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.
With plenty of festivals coming our way, there’s a feeling of joy filling up the air for it is time to celebrate and break free from monotonous life to create a sense of cheer and uniting us all for the love of delightful mouth-watering sweets, treats, gifts and merry. For people with diabetes, however, festivals may seem a little different. Dietary restrictions may have some of you sacrifice your favorite food to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. But there are ways to enjoy festivals and celebrate them without giving up while keeping your blood sugar values in control.Here are 7 simple ways to manage blood sugar levels this festive season:1. Medicines and Monitoring – Medicines for a diabetic person are important to regulate and control their blood sugar spikes – festive seasons are tempting and it is easy to fall prey to some desserts or even lose track of your blood sugar values while trying different foods at a get-together celebration. Hence if you are diabetic and on meds or insulin, please ensure that you take them on time. It is also advisable to regularly monitor your blood sugar values. Medicines are important to regulate blood sugar2. Hydration – Lack of ample fluids in the body can lead to severe complications, especially for diabetics. Hence, watch out for certain signs of dehydration like extreme fatigue, dark yellow urine, unexplained headaches, etc. Regularly drink coconut water, buttermilk, plain water, etc. Additionally, adequate water intake is crucial for healthy metabolism and detox and reduces the urge to have sugary & salty food. (Also read:6 Sneaky Foods That Raise Your Blood Sugar Levels the Most)3. Plan Ahead – Plan what you eat when gathered for a celebration – pick your starters, dips, sauces carefully on the basis of hidden sugars, salt, calories, etc that you know of. Read the nutrition label wherever available to decide if you can eat that. This habit is important to help you enjoy your gathering without compromising on health.Plan ahead of the festive binge4. What to eat – This could be particularly difficult for diabetics, especially while everyone around you is enjoying delicacies. But it is essential to keep a watch on what you eat and what you drink. Resort to a diet rich in healthy fats and dietary fibres; make healthy swaps like replacing rice with cauli rice. Make your dips and sauces at home to avoid excess additives and unnecessary sugar and refined products. Try making your fermented drink like kombucha at home and ensure you consume a variety of probiotics during this season to keep your gut healthy.5. What to avoid – To begin with, avoid smoking and consuming alcohol. Avoid packaged bread, bakery products, cookies, etc at all costs. Say a big ‘NO’ to aerated beverages as well. They can cause a big increase in your blood sugar values and ruin your diabetes management plan. Avoid unhealthy and junk food6. Physical Activity – If there is one important tool to fight your diabetes other than food, then being physically active is one way- find time for activities like walking after meals, going for a quick run, even swimming or dancing, etc., will help manage your blood sugar values. (Also read:Diabetes Diet: 7 Foods That Can Help Control Your Blood Sugar Levels Naturally)7. Stay Calm and get back on track – We are all humans at the end of the day and despite all the planning and decisions, we fall for those soft perfectly looking Gulab jamun, giving into temptation and indulging a bit. Don’t beat yourself up, stay calm. Try to get back on track as the season is over, if needed, check with your doctor. Get back to your healthy diet once the season is over Despite all the tempting goodies around and the very delight of the festive season, it is still possible for a diabetic to enjoy the festive season merrily. Just design a workable plan, stick to it as much as you can, relax, meditate and you will have amazing celebrations. Author Bio:Vivek Subramanyam is the Founder & CEO atLiveAltLife. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.
If there’s one thing that we all love with all our hearts, it has to be cake! Years of culinary experimentations have not only given us new and delicious cake flavours, but has also made cake a piece of art. Bakers from all around the world have taken up the challenge of turning almost anything into a cake. We find this so entertaining that we have TV shows like Nailed It, Cake Boss and Baking Impossible that work on the plot to bake the most intriguing and creative desserts! Our love for baking helped us discover a mind-blowing video that has us amazed and we are sure it will amaze you too. The trend of turning cakes into real-life objects was taken on another level by Chef Natalie Sideserf. Here’s the video: American Chef Natalie Sideserf posted this video on her Instagram account @sideserfcakes. The clip featured a banana python snake, but a few seconds later she cuts into the snake and shows that the snake is actually a cake! This moment of realization that the snake is a realistic cake has the internet’s mind-blown. Had she not cut the cake in half, nobody would be able to understand that it was not a real snake, that’s how realistic the “snake cake” looks. This viral video has over 1.5 million views and 117k likes! Natalie Sideserf is known for making realistic cakes like these, she has even managed to make a cake look like a hairy, used brush! Take a look yourself: The internet is surely divided about their opinion on these realistic cakes. Some consider it an artistic marvel while others disapprove of the idea of turning cakes into real objects. What do you feel? Would be interested in taking a bite of the ‘snake cake’ or would you be too scared to even take a bite? Tell us how you feel in the comments section below!
