Friday, 25 October 2013

Spices That Can Prevent Cancer

Most Valuable Spices
  • Cayenne Pepper/Capsaicin (Chilli peppers): A very important spice with anti-cancer properties. An overdose of chilli peppers however should be restrained but capsaicin destroys potential cancer cells and reduces the size of leukaemia tumour cells considerably. It can be concluded that, it is not only setting our tongues on fire, also can scare cancer pathogens off too.
  • Ginger: This amazing spice is having a lots of medicinal qualities that can help in  lowering the cholesterol, boost metabolism and kill cancer cells. Easily added to vegetable dishes, non vegetables menu preparations(fish,meat etc.) and salads. Ginger enhances the flavour in cooking.
  • Oregano: More than a pizza or pasta topping, oregano confirms its worth as a potential agent against prostate cancer. Consisting of anti-microbial compounds, just one teaspoon of oregano has the power of two cups of red grapes. A Phyto  chemical named 'Quercetin',which is  present in oregano, restricts the growth of malignant cells in the body and acts like a drug against cancer-centric diseases.
  • Cinnamon: A half teaspoon of cinnamon powder every day can keep away the risk of  cancer. cinnamon is a source of iron and calcium. Cinnamon is useful in reducing the growth of tumour. Also it blocks the formation of new vessels in the human body.
  • Cumin: It helps in digestion and probably that is why we like chewing a handful of cumin seeds at the end of every meal. However, its health benefits is much more than we can imagine. A portent herb with anti-oxidant characteristics, cumin seeds contain a compound called 'Thymoquinone' that checks proliferation of cells responsible for prostate cancer.
  • Saffron: Saffron contains a natural carotenoid dicarboxylic acid called 'Crocetin'  which is a primary cancer-fighting element . It not only inhibits the progression of the disease but also decreases the size of the tumour by half, guaranteeing a complete goodbye to cancer. Though it is the most expensive spice in the world. A few saffron threads come loaded with lots of benefits so that you won't think paying for it.
  • Fennel: It is loaded with phyto-nutrients and antioxidants. Due to which  cancer cells have no other options rather to accept defeat when the spice is fennel. 'Anethole', a major constituent of fennel resists and restricts the adhesive and invasive activities of cancer cells. It suppresses the enzymatic regulated activities behind cancer cell multiplication.
  • Turmeric/Curcumin: It is main or you can say as the king of all spices. It comes in dealing with cancer diseases. Turmeric contains the powerful polyphenol Curcumin that has been clinically proven to retard the growth of cancer cells causing prostrate cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, brain tumour, pancreatic cancer and leukaemia amongst a host of others.
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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Carbon Nanotubes From Recycled Waste Plastic Bags

2840300715_d8352aa29ePlastic bags or Polythene carry bags , that’s what we say are getting so popular and have become as if an essential thing in our day to day life. These have surpassed in the matter of use over the grocery market since they were first introduced more than 30 years ago. Billions and Billions of them are used around the world each year. Most of these bags are non-bio-degradable and a majority of them still end up in landfills, which is now a serious matter of concern and an alarming effect to the whole world.

It has now turned as one of the most serious threats to our oceans is plastics pollution. It constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Since it is not bio-degradable, these plastic pieces are eaten by marine life, wash up on beaches, or break down into microscopic plastic dust, attracting more debris.

When they are thrown to dustbins, garbage cans, plastic bags do not simply decay unlike other biodegradable trashes like paper and leftovers.  If they are scattered anywhere on the ground, they become the sources of water pollution. Plastic is also swept away by ocean currents, landing in swirling vortexes called ocean gyres. These floating garbage sites are impossible to fully clean up.

There are many negative impacts that can cause by plastic bags. Plastic poses a significant threat to the health of sea creatures, both big and small. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic because plastic bags are made of various chemicals which are mainly toxic. That is certainly very harmful to the health and the environment.

It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade. Even if we stopped using plastics today, they will remain with us for many generations, threatening both human and ocean health.

