All you need to know about Olives

by Sanjeev Kapoor

There are two types of people- one who pick olives from other’s meals and one who boycotts them even from their own plates. Which one are you? Even if you are the first type, this article will surely manage to make a tiny space in your hearts for olives.

Olives are one of the most reliable ingredients which you can literally add to anything and everything. It carries a chewy texture and a sour taste which enhances flavours in many of your foods. Popularly used in Mexican food, Greek salads, martinis and also for making oil and wines. But, apart from being so compatible, it is much more beneficial than you can actually imagine.

Let’s take a look!

  1. Loaded with Iron, Vitamin E and calcium, essential for our body.
  2. Particularly rich in antioxidants which helps in prevention of cancer and heart diseases.
  3. It has healthy fats, and low-carbs, which are important for good health.
  4. Low in cholesterol and a good source of dietary fibre, which ultimately helps in good gut health.
  5. It has anti-inflammatory benefits which help in prevention of cardiovascular disease.

 

The most popular types of olives are:

  • Greek Black Olives or Kalamata Olives
  • California Olives
  • Spanish Green Olives

Olives or olive oil, both have been a part of our ingredient lists quite often. Olive oil has been used in variety of culinary preparations and contains medicinal properties as well.  It helps in digestion, improves metabolism and also helps in weight loss. Now that you know, adding olives to your meal is going to be beneficial for you, let’s give you a few recipes to make it interesting too!

 

Watermelon, Olives and Feta Salad:

This superb salad made with juicy watermelons, fresh olives, mint leaves and some feta cheese is something you should definitely try when you are looking for something healthy, wholesome and delicious.Along with the whole olives, the dressing has extra virgin olive oil and a dash of lemon juice, which makes it even more flavourful. Hope we gave you the perfect and filling option for your next weeknight supper!

 

Olive Upma:

Breakfast options are limited because there is time constraint. When you have to make a quick breakfast for you, but you also don’t want to make it boring, you can try this Olive Upma. Loaded with black olives and the usual upma ingredients, this is sure to be everyone’s favourite. But make sure to cook it in extra virgin olive oil for the best results.

 

Olive Fingers:

If you are hosting a party and looking out for an exclusive starter recipe, this is the easiest and fanciest one to go with. Easiest because, the only thing you need is legit 15 minutes plus all easily available ingredients. Some black and green olives, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and a dash of lemon juice mixed together and skewered on satay sticks along with some aam papad and roasted capsicums. Definitely a treat to your guests!

 

Olive and Pepper Foccacia:

This exclusive Italian bread recipe is something you should definitely go for if you like to experiment with breads. Loads of black olives and coloured bell peppers give this dish both colour and taste. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil before baking it to make it extra delicious! Try this fantastic Foccacia once; we are sure you will make it again!

 

Cheese, Chilli And Olive Quesadillas:

You might already be a quesadilla fan, but once you try this olive and cheese stuffed quesadilla, you might just love it a little more than what you did! Black olives give it a nice texture and flavour, in contrast to the melted cheese and crisp tortilla. Filling, delicious and wholesome, try this exotic dish for your kids, they are going to love it!

 

Olive ke Pakode:

We Indians always want to try something desi even with the most non-desi ingredients. So, we have got you this olive ke Pakode‘s recipe! Evening chai or sudden deep fried food cravings, this pakode recipe is to the rescue. Add some cheese and you are going to love it even more!

 

Orange and Olive oil cake:

Surprisingly, olives can also be a part of your dessert menu. Try this Orange and Olive Oil cake with loads of fresh and juicy oranges and extra virgin olive oil, so flavourful, spongy and delicious! Because obviously if you are going to do so much with olives, you might as well try this decadent dessert recipe!

 

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.