Holi, the festival of colours is barely a few days away. Amidst all the preparations, you must be thinking of some out of the box dishes, that you can keep in front of your guests. We have got you covered. Here is a quick DIY ‘avocado chaat’ recipe to treat your guests this Holi.
Ripe avocados: 2
Cilantro leaves: ¼ cup
Bhel Mix, Aloo lachanamkin : ½ cup
Salt, chat masala: ¼ tbsp
1/2 chopped tomato, chopped onion and chopped green chilli
Tamarind: 200 gms
Jaggery: 150 gms
Brown sugar: 100 gms
Yogurt: 2 cup
Make the tamarind chutney by soaking pulp in 2 cups warm water for 1/2 hour. Use your hands to squish the pulp well. Strain into a deep saucepan, discarding fibrous pulp. Add jaggery or brown sugar to tamarind. Season with salt and bring to boil over a medium flame. Stick a wooden spoon in the saucepan so the chutney will not boil over. Cook chutney for 20-30 minutes, stirring often, till thick like tomato sauce. Pour chutney into a glass bottle. Cool. Keep aside till needed.
Make mint sauce. Take garlic, chilli, ginger, sugar and salt in a small chutney jar of grinder or food processor. Grind them until medium coarse consistency. Add coriander leaves, mint leaves, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon water. Grind again until desired smooth or medium-coarse consistency is achieved. Beat the yoghurt with fine sugar and serve cold.
When the Chutneys are ready, halve the avocados and make vertical and horizontal cuts using a knife. Use a spoon to scoop out avocado into a bowl chop them nicely. and on the other hand chop. tomatoes, onion, lemon juice, green chillies and mix all together. Scatter bhel mix and over avocados. Drizzle 3-5 teaspoons of tamarind, mint chutney along with Sweet yoghurt, Squeeze juice of half lime over the avocados. Garnish with microgreens, edible flowers and dig in.
56 South Delhi restaurants serve food in the alfresco style
If you have been a fan of open-air dining, then be ready for some amazing dining experiences as 56 South Delhi restaurants are planning to serve food in the classic alfresco style! A total of 56 restaurants and eateries in South Delhi can serve food and beverages in open-air spaces and terraces, a decision in this regard was taken by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).
However, permission to serve food and liquor in open space is permitted to those restaurants which hav e obtained permission from the civic authority after fulfilling certain criteria.
A senior official privy with the development told IANS that as of now 56 restaurants have been permitted to serve food and beverages in open spaces like terraces. The proposal for permitting liquors and foods in open-air space with certain regulations was made by SDMC last year and the applications were invited to get permission.
Out of total, as many as 39 applications were received from areas in the South zone which includes — Hauz Khas, Green Park and Greater Kailash. Similarly, a total of 31 applications were received from Najafgarh zone, which comprises areas such as Dwarka and Aerocity.
Fifteen applications were received from areas in the Central zone like Lajpat Nagar, Bhogal and Defence Colony. Nine applications were received from Western zone areas like Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden and Tilak Nagar.
As many as 23 licenses were granted in the South zone, 25 in Najafgarh and seven in the Central zone. Only one was granted a licence for open-air dining in the West zone.
The SDMC had passed the proposal last year in view of Covid-19 pandemic in which the restaurants would be allowed to use open-air spaces and terraces abutting licensed eateries as service areas.
Under the policy, open-air dining has been allowed only at those restaurants with privately-owned open spaces like terraces, balconies and lawns so that there is no encroachment on public land or pavements.
“Serving food and alcohol will be permitted in the open space, and the open-air area/terrace should not be covered. If the open space is visible from nearby residential premises, then additional measures to be taken to obstruct visibility,” SDMC’s proposal states.
It also made it clear that the service area should also not be visible from adjoining residential areas. Live performances will not be allowed and music cannot be played beyond the permissible time of 11 p.m.
The official said in the last nine months (till June end), the civic body received 94 applications, out of which 56 were granted licenses and 28 were rejected for not fulfilling the norms.
SDMC Mayor Mukesh Suryan talking to IANS said, “For the past few years there has been consistent demand from the people in South Delhi to allow serving liquors and foods in open-air space and it has been done considering the demand of people. The step will also help to maintain social distancing during this Covid-19 pandemic.”
Suryan further added that as of now only 56 restaurants have been granted permission but this number can increase in the coming days if the applicants (restaurants and eateries owners) meet certain rules.
Source: Times of India
10 Of The Strongest Alcoholic Drinks From Around The World
Note: Always check the alcohol content and drink responsibly.
When it comes to alcoholic drinks, there are some spirits that one can easily handle and then there are spirits that are capable of killing you. Yes, I am talking about the extremely alcoholic drinks that are straight out of hell. On that note, here are 10 of the world’s strongest drinks, for all those who enjoy a real challenge. Scroll down to make your choice.
