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All about Ghee- An elixir for life

I have been asked many times by my acquaintances about the process of preparing Ghee. I am sure, many of us can recollect the pungent smell during ghee preparation during our childhood. It was a very common affair at that time. As we grew up we have started outsourcing most of the mundane rituals of kitchen work to market processed and preservative filled products. All thanks to urbanization and us becoming lazy bones!
Well, we are not to  be blamed totally as ''kitchen work'' is still considered as a task ''exclusive'' to woman kind. After managing office and family, taking out time for such things like ''ghee preparation'' requires some extra passion either for food or for being a health freak. Ghee is an elixir for life. It is better than butter as Ghee has a unique nutrition profile and a high smoke point. For people who are lactose or casein sensitive, they can use ghee because the process has removed all these allergens. It is a powe…

''IRONIC'' SALAD....Truth about Iron rich diet

Iron is a mineral that's necessary for  key life-processes in our body. It plays a main role in creation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen. If we are consuming less than the recommended dosage (8mg for adult men and 18 mg for adult women), our body would soon start protesting in different forms such as fatigue, low immunity, breathing issues and anaemia.

Getting a sufficient amount of Iron in diet is essential. We can get iron from the foods we eat as well as from dietary iron supplements. Do you wonder why some people are anaemic in spite of consuming iron rich foods/supplements?
The reason is not quite simple. Iron is available in two different forms: Heme and Nonheme. Heme iron mainly comes from animal-based foods and nonheme iron we get only from plant-based foods. Eating food high in iron does not guarantee our body will fullfill the iron quota because it absorbs the two types of iron differently.The absorption of heme iron is not significantly impacted by other foods, whi…

Rustic Stove

Rustic Stove stands on the 32nd cross on Jayanagar, an area much deprived of cafes and restaurants.
It is a small but cute little outlet with minimalist decor. We came here as a part of a review invite and were welcomed by Mr Krishna, who owns this place. There is nothing to highlight about the ambiance as everything starting from furniture, furnishings, cutlery, decor was quite basic. Lighting was good and seats were comfortable. This place can be a good option for a quick hangout with friends or even with family as it has a quite peaceful and decent surrounding.

The concept of this restaurant is fusion. If we glance at the menu card, the names of the dishes are very interesting and thought about. Most of the items come with a twist. Some of the eye stoppers in the menu card are: Tomato Orange Soup, Pineapple rasam, Kiwi Potato, Kerala Chicken skewers, Thai BBQ Chicken, Coriander Pesto Chicken, Mutton Coffee day, Bamboo Dum  Chicken Biryani, Omlette Biryani and Chinese Pasta. From the …

Is the glass of water really safe?

''Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.''

Those famous lines from ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner '' by Samuel Taylor can in today's times not only relate to a sailor stuck in the middle of sea but also drinking water in general.. Basic elements for existence of life is air and water. And both are under serious threat. The water that hails from rivers, lakes and other sweet water bodies are now becoming increasingly polluted to the level that purification by ordinary means is next to impossible.
The largest source of water pollution in India is untreated sewage. Other sources of pollution include agricultural waste and unregulated industry waste and by-products.
Some of the major Types of water Contaminants are listed below:
Microbes- Fecal Coliform, Giardia and E coli are bacteria whose presence indicate that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects like diarrhoea, …

The lost childhood

The industry of manufacturing the perfect child
Is infectious and driving all parent-kind wild
For want of supreme praise,
the way the parents raise,
their ''products'' now a days,
Keeping the reality in haze
Imposing their own dream in tender minds
who, though are born free
But are ''wired'' to always agree,
to Elders who think they are always right
keeping the little ones on their finger tips day n night
Killing innocence bit by bit
Dictating- ''Now you stand, Now you sit!''
Restricting the healthy mind to grow
That's how their seeds they sow
Swimming, tennis, painting, music, studies
No time to explore their own hobbies!
All tiny ones running a mad rat race
From dawn to dusk their well-wishers chase...

When we were young and the clock struck five,
A feeling of joy and hurray would arrive
All kids jump out of their houses
And play, play n play as if it were the last day!
A melody prevailed amongst the cacophony
Of yelling kids not in harmony
Jumping, bumpi…

Chicken Cutlets --- The roadside way!

One of the many things that I truly miss about Kolkata in Bangalore is the abundance of tasty street food.
Street foods have a certain nostalgia associated with them. Street food is one such string that is bonded by taste and only taste, surpassing all barriers of socio-economic status. The rich, poor, the working class/non-working class, students,laborers, the fat ugly aunty, the uber stylish divas- all are treated as equal. No eyebrows are raised for aspects like hygiene and comfort!
Kolkata streets hold a plethora of mouth watering food at throw away prices. The taste quotient of the roadside foods can never be replicated at home. It might be that the dust, the unhygienic ingredients or the germs in the seller's hands create the magic! It is however quite surprising that very less people fall sick after consuming roadside food. Its all in the human mind and happiness of eating street food strengthens our immunity.
Chicken and fish cutlets tops the endless list of the street foods …