daily diet: Red kidney bean flour/powered beans can be added to wheat flour to make more nutritious chapattis or Indian flat bread, khakra, wraps, chilas, dosas, pancakes, etc.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/5-health-benefits-rajma-or-red-kidney-beans/

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Bathua Paratha

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Bathua Paratha /Chenopodium flat bread

Bathua /Chenopodium album has an earthy, mineral-rich, astringent salty taste comparable to spinach. Bathua / Chenopodium album is readily available during India’s winter months at elevations up to 4,700 meters. Some sources, such as the “Handbook on Herbs Cultivation and Processing,” also list the plant as a summer crop in irrigated areas.

Hi friends ! Many simple but delicious recipes for Indian flatbreads are there that can be served with Indian curries or main dishes. There are a variety of breads consumed in India like roti, naan, Lachcha paratha and parathas to name a few. I love to prepare all kinds of breads for variation and change in my everyday menu. I hope you will enjoy them all too!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Makes : 12

Ingredients:                            

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 200 gms Bathua leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger ,finely grated
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder or 2 green chilies paste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed, roasted and powdered
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or / cooking oil of your choice
  • 1 cup water
  • Clarified butter for frying parathas

Method:

Step 1.

Put the cleaned and washed , chopped Bathua/ Chenopodium album in a pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup of water, close the lid and place the cooker on high flame. The moment pressure is formed switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool to room temperature.

Step 2.

Take the cooked Bathua/ Chenopodium album from the cooker put in the blender, one tea spoon grated fresh ginger, green chilies puree the mixture to a fine paste ,keep it aside.

Step 3.

In a mixing bowl, take whole wheat flour, salt, red chili powder( if green chilies are not used), cumin seed powder . Add bathua /Chenopodium album leaf puree. Mix the ingredients well.

 Step 4.

Gradually add about 1/4 cup of water or little more, just enough to form a soft dough and knead till smooth. keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5.

Divide into four portions and shape into balls. Roll out each ball into a thin, six to seven-inch round circle. Brush the entire surface of each circle with melted ghee/ claied butter evenly and dust with flour.

Step 6

Fold /Pleat the circle to make a number of folds. When entire circle of dough is pleated then roll up into a spiral. Flatten a bit between your palms and set aside for few minutes. Roll out this pleated dough circle lightly into a six-inch parantha / flat bread.

Step 7.

Heat a griddle /tawa , gently place the rolled paratha / flat bread on it. Cook each paratha / flat bread on both sides on medium heat.

Step 8.

Drizzle a little ghee all around the semi cooked paratha / flat bread and shallow-fry the paratha / flat bread till both sides are golden brown.

Step 9.

Serve hot lightly crushing the paratha / flat bread with your hands to separate the layers. It goes very well with Vegetable, potato stews / aloo sabzi etc.

Health benefits of Bathua/ Chenopodium album:

Health Benefits Of Chenopodium Album-Pappukura

  1. The rich vitamin C content is very useful in treating scurvy.
  2. Bathua is also used to treat burns, intestinal problems, painful limbs etc.
  3. Bathua keeps the hair black as it has many vitamins and minerals far in excess of those found in Indian gooseberry or amla which is also used to prevent hair from going grey prematurely.
  4. Raw bathua leaves when chewed help in ulcers of the mouth, bad breath, pyorrhea, and other dental problems.
  5. Bathua relieves gas, constipation, improves appetite and digestion, reduces acidity, bloating. Eat bathua for a few weeks everyday for relief.
  6. For those who suffer from piles eating bathua twice a day, in morning and evening, gives a lot of relief.
  7. For enlarged spleen, boil bathua and sprinkle some black pepper and rock salt on it and eat.
  8. It kills intestinal worms in children if they are made to eat bathua regularly for some days.
  9. To get relief in arthritis, drink 2 tsp of fresh juice of bathua leaves on empty stomach everyday for 2 to 3 months.
  10. Leaves of the plant can be used in treating insect bites.

Ref.http://www.yadtek.com/health-benefits-of-chenopodium-album-pappukura/

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Mixed Veggies stir fry

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Mixed Veggies stir fry

Stir fry veggies like potatoes, carrots and peas with onions and spices are healthy and delicious. With fresh seasonal green peas and carrots available in winter, it is a nutritious addition to, our menu.  Vegetables can also benefit us in many surprising ways. Certain vegetables can help reduce bloating, and others can give your skin a more youthful glow among many other benefits!

Hi friends! Mixed veggies stir fry veggie is a quick and healthy recipe . It can be prepared easily in a short time with the aromatic Indian spices that provide a nice flavor to the dish.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Course : Main

Cuisine: North Indian

 Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 small size carrots, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 cup green peas ,shelled
  • 2 small potatoes , cut into small cubes or / 2 cups potato cubes
  • 1 medium size onion / or 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder/ or to taste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp amchur powder / dry mango powder
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro / coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil

Method :

Step 1.

Shell and wash the peas , wash and peel the carrots and cut them into tiny cubes, wash and peel the potatoes and cut them into tiny cubes. keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi /heavy bottom pan , add asafetida fry for few seconds till colour changes slightly. Add Mustard and cumin seeds . When cumin ,mustard seeds start crackling , add the finely chopped onions. Sauté onions until turn light golden brown in color.

Step 3.

Add turmeric, chili and coriander powder and fry for few seconds. Add cubed potatoes, shelled peas and chopped carrots to the onion spice mix along with salt. Add 1/2 cup water. Mix well Cover and cook on low flame stirring intermittently.

Step 4.

When the vegetables are well cooked add amchoor / dry mango powder mix well and cook for five to six minutes more.

Step 5.

Remove the cooked veggies in a serving bowl. Garnish with finely chopped green coriander. Serve hot with Indian flat breads of choice or boiled rice.

Notes:

Amchoor /dry mango powder if not available, can be substituted with a tbsp of fresh lime juice.

Where fresh vegetables are not easily available, frozen vegetables can be used.

Health benefits of vegetables :

Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body. Health Benefits.

Do frozen vegetables have nutrients?

 Fortunately for those who rely on convenient bags from the freezer aisle, studies suggest frozen veggies have just as many nutrients (if not more) as their fresh counterparts .

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Moong Dal Dosa

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Moong Dal Dosa  / Green gram pancake

   Hindi Name: Dhuli Moong

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

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

Prep time: 2-3 hours or Soaking overnight

Cook time: 5 minutes

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 4

Makes: 6-8 Dosas

Ingredients :

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

Method :

Step 1.

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

Step 2.

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

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

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

Step 6.

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

Step 7.

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

Step 8.

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

Dosa, Dos and Don’ts for best results:

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

 Nutritional Profile:

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

Dietary Fiber Content

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

Vitamins and Minerals

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

Cooking Moong Dhal

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

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

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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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Chickpea Pilaf / Chole biryani

Chickpea Pilaf / Chole biryani

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Hi friends !Here is a yummy combination of rice, chickpeas / Kabuli chanas /Gabanzo beans, with spices. It is a complete, nutritious and healthy meal.

Cooking time: 20 minutes approx.

Cuisine: Indian , North Indian

Course : main

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cup chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas, canned or cooked
  • 3cups sliced onions
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 2 bay leafs/tejpatta
  • 11/2 tsp salt / or to taste
  • 3 cloves, powdered
  • 1 black cardamom, powdered
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 6 black pepper corns, powdered
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 tsp gram masala/ mixed spices powder
  • 2 cups water

  Method:

Step 1.

