Buckwheat Waterchestnut And Banana Halwa

Buckwheat or kuttu atta,Waterchestnut or singhara atta/flour and banana halwa.
Gluten free, delicious and healthy dessert. This hot halwa is perfect for this cold weather. And its also a tasty and filling fasting recipe.
Nutritious buckwheat flour, low calorie Waterchestnut flour, banana, jaggery and little ghee or clarified butter made this halwa super yummy. You can add 1-2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter more if you wish. I have used 1 ripe banana but you can use 2 bananas if you want.

Buckwheat is gluten-free, a good source of fiber, and rich in minerals and various plant compounds, especially rutin.
As a result, buckwheat consumption is linked to several health benefits, including improved blood sugar control and heart health.

Water chestnuts are aquatic vegetables that are nutritious and delicious.
They are a great source of antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent diseases linked with age, such as heart disease and cancer.
Water chestnuts are also highly versatile and can be added to a variety of dishes.
Try adding water chestnuts to your diet today to reap their health benefits.

Bananas are a popular fruit that happens to provide numerous health benefits.
Among other things, they may boost digestive and heart health due to their fiber and antioxidant content.
They may even aid weight loss, as they’re relatively low-calorie and nutrient-dense.
Ripe bananas are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. What’s more, both yellow and green bananas can keep you healthy and feeling full.
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Jaggery or gur has immense health benefits.
Here are 15 jaggery benefits everyone should know –

1. Prevents constipation: Jaggery activates the digestive enzymes in the body, stimulates bowel movements and thus helps prevent and relieve constipation.

2. Detoxes the liver: Jaggery is a natural body cleanser, further reducing the workload of the liver.

3. Treats flu-like symptoms: Fight symptoms of a cold and cough with the help of gur. All you need to do is mix it with warm water and drink up, or even add it in your tea instead of sugar to reap the benefits.

4. Blood purifier: One of the most well-known benefits of jaggery is its ability to purify the blood.

5. Boosts immunity: Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, which in turn help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections. Jaggery also helps increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood.

6. Cleanses the body: Jaggery is one of the best natural cleansing agents for the body, hence it is advised to eat jaggery to remove unwanted particles from the body.

7. Eases menstrual pain: Jaggery, due to its richness in many essential nutrients, is an effective natural treatment for menstrual problems, especially providing relief from cramps.

8. Prevents anaemia: Jaggery is rich in iron and folate which help prevent anaemia by ensuring that a normal level of red blood cells is maintained.

9. Boosts intestinal health: Jaggery also boosts intestinal strength due to its high magnesium content.

10. Cools the stomach: Jaggery helps in maintaining normal body temperature which helps in keeping your stomach cool.

11. Controls blood pressure: Jaggery contains potassium and sodium, which play an important role in the maintenance of acid levels in the body.

13. Relieves joint pain: “If you suffer from aches and pains in your joints, eating jaggery can provide you with much-needed relief”, says Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Sukhda Hospital.

14. Weight loss: “Jaggery is surprisingly effective as an aid for weight loss. This is because jaggery is a rich source of potassium, which is a mineral that helps in the balance of electrolytes as well as building muscles and boosting metabolism.

15. Good source of energy: While sugar is a simple carbohydrate that gets absorbed in the bloodstream instantly and gives instant energy, jaggery is a complex carbohydrate that gives energy to the body gradually and for a longer time.
To read more about health benefits of jaggery click here.

Ghee contains good amount of healthy fats, vitamin A, E and D. Although, many of us think that the high content of fat in ghee is bad for health but, if you don’t know this, fat is something which is one of the major nutrients that is required by our body to function properly. Ghee is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats and are essential for improving the brain and heart health. It also provides a lot of energy to the body. So, overall, we can say that ghee is quite nutritious and healthy.
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Monday again and this week’s 226 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Grandma’s remedies suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner.
Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. I have already bookmarked her No bake biscuit nuts cake recipe. I will try it soon.

As a remedy earlier I have shared Turmeric shot with tulsi or holy basil
And Golden smoothie with turmeric and aloe vera.
There are so many other remedies like tulsi and honey. My mom used to make it daily for my daughter. Juice of tulsi or holy basil and honey protect the kids from cold.

Eating a small piece of raw turmeric with jaggery in the morning boost immune system and prevent from seasonal diseases.

Half teaspoon juice of small leaves of harsingar or night jasmine mixed with honey is a very good remedy for kid’s stomach worms. Honey will reduce the bitterness of leaves.
Harsingar leaves also have anti-arthritic properties. Boil the leaves of harsingar or night jasmine in water and strain. This water will reduce the pain and inflammation.

List is so long. This time not like remedy but sharing a nutritious dessert. Weather is too cold and this hot halwa will give some comfort and also soothe a sore throat.

Recipe

Buckwheat flour or kuttu atta – 1/4 cup

Waterchestnut flour or singhara atta – 1/4 cup

Jaggery – 1/3 cup, grated or powdered

Ripe banana – 1

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon, sliced

Almond – 1 tablespoon sliced

Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Pistachios to sprinkle

Method

1. Peel and mash the banana and keep aside. You can use 1 more banana if you like.

2. Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan or nonstick pan.

3. Add buckwheat and Waterchestnut flour. Fry on low heat until flour starts to change it’s colour. It becomes light brown and you will get a lovely aroma.

