BHALE PADHARYA…WELCOME – PART TWO
Serves 6-8 Preparation Time- 45 minutes Cooking Time- 10 minutes
½ kg potatoes
A pinch of asafoetida
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 teaspoons sugar Continue reading
Kitchen Care – Handy Tips for Cooking
Bhale Padharya… Welcome
The Gujarati community comprises different sects of people with varied beliefs and customs and with them have naturally evolved a variety of culinary styles. Gujarat can be divided into three main regions, with distinct climatic conditions which may have contributed to the variety this cuisine has to offer.
Western Gujarat, Kathiawar, is a dry region where fresh green produce is scarce. However, the cuisine provides rich dairy produce and a cuisine that is wholesome and nutritious. Some of the best pickles come from here.
Central Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Kheda, and Vadodara regions are hailed for their food grains. A majority of people are farmers who grow, store, and market grains. Dhokla, vada, bhakarvadi, thepla are contributions of this region. Continue reading
Cooking food in a healthy way does not take extra time, effort, or special equipment. A simple modification to our usual cooking method is enough to improve the nutritional quality of the food that we cook. The key to good cooking is to ensure that the taste is enhanced without any loss to its natural flavour.
The basic cooking rules which may be ideal to ensure maximum health benefits from food are…
Reduce the amount of saturated fat used for cooking.
Reduce the amount of salt in cooking food especially for people who have the tendency for high blood pressure. Continue reading
THE VIBRANT TURMERIC…
Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “Let food be the medicine and let medicine be the food.” The former part of the sentence is for the sick and the latter is for the healthy. For the sick, positive natural foods are the true natural drugs. For the healthy, natural foods are the means of freedom from disease. Hippocrates firmly believed that natural foods have unlimited power to sustain health and restore it when lost. There is hardly any health problem or natural body process that is not influenced in some way or the other by the foods we eat. Researches indicate that certain specific foods can serve as powerful natural drugs like laxatives, antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-ulcer, analgesics, tranquillizers, cholesterol reducers, cancer fighters, fertility agents, anti-hypertensive, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and so on. Food can be thus called as miracle medicine that we can use in preventing and treating diseases and in boosting mental and physical energy and vigour and well-being. The adoption of sensible eating can thus free mankind from diseases and contribute to his well-being. Continue reading