Category "Body"

18Mar2019

‘Mummy, I don’t want salad. I wish you had ordered pizzas for dinner,’ complained Shruthi. Her brother, Samay, was staring at his salad with a disdainful look, then his expression changed as he noticed some baby potatoes in them. He nudged Shruthi and they both picked up a forkful of the salad and warily put it in their mouths. […]

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15Mar2019

Dhokla, a food item from the state of Gujarat, is made from a fermented batter of rice and split chickpeas. Pieces of green chilli, ginger and chopped coriander, and baking soda are added to the mixture and it is poured into a flat dish and steamed. Once the dish is ready, it is cut into pieces, tempered with mustard seeds cooked in hot oil and served. Some people also sprinkle sugar water over the dhokla to soften it. […]

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4Mar2019

Pachisi (also known as Ludo), is a game that originated in medieval India. Played on a board shaped like a symmetrical cross, the rules involve moving the players’ pieces move around the board, based upon a throw of six or seven cowrie shells. The number of shells resting with their aperture turned upwards indicate the number of spaces to move. […]

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9Jan2019

We are all familiar with cinnamon as a spice. It is used to flavour soups, salads, curries and desserts. Made from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree, it is scientifically called Cinnamomum. In Ancient Egypt, this spice was much treasured and treated as a gift fit only for kings. Like many other spices, cinnamon comes with its share of health benefits. This is mainly owing to the presence of cinnamaldehyde in it. Ten health benefits of cinnamon are listed here- […]

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8Jan2019

Mallakhamba or mallakhamb is like a cross between gymnastics and yoga postures, performed with vertical or hanging wooden pole, or rope. The name of this sport is derived from the words ‘malla’, which means ‘wrestler’ and ‘khamb’, which means ‘pole’, as the pole was typically used by wrestlers as a training tool to improve their flexibility, strength and agility. […]

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7Jan2019

A popular mealtime preparation in Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh, litti chokha refers to dough balls made from whole wheat flour that are stuffed with roasted chickpea flour (mixed with spices) and then baked over open fire, and then served with pickles, yoghurt, vegetable gravy or chicken curry. The baked wheat balls are known as ‘litti’, which ‘chokha’ is a vegetarian preparation made from roasted eggplant, tomato and potato, but the full name has stuck to the dish nonetheless. In recent times, due to the lack of open fires, the litti is often as well. […]

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20Dec2018

Avial is a popular dish of South Indian origin. It is a thick mixture of vegetables and grated coconut, and is seasoned with curry leaves sautéed in coconut oil. Avial is an essential part of the ‘Sadya’, the multiple-course vegetarian meal served during the festival of Onam in Kerala. […]

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19Dec2018

Langdi Taang is a traditional Indian sport that is similar to hopscotch. It is a team sport played between two sides, with 12 players a side, and three extra players. A match lasts 36 minutes, and is played in four innings of nine minutes each. The team that wins the toss defends. The chasing team sends chasers who hop on one foot and try to tag the defenders. The chasers can step out of the ground as long as they keep on one foot. The defenders are declared out if they step out of the ground or commit a line fault. The team that tags most defenders is declared the winner. […]

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18Dec2018

Coriander is known as a spice used extensively in the kitchen. It is used as an ingredient in various dishes and as a garnish for salads and soups. But do you know the several health benefits of this wonderful spice? A few of them have been listed here- […]

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23Nov2018

Turmeric is a root belonging to the ginger family. It is an imperative part of every kitchen as it is a staple in many recipes that are of Indian origin. It is bright orange to yellow in colour, has a heady fragrance and an earthy taste. […]

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22Nov2018

Gilli Danda is a game played mostly in rural areas. It is said to have originated in India around 2,500 years ago. The game is played with two sticks: a large one called a danda, which is used to hit a smaller one called the gilli. It is also known as ‘Tipcat’ (in English). […]

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21Nov2018

Makki di roti is a flat, unleavened bread made corn meal. It is similar to the tandoori roti, which is made from wheat flour, but is cooked on a heated pan or tava instead of a tandoor. […]

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27Oct2018

Fenugreek, from the plant family Fabaceae, is grown world-wide. It is consumed both in its leaf form and seed form. Fenugreek, for thousands of years, has been used in alternative medicine. To Indians, fenugreek seed is a vital kitchen ingredient and is used to enhance the flavour of many dishes. These miraculous seeds are loaded with nutrition. They are known to complete our daily requirements of fibre, protein, carbs, manganese, iron and magnesium when included in our daily diet. In addition to contributing to our nutrition, fenugreek seeds also contribute to the following health benefits: […]

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26Oct2018

Goli or kancha is a popular outdoor game played with a set of coloured glass marbles. The objective of the game is to use one’s own marble and ‘capture’ as many other pieces as possible. The player with the most number of marbles by the end of the game is the winner. In some cases, the other players have to surrender their own marbles to the winner. […]

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26Oct2018

Puran poli is a sweet flatbread, wherein the bread – made with flour (plain or wheat flour, with gram flour added in) – is stuffed with a mixture made from chana dal (split yellow gram), jaggery, ghee, water and seasoning (cardamom or nutmeg powder). Variations include the use of chopped nuts or grated coconut in the stuffing. The rolled bread is cooked on a hot pan with a bit of oil or ghee added to make it crispy on the outside. […]

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