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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Homemade Pasta

Necessary ingredients for 1 person (can be cooked 100-130 g dry pasta):

1 egg

100-120 g of flour.

Hit the egg in a dry bowl and Beat with a spoon slightly. Add sieved flour. The mass is mixed until all the flour is sticking and formed in one dough ball.

Put the dough on the table. Knead the dough with palms of your hand pushing away from you. Knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and firm. Setting up ball of dough, sprinkle it with just flour and leave for 5-10 minutes.

Then dividing that into pieces and roll out as thinly as possible. Use flour if the dough sticks, but not too much. Again, leave for 5-10 minutes. By this time you can roll twisted into other pieces. When all roll twisted into, you can start to cut the first piece of dough. Cut into strips and put a thin layer on the paper or cotton fabric. Allow to dry up for 3-5 days. If you have, you can also use the pasta making machine. There is no imperative need for it. But if you love and plan to cook noodles very often, then the machine will come in handy.

You can also cut the other shapes of pasta:

1. Cutting into large squares of them can make lasagna.

2. The ribbed pastry knife sagries many small rectangles. A rectangle in the middle squash together to form the bow.

3. Skip through the mincer, there will be a spaghetti pasta.

4. You can also make ravioli from this dough. Just think of the filling, which you think will taste better.

Now you can please yourself and your family with a great, healthy, self cooked noodles or any other shaped pasta.

*Remember!* Do not wash with water, the pasta making machine. Water damages it. It must at the time be in flour. Before you use it, clean it with small piece of dough, repeatedly skipping it through. If you really need for more cleaning, then clean it with a dry cloth or oil damped cloth.

Some Simple Breakfast Ideas

Pasta with tomato sauce:

• Pasta is an appetizer-filling food that can be consumed both during lunch as breakfasts. Apart from stuffing yourself with heavy meals like rice and roti with ghee, try replacing it with a pasta dish.
• Pasta served with spicy tomato sauce is one of the favorite meals amongst people.
• You can even consider adding fresh chopped veggies and cheese to your pasta recipe and elevate the nutritional intake.

Chapatis with dal:

• Pulses are rich in protein content and they aid in healthy metabolism. Chapatis on the other hand are usually made from wheat flour and they contain carbohydrates.
• Eating plain roasted chapattis with dal is a healthy meal option for Indian origin people.

Vegetable khichdi:

• Khichdi is a delicacy that is prepared by mixing rice and dal together.
• Addition of freshly chopped veggies and spices not only elevates the taste of your vegetable khichdi, but also enhances the nutritional value.
• Some of the veggies that you can add in your vegetable khichdi are tomato, potato, peas, cauliflower, carrot, and beans.

Frozen yogurt with fruits and nuts:

• Plain low-fat yogurt serves as an excellent source of calcium and tastes delicious as well.
• To elevate the nutritional content, you can prefer adding fresh fruits like mango, apples, banana and nuts like cashew nuts or almonds in your yogurt.

Eating Healthy

I keep thinking how junk food is readily available no matter where you live in the city, so then why would anyone be motivated to cook healthy and stock up on fresh ingredients? The hold that takeout places and fast food have on us is intoxicating, to say the least because they are always there for you when you feel famished and they take little effort and much less money than buying all the things you would need for lunch or dinner. It is like they know our minds and how to sway them!

Even though it is not always possible to eat right; try to make a goal of squeezing in one nutrient-rich meal each day. At least this way you will be on track. Our problem is that we want to be in good shape with minimal elbow grease but that’s not always possible is it? Our bodies are worth the extra mile so don’t take shortcuts! If you want to have a longer, happier and healthier life, you need to redesign your priorities and improve your standard of eating. Your future self will thank you for it!

No one wants a time to come in their lives in which they are constantly rushing to the doctor and having all kind of ailments. Apart from avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, it is wise to evolve when it comes to deciding what to put in your body! I have in my experience heard people telling me how they don’t eat or enjoy potentially delicious vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens- not to mention their attitude towards Omega 3 oils rich fish, legumes, and probiotic-rich yogurt. I mean can you imagine the wonders these can do for your energy level and health? A tasteful salad can easily include all of these in one meal!

Every now and then treat yourself to a dessert or something fried, there is no harm in it but be wary of making it your whole life. Train yourself to enjoy the things that are good for your body and also taste brilliant. Trust me there are all kinds of recipes out there that will make you forget you ever wanted French fries. So go ahead and start taking care of yourself by eating more wholesome food! You won’t regret it!

About Cook Spaghetti Perfectly

First things first, the cheapest spaghetti may be the right price for your budget but may not always be the best tasting. If budget allows upgrade to semolina/durum wheat pasta, it will be a little more expensive but you will taste the difference.

A good weight ratio for pasta in grams to water in liters is 1:10. So 200g of pasta works with 2 liters of water. Use the largest pot you have.

How to perfectly boil spaghetti:

  • Fill your large pot with the correct amount of water fo your pasta, add 3/4 tablespoon of salt and a small drizzle of olive oil
  • Bring the water to a vigorous boil
  • Add your pasta and allow it back to a boil
  • After 8 minutes test the pasta by taking a piece on a fork and carefully eating it, then 9, 10, 11, 12 minutes – Sometime in this time frame your pasta will reach it’s al dente (Italian for Just Right, not underdone like many think!).
  • Drain the pasta immediately and ideally serve or let cool for cold dishes