This Ayurvedic Recipe of Turmeric Spiced Zucchini, Paneer, and Tomato Salad have a vibrant flair, the fresh green color of the leaves and a wide variety of vegetables, and various ingredients used to plate the canvas. Yes, some eccentric chefs literally plate on the table, like the whole table is a plate. How cool is that!
Okay, we might have deviated from the point that we are making a salad, or rather an ultra-healthy salad. And our chef has created this ayurvedic recipe with ingredients that are among the best ingredients to battle diabetes and we have tossed it in a minimum amount of ghee, and not just any ghee but the best of all fats- A2 Ghee. As we believe that limiting everything cannot be good for your health but using the best ingredients in moderation can be beneficial.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC SPICED ZUCCHINI, PANEER AND TOMATO SALAD
The marinade of the turmeric spiced zucchini, paneer and tomato salad is made of turmeric powder and we all know that curcumin present in the turmeric powder is very beneficial to control blood sugar levels. The same can be stated for long pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, green cardamom, and dry ginger powder. The main body of salad- cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and cottage cheese is full of essential nutrients. Since these vegetables work tremendously if not cooked on prolonged heat for too long, we have also cooked them lightly to retain maximum nutrients. Thus, we have taken care of all the points which can jeopardize the nutrients of the ingredients. The conclusion of this thorough control procedure helps to:
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Improve cholesterol levels
- Reduce the risk of developing heart disease
- Manage weight
- Prevent constipation
- Cherry tomatoes
- 1/3 Cup A2 Ghee
- 4 Cardamon Pods
- 2 pc Cinnamon stick
- 4-5 pc Long Pepper
- 1/3 Nutmeg
- 1 tbsp Dry Ginger Powder
- 1/3 Cup Turmeric Powder
- Pinch of rock salt
- Black Pepper
- Salt to taste
- Cottage Cheese
- Make a powder of all the dry spices- long pepper, cardamom pods, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix dried ginger powder with it.
- Cook turmeric powder and water on a slow flame to make a thick paste. Stir it continuously so that turmeric powder does not burn but cooks at a slow pace. We aim to cook turmeric so that its rawness dissipates but it has a tendency to burn easily so we cook it with water.
- Add the powdered spices and water to make a thick paste. This spice powder has high notes of flavor, aroma, and pleasant warming smell.
- Add the ghee and stir till well blended with the marinade. Noticed, we added the ghee in the end which gives the flavor of partially cooked ghee.
- Add a pinch of rock salt to taste. The marinade is ready and you can use it in any savory dish. It will enhance the spice tone and will impart an impeccable yellow color. You can store this for up to 3 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator. In this recipe, we used two spoonful of this marinade.
- To this marinade add curd, cottage cheese, zucchini and tomatoes and mix well. Mix well but lightly so that cottage cheese does not break apart and tomatoes are not squished.
- Add salt and black pepper to taste as this is the last opportunity to adjust the seasonings.
- Toss them with a little bit of ghee in the pan and lightly saute them. We are not looking forward to browned vegetables so a 2-4 minutes toss in the pan will do the trick. And done, your salad is ready.
NOT BENEFICIAL FOR
People who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) should avoid this recipe, as zucchini can cause discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract if you have such issues.
Ingredients and their benefits
We have not used any salad leaves that generally provide the crunch, thus we used zucchini that gives a bite and a dimension of texture to the salad which is a must in any salad. But apart from the standpoint of taste, it has other benefits for our health. It helps to manage blood sugar levels and being rich in nutrients it also enhances our digestion.
Cottage cheese is an excellent source of calcium and minerals that plays a major role in tooth and bone health. Undoubtedly among the best source of protein for vegetarians and a delight for the taste buds for its silky and soft texture.
It is rich in Vitamin A, C, E, and potassium which stabilize our cholesterol levels. Moreover, it has carotenoids such as lutein and lycopene which are very important for the growth of our body.
Considered the superior fat due to the A2 protein and its bilona method that intensify its therapeutic value. And using just a little amount will enhance the flavor and nutrition of your recipe. Moderation is the key here, as too much ghee can cause digestion issues and Ayurveda firmly believes that medicine can turn into poison if used in excess quantity.
This spice blend of cardamon pods, cinnamon sticks, long pepper, nutmeg, and dry ginger powder gives a heating potency that improves metabolic rate and enhances immunity.
Turmeric helps to keep heart diseases at bay as it is anti-inflammatory and has an abundance of antioxidants. It is very good for healing wounds (even internal ones) and helps to enhance metabolism and eventually digestion.
Pinch of rock salt
Helps to round off the overall taste and cures sore throat. One must use rock salt instead of refined salt which has been linked to various body issues whereas rock salt or even black salt has proven itself beneficial for our bodies.
It is full of antioxidants and it has a compound called Piperine that combines with the curcumin of turmeric to enhance its remedial properties.
Curd is a good source of protein and calcium which ensures healthy weight management. Moreover, it has probiotic compounds that help in improving digestion.
This ayurvedic recipe of turmeric spiced zucchini, paneer and tomato salad will give surprise your tastebuds while it delivers various notes of texture and flavor. It has silky and creamy cottage cheese, soft tomatoes with a burst of sourness, and a bite of tossed zucchini. And the spiced turmeric marinade will amplify everything. It all comes together like pieces of a puzzle that brings this irresistible and healthy recipe to your plate.