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  • Saltz: The ultimate seafood bonanza

    Many years ago, when Saltz first opened its doors, the seafood dining scene in Dhaka was more or less non-existent.

  • Summer drinks galore

    Beaches, fresh fruits, rain, and chilled drinks — all these draw up the perfect picture of summer. No matter how much we despise the gruelling heat, one cannot deny that we longingly look forward to these experiences during the hot and humid season. However, like everything else, summer comes with its own set of drawbacks.

  • 2019 Christmas Goodies

    Christmas Goodies

    It is Christmas eve today, and yet there are always those of us in a fix about buying presents for loved ones

  • Christmas Delights

    What’s better than the gifts you find under the Christmas tree on 25 December? The heavenly delights waiting on the dinner table, that’s what!

  • No toxic chemicals found in seasonal fruits: BSTI

    Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) submits a report to the High Court saying that it has recently tested seasonal fruits and found no health hazardous chemicals in them.

  • Fresh feastings

    Preheat the oven to 350 °F or 175 °C. Pour the chicken broth into a small roasting pan, and set aside.

  • Summer indulgence

    With the summer heat now an all too familiar situation, why not beat the heat by whipping up a seasonal raw mango juice? It is refreshing, and has enough electrolytes to keep you going throughout the hot days.

  • Black Cardamom

    Biting into one of these during meals has to be one of the worst feelings ever, yet it is found in pretty much every dish, sweet or savoury.

  • The bright side of dark chocolate

    Dating back to around 2000 BC, the chocolate we know and see today used to be consumed as a fermented drink with spices and wine. The chocolate we see neatly stacked in stores is the end result of numerous steps on the cacao pod.

  • Guilt free decadence

    Squeeze lemon juice over the bananas to keep them from browning. Coat bananas with the yoghurt; add cumin powder. Now mix and sprinkle the lightly toasted shredded coconut on top. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

  • The Salt Story

    Salt was once one of the most prized of all seasonings, as revealed in the expression “below the salt”- nobles, who sat at the head of the table (above the salt), were allowed to use salt, while lesser folk, sitting below the salt, had to rely on herbs to flavour their food.

  • Tandoors from all over the world

    Although most of the world knows the word 'Tandoor' by now, let me give a brief description of it, even if just to make this read a little more technically sound. A tandoor is a cylindrical clay oven used in cooking and baking. The tandoor is currently a very important fixture in many Indian restaurants around the world.

  • Classics with a modern twist!

    A contemporary fashion line that incorporates traditional wear with a classical touch, Manas showcases the Bengal heritage and traditions in bold and light colours for those who appreciate timeless classics.

  • Middle Eastern Drinks

    Wash the dates and remove their seeds. Take a blender, add the seedless dates, pistachio, sugar and a glass of milk. Blend well for few minutes. Add the rest of the milk, ice cubes and blend all the ingredients together for 3-4 minutes. Strain the milkshake and pour the shake into the glass. Serve chilled!

  • Country fruits

    In the current context, where food adulteration is a common phenomenon, perhaps consuming seasonal fruits, in their right season, is as safe as we can be from toxic chemical preservatives. They are also cheaper and as the years go round, makes sure that the taste buds don't get bored.

  • Salad leaves

    The best thing about salad leaves or lettuce, is that they are a universal favourite from children to the elderly of the family. And for some children, it is the only way to make them eat greens sans the coercion. Not only is this a super crunchy and juicy meal, but it is also packed with minerals and nutrients that our bodies need.

  • Go Organic

    Organic food refers to food products that are produced, prepared, and processed without the use of any chemicals. It prohibits the use of chemical pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or chemical preservatives. Organic livestock raised for meat, eggs, and dairy products must have access to the outdoors and be given organic feed. They may not be given antibiotics, growth hormones, or any animal by-products.

  • Got (plant) Milk?

    You need to unleash the mad scientist in you, and look at an ingredient in terms of how it “behaves” when tampered with, and not what it's called or what you are used to seeing it as. You want to mimic the smell, taste, and texture of your favourite dish, and when you find the winning combination of your plant-based ingredients to do just that, the end result is often better than the original! Let me clarify further.

  • Super Food Mushroom the fungi

    Super Food - Mushroom, the fungi

    Categorised as vegetable in stores and as fungi in books, mushrooms are what you make out of them. Most of us are accustomed to using mushrooms in numerous dishes, mostly as appetizers. But its huge array of health benefits are often overshadowed by its incredible taste.

  • Good old ginger

    Ginger, or the ginger root, which is the underground stem of the Zingiber Officinale plant, has been widely regarded as one of the super foods that can cure almost every ailment known to man. Is this a fact…or a myth?

  • Give peas a chance

    One of my earliest childhood recollections of Dhaka winters include peas. I can still remember that big, white, tin plate — one that was usually taken out after a big grocery haul — with blue flowers drawn on it.

  • Go nuts with almonds

    We all experience cravings and often end up snacking on unhealthy food. Almonds are not only a great snack, but also the most nutrition packed nuts of them all.

  • Healthy food for healthy hair

    Healthy food for healthy hair

    Several factors influence hair growth — genetics, age, hormones, and nutrients. Hair strands are basically made of protein and because of this, unless we consume foods high in nutritional content

  • cold food

    Fight the cold with food

    As the temperature continues to drop it becomes increasingly challenging to maintain a healthy diet, though we can try to enrich our menu with some winter friendly foods.

  • Flavours of Middle East

    Season the fish fillets with salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice and mustard. Keep in the chiller for 20 minutes, and mix flour in the bowl with little salt and pepper and water (it will have a slightly thick consistency when poured into a piping bag).

  • Garlic the Great!

    Garlic the Great!

    “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.

  • The Pomegranate: Seeds of Youth

    The pomegranate fruit has been prized in the Middle East for thousands of years for its huge array of benefits, not to mention the beauty of the jewel like kernels. And although it is a fruit we commonly consume here, we have not been very mindful of its immense nutritional value. It is time that we take the pomegranate seriously

  • Date back to the Ice Age

    “Life is an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts.”

  • A foodie's trekking guide to Banani and Gulshan

    Shawkat barely managed to clock in on time on Sunday. If only there was a way to take care of breakfast before coming to office. Brunch would not be bad either — he can make do with something hearty at around 11:30 AM.

  • Royal member of the paratha family

    Even as we know this, comprehending what this means is at times beyond us, and we can understand that from the foods we love.