It’s the weekend and with festivities in full swing, this week’s dinner calls for some extra celebrations. Dining options that are away from the ordinary. Something zesty, that will bring the whole family and your closest friends together. So we have for you a selection of mouth-watering chaats – spicy, tangy, sweet, cool, crunchy – this list covers it all. Making a medley of flavours that of some of the most loved chaats from across the country. There’s no better way that a festival to celebrate with a party that centres around food!

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As you already may have read, Oats is a species of cereal grain loaded with nutritious properties and health benefits including lowering harmful effects of cholesterol and controlling diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Packed with more dietary fibre than any other grain and containing vitamins of the B-family like B-1, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B-6 and folate, oats can help in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, fats and nucleic acids from your food consumed, allowing the body to use energy drawing from it. 

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Maybe you’ve suddenly become conscious of eating a more healthy diet free of refined foods? Or maybe you’ve read up a lot about the benefits of consuming whole grain flours? Or perhaps you just love the grainy, nutty taste of whole wheat compared to refined flour. And if you’re just looking for an excuse to make your baking healthy so you can bake more, guilt-free for your family, this is the list for you. 

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The most festive months of the year is upon us and preparations are probably in full swing in many homes. Many families observe the no-onion-no-garlic rule during the auspicious time of Navratri and it is often looked at as a time of restriction and not a time for variety in tasty meals. While you binge on sweets and ignore the savoury side of things, this weekend meal will prove that a no-onion-no-garlic meal doesn’t have to be boring and tasteless. It may be simple, but it is perfectly possible to cook a delicious, flavourful and festive meal even without onions and garlic! See how. Choose one (or more) dish from each row (course) below to make a complete festive meal for you and your family to enjoy during Navratri.

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Eggs give you the much required health boost. Today, on World Egg Day (October 9th) we’ll take you through the benefits of having this inexpensive source of goodness that your body needs.

If you’re not a regular egg eater here are some reasons why you should. Eating a whole egg on a daily basis will take care of some of your body’s calcium, iron and protein requirements. It helps you fulfill your vitamin intake of vitamins like B2, B12, E and C. Eggs are also packed with minerals like iron, zinc and phosphorus which are all essential for the body.

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There’s a sudden nip in the air thanks to a temporary return of heavy rains and gusty winds, and there's nothing more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup in this weather. The obvious benefits of health and nutrition aside, soups are a great way to introduce a range of vegetables you might not otherwise cook with. Ever thought of putting celery and apples into soup? Or made a savoury drinkable recipe with watermelon?

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Cuisine from the state of Gujarat is popular all over the country today. From the amazing spread of snacks including DhoklaKhandviPapdi etc, to flavourful vegetables typically called Shaak and dals and curries, and of course the quintessential Kadhi, Gujarati food has become a phenomenon. Several specialty restaurants now dish out elaborate thali meals for lunch and dinner, to reflect the flavours of the state in a single meal and plate. But you shouldn’t always have to go out to eat food that is essentially home-made goodness. So this weekend we’ve selected the best Gujarati spread from Archana’s Kitchen, just for you. 

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The term Vegetarianism originated from a greek word ‘vegetas’ which means totally healthy, fresh and vigorous. It means that our food provides complete energy for the body and keeps the physical body healthy.

Recent studies indicate far reaching benefits of a vegetarian diet. Eating a fresh and well balanced vegetarian diet helps lower body weight, improves good cholesterol levels and lower risk of developing various diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, certain forms of cancer and more. You must remember, that to keep our body healthy and help lower the risk of diseases, it is important to have a healthy diet, that is high in fiber and low in fat.

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Pizza and pasta unnecessarily get a bad rap these days, and often get passed off as junk food. With fast food chains and commercial kitchens dishing out excessively rich and unhealthy versions of these Italian classics, its no wonder, really. But not all pasta and pizza needs to be made with super processed ingredients. You can make a perfectly good pizza or pasta at home that is wholesome, nutritious and healthy too. There's a world of flavour beyond stringy cheese and plain old white sauce and pizzas and pasta can be delicious for the whole family too!

