MEMORIES OF A TASTE BUD

food-878445_1280What is the tastiest food you have ever eaten? Well, I certainly can’t forget some dishes. They made an unforgettable mark on my taste buds. It’s not that I start salivating when I think about them, but I certainly remember them with a certain fondness. They say best things in life are unexpected and so it happened with me.

LUNCH IN SONADA:

I was travelling to Darjeeling with my parents in the year 2002. We got down at Sonada which is about 20 kilometers from the famous hill station. Dad knew a few people at the novitiate there so we tagged along with him. The novitiate was located on a hill slope. A thin veil of fog covered the basketball court outside.  It was afternoon and yet there was no sign of the sun. We were hungry and one of the Salesian fathers led us to their cafeteria.

The beef I ate there was out of this world. Soft and succulent, my taste buds relished every piece of it before swallowing. I don’t know how they prepared it. It wasn’t spicy (which is the way I like) but it had an incredible taste. It wasn’t fried as much as I can remember. I have asked mom to prepare beef in that particular fashion but she never perfected it although once she came fairly close. May be it is something to do with the altitude of Sonada and the air pressure there.

DINNER AT A PUB IN SALUGARA:

It was my friend’s birthday. We went to this small pub in the northern edges of my home town. I was not sure what to expect in that place. The waiter, a young Nepali boy served us plates of “chilly pork”. I am not a big fan of pork. Although, in my childhood days I used to have plenty of it at my aunt’s place. It usually contains lot of fat and I had grown out of it eventually. This preparation seemed different. They had removed the extra fat and the garnishing of onions along with the spices made it yummy. It was better than any chilly chicken I had eaten before. I have not eaten much pork after that except for pepperoni on countable number of occasions. That has been the tastiest pork yet.

HOT GULAB-JAMUNS:

I was with my parents again as we strolled through the crowded Hill-cart road. The Durga Puja celebrations were in full flow. The drums were beating loudly from the various pandals. The strips of decorative lightings hung over the roads and the bamboo structure with lighting patterns marked the edges of the small streets leading to another pandal.  The festive atmosphere kept everyone in high spirits.

 After a long walk we stopped for dinner. I can’t recollect what we had in the main course, but I certainly remember the dessert. The medium sized gulab-jamun took the tongue by surprise with its amount of warmth.  It was delicious and the taste spread as it gradually melted in my mouth. I took another piece and it certainly felt heavenly. Even mom and dad liked it a lot. From then on I have always preferred hot gulab-jamuns.

Enjoy your food and cherish the foodie memories. Like they say, “best things in life are unexpected” and sometimes you will find out that the best food in life is unexpected too.

Peter Minj

STAY HEALTHY WITH FRUITS IN DIET

fruits-82524_1280Fresh & dry fruits are the natural staple food of man. They contain substantial quantities of essential nutrients in rational proportion. They are excellent sources of minerals, vitamins & enzymes. Fruits are easily digested and produce a cleansing effect on the blood and the digestive tract. Fruits can successfully treat ailments caused by the intake of unnatural foods. Fresh and dry fruits are thus not only good foods but also good medicines.

Natural Benefits of Fruits:

  1. Fruits hydrate the body to a great extent.
  2. Fruits act as diuretics and contribute to a salt free diet.
  3. Fruits alkalize the body fluids and keep the body free from toxic wastes.
  4. They speed up the recovery process in times of sickness by giving quick energy and minerals.
  5. The fibres of fruits give laxative effect and hence prevent and cure constipation when taken in regularly.
  6. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements of fruits are extremely beneficial in normalizing all body processes. Hence, they help in healing and cell regeneration.
  7. Fruits can delay aging.

Curative effects of fruits:

  1. Regular use of fruits sharpens memory, prevents nervous exhaustion, mental tension, hysteria and insomnia.
  2. Fruits help in blood building and nerve strengthening. They are also good for liver ailments, indigestion, rheumatism etc.
  3. Fruits can be a positive remedy for the weakness of the brain.
  4. They are also beneficial in fevers, catarrh, nasal and bronchial ailments.

A generous intake of fruits in the diet will enable a person to lead healthy life. Fruits prevent all diseases and help a person to be smart, energetic and active all through life.

TIPS:

  1. Take only one fruit at a time.
  2. It is always better to take fruits with milk than with meals.
  3. Diabetic & obese persons must avoid all sweet fruits.

— Dr. P. Sameera

A TREASURED GIFT – FROM A LOVING GRANNY TO AN ADORABLE MUNCHKIN! :)

Biscuits Sofa

Yesterday I was cordially invited to my munchkin’s doll marriage party. I was very excited and happy as I traveled down the memory lane to the eras of my childhood but at the same time I was constantly in the thinking mode as what should I carry as a gift! ( I reminded myself that I am invited as a granny so my gift should be accordingly.)

