Adapted from the Trini hot pepper sauce, which was more important than the salt and pepper for every dinner function that we did , when in trinidad, this sauce has the potential to blow the top of your mouth off.
the english name for this sauce has been inspired because of the fiery heat of this sauce, which im sure when you taste for the first time , is like one step close to suicide.
For the hindi name , i must owe homage to my good friend Christopher Francis, De bloody bugger from Bandra..that and the fact that there was a silly sounding sona chandi chywanprash at some point in the indian market. we transmogrified the name to maa bahen chywanprash and from there onwards, a few years later, when i was struck by a bizzarre idea to call it by this name.
there is no fixed recipe really, because every time in the name of creative spirit, or inspired genius.. i make new version. so far i have not decide to market the product for commercial gain,but instead give away free samples to friends.
So having talked too much already we now goto the recipe.
Chillies green / red or mix of above.
Blend all of the above in a blender till smooth. Refrigerate and use as dipping sauce, spread, to add heat, bute zest..life to all things which are duller..
Please wash hands after making and before visiting the toilet or rubbing your eyes.
Too much will cause acidity/ heartburn/ reflux..and the need to call the fire service the next morning.
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now for mr richard doolan, who was whinign about not enough, new posts on food and cooking, heres somethign which i made the day before .
chick peas dry- soak overnight with a pinch of baking soda- 200 gms
fresh prsley- few sprigs
fresh peeled garlic cloves – 4 nos.
lemon juce- from 1 lemon
salt – to taste
white onion peeled- 1 no
sesame seeds- about 2 tsp/10 gms
now drain the chickpeas, and grind to a semi smooth paste, without any water, but with the onion, parsley, and the garlic. trust me, thats enough liquid to get it all smooth. add in the lemon juice, the sesame seeds and season with salt.
form into about 20 gm patties and deep fry till browned and cooekd through.
serve with tahina sauce (tahina thinned down with some natural yoghurt ).
good as a snack or in a bun as vege filling.
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for the uninitiated this is the south indian version of a crepe which is bloody delicious.its made from a fermented batter comprising rice and split and de husked black lentils, which have an off white centre which is called urad dal in Hindi.it was a long standing thing, for me to have made some for my freind Gerad Mouille who was owner /operator of La bastille, one of my favourite french restaurants in Trinidad, so this one is for M.Mouille.Good with some nice Riseling /
now the method.
- 1 part by volume of urad dal
- 3 to 4 parts by volume of cheapest rice. since you are going to be grinding it to a paste, you dont need specifically some extra speacial one.
- 1-2 gms of fenugreek seeds-called methi in Hindi.
- 15-20 gms of split peas/chana dal
- Salt and sugar to taste
Soak every thing together , execpt the seasoning ingredients for about half an hour. gridnd to a coarse paste, add salt and sugar and leave overnight to ferment and rise naturally.
How to cook them is another thing altogether and needs much practise. the idea is to spread the batter thin over a cast iron/ cast aluminium griddle plate called a tawa and cook it on one side only really. there are many important factors, the batter should be the right consistency , the griddle plate the right temperature.and should start to separate from the griddle really before you sprinkle a few drops of oil or butter or ghee and can be eaten with coconut chutney or tomato chutney or sambar , which are a few different lessons altogether.
For practical lessons pls contact me !!
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- eggs -2 nos
- sugar- 220 gms
- flour- 110 gms
- dark cocoa pdr-120 gms
- baking pdr-10 gms
- vanilla essence – little
- milk- 160 ml
- butter -150 gms
- chocolate chips – optional, and depends on you really!!!- but abt 100 gms is good.
- sieve together the flour, cocoa, and baking pdr.
- cream butter and sugar till light , fluffy and creamy.add eggs till they are incorporated.
- add the milk, and stir in the flour.
- put in greased cupcake moulds, and bake at 190 C, 375 F, for 15-18 mins till they are done.
- eat slightly warm with a nice vanilla ice cream.
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tough to say i have used victorinox, henckels, global, nogent, sabatier diamant, even fiskars in the early days.
best one i found for all purpose , cutting and stuff was the small victorinox paring knife.
for bigger tasks prefered using either the sabatier or the henckels.
love to use the chinese cleaver as well, very good for all kinds of things.
good to have is a knife storage roll, or suitcase, for travelling around.
and invaluable is to have a taylor thermometer. the dial type, very robust and can be easily calibrated .
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when went to La , to meet Ashwini,future wife to be,now is loving and extremely caring sweet wifey on the walk of fame, which isnt all that great as its made out to be
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after a long time am on the site and wondering what to write..about..maybe will just wish my good friends shalmili and shyam on the birth of their children…great going guys….yay yay yay
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After finishing my stint here am moving to ile maurice/mauritius, to join the one and only le st geran.
good move eh!!
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just bought myself a squeaky new toy.which will grind, scrape,cut carve and do all kinda things..except maybe cook.
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|Heartache: City’s industrial zones show high cardio risks
BY NISHA NAMBIAR
PUNE: City’s Hindustan Antibiotics and B J Medical College were part of a World Health Organisation (WHO) sponsored study carried out All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the news is grim. The study, which has found a place in the latest edition of the medical bulletin of the WHO, states that by 2020, 2.6 million Indians will die of coronary heart disease, which will account for 54 percent of all the cardiovascular deaths. Nearly 50 percent of these deaths are expected to occur in the relatively young age group of 30 and 69 years.
The study assessed the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) all over India among industrial population in 10 centres. It was directed by AIIMS’ Dr K S Reddy.
The Pune team was led by Dr Rajani Amin, a retired professor of B J Medical College. The team also included Dr Dilip Kadam.
The study was conducted between 2000 and 2003 and the report was submitted last year to Dr Reddy.
This study has shown very high levels of CVD factors among a relatively younger population.
Speaking to the Herald, Dr Amin said that this was the first project in which CVD risk factors in India were studied. It also dwelled on a model for replication of prevention strategies in India and other developed countries.
“The dissemination of these findings may encourage other companies to set up surveillance activities, especially in developed countries where the organisational work force comprises a substantial number of individuals. Continous surveillance would provide us with an opportunity to develop evidence based cost effective CVD prevention, detection and management strategies,” AIIMS professor Dr D Prabhakaran said.
The ten centres included Dibrugarh, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Nagpur, Pune and Thiruvanthpuram.
Dr Amin said that in Pune 2,308 people from Hindustan Antiobiotics factory were included in the survey.
Besides checking basic physical attributes like body mass index, the team asked questions on tobacco and alcohol consumption, exercise, dietary habits and stress factors.
“This study is unique in that it has studied risk factors. We need to work towards minimizing such risks as they are external factors and not genetic,” she said.
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