Name: Masala Urad Dal Pooris Popular Category



Author: Simran Date: 9/18/2009 5:19:00 PM Hits: 6021 Rating: ( 2.0 ) by 3 users

Ingredients Ingredients for the dough 2 teacups plain flour (maida) 2 teaspoons hot oil ( microwave for 10 secs) ½ tablespoon nigella seeds(kalonji) 2 pinchs of Salt Ingredients for the masala poweder for the stuffing 1 1 1 8 4 tablespoon coriander seeds ( Dry fry them on a dry hot pan) tablespoon cumin seeds ( Dry fry them on a dry hot pan) teaspoon aniseed (saunf) black peppercorns ( Kali Mirch) large red chillies

Ingredients for the actual stuffing ¾ Tea cups of Black Gram ( Urad Dal) 2 tablespoons of Oil Salt to taste For Deep Frying Oil or Ghee


Preparing the dough 1. Take a mixing bowl. 2. Add 2 cups of Maida ( Plain Flour) 3. Add 2 teaspoons of hot oil ( microwave for 10 sec) 4. Add the Nigella Seeds. 5. Add 2 pinches of Salt. 6. Add some water and knead it into a stiff dough. 7.Leave this dough aside for settling for 20 minutes. Preparing the Masala 1. Take the dry roasted Coriander seeds, Dry Roasted Cumin Seeds, Saung, Peppercorns, red chillies and grind them into a fine powder. How to make the stuffing. 1. Soak the Urad Dal in water for 4 hours. 2. Drain the water once done. 3. Grind this Urad Dal in a coarse paste in a grinder , use little bit of water as needed. 4. Take this lump of Urad Dal paste and fry it in the oil. 5. Take out of the frying pan. 6. Let it cool 7. Add the Masala Powder prepared above and add the salt as well. 8. Mix well. Next Step 1. Now take the dough and make small balls. 2. Roll the balls into a roud shape using a pin and roller. 3. Put some stuffing in the middle. 4. Fold the edges to cover the stuffing completely and roll out again into small pooris. 5. Deep fry the poories in hot oil.

Serve with yoghurt or any vegeterial dish. Name: Punjabi Wadiyan ( Wadi) Popular


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Author: HS Date: 5/9/2008 3:27:00 AM Hits: 14388 Rating: ( 2.0 ) by 6 users

PUNJABI WADI: 500 gm. Urad Dal or black gram dal, skinless 375 gm. petha or ash gourd. If this is not available, use same amount of cauliflower flowerets or Zuchini , Ginger paste 2 Tablespoons Green Chillies 10 finely chopped Finely Chopped coriander leaves 1 Cup Coarsely Ground black cardamom seeds 1 teaspoon Red Chilly powder 1 tablespoon Black Peper coarsely ground 2 tablespoons Saunf ( Fennel Seeds) 2 tablespoons 20 Cloves - coarsely grounded Jeera(Cumin Seeds) 2 tablespoons 1 tsp. mace powder 2 pinches of nutmeg, freshly grated 1 teaspoon of asafetida or hing powder 1/2 teaspon of. cinnamon powder


1. Coarsely grind urad dal in a dry Grinder. 2. Soak in enough water to cover 1/2 inch above the dal and leave for a couple of hours. It will absorb water and become like a thick batter. 3 Add the asafoetida powder in and mix well. 4. Leave overnight in a warm place, to let it rise a little. 5. Clean, wash and gratech the petha or cauliflower and squeeze the water out and keep aside. 6. Grind ginger, green chillies and coriander leaves, all together, in a food processor. 7. Take a big mixing bowl and add the Dal in. 8. Add all the other ingredients. 9. Beat vigorousl and mix well, add water as needed to fix the consistency to a dropping consistency. 10. Take 2 trays and put the greased paper or baking paper in the tray . 11. Now put small blobs the size of Pingpong Balls on the tray. 12. Leave them in the hot sun, until dry. Store in airtight containers or plastic bags. Freezer is good, if you have a large one. ( The more air you have in your mixture the better it is. The trapped air is responsible for making the Wadis light. ) Note: They are not edible straight away and they are used as an ingredient in a curry. You can cook up a dish with Peas and Wadiyan , once you have the Wadis completely dried. Normall one or two Wadis are broken into small pieces and sauted with some oil and then add the spices and peas and cook like a curry.. Name: Haldi (Turmeric) - The nature's wonder Popular Category:

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Author: Hs Date: 4/1/2006 3:36:00 AM Hits: 8152 Rating: ( 2.0 ) by 6 users

Haldi or Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa, also known as tumeric) known as HALDI in Hindi, punjabi and Urdu.

