Northangai/ Citron Pickle

Northangai/ Citron Pickle:

Northangai

Citron lime also known as rough lime or keffir lime is a member of the citrus family of fruits. It is native to India, Nepal, Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and other South-east Asian countries. It is widely grown in Southern India and grows in any kind of soil whether sandy or loamy. It is known as Nartanga in Hindi, Nartangai in Tamil and Herelekai in Kannada.

Health Benefits

Citron lime is known to have certain medicinal properties. The botanical name Citrus Medica is indicative of its health benefits.

Citron and Blood Pressure

In South India, the juice is highly recommended for high blood pressure. Taken first thing in the morning with warm water, the juice can help lower high blood pressure. Citron lime contains potassium which also improves heart health. This juice with warm water is also a blood purifier, cleansing and purifying the liver.

Citron pickle:

Ingredients:

Citron lemon / Northangai- 250 (gram 2 lemon)

Crystal salt-100 gram

Method :

Peel skin, slightly naturally it has thick skin.

Remove seeds and cut into small cubes.

Place this in a glass bowl. Grind crystal salt to a fine powder.

Mix both the ingredients well and keep in the direct sunlight for 3 to 5 days, cover with a thin cloth, not a lid. Gradually it will ooze its juice.

Shake well every day to get soaked well in the juice.

this can be stored for a year period. Whenever we need, take a little from this and add chili powder and season it to enhance the flavor.

 

 

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Beetroot Soup

Beetroot soup:

Beetroot soup
Beetroot soup

Ingredients:

Beetroot-1

Onion-1 small

Garlic or ginger few sliced

Tomato -1

Green chili-1

Toor Dal boiled -1 tbsp

Salt -1 Tsp

lemon juice few drops

Method to prepare:

Boil chopped Onion, beetroot, green chili, Tomato and Toor dal for a whistle or two.

Add two cups of water, salt and allow it to boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

Season it with Fennel seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves.

OR

Season with Bay leaf, cumin, pepper and a pinch of garam masala powder.

Finally, add few lemon drops and a tablespoon of coconut milk.

Beetroot soup
Beetroot soup:

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

Improve Heart Health

Beet fiber helps to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by increasing the level of HDL (good) cholesterol. Having a high level of triglycerides increases the risk for heart-related problems, so an increased HDL is a good line of defense against that. The presence of the nutrient betaine lowers the levels of homocysteine in the body which can also be harmful to the blood vessels. Thus, consumption of beetroot helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases in multiple ways, so conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke are less likely to develop. The fiber in beets also works to strip excess LDL cholesterol from the walls and helps to eliminate it from the body quickly.

Reduce Birth Defects

Beets are good for pregnant women since they are a source of B vitamin folate which helps in the development of infant’s spinal column. Deficiency of folate can lead to a variety of conditions called neural tube defects.

Prevent Certain Cancers

Studies have revealed that beets are good at preventing skin, lung, and colon cancer since they contain the pigment betacyanins, which counteracts cancerous cell growth. Nitrates used in meats as preservatives can stimulate the production of nitrosamine compounds in the body which can also result in cancer. Studies have now shown that beet juice inhibits the cell mutations caused by these compounds. Researchers in Hungary have also discovered that beet juice and its powdered form slows down tumor development. Adding a healthy amount of beets to your diet can keep your body cancer-free for a very long time.

Improve Liver Health

Betaines in beet juice stimulate the functions of the liver and keep it healthy.

Prevent Respiratory Problems

Beetroot is a source of vitamin C that helps to prevent asthma symptoms. The natural beta-carotene in beetroot also helps to prevent lung cancer. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system in a number of ways. Besides acting as an antioxidant itself and defending against the effects of free radicals in the body, it also stimulates the activity of white blood cells, which are the body’s main line of defense against foreign bodies, as well as viral, bacterial, fungal, and protozoan toxins that can result in a multitude of infections and illnesses.

Prevent Cataracts

The presence of beta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A, helps to prevent age-related blindness called cataracts as well as a reduction in macular degeneration that commonly occurs as we get older. Vitamin A is considered a powerful antioxidant substance that is involved in many essential activities of the body.

Capillary Fragility

The flavonoids and vitamin C in beets help to support the structure of capillaries.

