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8 Trends Indian Foodies Will Embrace In 2016

2016 is here finally. The year 2015 saw a hell lot of openings of restaurants and without a shadow of doubt the year was remarkably great for the food industry. While we ate excellent food and sipped amazing drinks last year, we look forward to a brighter new year in the same perspective.

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What’s Trending in Food space
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The year gave us plenty of memorable eating experiences and as the year wrapped up many made resolutions and follow the latest healthy trends in food and drinks. This also brings to our notice that 2015 had also been a personal-health conscious year where many healthy foods were in vogue and are likely to continue in 2016 as well.

Here take a look at what the New Year has in store for the Indian foodies.

Keeping up a Simple Menu

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Simplicity in Food
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Sophistication can be best defined in terms of simplicity as they say. The year 2015 saw cooking reverting to simple basics and the trend seems to continue this year too. As molecular gastronomy is increasingly becoming popular in India, foodies are also turning towards preparation with the simplest recipes and less of ingredients.

Food is Going Local

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Hyer-local services trending
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The emergence of hyper-local food startups in India has changed the way people here order food and groceries. The local souring has become the new trend amongst the foodies where they prefer consuming locally produced vegetable and much more.

Wholesome Food is in

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Wholesome food
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Unprocessed for is no more the cup of tea for Indian foodies. There is also an increasing aversion for the sugar and people look forward to a healthier lifestyle. People are happy to pay more for wholesome food that is fresh and unprocessed.

Go Green

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Turn Vegan
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Although there isn’t a significant change, many meat eaters turned vegetarian in the last year and the trend seems to see a new high in 2016. In the view to avoid diet-driven health crisis, people are following the west to accept herbivorism. Yet regardless, chicken, meat and fish is what drives most of the food culture in India. Match or the green tea powder is expected to the show stealer this year.

Going Global

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Indian Street Food reaching Big Restaurants
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When a section of the population is turning to a healthy lifestyle, meanwhile the chaats and the irresistible street food of India is going global. These mouth-watering delights have made way to the fine dining restaurants considering that an Indian foodie possibly cannot resist the street food. Thus the New Year would see a lot of fusion food in the restaurants.

Pop-Up Party

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Pop-Up Party Food Stall
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2015 didnt see enough of this and thus it would make way to the New Year. Food stalls set up in big hotels presenting the guests with specialized cuisines is what getting hotter in the food space. They are bringing up lesser known preparations from various parts of the nation taking them back to the roots.

Welcome More Global Food

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2016 would see more from the world cuisine
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Food curious people are sure to experience an even better year as new trends and world cuisines would reflect everywhere in the food space. More specialized cuisines will enter the Indian food market. Along with home delivery trend reaching its peak in 2016, European and Japanese food will also uptrend. Presentations and international ingredients will also take the foodies by storm.

Theme Based Restaurants

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Theme based restaurants is the next big thing
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India would embrace more of concept based restaurant this year. Foodies will focus on getting access to concept-driven experiences. Theme based restaurants will bring in a better repertoire of international and national cuisine, thereby elevating the tastes and comforts.

6 Sweets for A Scrumptious Sankranti

It’s Sakranti in Bengal, Bihu in Assam, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Makar Sakranti in Maharashtra or Pongal for Tamil Nadu.

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Sankranti Celebration in India
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Sankranti, the harvest festival marks an adieu to the chilly winter and welcoming spring to every Indian home. The agricultural and climatic change is closely associated with a scrumptious menu that is mostly comprised of sweets and desserts.

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Types of Sankranti sweets
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The dominance of sweet meats is mainly because its during this time that Indian farmers bring home special harvests of sesame (til), jaggery (gudd), black gram (urad dal) and more. These are seasonal crops and are only available at this point of the year.

If that gives you the idea of preparing some special sweet delicacies this Sankranti, then here sharing the top choices you have.

Pathishapta

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Pathishaptha, with coconut filling
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Pathishapta is a sweet roll that emerged from the kitchens of Bengal. It usually has a coconut or sweet cottage cheese filling. Addition of nolen gur or khoya, available only during winter makes Pathishapta more irresistible. It can be consumed as a snack as well.

