Tag Archives: meat

Buddhist Cuisine: Features and Facts

An authentic Buddhist spread P.C.: https://goo.gl/y9EsWQ

An authentic Buddhist spread
P.C.: https://goo.gl/y9EsWQ

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?

Consumption of meat in Buddhism P.C.: https://goo.gl/4IioxA

Consumption of meat in Buddhism
P.C.: https://goo.gl/4IioxA

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

A Buddhist meal P.C.: https://goo.gl/sUyt3x

A Buddhist meal
P.C.: https://goo.gl/sUyt3x

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

Fruit bowl, the preferable snack P.C.: https://goo.gl/gZFFqk

Fruit bowl, the preferable snack
P.C.: https://goo.gl/gZFFqk

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

Dessert among Buddhists P.C.: https://goo.gl/OHlV8C

Dessert among Buddhists
P.C.: https://goo.gl/OHlV8C

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

Meditation is important P.C.: https://goo.gl/OHlV8C

Meditation is important
P.C.: https://goo.gl/iRWHkE

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

Porridge, the healthy breakfast P.C.:  https://goo.gl/PVG92c

Porridge, the healthy breakfast
P.C.: https://goo.gl/PVG92c

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

Shojin Ryori: A Food Style by Zen Buddhists of Japan

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

Shijon Ryori, a typical meal P.C.: https://goo.gl/B1cV1N

Shojin Ryori, a typical meal
P.C.: https://goo.gl/B1cV1N

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

Zen Buddhist nuns P.C.: https://goo.gl/uDSUX5

Zen Buddhist nuns
P.C.: https://goo.gl/uDSUX5

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

Ichi Ju San Sai, the soup P.C.: https://goo.gl/a1jpR6

Ichi Ju San Sai, the soup
P.C.: https://goo.gl/a1jpR6

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

Seasame paste P.C.: https://goo.gl/gd8hvz

Seasame paste
P.C.: https://goo.gl/gd8hvz

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

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

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

Buddhists monks during feast P.C.: https://goo.gl/lEN6Qw

Buddhists monks during feast
P.C.: https://goo.gl/lEN6Qw

book P.C.: https://goo.gl/uMvnUh

Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine
P.C.: https://goo.gl/uMvnUh

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

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.

A snapshot of Venice Carnival P.C.: http://goo.gl/Qs4I0n

A snapshot of Venice Carnival
P.C.: http://goo.gl/Qs4I0n

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.

San Marco Square, Venice P.C.: http://goo.gl/E1YxSp

San Marco Square, Venice
P.C.: http://goo.gl/E1YxSp

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.

Masks in display, Venice P.C.: http://goo.gl/UieoBx

Masks in display, Venice
P.C.: http://goo.gl/UieoBx

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.

A Venetian couple P.C.: http://goo.gl/uXJEml

A Venetian couple
P.C.: http://goo.gl/uXJEml

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.

Dinner during Venice Carnival P.C.: http://goo.gl/HGVMJp

Dinner during Venice Carnival
P.C.: http://goo.gl/HGVMJp

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.

Italian Cuisine P.C.: http://goo.gl/HGVMJp

An Italian Spread
P.C.: http://goo.gl/HGVMJp

Bruschetta 

Types of Bruschetta P.C.: http://goo.gl/nwd6Td

Types of Bruschetta
P.C.: http://goo.gl/nwd6Td

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

Lasagna P.C.: http://goo.gl/lbZZLd

Lasagna
P.C.: http://goo.gl/lbZZLd

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

Sphagetti with bolognese P.C.: http://goo.gl/9jmg3r

Sphagetti with bolognese
P.C.: http://goo.gl/9jmg3r

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

 Tortellini en Brodo

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

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

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

A plate of bigoli P.C.: http://goo.gl/nYWgdh

A plate of bigoli
P.C.: http://goo.gl/nYWgdh

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

Gelato, the Italian dessert P.C.: http://goo.gl/QA4tfV

Gelato, the Italian dessert
P.C.: http://goo.gl/QA4tfV

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

 

TRY THESE ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN INDIA:

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

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

 

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.

An Eid Feast P.C.: http://goo.gl/zg37Sz

An Eid Feast
P.C.: http://goo.gl/zg37Sz

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.

Baklava

Baklava P.C.: http://goo.gl/wtquUU

Baklava
P.C.: http://goo.gl/wtquUU


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

Aish-Al-Saraya P.C.: http://goo.gl/i6hwWt

Aish-Al-Saraya
P.C.: http://goo.gl/i6hwWt

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.

