OH MY CHILLIES – YOU ARE HOT

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Green slender ones, it impresses me as nothing else does. Yes, I am referring to chillies. You might wonder what makes me so fond of chilli. If you ever take a look into my fridge, and even my balcony garden, you will find chillies everywhere.

My first encounter with Chilli

It was when I was a kid, I used to notice my mom, add these green chillies to the coconut chutney my mom makes. The tinge of green that it brings to the chutney was something impressive.

As I grew up, these chillies became a part of my cooking. There was not even a dish, without chillies I cooked. Even the red ones also took my heart, when it comes to taste. In Kerala, whenever we make tapioca especially the boiled ones, we have the green chillies (tiny ones) with shallots and yes it tastes awesome, that even as I write my mouth waters. 😛

Love at first sight

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Every day, when I am off to work, on the way, I pass by a market area, and all you see is a bunch of fresh veggies. As I go by bus, I can see vendors unloading sacks full of chillies onto the spaces for selling. It is always fascinating to watch all those tiny green slender ones, load up.

Again Chillies

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Chillies, tinier ones are mostly used in the pickles and ones that are salted and added to vinegar ….the taste is just WOW. You can find an array of lemon, mango, gooseberries pickled with green tender chillies at my home.

Amazing facts about Green Chillies

Let me put up a few facts about green chilli, which will make you fall in love with it…

  1. Green chilli is rich in vitamin B6, vitamin A, iron, copper, potassium and a small amount of protein and carbohydrates
  2. It is rich in dietary fibre, which makes it important for your healthy digestive system.
  3. Have green chillies and own a healthy glowing skin – as it contains Vitamin C.
  4. Aid digestion – Hope you all know saliva is a major add-on to our food that aids digestion of food. When you consume chilli, you produce more saliva, which will help in fastening digestion.
  5. Good for weight loss – Green chillies can help in weight loss and burn excess fat by increasing metabolism.
  6. Good for diabetics – Including green chillies (the tiny ones especially) in the diet is best to control the increased blood sugar level and it also helps to balance it.
  7. Combat sinus and cold as it contains capsaicin.
  8. When in pain take green chilli. It emits heat into the body that acts as a painkiller.
  9. Green chillies on consuming cause release of a chemical called endorphins, which can control mood swings.
  10. Green Chillies are a good source of iron, ideal for those who are deficient in iron.
  11. Rich in Vitamin A and is ideal for mucous membranes. Yet another good reason to include chillies is :

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Loaded with a capsaicin-a chemical compound that makes chilli peppers taste hot — you can eat them raw, fried or in a roasted form along with salads and as a side dish in your main meals. It tastes awesome!! Trust ME!!!

 

Chillies taught me a lesson

Over and over as I ponder on chillies, it reminded me that the over usage of chillies can burn our tongue that finally, all taste seems fake.  It’s important that we don’t add too many chillies beyond our requirements. When I became a mother, every notion about taste changed – I  minimized so many things like chillies as I wanted my kids to enjoy what they eat. I knew they won’t be able to eat if I had too many chillies.

It was then that I realised like chillies, we need to be minimal in many things we use or with the circle of friends we have. An overabundance of anything in life does not make life richer.

Final thoughts on my chilli Love

If you have nothing to eat at home, no curry enchants you, then all you need to do is just fry salted chillies and then have it with plain rice.

POUR VINEGAR TO HEAL, NOT TO KILL

Vinegar is an extremely important ingredient in some of the oldest as well as the newest food items. I remember, when I was a small kid, I used to watch my Grandma making all kinds of Achaar (pickle). She used to soak all the raw mangos, lemons, berries etc., in the vinegar and then dry them in the sun. Afterwards, she would cook them into different kinds of pickle according to the fruits – Mango pickle, Berry pickle, Lemon pickle and so on.

When I grew up, I understood the use of vinegar to marinate raw meat and then cook them after some time. And when I visited restaurants, I found vinegar with green chillies soaked in a bottle which are usually used as sauce or added flavour to soup and other dishes as salt, pepper etc.

When I started taking interest in cooking soya sauce and vinegar were my favourites. As I know they would cover up my follies if any and bring the taste in them.

I was curious to know about some more uses of vinegar in our life and I was shocked to find them in numerous amounts when I searched on the internet. I have mentioned a few below:

  • Vinegar, as we know, is an effective preservative. It works by making the food more acidic, which deactivates its enzymes and kills any bacteria in the food that may cause spoilage.
  • Vinegar has anti-bacterial properties because of which it helps as a deodorizer.
  • Vinegar is used in food items for various purposes. It is used in salad dressings. It is used to marinate meat to add flavour to the fry or curry or any dish that we try to prepare.
  • Vinegar is claimed to help diabetics control their blood sugar levels.
  • Some test tube studies say that vinegar can kill cancer cells.
  • Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent. It also helps to wash fruits and vegetables clean. It helps in cleaning our skins as well. Many people use it during bath too. Vinegar can be used like this in varied cleaning purposes because of its antibacterial properties.
  • Vinegar sometimes is recommended as help to weight loss because it may help you feel full.
  • Vinegar neutralizes the sting of minor burns and helps them heal more quickly by reducing the swelling. It also helps to cure pimples and acne.

The list can just go on and on… But there’s a glitch in it.

As I was discussing the uses of vinegar with my colleague in the office today, he was saying that they usually marinate meat with a spoon as vinegar might burn the skin. Vinegar helps as a mouthwash but if we use it without the knowledge of how to use it then vinegar use would be fatal than useful. We can not chew anything with our teeth if we use raw vinegar as a mouthwash.

The time, the quality and the quantity are very essential in every aspect of our life which we need to understand. If we don’t understand it then we suffer or let others suffer.

There’s a Bible verse that I found which made me smile and also gave me wisdom. It reads, “…like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart”.

Remember? Above we saw vinegar helps the wound to heal quickly but if it is not used according to how it should be keeping the quality, quantity and time then the suffering of the wounded would be extreme.

A question popped up in my mind, “Is my counselling sometimes feel like vinegar on the wound to the one hurting?”

Sometimes parents and elders taunt their younger ones to correct them. It is definitely helpful at times while they reprimand but when it is done regularly as a habit then it spoils everything.

Be careful! Pour vinegar to heal, not to kill.

Stay Blessed!