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Chocolates are love. And even tastier when it’s paired with a soft crunch of cookies. Chocolate cookies are ultimate snacks for evening tea, morning coffee, or after your mid-day meal. Basically, you can have chocolate cookies anytime because they’re so delicious. Every good thing has to come to an end. Cookies don’t have to. For that let’s learn how to make this scrumptious crunchy chocolate cookies.

Ingredients
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Ingredients (What you’ll need to make them)-
  • Butter – 1 Full Cup
  • Eggs- 2
  • White Sugar- 1 & ½ Cups
  • Vanilla Extract- 2 Teaspoons
  • All Purpose Flour- 2 Cups
  • Salt- ¼ Teaspoon
  • Cocoa Powder- 2/3 Cup
  • Baking Soda- ¾ Teaspoon
  • Chocolate Chips- 2 Cups
Directions-

Keeping it super simple and easy to understand to make these. Follow these steps-

  • Before you start the baking, preheat the oven to have the required temperature for the dough to be baked. Preheat at 175-200 degrees C
  • Once you’ve set the oven to preheat. On the other side, take a large bowl for the batter. For that add the butter (make sure it’s softened), white sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and mix it well till it’s blended and fluffy in texture.
  • Take another bowl and add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix it well too.
  • Now that you have two different bowls of one batter and other powdered mixture. Combine both well by pouring the batter into the bowl with flour and all. Mix it well until blended. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Next, you take an oven tray and spread a greased cookie sheet. Drop the mixture with the help of teaspoon size spoons.
  • Once you’re done with the dropping process. Leave spaces between as when they bake, obviously they increase in their size.
  • Put the oven tray inside the pre-heated oven and bake this for 8-10 minutes.
  • Take them out and carefully put them on the wire racks to cool all of them down.
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  • After it’s done, enjoy these scrumptious-crunchy-chocolaty cookies with your favorite beverage. Store them in an air-tight container to enjoy it for a few more days.

Winters are here! Although winters are loved and adored by everyone but winter chills can be a little too much to handle. Now, who here loves to eat during winters? Raise your hands! I know you all did. There is something about food & winters which really excites me. With the chills of winter comes the delicious gajar ka halwa, sarson ka saag, & the gurr roti combo. Nostalgia just hit you, didn’t it? Winters are beautiful and which is why it is very important to keep yourself healthy during the chilly breeze. Here are 11 Food items to keep you warm during winters:

  • Desi Ghee da Tadka

    Desi Ghee da Tadka
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Even a single drop of Desi Ghee makes everything delicious! Desi Ghee is known to balance the heating element in the body and provide you with the much-needed warmth. It also aids digestion, prevents constipation and increases body immunity. Desi Ghee won’t make you gain weight, it is the most digestible fat. So, stop counting your calories and start having Desi Ghee because it is winters!!!! Go ahead and have delicious ghee wali sabzi because calories don’t count during winters.

  • Sesame Seeds
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Calcium & Iron packed sesame seeds are great for warming up your body in winters. It helps in dealing with chronic diseases like pneumonia, bronchitis, and Asthma. These seeds are often used in halwas, chikki and gajjaks during winters. Remember Til k Laddu? Yes, I love them too! Apart from keeping you warm, sesame paste helps reducing dandruff, and that is another common problem in winters.

  • Soup
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This is one is my personal favorite! Soup is the healthiest way to keep yourself. It is comforting too! Chicken soup is my favorite but, if you’re a vegetarian then, you could try mix vegetable corn soup.

  • Ginger Tea
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Hey, there all the Chai lovers! How do you feel about the first sip of your subah ki chai? Heavenly, right? Well, just add a little ginger to it and, it’ll be more than enough to keep the flu away. Ginger keeps your body warm, improves digestion, and helps with healing cough & cold.

  • Honey
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Honey is another food item which is really warm in nature which is why it keeps your body warm. It boosts your immune system, heals cold, cough & flu. You need more reasons to have honey? Well, having honey with hot water in the morning helps boost your metabolism rate, it is a good substitute for sugar, it is delicious and, it never expires!

  • Haldi
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We all know turmeric for its healing properties but did you know that it reduces inflammation in our body and keep our body warm. You can have it will milk, tea or add it to your food. It is going to help you in every way!

  • Cinnamon
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Cinnamon helps your body warm up real fast. It garners your metabolism, lower your blood sugar and cures a sore throat. Apart from all the benefits, it tastes really good! Cinnamon can add taste to almost everything it touches. Add it to your coffee instead of sugar and, you’ll know how heavenly it tastes.

  • Jaggery
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Here is another one of my favorites! If you grew up in an Indian house, you know how important Gurr is! Our parents or grandparents used to give us jaggery after every meal. This used to be our “kuch meetha ho jae.”

Not only it keeps your body warm but is a rich source of vitamins & minerals like phosphorous, iron, magnesium and potassium. It is a natural cure for the cough, cold, migraine, asthma, fatigue, menstrual cramps & indigestion.

  • Eggs
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Remember the advertisement “Sunday ho ya Monday Roz Khao Andey!”

