Issue#131 1st October 2007
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- 450g boneless chicken breast
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. garlic paste
- 1 tsp. ginger paste
- 2 green chili, ground
- 1\2 level tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp. Red chili powder
- 1 level tsp. salt 
- 1 tsp. ground Coriander

Basic batter
- 200 g. gram flour, sieved (besan)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. coriander seeds, crushed
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 1level tsp. bicarbonate of soda

- 2 tbs. Coriander leave
- 2-3 drops of Yellow food color

- about 300 ml water

1.
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Rub the chicken with lemon juice and put aside. Mix the garlic, ginger paste with salt, chili powder, turmeric, green chilies and ground coriander. Smear the chicken pieces with spice paste and set aside for at least 2 hours.

2. Place the gram flour and the remaining dry ingredients and food color in a bowl. Pour in the water gradually and beat to a smooth paste. The consistency should be like thick pancake batter. Leave aside to rest for 20 minutes.
3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a karahi to smoking point, then reduce the heat to medium.
4. Dip a few pieces of chicken into the batter to thoroughly coat them, then using your fingers lift them out of the batter and at once drop them into the hot oil. Be careful not to splash yourself with hot oil. Donot try to fry too many at a time. Fry for a few minutes, then carefully turn them over. Fry the pakoras for 5-8 minutes to a crisp golden color, drain thoroughly with a perforated slice. Then place them on absorbent kitchen paper.  
5. Sprinkle with chat masala.
6. Serve with Nan, Podinay Ki Chutney and Sweet tamarind chutney
 


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Health Tips For Ramadan This article provides useful tips on how to avoid some common problems encountered in Ramadan. If followed, it would enable one to fast comfortably and enjoy fully the spiritual benefits of Ramadan. During the holy month of Ramadan, our diet should not differ very much from our normal diet and should be as simple as possible. The diet should be such that we maintain our normal weight, neither losing nor gaining. However, if one is over-weight, Ramadan is an ideal time to normalise one's weight.

Consume Slow Digesting Foods
In view of the long hours of fasting, we should consume slow digesting foods including fibre containing-foods rather than fast- digesting foods. Slow digesting foods last up to 8 hours, while fast- digesting foods last for only 3 to 4 hours. Slow-digesting foods are foods that contain grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour, unpolished rice, etc. (called complex carbohydrates). Fast- burning foods are foods that contain sugar, white flour, etc. (called refined carbohydrates).
Fibre-containing foods are bran-containing foods, whole wheat, grains and seeds, vegetables like green beans, peas, sem (papry), marrow, mealies, spinach, and other herbs like methie, the leaves of beetroot (iron-rich), fruit with skin, dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds, etc. The foods eaten should be well balanced, containing foods from each food group, i.e. fruits, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, bread/cereals and dairy products. Fried foods are unhealthy and should be limited. They cause indigestion, heartburn, and weight problems.

AVOID
*Fried and fatty foods.
*Foods containing too much sugar.
*Over-eating especially at suhoor.
*Too much tea at suhoor. Tea makes you pass more urine taking with it valuable mineral salts that your body would need during the day.
*Smoking cigarettes. Smoking is unhealthy and one should stop completely.

EAT
Eat complex carbohydrates at suhoor so that the food lasts longer making you less hungry. Haleem is an excellent source of protein and is a slow-burning food. Dates are excellent source of sugar, fibre, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium. Almonds are rich in protein and fibre with less fat. Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates.

DRINK
As much water or fruit juices as possible between iftar and bedtime so that your body may adjust fluid levels in time.

CONSTIPATION
Constipation can cause piles (haemorroids), fissures and indigestion with a bloated feeling.
Causes: Too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fibre in the diet.
Remedy: Avoid excessive refined foods, increase water intake, and use bran in baking, brown flour when making roti.

