July 31, 2010

Banana Doc

BANANA
Subject: FW: Bananas - Never put your banana in the refrigerator!!!

This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.  Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.  But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.  It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.  
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
 PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.  
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood  pressure and stroke. 
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
 Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
 Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
 Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
 Morning Sickness:  Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
 Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazing successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found  pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

 Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
 Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
 Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it
to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"  
 PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. < Amazing fruit!  >


Note: I received this mail to my email which I liked sharing with all.

Egg Chat

Ingredients:
Boiled eggs - 6 no.s
Onion - 1
Green chillies - 3
chilli powder - 1tsp
chat masala - 1tsp
tomato ketchup - 1/2cup
coriander leaves 
salt to taste
sweet and sour sauce - 2 tbsp


Method:


  • Finely chop onions, chillies and coriander leaves
  • To make sweet and sour sauce boil 1tbsp tamarind and 1 tsp jaggery with little water then sieve it.
  • cut boiled eggs into four halves
  • Mix all ingredients gently and serve.

ఎగ్ చాట్ 
 కావలిసిన వస్తువులు:
ఉడికించిన గుడ్లు - 6
ఉల్లిపాయ - 1
పచ్చి మిర్చి - 3
కారం - 1 tsp 
చాట్ మాసాల - 1 tsp 
టమాటో కెచప్ - 1/2 కప్ 
కొత్తిమీర - కొద్దిగా 
ఉప్పు 
స్వీట్ అండ్ సోర్ సాస్ - 2 tbsp

తయారీ:
  • ఉల్లిపాయ, మిర్చి, కొత్తిమీర సన్నగా తరిగి పెట్టుకోవాలి. 
  • సాస్ కొరకు చింతపండు జ్యూస్ 1 tbsp, బెల్లం - 1 tsp, కొద్దిగా నీళ్లు కలిపి ఉడికించి వడ కట్టుకోవాలి. 
  • గుడ్డు నాలుగు ముక్కలుగా కోసుకోవాలి. 
  • ఒక గిన్నిలో గుడ్డు ముక్కలు మరియు మిగిలిన వస్తువులు అన్ని వేసి జాగ్రత్తగా కలిపి సర్వ్ చేసుకోవాలి. 

Indian Burger

Ingredients:
Burger bun - 2- 3
cooked rajma - 1cup
Potatoes - 2 boiled
Jeera powder - 1tbsp
red chilli powder - 1tsp
salt to taste
Besan - 3-4tbsp
oil for frying
coconut chutney - 4tbsp
Date and gur chutney - 4tbsp


Method:

  • peel and mash the potatoes
  • mash into rajma and mix the masalas.
  • divide into portions and shaped into tikkas, a little smaller than the size of the burger buns.
  • Add water to the besan to make batter.
  • Heat oil, dip tikkas into besan batter and deep fry till golden brown.   
To assemble the burger:
  • Cut the burger bun into 2 halves
  • On one half spread coconut chutney and place the rajma tikki. Spread the date chutney on the other half of the burger and cover the tikki with this to form atasty burger
  • serve with mint green chutney.




Dahi Vada ( Perugu Garelu or Avadalu)

Ingredients:
Vadas - 12 no.'s
curd - 1/2 ltr
Milk - 1/2ltr
onion - 2no.
green chillies - 4
salt to taste
For seasoning: oil - 2 tsp, Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp, curry leaves


Method: 

  • Prepare vada's as mentioned in the earlier post.
  • Soak vadas in warm milk for 5 mts.
  • To the curd add finely chopped onion, chillies, salt , warm milk and soaked vadas. 
  • Add the seasoning and keep it aside for at least 3 to 4 hours till milk set to curd.
  • Serve gently without breaking vadas 

Vada (Garelu)

Ingredients:
Urad dal - 2 cups
green chillies - 6-7 
ginger - small piece
salt to taste
oil for deep fry


Method:


  • soak the urad dal for 4 hours. 
  • Drain well and grind dal and other ingredients to a fine paste without using water.
  • Heat oil in a kadai.
  • Wet hands with buttermilk or water and take a handful of batter.
  • shape into vada with a hole in the middle and gently drop in oil.
  • fry till it is golden brown.
  • Serve hot with sambar and ginger chutney or coconut chutney.
  • Note: We may add finely chopped cabbage or onion or coriander or thotakura to the batter. It will enhance the taste.

