Spotlight on Beauty Secrets of Women of India

Ramya, a young woman from Bangalore, India, says some use homemade remedies to beautify themselves. On her wedding day, an Indian bride may use a mixture of turmeric, lemon and honey on her skin to achieve a glowing complexion.

Ramya says brides also wear special clothing and jewelry, including a forehead chain, on their special days. A dot of red powder on the face—known as a kumkum—is also thought to make a woman more attractive.  READ MORE

Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe

Jalfrezi is a hot curry with green chillies, peppers, onion and tomatoes, whose name comes from the Bengali word jhal, meaning spicy hot. It is dish invented during the Mughal era in north India.



Chicken tikka masala is now been replaced by jalfrezi as the Britian’s favorite dish. According to a new poll, the jalfrezi – a far hotter dish cooked using green chillies – is the most popular choice in Britain’s 10,000 Indian restaurants.

I cooked this jalfrezi for the very first time n it came out very well n my family loves it…..let’s see on how to make this popular jalfrezi..(SEE RECIPE)

Wine Match– Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel

Indian Egg Bread Recipe

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What is the concept of French toast but not? Indian Egg Bread.  It is similar but minus the sweet flavor.  Think savory.  While staying at a friend of mine’s home a British woman of Indian descent, her older son offered me his stab at Egg Bread.  Below is a recipe from Spark Recipes.  Click on their website for nutritional facts.  If you are conservative with flavors then go with merely egg, salt & pepper. 

Jari’s Indian Egg Bread Recipe


1 Egg White
1 Egg, large
2 tbsp Chili powder
Salt to taste
Pepper, black, 1 dash
2 slices Whole wheat bread
Scallions (spring onions) optional
1 green chili

Beat egg until light and fluffy. Stir into the egg mix onions, chilli powder, salt, black pepper , green chili and Scallions. Dip bread into the mixture until the egg covers it and it is well saturated

Heat a non-stick frying pan. Place bread in the pan cook until golden brown.

I sometimes make a sandwich, buy placing cheese between the bread.

South Indian: Milk Appam Recipe

Milk Appam is a South Indian breakfast food made from rice flour and coconut. Appam, (Tamil: அப்பம்,ஆப்பம், Malayalam:  pronounced [apːam]), or hoppers, are a type of food in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Sri Lankan cuisine. It is called chitau, Pitha in Oriya, Paddu or Gulle Eriyappa in Kodava and Appam in Telugu. It is known as Appa in Sinhala. It is eaten most frequently for breakfast or dinner.  You may also find Milk Appam mix in a box at any local Indian grocery store.

Ingredients for Milk Appam:

* 1 cup Rice flour
* 1/2 cup grated coconut
* 50g sugar
* 1 pinch salt
* 3 cardomom
* oil for frying
Directions for making Milk Appam:

1. Grind coconut and take the milk.
2. Heat 1 cup of water and when it comes to boil, add the rice flour to make a paste.
3. To this, add the coconut milk, sugar, salt and cardomom and mix to the consistency of Dosai batter.
4. With a spoon, pour one by one in oil and fry.
5. Turn it over in oil until it is fully cooked.
6. Enjoy your Milk Appam. Hope you love this Indian recipe.

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Republic Day in India

Many people throughout India celebrate the nation’s Republic Day, which is a gazetted holiday on January 26 each year. It is a day to remember when India’s constitution came into force on January 26, 1950, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic.

What do people do?

Much effort is put towards organizing events and celebrations that occur on Republic Day in India. Large military parades are held in New Delhi and the state capitals. Representatives of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and traditional dance troupes take part in the parades.

A grand parade is held in New Delhi and the event starts with India’s prime minister laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, to remember soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. India’s president takes the military salute during the parade in New Delhi while state governors take the military salutes in state capitals. A foreign head of state is the president’s chief guest on Republic Day.READ MORE

Indian Saffron Pista Ice Cream Recipe

Pista Ice cream is a very popular recipe.  Check out this gourmet take on this ice cream.

