A lot has been shared over social media to help us understand how can one get exposed to  Coronavirus and develop symptoms of COVID-19. 

We all seem to be aware of the precautions we have to take to avoid contracting the virus along with practicing social distancing to protect the people who are the most vulnerable around us, such as the elderly and persons suffering from chronic or respiratory illnesses. 

With information comes awareness and in case of some individuals it may lead to anxiety that can manifest itself into physical symptoms. Acute care has to be taken in times of a pandemic to ensure that this anxiety does not snowball into mass hysteria. 

In light of India declaring a nationwide lockdown until the 14th of April, the accessibility to medicines and healthcare throughout the country will be strictly managed and controlled to ensure treatment of only the the most genuine of patients.

We can do our own part to protect ourselves from succumbing to the torrent of information flooding our smartphone screens and involuntarily participating in causing anxiety for others as well as ourselves.

Here are some suggestions to help you stay distracted and calm;

  • Limit exposure to news and mainstream media, first step zero down on about 3 news media sources of your choice. Second step only check out these sources for your daily dose of information. Third step, allow yourself a strict limited amount of time to spend on these sources, advisable 30 minutes total in a day. Moreover turn off notifications on your phone and laptop from all news sources even the ones you subscribe to, control the flow of information in a timely manner to avoid getting bombarded all the time.
Catch up on shows online from the comfort of your home..
  • Binge watch, this is a great time to get started on online entertainment. There are numerous series and movies available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, MX player etc. Some of these platforms are free while most of them offer a free trial period of 1 month before subscription starts. 
Ommmmmmmmm…
  • If you can’t go outside go Inside, this one may sound hippy dippy but let’s be honest, we have all been meaning to dedicate some time to learning how to meditate. There are multiple forms of meditation and this would be the best time for your to discover which type of meditation works for you. Here are some apps to help you get started ‘Buddhify‘, ‘Calm’, ‘Headspace‘, ‘Aura‘ and ‘Simple Habit’.
Learn to play an instrument..
  • Music, soothes the ears and calms the soul. We rely on music in our normal day to day lives to get us through the grind, so why not rely on it to get us through this curfew as well. You can learn to play an instrument during this time and show off these newly acquired skills when it is safe to host a house party.
Make a new dish everyday..
  • Feed your soul, it’s a great time to be indulging in good wholesome comfort food. Learn to make curries, veggies and lentils accompanied by rice or flatbreads, styled differently everyday. Lots of time on your hands to perfect that elusive road roti as well, just saying. 
We have got to start somewhere..
  • Get your limbs moving with ‘house cleaning’, it is the best time to get those cobwebs off the ceiling, clean the fans, retrieve the book fallen behind the bed. This will help you sweat as get you stretching like never before. Moreover clean surrounding keep ill thoughts at bay and harbour positivity.
Study at home..
  • Get that certification, you finally have the time and inclination to emerge as a certified specialist in your choice of vocation. Coursera is a great place to get started on university offered modules and courses, while upGrad provides curated specialised courses with certification from universities and regulatory bodies. Udemy is also one such platform that offers courses from multiple vocations from professionals along with certification.
Explore indoor hobbies..
  • Rediscover your hobbies, this is one time that you can really indulge in undertaking those activities that give you immense joy as long as you have the means to perform them indoors. Or find new hobbies that may pique your interest. The internet is full of activities and information, find your niche interest area and explore away.
Play card games…
  • Spend quality time with loved ones, family is the most important thing in life, it is more true now than ever. There are so many things you can do to optimise the time you spend with your loved ones, playing games like Luda and Snakes and Ladders is definitely a great way to start, card games such as Big Fool or Rummy, Antakshari and Dumb charades. You can always reconnect with your friends and family over call or FaceTime.
Sleep like a baby…
  • Snooze, now that you are not pressed for time you can catch up on those extra ZZZZZZs. A good nights sleep has been proven to help reduce anxiety and calm the nerves. So sleep as much as you need for as long as you need and wake up feeling physically rested and mentally rejuvenated to take on another day in a Nationwide Lockdown.

