Came to know about the training session in office on food costings, analysis and its implications conducted by our COO Rajeev Matta. They have video recorded it and so I too will get a chance to brush up. In fact, with the rising food prices, all these mathematics become important and carry a lot of weight when you have to make business decisions. Like the wise say, knowledge is important, you never know when you might need it!
I have met up with a couple of Spanish chefs and they were curious about the Indian method of tempering the food. Well, did you know that whenever we fry seeds and pulses in oil and add to cooked food, what happens exactly?
Apart from the distinctive flavour it imparts, tempering has many healthful aspects to it. First, essential fatty acids have to be supplied by the diet because the body cannot synthesize them. Fats used in tempering, particularly the vegetable oils, contain these fatty acids, as do ingredients like mustard seeds, cumin seeds and black gram dal. Besides, the vitamin A, D, E and K, found in foods like green leafy vegetables, carrots and cauliflower, are soluble in fat, and can only be released and utilized if some fat is also available at the same time. Tempering meets this requirement too. The carotene in curry leaves is also automatically transferred by this process. Many vegetable oils used in tempering are, additionally, rich in vitamin E. Further while pungency is associated with mustard, few are aware that this results only when mustard seeds are ground with water or vinegar. In hot oil, mustard seeds taste unquestionable nutty.
All this talk has transported me back home, and I can actually visualise garma garam ghar ka khana!
Gujarati Kadhi….all these taste better with appropriate tadka.
Till I write again