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5 Must-Try Restaurants Near Juhu Beach, Mumbai

When in the city of Mumbai, a walk by the Juhu beach is an ultimate bliss.

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The city of Mumbai
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It might be your first time, honeymoon or every weekend plan, but a walk along the Juhu beach in Mumbai is indeed one of the best feelings.

After the sultry noon soothes, how about being by the shore with your favorite set of people. In fact, many are found to sit or roam around the Juhu beach alone, for a walk or just to admire the gorgeous Arabian Sea.

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Sunset at Juhu Beach
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Some young couples with photographers, some kids with their balls and balloons, aunties with their gossip doses, the local vendor’s altogether weaves an engaging affair at all time of the year.

Added to this, if lucky you may greet a Bollywood celebrity here. Many of them are spotted here especially during late evenings and early mornings for their jogging session.

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A snapshot of Juhu beach
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Now, once in Juhu beach you cannot miss the food fair that exhibits right opposite to it. From tiny eateries to lavish hotels, the area has every kind of restaurant to serve your mood. The variety is sure to confuse you, but again a good guide can land you to a culinary paradise.

Thus BYT, your sincere culinary guide lists the best choices you can pick from among the eateries around Juhu Beach.

Chaayos

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Inside Chaayos, Juhu
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Keeping it simple, it’s a café known for the tea and Indian snacks they serve. They open quite early and closes pretty late, and thus can be your choice for breakfast, quick grab or dinner. The main course many are varied which gives you vast varieties to pick from. Also, spacious place decked with all Indian goodies makes it an ideal choice when you are in a big group at the Juhu Beach.

The Spare Kitchen

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Inside the Spare Kitchen
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Recognized as a popular pub in town, this has earned fame for its late night servings. Also, their ladies night is a big hype. The place is located inside Hotel King’s International Compound and from outside, you might not feel the fun and frolic inside. But walk in, to explore their posh ambiance, colorful menu and loud music. The place is an apt pick for party poppers and nocturnal of Mumbai.

Fat Man’s Café and Grill

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A Continental food spread
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If in mood for some Italian or Continental food, then this is the place to be. As the name says, the menu is equally fat. The ambiance is merry composed of people and music that you are sure to love at any point of the day. Pizza, pasta, pancakes, omelette – the menu is long and thus, you need to combine the right dishes to make a memorable meal.

Jantar Mantar

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Meat preparation at Jantar Mantar
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Well, the Delhi monument has not shifted. This one is an exclusive North Indian and Awadhi restaurant very close to the Juhu Church where you can head to relish some Indian dishes. kebab, biriyani, rotis and rice are served sizzling hot with chilled deserts to end with. If you have less time in hand, you can always pick their rich roti rolls for a refreshing taste.

Facing East

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A look of Facing East
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Waiting for you with an Asian culinary spread, this place is meant for the fish lovers. They have Chinese, Asian and Sea food items – each very distinct in its own style. The place has two seating segments, yet it often remains over crowded especially in weekend. Prior table booking is recommended if you want to finger lick their delicious delights.

Luxury Dining at Hyatt, Ahmedabad

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City of Ahmedabad
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If you count Ahmedabad from the long history it beholds, then you must also make a note of its fabulous night life it offers composed of colourful markets, crowded streets and of course, luxury eateries for a memorable dinner and also rejuvenation after a tiring day or before your night walk.

When it’s about luxury hospitality across India, Hyatt Regency is a sound name and so it resonates at Ahmedabad as well. Contemporary additions are attributed in the hotel’s services throughout the year to keep it an interesting affair for their clients. The city along the Sabarmati River might seem to be belonging to the historical era, but the Hyatt outlets has wrapped a robe of modern lifestyle that you can start exploring once in Ahmedabad.

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Hyatt, Ahmedabad
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If a resident of the city and you still haven’t checked into Hyatt, then that is one of the first to-do in your priority list, for a memorable experience.

Nonya

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Nonya, Hyatt
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Hyatt, the American International Company has captured the hospitality industry of all leading Indian cities and no far does it stand when it comes to Ahmedabad. Nonya, is their Asian food galore where from quick grab to food spreads they have it all in queue for you. You need to pick from their long menu or opt for the buffet to have an awesome food voyage. The place is ideal for dinner dates, business meets and even solo foodies can hangout here for a culinary delight.

Collage

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Collage, Ahmedabad
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Another Hyatt initiative, Collage serves Mughlai, North Indian and Continental food. Their hall of fame are the buffets they spread for foodies, that allows one to relish sweet, sour or spice – all in a go. Check in for a Sunday brunch and this place is sure to be one of your best experience in the city of Ahmedabad.

Tinello

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Tinello, Hyatt
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Since still bound amidst the archetypal Indian culture, you may worry if you get any foreign delicacies in the city of Ahmedabad. Well, of course you do get when in this restaurant of Hyatt regency who specialize in tantalizing your buds with intense Italian flavours. From pasta to pizza, you just name it and they get it for you on the table.

So what you do when hungry at 2am in the night? Be at home; watch a movie and your favourite DIY noodles!

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Namma Bengaluru
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When part of a metropolitan city like Bengaluru, availability of cafes and pubs are 24/7.You need to know the right place and destination where you can check-in at any point of the day. Go alone or hooked by your bae or may be your favorite bunch of people, their food, drinks and services are sure to impress you.

JW Marriott

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JW Mariott from outside, Bengaluru
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Their café at Vittal Mallya Road is open 24/7. This not only leaves scope for a good cup of coffee but also, a drive down one of the posh areas of the city. The walk can definitely follow with a walk around Lavelle Road or an instant drop to your home for a good sleep. The place is a hot picks for nocturnal of the city, and thus, reserving your table might be a good option.

Khaugalli

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A snapshot of Khaugalli
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This food street of Bengaluru remains open till 2am, just to serve your midnight hunger pangs. While the north Indian dishes are flooded with ghee and the Chinese ones are topped with sauces. Take a walk down the street to see all the available options before you take a plunge into the culinary relishes waiting for you here. Head a little late to avoid the crowd.

Raasta Café

Raasta Cafe
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When it comes to midnight eating, this one is most popular especially among the youngsters of Bangalore. That’s mostly because the place is fun and is located little outskirt from the city. This leaves scope for a long drive followed by an awesome feast over their culinary spread. When here, take a seat under the sky in their open lawn and do relive the fresh air. If you are a smoker, then do mark this as a must-try during your stay in Namma Bengaluru. They offer the best of hookahs in town.

