9 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Mumbai

Vegetarianism has become the new mantra for a healthy lifestyle. With the changing dynamics, our palates have evolved and we’ve always looking out for something interesting and unique. Chefs are now experimenting and using their creativity to woo their vegetarian customers. So, if you have ever thought that there are very few vegetarian options on the menu, you’ll be surprised. Aamchi Mumbai has a treasure trove of vegetarian restaurants that serve international and regional dishes using a variety of cooking styles and exotic ingredients. Here’s a list of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in Mumbai.

9 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Mumbai

1. Burma Burma

 

This restaurant calls out to all Burmese food lovers. Burma Burma is known for its authentic vegetarian food from the region that’s to die for. They’ll often use ingredients that you may have never had before. Don’t leave without trying their Khau Suey, Red Chilli Noodles, Manadalay Meeshay and Chocolate Hazelnut Dome.

 

Where: Kothari House, Allana Centre Lane, MG Road, Behind Mumbai University, Fort, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 1500 (approximately)
Contact: 022 61054592

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2. Tuskers

 

If you want a fine dining experience, Tuskers is your perfect bet. Serving authentic Gujarati and Rajasthani dishes, this restaurant is bound to make you fall in love. The menu has an array of regional dishes ranging from Gatte ki Sabzi, Dal Ka Halwa to desserts like Paan Kulfi along with a lavish Gujarati Thali.

 

Where: Sofitel Hotel, C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 3000 (approximately)
Contact: 022 61175000

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3. Soam

 

If you want to have the most authentic Gujarati food in Mumbai, Soam is the best deal. A simple and not-so-fancy restaurant, Soam boasts of its regional specialities that include Moong Dal Khichu, Farsan Platter, Jowar Pita Pockets, special Gujarati thali and desserts like Malpua. If you haven’t been here already, it’s time you visit it now.

 

Where: Ground Floor, Sadguru Sadan, Opposite Babulnath Temple, Chowpatty, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 700 (approximately)
Contact: 022 23698080

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4. Revival

 

Revival’s simple yet aesthetic ambience is bound to make you fall in love with the place. The food served here only adds to the fun. It boasts of a menu full of North Indian food, especially Rajasthani delicacies served with a twist like Bhindi Rajasthani, Paneeralay, Makai Malai Seekh and Barabanki Kofta.

 

Where: 39-B, Chowpatty Seaface, Chowpatty, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 900 (approximately)
Contact: 022 2369699

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5. Shri Thaker Bhojnalay

 

As the name suggests, Shri Thaker Bhojnalay is an authentic Gujarati restaurant that serves the best dishes from the state. You shouldn’t miss out on their refreshing Aamras, tangy Mango Kadhi, delicious Puran Poli and the wholesome Gujarati Thali.

 

Where: 31, Dadisheth Agyari Lane, Off Kalbadevi Road, Kalbadevi, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 1000 (approximately)
Contact: 022 22069916

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6. Aaswad

 

If you are looking for a typical Maharashtrian experience, then Aaswad does the job for you. Although it also serves South Indian and street food, but it is majorly known for Maharashtrian delicacies. It serves some of the best varieties of Misal Pav, Kothimbir Vadi, Thalipeeth, Sabudana Khichdi, and Patal Bhaji.

 

Where: LJ Road, Shivaji Park, Gadkari Chowk, Dadar Shivaji Park, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 200 (approximately)
Contact: 022 24451871

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7. Gonguura

 

If you are a South Indian food lover, Gonguura is the place to be. It serves the best Andhra dishes. This quaint little restaurant has some amazing Pesarattu Dosas, Onion Uttapams, Andhra Meals, Gonguura Pickles and Mirapakaya Bajjis.

 

Where: 5/6, Juhu Ekta Co-operative Housing Society, Juhu Versova Link Road, Juhu, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 700 (approximately)
Contact: 8828070480

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8. SpiceKlub

 

SpiceKlub is known for presenting famous North Indian dishes in a unique way with a touch of molecular gastronomy like the Pav Bhaji Fondue, Paneer Cigar Roll and the Cheesy Garlic Naan.

