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A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native

How to have a Thai dinner in a Thai Restaurant

Whether you are eating Thai food in the Land of Smiles, or going out to a Thai restaurant back in the States, the dining experience is enhanced knowing and using proper Thai dining etiquette and ordering correctly.   First, know the basic foundation of Thai food:  There are four seasonings — salty, spicy, sour and sweet — and you will want Read the rest “A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native”

Punjabi by Nature – A Gastronomical Delight

Punjabi food is the most popular Indian food not only in India but known globally. Punjabi food is known for its innovative cooking technique called tandoor; a hot clay oven cooks breads and dishes which are not only tasty but healthy too.

Chicken tikka masala is the most popular dish in UK and even renowned chefs like Jamie Oliver have tried their hands at making this dish. Punjab is truly Read the rest “Punjabi by Nature – A Gastronomical Delight”

Foodie’s Guide to Maharashtra – the land of vada pavs

Maharashtrian cuisine ranges from being mild to spicy. Maharashtrian cuisine is divided into two, Konkani, and Varadi. Though quite different, both use a lot of seafood and coconut.Maharashtrian meals are scientifically planned and cooked-the golden rule being that the cooking medium must not be seen. The vegetables are more or less steamed and lightly seasoned so as to retain their nutritional value. There is almost no deep frying and roasting. Read the rest “Foodie’s Guide to Maharashtra – the land of vada pavs”

God’s own country and some must have dishes in Kerala

Kerala – God’s own country and the land of coconuts is not only known for its nature but also for its distinct cuisine. Kerala’s cuisine is hot, spicy and yet healthy. Natural herbs, spices, and coconut are extensively used while oil and sugar are limited. Artificial additives are hardly ever used. Most dishes are flavored with curry leaves and mustard seeds. The unique blend of coconut oil, coconut milk and Read the rest “God’s own country and some must have dishes in Kerala”

Karnataka cuisine – going local with regional influence

Karnataka cuisine mainly consists of vegetarian dishes and only few non-vegetarian dishes. The meal is served on a banana leaf. There are mainly three staple foods of Karnataka, rice, ragi and jowar. Every region of Karnataka has its own specialty and has been divided into different parts accordingly. Coastal regions of Karnataka take pride in their numerous and delectable varieties of sea food. And it has been found that dishes Read the rest “Karnataka cuisine – going local with regional influence”

High on flavors – Goan cuisine

Goa is the most popular destination and its cuisine has gained popularity worldwide. Goan cuisine is not only varied but is also very diverse. The variety in Goan cuisine is influenced by history. Goa was ruled over centuries by the Mughals, Hindu rulers and Portuguese, who have left a permanent mark on the traditional style of Goan cooking and have given it an exotic edge.

Goa being placed on the Read the rest “High on flavors – Goan cuisine”

Bengali dishes are beyond sweets! Featuring West Bengal cuisine

Bengali cuisine is a culinary style originating in Bengal, a region in the east of India, which is now divided between the Bangladesh and the West Bengal. Bengali food is one of the most important cuisines in India, which has been majorly influence by history trends. It still holds its authenticity over 1000 years, though they were once ruled by Mughals and British.

Bengali food has inherited a large number Read the rest “Bengali dishes are beyond sweets! Featuring West Bengal cuisine”

Flavors of Indonesia and its ethnicity

It is no surprise that the food in Indonesia is diverse like its geography. Food in Indonesia has been influenced over centuries by China, Europe and India. European traders were drawn to Indonesia in search of expensive native spices such as nutmeg and cloves. Portuguese introduced peanuts during their colonization; Indians brought curries, the Arab traders and scholars introduced Islam, kebabs and spices and the Chinese contributed noodles and soybeans.Read the rest “Flavors of Indonesia and its ethnicity”

A royal spread – cuisine of Rajasthan

Rajasthani food is influenced by Marwari or warrior culture and also on the availability of ingredients in this water starved region. Food that last for several days was given more preference. Due to the scarcity of water, the cuisine involves use of milk, yogurt or buttermilk and ghee to wet the gravies. Most of the food is prepared in ghee and is predominately heavy in taste and texture. Besan or Read the rest “A royal spread – cuisine of Rajasthan”

A unique cuisine and going local – Coorg

Coorg, a serene beauty; shaped over centuries by wild forests, fields with clear mountain streams. Amidst them lie the secrets of flavors in Coorg cuisine. A few items to offer, but can humble you with its dexterity. One of my favorite cuisines, Coorgi cuisine is authentic to its taste when ingredients are a definition of indulgence. From wild boar, imperial pigeon, crabs embedded in mud embankments of paddy fields, tender Read the rest “A unique cuisine and going local – Coorg”

A unique cuisine from the land of Orissa

Cuisine of Orissa is simple and delicious. Food preparations in the state are almost the same as that of its neighboring states Bihar and West Bengal due to the similar geographical conditions.

