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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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Bawarchi
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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)
Cheeni Kum
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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)
Stanley Ka Dabba
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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)
English Vinglish
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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
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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.

Delhi has been a matter of great interest for people since the times of Arabs, Khiljis, Lodhis, Tughlaqs, Mughals, Britishers, and numerous other countless invaders. Due to their impact, we can easily find a huge diversity in terms of its architecture, town planning, food and a lot more. If you are a true foodie who is always ready to lap up any opportunity of gorging down the delicious spiced Biryanis, here is the ultimate good news for your taste buds. Satisfy your urge of having the best Biryanis at some fantastic places that are spread across this old charming city.

Biryani Paradise In Connaught Place
Biryani Paradise
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Are you completely mesmerized by the mouth-watering taste of Hyderabadi Biryani? It is time to head towards to CP to savor amazing food Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani, Paradise Special Biryani and a lot of other options. The delightful Biryani is accompanied with Raita and Mirchi Ka Salan (green chili curry). To give an unforgettable experience to your taste buds. The smell of saffron, coriander leaves, lemon and fried onions infused with cooked rice is a real treat for any food lover.

Delhi 6 In Daryaganj
Delhi 6 In Daryaganj
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Want to witness the old charm of Mughlai cuisines in the evolving city of Delhi? Take the ride to the old lanes of Delhi in Daryaganj and pamper yourself with the mouth-watering dishes of Shibli Anis. Don’t forget to gorge down on its special Pakistani Biryani which is a true value for your money. You can also enjoy other delectable cuisines with your loved ones at home with its delivery services. The only problem being the advance order which needs to be placed 24 hours before the delivery.

Muradabadi Shahi Biryani, Nizamuddin
Muradabadi Shahi Biryani
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Find the biryani stalls in Nizamuddin that are decorated with green and red LED lights. And you will know their USP without any doubt. They offer the magical taste of hot biryani served through huge copper pots. The place is known to provide masala free biryani which is lip-smacking. Here, meat is prepared with spices. And the same water is used for cooking rice that renders it a distinct taste and aroma. It is further accompanied by a tomato chutney that makes the whole dish truly exotic.

Andhra Bhawan Canteen, Feroz Shah Road
Andhra Bhawan Canteen
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Get the taste of delicious biryani at Andhra Bhawan Canteen which serves the amazing Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani at lunch during Sundays only. You will definitely find its delectable taste too intriguing that will force you to visit again and again. Its relishing hot biryani is served with spicy salan and raita that makes it a heavenly indulgence.

Tipu Sultan Biryani, Batla House Bus Stand
Tipu Sultan Biryani
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If you are in this area and hunger pangs are bothering you a lot, it is best to give a unique experience to your taste buds. You can get the best relishing biryani of this area which can simply take you to another world with its outstanding taste. The delicious biryani is not too spicy and comes loaded with tender chicken chunks and a not-to-forget raita.

Al Jawahar, Jama Masjid
Al Jawahar
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Get the best of Mughlai food at this famous restaurant which is located near Jama Masjid. It may have a casual setting in the old lanes of Delhi. But the biryani served here will give the top restaurants and hotels a run for their money. Savor its delicious biryani with a soft tandoori roti and Pasanda that can give you a satiating feeling. You can also try its favorite Chicken Achar Biryani and Mutton Biryani for a change.

Explore the best biryani flavors around Delhi that are smoked with fantastic spices and other ingredients to give you an unforgettable taste. I am sure you will not get a better way to take your food indulgence to another level.  

Summer in India is really bothersome. Every year, the temperature is rising and with that many of us simply fail to stay fit and fine. As you sweat a lot thus you must keep a check on your diet. Simply say a big NO to all the fries and junks. Bring in the crunchy fruits and vegetables and prepare these salads to stay fit. The best part is that with these salads, you can also lose some extra weight which would further inspire you to delve into more salads.

Fish & Mango Salad
Fish & Mango Salad
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Fish is filled with nutrition while mango is a summer favorite fruit. This salad beautifully merges fleshy fish and mango and would help you to remain fit.

What Do You Require?

Mango – 1

Lebanese Cucumber – 1 sliced

Ginger – 1 tsp grated

Fish Fillets – 200 gm

Capsicum (Red or Green or Yellow) – ½ in thin slices

Ripe Mango – 1

Coriander – 1 tsp finely chopped

Olive Oil – 2 tsp

Sweet Chili Sauce – 1 tsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

Light Soya Sauce – 1 tsp

How To Make It?