Wash the rice well and soak it for 15 minutes.

Step 2.

Soak the dry chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas overnight.In a pressure cooker take the soaked dried chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas along with the water soaked in. Add salt to it and place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, reduce to low flame for twenty minutes. Switch off the stove.

( If using canned chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas, drain the liquid out of the can of chickpeas and wash the chickpeas well. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in a deep heavy bottom pan, add cumin seed. When cumin starts crackling add the bay leaves, powdered cloves, pepper powder, cinnamon, cardamom powder sauté for few seconds. Add the sliced onions. Fry the onions till golden brown.

Step 4.

Add chickpeas/chole/garbanzo/kabuli chanas and rice, salt and water. After it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame and cover the pan and let it cook till rice is well cooked (approximately 10-12 minutes). Sprinkle lemon juice and gram masala, switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Serve hot with  Potato Raita/ Coconut Raita or any other Raita of your choice !

Note:

Cover and cook the rice on low flame after water starts boiling. Don’t stir the rice while they are cooking.check the rice in about 110-15 minutes. Check when the  the water has evaporated and rice is tender and well cooked, switch off the stove.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  1. White Chickpeas is a versatile source of protein in the human body.
  2. It helps in boosting the protein power and energy, which is a basic requirement for the healthy body.
  3. Chickpeas consist natural protein and vitamins which helps in muscle and body building.
  4. They are low in fat and cholesterol.
  5. Boiled chickpeas are highly beneficial to provide protein, foliate and zinc in the body.
  6. Chickpeas are high dietary fibre, which is an ultimate source of carbohydrates, hence strongly recommended to the diabetics
  7. Basmati is a healthy ‘supergrain’

    Basmati is gluten-free and low in fat. It contains all eight essential amino acids, folic acid, and is very low in sodium and has no cholesterol.

    Basmati has a low to medium glycaemic index, meaning that energy is released at a slower, steadier rate leading to a more balanced level of energy.

Ref.http://www.tilda.com/our-rice/why-basmati-is-best

Difference between basmati rice and regular rice (both the brown and white versions)?

Basmati rice is a unique species of rice originating from India. Just like all species of rice, basmati is available in white or brown versions, depending on the extent of the milling process. Like jasmine rice, it has its own unique smell. In the case of basmati, this smell is due to the presence of a chemical called 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline, which is found in basmati rice at about 90 parts per billion. That’s about 12 times more than in other types of rice, giving basmati its special aroma. Brown basmati rice is comparable to other types of brown rice in nutrient content (although it does contain about 20% more fiber compared to most other types of brown rice), and white basmati rice is comparable to other types of white rice.

Ref. http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=365

 

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Til/sesame Gud laddoos

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Hi friends ! WORK harder, EAT better , RUN faster , Feel stronger. Sesame seeds are very beneficial for health, generally they are overlooked, but they include the ability to prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, among  a wide variety of  other benefits !Sesame seeds / Til combined with Gud / jaggery a natural sweetener and full of nutrients is a delicious winter bonanza.

Makar Sankranti, also known as Sankranti or Makara Sankrant, is one of the highly auspicious days in a Hindu calendar and the day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya (Sun God). In 2016, the date of Makar Sankranti is January 15.Wish you all a very happy Sankranti. This festival is Tilgul Til (sesame seeds) and gud(jaggery). Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam and heralds the arrival of spring season. Lord Surya is worshipped on the Makar Sankranti day and is a form of Nature Worship. Makar Sankranti is observed throughout India by all communities but with slight variations in the festivities.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sesame seeds / til
  • 1 tbsp Clarified butter
  • 1/4 cup roasted ground nuts, halved
  • 1/2 cup jaggery/ Gud, grated
  • 4 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 1/4 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan / wok / griddle take the sesame seeds / Til, roast on a medium flame till they start popping and are light brown in colour. Switch off the stove. When roasted sesame seeds/ til cools, quick grind in the grinder will make a coarse powder. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Take the peanuts in a microwave safe bowl and roast for 60 seconds.

Step 3.

Heat grated jaggery / Gud with 1/4 cup water on medium flame, stirring continuously as jaggery/ gud gets burnt very easily.

Step 4.

To check if Jaggery / gud is cooked and ready, drop of hot jaggery/gud drop in a small plate with some water. If the jaggery sets like a drop without getting dissolved the required consistency is right. switch off the stove.

Step 5.
Now add the sesame seeds / til coarse powder, roasted and broken into halves peanuts, and cardamom powder and mix till well blended.

Step 6.

Divide the mixture in 12 equal portions on a non stick tray. Apply some ghee to your palms and make small (table tennis size) balls of the portions on the plate, taking care the mixture is sufficiently cool and handle able . If the mixture cools off fast while making the laddoos, then, heat the mixture a little again till it melts and repeat the procedure.

Health benefits of sesame seeds:

  • Flavorful, crunchy sesame seeds are widely considered healthy foods. 100 g of seeds carry 573 calories. Although, much of its calorie comes from fats, sesame contains several notable health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
  • The seeds are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, which comprises up to 50% fatty acids in them. Oleic acid helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in mono-unsaturated fats help prevent coronary artery disease, and stroke by favoring healthy lipid profile.
  • The seeds are also very valuable sources of dietary protein with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children. Just 100 g of seeds provide about 18 g of protein (32% of daily-recommended values).
  • In addition, sesame seeds contain many health benefiting compounds such as sesamol (3, 4-methylene-dioxyphenol), sesaminol, furyl-methanthiol, guajacol (2-methoxyphenol), phenylethanthiol and furaneol, vinylguacol, and decadienal. Sesamol and sesaminol are phenolic anti-oxidants. Together, these compounds help stave off harmful free radicals from the human body.
  • Sesame is among the seeds rich in quality vitamins, and minerals. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin.
  • 100 g of sesame contains 97 µg of folic acid, about 25% of recommended daily intake. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis. When given to expectant mothers during their peri-conception period, it may prevent neural tube defects in the newborns.
  • Niacin is another B-complex vitamin found abundantly in sesame. About 4.5 mg or 28% of daily-required levels of niacin is provided by just 100 g of seeds. Niacin helps reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition, it enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis.
  • The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.

Just a hand full of sesame a day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein.

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

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Kheer/Indian rice pudding

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Kheer native names Payasam, payasa, ksheeram, fereni

Place of Origin: South Asia

Region or State: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal , Banladesh

Kheer is a South Asian rice pudding made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca, or vermicelli, Samwat ke chawal with milk and sugar; it is flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert. It is also known in some regions as payasam, payasa, gil-e-firdaus and fereni. Kheer made from this special kind of rice called Samwat ke chawal / parsai ke chawal ke kheer, is very delicious and easy to make.

Hi friends! There is a long list of the special kind of food which can be consumed during the winter season. Here is a simple and delicious recipe of creamy rice pudding /Indian pudding / Rice Kheer delicately flavored with saffron, cardamom, and almonds. This can be enjoyed with Semolina pancakes /Malpuas to satisfy your sweet tooth .

Prep Time : 30 minutes

Cook time : 45 minutes approx.

Serve : 6

Level Of Cooking : Medium

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice (usually basmati)
  • 1 1/4 liter Milk toned
  • 4tbsp slivered Almonds
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Saffron

Method:

Step 1.

Wash chawal /rice well and soak in water for 1/2 an hour.

Step 2.

Take milk in a deep heavy bottom pan and bring to boil on high flame. Add drained chawal / rice to the milk and lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.

Step 3.

