Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Ambur Biriyani is one of the south-indian special biriyani recipe which is equally famous as Dindgul Biriyani. Though each one uses somewhat same types of ingredients, but still they have got their own unique taste. If you ask me which one is my fav, then i would surely say Ambur Biryani. Ambur is close to my native so i have tasted this biriyani lot of times whenever i visit my native. Last year i had posted Ambur Mutton Biriyani which is a quite popular recipe in my blog. I have replaced mutton with chicken and tried this biriyani. No words to explain as this was awesome :) Do check out other varieties of Biriyani here. Lets move on to the recipe,

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 50 mins

Ingredients :
250-300gms Chicken - with or without Bones
2 cup Basmati Rice (or) Seeraga Samba Rice - soaked in water for 20 mins
3 medium sized onions - finely chopped
3 tomatoes - finely chopped
2 green chilies - slit at the end
2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder (or) chicken masala powder - optional
1 cup whisked curd / yogurt
salt to taste
4 tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves
1/2 cinnamon stick
2-3 bay leaf
1 star anise
2 green cardamom
1 tsp lemon juice
Ambur Chicken Biriyani - South Indian Special Biriyani Recipe

Ambur Chicken Biriyani - South Indian Special Biriyani Recipe

Method :

To Prepare Chicken Masala :
Marinate chicken pieces with turmeric powder and keep aside for 10 mins. Heat 4 tbsp oil in a pan or handi. Temper cloves, cinnamon, star anise, bay leaf and cardamom.
Add ginger-garlic paste and saute a while. Add 1 tbsp curd and cook for a min on low flame.

Add marinated chicken and little salt. Cook it covered on low flame for 10 mins. Remember to not add water, since chicken will cook in its own water.
Add chopped onions and green chilies. Cook for a min. Add chopped tomatoes and mash the pulp.

Add mint leaves and coriander leaves. Saute a while. Add red chili powder, coriander powder and remaining curd.
Mix well everything and let it cook for another 5 mins. Remove from the heat and transfer masala to another bowl.
To Cook Rice :
Soak basmati rice for 20 mins. Boil 9 cup water in a vessel. Once it starts boiling, add washed & drained rice to it.
Add salt to taste, 2 tsp and sprinkle lemon juice. Cook it on medium-low flame till it is half cooked (may take around 8-10 mins).

The rice grains will be long & firm but not hard. And the grains will be separate. At this stage, remove from the heat and drain the water completely. Keep it aside.
For Dum Process :
Take the same pan in which you have cooked chicken masala. Pour a ladle full of masala to the pan and spread it nicely.
Now spread another layer of half cooked rice. This way, prepare layers of chicken masala and rice.

Heat a flat frying pan or tava. Keep the pan on tava and cook on low flame for 20-30 mins. Switch it off and remove from tava only at the time of serving. Mix everything well and serve hot.
Serving Suggestions : Onion Raita, Boiled Eggs, Non-Veg Gravy, Brinjal Pachadi

Notes :
If you want to add edible orange color to biriyani, then mix a pinch of color with 1/4 cup water and dissolve it. Add this to biriyani at the time of preparing layers for dum process.
You can prepare the same biriyani in a pressure cooker without waiting for dum. Once chicken masala is ready, measure the amount of liquid and add water accordingly. Add washed & drained rice, salt and lemon juice. Mix well everything and close the lid. Pressure cook for 2 whistles and serve hot.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Eating Fruit on Empty Stomach

Eating Fruit on Empty Stomach

This will open your eyes ! Read to the end and then send it on to all on your e-list. I just did !

Dr Stephen Mak treats terminal ill cancer patients by an "un-orthodox" way and many patients recovered.

Before he used solar energy to clear the illnesses of his patients, he believes on natural healing in the body against illnesses. See his article below.

It is one of the strategies to heal cancer. 
As of late, my success rate in curing cancer is about 80%.

Cancer patients shouldn't die. The cure for cancer is already found - its in the way we eat fruits.

It is whether you believe it or not.

I am sorry for the hundreds of cancer patients who die under the conventional treatments.

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths.

It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and *when* to eat the fruits.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?



If you eat fruits on empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities. 


Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit.

The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so due to the bread taken before the fruit.

