Food venues bidding for a taste of Welsh glory

Food venues bidding for a taste of Welsh glory

Food Awards Wales 2019 Pembrokeshire Is your favourite food establishment in the running for The Food Awards Wales 2019? 0 comment FROM cakes to curries and steaks to seafood – Pembrokeshire and its neighbours are well represented in the nominations for The Food Awards Wales 2019.
Nearly 40 finalists from the area are lining up for accolades in this fifth annual event, which is staged to celebrate the success of local suppliers, servers and businesses.
Thousands of votes were received from the public for their favourites, before the short-list was drawn up.
“The awards seek to recognise the hard work and effort of those committed to always providing the local communities with the freshest of products and tastes,” said a spokeswoman for The Food Awards Wales 2019.
“We have had an overwhelming response from the public who voted for their favourite establishments and suppliers.
“All finalists should feel very proud of themselves, as it is their clients who have put them forward to get the recognition they deserve.
“With fierce competition this year, we are looking forward to welcoming he meritorious professionals that operate within the Welsh food industry, who have dedicated their career to providing us with great gastronomic delights and enhancing the reputation of the country.
“We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
The awards night will take place at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff on Monday May 13.
Local finalists are as follows:
Best Mexican establishment: Café Rio, Haverfordwest ; El Salsa,Cardigan. Best Oriental establishment: The Dragon Palace, Pentlepoir. Best Indian establishment: Bombay Brasserie, Johnston. Best Asian food establishment: Lotus Restaurant & Take-Away, Pendine; Nahar Indian Cuisine, Newcastle Emlyn.
Best seafood establishment: The Griffin Inn, Dale; The Shed Bistro, Porthgain; Plantagenet House, Tenby . Best Mediterranean establishment: Mykonos, Tenby. Traditional Welsh restaurant of the year: The Cove Bar & Restaurant, Tenby.
Best street food: El Salsa, Cardigan; Tafell a Tan, Cardigan; Yeah Buoy Burger, Tenby; Spicers Meat Wagon, Llanddowror. Welsh produce of the year: Coland Rise Farm Meats, Hayscastle; The Potting Shed, Haverfordwest; Popty Cara, Lawrenny; Little Grandma’s Kitchen, St Clears.
Retail bakery of the year: Becws Bets, Login; Loafley Bakery & Deli Co., Tenby; Bara Menyn, Cardigan. Wholesaler of the year: Cardigan Bay Fish, Cardigan. Takeaway of the year: Hooked @31, Fishguard . Best fish ‘n’ chips establishment: D. Fecci & Sons, Tenby.
Café/bistro of the year (south west): PlumVanilla Café, Narberth ; The Fuchsia Caffe & Caterers, Tenby; The Old Pharmacy Tearooms, Solva ; MamGU Welshcakes, Solva.
Hotel restaurant of the year (south west): Begelly Arms Hotel, Begelly; Blas Restaurant at Twr y Felin Hotel, St Davids ; Trefloyne Manor, Penally; The Stackpole Inn, Stackpole.

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Looking to improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels? Try taking tamarind seed

Looking to improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels? Try taking tamarind seed
Sunday, April 07, 2019 by: Michelle Simmons Tags: alternative medicine , blood sugar , cholesterol , diabetes , food is medicine , foodcures , glucose , Glycogen , goodfood , goodhealth , goodscience , healing foods , Herbs , high cholesterol , hypercholesteremia , hyperglycemia , natural cures , natural healing , natural medicine , natural remedies , remedies , research , superfood , superfoods , Tamarind , tamarind seeds , Tamarindus indica
( Natural News ) The next time you eat tamarind ( Tamarindus indica ), save the seeds. A new study suggests that tamarind seeds can improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels . A team of researchers at the University of Malaya in Malaysia and King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia looked at the effects of tamarind seeds on fat and carbohydrate metabolism in rats. Earlier studies have shown that tamarind can be used to reduce visceral fat accumulation , as well as lower high blood sugar and high blood cholesterol levels in rats. (Related: Tamarind: Fruits That Fight Cancer, Lower Cholesterol And Fight off cellulite .) In the study, the research team fed three rat models — normal, hypertensive, and exposed to hyperglycemic conditions — with diets containing zero percent, two percent, four percent, and eight percent of tamarind seeds for four weeks. Then, they monitored the feeding and growth performance of the rats. They also took samples of liver from the rats to analyze for glycogen content. In addition, they took blood samples from the rats to measure cholesterol levels and glucose levels. Based on the results of the experiments, the research team discovered that adding tamarind seeds to the diets affected the feeding and growth performance of rats. Diets containing four percent and eight percent of tamarind seeds reduced cholesterol levels in rats. Rats that received diets containing at least four percent of tamarind seeds showed lower blood sugar levels. In addition, the inclusion of tamarind seeds led to an increase of glycogen storage in the livers of rats on basal diet and high sucrose diet. Overall, these results suggest that tamarind seeds can lower levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as improve glycogen storage. The power of the elements : Discover Colloidal Silver Mouthwash with quality, natural ingredients like Sangre de Drago sap, black walnut hulls, menthol crystals and more. Zero artificial sweeteners, colors or alcohol. Learn more at the Health Ranger Store and help support this news site. From these findings, which were published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine , the research team concluded that tamarind seeds may be useful in the treatment of people with high blood sugar and/or high blood cholesterol levels. Tamarind seeds may also be used against the chikungunya virus Tamarind seeds have also been found to possess antiviral properties. In a study, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee discovered that a protein in tamarind seeds called lectin exhibited antiviral effects, which can potentially be used against the chikungunya virus . This virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito . People infected with the virus most commonly experience symptoms such as fever and joint pain. Some people also experience headache, joint swelling, muscle pain, or rash.
The findings of the study, which were published in the journal Virology revealed that lectin derived from tamarind seeds caused chikungunya virus to lose 64 percent of its infectivity. Treatment with lectin also caused about 45 percent reduction in the levels of viral RNA in the cells. How to use tamarind seeds
Tamarind is found in India and tropical Africa. Most commonly, tamarind fruit is consumed, but in Asian and African cuisine, the seeds are also enjoyed. Here are some ways to prepare tamarind seeds :
Toast the seeds: You can enjoy tamarind seeds by toasting them. First, crack the shell of a tamarind pod, and separate the pulp and the seeds. For five minutes, toast the seeds in a pan over medium heat. Occasionally shake the pan to evenly roast the seeds. Let the seeds cool, then crack the outer shell with your teeth and remove the seeds. You may have to chew and suck on the seeds for a while before you can swallow them because they will still be very hard. Chewing on tamarind seeds is believed to help in digestion.
Use the seeds to make flour: You can also use tamarind seeds to make bread. Some cooks grind tamarind seeds into a fine flour and use it as the main ingredient in their bread, while others use the juice from the pulp and seeds as a liquid ingredient to bread made with rice and wheat flours.
Read more news stories and studies on natural cures like tamarind seeds by going to NaturalCures.news .
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Term Sheet: Apr. 08, 2019

