How to make kangsoi or chamthong, Manipuri staple vegetable stew? There are two styles I make. One with oil. Traditionally it used to be without oil. Without oil is what one should take if there is fever. With oil: - cut some garlic, onion - sizzle in oil, don't overheat the oil or char the garlic/onion - Add chopped vegetables (mostly green - beans or even leafy ones), potato slices. ginger and green chillies - Stir it for a couple of minutes - Add water, enough to submerge the vegetables. Too much water will reduce the taste of the soup. - Add turmeric powder, optionally a bit of pepper/jira powder - Add salt. - You can add any other vegetables that require less cooking after boiling the other vegetables for a minute. E.g. cauliflower or spinach can be added after boiling others for a minute. - You can boil without pressure, in which case, boil for about 7 minutes. - Or, close pressure cooker lid, but switch off just at one whistle. All 2 minutes stay closed.
I tried googling up and everyone seems to suggest each one to have plus and minus of its own. Though I agree with them, I don't agree that you can choose any one as you wish. I'm telling from my experience. Experience tells me that if one is going to spend (being physically present) the day in a temperature (avoiding the term weather because one can sit in a temperature controlled room) reasonably warmer than the room temperature, a warm bath is what I will recommend. Example, a typical Chennai or Madurai summer without air conditioner or cooler or an outdoor activity in Bangalore summer. If one is going to spend the day in a temperature reasonably colder than the room temperature, a cold bath will help. Example, a winter in Bengaluru or native place Manipur. Why? On a hot day, I feel more sultry after a cold shower. Similarly, I don't enjoy coming out of a hot shower in a cold weather. It makes me feel more chilling. On the contrary, body feels good coming out of a warm sh