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How is Shilajit obtained?

How is Shilajit obtained?

Shilajit, a dark-colored resin-like substance forms as a result of the decomposition of plants and other organic matter on the rocks of the Himalayas for several hundred years. This resinous substance comes as a boon to mankind as it comes loaded with numerous health benefits.

Right from fighting the signs of ageing to improving strength, energy and vitality, this supplement can do wonders for the human body. Shilajit holds immense importance in Ayurveda and is believed to be the ‘conqueror of weaknesses’. 

This amazing substance contains fulvic acid, a strong antioxidant in abundance along with 80+ other important nutrients. This is why Shilajit is extremely sought after all across the world.

Well, you might already know about its incredible health benefits. But, did you ever wonder how this substance is obtained? Did you know that a strenuous process needs to be done before shilajit can actually be consumed?

In this article, we will take a look at how shilajit is actually obtained.

How is Shilajit obtained?

Shilajit, when it is found on the rocks of the mountains, contains several impurities. Hence, first it needs to be purified before it becomes safe to be consumed. There are a few methods that are used to purify shilajit. But here, we will take a look at the most common ones.

Method 1

Initially, the rocks on which Shilajit is found tend to contain humus, sand, gravel and bacteria and other microbes. This is how it is purified before it is sold to users for consumption.

  • The shilajit (intact on the rocks that it is found on) is first immersed in water in a huge vessel. It is kept immersed in water for about 2 days.
  • After about 2 days, the rock dissolves into a thick paste kind of thing.
  • Then, to this slurry, water is added again to make it thinner. After adding some water, this mixture is then heated.
  • After it has been heated, the next process involves filtering out the shilajit resin from its rocks.
  • This process of filtration is carried out using a sieve and the process is performed a few times to completely separate the shilajit resin from the rocks.
  • At the end of the filtration process what remains is a black colored liquid (shilajit) as the lumpy rocks get completely removed.
  • Then, milk is added to Shilajit and it is heated. Milk enhances its properties along with cooling it down and sweetening its taste.
  • As the final step, a decoction of triphala is added to this shilajit. Along with enhancing its properties, triphala also helps get rid of any impurities present in shilajit.
  • After triphala is added to shilajit, the mixture is heated again so that any water that is left gets removed from the mixture and what remains is pure shilajit.
  • With the water removed, the result is a thick dark-colored paste (resin) i.e. pure shilajit. 
  • The shilajit resin is then cooled down before storing it.
uncleaned shilajit
Shilajit with Impurities

Method 2

As for the second method, directly triphala decoction is used for shilajit purification. This is how it works.

  • First, a decoction of triphala is made.
  • After the decoction has been made, the shilajit rocks are immersed in this decoction for about a day.
  • After a day, this mixture gets heated. Upon heating, the shilajit starts dissolving and floats on the surface of the decoction. This melted shilajit which collects at the top is then removed and added to another vessel. 
  • This shilajit is then once again heated in order to thicken it. Once it thickens, the heat is removed and the shilajit is left to dry. 
  • This is yet another method that results in pure shilajit. 

In some methods, the use of cow’s urine is also made. Also, often at times, only water is used to purify shilajit. While there are several methods that are used for purifying shilajit, using triphala decoction is the most common one. It is the best way to remove any impurities from the shilajit and obtain the resin in its purest form.

Next time you buy Shiljit, you know what you are buying

Thus, to obtain shilajit, a lengthy process needs to be performed. Hence, when you buy shilajit next time make sure to know where it comes from and how it has been purified or obtained. 

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The Tastiest Recipes to Make a Dried Fruit Salad

The Tastiest Recipes to Make a Dried Fruit Salad

Winters are associated with the fun and frolic of the holidays and the spirit of celebration, but these are also the days when our hunger clock strikes spontaneously and more often than we’d like to admit. The crucial need of this season for our bodies is to be healthy and satiated. It calls for foods essential to our body and health, plus something delicious. 

Dry fruit salads are gold when it comes to maintaining nutrition during the winters. Here are the tastiest dry fruit salad recipes to keep you warm and healthy on the inside, and give you a flavorful delight: 

dry fruits salad
Dry Fruit Salad

Mixed Dried Fruit Salad 

  • Cooking time: 30 mins 
  • Additional: 9 hrs
  • Servings: 12
  • Yield: 12 servings 

Nutritional Facts Per Serving (Dried Fruit Salad)

  • 211 calories
  • 2.7g proteins
  • 51.6g carbs
  • 1.9g fat
  • 9mg sodium 

Ingredients for a Dried Fruit Salad

  • 8 ounces pitted prunes
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Directions to Make a Dried Fruit Salad

Step 1 

Take a large bowl and add all figs, apricots, prunes, cranberries, and raisins. Pour enough water to cover all the fruits. Cover the bowl with a lid and let the fruits soak overnight for 8 hours. 