Cook till the  chawal /rice is fully cooked and the milk has reduced to approximately half.

Step 4.

Add sugar, saffron and keep cooking till the sugar has fully dissolved.

Step 5.

Add slivered almonds and cardamom powder and cook for another ten minutes. The kheer should be thick but of dripping consistency.

Step 6.

Kheer is ready to serve, garnish with slivered almonds and serve hot or chilled as per liking.

Note:

During summer Kheer / indian pudding can be cooled and kept in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.

 

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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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Sesame Delicacy / Til Laddoos

IMG_3838.jpgSesame Delicacy / Til khoyaLaddoos

 

Sesame seeds add a nutty taste and a delicate, almost invisible, crunch to many Asian dishes. They are also the main ingredients in tahini (sesame seed paste) and the wonderful Middle Eastern sweet call halvah. They are available throughout the year.Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. “Open sesame”—the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights—reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity. The scientific name for sesame seeds is Sesamun indicum.

Sesame Delicacy / Til Khoya Ladoo

Hi friends ! Here is another recipe for the winter season. Specialty of this recipe is total success to even a first time cook too ! Winter is the season to have Sesame seeds laddoos or other sweets made of sesame seeds. They are scrumptious and give body warmth during cold season.

Preparation time : 5 minutes

Cooking time : 10 minutes

Level of cooking : Easy

Cuisine : Indian

Category : Indian Desserts

Makes : 15 Laddoos

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cup white Sesame seeds (Til)
  • 2 cup Khoya /Mawa/ grated
  • 1/2 cup Sugar (as per taste 1/4 cup can be increased for sweeter taste)
  • 16-18 Almonds, finely powdered
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds (for garnishing)
  • 3 Green Cardamoms

Method :

Step 1.

Clean sesame. Heat a heavy bottom pan / kadahi /wok and dry roast sesame till they turn light brown (Sesame are roasted very quickly, takes about five minutes). Cool and grind in a mixer. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Grind sugar finely in the mixer. Remove the skin of the cardamoms and grind the seeds.Keep aside.

Step 3.

Grind the almonds to a fine powder, keep aside.
Step 4.

In a pan , fry khoya for two minutes. Turn off the stove. (You can also use a microwave for the same).

Step 5.

Add ground sesame seeds, almonds to the fried khoya and mix well. To this mixture add ground cardamoms and sugar blend it well.The sesame laddoo mix is ready.

Step 6.

Make small table tennis ball size  laddoos from this mix. Garnish the laddoos with slivered almonds. Fresh delicious laddoos are ready to serve , they can be stored for 1-2 weeks.

Note:

  •  Wait for the Laddoo mixture to cool a bit, before making the laddoos.
  • For best results apply a little clarified butter on your palms before starting to make the laddoos .

How to Select and Store

Sesame seeds are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Just as with any other food that you can purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the sesame seeds are covered and that the store has a good product turnover to ensure maximal freshness.

Whether purchasing sesame seeds in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure there is no evidence of moisture. Additionally, since they have a high oil content and can become rancid, smell those in bulk bins to ensure that they smell fresh.

Unhulled sesame seeds can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Once the seeds are hulled, they are more prone to rancidity, so they should then be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Health Benefits of Sesame seeds:

Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Rich In Beneficial Minerals

Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, a very good source of manganese, and a good source of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium.

How to Enjoy

A Few Quick Serving Ideas
  • Add sesame seeds into the batter the next time you make homemade bread, muffins or cookies.
  • Use the traditional macrobiotic seasoning, gomasio, to enliven your food. You can either purchase gomasio at a health food store or make your own by using a mortar and pestle. Simply mix together one part dry roasted sea salt with twelve parts dry roasted sesame seeds.
  • Sesame seeds add a great touch to steamed broccoli that has been sprinkled with lemon juice.
  • Spread tahini (sesame paste) on toasted bread and either drizzle with honey for a sweet treat or combine with miso for a savory snack.
  • Combine toasted sesame seeds with rice vinegar, soy sauce and crushed garlic and use as a dressing for salads, vegetables and noodles.
  • Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=84

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Chili Paneer/cottage cheese

Chili Paneer

Chinese cuisine includes styles originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world including most oriental nations. The history of Chinese cuisine in China stretches back for thousands of years and has changed from period to period and in each region according to climate, imperial fashions, and local preferences. Over time, techniques and ingredients from the cuisines of other cultures were integrated into the cuisine of the Chinese people due both to imperial expansion and from the trade with nearby regions in pre-modern times, and from Europe and the New World in the modern period. In addition, dairy is rarely—if ever—used in any recipes in the style. In India people created their own distinct flavors of Chinese cuisine.Chinese society greatly valued gastronomy and developed an extensive study of the subject.

Ref:  Wikipwedia

Hi friends! Here is an easy recipe of  Chilli Paneer. It is a yummy and nutritious recipe from Chinese cuisine to Indian flavor. Chilli Paneer can also be eaten along with Veg chow mein or fried rice.

Ingredients :

For Batter:

  • 1/2 cup Corn flour
  • 1 tbsp Maida /All purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Soya sauce
  • 1/2 level tsp salt / or salt to taste

Other Ingredients :

  • 200 grams Paneer
  • 1 Green Capsicum , cut into 1″ square pieces
  • 1/2 cup Spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 2 tsp Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Soya Sauce
  • 2 tsp Chilly Sauce
  • 2 Green Chilies , finely chopped
  • 1tsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 2 tsp Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt /or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper Powder 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Chili flakes

Method :

Step 1.

In a bowl take all the ingredients for the batter and make a smooth, thick batter by adding gradually (approximately ¼ cup of ) water.

Step 2.

Dip the paneer / cottage cheese pieces in the batter, coating the pieces nicely and deep fry in hot oil till the paneer /cottage cheese pieces are golden brown. Drain on a tray lined with absorbent paper and keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in the pan, on high flame, sauté ginger, garlic and green chilies for a minute or so. Add green capsicum and fry for two minutes.

Step 4.

Take one tbsp corn flour in 1/4 cup water till all lumps disappear. Add the tomato sauce , chili sauce, soya sauce, Vinegar, sugar, chili flakes, black pepper corn flour paste and salt and allow it to come to a boil. Now add paneer / Cottage cheese pieces, mix all the ingredients on a low flame till everything is well blended thoroughly.

Step 5.

Serve immediately garnished with the spring onions. This scrumptious, piping hot Chili Paneer can be enjoyed with noodles or fried rice.

Paneer is a type of cheese. It is the Indian name for cottage cheese. Paneer, unlike other cheeses, has not been matured and it is rather bland. Cheese is nutritious food made mostly from the milk of cows but also other mammals, including sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks. The milk is curdled using some combination of rennet (or rennet substitutes) and acidification. Bacteria acidify the milk and play a role in defining the texture and flavor of most cheeses. There are hundreds of types of cheese.

Health Benefits of Cottage Cheese:

Cottage cheese provides many health benefits, including a high protein content, as well as significant calcium, phosphorus, and potassium contents, and it can be used for weight management.

Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer: The calcium and vitamin D found in dairy products, especially in cottage cheese, reduces the risk of breast cancer. Research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health by Shin et al. found that in case of premenopausal women, the level of calcium and vitamin D actually helped in reducing the risk of breast cancer. This particular study was conducted over a period of 16 years.

