Fresh coriander and chilli roomali

first_imgLiterally translated, roomali means ‘handkerchief’. This is a tender unleavened flatbread from central India. Roomali is tossed in the air like pizza and is so thin that it gently floats down into the baker’s hands.Baked on an inverted dome hotplate almost like an upside down wok, roomali is folded from an 18-inch round to a 3-inch pocket-sized bread. Roomali is usually a plain unleavened bread made with basic ingredients. I have used coriander, my favourite herb, in this recipe. It works well with the heat of the chilli and coarse ground black pepper.This is a great bread which is very versatile and can be used as a good bread for mopping up curries. It is also used to make sandwiches in Mumbai. Makes around 18 roomaliWhite bread flour – 500gAtta flour – 500gSalt – 20gWater – 590gFresh coriander – 100gCoarse ground black pepper – 1gMild chilli powder – 4gPaprika – 6gMelted ghee or butter – 20gMethodPlace all the ingredients (except the coriander) into a mixing bowl and mix on slow speed for two minutes and then fast speed for four minutes.Add the chopped coriander leaf and mix for a further two minutes on slow speed or until the coriander is evenly mixed throughout the dough. Take care not to bleed the coriander into the dough.The coriander stalk is full of flavour and good to add with the leaf. However, it must be chopped very finely to avoid holes forming in the paper thin dough at the pinning stage.Allow the dough to rest in a covered bowl for two hours and then divide into 90g dough pieces and round.Cover and allow ambient resting for a further two hours. At this stage the dough pieces can be placed in the refrigerator and held for up to 48 hours.Although there is no yeast in the recipe the dough still needs time to relax so it can be pinned out very thinly without shrinking back.Before pinning the dough out, invert a large wok over the largest ring of a gas hob. It is also worthwhile rubbing a little oil onto the outside of the wok to avoid the dough sticking. Do this before placing on the heat. You will only need to do this the first time.Next, pin the dough round on a lightly floured work surface until it is paper thin. It should stretch to a 12-inch round.Place onto the wok and bake for about 20 seconds. The dough should show signs of bubbling on the surface.Using a wooden spatula or your hands turn the roomali over and allow to bake for a further 10 seconds.Fold the outer edge over to the centre and immediately repeat with the opposite side. Now you should have a slim rectangular shape. While the roomali is still on the wok start to fold along the length. This usually takes three folds and will leave you with neatly folded square bread that resembles a handkerchief. Baking roomali is rapid and really should not take longer than 45 seconds.They can then be filled to make a tasty wrap or left plain.last_img read more

Judge in Arizona Lets Stand 25-Year Life Extension for Aging Coal Plant

first_imgJudge in Arizona Lets Stand 25-Year Life Extension for Aging Coal Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:A U.S. district judge cited tribal sovereignty in dismissing a lawsuit aimed at shutting down a coal-fired power plant and adjacent mine near the Arizona-New Mexico border.The lawsuit, filed by a group of environmental advocacy organizations, was targeting the 2015 approval by the U.S. government of a lease extension for the Navajo Mine and the Four Corners Power Plant, which has for decades provided electricity to customers throughout the Southwest.The groups argued that the Interior Department and other agencies did not consider clean-energy alternatives or possible effects on endangered species in the region when they approved the 25-year extension.In the order issued Monday, Judge Steven Logan of Phoenix tossed the case because the mine is owned by a corporation created by the Navajo Nation, which makes it immune from such legal challenges. The judge said the case could not move forward without the mine as a defendant.Navajo Transitional Energy Co. was allowed to intervene in the case last fall, citing its interest in the operation of the mine. The company argued that if the environmental groups were successful in their challenge, the tribe’s solvency and economic development strategies could be jeopardized.The tribe created the company in 2013 for the purpose of purchasing the mine from BHP Billiton for $85 million through a three-year loan. The company obtained a new loan to pay off the original note and to maintain working capital.If mine operations were hampered, tribal officials were concerned the company could default on the loan and lose ownership of the mine, which would cost the Navajo Nation millions of dollars.The judge ruled that the tribal entity’s interests in the outcome of the case far exceeded the federal government’s interest in defending the validity of its environmental review and decision-making process.The Four Corners Power Plant is one of three coal-fired generating stations in the region that are scaling back operations as utilities shift toward natural gas and renewable sources such as solar due to regulations and economic forces.The Navajo Generating Station in northwestern Arizona is scheduled to close in 2019, but the Navajo Nation is pushing to keep it open longer. The San Juan Generating Station near Farmington will be closing two of its stacks by the end of the year, and Four Corners has closed three of its units.Environmentalists argued in their complaint that the Four Corners and San Juan plants together emit more pollution than any other source in North America and that pollution from the plant and the mine degrade air and water resources throughout the San Juan Basin, which includes parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah.As it braces for revenue and job losses expected with the ramping down of coal-fired generation, the Navajo Nation recently opened its first utility-scale solar farm near the sandstone buttes of Monument Valley.In addition, Navajo President Russell Begaye signed an executive order last week aimed at building up the tribe’s clean energy economy.More: U.S. judge cites tribal sovereignty in dismissing coal lawsuitlast_img read more

