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Fermented foods go through a process of lacto- fermentation. Natural bacteria/ yeast feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid, initiating the fermentation process. Fermentation preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics.
Examples of some Indian fermented foods:
Place of origin
Flour of barley, pearl millet, corn or soybean and buttermilk
Wheat flour and buttermilk
Rice, black gram dhal, table salt and fenugreek seeds
Rice, black gram dhal and table salt
Bengal gram dhal, rice and leafy vegetables
Chilra or lwar
Wheat/barley and buckwheat flour.
Carrot or beet root, rice and mustard
Leaves of mustard/ radish/cauliflower
Health benefits of fermented food:
- Makes food more digestible.
- Fermented foods have more nutrients.
- They are full of good bacteria (probiotics).
- Helps keep your immune system healthy.
- Helps curb sugar cravings.
- Lactic acid promotes growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
- Increases flavour of foods.