When in McLeodganj, it’s hard to miss out on the Illiterati Books and Coffee. Tucked in the bylanes of McLeodganj, this café is best known for its breathtaking views, warm hospitality, love for books and delicious meals. If you have ever passed through this café, the long waiting line outside will best explain the excitement that the customers feel to have a heavenly experience. Every day, a diverse group of visitors, locals, travellers, and working professionals flock to the cafe for indulging in a range of things. Some people also spend hours exploring through the books that line the shelves, others just come for a simple cup of coffee and admire the scenic beauty of Dhaulandar range. As Illiterati Books and Coffeehas served its visitors for a decade, the café is finally closing its door from its popular location. Posting on their Instagram, they said, “A decade after first opening our doors, the time has come for us to embrace this concept and on 31st October, 2021 we will be practicing non-attachment by closing our doors.” Take a look: Ever since the post was made, many people have reacted to it. One user said, “As much as I want to cry upon this end to your journey I wish you new journey and wish to make new memories. You will always be remembered with a smile on my face.” Another user added, “it will be sad to see you leave, we have you in our hearts and in memories.” Some people have also given their best wishes to the owner and the staff. As many people reacted to the post,IlliteratiBooks and Café further clarified that “Illiterati isn’t closing for good and Illiterati isn’t being sold nor is it up for sale. Our time at the present location has come to an end and it is as simple as that.”
Weight loss is undoubtedly one of the most challenging tasks to accomplish. Even though we try our best to diet and exercise, the needle on the weighing scale doesn’t seem to go down. And when that happens, most of us resort to detox drinks like jeera water, saunf water, kadhas et al. While these things have time and again shown results, there is one more ingredient that can not only help you to lose weight but also help to boost immunity along with other health promoting properties. Can you guess what it could be? Well, we are talking about giloy! This medicinal plant is loaded with benefits that aids in our health in a variety of ways. (Also Read:How To Make Giloy Kadha To Boost Immunity) According to Delhi-based nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat, “Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used and advocated in Indian medicine for ages. The stem of Giloy is of maximum utility, but the root can also be used. Its benefits and uses have even been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).” So, keeping this in mind, let us see how giloy helps in weight loss and its other benefits.Here Are 5 Reasons To Add Giloy To Diet | Health Benefits Of Giloy:1. Giloy For Weight Loss As per a study called Medicinal and Beneficial Health Applications of Tinospora Cordifolia- this plant includes adiponectin and leptin, which are two nutrients that play an essential role in the body’s endocrine functions. These functions control weight, growth, development and other things. With these, giloy also helps flush out excess water and toxins and aids in digestion that can lead to weight loss.2. Boosts Immunity According to experts, giloy is an all-purpose plant that boosts immunity. It is an antioxidant powerhouse that fights free radicals, keeps your cells healthy, and helps you avoid ailments. Giloy aids in the removal of toxins, the purification of blood and may help with the treatment of liver and urinary tract infections.3. Manages Blood Sugar Giloy is a natural treatment for lowering blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, a few drops of giloy juice can help you manage it. However, before including it in your diet, you should get medical advice. As per Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital, “Giloy acts as a hypoglycaemic agent and helps treat diabetes (particularly Type 2 diabetes)”4. Improves Digestion According to nutritionist, Anshul Jaibharat “Giloy is very beneficial in improving digestion and treating bowel related issues.” It’s a simple and quick home remedy for improving digestion. To increase the effectiveness of this cure, blend giloy juice with alma juice.5. Reduces Stress This incredible beverage can also help with dealing with stress. It can be combined with other herbs to improve mental health, memory and is known to increase concentration.How To Use Giloy? On an empty stomach, drink a small amount of giloy juice to aid weight loss. Other than this, you can mix three-four tablespoons giloy juice with aloe vera juice or water. On an empty stomach, drink this juice first thing in the morning. Make sure not over to consume this juice as it can also lead to several side effects. Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.
