Here is a simple recipe that is tasty and healthy. Yes, it does contain some jaggery , which is a form of sugar ,but jaggery is natural sugar and has so many benefits that I cannot ignore. It is a rich source of iron and other vitamins and minerals. It is actually a whole, unrefined form of sugar and is not processed with any chemicals. It is used in various home remedies like cough, indigestion and constipation.It is also useful for rheumatic ailments and bile disorders.
By tea time, I do not recommend tea literally every day ,although once in a while having green tea is a good thing. Mid morning and mid evening snacking is what I actually mean by tea time.
Usually walnuts are not really liked by many palates if eaten whole. Some may be OK with the taste if they are crumbled and put on as garnishes to various dishes. I think it will help to know that walnuts are a very good source of plant protein, are rich in vitamins( esp. Vitamin E), minerals and anti oxidants. They also have the good fat ie. Mono unsaturated fats and omega 3s – both known as ingredients for ‘super foods’. Well, all this also means that eating walnuts is good for cardio vascular benefits, treating asthma bouts, anti-cancer treatments, improving cognitive processes( and improving memory) ,inducing sleep(!) and treating obesity. Interesting trivia on walnuts is that if you have noticed the shape of a whole walnut out of its shell , it totally resembles a human brain- thus the objective of eating walnuts is improving brain functions! You can read an interesting article of how certain foods look like the body part that they help -here.
Now that we have gotten to know the tremendous benefits of walnuts, here’s this extremely simple recipe :
Walnuts – 100 gms
jaggery – 25 gms
olive oil – 2 tbl.
Water – as required( aprox. 2 tbl.)
Method (cooking time- 5 minutes) :
In a pan ( I recommend all pots and pans to be iron made , if possible), put the jaggery, water and olive oil together. Let it form into a thin paste by stirring constantly for about 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the walnuts and coat all pieces evenly with the paste.Turn off the heat and take out the nuts in a plate . Spread out to cool. If two or more pieces stick together, separate them when they are cool.
Serve at room temperature. You can store these at room temperature for about a week. Eat as snacks at home or on your worktable, out of your handbag, with meals, after meals, serve to guests in fancy serving trays……the choice is as varied as packet foods! Bon appetit !