Instructions on how to make Bengali Lachcha Semai or in english Vermicelli Pudding.
This recipe is approximately for 10 people
¾ gallon of Milk
2 Bay leaves
Sugar (according to taste)
1 pack of vermicelli
Raisins (desired amount)
Coconut shreds (optional and desired amount )
In a pot add milk, sugar, 2 cardamoms, and 2 bay leaves.
Heat the ingredients until the milk comes to a little thick consistency which will take about half an hour
While the milk is heating you will want to start on creating the base
In a bowl, line it with a pack of vermicelli
On top of the vermicelli, drizzle on coconut shreds
Finally, drizzle on raisins
Once the milk come to a thick consistency, set it aside to let it cool for about half an hour
Once the milk has cooled, pour the liquid into the bowl of vermicelli
Let it sit for a few minutes and then grab a bowl and a spoon and enjoy.
Analysis of dish
This recipe contains very simple ingredients that are more whole food rather than processed foods. However, this can change depending on where someone gets the ingredients that are listed above. I believe the vermicelli that is used in this dish is processed since it was most likely made in a factory.
The milk that is in this dish is whole milk and on the label it says that it contains 8g total fat, 130 mg of sodium, 12g of total carb, 12g of sugar, 8g of protein, and 150. It also contains vitamin A 6%, vitamin C 4%, calcium 30%, and vitamin D 25%. The spices such as cardamoms and bay leaves are brought from a bengali store where the product has come from Bangladesh as well as the vermicelli. Cardamom and bay leaves are more used for flavoring rather than having health benefits. A lot of the ingredients come from my home country, Bangladesh, meaning that is has traveled quite far before it came into my presences. I don’t think the process of the ingredients cause any harmful effects to the environment. The ingredients price value range from $1 to $5, meaning that a person can expect to pay about $10 in order to create this dish.
Overall, this dish is easy to make and does not contain that much processed ingredients.
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During this unit there are many things that I learned but the one thing will stick with me for ever is the TED Talk called “Teach Every Child About Food” that we watched in class. The speaker did a experiment with children where he asked them to identify vegetables and a lot of children failed to do that. This made me realize that if a young child does not know their vegetables then what does that say about adults and their food knowledge.
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Recently, I have already made changes to my food choices. Now, I tend to eat less processed food such as instant food because I understand know how much chemicals go into the products to keep it looking fresh or appealing to eat. I know processed foods tend to have a lot of sodium and high about of things in them so if I decrease those intakes I would be a much healthier person.
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