Up and Above: French chef Claude Bosi on marrying Indian ingredients with French techniques

Though he never helped out his parents at the bistro they ran in Lyon, for the now two Michelin starred chef Claude Bosi, picking cooking as his profession came easy. “I’ve grown up around this life and food came naturally to me,” says Bosi, cutting an imposing figure seated at Indian Accent at The Lodhi in Delhi. Visiting the capital to kick-off the Upstairs section at the swish restaurant, the French chef, accompanied by his team from the famed Bibendum — established in 1987 in the Michelin House in London…

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Malpua: The Sweet Indian Pancake Dish Which Has Been India’s Winter Obsession For Over 3000 Years

There is something about winters and the winter-spring cusps that automatically tends us towards desserts. As Indians, we are spoilt for choices too. From gajar ka halwa to the wholesome moong dal ka halwa or the chewy pinni or the decadent patishapta, there is so much to pick and choose, and we are not complaining. Malpua is one such winter-spring treat we can never say no to. Malpua is an Indian pancake-like-dessert which is made of rice flour in oodles of ghee and sugar syrup. The traditional sweet has been a festive staple since eons. For the…

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10 Delectable South Indian Recipes In Hindi

India boasts of a wide array of cuisines from all over the country; the mélange of spices makes them even more special. One such region, with a rich culinary heritage, is South India, which offers a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Each state proudly holds its own uniqueness and use of rare spices, which is why it is also known as the ‘land of spices’. With its five states, South Indian cuisine is extremely different from it North Indian counterpart and needless to say their cuisines are rooted in…

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10 dishes that you cannot escape at an Indian wedding

1. Scrumptious wedding affair! In India, a wedding is more than the holy union of two people. It is an opportunity to celebrate and indulge. For Indians, no celebration is complete without guests, music, dance, lights, dazzling clothes and the most important of all, loads and loads of scrumptious foods. For the guests too, the first thing that comes in the mind seeing an invitation card is the food. In fact, often the looks of the card is used in gauging the quality of food that is likely to be…

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6 Most Unhealthy Indian Street Foods You Must Avoid

Be it salty, greasy, spicy or sweet, there is no taste that our wide array of Indian street food can’t please. And let’s admit it, in the present nippy weather it becomes all the more tough to resist these mouthwatering temptations lined across every nook and cranny of your city, teasing you to indulge. To our good fortune, there are options galore! From Dahi Bhalla, kachoris and pakodas to momos. But before you binge into your favourite Indian street food, it is always good to know the larger impact it…

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Count Your Calories: Here’s How Your Average Indian Lunch Thali Features On The Calorie Chart

One of the thumb rules for weight loss is to keep a track on your calorie intake. If you are on a weight reduction diet or are even remotely aware of the diet and fitness world, you may have heard the most common weight loss advice of burning calories is to burn fat. Calorie is a unit of measurement indicating the amount of energy released when the body breaks down (digests and absorbs) food. As the food breaks down and is digested, it releases calories. When it releases more calories than needed…

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The many faces of Kheer: Think the famous rice pudding is an Indian invention? You will be surprised!

Have you ever wondered what is it about kheer that makes it such an endearing sweet dish? Aside the fact that almost anyone can make it, what really works in favour of this ancient sweet dish – which even Ayurveda recommends in its list of happy food for good health – is that it is an extremely versatile dish. You can make a kheer out of most of the fruits and vegetables known to the culinary world – from the famous apple kheer to bottle gourd to jackfruit and even almond that…

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Mulligatawny Soup: How Soup Met Rasam and Became a Favourite Anglo Indian Dish

Soups are comfort food, especially during monsoons. The nourishing nature of soups, cooked with the goodness of spices, herbs, vegetables and meats, acts as a shield against various infections. There are countless variations of soups that are a part of Indian culinary repertoire. However, India boasts of this ‘English’ yet Tamilian soup with an uncanny past – the Mulligatawny Soup. A hybrid of soup and rasam, it makes for a very popular starter in many fine dining restaurants across the country and around the world. Mulligatawny is a Tamil word…

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11 Ingenious Grilling Hacks for Indian Tikkas You Would Want to Know

Monsoons not only bring respite from the sweltering heat, but also give us the perfect weather to enjoy some sinful food. It’s an ideal weather to dig into some hot-off-the-barbecue grilled items . The smoky flavor and charred texture can easily get you addicted. Celebrity Chef Sadaf Hussain, Contestant of MasterChef India 2016, tells us that we must thank Babur for his fear of choking which probably lead to the creation of tikkas. He was so afraid of choking on the big pieces of chicken that he ordered his Punjabi cooks…

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Nagaland Food: A Beginner’s Guide to this Northeast Indian Cuisine

When it comes to food, there are so many endearing qualities about the Nagas. And I particularly love my Naga friends for many culinary reasons. In their company, one gets to eat really yummy food. Nagas are hospitable and they are known for their large heartedness. Land up in any Naga home – back in Nagaland or, in any metro cities where they are increasingly making a presence, they will manifest their hospitality on the table so much so that it’s hard to resist not over eating. They can cook a…

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