Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carrots

I find carrots to be too good as they can be added to so many dishes.The best thing is they can be grated & mixed into so many things !

Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A.This vitamin A is good for eyesight.Including carrots in meals is a sure shot way to stay away from glasses which may, later in some extreme cases lead to blindness.Carrots have lots of fibre & hence help in weight loss.

There are a variety  of dishes in which a carrots are the main ingredient.I myself have made a carrot cake,carrot salad & carrot koshimbir,I add carrots grated and or chopped to upma,savoury vermicelli,dosa idli & paniyaram batters to make  them more healthy & colorful.Even cutlets & bread snacks  can be made fibrous with addition of carrots.

I even came across a carrot tomato rasam recipe.And I did give it a try & I was amazed by the taste! I puree carrots,onions & tomatoes & make a gravy for chhole & rajma.This ensures, that my kid eats some carrots ! Can anyone think of pulaos & biryanis without  carrots ? Same with avial  & pav bhaji.And winters are incomplete without garma garam  gajar ka halwa ! In South India ,finely chopped carrots with salt  cooked with fresh dessicated coconut & a vagar of mustard,urad dal,red chillies,green chillies,kadipatta,hladi ,hing  makes for a delicious carrot thoran!There is even a carrot kheer recipe ! Carrots blend easily with beetroot,beans,capsicum,cabbage,cauliflower,etc ! Moreover whenever a dish is made with more than one vegetable ,it gets more tasty be it a beetroot carrot cake,cabbage-carrot thoran,avial ,etc.

                                     Carrot tomato rasam with tur dal.

Carrots have a sweet taste.Hence,I find them very useful in case a dish has turned out too  spicy.Addition of  grated  carrots in such a dish & cooking it for a few minutes can reduce the spice content.

Some years back ,I read in the press, that one man had been eating so many carrots that he looked very carrot like ,in colour....like an orange.I would love to imbibe that colour as it can be easily mistaken for a peachy complexion, all over ! For that, I just have to eat more carrots ! This means, that I have to follow the  carrot & carrot ( not stick) policy  !

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13 comments:

Prathima Rao said...

Carrot-Tomato rasam and adding carrots to channa & rajma masala are new ones for me. Need to try. I had made carrot kheer a couple of days back and I liked it (not because I made it!) :)

Vasudha Rao said...

Thank you,Prathima ! I had to think up, of adding carrots as my kid is averse to eating veggies ! Have heard, that carrot payasam is too delicious !That's why you loved it !

JANU said...

Great tips Vasudha...I like carrot payasa.

Vasudha Rao said...

Thank you ,Janaki ! Your daily words of encouragement are egging me on !

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Aparna said...

Nice Post Vasudha... i love carrots and try adding them every salad or veggie i prepare :)

Vasudha Rao said...

Thank you ,Aparna ! Carrots can be added easily to salads & veggies !

Afshan Shaik said...

carrot kheer and carrot thoran - I know. Rest I dont . they do look innovative 2me

Vasudha Rao said...

Thank you,Afshan ! You can try carrot salad .Carrot sticks are a guilt free way to snack!

Shail Mohan said...

Lovely write up. I am a carrot kheer fan.
Carrot thoran has jeera and garlic crushed with the grated coconut and no hing is used for tadka, at least not in the Kerala version.

Rubina Ramesh said...

I do this too. *patting my back on being healthy :D Carrots add not only nutrition but also color to the curries making it more attractive to eat. While color of the food is not a factor but beauty does lie in the eyes of the beholder :D

Pooja Abhay said...

Carrots are my favourite too..love them!

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Love carrots but alas! they did not keep me away from glasses. lol My granddad had a patient come in that was ORANGE and yep it was from only eating carrots. Crazy thing!

Happy A to Z-ing!
~Anna
herding cats & burning soup.

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