Oriental cuisine is known for its tasty and original dishes. But churchkhela stands at the head of the Caucasian sweets. This traditional eastern delicacy known since time immemorial. During archaeological excavations uncovered vessels specially shaped with inscriptions which say that in these vessels transported churchkhela. However, despite such a long history of existence, the tradition of making this delicacy survives to this day. The basis churchkhelas up nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds) and juice, often grape, although you can use pomegranate, apple and others - will be delicious anyway. Processing methods of manufacturing churchkhelas in different regions differ significantly, hence the diversity of taste.
How to cook at home churchkhela
Churchkhela at home, cooked according to old recipes - a wonderful treat. On thread strung nut slices, and then it all falls into the bowl with thickened digested grape juice, which should cover each nut. Then the thread is taken out and dried in the sun. Several hours later the procedure is repeated until the top layer of nuts is formed in a couple of centimeters, then the thread with nuts are dried in the sun for two weeks. Churchkhela then put in boxes for two or three months, after which it becomes a wonderful treat taste and appearance - nuts, covered with sweet dried up grape juice.
Useful properties and caloric churchkhelas
As you know, churchkhela not only tasty, but also useful. In ancient times it took a hike soldiers - this product is highly nutritious and unpretentious in storage.
- The nuts contained 2-3 times more potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron than in fruits, and the protein content is 16-25%.
- Grapes has been ranked on the content of digestible glucose and fructose (12-18%). In addition, 100 gr. contains 0, 8-1% organic acids and microelements 20, 250 mg potassium, 45 mg calcium, 22 mg phosphorus, 17 mg magnesium, iron, cobalt and other minerals and vitamins required for normal functioning of the body. Grape juice is considered one of the most valuable therapeutic, dietary and nutritional products. Pectin, contained in grapes in large quantities, can lower cholesterol. Therefore, it is useful in diseases of the lungs, stomach, liver, gout, coronary heart disease, and others. Due to the antioxidant properties of grapes used for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Studies have shown that the composition of the grape is like mineral water. Therefore, its juice, refreshing and toning, has a therapeutic effect.
- Wheat is used to make the churchkhelas contains 50-70% starch and carbohydrates, essential amino acids and protein, vegetable fats and fiber. In addition, it contains essential minerals and vitamins.
Lots of useful substances contained in the delicacy, not only improves health, but also brings a great energy boost. Calorie churchkhelas 410 kcal per 100 grams. product. However, this dish, its numerous virtues, has a number of contraindications.
Contraindications to the use churchkhelas
This high-calorie product is not recommended for people suffering from obesity. Do not use churchkhela diabetics. Cirrhosis of the liver, urination disorders, the second half of pregnancy, neglected forms of tuberculosis, even an allergic reaction to nuts and grapes can serve as contraindications. In these cases, you should consult a doctor.
But above all, churchkhela - delicacy, which when used in reasonable amounts can give a lot of positive emotions. A sort of cheerfulness, which is so necessary to residents, as a major metropolis and small town where every step of the human stress lurk. Tasty, compact and at the same time nutritious - no wonder churchkhela take a hike warriors in ancient times, when saving energy and health was the most important thing.