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Rice is a staple food in many countries; billions of people around the world prefer eating rice as its one inexpensive, nutritious source of energy. There are so many varieties of rice that differ in flavor, color, and of course their nutritional value. Few are loaded with nutrients and compounds that benefit health, while others fail to impress with their nutrition profiles. You would have heard of white rice, brown rice, and even black rice,…

Navratri is the 9-day fast dedicated to Goddess Durga; it is one of the biggest festivals in India. Did you know? The devotees of Goddess Durga celebrate Navratri 4 times a year. They observe the Magha, Chaitra, Ashadha, and Ashwina Navratri puja and fasting. Though, out of these four, the Ashwina and Chaitra are the most popular. The Chaitra Navratri commences on the Pratipada Tithi (first day) of Chaitra Maas, Shukla Paksha, and ends with…

There is no better way to announce the passing of winter and the arrival of the spring season than to rejoice with beautiful colors. People meet their loved ones with warm embraces, bury hatches, and throw all their worries away. During Holi, every single corner presents a colorful sight full of singing, dancing, scrumptious foods and sweets, and quality time spent with family and friends. Yes, Holi is here, and it’s time to celebrate it…

Going grocery shopping without an organized grocery list can lead you to pointlessly drifting in the store. You not only take back home a bunch of things that you don’t need but also miss picking the ones you really needed. Having a well-planned grocery list can get you in and out of the store much faster and also helps you stick to your budget, prevent ad hoc trips to the grocery store, and most importantly…

Indian cuisine is known for its bold and complex flavors that are created using a variety of ‘masalas’ (spices) and ‘tadkas’. Indian cooking involves the use of innumerable spices with each one having its unique flavor. Out of the many gems in our masala box – Garam Masala Powder is one prominent spice mix that is a vital part of our day-to-day cooking. From adding it to dals (lentils), non-veg curries, veggies, and even biryani,…

In India or anywhere in the world, festivals are all about harmony and togetherness. And yes, the fun and frolic of any occasion are simply incomplete without scrumptious food. Food is happiness, and when it’s celebration time its value is even more pre-eminent. Food completes the celebration, it ties people with their culture and reminds one of all the good old memories. In India, winters are almost bidding goodbye, and it’s the onset of the…

India is a land of diverse cultures, and so is the overseas Indian community. No matter in which nation the Indians are, they bring the richness and opulence of their ethnicity along with them. Indians in the USA love to celebrate the enthralling and vibrant Indian festivals like Sankranti, Lohri, and Pongal. It marks the start of longer days and shorter nights in India and signifies a farewell to winter with a winter solstice as…

Although Christians make up only a small percentage of India’s population, Indians feel the Christmas spirit every time December rolls around. As a community, we love putting desi twists on Western delights, and Christmas food is no different! Our Indian style Christmas sweets are much like anything else we make – full of love and sugar! When Indians immigrate, they often miss these desi treats. With Christmas right around the corner, we thought we could…

The pandemic has unfortunately taken a toll on our disposable income, and it is imperative for families to identify areas of monthly cost savings and implement a conscious savings plan. Monthly groceries is a big area of savings and judicious planning can save families 100s of Dollars in a year. Mercatus’ 2020 study revealed that online grocery sales accounted for $106B (10.2%) of the $1.04 trillion grocery market. Meanwhile, the average food-at-home spending on groceries…