Monthly Archives: October 2013

Olive Oil Beauty Uses

Mc Currie, is not only focused on the healthy well being of you the consumer, but is equally concerned about your beauty. Our product, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, available at all Mc Currie Spice 1st Showrooms (Maya Avenue, Makumbara and Nalanda), can be used as an healthy solution to your beauty concerns.
For the safety of our consumers,olive oil it is advisable to consult a physician on usage and application methods of Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Healthy Skin
Having and maintaining healthy skin is a vital part of beauty. Applying Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil on a daily basis can help you gain and maintain healthy looking skin, because it contains the vitamins A and E which are essential for the skin. Research according to the article, Nutrients for Healthy Skin: Inside and Out, shows that Vitamin E protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun, and Vitamin A helps to reduce wrinkles and acne, making your skin look younger.

Well Nourished Scalp
Both Vitamins A and E present in Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil are essential for healthy hair. Vitamin E aids in the respiration of hair and scalp cells, and vitamin A aids in the balancing of sebum, an oily fluid present on the hair and scalp.
Prevents Baldness and Reverses hair loss
Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains antioxidants which fight against free radicals and the hormone dihydrotestosterone. Free radicals poison cells thereby killing hair follicles, whereas dihydrotestosterone causes baldness in males. Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil suppresses the activities of both free radicals and dihydrotestosterone, enabling the growth of healthy hair.
For your all your spice needs visit the Mc Currie website.

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Fish Chilli Curry

From ancient times man has been consuming fish as a major source of meat. It is a very high source of protein and therefore is an essential source of food for muscle growth. It can be prepared in several ways which are; uncooked or raw, cured by marinating, grilled, poaching and steaming.

In Sri Lanka, fish is prepared in the form of a curry, and is mainly consumed with rice and bread during lunch and dinner. One fish curry known as fish chilli curry, is prepared as follows:

fish chilli curry

Ingredients

500 g fish (seer, paraw or jeela)
2 level tablespoons raw Mc Currie chilli powder
Mix together – 1 level tablespoon Mc Currie aw curry powder, ½ teaspoon saffron powder, 2 bulb garlic, (chopped).
1” piece cinnamon
3-5 tablespoons salt water
1 piece of Mc Currie goraka (ground)
5 red onions sliced
2 green Mc Currie chillies sliced
½ tablespoon Mc Currie dill seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
½ lime
3 cups water

Method

Cut the fish into approximately 1 ½ inch by 1 inch pieces. Wash well with salt water and fresh water. (If the fish is iced, marinate in salt water and lime juice) and wash well for 15 minutes.

Mix all the ingredients other than the lime juice. Add the water and boil to about half the quantity of gravy. Add the fish, cover and boil till frothy appearance of the fish disappears (about 7 minutes). Very gently stir the curry, add lime juice and place away from fire.

THICK PRAWN CURRY

Prawns are consumed in several ways around the world, commonly as a main course for lunch or dinner, and as a snack. They are adaptable and can add an exotic flavor to any dish. The smaller version of prawns is referred to as shrimp. In the west both prawns and shrimp can be cooked with or without the shell; deep fried, boiled, grilled, sautéed and baked.
In Sri Lanka, prawns and shrimp are consumed in the form of a curry on special occasions. Given below is the recipe for thick prawn curry.

thick prawn curry

Ingredients

500 g large or medium size prawns
½ of a large Mc Currie coconut (2 ½ – 3 cups thick and think milk)
1 dessertspoon raw Mc Currie chilli powder
1 dessertspoon roasted Mc Currie chilli and curry powder
1 dessertspoon Mc Currie cumin seeds (ground)
½ teaspoon saffron (ground)
4 dessertspoons salt water
2 pieces of Mc Currie goraka (smashed)
1” piece of Mc Currie cinnamon
1 teaspoon Mc Currie vinegar
½ teaspoon Mc Currie dill seeds
8 red onions sliced
2-3 green Mc Currie chillies sliced
A sprig of Mc Currie curry leaves
2 dessertspoons Mc Currie coconut oil
2 sprigs murunga leaves (optional)
1 teaspoon Mc Currie roasted curry powder

Method

Shell and wash the prawns. Mix saffron, Mc Currie chilli powder, ground Mc Currie cumin seeds, salt, Mc Currie goraka, Mc Currie vinegar, Mc Currie green chillies and half of the slightly red onions. Add Mc Currie coconut milk.

To temper the mixture, heat the oil and add the Mc Currie dill seeds, Mc Currie curry leaves and the remaining red onions. When sufficiently fried, add the prepared mixture and cook till oily while stirring occasionally. When the curry is half cooked on a low flame, add murunga leaves (this is optional). When the correct consistency is obtained, stir well, remove from fire, and add 1 teaspoon of Mc Currie roasted curry powder.

Remedies for Chilli Burn

Previously, we at Mc Currie published an article on the history of chilli. Today, we want to focus on how to cure chChillies 2illi burn. Chilli is a common ingredient in many Sri Lankan dishes. Many of us think that this is a harmless ingredient that we use in cooking but chillies can cause burns in which the pain lasts for minutes or hours at a time. Equally many of us do not know that there are simple remedies that could be used to cure chilli burns. We at Mc Currie, don’t want our consumers to suffer from Chilli burn and therefore want to educate you on what remedies could be used to get rid of chilli burn.

What causes chilli burn?

The main ingredient in chillies known to cause chilli burn is capsaicin. This capsaicin causes the burn by stimulating pain receptors located on nerve endings.

