Life Beyond Fiery Red Fish Curries: A Discovery of Konkan Food

I  had recently gone to the newly opened Toast and Tonic restaurant at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). One of the dishes that I tried from Chef Manu Chandra’s menu was the Poached Shrimp in a Kokum and Coconut Broth. The dish really stood out in terms of the texture of the shrimp. It was neither over-done, nor raw. The shrimp had a buttery taste which was balanced beautifully by the contrasting sharpness of the tangy kokum and coconut broth. As a dish it seemed very different from anything that I had…

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Taking Care: Health charter goes beyond patient-doctor to whole world

– When updating the Catholic Church’s medical and bioethical charter, experts decided it wasn’t enough to aim the guidelines at health care professionals. The entire “ecosystem” encompassing medical workers, patients, the sick and vulnerable had to be addressed, said the head of the drafting committee. Everything in the system — laws, social policies, economic situations, war, injustice, drug and insurance companies, social and family networks and the environment — can have an impact on people’s right to life and access to basic healthcare, said Camillian Father Augusto Chendi, undersecretary delegate…

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10 Popular Bengali Sweets: Beyond Rasgulla and Sandesh

            If you want to truly fluster a Bengali, ask him or her about their favourite sweet? You might eventually be awarded with a response, but not before some serious frowns take over those eyebrows. It’s not an easy question to deal with. How can you pick one over another? But ask a Bengali to pick at least 10, and you’d get a happy grin. Leaving the quintessential Rasgulla, Sandesh and Mishti Doi aside, here’s my list of favourite 10: 1. Lobong Lotika Shaped to…

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