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Keema Baati- One Heritage Cuisine of Rajasthan

Arid Rajasthan, where historically wars and famines went together, developed culinary traditions that are complex in their variety but not in preparation. There are simple, rustic dishes that make generous use of butter, oil, spices, saffron and dried fruit. And the one such traditional dish is ‘Keem Baati’.

Keema (mince meat)- is mixed with a number of spices and cooked on a slow flame till done.

Baati-is hard-unleavened bread, which can be baked or even fried. But the true Baati is baked one.  The ingredients used to make the dough of Baati are ghee, flour (not so finely grounded) & water.

Baati with stuffed Keema and curry
Baati with stuffed Keema and curry

If you are crazy for non-Vegetarian food and love to explore new delicacies then you must try Rajasthani Heitage dish- Keema Baati.

This simple yet amazing dish has a perfect balance of flavors relished by all. The Baati cuts the heat from the Keema and the mutton gravy, which is served separately, helps in softening the baati. The combination of hard exterior & soft interior will just leave you mesmerized.

Believe me, your life is incomplete without tasting the traditional Keema Baati 🙂

Jaipur has only few places where you get the original & authentic taste of this traditional dish. One can try at :

Handi Restaurant, MI Road, Opposite GPO, Jaipur

Handi Restaurant, 18 Gautam Marg, Vaishali Nagar

website: http://handirestaurant.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handijaipur

Spice Court, Achrol House, Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur

Copper Chimney, MI Road, Opposite GPO, Jaipur

 

 

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Why you Heart Mango So Much?

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Summer is that blessed time of the year when fruit-markets and streets sell tempting juicy fruit mangoes in bundles. No other fruit tastes as delicious as sweet, chilled mango tastes. One can relish it for breakfast, lunch and dinner whether it is ripe or raw or cut it into diamond pieces, enjoy its pulp or prepare mango shake. What to say about aam-papad and mango pickles..yum yum !! Pulp and juice of mango are great to have during summer months as they provide instant energy. Unquestionably, the fruit is a terrific gift to us.

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There are many reasons to like the mango fruit. Of course, its taste is one. Apart from its taste it is its several practical uses in our every day life that make the fruit everyone’s favorite. To tell you, it is one of the most exploited fruits for flavor, food, fragrance, juice and color. For its divine and pleasant flavor, it is added in ice-creams, fruit juices, teas, wines, soft drinks, cosmetics, confectionary items, etc.

Besides this, fruit also got vital medicinal and nutritional values as well. Green mango is rich in Vitamin C and is healthy for kidney, and digestive system of body.  On the other hand, ripe mango stimulates appetite, cleanses the body by removing toxins, improves complexion, tones up heart muscles cures constipation and also checks premature aging.

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  • Digestion: sun dried raw mango (Aamchur)
  • Eye Disorder: Mango milkshakes
  • Diarrhea, spleen enlargement and dysentery:  Dry and powder the mango stone, and consume it with a big spoon of curd.
  • Heat Stroke: Boil raw mango in water till it becomes soft. Extract the juice and add salt, sugar (optional) and cumin seeds. Drink regularly.
  • Underweight: Mango with milk (soya milk) three times a day.
  • Blood Disorder: Raw mango

Skin Disorder: resinous substance extracted from the stem end of mango fruit and gum of mango tree.

Not just this, do you know that mango works wonders for the skin? Mango pulp absorbs dirtiness from skin pores, and leaves skin clean and blemish- less. Home prepared face-mask of mango and honey is effective in keeping skin fresh and hydrated all day.
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Simple and easy way to get soft and smooth skin.
To conclude, mango is a ‘king of fruits’ in a true sense.

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Shop till you drop !!

Those looking for a comfortable vacation, the ‘Pink City’ of Rajasthan is a place to be.  With its grand Rajput palaces, forts, cultural ethnicity, princely ambience, amazing colorful markets clubbed with hospitality, Jaipur holds the position of a major tourist destination.