20char

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Inside 20 char
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When at the Old Airport Road, Matthan Hotel is one of the best choice you have. 20 char, is their café that is open 24/7. So whenever in mood for some hot coffee in the city of Bengaluru, you can surely be here. Even at late hours, they have side dishes and munchies to complement your coffee. The ambiance of this café has been appreciated by many foodies of the city.

Barista

Not all Barista in the city of Bengaluru is 24/7. If you head to the one located in the 5th block of Koramangala, south Bengaluru then you wont be deprived of their services at any point of the day. Start with a coffee and then you have a long menu to pick from.

Drool! 5 Non-Veg Dhabas in Amritsar

After a sneak peek over the vegetarian dhabas in the city of Amritsar, it’s time to check the non-veg ones.

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The city of Amritsar
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Choices and options of non veg eateries is varied in the city of Amritsar, bur heading to these dhabas will give you a  feel and touch of their local cuisine, aroma and delicacies added with the meat or fish of your choice.

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Dhabas of Amritsar
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BYT lists the best non-veg dhabas you cannot miss when in the city of Amritsar:

Chawlas 2

This national food chain has almost 80 outlets across the country though it started its journey from Amritsar. Thus, even if you have been to their eatery before, being in the Amritsar one has an added heritage to grab your attention. The place is renowned for ‘Cream Chicken’, a dish started by Late S. Attar Singh Chawla, who first used milk, cream and spices to prepare a meat based dish. If not a fan of chicken, then their Amritsari Fish is another highlight of the menu. The restaurant recently became news with its business ventures travelling overseas to South Africa, New Zealand, UK and so on.

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Cream Chicken at Chawlas 2
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Parkash Dhaba

An indeed tiny shabby restaurant where you might think twice before stepping in. But believe the BYT food experts and do drop in for their mutton curry. Prepared with minimal ingredients like onion and garam masala, this is a light meat preparation that makes a gaga combo with a plate of hot steam rice or plain kulchas you get here. The restaurant has a branch at Maqool Road and if you end there, the curry can be supplemented with tikka, grills and kebab.

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Mutton Curry
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Beera

Tandoor from the typical Punjabi kitchen has always been an irresistible affair and to experience that at the best, Beera is the ultimate destination. Their hall of fame is Chicken Tandoori. Foodies also appreciate their serve of Fish Fry with Keema Naan. Balbir Singh Bheera, the owner hand picks every chicken served in the eatery and marinates it himself before the grill sessions. The restaurant receives heavy crowd at all times of the day and thus, you got to spare sometime in waiting queue before fetching yourself a seat.

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Tandoori Chicken at Beera
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Makhan Dhaba

This one is a paradise for fish lovers and is most popular for the Amritsari Fish they serve. Added to their fish bouquet, Chilly Fish and Fish Fry are also favorite for many. For fish, their standout factor is that every plate is prepared in mustard oil which adds to the flavor and aroma. Along with fish, they have abundant chicken recipes that you can pick from. The list includes Butter Chicken, Kadhai Chicken, Chicken Curry, Masala Chicken and Lemon chicken all prepared in authentic Indian or Punjabi style.

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Entrance of Makhan Da Dhaba
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Pal da Dhaba

Located near Hathi gate, this one is the ultimate place for a bowl of hot ‘paya’ soup. This is an Indian stew prepared with mutton, chilli, lentil and garam masala. Crowds gather and wait till they get their turn for a bowl of paya soup. If you find the paya soup too simple and bland, you can combine it with a plate of hot Keema parathas making it a heavy combination.

Buddhist Cuisine: Features and Facts

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An authentic Buddhist spread
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Standing very parallel to Hindu beliefs and customs, Buddhism is an absolutely independent religion that has its own set of rituals and regulations followed by 300 million people of this world. While standing out from the rest, the Buddhists even sketched their style of diet, popularly known as Buddhist cuisine.

BYT lists 8 highlights of the Buddhist cuisine that you may try with a fellow Buddhist and have idea about a completely new kind of culinary spread:

Meat – Yes or No?

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Consumption of meat in Buddhism
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Buddhists are predominantly meat lovers except the priests, monks, nuns or those abiding the Bodhisattva path. So, when in Buddhism, it depends on your wish whether you will be a meat eater or not. However, Buddha himself is believed to have died for over consumption of tainted pork.

Vegetarian Buddhists use gluten, tofu, agar and other plant products instead of meat in their meals.

Redefining the Food Habits

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A Buddhist meal
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Buddhists do not prefer much of poultry products. Those who are strictly vegetarians prefer lentils, beans, soups, salads, and vegetable dishes in menu. In case of meat, a broth or stew based preparation is preferred. A sect of Buddhists is known for abstaining from meat and yet keeping fish as a major constituent of their meals.

Limitation in Snacks

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Fruit bowl, the preferable snack
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Buddhists are not very fond of snacks. Between meals, they drink a lot of tea or opt for fresh bowls of fruits as snacks. This is mainly to aim for a healthy living and abstaining from junk food.

Dessert is Special

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Dessert among Buddhists
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For Buddhists, dessert is indeed a special affair that can be consumed only during happy occasions and feasts. Rice pudding and oatsbar are common Buddhist desserts that are seen on table only during festivals. This is mainly to balance the carbohydrate consumption of the body.

Post Meditation Dining

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Meditation is important
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Buddhists emphasize on meditation to a great extent. This is mainly to keep the body and lifestyle at calm and composed state. Thus they prefer taking each meal after a short span of meditation so that the calm body helps for faster metabolism and digestion.

Breakfast Menu

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Porridge, the healthy breakfast
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In case of breakfast, the Buddhists do not have much variety and prefer hot bowls of porridge usually topped with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, raisins, muesli. Though this may sound a subtle start for a day, but it’s definitely healthy!

Shojin Ryori: A Food Style by Zen Buddhists of Japan

Culinary experts across the globe are quite enthusiastic when it comes to “Shojin Ryori”.

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Shojin Ryori, a typical meal
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Shojin Ryori, mostly implies their vegetarian cooking style. It’s the abundant availability of both wild and cultivated vegetables in Japan that led to the emergence of such a culinary style. It started during the 13th century, when Zen Buddhism, a kind of Buddhist practice started in Japan.

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Zen Buddhist nuns
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A typical Shojin Ryori meal consists of a soup, and three dishes, together called as ichi ju san sai. Soy, tofu, kozu – are common ingredients in a Shojin Ryori meal, usually complimented with pickles of various kinds.

