Feni: The Famous Cashew Fruit Liquor from Goa You Must try

It wouldn’t be wrong to deem the thriving party capital of the country – Goa – as one of country’s richest culinary hotspots too. An erstwhile Portuguese colony, Goa has successfully managed to retain its vintage charm through its local customs and food. And one such Portuguese contribution to the beverages of the subcontinent is Feni. Food historian KT Acharya in his book, A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food, describes Feni as the “Distilled liquour with a distinctive flavour developed in Goa by Catholic monks from the red ‘fruit’of the…

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8 Traditional Snacks from Andhra Pradesh that You Will Want to Try this Monsoon

Andhra Pradesh is known for its traditionally spicy local cuisines. The inevitable use of a variety of indigenous spices and homemade spice mix makes it unique. Besides its meaty curries and biryani, it is also famous for its snacks. Snack-time is probably the best and you can make it better by trying something new. Here are eight exciting Andhra snacks to pair with a hot cup of tea. Dig in. 1. Pesarattu   Pesarattu is a dosa like preparation native to Andhra Pradesh. It is made with green gram and is eaten as a snack…

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GST, demonetisation to feature in NCERT books from 2018GST,,demonetisation,to,feature,in,NCERT,books,from,2018

GST, demonetisation to feature in NCERT books from 2018 From the next year, schools students will receive lessons on GST and demonetisation as the same will be included in the NCERT textbooks. Representative image From the next year, schools students will receive lessons on Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation, as the same will be included in the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks. As per an HT report, on Thursday, Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha told the Rajya Sabha, “NCERT has decided to incorporate the…

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Ethiopia, Kenya to benefit from $169m U.S. food aid

The United States has extended food and health aid totaling $169m, the U.S. government’s humanitarian relief agency, USAID, has announced. The bulk of the funds will go to Ethiopia who are set to benefit to the tune of $137 million with the remaining going to neighbouring Kenya. Part of Ethiopia’s fund includes enough food to feed 3 million people. According to a USAIDstatement, the Trump administration approved the aid principally to feed people starving in both countries. With this new funding, the United States is scaling up emergency food assistance, while providing…

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Lip-Smacking Ways to Use Papad: From Masala Papad to Rolls and Chaats

Papad or poppadum is undoubtedly one of the most loved accompaniments in an Indian meal. Providing not just crunch, but also a burst of flavour to your plate of rice, dal and veggies or meat, the fried treats come in various shapes and sizes. They are usually seasoned, containing a lip-smacking dose of cumin, black pepper, red chilli flakes, masalas, herbs and/or other spices, which pair very well with regular home-cooked meals, particularly dal-chawal. A common practise is to break the crisp, fried or roasted disc onto the plate using your fingers and mix it with the…

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Pesto Mania: From Moringa Pesto to Spinach, Peanut Butter and More!

Make cooking fun by daring to explore myriad flavours and reinventing old recipes to arrive at something new and spectacular. Pesto, the popular Italian sauce, is one such example that knows no bound in terms of creativity. Gone are the days when the recipe strictly called for basil leaves and pine nuts, the two main ingredients that are credited for giving pesto its appetising colour and flavour. Modern cooks are exploring all sorts of nuts and veggies to arrive at lip-smacking pesto variations to give a spin to their regular dishes. Making…

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Recipe from Rajasthan: How to make onion-tomato tikkad

Tikkad is a typical Rajasthani bread especially in the desert areas. I first had it when I was visiting a village in Jodhpur for my research on eGovernance in rural India. I remember it was a hot summer afternoon and I was going from one home to another. As is customary of rural hospitality between 10 am to 1pm I had covered 15 homes and 15 cups of very sweet tea! We decided to do one more home and then take a break for lunch and to our surprise the…

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Nightmare food and wine matches – From the sommeliers

Sommeliers’ toughest food and wine matches Even sommeliers can struggle to find the best wine pairing for a dish. We’ve raided our archive of Confessions of a Sommelier from Decanter magazine to find out some of their most difficult pairings – and some advice for pairing wine with food. Common challenges ‘The most common challenge is when diners want to drink sweet wines like Sauternes with dessert, especially with cold elements like ice cream,’ said  Arvid Rosengren, speaking to Decanter when wine director at Copenhagen Concepts restaurant group. ‘It’s rarely a good idea and I try…

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12 Fitness Lessons You Can Learn from Mindful Meditation

Mindful Mantras Keeping your workout routine in gear can be a constant process, and many times it’s all about mind over matter. These tips will help you get your head in the game and let go of everything that’s holding you back from acheiving your mental and physical goals.     Taming Your Inner Dialogue “Words affect our dispositions, sketch out actions, form affections. It would be ideal to have interior silence, but this takes a great deal of discipline and years of practice. In the meantime, taking all of this type…

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ICSI Company Secretary result declared, two girls from Pune ranked among top 25

Two city girls have scored 20th and 21st ranks in the Company Secretary foundation exam, results of which were announced on Wednesday. Eighteen-year-olds Shrikrupa Vibhute and Bhargavi K Kulkarnii are both first-year Commerce students in city-based colleges and it was their first attempt at this exam, in 2017. “I have always wanted to pursue CS. The result is the fruit of a year-long hard work. This would not have been possible without the support of my parents,” said 20th ranker Vibhute, a student of BMCC. She aims at pursuing a…

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