April 8, 2019 MODEST EXPECTATIONS
Pinterest remains modest in all aspects of its business. The social media platform set a price range of $15 to $17 for its initial public offering, which puts it below the valuation at which it last raised private money.
Pinterest last sold shares to pre-IPO investors in 2017 at a price of $21.54 each, valuing the company at roughly $12.3 billion. At the proposed price range, Pinterest would be valued below that level, at around $11 billion at the high end of its range. .
In many ways, Pinterest seems to be the most conservative in the cohort of tech companies set to go public in 2019. CEO Ben Silbermann rejects the notion that you have to move fast & break a ton of things to build a big business. He’s done it in a more sustainable, conservative way that has made Pinterest less of ” a financial sinkhole ” than its peers.
NO MORE MR. NICE GUY: Remember when we were worried that ride-hailing company Lyft had too much of a “nice guy” image to compete with Uber in the public markets? Yeah, I’m not so sure anymore. Lyft has only been public for all of 10 days, and it’s already threatening litigation. The company alleged that Uber IPO underwriter Morgan Stanley was marketing a short-selling product to Lyft investors that it believed was disrupting trading in its stock. Morgan Stanley denies it, telling CNBC that the firm “did not market or execute, directly or indirectly, a sale, short sale, hedge, swap or transfer of risk or value associated with Lyft stock for any Lyft shareholder identified by the company or otherwise known to us to be the subject of a Lyft lock-up agreement.” Oh boy. And Uber hasn’t even gone public yet! It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out, but don’t let the friendly, pink mustache fool you.
WHAT’S ANOTHER FEW BILLION?: At this point, it feels like every time I sit down to write Term Sheet, Grab decides to raise more money. You might be thinking, “Wait, didn’t Grab just raise billions of dollars?” Yes. Yes, it did. Just a few weeks ago, the company announced $4.5 billion in funding for its latest round. Now, it’s extending its Series H round to $6.5 billion (!). Grab’s valuation hovers at around $14 billion, making it Southeast Asia’s most valuable unicorn.
To better understand Grab’s strategy and find out why it continues to raise so much money, I encourage you to read my colleague Clay Chandler’s excellent feature on its “super-app model.” He writes:
“How to create a super-app for millions of consumers who have never even seen a credit card? Go-Jek and Grab have used the Internet and smartphones ingeniously to create armies of mobile tellers. Car and motorbike drivers collect cash and credit it to customers’ digital wallets. They toil alongside neighborhood agents who, in addition to topping up the wallets, help consumers who lack bank accounts purchase goods online, pay bills, buy insurance, or apply for loans.”
NEW FUND: B Capital, a Singapore-based venture capital firm, raised $406 million for its second fund. Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, is behind B Capital. To date, B Capital has invested in 19 startups, including electric scooter startup Bird. Last year, I spoke with B Capital partner and co-founder Raj Ganguly about why investing in Bird at a $2 billion valuation made sense. He said:
“Bird’s ability to scale revenue with no paid customer acquisition has been incredible. It is one of the fastest growing consumer companies, which is incredible considering it is a physical product, and not software which you can scale with much lower marginal cost. Ultimately, Bird has the potential to completely change how we think about short-distance mobility.” . . VENTURE DEALS
• Fleetsmith , a San Francisco-based cloud-based fleet management software, raised $30 million in Series B funding. Investors include Menlo Ventures and Tiger Global Management.
• Boomplay , an African music streaming service, raised $20 million in Series A funding. Maison Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including Seas Capital.
• Attest , a London-based provider of market research services, raised $16 million in Series A funding. NEA led the round, and was joined by investors including Oxford Capital and Episode 1 Ventures.
• Enlitic , a San Francisco-based medical startup, raised $15 million in Series B funding. Marubeni led the round, and was joined by investors including Capitol Health.
• TrashButler , a Tampa, Fla.-based valet trash and recycling service for apartments and multi-family communities, raised $4.1 million in funding, from Florida Funders.
• International Screening Solutions , a Kennesaw, Ga.-based provider of a screening platform, raised $1.5 million in funding. Investors include Naples Technology Ventures. . PRIVATE EQUITY DEALS
• The Carlyle Group agreed to acquire a significant minority stake (between 30% and 40%) in Compania Espanola de Petroleos, S.A.U (CEPSA) , an integrated oil & gas company, from Mubadala Investment Company based on an enterprise value of $12 billion.
• Akoya Capital Partners LLC and Landon Capital Partners LLC acquired TTG Inc, a Higginsville, Mo.-based maker of waterproof membranes. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Clayton, Dubilier & Rice agreed to buy a majority of Sirius Computer Solutions Inc , a San Antonio, Texas-based provider of integrated technology solutions. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Orion Food System , a portfolio company of One Rock Capital Partners, agreed to merge with Land Mark Products , a Milford, Iowa-based maker and distributor of food products as well as a provider of food service solutions to the convenience and specialty retail channels. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• TimePayment , which is backed by Fortress Investment Group , acquired LeaseQ , a Burlington, Mass.-based online equipment financing marketplace. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Center Rock Capital Partners acquired Merit , a Spartanburg, S.C.-based distributor of paint sundries, flooring products and related installation supplies. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Great Point Partners recapitalized Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care , a San Antonio, Texas-based provider of pediatric urgent care services. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Earthlite LLC , a portfolio company of Branford Castle Partners , acquired Tara Spa Therapy , a Carmel, Calif.-based lotions and creams brand. The seller was Tara Grodjesk . Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Artisan Design Group , a portfolio company of The Sterling Group , acquired Markraft Cabinets LLC , a Wilmington, N.C.-based provider of design and installation services for cabinetry and countertops in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Apposite Capital invested 6 million pounds ($7.8 million) in Mirada Medical , a U.K.-based medical imaging software company. . OTHER DEALS
• 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU) agreed to acquire Trilogy Education , a New York-based workforce accelerator that prepares adult learners for high-growth careers in the digital economy, for $750 million in cash and stock. Trilogy had raised approximately $80 million in venture funding from investors including Macquarie Group, Highland Capital Partners, ReThink Education, Exceed Capital Partners, and City Light Capital.
• Kettle Cuisine acquired Harry’s Fresh Foods, a Portland, Ore.-based custom food manufacturing company. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. . IPOs
• Pinterest , a San Francisco, Calif.-based social ideas board maker, plans to raise $1.2 billion in an offering of 75 million shares priced between $15 to $17. The firm posted revenue of $755.9 million and loss of $63 million in 2018. Bessemer (13.1% pre-offering), FirstMark (9.8%), and a16z (9.6%) back the firm. Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Allen & Company, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and RBC Capital Markets are underwriters. It plans to list on the NYSE as “PINS.” Read more .
• Hookipa Pharma , a New York-based Phase 2 biotech, plans to raise $100 million in an IPO of 6.7 million shares priced between $14 to $16. Baker Bros, Sofinnova Capital, and Forbion Capital back the firm. BofA Merrill Lynch, SVB Leerink and RBC Capital Markets are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “HOOK.” Read more .
• Zoom Video Communications, a San Jose, Calif.-based video conferencing system, plans to raise $326.3 million in an IPO of 10.9 million shares priced between $28 to $32 apiece. It posted revenue of $330.5 million in the year ending 2019 and income of $7.6 million. Emergence Capital, Sequoia, and Li Ka-shing back the firm. Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse are underwriters. Read more .
• Metropolis Healthcare , an Indian healthcare firm, is reportedly oversubscribed and plans to raise as much as $174 million in an IPO in the country, Reuters reports. Carlyle Group’s CA Lotus Investments backs the firm. Read more .
• SciPlay , a Las Vegas-based maker of casino-like social games firm, for an $100 million IPO. The firm posted revenue of $416 million in 2018 and income of $39 million. Scientific Games backs the firm. BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Capital, and RBC Capital Markets are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “SCPL.” Read more .
• Palomar Holdings , a La Jolle, Calif.-based specialty property insurance provider focused of floods, earthquakes, and wind damage, plans to raise $90 million in an offering of 5.6 million shares priced between $15 to $17. Genstar Capital backs the firm. Barclays, J.P. Morgan and Keefe Bruyette Woods are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “PLMR.” Read more .
• Trevi Therapeutics , a New Haven, Conn.-based biotech focused on neurological disorders, filed for an $86 million IPO. TPG, NEA, and Lundbeckfond Invest A/S back the firm.
SVB Leerink, Stifel and BMO Capital Markets are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “TRVI.” Read more . . FIRMS + FUNDS
• Source Code Capital , a China-based venture capital firm, raised $570 million for its new fund.
• M/C Partners , a Boston-based private equity and venture capital firm, raised $350 million for its latest fund, M/C Partners VIII .
• Octopus Ventures , the European venture capital firm that’s part of Octopus Group , raised £83 million ($108 million) for a growth fund. . PEOPLE
• Hamilton Lane promoted John Brecker, Katie Moore, Nayef Perry, and Masayoshi Yazawa to managing director. It also promoted Kristin Jumper, Samantha Leandri, Chenkay Li, Lisa Powers, Adam Shane, and John Stake to principal.
• Timothy Wentink joined Twin Brook Capital Partners as a managing director.
• ParkerGale Capital named Jimmy Holloran as a principal. .

