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Shepuchi Bhaaji with Mugachi Dal (Dill Leaves Bhaaji with Moong Dal)

This traditional dish is still very popular in Maharashtra and is eaten very often by people from the low income group. This is a nourishing dish because it contains both a leafy vegetable and a pulse, making it an almost complete dish nutritionally. Coming from the celery (Apiaceae) family, it is known as Shepu in Marathi, Suva Bhaji in Hindi, Sathakuppai in Tamil and Sowa in Bengali. Both dill leaves and moong dal are rich in nutrients and help regulate many body functions.

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Green Smoothie

Serves 1 (Recipe credit: Learn why smoothies are important. However, I also believe that eating fruits helps in achieving our optimum health. Please learn

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Sarson Ka Saag (Spicy Mustard Greens Vegetable)

Sarson or mustard greens have a strong bitter, spicy flavor that is distinctive and makes it so special. They are low in calories and high in nutrients including many health-boosting antioxidants like flavonoids, beta carotene, lutein, and vitamins C and E that fight free radicals (unstable molecules) that can damage your cells. It is for this reason that sarson leaves can protect your skin and lower risk factors of diabetes. Both raw and cooked mustard greens are a phenomenal source of vitamin K, which is best known for its vital role in helping with blood clotting. It’s also been shown to be essential for heart and bone health. The greens are also a great source of several B vitamins, including thiamine (B1,) niacin (B3,) and pyridoxine (B6.)

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Shepuchi Bhaji with Channa Dal (Dill Leaves Bhaaji with Bengal Gram)

A lot of Indians cook a pulse and a vegetable together making the dish more nutritious, delicious, and filling. Channa dal is great to combine with dill leaves, fenugreek leaves, cabbage, capsicum, and bottle gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd, etc. either in a dry vegetable or curry form. Dill leaves are rich in a variety of nutrients including Vitamin A, C, D, riboflavin, manganese, folate, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc and dietary fibres. These nutrients and antioxidants, not only protect the cells against free radical damage but also promote healthy vision, augment skin, boost immune functions, treat digestive anomalies, remedy sleep problems, fortify bone health, relieve respiratory infections, regulate hormonal balance, and enhance reproductive health.

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Methi Leaf Bhaji with Channa Dal and Onion

Fenugreek leaves are very low in calories and fats, have a low glycemic index, are a rich source of dietary fiber and are an excellent source of several vital antioxidants and minerals like folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, carotenes, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and manganese. The soluble and insoluble dietary fiber content in the leaves aid in digestion and smooth bowel movements. Methi leaves contain certain chemicals that aid in insulin production. These leaves are an excellent sources of vitamin K, which is important to help strengthen bone mass and prevent osteoporosis. Fresh methi greens help prevent iron deficiency anemia and may help protect a person from cardiovascular diseases, asthma, and colon and prostate cancers. These greens work as an antibacterial and aid in the cure of Alzheimer’s disease. So all in all, it’s a good ingredient to have in your diet on a regular basis.

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Methi Sukki Bhaaji with Channa Dal

Fenugreek and fenugreek leaves are a common ingredient in Indian dishes. They have been used in alternative medicine for a long time because of their strong antioxidant qualities. Antioxidants help in removing free radicals that are the main cause for the damage of cells and aging. Regular consumption of fenugreek leaves helps in weight loss because they are low in calories and high in fibre content. The insoluble fibre in methi leaves also reduces the risk of constipation and promotes regular and healthy bowel movements. Methi leaves are rich in iron and help keep anemia at bay. They also contain high amounts of calcium, and vitamins A, K, and C, so are very good for bone health. These leaves are also rich in folate, which is required for the rapid growth and multiplication of RBCs and WBCs in the bone marrow.

Channa dal or Bengal gram is a staple in India. Bengal gram is rich in protein serving as a building block for our muscles. Chana dal is rich in folates, which is essential in the prevention of diseases like stroke, depression, dementia, among others. It is also rich in calcium and fibre, helping with bone health and keeping blood sugar levels steady respectively as well as with weight loss. One of the greatest benefits of chana dal is that it has no trans fats but has healthy fats instead, that are essential for treating inflammation.

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Indian Spinach Curry (Malabar Spinach)

Indian spinach (Malabar Spinach) is mostly available during the monsoon. It is very easy to clean and cook and tastes more or less like spinach. This green leafy vegetable is rich in all the nutrients in most green leafy vegetables like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin A. It’s especially good for women and children who have iron deficiency. It is low in calories and high in fiber. This miracle green leafy vegetable originated in Asia but is now grown in most tropical regions. It is usually cooked but can also be used raw in salads as well as in smoothies.

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