Paya Soup: The Perfect Winter Stew To Beat the Chill

Loving the nip in the air? We are sure you are. With winters, come its share of cravings and indulgences. From Gajar ka Halwato Moong Dal ka Halwa to Hot Chocolate. Winter treats have decadence written all over them. But what if we tell you not all your winter cravings need to take your dieting plans for a toss? Some of these treats are also traditional treats were also a way to bolster your immunity that tends to take a dip as the temperatures decline. One such healthy treat you must load up on in…

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Top Winter Foods By Ayurveda For Your Diet This Season

According to Ayurvedacharya Dr. Partap Chauhan, Director Jiva Ayurveda, “Ayurveda believes that there are three types of immunity: 1. Sahaj (hereditary), or immunity you’re born with. 2. Kalaj (seasonal), or immunity that comes and goes with seasons/age/time. 3. Yuktikrit (established), or immunity you can develop with a regular and balanced diet, and systemic practice of yoga. It is the third type of immunity we want to bolster during the winters, which you can easily do by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Here’s our guide to eating healthy and staying strong this…

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What’s On The Thela? 10 Winter Special Treats You Shouldn’t Miss!

The chill is in the air, you can smell the roasting of peanuts and popcorns from the nook and corners of your street. The wintery chill make us want to nibble on warming foods, thankfully the next door thela-wallah has all the goodies you are looking for. Selling an assortment of interesting snacking options ranging from murmura to gajak, from ajwain mathris to gur ladoos, these thelas can be found parked every afternoon near offices and metro stations. Recently, we happened to pass by a thela (push-cart) and what caught our attention were these locally made namkeens, gajaks, chips…

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Cooking with Winter Berries: 4 Ways to Make the Most of Them

Every time November comes around, I start getting excited about all the wintry produce that makes its way into my kitchen. There’s delicate, pearly ponkh, and sturdy sweet-fleshed yams. There’s mogri (rat-tail radish), and amba haldi, which looks and tastes like a cross between ginger, turmeric and mango. Fresh leafy greens such as sarson and bathua pile up in my vegetable crisper. My lovely Gujarati neighbour sends around a bowlful of homemade undhiyu. And yet, winter wouldn’t be winter without the profusion of berries that swell my shopping bag, every time I return from a visit…

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Winter Warmers: Do You Know The Difference Between Stew, Soup, Stock and Broths?

Winter is finally here and we can’t express the amount of delight we get out of curling up inside our blanket and slurping on some heartwarming soup. While the world of winter warmers may swing between broths, stews, chowder and soups, it is good to know what makes each one of them different from the other. But, why exactly should we take the pain to differentiate between them? Well, if you think there is a world of a difference between pilafs, biryani, fried rice and pulao, then trust us, this would be an equally enlightening…

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What is Gondh? A Look at Its Health Benefits and Why You Must Include It In Your Winter Diet

Gondh or edible gum is widely used in dishing out nutritionally loaded preparations; one of its most popular uses in India is while preparing nourishing laddoos that are usually consumed by pregnant and lactating women and by those recovering from an illness. Edible gum is usually sourced from plant gums, essentially derived from Middle Eastern legume or acacia plants. Alternatively known as Tragacanth or acacia gum, this natural gum is procured after drying the sap of a variety of gum-producing plants found in the Middle East and parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and…

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Panjiri: A Warming Winter Favourite Like No Other

The early winds of winter have taken over the Northern belt of the country and seasonal staples are slowly, but surely, making inroads into our kitchens. If you happen to reside in the Northern part of the country, or have friends who live here, you would be aware of the perennial love-hate relationship we share with winters. When the temperatures dip to a point that you can’t even feel your hands, when none of the woolen clothes are able to save you from the nasty cough, cold and sore throat,…

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10 Ingenious Tips To Make the Perfect Sarson Da Saag This Winter

Winter is here and so is the season of green vegetables; groceries are flooding with beautiful winter greens including bathua, cholai, sarso, methi and palakand we couldn’t be more excited. As we embrace the chilly winter, Punjabi special Sarso da Saag (Sarso ka Saag) lathered with a dollop of white butter along with Makke ki Roti will be our go-to meal during this time. Not only is this a healthy meal, but also makes for an ultimate winter comfort food. Sarson ka Saag is not an easy dish to prepare considering it takes lot of…

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Warm Your Tummy This Winter With These 5 Special Comfort Food Recipes

Break-ups, fights, terminations and losing a loved one are events which do not have a season. And guess what’s common in all of them and other similar situations? Grief. Nah! Just kidding, it’s comfort food people! It always is. You know when you are sad or angry, all you need is food and not just any kind of food, comfort food. Comfort foods have a way of soothing any stressed soul like nothing else can. For some it may be a tub of ice-cream, for others it could be homemade rajma-chawal….

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Early Winter Session likely to help GST rollout

In a bid to roll out the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) from April 1 next year, the Modi government is considering advancing the winter session of Parliament to pass the Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) Bills, and pave the way for the implementation of the new tax regime. The session is generally convened in the third or fourth week of November. The government, however, is looking to start the session from the first fortnight of November, just after the festival season. [Source:-The Hindu]

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