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November 9, 2013

The Tobacco Situation in India

Tobacco has been used in India for centuries. Earlier tobacco used to be in the form of chewing tobacco leaves or smoking and now at present there are many products made up of tobacco that are available in the market. Around or more than 4000 type of chemicals are found in tobacco and about 60 chemicals in that are responsible for causing cancer. A drug named “Nicotine’ is highly addictive and is as addictive as heroin or cocaine.More as 30 percent of the Indian population which are of the age of 15 or more uses tobacco in some form. Types of tobacco that are found in India are beedis, cigarettes and cigars, chillum, hookah, khaini, gutkha, pan with tobacco and pan masala.

Using of tobacco and its products has shown a very adverse effect on everybody’s life as it is associated with the various oral diseases which are the major contributor to the global oral disease. Different types of studies and survey about the usage of tobacco has been conducted by the number of cases which were observed by the patients having disease related to the consumption of tobacco and as such were hospitalized. India has signed a global treaty on tobacco control and on another numerous anti-tobacco laws but despite of those laws India is failing to implement that laws effectively and as such people are vulnerable to addiction and which is resulting in ill health according to the reports.

Currently India has a population of 1.2 billion in which currently 275 million people are addicted to tobacco. By conducting a survey of 4 states in India-Maharashtra, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal it was found that there were 8,000 tobacco users and 2,400 non tobacco users which itself gives a clear glimpse of addiction of tobacco. India requires an urgent attention as day by day the consumption is increasing and it has been estimated as by the year 2020 tobacco consumption will cause around 1.5 million deaths in a year. However new inventions such as the electronic cigarette give hope that tobacco will be at least partially eradicated in India and around the world. For more information about electronic cigarettes, check out … they have reviews and coupons for many of the top brands.

From the past so many years tobacco has moved from the fields of United States to other various developing countries because of inexpensive leaves and that of ban to the farmers of using chemicals in the west which gave India chance of producing tobacco and now India is the second largest producer of tobacco after China.

In United States use of tobacco is responsible of 1 in 5 deaths which are approximately equal to about 4,43000 early deaths each year. United States has higher percentage of smokers as compare to India as the percentage is much dependent upon the population as well as the gender wise consumption as in United States both men and women smoke almost in equal amount.

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September 20, 2013

Why Do Indians Worship Cows?

Indians considers cows as sacred and thus gives them respect and consequently worship them. They consider a cow to be holy due to the many benefits that are realised from a cow. These are;

1. It provides milk which is an important diet of human beings

2. In the farming business, a cow is important particulary in ploughing of land and carrying the farm produce.

3. Cow dung is used as manure as well as fuel when dried.

4. The cow cart was an important means of transport in the ancient days when rail and road transport had not developed.


Therefore, the indians find it impossible to mess around with a creature that provides such great benefits to their livelihood and hence the reason for considering a cow sacred.


What is The Effect of Worshiping Cows on Indian Menu?

The indian eating habits are greatly influenced by religion as well as culture. You will find a tendancy to have their menu rich in vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. Due to the fact that a cow is considered sacred, the indians prefer not to eat beef, indeed most of them are vegetarian. Most of their food in the menu is characterized by vegetables and cereals. Indians are known for excellent cuisines which are predominated by chili and across the globe, we find exclusive food outlets for these cuisines.


The indian foods are free of beef and hence consumers are not predisposed to the now increasing health risks in eating red meat as well as fatty meat. Therefore, the indian cuisines are not only healthy but also sumptous, the preference by many to remain healthy and reduce risks associated with meat products is witnessing a huge exodus to uptake of indian eating habits.


Indeed, many people are embracing the vegetarian diets to get a way from the challenges of obesity among other health risks associated with consumption of meat and meat products. There is a new wave of business in natural organic foodstuffs which are believed to be less toxic and offers a better health to the consumers. This is a departure from the past where meat and meat products had dorminated menus of most people.


Therefore, the eating habits of Indians is being embraced by many people across the globe where vegetables and dairy products are preferred to meat and meat products. The cooking methods have also changed to ensure that people enjoy the new menu in style.

September 20, 2013

Top 5 Indian Dishes You Can Serve At Home

Ever wondered what can be the top five Indian dinner dishes that you can serve up and everyone will love eating them? Well, here’s a list of the most popular food items from India which have major crowd pleasing capabilities written all over them.