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Ichi Ju San Sai, the soup
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During the training span of a Buddhist monk in Japan, experting in Shojin Ryori culinary form is important. Some of its dishes require elaborate preparation time with dedicated efforts. One example would be sesame paste, a popular dish that needs long hours of grinding in a pestle and mortar.

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Seasame paste
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Speciality of Shojin Ryori cuisine includes, there happens to be no waste during production of this food. Every spread necessarily has a balance of five flavours and colours that completes its composition.  Use of garlic, onion, meat, fish, insects and other pungent flavours is completely abstained in Shojin Ryori.

Shojin Ryori menu is also very much based on nature. Buddhists consider seasonal agricultural products as flow of nature and thus, incorporate them in their plates. During spring, emphasis is led on new sprouts that come up; in summer it’s the green leaves that are preferable; during autumn, it’s more of fruits and nuts while in winter, root veggies and fruits are the main ingredients.

Before the consumption of a Shojin Ryori spread in a Zen Temple, five principles or prayers are chanted which includes:  Reflect on the effort that brings us this food; Reflect on our imperfections as we receive the meal; Reflect on mindfulness to be free from attachment, anger and ignorance; Reflect on taking this food as a medicine to sustain good health and Reflect on the fulfilment of our practice as we accept the offerings.

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Buddhists monks during feast
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Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine
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Authors and bloggers have already made ample research on this culinary style and produced elaborate thesis on it. Among them, “Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine” by Danny Chu is one of the best work to know more about this special culinary style developed by Zen Buddhist monks of Japan.

Gudi Padwa: The Maharashtrian New Year

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Wishes for Gudi Padwa
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In the hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra is the first month and the first day of it marks the beginning of a New Year for many Indian states. The month begins with a new moon day around March or April, which turns new year for many hindu households. States like Tamil Nadu call this New Year as Chaitrai Vishu or Puthandu while the same is Ugadi in Karnataka or Sansar Padwa in Goa. In case of the state of Maharashtra, this New Year that marks the beginning of spring is referred to as Gudi Padwa.

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Gudi Padwa celebrations
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An important and significant day of celebration for Maharashtrians, this day involves certain set of rituals and ceremonies that Maharashtrians perform as part of their culture.

Abhyangasnan, or the holy bath

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Ingredients of Abhyangasnan
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The Gudi Padwa day usually starts with an extensive oil bath followed by a dip in a nearby river. Though now, the bath happens at home only but necessarily ends with a distinct dress code for both men and women. Men on this day, stick to traditional attire like kurta, pajama and turban. Maharshtrian women wear a nine yard saree tucked to their back, more popular as kastha or nauvari.

Rangoli, or decorating the house

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A Gudi Padwa Rangoli
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Cleaning the house is important in Gudi Padwa. Cow dung is use to sweep the courtyard, followed by colorful floral decorations by the doorstep. This is called rangoli, and the same is also done in many other hindu festivals. Vermillion, rice powder and turmeric are mandatorily used in this rangoli. In modern times, some add flowers and candles to the same to highlight the decoration.

The Gudi, or the flag hoisting

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Women decorating the ‘gudi’
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On Gudi Padwa, every Maharashtrian household hoists an upside down new kalash made of silver, copper or bronze covered in a red, yellow or saffron cloth. The same contains a gathi (a type of sweet), neem leaves, coconuts, mango leaves and marigold flowers that signify a rich harvest. After hoisting it’s positioned to the right side of main entrance of the house so that passerby or neighbours can see it from a distance. Many call this as ‘the flag of Brahma’ (Brahmadhvaj) as on the same day, Lord Brahma is believed to have created the universe. Those who hoist the saffron flag, is believed to commemorate the victories of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Puja, or spiritual worship

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Yagna being performed
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While offering to Lord Brahma on the day of Gudi Padwa, one necessarily needs to offer davna (a fragrant plant). This is followed by a sacrificial fire called as ‘hom’, ‘havan’ or ‘yagna’. This fire ritual is common in many other hindu celebrations and denotes welcome of wealth, health and perish of evil from the family.

Neem, a part of the prasadam

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The neem prasadam
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No hindu festival is complete without a delicious food chart. In Gudi Padwa, the finger licking dishes are pooran poli, soonth panak, chana and shrikhand. Also, neem is a mandatory in this day’s menu. Tender leaves and flowers of neem is mixed with soaked split gram lentil (dal) or soaked gram, honey, cummin seeds, jaggery and asafoetida to make it a tasty item in the menu.

7 Foods to Break Your Navaratri Fast

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Devi Durga, the Navaratri Goddess
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If you thought Navaratri happens only during autumn, then wrong thoughts. A typical hindu calendar brings in Navaratri twice in a year – once in spring and the other around October. The nine-day Navaratri celebration that happens during spring is called ‘Basant Navratri’. Since it starts from the very first day of hindu month ‘Chaitra’, thus, it is also called Chaitra Navaratri. The celebration of this spring based Navaratri is more popular in North India, where devotees nine forms of Devi Durga.

This year Basant Navaratri will be observed from 8 April (Friday) to 15 April (Friday), 2016.

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Navaratri Rituals
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To honor and pay gratitude to the goddess, many observe fast during Basant Navaratri. Few fast only on the first and last day, while others abide it during all nine days of celebration. The food one consumers to break the fast holds immense importance as it affects the body to a great extent.

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A Sattvik meal
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Preference is given towards Sattvik diet, where consumption of alcohol and non veg food is absolutely prohibited. Also, certain items like fresh vegetables, milk, yogurt or rock salt are included in the diet as these act as catalyst to detoxify the human body, especially after long fasting.

Many keep wondering what exactly to prepare from this Sattvik menu, so that it becomes easy to prepare and good to eat. To sort your problem, here are five dishes you can make to break your fast this Navaratri.

Sabudhana Khichdi

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Savudhana k Khichdi
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Depending on the kind of sabudhana one uses the preparation of it might have to start a night before. Yet, less of spices and boil only recipe makes it a very healthy and heavy intake right after fasting. Savudhana is full of starch which gives the body the much-needed energy after prolonged gap from food.

Chawal Dhokla

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White Chawal Dhokla
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Samwant Chawal, a special variety of rice is available in the Indian markets only during Basanta Navaratri. Thus, foodies make Gujarati snack ‘dhokla’ out of it served with ample ghee and chutney. Addition of tamarind in the chutney with sweet coconut makes the dhokla flavorsome right after your fast.

Coconut Laddoo

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Coconut Laddoo
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Many prefer breaking the fast with sweets. In that way, heavy milk preparations become difficult to digest. Thus, these simple coconut laddoos can be the choice. Small in size, one can have as many as possible and this one is indeed quick and easy to prepare.

