Boondi: The Rajasthani Drop-sized Gram Flour Balls Perfect for Both Sweet and Savoury Delicacies

Come Tuesday and our hearts can’t stop craving for the sweet boondis and boondi ke laddoo, especially the ones given as part of temple offerings. Said to have originated in Rajasthan, boondis are deep fried chickpea or gram flour droplets (boondi in Hindi means droplet), sweetened with syrup, and are an essential part of several auspicious occasions in many parts of northern India. Chef Sadaf Hussain, contestant of MasterChef India 2016 says, “The origin  can be traced to cities of Rajasthan where the locals used fried chickpea flour, and added sugar, to make it…

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Chana Dal, Keema, Curry Leaf Among Indian Words to Enter The Oxford English Dictionary: Twitter Is More Than Happy

The ninth edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary has over 900 news words and includes close to 240 words from Indian English. Interestingly, the cause of joy for India is the fact that a host of culinary terms and Hindi names of food items have also secured a place in the dictionary reflecting the popularity of Indian cuisine and a global understanding of indigenous cooking techniques and ingredients. Some of the words to have found a place in the mega-word bank includes items like Chana dal, curry leaf, keema…

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10 Best Chana Dal Recipes

While we were busy gorging on to our favourite dal-chawal at home, chana dal has entered amongst the many new entries into the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and we couldn’t be more excited. Chana and chana dalare considered to be staples in India, which can be used in interesting ways to make a range of regional delicacies. Chana dal is particularly popular in Eastern India, being a much-loved ingredient in Bengali cuisine. Chana dal and luchi are often relished as breakfast, or during puja functions. Chana dal is not only tasty, but also a super healthy way of adding proteins in your diet. Let…

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Give up these habits

1. Drinking more than 8 glasses of water daily: Research has proven that it’s more beneficial to drink water only when you are thirsty. Excess intake of water can often result in obesity, bloating, problems in digestion and skin problems. 2. Drinking only bottled water:Be it in a restaurant or while travelling, we reach out for the bottle of mineral water. Guess what? Bottled water isn’t that healthy. It does not contain fluoride and deficiency of fluoride can cause tooth decay. You can drink water from a purifier. 3. Make up…

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Why children of older fathers are smarter, more successful

Sons of older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, characteristics typically seen in “geeks’”, says a new study. While previous research has shown that children of older fathers are at a higher risk of some adverse outcomes, including autism and schizophrenia, the study published recently in Translational Psychiatry suggests that children of older fathers may also have certain advantages over their peers in educational and career settings. The researchers from King’s College London and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine…

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You can make your bones live after you

Rahul Sharma (name changed) teaches at Delhi University today thanks to a bone donor. He had lost a part of his thigh bone to cancer, and when the metal replacement became infected eight years later his only hope was a bone graft as he could not buy another implant for Rs 5 lakh. Sharma was lucky the bone bank at AIIMS–India’s first–had bone tissue when he needed it. In its 18-year existence the bank has got only 32 donations, and none at all in the past two years.The number of…

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