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 Bell Peppers Health Benefits

  Last Updated : Oct 31,2017






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Crunchy Bell Peppers Could Do You a World of Good

Nutrients Aplenty in Tasty Bell Peppers

Bell peppers (commonly called as capsicum in India) have a knack or pepping up any dish they are added to. Their vibrant colours, crisp and juicy texture and mildly-spicy taste add to the visual and culinary appeal of any dish.

When they are chopped and used raw in salads like the Rajma Vegetable Healthy Lunch Salad, they give a spicy flavour as well as exciting crunch. They are just as nice when worked into dishes like stir-fries and soups like the Oats and Roasted Capsicum Soup. They can be sliced into strips and fried, roasted whole or in pieces, or chopped and incorporated into salsas or other sauces. Strips of pepper can be grilled Char Grilled Aubergine and Sweet Peppers Salad along with other vegetables such as Zucchini, Zucchini, onions and tomatoes and served as a vegetable platter. Because of its hollow structure, bell pepper is also ideal for stuffing. You can pick small bell peppers, stuff them with cheese and bake them, or stuff them with a desi aloo masala, dip in batter and deep-fry! Whenever you cook or bake bell peppers alone or with other veggies, try to cook them only up to the limit where they retain a little bit of their crunch – this makes them tastier and more interesting.

Fortunately for us, this scrumptious veggie is also very healthy! From being good for your skin and fighting arthritis to protecting the cells from free radicals, this wonderful veggie can enhance your health in many different ways. Here’s how…

• Rich in vitamins, bell pepper helps in the formation of collagen and improves skin health.
• It increases your metabolic rate, i.e., helps to burn calories. This aids in weight loss.
• Capsaicin, an ingredient found in capsicum is beneficial in treating arthritis. It works by first stimulating and then decreasing the intensity of pain signals in the body.
• Capsaicin also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the cells of the body from damage by harmful molecules called free radicals.
• This wonderful ingredient also effectively opens and drains congested nasal passages.
• Bell peppers, especially the yellow and red ones, are rich in carotenoids. This is why bell peppers always feature on lists of foods with Vitamin A.
• Capsicum is loaded with B-vitamins like B2, B3 and B6. Vitamin B6 is necessary for the health of your nervous system and renewal of cells.
• Bell peppers are high on Vitamin E, keeping your hair and skin glowing.
• It has a good amount of Potassium, a mineral that is necessary for heart functioning.
• A good amount of magnesium helps in muscle development. It also maintains steady heart beat and nerve functioning, and helps build bones by helping in the metabolism of calcium.
Capsicum has a rich mix of phytonutrients, which makes it a good source of Antioxidant Rich. Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants that protect them from bugs. When we consume foods rich in phytonutrients, they fight for our health too!
• Colourful capsicums are not only visually appealing but good for your eyes too, as they contain antioxidant Lutein, which protects the eye from cataracts and degeneration of the eye.
• Bell peppers are low in calories and good for weight-watchers. You can freely toss them into your salads.
• With a glycemic index of 40, they are a healthy and crunchy addition to a diabetic meal too.
• It has a good dose of Vitamin C, which will boost your immunity and also protect and maintain the lining of the heart.

Apart from tossing them into your salads, there are loads more ways in which you can regularly include capsicum in your diet. Here are some of our favourite recipes. You can check out many more on our website and app!

Happy Cooking!


