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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.

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The city of Pune
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Credits are to the rising number of pubs, bars and lounges that have made the night life of Pune an exciting one over the years. If you are also nocturnal by nature and new to the city of Pune, you may wonder where to start the midnight venture from?

BYT lists for you the best of restaurants, home deliveries and clubs that will make your nights joyful in the city of Pune.

NIGHT CLUBS

Scream Bar

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Inside Scream Bar
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As the name says, neither music nor your pitch needs any limit in this night club of Pune. Inside hotel Le-Meridian, this one offers a wide range of food and drinks as perks to your party. Also, their vast dance floor and loud music composes an ambiance that becomes happening with passing time. Walk in party people for the best of experience.

Hard Rock Café

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HRC, Pune
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After Mumbai and Bengaluru, now even the city of Pune homes the third Hard Rock Café outlet of the country. Alike any other branch, this one too has a wide array of drinks and serves scrumptious menu. Added to this, the live performances and electrifying music makes this place a must visit for the party freaks of Pune.

Zk’s

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Zk’s Logo
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DJ parties are the attraction in night clubs and this one hosts the best in town bringing the best of DJs of Bollywood. Added to it you get the best of branded drinks and huge range of lip smacking starters, altogether weaving an experience you will surely fall for. Its location near a popular college makes it a hub for young enthusiasts.

LATE NIGHT DELIVERIES

Our party mood is definitely not an everyday schedule and we may prefer staying at home, watching our favorite film or tuning the recent music album. How about a drink or food with it? Your pantry may not have it in stock but these late night home delivery services of Pune gets you the best of goodies at the wee of time.

Nite Foodie

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Nite Foodie
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The menu is mostly Indian and Chinese that they will get to you at any time of the night. The quality is like any other road side eatery and is sure to impress you with you with their prompt delivery services. They also rent out games like UNO if you think that can add some more fun to your night life.

Justorder India

The menu limits to six food combos starting from munchies to full course meal. Burger to biriyani, you have a lot to pick from. Order the kind of food you want and they will get it fresh and wrapped to your door step. This one only accepts cash on delivery; hence, just check your wallet once before you order.

Food At Night

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Serving till 4a.m.
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This delivery service of Pune extends till 4am in the morning and has only three combos in service. All three are worth a drool and are served with cold drinks. So, just browse through their site or call them to place your order tonight or soon.

LATE NIGHT EATERIES

Why being at home all night? You can walk out and there are mid night eateries across Pune where you can walk or drive in for a good food experience at the middle of the night.

Mad Momos

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A momo joint
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How about some warm and tasty dumpling amidst the night? This momo outlet remains open till 4am in the morning to serve your buds a finger licking experience. Their momo includes simple steamed ones to momo burgers, momo pizzas, Indianised momo and more. Each plate is indeed wholesome in quantity, so think before you order.

Rangla Punjab

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A snapshot of rangla Punjab
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Located a little outskirts the city centre, this one is an open air highway dhaba where you get awesome Punjabi food till 2am in the night. A heavy meal or a glass of lassi the team waits to serve you the best of experience once here. The place remains quite jam packed and hence, you might have to wait till your turn.

6 Food Habits for Better Yoga

Any kind of physical activity cannot alone compose a healthy living. An added wholesome diet is equally important to build a perfect body. Hence, if you are in plan or in progress to add yoga in your schedule, then that too needs a good diet plan to be clubbed with. Hours of yoga practice with lots of junk food served at every eating can never contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

aIt’s not about adding and subtracting a few food items in order to pursue the ideal yogic diet. You need to restructure your entire food habits and practices in order to benefit from yoga.

The BYT team summarizes some food practices along with your yoga schedule that is sure to enrich your body and soul.

Preferably Vegetarian

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Go veggy
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You may worry that abstaining meat and fish from diet, will make you protein deficient. Well there are substitutes also. You should definitely try to reject non veg in menu when opting for yoga, as the same roots to high levels or uric acid and cholesterol.  Instead adding some more portions of nuts, legumes and green vegetables can ensure greater nourishment for the body.

Add Dairy Products in Diet

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Make it a must
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Dairy product is not milk alone. Curd, cheese, butter, paneer and many are in the list of dairy products. Once you accept yoga as part of your life, do add more of dairy products in your diet as it’s the best source of calcium and Vitamin D. Probiotics in dairy products builds immunity power of the body and reduces chance of blood pressure and cardio vascular activities.

