Fennel seeds are an integral part of Indian cuisine, liberally consumed either as a digestive or as part of garam masala that lends a unique taste to dishes such as biryani and other rich gravies. Interestingly fennel seeds have an unusual collection of phytonutrients that offers a powerful antioxidant action. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin C and has antimicrobial functions. The fibre, foliate and potassium in fennel provide additional protection against heart and blood vessels disorders and colon disease.
A few tips:
• Sauté fennel and shallots to make a terrific side dish.
• Use sliced fennel leaves when preparing salmon or scallops.
• In addition to lettuce and tomatoes as sandwich dressings, add sliced fennel leaves as well.
• Make a healthy and cooling summer yoghurt dish with finely powdered fennel seeds and mint leaves.
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