Singhare ka Halwa

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The sweet pancake
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When it comes to breaking fast, Hindus have a knack for halwa or sweet pancake. During the spring session of Navaratri, they prepare it with Singhare ka aata or water chestnut flour which is considered a healthy intake after the fasts. This sweetmeat becomes a heavy dish due to the addition of ghee, milk and dry fruits.

Chironjee ki dal

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A bowl of Chironjee k Dal
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When it comes to main course food, Indians like adding a bowl of dal. Salty and spicy, dal are heavy and tastes good both with rice or roti. The specialty for this particular dal is the use of chironjee, believed to be used as an ingredient only in India. The dal is usually yellow and heavy in texture.

Khide ke Pakode

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Crunchy pakodas
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When it comes to pakodas or munchies, Indians use ample variety of ingredients to do the filling. In this case, they use cucumbers as the main ingredient of pakodas, added with green chilly and singhare ka atta . When served hot with any sauce or chutney, these pakodas taste delightful.

Banana Walnut Lassi

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Banana Walnut Lassi
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Breaking the fast with a juice or shake is always good as it gives the tummy some time to adjust with food. Also it’s served cold which makes it easy to consume or digest right after a long fast. In this case, addition of bananas and walnut adds protein to the shake which helps in energy building after the fast.

6 Creative Egg Decorating Ideas for Easter

Gone are the days when we used to dunk an Easter egg in the dye. As time flew, we came across new decorative ways of decking up the egg. However, the real art is to design and decorate them with an easy and inexpensive process. Taking the tradition of colored eggs beyond convention with creativity, we present you amazing ways to decorate your Easter egg.  So let your imagination spark creation and decorate the Easter egg the best way.

Here’s a list of ideas we have for you.

Smiley Egg

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Expressive Easter Eggs
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What better way than expressing yourself with an egg! This easy idea just needs the egg to be painted yellow and then drawing faces and expressions of your choice. Try this unconventional idea to make your Easter more fun!

Crochet Egg

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Creative Crochet covers
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The most creative idea of the lot, this involve weaving or buying a crochet cover for the egg. You might try your hand for easy patterns or can go the easy way and buy some online. The designs are limitless and too good to adorn your Easter festivity.

Dyed Egg

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Dying in Style
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I am sure even kids would love breaking the shell of these colorful eggs on Easter. The egg needs to boiled hard followed by rolling them on a towel to create cracks on its surface. Drop it then in a bowl containing food color solution. Soak them overnight to see wonderful results in the morning.

Sparkling Egg

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Doll-up the egg with sparkles
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This idea never goes out of fashion for it is the easiest of all and makes the egg look gorgeous. Dip the eggs in the colour of your choice. Let it dry. Apply adhesive on one end and roll it over glitters. There you go, a sparkling Easter egg shines out already!

Patch Work Egg

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Patch work with tissue
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This one looks the most interesting decorative idea. Surprisingly, it is also the most economic idea on the list. This decoration needs tissue papers cut into small and random shapes followed by dipping into different colors and placing them on the egg. After drying the tissue paper stick to the egg resulting in attractive patterns.

Painted Egg

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Paint your imagination
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The simplest idea on the list, this involves splashing the egg with your creativity. Draw any patterns of your choice on the egg to make it appear beautiful. Put in your imagination and let your paintbrush color up the Easter egg.

For many who don’t have a clue about this festival- St. Patrick’s Day is a festival of Irish culture. St. Patrick is believed to have introduced Christianity in Ireland and on March 17, his death anniversary, is celebrated across the world indulging into the Irish culture. The catalogue of festivals in India is already huge and after Halloween, this Irish festival has also made its way from the west. No wonder, we Indians need a reason to celebrate.

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St. Patrick’s Day in India
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Here are the 4 places where one can experience a glimpse of Irish culture on St. Patrick’s in India.

The Irish Village, Pune

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Enjoy the Irish culture
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Acclaimed as one of the best breweries in Pune, The Irish Village serves amazing craft beer. Their freshly brewed Irish beer is one of the oblivious orders. The restro-bar is designed with a touch of a traditional Irish culture offering a unique ambiance to its guests.

Dublin, Bangalore

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Dublin, Bangalore
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This exotic pub is a part of the renowned ITC Windsor. The Irish themed property of the ITC is a happening place to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with great, groovy music, chic crowd and yes, sumptuous food. So if you are not in Ireland, then this is the place to get hold of the best beer in the city.

The Irish House, Mumbai

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No better place to enjoy the green day than here!
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A weekend can’t be better or more heavenly with a delectable fish platter coupled with chilled beer. This place is too awesome to resist the temptation of beer and good food. The taste of music adds on more to the Irish themed ambiance here.

Shamrock The Irish Bar, Hyderabad

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A Classic Experience!
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Reflecting the rich culture of Ireland, this pub is the best place to experience the true taste of this place. All your draught Irish favorites are available here under one roof. Unwind the stress and worries; the pleasing ambiance of this place is what you are looking for a perfect weekend!

9 Cuisines You Just Can’t Miss At Taj Mahotsav

Agra is all geared up to celebrate its signature event of Taj Mahotsav this year. What’s more grand about the event is it’s the 25th year celebration. The 10-day annual carnival of Taj Mahotsav will see performances from artists not just from India but from across the globe.

Although one can indulge in the finest of cuisines in the city at places like Esphahan, Peshawri, Joney’s Place,  Tea’se Me, Saniya Palace Restaurant, Pind Balluchi and many more yet nothing can satiate the hunger for good food like a food fest.

The carnival of art, craft, culture and cuisine at Taj Mahotsav is one of the most awaited celebrations in the city for it enlivens and buoys the spirit of the youth with fun, music and eating out. Starting on the February 18, the curtains for the Taj Mahotsav will be raised with The Sharda Taj Marathon.

This event also brings the finest Indian crafts and cultural nuances together with a food festival that caters the Indian foodies.

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Taj Mahotsav Feb 18-27
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What could be more pleasing than digging into awesome cuisines in a vibrant atmosphere set up against the backdrop of the magnificent symbol of love-Taj Mahal?

BYT presents you a list of exotic and mouth-watering cuisines that can titillate your taste buds at this carnival.

Chhole Bhature

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Yummy Chhole Bhature
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This dish is a hit no matter what is the occasion. This recipe from the Punjabi cuisine is a favorite of most food lovers. The puufy hot Bhaturas are simply irresistible served with concoction of rich spicy and creamy preparation of chick peas. The aromatic flavors take us back to our Indian roots.

