Monday, February 28, 2011

Curried Liver---Liver Masala

Most curries are very similar. Every region has a base that is known to them. Something is added in addition to the bases (or removed) to create the distinct flavour of that particular dish. In indian cooking, there are different types of bases or masalas some with tomatoes, some without, some with curry leaves, some with whole spices or garam masala some with yogurt. Most Thai curries have a base of coconut milk etc. As for bengali dishes, the basic curry masala consists of onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli and (if its meat of any kind) cumin and coriander.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cocoa Butter---The Secret of the Amazon

Cocoa butter has long since been my favourite body moisturizer. It is so rich and creamy and conditions skin so well that it stays smooth all day. Creams and lotions containing cocoa butter are really nourishing, but I find the actual concentrated formula much more effective in treating stretch marks, discolourations and dryness without any added synthetic ingredients.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Martha Stewart's Ultimate Chocolate Cake---A Chocoholic's Dream

Physical health problems due to stress are very common. Any present disease in the human body gets aggravated up to 10 times when stress is allowed control. Many diseases not present come to be because stress is not managed well. Some might say what's the big deal? Why do people stress so much? But the truth of the matter is that stress is a part of life and if anyone said that they never stressed over anything, they would be downright lying! The key to a mentally and physically healthy life is managing stress and channeling the energy it takes to go crazy into something productive or comforting.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chicken Parmesan

If you were to ask me what my favourite food was, I, like many other people would not know the answer.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Turmeric---An Endless List of Reasons to use More Often

Turmeric is an ingredient that is a MUST HAVE in indian or desi cooking. It is also used in several other types of cuisines in measured amounts. It is a root that belongs to the ginger family and can be used fresh or as a powder where it is boiled, dried in a clay oven and ground up.


God has created nature and the elements therefrom to be of a benefit to us living beings. Furthermore, us living beings have been created to give benefit to each other. Take the simple example of the flowers and the bees. As we all know, the bees pollinate the flowers inducing integration of the genetic material of two separate flowers to create a totally different offspring without even knowing it, all while trying to enjoy the flower's nectar to bring home to produce honey which becomes the source of food for many beings. As we must all be aware, everything in the biosphere is interconnected and interdependent.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cauliflower and Potato Curry---Aloo Kopir Dalna

This simple and homely recipe is known for its comforting feel and aroma. I think this is the first dish I have ever cooked. When I was 12 or so, there was a day that my mother was really sick and there was nothing to eat, so I looked in the fridge, found these ingredients and with a little bit of assistance, cooked it, to everyone's amazement! So that is your proof of how simple it is. If a 12-year-old can make it, no doubt you can too!