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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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Yotam Ottolenghi’s chilli butter recipes

In cooking, as in life outside the kitchen, it’s the small touches that can make a big difference: that final drizzle of olive oil, for example, some finely grated lemon zest, a sprinkle of toasted seeds – those are the little gestures that go a long way to make a dish feel special. In a similar vein, the addition of a few chilli flakes to melted, slightly browned butter for drizzling over a plate of food is the culinary equivalent of turning up on the doorstep midweek with both arms…

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10 Best French Food Recipes

Talk about fine dining, and you almost immediately start picturing popular French dishes such as Cheese Soufflé, Duck a l’Orange or Tarte Tatin and Mille-Feuille plated beautifully, like pieces of art. Gastronomy as we know it today has stemmed from French cooking. But set aside the glitz and glamour, and you will discover that it is also a cuisine which celebrates ingredients for their true flavours, and culinary techniques that have the capability of creating magic on the plate. French food needs no introduction. For any aspiring cook, it is…

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5 Protein Shake Recipes That Don’t Require Any Protein Powder

A protein shake is an easy way to get more of the powerhouse nutrient in your diet. But maybe you’re bored with your go-to smoothie, or crave a blend of whole foods—no protein powder required. Enter recipe developer Pamela Braun: Her new book, High-Protein Shakes ($15; amazon.com), is a collection of 50 fresh, hunger-busting combinations. We chose five of our favorites, made with only real ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery or health food store (think Greek yogurt, quinoa, almonds, and hemp hearts). Each of the shakes below contains at least 22 grams…

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10 Best Low Calorie Recipes

If you’re trying to cut back, get in shape or simply eat healthy, you’re in the right place. Let’s get this straight, limiting your calories isn’t giving up but making more sensible choices. Low calorie doesn’t have to be low on flavour or taste. We’ll show you how to have all the fun without really overindulging. You should also know that going on a low calorie cannot be a long term solution. It can help you in reaching your goal but thereafter you will have to make a lifestyle switch…

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3 Yummy Blender Recipes That Will Help You Lose Weight

A self-proclaimed “blendacholic,” Tess Masters is obsessed with whipping up mouthwatering recipes full of the nutrients our bodies crave. “It’s the power of plants to energize and revitalize, in endless blended combs, that gets me most excited,” she writes in her latest cookbook, The Perfect Blend ($20, amazon.com), which features 100 vegan and gluten-free concoctions. And no, they aren’t all smoothies: Masters’ creative recipes run the gamut from sauces and salads to stews and burgers. Each includes “optional boosters” (for nutrition and flavor) that make it easy to tailor the blend to your own taste. Below, Masters…

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