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It’s not just the mothers, sisters, girlfriends, wives and women amongst us who come to Archana’s Kitchen looking for simple, healthy and easy-to-cook meal ideas. We have a whole section of recipes that caters to food that Bachelors can cook. This week’s SaturdayNightDinner is dedicated to all the men in the audience. This is a meal that you will be able to put together with little or almost no help at all. Simply pick form the selection below, follow the recipes step by step, and you will have a meal that balances taste and nutrition well. But most of all, these recipes have that element of ease – by way of quick procedures and simple progression. In some cases you can also refer to the videos too, to make your life even simpler. So, if you’re looking to wow the lady in your life with a home-cooked meal, or if you want to have your friends over to sample your culinary skills, or even if you simply want to see how easy it is to rustle up a delicious and healthy meal, this one is for you.

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Ganesha Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant headed God, Ganesha. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi. The festival usually lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period). Like any other festival, this too has a few popular dishes that are made during the time the festival is being celebrated. Here are the top ten savory and sweet recipes for the festival. We, at Archana's Kitchen wish you the best for this festival and hope you'll like the recipes shared with you.

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Late to the explosion of world cuisine in India and a slightly newer entrant to join the Indian food party is Mexican cuisine. A glorious combination of Mesoamerican food with a touch of European flavours and Spanish elements, the hallmarks of Mexican cuisine are beans, corn and chillies. Also common are native Mexican ingredients and produce like avocados, tomatoes, cocoa and vanilla. Contrary to popular belief, Mexican food is not complicated to make. Neither is it difficult to source ingredients for. This week’s Saturday Night Dinner is a Mexican spread that is wholesome, covers all the essentials and most importantly, that can be made quite easily right in your home. With a little preparation and a good shopping list, you can throw this meal together quite easily and perk up a weekend dinner with your family.

As usual, pick a minimum of one dish from every set below to make a 3-course meal. Of course, you can feel free to choose more, if more than one item in each row catches your fancy!

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One of the most widely celebrated and significant festivals for the Jain community, Paryushan Parva is quite different from what one expects of a typical Indian festival that is celebrated with pomp and festivity. On the contrary, Paryushan is a solemn occasion that is observed as a time of penance and purification. Over a period of eight days for Śvētāmbaras and 10 days for Digambara, usually occurring during the months of August or September, people of the Jain community reflect, introspect immerse themselves in penance or various kinds as a means to purify the mind, body and soul of all toxins. 

During this time, apart from the rituals that are performed, meditations and prayers offered, people also fast for as many days as possible. Many subsist on sipping water through the day, alone. Those who partake of meals, observe several restrictions. Usually all root vegetables, green leafy vegetables and honey are avoided. This really pares down an already vegetarian diet, eliminating even basics like ginger, garlic, coriander, curry leaves and so many things we take for granted.

To commemorate the occasion, here is a list of 35 recipes that are can be made during the time of Paryushan.

Note: Some of these recipes may have ingredients like honey, ginger, coriander, curry leaves and green chilies, but if you are observing the fast in its totality, simply eliminate them while preparing these dishes.

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Monday, the next week, we mark the auspicious day of Janmashtami with a delicious South Indian Thali spread. This week, we don’t have the usual 3-course dinner, but a lavish range of some of the most festive South Indian meals fit to be in your thali. Have you also checked out our special pick of sweet meats and snacks for the festival?

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Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, who's considered to be the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapad according to the Hindu calendar.

The way this festival is celebrated differs from region to region. Dramatic portrayal of the life of Krishna, happen in the regions of Mathura and Vrindavan. While the Rasa lila depicts the flirtatious aspects of Krishna; Dahi Handi depicts his playful and mischievous side and is followed in the regions around Maharashtra. In India, people clean, organise and decorate their house to welcome the little Krishna and draws little feet with rangoli or paint, to mark Lord Krishna's footsteps into home.

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Celebrated on the eighth day or Ashtami of the month of Krishna Paksha, Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is the celebration of the birth of Krishna. It is usually celebrated by fasting until midnight, which is believed to be the birth time of Krishna. In Maharashtra Dahi-Handi or the communal breaking of the pot of curd is a popular way to celebrate, bringing friends and family together in a competitive spirit. A similar activity called Uriadi is practices in Tamil Nadu. All over South India, people worship images of the infant Krishna, visit temples and offer prayer and devotional music at midnight.

