Virtues of eating with hands: A Kerala banana leaf experience


Why should one eat with one’s hands? Eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the mind and the spirit. That is the Vedic wisdom behind Kerala’s famous Banana Leaf Experience whose pleasure can only be appreciated fully, it is said, if one eats with hands and not fork and spoon. Traditionally, Indians — not just ...

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Long forgotten Himachali food on road to revival


Traditional Himachali food like khoru, patore, babroo, chaa ghosht and murgh anardana that have been long forgotten are now being offered by a chain of hotels using the finest ingredients, traditional recipes and methods. The Oberoi Group of hotels in Shimla and in Delhi have just added the rich tradition of the hill state to its cuisines. The traditional cuisines, ...

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Fancy some slurpilicious black gold?

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What does gold have to do with food? Well, I am writing about the black dal – yes humble black urad whole lentil whose avatar, the makhani dal, was invented by none other than Kundan Lal Gujral, the founder of the Moti Mahal chain. He revolutionized the way dal was cooked, making it a household name, placing the humble dal ...

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Food commercialism harming school children

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Are you alarmed at the increasing presence of junk food and carbonated drinks in school canteens? Blame it on food commercialism. Schools are desirable marketing areas for food and beverage companies, although many of the products marketed to students are nutritionally poor, says a study. “Most students in elementary, middle and high schools are exposed to food commercialism – including ...

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‘Indian chefs are as good as expat chefs’

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Expat executive chefs no more make much of a difference at India’s star hotels. Their Indian counterparts are adept in whipping out dishes of various geographies, said a top chef at Taj Coromandel. “Foreign executive chefs in a star hotel do not make much of a difference any more in India. Indian chefs are traveling all over the world and ...

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What does your coffee say about you?


Coffee is considered one of the favourite drinks across the nation but aside from providing the often needed early morning boost, the type of coffee a person likes to drink can also reveal a lot about his personality, says a study. Clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula analysed 1,000 coffee lovers and examined common personality styles and psychological traits, looking specifically at ...

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Ways to control food cravings


At some point of time, people wish to indulge in sinful food items and if you wish to reduce weight, you must learn to cope with food cravings. Here are some of the psychological ways to deal with intense cravings, reports * Think of a favourite activity: When a craving hits, imagine yourself engaging in a favourite activity. A ...

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Red meat, pork improve fertility


Nutrients found in red meat play an important role in fertility levels and the general health of women and men planning a pregnancy, says an expert. The intake of red meat and pork can make a difference, reports “Red meat is often associated with fertility in so-called ‘old wives’ tales’ and has been traditionally encouraged in the diets of ...

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Who’s where on the Goan food map


December-January is the season when the rest of the world descends on Goa. The local real-estate market heats up; so does the entertainment sector and the focus on Goa’s vibrant if less controversial food culture. No wonder then that we are seeing food-related books make it to the market at this time of the year. Planet Goa Wine & Dine ...

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Old city’s bawarchis keep alive Mughlai culinary magic


When we talk of the food at an upscale restaurant we invariably talk of the chef behind it. But despite most of us finding the array of food available in Delhi’s old quarters lip-smacking, few of us remember the ‘bawarchis’, or the traditional cooks, behind the culinary magic. Purani Dilli, as the area is known, is still home to some ...

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