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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ripe Banana vs Plantain?

Did you know that the nutritional value of food changes as they mature? Banana is one of the most valuable and nutritious food in the world.

The banana is special because it is the most calorie food that exists after the avocado. They are rich in carbohydrates and athletes often use it to recuperate quickly.

Moderate consumption of banana is highly recommended for balanced diets. Despite their high sugar content, it contains only fat and is high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, especially potassium latter.

But ... What is the difference between a green plantain and other mature? In the amount of carbohydrates containing a green bananas are approximately 80% starch and 7% sucrose. This high starch content is very interesting for your body because it is beneficial to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and blood sugar control.

As the starch is converted to sugar and banana flavor matures obviously be sweetened. When the crop is mature, containing 90% sucrose and 5% starch. Our body easily assimilates sucrose, so eating ripe banana is an ideal way to get energy quickly. In addition to all the properties listed at the beginning of the post, this type of banana also produces antioxidants and is much more effective than green bananas to strengthen the immune system.

Krissia Coach recommends you eat this fruit when it is ripe, since it has more benefits for your body, and to take advantage of all its nutrients do not store in the refrigerator and once peeled the rapidly consume.

Therefore, this special add to your diet without any fear and fruit ... Say yes to being!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Handpicked Vegetarian Restaurants in Dubai

Yea. I am trying to be a vegetarian for some time. Found time to visit few restaurants in Dubai to try some different and authentic vegetarian delicacies. I am a hardcore non-veg eater but after visiting all these places I felt like I am falling in love with vegetarian food. Here comes my personal favourites.

1. Rasoi Ghar

A hidden gem! First impressions... It is packed! I do not exaggerate when I say that there were hoards of families just waiting and waiting for a table.

Good ambience and good food. It's a Thali concept restaurant with Gujarati and Rajasthani food. Reasonably priced at AED 45. Along with a wide variety of everything what you will love is the staff. Right from the hostess to the servers, they are all pleasant and love to feed you . So if you have a big appetite and do not have much time to waste . This place is a must try. They are all proactive and you will be done before you know it.

We started off with a glass of jaljeera followed by a platter of snacks! Which consisted of a cheese cutlet, a spicy Dhokla and Dahi Vada. We all left with a belly full and a craving for our beds!!

All in all - great place; great place... You will leave with satisfaction.

Visited this place for my friend's birthday dinner. We usually go to pasta and burger points but we decided to eat healthy this time. It was a wednesday and even though it was a weekday, the menu was wonderful. We got served with palak pakoda, masala dhokla and dal baati churma. Dal baati churma was out of the world.

Main course was delicious. My favourite were paneer rassawala and gatte ki subji. We were served with bakhri along with butter and gudh. A complete rajasthani touch.

Coming to the service, the waiters had a warm welcome and insisted on serving more. One of the waiters got us a bowl of shrikhand even though it was not a part of the menu. A very friendly staff i must say.

2. Chaat Bazaar

So after placing this particular chaat place on my bookmark for long, decided to visit on Thursday. Good food and service. The only downside being lack of seating. The inside seating cannot be called a seating as its just 3 teeny tiny tables with chairs and you get suffocated after a point. 

The outside tables and chairs are too out in the open with people walking up and down and staring at your food. The saving grace was definitely the food. The pani puri was wow. Lovely, crispy, fresh puris with hot ragada and spicy cold pani, yummm and melt in the mouth. My kiddo had the sookha bhel which was perfection with the perfect spice and the little raw mango bits giving it the perfect amount of oomph. 

We were happy and decided to go in for the asli vada pav and the Amul butter pav bhaji. Both the dishes deserve a standing ovation. The masala tea was too sweet for my liking but as i said we did come out happy.

3. Vega by Puranmal

Puranmal is a household name amongst Indians in Dubai. Vega by Puranmal takes it up a notch with vegetarian fine dining. We ordered the dine in Thali, paneer Tikka Masala, Masala dosa and Dal Makhani with a roti basket. The taste of food was awesome and the quantity good enough. I particularly liked the ambience of the restaurant with very traditional interiors and old hindi music. Definitely a place which will be frequently visited by families.