China’s economy seen returning to growth in second-quarter, more support needed to bolster

first_imgData on Tuesday showed the country’s imports in June rose for the first time this year as stimulus boosted demand for building materials, while exports also edged up as overseas economies reopened after lockdowns.While China’s economy is showing a steady recovery, a hard battle still lies ahead as the situation remains severe both at home and abroad, state radio quoted Premier Li Keqiang as saying on Monday.Along with second-quarter GDP data on Thursday (0200 GMT), China will also release June factory output, retail sales and fixed-asset investment. Topics : Debt risksCentral bank governor Yi Gang has said China would keep financial system liquidity ample in the second half but would need to consider withdrawing support at some point, raising questions among investors over when it may start dialing down stimulus.A spike in debt risks remain a worry for policymakers, analysts say.Ruan Jianhong, head of the central bank’s statistics department, told a briefing last week that China’s macro leverage ratio jumped 14.5 percentage points in the first quarter and climbed further in the second quarter.Still, analysts expect policymakers to maintain support for the economy for a while longer to ensure the recovery remains on track, particularly given the fragile global economic conditions.Credit growth is also expected to remain strong. New bank lending hit a record 12.09 trillion yuan (US$1.72 trillion) in the first half of the year.The International Monetary Fund has forecast China’s GDP to expand 1.0 percent for the full year, the only major economy expected to report growth in 2020. China’s economy is likely to return to modest growth in the second quarter after a record contraction, as lockdown measures ended and policymakers stepped up stimulus to combat the shock from the coronavirus crisis.The gross domestic product (GDP) numbers, due early Thursday, will be closely watched around the world, especially as many countries continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic even as China has largely managed to contain the outbreak and has begun to restart its economic engines.Analysts polled by Reuters forecast GDP to have grown 2.5 percent in April-June from a year earlier, reversing a 6.8 percent decline in the first quarter – the first contraction since at least 1992 when official quarterly GDP records started. However, the expected growth rate would still be the weakest expansion on record.Rising coronavirus infections in some countries, including the United States, have overshadowed improved demand for Chinese exports while heavy domestic job losses and lingering health concerns have kept consumers cautious.China’s services sector, which is dominated by smaller firms, has not rebounded as quickly as factory production, though there are some signs that consumer confidence is gradually improving.On a quarterly basis, GDP is expected to have grown 9.6 percent in April-June, compared with a decline of 9.8 percent in the first quarter.last_img read more

Soak up water views from riverside home

first_imgThe open plan living area opens to the back patio.The entry on the first floor of the home leads past the internal access for the two-car garage, the study with built in storage, and the laundry, through to the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The kitchen has granite benchtops, ample bench and cupboard space and stainless steel appliances. The central hub of the home has sliding doors that open to an atrium courtyard at the side of the property and a covered terrace along the back of the house. Both outdoor spaces have river views and the terrace has a barbecue area with granite benchtops, town gas and hot and cold water. The home has views across the Brisbane River.Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in robe, a private balcony looking out to the river, and an ensuite with double shower and spa, which also has river views.The two remaining bedrooms have built-in storage and bedroom two also has a dressing room. Ms Noble said the home was only 5km from the Brisbane CBD and close to parkland, cafes and public transport. The home at 37 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga is on the market.ENJOY panoramic river views from this architecturally designed home on the market in Yeronga. The two-storey home at 37 Ormadale Rd is on a 583sq m block and looks across the river to the Indooroopilly and St Lucia Golf courses. McGrath Annerley and Yeronga marketing agent Kristy Noble said the home was on a prestigious street with direct access to the riverside walks and parklands. “You can live here with the confidence that your views will always remain,” Ms Noble said. center_img The master bedroom has a private balcony.The home is airconditioned throughout and Vergola shutters create a natural flow of cool ventilation.The property is above flood level. The home at 37 Ormadale Rd is on the market for offers over $1.599 million.last_img read more