Jaipur, well known for its monumental heritage is also fast transforming into hi-tech city. The Pink City is embracing mall-culture with enthusiasm and hotting up with a trend of shopping in malls. Shopping and hanging out in malls have become a rocking theme among youngsters. Jaipur malls have grown substantially to house all top brands, boutiques, home decor, accessories store, coffee shops, restaurants and other stuff to suit one’s needs.

Ensure you explore the following top shopping malls of Jaipur and make shopping experience wonderful and enduring, whether you are a vibrant Jaipurites or a shopaholic tourist-

1.   Gaurav Tower

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It is the first mall of Jaipur in the journey of modernity that introduced locals with mall culture and cultivated mall shopping habits. It is the most happening place among the Jaipur youth.

Location- Near Malviya Nagar Pulia,Jaipur

2.    Pink Square Mall

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With all modern facilities, you will get to browse all the brands, accessories, shoes and other products under its roof. But what appeals the crowd most is a ‘Scary House’, which got a cheap entry ticket i.e. Rs 40/person. Hence, this haunted house is worth exploring.

Location-1-2, Govind Marg, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur

3.  MGF Metropolitan

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This mall is perfect in terms of gourmet cuisines, ambience, variety, space and hassle free parking to have delightful shopping experience. Stores of all supreme brands are available here.

Location- Bais Godam Circle,C-Scheme, Jaipur

4.  Ganpati Plaza

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It is the happening and luxurious shopping joint. It is a hub for a complete and latest wedding shopping collections. Do experience the exotic shopping here.

Location- M.I. Road, Nr.Amrapura Asthan Jaipur

5.  Triton Mall

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This mega mall of Jaipur matches the impressive designs and brilliant architecture of Tier 1 cities malls. It houses top labels, gaming zone, cinemas and other interesting stuff.

Location- Near Jhotwara Pulia, Sikar Road, Jaipur

6.    World Trade Park

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It’s the largest shopping cum business hub of Rajasthan with a world class infrastructure. It houses all those top brands that may be missing from other shopping malls of the city.  An amazing mall to explore!

Location- Near Gaurav Tower, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur

7.    Crystal Palm

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It is a one stop for fashion, food and fun. It’s very popular destination for entertainment and enjoyment among Jaipurites.

Location- Bais Godam Circle, Opp. MGF Metropolitan, Jaipur

 8.    City Pulse

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It is another cool mall to hangout. It is the biggest mall, situated in the heart of Jaipur. The elegant entrance of this commercial shopping mall is pleasing.

Location- Narayan Singh Circle, No. Of Stores: 110, Jaipur

 

 

Healthy Living

Refreshing ‘Wonder Drink’ for Hot Summers!

This summer to beat the heat just sip refreshing coconut water to rehydrate your body naturally. The juicy water from a tender, green, healthy, and undamaged coconut, is one of the nature’s most refreshing drinks consumed  for its nutritious and health benefits. It not only acts as a natural diuretic for your heart, liver and kidney disorders but also washes out toxins from your skin and body.

And the best part is there are no known side effects !!

The liquid inside a young coconut is plentiful, sweet, and nourishing.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER

  • Dehydration: Coconut water is a very refreshing drink, especially during summers to beat tropical summer thirst and replenish hydration levels in the body.
  • Diarrhea: Coconut water has been generally offered to patients with diarrhea. Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolyte potassium.
  • Digestion: Coconut water helps in digestion and metabolism. It is also an immunity booster.
  • Urinary disorders: The coconut water is helpful in curing problems of urinary disorders.
  • Toxins: Drinking coconut water washes out toxins from human body. It acts as a natural diuretic in heart, liver and kidney disorders.
  • Kidney stones: Coconut water helps in eliminating kidney stones.
  • Virus: Helps your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS
  • Cancer: Helps keep the pH balance in check, thereby reducing the risk of cancer
  • Cardiovascular health: According to researchers, people with high blood pressure usually have low potassium levels. Therefore, drinking coconut water can be quite effective at regulating blood pressure. Coconut water can help in maintaining good cardiovascular health.
  • Weight Loss: Coconut water is a natural electrolyte and isotonic beverage which help increase the body’s metabolism. Therefore, it can greatly help people who are struggling with weight issues.
  • Cholera: Tender coconut water is very useful in cholera. Give eight to 12 ounces of coconut water mixed with a teaspoonful of fresh limejuice to the patient.

