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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.

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.

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.

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.

Goa Carnival P.C.: http://goo.gl/aWHSBU

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.

Children participate in the carnival P.C.: http://goo.gl/p1oQ4F

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.

Parades at Panaji P.C.: http://goo.gl/p1oQ4F

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.

A typical Goan dance P.C.: https://goo.gl/0Z3x7R

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.

The city of Panaji P.C.: http://goo.gl/y6gMtj

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.

A pure veg Goan thali P.C.: http://goo.gl/MCi8LZ

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.

Feni, the drink P.C.: https://goo.gl/qzEXpL

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.

Performance P.C.: http://goo.gl/ri3GvM

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.

 

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.

Aerial view of Bhuwaneshwar P.C.: http://goo.gl/KU3ZC6

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.

Parsurameswar Temple, Bhuwaneshwar P.C.: https://goo.gl/XHpzH8

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

Barabati Restaurant, Bhuwaneshwar P.C.: http://goo.gl/rlF3FF

Barabati Restaurant, Bhubaneshwar
P.C.: http://goo.gl/rlF3FF

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

Tangerine 9 P.C.: https://goo.gl/FnKwmI

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

Shanghai Express, Bhuwanwshwar P.C.: http://goo.gl/2peK5v

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

The Zaika P.C.: http://goo.gl/ECPgHf

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

Romance at Berry's P.C.: http://goo.gl/8sMPXO

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

A chicken preparation at the Silver Streak P.C.: http://goo.gl/6rzlwK

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.

Rituals during Pongal P.C.: https://goo.gl/WgR0lF

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.

Pongal, a celebration P.C.: http://goo.gl/bPg8HN

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.

Ven Pongal P.C.: http://goo.gl/bPg8HN

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.

A bowl of Mukkala Pulusu P.C.: http://goo.gl/z8kcQA

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

Paramannam, as prasadam P.C.: http://goo.gl/vR8gGa

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.

5 Must-Try Restaurants of Mangalore

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A glimpse of Mangalore
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Mangalore, the chief port city of India is more of a tourist spot now, with cluster of visitors landing up mostly in weekends. Known for its industrial establishments, Mangalore is home to some of the popular beaches of the country including Someshwara beach, Ullal beach and many more.

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A snapshot of Someshwara beach
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Thus, when you are in Mangalore- how long or short you plan a trip, you will always be engaged in some tour activities. Bathing under the scorching sun or sightseeing along the port city makes Mangalore a wonderful experience at any time of the year.

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The magnificent Mangalore
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When the place promises such good visionary treats, where exactly it stands in terms of food? Of course, the affinity to the sea makes Mangalorean cuisine have a dominance of coconuts and fishes. Other common Konkani ingredients that you will get in the Mangalorean palates are rice, dried red chillies, garlic, ginger, curry leaves and tamarind.

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Most used Konkani ingredients
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Do not worry, if these don’t tempt you. The city also has abundant eateries serving Chinese, American, and other popular cuisines.

So, where do you head for a delicious delightful meal in Mangalore?

Janatha Deluxe

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Inside Hotel janatha Deluxe
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Vegetarians often tend to remain unhappy with the food menu of most Mangalorean eateries. Simply because, of them have a meat or fish based menu. Do not worry! There are ample veg restaurants as well. This one has an appealing vegetarian food fare with both North Indian & South Indian varieties. Land up for lunch, dinner or snacks and you are sure to be served some flavorsome food.

Liquid Lounge

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Party at the Liquid Lounge
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Once you step into the holiday shoes, some drinking spree is very usual. Than driving around in search of some good drinks around Mangalore, just end up in this alcohol joint. They have lots on drinks along with luscious food.

The array of drinks P.C.: https://goo.gl/gdVCkM

The array of drinks
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Added to these, the cheerful mood, the swooshing sound of the waves and your near ones will surely make it an unforgettable affair. If not into alcohols, they also have an array of mocktails, cocktails, juices and more.