Prevent Certain Cancers

Studies have revealed that beets are good at preventing skin, lung, and colon cancer since they contain the pigment betacyanins, which counteracts cancerous cell growth. Nitrates used in meats as preservatives can stimulate the production of nitrosamine compounds in the body which can also result in cancer. Studies have now shown that beet juice inhibits the cell mutations caused by these compounds. Researchers in Hungary have also discovered that beet juice and its powdered form slows down tumor development. Adding a healthy amount of beets to your diet can keep your body cancer-free for a very long time.

Improve Liver Health

Betaines in beet juice stimulate the functions of the liver and keep it healthy.

Prevent Respiratory Problems

Beetroot is a source of vitamin C that helps to prevent asthma symptoms. The natural beta-carotene in beetroot also helps to prevent lung cancer. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system in a number of ways. Besides acting as an antioxidant itself and defending against the effects of free radicals in the body, it also stimulates the activity of white blood cells, which are the body’s main line of defense against foreign bodies, as well as viral, bacterial, fungal, and protozoan toxins that can result in a multitude of infections and illnesses.

Prevent Cataracts

The presence of beta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A, helps to prevent age-related blindness called cataracts as well as a reduction in macular degeneration that commonly occurs as we get older. Vitamin A is considered a powerful antioxidant substance that is involved in many essential activities of the body.

Spring Onion Omlete

Spring Onion Omelet:

Egg recipes are very simple and hardly takes any time to prepare, innovative cooking is encouraged nowadays to enjoy the home meal. we have very limited choices to go with spring onion. Let us explore more interesting recipe on it.

Some benefits of spring Onion published in Times of India,

Spring onions add great nutritive and taste value to a dish and can be used in different ways.
Spring onions were grown in Chinese gardens 5000 years ago! Do you know the onion bulb was worshipped as the symbol of the universe by ancient Egyptians? Nutritionally, green onions have a combination of the benefits of onions and greens. They are an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C, and a very good source of vitamin A too.
Spring onions can be added to dal and make it a much tastier dish. Similarly, you can add it to vegetables like cauliflower and potatoes and it will make an excellent dish. Mushrooms go very well with spring onions and interestingly spring onions can be added to soy nuggets while making a Chinese dish. Spring onions are used in salads as the flavor tends to be milder than other onions. It is used widely in oriental food both as an ingredient and as a garnish.
Spring onion is a nutritious plant, and therefore it provides a host of health benefits to us. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals which aids in curing the various ailments. It is seen to have helped in reducing the harmful impacts of various diseases.
Some of the health benefits of spring onions are as follows:
– Spring onion lowers the blood sugar level.
– It is a support against gastrointestinal problems.
– It is often used as a medicine for common cold.
– It is used as an appetizer as it helps digestion.
– It speeds up the level of blood circulation in the body.

 

Spring Onion Omelet
Spring Onion Omelet

 

Now time to enjoy the  quick recipe

Spring Onion -3 twigs, finely chopped

Egg- 2

Green chili 2, finely chopped

Pepper powder-1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder- a pinch

Milk- 1tsp

Salt- 1/2 tsp

Grated cheese- 1 tbsp optional

Method to prepare:

Take a bowl, add egg and beat with the fork to froth forming consistency.

Add chopped spring onion, green chili, pepper powder, salt and turmeric powder, mix again gently.

Heat the pan, sprinkle some oil and pour a ladle full of the beaten Egg mixture. Sprinkle cheese on it.

Spring Onion Omelet
Spring Onion Omelet

Turn omelet and cook the other side until golden yellow.

Delicious Spring onion omelet is ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radish Thokku

Radish Thokku:

Radish is a root family vegetable we use this vegetable mostly in Sambar and to make roti, another yummy variety is Radish Thokku to fill in roti, Parathas and can be mixed with plain cooked rice, good combination with rice rasam and thokku. This one dish can suit with many main meal teffin item and rice.

Radish Thokku
Radish Thokku

Ingredients:

Radish 200 gram, Skin peeled and grated

Onion -1

Tomato-1

Salt

Chili powder

Turmeric powder

Coriander powder

Jagery powdered-1 tsp

Garlic 3 pods

Curry leaves-1 twig

For Seasoning:

Fennel seeds and cumin seeds-1 tsp

Oil 2 tbsp

Method to prepare:

Heat pan with oil season with the above mentioned seasoning items,add crushed garlic pods and a;;ow it till golden yellow.

Add chopped onion and curry leaves saute till translucent.

Add Grated radish and saute for 3 more minutes.

Now add Tomato, salt, chili powder and coriander powder.

