potato – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Ingredients You Can Use To Substitute Potatoes https://htv.com.pk/taste/5-substitutes-potatoes Wed, 03 Jul 2019 08:13:02 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=45162

Potatoes are legitimately the best vegetable ever to hit our taste-buds. Here’s proof that nothing comes close to potatoes. But there are times that you feel that you need a change, or are trying to make healthier choices by adding in a variety of veggies instead of sticking to the comfort that potatoes give. What’s […]

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Potatoes are legitimately the best vegetable ever to hit our taste-buds. Here’s proof that nothing comes close to potatoes. But there are times that you feel that you need a change, or are trying to make healthier choices by adding in a variety of veggies instead of sticking to the comfort that potatoes give. What’s more is that in desi households, potatoes are add-ons to many gravies and these alternatives can really take a simple staple and turn it into a new favorite.

Arvi

Taro, or better known as arvi, is one of the best ways to substitute potatoes. They look almost the same when cooked, they taste fantastic- even if the texture may seem a little different at first, and they have loads of nutritional benefits. Not only is it rich in fiber and magnesium, it is also considered a great probiotic- meaning that it promotes healthy gut bacteria which can prevent a number of ailments. Also, have you HAD arvi gosht?

Read: Cutting Carbs; How Will You Eat Your Salan Now?

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is the new, trendy vegetable. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s low-carb, fiber rich, filled with antioxidants- and did I mention great for weight loss? Roast it, stir fry it, make cauliflower crusts for pizzas, air-fry or even make cauliflower mash instead of mashed potatoes.

Sweet Potato

You may have expected this to be on the list. It is after all the closest in relation to the beautiful potato. Sweet potatoes/yams (shakarkandi) are delicious in their own right and are best for dishes that highlight the potato itself and not as an additional ingredient (like in aloo gosht). Sweet potatoes are easily baked, fried, stuffed, scalloped, mashed and try these in croquette form too! They are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, B6 and B3.

Read: Top 10 Alkaline Foods For Your Body

Carrots

Carrots have been associated with improving your eye-sight and it’s true! The vitamin A that is present in carrots helps prevent vision loss. It’s high in fiber and potassium and may have cancer preventive properties.

Cut carrots in large chunks and add to sabzis that require potatoes. Or make yummy carrot soup, or baked carrot ‘fries’. Your body will thank you for this switch!

Pumpkin

Pumpkins and gourds come in many shapes and sizes and thankfully they are all equally delicious and healthy. Try out a mixed gourd sabzi or make a vegetable biryani- you will not miss the potato or the chicken. Some health benefits include: they’re a great source of thiamin, vitamin E, b6, and C. They’re also rich in iron and potassium.

Happy substituting everyone!

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Aloo Ki Tarkari – Some Nostalgia And A Recipe https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/aloo-bhujia-tarkari-recipe Tue, 27 Nov 2018 04:55:28 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=41244

Keeping the association with halwa puri aside, it’s still excellent to have for lunch or for a dinner side with dum ka keema- have it with piping hot kachori or a paratha and it is Pakistani culinary decadence defined.

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There is a certain nostalgia that comes with aloo ki bhujia/ tarkari. The fact that it is a staple for halwa puri breakfasts is perhaps the reason for this nostalgia. A lot of us associate this classic breakfast/brunch combo with good vibes.

Halwa puri is eaten when:

  • The whole family is home- Sundays and public holidays
  • Surprisingly, the weather is pleasant
  • Guests are over, especially if they’ve come from abroad
  • The ‘special’ breakfast the larki waalas (a bride’s family) bring the morning after the wedding
  • As part of mayoun or dholki menus
  • Right before heading to the beach, or at the beach (any other day outing works too)
  • To celebrate office milestones
  • When you feel like it

Ergo, all the good vibes.

Back to aloo ki tarkari. For me, it’s the best part of halwa puri, my family is the one that always asks for extra aloo instead of extra halwa.

Yep.

Keeping halwa puri aside though, it’s still excellent to have for lunch or for a dinner side with dum ka keema- have it with piping hot kachori or paratha and it is Pakistani culinary decadence defined.

The best thing about this dish is that it is extremely easy and relatively quick to whip up. Let’s not be extraordinary and pretend that we whip up from-scratch kachoris to go along with it; just pick up your favorite kind from the frozen aisle, and you’re all set for a great meal.

