[RECIPES] Cucumber Yogurt Dip

[RECIPES] Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Thank you for a wonderful recipe 📸 Anju Verma @anjuverma.recipes.

Recipe creator's comment: "A creamy light traditional Persian dip made with yogurt, cucumber, raisins, walnuts & dried mint. A good healthy snack on its own. Ideal for people on fast. Serve it with sliced cucumber or potato chips to make it more wholesome! You can serve it as a party snack with some pita chips or mini cream crackers.👩‍🍳"

Easy prep          🌟🌟

Sugar (non sugar)     🌟🌟🌟

Diabetes-friendly  🌟🌟🌟

💚Healthy Tips💚 

The ADA says "Eat more!”.

If you have diabetes, don't often hear that. However, non-starchy vegetables are one food group where you can satisfy your appetite and the ADA recommend to choose non-starch vegetable than starch vegetables. 

Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals—and with so few calories and carbohydrate, everyone can enjoy more!  

Cucumbers are a nutritious vegetable that can be eaten relatively freely in a diabetes meal plan.🤗  

The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in cucumber provide significant health benefits. For example, cucumber skin is full of beta-carotene, which is part of the reason for its rich green color. The carotene family of pigments are important provitamins. Your body can convert beta-carotenes into vitamin A, which is a critical vitamin for keeping your eyes and skin healthy.

Common non-starchy vegetables  

The following is a list of common non-starchy vegetables:  

  • Amaranth or Chinese spinach 
  • Artichoke 
  • Asparagus    ( Creamy Asparagus Soupe Recipe)
  • Baby corn 
  • Beans: green, wax, Italian
  • Bean sprouts 
  • Beets 
  • Brussels sprouts 
  • Broccoli 
  • Cabbage: green, bok choy, Chinese
  • Carrots 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Celery 
  • Eggplant 
  • Greens: collard, kale, mustard, turnip
  • Mushrooms (Mushroom Sauce Recipe)
  • Okra 
  • Onions 
  • Radishes 
  • Sprouts
  • Tomato

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup yogurt (400 grams pack) 
  • 1 cup very finely chopped English cucumber (peeled) 
  • 3 tbsp raisins or cranberries or apricots (chopped) 
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts (lightly toasted) 
  • ¾ tsp rock salt or regular salt pinch of freshly ground black pepper 
  • ¼ tsp tsp dried mint powder  
  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals (optional)

Directions

  1. Place a soup strainer over a bowl & put yogurt. Keep aside for only 15 minutes to drain extra liquid. You get 1¼ cup of strained yogurt.
  2. Take a bowl, add strained yogurt, salt, pepper & ¼ tsp mint powder. Whisk till smooth. 
  3. Add cucumber, raisins & walnuts. Mix (reserve a few pieces of walnuts for garnishing). 
  4. Transfer to a single serving dish or small individual serving bowls. 
  5. Top with dried rose petals by rubbing between palms. 
  6. Sprinkle ¼ tsp mint powder & garnish with a few pieces of walnuts. 
  7. Keep in refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve chilled.

Tips to Make Powder from Dried Rose Petals🌹

To make powder from dried rose petals- 

- Heat a pan on medium heat for 3 minutes. 

- Switch off gas. 

- Add dried rose petals to the warm pan & leave it in the pan for 2 minutes. The rose petals become crispier.

Do you want more inspirations?

Go and check the wonderful recipes on Anju Verma's Instagram!

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