Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Overcome your fears

The potato is the king of vegetables and popular among all age-groups. It is a healthy,nourishing and evergreen vegetable with good nutritious value. Do you know that the potato contains 80percent water and no fat-unless,of course,fried and combined with other fattening ingredients?

What's in a potato?
For starters,potatoes are free of fat, cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat. They contain a whole lot of health benefits.

Good source of carbohydrate:
Potatoes contain complex carbohydrates that release their energy slowly,keeping blood sugar levels steadier for longer. Energy-intensive ingredient for gastrointestinal diseases. It is an expert at flushing out toxins.

Packed with potassium:
Our body requires many minerals in order to function. Potassium is one essential mineral that is vital for heart function, muscle contraction and also to help to fluid levels and blood pressure. One big potato contains 620gm of potassium.

Full of vitamins:
Potatoes contain many essential vitamins. One big potato provides 45per cent of the daily intake of vitamin C  which supports healthy immune system and protects cells from damage caused by free radicals. The potato also contains out five of eight vitamin B including thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folate and B6.

Fabulous fiber:
A high fibre diet promotes a healthy digestive system and reduces blood cholesterol level. It absorbs water which makes one feel satisfied and less hungry. An average serving of potatoes gives you about 10 per cent your daily requirement of fiber.

Packed with minerals:
Cooked right,the potato gives you a valuable supply of essential trace elements such as manganese, chromium, selenium and molybdenum.

Beneficial raw potato juice:
Raw potato juice has been proven to be beneficial in cases of lever disease, gastric ulcer, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, lumbago, etc.
It has great anti-inflammatory properties that help to eliminate acidity. Raw potato juice fasting has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Make your own juice:
Wash potatoes and grate them,squeeze with thin cloth and consume immediately. You can add lemon juice or honey to enhance its taste. Two tsp juice can be taken after a meal. It will flush out toxins if used two to three weeks regularly and you can get glowing skin also.

How to savour:
You can make sensationally simple stuff out of these potatoes- not just French fry and spicy curry.

Healthy potato soup:
Blend one boiled potato with two cups of skimmed milk. Boil for two minutes, add salt and black pepper. Garnish with finely chopped spring onions. Your creamy soup is ready.

Relish in salad:
Boil potatoes and peel them. Cut into half, arrange on a plate, cover with well-beaten thick curd and sprinkle coriander leaves garnish with pomegranate seeds,chill and serve.

Crisp tasty snacks:
Boil small potatoes and peel them. Heat a non-stick pan with a little oil add cumin seeds, hing and finally potatoes. Saute for a minute, reduce the flame, add few sesame seeds, red chilli powder, chat masala and cook till crisp.

Tasty potato crust:
Peel three big potatoes and grate them. Add 1tbsp cornflour, salt and pepper and mix properly. Heat a non- stick pan with 1tsp oil, spread potato mixture and cook on a low flame for five minutes from both sides until crisp. Garnish with paneer and serve with sauce.

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