A great mix of awesome Bur Dubai desi food with the awesome ambience of Jumeirah. Dosas are great, so is the chaat, and the Karak Chai. If you really want to indulge, you have to try their Grilled sandwiches. Just YUM. Service is ok not the best and that has more to do with them being short staffed rather than the attitude of the waiters. So I'm not complaining about that. They also have a valet parking service.

4. Woodlands Restaurant

Woodlands is one of the most amazing places for great south Indian food. Its a tiny restaurant located in Karama, it attracts a lot of people craving a great south Indian meal and it gets really busy on the weekends, they are known for authentic vegetarian food that consists of dosas, idlis and many other classic mouth watering south Indian dishes, when I visited them I had the Masala Dosa which was huge, lets just say that the quality and quantity speak volumes and the food is absolutely scrumptious. 

If you are looking for a hearty meal and are craving south Indian food this is the place to go to. Don't expect a five star reception or anything fancy, the place is quaint and it's hidden gem. The food is brilliant and after you finish you need to have a filter coffee as it's the icing on top of an already delicious cake. 

I recommend this place to all the vegetarians it's really great and definitely good for seconds and thirds! Great food. Only down side is the parking it's a bit hard to find parking but it's worth it.

5. Maharaja Bhog

Want to have a royal experience? Then this is the right place. The ambience, the staff, the food, the service; all gives you a royal feeling. We had been here on a friday afternoon. We had the thali and it had so many items and was unlimited. The dish names i dont remember but all I know is that they were tasty. 

They had an amazing dal, some curry made of curd, potato curry (little on the sweeter side, yet yummy!), something with paneer, two more curries, poori, rotis, raita, chutney,pickle and 3 types of sweet. The best was the dish made of papad. It was papad broken into small pieces,mixed with some spices and groundnuts. Amazing it was!!!

Best part of this royal treatment is t he way they make you wash your hands before and after the meal. 

6. Ottimo

Festive reasons lead me to this place since I had no option but to eat veg. I would say this is one of the very few excellent veg dining places where I wouldn't mind going again, considering such a hard core chicken lover foodie that I am.

The server was very welcoming.

We ordered 3 starters because of a colleague's recommendation ( who said I would be full with the starters). We ordered nachos el classico. This came with a salsa dip, guacamole and sour cream as a side dip. However, this did not have cheddar cheese on the nachos, instead had a cheesy sauce which was innovative and delicious. Cheese and jalapeno poppers were filled with a cheesy filling obviously, but the outer crust would be better if it was little crispier. 

None the less, wasn't bad. Milano wedges was my favorite of all the things that I ordered. Sadly, couldn't finish it. I would specially recommend it to all the cheese lovers, it was a mix of arabiatta and cheesy alfredo like sauce, the balance of this was magical.

7. Shree Gangour

This place is good for lip-smacking Chaats and quick bites. They have a huge variety of Bengali sweets and cakes available.

We started off with Pani puri, the puris were stuffed with spicy aloo masala, it was mouth-watering. Club Kachori was absolutely delicious; it consists of mini-puris served with aloo ki sabzi. Make sure you try this! Chinese Samosa was fresh especially, the outer layer was crispy and the inside filling consists of noodles and veggies, which tasted really good. I personally loved Jumbo Grill Sandwich, it had 2 layers of veggies and stuffed with cheese. It was huge and filling too!

Coming to sweets, their Lachha Rabdi with mini Jalebis is to die for.

Overall it’s a nice place to enjoy with your family and friends. The prices are affordable and quantity of the food is quite decent. However, they need to improve on their service.

8. Kamat

Another vegetarian gem discovered, thanks to the vegetarian Tuesdays. Read the reviews on Zomato and decided to give it a go. Clearly they know their food and the taste quite well.

