Crisp Tofu Buns recipe: This summer try out this exciting Burmese dish in your kitchen

Burmese food, which is still contending for a permanent spot on the Indian food map is a beautiful medley of cultural mix. Influenced by rich flavours from countries such as India, China, and Thailand, the south-east Asian cuisine has its own unique qualities – it is richer than authentic Chinese food but less spicy than Indian and Thai cuisine. If you love experimenting with new cuisines in your kitchen then this is the right place to be. This delicious recipe by chef Ansab Khan from Burma Burma, Gurgaon will leave…

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Indian cuisine needs to be revived: Chef Ajay Chopra

Chef Ajay Chopra, who has explored forgotten recipes and delicacies from different northern states of India for a new season of food show “Northern Flavours”, feels Indians have started valuing international cuisine over their own. He says it’s imperative to revive the love for Indian food. “When ‘Northern Flavours’ was conceived, the makers of the show came to me with the idea and I was completely thrilled. It happened exactly when chef Manjit Singh (alumni chef) and I were talking about the downfall of the Indian cuisine, particularly in India and…

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Canadian ‘inventor’ of the pineapple-topping ‘Hawaiian’ pizza dies at 83

This year has seen many a debate on pineapple topping on the pizza. From Iceland’s President vehemently saying that the pineapple on pizza should be banned, to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay concurring with the idea. Well, a Canadian man who is widely credited with inventing the pineapple-topped pizza died at the age of 83. According to an obituary by his family, Sam Panopoulos had been in hospital in London, Ontario, when he died suddenly on Thursday (June 8). Panopoulos was born in Greece and emigrated to Canada in 1954. He told numerous…

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It’s a Wrap

Gurgaon-based food researcher and consultant Pritha Sen talks about how momos went on to become a popular street food in India Could you please talk about how momos became a popular snack in India? After the 1959 Tibetan uprising, a large number of refugees arrived in Delhi. As with refugees from any culture, the entrepreneurial lot set up local businesses, especially around food. I remember going to the Tibetan dhaba in the settlement near the Delhi University where a plateful of momos were sold for as less as Rs 2…

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Food that tastes so nice, you say it twice: Burma Burma

Myanmar, or erstwhile Burma, is a country shaped by many influences and Burmese food as opposed to its common perception of it being an ineligible straggler in the hierarchy of Asian cuisines is actually a beautiful medley of cultural mix. Influenced by rich flavours from countries such as India, China and Thailand, Burmese cuisine has its own unique qualities – it is richer than authentic Chinese food but less spicy than Indian and Thai cuisines. Considering a country that was isolated for almost 50 years owing to a repressive military…

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Nothing is too Much

Of an informal lunch at Lillypool, the late Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur wrote in the book Gourmet’s Gateway, “I ordered a three-course meal for four people with creme brûlée as the sweet dish. Lokendra, the head chef was from Chittagong and an excellent cook, asked for 4 lbs of cream for the creme brûlée. When I said the amount was too much he said, “Yes, under normal circumstances it is too much but not for the Maharaja’.” Exemplifying the opulent excess of erstwhile royal gharanas, is an extensive spread,…

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Hyderabad’s ‘haleem’ a foodies’ delight during Ramadan!

Biryani may be Hyderabad’s signature dish, but the world-famous delicacy takes a back seat during Ramadan! Yes, during the holy month, haleem, a porridge-like dish made of wheat, lentils and meat is all there is on foodies’ minds. Such is the preference for haleem during Ramadan that no other dish even comes close in terms of popularity, taste and sale. To just give you an idea, the sale of haleem during Ramadan last year fetched over Rs 500 crore. Unbelievable, isn’t it? Although the mouth-watering dish is a regular on the menu…

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Eating walnuts may help control appetite: Study

Individuals who regularly consume walnuts, salmon and canola oil — rich in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) — are likely to experience hormonal changes that can control appetite and make them feel less hungry, a study has shown. The study found that consuming a diet high in PUFAs caused a significant decrease in fasting ghrelin — a hormone that increases hunger. Further, a PUFA rich diet also caused significant increase in peptide YY (PYY) — a hormone that increases fullness or satiety. “Appetite hormones play an important role in regulating how much…

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Indian chefs to meet in Kerala to discuss healing recipes

A group of Indian chefs will come together at a three-day event in Kerala next month to talk about foods and recipes that can contribute towards good health, wellness and healing. The retreat, Healing Recipes – Back to Roots, is to be held on July 3-6 at Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village, at Palakkad in Kerala. Here, one will get to interact with Ayurvedic doctors and chefs, attend specially-curated masterclasses, explore local cuisine, learn the trick of growing vegetables and spices organically, and master the art of making gourmet…

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From Kabul’s Table: Afghanis recreate home in Delhi

As the last bit of orange disappears from the sky, sherbet along with dates, both in plastic ware, are perched on tabletops at Afghan Darbar, a restaurant tucked deep in the bustling bylanes of Lajpat Nagar II. Almost instantly, the languorous restaurant morphs into a teeming joint as immigrants from Afghanistan gather for iftar. As the patrons of the three-year-old restaurant bite into the ancient icon of the Middle Eastern world to break their day-long fast, the belief that binds them together is almost palpable. “It is recorded in the…

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