Amritsari Naan

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Stuffed Amritsari Naan
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A specialty of North Indian cuisine, Amritsari naan goes well with all Indian curries and tastes heavenly when served with butter. The spices added to the preparation are bit on the higher side considering North Indian dishes are generally hotter.  Don’t forget to try out these and we bet you won’t ask for anything else!

South Indian Dosa

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South Indian Speciality-Dosa
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Listed among the top 50 tasty foods in the world, Dosa is the regular staple made out of rice served with sambar and coconut chutney. At this event you can indulge yourself in the varieties of the versatile recipe of Dosa.

Indian Vegetarian Thali

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Exotic Indian Thali
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An Indian Thali represents a variety of wholesome delicious food dishes that complete a royal meal. This irresistible presentation of combination food looks good and colorful whereas tastes heavenly. Thalis offered at Taj Mahotsav are nothing less than a royal feast that can fill your stomach yet the heart would ask for more.

Indian Samosa

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The very popular Indian snack-Samosa
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Snacks in India are synonymous to samosas. Every state has its own specialty of this recipe. While street food is the heart of people in Agra, you bet can’t miss out this one at the carnival.

Hyderabadi Biryani

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Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
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This dish makes an essential part of an Indian today. Preferred by most, Biryani is preparation of rice tossed in richly aromatic flavors of India. The best part is this dish doesn’t require any side preparation as it is a meal itself. When at Taj Mahatsav, do not forget to try out Hyderabad’s specialty –the authentic dum biryani.

Sweet – Gulab Jamun

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Sinfully Tempting Gulab Jamun
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I hardly know anyone who can say no to soft, spongy balls that melt in mouth drenched in hot sugary syrup, more popularly called Gulab Jamun. This dish leads as the most loved desserts in India and no wonder will be available at this Indian carnival.

Lucknavi Kabab

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Seekh Kabab
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Kababs are the specialty of Lucknow. The royal relishes of this places reflect the nawabi heritage. This dish is a glimpse of how rich the food used to be in the bygone era. It is one of the most royal preparations India can offers to its food lovers.

Puri

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Soft Puffy Puri
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The crispy yet soft on the inside, golden fried bread more popularly called Puri is the most versatile dish. It can be served with almost anything. No wonder this dish would add more to the delights of this event.

Love at First Sip: 6 Places to Enjoy Wine This Valentine’s Day

Don’t ever leave the Valentine’s Day planning for the last moment. Table reservations fly quicker than Cupid’s arrows as this day of love come closer. With Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year, the best options are likely to get reserved faster than you think. It is thus always suggested to act faster for planning this day for your loved one!

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Sip the Best Wine
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This year you can make the romantic dinner even more cherishing coupling it with some grape stuff. Yes, Wines! Known for establishing connections and expressions, wine is the best thing to celebrate your V-day with. However be sure to pair the wines with the exceptional meals and superb experience.

Here’s a list of the 6 most romantic restaurants to sip wine in India.

Toscano Restaurant, Bangalore

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Italian cuisine along with Italian wine!
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If Italian wines is what floats your boat then this is the place to be at in Bangalore. 32 varieties of wines from across the world along with robust dishes and tempting desserts, Toscano brings you the best of fine dining experiences. An eclectic menu from gourmet pizzas to selective yet extensive array of wines awaits you here.

Quench, Mumbai

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Quench the crave for exotic wines.
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This quirky place is sure to win your heart with its hip and unconventional décor. Sip the selective wine as the thumping music takes you to a new high. Known to serve the best of beer and wines, this place wouldn’t disappoint your love and if you are lucky enough you can also get to watch live cricket match on the big screen here.

Peter Cat, Kolkata

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Dimly Lit Red Lamp atmosphere
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This place takes pride for serving the food enthusiast in the city for over the years now. Very popular for its Iranian style chelo-kebabs, Peter Cat is the place to enjoy your love for food and great wine with your Valentine. The red lamps hanging over each table nestled in the warm woody interiors, this is the best place to indulge in romanticism.

Olive Beach, Bangalore

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One of the most romantic restaurants to dine at
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This place offers almost everything to transform your evening to a memorable date. Candles enlightening the place, white and blue décor, soft lounge music, exotic flowers decorating the place- all of this sets up mood and surprises your love with a dining and drinking experience that is worth remembering for long.

Indian Accent, The Manor, New Delhi

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When Love wins over luxury.
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One of the best and most romantic restaurants in India, this is what your date deserves! This restaurant enjoys new high of sophistication and royalty not just in the ambiance but also in the food and drinks served. A lush lawn and stunning veranda, aromatic flavors of India paired with delicious wines is what waits for your love here.

Exotica, Hyderbad

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Everything about this place is truly exotic.
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As the name suggests this place is truly exotic in every way. The candle-lit dinner at the rooftop setting is the ultimate thing you can imagine for a perfect dinner date on Valentine’s Day. To add more to your experience the place serves wide range of exquisite wines turning your evening more royal and drooling.

6 Foods To Start the Chinese New Year

If scrumptious sweets unveil a New Year in India, China too has a rich culture that boasts eating some particular food during New Year. These foods that the Chinese try to keep in the menu during the beginning of the year are believed to bestow luck and prosperity. If wine is in case of the West, for China its good food that denotes the beginning of a new year.

This year, the Chinese New year dates on 8th February. Head to any luxury Chinese eatery like Yauatcha or Ginseng around you and the charm and color of their celebration to welcome the New Year will surely touch you.

When participating in the Chinese New Year, here are the food items that will make it an improved beginning.

Tangerines & Oranges

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Oranges
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The Chinese terms for orange and gold are rhythmic. Thus, during New Year celebrations consumption of oranges is considered a symbol of prospective year ahead. Many also eat tangerine during this time as it’s the Chinese work for good luck. So start the Chinese New Year with these fruits for an eventful year ahead.

Tray of Togetherness

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Tray of togetherness, a gift in Chinese custom
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Relatives and friends exchange this tray full of candies, dry fruits, sweetmeats and tucks during Chinese New Year. This is a way of showing love for the dear ones and sharing the goodies of the tray adds warmth to relationships. Usually Chinese trays have eight compartments i.e., eight kinds of tucks are added mainly because eight symbolizes good luck in Chinese custom.

Long Noodles

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Long noodles in display
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No Chinese meal is complete without a portion of delicious noodles. During New Year, long noodles are served in the meal as it signifies long life for the person. Recipes of preparing these noodles differ from one another.

