Durga Puja 2017 Special: Kasundi, Bengali Cuisine’s Favourite Mustard Sauce

A Bengali feast is an elaborate spread of myriad flavours that will have you raving about the delicacies for days to come. With Durga Puja right round the corner, this is the perfect time to indulge in authentic Bengali dishes, best had at a Bengali friend’s residence. From Fish Chops and Devilled Eggs to Kosha Mangsho, Bhapa Ilish, Bhetki Paturi and Mishti Doi, you will be spoilt for choice. And if you are among those who enjoy pungency in your food, then you definitely will notice the potency of Bengal’s favourite mustard sauce…

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Navratri 2017 Special: What is Sabudana Made of?

Come Navratri or any other Indian festival where devotees observe a fast, sabudanabecomes an essential ingredient during the fasting period. The little sabudana pearls can be cooked in myriad ways to create lip-smacking dishes that not just provide essential energy during fasting, but also with flavours to relish inspite of following a restricted diet. No Navratri is complete without savouring sabudana khichdi or sabudana vadas along with family and friends. Spiked with a handful of aromatic spices, fresh herbs and crunchy nuts, these treats are immensely relishing. Since whole grains are not allowed during the fasting period, so the question…

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Tastes Gujarati Food in India: 5 Special Dishes That Make a Gujarati Thali Unique

Japan’s Prime Minster Shinzo Abe arrived in India along with his wife Akie Abe yesterday – 13thSeptember 2017, for a two-day visit during which he will be visiting the state of Gujarat. There has been a lot of talk about him being served a vegetarian ‘Gujarati Thali’ for dinner last night, which was organised specially by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for him at a beautiful and famous rooftop restaurant in Ahmedabad called Agashiye. The restaurant is particularly known for its splendid view of some heritage monuments in the city such as the…

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Weekend Special: Pan Fried Paneer Tikka

Paneer or fresh cottage cheese, a popular ingredient of Indian cuisine, is a favourite among most vegetarians. It is also an important source of protein and calcium. Pan frying them is easy and tasty. Just mix paneer with other ingredients and shallow fry. Marinating it gives a good crusty outer layer. It makes a good evening snack or a starter for a party. Here is a quick and easy recipe that does not need long hours of slogging in the kitchen. Serves – 8-10; Preparation Time – 15 minutes; Cooking Time…

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Ramzan Special: Dahi Phulki, a Neglected Iftar Dish That Resembles Dahi Vada

Come Ramzan and even the non-devout want to feast on Iftar eats, as the sun sets and the strenuous fast is broken. In fact, the line up of goodies waiting to be consumed by people on Ramzan food walks in the old quarters of cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad, and during the now trending Iftar parties has only got more elaborate down the years. However, in all the food prose celebrating kebab and biryani, haleem, nargisi kofte and baqarkhani, what sometimes gets overlooked is simple home-style snacks that traditionally…

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Gowd Saraswat Cuisine, Where Fish Dishes Hold a Special Place

There are a clutch of interesting legends and stories that are wrapped around the community of Gowd Saraswats, but perhaps the tale that is most relevant to us is the one that deals with how they started to eat fish. The story goes that the Gowd Saraswat Brahmins (GSB) lived a chaste, vegetarian existence until the Saraswati river dried up. “The inclusion of fish in the diet is not looked upon as non vegetarian,” write Annapoorna Nayak and Maya Shenoi, in the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin’s Cookbook . “Legend has it…

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Summer Special: 4 Delicious Ways to Beat the Heat in Delhi

Summer 2017 is getting really hot, but don’t let it dampen your food-loving spirit. With various restaurants and eateries offering refreshing summer-inspired dishes to tantalise your tastebuds this season as well as keep your system cool , you have more reasons to head out and indulge than let the heat get the best of you. And by this if you thought we were referring to living only on salads and iced beverages for the entire season, you are in for a big surprise. Delhi folks, go on and make the…

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Iftar Special: How to Cook Raan and Secret Tricks to Make the Meat Tender

Ramadan is not only that auspicious month in the Islamic calendar, but also a chance for people across different cultures to get a taste of some of the most mouth-watering and sought after festive dishes, cooked with utmost dexterity. One such example is the raan, which is popularly cooked during Iftar, and is a must try for all the meat lovers out there. Once considered a great finger licking experience for the great Mughal Kings, it goes way back to nomadic roots, developing in campfires and military kitchens in Central…

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Mosul battle: Iraqi special forces enter city limits

Iraqi forces have for the first time entered the eastern outskirts of Mosul, as they attempt to drive Islamic State (IS) militants from the northern city. A BBC correspondent travelling with the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) troops says they are facing fierce resistance as they push into the Kukjali area. Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine-guns are being fired at them. Units of the army’s ninth division are meanwhile said to be bearing down on south-eastern districts of the city. On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the 3,000 to 5,000…

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Russia to build a ‘tactical city’ for special anti-terror forces

Russia is to build a special complex dedicated entirely to preparing special forces that will be able to take decisive action in the event of a terrorist attack. According to Yulia Plavinskaya, communications director at the future International Training Center for the Special Forces, the private center will be built in Gudermes, in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya (1,150 miles south of Moscow), in 2018. In the words of the region’s president Ramzan Kadyrov, construction is being financed by Russian investments. However, he has not said exactly which companies…

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