Friday, October 24, 2008

Legumes

Green LentilsRed Chori Bean

Why legumes? A rich source of essential nutrients. Low in fat, no cholestrol, high in fiber, protein, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium and phytochemicals. A group of compounds that help to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dried legums are inespensive and have a long shelf life, making them very convenient storage in the small towns and villages in India. For vegetarians, eating legumes as a substitute for meat can help lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and bring down your cholesterol levels. For diet conscious, legumes can make us feel full longer, which may help us eat less and lose weight. Cooking dry beans is the healthiest option and canned beans are a quick substitute as it contains sodium. To lower sodium content, we can drain and rinse canned beans. Legumes take longer time to cook in a big vessel, but in the pressure cooker, it's faster to cook. Some of the indian legumes like pigeon peas(toovar dal), Yellow split peas(chana dal), green lentils(spilt moong dal) and brown lentils(spilt masoor dal) need not be soaked over-night and can be cooked directly in a large vessel or in the pressure cooker with sufficient water. Other legumes like chickpeas, whole yellow peas, red kidney beans(rajmah) and cowpeas needs to be soaked over-night and can also be cooked cooked directly in a large vessel or in the pressure cooker with sufficient water. Legumes not only make delicious indian curries but also some lentils can make lovely soups, stews and hummus for western recipes.

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas and Kidney BeansGujarati-Style Black and Yellow Chickpeas with a spicy-sweet sauce Black-eye Beans with Spinach and TomatoesGreen Lentils with Spinach
Methiwale Kabuli ChholeParuppu Urndai Moru Kulambo
Methi Matar Malai




18 comments:

SMN said...

Hey Raji first time here..u hv a very nice blog.. I liked the idea of sweet and sour nuts.

DK said...

Hi Rajee,

Sure u can post my recipes with a link. I would be only too happy :)

You have a good blog here...happy blogging :)

anudivya said...

Thanks Rajee... Hope you like them.
Sure will share recipes as and when I make them from the book.

Yasmeen said...

All the healthy Leguminous curries look delicious,love to try all of them:)

DK said...

Hi Rajee,

sorry for the delay in the reply. ell Selg raising flour is nothing but plain flour with Baking powder added. So if you want to use All purpose flour just substitute with following criteria - For 1 cup of APF add 1 1/2 tsp of Baking powder. The dough should not be too dry nor too wet. So when you are kneading the dough shud feel soft in your hands but at the same time not stick. Otherwise there is nothing much to it...Hope it works out great for you :)

Rajee, irving, tx said...

Thanks lot to SMN, DK and Yasmeen

Usha said...

Everything looks delicious, legumes are a great way to get our daily requirement of protein...

Rajee, irving, tx said...

Thanks lot to Usha, pls try recipes of legumes and let me know its outcome. I am new to ur blog. I'll visit and let u know.
Happy Blogging!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Hi,

Mouth watering, yummylicious recipes. I think you can send this to MLLA event. (if you are intrested only).

This is in reference to the comment you left on my blog about mandoline. I cutted the potato stripes using knife only dear. I rarely use mandoline. As you said it is very hard to push veggies through it. But one of my friend said applying cooking oil to it eases the work. But always forget to do it. Hope to try next time and let you know wheather it will work o not.

Rajee, irving, tx said...

Yes, I am very interested to join any events. I really dont know about MLLA event and pls send me its url to participate the event.
Cheers

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thana ton for the beautiful comments you left on my blog. Here is the link for MLLA http://tastypalettes.blogspot.com/2008/12/announcing-mlla-sixth-helping-hot-spicy.html Check this link for more details.

Kitchen Flavours said...

You can have more events list at http://events-n-roundups.blogspot.com/

That's me and my mom said...

Hi Kitchen Flavor,
Thanks lot for requesting me to join MLLA event and also sending me monthly events-round up link.

Adlak's tiny world said...

Hi rajee thanks for dropping by and nice words...

U have very nice blog with good collections too.... do visit me ven and as possible.

Rajee said...

Hi Adlak,
Surely, I'll visit ur blog. It would be nice to have good friend with you to browse and share each other as we know many bloggers have come up and it's very easy for anyone to forget and so keep sharing.
Cheers,
Rajee

Rajee said...

Ok Adlak :)

Adlak's tiny world said...

hi rajee check out my blog for something waiting for u dear.

veena said...

Rajee..

thanks a lot for the lovely comments ..i have updated the rice noodle pictures ..some prb have occurred in the older posts..many of the snaps are missing ..anyway have to upload them soon

wonderful blog dear..keep it up
love
veena

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