Plantain(Banana)stem Stir fry

Plantain(Banana)stem Stir fry:

Most part of the Banana tree is used in our cooking, raw banana, flower, and shoot. We know the complete plant is nutritionally rich and contain numerous medicinal value to consume.

The plantain will only fruit once. After harvesting the fruit, the plantain plant can be cut and the layers peeled (like an onion) to get a cylinder shaped soft shoot. This stem is rich in fiber include banana stem at least weekly once in your lunch and love to have it with rice.

Banana stem Poriyal (stir fry)
Banana stem Poriyal (stir fry)

Here are some health benefits of banana stem:

1. For Kidney Stones: Nowadays even doctors recommend including banana stem in the diet, for patients who suffer from gall bladder stones. If you are suffering from gall bladder stones, include banana stem in the diet at least weekly once.

2. For Weight Loss: Banana stem is full of fiber, a cup of a banana stem is very filling and will keep you satiated for a long time. Try to include it in your weight loss plan for fast results 3. Hyper Acidity: Drinking a cup of banana stem juice helps in treating

3. Hyper Acidity: Drinking a cup of banana stem juice helps in treating hyperacidity. You can also have it in empty stomach 4. For

4. For Constipation: Since plantain stem is full of fiber, it will greatly help people who are constipated. If you want to consume it as a juice for treating constipation, make sure not to strain the juice. 5. For Diabetic Patients:

5. For Diabetic Patients: Banana stem is excellent for diabetics, as it does not raise the blood sugar level sharply but drink the juice without straining it to retain the fiber.

6. For Urinary Tract Infections: Banana stem juice is also very effective for treating urinary tract infections. Clears the infection in the urinary track.

Many people don’t use banana stem in their diet because it takes the time to clean and cut the banana stem. But banana stem once cleaned and cut can be soaked in buttermilk. This buttermilk can be consumed by adding a little salt to it.

Method to prepare Poriyal :

It is very simple to prepare in few minutes after chopping. This healthiest dish can be taken with rice and sambar.

Ingredients:

Plantain stem (Vazhaithandu)-  500 gram

Onion-1

Green chilli-3

Salt-1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder optional

Pepper powder

To temper:

Oil-3 teaspoon

Mustard seed-1/2 tsp

Urad dal-1/2 tsp

Curry leaves few

Step:1- Peel the outer layer of the shoot and chop the softer part of the stem into small pieces, drop into the buttermilk mixed water to avoid discoloration, this water can be consumed by adding a little salt in it, peel and chop onion and green chilies.

Step:2- Heat pan with oil and season it with the above mentioned to temper ingredients.

Step: 3- Add chopped onion and green chilies along with the curry leaves.

Step:4- Squeeze or drain water from the chopped plantain stem and drop it into the pan, saute altogether in medium flame until the stem gets soft cooked.(Chopped stem can be steam cooked to add)

Step:4- Finally add salt, pepper powder, and fresh grated coconut to enhance the taste.

Plantain stem stir fry is ready t serve.

Banana stem Poriyal (stir fry)
Banana stem Poriyal (stir fry)

 

Drumstick Perattal

Drumstick (Murungakaai)Peratal:

We are really gifted with this wonderful iron rich vegetable, we can find abundant of drumstick in the markets during this season. Consuming seasonal vegetables is a clever idea to maintain our health. The tree full of green, long drumstick is an eye catching view in this season.

Normal we have some hesitation to have Drumstick in our lunch box, because of its hard skin, children also will not know how to eat carefully.

In this yummy dish we boil and remove the skin, we are using the pulp present inside the drumstick which will be tastier.

Delicious Drumstick perattal can be served with plain cooked rice and ghee, side dish for roti and can be used as stuffing in Masala dosa.

Know some health benefits of Drumstick, before you consume,

  • It is a rich source of highly digestive proteins, calcium, iron, Vitamin C, and carotenoids.
  • Drumstick soup helps to control any kind of chest congestion, coughs and sore throats.
  • Juice extracted from drum stick leaves, when mixed with milk and offered to children will greatly help to strengthen their bones as it is said to be a great source of Calcium.
  • Drumstick leaves juice gives a good glow to your skin and face also drumstick is said to be a great blood purifier.
  • Drumstick leaves are used to treat many problems such as the wheezing of asthma, bronchitis, and tuberculosis.
  • Soup made with drumstick leaves and flowers are highly beneficial in preventing infections such as throat, chest and skin.
  • Drumstick-leaf juice is also very beneficial for pregnant women as it can help them to overcome sluggishness of the uterus, ease delivery, and reduce post-delivery complications.
  • Inhaling steam of water in which drumsticks have been boiled helps to control asthma and other lung problems.
  • Because of the high calcium, iron, and vitamins, drumstick leaves can be used as a wonderful tonic for infants, growing kids and teens to promote strong and healthy bones.
  • Pregnant women should often eat drumsticks as it helps to ease any kind of pre and post-delivery complication.
Drumstick Perattal
Drumstick Perattal

Ingredients

Drumstick-5 to 7

Onion(shallots)-1/2 cup 10 to 15

Garlic cloves-4 chopped

Tomato- 1 small

Curry leaves

Salt-1/2 tsp

Chilli powder-1/4 tsp

Pepper -1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder a pinch

To Temper:

Oil-1 tbsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds few

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Method to prepare:

Clean and cut Drumstick into long pieces, boil until soft for 3 whistles approximately.

