Saturday, February 7, 2015

Steamed Vegetable Salad Recipe-How to Steam Vegetables

Steaming is a method of cooking using steam. When you boil water, it produces steam which is used to cook the vegetables. All kinds of food like vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, pasta etc can be steamed. It is one of the simplest and healthiest cooking methods.

Benefits of steaming

In steam cooking the food never comes in contact with the boiling water, so the loss of vitamins and minerals are less.

It also tends to retain the taste, color, flavor and essential nutrients from the vegetables, making it extremely healthy.

Steam cooking does not require oil, so the food cooked is very healthy and light.

The chances for over cooking or burning food is avoided when you steam food.

Cooks food faster.

Two different foods can be steamed at the same time without the favors getting mixed up.

Tupperware Steam It

Tupperware is working on spreading awareness about a healthy food lifestyle without compromising on the taste. I am happy to be a part of it. Recognizing the virtues of steaming food, Tupperware Brands takes tradition further with the revolutionary Steam it. They have launched a product called Steam it with features for safe and hygienic cooking. They had sent me a gift pack with 2 'Steam it' (one for me and another to give as gift of health to a loved one) to experiment and to share my experience of using steam it. I tried many recipes using 'steam it' and really enjoyed it.

Steamed Vegetable Salad Recipe

Steamed Vegetable Salad

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 6 mins 
 Serves: 4-5
 Recipe CategorySalad
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Beans -6-7
   Carrot -2
   Potato -1 small
   Turnip -1
   Broccoli florets -10
   Cauliflower florets -10
   Sweet Corn -1/2 a medium sized corn
   Peas -1/4 cup

  Salad Dressing

   Lemon juice to taste
   Pepper powder to taste
   Salt as needed

   For Garnishing

   Roasted Sesame seeds
   Coriander leaves or parsley finely chopped -2 tbsp
   Dried Basil -1 tsp
   Oregano -1/2 tsp


How to Steam Vegetables

Clean and cut the vegetables needed for the salad. The smaller the pieces the faster they will steam.

You can enjoy the health benefits of vegetables by eat them raw or by cooking them the proper way. Not doubt steaming is a healthier option as it retains most of the nutrients, vitamins and fiber.

Vegetables I used for this salad - carrot, beans, turnip, potato, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet corn and fresh green peas.

vegetables kept ready for steaming

Method

Boil water in a pan or wok, when it starts boiling, place the steamer (bamboo or stainless steel) or Tupperware Steam it . The steam from the boiling water cooks the vegetables.

I placed vegetables that need longer time to cook in the lower container and vegetables that need less time to get cooked in the upper container. I steamed all the vegetables in one go. It saved a lot of time and fuel. Steam the vegetable covered until tender but should retain its crunchiness.

how to steam vegetables

So do not over cook the vegetables. Check in between to see if the vegetables are done. Except beans, the rest of the vegetables were ready in 6 minutes. Beans needed 2-3 minutes more than the rest of the vegetables.

steamed vegetable salad

Method to prepare salad

Once you have steamed the vegetables, leave it to cool.

In a large bowl, place all the steamed vegetables, add freshly squeezed lemon juice, pepper powder and salt to taste. Toss well to coat.

Add roasted sesame seeds, finely chopped coriander leaves, oregano, basil and mix well.

This salad is healthy, delicious, low in fat and carbohydrates and of course low in calories also.

More Ideas 

You can steam all kinds of food with tupperware steam it. I steamed gooseberries to make gooseberry pickle and gooseberry raita.

Succeeded in steaming idlis in small greased cups. (center picture)

Steamed raw plantain to make plantain podimas (plantain salad)

steamed gooseberries, idli, plantain

Steamed plantain stem to make Plantain Stem Salad. I also make Oats Vegetable Kozhukattai using Steam it. (steamed oats vegetable balls- picture below) Coming up next.

You can make dhoklas, momos, sweet modaks, mani kozhukattai, salted kozhukattai (steamed dumplings) or even steamed cake. The list is endless.

steamed food

Tupperware products are sold through their distributors or you can Buy Tupperware Polypropylene Steamer from Flipkart.com

Note - You can use bamboo basket, stainless steel steamer or even idli cooker for steaming.

This is not a paid review. All the opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent any other person or organisation. 

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9 comments:

  1. Hi Padhu, Tupperware may be a great product but still it is plastic. Plastic is NOT the material to be used for steaming....The health hazards outweigh the benefits you get out if steaming vegetables.

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  2. Hi, is there any other way to steam vegetables by using steel vessel or idli pot.

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    1. You can use any steamer or even an idli pot.

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  3. Instead of the recipie it seems to be as if ur advertising the product...anyway Tupperware is also a plastic which is not good for prolonged use....u better check it once

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  4. Can you pl explain other methods of steaming with cooker or otherwise. Also pl tell how many whistles or how long to cook. All do not have Steam it or can afford one.

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    1. In a kadai, boil water, keep another vessel with vegetables inside the kadai, and steam covered. You can also use the pressure cooker or pan (without whistle) for steaming or you can keep a vessel inside the cooker and steam. Do not forget to add water inside the cooker.You should not over cook vegetables. Check by tasting it.

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  5. The salad looks tempting and thanks for the ideas

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  6. What's the calorie count of this salad? I'm on special diet and i am looking for salads this seems easy and nutritious.

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    1. I’m not sure.But there are good online recipe calculators.If you plug the ingredients in, it will give you the needed info.

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