Basbousa

Basbousa P.C.: http://goo.gl/AkIWwL

Basbousa
P.C.: http://goo.gl/AkIWwL

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

Kaju Halwa P.C.: http://goo.gl/o4EiVt

Kaju Halwa
P.C.: http://goo.gl/o4EiVt

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

Qimani Seviyaan P.C.: http://goo.gl/UE7abe

Qimani Seviyaan
P.C.: http://goo.gl/UE7abe

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.

Thinking about “Momo” ?

Momo is such a dish that can be found in almost every nook and corner of India and also popular in many countries around the world. The exact origin of this food has not been successful as of now but history mentions its dominant existence is many countries. You too, love them, don’t you?

Momo P.C.: http://goo.gl/BdhsOT

P.C.: http://goo.gl/BdhsOT

The word ‘momo’ stems from a Chinese word momo (馍馍) which refers to ‘steamed bread’. How did ‘momo’ originate in Nepal is uncertain but in the present scenario world-wise, momos are a hot favourite! Usually momos pre prepared by making stuffed pockets of rolled dough and then steamed. Often minced lamb or chicken substitute other preferred meats and serve as the main ingredient of the filling. Finely chopped onions, garlic and ginger, some cilantro and cumin powder add to the taste of the filling. The spicy sauce to go along with it is made with schezwan peppers, tomatoes and some other minor ingredients that bring out the taste. These days, there are vegetarian momos as well, made with paneer, cheeses, and vegetables.

Dumplings / Momo P.C.:http://goo.gl/0qLaaf

P.C.:http://goo.gl/0qLaaf

Momos are mostly done in three ways: steamed (which is the most common and prevalent method), fried (which is also well known but not so popular) and boiled (as put in soups).

This dish is a distinct Tibetan delicacy but now has spread all across India and other countries. There have been a lot of experiments with the recipes and a lot of new versions have come into being. Specially the mountaineous regions eat momos which spreads beyond the geographical boundaries and cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai which are far from the realms of the Himalayas also have numerous momo corners!

Dumplings / Momos with condiments P.C.: http://goo.gl/CzrWYg

P.C.: http://goo.gl/CzrWYg

If you love momo and wish to try the authentic taste in your city, comb through our website, www.bookyourtable.com , and enjoy the original taste of these dumplings at revered Pan-Asian cuisine restaurants. Call 076767 76767 for reservation.

Blue Ginger – Taj West End, Bangalore

Blue Ginger Taj West End, Bangalore

Blue Ginger Taj West End, Bangalore

India’s tribute to Vietnamese food spells out the name, Blue Ginger, an in-house specialty restaurant 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!

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam P.C. - www.huonghaisealifecuise.com

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
P.C. – www.huonghaisealifecuise.com

Each Vietnamese dish is unique in its flavour and ingredients and reflects one or more of its ingredients. The tastes are quite delicate and quite different from the usual Thai and Chinese flavours that Indians are mostly used to. However, this cuisine will never cease to surprise you with is delights and Blue Ginger is the perfect place to begin without having set your foot onto the Vietnamese soil. For those who have been to Hanoi, Ho Chi Min, or have toured across Ha Long Bay, Cu Chi tunnels, Hoan Kiem Lake, Nha Trang, Mekong River and other such delightful places, you must have tasted some of their casual food like Fo Ga and Fo Bo or have snacked with a Bahn Mi! Well, Blue Ginger has maestros of this culinary discipline, reproducing the delicacies of this historical country in the heart of Bangalore for you. The whole place is a posh version of a sub-urban Vietnamese village, completed with exclusive mood lighting, colour and life, complimenting the celebration that your presence brings to Blue Ginger’s threshold!

A part of the waterfall and gardens around Blue Ginger... P.C. - www.bangalorerestaurants.com

A part of the waterfall and gardens around Blue Ginger…
P.C. – www.bangalorerestaurants.com

The restaurant 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.

Grilled prawns with lemon grass and chilli

Grilled prawns with lemon grass and chilli

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 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! Do not forget to ask after the ‘Chef’s Special’!!

Salad of Grilled Chicken

Salad of Grilled Chicken

Do visit and try the world of exotic Vietnamese specialities made with the expert hands at Blue Ginger, while sitting in one of the most beautiful restaurants in town, with soothing music and sounds of Nature, excellent service and ambience. Call 076767 76767 or visit our website by clicking here to make a reservation. Bookyoutable.com – Your Food Advisor will never let you regret a choice!!