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Best Italian Restaurants In Delhi You Got To Visit!

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Italian cuisine is food typical of Italy. It has developed through centuries of social and economic changes, with roots stretching to antiquity. It is no surprise that most people prefer Italian food over most cuisines available. Typical Italian food and dishes include assorted appetizers, all types of pasta, risotto and pizza, soups (minestroni and zuppe) and delicious meat and fish dishes.The main regional differences are in the sources of carbohydrates, the origin of the proteins and the choice of vegetables. For desserts there is Tiramisu, Cannoli, Panna cotta, Cassata, Zeppole etc.

Here are some of the all time favourite Italian restaurants

  • SPAGO

Located in the bustling N-block market of Greater Kailash-I, Spago rustles up gourmet Italian with such simplicity. The restaurant has recently been renovated, so expect dim lighting, floral accents, wooden furniture and a cafe style vibe. Though the food is exceptional, especially their Grilled King Prawns in a Spicy Harissa Olio, Saltimbocca, Grilled Artichoke Hearts stuffed with walnuts and Parmesan, and Lasagne Alla Bolognese – Their complimentary in-house bread basket is a sure shot winner. Savoured with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar and spruced up with pesto…  You feel like you’re in Italy with every bite you take. If you’re in the mood to indulge, don’t miss out on their boozy Tiramisu and baked Torta Royale – the king of desserts.

Where: N-Block, Greater Kailash-I

Credits: travelkhana.in

  • BIG CHILL

Funky decor in shades of green, pale cream and bright orange, Hollywood posters strewn all over, creamy pastas and decadent desserts. Yes, Big Chill is by far the most popular hangout in the capital city. It boasts of all things yummy so it’s difficult to pick a favourite dish, but here’s your cue: Penne a la Vodka with Prawn, Chicken in Red Wine Sauce, Pepperoni Pizza, meaty Lasagna, Blueberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Decadence. The flavours are seductively intense and yet beautifully balanced. Wash it down with a pitcher of their Lemon Iced Tea or Ginger Ale and go straight to foodie heaven. Note: Big Chill never disappoints.

Where: Kailash Colony, Khan Market, DLF Place Mall, DLF Promenade

Credits: DforDelhi

  • LA BREZZA

There is precisely one reason and one reason only why you should head to La Brezza – the food. It maybe all the way in Greater Noida, but trust us, it’s worth the trip – a true find for authentic Italian, a hidden treasure. La Brezza is spread over two floors, with an entire wall stacked with bottles of vino and decanters of olive oil infused with aromatic spices including rosemary, garlic et al. Oh and the freshly baked breads, served straight out of the oven are a treat in itself. What should you order? The Fazeli Ricotta Pasta oozing with cheese, their Pork doused in barbeque sauce, The New Zealand Lamb Chops served with Saffron Risotto. La Brezza’s thin crust pizzas are heavenly as well, especially the Parma Ham. Just in case you’re stumped for choice, the staff is extremely courteous and will help you choose the right dishes to suit your palate and your cravings. Note: The restaurant is shut on Tuesdays and open for lunch only on Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort, G Block, Surajpur, Greater Noida

Credits: Noida Dairy

  • LA PIAZZA

Stone finishings, wooden tables and archways… As you step into La Piazza, you get a sense of what awaits you. A classic Italian Trattoria transplanted into the heart of Delhi, La Piazza boasts an elaborate menu which includes wood-fired pizzas, al dente pasta and a dessert section to kill. The food is served with an essence of Italian country-style cooking, but it definitely pinches the pocket. What should you order? Wood-Oven Roasted Salmon with Garlic Spinach, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Pizza La Piazza and Pan-Fried Sea Bass.

Where: Hyatt Regency, Ring Road, Bhikaji Cama Place

Credits: HungryForever

  • TONINO

A stand-alone restaurant resembling a Tuscan villa, which is ideal for a romantic dinner, as well as a hearty meal with la familia. You can enjoy the nip in the air in their lounge area which is like an archaic British living room, but the garden area is my favourite – welcoming and beautifully decorated sans the fancy decor. What should you order? Their scrumptious Costolette Di Maiale, Mushroom Ravioli, Con Crème Di Aglo E Erbe and Tiramisu. By far, the best  Bruschetta Pomodoro E Basilico and date night spot in town.

