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Savouries for Shab-e-baraat
you want to impress your mother-in-law with your culinary expertise
this Shab-e-baraat? Or perhaps, you'd like to make your annoying neighbors
jealous? Or maybe, you're just plain bored with the same old traditional
halwas every year? Why not step off the beaten track this Shab-e-baraat
and try out some of our new and unusual halwa recipes?
Glaze with the butter.
This dessert should be served hot. Heat the calvados for a few seconds
in a small pan and pour into the halwa.
Note: You can also use silver or gold foil to garnish the halwa and sprinkle ground toasted pistachios or walnuts and serve the halwa with vanilla ice cream.
At this point, quickly stir in all of the cream of wheat, and roast the mixture in the pan. You might need to reduce the heat to medium, since this mixture tends to stick to the bottom of the pan. Constantly stir to prevent burning.
As the mixture roasts, the cream of wheat will turn browner. This enhances the flavor, but can take a few minutes. The longer you roast the cream of wheat, the better the result.
Once you have gotten tired of stirring, cautiously add the milk. Stir quickly to spread the milk throughout the cream of wheat. Most of the milk will appear to boil off immediately, but it will actually have been absorbed by the sooji. Stir for a minute or so, making sure the sooji does not burn.
At this point, add in the sugar and stir some more. The sugar will draw the milk back out, and the resulting mixture will be thick and have a glaze. At this point, mix in whatever fruit you have to the mixture. The consistency of the mixture will be somewhere between that of jelly and peanut butter.
Take the pan off the stove, cover it, and let it cool for about 30 minutes. Once it hardens a bit, it's ready to eat. Serve warm, no garnishing necessary.
Courtesy: Suvir Saran website
Say NO to Cholesterol
Okay, with Shab-e-baraat coming up, there will be a lot of sweet halwas to sample. After indulging yourself to your stomach's content, get ready to put on your running shoes, to work off the mountain of cholesterol.
High cholesterol is an issue that has now prompted a greater number of people to take a fresh look at their lives; some are trying hard to change their eating habits and lifestyles to protect themselves from the disastrous aftereffects of high cholesterol.
Saying No to cholesterol will save you from innumerable health ailments especially coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attacks. Once you come to know about the maleficent outcomes of cholesterol, you too will be inspired to consume foods that have low cholesterol constituents.
Cholesterol is an important normal body constituent, used in the structure of cell membranes, synthesis of bile acids, and synthesis of steroid hormones.
a rough idea, try to bear in mind that there are 4 types of cholesterol.
They are known as HDL (High-density lipoprotein), LDL (Low-density lipoprotein),
Triglyceride and Total cholesterol. Among these, HDL is safe for health
and is known as "good" cholesterol because a high HDL level
seems to protect against heart attack. The opposite is also true: a
low HDL level indicates a greater risk. A low HDL cholesterol level
may also raise the risk of stroke.
There are two ways in which a person's body receives cholesterol. Firstly, the body itself generates cholesterol through the liver, usually about 1000 milligrams a day. On the other hand, a person gets cholesterol from food.
However, high and "bad" cholesterol can be kept out of our way if we become a little conscious about our daily food intake. Foods rich in cholesterol include boiled egg, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, butter, ghee, liver, beef, mutton, skins of duck and chicken, kidneys of animals like cattle, seafood, bone marrow of animals, lobsters, coconut, fish eggs, animal lard, sponge cake, ice cream etc. Avoiding these diets will enable you to fight the nonessential accumulation of cholesterol in your body. Vegetables which are devoured with their peels, such as okra, long beans, seem etc are also good to lower the volume of fat in our body. It's also healthy to have pulses like chickpea in our diet every day, if possible in all the three meals. Include fruits like mango, banana and ripe papaya in your diet.
Moreover, cholesterol is present in all types of foods from animal sources, so shun them from your table if your body already has a high cholesterol volume. Also opt for fat-free and low-fat dairy products for a healthy life.
You know what? Regular exercise will generate HDL (good cholesterol) in your body, which assists in the reduction of risk of coronary diseases. Exercises will also help you to regulate your diabetes, weight and blood pressure. Even moderate physical activities like walking, jogging, dancing, gardening and housework keep a heart in good condition and avoid untimely death.
Today Lipid tests are performed to calculate the level of cholesterol in a person's body. In simple words, this is a test, which measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in serum (a part of the blood). All the renowned diagnostic centers in Dhaka undertake this test. However, BIRDEM, National Healthcare Network, which is an enterprise of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, Medinova, CMH, and Popular Diagnostic Centre are some of the best places, which can guarantee to make an accurate measurement of cholesterol in your blood.
National Healthcare Network (NHN) and Z. H. Sikder Women's Medical College
and Hospital, a lipid profile is prepared for Tk. 700. On the other
hand, Popular Diagnostic Centre charges about Tk. 767 for a lipid profile.
The cost of a lipid test is around Tk. 700. One can perform this test
in order to measure the level of cholesterol. It will give you a clear
idea about whether you should keep your diet and cholesterol in a check.
Alcohol worsens the mass of cholesterol in our body. Increased consumption of alcohol results in health hazards like alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, cancer, suicide, etc. If you think you can't do without alcohol then consume liquor according to your physician's advice.
Tobacco not only creates bad breath, yellow stains on fingers and pollution, but it is also one of the major causes of heart disease in every corner of the world. Smoking lowers the presence of good cholesterol in your body, contributing to acute coronary diseases.
A little awareness can help us fight cholesterol, and prevent many heart diseases. It's your responsibility to maintain a body free from fat and disease. While some diseases are beyond the command and reach of mankind, there are some like coronary diseases, which can be prevented with our conscious effort. By controlling cholesterol we can avoid a series of deadly heart ills and premature deaths. So let's work towards putting a check on Cholesterol.
Special thanks: Dr. M. A. Halim, Medical Officer, NHN, Uttara.
By Wara Karim
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