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Mustard Fish Curry

deepsrecipes cooking bengali fish curry


Mustard Fish curry is a popular Bengali dish.(West Bengal is a state in Eastern India.)You get this recipe online ,so what is new in this? Let's check.

Bengali cuisine uses the strong flavor of mustard oil in most of their recipes.I know,many of us may not like the flavor.So here,we are not using mustard oil,instead,adding yellow mustard paste to vegetable oil.Also we are adding a paste of mustard seeds with coconut,same as Bengali fish curry recipe.

Ingredients
Fish - any fish-250 g
Yellow mustard paste- 1 tsp
Onion- 1 big (chopped into small pieces)
Ginger- chopped-1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-
Red chilly powder-
Salt-
Whole spice powder or Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly- slit-4 nos
Grated Coconut- 1/2 cup
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Hot water- 1cup

For Tampering
Shallots- 2 nos chopped
Dry red chilly- 2 nos
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
How To Prepare this Mustard Fish Curry
1.Clean fish with salt and vinegar.
2. Marinate fish with  turmeric powder,some whole spice powder,salt and chilly powder .Keep aside for 15 minutes.
3.In a heavy bottom skillet,add some vegetable oil.Add 1 tsp of yellow mustard paste and some turmeric powder.This is to flavor the oil,in which we are preparing the fish.
4.Add chopped onion,green chillies,ginger chopped and salt to this oil.Saute well.
5.Add marinated fish to the same  oil and allow it to get fried lightly.
6.Now add some chilly powder,a bit more salt and hot water to this and cook the fish well.Add in a tsp of vinegar for tartness.
7. Blend grated coconut with 1 tsp mustard seeds and turmeric powder.
8. Add in the coconut paste to the gravy and mix well.Allow it to start boil .
9.Tamper the curry with mustard seeds,dry red chilly and curry leaves.
10.Serve hot with rice or Chapati.









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Mustard Fish

tasty fish fry deepsrecipes homemade

Mustard fish fry is just another recipe which came out well when tried unintentionally.That is when I felt to share this recipe with you all.Simple ,yet it has got an appealing taste different from usual fried fish varieties.
Ingredients Needed

Yellow Mustard paste-1 tsp
Fish -Of your choice.
Onion- 1 small
Turmeric powder- a  pinch
Salt-
Green Chilly paste-
Oil- 1 -2 tsp (for shallow frying)
How to prepare Mustard Fish Fry?

Easy mustard fried fish recipe

Make a paste with onion,salt,turmeric,green chilly and yellow mustard .
Marinate the fish and keep aside for 15 minutes.Shallow fry in vegetable oil.
Healthy fry



This easy mustard fried fish recipe is very healthy as we are using very little oil.
ENJOY...!


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Gujiya Recipe

Wishing all Indians a very Happy Holi...

I really like Indian sweet Gujiya.This sweet is a must delicacy on Holi day.So why not we try this gujiya today?

deepsrecipes Gujiya and Happy holi

As always,this is an easy version of the traditional recipe.One thing that is guaranteed is the taste.We are using coconut ,Kalonji and dry fruits as the filling.

Ingredients

For the filling 
Cashew nuts
Raisins
Almonds
Dry Apricots
Kalonji/Black seeds(Nigella sativa)
Coconut dry/fresh -grated finely
Cardamom Powder- /2 tsp
Powdered sugar- 4 tbsp
Mix all ingredients as shown in the picture below.
Filling itself is so tasty and so try not to devour it off before we actually proceed with Gujiya recipe.!!

For the outer layer
All purpose flour- 1/4 cup
Wheat flour- 1/4 cup
Ghee- 1tsp
Salt- a pinch
Yogurt- 2 tbsp
Mix all ingredients and make a dough as we make for Chapati/Poori.

How to prepare Gujiya??

First make a small poori and spoon some filling to the center ,As in the figure below.
Now fold this carefully as into semi circle.Pleat the edges and seal it.You can use a fork to give the exact design.
Heat oil and (medium high heat)deep fry Gujiyas.