Street food is one genre of food that Indians swear by every time. India’s love for street food is evident from the fact that there are vendors and hawkers found practically at every corner. Whether it’s chaat, momos, sandwich, or even Hakka noodles – there are a variety of cuisines that are available at roadside eateries. Each street food vendor tries to make something different that will set him apart from the others. This Ghaziabad vendor, for instance, has a unique selling proposition – he makes the much-loved Cheela with his bare hands! Watch the video and see for yourself: (Also Read:Do You Know How Soan Papdi Is Made? Viral Video Shows The Process) The clip of the Ghaziabad vendor was shared on YouTube by food blogger Amar Sirohi, also known by his handle @foodieincarnate. The video has gone viral and raked in over 1.5 million views in just 2 days. It was also among YouTube’s top trending videos in India. In the clip, we see the Ghaziabad vendor making cheela with his bare hands. He starts by pouring the batter onto a heated griddle. The fact that he is using his hands and not any spatula or ladle makes the process quite interesting. Next, he adds in a range of vegetables and mixes them by hand for the filling of the cheela. Then, this mixture is spread throughout the Cheela, which is then flipped with a cube of butter on top. The crispy and fulfilling cheela is cut into four parts and served with delicious chutneys! The skill and dexterity of the Ghaziabad vendor mesmerised YouTube users. Comments and reactions poured into the video shared by the food blogger. “Thank god it’s without cheese,” wrote one user while another said, “maintain proper hygiene in making this recipe.” This is not the only unique creation by a street food vendor to have gone viral. Recently, a Surat-based created an Ice Gola weighing 5kgs with multiple delicious ingredients – a video that stunned the internet. Click here to read more about it.
Sayani Gupta is a foodie and there is enough proof of this on her Instagram timeline. From images of cheesy burgers to homemade Indian classic dishes, the actress often shares food-related posts. Now, with the actress being on a holiday with her girl pals in Egypt, Sayani has been posting regular pictures of the amazing spread that she has been treating herself to. On Sunday, Sayani shared an image from a boat on the river Nile and needless to say, it was a photo with loads of food. Sharing the picture, the Fan actress wrote, “Mother Nile. Providing for centuries.” From baba ghanoush to fatta, we could identify a variety of classic dishes in the Instagram Stories post. The one dish that caught our eye immediately was the plate of amazing kebabs placed right next to a rich bowl of decadent meat curry, which was in a glistening shade of maroon. Along with it, we also saw a large serving of baba ghanoush and fatta, which is a rice preparation. In addition to a salad, Sayani Gupta’s meal also seemed to consist of some local bread. Take a look:Instagram story by Sayani Gupta Sayani Gupta is currently vacationing in Egypt with her friends Mini Mathur, Reshmy Kurian and Smriti Kiran. Last week, Mini Mathur too shared a foodie update from the holiday. The TV personality dropped a video about the amazing delicacies that they were devouring by the Nile. She listed the dishes that the group indulged in and it included hummus, baba ghanoush, labneh, walnut muhammara, kofte, semak, tabouleh, fattoush salad and baldi bread. Sounds like a spread fit for royalty, doesn’t it? Sayani Gupta, meanwhile, has often shared posts about her love for food. A few weeks ago, the actress uploaded an image of her cheat meal. In a note, she added that she had chosen to break her “no-carb” streak of two months with a burger, fried chicken and French fries. “Worked hard to earn it…now back to the grind,” wrote Sayani. (Also Read:Sayani Gupta Cooked Bengali Fish Curry For Lunch And It’s Making Us Hungry) While Sayani Gupta’s post has left us all hungry, all we can ask her is to keep the food photos coming our way.
Diwali 2021: The festival of lights is here! Our streets, malls, offices and homes are decorated with diyas and lights and there is a certain festive cheer surrounding the entire nation! Along with the shimmering lights and striking decorations, if there is one other thing that completes the festivities, it has to be the yummy sweets. Diwali feast is all about different kinds of sweetmeats and if you ask us, Kaju Katli is undeniably one of the most famous sweets associated with the festival. Exquisite and decadent, these melt-in-the-mouth barfis find their way into the quintessential Diwali sweet platter every single time. And if you are a Kaju katli lover, we’ve got some good news for you! This time, you don’t need to line up in front of sweet shops for hours to get your hands on the best Kaju katli out there. Because with this easy recipe, you can make soft and delicious barfi’s like the restaurants, right from the comfort of your own kitchen!Kaju Katli is a famous Diwali sweet (Also read:Diwali 2021: 5 Diwali Desserts You Only Need 3 Ingredients To Make) Making homemade Kaju Katli doesn’t only ensure the most divine tasting katli but also is much healthier than the ones found in the markets. You can use as many or few toppings as you want – customise the homemade ones according to your liking and have the freshest batch right off the stove. Made with just 5 major ingredients, these sweets are sure to impress guests and visitors. Layer the silver varq (silver sheet) on top and give the katli a restaurant-like look.Diwali Special: How To Make Kaju Katli At Home l Homemade Kaju Katli Recipe: Prepare sugar syrup by heating water, sugar and saffron in a pan. Add the crushed cashew powder and mix well. Spread the dough on a plain surface. Freeze and cut into diamond shaped slices and serve. Click here for the full recipe of homemade Kaju Katli Try making this Diwali favorite at home; let us know how it turns out in the comments below.Happy Diwali 2021!