Poha Cutlets

Ingredients:


Poha - 1cup
Nutri granules - 1/2cup
Onion - 1 no.
Maida - 2 tbsp
Grated Paneer - 2 tbsp
Garlic, ginger & chilli paste - 1tbsp
Potatoes - 2 no.'s
chilli powder - 1/2tsp
coriander powder - 1tsp
salt to taste
oil for deep fry


 Method:


  • Boil and mash the potatoes
  • Soak soya granules in hot water for 5 minutes then strain the water.
  • Finely chop onion
  • Mix poha and other ingredients using very little water if needed
  • Mix well and make cutlets.
  • Heat oil and fry the cutlets to golden brown
  • Serve hot with tomato ketchup        

July 29, 2010

Mixed Dal Vada

Ingredients:
Urad Dal - 1 cup
Moong Dal - 1 cup
Chenna Dal  - 1 cup
Green Chillies - 8 no.'s
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Onions - 2 no.s
Coriander leaves
salt to taste
oil to deep fry

Method:

  • Soak the dals overnight and grind them by using very little water like vada paste.
  • Add  green chilli, cumin seeds, salt paste to the batter.
  • Cut onions, coriander into fine pieces and add to the batter.
  • Heat the oil
  • Prepare vada's with batter and deep fry till golden brown.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or ketchup

Bottle Gourd Chutney


Ingredients:
Bottle Gourd - 1/4th piece or 250 gms
Tomatoes  - 4 no.'s
Green Chilli - 8 to 10
Tamarind juice - 1tbsp
turmeric - 1/4tsp
oil - 1tbsp
garlic cloves - 4
jeera - 1 tsp
salt to taste


Method:


  • Wash and cut tomatoes, bottle gourd and chillies into pieces. 
  • Bottle gourd peels also cut and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil and fry green chillies, tomatoes and bottlegourd peels.
  • Boil bottlegourd pieces till tender.
  • Cool and grind all the ingredients to make chutney.

Names of Indian Spices & Lentils in English & Telugu

Sl.No
English
Telugu
1
Green Ginger
Allam(అల్లం)
2
Garlic
Velluli (వెల్లులి)
3
Mustard seeds
Aavalu (ఆవాలు)
4
Cumin Seeds
Cumin Seeds (జీలకర్ర) 
5
Poppy Seeds
Gasagasalu (గసగసాలు)
6
Black Pepper
Miriyalu (మిరియాలు) 
7
Camphor
Karpuram  (కర్పూరం)

8
Turmeric
Turmeric (పసుపు)
9
Saffron
Kumkum puvvu (కుంకుం పువ్వు)
10
Cardamom
Yelakulu (ఏలకులు) 
11
Ajowan
Vamu (వాము)
12
Assafoetida
Enguva  (ఇంగువ)
13
Star Anise
Anasa Puvvu (అనాస పువ్వు) 
14
Chebulic Myrobalan
Karakkaya (కరక్కాయ)
15
Curry Leaf
karivepaku (కరివేపాకు)
16
Bay leaf
Biryani aku (బిర్యాని ఆకు)
17
Fenugreek Seeds
Menthulu (మెంతులు)
18
Coriander Seeds
Dhaniyalu (ధనియాలు)
19
Copra
Kobbari  (కొబ్బరి)
20
Coconut
Kobbari kaya (కొబ్బరి కాయ)
21
Tamarind
Chintapandu (చింతపండు)
22
Sugar
Panchadara (పంచదార)
23
Nutmeg
Jajikaya (జాజికాయ)
24
Mace
Japatri (జాపత్రి)
25
Fennel
Sompu (సోంపు)

