Kolahpuri Thali: A Mouth-Watering Assortment of Veggies, Meat and Fish You Cannot Miss!

The brave warriors, mighty kingdoms and the many architectural and cultural marvels, Maharashtra’s pride Kolahpur stands tall and proud in the making of India’s most glorious history. As it is the case with every historical state in the country, Kolahpur too boasts of its own rich culinary gems that have caught the fancy of many food lovers from both home and abroad, across centuries. And, if you want a tryst of the true deal, you must try the robust and flavoursome Kolahpuri Thali. A Kolahpuri thali can be easily found in…

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Fish curry with coconut brown rice

Total time: 0:40 Prep: 0:10 Cook: 0:30 Level: Easy Serves: 2 people Ingredients 250 g. butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 2-3cm pieces 1 tbsp. vegetable or coconut oil 125 g. wholegrain rice 200 mL reduced fat coconut milk 1 onion, finely sliced 30 g. fresh root ginger, finely chopped 1 tbsp. (heaped) Thai red curry paste 200 mL fresh fish stock 2 firm white fish fillets (such as cod or haddock) Directions Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Arrange the squash on a foil-lined baking tray; drizzle with ½ tbsp oil, season…

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Food Combinations: Should You be Pairing Curd with Fish?

What you eat matters a great deal but how you plan your meals holds greater significance. It is understood that many nutrients simply pass through the body without getting absorbed in the absence of another supporting micronutrient. Minerals, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes always work in tandem with each other to give our body a holistic nutritive supply. At times two such agents react in a way that may cause irritation or discomfort in the body. This piece – one out of many in the series of our planned articles on food…

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How to Tell if Your Fish is Fresh: 5 Tips to Remember

Fish is delicate and lovely and can be easily transformed into so many dishes. Be it a fragrant fish curry or crisp fried fish fry, it is a wonderful ingredient to experiment with. But a lot of people shy away from cooking it considering it to be challenging. While it’s true that cooking fish does require some amount of skill, it is easy to attain it. The first step in cracking any recipe or dish is getting the best ingredients. There are some thumb rules that you need to follow while buying fish…

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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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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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