• Mon, Jan 23, 2017
  • Mappila magic from Calicut

    Updated: Jan, 22, 201706:15 PM

    The Mappilas are the descendants of communities of Arab traders, who had come to Kerala. These Arabs were primarily from the Hadramawt valley of Yemen. The Mappilas are believed to be the first...
    Mappila magic from Calicut
    The trade of Arabs in the Malabar Coast prospered due to the rich availability of pepper and other spices from its land. With many other factors, the support they got from local Hindu rulers helped them to establish a monopoly in the commercial activities in the Indian Ocean. The Malabari Muslims of Calicut have a cuisine that is still distinctly influenced by their Arab ancestors. Moplahs are North Kerala’s Malabari Muslims. Moplah cuisine has a great deal in common with food elsewhere in Kerala in its excessive use of coconut and coconut oil and in its dependence on rice as the staple item of food. The Arab influence is evident, in some of the dishes like alisa, wholesome wheat and meat porridge and the stuffed chicken. The famous biryani must have been brought from Samarkand by the Mughals and the indigenous Muslim rulers of Arcot and...
  • New menu review: New year, new menu and new dining experience New menu review: New year, new menu and new dining experience
    Updated: Jan, 22, 201701:34 PM

    The introduction of a new menu usually happens as the seasons change or to ring in festive occasions like Christmas. However, this time around, there are a few restaurants which have gone one step...

  • Tri-colour on your plate Tri-colour on your plate
    Updated: Jan, 22, 201701:27 PM

    With the Republic Day around the corner, ignite the patriotic foodie in you. Take your celebrations to a new level with these fun tri-colour recipes

  • Dig into desserts without counting calories Dig into desserts without counting calories
    Updated: Jan, 21, 201703:29 PM

    Are you a die-hard fan of desserts but the rise in calorie count is stopping you from digging into them?

  • Transform meal with bespoke menu and single malt Transform meal with bespoke menu and single malt
    Updated: Jan, 20, 201705:06 PM

    Under an open sky on a cold winter night, warmed by a coal-fired brazier and sipping a Glenfiddich 21, one could almost hear a piper play.

  • Drinking a cup of coffee daily may help you live longer Drinking a cup of coffee daily may help you live longer
    Updated: Jan, 19, 201712:46 PM

    Coffee lovers, we've got good news for you! A new study claims that drinking a cup of coffee everyday may help you live longer than those who don't drink coffee.

  • Delhi Cocktail Week returns with second edition Delhi Cocktail Week returns with second edition
    Updated: Jan, 17, 201703:20 PM

    Award-winning cocktails from some of the city's best bars to bartender cocktail competitions -- there will be all this and more at the second edition of Delhi Cocktail Week, which begins here on...

  • Eating red chilli may help you live longer Eating red chilli may help you live longer
    Updated: Jan, 15, 201709:33 AM

    Wish to live longer? Eating hot red chilli peppers with cholesterol lowering properties may help, researchers say.

  • Fruits are a natural source for enhancing beauty Fruits are a natural source for enhancing beauty
    Updated: Jan, 14, 201702:13 PM

    With a host of vitamins anti-oxidant properties, as also some essential minerals in their natural form, fruits are a natural source for enhancing beauty -- inner and outer.

  • Eating blue maize may reduce BP, cholesterol, fat Eating blue maize may reduce BP, cholesterol, fat
    Updated: Jan, 13, 201705:52 PM

    Consuming blue maize may help prevent metabolic syndrome - a cluster of conditions that includes high blood pressure and blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol, a study...