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Kosher Foods Market to Gain Traction Owing to Rising Consumption of Kefir Herb & Honey Food Products: Radiant Insights, Inc. Seite 1

SAN FRANCISCO , April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The global Kosher Foods Market is set to grow at an exponential rate by the year 2028 attributed to an escalating Jewish population all over the world. Kosher certification is a badge of integrity that rule for its purity and quality. Kosher products potentially demonstrated the widest consumer appeal and have broadened their food palate to include Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Japanese cuisines. The latest trend that is gaining traction in the sales of Kosher food products is the growing popularity of cooking time efficient packaged consumer goods. This trend has acquired acceptance primarily among millennials, working-class sector, and children. The growing consumption of kefir herb and honey food products is positively influencing the Kosher Foods demand. Also, rapid urbanization and rising disposable income have generated an awareness regarding the consumption of convenient and healthy food products. However, the strong protest against the selling of animal meat products by several animal rights organizations is hampering the market growth.
By product type, kosher foods market has been segmented into Kosher pareve, Kosher dairy, and Kosher meat. Pareve attributed to holding the highest market share ascribed to its growing popularity as an easy-to-cook consumable product and is further estimated to demonstrate huge growth during the forecast period. Based on key food headings, the market can be segmented into meat & poultry, dairy, eggs, fish, parev, insects, wine and grape products, other alcoholic drinks, passover, chodosh, etc. Geographical segmentation has presented a detailed analysis of Kosher foods market growth prospects across the regions of North America , the Asia Pacific , Europe , the Middle East , and Africa , and Latin America . The Netherlands is a growing market for Kosher foods as it visibly complies with Islamic food laws. Consumers belonging to the developed economies like the United States prefer eating high-quality products that are natural, pure and abide by Jewish dietary laws. They are also keen on adopting environment friendly Kosher consumables, which has mandated the prominent players to venture sustainable Kosher products in order to scale their competitive edge in the global market space.
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The kosher foods market poses a multitude of challenges for the business participants and is gaining a critical understanding of these pitfalls have impelled the contenders to pander strategic merger & acquisition activities. They have identified the cost of resources, former growth statistics, sales volume, and future prospects. The competitive landscape of Kosher foods market encompasses an array of highly acclaimed contenders like Nectar Lifesciences Ltd., AGC Chemicals Co. Ltd., AGRANA Starke GmbH, 3 F Industrial Limited, and ADM Milling System. Other significant companies influencing the global market share are Glaxosmithkline, Nestle, Hayman Limited, Unilever and others. The strict Jewish food compliance has mandated its production and packaging operations audit across the food & beverage market. Israeli Rabbinate regulations exhibit explicit rules for labeling, packaging, and foreign trade of their Kosher food products. For instance, in Israel agricultural products have special rules and are often not considered as kosher certified products. These stringent Kosher assurances have helped to build consumer Confidence and have been now identified as a vibrant and modern international professional certification service.
This report provides detailed historical analysis of global market for Kosher Foods from 2013-2018, and provides extensive market forecasts from 2018-2028 by region/country and subsectors. It covers the sales volume, price, revenue, gross margin, historical growth and future perspectives in the Kosher Foods market.
Access 111 page research report with TOC on “Kosher Foods Market” available with Radiant Insights, Inc. @ https://www.radiantinsights.com/research/2013-2028-report-on-global-kosher-foods-market
Leading players of Kosher Foods including: o ADM
o Kedem Food Products
o Manischewitz
o Nestle
o Streit’s Matzos
o Art Chocolatier
o BASF , Blommer Chocolate
o Brooklyn Cookie
o Denovo Beverage
o Eden Foods
o Hodo Soy
o Ice Chips
Market split by Type, can be divided into: o Kosher Pareve
o Kosher Meat
o Kosher Dairy
Market split by Application, can be divided into: o Jew
o Gentile
Market split by Sales Channel, can be divided into: o Direct Channel
o Distribution Channel
Market segment by Region/Country including: o North America ( United States , Canada and Mexico )
o Europe ( Germany , UK, France , Italy , Russia and Spain etc.)
o Asia-Pacific ( China , Japan , Korea, India , Australia and Southeast Asia etc.)

