Summer Special Fruit Salad

Summer brings to us an array of colourful fruits and veggies. An easy fruit salad can be very fulfilling and delicious for summers! It will give you all the essential vitamins and fibers you need to keep you hydrated and healthy. A bowl of fruit salad will keep your tummy full and help you to get rid of your binge eating. Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of essential nutrients and help you to stay fit within minimum calories. You can have this salad as your evening snack and ditch those fries and oily snacks. A bowl of delicious salad is easy to digest and is light on the tummy, perfect for hot summers!
Let’s go to the recipe ➡️
All the ingredients needed for this salad is easily available or can be bought from your nearby store. You may add or replace the fruits and veggies according to your likings! Some innovation is certainly going to come out of your head. Lastly, it is an extremely easy recipe, will be done in a jiffy!
What all do you need –
1. Apple(1) – Chopped into pieces
2. Cucumber (1)- Chopped into pieces
3. Tomato (1)- Cut into pieces
4. Watermelon(1cup) – Cut into pieces
5. Curd – 1 cup
6. Honey – 2 Tsp
7. Sea salt – 1/2 Tsp
8. Chaat masala ( Indian mix of spices) – 1tsp
9. Red Chilly Powder- A pinch
10. Lemon juice – 1 Tsp
11. Chia seeds: 2tsp (Optional)
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Procedure:
1. Whisk the curd in a big bowl and mix all the spices.
2. Add the chopped vegetables, and top it with the tomatoes cut into rings.
3. Garnish with a drizzle of honey and some chia seeds.
4. Sprinkle a pinch of red chilly powder and drizzle a teaspoon of lemon juice for that extra tangy and spicy taste.
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Nutritional Facts :
1. The curd is ideal for summers and aids in digestion. It has similar benefits as milk and contains phosphorus and calcium. Calcium helps to prevent the formation of cortisol in your body and helps you shed extra fat.image_search_1525020731624
2. An apple is an ideal fruit with less than 100 calories, it is one of nature’s superfoods. It is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and phytonutrients. Apples are free of fat, sodium, cholesterol and has ample amount of fiber.
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3. Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Tomatoes contain lycopene and beta-carotene and are extremely beneficial for heart health and skin.image_search_1525020148035
4. Cucumber is an ideal fruit for summer, it contains up to 95% water and works a cooling agent. It is extremely low in calorie and has an array of Vitamin and minerals. It contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains Vitamin K, B, C, Potassium, and Manganese. It is a fiber-rich fruit and helps you to control weight.image_search_1525020589644
5. Watermelon is one of nature’s superfood. For knowing more about this fruit, please read our article Watermelon Cooler | Shake It Make It.77335_adapted_1080x1920
6. Chia seeds are one of the essential seeds to be included in your diet. To know more click the given link 9 Super Healthy Seeds For Your Well-Being.
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Hope you all will like this simple yet nutrient-rich salad recipe. It will be extremely easy to make but will surely be appetizing. Do share your thoughts and suggestions with us in the comment box.
To give us your suggestions you can even mail us ➡️ ourglamsoul@gmail.com
Happy Reading.
Article: Debolina Ghosh

Watermelon Cooler | Shake It Make It

Watermelon is an ideal fruit for summer. It has high percentage of water in it and is rich in several vitamins and nutrients. Watermelon can keep you full for long hours without worrying about calories. It is one of the healthiest fruit. Apart from its high water content, it is rich in Vitamin A and C which keeps our skin and hair healthy. It is source of some vital components like lycopene, citrulline. Lycopene is a very vital component and is associated with heart health, bone health and has anti inflammatory properties. Another vital component in watermelon is beta-carotene which is functional for cancer prevention, immunity, skin and eye health.
As hot summer days have already arrived, all of us love to sip into a cool and refreshing drink as soon as we reach home.