Step 2

The next morning, pour the entire contents of the bowl into a saucepan. Add in the line nuts and honey and stir the mix for a while. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, and bring it to a simmer, until all the fruits become tender. Do this for 30 mins. Remove the pan from heat. Transfer the salad to a dish and let it cool to room temperature. 

The best way to enjoy this in style is to serve this in sundae glasses, to show off the fruit, with plain yogurt and a sprinkling of Demerara sugar.

Quinoa and Avocado Dry Fruit Salad
Quinoa and Avocado Dry Fruit Salad

Quinoa and Avocado Dry Fruit Salad 


  • 3 tablespoons mixed raisins 
  • 2 tablespoons thin dried apricots 
  • 1 cup red or white quinoa 
  • Kosher salt for taste
  • 1 large lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 medium scallions thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped toasted almonds
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium-sized avocados (pitted, peeled, and cut into small chunks) 

Step 1

In a bowl, add hot water and soak the raisins and apricots in it for 5 minutes. Drain this mix and keep the fruits aside. In a saucepan, add 2 cups of water, quinoa, and salt to taste.

Step 2 

Bring this mix to a boil on a high flame. Keep lowering the heat every now and then and simmer. The quinoa should become translucent and soft. Fluff the quinoa using a fork after 10-15 minutes, and spread it on a baking sheet to cool it down to room temperature.

Step 3

Along with olive oil, coriander, cumin, paprika, and salt to taste, squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl. In some vinegar, toss the quinoa, raisins, apricots, avocado, scallions, and almonds together in it. Add a little more salt and freshly ground pepper as per taste and serve it fresh.


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History of Tea in Assam – How the British Discovered it?

History of Tea in Assam – How the British Discovered it?

If you’re interested in learning how tea originated in India, you’re at the right place. Assam is not only renowned in India for the magnificent tea leaves it produces, but also around the world.

So, how did tea come to Assam in the first place? 

Here is a deeper dive into the origins of tea in Assam. 

Origin of Tea in India

The world loves tea!

It comes second only to water as a beverage as it is known to be native to China, discovered somewhere around 2727 BC. 

China is the pioneer when it comes to tea production, and accounts for over 2.5 million tonnes of tea production (around 35% of the world’s total consumption). India is the second-largest producer of tea. 

Due to Emperor Shen Nung’s patronage, tea became an aristocrat’s beverage in China, at least that’s how the story goes. Outside of China, the Japanese are known to be the first people to have tasted tea.

The Japanese traveling monks came to China and discovered tea. And as they tasted it, they found it soothing and meditative, so they took back with them tea seeds to plant on their own land. 

The Chinese Tea
The Chinese Tea

European traders such as the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the Brits discovered tea gradually while trading with the Chinese. Well, the lesser-known fact is that it was the Dutch and not the Brits who brought tea to the European continent. 

The Afternoon Cuppa 

A lesser-known fact is that the British were not as fond of tea as they were of Ale until the late 18th century. They adopted tea as their national beverage much later. 

There was a lack of safe drinking water which meant that the boiling of water or its fermentation into ale was necessary to make it safe for consumption. For the time, beer served as the staple drink of the poor, but due to bad harvests, the costs of the beer skyrocketed as well. 

And then came tea! 

It was the wife of King Charles II, Princess Catherine of Braganza who popularised the afternoon tea among the aristocracy class. We can credit her for creating this buzz around drinking tea and establishing it as a status quo. 

Afternoon Cuppa
Extravagant Afternoon Cuppa

Due to the high taxes levied by the state, tea was quite expensive and unaffordable for the commoners. Though they were keen to try this new beverage, they could only get their hands on diluted tea. As there was a rise in fondness for tea, smuggling also increased and adulteration of tea started as well. It proved to be unhealthy for the common folk. 

Regardless of these difficulties, tea remained a popular beverage, and the famous “Cuppa” was thus born. Over time, the taxes were cut down and more and more people could afford and experience tea. And hence the tea-consuming population increased widely, and people developed a fondness for it.

The Tale of Tea, Opium, and the arrival of the East India Company 

Many trading transactions took place between the East India Company and China. Tea was one of the leading exports to Europe. By the beginning of the 17th century, china was already producing 250,000 tonnes of tea and exported around 50% of its total production.

Since the tea was costly, the company would export opium into China illegally, as it was banned in China. But the Chinese soon became addicted to it, and this resulted in two Opium Wars between China and the Brits. 

A Picture of Ale

Brits saw the stronghold of China on tea, so they started looking for substitutes. They planned to cultivate tea in the colony of the East India Company, India, and take away the control of the market from China. 

The British lacked the expertise and the seeds, to begin with, and they also feared if China started to cultivate its own opium, then the trade relations between them would suffer and the company would suffer from bankruptcy. 

Bruce Brothers, Maniram Dewan, and the Singphos

Till the early 19th century, only one variety of tea was grown: Camellia Sinensis var. Sinensis. 

