Who knows who first mixed soy sauce and butter and discovered the pleasures the combination provides. Try the mixture on warm white rice, a steaming pile of greens or an old sneaker – regardless, the taste is a sublime velvet of sweet and salty, along with a kind of pop we call umami, a fifth taste beyond sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Soy butter provides warmth and luxury, elegance without pomp. (Photo: Christina Holmes for NYT)
The tiny garden cress seed, also known as halim or aliv, is a treasure trove of iron. To improve the absorption of iron, first soak 1 tbsp of garden cress seeds in lemon water for 30 minutes or till they swell up. The vitamin C in lemon juice will ensure maximum uptake of iron. Now, you can add the soaked seeds to your salads and other recipes, or have them as such. You can also powder the seeds and add them to salads, soups, vegetables, etc.