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MFIAC ep 4 – A culinary trip to India

Dal Tadka episode 4

Hello and welcome back to the forth episode of our series “My friend is a Cook”! In the middle of a busy week, there is nothing better than some food from the land that celebrates spices. In this video, we bring to you two Indian dishes — Dal Tadka and Aloo Gobi — which are extremely easy to make with the basic spices available in most homes. For this, we welcomed our new friend Arathi into our kitchen and let’s just say it was a fun, and delicious night! 
For a FULL RECIPE, check our post “Dal Tadka recipe“.

Let’s get started!

What makes a real Indian food?

As you know, what defines Indian dishes are the blend of spices. But what you need to remember is that the spices should not overpower the taste of the vegetables. So be mild with the usage. Apart from spices, other things that add the special flavor to Indian dishes include mint leaves, coconut, fresh green chilies (might be too spicy for some) and curry leaves. 

Once you feel the vegetables are starting to cook, do a taste test. This will help you determine if more spices need to be added. 

Try to buy spices from an Indian supermarket or an Asian market. They will be more authentic and will work well with the vegetables and meat you are cooking. Bought a lot of spices at one go and don’t know what to do with the leftovers? Do not worry because most spices stay for a long time; just ensure you store them in a dark cabinet without moisture. 

Now that you know the tips to prepare a real Indian meal, go check the video and make your friend amazed about your new dishes! Arathi has made the recipe as simple as possible so that not only Indians but also non-Indians who enjoy Indian cuisine can easily prepare it without much effort. 

“Dal” basically means lentils. Dal is a staple dish in most of India because of its protein content.

It made frequently in most northern Indian homes thanks to the obvious ease in preparation and the high nutrient content. It is generally consumed with rice or flatbread.

Check our FULL VIDEO for recipes.
Did you like Dal Tadka? Let us know in the comments!
Also, is your friend a cook? Does he/she love to prepare amazing homemade dishes?
Let us know, he/she might be part of our series!

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MFIAC Ep 2 – The traditional Chinese dishes!


Welcome back! Now, who doesn’t love Chinese food, right? So we thought why not have one more video with Chinese cuisine, where our special friends Céline and Xinjy made Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs, Mapo Tofu and Zha Jiang Mian. And, it was so tasty that by the time we finished eating, not even a morsel was left on any plates! 

Every cook has some tips to ensure each dish that is put in front of people just blows their mind away. While talking to our cook friends in this video, we also learnt some such facts. For example, did you know that the normal soy sauce is for taste, while the darker one is for color? Also, while cooking pork, add a generous amount of ginger to get rid of the smell of the meat.

Want more such tips about Chinese cooking? Read on:

  1. Use Mapo tofu sauce to add an extra zing to the low-carb meals. Trust us, the outcome is delicious. 
  2. A splash of sesame oil goes a long way when it comes to bringing out the flavor of Chinese food. 
  3. Planning to make black bean noodles? Remember, the thicker the better!

The three dishes we have here for you are quite special, not only because our friends made it but also because of their popularity and history. 

The sweet and sour pork ribs is a delicacy that was developed in Shanghai and intended as an appetizer. Its popularity is such that is people across Europe and the Americas have emulated it successfully. 

The Mapo tofu — which is a delightful combination of sweet, bitter, salty, sour and spicy — can be traced back to late 1800s, during which it was developed by a woman named Mrs. Chen. The name Mapo refers to her — ma meaning pock (her face was pock marked), po meaning old lady.  

The Zha Jiang Mian is something that is slowly joining the ranks of pho, ramen and pad thai in the West and evokes fond memories of every Chinese individual who has ever stayed away from home. 

Here is the video. Did you like the dishes? Let us know in the comments!

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Mini series “My Friend is a Cook” Ep 1

my friend is a cook

Hi everybody, 
Most of us have had cooking sessions with our friends where we exchange recipes, cooking techniques, and the works. Sharing a communal table full of great dishes from different parts of the world is a wonderful experience and here, at SooTasty, we thought what is better than bringing that experience to you! For this, a new series “My Friend Is A Cook” (MFIAC) was born. We will get our friends to make their tasty dishes on video so that you can try to recreate and taste them with your friends.

The first video we have is with our Chinese friends Xinyi, Celine, and William who showed us what a real Chinese home meal looks like. We were amazed by all the dishes that they prepared.

Want to discover how to make Dumplings like a Chinese?
Want to know where the “Twice Cooked pork” comes from?
Want to know how the real Chinese meal looks like?