Gajalee Seafood Restaurant

Entrance of Gajalee P.C.: http://goo.gl/eeza4R

Entrance of Gajalee
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Along with the sea, Mangalore also has some hills and plateaus around. If you feel like dining on these hill tops, then Gajalee is the place to be. The name is very synonymous to Mumbai, as its one of the best sea food joint. Located at the heart of Kadri hills, this beautiful place is decked with white walls, French windows, terracotta furniture adding a feel good factor every moment.

A plate of Crab Tandoori Masala P.C.: https://goo.gl/ZOmB8g

A plate of Crab Tandoori Masala
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Crab Tandoori Masala and Prawn Ghee Roast are food recommendations from this place.

Giri Manja’s

Giri manjas P.C.: https://goo.gl/5FX8n7

Giri Manja’s
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The restaurant is not easy to locate. But don’t give up. Do use your road track apps and reach this colorful eatery. It has two long tables and bench and thus, you got to share the space with others. Though that alarms your privacy, but the communal eating is an experience worth a shot. You don’t get a menu card and the waiter will recite it to you in their own style. Order the best of veg and non veg platters with no hesitation. After all each of the dish will make you fall in love with the place.

Lighthouse Chaat

A plate of Charmuri P.C.: http://goo.gl/frk0pt

A plate of Charmuri
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If after all the heavy huge meals, you are in mood for some quick grabs and tucks to gulp in. Then do check-in this chaat corner of Mangalore. From college students to family men and tourists, crowds jostle to get some of their yummy plates. Ice-cold sugarcane juice & charmuri seems to be the best combo here.

6 Food Trends of New Year 2016

The 365 days of a year is a very long span. If you try to look back a year before, you will yourself see life was so different then, from where it stands now.

A span of a year P.C.: https://goo.gl/Vuqwiv

A span of a year
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As a human being experience a lot of changes in this span of a year, so thus a community, a party, an organization, a state or an industry.

Alike this, the food industry of India experienced a lot of changes throughout the year of 2015. It’s not any political party or influential individual altered it. It happened due to people like us, who gradually made changes in our gastronomical taste without even getting aware about it.

Changing food habits of Indians P.C.: http://goo.gl/kht1lq

Changing food habits of Indians
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Let’s check the culinary changes that hit India in the year of 2015.

Emergence of Mobile Food

Advent of mobile food P.C.: http://goo.gl/aPWk0K

Advent of mobile food
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This year the country witnessed the utmost rise of mobile food services via websites and apps. Food startups flourished to supply hungry tummies even at the middle of the night. The concept of home delivery was accepted by Indians years ago. Now their dependence on mobile food of course shows the fascination for outdoor food and less inclination on home food.

DIY Food

A typical DIY sandwich stall P.C.: http://goo.gl/8foZOq

A typical DIY sandwich stall
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The trust on the hygiene and quality of restaurant food had reached a stake for which many eateries now have open kitchens. Here, you can see your food getting ready and some also allow you to customize the food as per your taste and want. To name one such popular DIY eatery in India is Subway, where you can select your own kind of ingredients to prepare a filling sandwich.

Importance of beverages

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Indians love dessert
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The ending of a food treat or a complete meal with a sweet meat not only offers a sweet tooth but is a culinary satisfaction that hits out buds. If not every day, but on weekends or special occasion don’t you like your lunch or dinner to end with a chilled ice cream or ghee spread sweet?  This acceptance of dessert as an important ingredient in menu thus made the country shower with outlets of Café Coffee Day,Barista,  Buskin Robbins, Kwality Swirls, so on and so forth.

Sustainability is the word

Sustainable food industry P.C.: http://goo.gl/dcbeoD

Sustainable food industry
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This is due to the government initiative of Swaatch Bharat. Public food zones like canteens, hotels or hostels dominate India yet; no initiative or regulation was taken on the food waste it generates. The country produces food wastes equal to what people eat in the UK. So much of it was dumped here and there creating environmental degradation. Now, with emphasis from the Modi government, even these eateries make sure of a sustainable way to decompose the food waste.

