516. Home made Wheat Bread

I like to make many eatable items at home than to purchase from shop. I tried  Wheat Bread today. The taste and look are good. I have not used white sugar, maida  and egg for preparing this bread.

wheat bread

Ingredients required :

Wheat flour – 2 cups

Jaggery powder – 1 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Baking soda – 1/4 tsp

Honey – 1 tsp

Curd – 1 tbsp

Milk – 1/2 cup

Cooking Oil – 1 tsp

Butter or Ghee – 1 tsp

Method of preparation :

First, we have to prepare yeast at home. For that, we have to take a small air-tight container. In that, we have to add honey, curd and jaggery powder. We have to mix these things well with a spoon and leave it for 24 hours, by closing the lid of the container.

After 24 hours, in a bowl, we have to put the yeast prepared. Then, we have to add the wheat flour, salt,  half of cooking oil, baking soda and baking powder. After mixing the batter well, we have to put the warm milk little by little. We have to knead the batter for 10 minutes. It will be like chapathi batter. We have to cover the bowl with a lid and leave it for half an hour. Then, we can see that the batter is raised. Again, we have to knead for 10 minutes by adding the remaining cooking oil and forleave for half an hour. In a cooker or pressure pan(preferably indolium), we have to put sand for about 1 cm thickness and heat it in high flame for 10 minutes, by closing the lid, without gasket and weight. Then, we have to   slow down the flame to sim and keep a small stand inside.   We have to take an indolium cooker vessel and grease the inner side with butter or ghee. Then, we have to put the batter inside and level it to a cuboid shape(bread shape). After that, we have to apply the remaining butter or ghee on the outer side of the batter.   We have to keep the cooker vessel on the stand and cook in slow flame(sim) for 30 minutes. Again, we should not put gasket and weight.  We have to switch off and wait for 5 minutes. We can transfer easily the cooked bread, by just inverting the cooker vessel on a plate. We can cut it into required shape, as per our wish. Please try. It is easy.

 

 

 

515. Rasam, with Coconut and without Tomato

We all know many types of Rasam. There is a traditional way for preparing rasam in temples.  They won’t use tomato for rasam. I tried  the rasam and  it tasted very well. I want to share the recipe with you all.

rasam

Ingredients required :

Tur dal – 1 tbsp

turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Gingerly oil – 1/4 tsp

Scrapped coconut – 1 tbsp

Tamarind – A small lemon size

Dhania – 1/2 tsp

Channa dal – 1/2 tsp

Methi – 1/2 tsp

Dry red Chilli – 4

Jeera- 1/2 tsp

Kala Mirch – 1/2 tsp

Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Hing – 1/4 tsp

Ghee – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Jaggery powder – 1/4 tsp

Corriander leaves – a small bunch

Curry leaves – Little

Method of preparation :

Soak tamarind in hot water for half an hour. Cook tur dal with gingerly oil, turmeric powder & one cup of water, in a pressure cooker. Mash it with a ladle, when it is hot. Dry roast  dhania, channa dal, methi, red chilli, jeera and  kala mirch, without adding oil. When it becomes cool, add the coconut and grind it to a paste. In a kadai, do seasoning with mustard and hing using ghee. Add  tamarind water and salt. When it becomes to boil, add the paste. When everything mix well, put jaggery powder and mashed tur dal. After 5 minutes, put corriander leaves and curry leaves & switch off the gas.  A very tasty  rasam is ready. The aroma of the rasam and its watery texture are suitable for all to eat with rice as well as drink alone.

 

 

514. Stand Up Comedy

Nowadays, a new trend known as “Stand Up Comedy”  is emerging as people like to have diffrent new types of entertainment. They are getting bored of cinemas and dramas. Stand Up Comedy is a performance given by a comedian in front of live audience. Sometimes the comedian interacts with the audience, ask questions to them and the audience also ask questions to him.