1. Biryani

Developed in the kitchens of the Mughal kings, this is a dish fit for the kings. Generally made with meat, the dish has been adapted from the Middle Eastern cuisine into India, and currently, it has at least ten different versions all over India. Several different kinds of Biryani is currently available in India, all with their individual style and taste. Over the centuries, the dish went through a number of modifications because of the lack of certain ingredients, and the addition of local flavors. At present, there are many different kinds of Biryani, which differ from each other based on the use of ingredients.

2. Chicken Tikka Masala

Apparently, this dish was devised quite by accident when pieces of chicken tikka fell into a gravy, and when fished out, tasted great, leading to the sudden craze for dunking cooked kebabs into a spicy gravy. It took off even more abroad, especially in Britain, where this dish remains one of the most wanted dishes that British people eat every year. The sauce is generally made of tomatoes and cream, and pieces of cooked tikka is added right before serving.

3. Palak Paneer

Possibly the most popular Indian vegetarian dish, Palak Paneer’s simplicity makes it very popular. Chunks of cottage cheese, cut into pieces, and cooked in a silky spinach gravy is the base of this dish, and sometimes it is finished with a light dousing of cream or beaten yogurt in the end. It’s very simplicity is the reason why it is so popular – its both healthy and tasty, and perfect for those who do not like meat but would want to add a bit of protein to their dinner.

4. Rogan Josh

Possibly one of the most-requested lamb dishes in restaurants, this dish originated in Kashmir. The sheer amount of spices that go into this dish is staggering, and this dish benefits from slow cooking. Serving this with hot cooked rice or naan bread makes this a very tasty dinner, and it is rich and sinful in taste.

5. Tandoori Chicken

A perennial favorite, tandoori chicken is nothing more than chunks of spicy chicken on the bone cooked inside a coal and clay tandoor, pierced with a skewer, and cooked till its charred on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. Generally served with a slice of lime to sprinkle it with, this makes the perfect light dinner.

September 19, 2013

What Ingredients Characterize Indian Food?

download (3)One of the biggest puzzles for most people who come to India is to see how diverse the cuisine of India is. India was known as the land of spices, and ever since the world discovered the glory of Indian cuisine, they have also wondered about the key ingredients which characterize Indian food.

First of all, India is a land of diverse culture, with 28 states and 7 union territories. Most of these states have absolutely unique cuisine, sharply differing from every other states in terms of taste, usage of material, and flavors used. However, the key ingredient that goes into most Indian dishes are spices, especially turmeric, cumin, coriander, mustard, pepper, and a spice mix called garam masala which is used both in a powdered form and in the whole form. Typically, this spice mix consists chiefly of three ingredients – cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. However, added ingredients, like pepper, mace, nutmeg, bay leaf, and other spices are added to it, depending upon the region.

Generally, an Indian plate consists of a form of carbohydrate, which can be rice, wheat, or any other grain. Rice is generally steamed and served plain as part of the daily meal, while wheat flour is used to make a number of Indian flat breads. They serve as the accompaniment to the various dishes cooked in an Indian household. Rice is also powdered and used in a number of forms, including being fermented in a batter in South Indian households, and then cooked like a crepe over a hot pan or steamed to perfection, and served.

A huge number of people in India are vegetarians, and fresh vegetables and fruits feature very heavily in most Indian cuisine. The exceptions are perhaps in areas which are mountainous, where fresh vegetables are difficult to come by. But in general, a balanced Indian meal consists of at least one kind of carbohydrate, a vegetable, a protein-rich dish, and some kind of dessert. Protein comes from a number of sources, including cottage cheese, milk, lentils, meat, fish, eggs, and soybean nuggets.

Indian desserts vary from being very rich to very light. It can be as simple as a ball of cottage cheese cooked in sugar syrup, to something as heavy and rich as pieces of fried bread in clarified butter, covered with a thick cream which is cooked with equal amounts of milk and solidified cream, and topped with chopped nuts, pistachios and silver leaf. The wide variety makes it very difficult for anyone to really characterize Indian food in any particular strata, so it will be best to treat it as a journey of discovery, waiting for you to unravel its secrets.