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Tomatoes are a staple in the Indian diet, be it a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian dish. It has to be a part of each meal in some form. As puree, paste, flavour, or diced into the dal. This tangy, sweet, and juicy ingredient was not always Indian. In fact, it did not even grow in India until the British sanctioned it. It is a product of colonization and has come a long way to become part of our everyday meals.
Originally, the tomato was considered poison. Its actual native is debatable. Some say it is European while others argue that is came from indigenous parts of Spain and Portugal. Either way, it is a plant species that is associated with the legendary Nightshade. It looks very similar to this poisonous plant that tomatoes were not even harvested for a long time, for fear of picking Nightshade instead. It was believed that Nightshade caused the blood to turn to acid and that tomatoes had the same property. Later research proved that the plant itself may be poisonous but the fruit is not.
The fruit if the woody nightshade plant Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Tomato is considered a fruit instead of a vegetable because it is cooked. But this theory has an interesting tale behind it. in the United States, in 1887, a tax was levied on the transport of vegetables, but not on fruits. By then, tomatoes had become a huge part of the American diet and traders could not afford to pay the ten percent duty. So, they began to call the large loads they transported fruits, just to avoid the tax due. In time, this is how the tomato came to be regarded. Some scientists went even further and stated that it is a berry. Botanists claim that since it is a part that grows from the flower's ovary and contains seeds, it is a fruit and not a vegetable. But this is a debate that will never end.
Incorporating tomatoes into the Indian diet must have happened so long ago that people do not remember a time without tomatoes, considering how it is the fundamental ingredient of most cuisines. The tomato has a name in every language as well, so the trading between nations, the voyages that brought them to India, and the decoding of the fruit-vegetable must have taken place far earlier than our ancestors remember. Or, perhaps we liked it so much that we decided to use it everywhere and make it our own. Nonetheless, it has been a delightful addition.
Keywords: Tomato, Fruit, Vegetable, Nightshade, Voyage, Staple
What better time than now to indulge in mango-based dessert. Summer is the ideal time to indulge in some healthy and cool refreshments. With the abundance of different varieties of mangoes, we explore some interesting recipes out of India’s favorite summer fruit! Loaded with nutrition and taste, this ripened pulpy fruit is all-in-all a dessert in itself. Grow with Kimaye, INI Farms shares drinks, and dessert you can make out of mangoes at home!
All in for Aamras – This one goes without saying and is by far the easiest dessert you can make! Nothing beats this sweet and smooth flavor on a summer noon. It’s not just a sweet escape but is full of nutritional elements. They’re mostly made with sweet Alphonso mangoes for the natural sweet essence, so pick the right Mangoes before you blend them!
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Fuse the Fizz – If you are looking for something fresh and light, Mango Fizz is the ultimate solution. While lemon soda may be the summer drink, you can always add some mango pulp to twist the taste! This perfect blend of soda, lemon, mint leaves, and mango will leave you refreshed and energized.
Make space for Cheesecake! – A mango cheesecake makes it a perfect summer dessert for those short get-togethers. The process of making a no-bake mango cheesecake is simple, easy, and delicious to devour! All you need are some rich flavored mangoes, so make sure you pick good quality ones. A rich dessert requires rich fruits!
Blend it in a Milkshake – Summers are incomplete without these, aren’t they? If you love milkshakes, mangoes are your go-to fruit! Out of the very few fruits that blend well with milk, Mango happens to be one. So, make the most of this healthy choice! You can also blend in a few chocolate pieces and make it a Mango-chocolate shake.
Mango Kesari or Halwa – The season calls for something special, and if one can blend fruits into delicious recipes, then why not? The simple recipe of halwa with mango mixture can add up to the sweet flavor. It’s an easy recipe to try at home when you’re craving something sweet and fruity!
Time for Lassi – Last but not least, Mango lassi not just makes a tasty drink but also has major health benefits. The mixture of mango and yogurt is healthy for your gut, helps in digestion, and keeps your stomach cool. With minimal effort, mango lassi is a must-have summer drink!
Fruit is a great way to get your dose of nutrients and vitamins. You can also add other fresh fruits like bananas, grapes, and pomegranates to make these recipes a little more fruit-full! (IANS/SP)
Started in 2016, Zoet is the brainchild of Sana and Geeta Bector. Zoet meaning ‘sweet’ in Dutch, aims to bake and create a dessert that is sweet and complex in flavor yet simple and delicious.
The inspiration for Zoet came out of Sana’s grandmother’s kitchen who started Cremica when she decided to make and sell ice cream out of her home. Very quickly, Cremica managed to grow from a home bakery to a full-fledged store and then the food conglomerate followed. But one thing her grandmother always kept going was that home bakery.