When the British were looking for suitable lands for tea plantations, Scottish adventurer Robert Bruce went on an expedition to Assam, in 1823. 

In Assam, he met an Assamese nobleman Maniram Dewan, who took him to visit the Singphos tribe.

The Singpho tribe is indigenous to the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra valley and the foot of the Himalayas and were the first in the whole region to use wild tea-like plants for their beverage. There is little to no information about the origin of these plants in this area.

Assamese tea plantation
Assamese tea plantation

The Singpho tribe chief showed Bruce how the local tribes brewed their tea from the wild plants. Bruce was now confident that they had discovered an alternative to overthrowing China from the pioneer producer of tea.

Bruce took with him some tea samples and seeds and planned to examine them in Calcutta for botanical classification. But after a year, in 1824, Bruce passed away. And before dying he told his brother Charles of his discovery.

In the meantime, the company succeeded in smuggling over 80,000 tea seeds from China to be planted in India. They also brought some Chinese farmers to guide them. The company germinated the seeds in Calcutta and planted the samplings in Assam. However, the plants cross-pollinated with the indigenous wild variety, and the whole experiment was a failure.

Camellia Sinensis Var. Assamica

The then Governor-General Lord Bentick set up the Tea Committee in 1834. It issued a circular about the locations where tea could be grown, and ultimately Assam was considered ideal.

Charles Bruce set up a tract of land in 1836, in Sadiya, Assam, and planted the tea seeds with the wild variety. The plants grew well and with the help of the Chinese farmers, Charles managed to send these manufactured tea samples to the Tea Committee. 

He also sent it to Calcutta for botanical classification and was considered a high-grade quality tea by the Viceroy Lord Auckland and other experts. 

When the scientific assessment was completed, the species was named Camellia Sinensis variety Assamica. Unfortunately, Rober Bruce didn’t live to see his discovery being identified as a species. 

Mood Shot of Tea Leaves
Tea Leaves

In 1837, Bruce dispatched a batch of 46 chests full of tea of the Assamese variety. Around 350 pounds in 8 chests were sent to London auctions in May 1838. This batch was auctioned on the 10th of January of the following year. 

In 1839, Assam Tea Company was the first established one to grow and make tea. By 1862, the company owned over 160 tea gardens, some of which operate to this day.

This new industry brought socio-economic growth, including planters from Britain and laborers from different parts of India, leading to new cultures, traditions, and food habits.

The topography of Assam is so exceptional, that it makes it one of the world’s most abundant biodiversity zones. In the north and south, it is surrounded by the foothills of the Himalayas and the Brahmaputra river runs east through the west.

Assam has a humid atmosphere and witnesses very heavy rainfall. These factors, along with its fertile land, rich soil, and low altitude, fulfill the ideal requirement for tea production. The unique malty taste that Assam Tea is famous for owes its flavor to the tropical climate of Assam. 

Assamese Black Tea
Assamese Black Tea

Assam is now the world’s single largest tea-growing region, and its tea gardens collectively produce over 700 million kgs of tea each year!

These teas are traditionally harvested from March until November. The most significant ones are the First and the Second flush teas, harvested between April to June. The sweeter, and arguably superior ‘tippy’ tea, is produced in the Second Flush. The magnificently shimmering buds of the Tippy Reserve, are unique to the tea plants of Assam, Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica.

Both orthodox whole-leaf tea and CTC (crush, tear, curl) granular teas are produced in the region. If you’ve tasted it, you probably know that Assam teas are renowned worldwide for their bold, brisk, aromatic, malty flavors and intense color. Globally, they are popular as breakfast teas, and in Britain, they’re popular as the afternoon Cuppa. 

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What is the Best Gulkand Brand in India?

What is the Best Gulkand Brand in India?

If you are looking for the best gulkand brand in India, we are assuming that you are looking for the following-

  • Gulkand should be made from the highest quality of red rose petals.
  • It should have the right balance of sweetness and shouldn’t be excessively sweet.
  • Rose petals and a sweetener should only be the two ingredients used and it should be devoid of any preservatives or other harmful substances.
  • The rose gulkand should be honestly priced. 

We understand that finding the best brand for gulkand that fulfills all the points mentioned above can often be a difficult task. While some brands use excessive sugar, other brands don’t use fresh rose petals and other brands could be selling it at exorbitant prices.

Well, keeping all of your apprehensions in mind, we recommend you to go for Kashmirica’s Kashmiri Rose Gulkand without any doubts as Kashmirica is undoubtedly the best gulkand brand in India.

Kashmirica’s Gulkand is made from the freshest of red roses, has the appropriate amount of sweetness, is devoid of any preservatives and it is honestly priced too! We will tell you all about it but first, let us tell you more about ‘gulkand’.


What is Gulkand?