ENJOY!!!

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How to eat Dragon Fruit

on February 23, 2014 in

How to eat Dragon Fruit

How to eat Dragon Fruit ?

Select a ripe Dragon fruit.

How to eat Dragon Fruit

Cut the dragon Fruit into half.

How to eat Dragon Fruit

 Scoop out the pulp with a spoon or spatula.Remove any pink residue from the bottom of the fruit pulp since skin is not edible.

How to eat Dragon Fruit


You can serve the fruit in the beautiful skin itself.


How to eat Dragon Fruit



 Dragon fruit is rich in Vitamin C,antioxidants,healthy mono saturated fats and lots of fiber.This has got a mild taste similar to the taste of Kiwi fruit.
ENJOY!


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Green Peas Pulao





Mattar Pulao
Here is one Quick and Easy Recipe for lunch or dinner.
To prepare this Indian Pulao, You require

Good Quality Basmati Rice- 1 1/2 cups
Ginger Paste-1 tsp
Onion - 1 small chopped
Green Chilly Paste -  1 tsp
Garam Masala Crushed -with Cinnamon as main ingredient.
Fresh Green Peas boiled- 1/2 cup

Salt - to taste
Olive oil- 1 tbsp

fresh Mint leaves paste- 1 tbsp (optional)- You can use fresh coriander leaves too.

Method of preparation of Peas Pulao
Step1
Boil Rice until almost done. Do not cook it well.
Step 2

Boil Green peas with a little bit salt using very little water until well done.
Step 3.
Heat oil in a sauce pan. Add onion,ginger paste,green chilly paste and saute well. Add garam masala.
Add the cooked peas and mix well.
Add half cooked rice and salt.Finally add mint(puthina)paste and mix well with out breaking the rice.
Now close this with a lid and allow it to cook until rice is well done and all the flavors get assimilated.

Serve with raitha.

Peas Pulav




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Happy Valentine's Day ...Chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting (EGG LESS)

Chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting

Wish you all a very HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY-2014.
This cake in the above picture is a chocolate & coffee cake popularly known as Chocolate Mocha Cake.
Recipe for this low fat cake is available in the link above.Very simple recipe,suitable as a tea cake if made less sweet.
But for this Valentines day, I have given a cream cheese frosting with Rose flavor.
Read the recipe for the cake from the other post.Here goes the recipe for frosting.

Mocha cake with rose cream cheese frosting.


Frosting Recipe

Cream cheese- 200 g
Powdered Sugar- 3/4 cup
Rose water -1 tbsp

Whisk all these ingredients together.Finely coat the cake with this romantic,rose flavored frosting.
Just give a touch of heart shaped strawberries on top.
Serve chilled.

ENJOY!



Deepkrishna


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Avocado Salad


Avocado Salad

Healthy Salad recipes can be a treat .Experiment this quick Avocado salad with ingredients you prefer like almonds,pine nuts etc.
Avocado contains good cholesterol (HDL) with great taste.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: No Cooking( takes 2 minutes to blanch Broccoli if using)
Serves: 4
Ingredients

1.            Mixed salad veggies- Broccoli,Cucumber,Baby spinach, ,red Onion
2.            1 Avocado , peeled, cubed
3.            Coriander leaves
4.            1 tbs Lime Juice
5.            Salt & Pepper
6.            Garlic- 1 clove
7.            Olive oil- 1-2 tbsp
8.            Strawberries

Blanch Broccoli
Boil water with a pinch of salt and vinegar.
Let broccoli florets blanch in this boiling water for a minute.

Salad Dressing- Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is a simple yet delicious as well as healthy salad dressing.
Cilantro is one of Nature’s best anti-oxidant foods. In simple words, Cilantro or coriander leaves, protect us from ageing, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and many more.

Notes
•             For another healthy salad visit here.
Method

1.            Cut all the veggies into small cubes. Add blanched broccoli. 
2.            To make Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
Puree coriander leaves, garlic,lime juice, salt ,pepper and olive oil in a blender until smooth.

