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Dum pukht: The Slow-cooked Wonder of Subcontinental Cuisine

Dum pukht: The Slow-cooked Wonder of Subcontinental Cuisine

There is something truly magical about the process of slow cooking. The tenderizing of meat, the slow infusion of flavors, and the interblend of spices and herbs create a symphony of taste that can transport you to culinary heaven. One such slow-cooked wonder is dum pukht. An unmatched appetizing dish in the world of subcontinental cuisine.

Dum pukht is a traditional cooking method that has its roots in the kitchen of the Mughal Emperor. It translates to "air-sealed" or "steam-cooked". Dumpukht is characterized by the use of a handi, or heavy, round-bottomed pot.

One of the most popular dishes is Dum Pukht Biryani. It consists of layers of meat such as lamb, beef, or chicken, quality rice, vegetables, and spices. The bottom layer is meat marinated with yogurt, spices, and herbs, which help to tenderize and infuse flavor into the dish, followed by rice and vegetables.

The pot is then sealed with a dough made of water and flour, trapping the steam and flavors inside. The pot is set over a low flame and cooked slowly for several hours, allowing the ingredients to cook in their fat, juices, and seasonings.

Dam Pukht

Nutritional Breakdown 

The nutritional breakdown can vary depending on the ingredients and the specific cuts of meat. But the general breakdown of the nutritional aspects of a typical dumpukht dish is that it contains around 200-220 calories per serving (0.6 cup) with 32 grams of carbs. It has 8 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein

Perks of slow-cooking dum pukht delight 

Enjoy the heavenly taste of Dumpukht along with the several benefits this dish offers. 

Slow cooking increases the bioavailability of nutrients present in plant foods like vegetables whereas high heat kills their nutritional value. So the sealed pot and low heat ensure that the vitamins and minerals of the added vegetables are retained in the pot and that the food remains both delicious and nutritious. 

The slow cooking process enhances the flavor and preserves the nutritional value of the meat as well.  The slow cooking process helps to store amino acids and retain essential nutrients such as gelatine and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Minerals are important for building strong bones and teeth whereas gelatine strengthens connective tissues and maintains healthy joints by increasing the density of cartilage. 

Dumpukht requires minimal oil or ghee because of the slow cooking method as it cooks in its own steam. This can be beneficial for those who are conscious of their fat intake or follow a healthier diet.

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