LETHARGY ('low blood pressure')
Excessive sweating, weakness, tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness, especially on getting up from sitting position, pale appearance and feeling faint are symptoms associated with "low blood pressure". This tends to occur towards the afternoon.
Causes: Too little fluid intake, decreased salt intake.
Remedy: Keep cool, increase fluid and salt intake.
Caution: Low blood pressure should be confirmed by taking a blood pressure reading when symptoms are present. Persons with high blood pressure may need their medication adjusted during Ramadan. They should consult their doctor.

HEADACHE
Causes: Caffeine and tobacco-withdrawal, doing too much in one day, lack of sleep, hunger usually occurs as the day goes by and worsens at the end of the day. When associated with "low blood pressure", the headache can be quite severe and can also cause nausea before Iftar.
Remedy: Cut down caffeine and tobacco slowly starting a week or two before Ramadan. Herbal and caffeine-free teas may be substituted. Reorganise your schedule during the Ramadan so as to have adequate sleep.

LOW BLOOD SUGAR
Weakness, dizziness, tiredness, poor concentration, perspiring easily, feeling shaky (tremor), unable to perform physical activities, headache, palpitations are symptoms of low blood sugar.
Causes in non-diabetics: Having too much sugar (i.e. refined carbohydrates especially at suhur (suhoor)). The body produces too much insulin causing the blood glucose to drop.
Remedy: Eat something at suhoor and limit sugar-containing foods and drinks. Caution: Diabetics may need to adjust their medication in Ramadan, consult your doctor.

MUSCLE CRAMPS
Causes: Inadequate intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium foods. Remedy: Eat foods rich in the above minerals (e.g. vegetables, fruit, dairy products, meat and dates).
Caution: Those on high blood pressure medication and with kidney stone problems should consult their doctor.

PEPTIC ULCERS, HEART BURN, GASTRITIS AND HIATUS HERNIA
Increased acid levels in the empty stomach in Ramadan aggravate the above conditions. It presents itself as a burning feeling in the stomach area under the ribs and can extend up to the throat. Spicy foods, coffee, and Cola drinks worsen these conditions. Medications are available to control acid levels in the stomach. People with proven peptic ulcers and hiatus hernia should consult their doctor well before Ramadan.

KIDNEY STONES
Kidney stones may occur in people who have less liquid to drink. Therefore, it is essential to drink extra liquids so as to prevent stone formation.

JOINT PAINS
Causes: During Ramadan, when extra salah are performed the pressure on the knee joints increases. In the elderly and those with arthritis this may result in pain, stiffness, swelling and discomfort.
Remedy: Lose weight so that the knees do not have to carry any extra load. Exercise the lower limbs before Ramadan so that they can be prepared for the additional strain. Being physically fit allows greater fulfillment, thus enabling one to be able to perform salah with ease. You should always consult with your own personal doctor or healthcare provider for appropriate advice concerning your specific health needs and care during Ramadan.

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BACK PAIN - Read all about it...
How is the back made up? The major feature is the spine. This is a highly complex and delicate structure which is made up of 33 small bones called vertebrae.
In between each vertebra is a disc which acts as a shock absorber, and stops the bones rubbing together.
The discs are made up of a jelly like substance, which is protected by a tough, fibrous outer casing. The spine is supported by specialised back muscles, and an array of ligaments, nerves and tendons.

What causes back pain?

As the spine is such a complex structure, it can often be difficult to pin down the exact cause of back pain. Probably the most common cause is when the back muscles begin to spasm. This can often occur after strenuous activity, or can be a reaction to repetitive strain. The muscle is damaged, or irritated, and goes into spasm to protect the area from further injury. This can be extremely painful, and can lead to muscle tears if undue stress is exerted. Other causes of back pain include arthritis, fractures and infections. In many cases experts believe back pain is a manifestation of emotional upset, rather than a physical problem. More serious causes can include a prolapsed disc, or degenerative diseases of the spine - but these are relatively rare.

Are certain parts of the back more vulnerable?

