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Health Learning Series

The Magic of Chillies For Cooking and Healing

The Magic of Chillies For Cooking and Healing

Table of Contents
Introduction
What Is the Difference between Chillies and Chili Peppers?
How to Grow Chillies.
Growing Chillies from Their Seeds
What Makes the Chillie so Hot?
Why Do People Crave Chillies?
Original Traditional Cuisine Including Curries.
Spicy Dry Chicken Curry.
Red-Hot Thai Curry Paste
Massaman Curry Paste
Massaman Beef Curry
Measuring the Heat of Chillies
Chillies for Healing
Traditional Winter Hot Oil
Chillies Infused Oil
Appendix
Traditional Hungarian Goulash.
Desi Ghee
How to Make Coconut Cream
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Why is it to that the word “Chillies” does not conjure up a vista of something really hot, in the Eastern mind, but does so, in the Western mind? That is because few Easterners are particularly fascinated by the heat of chillies, because as they say, Familiarity Breeds Contempt. They are so used to having chillies as a part of the daily cuisine, and in their natural remedies, that it has never been an exotic spice or a herb to them.
An Easterner knows that chillies are hot. He knows that he can alleviate the burning sensation by taking a spoonful of yogurt, or a spoonful of sugar. In fact, in 1902, an American pharmacist William Scoville did some research on how many drops of sugar water were needed to alleviate the burning sensation of a hot chili pepper! But in the East, the chillies are just not restricted to their heat content – they are used to give the deep red color to gravies, especially hot red curries and gravies like Goan Vindaloos and Rogan Josh. Eastern sauces and pickles are given their piquancy with a handful of chillies.
Some of the milder chillies are stuffed with a mixture of spices and mashed potatoes, and served as a vegetable. Capsicum is a good example of that particular chillie family.
Chillies are just not an integral part of Indian cuisine; they are also very popular among the Chinese, the Thais and other oriental and Eastern cuisine, excepting the Japanese. The Japanese, have kept away from the Chillie Revolution, and that is why their food, though delicious and nutritious is comparatively bland in heat content.
Thai cuisine is a mixture of heat and herbs and spices. Chillies are just sprinkle on the top of the Thai dishes, to lend color, and flavor. They are also sprinkle on Thai salads in powdered form, to give the salads the touch of hot piquancy. Read more…

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Natural Remedy Series

Health Benefits of Black Cumin For Cooking and Health

Health Benefits of Black Cumin For Cooking and Health

Table of Contents
Preface
Getting started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Chapter # 2: How is black cumin commonly used?
Chapter # 3: Black cumin recipes
Chapter # 4: Growing your own black cumin
Chapter # 5: Precautions
Benefits of black cumin to the brain
Chapter # 1: Boosts memory
Benefits of black cumin to the body
Chapter # 1: Fights cancer
Chapter # 2: Strengthens the immune system
Chapter # 3: Alleviates allergic conditions
Chapter # 4: Eases high blood pressure
Chapter # 5: Counters the effects of radiation
Chapter # 6: Reduces frequency of pediatric seizures
Chapter # 7: Helps in weight loss
Chapter # 8: Helps with migraines
Conclusion
References

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Preface
Many plants that seem so innocuous to us today have been used in traditional medicine for centuries and have produced astonishing results. Greek and Indian medicine in particular has taken leverage of numerous herbs and plants in curing a wide variety of ailments. Only today has science caught up with what our ancestors took as common knowledge. Research conducted over the past few decades have begun to testify to the health benefits of these botanical wonders.
One such amazing plant is Black Cumin more specifically known as Nigella sativa. It is a plant that blossoms yearly and was found originally in the southern and southwestern regions of Asia. Growing to a height ranging from twenty to thirty centimeters, it is characterized by its thin and straight leaves, fragile blue / white flowers and large bloated fruit holding the renowned Black Cumin seed.
The seed of this plant has been used in cuisines around the globe but is particularly famous and notable in Sub-continental cooking. Its pungent taste and unique aroma has made it famous in many dishes. Its importance in the kitchen aside, this seed has a host of medicinal benefits that make it ideal for consumption from a health perspective. It can have a positive effect on both body and mind and scientific evidence has been gathered to support this.
This book aims to educate you in the many benefits of this truly miraculous plant whose seeds work wonders for human health. It will instruct you on the best way to take advantage of Black Cumin’s benefits and easily make it a part of your daily life. There will also be tips on cultivating your own Black Cumin seeds to use in your kitchen! By the time you reach the end, this humble plant will have definitely made an impression on your mind.
Many of you will have overlooked Black Cumin seeds as a mere spice to be used in cooking but after reading the health benefits of the same, you’ll begin to look at them with a new found reverence. Read more…