Well, you should definitely have eggs every day during winters. They not only help you keep your body warm but provide you with proteins & vitamins. The energy eggs give your body helps you get rid of the wintertime laziness.

  • Chillies
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Haye haye Mirche! Uff Uff Mirche! Hey, there all the spice lovers!

Chillies always make you sweat? Ever wondered why? It is because of capsaicin that speeds up your metabolism and warms up your body. Now you have a reason to eat spicy food! But go easy on it tiger!

  • Hot Chocolate
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Now, this exactly isn’t a super healthy drink but it is magic during winters. Although, it is just warm milk which by the way is very healthy & chocolate. It actually works like charm to beat the winter blues and provide the comfort you need. Want to make it healthier? Add cinnamon to your hot chocolate!

To some winters are happy and to some, it’s a gloomy time! You just got to be sure to stay warm during winters so you can enjoy the cool breeze. Beat the winter blues!

As the temperature drops, people start looking out for ways to keep themselves warm. Woolen clothes, fireplaces, and hot cups of coffee are the famous drills to warm up the chill in your bones. But the fancy way people embrace to stay warm in winter is to drink. Can you blame them? After all, it is not just our bodies that alcohol helps to keep warm. It also keeps up our spirits to have fun in those freezing winter days. So, why not make those winter cocktails a little more delicious with some experiments.

Here are some cocktail recipes that can be easily made at home to warm up your winter adventures.

New York Sour

It is a normal whiskey sour with red wine floating on top of it.

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Ingredients Required:
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 60 ml bourbon
  • 20 ml simple syrup
  • 20 ml red wine
Preparation Steps:
  • Add bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker and fill it with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a rock glass filled with ice.
  • Now carefully pour the wine over the back of a spoon so that it floats on the top of the drink.
Aged Rum Daiquiri

A subtle blend of rum’s sweetness with sugar and lime juice. All the three ingredients need to be in a perfect amount as overdo of any one of them can ruin the flavor of the cocktail.

Aged Rum Daiquiri
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Ingredients Required:
  • 60 ml light rum
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 20 ml demerara sugar syrup
Preparation Steps:
  • Add all the ingredients into a shaker. Pour some ice and shake well until it is chilled.
  • Now strain it into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lime twist for the amazing flavor.
Honey Sage Gin Fizz

It is a simple gin fizz with honey sage infused syrup and a touch of lime.

Honey Sage Gin Fizz
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Ingredients Required:
  • 90 ml gin
  • 30 ml honey sage syrup
  • 45 ml lime juice
  • 15 ltr soda
  • Soaked green sage leaves
For honey sage syrup:
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 5-6 fresh sage leaves
Preparation Steps:
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes and a few sage leaves.
  • Now add gin, lime juice, and honey sage syrup and stir it well.
  • Add club soda to the mixture and stir it again.
  • In the end, garnish with sage leaves and serve it in a long glass.
Cranberry Mimosas

It is a delicious chilled drink made with one part cranberry juice and two-part champagne.

Cranberry Mimosas
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Ingredients Required:
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1 cup sweetened cranberry juice
  • 10-12 fresh cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnishing
Preparation Steps:
  • Fill champagne flutes 1/3rd with cranberry juice.
  • Add lime juice and sugar to it.
  • Fill remaining of the glass with champagne.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs.
Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

The amazing blend of white wine, apple cider, and sweet sliced apples are perfect to serve your guests on Christmas and house gatherings.

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
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Ingredients Required:
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • ¼ cup cinnamon sugar
  • 1 bottle of chilled white wine
  • 1 bottle of chilled sparkling cider
  • 1/3 cup fireball
  • 2 thinly sliced apples
  • Cinnamon sticks
Preparation Steps:
  • Fill all the glasses with the lemon wedge and dip in cinnamon sugar.
  • Then combine cider, wine, and firewall in a large pitcher.
  • Add sliced apples to the pitcher and stir to combine.
  • Pour the drink in the prepared glasses. Garnish each glass with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

So what are you waiting for? Warm yourself up with these amazing winter cocktails on a casual Thursday night or on a fun-filled Friday night party.

We may have lots of Nepalese friends as it is India’s neighbouring country. India and Nepal are so close that we share many traditions. We claim to know a lot about Nepal, but do we really know the place? Do you know about Nepalese cuisine? No, it isn’t just the juicy & yummy momos and No! It is not Indian food. Nepal has a great variety of food just like its rich culture. Yes, the country shares its border with India, Tibet & China and definitely, these cultures have a great influence on Nepalese Cuisine. Despite the influence, Nepalese cuisine is unique and irresistible. So here is a list of must-try Nepalese Dishes:

1) Chatamari
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Chatamari is often referred to as Nepali Pizza because of the way it looks. It is a round rice-flour crepe. It is cooked with a variety of toppings like meat, eggs & vegetables mixed with yummy spices and is garnished with fresh coriander leaves & onion. Since it is usually baked, it is really good for health and with all the toppings, trust me it is really juicy. Chatamari is usually prepared for festivals in Nepal but often served as a snack as well. It is delicious! While Chatamari isn’t easy to find easy in India, it is easy to cook this dish.