The word gulkand comes from two words ‘gul’ and ‘kand’ meaning flower and sweet respectively. It is a very popular delicacy in India and is often referred to as the ultimate lavish royal treat.

In India, gulkand has been consumed since ages and if you are an Indian, you must have relished gulkand’s taste in the delicious ‘Paan’. Ayurveda as well as Unani systems of medicine have also realized the importance of this delicacy and it is often recommended as a medicine in these two traditional systems of medicine.

Well, Gulkand is fairly simple- it is a delicious sweet preserve made of rose petals mixed with sugar or honey. Crushed or whole fresh rose petals are mixed with sugar, added to a glass jar and then left to sun dry for a few weeks. 

It is a beautiful combination that is sure to leave your taste buds wanting for more. Along with being insanely delicious, gulkand also comes loaded with a number of health benefits.

Whether it is doctors, celebrity health nutritionists or our elders, the consumption of gulkand is highly recommended by them owing to its amazing benefits. 

So, if you have never had it, it is time that you pick a jar of rose gulkand from the best gulkand brand in India and enjoy its incredible taste and benefits.

Gulkand Benefits

  • Gulkhand has excellent cooling properties, making it very beneficial for those who have excessive body heat. It can help cool down the body and treat every ailment that comes with excessive heat.
  • If you suffer from acidity, this sweet treat is again your answer for it. A spoonful of it everyday or mixed in a glass of milk is all that you need to treat heartburn as well as other signs and symptoms of acidity.
  • Gulkand also takes care of your digestive health by improving the overall process of digestion and strengthening your gut bacteria. Its consumption will also keep your tummy happy by keeping issues like indigestion or constipation away.
  • Having amazing antibacterial and antiviral properties, gulkand is also very good for your skin. It nourishes the skin and eating it regularly will keep the problem of acne, its marks as well as blemishes away.
  • Eating gulkand will help you feel energized instantly and ward off the feelings of lethargy and tiredness.
  • Another one of gulkands benefits includes that it works as a very powerful antioxidant and it has some wonderful rejuvenating properties. 
  • Due to its rich antioxidant properties, gulkand helps you stay and feel youthful. Not just that, it also helps fight and prevent the damage caused by the free radicals to the body’s cells.
  • This sweet rose preserve is excellent for summers as it prevents sunstrokes, sunburns as well as nose bleeds.
  • What’s more, gulkand is also very beneficial for women’s health as consuming it can treat menstrual cramps, irregular menstruation and also boost their reproductive health.
  • It is also known to remove toxins from the body and purify the blood.
  • Gulkand is also known to be a stress reliever and having it can make you feel refreshed and relaxed.

How to choose the Best Gulkand Brand in India?

You can only reap all of gulkand’s amazing benefits if it is of high quality and comes from a reliable brand. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right brand for the best gulkand.

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  • Read the ingredient list: If the rose preserve contains any preservatives or anything harmful apart from rose petals and a sweetening agent, it is better to stay away from it.
  • Read the reviews: Reading the gulkand’s or the brand’s overall reviews will also give you a lot away regarding its quality.
  • Isn’t very cheap: Good brands tend to sell their products at a price as they have been made from completely natural and organic ingredients. If you find a brand selling gulkand at fishily low prices, it is best to refrain from buying it.

The Best Gulkand Brand in India – Kashmirica

Keeping all of the above in mind, we can say that Kashmirica is the best gulkand brand in India.

Made from the freshest and highest quality Kashmiri red roses using natural methods, our Kashmiri gulkand has a superior taste. Its deliciously sweet taste is sure to blow you away.

Moreover, we also do not use any unnatural substances or preservatives for making our gulkhand, so you know that it is full of only natural goodness. What’s more, it is also honestly priced so that you get the best deal. 

As a brand based out of Kashmir, we aim to sell exclusive handicrafts, organic beauty products and completely pure and highest quality food products made right here in the valley.

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Which is the Best Tea in India? [Brand Comparison]

Which is the Best Tea in India? [Brand Comparison]

Tea is, perhaps, the most celebrated and loved beverage in India. No matter whether it is the north or south of India, you will find some great tea in India no matter where you go. But the question is, which is the best tea in India?

From starting our day with a cup of hot tea to having a few cups of it by the time it is evening, there is no doubt that Indians are tea-obsessed people.

While you may find little to major variations in how tea is made in different parts of the country, this is one beverage that unites us all. 

Needless to say, there are numerous tea brands in India. As one of the major tea-producing regions in the world, Indian tea is hugely exported as well. 

If you are a tea lover then you are definitely at the right place. Here, in this article, we talk about some of the best tea brands in India and help you explore your love for tea even more.


Which is the Best Tea in India?

While the answer to this question is sure to vary from person to person, a good cup of tea is one that instantly refreshes and relaxes you and makes you feel good. Whether you are a fan of the good old milk tea, black tea, artisanal luxury teas, or unique teas, we have something for every kind of tea lover.

