Issue#130 15th September 2007
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For Boondi:
- 3\4 cup basin (gram)
- 1-2 level tsp. bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1\2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 cup water
- oil for frying

For Assembly:
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and cut into small cubes
- 3 green chili, roughly chopped
- 2-3 medium sized boiled potatoes, cut into small cubes
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. red chili
- 1 tsp. garam masala

For Yogurt Sauce:
- 500 g. plain yogurt
- 1\2 tsp. salt
- 1 clove garlic, crushed

1. Sift the basin, bbicarbonate of soda, chili powder and salt into a bowl. Make a slight well in the centre, add 1\2 cup of water and beat well with a wooden spoon or electric beater. Add enough water a little at a time to make a batter the consistency of thick cream. (The batter should be thinner than pakora batter.) The mixing should be done as quickly and lightly as possible. Leave to rest for 15 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a karahi or deep fryer. Test the temperature by dropping a small amount of batter into the hot oil. It should rise to the top at once.
3. Pour batter in polythene bag and hold it like a piping bag, make about 3mm hole at the base. Pipe boondi  into hot oil.
Alternatively hold a perforated spoon over the hot oil. Pour the mixture little by little on the perforated spoon to make boondi. Fry to a golden colour, turning once or twice. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on absorbent kitchen paper and then soak the boondi in plenty of warm water for few minutes. Press the boondi between the palms carefully to squeeze out the water.
4. Place the boondi, potatoes, tomatoes, green chilies and onions in a glass serving dish, Sprinkle salt, chili powder and garam masala over the boondi mixture and mix gently to coat the spices.
5. Whisk yogurt with 1\4 cup water, salt and garlic to make a smooth paste and pour evenly into the boondi mixture and stir gently.

6. Garnish with Chat Masala and Sweet Imli Chutney.

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Insulin pill hope for diabetics

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Diabetes patients could soon be able to take a pill to control their condition instead of repeated injections, researchers have claimed.
Experts at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen have found insulin can be covered by a coating which means it could eventually be taken orally. Currently, the drug has to be injected so it is not broken down before it reaches the bloodstream. The development offers hope to patients with a phobia of needles. The research, presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, shows that the coating means that insulin is protected from enzyme breakdown.
Dr Colin Thompson, of the university's School of Pharmacy, said: "We have been working on developing an oral insulin because studies show that a great many people with diabetes fear injections. "Being able to take insulin orally would have a significant impact on the lives of many of these patients - not just eliminating the need for injections, but also offering a much more convenient form of treatment." People with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections. Often, type 2 diabetes can be controlled by diet alone or other oral diabetes drugs. It is only as the disease progresses that insulin may be needed. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. Other scientists have also been looking at ways to deliver insulin by mouth without it being degraded in the stomach. Taiwanese investigators are using a chemical found in shrimp shells to protect the drug.
Inhaled insulin is already available to those diabetics with a proven needle phobia or people who have severe trouble injecting.


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 Marhaba Ramadan
Assalam-o-alikum, friends. The month of blessings-Ramadan has begun. And we have started savoring the parathas at sehrs and yummy delights at iftars. While we enjoy this eating, we shall not forget the real spirit behind fasting. Fasting is meant to teach us 'taqwa'. When we abstain from eating all day long, we come to realize how disturbing the hunger pangs are especially for the poverty stricken people who hardly ever get enough to eat.
It is seen that during ramzan, some people become quite irritable and tend to loose temper very quickly. At iftar time, when everyone wishes to reach home soon, the traffic gets in such a chaos. Without any concern for others, people honk their car horns and get into fights at trivial matters. This is all against the spirit of fasting.
The Prophet (PBUH) said that the best amongst people is the one with the best character. The happy thing is that attaining good character is achievable for everyone. The month of Holy Ramadan provides us a golden opportunity to train ourselves and become good humans. In Ramadan, the reward of good deeds increases manifolds, so ideally, in this blessed month we should try our best to do as many good deeds as we can. Initially the task of displaying our best behavior may seem challenging, but with the idea of 'sawab' in our mind, we will be able to get the required thrust from within ourselves. And the whole month's training will enable us to carry this good behavior all year around too. We should try to be humble and forgiving in accordance with the true essence of Ramadan. We must show more respect for elderly, concern for down trodden, love to all living beings may it be human, animals or trees. Charity is another act that embellishes good character. It is not right to say that one has to be rich to be able to donate. Each one of us is rich enough because while money makes one wealthy it is a good, giving heart that makes one rich. If you don’t have bucks to donate, give that beautiful smile of yours and make someone's day, console the upset ones, share your knowledge… Come to think of it and you will find 101 ways to 'donate'. And once you start to give, you will be surprised to see how Allah rewards you in return. May Allah always shower His blessings on us and help us distribute ease and comfort to others.  Happy fasting!

Action Time

So back to school…Though the daily routine of home assignments, tests and lectures do haunt but the joy of meeting the school pals again cheers the mood of most school goers. Right?
As discussed in the last article published in Independence Day newsletter, youth can do a lot for their country. I was delighted to hear how zealous our young ones are when my cousin told me that on Independence Day, his group of friends went to a local recreation park of their area, which was in shambles being littered and neglected for months. The bunch of folks spent the day there, collecting the litter, sweeping the place and mowing the grass and bushes. Two of them-interested in arts, took their paints and brushes and turned the rotten looking benches into masterpieces by giving them a good bright paint coat and then painting colorful motifs on them. What a good way to spend a holiday instead of dozing in front of TV. In doing so, not only did they have a hearty day out, but they also did service to their society. More than often we hear people grumbling about government's apathy. Agreed, that government does have a major role to play, but we as citizens also have a considerable responsibility at our shoulder. If each of us consciously start doing his/her share, that day is not far when our country will be among the developed countries.  Youth is the hope of any nation-of a better tomorrow. The foremost duty of youth towards the nation is to concentrate on their studies. They shall divert their efforts towards their studies. Unfortunately, the young ones of our country lack the spirit of research and development. Folks, you must instill in yourselves the spirit to learn, explore, innovate and invent.  
Our country is richly blessed. But we must use these resources wisely. Currently our country is facing grave shortage of electricity and drinking water. We can save lot of electricity by limiting the luxurious use of electrical appliances. If we control the use of air-conditions, make such daily routine that most chores are managed during day time when we don’t need tube lights, just imagine how much of electricity will be saved and thus can be put for more productive use. Same goes for water-the resource that we use too wastefully. We let the tap run when brushing our teeth. If we would turn the tap off, we will be saving gallons of water daily. Water is a gift of God and we will be questioned on Last Day if we waste it. Another arena where we can serve is in helping to control pollution. Children misuse paper a lot. I have often seen children tearing off pages from their copy and wasting paper. Remember that such act not only adds to garbage, but it also is waste of wood as paper is made of wooden shavings. Save plants and trees. What if each of us plant a tree at every national event? If it happens so imagine the lush green Pak land we will have.  Another way of showing love for the country is be respecting its norms and up living its cultural traditions. We have such a varied culture. We need not imitate west. We should adhere to our cultural norms.
We all claim to love our country. Let us show our love by making concrete effort to work for its welfare.

Ms. Amna Tariq Holy City of Makkah-Ul-Mukarrama

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