November 28th, 2014 Author:

There’s so much more to India than the TajMahal, River Ganges and Bollywood. It is a country rich in cultural gems and is a place where you feel that almost anything could be around the next corner. If you are travelling around the country it is always worth getting off the beaten track and discovering some of India’s best kept secrets. And the same can be said for India’s culinary landscape; move away from the path well-trodden and there are many dishes to discover that hail from the country’s lesser-known regions. Here are a few of those dishes – because you never know, you might want to track them down one of these days.

Naga  King  Chilli  Chutney – Nagaland

Head to Nagaland and you are sure to come across the Naga King Chilli. Nagaland is the original birthplace of this chilli and has GI (geographical indication) status to prove it. So spicy it is record-breaking, this chilli is the primary ingredient used to make Naga King Chilli Chutney. Other ingredients include ginger, bamboo shoots and mustard leaves. It is served with rice and makes itself known within nanoseconds. Read the rest of this entry »

November 26th, 2014 Author:

If you were asked to name an Indian bread, there’s a strong chance the first thing you’ll say is ‘naan.’ Naan breads are synonymous with Indian food, as are chapattis and rotis. Served on their own or as an accompaniment to meals, savoury breads are eaten in abundance across all regions of India. But, as well as savoury offerings, did you know that Indian cuisine also boasts an array of delicious sweet breads, too?

The most popular of all Indian sweet breads has to be the Puran Poli. Puran Poli is a traditional sweet flatbread, originating from Maharashtra and nowpopular in the states of Tamil Nadu, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The ingredients of Puran Poli vary between each region but typically will include wheat flour, sugar, chana dal, yellow gram, and a number of spices to flavour. The bread is always served warm, and is sometimes served with a spoonful of ghee or with milk that has been sweetened with pistachios and almonds. Additionally, in some states of India, Puran Polis are complimented with a tasty, tangy sauce to further heighten the flavour. In Maharashtra, this sauce is called KatachiAmti. Read the rest of this entry »

November 25th, 2014 Author:

Contrary to popular opinion, cooking Indian food doesn’t have to be complicated. There are a few basic rules you can follow to ensure you serve up tasty meals every time. There is also a wide variety of ingredients you need to become familiar with, but as long as you have a well-stocked larder and a little bit of patience, you will soon be creating wonderfully tasty Indian masterpieces.

First up, there’s the spices. Clearly an essential ingredient for anyone cooking Indian food. Go for whole spices rather than the ground variety wherever possible – they hold their flavour for longer and give any dish an enhanced depth. If starting from scratch and if you are relatively new to cooking Indian food, then mustard seeds, cumin seeds and coriander seeds are a good place to start. These spices are best when freshly ground, which you can do yourself. Place the seeds in a hot pan and wait for them to start popping, releasing their aroma and changing colour. This is your cue that they are ready to be ground either in a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder (have one dedicated to the purpose). Read the rest of this entry »

September 18th, 2014 Author:

It’s that time of year again: fall. For some people, this is the best time of the year. You get to break out your comfy sweaters, your pumpkin spice lattes and attendall your favorite fall events. There are many fun things that you can do in fall that just aren’t as enjoyable in the summer. Although it is sad to see summer depart, the fall isn’t all about school, work, and a change in apparel. It’s also about football!

There are numerous events that you can bring hot wings to during the fall, but the top of the list is most definitely football. It’s the central event when it comes to hot wings, and it’s an unofficial American tradition to eat hot wings and watch football, right up there next to the most American tradition of all: watching football and drinking a beer. No matter what team you’re cheering on this fall, you can cheer them on from the bar with a cold beer and a hearty plate of hot wings. Read the rest of this entry »

September 8th, 2014 Author:

With the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in full swing, our attention is turned to the wonderful spectacles, fun and food that makes this occasion so special. Signalling the start of the festival is the jingling of bells alongside chants of “Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti, Darshanmajhe man kamanapurati, Jaidev Jaidev’. And there are plenty of other rituals taking place throughout this 11-day festival.

Other customs that play a part include the elaborately decorated statues of Ganesha that appear in many houses. Anyone who has a statue of Lord Ganesha in their home must treat it with the same respect as they would an esteemed guest. Offerings of sweets, rice, coconut, jaggery, flowers and coinsare made to these statues and prayers are offered every day. Read the rest of this entry »

September 1st, 2014 Author:

In the UK, the majority of people drink cows’ milk on a daily basis. We have it in our tea, on our cereal, in cheese sauces, milkshakes, ice creams and more. There are alternatives that are available in the West – goats’ milk, soya milk and rice milk, for example. However, think of buffalo milk and our first thought is probably authentic mozzarella cheese, rather than drinking a glass of it.

