Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations with Milkio Ghee

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations with Milkio Ghee

Two different types of modaks to add to your Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

Food (read: modaks and ladoos) is synonymous with Ganesh Chaturthi. The Hindu festival is celebrated over a period of 10 days to honour Lord Ganesha’s birthday.

But if you’re away from home and missing the delectable desserts from your favourite sweet shop, or you just want to skip market-bought items and want to opt for fresh homemade desserts, you should bookmark these easy-to-make recipes.

The Executive Chef at Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru, Kasiviswanathan’s secrets to making the perfect modak will leave an impression.

Sweet modak

Sweet modak

Ingredients

  • Rice flour: 250 gm
  • Water: 500 ml
  • Sugar: 100 gm
  • Strawberry pulp: 100 ml
  • Ghee: 25 gm

Instructions

  1. - In a heavy bottom pan, add ghee, strawberry pulp, sugar, and boil with water.
  2. - Then add rice flour, and mix it well to ensure that no lumps are formed.
  3. - Use the batter to make dumplings. Steam them in a steamer.
  4. - Assemble and serve.
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Kara modak

Ingredients :

Rice flour: 100 gm
Water: 250 gm
Salt: 20 gm
Mustard seeds: 10 gm
Jeera seeds: 5 gm
Ghee: 25 ml
Green chilly: 10 gm
Curry leaves: 5 gm
Coriander: 5 gm
Ginger: 5 gm
Grated coconut: 10 gm

Method :
– In a heavy bottom pan, make a tempering with ghee, mustard seeds, jeera seeds, curry leaves, ginger, coriander leaves, and coconut.
– Sauté till it turns golden brown, then add water and bring to boil.
– Add in rice flour and mix thoroughly.
– Make dumplings from the batter.
– Steam it in a steamer for at least 10 minutes
– Assemble together and serve.

Source : economictimes

No country for uniform gain in dairy products post GST

No country for uniform gain in dairy products post GST

Indian dairies are staring at a mixed business during the upcoming festive season following the rollout of the uniform Goods and Services Tax (GST) across the country, which now makes certain products relatively expensive in the North and cheaper in the South.

Ghee, which is a major product sold during festivities, had attracted a 5% value-added tax (VAT) earlier in the North as against a 14.5% VAT charged in the South. Post GST rollout, ghee now attracts 12% tax uniformly across the country , making Southern dairies gain marginally up to 2.5% and Northern dairies suffer an additional tax burden of some 7%.

According to industry representatives and analysts, ghee is the second-largest commodity product with a 15% share in the diary sector after liquid milk, which accounts for a 65% share. Further, nearly a third of the annual ghee sales is reported during the festive season. The changed scenario post GST rollout has compelled some dairies to resort to increasing selling prices of ghee to cover up increased taxes, others decided to prune down their marketing budgets during festive season.

Kuldeep Saluja, MD of Sterling Agro, which sells dairy products under the Nova brand in the Northern markets, said: “The increase of 7% in taxes on ghee due to GST has been a big setback to the business as sales have been impacted despite partial passing on the price burden while also taking a hit on our margins. And we expect this impact to continue during the up coming festive season.”

Some analysts said dairies in the North, which are mainly into commodities or B2B segment, are likely to face the pressure on margins owing to increased tax on ghee. Also, there will be a slight impact on the retail side as well with moderate price increases. “We will be reducing our marketing budget accordingly du ring the festive season to counter any impact of increase in taxation on ghee and other value-added products,” said Devendra Shah, chairman and managing director of Mumbai-based Parag Milk Foods.

Dairies in the South like Heritage FoodsBSE 0.59 % and Hatsun AgroBSE -0.70 % expect the impact to be either neutral or marginally positive. RG Chandramogan, CMD, Hatsun Agro, said: “We are expecting a neutral impact of GST on ghee sales as there will be a slight reduction in taxes, coupled with lower milk prices during the festive season due to higher production.”

M Sambasiva Rao, the president of Hyderabad-based Heritage Foods, echoed similar views on the positive impact of GST rollout.

“Impact of GST on the dairy industry is expected to be neutral to positive in general,” says Shiva Mudgil, senior analyst, Rabobank, adding that GST would further push formalisation of the sector at the expense of informal cash-dominated business channels, benefiting the organised segment. “This will also impact the B2B trade business model of dairy commodity companies which relies on cash transactions e.g. for ghee. B2C branded ghee segment may see slight retail price increase for products like ghee in North India due to GST.” At present, India is the world’s largest producer of milk, accounting for nearly a fifth of global milk production, followed by the US, China, Pakistan and Brazil, says a report by brokerage firm Antique. 
Planning to ditch Ghee for weight lose?

Planning to ditch Ghee for weight lose?

Planning to ditch Ghee for weight lose? Read here!

Talk to a fitness freak and he’ll run miles away from a spoon full of ghee. But did you know that ghee has a lot of health benefits that is good for your mind and soul.

Ghee doesn’t add to your fats, instead make your body fit and fine. It’s more of a power-food. There’s a reason why your mother and grandmother still ask you to have ghee in your food everyday.

Here are 15 amazing benefits of ghee you did not know till now. And even if you knew, it’s just a gentle reminder to add it back to your diet.

Background.

1- You can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free radicals like many other oils.

2- People who are lactose or casein intolerant face no issues with ghee. This is because, Ghee is made from butter but the milk solids and impurities get removed.