 

Where: 8A, Janta Industrial Estate, Opposite Phoenix Mills, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 1500 (approximately)
Contact: 022 46104610

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9. Ovenfresh

 

Ovenfresh serves a mix of Italian, Mexican and Mediterranean dishes that are definitely worth a try. The menu boasts of an interesting mix of Minestrone Soup, Broccoli Soup, Mushroom Risotto, Corn and Cheese Enchiladas, English Cheddar Quesadillas and an irresistible variety of desserts including freshly baked waffles and creamy pannacottas.

 

Where: Kiran Building, Ranade Road, Dadar Shivaji Park, Mumbai
Cost for Two: INR 1200 (approximately)
Contact: 022 67600000

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The amazing food that these restaurants offer will compel you to visit them whether or not you are a vegetarian.

 

Do You Drink Green Tea Daily? Know If It Really Helps in Weight Loss

Losing weight through regular exercising is definitely strenuous yet effective. Add to it, a healthy low-cal diet and your chances of a slimmer waist go up considerably. Experts would also advise you to include those foods into your daily diet that aid weight loss. These foods either help boost your metabolism or help ease the process of digestion – either way, helping you on your weight loss journey. Green tea is one such popular ‘weight-loss aid’. However, what does green tea really help in? Does it help lose weight or is it just a myth? What is the best way to consume green tea? We decode the answers for you.

What is green tea?

 

Green tea, like black tea, are plucked from a shrub called Camellia Sinensis. Green tea leaves do not undergo oxidation and withering process that is used to make black tea, and are therefore, considered to be healthier than others. It is power-packed with antioxidants. Our body releases free radicals that may prove to be hazardous for health. Antioxidants are known to fight these free radicals and boost the immune system of the body. Green tea consists of antioxidants that include Vitamin E, Vitamin C or beta-carotene that protect the body. It also has an active ingredient called Catechins that help in boosting metabolism and further lose weight.

green teaGreen tea, like black tea, are plucked from a shrub called Camellia Sinensis

According to Nutritionist Lokendra Tomar from Weight Loss Clinic, “Green tea does help in weight loss. In many scientific studies it has been found that green tea increases fat burning and boost the metabolic rate as much as 17%. Stress is one of the major causative factors in obesity. Green tea also contains an active ingredient known as Theanine. Theanine is a type of amino acid, which helps in reducing stress by providing calming and relaxing effect on brain without sedation. This helps in losing weight easily.”

We enlist some reasons to have green tea for weight loss:

 

1. It is calorie free

 

According to expert Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta, “Green tea is consumed with hot water and is sugarless. Hence, it is a calorie-free drink. Having 2-3 cups of this concoction won’t really affect your calorie intake for the day.

 

2. Helps you manage hunger pangs

 

According to Dr. Dutta, if you feel hungry, green tea is the best drink to manage hunger pangs at odd hours. It is just like drinking water, the more you drink the fuller you feel. One cup of green tea will stop you from binge eating unnecessarily.

 

3. It has numerous antioxidants

 

Green tea is trove of antioxidants that promote health. These antioxidants may help in boosting metabolism and keep the digestion process strong. The polyphenols present in the tea help detoxify the body too.

 

4. It has Catechins

 

Catechins are one of the antioxidants present in green tea which are believed to boost metabolism, further promoting weight loss.

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When should one ideally have green tea?

According to Nutritionist Mehar Rajput, “The ideal time to have green tea is right after your breakfast and lunch when your metabolism rate is higher. Intake of green tea during this period will only help boost metabolism rate, further helping the food to digest better and faster.”

 

Does green tea really help in losing weight?

 

Dr. Rupali Dutta says that green tea is a health drink full of antioxidants. You can consume it anytime you want to. It is, however, imperative to understand that only drinking green tea wouldn’t help lose weight, but some amount of exercise and a healthy diet along with cups of green tea should be taken into consideration.