Rise in food catering

A typical Indian buffet spread P.C.: http://goo.gl/iBPPMF

A typical Indian buffet spread
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The rise in number of nuclear families has made Indians set apart from near ones. Hence, we now try to fetch opportunities for meet overs and celebrations. When these happen, it’s of course not possible to cook at home for such large number of people. Then we call the nearest food caterer or web search for the best one. Looking at this growing need for food caterers, business houses all ready to serve food in these occasions are coming up at every nook and crevice of the country.

Food Style

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Food style of GenY
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As young Indian parents spend a lot of time in offices, thus they don’t get the scope to cook lovely treats for their kids. Thus children now tend to know more of rolls, burgers, sandwiches and tacos than usual curries and gravies. This led to the growth of fast food chains, pizza outlets and pasta counters throughout India.

7 Dishes to Have an Elegant Christmas Dinner

When it comes to Christmas, food is a serious is affair. Everyone awaits the day and specially the food and the events more than anything else. Thus most of us keep looking for inspirations for the day’s menu and bring up something deliciously different to celebrate the festival.

Royal Feast on Christmas P.C.:http://goo.gl/M2qZCy

Royal Feast on Christmas
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Food being an important part of the Christmas celebration, menu is crafted considering the preferences of each family member and includes all the rich dishes.

Here a list of some dishes BYT suggests for you to make the feast memorable this year.

Main Course:

Mughlai Biryani

Flavoursome Mughlai Biryani P.C.:http://goo.gl/wPyfcT

Flavoursome Mughlai Biryani
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Chicken is prepared in Moghul style with addition of rich spices and flavor. The biryani always adds the royal touch to a feast. The exotic spices used in the dish let out a wonderful aroma which dominates over the other preparations for the feast.  For best taste marinate the chicken at least 6-7 hours prior to cooking.

Tandoori Roast Cockeral

Mouth-watering  Chicken Roast P.C.:http://goo.gl/bst6cr

Mouth-watering Chicken Roast
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Taking into account that most Indians struggle to cook the massive turkey, Roast Cockeral is one the best alternative for it on Christmas. Chicken Roast can easy if you prepare it following a series of steps. The marinating of the chicken for the roast is the most important part of this cooking and flavors take up to 8hours to build up in the chicken before cooking. The meat turns tender, soft and juicy once it is prepared.

Pork Vindaloo

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Pork Vindaloo
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This dish is a mixed bag of spicy, sweet, hot and tangy taste. Usually consumed with both rice and salad, Pork Vindaloo is a Goan dish which includes vinegar and garlics as the main ingredients, hence the name. Pork steak is infused with the rich spices of India and requires slow cooking. People now-a-days tame the dish as per their requirements.

Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Cheese

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Mushroom Stuffed with Delight
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This is a simple dish to cook yet tastes amazing. Mushroom caps are sautéed and are filled with spicy creamy mixture which can have ingredients of your preference. The preparation of this dish requires baking offering a real treat to the taste buds.

Desserts:
Cakes and pies are an important part of Christmas celebration. The traditions include exchanging platter of sweets with relatives and neighbors, thus sweets are prepared in bulk and everyone their delicacies to stand out.

Christmas Fruit Cake

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Cake with Fruit Candies and nuts
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This dense cake is filled with rich nuts and fruits in the candy form. This preparation is more popularly called the Plum cake. However not everyone can master this dish. Tip: let the cake sit longer it the tin to make it tastier.

Red Velvet Choco Chip cookies

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Red Velvet Choco cookies
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This dish is yet another very tasty preparation for Christmas. If you have ready to make red velvet cake mix the preparation of these cookies get easier. If you want this dish to be vegetarian you can replace the eggs with butter. Kids absolutely love this preparation.

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Tempting Walnut Fudge P.C.:http://goo.gl/cBn6nv

Tempting Walnut Fudge
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Often cooked on this festival, Chocolate Walnut Fudge is a rich preparation of a chocolate brownie with addition of walnuts. The walnuts can be replaced using any other nut of your preference. The cake is a sheer temptation and cannot be resisted by anyone.

5 Restaurants for Exotic Christmas Celebrations

Ho! Ho! Ho! Time of the year is close when Christmas festivities are about to begin. The weather has started sending chills already sending us the message that Christmas is just around the corner. People with full fervor are geared up to usher the festival and celebrations. Even the top notch hotels are decked up for merry making offering their guest a bunch of happiness on this Christmas.