3.            Top the veggies with this dressing and serve chilled.

Eat Healthy Live healthy .




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Eggplant curry(Tamil style)


Indian curry tamil style


Another eggplant curry for Chapati/rice.Eggplant curry is a delicious side dish for chapati/Roti.
I used this Madras curry powder (1 tbsp) to get the real tamil restaurant flavor.

Indian cuisine uses a plethora of spices.Let us check out the ingredients for this quick curry.
Use Eggs if you don't like eggplant;yes,you can prepare a mouth watering egg curry using the same recipe.



What do we need ?
Eggplant- 4-5 nos (I used whole eggplant;make 2 slits with out breaking the eggplant as in the picture.This helps it to absorb the gravy )

Oil- 1-2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Chilly powder- 2-3 tsp
(Mother's recipe)Madras Curry Powder- 2 tsp(use a mixture of  Fenugreek powder+Asafoetida,coriander powder if you can't find this ready made.)
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind puree-1tbsp
                                                        Salt-

For The Paste
recipe for Indian curry


Tomatoes-2 nos
Coriander leaves-
Green Chilly- 1 or 2 nos
Garlic cloves-4 nos
Blend them into a fine paste.

How To Prepare?
It needs very few ingredients and the method of preparation is quite simple.
1.Heat 1 tsp oil and splutter cumin seeds.
2.Add red chilly powder,turmeric powder and our special curry powder to the oil .
3.Now add eggplants and allow them to fry for a minute.
4.Then add the paste and coat eggplants with it and allow to cook until oil separates.
quick sauce vegetarian

5.Add 1 tbsp tamarind paste,salt and enough water for the gravy.Close with the lid and cook well.
6.Add chopped coriander leaves and wait until you get a thick saucy consistency.
Serve hot with your favorite bread/rice.

For North Indian Egg Plant Curry check this out ..

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Chinese Stuffed Bell Peppers




Today,at this happy occasion, sharing a Party recipe .
Stuffed Bell Peppers,Chinese version.We have many varieties of Stuffed Bell Peppers from different cuisines around the world.We have Spanish,Indian,Italian,Arabic,Mediterranean,Mexican,American and many more varieties with ingredients from their particular cuisine.

Let's go for the Chinese version.I am using potato and white rice as the filling,but traditionally,they use ground pork for this.So,all those vegetarians out there,this recipe is for you and of course,others can replace with pork/beef.
As always,I am not sticking to traditional recipe. I can guarantee the taste,Chinese flavor of the dish and also that this is cooked healthy.
Stuffed Bell Peppers Chinese


Ingredients we need
Bell peppers-Use more than one color (4 nos)
Cooked white rice-1 cup
Cooked &Mashed Potato- 1 cup
Soy Sauce-2 tsp
Oyster sauce- 1 tbsp
Salt & Pepper- to taste
Oil- 1 tbsp
Method Of Preparation

Step1


Cut bell pepper  and remove seeds.Steam it or bake it in preheated oven (at 180 degree C).Steaming them for 3-4 minutes would be perfect.
Step2
For  the filling 
Heat 1 tsp oil .Saute shallots and garlic in this hot oil.

Add in mashed potato and rice.



After adding the sauces,salt and pepper ,mix it well.Check the flavors.Stuffing is ready.
Step 3

Now stuff peppers with the filling,tight.



Now heat a non stick skillet,pour some oil (very little oil is needed).Place the peppers inverted with the top side in oil.
Alternatively,you can place the filled peppers in baking dish ,cover it with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven.

If you are using the stove top method as in the picture above,then after 2-4 minutes cook all sides of the pepper,lightly in the oil and serve hot.
You can even use slow cooker method for the preparation.Then you don't have to steam the pepper beforehand,cook them with the filling for 1/2 to 1 hour.

Kuàilè de yǐnshí...! Happy Eating..!

