Food for thought: This Bhilai café employs only transgenders and differently-able people

Food is a source of nourishment for the body, but it’s cafés such as these that give nourishment to the soul, and the society at large. Located in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, this café is winning hearts on the Internet for its unique nature. The ‘Nukkad Teafe’ only employees people with visual and speech impairment along with members of the transgender community.

Well, so if you visit this place, it means more than just having a cup of special chai or clicking pictures of the food for your Instagram. On the contrary, the eatery urges you leave your phone aside and go back to days where one would have a meaningful conversation with strangers. In fact, if you agree to deposit your phone till you are there, they give you a 10 per cent discount on the total bill!

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So, once in Nukkad you could learn how to communicate in sign language, read books, recite poems, meet like-minded people, play board games, make new friends in the real world instead of Facebook and actually live your life!

With decor that is rich is tribal art, scattered cushions to make you all comfy, a guitar in case you wanted to start an impromptu performance, you could also have a varied selection of chais. With an interesting menu designed in such a way that customers can easily spell it using sign language, it’s all about empowering the people who are usually considered weak by the society.

Mumbai Vada Pav recipe

A trip to Mumbai will be incomplete if you fail to grab a Vada Pav! You cannot miss out on this Mumbaiyya food which can possibly be listed in the yummiest street foods in the world.

And if you have fallen in love with Vada Pav but cannot find it in your city (in case you are not a Mumbaikar) the worry not. We have the recipe for you here.

Note down the ingredients you would need to make vada pav:

2-3 boiled potatoes – Peeled and mashed

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp chilli powder

1 green chilli – finely chopped (optional)

½ tsp asafoetida

5-6 curry leaves – finely chopped

A few strands of coriander leaves- finely chopped

1-2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped

100 gms gram flour



Salt to taste

2 salty Buns/Pavs or Bread slices

Mumbai Vada Pav recipeFor garnishing:

Chopped onions

Fried green chilli


Add turmeric, chilli powder, finely chopped chilli, asafoetida, garlic, curry leaves and coriander to the mashed potatoes and mix well. Add salt (to taste) and mix thoroughly.

In a bowl, add water to the gram flour and make a semi fluid batter. Make sure the consistency isn’t too thick or water.

Make small balls of the mashed potatoes and keep them ready.

Pour some oil in a kadhai and let it heat for some time. Now, dip the potato balls one by one in the gram flour batter and slowly put them in the kadhai to cook. Cook until the gram flour coating turns slightly brown.

You may fry a few green chillies for garnishing.

If you do not have pavs, you can serve the vadas hot with salted buns ot bread. Garnish with fried green chillies and chopped onion.

Here’s how you can relish fries in different ways

New Delhi: Have you ever tasted chocolicious fries or strawberry fries? Well, you don’t have to be a master chef to make them, and give a different zing to the humble snack, says an expert.

Chef Tushar from McCain Foods India has listed different ways to make a quick snack in minutes.

Here’s how you can relish fries in different ways* Chocolicious fries: Ever tried these? Get the pack of frozen fries from your freezer and fry them for three minutes. Now, generously pour hot liquid chocolate and fold them in. We bet, the salty taste of fries folded in warm sweet chocolate sauce will give you the much dreamt of warmth in cold weather.

* Strawberry fries: Yup, that’s right! Fry your golden strips of delight for three minutes and fold them in dollops of strawberry syrup. You will experience the melt in the mouth goodness of salt and tang. Want to go a bit creative, sprinkle finely chopped fresh strawberries and surprise your taste buds with occasional tangy granules.

* Cheesy fries: Fry them for three minutes. Sprinkle grated cheese in hot just-out-of-frying-pan fries. Watch the cheese melt and fold it in.

* Play with Mayo: Take four spoons of mayo in four different bowls. Add chilli garlic sauce to one, mustard sauce to second, mint sauce to third and lemon juice and garlic to fourth bowl. Voila! You’ve got four different flavoured mayo dips to relish your fries.

Quick recipe: Roti Upma

If you have leftover rotis or chapattis then worry not. You need to wonder what to do with them. Here’s a brilliant way of consuming rotis/chapatis and ensuring you do not let leftovers go waste.

Here’s an easy to make delicious recipe that can be ideal for your breakfast.