Turmeric is a member of the Ginger family. This is a spice which is always used in Indian curries and other South Asian cooking. In Japan it is also used in tea. It has an active ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin is known for its antitumor, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has many healthful properties. Sangli, Maharashtra is the largest producer of turmeric in Asia. Medicinal use The medicinal properties of the tumeric have for millennia been known to the ancient Indians and its medical properties have been expounded in the Ayurvedic texts. It is only in recent years that Western scientists have increasingly recognised the medicinal properties of tumeric.

anti-amyloid and

Recent studies have shown that turmeric can be effective in fighting a number of STDs including chlamydia and gonorrhea. Anti-tumoral effects against melanoma cells. Slows the breast cancer It has beneficial effects in Alzheimer's disease, cancer and liver disorders. Curcumin is known for its antitumor, antioxidant, anti-amyloid and anti-inflammatory properties. Using Turmeric while cooking meat kills the germs present in the meat.

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Cosmetic use

Turmeric is currently used in the formulation of some sun screens.

Turmeric paste is used by Indian women to keep them free of superfluous hair and for glowing skin.

I have found Haldi as an excellent treatment for Gout pain. If you have a gout pain then take half teaspoon of Haldi with water at night. It is considered a good way to help clear the liver of all the toxins. I have had miraculous results with this method. Please let me know what your experiences have been.

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Author: HS Date: 4/1/2006 3:51:00 AM Hits: 8026 Rating: ( 2.0 ) by 6 users



(also known as Carom, Ajowan, Bishop's Weed and Seeds Of Bishop's Weed) is a common spice used in Indidia and other areas in Asia. Ajwain is often confused with lovage seed; even some dictionaries mistakenly state that ajwain comes from the lovage plant.

Raw ajwain smells almost exactly like thyme because it also contains thymol, but is more aromatic and less subtle in taste, as well as slightly bitter and pungent. Even a small amount of raw ajwain will completely dominate the flavor of a dish. In Indian cuisine ajwain is usually used by dry roasting it first on a pan, this greatly enhances its flavour.

It is used in India and Africa, and one of the most common uses is with lentils. Iit can reduce the gassy effect of beans when

Ajwain is added. One suggestion is to use it along with cumin, whenever cumin is called for. While cooking the fried dishes like Pakora, samosa and bread pakora , Ajwain is always added in the batter , this helps to digest them properly.
Traditional Medicine

Stomach upset and Gas - Take some Ajwain, a pinch of salt and add some lime or lemon juice, let the lime juice get completely absorbed inside the Ajwain, once it feels dry store it in a glass bottle, take a pinch of this Ajwain and chew it, it is an excellent digestive aid while suffering from inflatuence ( gas).

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Name: Jeera ( Cumin) - information about jeera Popular Category: Author: hs Date: 4/1/2006 5:23:00 AM Hits: 5211 Rating: ( 2.0 ) by 7 users

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Jeera or Cumin

(Cuminum cyminum) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to the eastern Mediterranean region east to northern India.

Cumin seeds are similar to fennel seeds, but are smaller and darker in colour.

Cultivation and uses Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive aroma, popular in North African, Middle Eastern, western Chinese, Indian and Mexican cuisine.

Cumin fruits have a distinctive bitter flavour and strong, warm aroma due to their abundant essential oil content. Cumin is identified with Indian cuisine and Mexican cuisine. It is used as an ingredient of curry powder. C
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Cumin is classified as

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stimulant carminative antimicrobial.