Where: 76/27, Near Andheria More, Mehrauli

Credits: Dineout.in

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10 Unique Facts About Indian Cuisine

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Facts About Indian Cuisine

There are a lot of stereotypes about Indian Food. However, some of them are true and some of them are not. Also many times, these are half-truths. Therefore, check out these facts about Indian Cuisine:

Facts About Indian Cuisine

1. A Mix Pot of Different Tastes

We have often heard that Indian food is spicy. Indian food is not suitable for most people as it is hot. However, that’s not the case. As said, most of the stereotypes are half-truths, this one is as well.

Indian Cuisine is a mixing pot of 6 different tastes. For instance, one can experience the following tastes:

  • Sweet (Madhura)
  • Salty (Lavana)
  • Astringent (Kasya)
  • Bitter (Tikta)
  • Sour (Amala)
  • Pungent (Katu)

2. Land of Spices 

Facts About Indian Cuisine

We all know that India is a land of spices. Indeed, it is true. Over 70 % of the spices in the world come from India. Also, in many ancient texts, India has been famously praised for the variety of spices that India offered and still offers.

3. Historical Staple Diet

The grains and legumes that Indian produce and consume have a long history to it. They are being cultivated for a long time and have been consistent. Common staple foods include wheat, rice, lentils and different forms of these. This is constant from about 6,000 B.C.E.

4. Categories of Food 

As per the Ancient Indian school of Ayurveda, there are three categories of food. For example, there is Satvik, Tamasik and Rajasic food.

Facts About Indian Cuisine

  1. Satvik Food- Natural and Minimally processed food. Have a calming effect on the mind and body.
  2. Tamasic Food- Overly processed, toxic food that is difficult to digest. Has a negative effect on mind and body.
  3. Rajasic Food- Oily, spicy, salty or bitter foods. Drives competition and ambition.

In addition, read Eating Habits recommended by Ayurveda

5. Veg or Non-Veg

A lot of people outside India think that people in India only eat vegetarian food. However, this is not true. For instance, only 29 % of Indians follow a vegetarian diet as per a survey conducted by the Government of India. Therefore, it is evident that most of the population does consume non-vegetarian food.

6. Booze 

Indian have their own preferences when it comes to booze. Also, they are certainly not dependent on other countries for booze. For instance, Indians have their own creative ways of producing booze. With the available local resources, Indians have come up with a variety of alcoholic drinks. There are drinks life the Toddy, Kallu and many more northeastern local drinks.

7. Inclusion Of Other Imports as Staples

Some of the staples like potatoes, tomatoes, and chillies are not native to Indian. However, Indians have very openly included these in their diets and made these ingredients their own!

8. Indian Candies

Facts About Indian Cuisine

Credits: Apne Desh Ko Jaano

Though we love Western varieties of Candies, Indians have their own version of it. The candy is locally known as Khanda. 

Also read Tasty Pickles: The Underrated Pride Of Our Thali

9. Love for Spice 

Facts About Indian Cuisine

As we know Indians love spicy food. Similarly, India is home to the Hottest Chilly in the World. This chilly is the bhut jolokia or the ghost pepper. In addition, it is 400 times spicier than the hot Tabasco sauce.

This chilly is grown in regions of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh. In 2007, it got the tag of the hottest chilly by Guinness World Records.

10. External Influences

Indians have readily even welcomed external cuisines in their routine cuisines. For example, samosa’s, jalebis and gulab jamun are all imports from other cultures.

Also, read 5 Michelin-Starred Indian Restaurants Which Are Not In India

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How To Make The Best Pizza At Home!!!

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Pizza… ahh… What a wonderful word! Everyone loves pizza. So It’s a wonderful dish, which can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere! During these pandemic times, you probably are worried about your safety. Therefore, You might not want to order a pizza from a restaurant and want to take that extra step for safety. Even though the top pizza places might promise the utmost hygiene procedures… So, If you don’t want to order and want to enjoy your favorite meal, this article is for you!

