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#DurgaPuja2015

Ya devi sarbabhuteshshu, SAKTI rupena sanksthita Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namo Namaha Very very soon, the radio is gonna go abuzz with these heavy words from an even heavier throat. That time of the year is here. The new clothes smell so good, so fresh and so pretty. We as a community are gearing up to welcome Ma Durga to come visit us for 5 days. Festivities would start. There will be songs and dances. There will be drama enactments. There will be a lot of nice things to eat. There will not be calorie consciousness. There will be 5 days

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Restaurant Review: Range De Basanti Dhaba – Tradition with a touch of Modernity

In Kolkata, many places have reinvented themselves in different styles just to mollify the customers’ changing tastes and to catch up with the trend. This time I chose to visit a new joint that has almost reinvented itself and also its passion for food. Earlier known as the AHD in Sector V, Salt Lake, is now renamed Rang De Basanti Dhaba (RDBD), after its very successful original version at neo-Punjabi land Gurgaon. The joint is almost a replica of the one that is located in Gurgaon. At the entrance, the real Punjabi emblem—a life size tractor—creates an impression, replicating itself

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Restaurant Review: The Royal Bengal Tiger Cafe; Tiger Burning Bright

Bengalis simply love their food and they know how to enjoy it as well. Needless to say they have their unique ways to relating to food as well. Whether it is through their mother or grandmother’s secret recipes, folklore, geographical barriers, aromatic associations or even through the growls of a Bengal tiger! Interesting right! Well the latest kid on the block, the Royal Bengal Tiger Café, dedicated to creating awareness about the endangered species is a place worth visiting. The décor of the café is worth mentioning. Trust me you would be worth entertained as you step into this café.

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निरुपम ब्रांड पोहे विद स्लिम टी: ‪#‎बैचलर्सकिचन‬ की खास पेशकश

हॉस्टल में चेकिंग की खबर फैलते ही लोगबाग अपने इलिगल गेस्ट( अतिथि के लिए इससे अपमानजनक शब्द शायद ही धरती पर हो), गर्लफ्रेंड, असली( अश्लील) साहित्य, इधर-उधर फैली चड्डी समेटने, छुपाने, भगाने में लग जाते और इधर हम अपना कूकर-कडाही और चूल्हा. हमें एक-एक आलमारी मिली हुई थी. ज्यादातर की आलमारी में मंहगे कपड़े,परफ्यूम, सर्टिफिकेट होते और सबसे निचले हिस्से में खास फ्रैंड की दी हुई चीजें..कई महीने के सूखे गुलाब, टेडीवियर, कॉफी मग, आर्ट पेपर लिखी कविता आदि-आदि.. मेरी आलमारी में भी यही सारी चीजें होंती बस नीचे का हिस्सा बाकियों से बिल्कुल जुदा होता. नीचे होती हल्दी-नमक,धनिया पाउडर,

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अचारी आलू विद सरसों ब्रिंजल: ‪#‎बैचलर्सकिचन‬ स्पेशल

इससे पहले कि प्याज-टमाटर-खीरा बैचलर्स किचन से बिछुड़कर दिल्ली सरकार और मदर डेयरी के सस्ते दाम पर पाएं टाइप के बैनरों में कैद हो जाएं, मेरी बड़ी इच्छा थी कि ये मेरी नजरों के सामने राजकपूर-नरगिस मिलाप करें. एक-दूसरे को टूटकर हग करें. सो हमने आज सैलेड को जान तेरे नाम टाइप से सजाया. अचारी आलू बनाने में मेहनत थोड़ी ज्यादा पड़ गयी. रेस्तरां में आमतौर पर जिस बेहूदगी से टमाटर उबालकर और प्याज कच्चा ही पीसकर ग्रेवी बनाते हैं, लगता है इनदोनों की टोपी सरेआम उछाली जा रही हो. हमने पहले इसे बिल्कुल गुलाबी होने तक भूना, उसके बाद मिक्सी

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Restaurant Review: Mrs. Magpie Café & Bakery  

The newest kid on the block, Mrs. Magpie Café & Bakery has already created ripples in the city’s café and bakery scene. If you are the kind of foodie who prefers to consume cakes, pastries and other such stuff, then do visit Mrs. Magpie Café & Bakery in south Kolkata. It is really not the kind of place that you simply enter. You reach, admire the place and then enter. The 21-seater café is the brainchild of Sohini Basu, an alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu, London. As you enter, you are welcomed by nice subtle pink and light green colours.

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Traditional Bangaliana – Rui Maachher Kalia

Bengalis know their fish like no one else. Being a Bengali myself, how can I restrain myself from not having fish? So, this time I got some rui maachh (rohu fish) and concocted up some yummy kalia. Here’s a look at the fish kalia recipe. Ingredients Rui Fish/Rui Mach – 500 grms cut into medium sized pieces Potatoes – 3 large, cut into long thick slices (many prefer to dice it in round shapes even) Tomato – 2 medium sized finely chopped Onion – 1 & Ginger paste – 1 tbsp Garlic – 2 to 3 cloves Jeera – ½ tsp

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बासी ब्रेड के गर्मागर्म तेरी गलियां वाले ताजे पराउंठे: बैचलर्स किचन की जुगाड़ू लंच

घर में एक चुटकी आटा न हो और बाहर छज्जा छलनी करनेवाली ऐसी बारिश हो रही हो कि आप पानी से कहीं ज्यादा स्मृतियों में भींग जाने से डर रहे हों तो अपनी लापरवाही और कमचोट्टेपन को क्रिएटिविटी में बदल डालिए. फ्रीज में ठीक से नजर डाले बिना आप जो धकाधक ब्राउन ब्रेड लाकर ठूंसे जाते हैं तो एक बार चेक कीजिए कि दो-दो,एक-एक करके कितनी सारी ब्रेड उसमे है. ज्यादा नहीं, उनमे से चार ब्रेड निकाल लें. छोटे-छोटे टुकड़े करके मिक्सर-ग्राइंडर पॉट में डाल लें और तीस सेकण्ड तक के लिए स्विच ऑन रखें. आप देखेंगे कि ब्रेड बिल्कुल

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Eat and shop your heart out at Feast, Sheraton Bengaluru

Sheraton is famously known to come up with innovative offerings and ideas. Their latest brainchild Feast, the Signature multi-cuisine all day dining restaurant at Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway is a one of its kind experience. Personalized interactive dining experience with live cooking stations, mini floating kitchens and Individual counters and open kitchens cater to the varied palate of the guests. This offers a complete family experience having a chilled out weekend over the brunch. The restaurant area ambiance is both futuristic and contemporary and does have good aesthetics. The icing of the cake is a array of exotic

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‘Decoding the Kulfi’ at Barbeque Nation

Summer is the season for having cool things and what better way than trying out 800 exotic varieties of Kulfi. Barbeque Nation, one of the most successful casual dining restaurants in India, has embarked on a new journey with its patrons by introducing a special ‘Kulfi Nation’ experience zone. The one thing I found really cool was how much effort the team at Barbeque Nation had put to select Kulfi as the new offering and serving it with a twist. Lots of Permutations and Combinations of Kulfi base with toppings can lead to some exotic flavors. Paan Kulfi Paan Kulfi

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