After lot of thinking, finally an idea clicked. I decided to gift a Sofa set made of BISCUITS, which my little munchkin will surely love. I started preparing and made this. It was a super easy snack yet so interesting. 🙂 The happiness I got from the expressions of my little ones was priceless. It was a complete happy hour for us… After all Granny rocked! 🙂

Shrabani Tripathy

MAKE YOUR EVENING SNACKS TIME INTERESTING WITH VEG SANDWICH

Sandwich

When the kids or the husbands come back home from schools, colleges or work they search for something filling and tastier to eat in the evening. I would like to present to you an interesting and very easy recipe tonight.

INGREDIENTS:

Brown Bread slices-6

Potato, boiled- 1

Beans Chopped-1 tbs

Carrot Chopped-1 tbs

Cauliflower cut into small pieces

Peas – 1 tbs

Tomato, chopped -1/2 cup

Green chilli, chopped -1

Olive oil – 1 tbs

Cumin -1/2 tsp

Chili powder -3/4 tsp

Mango powder -1/ tsp

Salt -to taste

Green chutney -2 tsp

Butter – 2.5 tsp

Capsicum ,sliced -1

PROCEDURE –

Peel and chop the boiled potato in small pieces. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. When seeds start crackling add chopped green chilli, tomato & all the vegetables on to it. Add salt and cook till it becomes soft. Add the spices and chopped potato and saute to mix. Add chopped coriander and take out the mixture in a bowl. Apply butter on both the sides of bread slices. Now apply green chutney on the buttered side of 3 breads. Put all the Masala on it, and then arrange capsicum slices over it. Place the slice in a grill or tawa (griddle) Cover this slice with another bread slice . Grill till it become golden brown. Slice and serve hot with ketchup.

Usually Kids and teenagers are fond of Sandwiches. The Sandwiches which you get in the market are unhealthy. Hence this Dish would get a feeling of the same Sandwich which is also healthy and tasty. This is one of my way to get the kids get fond of Healthy food.

Have fun!

Aradhana Das

COOL BREAKFAST IDEAS TO LIGHT UP YOUR BORING MORNINGS – “ZAPPED SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH VEGGIES”

unnamed (1)-2Good Morning! Opps, Good Evening!

Tonight, I would like to present my second breakfast idea which has lot of healthy ingredients in it. But before that I would like to repeat the quotation of Robert.A.Heinlein, “One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.”

ZAPPED SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH VEGGIES

Ingredients

½ cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup chopped onions

½ cup green bell peppers(capsicum)

6 eggs

½ cup milk

½ cup fresh tomatoes

½ cup cheese

vegetable oil/ olive oil

salt as per taste

Method

1- Heat oil in a pan. To it add chopped mushrooms, onions, peppers. Saute till onion turns transparent. Add salt.

2- In a bowl beat the eggs and milk. Add little salt.  Add the eggs to the mixture. Then add the tomatoes. Let the egg set.

3- Once the egg sets mix the cheese.

Done!!! Yummy, gooey scrambled eggs with veggies. Serve with bread toast and pamper yourself a little more with banana smoothies.

I hope these recipes light up your boring mornings and you feel and experience the goodness and healthiness of eating breakfast.

Anukta Dey Sahu

COOL BREAKFAST IDEAS TO LIGHT UP YOUR BORING MORNINGS – “OATS IDLI”

images-2We all have different opinions about what healthy eating means. We concentrate both on the nutrients and healthfulness that foods bring. But while doing and thinking about all this we miss out the basics. Many people avoid eating breakfast thinking it would help them in their dietary routine. But it’s a myth, it actually leads towards obesity.

As Robert.A.Heinlein in one of his cook books have mentioned that- “One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast”.

So that’s how important the first meal of our day is. So how about waking up to a streaming bowl of sambhar and mushy idlis with a nutritious twist or zapped scrambled eggs with veggies and some cheese (which we will see tomorrow).

Oats Idlis

Ingredients

2 cups oats

½ l curd

1 tbspn mustard seeds

1 tbspn urad dal

½ tbspn chana dal

½ tbspn oil

2 finely chopped green chillies

1 finely grated carrot

1 cup finely chopped coriander leaves

½ tspn tumeric (haldi) powder

a pinch of cooking soda

salt as per taste

Method

1- On a tawa, dry roast the oats until it turns slightly brown and then powder them in mixer.

2- In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and saute till the dals turn golden. To it add the chillies, carrots and coriander leaves.

3- Add tumeric powder.

4- Add all this to the powdered oats.

5- Add the curd to make the batter (do not add water). Make sure the batter has its right consistency.

6- Grease oil to the idli plates and pour the batter.

7- Steam for 15 mins.

Remove and serve steaming hot mushy idlis with sambhar curry and chutney of your choice.

Anukta Dey Sahu