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Calcutta & Aloo Dum

Calcutta & Aloo Dum

Calcutta is home. I was born on a cold morning in December in Kolkata, the best months to visit the city. Due to these extraordinary times, I haven’t been able to visit Kolkata in the last five months- the longest I’ve ever stayed away from home. Distance makes the heart grow fonder this is particularly true in my relationship with Calcutta. The world that the British raj left behind can still be seen while walking through the streets of Northern Calcutta. The people and community are missed much, but the food is missed the most. Some of the food found back home cannot be compared to any other in the world. The various food institutions of Calcutta, deserve undeterred attention. Today I am reminiscing about the institutional Bengali Eating house named Hotel Sidheshwari Ashram. You can get a complete meal here in 200 INR, with more than enough variety on your thali. Me saying this stands for something because I love ordering a variety of dishes. This humble eating house was established in 1983! This high ceilinged house is a signature to the Bengali homes, built in the yesteryears. This house and its surroundings used to once belong to Rani Rashmoni,...

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Four Things We Can Learn From the East

Four Things We Can Learn From the East

In this age of globalization, more and more people from Asia look to the West. There, they hope to find a better life. But it should go they other way, too. This is what we as Westerners can learn from the East. Hospitality Anybody who has spent some time in Asia will know what I am talking about. Hospitality is one of the most important aspects of many Asian cultures, especially of Muslim countries like Iran or Pakistan. You will be invited for tea by shop keepers. Strangers will stop and say: Welcome tn my country! You will even be invited for dinner by passersby. But hospitality goes even farther than that. In Pakistan, I had a hard time paying for such things as street food or just a bottle of water. The shop owners kept telling me: You are a guest in this country, and guests don’t pay. This is an incredibly beautiful aspect of many Asian cultures. Warm hospitality honors our human family. Through it, we exchange thoughts and ideas, we meet new people. In an age of xenophobia, it would be so important to open up our homes to strangers, to overcome this fear of the unknown. Iranian...

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A GUIDE TO NORTH EASTERN SAVOURIES.

The magical strokes and warm colours exiting in the rich culture and diversity of the Seven Sister states are magnificent. When it comes down to its breathtaking Mother Nature who completely seizes the soul while northeast quietly takes a bow in grace presenting the nation so differently. The first ray of sunlight in India is tossed in the state of northeast named Arunachal Pradesh. The luscious dishes of these seven states make them stand out from other parts of the country. Where India is known for its oil and masalas, Northeastern food will have neither of it. Truly Northeast is paradise unexplored. Pikey/Pika Pila is a dish mostly made by the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Pika Pila is a type of a pickle that is made by using bamboo shoot and pork (huri) fat with a little addition of King Chilly. Pila is made by drying the stem of papaya and then burning it. Further mixing the ashes with hot water and the prepared liquid is then used in making of this traditional dish of the tribe. It’s an easy to cook dish with ingredients little difficult to find. But something you don’t wish to miss out. Chicken Pikey Pila...

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What happens ??When dad decides to cook ……..!!!!

What happens ??When dad decides to cook ……..!!!!

My dad’s cooking story For the very first time, my father announced that today, he will prepare Gajar Ka Halwa for all of us. Puppa told me once, yeah “Puppa” not “Papa”. So, he told me once, that he used to make tea when he was young. I thanked him for never making the tea after I was born. But he had the confidence that if he could make the tea, he could make anything in life. My mother slid the plate of carrots and grater towards him. My aunt, I call her Bua, was watching all this. And from her expression, I could see, she was scared as hell. She instantly took her praying bead and started chanting some mantras in a separate room. I couldn’t understand why she was doing this. Puppa told us to leave him alone in the kitchen, he told us that he couldn’t deliver his best when someone is constantly watching him. So we left him alone. I went to my bed with my cellphone. Mom went to the other room with her cellphone ( Astrology videos were waiting for her), and Bua was in the Puja room, with her chanting increased further. I was...

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Mushroom bulgur pilaf

serves 4 To make this dish even heartier, add a can of white beans when you add the tomatoes, for a soul-satisfying meal in less than 30 minutes. If you buy a package of presliced mushrooms, it will keep prep time to a minimum.1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms 1 cup bulgur 2 cups hot vegetable broth (page 15) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 (14-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or parsley Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the bulgur, then add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer until the bulgur is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and dill and cook for 3 minutes more to heat through and blend the flavors. Original linkOriginal author: plans vegan

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Jasmine Rice fantasy

serves 4 My wish list of ingredients for a fantasy rice dish includes the evocatively scented jasmine rice combined with flavorful ingredients such as Thai basil, hot chiles, coconut, and cashews. Feel free to make ingredient adjustments to suit your own fantasy. Diced baked tofu is a good addition.2 tablespoons canola oil 4 scallions, minced 1 cup grated carrot 1 teaspoon fresh or bottled minced ginger ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 cups water 2 tablespoons tamari, plus additional to taste 1½ cups jasmine rice 1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed ¼ cup firmly packed fresh Thai basil leaves (see Note) 2 tablespoons roasted cashews 2 tablespoons shredded dried coconut, toasted Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and carrot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the ginger and red pepper flakes, then stir in the water and tamari and bring to a boil. Add the rice, decrease the heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. A few minutes before the rice is cooked, add the peas and basil. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more red pepper flakes or tamari, if desired. Serve sprinkled with the cashews...