Ingredients for Saffron Pista Ice-Cream:

* 4 liters milk
* 1 ½ cup sugar
* ¾ cup milk powder
* 1 tbsp custard powder
* 1 tbsp agar-agar powder
* 2-3 drops green food coloring
* 2-3 drops pista essence
* Few saffron threads dissolved in ¼ cup milk
* 25 gm pistachios, finely chopped

Directions for making Saffron Pista Ice-Cream:

1. Boil milk until it is reduced to half the volume.
2. Add custard powder, boil for a minute, stirring constantly.
3. Add agar-agar powder, stir and remove from heat.
4. Divide mixture equally in two baking pans.
5. To one pan add saffron mixture and add green color and pistachios to other pan. Beat the mixture well.
6. Cover pans with foil or plastic wrap and freeze until partially frozen.
7. Spoon mixture into chilled bowls and beat again to smooth.
8. Transfer saffron mixture to a baking pan and pour pista ice-cream over it.
9. Return to freezer to set.
10. Enjoy your Saffron Pista Ice-Cream. Hope you love this Indian recipe.

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Below, enjoy watching classic preparation of Pista Kulfi.

Film and Foodie: Eat Pray and Love

The Film: Eat Pray & Love- Based on the best seller, Julia Roberts plays the main character of Liz, a lost miserable soul. Pretty early in the film she realizes that her marriage is not for her but she rebounds into the arms of the gorgeous James Franco, a younger man. However, he is not the answer. She comes to conclusion that she needs time to be single and figure some things out. First a few months of indulgent eating in Italy and then a quest for spirituality(balance).

Eat Pray and Love is entertaining but is does not quite live up to the hype. Richard Jenkins, James Franco and Javier Bardem are the brighter spots in the film.

The Foodie: Liz had to learn to let go and enjoy life. She decided to enjoy the pleasures of food its ok if muffin top happens. We watched Liz stuff her face in Italy with proscuitto and melon, pizza and chicken carbonara then prepare an American Thanksgiving dinner turkey. Then we watched her eat naan in India and down a Thumbs up soda with Richard Jenkins. In Bali, unfortunately, we did not get exposed to their cuisine. However, coffee and rice are cultivated there.

It Matters: International Manners & Etiquette


It is not safe to assume that your way is the right when you are abroad.  The expression, “When in Rome…” sheds light on the general rule about manners when abroad.  Believe it or not in many countries including Tanzania, Brazil and Mexico showing up early for dinner is considered rude.  Ever wondered why some countries do not use a fork or knife?  Believe it or not once upon a time many Asian and African countries thought it rude to use weapons(a knife) while dining.  European use of the knife to eat was thought to be barbaric.   In efforts to improve table etiquette Europeans rounded the table knife edge and added a fork and spoon to the dining experience. Part Two of this series will include France, Switzerland, the Philippines, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom and the United States.  MCCN spotlights International  Manners (Click Here to view article on International Manners) for Tanzania, India, Japan, Mexico and Brazil in part one.


In many African countries dinner is done without cutlery, with the right hand, from a communal dish or dishes.  Expect Muslims to say grace before dining.

  •  It is considered pretentious to use forks or knives to eat Chapati or Ugali.
  •  If eating on a mat or carpet, do not expose the sole of your foot, it is considered very rude.
  •  Children may eat with the adults if instructed to do so.
  • Many Tanzanian table manners are similar to British table manners.
  •  It is considered rude to talk or laugh with food in your mouth.
  •  Let the host know how good the meal is, but don’t exaggerate; it might be taken the wrong way.
  •  Avoid touching your face, nose, ears and hair while eating.
  •  It is rude to drink beer straight from the bottle; you are expected to pour it into a glass.
  • In some regions like Zanzibar, some dinner tables are gender-segregated.


Like many African countries, food is expected to be eaten with the right hand. It is fine to use the left hand to pass the dish.

