List of Alternatives for Plastic

List of alternatives for Plastic Items

Tamilnadu Government banned Plastic based items. Many other states are already banned plastic items. Now I found people are searching for Altenative items for plastic. Here is a List of Alternatives for Plastic Items.

  • Plantain leaves, Areca nut plates
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Paper Roll
  • Lotus Leaves
  • Glass
  • Metal Tumblers
  • Bamboo
  • Wooden Products
  • Paper Straw
  • Clothe Bags
  • Paper Bags Jute Bags

The main sector where you can find more plastic usage is Hotels. There they are using Plastic Item for packing food items Instead of Plastic plates you can use the plates made of Plantain Leaves and Areca nut Plates for packing food items and serving foods in hotels

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Top 10 Adulterated and Contaminated Foods in India

Why should I start it so pessimistically? The great land of Indian Nation is still fertile and can yield to billions of people with its unlimited natural resources. For this very reason the nation has been attacked, invaded, looted and now being ransacked by multi-national companies with support of our very own people.

This practice of adulteration may have never existed 40 to 60 years ago in India. People started picked up greediness for better profits, lesser expenses, minimal wages, stashing away money for unnatural spending habits. Before we realize we are now in the midst of a greatly banged-up, messed-up, adulterated food and nutrition supply chain.

Here are the Top ten adulterated foods in India.

  1. Milk

What is considered as the purest food of all from ancient days is fast becoming the slow poison for all of us. In India Milk is a major constituent of our regular diet three times a day. Without Milk or it’s bye-products like curd, butter, cheese, paneer, our Children, kids, adults or even elderly people can’t really survive. Milk offers a steady balance of nutrients like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Would you believe if 70% of all the milk sold and consumed are adulterated and contaminated?

This is a fact from a recent country wide survey. Who is to blame? Whether the Farmers, Traders, Milk bottling plant manufacturers or the careless Government institutions? Definitely not the poor Cows or Buffaloes!

Main Milk Adulterant Agents – Detergents, Melamine, water, chalk, urea, caustic soda and skimmed milk

  1. Honey

Next adulterated food item on our list is the Bee Honey. Bees teach us about the hard work. But Man can be super greedy in simply grabbing all the bees’ hardwork in few minutes and yet worse, adulterating the purest output of those poor honey bee colonies.

Let’s be careful in identifying pure honey from adulterated honey using several tests and ensure its quality before consuming ourselves or feeding it to children.

Adulterants – water, table sugar, sweetening agents, high fructose corn syrup

  1. Spices

This is a favorite topic when it comes to food adulteration in India. Adulterated spices in India affect all economic classes of people in India. Originally implemented by Traders who did it for gaining extra revenue, Adulteration in Spices is now epidemic even among the farmers community. Adulteration happens across the entire food chain from farming to production to storing to packaging.

Consuming adulterated spices will lead us to short-term and long-term ailments like nausea, vomiting, ulcer, cancer, blurred vision, infertility etc.

Spices Adulterants

  • Turmeric powder – “Metanil Yellow’ dye, corn flour, saw dust, lead chromate
  • Pepper – Papaya Seeds
  • Chilli powder – Brick Powder
  • Asafoetida – Soap Stone
  • Saffron – Maize Cob
  • Cinnamon – Cassia Bark
  • Mustard Seed – Argemone Seed
  • Many more…
  1. Ice creams

What we refer to Ice Creams in general are all not truly Ice Creams. True. Trust me! In a tropical country like India, Ice Creams have become one of the favorite foods and part of their everyday routine. In India, Amul ice cream brand is most famous and widely consumed Ice cream which owns whole manufacturer to retailer line of business. There are many other Ice Cream vendors sell something in the name of Ice Creams.

They sell technically frozen food items that are typically contaminated with the following adulterants – pepperonil, ethylacetate,butraldehyde, emil acetate, nitrate, washing powder etc.

  1. Food grains and flour

Staple foods like Rice and Wheat are the major food crops in India. Rice and Wheat are consumed in various formats. The powdered rice and wheat is usually adulterated with starch. Rice is being adulterated with small ‘grains of stones’ to increase the overall weight per quintal by unscrupulous retailers. Rice, Wheat, Maize, Jawar, Barley, Channa etc. are being contaminated with Dust, pebble, Stone, Straw,weed seeds, damaged grain, weevilled grain, insects, hair and excreta of rodents.