When it comes to south Indian food, we all are automatically reminded of a comforting taste with a burst of flavours. While there is no end to what one can quickly whip up in this cuisine, some dishes certainly stand out from others. And one great example for this is the south Indian rice dishes. Rice in south India plays a prominent role; they are almost present in every meal and come in tons of comforting varieties. With a mix of simple yet tasteful ingredients, south Indian rice recipes are easy to make and spell indulgence in every bite. So, if you also want to have the taste of south Indian at your home, check out these rice recipes that you can make in no time. (Also Recipe:7 Biryanis from South India You Shouldn’t Miss, From Hyderabadi to Bhatkali, Beary and More!)Here Are 5 South Indian Rice Recipes | Easy South Indian Rice Recipes1. Lemon Rice This is the ideal quick fix for days when you are tired or can’t find anything to eat in the fridge. To make this dish, all you need is the juice of one or two lemons and the typical seasonings of turmeric, curry leaves, urad dal and mustard. This dish makes a comforting and quick delight to have any moment. For the full recipe, click here.2. Curd Rice There is no one common method to make this. Some might like to have rice mixed with buttermilk; others might mix curd and rice and temper it with classic south Indian flavours. Whatever the method might be to make this dish, the taste is always wholesome. Find the full recipe here.3. Tamarind Rice The spicy and sour taste of this delicious dish certainly makes it a favourite of many. To make this dish, all you need is some cooked rice, whole red chillies, curry leaves, chana dal, peanuts, mustard seeds, heeng, methi seeds, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and jaggery. See the recipe here. (Also Read:The Cult of the ‘Meter Coffee’ from South India & How it Became Popular)4. Coconut Rice In this dish, rice is mixed with freshly grated coconut, cashew nuts, and mild spices in equal oil. This meal goes well with Avial or a spicy gravy and is perfect for special occasions. Check the recipe here.5. Bissi Bele Bhath Bissi Bele Bhath is a popular rice dish in Karnataka. It’s also known as ‘Bisi Bele Huliyanna’ in Kannada, which means ‘hot lentil rice.’ To make this dish, you would need rice, arhar dal, tamarind, jaggery, vegetables, curry leaves, and spices. See the recipe here. So, the next time you crave a quick and comforting meal, try these delicious south Indian rice recipes. Let us know in the comments below which one did you like the best.
One of the most popular fitness icons of Bollywood, Malaika Arora is about ring in her 47th birthday on 23rd October. Malaika Arora’s birthday is just round around the corner, and we can’t wait to see how she celebrates it. While her birthday is still three days away, her loved ones have already started to shower her with love and gifts in the form of food. Well who doesn’t love to eat good food on their birthday, half of us just end up celebrating our birthday because it is an excuse to eat yummy food and cake, right? Malaika, who has turned vegan, received a buffet worth of delicious vegan food from her friend as a pre-birthday gift, and the food looks so good that we can’t even tell that it is vegan! Take a look: The vegan she enjoyed. Also Read: Shahid Kapoor’s Maldives Breakfast Is What Morning Bliss Looks Like Her friend, Raveena Taurani, is Mumbai-based chef and restauranteur who practices culinary experiments in veganism. And as Malaika Arora announced that she turned vegan last year, since then she has been showcasing to her fellow foodie fans how vegan diet offers an array of delicious food. For her birthday, Raveena sent Malaika some scrumptious vegan Vietnamese delicacies that are making our mouth water. The food was accompanied by a heartwarming note for Malaika. She shared an Instagram video of the food and the note to her 13.7 million followers, where we can see a papaya salad, Vietnamese spring rolls with mango basil sauce and Vietnamese crepe. The birthday note with her feast. Also Read:Sara Ali Khan Enjoys Her “Brownie Time” And We Can’t Help But Drool While we love seeing Malaika Arora’s vegan food adventures, she is not the only Bollywood foodie who has turned to veganism. Sonakshi Sinha, Jacquline Fernandez and Richa Chadha have been ardent followers of veganism. Their reasons for veganism may be different but they all have expressed happiness about their choice. If given the choice, would you be able to switch to veganism? Do tell us in the comments section below!