Bengali Sweet Paradise in Delhi's CR Park: 3 Must-Visit Places

Bengali cuisine is one of the most versatile cuisines in the melting pot of unique regional dishes that every state in India offers. Trying to find something authentic away from the homeland is always difficult, but there’s a Bengali hub in Delhi that recreates similar magic and will not leave you disappointed. Whether it is a subtle fish curry or a fried mutton cutlet or a soothing sweet treat, Delhi has learnt to relish and embrace the innate bengali-ness of all these dishes. You may have heard of the Bengali paradise by now and if you haven’t it exists in Delhi’s Chittranjan Park (CR Park). You’ll find everything here, from Kolkata’s famous street foods like puchka to the all-time favourite mishti doiand everything in between. For now, we’ll try to satisfy the sweet spot on our tongue.

Bengali Sweet Paradise in Delhi's CR Park: 3 Must-Visit Places
The first sweet shop is the beloved Annapurna Sweets

, which happens to be very famous for its Rosogullas and Mishti Doi. Every time you pass it, you can smell the sweet fragrance of sugar in the air. We suggest you try their Kheer Kodom which is a khoya dumpling stuffed with a rasgulla!

Your next stop should be Kamala Sweets

. We recommend the Sandesh here. They have a wide variety of Sandesh to choose from which also includes flavours like strawberry and chocolate giving a modern twist to the traditional one. We absolutely loved the Jal Bhara Sandesh that was perfect for people who do not like their desserts too sweet. The unusual litchi-flavoured Sandesh was definitely an interesting one out of the whole lot we tasted.

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Finally, you must not leave without paying a visit to Rasoraj Sweets

. We found this while looking for ‘shingaras’ which is a Bengali version of a samosa that also has a sweet variety. The shingara was good, but the rosogulla here is the recommended sweet. It is different because of the use of jaggery, the famous ‘Nolen Gur’ from Bengal and is also available in a baked variety which is essentially a baked rasgulla frozen with rasmalai.  

Also, their crisp kachori is the perfect way to start an evening (especially if you are grabbingchaifrom the nearby Raju Da’s Singing Tree).

Being foodies with a sweet tooth, we have hunted down many sweet shops but nothing beats the Bengali treasure that we happened to have stumbled upon in Chittranjan Park.

9 Interesting Food Festivals You Can Attend This Monsoon in Delhi-NCR

The best way to enjoy the lovely weather during monsoons is to indulge in some good food. So, here’s a list of some of the upcoming food festivals offering interesting, exciting and unique experience for all the foodies out there. Whether you feel like learning a new skill or trying a new cuisine, there’s a lot on offer.

9 Interesting Food Festivals You Can Attend This Monsoon in Delhi-NCR

1. Paint and Vineyard

 

Feel artistic? Then, spend your Sunday afternoon recreating some of the masterpieces at Dirty Apron (The Piano Man). Spread over 3 hours, this event can be enjoyed with friends, family or can be a way to meet new people while learning a new skill. Enjoy your afternoon painting along with some great wine, sangria and delicious pizzas.

 

When: 16th July’17 – Pablo Picasso Collage and Acrylic on Canvas Board, 23rd July’17 – Georgia O’Keeffe with Acrylic on Canvas Board, 30th July’17 – Van Gogh with Acrylic on Canvas Board with Palette Knife Technique

 

Where: B-6 Commercial Complex, Safdarjung Enclave, Opposite Deer Park, Hauz Khas, Delhi

 

Time: 3 P.M. to 6 P.M.

 

Cost: INR 3000 per head: Pizza, Sangria, Beer and all the painting supplies, INR 200 per head: Pizza and all the painting supplies, INR 1800 per head: Painting supplies (All-inclusive of taxes)

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2. Great India Beer Festival

What’s better than a beer festival to celebrate the seasonal downpour? Get ready to try beer in all its forms and brews as The Great Indian Beer festival brings hundreds of real ales, craft beers and ciders from renowned microbreweries in Delhi-NCR under one roof. The event will also be some great cafes and street food joints to pair your brews with. While enjoying live music, you can also test your skill on a variety of traditional Beer games.

 

When: 19-20 August

 

Where: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-03

 

Time: 2pm – 11pm

 

Cost: 1 Day entry: INR 700, 2 Day entry: INR 1,000. Prices may vary.