  1. Coffee powder

Indians consume Coffee and Tea as refreshment beverages during several occasions a day. Coffee seeds are mixed with so many other adulterants before it comes as strongly flavored packing.

Coffee Adulterants include husks, sticks, corn, cocoa seed, barley, wheat middling, chicory, brown sugar, maltodextrins, glucose syrups, soybean, triticale and acai seeds.

  1. Tomato Sauces

Fast food culture has introduced us modern Chinese, continental dishes and snacks. Tomato Sauces go well with fried rice, samosa, chat items, sausages and Manchurian dishes.

Adulterants of Tomato Sauces include Pumpkin pulp’, ‘sugar’, ‘non-edible colours and flavours that are highly carcinogenic.

  1. Tea Leaves

Tea is the most preferred refreshment beverage in Indian families. There are people who simply can’t begin and end their days without having a cup of strong tea. Some like tea with milk, some like it without milk, with lemon, without sugar etc. Drinking actual tea leaves does bring lot of excitement and energy to souls to lead tasks. Due to climatic conditions, poor economic wages, greed, lack of government regulations, consumer rights and profit motive, Tea is also getting adulterated.

Tea Adulterants are Bismark Brown, Potassium Blue, Turmeric, Indigo, Plumbago etc. to impart some favourite color or glossiness. Prussian Blue is a toxic substance that is used to color tea.

  1. Vegetable Oils

Mustard Seeds are adulterated with Argemone Seeds and Papaya seeds to add volume and weight. Consuming edible oils from such adulterated oil crops will lead to diseases like glaucoma. Often we hear reports of using petroleum bye-products in edible oils can help us imagine the level of adulteration in this highly priced and much needed food product.

  1. Sweetening Agents

Sugar is derived from Sugarcane, palm trees, coconut trees for getting us sweetening agents. Without sugar or sweetener agents, we couldn’t have tried and tasted many interesting food recipes.

Adulteration in sugar leads to kidney failure, weakening of bones, abnormal weight gain, food poison, cancer and other diseases.

Adulterants in Sugar include Chalk powder, Washing soda, White sand, Plastic, crystals, Urea, White/ Yellow color, Insects, Rawa/ Suji, Stones, Metanil yellow,

Bacterial and fungal contamination.

Let us be very careful in procuring and consuming food products and save our health.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Hotels in India and their Room Rates

For a country with myriad landscape and diversity as India, an avid traveler has a lot to explore.  From the towering heights to the calmness of the shores, India has a diverse plethora of offerings for someone willing to go the extra mile.

The once in a lifetime experience becomes a memorable treat in the offering when lodging is equally enchanting as the travel experience. India has a range of hotels to offer an avid traveler, the comfort of luxury which is truly remarkable.

  1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Image result for Rambagh Palace, JaipurThe former residence of Maharaja of Jaipur, Rambagh Palace is now a 5 star hotel located on the outskirts of Jaipur in Rajasthan. It was ideally a hunting lodge in the days of the Raj since the area was located amidst a thick forest at that point. This can be considered among the most expensive hotels in India as Sukh Niwas and Suryavanshi Suites in Rambagh Palace will cost Rs 7, 50,000 per night.

 

  1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Image result for taj lake palaceThis is the former residence of royals of Mewar dynasty who used to rule over the region. This hotel is unique in the sense that it is located amidst Lake Pichola. A stay at the Presidential suite in the hotel will cost Rs 6, 00,000 per night.

 

 

  1. The Leela Palace, New Delhi

Image result for leela palace delhiA perfect amalgam of exquisite mix of ethos of Lutyen’s architecture and the Indian royal ethics, the Leela Palace is in New Delhi is worth a visit, if you happen to be in the city. This is also ranked among the most expensive hotels as a night’s stay in the Maharaja Suite will cost the traveler Rs 4, 50,000/- per night.

