It is known fact that pressure cookers are wonder kitchen equipment that makes cooking faster and healthier as well. There is 90% nutrient retention when you cook in a pressure cooker. What if I told you that there is a pressure cooker that you can use in the microwave?

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In most of our trips to properties the first thing that catches our eye is the dining room and the kitchen. These are the two most important places in every home with kids, parents and extended family. Be it studying with kids, having family dinners and cooking along with your family, the life simply revolves around these two rooms.

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Thai Cuisine is a favorite at Indian homes, primarily because it is packed with flavors from the lemon grass, basil and spices along with coconut milk. Thai cuisine is also one of the few Asian cuisines that use an abundance of vegetables making it very light and friendly to the palate. But not every time, it becomes easy for us to make exotic meals at home. 

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New Year is just around the corner and we are busy in retrospection and planning for the year to come. With every passing year, our priorities change according to various phases of life that we are in. A task we all love to do during year end is making an agenda about how we want to see ourselves in the approaching year, with the New Year resolutions.

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Many of the vegan and vegetarian recipes are recreated including meat and seafood to vary and improvise. It appears we hardly discover that there are umpteen non-vegetarian delicacies of the finest World cuisines that can come out equally well with “only vegetarian ingredients”. Few recipes like Pad Thai, Wonton, Khow Suey or Massaman dishes go unexplored in vegetarian kitchens owing to the general conception and non-vegetarian branding.

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Fridge is one of the most important electronic items in our kitchen. With our hectic and busy lives, we couldn't even imagine a single day without fridge. We almost store everything in our fridge so that it doesn't get spoilt within 2 or 3 days. From leftover, vegetables to other food items, we are totally dependent on our fridge to keep them fresh and edible.

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Preparing the perfect meal for family and friends demands more than just great cooking. To place dishes on the table for the family so they come out hot and ready to serve is one of the biggest challenges that one faces, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many different types of casseroles and even electrical ones that are designed to keep food hot so you can spend quality time with your family.

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There are days when we feel not being the complete person that we are. It might be an externally triggered feeling arising from the work stress, family pressure or bad events, or an internal sinking feeling we rarely encounter. That sinking feeling in women might also be a mood swing arising due to menstruation (periods), pregnancy or during early months of delivery. What if you could set your mood right by eating different mood building foods? There are a few foods which have the nutrition and enzymes to trigger the mood-influencing hormones in our body.

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Diwali is a big festival of India, also known a the Festival Of Lights and is widely celebrated all over the world. It is celebrated due to the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after completing his 14 years of exile in the forest after getting victory over the evil. It is the most eagerly waited festival of the year, as the members of the family and friends celebrate it together. The process of cleaning the home on the Diwali is an age old tradition which has been passed on from generations. 

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The East Asian Recipe Contest is a tribute to the palate and the senses. East Asia has a splendid set of cuisines that are packed with flavours, spice and taste, that makes us love them. In this recipe contest, put on your chef's hat and bring out the "Chef in You". You will be surprised what will happen when you win the contest. You are in for some real treat.

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Seeds are the small pockets of energy and a storehouse of nutrients that the plant manufactures to help it reproduce. As a rule of thumb, many plants with edible plant parts, with seeds as a mode of multiplication have edible seeds. Apart from major cereals and pulses like rice, wheat, corn, beans, nuts, spices and dals, there are umpteen plant seeds that are edible. Some edible seeds are lesser known for their culinary value and are sparsely used in everyday diet. Some of these beneficial edible seeds can be eaten raw, some are roasted or cooked and then consumed.

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Exploring a new restaurant has become a fun activity at Archana’s Kitchen every month and we usually try to cover the places with different cuisines. So, this time it was one of the most popular restaurants of Bangalore, SMOKE HOUSE DELI. This restaurant is situated in the heart of Indiranagar, located on busy 100 feet road and crowded with many other popular restaurants around. 

