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An easy and fun getaway for Indians, Dubai has amped up its food and restaurant offerings in the summer in a bid to woo more tourists.

From the popular Dubai Food Festival to the food trucks to the world famous Michelin star restaurants, Dubai is the melting pot of culture, flavour and exquisite offerings. It boasts of a mix of elite dining experiences and hidden eateries off the beaten track.

Indya By Chef Vineet Bhatia and Akira Back and Torno Subito at W Palm Jumeirah, are three new food destinations.

While Indya, located at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, is a lively colour-splashed Indian dining room that is a toast to new and young India through its offering of diverse regional food and exciting, Indian-style cocktails, Torno Subito by Chef Massimo Bottura, the creative mastermind behind the three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, takes its guests on a journey back to the 1960s Italian Riviera where everything is sophisticated and social, but laidback.

Then there is Akira Back. Chef Akira is the energy behind-the-scenes that fuels the flavours. Giovanni Ledon is the Chef de Cuisine at the restaurant. Before joining Akira Back, Chef Giovanni became Sous Chef at Yellowtail Japanese restaurant at the Bellagio Hotel under Chef Akira Back, where he spent seven years refining his skills and exploring his passion of Asian flavours and cuisine.

Chef Vineet, who has over 30 years of experience in the food industry, has shared two of his finest summer dishes served at his restaurants Indya and Indego in Dubai.

Raj Puri Chaat Recipe

Ingredients

For the puri dough
½ kg semolina
100ml water
Beetroot puree
Salt as required

For the beetroot yoghurt
100g yoghurt
80g beetroot puree
20g sugar
Lemon juice
1 pinch chat masala
Salt as required

Filling for the beetroot puri
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
1 tablespoon chopped beetroot
1 tablespoon American corn
1 tablespoon pomegranate
1 tablespoon chop avocado
1 tablespoon tamarind chutney
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 pinches chat masala
Salt as required

Preparation

Beetroot puri

Mix together the semolina, water, beetroot puree and salt until a light dough is formed. Once prepared, cover with wet a cloth and leave to rest for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

One the dough has rested, flatten with a rolling pin until around 1cm tall. Place in a hot frying pan, with boiling oil and continue to flip and apply light pressure until the puri has puffed up and is golden.

Beetroot yoghurt

Mix together the yoghurt, beetroot puree, sugar, lemon juice and chat masala, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Season with salt if required.

Filling for beetroot puri

Thinly chop the onion and tomato and mix with the beetroot, corn, avocado, coriander and pomegranate. Stir in the tamarind chutney, lemon juice, salt and chat masala.

To serve

Break the beetroot puri and stuff it with the prepared filling. Drizzle with beetroot yoghurt, sweet yoghurt and pomegranate and enjoy!

Grilled Seabass with coconut khichdi:

Ingredients

For the grilled seabass
600 to 800g seabass fillet
8-10 macadamia nuts – sliced
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
Dash of lemon juice
Salt as required

For the coconut khichdi

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 shallots – sliced
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped green chilli
150g basmati rice
400ml vegetable stock
200ml coconut milk
2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut
Salt as required

For the Amati lentil sauce

100g red lentils
100g yellow lentils

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
¾ tablespoon cumin seeds
¾ tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped green chilli
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
2 tablespoons onion chopped
1 tablespoon tomato chopped
1 fresh medium mango chopped small
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Salt as required

For the mango salsa

1 small fresh ripe mango diced
1 teaspoon coriander leaves
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
Salt as required

Preparation

Grilled Seabass

Marinate the seabass fillet with all ingredients and pan sear it. Crust the fish with macadamia nuts on side and bake in the oven for 3-4 minutes, until it’s done.

Coconut Khichdi

Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the sliced shallots and cook until translucent. Add ginger and chilli and sauté for 2 minutes. Once ready, stir in the rice, with the warmed vegetable stock and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer until the rice is half cooked. Add coconut milk and continue to cook until the rice is tender and ready to eat. Stir in the grated coconut, butter and add salt to season.

Amati Lentil Sauce

Wash lentils and place in a deep pan. Cover with 4 times their volume of water and leave to soak for 20 minutes, before bringing to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and cover and the lentils until they are soft. Skim off any foam from the surface and add more water, if necessary (this is to prevent the lentils sticking to the base of the pan).

Heat the vegetable oil in a separate pan and add the cumin seeds. As they begin to splutter, add the garlic, ginger and green chilli and saute until the garlic begins to colour lightly. Add turmeric, red chilli powder, chopped onions and tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture over the lentils, add chopped mango and bring to a boil. Season with salt and combine well.