It is a tough time but we can get through this, together.


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World Food Day: How To Minimise Food Wastage

16th of October is celebrated as ‘World Food Day’. Why not celebrate it everyday? – This year, The World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In doing so the hunger parity around the world has been brought into focus, and Hunger has been identified as a human right violation. Read more on how you can minimise your food wastage.

Know your Mushrooms

Mushrooms are fungi that we consumer in so many delicious recipes. Know what mushrooms are good to consume and how to identify rotten mushrooms. Follow the link for more information…

Top Foods To Battle Them Rainy Blues

Know what to eat during which season and stay healthy all year round. Our bodies acclimatise internally during every natural season, to help our bodies adjust to the change more optimally it is important to consume fresh and seasonal produce, read more…

This week we are going to elevate your paneer / cottage cheese game with our very special ‘Paneer Dilruba’, literally translated to ‘Cottage Cheese Darling’.

This dish is made with roasting tomatoes and cashews together to form a yummy rich gravy which is infused with spices add to the richness of the soft cheese cubes.

  • Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
  • Serves: 3-4

INGREDIENTS:

  • Paneer: 250 g
  • Oil: 2 Tbsp
  • Cashew nuts: 1/2 cup
  • Tomato, rough cut: 1
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Cloves: 1/2 tsp
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1/2 cup
  • Ginger + Garlic paste: 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder: As per taste
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Garam masala: 1/2 tsp
  • Milk + Water, equal portions: 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Cream: 2 tbsp
  • *Water: As needed

For Garnish

  • Fresh Coriander, chopped: 2 Tbsp

METHOD:

Let’s make it together…
Preparation

Roast the cashews and the tomatoes with a little bit of oil in a frying pan until the tomatoes start to sweat. Do this for 3-4 minutes on a medium flame.

Allow the roasted cashews and tomatoes to cool before transferring the contents to a blender.

Blend the cashews and tomatoes into a fine orange paste*

*Add water is small quantities as needed.

For the Curry/Sauce

Heat oil in a saucepan and add the cumin seeds. Wait for the cumin seeds to start sizzling before adding cloves to the pan, cook the spices for a minute before adding the chopped onions.

Cook the chopped onions along with the cumin seeds and cloves until the onions are translucent.

Add the ginger and garlic paste to the pan and allow to cook for another minute or two before adding the roasted cashew nuts and tomato paste to the pan.

Mix the contents of the pan well and cook* for 2-3 minutes at a medium to low flame or until you see the oil floating on the surface of the pan.

The oil on the surface indicates that the paste mixture is cooked and now you can season it with spices., add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala to the pan and stir well. Further cook for another 2-3 minutes for the dried masalas to be cooked through completely.

In a bowl, measure half a cup of water and half a cup of milk together. Pour this combination into the saucepan and simmer on a low flame until small bubbles form on the surface.

Add the paneer / cottage cheese to the pan and stir well to ensure that cubes are completely covered with the sauce.

Sprinkle salt to taste and cream and cook the contents on a low flame for 2-3 minutes more.

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with butter naans and jeera rice.

*Water can be added as and when needed if you find that the sauce is sticking to the bottom of the pan. It can also be used to moderate the consistency of the sauce to your liking.


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HERE COMES THE RAIN!

Our body automatically internally adjusts to the external changes in the weather. This call’s for an adjustment to our diets seasonally to help our bodies accommodate these changes with ease. Read more to find out what you should and shouldn’t eat..

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Chicken Kacchi Biryani In Earthen Pot

This is a scrumptious and wholesome recipe that brings the best of both worlds together, the succulent chicken made along with fragrant savoury basmati rice. Read more for the complete recipe…

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Mutton Kheema Rolls with Cheese

You’ve heard of the Kheema Samosa. Now try the Kheema Roll, this recipe is made by compactly rolling the spiced minced meat around cheese and deep fried to golden perfection. Read more…

A decadent party starter, Doodh na puff is an easy-to-make parsi recipe. Packed with calcium and omega-3 this quick dessert is best enjoyed in winters.