Peel the ripe mango first and cut into thin slices. Follow the same with capsicum and cucumber. Place them together in a bowl and toss well.

In another bowl prepare the dressing by mixing light soya sauce, sweet chili sauce, lemon juice, coriander, and ginger.

Preheat a griller or barbecue to cook the fish. Apply some olive oil on the fish fillets and cook both the sides for 4-5 minutes.

Check if cooked or not.

Place some crunchy veggies on a serving dish and place the cooked fish fillets on it and finally apply the dressing.

Enjoy this lip-smacking salad in your lunch or dinner to lose some weight!

Tuna & Mango Salad
Tuna & Mango Salad
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Mango is really the summer favorite fruit which is full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and flavonoids. It helps you maintain a low cholesterol, blood pressure, aids in good vision and digestion. So, if you want to stay fit in this sultry summer season, you must include more of this fruit in your diet. Additionally, you can also lose some weight if you follow this tuna and mango salad for your lunch.

What Do You Require?

Tuna – 200 gm

Ripe Mango – 1 diced into small pieces

Olive Oil – 1 or 2 tsp

Coriander – 1 bunch finely chopped

Lemon Juice – ½ or 1 tsp

Chili Sauce – 1 tsp

Onion – 2 tsp finely chopped

How To Make It?

Heat the olive oil in a pan or over a barbecue to cook the tuna fish. Cook both the sides of the fish very well for 4-5 minutes.

In a small bowl mix coriander, chili sauce, onion, lemon juice. Then add the diced mangoes and toss it well.

Finally, place the tuna in the serving dish and top that with the mango salsa to enjoy a fabulous salad.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Cucumber & Tomato Salad
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Cucumber and tomato are both very effective if you want to lose some weight and stay fit. You can try this at any time of the year but the cooling effect of tomato and cucumber would make it a great summer recipe. Cucumbers contain variants of vitamin B like vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7. This vitamin is known for combating feelings of anxiety and stress. It also contains water and fiber and thus aids in digestion. On the other hand, tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants which eliminates the risk of cancer and heart diseases. The harmful effect of sun rays is also mitigated with consumption of tomatoes.

What Do You Require?

Cucumber – 1 large, sliced

Tomato – 3 large, sliced into ½ inches

Cider Vinegar – 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 2 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Onion – 1 thinly sliced

Coriander Seeds – 2 tsp

Salt n Pepper – As per taste

Sugar – 1 tsp

Coriander – ½ to 1 tsp finely chopped

Olive Oil – 1 tsp

How To Make It?

Cook mustard and coriander seeds in a wok. Stir occasionally for 2-3 minutes until they start popping. Now add cumin seeds and cook for another 2 minutes. There would be a lovely aroma coming out from the spices.

Add vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and 1 cup of water in it. Let it simmer for some time and stir occasionally. Make sure the sugar and salt completely dissolve.

Pour this vinegar mixture on the thinly sliced onions and keep at room temperature for some time. Once completely cooled, refrigerate it for 1 hour.

Now in a large bowl, arrange the tomatoes and cucumber and spread the dressing. Finally, add the coriander and enjoy this crunchy treat!

Summer Special Fresh Fruit Salad
Summer Special Fresh Fruit Salad
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Each and every season has its special fruits and vegetables. The simplest way to stay fit is to consume the seasonal fruits which most of us skip. Make it a habit to bring the summer special fruits home and replace them with your junk diet. Within a week, you would start noticing a change in your physical appearance for sure. This summer special fresh fruit salad is made with the fresh and juicy watermelon and the highly nutritious berries. Watermelon consists of useful vitamin A, B6, and C along with magnesium and potassium. These content makes watermelon good for heart-functioning and maintaining a good blood pressure. On the other hand, berries are full of antioxidants and thus gives a youthful skin, prevents cancer, and aids in digestion.

What Do You Require?

Watermelon – 4 to 5 cups of small cubes

Strawberries – 12 large/24 medium/36 small

Blueberries – 12 large/24 medium/36 small

Raspberries – 12 large/24 medium/36 small

Cherries – 12 large/24 medium/36 small

Blackberries – 6 large/12 medium/24 small

Lemon Juice – ½ to 1 tsp

Salt n Pepper – As per taste

How To Make It?

