When we think of Gujarat, the first thing that pops up in our minds is first of course our beloved Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, and then the amazingly delicious food of Gujarat everyone raves about.

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Weekends are ideal to take out time from our busy lives to catch up with friends and family. And a Saturday night get together can never go wrong given the added advantage of not having to worry about work the following morning.

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They say 'A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content' which we believe is absolutely true, and what better way to start your sunday than with hearty conversations with your loved ones over a super satiating breakfast.

A leisurely breakfast will set the right pace for a great day ahead.

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It's Friday so that's kind of a party in itself. But to make your Friday ever more fabulous, cook up some delicious food for the family and watch them savour the labour of your love.

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One of the daily tasks of parents is to ensure that their kids eat well and healthy. But kids have their own preferences and eating habits that are challenging for parents to cope with. Kids are curious about new things and this is where the parents need to concentrate on. When the kids are involved in preparation of meals, the kids find it all the way more interesting to try the recipes that are made by them. Howeverminiscule their help is, their work that goes into the food thus prepared has a satisfaction attached.

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Mexican cuisine today is a fusion influence of Central American with Spanish and European cuisines. Mexican foods largely use corn, beans, avocados, meat of domestic animals, tomatoes, cheese and chilli peppers. Tacos and tortilla are famous Mexican food since ages. They came to use because of the ease of picking food without any need of bowls. Mexican cuisine also roots back to Aztec civilization who started the chocolate brews and cocoa-based recipes initially.

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Millets are the small edible seeded grass wild variety being domesticated and made popular in recent times owing to its nutritional benefits. Initially grown commercially in China, India and African countries, now accepted globally with more research on its health benefits and an edge over most other major cereals. With ample protein, trace minerals and vitamins than many cereals, healthy and slow digesting carbs, millets like Bajra (pearl millet), Ragi (finger millet), foxtail millet, jowar (Sorghum) are a must include in our regular diet.

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Saturdays and Sundays are time to finish the backlogs of household work, clean, and prep up for the coming week. While doing all this, the need of awesome food that is different and keeps us energetic throughout the weekend is a necessity. Take a break from routine food and explore these remarkable vegetarian recipes that are must try.

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Weekends are a time to rejoice a break from routine. They are also the laziest way to start the day sometimes, to sleep longer than weekdays and be relaxed. And it dawns that there needs to be food to keep us going through the day. Idea of a filling brunch to go strolling rest of the day or to do any cleaning, fixing up old pending works in house seems ideal at those times.

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Festival of light, Diwali/Deepavali is here as a reason to rejoice with family and close friends. Besides yummy snacks, sweets and savoury food, there is always lots to do. India celebrates it with 5 days full-fledged celebration, each day marking its own importance with the mythology and history attached to it. Though attached reasons of celebration alter with regions, Diwali is a celebration of light over the dark, within us, and around us. Crackers, diya, rangoli, flowers, fresh home décor-all mark the festivity of Deepavali.

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South Indian Navaratri is a festival of nine nights celebrated by worshipping the celestial power “Shakti” in the form of Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Durga. While North India celebrates this festival as the symbol of victory of Rama over Ravana by burning the idol of Ravana, South India celebrates it as a symbol of Shakti’s victory over demons.

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Rice, vegetables, coconut, seafood, are major ingredients in Goan cuisine. The Goan cuisine is greatly influenced by Portugal and Mughal cuisines. The blend of local ingredients with the exotic ones bring in the zesty taste that is needed for one to fall in love with the Goan food. Fish is an inseparable part of Goan meals. Many times, rice is replaced with soft bread. Goan food is often accompanied with the most popular regional alcoholic beverage “fenny” along with other cocktails.

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One important issue in nutrition that vegetarians face daily is their fulfillment of required proteins. 0.8 grams of protein per kg of body weight is required per day according to RDA. But much of the staple diet that the vegetarians use include corn, rice, wheat, millets, vegetables, and fruits which are comparatively low in the protein content to that of meat and seafood. If one explores deeper, vegetarian foods like tofu, paneer, soy and other pulses have higher protein content.