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Pinterest Keeps It Modest, Lyft Sheds Its ‘Nice Guy' Image, and Grab Is All About the Billions: Term Sheet for Monday, April 8

Pinterest Keeps It Modest, Lyft Sheds Its ‘Nice Guy’ Image, and Grab Is All About the Billions: Term Sheet for Monday, April 8 More MODEST EXPECTATIONS
Pinterest remains modest in all aspects of its business. The social media platform set a price range of $15 to $17 for its initial public offering, which puts it below the valuation at which it last raised private money.
Pinterest last sold shares to pre-IPO investors in 2017 at a price of $21.54 each, valuing the company at roughly $12.3 billion. At the proposed price range, Pinterest would be valued below that level, at around $11 billion at the high end of its range.
In many ways, Pinterest seems to be the most conservative in the cohort of tech companies set to go public in 2019. CEO Ben Silbermann rejects the notion that you have to move fast & break a ton of things to build a big business. He’s done it in a more sustainable, conservative way that has made Pinterest less of “ a financial sinkhole ” than its peers.
NO MORE MR. NICE GUY: Remember when we were worried that ride-hailing company Lyft had too much of a “nice guy” image to compete with Uber in the public markets? Yeah, I’m not so sure anymore. Lyft has only been public for all of 10 days, and it’s already threatening litigation. The company alleged that Uber IPO underwriter Morgan Stanley was marketing a short-selling product to Lyft investors that it believed was disrupting trading in its stock. Morgan Stanley denies it, telling CNBC that the firm “did not market or execute, directly or indirectly, a sale, short sale, hedge, swap or transfer of risk or value associated with Lyft stock for any Lyft shareholder identified by the company or otherwise known to us to be the subject of a Lyft lock-up agreement.” Oh boy. And Uber hasn’t even gone public yet! It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out, but don’t let the friendly, pink mustache fool you.
WHAT’S ANOTHER FEW BILLION?: At this point, it feels like every time I sit down to write Term Sheet, Grab decides to raise more money. You might be thinking, “Wait, didn’t Grab just raise billions of dollars?” Yes. Yes, it did. Just a few weeks ago, the company announced $4.5 billion in funding for its latest round. Now, it’s extending its Series H round to $6.5 billion (!). Grab’s valuation hovers at around $14 billion, making it Southeast Asia’s most valuable unicorn.
To better understand Grab’s strategy and find out why it continues to raise so much money, I encourage you to read my colleague Clay Chandler’s excellent feature on its “super-app model.” He writes:
“How to create a super-app for millions of consumers who have never even seen a credit card? Go-Jek and Grab have used the Internet and smartphones ingeniously to create armies of mobile tellers. Car and motorbike drivers collect cash and credit it to customers’ digital wallets. They toil alongside neighborhood agents who, in addition to topping up the wallets, help consumers who lack bank accounts purchase goods online, pay bills, buy insurance, or apply for loans.”
NEW FUND: B Capital, a Singapore-based venture capital firm, raised $406 million for its second fund. Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, is behind B Capital. To date, B Capital has invested in 19 startups, including electric scooter startup Bird. Last year, I spoke with B Capital partner and co-founder Raj Ganguly about why investing in Bird at a $2 billion valuation made sense. He said:
“Bird’s ability to scale revenue with no paid customer acquisition has been incredible. It is one of the fastest growing consumer companies, which is incredible considering it is a physical product, and not software which you can scale with much lower marginal cost. Ultimately, Bird has the potential to completely change how we think about short-distance mobility.” VENTURE DEALS
• Fleetsmith , a San Francisco-based cloud-based fleet management software, raised $30 million in Series B funding. Investors include Menlo Ventures and Tiger Global Management.
• Boomplay , an African music streaming service, raised $20 million in Series A funding. Maison Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including Seas Capital.
• Attest , a London-based provider of market research services, raised $16 million in Series A funding. NEA led the round, and was joined by investors including Oxford Capital and Episode 1 Ventures.
• Enlitic , a San Francisco-based medical startup, raised $15 million in Series B funding. Marubeni led the round, and was joined by investors including Capitol Health.
• TrashButler , a Tampa, Fla.-based valet trash and recycling service for apartments and multi-family communities, raised $4.1 million in funding, from Florida Funders.
• International Screening Solutions , a Kennesaw, Ga.-based provider of a screening platform, raised $1.5 million in funding. Investors include Naples Technology Ventures. PRIVATE EQUITY DEALS
• The Carlyle Group agreed to acquire a significant minority stake (between 30% and 40%) in Compañía Española de Petróleos, S.A.U (CEPSA) , an integrated oil & gas company, from Mubadala Investment Company based on an enterprise value of $12 billion.
• Akoya Capital Partners LLC and Landon Capital Partners LLC acquired TTG Inc, a Higginsville, Mo.-based maker of waterproof membranes. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Clayton, Dubilier & Rice agreed to buy a majority of Sirius Computer Solutions Inc , a San Antonio, Texas-based provider of integrated technology solutions. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Orion Food System , a portfolio company of One Rock Capital Partners, agreed to merge with Land Mark Products , a Milford, Iowa-based maker and distributor of food products as well as a provider of food service solutions to the convenience and specialty retail channels. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• TimePayment , which is backed by Fortress Investment Group , acquired LeaseQ , a Burlington, Mass.-based online equipment financing marketplace. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Center Rock Capital Partners acquired Merit , a Spartanburg, S.C.-based distributor of paint sundries, flooring products and related installation supplies. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Great Point Partners recapitalized Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care , a San Antonio, Texas-based provider of pediatric urgent care services. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Earthlite LLC , a portfolio company of Branford Castle Partners , acquired Tara Spa Therapy , a Carmel, Calif.-based lotions and creams brand. The seller was Tara Grodjesk . Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Artisan Design Group , a portfolio company of The Sterling Group , acquired Markraft Cabinets LLC , a Wilmington, N.C.-based provider of design and installation services for cabinetry and countertops in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Apposite Capital invested 6 million pounds ($7.8 million) in Mirada Medical , a U.K.-based medical imaging software company. OTHER DEALS
• 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU) agreed to acquire Trilogy Education , a New York-based workforce accelerator that prepares adult learners for high-growth careers in the digital economy, for $750 million in cash and stock. Trilogy had raised approximately $80 million in venture funding from investors including Macquarie Group, Highland Capital Partners, ReThink Education, Exceed Capital Partners, and City Light Capital.
• Kettle Cuisine acquired Harry’s Fresh Foods, a Portland, Ore.-based custom food manufacturing company. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. IPOs
• Pinterest , a San Francisco, Calif.-based social ideas board maker, plans to raise $1.2 billion in an offering of 75 million shares priced between $15 to $17. The firm posted revenue of $755.9 million and loss of $63 million in 2018. Bessemer (13.1% pre-offering), FirstMark (9.8%), and a16z (9.6%) back the firm. Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Allen & Company, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and RBC Capital Markets are underwriters. It plans to list on the NYSE as “PINS.” Read more .
• Hookipa Pharma , a New York-based Phase 2 biotech, plans to raise $100 million in an IPO of 6.7 million shares priced between $14 to $16. Baker Bros, Sofinnova Capital, and Forbion Capital back the firm. BofA Merrill Lynch, SVB Leerink and RBC Capital Markets are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “HOOK.” Read more .
• Zoom Video Communications, a San Jose, Calif.-based video conferencing system, plans to raise $326.3 million in an IPO of 10.9 million shares priced between $28 to $32 apiece. It posted revenue of $330.5 million in the year ending 2019 and income of $7.6 million. Emergence Capital, Sequoia, and Li Ka-shing back the firm. Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse are underwriters. Read more .
• Metropolis Healthcare , an Indian healthcare firm, is reportedly oversubscribed and plans to raise as much as $174 million in an IPO in the country, Reuters reports. Carlyle Group’s CA Lotus Investments backs the firm. Read more .
• SciPlay , a Las Vegas-based maker of casino-like social games firm, for an $100 million IPO. The firm posted revenue of $416 million in 2018 and income of $39 million. Scientific Games backs the firm. BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Capital, and RBC Capital Markets are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “SCPL.” Read more .
• Palomar Holdings , a La Jolle, Calif.-based specialty property insurance provider focused of floods, earthquakes, and wind damage, plans to raise $90 million in an offering of 5.6 million shares priced between $15 to $17. Genstar Capital backs the firm. Barclays, J.P. Morgan and Keefe Bruyette Woods are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “PLMR.” Read more .
• Trevi Therapeutics , a New Haven, Conn.-based biotech focused on neurological disorders, filed for an $86 million IPO. TPG, NEA, and Lundbeckfond Invest A/S back the firm.
SVB Leerink, Stifel and BMO Capital Markets are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “TRVI.” Read more . FIRMS + FUNDS
• Source Code Capital , a China-based venture capital firm, raised $570 million for its new fund.
• M/C Partners , a Boston-based private equity and venture capital firm, raised $350 million for its latest fund, M/C Partners VIII .
• Octopus Ventures , the European venture capital firm that’s part of Octopus Group , raised £83 million ($108 million) for a growth fund. PEOPLE
• Hamilton Lane promoted John Brecker, Katie Moore, Nayef Perry, and Masayoshi Yazawa to managing director. It also promoted Kristin Jumper, Samantha Leandri, Chenkay Li, Lisa Powers, Adam Shane, and John Stake to principal.
• Timothy Wentink joined Twin Brook Capital Partners as a managing director.
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Chinese food ranked Britain’s favorite takeaway

