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B.j Signature Recipe
- 500g lamb meat on the bone, cut into
- 5 cloves
tsp. black pepper
inch cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp. coriander seeds
- 4-5 large cardamom
tsp. cumin seeds
- 2 bay leaves
peeled and sliced
inch piece ginger,
400g Pakistani basmati
- 1/2 cup ghee or
- 1 large onion skinned
- 1 tsp. black peppercorn
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 3 large cardamoms
- 1tsp. cumin
- 6 cloves
- 1 level tbsp.
- 1 level tbsp. fresh
This is an easy way to make rice more
exciting. Typically, Pakistani Basmati rice would be the
best, the aroma is unbeatable, but use whatever white rice
Wash meat thoroughly under cold water tap.
In a large heavy based
saucepan place the meat, spice, salt, onion,
ginger, garlic, bay leaves and
enough water to cover the meat 2 inches.
Bring to boil and skim off any scum that rises
to the top. Reduce the heat, cover and allow to boil gently
for 40 to 45 minutes until the meat is tender.
Meanwhile, put the rice in a sieve and wash it
thoroughly under running cold tap until the water runs
clear. Soak in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Drain in a
sieve and let it stand for a minute or two.
Strain the meat and the spices. Reserve the
stock. Discard the spices by taking out the meat pieces from
Heat the ghee or oil in the heavy base pan and add
the onion, stir frequently, fry to
a golden color. Add spices, fry for a
minute, add meat, ginger and garlic. Stirring
frequently, fry this over medium heat for 5 to ten minutes
until the meat turns a rich golden color.
While the meat is cooking, measure the stock, it
should be 3 1/2 cups. If it is less add more water to make
it to required. Add stock
to the meat and
bring to boil. Place drain rice in it and parboil
for 5-8 minutes
or until rice are 3\4 cooked. Cover with a tight
fitting lid, reduce heat to very low
and allow to cook for another 7 - 10 minutes until
rice is tender.
Fluff up the rice with a
fork, then transfer it into to a heated serving dish.
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cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart
disease, a 13-year-long study from the Netherlands has
It adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting health
benefits from the most popular hot drinks.
Those who drank more than six cups of tea a day cut their
risk of heart disease by a third, the study of 40,000 people
Consuming between two to four coffees a day was also linked
to a reduced risk.
While the protective effect ceased with more than four cups
of coffee a day, even those who drank this much were no more
likely to die of any cause, including stroke and cancer,
than those who abstained.
The Dutch tend to drink coffee with a small amount of milk
and black tea without. There have been conflicting reports
as to whether milk substantially affects the polyphenols -
believed to be the most beneficial substance in tea.
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Having a cigarette with your coffee could completely cancel
Ellen MasonBritish Heart Foundation
Coffee has properties which could in theory simultaneously
increase and reduce risk - potentially raising cholesterol
while battling the inflammatory damage associated with heart
But the study in the Journal of the American Heart
Association finds those who drank between two and four cups
a day lowered the risk of the disease by 20%.
"It's basically a good news story for those who like tea and
coffee. These drinks appear to offer benefits for the heart
without raising the risk of dying from anything else," said
Professor Yvonne van der Schouw, the lead researcher.
Ellen Mason, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart
Foundation, said: "This study adds further weight to the
evidence that drinking tea and coffee in moderation is not
harmful for most people, and may even lower your risk of
developing, or dying, from heart disease.
"However, it's worth remembering that leading a healthy
overall lifestyle is the thing that really matters when it
comes to keeping your heart in top condition.
"Having a cigarette with your coffee could completely cancel
any benefits, while drinking lots of tea in front of the TV
for hours on end without exercising is unlikely to offer
your heart much protection at all."
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2. Human need approximately 12 hours in order to entirely
digest the food.
3. Brain cells are the longest living cells in our body,
they can last for an entire lifetime.
4. Some human brains are bigger than other and the biggest
human brain weighed 2,3 kg.
5. Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system with
surface temperature above 450 C.
6. If we are to believe scientists there are approximately
50,000,000,000 galaxies "out there".
7. Sound travels 4 times faster in water than in air.
8. One of the most accidental discoveries was the one of
microwave. This discovery happened after a researcher walked
by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
9. Kissing or shaking hands? In terms of germs be aware that
more germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.
10. Our moon is extremely dry, it is for instance one
million times drier than the infamous Gobi Desert.
11. The highest recorded temperature on Earth was measured
in Libya in 1922, and it was 58°C.
12. The lowest recorded temperature on our planet was
-89.6°C. This was measured in Antarctica in 1983.
13. Not all animals on our planet have brains, for instance
starfish do not have brains.
14. Kangaroos are lacking ability to walk backwards.
15. Eyes always remain same in size since the time we are
born and till the moment we die, unlike our ears and nose
that are constantly growing throughout our life.
