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11 top delicacies for Jivitputrika or jitiya


Jivitputrika or jitiya Jivitputrika or jitiya is a festival celebrated for the well being and prosperity of the children. Mothers fast and pray for the long life of their kids. This is mainly celebrated in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand & Uttar Pradesh. When and how to celebrate Jivitputrika/ jitiya This is a 3 days festival and starts from seventh lunar day of Krishna-Paksha in Ashvin month to ninth lunar day. As per english calendar, this festival is celebrated in September. These three days are celebrated as 1.Nahai – Khai (Satwmi) 2.Khur Jitiya or Jivitputrika day (Asthami) 3.Paaran (Naomi)
Nahai khai – This is the preparatory day and as per the rituals – Mothers take bath in the morning and take food. The food generally consists of – Pua, Kheer, Sevai Khur Jitiya or Jivitputrika day The actual festival day. Mothers observe whole day fast. They do not take water, for almost 24 hours or more. It is also customary to have Sargi, something …

Olive Oil – Extra Virgin or Not ??



We have been talking about the good facts and health benefits of olive oil. But for a common man who wants to switch over to olive oil, the situation is really confusing. There are so many options available in the market that sometimes the consumers could not pick the right type of oil. Moreover, there are Adulteration and cheating as well.   One of the visitor who has recently opened a Restaurant in West Delhi, And some of the consumers shared that they could not make out which one is Extra Virgin and sometimes the  extra virgin olive oil might not really be extra virgin. So there is a shadow of suspicion over the kitchen cupboard - how can we make out, if that pretty bottle of olive oil lying in the cupboard is virgin or Extra virgin? What should a consumer, who is ready and willing to go for a healthier option,  do?

And, I have the answer – The consumer should make themselves  aware of different types of olive and and should learn How to Taste the Olive Oil…….  We have got Michela  Gasparrini, The oil tasting Expert From Italy for the same.

Like wine, extra virgin olive oil is also a product of a fruit (Olive), the quality and character of which is largely dependent on the climate. And like the grapes, there are a many different varieties of olive, each producing olive oils with distinctive style and character.

Extra virgin olive oil is one that has been extracted from fresh, good quality olives completely using a mechanical process of some sort.  It would be tempting to think that every  oil that is labelled “extra virgin” is of the highest quality. Unfortunately this is not the case. By international convention, olive oils labelled as extra virgin are free of any undesirable flavours and have some degree of olive fruitiness. While these minimal quality requirements ensure that the oil won’t detract from your food, they really don’t give a guarantee that the oil will be of premium quality either. So within the extra virgin category you will find a range of qualities from rather bland oils through to aromatic and spectacularly complex oils that can turn a simple dish into something special just by giving it a splash.

What makes a good extra virgin olive oil?
High quality oils can be just about any conceivable colour – from emerald green through to golden yellow. However, what distinguishes a great extra virgin is its layers of aromas and complexity of flavour. The palate complexity of olive oil comes in part from two unusual characteristics specific to extra virgin olive oil; bitterness and pepperyness. Most extra virgin olive oils have some bitterness and many also produce a peppery tickle at the back of the throat. This throat catching sensation is not unlike what you get from eating ginger or mild chilli. Both the bitterness and pepperyness of extra virgin olive oils is caused by the health giving naturally occurring substances found in extra virgin oil called polyphenols. Finally outstanding extra virgin oils display a harmony of olive fruitiness, bitterness and pepperyness. But above all, excellent olive oils are  fresh showing vibrant lively fresh fruit characters without any hints of tiredness or fattyness.

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