Watermelon Facts :
1. It contains upto 92% water and a cup of watermelon contains just 40 calories!
2. Watermelon has optimum water and less fibres, which helps in digestion.
3. Watermelon keeps your skin healthy and glowing. Vitamin A keeps skin hydrated and promotes collagen growth and maintains skin elasticity.
4. Watermelon is an ideal fruit to help you maintain your diet. It keeps you full and even helps in reducing hypertension.
With so many advantages of having watermelon, a super tasty Watermelon drink would seem even tastier! Watermelon being naturally so sweet we don’t need any extra sugar in this drink but a spoon of honey won’t harm!
What do you need – (For 2 glass)
Diced watermelon – 4 cups
Honey – 2 tsp
Rock salt – 1/4 tsp
Few ice cubes/1cup chilled water
Red Chilly powder – A pinch ( optional)
Mint leaves – For garnishing
2 watermelon slices – For garnishing

Let’s shake it :
In a mixer jar, add the watermelon chunks and blend it till it’s liquidy. Add the ice cubes, honey, rock salt, pinch of red chilly and blend everything well. Pour the drink in glasses. Top it with some mint leaves if available and put a slice of watermelon each on the edge of glasses to make it look even more tempting.
Drink it all. And feel the awesomeness!
I hope you all loved the recipe and the facts about watermelon. Okay one more fact, did you know that even the seeds and rind of the watermelon can be eaten?

Do let us know in the comments box about your thoughts and suggestions, or you may even drop us a mail. Enjoy summers with this easy and delicious drink.

Article- Debolina Ghosh

Bengali New Year Special Menu|পহেলা বৈশাখের খাবার ও রেসিপি

Pohela Baisakh or Bengali New Year is celebrated on the first day of Baisakh, according to the lunisolar calendar. On this same day people in North India celebrate Bihu and Vaisakhi and people in South Indian states celebrate Vishu and Puthandu.
Pohela Baisakh is celebrated by Bengalis in Bangladesh and West Bengal mainly, and is a big day for Bengalis.
Pohela Baisakh, is celebrated with some detectable mouth-watering Bengali dishes in almost every household in Bengal. It calls for a day full of good food and family get togethers. There is a tradition of wearing new clothes on Poila Boisakh, as this day is a symbol of new beginning. As the month of Chaitra ends and Baisakh arrives, it is thought that there is a scope of new beginning. Thus Pohela Baisakh has got a significant part too, the old is left behind and a new beginning awaits. All the sadness, impurity, darkness is enlightened with the hope of light on this day.
Pohela Boisakh is thus celebrated with all the delicious Bengali dishes which are a proud part of the traditional cuisine of Bengal.
In Menu :
Bhaat ( Rice), Lau Diye Mug Dal(Lentils with Bottle Gourd), Alu Bhaja(Potato), Begun Bhaja ( Brinjal Fry), Potol Posto(Pointed Gourd with Poppy seeds), Echor Alur Tarkari (Jackfruit-Potato Curry), Chicken Kosha(Curry), Aamer Chatni(Mango Chutney), Mango and Cucumber and Papad.

In Menu :
Bhaat(Rice), Saag bhaja, Uchhe bhaja(Bitter -gourd fry), Mach bhaja(Fish fry), Sajne Data Chochhori(Drumsticks fry), Potato-Carrot fry, Onion pakoda, Mug Dal(Lentils), Pathar Mangso(Mutton Curry), Macher-dimer torkari( Fish-egg Curry), Chingri Curry( Prawn curry), Chutney, Misti Dahi( Sweet yogurt), Mihidana( sweet).

Sokol Ke Subho Noboborsho’r Priti O Subechha ( Happy Bengali New Year to all of you). May this bring you all the happiness and love you deserve.

We will share the recipe of each and every item with you. So stay tuned and follow our blog.

-From ourglamsoul team

Article- Debolina Ghosh

Authentic Bengali Chicken Curry

This year’s Pohela Boisakh is Sunday, that means all of us will have a gala time this year! Pohela Boisakh calls for a sumptuous lunch with all our favourite Bengali dishes. To make it easy for you all and decide your menu, I have come up with a lipsmaking Chicken dish. Prepare it for lunch and make your Pohela Boisakh a grand one!
This amazing Chicken recipe will surely give your taste buds a burst of flavours. It’s not oversized and is light on tummy! Have an amazing Poila Boisakh. Let’s get back to our recipe straightaway!

