Veganism is the hottest food trend in Israel

Amira, a housewife belonging to the Druze community, is busy chopping vegetables in her home in Dalyat el Carmel, a serene and quaint town in the Carmel mountains near Israel’s Haifa city. It takes her about an hour to roll out five vegan Middle Eastern dishes which are fresh and healthy. Veganism has gained popularity in Israel and is a growing trend. Most of the ingredients used by Amira are there in an Indian kitchen and this came to me as a surprise. Vegan food in Israel is very diverse…

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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 Exotic Salads From Around The World

Salads are often characterized as boring and tasteless. They come to the rescue of almost all health freaks who are trying to shed some extra kilos. However, not all salads are bland and boring. Quite often, what you see is not always true and same is in the case of salads. People could only think of them as a standby option for real meals, but they are way more expressive than what they look like. We have curated a list of amazing yet luscious varieties of salads from around the world…

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Patishapta: What Makes The Bengali Stuffed Crepe Treat A Spring Favourite

Bengalis and their affection for sweets is no hidden secret. Making the most of available ingredients is a craft Bengalis mastered years ago and some of the best exhibit of this expertise can be seen in their sweets. The world of confection churned just of chenna(spilt milk), cottage cheese or gur(jaggery) can boggle the most sound minds at times, and then there are a dozen more sweets  made outside of these favourites too . Did you know? A significant portion of Bengal was also called ‘Gour Banga’ in the medieval times. This was…

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Bento Box: The Traditional Japanese Lunch Box That Is Both Healthy And ‘Too Pretty To Eat’!

We live a highly globalized world and exchange of diet and nutrition secrets between the remotest of cultures has become very commonplace. The world has learned a lot, for example, from Indian Ayurveda or ancient Chinese medicine and the wealth of both these Asian practices has reached every corner of the world. Similarly, every culture has something or the other of importance to offer. The Japanese single-portion take-out or home-packed meal, known as a bento box, is also a shining example of a cultural diet that has encouraged the idea…

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The Hidden Causes Of Midnight Snacking

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is quite important for body’s proper functioning. Even after eating healthy throughout the day, those sudden midnight hunger pangs can possibly break the deal. Midnight cravings are not really healthy as they tend to promote obesityand weight gain. Munching on those cookies and chips late at night could possibly give you a sugar rush and can cause an interrupted metabolism. Here are some of the hidden causes of those odd hour hunger pangs. Poor Nutrition Intake Having big meals will not hold any importance if the food that you’re consuming…

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Deepika Padukone Rocks The Ponytail Like Nobody Else. See Pics For Proof

It’s Deepika’s hairstyle of choice for good reason The moment Deepika Padukone strutted into Bollywood with those legs for days, she won many, many titles – and hearts – in the bargain. She’s been called astylista for her impeccable appearances, a role model for taking a stand on many issues ranging from depression to Padmavat and now, ponytail professional because, hot damn, does this lady look phenomenal in a ponytail or what. Not only does Deepika have shampoo ad-worthy hair (she advertises a hair oil), it looks great up or…

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Struggling to fall asleep? Make a ‘to-do’ list before hitting the bed for better sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Jotting down your “to-do” list just before bedtime can help you doze off quickly, scientists say. Researchers from Baylor University in the US compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus those who chronicled completed activities. “We live in a 24/7 culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry about unfinished tasks at bedtime,” said Michael K Scullin, assistant professor at Baylor University. “Most people just cycle through their to-do lists…

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Mochi Ice Cream: The New Trendy Dessert in Town

If you’re bored of having those regular scoops of chocolate ice creams and want to surprise your tastebuds with something new and exciting, then go for these Mochi ice creams. Mochi ice-cream is the latest in-thing in the food industry and has already created a storm in restaurant kitchens across the globe. This Japanese speciality is rich and creamy. Its velvety texture melts in the mouth with the first bite itself. What makes it different from the usual ones is that it is wrapped inside a soft fluffy dough and…

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Mutton Chops: The Spicy Mutton Cutlet That Is Every Bengali’s Go-To Snack

It was slightly hard for my Kolkata based aunt to adjust to the ways of Delhi. In her last visit, one of the most bizarre things that she pointed out was us having teawith no or bare minimum snacks in the evenings. Back in Bengal, chai-time is incomplete without a round of complimentary snacks. The wide array of snacksincludes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. According to food critic Bikramjit Ray, “One of the specialties of Bengal is that they have such wholesome non-vegetarian snacks. If you see snacks across the country, they…

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