 

  1. The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Image result for the oberoi gurgaonThe Oberoi in Gurgaon is also admired by the travelers since it is located in close proximity to the national capital of New Delhi. A stay in the Presidential suite of the hotel is likely to cost Rs 3.00, 000/- for a night’s stay making it rank among the most expensive hotels in India.

 

 

  1. The Oberoi, Mumbai

Image result for the oberoi mumbaiThe Oberoi group has spread its reach across the length and breadth of the country making the chain of hotels a place to relax and recoup with family and friends. Another of their most popular and ranked among the most expensive hotels in the country is in Mumbai. The Oberoi, Mumbai is known for its exquisite location and plush interiors. Located off the Marine Drive in Mumbai, the hotel offers exclusive views of the seafront.

The most expensive suite in this hotel costs Rs 3, 00,000/- for a night’s stay.

  1. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Image result for the oberoi udaivilasUdaipur in Rajasthan is known for its enchanting architecture as also for its cultural richness. The splendid havelis and the architecturally designed temples are only one of the aspect of the city, you can explore. Among the most exclusive places to stay in the city is the Oberoi Udaivilas which has exclusive rooms with private pools. A stay in the hotel is likely to cost you Rs 2, 50,000 per night.

 

  1. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Image result for The Oberoi AmarvilasLocated in the city of Agra, the Oberoi Amarvilas can be your perfect retreat for the fact that it is located in close vicinity of the Taj Mahal. You can also view the Taj from the comfort of your room in the hotel, if you so desire.

A stay in the Kohinoor suite of The Oberoi Amarvilas will cost you Rs 2,50,000 for a night making it rank among the most expensive hotels in India.

  1. Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Image result for taj lands endWith an exclusive view of Bandra-Worli sea link in the offering, Taj Lands End could be your perfect retreat when in Mumbai. A stay in the Presidential suite of the hotel is likely to cost Rs 2, 50,000 per night making it rank among expensive hotels in the country.

 

 

  1. Taj Flaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Image result for Taj Falaknuma PalaceTaj Flaknuma Palace which is now a five star hotel used to be the residence of Nizam of Hyderabad at one point in time. This fact lends the hotel an exclusive touch which is hard to comprehend.

The palace has now been taken over by the Taj Group and converted into a hotel. A stay at the Grand Royal Suite in the hotel is likely to cost Rs 1, 95,000 for a night’s stay.

  1. Taj Mahal Place and Tower, Mumbai

Image result for taj mahal palace mumbaiAn iconic landmark in the city of Mumabi, the Taj Mahal Palace is a place which most of the Indians have seen either in person or in pictures. It has rooms which offer exclusive view of Gateway of India.

A room in this iconic hotel will cost Rs 1, 75,000 for a night’s stay.

 

Explore the cultural diversity of the country and enjoy the hospitality of the hotels listed above. India has a lot to offer to an avid traveler!

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Top 10 Local Shopping Destinations across States of India

  1. Commercial Street, Bangalore

Related imageCommercial Street is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka, India. Commercial Street is located in Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore. Commercial Street Bangalore is one of the oldest and busiest shopping areas in the city. Commercial Street Bangalore is a very busy shopping destination that is famous for its trade in branded garments, clothes, footwear, Jewelry, imitation Jewelry and food joints. Commercial Street gets very congested on weekends and weekday evenings. Enjoy kulfi’s, American corn, lemon sodas and guava fruits occasionally when you get tired of shopping.

  1. Arpora Saturday Night, Goa

Image result for arpora night marketThis sprawling “The Saturday Night Market” is located in Arpora and transpires every Saturday evening from 6pm until late night. Here, one may find everything from archetypical Indian stalls selling spices, teas, Kashmiri carpets and silver jewellery to international designers who convene from all over the word to sell their unique creations. Don’t miss the DJ Music and The Boutique House Bar” that serves delightful cocktails.

  1. Fashion street, Pune

Image result for fashion street puneFashion Street is one of the popular markets of Pune. It comprises 450 stalls and serves an abundance of shopping needs. Those interested in buying stylish fashion goods and clothing accessories can check out the stores here. This place offers so much at such reasonable prices. But while shopping one must be careful about pricing. To get best shopping deals one must bargain really well. From the latest trends to traditional dresses, this marketplace has it all. If you happen to visit Pune, don’t miss this favorite shopping destination.