Christmas Feast P.C.:http://goo.gl/mmW2QW

Christmas Feast
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Let us have look at the 5 most happening places to enjoy a luxurious treatment at high end hotels this Christmas.

Goa Marriott Spa and Resort

Wan Hao, Goa P.C.:http://goo.gl/WoqIG5

Wan Hao, Goa
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Indulge in the delightful Christmas buffet here to make your day a wee bit merrier. Dig into the extravagance of luxury dining with their lavish assortment of both veg and non-veg preparations. Wan Hao at Goa Marriott Spa and Resort is the best place to dine in on the special day if you are in Goa for the festival.

Threesixtydegree, The Oberoi, New Delhi

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The Oberoi New Delhi
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This place resonates the royalty and luxury in true sense. The culinary masters brings you an exotic array of dishes that promise to deliver a taste that would linger in your mind. Christmas cannot be celebrated in a better way than indulging in their interestingly crafted menu which is as opulent as its ambiance. The Oberoi invites the guests for a sheer royal feast this year on Christmas.

Hyatt Regency, Kolkata

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Hyatt Regency Kolkata
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Hyatt Regency is a graceful host that promises to offer lavish feast that can well satiate your hunger pangs. The season offer of exciting brunches, buffets and diners continue here for a month long till the New Year. The bakeries in the plush hotel can instantly turn you into small kid who could not resist the having sinfully delicious cakes, pastries, cookies, pies and much more.  So if you want to make you Christmas a memorable one, don’t forget to step in here.

The Lalit, Mumbai

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The Lalit, Mumbai
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Christmas refers to fun and frolic at The Lalit. The esteem hotel offers the selective luxurious and royal feast to their guest along with a interesting array of Christmas packages to choose from. Guests can enjoys exclusive and attractive discount offers on food and spa treatments on the festival. The talented line of chefs present their mastered signature preparations of world cuisine to titillate the taste buds of the visitors.

Syn, Hyderabad

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Syn, Hyderabad
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Syn Asian Grill Bar in Hotel Taj Deccan can be well defined as a fusion of fine service and luxury rendezvous. Enthralling the guests  with delightful culinary choices and exotic brunch, Syn promises to offer a cherishing Christmas experience. From Roast turkey to salmon with saffron risotto, the dishes can entice your taste buds for sure.

 

6 Uses of Leftover Christmas Chocolate

Christmas is synonymous to cake and chocolate. One just can’t celebrate Christmas without either of them. Be it making at home or receiving it as gifts, chocolates are everyone’s favourite. Sugar addicts and chocoholics always find a way to escape in the world of chocolates. However, we all receive these choco gifts in bulk every Christmas where at end of the festival we have no clue how to use these chocolate leftovers.

No wonder chocolates never get wasted but we can also get creative and alter their form into something more interesting and savouring.

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Get Creative with leftover Christmas Chocolate
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Here take a quick look at how you can utilize your leftover Christmas chocolates.

Chocolate Cookies

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Sinfully Delicious Choco cookies
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The first thought that comes to our mind is cookies. You can chop down the leftover chocolates into small chips and add in to the dough before baking. Luscious cookies are ready to eat!

Baked Doughnuts

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Irresistible Crispy Doughnuts
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Heat the leftover chocolate in saucepan and add cream to it. Let it melt and smoothen. Turn the heat off and let the mixture thicken. Dip the previously prepared doughnuts in this mixture and serve when dry. Could serve a great morning treat!

Fudge Brownie Pops

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Delightful Fudge Brownie Pops
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Easy to make these pops are rich and moist and are incredibly tasty. All you need to do is prepare brownies, crumble them and prepare soft balls out of it using corn syrup. This is followed by dipping the balls in molten chocolate and then dredging them in nuts. Serve the dish once the chocolate is dry.

Choco Almond Tart

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Almond Choco Tart
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Roast almonds and add them to a batter of flour eggs, sugar, vanilla, cane syrup, butter and lots of chocolate. Baked the mixture in tart pan and cool it. Rich and chocolaty tart is ready to eat!

