7 types of Idlis you should know about before visiting South India

1. Simply delicious! Idli is one of the most popular breakfasts in South Indian households. Idli contains no fat, no saturated fat and no cholesterol. They are quite filling, nutritious and must be included by all weight-watchers in their diet. These healthy idli recipes will help you flatten your belly while satisfying your tastebuds at the same time.These are made in different ways, each differ in portion of rice, semolina, yogurt and spices. Here are 7 interesting varieties of idli that are easy-to-make, low in calories and absolutely delicious : 2. Vegetable…

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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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What You Should Know About the Pro-Vegan Netflix Film ‘What the Health’

The recent pro-vegan Netflix documentary, What the Health, is under fire from nutrition experts. The film, which is co-directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn—the creators of another Netflix documentary, Cowspiracy—and co-produced by actor Joaquin Phoenix, is being criticized by some health professionals for exaggerating weak data and misrepresenting science to promote a diet that avoids all animal foods. TIME fact-checked the film. Here are four things that What the Health got wrong—and what it got right. No, eggs are not as bad for you as cigarettes The documentary claims that eating an egg a day is as bad for…

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10 Wonderful Cardamom Benefits You Should Definitely Know About

For all those who have been shying away from this wonderful spice, it’s time to embrace it and we’ll give you enough reasons to do so. Cardamom is an aromatic seed pod used in many Indian preparations such as a creamy kheer or a rich biryani. It lends a distinct aroma and a sweet flavour. which makes the dish almost intriguing. Not just this, cardamoms are also prized for their health benefits and healing qualities. According to Ayurveda Expert, Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi, “Cardamom is often used as a flavouring agent and comes under the category…

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Study abroad in Hong Kong: Know available courses, eligibility, admission procedure

When pursuing higher education abroad, one need not look far to the west. Adding to the perk of it being a part of a neighbouring nation, Hong Kong even has seven out of 20 world-class institutions which have been ranked among QS University World Rankings 2018. The city is not only known for its high quality of education which follows a pattern similar to the UK’s English system, it is also the melting pot of Western and Asian cultures. Among the best taught subjects at Hong Kong universities are business and management…

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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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Here’s What You Need to Know About VK Sasikala’s ‘VIP’ Lifestyle in Jail

Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in the 21-year-old disproportionate assets case. The interim AIADMK general secretary, a close aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, was named in the Rs 66 crore corruption case along with the latter and is barred from contesting for elections for 10 years. File image of VK Sasikala. (Image: PTI) New Delhi: After major controversy over AIADMK leader VK Sasikala having paid bribes and getting VIP treatment in the Bengaluru prison, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has ordered an inquiry into allegations made by…

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Everything You Need to Know About Cake Frosting

Come any occasion, be it birthdays, anniversaries or weddings, cakes are our go-to desserts to signify a sweet beginning. We all have a sweet corner for cakes and you would agree we love gorging on to these creamy and frosty delights. However, if you love baking cake, you would also know the effort that goes into frosting and icing the cake. It’s not particularly an easy task, but a rewarding one for sure. There are also many types of cake frosting that you could experiment with to create spectacular cakes. So…

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Lifestyle change: “I know what to do, I just need to do it…but how?”

I hear this nearly every day in my primary care clinic. Many of my patients are overweight or obese, which mirrors the national trend: two out of three adults in the US are overweight or obese. Many of these folks suffer from medical issues such as low back, hip, knee, and foot pain; asthma; obstructive sleep apnea; fatty liver; type 2 diabetes; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; or depression. We know that these conditions often improve with weight loss. So, I often recommend weight loss as a first step in…

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World Cuisine: Know the Difference Between Continental Food and Oriental Food

Different cuisines prepared in different regions across the world have stories to tell about its place, tradition and culture. From Chinese to Continental, Lebanese to Japanese and Indian, all of them have a taste of their own. We all love to savour delicacies from around the world, especially since they are easily available in India now. However, there’s always been a confusion between continental and oriental food, generally mistaken as one kind. According to Chef Irfan Pabaney from The Sassy Spoon, Mumbai, “the major difference between these two kinds of…

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