What all do you need –
Chicken – 1 Kg
Chopped onion – 250 gm
Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Ginger paste – 3 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1tsp
Curd – 100 gm
Chopped tomato(big) – 2
Dried melon seeds paste (Char Magaz) – 2tsp
Poppy Seeds paste (Posto) – 3tsp
Red Chilly – 2 whole
Red Chilly powder – 2tsp
Mace powder – 1 small pinch
Nutmeg powder – 1 small pinch
Bay leaves – 2
Salt and Sugar – As per taste
Ghee – 1tsp
Mustard oil – 6-7 TSP
Water – 500ml

Recipe :
1. Heat 3 tsp oil in a pan and lightly fry the pre washed chicken. Take it out of the pan when it turns slightly golden.
2. In a fresh pan, add 4 tsp oil and 1tsp oil. Add 2 whole red chillies and 2 bay leaves. Add the chopped onion and 2 tsp of sugar, let it turn golden. As it turns golden, add the ginger and garlic paste. Fry the masala till it is cooked.
3. Add 2 chopped tomatoes and let it mix well will all the other masalas. Cover the pan and let the tomatoes be cooked for 2-3 minutes.
4. At this stage, whisk the curd till no lumps remain, add it in the pan. Add the paste of poppy seeds, melon seeds and red chilly powder.
5. As all the spices are almost cooked, add the Chicken. Mix it with all the cooked spices and season it with salt as per your taste. Add water(500ml) for the gravy. Add less water if you want less gravy.
6. Cover the pan and let it simmer for at least 10-15 mins.
7. Just before removing it from heat, add 1 pinch each of nutmeg and mace for that extra flavour.
Your dish is ready to be served. You may add some garnish it with some fresh cream or serve it as it is. Whatever garnishing you do, it will not disappoint you and your family with the taste.
Wishing you all Subho Noboborsho 1425 in advance. Let this year be full of good food and great moments. Give a kickstart to your Noboborsho with some mouthwatering dishes and let your year be as great as your food.

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Subho Noboborsho 1425(Bengali New Year)
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Debolina Ghosh

Mouth Watering Veg Burger Recipe

Pohela Boisakh is just around the corner. Pohela Boisakh is celebrated on the first day of the month of  Baisakh and is a big day full of food of celebrations for the Bengalis. We bengalis love food and all our festivals are full of good food and lots of sweets to give a complete satisfaction to your tummy.
Bengali Cuisine is full of mouth watering dishes to savour into. But let’s make an unconventional breakfast dish for your Pohela Boisakh to make it more interesting.
You all have tasted burgers with cheese and Italian seasonings. But let’s make an Indian style burger, with Indian chutney and spices! I know that’s already making you all raise a brow with confusion. I guarantee that it will be as tasty as the burgers you have tasted and will be much more healthier.
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What all do we need –
Burger Buns – 2
Boiled Potato – 2
Medium sized carrot – 2
Boiled Green peas – 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves – 1 bunch
Cucumber – 1
Capsicum – 1
Tomato – 1
Onion – 1
Green chilly – 2
Ginger paste – 1 tsp
Garlic – 1 tsp
Cumin powder – 1tsp
Coriander powder – 1tsp
Red Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
Roasted cornflakes – 1 cup
Chickpea flour ( Besan) – 4-5 tsp
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Tomato Sauce – 4-5 tsp
Butter – 2 tsp
Oil – 2-3 tsp
Salt and Sugar – As per taste
For making the patties :
1. Mash the boiled potatoes and carrots.
2. Add – cumin powder, coriander powder, ginger paste, 1 tsp ginger paste, 1tsp garlic paste, few sprigs of chopped coriander, salt and sugar into the mashed veggies and mix well.
3. Add salt and sugar as per taste. To bring a tangy taste add 2 tsp tomato sauce and 1tsp lemon juice.
4. To bind the mixture add the besan, crush the roasted cornflakes add it to shape the mixture into patties.
5. Lightly brown the patties on a pan, with 1 tsp oil on each side. There’s no need to deep fry.
6. On the same pan, heat a tsp of oil. Cut the capsicums into rings and lightly give them a toss.
7. Cut the cucumber, tomato and onion in rings.
8. Lightly toasted the burger buns with 1/2 tsp butter on each side.
Make the chutney –
Add 1tsp garlic paste, a bunch of coriander, 2 green chillies and lemon juice in a mixer jar. Blend it completely and add salt as per taste.
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Assemble :
1. Apply the prepared chutney on one side of the burger buns. You may slather another side of the burger with tomato sauce or any flavoured mayo.
2. Place the patties on the burger, place the ringed veggies ( cucumber, tomato, capsicum, onion) on top of it.
3. Season the veggies with some salt.
4. Slather some tomato sauce and chutney on top of it.
5. Place the upper part of the bun and stick it with a toothpick.
6. Your drool worthy burger is ready.
This burger is utterly delicious and healthy. It has minimalistic ingredients and saves your time. You can definitely try it for an awesome start to your Pohela Boisakh instead of your Luchi – Tarkari. It will you ample time to prepare your awesome Bengali lunch and keep your tummy happy!
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Make it in your kitchen, and enjoy it with a cup of hot tea. Ditch the coffee.
Did you like this recipe? Wait for an amazing recipe coming up for Poila-Boisakh lunch.
Article – Debolina Ghosh