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3. Rajasthani Food Festival

If you craving some spicy food, the New Town Cafe at Park Plaza is where you should head this monsoon. They are all set to take you through a royal culinary journey of Rajasthan. They have an array of quintessential favorites like Gatte ki Subzi, Dal Bati Churma, Ker Sangari, Bajrey ki roti and much more.

 

When: 13 to 23 july

 

Where: Hotel Park Plaza, Gurugram

 

Time: Lunch: 12:30P.M to 3P.M, Dinner: 9 P.M to 10:30P.M

 

Cost: INR 999 per head (plus all applicable taxes), INR 1099 per head (plus all applicable taxes)

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4. Organic Food Festival

This month-long event is to let people explore different cuisines and dishes all made with organic ingredients. The organic menu by Chef Noah is globally inspired including Indian fusion dishes. He will ensure that the food served is 100% chemical-free, preservative-free, and pesticide-free. Dive into a roasted beetroot tartare with mint and a salted jaggery drizzle, followed by chimichurri chicken skewers with roasted red peppers and cumin hummus. For main course, you can choose from infused roasted eggplant with sliced potato stacks or bok choy zucchini and squash with organic soy, peanut, ginger, and sesame.

 

When: Starts from 15th July

 

Where: The hungry Monkey. B 6/6 DDA Market, Safdarjung Enclave, Opp. Deer Park New Delhi, India

 

Time: 12 P.M to 1 A.M.

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5. Feast of the Seven Kingdoms

Many of you have been part of the Game of Thrones family for six seasons, experiencing the stunning visuals and being engulfed in the storm of heartbreak and revenge. To welcome the seventh season, Science and Cooking is organizing a feast that takes you on a culinary journey through the halls of King’s Landing to the warm comfort foods of the north and to the rich sumptuous treats of the east. It’ll be a hands-on cooking workshop where you can learn the secrets of the kitchens of the seven kingdoms, create your own bloody sauces, carve our own meats or prepare our own rustic feast and recreate this magical world for yourselves!

 

When: 22 Jul 2017 6:00 PM

 

Where: Science and Cooking, Gurugram

 

Time: 6 P.M.

 

Cost: INR 2000 (inclusive of taxes)

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6. Street Food Festival

 

During the monsoon season, it is tough to resist the urge to dig into the tempting street food and you don’t have to! Enjoy some amazing street food delights from around the country under one roof. You will find the glorious Aloo Tikki from Lucknow, Tawa Aloo Chaat from Old Delhi, the tangy and chatpata Moong Dal Pakodi from Uttar Pradesh, along with Akki Roti from Karnataka, the famous Bhel Puri from the by-lanes of Mumbai and the authentic spicy Lakhanpur de Bhalle from Jammu Kashmir.

 

When: 1st August to 31st August 2017

 

Where: Plaza Premium Lounge, Domestic Departures, Delhi,

 

Cost: Lounge access starts at INR 1200 plus taxes

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7. Masaledar Monsoon

To satisfy your monsoon cravings, indulge in masaledaar delicacies and chatpata thirst quencher. Drool over delectable dishes including Biryani Pakodas, Poatleez, Tundla Station Cutlets, Raincoat Chicken, and Barsati Mutton Pepper Fry along with refreshing drinks like Kaala Khatta, Hi with Chai, Setting Chai, Mad Over Mango and many more.

 

When: Till 30th July 2017

 

Where: Kopper Kadai, J2/6B, 1st & 2nd Floor, B.K. Dutta Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

 

Time: 12 noon to 11pm

 

Cost: INR 1400 (Meal for two)

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8. Thai Street Affair

‘Siam Jan Deaw’ at Thai Pavilion is an interesting Thai street food festival where the menu incorporates an exclusive array of one-bowl delicacies from the vibrant streets of Siam. Here’s a chance to savour popular delicacies from the streets of Thailand from their curated menu and enjoy some authentic Thai flavours this monsoon.

 

When: 14 to 23 July, 2017

 

Where: Thai Pavilion at Vivanta by Taj ,Gurugram

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9. The Burger Fest

It’s time to celebrate the most favorite food of all time. Yes, burgers! Café Yell has organized a burger festival to satisfy all your burger cravings. They’re definitely going to be some of the most exciting burgers around town all under one roof.