Learn When to Drink Water

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Drinks lots of water
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Drinking water is important and most of us tend to follow the detoxification factor in head. But wrong timing of drinking water can yield bad results as well. Like drinking water continuously while eating fills the tummy easily, and lessens scope for you to eat. Hence, plan your water drinking ahead or away from the dining hours for better results. Also make sure that you drink pure and clean water only, as its home to minerals in your body.

Strict Prohibition of Addiction

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No more a part of your life
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You got to give away your smoking or drinking habit when opting for yoga. Even, tobacco and caffeine cannot be part of your life. As yoga experts explain, these obstruct concentration and focus required during yoga practice.  Instead, some healthy habit like knack for fruit juice or fresh veggies is considered better than these.

Fasting, Now a Part of Your Diet

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Fasting is good
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Yogis recommend a day of fast in the week in order to purify the body. Continuous exposure to food and drinks makes it excessive for the body to take. You can pick a particular day of fast in the week or distribute it on a regular basis across a month or year. Fasting does not mean absolute prohibition from any kind of consumption. Water, juices and any kind of fluid can be part of your fast diet.

Digestion Is Important

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Vajrasana
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Eating and drinking is the physical function. Digestion of the same is indeed important for a healthy living. To digest your food better, do keep Vajrasana in routine after your every meal. The same also helps to control blood pressure of your lower abdomen.

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.

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.

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

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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.

 

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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.

5 Best Vegetarian Dhabas in Amritsar

Mumbai might be the Bollywood city, Delhi is called the nation’s capital, Kolkata is known as the City of Joy, what is the other name of Amritsar?

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A panoramic view of Amritsar
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Well, if you are linking it to the Golden Temple, then wrong thoughts. Amritsar, is also the culinary capital of India.

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Golden Temple, Amritsar
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In fact, tourists who visit the city invariably devote in two rituals – visit the Golden temple and hog the best of food to their utmost capacities.

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A typical veg Punjabi thali
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However, in this trend vegetarians often fall short in exploration as they spend a lot of time to fetch veg food hubs of Amritsar. So that veggy tourists can spend more time finger licking food than searching for restaurants, BYT lists top eight vegetarian dhabas in Amritsar.

They are not only popular for the food, but also as places to be when you are in a travel mode in the city of Amritsar.

New Kundan Dhaba

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Entrance of New Kundan Dhaba
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Serving the people Amritsar for years now, this dhaba underwent a renovation recently. That not only gave a new look to the place but also added glamour to the food plates served. Their menu is crisp and short, which makes it easy to decide. You also have options for half plate food, which leaves scope for lost of food to try.

Famous Kulcha Corner

 

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Hot kulchas with butter
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It’s not alone the Golden temple. When you are in Amritsar, you have too many temples to visit. In the list, an important one is Mata Temple at Rani Ka Bagh. If that’s your destination today, then do hit by this near-by dhaba. A pure vegetarian food hub here you get too much of paranthas and puris to try. Desserts are also worth a try in this dhaba.

Krishna Madhur Mishthan Bhandar Vaishno Dhaba

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The entrance of the dhaba
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The place has ample amount of food and equal amount of dessert. So when you start eating, do leave space so that you can tuck their delicious desserts at the end. Combining food and desserts, their list is too long. Thus, keep ample time in hand when you visit the place. The place is meant for wholesome meals over snacks or tucks.

All India Famous Amritsari Kulcha

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The making of Kulcha
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Your trip to Amritsar will be really incomplete without a visit to this dhaba. While the food on plate is going to touch your bud, the making of it wills surely grab your attention. Skilled craftsmen are continuously preparing kulchas and the sight of which will keep you drooling. Once here, you don’t need a menu. Select your stuffing for the kulcha while the chana, chutney and onions are fixed for all plates.

Brother’s Dhaba

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A look of Brother’s Dhaba
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Calling this dhaba will be wrong. The menu and the ambiance have much more than a mere dhaba. They even have south Indian and Chinese platters all set to sevre you. Order anything, the taste and texture of the food will surely make this one of your favorite place in Amritsar. The dhaba usually remains crowded and thus keep little time in hand, when you head here.

Bharawan Da Dhaba

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Menu card at Bharwan Da Dhaba
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This one is always crowded. If you are ready to fight for good food among many people, then only be here. It’s not a place with sober or calm ambiance. Yet, keeping the scrumptious menu in mind, it’s worth to jostle in the crowd for your plate of dal makhni, lachcha paratha or anything else. They have a typical Punjabi dhaba menu where the parathas are claimed to be the best in the city.

