The Best Cooking Methods You Must Know:- How do you increase, decrease or retain the nutritional value of the food? It all depends on the way you cook your meals. The chances are they lose their essential nutrients, when you deep-fry food items or overcook them and that makes them obviously unhealthy. Without really giving the full benefits, they only add calories to the body. So, to reap in all the benefits it is really important that you cook the right way.
We have listed here some of the best cooking methods that help retain the nutrients and do not add on excess calories on your plate.
A) Pressure Cooking
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Pressure cooking is followed in almost every household. It is a common Indian cooking method for making rice, dals, curries, etc. As it does not require much oil, pressure cooking is one of the best methods and the vegetables cook in water that retains the nutrients. The food is cooked faster due to the excess pressure built inside. So, make sure that you cook as many vegetables as you can using this style.
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You do not need to too much pressure, for some veggies and so steaming works just fine. In steaming, you also need lesser water and this one too does not require too much oil. Infact, you can cook without oil as well. The nutrients are retained with steaming or boiling veggies and you can season them with spices and eat them as it is without any other accompaniments.
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A great way to enhance taste as well as keep the health quotient high is grilling your favorite veggies by marinating them first. You can grill anything you like from meat to veggies, and even make mains that are fully cooked and taste yum.
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Roasting is similar to grilling and then there is something called dry-roasting as well that is often done for spices and a few herbs. But you can use this cooking style for meals as well. Try this method to stay healthy, from roast chicken to paneer and gravies.
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Though barbeque is not very common in India but due to the influence of western countries, it is slowly picking up.
This cooking method also does not require much oil. In barbequing, the heat from charcoal that is fit for cooking and marination adds taste to veggies and meat you use. You can even find small barbeque sets these days that can be used at home for cooking or even electric barbeques. So for some healthy cooking, try this method at home.
So switch to these cooking methods instead and avoid frying and sauteing your veggies too much.