Chinese food ranked Britain’s favorite takeaway 1 2019-04-08 13:49:40 chinaplus.cri.cn Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download Chinese takeaway food displayed in the documentary. (Screenshot/China Plus)
Sweet and sour chicken, beef and black bean source, and chow mein — these are some of the most common Chinese foods you could see in Britain, and they have been voted as the favorite takeaway cuisine of the British people according to a television documentary.
A Channel 5 documentary show called ‘Britain’s Favorite Takeaway’ has ranked 20 of the most beloved dishes in the country, and Chinese food was crowned top by nabbing nearly a quarter of the overall vote.
Indian food ranked second, and British classic fish and chips came in third. Pizza and burgers were voted as the fourth and fifth respectively. Chinese food (Photo/China Plus)
Digging into the origins of the cuisines, the documentary revealed that the first Chinese restaurant opened in Britain in 1908, while immigration from Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s made the food even more popular after. Related news

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The perfect place for a peaceful getaway! – Munnar queen – Medium

The perfect place for a peaceful getaway! Munnar queen 5 In the misty green hills of Munnar lies the 4-star resort “ the Munnar queen resort “.Set in the slopes of the western ghats in Munnar, the resort offers a spectacular panoramic view of the low lying hills covered with bright colour meadows. The lush tea plantation, gushing streams and picturesque hiking trails which makes this resort an ideal destination for travellers seeking peace to rejuvenate from their daily woes.
As the name suggests, it is the queen of Munnar with the facilities suiting a royalty.
The majestic resort offers a beautiful and serene view of the Munnar valley from its hilltop. Its an eco-friendly resort perched on the top of Eagle point where the cool breeze will love you in the most romantic getaway and hence the best honeymoon destination for newlywed couples.
The food served here is Indian and it’s a multi-cuisine restaurant with lip-smacking snacks and also south Indian specials. It has a rooftop swimming pool where you can take a dip and enjoy the serene beauty with a background of water.
Best suited for bird lovers as you can see a variety of birds with beautiful hues.
On top of it, watching the sunrise and sunset is one of the best experiences anyone can get.
So don’t wait! Hurry up to this exotic place and enjoy the plastic-free environment and away from the hustle bustle city life once in a blue moon .

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Walk through 400 years of History while you stay at this Five star hotel

