The Tropical Treat
Easy to toss – tempting to relish
Coconuts have said to be known as the fruit of the tree of the palm family, while having originated somewhere in the indo-Malaya region, however they remain an important crop in tropical countries. The term coconut can refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed or the fruit which botanically is a drupe and not a fruit. While being a hard shell on the outside with tender flesh and water within it has a number of culinary applications and uses to offer us in our kitchens.
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A preferred choice for a refreshing cool welcome drink coconut water is said to be very beneficial and nutritionally high for us while the tender coconut malai goes well into desserts, puddings, and salads. Coconut milk laces our curries quite well and be it Indian or international cuisines recipes with veg, fish, chicken, or prawns it just blends to perfection.
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Let us have a look at a few Health Benefits of Tender Coconuts:
Coconut water offers a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps balance sodium levels in the body and regulates blood pressure. But the idea that coconut water is more hydrating than plain water or is a superior post-workout drink is largely a myth. As for coconut flour, which is dried, ground coconut meat, it has 5 g of fiber in just 2 tbsp., making it an impressive replacement for traditional white flour, especially for those following a gluten-free diet.
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Coconut for weight loss is still the stuff of lore, despite what tons of dubious health sites may say. Until more research is done and proves otherwise, you shouldn’t consider coconut a magic elixir for weight loss. What’s more, if you freely eat coconut oil (or other coconut products) believing it will help you lose weight, you can easily take in more calories than your body needs and gain weight.
- It is said that Coconut Boosts the immune system since coconuts are anti-parasite, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
- Coconuts Provide quick energy and improve athletic and physical performance.
- Consuming coconut considerably reduces the risk of heart disease.
- Having coconut Protects against bladder infection and kidney disease.
- Coconut also Restores and maintains thyroid functionality.
- Including coconut in our diets Makes one look young by preventing age spots, sagging skin, and wrinkles.
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Fortunately, there are a ton of recipes out there for ways you can cook various foods using coconut, so there is no way you will get bored with them. Once you stick to a coconut diet, there is no going back! Here are a few of my select favorites with Tender Coconut.
Recipe-1] SOOTHING TROPICAL PUNCH
Recipe-2] TROPICAL COCONUT CHICKEN SALAD
Recipe- 3] TROPICAL RIZO PASANDA
Recipe-4] COCO- MASALA PRAWN CURRY
Recipe-5] TENDER COCONUT SWEET TREAT
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About the author
Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.
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