Rich in Protein: One of the biggest benefits of cottage cheese is the high amount of casein protein found in it. It is believed that cow’s milk contains the highest amount of casein protein among various milks. The amount of protein contained in cottage cheese is ideal for vegetarians in supplying them with the required amount of daily protein. Cottage cheese does not require any amount of cooking and it can be consumed directly.

Best Foods for Pregnant Women: Cottage cheese is recommended for pregnant women along with athletes due to various essential nutrients found in it. For example, pregnant women need calcium and cottage cheese is a very good source for it. Cottage cheese also contains phosphorus, which is an important element found in bones that is also recommended during pregnancy.

Rich Source of B-Complex Vitamins: B-complex vitamins found in cottage cheese are helpful in various metabolic activities in our bodies. Some of them include vitamin B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin, and folate.

-Vitamin B12 is needed for proper brain functioning and helps in absorbing iron.

-Riboflavin helps in converting carbohydrates into energy.

-Pantothenic Acid acts as a synthesizer that helps in forming proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids in our body.

-Thiamin helps in converting sugars into energy in the pyruvate dehydrogenase system.

-Niacin, on the other hand plays an important role in digestion, energy production, and cholesterol reduction.

-Folate helps in fetal development in pregnant women, helps in producing red blood cells and keeps the heart healthy.

Strengthens Bones: Calcium is one of the major elements associated with milk and their products. Some of the benefits of calcium-rich foods include bone strengthening and weight loss. The amount of calcium in cottage cheese is 8% of the daily recommended value. Calcium, found in milk and milk products such as curd or cottage cheese, helps in building strong bones throughout childhood and adulthood. Eating calcium-rich foods during pregnancy and later years is helpful, especially in osteoporosis and colon cancer. It also helps the nervous system in sending nerve impulse and controls weight gain and heart disease. These are just a few of the benefits of eating calcium-rich foods like cottage cheese.

Heart-Friendly and Maintains Blood Sugar Levels: Cottage cheese is a good source of magnesium. In the human body, most of the magnesium is concentrated in our bones. Magnesium also acts as a catalyst, promotes biochemical reactions, activates various enzymes in the body, maintains muscle and nerve functioning, and supports the immune system. It helps in maintaining blood sugar levels and prevents heart attacks, constipation, psychiatric disorders, migraine, and collagen.

Prevents Strokes and Controls Anxiety: Apart from other nutrients, cottage cheese contains potassium. Potassium acts as a fluid-balancing element in the body and is an important component in neural activities of the muscle and brain. It also relieves muscle cramps. Intake of potassium on a regular basis prevents the risk of getting brain stroke, since it lowers blood pressure and the contraction of vessels. It is also helpful in decreasing stress levels and anxiety. Potassium, along with sodium, act as electrolytes, but potassium does not have the side effects of sodium such as increased blood pressure and cardiovascular stress.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-cottage-cheese.htm

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Almond soup

Almond soup copy

Hi friends! here is a recipe with the goodness of apple and the richness of almonds, which makes this soup extra special for this winter season.

Prep Time : 5-7 minutes

Cook time : 15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Cuisine : Continental

Course : Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Almonds (18-20 almonds ),soaked for an hour
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Leeks, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Onion ,( 1 small size onion)
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • 2/3 tsp Salt /or salt to taste
  • 1/4tsp Black pepper, freshly ground

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the apple, finely chop (approx 1 cup) keep aside. Wash leek well and finely chop, finely chop onion, grind almonds to a paste and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a heavy bottom pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add, finely chopped onion, apple, leek and almond paste. Cook for 2-3minutes.

Step 3.

Add three cups of water and boil for 5-8 minutes. Switch off the stove. Cool to room temperature and strain.

 Step 4.

In a blender take the strained vegetables and add little soup to it and puree. Add the pureed vegetables to the strained liquid and mix well.

Step 5.

Add cornflour (dissolve it in two tbsp of water ) simmer for two-three minutes.

Step 6.

Serve soup hot garnished with slivered almonds.

 

Eating a snack of apples and almonds helps fuel your activity throughout the day and also offers health benefits:

Fiber

Both apples and almonds are rich in fiber, so combining these foods makes for a fiber-packed snack. As a result, you’ll likely feel satisfied long after your snack, because the fiber helps fill your stomach and slows digestion to keep you going until your next meal. If you suffer from cardiovascular disease or diabetes, apples and almonds offer additional health benefits by helping control your blood cholesterol and sugar levels. A snack of one large apple and an ounce of almonds contains 8.9 grams of dietary fiber — 42 or 32 percent, respectively, of the recommended fiber intake on a 1,500- or 2,000-calorie diet, according to Colorado State University.

Fat

Apples contain several nutrients but lack healthy oil; each large apple contains only 0.38 grams of total fat. However, eating fat each day is essential to your well-being, since fats help facilitate hormone production and provide a source of energy. Eating almonds with your apple boosts the snack’s fat content, with each ounce of almonds providing 6 grams of healthy, unsaturated fat. Getting your dietary fat from healthy sources, such as almonds, benefits your cardiovascular system, lowering harmful cholesterol levels and the risk of type 2 diabetes, notes the Linus Pauling Institute.

Vitamins

Apples and almonds have complementary vitamin contents. Apples provide a source of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, while almonds contain vitamin E. Consuming these two vitamins together benefits your health. Normally, your body relies on vitamin E for its antioxidant capabilities, and consuming this nutrient protects your cells from oxidative damage. However, without adequate vitamin C, your body uses up the active vitamin E, leading to an accumulation of an inactive form of the vitamin that no longer protects your cells. Consuming an apple along with almonds ensures that your body has both vitamins E and C to help support continued vitamin E function.

Snack Ideas

If you’re interested in pairing apples and almonds for their health benefits but the thought of eating a whole apple with a handful of almonds sounds dull, get creative. Roughly chop the apple and almonds, then combine them in a bowl with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a raw, apple crisp-like treat. Alternatively, drizzle warm, all-natural almond butter over a thinly sliced apple, or mix almond butter with Greek yogurt to make a healthy dip for apple slices.

Ref. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-apples-almonds-4240.html

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Sarson ki bhurji

saron ki Bhurji G   Makki ki roti with bhurjiSarson ki bhurji                                                 Makki ki Roti

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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Samwat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer

Samwak ke chaval kheer

Samwat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer

Kheer from India: Alternative names Payasam, payasa, ksheeram, fereni

Place of Origin: South Asia

Region or State: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal , Banladesh

Kheer is a South Asian rice pudding made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca, or vermicelli, Samwat ke chawal with milk and sugar; it is flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert. It is also known in some regions as payasam, payasa, gil-e-firdaus and fereni. Kheer made from this special kind of rice called Samwat ke chawal / parsai ke chawal ke kheer, is very delicious and easy to make.

Samwat Ke Chawal or Sama ke chawal or Barnyard millet is a wildly growing grain which is actually a seed not grain Sama ke chawal or Barnyard millet is vastly used during Navratri fasting as it is rich in complex carbohydrates and protein .It is considered an ideal food for fasting days in North India

Hi friends! This  year the Navratri festival season began from October 13, 2015. During the nine days, of Navratri people observe a strict diet but there are certain kinds of food which can be consumed. The cuisine during fasting is actually irresistible and more mouth-watering . There is a long list of the special kind of food which can be consumed during the Navratri vrat or fast. Here is a simple and delicious recipe for you.

Prep Time : 30 minutes

Cook time : 45 minutes approx.

