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When singer Akriti Kakar tied the knot.

Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever.

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Kalki through the looking-glass

As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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Sonam and Paras Modi share their marriage mantra…

We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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12 Jul

Everything you need to know about adopting a vegan lifestyle

From cruelty-free living to reducing carbon footprint, there are many motivating factors to make the switch to a vegan lifestyle. Before you set forth on this mission, here are some things you should know

THE BEGINNING

I turned vegan 10 years ago. I was born in a family that ate vegetarian food at home. I experimented with meat in college and then turned vegan in 2009.

 

THE TURNING POINT

From being a vegetarian and then a meat eater, I gave up eating animals altogether a few years later, as a New Year’s resolution. When I learnt about the cruelty in the dairy industry along with all the other ways animals are exploited for human wants, I turned vegan overnight—it was a light bulb moment for me. I haven’t looked back since.

 

ONE STEP AT A TIME

The biggest and toughest part of turning vegan, especially during the initial stages, is the dietary aspect. We are slaves to our taste buds. There are two ways to go about it. One is to cut out all the foods that do not fit in this category, overnight. The other is to drop one ingredient at a time. I think whichever path you choose, doing a little bit of research before you embark on this journey is important. You can make a list of the different substitutes available for the foods you normally consume and keep trying different ways to incorporate them until you find what you like. For instance, experiment with your tea or coffee by substituting cow’s milk with almond, cashew or coconut milk.

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9 Feb

The world on your plate

To ensure that your wedding menu finds favour with your guests, here’s a roundup of some of the hottest food trends from around the world

Eclectic cuisines 

Once upon a time, the cuisines on offer at a wedding were limited to Indian, Continental, Chinese and, perhaps, Thai or Mexican. Shares wedding planner Rupali Sheth, “Nowadays, however, the definition of exotic has changed immensely. Expect to find Vietnamese noodles or a Portuguese dessert on the menu, too. Regional palates are also coming into play—such as from a specific region of India.”

 

Comfort over pretences

Rather than the structured meals that generally get served at weddings, laidback is the on-trend ambience. Comfort food is making its presence felt through delicious burgers, hearty fries, bite-sized pizzas and more. Food trucks, a recent addition to the global food scene, are another feature seen at celebrations.

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28 Jan

The history behind royal treats

Over the centuries, India has been home to more than a few royal families each with its own signature cuisine and tightly-guarded recipes that never left the palace kitchens. Here’s taking a closer look at four signature dishes and the royal legacies behind them

Kachhe Gosht ki Biryani

Much has been said about the quintessential Hyderabadi biryani, replicated straight from the kitchens of the Nizams who, in turn, were influenced by the Persians. And even with the extravagance tuned down, this biryani has managed to preserve its aristocratic essence. “Biryanis have become an all-too-common affair at the typical Indian wedding dinner table. However, digging into an authentic Hyderabadi biryani, especially one such as the Kachche Gosht ki Biryani is an experience of an entirely different kind,” reveals Chef Michael Swamy. The trick in this recipe lies in how the meat is marinated. Here the meat is first tenderised by marinating it with papaya-paste for close to ten hours. Then, the kachcha (raw) gosht (meat)—as the name suggests—is cooked along with long-grained, fragrant basmati rice to make an authentic Hyderabadi speciality. If you really want to give your guests a taste of royalty, ensure that the chef uses only the finest quality of lamb meat, spices and vegetables when preparing this delicacy. Chef Swamy adds, “Pure cow’s ghee is essential to this dish. Also, tender lamb meat makes a world of difference to this biryani.”

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