Remedies

Mouth Chilli Burn: Drink Milk

Many of us think that milk is only good for growing children or to have with cereal or cookies. Not all of us know that it’s actually good to have after a spicy mouth burning meal. Milk consists of a protein, casein, which acts as a capsaicin detergent. The casein detaches the capsaicin from the pain receptors and pulls it away from the nerves. It is recommended to drink half a glass of cold milk to feel the full effects of the milk. If you don’t have milk, use products made from milk that contain casein, such as cottage cheese and plain yogurt which could be rubbed on the insides of the mouth.

Rinse With Alcohol

Are you against alcohol? If you are a spicy food lover you may re-think it, because alcohol is a good remedy for chilli burn. Why? Because capsaicin is soluble in alcohol. Unlike milk, alcohol does not repel it. Therefore, one should only use alcohol to rinse away capsaicin.

Skin Chilli Burn:

Add lemon or lime

Did you ever wonder why your mother dabbed a little lemon or lime juice on her skin after cooking? Its because she got chilli burned on her skin. An easy home remedy for skin chilli burn is lemon or lime juice. This is because lemon and lime contain acid that counteracts the effects of the capsaicin, which has alkaline properties, thereby neutralizing its effects.

Stay tuned to the blog for more interesting updates and visit the Mc Currie website for all your spice needs.

Green Gram Porridge

Green gram porridge

About Green Grams

According to history, green grams were initially cultivated in Northeastern India. Here it was grown for its nutritional and medicinal value. The popularity of green grams spread not only due to its nutritional and medicinal value, but also because of its ability to adapt to inferior soils and to drought conditions. This is because roots of the green gram plant contain nitrogen producing bacteria that help in making the soil suitable for cultivation, especially for sugar cane and rice cultivation.

Green Grams can be cooked in several ways which include as a porridge. This porridge is mainly popular in the South Asian subcontinent and is commonly eaten by Muslims during the month of Ramadan to break fast.

Ingredients

1 cup green gram (washed and soaked overnight)

½ cup white rice

2 cups coconut milk (thick)

¼ bottle kithul honey

2” piece Mc Currie cinnamon

2 pods Mc Currie cardamoms

1 tablespoon sultanas

1 tablespoon chopped cashew nuts

Mc Currie salt to taste

Water

1 teaspoon Ghee

Method

Boil the green grams and rice with water, along with the cinnamon and cardamoms. When the green gram and rice are cooked, add the honey and thick coconut milk. Simmer on a low flame, until of a drop consistency.

In a frying pan add the ghee and saute the sultanas and cashew nuts for about 1½ minutes. Spread this mixture on top of the green gram porridge and consume hot.

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

Beauty Uses of Olive Oil

Mc Currie is not only focused on the healthy well being of you the consumer, but is equally concerned about your beauty. Our product, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, available at all Mc Currie Spice 1st Showrooms (Maya Avenue, Makumbara and Nalanda), can be used as an healthy solution to your beauty concerns.
For the safety of our consumers, it is advisable to consult a physician on usage and application methods of Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Healthy SkinOlive oil

Having and maintaining healthy skin is a vital part of beauty. Applying Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil on a daily basis can help you gain and maintain healthy looking skin, because it contains the vitamins A and E which are essential for the skin. Research according to the article, Nutrients for Healthy Skin: Inside and Out,  shows that Vitamin E protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun, and Vitamin A helps to reduce wrinkles and acne, making your skin look younger.

Well Nourished Scalp

Both Vitamins A and E present in Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil are essential for healthy hair. Vitamin E aids in the respiration of hair and scalp cells, and vitamin A aids in the balancing of sebum, an oily fluid present on the hair and scalp.

Prevents Baldness and Reverses hair loss

Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains antioxidants which fight against free radicals and the hormone dihydrotestosterone. Free radicals poison cells thereby killing hair follicles, whereas dihydrotestosterone causes baldness in males. Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil suppresses the activities of both free radicals and dihydrotestosterone, enabling the growth of healthy hair.
For your all your spice needs, visit the Mc Currie website.

Cashew Nut Curry

The cashew nut is an amazing seed that is one of a kind because unlike most fruits it develops outside the fruit. The nut, which is used in cooking, grows below the fruit, and is wrapped in what seems to be a skin that is protected by caustic oil. When ripe, the cashew fruit tastes very exotic and delicate.

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There are many ways to cook cashew nuts. In Sri Lanka, the most common method of cooking cashew nuts is in the form of a curry. It is commonly categorized as a vegetarian dish which is highly nutritious. This curry, which is mildly creamy, is mainly served in hotels and on special occasions on the island.

Cashew Nut Curry

Ingredients

250 g Cashew Nuts

20-25 g onions

1 fresh green chilli

1.25 teaspoon Mc Currie Curry Powder

0.5 teaspoon Mc Currie Turmeric

250 ml coconut milk

0.25 teaspoon Mc Currie Chilli powder

1 teaspoon Mc Currie salt

0.5 teaspoon Mc Currie fenugreek

1 sprig of Mc Currie curry leaves

25 ml oil

Mc Currie salt to taste.

Method

Wash the cashew nuts and soak them in a bowl of water for a couple of hours. Chop the onion and chilli. Remove the cashew nuts from the water, drain and place in a saucepan together with the chilli, curry powder, turmeric, coconut milk, chilli powder, salt,  fenugreek and curry leaves bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Heat the oil in a frying pan and toss the onions for a couple of minutes, add the cashew nut mixture and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, then sprinkle with remaining curry powder.

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

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