In India, it is a different story. As the largest producer of buffalo milk in the world, it is very much on the menu here. Other top producers of buffalo milk around the world are Pakistan, China and Italy. If you look at this list you soon realise these are all countries in which people eat healthy diets. And buffalo milk, being low in cholesterol, contributes to this trend. It does, however, have a higher fat content (and thus more calories) than cows’ milk, but in a country where many people work long, hard days this isn’t a bad thing. In the state of Punjab, were many people work the land, buffalo milk is particularly popular. Read the rest of this entry »

June 21st, 2014 Author:

Between work, picking up your kids from school and extracurricular activities, exercising, and running errands, there is little time left for you to put together a nice weekday meal. Stopping for take-out or having pizza delivered seems to be the best option because it’s quick, hassle-free, and the clean up is a breeze.

However, although eating take-out is convenient, it is pricey. And, usually, it lacks on nutrition value. To most people, cooking is synonymous with time-consuming and effort. But, with the proper preparation, cooking is no more work than it is to drive-thru a burger joint or fish a hefty tip out of your back pocket for the delivery boy.

There are plenty of recipes that take 30 minutes or less that are simple, convenient, and have a higher nutrition value than fast food. From spaghetti and meatballs to tacos to even a Sargento Cheese and sauerkraut dog, you can easily feed your family in a few minutes.

Using sauerkraut dogs as an example, the key to quick cooking is organization:

Kitchen Tools:

The reason why cooking can feel tedious is because there is a lack of organization in the kitchen. Get to know your kitchen and your kitchen tools in order to be familiar with how they work and when you should use them.

For this dish, you need a knife, a cutting board, and a skillet pan with a lid.

Ingredients:

To make a serving of 4, you need these essential ingredients:

4 jumbo all beef franks

4 slices Sargento Natural Sliced Double Cheddar Cheese, sliced diagonally

2 Tablespoons coarse grained or yellow mustard

4 pretzel hot dog rolls or hot dog buns, split, lightly toasted

1 cup sauerkraut, very well drained

Before cooking, be sure you either have all these ingredients or have enough of these ingredients. Nothing can throw a wrench into dinner plans like being without a necessary ingredient.

Directions:

On a cutting board, slice the jumbo beef franks in half lengthwise being careful not to slice all the way through. You are looking to butterfly the franks, which means splitting the meat almost in two and spreading it out flat like you would an open book.

Next, over medium heat, cook the franks face side down in the skillet, about 4 minutes or until golden brown. Once they have developed a nice sear, flip the franks over, cooking until heated through, about 4 minutes. Place cheese slices over the franks, and cover the skillet with a lid for a couple of minutes so that the cheese can melt. Once melted, pull off the heat.

Take the toasted pretzel buns and spread mustard on each half. Place franks inside of the buns and top with sauerkraut.

Nutrition:

These sauerkraut dogs are a filling meal, and average about 405 calories per dog. Compared with a fast food meal of a burger, French fries, and a shake or soda, which can range anywhere from 800-2000 calories, this meal is both satisfying and figure-friendly.

Sargento covered the costs of the ingredients used in this recipe, but the opinions are my own.

Author Ted Levin is a food lover and cheese aficionado always searching for the newest recipe craze. You can connect with Ted on Twitter.

May 3rd, 2014 Author:

Food is that the fuel that our bodies use for energy. The 3 main sources of fuel are  carbohydrates and protein. The body changes them into aldohexose for energy or stores them as fat. A automobile uses gas for energy-we use glucose! Uptake a balance of healthy foods that contain sugar, protein, and fat daily can facilitate your blood sugar keep in balance and keep your weight wherever you wish it to be.

Today the majority are  to just accept as a proven fact that “to be healthy” a well-balanced diet is needed. They require what is best for his or her live. Healthy foods are  a very important issue as a result of healthy uptake is vital to healthiness. There are  countless reasons to eat healthy foods, here are  simply a few:

For energy and vitality to measure

To grow at a healthy rate

To assist keep glucose levels in balance-not too high or too low

For weight management

To regulate of blood fats and bar of cardiovascular disease

To stay the body operating properly

To assist the body avoid different health issues caused by polygenic disease

Good nutrition is a very important a part of healthy foods. Several causes of sickness are  associated with poor nutrition, together with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, overweight and avoirdupois, high pressure level, pathology, and sure cancers. Poor nutrition also can impact every day life by poignant concentration and work performance. For kids, a poor diet will have a big impact on correct growth and development.