Probably the only restaurant in Dubai that serves Aamras Puri, not fresh Aamras, but tasted awesome. Apart from Aamras, ordered Vada Pav and Andhra Masala Dosa, even these turned out be good. The only improvement would be to ask the servers to smile while serving or taking orders.

Highly recommend!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Quick Hangover Remedies You Didn't Know

Conventional wisdom holds that the dehydration caused by heavy drinking is what makes you feel so sick the next day. In fact, experts actually know very little about what causes a hangover. Potential culprits include disrupted biological rhythms or even alcohol withdrawal, and research suggests that congeners—toxic substances found in alcohol, especially dark liquors such as whiskey—may also play a role. Nevertheless, replacing the fluid you've lost will likely help you feel a little less miserable.

Here is the list of food you can consume when you are feeling the hangover.

1. Pears

According to many researchers, pears are the best cure for a hangover.

That's right, the severity of a morning hangover is reduced by between 16 and 21 per cent if pear juice was drank before the night out, according to the guys 'n' gals in white coats.

2. Coconut water

Sugary sports drinks can do a workout more harm than good, but such is not the case with a killer hangover. Reach for a Gatorade or similar beverage to restore liquids and electrolytes stat. Even better, pop open a juice box of coconut water, which has five of the electrolytes found in human blood, while most sports drinks only have two.

3. Ginger or peppermint tea

For a soothing brew, look no further than granny’s favourite herbal tea. Studies show that ginger tea can reduce nausea and motion sickness . Peppermint tea (a common morning sickness cure for pregnant ladies) can also ease stomach pain and decrease nausea .

4. Bananas, Kiwi, Spinach and Potassium rich food

These brightly coloured fruits and veggies are loaded with potassium, an important electrolyte that is often depleted due to alcohol’s diuretic effect. When you are drinking you will find yourself making regular trips to the bathroom, due to the fact that alcohol’s a diuretic. When you are urinating a lot you will lose more potassium than normal. Lower potassium levels contribute to tiredness, nausea and weak limbs, all symptoms of a hangover. 

To tackle this eat foods that are good sources of potassium. Two cheap, easy to find examples you might already have in your kitchen are bananas and kiwi fruits.

Baked potatoes, leafy greens, mushrooms, and dried apricots are also good sources of potassium.
Sports drinks are often good sources of potassium.

5. Tomatoes

Leave the Bloody Mary, take the tomato juice. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the body . Tomatoes also contain fructose and vitamin C to give the liver a boost.

6. Have a bowl of cereal.

If the thought of eggs makes your stomach turn, try a bowl of fortified breakfast cereal. Wholegrain cereal is preferable, as it will have more vitamins and nutrients.

7. Crackers

Like toast, crackers are dry and bland, so they’ll also have a positive effect on the blood sugar and your stomach. Avoid crackers with too much salt or flavourings since those might irritate your stomach. Instead, stick to plain crackers with little or no salt.


Yea... you will be desperate to get out of the hangover mood. You might try many things. but here is a list of stuff to avoid.

1. Greasy food. 

Contrary to popular knowledge, heading to the local greasy spoon is not a great hangover cure. A large, fatty meal is better at preventing a hangover than curing one. Chowing down on a big burger before the liquor starts flowing can help insulate the stomach, preventing alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream . A fried feast the morning after can actually irritate a sensitive stomach, so leave the basket of fries for later.

2. Hair of the dog. 

This wacky expression comes from aNorwegian folk saying that claims the best cure incorporates the substance that did the damage in the first place. Scandinavian wisdom aside, boozing in the morning is not the solution to a hangover. An alcoholic beverage can help take the edge off in the morning, but it will further dehydrate the body and lead to even worse hangover symptoms later in the day.

3. Coffee. 

Zero energy, pounding head… sounds like the right time for a cup of Joe. Nope! Like alcohol, coffee is a diuretic, so that latte will only dehydrate the body even more. Coffee is a vasoconstrictor — a substance that causes blood cells to swell — so a morning espresso will only take a headache to the next level. To feel better, stick to caffeine-free options like herbal tea, juice, or plain old H20.