The audience may think that the comedian is dialoguing with them, jovially. But, actually, he has come prepared to entertain us with his jokes, small stories, music and magic. First, they practice with known people and get their feedback. When they become popular, they start to perform in front of many people. They talk about current topics to get more response from the audience.

I used to watch some Indian based stand up comedy  in Tamil, English, Kannada and Hindi. I like the performance of Alex after watching his “Alex in Wonderland”. It was really nice. He made tribute to many famous musical directors and singers in his own way. His shows are really entertaining us. Another promising personality is Praveen Kumar”.  His way of presentation is amazing. He  says jokes in a simple way and makes us to laugh throughout the show.

The success of a show is dependent on how many times the audience laugh and at what frequency. Many humour clubs are organising stand up comedy shows. Nowadays Corporate Companies are arranging such shows to entertain their employees.  Many common people still fear to buy tickets to watch this type of show. The TV channels and U Tube are making the shows popular, as many people are watching them.

Let us also encourage the talent of artists doing Stand up Comedy.

 

513. Homemade popcorn

mypopcorn

I wanted to try something new at home, during lockdown time. I tried popcorn, this time. Dry corn was available at home.  I heated a kadai, after adding 1/4 tsp of cooking oil. After that, I added 2 tsp of dry corn and covered the kadai with a lid. Within few minutes, the corns started to splutter. I switched off the gas when the sound stopped and opened the lid. Aha, all the dry corns are fried in  very little quantity of oil. I didn’t add salt or chilly powder, as I like plain popcorn only. You can also try.

508. There are no unanswered prayers

We pray to God with or without any requests. Sometimes God fulfills our desires immediately. Sometimes it takes time and we may have to pass through tough situations before achieving it. Sometimes He is working behind the scenes of our trials, yet we can’t see His handiwork, leading us to feel like our prayer has fallen on deaf ears. When we are in the position of waiting for God to act such as to remedy a situation, to heal an illness, to bring a wayward child home, to set right unwanted situation and we don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, it can overwhelm us and cause unbelief to surface. Like most people, many prayers leave us wondering if we will ever hear an answer in this life.

When God is silent, we are often tempted to doubt His goodness. We are tempted to doubt His promises can really be true. We doubt He will answer our prayers. Scripture brims with stories of God answering prayers that lead his people to marvel at the magnitude of his might and care.

We minimize God to this figure in another dimension that can just give us what we want when we want it.  We are lazy,  we pretend to be busy, we lack a clear plan of how to pray  and have got disbelief in everything.  The elders tell that while praying we should feel that we got the thing done by God.  We should not lose heart and leave in between. We should continue our prayers unless and until we get it.

We may think that God has got no other work than to answer our prayers. Prayer is not a casual one-sided conversation. It is not “back-up insurance” guaranteeing a life free from pain and struggles. Prayer is actively acknowledging God as the source of all power and trusting that His answers, whether expected or unexpected, will accomplish greater things.

When we pray non-stoppingly, definitely God will give a right answer at the right time.

507. Thulasi..Thulasi…

Thulasi or Basil is a herb which cures many diseases and is also found  commonly  in many places of the world.  In India, thulasi is considered holy and being worshipped in many houses. It is believed that if we keep and worship thulasi, ill-spirits won’t enter the house.  Ours sins will vanish if we worship thulasi and do good deeds.

The thulasi theertham given in Perumal temples is considered holy and it cures many diseases. Of all the herbs used in the medicinal form of Ayurveda, thulasi finds an important place. There is  evidence that thulsi can address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress through a unique combination of pharmacological actions. Thulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise. Thulsi has also been shown to counter metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties.

The Hindu name for holy basil, Thulsi, means “the incomparable one.” Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds. It  has traditionally been used to support immunity, stress response, and to support the body’s natural detoxification process.  Bhagavatha Purana calls thulasi as “The queen of herbs”.   Thulsi is viewed as a living gateway between heaven and earth, and regarded as the manifestation of the divine within the plant kingdom.

After knowing everything, we should worship and use thulasi as a medicine in our day-to-day life to achieve its benefits.