Rice Quotient

You are quite a brand person, love them and know them in and out. But did you know or did you ever think RICE could be of great influence in naming 2 major car brands…

Can you think of them?

Nope?

Ohkkk, so here’s an addition to your Rice Quotient.

Toyota and Honda are the 2 leading car majors we are talking about.

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TOYOTA means “Bountiful Rice Field”

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HONDA means “Main Rice Field”

So now you know, not just you and me and households believe in rice to shower prosperity, but even big names do.

So keep cooking this auspicious gain and stay prosperous 🙂

Cooking Instructions To Save Gas

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Yes! You are really concerned about your LPG consumption. Be it financial or environmental, the concern is genuine. Reduce wastage while maintaining efficiency is the only solution left to you in order to go hand in hand with an LPG living.

With a little bit of planning and a pinch of patience, you can sprout miracles upon your monthly budget, even if you are zero-bothered of, say, thermodynamics.

The most efficient way is to actually reduce the amount of gas you use as well as waste.
So, before turn the burner on, make sure that all the ingredients for the cooking are ready at hand. Clean and wipe the pan well before putting it atop the burner. Try to use shiner-surfaced pans rather than dull black ones. These preparations would save a lot of unnecessary wastage of LPG.
Even though health specialists advocate for clay utensils, to save fuel it is better to go metal as they are good conductors and hence require less amount of heat energy.

Choose your pan size so as not to let the flame extend beyond the pan, to avoid wastage of heat to outside the pan. Keep the lids closed to cook the stuff by the pressure formed inside due to heating. Trap the evolved steam inside. Often, a pressure cooker will save you in this matter.Add only the required amount of water and never a drop plus. It may steal your gas and time, if not.

Once the boiling point of the liquid is reached, lower the flame, as it is impossible to heat beyond 100 degree Celsius which is already there inside. So just maintain the same temperature keeping a small flame, to cook naturally. Remember, smaller the flame, lesser the gas burned.

For vegetables, overcooking will have its bad effect of evaporating the needed nutrients. For leafy green, it requires zero cooking. Just spread it on the hot food stuff.
Cook in large quantity at a single stretch. Then you need only a toast or a microwave oven which are regulators of your LPG consumption. Thaw frozen foods completely before cooking. Likewise, keep your cooked food stuff in thermo containers to avoid re-heating.

Check for gas leaks. Make sure that the flame is colorless or blue. Yellow flame is the indicator of incomplete burning. Call the technician in time to avoid further loss of gas.

So, do not compromise your cuisine at a shortage of LPG.

Snack an Uttapam with tea this evening.

For those who love to snack healthy, light and different each day, here’s the recipe of uttapam.
So you can swap your pakodas with it for your evening tea as you enjoy the rains.

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 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 3 cups raw rice
  • 1 spoon minced ginger
  • 3 small onions (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2-3 chopped green chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil

Method:

  • Wash urad dal and rice separately
  • Soak in water for 3 hours in two separate bowls
  • Blend them separately to smooth pastes using some water
  • Mix them and add salt
  • Keep it for the whole night
  • Mix the batter well next morning till it is sufficiently thick
  • Mix the green chillies, onion, coriander leaves, ginger in a bowl
  • Heat a flat griddle/ non stick tawa and rub some oil on it
  • Pour sme batter on it with a ladle and spread it to thick circle
  • Cook it on the other side
  • Sprinkle some onion mixture on the top side and overturn the uttapam
  • Cook in the same way on the other side

Do try this recipe and send us your feedback on how you liked it or how you improvised it.

The story of Chopsticks and their coming into being…

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You read in our earlier posts eating rice with chopsticks the usage and technique to handle this most used and popular cutlery of China.

But have you any clue about how and why were chopsticks introduced?

Well these chopsticks have been around for over 5000 years, an invention that was made to have food without burning hands, as the food was cooked in small pots and boiling water. Also firewood being scarce in ancient China, quick and low energy cooking was what housewives then emphasized and ensured the ingredients were as small as possible. To remove the cooked food in these pots required twigs and while using them, the early Chinese men learned to pinch food out of the pot easily without burning their hands. Over the time these twigs gradually turned into chopsticks.