Check out our first video of this mini-series here, and let us know which Chinese food have you tried and which one you like the most by leaving us a comment below.  

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Different ways to recycle

reuse bottle

Hello, everyone. I am SooTasty and I am back with other interesting facts on recycling. I hope you
remember what we talked about in the last article “Why we should recycle“, about the importance of recycling because this time we are going to discuss the different aspects of the same.

Did you know that up to 60 percent of the garbage that ends up in the dustbin can be recycled? I didn’t
know this until recently, and it changed my life. I also came to know that plastic bottles can take more than 450 years to decompose! That’s more than almost 5 generations! This is definitely not what I want my legacy to be… a huge pile of trash generated by me which people are struggling to recycle.

Adopting a few simple practices to recycle

This led me to research various ways through which I could recycle the things I use every day. Turns out,
it’s not that difficult! By adopting a few simple practices, we can help in cutting down the waste that is thrown away and contribute to saving the environment. For example, often, we throw away the plastic shopping bags after using them once. However, we can use them for various purposes like as a garbage bag or a grocery bag.

It is essential to have separate bins for throwing out different types of garbage. Generally, there are about five different categories: plastic, metal, glass, organic and paper. It would also be a good idea to
collect batteries in a separate bin as they contain toxic material which is harmful to the environment.
Most of us who are conscious of the struggle our Earth is facing recycle newspapers. But what about wrapping papers, notebooks, etc? Those also can be recycled.


Homeowners can ask their plumbers to rearrange their plumbing in such a manner that wastewater from
the shower or rainwater can be used to flush the toilet or water their plants.

Can we only buy recycled items?

As members of the society who want to ensure a long-lasting, liveable planet, we all could buy only recycled items. Apart from eliminating waste, this would not only help businesses making recycled items. The cycle of using recycled items would also reduce the need for extracting virgin materials.

The best way to save the environment is to ensure that the younger generation also gets into the habit of
recycling. For this, we should take this process to our schools. Of course, the paper in schools can be recycled, but apart from those even the school supplies left behind can be used next year or donated to other children. Schools can also start a composting bin in the yard which will contain the food waste that is thrown away.

The ways of recycling are innumerable and the benefits are many. So let us get to work for the future of
our planet and the coming generations.

If you have some other suggestions, or you want to let us know your daily tips to recycle, please leave a comment below! Share your opinions and spread them around!

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Why we should recycle

I was born on a cloudy day. As I remember vividly, the sun was struggling to break through the clouds,
trying to bring in some warmth into the cold world. You might be wondering why I feel so doleful; I should be happy, I was just born into this world with so much potential and hope.
But first, let me introduce myself. My name is SooTasty and I am extremely passionate about food.

As soon as I learnt to walk, I travelled across the world and met new people, learning whatever I could about the magic of cooking and feeding human beings.
During my travels, I also saw a world that was falling prey to climate change, a world that did not recycle much and a world that would end soon if we don’t take the necessary steps.
So, I want to talk to you about two things today – why we should recycle and how it would affect Earth if we do not.

better understanding of the cycle…

Most of the garbage we dump outside daily are collected and disposed off into landfills. As the garbage decomposes, they release methane and carbon dioxide which contributes to an increase in greenhouse gases which would lead to an increase in the average temperature of the Earth.

Another reason why we need to reduce the landfills is that these are spaces that can be used for housing or medical needs of the planet’s ever-growing population. The waste products that are not collected properly are disposed off in seas, oceans, and rivers, thus polluting our water sources. We humans use up a lot of energy, be it for fuelling our vehicles or factories or even houses.

90.5% of plastics are not recycled in the world …

These fuels come from the fossilised remains of creatures and plants that existed millions of years ago. According to studies, by 2050, this reserve will cease to exist. If we do not recycle materials, especially plastic, after a few years all that will remain are non-decomposable plastic materials. According to a study by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a whooping 90.5% of plastics is not recycled in the world. Just remember that plastics take about 400 years to completely degrade.

recycle post

Nowadays, we are rapidly entering a digital world, which means we barely use papers and every communication is online.
However, it is still necessary to recycle the paper! which can alone save millions of trees, thus reducing the need for destroying animal habitats.

Also, did you know that recycling is good for the economy? Recycled products use less water,
less energy, they save money during manufacturing and increase the economy. Across the world, 1.6 million people work in the recycling industry, which has a turnover of $200 billion, annually.
Did I convince you? Yes? Great!
Let’s then pass the message and make the Earth a much greener place
and less polluted to live.
If you want to know more about recycling, go to the article “Good reason to recycle”.

Author: Arathi mini