Seasonal food means basically whatever is grown and harvested during the current season. But have you ever wondered why seasonal food is said to be the best for you? This has a lot of scientific and practical reasons attached to it. Let us tell you some!
They retain more nutrients than their counterparts making them the better choice for your health. When fruits and vegetables are picked in their natural form and harvested at the right time, it will have much more flavour and nutrition. Also, seasonal food tends to fulfil your body's needs as per the weather. Example: during summer fruits like watermelon, Jamuns, chikoo are in season and they have a cooling effect on the body to counter the scorching heat. They are also low in cost because they are available in abundance which relatively makes it cheaper than the stored vegetables which are overpriced because of their less supply.
Now that you know how important seasonal produce is, we thought of giving you a full-course seasonal vegetarian meal menu to enjoy!
Kick start your meal with this refreshing salad with fresh fruits like watermelons, raw papaya and raw mangoes. Eye-pleasing, super delicious, power packed with nutrition and fresh & seasonal fruits, this is just the right start to your meal.
As fancy as the name, this Taboulleh Stuffed Tomatoes serves as the perfect starter for a weekday meal. Pick some red and fresh tomatoes and stuff them with this exciting mix of spring onions, radish, broken wheat and herbs. Rock that simple meal with this exotic starter recipe, full of seasonal veggies, health, and taste, all in one!
The sabzi prepared with the most basic ingredients but the taste is unmatchable. A very popular dish amongst the Gujaratis, when you are looking for a sabzi that gets ready in a jiffy, try and go for this one. Made with fresh tomatoes, some basic masalas and crispy sev, it tastes best with garma-garam chapatis! Or you can also try the Aloo gavar ki Sabzi as fresh cluster beans are in season and it is also the easiest to make.
A meal menu without rice sounds incomplete, so here’s a simple Pulao recipe made with fresh spring onions to complete a satisfying meal. You can serve it along with some raita made with some other seasonal fruits and veggies to make the most of it.
Any meal is absolutely incomplete without a dessert. Won’t you agree?
Seasonal fruits and veggies have got a range of mithais you can experiment with. We have got you two options to satiate that sweet tooth - both extremely delicious- Sitaphal Rabdi and Pineapple Halwa. Which one are you going to pick for today?
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