People who need to follow a healthier uptake set up ought to attempt to:

Increase the quantity of fruits, vegetables consumed as a part of an everyday diet.

Purchase recent manufacture in season for the simplest costs.

Choose canned fruits and vegetables as a convenient thanks to embrace a lot of manufacture within the diet. explore for fruits canned in lightweight sweetening or natural juices.

For vegetables, select “No Salt Added” versions if NA intake may be a concern.

Select frozen fruits and vegetables, that are  obtainable year spherical and are  wealthy in vital nutrients.

Select whole grain product once doable. Explore for “Whole Wheat Flour” because the 1st ingredient on the nutrition facts label.

Embrace up to 3 servings of skim (skim) or low-fat (1-2%) milk and milk product day by day.

Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and wacky as quality macromolecule sources.

Concentrate on selecting food things low in saturated fats, trans-fats, steroid alcohol, salt (sodium), and supplemental sugars.

Use correct serving sizes for all foods to stop excess calorie consumption. Information on the proper serving sizes for every food cluster is offered at The Food Guide Pyramid.

Health foods is also good for sound health and body. Now a days there are many brands those provides healthy foods, frozen foods for children, which they love to eat.

Many factors will have an effect on the organic process health of each people and communities, together with a personality’s information concerning healthy nutrition, cultural practices associated with food decisions, associate degreed having access to info concerning an adequate and healthy diet.

April 28th, 2014 Author:

What is a food dehydrator? It’s a machine that helps reducing the moisture content in the food via some heat source in order to preserve it further. This removal of moisture also helps the food items to get immune to external bacteria attacks. But one needs to take good care of the facts while buying some new dehydrator. A good homework is always appreciated.

Excalibur 3900B 9 Tray, why do they call this machine the best of its class, there must be some reason behind this fact and here I’ll discuss what one should look for in a food dehydrator and among those options what are the specifications Excalibur carries, rather giving some exaggerating food dehydrator reviews.

  • Drying capacity: ultimately the space is what you need

With 9 trays of 15sq.ft, you get to put anything you want. You don’t need to worry of the leftovers or the things to be put in 2nd round. With this huge capacity, you don’t need a 2nd round; the first one is all enough.

  • Customizable thermostat: flexibility in accordance with different food items

It carries a wide range of 95°F to 155°F that provides an option to select up to what extent you want your food to get dry.

  • Heat and air course

You don’t need to keep on rotating the trays, as this machine comes with horizontal airflow which allows equal amount of heat on every tray.

  • Build

With BPA- free plastic material used for trays you don’t have to think much of the build quality or how much long it’ll survive.

  • Warranty: you’ll never get tired of it

They’ll give 1 year + 10 years extended warranty. You don’t need more than that.

  • Price does matter

I admit the pricing is a bit on a higher level, but you need to pay this much when you are getting “everything”.

Overall, the experience you get while using Excalibur 3900B 9 Tray is what you’ll put on top of everything. The best dehydrator ever made.

April 28th, 2014 Author:

Dry fruits are very much essential for any cooking purpose. It adds a great taste to the dishes. You can get these dried fruits either from stores or you can make it at your home using dehydrators. Each dried fruit contains different kind of nutrients in it. You can get any healthiest dried fruit for making a healthy way of eating. Dried fruit can be added to any recipe to make it so delicious.

You can also go through some recipes that can be helpful for making a good item. You will have lot of sites that provide recipes that can be made with such dried fruits. If you are really adding up dried fruit in your diet then you can get best ones for your home. Everyone is now aiming to make a healthy life and with healthiest dried fruit you can easily make it. Many of them who have food dehydrators at home dry these fruits easily so that it can be more fresh than those which are brought from the store and are made available for a very less amount that compared by getting it from a store. So, you can save money by drying the fruits at your home itself. Enjoy a healthy way of living with the help of dried fruit.

You can also know about the detail information about what minerals and vitamins will be involved in different kind of dried fruits so that you can add up the required amount of quantity in to your diet. If you have any deficiency, then you can look for dried fruits which are required for fulfilling such deficiency in an effective way. You can get lot of benefits with the help of adding such dried fruits into your diet. So, make a good recipe at your home using dried fruits and stay healthy.