Black Lentil Curry (Kali Dal)

Mixed Lentil Curry



1 ¼ C. Split black gram (Dhuli urad dal)
3T. Split Bengal gram (Chana dal)
3T. Kidney beans (Rajma)
1T. Ginger-garlic paste
1T. Ginger (Peeled & Julienne)
2T. Deggi mirch
1T. Cumin seeds
1 Onion, medium (chopped)
2 whole dry red chilies (broken)
1C. Tomato puree
1T. Garam masala powder
2T. Clarified butter (Desi ghee)
2T. Butter
¼ C. Fresh cream
2T. Coriander (chopped)
Salt (as per taste)
Curry with rice

Soak together all the lentils in four cups of water overnight.

Take the soaked lentil in a pressure cooker, add ginger julienne, salt, red chili powder, close the lid and cook on high heat till two whistles are given out. Remove from heat and leave aside for about fifteen minutes.

Heat ghee and butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds, chopped onion and sauté. Add red chilies, ginger-garlic paste and sauté for two minutes. Add tomato puree, garam masala powder and mix. Add the cooked dal.

Add chopped coriander leaves, cream and mix again. Simmer till the desired consistency. Serve piping hot.

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Classic Hummus With Pita Bread

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Ingredients for hummus:

2C. Chickpeas (cooked & drained)
1 Garlic clove (chopped)
1T. Lemon juice
¼ C. Tahini (sesame seeds paste)
3T. Olive oil
Pinch of paprika


In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice and tahini and puree to a chunky paste. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Add olive oil and the paprika and puree until smooth. Season the hummus with salt, drizzle with olive oil and serve with pita bread.

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Ingredients for Pita Bread:

3C. Flour
1T. Sugar
2T. Olive oil
1T. Salt
2T. Dry yeast
1C. Water


In ¼ Cup of warm water dissolve the sugar & the yeast, & set aside till the yeast foams up.

In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients including the sugar-yeast mixture and knead into smooth dough.

Place in a bowl coated with olive oil, turning over once so that the dough is coated with oil and cover with cling wrap.

Keep in a warm place to rise, about 1 hour, until doubled in volume.

Now divide into 6 pieces., Roll each ball into a dough around 7 inches in diameter cover with a kitchen towel, and allow the balls to rest about 30 minutes.

Try to roll evenly so the pita will rise in the oven, making a perfect pocket.

Place a pizza stone or a baking tray in an oven, and preheat to 250 degrees.

Place as many pitas as you can on the stone without overlapping.

Leave alone for 3 minutes. The pitas should puff up.

Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. The pita should now deflate and is ready to be served.

Vegetable Porridge

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1C. Broken wheat (dalia/porridge)
½ C. Green peas (shelled)
1 Small carrots (diced)
1T. Oil
1T. Cumin seeds
1 Onion (chopped)
1 Tomato (seeded and chopped)
2T. Butter
2T. Fresh coriander leaves (chopped)


Soak dalia in two cups of water for thirty minutes Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds.

As they begin to change colour add onion. Sauté till pinkish and add green peas, carrots and tomato. Stir for a minute.

Add dalia and three cups of water. Add salt to taste. Bring to a boil, close lid and pressure cook till two whistles.

Just before serving add butter and coriander leaves.

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Keeping Healthy While Flying

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If your work requires you to fly to other countries or even continents on a regular basis, you should be aware that your frequent flyer lifestyle comes with certain health risks. Air travel, particularly over long distances, exposes passengers to a number of factors that may have an effect on their health and well-being. Travelers with pre-existing health problems and those receiving medical care are more likely to be affected and should consult their doctor well in advance before travelling. Health risks associated with air travel can be minimized if the traveler plans carefully and takes some simple precautionary steps before, during and after the flight.

There are many factors that may affect the health and well-being of air travelers but fortunately many of these risks can be minimized with proper planning.

#Jet lag:
It is one of the most common problems amongst frequent flyers. Jet lag is a mismatch between your body’s internal day/night clock and a new day/night cycle in another time zone. Symptoms of jet lag include fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, decreased appetite, constipation, headache, confusion etc. In order to minimize its effects travelers require preparation and post-flight management. For those fliers who will be returning to their point of departure in a short time should maintain the same sleeping schedule as much as possible and For people staying in the destination’s time zone for longer than a day or so, should adapt the new time zone immediately on arrival and avoid thinking about the time back home.

#Deep Vein Thrombosis:
Another risk during air travel is developing leg clots or deep vein thrombosis. It happens when you’re in a plane, most of the time sitting still, in the same seat, with a limited opportunity to move around due to cramped conditions. Immobility can cause blood to pool in the leg veins and form a blood clot. This clot can travel to the lungs and cause breathing problems or a heart attack. Dehydration and the lack of oxygen in the cabin increase its chances. To overcome this problem frequent fliers are advised to stretch regularly, either by getting up and walking the isles or by performing in-seat stretches and stay well hydrated.