2) Sel Roti
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A dish between Donuts & Bagels? We have it! It is Nepal’s very own Sel Roti made by deep frying Rice Flour and is truly scrumptious. It is crispy and sweet on the outside and soft on the inside. The rice flour dough is made from milk, water, oil, sugar, butter, cardamom, bananas and other flavours.  Sel Roti is usually made on religious festivals of Tahir & Dashain but sometimes also served during breakfasts with yogurt dippings. If you say you aren’t even a bit tempted to try Sel Roti, you are probably lying!

3) Thukpa
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Good news for soup lovers! Thukpa is Nepal’s traditional dish influenced by Tibet and China. It is a thick noodle soup that may include meat, vegetables or eggs. This delicacy is usually served in winters and can be found all around Kathmandu. It is a perfect blend of meat and soup which will make you fall in love with the dish! Due to its popularity, Thukpa is available in many restaurants in India. Feeling cold? Why not try Thukpa? It will pamper your taste buds, make you healthier and a perfect way to make yourself warm this winters. You can also pretend to be Joey (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) and say ‘Ummmm…Noodle Soup!’

4) Gundruk
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Gundruk is one side dish which can add flavour to anything! It is a very popular dish made by fermenting leafy green vegetables. You can also refer to Gundruk is an assortment of pickles, but that wouldn’t be right! Gundruk is enjoyed as a condiment with the main course meal. It tastes amazing and will satisfy our taste buds when we might feel like having something ‘chatpata!’

5) Tongba
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Beer lovers, I have an amazing news for you. Nepal has their own Millet Beer! You heard me right. This alcoholic beverage is a traditional and indigenous drink of the Limbu people in eastern Nepal. This beverage is religiously important to the community. The beverage is consumed in a very unique way. The fermented millet is poured into a vessel & mixed with hot water. It is left undisturbed for 5 minutes and then it is ready to be served. The beverage is sipped with a bamboo straw as a tradition. Tongba is Legen-Wait for it-Dary!

So, did you know about all these dishes from Nepal? You should definitely try these amazing dishes with your friends. Do not forget to have it with Tongba! There are many Nepalese restaurants in the city. So, go ahead and pamper your taste buds with these yummy delicacies.

Nobody would ever say that they don’t like Maggi. For those who have spent a considerable number of years away from home in PG’s, hostels, or rented apartments – Maggi is like pseudo-religion to them. I am one of them and this is the first thing that I ever cooked and that too asking mom the process of it. From a naïve visitor to the kitchen to an experienced one – Maggi boosted the confidence in cooking. Many of you would agree to this because, like me, you all have also tried and tested various types of easy to make Maggi recipes.

So, here are my favorites!

Cheesy Mix Veg Maggi

This is one of the simplest and yummiest easy to make Maggi recipes. You can have at any time of the day. This Maggi recipe is one of those which everyone must have tried in their kitchen. Loaded with the goodness of vegetables, this Maggi is fulfilling and can thus be a great option for your lunch or dinner menu.

Cheesy Mix Veg Maggi
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Ingredients: All the vegetables of your choice can be put in here but here are what I put in my recipe.

Onion – one medium sized onion chopped in longitudinal manner; Tomato – one small chopped in longitudinal manner; Frozen peas – a handful; Cabbage – about 2 spoons very thin and fine longitudinal slices; Carrot – about 2 spoons cut in small pieces; Finely chopped Garlic: 1 spoon; Cumin seeds: ½ spoon; Salt – As per taste; Oregano: As per taste; Chopped Green Chili: ½ spoon; Chicken Masala: ½ teaspoon; Oil – 2-3 tsp, 1 Maggi Packet.

How to Make:
  • Firstly, arrange all the veggies as per list and cut them as directed.
  • Put oil in a wok or pan and first put the cumin seeds & wait for it to splutter.
  • Go ahead with onion slices followed by garlic and green chilies.
  • Remember, the idea is not to deep fry them but simply to soften the veggies.
  • Now put cabbage and carrots and sprinkle some salt in this stage.
  • Let these veggies cook and cover the lid and leave for 5-7 minutes keeping the flame on medium to low.
  • Check if the veggies have softened or not and once softened put some chicken masala in it.
  • Let the veggies soak chicken masala well and then put off the gas and go for the next step.
  • Put 2 cups of water and bring it to boil and now put 1 packet of Maggi in it and don’t let it sit in the water for more than 3 minutes.
  • Sieve the Maggi now and spread on a plate to cool down a bit.
  • Once cooled, sprinkle the Maggi Masala on it and mix it well with your hands.
  • Be careful not to break the Maggi strings.
  • Now go back to the veggies. Simply put the Maggi mixed with Masala in your mix vegetable fry. In this stage put the frozen peas and adjust the salt. Once Maggi and veggies are mixed properly, grate some cheese on it and cover for 2 minutes so that the cheese melts.
  • Put sprinkle oregano and enjoy the cheesy mix veg Maggi with your cup of coffee or tea!
Onion-Capsicum-Egg Maggi

Simple, easy, and healthy, you can have this Maggi boiled or boiled and fried both. While in a hurry or when you have limited veggies, you can enjoy this Maggi. It is a great evening or dinner meal during the chilly winter season. So, bring these ingredients and wear the chef cap for one of the easy to make Maggi recipes.

