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Black Gram The Healthiest Food for All

6 Jan

One of the most popular and high nutritional beans is Black Gram. It is originated from southern Asia, precisely India where it has been cultivated since ancient times. This gram belongs to bean family, same as the mung beans species. This is popularly known as Urad Dal which is consumed by human beings in almost every corner of the country as an important part of their daily meal. Urad dal is healthier than any other beans available in the market. It can be consumed everyday as it has various amazing properties which are good for health.

Black Gram

Black Gram

Uses

  • Basically Black Gram is used as a part of meal and consumed by human being
  • There are various types of recipes available using black lentils or Urad dals. Such as Idli, Dosa, Vada, Uttapam and so on.
  • These are also used in traditional medicines called Ayurveda in India.
  • In the construction sector, Black Gram can be used as one of the elements of cement

 Health Benefits

  • It contains calcium, magnesium and vitamin B which are very important for health
  • It helps to prevent Rheumatic pains, contracted knees and stiff shoulder.
  • Best source of protein, fat and carbohydrate.
  • It contains two types of fibers- soluble which helps to prevent constipation and insoluble which helps to prevent indigestion.
  • It supports blood circulation
  • Finally it also helps to control cholesterol which is helpful to prevent cardio related health issues.
Black Gram Dal

Black Gram Dal

There are various types of Black Gram available in the market. Such as Type 27, Type 56, Pusa 1 and such.

Climate and Harvesting

  • It needs heavy rainfall
  • The temperature should be between 27degrees and 30 degrees.
  • These grams can do well in the soil which is extremely good at water preservation.
  • It takes around 90 to 120 days to fully grown.
  • It also enriches the soil with high nitrogen.
  • Proper soil moisture is needed here. Farmers need to irrigate the field just after sowing.
  • It can be harvested when the pods turn 90 percent black.
  • They need to be left in an open area for 1 or 2 days after harvesting to dry them.

Black Gram is the most prized pulse among all other pulses available in southern Asian countries. It is one of the healthiest pulses which helps to generate energy and strength in the body and has high iron content which fights many diseases in human body.

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Ways For Preparing And Flavoring Black Eyed Pea

7 Jan

Black Eyed Pea also known as cowpea is grown in America and is used for preparing famous authentic dishes. These are of beige color and comprises of a black eye as the name suggests. One can buy it canned, dried and fresh as per their requirements and for the purpose it is being used for. Popularly found in South America these protein and potassium rich fiber-filled peas flavored with spices add uniqueness to the meal served. These are neutral in taste and can be easily enhanced with seasoning. These are flavored and seasoned with crisp crumbled bacon, chopped onions, green bell peppers, black pepper and chili powder. To add special flavor to the dish you can also cook it with pork’s fat and ham hocks.

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas

In fact there are many recipes that can be made using Black Eyed Pea for various special occasions, celebrations and get together. More than the salty canned and frozen peas, dry ones are the best as it can be easily stored for long time period and can be cooked easily in the pressure cooker. But before cooking these peas, it should be soaked overnight in fresh water so as to make it tender enough to be squashed with fork.

After your peas are cooked and well seasoned with salt and spices, you can serve it with rice and ham as a complete meal and enjoy the flavor. Either the rice can be cooked separately for fifteen minutes before being added to the simmered beans or you can cook the rice in a different pan and then simmer and blend the peas and rice together for five minutes adding all sorts of spices and seasoning. You will surely take pleasure in having this dish as it will leave an authentic taste in your mouth. Oregano, thyme, cinnamon or cloves and red pepper flakes are some of the spices that are used for preparing these peas.

Black Eyed Pea

Black Eyed Pea

Black Eyed Pea And Its Varied Uses:

These are used for preparing various famous recipes especially in Mexico that has made it popular all over the world. In fact it is especially used for preparing the traditional dish of South America known as Hoppin’John. However it is eaten here on New Year Eve with a conception that it will bring good luck. It is also used in warm recipes, cold dishes and salads thus considered to be a big part of food served at various special occasions, get together, picnics and more. One can purchase these peas from local grocery shop or from the roadside stand at nominal price.

All About Black Eyed Beans

13 Nov

Introduction

Black Eyed Beans are of the legume family and are cultivated all over the world for its medium-sized beans. This plant flourishes in a warm environment. Care is taken that the seeds are not sown too early or they will rot before they germinate. It can tolerate drought to a large extent and so is not used to excess watering. The flowers of this plant are a good source of honey as they produce adequate quantity of nectar.

black eyed beans

Origin

Also known as black eyes peas, Black Eyed Beans are a native plant of India from where it spread to other parts of the world including America and Africa. The most common type of this sort is the California Black Eye.

