Did you know all Vitamins were discovered in a span of 28 years? Vitamin A was the first to be discovered in 1928 and that how it got its name – “Vitamin A”
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin which is also a powerful antioxidant. It plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin, and more. Vitamin A- like all antioxidants- is involved in reducing inflammation through fighting free radical damage.
Deficiency of Vitamin A can result from inadequate intake, fat malabsorption, or liver disorders. Deficiency impairs immunity and hematopoiesis and causes rashes and typical ocular effects like xerophthalmia and night blindness.
Here are some simple and tasty Vitamin A rich recipes that are easy to prepare and enjoyed by kids and adults alike
Vitamin A rich recipes – Spinach and Carrot Soup
1 cup chopped spinach, ½ cup grated carrot, 1 finely chopped onion,1 cup milk, 4 tsp fresh cream, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
Add butter and olive oil to a pan and sauté the onions till pink. Add carrots and sauté for 4-5 mins. Then add the spinach with ½ cup of water and let it cook till the water boils and then stop cooking. Once this mixture cools down, blend it to a fine paste. Again, heat this along with the milk for 4-5 minutes and then add the salt and pepper and garnish it with the fresh cream and your soup is ready.
Vitamin A rich recipes – Carrot, pepper, and corn fritters
2 big onions sliced for frying, ¼ cup sweet corn. ½ cup grated carrot, ½ cup finely chopped red pepper(capsicum), ¾ cup gram flour/ besan, ¼ cup corn flour, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp chilly powder, ½ tsp ginger garlic paste, ½ tsp baking soda, salt to taste, oil for frying
Mix all the ingredients except the baking soda well in a big bowl and leave it for 2 hours. The vegetables will sweat and release their water. After 2 hours, mix all the ingredients well and add baking soda and water if needed to make a thick pasty consistency. Heat the oil to fry and then using 2 spoons make small balls with the batter and drop it into the hot oil. Fry on medium heat till golden brown and drain the excess oil on a kitchen roll. Serve hot with green digestive chutney.
Vitamin A rich recipes – Sweet potato halwa
2 sweet potatoes, 3-4 tbsp sugar, ½ tsp cardamom powder, 2 tbsp coarsely crushed cashew nuts, 1 tbsp raisins, 2 tbsp clarified butter
Wash the sweet potatoes and make small pricks all over with a knife. Roast them directly over a flame. Alternatively, you can bake them or boil them too but the roasting gives a good smokey flavor. Peel and mash the sweet potatoes. Now take 1 tbsp of the clarified butter and roast the cashews. Move them to the side to cool. Add the remaining ghee to the pan and add the mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, cardamom powder and saute for 3-4 mins, You can add a few spoons of milk if it is too thick. Add the roasted cashews and raisins and serve warm.
We would love to hear from you on your favorite amongst these or any other vitamin A rich recipes that you love to prepare