In India, cumin is known as jeera or geera; in Urdu/Pakistan, cumin is known as zeera; in northwest China, cumin is known as ziran.
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Author: HS Date: 4/2/2006 10:51:00 PM Hits: 6020 Rating: ( 2.0 ) by 10 users

Methi or Fenugreek

Methi or Fenugreek It is a crop plant grown as a potherb and for the spice made from its seeds. The fenugreek plant grows wild from the eastern Mediterranean area to China; it is cultivated worldwide. The name fenugreek or foenum-graecum is from Latin for "Greek hay". Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) spice (the seed). The yellow, rhombic fenugreek seed is frequently used in the preparation of pickles, curry powders and pastes The young leaves and sprouts of fenugreek are eaten as greens and the fresh or dried leaves are used to flavor other dishes. In the Arabian nation of Yemen it is the main condiment and an ingredient added to the national dish called Saltah. The similarity in the Arabic word Hulba and Mandarin Chinese word Hu lu ba reveal the significance of fenugreek in history. Fenugreek is also one of four herbs used for the Iranian recipe Ghormeh Sabzi. Fenugreek is frequently used in the production of flavouring for artificial syrups. The taste of toasted fenugreek is additionally based on substituted pyrazines, as is cumin. By itself, it has a somewhat bitter taste. Fenugreek seed is widely used as a galactagogue (milk producing agent) by nursing mothers to increase inadequate breast milk supply. In India it is mixed with yogurt and used as a conditioner for hair. In natural medicine it is also used to treat diabetes. The fenugreek seeds help get rid of the mucous from the body, it is given as a tea by boiling the fenugreek seeds in water. As rice normally cause more mucous in people who are susceptible to it, add some fenugreek seeds while cooking rice will neutralise this effect Name: Tomatoes Popular Category:

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Some information on Tomatoes


Tomatoes are now eaten freely throughout the world, although their seeds cannot be digested and pass straight through the human intestines. Today, their consumption is believed to benefit the heart. Lycopene, one of nature's most powerful antioxidants, is present in tomatoes and has been found to be beneficial in preventing prostate cancer, among other things. Botanically a fruit, the tomato has been deemed by the U.S. federal court as a vegetable to place tariffs. Besides, it's more likely to be part of a sauce or a salad than eaten whole as a snack, let alone as part of a dessert (though, depending on the variety, they can be quite sweet, especially roasted). Tomatoes are used extensively in Indian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, especially Italian ones. The tomato has an acidic property that is used to bring out other flavors. This same acidity makes tomatoes especially easy to preserve in home canning as tomato sauce or paste. In Indian Cuisine Tomato is used to make the gravy in the Curries. Lycopene (molecular formula: C40H56) is a bright red carotenoid pigment, a phytochemical found in tomatoes and other red fruits. Lycopene is the most common carotenoid in the human body and is one of the most potent carotenoid antioxidants. Its name is derived from the tomato's species classification, Solanum lycopersicum. Fruits and vegetables that are high in lycopene include not only tomatoes, but watermelon, pink grapefruit, papaya, and rosehip. Unlike other fruits and vegetables, where nutritional content such as vitamin C is diminished upon cooking, processing of tomatoes increases the concentration of bioavailable lycopene. Thus processed tomato products such as tomato juice, soup, sauce, and ketchup contain the highest concentrations of lycopene. There is evidence that frequent intake of such products is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer (especially prostate cancer), diabetes, osteoporosis, and even male infertility. However if you suffer from Gout, then it is likely to aggrevate the pain.

Name: Difference between Baking Soda and Baking Powder Popular


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Difference between Baking Soda and Baking Powder

It is often confusing when some recipes use baking powder and some ask for baking soda. While some ask for both.

Let us demystify this for you.

Baking soda and Baking Powder are both leaving agents. The product carbon dioxide and make the cooked food 'rise' like cakes.

Baking soda
Baking Soda is pure Sodium Bicarbonate. When it combines with some acidic ingredient and moisture it results in a chemical reaction which produces Carbon Dioxide gas bubbles as soon as you mix it with the other ingredients, therefore you need to cook your dish as soon as you add the baking soda otherwise it will tend to go flat, like coke left open for long.

Baking Powder

Baking powder contains baking soda(sodium bicarbonate) plus some acidifying agent (cream of tartar), and a drying agent (usually starch).

