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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How to Make a Sinful Fruit Trifle, the Showstopper Dessert

No celebration is complete without relishing a sinful dessert to add to the sweetness. Be it a bowl of ice cream, a ghee-soaked ladoo, gulab jamun or chocolate cake, desserts always occupy a special place on the dining table. It may be the last course of the meal, but one which is most cherished by all. One such dessert that has always been a showstopper in family feasts or community get-togethers is the trifle. The English trifle made its way to India during the colonial rule and has remained a favourite ever since. What makes it such a…

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Will Alibaba’s planned investment in Zomato disrupt the food-tech space?

Online restaurant finder and food delivery platform Zomato may receive a whopping $200 million (Rs 1,283 crore) from Chinese e-tailing behemoth Alibaba, media reports said. Mint and The Economic Times, cited unnamed people saying that Zomato will be valued at $800 million-$1 billion for this round of funding by Alibaba’s payments arm Ant Financial Services Group, or Alipay. Email queries to Alibaba did not elicit any response, while a Zomato spokesperson told VCCircle that the company “does not comment on rumours and speculations”. Zomato has been in the market to raise…

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4 foods you only get to enjoy in the Ashanti Region

Ashanti Region; land of the Golden stool is the cultural heartbeat of Ghana. The region can boast of many natural resources, beautiful natural sceneries and many tourist attractions. The people of  Ashanti region are deep rooted in culture and tradition. They warmly received people from other regions and as tradition demands, serve them with sumptuous meals. Their peculiar local  cuisines distinguishes them from others region. Why not travel this weekend to Ashanti Region to explore, learn their rich culture and try new cuisines. 1. Fufu and Goat light soup Fufu…

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Fashion’s Space Race: Why The Spacesuit Is A Huge Future Branding Opportunity For Designers

The mock rocket launch at Chanel’s fall 2017 Paris Fashion Week show (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Space travel has long been a source of inspiration to the fashion industry. When the space race between the Soviet Union and the US was underway in the 1960s, it influenced designers including Paco Rabanne, Courrèges and Pierre Cardin into all manner of both sculptural and streamlined looks. High fashion houses since have regularly referenced everything and anything related to the galaxy, the fantasy of its contents and the way in which we…

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An Automated Cricket Farm Could Bring Bug-Based Food to the Masses

Cricket company Aspire has created a massive farm to raise crickets that will be used to make mainstream snacks. The hope is to provide a better source of protein, while also reducing the carbon and land footprint that stems from producing beef. A BETTER SOURCE OF PROTEIN Crickets are a good source of protein, provided you can work up the courage to eat one. In order to offset the harmful effects that come with relying on beef, however, we need to turn to another source, and our best option may come…

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Uttarakhand Food: A Beginner’s Guide to the Cuisines of Kumaon and Garhwal

In an old wooden house in Bhatoli, a small village a few kilometres away from Mussoorie, Kiran, the sarpanch’s young daughter-in-law is cooking us breakfast. Bhatoli is a relatively prosperous village. The villagers here largely depend on the maize they grow for food and fodder. Yet, the food here-as in all regions of Uttaranchal-remains simple, basic fare. Whatever is locally grown is consumed: There is no complex spicing, no rich ingredients and even the feasts are relatively simple. It is ironical then that so much of what has been part of the…

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The Perfect Sambar: Tips and Trick to Cook it to Perfection + A Recipe to Try At Home

There are few things on this earth that are truly ambrosial on the palate – a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, a silken piece of dark chocolate cake and of course a steaming bowlful of sambar among others. The humble sambar is well travelled; to an extent that every region in the country has accepted its idiosyncrasy and played with indigenous spices to arrive at an equally interesting version. There is no denying that the traditional sambarvaries within the boundaries of Southern states as well. How a bowl of sambar tastes in Bengaluru will be different from…

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: 10 Popular Bhog to Offer to Lord Ganesha During the Festival

  The 10-day long extravaganza is here. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most widely celebrated festivals across the subcontinent, especially in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Ganesh Chaturthi kickstarted with much fervour on the 25th August 2017, and the festival will go on till 5th September. Devotees have already brought home beautifully sculpted and painted Ganesha idols. Pandals are also set with grand idols of the deity. Sweet shops have lined their counters with delicious variety of modaks, barfis and ladoos. For the next 10 days, devotees will shower their beloved deity with flowers, prasad, bhog,…

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500 strong Experience Team to test the LG V30 for a month

LG is seeking volunteers for the LG V30 National Experience Team, which will get to try out the upcoming flagship before the retail launch. In total, 500 people from South Korea will be selected between August 22 and 28. That’s more than double the number of testers chosen for the LG G6. You’ll need to visit this site – www.v30-try.co.kr – to answer a questionnaire and enter your social networking account. Keep in mind that 200,000 people tried out for the LG G6 team and only 210 were selected. Still, if you do get…

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