Top 5 Healthy Soups to keep you warm in Winter

A Soup has the power to do what a medicine or a therapy never can – soothe and relax you in an inexplicable way when you’re down with cold, cough and fever. It’s by far the most comforting and delicious food, not to mention, healthy too.

Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of hearty soup on a chilly day, especially when it’s ready in 20 minutes or less. In this early winter season, we bring you five different kinds of Indian soups that will keep you warm in this weather. In this list all the soups benefits you differently and each one is unique in flavor.

  1. Pepper Rasam:


    Winters are synonymous with common cold and cough. Besides right medication, it is necessary to consume comforting and effective foods. The spices in Pepper Rasam and the ingridients in this soup help in digestion and soothe your senses, and therefore is a perfect recipe for incessant sneezes and running nose.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Soak the tamarind in a cup having warm water in it, extract its juice and throw away the pulp. Grind small amount of cumin seeds, pepper and garlic for a few seconds in a mixer.
    2. Take tamarind extract, add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, crushed pepper, cumin, garlic, salt and curry leaves. Boil them together.
    3. Once it is starting boiling, keep the flame low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the raw smell of the tamarind goes off.
    4. Heat a table spoon of ghee and add mustard seeds in it.
  2. Lemon Coriander Soup:


    Lemon is a very rich source of vitamin C, which in turn to helping in build immunity from cold and cough during winters. Take this soup hot in the evening for a comforting experience.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Cut all the vegetables into triangles (optional) , blanch and refresh.
    2. Prepare coriander stock with fresh coriander and water.
    3. Add cleaned prawns cut in to dices.
    4. Add salt, lemon juice and white pepper according to taste.
  3. Miso Soup:


    The nutrients in mushrooms are different and having high number of protein and other nutritions from those of other vegetables and provide the vitamin B, folate, pantothenic acid and also biotin. Mushrooms also contains D group of Vitamins that helps keep bones strong and fights several disease. Mushroom Nimbu Ka Ras is a brilliant comibination of health and flavour!

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat some oil (ghee) in a pan, add mushroom and cook till it gets dry.
    2. Remove mushroom, and add garlic, onion in the same oil, and sauté.
    3. Add water and bring it to a boil.
    4. Adjust Heat, add spring onions, cream.
  4. Murgh Makkai Shorba:


    This soup contains Corn that is an excellent source of fibre, potassium and baby corn kernels are source of folate. When combine with chicken, Murgh Makkai Shorba makes for a soup rich in health as well as taste.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat some oil(ghee) in a pan, add garlic, cumin seeds.
    2. Add garlic and saute, corn paste and cook.
    3. Add chicken and cook, adjust heat.
    4. Yoy may garnish with chopped coriander, and chicken dices.
  5. Carrot and Beetroot Soup:


    This soup contains beetroot that is rich calcium, potassium, iron, folic acid, fiber and also anti-oxidants and in the other hand carrots are an excellent source of A group of vitamins. Beetroot also helps in cleaning the kidneys and gall bladder. The darker the orange carrot, the higher is the beta carotene. Carrot and Beetroot also very beneficial for children as it benefits their vision, skin and immune system.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat small amount of oil (ghee).
    2. Add bay leaf, cumin and ginger to it.
    3. Add chopped carrot, beetroot and green chillies. Cook the stuff for 5 minutes.
    4. Add water. Once its starting getting boil, strain and make a puree. Adjust the heat.
    5. Strain the puree. You may garnish it with diced beetroot and carrots.

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History & The Secrets Behind ‘Jalebi’ | India Canteen

Jalebi is a crispy, crunchy, juicy Indian dessert that can be best described as funnel cakes. This sweet street food can beat the taste when dipped in cold curd and it will surely make you run for a single bite, jalebi is found across India and also in Iran, Africa, West Asia and many more countries.

