Monthly Archives: January 2013

Capsicum and Brinjal Moju

Capsicum and brinjal moju

Ingredients 

500 gram Brinjals, 500 gram Capsicums, 1½ teaspoon Mc Currie Crushed Chillie, 1 teaspoon Mc Currie Crushed Pepper, 4-5 green chillies (Sliced), 2 Big Onions (Sliced), 1 teaspoon Mc Currie Garlic Paste, 1½ tablespoon Sugar, 2 tablespoon Mc Currie Curry Leaves, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Mustard Seeds, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Turmeric Powder, Mc Currie Salt to taste, Oil for Frying

Method

Slice the brinjals and capsicums into ½ inch strips, add turmeric powder, salt and keep aside to marinade for about ¼ hour. In a deep frying pan add oil and when hot, fry the capsicums and brinjals until light brown. Set aside. Mix in the crush chillies and crushed pepper to the fried brinjals and capsicums. In a deep frying pan add oil and when hot, add the garlic paste, curry leaves, onions and green chillies and fry until golden brown. While frying add the mustard seeds. Add the brinjal and capsicum mixture to the onion mixture and fry well. Add sugar and salt to taste and take off fire.

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Home remedies: Fenugreek and Turmeric

We spoke of Ginger and its medicinal values earlier. Today we bring to you the wonders of Fenugreek seeds and Turmeric.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is another spice enriched with remedies for common ailments. Fenugreek Seeds soaked overnight in a glass of water and consumed in the morning helps relieve, reduce and control:

  • Gastritis
  • Diabetes
  • High serum Cholesterol
  • Menstrual Pain in adolescents

Fenugreek seeds are said to bring relief when constipated. This may be due to its tendency to expand in water thereby adding bulk to stools.

Consumed by nursing mothers, Fenugreek increases their production of milk. Due to the chemicals diosgenin and estrogenic isoflavones (similar to the female sex hormone oestrogen), Fenugreek is considered as a potent menstruation promoter (menstrual discomforts) and minimizes symptoms of menopause.

Fenugreek is on the bitter side and may not be palatable for some, but then isn’t modern medication bitter too?

Turmeric

Turmeric is considered a relative of ginger and is an amazing medicinal plant used for common ailments thousands of years ago. A vast number of studies have been carried out about the medicinal values of turmeric.

If you happen to cut your finger while chopping during cooking, a dash of turmeric powder on the cut, stops bleeding and also acts as an antiseptic, as it is proven that turmeric has antiseptic properties. Fresh or dry turmeric is used for throat gargles, which prevents sore throats.

Turmeric has protective action on the liver. It is used in treating arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Made into a paste and applied on joints, turmeric helps reduce the pain associated with arthritis.

Turmeric in a glass of warm milk helps relieve digestive disorders and ulcers. Turmeric also plays an important role in lowering serum cholesterol and prevents the formation of blood clots, while improving circulation and preventing heart disease and strokes.

Order now on the Mc Currie website for all your spice needs!

Prawn Achcharu Recipe

Prawn AcharuAn achcharu is a Sri Lankan pickle prepared out of fruits and vegetables like carrots, beans and onions or sea food. The achcharu goes well with all traditional Sri Lankan dishes including rice and curry, string hoppers and hoppers.

Ingredients

500 gram medium sizes prawns,  1 tablespoon Mc Currie Garlic Paste, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Turmeric Powder, 100 gram green chillies, 100 gram red onions, ¼ cup Mc Currie Spicy Vinegar, 3/4 slices ginger, Mc Currie salt to taste, 10 Mc Currie Whole Dried Chillies, 1 tablespoon sugar, Oil for frying.

Method

Wash and de-vein the prawns, leaving the tails on. Mix in the turmeric and salt and deep fry the prawns. Set aside. Thereafter, fry the onions and green chillies and set aside.

Grind the dried chillies, garlic paste and ginger in vinegar. Thereafter fry this mixture in oil. Lower the heat and add the fried prawns a little at a time with the fried onions and green chillies. Add 1 tablespoon sugar to the mixture and fry until the prawns are coated with the mixture. Take off the fire and bottle or place in a clay pot.

Sri Lankan Cuisine 101: Kothu

Chicken Kottu

Kothu/Kottu Roti is a Sri Lankan Tamil Dish, originally from Batticaloa, East of Sri Lanka. The word “Kothu” is from the Tamil language and means “chopped”. Kothu is popular with the young and the old and is normally a dinner favourite. The most common varieties of Kothu are Beef, Chicken, Fish, Egg and Vegetable. A new addition to this list is the Cheese Kothu, which is fast gaining popularity.

Kothu’s base ingredient is the Godhamba Roti, a Sri Lankan Roti made out of flour and skilfully prepared in a dramatic swirling manner. The baked Godhamba roti is cut up into thin strips to be used in the preparation of Kothu.

