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If there is one thing that is a part of everyone's resolutions, New Year or otherwise, it is to be healthier and fitter. Regrettably, there is no miracle cure for this. The silver lining here is that a lifelong commitment to simple things will keep you in fairly good stead. On the occasion of World Health Day, I want to share with you 6 simple rules to eat healthy for a lifetime.
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It's been nearly a week since the Panama Papers hit the headlines of newspapers. The leak of about 11 million secret documents from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, revealed some of the wor...
If you're looking to brace against the long and blistering Indian summer, here are 12 awesome recipes to quite literally lift your spirits. We reached out to some of India’s best mixologists, and twel...
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For the last one week, the road outside a restaurant in Kochi has remained very crowded. And, most of the passersby have a smile plastered on their face--thanks to Minu Pauline and her 420 litre fridg...
Before leaving for the United States as a graduate student, I had never lived outside Kolkata. As a new graduate student in Florida, I experienced India's diversity for the first time. What I write next is my personal experience.
You may not know it any other way, but thandai can be many other things apart from a drink to make bhaang tasty. This refreshing milk-based drink can do a wonderful job of keeping you cool in the sum...
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When Chennai born Padma Lakshmi moved to America at the age of 4, she felt like an 'outsider.' She changed her name to 'Angelique' in high school, just to fit in. Now, even the thought cringes her. Bu...
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Restauranteur Rohit Khattar’s Indian Accent has been winning accolades since its launch at The Manor in New Delhi for its sophisticated and delectable fusion of classic Indian flavours with global ing...
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today said it has reduced the number of permissions required to start 38 different businesses, including restaurants, beer bars and permit rooms. The civic...
If you’re a desi who likes their meals to be, well, cheesy, these puns will give you some food for thought or, at the very least, some inspiration on what to eat for dinner tonight. We don't recommen...
Just when we thought we knew everything about biryani, Pinterest proved us wrong. While the usual mutton and chicken varieties have been thrown into the mix (because, let's face it, we couldn't do th...
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The best part about an Indian breakfast is the number of variety to choose from: Piping hot sambar with a tomato-onion utthapam or the beloved aloo parantha? Savoury upma or crispy puris with sumptuou...
Time was when tea on trains had two variants: plastic cup or clay pot. But all that is set to change now, with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) joining hands with a leading...
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Rumours of leakage and trouble with permissions have shut down the Real Poseidon, Ahmedabad’s first underwater restaurant. According to reports, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has officiall...
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While other flights have made the switch to meals that are faster to serve, Air India seems to have opted for a more complex traditional route: The national carrier, according to reports, will now be...
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In Delhi, master chef Arvind mastered the art of cooking for the common man, sunny side up. The pleasure you derive from his cooking is directly proportional to your tolerance for street food. On odd days, when he says, "Pradhanmantri Ji, please humein kaam karne dijiye," he is as syrupy as aam ras. And on even days, when he decides to spice things up, he is as tangy as aam panna.
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India has developed an enviable capacity in cold storage, the largest in the world. Yet, despite this, where does our cold-chain fail our fresh produce supply system?
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The last year was an exceptionally delicious one for me, filled with discoveries of new places (and rediscoveries of old ones) and surprising recipes.
It seems Indians love Chicken Biryani and Kolkata enjoys ordering online more than any other metropolitan cities. At least that's what Zomato's recent survey on consumer trends pertaining to the onlin...
Ultimately, one-third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted each year - that is 1.3 billion tonnes. So, what can you do to reduce the amount of food you waste on a daily basis?
Now that the festive lights have been packed away, it's time for a reality check. It's time to bid adieu to copious quantities of sugar and fats and welcome some real food in our lives. Your body wants to get back to normal and is probably screaming for a cleanse. Below are some simple steps you can use to get back on track. The best part is that you can use these clean eating habits any time of year.
Right from bounteous dim sum lunches with colleagues, to dance nights with friends where sushi provided the sustenance, to salsa or romantic dinner dates in the week when a tasting menu tantalised the senses, the food at Shiro has essayed an important role in our lives. So when we're called upon to come and experience some changes in the menu, we comply with a mixture of trepidation and curiosity.
Variety is the spice of life and when it comes to food, we want the best, the tastiest and the healthiest to satiate our taste-buds. You know, dealing with human emotions is not easy but food sometimes gives us a short-cut straight to the heart. Food is also often at the centre of tussles in the family, but there are ways around it too.
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NEW DELHI -- A day after the Railways demolished more than 500 slums in the Shakur Basti area in the national capital, the dwellers are now being forced to live in freezing conditions and are battling...
It is the land of the upturned pointy moustaches and the bright laheria turbans, of the dancers that move to ancient tunes and of the wise-looking camels on the dunes. But there are more reasons to drop everything and head to Rajasthan. Here are my top five.
Celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, who discovered his passion for cooking in his grandmother's kitchen as a child, has revealed in an emotional Facebook post his struggles in the early days of his career to...
This episode of The Intersection investigates the evolution of army food in India since the Second World War, and finds out how food research and science have come together to create a nutritious diet that takes into consideration operational logistics as well as food preferences and habits.
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Fasting - whether the reasons are medical, spiritual or even political - goes back centuries. Some fasts are absolute, where you can't eat, sometimes even drink, anything, while some type of fasts restrict what ingredients you can consume. For a practice that is so closely connected with food, its ingredients and their cooking, it might be surprising that fasting is generally not associated with the culinary world. But is it really so disconnected from the world of food?
There is a cultural explanation for Indian women's fixation on their husbands' long lives. Whether a man lives or dies ultimately defines how his wife is socially perceived and treated! A married woman is called Sumangala -- the fortunate one, the bringer of good luck. A widow, on the other hand is called Amangala -- the unfortunate one, the bringer of bad luck. The reverse logic does not apply to men.
The science of nutrition is, and always has been, a confounding mess. Are carbohydrates good or bad? Do you really need to banish fat from your diet? Can salt actually cause irreparable harm? The answer to these questions changes every few years. Add to this the plethora of diets that keep coming in and going out of fashion every few months, and you're left confused about what really is healthy. However, the one trend that has been consistent is the organic food movement.
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In this episode of The Real Food Podcast, Vikram Doctor finds out about the history of honey in India and its many, many flavours that we really should be proud of.
The furore over the imposition of meat ban in several states in consideration of the Jain festival Paryushan made me realise what a peace loving community we Bengalis are. We don't care that nobody cares for our religious sentiments. During festivals like Durga Puja, we are so engrossed checking out each other's saris and ingesting copious quantities of biryani and kabiraji cutlet that we don't get time to demand bans. Rather, we go for a self-imposed ban on vegetables during those days.