1. Bacardi 151 (75.5% Alcohol)
This highly alcoholic rum made by Bacardi Limited of Hamilton, Bermuda comes with a stainless steel fire arrestor which is built into the bottle neck and it is highly inflammable. It is popularly used in small quantities to make rum-based cocktails like Cuba Libre and Daiquiris. Just don’t try to have this drink neat, okay?
3. Sunset Rum (84.5% Alcohol)
This is one of the world’s most powerful rum that was also awarded the title of ‘TheWorld’s Best Overproof Rum’ in 2016 by World Rum Awards. Even the label on the bottle recommends that you drink it with a mixer because it cause a burning sensation in your throat if you overindulge. Having it neat can also cause serious burns so, drink it wisely.
3. Balkan 176 Vodka (88% Alcohol)
This triple distilled vodka is one of the strongest Scandinavian drinks you’ll ever come across. It is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It is so strong that there are 13 different label warnings on the bottle. Many cases of people dying due to alcohol poisoning after consuming this drink in short periods have also been reported so, beware.
4. Pincer Shanghai Strength (88.88% Alcohol)
This vodka from Scotland, is considered healthy as it contains milk thrislte and elderflower that is known to be good for the liver but, it can get you high in no time. This drink is meant to be used as a concentrate. Over-consumption is not advised at any cost since, it can lead to serious health problems.
5. Hapsburg Gold Label Premium Reserve Absinthe (89.9% Alcohol)
bottle of Hapsburg Gold comes with a label that reads ‘There are no
rules’, but we still recommend you to follow just one rule- have this
drink with a mixer. Absinthe is known to induce hallucinations so make
sure you don’t overindulge. This vodka is generally consumed by artists
who rely on creativity and original ‘out of the box’ ideas.
6. Good ol’ Sailor Vodka (85% Alcohol)
This vodka is mostly consumed in Sweden and it is hardly known to the rest of the world. It is made using organic grains and fresh water from Lake Vättern. Modern distillery technology is combined with traditional skills to make this vodka. It has a clean, fresh body and a spicy aftertaste. It can be used in small quantities to make cocktails.
7. Devil Springs Vodka (80% Alcohol)
The Devil Springs Vodka is undoubtedly one of the most strongest vodkas on the planet. It is mostly used in small quantities in cocktails with juices or ginger ale. It is also popularly used for making flaming shots. Avoid having it straight from the bottle if you want to be in your senses.
8. River Antoine Royale Grenadian Rum (90% Alcohol)
drink from Grenada, is made using the old technique of pot distilling
which is a very slow distilling process. It is made from fermented
sugarcane juice which makes it exceptionally tasty. Locals have this
drink straight from the water chaser so, ideally you should do the same.
9. Bruichladdich X4 Quadrupled Whiskey (92% Alcohol)
Hands down, this is the most alcoholic single malt whiskey that is made using a 17th century quadruple distillation method. It is known to be extremely potent and pure. According to legend, Martin Martin, a Hebridean traveler was told by the locals- ‘one sip and you live forever; two sips and you go blind; three sips and you expire on the spot.’ So, try this whiskey at your own risk.
10. Spirytus Stawski (96% Alcohol)
This is the world’s most strongest and potent liquor, that has a gentle smell and a mild taste. It is made using premium ethyl alcohol with a grain base. Many who have had this drink straight from the bottle, have compared it to being punched in the stomach so hard that it gets difficult to breathe. Abusing this drink can literally kill you so, mind it.
Which drink would you want to try?
10 Cake Shops In Mumbai Worth Dying For
You know your life lacks flavor if you aren’t daydreaming about cakes. In fact, cake is one of the biggest reasons why people look forward to birthday celebrations and weddings…If you like your cake classy and delish and if you happen to be in Mumbai, we have this awesome list of best cake shops in Mumbai for you. Read on to find where to get the coolest cakes with 10/10 taste ranking in Mumbai:
Theobroma is kind of a legendary shop, well known for its brilliant cakes and desserts. If you haven’t bought a cake from Theobroma in Mumbai, then you better mark this thing off your bucket list because it’s totally worth it. You will adore the stunning range of cakes, croissants, pastries and what not! So, go and spoil yourself at this awesome cake shop in Mumbai and we promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
Photo Courtesy: Theobroma
Highlights: Home delivery, indoor seating, cozy ambiance
Must Haves: Mutton Puffs, Chocolate Tiramisu
Cost for two: INR 500
Address: 24, Cusrow Baug, Electric House, Colaba, Mumbai
Contact: +91 70 4559 0013
When you can best cakes in Mumbai, you simply can’t ignore Vanilla Beans! Just one of the best bakeries in Mumbai selling delish cakes, Vanilla Beans is one sinful bakery that will get you hooked like never before!
Photo Courtesy: Vanilla Beans
Highlights: Exquisite variety of desserts
Must Haves: You will love the brownies
Cost for two: INR 500
Address: 16, Araadhna Apartments, Off Gurunanak Road, Bandra Talao, Bandra West, Mumbai
Contact: +91 22 3395 6119
The Boston Cupcakery
You simply don’t say cakes out loud in Mumbai and not visit this stunning place called the Boston Cupcakery. Counted among the best bakeries in Mumbai, it has a broad menu of cakes that will definitely appeal to your taste buds and if you are all about the sugary sweets, this will be a heaven for you.