Finally, add jagery mix well few drops of lemon to taste.

Radish thokku is ready to serve with most of our main meal.

Radish Thokku
Radish Thokku

 

 

Mushroom rice / Pulav

Mushroom rice / Pulav

This simple and mild aromatic dish makes its appearance most commonly as a part of the regular meal during celebrations, parties, and festive meals. The mushroom itself has nice aroma and taste to make the dish more toothsome meal. Corn kernels and bell peppers can be added for colorful appearance.

Mushroom fried rice / Pulav
Mushroom fried rice / Pulav

Ingredients to prepare:

Basmati rice-1 cup cooked

Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes, cook with 2 cups of water and a teaspoon of oil.

Mushroom – 1 cup chopped

Corn kernels -2 tbsp

Bell pepper- 2 tbsp chopped

Onion -1/2

Spring onion 1 tbsp

Finely chopped ginger and garlic – 1/2 tsp each

Oil / Butter -2 tbsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Sugar -1/4 tsp

Pepper powder -1/2 tsp

Soya sauce -1 tsp

Vinegar – 1 tsp

Chili sauce or powder – 1/2 tsp

Method:

Heat wide pan with oil, add chopped ginger and finely chopped garlic saute till it gets slightly golden brown.

Add onion stir until it turns translucent, now add cut mushroom and corn kernels cook for a minute or two. (mushroom will ooze out its water content)

Add salt, pepper, chili sauce, soy sauce, and vinegar mix well in low flame.

Finally, add chopped capsicum, spring onion, sugar, and pepper powder saute for 2 more minutes in medium flame.

Bring the plain cooked rice to toss with this mushroom mixture, garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Mushroom fried rice is ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice:

Tangy and mild spiced Tomato rice is a good combination with Potato and Brinjal stir- fry or omelet. Tomato rice is one of the yummy South Indian special variety rice which we pack for schools and offices to enjoy the meal. The natural color of red ripen tomatoes gives attractive color to this rice. Easy to prepare in the morning hours this Tomato rice mix can be prepared in early hand to mix with hot cooked plain rice.

Ingredients to Prepare:

Basmati rice -1 cup

Tomato Red -3 nos (250 gram)

Onion- 1 big size

Green chili -3 nos

Red chili powder -1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

Salt- 1 tsp

Garam masala powder- 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves

Coriander leaves -1 tbsp chopped

To Temper:

Oil 3 tbsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Channa dal-1 tbsp

urad dal -2 tsp

How to Prepare?

Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes, add 1: 2 cups water and cook.

Chopp onion tomato and green chilies.

Heat pan with oil and add “To Temper” ingredients.

Add chopped onion, curry leaves, and green chili stir till it gets translucent.

Add chopped tomato, saute for few minutes till it leaves its skin.

Now add Turmeric powder, garam masala, salt and chili powder cook in medium flame for 5 to 10 minutes until it leaves oil around the pan.

Tomato mix for rice is ready. This can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Take a wide pan, add the hot cooked plain rice and tomato mix we prepared in pre-hand. Mix altogether such that the masala coated with rice add salt if needed garnish with chopped coriander.

Tomato Rice
Tomato Rice

 

 

 

 

Almond Halwa

Almond Halwa:

Tooth-some Almond halwa, easy recipe to prepare this healthy and rich sweet.

Almonds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients and Almonds are a fantastic source of Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants.

Vitamin E is the name for a group of fat-soluble antioxidants.

These antioxidants tend to build up in cell membranes in the body, protecting the cells from oxidative damage.

Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E, with just one ounce providing 37% of the recommended daily intake.

Ingredients:

  • 1cup almonds, soaked in warm water and peeled
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • A pinch of saffron
  • ⅛ tsp. cardamom powder
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 tbsp ghee or 2 to 3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • Few drops of rose water
Preparation:
  1. Wash and soak badam in warm water for an hour. Peel off the skin and rinse them.
  2. Blend badam, saffron with milk or water to a smooth paste.
Method:

Heat a nonstick pan or heavy bottom pan, add half of the ghee, add the ground paste, sugar, cardamoms and cook till the halwa thickens, constantly stirring in medium flame otherwise, it may get burnt.

Add few tsp of ghee in intervals and stir.

when it reaches the desired consistency without sticking to the bottom of the pan(folds can be made) switch off and add a spoon of ghee.

Serve badam halwa with added nuts.