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Aloo Moongfali Sabji (Potato Peanut Sabji)

Potatoes are a versatile root vegetable and a staple food in many households and are packed with a variety of nutrients. Most of the nutrients are just below the skin so they’re better if cooked and consumed with the skin. Keeping the skin on ensures you receive the maximum amount of nutrients from the potato. Potatoes are rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids, which are antioxidants and help to neutralize potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. When free radicals accumulate, they can increase the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Colored potatoes like purple potatoes (not very common in India) can have three to four times more antioxidants than white potatoes. However, potatoes when fried or cooked with a lot of oil are pretty unhealthy, so it’s best to avoid French fries or fried potato dishes.

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Alsi ki Chutney (Flaxseed Chutney)

Flax seeds are tiny powerhouses of nutrition well known for their high content of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) , an essential fatty acid which means that your body cannot produce it, and so you need to obtain it from the food you eat. It is important to grind the seeds before eating them as the oil is locked up inside the fibrous structure of the seed and it cannot be released when eaten whole.

Flax seeds also have high amounts of protein as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It also promotes digestive health by feeding your beneficial gut bacteria. When mixed with water this soluble fiber becomes very thick and combined with the insoluble fiber content, flax seeds become a natural laxative, promoting good bowel movement, preventing constipation, and reducing your risk of diabetes. It’s recommended to drink plenty of water when eating these seeds because of their high fiber content. For people who are not used to eating a lot of fiber, incorporating flax seeds too quickly can cause mild digestive problems. These include bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and nausea. Chutneys are a great way to avoiding these problems as they are eaten along with a lot of other vegetables and pulses in our traditional Indian meals.

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Ansa Phansachi Bhaji

Fruits are a great source of energy and nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Additionally, fruits supply dietary fiber, which may help lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease and reduce unnecessary weight gain. Fruits are a source of phytochemicals that function as antioxidants, phytoestrogens, and anti-inflammatory agents and support protective mechanisms for the body. Coconut is a great source of natural fats and lots of fiber. Cooking fruits, or vegetables for that matter, causes the loss of a great amount of water-soluble vitamins, and the longer a food is cooked, the greater the loss of nutrients. Raw foods are more nutritious than cooked foods because enzymes are also destroyed in the cooking process. Enzymes are heat sensitive and deactivate easily when exposed to high temperatures. So, it’s best to eat fruit uncooked and in its natural form, but we can always enjoy a traditional food once in a while.

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Raw Mango Kadhi

Raw mango is available for almost 5 to 7 months of the year and is a very versatile ingredient. It is used in preserves, chaats, chutneys, main dishes, and beverages. It is high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium which is useful for releasing toxins from the body. Raw mangoes are also high in niacin, which helps boost cardiovascular health.

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Kairi (Raw/Green Mango) Chutney

Kairi (raw/green) mango comes in different levels of sourness and is available for almost 6 to 8 months of the year. It is a very versatile ingredient. used in pickles, preserves, chaats, chutneys, main dishes, and beverages. It is high in vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium which are great to detoxify the body. Raw mangoes are also high in niacin, which helps boost cardiovascular health.

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Upma with Vegetables

Wheat has been used in various forms, especially ground roughly or fine for centuries. Some people find it difficult to digest wheat because of the gluten in it. Wheat is easier to digest when eaten with a lot of vegetables that contain the fibre. Wheat contains relatively high amounts of protein, dietary fiber, carbohydrates and minerals like calcium. It also contains micronutrients like magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins. Wheat kernels have three parts: the bran (outer layer), the germ (core of the kernel), and the endosperm (starchy middle layer). White flour is made by removing the bran and the germ leaving only the endosperm which contains only protein, carbohydrates, and a small number of B vitamins and minerals. The bran and germ layers that are removed are rich in fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and minerals like iron, copper, zinc, and magnesium. Therefore, it is best to eat whole wheat than refined flour/maida as well as eat it with a lot of vegetables.

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Green Peanut Chutney

Though peanuts are a legume and not a nut, they have many of the same health benefits as the more expensive nuts. They are packed with healthy fats, high-quality protein, and are fairly high in calories and fiber making them a great go-to snack that can keep you satiated for a long time. They also contain plenty of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. Peanut skins also contain antioxidants. Peanuts are best eaten raw and not roasted. You can add them to your dishes or eat them as is after soaking them overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours. The light skinned peanuts are usually sweeter and better in taste.

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Red Peanut Chutney

Though peanuts are a legume and not a nut, they have many of the same health benefits as the more expensive nuts. They are packed with healthy fats, high-quality protein, and are fairly high in calories and fiber making them a great go-to snack that can keep you satiated for a long time. They also contain plenty of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. Peanut skins also contain antioxidants. Peanuts are best eaten raw and not roasted. You can add them to your dishes or eat them as is after soaking them overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours. The light skinned peanuts are usually sweeter and better in taste.

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Tomato Vada (Stuffed Tomatoes)

Tomatoes are a very versatile fruit and rich in vit C, vit K and folate. They are also rich in potassium that is beneficial for blood pressure control.
Sprouts are an excellent source of protein, fiber and vit C. The proteins and peptides in bean sprouts may also help reduce the risk of cancer by slowing the the growth of cancer cells. All in all, this dish is nutrient dense and delicious at the same time.

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Allum Chutney with Tomatoes (Ginger Tomato Chutney)

Tomatoes are a versatile ingredient and are rich in fiber and other nutrients like vit C and lycopene. Tomatoes grown with heritage seeds are tastier and more nutritious. In fact, the tastier the tomatoes, the more the nutrition. Tomatoes have an anti-inflammatory effect that protects muscles and may help athletes recover after exercise.

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