Food is a quintessential part in all our lives. Food becomes the main topic that brings people together. As Indian is vast with various regions there are lot to be discovered in each cuisines. The local produce, the way of cooking, the geographical features will all help in molding the cuisine to be unique. Every dish has its flavor developed from the right type spice blend that has been used. So every cuisine have their own way of making their own spice blend based on the availability of the spice. The freshly ground spice mix will always create a warmth and homely flavor that can be easily identified while you taste the food. 

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Making a regular meal can be a task sometimes, as we don't want to repeat the vegetables as it gets boring and our family does enjoy it. On top of that, we have to select different vegetables for our meals so that the essential nutrients are fulfilled for the day. There are some regular vegetables which we use soon daily basis but there are also some which we don't use very often and one of them is Yam. It is a staple vegetable for West Africans and is included in their meals very often.

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It feels so nice to have a get together at home. Having everyone whom we love and who we consider special in one place makes us so happy. The house parties always have that hangover of memories that will last for a long time. Parties can be themed differently according to the age group and the dietary preferences of the crowd participating.

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An Indian kitchen is incomplete without methi or fenugreek leaves, also called as keerai in South India. It is one of the many green leafy vegetables that is used more as a herb in most cultures than it is used as a dietary food, but in India it is more of a staple vegetable. Fenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae with its leaves and seeds used across regions for medicinal and dietary purposes. India is the largest producer of methi, with maximum production concentrated in the state of Rajasthan with over 80% production of the country coming from here.

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When it comes to breakfast, nothing comes close to the deliciously steamed, fragrant poha that is a breakfast staple in almost all of India (PS: if you are anything like us, poha is an absolute favourite anytime of the day). Poha in North India, Chuda in Orissa, Atkulu in Telugu, Aval in Tamil Nadu, Avalakki in Kannada et al, this beaten rice goes by different names in different parts of our country. It is almost as good as an instant food given the time it takes to prepare it, also the ease with which it can be cooked makes it a favourite amongst everyone right from, mothers and wives who are always worried about having their families fed good breakfast, to students and working individuals who are leading a bachelor life away from home. 

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Hot pakoras dipped in spicy delicious chutney only remind us of our childhood days when the smell of flavourful pakoras used to come from the kitchen during the monsoon season. Well, nothing is changed! We still crave for these snacks and chutney whenever it rains. The joy of sitting with friends and family enjoying the delicious food is different all together.

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There is this famous quote by American writer Lauren Myracle which goes "You should eat waffle! You can't be sad if you eat a waffle!", but for us we eat waffle when sad, when happy, when hungry, basically anytime is waffle time. Waffle is a decadently delicious dish that is made with leavened batter or dough pressed and baked between two iron plates to give it its shape and structure. There are a number of variations in waffles based on the type of waffle iron and recipe you choose to use. Waffle batter is also versatile because the same batter can be used to prepare pancakes as well. It is also said that A Waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.

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The month of Ramadan has already started! And when it comes to festivals, we can think only about food. This one month, Muslims all over the world celebrate the festival with delicious and mouth watering food. They keep fast for one month to show their faith in the religion. Ramadan fasting is done from dawn to dusk and is known to purify the soul. They eat before the sun rises after their prayer and eat only after the sun has set in the evening.

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When it comes to sea food, we all have our favourites! From fish, prawns, squids to crabs, there is a lot to choose from this category. Well, one of the tastiest sea food is prawns. Prawns can be cooked in many ways and can be served as a starter or a main course dish. Not only this, including prawns in your regular diet also means you get many nutritional benefits out of it as it is very rich in zinc and selenium, two most important minerals required for our body.

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Puttu is a popular breakfast recipe of Kerala, India. This is basically made of ground rice and fresh grated coconut. Puttu in Malayalam means 'portioned'. This recipe is prepared in a special equipment called a puttu maker.

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When it comes to bread and the likes, no one does it like the Italians. The precision and perfection in their baking culinary skills is unmatched. Among the variety of breads the Italians are famous for, one such bread is the Focaccia. Focaccia is an oven baked Italian flat bread which is much like the pizza dough when it comes to the style and texture, usually seasoned with ingredients like olive oil, herbs, onion, cheese et al. 