 

When: 13th to 25th July 2017

 

Where: CafeYell, 35,Defence colony mkt New Delhi India 110024

 

Time: 8 am onwards

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7 Fun Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Mumbai

Most of the times when you go out with your kids, you may not be left with too many options where their needs with regards to nourishment and entertainment are catered to. Mumbai is now offering those choices with many kid-friendly restaurants where your little champs can enjoy a meal and so can you. Here are six fun kid-friendly restaurants in Mumbai that you must try.

7 Fun Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Mumbai

1. Pizza Express:

While you have a lovely conversation over food, your little chefs get to make their own pizzas – with the option of either doing it on the table or in the kitchen itself. When they say make your own pizza, they mean everything  – right from the making of dough to topping it with sauce. Before you go, please check if it is a ‘make-your-pizza’ day. As a rule, it’s usually on Mondays and Thursday and on Sundays between 3-7 P.M

Address: Near the Gateway of India. Ground Floor, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.

2. Smoke House Deli

: Smoke House Deli proposed its children menu in November 2016 and it’s a hit. They offer a bunch of choices from pizzas, burgers and shakes. There’s a lot of creativity that has gone into planning how kids can submit their request. Peel and stick stickers for requesting what you need or use colored pencils to make your customized menu. Add to that their ever-accommodating and tolerant staff, disclosing each dish to your tiny tots.

Address: Main Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Phoenix Mills Compound Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

3. Le Pain Quotidien

: Le Pain Quotidien provides you ample space to let your kids go free. They are known for their child-friendly staff and a child- friendly menu with interesting soups, sandwiches, risottos, desserts and freshly baked breads making it a perfect place to be on lazy Sunday. They also provide a little corner for kids to play and interact with each other.

Address: Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Road, Apollo Bunder, Gateway of India,  Colaba, Mumbai

4. Millk: This new foundation has an eatery, a play zone for kids and even a lovely spa for adults all under one roof. The idea was to have an entertaining space for kids and adults, so while their parents appreciate a relaxed feast or even enjoy at their spa and salon, the kids can have a fun time too. The bistro is right next to the play zone allowing the parents to keep an eye on their kids.

Address: Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

5. Seven Kitchens

: Another incredible place to visit alongside your kids. Why? It has a huge assortment of cuisines that can please every palate. If that is not a reason enough, they have a play corner where kids can indulge in some art and craft activities while you enjoy your feast. It also gives you a chance to help your kids move past pizzas and burgers and open them up to new cuisines.

Address: The St. Regis, 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

6. Cafe Food For Thought at Kitab Khana

: This cafe is a great place to enjoy some quality time with your kids. They a have small kids room cornered by four colorful lazy bean bags which makes it perfect little cozy place for kids to read their books. Right across the kid’s section is a little cafe called Food for Thought that serves delicious cupcakes and other treats on display. You should also try their Mexican bowl, chocolate mud pie and crispy French fries.

Address: Somaiya Bhavan, Flora Fountain, opposite the parking lot, opposite HSBC, near davars College.

Humayunpur: A Mini North-Eastern Food Hub In Safdarjung

India encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines spread across different states. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate culture and ethnic groups, food cuisines across India vary substantially from each other and are prepared using locally grown spices, herbs, and vegetables.  Northeastern cuisine has a distinct character that sets it apart from the other cuisines of India. Be it Manipur’s fish or Nagaland’s meat, Sikkim’s noodles or Arunachal Pradesh’s momos, masalas from Tripura or spiciness of Assamese food, each of them is unique in their own way. It may not be possible to go all the way to the Northeast to try their aunthetic cuisine but we definitely deserve to taste some. You must visit Humayunpur located in the Safdarjung market of New Delhi to indulge in some rich culinary pleasures from the Northeastern states in India.  Here are seven place to start with.

Humayunpur:  A Mini North-Eastern Food Hub In Safdarjung

1. Mizo Diner

Mizo Diner is snug little eatery in the by-lanes of Humayunpur serving traditional Mizo delicacies.. Be it the starchy fried rice, Sangha Chumm, or the Dawl Rep Bai, everything on the menu is delicious. The calm and serene atmospheric ambiance adds on to the whole eating experience.

