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Bhakarwadi Recipe

When it comes to evening snacks, there are choices galore. Bhakarwadi is one among those special snacks which I enjoy preparing at home. Having Bhakarwadi along with tea in the evening is something which I have always relished, especially during winters and rainy season. It is a traditional spicy Maharastrian snack which takes time and effort to prepare and can be stored for days. This spicy snack is an all-time favourite of the Marathi people [...]

Best New Year Destinations in India

New Year is just around the corner. It is the time for new beginnings, and new promises to make, a time for new resolutions with the hope of a beautiful new year. What better way to celebrate New Year than to usher it in at the perfect destination. India has a plethora of choices for the perfect New Year Holiday destinations. Whether you are with your family or planning a romantic getaway or even if [...]

A pollution free Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali, also known as the festival of lights, is a major festival in India and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour. Celebrated on the 14th day of the Kartik month as per the Hindu Lunar calendar, it is believed that on this day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years. The people of Ayodhya celebrated the joyous occasion of the return of their favourite Lord by cleaning their [...]

November 1, 2015
Celebrating Kali Puja in Bengal

Kali or Kalika is a Hindu Goddess, and is the fierce form of the Supreme Being Shakti, as per Hindu mythology. Kali means the power of time (derived from the Sanskrit word Kal), and the colour black. Thus Goddess Kali is symbolic of preservation as well as destruction, the destroyer of the dark forces in the universe, and the force of time. In West Bengal, Goddess Kali is venerated as a Mother, and people address [...]

Diwali Celebration

  Diwali, the ancient Indian festival, has been celebrated for ages in various parts of the country with great enthusiasm and fun. With many religious significances associated with the festival, there are various ways of celebrating this festival too in different regions of India. In most parts of India, Diwali is celebrated for five days. • First Day, Dhanteras: Worshipping of Lord Yama and buying of metal objects • Second Day, Choti Diwali, Roop Chaturdashi, [...]

Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015 Image

The Kumbh Mela of South India known as the Pushkaram commenced on 14 July 2015 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This fair is held once in every 12 years for twelve days. A unique feature about the fair this year is that it will be held in two states, Andhra Pradesh and the new born Telangana. This time, the event is doubly auspicious because as per the astronomical calculations it is the Maha Pushkaram, which [...]

Celebrate Holi wth natural colours

Yes, the Indian festival of colours, Holi is just round the corner! Once again various colours, popularly referred to as “gulal”, are being sold on the roadside stalls and in the markets, along with multi-coloured pichkaris (water guns), and other Holi accessories. The plethora of bright coloured powders look very attractive and we are tempted to buy them. But, the truth is that most of these colours contain high chemical content which is hazardous for [...]

September 30, 2014
Mava filled Kachori

When it comes to Indian breakfast, the choices are aplenty, but to celebrate in a nice way requires something special. Kachori has been one of these special dishes. You might have tried different ones from the market mostly filled with aaloo or pyaaz, what if we fill something special in these kachoris too? That’s why I made these Mava Kachori. Coming straight from Rajasthan, these are absolutely perfect for your special breakfast and do wonders to [...]

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September 29, 2014
Dharwad Peda

Dharwad, a small town in northern Karnataka is all too famous for its delicious sweet, Dharwad Peda. I’m all too blessed to have friends from this region who bring these mouth-watering peda every time they are travelling. The town hosts some of the old and traditional shops selling these peda. This light brown coloured peda is garnished with sugar giving its traditional appeal. Having had it so many times, I wanted to make them once myself [...]

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September 19, 2014
Shufta

Marriages and festivals are always special in the Indian context and celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. The rituals, clothes, jewellery and food all vary by the region and families and every sect and class has riches that stand out. We will see one such different recipe today where different types of dry fruits are cooked as a sweet dish. They look awesome on the dessert plate and taste just out of the world. Shufta is a dish from [...]

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