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Natural Remedy Series

The Magic of Lemons – Using Lemons for Health and Beauty

The Magic of Lemons – Using Lemons for Health and Beauty

Table of Contents
Introduction
How to Grow a Lemon Tree
How to Benefit from Lemons
Traditional lemon squash (Nimbu pani- lit- lemon water)
Asthma relief
High Blood Pressure
Cantaloupe Remedy
Neem Juice Remedy
Beetroot/Sugarbeet Remedy
Anemia Cure
Spinach Remedy
Carrot Juice Remedy
Pomegranate Horseradish Remedy
Spicy Fried Liver
Curing a Wound Infection
Honey Lemon Juice Cure
Sacred Basil Leaves Cure
Burns Cure
Burn Cure Paste
Getting Rid of Burn Scars
Rosewater
How To Make Rose Water
Where Do You Get Fullers Earth?
Other Common Uses of Lemons
Traditional Lemon Pickles
Traditional Lemon Sherbet
Traditional Bleaching Cream
Lemon cleaner
Easy Tips
Conclusion
Author’s bio

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Introduction
Lemon trees are very pretty and the lemon’s flower is sweet/but the fruit of the lemon is impossible to eat./¬ This song was very popular in the 60s and 70s, but the songwriter was wrong. Just not eating a lemon, because it is sour in taste, is going to prevent you from experiencing all the natural benefits of this versatile citrus fruit.
Lemons are considered to have originated in Asia, – China and Burma – from where they managed to conquer the world. Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds back to Europe, from his travels. It thus began to be cultivated in Europe, where before it was a rarity.
It was only in the 1740s, that people in the West began to understand that there was some power in the lemons, which prevented sailors from suffering from scurvy and beriberi. They had not heard of vitamins C at that time of course, but sailing tradition spread the word through word of mouth that whenever sailors reached some islands, they had to eat of the fruit and the grasses there. That would prevent their gums from bleeding, pain in the muscles and in the bones and make them feel healthier. These fruits were citrus fruits, including lemons.
This cause and effect apparent result made European Navies make it a rule that every ship sailing out of harbor should have a plentiful supply of lemons, green grasses and other citrus fruits to feed to the sailors and the officers, during the voyage.
However, lemons have been known since 10 A.D. in Persia, where they were used for beautifying, culinary and medical purposes. Also, their gardens used to have lemon trees, and plenty of their traditional poetry described the lemon flower along with pomegranate flowers as a symbol of beauty and grace.

The characteristic sourness of the lemon, is due to the citric acid content in it. That is why lemon juice, as well as its rind and pulp, is used in culinary preparations, all over the world. The whole of the lemon fruit can be used, with the rind ground to add a flavor to special baked dishes. Lemon juice or even the peel of the dried lemon can be used for preparing beauty products and also in natural herbal remedies. Read more..

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Natural Remedy Series

The Magic of Aloe Vera

The Magic of Aloe Vera – Health Learning Series

Table of Contents
Knowing more about Aloe Vera
Grow Aloe Vera in your garden
How to use the Aloe Vera leaf?
Aloe Vera In Ancient Medicine
Diabetes
Arthritis
Liver Tonic
Sprain remedy
Aloe Vera in Cooking
Traditional Pickle
Traditional Aloe Vera Curry
Aloe Vera as A Beauty Product
alphahydroxy acids
facial mask
How to make Rose water
Exfoliating Aloe Vera Facial Scrub
Herbal Shampoo with Aloe Vera
Face wash powder
PH balanced skin toner
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Knowing more about Aloe Vera

