Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Braised Diakon in Mirin and Shoyu

Okay this one is not mine but its soooooo good I have to share it. It comes from "The Kind diet"

1 large daikon
2 tablespoons of soy sauce or more if you like. I like more.
1/4 cup of Mirin
2-3 inch strip of nori (seaweed)

slice up daikon into 3/4 inch rounds and put them in a pan in a single layer. Add water to almost cover up the daikon. Add soy sauce, Mirin and Nori. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat than reduce heat to low and cover the pan, simmering Daikon until all of the liquid is absorded.

This is great for the winter and almost has the same texture as pan seared sea scallops. Its amazing!

Heath Points:
Diakon sometimes scares people and they dont want to cook it but its amazing! researchers have discovered that daikon juice actually inhibits the formation of dangerous chemicals in the body. Nitrosamines, a type of carcinogen, can form in the stomach from chemicals present in both natural and processed foods. Daikon juice contains substances identified as "phenolic compounds" that can block this potentially dangerous reaction. Thus, a diet including raw daikon may reduce the risk of cancer. Laboratory analysis has shown that the juice of raw daikon is abundant in digestive enzymes similar to those found in the human digestive tract. These enzymes - diastase, amylase, and esterase - help transform complex carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into their readily assimilable components. Traditional Japanese restaurants serve grated daikon (daikon oroshi) in tempura dip to help digest oils, or shredded daikon with raw fish to help digest the protein. Grated daikon is a wonderful aid to people with a weak digestive system. It is important, however, to use grated daikon immediately. In just thirty minutes nearly 50 percent of its enzymes are lost

Daikon has also been shown to be effective as a diuretic and decongestant. As a diuretic, raw daikon promotes the discharge of excess water by the kidneys. The result is increased urination and gradual reduction of the swelling condition known as edema. As a decongestant, the enzymes in daikon juice seem to help dissolve mucus and phlegm in the respiratory system and facilitate their discharge from the body.
It also has a great deal of vitmamine C and folacin, which is cancer protecting.

A few drops of soy sauce and a tablespoon of grated daikon is a macrobiotic treatment for helping the body discharge old animal protein and fats