Since it’s a big matter of concern and an alarming to threat to the whole world, so despite these alarming facts and cons, there are several actions taken to address and overcome the problem of plastics. One of them is the successful production of essential Carbon Nanotubes from these waste plastic bags.

What is Carbon Nanotubes:
Carbon nanotubes are tiny cylinders of carbon atoms, one nanometer in diameter (1/10,000 the diameter of a human hair). They are the strongest and stiffest materials yet discovered - hundreds of times stronger than steel but six times lighter - and their unique mechanical, electrical, thermal and transport properties present exciting opportunities for research and development. They are already used in a variety of industries including in electronics, sports equipment, long-lasting batteries, sensing devices and wind turbines.

The structure of carbon nanotubes can be observed by rolling up a graphite sheet plane to a tube. According to Dresselhaus and co-workers, the crystalline structure of CNTs can be characterized by the (chiral) roll-up vector R within a corresponding graphite sheet plane. R = ma + nb (m,n ∈ N), with vectors a and b describing the base unit of the graphite sheet plane. The roll-up vector results from the difference between the two grid points of the graphite lattice that coincide in a single grid point of the nanotube on the imaginary roll-up. The length defines the perimeter, the angle ϑ the helicity (chirality) of the nanotube.

Carbon Nanotubes
The potential for carbon nanotubes hinges on the industry’s ability to produce large quantities more cheaply and uniformly. Current synthesis methods involve complex processes and equipment, and most companies in the market measure production output in only several grams per day.

Carbon nanotubes are classified as per their structures and geometry: single-wall nanotubes (SWNTs), double-wall nanotubes (DWNTs), and multi-wall nanotubes (MWNTs). The different structures have individual properties that make the nanotubes appropriate for different applications. Because of their unique mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties, carbon nanotubes present exciting opportunities for scientific research and industrial and commercial applications.

Carbon nanotubes can also be effective semiconductors with the right arrangement of atoms. Scientists are still working on finding ways to make carbon nanotubes a realistic option for transistors in microprocessors and other electronics.

Advantages of Carbon Nanotubes
Carbon nanotubes have a number of valuable and unique properties, including:
  • High thermal and electrical conductivity
  • Optical properties
  • Flexibility
  • Increased Stiffness
  • High tensile strength (100 times stronger than steel per unit of weight)
  • Light weight
  • Range of electro-conductivity
  • Ability to be manipulated yet remain strong
What exactly behind this research:
To overcome the various negative issues generated by the waste plastic bags, Scientists of Adelaide University have developed a new way of producing Carbon Nanotubes, thereby lessening the various alarming effects of these plastic bags.

Scientists at Australia's University of Adelaide have developed a process for turning waste plastic bags like you get at the grocery store into “fine carbon nanotube membranes.” This high-tech nano substance is a sophisticated and expensive material with a variety of potential applications, including filtration, sensing, energy storage and other biomedical innovations.

Researchers at the University's School of Chemical Engineering had already been growing nanotubes in pores on alumina membranes. Each pore had layers of carbon deposited in it, until enough layers had built up to form a tube. Ethanol was being used as the carbon source.

PhD student Tariq Altalhi, however, realized that any carbon source could be used. In an experiment, pieces of non-biodegradable plastic bags were vaporized in a furnace. The resulting carbon proved more than adequate for the task. No toxic catalysts or solvents are required for the process.

Researchers grew the carbon nanotubes onto nano porous alumina membranes using pieces of grocery bags, which were vaporized in a furnace to produce carbon layers that line the pores in the membranes.

“Initially we used ethanol to produce the carbon nanotubes,” says Professor Losic. “But my student (Tariq Altalhi) had the idea that any carbon source should be useable.” The potential for carbon nanotubes hinges on the industry’s ability to produce large quantities more cheaply and uniformly. Current synthesis methods involve complex processes and equipment, and most companies in the market measure production output in only several grams per day.

