Types of Parsley

Parsley are a great way to decorate foods or garnish them with it’s freshness and the absolute flavour. So now today I’m going to tell you the 3 chief types of parsley.

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) consists of three major varieties:

  • Curled leaf or common parsley
  • Flat leaf or Italian parsley
  • Hamburg or turnip-rooted parsley

Curled leaf parsley

Proclaimed with decoration. Some claim that curly-leaf parsley has no flavor or, conversely, that it tastes more bitter, but it really depends on the particular plant, its growing conditions and the age.

Curled leaf or common parsley
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Italian parsley

In general, flat-leaf parsley has a more robust flavor, while the curly variety is associated with decoration.

Italian Parsley
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Hamburg parsley

Although the deeply cut leaves can also be used as a seasoning or garnish, like standard parsley varieties, this variety is grown for its eight to ten inch long and up to two inches in diameter, fleshy white, parsnip-like roots.

The roots of the hamburg parsley aren’t quite as impressive as the parsnip and require a long growing season to fully form.

Hamburg or turnip-rooted parsley
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Lavish Tea latte with a twist

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If you’re a tea person and want to have a lavish experience with your tea, this recipe is probably for you guys and people like you. You’ve come to the right place uh!

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp tea powder

Procedure

In a bowl, pour ¼ cup water, 2 tsp sugar and 1 tsp tea powder. Let it boil for around 4-5 minutes, till it reduces in quantity and it will form a decoction. Pour the decoction into your serving cup.

Then, in another bowl, pour 1 cup milk and whisk it vigorously and continuously until the milk fully boils and becomes incredibly frothy. You’ll also notice a change in the texture of the milk.

Serving

Swirling the milk bowl slightly, pour the milk with the froth in the serving cup you already poured the decoction before to.

And your lavish Tea Latte is ready to be enjoyed! Adore your Tea Latte. This tea recipe authentically looks like a Café Latte from above angle, but actually is a lavish Tea Latte.

Basic Diwali faral

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Faral is one of the important elements of celebrating Diwali. Well, and it cannot be excluded ever.

Faral is kinda snacks. It usually consists of many snack items altogether made during Diwali, one of the major festivals of India. Brieflly, all the snack items made during Diwali are Faral.

Chakli

Chakli is a savoury snack. It is a spiral shaped snack with a spiked surface. Chakli is typically made from flours of rice, bengal gram and black gram. It has several variations, depending on the types and proportion of flours used. It is a deep fried snack and is really crispy.

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Laddoo

Laddu or laddoo is a sphere-shaped sweet originating from the Indian subcontinent. Laddus are primarily made from flour, fat and sugar. Laddus are often made of gram flour but can also be made with semolina. Sometimes ingredients such as chopped nuts and/or dried raisins are also added.

There are many kinds of Ladoo but these two types of ladoo are common- the gram flour ladoo and the semolina ladoo. The ingredients are thoroughly roasted and then they are bound together.

Semolina ladoo (Image credit: That Fiji Taste)
Gram flour ladoo (Image credit: Veg Recipes of India)

Shev

Sev or shev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste, which are seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and ajwain before being deep-fried in oil. These noodles vary in thickness. Ready-to-eat varieties of sev, including flavoured sev, are available in Indian stores too.

Shev (Image credit: Akuner)

Chivda

Basic chivdas include two types- puffed rice chivda and poha chivda. The puffed rice or the pohas are first roasted. Peanuts, gram dal and curry leaves are fried and turmeric and some other spices are added. Everything is mixed after it. Same ingredients are consisted in both type of chivdas but the texture of puffed rice and pohas differ; but both types are crispy.

Poha Chivda (Image credit: Spice up the Curry)
Puffed rice chivda (Image credit: Hebbars) Kitchen

Shankarpala

Shankarpali, shakkarpara, khurma, laktho, lakdi mithai, or just simply mithai is a sweet snack. Shankarpali is popular in Western India, especially in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Mainly made of milk, maida, semolina, ghee and sugar. It is crispy from outside and gooey from inside.

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Aanarse

An anarsa is an Indian pastry-like snack commonly. Its ingredients include jaggery, rice, poppy seed and ghee. Anarsas are made from soaked powdered rice, jaggery or sugar. It can be eaten as a dessert as it is sweet. It is fried and is a bit crispy from outside and gooey from inside.