As a child, growing up in wild woody jungles and in mountain regions, where one had to continuously fight against the encroachment of the wild woods trying to take over one’s gardens, I noticed that some plants grew only in our gardens, while others grew only in the woods.
One such garden plant was the Aloe Vera, which was a must on every gardener’s gardening list. It was always grown in a sunny area, outside the kitchen, and watered once every four or five days, or when one remembered to water it. This green plant was not very attractive to someone who liked flowers around them in their strictly regimented and well disciplined borders and beds. But it was extremely attractive to all those who wanted to know all about the medicinal qualities of this bitter tasting mucilaginous succulent. Also, it did not need lots of fussing to grow. Once it was planted, it flourished as an everlasting perennial
Aloe Vera has been used for millenniums in ancient medicine recipes and remedies, down the ages and in different ancient civilizations. There was a time when it was supposed to grow over large areas in the wild in North Africa, Morocco and other regions around the Sahara desert region, which was once covered with green forests. But as the now desert area began to dry, this plant started dying out in the wild.
Every ancient civilization’s medical teachers would tell their students, “Do not underestimate the power of the humble Aloe Vera, my son, because this plant under your kitchen window is going to keep you and your family healthy. Your children shall never suffer from any grave disease internally or externally, your wife shall remain everlastingly beautiful and you shall live a happy and prosperous life, as long as you know all about the benefits of this magical plant.” No wonder, it was considered to be a wonder plant by ancient herbalists and medicine men.
Women knew all about its skin rejuvenating quantities millenniums ago, and I am sure that any ancient Egyptian queen would have told her tire woman – are you making up a skin beautifying remedy for me, with asses milk and spices and attar of roses? Add some Aloe Vera to it so that I may look like a goddess for mankind to worship.” Cleopatra did that and so did Nefertiti.

This book is going to tell you all about the magic of aloe Vera, its beneficial health and beauty properties, the use of Aloe Vera in ancient medicine, and also how you can use it in cooking. Read more…

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Natural Remedy Series

The Magic of Yogurt For Cooking and Beauty

The Magic of Yogurt For Cooking and Beauty

Table of Contents
Introduction
Shopping for Yogurt?
Investing in a Yogurt Maker
How to Make the Perfect Yogurt.
How to Prevent the Yogurt from Getting Watery?
Yogurt in Cuisine
Yogurt – cucumber soup – Tarator
Raita-
Mishti doi (literally sweet yogurt )
Yogurt As Tenderizer
Chicken In Yogurt
Making Whey at Home
Buttermilk or Lassi
How Do You Make Traditional Buttermilk?
Yogurt for Beauty
Yogurt As a Hair Conditioner.
Curing Dandruff
Yogurt As a Facemask.
Rosewater for Beauty
How To Make Rose Water
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Nobody really knows who first discovered yogurt. Butter is supposed to have been discovered millenniums ago, when camel’s milk was placed in animal skin hides while being transported from one place to another by Arab or Turkish nomads. The ambulatory movement of the camel walking across the desert seem to have a churning effect on the hides, and in the evening, when the milk was taken out of the sack, two new products were discovered. Butter and buttermilk.
This possibly apocryphal serendipity is on par with the supposed discovery of wine. Millenniums ago, a Greek slave was suffering from toothache, and that was so painful that she found an earthenware pitcher full of fermenting grape juice left by some other careless slave. All those bubbles made her think that it was poison, and she would rather drink that, than suffer the pain of a toothache. So she did drink of the juice of the grape and fell asleep. And the miracle of wine was discovered to gladden the hearts of generations. No wonder the Greeks had a God Bacchus – also known as Dionysus and the Roman equivalent Liber to whom you liberally paid libations, before you drank wine – for wine.
But nobody has told us how yogurt was discovered and by whom. But in ancient Indian medicine texts, the mixture of honey with yogurt eaten every day is considered to be the food of the gods to keep you everlastingly healthy.
Along with yogurt, the side products of bacterially fermented milk included buttermilk and butter. Every house proud woman made sure that she kept some yogurt back from yesterday’s batch to prepare today’s batch of yogurt. These cultures have enzymes and bacteria, which are extremely beneficial for your digestive system.
The enzymes produce lactic acid. Lactic acid is what is going to ferment the lukewarm milk. It is also what makes your yogurt sour if you leave it in a warm place after the yogurt has been made. So the moment you see the yogurt set, put it in a cool place. Read more…