Rice is the major food crops and the staple food for the people of Orissa. Vegetables which are grown in plenty too form and integral part of the meal in the state. A large number of people practice Read the rest “A unique cuisine from the land of Orissa”

A perfect blend of traditional cuisine in modern times – Thailand


Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai. Originally, Thai cooking reflected the characteristics of a waterborne lifestyle, aquatic animals, plants and herbs were major ingredients. Large chunks of meat were eschewed. Subsequent influences introduced the use of sizeable chunks to Thai cooking.

With their Buddhist background, Thais shunned the use of large animals in big chunks. Big cuts Read the rest “A perfect blend of traditional cuisine in modern times – Thailand”

Pahari food in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal is dominated by upland climate. The variation in availability of raw materials, environmental conditions clubbed with the time tested traditional knowledge and wisdom have made the people of different regions of the hill state to formulate, develop and perpetuate the wide range of traditional food and beverage unique to its place since ages.  Due to the cold weather meat is preferred by all. But in the different region of Read the rest “Pahari food in Himachal Pradesh”

Presenting Salads With a Different Twist

Salads have become a basic and a must-have dish for any of the meals. Salads are not only easy to prepare but it is the presentation that should make even the non-salad eaters grab a bite. Salads can be had for all three meals – be it a fruit salad for breakfast or for dessert. A simple Indian style cucumber, onion and tomato salad presented well on a plate or Read the rest “Presenting Salads With a Different Twist”

Tips to Choosing the Right Coffee Machine for your Holiday Home Guests

A coffee machine or a coffee maker is a cooking appliance used to brew coffee without having to boil the water separately. There are different types of coffee machines depending on the brewing principles. However, in most machines, coffee grounds are placed in a paper or metal filter inside a funnel and cold water is poured into a separate chamber, which is heated up till the boiling point and directed Read the rest “Tips to Choosing the Right Coffee Machine for your Holiday Home Guests”

Setting a Healthy Menu for Child Guests

Menu setting for kids can be quite tricky. Parents and kids are used to routine, but when they’re out for a holiday, the children eating habits can get disrupted. It is seen that a lot of parents find it difficult to cope with their child’s eating habits after their holiday. A young mother informed us, that her 3 year old son was always on pasta and noodles for their recent Read the rest “Setting a Healthy Menu for Child Guests”

Top tips to consider while preparing a holiday home menu card

Holiday home menu cardIf you are providing meals to guests coming to stay in your holiday home/ homestay, the best way to do away with all ambiguity is by preparing a menu card for them to choose from. While it may seem a difficult task, in actuality a holiday home menu card can be easily prepared based on how equipped your kitchen is, the cook’s expertise and climatic conditions of your locality.

Here Read the rest “Top tips to consider while preparing a holiday home menu card”

A basic guide to Thai cuisine – Thai curry and ingredients for Thai cooking

Thai food is one of the most popular cuisine and is a preferred choice by many. Thai cuisine is a culinary delight with the use of a lot of local ingredients. It is generally spicy and has many herbs and spices. The reason being that the Thais like spicy food and also the spices are considered to have a lot of medicinal benefits.  Thais rarely eat alone and everyone shares Read the rest “A basic guide to Thai cuisine – Thai curry and ingredients for Thai cooking”

Beat the summer heat with a refreshing cocktail – Mojito

Beat the summer heat with a refreshing cocktail – Mojito

Ring out the summer with some colorful blend of lemons, mint, soda. No! I’m not talking about nimbu panni, but a Cuban drink known more popularly as ‘mojito’!

Mojito is a cocktail that consists of lemon, mint, white rum, sugar, club soda or sparkling water and lots and lots of crushed ice. Mojito does not require a cocktail shaker as it can be made in a glass. Traditionally spear Read the rest “Beat the summer heat with a refreshing cocktail – Mojito”

Cooking with kids and an easy ice-cream shake recipe

Cooking with kids has always been a fun activity that allows you to spend some quality time with your loved ones. It makes your holiday fun while helping your child turn creative. And with the summer vacations round the corner, engaging them in a little bit of cooking can be really fun!

Engage your child in doing simple tasks like mixing, chopping or decorating the finished dish to keep them Read the rest “Cooking with kids and an easy ice-cream shake recipe”