Growing up around incredible desserts, Sana missed those flavors from her grandmother’s kitchen when she moved to Delhi – and so, Zoet was born! Each dessert either evokes a memory or is so good that it leads to creating a new one which is tied up in a childhood memory in a manner that people would like to eat today. IANSlife spoke to Sana Bector to get more details.
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Q: Tell us a little about your labor of love Zoet and how it all came about?
A: I grew up with a bakery in my home, I suppose that’s a dream childhood. We always had dessert on the table. Puddings as we used to call them back in the day, were my favorite. Layers of luscious custard, cake, fruit, and sometimes chocolate — who wouldn’t love that. When I moved to Delhi 10 years ago I really missed those desserts and I really couldn’t find anything like them. So I roped my mom in and decided to start Zoet. We wanted to get more people the experience the dessert we were so fortunate to know and love. Added bonus, I now always have dessert on the table!
Q: It’s the season of love and nothing hits the spot quite like dessert?
A: Let’s try this. Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream straight from the tub on a difficult day. A vibrant strawberry tiramisu, made with fresh strawberries and a delightful mascarpone custard in the park on a sunny winter day. Warm-up a buttery apple pie and serve it up with some cool custard, in PJs with Netflix on. Are you drooling yet? Flower, no matter how pretty, just can’t do that.
Q: The pandemic has put a focus on healthy eating.. how do you incorporate and prioritize healthy and sustainable ingredients?
A: Our focus is on fresh ingredients, sourced locally and from our own farms. We believe that dessert should be something you can enjoy every day and feel great after. That’s why our offerings are balanced and not too sweet.
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Q: The F&B business has seen a number of new entrants and old players go online… why did you go offline with a dessert store in the Capital?
A: We started out as a delivery business with a few shop-in-shop retail counters so you can order Zoet online. However, nothing compares to interacting with people in person. I suppose in a way, the past year made us all realize that. My grandmother started her business by connecting with people and we’ve just come full circle.
Q: Your favorite from Zoet and the recipe, please
A: My Favourite from Zoet has got to be our Coffee Tiramisu. Ours is complex but in a pinch, I make this bailey’s tiramisu that’s made with basic pantry ingredients without compromising too much on flavor. Zoet’s first flagship outlet is now open at Defence Colony Market. (IANS)
Winters call for some warm exotic dishes, but what about the drinks? Don’t settle for your usual soft drinks when you can prep-up for something fancy in little to no time! As we enter the new year, why not add some lip-smacking healthy mocktails to the list?
Yes, with a pinch of the fruity element, your mocktails can be safe and healthy! The key is to use high-quality ingredients and fresh fruit pulp. Most of these mocktails require similar ingredients like lime juice, mint leaves, ice cubes, soda, or sparkling water. And trust us; it’s as easy as you could think of! So, make a toast, with these easy-peasy mocktails, shared by Kimaye Health, INI Farms.
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Here’s how to go about it in 4 simple steps:
Muddle the fruit and lime juice with a few mint leaves. Pour the mixture into a glass with 2-3 ice cubes, and honey if needed. Add soda or sparkling water to the brim and mix. Garnish them with a fruit slice and mint leaves to make them festive ready! Some of the fruits that go well are:
Goes perfectly with the winter vibe as the blend of maroon with soda looks splendid for a celebration drink. Along with pomegranate juice, you can also throw in a few seeds to garnish and add sweetness to your mocktails. The best part is that you don’t need any added sugar as the natural flavor of pomegranate makes it a wonderful delight!
In this citrusy mocktail, you can mix up multiple citrus fruits to flavor up the taste. Oranges are abundant during winter, so make full use of this tangy winter fruit! The fresh orange pulp is a healthier escape from your regular soft drinks or alcohol. A thin slice of orange on the brim will surely make it an instaworthy click!
Go all blue with your winter theme! The delicious blueberries have always been a sweet delight. Crush and blend them into a smooth mixture. This is something new that you can easily try for your next family get-together. Pair it up with blueberry cheesecake and get into the celebration mode!
While cucumbers are most adored in summers for their cooling effect and they also make a refreshing drink during the winters. The freshness of cucumbers with lime soda is surely something you wouldn’t want to miss. Don’t just slide them into your salads, instead turn them into a sweet fresh mocktail!
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Striking Strawberry Pineapple
Blend in two fruits for some incredible flavor. Pineapple and strawberry go well together because of their sweet and soft nature. With these two fruits, there’s barely any need for added sugar. You can play with the quantity of each fruit to get the desired shade of the drink.
These are some of the best and easy combinations to try for that random get together. Always go for fresh and good quality fruits for better results. Additionally, you can also freeze some small fresh-fruit chunks in ice cubes and drop them in to give your mocktails a flattering look. With these ingredients and tricks in mind, you can add a unique charm to simple parties! (IANS)