Onion-Capsicum-Egg Maggi
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Ingredients: 2 spoons of finely chopped onion, 1 spoon of finely chopped capsicum, 1 egg, Salt – As per taste, Butter – 1 Spoon, and 1 Maggi Packet.

How To Make:
  • Put the onion and capsicum in 3 cups of water and cover for 5 minutes so that they soften up. Keep the flame high.
  • Now open and check if they have softened up.
  • Now put some salt in it followed by Maggi.
  • Let the Maggi mix with the veggies and completely soften.
  • Now put the Maggi Masala in it and that mixes break the egg and give a nice stir.
  • Cover for 1-2 minutes so that the egg cooks.
  • If you don’t want your Maggi soupy, then let the water to dry up a bit more.
  • Put in a bowl and put some butter before eating. You may put some chopped coriander leaves too!
  • For the fried version, simply follow the same way as mentioned in the previous recipe.
Soybean Maggi

Soybean is healthy and tasty both and I love my Maggi with it. As a morning breakfast, you can enjoy this lovely Maggi with your roommates. If you woke up late on a weekend and feeling lethargic to cook for yourself, then this “easy to make” Maggi recipe is perfect for you. Enjoy it while binging on Netflix.

Soybean Maggi:
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Ingredients: Soybean – As much as you want it or 10 pieces if you are going for the bigger ones and half cup if you are opting for the granules. Salt – As per taste. Coriander leaves – 1 spoon finely chopped. 1 Packet of Maggi. Butter or Oil – 1 tsp. Cheese – optional.

How To Make:
  • Take 3-4 cups of water and bring it to boil. Put the soybeans in them and let them soak it for good 10 minutes.
  • Now rinse the soybeans properly in cold water and squeeze them well.
  • Keep it aside in a bowl and sprinkle some salt on them.
  • Take a pan or wok and put some oil/butter and put the soybeans in it.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes in medium flame.
  • Now take 2 cups of water and boil Maggi and once softened put the Maggi Masala in it.
  • Put the stir-fried soybeans in your Maggi and sprinkle some coriander and grate the cheese if you want.
  • Enjoy your Maggi!

May Maggi never leave our lives and plates! These were just 3 easy to make Maggi recipes and I will post some more Maggi recipes soon. Also, keep checking this space for more interesting recipes!

Mensuration, Chums, Down Time, ‘That time of the month’ etc. is really a tough time for the fairer sex. Your body is going through a phenomenal time and the hormones are all messed up. From resting to putting hot water bottles on the stomach, you have literally tried everything to ease the pain. However, when nothing works, FOOD helps! Food is the only comforting thing in the whole wide world. Period. Yes, during periods too. What is your go-to comfort food while your ovaries squeeze your life out of your body? These are our go-to comfort food items.

While we women bleed for 5 days straight or more, we NEED nutrients to survive. And with nutrients, I don’t mean carbs, protein, and blah blah. Who cares what nutrients the meal has or the number of calories? Spending stressful nights thinking about the stains and spots, and crying rivers over the menstrual cramps, and let’s just please agree that it’s the most dreadful thing ever.

And then amidst all the pain & sorrow comes FOOD *lovestruck emoji*. Comfort food is a staple for anyone who craves a hearty meal & little taste. Well, for women it’s the antidote for PMS! Comfort food that you need to function all along with bloating & cramps. Here are 5 comfort food that every woman needs to deal with the blood storm every month.

  1. CHOCOLATES
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Chocolate is a woman’s best friend beside diamonds & bags. Indulging in the chocolaty affair with choco delights like a plain dark chocolate bar or Cakes. Stuffing your face with chocolates should be your priority. Believe it or not chocolate is actually good for you when you are on your period.

  1. PIZZA & FRIES…Nom nom
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Craving for fast food is the first few things that come along periods. Be it early in the morning or late at the wee-hours, Pizza, French fries, pasta and etc. can comfort us to next levels.

  1. COFFEE
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We need coffee in the IV during our periods. On your period, your body rebels with a vengeance and coffee is your best friend.

  1. CHEESE all the way!
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Hogging onto everything cheesy can make your periods easy. Cheesy fries, mac & cheese, cheese balls, cheesy nachos, cheese this and cheese that, everywhere cheese! Binge watching your favorite show or movie with Cheese along can be heaven.

  1. ICE-CREAM
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You are anyway going to scream your head off at some point in time of your period for no reason, might as well make it about getting your favorite flavor of ice cream! The frozen delight can make you relax.

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As your mood swings from depression to elation, these yummy treats will let you forget your agony for a moment or more!

As the weekend kicks in, all we need to do is party till the wee hours in the morning. That surely involves alcohol in whatever form you like. And a lot of it! As the night gets younger, you keep drinking to life, love, and all other good things. Without realizing that you are giving an invitation to the crazy H.A.N.G.O.V.E.R. So the next morning you wake up and realize that the last night was crazy but now you are paying for it by dealing with the hangover in its full swing. And all you can ask for is some relief from it. (God knows we all make secret promises of never drinking ever again that we forget the very next weekend.) We don’t want you to cancel the brunch you promised your bestie at the weekend, therefore, suggesting here some drinks that can cure your hangover and stop making your tummy feel bad.