 Til Laddoos

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Til Laddoos
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Sesame (til) is available in India only during winter. Thus all Indian households tend to make most of use of it and they commonly make laddoos out of it. The small sweet round balls of til are crunchy and quick grabs at any point of the day. A popular Maharshtrian local saying “til gud ghya, aani godh godh bola” implies, these laddoos will bring in sweet words to your oratory.

Puli Pitha

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Puli Pitha in creamy sweet milk
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This one also roots from Bengal and are sweet dumplings dipped in sweet milk. The milk is usually creamy in texture and the dumplings have a filling of coconut or cottage cheese. The preparation is time consuming yet it’s indeed an awesome treat for the buds. The sweet tastes delicious if served cold.

Til Chikki

Prepared with sesame, this one is fast to eat and easy to prepare as well. The same dish is referred to by various names like Til Chakki, Sesame Brittle, Tilgul, Til Patti or Gajak. This can be made and kept in the fridge for long time use. This tastes sweet initially and ends with a bitter twist. Together, it creates a sweet sensation over your buds. The same can be made with peanuts also.

Gulachi Poli or Jaggery roti

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Gulachi Roti
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Indians use different kinds of fillings inside parathas or rotis all through the year to add variety on the dining table. Thus, at the end of winter as jaggery comes in their kitchen, they use it prepare filling for paranthas or rotis. The jaggery makes the Indian bread taste sweet and is usually consumed at the end of any meal. Some also consider the same as popular option for winter breakfast.

Nolen Gur’er Payesh

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Kheer, made with jaggery
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Payesh, is kheer that Indians prepare in almost all happy occasions and especially birthday. If you have your birthday during the winter, then you are the lucky one. During winter,jaggery is added to the kheer which makes it an irresistal dish. This kheer looks little brownish in color but  the aroma and texture is simply awesome.

Animal vs Plant Protein

Before even beginning to talk about which protein is better suited for the human body, let us re-run the old concepts about Protein, just once more…

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Proteins!
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What is ‘protein’?

The term ‘Protein’ refers to a molecular constitution in the food that we consume that can be broken down to form amino acids. The human body requires about twenty different types of amino acids, out of which only 9 the body is incapable of producing and needs to extract from the food eaten.

Hair to Nails... P.C.: http://goo.gl/1UY3xB

Hair to Nails…
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But why is ‘protein’ important?

Proteins are the body’s basic building blocks and everything in our body are made up of proteins, right from our hair, skin to our nails. Thus the body requires a basic amount of daily protein intake to meet up the maintainance of the body. But the production of amino acids are require the influence of other elements like vitamins and mineral salts. Together, they pump up our system to function to the best of the physical abilities.

Plant protein - Legumes and Cereals P.C.: http://goo.gl/JUVe3e

Plant protein – Legumes and Cereals
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Now comes the question on food and how to maintain the intake of protein and which one is better, animal protein (non-vegetarian food) or plant protein (vegan food)?

It is a proven fact that animal protein comes with additions like saturated fat and cholesterol that contribute relentlessly to heart-diseases where as in plants, almost all plants have proteins which come with the gifts of antioxidants, fibers, mineral salts, vitamins and ‘photochemicals’. Needless to say, there are absolutely no side-effects for not consuming animal protein but for every ounce of animal protein you’d eat, there have to be a variety of vegetables to ‘balance’ out the effects!

Quinoa Summer Salad P.C.: http://goo.gl/DF1YyI

Quinoa Summer Salad
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Foods like lentils, quinoa, buckwheat, kale, peans, beans, all sorts of nuts, soy, chick peas and many such foods are more than sufficient for the human body to thrive and live healthy. Plant protein is known and acknowledged to have almost no side-effects at all!

For some healthy lavish fine dining plan, check out BYT and enjoy your time!

Chocolate Ganache Cake

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Chocolate Ganache Cake
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Yummm! A Chocolate Ganache Cake is the ultimate favourite of all chocolate lovers! This blog will explore what it takes to make it and a little bit about this awesome dessert. Not only a dessert, actually, a Chocolate Ganache Cake is very good for birthdays, anniversaries or any occasions.

