We live in India and every new merchant tries to sell things to Indian consumer. In India women mostly choose to be a household manager and generally does the cooking for her family. The sole main source of entertainment for Indian housewives is the Cable TV, DTH or Satellite TV. My mother is no different. She likes to watch TV a lot. The home shopping channels are most favorite among women and it is a universal phenomena. Recently she saw a ceramic cookware being sold on one of the Tele Shopping Channel. I remember that last time I saw a ceramic cookware was one Military Jug from Russia. My mother told me to order one for her. Being an aware consumer, I prefer to search on net about the newly invented product and then decide whether to buy it or not. I did some research on safety of ceramic coated pans and cookware and found out that there is risk of Lead poisoning from such cookware and I have decided not to buy ceramic cookware.
Its festive season here in India. One of the major festival of Hindu Calender Deepawali (a.k.a Diwali) is being celebrated in the last week of the October month. A few days back myself and my father together we went to a Shopping Expo was hosted by CII in sector 17, Chandigarh. In that Shopping Exhibition cum festival there were varied merchants using the platform to popularize their new products in the local and regional market. Going through the exhibition we came across a new brand of oil Canola which was being marketed as much healthier choice over olive oil. Culturally we Punjabis prefer to use Ghee or Sarson oil (mustard oil) for our North Indian desi recepies. Since there has been rise in cardiac arrest case due to blockage of arteries, people are looking to adapt low fat substitutes like Virgin Olive oil and cotton seed oil etc. I was bit amazed by the marketing hype of canola oil and searched about it on net. And the benefit of internet is in its freely available information from general public which most of the time saves one from becoming a guinea pig.
I strongly and openly claim that am against any kind of GM Foods (genetically modified foods) and recently we pitched up our voice againt BT Brinjal. Thanks to Anti GM activists like Dr. Vandana Shiva that people here in India are becoming aware of Evil of GM foods. I will be tweeting this to Dr. Vandana Shiva. Lets see if this can be prevented to penetrate unsuspected Indian kitchens?
West is predominantly Christian world and when ever you step in their domain one thing becomes very evident that even though we Indian have an impression of Western countries as the porn culture, there still has much impact of Christian Holy Book Bible and ethnic communities still preach and adhere to ethical lifestyle. I see the Christian world more like Hindu religion, when I see them chant the name of Christ and enthusiasm to eradicate evil from world. But then the reality is, more and more evil comes out from their surroundings and locale. The corruption of food is still (and also in mystic Vedic culture) considered as one of the grave sin for humans. Is it the outcome of perishing Country Church culture? May be! Any why don’t Christian missionary like Joel Osteen etc raise their voice against evil of GM Foods? The Christ said “Oh my child! share your bread with thy hungry neighbour!”. And what you are doing? Corrupting the food and poisoning thy neighbour.
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BT Brinjal, GM Food, India, Jairam Ramesh
So, the world has changed! but we have to watch the path we are running on. Are we carrying clear vision or its blurred one? Here is the story I stumbled upon. At first, I thought it as one of the gimmick journalism news item.
Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India’s Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine.
The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India’s biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it. Continue reading “Vision Blurred : Cow urine as soft drink”
Ekdashi Stuffed Bananas
6 ripe, peeled rajali bananas, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup fresh coconut green cardamom, ghee for frying
Cut banana into 3-inch pieces. Cook sugar and coconut with cardamom seeds on slow fire, until sugar melts and the mixture thickens. Slit each banana piece, and fill in coconut mixture. Hold together with a toothpick. Fry in ghee over medium flame till Continue reading “Sweet Dish Recipes for Ekadsahi Varta”
Ekadashi Aloo Pakoda
2 large potatoes washed and thinly sliced, 1 cup singhara atta (water chestnut flour)*, 1 tsp. salt, 2 green chilies, finely crushed in mixie, Oil for deep frying.
Mix together flour, salt, chilies. Add enough water to make a thick pouring consistency. Batter should coat back of spoon well. Add 1 tsp. hot oil. Mix well. Heat oil to deep fry in a frying pan. Dip potato slices in batter, one at a time, and let into hot oil. Continue reading “More Recipes for Ekadsahi Varta”
Rose Water Lassi
1 1/2 liter curds,
1/2 litre milk,
sugar 500 grams,
rose water 1 tbsp
Grind curds and milk Continue reading “Recipes of Vaishnav or Ekadsahi”
Besan Ke Ladoo
4 cups Gram Flour
1 cup Pure Ghee
2 cups sugar
1 tsp Powdered Cardamom
1/2 cup chopped Almonds and
Heat the ghee in a pan. Now add
the besan (gram flour) and fry it on a low flame stirring continuously til it
turns brown. then let it cool a little bit. After that add powdered cardamom and
sugar. Mix well and add chopped almonds and raisins. Shape into ladoos (round
balls golf ball size) and serve. now left these to cool and add these to a clean
glass vessel if you want to store these. These ladoos can be stored for a period
of 1 month at or below 30 degree Celsius without added preservatives. Now you
know how advanced Indian cooking culture is.
- Besan (Gram Flour)
- 1 cup
Milk 1 cup
Sugar 3/4 cup
OR in place of milk and sugar add Sugar syrup as in mal pua
- Cardamom powder 1 tsp
- Pure ghee 1/2
Almonds or Cashews or Pista
- 10 or 15 finely chopped
Heat ghee in a thick pan
prefer copper bottom karahi.
Now add gram flour and keep
on stirring on low flame until the flour turns golden colour.
Then add cardamom, milk and
sugar. Keep on
stirring the mixture until the mixture turns thick. Serve hot by decorating with