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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.

Fig

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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.

Blue Ginger – Taj West End, Bangalore

The Taj chain of hotels and resorts always mean perfection, exoticism and aristocracy. They do not encourage any compromise, any arrangement or any understanding regarding the quality of their product. The Blue Ginger is the only pioneering Vietnamese cuisine restaurant in India and has received a wonderful response from all.

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Grilled Chicken on bed of Pokchoy Mushroom sauce

Blue Ginger offers some set meals (apart from a la carte) which are no doubt the best combinations to go with. Some flavours, very particular to Vietnam like ‘Wok tossed Chicken with ginger and cashew nut’, ‘Stir fried greens and sprouts with garlic’, ‘Prawns in lemongrass an chilli lime soup’, ‘Asparagus soup with crab meat, Scallions and cilantro’, ‘Spicy Seafood salad’, ‘Butter garlic calamari’, ‘Wok tossed lobster chunk and cashew nut with crushed pepper’, ‘Fresh rice paper rolls with shrimp and chicken’, ‘Grilled Chicken with Basil and Five Spice’, ‘Wok tossed prawn with shitake mushrooms, dry shrimp and celery’ and the same is also served with tenderloin instead, Vietnamese style sauté tenderloin with garlic and sweet onion, ‘Wok tossed soft noodles with vegetables/seafood/mixed meat’ are all there in the menu, and some ‘Jelly and Fruits with Coconut Cream’ or some ice creams wouldn’t do much harm to your calorie count to end it with!

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Vietnamese Style Roasted Duck with Classical accompaniments

The restaurant of Blue Ginger, in the Taj West End, Bangalore, is set with a widespread rustic setting of a Vietnamese village with tropical forests, lagoons and landscape. It offers a beautiful escape into nature while your car has not rolled an inch out of the city. Blue Ginger is set next to a hyacinth pool, natural stone waterfall and South-East Asian gardens and flourishes under a tiled pavilion that lets you enjoy the setting full on with your meal. It is truly amazing to be able to enjoy Sangrias, Beers, signature cocktails or single malts from the Blue Bar and the unique spread of Vietnamese food, on a sultry afternoon or a breezy evening with your family and friends.

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Sangrias…!
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Call 076767 76767 and make a reservation via bookyourtable.com  at Blue Ginger in the Taj West End, Bangalore, for a refreshing taste of Vietnam!

Blue Ginger – Taj West End, Bangalore

India’s acknowledgment of Vietnamese cuisine spells out the name, Blue Ginger, an intimate F&B section of the Taj West End hotel, in Bangalore. Vietnamese cuisine has so much in it that is quite unknown to most of the world but Blue Ginger packs it all into your plates when you visit and take a look at the menu here and eat one of the most satisfying meals of your life!

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Pho Ga
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Blue Ginger bargains some set meals (apart from a la carte) which are no doubt the best combinations to go with. Some flavours, very particular to Vietnam like ‘Wok tossed Chicken with ginger and cashew nut’, ‘Stir fried greens and sprouts with garlic’, ‘Prawns in lemongrass an chilli lime soup’, ‘Asparagus soup with crab meat, Scallions and cilantro’, ‘Spicy Seafood salad’, ‘Butter garlic calamari’, ‘Wok tossed lobster chunck and cashew nut with crushed pepper’, ‘Fresh rice paper rolls with shrimp and chicken’, ‘Grilled Chicken with Basil and Five Spice’, ‘Wok tossed prawn with shitake mushrooms, dry shrimp and celery’ and the same is also served with tenderloin instead, Vietnamese style sauté tenderloin with garlic and sweet onion, ‘Wok tossed soft noodles with vegetables/seafood/mixed meat’ are all there in the menu, and some ‘Jelly and Fruits with Coconut Cream’ or some ice creams wouldn’t do much harm to your calorie count to end it with!

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Vietnamese Seafood Salad
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Blue Ginger offers you one of the most rustic and romantic dining experiences. Set with a pavilion amidst handcrafted pastoral Vietnamese village setting with little cascades, a lotus pond and tropical plants yet equipped with the most contemporary amenities!  The chairs are crafted out of water hyacinth fibre and there are big stone vases filled with petals. The evenings are lit up with silk lanterns and flaming torches, bringing about an exclusive ambience.  The crockery has Vietnamese military processions running all around it to add to the complete essence.

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Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
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You must visit here to feel its charm first hand and revel in what Blue Ginger has on offer along with a drink or two brought in from the Blue Bar! Call 076767 76767 or click here to make a reservation for a guaranteed wonderful meal with your family and friends.

Spectra – The Leela Ambience Gurgaon

The Leela Ambience Gurgaon is a lavish five-star hotel located in a convenient location from all the major landmarks of the city. Luxury rooms and suites with service of International standards, The Leela Ambience has its share of three hotels and a lounge, all of which are popular and winner of many prestigious awards. The first restaurant in the list is Spectra – The Leela Ambience Gurgaon. It is a multi-cuisine restaurant serving cuisines from across the globe.

Spectra - The Leela Ambience Gurgaon

Chefs at work in their respective island kitchen at Spectra – The Leela Gurgaon

Spectra is spread over a 16000 sq.ft located in the lobby level of the hotel. Designed in the lines of a new-age fine-dine restaurant, Spectra can accommodate 225 guests. Every part of the restaurant is designed to admire for. Culinary islands with 7 live kitchens, private and semi-private seating arrangements, and two large private dining rooms is the speciality of Spectra. The kitchens are led by a brigade of accomplished and talented chefs. The island kitchens specialize in 7 popular cuisines like Italian, Indian, Japanese, Continental, Chinese, Malaysian, Thai. The food is cooked a la minute and served steaming on your table.

Spectra - The Leela Ambience Gurgaon

Sushi

Spectra - The Leela Ambience Gurgaon

T bone steak … freshly grilled and juicy with a glass of wine is a great pairing!

Sushi, tempura, noodle soups, Fresh baked pizzas and pastas tossed in premium quality olive oil with your choice of exotic veggies, juicy steak, Omakase, Grilled Skate Wings, Smoked Eel, Angus T Bone Steak and many more dishes of your choice come sizzling hot on your table. Desserts like tiramisu, soufflés, truffles, macaroons and fresh fruits are most preferred by guests.

Spectra - The Leela Ambience Gurgaon

Macaroons – Colourful and delicious!

Spectra serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet and a la carte options. They also have a weekend Brunch (Sat and Sunday). This is the largest in town and lazy Sunday luncheons prefer Spectra to try a variety of cuisines from the live kitchens.

Reservation is recommended. Visit BookyourTable to reserve in advance and enjoy the largest buffet in town.