/ Walk through 400 years of History while you stay at this Five star hotel Walk through 400 years of History while you stay at this Five star hotel Tripoto https://www.tripoto.com/ Hotels Map Flights Jaipur is the city of mythology and history. It is the pink city fabled by snake charmers, artists, magicians, astrologers, dancers and all kinds of Rajasthani food. Better known for the Jaipur Literature festival, it is also the city of some of the grandest destination weddings. With that, the first name which pops my mind is Fairmont Jaipur. This historic hotel praises the Rajput and the Mughal traditions which intermingle in Jaipur to give rise to hundreds of years of tradition. With grand ballrooms for destination weddings, to a great spa where you can rejuvenate for your weekend charms. This is the ideal staycation if you want to explore history. Here is a list of 10 historic and architecture marvels which are present at the Fairmont Jaipur, awaiting just for you, and getting a part of deeper history as years pass by. Hotels Map Fairmont is a very huge hotel chain but this is the only Fairmont in India. It is surely your best chance at getting world class royalty treatment. Sheesh Mahal – The Sheesh Mahal was a palace where there were many jewels embedded in the walls. A candle lit would seem thousand fold bright because of the many mirrors it was reflected in. The Fairmont has a similar place in its cigar room. There are many mirrors and there is a circle in the middle of the room. Only the man talking in the middle of the room can hear a confident echo of his own voice but no one else can hear it. Fairmont has truly considered the importance of history in its design. Sahaliyon ki badi – The Rajput Sahaliyon ki badi was the gossipping place for women where they would sit together and have conversations about their husbands. Since the Rajput women have to wear their pallu, they can only take it off at this place where men are not allowed. The Fairmont has created a replica of this ancient garden at the hotel to make it feel like you are walking into history. Rajasthani Thali at Zarin – Zarin, a Mughal name fuses with the Rajput Thali to provide a culturally rich experience. The Rajasthani Thali at the Fairmont was grand and it was surely bigger than our table. There were over 20 dishes on my plate and all were well presented and curated from the secret chef books of the royal times. Rich flavored food made me feel like I was going back into history and dining with the Maharajas. Spa treatments based on Horoscope to align Chakras – According to Indian Mythology, everybody has nine chakras which need to be aligned to increase the healing power of the body. The spa at the Fairmont uses this philosophy and combines it in their spa treatments which vary with horoscope. The treatment was unprecedented and it is surely the most different and quirky spa I have ever been to. I felt like personal attention was given to me because my therapist understood my personality and my horoscope and tried to align my chakras accordingly. Original Painting from Akbar’s court – There is an original painting from Akbar’s court which is situated on one floor near the lifts. Never before have I seen a hotel investing in expensive paintings which are historic. It is a collector’s piece. For all of you art buffs, what could be better than marvelling at this historic piece. You don’t need to visit the museum in the sun anymore. 400 year old door – The Fairmont auctioned a door which is 400 years old. You are literally walking through 400 years of history when you walk through this ornate and beautifully carved door. I felt like a princess when I walked through this. Chandelier from Amer Palace – The best thing about palaces are their chandeliers. Amer palace is one of the biggest palaces in Jaipur. The chandelier was auctioned from the Amer palace. It is super grand. I wonder how much is costs. You can enjoy what once belonged to Royalty by staying at the Fairmont. Breakfast buffet – The breakfast buffet is grand and looks just like the huge meals in the movie Jodha Akbar. Nothing short of having various cuisines, the buffet is designed to have one dish from every state of India so that everyone can enjoy the flavor of diversity and different cuisines. Flavors existing through history culminate on their breakfast table. Silver sword as an ornate decorative – The silver swords used by Maharajas is hung at the lobby of the hotel. Despite the lobby having a slightly mughal look, the sword adds a Rajputi flavor. The grand ballroom – Who does not want to get married in a grand ballroom where the chandeliers are taken right off a grand palace. The black chandeliers combined with the elegant beauty of the blue ballroom created an exciting atmosphere for a wedding. Since Fairmont is a great destination wedding hotel, No fun without some shaadi mode on. The hotel is overbooked with high profile weddings. The director of Bahubali got his son married at this hotel after all. How to get there The hotel is located in Kookas, which is an hour away from the main city of Jaipur. It provides solitude away from the bustle of the city and has a princely feeling of open space which no crowded place can provide. Standing tall with ferociousness, the fortlike exterior of the hotel showers fantasma over all the royal guests who have the pleasure of visiting. You can take a plane to Jaipur from any city. You can also catch a bus from Delhi to Jaipur. Address: 2, Riico, Kukas, Rajasthan 303101 For reservations you call Phone: 01426 420 000 This is their website:

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Commentary/Foodie’s Diary: Experienced some good Karma in Moscow

How would you describe Indian food to an alien from another planet?
That is what it felt like trying to describe Indian food to my three children.
We were on our way to Karma Indian Cuisine, one of Moscow’s newest restaurants, located in the Eastside Marketplace.
They had to have eaten Indian food at some point in their lives, I thought. I searched my memory and a long ago, time-consuming, made-from-scratch Chicken Tikka Masala surfaced. They’d eyed it with suspicion. In the end, my carefully pre-pared meat dressed in creamy red sauce was rejected by closed lips, despite the fact they would happily survive on red sauce when it comes to spaghetti, pizza or that universal American salve, ketchup.
I didn’t bring up the shunned dish. Instead, I described Indian food as full of spices that are gold like sunflowers and orange like summer sunsets and full of flavors and tastes that would be new to them.
They looked at me with suspicion.
Karma opened earlier this year and boasts a full menu loaded with the authentic fare of India.
Of course, the first thing they decided they wanted was the country’s version of a milkshake, the traditional yogurt lassi ($3.99). We ordered mango lassis which were sweet and delicious and met with resounding approval all around the table.
For an appetizer, we ordered Paneer Pakora, homemade Indian cheese dipped in spiced grain flour and deep fried ($6.99), because, fried cheese. From the extensive vegetarian selection, we ordered Vegetable Mango, fresh vegetables cooked in a sauce of ginger, garlic, onions, spices and pieces of mango ($11.99). We also ordered a rice dish, Vegetable Biriyani, basmati cooked in a red gravy with your choice of meat. We chose lamb ($14.99).
Here’s a tip on ordering at Karma, go easy on the stars your first go around. Karma’s “mild,” one star, is what I would consider two stars at other regional ethnic restaurants. A friend described three stars, rated “medium hot” at Karma, as burning the inside of her mouth. Five stars, “very hot,” their highest rating, might be an unforgettable experience. Of course, spice tolerance is an individual preference and varies greatly. If you want more, you can add it from jars at the table.
Karma offers a wonderful variety. I look forward to returning and trying more, maybe the chef specialty, Chili Fish Popcorn ($8.99); or Korma, meat spiced and cooked with cashews, golden raisins and spices in yogurt sauce ($13.99). If I take my kids, I’ll continue to add to their culinary repertoire gently. I’m sure they’d approve of naan bread stuffed with cheese ($5.25) or Kashmiri Naan, stuffed with raisins and nuts ($4.95).
I can’t say my children became Indian food fans. They did try a bite of everything though, so their Idaho-raised, bland palettes are a bit broader for the experience.
Karma Indian Cuisine, 1420 S. Blaine St., Suite 19 (Eastside Marketplace), Moscow; (208) 301-5117