Top 10 Heritage Restaurants in Kolkata which you must visit

 

Kolkata is the melting pot to different cultures, making the city full of wide varieties of food in it’s every nook and corner. No one city in India holds such a rich heritage and culture like Kolkata. Being the colonial capital of India it has not only got a wide variety of Indian food but also holds a varied range of continental cuisine.We, bengalis are fond of eating different kinds of foods. Everytime we want to explore new restaurants as many as we can to taste all types of foods because for us “food is love”, “food is life”, “food is something which can reduce stress in our mind”, “food is refreshment”, “food is something that helps us to gain energy to charge up our body”. In Kolkata, lots of street foods as well as some famous restaurants are available. Kolkata is well-known for it’s “BIRIYANI” , “SWEETS”, “FAST FOODS”. There are many restaurants which can satisfy your hunger but out of them I am going to recommend you 10 best restaurants which you must visit if  you stay in Kolkata.

 

1.GOLBARI

Place: Shyambazar

Description: Famous for its spicy mutton gravy. The restaurant serves every Bengali’s favourite dish “KoshaMangso” in its tastiest avatar, the dish you will smell in every Bengali home on Sundays. Koshamangso and Parathas are one of the best menu served here. The mutton is out of the world in its perfectly spiced,rich gravy with the correct hotness and softness. The soft parathas compliment the mutton like a match made in heaven. The name of Golbari itself speaks of heritage, age-old culture and somewhat a lost tradition of North Kolkata.

Pocket pinch: ₹450 for two people (approx.) *

 

2.Oly Pub

Place: Park Street

Description: Olypub takes this endeavor to cater people coming from different backgrounds and preferences. It is a specialty restaurant where one gets the most relishing Continental cuisines, which are at the same time economical. The peaceful ambiance and a compassionate staff promise to give you a soothing dining experience. It is an ideal place for people who like hanging out with their friends and family and eating their favorite cuisine under one roof.It won’t hurt your pocket, but the taste of the beef steaks will linger in your mind for long!

Pocket pinch: ₹1,100 for two people (approx.)  with alcohol

₹100  for a pint of beer (approx.)*

 

3.Peter Cat

Place: Park Street

Description: Another popular feature on Park Street is the restaurant Peter Cat. This classic restaurant started as back as the swinging sixties, and has managed to retain its popularity, thanks to the delicious house special – Chelo Kebab.Many restaurants have started making the “Chelo Kebabs”, but nothing like this one with flavourful rice topped with lump of butter and the soft kebabs melting in your mouth. Isn’t it heaven in a plate?