We try to talk about the different tea brands and compare them to find some of the best tea in India.

Which is the Best Assam Tea Brand in India?

Assam is a major tea-producing state in India and the tea made here is largely consumed in the country. ‘Assam tea’ refers to the strong black tea that is grown in this state which is then brewed in water and milk with some sugar and enjoyed every day. The tea from Assam is known for its maltiness and strength. 

This tea is probably the most preferred choice in India and no breakfast can be complete without a cup of this tea on the side. The state is home to more than 900 tea estates, owned by both small and large growers.

Now, let us talk about the best Assam tea brand in India.

1. Vahdam

When we talk about Assam tea, Vahdam is one of the most popular and trusted brands. Vadham actually purchases from several tea estates that are located in Assam, the tea is then processed from other parties and then sold. Their state-of-the-art facility in Delhi then packages the tea and then it is sold. 

The brand sells single-estate origin tea sourced from some of the best tea estates in the state. If you wish to enjoy some authentic Assam tea, then Vadam is a brand that you can go for without any doubt.

Vadham’s premium CTC Assam black tea has great strength and boldness, making it some of the best Assam tea in India. The tea has light maltiness, a very balanced taste, and a crisp aroma.

2. Ghograjan Tea Estate- ‘Farm2Cup’

The brand sells single-estate origin tea, making their tea as authentic as ever. If you are looking for the best Assam tea brand in India, you can go for ‘Farm2Cup’ by Ghograjan Tea Estate.

Founded in the 1940s, it is a reliable tea brand that not only grows tea but also packs it and all the steps that fall in between are done on the estate itself. The tea is made with the CTC method.

There are no middlemen involved in between and the tea is sold directly from the estate to the tea drinker. 

The tea from this brand can be described as something strong, malty, brisk, and clean. It is also described to have a bit of astringency to it. So, if that is something that you are looking for in a tea, Ghograjan’s Tea is ideal for you.

3. Mana Organics

The next on our list of comparison of tea brands is Mana Organics. The brand has been USDA-certified organic since 2015. Natural resources of nitrogen and organic matter are gathered by the tea farmers of the estate and then the finished compost is spread using hands to each single tea plant.

The tea has a good level of maltiness and a slightly earthy taste to it. The tea has an excellent taste, especially towards the end of a sip. Its malty-boldness and honey-sweetness set the tea apart from the other typical teas of the Assam region.

4. Positively Tea Company

The company’s tea is made using the orthodox method and thus, the tea leaves slowly release their flavor in the hot boiling water. The tea from this brand is known to have great strength and stoutness.

A cup of tea from the Positively Tea Company is very hearty with just a tiny hint of smokiness. However, the company only sells its tea in bulk. And to enjoy this pleasant cup of tea every day, you will need to buy at least a one-pound bag.

It is a great tea to consider for consumption on an everyday basis, making it some of the best tea in India.

5. Davidson’s Banaspaty Estate Organic Tea

If you are looking for more organic tea from Assam, this is the tea you need to try out. This Assam tea has characteristic maltiness with very little astringency and the tea is full-bodied but mellow.

This tea has been certified USDA organic and it is sourced from the Banaspaty Tea Estate. It is known to have a great flavor and hence, can be enjoyed every day.

Moreover, they only sell completely organic tea making this brand a great choice.

Which is the Best Black Tea in India?

Now that we have talked about how you can enjoy a cup of the good old milk tea with some of the best tea leaves from Assam, let us see what brands the black tea lovers can go for.

1. Tata Tea Gold

One of the most popular tea brands in India, Tea Tea Gold is a household name. Its maintained balance of strength and aroma makes it a perfect fit for a steaming cup of hot black tea.

The tea is a mix of CTC granules along with gently-rolled longer tea leaves. 

2. Jarved Organic Assam Whole Leaf Black Tea

A tea specifically designed for black tea lovers is a great choice to consider. A caffeine-free tea is sure to make you feel instantly refreshed and relaxed. This strong black tea is every connoisseur’s choice. Obtained from Dirbughar’s organic estate, the tea has sweet as well as woody notes. The tea is brisk and quick in releasing its flavor.

3. Teabox Classic Darjeeling Pekoe Loose-Leaf Black Tea

If you are still looking for the best black tea in India, you need to try this one out. An organically grown tea, is great for a refreshing cup of black tea. Sourced from Darjeeling, the tea has wonderful notes of cherrywood and cocoa. 

4. Chaiology Whole Leaf Darjeeling Black Tea

Also, a black tea from Darjeeling, Chaiology’s whole leaf tea is 100% organic and has no added flavors. The tea is meant for every black tea connoisseur and it is the harvest of the finest tippy-toe Flowery Orange Pekoe. Its deep fruity flavors are a treat to your taste buds.