Serve : 6

Level Of Cooking : Medium

Cuisine: Indian, (vrat or fasting time)

Course: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Samwat ke chawal / parsai ke chawal
  • 1 1/4 liter Milk toned
  • 12-15 cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp slivered Almonds
  • 12-15 Raisins
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Samwat ke chawal /rice well and soak in two cups of water for 1/2 an hour.

Step 2.

Roast slivered almonds and cashews lightly in microwave. After cutting the cashews into small pieces keep aside slivered and roasted almonds and cut cashew pieces aside.

Step 3.

Take milk in a deep heavy bottom pan and bring to boil on high flame. Add drained Samwat ke chawal / rice to milk and lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.

Step 4.

Cook till the Samwat ke chawal /rice is fully cooked and the milk has reduced to approximately half.

Step 5.

Add sugar and keep cooking till the sugar has fully dissolved. Add raisins,cut almonds and cashew nuts and cardamom powder and cook for another ten minutes. The kheer should be thick but of dripping consistency.

Step 6.

Kheer is ready to sreve, garnish with slivered almonds and serve hot or chilled as per liking.

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Green Peas Pilaf/ Matar Pulav

Rice pilaf with peas

Green Peas Pilaf/ Matar Pulav

Hi friends ! Here is a delicious easy to cook and serve recipe using Basmati rice / long grain rice. Basmati rice has wonderful aroma, literally translated as ‘the fragrant one’ . Basmati rice is a unique species of rice originating from India. Just like all species of rice, basmati is available in white or brown versions, depending on the extent of the milling process. Like jasmine rice, it has its own unique smell. In the case of basmati, this smell is due to the presence of a chemical called 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline, which is found in basmati rice at about 90 parts per billion. That’s about 12 times more than in other types of rice, giving basmati its special aroma. Brown basmati rice is comparable to other types of brown rice in nutrient content (although it does contain about 20% more fiber compared to most other types of brown rice), and white basmati rice is comparable to other types of white rice.

Cooking time: 20 minutes approx.

Cuisine: Indian , North Indian

Course : main

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms uncooked long grain rice/ Basmati rice in India
  • 225 gms onions, chopped thin lengthwise
  • 2  cups / 200 gms shelled green peas / fresh or forzen
  • 1  Cumin seed / Jeera
  • 1 black cardamom/badi elaichi
  • 2 small green cardamom/hari elaichi or choti elaichi
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1″ cinnamon stick / 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp gram masala
  • 4  tbsp olive oil / any cooking medium
  • 600 ml water
  • 2 level tsp salt /  or salt to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Wash the rice well and soak it for 15 minutes.

Step 2.

Shell the peas, keep aside. Cut the onion length wise and keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed vessel add cumin seed, when starts crackling add black and green cardamoms, and cinnamon. Fry for a few seconds.

Step 4.

Add chopped onions and fry on medium heat for few  minutes till the onions are light golden brown.

Step 5.

Add to the above seasoning rice, green peas, water and salt, gram masala. Mix well and bring to boil on high heat. Once starts boiling, reduce heat and cook covered on low flame for 15-20  minutes or till all water evaporates and rice is well cooked.

Step 6.

Serve hot garnished with black pepper powder with bottle gourd raita or Indian curries of your choice!

Basmati rice is a healthy ‘supergrain’:

Basmati is gluten-free and low in fat. It contains all eight essential amino acids, folic acid, and is very low in sodium and has no cholesterol.

Basmati has a low to medium glycaemic index, meaning that energy is released at a slower, steadier rate leading to a more balanced level of e

Ref. http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=365

Ref. http://www.tilda.com/our-rice/why-basmati-is-best

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Moong Dosa /Pesarattu

Dosa MoongMoong Dosa /Pesarattu

Prep time: Soaking overnight

Cook time: 5-6 minutes

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Indian, Andhra Pradesh

Serves: 4

Makes: 6-8 Dosas

Hi friends! Here is one more recipe for healthy breakfast. Dosa is one of the most popular Indian breakfast. There are many varieties of Dosas . Dosa is like a pancake. This recipe of Moong Dosa or Pesarattu is a healthy and delicious breakfast recipe of Andhra Pradesh. It can be served with Upma.

Ingredients:       

  • Cup Moong sabut / Green gram whole/ pesalu
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/8 tsp Asafetida / hing
  • 1 tsp cumin seed / jeera
  • 1 tbsp cilantro / coriander
  • 1/2 cup olive oil / or any other cooking oil for frying dosas

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Moong sabut / Green gram whole well. Soak the Moong sabut / Green gram whole overnight in 500 ml water.

Step 2.

Grind the soaked and drained Moong sabut / Green gram whole , asafetida, green chili, ginger, coriander leaves, salt with some water into a thick smooth paste. Remove the batter in a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Add the rice flour to the batter and mix well.

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

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

Step 6.

Sprinkle some of the finely chopped onions, green chilies and coriander leaves. Drizzle oil at the sides and in the center. When the batter begins to dry a bit, gently pour one tsp of oil over and around it again. Wait for about 20-30 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. Flip it over again and add a big spoonful of mixed vegetable upma in the center of the dosa /pesarattu, fold it once with the help of spatula and remove from non-stick tava / griddle, slide it gently on a plate.

Step 8.

Sprinkle some water on the non-stick tava / griddle, and repeat this process for making the remaining dosas /pesarattus. This batter gives approx 6-8 Dosas /pesarattus.
Step 9.

Serve hot. Coconut / cilantro/ coriander chutney is an excellent accompaniment to this dosa .

Dosa, Dos and Don’ts for best results:

Do use a moderately hot griddle/ tava for dosas
Do use a grinder / blender for the batter
Do place the batter in 70-80 degrees F for fermentation
Don’t start making dosas using chilled batter
Don’t make dosas on an unseasoned griddle/ tava
Don’t use poor quality rice and dal
Health benefits of Green Gram or Moong whole /sabut:

Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More

Here is a super food I really love and enjoy not only because it keeps me full but it also helps me lose weight. It has many properties that are beneficial for us especially when we are starving ourselves in the name of being on diet.

Yes, I am taking about the good old Green Gram or Green Moong. We can have it in many forms. We can soak it and make a healthy dal to have with roties or brown rice, we can sprout it and make a healthy salad from it. There is also one interesting way that I doubt most are not aware of; we can dry roast the dal and dry grind it into flour to make some healthy and tasty roties/ parathas or wet grind it to make healthy versions of dosa, idli or uttapa.

Now here are some reasons why you should give so much thought to Green Moong:

  1. It’s loaded with Goodies: It is rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and also in many minerals including iron, calcium, and potassium. Not to forget it is a powerful source of vegetarian protein.
  2. It good to Shed Some Unwanted Weight: It is considered a healthy weight loss food as it is a low fat food rich in proteins and fibre. It curbs cravings and keep us full for a long time. It detoxifies the body and benefits the metabolism as well as immune system.
  3. It’s good for the Heart: It helps to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system. Regular intake of Green Moong reduces bad cholesterol and improves the flexibility of arteries and veins. It also regulates the blood pressure.
  4. Keeps a check on the Blood Sugar Level: Green Moong is full of complex carbohydrates in form of high fibre, which aids digestion. Complex carbs also stabilizes blood sugar and controls its sudden rise after meal, while keeping body’s energy at a balanced level. Green Moong can be highly beneficial for people having a high blood sugar level.
  5. It’s Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial and Anti-Cancer: Green Moong contains Vitamin B-1, Vitamin C and Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine). Regular consumption of diets rich in Vitamin-B6 help you develop resistance against contagious agents that cause diseases. As per Ancient Chinese medicine it also contains anti-cancer properties.

