SHEROES’ Hangout: A Café With A Cause

If you reside in India or are planning to visit India, then it is likely that Agra will be in the list of destinations. Agra is the city of Taj, a symbol of love. Besides Taj, there are a lot of tourist attractions. Agra is a great destination for foodies as well, with a lot of famous food points and restaurants.

But one place that stands out is SHEROES’ Hangout. SHEROES’ Hangout is a café with a cause. It’s a symbol of “love and hate”. Now, you may be thinking what kind of symbol is this? Love is a positive thing and hate is a negative one. We are attracted to positive in life but must not turn our face from the negative. SHEROES’ Hangout, besides being a cafe provides jobs to acid attack survivors. The people behind this café are an NGO named Stop Acid Attacks.

For more info visit: http://sheroeshangout.com/

For more info visit: http://sheroeshangout.com/

The great thing about this place is that it’s a café cum library where you can enjoy books while enjoying coffee. In addition, Italian food, North Indian items are also present in the menu. Another good thing is that you can pay as you like. Means there is no fixed rate in the menu. The taste of food is good and the ambiance is also good. Although, it has just started and is small in area but the cause is big and the spirit is huge and admirable.

For more information about the cafe’ visit:  http://sheroeshangout.com/

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This is our first review. More such reviews of different restaurants and food points will follow in the future.

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Indian Chefs Who Helped Indian Cuisine Gain World Fame

Indian cuisine has its presence throughout the world. But what has accelerated this process is India’s famous chefs. Over the course of recent years, these chefs have made this position by working in the kitchen and bringing out their art of cooking in front of everyone. Each chef has his/her own unique identity that sets him/her apart. Let’s discuss about the best of chefs that India has produced.

 

Ranveer Brar

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Ranveer Brar is considered to be India’s most stylish chef. Hailing from Punjab, Ranveer’s first cooking experience was at age of six in a Gurudwara’s langar. He got most of his culinary education from Lucknow’s old streets. He launched a French Asian restaurant named Banq that won the award by Wallpaper magazine for “Best New Restaurant in the World.” He has been a host of a number of TV shows and is a judge of MasterChef India.

 

Vikas Khanna

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This star chef started his culinary journey in Amritsar in his grandmother’s kitchen. This Michelin star chef has won many awards. He has worked with the best chefs throughout the world. These include Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay. He lives in New York and runs a very popular restaurant, Junoon. The People Magazine named him ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in 2011. He also hosted a dinner party for US president Obama.

 

Madhur Jaffery

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Madhur Jaffery is not just a great chef, but she is also an actress who acted in more than 20 films. Known as the ‘Queen of Curries’, Madhur Jaffery has written more than 15 cookery books. Her first book named ‘An Invitation to Indian Cookery’ appeared in 1973.

 

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Sanjeev Kapoor needs no introduction. He is the most famous face in the Indian cooking arena. His TV show Khana Khazana is the longest running cooking shows of Asia. He broke the world record for preparing world’s largest jalebi and imarti.

If you want Indian recipes by Sanjeev Kapoor visit: http://tastyfix.com/

 

Tarla Dalal

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Tarla Dalal’s name is recognized by most Indians. Tarla Dalal started her career by hosting cooking classes in her home in 1966 after she got married. Her first cookbook was published in 1974 with the name of ‘Pleasure of Vegetarian Cooking’. Her specialty was Gujarati cuisine and healthy cooking. She has written more than 100 cookbooks. She died in 2013 but her gifts to the world are still cherished.

If you want Indian recipes by Tarla Dalal visit: http://tastyfix.com/

 

Nita Mehta

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She is the founder of one of India’s largest publishing house for cookbooks. Three of her cookbooks have won international awards and she has published over 600 cookbooks. She conducts various cooking programs throughout the world. Her institute Nita Mehta Cooking Classes is very popular in Delhi.

 

Manish Mehrotra

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Manish Mehrotra started a Delhi-based eatery named Indian Accent. He is well known for his contribution to the traditional Indian cuisine. He won many awards including ‘Foodistan’, a game show by NDTV GoodTimes, Vir Sanghvi Award, HT City Crystal Awards, Best Chef of 2010 and 2012, and American Express Best Chef of the Year.