Mango Salsa

Mix the diced mango, freshly chopped coriander, olive oil, red chili powder and season with salt if required.

To Serve

Place 2 tablespoons of the Coconut Khichdi in the centre of a large pasta plate and spoon the Amati sauce around it. Place seabass fillet on top and garnish with mango salsa.

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This Fourth of July, travel back in time to explore American Revolution history in Philadelphia is called the Birthplace of America and the first World Heritage City in the United States. This is where the great American Dream was founded. It’s where courageous visionaries crafted the model for modern-day democracy that inspires people globally to embrace the power of their individuality and our human potential.

This Fourth of July, relive the birth of United States with virtual tours of the Historic Mile in Philadelphia. Within one square mile, visitors will find all of the below and more:

  • Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that changed the world as this was where the several fundamental debates took place that lay the foundation of the United States of America and helped the founders of the nation to adopt both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.
  • The Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom that predates the birth of the USA. Legend holds it sustained its trademark crack when it was rung to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its rich collection of Revolutionary-era artifacts, personal items, letters, diaries, and works of art.
  • The President’s House, where both George Washington and John Adams spent most of their presidencies before the White House was built in Washington, D.C.
  • National Museum of American Jewish History, the only major national museum dedicated to telling the story of the Jewish people in America from 1654 to present.
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia, where visitors can explore the history and stories of African-American people and those of the African Diaspora. The exhibit Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876 recounts the stories of and contributions made by people of African descent in Philadelphia during the tumultuous years following the founding of this nation.
  • The National Constitution Center, an interactive museum dedicated to the document on which the nation was founded, and the impact different interpretations of the document have had on the nation and world since it was adopted in 1789. Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation an exhibit that explores Alexander Hamilton’s fraught relationships with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Aaron Burr, provides an intimate look into the founding father’s enduring role in the constitutional and political arguments that continue to create sparks to this day, through December 31, 2019.
  • Carpenters’ Hall, the meeting place of the First Continental Congress in 1774. The seeds of the American Revolution were planted here when delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies agreed to boycott British imports.
  • Benjamin Franklin Museum and Franklin Court, the Philadelphia home of statesman, author, printer, inventor, postmaster, activist and more. The building also is the first post office in the United States.
  • The American Philosophical Society Museum is the oldest learned society in the United States, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” See exhibitions drawn from the Society’s renowned collections that trace American history and science from the Founding Fathers to the digital age.
  • Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously-inhabited street in America.
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Chidambaram hails decision to skip Ganesh fest amid Covid pandemic

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New Delhi, July 1 : After it was announced that the iconic Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh idol in Mumbai will not be established during the upcoming 11-day Ganeshotsav starting August 22 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday hailed the decision taken by the organisers.

“I congratulate the organisers of the annual Ganesh festival for the decision to call off the celebrations this year and instead organise a plasma donation camp over the 11 days,” Chidambaram said in a statement.

Earlier, while announcing its decision to cancel this year”s annual event that draws unprecedented crowd each year, the Lalbaugcha Mandal informed that instead of celebrating the Ganesh festival, it has decided to celebrate it as a health festival. Apart from organising blood donation camps and running a campaign for plasma donation, it has also decided to donate Rs 25 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ganesh idol at Lalbaugcha in Mumbai’s Parel area is considered to be the tallest in the city and is among the biggest crowd-pullers.

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UP Police officer masturbates before woman complainant, suspended

The woman has alleged that the officer Bhishm Pal Singh, was touching his private parts in front of her when she was taken to his chamber to lodge the complaint.

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Deoria, July 1 : A station house officer (SHO) of Bhatni police station in Uttar Pradesh”s Deoria was suspended for allegedly masturbating in front of a woman.

The woman, who had gone to file a complaint in the police station, filmed the incident which has now gone viral on the social media.

The video then sparked controversy in the area with the local people seeking action against the officer.

The woman has alleged that the officer Bhishm Pal Singh, was touching his private parts in front of her when she was taken to his chamber to lodge the complaint.

The complainant woman said, “I ignored his misbehaviour for the first 2-3 times and wanted him to lodge our case in the land dispute. But then one of my relatives had said that she also faced a similar incident at the hands of this officer. This is when I decided to film him.”

SP Deoria Shripati Mishra said, “An FIR has been registered against him and he has been suspended. Action is being taken.”

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