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Demystifying Indian Cuisine

Demystifying Indian Cuisine
by Steven Doyle
Indian cuisine can be super delicious, possibly spicy and extremely healthy. It can also be difficult to maneuver for the uninitiated, so we wish to dispel a few notions about the food so that you might enjoy this fantastic food that you may have been missing out on.
We will go through a few categories so when a menu is presented you will know what to order right away, but feel free to catch one of the many buffets in the DFW area where you may graze your way around the various dishes and flavors. This is an excellent way to begin your journey into Indian cuisine.
Know that almost always you may substitute whatever protein with any sauce to create a dish that is custom delivered to your taste. You may sometimes also ask for a varied spice level as you might in Thai cuisine. Use this guide as a starter, there are so many more flavors out there for you to enjoy.
Samosa
Every culture has a pocket food such as dumplings, which in essence is exactly what a samosa is, only fried. Inside the crispy, flaky flour shell you’ll find an assortment of vegetables including [eas, potatoes and onions. Think of samosas as an appetizer before a meal , but might be enjoyed by themselves as a quick meal.
Chutney and raita
Chutney is one of those all encompassing words that basically means condiment. Use the red and green sauces to kick up your samosas or dip your bread into. The red is tamarind, which is both sweet and sour. The green is either mint or coriander. Raita is a yogurt based sauce with a blend of spices that can include cilantro, cumin, mint and other herbs. Raita may be used to temper spicier dishes.
Naan, Paratha, Papadum and Chapati
Naan is the ultimate bread. It is made by slapping dough against the insides of their tandoor oven, the same oven to roast bits of meat or seafood. Naan is all at once fluffy, crispy, buttery and warm at its best. There are flavored and stuffed naans such as garlic and cheese (paneer). Use to soak up your gravies and sauces as you might any bread. Paratha is similar but but a flatbread that has flaky and buttery layers. Papadum are crisp wafers made of lentils and will typically be served much like chips and salsa, but with a side of chutneys. Chapati, also known as roti, safati, shabaati and roshi, is an unleavened flatbread.
Pakora
If you like vegetable tempura or fried okra or any other iteration of fried veggies you can think of, you’ll probably like pakora. Think battered eggplant, potato, onion, spinach and cauliflower.
Saag paneer
Paneer is a housemade cheese made very much like mozzarella, but the curds are pressed overnight to extract as much of the liquid as possible. The texture can be very much like tofu but with a much different flavor, as you might imagine. The paneer might be used in several dishes including a favorite called saag paneer, or palak paneer. Palak paneer is puréed spinach and seasoned with garlic, garam masala, and other spices. Saag paneer is a generic name used for a similar dish to palak, but there could be substituted greens such as mustard or mint. Generally you will find these names interchangeable, but if concerned do ask about the ingredients.
Thali
Thali refer to a metal plate that thali meal may be served on. The idea behind a Thali is to offer all the six different flavors of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate. According to Indian food custom, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these six flavors. Restaurants typically offer a choice of vegetarian or meat-based thalis. Vegetarian thalis are very typical and commonplace and are a popular lunch choice.
Tandoori chicken
A tandoor is simply an oven, and tandoori chicken is — to put it even more simply — just roasted chicken with a few spices. The bright reddish-orange color of the chicken comes from that spice blend: turmeric, cayenne pepper, chile powder and paprika can all be used. Despite this, the tandoori chicken you’ll encounter over here is rarely very spicy. Instead, it’s generally savory with a hint of smoky sweetness from the paprika and the oven itself.
Chana masala
This is a dish that reminds me strongly of chili, if chili were made with chickpeas instead beef. The little garbanzo beans (“chana”) are stewed down in a blend of chopped tomatoes, onions and spices including garlic, chile peppers and garam masala (a curry blend that features pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and cardamom). It makes a hearty main dish despite being vegetarian, and makes for great leftovers heated up the next day.
Chicken korma
Both chicken korma and butter chicken are the most popular dishes on the menu. They are also less seasoned and perfect for the uninitiated. These are chicken dishes braised in a creamy sauce made with butter, coconut milk, cream or yogurt plus some mild spices. Korma is slightly sweet, slightly with cashews at times. There may be a few vegetables included, but rare.
Vindaloo
Vindaloo spicy curry from Goa, India, has roots in vinh d’alho , a stew brought to the region by Portuguese colonists. Now an Indian restaurant staple, it comes in countless variations—some fiery, some mild—from the subcontinent to the British Isles. Look for an assortment of meats and even fish to go with this spicy sauce. Particularly delicious with cubes of lamb.
Chicken 65
Chicken 65 is a spicy, deep-fried chicken dish originating from Chennai, India, as an entrée, or quick snack. The flavour of the dish can be attributed to red chillies but the exact set of ingredients for the recipe can vary. It can be prepared using boneless or bone-in chicken and is usually served with onion and lemon garnish. Vegetarian variants like “Paneer 65” or “Gobi 65” use paneer (cottage cheese) or cauliflower instead. While the name “Chicken 65” is universally used to refer to the dish, there are many different theories claiming its origins. The most popular is it was named for the year it was first created.
Tikka Masala
Chicken tikka masala is a dish of chunks of roasted or grilled marinated chicken (chicken tikka) in a spiced curry sauce made from a yogurt base. The sauce is usually creamy and orange-coloured. There are multiple claims to its place of origin, including the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent or Glasgow in Scotland. It is among the United Kingdom’s most popular dishes, leading a government minister, Robin Cook, to claim in 2001 that it was “a true British national dish”. Consider this starter Indian food.
Chicken Biryani
Biryani (and there are many variations) is popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and among the diaspora from the region. It is made with spices, rice and meat (chicken, mutton, beef, prawn, or fish) or egg is also added.
Mango Lassi
Lassi is a popular traditional yogurt-based drink and is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. You will definitely want to sample this during your first venture to an Indian restaurant.
Dosa
is somewhat similar to a crepe in appearance. Its main ingredients are rice and black gram. Dosa is a typical part of the Southern Indian diet and popular all over India. Traditionally, Dosa is served hot along with sambar (lentil vegetable stew), stuffing of potatoes and chutney. The Dosa can be quite large at times and are crisp and quite delicious to eat.
Pani Puri
Although not extremely common at typical American-Indian restaurants, you may find them on occasion. Pani Puri consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water (broth), tamarind chutney, chile, chaat masala, potato, onion or chickpeas. These are common street food and often a guest will stand while pani puri are made and eaten as fast as they are delivered until full.
Gulab jamun and kheer
Gulab jamun resemble donut holes, where the little balls of dough are fried and then coated with a glaze of simple syrup laced with rosewater. The dough soaks up that sweet, sugary syrup, which oozes out as you take a bite. And kheer is simply the rice pudding that is featured as a dessert across dozens of different cuisines. You may find it topped with items such as pistachios, raisins, or cardamom pods.
Indian Food Glossary
Atta flour – (also know as a chapatti flour) – whole wheat flour widely used for making unleavened flat breads.