 

Anjum Anand

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Anjum Anand is a well-known British Indian chef. She has a good television presence. Besides cooking she holds a degree in European business administration. She once worked at Park Royal Hotel, New Delhi as waitress.

 

Ritu Dalmia

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This Indian celebrity chef is the proud owner of Diva, a restaurant well known in Delhi. Ritu came to fame with the cookery show known as “Italian Khana” in NDTV Good Times. The show ran for three seasons. Her first book came in 2009.

 

Hari Nayak

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Photo courtesy: darpanmagazine

He is another Indian chef who has made his reputation throughout the world. He is regarded as one of the best Indian chefs of North America. He runs a food service consultancy. Besides this, Hari is a great author who has written many books. His most famous book is “Modern Indian Cooking”.

 

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GANESH CHATURTHI SPECIAL: Different Modak Recipes

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A Modak is very popular in Eastern, Western and Southern India. Modaks are very important part of worshipping Ganesha(Hindu God). During the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, twenty one Modaks are offered to the deity after the puja(prayer). For more info about Modaks visit>>>MODAKS

This Ganesh Chaturthi, we have assembled 10 different recipes for Modaks. We are sure you will like them.

  1. Ukadiche Modak
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Ukadiche modak is very popular in Maharashtra. This sweet dumpling can be steamed or fried. The meaning of Ukadiche in Marathi is “Steamed.” The filling of the Modak is done with jaggery and coconut and its cover is prepared from Rice flour.

Here is the recipe>>>Ukadiche Modak

  1. Fried Modak

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Fried Modak is a crispy variant of modak. The outer covering of the modak is crispy and its interior is soft. The filling that is done inside remains the same. The only change is the recipe for outer cover.

Here is the recipe>>>Fried Modak

  1. Amrit Modak

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Amrit Modak is believed to be the favorite food of lord Ganesha. The pistachio-stuffed modaks add colours to festivities.

Here is the recipe>>>Amrit Modak

  1. Chocolate Modak

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Chocolate Modak is a tasty sweet that is everyone’s favorite. Although, Modak is a Ganesh Chaturthi recipe but Chocolate Modak is a treat for anytime.

Here is the recipe>>>Chocolate Modak

  1. Shrikhand Modak

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Easy to make, these delectable modaks will certainly tempt the lord!

Here is the recipe>>>Shrikhand Modak

  1. Choco-Coconut Modak
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A yummy variation of traditional modaks, Choco Coconut Modak is different from traditional Modaks and is choco-nutty.

Here is the recipe>>>Choco-Coconut Modak

  1. Mawa Modak
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Different kinds of Mawa Modaks are made during Ganpati utsav.

Here is the recipe>>>Mawa Modak

  1. Kanakeche Ukadiche Modak
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Ukadiche modak is a popular Maharashtrian delicacy and is made in every Maharashtrian family for Ganesh Chaturthi.

Here is the recipe>>>Kanakeche Ukadiche Modak

  1. Khoya Modak
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Khoya Modak is a rich Ganesh Chaturthi recipe that is very easy to make.

Here is the recipe>>>Khoya Modak

  1. Cheesy Potato Modak
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Delicious and unique Cheesy Potato Modak!!!

Here is the recipe>>>Cheesy Potato Modak

Amazing Indian Food Facts

Food is one of the most important thing in life (at least in my life). We can discuss about food for hours and hours. India is a country rich in food. There are a lot of interesting things about Indian food that can be explored.

In this article we will explore the history of Indian food & dishes. There are some unknown facts about Indian food that you will surely find awesome.

  • India Is A Land Of Spices
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India is a country with a large variety of spices. No other country produces so many types of spices. When we talk about production of spices, India is at the top.

  • Saffron Came To India due To Greek, Roman & Arabs

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Saffron was introduced to India by Greek, Roman and Arab traders. These traders introduced a lot of foreign flavors in Indian cuisine.

Try the Indian Saffron Rice recipe>>>Saffron Rice

  • Potatoes, Chilly & Tomato was brought by Portuguese
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The most common ingredients of Indian Food like potato, chilly and tomato were brought to India by Portuguese.