The Chinese cooking then and now still has finely chopped food chunks, these bite-sized morsels were suitable to be picked by chopsticks rather than use of knife or fork. Also, the famous Chinese thinker, Confucius, discouraged the use sharp and pointed tools like fork and knife on the dinner table. Because these sharp tools has connotations of violence and warfare, neither of which had a place on the dinner table as meals should had when one is relaxed, happy, peace full and in good mood. And this ensured that the food was diced into eatable bite-sized pieces, making knives unnecessary. Aftre chine it is believed that Chopsticks became famous in neighboring countries as well, such as, Japan, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam.

The use of chopsticks is also considered to reflect the Chinese pragmatism and frugality in overcoming the difficulties of life. Since famines and droughts were common in ancient china and the food was required to be shared amongst the family, thus chopsticks enabled sharing and avoiding inconsiderate and selfish behaviors.

Independence Day Rice Recipe

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Let the sentiment of this national day show its colours in your rice recipe. So here’s how you can cook your bowl of Tiranga Rice.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups basmati rice

Ghee

Salt (to taste)

1 ½ tsp cumin seeds

 

For green colour:

1 cup coriander leaves

½ cup mint leaves

3 green chilies

150 gm peas

50 gm French beans

 

For red colour:

½ cup tomato sauce

½ tsp chili sauce

1 chopped tomato

 

Method:

  • Wash chopped beans. Boil the peas and beans.
  • Wash and soak the rice for half an hour.
  • Boil the rice in a pot.
  • Divide the cooked rice into three parts.
  • To one part of rice green paste, salt, boiled vegetables. Melt ghee in a pot, add this green rice and stir to mix it well. Keep aside.
  • To the second part of the rice mix tomato sauce, tomato pieces, chili sauce and salt. Melt ghee in a pot and add this red rice. Stir to mix well. Remove and keep aside
  • In the third part of the rice add salt, stir & remove. Melt ghee in a pot, add cumin seeds and rice. Stir and remove.
  • Take a round pot. First, spread orange rice, then white rice and lastly green rice.
  • Press to settle and take the shape of the bowl.
  • Transfer the rice in a plate, remove the round pot.

 

And here is your ‘tiranga’ rice a perfect meal for your independence day holiday and celebrations.

Eating rice with chopsticks

Have you been bewildered at how to use chopsticks when eating rice? Yes, we’ve noticed the same look on the face of many…

So here’s the technique to hold up and balance some rice with these sticks, do practice it before you dine with your next Chinese delegation.

“Eating rice with chopsticks needs Technique, Practice and Luck.”

No it isn’t a Chinese proverb, we just cooked it up. But yes, good luck for trying and mastering this culinary skill of eating and handling this skillful piece of cutlery.  

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Rose & Rice Kheer

A desert with a rosy twist for your special guests.

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Ingredients:

Milk- ½ litre

Condensed Milk- 1 cup

Basmati Rice- 3 tbsp

Rose Petals- 2 flowers

Rose Syrup- 3 tbsp

 

 

Method:

Wash rice and boil in water

To a separate container of milk, add boiled rice

Allow the milk with rice to boil

Add rose petals

Add condensed milk to it and mix well

Let the it cool

Add rose syrup

 

Garnish it with rose petals and nuts (optional)

And you delicacy is ready to serve.

Eating Manners (I)

There are a whole lot of table and eating manners. But to begin with, here are a few basic ones that you must start from today itself. You’ve been taught these from childhood but ignored them. Some were not sure or did not know them. And those who thought it was okay not to inculcate them, let us confirm you that it really looks and sounds awkward to dine with someone not practicing it. So begin now, right from the next meal you have and watch yourself on your own.

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  • Always say thank you when you are served.
  • Never take too much food in your plate or mouth.
  • Never talk with food in your mouth.
  • Don’t pick food out of your teeth with your finger.
  • Slurping and eating noisily is impolite
  • Burping tool loudly and without asking excuse is unappreciative.
  • Chew with your mouth closed. No one wants to see or hear the food being chewed.
  • Always chew and swallow the food in your mouth before taking a drink.
  • Before the next morsel or bite, chew and swallow all the food already in your mouth.

Implement these basic mannerisms until we bring you the next edition of eating manners and dining etiquettes.