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Gulab Jamun Pancakes: The Latest Viral Food Trend!

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In the last several months, many food patterns have emerged amid the coronavirus pandemic. As people played with their cooking skills to avoid ordering food, they also created exciting choices for breakfast, from cereals to pancakes. We have also seen pancake cereals whip up by netizens, mixing both. If you live under the egg, you probably know all about the weird Gulab Jamun experiments that people do. From Rajasthan’s Gulab Jamun Subzi to Cringy Gulab Jamun Pizza, Twitter has time and with this dessert has launched some odd and bizarre recipes. Now we’ve Gulab Jamun Pancakes!

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To top it all, an Indian food enthusiast has come up with a creative recipe called a viral gulab jamun pancake. Check them out:

Shreya’s Kitchen’s video soon found its way to Twitter where 122k views were collected, and counting. Thousands of users posted on the video expressing their recurring thoughts. What she essentially did was make a pancake batter from the readymade Gulab Jamunmix, making shallow-frying pancakes along with it. The chashni or sweet syrup was made with sugar, water, powdered cardamom and rose water.

While some thought it was a recreation of the Malpua Indian dessert, the unusual development really amazed others. Actor-producer Mindy Kaling of Hollywood also retweeted the video from her handle.

How to make gulab jamun pancakes-

The food blogger made the pancakes with a readymade mixture of gulab jamun and added sweet sucrose syrup or chashni. The batter is made with a mixture of the gulab jamun and water, and then the pancakes are shallow-fried. Mix sugar, water, cardamom powder and rose water together for the chashni to make a sweet syrup. Now pour the syrup over the pancake and ready for your cup.

Twitter has received many mixed reactions through a single video. Check them below!

Can’t resist!

Eat it like it is

Incredible

Simply, no.

Illegal

Ruined

Whether you hate it or love it, there’s no denying the fact that using a simple readymade Gulab Jamun mix is surely a delightfully creative way. Will you try to turn Gulab Jamun into pancakes or would you prefer the conventional way of making it?

Also, if you’re actually planning to make Gulab jamun pancakes, note these down: 

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⁃ Make sure cardamom is finely ground. If possible, use a sieve to get out the bigger chunks, they don’t taste so great in a slice!

⁃ Using your sort of favourite pancake mix is a good idea. Just taste the batter a little to make sure you can taste the rose and the cardamom. Different mixtures will alter the necessary amount.

⁃ Use milk in the pancake mix instead of water (in this case, unsweetened soy milk used)

⁃ Some rose water are solid! Like the one from Nielsen Massey. Therefore use just 1/8 tsp of the rose water. You don’t want your pancakes to get overwhelmed. Too much rose water will make it taste like you eat a soap bar so be careful!

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Pizza: The Psychology & Chemistry Behind Why People Love It

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Pizza is one of the world’s most popular foods. There’s a reason pizza is so popular. Humans are drawn to foods that are fatty, sweet, rich and complex. Pizza has all of these components. Cheese is fatty, meat toppings tend to be rich and the sauce is sweet.

 

Ingredients

Italian Pizza Dough Recipe

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Pizza toppings are also packed with a compound called glutamate, which can be found in the tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni and sausage. When glutamate hits our tongues, it tells our brains to get excited — and to crave more of it. This compound actually causes our mouths to water in anticipation of the next bite.

Then there are the combinations of ingredients. Cheese and tomato sauce are like a perfect pairing. On their own, they taste pretty good. But according to culinary scientists, they contain flavor compounds that taste even better when eaten together.

The Chemistry Behind It

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Another quality of pizza that makes it so delicious: Its ingredients become brown while cooking in the oven. Foods turn brown and crispy when we cook them because of two chemical reactions.

The first is called caramelization, which happens when the sugars in a food become brown. Most foods contain at least some sugar; once foods are between 230 degrees and 320 degrees, their sugars begin to turn brown. Caramel is made from several thousand compounds, making it one of the most complex food products. On a pizza, ingredients such as onions and tomatoes become caramelized during baking, making them rich, sweet and flavorful. That brown and crispy crust is also the result of the dough caramelizing.