Coconut Water for Skin

  • Coconut water fades off pimple marks. Dab on a cotton ball and use it three times a day.
  • For people suffering from chicken pox drinking and dabbing coconut water on the boils offers relief.
  • Coconut water is used as a natural medicine to re-hydrate the body and to have a glowing and flawless skin
  • If you have blackheads and other types of acne then you can also use coconut water as a mask. If you don’t want the coconut water to rest on your face then you can simply wash your face with it.
Best of all, it is:
  • 99% fat free
  • Cholesterol and gluten free
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Rich in antioxidants, potassium and B-group vitamins
  • Safe for children and pregnant/breast feeding women

Use a strong, sharp knife to whack off the top of the coconut, poke a hole in the top, and insert a straw. You’ll be surprised at just how much thirst-quenching, delightfully sweet liquid is inside.

Bollywood · Indian Cinema · Jaipur

Indian Cinema : 100 years and marching on

Growing up in Lucknow at an age of around 5 years, the influence of the hindi movies was some thing even I as a kid was unable to avoid. Those were the days when Rajesh Khanna was ruling the screen. kakaThe safari suit was such an essential in the wardrobe starting from the Sethji to his driver all were donning one. The barbers were ruing the time as long hair were the need of the hour and no one was visiting them.

As I grew up nothing changed much. Our generation identified another god who was nicknamed Angry Young man. That an average looking actor can generate so much passion and excitement was some thing Amitabh Bachchan showed to the world. AmitHis way of talking, tying a knot of his shirt, his tight fitting pants all became a revolution. A labourer can be seen saying to his boss “Main aaj bhi pheike hue paise nahin uthaata” Such was the following of AB that every second kid born during those days was named Vijay and favourite job option was that of Police Inspector. People identified AB as a common man and started behaving like one. His dance steps, although never exceptional, were rage and every wedding would play his songs. The first few buttons of shirt were actually treated as an accessory as no one really seemed to use them, thanks to Amitabh in Deewar.

AB ruled the silver screen for a massive time. His accident during the shooting of Coolie was a national tragedy, agneepath_amitabh_bachchan_600x450the country stopped. There were huge number of prayers, yagyas and what not. The country declared unofficial mourning. It was nothing short of a miracle that he survived. The movie, which originally was supposed to let him die, changed its end and he was kept alive. The public pressure can change the way a movie is made in India.

It was not only the superstars that defined the way movies were perceived in our country. Every movie would have its own fan following. People would get the advance booking done by standing hours in the queue just to see the first show. The show maybe the same but the reasons for the audience were different. Whereas the front row would be there to witness Mumtaz, the upper class would be there to appreciate Rajesh Khanna and his designer kurtas. Same hall, same screen and different applications. The mood in which the crowd exits the hall can actually define the fate of the movie. That Indians are expressive cannot be proved better than relating them with Hindi movies.

rishiAs time progressed the magic of Bachchan started to fade. The void was effectively filled by the first chocolate hero of India, Rishi Kapoor. He showed Indians what love is and how a gora chitta guy can be equally handsome. His choices of pullovers ensured that Monte Carlo, the pullover brand, can get repeated business. Rishi’s were the happy-go-lucky movies with some amazing music my R D Burman. The guy actually set the trend for the SRK’s, Hritik’s and his own son Ranbir of later years. Suddenly having mustache was treated as crime, a fact that was changed after the arrival of Jackie Shroff in Hero.