#Motion Sickness:
It’s a feeling you get when the motion you sense with your inner ear is different from the motion you visualize. It is a common condition that occurs in some people who travel by car, train, airplane or boat. Motion sickness progresses from a feeling of uneasiness to sweating or dizziness. This is usually quickly followed by nausea or vomiting. To reduce the effects continue looking straight ahead by keeping your eyes focused on a non moving object. The over-the-counter medication can be a very effective preventive measure in preventing motion sickness but remember that it can cause drowsiness and has other side effects, and its use should be discussed with your physician prior to your trip.

#Cabin Air Pressure:
Cabin air pressure falls as the aircraft gains height, which can cause the amount of oxygen in your blood to drop. The aircraft cabin is pressurized to keep this to a minimum but the change of pressure during take-off and landing can give a feeling of blockage of the ears. Chewing, swallowing or yawning can relieve these symptoms. Most reasonably fit passengers can easily cope with this situation.

The cabin air on board a plane is much drier than on the ground. Dehydration can cause headaches and tiredness, and is bad for your skin, kidneys, liver, joints and muscles. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice, and avoid alcohol or drinks containing caffeine. It may also help to use a mist sprayer or moisturize your skin.

#Flying whilst pregnant:
Air travel is generally safe for expectant mothers. You can travel by air up to 28 weeks into a normal pregnancy; in later stages of pregnancy with a medical certificate, up to 35 weeks for a single child and 32 weeks for twins. Each airline has its own guidelines so you should check with yours to make sure you can travel.

#Cosmic Radiation:
It is usually unheard and unknown by many frequent air travelers. Cosmic rays are highly energetic particles that originate in outer space and bombard the earth. But thanks to the earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field, cosmic radiation accounts for only 8% of the total radiation we receive annually. Having said that, the more we move away from our atmosphere towards outer space, the more susceptible we become to this radiation. People who fly frequently are exposed to more cosmic radiation than those who seldom fly or do not fly at all. People who fly at least once or twice a week are exposed to higher radiation levels over time; they may be more susceptible to skin cancer, leukemia or prostate cancer.

Frequent travel can be stressful, but it can also provide a means to explore new people, places, cultures and foods. You might even get a bit of sightseeing in as well! Make the best of it and remember to keep fit and eat well.
Bon voyage!

Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for information only, and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.

Chicken Cheese Nachos




180G. Tortilla chips
200G. Mozzarella or cheddar cheese (shredded)
2 Spring onions & shallots (chopped)
¼ C. Olives
1 Red pepper chili (thinly sliced)
4 chicken sausage (thinly sliced)
1T. Oregano
1T. Chili flakes
Salt (As per taste)


Start with placing a handful of tortilla chips in an oven tray. Throw some spring onions, cheese, olives, red chilies and sausages.

Place a second layer of tortilla chips over and repeat the process till all the ingredients are utilized. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over.

Place the tray in the oven at 200 degree for 5-7 minutes; to melt the cheese.

Sprinkle oregano and chili flakes over and serve hot.

Diamond Lounge in Munich, Germany

Diamond LoungeFood has always been a major part of German culture. Even the well-known German fairy tale makes reference to food, remember?Hansel and Gretel!
German food is more varied than you might think. In fact Germany today has the most international range of food in Europe.

Millions of foreigners living here have brought their cuisine with them and have made important contributions to the overall culinary development. Practically you can find each and every cuisine in Germany: Asian to Mediterranean, Turkish to African, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Moroccan and Italian, to name a few.

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Local cultures have a passion for their own food and flavors that cannot be found anywhere else and also which makes them different. But how interesting it would be if you get to visit a relaxing place where you could get a glimpse of two cultures merging together.

While in Munich this time, I visited Diamond’s Restrobar & Lounge. Situated centrally at Orleansplatz 3, it’s just a 2 minutes walk from the Ostbahnhof. Fortunately, there are several places in Munich where you can indulge, along with a meal, coffee, or dessert but this place was somewhere different. It was more like getting both German-Turkish cultures together. The place is big enough for a large crowd, well managed and decorated combined with different genre of world music spinned by the in house DJ Cüneyt.

Diamond Lounge

Diamond Lounge is an all-day dining experience. Grab a coffee and cake in the morning, a quick bite at lunch or socialize till late in the evenings. It also brings together the warmth of Turkish hospitality and cuisine with the atmosphere of a high on life bar. Enjoy the soothing flavored vapor from a shisha as you relax with friends or grab a meal of shared dishes inspired by the cuisine of the Middle East. The restaurant has comfortable seating for up to 300 plus people and serves mostly everything ranging between breakfasts to late night snacks.

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It is a delightful experience in every sense of the term, if you are looking for an unusual place to eat out alone or in a group. Advance reservation recommended as this place is mostly packed at the weekends.

For more information or reservations:
Mr. Barbaros Tasdelen
+49 176 32976416

Disclaimer: Smoking shisha regularly possesses multiple health hazards similar to a cigarette; smoker’s discretion advised.