Oats And Pomegranate Chaat
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tablespoon puffed rice (optional)
- 3 tablespoon yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate
- 1/4 teaspoon chaat masala
- 1 or 2 pinches of cumin powder
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 green chili, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
- Generous amount of coriander leaves
- Pudina chutney (optional)
- Sweet and sour tamarind chutney (optional)
- Lemon juice (skip if you are using the above chutneys)
- Salt, to taste
|Serving Size||1 Serving||Total Fat||2.2g3%|
|Per Serving%||Daily Value*||Saturated Fat||0.7g3%|
|Calories from Fat||20||Sodium||622mg26%|
|Sugars||11.5g||Vitamin A||12% ·|
|Calcium||12% ·||Vitamin C||16%|
|Serving Size||1 Serving|
|Per Serving%||Daily Value*|
|Calories from Fat||20|
|Vitamin A||12% ·|
- Dry roast oats in a pan on a low flame for 5 minutes. Take care not burn it. Allow this to cool completely.
- In a vessel, add the yogurt and add chaat masala, jeera powder and mix well. Add the sweet chutney and green chutney. (if using) Add this to the roasted oats and mix well.
- Add the chopped cucumber, pomegranate, onions, green chili, puffed rice and mix well. Add the coriander leaves and mix well again.
- If you do not have the chutneys, go ahead with a generous squeeze of lemon juice and combine well.
- Sprinkle some chutney on top if you want and eat immediately.
Pomegranates or anar are considered as the ‘fruits of paradise’ in ancient cultures. It’s not only their unique combination of crunchiness and juiciness but also their nutritional value that makes them so tempting and irresistible. Traditionally, pomegranates are known as a symbol of health, with several Ayurvedic and herbal medicinal scriptures mentioning their use as a natural remedy. Here are top 10 reasons you should include them in your diet.
Pomegranates have an impressive nutrient profile:
One cup of arils (174 grams) contains:
Fiber: 7 grams.
Protein: 3 grams.
Vitamin C: 30% of the RDA.
Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA.
Folate: 16% of the RDA.
Potassium: 12% of the RDA.
Prevent heart disease: Pomegranates are loaded with polyphenols that have powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage of the walls of arteries, thus preventing heart disease. They also prevent oxidation of cholesterol, which causes plaque formation and development of coronary artery disease.
Lower blood pressure: Pomegranates help lower blood pressure by preventing the activity of serum angiotensin-converting enzyme. Punicic acid is one of the main constituents of pomegranates that help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and reduce blood pressure.
May help prevent cancer: From prostate cancer to breast cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer, pomegranates can help prevent and treat several forms of cancer. This property of the delicious fruits is also attributed to the presence of polyphenol antioxidants in them. Certain compounds in pomegranates have an anti-inflammatory ability that also contributes to its anti-cancer property.
Help digestion: To keep your digestive system healthy, you need to include fibre-rich sources in your diet. However, our busy lifestyle and personal liking for junk food have deprived us of the goodness of fibre in fruits and vegetables. Eating a pomegranate every day is a good way to add fibre to your daily diet. One pomegranate can fulfil about 45% of your daily recommended intake of fibre, which is about 20 to 35g.
Boost immunity: Being rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, pomegranates are extremely healthy for those suffering from immune-related disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and osteroarthrits. They are also rich in vitamin C, which boosts antibody production and development of immunity. Pomegranates can thus help you maintain a healthy immune system and stave of common illnesses and infections.
Increase your libido: Since ancient times, pomegranates have been considered as a symbol of fertility. According to a research conducted by researchers, a glass of pomegranate juice boosts testosterone levels in both men and women. This property makes natural aphrodisiac that is great for your sex life.
Keep you looking younger: Ever wondered why we grow old and our skin develops wrinkles and other signs of ageing? Well, it is because of free radical damage that affects your cells. Polyphenolic compounds in pomegranates are powerful antioxidants that can delay the process of aeging.
Lowers stress levels: Apart from reducing the body’s internal oxidative stress, pomegranates also help lower psychological stress that you go through your personal and professional life.
Keep Alzheimer’s at bay: Imagine being stuck on a road having forgotten where you live? If you wouldn’t want it to happen to you for real, pomegranates should form a part of your daily diet. Researchers suggest that pomegranates play in important role prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. A study conducted by Hartman and colleagues showed that pomegranate juice reduces the deposition and accumulation of amyloid in the hippocampus region of the brain by 50%, which could be considered for Alzheimer’s disease improvement.
Prevent plaque formation: If you mouth wash to keep improve your oral health, pomegranate juice can be a better option than alcohol containing mouth washes available at pharmacy stores. Certain compounds in pomegranate exhibit strong antiplaque effects.