Health Learning Series

Grandma’s Herbal Lore – Ancient Herbal Recipes and Remedies

Grandma’s Herbal Lore – Ancient Herbal Recipes and Remedies – Volume 5

Table of Contents
Introduction
Delicious, Refreshing Traditional Healthy Drinks
How to make the perfect Nimbu pani – Lime Juice
Lassi – Buttermilk
Buttermilk And Grapes As a Cancer Cure
For Victims Of Strokes
Constipation
Kidney stones
Piles remedy
Hair Care
How to Get Rid of Baldness:
Alopecia Areata
Burning to An Ash
What on earth is Desi Ghee?
Premature Graying of Hair
How to Darken Your Hair Naturally
Gooseberry oil
Preventing Hair Loss
Asvhagandha-Withania
Asthma
Early Stages of Asthma
What Is the Best Diet for a Person Suffering from Asthma?
Sciatica remedy
Knowing about Hot and Cold Foods
Bacopa scrophulariaceae-Bhrahmi Booti
Alzheimers
Memory Loss
Epilepsy
Get rid of bedbugs
get rid of cockroaches
‘Ear, ‘Ear
Garlic remedy
Kum Kum
Periodic Deafness
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
In volume 5 of Grandma’s natural remedies, with herbal lore and ancient recipes, you are going to get an excellent critique mixture of the knowledge of the ages, brought around to us through papyri , books and trial and error experiments done by the ancients. The word of mouth results, have been the product of years of experimentation done millenniums ago.
When did grandma become the epitome of wisdom and experience? Well, we should go back millenniums, when it was the job of the oldest generation to take care of the youngest generation, while the adults generation in between went out to collect food, water and other basic necessities necessary for survival.
The job of raising and training the children was left to those people who were most experienced. It is possibly this reason why the oldest and the youngest generations still find that they are more compatible and comfortable with each other, due to natural preference, instinctive selection and human psychological and social behavior.
So the children of the tribe, group, gathering, and city were put in charge of the elders, who used to talk to them about their ancient traditions, talk to them by their own grandparents. The rules and regulations of living in society and getting to know one’s own place in the hierarchy of a tribe was thus transmitted from generation to generation through these elders.
Grandpa trained the kids with tribal knowledge and physical exercise. Grandma was in charge of their overall emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. She was responsible for their health, well-being, food and other essential things necessary to keep children healthy and well-balanced members of the family and later on the tribe.

…and that caring instinct still is present…
That is why the matriarch – mother – was given the job of passing on the herbal knowledge to the girls in the family, preparing them to be future matriarchs taking care of their own families, as years went by. The boys were trained into becoming warriors, teachers, farmers, food gatherers or in other professions by the males of the tribe.
So the lines were demarcated out very clearly in well-regulated times since ancient days. The house, home and hearth and other duties pertaining to a domestic nature was under the jurisdiction of the females. The land, the preservation, cultivation and protection of the area around it was under the jurisdiction of the males.
So it was the man’s prerogative to be the hunter and the warrior, to feed and protect his family and tribe. Read more..

Health Learning Series

Grandma’s Natural Remedies and Ancient Herbal Beauty Recipes

Grandma’s Natural Remedies and Ancient Herbal Beauty Recipes

Table of Contents
Introduction
Monday’s Child Is Fair of Face
The Healing Power of Infused Oil
Remedies for winter-
Chilblains
Sciatica
Stiff Joints…
Quit your Bellyachin’!
Simple Perfumed Ointments
Natural Cures For Summer Ailments
Appendix

