Refrigerating has become a part of the modern cooking life. It comes as a savior especially when one has prepared surplus food and can save it for the next time. Whether it’s the left over pizzas from the previous night party or the lasagna you made for breakfast, it always makes a welcome feeling of a hidden surprise in the fridge to munch on. However, one thing is important depending upon the type of food being refrigerated and whether it will last until your expected consuming time. Continue reading
Born Indian, if someone asks about my country, culture and food, the patriotic side comes out of me. Tess my friend happened to visit India last year around October. He was there for a month and visited the famous places of the country. India is not only famous for its culture, traditional and architectural monuments but for food as well. India being secular country, one can get a chance to taste wide range of cuisines. Tess was equally lucky to taste the most exotic foods from different parts of India. When Tess was describing his experience, it was surprising and simultaneously there was a thin line of proud feeling running through my veins. India is certainly a home for the best cuisines, but have you ever heard about these unusual foods of the country. Here is Sanjeet Singh Veen checklist of unusual foods of India, which I am sure going to exploit on my next trip.
People who believe Indian food is just about rice, veggies, fruits, meats will be shocked to see that the country has lot more to offer in its hot pot apart from the regular stuff.
Chaprah-Have you been to Chhattisgarh? Well you certainly know what this Chaprah means in that case. This is the most unusual cuisine of this place, which is made of red ants and their eggs. Interestingly, this also the most favorite dish of the people who would want to munch something different from very usual foods. Prepared by drying the red ants and mixing with different spices can be enjoyed with any meal of your choice.
Forbidden rice– Rice is usually white or brown, so what about black rice? Have you heard black rice turning to purple after it is cooked? If yes, then you must be aware of this unusual cuisine famous on the land of Manipur. Famously known as Magic Rice, is said to be having rich content of fiber and protein usually served in other parts of the country like Kerala and north Bengal.
Frog Legs – For many of us the name itself sounds very unusual and thinking about the cuisine is just not happening. Said to be having ample medicinal properties, the Lepchas a community of Sikkim use frog legs to prepare this recipe.
Eri Polu – If you do not want to try frog how about silkworm? Eri Polu is famous Food dishes of Assam that is prepared using silkworm pupa. After silk is extracted by boiling the cocoon, the left over is used in preparing the recipe.
When I was a child, my mother used to cook drumstick dal, which is still one of my favourite recipes. More than my mother, my grandmother was expert in making various recipes with drumstick leaves. Many of us do not know that drumstick leaves can be used to prepare tasty food items. The nutritional chat of the drumstick leaves include proteins, calcium, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamin. Moringa leaves are easily digested provided for cooking only tender leaf must be used. If you are using little older leaves than make sure to steam, cook or pressure cook before using it. Moringa leaves are one of the easily available and nutritious leafy vegetable.
Drumstick Leaves Dal – when I am talking about the best way to cook drumstick leaves; I have to include my favourite recipe on the list. This is the easiest way to cook Moringa leaves. For dal, you can use any dal of your choice (except for urad and chana). Clean the Moringa leaves and chop them. Cook your choice of dal with Moringa leaves. Once the dal is cooked add little japery or sugar and season with salt and pepper. For tampering, add cumin seeds, mustard, and red chilli. Mix dal nicely and finally add lemon juice or tamarind juice to give a tangy taste, which takes away the sour taste of the leaves.
Clear Soup – The healthiest way to have Moringa leaves is in the form of a soup. Boil some carrot, beans tomatoes, onion in water along with Moringa leaves. Add salt and pepper to the soup and serve it hot in a cold chill or a rainy weather.
Moringa Tea – A perfect tea with Moringa leaves for a perfect morning. You can use Moringa powder or leaves to prepare tea. These leaves can be used fresh to make tea and surprisingly the dried leaves have great nutritional value. Add a teaspoon of honey to improve the taste of the tea and serve it hot.
Scrambled Eggs – For me nothing is easier then preparing scrambled eggs for breakfast. This recipe can be combined with any vegetable to make it tastier. Try with Moringa leaves, you will not only love the taste but will also gain many health benefits.
Unlike the other leafy vegetables, Moringa leaves are not used for cooking in many countries, as people are not aware of its health benefits. Moringa leaves are rich in anti-oxidant properties, iron, vitamins, and minerals. Hence, make this amazing leaf part of your diet regime.