5. Lipton Darjeeling Tea

The next on our list of the brand’s comparison of the best black tea in India is Lipton. Lipton is a very popular brand when it comes to teas. Also sourced from Darjeeling, the tea is made from carefully handpicked tea leaves. 

Lipton’s Darjeeling Tea has hints of floral and fruit flavors. Its drinkers love its smooth taste, making it a great choice for black tea lovers.

Which is the Best Luxury Tea Brands in India?

Now that we have you covered with lovely milk tea and black tea, let us compare some luxurious tea brands.

While some people love to have a cup of ‘chai’ or tea roadside, others love the luxurious feel that comes with artisanal teas. These luxurious teas have a charm of their own and a cup of them will refresh you like nothing else.

1. Tea Trunk

Tea Trunk crafts some of the best artisanal teas in India. It is a great tea brand to try out if you wish to try unique-flavored teas, making it some of the best tea in India. The brand sells an array of rare and exotic teas that are hard to find elsewhere.

Some of their blends include apple spice black tea, chocolate earl grey tea, chili chai, berry matcha green tea and so much more.

So, if unique is what you are looking for and if you wish to experiment with your taste palette, this brand is what you need to go for.

2. Chado

The next on our list of luxury tea brands in India is Chado tea. You will find a variety of teas from all over the world from this brand. They have some very interesting blends such as Darjeeling Muscatel, Chamraj Green Delight, and Refreshment Herb.

While the brand was established in Los Angeles, it came to India in 2008. Whether you are looking for luxurious black, oolong, green, white, or yellow tea, Chado is a great brand to try out.

3. No. 3 Clive Road

If you are looking for more luxury tea brands and India and some of the best tea in India, this is a great brand to try out. The brand specializes in exquisite hand-blended teas and trying this tea out is sure to give you a feel of royalty.

Some of their blends include Madurai Masala, Aurangzeb, etc. Their USP is creative hand-blended teas and if that is what you are looking for, No. 3 Clive Road is a great choice.

4. The HillCart Tales

It is a luxury Indian tea brand that is based in Kolkata. They have a range of unique signature teas such as lemon cake, tiramisu, apple strudel, blood orange, etc. Along with an array of exotic blends, they also have regular green and black teas.

5. Dancing Tea

Another Indian luxury tea brand, Dancing Tea sells premium whole leaf tea made only from natural ingredients. They have everything right from masala chai blends, fruity chai to matcha. They also sell an array of loose tea leaves like green tea, oolong tea, white tea, and a lot more.

Which are the Most Expensive Tea Brands in India?

If you wish to go a step beyond the luxurious, we have a brand comparison of the most expensive and best tea in India.

1. Golden Tips Tea

An expensive tea brand, they obtain their tea from various estates in India including Assam, and Darjeeling. Their teas sell for as high as Rs. 1,800 for a pack of 40 grams. They have a wide range of different tea blends to help you make the best choice.

2. TDT World

While they also sell medium-range luxurious teas, TDT World’s Darjeeling Organic Golden Needle Buds tea sells for a price of Rs. 2,649 for a quantity of 100 grams. The tea has crisp notes of black tea with a deliciously strong and sweet flavor.

3. TWG Tea

The next on our list of the most expensive tea brands in India is TWG Tea. The brand’s Geisha Blossom Tea sells for Rs. 3,800 for a tin of 100 grams. It is an elegant green tea that has a refreshing taste with an infusion of ripe southern fruits.

Which is Best Tea in India?

There are several tea brands in India, whether it is luxurious tea, black tea, or green tea. But if you are looking for authentic Kashmiri tea then you must try out Kashmirica’s teas.

The brand sells 100% authentic Kahwa tea as well as Noon chai and you can enjoy delicious Kashmiri chai from anywhere in the world. 


In this article, we told you about some of the best tea in India. We compared the various tea brands for you to make the best choice for yourself. Which of these teas have you tried out and which ones are you the most excited to try next?

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21 Wound Healing Foods You Must Eat

21 Wound Healing Foods You Must Eat

The most boring part of recovering from any kind of surgery, injury, or wound is taking various kinds of medicines and tablets! 

They are indeed vital for the desired recovery, however, eating them every day isn’t exciting at all. 

Additionally, sometimes they may bring unpleasant side effects too, which makes many people avoid them. 

However, you can put an end to this boring recovery and adopt a fun and healthy diet! 

Since there are many tasty foods, that include all the proteins, vitamins, calcium, and fats you need for your recovery! 

They can also speed up your wound healing, improve your immune system and, reduce inflammation. So why not give them a try! 


21 Wound Healing Foods You Must Eat

If you had surgery or have a large wound, there are a few wound healing foods that you must eat as they will help you get better quicker and without any side effects.

1. Berries 

Berries are small and tasty fruit, most often eaten with desserts, but this doesn’t mean you should underestimate them since they can play an important role in your recovery.