“In our laboratory, we’ve developed a new and simplified method of fabrication with controllable dimensions and shapes, and using a waste product as the carbon source,” says Professor Losic. The process used by the researchers is seen as a jumping point for a future where plastic waste can be used without generating poisonous compounds.

Applications and Uses of Carbon Nanotubes:
Today, carbon nanotubes find application in many different products, and researchers continue to explore creative new applications.
Current applications include:
    • Bicycle components
    • Wind turbines
    • Flat panel displays
    • Scanning probe microscopes
    • Sensing devices
    • Marine paints
    • Sports equipment, such as skis, baseball bats, hockey sticks, archery arrows, and surfboards
    • Electrical circuitry
    • Batteries with longer lifetime
    • Electronics
  • Future uses of carbon nanotubes may include:
    • Clothing (stab proof and bulletproof)
    • Semiconductor materials
    • Spacecraft
    • Space elevators
    • Solar panels
    • Cancer treatment
    • Touch screens
    • Energy storage
    • Optics
    • Radar
    • Biofuel
    • LCDs
    • Submicroscopic test tubes
Beside the  high production costs currently limit commercial applications, but the possibilities for new production methods and applications are encouraging. As understanding of carbon nanotubes expands, so will their uses. Because of their unique structure & geometry and chemical and physical properties, carbon nanotubes have the potential for revolutionizing not only daily life but also scientific exploration and healthcare.
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Monday, 14 October 2013

ALOE VERA (Ghrit Kumari in Sanskrit) - An Incredible Medicinal Plant

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera is one of the most helpful and incredible plant in the world, which is used for its medicinal properties.

Use and Benefits Of Aloe Vera :

  • Aloe Vera juice taken in empty stomach 25-50 gms in the morning cures all types of abdominal  disorder and  female diseases. It also lowers blood sugar levels .                                                         
  • Use the gel made from aloe vera plant on to your skin to remove skin rashes. Apply gel 2-3 times a day to the area until it is healed.

  • Skin loves Vitamins C and E which are present in Aloe Vera, which helps to  improve skin firmness and keeps it hydrated.
  • Aloe Vera gel also contains cooling properties to sooth  the sunburns. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps in replenishing its moisture.
  • Aloe Vera gel helps in reducing pigmentation and dark spots.
  • Applying pure Aloe Vera gel on pores and skin after washing, reduces annoying pimples and helps in treating acne problems.                                                                                                                                                

  • Applying Aloe Vera gel on a regular basis helps greatly to protect the skin’s youthful properties and removes the wrinkles and aging skin.
  • Aloe Vera is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and helps in digestion.
  • Aloe Vera is a well-known adaptogen. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness.
  • Aloe Vera is loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B12, C, E, Folic Acid and Niacin which  helps in replenishing vitamins and amino acids to your diet.
  • Use Aloe Vera instead of conditioner for silkier, smoother hair.
  • Aloe vera strengthens gums and promotes strong, healthy teeth by taking orally or use toothpaste with Aloe Vera ingredients.
Enjoy the many benefits of Aloe Vera that Nature has given to us.
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Saturday, 12 October 2013

KULAMBU CURRY: A Spicy And Delicious South Indian Curry

  • 3 big Tomatoes cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium sized Potatoes
  • 1/2 of a medium sized Brinjal
  • 100 gms green Peas
  • 1 medium sized Onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 Garlic Cubes finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp of Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4  tsp of Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Kulambu Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Tamarind Pulp
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli
  • Curry Leaves for seasoning
  • Coriander Leaves for garnishing
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil to Cook

kolumbu -curry
                                                                      KULAMBU CURRY

