Carrots are modified root vegetable, orange in colour. They are also a high-fibre, low calorie snack food and can be eaten raw or cooked. Carrots are a good source of dietary fibre and potassium. Cooking releases the fibre content which is beneficial for digestion.
The orange colour of carrots is due to its content of beta-carotene, a compound which acts as an anti-oxidant. Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A and it is converted into vitamin A in the body, a vitamin which is responsible for night vision. Eating one carrot every few days can overcome night blindness if this is caused due to a deficiency of vitamin A.
Carrots also help lower blood cholesterol level and it also gives protection against cancer. Carrots can be consumed as carrot juice also. It tastes somewhat sweet. An excessive intake of carrots gives skin a yellowish tinge.
Carrots, Tomatoes, Peanuts
4 Carrots, peeled and grated
2 Tomatoes, chopped
1 cup of Peanuts
1 tsp Lemon juice
Salt to taste
A pinch of sugar
For the Tampering:
Dry roast the peanuts for about 5 minutes and set aside to cool. Now, coarsely powder the roasted peanuts in a blender. In a bowl, mix the grated carrots, chopped tomatoes, and the ground peanuts.
Add a splash of lemon juice and season with salt. Sprinkle a pinch of sugar and toss well.
For the Tampering:
Heat oil in a pan, add curry leaves and mustard seeds. Once they splutter, pour the sizzling tampering over the salad and mix to blend well. Serve chilled.
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