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Monsoon Special!!

A fine sunless Sunday mid-morning. You wake up groggily staring at the clock ticking its way close to 12. Then you see the dark clouds drawing near. A few deep grave rumble here and there. Soft water pellets land on your windowsill which gradually change into fat drops. You rush to close all the windows in your house lest it floods in. You watch the world bath in its glory…the

The most Refreshing Yogurt : Lassi

Lassi, a yogurt based drink which always leaves you wanting more.  In this summer nothing can be more refreshing than this coolant drink. Yogurt drinks are widely popular all over the world. In India people referred this yogurt based drink as “Lassi”. Lassi is also known as buttermilk is a traditional drink in India and Pakistan. It was originated in Punjab and is an age-old custom in Punjab to serve

The Best Carnival on Earth!

It’s one of the hottest, sexiest and the most amazing carnival on the face of this earth! And not just this, but the Carnival is something that gives one chance to witness the true culture of Brazil. It is a euphoric extravaganza, where people from all walks of life come together and have tons of fun. A lot of people consider the Carnival in Brazil as one the biggest festive

FIVE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS FOR HEALTHY SKIN AND WHERE TO FIND THEM!!

Skin-care is probably the most overrated issue in our life. With the flooding of creams, face-washes and other products in the market, beauty is arguably the most profit-generating venture. There are day creams, night creams, anti-aging, wrinkle-lift, fairness creams, cold-creams and what not!! I am sincerely waiting for noon creams, evening creams, summer creams, spring creams and most importantly, anti-dumbness creams.  When all these creams don’t suffice, people flock to

JEEZ! Chinese

Familiar with fried rice, spring rolls and Manchurian? Thanks to the Chinese for blessing us with such an appetizing cuisine. Unlike the Italian and French cuisines, Chinese cuisine is less sophisticated has far more outreach to the general population around the world. No wonder it’s ranked among the best cuisines the world.But sadly, noodles bears the overused symbolism of Chinese in food, like Butter chicken and Naan to the Indian cuisine.

INSTANT ACCHARS: PICK YOUR PICKLE

Growing up in India “Acchars” or the Indian pickle has been a substantial part of my childhood experience. I would see my Mom and Aunts spending considerable time in preparing the vegetables, gathering the spices and making arrangements for their storage for days on end. A very tedious affair indeed!! But the end product makes up for all the trouble caused. Pickles are tangy and immediately add savor to anything

Weight loss 101

With the comforts offered by the modern technological innovations and the decline of labor-intensive jobs, staying fit and active has become a major challenge.  Rise in cases of obesity and diabetes has created immense pressure on us to constantly adopt life-style changes to stay lean. The flood of slender models and bulked-up dudes on electronic and print media doesn’t help either. In wake of this, the health conscious and even

Fruity Delights for the Hot Summer

With the hot, searing summer descending upon us and daytime temperatures hitting new highs every day, staying cool and calm has become an arduous ordeal for most of us. For those of us running perpetually low on pocket money for pricey cold drinks, having summer fruits is a delicious and inexpensive cheat code to fool the fiery sun and be our own cool normal selves. Succulent, refreshing and sweet for

Wine Of The Dairy Industry- Yogurt

                                                                 Yogurt is the wine of the dairy world. This is because, just as the wine is made from fermented grapes, yogurt is made by fermenting lactose, the milk sugar. The bacteria used to make yogurt is known as “ yogurt culture”. The yogurt is a creamy and smooth, internationally popular product. Nowadays, yogurt is consumed all over the world, both as a food as well as beverage, and sometimes as an ingredient in other dishes. Yogurt is generally made from cow’s milk, but it can also be prepared from sheep and goat milk. The earliest yogurts were often fermented from bacteria, living on goatskin bags carried upon by shepherds. These shepherds, first prepared yogurt in order to preserve milk, in the seventh century. In ancient Indian records, combination of honey and yogurt was known as “ food of the Gods”. Some accounts suggest that Indian emperor Akbar, would use mustard seeds and cinnamon to add flavor to yogurt.   It is an versatile ingredient used in preparation of other dishes. Its naturally acidic, and is perfect for marinating meat, chicken and fish, which acts as an tenderizing agent. Yogurt is used as a fat substitute in baking of cakes and muffins. As a beverage, yogurt can be mixed with variety of flavors to make refreshing drinks. In Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece ingredients like salt, water and yogurt are mixed together to make a popular beverage called as Ayran. In Iran, Armenia yogurt is blended with mint and salt, to make a carbonated beverage called Doogh. In Turkey, Georgia and Armenia, a cultured milk product is made from mare’s milk and yeast, is known as Kefir. In India and Pakistan, a frothy drink made in both salty and sweet taste is known as Lassie. The most obvious and yummiest reason for eating yogurt is its taste, but there is more to it. There are also many nutritional reasons for having it. It is low in fat, and high in protein content. Thus, yogurt can be greatly used by people of all ages and nutritional requirements. A single serving of yogurt contains 10 gm of protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, minerals and vitamins like riboflavin and vitamin B 12. Though, it is low in fats but depends on the type of milk used. Basic yogurt recipe-  1. 4 cup milk 2. 1 cup plain, natural yogurt with active cultures Bring the milk to the boil, and remove from flame. Set aside to cool and pour this milk into sterilized bowl. Now, mix in the yogurt with milk till it gets properly combined. Transfer this to a yogurt maker and follow the instructions, or cover with cloth all around for 3-4 hrs at room temperature to set the yogurt aside. Refrigerate it before serving.   Some yogurt recipes- 1. Greek yogurt pancakes   Non-fat Greek yogurt  1 tbsp baking soda  1/2 cup all-purpose flour  1/2 cup fresh blueberries

All About Flax Seeds

Flaxseeds are obtained from flax which is also known as linseed, and botanically is known as Linum usitatissimum, which is a member of genus Linum of the family Linaceae. It is a food and a fiber crop grown in cooler regions of the world. The species are native to Western Asia and Middle East, including India.