Filter coffee still reigns supreme in Bengaluru despite the advent of hipster cafes and large coffee chains. Bengaluru’s traditional restaurants almost always get their filter coffee right. It’s not too thick, the milk in the coffee doesn’t usually coat your tongue, and the freshly brewed coffee with a generous chicory infusion always lifts your mood. While new-age roasteries and cafes have taken Bengaluru’s coffee snobbery to new heights, old-school restaurants and eateries continue to be the popular spots for good old filter coffee that you can sniff from a distance.Here Are 10 Best Spots For Filter Coffee In Bengaluru:1. India Coffee House:Church Street This iconic institution might be driven by nostalgia but it still works. The odd cup might be chipped and the staff uniforms haven’t evolved to keep up with the city’s transition from Garden City to IT hub. Not a lot has changed since the 1950s, thankfully that includes the coffee. Set up by the India Coffee Board (the state produces more than 70% of India’s coffee), this is India’s first coffee chain and it shows no signs of slowing down.2. CTR, Sri Sagar Hotel:7th Cross Road, Malleswaram If I have to pick one place for a crispy bene (butter) masala dose, it would be this emblematic establishment in Malleswaram. But that’s not the only reason you should make a stop here for breakfast or for an anytime snack, the filter coffee is spot on too.3. Brahmin’s Coffee Bar: Shankarapura, Basuvangudi In many ways, this is a precursor to the 2010s style Food Truck. There are no seats here, the crowd of standing customers always spills over to the pavement around the restaurant. Brahmin’s was set up in the 1960s; it was the Coffee that first brought customers here. After a couple of decades, the family also nailed their now trademark coconut chutney. The menu hasn’t changed in over four decades – Idli, Vade, Kara Bath, and the sweet Kesri Bath. But it’s the coffee that’s the glue that binds the menu, it’s fun to watch their coffee ‘masters’ churn out never-ending tumblers of coffee with assembly-line precision.4. Filter Coffee:HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar The name is a giveaway. This restaurant has built its reputation almost entirely around its perfectly brewed tumbler of filter coffee. It’s not just the coffee (the restaurant also offers healthy coffee options like a karupatti coffee) that brings regulars back, the restaurant’s Chennai-style dosas (try their murunga elai / drumstick leaves) are a big draw too. (Also Read:The Ultimate Guide To South Indian Filter Coffee And How To Brew It At Home)5. MTR 1924:St Marks Road Mavalli Tiffin Room has been an integral part of Bengaluru’s dining culture for almost a century. From a single restaurant where diners had to wait days for a reservation, MTR is now one of the city’s most successful chain restaurants. The filter coffee is fail-proof here and so is their bene (butter) dose.6. Vidyarthi Bhavan: Gandhi Bazaar Main Road, Basavangudi A Bengaluru dining icon since the 1940s. It’s impossible to snag a table on a Sunday morning with long lines that stretch to the busy Gandhi Bazaar. I always enjoy watching the juggling skills of the waitstaff who tiptoe through the cramped dining area with stacks of masala dosas and tumblers of freshly brewed filter coffee. (Also Read:Filter Coffee: Is the Traditional Hot Brew Losing its Popularity in South India?)7. Airlines Hotel: SBI Road, Ashok Nagar Another iconic spot that’s high on nostalgia, this open air spot continues to stay relevant even after decades. You’ll find old-timers rub shoulders with young bikers on a weekend morning. Bengaluru’s balmy weather makes sure this spot is in the mix during any time of the day. Savour a cup of invigorating coffee with bisi (hot) idlis under a banyan tree or just go next door for a tall glass of Hot Chocolate Fudge sundae at Corner House, one of Bengaluru’s favourite homegrown ice-cream destinations.8. Veena Stores: Margosa Road, Malleswaram You can grab and go or grab and linger on the pavement. That’s what most regulars do at one of Malleswaram’s most popular eateries. They will also tell you to get here early – whether it’s breakfast or evening tiffin. Their crisp vadas and savage (vermicelli) bath are usually the first items to run out. Most diners load up on their legendary coconut chutney. But the filter coffee is the one thing that’s usually available all day. (Also Read:The Best Places For Filter Coffee In Chennai)9. ITC Windsor: Golf Course Road Most luxury hotels in Bengaluru struggle to get their filter coffee right. ITC Windsor is one of those rare exceptions. Dakshin, their specialty South Indian restaurant always serves a great tumbler of frothy filter coffee. It’s the same with their all-day diner and in-room dining.10. Cothas coffee: Sampige Road, Malleswaram Cothas has been one of the city’s oldest established filter coffee brands. This small café serves quite a few varieties of cold coffee but it’s the filter coffee that isthe mainstay. You can also buy their filter coffee at this outlet, their range includes different blends of coffee: chicory, including restaurant-style coffee blends where the chicory content goes all the way to 40%
Hate it or love it, you can’t ignore the fact that the Maldives has indeed become a popular destination. A number of celebrities have headed to the picturesque island to unwind on its pristine beaches. From Sara Ali Khan to Parineeti Chopra, Rhea Kapoor to Jahnvi Kapoor – many Bollywood celebrities have been spotted holidaying in the Maldives. Shahid and Mira Kapoor are the latest addition to the bandwagon, as they headed to the islands for a family vacation with children Misha and Zain Kapoor. The duo has been spending quality time together, working out, and indulging in equal parts. Actor Shahid Kapoor has shared a picture of his drool-worthy breakfast while on vacation, and it is truly the picture of morning bliss. Take a look: (Also Read:Shahid, Mira CelebrateDaughter’s Birthday With A Rainbow Cake And It’s All Things Cute) In the picture that he shared, the centre stage was taken by a frothy coffee. Along with this, Shahid Kapoor enjoyed a flaky Croissant and some fresh fruits. We could spot guavas and litchis on his yummy fruit platter. This entire meal came with a scenic view of the ocean and azure blue skies. “Just perf,” wrote the actor in the caption of the story. This is not the only foodie snippet we have been treated to. Mira Kapoor too is regularly sharing stories and posts from her Maldives vacation. On Tuesday, she shared a picture of a sumptuous burger with a multigrain bun along with salad and fries on the side. “Go big or go home,” she wrote in the caption. Take a look: (Also Read:Mira Kapoor’s Monday Binge Also Revealed Shahid Kapoor’s Soft Spot For Desserts) Earlier, on Monday, Mira Kapoor had also shared some foodie musings. The diva revealed the real reason why she needs to work out on vacation and her favourite meal which she needs to have practically every day. Click here to read more. On the work front, Shahid Kapoor was last seen in the 2019 film ‘Kabir Singh’ which was a remake of the South Indian hit ‘Arjun Reddy’. His upcoming films include the sports drama ‘Jersey’ which is a Hindi remake of the Telugu film by the same name. The film is slated to be released on 31st December 2021.