  • Wash all the vegetables(Tomatoes,Potatoes,Brinjal) and cut them.
  • Heat a pan with 1 tsp oil and put all the cut vegetables to fry in a medium flame. Once the frying is done, keep the vegetables in a bowl for cooling.
  • After cooling, make a paste of the fried vegetables in mixer grinder. Donot make a fine paste, keep it little coarse.
  • Again heat a pan with 2 tsp oil and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chilli, channa dal, chopped garlic cubes, finely chopped onion, finely chopped green chillies.
  • Once the onion becomes little brown, add cut tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli Powder, 1 tsp salt, kulambu powder, tamarind pulp and mix well. Cook it for 5-6 mins or till the gravy is ready.
  • Now mix the vegetable paste with the above prepared gravy and stir it well. Add little water and let it boil for another 2-3 mins.
  • The Kulambu Curry is ready now. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve it hot with rice.
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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Vegetable Manchurian Dry – A Popular Indo-Chinese Appetizer

  • For Manchurian Ball
2 cups Finely Chopped Capsicum
2 cups Finely Chopped Cabbage
2 cups Finely Chopped Carrot
2 cups Finely French Beans and Spring onion whites
2 tbsp Maida/All-purpose flour
2 tbsp Cornflour Powder
1/2 tbsp Rice flour
2 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 tbsp Green Chili Paste
1 tsp Soya sauce
1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
Warm Water as required
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
  • For Spicy Sauté
2 Medium Onion Finely Chopped
1/2 cup Green Capsicum (bell pepper) Finely Chopped
1 tbsp Ginger Finely Chopped
3-4 Slitted Green Chilies
1 tbsp Garlic Finely Chopped
3 tbsp Cooking Oil
2 tbsp Soya Sauce
1 tbsp Chili Sauce
1 tsp Vinegar
3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
2 pinch of Ajinomonto
1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves Finely Chopped for Garnish
3 tbsp Spring Onion Finely Chopped for Farnish
  • First start arrangement for making of Manchurian Balls. Take a bowl, add Maida, Cornflour, Rice flour, Salt, Ginger-Garlic Paste, Green chili Paste, Pepper powder, Soya Sauce, Turmeric Powder, Salt and all the finely chopped Vegetables.
  • Sprinkle little warm water up to requirement and make a thick mixture/batter. Add water little by little and use only as much water as required. Keep the batter/mixture aside for around 30 mins.
  • Make small Manchurian balls from the batter/mixture.
  • Now take a pan and heat oil in medium flame.
  • Place the Manchurian balls carefully in the hot oil. Fry the balls till Golden Brown at low flame. Put the Fried Manchurian Balls on an oil absorbent paper to remove excess oil and keep the balls aside.
Manchurian Balls Fried Manchurian Balls
  • Now after frying of all the balls finished, start doing preparation for the Spicy Sauté.
  • Take Oil in a pan on medium flame. Add sesame seeds, minced Ginger, Garlic and the slitted Green Chilies and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the chopped onions, and capsicum and fry until soft (4-5 mins).
  • Add the whites of Spring Onions and stir fry on high for 2 mins, constantly keep on tossing them.
  • Now add the Fried Manchurian Balls to the and stir for 3 mins, so that the balls should retain their crunchiness.
  • Now make the flame high and add the Soya Sauce, Chili Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Ajinomonto, Vinegar to the Spicy Sauté mix. Mix all these well and toss them for 2-3 mins. The flame to be kept high, so that after adding this sauces the crunchiness of the balls will not reduce.
  • Add 3-4 tbsp water if required & also salt if required and cook for 2 mins. more.
  • Keep then tossing for and finally turn off the flame after 2 mins.
  • Now your Vegetable Dry Manchurian recipe is ready. Garnish them with finely chopped Spring Onions & Coriander Leaves.
  • Serve it Hot as a starter or snack. It tastes best when served with hot and spicy Schezwan Fried Rice or Hot and Sour Soup.
Dry Vegetable Manchurian

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Gobi Chilli/Gobi 65 – An Indo-Chinese Recipe

We all love Indo-Chinese Recipes. One of them is Gobi Chilli. It is also named as Gobi 65. It’s a very simple dish to prepare, takes around 20-30 minutes for preparation. It tastes so yummy and you can have this as a Starter or side dish with Rice or Roti/Naan.