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Curried couscous and vegetables

serves 4 Talk about curry in a hurry — this flavorful meal can be on the table in minutes. For extra color, add some grated carrot or chopped red bell pepper.1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 4 scallions, chopped 2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced crosswise 1½ tablespoons Madras curry powder, plus additional to taste ½ cup frozen baby peas, thawed 1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 cups water or vegetable broth (page 15) 1½ cups quick-cooking couscous Salt and freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and cook, stirring, for 1 minute to soften. Add the zucchini, cover, and cook for 2 minutes to soften slightly. Stir in the curry powder. Add the peas, chickpeas, and water and bring to a boil. Stir in the couscous and season to taste with salt and pepper. If you like it spicier, add more curry powder to taste. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. To serve, fluff the couscous with a fork and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the parsley. Original linkOriginal author: plans vegan

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Life on a plate #1

Life on a plate #1

Vegetable Stew and Appam is a favorite combination especially for breakfasts which is popular through out Kerala. Made with lots of vegetables, the stew is healthy and nutritious and goes perfect with subtle flavors to match your day. Showstopper ingredientsFor Soft Appams: Rice, Grated CoconutFor Vegetable Stew: Coconut milk, pepper APPAMIngredients:Raw rice — 2 cupsCooked rice — half cupGrated coconut — half cupInstant yeast — half tspSugar — 2 tspSalt — 1 tsp Method:1. Soak the raw rice for 5–6 hours. Wash thoroughly and grind along with the cooked rice, grated coconut and yeast into a free flowing consistency. 2. Add sugar, mix well and keep the batter aside to ferment for 8 hours or overnight (preferable).3. Check if the batter is fermented well, add in the salt and keep it aside for half an hour for the batter to start frothing.4. Heat a tawa or appam pan, take one ladle of batter, pour it into the hot pan and swirl it. You can see the lace pattern being formed because of the well fermented batter.5. Close the pan and cook the appam for 5 minutes or until the middle portion is cooked which will be so fluffy. VEGETABLE STEW Ingredients:Potatoes...

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Barley pilaf with white beans and broccoli

serves 4 Barley is a delicious, nutty, and often overlooked grain. Be sure to get quick-cooking pearl barley for this recipe, since regular barley takes much longer to cook.2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup chopped onions 1½ cups vegetable broth (page 15) or water ¾ cup quick-cooking pearl barley Salt 2 cups small broccoli florets 1 (16-ounce) can Great Northern beans or other white beans, drained and rinsed Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and barley and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and add salt to taste. (You will need more salt if using water instead of broth.) Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the broccoli, cover, and continue cooking until the broccoli is cooked and the barley is tender, about 5 minutes more. Stir in the beans and heat until hot. Original linkOriginal author: plans vegan

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Do you want to get Instagram followers? See best hashtags to use to get Instagram followers.

Using the right Instagram hashtags can help you extend your reach, engage your audience, and even boost your brand. In order to get each of these distinct benefits, you need to have specific strategies in place.Understanding which hashtags you should use is a crucial part of developing a strong hashtag strategy that maximizes your reach and increases engagement. There are different types of hashtags that each serve a purpose. I'll be sharing how to create an effective hashtag strategy for your Instagram and IGTV accounts, including specific hashtags you should add to your roster based on your business’s goals. If you want to promote your brand, these tactics are for you. Below, you’ll find the top hashtags sorted by categories like industry or event that you can use to start the process of fleshing out your hashtag strategy. Best general Instagram hashtags are; #photooftheday, #instagood, #nofilter, #tbt, #igers, #picoftheday, #love, #nature, #swag, #lifeisgood, #caseofthemondays, #instapic, #instadaily, #selfie, #instamood, #bestoftheday. For inviting likes and followers; #followme, #likeforlike, #like4like, #follow4follow, #followforfollow, #f4f. Note: No promises made on the quality of the followers or likes you'll receive, as these and other related hashtags are typically based on new Instagram users trading likes and follows. For fashion hashtags; #fashion,#fashionstylist,#styleinspo, #ootd, #outfitoftheday, #whatiwore, #shoppingaddict, #beautydoesnthavetobepain, #currentlywearing, #instastyle, #lookgoodfeelgood. Food and beverage hashtags; #instafood, #omnomnom, #foodporn, #food, #foodie, #organic, #healthyeats, #goodeats, #vegetarian, #vegan, #glutenfree, #hungry, #homemade, #madefromscratch. For travel hashtags; #travel, #staycation, #vacation, #sunsout, #resortwear, #tourist, #travelbug, #solotravel, #honeymoon, #traveltuesday, #wanderlust, #wanderlustwednesday, #travelgram, #sun. For pet care hashtags; #puppylove, #mansbestfriend, #womansbestfriend, #catsofinstagram, #dogsofinstagram, #dogstagram, #doglife, #catlife, #instapet. For tech and gadgets hashtags; #techie, #latesttech, #ilovemygadgets, #gadgetsgalore, #apple, #android, #applevsandroid, #wearabletech, #VR, #mobile, #makinglifeeasier, #innovation. For...

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