When the boiled drumstick comes to the normal temperature, open peel by holding one end of the boiled piece with a fork and take gently the soft pulp with the spoon.Collect the pulp and keep ready for perattal.

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Heat oil season it with the above-mentioned ingredients.

Add, chopped onion and garlic saute until golden brown.

Add chopped curry leaves, tomato, turmeric powder, salt, and chilli powder saute till the tomato leaves its skin. (Gram masala also can be added if preferred)

Add the drumstick pulp finally and saute for 3 minutes in a medium flame.

Delicious Drumstick perattal is ready to serve with plain cooked rice and ghee, roti and can be used for Masala dosa stuffing.

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Ladies finger Vathal

Ladies finger vathal,
Vendakkai Vathal:

we know that ladies finger has a lot of medicinal values, even though most of us avoid ladies finger because of its gluey nature, here is a wonderful idea to consume ladies finger as we like.

1. High fibre content:

The dietary fibre content of an Okra/lady finger is known to be high and hence many health specialists recommend it for digestive benefits. The fibres aid the process of digestion in the body by facilitating proper bowel movement.

2. Diabetes:

Okra is known to aid in the prevention of diabetes. It is rich in Fibre which helps in the prevention of this disease.

3. Good folates content:

Folates present in Okra reduce the neural tube defects in a newborn baby. So it is highly recommended for women during pre conception period or pregnancy.

4. Vitamin K benefits:

Vitamin K is a co-factor in blood-clotting process and also plays a major role in strengthening the bones in our body.

5. Asthma:

Asthma can also be treated by including Okra/ lady fingers in your meals. People diagnosed with asthma are strongly suggested to consume Okra.

6. Constipation:

Facilitating proper absorption of water, Okra/ lady finger vegetable ensures free motion disposal by the body and hence prevents constipation.

7. Sun stroke:

Okra helps prevent sun strokes.

8. Colon cancer:

It is believed that all diseases begin in the colon; Adding Okra to your meals ensures prevention of colon cancer and related diseases to a great extent

9. Obesity:

With regular usage of Okra, in either raw or cooked form, you can avoid obesity to a great extent. Obesity is not necessarily due to consumption of fatty and calorific foods but also due to lack of nutrients.

10. Cholesterol:

This vegetable ensures lesser absorption of cholesterol preventing heart diseases and ailments occurring due to cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a dominant content in the body that triggers obesity and heart diseases.

Now that we got the health benefits of okra covered, let us move on to the rest.

Skin Benefits of Okra

11. Dietary fibre for healthy skin – Okra comes with a lot of dietary fibre. It is also high in metabolism, and thus keeps the digestion problem away. Proper digestion reflects through a healthy-looking skin.

12. Vitamin C for younger skin – Vitamin C found in okra actually helps maintain a younger looking skin. It aids in repairing body tissues. This in turn, helps keep your skin younger and also makes it look more vibrant.

13. Prevents skin pigmentation – The nutrients found in okra actually helps to prevent skin pigmentation. It is useful for rejuvenating your skin and repairing damages.

Hair Benefits of Okra

14. Bouncy hair – If you are tired of your distressed hair, try using Okra to get that bounce back. Boil okra with some water and the transparent mucilage that you get can be used to get your bouncy hair back.

15. Hair conditioner – The same mucilage can be used as hair conditioner. Wash your hair and squeeze out excess water. Massage the watery mucilage through your hair and rinse thoroughly with water.

16. Scalp moisturiser – Okra is an excellent moisturizer for your dry and itchy scalp. It leaves your hair feeling soft and isn’t harmful like other cosmetics available in the market. It is great for people with unruly, curly and lifeless hair.

17. Fights dandruff – Okra improves the overall scalp condition and fights dandruff. It moisturizes your scalp and keeps dandruff away.

18. Shiny hair – Okra, when used as a hair rinse, gives great shine to your hair. You can give your regular conditioner a miss once in a while and take care of your hair the natural way.

Apart from the above-mentioned benefits, Okra is also good for:

  1. Improving immunity
  2. Improving eyesight
  3. Weight loss
  4. Preventing constipation
  5. Avoiding anaemia
  6. Preventing diabetes

Pick matured Ladiesfinger wash and wipe with a clean cotton cloth.

Cut into 1/2inch  pieces, dry under the fan or the sun leave it spread for a day.

Next day,  in a bowl, take 1 cup of curd, approximately 100 ml, add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder mix well.

Now add cut ladies finger pieces mix such that to get coated well.