Baking powder is available as single-acting baking powder and as double-acting baking powder. Single-acting powders are activated by moisture, so you must bake recipes which include this product immediately after mixing. Double-acting powders react in two phases and can stand for a while before baking. With double-acting powder, some gas is released at room temperature when the powder is added to dough, but the majority of the gas is released after the temperature of the dough increases in the oven.

How to determine when to use the Baking Soda or the Baking Powder in your recipe?

When you use the Baking Soda you would need some acidic ingredient to create the reaction ( eg. yoghurt, butter milk etc). otherwise it will result in a bitter taste.

Baking Powder is a premix which already has a acidic medium , so the end result will be a neutral effect in terms of the taste.

In cakes and biscuits you normally do not use any acidic ingredient, therefore you need to use the Baking Powder so that it can cause the rising action on its own.

Can I substitute Baking Powder in place of Baking Soda? YES
As already said the Baking Powder already has the Baking Soda in it, though lesser quantity then pure baking soda. Therefore you can use baking powder in place of baking soda but you would need more quantity of Baking Powder to achieve the equivalent results.

Can I substitute Baking Soda in place of Baking Powder? NO
Normally no - as already said you would need an acidic medium to cause the reaction with the Baking Soda. If you are making a cake and if you want to add baking soda in place of the baking powder, it will not work well as it will not have any acidic medium to react with. So the cake will not rise. Baking Soda ( 1/2 teaspoon) disolved in water in the morning and evening said to be of help for Gout. Here is a link where some users has given testimonials how the Baking Soda has helped them. Though I tried it on myself and I did not get any gout relief, the day I had the baking soda the next day my gout was worse. Name: Vinegar Information Popular Category:

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Some useful information about Vinegar (Sirka)


Vinegar is an amazing product which offers a wide ranging uses from the kitchen to the bathroom. Kill bacteria in meats. When vinegar is used in the marinade mixtures for the meat, it kills the bacteria present in the meat. Use it in Paste to avoid sticking Put a few drops of vinegar in pasta as it boils, the starch is cut. This makes the pasta less sticky. Cleaning of Fruit and Veges Rinse the fresh fruit and vegetables in it to kill germs.

Make Paneer ( Cottage Cheese) Use vinegar in the boiling milk to make Paneer. Cure an upset stomach. Drink two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup water to soothe an upset stomach. Relieve arthritis. Before each meal, drink a glass of water containing two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar. Give this folk remedy at least three weeks to start working. Relieve a sore throat. Put two teaspoons of Vinegar in your humidifier. Clean food-stained pots and pans. Fill the pots and pans with White Vinegar and let stand for thirty minutes. Then rinse in hot, soapy water. Prevent cracked hard-boiled eggs. Add two tablespoons of White Vinegar per quart of water before boiling to prevent the eggs from cracking. The egg shells will also peel off faster and easier. Use Vinegar to cook fluffy rice. Usea splash of vinegar when preparing rice. 1c rice, 2c water, a splash of vinegar. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer 20 minutes, uncover and fluff with a fork. The vinegar cuts the starch and the rice is not gummy. Remove Mould from Cheese Wipe cheese with a paper towel (or cloth) moistened with vinegar to remove mold. It works very well. Relieve a cough. Mix one-half cup Apple Cider Vinegar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon cayenne pepper, and four teaspoons honey. Take one tablespoon when cough acts up. Take another tablespoon at bedtime. Other uses outside your kitchen................ Dissolve warts. Mix one part Apple Cider Vinegar to one part glycerin into a lotion and apply daily to warts until they dissolve. Remove stubborn stains from furniture upholstery and clothes. Apply White Vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer's instructions. Grow beautiful azaleas. Occasionally water plants with a mixture of two tablespoons White Vinegar to one quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil. Kill unwanted grass. Pour White Vinegar in crevices and between bricks. Remove corns. Make a poultice of one crumbled piece of bread soaked in one-quarter cup Vinegar. Let poultice sit for one-half hour, then apply to the corn and tape in place overnight. If corn does not peel off by morning, reapply the poultice for several consecutive nights. Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum from a washing machine. Once a month pour one cup of White Vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes. Kill germs on bathroom fixtures. Use one part Vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the bathroom fixtures and floor, then wipe clean. Clean soap scum, mildew, and grime from bathtub, tile, and shower curtains. Simply wipe the surface with Vinegar and rinse with water.