Nutrition Information and Weight Loss Factor

Capsicum is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants.Red pepper has twice Vitamin C as compared to green.
 Red bell peppers contain more Vitamins and nutrients,also contain antioxidant lycopene.Level of carotene is 9 times higher in red pepper than green.
Vitamin C helps in weight loss.So,incorporating boiled capsicum in your diet ,boosts metabolism ,hence weight loss.
For more info about Vitamin C  refer this post.








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Food Blog From The Emirates


Here is a video to get a quick idea about the type of recipes and other details on deepsrecipes-


Hope you all liked the video.
The year 2014 finally is here.One always wonder how fast the time flies ! But actually,if we dwell in these thoughts about time ,age etc, the end result will be misery. I think,the very thought that there is no such thing as time is so big a tension reliever to many,in this present situation.If we start a New Year or a day with such easiness,we can be more clear about our goals and destinations.

Here is a picture for you all of the WORLD'S TALLEST MAN MADE STRUCTURE(2,722 ft); a picture captured through my lens. 

Burj Khalifa


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa


What does this huge structure tell you? We are such small creatures but the power inside us,is capable to create such monstrous structures!!!

When we start finding meaning in everything that happens to us,or every one/thing we see,we can introspect and understand our own mind.

Please watch the video and go through the many recipes that you can find in the Right hand side of this blog.

Will post a new recipe soon.

Keep reading ,keep supporting by leaving comments and also by my Liking FB Page .I have integrated my personal profile into this one FB page so that I can meet all my dear friends and relatives in one place.
Hope you all had a great start to this fresh new year...

Come and share your views&opinions here,with out hesitation.... and let us together try to live this small role we have got here, in this world.

Love ,

Deep




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Butterscotch Cherry Cake (EGG LESS)

23-12-2013,Dubai.

" Merry Christmas To All My Readers!!! "

Butterscotch Cherry Cake

This is the Christmas cake I baked for this Christmas...Hope you all enjoyed watching it.. :P
An extremely buttery cake as it contains lot of butter along with brown sugar,both dried and fresh Cherries,nuts and so on.

Now it's quite some time since I have baked something new.I find cooking interesting only to experiment new things.Otherwise,I must confess,day to day cooking is always boring for me,but I have to do it,since I try and stick to healthy diet.

If you believe me,I never plan a recipe. When I feel to bake,I randomly  shop some ingredients;which ever  I find interesting in the store.Then using them,how to make a new variety?This will be my next thought.
I rely on my intuition mostly..
A retrospective | 2013

The Year 2013 has reached it's end,soon it is going to be another chapter in our memories.
But,I feel that these dates and time are nothing of much important.What really matters are the Moments--How much we lived here....
I have some moments in 2013 to treasure for my whole life.Some moments that made me grow up as a person,when I learned some positive lessons to move forward...When I was motivated to change my perception of life.
Yes,it takes only a moment  for some people to influence us for a life time.I hope I too have sprinkled some positivism, on my dearest readers.

This year,I did experience certain negative things too,but I have forgotten them all;or may be I do not want to think about it.But I remember one lesson I learned from one such experience,for sure.When I met with an accident in 2013 and miraculously escaped,I learned that life is really momentary,so I must enjoy it rather than living in the past.

Beautiful,isn't it? Let's all try to stick to this resolution in the coming years.

With out any further delay,let us check the recipe for Butterscotch Cherry Cake
We need
1. Dry cherries- 4 tbsp
2. Almonds-2 tbsp
3.Apple Juice-1/2cup
4.Milk-2 tbsp
5.Butter- 1/2 cup
6. Brown Sugar-1 cup
7. Vanilla Essence- 1 tsp
8. Flour- 2 cups
9. Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp
How to Prepare Butterscotch Cherry Cake?
1. Soak Dry cherries Cashews and almonds in Apple juice for 10-12 hours.

2. Beat butter and brown sugar until soft and really fluffy.
Now mix the soaked dry fruits into this and add vanilla essence.