Fun fact: Did you know that potatoes can help in lowering your cancer risk? Best. News. Ever.

All you need to do is peel and boil potatoes until tender but not too soft. You want to be able to cut through them with a little resistance, because they will cook further with the spices. Roughly break with a spatula or you can do a rough dice.

create a stir

Heat oil in a pan. Add kalonji, rai and curry leaves. At this point, if you feel like you want to add in a signature spice, go ahead. Some people like the addition of cumin seeds or a bit of coriander powder/seeds.

Once they start to sputter, add in potatoes, red chili flakes, salt and turmeric. Sauté for a few seconds. Add the tamarind water and plain water according to the consistency you prefer.  Bring the mixture to a boil for one minute, add green chilies and then simmer for another 5-7 minutes.

Keep checking the consistency of the mixture so it is to your preference.

Serve with achaar (pickles) and puris. Enjoy to your heart’s content.


Recipe: Aloo ki Bhujia/Tarkari (Spicy Potato Curry)

Aloo ki tarkari, served with puri paratha and achaar

Ingredients:

4 medium potatoes

2 tbsp oil

½ tsp kalonji (nigella seeds)

½ tsp rai (mustard seeds)

3-4 curry leaves

Haldi (turmeric), a pinch

Salt, to taste

½ tsp crushed red chilies

¼ cup tamarind water (imli ka pani)*

1-2 cups water

2 whole green chilies

Method:

Peel and boil potatoes until tender but not too soft. Roughly break with a spatula or spoon; make sure there are solid clumps of potato visible to the eye

Heat oil in a pan. Add kalonji, rai and curry leaves. Once they start to sputter, add in potatoes, red chili flakes, salt and turmeric. Sauté for a few seconds.

Add the tamarind water and plain water according to the consistency you prefer.  Bring the mixture to a boil for one minute, add green chilies and then simmer for another 5-7 minutes.

Keep checking the consistency of the mixture so it is to your preference.

Serve with achaar (pickles) and puris.

*If you do not wish to use tamarind pulp, you may use 2 tomatoes or 1 teaspoon of prepared carrot pickle- for the sour kick. If using tomatoes, add them with the seeds and let cook for 5-7 minutes before adding the potatoes

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Potato vs. Sweet Potato: Which is Healthier? https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/potato-vs-sweet-potato-healthier Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:31:32 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=18569

This is an age old debate. Nutritionist and dietitians have us replacing our daily

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This is an age old debate. Nutritionist and dietitians have us replacing our daily potato meals with sweet potatoes claiming they are healthier, whereas, scientists debate, that both potatoes and sweet potatoes are healthy and important for a balanced eating routine. Today, let’s debunk these misconceptions and get some answers.

Both potatoes and sweet potatoes are root vegetables and make for excellent side lines. But, this is where the similarities end. They both belong to different species, namely, Solanum tuberosum and Ipomoea batatas, respectively. In fact, a potato is more closely related to tomatoes than sweet potatoes. They both often get substituted for one another due to their high starch content and waxy texture.

In a comparative study, we can come to find, that although a regular potato has more calories (168) than a sweet potato (112), it also has more protein (5 g in a regular and 2 g in a sweet potato) and carbohydrates (38 g in a regular and 26 g in a sweet potato) which are extremely important components of a balanced diet. Now, one of the reasons sweet potatoes are considered health may be due to their low calories and high fiber content. Although they aren’t too drastically different from regular potatoes, it can make quite a difference to a person on a calorie restricted diet. Sweet potatoes do, however, contain higher sugar content than a normal potato (duh).

Although, this is all a generalization since both spuds have hundreds of different varieties. Each variety brings its own nutrients which may or may not be more than another variety of the other vegetable. So the debate comes down to which variety is healthier in each of the two potato families.

Both regular and sweet potatoes offer you equal amounts of calcium, good for your bones, with both containing 4 percent of your daily requirement. Nearly equal amounts of vitamin C can be found in each: 35 percent in the regular potato and 37 percent in the sweet potato. However, a sweet potato offers a whopping 438 percent of vitamin A (good for your eyes), while you will get none of this vitamin from a regular potato. In terms of iron, a regular potato provides 10 percent of your daily need, while a sweet potato only offers 4 percent. Regular potatoes offer more potassium which helps control your blood pressure than sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also easier to digest as opposed to regular potatoes, especially, if they’ve been cooked and cooled before consumption because of the presence of resistant starch.