 

6 Sweets for A Scrumptious Sankranti

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

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

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

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

Pathishapta

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

 Til Laddoos

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

Puli Pitha

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

Til Chikki

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

Gulachi Poli or Jaggery roti

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

Nolen Gur’er Payesh

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

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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.

Traditional Garba Dance
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Best Dandiya Events You Can Head To This Navaratri

The much awaited Navaratri festival brings the zeal of nine nights and ten days where one cannot resist swaying to the beats of the traditional Garba and Dandiya. These nine days the entire nation is caught on by the fever of Dandiya. The authentic Dandiya night and the rhythmic beats of Garba ushers you to the colourful euphoria of nine extravagant nights.

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Traditional Garba Dance
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However, you need to be at the right events to witness the best celebrations across the country.

Here’s a list of places you should be at to enjoy this Navaratri season and take pleasure in the festive delicacies.

Loveshack, Bangalore

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Loveshack, Bangalore
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Dandiya event is organised in the plush interiors of the Loveshack where visitors can groove to the beats of the music along with digging in a huge variety of delicious food. The Bollywood music played at the venue is the main highlight which attracts everyone to hit the dance floor.

Vivantaby Taj, Chennai

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Vivanta By Taj
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DandiyaGarbaRass is organised by Vivanta that is full of fun, dancing, enchanting food and much more. This event is one of the most awaited festive events in the city. One can witness the traditional Gujarati way of celebrating Navaratri by performing the authentic Garba and Dandiya.

Sofitel Hotel, Mumbai

24-Sofitel-Banquet

Most of the crowd in Mumbai heads to Sofitel Hotel for the best Dandiya experience during Navaratri. Mumbai has always earned the distinction of organising the best of events. Dandiya is no exception. The event is more of a classic party where you can experience much more than just Garba and music. The large spread of food can well excite your taste buds here.

Naramada, The Gate Way, Ahmedabad

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Naramada-The Gate Way
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The vivid regional food delicacies at the Gate Way makes your Dandiya night even more enticing and euphoric. Ahmedabad is the best destination to experience the vibrant colour and festivity of Navaratri. The authentic Gujarati cuisine and culture defines this festival like no other.

Food Guide: Where to Eat This Diwali

The festival of Diwali signifies the ‘triumph of good over evil’. If you are in India you can well understand the quintessence of the festival with celebrations around the nation. These celebrations are no more just a visual treat; the taste buds can equally indulge in the delight of the carnival. The food and restaurants are with displaying their creative sides catering the high expectations of the foodies in the different states. Tweaking menus and bringing in traditional touches to their dishes is the newest trend this festive season. Many restaurants also introduce their special Diwali cuisine to lure guests.

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Diwali: A foodie’s delight
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Well, I have cut down the clutter and have come up with the best places to eat at making a memorable Diwali experience.

Masala Bay at The Taj Lands End, Mumbai

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Masala Bay
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Diwali feels complete with savouring their traditional cuisine prepared in authentic style. The rich food is flavoured with selective of spices leaving the guests with a feeling of experiencing the best of North Indian Cuisine. The place looks over the sea which makes it a visual treat to the eyes while dining.

Esplanade, Bangalore

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Kolkata’s flavours at The Esplanade
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If you looking for true flavours of Kolkata away from home, then this is the place to be at. With its authentic Bengali serving style, Esplanade looks forward to transforming a mere evening into a memorable experience that goes beyond ordinary. Be it Kasha mangsho, Aam Kashundi Begun, Chicken kabiraji or Prawn cutlet, I bet you couldn’t resist any of them.

Varq – The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

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Exotic Dining at Varq
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Hailed for its innovative cuisine, Varq – The Taj Mahal Hotel is a luxurious ultra-contemporary place to dine-in this Diwali. The well crafted menu invites you to a unique culinary journey. Indian dishes with contemporary touch enthuse as well as gratify traditional palates. Nestled in the heart of the capital city, Varq is a blend of the bygone era and modernism.

Dialogue in the Dark, Hyderabad

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Experience dining in dark
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Eating spicy North Indian cuisine is an effective way to wake up your taste buds. The desi versions of international cuisines look simple yet tastes exotic. So try Indian cuisine with modern twist this Diwali. Dialogue in the Dark brings you to experience high-end dining with a pocket pleasing prices and yes, experience dining in the dark!

