An Indian Kitchen is full of spices and ingredients that are used on a daily basis. What is used too oftenmust be used for good only! We have put together Some basic everyday foods and ingredients and the tricks to check them for adulteration.
The chai you’re drinking isn’t coming straight away from the Assam fields.
To Check If It’s fake: the chai powder is pure, put a teaspoon of it in cold water; if the cold water turns brown then your chai is adulterated!
2. Frozen Peas
We stock frozen peas in our refrigerators because they come in handy. However, some packets consist a dye compound called ‘malachite green’, which can trigger stomach related ailments.
To Check If It’s fake: Take water in a kadhai and put some peas and stir. If the water turns green, then immediately discard the packet as they are unsafe to consume.
3. Cinnamon Sticks
You can find out if you have bought authentic cinnamon sticks.
To Check If It’s fake: Smash the sticks with your hands, if your hands get coloured then they are authenticate, if not then they aren’t.
4. Turmeric Roots
Even if you’re crushing the turmeric roots and consuming it, the roots can be fake.
To Check If It’s fake: Take a turmeric root on paper and pour cold water over it. If the root leaves colour, it’s a polished one and is impure.
A polished apple will not keep you away from the doctor, but will take you to one. Did you know that apples are polished with wax to give them a ‘fresh’ look?
To Check If It’s fake: To see if your apple isn’t wax covered, take a knife and slowly scrape the skin of your apple. If the knife extracts white, then that’s wax!
Our milkman not only fools by adding water to it. Milk can be adulterated with detergent and synthetic milk too.
To Check If It’s fake: Mix 10 ml of water and milk in the same proportion. If you notice foam or lather, then the milk contains detergent. To detect synthetic milk, boil the milk. If a yellowish lather forms, then the milk is synthetic milk.
7. Cumin Seeds
Cumin seeds (jeera) are very essential part of cooking as we use it in our tadka daily. They can be coloured with charcoal dust.
To Check If It’s fake: Crush the seeds in your palm, if your palm turns black then they contain charcoal.
8. Paneer Or Cottage Cheese
That paneer in your paneer mutter is not really paneer. It’s starch. Paneer is one of the most adulterated items in our country.
To Check If It’s fake: Take water and put a cube of paneer and boil it. Once it cools down, put some drops of iodine solution on it. If the paneer turns blue, then the starch is present in it.
9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be adulterated with other cheap oils.
To Check If It’s fake: Put the coconut oil bottle in refrigerator, the solidified layer is coconut oil, whereas the liquid oil is an adulterant.
10. Chilli Powder
Did you know you could be eating brick instead of chilli powder? That’s because crushed red brick looks exactly like chilli powder and therefore it is put in your masala.
To Check If It’s fake: Put a teaspoon of chilli powder in a glass of water. If the solution emits colour then your chilli powder is adulterated.