Uses

Black eyes beans are renowned for their nutritional value, being a good source of many nutrients like Folate which is important for creation of genetic material and for rebuilding cells and for generating more red blood cells, Manganese which is most important for protection of the mitochondria of body cells, Vitamin A which is beneficial for the immune system and acts as an antioxidant.

Its health benefits include toning or cleaning the spleen, pancreas and the stomach. It acts as a guard against leucorrhea and cleans the system by inducing urination. Since Black Eyed Beans are high in fiber content, they are excellent for improving diabetes and the Phytosterols present in the beans reduces excess blood cholesterol levels, and helps in preventing and combating constipation and colon cancer. Also because it is a starch it is very high in protein content, it is good enough to give the consumer good energy levels.

Black Eyed Beans are used in food all over the world. In India, black-eyed peas are named Lobia or Rongi and these are cooked as daal, served with boiled rice. It is also eaten as a dish called Chawli Ki Sabzi or a vegetable dish made with black eyes beans. In the Southern USA, the peas are traditionally cooked along with a pork side dish for flavoring purposes, diced onions, and are served with a hot chili sauce. In Vietnam the beans are served as part of a desert called che dau trang. The culinary preparation taken in West Africa and in the Caribbean is called akkra. Hence, it can easily be said that these beans are perfect for culinary uses as well as medicinal uses.

Benefits Of Indian Chickpeas

2 Apr

Indian chickpeas are rich in protein and are one of the earliest cultivated legumes. It is very popular in different countries of the world and is also known as garbanzo bean, ceci bean, chana, snagalu, Bengal gram etc. These are the common names through which it is being identified and known as. These beans are basically of two types, the Desi and Kabuli. Desi beans are small and have dark seeds and rough coat. It is also known as the Bengal gram. It is considered as the earliest form of beans that was known to people, since it resembles the seeds that were found at the archaeological sites. The Kabuli has light color, larger seeds and smooth coats. This has low fiber content as compared to the desi ones.

Indian Chickpeas

Indian Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, folate and protein and contain low fat, because of which it is preferred by many people in their regular diet. It can be used in salads, stews and curries. It offers fat free and high quality protein to all the people who consume it. Regular consumption of chickpeas can also help the individual to lower the bad cholesterol levels and even reduces the risk of heart diseases.

Indian - Chickpeas

Indian – Chickpeas

It is also very helpful for the women folk as it contain the phytochemicals known as saponins that acts as anti oxidants and lowers the risk of breast cancer. It also protects them from osteoporosis.

Indian Chickpea

Indian Chickpea

These Indian chickpeas are also capable of boosting the energy in an individual because of its high iron content. The need for iron is more in pregnant and lactating women. It is also very high in children and adolescent as they go through a very important period of their life that involves a lot of changes in their body. The high fiber content, in these chickpeas is good for weight loss diets. It is tasty and is capable of controlling the appetite of an individual.

Benefits And Uses Of Haricot Beans

25 Feb

Bean is a common name for all kinds of large plant seeds that are mostly used as the food for humans and animals. It is among the longest cultivated plants and is high in protein, iron and complex carbohydrates because of which it is very popular as a food item all around the world. The world gene banks have more than 40,000 bean varieties. Haricot beans are small, dry, white beans that are widely used in cooking for countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and South America. Beans have low cholesterol, prevent heart diseases and weight loss.

Haricot Beans

Haricot Beans

These beans are known as navy beans in the United States. These are small, oval, plump and creamy white with a mild flavor. These beans are called as navy beans because in earlier days it was served to the US navy in every meal. Consuming these beans raw is not possible as it has a very hard exterior, however cooking it makes it edible and tasty. These beans are great for metabolism and regulation of the sugar level of blood of an individual and also support the adrenal regulation function and provide an excellent source of protein and fibre.

Red Haricot Beans

Red Haricot Beans

The haricot beans are very valuable and are prized in many Mediterranean countries where they are used in many dishes with tomato sauce. It is a good source of many nutrients and proves to be a healthy diet for each and every individual. It has little flavor of its own but is capable of absorbing the aroma and flavors of added spices very easily. It is because of this reason that these beans are used in bean salads, vegetable soups, slow cooked dishes and other dishes that are very popular and in demand in the market. These beans can be stored for a year or more when it is kept in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.

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