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Fun facts: why you must be friends with green peas

Boiled, fried, steamed or just raw, there are many ­delicious ways to snack on green peas. Did you know that these tiny orbs are a ­powerhouse of essential ­phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins, proteins and ­anti-oxidants? We tell you why the humble green pea must feature in your diet.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 27, 2014 18:23 IST
Arpita Kala
Arpita Kala
Hindustan Times
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Boiled, fried, steamed or just raw, there are many delicious ways to snack on green peas. Did you know that these tiny orbs are a powerhouse of essential phyto-

nutrients, minerals, vitamins

, proteins and ­anti-oxidants.

From pairing peas with eggs for breakfast to chomping on matar kebabs for dinner, check out how this small wonder works for your health.



Diet deal: Ideal for those watching their weight, peas are lower in calories and cholesterol as compared to beans and cowpeas.

Eye opener: Peas are rich in lutein, a natural pigment that protects your eyes. Their ­anti-oxidant property can ­protect you from cataracts and muscular degeneration.

Vitamin boost:Fresh green peas contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C) that strengthens your immune system, vitamin K, beneficial for bone mass building function and vitamin A that improves your skin and eye-sight.

Rich in minerals: Cooked peas are rich in minerals that are beneficial for your blood, muscle, bone health and your nervous system. The zinc in peas is an anti-oxidant ­mineral that promotes ­healing of wounds.



Read:Exotic new veggies: adding a gourmet tinge to any meal



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Mother dairy matar halwa: Vikas ka tadka
Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted or clarified butter
1 cup of semolina
1 cup sugar
1/2 cups of water
1 cup milk
1 cup peas
1 cup mixed nuts, lightly roasted on low heat
1 tsp ground cardamom seeds
Pinch of nutmeg

Method

1 Heat the butter in a heavy bottom pan on medium-low heat.

2 Add the semolina and cook, stirring continuously until fragrant, for about five to seven minutes.

3 Meanwhile, in a ­medium-sized pan, ­combine sugar, water and milk, and bring it to a boil while stirring ­continuously until the sugar melts.

4 Add the water mixture to the roasted semolina; mix till all the liquid is absorbed.

5 Add the peas and ­continue to cook.

6 Using the back of the spoon or spatula mash some of the peas.

7 Stir in the nuts, ­cardamom powder and nutmeg, and take it off the stove.

8Serve hot.