Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fried Egg Curry

Egg is a very common food cooked in most cultures. There are different types of eggs, out of which the most commonly used is the hen’s egg. Most people think that the color of the egg depends on the hen’s diet, but instead it is the colour of the yolk that depends on the hen’s diet. Wheat fed hens will produce eggs with darker yolk than hens fed with other grass.Egg curry

Across cultures, eggs are eaten in several ways. In western countries it is commonly eaten for breakfast with bread; boiled, bulls eye. But in Sri Lanka it is often eaten as a main course curry for lunch or dinner. It is one of the dishes that is a treat to have when cooked well. The various Mc Currie spices used give a unique and sensational taste to your boiled egg dish.  Below is a recipe for Sri Lankan fried egg curry.

FRIED EGG CURRY

Ingredients

6 Eggs (hard boiled)

½ coconut (about 2 ½ cups thick and thin milk)

1 teaspoon Mc Currie chilli powder

1 teaspoon Mc Currie cumin seeds (ground)

1 teaspoon Saffron powder

2 dessertspoons salt water

2 dessertspoons pounded Mc Currie maldive fish

12 red onions

2 green chillies sliced

1 sprig Mc Currie curry leaves

A few Mc Currie dill seeds

¼ lime

½ mundu (cup) coconut oil

1 teaspoon Mc Currie roasted curry powder

Method

Boil the eggs with hard shell. Shell eggs and touch with fork lightly (to avoid bursting), add a little salt and deep fry in coconut oil. When one side is fried, flip over and fry right round. Drain using a colander.

In a bowl of coconut milk, mix chilli powder, ground cumin seeds, saffron, salt water, maldive fish, ¾ of sliced red onions and sliced green chillies. Temper the mixture with a dessert spoon of coconut oil, curry leaves, dill seeds and the remaining sliced onions, and let the gravy cook for a while. When half cooked, add the fried eggs and lime juice, and let it simmer on a low flame till it has an oily appearance. Place a way from the flame and add roasted curry powder and cover.

Stay tuned to the blog for more such recipes and visit the Mc Currie website for all your spice needs!

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Food Grade Plastic

What is it made from? Is it safer? are some of the questions on the minds of Mc Currie consumers about food grade plastic. Mc Currie is here to answer them for you.
In addition to the information given to you by Mc Currie, personal research on the topic is recommended.

What is food grade plastic that Mc Currie uses?
To answer this question we need to ask the question, what is plastic? Plastic is a plastic food packaging 1substance made from hydrocarbons that are a petroleum extract and combined into polymer chains. Food grade plastic is a more refined version of regular plastic.

Why is it safer to use food grade plastic like Mc Currie does?
Unlike regular plastic, Mc Currie uses food grade plastic that does not contain dyes which are known to be harmful. Many dyes are carcinogenic because they contain chemicals such as dioxin, chrome, copper zinc, and a suspected carcinogen known as formaldehyde. At Mc Curie we are concerned about the safety of our consumers. Therefore, by using food grade plastic packaging Mc Curie is making it safer for you and you’re Children.

How would you differentiate normal plastic food packaging from Mc Currie

food grade plastic packaging?
All Mc Curie plastic food packaging would contain the symbol Food Grade symbol shown on the right on the lower back right hand corner of the package.

United States classification of food grade plastic

The United States has several categories of food grade plastic. Some of them are listed as follows:
1. PET or PETE: A clear looking polymer that is a barrier for gas and moisture. This makes it Ideal for soft drinks.
2. HDPE: A polymer that has excellent protective barrier properties. It is used in the packaging of milk.
3. Vinyl: A clear see through polymer that is cling and puncture resistant. It is ideal for packaging of meat.
4. LDPE: Has clear and flexible properties. It is used in the production of flexible bottles.

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Mutton/Beef Buriyani

Buriyani, derived from the Persian word berya, which means fried or roasted, is a rice based dish made with spices and either mutton, chicken, egg, prawns or vegetables. It is common in South Asia, and is reffered to Mutton biryanias biriyani in most South Asian countries, except Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been invented by the Moghul Muslims, and brought to Sri Lanka by the south Indians. What differentiates the Sri Lankan buriyani from biriyani, especially the Indian biriyani, is that it is known to be spicier and is commonly served with side dishes that may include accharu, malay pickle, cashew curry and ground mint sambol.

Ingredients

1 kg Buriyani rice or samba

500 grams Beef or Mutton

1 dessertspoon Mc Currie coriander

1 dessertspoon Mc Currie cumin seeds   (slightly roasted and ground)

1 teaspoon Mc Currie pepper seeds

1 sprig of Mc Currie curry leaves

6 Mc Currie cardamoms

4 Mc Currie cloves

2 dessertspoons vinegar

1 cup thick coconut milk

1 teaspoon Mc Currie mixed spices (powdered)

75 grams cadjunuts

75 grams sultanas

125 grams ghee

125 grams red onions sliced

2 dessertspoons salt water, Mc Currie Rampe and Mc Currie curry leaves

Pat of butter

4 boiled eggs (Optional)

2 potatoes or 6 papadums (Optional)

Method

Boil the grainy rice with 2 pieces of rampe and dish out lightly.

Cut beef or mutton in 1/2 “cubes (approximately) and season with roasted and well ground ingredients, together with salt water and vinegar and set aside.

Heat the ghee and lightly fry the sultanas and cadjunuts and set aside. Fry the curry leaves, rampe and sliced onions. When golden brown, temper the beef/mutton and cook till gravy disappears. Add the rice and stir gently. Add coconut milk seasoned with 1 dessertspoon table salt and 1 teaspoon of Mc Currie spice powder (cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon) to the rice. Mix gently and simmer over a low flame for about 5 minutes.

Serve on a flat dish and decorate with fried sultanas, cadjunuts, potato chips and boiled fried egg halves. Alternatively the dish may be decorated as a nest with papadum cut fine and fried resembling straw, and chickens moulded with mashed potato, butter and egg yolk.

Stay tuned to the blog for more such Sri Lankan recipes and visit the Mc Currie website for all your spice needs!

Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oilMc Currie continues to be focused on consumer health by venturing into the olive oil market with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Pure Olive Oil which are available at all Mc Currie Spice 1st Showrooms (Maya Avenue, Makumbara and Nalanda). Prior to purchasing the Mc Currie olive oil range, it is vital that you the consumer know its health benefits, which are many.

Reduced risk of Heart Disease

Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols (a form of antioxidants), which according to The Olive Oil Times are known to reduce the risk of heart disease.  Monounsaturated fatty acids reduce the risk of heart disease by slowing down the rate of cholesterol buildup, whereas polyphenols increase the levels of an antibody that is known to reduce bad cholesterol.

Improved resistance to Post Menopausal Osteoporosis

According to research, olive oil is a good candidate for treatment of post menopausal osteoporosis. Research has shown that the oil increases calcium levels in the blood, thereby decreasing the rate of osteoporosis.

Fights Skin Cancer

A study conducted at Tel Aviv University shows that olive oil consumption may prevent Malignant Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. This is because it contains many antioxidants that protect a person’s skin from the damaging effects of the Sun’s UV rays.

Protects against Breast Cancer

UAB (University of Autonoma de Barcelona) researchers concluded that the consumption of olive oil protects against breast cancer. This is because olive oil decreases the activity of the protein P21 Ras Oncogene, which is responsible for stimulating breast cancer.

Stay tuned to the blog for more such updates and visit the Mc Currie website to place your order for the Olive oil!

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