Toyota Hydrogen Car ‘Mirai’ Makes Dream US Debut, 30k Cars Annually by 2020

Toyota hydrogen fuel cell car runs 312 miles after 5-minute refuelling
Toyota’s hydrogen car “Mirai” has made an immensely successful debut in the United States with 34 cars sold last month. Elated at the popularity of this fuel-cell sedan, world’s No. 1 car maker now plans to produce 2,000 vehicles in 2016 and raise it to 30,000 in the next five years.

The delivery of the car priced at $58,335 began on Oct. 21, 2015. Toyota selected California, as the state leads in building hydrogen stations. The car maker has plans to sale at least 100 of these cars dubbed as the future of transportation this year.  It is available for both buying and leasing.

Toyota has plans to start selling Mirai hydrogen car in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Mirai – “future” in Japanese – is the third hydrogen car to be available after Honda FCX Clarity and Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. While Honda discontinued its model and is planning a new version, Hyundai offers its car on lease. To make the car attractive, Toyota offers free fuel and on-the-road support to the riders for three years.

Different from battery-electric cars, Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car has a much higher range – 312 miles with a single refuelling that takes less than five minutes. At present, Toyota makes about 1,000 cars a month at its plant in Japan. The price is also expected to scale down with advancement in the hydrogen fuel technology.

Hydrogen fuel cells emit only water and get power from hydrogen-oxygen reaction. Toyota has created a subsidiary FirstElement Fuel to develop technology, enhance affordability and support fuel cell research for hydrogen cars.

California offers $5,000 rebate on each Mira hydrogen fuel cell car in an effort to promote zero-emission transportation. The state plans an investment of $200 million to build over 100 hydrogen stations.

Toyota has been engaged in developing hydrogen cars since the early 1990s. Mirai was introduced in Japan in December 2014. In the last one year, the company sold over 400 hydrogen cars. Encouraged by the government subsidy, the car has been a big hit and waiting list (more than 1,500) at present goes up to a year.


Meanwhile, Honda is set to launch its hydrogen car Clarity in the United States in 2016. The car maker plans to develop a hybrid car and introduce it in all 50 states.

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Megan Fox Perfect ‘New Girl,’ Max Greenfield Hails Her Funny, Wonderful Attitude

Megan Fox as the new "New Girl" impresses sitcom costars 
Actress Megan Fox has made a big impression on her “New Girl” caste Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone behind the scenes with her vivacious, grounded and humorous attitude. Greenfield described the “Transformers” actress a perfect fit for the show and wonderful co-star to work with.

Greenfield, 35, told People that Fox was a “perfect roomie” in an apparent reference to her role as the new roommate of Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and him on the popular Fox sitcom. The television actor, who acts as Schmidt, a ladies man, on the show, also praised the actress and her comedic chops on the “New Girl” set.

"Oh my God, so great," was the response of the actor when asked about Fox’s camaraderie with costars at Hollywood premiere of The Big Short, comedy-drama movie made about the 2007 recession.

'It's hard to keep a straight face,' Greenfield quipped to emphasize on the funny side of Fox and her talent as a natural comedian. He admitted that her skillful acting made the TV drama a lot funnier.

The “New Girl” costar had all praise for Fox’s grounded nature. He described the personality of the Hollywood actress a natural fit as the girl to go after considering the way three male protagonists are presented in the sitcom and audience was going to fall in love with her.

Twenty-nine-year-old Fox has shot for four “New Girl” episodes and has been an instant, seamless hit among her costars. She plays the role of "a gorgeous, straight-shooting pharmaceutical sales rep" on the Fox sitcom. She will be a tenant, who stays in the room of Jess, the lead female character played by Zooey Deschanel.

In September, Time reported about the entry Fox to fill the void caused following the departure of Deschanel, who is on maternity leave. The actress made her debut in a comic character in the movie “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” that became the second-biggest box office grosser in 2004.  Her role in the 2005 television show Hope and Faith was appreciated and she received the youngest artist award.

The first episode of the “New Girl” season 5 starts at 8 pm on January 5.

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Winter Snack Recipes: Nutty Gur Chikki, Murmura Bar With a Tangy Twist


murmura chikki
We used to call these thick jaggery-puffed rice bars as marunda in Punjabi. I must admit these were a childhood favorite.

Rarely did I know that turning simple murmure or puffed rice into these sweet crunchy jaggery bars was such a breeze until a coupleof years back when I started experimenting with food.