Berries are rich in vitamin C, which is known to promote wound healing and speed up the recovery process! 

But their work doesn’t end here, another thing they contain in high amount are antioxidants. When it comes to anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and immune-supporting properties, nothing beats antioxidants. 

So, you should start eating these berries with your dessert: 

  • Blueberry 
  • Cranberries 
  • Raspberries 
  • Straw berries 
  • Grapes 
  • Acai berries 

2. Meat 

Meat is always tasty and every non-vegetarian can’t help but love it. Now since you are injured you got another excuse to eat it because the meat is rich in some nutrients that are good for wound healing! 

After the injury, your muscles were damaged and weakened but now it’s time to repair them with the amino acids contained in the meat. Amino acids will not only speed up your recovery but will create new tissues for your muscles as well. 

Furthermore, meat is rich in protein and iron which is very essential after any kind of surgery as they gain energy levels and create new blood cells rapidly.  

3. Leafy Vegetables

You may have avoided eating those leafy green veggies when your mom recommended you to, but now it’s time to eat them since they are at least better than medicines. 

Green vegetables are an essential part of anyone recovering from surgeries and wounds since they contain a high amount of nutrients, which include: 

  • Vitamin C 
  • Provitamin A 
  • Manganese 
  • Magnesium 

All of them improve immune function, speed up wound healing, reduce inflammation and generate new tissues. 

Additionally, Vitamin C is a well-known vitamin that is essential for healing any injury and incisions. All this makes the leafy green vegetables a must-have food in your diet! 

4. Whole Grains 

Vegetarians can’t eat meat but this doesn’t mean there isn’t any other option for them! Whole grains are also one of those foods that promote wound healing. 

Whole grains contain components like carbohydrates and fiber, which are really vital for you to heal. 

Carbohydrates will provide you with energy and avoid the breakdown of your muscles. Whereas, fiber will reduce your sugar levels and prevent constipation. 

You may feel tired after the surgery, that’s taking whole grains is the best option to maintain your energy levels! 

5. Cruciferous Vegetables 

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprout, and kale. All of them are a great source of many nutrients like antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins which provide a great number of health benefits. 

Their antioxidants fight bacteria with their anti-bacterial properties and reduce your pain too with their anti-inflammatory effects. 

Since they are rich in number of vitamins like vitamin C and B, they can improve your healing process and help you recover from it faster! 

6. Milk 

Milk is tasty and everyone needs it for their calcium intake and bone nourishment! But another good news is that it can promote your wound healing too and there’s research to prove this. 

The researchers experimented on two groups of people and after it was done, they realized, those who continuously consumed milk had a higher healing rate than those who didn’t. 

It was also found that consumers of milk had increased collagen fibers, increased fibro-blast, and reduced inflammation. 

Therefore, it was conducted that milk has beneficial effects on your wounds as it speeds up recovery and reduces pain. 

7. Turmeric 

Turmeric is used by many people for centuries to heal their wounds! If you never used it before then you should start using it for small injuries and cuts. 

It’s because turmeric has antiseptic properties which help your body to prevent the growth of microorganisms and bacteria. 

The curcumin found in turmeric helps to reduce inflammation and increases the recovery speed. 

Turmeric will have positive effects on your tissues as well and help them recover faster. 

You can apply turmeric powder directly to your wound, create it’s a paste, or mix it with milk for better results.

It would also be helpful if you develop any kind of wounds, Ulcer on your feet because a lot of Diabetic patients undergo such situations where ulcer gets developed on their feet and if not taken care of properly, it can lead to further pain and sufferings.

Also, if you are already someone with this problem or similar kind of, if it always recommended to consult a doctor or a podiatrist for foot care like on bvfootclinic would be even better.

Benefits of natural spices are great in number. You might have of heard of Saffron, the benefits of Saffron are indeed many.

8. Citrus Fruits  

Lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, all members of the citrus family, contain a lot of vitamin C, which helps to lower triglycerides and blood glucose levels. 

Oranges are widely consumed and contain a large amount of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits in general may help you achieve your vitamin C requirements.

Finally, whether you have nerve damage or a diabetic foot ulcer, citrus-derived vitamin C will help you heal fast and avoid further issues. 

9. Apples

Many people believe that an apple a day keeps the doctor away because of its health and disease-fighting properties, but did you know that an apple a day can also keep diabetic issues at bay?

Apples are high in nutrients like fiber and a small quantity of Vitamin C, therefore one apple should suffice for one day.

They are sweet, and there are risks of blood sugar and insulin spikes, but if you eat just one apple a day, you won’t have to worry about this; instead, you’ll see improved diabetic foot recovery results.

Additionally, apples have been shown to reduce the incidence of diabetes, therefore those at risk of diabetes should begin eating apples every day.

10. Probiotics

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help us fight against bad bacteria! 

They also help you digest food, eliminate bacteria provide mental balance. 