Water
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Drink plenty of water. Repeat. That’s the mantra. And the best one to cure a hangover. It is important to stay hydrated while you are consuming alcohol. So drink plenty of water between your drinks! But if you were too high last night to even remember and keep yourself hydrated, then drink up in the morning to rehydrate and get rid of the impurities from your body.

Fruit Juices
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Remember how the bartender was pouring your drinks last night. You have to follow the same process. But this time replace the alcohol with fruit juices. The fructose present in the fruit juices offers instant energy to the body that reduces the effect of the hangover. The fruit juices also contain vitamins and water in a great amount that helps keep your body hydrated.

Ginger or Peppermint Tea
Ginger or Peppermint Tea
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If you are in for some herbal cure to get over a hangover, then a soothing ginger tea is the best option. It helps reduces nausea and treat motion sickness by preventing the development of gastric dysrhythmias and the elevation of plasma vasopressin. The peppermint tea not only eases stomach pain but also decreases nausea with the help of essential oils present in it. That’s why it is also considered the best morning sickness cure for pregnant women.

Tomato Juice
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The studies suggest that when you feed alcohol to your body, your liver gets busy digesting the booze to maintain the adequate sugar levels. As glucose is the primary source of energy and low levels can cause weakness, fatigue, and nausea. A glass full of tomato juice offers enough sugar to the body that stabilizes the level of glucose and gets you up and running.

Coconut Water
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The alcohol you consume grab all the water from your body and leave it dry including your brain. So hydrate as much as you can! Drinking the fresh coconut water will prove to be a good cure for the hangover as it contains many electrolytes. Or you can also reach for Gatorade to restore the liquid and electrolytes in the body.

Pickle Juice
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It is as good a cure for a hangover as weird it may sound. After a whole night of drinking your body gets dehydrated that causes a headache and nausea. The sour pickle juice contains vinegar, salt, and water that replenish the sodium level in your water. So don’t forget to drink up some pickle juice the morning after heavy drinking. You may not like its taste but you gotta do what you gotta do to cure a bad hangover.

Lemon Water
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For generations, lemon water has been a popular remedy for the hangover. Lemon water supports detoxification by enhancing liver functionality. So next time you feel nauseous or dizzy after a heavy night of drinking, just squeeze in half a lemon into a glass of water and drink it up. The best dose of Vitamin C, lemon water will help ease the symptoms of the hangover by making the body more alkaline.

Go for the simple and effective drinks mentioned above to beat the hangover blues!

The author bio suggests that I am a cinephile and a foodie. Believe me, these are the two best things ever invented by human civilization. All I need for sustenance is food and entertainment – let there be chaos elsewhere! Now, when these two interests of mine come together, it leaves me in a perplexed state of mind – which one to love more?

What all you remember from a movie? The star actor? Comedians? Story? Dialogues? Clothes or jewelry? But when food becomes a character in a movie – things are really hard to choose. There’s a way of presenting food too in the movies. Sometimes, it is not an intrinsic part of the movie but the way an actor eats creates a craving in you. Remember how Ranveer Singh or Bittu in Band Baaja Baaraat was eating Bread Pakora with Shruti? And his Bread Pakora is so dear to him that he even swears on that! For that matter, the way Saurabh Shukla or Rishi Kapoor eat from their lavish plates in Jolly LLB and Shudh Desi Romance are also memorable!

Bollywood is more than a century old and it has given many memorable flicks which make us laugh and cry both. Here is a list of my favorite 6 Bollywood movies which left me with an endearing culinary experience.

Bawarchi (1972)
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A bawarchi is the Hindi name for cook or chef. It was a typical Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie with dollops of food in it. In a middle-class family where the brothers and sisters-in-law fight with each other over domestic issues of who spends how much and who works how much, suddenly a Bawarchi comes and changes everything. He is a chef with unique abilities to work non-stop all through the day and night. And his dishes are to die for. He can make cabbage taste like mutton! The united family enjoying their tasty meals is a sight to watch.

Cheeni Kum (2007)
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The best chefs of the world can say all the ingredients used in a dish along with the exact quantity of salt & sugar by smelling that dish once. They can also say for how long the rice has been cooked or for how long the bread has been baked. This movie was exactly like that where Mr. Ghasphoos or Amitabh Bachchan owns the best Indian restaurant in London named Spice 6. Food thus forms a huge part of this movie. He falls in love with the character of Tabu over a debate on Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao. The film then condenses on normal daal-roti-chawal, brinjal curry, chicken kebabs, to the famous street foods of Delhi. An intense love story gifted by ace director R. Balki, this 2007 movie is still a food lover’s secret love.

Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)
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Stanley Ka Dabba is one of the most heart-warming stories of this decade surely. Released in 2011, this movie garnered massive acclaims from each and every one. It narrated the story of an orphan child who works at a restaurant and gets abused & beaten by the owner of the restaurant, his own uncle. He is popular among his peers & teachers. Mr. Verma, the Hindi teacher of the school enters and the movie forges into something brutal. Mr. Verma is a glutton & phagomaniac who does not bring his own dabba either but lusts after everyone else’s, also stealing food on occasion. We see kadhi pakodas, samosas, bhindi, rajma, cakes, paneer, baingan bharta, etc. – many more to salivate!

