Saturday, 3 September 2011

Dill seeds (Suva Dana)

Dill seeds (Suva Dana)

Dill is a unique plant in that both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning. Dill's green leaves are wispy and fernlike and have a soft, sweet taste. Dried dill seeds are light brown in color and oval in shape, featuring one flat side and one convex ridged side.

The seeds contain so much calcium that 1 tablespoon contains 100 milligrams -- more than in 1/3 cup of milk.
Dill seed is a very good source of calcium, dietary fiber, as well as the minerals manganese, iron, and magnesium
Digestion: · Dill weed contains the carminative agent and aids with digestion by relieving intestinal gas, diarrhea and dysenteryGripe water is made with dill seed specifically as a remedy for colic in infants Dill Weed and Health Teas made with dill seed relieve indigestion and nausea, and produce a lulling effect.
Insomnia: Drinking dill tea is recommended for those suffering from insomnia.
Also helps in Hiccups, Menstrual Disorders, Oral Care Cancer

Respiratory Disorders help clear congestion in the respiratory system due to histamine, allergies or cough.

Dill is said to promote lactation in nursing mothers

Dill Seed is good sprinkled over casseroles before baking and used in salad dressings, mukhwas
These can be used in breads, stews, rices, root vegetable dishes and most notably, the making of pickles.
These seed heads, when combined with vinegars, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper produce the dilled pickles that have that wonderfully puckery quality

Nutritious Pumpkin Soup


2 cups roughly chopped red pumpkin (bhopla / kaddu)
1 cup
roughly chopped carrots
1/2 cup
roughly chopped onions
1 tsp
dill seeds (suva dana)
1/4 cup
low fat milk
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
freshly ground pepper to serve

Heat the oil in a pressure-cooker; add the dill seeds and sauté for about 30 seconds.
Add the onions and sauté for a few minutes till they turn translucent.
Add the pumpkin and carrot and sauté for a few more minutes.
Add 4 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
Purée the mixture in a blender till smooth.
Pour into a saucepan, add the milk and salt and bring to a boil. Keep aside.
Just before serving, reheat, add a little pepper and serve hot.


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