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Chocolate Ganache
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‘Ganache’ is a French word for a glaze, icing, filling or sauce for any confectionery dishes such as pastries, cakes, croissants and other such food items. Ganache is a generic term and the texture, ingredients and taste of the ganache is modified, changed and reinvented according to the requirements of the dish to be made! Sometimes, ganache may contain liquor or sometimes any liqueur. It may also be made with fruit extracts. Depending on the type of chcoclate used and what the dish demands, the ganache is prepared. It is always the final step of the dish.

A dark chocolate cake with a thick ganache frosting sounds just heart melting, doesn’t it? Well, here’s how you can make it! You’ll need:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup low-fat buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 176-180C. Rub butter into two 8-inch round cake pans and dust with cocoa, tapping out the excess. Line each pan at the bottom with a round of parchment/ tracing paper and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and keep aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in chocolate and vanilla. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture in three parts and buttermilk in two, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Divide the batter between prepared pans and smoothen out the tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean which can take upto 40-45 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 15-20mins and with a knife, separate cake from the edge of each pan. Invert cakes onto a wire rack and wait till cooled completely.

Set a rimmed baking sheet upside down on a work surface. Place one cake on sheet, and spread top with 1/3 of ganache. Place second cake on top, and spread remaining ganache over top and sides of cake. Using two wide metal spatulas, carefully transfer frosted cake to a serving platter.

Recipe Courtesy: http://goo.gl/W4gXta

Now for the special ‘dark chocolate ganache’, you’ll need:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

The procedure is rather simple: In a large saucepan, you need to bring 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to a boil. Remove it from heat. Now add 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped, and let the mixture stand, without stirring, for about 1 minute. Whisk just until well combined. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until spreadable! Time you’d require for the whole this will be about 1 hour.

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Chocolate Ganache Cake
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And then when you generously coat the cake with the ganache and freeze it, your magnificent chocolate ganache cake is ready!

However, to enjoy even more delicious treats from trained patesserie chefs, why not try the fabulous delicatessens and brunch restaurants listed in our website?

Comb through www.bookyourtable.com and call 076767 76767 for reservation or more information! Enjoy yourself because you are beautiful!

Most Popular Cocktails – Part 3

In the third episode of this series, we will be talking about two amazing cocktails that have claimed their fame through their immense popularity!

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

The first one in this segment is Daiquiri. Yes, Daiquiri is rather famous among the pretty women, isn’t it? The name has a Caribbean (Taino) origin linguistically but it is actually named after a beach near Santiago in Cuba. The main ingredients of a classic Daiquiri are rum, some typical citrus juice (commonly lime juice) and sugar or any other sweetner. It is one of most refreshing drinks in its group but there seems to have had a medicinal reason behind the invention as per the Cuban history suggests!

Obviously there are variants of Daiquiri but here is a simple, classic Daiquiri recipe for you.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 ounces light rum
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup

PREPARATION:  Mix together the rum, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Recipe Courtesy: http://goo.gl/o1kchw)

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Simple Bacon Bloody Mary
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The next is one of the world’s most complex cocktails… Yup, you guessed it right! It is Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary’s existence dates back to the early years of the twentieth century, into the times when personalities like Earnest Hemingway and his contemporaries would visit the bars at length! Bloody Mary is revered to be a ‘Hair of the Dog‘ drink and has numerous variations. It is a popular cocktail that contains Vodka as the main alcohol base and tomato juice. These are the two constant ingredients and the rest that is added is largely variable, from beef consommé to celery, black pepper, lemon juice and what not!

Here is a close adaptation of a Jamie Oliver recipe for a spicy Bloody Mary version. You’ll need: 16 ounces (1/2 quart) of tomato juice, 2 oz vodka, 2 tbsp barbeque sauce, pinch of paprika, salt, juice and pulps of 1/4 lemon, long chopped stalk of celery and a piece of thick-cut cooked bacon. Then, in a cocktail shaker, mix together the tomato juice, vodka, paprika, salt and lemon. Mix well. Fill a bucket or rocks glass, or a stemless snifter with ice. Now pour the mixture and garnish it with a cut of celery and a piece of thick cut, cooked bacon! (You can find the original recipe in: http://goo.gl/nonlzB )

Here are the world’s two of the best cocktails… One is extremely simple and one is quite complex! But you know what? Sometimes, partying out is an easier option! Find out the best pubs, lounges, bars and nightclubs in our BYT website and call 076767 76767 for reservation!