You would experience a lust for food through Mr. Verma & to what extent he can go (rebuking or suspending a student for not bringing tiffin) for having food. You would also see how less food and more of love we need to stay happy in life!

English Vinglish (2012)
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Shashi, the entrepreneur knows to make the best motichoor ke laddoos and snacks for adding happiness to people’s lives. She also knows to make the best Rajma-Chawal & Parathas. She is the epitome of Goddess Lakshmi. The whole movie & its basic plot of “Is English so important?” runs on one side and on the parallel side are the lovely foods and sweets. In a PTM also, she talks about banana chips & murukku. She joins the English Speaking class and there also she becomes popular for her recipes! This feel-good movie would always remain special for the ghee-lathpath motichoor ke laddoos.

The Lunchbox (2013)
The Lunchbox
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Directed by Ritesh Batra, this movie is touted as one of the best love stories of our generation. The love story blooms over dabba or lunchbox that is wrongly delivered. So, every morning you would find the housewife cooking and packing the food while having a chat about food with the lady staying upstairs. The love notes are exchanged through the lunch boxes and with each passing day, there are some new dishes, new stories shared, and a new love! A supporting character is shown chopping veggies on his office files while going back home in Mumbai local. Through Alu Gobhi, Matar Paneer, Daal Fry, Fried Rice, Raita, etc. – Nowhere this movie lost its connection with food!

Ki & Ka (2016)
Ki & Ka
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In a mediocre way, this movie challenged or questioned many things that our society follows. Why cooking is associated with a woman? Why only a man should earn more than the woman to run the family? Why a woman is not given due respect and appreciation when she decorates her house or cooks food? Why the movie turned out to be different was the fact, all these questions were put up by the male lead who believes her housewife mom was no less than an artist. He marries the lady for whom making a cup of coffee is no less than rocket science. From fluffy Spanish omelet to spaghetti, healthy salads to Rajma Chawal, beaten coffee to cheesecakes, chicken tikka to daal fry – you would feel the aroma of food traveling from the screen to your room.

There are many such movies where you would find a nice presence of food through the characters who are either eating them or talking about them. Movies like Ramji Londonwaley, Chef, Duplicate, Dawat-E-Ishq, Hasee To Phasee, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, etc. are some foodgasm in motion for sure. Those who love movies & food both (like me) find a heavenly comfort in these movies. Watch these movies again (in case you have watched it before) and enjoy the lip-smacking experience again!

Hey, there all the Burgertarians! Do you love burgers? Do you think you are a Burgertarian?

You are a Burgertarian if:

  • Your favorite song is “Don’t want none unless you got buns, hun!”
  • Think about burgers at least once a day.
  • Understand how every burger is tasty in its own way
  • Can not tolerate bad burger.
  • The first thing you look for in a menu is burgers

Can relate to it? Then, you deserve a good burger!

Do you feel bad when you eat tasteless burgers around the city? Well then let’s say no to tasteless burgers and try out these 5 amazing burger joints:

  1. Local Grub

Local Grub

Looking for an old-fashioned, freshly made appetizing burger? Local Grub is the place for you!

This place is my personal favorite. Local Grub is fairly new in the game of burgers yet they understand burgers so well. The burgers are fresh, juicy & delightful. Local Grub has more options for vegetarians than non-vegetarians. Vegetarians, Happy much? Apart from the ambrosial taste, the representation of the burgers is really interesting. The burger buns were custom branded with a Local Grub logo stamp. I guarantee you that you’ll fall in love with every single bite of these burgers.

Must Try:

  1. Herb Garden Burger for Vegetarians
  2. Wicked Chicken Burger for Non-Vegetarians
  3. Crinkle cut fries with hot tandoori sauce & cheese
  4. Blueberry cheese shake

Special Feature: Custom branded burger buns with a Local Grub logo stamp!

Address: Shop no. 26, Anshul Tower, Sainik Vihar, Pitampura, Delhi, 110034. (Near Pitampura Metro Station).
Cost for 2: Rs. 450/-

  1. Carls Jr
Carls Jr
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Carls Jr. has a really different concept than that of other burger joints. While all the other burger joints serve the burgers with fried patties, Carls Jr. serves patties which are chargrilled. The burgers are gigantic, creamy and delicious! The special feature about this place apart from the amazing burgers is that they offer free cold drink refills. This is the first time in India that someone has tried this concept. Also, this is the only fast food joint which serves beer. Yes! You heard me right. They serve beer! Burger and beer together in one place! What else do you need? It is a must try for true American fast food joint experience.

Must Try:

  1. Tandoori Paneer Burger for Vegetarians,
  2. Mile High Burger for Non-Vegetarians
  3. Special Wasabi Fries for Everyone because who doesn’t love fries?

Special Feature: You can pair your burger with Beer! The only Burger joint where they serve your favorite drink. Also, refill your cold drink without paying extra. Isn’t that all you ever wanted?