  1. Pondy Bazaar, Chennai

Image result for pondy bazaarPondy Bazaar -reputed to be the biggest shopping destinations in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India by revenue. Pondy Bazaar has a wide variety of clothing, accessories, footwear, jewellery, electronics and food joints stores in all price ranges within a two or 3 km radius. Located in T.Nagar, Chennai, this shopping destination is well covered with trees and a natural shade. Pondy Bazaar has a blend of Branded Garments and local shop walas. From Pondy Bazaar, T.Nagar is very well connected to other happening shopping locations.

  1. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai

Image result for colaba marketOne of the most crowded and electrifying places to visit in Mumbai is the Colaba Causeway, famous for being the shopping paradise and having endless shops to choose from. From clothing, ornaments, imitation jewelry, fashion clothing, ear rings, bangles, necklaces, rings variety of shoes. Especially Women will find this shopping destination and appreciate the collection for various preferences. One can find shops, negotiate and get very valuable shopping deals. This is a must visit shopping destination of Mumbai.

  1. Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur

Image result for bapu market jaipurBapu Bazaar is the top shopping destination in Jaipur, Rajasthan for all the Jaipuri items as you could almost buy anything for a reasonable price. This bazaar stands out for the moderate prices of items like textiles and Joothis. Visit this place to buy stunning souvenirs to capture the ethnic charm of Rajasthan. You will find a lot of shopoholics in this area who visit regularly. Kulfi Faluda is a famous retreat and a local favorite in this shopping bazaar.

  1. Sarojini Market, Delhi

Image result for sarojini nagar marketIt’s one of Delhi’s biggest and most important flea market and a destination for every girl who’s out on a hunt for trendy clothes at killer prices. From stylish clothes to designer bags to fashionable jewellery, export surplus garments, Sarojini Nagar never disappoints in catering to shoppers at throwaway prices. The Sarojini Market is also called as Bargain Bazaar.

 

  1. Tibet Walk, Ooty

Image result for tibetan market ootyTibet walk is a must visit shopping destination in Ooty. Tibetan Market Ooty is famous for coffee, tea, homemade chocolates, eucalyptus and other aromatic oils, spices, toda jewellery and clothing etc. The market has rows of stalls hung with vibrant clothing, ethereal materials, and rich shawls. These kind of shopping goods you won’t find in urban branded shopping market destinations. The chilling weather of ooty will make this shopping destination to purchase warm clothing.

  1. Charminar Shopping, Hyderabad

Image result for charminar hyderabad marketThe area is famous for Laad Bazar which is very famous for the Bangles, also called “Chudiyaan”. This happens to be one of the oldest markets in Hyderabad and is famous for the artificial jewellery sold here. Apart from this, silverware, antique items, silk sarees, khara dupattas are other popular shopping goods one can consider buying here.

 

  1. New Market, Kolkata

Image result for new market kolkataThe place can be best described as a maze of about 2000 shops selling everything that one can never imagine. From apparels, footwear’s, fashion jewelry, electronic gadgets, toys, kid’s sections, products of daily use, crockeries, groceries, flower shops, décor items etc. You can munch the most delicious Kolkata Sweets and evening snacks while shopping here.

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10 Famous Indian Desi Foods with Videshi Origin

Indian foods and cooking recipes have got worldwide recognition. In the Western Countries, Indians Food means curry. It’s that famous. We have let the World learn our foods. At the same time, we too have picked up many cooking methods and recipes as our own from foreign nations.

Here are such Top Ten Famous Indian Foods that has a foreign origin.

  1. Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala has become the essential dish for lunches in homes and hotels whenever Indians prefer having non-vegetarian foods. Chicken Tikka Masala goes very well with dry flavoured rice foods and rotis or naans. All age group people in India who are non-vegetarians are fans of this food.

Origin of Chicken Tikka Masala: Scotland

Ali Ahmed Aslam of Glasgow’s inimitable Shish Mahal, an authentic Scottish curry house has invented Chicken Tikka Masala and travelled back to India.

