No introduction is necessary for Tofu…We all know its very rich in calcium and protein but tastes not so well like paneer..So we have to compromise in taste to have a healthy food…Instead of adding tofu in gravies or curries i thought making paratha is a better and easy way of consuming it..
- Atta /Wheat flour –3/4 cup
- Tofu (Soya paneer) – 50 gms (grated)
- Green chilly – 1 no (Finely chopped)
- Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Ginger – 1 inch (grated)
- Onion – 1 no (finely chopped)
- Garam masala powder– 1/2 tsp
- Coriander leaves /Curry leaves – few (finely chopped)
- Salt & water – as needed.
- oil – 1 tsp
- Take the wheat flour in a wide mouthed bowl.Add all the ingredients give above with required water and salt and make it to a soft dough.(add less water initially..add more if required ….)
- Make balls of even size and roll it to make parathas..
- Heat a dosa tawa and cook on both sides..
Serve hot with pickle and raitha!!
|TOFU /SOYA PANEER: |
Vegetarians have long reported the benefits of tofu food – a soy product that is often used as a meat alternative in a variety of dishes. But the benefits of tofu food have reached beyond the vegetarian community as more and more health-conscious eaters have turned their attention to this versatile product. Tofu food lends itself to a variety of delicious uses and, as such, continues to be a staple in many household kitchens.
Made from soybean curd that is pressed into blocks, tofu food has a variety of uses depending on its different moisture content. Derived directly from soy milk, soft tofu contains the highest moisture content of all varieties of tofu. Its texture is likened to custard and as such it lends itself to a multitude of dessert recipes. Firm tofu contains less moisture than its soft counterpart and because it can hold its shape better is often used as a staple in most tofu food recipes. Dried tofu is extremely low in moisture likening it to cooked meat. Most cooks use this tofu food crumbled, sliced, or formed into noodles. Tofu food also has the ability to be frozen - or made into a puree - so that it can be used anytime throughout the week in whatever capacity it is needed.
But the versatility of tofu food ultimately lies in its flavor – or lack thereof. Tofu actually has very little of its own natural flavor. Instead, it absorbs the flavor from the other ingredients in the dish. Served in soups, as a filling or stuffing, raw, stewed, fried, or grilled, tofu food can be used in a multitude of cuisines.
But most importantly, the health benefits of tofu food are difficult to ignore. Low in calories and high in protein, tofu contains no cholesterol and in some cases has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s no wonder that more and more people have begun to include tofu food as a part of their healthy lifestyle.
For years a vegetarian staple, tofu is finally working its way into mainstream diets. Diehard meat-eaters are considering tofu products as a way to improve their diets and provide a variety of health benefits. High in protein, vitamins and minerals while low in calories, sodium and fat, tofu packs a one-stop nutritional punch not found in many other foods.
Tofu, made from the curds of soybean milk, is primarily available in three textures: firm, extra firm and silken. Silken tofu has a custard-like consistency and is usually substituted into dressings, protein shakes and desserts. Firm and extra firm varieties are usually cut up into chunks that stand up well to marinating and can be sautéed, grilled or baked. Tofu itself is rather bland, but strongly absorbs the flavors used to prepare it.
Tofu’s primary health benefits stem from its soybean base. Soybeans are very rich in protein, minerals and plant components called isoflavones, which act as a form of estrogen hormones in the body. This combination of nutrients, coupled with tofu’s low sodium and fat content, delivers some significant health benefits for those who consume tofu regularly.
Proponents of tofu for heart health point to the low incidence of heart disease in populations that consume tofu regularly, such as in Asia. The soy protein and isoflavones in tofu are considered a powerful cholesterol fighters - studies show that regular tofu consumption can lead to up to a 30% drop in overall cholesterol. Tofu is believed to lower LDL, or bad, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, strong indicators of heart disease. One serving of tofu also contains 15% of the daily requirement of omega-3 fatty acids, a heart-healthy substance normally found in fish. These fatty acids not only improve cholesterol but are also believed to aid in helping blood to clot properly.
Menopause Hormone Balance
The isoflavones in tofu act as a form of estrogen in the body, and have been shown to be beneficial to women in both peri-menopause and menopause. In peri-menopause, some believe that the plant estrogen in tofu can help the body regulate the dramatic fluctuations of the hormone during this time. When estrogen levels are low in menopause, isoflavones can help maintain hormone levels and fend off estrogen loss. The body’s supply of estrogen affects many potential health conditions, including osteoporosis, breast cancer and gynecological cancers, so regulating this hormone is of vital importance to women.
The same isoflavones that protect women in menopause can be beneficial in fending off prostate cancer in men. Studies have shown that isoflavones can help slow prostate cancer growth and protect against enlargement of the prostate gland.
Strong Muscles and Energy
One 4 ounce serving of tofu packs 18% of an adult’s daily requirement for protein, and protein is crucial in building muscle. That same 4 ounce serving also contains one-third of the daily requirement of iron, as well as strong doses of antioxidants manganese, copper and selenium. These nutrients contribute to maintaining energy levels. Anti-oxidents are also believed to help prevent against a myriad of cancers by protecting DNA.
Tofu is a good source of dietary calcium, protecting against bone weakness, loss, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. A single serving delivers 10% of the daily value for calcium, yet has less calories than many dairy products.
Because tofu packs so many nutrients into a serving of between 70-100 calories, it can be a great part of a weight loss regimen or a way to maintain a healthy weight. It delivers the protein benefits of meat while still being low in saturated fat and sodium.
With all these health benefits, tofu isn’t just for vegetarians anymore. Adding tofu to your diet, in moderation, can improve your overall well-being and help protect against serious health problems.
TRIED & TASTED:
ONION CHILLY CHUTNEY FROM SANGHI’S BLOG:
We had this chutney for dosa and it tasted yumm…I have decided to make it regularly.I reduced the number of red chillies as per our taste...Thanks a lot sanghi:)