.....and bajra and onion pakoras
A visit to the supermarket leaves you confused, with so many choices available for different edible items. Products claiming so many benefits and all the while you wonder to what extent the products deliver them all. And with the increase in so many lifestyle and food related disorders, it is imperative to think and review products well before you buy them. Appropriate changes in kind of food we consume and the way we consume them need to be given top priority to ensure a healthy and better life for you and your family.
Cooking oil is one ingredient that is often changed in our cooking for two reasons. One is to get optimum benefits of the different oils that contain varied benefits, like, coconut oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, olive oil, sesame oil. The second being sometimes some of the oils do not give the required taste and result as expected. Then I came across an advertisement for Rice bran oil. It was something I had not used in my cooking earlier but had heard of many positive reviews about it.
And then I received a sample of Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil for review. Thanks to Blogadda for sending a 2 litre pack of Fortune Rice Bran Health oil. I am reviewing healthy oil as a part of the BlogAdda`s Program Review Program for Indian Bloggers.
About Rice Bran Oil :
Rice bran oil is extracted from thin bran coating of brown rice. This oil offers many unique properties over other common cooking oils. Rice bran oil contains vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. It can fight free radicals, enhance immune system, helps lower cholestrol and much more. From cooking point of view, the oil is delicate and flavorful, versatile and 100% vegetarian.
Bajra and Onion pakoras
Fortune Rice Bran Health oil :
Fortune Rice Bran Health oil is from the reputed company Adani Wilmar Limited. It is priced at Rs 230/- per 2 litre/ Rs. 115 per litre. I have been using it in our regular cooking for past two days in place of regular refined oil and very pleased with the results.
One dish made with Fortune Rice Bran Health oil is Bajra & Onion Pakoras. Deep fried items usually absorb too much oil. But the pakoras fried in Fortune Rice Bran oil was quiet the contrary. Oil absorption was a bare minimum. The final dish was extremely light, non sticky and had no odour when frying, unlike few other oils The oil has high smoke point and so does not decompose at high temperatures to form toxic compounds. Perfect for deep frying, even for the calorie conscious. Another common complaint at home after consumption of deep fried stuffs is the feeling of heaviness and drowsiness which did not come up at all in case of rice bran oil.
Another recipe made with rice bran oil is Baby corn Jalfrezi. Fortune Rice Bran oil I found works perfectly for sauteed dishes too. The oil is delicate and does not leave any odd after taste in the final dish. The dish again is non greasy and light. There is no oily residue or stains remaining in vessels used to cook the dish, which means easier clean up! Weight watchers too who prefer light sauteed dishes can opt for Fortune Rice Bran oil owing to its many health benefits.
Rice bran oil is a good source of antioxidant 'Oryzanol' and so help in lowering cholestrol. . It is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and so improve blood circulation. Tocotrienol, a type of vitamin E found in rice bran oil helps lower LDL (bad cholestrol) and increase proportion of (HDL) good cholestrol. It contains squalene, vitamin E which helps to maintain a healthy skin and slows down ageing of skin. The antioxidant fight free radicals, reduce risk of cancer and strengthen the immune system.
And as the oil is odorless and light, it works well in a salad dressing or in cake recipes with oil in place of butter.
All in all my family and I are more than pleased with the experiments in the kitchen made using Fortune Rice Bran oil!
BENEFITS OF RICE BRAN OIL
(source – fortunericebranhealth.com)
1. Decreases cholesterol.
2. Helps protect from heart diseases by maintaining HDL levels (good cholesterol).
3. Helps clean blood vessels.
4. Provides balanced nutrition by providing necessary fatty acids.
5. Tocotrienols and Phytosterals+ mutagenic elements found in the oil helps prevent cancer.
6. Prevents ageing of skin.
7. Makes nervous system healthier by providing necessary vitamin E.
8. Natural anti oxidants in Rice bran oil fight free radicals and build stronger immunity.
9. Helps develop better hormonal health.
10.Rice bran oil is highly stable and food cooked in it is
Onion pakoras always get majority votes to satisfy one`s cravings for a crispy snack. Here this all time favorite is given a twist by replacing gram flour with pearl/black millet flour, also known as bajra in Hindi. The result is a crunchy, mouthwatering, spicy & and an extremely more-ish snack!
BAJRA AND ONION PAKORA
*Crisp and tempting snack*
Ethnicity – Indian
Category - Snacks
Serves – 3 to 4
Onions – 3 medium
Green chillies – 2
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Fresh spice powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander seeds – 2 tsps
Lime juice – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves – ½ cup
Mint leaves – 2 tbsp
Bajra flour (pearl millet) – 12 tbsp
Salt – to taste
For spice powder –
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Cloves – 1-2
Peppercorns – ¼ tsp
Fortune Rice Bran Health oil – to deep fry
To serve –
mint chutney or ketchup
Chop green chillies, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Peel and halve onions. Slice it thin and then halve all the strips roughly, so as to get thin & short strips.
Pound the spice powder ingredients in a mortar & pestle or a coffee grinder to a fine powder.
Put oil to heat in a kadai/wok.
In a bowl put in all the ingredients along with 1 tsp spice powder. Mix well with hands. Sprinkle water if needed and mix to a stiff dough.
Wet palms, take uneven portions of the dough and drop into hot oil. Deep fry over low flame till golden brown. Remove and drain on absorbent paper.
1. Bajra flour is black/pearl millet flour. It is called as sajje in kannada, sajjalu in Telugu, Kambu in Tamil.
2. Onion leaves water as you mix so add water only as needed.