Poha is one of India’s most popular breakfast dishes. There’s a reason poha is regarded as the ideal breakfast food and has garnered popularity around the country. For starters, it’s very simple to make, and even the most inexperienced cook can’t go wrong with any basic poha recipe. But if you are one of those who like to experiment, we are sure that you must have tried many variations in this dish. Whether it’s the Bengal’s Doi Chire, Goan-style dhayanche fov (curd poha), Nagpur’s famous Tari Poha or a sweet poha from Gujarat, there are endless options to this delight. So to introduce you to yet another poha dish, here we bring you Maharashtra’s specialty- Kanda Batata Poha! As the name suggests, this poha recipe is a mix of onions and potatoes with other ingredients and has a lip-smacking taste to it. (Also Read:Different States, Different Specialities: 5 Poha Recipes From Across India To Spruce Up Your Breakfast) To make this dish, all you need to do is make the poha, mix it with veggies, crunchy potatoes, masalas, peanuts, curry leaves and top it with loads of Kanda and crispy sev to enjoy! Pair this dish with green chutney and a delicious cup of chai for maximum indulgence. So, without waiting, let us see how to make this yummy dish.How To Make Kanda-Batata Poha | Kanda-Batata Poha Recipe To make this dish, first, add peanuts and curry leaves in a Kadai. Once it starts spluttering, add in finely chopped onion and mix. Then throw in masalas like salt, pepper and red chilli powder and combine again. Now add chopped potatoes and cook till it’s soft. Once done, add the washed poha. Mix again. Pour some lemon juice from the top and cook on medium to low heat. When it cooks, take it out in a bowl and top it with sev and kanda. Enjoy this with a cup of chai! (Also Read:Healthy Breakfast: Give Regular Poha A Unique Spin With This Oatmeal Poha Recipe) For the full recipe of Kanda batata poha, click here. Make this yummy poha recipe, and let us know how you liked the taste of it.
India achieved the milestone of 100 Crore COVID vaccinations on 21st October. This landmark moment was accomplished within just 10 months of the start of the vaccination program. India is now part of the prestigious club of countries that have completed a billion vaccinations, the other country being China. Social media users have been in celebratory mode ever since the announcement was made. An eatery based in Surat has decided to celebrate the day with a special scheme. They are giving out free ‘Locho’ to 100 fully vaccinated individuals to mark India’s achievement. Several citizens could be seen enjoying the free food in a video shared by ANI: (Also Read:Surat Vendor Makes Biggest Ice Gola Weighing 5Kgs; Guess Its Price?) Mohit, the eatery owner, said to ANI that they were giving away free Locho to anyone who visited them, as long as they showed the certificate of being fully vaccinated. Locho is a popular street-style snack made with chickpea flour, however, unlike Khaman it has an inconsistent shape. It is said to be one of Surat’s specialties, which is why it is also called ‘Surati Locho’ by some. Locho is steamed and sprinkled with masala, chopped onions, chutney, and crunchy Sev before being served. It can be had for breakfast, or even as a snack or ‘Farsan’ during evening tea time. The idea behind these freebies is to encourage more people to get vaccinated quickly. Since the scheme was such a hit, Mohit said he is extending it to two more days. “I want to encourage people to get vaccinated and take part in celebrations. We will continue this scheme for 2 more days,” said Mohit to ANI. What did you think of the Surat eatery’s gesture? Tell us in the comments below.