Address: Back Wing, Southern Park, Behind Select City Walk Mall, Saket, New Delhi.

Cost for 2: Rs. 700/-

  1. Barcelos
Barcelos
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Craving for burgers but do not want the guilt of cheating on your diet? Go ahead and have the red and best burger at Barcelos! I am sure you must have heard about Red Bun Burgers, but have you tried it? If you haven’t then you must! Barcelos serves Red bun burgers made of beetroot. It is a dream come true for health freaks. Apart from being delicious, these burgers are healthy!

Must Try:

  1. Red Burger Bun-Crunch Veg
  2. Red Burger Bun- Crispy Fish

Special Feature: The burger buns are made of Beet Root!

Cost for 2: Rs. 1200/-
Address: Shop 309, 2nd Floor, DLF Place Mall, Saket, New Delhi.

  1. High On Burgers
High On Burgers
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A small pocket-friendly place which offers a variety of veg & non-veg burgers. They do not make their burgers look really fancy but a single bite will make you high on the burger! The burgers are smeared with lots of mayo & cheese. High on burgers also has add-on options of Smokey grilled sauce, cheesy sauce & salsa sauce, just for Rs. 5. These burgers are simply scrumptious. Go on, get high on burgers!

Must Try:

  1. Super Cheesy Burger for Vegetarians
  2. Double Chicken Sausage Burger for Non-Vegetarians
  3. Do not forget to add smokey grill sauce to your burger!

Special Feature: Isn’t simplicity the best feature?

Address: 213, Satyaniketan, New Delhi, Delhi 110021.

Cost for 2: Rs. 300/-

  1. Burger Singh
Fan of burgers with a pinch of desi in it? Burger Singh is the place! They offer a wide variety of burgers with really interesting names for them. From Nani’s Rajma Burger to Bihari Ghosht Burger, each one of them is truly scrumptious. Apart from amazing burgers, they offer really yummy dips to pair with your burger and fries. Craving Indian & Italian at the same time? Burger Singh is the place for you!
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Fan of burgers with a pinch of desi in it? Burger Singh is the place! They offer a wide variety of burgers with really interesting names for them. From Nani’s Rajma Burger to Bihari Ghosht Burger, each one of them is truly scrumptious. Apart from amazing burgers, they offer really yummy dips to pair with your burger and fries. Craving Indian & Italian at the same time? Burger Singh is the place for you!

Must try:

  1. Bihari Gosht Burger for Non-Vegetarians
  2. United States of Punjab Veg Burger for Vegetarians
  3. Tonny Pappeh Da Jeera Soda, a yummy fizzy drink!

Special Feature: Gigantic Indianized burgers served with yummy dips.

Address: Welcome Break Food Court, D-88, Ground Floor, 100 Feet Road, Chhattarpur Enclave, Phase 2, Chhatarpur.

Cost for 2: Rs. 400/-

Food is the source of energy which keeps us healthy and alive. It doesn’t take time to eat as long as it takes to cook. Cooking again is a long process. Firstly, you have to decide what you want to eat, what is good and healthy to eat, what food items to avoid, etc. Then you have to walk or drive up to the market or place an order online. Finally, when the raw vegetables, fruits, and spices arrive, you have to clean them before cooking or eating them. In our modern day living, where most people prefer to stay away from family, nuclear family, in the hostel, etc. knowing the art of cooking is necessary. And more than that, knowing the easy to cook recipes or 5-minute food recipes are essential. Many a times it happens that after returning from office, you still sit back late to work on your laptop and then either you order food from outside or simply have nothing to sustain you.

This 5-minute food recipe would surely help you to stay fit, healthy, and satisfied. Now 5 minutes doesn’t literally mean that these recipes are prepared within the exact 5 minutes. These recipes are hassle-free and thus you don’t have to stand for long hours in the kitchen. Just count two whistles, give a churn in your mixer, or wait for the microwave to turn off – your dish is ready to give you energy!

Another important tip lies for those staying alone: Make a habit of bringing your weekly vegetable and fruits stock and keep them safe in your refrigerator. During the weekend evening, chop your vegetables like carrots, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, etc. and keep them in airtight bags that retains freshness. That way, your 5 minutes recipes would become faster!

Oats & Veggie Khichdi
Oats & Veggie Khichdi
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Khichdi is a famous Indian dish made with rice, lentils, and veggies. Veggie stuffed oats khichdi can be eaten during breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it is one of the healthiest food recipes.

Ingredients:

1 cup Instant Oats, 1/2 cup Moong Dal or Split Yellow Lentils, 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil, 2-3 Cloves, 2 inch Cinnamon, 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, 1/4 tsp Hing or asafetida, 1/2 cup Onion Chopped, 1 tsp grated Ginger, 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder, 1/4 cup Carrot Cut into small pieces, 1/4 cup Beans Cut into small pieces, 2 tsp Peas, 2 tbsp Corn, salt and pepper to taste.