But this murmura post gets inspiration from Parul Bansal's murmura gur laddoo. The moment I saw her post in a food group, I wanted to give the recipe a try.

Finally, I did try the recipe with a slight change.

The change was the introduction of lime juice -surprised, are you?

Yes, I added lime to balance the sweetness of jaggery.  It was an instant hit with me, for nobody other than me eats it at home. I am loving munching on these crunchy bites I no longer need to buy them from the stores. Yay!!

Recipe:
1 cup- murmura (puffed rice)
2 pieces of gur (jaggery)
1/2 tsp- lime juice
1 tsp- water
murmura chikki


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Procedure

  1. Add water to a nonstick pan.
  2. Drop in the gur piece.
  3. Keep stirring until gur melts.
  4. Immediately pour in the lime juice and give it a good mix.
  5. Turn off the flame and immediately add murmure and mix well until the jaggery paste coats every single murmura.
  6. Turn on the flame and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Then pour this mixture over a greased plate or aluminum foil.
  8. Spread evenly with a spoon and leave for one day.
  9. The longer you give it to try, the crunchier it will get.
  10. Enjoy home-made murmure gur chikki during the winters.
  11. Do try and let me know how you find the murmura chikki with a tangy twist.


Let's come to another winter special delicacy - gur chikki with nuts


gur badaam chikki


Gur chikki isa winter delicacy.

The winter season is knocking on our doors, and it is time to enjoy gur (jaggery) in its different forms. The best way to relish it is chikki. Ideally gajak or chikki is made with peanuts (groundnuts), but I have substituted them with almonds (badaam) to make the Indian sweet healthier.

Gur is a healthier alternative to sugar, and is slowly digested by the body. This means it gives energy to the body for a long time, unlike sugar which is immediately absorbed by the body and causes blood sugar spike.










Ingredients

Gur (jaggery) - 1/2 cup
Almonds - 1 cup
Water- 1-2 tbsp
Ghee for greasing
Fennel seeds- 1tsp (optional)
Roasted sesame seeds (til) - 1 tbsp or more





Gur Chikki Process

  1. Dry roast almonds and cut into small pieces. Keep aside.
  2. Grease a plate and set aside,
  3. Take a heavy bottomed vessel.
  4. Add water. 
  5. Drop gur pieces into the vessel.
  6. Stir on a low flame.
  7. Keep stirring the mixture until it becomes dense. To check whether you have reached the right consistency, just take a small drop of the mixture and drop into a water container. If the drop melts immediately, you need to stir more. However, you have got the right consistency, if the ball retains its shape and floats at the top.
  8. Immediately put the roasted almond pieces.
  9. Stir and quickly switch off the flame.
  10. Sprinkle sesame seeds and fennel seeds over the mixture.
  11. Pour immediately over the greased plate.
  12. Let the mixture cool down. It may take more than two hours.
  13. Cut into pieces once it cools down.
  14. Enjoy the gur almond chikki this winter season.

Moong Dal Recipe: No Oil Moong Dal Vada & Curry

moong dal vada curry
Looking for moong dal recipe?

Moong dal is a versatile ingredient. Moong vadas taste delicious.

From moong dal curry to moong vadas and snacks and even sweets, you have plenty of options to try out moong dal recipes.

As you know by now, I am always looking for healthy recipes. Whether it is snacks or main coarse meals, my focus remains on health food.

I was always a health freak and the lethargic lifestyle of today has cautioned me further, though we go for regular morning walks. But it is always best to be cautious than to trouble our tummies, hearts, and kidneys with too much oil and sugar. What do you say?

Okay so let's get back to the moong dal vada recipe.









Moong Vada Ingredients
1 cup moong dal (yellow lentils)
1 Fat pinch of baking soda
1 pinch turmeric
Salt as per taste
Roasted sesame seeds (til)
Cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp Oil for greasing appe pan
1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi daana)
1 tsp Ginger-chilly paste


