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Best Food Joints to Hop on in Chandni Chowk!

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What’s better than hogging on to some old Delhi food joints with your friends this winter?

Chandni Chowk, the hub of famous and old food joints which still serves their delicacies in between the streets of old Delhi. There are many such places where you can stumble upon and have a bite at pretty low cost. Here’s what you can find!

1. Natraj Dahi Bhalla

Since the 1940s they’ve been serving delicious Dahi Bhallas. You can find only two items in the menu Dahi Bhallas and their crispy and scrumptious Aloo Tikki.

P.S- They do not have any other outlet.

Price- Rs 60-70 for two

          

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2. Daulat Ki Chaat

Mysterious, fluffy and delicious. This dessert can be devoured only in winters as it takes about the entire night to be prepared. You can find these foamy clouds of sweetness at many little spots in Old Delhi.

Price- Rs 30 per plate

         

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3. Lotan Chole Kulche Wala

Started in 1920 by Lotan and is now run by the fourth generation of the family. Lotan family has a legacy of serving people with best Chole Kulche in town. You’ll always see crowd buzzing around. You’ll find him from 7:30 am- 10:30 am sitting at Chhatta Shah and 11:00- 2:00 pm in Daryaganj.

Price- Rs 50-100 for two

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4. Manohar Japani Samose Walla

Tired of those regular samosas? Why not try something new? Tucked in between the lanes of Chandni Chowk you can find exotic Japan Samosas served with chole. Set up in 1949, Manohar Dhaba serves a unique multi-layered delight which has a total number of 60 layers.

Whenever you’re in Old Delhi, do not forget to try this quirky samosa.

Price- Rs 40 per plate

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5. Hira Lal Chat Corner

Ever heard of Kuliya Ki Chaat? Hira Lal Chat Corner in Chandni Chowk is a famous chat vala that serves the most exotic fruit and vegetable chaat. Fruits and vegetables are scooped out of its flesh and then filled with different spices, chickpeas and pomegranate and some lemon juice. You’ll find many other dishes like Aloo Tikki, Pav Bhaji and many more once you visit there.

Price- Rs 50-100 per plate.

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6. Bishan Swaroop Chaat Bhandar

This is another gem of Old Delhi if you are looking for some chaat. They’ve Kuliya ki chaat, fried potatoes, Tikki and fruit chats as well. It’s open from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Price- Rs 50

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Here, you can stroll around and find many other food hubs as well.

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How To Make Cheesecake At Home

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We all are going through tough times right now, be it physically or mentally. But there’s never an option to say no to some good food! We cannot go out and eat but the least we can do is, test our cooking skills at home. So, are you also stuck at home and craving some cheesecake?

Here’s how you can make an incredibly delicious and easy Cheesecake!

JUST FOLLOW THE SIMPLE STEPS


1: Bringing the Ingredients to Room Temperature.

The first step before you jump into making the cheesecake is to take the ingredients out a few hours before and ensure that these are brought down to room temperature. This will allow the cheesecake to bake perfectly.

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2: Making your very own Graham Cracker Crust

For the classic cheesecake recipe, you can stick to the basic graham cracker crust. Also ensure that the crumbs of the graham cracker are finely ground. You can use a blender or a food processor so as to do this. After this, you need to mix all of your grounded crumbs with melted butter, granulated sugar and pinch of kosher salt.

Moreover, you can also pre-bake your crust which might lead to a crispier and sturdier graham cracker crust.

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3: Make the Filling for Cheesecake

As mentioned in the first step, ensure that you bring your ingredients to the room temperature. Moreover, this will prevent your batter from being lumpy. Another tip is do not over mix the cheesecake or it will lead to incorporation of too much air into the filling and cause it to crack while it gets baked. Over baking too can cause cracks.

You will need 4 packages of cream cheese for this cheesecake recipe. Now, spread the filling on top of the crust and smooth is out with an offset spatula or spatula.

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4: Baking the Cheesecake

It is considered one of the hard steps, but is pretty easy. We can bake it using the water bath method. This method allows you to insulate the cheesecake so that the outside of it doesn’t bake too quickly and the final result is a perfectly baked and moist cake.

To bake your cheesecake in water bath, you first have to double wrap the bottom of the pan in foil so that water doesn’t leak and cake doesn’t get soggy.

Moreover, fill 3/4 of cheesecake pan with very hot water. Carefully place your cheesecake into oven and bake it for 60-70 minutes. Check it at 60 minutes and the outside should be set.

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5: Chilling the Cheesecake

After getting the cake out of the oven, allow it to cool at room temperature for almost an hour. Then cover it with foil and chill it in refrigerator for 6 hours. Additionally, overnight is preferable.

Remove it from refrigerator and if any condensation has built up, take a paper towel and dab the moisture off.

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IMPORTANT TIPS

Pre-bake your cheesecake.
Don’t over mix and don’t over bake.
Water Bath method.
Make sure ingredients are at room temperature.

On the other hand, you can also make pancakes at home! Checkout the post-Different pancakes recipes to try at home. 

