Every state in India has its own unrivalled cuisine. Gujarat, the state on the country’s western fringe, has its unique flavour. Folks of all convictions have pooled in to form various aspects of the Gujarati cuisine. The dishes of Parsis, Bohra Muslims, and Khojas (from Arabia) have all acquired...
To make your Christmas and holiday season celebrations cheerful, Chef Ranveer Brar shares recipes for decadent treats and mouthwatering desserts using Hershey India syrups and spreads. Chocolate Fruit Cake with Hershey's cocoa powder  Prep time: 30 minutes + three hours soaking Baking time: 45 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients For soaking: ¾ cup dry fruits and nuts...
Most of the traditional meals during Christmas include a turkey and so the tradition continues at Keys Hotels as Corporate Chef Manish Kusumwal shares a few delightful recipes that you can offer to your guests this season. Cajun spiced turkey wrapped with bacon Ingredients: 1 large turkey breast 1 tsp Cajun spice 1 cup...
Vanilla Bundt cake with coconut filling, topped with chocolate ganache Ingredients for the vanilla cake 290 gms flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 110 grams butter 2 tablespoons castor sugar 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 80 ml milk 1/2 tbsp vinegar 150 ml soda Making the vanilla batter: Add salt, baking powder and baking...
North Indian food never goes out of fashion and the restaurant India Bistro in a South Indian predominated suburb of Chembur (in Mumbai) stands testimony with its packed-to-capacity bookings even on a weekday lunch that we visited. Simple, rustic, spacious and comfortable interiors with a vibrant bar and friendly...
Fats are one of the most important macronutrients for the human body. Fats are building blocks for around 70 trillion cells that make up our body. Our hormones, bile, and cholesterol also consist of fats. The body uses fats as an energy source and protection. Fatty acid deficiency is widespread...
Chef Manish Kusumwal, the Corporate Chef at Keys Hotels, shares special Onam recipes with India Beckons readers. Malayalis around the world are celebrating Onam as it is a harvest festival, one of three major annual Hindu celebrations along with Vishu and Thiruvathira, and it is observed with numerous festivities. The...

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The Parsis, which means Persians, the followers of prophet Zoroaster, migrated to India to escape religious harassment and discriminations by another community (Muslims). As they turned from refugees to residents of India, the Persian sway shrank except for the use of dry fruits and nuts in pulavs. While Iranian cooking...
Once considered a rare exotic fruit and available only to a very limited number of people, today we can enjoy the delicious papaya and its benefits all year round. The fruit and its seeds contain ingredients that have medicinal properties and nourish our body on many different levels. Papaya definitely stands out...
“Chai aur baarish are soulmates” - thus goes the tagline for the new launch of the signature tea set by Kettlery and Vicky Ratnani. What better season to launch it than the monsoon? And what better season to try their new teas than now - to perch on the...
Goa with its lush paddy fields, verdant hills, and the gushing shoreline is my go-to destination in the rains. This year, my stay in the most sought-after room (with a swing in the sit-out and easy access to a private beach) at the iconic Cidade de Goa Resort in...
It’s festival time at the Baluchi – The LaliT Mumbai’s signature restaurant – which is hosting the Goan Food Festival from the 21st to the 30th of July. It is rightly branded as Susegado Mumbai, ‘Susegad’ meaning a relaxed attitude and enjoyment of life to the fullest. Not just...
Tucked away in the quiet suburb of Chembur in Mumbai is this new delectable Sindhi cuisine eatery, finding its way into people’s hearts and stomachs. It’s called Duma Dum Mast Kalandar – quaintly named after the famous Sufi spiritual song, whose beats travel with the wafts of soft breeze...
Shatranj Napoli, which used to appease the Italian food cravings of gourmets, has turned into a restaurant with a new name – 12 Union Park by Shatranj! Not only its name but changes in décor and cuisine are also in order. The interiors are done up in muted shades with...
General information Mangifera indica, known as Mango, is over 4,000 years old and considered to be the symbol of love and fertility in eastern cultures. Mangoes are also widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. According to studies, all part of mango plant - roots, bark, leaves, fruits, seeds, flowers, and kernels...

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