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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Love Dosas? Try These Innovative Varieties in Delhi

Some things can spell magic in dire situations. A bite of pillowy, crisp dosa doused in coconut chutney and sambar can make most of us forget about the petty struggles of our routine. Are you one of those who finds the aroma of freshly made dosa spellbinding? Biting into this South Indian delicacy meticulously made into thin pancakes and stuffed with the choicest of filings is one of the simplest pleasures in life While nothing can beat the classic masala dosa, its rava cousins and others in the family offer a range of variety to the demanding palate. For those…

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These Wildly Eccentric—And Influential—Fashion Trends Rocked Woodstock

  “Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levi’s to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages,” William S. Burroughs once opined. If it is difficult to imagine the curmudgeonly Burroughs, patron saint of the beat movement, enjoying himself at a music festival—he was invariably clad in a three-piece suit and a felt Homburg hat—the grumpy old man was nevertheless onto something. The beatniks of the 1950s, with On the Road author Jack Kerouac as their spiritual master, did indeed give rise to that million pair of…

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Raksha Bandhan 2017: Make These Easy Low Calorie Sweets For Your Brother

Raksha Bandhan brings back a plethora of memories for me. It marks the official start of the festive season. Right from Rakhi till perhaps the end of the year, there is some festival or the other almost every fortnight. And these celebrations involve copious amounts of mithais! So as kids, my brother and I were constantly hovering in the vicinity of the kitchen – lured by the aromas of sweets and savouries. The choice will spoil you, and yet, the brain will sound alarms of calorie overload. Thanks to the constant experiments…

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Tea time snack: Try making these yummy, healthy Sooji Dhoklas

I came home (India) after almost 5 months, craving for mom’s cooking and all things nice. The first morning, mom made sprouts salad for breakfast and I almost cringed saying I eat this all the time. I told her – This one week that I am at home is my food binge week and I want no healthy stuff. Well we can’t really take ‘healthy’ out of mother’s cooking. My mom doesn’t like to make the traditional besan dhokla but dad loves it so she came up with sooji dhoklas….

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Depression May be Linked with Changing Brain Structures, Try these Herbal Remedies!

Depression is one of the most common ailments in India and around the world and now it has been directly linked with changing structures of the brain. According to a new study published in Scientific Reports conducted by University of Edinburgh depression could lead to changes in brain’s structure. Various alterations were found in the parts of brain known as white matter which contains fiber tracts that enabled brain cells to communicate with one another by electrical signals. White matter plays a vital role in the brain’s wiring and its…

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Fashion: These are summer’s hottest sunglasses trends

SUNGLASSES are an essential part of every summer wardrobe, and not just for eye protection purposes. The right pair of sunnies can turn an average outfit into a triumph, especially if they’re one of the latest crop of celeb-approved shades. Take the shortcut to stellar summer style with these fashionable frames… 1. Nineties cat-eye sunglasses Beloved of Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sofia Richie et al, Le Specs’ narrow, Nineties-esque cat-eye sunglasses have become ubiquitous in paparazzi shots of fashion’s hot young things of late. The good news is that these…

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Make the best barbecued pork ribs with these expert prep and grilling tips

  Grilling can be a bit intimidating, but with a few tips, you can make THIS your summer for success. We spoke to barbecue expert Rick Browne, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Grilling,” and he shared with us his essential tips on grilling summer staples. We’ve covered how to grill burgers, how to grill chickenand how to grill corn, and today we’re turning our attention to ribs. Choosing Cuts when Grilling Ribs Pork ribs, says Browne, are easier to grill and much more popular than beef ribs. His choice for pork ribs…

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Rev up your metabolism with these cheats

Having breakfast jump-starts metabolism and gives you the energy you need (Thinkstock) Women, as they age, need to combat the weight that piles on due to factors like muscle loss, hormones and daily stress. In order to battle unnecessary weight, they need to rev up their slow fat-burning engines. Having foods that boost metabolism, getting adequate sleep and exercising daily is the key. Mind the quantity of food and calories Just cutting down on calories drastically is wrong. If you eat less 1,200 calories in day (approximately or most women)…

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These are the new factions of the Senate health care debate

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here.   Senate Republicans sound a little more upbeat about the prospects for Obamacare repeal. They reviewed their policy options at a conference lunch today, and while they still aren’t ready to make tough policy choices, there was a notable shift from the pessimism Sarah wrote about last week. “We’re getting closer to having a…

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