Gulab Jamun: Celebration for Your Mouth

gulab-jamunIndian sweets with their colours, shapes and taste are simply mind-boggling. For every geometric shape you can conceive, taste a sweet tooth can yearn or a colour under heaven there is an Indian sweet. Among them stands tall – rather round like the Sun, the ‘Gulab Jamun.’ A sweet born of Indo-Persian culture, even its name sounds delicious. The moment you enunciate the two soft words ‘Gulab Jamun’ your mouth feels like a celebration.  The former derived from rose-scented cardamom syrup in which it is soaked and the latter named after an indigenous plum-shaped Indian fruit.

Such deliciousness shouldn’t be restricted to anyone, especially during the festive season. But health issues do play spoil sport making this king of sweets a no-go area due to the sheer amount of oil used in its preparation. However, you can put such worries aside with the USHA Deep Fryer, which uses the least amount of oil to cook your favourite dessert in a healthy way.  For food purists who love to see their food getting cooked, the USHA Deep Fryer also comes with a Detachable lid with viewing window enabling you to view your Gulab Jamuns sizzle into round balls of Goodness.

So without further ado, we present the recipe of celebration:

Ingredients (Makes 10 pieces)20120928052106

  • 1 cup skimmed milk powder
  • 2½ tbsp maida
  • ¼ tsp mitha soda
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 1 tsp milk to knead the dough
  • Oil/ghee for deep frying
  • 10-20 mitha daana (prasaad goli)

Sugar syrup

  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 3 cups water
  • 2½ cups sugar

Method

  1. For the sugar syrup, boil water and sugar. Keep boiling for 2 minutes on medium flame to get a sticky syrup but no thread. Add cardamom powder and keep aside to cool to room temperature. Gulab Jamuns should not be put in hot syrup.
  2. Sift milk powder, maida and soda in a small paraat or flat plate. Add cream and mix well. Mix the mixture. If the dough appears hard, add 1 tsp milk and mix again.
  3. Divide mixture into 12 balls. Roll each ball carefully into a smooth round ball. If the balls have cracks, add a little more milk to the dough and mix lightly to a smooth dough. Stuff a mitha daana in each ball and roll again.
  4. Set Usha Deep Fryer to 150°C and fry 5-6 pieces till golden brown for 10-11 minutes.
  5. Once the balls have turned dark brown take out from the oil and put into the syrup which should be at room temperature.
  6. Fry the remaining balls and keep all Gulab Jamuns to soak in the syrup for 2 hours.

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Diet Hard Or Gone in 8 Minutes

Mary Kom at The HAB by USHA

Mary Kom at The HAB by USHA

Years and months of training are all put to test in just 8 minutes inside the boxing ring. The result of all your disciplined routines of exercises, practice bouts and diet plans either will see you through or rest you in peace with the knockout that you never see coming.

When it comes to Mary Kom, though she follows a regular and a much MC BWdisciplined diet and training routine, it was not so during her initial years. As a struggling boxer she was “fighting five years without any good diet. No supplement, no eggs. No breakfast. Just lunch and dinner, vegetable only and rice. Sometimes when the relative I am staying with in Imphal, when he gets salary, then we get meat. Once a month.”

mary_kom copyHowever as the medals kept coming things got better, both her diet plans and training regime improved. Gone were the days of protein-less life. Today, she survives on light snacks before her training, followed by a healthy breakfast. Lunch around 2 and Dinner before 9 pm. And in between, she drinks a lot of juices, ending her day with a glass of milk. Morning follows with a similar diet routine coupled with her training schedule, which consists of early morning runs, followed by punching and kicking the Punching bag for an hour. And o’ course bouts of practice fighting, follow.

While at The HAB by Usha Mary Kom claimed that this routine helped her to lose 2 kgs a day, after her pregnancy! Impossible though that may seem to us, we all can try and live healthy lives, even with our offices, meetings and daily chores. No, you won’t lose 2 kgs a day but healthy you will stay. The secret dietary plan that normal boxers follow, which you could too in order to stay in shape goes something like this: To begin with skip from 3 heavy meals a day to 6 small meals a day – smaller meals keep you energized and keep your metabolism high.

From: Expert Boxing

From: Expert Boxing

Workout on the above graph would translate into your daily official chores in place of rigorously punching bags or co-workers around the office! We highly recommend you refrain from the punching part.

If you do have a craving for fried food, which is natural – cook them using devices that use minimum amount of oil like the USHA Halogen Oven (click for recipes). For snacks sandwiches work best and USHA has some of the best Sandwich Toasters around, pick one up for your light in-between meals – they are pretty portable too.

Usha Halogen Oven and Sandwich Toaster

Usha Halogen Oven and Sandwich Toaster

And no diet as stated by Mary Kom, Dietitians and a zillion boxers is complete without fresh juices. The USHA Juicer Mixer Grinder can be your best friend here. And if you are looking for what juices to drink, we have a complete Juice Therapy course for you. Click Here.

Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder

Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder

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The Tradition of Fish & Chips

Fish and ChipsCod Fellas, Cod Father, Frydays, Frying Squad and Plaice to be, are names of a few Fish & Chips outlets in Great Britain. The British have a colourful tradition of giving quirky names to their Fish & Chips outlets. Almost considered to be their national dish, it can be traced back to the 1860’s. Before that though Brits did eat Fish and Chips they were never consumed together. The idea to pair them into a single dish was a brilliant one – and even found its way into classic English literature, the most famous being in a Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

An apt course for parties, supper or a quick lunch the Fish and Chips are not as unhealthy as you think; unlike other fried dishes, an average portion of fish, chips and peas contains only 7.3% fat.

Ingredients :(Serves 4 persons)

  1. 500 gm fish fillet (boneless) – cut into 8 rectangular pieces
  2. ½ cup flour (maida)
  3. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  4. ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper
  5.  ¼ tsp pepper, ¼ tsp salt

BatterUsha Fryer

  1. 2 eggs, 6 tbsp flour (maida)
  2. 1 tbsp oil
  3. 2 pinches baking powder
  4. 2 pinches salt n pepper
  5. 1 tsp lemon juice

To serve

Method

  • Wash the fish fillet and pat dry on a kitchen towel.
  • Marinate the fillet with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix all ingredients of the batter to get a thick coating batter. Rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Spread some flour in a plate. Dredge the fish fillet in the flour thoroughly.
  • Leave it on the flour till you are ready to serve.
  • Dip the fish fillet in batter.
  • Set the Usha Deep Fryer knob at 170C and wait till the red light turn green.
  • Deep fry fish pieces for 4 minutes till cooked through and golden.

And that’s how you cook this legendary English dish. Try it as a welcome break from your Butter Chickens and Machar Jhol.