Dining Restaurants @ Phoenix Market City Mall, Bangalore

Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore P.C.: http://goo.gl/pBPdtU

Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore
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One of the most impressive, largest malls in Bangalore is the Phoenix Market City Mall, in Whitefield. There are almost 30 options to choose from when it comes to food… Quite a few fine dining stand alone brands are here as well – perfect options to celebrate your reason! This BYT blogs will highlight some of the most prominent restaurants here.

Some of the most outstanding restaurants in the Phoenix Market City Mall, Bangalore are as follows:

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Pho Ga
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Hanoi – Vietnamese Cuisine

After the amazing Blue Ginger restaurant, in The Taj West End hotel, that specialises in Vietnamese cuisine, the beautiful restaurant of Hanoi, tops the charts. The interiors is chic and is pretty impressive. Although it is done in a more or less minimalistic look, the overall outcome is quite eyecatching. Food is cooked and served following very traditional Vietnamese ingredients, recipes and styles. It is a pleasure dining here and tasting the wonders of Vietnam. It is named after Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, that is on the banks of the great Red River (Hồng Hà – Mother River). The Pho and My Xao are must haves!

Prawns Wrapped In Bacon P.C.: http://goo.gl/sy6jWV

Prawns Wrapped In Bacon
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Cafe Noir – French Cuisine

Elegantly dressed, the Cafe Noir is a signature eatery for French food lovers. Cafe Noir caters to its guests with the most perfected tastes of French cuisine specials. It is known for the amazing breakfast palate and desserts. No French meal is complete without a sweet bite! Dishes like Crepe with Maple Syrup, Crepe with Nutella and Banana, Crumb Fried Mushrooms, Prawns Wrapped in Bacon, Caesar and Atlantic Smoked Salmon Salads, Quiche Lorraine, Le Moulin Rouge (Grilled Bacon), Beef T-Bone, BBQ Spicy lamb sizzler, Cafe Viennois, Cafe Creme Brulee, Sangria, Choco Mousse Verrine and Creme Brulee are among the popular orders.

Noodle Bar!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/9hq9Ue

Noodle Bar!!
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Noodle Bar – Pan Asian Cuisine

Noodle Bar is a rather classic restaurant that serves aunthentic Pan Asian food. Be it Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian or tastes from other countries of Oriental Asia, Noodle Bar features at least one, if not more, of its native recipes for your plate. The rich red and black interiors, doted by hanging lanterns and dimmed spot lights create quite a romantic ambiance. Though sometimes, when the restaurant is full, you may feel a bit crammed up, but that is rare. The food served is wonderfully fresh and aromatic. The deft chefs replicate the traditional recipes as closely as possible, leaving you no chance for a frown!

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Italian Chicken Sliders
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The Big Kahuna – American, Italian, Continental and Asian Cuisine

The Big Kahuna is a classy restauant that sports native American (Red Indian) obelisks at the entrance and the red-black interiors are adored with many tribal masks. The spot lights highlight them perfectly. Bamboo crafted tables with glass tops court bamboo woven chairs. Dishes like Italian Chicken Sliders, Spaghetti Meatballs with Spicy Bolognaise, Big Kahuna Burger are quite popular. Spicy Chilly Fish is also another of the top favourite dishes here.

BluO P.C.: http://goo.gl/5MCMcp

BluO
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BluO – Continental & North Indian Cuisines

Bowling seems fun and spicy when you’re in BluO. This is a cafe- restaurant with wide and jazzy bowling alleys! Caesar Salad, BluO Special Nachos, Chicken Peri-Peri and Fish and Chips are quite well known here. The ambiance is jolly and playful. It is one of the best places to go with your group of friends.

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant P.C.: http://goo.gl/6Ln24P

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant
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Rajdhani Thali Restaurant – North Indian (Veg) Cuisine

Rajdhani is a famous restaurant chain, known for their amazing vegetarian fare and variety. This restaurant is an eye-opener for those hardcore meat lovers who do not believe that a meal can be complete without non-vegetarian items! On an average, each thali has over 10 options of curries and sides, along with over 6 options of staples like rice, puri, fulkas! A sweet bite in the end and seasonal fruits are always there. This is actually a very enjoyable treat!