It is fried in the hot oil, using a cotton fabric cloth and carefully soaked in the sugar syrup. It would not be wrong to say that the process of making jalebis is no less attractive than the final product on your plate. You can have jalebis alone, or with a samosa but best combination is with creamy rabdi. A glass of piping hot milk or chilled milk with crunchy hot jalebis is a popular breakfast in several cities like Haridwar and Indore.

Did you know your favourite dessert recipe i.e Jalebi that you see across all sweet shops or morning breakfast shops in your city is not Indian but a West Asian or a Persian import?

Yes, you heard us Right !!

Our very own crispy, hot and sweet jalebi is not an Indian recipe but we have made it our own. Originally it is a version of sweet dish “Zolabiya” or “Zalabiya”.

Zalabiya is a festive dessert in iran, enjoyed by everyone during the iftar parties of Ramzaan. In 13th century, Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi (writer) collected a total of about 260 recipes of that time and highlighted them in his cookbook, ‘Kitab al-Tabeekh’, where ‘Zalabiya’ was mentioned for the first time.

In the 15th century, the makeover of Jalebi from Zalabiya happened when the Jain author Jinasura talked about it first time in the famous holy writ called ‘Priyamkarnrpakatha’ . In his holy writ it is said that jalebi was introduced to the Indian subcontinent by our not-so-friendly Persian Turkic invaders. According to The Hobson-Jobson Anglo-Indian dictionary, the Indian word Jalebi is derived from the Arabic word zulabiya or the Persian zolbiya with the onslaught of Turkish and Persian traders. From 15th century till today, this sweet dish began to be known as Jalebi and became a compulsory part in festive occasions, weddings, Indian breakfast and even temple bhog/prasad.

The preparation of Jalebis is considerably not so difficult. In a large pot whisk refined flour, yogurt and sufficient water to a smooth and pouring consistency batter. Cover and keep in a warm place to ferment for minimum 1 day. Transfer the batter into a jalebi cloth, gather the edges and make a tight potli. The cloth filled with the batter is squeezed with adequate pressure from top to make concentric circles turning them over gently a few times, till they are evenly golden and crisp, and than transferred to the sugar syrup, which sometimes may also contain hints of saffron (for the perfect orange hue). Once the jalebis soak the sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes, take them out of the syrup and they are ready to serve hot.

This dish is not to be confused with similar sweets and variants like Imarti, Paneer Jalebi, Mawa Jalebi, Afgaan Jalebi etc.

Top 10 Street foods of Chandigarh | India Canteen

Chandigarh is full of beautiful places to eat but you would not wait for a second to realize that you get the best Punjabi foods in Chandigarh. Just think of it, the spicy butter chicken, the stuffed parathas, tandoori kebabs, creamy chaats, chilled lassi, fluffy bhature… the list can go on and on. You get the best of street food in dhabas and eateries in Chandigarh that are known for their impeccable service and menu.. To help you choose the top ones, we have chosen the most popular street food in Chandigarh, and where to find them. The list of top 10 is as follows:-

  1. Chaat:


    The chaats have so many dishes like Papdi Chaat, Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Bhalla Papdi, Aloo Tikki, Ragda Patties, Kachori and others. They have a delicious filling of sweet and saucy chutneys, flavored water, mixture of potato, onions, corn, sprouts, pulses and other vegetables, topped with dahi or curds, and garnished with herbs.

    Where to eat:

    Garg Chaat, Sector 23
    Ram Chaat Bhandaar, Sector 34
    Rehri in Sector 8 Market
    Krishna Chaat Bhandaar, Sector 34
    Rehri Outside, Sector 19 Gurudwara
    Thakur Chat Point, Sector 40-C

  2. Chole Bhature:


    A must-have when in Chandigarh, Chole Bhature combines the richness of gravy-laden chickpeas with that of the fluffy bhature. When eaten together, they form an essential North Indian dish, which can be had anytime, morning breakfast, lunch or dinner. The bhatures are cooked on tandoors or clay ovens and can be plain, or with a filling of paneer or potato.