20 pcs Cauliflower Florets
1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
3 tbsp Maida/All Purpose Flour
4 tbsp Corn flour
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tbsp Red Chilly Powder
1 tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Pepper Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1/4 tsp Soda
1 tsp Vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp Soya Sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Chilly Sauce
2 tbsp Tomato Sauce
1 pinch Ajinomonto/China Salt
3 nos. Onions Finely Chopped
1 tbsp minced Ginger
1 tbsp minced Garlic
2 nos. Green Capsicum/Bell Pepper cut into cubes
3-4 slitted Green Chilies
1 tbsp Sugar
Salt to Taste
Chopped Coriander Leaves / Spring Onion for garnish

  • Clean all the Cauliflower Florets Properly. Now boil the florets in water with pinch of Turmeric Powder for 4-5 mins.
  • Now take a bowl and prepare the batter. Take the Maida, Cornflour, Vinegar, Cumin powder, Coriander powder, Red Chilly powder, Ginger-Garlic paste, Salt, Soda in the bowl.
  • Add required water and make a thick batter. Ensure that there should be no lumps. Keep the Batter for 10-15 mins.
  • Now heat oil in a pan at medium flame. Dip the boiled Cauliflower florets into the batter & fry it till golden brown. Drain excess oil using a paper towel and keep the fried florets pieces aside.
Chilli Gobi-1Fried Cauliflower Florets
  • Now in the pan add some oil up to requirement and add sesame seeds, minced Ginger, Garlic and the slitted Green Chilies and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the onions and capsicum and fry until soft (4-5 mins).
  • Add Soya Sauce and mix well.
  • Add Tomato Ketchup & Chili sauce to that mix and stir well.
  • Top off with the fried Cauliflower Florets and the remaining quantities of ingredients used to marinate (salt, sugar, ajinomonto and pepper powder).
  • Stir all the ingredients until well combined and fry for another 4-5 mins.
  • Now Garnish it with some finely chopped spring onions or fresh cut Coriander Leaves.
  • Now your Chilli Gobi/Gobi 65 is ready, serve it hot as a Starter or with Rice or Naan or Butter Roti.
Chilli Gobi-2 Gobi Chilli/Gobi 65
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Friday, 4 October 2013

How to Create A Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive from an ISO Image

It has been almost a year regarding the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 operating System. Since from the day of release, it’s gaining huge popularity among its users day by day. In the matter of popularity it not only has surpassed its predecessor Windows Vista and Windows 7 but also has recently surpassed Apple Inc’s OS X as far as the number of current users is concerned and this is because of its various exciting apps.
The necessity to install Windows 8 from a USB device, like a flash drive, is now a common one due to the fact that many computers, especially tablets and smaller laptops and desktops, no longer have optical drives.
So today here in the following post, I’m going to explain you the easy steps to create a bootable Windows 8 USB Drive from an ISO image.

Necessary Requirements:

Requirements for your System to Support Windows 8:

Before creating a Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive, be ensure that the following two requirements you should have. Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7.

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: MicrosoftDirectX 9 graphics device or higher