16. Only humans have ability to sleep on their backs.
17. Our brain isn't much different than the rest of our body
in terms of water since 80 % of our brain is water.
18. Our brain for proper functioning needs about quarter of
total oxygen used by our body.
19. Crocodiles are not only swallowing unlucky victims but
also the stones in order to help them dive deeper.
20. While cancer is perhaps the greatest disease of
humanity, sharks do not have this problem as they are
totally immune to cancer.
21. Surprisingly enough little mosquito has 47 teeth.
22. Ants are so hardworking that they even do not sleep.
23. In terms of rapid procreation rats lead the way since
two rats can have after year and the half more than 1
24. Our fingernails are growing much faster than our
toenails, about 4 times faster.
25. Talking about the hot stuff - The highest temperature
produced in a laboratory was 920,000,000 F (511,000,000 C)
at the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor in Princeton, NJ, USA.
26. Hurricanes cause havoc which is really no surprise since
a typical hurricane produces the energy equivalent to 8,000
one megaton bombs.
27. Polar bears may look slow and fat, but they are in real
life far from it since they can run at 25 miles an hour and
jump over 6 feet in the air.
28. Mosquitoes like women more than men since they very much
like smell of estrogen.
29. In case you have ever wondered why giraffes are such a
quiet animals it is because they have no vocal chords to
make any noise.
30. Interesting enough, Earth is the only planet in our
solar system that hasn't been named after some Roman or
31. Year is not always longer time period than a day.
Mercury for instance has one day on the planet twice as long
as one year. This is because Mercury rotates very slowly but
revolves around the Sun in slightly less than 88 days.
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tonnes of material each day.
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profession for you is astronaut since astronauts can be up
to 2 inches taller returning from space.This happens because
the cartilage disks in the spine expand in the absence of
34. In case you ever wonder how much does a gallon of water
weighs the answer is 8.34 pounds (3.8kg).
35. Though many would say otherwise hot water freezes
quicker than the cold water.
36. Albert Einstein had speech difficulties in early age.
37. Lions are excellent hunters especially when you consider
that they usually hunt in coordinated groups and stalk their
38. Methane is extremely potent greenhouse gas and cows are
among the largest methane emitters with each domestic cow
emitting about 105 pounds of methane a year.
39. So far scientists have discovered over 20 planets
outside our solar system.
40. Spacecrafts are extremely fast, with fastest one going
to 40,000 mph.
41. Can you live without you head? Well if you are a
cockroach you can manage somewhere around 9 days or so.
42. So how alike are humans and chimps? Well if you consider
that we share 98.4% of our DNA you could say a very lot,
though on other hand we do share 70% of our DNA with a slug.
43. Human fetuses are in fact great fans of rock music since
they react to loud rock music by kicking, or does this mean
that they hate rock?
44. Average male brain is larger than average female brain
(1,4 kg to 1,25 kg).
45. Humans are not the only creatures on Earth that cry,
elephants are crying creatures too.
46. Polar bears would make perfect thieves since they cannot
be detected by infrared cameras because of their transparent
47. Rats are really fast lovers, especially desert rats that
can copulate 122 times an hour.
48. Lefties are really in minority since 88% of all humans
are right handed.
49. Smelly feet are likely to get you in more trouble with
mosquitoes since they prefer people with smelly feet.
50. Snails are definitely among the sleepiest animals as
they can sleep for three years.
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Hope the scorching heat of summer sun is not marring your
spirits. Indeed it is roasting hot these days in this part
of the world. May Allah have mercy on us. Ameen.
The other day, I was in line waiting for my turn to get my
grocery billed, when a thought struck me. I pondered on the
essentials for my daily survival. I have to breathe to be
alive. Air is free. Had it not been, Godforbid, we would be
walking around with our air supply tank on our back,
cautious to keep a check so that when it runs low, we get it
refilled in time. And what if refill stations were on
strike, or if air price would go beyond the reach…Oh! the
thought scared me and I thanked Allah for blessing with
fresh supply of air without any charge. And as I thought
more, I realized that many of those blessings which I need
for my survival were free. Ability to see, smell, taste and
hear, the proper functioning of the body, I do not have to
pay for them. Allah has blessed me with properly working
digestive system, there are no charges on the good night’s
sleep that I have. And as I thought more...the list of these
blessings seemed endless.
By that time it was my turn to have the grocery billed. And
as I took the money from my purse to pay for the purchased
items, I wondered what if these things so essential for
survival were in hands of some human being. That’s scary
too. I walked out of the shopping mall, thanking Allah for
not making me to pay for the blessings I depend on for my
daily survival and also for not keeping them in the hands of
some human beings.
Folks, many a times we become too thankless. Let us keep our
focus on Allah’s infinite blessings and thank Him for them.
The list of His blessings is endless. I am sure you can
think of more yourself. Give it a try.
Till we meet next, Allah hafiz.
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