Why Goa Is Your Perfect Monsoon Getaway Destination?!

Hey guys!

It’s my most favourite time of the year as it is monsoon season and I am enjoying it to the fullest. This weather makes us think a lot of things. We think of trying monsoon delicacies and also plan out weekend getaways. Travelling is lot of fun in this beautiful weather. I was going through many destinations and then I came across one which has totally taken over my mind and it’s the most sensual and serene place of all time – GOA.

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So, let me tell you what makes Goa the coolest place ever and what makes it the perfect destination to visit during monsoon!

  1. Treat yourself to super amazing and beautiful beaches. Goa boasts of the cleanest beaches in our country which give you cheerful vibes. You can witness the sunrise and sunset and get soaked in the simple pleasures of life.
  2.  Goa has some of the most fabulous food joints that are sure to serve you lip-smacking delicacies and drinks. Vegetarian people also have the privilege to go to Agonda’s Zest for a memorable food experience.
  3. Goa is a place where the Portuguese lived centuries ago. So, where in the country would you have the opportunity of getting so close to the Portuguese culture, architecture and food?
  4. December is truly the best month to spend in Goa. It’s Christmas time and Goa is all soaked in festive spirit. Parties are organized to ring in the sexiest festival of the year!
  5. Last but not the least, Goa tourism has launched hi-tech, AC buses that connect with all major tourist attractions in Goa. So all you have to do is, avail your passes and enjoy the best ride ever by exploring charming destinations!

 

Well! I don’t think you need any more reasons to fly to Goa. Pack your bags and explore this beauty on earth!!

GO GOA!!!

EAT RIGHT BEFORE AND AFTER WORKOUT

Workout should invariably form a part of your lifestyle. It is a great step towards healthy living. One should never avoid working out at any age or stage.

Okay. So, that was the importance of workout. But one question that always wanders in our mind is what to eat before and after workout? Most of us are unaware about the right way to eat before and after workout.

Remember, eating too much or too little before workout has serious impacts on your health. So, you should know what and how much you should eat before workout.

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Photo Courtesy : jeanniestamour,blogspot.com

BEFORE WORKOUT :

Before going for walk or any kind of cardio activity, it is important to fuel your system by eating something healthy. Drink a glass of milk which is a very good start to the day. Eat fruits which is a great way to keep your system fresh. You can also have energy drinks which help to energize your body. Carry a bottle containing water or even juice to gym or walk. It is very important to keep your system hydrated throughout your workout session.

AFTER WORKOUT :

Whether you come back home after morning or evening workout, it is essential to fill your stomach with a healthy and nutritious diet. During workout, our body tends to lose important nutrients and minerals. To make up for this loss of nutrients, have a balanced diet containing cereals, pulses and grains in good quantity as they are excellent sources of proteins. Include egg whites in your diet. This will provide you with energy. Also, the body loses lot of salt in the form of sweat. So drink a glass of lemon water with a pinch of salt and pepper in it to make up for the lost salt. Try to include milk and other milk products like yoghurt and cheese as much as possible in the diet as they are great sources of Vitamin D.

Eat the right foods in the right proportion before and after workout and enjoy a healthy life!

BOMBAY BARBEQUE : WHERE LUXURY AND DELICACIES COME TOGETHER

BOMBAY BARBEQUE is one of the most popular restaurants, having its outlet in Khar West, Mumbai. The restaurant is embarking on a superb expansion by opening its newest outlet in Thane and will soon be opening an outlet in Andheri West too.

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Let me talk about Bombay Barbeque’s outlet in Thane. The moment you enter, you get mesmerized by the classy interiors, artifacts and lighting. The overall ambience is bound to leave you awestruck. A restaurant’s popularity can be best judged by its staff and trust me, this restaurant’s staff is too hospitable and warm. You receive a really warm welcome. This Thane Outlet is just like the brand’s other outlets – classy and fabulous.