Pocket pinch: ₹1,200 for two people (approx.) *

 

4.Nahoum and Sons

Place: New Market, Esplanade

Description: This over a century old bakery, situated in the middle of the bustling New Market.It is 115 year old jewish bakery. The bekary has remained a favorite till today because of its yummy pastries and pies. In fact, Christmas seems incomplete in the city without a plum cake from Nahoum and Sons.The cakes are soft, rich with butter and dry fruits and fully satisfies your sweet tooth!

Pocket pinch: ₹300 for two people (approx.) *

 

5.Nizam’s

Place: Esplanade

Description: The Kolkata Kathi Roll is now wildly popular in all parts of the country. It originated in the kitchen of Nizam’s Restaurant back in the colonial times, when this evergreen restaurant started.A Kathi roll, filled with juicy chunks of meat satisfies not only your taste buds but also fills your tummy at an economical rate.

Pocket pinch: ₹550 for two people (approx.) *

 

6.Mitra Cafe

Place: Shobhabazar

Description:This century old cafe, located in North Kolkata holds the secret recipe to some of the best fried items in the city. One of the best place to saturate one’s craving for some authentic Bengali snacks: my all time favorite fish fry, fish finger, fish kabirajiand chicken kabirajitops their menu. The Fish Kabiraji (came from coverage) has got juicy fish inside with a fried egg coverage, is a must try for everyone.

Pocket pinch: ₹300 for two people (approx.) *

 

7.Dilkusha Cabin

Place: College Street

Description: This centenarian restaurant has played host to cultural bigwigs like Kabi Nazrul Islam. Now a local favourite amongst the hordes of college goers, its Kabiraji cutlets still strike the same culinary chords as they did a hundred years ago.

Pocket pinch: ₹300 for two people (approx.) *

 

8.Indian Coffee House

Place: College Street

Description: Steeped in history and culture, this used to be the point of convergence for intellectuals and students, then attending Presidency College and University of Calcutta. In its peak times, literary icons like Satyajit Ray, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar, have graced its hallowed halls.It has got the perfect ambiance for hanging out with your favourite bunch of folks with great food and beverage.

Pocket pinch: ₹200 for two people (approx.) *

 

 

9.China Town

Place: Tangra

Description: The locality of China Town in Tangra used to house Chinese immigrants from the colonial times and now has some of the most popular Chinese restaurants of the city, like Big Boss, Hot Wok, Kim Ling, and Beijing. Fun fact: This is the birthplace of what is lovingly called the Indian Chinese food. A foodwalk down this road is a necessity, to soak in the cultural relevance of this part of the city.

Pocket pinch: Depends on your taste

 

10. Dada Boudir Hotel

Place: Barrackpore

Description: Making way for a heartily meal is Dada Boudi Hotel in Kolkata. Established in the year 1985, this place is synonymous with delicious food that can satiate all food cravings. It is home to some of the most appreciated cuisines which include Mughlai Biriyani. So as to be able to cater a large number of diners,it occupies a favourite location at Barrackpore. Near Sukanta Sadan.1.Ghosh Para Road,Barrackpore. Courtesy to this strategic location,foodies in and around the neighborhood can walk in to this eating house conveniently without facing any hassle related to commuting to this part of the city. It is one of the most sought after Restaurants in Barrackpore. This is a one of the renowned Restaurants in Kolkatato savour into the all time favourite Kolkata – Biriyani with a soft golden fried”aloo”(potato).

Pocket pinch: ₹550 for two people (approx.) *

 

All these restaurants will certainly offer you the rich taste of culture and heritage that Kolkata holds dear from long. The food of Kolkata has got all the love and compassion that we Bengalis have in our hearts. A visit to these restaurants will take you to the roller coaster ride of history and tradition, and will certainly fathom all your love with its delectable taste.Don’t forget to let us know, how helpful was this post for you people. Leave your ideas in the comments section and do visit these places for some really good food.

 

*Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any

 

Contributed by- Pranab Paul

Edited by- Debolina Ghosh