Cut the berries into bite-sized pieces and mix them with watermelon in a large bowl. Toss them nicely. Sprinkle some salt, pepper, and lemon juice. You may also add some fresh coriander leaves. Refrigerate it for at least half an hour and enjoy this chilled salad.

Broccoli, Chickpea, and Pomegranate Salad
Broccoli, Chickpea, and Pomegranate Salad
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Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, K, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. Therefore, broccoli consumption builds a better immunity, strengthens bones and tissues, reduces cholesterol, and aids in weight loss. Chickpeas are high in fiber, carbohydrates, and protein and also contain several key vitamins and minerals. It helps in weight loss, controlling blood sugar levels, and aiding in weight loss. Pomegranate, on the other hand, is a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in a good digestion and a good functioning of the heart.

What Do You Require?

Broccoli – 4 cups of bite-sized florets

Chickpea – About 400 gm

Pomegranate – ½ cup

Yogurt – ½ cup

Onion – 1/4th cup thinly sliced.

Cumin – ½ tsp coarsely grounded

Olive Oil – 2 tsp

Tahini – 2 tsp

Salt n Pepper – As per taste

Lemon Juice – 1 tsp

How To Make It?

Keep the thinly sliced onions in a bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes and drain well. Keep the onions aside and start preparing the salad dressing.

Add the coarsely grounded cumin seeds in a wok or skillet and roast for 2-3 minutes. Once the mesmerizing fragrance comes out to remove from heat.

Take a large or medium bowl and add the yogurt, tahini, oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Sprinkle the cumin over it and give a nice mix.

Now add the main heroes of this salad i.e., broccoli, chickpeas, and pomegranate and toss very well.

Refrigerate for some time and enjoy this unique summer salad.

All these 5 summer special salad recipes are extremely easy to prepare and you would also get the ingredients from the local market. So, wear the chef cap and prepare these salads for yourself and your family to stay fit and fine!

A cup of tea starts many conversations, unites many people, relives a headache, gives a boost to the brainstorming session, etc. A cup of tea is thus an emotion which is best understood only by a true tea lover. To start a day, to regulate throughout a day, and to end the day, a cup of tea is important for a tea-lover. The prominence of tea given in our country is really massive. People are greeted with a cup of tea and snacks. In train compartments, bus terminals, shopping areas, and nooks and corners of a society – a tea seller is a common sight. Our current Prime Minister was also a tea-seller at some point in his life. So, we Indians have a rich history with our cups of tea.

In any distressful situation, all I can think is a cup of tea. Even when it fails to provide me with a solution, I know that it would sustain me through the tension. So, here are some creative tea types that you must try if you are a hardcore tea-lover.

The recipe of these unique tea types are suggested for preparing 1 cup and thus the measurements would change for more cups.

Cumin Tea/Jeera Chai
Cumin Tea/Jeera Chai
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When I narrated this idea of Jeera-wali chai, many friends laughed on my face. Without letting them know, when I presented a tray of 6 cups of tea, everyone was praising me and I had a good laugh! Some people like me who love the taste of Jeera would simply drool over this kind of tea. Your tea would smell good and those who require a cup of chai to open their eyes in the morning would get that extra boost! Apart from that cumin is good for digestion, curing respiratory disorders, strengthening immunity, aiding in weight loss, and also treats insomnia. Here are the ingredients to a happy cup of cumin tea!

Milk – ½ cup
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – As per taste
Cumin/Jeera – 1/4th tsp
Tea Leaves – 1 and a half tsp

Boil the milk and water well and add the tea leaves to get the mesmerizing tea color. Once the mixture turns light golden brown, add the Cumin/Jeera and boil to get the darker color. Finally, add the sugar as per your taste and sieve in your favorite tea cup to enjoy the heavenly tea.

Fennel Tea/Saunf Chai
Fennel Tea/Saunf Chai
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Apart from being a mouth-freshener since ages, fennel is also enjoyed in a variety of dishes to bring a sweet smell. It is scientifically proven that fennel seeds help in preventing diabetes, aids in digestion, and cures constipation. That’s why it is served in restaurants after the meal. Asthma, water retention, bloating, blood pressure, and even cancer is prevented by fennel seeds. It is also great for treating acne and gives you shiny skin.

My dad and uncles became the fan of this cup of fennel tea which according to them resonates with nostalgia! Check out the recipe for this fennel ingested tea.

