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Murgh Moslum

1 medium onion, skinned and coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, skinned and coarsely chopped
1 green chilli, coarsely chopped
60ml natural yogurt
2.5ml tsp salt
1 KG chicken, skinned

40g basmati rice
1 egg hard boiled shelled and quartered
25g fresh or frozen peas
1 small onion, skinned and finely chopped
1 cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
50g blanched almonds, cut in slivers
10ml finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

4 medium onions, skinned and coarsely chopped
2.5cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, skinned and coarsely chopped
75ml ghee
8 cloves
10 black peppercorns
6 green cardamoms
5 cm stick cinnamon
2 bay leaves
5 ml salt
15 ml ground coriander
3.75 chilli powder
3.75 ground turmeric
25g poppy seeds (Khushkhus)
50 g blanched almonds, finely chopped
25 g green raisins
150 ml natural yogurt
30 ml finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

Prepare the marinade for the chicken. In a blender or food processor blend the chopped onion, garlic and green chilli to a paste. Mix with 60ml yogurt and salt in a bowl. Add the chicken, spoon the mixture over it and leave to marinate at room temperature for 4 -5 hours. 
Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing. Put the rice in a sieve and wash under a running cold tap until the water runs clear. Drain and put in a heavy sauce pan. Level the rice with a spatula and add just enough water to cover the rice by about 2.5cm. Cover with a tight fitting lid, reduce the heat and cook for about 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender and all the moisture has completely evaporated.
3. Mix the cooked rice, eggs peas, onion, ginger, almonds and coriander leaves together. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Reserve the marinade for later use. Stuff the chicken with the rice mixture. Truss the chicken and keep aside. 
4. Now prepare the sauce or masala. In a blender or food processor blend the chopped onion, ginger and garlic to a paste.
5. Heat the ghee, add the ground onion mixture, and stirring frequently, fry for 5 -10 minutes to a rich golden color. Add the next 5 ingredients and stirring frequently to prevent the mixture form sticking to the bottom, fry to a rich golden color. At this stage ghee should start to separate from the mixture. 
6.Add the salt, ground coriander, chilli powder, turmeric and the poppy seeds. Stirring continuously, fry until the ghee separates again. Add the blanched almonds and green raisins.
7. Combine the plain yogurt with the reserved yogurt marinade and stirring continuously, add a little at a time to onion and spice mixture (Slow addition will prevent the yogurt from curdling). Once all the yogurt has been added, keep on stirring for another few minutes until the ghee separates once again.  Remove from the heat and keep aside.
8. Put the stuffed chicken in a deep ovenproof dish.
Cover chicken with the prepared masala and see that it is completely coated. 
9. Cover the dish and place in the oven at 180c mark 4. Basting frequently, cook until tender, about 1 hour.
Remove the string and transfer the chicken to a heated serving dish, pour the sauce over it and serve at once. Sprinkle with coriander.

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Cut down on meat to lose weight
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Eating less meat may be the key to keeping a healthy weight, say researchers.

A European study of almost 400,000 adults found that eating meat was linked with weight gain, even in people taking in the same number of calories.
The strongest association was found with processed meat, such as sausages and ham, the Imperial College London team reported.
It suggests that high-protein diets may not help slimmers in the long run.
The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also support public health messages advocating cutting down on the amount of meat we eat, the researchers said.
The study looked at data from adults taking part in a large project looking at the link between diet and cancer.
Participants from 10 European countries, including the UK, were weighed and measured at the start and then asked to report their weight five years later.
They also filled in a detailed food questionnaire.
Weight gain
Overall, the researchers found that meat consumption was associated with weight gain in both men and women.
More detailed analyses showed that the link was still significant after taking into account overall calorie intake, physical activity and other factors which may have skewed the results.
The team calculated that in people who ate the same number of calories, an extra 250g of meat a day - equal to a small steak - led to an additional weight gain of 2kg (5lbs) over five years.
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A portion of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards”
Sian PorterDietician
It counters the theory that diets with high amounts of protein and low amounts of carbohydrate promote weight loss.
Although it is not clear why meat would lead to weight gain in people eating the same number of calories, one theory is that energy-dense foods like meat alter how the body regulates appetite control.
But there could also be another lifestyle or dietary explanation for the link that was not accounted for by the study.
Study leader Dr Anne-Claire Vergnaud said: "I would recommend to people to control their consumption of meat to maintain a healthy weight and good health in general during life."
But she added: "Decreasing the amount of meat alone would not be an adequate weight loss strategy."
Sian Porter, a dietician and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, said there were caveats in the study, including the fact that at the end-weight was self-reported.
But she said it was an interesting finding.
"We eat more meat than we need.
"What I say to my patients is to think about variety - so have an egg for breakfast instead of bacon, cheese for lunch instead of ham and fish for the evening meal.
She advised people to eat lots of lentils and pulse, wholegrains, fruit and veg and oily fish as well as meat.
"Portion size is the other thing - a portion of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards."