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Durga Pooja, a festival of Shakti is widely celebrated all over India with friends and family by Bengalis. It marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. In India, every festival is celebrated with different varieties of food depending about the region or the state. And when it comes to Bengalis, it is all about food. Many people also opt to go vegetarian during this festival, but everyone enjoy over food in these days.

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A lot of us are aware drinking juice gives us that instant energy during a hot summer day, post a workout. Making good old homemade juices brings back fond memories of our mother or grandmother, who would whip up a fresh fruit juice to give you that instant energy. In addition, juices are probably one of the easiest ways to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, through a healthy, refreshing way.

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Started in 2007, Archana’s Kitchen is a collaborative space to build ideas, create and share recipes that are easy to cook and healthy with the world. Since beginning, the vision was to make cooking easy and to make recipes at people's finger tips and till today that has not changed.

Over the many years many of you have become a part of our contributing community and have collaborated with us to share recipes with the world. For us, the idea of collaboration is not competition but it's all about sharing ideas and coming together for a common goal. We share ideas, so we can grow together as a community and create a valuable impact on our audiences. 

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With so many festivals coming up, we are back with a new contest, ‘No Onion No Garlic Recipes Vegetarian’. Here is your chance to send us some of your delicious recipes which are made without Onion and Garlic.

As Navratras, Paryushan, Janmashtami and other major festivals just around the corner, mostly people eat food without Onion and Garlic due to religious concerns. During these festivals, most of the people fast and there are so many recipes which are only dedicated to fasting. We would love to receive them from you!

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There is a classic saying - ‘You can’t buy happiness, but you can always buy ice creams and that’s about the same thing’.

We totally agree with the above statement because who doesn’t like ice cream? Ice cream is one of those mouth watering and delicious treats that tops everyone’s food list and is enjoyed by almost everyone from kids to adults.

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Here we are with yet another interesting recipe contest! Take advantage of the baking pro in you to explore the possibilities with Eggless & Vegetarian Recipes. Eggless baking offers innumerable options for vegetarians who avoid egg consumption. Pick all the baking recipes that you researched over time to adapt to eggless versions of them.

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Birthdays are special and more exciting when someone gives you a surprise. It's like a cherry on the cake. Many of us spend most of our time in office and we end up making some amazing friends. We go out to shop, eat and do a lot of fun things. And when it comes to celebrate their special day, it's time to do something special for them but it should be fun yet appropriate for an office environment.

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‘People who loves to eat are always the best people’, I completely agree on this quote, as we here at Archana’s Kitchen are all big time foodies. We have a tradition of team lunch once in a month and we try to explore different types of cuisines and places with our every visit. I always enjoy sitting with my amazing team, enjoy the food, talk about its taste and flavour and plan what exciting we can do next. Well, we get ideas when we get good food to eat!

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We are back with a new and interesting contest! Here is you chance to send us some of your lip smacking Indian coastal cuisine recipes. The west & east coast of India offers one of the most delicious and mouthwatering cuisines of India, Coastal Food. And these coastal recipes are filled with some amazing varieties. The thing which we love the most about the coastal food is the taste of fresh spices and the juicy coconut flavour.

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Every person who loves food would have tried their hand in cooking. It doesn’t matter if we make a perfect dish like a chef, all that matters is love towards food that will make us happy and satisfied at the end of the day. 

If you are a foodie your day will begin with food and end with food. You will begin to eat, talk and write about food. And hey maybe even simply watch only cooking shows and movies on food. Talking about movies  and what gets us cooking, we did a quick research on the movies that were made on food and inspired people to cook.

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Every time someone goes out of town from the family, we end up making a huge list of snacks, sweets and other similar things which are prominent in that particular town. Usually, we buy snacks and sweets which are famous in smaller quantities while we are travelling but once it gets over we crave for it because we loved it a way too much. There are also many things which we ate while growing up and still remember the taste of it.

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