It’s Amazing for Skin:

Moong bean dry grinded powder serves as an effective facial scrub or face mask. It makes skin smooth and youthful while minimising skin problems like acne, spots, tan or wrinkles. It is mild enough to be used as a daily face cleansing agent. For dry skin add milk or cream or honey to it. For oily skin add rose water or tap water to make a paste. Apply a thin layer and wash off when it dries. You can add a pinch of turmeric powder for a natural glow.

Ref. http://www.thevibrantwriter.com/green-gram-or-green-moong-a-superfood-for-weight-loss-and-much-more/

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  • 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.
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Tori Delicious

Tori Delicious 1 Tori Delicious

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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Instant Moong Dal

Panch DalInstant Moong Dal

Moong dal /green gram husked is packed with protein and low on carbs,  and is one of the best sources of protein for vegetarians . It is part of all most all  Indian vegetarian menus, it is tasty and filling.

Hi friends ! Here is a recipe for you, “Instant  moong dal”, plain, simple, spiced lentil, very healthy and delicious and Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal too! This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium..

 Recipe cook time: 5 -7 minutes

Course: Main

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup moong dal /yellow dal / husked
  • 12 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger , finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric/ haldi powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds /jeera
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Ghee/ butter
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro /Coriander , finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash moong dal very well, keep aside with 500 ml water.

Step 2.

On a high flame in a pressure cooker take washed moong dal with 500 ml of water, add ginger, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and chopped garlic. Close the lid. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove.

Step 3.

When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid blend the dal mixture and keep aside.

Step 4.

In a pan heat butter/ ghee, add cumin seeds. When cumin starts crackling add the seasoning to the blended dal. Bring it to boil.

Step 5.
Add lemon juice mix well and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with boiled rice or any Indian bread of choice!

Health benefits of Moong dal/ green gram husked:

1.It is good source of protein and dietary fiber.
2.It is low in fat and rich in potassium ,calcium and B complex vitamins.
3.It is easy to digest and not like other pulses which are heavy for digestion.
4.Dietician always recommend to eat fibrous lentils at least three times a week.
5.The fiber in these lentils help to decrease high cholesterol.
6.Mostly this dal is cooked for sick persons in home.

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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.
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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.
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Gram Flour/Besan Uttpam

Besan Dosa with cheese 1

Gram Flour / Besan Uttapam

Gram flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour, chickpea flour, or besan, is a pulse flour made from ground chickpeas. Used in many countries, it is a staple ingredient in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi cuisines.

Hi friends! Gram Flour / Besan Uttapam is a tasty dish for breakfast or as a snack. This recipe is easy and quick to prepare and can be served with coriander / cilantro chutney. It is a favorite dish of the family for breakfast, folded with cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gram flour / besan
  • 150 gms fresh cottage cheese / paneer, grated
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain / Carom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp cilantro / coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp of oil to cook

Method:

Step 1.

Grate the the cottage cheese/ paneer and keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take Gram Flour / Besan, rice flour , add salt, baking soda, carom seeds, coriander powder, red chili powder slowly add water mix to make a smooth batter. The mix consistency of pancake batter or Dosa batter.

Step 3.

Take  a non-stick pan /tava and place on medium flame. To check the heat level required, test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. Water should sizzle right away.

Step 4.

Pour about 1 ladle of the batter onto non- stick pan / tava stick and spread evenly with a back of ladle. Starting from the center, with spiral movement spread the batter outward evenly to form a circle about 6″ in diameter.

Step 5.

Immediately after spreading the batter onto non-stick pan /tava , spread evenly two tbsp grated cottage cheese/ paneer, 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves on the dosa.

Step 6.

When batter starts to dry a little, slowly spread little cooking oil over and around it. After 30 seconds; flip the uttpam using a flat spatula. Press the uttpam lightly all around with the spatula to make the cheese and uttpam cook evenly until crisp and golden brown on both sides.

Step 7.

Repeat the process for the remaining uttpam. Serve uttpam hot with cilantro / dhania / coriander chutney.

Note:

Quick spread of the batter on hot non-stick pan / tava, will make the spreading easier and will give better results.

Health benefits of Besan/ gram flour:

Besan flour, or gram flour, may not sound familiar until you hear its third name: chickpea flour. The characteristic nutty flavor from finely ground chickpeas gives besan flour the ability to create tasty, simple breads that stand on their own with few ingredients. It also stands above wheat flour in protein and folate content.

Basics

Besan flour is naturally higher in protein than wheat-based flours. One-half cup contains 10 grams of protein, compared to 8 grams in whole-grain wheat flour and just 6 grams in white flour. One-half cup of besan flour has 178 calories and 3 grams of total fat. Even though that’s double the fat of whole-wheat flour, 70 percent of the fat in besan flour comes from healthy unsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol. The same portion has 5 grams of fiber.

Vitamins

One-half cup of besan flour has 201 micrograms of folate, compared to 26 micrograms in whole-wheat flour and 182 micrograms in enriched white flour. If you consumed an entire half-cup of besan flour, you’d get 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of folate. This important vitamin is critical for the production of proteins and genetic material. In this role, folate is especially important during periods of rapid growth. When taken before and during pregnancy, it helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. The same portion of besan flour is a good source of thiamin and vitamin B-6. Thiamin converts food into energy, while vitamin B-6 is needed for the synthesis of red blood cells and the neurotransmitter serotonin that regulates appetite and mood.

Minerals

Besan flour delivers a boost of iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Well known for its role carrying oxygen, iron also functions as an antioxidant and it’s needed for the production of collagen. Magnesium causes muscles to relax, which helps maintain vascular health and regulates blood pressure. Phosphorus combines with calcium to form the primary compound used to build bones. It also carries lipids through the body and activates enzymes that produce energy. One-half cup of besan flour has 2 milligrams of iron, 76 milligrams of magnesium and 146 milligrams of phosphorus.

Preparation Tips

Besan flour is usually mixed with water, olive oil, yogurt or milk to make a paste that can be any consistency depending on the desired use. The paste is seasoned with any combination of parsley, cumin, coriander, turmeric, red chili, rosemary, onion or garlic. It’s traditionally cooked in a skillet to create a flatbread called socca or fried into fritters. Use a thick besan flour batter to coat and fry vegetables or add small shrimps to a thin batter and fry them into appetizer-like pancakes.

Gluten Free

Besan flour doesn’t contain gluten, so it makes a good substitute for wheat flour in gluten-free diets. Depending on the food you’re making, the bean taste may not create the best result. Try mixing besan flour with white rice flour, making sure that the total amount is the same that’s called for in the recipe. You’ll probably need to adjust the fluids to create the same consistency achieved with wheat flour. If you’re making yeast dough, you’ll need to add about 1 teaspoon of guar or xanthan gum for every 1 cup of flour so that the yeast can rise.

Ref. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrient-besan-flour-3167.html

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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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  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
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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

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.

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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Green chickpeas curry

Green Chick peas Image    Green chickpea curry

dried Green chickpeas / green chanas / sukha hara Chanas

Hi friends ! Another of healthy and simply delicious recipe of chickpeas it has numerous benefits to offer to healthy eaters. Dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas/ Hara Chanas is protein rich curry is a good accompaniment with basmati rice or any Indian bread of your choice.