4. Add sliced cashews, almonds and raisins. Fry for a minute.

5. Add mashed banana and mixed well. Saute for a minute. Keep the heat low. Flour shouldn’t be burn.

6. Now add jaggery and water. Mix well. Break the lumps with spatula. Increase the heat and keep stirring. Cook until the mixture dried up and comes together.

7. Add cardamom powder, mix and remove from heat. You can drizzle little ghee at the end. I didn’t.

8. If you want to keep it little runny add 1/4 cup water and little more jaggery powder.

9. Garnish with sliced cashews, almonds and pistachios.
Serve hot.

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Gluten Free Paan Or Betel Leaf Cake

Gluten free paan or betel leaf cake with rose flavoured glaze.
A delicious eggless cake flavoured with mitha paan.
Cake is full of flavour and taste of mitha paan ingredients like paan or betel leaf, gulkand or rose preserve/jam, tutti fruity, fennel seeds, cardamom powder and rose essence or rose water.

If you are my regular reader then you may know that I love to use different gluten free flours in my bakes. I have already used soyabean flour and cornmeal in my bakes. This time I have also used buckwheat flour or kuttu atta.
Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is thus gluten-free.
It’s used in buckwheat tea or processed into groats, flour, and noodles. The groats, used in much the same way as rice, are the main ingredient in many traditional European and Asian dishes.
Buckwheat has become popular as a health food due to its high mineral and antioxidant content. Its benefits may include improved blood sugar control.
To read more about buckwheat flour and it’s health benefits click here.

Earlier shared a Paan flavoured sandesh on this blog.

Paan or betel leaf is a mouth freshener of India.
According to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, chewing betel leaf is a remedy against bad breath. And can be used as mouth freshener.
Paan from Sanskrit parṇa meaning “leaf” is a preparation combining betel leaf with areca nut widely consumed throughout Southeast Asia, East Asia (mainly Taiwan), and the Indian subcontinent. It is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects.
Chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf is a tradition, custom or ritual which dates back thousands of years from India to the Pacific.
In a 16th-century cookbook, Nimmatnama-i Nasiruddin-Shahi, describes Ghiyas-ud-din Khalji, the Sultan of Mandu (r. 1469–1500), watches as tender betel leaves of the finest quality are spread out and rosewater is sprinkled on them, while saffron is also added. An elaborate betel chew or paan would contain fragrant spices and rose preserves with chopped areca nuts.
It is a tradition in South India and nearby regions to give two Betel leaves, areca nut (pieces or whole) and Coconut to the guests at any auspicious occasion. Even on a regular day, it is the tradition to give a married woman, who visits the house, two Betel leaves, areca nut and coconut or some fruits along with a string of threaded flowers. This is referred to as tambolam.
Betel leaf used to make paan is produced in different parts of India. Some states that produce betel leaf for paan include West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh. In West Bengal, two types of betel leaves are produced. These are “Bangla Pata (Country Leaf) and Mitha Pata (Sweet Leaf).
Source – Wikipedia

206 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is gluten free treat suggested by me.
Some of my readers are suffering from gluten allergy. So I have suggested my blogger friends to share some recipes with gluten free flour. This way people can get different types of gluten free recipes.

In this paan flavoured cake I have used three types of gluten free flour. Soyabean flour, cornmeal and buckwheat flour or kuttu atta but you can use any flour of your choice. Khoya mawa or dried milk made the cake more delicious and rich. Rose flavoured sugar glaze is completely optional. Cake will be also delicious without glazing.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Cornmeal – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Kuttu atta or buckwheat flour – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Paan or betel leaf – 2

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Tutti fruity – 1/2 cup + to sprinkle

Fennel seeds – 2 teaspoon

Oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Sugar coated fennel seeds – 2 tablespoon

Gulkand – 2 tablespoon

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Green food colour – 1-2 drops, optional

For glaze

Powdered sugar – 3 tablespoon

Rose essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1/2 tablespoon

Green food colour – 1 – 2 drops

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170°.

2. Grease a cake tin or line with parchment paper.

3. Mix vinegar in 3/4 cup milk and keep aside. Milk should be in room temperature.

4. Grind paan or betel leaf, fennel seeds, gulkand and khoya/mawa or dried milk with 1/4 cup milk. Make a smooth paste.

5. In a bowl sieve all the flour, baking powder, soda and cardamom powder.

6. In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, oil or butter and vinegar mixed milk. Whisk well till sugar dissolved.

7. Now add ground paste and whisk again.

8. Add the dry ingredients and mix well to make a lump free smooth batter.

9. Add green food colour if using. Mix well.

10. Fold in tutti fruity and sugar coated fennel seeds.

11. Pour the batter in greased or lined cake tin. Tap gently on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles.

12. Sprinkle tutti fruity and bake at 170° for 25 – 30 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check.

13. Let the cake cool down completely.

14. For glaze in a mixing bowl whisk powdered sugar, rose essence, water and green food colour. Whisk well till sugar dissolves. Your glaze is ready.
Spread the glaze all over the cake.

15. Decorate with tutti fruity and sprinkle.
Slice and enjoy.
Happy baking!

Notes

1. You can make this cake with whole wheat flour/atta or refined flour/maida instead of these gluten free flour. Or use any flour of your choice.

2. If you have gluten allergy, use gluten free food colour or skip colour.

3. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon rose essence can be added in the batter if you like the flavour.

4. Glaze is completely optional. You can also serve it without glaze.

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