Aanarse

Karanji

Gujiya or a karanji is a sweet deep-fried dumpling, native to the Indian subcontinent, made with suji or maida stuffed with a mixture of sweetened khoa and dried fruits, and fried in ghee. It is crispy from outside and gooey from inside because of the stuffing inside.

Karanji (Image credit: Maunika Gowardhan)

The above all food items or snacks area basic version of Diwali Faral. There are even more and advanced snack items in a Faral. People do more but well, due to lack of time these are the basics. I guarantee you’ll go loca for the faral.

Happy Diwali!

So all preparations done? We’re done with almost everything only choosing an outfit for myself is remaining, well, I’ll do it soon!

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go ahead and plan something for this evening. We’ll plan out something with diyas and huge rangolis in front of our houses n’ beautiful outfits with sarees and one piece dresses. So what are you planning for, comment below your plannings of today’s evening.

Faral done? Mine done! We made chaklis, shankarpalas, aanarse, 2 types of chivda and laddoo. Faral and some sweets from outside, with some kaju katli, malai barfil n’ pedhas.

Wishing you loads of joy and happiness on this fest of Diwali! Happy Diwali! Wish you the greatest happiness on this auspicious account of Diwali. Take precautions, n’ stay safe but enjoy Diwali with your family!

💫💥 Happy Diwali 💥💫
May millions of lamps illuminated your life with endless joy, prosperity and wealth forever …
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali💫💥✨💥

With warm regards,
Tanvi

Cilantro and Parsley

Parsley
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Cilantro and parsley are nearly the same but there are some minor differences to be highlighted. So let’s see the minorities of the differences of cilantro and parsley.

Minor polarities between cilantro and parsley

The serrations on cilantro leaves are rounded and lacy looking, whereas parsley usually has pointy serrations. Parsley is typically a slightly darker green. If you still can’t tell the difference, there’s nothing wrong with pinching or rubbing a leaf to check its aroma.

Parsley has a milder flavor, while cilantro is bolder.

Between the two, parsley is the tamer of the herbs. … But while it does have some similar tasting notes to parsley, cilantro’s flavor is much stronger.

In the supermarket, Curley Parsley, Italian Parsley (flat leaf parsley) and Cilantro generally sit right beside each other. … They are actually the same plant but cilantro refers to the leaves and coriander to the seeds.

Cilantro
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Can you substitute cilantro for parsley?

Cilantro, celery leaves, and carrot greens are excellent replacements for parsley as a garnish. Meanwhile, chervil and chives — either fresh or dried — are the most ideal parsley substitutes for culinary purposes.

Is Parsley healthier than cilantro?

Fresh cilantro is also very rich in Vitamin A and potassium but it is higher than parsley in calcium and dietary fiber. It is also moderately rich in Vitamin C and folate (folic acid). Both cilantro and parsley are naturally low in calories, fat, and sodium.

Garnish it!

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The fun part of preparing a food item is garnishing it with something on top. So let’s see, with what things can we garnish your favourite food.

Usually consisting of an edible component, garnishes brighten the plate, give a clue to the flavor of the meal, complements the taste of the dish or fill empty space on the plate. Garnishes can take many forms depending on the food they are decorating.

Herbs

Herbs like parsley, basil, thyme and rosemary or dill are among the most common garnishes because they are fresh and often brighten a dish or cut through rich, dense flavor palates. Herbs can be chopped to sprinkled over top of finished salad for flavor and eye appeal.

Berries

Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries and blueberries can be typically used for garnishing cakes and puddings.

Fruits

Grapes, pineapple, and watermelon are the most common fruits that are used as garnishes. They can be used as slices, twists, wedges, or used for their zest. Other ingredients that can be used as garnishes include slices of citrus like lemon, lime or orange.

Vegetables

Thin slices of vegetables like julienne of carrot, slivers of spring onion, tomatos, slices of radish. Deep fried shaving of vegetables.

Chocolates

Various kinds of chocolates can be used for garnishing like milk or dark chocolate grated for pastries and cheesecakes. Chocolate chips for soft serves. Truffles for chocolate magical bombs. A drizzle of chocolate syrup on top of cheesecakes. Chocolate Sauce with french fries. Choped chocolates on ice cakes.

Nuts

Nuts, roasted and chopped to add flavor. Various types of nuts can be used for garnishing a soft serve, like pistachios, almonds, roasted peanuts, cashews and walnuts.

