We usually make rice payasam / Arisi payasam and Mango pachadi along with other lunch recipes like rice , sambar , Poriyal and Vada for tamil new year as offerings to god. I learnt these recipes from my MIL. Rice payasam is a very tasty , rich dessert recipe with jaggery , coconut milk and milk. Mango pachadi has all the 6 tastes ie Sweet , salt , tangy , sour , spicy and saline which denotes our life with all the stages.. . Try these recipes , offer to god and have a great new year ..Color of payasam and pachadi may vary based on the color of jaggery ..
RICE PAYASAM / RICE KHEER
- If the mango is too sour , u may have to add more jaggery. To avoid this ,add more water to cook the mango & drain the additional water while boiling. It helps to remove the sourness.
- U can follow this recipe and make pachadi with Raw banana stem (Vazhaithandu ) and yellow pumpkin..
Nutrient and antioxidant propertiesMango is rich in a variety of phytochemicals and nutrients that qualify it as a model "superfruit", a term used to highlight potential health value of certain edible fruits. The fruit is high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin C, polyphenols and carotenoids.
Mango contains essential vitamins and dietary minerals. The antioxidant vitamins A, C and E comprise 25%, 76% and 9% of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) in a 165 g serving. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, 11% DRI), vitamin K (9% DRI), other B vitamins and essential nutrients such as potassium, copper and 17 amino acids are at good levels. Mango peel and pulp contain other phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants - carotenoids and polyphenols - and omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
The edible mango peel has considerable value as a source of dietary fiber and antioxidant pigments.Contained within the peel and pulp are rich contents of polysaccharides as fiber sources, especially starch and pectins.
Antioxidants of the peel and pulp include carotenoids, such as the provitamin A compound, beta-carotene, lutein and alpha-carotene, polyphenols such as quercetin, kaempferol, gallic acid, caffeic acid, catechins, tannins, and the unique mango xanthone, mangiferin, any of which may counteract free radicals in various disease mechanisms as revealed in preliminary research. Contents of these phytochemicals and nutrients appear to vary across different mango species. Up to 25 different carotenoids have been isolated from mango pulp, the densest content for which was beta-carotene accounting for the yellow-orange pigmentation of most mango species. Peel and leaves also have significant content of polyphenols, including xanthones, mangiferin and gallic acid.
The mango triterpene, lupeol is an effective inhibitor in laboratory models of prostate and skin cancers. An extract of mango branch bark called Vimang, isolated by Cuban scientists, contains numerous polyphenols with antioxidant properties in vitro and on blood parameters of elderly humans.