Main Name: Chickpea

Biological Name: Cicer arietinum

Names in other Indian languages: Kothu kadalai (Tamil), Kadala (Malayalam), Sanagalu (Telugu), Chana (Gujarati), Chola (Bengali), Harbara (Marathi), Buta (Oriya), Chole (Punjabi), Chana sabut (Urdu)

A staple of Middle Eastern, African, and Indian cuisines, chickpeas are believed to be one of the oldest cultivated beans, dating as far as 5,400 BC. The first record of consuming chickpeas can be traced back to about seven thousand years back. They were first cultivated in the Mediterranean basin around 3000 BC amongst Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans and were then introduced to other subtropical regions by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. Gradually, the Indians who had immigrated to other countries brought back chickpeas and integrated them into their cuisines. Today, India is the largest producer of chickpeas, supplying around 80 to 90 percent of the world’s production. Other commercial producers include Pakistan, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Mexico.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas
  • 2 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 4 medium size tomatoes, cut into small pieces and pureed
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 cloves, powdered
  • 4 peppercorns, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 ” piece Ginger, finely grated
  • 15 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp Salt / or as per taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas well and soak it overnight in 600 ml of water.

Step 2.

Peel wash and cut the onions fine, keep aside.

Step 3.

In a pressure cooker take the soaked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas along with the water soaked in. Add finely chopped onion and salt to it and place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, reduce to low flame for twenty minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 4.

Let the cooker come to room temperature, open the lid and take out the cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Wash tomatoes well. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and put them in a blender and puree it. Keep ready.

Step 6.

Mince the garlic cloves, peel and finely grate the ginger, keep aside.

Step 7.

Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan, add cumin seed , wait till it crackles. Add Bay leaves sauté for few seconds, add powdered cloves, peppercorn, Cinnamon, coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder . Mix and sauté for few seconds add ginger garlic paste fry for few seconds . Then add pureed tomatoes and cook covered on low flame , till oil starts to surface.

Step 8.

Now add to the sauce pan cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas along with the onions and water it is cooked in. Mix it well.

Step 9.

 On high flame, bring dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas and masalas

to a boil and reduce to low flame and cook for 15-20 minutes more. Switch off the stove, serve hot with steamed rice or any Indian bread of your choice like fresh naans, parathas, chapattis etc..

Health benefits of Dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas/ Hara Chanas:

Rich in both types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, chickpeas escort the trapped bile acids out of the body and lower cholesterol levels, thereby contributing to cardiovascular health.

The insoluble fiber content in chickpeas helps in preventing digestive disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis; hence, promoting positive digestive health.

With folate and magnesium in high amounts, chickpeas protect the body from cardiovascular diseases. Folate reduces the levels of the amino acid, homocysteine which causes damage to the lining of arteries and increases the risk of blood vessel blockages.

With a rich supply of soluble fiber, chickpeas help in balancing blood sugar levels; thus, providing support to diabetic patients suffering from highs and lows of blood sugar levels.

The high fiber content in chickpeas induces feelings of satiety, thereby cutting down the intake of unwanted calories and keeping your appetite under control.

An excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, chickpea boosts production of energy and defends against several diseases.

Molybdenum is a mineral and an antioxidant important for stimulating the body’s mechanism for reducing symptoms of energy, helping with impotency in men, fighting against tooth decay and irritability, and preventing anemia. Molybdenum is found in chickpeas in abundance.

Chickpeas contain phytochemicals called saponins which are highly beneficial for the health of women. They act as antioxidants, providing protection against osteoporosis, lowering the risk of breast cancer, and minimizing hot flushes in post menopausal women.

Chickpeas help in meeting your daily iron requirements. The deficiency of which reduces the delivery of oxygen throughout the body, resulting in feelings of weakness and tiredness, difficulties in concentration, and increasing the risk of infections.

A good source of iron, chickpeas also help with the proper functioning of the human system and preventing conditions, like anemia, weakness, hair loss, headaches, and other critical health concerns.

Regular consumption of folate is important for the production and maintenance of new cells, particularly during periods of rapid growth, like during pregnancy and infancy. Women, who consume adequate amounts of folate during their childbearing years, can reduce their risk of delivering babies with a neutral tube defect.

Enriched with the amino acid tryptophan, chickpeas are a good source of serotonin which regulates fluctuating moods and sleeping disorders. Eating chickpeas before bedtime leads to calmness and induces a good night’s sleep.

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

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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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Panna /Green Mango Drink

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Panna /Green Mango Drink

Hi friends! I am introducing a delicious summer drink Panna, it is a raw mango drink. This is made with green cooking mangoes. It is a very well-liked drink for hot summer days. In India and Pakistan people prepare a very refreshing drink from fresh raw mangoes. it’s sweet and sour in taste. The pulp of raw mango should be mixed with cumin seeds, black pepper, and black salt. Blend and serve this chill drink in sizzling summer to overcome dehydration. The summer has almost reached its peak and we need such summer coolers to cool our self’s. Raw mangoes are also good source of B vitamins that are beneficial to maintain good health it can be used in preparing numerous dishes. Due to the presence of vitamin C, they are highly beneficial in strengthening immune system. It helps in throwing away from all waste products from the body.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time : 15 minutes

Course : Beverages, Cold beverages

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

serves : 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 raw green cooking mangoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar/ 6 tbsp sugar/as per taste
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1 tsp cumin seed , dry roasted and powdered
  • 1 tbsp dry mint leaves, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • fresh mint leaves, few leaves
  • Ice cubes

Method :

Step 1.

Wash the mangoes well and place them in the pressure cooker on high flame with three glasses of water.

Step 2.

The moment full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame for 10 minutes. Switch off the stove, let the cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid and remove the mangoes and water in to a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

After cooking the raw mangoes, the peel comes off easily. Scrape the pulp from the peels and mangoes, collect the cooked mango pulp in a bowl discard the peels and seeds.

Step 4.

Blend the mango pulp along with the water it was cooked in add sugar, black salt, salt, cumin powder, dry mint leaves powder and black pepper powder.

Step 5.

Aam panna/ raw mango drink is ready. Store it in a decanter /bottle / jar in the fridge.

Step 6.

Serve with ice cubes and garnished with fresh mint leaf.

Health benefits of Raw mangoes:

Tenderizing Agent

Mango, both in its green & ripe form is a very good tenderizing agent due to these same enzymes, therefore ideal to include in any marinade.

Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Unripe green mangoes are beneficial in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders. Mix one chopped raw mango with honey and salt. Consuming this mixture is very much effective in curing for summer diarrhoea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.

Heat Stroke

Raw mango guards you from negative effects of excessive hot temperature. The harmful sunrays and sizzling winds are dangerous to the health of your skin. To prevent from excessive loss of water from the body, you may consume raw mango sprinkled with salt. This simple snack quenches your thirst. Heat stroke leads to extreme exhaustion & weakness, which can be treated with raw mango drink. You need to cook raw mango in hot ashes and mix the pulp with sugar. This recipe provides amazing energy. Drinking raw mango juice helps in preventing from extreme loss of sodium chloride.

Scurvy

This remedy is highly popular in the scriptures of Indian traditional medicines. Dried powder of raw mango that is prepared after drying in sun is highly useful in the treatment of scurvy (Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C).

Herbal Remedy for Bilious Disorders

Unripe mangoes are an excellent fruit remedy for bilious disorders or liver disorders. The acids contained in the unripe, green mango trigger the secretion of bile and act as an intestinal antiseptic. Consumption of green mango with honey and pepper alleviates biliousness, and thereby diseases like urticaria and jaundice.