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Introduction
A couple of years ago, somebody asked me what made me so interested in herbal remedies and natural cures as well as natural beauty recipes? That is when I told him that the wisdom of the ancients had not been garnered together, and would be lost as the generations forgot about asking their old wise ancestors, the Lore which they knew. So I was seven years old, when I decided to myself that I needed to know everything about what my grandmother had learned from her grandmother. And I started writing those ancient natural remedies and beauty recipes down.
More than three decades later, I started writing books on natural remedies and natural herbal recipes, which I collected, whenever I went around the countryside. People used to go around looking at the places to visit; I used to go around asking for the oldies of the village who would give me herbal remedies and recipes. In around 30 years, I collected thousands of these recipes, which were and are still being used by villagers and townsfolk and which have been given to them down the ages. And they work, because all the ingredients are natural. And also, the genetic makeup of hard-working people living in an unpolluted atmosphere helped in keeping them healthy. So they did not have to go running to a doctor whenever they caught a sniffle. They knew the easiest herbal tisane in which would put them straight in a couple of days.
Now, I spent my childhood and youth in jungles as well as in remote areas in all corners of the compass, where nobody believed in medicines, – and sometimes medical access for serious cases was able only through air lifting by a helicopter – but everybody believed in the power of nature and her curative properties. Also, plenty of exercise, a good and healthy diet and grandma’s natural remedies kept us healthy and happy. And the funny thing is that the only times we got sick with measles, mumps, and chickenpox was when we came down from the mountains to the cities and the towns during our annual vacations. The moment we got back into the healthy atmosphere of the mountains, with plenty of fresh air, plenty of fruit and drink and plenty of opportunities to create lots of childish mischief and mayhem, we were content and happy children again.
We never knew that there were medicines which you needed to pop to keep healthy.
Is not this the natural trend of the 21st century “civilized” person? You have lost your faith in natural remedies to keep you healthy. You would rather buy something expensive, which is being endorsed by your favorite star. I am certain she never uses that medicine herself, because it is made up of chemicals. These chemicals are going to have a harmful after effect on your body. The first thing you do when you wake up is take some vitamins with your breakfast. After that, you take some vitamins or pills to pep you up. Then you take the medicines prescribed to you by a doctor.
Count the times you take some sort of medicine in the shape of a pill, vitamin, and drug throughout the day. And then can you believe someone who has not been to see a doctor for the last 30 years? There are plenty of octogenarians in our area who believe in natural remedies and good diets to keep them healthy. They are all grandpas and grandmas. They do not coddle themselves with pills and medicines. Read more…

Health Learning Series

25 Essential Herbs You Need to Know

25 Essential Herbs You Need to Know

Table of Contents
Introduction
Sage – Leaves
Mint – Herb – Mentha spicata.
Mint Jelly
Mint Julep
Ginger – Roots
Ginger Tips
Ginger for Skin Infections
Ginger Ale
Coriander [Cilantro] – Coriandrum Sativum – leaves, seeds
Chives – Allium choenoprasum – leaves
Sauce Tartare
Lavender
Plant Cuttings with Heels
Lavender Seeds
Lavender Bags
Lavender Potpourri
Bergamot – Momarda Didyma – leaves, bark and flowers
Bergamot Tea Infusion.
Dill – Poucedomum Graveolus – Seeds and Leaves
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare – F.officinale – Leaves, Stem And Seed
Chamomile Anthemis nobilis – flowers
How to Make a Chamomile Lawn
Parsley Petroselinum Crispum – Leaves.
Maître D’hôtel Butter
Drying Parsley
Rosemary – rosemarinus officinalis – whole sprig
Hungary Water
Rosemary Tea
Rosemary Scalp Tonic
Thyme – Thymus vulgaris – Leaves
Thyme Vinegar
Anise
Aloe Vera
Growing Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera for Beauty
Face Wash Mixture
PH Balanced Skin Toner –
Basil – Oscimum basilicum – leaves
Basil Vinegar
Carraway (Caraway) – Carum carvi – seeds, leaves, root.
Chervil – Anthriscus cerefolium – leaves and roots
Chervil Vinegar
Hyssop – Hyssopus officinalis – young shoots
Hyssop Tea.
Garlic – Allium sativum – bulb
Comfrey – Symphytum caucisicum – leaves
Violet – Viola odorata – Leaves And Flowers
Violet Cure for Insomnia
Violet pudding
Marjoram – origamum omits – leaves
Tarragon – artemisia dracunculus – leaves.
Tarragon Vinegar
Angelica – Angelica archangelica – stem
Crystallizing Angelica
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Just imagine a world without herbs. You would be flavoring your food with spices or even with natural minerals, because you did not know all about the value of the plant world to make a difference between a bland dish, and a delicious one.
Also, just imagine trying to get rid of a cold more than 5000 years ago, by rubbing your face with cold water. Until somebody decided that he was feeling really cold and he needed something hot to drink. So he just put some water on to boil, but because he did not like the taste of bland water, he just added some nice green leaves. Hey, this chance combination turned out to be really tasty. It also happened to cure his cold and made him feel really warm.

