Panjiri: A Warming Winter Favourite Like No Other

The early winds of winter have taken over the Northern belt of the country and seasonal staples are slowly, but surely, making inroads into our kitchens. If you happen to reside in the Northern part of the country, or have friends who live here, you would be aware of the perennial love-hate relationship we share with winters. When the temperatures dip to a point that you can’t even feel your hands, when none of the woolen clothes are able to save you from the nasty cough, cold and sore throat,…

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Here’s What the Most Famous Breakfasts from North East India Look Like

The North-Eastern part of India showcases a variety cultures and traditions and a lot of them are reflected in their cuisine and local eats. The regional dishes are a unique blend of flavours and colours and use some exotic ingredients like bamboo shoots, bhut jolokia, fresh fish and other local tubers and greens. The rich cuisine of the North Eastern states is much more than hot momos and spicy chutneys. Here’s how some of the most famous breakfast dishes from each of the beautiful North Eastern states of India look like. Someone rightly said that if you start you…

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How to food-style like a pro

From the absurd (mermaid toast and cloud eggs) to the prosaic (weekend baking and fancy-restaurant food) all sort of food photographs find their way to our social media feeds. Work a little harder to make your own pictures wow-worthy. Food stylists give us a few tricks and a little advice. 1.Ask yourself why you’re shooting a dish Keep in mind whether you’re eating, cooking or feeding. “At a restaurant, food never comes through well, because of the mood lighting. So at the cost of looking rude to fellow diners, take…

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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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You’ve Never Seen Fried Ice Cream Like This Before

Fried ice cream sounds like a lot of things: A complete disaster and the inspiration for Katy Perry’s Hot N Cold are the first couple that come to mind — but, in reality, it’s neither. (Unless Katy Perry isn’t telling us something.) Turns out, when you drop a ball of ice cream coated in cereal or cookie crumbs into a vat of screaming hot oil, it actually frys instead of melting down into an unrecognizable mess. Sam Chau and his brother Nelson started hawking the dessert at local street fairs seven years…

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Chefs on food they would like menus to be free of

I’d like to be able to remove basa fish and garlic bread from my menus. They are both overrated and overused, and restaurants can afford to make much better dishes with much more exciting ingredients. Chef Manu Chandra,  Executive Chef and Partner, Monkey Bar and The Fatty Bao. Though I realise this will annoy a lot of north Indians, I wish we could remove paneerfrom our menus. It’s not south Indian and the only reason it’s present in our thalis is because Delhi people ask for it so often Arun Kumar, Executive Chef, Zambar restaurants I would…

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The Milky Shahi Shikanji in Indore is Nothing Like You’ve Ever Had Before!

The tangy and lemony shikanji that we’ve grown up loving has another cousin that you probably haven’t heard of (unless you’ve traveled to Indore) and surprisingly, they have nothing in common! Planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar, the city of Indore lies at the heart of the Malwa plateau. Today, Indore is the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh and we’re going to talk about the business of food which is a distinctive part of the city – you’ll soon know why. A regular day in Indore starts with a…

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Here’s how to lie about your lifestyle online like Bow Wow

Shad Moss is, ostensibly, a rapper. As Bow Wow, he once had a (I guess) successful hip hop career and released songs that were played. His most notable career achievement — in my humble opinion — is the sports movie epic Like Mike. It is an endearing children’s movie that also includes Bow Wow — then of Lil Bow Wow at-best-four-foot fame — dunking on David Robinson. Anyways, Bow Wow is in hot water once again because he posted on Instagram of him boarding a private jet to New York….

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This Fashion Editor Will Help You Shop Like a Style Insider

When Booth Moore graduated from high school, she didn’t want a car or a EuroRail pass, like most of her friends. Instead, she wanted a southwestern-style blanket coat with silver buttons from Ralph Lauren. She didn’t just want to acquire the coat—she wanted to go buy it herself at the Ralph Lauren Mansion on Madison Avenue. As another graduation gift, one of Moore’s friends drew a picture of her wearing that jacket on the cover of the erstwhile YM magazine, where she interned one summer in high school. To this day, the jacket…

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This gadget makes air-drumming sound like the real thing

Some gadgets are so straightforward they barely need explaining, but here we go anyway: these are a pair of motion-sensitive sensors that you slip onto a pair of drumsticks and that let you play a virtual drum kit anywhere you like. It’s called the Freedrum (get it?) and each unit pairs via Bluetooth to your phone. They use internal gyroscopes to detect motion and run for seven hours on an hour’s charge. A single button turns them on and off, a single LED indicates a solid connection and battery level, and…

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