Like Chhaunk and Cheese: The ongoing revival of French food and restaurants in India invites a comparison between these two great cuisines

Years ago, Paris-based filmmaker and novelist Vijay Singh recalls taking an Indian friend to a dinner at a French friend’s house. “When the main dish arrived, I turned to him and asked, ‘Is the steak okay for you?’ He smiled and said, ‘Excellent’. A minute later, he muttered from behind his napkin, ‘Rest is fine, it just needs a little chhaunk’” (an Indian mode of tempering to release the flavours of spices). This delightful little anecdote illustrates how differently French and Indians view food. At first look (and taste), the…

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Will Alibaba’s planned investment in Zomato disrupt the food-tech space?

Online restaurant finder and food delivery platform Zomato may receive a whopping $200 million (Rs 1,283 crore) from Chinese e-tailing behemoth Alibaba, media reports said. Mint and The Economic Times, cited unnamed people saying that Zomato will be valued at $800 million-$1 billion for this round of funding by Alibaba’s payments arm Ant Financial Services Group, or Alipay. Email queries to Alibaba did not elicit any response, while a Zomato spokesperson told VCCircle that the company “does not comment on rumours and speculations”. Zomato has been in the market to raise…

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Remember Super 30? Now there is a super-60 in Rajasthan for government jobs

Just like Bihar’s Super 30 which helps unprivileged students achieve academic success in engineering, a couple in Dausa, Rajasthan, are offering free couching to help students clear competitive exams. Seema and Vinod Meena have been running ‘Nishulk Guidance Classes’ for poor and deprived youths from tribal regions to chase their dreams. They select 60 students after a screening process and coach them to clear exams for government jobs. The couple are 39 and 41 years old and both are teachers at government schools. “I appeared in the IAS interview thrice…

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UNESCO’s new campus inaugurated in Delhi

UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, along with Prakash Javadekar jointly inaugurated the new premises of Unesco, New Delhi. Representative image UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, along with the HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar jointly inaugurated the new premises of Unesco, New Delhi, cluster office at Chanakyapuri, on Wednesday. The designer of the building, provided by the Centre, Satish Gujral was also present at the ceremony. As per a TOI report, Bokova said, “This building stands as a symbol of the values shared by India and Unesco, of our belief in the…

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Google Maps Now Shows Parking Spots, Gets Parking Difficulty Icon in More Cities

HIGHLIGHTS Google Maps is adding a new feature that car-riders will appreciate The company is also bringing Parking Spot feature to more cities Neither of the features are available in India just yet You can now count on Google Maps to help you find good parking spots in crowded malls and other places, thanks to the latest effort from Google as it continues to push the reach and use cases of its mapping service. Android users who rely on Google Maps will now see a new Find parking option when they type a destination, Google said….

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4 foods you only get to enjoy in the Ashanti Region

Ashanti Region; land of the Golden stool is the cultural heartbeat of Ghana. The region can boast of many natural resources, beautiful natural sceneries and many tourist attractions. The people of  Ashanti region are deep rooted in culture and tradition. They warmly received people from other regions and as tradition demands, serve them with sumptuous meals. Their peculiar local  cuisines distinguishes them from others region. Why not travel this weekend to Ashanti Region to explore, learn their rich culture and try new cuisines. 1. Fufu and Goat light soup Fufu…

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Love Dosas? Try These Innovative Varieties in Delhi

Some things can spell magic in dire situations. A bite of pillowy, crisp dosa doused in coconut chutney and sambar can make most of us forget about the petty struggles of our routine. Are you one of those who finds the aroma of freshly made dosa spellbinding? Biting into this South Indian delicacy meticulously made into thin pancakes and stuffed with the choicest of filings is one of the simplest pleasures in life While nothing can beat the classic masala dosa, its rava cousins and others in the family offer a range of variety to the demanding palate. For those…

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Your New Favorite Way To Eat Chicken Parm: In A Crunchwrap!

If you’ve ever hung around in the Delish kitchen, you know we’re a little crazy. (In a good way, I hope.) It’s because there are no rules here! We’re constantly striving to outdo ourselves with our culinary creations, which has inevitably lead to many weird food mashups. Quesadilla burger, anyone? This Chicken Parm Crunchwrap is our newest hybrid baby, and though it sounds a little odd, it’s insanely amazing. If you’re an Italian food purist, hear me out. My problem with all chicken parm sandwiches — whether you call it a sub, grinder, or…

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Make India a world leader in field of knowledge: Super 30 founder Anand Kumar

Indian-Americans must contribute more to make India the world leader in the field of knowledge, Super 30 founder Mathematician Anand Kumar has said. “Now, we all should come together to help India achieve its old status of world leader in the field of knowledge,” he said at the India Day parade at Madison Square Monday in New York. He said India always has had a rich legacy in the field of education and “we must contribute to see our country world leader in this knowledge era.” Speaking at the event…

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Award winning ‘Kanyashree Project’ to be included in school curriculum: WBBSE

Mamta Banerjee’s ‘Kanyashree’ project will soon be included in the school curriculum by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE). A senior WBBSE official told PTI, “The process to include ‘Kanyashree’ project in our curriculum is going on. We are awaiting for the final approval from the government.” Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had in June said, “Our government wants to let the future generation to be aware about the path breaking ‘Kanayshree’ project and how it received award from the UN Assistant Secretary General at the World Forum, The…

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