California Pizza Kitchen's Pesto Pizza P.C.: http://goo.gl/URHPzf

California Pizza Kitchen’s Pesto Pizza
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There are many more eateries in the Phoenix Market City Mall, including California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, United Sports Bar & Grill, Ibaco, KFC, Mad Over Donuts, L’inoui and more! Kids go crazy over the choices and so do adults!

To make a reservation through BYT, please call 076767 76767 in any of the restaurants mentioned!

The Day of New Year

1862 years ago, in the year 153, the beginning of a new year began to be observed from January 1. Before that, according to the Roman calendar, March 1st marked a new year. This is what the world follows today but regional, traditional and cultural calendars still hold their grounds in many countries.

Welcoming a new year... P.C.: http://goo.gl/bocSDU

Welcoming a new year…
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Modern custom of celebrating the end of one year on December 31st and beginning of another one on January 1st is in lines with the Gregorian calendar and often referred to as the Christian New Year. The Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in 1582, also known as the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is the most widely used civil calendar all over the world.

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Chinese New Year – year of the Dragon (2012)
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There are various traditional New Year days celebrated around the world, in accordance with dates of Chinese calendar, Korean lunar calendar, Nowruz Iranian calendar, Tibetan calendar, Thai calendar and more. But in India alone, even though the official national celebration is according to the Christian calendar and celebrated on January 1st, there are many other cultural new year days that come about in one Christian Year of 365 days! Some major ones are mentioned as follows:

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Ugadi
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Ugadi – Kannadiga & Telugu New Year : Ugadi is celebrated in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh some time in the month of March–April, depending on the Hindu calendar system.

Ugadi Gudi Padwa – Marathi New Year: Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month, depending on the Hindu calendar for all Maharashtrians and Konkanis. On this day a gudi is found hanging out on the right side of the main entrance of the houses which is a bright yellow cloth tied on the head of a long bamboo stick with an inverted and copper pot placed on it along with a garland made of sugar.

Gudhi Padwa Baisakhi – Punjabi New Year: The land of Five rivers, Punjab celebates the biggest harvest festival across the northern states on this day. Usually Baisakhi is on 13-14th April. It is celebrated as the day of the formation of the Sikh Khalsa. The main celebration takes place at the birth place of the Khalsa and at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Baisakhi Puthandu – Tamil New Year: The traditional Tamilian new year starts from either 13 or 14th April, or first day of Tamil month Chithirai. ‘Chitterai Thiruvizha’ is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple Madurai. The main food of this festival is Mangai Pachadi.

Bohag Bihu – Assamese New Year: The spring festival “Bohag Bihu” celebrated in the middle of April as the beginning of agricultural bloom. The Assamese new year festival called ‘Bihu’ is the most important festival of Assam, celebrated by fun and abundance, faith and belief.

Poela Baisakh Sweets! P.C.: http://goo.gl/Y2yiIm

Poela Baisakh Sweets!
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Poela Boishakh – Bengali New Year: The ‘Nabo Barsho‘ of Bengal is celebrated with great deal of enthusiasm and energy during the mid of April. This is the day of cultural programs, shopping, prayers and also considered as auspicious time for marriages. Poela Boishakh in Tripura is also celebrated on this day.

Bestu Varas – Gujarati New Year: Bestu Varas marks the harvest season in Gujrat and is celebrated with great enthusiasm on the day after Diwali. Marwaris of Rajasthan celebrate Diwali as a new year!

Vishu – Malayalam New Year: Vishu, as observed elsewhere in India, is usually on 13-14th April of the Gregorian calendar, belonging to Kerala. The most important event of the festival is “Vishukkani” which refers to the first object seen in the morning!

Losoong – Sikkimese New Year: Losoong, an ancient festival of Sikkim is celebrated on month of December, that marks the closing of harvest season and beginning of a new year. The traditional Chham dance is one of the major attractions.

Navreh – Kashmiri New Year: Kashmiir celebrates Navreh with great love, sanctity and involvement on the first day of Chaitra Navratri. It is considered a holy ritual.

Sweet - Payasam / Thandai P.C.: http://goo.gl/8jhJOD

Sweet – Payasam / Thandai
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Hijri – Islamic New Year: The Islamic year begins with Muharram. The Islamic New Year or Muharram varies as per lunar calendar and is celebrated in great fervor.

