In Ayurveda, the importance of spices like pepper has been described in many chapters of Charaka Samhita. In addition, Holy Scriptures like Sharangdhara Samhita and Dravya Guna (Ayurvedic pharmacopeia) precisely describes about spices and herbs’ medicinal benefits. Cashew and peppers are known for their benefits on human organs such as intestines, heart and kidneys. Let’s learn simple yet very healthy recipe here.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes
Ingredients you need to prepare recipe:
2 tsp. of vegetable oil
1 onion finely sliced
1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and finely sliced
125 gm. (4 oz.) Sweet corn
300 gm. (10 oz.) Brown rice
900 ml. (one and a half pint) hot vegetable mix (the mix can include vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, spinach, coriander, carrots, and beans etc.)
11 tbsp. reduced salt-soy sauce
125 gm. (4 oz.) unsalted cashew nuts
K. Calories: 421 (1768 kJ)
Fat: 16 gm. Of which, 3 gm. Saturated
Sodium: 410 mg.
Method of preparation:
Step 1: Heat the oil in a large saucepan (or wok for that purpose). Add onions and pepper.
Step 2: Fry them gently for about 5 minutes until they turn tender. Add the sweet corn and rice and cook, stir for about a minute.
Step 3: Stir in the stock and bring the ingredients to boil. Reduce the flame and simmer, uncovered for about half an hour until the rice turns tender and softened, eatable.
Step 4: Stir in the soy sauce and cashew nuts and cook more for 10 minutes. The stock should be absorbed. Serve with mix salad as side dish.
According to Ayurveda, vegetables like spinach, cauliflower, beans, carrots and coriander contain natural fiber that helps in digestion. Also, researches on various plants and herbs reveal that eating small handful of unsalted nuts (about 25 gm.) regularly may lower cholesterol levels and hence help in keeping the cardiac aliments at bay.
Though nuts are high in fats, they are healthier substitute for snacks such as biscuits and calorie laden cookies. Brown rice is staple food in many south Indian states. As compared to any other breed of rice, brown rice is likely to have more health benefits. They are considered to be fibrous food and hence check the peristalsis movements of intestines thus improving digestion and intestinal health.