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  • Summer Salads

    There’s something comforting about salads. Before rolling those eyes, hear me out first. Nothing made me happier during my grad-school days than a large bucket of salad to chomp away while working in the laboratory, or late nights in the library. It was the combination of the cucumbers, nuts,

  • Sharmila BasuThakur — the legend

    Working with lifestyle journalism for over five years now, I believe I can confess to falling in love with the entire set-up. Some may abruptly brush off this special sort of reporting as laid-back, all about fluff and fleeting, but I contend to reason otherwise.

  • Dina’s Table

    There’s something about faluda. Cooling, perfumed, and creamy – it is both indulgent and nourishing; although the latter part may be only minimal, and it always reminds me of Ramadan and Eid.

  • The grand Eid feast

    A common dish from Kerala and easy to prepare. Perfect for vegans. It is a rich, creamy dish that goes great with polao or parathas.

  • Light bright summer delight

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  • Exotic soups for iftar

    You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who does not appreciate a good soup. If you are thinking of a food for every mood, be it in sickness or in health, then you are thinking of good soup. From the staple chicken soup to the default order of Thai soup at any restaurant, there is just about something for everyone.

  • Jali Kabab

    Dina’s Table

    Dhaka is famous for its Mughal rooted dishes, and the famous jali kebab has become a firm favourite across the country. Ramadan is meant to be a time of restraint, but dusk inevitably brings forth the feasting, and my table is never complete without a fried item or two! I’ve diverted from the classic red meat variety

  • Comfort Food

    10 minute recipes

    The weather is getting warmer, and the patience to stay in the kitchen is getting thinner. So here are some quick recipes for Ramadan that can be prepared beforehand for sehri or iftar.

  • MASHED

    Bhorta is just another staple for Bengalis, and one that makes us say ‘No’ to even rich delicacies — polau, korma, kachchi, or otherwise. Bhortas come in various forms, each indigenous to the localities, cultural variations, and the supply of produces, because the ingredients of a bhorta should be as fresh as possible.

  • Icy treats for the summer

    Let's ring in the summer with natural vitamins and minerals presented as yummy, healthy and addictive dishes, much needed to combat the scorching heat. Goodbye winter wonderland and take that, summer!

  • Shumona's after work cooking

    I am a working mother and I find cooking therapeutic and often take refuge in cooking to bring balance to my life and work. I try to use easy to get ingredients, and cook those in a healthy way, with spending as little time as possible.

  • Hello Honey

    You never fail to hear about all the adversities related to consuming refined sugar, which has created a large demand for the artificial kinds, which itself, is not much healthier. There is, however, a natural sweetener with more benefits than one can list; honey.

  • Cheesy affairs

    Serious cheese lovers will tell you that it is best to enjoy this creamy addictive versatile cheese on its own, but truth of the matter is that there is nothing wrong with changing things up a bit now then. Check out new ways to enjoy local cheese with these recipes.

  • Four delicious dairy dishes

    Dairy is an important element of a balanced diet. In fact, it's at one of the top tiers of the healthy food pyramid. More than that, the UN has countless researches on the importance and positive roles that dairy plays in our health.

  • Homemade Cheese Recipes

    An ode to cheese

    I love cheese. Cheese in all forms — hard cheese, soft cheese, cheese slices, melted cheese, goat cheese, gourmet cheese…you name it, I love it. Cheese is comfort food for me and there is nothing like a bowl of hot steaming tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter evening.

  • Tasty winter soups

    To make soup, combine all the ingredients and seasoning; simmer for 1 hour on low heat. Remove froth time to time, and discard the bones.

  • For ones with a sweet tooth

    Wash black rice in several changes of water and then cover with fresh water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes. Drain the rice and add 4 cups or 1 litre fresh water.

  • Fit for a goddess

    With the festive mood of Durga Puja in full swing, there is no better time than this to try out the following recipes, straight from the kitchen of Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, by their Director of Food & Beverages, ATM Ahmed Hossain.

  • Feasts of devotion: Durga Puja at home

    Growing up Durga Puja always felt like a much-dreaded annual feat. I would usually start pacing myself for the last four days that a younger hormonal me would sum in three words, “heat, traffic and gatherings”.

  • Random cravings

    It's one of those days; you have nowhere to go, so you are sitting at home, but that sudden random crave for something so abstract kicks in, and as luck would have it, nothing from the many scrolls in Foodpanda or Hungry naki's offers can appease it.

  • Snacking Away

    Aren't we always on the lookout to prepare snacks for our friends, children and colleagues? Most of us have encountered days when a close one drops in without a call and we wonder what to offer besides tea and coffee.

  • Beefy tales

    For the beef, rub thick sweet soya sauce all over the meat. Heat a little oil in a pan and seal the pot on all sides. Place in a deep braising dish. Pound garlic, ginger, coriander root and onion to a paste.

  • A touch of greens

    Excessive consumption of red meat is not only linked to heart diseases but increases your chances of developing other alarming health issues. And after days of continuous consumption of red meat, the palate can certainly use a different feel.

  • Those milky delish

    Remember those days when you used to sneak in a bit of powdered milk, from mom's precious larder and relish it with siblings in a comfy corner behind the sofa?

  • Sweet Tooth

    Thanks to the discovery of artificial sweeteners, your sweet tooth can enjoy delicacies, once in a while. Giving you that adrenaline rush, you craved so much!

  • Noodle-icious!

    'Kecap manis' is an Indonesian, sweet, soy sauce available in most superstores. 'Hokkien noodles' has been used in this recipe, but any fresh, wheat noodle, such as shanghai, can be substituted.

  • Companion condiments

    You have guests coming over for Eid dinner, and all the food is set and ready to be served. You know the food is good, but you feel like something is missing, and you are not wrong. Good food only becomes great food with the help of dips and sauces, and with these dips and sauce recipes, you can be sure to rule the table this Eid.

  • A twist on Eid with Le Meridien

    Preheat the oven to 160°C (315°F/Gas 2-3). Season the flour with sea salt and lightly coat the lamb shanks with the flour, and shake off any excess. Dice the onion, carrot, celery and leek into 1cm pieces.

  • Soup for Iftar

    Soup for Iftar

    In a medium pot, add coconut cream, lemongrass, and galangal, and bring it to boil. Then add coconut milk, chicken and mushrooms. Cook for approximately 5 minutes until the chicken is done. Next, add the cherry tomatoes. Add sugar, salt, lime juice, chillies, saw leaf coriander, and fish sauce. Simmer for 1 minute, and serve with coriander leaves sprinkled on top.

  • Dips!

    Crush the garlic and chilli into a fine paste. In a sauce pan, mix sugar, vinegar, water, garlic, chillies and salt. Cook the sauce mixture on low heat until sticky or for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool down.

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