Cheti Chand – Sindhi New Year: Cheti Chand the Sindhi new year is celebrated on the second day of the Chaitra month. It is an auspicious day since it is the festival to honour the birth of “Jhulelal”.

Salmon Yu Sheng - fine dining on New Year's Eve. P.C.: http://goo.gl/U3p97e

Salmon Yu Sheng – fine dining on New Year’s Eve.
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All over the world, the New Year celebrations begin on December 31st and January 1st is a holiday. People spend this time eating and partying, meeting up with family and friends and having a great time. The clock strikes 12 midnight and fire crackers light up the sky, welcoming the following year.

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New Year Fireworks!!
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This year’s new year is just round the corner… Find the appropriate experience packages, restaurants and places to visit in your city on www.bookyourtable.com and call 076767 76767 for reservations!!

Healthy Fruits to add to your diet

If you are on a diet or not fruits can add a lot to your nutritional intake. They are natures sweet treat that also gives you plenty of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants among other benefits.  But which fruits are the best? Well we have listed a few healthy Fruits to add to your diet, these are a sure way to boost your energy and nutrition.

  1. The Acai Berry is said to be one of the most healthy fruits. It is very rich in antioxidant and is stronger than other Superfruit such as blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. As it is found only in Brazil it is very hard to find fresh, in this case the powdered version will do but remember fruit is best for you when fresh.

    Acai Berries Picture Courtesy-wellnesspulse.com

    Acai Berries
    Picture Courtesy-wellnesspulse.com

  2. Apples- The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. Recent research has shown that apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms. Flavonoids like quercetin found in apples can inhibit enzymes like alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase. Look for evenly colorful apples, since the dark skin comes from exposure to the sun and denotes high nutrients. They are also a good source of fiber.
  3. Grapes are a great source of anthocyanin, a phytonutrient with anti-inflammatory benefits – so long as they’re dark varieties and seeded. A 100 grams of grapes have the following benefits - Omega 3’s — 11.0 mg, Antioxidants — 0.64 mmol12, Glycemic Load — 6, Vitamin A — 1%, B Vitamins – 15%, Vitamin C — 18%, Vitamin E — 1%, Vitamin K — 18%, Potassium – 5% and many more.
  4. Blueberries- are rich in antioxidants, which help fight cancer and prevent macular degeneration. Like cranberries, they contain compounds that can protect against urinary tract infections. Most commonly found in jam or canned but the nutrition found in a fresh one is unbeatable.
  5. Mango- there are so many varieties of this delicious fruit and it is one we take for granted, but we should really appreciate this one. It has 5times more Vitamin C than an Orange and plenty of Fiber as well.

There are many more fruits that are good for you but let us start by incorporating a few of them into our diet to begin with. To find restaurants that serve you fresh and delicious healthy food do visit us on www.bookyourtable.com or call 07676776767.

Christmas Table toppers

Christmas Lunches and Dinners with the family are times to be treasured, it is not only the meal that matters but also the details that go into the meals such as the table settings, the cutlery and the placing. But here we look at some simple table toppers or center pieces that can add some flair and charm to your Christmas meal.

One of the most simple tings to do is fill up large glass bowls or jars with fruit multiples of the same fruit or nuts. Monochromatic colours are the best for these as it will look neat.

Fruit Centerpiece Picture Courtesy-http://www.realsimple.com/

 Another take on the same idea is to put lots of christmas ornaments in a large bowl and then it will not only add colour but an element of fun to the table.

Ornamental Center piece Picture Courtesy- http://www.midwestliving.com/

Another great idea is home made decorations, a simple one to make is wire christmas trees. All you need is some steel or copper wire and a foam cone (or any cone) to wrap it around. The wire will hold its shape and the best part is you can always straighten it out to use it for something else once the season is over.

Wire christmas trees Picture Courtesy-http://helpmybudget.com/

Wire christmas trees
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If you have a cake stand then all you will need is a few christmas ornaments and a lovely candle of the same colour to go with the ornament colour. Layer each level with ornaments place the candle on the topmost level. If you do not want to use ornaments even pine cones or fruits should do the trick.