4-5 Rotis/Chapatis

1 medium onion (finely chopped)

1 green chilli (finely chopped) optional

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp jeera (cumin) powder

½ tsp dhaniya (coriander) powder

½ tsp haldi (turmeric) powder

½ tsp mirchi (chilli) powder

½ tsp garam masala (aromatic spices) powder

1 ½ tablespoon oil for cooking

Salt to taste

Finely chopped coriander for garnishing.

Quick recipe: Roti UpmaProcedure:

Heat some oil in a Kadhai (pan). Add some mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add chopped onion, green chilli and all the masalas one by one. Cook until onion turns transparent. Then add salt.

In the meanwhile, tear the rotis/chapattis into very tiny pieces.Now add it to the onion in the kadhai and mix well until the masala gets equally dissolved in the torn Roti/Chapati pieces.

Transfer the cooked Roto Upma to a serving bowl Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve hot.

10 India States and Their Cuisines

Panipuri with different names such as gol gappa, bataasha, phuchka, gup chup, pakodi taste just as good in every region of India. Who doesn’t like the burst of tangy, sweet taste? When it comes to food, every region has their own delicacy.

But here we jot down famous dishes from 10 different places in India:


The name itself reminds of sarson da saag with makke di roti. Other than this, get a Punjabi aunty to make you some rajma-chawal, chhole-bhature, amritsari machhli and lassi.

Tamil Nadu

For those who doesn’t mind trying some South Indian cuisine, dosa and idli with sambhar and coconut chutney is the all time favourites. Not to miss vada, appam, rasam, chettinad chicken and pongal.


Gujarat offers us mix of spice and sweet. And their all time favourite dish to start the day is dhokla. To taste other spicy and sweet options, try thepla, khandvi and dhansak.


Bihar’s famous litti-chokha gives anyone a choice to try the roasted stuff. Other than this it has options to serve us sattu paranthas, jhal murhi, khaja and tilkut.

10 India States and Their CuisinesAndhra Pradesh

Who has not heard about Hyderabadi biryani? Combine it with any type of meat or chicken or vegetables. Other authentic dishes to try are mirchi salan, pulihora, korikoora and ghongura pickle.


Land of the kings is not just famous for it’s historical forts or traditions and royalty but also for it’s cuisine. Dal Baati Churma fried in ghee is served with a mix of different pulses. Other Shahi (royal) food items one must try are khasta kachori, bikaneri bhujia, gatte ki sabzi, lahsun ki chutney and ghevar.

Jammu and Kashmir

Wazwan is the dish that Kashmiris treat with royalty. Many restaurants are named after this royal cuisine. Wazas (cook) have much to offer us their marvellous cuisines, some of them are dum aloo, rogan josh, rista, tabak maaz, kashmiri haakh, gushtaba and khubani ka halwa.


Almost everyone is crazy by refined wheat flour balls filled with stuffing called momos. A stall selling momos can be found at every other street now-a-days. Thukpta, phagshapa, gundruk, sinki and sel roti are other dishes to try from the northeast state.


Vada Pav is the choice of every person living or visiting in Maharashtra. Pav-bhaji, batata vada, Kolhapuri pandhra rassa, shrikhand, thalipeeth and modak are some of the prominent dishes from the region.

West Bengal

Famous for a sweet tooth or a fish lover, Bengal is a big yes! Roshogolla, famously known as Rasgulla, is a Bengali’s own paradise. Many authentic stuff like jhal-muri, sandesh, luchi, misti doi, bhapa ilish or steamed hilsa fish, doi ilish and maacher kalia should be experienced.

Feeling hungry kya? Book your tickets to the destinations and find a reason to satisfy your taste buds while you vacation.

Makar Sankranti 2017: Eat traditional delicacies to make festival more special

New Delhi: With multi-coloured kites filling the morning sky, one of the most auspicious time of the year, Makar Sankranti, is here.This is the time for households in all parts of the country to get busy offering their prayers to the Sun God, to celebrate the beginning of Magha month.

Observed in different ways that vary with location, it is never complete without a feast including delicacies made with sesame and jaggery, halwa, pitha, and more.

As per Hindu mythology, sesame seeds (til) help purify the soul and boost spiritual awakening. Ayurveda also mentions the health benefits of til in winter – which includes warming the body.

No wonder sesame seeds are used in almost every Makar Sankranti recipe.

Team SaleBhai shares a list of the following treats that will make your celebration more special this year.

• Fini: Known to have originated in Bikaner, this Rajasthani dessert adds its own sweetness to Makar Sankranti. Made of flour and pure ghee, this winter-special treat comes in multiple flavours. This spaghetti-like speciality carries the true flavour of the desert state and is a must during this January festival also known as `Sankrat` here. Apart from enjoying special feats, it is customary for all married Rajasthani women to gift household items to each other.