Believe it or not, most of the herbal lore, which has passed down to us down the ages has been found due to experimentation or by Lucky chances. Also, anything which my goats, sheep, horses and cattle liked may not have suited my innards and vice versa. That is why you do not give your cats and dogs , well spiced food, especially your pizza remains, unless you want them really sick.
At that time people did not know much about writing, because we are talking about prehistoric times. However, down the generations, they passed on this knowledge to the people of their tribe. And when they met up with other people of other tribes, they shared this knowledge.
This continued some sensible person decided that this knowledge had to be stored up for the use of future generations. And so this compile addition of herbal lore and information was born and the teachers, the wise men helped mankind for ages to come.
This included the knowledge of the essential oils in the plants.

Basil and mint essential oils are excellent for cooking and in beauty products.

Many of the herbs and remedies known to our ancestors have been lost with the passage of time. However, a lot of these remedies are still being rediscovered by chance, or through documents, found in excavations. Many of the plants which were so common during the time of the Pharaohs are now extinct.
Nevertheless, their knowledge can be considered to be the basis of modern medical knowledge. They knew all about how to use onions to cure colds, as well as heart diseases. Thanks to the Eber papyri , modern researchers are researching on the benefit of onions to cure heart ailments. Read more…

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The Magic of Asafetida For Cooking and Healing

The Magic of Asafetida For Cooking and Healing

Table of Contents
Introduction
How to Grow Asafetida
Harvesting the Sap
Type of Soil?
Watering Your Plant
Sowing the Seedlings
Asafetida to Heal
Fishing Bait
Ceremonial Magic
Throat Infections
Influenza Remedy
Urinary Infections
Bronchitis Cure
Heeng Spicy Mix
Arthritis Oil
Strengthening a Heart
Healthy Heart Mix
Suffering from Diarrhea/Dysentery
Mango Cure
So How Do You Make Buttermilk?
Making Clarified Butter the Traditional Way
Tempering Your Food with Asafetida.
Chicken in the Wok.
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
This book introduces you to one of the most notorious of all spices – the Asafetida. Many people do not use it, as a flavoring ingredient in their foods, because they say it smells. Nevertheless, this spice has been an integral part of the cuisine found near the regions, of the NWFP , which is now called Afghanistan.
My father was born in this area, and he talks about remembering Pakhtoons crossing the border with their backpacks full of dried fruit, Asafetida, and spices, which they used to grow on the mountains of Afghanistan. This Asafetida was collected as sap from the taproot of an indigenous plant, which grew extensively all over that region.
He remembers, running after the gruff Afghani salesmen saying “Khan-a, Kharo Moshai” which was a greeting to the Khan. In return, a gruff baritone would always answer Khara Moshay in return. These vendors sold their products, from door to door, and one knew that they were going to be getting original spices, dry fruits, as well as natural Asafetida without any sort of adulteration. That is why this spice is so expensive.
The call of these door to door salesman always used to be “Heeng-o-jeera” which meant Asafetida and cumin seeds. That is why, Asafetida cannot do without cumin seeds and vice versa, when you are cooking a traditionally Eastern dish.
It is on par with saffron, which is often adulterated with other dried flower stamens. Pure Asafetida powder is going to have its particular smell and that is why it is not used more than one pinch to give any dish, a taste of onions or leeks.
Since ancient times, Asafetida has been used as a medicine to cure lots of ailments. In the West, it was considered to be the devils dung, because of its fetid odor and lumpy yellowish dung like look. That is why it was used in black magic rituals. No wonder it got a notorious reputation in medieval times.
Any woman buying this spice would immediately be labeled as a Devil’s disciple, and would either be burned at the stake or ducked in the nearest pond. However, this sort of ritualism was definitely not a part of Eastern cuisine, or Eastern ancient medical alternative medicine tradition.
This is also known as giant fennel, and as fennel is traditionally called ajowain, Asafetida was called jowani badian- the badian meaning excellent in the vernacular. So excellent fennel!
Tempering in the Indian subcontinent cannot do without Asafetida. Every proud housewife has this ingredient in her kitchen, and all she has to do is put clarified butter in the wok, a hefty pinch of Asafetida, and some onion seeds and mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, she empties out her lentils dish or meat dish on top of this red-hot tempering oil. It will be served sizzling hot to people who enjoy their food.
In many parts of India, many people do not eat onions and garlic, because traditionally, they consider these herbs of not being a part of their ancient and traditional religious beliefs. That is why a pinch of Asafetida was enough to give the food an “onion taste.”
South Indian food, traditionally the sambhar you eat with traditional vegetarian foods like idli and dosai are tempered with a small bit of Asafetida, so that this food is acceptable to even all those people who are extremely particular about garlic, and onions in their diets! This tempering is called Popu in South India and Tadka in North India. Read more..