    Where to eat:

    Sai Sweets, Sector 22 B
    Cholle Bhature, Industrial area phase 1
    Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17
    Gopal Sweets, Sector 35-C
    Baba Dairy, Sector 21C
    Roadside StallS (Khirki/Rehri)

  3. Paneer Tikka:


    This tandoori street food is famous in India, even more in Chandigarh. Paneer cubes are char-grilled on skewers and served with mint chutneys and other sauces. Other vegetables like capsicum, tomatoes, are also added to the paneer.

    Where to eat:

    Chaplin Fast Food, Sector 34
    Tikka Freaks, Sector 8-B
    Mom’s Kitchen, Sector 22B
    Barbeque Nation, Sector 26
    Sai Sweets, Sector 22 B

  4. Momos:


    The steamed momos have become a favourite street food for people of Chandigarh. Momos is essentially a Tibetan dish, having bite-sized dumplings filled with vegetables or meats, and served with spicy sauces and a variety of chutneys

    Where to eat:

    Dumpling Hood, Sector 9
    Rehri Market, Sector15
    Yo China, Phase-5 Mohali
    Kathmandu Chinese Fast Food, Sector 15D
    Rohit Chinese food Patel market, Sector15
    A1 Dumplings, Sector 35

  5. Spring Rolls:


    Another Chinese favourite, Spring Rolls are deep fried pancakes, rolled and filled  with veggies or meats, and served with various sauces and chutneys. It is a street food that is light on the stomach but dripping with flavour and aromas.

    Where to eat:

    Toshib Fast Food, Sector 34 C
    Pashtun Restaurant, Sector 35-B
    Roll Xpress, Sector 36
    Khokha, Sector 9
    Lava Eat n Wrap, Sector 8-B

  6. Amritsari Kulcha:


    An eternal North Indian dish, Amritsari Kulcha is prepared of refined flour, stuffed with a range of stuffing like paneer, cheese, potatoes, and prepared on a clay tandoor, and served with chole, chutneys, pickles and curries. They are the best street food of Chandigarh.

    Where to eat:

    Kulcha Hub, Sector 4
    Bansal Amritsar Food Street Sector 4, Panchkula
    Sodhi’s Zaika, Sector 46C
    Amritsari Kulcha Hub, Sector 9
    Amritsari Kulcha & Channa, Sector 9 Panchkula
    Student Canteen/ Stu C, Sector 14 (Punjab University)

  7. Lassi:


    This famous Punjabi lassi is best enjoyed chilled in the hot summer months. Favourite among people of Chandigarh, Lassi is a yoghurt based drink, prepared with fruit and spices, and garnished sometimes with flavours and other toppings.

    Where to drink:

    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Gopal Sweets, Sector 8 and Sector 35
    Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17 and Elante Mall
    Baba Dairy, Sector 21C
    Shiv Mishtan Bhandar, Sector 18C
    Talwar’s, Sector 15

  8. Sarso da Saag & Makki di Roti:


    A dish synonymous with Punjab, it has won the hearts, or stomachs, of millions across India. Sarso or mustard greens is prepared with various Indian spices and eaten with flat cornbreads or Makki di Roti. It is an essential food of Punjab, best eaten in the winter season, as it gives warmth and plenty of nourishment. In Chandigarh, you get these at famous dhabas and various other eateries.

    Where to eat:

    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Amritsari Kulcha & Channa Sector 9, Panchkula
    Katani Dhaba, Sector 15
    Nukkar Dhaba, Sector 32
    Pakwan Meal, Sector 14

  9. Parantha:


    Nobody makes parathas better than the North Indians. In Chandigarh, you get the best Parathas with loads of butter and served with curries, pickles or raitas. Parathas are made of wheat flour and come in different varieties like plain, butter, cheese, paneer, keema, various herbs, dals, and others.