Spread this in a cloth or wide sheet dry under direct sunlight.

Repeat this process until the vegetables get dried completely.

Store it in a container.

This can be shallow fried, serve as fried side dish or powder this and mix with cooked rice and ghee or oil.

Karandi Omelette

Karandi Omelette:
It is made in a small ladle which we use to temper spices in cooking. Karandi Omelette is thicker and soft in the centre and crispier outside. It is a healthy filling snack or breakfast. Usually, more onions are added to enhance the taste. Any vegetables or finely chopped mushroom can be added along with the chopped onion.The recipe is quite simple, done in a small ladle-shaped pan.  This gives you the shape of an egg. This mixture can be cooked in Kuzhi Paniyam pan to get mini karandi omelette.
Karandi Omelette
Karandi Omelette
Ingredients to prepare:
Eggs-2
Onion chopped-1
mushroom chopped-1 tbsp
Coriander, curry leaves-1 tsp
Green chilli chopped-1
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt-little
pepper-1/4 tsp
Method:
Take a bowl beat egg, add salt, pepper and turmeric powder beat well again.
Add chopped ingredients mix well.
Heat Karandi(pan) add 1 teaspoon of oil, once heated pour a ladle full of egg mixture, wait for a while to cook.
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It should become golden brown on its edges, turn other side and cook for few minutes in low flame such that the outer part as crispy and inner part get soft.
Delicious Karandi omelette is ready to serve.
Karandi Omelette
Karandi Omelette

Sweet Potato Roti

Amazing taste of sweet Potato roti and its wonderful health benefits is an interesting story of this recipe. Flavoured roti or chappathi is an innovative idea of making roti in a daily basis. This sweet potato roti is very soft in texture, natural sweet in taste and the smell of sweet potato gives entirely a different experience.

Health benefits of Sweet Potato:

They are high in vitamin B6. They are a good source of vitamin C. While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essen­tial to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer. Sweet potatoes contain iron. But iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning, and the metabolising of protein, among other things. Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag­nesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. They contain Vitamin D Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.

Sweet Potato Roti
Sweet Potato Roti

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato-200 gram

Wheat flour-250 gram

Chilli powder-1/2 tsp

Hing-1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds or ajiwain-1/2 tsp

Salt-1/2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Boil sweet potato peel skin mash it.

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In a wide bowl add wheat flour and all the other ingredients mentioned above, mix well such that all the ingredients get mixed.

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sprinkle some water and mix as we do for normal roti/ chapati.

set aside for 10 minutes.

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Make the dough into small balls and roll it to your desired shape.

Heat tawa and cook both the sides by sprinkling some oil on its sides.

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Delicious sweet potato roti is ready to serve with any interesting side dishes.

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Veg Mutton Soya Biryani

Veg / Soya Mutton Biryani:

Biryani is one of the best aromatic and delicious meal with Indian spices. Mostly it is believed that Biryani will be delicious only with mutton and chicken varieties, but the taste and flavour can be done in vegetarian too. The style of mutton biryani as veg recipe especially for you!Protein rich soya is essential for our healthy life.

Protein rich soya is essential for our healthy life. This can be used alternatively in the usage of mutton.

Veg Mutton Soya Biryani
Veg Mutton Soya Biryani

Ingredients:

Soya Chunks-1/2 cup(soaked and cut into small cubes

Basmathi rice-1 cup

Onion chopped-1 big

Tomato chopped 2

Green chillies-2

Curry leaves-1 twig

Coriander-1 tbsp

Cashew broken-1 tbsp

Chilli powder-1 tsp

Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Ghee-2 tbsp

Salt- 1 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste-2 tsp

Coconut milk- 1 cup 0r curd 2 tbsp

Water-1 cup

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To Grind:

Coriander, Mint leaves-1/2 cup

Fennel seeds-1 tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Black pepper-1/2 tsp

Ginger+Garlic few

To Temper:

Bay leaf-1 long

Cinnamon-1 inch piece

Cardamom-2

Black pepper-1/4 tsp

Cloves-3 nos

Star anise-few

Jathi pathiri-1 inch

Method to prepare Biryani:

1Soak Soya chunks cut into small cubes.

2.Golden fry cashews in s.

3.Grind the above mentioned “To grind” ingredients to a paste.

4.Wash and soak rice. Cut tomato, green chillies and onion.

5.Heat Pan, add 3 tbsp of oil and season with above To temper ingredients, add ginger garlic paste and fry till it looses its raw smell.

6. Add cut onion, tomato, and green chillies fry for 3 minutes, add soya chunks.

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7. Add the ground paste and saute for a while till it changes its smell.

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8. Now add, chilli powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder and salt mix well.

 

9.Finally, add soaked rice, coconut milk or curd and water cook in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles.

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10.Mix well once done add few drops of lemon juice if necessary.

11.Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fried cashews with the ghee.

Delicious Veg biryani is ready in non-veg style.

Veg Mutton Soya Biryani
Veg Mutton Soya Biryani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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