Chocolate Pudding

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Smooth and rich pudding
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Dark chocolates are usually leftover at the end of Christmas. This year you can put that leftover chocolates to use with this recipe. Add milk to a mixture of granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa, corn starch and salt and bring to boil. Let it thicken and then add dark chocolates to it followed by vanilla. Serve it in small bowls and wrap it up with plastic cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve chilled.

Baked Chocolate Mousse

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Chocolate Mousse
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The sinfully delicious mousse can be prepared just like any other mousse followed by addition of lots of chocolate to it. The best way to taste leftover chocolates in a more relishing way.

So, this year get creative with Christmas Chocolate leftovers and transform them into anything you like.

Desi Restaurants To Try Out This Festive Season In Delhi

Delhi is traditional hub of the country. The capital city represents the true flavour of Indian food at Desi Reastaurants. Be it the street food, chaats or exotic cuisine being served at luxurious restaurants, the food here is a sheer reflection of traditions and rich culture of India. In the times where modern and contemporary food is on the rise among foodies, native Indian food still thrives in the heart of the nation. The food here has bagged worldwide recognition and takes back every Indian back to his roots.

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Desi Food
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On that note let us check out some popular restaurants in Delhi that serve authentic and traditional Indian cuisine.

Zaffran

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Zaffran Delicacy
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Experience fine dining in the plush contemporary environment of Zaffran. Zaffran has earned the distinction of serving great traditional food especially from North Indian cuisine. Their yummy Mughlai dishes have reserved its special place in every foodie’s heart in Delhi. Their mouth watering Butter Chicken preparations are just too irresistible to try out this Diwali.

Dum Pukht

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Dum Pukht Preparation
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Dum Pukht, a part of the ITC chain, has well added to the grandeur of the brand with it refined yet sublime fine dining experience. The infinite luxury doesn’t cease to imbibe in. The traditional cuisine of India is served here in grand way and the taste of the exotic food takes you to a regal ride. The infusion of flavours and the right proportion of spices in the food is exactly what you are waiting for this Diwali.

Indian Accent

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Indian Accent
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This place has earned many praises and accolades for serving the most selective yet traditionally delightful cuisine of India. The cookery at Indian Accent goes well down with its name and truly reflects the taste of India. One must definitely try out their cuisine to surprise their taste buds with a gush of tradition.

Gulati

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Gulati
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This is the place to be at during navaratri and Diwali. Gulati offers the guests an array of dishes to choose from the menu featuring rich North Indian cuisine. Delight for both vegetarian and non-vegetarians, Gulati has earned a distinction of serving the great food adding to your experience with its unmatched pleasant ambience.

Punjab Grill

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Exotic Punjabi Food
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Festive season feels so dull if there aren’t any spices to fill it up with liveliness. Food exactly of this type that soothes your senses and titillates your taste buds is served right at Punjab Grill. One more reason to be here is the irresistible fetish we all possess for Punjabi food. Head with your family or friends here to have a spicy Diwali.

Desi Roots

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Desi Roots fusion food
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Fusion food is the trending in India and this place is religiously following the latest trend. It is a different experience dining here in the contemporary modern set up where food takes you back to your roots. The desi factor is met with the food and the very creative theme of the place. One of the best places in Delhi where fusion is reflected at its best.

To know more about these restaurants and to reserve – please click on link below

http://www.bytplus.com/delhi-ncr/desi-restaurants-to-try-out-this-festive-season

4 Restaurants to Excite Your Diwali in Bangalore

Festive season is incomplete unless you relish the true taste of the rich traditional food and dig deep into sweets. Diwali celebrations are no fun without these. Nothing can match a sumptuous spread of buffet or irresistible a la carte at your favorite restaurant in the festive season. Bangalore is home to some very refined places to dine-in, however, when it comes to festivity and celebrations you take pleasure by treating yourself with the best food in the city. A plethora of restaurants display the best of cuisine and offer dining packages to lure the guests to their places.

