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Mango Panna

This unique refreshing drink made from raw green mangoes, with its sweet, tangy flavour keeps you cool and hydrated and is a welcome treat in summer. Ingredients 3 green mangoes (avoid the fibrous variety) 5-6 mint leaves 1 tsp cardamom powder Sugar Salt to taste Water Instructions Wash the green mangoes well, and boil them in a pan with water…

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Mango Lassi

Made from a combination of sweet, ripe mangoes and creamy tangy yoghurt/curd, mango lassi is a delicious drink that can be topped up with flavours of cardamom and saffron. Ingredients 1 cup chilled mango cubes (wash & peel the mangoes before cubing them) ¾ cup plain yoghurt (chilled) Sugar or honey (optional- to be added only if the mangoes aren’t…

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Coriander & Green garlic chutney

A blend of coriander and garlic with a dash of lemon makes this green chutney a healthy accompaniment to all your Indian snacks, grilled starters and kebabs. Ingredients 1 cup fresh coriander leaves and tender stems (washed & chopped) ½ cup fresh green garlic (washed & chopped along with the greens) 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tbsp roasted chana dal…

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The Story Behind Paneer

Paneer, a creamy, crumbly, certainly not melty, unaged cheese is an all-time favourite, not only in India but across the Asian sub-continent. This smooth, spongy- to- touch, dairy food, with its distinctive flavour, is used widely in diverse cuisines to prepare breakfast meals, main course dishes, starters, appetizers even desserts. Let’s dig and delve deeper into the history of this…

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Watermelon & fresh mint salad

This simple but delicious combination of watermelon, feta, lemon juice sprinkled with fresh mint is heavenly and an all-time favorite summer salad. Ingredients 4 cups cubed watermelon (1-inch cubes) 1 cup cut cucumber (cut into 1/4 circles) ½ cup Feta cheese (crumbled) ½ cup fresh mint leaves (roughly chopped) 1 small red onion sliced (optional) Fresh basil leaves thinly sliced…

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Street Food in India-2

Continuing on our food tour, let the aromatic and fragrant smells lure you once again towards streets lined with portable stalls and food carts loaded with roadside meals; a foodie’s paradise. A typically Punjabi dish that is best relished hot, chole, is made from chick peas cooked in a thickish spicy, tangy curry. It is always accompanied by one or…

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Street Food in India

Be it festivals, languages, religions, culture or traditions, India is a land of great diversity. The same diversity is seen in the food habits and cuisine of its people. From North to South, East to West the variety is astounding. And what better and easier way to taste and get a ‘feel’ of this expanse of local delights than through…

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Hakka, it’s noodles!

Today, in almost every corner of the earth you will find a restaurant or a road-side food stall selling Hakka specialities. The moment you hear the word Hakka, you connect it with Chinese and Chinese cooking. Rightly so!  But what exactly is Hakka? The story goes back to a group of Chinese who left their hometown, centuries ago, in search…

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Spice up your cabinet!

Spices are synonymous with Indian cuisine. You don’t need to be in the kitchen to know something’s cooking. The strong aroma of Indian spices hits you wherever you are. That’s the secret of using even a pinch of these not-so exotic spices in your cooking. Spices are aromatic flavorings got from the stems, barks, roots, fruits, flowers, buds and seeds…

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