    Where to eat:

    Pehalwan Parantha Point, Sector 22-D
    Pal Dhaba, Sector 28D
    Katani Dhaba, Sector 35D
    Gurbax Dhaba, Pahalwan Paratha Point
    Delhi Special Pranthe Wali Gali, Sector22A

  10. Chicken Tikka:


    Chiken tikka is a famous street food in Chandigarh, Chicken Tikka is made by marinating pieces of chicken in spices and yogurt, then put on skewers and baked in a tandoor, having vegetables and flavoured with spices, and served with mint chutney, and other sauces.

    Where to eat:

    Pehalwan Ji da Dhaba, Sector 15D, Rehri Market
    Tikka Freaks, Sector 8-B
    Mughlai Rasoi, Phase 3 Mohali
    Pik n Move, Sector 8B
    Singh Chicken Corner, Sector 22C, 22B

Top 10 Restaurants of Agra

The first thing that comes into your mind about Agra is Taj Mahal. Tourists keep flocking to Agra to witness the biggest tourist attraction in the form of Taj Mahal. Agra is also hub of a lot of local eating points for foodies. In this blog post, we have collected a list of top Agra’s restaurants that you must visit. Also find the recipes of favourite dishes.

Dasaprakash

The literal meaning of the name of this restaurant is “Light emitted by the servant of God”. The owner of this restaurant has dedicated the restaurant to his father. The restaurant mainly serves South Indian food and is clean and hygienic. Dasaprakash is known for its amazing thali that serves great dishes. The restaurant is very popular in Agra and around the city.

Pinch of Spice

This is not located inside a five star hotel but is home to some great dishes. The North Indian dishes served here are amazing and are loved by the locals here. Some dishes that are must have include murg boti masala, chicken tikka in a rich and spicy gravy, and paneer lababdar which is a fresh diced cheese in spicy sauce and onion. These are all authentic dishes and there is good ambience and service with great dining experience.

Jahanpanah

Jahanpanah restaurant serves one of the best Awadhi cuisines. If you are a lover of non-veg food, you must visit this restaurant. Some of their signature dishes include galawat kababs, kakori and lucknawi biryani. Their food is unique and the ingredients used are from Lucknow. The chefs work on Awadhi cuisine. They have mastered dum style cooking on slow fire.

Lakshmi Vilas

If you want to experience South Indian food at reasonable price, then Lakshmi Vilas is a perfect restaurant. The restaurant is a favourite among Agra food lovers. The interior decoration of the restaurant is very simple and the ambience is also good. Their thali is a must have for lunch and dinner. Try these South Indian recipes: Dosa, Idli, Sambhar.

Chapter 1 Café

This is one of the funkiest places to eat in Agra. This café serves many cuisines and caters to the young crowd of Agra. It has trendy decoration and ambience. Come with your friends to enjoy a variety of cuisines.

Bon Barbecue

For those who enjoy barbecued food, Bon Barbecue is a great place to be. It is perfect for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. The food here is perfect and ranges from mutton, mushrooms, prawns etc. Unlimited amounts of kebabs are available here for limited price. Some favourite dishes include Moong Dal Halwa and Lemon Fish in White Sauce.

Chokho Jeeman

If you really like the vegetarian food, then Choko Jeeman is a great place to be. The food here is delicious and amazing and the ambience makes it a perfect place to be.

Peshawri

This restaurant offers the best of fine dining. The Dal Makhani, which is also known as Bukhara is a special dish and a must have.

Jhankar

If you want to enjoy Indian cuisine with live entertainment, then Jhankar is the place to be. The restaurant conducts live music gigs and dances each night and attracts a lot of crowd. It serves Indian dishes with a variation of Aloo Dum Chutney wale. If you want to try non-veg, then you must go for Magazi Murgh Korma.

Thaaliwala

This restaurant serves great thali. It is located next to ITC hotel. If you are vegetarian, then you must visit this restaurant. The food here is awesome.