From a slim and lean Dev Sb to muscle factory Sunil Shetty, hindi movies showered love to them all. DevDEVA-4.TIF Anand showed the world in how many angles a body can be bent while doing a simple thing like walking. His shaking the head while speaking was a trend that was followed by many heroes, successfully and unsuccessfully . Probably Dev Anand was the first star that Hindi cinema saw. His movies were all super hits and from Madhubala to Richa Sharma he was one lucky guy to play hero to them all and also launching few new ones such as Tina Munim etc in between.

What started as support role for leading actor, the character of heroine in movies also saw sea change. Meena Kumari’s role in Saheb Biwi aur Ghulam, where she is shown drinking, changed the way actresses were perceived in Indian movies. Gorgeous Madhubala who started with small role in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, went on to perform in grand Mughal-e-Azam. Nutan and Waheeda Rahman were treated as thinking actresses and gave some powerful performances in Bandini, Guide etc. But it was Mother India, with Nargis in the lead role, that set the trend of

madhubala3heroine centric roles. The trend continues with current movies such as Kahaani and Fashion. The eastman colour movies ensured that more glamor was needed when it comes to Indian actress and hence dream girl was born. Extremely beautiful Hema Malini got a movie and was tagged Dreamgirl forever since then. And then arrived the turning point in Indian movies. Success was no longer rated with looks and talent but also who would have a deeper cleavage. The Zeenat Amans and Parveen Bobbys re-wrote the rules for actresses. Both of them used their bodies to their advantage, in fact Satyam Shivam Sunderam, coming from R K Films, was purely based with sex as one of the USP. Zeenat Aman left nothing for the imagination by exposing to a level not seen in Indian movies. The audience were not complaining and movie got its money back.

srkromance-27Coming from small town and starting with a negative role, Shahrukh Khan showed that he has enough courage to take on the established stars of Hindi Cinema. His negative roles in Darr and Baazigar got him instant success despite his “stammer in a dialogue delivery” and it was Dilwale Dulhaniya le jayege that changed his fortune forever, a shaking of the head dialogue delivery to blame probably. A romantic movie set in the conservative family script went on to become one of the biggest hits of Hindi cinema. Two another Khans : Aamir and Salman were also making huge success at box office. While Aamir took the tag of thinking actor and was catering to class, Salman-KhanSalman Bhai was the messiah of the masses. His hairstyle in Tere Naam was the hair style of the nation. People, irrespective of their looks, size and shape went ahead and got that hair style. So much for blind following a star.

And then came a guy who redefined the art of acting and went way beyond romance, good looks and action and came out with movies which touched the souls and entertained us in a fresh way. This guy is none other than Ranbir Kapoor who made a mark with movies such as Wake up SiD , Rocket Singh etc and in a very subtle way showed the youngsters the right way to pursue life and career. But this was not it. The real blast was made when “Janardhan Jakhar” turns into the big, bad Rockstar Jordan in the Imtiaz Ali movie Rockstar which changed our perception about music, passion and even that thing called ‘love’. That eating smosa with chatni is not an acceptable act for a guy who has a broken heart what so aptly reflected by Ranbir.

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The movie was crafted like one long song of passionate romance, pain, tragedy, music, and no where in recent times has music been integrated so well with all the songs sung by Mohit Chauhan. Despite sad end, the movie was a roaring success. Next was Barfi where he plays a deaf and dumb boy and falls in love with an autistic girl played beautifully by Priyanka Chopra and took away many hearts as well as national awards.

The lead names changed, the implementation changed from Mughal-E-Azam to Sholay to DDLJ and now Rockstar but ceased to change the way Indians idolised the Hindi cinema. We were crazy and continue to be crazy for movies. Despite seeing a drop in business during the VCR and VCD days, the cinema halls continue to strive in our country. The old auditoriums are now replaced with state-of-the-art multiplexes inside fancy malls and watching movie is now “shopotainment” rather than just entertainment. The Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika and Katrina continue to entertain us. The good movies are still made and we Indians continue to get solace, comfort, motivation ,connections and what not from those.

Can we now have the next 100 years please??