Peter Cat, Kolkata

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Chelo Kebab at Peter Cat
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The place has earned a name for itself offering refreshingly laid-back yet intensely exciting eating options for their guests.  Unplug and unwind yourself from the monotonous chores and indulge in the entertainment here to have a pleasantly relaxing evening. The love for food and fun begins here.

So, all you food aficionados try out these places for a flavoursome festive season!

5 Recipes to Try Out This Navaratri

The onset of Autumn in India marks the beginning of the series of celebrations and festivals. The festive season rolls out with Navaratri. The occasion lasts for nine days filled with celebrations and fasting. You must be wondering how come festivals be fun without food. Well then here’s the catch- The fasting comprises of intake of certain food which is surprisingly irresistible and mouth-watering. The deity is worshipped for her significance as the universal power.

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Highlights From Navaratri Celebrations
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Here I have compiled a list of the 5 best recipes one can savour this Navaratri.

Sabudana Kheer

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Sabudana Kheer
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This is an Indian dessert that is usually cooked while fasting as per the traditions. The recipe is quite easy and can be cooked in less than 20 minutes or so. All you need is tapioca grain pearls, milk and dry fruits. The pudding is usually served hot flavoured with cardamom and saffron. The thicker and denser the ‘kheer’ is, the more delicious it tastes.

Singhare K Atte K Samose

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Samosa
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This all-time favourite tea time snack is worth gorging on. The ‘samosas’ are cooked out of water chestnut flour. As per your own tastes you can prepare the filling and deep fry these triangular dumplings.

Sheera

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Sheera
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It is a sure hit dessert among most Indians. The ‘bhog’ that is offered to the deity is incomplete without ‘sheera’. The basic ingredient is semolina, milk and ghee. The dish perfectly justifies our love for sugary preparations. Interestingly, this dessert is cooked is almost every part of the nation yet is known with different names. So, if you love indulging in sweet dishes, you must put on your cooking gloves to try this one out.

Banana Walnut Lassi

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Banana Walnut Lassi
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This filling drink boosts you up while fasting. The delicious preparation comprises of the goodness of walnut, milk, yogurt and banana. The bananas used are preferably sweet to avoid the addition of extra sugar to keep the drink carb-free. One can garnish it with raisins and cashews.

Aloo Tamatar ki Sabzi

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Aloo Ki Sabzi
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‘Aloo’ is an absolute favourite of all. Tomato is the most versatile ingredient that can find its place in most of the dishes. This particular preparation is cooked while fasting and thus includes no garlic or onions.  To make the dish tastier, you can shallow fry the baby potatoes before adding them to the rich thick gravy.

10 Must Try Food Of Durga Puja

Not even a month left for Durga Puja, but the spree is on. Those who believe Bengal as the only state to celebrate this Goddess of Power are mistaking.

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Durga Puja Celebration
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Durga Puja is now a worldwide affair where communities of Bengalis or Hindus cluster to re-live the five days of happiness and joy. Though Bengal in India is known to be the best, others are also stepping forward to make their pujas grandeur and grace.

What are the attractions in a Durga Puja?

The goddess, the dhak(drum), the styling crowd, the dhunuchi(incense stick) – yes, these are severe attractions in this much awaited festival of the year.

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A glimpse Of Dhunuchi Naach
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But above everything stands the attraction of food.

Communities or families celebrating Durga Puja generally limit to vegetarian food choice during these five days. But the food they relish are symbols of luxury and ecstasy. They are scrumptious and superb. Non Bengalis or distant people take part in the puja considering food as a major appeal.

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Durga Puja Prasad
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So, if you are also in plan to participate in this religious conglomerate then do not miss the following culinary delights for an extensive gastronomic plunge. They are completely vegetarian and thus, any foodie can take the trial.

Luchi

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Hot Luchi
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Luchi, is a deep fried Indian bread known that can be consumed in breakfast, lunch or dinner that is, at any point of the day. Usually after fast for anjali or worshipping the Goddess, people break their fast with Luchi. A curry spicy or sweet is usually served with this to tantalize your buds. The same is offered to the Goddess as ‘prasad’.

Cholar Dal

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A bowl of Cholar Dal
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As told earlier, Luchi needs a curry with it. A yellow based curry is preferred and Cholar dal is the most common serving with it. It’s a kind of pulse that tastes sweet and dry fruits or coconuts are added to enhance its taste. Served hot, you can have bowls of it without any side dishes.

