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Benefits of Rajma

How Rajma is Beneficial For Us?

Rajma is a considered to be one of the best vegetarian Lentils which has health benefits too.
  • Cholesterol level is also lowered because of Rajma because they are a good source of soluble fibre.
  • Rajma is also helpful for weight loss.
  • They are also a good source of potassium and magnesium which dilate the blood vessels and arteries and ensure smooth blood flow.
  • Rajma help in strengthening the immune system by boosting and protecting our immune system from harmful effects of radicals.
  • Rajma helps in reducing the risk of cancer.
  • Energy levels are increased because of rajma as they contain iron.
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How to make Rajma?

How to make Rajma?

punjabi rajma masala – simple and easy one pot punjabi rajma masala or kidney beans curry.

Rajma is a special recipe as it includes 9 types of lentils in it.

Ingredients:

Lentils:

  • 1 cup rajma
  • 3 cups water for pressure cooking
  • 2 green chili chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped lahsun
  • 1 inch chopped ginger
  • 3 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp regular garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • salt as required

For The Garnish:

  • coriander leaves
Method:
  • Rinse the rajma beans for a couple of times in running water. And the rajma beans then soak in enough water overnight or for 8 to 9 hours.
  • The next day, drain the soaked water.
  • chop all vegetables – onion,tomatoes,ginger,garlic and green chilies.
  • In a pressure cooker add the rajma along with the chopped onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chilies now add the spices.
  • Add butter. stir again.
  • Cover tightly and pressure cook for 16 to 18 whistles on a high flame.
  • Once the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid and check the beans. the rajma has to be cooked completely.
  • Once the rajma are cooked well, then check the gravy or curry also, you will see thin water like stock with the tomatoes and onions floating. so you have to continue to simmer the rajma masala till the curry thickens a bit.
  • Keep the cooker on stove top and on a low to medium flame, simmer without lid. stir at intervals.
  • Add dry mango powder. also add garam masala powder.
  • Stir well and simmer the curry till the consistency thickens. mash a few rajma beans with the back of a spoon to thicken the consistency.
  • When the consistency of the curry is no longer broth like or water like and thickened. then the rajma masala is ready. if you want you can thicken the gravy more, if having with chapatis or phulkas.
  • Lastly check the taste and add more of salt, garam masala, red chili powder or dry mango powder if required.
  • Garnishing rajma masala with coriander leaves is optional. serve rajma masala with some steamed rice or with chapatis, parathas or bread.
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Chana-2-min

Health Benefits Of Chana

How Kala Chana is Beneficial For Us?

Kala Chana is a considered to be one of the best vegetarian Lentils which has health benefits too.
  • Inclusion of fiber rich foods in your diet can greatly contribute to weight loss. Kala Chana are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber.
  • Kala Chana contain a unique combination of antioxidants, anthocyanins, delphindin, cyanidin and petunidin as well as phytonutrients and ALA that maintain the health of blood vessels and prevent oxidative stress, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • As already stated, the carbohydrates in legumes such as Kala Chana kala Chana are digested slowly, thus reducing the blood sugar levels.
  • Being a rich source of iron,Kala Chana can prevent anemia and boost your energy levels.
  • The phytonutrients called saponins act as antioxidants to reduce the risk of breast cancer, prevent osteoporosis and minimize hot flushes in post-menopausal women.
  • In case of stones in kidney or bladder, you can soak a handful of split chick peas in water overnight and eat the chickpeas with honey the next morning.
  • Kala Chana is split with skin removed and ground to make ‘besan’ which is excellent for skincare and is often used in face packs to give you flawless glowing skin.
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Health Benefits Of Moong Dals

How Moong Dals Are Beneficial For Us?

Moong dal or green gram is a considered to be one of the best vegetarian dal which has health benefits too.
  • Moong dal has a very good amount of vitamins and also has an edible taste.
  • Apart from protecting our body from various diseases moong dal is also beneficial for improving our hair and skin.
  • Moong dal is also a good source for weight loss.Calorie count is very less and hence banishing fat is also quick.
  • Moong dal helps you to lower your cholesterol and also to manage your blood pressure.
  • Adding moong dal to your meals would help you to reduce the risk of anaemia as moong dals are a rich source of iron.
  • It also helps to rejuvenate skin by exfoliating it and dead skin cells are removed.Texture of the skin also brightens up because of moong dal.
  • For dry skin,you can retain the moisture with the help of moong dal.
  • Moong dal can be used to prevent the pores on the skin from clogging with oils and dirt.Hence it helps to prevent pimples and acne.
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How to make Kala Chana?

How to make Kala Chana?

In the Middle East, India and Mediterranean countries, lentils are an essential, inexpensive meatless protein used in many dishes.

Kala chana is a special recipe as it includes 9 types of lentils in it.

Ingredients:

    Lentils:

  • 1 cup Kala Chana
  • 3 cups water for soaking black chickpeas
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 4 to 5 lahsun, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 hari mirch,finely chopped
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 1 tsp kashmiri Mirch powder
  • 1 tsp regular garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp haldi
  • ½ tsp of hing
  • 2 tbsp oila
  • salt as required

For The Garnish:

  • Dhaniya patta
  • Method:
    • Soak the black chickpeas or kala chana overnight or for 8-9 hours and in a pressure cooker.
    • Add 2 tbsp of ghee or oil and add jeera, crackle them and then add finely chopped onions.
    • Saute the onions till they become light golden.
    • Add lahsun, hari mirch and saute for 15-20 seconds
    • Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute them till the oil starts leaving from the sides of the onion- tomato masala.
    • Add the haldi powder, asafoetida, kashmiri mirch powder and saute for 4-5 seconds.
    • Then add the kala chana along with all of the water. season with salt and stir well.
    • Pressure cook on a medium to high flame for 9-10 whistles or more till the chickpeas are cooked well and softened.
    • Lastly sprinkle the garam masala and stir. garnish the kala chana curry with Dhaniya patta.
    • Serve the kala chana curry with steamed rice, rotis or chappati.
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    How to make Moong Dal Halwa?

    Moong Dal Halwa

    Lentils is the most nutritious and integrated part of Indian food course. Be it Halwa everybody just loves it!

    Moong dal halwa is a special recipe as it includes 9 types of lentils in it.

    Ingredients:

      Lentils:

    • 1 cup Moong Dal
    • a few kesar strands
    • 2 tbsp warm milk
    • 1/2 cup ghee
    • 1 cup warm milk
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 1/2 tsp elaichi powder

    For The Garnish:

  • 2 tbsp almonds (badam) slivers
  • Method:
    • Soak the yellow moong dal in enough water for 3 hours. Drain well and blend in a mixer to a coarse paste without using any water. Keep aside.
    • Dissolve the Kesar in 1 tablespoon of warm milk and keep aside.
    • Take a non-stick kadhai and heat the ghee, add the moong dal paste and cook on a medium flame for 30 minutes, while stirring continuously.
    • Add the milk and 1 cup of warm water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 8 to 9 minutes, while stirring continuously.
    • Add the sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes, while stirring continuously.
    • Add the Kesar-milk mixture, elaichi powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minute, while stirring continuously.
    • Serve warm garnished with almond slivers.
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    MOU Signing @ Vibrant Guj. 2011


    Late Shir Devendrabhai Rajivbhai Patel Signing MOU @ Vibrant Guj. 2011

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