• Chikki: In Marathi culture, til-based sweets are exchanged on this occasion to forget past differences and restore friendship. When it comes to adding sweetness to a relationship, what better way to do so than share a chikki together? If taking a holy dip in rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna, Krishna, and Godavari is a spiritual must during Makar Sankranti, authentic chikki from Lonavala is a gastronomical must this time of the year. A traditional Indian candy bursting with health and flavour, this perfect confection of sesame seeds and jaggery is loved by all. Chikki comes in various flavours such as peanut, coconut, dry fruits, and more.

• Til laddu: In Gujarat, Makar Sankranti is celebrated for two days with kite flying, family gatherings, and feasts that must include til laddu. A healthy substitute for chocolates, til laddu is a famous treat made of sesame seeds and jaggery. This popular laddu is a rich source of minerals and helps to lower high blood pressure.

• Dry fruit gajak: This delicious, traditional sweet made of dry fruits, jaggery, and sesame seeds is a speciality of Indore. A perfect way to keep your body warm in winter, this crispy, crunchy treat is a must-have during Makar Sankranti.

• Til patti: This popular Rajasthani winter dessert, made of sesame seeds and ghee, is a thin, translucent treat loved by all ages. Til patti is a rich source of iron and is given to expecting mothers to boost their haemoglobin level.

Makar Sankranti 2017: Eat traditional delicacies to make festival more special• Tirunelveli halwa: Also known as Pongal, Makar Sankranti is a four-day-long festival in Tamil Nadu. It is customary to throw away old clothes and wear new ones on the first day of this festival. The grand feast on the final day involves many regional delicacies but the absolute must-have is the Tirunelveli halwa. Made of fresh cow ghee and cashew nuts, this speciality of Tirunelveli is a treat to die for. The unmatched flavour of this unique dessert, made with water from the river Thamirabharani, is irresistible to say the least.

• Gud chana: Wondering what is the best way to spend the Makar Sankranti evening? How about munching on some freshly delivered gud chana with your entire family? This sweet snack, made of Bengal gram and jaggery, is perfect for expecting mothers and health-conscious individuals, thanks to the high iron and negative calorie content.

• Til pitha: Every Assamese person knows the joy of waking up on brisk January mornings to the smell of delicious til pitha being prepared for the coming Magh Bihu. This famous eastern delicacy is a thin, oil-free pancake with sesame seeds and jaggery filling. A healthy delicacy, til pitha is a must-have during this important festival.

• Date: Honestly you don`t need an occasion for enjoying some high-quality dates. This healthy dry fruit comes with loads of health benefits and makes for the perfect way to break your fast. You can choose from a wide variety including imported dates, crushed dates, dates with almonds, dates with hazelnuts and chocolate, and mabroom dates.

• Jaggery: Jaggery is a healthy sweetener that is indigenous to India. This natural item is an absolute must-have during Makar Sankranti. You can use jiggery as a dip for your steaming rotis, or use it as an ingredient for your homemade sweets and pitha.

Here’s how you can bring health, taste on the same plate

New Delhi: We often hear our parents and grandparents reminisce about how healthy and tasty food used to be in the past and how the nutritional values are being compromised today for taste. However one can follow a few basic steps like watching the intake of snacks and enjoying lunch mindfully can add both taste and health on the same plate

Nowadays, people are spoilt for choice, especially when they have many exciting cuisines such as Japanese, American, Chinese, Italian and Thai to choose from. Nutritionist and fitness expert Madhuri Ruia, gives advice on how one may enjoy tasty food daily, without really comprising on its nutritive value.

* Pep up your breakfast: Your first meal of the day is an important one as it may help replenish your blood sugar level, which powers your muscles and brain. Try a bowl of oats, drizzled with pure maple syrup, fresh fruits of your choice and some almonds. This will not only be substantial but also provide you with nutrients such as in vitamin E, protein and dietary fiber from almonds, manganese, riboflavin and antioxidants from pure maple syrup and sodium, potassium from the oats and fruits.

* Lunch mindfully: Instead of opting for unwholesome or fried food which lures taste buds, one may opt for sautéed veggies, maple syrup glazed grilled chicken or fish, accompanied by salad. You can also prepare a king size burger with multigrain buns instead of white bread or stir fried chicken and veggies with brown rice.

