Black Foods Gain Popularity In India
While the colour black is a fashion staple, it is seen in food often. It isn't a colour most diners associate with delicious, lip-smacking food. In fact, for most of us, the colour black on a plate is repulsive. However, the least common colors in food can also be one of the most delicious—think espresso, black beans, quinoa and, of course, chocolate! And now, this colour is making its way to the Indian food industry too. Many fine-dining restaurants in India have started serving customers with gourmet preparations made from black pasta, black rice, black quinoa, etc. on popular demand.
Apart from the 5-star menus, black foods are now a common sight in our super markets too! Which means apart from pasta, rice and quinoa, you can use many other black foods in your home recipes like black lentils, black soybeans, black mushrooms, black garlic, etc.
Green veggies have long been touted as the go-to food for good health, but dark brown or black fruits, veggies, and grains are nutritional powerhouses, too. Their color comes from anthocyanins; plant pigments that may help lower the risks of diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.
Here are some black foods you can incorporate in your home recipes!
[caption id="attachment_9838" align="alignnone" width="300"] A type of fermented garlic, it is packed with natural sugars and amino acids. It improves blood circulation and contains twice the amount of antioxidants than white garlic.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_9841" align="alignnone" width="300"] It contains significantly higher amounts of vitamin E, which bolster the immune system and protect cells from free radical damage[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_9842" align="alignnone" width="300"] Black soybeans can help reduce the risk of thrombosis - a type of blood clot that's potentially fatal - even more than yellow or green soybeans[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_9843" align="alignnone" width="300"] Black lentils are a nutrition dream, with impressive amounts of vitamins, minerals and protein — and a whopping nine grams of dietary fibre[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_9846" align="alignnone" width="300"] Polyphenols found in dark berries help reduce cognitive decline in old age by cleaning up cells that impair brain function. Blackberries are also rich in fibre[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_9852" align="alignnone" width="300"] The black sesame seed may be small, but it is a powerful food which the Chinese have learnt to use for many health-promoting and anti-aging benefits[/caption]
Watch this space for some scrumptious recipes on black foods!