Yes. The lower - or lumbar - region of the back is particularly prone to injury. This because it bears the entire weight of the upper body, and is twisted and bent more than other parts. As a result it inevitably suffers more wear and tear.

Why is back pain on the increase?

Experts believe that a major factor is the modern tendency to lead a sedentary lifestyle, both at work and home. Spending long stretches of time sitting in one position - often with the back not properly supported - is not good for the spine.
The reliance on comfy soft furnishing may seem appealing - but often it encourages us to adopt a poor posture. Back pain is much less common in places such as India, where many more people are used to sitting on the floor, which is thought to allow the back muscles to find their own natural position.

What is the treatment?

For most cases of back pain the only treatment is pain relief, often through the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin.
Physiotherapy, heat therapy, massage and hydrotherapy can help.

How can you minimize the risk?

The spine is naturally curved into an S shape. The best way to keep it healthy is to try to maintain this shape as much as possible. This is particularly important when performing tasks, such as lifting, that carry an increased risk of injury. Strengthening the back muscles, keeping fit by taking regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can all help to minimise the risk of back pain. It is also important to have a mattress that properly supports the body while you are asleep. If you do have a bad back probably the worst thing you can do is take to your bed.
Experts believe that it is best to stay as active as you possibly can.

Could there be another explanation for back pain?

Some lumbar and lower spinal pain is caused by patients having one leg longer than the other. This puts the pelvis out of alignment causing pain, which without correction leads to long term compensatory problems such as back pain.
In this case it might be wise to consult a podiatrist who will measure the patient's limbs and if required provide either an orthoses - an orthopedic appliance used to support, align, prevent, or correct deformities - or arrange to modify the patients shoe to correct the difference.


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 Ramadan - Chest of Treasures
Assalam-o-alikum, friends. The happy fasting and feasting is going in its full swing that now half of this holy month of Ramzan is already over. While we are enjoying the feasts we must also avail the opportunities it provides for spiritual growth. 
The blessed month of ramzan is like a chest of treasures. Any Muslim can gain from this treasure. There is no limit to the amount of riches that one can acquire from it. It all depends on one's effort. Since the holy month of ramzan comes just once a year, it will be foolish if one let it slip by without availing from its blessed treasures. The Holy month just lasts 29 to 30 days. Wise will be the one who will make maximum of this limited time.

In Ramzan, the award of all good deeds is increased many folds. This incentive give one more vigour to indulge in good acts. Many people choose this holy month to pay their yearly due zakat. Though zakat is farz and can be given any time of year, people choose this month to expect greater reward for it. In ramzan, the devils are restrained and hence a general spiritual atmosphere prevails that further entice one to holy, charitable deeds.
In Ramzan, people usually adjust their routine so as to get more time for worship and prayers. The act of worship establishes a special link of the bondsmen with their Lord. It helps the soul to flourish. Muslims read Quran thus getting deeper understanding of the words of Allah. The performance of salat-ul-taravi gives an opportunity to earn more reward. It is not right way that we read Quran and salat during ramzan and ignore for the rest of year. Allah's commandments hold true for all times. So we shall make an effort to continue with the good habits.

Ramzan is not only about abstinence from food and drink. It includes self-restraint from all bad habits. As the saying of Holy Prophet says that there are many fast observers who will get nothing from their fast except thirst and hunger. It means that while fasting one has to avoid sins and other immoral acts such as telling lies, slandering, gossiping, back-biting. One shall check what he speaks as the foul words spoken can contaminate our fast.
While fasting we avoid eating and drinking from sehr till iftar. We observe this both when we are alone and when in public. When we are alone, we abstain from eating because we know that although no one is around yet Allah Almighty is All-Seeing. This training helps in development of a vigilant and sound conscience in us. We often break law like traffic signals thinking that there is no policeman to grab us. But a man with conscience will avoid so knowing that Allah is watching us all.
May Allah give us a heart that is pure, tongue that speaks truth and sound body and soul. Ameen

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