The Maillard Reaction (Cont. Of The Chemistry Behind It)

The Maillard reaction

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The Maillard reaction occurs when the amino acids in high-protein foods such as cheese and pepperoni react with the sugars in those foods when heated. Pepperoni that becomes crispy with curled edges, and cheese that browns and bubbles, are examples of the Maillard reaction. With bread, cheese and tomato sauce as its base, pizza might seem like a simple food. It isn’t. And the next time you’re about to devour a slice, you’ll be able to appreciate all of the elements of pizza that excite our brains, thrill our taste buds and cause our mouths to water.

 

Research

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Although you probably won’t be out on the streets hustling for a stuffed crust pepperoni, a recent study has found that pizza has some very addictive properties.

The University of Michigan study, published in the US National Library of Medicine, examined which foods caused people to display addictive tendencies. Using a sample of 504 students, the study found that pizza came out on top (perhaps unsurprisingly).

According to the study, the highly processed foods loaded with sugars and fats can cause changes in the dopamine system – involved in reward and pleasure – akin to drug abuse.

They also pointed to another study that showed that “rats maintained on a diet of highly processed foods, such as cheesecake, exhibit downregulation in the dopamine system that also occurs in response to drugs of abuse.”

The other reason why pizza seems to be so addictive might be even simpler: cheese.

The Psychology

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The crave-inducing properties of cheese come from an ingredient called casein, a protein found in all milk products. When we digest this protein, it releases casomorphins which stimulate opioid receptors, the receptors involved in pain control, reward and addiction.

So, while this might not make you feel better when you covered in crust crumbs embarking on a pizza come down, at least you know the science behind your addiction.

Also read- How to make the best pizza at home!

And watch- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOkCgAwhh9U

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How Cutting Down On Junk Food Is Sustainable

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Looking for a new reason to cut down on junk food? Besides the obvious health-related benefits, there’s a recent study that junk food makes up a significant proportion of food-related environmental impacts. It was found that for each household, a massive portion that is to say almost 33-39% of water use, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and land use went into junk food.

The fast-food industry are catastrophically affecting global warming. Given its high dependence on natural resources such as water, land and feed for livestock, the animal agriculture involved in creating fast food products is a sizable contributor to environmental issues.

What is Junk Food? 

Junk Food

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What exactly are the criteria for the classification of food? Well. food items and drinks not necessary to provide the nutrients with the body needs, but that may add variety. Many of these are high in saturated fats, sugars, salt and/or alcohol. By contrast, it is a list of those food items which does not belong to the core food groups. Fruits, vegetables, cereals, legumes, nuts and seeds, dairy and unprocessed meat constitute the core food group.

Why Is Junk Food A Problem?

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In a warming world with a growing population and dwindling resources, we can no longer afford junk food consumption that harms both our own and the planet’s health. Although the topic of sustainable diets is becoming more popular, the debate and proposed policies have not sufficiently questioned the proliferation of junk food products that use scarce resources to produce empty calories.

Sustainability And Us

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Animal-derived foods generally have bigger total environmental footprints than plant foods. This is because of the significant amounts of land, water and feed required by livestock and the methane released by ruminants. Many recommendations to achieve healthy and sustainable diets have therefore justifiably focused on the need to reduce meat and animal-derived product consumption. Going vegan is a great option. But for baby steps going on a vegetarian diet is a good too.

How Do We Modify Our Consumption? 

Junk Food

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Diets such as the Mediterranean, rich in vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains, seem to achieve the right balance between health and sustainability. A key characteristic of the traditional Mediterranean diet is the limited amount of junk or unhealthy food. We all are by now aware of the fires that were intended at increasing grasslands for the beef industry. Why not cut down on meat and eat more of non-processed local green food? Think about it.

What Can Government Do?

Junk Food

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The solution should ultimately tackle the heart of the problem, which is why we over-consume these foods in the first place. Encouraging dietary shifts away from junk foods is challenging because of their cheapness, taste and convenience. Junk food is also promoted to consumers for profit. Food producers should ultimately be held responsible for the proliferation of cheap junk food. We need to encourage divestment away from unhealthy, unsustainable products. It should be through regulation and public pressure, following the example of measures to address climate change.