Contrast colour garnishes

For light coloured foods, green coloured garnishes can be used as a contrast colour garnisher. And for dark coloured foods items, yellow colour garnishes can be used as a contrast colour garnisher.

Green: Asparagus, celery, gherkins, green peppers, lettuce, olives, parsley, pepper grass, pickles, watercress.

Yellow: Cheese, egg yolk, grated lemon rind, pears.

Coffee

Coffee powder can be dusted on top of cold shakes or refreshing cold beverages like dalgona coffee. Coffee seeds can be used for empty spaces on a plate with respect to the contrast colour of the dish.

Gadgets used for garnishing

Tools often used for creating food garnishes include skewers, knives, graters, toothpicks, and parchment cones.

There is a variety for garnishing your ideal food with your preferred gadgets. Just hack it and proceed ahead to devour your favourite food!

Why you must have Bitter Gourd?

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One of the least favourite foods is also one of the healthy food groups, which is the Bitter Gourd. It is carried by a vast number of health benefits, useful and essential for your body, followed in this blog!

Perks of Bitter Melon

High in nutrition

Karela is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins like A and C. It holds twice the calcium of spinach and beta-carotene of broccoli. Various anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are purely present in bitter gourd.

Daily consumption

This means that you can drink not more than one glass of fresh bitter squash juice daily. This can cure lung infections including asthma. Since bitter gourd helps purify your blood and prevent premature greying of hair, you can consume it every day at least once, but not in excess.

Anyone considering taking bitter melon alongside their diabetes treatment should consume no more than: 50–100 milliliters daily of juice. about 2–3 ounces throughout the day. One small bitter melon per day.

Does bitter melon affect kidney?

The results of this study showed that 4000 mg/kg of M. charantia fruit extract (Bitter gourd) as single dose has not any significant adverse effects on renal function and structure. Longer-term consumption for 7 days can cause some complications in kidney tissue and its function.

Can bitter squash be one of the ways to cure diabetes?

The oral intake of the extract from bitter apple seeds does produce hypoglycemic effects in streptozotocin (STZ) induced type-1 diabetic rats. This indicates that compounds in bitter melon seeds other than p-insulin may also be effective in the treatment of type-1 diabetes.

Can bitter gourd reduce belly fat?

This green vegetable is extremely low in calories and is a great choice for those wanting to lose weight. It contains low amounts of fat and carbohydrates. A glass of bitter squash juice fills your stomach and prevents you from taking unnecessary calories. 100 grams of bitter gourd contains only 34 calories

Can it be eaten raw?

Karela can be enjoyed raw or cooked in various recipes. In fact, it can be pan-fried, steamed, baked, or even hollowed out and stuffed with your choice of fillings.

Good for eyes?

Eye problems: Bitter gourd is one of the finest vegetables which helps in alleviating eye problems and improving eyesight as it is high in beta- carotene.

Does bitter apple increase immunity?

Besides, a 100g serving of bitter gourd contains just 17 calories making it a great option for fitness enthusiasts.

Improves immunity?

Karela is an extremely rich source of vitamin C, which helps boost immunity. It also has powerful antiviral property, which stimulates the immune system and also aids in digestion.

Accompany it with:

Accompany it with something sweet, which is low in calories so your efforts of eating the low calorie bitter gourds are not wasted. You can certainly accompany it with the following foods –

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Sweets
  • Truffles
  • Chocolates
  • Cakes
  • Cream
  • Cookies

Remember : Anything you accompany it with, the thing you allow to company should be low in calories and should be sweet or something that is opposite in taste with the bitter gourd.

Side effects of Bitter squash

  • Diarrhea, vomiting, and other intestinal issues.
  • Vaginal bleeding, contractions, and abortion.
  • Dangerous lowering of blood sugar if taken with insulin.
  • Liver damage.
  • Favism (which can cause anemia) in those with G6PD deficiency.

Bitter melon, karela, bitter gourd, bitter apple and bitter squash, all are synonyms of bitter gourd.

Mouth Ulcers

I did not feature any image because, you might get scarified, the images were that horrible!

Mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores are one of the major pains of the mouth. It affects our routine so much, that it causes hateful pain. It is typically a wound caused, due to some deficiency of nutrients or some other factors. It is not only one ulcer but, at times 3 to 4 may too occur. It may affect on the following locations of your mouth:

  • Near the throat
  • On the surface of the cheeks (inside)
  • Below the lips (inside)
  • Near your gum
  • On the tongue

The concept of mouth ulcers

Due to increase in the body temperature, less intake of water or no pottiness, there may be ways that the temperature or the warmness may come out from the body. Mouth ulcers are one of the ways from which the temperature or the gases are released out.

Diagnosis

It is usually self diagnosable, and it is typically noticed when you have a difficulty in eating or it itches while drinking water.

Common causes

Mouth ulcers can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include canker sores, burns, biting the tongue or cheeks, or eating acidic foods such as sour sweets and pineapple.

~ (Common causes) Apollo Hospital

Curing time

They usually heal within 1 or 2 weeks, but if the the wound gets more painful and denser you should undoubtly consult a doctor. Seeing a doctor for sure can certainly help you to detect the wound whether it is a mouth ulcer or on the other hand, an other injury.

Treatments

Most of the Indian home remedies suggest –

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  • Apply turmeric diluted with a drop of water
  • Keep chewing basil/ holy basil
  • Eating spicy street food
  • Sandal wood paste
  • Less intake of warm foods like garam or black masalas
  • Intake of more water
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Holy basil (Image credit : iStock)

Allowing ice chips to melt over the ulcers or rinsing your mouth with salt water or baking soda and water may help to lessen pain. Using anti-ulcer gels may provide some relief.

A small torment, matters a lot!

Standing for hours could be savage – Part II

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Standing for hours could be savage – Part I, already described the merits and demerits of standing and in the further part II, I’m going to describe something about a standing desk – it’s benefits and detriments.

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Standing desks

Benefits of a standing desk

Standing desks offer several health benefits, including: Standing burns more calories than sitting down. This means that standing throughout the workday can help lower risk of weight gain. One study found a reduction in blood sugar spikes in people who used standing desks.

  • Reduce Back Pain
  • Lower your Risk of Heart Disease
  • Lower your Risk of Weight Gain and Obesity
  • Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Improve Mood and Gain Energy
  • Boost Your Productivity

Detriments of a standing desk

In the first part of ‘Standing for hours could be savage’ I mentioned some merits and demerits of prolonged standing. Similarly the demerits of prolonged standing could only be the disadvantages of a standing desk.

For reading ‘Standing for hours could be savavge – Part I’, click right here.

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Standing desks have often been presented as a healthier alternative to sitting around all day. But new research published in the journal Ergonomics says otherwise. The 2017 study found that prolonged standing causes discomfort, and reduced individuals’ reaction times.

Are standing desks overrated?

Research, however, suggests that warnings about sitting at work are overblown, and that standing desks are overrated as a way to improve health. … A number of studies have found a significant association between prolonged sitting time over a 24-hour period and increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Types of standing desks

There are four main types of sit stand desks –

  • Manual sit stand desks
  • Electric height adjustable desks
  • Standing desk convertors
  • Portable standing desks

Although cheap has many limitations. Generally limited range of height and most do not raise high enough.

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Best suitable for you with features –

Manual Sit Stand Desk

Manual crank desks, like the DeskRite 200, feature a handle crank to move the surface up and down to any height. This gives you all the benefits of a full sit-stand desk but at a lower price.

Electric Height Adjustable Desk

  • Electric adjustment. Electric adjustable desks are much easier to raise and lower than hydraulic or hand-crank model
  • Anti-collision feature
  • Memory preset options
  • Crossbar
  • Dual motors

Standing Desk Convectors

Standing desk converters, also known as desktop risers or toppers, are adjustable units that you place on top of your existing desk. They give you the option of standing without getting rid of or moving your current desk. They usually feature a  desktop surface with a separate keyboard tray.

Portable Standing Desks

  • Adjustability.
  • Height Memory and Syncing.
  • Multi-Level Surfaces.
  • Cable-Friendly Design.
  • Enough Support.
  • Accompanying Apps.
  • High-Quality Materials.
  • A Good Mat.

Choosing a good desk

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If you observe the features of every kind of standing desk, you’ll definitely observe some sort of difference between each standing desks.

I personally think that you should take up with, Manual Sit Stand Desk. It is available at low cost and handling it manually may lead to a bit exercise in your office and a small amount of calorie burn. It is good to exercise for a bit after a certain period of time.