Heaven On Your Plate: From kebabs to biryani, food is serious business in Lucknow

Lucknow’s famous poet Ghulam Hamadan Mushafi (1747-1824) is not the only one to use a kebab simile to describe the anguish and fire in a lover’s heart. So engrained has the kebab been in the lives of the people of Awadh, that it is difficult to think of Lucknow without it. However, Awadh wasn’t just kebabs. It was about refined tastes, tehzeeb o adaab or etiquette, hospitality and its syncretic culture. From the setting of the dastarkhwan which would have duas for blessing the food and house printed on it,…

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Dosa is India’s favourite breakfast, says survey

When you think of breakfast, which is the dish that comes to mind? One would imagine that it would differ depending on which part of the country you’re in. But it seems like the rather healthy option of the south Indian dish Dosa is a pan India favourite, as it recently emerged as the most preferred breakfast for Indians in metro cities across India. According to reports quoting a recent survey by food ordering app Swiggy, dosa is listed as the top 3 most ordered breakfast dish across the metro…

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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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The food at Trend is a marriage of local flavours and Asian and French techniques

At the less-than-a-month-old restaurant, Trend, at Ansal Plaza in Delhi, one may not recognise the dish but the smell and the taste sure seem familiar. The restaurant experiments inventively with traditional Indian recipes by taking a modernist culinary approach. The food is not a “Frenchification” of Indian cuisine but a marriage of local flavours and Asian and French techniques of preparation and presentation. A simple version of the classic cheese souffle gussied-up with a small portion of charred asparagus was the first to make a dash to our table from…

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Social work education is in crisis – we must act urgently

We need to talk about social work education. Indeed, we need two conversations. One is urgent and must be held and concluded now. The other should start quickly, but be given time. The first is about the imminent threat to university social work students and to social work education. It is only weeks before the new intake of students should be arriving but, for the second year running, the government has not yet announced what bursaries will be available for those studying social work from September. Not only is this disrespectful and…

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“Triphala is one of the most effective Ayurvedic herbs”

In India, for the launch of the world’s first ever Genomeceuticals range of products, Dr Dan Gubler, chief scientific officer, Unicity, feels good health is the right combination of nutrition, exercise and science-based supplementation. Diet Modern diet is bad. It is loaded with processed and fast food. When it comes to diet, one should steer clear of simple sugar. A healthy diet is one that has adequate protein and moderate fat. “We also have a copyright on the 4:4:12 diet. It means there should be a gap of four hours between your breakfast…

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Spread Of ‘Superbug’ Gonorrhea Is Now Imminent, WHO Warns

Decreasing condom use and inadequate treatment are just two factors that make gonorrhea much harder and even impossible to treat, the World Health Organization has warned. The common sexually transmitted infection (STI) is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics, highlighting a dangerous superbug strain infecting more people worldwide. Gonorrhea-Causing Bacteria Becoming Smarter “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart,” said Dr. Teodora Wi, WHO medical officer for human reproduction, in a statement. “Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them.” The agency…

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This Fat Fueled Diet Is Being Called Atkins 2.0

For years, we’ve been told to limit our fat intake. But this trendy diet instructs you to just the opposite, causing you to drop serious pounds—all while eating fats. Yes, you read that right. You may have heard about the ketogenic diet, which consists of healthy fats, lean protein and a small amount of vegetable-based carbs to turn the body into a fat-burning furnace. Nutritionist David Morin says that if you follow the diet, your energy levels will be through the roof and you’ll experience more mental clarity, less bloating and fewer headaches and cravings. “You can lose five to seven pounds in…

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Is This Smile Product Making You Sick?

Ever wonder why every time you make a trip to the dentist they hand you a brand-new toothbrush at the end of your appointment? While it definitely has something to do with changing out your toothbrush every three months—the bristles can easily get shot and your brushing efforts may be less effective. But the reason why it’s recommended to change out your toothbrush regularly is also due to the fact that neglecting to swap it can cause unwanted bacteria to breed in your mouth and cause you to become sick. Keeping your mouth free of any extra…

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Rs 21.78 lakh package is highest in placements for PGDBA course, offered jointly by IIM, IIT and ISI

The inaugural batch of the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA), jointly offered by three premier institutions IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur and ISI Kolkata, has recorded an impressive placement. While the domestic package was Rs 20.14 lakh, the highest offer was Rs 21.78 lakh. “The recently concluded final placement for the first batch (2015-2017) of the PGDBA witnessed an encouraging participation from the organisations from diverse industries,” a release issued on behalf of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC) said in Kolkata on Wednesday. The graduating batch comprising…

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