Address: 85, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Time: 12 Noon to 11 P.M.
Contact:  91 8447584361
Cost: INR 600 for two people (approx)

2. Hornbill Cafe and Restaurant

This cute, tiny restaurant in Safdarjang specializes in Naga cuisine and leaves you spellbound with their authentic food, taste and ambiance. With minimal seating, low-key interiors and sepia theme inspired wall décor, the simplicity and humbleness of the restaurant speaks for itself.  The restaurant also offers vegetarian options which include roasted potatoes, smoked veggies and much more that are equally scrumptious as the non-vegetarian dishes.

Address: 104/A, Basement Backside NCC Gate, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Operating hours:

1 P.M. to 10:45 P.M.
Contact :  9654781284
Cost: INR  400 for two people (approx)

3. The Categorical Eat-Pham

“Eat-Pham” is a modern term used by Manipur’s youth to indicate an eating place, and hence the name. This restaurant  provides a range home cooked Manipuri delicacies. One can find every well-known Manipuri dish such as Eromba, Manipuri Pakora, Aloo Kanghoo, Manipuri Fish Curry, Tharoi and Pork. Another popular option is to try their “Thali”

Address: 120-A, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave (near NCC gate), New Delhi 110029.
Time:12 Noon to 10 PM
Contact:91 9958125827
Cost: INR 600 for two people (approx)

4. Jingund’te  Restaurant

This place offers both Chinese and Northeastern cuisine and non-vegetarian curries is what they specialize in. This place is more popular for home delivery so that you can enjoy affordable and hygienic food in the comfort of your home.

Address: 66-B, Humayunpur, SafdarjungEnclave, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Time: 11 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.
Contact:  91 9953124821
Cost: INR 500 for two people (approx)

5. Bamboo Hut

Another eatery for authentic and lip-smacking North-Eastern flavours in Safdarjung is Bamboo Hut. It offers well-prepared and mouth-watering Tibetan and Naga dishes. The place has a subtle ambiance.

Address: 298 Humayunpur, B6 DDA Market, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Time: 12 Noon to 10 P.M.
Contact: 91 7042948708
Cost: INR 500 for two people (approx.)

6. KPG Express

KPG Express is a small and cozy restaurant in the midst of the hustle bustle of the market. The interesting décor gives homage to comics and rock bands. Being a bit clustered one might not always get a table here, however, the delicious food compensate for waiting. Pork ribs and local Sikkim pickles are a hit among regulars.

Address: 70, Humayunpur chowk, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110029
Time: 11 A.M. to 11 P.M.
Contact: 083758 20641
Cost: INR 500 for two (approx)

These specialty restaurants make sure that diners come back for their quality and taste of the food. It is an ideal destination for people who would like an authentic dining experience with affordable prices.

Yoga May Prevent Memory Loss in Elderly Women,These 9 Memory Boosting Foods May Help Too

Adding to the long tailing benefits of practicing yoga is the new study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, which suggests, that those who have been practicing Yoga for a long time may have an edge as far as cognitive development in old age is concerned.

 

According to the study, that long term yoga could change the structure of your brain and protect cognitive decline and memory loss in old age, especially amongst female yoga practitioners-Yoginis. The researchers found that the elderly “yoginis” have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in brain areas associated with cerebral functions like attention and memory.

 

The structure and functionality of the brain alters as we grow old which often leads to cognitive decline, including impaired memory and attention. One such change in the brain is largely attributed the cerebral cortex becoming thinner, which scientists have shown is correlated with cognitive decline

 

Elisa Kozasa of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo, Brazil, involved in the study, explained just as our muscles, the brain develops through training.

 

She said, “Like any contemplative practice, yoga has a cognitive component in which attention and concentration are important,”

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The researchers wanted to examine if elderly long-term yoga practitioners had any differences in terms of brain structure compared with healthy elderly people who had never practiced yoga.For the study,they recruited a small group of female yoga practitioners or yoginis who had practiced yoga at least twice a week for a minimum of eight years, although the group had an average of nearly 15 years of yoga practice.