Milk – 1 cup
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – As per taste
Fennel/Saunf – 1/4th tsp
Tea Leaves – 1 and a half tsp

Bring the milk and water to boil and add the tea leaves and wait till you get that desired color. Now add the fennel seeds and boil for at least 5 minutes to get a wonderful, tasty, and energetic cup of chai. One thing to remember here is that this cup of chai would require less sugar because fennel seeds carry a natural sweetness in it. So, adjust the sugar level.

Ginger & Fennel Tea/Adrak-Saunf Chai

A cup of Adrak-Wali Chai or Ginger tea is the average Indian kind of tea that you would get anywhere in India irrespective of its diversity. Ride into any local train or peep into the local tea shop, you would smell of ginger tea. Like any regular Indian family, at around 7 P.M., I could smell the ginger waving o my study room. And without checking the clock, I used to know it is 7 P.M. This is the time when the working population returned home, maybe some guests have dropped in, or simply the whole family is enjoying their cup of adrak-wali-chai accompanied with savories and Doordarshan. Therefore, this adrak-wali-chai is not only an energizer but also a glue that binds a family together or greets the stranger with a smile. But in today’s changing world, I have changed this tea accompanying fennel for a better taste.

Check out the recipe here:

Milk – 1 cup
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – As per taste
Fennel/Saunf – 1/4th tsp
Crushed Ginger – 1 tsp
Tea Leaves – 1 and a half tsp

Bring the milk and water to boil and add the tea leaves and let it simmer slowly. Once you see the happy golden brown color, drop the crushed ginger and boil for 5 minutes. Now, put the fennel seeds and boil for 3 minutes. Finally, adjust the sugar and relish a cup of romance!

Saffron Tea/Kesar Chai
Saffron Tea/Kesar Chai
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Kesar or Saffron is something which everyone cannot afford! It is generally grown in India, Iran, and Greece. Over the ages, it has been used for culinary purposes, dyes, and perfumes. Research says that saffron or kesar treats menstrual problems, eye disorders, mental disorders, tumors, and stomach issues. This tea is full of strong flavor and after a stressful day at work, this cup of tea would relive you immensely.

Check the ingredients here and enjoy the lovely tea.

Milk – 1 cup
Water – 2 cup
Saffron – a few strands
Sugar – As per taste
Tea Leaves – 2 tsp
Green Cardamom – 1

Boil the said measurement of water and add cardamom and saffron to get flavors. Once you see the nice golden tinge in the water, add the tea leaves, milk, and sugar one after the other. Let it simmer in medium flame for five minutes. Strain and serve in your favorite teacup.

Tea with Coffee
Tea with Coffee
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Now, this may sound a little weird but the taste is something that would fill the heart of a chai-premi with utmost love and energy. I am someone who equally loves the scent of tea and coffee beans. Some years ago, I tried to experiment with my cup of regular tea (minus all the spices). I simply added the coffee powder in my cup of tea and all my tension for the day just vanished. The taste of a strong tea with a sprinkle of coffee powder is inexplicable but you must try this one too.

Milk – 1 cup
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – As per taste
Coffee Powder – a pinch to half tsp

Boil milk and water first followed by the addition of your favorite tea leaves. Witness the energetic aroma when it brews and then add the required amount of sugar. Strain it into your mug or cup and sprinkle the coffee powder and give a nice stir. Accompanied with some snacks, this tea would bring a smile on your face for sure.

Rum Tea/Rum Wali Chai
Rum Tea/Rum Wali Chai
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Who said rum is meant only to be consumed with water and cold drinks? A couple of years ago, this special Old Monk chai saved me from severe sinusitis. During the chilling winter season, when you simply cannot move around the city fearing the cold waves, this is the tea that would save you. It would keep your body warm and fight against all the winter season ailments.

Here is the unique recipe for this tea.

Cardamom – 5 pods
Peppercorns – 3
Cinnamon – 1 inch
Clove – 2
Crushed Ginger – 2 tsp
Water – 2 cups
Tea Leaves – 2 tsp
Condensed Milk – 4 tsp
Old Monk – 30 ml

First of all, you need to crush the dry spices – cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, and cloves together. Crush the ginger separately. Now, boil tea leaves and all these spices in water for 3-5 minutes followed by the addition of condensed milk. Finally, add the Old Monk and remove from flame. Strain and serve. In case you don’t want to use condensed milk, you can use 1 cup of milk and 2 tsp of sugar in this tea.

A true tea-lover would find new ways to fall in love with tea in new ways every day. I am one of them. Are you? If yes, try out these amazing tea types and share some of your favorites too!

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