Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Tastes Gujarati Food in India: 5 Special Dishes That Make a Gujarati Thali Unique

Japan’s Prime Minster Shinzo Abe arrived in India along with his wife Akie Abe yesterday – 13thSeptember 2017, for a two-day visit during which he will be visiting the state of Gujarat. There has been a lot of talk about him being served a vegetarian ‘Gujarati Thali’ for dinner last night, which was organised specially by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for him at a beautiful and famous rooftop restaurant in Ahmedabad called Agashiye. The restaurant is particularly known for its splendid view of some heritage monuments in the city such as the…

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Celebrating Madras Week: 10 Wonderful Dishes from Tamil Nadu You Didn’t Know About

Tamil cuisine is full of surprises. You think you’ve tried it all but there will always be these hidden treasures waiting to be explored. Every regional food experience in India is like a valued inheritance, rich with traditionsthat has been passed on over generations. As we’re in midst of celebrating Madras Week (from August 20 to August 27; commemorating the founding of the city of Madras on August 22, 1639), we thought it was apt to bring to fore some forgotten or rather unknown dishes from Tamil Nadu that are equally delicious….

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Ganesha Chaturthi 2017: 10 Maharashtrian Dishes You Must Prepare During Vinayaka Chaturthi

The pandals are being set up, final touches are being done on idols of Ganpatiji and the celebrations are getting started! Yes, it is that time of the year when Lord Ganesh’s birth anniversary is celebrated with much grandeur. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi will be starting on 25th August and ending on 5th September. The 10-day long festival commemorates Lord Ganesha’s birthday by following various colourful rituals along with grand treats. While the country celebrates this festival, Maharashtra does it on a much larger scale and with much vigour. The dishes…

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Let’s Go Bananas: 8 Sumptuous Malayali Dishes Made With Bananas

God’s own country, Kerala’s cuisine is no short of divine. Flavourful, experimental and enticing, there is no way you can step out of the sadya without licking your fingers. And one of the most intriguing facets of the cuisine of Kerala is its versatile use of bananas. Be it snacks, stews, jams, desserts or curries, bananas are a must on the signature banana leaf meal. Kerala’s fertile land allows a large scale cultivation of bananas and coconut. One can see several banana trees lined across farmland of thousands of hectares, and even courtyards outside local  house, and as…

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Gowd Saraswat Cuisine, Where Fish Dishes Hold a Special Place

There are a clutch of interesting legends and stories that are wrapped around the community of Gowd Saraswats, but perhaps the tale that is most relevant to us is the one that deals with how they started to eat fish. The story goes that the Gowd Saraswat Brahmins (GSB) lived a chaste, vegetarian existence until the Saraswati river dried up. “The inclusion of fish in the diet is not looked upon as non vegetarian,” write Annapoorna Nayak and Maya Shenoi, in the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin’s Cookbook . “Legend has it…

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These 12 mango dishes are total game changers

1. Here’s why mangoes are loved so much! The king of fruit, Mango is the best gift of summers to humankind. These fleshy, pulpy, juicy fruits have a fan following that pervades all age groups. Whether raw or ripe, made into pickles or dessert, Mangoes are versatile and oh so tasty! Rich in anti-oxidants, mangoes protect against colon, breast, blood and prostate cancers. This delicious fruit has high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C that help lower cholesterol levels, particularly the bad cholesterol. In fact just one cup of…

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5 Yummy British Dishes You Must Try Post-Brexit

For me, Britain is a place of comfort foods. The dishes are mostly non-fuss and the emphasis is always on enhancing the natural flavours – perhaps this is why a lot of their food is so flavourful. Try five of my favourite British dishes on chilly autumn evenings or cold wintry days. 1. Kedgeree of Smoked Haddock   Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients:   1 finely chopped onion 3 cardamom pods, split open 1/4 tsp turmeric 1 small cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf…

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3 Eggplant Dishes That Will Change How You Feel About this Boring Vegetable

An aubergine (brinjal/ baingan) is not a very popular vegetable. People love to hate the ‘baingan‘ because of its texture, which many consider ‘slimy’. Others find it ‘bitter’ to taste. But this very fact that it has a woody, nutty flavour means that the eggplant can be adapted or mixed with several flavours. Also, most people do not cook eggplant properly, with the result that they don’t really realise they are destroying its flavour. Recommended ways to cook eggplant include slow roasting, slow baking, frying (in very thin slices), and…

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Ramzan Special: 8 Amazing Iftar Dishes You Must Try at Md. Ali Road, Mumbai

            Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar year. The precise time of its beginning every year is decided by the sighting of the moon and astronomical calculations. The month is one where Muslims across the world observe a fast from sunrise to sunset. It is a month of prayers, humility and abstinence. But for food lovers, it also a period where the most delicious delicacies are prepared for Iftar feasting. The meal that is consumed before sunrise is called Sehri and it…

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