Saturday January 19, 2019

These 10 Food Items are Popular with Indians and not to be missed this Monsoon!

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A Vendor selling food in India. VOA

-by Surbhi Dhawan

June 26, 2017:  Monsoon season is around the corner and some areas are already experiencing showers in India. The scorching heat does not let people enjoy out in the bright sun. Rain brings relief to the nature lovers. Rain makes people forgo the comfort of their four walls. They sit in their balcony and open their windows to enjoy the cool breeze, sound of rain drops and the sweet fragrance of wet soil.

This pleasure is accompanied by some enticing and mouth watering food. Every chunk of  India has their own delicacies to gratify their taste buds. NewsGram brings you the most favorite and popular food items of Monsoon.

  • The word ‘Pakoda’ can’t be separated from the rainy season. Potato, mix vegetable, chilly, cheese, spinach and onion mixed with different kinds of flour like chickpea, corn flour and all purpose flour. Bread pakora and crunchy onion pakoda are more preferred by certain people. Adding spice and chilly to sizzling hot pakodas enhance its flavor. They are best served with chutney and tea.

 

  • Call it Corn, Bhutta or Chaali, it’s a must have in rainy season. The hot smoked corn in a contrasting cool and pleasant weather is such a relaxation. Some prefer char grilled corn while some other likes it as cooked by the hot sand. Sometimes small pieces of corns are separated from root and served individually. Corn is usually purchased from the street vendors during the monsoons.

    Corns being roasted
  • Sabudana vada / Sabudana tikki/ Sago vada is an authentic dish of Maharashtrian cuisine. It’s a deep fried snack served with spicy green chutney and hot tea. Sabudana vada are also consumed by people during fasts. Arrival of monsoons calls for some crispy sabudana tikki, which satisfies you fully instead of being a light snack.

    Sabudana Snack

 

  • Indian children and youngsters are a fan of Noodles. Nothing can satisfy them more than homemade noodles. People add different vegetables and spices according to their taste and enjoy every bit of it.

  •  ‘Fafda Jalebi’ is a prominent name in Guajarati cuisine. The different kind of combination of salty fafda with sweet jalebi makes a mouth watering snack in monsoon. Fafda consisting of gram flour, spices and water are deep fried in oil. Jalebi is a deep fried snack made of all purpose floor, dipped in sweet sugar syrup. This dish should be not missed this monsoon.
    ‘Fafda Jalebi’ is a Gujarati delicacy

     

  • Hot soup is a very healthy option during monsoons. The chill you experience after getting wet in rain is comforted by these soups. The soups range from very basic tomato to various multi-ingredient soup. It also includes mix vegetable, fish, chicken, and south Indian rasam.
  • Dhokla is another dish for Gujarat. Dhokla is a light snack which can be enjoyed in morning and evening as a breakfast. It is prepared by rice and chickpea flour and served with green chilies at the top. This dish can also be consumed by health conscious people as it is a steamed dish.

    Dhokla
  • Pyaaz Kachori is one of the favorite’s snacks of north Indians. These are deep fried, stuffed with onion and other vegetables, and served with sweet and sour mint and sweet date chutney. It is a very prominent food item in North India.

    North Indian Snack Pyaaz Kachori
  • Kheer is known to be a very royal dish of Indian cuisine. Its sweet rice pudding served on special occasions. Malpua is an Indian pancake which is used as an item of sweet and dessert in India. The platter consisting maalpua and kheer will leave you spellbound, the moment you will taste it.

    The Dessert of the season
    Kheer
  • Fruit Salad: Fruits are a very healthy source of nutrients. Monsoon also brings a lot of allergies, infections, and indigestion problems along with relaxing and pleasant weather. Litchi, plum, cherries, peach and pomegranate, pear, banana, papaya will keep your immune system strong which protects you from diseases.

    Super beneficial fruits
  • Don’t forget to include these food items in your monsoon diet which will keep you happy and healthy.

-by Surbhi Dhawan. Twitter @surbhi_dhawan

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To Avoid Catastrophic Damage, Humans Need To Change Their Diet: Study

We need governments to help accelerate the change by aligning national dietary guidelines with healthy and sustainable requirements

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This is the "Impossible Burger," made from wheat protein, coconut oil, potato protein and other ingredients, shown in Bellevue, Neb., Jan. 11, 2019. A report released Jan. 16, 2019, by a panel of nutrition, agriculture and environmental experts recommends a plant-based diet. VOA

The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and “catastrophic” damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published Thursday.