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty level: Beginner

INGREDIENTS:

  • Full fat milk: 1 litre
  • Sugar: 1 Tbsp
  • Green Cardamom Powder: 1 Tsp
  • Pistachios: 3-4, Sliced

METHOD:

Preheat your earthen pot on a low flame. Add milk and stir continuously. Bring milk to a boil and remove the pot from the heat. Let the milk settle down a little before turning the heat on again on a low flame and bringing the milk to boil again.

You have to repeat this process multiple times. You will observe the milk becoming foamy with every boiling repetition. When more than half the milk has foamed turn the heat off and let the milk simmer in the retained heat of the earthenware pot.

Add sugar and cardamom powder and stir till both dissolves in this creamy, foamy, frothy milk. Only spoon the milk froth in a glass (serve-ware). Enjoy this light dessert with a light garnish of chopped pistachios, almonds and a sprinkle of cardamom powder.

Relish this dessert both hot and cold.


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Rich in protein and vitamins try this simple bake recipe either in the over or on the frying pan (if you don’t have an oven) and we promise you this will become your go to dish for every party.

  • Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
  • Baking Time: 20 Minutes
  • Serves: 3-4

Finally an easy to follow baking recipe for the Indian palette, if we can say so ourselves. This recipe is the result of in-house experimentation conducted in the kitchen laboratories of Cuisine Canvas. You need less than 10 ingredients for this yummy bake, moreover you can marinate it overnight and have it piping hot ready to serve in 30 mins.

This recipe would be a great fit for those looking to bulk up on their protein intake, the spices in this dish are perfectly blended to ensure every bite is as flavourful as the last.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chicken, curry cut: 1 kg
  • Oil: 2 Tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper powder: 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 2 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder to taste
  • Garlic cloves with skin: 8 to 10

METHOD:

Preparation
  • Preheat* the oven at 250 degree celsius for 15-20 mins.
  • Marinate the chicken with oil, salt, black pepper powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder in a baking tray with some garlic cloves. Leave it to marinate for a minimum of 20 minutes; maximum overnight to, maximise on the flavour.
Bake
  • When the chicken is ready to be baked, reduce the oven temperature to 200 degree celsius and pop the baking tray in the oven for 20 minutes first.
  • After the 20 minutes have elapsed check the chicken with a spoon to see if the meat is coming apart easily; if the chicken is not cooked as per your liking then turn the pieces over with tongs and pop the baking tray back in the oven for another 10 minutes at the same temperature.

Serve with a lemon wedge or dips of your liking.

Notes

*we do this to regularise the temperature inside the oven and the chicken cooks uniformly at a set temperature. If you skip this step then the chicken will take longer to cook and may be unevenly cooked in some places.


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Palak Paneer | Cottage Cheese In Spinach Puree

Golden yellow paneer nuggets surrounded by lush bottle green curry seasoned with spices and made rich with cream. This cottage cheese dish made in fresh spinach puree is not only a showstopper but also jam packed with nutrients. Best served for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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Masala Chole (Chickpeas)

Masala chole/chickpeas is a quarantine friendly recipe, you only need to staples in your kitchen to prepare this dish. Chole aka Chickpeas is a superfood, this simple beige coloured bean is very prominent in asia and in India is it devoured in a variety of manner.

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Baisakhi And The Tradition Of Langar

Get an understanding of what the festival of Baisakhi/Vaisakhi is and how it is celebrated. While also getting an insight into the Langars, the community kitchen operated at every Gurudwara, open to all religions and communities.

Eggs Sunny Side Up

Make the perfect Sunny Side Up egg, with the absolute very basic of ingredients. Such a filling and delicious recipe, yet oh so simple method cannot be found in all the realms. Read on for more…