Try the recipe of Garlicky Chilly Potato>>>Garlicky Chilli Potatoes

  • Earlier Indians Used Fruits For Sweetening The Food

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Before Portuguese came, Indians used to make use of Honey, Sweet fruits for adding sweet flavor to dishes. When Portuguese hit the Indian shores, they taught many things including refining of sugar from sugarcane.

  • Chicken Tikka Masala Invented In Glasgow, Scotland
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Chicken Tikka Masala, which is a favorite Indian dish originated in Glasgow, Scotland.

Try the recipe of Chicken Tikka Masala>>>Chicken Tikka Masala

  • In 1960 First Indian Restaurant Opened In USA
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Indian dishes are very popular throughout the world. The first Indian restaurant was opened in USA in 1960 and within five decades the number of Indian Restaurants in USA has reached 80,000. This shows their affinity for Indian food.

  • Only Few Types Of Food Known In Earlier Times

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In Ancient India, only a limited type of food was consumed. After many years Indian developed different kinds of dishes and ways of eating. Now, the world wants to explore Indian cuisine.

  • Indian Food Has 6 Tastes: Sweet, Bitter, Salty, Astringent, Sour & Spicy
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Just like India is a land of diversity, there is a diverse range of tastes like sweet, bitter, salty, spicy and astringent. Although chilly came from different countries, it is heavily produced in India.

  • Major Greys Pickle

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Pickle is a popular side dish for most of the Indians. Indian pickle was heavily liked by Britishers during their rule. They even came up with a brand of Indian pickles named Major Greys which is a very popular brand today.

  • Classification Of Indian Food

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Indian food has been categorized into Saatvic(fresh vegetables and juice), Raajsic(oily and spicy food) & Taamsic(Meat and liquor). Saatvic food helps you in getting to higher states of consciousness. Raajsic food is the foundation of activity and motion and Taamsic food leads to negative feelings.

The Queen of Indian Cuisine: Kashmiri Cuisine

Indian Cuisine: Kashmiri Cuisine

India is a country with as many cuisines as there are the number of communities. To simplify things, the food in India has been divided into 2 categories i.e. North Indian & South Indian. There are various categories of cuisines in India. This is first of the articles based on Indian Cuisine that we are going to present to you in our blog. In this article, we will talk about Kashmiri Cuisine.

Kashmiri Cuisine has its roots in ancient Kashmiri. Meat was a traditional food as mentioned in the Rigveda. Nilamat Purana, an ancient epic of Kashmir tells about the traditions of meat eating in Kashmir. This habit of meat eating persists still today.

It is also popular in many parts of Pakistan. The most popular cuisine today is mutton which has over 30 variations. In the early days, Kashmiri cuisine was very much influenced by Kashmiri Pandits. The Pandits in other parts of the country don’t eat meat normally. The Pandits of Kashmir have eaten meat (except beef) throughout the history. Most of Kashmiri Muslims are converts from the Pandit community of Kashmir. So, they also don’t consume Beef. Some important Kashmiri dishes are:-

  • Qabargaah
  • Dum Olav
  • Gogji Raazma
  • Goshtaba
  • Lyodur Tschaman
  • Matschgand
  • Modur Pulaav
  • Monji Haak/Gogji Haak
  • Mujh Gaad
  • Nadir Yakhin
  • Shaem
  • Qeleeya
  • Rogan Josh
  • Syun Pulaav
  • Tsarvan
  • Tschok Wangan
  • Yakhni

Tea forms a very important Kashmiri Pandit cuisine. The two types of tea found mostly are Kahwa(sweet green tea) and Sheer Chai(Noon Chai). These teas are normally taken with baked breads like Katlam, Kulcha, Roth or Bakarkhani.

Wazwan

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Wazwan is a meal that can have multiple courses. It is treated with great respect in Kashmiri Muslim tradition. The preparation of this dish is an art. All the preparation during the feast is meat based i.e. lamb, fish & chicken). In tradition, the number of courses is thirty-six for wazwan although there can be fewer number of courses.

Wazwan is regarded as the core element of their Kashmiri Muslim’s identity.