In the meantime the whole meal of bread & fruit rots and ferments and turns to acid. 

The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

So please eat your fruits on an *empty stomach* or before your meals !

You have heard people complaining : 

Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc.. etc..

Actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach.

The fruit mixes with the putrefying of other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat !

Greying hair, balding, nervous outburst and dark circles under the eyes all these will *NOT* happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. 

If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the * SECRET * of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only * fresh* fruit juice, NOT from the cans, packs or bottles.

Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. 

Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. 

You only get its taste.
Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice.

If you should drink the fresh fruit juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. 

You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse or detoxify your body. 

Just eat fruits and drink fresh fruit juice throughout
the 3 days.

And you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look !

Tiny but mighty. 
This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber.
Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away? 
Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke. 

Protective Fruit. 
Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging and free radicals. 

Sweetest medicine. 
Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer. 

Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system.

They are also a key source of lycopene the cancer fighting oxidant. 
Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium. 

Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.

Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation.

Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes. 

Drinking COLD water or drinks after a meal = CANCER

Can you believe this ?

For those who like to drink cold water or cold drinks, this article is applicable to you. 

It is nice to have a cup of cold water or cold drinks after a meal.

However, the cold water or drinks will solidify the oily stuff that you have just eaten.

It will slow down the digestion.

Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food.

It will line the intestine.

Very soon, this will turn into FATS and lead to CANCER !

It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks.


Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. 
Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. 

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. 

Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.

Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.

Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.

Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says: 
if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.

So letsdo at least 1 good work today.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

South Indian soaked rice... Pazhankanji !!!!

South Indian soaked rice...

Pazhankanji !!!!

A must read !

Traditionally rice is cooked in the afternoon and excess water is drained. After the rice cools down to room temperature, it is soaked fully in water and stored in an earthen clay pot. This covered pot with soaked rice is left overnight at regular room temperature. The rice would ferment by the next morning and is eaten for breakfast. Traditionally, it is eaten with a side dish, raw onion or green chili. Some prefer to drain excess water and eat it with yogurt and a slight sprinkle of salt.

The lactic acid bacteria break down the anti-nutritional factors in rice resulting in an improved bioavailability of micro-nutrients and minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium by several thousand percentage points. For example, after 12 hours of fermentation of 100 grams of rice, the availability of iron changed from 3.4 mg to 73.91mg (an increase of 2073%).

In the agrarian communities of South East Asia, fermented rice played a big role in the lives of people. It gave the energy, the nutrition and the cooling effect that they needed for a full day of manual labor. Unfortunately, people moving up the food chain (or wealth chain, rather) looked down on fermented rice as the pauper’s food and ignored the great nutritional value it provides.

Food scientists who researched on the food practices among  various regions in the world and concluded that the South Asia’s tradition of consuming the previous day's cooked rice soaked in plain water overnight, in the morning next day, as break-fast, is the best. It has the rare B6 B12 vitamins which are not otherwise easily available in other food supplements. This rice generates and harbors trillions of beneficial bacteria that help digestion and has many disease fighting and immunity developing agents. The bacteria that grow in the intestines due to this rice safeguard the internal organs and keep them fit and ready. Consuming this rice helps quicker digestion and wards off ageing, bone related ailments and muscular pains. Brown rice is the best for this as its nutrients are retained intact.
American Nutrition Association has listed the following benefits if you stick to the practice of consuming such soaked rice.
• Consuming this rice as breakfast keeps the body light and also energetic.
• Beneficial bacteria get produced in abundance for the body.
• Stomach ailments disappear when this is consumed in the morning as excessive and harmful heat retained in the body is neutralized.
• As this food is very fibrous, it removes constipation and also dullness in the body.
• Blood pressure is normalized and hypertension subsides appreciably.
• Body feels less tired due to this food as a result of which one feels fresh throughout the day.
• This removes allergy induced problems and also skin-related ailments.
• It removes all types of ulcers in the body.
• Fresh infections are kept at bay due to consuming this rice.
• It helps in maintaining youthful and radiant look.

Consuming this takes away your body’s craving for tea or coffee. This is the richest source of vitamin B12 for vegans. So, do not throw away that extra rice you had cooked. It could be the healthiest breakfast you will ever have.

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