4. Orange juice. 

A glass of this mellow drink may help you rise and shine during the week, but lay off the OJ after a night on the town. Sour citrus like orange and grapefruit can irritate an already sensitive stomach.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The world's 6 most favourite cocktails - Illustrated

This week we are introducing 6 of the world's most popular cocktails, Illustrated.  Tell us what are your favourite cocktails and we will show you them illustrated. Have a look..

1. Margarita

This is a Mexican cocktail made with tequila, lime juice and triple sec, usually served with salt on the glass edges. However the history of the name of Margarita cocktail is as inaccurate. There are several legends about it, the most famous being that of Danny Baljeique (a known French barman who worked in the bar of the Hotel and Casino Riviera del Pacifico), who was completely in love with Marjorie King, an American actress who hated taking pure tequila it is customary among Mexicans. The tequila was both the only liquor that his body tolerated. So, intending to woo her, Baljeique using their ingenuity, combined to achieve satisfying flavors Marjorie, and finally came up with one of the most popular drinks in the world.

2. Daiquiri

It is a kind of cocktail made ​​from white rum and Mexican lime juice or lime. Daiquiri name comes from a beach near Santiago de Cuba and an iron mine in the area. The cocktail would have been invented by an American engineer working in the mine, Jennings Cox, who shaped the drink when he ran gin and had to entertain a guest in their country. Fearful of local rum serve to dry, Cox added lemon juice and sugar to improve taste. It was a mining engineer of Italian origin who shared duties with Cox, Giacomo Pagliuchi, then captain of the Liberation Army, who was commissioned to baptize this cocktail and daiquiri. The drink does not really spread until 1909, when Admiral Lucius W. Johnson, a doctor from the United States Navy, tasted the drink and introduced to the Club of the Army and Navy, Washington, DC. Already in 1913, at the bar of the Hotel Plaza in Havana, the Spanish bartender Emilio Gonzalez also offers its customers daiquiri. The daiquiri became popular with the passage of time, becoming one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway, honor client El Floridita, one of the most famous bars in Havana, where he currently is a statue of the writer.

3. Martini

As king of the cocktail, they attributed several origins. That of a French bartender named Martini, who used the Noilly-Prat vermouth, made in Marseille. It is also located in New York, in the Kilmanac hotel, which was created for the billionaire Rockefeller one day there was no appetite. Or perhaps, it was in San Francisco, where a bartender was in the habit of putting their creations the name of the person who prepared the cocktail; one day the customer went so fast from his canteen, who could only know that he had embarked for the nearby town of Martinez, who pronounced in English is like Martini, and as for Dry, it has proven. True or not, it does not matter; what is certain is that in Martinez small village of San Francisco Bay, would claim the paternity of the combined and every year in spring celebrations held in honor of Dry Martini. Strong, dry sour taste and touch. Only suitable for fans of gin. Exceptional as an aperitif, but tasted at all times for their lovers.

4. Caipirinha

It is a Brazilian cocktail consisting of rum, lime, sugar and ice. It usually presents with straws, because the secret is in the caipirinha drink the liquid from the bottom of the container, because all the lime juice and sugar is situated at the bottom and will gradually mixing with rum. Without drinking straw is not recommended because the taste is not the same, above all rum it is undiluted and is quite strong.

5. Bloody Mary

This cocktail of unpleasant name (translated would be Bloody Mary) is well known when it comes to reduce the hangover. And it is that their properties, a good Bloody Mary will help bring better hangover of alcohol you've drunk the day before. The Bloody Mary is one of the most drunk cocktails in America. However, no one knows for sure how her story began. They say that in Paris, an American named Petiot mixed vodka and tomato juice in equal parts. It was the 20s and 10 years later, in New York, at the King Cole St. Regis Hotel, the Bloody Mary was added pepper, lemon and tabasco sauce Perrins.