Here’s how you can bring health, taste on the same plate* Watch that snack: Snacking, if done the right way, can play a crucial role in managing hunger and also boosting nutrition. Whether you are following a fitness regime to shed those extra kilos or just to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, keeping healthy and tasty snacks such as almonds, fruits, wheat crackers etc. handy in your carry bag can help you satiate anytime and anywhere.

* For your dinner: The last meal of the day is quite important as you would not eat again for at least next seven to eight hours. To give a tasty twist to your regular dinner, incorporate some unique ingredients in your regular dishes to make it healthy and tasty. For example rosemary leaf, an aromatic herb in the mint family, mustard sauce etc. Avoid fatty foods late at night as it is harder to digest and break these down and may lead to poor sleep.

* One for the sweet-tooth: If you are fond of pampering your sweet tooth, do it in a healthy way without compromising on taste. Replace your regular sugar with healthier alternatives such as pure maple syrup. When used in moderation, maple syrup can be a direct healthier substitute for liquid sweeteners, such as honey, treacle and corn syrup, without any adjustments.

Mumbai Food Trails: Check out Pooja Malai Gola to treat your taste buds

Mumbai: If you are a foodie and have a sweet-tooth, then you cannot afford to miss Mumbai’s gola. This desi or rather Mumbaiyya dessert primarily made of crushed ice teamed up with creamy and fruit syrups is a perfect way to treat your taste buds.

Mumbai Food Trails: Check out Pooja Malai Gola to treat your taste budsHere’s a Video that will help you locate a joint where you get the creamiest and yummiest golas.

Pooja Malai Gola is roughly about 3 Kms from the Borivali station and here’s where your search will end.

Well, if haven’t tasted gola yet, you certainly need to rush to Pooja Malai Gola to taste heavenly flavours.

Valentine’s Day 2017: Surprise your beloved with DIY sweet delights

New Delhi: Forget readymade cakes and pre-packaged chocolate goodies to woo your Valentine. Get behind the kitchen counter and whip up some do-it-yourself sweet delights.

Chef Gaurav Chadha, in-house Chef at Dr. Oetker FunFoods Creative Kitchen, has recommended recipes which are easy to prepare and suitable for a cosy Valentine’s Day celebration at home:

* Chocolate mousse with fresh strawberry: In a bowl, add chocolate dessert topping and whipped cream. Mix well. Pour in a glass and leave to set in a refrigerator for 30 minutes. Decorate it with strawberries and serve.

Valentine's Day 2017: Surprise your beloved with DIY sweet delights* Chocolate and banana pancakes: Prepare pancake with refined flour, mashed banana, 3 tbsp chocolate fudge, baking powder, 1 tbsp honey, milk and vanilla essence. Cook the pancakes on non-stick pan for best results. For chocolate sauce, mix chocolate fudge, honey and cream. Top up pancakes with chocolate sauce and sliced banana.

* Heart-shaped chocolate cake with rose petals: Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Mix chocolate bake mix, butter, milk, water, sugar and cocoa powder until batter is smooth. Bake for 30 minutes in a heart-shaped mould or until a toothpick inserted in the centre, comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes and then cut it horizontally, into 2 parts. Take one piece of cake and spread a layer of cream, place the second piece of cake on top and finally cover it with another layer of cream. Decorate the cake with berries, rose petals and relish it with your love.

Five foods that help you remain fit, healthy and active

New Delhi: In today’s world we have to be fit and healthy in order to cope with the ever-mounting pressures of a globalised life. Exercising in the gym and gardening alone won’t keep you fit. You are what you eat and it is imperative you consume healthy foods.

Eating food rich in carbohydrate, proteins, minerals and vitamins after exercising make helps you boost your immunity.

Here are some foods that will help you to stay fit and energised throughout the day:

‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. There are different types of apples available in the market. Apples contain essential fibres, carbs and vitamins. You can use apple in salad, juice, smoothies to avoid boredom of eating an apple as it is.

Five foods that help you remain fit, healthy and activeEggs:
An egg is one of the most loved foods for athletes. Eggs contain high amount of protein. You can eat an egg at any time of the day. It provides you all the protein that a body needs to repair.

Drinking a glass of milk in the morning is very good as it contains calcium, proteins and hydrating properties which help your body get energised. You can have a glass of milk before going to bed as it helps your body to get the rest it needs. You can add fruits to milk and have healthy shakes.

Chicken Breast:
Chicken Breast contains protein and it supports muscle development.