Photo Courtesy: The Boston Cupcakery
Highlights: Cute Ambiance, Lovely Decor
Must Haves: Blueberry cupcakes, chocolate waffles
Cost for two: INR 600
Address: Goregaon West, Goregaon West, Mumbai
Contact: +91 22 2876 7911
When we say Melting Morsels, think cute because it’s all about cute things at this super charming pastry shop! This good ole fashioned shop is all about colors and interesting things. Everything at Melting Morsels begins with creativity so if you have a never-ending appetite that says rejoice in desserts, Melting Morsels is the place!
Photo Courtesy: Melting Morsels
Highlights: Indoor Seating
Must Haves: Tres Leches, Naked Berry Cakes
Cost for two: INR 300
Address: Shop 3, Dheeraj Swapna CHS, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Contact: +91 22 3015 0850
Delight yourself with some delightful cakes at Indulgence! Your love for all things sweet just got a new name and it’s all about indulging your fancy with the sinful choices at Indulgence. Feel no shame in saying that yes, you like it hot and sassy and happy and cutie at this awesome bakery in Mumbai.
Photo Courtesy: Indulgence
Highlights: Cozy place, broad menu
Cuisine: Desserts, Cakes
Must Haves: Lemon Cheesecake, Brownies
Cost for two: INR 450
Address: Shop 7, Munish Apartments, Mulund West, Mumbai
Contact: +91 84 2299 3535
The name does full justice to the place as it’s all about your satiating your darkest fantasies involving food and chocolate! You’ll love the variety of cakes here and more than that you will keep coming back for the cute customized cakes for sure. Since it’s primarily a cake shop, we won’t go into the ambiance details but yes, the cakes here are sure worth your money.
Photo Courtesy: Dark Temptations
Highlights: Breakfast, Desserts & Bakes
Cuisine: Desserts, Cakes
Must Haves: Blueberry Cheesecake, Mango Delight
Cost for two: INR 400
Address: 24/30 Federation House, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai
Contact: +91 22 2205 0069
Love & Cheesecake
If a cake shop has cheesecake in its name, it’s testimony that it’s 100% worth your time! We are a huge fan of Powai based Love & Cheesecake not only because they have the cutest name but also because they have a menu worth dying for. Since it has the best cheesecakes and red-velvet cakes, we are sure that you will surely acquaint yourself with the place once you visit and not get enough of it.
Photo Courtesy: Love & Cheesecake
Highlights: Indoor Seating Available, Home delivery
Cuisine: Dessert & Cakes
Must Haves: Red Velvet Cake, Blueberry cheesecake
Cost for two: INR 1000
Address: Eden 2, Central Ave, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai
Contact: +91 98 1993 5135
Not Just Desserts by Sabina
Sabina’s desserts and cakes follow a certain special style that has been passed on to her in the family. Bringing her wealth of culinary knowledge alive with masterful baking, Not Just Desserts by Sabina is hands down one of the best cakes shops in Mumbai. There are plenty of variations and you will find awesome options for children too so you can get your cake customized as well.
Photo Courtesy: Not Just Desserts By Sabina
Highlights: Indoor Seating
Cuisine: Desserts, Cakes
Must Haves: Blueberry Cheesecake, Dutch Truffle Cake
Cost for two: INR 500
Address: 20/5, Podar House, Kidwai Road, Wadala, Mumbai
Contact: +91 22 3015 1117
Aaron’s Bake and Brew House
When we say Aaron’s Bake & Brew House, think great variety and exquisite desserts. Yes, again, it is a cake shop and since it made it to our list, let us tell you that it’s indeed one of the best. You will surely love the variety of cakes with the divine, rich taste that the awesome bakers at Aaron’s never compromise with.
Photo Courtesy: Aaron’s Bake & Brew House
Highlights: Great variety of desserts, Rich cakes
Cost for two: INR 250
Address: 5, Lourdes Heritage, Marve Road, Orlem, Malad West, Mumbai
Contact: +91 99 2057 9059
Ovenfresh is hands down a winner when it comes to delectable taste and style. One bakery that caters to mass taste without limiting their options, Ovenfresh is simply too good and yes, it’s also true. We promise you that you will indeed love the range of cakes at Ovenfresh and will pine for more once you get the taste.
Photo Courtesy: Ovenfresh
Highlights: Aesthetically stunning cakes, brownies worth dying for
Cuisine: Dessert and cakes
Must Haves: Mixed Mushroom on Mascarpone, Original Swiss Fondue
Cost for two: INR 1200
Address: Kiran Building, Ranade Road, Dadar Shivaji Park, Dadar West, Mumbai
Contact: +91 22 6760 0000
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