 

The researchers then compared the yoginis with another group of healthy women who had never practiced yoga, contemplative or meditative practices, but hared same levels of physical activity, belonging to the same age group. (around 60)

 

The team scanned the participants’ brains using magnetic resonance imaging to see if there were any differences in brain structure. “We found greater thickness in the left prefrontal cortex in the yoginis, in brain regions associated with cognitive functions such as attention and memory,” Rui Afonso from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo added.

 

Dip in memory in old age is natural while physical activity and contemplative practices like yoga can help Memory superfoods such as antioxidant-rich, colorful fruits, green leafy vegetables and whole grains which protect your brain from harmful free radicals, can help immensely in memory retention. Here are some food which can work wonders for memory and cognitive development as a whole.

  • Vitamin C and B: Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits, is associated with mental agility, whereas Vitamin B is known to guard against age-related brain shrinkage and cognitive impairment. Load up on blackcurrants, fish, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, peanuts, sesame seeds and eggs to rev up your brain power.
  • Nuts and Seeds: A handful of seeds and nuts may help improve your memory power significantly. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc that play a great role in sharpening your memory. Brain-shaped walnuts are a good source of omega-3 and other essential nutrients crucial for brain functioning and memory skills. Sunflower seeds are good sources of Vitamin E. Even peanuts are packed with vitamin E, a potent antioxidant. Almonds and hazelnuts also help boost memory.
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  •  Berries: Blueberries are the top source of substances called anthocyanins which are brain-boosting antioxidants. Eating blueberries daily can help combat against the onset of short term memory loss. Even strawberries, when consumed regularly can help delay age-related memory decline.
  • Green Vegetables: Broccoli, kale, collard greens, spinach – all green vegetables are full of iron, Vitamin E, K and B9 (folate), and phytonutrients like vitamin C which are extremely important for brain cell development. Vitamin K is known to be helpful in cognitive enhancement and increasing mental alertness.
  • Avocados: Enriched with Vitamin E, avocados are loaded with antioxidants which help in keeping the brain healthy and alert. Creamy avocados are also associated with lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s.
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  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene which acts against brain cell degeneration and aids in the maintenance and production of new brain cells.
  •  Whole Grains: Whole grains are considered to be the powerhouse of energy and help you focus better. On consuming fiber-rich whole grains, energy is released in the body in the form of sugar which assists the brain in functioning properly, keeping us alert.
  • Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids as well as DHA and EPA are essential for healthy brain functioning as well as for healthy brain neurons. Include salmon, mackerel, tuna and other fish in your diet. Vegetarian? You can substitute with soybean oil and flaxseed oil.
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  • Ashwagandha: a go-to choice in Ayurvedic medicine, is known for promoting memory since it helps prevent nerve cell damage. Dr Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath says, “Ashwagandha can be taken in the form of powder or tablet. It also improves the brain’s memory functions like attention and concentration, hence helping with the symptoms of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Caffeine May Improve Breathing Ability and Lung Function in Premature Babies: Study

In the time when nutritionists and experts are debating how much of coffee in a day is good or bad, a recent Australian based study has demonstrated that a limited caffeine intake by premature babies may improve their lung function in later life.

 

The study shows that caffeine acts as respiratory stimulant that may improve short-term breathing rates in infants. In the study a regulated portion of caffeine, helped them perform slightly better in tests that measure their ability to breathe out later in life. The findings also found that the infants were also significantly better at exhaling during a forced breath.

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In the study Melbourne Royal Women’s Hospital doctors examined the development of over 140 premature babies (under ten days), half of whom were given a dose of caffeine once a day, over 11 years, and half of them were given a placebo. The trial participants were checked at 18 months and five years, with the group that received caffeine found to have a better breathing ability at the age of 11, than the other group. The caffeine was given to the infants with milk through a tube or as an injection, once daily.

 

Lead author of the study, Dr Lex Doyle explained that caffeine belongs to a group of drugs known as methylxanthines. This group of drugs has the ability to reduce apnea of prematurity, a condition in which the baby stops breathing for many seconds.