Nian Gao

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Nian Gao in making
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The Chinese term ‘Nian Gao’ literally means higher year. It’s a New Year sweet dessert that marks the promise of a good year. This is offered in religious ceremonies and is now an important item in the Chinese Spring Festival food.

Jai

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Jai, the Chinese veg preparation
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Jai is a vegetarian main course that Chinese usually include in their New Year feast. The belief according to Buddhist culture is, Jai cleanses your body for a new start. The ingredients used to prepare Jai have individual significances like sea moss for prosperity, lotus seeds for birth of sons in the dynasty, noodles for longevity and so on.

Whole Fish

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Whole fish in serve
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On the occasion of New Year, Chinese also keep a whole fish as part of their meal. The fish is served with the head and tail in one piece and this marks abundance in life. The Chinese word for fish sounds like abundance in their language.

Highlights of Goa Carnival 2016

If you still haven’t booked the tickets, then you may miss it. The much awaited Goa Carnival of this year is almost knocking the door and the official date ranges between 14th Feb to 17th Feb.

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A snapshot of the carnival
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Goa reaches the peak of fun, frolic, color and charisma during the carnival with people across the globe attending it. Breaking all communal barriers, it’s time to step in the delight with drinks, dance, dress and more.

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Children participate in the carnival
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This year, the carnival will officially commence with King Momo’s colossal procession flocked with men and women in colorful costumes, musicians, dancers and even tourists participating in it.

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Parade at Panaji
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In recent times, some use colorful masks to add to the cosmos of Goa Carnival. You can also participate in the competitions, contests, parades and performances that will happen in Goa around these three days.

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A typical Goan dance
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Though the entire state of Goa attains a joyful status yet to re-live Goa Carnival to the fullest, your destinations must be Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama.

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The city of Panaji
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An important note that many miss out before heading for the Goa Carnival is, consumption of meat in this span is an absolute no-no across Goa. This is because the Latin word for ‘Carnival’ is ‘to throw away meat’. Do not worry your hunger pangs have too much local Goan food to pick from, other than the meat.

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A pure veg Goan thali
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When you arrive in Goa, your booze consumption is sure to excel. In the re-treat do add a lot of Feni, counted as a top alcohol which homes in Goa. Feni is pocket friendly, organic, healthy and most important, leads to no hangover.

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Feni, the drink
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Celebrations extend till midnight during Goa Carnival. At night, do not miss the brass bands, clowns, dancers, fire eaters, jesters performing in public areas to amuse you.

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Performance
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Goa, during the carnival is like fairy tale where a kingdom wraps in the woo of joy and happiness. The Goan music, the Spanish guitar, the Portugese touch is indeed a break from the mundane life.

To book your accommodation, dining experiences for Goa Carnival 2016, do browse through Bookyourtable.com.

 

6 Ideal Cafes in Pune for Coffeeholics

Urban agglomeration in Pune reached influx in the last decade. This migrating trend that the entire country shows towards Pune has various reasons. It can be for the cluster of colleges, pleasant weather, proximity to the hills or simply, because it’s the Deccan Odyssey.

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A clip art of Pune
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Pune might be smaller than other metros geographically but when it came to developments and betterment, Pune grew at a similar pace. Urban life is well defined here with ample choices on malls, restaurants, amusement parks and more.

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View of Pune
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BYT lists the eight cafes that have curved a niche among the people of Pune and you too can’t afford to miss them.

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Cafes in Pune
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Walk in with a friend or to finish an assigned project, the coffee, the cookies, the cakes and charm of these cafes are sure to win over you, once in Pune.

Cafe de Custard

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Menu at Cafe De Custard
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The pocket friendly menu of this café has made it more of a college hangout zone. Students gather here mostly for their coffee and sandwich combo. Their custards, desserts and milkshakes also counted among the top selling ones.

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Banana Split at Cafe de Custard
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When here, you can spend a lot of time having fun with your favorite bunch of people and also try their lip smacking fast foods.

Pagdandi Books Chai Cafe, Baner

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A look of Pagdandi Books Chai Cafe
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If you like going to cafes but lack a company, then do not worry. The café has many kinds of books in display. Pick any of their books one with your favorite coffee and you will surely have a lovely own time. Often you will find researchers and writers spending hours in the café to work on their projects. It’s more of an intellectual den than a mere colorful café to check in.

Coffee house- Camp area

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Entrance of Coffee House
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Quite old by now, Coffe House is known to a major population of Pune for their fish pickle. The huge variety of snacks available here might not allow you to reach the main course. The place homes good quality drinks and food at all time of the day. Simply end up here to try their scrumptious menu served in a simple ambiance.

Durga Café

Durga Cafe, Pune P.C.: http://goo.gl/QlXnRJ

Durga Cafe, Pune
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The café has been resonating in Pune for quite some time now. Their cold coffee is usually not missed by the college goers in the city. They have ample local variety in breakfast, from which ‘poha’ has attained a hall of fame among the people of the city.

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A look of the Cold Coffee
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The place is too simple to appeal you but their food is worth an experience.

Book Cafe Ssong

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The entry to Book Cafe Ssong
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The place is named after its owner ‘Ssong’. That’s not your reason to be here. The two storey café offers varied seating arrangements in each floor.

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Inside Book Cafe Ssong
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The aim is to offer you a user friendly environment where you can go cozy with friends or family. Be here, and do start your explore with their hot cup of coffee.

Peter Donut Cafe, Aundh

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A glimpse of Peter Donut Cafe
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Café does not need to be popular with tea or coffee only. The ideal example is set by this café which is popular in Pune for their munchy donuts. The café offers a wide range of sweet tooth that you can try from. It usually remains jostled with young crowd. Hence, keep some time in hand before you be here.

6 Italian Foods for This Venice Carnival

Popular as the most delicious festival, Venice Carnival dates back to 1162, to celebrate the victory of Serenissima Repubblica against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven.

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A snapshot of Venice Carnival
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People from across the globe gather at the San Marco Square, the principal public square of Venice.  Though the festival was outlawed during late eighteenth century, but is now celebrated with huge pomp and show.

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San Marco Square, Venice
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The attraction of this annual fair is use of colorful masks, which allows people to disappear from their original appearance and participate in the carnival.

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Masks in display, Venice
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Masks not only signify an artistic creation but have held a special significance throughout Venetian culture. Scholars consider masks as a unique Venetian craftsmanship and mask makers till now hold a top notch position in European hierarchy.

