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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!

7 Desserts to Try This New Year

Welcome December!

A month of joy, happiness, fun and festival across the globe.

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Welcome December
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Christians get the most awaited celebration of the year and the rest of the world steps in their joy ride.

The number of parties, hangouts and night outs also shoots up as winter favors us with the space to tuck in lots of food. Every food journey is incomplete without a dessert.

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Christmas Party
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Dessert not only completes a culinary treat but also, leaves us with a happy soul at the end of the feast.

Now, what all can you think as options when we say ‘dessert’?

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Common Winter Dessert
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Vanilla ice cream, chocolate cake or an apple pie are too common and primitive.

Add spark to end your delicious spread with these new dessert ideas this December. They will not only make your party stand out but also make these items regular in your kitchen.

Chocolate Ginger Cake

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Chocolate Ginger Cake with Bourbon Sauce
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Trying chocolate with nut or cashew is common. Adding some scoop of ice cream or sweetmeats on it is also usual. But when we have the same chocolate with some fresh ginger, then how will it be? You may worry the combination of a vegetable and a sweet treat. But believe us, together they weave a spell on your buds that is not easy to forget. To add to the richness, pour in some bourbon sauce.

Almond Cheesecake

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Almond Cheesecake with Chocolate Flakes
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When it comes to cheesecake, trying it with blueberry or strawberry is most common. Here is a twist to your cheesecake by replacing berries with almonds. The almonds bring a crispy crust in between the creamy layers of the cake. Thus your buds experience the soothing cream with some chirps and creaks. Add to the flavors, by garnishing the cake with some sour cream and blackberries.

Orange Custard Tart

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Orange Custard Tart
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Spice up this December with creamy custard and a spread of winter oranges on them. The combination is thick and rich. You got to keep enough space to relish few gulps of this. To make the dessert an every one’s favorite, freeze it long and serve with some hot caramel or chocolate sauce. The aroma of fresh orange and the bitter chocolate is simply going to make this a memorable winter.

Corn Meal Cake

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Corn meal Cake
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The diet conscious youth finds the fluffy creamy cakes a threat. For them here lies a substitute of cakes made of fresh corn meal and with no use of butter. Since the cake tastes subtle in texture and taste, a rustic flavor can be added with fresh lime juice. Garnishing tips for this Brazilian dessert includes the use of blueberry sauce and granulated sugar on top.


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Honey Fig
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Fig, the winter fruit is a common dessert during December or January. Thus BYT shares a small tip to make your dessert party stand out. Broil the figs with some honey topping and vanilla seeds. This not only alters the look of the fig but at the same time enhances its taste. To make it flavorsome, do add the extras sometime before the party. The more these melt in the fruit, the better they taste on serving.

Honey Cake

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Honey Cake
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Keeping honey in the menu denotes wishing the guests good luck for coming future. Yet hosts wonder what to make out of honey and how to present a delicious dish out of it? The remedy is a fluffy honey cake with some choco flakes and sea salt giving it both a sweet and salty touch. You can enrich the cake by adding almonds, cinnamon or whiskey.

Cranberry-Vanilla Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

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Cranberry Vanilla Cake
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The cake is of course not simple to make. It takes time and baking skills too. But if you can mix the ingredients in right portions and bake it for an accurate timing, you are sure to achieve a super aromatic hot cake. Freeze it and before serving, do not forget to add a lot of whipped cream. The soft cream along with the baked cake makes a wholesome dessert.

5 Sweets To Try This Bakhri Eid

As the Muslim community across the globe celebrates Bakhri Eid, we all know that they call it Salty Eid. The simple reason being, food in this celebration is based on the kind and sort of animal they slaughter. Meat, beef or lamb – are kept on the top list of the Bakhri Eid menu.

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An Eid Feast
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However no celebration completes without the presence of sweets. At the end of all the savories and spices you consume, a gulp of sweet simply tantalizes the taste buds. Hence no Muslim spread during Bakhri Eid goes devoid of sweets.

In fact there are sweets that the Muslims limit to to Eid-Ul-Adha celebration only. The list of desserts differs in case of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

Here are the top 5 sweet preparations that you cannot miss during Bakhri Eid. Break into a Muslim friend, neighbor or colleagues house to relish this range of desserts that will make you crave for more.

Popular confectionaries now prepare the same items and put them for people to buy. You can try your luck there as well.


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A multi layered pastry filled with nuts and raisins served with a topping of thick sweet sauce or honey. Fillings of Baklava vary from country to country. Iranians like it with pistachios and almonds while in Levant, walnut is the choice. In recent times, culinary experts are adding dates and choco chips to render new kinds of Baklava. It might be expensive but a big miss if you wait for some other time.

Aish Al Saraya

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This is a Lebanese dessert that is completely vegetarian as it does not include egg even. Aish Al Saraya generally has different flavors added like rose, orange and lime. It’s a light sweet that can be consumed in big amount and refrigerating it before serving is important. The pudding looks awesome when garnished with crushed pistachios, walnuts or any other dry fruits. It’s a healthy food for toddlers to senior citizens in the family.


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It’s a Middle Eastern cake with semilona as the main ingredient and rose water or lemon syrup added on top to add flavors to the bake. Other ingredients required to make this are coconut, cinnamon or cloves, orange or tangerine peels and dry fruits at the end. The dessert is difficult to bake and often turns a disaster for first timers. Experienced and skilled culinary chefs make it with ease and serve with ethnic.