A Guilt-free Moong Dal Recipe Procedure
  1. Soak moong dal and methi daana overnight.
  2. Grind together in the morning with little to no water.
  3. Keep aside for 30 minutes or longer. 
  4. Whisk the batter well. It should be light & fluffy.
  5. Add salt, turmeric, and cumin seeds.
  6. Add ginger-chilly paste.
  7. Grease appe pan.
  8. Add baking soda to the batter and immediately pour into the appe pan.
  9. Sprinkle sesame seeds over each of the filled wells.
  10. Cover the paniyaram pan and cook on slow to medium heat.
  11. Keep checking the moong dal balls intermittently.
  12. Appe pan heats really fast and cooks quickly. So keep a close eye on the balls.
  13. Turn at regular intervals.
  14. Turn off the heat when done.
  15. Meanwhile, heat 1 glass of water. Add roasted fenugreek seeds and little salt.
  16. Drop the moong dal balls into the water.
  17. Let the balls sit for 30 minutes in water.
No Onion, No Garlic Curry  Ingredients
2 tomatoes
1/2 tsp jeera
1 tsp Ginger-chilly paste
1/2 tsp oil
coriander powder
Sugar - pinch
Garam masala
Water
Salt as per taste

Procedure
  1. Heat oil in a pan/kadahi/heavy bottomed vessel.
  2. Add cumin seeds (jeera).
  3. Let them sprinkle.
  4. Add ginger-chilly paste. Saute & stir.
  5. When the raw smell is gone, add tomato puree. I used a blender to mash tomatoes.
  6. Add salt.
  7. Cook well. Keep stirring.
  8. Add sugar.
  9. Add garam masala
  10. Next add water, depending on the amount of gravy you want.
  11. Cook the gravy well.
  12. Squeeze the moong dal balls and drop into the gravy.
  13. Let them sink and sit there for 30 minutes.
  14. Enjoy this scurmptuous and guilt-free moong dal sabzi with steamed rice or roti.
moong dal oats tikki
moong masur dal idli
If you love moong dal burfi, here I have shared a simple, easy, and healthy recipe.
moong dal halwa burfi

Diet Food; Crispy Crunchy Digestive Cookies Healthy


diet crackers
Looking for a healthy oatmeal cookie no sugar recipe? This one can fit in easily!

This post is for diet food lovers. If you are on diet and are looking for diet snacking, you're at the right place. Here, you will learn how to make diet cookies.

This is a perfect diabetes friendly snack idea.

After having successfully baked besan crackers, oats-wheat salty crackers, ragi (millet flour) crackers, the next was the turn of diet cookies.

These whole wheat crackers are exactly what you're looking for. Easy to make, these healthy diet cookies for weight loss will satisfy your cravings for something sweet, though I have limited the amount of sugar to just 1 tbsp.

This is a guilt-free wheat crackers recipe. Enjoy the crispy crunchy diet cookies with a hot cup of tea or just like that.


Digestives are gaining in popularity. thanks to their health quotient. As more and more people turn health freaks,the demand for diet snacks is growing.

While nuts make the best diet food, crackers or digestives follow closely. Try this digestive cookies recipe with taste hidden in every bite.

mcvities digestives
If you want to try digestives cookies Mcvities type, we have a recipe for you.



Diabetes friendly crackers Ingredients
1 cup- wheat flour
1 cup- oats (ground)
1 tbsp- flax seeds
1/2 cup- crushed corn flakes
3 tsp - olive oil (or any vegetable oil of your choice)
6-7 tsp- chilled water (just make sure the dough is neither dry nor sticky)
2 fat pinches - baking soda
2 tsp- curd/yogurt
1 pinch - salt
1/4 tsp- sesame seeds (til)
1 pinch of - sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp - tea masala (or cardamom/cinnamon/nutmeg powder (jaiphal) ) I added everything


diet cookies
Digestives Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven (microwave convection) at 180 degrees for 8 minutes.
  2. Grind oats.
  3. Add wheat flour and oats powder.
  4. Mix flax seeds and sesame seeds.
  5. Add baking soda and crushed corn flakes.
  6. Add salt and powdered sugar. Mix well.
  7. Add masala.
  8. Add curd and oil.
  9. Mix very well until it appears like crumbled bread.
  10. Add water - 2 tsp at a time. Just make sure the dough is not sticky. 
  11. Place on a flat board and roll into a chapati (should not be too thin or too thick).
  12. Prick the cookies with a fork (optional). I did not prick the first batch.
  13. Refirgerate for 15 minutes ( I baked the first batch immediately and refrigerated the remaining dough until the oven was ready.
  14. Bake at 180 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
  15. Your crispy diet crunchies are ready.
  16. Take out on a wire stand. Let the cookies cool down completely before storing them in an airtight container.
  17. Enjoy these diet cookies without feeling guilty.

Do not forget to check the digestives biscuit recipe healthy here.


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