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A Venetian couple
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Like many other festivals, the Venice Carnival definitely leaves a big scope for foodies. Each day ends with gala dinners held by different family, community or restaurants. Food is believed to give a universal appeal to any celebration.

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Dinner during Venice Carnival
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Italian cuisine offers many relishing palates. So that your list does not limit to pizzas or pastas alone and you land in a memorable culinary voyage here are the dishes you should surely try. If not in Venice, now every nook and crevice of the country has lavish Italian restaurants. Check in to try these irresistible Italian dishes.

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An Italian Spread
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Bruschetta 

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Types of Bruschetta
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Always begin your Italian food exploration with this one. It’s an appetizer prepared with basil, tomato, garlic and onion. It’s usually served with a topping of thick mozzarella cheese. If meat and pork is added then the bruschetta becomes non-veg in kind. Usually it’s consumed right after grill and is hot. Sip some cold wine to make it enchanting.

Lasagna

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Lasagna
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Counted as the oldest form of pasta, lasagna is wide and flat usually comprising layers of cheese, meat and several other kinds of feeling. Sauces, cheese, pork, mozzarella, parmesan, chicken, meat, prawn are added with veggies making lasagna a wholesome portion of any Italian spread. Lasagna can be vegetarian as well. Though lasagna forms a main course, but if ingredients like chocolate and peanut butter are used to fill it, then it becomes a dessert.

Bolognese

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Sphagetti with bolognese
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Originating from Bologna, the largest Italian city, this is a meat based sauce usually added in pasta, penne, spaghetti or rigatoni for a classic aroma. When using Bolognese sauce, the method is slow cooking that adds aroma and flavor to the dish. Experiments of Italian and American chefs have now developed kinds of Bolognese sauce which makes it difficult to get the traditional ones. Tomato also dominates this red sauce.

 Tortellini en Brodo

Tortellini en Brodo, the Italian Soup P.C.: Tortellini en Brodo

Tortellini en Brodo, the Italian Soup
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It’s an Italian soup that is called a staple dish in Italian spreads. Families especially northern Italy prepares this during vacations in order to add warmth to their togetherness. Pasta, spaghetti and parmesan cheese is added to the soup to make it more scrumptious.

Bigoli

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A plate of bigoli
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Bigoli is a long form of pasta that can also be categorized as noodles. Bigoli dominates kitchens of Veneto region, modern Italy. Traditionally, duck eggs or duck sauce were the main ingredients to prepare bigoli. Now even meat or fish is used prepare a delectable dish of bigoli. Bigoli has varieties like dry, dark or white depending on the kind of wheat used during production. It’s worth a try amidst an authentic Italian spread.

Gelato

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Gelato, the Italian dessert
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Gelato might now be considered as an universal dessert but roots in Italy. Hence during the Venice carnival or any authentic Italian spread, you get to taste the best of it. It has several flavors to pick from. Combine many such flavors to make gelato an interesting dessert to try.

 

TRY THESE ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN INDIA:

BANGALORELATITUDE – VIVANTA BY TAJ, MONSOON – THE PARK, GRASSHOPPER, MINISTRY OF FOOD – HILTON BANGALORE EMBASSY , ALTO VINO – BENGALURU MARRIOTT HOTEL

MUMBAIMANGIAMO, LAGERBAY, THE LAUGHING BUDDHA, ROYALTY, CAFE PRATO – FOUR SEASONS

 

7 Late Night Food Spots in Kolkata

The people of Kolkata have good food to tuck in at any point of the day. If ‘luchi’ makes a kind size breakfast, their ‘maacher jhol’ is a luscious lunch followed by ‘jhalmuri’ in snacks and may be some wholesome ‘biriyani’ for dinner. Rasogolla, payesh or sandesh are always there to offer a sweet tooth.

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The foodies of Kolkata
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Yet the foodies of Kolkata wanted more to this. Hunger pangs hit them in the middle of the night and thus, the city now hosts some eateries that are open late night to serve you food.

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Night life in Kolkata
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During your city hopping across Kolkata, do check-in these restaurants to tuck in some excellent dishes.

Someplace Else

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Inside Someplace Else
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One of the pioneer in the pub culture of Kolkata, Someplace Else has is a renowned choice among the nocturnal citizens of Kolkata. Other than unusual drinks and food, the live performances of top notch musicians drive crowds to the place. The British architecture and the European cuisine is sure to add memory to your gastronomic ventures in the city.

Alfresco – The Lalit Great Eastern

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Seating arrangement in Alfresco
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One of the best choices you can make when it comes to 24X7 restaurants in Kolkata. Availability of both Indian and international cuisine adds reason for you to be here. A sandwich, a plate of noodles or a chilled ice cream – they serve you every mood at any point of the day. Also, they have a wide range of drinks which adds zing the place.

Codfather

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Dishes at Codfather
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Kolkata and its affair with fish is an age old love story. Contributing to the duo, this new restaurant serves seafood in Italian and Continental style. If that’s a new dish for you, then the place has more.

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Entrance of Codfather
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Soup, burger, chicken, prawns – altogether awaits a versatile food fair you can’t afford to miss.

Nocturne

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Party at Nocturne
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As the name gives, this place is open till late night to stimulate your buds with scrumptious delicacies. To stir your senses, their chilled drinks are an added attraction. For an electrifying experience you can be at their dance floor or check-in the cosy café for a cosmic conversation. The place has ample in option for you. You got to make the right choice for an unforgettable venture.

Tantra

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Tantra, the biggest bar in Kolkata
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Better known as Kolkata’s largest bar, this pulsates with an irresistible magic created with food, booze, music and fun. Host a private party and groove with your favorite bunch of people. Or you can check-in late at night to rejuvenate your mind and soul, after a tiring day at work.

Azad Hind Dhaba

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Entrance of Azad Hind Dhaba
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Don’t let your insomnia waste at home. Drive to any of the nearest branch of this popular dhaba, and you are sure to be served great Punjabi food. From tadkas to tikkas, they are all set to serve you from noon to 2AM at night. The dhaba has been counted among top ten in the country many a times.

Don Giovanni’s
To pamper your food cravings, this 24X7 eatery is always an option. From Chinese to Indian, the menu is wide varied which leaves you with many choices to decide from. Their efficient delivery crew drops in your order at the earliest for you end with a happy experience.

7 Restaurants You Can’t Miss in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa has a rich history dating almost 2000 years back. Named after Lord Tribhuvanewar, the city started its journey as a cluster of villages and is now under Modi government’s Smart City Mission Programme.

