Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Global village, Dubai

I have blogged a lot before Dubai Global village and Dubai Shopping Festival. While going through my old collections I noticed these videos recorded while I visited a while ago. So I thought of uploading these amazing videos.

Dubai shopping festival takes place in the months of January - February every year. The Dubai Global village is a popular attraction in Dubai, UAE. During the time of the festival, the place will be vibrant with cultural shows, fireworks, etc. filled with shopping pavilions of many countries in the world.

This year it will remain open until April 11. Three more days left :)

Awesome Dubai; amazing festival !

Watch these videos too.


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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Anchovies / Kozhuva / Netholi fried fish masala and curry

Today we prepared a fish curry using Anchovies fish. This fish is called Kozhuva / Netholi here. I think this fish seen in Kerala is a variety of the common Anchovies. I bought a packet of descaled, ready to cook fish from the local mall. For a twist, we added some green peas and garnished this curry dish with pomegranate. Other ingredients include fish masala powder, big onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, salt and a little oil. 

This is fried fish with fish masala powder. This powder contains coriander, cumin, turmeric, red chilly, cloves, asafoetida etc. It is available in stores here. Ingredients differ from brand to brand and home-made. 

We cook fish rarely. Being rich in Omega - 3 fatty acids we usually go for Sardines, mackerel or Tuna especially white tuna. For a change, today we thought of preparing this fish. Liked it, tasty !

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Gionee L 800, long lasting battery power, awesome !

Why I purchased this basic mobile phone when I already have two cool, decent android smartphones and a 3G, wi-fi enabled tablet besides access to landlines at work ?

It is just because of the huge battery power of this compact phone. I bought Gionee L800 about 8 days ago, charged it to full capacity ( it had almost half charge when unboxed ) and it still retains almost half the power in spite of moderate to heavy usage ! 8 days and never had to charge it again ! Awesome !

Look at the power, it is just a bar lost after 8 days ! Mobile is never switched off, many calls and texts, browsed internet, some photos were taken and videos recorded...it is still going strong :)

About all the sophisticated smartphones introduced recently we all know our apps and the device as such will suck away battery juice within a day or two even with limited usage. Even the latest iPhone 6 plus will have to be plugged in after 2 days of reasonable use. For me, power is important. I usually carry a 10,000 plus mAh Power Bank ( portable charger for handhelds ) while traveling but with this basic mobile I bought I am sure I need not worry about being offline anytime almost anywhere here. 

What I feel is we all need to have a base model as stand-by, similar ones we used to have about 10-15 years ago that retained power for days together. I had an awesome old model Nokia mobile which I used to keep as a standby phone until recently. It stopped working, but the repair shop said they can't do anything. I added it to my antique collection !

Gionee L800 was brought to my attention by the salesman at the repair shop who vouched for its efficient battery. I researched online only to get surprised by the specifications in addition to the huge 3000 mAh battery. As you can see from the above picture it has almost everything that a smartphone offer. So this phone gives me much more than my old standby Nokia mobile. 

The battery is removable. The phone costs only Rs 2100 / - here in India. Gionee has become popular here in India. Introducing affordable, cool phones they are creating waves in Asia giving tough competition to big players. 

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Beetroot bitter gourd curry

Today's post is about a cool mixed vegetable curry. This curry is not hot; prepared using organic vegetables bought from a store. I am planning to grow beets, right now nothing. About bitter gourd, I am not sure because it is a climber that requires a lot of  space.

The ingredients:
  • Beetroot
  • Bittergourd
  • African malli / coriander leaves for garnish
  • Salt
  • Water
  • A little turmeric powder
  • Wheat bran ( This supplied fiber, already blogged about it too )
Nicely cut vegetables mixed with turmeric powder, two teaspoon full of wheat bran and a little salt is cooked to perfection on a low flame until it assumes the looks that you see here. Add water too. Easy to prepare, no oil added. Finally add some chopped leaves of African coriander about which also I blogged recently.

Beets are said to possess:
  • anti-oxidant activity
  • anti-inflammatory
  • detox activity
  • anti-cancerous activity
Beetroot, as you know is considered as a super food. It is rich in anti-oxidants that neutralize the free radicals which are responsible in triggering the cellular reactions causing many diseases. Betalain pigments present in beets are said to be having unique anti-oxidant properties. Half cooked or even raw are cool to eat. Limit the time of cooking to retain the healthy nutrients. Some discoloration of urine is expected.
  • Beets are said to reverse fatty liver. 
  • Good source of lutein; improves eye health.
  • They are an excellent source of copper.
  • Good source of folate and potassium.

Bitter gourd ( Bitter melon, Karela )

This is very popular in Asian countries especially India. This is said to possess anti-diabetic effects. Researchers have identified Insulin-like substances in this vegetable. Combining this with beetroot is an excellent way to increase its palatability. Beets are a little sweet and this will neutralize the bitterness of bitter gourd. Besides the popular use in Diabetes, it has uses in HIV-AIDS and cancer prevention. It may even cause hypoglycemia if consumed in excess. Avoid this if pregnant.

I have already outlined the medicinal value of African coriander in my post here...

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Mix vegetables soup

For this dish of mix vegetables soup, I used only organic ones, all cultivated at home :) Plucked two long greens from the Chinese long greens plant about which I posted the other day. Some leaves were taken from the green amaranth and from the Moringa / muringa too. Moringa grows into a big tree, but I have grown two in pots; pruned it to a manageable height. They both are supplying a decent quantity of leaves for routine use at home.

Plucked leaves of Green amaranth when I noticed it is going to flower. Thereafter it started producing a lot of leaves. The leaves were chopped into small pieces after thorough washing. Then the beans were cut about an inch long. Removed the leaves of moringa from the stem but kept the tender stems. Added a little vegetable masala powder, water, and salt. No oil added. Simmered in low flame about five minutes to cook the tender vegetables in their own juices until ready. Garnished with a small piece of tomato ( Organic, but bought from store ).

That is my dish of tender mix vegetables soup without any fat added...yummy !

The vegetables being home grown organically were tender, tasty and juicy. No doubt, these taste different from the ones bought from a shop. I tried eating raw the tender ladies finger that I have grown organically; believe me, they were awesome !

These are moringa / muringa plants. They grow into big trees producing fruits. The fruits, as well as the leaves, are edible. We like the leaves so we tried to grow it in pots. The stout one was planted about two years ago. When it grew long it was pruned. The small one was planted about two months ago; it is a high-yield variety. As far as the supply of leaves are concerned both are doing good and we are happy.

Moringa leaves are very nutritious. Wiki says...100 grams of moringa leaves contain about 9.3 g protein, 434 mg calcium, 404 mg potassium, 738 μg vitamin A, and 164 mg vitamin C.

The whole tree is said to be having medicinal properties. There are so many products available in health stores containing various parts of this beautiful tree claimed to be effective in a variety of ailments, all over the world. Leaves, seeds, bark, roots all are said to be having medicinal value. Moringa is said to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antibiotic, cholesterol, anti-hypertensive, anti-cancerous, anti-ulcer, anti-pyretic, anti-asthmatic and anti-microbial activities. The seeds are said to possess aphrodisiac properties. This is a miracle plant.


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