Amaranth Soup

When children refused to healthy vegetable, mommies have only option to add healthy ingredient in their favourite food. In winters, specially in Punjab we used to cook saag , so I found leftover Red Amaranth (chaulai) leaves in my refrigerator and some Beetroots.

Forge quick plan to make soup with these two ingredients. In a cold day sipping a hot soup is a delight!!

Benefits of Red Amaranth

  1. Boost immunity
  2. Rich in vitamin A ,C , B and K
  3. High in fibre
  4. Low in calories
  5. Rich in potassium
  6. Rich in protein and calcium
  7. Easy to digest
  8. Good for skin and hair
  9. Good for anemia
  10. High in iron
  11. Helps to manage weightReduce
  12. cholesterolBoost bone strength

Gulten free Amaranth is a super food.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

• 2 Tbs butter

• 1/2 onion chopped

• 1 clove garlic minced

• 3 cups vegetable stock

• 2 cup beetroot (chopped)

• 1 bunch red amaranth leaves (tough stems removed and roughly chopped)

• Juice of 1/2 lemon

• Freshly ground pepper white pepper preferred

• Rock salt

• 2 tsp Coconut milk

Method

• Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic cook until fragrant, 1 minute

• Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer.

• Add red amaranth and beet root chunks , bring to a boil, and cook until tender, 5 minutes.

• Add salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Turn off the flame.

• Transfer soup to a blender and blend smooth.

• Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a pan and gently warm, add lemon juice .

• serve, sprinkling with black pepper , if desired and add coconut milk or coconut cream.


Kashmiri Kahwa

In india it’s ritual that we kick start our day with a hot cup of tea . It refreshes you, energises you and prepares you to face the day ahead. Various teas have various health benefits. One of most popular tea is Kashmiri Kahwa. Kashmiri Kahwa tea is plausible not only for its exotic rich flavours but also the numbers of healthy benefits it motion for the body , mind and soul.

Kashmiri Kahwa is prepared to by boiling Kashmiri kahwa tea leaves, saffron, cardamom, cinnamon and topped with Kashmiri rose petals, honey, crushed almonds. All these ingredients put together make the tea not only dainty but also healthy . This tea is ordinarily prepared in a ‘samovar ‘which is a brass kettle, having a central cavity to place live coals and a space for the ingredients to boil.

A day’s wage cup of Kahwa aid ameliorate your mood, burns fat, relieve stress and reform concentration. Saffron in Kahwa tea is a very good wellspring of vitamin B2 or Riboflavin. Vitamin B12 is constitutive for the body as it helps in strengthening immune system, energy out-turn , production of red blood cells, keeping eyes , hair and skin healthy .

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cardamoms, slightly crushed
  • 1 ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri green tea leaves
  • A few strands saffron
  • 2-4 tsp honey
    Rose Petals
    Nuts(optional)

Method:

1. Boil 2 cups of water along with cardamoms , cloves and cinnamon.

2. Add Kashmiri green tea leaves and switch off the flame. Let it infuse for about 2-3 minutes.

3. In the meantime, blanch and slice 2 almonds and put in a tea cup along with a few strands of saffron.

4. Strain and pour the tea into the cup. Sweeten with honey and enjoy.