Cake tray with ornaments Picture Courtesy- styleestate.com

Cake tray with ornaments
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If you would like to stick to just having food on the table then why not try a beautiful cookie tree? For this you need to make a Make a base of frosting (beat together six egg whites and 3¾ cups confectioners’ sugar). Spread a thin layer of frosting on a Styrofoam cone, then, working up from the bottom, overlap wafers (use straight pins to hold them in place until the frosting dries). Once this is done you can use a small sieve to dust each wafer with confectioners’ sugar. This not only looks great but tastes great as well.

Edible Tree Picture Courtesy- realsimple.com

Edible Tree
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If you want your house to smell Christmassy and yummy while you have something beautiful to put on the table do look this idea. Just place a beautiful saucer on the table with a plain candle and wrap some long sticks of cinnamon around the candle with a ribbon or twine. It will not only look great but as the cinnamon starts to heat up the aroma is amazing.

Cinnamon sticks candle Picture Courtesy- http://www.qwa.servequake.com/

Cinnamon sticks candle
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If you would rather skip the fuss and go out for a lovely meal just give us a call on 07676776767 or visit www.bookyourtable.com.

Yummy Chinese Food in Ludhiana

Although Punjabi food is hard to resist if you are looking for lip smacking and yummy Chinese Food in Ludhiana these are the places you must check out.

First on the list is Berco’s, this is Delhi’s famous Chinese food restaurant that has now opened in Ludhiana. The decor is mostly dark colours and the brightness comes from the golden/mustard yellow chairs with white motifs. The lighting is also done just right making the focus on the meal and not elsewhere. I do wish they spaced out the tables a little more as you might find it hard to have a private conversation once the restaurant gets crowded. The food served here is just Chinese and Thai and they do a very good job of it. The favourites here are the Hot & Sour Soup, Chicken Drumsticks and Singapore noodles when it comes to the Chinese food. From their Thai menu do try the Green Curry and Red Curry as well as Thai Rolls. The must try drink here is the Berco’s Fruit Beer.

Berco's Ludhiana Picture Courtesy- http://goo.gl/4OejJ1

Berco’s Ludhiana
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A very chic Chinese restaurant is R.E.D in Radisson Blu, this is one that is stylish and where you know you will get the most authentic Chinese and Southeast Asian food. The look of the restaurant is very modern and sleek, the ceiling has a lovely red piece that reflects the red of the black floor. The seating is comfortable and is a pleasing mix of dull yellow and white for the chairs. The food here remains so authentic because the Master Chef comes all the way from Shanghai. This is a great place to go for a special occasion as the staff are very well trained and go out of their way to cater to your needs, the food here also is very memorable. The must try here are their  renditions of Teppanyaki and Sushi.

R.E.D at Radisson Picture Courtesy-http://goo.gl/pnEdG4

R.E.D at Radisson
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Orient Blade at Park Plaza is another hit for those who love Chinese Food. This place has received rave reviews since the day it opened and for good reason. The food is authentic and the spices, flavours and taste have always lived up to my expectations and is infact one of the few places I don’t mind visiting repeatedly. The ambiance is very plush and authentic with low tables and chairs and the yellow gold theme adds a touch of royalty. If you are looking for a more private section in the restaurant you can reserve the Titami, the traditional private dining room which features a dedicated personal butler just for you.

Orient Blade- Park Plaza Picture Courtesy-http://goo.gl/yLofKP

Orient Blade- Park Plaza
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If you would like to find out more amazing dining options just give us a call on 07676776767 or visit www.bookyourtable.com.

Best Buffet restaurants in Ludhiana

Although Ludhiana is famous for their multitude of Dhabas there are also plenty of great restaurants where one can grab a bite in. If you would like a wide array of food and a lovely ambiance to dine in then you should check out some of the best buffet restaurants in Ludhiana as listed below.

Cafe Delish at Radisson Blu is a great place to grab a buffet meal,they have a great multi-cuisine kitchen that cooks up all your favourites. They have a lunch and dinner buffet that is very reasonably priced for the number of options that they have, the lunch buffet is Rs.850++ and the dinner at Rs.950++. The ambiance is modern with dark colours, great lighting, well spaced seating, plenty of room to walk around without bumping into tables and chairs (a buffet restaurant must)  and good comfortable seating. The staff is well aware of what is being served and they are helpful, polite and courteous as well. Do try the live pizza and pasta counters to get your order customised the way you want.

