It’s a spicy affair – Indian spices and their uses

With friends belonging to different parts of India, my taste buds have been treated with all sorts of delicacies – dal pakwaan, handwa, thalipeeth, makkai roti with sarson ka saag, thepla, bisi bele bhaath, idiappam, gate ki sabji, dal bati, to name a few. And on the occasions, I have visited their homes; I have seen their kitchen shelves stacked with the same spices that my mother uses.

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Spices are a regular feature in every Indian kitchen. These spices not only add dollops of taste and a pop of colour but also bring in a host of health benefits.

Besides food enhancers, spices have been long recognized for their medicinal properties. No wonder my grandma always insists on a cup of ginger tea when I am down with a cold. Or a teaspoon of methi daana when I am constipated.

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4 packaged products you can cook at home easily

I come from a family where we make our own pickles; mango, red chilli, green chilli, chick pea, carrot, lime, lesava, kair, etc. We have never got a store-bought jar of pickle till date. Till a couple of decades ago, we even made papad, khakhra, ketchup, jams, potato and banana wafers, etc. at home. There was no McDonald’s then, and the only types we had seen or eaten were the homemade fries.

I remember there was a particular ketchup brand called ‘Volfarm’ which claimed it didn’t use pumpkin as was the case with other ketchup brands. And people believed it. In those days, Indians were a trusting lot. If a TV commercial showed a man wearing a white doctor’s coat lauding a particular toothpaste, oil or biscuit, we never thought that the brands would be lying to us. We fell for them, left, right and center. Continue reading

How to stay food safe this monsoon

Monsoon, without doubt, is the most favourite season!  It relieves everyone from the scorching heat of the ruthless summer. Monsoon is also the season of food lovers! All the food items taste 100 times more delicious while it pours outside. Enjoying palatable snacks while it’s raining is a pure bliss. Isn’t it?Bon happetee best diet plan app

Garam kanda bhajias, adrakwali chai and bhunna butta are on everyone’s list. Not just food, monsoon makes you fall in love with nature as well! Puddles, drenching in the rain, paper boats, long drives to promenade and beaches, mini vacations or treks are activities everyone looks forward to.

But monsoon also has its share of problems, sadly. It is also considered by many as the season of sneezes, flu and virals. Therefore, apart from enjoying this season, you need to also take care of your immunity levels. One can catch cold, viral or flu due to body’s low immunity levels during monsoon. And hence one needs to be extra careful during this season.

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