Labra

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Yumm LAbra Curry
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Labra is a vegetarian dry curry composed of different vegetables that is served in main course. Labra tastes spicy and necessarily needs a rice dish to accompany it. Culinary professionals or experts can only prepare this dish as it needs slow cooking and advanced culinary skills.

Khichudi

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A Plate OF Khichudi
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This is a rice combination completely yellow in color made of veggies and spices. It’s healthy and can be gulped by children and senior citizens too. It’s soft and delectable which is offered to almost all deities worshipped in the span of Durga Puja. Community puja or associations distribute this as prasad among large crowds.

Aam’er Chutney

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Aam’er Chutney
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Chutney is a kind of sauce served right before dessert in the course of an Indian meal. The specialty here is the use of ‘aam’ or mango. Green mangoes are used to make this giving it a tangy taste. It rejuvenates the tongue and sets it for the delicious desserts in queue.

Sandesh

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Different kinds of Sandesh
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nolengur-sondeshNo celebration in India is complete without sweets. Similarly, no Durga Puja can be over without ‘sandesh’. It’s a dry sweet that has a long history and originated from confectionaries of Bengal. The sweet has variety and is a popular choice on the last day of celebration, right after immersion of the idol.

Payesh

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Payesh, The Dessert
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The meals of Durga Puja usually end with ‘payesh’ on each of the five days. This milk based preparation is made varied by adding rice, carrots, gourd and different ingredients to it. Its sweet and soft and is directly offered as Prasad to the deity.

Polao

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Polao
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A sweet rice that is served usually in lunch. Cashews, raisins and more are added to the rice in order to make you crave for more. Lots of ghee and less of spices makes this everyone’s favorite. Addition of kesar makes this more out of the box from regular food.

Phulkopir Torkari

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Phoolkopir Torkari
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A simple cauliflower curry that will keep you drooling once you taste. You can have this with rice or any sort of Indian bread. It’s indeed spicy and at times potatoes are included to raise the taste of it. Its oily and rich, thus be careful about the portion.

Potoler Dorma

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Potoler Dorma
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Potol is a green vegetable that is called ‘parval’ in hindi and pointed gourd in English. On a daily basis when this veggie is prepared its dull and boring. When it’s in the ‘dorma’ form, with a filling inside it tastes flavorsome. Fillings of paneer or vegetables are added to the simple green gourd to make it an extra ordinary affair.

Hope that adds lots to your list and Happy Puja, in advance.

Animal vs Plant Protein

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

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Proteins!
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What is ‘protein’?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Most Popular Cocktails – Part 3

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

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Fine Dining Restaurants in Delhi – Part 3

Welcome to the third blog of this series. In this blog, we will take a deeper look into three superb fine dining restaurants in Delhi to help you choose where you’d like to go next. The restaurants are all from the creme de la creme group and many belong to five-star hotels.

Orient Express - Taj Palace Hotel, Delhi

Orient Express – Taj Palace Hotel, Delhi

As the name suggests, Orient Express, the restaurant is all about the train made famous by an Agatha Christie novel, located in the Taj Palace Hotel. There is a beautiful compartment of a train in the restaurant inside of which people sit and dine in a set up that makes Hercule Poirot come alive. The restaurant serves European food and is one of the best known restaurants in town for the ambiance and food. The beautiful champagne flute glasses bring about the quintessential touch that completes the feeling. The set up is vrey romantic and couples can indulge into a fantastic dinner in the soft golden light of beautiful lamp shades on the table and the comfort of the cosy seats and amazing food!

Black Cod with Miso Glaze At Kiyan in Dusit Devarana New Delhi - A Bird Group Resort

Black Cod with Miso Glaze
At Kiyan in Dusit Devarana New Delhi – A Bird Group Resort

Dusit Devarana at 21st Milestone, Samalkha, NH8, Near Rajokri, New Delhi, has a beautiful restaurant called Kiyan. This restaurant wins the first star for its amazingly calm and refreshing ambiance. The second star guarantees the perfect food they serve. Kiyan serves European, North Indian and Pan-Asian cuisines. The chefs are specially trained to dish out the most perfect tastes for anything you’d order. You should definitely try the Green Curry Chicken and Black Cod with Miso Glaze. The third star goes to the amazing decor of the restaurant. The seating arrangement is spread across outdoors and indoors. While the indoors is well lighted and furnished with regular yet classy furniture and spotlights, the outdoor setting overlooks lush green landscaped gardens and pools with brightly lit pillars that break the monotony! The fourth star definitely is for the amazing service. The fifth one is for the excellent overall experience Kiyan renders!

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