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The city of Bhubaneshwar
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The journey has been possible due to the emerging number of engineering colleges, management institutes and other vocational institutions.

Designed by German architect Otto Königsberger in 1946 it’s now a metropolitan area that homes to scores of metal and IT industries.

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Aerial view of Bhubaneshwar
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Due to cluster of industries, academic institutions the city of Bhubaneshwar is witnessing a rise in population. Monuments and architectures still attract lots of tourists to this city.

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Parsurameswar Temple, Bhubaneshwar
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As human counts are in a rise, the number of eateries and restaurants are increasing at the same time. Their attempt is to cater some new kind of food and reach the maximum consumers possible.

Thus, once in Bhubaneshwar you may be confused where to start your culinary expedition from. Here are restaurants you cannot miss once you reach Bhubaneswar.

Barabati Restaurant

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Barabati Restaurant, Bhubaneshwar
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This simple and small eatery that has earned its fame for Punjabi cuisine. Their chicken dishes with Indian breads are among the best you get in Bhubaneshwar. The restaurant also has Chinese delicacies in the menu. Opt for Punjabi or Chinese food, at the end you are sure to leave the place with a happy heart.

Tangerine 9

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Interiors of Tangerine 9
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The restaurant serves two contrasting cuisines- Punjabi & Chinese. Yet their hall of fame is Punjabi. Their meat dishes with Indian bread or rice will keep you finger licking for quite some time. Portions are also big here and hence, check the menu thorough and place your order.

Shanghai Express

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Shanghai Express, Bhuwanwshwar
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The restaurant is located in New Marrion Hotel, Janpath and as the name clearly depicts, it’s a Chinese eatery. However, they do not limit to traditional Chinese dishes and have added an Indian touch to each of the dish making it Indo-Chinese in nature. The fusion tastes awesome and it’s evident from the long queue of food lovers the restaurant gets every day.

Soul of China

When the name has ‘China’, the food has to be Chinese. They restrict to authentic Chinese recipes and the menu also has certain platters from various ends of Southeast Asia. It’s not easy to decide from their long menu. Hence, take an aid from the crew and staff, to get the best of dishes on your table.

The Zaika

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The Zaika
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Among the too many Chinese options you have in Bhubaneshwar, The Zaika is a popular name. Its location in the busy Lewis Road, often worries foodies about the hygiene and food quality. But they indeed stand out in maintaining a calm and sober ambiance to serve the best of Chinese food. Their seafood grills are also worth an attempt.

Berry’s

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Romance at Berry’s
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Alike any other Indian city, Bhubaneshwar is also flooded with loads of love birds. Eating in a crowded restaurant of course hampers their privacy. For these young souls, the city has options for romantic restaurants. In the genre, Bery’s is quite an old pick from now. The food range is indeed long here, and the popular list includes sizzlers and mocktails. If you are in the city with your loved one, then this is the ideal place to be.

Silver Streak

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A chicken preparation at the Silver Streak
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The same restaurant has three outlets across Bhubaneshwar. In all three, the available food choice is Chinese. However, their scrumptious dishes have contributed to many long lasting love stories. Wherever in Bhubaneshwar, you got to find any one of its branches close to you.

 

8 Dishes To Try This Pongal

Pongal, the Thanksgiving festival of Tamil Nadu, is a harvest festival that happens around January-February when South Indians celebrate good harvest of rice, cereal, sugarcane and turmeric.

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Rituals during Pongal
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The festival marks a season of get together, series of family weddings, resolution to knotty family problems and none can be missed, without some delicious food to tuck in. In the due course of 4-day festival, there is a lot of home cooking keeping everyone finger licking at the end of every meal.

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Pongal, a celebration
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The mouth watering foods to enhance the celebration spree include starters to desserts that you can make at home or walk in to any South Indian restaurant to try.

Pongal

The main dish in this celebration is a dish also referred to as Pongal. When prepared with sugar or jaggery and its sweet in taste, then it is called Sakkarai Pongal.

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Sakkarai Pongal
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This is a dessert that is offered in South Indian temples. When served absolutely white with lots of butter thick in texture, then it is called Ven Pongal. The spicy variant of pongal prepared with moong daal and pepper, is Melagu Pongal. Other popular varieties of Pongal like Rawa Pongal, Puli Pongal or Khara Pongal are also made during the festival.

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Ven Pongal
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Bobattlu

puranpoli

Bobbatlu
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Along with rice, you also have choice of bread during Pongal. This one is a sweet Indian bread that has jaggery as the main ingredient. The dish is called Puran Poli in Tamil or Bhakshalu in Telugu. In filling, lentil stuff makes this a heavy dish in the Pongal menu.

Mukkala Pulusu

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Ingredients of Mukkala Pulusu
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This is a vegetable stew served as side dish to the rice or pongal. It’s healthy due to the use of different vegetables like red pumpkin, brinjal, drumsticks, raw plantains, sweet potato, colocasia, beans and yam.

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A bowl of Mukkala Pulusu
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The yellow curry adds flavor the rice you are served.

Gutty Vankaya

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Guttu Vankaya with rice
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Another curry commonly served with a Pongal meal is Gutty Vankaya meaning stuffed brinjal curry. Use of lime, chilly and jaggery to fill a brinjal makes this have equal blends of sweet, sour and chilly. The curry is heavy and taste awesome along with rice.

Nuvvula Apallu

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A plate of Nuvulla Apallu
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This is a sweet rawa patty that is prepared in many other South Indian festivals. With a hard crust of sesame seeds on top, as you bite you will be blown with a crust of butter, sugar, jaggery and more. This fried patty can be served along the main course food or as starter or quick grab option.

Peregu Garellu

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The South Indian Dahi vada
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The South Indian style of Dahi Vada that is absolutely different from the sweet ones of North India. Served with ginger and chillies, this snack is also called Avaada. This one is not necessarily with meals and is a top choice for evening snacks. During pongal, top South Indian confectionaries add this item to their dessert option.

Parannam

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Paramannam, as prasadam
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This rice pudding is directly offered to the god hoping for good blessings in exchange for it. This dessert can be made in any day during the festival and can be served both, hot or cold. Some love parannam and the recipe of this dish differ from family to family. Use of dry fruits and jaggery makes this more delectable.

Kajjikayalu

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A bowl of Kajjikayalu
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This a sweet meat that you can try after your meal or as a popular South Indian dessert. Use of dry coconut makes this sweet in taste. Other ingredients used to make these small fried rolls are sugar, semolina and cardamom powder. The crescent shaped dessert is crunchy in texture and consistent in taste.