The essence of the story is that, although the media promotes one type over the other, it depends on the type of variety we use more. It also shows, that no matter whichever spud you choose, if you plan to deep fry, butter or stuff it with cheese, then it doesn’t make a difference. Neither one would do you any good in such a situation. Instead, try to broil, boil, grill or bake your type of potato to cut out on all the oil which is the root cause of all the problems. And since we only live once, enjoy what you love but in moderation.

 

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All-time Favorite POTATO and it’s Top 10 Benefits https://htv.com.pk/health/time-favorite-potato-top-10-benefits Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:11:49 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=17433

Potato is probably a whole lot of people’s, including myself, favorite vegetable.

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Potato is probably a lot of people’s, including myself, favorite vegetable. It is a staple food that can be found in everybody’s kitchen all over the world. It is used in our diet, if not every day, then every week probably. Potato is a rich source of minerals, including phosphorus, calcium, zinc, and B6, B, and C vitamins. These lipolytic compounds can help decrease hypertension and also work as a cancer preventing agent.

Potatoes come with not only a bag of flavor that you can munch on in a variety of dishes, but they have special benefits to why you should never give up on this special vegetable.

1. Helps the Diabetics

Those with diabetes have raised blood glucose levels, thus, they stay away from potatoes’ normal sugar content. Truth be told, evasion isn’t important, however, divide control is. Starch can be a sound part of any diabetic supper arrangement when combined in the right portions. Consult with a specialist about overseeing diabetes through perfect servings.

2. Makes You a Healthier Person

It is believed that potatoes cause weight gain yet their calorie count is entirely low. Potatoes also provide nourishment to the sentiments of craving. They additionally help reduce cholesterol levels since they are partially soluble.

3. Cures Bruises

Potatoes are also used for treating sprains, wounds, ulcers, and even burns, hence, supporting in faster recovery. They also help diminish the impacts of opiates. It is also demonstrated, that potatoes are used to battle tumor of the uterus and prostate.

4. Stress Reliever

The weight on the body and brain in terms of stress, can be facilitated by consuming potatoes. Cell recharging is supported by the rich source of vitamin B6 in potatoes. The production of adrenaline hormones, which help battle anxiety, is only one noteworthy advantage. They additionally deliver GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid), a hormone, that may also help the mind prepare itself to rest.

5. Better Brain Activity

Everyday exercise and health so as to well-being can be affected incredibly by adding potatoes into your eating regimen. The high measures of copper and iron, known for boosting cerebrum movement, are an additional advantage. Eating a boiled potato without salt can help promote improved memory.

6. Potato Juice to the Rescue

Potato juice may not seem like the tastiest thing on the planet, however, it is considered as an extremely compelling cure for various diseases. It can lessen the pain brought about by ulcers, and also uncontrollable abdominal uneasiness. Potato squeeze also cures sprains, gout, sciatica, heart burn, and wounds and flush out toxins from our body. That is a ton of afflictions that potato juice can help cure!

To get ready potato juice, just pop in cleaned potatoes with their skins on in the juicer, and that is it. They are typically tasteless, however you can add celery or carrots to make the potato squeeze more scrumptious.

7. Packed with Fiber

Eating high-fiber nourishment can be one of the most ideal approaches to weight reduction. Potatoes are high-fiber food and are beneficial to your well-being. Preparing food that has potato, is one of the most ideal approaches to reap its many benefits.

8. Healthy Skin

Potato may also help you with your skin issues. Skin break out, clogged pores and whiteheads can be dealt with using potatoes as a part of two strategies. The principal strategy is to just slice a potato down the middle and rub a piece of it on the affected area. Leave the juice on for a longer time and rinse later. The other technique is to make a face glowing mask. To make the face mask, mix the potatoes in the blender and apply the paste all over. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse.

9. Disease Prevention

Reduce the risk of cancer, help digestion, fight heart disease, and evade common disorders in the nervous system, all by eating potatoes.

10. Goodbye to Morning Puffy Eyes

Apply two slices of chilled raw potato to your eyes to reduce the under-eye puffiness. The juice of the potato slices will suck out the puffiness leaving you with fresh looking eyes.

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