Monday, August 05, 2013

Over conscious? or Just plain paranoid?

Don't have coffee in the morning. It is risky to your some organ.
Don't add refined sugar to any beverage u drink.. It is not good for your pancreas.
Don't eat too much nuts. High protein can also increase your weight.
Don't eat rice as stapled diet. It is high on carbohydrates.Can increase your risk of the Sugary disease.
Don't eat three meals only. Instead snack three times to make it six times. It is good for health.
Don't be so dependent on the Air Conditioner. It is not good for your weight.
Don't be so dependent on cars. It curbs your chance to exercise for a healthy lifestyle.
Don't use Microwave.
Don't use cell phone,
Don't watch TV.
Don't sit on computer for long hours.

Like this wherever you turn and whatever you do, there seems to be a caution of why you shouldn't be doing what you are doing? Wonder why suddenly people are scared so much and why were not our earlier generation so troubled? They seemed to have enjoyed life better than us. Is it because we are informed now and the elders had a better time being ignorant of what is happening around and in them?

Why are we stressing so much about life style when we know what we are doing is not right? Again is it possible to go back to the early times where everything was manual and life was so dependent on hard work all the time and money was a distant thought in most households.. They all had health though per the history books.

Wonder why??? And totally confused when walking up in the morning whether or not to do something... Will it affect health is the first question on mind.. Unable to even focus on the cooking and its taste because most of the time I seem to get worried about the cholesterol or carbohydrates in it or some cases the pesticides and the excess fat in the products we buy...  When I finally decide what to cook and how to go about it in a healthy way to my knowledge, I hear a doctor telling in the T.V, that it is important to have yourself checked for A, B, C, and D if u are above 40...

Although forty is quite a few years away for me, I really wonder if people are getting so many diseases these days because they are forewarned and are almost scared that they will get it one day and then keep testing themselves until the law of Universe decides to just grant their wish...

Life is becoming a paranoia turning into a nightmare later.Lets be more optimistic and just a little cautious is what I have finally concluded today in my mind.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Ramzan Special Vegetarian Pulav

Well, that is the name I can think of right now, because the dish I made is a trial based on Ramadan festival's special Ghee Rice. I have trimmed the quantity of ghee and the spices and added veggies to it, so I can claim this is a new recipe, which we can safely name as a version of vegetable pulav.

Ingredients:

Basmati Rice - 1 cup.
Water - 2 cups.

Ghee - 1 spoonful.
Oil - 1 spoonful.
Coriander leaves finely chopped - half a cup to one cup.
Cumin seeds - 1 spoonful
Ginger garlic paste - 1 spoonful.
Onion - 1 finely chopped.
Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch

Mixed vegetables - Beans, Potato, Carrot - 1 cup.

Preparation:

The order that worked for me:

  1. Wash Basmati rice and soak in lukewarm water for thirty minutes.
  2. Cut the vegetables into small pieces and pressure cook them.Make sure they don't get mashed up.Drain the excess water and let the veggies cool.
  3. Grind, Ginger, Garlic, Cinnamon and one or two spoonfuls of grated onion. This is the spice mix for your Pulav.
  4. Cook the Basmati Rice per the instruction on the cover. I cooked the rice in closed pan for ten minutes and let the rice cool off while I attended to the rest of the preparation.


Steps:


  1. Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add the Cumin seeds. 
  2. Add the spice mix and saute for a minute until you smell the spices cooked. The familiar aroma will tell you that. A careful hint here - The color of the spice mix should not look charred.
  3. Add the onion and saute until it turns pink.
  4. Add a pinch of salt.
  5. Add the coriander leaves and saute for less than a minute.One stir will do.
  6. Add the cooked vegetables and mix it well.
  7. Switch off the flame.
  8. Add a little salt to the Basmati rice and mix thoroughly without mashing the rice. Use a sharp edged ladle for the purpose or your clean hands.
  9. When you are ready to serve the Pulav, switch on the stove in low flame.
  10. Add the rice into the pan and mix slowly without mashing the contents. Remember to use the right ladle for the purpose.


Your pulav is ready to serve with pickle and raita..

Cooking time: Twenty minutes.

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