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports Multi-touch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
Requirements for your System to Support Windows 8:
  • A flash drive (4 GB or more).
  • A Windows 8 DVD or ISO.
  • Access to a working computer, with a DVD drive if you have a Windows 8 DVD instead of an ISO image, with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed.
Steps to Create Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive:
  • If you have not already, you will need to download a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8 ISO or Windows 8.1 Preview ISO file version you want and save it to your desktop in Windows 7 or Vista or XP installed. You can save it as the .iso file or can write it on a DVD.
  • Now download the Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft and then install it.
This free program from Microsoft properly formats your flash drive and then copies the contents of the Windows 8 installation ISO file you have to that flash drive.
Note: Don't worry that this program has Windows 7 in the title. This program works perfectly well with Windows 8 ISO files and can be installed in Windows 8,
Windows 7,Windows Vista, or Windows XP.
  • Start the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program. You should be able to find the shortcut on the Desktop, as well as in your Start menu or on your Start screen, depending on which version of Windows you installed the program on.
  • Click Browse on the Step 1 of 4: Choose ISO file screen.
  • Locate, and then select, your Windows 8 ISO file. Then click or tap Open.
  • Click or tap Next.
  • Choose USB device on the Step 2 of 4: Choose media type screen.
    Note: As you can see here, there is also a DVD option. Apart from files on a flash drive, you could also use this tool to burn a Windows 8 ISO image to a DVD or BD disc.
  • On the Step 3 of 4: Insert USB device screen, choose from the drop-down box the flash drive or USB-connected external hard drive you want to put the Windows 8 setup files onto and then touch or click Begin copying.
Note: Suppose you haven't yet plugged in the USB storage device that you're planning to use, don’t worry, you can do that now and then tap or click the blue refresh button to make it show up in the list.
  • Click or touch Erase USB Device if you're prompted to do so on a Not Enough Free Space window. If you don't see this, don't worry, it just means that your flash drive or external hard disk is already empty.
  • On Step 4 of 4: Creating bootable USB device, just wait for the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to prepare the drive and copy the Windows 8 installation files to it.
    The first Status you see will be Formatting, which will take anywhere from a few to several seconds, depending on how large the USB drive is that you're using. Next status will be seen as Copying files which could take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, possibly longer, depending on which Windows 8 ISO file you're working from, as well as on how fast your flash drive, USB connection, and computer is.
    Note: Don't worry if you’ll find the percentage indicator shown on the screen jumps ahead quickly but then sits on a single number for a very long time. While it might not make a lot of sense to behave that way, it doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong.
  • Assuming everything went as planned, the next screen should say Bootable USB device created successfully with a Status that says Backup completed.
    You can now close the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program window. The flash drive, or other external USB drive you're using, now has the necessary files on it to install Windows 8 and is also properly configured to be
    booted from.
  • Now your bootable drive is ready. You can Boot from the USB device that you just created to start the Windows 8 install process.
    Note: If the Windows 8 setup process doesn't start, it's very likely that you'll need to make boot order changes in the BIOS. Make your USB-Drive as first bootable device by changing the Order in Boot Priority section in BIOS Setup.
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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Wanna Lead A Healthy & Stress Free Life…??? Some Ways To Boost Your Daily Routine...

Hello folks...
You all must have felt that, now day by day our life is turning to be more stressful and hectic. It may seem that there’s nothing we can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your career, your study and family responsibilities, stress at work, stress at home Blah..Blah…Blah…!!!, which will always be demanding. 

Every day we get up, go to work, go home, and go to sleep. Maybe our routines aren't quite that tedious or dumb , but they're rarely sound and perfect. Whether you feel the need to get more done or just feel better in general, we've got plenty of suggestions to help you upgrade your daily routine. You have more control than you might think.
You must have noticed that, some days before I’d published a post as “Healthy Habits that Keep You Away From Disease”. Continuing from that, today in this post, I’m adding some more valuable ideas for you, which by adding to your Life, makes your life Happy and Stress-free.
    Do You Smile Daily? Do You Smile Enough?
    Do you know or understand the Importance and Significance of a Smile? Do you believe that smiling, laughing, & feeling JOY makes you feel good, keeps you Stress Free, and leads to Good Health in your life?

    Maybe you don’t have sufficient answers to those questions, but now a lots of medical researches have confirmed that how Smile plays an important role in our healthy life. It is a sweet non-verbal expression of our emotion. 

    Researchers have proved that a Real and Genuine Smile which is Spontaneous and comes from inside you, is created by certain Stimuli like: happy thought and mood, seeing something funny etc. and can’t be ever fake. Smiling, laughing and feeling Joy are natural therapies that not only relieves your stress and makes you healthier, but also can help you live a longer, happier life.

