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A TRUE TASTE OF ASIA
By Tommy miah
Hot coffee masala
Pan seared fish with Asian dressing
Spicy Indian chicken with green masala
To cook, heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until the onion softens and turns translucent. Add the chicken and marinade, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the drumsticks are tender.
Heat ghee/oil in a pan, add sliced onions and fry until it turns brown. Remove from fire. Add lamb mixed with spices and cook till oil gets separated. Add water in a pan and when it boils, put the garlic paste. Simmer until lamb is cooked properly. Add water if required. Finish with garam masala and coriander leaves.
Oriental crispy orange beef Ingredients:
Meanwhile, combine rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Add more water at the end if necessary.
Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Toss dried beef in cornstarch to coat. Fry in the hot oil in small batches until crispy and golden brown; set aside. Drain all of the oil from the wok except about 1 tablespoon.
Add orange zest, ginger and garlic to the remaining oil, and cook briefly until fragrant. Add the soy sauce mixture to the wok, bring to a boil, and cook until thick and syrupy for about 5 minutes. Add beef, and heat through, stirring to coat. Serve immediately over steamed rice, and garnish with broccoli.
Now add the sugar, nuts and cardamom seeds, stir well, allow to cool.
Pour the mixture into kulfi moulds or small ramekins, distributing evenly. Cover with plastic wrap or foil and freeze until set.
To serve, remove the ice-cream from the moulds by running a sharp knife around the edges of the pista kulfi. Slip each kulfi on to a dessert plate, cut across into 3-4 slices, and serve.
Fish in mustard sauce
For mustard sauce
Heat oil in a pan and put the fish pieces and allow it to cook by stirring occasionally. Cook till fish flakes easily. Remove and drain the fish fillets. Arrange in the casserole. Heat butter in a pan and add corn flour and stir continuously till it becomes smooth. Add milk and stir. Cook till it becomes thick. Add salt and mustard and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from fire. Pour the mustard sauce over the fillets. Garnish with chopped spring onions.
Reflections on Ramu: searching for secularism
What turns a man against another, who he has known for many years? Can the ignorant acts of a third party really turn one neighbour against another, despite his or her lack of action or say in the acts deemed so highly sacrilegious? The recent events at Ramu, Cox's Bazaar, urges us to address this question and answer it as quickly as possible. The myth of secularism has now been exposed and the previously-declared state of extremism has apparently reared its ugly head once again.
The fact that Bangladesh is a secular country is a much championed mantra by the politicians and people of the country. For an interview for The Hindu, well-known Indian nuclear physicist Homi Baba, back in 1995, said the concept of secularism will change. That seems to be taking place. The burning of temples and razing the house of the Buddhists, implies, more so than anything, that the separation of state and religion has failed. This may not be an open and shut case of extremism, but rather an exploitation of a people who fail to identify each other beyond certain features. It isn't just a question of a Buddhist or a Muslim, but also one of a Bangali and a Bangladeshi.
If such events took place in a country like Afghanistan, people would blame the Taliban and move on. But what about in a country like Bangladesh? Since our independence, we have been plagued by communal violence, be it in the Chittagong Hill Tracts or due to Bangladesh's contiguous links to other troubled areas such as that of the Rakhine state of Myanmar or with Assam of India. We have never really been free of such violence. However, the mass destruction of such age old relics has hit much too close to home. The fact that we, the champions for the cause of liberty and the right to be ourselves, have turned back on the very sentiments that freed us, is shameful indeed.
Now, we can spend the next few days analysing who was behind the faceless, cowardly attacks, or we can stop and question ourselves, as Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians or more importantly as Bangladeshis and as human beings. There will be fingers pointed, but regardless, the state elected to protect was the one who failed and they should look at themselves first. And when next our sentiments are hurt, before declaring our Jihad, consider the Arabic meaning of the word; Jihad is not holy war but rather a struggle. Let us not trust others to secure secularism in our country; let's do so ourselves. The communities affected deserve our heartfelt apologies. And so, we apologise because though we can't undo what has been done, we can make the future a better place.
By Osama Rahman
ASK DR SAGIR
Making a feline friend
Sagir U Ahmed
Cats are beautiful, affectionate, playful and intelligent animals; they make loving and amusing companions. Having a cat can even improve your lifestyle, bringing in playful moments, but you need to be prepared for the adoption process. Proper adoption of a cat or kitten is a primary and important consideration for any new owner.
In the next four instalments I will be discussing the adoption procedure of cats from the initial stages and delve into matters pertaining to healthcare and their overall well-being.
First things first…taking a mental note
Be prepared to spend time playing with your cat, cleaning the litter box regularly, and grooming the animal. As they age, your cat may encounter health problems. Are you willing to administer medication to your pet on a daily basis if needed or put in time required for special care?
Although there are options of handing over your pet cat afterwards to any other friend/relative the answers to the above questions must all be in the positive for you to venture into adopting a cat/kitten.
Selecting the animal
You may know a neighbour or friend whose cat has had a litter of kittens; these days you can even see advertisements on Facebook for cat adoptions. Katabon Pet Market often sells both mixed-breed and purebred cats (with or without papers).
Pet shops sometime offer the basic requirements for a kitten, such as vaccination and de-worming but it will be up to you to confirm it by asking for valid documents.
A routine check by a vet is required before adopting a kitten from a pet shop or from friends/relatives. If there is any visible abnormality in your kitten or cat your vet will take care of that and make proper suggestions.
What to do when you find kittens on the streets?
If the mother cat is feral (wild), leave her with the kittens. It will be less stressful for the mum to care for her kittens until they are weaned. She may however move them at any time if you interfere with her too much.
Provide the cats with food and water every day. After the kittens are weaned, if you choose to place them in homes I encourage you to work with an adoption group.
Determining the age of a kitten
7-10 days: Eyes beginning to open, ears still flat. A kitten this age is smaller than the palms of your hand.
3 weeks: Eyes are fully open, ears are erect, and teeth are visible. Kittens this age are just starting to walk and will be very wobbly.
4-5 weeks: Eyes changed from blue to another colour and/or kittens have begun to pounce and leap. Kittens this age will begin to eat regular cat food.
8 weeks: Kittens this age weigh approximately two pounds. If they have not been exposed to humans, they will likely be feral and unapproachable.
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