Feeling Inferior To Attractive Partner May Trigger Eating Disorders In Women: Study

According to a study published in the journal Body Image, women who found themselves to be less attractive than their husbands or romantic partners,were more motivated to diet and be thin often to a point of developing eating disorders.Eating disorders comprise of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits.Eating disorders are as serious as any physical ailment, which must be treated with immediate attention, else it may manifest into long term health consequences associated with poor mental health. Off late with increased campaigns to promote Mental Health awareness, eating disorders have also started gaining the attention which was long due.

On the other hand a similar motivation to diet to point of starvation was not observed among women who happened to be more attractive than their husbands . As for men, their motivation to diet was low regardless of their wives attractiveness or their own.

Feeling Inferior To Attractive Partner May Trigger Eating Disorders In Women: Study

Tania Reynolds, doctoral student at the Florida State University, said, “The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive,”

 

For the study, the team examined 113 newlywed couples — married less than four months, average age late 20s, living in Dallas area — who agreed to be rated on their attractiveness, according to some set indicators curated by the team.

 

The study offered productive insights about relationships in which a woman is constantly feeling inferior and fears falling short of her partner’s expectations. “It might be helpful to identify women at risk of developing more extreme weight-loss behaviours, which have been linked to other forms of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dissatisfaction with life,” Reynolds added.

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Reynolds believe, that the study can prove fruitful, as If we are able to understand how women’s relationships affect their decision to diet and the social predictors for developing unhealthy eating behaviours, then better help and assistance could be given to them.

 

Some of the most common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder which are often linked to depression and poor mental health, can result in extreme emotional uheaval, uncontrollable attitude, and aggressive behavior.

  •  Anorexia: People suffering with Anorexia live under a fear of gaining weight, even if they actually happen to be underweight. They tend to diet relentlessly to a point of starvation. Their distorted body image makes them believe that they are overweight or are constantly putting on weight. Common symptoms include: Dramatic weight loss. Anorexics are usually underweight, Obsessed with dieting and counting calories, Skipping meals regularly.
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  • Bulimia Nervosa: Bulimia is characterized by repeated episodes of binge eating followed by behavior that compensates for overeating such as forced vomiting, excessive exercise, or extreme use of laxatives or diuretics. They are ashamed of their weight. The binge-eating and purging routine is typically followed in secret, creating feelings of shame, guilt, and lack of control.
  • Binge-Eating Disorder: Binge Eating victims tend to indulge in emotional eating as it relieves them from stress and disturbing self-image issues. You may feel you can’t stop eating, and you needn’t be even be hungry to eat. You feel guilty about eating, and go back to eating again to feel better, and use food as a reward for yourself. This way, you may be trapped in vicious cycle.

Eating Disorder in Women: Why the Husband's Good Looks Could be a Problem

Eating disorders are not uncommon in the modern world today. They could stem from a lot of issues without us even realising it. According to a new study done by Florida State University, eating disorder in women could result from dissatisfaction with life or inferiority complex, where they think that their husbands are more attractive than them.

The research showed that wives who crash-diet to slim down are often driven to do so because they felt that their husbands are better looking than them. The finding indicated that women’s risk of developing more extreme weight loss behaviours is linked to other forms of psychological distress – depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dissatisfaction with life.They also found that men were rarely motivated to do the same, regardless of how attractive they considered their wives to be.

 

Lead author Tania Reynolds said that if they understand how women’s relationships affect their decision to diet and the social predictors for developing unhealthy eating behaviours, then they will be better able to help them.”One way to help these women is for partners to be very reaffirming, reminding them that they are beautiful and loved at any weight or body type,” Reynolds added.

Eating Disorder in Women: Why the Husband's Good Looks Could be a Problem

The researchers explained that understanding the predictors that increase a woman’s risk of developing eating disorders and other health problems could lead to earlier assistance.

 

The team examined 113 newlywed couples – married less than four months with average age of late 20s and living in the Dallas area – who agreed to be rated on their attractiveness. Each participant completed a lengthy questionnaire focusing in part on their desire to diet or have a thin body.