Deodorize the air. Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room. Relieve itching. Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with Vinegar straight from the bottle. Clean lime deposits and calcium sludge from an automatic drip coffee maker. Once a month fill the reservoir with White Vinegar and run through the brew cycle. Rinse thoroughly with two cycles of cold water.

Soothe sunburn pain. Apply undiluted Vinegar to the burn.

Clean rust from tools, bolts, and spigots. Soak the rusted tool, bolt, or spigot in undiluted White Vinegar overnight. Prevent bright colored clothes from fading. Before putting the article in the washing machine, soak it in White Vinegar for ten minutes. Keep a garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh. Mix one cup of Vinegar in enough water to fill an ice cube tray, freeze the mixture, grind the cubes through the disposal, and flush with cold water. Clean a toilet bowl. Pour in one cup of White Vinegar, let it stand for five minutes, and flush. Clean dentures. Soak dentures overnight in White Vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush. Remove perspiration stains from clothes. Apply one part White Vinegar to four parts water, then rinse. Deodorize a room filled with cigarette smoke or paint fumes. Place a small bowl of White Vinegar in the room. Cure the hiccups. Mix one teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup of warm water, and drink. Eliminate odors from used jars. Rinse peanut butter and mayonnaise jars with White Vinegar. Condition dry hair. Shampoo, then rinse hair with a mixture of one cup Apple Cider Vinegar and two cups water. Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair, restores the acid mantel, and removes soap film and sebum oil. Clean mineral deposits from a steam iron. Fill the water tank with White Vinegar. Turn the iron to the steam setting and steam-iron a soft utility rag to clean the steam ports. Repeat the process with water, then thoroughly rinse out the inside of your iron. Remove light scorch marks from fabrics. Rub lightly with White Vinegar, then wipe with a clean cloth. Repel ants. Use a spray bottle or mister filled with a solution of equal parts Vinegar and water around door jambs, window sills, water pipes, and foundation cracks. Keep drains open. Pour one-half box of old baking soda down the drain followed by one cup White Vinegar. When the bubbling stops, run the hot water.

Prolong and brighten propane lanterns. Soak new wicks for several hours in White Vinegar and let them dry before inserting. Propane lanterns will burn longer and brighter on the same amount of fuel. Remove decals or bumper stickers. Soak a cloth in Vinegar and cover the decal or bumper sticker for several minutes until the vinegar soaks in. The decals and bumper stickers should peel off easily. Deodorize a wool sweater. Wash sweater, then rinse in equal parts Vinegar and water to remove odor. Prevent lint from clinging to clothes. Add one cup Vinegar to each wash load. Prevent ice from forming on a car windshield overnight. Coat the window with a solution of three parts White or Apple Cider Vinegar to one part water. Prolong the life of flowers in a vase. Add two tablespoons of White Vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugarper quart of warm water. Stems should be in three to four inches of water.

Clean windows. Use undiluted Vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth. Eliminate unpleasant cooking odors in the kitchen. Boil one tablespoon of White Vinegar with one cup of water. Remove wallpaper. Mix equal parts Vinegar and hot water. Use a paint roller to wet the paper thoroughly with the mixture. Repeat. Paper should peal off in sheets. Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet. Blot up urine, flush several times with lukewarm water, then apply a mixture of equal parts White Vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse, and let dry. Relieve a cold. Mix one-quarter cup Apple Cider Vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily. Deodorize a stale lunch box. Soak a paper napkin in Vinegar and leave it inside the closed lunch box overnight. Prevent soapy film on glassware. Place a cup of White Vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run though the full cycle. A cup of white vinegar run through the entire cycle once a month will also reduce soap scum on the inner workings. Unclog a shower head. Unscrew the shower head, remove the rubber washer, place the head in a pot filled with equal parts Vinegar and water, bring to a boil, then simmer for five minutes.

Retard patching plaster from drying. Add one tablespoon white vinegar to the water when mixing plaster to slow the drying time.

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