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      19.02.2007 22:08
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      Turmeric is a spice that has been used to treat infections for centuries.

      If I were to say the word 'turmeric' what would be the first thing that came to mind?

      It is a spice?
      It is used in everyday cooking all over the world?
      It is yellow in colour?
      It is fragrant?
      It can leave stubborn stains on skin, clothing etc?

      But did you know that it has been widely used around the world for medicinal purposes, especially in India, as an Ayurvedic medicine. It is a spice that it readily available, in most Asian households it is always in the cupboard for cooking purposes so is always to hand. Yes, it can stain but this can be washed off your skin with some soap and some detergent if your clothes are stained.

      Turmeric is from a plant called Curuma Longa. The plant forms large hard bulbs, these are grinded to obtain the powder. It is grown in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh including China. Although India is the largest trader of Turmeric, shipping it around the world.

      *Medicinal use*

      As per Ayurvedic medicine, in India turmeric is used as an antiseptic, it can be applied to cuts and burns to stop infection. You will find that in many Asian households around the world this method is still used today, in my household we do, it is very effective and natural. For example, if someone accidentally cuts their finger then a pinch of turmeric applied to the cut stops the bleeding immediately.

      Another example is if someone has sprained their ankle or has a sore neck from sleeping badly then some turmeric and salt heated in oil can be massaged to the area and within a day the condition improves due to the turmeric being anti-inflammatory also.

      If a person has been in a fight or has taken a fall and is badly bruised they should drink a cup of boiled milk with a pinch of turmeric in it, this works to heal the body from the inside in turn working on the outside to stop bruising. It does not taste very nice but it does do the trick!


      Turmeric is also used as a natural food colouring, it can be used in rice dishes by adding some to the boiling water that the rice is to be cooked in. This will give you lovely fragrant yellow rice.

      You can also use a little of turmeric to add some colour to your popcorn provided you are making popcorn the conventional way! Add a pinch to the oil that the popcorn is going to be heated in and you will have light yellow coloured popcorn.

      *Religious purposes*

      In the Hindu religion turmeric is made into a paste using water and is applied to the forehead between the brows, called 'tikkah', after prayers are offered.

      It is also applied, as a paste, on the hands, feet and face of a bride and groom a day before they are married as it is known to give a glow to the skin and stops bacteria forming on the skin. This is a custom followed by many religions in India prior to the wedding, it is both customary and also a lot of fun.

      In different languages turmeric is known as:

      HALDI in Hindi
      HARDAR in Gujarati
      HOLOOD in Bengali
      NGHE in Vietnamese
      JIANG HUANG in Chinese
      MANJAL in Tamil

      Turmeric is a spice that can be used for a range of purposes, at present it is being researched on it's effectiveness in combating cancer. It is just a normal spice and can be useful in a lot more than just cooking.

      Turmeric, the possibilities are endless.


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        20.03.2006 15:54
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        Try them , you wont forget !!!!


        Manufacturer Address :-
        Jhaveri Industies
        32 Annapuma Industrial Estate 46, Tilak Road, Ghatkopar (E), Mumbai - 4000 77
        1) Kamal Tea Masala
        2) Chat Masala
        3) Biryani Pulav Masala
        4) Rajwadi Garam Masala
        5) Undhia Masala
        6) Bombay Pav Bhaji Masala
        7) Tandoori Chicken Masala
        8) Nawab Meat Masala
        9) Chicken Masala Hot and Spicy
        10) Kitchen King Masala
        11) Pani Puri Masala
        12) Chana Masala
        13) Punjabi Chhole Masala
        14) Fish Masala
        15) Kheema Masala
        16) Madras Sambar Masala
        17) Dhanshak Masala
        18) Thandai Mix Masala
        19) Mathura Jaljira Powder
        20) Jiralu Powder
        21) Curry Powder
        22) Jain Curry Powder
        23) Rasam Powder
        24) Punjabi Garam Masala
        25) Shahi Garam Masala
        27) Vegetable Subzi Masala
        28) Kasuri Methi
        They make plain masalas also, which are ground spices, they are (1) Kashmiri Chilly Powder (2) Ginger Powder (3) Dry Mango Powder (4) Henna Powder (5) Black Pepper (6) White Pepper (7) Red Chilly Powder (8) Turmeric Powder (9) Coriander Powder (10) Jeera Powder.

        I am writing this review because I saw BADSHAH MASALA (SPICES) with a leading CATERER who we had engaged to provide food for a party we were having in the family. They charged us Rs.130 to Rs.150 per head, they were saying the rates depend on the items in the menu we demand from them. The above masalas are ranged in price Rs.30 to Rs.50 per 100gm.Pack.

        This is a life saver for all those people who do not believe in preparing hand made spices like my grandmother used to do, it takes around 50 Minutes just to clean the spices and grind them and make them ready for cooking. This was the traditional way, now life in the fast lane requires masalas like BADSHAH for ready mixed spices saves a lot of time and headache, decide the curry you are cooking take out the relevant masala box and drop it, you have the dish ready as good as the old days.

        This may not be very needful for masterful ladies we have in India who know their cooking, but people who are less confident of their cooking and want to begin cooking and learn cooking this is the best way to start, as most mixes are professionally prepared by the people, they are used by caterers, who better to learn but from the caterers who are in the business of cooking and feeding guests in parties.

        To make interesting this review I will be foolish enough to give a simple recipe of a curry :
        1-Chicken pieces chopped to the size you like (one chicken = 16 Pieces)
        2-Chopped onions ( 1 or 2)
        3-Giner+Garlic paste ( a little)
        Put cooking oil in a pot, let it heat a little and put chopped onions, fry till borwn, put Garlic+Ginger paste, Chicken hot and spicy masala (Badshah) Salt, Turmeric, Chilly Powder, Green chilly fry all for 7 minutes until red or start sticking to the pot, put 10 big spoon full curd (sweet) mix and let it simmer, put a little water and leave for cooking, until chicken is tender, before taking out of fire put chopped menthol leaves and coriander leaves fresh.
        A very easy chicken curry good to taste is ready to eat with roti or rice whatever your heart fancies, it is general hint, quantities and other things you decide by your eyes. The use of this masala has saved you from taking out your Sumeet grinder and some serious preparations.

        Rasam and Sambar everyone is interested in making them, kheema (ground meat) masala is also a very easy cook, just need onion and all the things mentioned above you have tasty kheema, I am sure I can cook myself many tasty curries with little application and little details with these masalas. I love vegetable they are spirit and body lifting, here is a small something about them.
        Chop onions put oil in a pot fry till brown, put finely chopped one inch square pieces of whatever vegetable your heart fancies, put turmeric, garlic+ginger paste, cardamom and clove 2 pieces each, tomato or tomato paste, fry well until little brown pour water, leave until everything is cooked and enjoy a nice hearty meal.
        Well ladies I am not writing this review for you, as you might know many things which I will never be able to know about cooking, my review is aimed at guys who live away from their homes and families because of Jobs and Studies, they will definately benefit from my hints as for the expert in cooking ladies they will benefit from the list of masalas above. Please dont forget to invite me to the delicious foods you are going to make from BADSHAH masalas.

        Yo world is a land of spices, Badshah is king of spices.


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