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Health benefits of Indian herbs and spices- 2

1. Cumin seeds- jeera
Cumin seeds, whose scientific name is Cuminum cyminum, are an excellent source of iron, a mineral that plays many vital roles in the body. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. Additionally, iron is instrumental in keeping your immune system healthy. Iron is particularly important for menstruating women, who lose iron each month during menses. Additionally, growing children and adolescents have increased needs for iron, as do women who are pregnant or lactating. Cumin seeds are called Seeds of Good Digestion also. Cumin seeds have traditionally been noted to be of benefit to the digestive system, Research has shown that cumin may stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, compounds necessary for proper digestion and nutrient assimilation.

Health benefits of Indian herbs and spices (1)

As I promised you earlier that I will share the helth benefits of herbs and spices which we use in Indian food ...they all are good for health and that is the reason behind using them in a daily food dite. Apart from just adding flavour to our food, the seeds and herbs  have always been known for their medicinal properties. Here are some of the better known ones
1.Aniseeds, Fennel Seeds – Saunf Fennel seeds are known to provide certain health benefits, some of which include the following:
 Anti-oxidant activity: Fennel seeds are a good source of antioxidants. Regular consumption of these antioxidants can be guard internal organs from the damage caused by free radicals and toxins released during the process of metabolism.


A superb creamy, extra tasty lintel cooked on very low fire with slow cooking procedure. Traditionally my grand ma use to cook  dal makhani  in earthen pot on chulah (a clay stove) for at least 5-6 hrs, that Dal was so superb tasty and creamy that we could't resist our self and  fought for even a spoon left . That taste was awesome and i really can't forget that, now days nobody has that much of time and passions to spend so much of time for cooking. This recipe may not take you to that era but definitely tickle your taste buds and might give you the feel of that.    

Onion curd gravy

Onion curd gravy 
Onion -  100 gm Green chilli - 2 Ginger - a small piece Cumin - 1 tsp Curd - 1 cup Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp Coriander powder - 3 tsp Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp Coriander leaves - a few Cashew nuts - 2-3 Magaj(cantaloupe seeds)  and poppy seeds paste -2 tbsp Salt - as needed Oil - as needed 

Vegetable au gratin in spinach cheese sauce

Baking is fun , you can create so many thing with little a effort , this particular au gratin is so healthy and tasty that nobody can say no to it. And this can be included
Easley with any continental menu, this is very simple to make and looks are very tempting to impress anybody .

Vegetable au gratin in spinach cheese sauce

Aubergines and tomato Parmesan casserole

A Friend of mine once told me that you cannot make any exotic dish out of aubergines. seriously she hates brinjal, and I challenged her that if you try this dish you will change your opinion about it. I am sure I succeeded because after having it she asked for the recipe.
There is a myth about aubergines that it has no medicinal value! When infact The eggplants are a very rich source of fibre and low soluble carbohydrates. Thus they are highly beneficial for regulation of blood sugar levels and also to control the absorption of glucose. This makes them the best option for people suffering from type 2 diabetes. It has a very high water contents and potassium and very low in calorie this quality of brinjal helps to reduce weight. If you are weight conscious then I will suggest that you reduce the quantity of cheese to half when you make this dish .

Aubergines and tomato Parmesan casserole

For aubergines / brinjal

Banana and walnut eggless cake

Banana and walnut eggless cake

Bananas are all time favorites , I love this moist freshly baked cake so much that I can bake it every weekend . As you all know Bananas are a storehouse of essential nutrients like potassium, magnesium, dietary fibre and B vitamins.
It's really healthy and a tasty option to add in daily diet. And if somebody is allergic to egg then this recipe is a boon for them .