Thursday, September 30, 2010

Power of Turmeric

Turmeric, Vermillon, Haldi, Manjal in Tamil, Pasupu in Telugu -- Many names with many faces.

This post is all about Turmeric. I am going to share my good old memories with Turmeric, with some facts.

Last week, when we were shopping in a Homeopathic shop for my Mother in-law, we found this Nutrition magazine. This magazine is all about Natural ingredients and its medicinal value. While we are glancing the book, we came across an article about Turmeric. Later that day, me and my Mother in-law  had a very good discussions about the turmeric.

Do you know a fact, it is called as South Indian Saffron. Erode in Tamil Nadu is the world's largest producer of Turmeric.

Turmeric - we use in our daily life in wide variety of way.
Cooking, always comes first in every bodies mind. We always add few pinch in our daily cooking.
Next comes our rituals. Vermillon plays a vital role in our Hindu Religion.
In early days when we were kids, my mom ask us to write the monthly grocery list and always first thing we write is 'மஞ்சள்' (Manjal). We can see in all houses that people will apply Turmeric in the main door to welcome, the Goddess, Lakshmi. Turmeric is equally treated as a most sacred ingredient . In all Poojas, Wedding or any function its important we have Turmeric.

Another form of turmeric, where we come often is cosmetics. It is mainly used in soaps, face creams, etc. High five to 'Vicco turmeric' girls, I also one among those. When me and my sister were kids, all Fridays we apply Turmeric + coconut oil all over our skin. My mom always say that it will heal all the skin diseases and gives shine to our skin. Later days, we stopped doing that, its a different story :)) Ha, ha, ha...

These are the forms which we know mainly about Turmeric. But the main form of turmeric is as a Medicine. It is an anti bacterial agent. It got a healing power to heal almost all major disease. Digestive problems, Liver disease, Arthritis, Brain and Mood benefits, Cancer, specially Breast cancer.
'Curcumin' is an antioxidant found in turmeric. This is main ingredient in all the medicine which helps to cure the above diseases.
To know more about turmeric, pls check in below sites :
-- Turmeric India
-- Pure Skin by Maggie
-- Turmeric for cancer

Every mother will give masala milk - A cup of milk with a pinch of pepper and a pinch of Haldi powder, when we cough badly. We will feel a nice soothing effect after drinking the warm milk.

Last but not least it is used as colouring agent, Natural dye. Hey, its my subject, I can't leave this :))
Moral of the story -- Prevention is better than cure.
Why to gulp medicines when we have immediate solution in our hand. Include turmeric in the food and daily life and get rid of all disease in initial stage.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pineapple Upside down Cake

I baked this delicious looking and tasting Pineapple upside down cake yesterday. Doesn't this look pretty !

You all might be wondering where this girl vanished suddenly. She has been cooking and baking so many dishes and giving sweet surprises to her in-laws. What to say friends, my in-laws shortened their stay here and flew back home last Monday :(

I am having so many new informative things and recipes to share with , but since the time they left the home seems so empty and dull without all the constant buzz . Absolutely no cooking for first 3 days and survived with frozen rotis. Slowly I recovered and started seeing my routines in Food network shows. In one of the show I saw a similar cake using corn meal, so wanted try it. Same day I bought cherries and pineapples.

I will always take a month to try a recipe after book marking it , luckily this time I tried Pineapple upside down cake within two days. Found this wonderful recipe from " Cooked Dil Se..." by Siddhi. This is again a recipe where I faced couple of challenges.
First thing in the morning found my oven door broken and thanks to my apartment guys, for fixing it quickly. The original recipe has a stick of butter. Oops, I forgot to buy it.  Want to know what I did, tadaan, replaced it with 1/3 cup of vegetable oil.  Also added lots of walnuts and Raisin for more taste.

That's it poured my cake batter on top of  pineapple and cherries and baked it for 40 minutes in 300 F. Once baked cooled the cake in the pan for some minutes then turned the cake. I can't believe myself, at last I baked pineapple upside down cake... Huh huh can't wait to share with you all...


If you want to give it a try, you can always find the recipe here. Enjoy !!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dates Bread

Another bread in series. I bookmarked this recipe long back and tried this few days before. Wonderful healthy recipe.

I am a chocoholic, used to have a packet of chocolate in the fridge. Some months ago, I replaced them with  dates. More concern about my health, wanted to stay healthy, so only... I was eating regularly, after few days I stopped it, since it was too sweet.

Since we didn't eat, the whole 2 lb box was kept untouched. Long long ago, I found this recipe in "Parita's World" and bookmarked it and waited for a loaf pan. Last month, when I was shopping with my in-laws , I was telling the same above story and they bought me the loaf pan.
From that day, it has been raining breads in my kitchen.