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Sweet tooth is an inherent attribute found in everybody. Some crave for traditional and regional sweets and some crave for something that is totally exotic. Cakes are a popular form of dessert bonne bouche. Usually cake batter is prepared with flour, eggs, flavouring and fruits et al. to bake the batter for stipulated time. One of the crucial element to make a perfect cake lies in perfect measurements and perfect baking technique and time. Many of us find it difficult to make a cake because it involves baking and needs an oven. Any mess up in baking might result in overdone or underdone cakes, wasting the whole effort.

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Biryani, needs no introduction at all. Who would not nod their head for a plate full of spiced Biryani? Known for it's aroma, and heavenly taste, biryani is a perfect food when you crave something delicious and spicy. If we look back, it was the Mughals who introduced biryani in India.The style of cooking Biryani in North India is very different from South India. 

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Jackfruit is the largest tree fruit in the world reaching up to 100 pounds. But what is of significance is not the size or the distinctly sweet taste of this fruit, but it is its nutritional value. Jackfruit is rich in magnesium, antioxidants and vitamin B6, while being an excellent low carb snack option. While the flesh of the fruit is healthy, did you know even its seeds has some spectacular nutritional benefits to offer. Jackfruit seeds are rich in thiamin and riboflavin which help in turning the food you eat into energy, and also keep your eye, skin and hair healthy. 

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One of the popular choices of breakfast in West is a bread toast. It is also common to have it along with poached or scrambled eggs. Unique recipe and cooking method deployed in France gave French toast, its name. Bread is dunked in milk and then in beaten eggs and then the slices are toasted to make French toast. This is then topped with fruits or syrups or plain honey.

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‘Mirchi’, also called as Green chillies is a vegetable that is mainly used to spice up our food. While the tiny chillies are spicy, the bigger ones are less spicy and can be eaten as it is. Mirchi is used on a everyday basis in Indian food, as its spiciness enhances the taste of our food. Whether it is a sabzi, raita, pulav or a flat bread, Mirchi is used in almost everything we make.

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Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables the mankind has been blessed with. Also it is hugely appreciated for its unique taste and crunchiness. It belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables with the likes of cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts et al. All around the world people are now including broccoli in their regular diets owing to its numerous health benefits. 

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Karnataka cuisine is considered as one of the oldest cuisine that has been survived since Iron Age. The cuisine has offered a lot to the neighboring states such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Kerala and Maharashtra in shaping up their cuisine. As every region’s ingredients change depending on the place, even Karnataka’s cuisine is widely divided based on its local produce and region. 

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When you have dinner parties at home, it is a great idea to prepare a lot of partial prep and cooking in advance, isn’t it? We would love to engage socially in conversation with friends, when they arrive, rather than being held in cooking. Panna Cotta is a delicious idea of a make ahead dessert.

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Mangalore is a quaint city in the state of Karnataka which is home to glorious and amazing food. The food gets its flavor from mustard seeds and fried red chillies. Sesame seeds, tamarind, yogurt and fresh coconut also add a distinct taste to it. Being a port city, fish is a staple food in their diet, and the cuisine has influences from the Portuguese as well. Vegetables like drumstick, okra, pumpkin, yam et al make a reappearance in Mangalorean cuisine.

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The spectacularly serene state of Kashmir is famous not just for its visual appeal, but also for its mouth watering delicacies which are both unique and authentic. Kashmiri food is subtle when it comes to taste, but is rich in flavors owing to the use of hot spices like cloves, cardamom, ginger, fennel, cinnamon, saffron et al. Having influenced by the Mughals, Kashmiri cuisine has evolved over thousand of years and vastly consists of non vegetarian dishes with the primary ingredients being fish, mutton, chicken etc.

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After the usual weekday food, we crave for something delicious during the weekends. While some of us prefer going out and dining during the end of the week, some of us prefer house parties with our friends and family. When it comes to house parties, the focus goes on the food. As our friends visit and family gather, we always want to chit chat a little bit over drinks and appetisers before moving on to the main course.

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Soya Chunks, as we all know is very rich in proteins and is always compared to meat in terms of its nutritional content. One more reason to choose Soy Chunks is that it is even low in fat. Research says 1 cup of Soy Chunks contain 54.2 grams of protein, which exceeds the amount of protein found in meats, eggs, milk and wheat.

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Every day cooking at home makes us buy a lot of vegetables together, to make our lives easier. Especially for the people who have busy schedules during the weekdays, finds it easy to shop for the vegetables at one go during the weekends and store them in the fridge. Usually, we don't plan our daily menu and cook according to what is available in the fridge. Sometimes we make a side dish out of it or sometimes a main course dish. 

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