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Kaanji - A True Vasant Delight

Every season brings something special to eat and drink.. Holi marks the onset of Vasant Ritu which is undoubtedly a beautiful time of the year.

Here we are sharing our favourite recipe for the season.. Hope you will enjoy it.

Kaanji - A Vasant delight..

Ingredients:
Carrot: 500gm
Water: 1 litre
Salt: 50 gm
Mustard seeds: 50gm (grind it)
Chilly powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric: 1 tsp
Asafoetida (Heeng): A pinch

Method:

1. Peel and cut carrots length wise in small pieces. Wash and drain it
2. Boil carrots in water till it is blanched 
(Don’t overcook)
3. Once it is back to room temperature add salt, mustard seed powder, turmeric , heeng and chilly powder to it
4. Keep the pot in a hot place for fermentation for 3-4 days. Now, add more water to it and keep it aside for another 3-4 days.
5. Serve it with ice

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Sunshine Vitamin: Surplus yet deficient?

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin also known as calciferol, produced in the body after exposure of skin to the UV (B) Rays. Vitamin D is important in a number of physiologic processes, including calcium absorption, innate and adaptive immunity, and homeostasis of a number of organs. Chronic vitamin D deficiency in adults results in osteoporosis, osteomalacia, muscle weakness, and increased risk of falls, including Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, and systemic lupus erythematosis.

Vitamin D sufficiency is defined in terms of the serum level of the prohormone 25(OH) D required for bone health, which is 30 to 32 ng/mL. Maintenance of a 30 to 32 ng/mL serum level requires approximately 2,200 to 3,000 IU/d of vitamin D from all sources.

India is one of those countries which have 90% bright sunny days and it is shocking to know that 80% percent of Urban Indian Population is Vitamin D deficient. In India people cover their body with long robes either of some religious or familial taboo or due to cosmetic reasons. This intervenes in the process of production of Vitamin D. Also, here there is no fortification of food. Oily fish, egg yolk and milk are the only sources of vitamin D in our diet, which poor Indians can’t afford. Majority of Indians being vegetarians remain deprived of it. The recommended exposure time to obtain this UV dose depends on the skin type, time and location, weather conditions and clothing. Studies show that full body exposure to UVB radiation that results in pinkness of skin is equal to an oral intake of 10,000-25, 0000 IU of 25-hydroxy Vitamin D.  (Also see: Vitamin D complex, published in Down To Earth, March 01, 2013.)