Kothu is normally made on a heated iron sheet, specially prepared for this purpose. The mixing of the Kothu is done by two blunt blades, also made especially for this purpose, and when clashed on to the mixture on the heated sheet give an ear-splitting noise. These two blunt blades further cut up the ingredients while mixing them into a super dish.

Godhamba Roti Recipe 

Godhamba roti

The ingredients required for the Godhamba Roti are self-raising flour (Self-raising flour is an all purpose flour with added salt and baking powder), coconut oil, salt and enough water (water should be at room temperature) to make the dough. The flour is mixed with salt and enough water to make a non-sticky dough. Thereafter, make small balls (the size of a tennis ball), dip in oil and place in a bowl and cover with a plastic sheet.  The roti should be flattened as much as possible and placed over a pre-heated pan. As the roti is thin, it would take about a minute to be done.

Kothu Recipe 

Ingredients

10 Godhamba Rotis, 500 gram chicken breasts (pre-cooked), 200 gram carrots, 200 gram leeks, 100 gram cabbage, 2 sliced big onions, 5 green chillies sliced thin, 1 large tomato, 2 Eggs, 1½ teaspoon Mc Currie Crushed Pepper, 1 tablespoon Mc Currie Crushed Chillies, 1 teaspoon Mc Currie Garlic Paste, 1 teaspoon Mc Currie Mustard Seeds, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Cummin Seeds, 1 tablespoon Soya Sauce, Mc Currie Salt to taste, Oil for Frying

Vegetarians can replace the chicken and eggs with pre cooked Soya Meat (TVP) cut into small pieces.

Method

Cut the godhamba roti into small pieces with a knife or food scissor. Slice the carrots, leeks and cabbage into thin strips and set aside. In a deep frying pan add the oil and when hot add the mustard seeds. Thereafter, add the cumin seeds, garlic paste, crushed pepper, crushed chillies, green chillies, onions, carrots, leeks, cabbage, curry leaves and rampe and salt, along with the soya sauce and tomatoes and fry well. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan add oil and whisked eggs, salt to taste and scramble. Mix in the fried vegetables, add the pieces of godhamba roti and sauté for a while. Spoon in the chicken curry and pieces of chicken. Mix and serve hot.

Ginger: Home Remedies

GingerIn the days gone by long ago, before modern medicine came into being, our ancestors used spices like ginger in treating common ailments. These remedies still hold sway in bringing relief to ailments such as nausea, stomach disorders, heartburn, morning sickness; the list is endless.

Ginger juice is made with a teaspoon of freshly squeezed juice of ginger and lime and a teaspoon of bee’s honey, dissolved in half a cup of hot water. Ginger juice does wonders in curing upset stomachs, nausea, heartburn and stomach cramps. Cholesterol levels can be kept under control with a teaspoon of ginger juice, before you retire to bed.

A cup of ginger tea in the morning helps you control morning sickness. Toothaches can be relieved by chewing a piece of ginger. If you have the flu or a cold, an effective and soothing remedy is a hot ginger drink. Ginger juice helps clear a blocked nose and stimulates the liver to remove toxins from the blood stream and also helps effectively in digestion.

A study at the University of Michigan demonstrated that gingerols, the essential constituents of fresh ginger, can kill ovarian cancer cells. The essential oils in ginger present a promising future alternative to expensive and toxic chemotherapeutic agents.

No prescription is required for the Mc Currie ginger powder! Stay tuned for more home remedies and interesting updates.

Fine Dining Etiquette – Part 2

Knives and Forks

Cutlery

Have you ever been to a dinner and been confused by the number of spoons and forks beside your plate? We give you today a few rules that may vary from place to place, but what we say here may assist you as a simple guide.

This is the most common of problems faced by people when knives and forks are brought to the table with each course. On a properly set table, usually there are a series of forks  on the left side of your plate, while a series of spoons and knives on the right side of your plate. Remember that a table is always set for right-handed people.  The simple rule of using this cutlery is to work from the outside in. The cutlery farthest from your plate are for the first course. If you feel that you are unsure about what to do, it’s best to wait for your host or hostess.

Always make sure that you take small amounts of food and put  your cutlery down after every mouth. When you put your cutlery down,  always place it on the plate and not on the table and do not rest it half way on the plate and half way on the table. Cross the tips of the two pieces (if there are two) or angle it, if there is one.  This tells the server that you have not finished your meal.  When you are finished, place your knife and fork together in the centre of the plate vertically. The tines of the fork should point up and the blade of the knife should point to the centre towards the fork.

Fine dining

You should always hold both your knife and fork and not cut your food up at the beginning and then use the fork only. The tines of your fork should point down towards your plate. Do not pick up cutlery that your drop on the floor. The server will replace it.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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