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Fun Ways To Reuse Waste From Fruits & Vegetables

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It is an obvious fact that vegetables and fruits are healthy food and should be included in our daily diet. They are not only tasty but also provide us with important nutrients on a daily basis.  In the process of consuming them, we create a lot of organic waste. It’s a fact that we’re all collectively responsible for food waste. Producers discard items which don’t fit the market profile in appearance, distributors and supermarkets sort and throw away food themselves. Last but not least, we consumers toss anything out that isn’t good anymore or whatever we think can’t be used. Why not reuse them?

This is quite often the case with wilted greens and leftover peelings. Vegetable scraps, which you can reuse a lot more easily than you’d think. Vegetable scraps like pumpkin seeds, carrot peels and radish leaves don’t often make it onto our plates. Most of the time they end up in the garbage. Do they really need to? We’ll show you some creative ways to reuse vegetable scraps leftover in the kitchen.

 

Make Chips From Potato Peels

Reuse

The best part about the humble potato is that it is extremely versatile. You can use potato peels to make some crisp chips. Soak them in the water for at least 20 minutes. Take them out and let them dry; once they are dried, add some seasoning like garlic powder, salt and pepper or red chilli powder. If you wish to bake them, then drizzle some oil and bake them in a preheated oven. If you wish to fry them, just toss them in a pan full of pre-heated oil and voila! Your perfect evening snacks are ready to be devoured and of course, you didn’t waste anything!

 

 Make a Broth or Soup

The process is simple and very forgiving. Save up vegetable scraps like carrots peels or limp veggies that have spent a bit too long in the fridge, and collect them in a freezer container. When you have enough saved up, you can make broth! In general, consider the balance of ingredients and recognize the difference between things you don’t want to eat. Play around with flavours and ingredients to find out what you like. Take those piles of leftover veggie peels and off-cuts and make yourself a tasty vegetable broth. You can use carrot, cucumber and asparagus peelings or even onion skins.

 

Turn Vegetable Scraps into a Smoothie

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You can simply and easily process leftover veggie scraps (those which you can eat raw) right down into a smoothie. Mix together in a blender adding some water and any additional fruits, herbs, spices or a bit of ginger according to taste. Some kitchen scraps that go great in smoothies are radish, carrot, beet root and daikon radish leaves, withered leaves of lettuce and herb stalks, etc. You can also make use of fruit past its freshest point. Now you can gain extra nutrients from those peels.

 

Reuse Lettuce Stalks As Salad Dressing 

Whip up a lean and tasty salad dressing by reusing leftover lettuce stalks, leaf veins or radish. You can also use daikon radish, carrot and kohlrabi greens. Simple purée these together and add your vinegar, olive oil and seasoning or any other ingredients that fit your taste and you’ve got yourself a delicious salad dressing. You can even flavour your salad dressing based on your choice.

 

 Orange peel Face Masks

Orange peels are known to keep your skin healthy and so you will find them being used in a variety of face packs. You don’t have to throw them away in any case. Just reuse the tangy and slightly bitter orange peels to flavor cakes and desserts, or use them to add a sour tinge to your cocktails. You can also make candied orange peels. This is not only applicable to oranges but any other fruit of your choice.

 

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Hibiscus Tea: The Secret To Blooming Health

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Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea is made using the petals of the Hibiscus Flower. It lowers your blood pressure, blood sugar and aids in weight loss. Consumed both hot and cold, it is a caffeine-free alternative that can be taken individually or added to caffeinated tea. The antioxidants in the tea can also help reduce cell damage in your body.

Preparing Hibiscus Tea At Home

Step 1: Drying Petals

You can either buy Dried Hibiscus leaves (loose or in tea bags) or prepare them yourself at home. Separate the calyx and the flower from the stem. Then Remove the Seed Pods from the Calyx and separate the leaves.

Step 2: Steeping in Water

You can directly use the leaves procured above for your tea or you can use them later. They can be used all dried out as well. Steep the hibiscus leaves in hot water for about 5 minutes. If you want a stronger flavour, steep for 5 minutes.

Step 3: (Optional)Adding Other Flavours

Variants in the market include lemongrass along with the hibiscus leaves. You can also infuse the tea with cinnamon for added benefits. Hibiscus does not contain caffeine, however, you can add it to your black tea. To tackle the tart flavour of hibiscus, try adding natural sweeteners.

Hibiscus Tea

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Make it Iced

Refrigerate the hibiscus leaves along with mint, lime, cinnamon in a jar of water. Your drink will be ready after 8-10 hours. Remember to separate the leaves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

Iced Hibiscus Tea

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PRECAUTIONS

  • Hibiscus tea cannot be taken by pregnant women.
  • It does not react well with certain kind of medications including those of malaria.
  • It is always wise to inform your doctor about its consumption.
  • Diabetics should be careful as a high consumption might lower blood sugars dangerously

 

Alternating the consumption of this tea along with other herbal and non-herbal teas will give a fresh burst to your life.

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Time to sip health!

 

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