Kaju Halwa

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Kaju Halwa
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Many mistake ‘Kaju Halwa’ to be the popular Indian dessert, Kaju Barfi. It’s an absolute misconcept. The Kaju Halwa that Muslims prepare during Bakhri Eid is a pudding composed of only cashew, sugar and milk. It can be served both hot and cold. Cashew nuts are used to garnish this dish. It’s a heavy sweet that can be kept in the fridge for long to relish and recall the Eid memories.

Qimani Seviyan

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Qimani Seviyaan
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Promising culinary joy and visual pleasure, this recipe is simple to make and is the most important during Ramazan. Yet some prepare it during Bakhri Eid too. Combination of three ingredients- vermicelli, sugar and milk- makes this a must try after an unforgettable Eid feast.

Pork Vindaloo

Hearing the name for the first time? Well pork lovers must be aware of it, especially if they have been to Goa. Fans of Goanese food also love the dish. The preparation can be guessed of the terminology ‘vindaloo’ is disseminated. The Portugese term Vindaloo, has two parts – ‘vin’ refers to vinegar while ‘aloo’ means garlic in Portugese. So to brief, this mostly mispronounced dish vindaloois a a stew dominated with garlic.


Pork Vindaloo
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Bursting with flavours and aromas, Pork Vindaloo is the Indianised name of the dish. Some claim the actual name of the dish was Pork Vindahlo.

The original authentic Pork Vindaloo that is prepared in the Portugese style is dominated with wine and garlic. The Goans, added Indian flavors to it and made it more tangy and appealing. The Indian version of it has some more ingredients like chillies, tamarind, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom. In India, though the term Vindaloo asserts potatoes as an integral part of the dish (since aloo means potatoes) but this stands untrue.

Vindaloo is also served with chicken or lamb or vegetables.

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Chicken Vindaloo
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The nearest Indian curry to which Vindaloo can be compared is Korma. It too has thick gravy with meat in it.

Now by this time, when you are all set to try Vindaloo, with chicken, pork or vegetables, it might not be that you have a trip scheduled to Goa or Portugese to try this exotic delicacy. How to satisfy your taste buds with the Vindaloo touch in that case. Well, you yourself can make it at home with Bookyourtable providing you the recipe of the dish:

Toss pork, vinegar, and salt in a bowl. Cook cumin and poppy seeds, peppercorns, chillies, and cloves in for 1–2 minutes, until they pop.Grind the ingredients to powder and add to pork. Add Purée tamarind paste, turmeric, peeled garlic, red chilies, and ginger and make a paste.

Toss and cover the pork or meat with these spices for 4 hours.

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Tossing meat with spices
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In oil, cook mustard seeds and cinnamon until seeds pop, 1–2 minutes. Add chopped garlic, green chiles, and onion; cook until slightly caramelized, 8–10 minutes. Stir in pork and its marinate; cook until paste begins to brown, 5–7 minutes. Add salt and 1¼ cups water; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until pork is tender, about 1 hour. Stir in jaggery; cook until thickened, 8–10 minutes.

Pork Vindaloo is all set to be served hot and spicy.

The Story of Butter Chicken

On the streets of Delhi, there lived a well-fed, nourished hen, that had a mind of its own. Oftentimes, it would venture out on its own to explore. As luck would have it, on one such adventure trips into a wrong ‘gully‘, the hen ended up in the hands of a butcher… The next morning, meat was being prepared to be sent to a nearby Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj. The butcher packed separately the well-fed hen, now as clean chicken pieces, under the cook’s order for some extra meat required apart from the regular load.

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The cook’s mind had been busy all night and he was waiting rather energetically to give his thought a shape, form and identity. He unpacked the isolated parcel in excitement, washed the pieces carefully and rubbed in some marinade… What he did is somewhat similar to the excerpt below:

For marinating chicken:
boneless, skinless chicken breast cut in 1″ – 2″ cubes, lemon juice, cloves of garlic, minced, garam masala, salt
For sauce:
vegetable oil, chopped onion (about 2 medium-large), coarsely chopped garlic, garam masala, paprika, cinnamon, salt to taste, diced no-salt-added diced tomatoes, cashew paste, butter  and chopped cilantro, to garnish

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Garam Masala
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The cook combined all ingredients in the marinade and let it sit for a while. May be from the next time, he marinated overnight. Then he browned the onions over oil, added garlic, garam masala, red chilli powder (paprika), cinnamon and salt. Just stirring this, the cook began to feel that his experiment will be immensely successful! And meanwhile, he put the marinated chicken to roast in an oven.

When all were frying well on the oil, he added the tomatoes, and cashew paste. After a short while, he added the cooked chicken pieces and covered it to mix in with the sauce. After a gentle simmering for quite some time, he stirred in the butter, added chopped cilantro and put off the fire.

Now he was happy. He had made the perfect dish he wanted to. It was ready to set afoot into the world. Little did he know that it will become one of the most popular recipes of all times! The brave hen also had an innovative commemoration of her life, afterall! The happy cook named it, Butter Chicken!!

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Butter Chicken
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To try some delicious versions of Butter Chicken, with Indian breads like butter / garlic naans, visit www.bookyourtable.com and make a reservation in any of the city’s best north indian cuisine restaurants soon!