7 Tips for Eating Your Bread in India

There are various ways one can enjoy bread.

But one thing I have noticed among Indians is that they generally do not prefer bread for breakfast.

To them bread is generaly associated with sickness – when one is sick one has bread. And if your mum or wife really loved you, she would make you parathas or idly or roti and not give you bread.

I on the other hand, am a voracious bread eater. I have toasted bread and assorted spreads in the morning, and if given a chance I’ll have bread for all my meals.

That being said, let me present you some options which will make bread taste really nice.

  1. Always have toasted or grilled bread even if it sandwhich that you are  having. Untoasted bread only makes sense if you buy really good quality  (expensive) loaves from good bakeries (costing Rs 100/- and above)
  2.  Add butter immediately after the toasting is done. This causes the  butter to melt and gives the bread an awesome taste. I have add  different kinds of butter, salted, non-salted, low-fat etc – but nothing
    beats Amul Butter.
  3.  If you don’t like butter, you can use jams/ marmalede. Two of my personal favorites are 24 Mantra Organic Mixed Fruit Jam and Hero Blackcherry Jam and I frequently use them together on each half of the toast.
  4.  Peanut butter is another great option. In fact I sometimes just have peanut butter (like Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black). My preference is American Garden Peanut Butter.
  5.  Can anything beat a choco spread? Apply a thick layer to your bread and enjoy. I quite like Pillsbury Choco Spread, because of its liquid texture and its Cadbury like taste.
  6. Don’t every put ghee (clarified butter) to bread. Ghee goes with almost every thing except bread (and wine, scotch, pasta, chips and most other things)
  7. Always have your bread fresh and as soon as possible and defnitely before expiry date (applies to all food items).

Do let me know if you have any tips.

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7 Differences between Tomato Soup and Tomato Rasam

I am not a huge fan of soup or soupy stuffs, with the exception of tomato soup. When I feel like having soup (or am forced to have some), I go with tomato soup. It is especially enjoyable duing a train journey, and nothing beats a piping hot tomato soup in a paper cup during an AC 2 Tier long distance train journey.

I had tomato rasam for the first time (of many times) quite late in life when I was 26 years old.

So naturally the question arises, what is the difference between toamto rasam and tomato soup?

The similarity is that both are made from tomatoes and now a days both can be prepared by mixing water with respective powders, but the differences are aplenty which I list below.
1. Tomato soup is an intenational beverage wheras Tomato rasam is South Indian
2. Tomato soup is for cold climates whereas tomato rasam is for very hot places
3. On a cold day, tomato soup makes you feel warmer from inside. Tomato rasam, cools down the body during a hot day.
4. Tomato soup is generally thick. Tomato rasam is generally watery.
5. Tomato soup is served in soup bowls. Tomato rasam is served typically from jugs or huge conatiners.
6. Tomato soup is generally sipped, but never drunk. Many people drink tomato rasam.
7. Tomato soup is had with bread, whereas tomato rasam is had with rice

One more difference which I got from a reader:
You need basil parsley/ corriander for one (tomato soup) and the other (tomato rasam) cant do without kadi patta.

Please let me know if you can think of any other differences.

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Eat Expensive Food and Save Money

Yes you read it right. 

You can actually reduce your food bill by eating expensive and better quality food. 

As a Financial Analyst, I am always on the lookout for new avenues of making as well as saving more money, and to that end I read a lot of stuff.

The inspiration for this lifehack came from one such reading – in an article I read in Prof Pattu’s fine blog on personal finance freefincal.

In that article, he talked about how switching from normal cooking oil to olive oil helped him save more. Doesn’t sound right now, does it? If you think carefully, it does.
Borges Extra Virgin Olive Oil is typically 7x more expensive than normal cooking oil be it refined palm oil or rice bran oil. The very fact that it is so expensive makes the women of the house (who typically manage household finances and operations) to ensure optimum usage.

Result

a. use of oil in food comes down drastically by 50% or more (direct benefit)
b. less oil means less bad cholesterol and much better lifestyle and lower future medical costs (long term benefit)
c. higher productivity on account of better health, and scope for earning more money because of better health and wellness (indirect bonus)
Other options are:

a. Buy a Sprout Mixed Gram packet (200g will costs around Rs 25) instead of Potato Chips (Rs 10)

b. Drink coconut water instead of Pepsi or Coke to beat the heat

c. Use organic pulses instead of regular pulses

d. Use Tea Bags instead of regular tea. Two years back I shifted to Golden Tips tea bags – their Breakfast Tea taste is wonderful, and with tea bags I can control the number of cups of tea I have in a day.
In all these cases, the healthier alternative might look expensive in the short term, but long term benefits in terms of overall wellness is immense.

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