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3 Must-try Dishes from Kerala

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

India is a vast country, and the largest democracy in the world. Within this huge expanse of land, there are people who have many different religions, speak many different languages, and have completely different cultures. This diversity is also reflected in the food of India, and each region has its own type of cuisine and specialty dishes. Most of the Indian food that travels abroad is from the north and the Punjabi region in particular, but South Indian cuisine is on the rise in Indian restaurants in Australia and beyond. The southern state of Kerala has unique flavours that simply must be sampled. Here are three Keralan dishes that you have to try the next time you are in an Indian restaurant. Idli and sambar. The combination of idli and sambar is most commonly consumed at breakfast time, but truly, it can be consumed at any time of the day, either as a snack or a meal. Idli are fluffy, delicate pancakes made from a batter of fermented black lentils and rice. Although they look deceptively simple to make, to create some idli from scratch would take around ten hours, and so it is well worth letting the best Indian restaurant in town to do all the hard work for you. These spongey pancakes are then served with sambar, which is a thin and slightly spicy gravy served with vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, squash, and okra. Coconut is abundant in Kerala so a truly Keralan sambar will have coconut grated into it too. Fish molee. Kerala has a beautiful coastline, and so fish dishes are extremely popular in the region. The most popular of all, without a doubt, is fish molee. A robust, white fish is the ideal choice for this kind of curry, so that it stays together and doesn’t completely flake into the sauce when it is cooking. The fish simmers in a sauce that contains ingredients such as mustard seeds, turmeric, curry leaves, and green chilies. And again, because of the amount of coconuts in Kerala, coconut milk is used as the base of this particular gravy. Puttu and kadala. This is another popular breakfast dish, but something that can be enjoyed at any time. Puttu are cylinders made from steamed coconut and rice flour. The result is something that is pretty dense (ideal if you need to fill your stomach), and that takes on the flavours of other dishes very well when it is dipped into them. The most popular dish to go with puttu is kadala. Kadala is essentially a black lentil curry, which is flavoured with chillies, turmeric, coconut, curry leaves, and fresh...

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4 Tasty Chinese Meals Containing Fruit

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Depending on the region of China, a range of fruits is used in cooking. Some traditional fruits include peaches, lychees, longans, pineapples, bananas, coconuts, rambutans, apples, dates, pears apples, apricots, pears, and persimmons. So next time you frequent your favorite Chinese restaurant, why not choose a the meal that includes fruit? Not only will you enjoy great taste, but your body will love you for the vitamins and antioxidants present in most fruits. Here are 4 tasty meals to consider containing fruit, and the health benefits of each fruit. 1. Crispy Orange Beef In this tasty dish, a sauce is made from orange rind and ingredients such as garlic, pepper and oil. The fried thin stripped beef is then sauteed in this spicy concoction. Health benefits of orange peel: Orange peel is packed with flavanones, powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals. Orange peel also has compounds which have a histamine-suppressing function and so is helpful to allergy sufferers. 2. Pineapple Fried Rice Alternatively, try this rice treat in which pineapples are mixed with ingredients like ginger, garlic, onion, shrimp curry and soy sauce into a yummy concoction. Health benefits of pineapple: Pineapples contain bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme, which may be able to help with arthritis pain. Bromelain is also soothing to the stomach and so helps digestion. 3. Lychees Duck This dish combines slow roasted duck with plum sauce and lychees. Health benefits of lychees: Lychees are packed with vitamin C, the B-complex vitamins, and phytonutrient flavonoids which help protect the body from free radicals. Lychees also contain an ample amounts of potassium which helps with the heart and blood pressure. 4. Mango Sago Desert The main ingredients of this taste sensation are sago, either coconut or evaporated milk and mangos. Health benefits of mangos: Mango is a great source of vitamin A, which is good for your eyes. The fiber, pectin and vitamin C in mango help with cholesterol. It also said to alkalise the body due to a beneficial acid present. So choosing meals with fruit not only provides great taste, but all the benefits that fruit provides. Don’t forget to try some tea with your meal. Both black and green tea are full of antioxidants, and Oolong Tea is reputed to have multiple benefits including aiding digestion and promoting healthy hair. You can try these recipes at home, or visit a local Chinese restaurant like Sun Wah Restaurant & Function...

