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India’s Napa Valley, Nashik

Caught in traffic in the choked arteries of Mumbai, you never think that you are going to be able to make it. But once you crawl out of traffic and start cutting through the Western Ghats, the mountain ranges in India’s west that also bring down the monsoons middle of the year, it is an altered universe.

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Easy Indian Cookbook by Manju Malhi

When Manju Malhi, the British-Indian celeb TV chef gives me a copy of her new cook book, Easy Indian Cookbook, it is with a message signed on the front page: “Hope the recipes are as spicy as your reviews,” she writes, her affable self pretty evident even in these few lines.

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Shiva worship in Nasik, Ganges of the South

Chillum smoking sadhus and 50 lakh pilgrims all rushing forward at a precise celestial moment for a holy dip. Nothing could be further from these images of the Kumbh Mela when we visit Tryambkeshwar, some 36 km off Nasik on a quiet weekend. The Kumbh has already happened—last year, in July.

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Travelling to India? Check out these Restaurants Deals

Tamarai, meaning Lotus, is a restaurant that serves South East Asian cuisine in London, run by one of the most reliable hospitality companies in India—Old World Hospitality. The group has several well-known restaurants in New Delhi and its suburbs, including Chor Bizzare that serves up regional Indian cuisines at value-for-money prices, and should be a must-visit for any one seeking an India experience.

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Manish Mehrotra: Head Chef of Tamarai Restaurant in London

Chef Manish Mehrotra is a graduate from the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai (1996). He joined Thai Pavilion restaurant at Taj President, Mumbai and trained under the expert guidance of master chefs from Thailand. During his tenure of 5 years with the Taj group, Manish organised various Thai Food Festivals at different properties of the group.

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Recipe of CARAMEL PEPPER PRAWNS, GOLDEN GARLIC

Description: Starter

Serves (people):  2 guests

Preparation time:  20 min

Cooking time:  5 min

Chef’s name:  MANISH MEHROTRA  (read about Manish Mehrotra)

INGREDIENTS

UNSALTED BUTTER:  GMS 05

SZECHUAN PEPPER:  GMS 02

CHOPPED GARLIC:  TSP 01

CHILLI FLAKES:  TSP ½

OYSTER SAUCE:  TSP 02

DARK SOY:  TSP 01

DEMERARA SUGAR:  TBS 02

KING PRAWNS (U6):  NOS 04

TEMPURA BATTER:  TBS 02

FRIED GARLIC:  FOR GARNISH

VEGETABLE OIL:  FOR FRYING

METHOD

  1. CLEAN PRAWNS, COAT IN TAMPURA BATTER AND DEEP FRY TILL DONE (4MIN), KEEP ASIDE.
  2. HEAT BUTTER IN A PAN, SAUTE GARLIC AND SZECHUAN PEPPER.
  3. ADD CHILLI FLAKES.
  4. ADD DEMERARA SUGAR ALONG WITH 20 ML OF WATER AND MIX WELL.
  5. ADD OYSTER SAUCE AND DARK SOY.
  6. ALLOW THE MIXTURE TO CARAMALISED.
  7. ADD FRIED PRAWNS COAT WELL IN SAUCE.
  8. SERVE HOT, GARNISHED WITH FRIED GARLIC.

Despite recession ITDC Q3 net grows 5.84% – highest ever

New Delhi, February10, 2009: The Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) announced the results for the three quarters ended December, 2008. The turnover for the three quarters ended December 2008 was Rs.324.94 crore against Rs.311.27 crore in the corresponding period last year showing year-on-year growth of 4.39%.

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India’s best airport?

India’s best airport?

hyderabad-airportPlanning a trip to Hyderabad? Whether you are flying for business reasons – as a client or consultant for the software industry (the city is after all called “Cyberabad” for good reasons despite the Satyam scam that has tarnished its name and rocked Indian economy)—or for a holiday (shop for pearls, eat some of the best biryani in India), you are likely to find your visit more convenient this time round.

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Chokhi Dhani – Experience a village in Rajasthan

Chokhi Dhani - Experience a village in Rajasthan

Chokhi DhaniChokhi Dhani Resort: Chokhi Dhani Resort which literally means the ‘Fine Hamlet’ is a five-star ethnic resort, the only one of its kind so far in the country. From leisure to business facilities it has it all. The resorts are made in traditional Rajasthani style and has a total of 59 cottages, 33 royal cottages and eight Haveli suites.

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Highlighting India’s folk heritage

Highlighting India's folk heritage

SurjakundHistory: The very first effort by the Haryana government in organizing cultural events was the now internationally famous Surjakund Crafts Mela. The mela is held each year from February 1 to February 15. The Mela celebrates the finest handlooms and handicrafts traditions of the country.

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