Cafe Delish in Radisson Blu Picture Courtesy - http://www.radissonblu.com/

Cafe Delish in Radisson Blu
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Kitchen At 95 is in the Hyatt Regency and boy is it a great choice, they have plenty of options from various places across the globe. As soon as you walk in you are welcomed with the sight of an open kitchen that exudes warmth and energy through the restaurant. The seating is pleasing with a comfortable assortment of chairs and plenty of light, making this place feel very warm and inviting. What is interesting about this restaurant is that they have directly tied up with local farmers and dairy producers so that they support them and also provide customers with the freshest produce. The other noteworthy thing is that they cook all the orders right in front of you in the open kitchen so that you get the freshest best with no compromises. The lunch buffet is priced at Rs.850++ and the dinner buffet at Rs.1075++ and the dinner buffet goes on till 12 giving you plenty of time to enjoy a relaxed dinner after work.

Kitchen At 95 in Hyatt Regency Picture Courtesy- http://ludhiana.regency.hyatt.com/

Kitchen At 95 in Hyatt Regency
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Last of my picks is a place called The Mix Fine Dine, located in Brewmaster The Mix as the name suggests serves a mix of all cuisines and is made well! They have a good selection of Continental, Indian, Chinese and even Mexican in their Lunch and Dinner Buffets. Their buffets are very reasonably priced at Rs.325++ for lunch, Rs.425++ for dinner on weekday and the weekend dinner is Rs.555++. The fresh brewed beer and the delicious food make this place rather difficult to get in so a reservation is advised. Try the variety of the buffet or stick to the good old Biryani and either way you will not be disappointed.

Mix Fine Dine restaurant Picture Courtesy-thebrewmaster.in

Mix Fine Dine restaurant
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To make your reservation to any one of these restaurants just click the links provided or give us a call on 07676776767. If you need more options do visit www.bookyourtable.com.

Winter Treats

This winter the weather in Ludhiana will drop below 10°C and the only way to beat the biting cold is to make some yummy winter treats that will keep you warm as well as help you discover yummy food that you can make at home!

There is no winter treat better than a good cup of Hot Chocolate! Here we have a recipe from the famous chef Jamie Oliver.

Ingredients-

  • 2 pints semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons Horlicks
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons quality organic cocoa
  • 100 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely grated
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt

The method is also very simple-

Pour the milk into a large pan, and bring almost to the boil over a medium heat. Meanwhile, add all the chocolate mix ingredients to a large jar and give it a good shake to combine. You need around 10 heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mix for this amount of milk. Simply spoon the chocolate mix into the hot milk, give it a good whisk and leave to bubble away for a few minutes before serving. Wait till you get a lovely rich, creamy and thick texture.

Jamie Oliver with a cup of his famous Hot Chocolate Picture Courtesy-www.jamieoliver.com

Jamie Oliver with a cup of his famous Hot Chocolate
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Another amazing treat to have during winters is a nice big special bowl of Gajar Ka Halwa, for this I searched a lot for the right recipe and finally found one that Times Of India had published. It is easy to make and does not require a lot of work!

Ingredients:

  • 200gm condensed milk
  • 1kg carrots, peeled and grated
  • 25g cashew nuts
  • 25g raisins
  • 500g milk
  • 2tbsp ghee
  • 4-5 flakes of kesar

Method:

  • In a small bowl add a tbsp of milk and kesar flake and put aside. Now in a large deep pan mix the milk and carrots together and on a low flame slowly bring to a boil. Once the milk is boiling add the milk in the small bowl with the kesar flakes. Let it boil till the milk dries up.
  • Once the milk is dried up add the condensed milk and stir occasionally till it also dries up.
  • Then add the ghee and cook for another 10 minutes. Garnish with raisins and cashew nuts and serve hot.
Gajar Halwa Picture Courtesy-http://goo.gl/OiVAxI

Gajar Halwa
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If you would rather go out to a nice cozy restaurant and order these dishes, we know just the right places to go. Just give us a call on 07676776767 or visit us at www.bookyourtable.com and we will be happy to find the perfect place to suit your needs.