  1. Briyani or Biryani

The multi-ingredient rice dish is the main identity of home and hotel cooking in India. There must be hundreds of flavors of Biryani now invented by Indians across each states. Some notable ones are Hyderabadi Biryani, Chettinad Biryani, Mogul Biryani. Biryanis are prepared with one or multiple mixtures of mutton, chicken, fish, beef, mushroom, vegetables. Dum Biryani is a mogul style biryani specially known to be prepared by the Muslim community people.

Origin of Biryani: Persia

This meat and rice dish brought by the Mughal invaders to India.

  1. Samosa

Samosas are ideal evening snacks at offices, homes and roadside eateries. An easily cook able samosa has stuffing of vegetables or eggs or non-vegetarian combination. It means a lot for many to start their evening snack with Samosa and finish with Tea. Again Samosas come in multiple flavours, styles, sizes and spices.

Origin of Samosa: Middle East

Traders from Middle East brought it to India around 14th century, and it it is known as ‘Sambosa’ in Middle East.

  1. Filter Coffee

Filter Coffee is mostly a South Indian flavour of Coffee drink. Mainly popularized and consumed by the Brahmin community. Many believe that drinking coffee make us energy, refreshment and new ideas. Some even rely on Filter coffee as a medicine for headaches, stress etc.

Origin of Filter Coffee: Yemen

In 16th century it was smuggled into India by Baba Budan, on his trip to Mecca.

  1. Naan

Can’t often be prepared easily at homes, Naans can be eaten only at Hotels. Naans are light weight foods for lunches and dinners. Often Naans accompany flavoured Indian currys like chicken or mutton masala, vegetable kurmas. Naans do come with many flavors such as plain Naan, Butter Naan, Ginger Naan, Chilly Naan, Stuffed Naan, Ceylon Naan etc.

Origin of Naan: Persia

Naan is essentially a wheat of Maida flour based bread is brought by the Mughal invaders to India.

  1. Jalebi

Sweet toothed people can’t stay away from this succulent, freshly prepared hot jalebis. A sweet that is freshly prepared and consumed can’t be stored for long. Jalebis are soaked in sugar syrup. One can’t eat a great number of Jalebis as they can fill the stomach easily and other foods can’t be consumed after that.

Origin of Jalebi: Persia

This Dessert is brought by Persian invaders to India. Jalebi is known as ‘zalibiya (Persian)’.

  1. Rajma

Rajma is a large, long bean mostly grown and cultivated in northern India. Rajma curry are favourites in Punjabi, Rajasthani and most of the North Indian foods. This bean is very healthy. An easily cook able bean can go with rice, roti’s or naans in the main course.

Origin of Rajma: Mexico

The bean was brought to India by traders through Guatemala and Central Mexico.

  1. Dhal Bhat

Dhal Bhat is a staple food prepared with rice and lentil (dhal). Dhal Bhat is a very healthy combination of carbohydrates, proteins, nutrients. When Dhal Bhat is eaten with other vegetable condiments, it defines an average Indian Meal.

Origin of Dhal Bhat: Nepal

Dal Bhat is actually originated from Nepal via North Indian this dish came to India and spread all over the subcontinent.

  1. The famous Chai or Tea

One of the Indian identifies of India in western world is the drink Tea. The most popular drink is an everyday custom in the Morning and Evening. Chai or Tea in India is prepared with milk or just hot water. Tea is usually accompanied by Biscuits, cakes, vadas or samosas.

Origin of Tea: China

Tea has its origins in China, it was brought to India by British for creating new tea plantation

  1. Gulab Jamuns

No festival, wedding or hotel buffets are complete without the sweet Gulab Jamuns. Round Gulab Jamuns are soaked in transparent sugar syrup. Gulab Jamuns are prepared with a dough of maida, butter then deep fried in cooking oil and ultimately soaked in sugar syrups.

Origin of Gulab Jamuns: Persia

This Dessert is brought by the Persian invaders to India.  persian form of Gulab Jamuns is called ‘luqmat al qadi’.

Never imagined that the above famous foods we relish upon in our lives have origin from other countries. Please join with me in the comments section to share your wisdom on Indian Foods and their origins. In another post, we will find Videshi foods with Indian origin 🙂