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Diwali is synonymous to good food!
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Here, cutting down the clutter I recommend the following are the places to enjoy your Diwali in Bangalore. Lazeez 

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Biryani
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If you love biryani and chicken preparations then this is the place to be at that promises to make your festival even more special. The exotic food and lively festive ambiance makes up your day here. Mastering in the art of preparing great biryani, Lazeez has now earned quite fame in the city. Make your Diwali delightful with a rich spicy biryani here! Sultans of Spice

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Royal dinig at Sultans of Spice
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The place is a royal feast to your taste buds. Featuring North Indian and Afghani cuisine, Sultans of Spice takes you back to your roots with its exotic traditional preparations. The best part of the place is that it is quite light on the pocket. What else can make you happier when you get to enjoy royal treatment at pocket pleasing prices and that too in the festive season! Chianti

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Italian pleasure
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One of best places in Bangalore that serves authentic Italian food in affable ambiance along with warm service.  Inspired from the traditional Italian cuisine, the creative menu is a sheer delight and can titillate your palate with subtle flavors and mouth-watering preparations. This Diwali be different and dig into exotic international cuisine. Smoked out Barbeque

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Grilled chicken
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Nothing beats the grilled and barbeque preparations of chicken. This festive season I recommend your to meet your crave for grilled chicken preparations at Smoked out Barbeque where the robust flavors of the finely cooked chicken promise to take you to a gastronomical ride. The juicy chicken and beef steak would keep bringing you back to this place, I bet! Make your Diwali special in Bangalore with the cuisine you prefer. 

To know more about these restaurants and to reserve – please click on link below

http://www.bytplus.com/bangalore/four-restaurants-to-excite-your-diwali

Indo-Western Fusion Food to Relish This Diwali

Fusion cuisine is the new flavour of the season. Nothing tastes better when you can blend your preferences from two different cuisines. The amalgamation can be done with any dish be it two regional or international. We always look for food that offers variety and that’s what makes fusion food more delighting. Food choices in India have developed over time and thus making it more open to fusion of cuisines. This combination of food is apt for foodies who love to try out nre things and relish the taste of diversity.

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Fusion Food
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Take a look at the some very interesting and exciting fusion dishes one must definitely try.

Masala Quesadilla

Masala Quesadilla:  Mexican delight with Indian touch.  P.C:http://goo.gl/WkTBTi

Masala Quesadilla: Mexican delight with Indian touch.
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The toasted tortilla, a speciality from Mexico, is usually served stuffed with cheese inside. However, to add a taste of Indian food to it one might customize the stuffing as per their preferences. Masala Quesadilla comprises of a filling of sautéed vegetables to which Indian spices are added like garam masala, garlic, ginger and scrambled egg. This Indo-Western fusion is sure to take your taste buds to a yummy ride.

Spinach Pizza

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Healthy Food: Spinach Pizza
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There are people who hate spinach as much as they love having pizza. But the fusion of these two is undoubtedly an irresistible combo. Spinach Pizza is nothing but spinach leaves added to a normal pizza. This dish not only tastes different but also serves as very healthy one.

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger

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A perfect fusion: Sweet Potato Veggie Burger
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I am sure you must have tried a variety of burgers before but this one is far more different and tastes deliciously wonderful. The ingredients of this mystery fusion preparation includeblack pepper sprinkled on slices of sweet potato that are added to the layers of the burger. The dish tastes sweet and tangy. A delicious combination!

Chilli Jam Brinjal

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Chilli Jam Brinjal
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Sweet and chilli is different combo that doesn’t appeal to many. But there is a certain proportion which is to be maintained while adding both of these ingredients for the magic to work. The recipe comprises of cooking aubergines in Hot and sweet sauce which makes it spicy as well as sweet at the same time.

Herbal Pasta

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Herbal Pasta
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Indian spices change the flavour in a very delightful way. Be it a Spanish pasta or Mexican Quesadilla. If you are a vegetarian you would definitely love this fusion of pasta and lot of green and colourful vegetables. All you need to do is cook the mixed vegetables in Indian spices followed by tossing it in the pre-boiled pasta and add some ketchup to make it taste more Indian.