  • It is acceptable, and many times, even expected, not to use cutlery for eating, as many foods – such as Indian breads and curry – are commonly eaten in this manner.
  •  Wash hands thoroughly before sitting at the table as some Indian foods are primarily eaten by hand. Also, wash hands after eating the food. Usually, a finger bowl (with luke warm water and lemon) is served to each person for rinsing fingers.
  •  In North India, when eating curry, the sauce must not be allowed to stain the fingers – only the fingertips are used.
  •  When flat breads such as chapati, roti, or naan are served with the meal, it is acceptable and expected to use pieces of them to gather food and sop-up sauces and curries.
  • In South India, it is acceptable to use the hand up to the second segment of the fingers (middle phalanx till the interphalangeal joint) and the first segment of the thumb (distal phalanx) to pick up food. In South Indian culture, the four fingers are used only to pick up or spoon the food. The thumb is the digit used to push the meal into the mouth. It is considered rude if all five digits are used to place food into the mouth.
  •  It is considered inappropriate to use your fingers to share food from someone else’s plate once you have started using your own. Instead, ask for a clean spoon to transfer the food from the common dish to your plate.
  •  It is not necessary to taste each and every dish prepared, but you must finish everything on your plate as it is considered respectful. For that reason, put only as much food on your plate as you can eat.
  •  As most of the Indian delicacies are eaten with the hands, it is necessary to make sure that one’s drinking glass should not become messy.

* Do not leave the table until others have finished or the host requests you. If you must, ask permission from the host before leavin



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Some Table Rules

* Blowing your nose in public, and especially at the table, is considered bad manners.
* It is considered good manners to empty your dishes to the last grain of rice.
* Talking about toilet related and similarly unappetizing topics during or before a meal is not appreciated by most people.
* Unlike in some other parts of East Asia, it is considered bad manner to burp.
* After eating, try to move all your dishes back to the same position they were at the start of the meal. This includes replacing the lids on dishes and putting your chopsticks on the chopstick holder or back into their paper slip.

Drinking rules

When drinking alcoholic beverages, it is customary to serve each other, rather than pouring your own beverage. Periodically check your friends’ cups and refill their drinks if their cups are getting empty. Likewise, if someone wants to serve you more alcohol, you should quickly empty your glass and hold it towards that person.



From an early age, children are taught to follow proper table manners. It’s a good idea to learn some of these manners before taking a trip to Brazil.

Read more: How to Follow Brazilian Table Manners |


Mexico is certainly a place where is a lot more regard for formality.  Here are some pointers:

If you are invited to a Mexican’s home:

  • Arrive 30 minutes late in most places (check with colleagues to see if you should arrive later than that).
  •  Arriving on time or early is considered inappropriate.
  •  At a large party you may introduce yourself.
  •  At a smaller gathering the host usually handles the introductions.

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Chicken Korma Recipe

Chicken Korma with Salad

Preparation time: 15 Minutes.

Cooking Time: 40-50 Minutes.

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Serves: 4 People.

  • 1½g (3 lbs) chicken cut into 8-10 clean pieces.
  • 40g (1½oz) ghee or oil.
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced.
  • 2.5cm (1 inch) cinnamon stick.
  • 6 cloves.
  • 6 small cardamoms.
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • 5ml (1tsp) small black whole cumin seeds.
  • 10ml (2 tsp) ginger paste.
  • 5ml (1 tsp) garlic paste.
  • 5ml (1 tsp) chilli powder.
  • 5ml (1 tsp) ground coriander.
  • 10ml (2 tsp) ground cumin.
  • 1¼ (¼ tsp) turmeric powder.
  • 150ml (¼ pint) natural yoghurt.
  • 175ml ( 6 fl oz) water.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 2 sprigs fresh coriander, chopped.
  • 2 green chillies, halved.
  • 15ml (1 tblsp) ground almonds.


Fry the onions in oil or ghee until beautiful golden brown. Add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, bay leaf and of course the black cumin. Fry for about 1 minute, then add ginger and the garlic paste. Stir for about half a minute. Add the chicken and sprinkle with hot chillies, coriander, cumin, and turmeric powders. ( what amazing flavours yummy) Mix well and add the yoghurt. Cover and cook for 10 -15 minutes, stirring the mixture occasionally. Add water, salt to taste and cover. Cook on a low temperature for about 30 – 40 minutes or until chicken is tender. Chicken korma should have a medium to thick gravy. Add the ground almonds, and the green chillies and coriander leaves. Add extra water if needed. Serve with rice or chapattis.