3. Fold in the flour (sieved after adding baking powder ).If needed,add in 2 tbsp milk to adjust the consistency. Batter should be thicker than dropping consistency.
4. Bake in Pre-heated oven at 180 degrees  for 40-45 minutes.
I was thinking to give white frosting on the cake as it is Christmas. But the cake tasted very sweet and special with a butterscotch effect.So I avoided any kind of extra decor on it.

Please try this at home and comment here on how you like it.
Once again, Compliments of the Season ! .




--
Deep Krishna.







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Thank you Google...




19-12-13 has created history in my life.The prestigious Google Inc has issued my first payment !!!

So,Google has approved me as their official Ad Publisher.Really feeling good to be a small part of this humongous organization,Google.
Thanking God and  all my readers who visit this page.I promise to strive for improvement.

Love you all,
Deep Krishna.





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Winter Nostalgia

Thiruvathira Festival (the reminiscences of a rich heritage)

18th Dec 2013: 

Today is Thiruvathira Festival  in Kerala for Hindus .Women celebrate this day with great joy and respect as it is the birth day of Lord Shiva.

The significance and grandeur of Thiruvathira,though mostly can be seen only in the days gone by.
Even today,these rituals are  important  to those who wants to follow tradition.And it is our duty to pass these information to next generation;as these festivals promote unity,love and compassion.

On the day,women of Kerala worship Lord Shiva for marital bliss.Unmarried girls too indulge in all the rituals with prayers for getting an ideal husband like Lord Shiva.

Today, people can not keep faith in these stories,world has changed to an extend that we are not able to trust each other even !

This was a day of celebration exclusively  for women folk of Kerala. Today,women are independent and so may not really understand the importance of this festival.

But, my childhood memories of the festival are bleak if compared to the stories I have heard from my mother ,how she in her childhood,along with other female members of her joint family,used to wake up before 4 am in the morning and had a special bath in their pond. Singing Hymns and splashing the water in a particular way was an interesting ritual to start with.

(From her words,I could only fancy that full moon night,teeth chattering cold of winter season,a group of women,high in spirits,enjoying ,merrymaking; forgetting all their worries or duties -just for one day.)

full moon Kerala

Then  follows some other very exciting rituals like swinging,dancing;all accompanied with songs related to Lord Shiva.

No wonder,Thiruvathira is an ageless passion; a remnant of the golden days of the yore. 

Some Facts about this small state KERALA

Kerala is a small state in the south-west region of India at the Malabar coast.Malayalam is the language spoken by the people of Kerala.
Culture of Kerala
Kerala is the region marked in red in the map

Kerala is small but rich in culture and heritage.This state has the highest literacy rate and highest Human Development Index.

Because of it's serene beauty and wealthy spice resources,Kerala is also called "God's Own Country".
Kerala produces rice, Coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices.

India's 85% of Natural Rubber  is obtained from Kerala

Spices include

  • Pepper (97% of India's Pepper production output is from Kerala)
  • Cardamom
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Tamarind
  • Nutmeg
  • Curry leaves
  • Vanilla

People of Kerala respect arts in any form .Each young child,irrespective of religion ,tries to learn and excel in some kind of art.That is their passion for dance,music and any other art forms.
Performing arts include
 Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattom, Thullal and Krishnanattam. (Krishnanattam was originated and developed in the temple theaters during the classical period under the patronage of royal houses.
  • Cinema
  • Literature
  • Sports
  • Cuisine
  • Tourism
  • Elephants
  • Telecommunication Media
  • Martial arts like 'Kalaripayattu'(This ancient martial art is claimed as the mother of all martial arts. )
There are many more stories and information about Kerala,my homeland.But only later....

Deep




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Unniyappam recipe

Unniappam,Unni appam,Unniyappam


Today I am going to share the secret of traditional Kerala Snack 'Unni Appam' or 'Karol Appam'.

Unni appam resembles small pancakes.
You can find the recipe  anywhere on Internet and many might have  succeeded in making these delicious and healthy dumplings.

But this is my recipe;after desperately  trying to bring back the taste of Unni appam that my Grand Mother (we call her Ammamma) used to make for us,children.She didn't know how to show her love for us,but with the taste of her special snacks, her love was conveyed to us.

