No students in this school: Sanskrit institute with four teachers in dire straits

From a distance, this government-run Sanskrit school in Sikar district of Rajasthan appears like any other run-down school with the building in need of paint. But once you enter the premises, it becomes clear that something else is amiss. The school is erringly quiet – there are no children on the small playground or, for that matter, in the classrooms. The Government Upper Primary Sanskrit School in Pratappura village has six classrooms, four teachers — but not a single student. The teachers report for work at about 8am, water the…

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Matcha a healthy choice: Drink this Japanese tea as it improves mood, memory and concentration

With Indian consumers getting more aware and conscious of healthy eating, consumption of green tea, gluten-free products or super foods has seen a rise. Matcha, a green tea from Japan, is an ingredient being innovatively used in ice creams, cupcakes and doughnuts. For the uninitiated, Matcha is a finely ground green tea. In ancient Japan, monks primarily consumed it as a beverage of choice. Now it can either be dissolved in milk or water to add to its versatility — and also for its health benefits. “Apart from health benefits…

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In the mood for some Chinese? Try this Dan Dan Noodles recipe

You might be a fan of rajma-chawal, idli, dosa, sambar and even Mughlai food for that matter but there’s no denying that Chinese food rules the heart of the country. Visit any city across India and you will always find a Chinese corner, with people happily tucking food into their tummy. If you are tired of eating the same dal-chawal every single day and in the mood for some Chinese then we would recommend this Dan Dan Noodles recipe by Chef Vivek Kumar, Oxford Golf Resort, Pune. Not only is…

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Pineapple topping on pizza? This President hates it so much, he wants to ban it

Over the years, food connoisseurs and, of course, the Reddit community have generated endless ‘pineapple-on-a-pizza’ debates. Believe it or not, there are online forums that hotly debate “pineapple on pizza?” followed by discussions between purists and adventurists. The most recent one being the heated pineapple-pizza debate of 2017 with the hashtag #pineappleonPizza trending on Twitter. Looks like the series of confrontations are going to continue now with President of Iceland Guðni Th Jóhannesson adding fuel to the fire. During a recent Q&A session at a high school in Akureyi, North…

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Tired of Chocolate Cakes? Try out this delicious Raspberry Cheese Cake recipe

You might have a problem with us telling you to lay your hands off that Chocolate Cake for a while but don’t you think life is too short and you should experiment while you can? Try out something new in your kitchen the next time you have a yearning for making a dessert. This Raspberry Cheese Cake recipe by Chef Ashish Rai, Head – Culinary, Barbeque Nation will blow your mind away! Ingredients 7 – Biscuit crumbs 450g – Cream cheese ½ kg – Fresh raspberries ¼ tsp – Cinnamon…

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Teatime snacks: Make your evening interesting with this Mirchi Vada recipe

We do it at home, in office, in the bed, the car, even in front of the TV. For most of us, snacking has become second-nature, to an extent that our brains barely register the hand-to-mouth movement. We understand the everyday problems of having to go through the long list of snacking options, only to have settled for some food from the roadside stalls. It’s advisable to avoid it but for days when you have a yearning for some hot and crispy munchies, this Mirchi Vada recipe by Chef Ashish…

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Indulge in some gooey Chocolate Bundt Cake with this amazing recipe

Gooey chocolate cakes are the stuff dreams are made of. Even though ready-made cakes are widely available in the market, there is nothing like a fresh one baked at home. But, with our busy schedules it might get a little difficult to manage one in the kitchen. But how about weekends? When faced with a dilemma like, “I want to have something nice and sweet”, weekends are the best time to put on the chef’s hat and whip up a dessert. This recipe by Chef Akhilesh Jha, Fresc Co, New…

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Ready in 30 mins: Try this Spaghetti with Clams and Crispy Bread Crumbs recipe

In Italian cuisine, bread and spaghetti is like what daal and chawal (rice and lentils) is to Indians. This comfort food is also probably what you mostly order on your outings to your favourite Italian restaurant. Cooking it ‘al dente’ might be tricky but it comes with some experiments in the kitchen. If you are in the mood for some Italian today then try out this amazing Spaghetti with Clams and Crispy Bread Crumbs recipe by Chef Akhilesh Jha, Fresc Co, New Delhi. Serves 2 Ingredients 1/4 cup – Panko…

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Love fusion food? Try out this Chai Ghevar Tiramisu recipe

There’s chai, there’s ghevar and then there’s the goodness of tiramisu all rolled into one. This king of a fusion dessert is unlike anything you will come across and you don’t even have to step into a five-star restaurant to enjoy it in all its glory. Getting it right might be the tricky part but it’s not impossible. All you need is a little bit of patience. Chef Ashish Deva, executive chef, Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa shares his special recipe with us. Go on, don’t be scared to experiment in…

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Love cheese? Try out this low-calorie Grilled Apricot and Smoked Halloumi Cheese recipe

Who says healthy and tasty can’t go together? Apricot is a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamin A and is also a rich source of fibre, while halloumi cheese which originated in Cyprus is semi-hard, unripened brined cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheep’s milk and is considered as one of the healthiest cheese ever. When combined together, it makes for a great meal. The chefs at Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon have come up with a recipe which is not only high in nutritional values but is equally delicious. We say…

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