How to make a perfect puri

India is blessed with diversity in almost every aspect, food being the most obvious one. Here, festivals and celebration is incomplete without serving and eating rich food delicacies. When we think of merriment by way of food, one of the most loved preparations comes to mind – Poori! What may seem simple and basic at first glance actually encompasses an amazing variety. From plain poori to bharwan kachori, the special fried poori constitutes an integral part of every Indian festivity. And now, here’s a crash course to crack the art of…

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Navratri 2017 Recipes: 5 Delicious Paneer Recipes to Try at Home

Navratri 2017 starts from 21st September. The nine days of festivities will also see many devotees observing a fast. This is the period when many households, particularly in North India and Gujarat, follow a restricted diet without the use of onions, garlic, whole grains, non veg, table salt, pulses, and certain spices and vegetables. Milk and dairy products are however allowed, and therefore various kinds of vrat dishes are created during this festival making the most of dairy products, particularly paneer. Paneer or cottage cheese is a popular vegetarian treat, and can be prepared in myriad ways to delight…

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Durga Puja 2017 Special: Kasundi, Bengali Cuisine’s Favourite Mustard Sauce

A Bengali feast is an elaborate spread of myriad flavours that will have you raving about the delicacies for days to come. With Durga Puja right round the corner, this is the perfect time to indulge in authentic Bengali dishes, best had at a Bengali friend’s residence. From Fish Chops and Devilled Eggs to Kosha Mangsho, Bhapa Ilish, Bhetki Paturi and Mishti Doi, you will be spoilt for choice. And if you are among those who enjoy pungency in your food, then you definitely will notice the potency of Bengal’s favourite mustard sauce…

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Diabetic senior citizens need to be cautious. They are at increased risk of fracture

The deadly disease, diabetes, is on a rise in India. If your parents or grandparents are suffering from it, take note. “Fracture in older adults with Type-2 diabetes is a highly important public health problem and will only increase with the ageing of the population and growing epidemic of diabetes,” said lead author of the study Elizabeth Samelson of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, US. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found older adults withType-2 diabetes had deficits in cortical bone –…

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9 Varanasi (Benaras) Street Foods that You Shouldn’t Miss

Street food is an essential part of the Indian culture and cuisine. There are a number of street foods from across the country that are famous, but nothing can beat the hot and crispy kachoris and samosas from Benaras or Varanasi. The holy city is situated on the banks of the river Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradeshand its food is defined by its culture and tradition. According to Chef Ashwani Kumar Singh from the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in Delhi, “The food of Benaras or Varanasi is influenced by its people. You will…

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Navratri 2017 Special: What is Sabudana Made of?

Come Navratri or any other Indian festival where devotees observe a fast, sabudanabecomes an essential ingredient during the fasting period. The little sabudana pearls can be cooked in myriad ways to create lip-smacking dishes that not just provide essential energy during fasting, but also with flavours to relish inspite of following a restricted diet. No Navratri is complete without savouring sabudana khichdi or sabudana vadas along with family and friends. Spiked with a handful of aromatic spices, fresh herbs and crunchy nuts, these treats are immensely relishing. Since whole grains are not allowed during the fasting period, so the question…

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Being hit by a partner is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ – when are we going to stop blaming women?

There is an epidemic of domestic abuse in this country. More than a quarter of women aged 16 to 59 have experienced it at some point in their lives, according to the Government’s own figures. Many victims are trapped in violent relationships, unable to leave because refuge places are in short supply, and they have nowhere else to go. In such circumstances, who could possibly believe that staying with a brutal partner is a ‘choice’, rather than a counsel of desperation? Yet a major new report shows that too many of the…

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Government of Singapore plans to establish Skill Centre at Guwahati

A Skill Centre will soon be coming up in Guwahati as the government of Singapore is planning to set up the same. The centre will cater to the entire North-Eastern region. This was stated here by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh after a meeting with a high-level delegation represented by the High Commissioner of Singapore, Lim Thuan Kuan here yesterday. Area of interest  The Indian…

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Sharad Navratri 2017: 13 Best Navratri Deals at Top Restaurants Across Delhi-NCR You Shouldn’t Miss

Sharad Navratri 2017 has kick-started and there’s a lot of excitement in the air. There’s something about this time of the year that makes it more joyful. Durga puja pandals are up and restaurants are trying their best to please their patrons and even those who are fasting during Navratri with interesting menus. In addition to the pujas and offerings made to the deity, devotees also observe the ritualistic Navratri fasts to seek Goddess’ divine blessings. Some devotees fast for all the nine days and while others keep a pair of fasts at the…

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Mexican Versus Tex-Mex Food: What’s the Difference?

As a student in dank, chilly London, I lived on a (mostly) unvarying diet of cheap fish and chips, and care packages from home. It helped that I lived in what was then, a rather dodgy (and hence cheap) part of London. But once a month, the (metaphorical) skies would clear, and my friend and I would trudge down to glorious Greenwich, which was home to beautiful museums, shops and the sweeping grounds of Greenwich Park. We would walk around the borough, and then settle in for lunch at the…

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