Category: Rajeev Matta
Give importance to tadka
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
Time for Celebration
On Saturday the scotching heat of the sun did not seem to bother the Spice Routers. I am on holiday with my family in Spain and missed out on all the action, fun and excitement of the BCL tournament.
Rajeev Matta (COO) was there with entire team from our office to cheer the team. Rajeev participated actively in the commentary box and was accompanied by his wife, son and daughter to cheer the team. The semi-finals was against the LEONS and we won the match comfortably and were off to the finals. The final was played in the evening and the team geared up for it in the break.
The final was against Print Services and we did well by restricting them to 57 runs in 10 overs. They could clear the boundary only twice in the entire inning! Bowling and fielding were superb.
Shashi played his natural game again giving a very good start. Two consecutive sixes were enough to accelerate the innings. Saurabh was a cool anchor. Captain Pawan played a powerful innings and we reached our goal sooner then required with more than two overs to spare. On the whole it was an entertaining Saturday! Sashi was also awarded the Man of the series and Hurray! We won the trophy.
With all this celebration mood, how about trying some sporting, powerplay recipes like Mango and Banana Milk Shake with Mixed Fruits, Baked Chicken Sausages and beat the heat with coolers like Iced Tea, Mango Magarita…
Till I write again,