All Tradition related
Belief's are NOT Myths
of us have been brought up to abstain from fish during months spelt
without an Hour i.e. May through June. May and June are the hottest
months when Fish, a highly perishable food item, could easily get
decomposed July and August are the months when fish are known to
spawn and must be spared the Net. Our old books warned against partaking
of 'Hilsa' fish during the monsoons and it has now been established that
during the monsoons, 'Hilsa' plays host to the cholera virus.
'heating', You must have heard it being said over and over again. To
counter the heat one must soak them in cold water for 2 to 3 hours
before you eat them. Further, a repast of mangoes must be followed by a
few sips of cold or lukewarm milk. There's sense in all that. Mango peel
contains an essential oil which can irritate the human skin and mucous
membrane. Given the quantities of mango consumed by an average Indian
adult, it is important to remove some of this oil by soaking in water.
And a sip of milk after a mango soothes away any tendency to heartburn.
Coarsely ground flour
is considered superior
to the fine variety, with good reason, for the coarseness is largely due
to bran, a rich source of vitamin B and the much needed fibre.
The belief that 'karela', 'jamun' and 'methi'
are good for diabetics is not an old wives tale. These three do help
control blood sugar levels.
Amla and carrot preserve
(murabba) is said to put pep into you. It sure does. Unless subjected to
prolonged cooking. Amla is packed with vitamin C and carrot with vitamin
A. Sugar provides calories, hence the energy and hey presto, you feel on
the top of the world!