    So wanna lead a healthy & stress free life…???
    Then just always have a Sweet and Cute Smile on your face, which not only you but also makes others happy.
    Most of the dust in your home comes from the outside, the bulk of it coming in unnoticed on shoes that don’t appear to be either muddy or dirty. In order to prevent from dirt and chemicals or potential allergens from entering your house,you should remove your shoes at the door. This activity could be a practical way to keep the house clean and free from outdoor pollutants.
    When you don’t have a tissue or a napkin handy to cover your mouth and nose.This is not always the best because then there might be germs on your hands and you could just spread them when you touch things. Therefore, wash your hands immediately afterwards and often. The best way is to cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, or upper arm. It also helps to not spread germs because you don’t touch things with the crook of your arm very often. The most effective way is to carry around a handkerchief or tissues and sneeze into this. As long as you clean the handkerchief regularly, this is a very effective method.
    Many people specially office employees and students spend several hours a day staring at computer screens or monitor, which can result a strain in the eye and headaches. To protect your eyes from such things you should take frequent gaps in between. Eye specialists recommend the “20- 20-20 rule”: For every 20 minutes you spend at the computer, glance away from the screen for at least 20 seconds by looking at an object located 20 feet away. Giving your eyes a break, allows them to focus on something else. It is also a good idea to stand up, put your hands in the air, and take a long stretch to promote blood flow in the body.
    Reading or listening any motivational material leads a peaceful life. Sometimes the work pressure reduces or goes away. By doing this as a habit you can maintain a happier and healthier life. Also you can gain knowledge of different new things. So motivate yourself by reading and listening to inspirational books/ audiobooks .
    To keep yourself up to date watch/listen the news headlines daily. To know the present  scenario, current affairs related to the whole world you should see the news. Also by doing this as a habit you can  learn the new researches going on all over the world.
    If you are seething with anger, count up to 20 and take a slow, deep breath between each number. This simple technique can reduce your temper and cool your nerves. Counting distracts your mind, which gives you some time to distance your emotions from the situation that is ticking you off. If you are still angry, keep on counting and deep breathing until you feel calmer, and more in control. Taking slow, deep breaths helps to switch the nervous system from a sympathetic system response, to making you feel more relaxed.
    It is required to brush
    daily to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. However, cleaning your tongue is an important step to keep your mouth clean. The back of the tongue is the main place for bacteria and germs that can give you bad breath. Always brush the surface of your tongue from back to front, after brushing your teeth. Doing this twice a day removes plaque-causing bacteria and food particles trapped in the tongue, and freshens your breath.
    The toilet seat may seem like the most germ-infested item in the home, but studies have shown that the kitchen sponge supersedes the list. A kitchen sponge’s frequent use to clean dal or sabzi spills, as well as, its moist and porous texture, make it a breeding ground for foodborne bacteria, and mildew. To stop the spread of germs, make sure it is wet, then leave it in the microwave for 45 seconds every evening.

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Sugar Palm Vada – An Odia Sweet Dish Made From Sugar Palm Fruit

  • 3 Sugar Palm Fruit
Sugar Palm Fruit

  • 350gm Jaggery
  • 200gm Rice Flour
  • 200gm  Puffed Paddy
Puffed Paddy

  • Oil to Fry

  • Take two different containers. Among them soak Rice in one container and Puffed Paddy in another for 15mins and 5mins respectively.
  • Now take out the pulp/juice of Sugar Palm fruits. Then heat a pan in medium flame, add the Palm juice and Jaggery to it. Stir the mix continuously in the middle and cook it for about an hour with low flame so that there should be no lumps and it should not stick to the pan.
  • Once the mixture (sugar palm fruit juice and jaggery) becomes thick, switch off the flame.
Sugar Palm Fruit Paste

  • Now grind the Soaked rice and puffed paddy in a Mixer Grinder. Make sure that the mixture (Rice and Puffed Paddy) should be thick, it means water content should be less.
  • Now put the both mixture in a container and stir it well.
  • Make small balls or laddoos out of the final mix.
  • Heat a pan in low flame.Fry all the balls till they becomes brown and crispy.
  • Now your Sweet Dish from Sugar palm fruit is ready. You can serve it hot or after cooling. It can be stored for 4-5 days(not more than that).
                                                                               Sugar Palm Fruit Vada

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