Broad Beans

Broad Beans

Broad beans

Broad beans are green legumes that come in pods.
They have a slightly sweet ,earthy flavor and are eaten by people all over the world.Broad beans are loaded with vitamins,minerals,fiber and protein.They’re thought to offer impressive health effects,such as improved motor function and immunity.Vicia faba,also known as broad bean,fava bean,is a species of flowering plant in the pea and bean family Fabaceae.

Nutrition Facts:

Broad beans are loaded with vitamins,minerals,fiber and protein.

Nutrients Values
Energy 187 calories
Carbohydrates 33gms
Fat 1 gm
Protein 13g
Fiber 9g
Manganese 36%
Magnesium 18%
Iron 14%

Health benefits of broad beans:

1.Helps to cure Parkinson’s disease symptoms:
Broad beans are rich in levodopa,a compound that your body converts to the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Parkinson’s disease causes the death of dopamine producing brain cells leading to tremors.These symptoms are usually treated with medications that contain L-dopa.

2.Prevent birth defects:
Broad beans re loaded with folate a nutrient that promotes healthy fetal development.Folate is critical for creating cells and organs.An expecting mother needs additional folate from foods and supplements to reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

3.Beneficial for bone health:
Broad beans are rich in manganese and copper two nutrients that may prevent bone loss.Human research also suggests that manganese and copper are vital to bone strength.

4.Aids in weight loss:
Diet rich in protein and fiber may improve feelings of fullness which may result in a lower calorie intake and weight loss.

Side effects of broad beans:
There are alkaloids in broad beans such as vicine and convicine.These two can bring on haemolytic anaemia in the body for those who have a hereditary condition of glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.
Some of the symptoms are :
3.Blood in urine

Fun facts of broad beans:

1.Broad beans are also known as fava beans,horse beans english beans etc.
2.It is a cool season crop that is grown in well drained soils.
3.The cultivation of broad bean was started from 6,500 BC.

How to buy and store broad beans?

1.Fresh fava are normally sold in their pods.Choose firm pods without blemishes or yellow spots.
2.Avoid spots that are starting to dry out or that have beans bulging in the pod.
3.Favas in the pod will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week after you purchase them.

North Indian Dish:

Broad beans curry:

Nutrition Values:

Nutrients Values
Energy 110 calories
Carbohydrates 20g
Protein 8g

1.1cup broad beans soaked overnight.
2.2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes.
3.1tbsp ghee
4.Salt to taste

For the taste
1.2 medium sized onions
2.5 to 6 garlic cloves
3.6 dry kashmiri red chillies
4.1 tbsp coriander seeds
5.1 tsp cumin seeds
6.2 tsp poppy seeds
7.4 to 5 black peppercorns
8.4 to 5 cloves
9.1 stick cinnamon

1.Heat the pan add little ghee and fry the onions.
2.Combine the onions with all the remaining ingredients and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste.
3.Pressure cook the soaked beans.
4.Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
5.Combine the tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water in a pan and cook on a medium flame for about 5 minutes.
6.Blend in a mixer to a smooth pulp.
7.Heat the ghee in a pan,add the prepared paste and saute on a medium flame for about 5 minute.
8.Add the cooked beans in the above mixture.Add salt and mix well.
9.Serve hot.

South Indian Dish:

Broad beans with methi leaves

Nutrition Values:

Nutrients Values
Energy 110 calories
Carbohydrates 20g
Protein 8g

1.1 cup broad beans
2.2 cups chopped fenugreek leaves
3.1 tbsp roasted and powdered peanuts.
4.1/4 tsp chilli powder
5.Pinch turmeric powder
6.Pinch asafoetida
7.Salt to taste
8.1 tsp coriander seeds powder

1.Wash and finely chop the broad beans.
2.Heat the oil in a pan,add the mustard seeds,turmeric powder,asafoetida and saute until they crackle.
3.Add the fenugreek leaves and saute for 2-3 minutes.
4.Add the broad beans,salt and water.Cook for about 10 -15 minute.s
5.Add the coriander cumin seeds powder,chilli powder,peanut powder and cook for 2 minutes
6.Serve hot.

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