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PEOPLE new to Indian cooking are often delighted to find that success depends more on creative ingenuity than on specialized equipment. If your kitchen is well-equipped with common utensils -frying pans, saucepans, knives, a slotted spoon, mixing bowls, a grater, a metal strainer, a colander, cutting boards, cheese cloth, a set of measuring spoons, and maybe a scale-you have all you need to cook genuine Indian meals. You can also use modern appliances such as pressure cookers and food processors in Indian cooking. A pressure cooker is useful for speeding up the dal soups and chick-pea preparations; a food processor, for mincing ginger and herbs, and for kneading bread dough and paneer. (It kneads the paneer in just a few seconds. Don’t let it run longer, or the paneer will fall apart). Microwave ovens are suspected by some scientists to diminish the nutrive value of food so therefore we don’t ... Read More »

The Science of Eating and Good Health

India is the home not only of vegetarian cooking, but also of the science of healthful living. The scripture known as the Āyur-veda, is the oldest known work on biology, hygiene, medicine, and nutrition. This branch of the Vedas was revealed thousands of years ago by Śrī Bhagavān Dhanvantari, an incarnation of Kṛṣṇa. “Old” is not the same as “primitive”, however, and some of the instructions of the Āyur-veda will remind today’s reader of modern nutritional teachings or just plain common sense. Other instructions may seem less familiar, but they will bear themselves out if given the chance. We shouldn’t be surprised to see bodily health discussed in spiritual writings. The Vedas consider the human body a divine gift, a chance for the imprisoned soul to escape from the cycle of birth and death. The importance of healthful living in spiritual life is also mentioned by Lord Kṛṣṇa in the ... Read More »

Drinking juice is no better than drinking soda


Drinking juice is no better than drinking soda “People think juice is healthy, but it’s not,” says Dr. Robert H. Lustig, professor of pediatric endocrinology at UCSF and director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Clinic. “Drinking juice — even if it says “100% natural” — is no better than drinking soda.” Lustig is on a mission to dispel common misunderstandings about juice. He says the perceptions that juice is good for you and that it’s natural are not only incorrect, they’re also contributing to today’s childhood obesity epidemic. “Juice and soda essentially contain the same carbohydrates, so the body reacts to them the same way,” Lustig explains. “Juice contains fructose, glucose and sucrose, while soda contains high-fructose corn syrup, which is 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose.” He adds that juice is actually worse than soda because juice has a higher energy density or ... Read More »