METHOD:

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  • “Bloom” the yeast by sprinkling the sugar and yeast in the warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes, until bubbles form on the surface.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and add the olive oil and bloomed yeast mixture. Using a spoon, mix until a shaggy dough begins to form.
  • Once the flour is mostly hydrated, turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. The dough should be soft, smooth, and bouncy. Form the dough into a taut round.
  • Grease a clean, large bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside, turning to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours.
  • Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead for another minute or so, then cut into 4 equal portions and shape into rounds.
  • Lightly flour the dough, then cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for another 30 minutes to an hour while you prepare the sauce and any other ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven as high as your oven will allow, between 450-500˚F (230-260˚C). Place a pizza stone, heavy baking sheet (turn upside down so the surface is flat), or cast iron skillet in the oven.
  • Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce: Add the salt to the can of tomatoes and puree with an immersion blender, or transfer to a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.
  • Once the dough has rested, take a portion and start by poking the surface with your fingertips, until bubbles form and do not deflate.
  • Then, stretch and press the dough into a thin round. Make it thinner than you think it should be, as it will slightly shrink and puff up during baking.
  • Sprinkle semolina onto an upside-down baking sheet and place the stretched crust onto it. Add the sauce and ingredients of your choice.
  • Slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone or pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are golden brown.
  • Add any garnish of your preference.
  • Nutrition Calories: 1691 Fat: 65 grams Carbs: 211 grams Fiber: 12 grams Sugars: 60 grams Protein: 65 grams
  • Enjoy!

Pizza Ingredients(For 16 Servings): 

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  • 2 ½ cups warm water(600 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour(875 g), plus more for dusting
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup semolina flour (30 g)
  • MARGHERITA

    • tomato sauce
    • fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces
    • fresh basil leaf

If you want to learn more about food, visit- https://littleletterslinked.com/category/food/

 

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All The Popular Food Trends During Lockdown

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When we look back at our lockdown days, we realise that they shouldn’t be looked back at, at all! It was a time of hopelessness, unpreparedness and unassuredness. However, some trends and challenges kept us alive and added a little verve and spunk to our rather dead lives. One of such trend were the many food trends during the lockdown.

Everyone cooked and uploaded their successful recipes on social media: it was like Quarantine Got Talent! While everyone has brushed their skills well, let us recall all the popular food trends during lockdown that kept us in our kitchens.

From Dalgona Coffee to Mug Cake, these recipes marked our lockdown recipe success stories!

 

DALGONA COFFEE

The Korean Dalgona coffee trend became exceptional because of its picturesque quality.  The task was to whip your coffee granules so thick that they began floating on the surface of your glass of milk. In no time, the trend became a task for the people in quarantine: some got creative to add their personal touch to the trend, some found an opportunity to meme about it, and the others found faults. Nonetheless, it will be wrong to say that this wasn’t one of the most searched recipes during the lockdown.

 

MAC’ AND CHEESE

Macaroni and cheese aka Mac’ and Cheese have always been a recipe that we all wanted to try our hands at but the time was an investment that we didn’t have. All we need are some macaroni, cheese, bread, milk and seasonings to enhance the taste. This was one of the most cooked recipes during the lockdown as well.

 

BANANA BREAD

Since the operations of bakeries were barred, we all had to awaken the bakers within us. The banana bread was a trend, however, it may not have been as popular as other trends. The recipe was a win-win and is a great addition to your baking resume. If you missed the recipe, here’s a recap.

 

MUG CAKE

An easy-peasy recipe that took the social media by storm was the Mug Cake recipe! It was a spongy, moist cake, like the one they served in a fancy restaurant. The recipe had taken the internet into gaga of experiments and they experimented with diverse flavours. All you needed was 5 minutes of your time, a microwave and some ingredients such as butter, flour, egg yolk, white sugar, milk, vanilla extract, baking powder and chocolate chips. Voilà!

 

MAGGI OMELETTE 

This fusion may have already been popular and known by some households. You cook your regular Maggi the way you do. Add capsicum, coriander, onions, chillis, 2 eggs, salt and water to your Maggi. Cover with a tight lid and let it cook, uninterruptedly. Your fusion cuisine is now ready. Watch the recipe to know more.

 

Also read: 10 of the world’s best burgers

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