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Review: Bo Tai, Bangalore – Oriental cuisine with a difference

The latest addition to namma Bengaluru’s burgeoning food scene is Bo Tai, a modern Thai bar and grill in J W Marriott on Vittal Mallaya road.  An ideal place if you are a lover of Thai and Chinese fare, Bo Tai which is a verbal pun on “bow-tie” is replete with chic and spunky vibes. With a… Continue reading Review: Bo Tai, Bangalore – Oriental cuisine with a difference

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Recipe: Gongura aka sorrel leaves pachadi and gongura-brinjal chutney

One of the most popular ingredients used in the cuisine of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is Gongura or sorrel leaves.  Also called Amabada, it is a  rich source of vitamin C, iron, folic acid and calcium.  Known for its anti-inflammatory and other medicinal properties, Gongura is available in two varieties, the red stemmed one and… Continue reading Recipe: Gongura aka sorrel leaves pachadi and gongura-brinjal chutney

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Summer coolers: beat the heat the healthy way

Come summer and it is the time of the year when one longs to stay indoors while sipping on some naturally cooling drinks.   The soaring mercury levels make it imperative that we take care of our body and keep it hydrated.  Excessive heat results in increased perspiration and sweating which causes the body to be… Continue reading Summer coolers: beat the heat the healthy way

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Healthy and wholesome: nuances of North Karnataka cuisine

Known as Uttara Karnataka, the northern region of Karnataka is quite distinct from the rest of the state.  Spread close to 90,000 sq km, this part of the state is known for its hot and arid climate even though it is watered by several major rivers like the Krishna, Tungabhadra and Malaprabha.   With agriculture and… Continue reading Healthy and wholesome: nuances of North Karnataka cuisine

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Regional specialities: on a unique gastronomical journey

Given that India is a land of diversities, it is no surprise that India’s gastronomy is the epitome of all variety, distinctiveness and absolute heterogeneity.  Rightly called the Land of spices, the cuisine map of India is indeed a crowded one with each region boasting of its unique specialities and ‘must try’ dishes.  Backed by… Continue reading Regional specialities: on a unique gastronomical journey

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Recipe: Seven vegetables curry (Ezhukari Kootu) for Sankranti

Come January and it marks the advent of one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar,  “Makara Sankranti”.  One of the very few Hindu festivals that is celebrated on a fixed date, Sankranti falls each year on either the 14th or 15th of January.  While the term ‘Sankranti’ itself denotes the movement of… Continue reading Recipe: Seven vegetables curry (Ezhukari Kootu) for Sankranti

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Awadhi Food Fest, J W Marriott: a celebration of royal flavours and a rich legacy

A unique style of cooking that is native to the city of Nawabs aka Lucknow, Awadhi cuisine is often associated with royalty and a certain sense of grandeur and opulence. This is mainly due to the fact that it traces its roots to the Nawabs of Awadh who were originally from Persia. Being connoisseurs of… Continue reading Awadhi Food Fest, J W Marriott: a celebration of royal flavours and a rich legacy

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Akshayakalpa organic dairy products: a bottle full of milk, happiness and much more

For those of you who are advocates of organic food and healthy eating, Akshayakalpa is a familiar name. Based in Karanataka it is one of the leading producers of organic dairy products in India. A model which supports farmer entrepreneurship and innovation at the farm level, Akshayakalpa aims to help farmers produce safe and wholesome… Continue reading Akshayakalpa organic dairy products: a bottle full of milk, happiness and much more

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Bene – Sheraton Grand, Bangalore: a finely curated Italian affair

If you are a fan of Italian cuisine and are looking for a truly ‘artisanal‘ experience, head to Bene at Sheraton Grand in Brigade Gateway.  High on flavours and with a focus on fresh produce sourced locally, the menu has been curated by the very talented Chef Roberto Apa.  With a passion for cooking since the tender age… Continue reading Bene – Sheraton Grand, Bangalore: a finely curated Italian affair

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Kotte kadubu: a symbol of tradition wrapped in moulds of faith

Having celebrated Ganesh Chathurthi last week with all the religious fervour, this post is a look at one of the traditions followed each year on the day of the festival. The preparation of one of His favourite dishes, the ‘Kotte Kadubu’ which is commonly followed in most households in the South Canara region of Karnataka. A… Continue reading Kotte kadubu: a symbol of tradition wrapped in moulds of faith