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Weekends are meant for special meals enjoyed with your family. But often the thought of braving city traffic to drive to the fancy new restaurant in town, making reservations or having to wait, dining in a crowded ambience and rushing out to get home before its too late, takes the fun out of specialty dining. So we resort to throwing together things like pasta, noodles and a quick Thai meal at home, when we want to eat something non-Indian. Pasta is one of the easiest things to make - versatile, so many varieties to choose from and can easily be loaded with veggies to make it healthy, yet delicious. This week's SaturdayNightDinner round up presents an Italian meal that goes beyond just pasta and pesto! You have an entire range of options to choose from - covering soups, salads, crispy starters, of course there's more than one pasta, pizza and lasagna too. And to finish it all off, traditional Italian desserts like Tiramisu, and other options too.

As always choose from the menu below, picking one (or more!) option from each segment, depending on what you fancy eating for dinner this Saturday.

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Onam marks the solemnizing of Vamana avatara of Vishnu and the arrival of the mythical King Mahabali who Malayalees consider as their King. The festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam. It's also known to be a harvest festival. Like every other festival this one too is food centric. There's a huge vegetarian spread laid out which is known as Sadya. In our effort to bring in recipes to make your life easier and also to introduce you to new cuisine here's a three course Sadya menu designed especially for you.

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Yes, it's that time of the year again. When sisters eagerly wait for their brothers, to tie a Rakhi on their wrist and get the much deserved 'neg'. As any other festival in India, this one too is food centric. It's a day when the kitchen is bustling with energy and the choicest of food is being dished out. But wait, have you decided what to cook for your brother this Rakhi? If not, then we have a three course meal designed especially for you.

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With Raksha Bandhan and several other festivals just around the corner there is an atmosphere of cheer and togetherness in the air. You are probably planning a weekend dinner for extended family, or friends. This week we have a menu of North Indian recipes that will fit right into the festive mood and is perfect for you to serve to guests of all ages. It covers all the basics, a few zesty appetisers, lots of main course options including sabzi, dal, rice and parathas. And we have for you three desserts to choose from, because what’s a festival without indulging your sweet side?

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You can’t buy happiness but you can always buy food and it’s kind of the same thing. And my happiness comes from street food. No matter how much I care about my health, I can’t resist myself when I see these yummy chaats on the streets. Well, according to me street food is one of the best ways to experience the real cuisine and in turn, the culture of any community. We come across different types of street food in different cities which help us to know the culture better and more efficiently. We have different popular chaats from different cities, most popularly from Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata like Papdi Chaat & Dahi Puri from Mumbai, Dahi Bhalle & Aloo Tikkis from Delhi and lastly Shingara, Dohi Bora & Jhalmuri from Kolkata. The chaats are almost same but they are modified according to one’s taste and culture. With the rapid growth in the food industry, everyday something new comes up in the market and we as a consumer can’t resist to try that out.

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Asian food is probably one of our favourite kinds of food to eat, next only to Indian cuisine. It combines bold flavours, bright colours and a little bit of all the basic taste groups -- hot, sweet, spicy, tangy, salty -- perfectly. What's more, it features fresh vegetables, sprouts and tofu which give a whole range of textures and tastes. From crunch of appetisers like stir-fries and kimchi, to comforting curries with classic flavours like coconut milk and hot sauces with chilli and garlic to wake your senses up, we've picked a fine menu to kick off the #SaturdayNightDinner series. But that's not all, we end it all on a sweet note with a selection of desserts that are also inspired by Asian flavours and classic sweet treats.

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We’ve already told you how Pomegranate – this unassuming, delicate looking fruit is actually quite the superfruit. If that hasn’t convinced you enough to include it more often in your daily diet, we’ve got more inspiration!

Pomegranates are available right through the year, in India and when a single fruit can give you a healthy dose of antioxidants, phytochemicals, fruit fibres, vitamin C, vitamin B complex group, folates, pyridoxine and vitamin K, and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and manganese, there’s no reason why you’re not eating it everyday already. And before you get turned off by the idea of eating it in the plainest way possible, may we interest you in 7 ways to creatively use it in your food?

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If you are the kind of person who cannot kickstart your day without a daily dose of java, today is your day! It's National Coffee Day celebrated annually on 29th September across the USA. It is a day to celebrate the much loved beverage that was originally a morning drink, but has gradually become the fuel that keeps people going. Through days at work, long nights at the desk, for that 4 o clock energy spike or even just after a meal to round things off.

Coffee comes in many different kinds, flavours, preparations. No matter what your preferences are, here are three recipes from Archana's Kitchen that use coffee as a base, to make three classics that are universally loved. Try these today and you will wish every day were Coffee Day!

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