Process:

  • Firstly, heat the vegetable oil in a pressure cooker and one by one drop cumin seeds, cloves, and let the lovely aroma fill in your heart.
  • Now add asafetida or hing and let it splutter for a few seconds.
  • No add the grated ginger and onion fry until onion turns luminous or golden brown.
  • Now add oats and the lentils followed by 4 cups of water, all the chopped veggies, salt, pepper, and turmeric powder.
  • Pressure cook the Oats and Veggie Khichdi and wait for 1 whistle in high heat followed by 2 whistles in low heat.

Serve this tasty and healthy dish with a drop of butter or ghee.

Jumbo Veggie Omelet
Jumbo Veggie Omelet
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Eggs are amazing! In boiled form or poached, or fried, or baked – nothing can come near to the soft and smooth taste of eggs really. So, if you are also an egg fan, then sometimes you can prepare a jumbo veggie omelet to sustain you all through the day! The egg white contains Vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat than the yolk. Eggs are also rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper.

Ingredients:

All you need is 2-3 eggs and all your favorite veggies. 1 and a half spoon of all veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, onion, tomatoes, coriander, and mushrooms/paneer, 2-3 garlic cloves, some salt and pepper, and oil for frying.

Process:

  • Take 1 and a half spoon of all veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, onion, tomatoes, coriander, and mushrooms/paneer.
  • Also, take 2-3 cloves of garlic.
  • Now give a nice mix of salt and pepper. Put some oil on the frying pan and let these veggies lose their raw smell.
  • In case you like your veggies crunchier then don’t fry them much.
  • Whisk 2-3 eggs very well in a bowl.
  • Keep the veggies aside and pour half a spoon of oil or butter and pour half of the egg on the pan.
  • Let the bubbles disappear and then spread your favorite veggies into it.
  • Finally, cover the veggies with the remaining eggs.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.

Enjoy your amazing omelet with your favorite beaten coffee, orange juice, or ginger tea.

Cake In A Mug
Cake In A Mug
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Sometimes all you need is a nice chocolate cake! But as you stay alone, preparing a whole half kilo cake would be a waste of your time and energy both until and unless you have called guests or friends at your place. And the craving for a chocolate cake is something that can arise at 3 A.M, at night. So, this is the recipe to help yourself.

Ingredients:

All you need for this cake in a mug recipe are – 3 tsp of all-purpose flour, choco chips, milk, vegetable oil, 2 tsp of cocoa powder, 1/4th tsp of baking powder, and 1 and a half tsp of sugar. Vanilla extract is optional for you which you must use in case of inclusion of egg in the recipe.

Process:

  • Take a 12-ounce microwave-safe ceramic mug put the dry ingredients first which are flour, sugar, baking powder, and cocoa powder.
  • Then pour the liquid ingredients like milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla (optional).
  • Now stir in the choco chips.
  • Put the mug in a microwave on high for 90 seconds.
  • Remember not to overcook the cake and let the cake cool before jumping into it.
Lentils & Veggie Soup
Lentils & Veggie Soup
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Lentils should not be missed from your regular diet chart because they are not only tasty but have all the required proteins that can keep you safe and sound. Be it brown, green, yellow, red, or black — any type of lentil is low in calories & rich in iron and folate. They also have health-promoting polyphenols and may reduce several heart disease risk factors. A bowl of lentils and veggie soup would be a perfect dinner for you.

Ingredients:

½ cup lentils (masoor dal), 1 cup of carrots sliced in ½ inch pieces, ½ cup of green beans, 1 cup of celery, 3 medium-size tomatoes cut into pieces, half inch ginger in thin slices, ½ tsp turmeric and pepper, 1 and a half tsp of salt. (1/2 cup masoor daal can sustain 4 people) For seasoning: 2 tsp clarified butter (ghee) or 2 tablespoons oil, ½ tsp cumin seed, ½ tsp garam masala.

Process:

  • Firstly, wash the masoor daal and soak it in 2 cups of water for at least 1 hour. Because by soaking the lentils increase in volume.
  • Now heat 4 cups of water in a pressure cooker on medium high heat and pour the lentils followed by salt, turmeric, black pepper, ginger, carrots, green beans, celery, and tomatoes.
  • Now close the pressure cooker and as the pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 6 minutes.
  • Mix daal or lentil well and in case the lentil is thick, add some warm water and check the salt content too.
  • Now for the seasoning, heat oil, ghee, or butter and add cumin seeds and garam masala in it.
  • Once it splutters, remove from heat and pour it over the lentils.
Greek Yoghurt With Berries & Nuts
Greek Yoghurt With Berries & Nuts
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Greek Yoghurt is yummy and also has many health benefits. This recipe can be taken in the morning or night as per your choice. All you have to do is mix your favorite berries and nuts in Greek yogurt. This is a nutritious food recipe that has all the essential amino acids that help in building muscles and fiber to prevent blood sugar. Don’t forget a handful of walnuts in this recipe for that omega-3 fatty acids.

Ingredients:

All you need for this recipe is a packet of Greek Yoghurt, berries of your choice, nuts that you like, and some honey.

Process:

Take 1 cup of plain Greek Yoghurt and prepare 1 cup of mixed berries and 1/4th cup of nuts and mix them well. In case you feel to have it sweeter, add a dash of honey.

Try these quick and easy recipes and in case you have your recipes, then feel free to share with us.

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