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3 Ancient Fast-foods To Consider In A Healthy Diet

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you ever considered that a good old pizza, perhaps a curry, or even a few chunky slices of rye bread could play a major part of a healthy, nutritionally rich, low fat diet? If you haven’t yet, it’s worth looking a little closer. The quest for the best nutritionally balanced foods has been on-going far longer than magazines and daily newspapers began promoting their latest health diets. New diets throw up both highly beneficial, and occasionally not such beneficial discoveries. However, when looking at human eating habits over the past few millennium, it would be fair to say the foods consumed then, and still today, are well and truly nutritionally tested. In the case of 3 common, cheap and perhaps unfashionable foods, each consumed for centuries or more, it’s easy to overlook their proven nutritional value in favour of eating something new, trendy and often more expensive. So, here’s a brief description of the 3 foods, and a few long established nutritional facts about them: 1. Rye bread This simple ancient food is a staple part of many European countries like Sweden, which lies 8th on the Life Expectancy List. Offering high-fibre and low-fat satisfaction, it also registers a low glycaemic index, therefore reducing rapid blood sugar spikes. Rye bread is a hearty and filling carbohydrate often overlooked for the less nutritious white wheat-based breads.  2. Pizza Many forms of this famous simple food exist for good reason.  It contains plenty of nutritional requirements, especially when made simply with wholegrain flour, tomato, olive oil and a protein-like tuna or mozzarella cheese. Italy, where it was made famous over a thousand years ago, lies 7th on the Life Expectancy List, and it’s no coincidence that pizza generally contains the staple ingredients used everyday throughout the entire country. Unfortunately, with oversized and high fat versions, this clever, all encompassing simple fast-food has become somewhat misunderstood. However, in its simplest form, it is without a doubt a complete, balanced and enjoyable meal to consume.  For more information, contact a business such as Caffe Belgiorno. 3. Dal with brown rice This cheap, low fat and highly nutritious food has been eaten for thousands of years  There are few foods which contain such a convincing array of benefits as dal. Couple those benefits with the addition of brown rice, and you have what’s known as a ‘complete protein’. In other words, combined, they contain all the essential amino acids humans require, which cannot be produced internally. Red lentils take around 15 minutes to cook, and when cumin, garlic and salt are added, they lose the bland image they’re often associated with.   These three traditional foods, are often not considered in health-style publications, yet they offer many of the nutrients humans require for a balanced and satisfying diet. In the increasingly analytic and complicated world of food, sometimes it pays off to look back at the simple foods and recipes which have existed so successfully for so long. Next time you eat, of course in moderate quantities, a simple traditional pizza, a lentil curry or a rye bread sandwich, it’s worth thinking about the good these often underrated ancient foods can do for you....

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Mobile Phone Etiquette In A Restaurant

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is the use of a mobile phone in a restaurant appropriate?  Each day adults and teens spend hours on mobiles socializing, keeping up to date with news, playing games and even working.  When the time comes to sit at a restaurant or cafĂ©, what are the social etiquette rules that need to be applied with respect to the use of mobile phones? Mobile Phone Etiquette Most people have no qualms placing a phone on the table when sitting for a coffee or meal with friends and family members. Sometimes the phone never gets touched, but when a call from mum comes through, should it be ignored?  When table discussion debates the scores of the latest football match should one refer to Google to get the facts? If the conversation is becoming rather dry and boring is Facebook the answer? It seems that executives in high-level boardrooms also break many of the social etiquette rules, albeit more discretely, holding their devices under the table in an effort to monitor emails and messages.  Many consider use of a mobile phone in a social setting inappropriate and a clear signal to a host that other people or things are more important. Mobile phone etiquette Etiquette advocates claim that mobile usage at the dining table demonstrates a lack of respect for others and results in a significant decline in face-to-face interaction. If an important call is scheduled to be received whilst with friends or colleagues, it’s polite to advise everyone straight up and limit phone use to that one call only.  When the incoming call does arrive, adjourn to a quiet area of the restaurant or outside.  In addition, if there is a need to be on-call for business reasons, switching a phone to silent and activating the vibration feature will ensure distractions are limited.  When friends call to catch up on the latest news or text messages are received asking what’s for dinner, these really should be ignored until the meal or coffee chat is over.  Activating voicemail will capture any missed calls and consider turning on the ‘do not disturb’ feature that is common on the iPhone and other devices.   So should a phone be kept out of sight at a restaurant?  Lines are definitely blurred on this point of discussion. There clearly are instances where staying in contact is essential and other times where it’s simply a matter of habit. Where possible, don’t bring a mobile phone out of a bag or pocket during a social gathering, particularly if it’s too tempting not to be looked at or played with. For more information and advice, contact a restaurant like Empire Grill to see what they recommend concerning mobile phone...

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