An Indian kitchen is a treasure trove of foods that can do wonders for our skin, hair and overall health. Superfoods that the world is only catching up with now have been around in our households for centuries. We believe in utilising every part of a food item for different usable and reusable purposes. Our recipes skilfully include a variety of spices that do more than enhance the taste of food. Isn’t our food culture simply brilliant?
Seeds are filled with loads of nutrients and often used in our cooking in different forms. Today lets discuss some super seeds and wrap up with a yum sweet treat.
Fenugreek (methi) seeds as well as leaves are popular foods although their borderline bitter taste can be a turn off. They contain Vitamin D and A, iron, choline and soluble and insoluble fiber. They help in reducing risk of diabetes, constipation, migraines and obesity. New moms are given fenugreek leaves since they help in breast milk production and flow.
Methi theplas and muthiyas are love and they taste great in salads too. Fenugreek seeds laddoos are a blessing in winters. You can use them is everyday tadkas too. Soaking them overnight and eating them in the morning can aid in weightloss.
Commonly known as saunf, fennel seeds are high in macro and micronutrients. They contain vitamins C, E, K, and minerals like calcium, manganese and iron. They’re high in antioxidants and help in blood purification. They’re more than post-meal mouth-fresheners and help improve digestion. Say hi to good skin since they’re used in treating acne and rashes too.
A spoonful of fennel seeds in your pakodas gives them a flavourful crunch. Grind them coarsely and add them to bitter gourd (karela) or okra (bhindi). Also, they’re integral to pickles!
The Omega 3 essential fatty acids make flaxseeds an indispensable superfood for vegetarians. They contain high amounts of fiber, antioxidants and lignans. They promote heart health and can help reduce the risk of cancer. Regular use of flaxseeds can help control diabetes.
Flaxseeds can be used in chutneys and also in seed mixes for flours. Roasted flaxseeds post-meals is a good way to consume them daily.
Figs look and taste unique and are low in calories but high in nutrients like copper and Vitamin B6. They’re a healthy addition to your daily diet. They’re good for digestion and may improve blood sugar levels and heart health. However, dried figs are high in sugar and calories and must be taken with care.
Figs are fleshy with tiny seeds and are perfect for shakes and icecreams. Soaked dried figs are famously used in sweets.
Today’s F foods list is my personal favourite. As a health-conscious person I love and use all these items in my diet one or the other way. Fish is protein-rich and popular amongst sea food lovers. Take your pick, or add more to this list!
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