For more, read- Easy Indian Dry Aloo Recipes That You Must Try

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Tuna – Not Your Basic Seafood

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Tuna - Not Your Basic Seafood

Tuna is the go-to fish. If you have grown in a household where fish was a major seafood special, it was always in the fridge. It never disappoints – it is pocket friendly, can be carried on trips and picnics and the taste is delish! Let’s not forget its nutritional value – it is a great source of selenium, vitamin B3, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids.

The versatility with which it can be eaten is unparalleled.  Tuna sandwiches, tuna patties, tuna sabji, tuna salad – and so much more! Okay, a fun fact – it comes in canned packs but it is, in fact, a large fish, which weighs almost 550 pounds! It is undoubtedly not your basic seafood, but a quintessential fish. Here are a few recipes that we have savoured growing up:

Tuna Patties

Aloo patties are overrated – let us binge on a Sunday evening with tune patties! Since we are avoiding outside food, it would be better that we spend a day in the lap of our kitchen. Patties are easy to make, make a perfect snack, and kids-friendly. Yummy!

Tuna Salad

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If you believe you are a diet person and salad is the only go-to meal, trick yourself! Voila, here’s a tuna salad for you that you can make using celery, onion, parsley, mayonnaise, mustard, pepper, and lemon juice. You can either eat it like a regular salad or like a sandwich dressing.

Noodles Mix

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Tuna noodle salad 🥗 For those times when you wanna be healthy but you also love carbs Ingredients for marinade: – 2 tuna steaks – 1 tsp garlic powder – 1 tsp chilli flakes – 1 tsp ginger paste – 1 tbsp light soy – 1 tbsp dark soy – 0.5 tbsp mirin – 1 tsp sesame oil Mix all together and marinade for 2 hours to overnight. Other ingredients: – 1 cup sliced cabbage – 0.5 onion sliced – 1 tbsp fish sauce – 1 tbsp light soy – 1 cup jalapeño – 1 sheet nori Ok let’s get started! Begin by searing off the marinated tuna steaks in hot oil while you boil some beansprouts in a separate pot. Add some high quality ramen noodles to the beansprouts whilst you carry on searing the tuna! Once the tuna is beautifully caramelised, remove them from your hot pan and replace them with the sliced cabbage and onion! After this, grate in the zest of a lime before squeezing in the juice! At this stage, you can pull your noodles and beansprouts out of their pot and add them to the vegetables along with a little cooking water. When the ingredients are all mixed together well, pour in the remainder of the marinade and season with extra soy and fish sauce to taste! Serve in a bowl with the tuna, spring onions, jalapeños and nori sat on top of a base of noodles! #tuna #tunasalad #tunanoodle #salad #saladbowl #noodles #noodsnoodsnoods #nori #jalapeno #springonion #scallions #tunasteak #newrecipe #easyrecipes #midweekmeals #noodlebowl #ramennoodles #foody #fotd #foodporn #foodstagram #foodspiration #foodphotography #foodblogger #asianrecipes #soysauce #fishsauce #chilli #saucy #umami

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Enjoying your basic noodles with veggies is so basic and boring. Add a twist: open your pandora box of tuna and pour it into your noodles. It is simple, easy, and doesn’t make your kitchen dirty. The recipe is pretty simple: All you need to do is heat water and add noodles in boiling water. Then strain noodles and add canned ingredients and veggies and stir it well.

Sizzler

Sizzler is exotic in every way. It has got the looks, it has got the heat and it has got tuna! It may not be a very good option for the ones looking to burn some carbs. One can say it is quite a heavy meal, but who cares, after all, it is tasty and wholesome.

Pasta

Choose a pasta flavor and bam, tuna is value addition. Mediterranean salty pasta with olives on the side and lots of cheese, pour your canned love in it. Or your Tomatina pasta with its tanginess. And with your pasta with greens, spinach, tuna goes well with literally everything. Macaroni or pasta, cheese can be added to both and so can our canned love. Furthermore, we shouldn’t forget our love for white sauce and red sauce pasta. Surprise everyone with what tuna can do. Pasta in a family dinner or guests can win you some major praises.

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