Blood Disorders

The fresh green raw mango is highly valued for its ability to cure blood disorders. It increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps the formation of new blood cells. It aids the absorption of food, iron and prevents bleeding tendencies. It increases body resistance against tuberculosis, anaemia, cholera and dysentery.

Precaution

We know excess of anything is bad, so avoid eating raw mangoes in-excess. Their excessive intake may cause throat irritation, indigestion, dysentery and abdominal colic. One should, therefore, not consume more than one or two green mangoes daily. Drink water immediately after eating raw mangoes as, it clots sap and makes more irritated. Do not eat raw mango without draining its sap. The intake of sap may cause gastro- intestinal, throat, and mouth infection.

Ref. http://www.khanapakana.com/article/ced410b8-af11-4a98-a330-0b784a162737/-raw-mango-natural-benefits-and-curative-properties

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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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Poha dosa or attukula Attu

Andhra Dosa Poha dosa or attukula Attu

Hi friends ! this Dosa recipe is an Andhra Pradesh specialty and is known as Attukula Attu or Poha Dosa. It is an amazingly soft, spongy, porous dosa. Is fluffy inside and crisp on the edges and makes a delicious week end breakfast. It can be served with tomato chutney and sambar like any other South Indian dosa.

Prep time : Soaking over night + 15 minutes

Cook time : 30 minutes

Cuisine : Indian , Andhra Pradesh

Course : Breakfast

Serves: 12 dosas

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups rice sona masoori (variety of rice) gives good results
  • 1/2 cup poha/ Flattened rice /also called beaten rice
  • 1 1/2 cup sour curd whisked with 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • oil for frying the dosa

Method:

Step 1.

wash the rice and poha / Flattened rice /beaten rice in a bowl. Soak the rice, Fenugreek seeds and poha in the buttermilk mixture over night.

Step 2.

Grind to a smooth batter along with the soaked in buttermilk. Add soda ,salt and mix well. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.

Step 3.

Heat a non stick tava or griddle take a ladle of batter and spread the batter and make a ¼ inch thick dosa.

Step 4.

Drizzle oil on the dosa and around the edges. Cover the dosa with a lid and cook on medium flame for 1-2 minutes till the base is cooked and crisp and the top is soft and spongy. Flip and cook the other side.

Step 5.

Serve poha dosa hot with Tomato /coconut chutney and pumpkin sambar.

 

Andhra Pradesh cuisine is a cuisine of South India native to the Telugu people from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is also the cuisine of the Telugu-speaking population of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with slight variations due to local influences. Generally known for its tangy, hot and spicy taste, the cooking is very diverse due to the vast spread of the people and varied topological regions.

All three regions — Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana — have distinctive cuisines, where in semi-arid Telangana state region millet-based breads (roti) is predominant staple food, while rice is predominant in irrigated Andhra and Rayalaseema regions and ragi is popular in Rayalaseema regions which is predominantly semi-arid. Many of the curries (known as koora), snacks and sweets vary in the method of preparation and differ in name, too.

The state is the leading producer of red chili, rice and millets in India influences the liberal use of spices — making the food one of the richest and spiciest in the world. Vegetarian as well as meat and seafood (coastal areas) feature prominently on the menus. Dal (lentils), tomato and tamarind are largely used for cooking curries. Spicy and hot varieties of pickles form an important part of Telugu cuisine.

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

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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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Lotus Seeds and green peas Curry

lotus seeds and green peas curry 1Lotus Seeds and green peas Curry

After trying out the shallow fried lotus seeds as a healthy snack, here is a delicious curry with the lotus seeds.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups Lotus seeds
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes
  • 2 medium size Onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger , finely grated
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 12 Cashews, powdered
  • 1 cup Green Peas , fresh or frozen
  • 2 peppercorns, finely powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 Clove, powdered
  • 1 tsp Fennel / saunf seeds, powdered
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt/ or as per taste
  • 1tabsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Curd / yogurt/ dahi , whisked
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan, put the ghee/ oil and when hot add the lotus seed stir fry until crisp over medium low flame. This takes 5-7minutes. Keep it aside.

Step 2.

Roast the cashew nuts in the microwave for two minutes. Cool and put in a grinder. Powder the cashew nuts in a grinder 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.

Cut each tomato in two halves to blanch. In a pressure cooker take the cut tomatoes 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 take out the tomatoes in a small bowl, remove the skin from all four pieces with a fork and put them into a blender, along with cashew powder to it and blend the mix. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Cut the onions in to small pieces put in the pressure cooker 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 take out the onions into a blender jar. Blend the onions in to a fine paste and keep  aside.

Step 6.

Heat oil in a wok/ Pan / kadai add green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel / saunf powder and sauté lightly add the onion paste and sauté for 5-8 minutes on medium flame. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and sauté for half a minute.

Step 7.

Add blanched tomatoes, cashew nut powder paste. Cook for five to seven minutes on low heat. Add salt and turmeric, red chili powder, mix well. Add 3 cups of water bring it to boil add the peas mix well and cook for another 5-7 minutes on low heat.

Step 8.

Add the fried lotus seeds, whisked curd / yogurt / dahi and mix thoroughly . Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and switch off the flame. Add the lemon juice now and mix it well.

Step 9.

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves. Delicious Lotus seeds Curry can be served with Indian breads of choice!.

Health and beauty benefits of Lotus seeds:

Lotus seeds, commonly known as makhana in India, are the seeds of the water lotus plant. The seeds are small, round and white or off-white in appearance. They are the edible seeds of lotus flower which can be roasted or fried. Lotus seeds are used for nutritional and healing properties in Chinese medicine. The lotus seeds are highly useful in terms of nutritional benefits and are low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol; high in magnesium potassium, thiamine and phosphorus. Besides being edible, the lotus plant has many health and beauty benefits as well. You can use makhana seeds in desserts, rice porridge, soups and stir fry dishes.

Lotus seeds are also a good source of protein, iron and zinc, which makes them extremely nutritious. They contain the anti-aging enzyme, which assist repair damaged proteins. Due to this anti-aging propery, many cosmetic companies are trying to include the seeds in their products. Along with it, the seeds have a natural flavonoid which prevents inflammation. Lotus seeds have an astringent property which benefits the kidneys and helps to restore vital energy within the body. The sweet and neutral taste of makhana seeds nourish the spleen and alleviate diarrhea. Makhana seeds are endowed with sedative properties and are used to treat insomnia or restlessness. The lotus embryo is useful for heart because of its bitter and cooling properties. Also it can help dilate blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure.

According to western research, the seeds are antiviral which help fight the herpes 1 virus. Also it has been founded useful in lowering hypertension. One of the vital medicinal benefits of lotus seeds is stopping chronic diarrhea. Due to astringent properties, the seeds are consumed to help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and improve appetite. Other major benefits of lotus seeds include palpitations, insomnia and irritability. They are also used to control bleeding.

Since makhana seeds are high in fiber, it helps to avoid constipation. Also they help the body to remove the waste; prevent the accumulation of toxins.  Lotus seeds are low in calories, fat and high in fiber and thus helpful in diabetes. It lowers the blood sugar level. The seeds are recommended for women during pregnancy and post natal weakness; helps in female infertility. The makhana seeds are also used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic pains. Further, the seeds are beneficial in weight loss too as they are high in fiber and low in calories .Lotus seeds are also very useful in anemia. The lotus seeds can be digested by all age groups. They are a healthy snack for children .Just roast the seeds a bit and add a pinch of salt.
Ref. http://healthyfoodsonly.blogspot.in/2012/11/health-and-beauty-benefits-of-lotus.html

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