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Tip #1
There are a number of ways to save

water, and they all start with you.
  • #2
    When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • #3
    Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  • #4
    Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • #5
    Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • #6
    Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  • #7
    Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  • #8
    Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
  • #9
    Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
Tip #10
For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  • #11
    Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  • #12
    Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • #13
    Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  • #14
    Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  • #15
    Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
  • #16
    If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
  • #17
    Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  • #18
    If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
  • #19
    We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
  • #20
    If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.
  • #21
    Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it's still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
  • #22
    When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They're more water and energy efficient.
  • #23
    Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • #24
    Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
  • #25
    Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  • #26
    When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
  • #27
    Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
Tip #28
Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • #29
    When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
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    Walkways and patios provide space that doesn't ever need to be watered. These useful "rooms" can also add value to your property.

Every day I bring to life

Written by: Aymen Zaheer
Information Technology & Computing Student 

Every day I bring to life and think;
O’ Soul set foot in, why you are astonishing
God added further fresh day,
Of strive for my own entity.
Suddenly, silence surrounds all around;
Wind whispers in my ear,
Asking to ride on,
Over land and touch the sky.
I felt in,
The beauty of the existing world,
Smiling and singing a rhythm of happiness.
One more sea breath blows by way of my feet;
Sunrise spread on the skyline,
Touches my curly hair as I Stand,
To catch colors in my hand together.
Birds flying and nosing all over,
In searching of food and feeding their child’s;
Is it wondering to see the artistry shade on the universe?
I am ready to undertake,
All in all, it calms my body and soul,
Conceding me take pleasure in this entire day.
I admire that,
Life is not what we enrolled,
It has completely changed on next daylight;
Even so, we have plenty of things,
To grasp from each day,
Be blessed, blissful and joyous moment of life.

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 Divide and Conquer  
Friends, hope you all are hale and hearty, and gearing up for the upcoming holy month.
Looking at the topic, you might have thought it is going to be on the British philosophy that they used to rule Indo-Pak subcontinent. But no friends, this is not about it. This issue, is going to be interestingly technical. Oh don’t worry. Not the boring technical details but we will see how interestingly these techniques are applicable in our lives too. During our training for software development, we were taught the breakdown approach in which we learnt how to break the bigger problem into smaller parts. Then resolve each to eventually reach to a solution for the bigger issue. Same stands true for the matters in life. On a glance, the issues that arise in life appear monstrously huge and frightening, as if no solution exist. But when analyzed with a cool mind, they often can be broken down to solvable portions.
One of the types of algorithm is known as divide and conquer algorithm. It repeatedly reduces an instance of a problem to smaller instances of the same problem until the cases are small enough to solve easily. Same ways, when confronted with an issue, break it into sub-problems. Concentrate on one at a time and eventually by solving each you will have the bigger issue resolved.
Generally thought, problems are considered as obstacles to a goal. However, there can be another approach to it. Think differently and consider problem as a challenge. And turn this challenge into an opportunity.  If you pick up few of the successful people around you, you will realize how many problems they had to face. But each problem helped them evolve into a more capable person.
Remember only those bunch of people do not have problems who are resting in peace at graveyards!
Think… ‘Divide and conquer’ your problems.
Till next time,

Wa-alikum-us- salam

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