26
Betal Leaves
Tamalapakulu (తమలపాకులు)
27
Honey
Theney (తేనీ)
28
Long Pepper
Toka Miriyalu (తొక మిరియాలు )
29
Cinnamon
Dalchina chekka (దాల్చిన చెక్క)
30
Gingely Seeds
Nuvvulu (నువ్వులు)
31
Ghee
Neyyi (నెయ్యి) 
32
Mint
Pudina (పుదినా)
32
Almond
Badam (బాదాం)
33
Cashew nuts
Jeedi pappu (జీడి పప్పు)
34
Jaggery
Bellam (బెల్లం)
35
Wailong
Marati mogga (మరాటి మొగ్గ)
36
Mango Ginger
Mamidi Allam (మామిడి అల్లం)
37
Dry Chilli
Endu mirapakaya  (ఎండు మిరపకాయలు) 
38
Clove
Lavagam (లవంగం)
39
Peanut, Ground Nut
Veru senaga (వేరు సెనగ)
40
Sago
Saggubiyyam (సగ్గుబియ్యం)
41
Dried Ginger
Sonti (సొంటి)
42
Betal Nut
Vakka (వక్క)
43
Aniseeds
Sompu ginjalu (సోంపు గింజలు)
44
Shaw jeera
Shajeera (షాజీర)
45
Vermicelli
Semya (సేమ్య)
46
Urad Dal, Black Dal
Minapa pappu (మినప పప్పు)
46
Moong Dal
Pesara Pappu (పెసర పప్పు)
47
Rice
Biyyam (బియ్యం)
48
Red Gram, Tur Dal
Kandi pappu (కంది పప్పు)
49
Flattend Rice
Atukulu (అటుకులు)
50
Puffed Rice
Maramaralu, Borugulu (మరమరాలు, బొరుగులు)
51
Papad
Appadam (అప్పడం)
52
Horse Gram
Vulavalu (ఉలవలు)
53
Wheat
Godumalu (గోదుమలు)
54
Millet
Jonnalu (జొన్నలు)
55
Maize
Mokka Jonna (మొక్క జొన్న)
56
Channa Dal
Senaga Pappu (సెనగ పప్పు)
57
Roasted Channa Dal
Putnala Pappu (పుట్నాల పప్పు)
58
Alum
Patika (పటిక)
59
Gall nut
Machikaya (మాచికాయ) 
60
Linseed
Avesa Ginjalu (అవెస గింజలు)
61
Soap Nut
Kunkudu Kayalu (కుంకుడు కాయలు)
62
Sandal
Chandanam (చందనం)
63
Basil
Tulasi (తులసి)
64
Candy Sugar
Patika Bellam (పటిక బెల్లం)






65
Sour Mango Powder
Amchoor (అమ్చూర్)
66
Gooseberry
Usiri Kaya (ఉసిరి కాయ)
67
Black Cardamom
Nalla elakulu  ( నల్ల ఏలకులు)
68
Chironji
Sara Pappu (సార పప్పు)
69
Black Salt
Nalla Vuppu (నల్ల ఉప్పు)
70
Kalonji
Nalla  jeelakarra, Onion seeds (నల్ల జీలకర్ర, ఉల్లి విత్తనాలు)
71
Gum
Jiguru (జిగురు) 
72
Citric Acid
Nimma Vuppu (నిమ్మ ఉప్పు)
73
Crystal Salt
Kallu Vuppu (కళ్ళు ఉప్పు)
74
Salt
Vuppu (ఉప్పు)

 Note: Pictures of the above spices are collected from different web sites through google search

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Ingredients: Wheat flour - 2 cups Ghee - 1/2 cup Sugar/ jaggery - 1 cup Dry fruits - 1 cup Cardamom powder - 1 tsp Ghee for frying ...