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Talking about the food, you are offered to choose from a wide variety of dishes, each dish being unique and delicious. The taste of the dishes and also the way they are served to you make up for a wonderful experience. Also, there is a Chaat Counter that houses Paani Puri and other delicacies. You get to satisfy your cravings for sweets at the live counter which serves yummy freshly made hot jalebis and gulab jamuns. Other live counters include Pasta Counter, Vegetarian Tawa Counter and Dal Counter.

You can also host birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions at the restaurant. The stewards make sure you have the time of your life.

So guys, plan a visit to this awesome restaurant and eat to your heart’s content!!

Where :  Bombay Barbeque,

Shop 3-5, Dev Corpora,

Cadbury Junction,

Thane (W)

INDIAN CUISINE : DAL MAKHANI

DAL MAKHANI is a popular dish of the Indian cuisine particularly enjoyed in North India. It is present on every restaurant’s menu card. It is a nice change if you don’t want to have the regular dal in lunch. Dal Makhani is not only tasty but also has a high nutritional value. It is extremely rich in proteins, which is why it forms an essential part of balanced diet. Unlike other dals Dal Makhani contains many other grains and dals which add to the healthy value of this dish.

Now take a look at my Dal Makhani which is home-made!

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“Makhani” in Dal Makhani means “Butter”, so don’t forget to add butter to it which will add more taste. Coriander leaves are of course for decoration purpose.

Now let me tell you the various grains and dals which have been mixed together to make Dal Makhani :

1. Black Masoor Dal

2. Black Full Urad Dal

3. Rajma

Soak these in water for about 8-9 hours.

Boil them in pressure cooker and while boiling, add 6-7 badi elaichi and small piece of dalchini. They add taste and fragrance to Dal Makhani.

Chop 2 onions in slices and cut ginger into very small pieces. Take a non-stick frying pan (kadhai) and put some butter in it and heat it. Now fry onion and ginger in the butter till they turn a little brown. For spices take red chilly powder, Garam (Khada) Masala and dry coriander powder. Fry these spices for 2 minutes. Add some more butter while frying. Add salt according to your taste. Pour dal into this mixture in frying pan. Add some butter and boil it for 5 minutes. Now pour it hot in service bowl.

You can have it with Butter Naan like I did, or even Tandoori Roti. If you are having it for lunch, you can enjoy it with boiled rice.

Serve it hot and relish Dal Makhani.

Hope you liked the dish. 🙂

INDIAN CUISINE : VEG PANEER KOFTA

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a rocking and relaxed Sunday!

To make your Sunday even more special, I’m here to share a superb dish with you. It is called VEG PANEER KOFTA , the most important and royal part of Indian cuisine. (Also my favourite!)

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I enjoy Veg Paneer Kofta mostly on Sundays and the enjoyment doubles during rainy season and winters. Who doesn’t love to have steaming hot spicy food when its cold outside!

Okay so now I begin with the general ingredients required to make this utterly delicious dish.

Kofta Balls are made of :

1. Grated bottle gourd (lauki)

2. Boiled Potato

3. Crushed Paneer

4. Corn Flour (besan)

5. Green Chillies

6. Dry Coriander Powder

7. Turmeric

8. Garam Masala

9. Salt, according to taste

These ingredients are mixed to make a dough and then shaped into balls. The balls are then deep fried in refined oil on slow flame.

Kofta Curry is made of :

1. Grinded onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic

2. Fine tomato paste

Heat some oil in frying pan and fry the onion and garlic paste till it turns a little brown. Then add tomato paste to it and fry it for 2-3 minutes. Add dry spices like red chilly powder, turmeric, coriander powder, pinch of Garam Masala and salt. Add some water to the curry and boil it for 5 minutes. Now add Kofta balls into the curry and boil it for 5 minutes and cover it with a lid for the Koftas to soak the essence of curry.

Pour the curry in service bowl and garnish it with green coriander leaves and small pieces of cashew nuts.

Serve it hot with Indian Chapati/Naan/Tandoori Roti/Plain Rice/Biryani.

Veg Paneer Kofta is ready to be relished!

Hope you liked the dish. 🙂

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