Navratri 2017 Recipes: 5 Delicious Paneer Recipes to Try at Home

Navratri 2017 starts from 21st September. The nine days of festivities will also see many devotees observing a fast. This is the period when many households, particularly in North India and Gujarat, follow a restricted diet without the use of onions, garlic, whole grains, non veg, table salt, pulses, and certain spices and vegetables. Milk and dairy products are however allowed, and therefore various kinds of vrat dishes are created during this festival making the most of dairy products, particularly paneer. Paneer or cottage cheese is a popular vegetarian treat, and can be prepared in myriad ways to delight…

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6 Low Carb Dinner Ideas You Can Try At Home to Lose Weight

From white rice to naan and from papad to pakodas, a typical Indian diet is full of carbohydrates. While carbs are one of the three most essential macronutrients required by the body, you must pay attention to the type and quantity of carbs that you consume. Simple carbs like refined flour and sugar can cause sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels which can have a negative impact on your metabolism. If you are looking to lose weight, you must have heard that reducing your carb intake and increasing your protein intake…

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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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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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Chow Chow Bhath: Karnataka’s Popular Meal Combo You Need to Try

If there’s one thing you can take for granted in Bengaluru, it’s how almost every dish at the city’s traditional eateries is served piping hot. ‘Bisi’ is the Kannada word for hot and it’s the prefix in the region’s favourite mixed rice – Bisi Bele Bhath. There’s another dish that’s usually served ‘bisi’, it’s one of my ‘go to’ breakfast or anytime dishes in the city – Chow Chow Bhath. It’s essentially two dishes brought together on a single platter. There’s the spicy Kara Bhath or Uppitu (or what is…

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8 Lip-Smacking Keema Recipes That You Must Try

Keema is a traditional meat delicacy popular across the Indian subcontinent. The word ‘Keema’ is believed to have been borrowed from the Turkish word ‘Kıyma’, which means minced meat. Keema  was a popular breakfast staple in the Awadhi cuisine during medieval India. It was an age when the royal families took their culinary affairs almost  as seriously as their administration. The khansamas (royal cooks) of  several Mughal rulers and Nawabs, invented many keema delicacies to please their beloved king and the royal appetite of the court. One of the most…

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Dishing Out Snacks Using Dal – 10 Stellar Recipes to Try

India runs on dal, there is no doubt about it. Explore the northern belt of the country and you will find a unique preparation of dal enjoyed in every household. Lunch hour here is never complete without a bowlful of steaming arahar dal. The preparation goes on to attaining the status of the ultimate comfort food of the country. “Dals are used in many ways. They can be cooked into thick, medium and thin preparations, exemplified by the meetamasoor dal of the north, the spicy tuar sambar of the South or the soup-like rasam based again on tuar. These are regular accompaniments…

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Feni: The Famous Cashew Fruit Liquor from Goa You Must try

It wouldn’t be wrong to deem the thriving party capital of the country – Goa – as one of country’s richest culinary hotspots too. An erstwhile Portuguese colony, Goa has successfully managed to retain its vintage charm through its local customs and food. And one such Portuguese contribution to the beverages of the subcontinent is Feni. Food historian KT Acharya in his book, A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food, describes Feni as the “Distilled liquour with a distinctive flavour developed in Goa by Catholic monks from the red ‘fruit’of the…

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Five to Try: Titanfall: Assault lands on Android, and Kevin Hart launches Laugh Out Loud

If you’re in need of new and interesting Android apps and games to check out this weekend, then look no further: We have five of the week’s biggest Play Store debuts and updates collected here in our latest Five to Try column. Titanfall: Assault transforms the exhilarating mech shooter franchise into an intriguing card-based battle for control, while Kevin Hart’s new Laugh Out Loud streaming app serves up original comedy shows in both free and paid varieties. And if you want further options, then Motorsport Manager Mobile 2, Samsung’s no-longer-exclusive Internet Browser,…

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8 Traditional Snacks from Andhra Pradesh that You Will Want to Try this Monsoon

Andhra Pradesh is known for its traditionally spicy local cuisines. The inevitable use of a variety of indigenous spices and homemade spice mix makes it unique. Besides its meaty curries and biryani, it is also famous for its snacks. Snack-time is probably the best and you can make it better by trying something new. Here are eight exciting Andhra snacks to pair with a hot cup of tea. Dig in. 1. Pesarattu   Pesarattu is a dosa like preparation native to Andhra Pradesh. It is made with green gram and is eaten as a snack…

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