The key to both goals is a dramatic shift in the global diet — roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts — a consortium of three dozen researchers concluded in The Lancet, a medical journal.

“We are in a catastrophic situation,” co-author Tim Lang, a professor at the University of London and policy lead for the EAT-Lancet Commission that compiled the 50-page study, told AFP.

Currently, nearly a billion people are hungry and another 2 billion are eating too much of the wrong foods, causing epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

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The key to protecting human and planetary health is a dramatic shift in the global diet — roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts — a consortium of three dozen researchers concluded in The Lancet. VOA

Unhealthy diets account for up to 11 million avoidable premature deaths every year, according to the most recent Global Disease Burden report.

At the same time the global food system is the single largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the biggest driver of biodiversity loss, and the main cause of deadly algae blooms along coasts and inland waterways.

Agriculture — which has transformed nearly half the planet’s land surface — also uses up about 70 percent of the global fresh water supply.

“To have any chance of feeding 10 billion people in 2050 within planetary boundaries” — the limits on Earth’s capacity to absorb human activity — “we must adopt a healthy diet, slash food waste and invest in technologies that reduce environmental impacts,” said co-author Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research.

“It is doable but it will take nothing less than global agricultural revolution,” he told AFP.

The main culprit

The cornerstone of “the great food transformation” called for in the study is a template human diet of about 2,500 calories per day.

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Beef products are displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va. VOA

“We are not saying everyone has to eat in the same way,” Lang said by phone. “But broadly — especially in the rich world — it means a reduction of meat and dairy, and a major increase in plant consumption.”

The diet allows for about 7 grams (.25 ounce) of red meat per day, and up to 14. A typical hamburger patty, by comparison, is 125 to 150 grams.

For most rich nations, and many emerging ones such as China and Brazil, this would represent a drastic five- to tenfold reduction.

Beef is the main culprit. Not only do cattle pass massive quantities of planet-warming methane, huge swaths of carbon-absorbing forests — mostly in Brazil — are cut down every year to make room for them.

“For climate, we know that coal is the low-hanging fruit, the dirtiest of fossil fuels,” said Rockstrom. “On the food side, the equivalent is grain-fed beef.”

It takes at least 5 kilos of grain to produce a kilo of meat.

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The big challenge is making meat that looks, feels and tastes like the real thing. Pixabay

And once that steak or lamb chop hits the plate, about 30 percent will wind up in the garbage bin.

Dairy is also limited to about one cup (250 grams) of whole milk — or its equivalent in cheese or yogurt — per day, and only one or two eggs per week.

At the same time, the diet calls for a more than 100 percent increase in legumes such as peas and lentils, along with vegetables, fruits and nuts.

Grains are considered to be less healthy sources of nutrients.

“We can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources,” said Lancet editor-in-chief Richard Horton. “For the first time in 200,000 years of human history, we are severely out of sync with the planet and nature.”

Pushback

The report drew heavy fire from the livestock and dairy industry, and some experts.

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FILE – Professor Mark Post holds the world’s first lab-grown beef burger during a launch event in west London, Aug. 5, 2013. Mosa Meat, a Dutch company that presented the world’s first lab-grown beef burger five years ago, said July 17, 2018, it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021. VOA

“It goes to the extreme to create maximum attention, but we must be more responsible when making serious dietary recommendation,” said Alexander Anton, secretary-general of the European Dairy Association, noting that dairy products are “packed” with nutrients and vitamins.

Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London said the report “reveals the full agenda of nanny-state campaigners.”

Also Read: Eat Less Meat To Meet Climate Targets: Study

“We expected these attacks,” said Lang. “But the same food companies pushing back against these findings realize that they may not have a future if they don’t adapt.

“The question is: Does this come by crisis, or do we start planning for it now?”

Some multinationals responded positively, if cautiously, to the study.

“We need governments to help accelerate the change by aligning national dietary guidelines with healthy and sustainable requirements, and repurposing agricultural subsidies,” the World Business Council for Sustainable Development said in a statement. (VOA)