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Onam/Thiruvonam is the festival of harvest and prosperity in Kerala, India which is celebrated in the beginning of Chingam month. Onam carnival with folk dance, songs, snake boat race (vallamkali in Pampa river), display of artistically decorated elephants, traditional music, combat game of kayyankali, colourful flowers and elaborate festive meals marks the momentous 10 days of Onam. In Kerala, it is believed that the spirit of prosperous and just ruler Mahabali visits land on Thiruvonam. Flowers are artistically laid out to make mats on floor to invite the spirit of the king Mahabali.

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Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated nationwide with a prominent and glorious celebration in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Gujarat. Ganesh Chaturthi is an occasion which was made popular during the Maratha Peshwa rule in Maharashtra. During Chatrapati Shivaji’s regime and later by freedom fighter Balagangadhar Tilak, Ganesh Chaturthi was used in disguise to focus Indians towards “Swaraj”.

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Many of us have a best friend who might not have had a chance to spend good time since long time, lost in family or career. Sometimes we wonder where that mindless chit-chat and discussions on random topics disappeared among best friends. Plan to call that special friend of yours who has been skipping get together or functions. Fix a date which is convenient to both of you and plan to cook lunch with your friend. What’s best to bring busy friends together than a weekend? You cook while you chat and chat while you cook.

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Varamahalakshmi or Varalakshmi festival is a much-awaited festival after the month of Aashaada or Adimasam in South India. Most of the South Indian households celebrate the first big festival of Shraavana by performing Pooja to the idol made with husked or dehusked coconut, or with precious metals like silver and gold. Varamahalakshmi festival symbolizes worship for wealth, similar to Diwali in North India.

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Looking for an innovative weekend plan where you can call the closest of your relatives or friends home? Late evening weekend party with grilled recipes on its menu is a great idea to spend quality time with all. Chop the required veggies, fruits and greens to make it easy during the late evening party. Involve the guests in grilling and make the party even more memorable.

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French cuisine is characteristic of elegance in the simplest of preparations. Time to consume a full course French food takes up to 4 hours. This is since the French people savor every morsel and gulp of drink slowly and want to treat their guests with long friendly talk.

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An evening walk with old friends on a chat street could result in tasting many appetizers and chats to find you so full that you might even want to skip dinner. Appetizer menu on mehndi nights or receptions and weddings of your dear ones might have sometimes caused you the same effect. The desire and craving that the appetizers create, can sometime stand second to none.

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Monsoon in India has brought in cloudy weather in many parts of the country despite it rains or not. It is very cheerful for everyone when the first rains fall and then, gradually, the enthusiasm reduces with increasing frequency of pours. Weekends might get less exciting when you have to look up the sky to access the possibility of rain, every time you decide to go out. Monsoon food, fritters and warmth of freshly cooked meals smell divine and sounds welcoming during these days.

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Rajasthan has a rich heritage of royal bloodline and the Rajasthani cuisine is inspired by war zone foods and kingly foods. Usage of high dairy products and less water is seen, owing to the state’s arid climate. Milk, buttermilk or ghee are included in almost all the Rajasthani recipes. Use of bajra, gram flour, jowar, can be observed widely. Rajasthani thali is generously spiced and garnished. Honouring guests is a part of their culture and they regard it as a high value to be a perfect host.

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Gluten is a composite of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and other closely-related species. Though wheat stands next to maize and rice as staple food of the world, some health problems arising due to its gluten content cannot be overlooked. Long term consumption might bring gluten-related disorders like coeliac disease, gluten sensitivity and certain allergies relating to digestion and skin. Gluten-free diet improves general digestion and avoids the possible effects of gluten-containing foods.

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Every child needs a gentle and strong hand to hold while they grow, a person who recognizes, supports, and compliments the learning process of the growing child; a person who helps to re-learn when the child falters; a human who sees through the Childs’ misdeeds and guides them to the right path ahead; an idol whom the kids eventually would look up to, when in troubled waters. Every third Sunday of June is meant for that God sent member of the family as the world celebrates father’s day to rejoice the contribution of fathers and the father figures who takes up the responsibility of the family and contribute monetarily and morally to help in bringing up their kids the right way.

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