Healthy Gardening Series

The Magic of Bananas For Cooking and Healing

The Magic of Bananas For Cooking and Healing

Table of Contents
For Cooking and Healing
Introduction
Knowing More about the Banana
Growing Bananas
Best Temperature for Bananas
Preparing the Ground for Bananas
Banana Growing Tips
Planting Bananas
Why Not Seeds?
Fertilizer
Banana Diseases
Ripening on the Tree
Harvesting Bananas
Storing of Bananas
One Banana or Two
Yogurt and Bananas
Dry Cough
Want to Gain Weight?
Ulcers in your mouth?
Nosebleed
The Difference between Bananas and Plantains
Talking about Banana Republics
Bananas as a Healthy Complete Food
Banana Leaves
Using Banana Leaves for Cooking
Grilling Tip
Using Banana Leaves for Wrapping Food and Steaming
Banana Fiber
Banana and Coconut Rings with Palm Sugar
Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream
Plantain and Lamb Curry
Banana Bread
Conclusion

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Introduction
If you were a part of the flapper scene in the roaring 20s and 30s you would be Charleston-ing to “Yes, yes, we have no bananas.” “Going bananas” was popular slang for someone who thought he or she was losing his marbles over someone or something. A Bright Young Thing of that Era would tell her “Sheik” that she considered him to be the bee’s knees , and the cat’s pajamas and she was going bananas over him, but … if he was found escorting any other “Sheba” around to trip the light fantastic, she would have his blood for breakfast.
So what is there in this not so humble plant, which makes it such an integral part of popular culture, as well as slang? Well, firstly, bananas are delicious treats to have throughout the day. Also, they are rich in potassium and other minerals, which keep you fit and fine and glowing and chirpy. Also, the name is rather amusing, so no wonder the whole world has gone bananas over bananas. Since millenniums, the economies of countries have depended upon this delicious fruit.
You can eat these bananas and raw or you can need them ripe. You can roast them, fry them, boil them, mash them, and then your imagination is the limit to which particular use, you want to put these bananas.
Baby food definitely consists of mashed bananas
Bananas are normally eaten raw, but when you decide to cook them, you are going to choose bananas called plantains with more starch content. They may be raw bananas.
The color of our banana ranges from green to yellow. You may also have brown, red, and purple bananas depending on the species and the state of ripeness.
The bananas were called Musa sapientum by scientists before, but that name has now gone out of use. The banana species which we eat now belong to Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata. Hybrids are also very popular, especially when Musa balbisiana is crossed with M.acuminata.
Most of the banana plants, which you find now are completely seedless. That is why if you are looking for seeds, to grow your bananas in your garden, sorry, you will need to plant a banana seedling, propagated by horticulturalist and gardeners.
Bananas are native to tropical Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Malaya and other tropical regions, as well as Australia. They grew wild in the tropical forests here until people started growing them in New Guinea anywhere between 5000 to 8000 years ago. From there, they spread all over the world. Read more..