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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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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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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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Amla Aachaar with Saunf (Indian Gooseberry Pickle with Fennel Seeds)

Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is a deliciously sour fruit that can be had in many ways. It can be eaten grated, cut into pieces, made into jams, added to smoothies, or dried and powdered. One of the most popular ways of getting the rich nutrients in it is through pickling it in oil, especially mustard oil. Amla is rich in vitamin C, which is a great antioxidant, and it retains this vitamin to a great extent even on cooking it. It is also rich in other vitamins and minerals that help maintain the shine in hair and makes your skin look radiant. It has numerous anti-ageing properties and is said to be a super food for cancer patients as it kills cancer cells but leaves normal cells alone. It helps in reducing cholesterol levels, inflammation and aids blood thinning as well as reduces artery stiffening. It also helps in reducing nausea, bloating, belching, and acidity, decreases the stress on the heart, and helps reverse diabetes. So, it is a great addition to your diet.

Ajwain, yellow mustard, methi seeds, and turmeric are all very beneficial for health as they are said to aid in relieving indigestion, help reduce cholesterol, fight bacteria and fungi, combat peptic ulcers and cough, and are anti-inflammatory.

Known for its strong flavor, pungent aroma, and high smoke point, it’s often used for sautéing and stir-frying vegetables in many parts of the world especially in West Bengal in India. Pure mustard oil has a high smoke point and comprises mostly of monounsaturated fats, which are more resistant to heat-induced degradation than polyunsaturated fats. Some studies have found that mustard oil possesses powerful antimicrobial properties and may help block the growth of certain types of harmful bacteria and fungus and is sometimes applied to the feet to help heal cracked skin on the heels. It may also slow cancer cell growth and is said to help heart health because of the high content of monounsaturated fatty acids in it, a type of unsaturated fat found in foods like nuts, seeds, and plant-based oils. But after all, it is still an oil and is not advised on a Whole-Food Plant-Based diet, so it is best to have it in very limited quantities and only occasionally.

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Amla Pickle in Mustard Oil (Indian Gooseberry Pickle)

Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on Earth. The Vitamin C, Vitamin A and antioxidants present in amla purify the blood and make your skin look radiant. It also has numerous anti-ageing properties. It is a super food for cancer patients as it kills cancer cells but leaves normal cells alone. It can be eaten grated, cut into pieces, made into pickles and jams, added to smoothies, or dried and powdered. It helps in reducing cholesterol levels, inflammation and aids blood thinning as well as reduces artery stiffening. It also helps in reducing nausea, bloating, belching, and acidity, decreases the stress on the heart, and helps reverse diabetes. This fruit is so rich in vitamin C that even cooking it only reduces the amount by about one fourth. The high iron and carotene content in amla boosts hair growth and strengthens hair. So, all in all it is a great addition to your diet.

Known for its strong flavor, pungent aroma, and high smoke point, mustard oil is often used for sautéing and stir-frying vegetables in many parts of the world especially in West Bengal and other eastern states in India. Some studies have found that mustard oil possesses powerful antimicrobial properties and may help block the growth of certain types of harmful bacteria and fungus and is sometimes applied to the feet to help heal cracked skin on the heels. In some parts of the world, it is applied to the scalp as it is said to help hair growth and is said to alleviate pain and decrease inflammation in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, but caution is advised as it can cause serious skin burns. It may also slow cancer cell growth. It is said to help heart health because of the high content of monounsaturated fatty acids in it, a type of unsaturated fat found in foods like nuts, seeds, and plant-based oils. Pure mustard oil has a high smoke point and comprises mostly of monounsaturated fats, which are more resistant to heat-induced degradation than polyunsaturated fats. But after all, it is still an oil and is not advised on a Whole-Food Plant-Based diet, so it is best to have it in very limited quantities.

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Mode Aleli Chawli Chi Bhaji with Onion and Tomato (Sprouted Black Eyed Peas Curry with Onion and Tomato)

Sprouted beans are more nutritious and they require much less cooking time. Sprouts are rich in digestible energy, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and phytochemicals, as these are necessary for a germinating plant to grow and are also essential to human health. Sprouting breaks down complex compounds into a simpler form which is why sprouts are also called pre-digested foods. Sprouts provide a good supply of Vitamins A, E & C plus B complex which help in digestion and the release of energy. They are also essential for the healing and repair of cells. However, vitamins are very perishable and so fresh sprouts have a higher vitamin content. Some sprouts can yield vitamin contents 30 times higher than the dry bean.

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Green Coriander Leaf Chutney -3

Coriander chutney is a very versatile dish and is a great accompaniment to spice up any Indian meal. It’s high content of chlorophyll makes it a great food to have for good health. The coconut in it has a lot of fiber too and gives a feeling of satiety. Children also love this chutney.

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Green Coriander Leaf Chutney – 4

This coriander chutney is delicious and filling and very versatile. It can be used as an accompaniment, a dip or a spread. The chutney lasts for a couple of days in the fridge but is bests eaten fresh. It can also be frozen for up to a couple of weeks.

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Rajma Punjabi style-1 (Kidney Beans)

Rajma beans are an inexpensive and versatile component of a healthy diet. It is a healthy legume that boosts protein and fibre intake without adding too many calories. About 100 grams of boiled kidney beans will have almost 9 grams of protein. Among legumes, rajma has the richest plant-based protein source. The high content of fiber in kidney beans and the amount of resistant starch helps greatly in weight management and regular consumption of rajma moderates blood sugar levels and promotes colon health. Rajma or kidney beans are high in calcium carbohydrates and have a low glycemic index, which has a beneficial effect on blood sugar balance than any other high-carb foods. Rajma is also rich in folate, iron, potassium, manganese and Vit K. The vitamin B1 in rajma improves cognitive functions and aids the functioning of the brain by enhancing concentration and memory.

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