Indian Carrot Patties

This is a variation of my Sweet Potato Patties  recipe.

Ingredients 

2 cups shredded or grated carrots
½ cup garbanzo flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Coconut Oil

*Optional seasonings: chopped scallions, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, chopped cashews

Put shredded carrots into a medium-size mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well with your hands until all the ingredients are well combined. As you knead, the water from the vegetables will be released and moisten the mixture. Heat a non-stick skillet (preferably ceramic) over medium heat. To the skillet add a little oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Form carrot mixture into 3–4 inch patties. When oil is hot but not smoking, add patties. Slowly cook on one side for a few minutes over medium heat until golden brown. Do not cook too fast; otherwise, carrots will not cook through. Turn over and cook on other side until golden brown. When done, remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Serve warm, hot or at room temperature. Tamarind chutney, apple chutney or applesauce is a good accompaniment. Makes about 10 patties.

Health Benefits of Carrots

  1. Improves vision: Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts.
  2. Helps prevent cancer: Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.
  3. Slows down aging: The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism.  It help slows down the aging of cells.
  4. Promotes healthier skin: Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone
  5. Helps prevent infection: Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.
  6. Promotes healthier skin (from the outside): Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask.  Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey.
  7. Prevents heart disease: Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.  Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.
  8. Cleanses the body: Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.
  9. Protects teeth and gums: It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste.  Carrots stimulate gums and  trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria.  The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.
  10. Prevents stroke: From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard    University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.
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