Category Archives: India

Hard working women of the North-east, India

Whether it is fishing, or selling vegetables and fruits, or planting rice (a back-breaking task), I have seen the women in the North-Eastern part of India do it all….and very efficiently……


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Raw turmeric and black pepper milk

 Raw turmeric is much more beneficial as compared to the powdered/ ground form …regarding the anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-ageing and cardio-protective properties attributed to turmeric. The raw turmeric is used by boiling in water, with milk, in salads, or simply added to any dish. The ingredient Curcumin is thought to be largely destroyed in processing the raw turmeric to its powdered form. Raw turmeric is a beautiful orange-gold colour and I do love the flavour and colour it adds to any food. Here is how we use it optimally in milk. Take 250 ml of milk, 1 inch of freshly grated raw turmeric and 2 crushed peppercorns. Add all to a pot and boil for 3 minutes. Remove, strain and enjoy the taste and health…most of the health benefits of turmeric are due to Curcumin, which is available only in the raw form….black pepper enhances the absorption of Curcumin….


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The ‘Good Fats’ for health and weight loss!!!

At the end of a meal in winters, we eat a little boiled rice….after pouring some hot ghee and jaggery on it…..the tastiest, yummiest, healthiest dessert ever!!! Here is why it is good, despite being fat-laden…Ghee has

  •  Saturated, stable fats
  • Vitamin A (fat-soluble, availability is more in ghee than milk and carrots!)
  • Conjugated Linolenic acid (CLA) which prevents certain tumours
  • Vitamin K2—Calcium uptake is increased in your bones
  • Butyric acid…inhibits breast cancer growth and soothes the intestine
  • SATIATION—-WEIGHT LOSS OCCURS

Jaggery has:

  • Iron and Folate
  • Rich in K
  • Complex carbohydrate-energy over more time
  • Magnesium–good for the intestines etc.
  • Potential for weight loss–rich K, etc contribute to this

 

 


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The Holiday Breakfast

Breakfast is the one meal that can be calorie-laden ( that’s my excuse!!). The family had black chickpeas, patato curry,  puris and halwa.. followed by turmeric milk…yup, going trekking..


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Mizo cigarettes-N-E India

Some people in the N-E parts of India smoke hand-rolled cigarettes, which are popularly known as ‘Mizo Cigarettes”. It is postulated that they originated in the state of Mizoram. They are supposed to contain tobacco……while some swear that they are safer than the commercially available cigarettes, others say they are more harmful, as they are more potent and may contain certain hallucinogenic agents….


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Ethiopian eggplant -in N-E India

The Ethiopian eggplant grows in India and Africa. It is a vibrant red colour..the people in N-E India eat it raw as well as cooked…it is rich in carotene and fibre…..what more could one want? this plant has the looks and taste that makes you want to eat it again…and again…..it is called a mock tomato as it looks like a cross between a tomato and eggplant….

 


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Brown rice versus white rice

Brown rice has the outermost hull removed, while white rice has the bran and germ layers removed in addition to the hull. In removing additional layers, the white or polished rice loses some Vitamin B complex vitamins, magnesium, fatty acids and dietary fibre. It is obvious that brown rice is superior to white rice in nutritional value and causes a slower and reduced rise in blood sugar after consumption. The brown rice should be germinated before cooking ( soaked for about 6 hours) before cooking for the healthiest results. The North-eastern part of India produces some of the best brown rice, which tastes as good as white rice!!! try it….


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The eye of the Near-Threatened Great Hornbill

The Great Hornbill is a near-threatened species….once you have seen a Great Hornbill, only then can you really appreciate the true magnificence and beauty of this bird…..they are playful, will eat fruits off your hand, approach you…..they sing while looking you in the eye,…I have seen 12 of them…..I was a special experience to see the eye of this Hornbill close-up…the iris and pupil  of this bird were a soft brown, the eyes had a depth which is unfathomable…..

 


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Extinct in the wild….Brugmansia thrives in N-E India

Brugmansia is supposed to be EW-Extinct in the wild…..in the north-eastern parts of India, it thrives in the wild!!! The white colour is the most common, though the pink and yellow varieties are more beautiful and fragrant….


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Mr Puppy Dog

Mr Puppy Dog gives us some of the best moments in our lives… when he alternately attacks and caresses Mr Water Monster, when he catches a ball in mid-air, when he gallops, when he snuggles…. every moment is treasured… here is a tiny glimpse into our interaction…. 


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