Bell Peppers Health Benefits

No sweat, just fun! This easy-to-make cold starter is as quick as it can get. All you need to do is shape a dough of malai paneer into balls and coat it with chopped bell peppers. The soft white colour and melt-in-the-mouth texture of paneer combines beautifully with the totally contrasting crunch, sharp taste and vibrant colours of the bell peppers, making this innovative starter a sure-shot hit with everybody. The Malai Paneer Bell Pepper Balls are loaded with good fat, and can also be enjoyed as a snack. They can be eaten immediately or stored in an air-tight container for seven days.
Bell peppers have the benefit of being both healthy and tasty – a rare combination! They have a zingy taste, which boosts the flavour of any dish, as well as a nice crunchy mouth-feel. While they can be added to any salad, pizza , pasta or subzi , they can also be cooked alone as in the case of this healthy accompaniment. To make Roasted Bell Peppers, the capsicum strips are marinated with herbs and spices, coated with olive oil and grilled to perfection. Bell peppers are rich in antioxidant vitamin C. Even though some amount of the vitamin might be lost while grilling, you can still benefit from what remains. Plus, this veggie is low in calories, so this accompaniment is a good choice for weight-watchers too. Enjoy it immediately after preparation to enjoy the special texture of the grilled bell peppers.
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Bright red and flavourful, this soup is ideal for diabetics. Capsicum contains vitamin A and folic acid, an antioxidant that helps to fight the free radicals that otherwise attack healthy cells and lead to complications. Oats being high in fibre helps to lower blood glucose levels. A soup of the duo, flavoured with garlic, tomatoes and spices, is a brilliant start to a meal, and is sure to raise the diners’ expectations of what awaits them in the coming courses.
A unique salad of roasted mushrooms and crunchy, colourful capsicums, flavoured with peppy herbs and tangy lemon juice. Roasting the mushrooms gives them a brilliant flavour and texture, which makes this salad very different and quite irresistible too. Moreover, mushrooms and capsicum are both low in calories and fat, and rich in fibre, which makes the Roasted Mushroom and Coloured Capsicum Salad a good option for weight-watchers. Indeed, who can say ‘No’ to a dish like this, which is both healthy and fabulously tasty! Serve with Boiled Hakka Noodles and Schezwan Sauce
Exotic! That’s what this salad is. With a rare combination of roasted capsicum and alfalfa sprouts with an even more tasteful dressing based on peanuts with a dash of lemon, this salad is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids , vitamin B1 and B3, which makes it a healthful choice despite being high in calories. The B-complex vitamins found in the Roasted Capsicum and Alfa-Alfa Sprouts Salad with Peanut Dressing are very important for proper metabolism of the body. Pair it with a bowl of Creamy Onion, Spinach and Carrot Soup and Paneer and Spring Onion Wrap for a perfect healthy meal.
Char grilled aubergine and sweet peppers are tossed with celery, walnut, parsley and olive oil dressing.
 
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Occasionally, all of us feel like skipping our regular staples and opting for a salad lunch instead. With health-consciousness on the rise, some people are even doing it on a regular basis. The Rajma Vegetable Healthy Lunch Salad is one such one-dish meal, which is so tasty that you will not miss your regular food. Bursting with flavour and loaded with multi-textured ingredients, this salad is very satiating too. It has a good mix of beans and veggies, laced with a flavour-packed, olive oil based dressing. Olive oil gives you omega-3 fatty acids , while baby spinach and rocket leaves are rich in iron and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Coloured capsicums give you a good dose of Vitamin C , while carrots are good for your eyes and onions prevent cancer. Rajma gives your body the protein it needs to keep your bones healthy, as well as iron to increase haemoglobin levels. With so much of goodness, this salad is enough to satisfy most of your hunger at lunch time. You can also try other salads like Whole Masoor Salad or Roasted Capsicum and Alfa-alfa Sprouts Salad with Peanut Dressing .
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Bell Peppers Health Benefits
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 on 24 Jan 18 05:09 PM


Bell pepper / Shimla mirch is my favourite vegetable. It tastes good in subzies, salad, snacks or soup. We made Roasted Capsicum and Alfalfa Sprouts Salad with Peanut Dressing,Rajma Vegetable Lunch Salad, Roasted Mushroom & Coloured Capsicum Salad, Roasted Bell Peppers...Fantastic taste.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Thank you for your kind words...do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them...happy cooking !!
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25 Jan 18 08:37 AM