6. Mint Julep

The mint julep is traditionally made ​​with four ingredients: mint, bourbon, sugar and water. Spearmint is used traditionally (mint) in the southern United States, especially in Kentucky. The origins of mint julep are weak and can not reach never known. His first appearance in the print media was in a book by John Davis published in London in 1803, where he was described as "a dram of spirituous liquor that bears mint inside, taken by the people of Virginia in the morning." However, Davis did not specify whether the bourbon was the liquor used. The mint julep emerged in the southern United States, probably during the eighteenth century. Kentucky Senator Henry Clay took the drink to Washington DC, the Round Robin Bar's famous Willard Hotel during his stay in the city.

Illustrations by Alexas

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Weekend With Home Chefs #4 - Melissa Martins

Once again Chef’s Special series, introducing Melissa Martins from Vasco De Gama, Goa a culinary expert and pastry chef bringing baking to life … from developing and inventing recipes to sampling some of the finest ingredients, confections, spices and sweets, there is, admittedly, much to love about a gig like this….

Introduce yourself – tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Melissa Martins. My little home enterprise named after my daughter RENEES GOODIES specializes in baking and cooking varied types of cuisines. I am based in Vasco da Gama, Goa but my unequaled palate of sight, taste, and touch has been displayed through my creativity in baking and cooking enabling me to cater across Goa. I am a passionate foodie who loves cooking and baking, with a mix of creativity and talent , the food business has become a full time career spanning a spectre of 20 years.. I specialize in wedding cakes, traditional Goan food etc. ensuring every event that I cater to is an unique experience with a sense of style. I also conduct cooking/baking classes adding value to children’s lives.

Where does your passion for cooking come from?

I was passionate about food as a child and used to experiment a lot in my teenage years.
I usually experimented with recipe books and magazines that ran food columns. In summary, I would have to say that the world of cuisine and pastry intrigued me as early as I can recall. The passion in serving a dish, creativity, and fusion of flavors have always sparked my interest, captivated my thoughts, and inspired my dream of being what I am today.

Where do you get your recipe inspiration from?

Documented in a book my mother’s recipes who is also a great cook though she worked from 0900 to 1700, she was very enthusiastic about cooking for the family. After marriage I picked up some great recipes from my mother in law who herself is amazing home chef. I never gave up cooking and baking which is my passion now, adding on flavors’ with exotic varieties in food especially Goan traditional recipes and making a difference to the place I come from - Goa, land of love and sunshine.

Any ingredients you can’t stand? As well, which one you can’t do without?

One ingredient I somehow avoid in my cooking for no apparent reason is the tomato.
I cannot do without my ginger garlic paste.

Are there any cooking techniques, dishes or styles that particularly intimidate you or are there any which you're yet to try?

One cooking technique I find intimidating is deboning fish.

Share your worst cooking nightmare. Any epic recipe failure?

My worst failure was a recent disaster in the kitchen while making mango jam something went terribly turned out stone hard.

What’s the most adventurous dish you’ve ever eaten?

Cooking live crabs is an adventure in the kitchen. The process begins with a crab or two scampering around the kitchen sink, alive and well and looking angry (or maybe that is just my imagination running wild).

How did your cooking change your life?

Cooking changed my life forever when I delivered my first order. I was the golden jubilee celebration of my school, St Theresa’s High School, Vasco Da Gama. Felt honored to attend to the function with pride being by Alma Mater. My career began with baking celebration cakes and extended into catering snacks for various festive occasions. The turning point was the triumphant event whereby I leaped with success catering to a thousand people at the school golden jubilee celebration. What an absolute privilege it was to cook for such an esteemed function.

Cooking is my passion. A life time is not enough to learn and master every aspect of it.

What is your message to our readers, food lovers and aspiring chefs ?

Work hard , focus, get the job done perfectly and enjoy the experience. My message to all foodie food lovers and aspiring chefs would be to eat one must kill.

The late Craig Claiborne once wrote, “Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food.”

We will come back with another interview with one of the best home chefs next week.

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