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World over heart disease is the leading cause of death today. One person dies every 30 seconds from heart disease all over the world. In India probably 25% of population suffers from heart problems. Poor nutrition and food habits are one of the most important reasons for high risks of heart diseases. So healthy eating is one way to keep a healthy heart and for that one should try to use microwave oven to facilitate oil free or low fat cooking and that too in minutes. So now bake, cook, boil, steam, grill or roast in your microwave oven to save your heart.

Interesting uses of Microwave

Microwave is an interesting and muti utility gadget of a kitchen. Here are list of various interesting useage of Miceowave Oven:

container, jars etc for preserving home made jams and pickles etc.

Boiling potatoes. After washing thoroughly make 2-3 deep cuts and put them in a polythene bag and microwave at high for 4-5 minutes. Similarly you can boil sweet potaoes and boil other vegetables.

Preseving herbs like dill (soya), coriander (dhaniya), mint (pudeena), fenugreek leaves (methi) etc. All these herbs can be dried using microwave and preserved for later use without any change in colour.

Crisping stale chips, papad, biscuits or cornflakes. Place it in a paper napkin uncovered and microwave it for a minute or two. Let it cool down and it will become crisp.

Softening too hard butter, cheese or ice creams.

Sterilizing and warming baby's milk.

Melting Ghee, butter, honey. chocolates etc.

Making Ghee is also very easy in microwave. The best part is that you don't get your kadhai (wok) or other utensils burnt. Pour milk cream in kadhai or deep bowl and microwave it for 15-20 minutes. But keep 2 - 3rd of the utensil or bowl empty as it tends to spill.

Bread crumbs. You can easily make dry bread crumbs from fresh bread. Crumble the bread slices and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Mix it well and microwave again for 1-2 minuts. It is ready to use after cooling down in raitas and curries.

Microwave Recipe: Sweet & Sour Sauce

1 can pineapple chunks with liquid
1 1/2 tsp cornflour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp soya sauce
1/2 green pepper (finely chopped)


1. Separate the pineapple chunks and juice from the can. Collect the juice in a mall microwave safe bowl.

2. Add cornflour, brown sugar, vinegar and soya sauce to it. Mix it and microwave on 80% power for 3-4 min. Stir in between.

3. Add chopped green pepper and pineapple chunks and again microwave at 80% power for another 3-4 min. Stir in between.

4. Can be served over cutlets, fish finger or any other snacks.

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Microwave- a modern gadget in our kitchen

Microwave oven is a cooking device used in millions of homes worldwide and is one of the greatest invention of 20th century. It has changed the way of cooking. It is not only used for re-heating food but also used for cooking boiling, grilling, roasting and baking. It is capable of preparing variety of delicacies in a faster and simpler manner, saving more time to spend in other important work. Cooking in microwave is simpler as the food does not stick or burn and hence does not need stirring.
Cooking in Microwave oven is different from conventional cooking. Microwaves use microwave energy to cook food. Microwave are Radiowaves which have a very interesting property. When radiowaves emmited in a frequency of 2500 megahertz they are absorbed by water, fats and sugars. When they are absorbed they are converted directly into atomic motion-heat. Microwave in 2500 mgz range also has one more interesting property, they are not absorbed by most of the plastics, glass and ceramic materials. Metal utensils reflects microwave energy hence any type of metal is not used in microwave oven.
The aroma and vitamins of food which gets lost in conventional cooking are retained in microwave cooking. Cooking in Microwave is healthier also as the food is cooked in its own juices, very little oil or fat is used in cooking.
Types of Microwave Ovens : There are three types of microwave ovens available in the market.
  1. Basic Microwave : Used for simple cooking, heating and defrosting.
  2. Microwave with grill : Used for cooking, heating, defrosting and roasting
  3. Microwave with grill and convection : Used for cooking, heating, defrosting, roasting, baking and crisping.

Orkut- The story behind it

Do You know how orkut was formed?
there is a true story behind it....

A guy lost his girlfriend in a train accident....
but the gal's name nowhere appeared in the dead list. This guygrew up n became IT technical architect in his late 20's, achievement in itself!!.

He hired devlopers from the whole globe and plan to make asoftware where he could search for his gf through the web...Things went as planned...n he found her, after losing millions of dollars and 3 long years!!It was time to shut down the search operation, when the CEO of Google had a word with this guy and took over this application. This Software made a whopping 1 billion dolar profit in its first year, which we today know as ORKUT.

The guy's name is ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN.

Yes its named after him only. Today he is paid a hefty sum by Google for the things we do like scrapping.
He is expected to b the richest person by 2009.

ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN today has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 to monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps!!!Some other

Cool Facts abt this guy:

He gets $12 frm Google when every person registers to this website.

He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend.

He gets $8 when your friend's friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if anybodyadds you as friend in the resulting chain.

He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you.

He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut.

He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-list.

He gets $2 when you become somebody's fan.

He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan.

He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut.

He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph.

He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend's scrap-book & $0.5 everytimeyou view ur friend's friend-list.

Just imagine how much he is earning.

Isn't it interesting....