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Punjabi Cuisine Masala Staples

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
18 November 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Add bags and bags of healthy flavour to your meals with the right spice blends.Adding spices to your dishes jazzesthem up appreciably and proffers a ton of health benefits alongside. Spices rev up your metabolic rate, torch visceral belly fat, andreduce bloating too. Let’s look into the quintessential masalas that feature in Punjabi cuisine.

• Chhole masala: Punjabi chana masala paired with bhatureholds a very dear place in everyone’s hearts.Laden with protein, richinfibre, and packed with a dose of anti-oxidants, chickpeas are a super-food. They bring down cholesterol levels, enhance the working of the heartand ginger up the functioning of the GI system. Chhole bhature is not vain - this recipe really is the best! You require few ingredients and minimal time to dish it up and it promises you a giant hug of aroma and flavors.1 tablespoon of the chole masala takes the recipe to a whole new level by adding the perfect taste.

• Garam masala: An absolute cooking staple, the garam masala is prized for its fabulous flavour, its noteworthy health benefits and its adaptability. What is garam masala? It is a powerhouse spice blend comprising of - turmeric, coriander, cloves, cardamom, mace, cardamom, cinnamon, dried ginger, and cumin. There are a host of variations of the blend, and they vary depending upon the region. You can work it into virtually any recipe, and it lends a delectable flavour to curries, gravies, stews and dals. It isalso delicious in marinades, raitas, salad dressings, pulaos, biryanis, and grilled meatstoo, bringing in warmth to every dish!Try Tata Sampann Garam Masala, it is created using Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor’s own recipe. It is made from whole spices that contain natural oils. These natural oils add to the taste and health benefits.

• Paneer masala: How to Increase Immune System In a paneer dishyou geta big dose of protein along with plenty of fibre. Top it all off with veggies and healthy fat and you have a meal that promises tosatisfy you for hours.Paneer cubes smothered inantioxidant packed tomatoes, heart-friendly onions, and amazingspices!Adding a paneer masala ensures an almost restaurant-like taste at home. Serve this decadent gravy with roti or over a bed of rice,with a healthy sidekick, raita.

• Biryani masala: When your taste buds yearn for a trip to North India, don't let it inflictchaos on your belly! This fantastic biryani is your answer!Fragrant basmati rice topped with a medley of colorful vegetables – tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, French beans and green peas, pack in loads of nutrients into each bite. Cottage cheese or meat is a wonderful addition. With a ton of protein and oodles of fibre this meal will fill you up for a long interval of time. What’s more, thanks to the delicious biryani masala, there are plenty of flavors to go around! A biryani masala makes the cooking process a breeze.

• Dal Tadka masala: No list of Punjabi recipes is complete without a mention of the famed Dal Tadka! This recipe is scrumptiousand fuels you up without weighing you down at all. Thanks to the toor dal, this recipe boasts of ample protein and a mega dose of fibre. Lots of garlic, zingyginger juliennes and delectable dal tadka masala,this dal boasts of absolutely yummy flavours that happen to be incredibly healthy for you. Satisfying, nutritious, and appetizing, this is one really healthy recipe.

When it comes to Punjabi food, taste and health do not need to be at odds. You can enjoy your favorite dishes by making them in a yummy and wholesome way and incorporating all the right spices!

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