Pasteli- sweet treat or health food?

Pasteli originated in Greese and the Middle East over 6,000 years ago. The traditional recipe contains just two ingredients: sesame seeds and honey. While today Pasteli is considered candy, historcially it was seen as a health food. Sesame seeds are an incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities. There are also numerous health benefits that can be gained from honey. It contains antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial and

Healing Spices of Indian Cuisine

This week’s Three Leaves Foods share calls upon the perfect balance of dynamic flavors used in Indian cuisine. One of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda views a human being as intimately connected with the environment and all other life forms. It prescribes various methods of centering ourselves both physically and emotionally with the world around us while placing great emphasis on diet and the specific attributes of different foods. By using food combinations and proper nutrition, it is believed that illness can be cured, or at least kept in check, allowing wellness to flourish. Indian cooking uses a variety of different spices, each family having their own style and

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