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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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Over 9 hours’ of sleep may raise stroke risk by 23%

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New York: People who sleep nine or more hours per night are 23 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than people who sleep seven to less than eight hours per night, warns a new study.

The results revealed that long naps are also not good for your health.

People who took a regular midday nap lasting more than 90 minutes were 25 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than people who took a regular nap lasting from one to 30 minutes, said the study published online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

People who took no naps or took naps lasting from 31 minutes to one hour were no more likely to have a stroke than people who took naps lasting from one to 30 minutes.

“More research is needed to understand how taking long naps and sleeping longer hours at night may be tied to an increased risk of stroke, but previous studies have shown that long nappers and sleepers have unfavourable changes in their cholesterol levels and increased waist circumferences, both of which are risk factors for stroke,” said study author Xiaomin Zhang of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China.

“In addition, long napping and sleeping may suggest an overall inactive lifestyle, which is also related to increased risk of stroke,” Zhang said.

The study involved 31,750 people in China with an average age of 62. The people did not have any history of stroke or other major health problems at the start of the study.

They were followed for an average of six years. During that time, there were 1,557 stroke cases.

The people were asked questions about their sleep and napping habits.

People who were both long nappers and long sleepers were 85 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than people who were moderate sleepers and nappers, said the study.

“These results highlight the importance of moderate napping and sleeping duration and maintaining good sleep quality, especially in middle-age and older adults,” Zhang said.

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Reduce helplessness for a stable society: Sudha Murthy

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : The conversation starts with Jean Paul Sartre and ends with Ayushmann Khurrana. And she seems happy about that.

At Infosys’ guesthouse in the national capital, which shuns shouting ‘corporates’, Sudha Murthy is sitting in a small room. The larger conference hall is reserved for waiting journalists.

In town for the Penguin Annual Lecture 2019, Murthy says her many roles, including being the Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, a writer, social worker and administrator, complete her.

“I must thank my excellent support system, else it would have been tough to do justice to them all. Frankly, there is not much demand from home and I don’t socialise much — no partying, get-togethers and very rare wedding appearances,” Murthy smiles.

That gives her enough time to write, she says.

“It is after all my cherished expression that lets me talk about what I feel deeply about, my joys, the sorrows,” she says, and adds, perhaps as an afterthought, “When something comes to my mind, I finish a book within 15-20 days.”

Murthy, however, doesn’t really like the fact that most schools, except perhaps some alternative ones, pay little attention to encouraging writing or pushing students towards other art forms.

“There seems to be such a drastic change from our times when hobby classes were an integral part. Now, both schools and parents are only looking at making their kids computer proficient from an early age.

“Of course, it also has to do with the intense competition in the face of a huge population, but it would be nice if they realised that encouraging creativity at an early age works wonders later on,” she says.

As the conversation veers towards her latest book ‘The Daughter from a Wishing Tree: Unusual Tales from Women in Mythology’, the author insists that mythology, which has been written by men, does not really boast of many prominent women characters, except Sita and Draupdi.

“And this is despite the fact that several women have taken very strong and decisive decisions, which have changed dynasties. Yet, they remain unsung. The book is, therefore, about unusual women, away from the popular narrative, but extremely important,” she says.

Stating that mythology happens to be an indispensable part of Indian culture, Murthy feels that it can be the saving light in the bleakest of times.

“Once you understand that it is not to be taken literally and is open to interpretation, it serves its true purpose — taking life head-on and never getting bogged down even in the worst of times,” she says.

For Murthy, who for decades has been working with the underprivileged, the one emotion that always strikes her is helplessness.

“The moment people start feeling that, they take extreme measures. Look at the French Revolution or the Naxalite movement closer home. In order to ascertain a healthy and stable society, it is important to reduce that helplessness and that’s what I work for,” she says.

Considering the fact that she was the only girl student in her engineering class and was the first woman engineer to be hired by TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO), does she feel that things have really changed for women?

“For educated women, yes. If you look at the southern states, the demand for dowry has come down considerably in most communities. Education, leading to financial independence, has surely made women more empowered,” Murthy says.

Not only social justice, education or poverty alleviation, Murthy knows her cinema well too.

“I am a complete movie buff who still prefers to go for the late night show and seldom watch movies at home. Nowadays, I don’t miss any films starring Ayushmann Khurrana considering the fact that he makes such sensible choices. Well, I do miss the subtle style of directors like Basu Bhattacharya and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, but really admire Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s work among the contemporary directors,” Murthy concludes.

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TMC leader Nusrat Jahan earns praise with Instagram post

The fans praised her, with one commenting: “You are amazing”. Another wrote: “Hope you helped the child!!” “Really so lovely,” one post read.

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : Bengali movie actress and Trinamool Congress leader Nusrat Jahan’s photograph on Instagram in which she is cuddling a little balloon-seller went viral, with people hailing her humanitarian gesture. The post got 386 comments and 50,006 likes.

The politician posted the picture on her Instagram account and wrote: “Made my weekend special… with the special one…a one-and-a-half-year-old baby selling balloons…was way more cuter and colourful than the balloons…#loveforall #loveistheonlylanguage.

The fans praised her, with one commenting: “You are amazing”. Another wrote: “Hope you helped the child!!” “Really so lovely,” one post read.

“Appreciate your loving nature. I admire you as you have a loving heart, ” one fan wrote. “God bless you. Your heart is as beautiful as your face,” commented another.

“God bless you, ma’am. You are such a nice person. A big fan,” wrote another person.

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