I am sure it is impossible to recreate the same taste,since that special "kaipunyam" ended with her demise.
(Kaipunyam is a Malayalam word which  means 'having gifted hands')


So let's  try to bring back that taste... nostalgic to many of you ,today..

Ingredients
Raw rice -2 cups
Jaggery-200g
Banana-1 no
Plain Flour-2tbsp
Ghee-1tbsp
Black sesame seeds-2tsp
Coconut pieces-2tbsp
Method of preparation
Soak rice for 5-6 hrs.
Melt Jaggery into a thick liquid.
Grind together, rice and this liquid Jaggery (1tbsp at a time).When it's almost done ,add in banana and grind well.( need to add extra water,only if you feel that melted Jaggery is not enough)
Finally add in the flour and mix well to get a smooth batter of Idly batter consistency .
Heat ghee and fry coconut pieces and sesame seeds.And pour these along 
with the ghee to the batter.Mix well and keep aside for 4-5 hrs.
Now take a Karol (is the mould used to fry this snack) or you can even use Pancake griddle for this .
Pour oil into the holes and make fluffy tasty and more over, very  healthy Unni Appam.
Thanks for reading..!
Please try this and tell me how you find this simple yet healthy snack!



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Expo2020 Dubai

on December 01, 2013 in ,
Dubai Won World Expo 2020
Congratulations,Dubai.



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Falafel Recipe

healthy breakfast,falafel

Another simple recipe for weight loss ....

The word Falafel means fritters itself or sandwich filled with it.
Falafel is common not only in Middle East,but also in Greece,Iraq,Egypt,Sudan,Yemen etc.
You can make it very easily and can serve with Pita bread and Hummus, along with any vegetables.

This snack is made with Chick peas, so it’s really low in fat and high in Protein and fiber.
Chick pea contains no Cholesterol.
Key nutrients are Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Vitamin C, Thiamine, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B and Folate.

Falafel is often recommended for use in weight control programs.
Here ,I have given the full dinner/Breakfast combo recipe.
For Hummus recipe,please click on the pic.


healthy arabic food

Ingredients
Chick Pea or Garbanzo beans- 1 cup
Onion-1 large
Garlic- 1 clove
Flour-2 tsp
Cumin-1tsp
Coriander-1tsp
Salt
Pepper-1/2 tsp
Method of Preparation
Soak Chick peas or Garbanzo beans overnight.
Combine the  ingredients in a food processor. Make it a coarse paste.No need to boil the chick peas.




Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a Lemon. Slightly flatten.

Fry in 1 tbsp  oil until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
Serve hot with Cucumbers or Lettuce.
You can even fill Falafel in a burger bun if you like instead of Pita bread.
Arabic Bread,Pita Bread ,Falafel



Falafel;Healthy Arabic Food


Serve hot.

Eat Healthy...Live Healthy...






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Broccoli Salad

weight loss recipe broccoli salad


Apart from being a nutritional power house,Broccoli is a natural weight loss food.

Broccoli Facts:
  • is a Cancer preventing food
  • As small as 100 gram of this veggie can provide recommended dose of Vitamin C .
  • It is said that Broccoli shortens the duration of common cold(Since Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C). Now,who said,there is no cure for cold!!
  • Contains both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.Making it Diabetic friendly.
Selection of Broccoli


Select dark green  or even pale green.Never choose yellow.Greener the Broccoli,more beta-carotene it has.Stalk should be fat and woody.

Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipe
weight loss recipe broccoli salad



 What you need ?

1. Broccoli florets blanched-
2. Olive oil
3.Garlic- 1 clove
4.Sesame seeds- Optional
6.Salt & Pepper
7.Vinegar- 1-2 tsp
8. Honey- 1 tsp
9.Almonds-

How to Prepare?

Make a dressing with Olive oil,vinegar and honey.Whisk well.
Add in salt,pepper and crushed garlic.
Mix well for a minute.
Toss in broccoli and serve topped with almonds and sesame seeds .

ENJOY..


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