Modak, kozhukattai, kadubu- Lord Ganesha’s favourite sweet goes by different names in different languages. This is a simple dish with a very few ingredients, but the complexity lies in the artful folding of the rice flour dough around the sweet (or savoury filling) such that it remains intact during the steaming process. It should neither be too thin nor too thick and should be soft and well-cooked after the steaming process. In Marathi cuisine, the steamed modak is known as ukdiche modak as there is also a deep-fried variant that has a golden and crisp outer layer, called tallele modak.
Some people believe we cannot obtain all the nutrients we require from a vegetarian diet. In this article, we will explore how true this belief is, the benefits of a vegetarian diet and some vegetarian substitutes to popular non-veg items.
What is a Vegetarian Diet?
A vegetarian diet is one that excludes meat and fish and may or may not include dairy and eggs. It is different from a pescatarean diet, which excludes only meat and not fish, and from a vegan diet, which excludes all animal products.
The humble moong is not just affordable and nutritious, but delicious and versatile too. Keep reading and you’ll find there’s more to moong than the standard dal preparation.
Containing protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds, moong offers balanced nutrition all on its own. Boiled moong offers a protein content of over 7%, fibre content of about 8% and a 19.15% carbohydrate content. It is one of the best sources of plant-based protein. Moong dal is also rich in essential amino acids, which your body is unable to produce on its own. Moong dal is also rich in flavonoids and phenolic acids which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Although moong comes with certain antinutritional factors, their effects can be combated through cooking, germination, fermentation or dehulling. Moong beans also contain potassium, magnesium and fibre, which have been linked to lower blood pressure levels in adults.
We see social media posts and professionals saying this all the time – ‘eat organic’. However we do not always act on it and at times we don’t delve deeper into how it can really impact us. Toxins in our system include environmental toxins as well. They can affect our metabolism, mitochondrial health that can lead to long term damages. Here are some key reasons we must start looking into organic produce.