3- Ghee is rich in the oil soluble vitamins A and E.

4- It is also rich in K2 and CLA.

5- It is as rich as Coconut oil. It’s medium chain fatty acids are absorbed directly by the liver and burned as energy. Consumption of ghee is highly recommended for Athletes.

6- You have been living with wrong notion all these years. Ghee actually helps you in losing weight. The energy from these medium chain fatty acids can be used to burn other fats in the system and lose weight.

7- It strengthens your digestion and immune system.

8- It also has Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer properties.

9- It kills the negative emotions in you, thus making you spirit healthy and positive.

10- According to Ayurveda, ghee is considered one of the most sattvic foods which promotes positivity, growth and expansion of consciousness.

11- Many of the medicinal properties of herbs and spices can be absorbed and transported to targeted areas of the body with the consumption of ghee.

12- It enhances and improves eye-sight.

13- Ghee is good for your skin too.

14- It aids your brain health.

15- And it removes all impurities from your body.

Source : laughingcolours

Europe is running out of butter

Europe is running out of butter

Europe is facing a major butter crisis.

A sharp increase in global demand has caused the wholesale price of butter to nearly double in Europe. Consumers are paying more too: retail prices jumped nearly 20% in June over the previous year, according to data from Euromonitor.
Fédération des Entrepreneurs de la Boulangerie, an industry group that represents French bakers, has described the situation as a “major crisis.” It is warning of a sharp increase in the price of croissants, tarts and brioches. “The price of butter, while certainly volatile, has never reached such a level before,” the group said in a statement. “Butter shortages appear to be a real threat by the end of the year.”

There are multiple factors behind the skyrocketing prices: Consumption of butter is booming thanks to higher demand from countries including China, and some customers are returning to the dairy product after doubts were raised over its links to heart disease. Meanwhile, production has dipped in Europe.

 

Everyone’s eating

Global butter consumption is rebounding after years of declines, when consumers ditched butter for margarine and other substitutes.

Raphael Moreau, food analyst at Euromonitor, said that consumers are increasingly opting for ingredients seen as natural and less processed, including butter.

The average European ate 8.4 pounds of butter in 2015, the most recent year available, compared to 7.9 pounds in 2010. The average American consumed 5.6 pounds of butter in 2015, up from 4.9 pounds in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

At the same time, Chinese demand for foreign milk products is booming. The USDA predicts that Chinese milk imports are expected to jump by 38% this year, with almost all of it coming from the EU and New Zealand.

USDA predicts that global butter consumption will grow an additional 3% this year.

Health factors

Recent scientific studies have suggested that butter, which had been linked to heart disease and increased risk of death, might not be as unhealthy as previously thought.

One such study, published in 2016, indicated that butter actually has more of a neutral association with mortality.
“Health concerns are increasingly moving away from fats towards sugars,” said Moreau.

Slow churn

The butter price collapse follows years of tumult in the continent’s dairy industry.

In 2014, Russia slapped an embargo on European food products in retaliation for sanctions imposed over its annexation of Ukraine. Russia had accounted for 24% of EU butter exports.

The result was dramatically lower prices. In many EU countries, milk was cheaper than bottled water.

The EU would go on to intervene in the market, but many dairy farmers went out of business. Over 1,000 stopped production in the U.K. alone, according to Moreau.

The looming shortage

The next worry is a shortage of butter in Europe.

Butter production slumped 5% in the year to May 2017. Meanwhile, butter stockpiles have plunged 98% in a year, according to the European Commission’s Milk Observatory.

“While supplies remain tight and demand has increased, there has been a shortage of butter in the EU, causing prices to soar as buyers try to lock into contracts to obtain stocks,” said Michael Liberty, dairy market analyst at Mintec.

Peder Tuborgh, CEO of U.K. dairy giant Arla, warned the BBC last month that there might not be enough milk and cream to go around at Christmas.

Source :  http://money.cnn.com

The Ketogenic Diet Versus Low Fat Diet Plans

The Ketogenic Diet Versus Low Fat Diet Plans

Much has been said over the years about the ketogenic diet and with celebrities like Megan Fox, Mick Jagger, and Adriana Lima being fond proponents of the diet, it remains very popular.

What is the real difference between a ketogenic diet and a low fat diet plan? While many may swear about reducing fat intake, studies show low carb plans are actually more effective for both weight loss and reducing high cholesterol.

Ketogenic Diet

There are several low carbohydrate diets, but the ketogenic diet generally limits your carb intake to 20 to 50 grams a day. The ketogenic diet requires you to enter the stage of ketosis, and that generally does not occur unless you are consuming about 20 grams of carbohydrates per day.

A sample menu plan when you’re on a ketogenic diet looks like this:

Breakfast: bacon or sausage, eggs, and coffee with cream and stevia

Snack: 1 ounce of cheese with cucumbers or celery

Lunch: Tuna salad or egg salad wrapped in lettuce or lettuce wrapped burger with ghee

Snack: ½ avocado or 10 olives or flaxseed crackers with salsa

Dinner: Cajun chicken with a side of vegetables cooked in ghee or steak with vegetables in ghee or salad with olive oil and vinegar or grilled salmon with a side of spiral cut zucchini pasta with sauce

Snacks between meals can also include string cheese, a cup of chicken broth, 6 almonds or peanuts, turkey lettuce wraps, hard-boiled eggs, smaller portions of leftover meals, 1 tablespoon of cream and much more.

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