Banana leaves – is widely used for wrapping ingredients (particularly fish) before cooking. They should be soaked briefly in hot water to make them pliable. If banana leaves are unavailable use aluminium foil.
Basmati rice – the finest Indian long-grained rise grown in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is known as the prince of the rice because of its fine flavor and aroma. It should be rinsed and soaked for 10 minutes before using.
Besan – also known as gram flour, this is made from chickpeas. It is used to flavor and thicken curries and for making Pakoras and bhajias, pancakes and teamed patties.
Biriyani – a rice and vegetable, meat or seafood oven – cooked dish.
Biriyani masala -This is a special sweet spice mix for biriyani dishes. Grind together the cardamom seeds from 8 pods, 25 g (1 oz) cinnamon stick, 6 cloves and 1 tsp fennel seeds.
Bhoondi – tiny balls of fried besan or gram flour.
Chana dal – with their sweet and nutty flavor, chana dal is the most popular dal in India. They’re made from splitting a small relative of the chickpea in half. They’re a dull yellow and are renown for causing flatulence, which Indians try to counter by adding asafoetida to the dish. Chana dal is delicious, nutritious and easily digested, but, aside from its usage both in dal dishes and savories, the legumes are also roasted and powdered into chickpea flour (besan or besin) another widely used ingredient in nearly every regional cuisine. Chana dal is used in variety of vegetable dishes. It can be cooked until soft for the dish called simply dal, or as in southern India, it can be used as a spice.
Chapati – the bread usually made on a circular cast iron griddle known as a tawa, which is slightly concave to give its distinctive shape. It is cooked without fat, over very high heat.
Chawal – rice
Chick peas – also called gram or, in America, garbanzo beans. As chickpeas often demand hours of cooking before they become tender.
Coconut – (Nariel) is essential to many dishes. It is obtained from the white flesh of the nut and is both rich and smooth-testing. widely used in southern Indian cuisine, is used both savory and sweet dishes. Buy a fresh coconut to extract the milk or use desiccated coconut to thicken sauces or garnish finished dishes.
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is very heat stable so it makes an excellent cooking and frying oil. It has a smoke point of about 360°F (180°C). Coconut oil has a high amount of saturated fatty acids it also has a relatively high melting point. Above 76°F (24°C) coconut oil is a colorless liquid. Below this temperature it solidifies into a pure white solid. It is used in Indian cooking, especially in Goa.
Colam rice – short-grain polished rice widely used in Western India. Most common varieties of shor and long-grain polished rice may be used for Dosas and Uttapams.
Corn meal – flour made from pure maize (corn) which has been ground fine.
Dals (pulses)- dried split peas, usually bought skinned. There about sixty varieties of pulses available in India. THese are dreid seeds of plants such as beans and peas and those most popularly sued include chick peas (kabuli channa), split black chick peas (bengal gram or channa), black gram (urid daal), red lentils (arhar) and yellow lentils (moong). Pulses should be rinsed in several changes of water. Pre-soaking usually cuts their cooking time by half and salt tends to harden pulses it should not be added until the end of the cooking. As they take a long time to cook, a pressure cooker is a great aid to cooking most pulses. The more unusual pulses are sold in health food or Asian food stores.
Dosa or dosha – is a flat bread made with flours, rice, wheat or legumes, cooked like a pancake. It may be filled with a spicy mixture.
Food colorings – turmeric an saffron will color food yellow, but you can also buy coloring that has no taste.
Garam masala – a blend of ground spices used in many savory dishes. Garam masala recipe>>
Ghee – clarified butter made by melting butter and separating the fat from the solids. It can be made at home. From the best flavor ghee is made from unsalted butter. Cheaper blends of butter are most suitable to make ghee. Once prepared it will keep for up to three or four months in a cool place.
Gram flour – made from chickpeas and also known as besan.
Halva – a sweet dish
Idli – is a bread from the South, almost like a cake, round and thick, made with fermented rice from the Kerala and legume flour (urad), shaped and then steamed (the legumes have a leavening effect).
Jaggery – raw sugar, eaten as it is and used to flavor various dishes, even vegetable curries.
Kalonji – (also known as nigella) small black tear-shaped onions seeds, used to add piquancy to vegetable curries and Indian breads.
Kewra water – also sold in the stronger form of essence, kewra water is used for flavoring and has a delicate fragrance.
Khoa – full fat milk powder
Lassi – a yogurt drink
Masala – spices
Masoor dal – skinned split red lentils (they actually orange in color)
Mint – widely used herb often paired with lamb. Indian mint has a stronger flavor and more pungent aroma than Western varieties.
Moong dal – skinned split mung beans.
Murghi – chicken
Mustard oil – a yellow oil made from mustard seeds that is pungent when raw and sweet when heated. Much used in Kashmir and Bengal.
Naan – a kind of bread popular in North India. It is made with leavened dough (chopped onion or cilantro can also be added to it), and is often made from buttermilk or yogurt. The dough is stretched by tossing the piece of dough quickly from one palm to the other to form a thin oval flatbread, slightly thicker around the edges than in the center. Traditionally is baked on the walls of a tandoor oven, brushed with a thin coating of oil or ghee and served hot. It can also be stuffed with cheese, vegetable curry or meat. In this case, the filling is placed on part of the dough which is then folded over on itself before being rolled flat with a rolling pin.
Panch phoran – mix of five spices – cumin seeds, onion seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and anise.
Papaya – a fruit with good digestive properties
Paratha – a bread; richer version of chapati, crispy and cooked in ghee on a griddle. They are very thin and are stacked up like crêpes.
Puri – is a bread fried in hot oil, completed submerged so that it puffs up. Pooris are common to the
Pappadams and pappads – the pre-made and precooked flat breads (made from legume flour (urad) and rice flour) that need only be immersed in hot oil to puff up instantly; they are turned with a skimmer so that they stiffen up slightly and then are drained and served while still crisp. Some are plain, others are spiced with mixtures of spices. They can also be prepared under the broiler, thus eliminating the chore of frying.
Raita – a cooling side dish made with yogurt.
Rose water – available from chemists this is used like kewra water for flavoring many Indian dishes. The essence form is more expensive.
Roti – The name is related to the French word “rôtie,” meaning toasted bread. It is made from whole wheat (aata), millet (bajra) or sorghum (jowar)
Rumali – Toasted bread, or handkerchief bread, which is also found in other eastern countries, is made up of numerous layers of dough like a folded handkerchief.
Sambar powder – a southern Indian spice mix for vegetable curries.
Tamarind – the most popular souring agent in Southern India. The pods are collected, de-seeded and dried. Before cooking the acid flesh is soaked in water, and the juice is squeezed out. It is this tamarind water that is used in the curry. In some Goan recipes, the tamarind flesh is ground with spices. Nowadays tamarind concentrate can be bought in any grocer’s shop.
Tava – a flat cast iron pan used for making bread.
Thali – a large tray, often of wrought metal.
Toor dal – a glassy dark yellow split pea, similar to chana dal.
Uppama – a flat bread whose dough is made from semolina instead of flour. It can be quite rich and may include onions, chilies, ginger, mustard seed, nuts, various vegetables etc.
Urid dal – polished split black lentils, often used as a spice in southern India. It takes quite a long time to cook.
Varak – silver leaf used as a decoration for both sweet and savory dishes.
Vindaloo – a highly spiced and hot curry, traditionally from Goa. Rate this:

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