Since they enter your body to kill all the bacteria, they are a must-have food because, during any kind of surgery, incisions are made which can increase the chances of bacteria and infections entering your body. So, if you want to stay protected after your surgery, make sure to take some probiotics like: 

  • Curd 
  • Yogurt 
  • Kimchi 
  • Kefir 

You may face conditions like an upset stomach after taking too many medicines, but don’t worry since probiotics can solve this problem as well.  

11. Nuts  

Nuts are something squirrels really love, however it’s time we should love them too. 

It’s because nuts can be a great snack during your recovery process because just like the above foodstuff, it also provides healthy fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins, that can improve your healing process. 

Nuts like almonds contain vitamin E which is an antioxidant which means it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities. 

It’s also found that these nuts can help you improve the function of protective immune cells which can fight bacteria and infections. 

If want to add some of the nuts as a snack to your diet then you should add: 

  • Sunflower seeds 
  • Pecans 
  • Pistachios 
  • Peanuts
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds

Benefits of almonds are many to count. Similarly are the benefits of waluts.

12. Eggs

Normally your body doesn’t need a lot of protein, but after any kind of surgery, it requires protein so you must provide yourself with a huge amount of it.

There can’t be any better option than eggs, since they provide a high amount of absorb-able protein. 

Furthermore, it has more nutrients aside from proteins, which include vitamin A, B12, iron, selenium, and zinc and all of them can help your immune health improve and promote wound healing.

13. Banana 

Banana is tasty, just peel and eat and there must be no one on this planet to not love it. 

You may have guessed, that if it’s on this list, then it’s time to add it to your diet and yes, you are right! 

Banana is rich in many proteins which is why it promotes the healing process many researches recommend you to eat banana especially if you have diabetic foot ulcers. You must eat can’t twice a day. 

It’s also recommended to take bananas after and workout since it reduces inflammation and ultimately promotes quicker recovery! 

14. Garlic 

It’s true that garlic isn’t tasty and just like vampires many people don’t like their smell, but they aren’t dangerous to us, instead, they are really healthy for us especially when you are wounded. 

Garlic has an active component called allicin, it has been observed that this component has some anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which is the reason garlic has been made into this list. 

It also increases the rate of wound healing, decreases the risks of infection and many cultures trust garlic for their wound healing. 

15. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are loved by many people, especially in winter but here’s one more reason to love them, they can help your recovery process. 

They’re strong in polyphenols like anthocyanins and phenolic acids, as well as vitamins A, B, and C, all of which have potent antioxidant properties that can help with wound healing. 

Additionally, they are rich in fiber as well which can help you prevent constipation and digest food properly. 

16. Mushrooms 

Mushrooms are small plants like vegetables, which are often poisonous but few of them are edible and healthy to us. 

Researchers discovered that edible mushrooms have bioactivities that aid in the healing of wounds. Anti-allergic qualities and carbohydrates that play a key part in immune-stimulating glucans are among these bioactivities. 

17. Seafood

Many people say that seafood after surgery isn’t good for you, it’s because some of the seafood can lead to unwanted results but this doesn’t mean all of it is bad for you. 

Some of the seafood like salmon, shrimp, and oysters are a great source of proteins and you already know what that means! Protein is an essential nutrient for wound healing. 

Since surgery or injuries can increase the risks of infection and weaken your immunity, high protein foods like seafood is a good choice for your protection.

18. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are often used to make the dishes more delicious but you did know that it’s often applied on the skin by many people? 

Well, a single tomato contains 30 grams of Vitamin C, which is a vital nutrient for your injuries. 

You can either make its juice, apply it to your wound or eat it as your salad. 

As long as it’s not mixed with anything else, it can help you heal faster!

19. Rose Petal Jams

Rose petal jam is also known as Gulkand in many countries. 

It’s a sweet mixture of rose petals, sugar, and honey, which is why it is often considered a dessert. 

Gulkand can be used most often in summer because in summer many people suffer from problems like mouth ulcers due to the excess heat. 

Consuming Gulkand for curing mouth ulcers is an excellent idea as it removes all the heat from the mouth and soothes you with its cold effect, which helps reduce ulcers. 

20. Honey 

Honey is a sweet liquid made by the hard work of bees, it’s not only tasty but can help you recover from serious wounds like burns and scars as well. 

It has antibacterial properties and when applied, it can act as a protective layer as well. Honey has a lot of medicinal benefits.

If you never applied it before, you should ask your doctor the help. Do you know about the most expensive honey in the world?

21. Water and Liquids

After reading about all these tasty foods, you must be thirsty. So why not drink a glass of water?

It doesn’t matter if it’s a small scar or a big injury, staying hydrated is always important so that your cells can function properly and heal faster. You should drink a lot of water especially if you had surgery, it will help you flush away all the medicines rapidly. 

Are You Ready to Treat Your Wounds with these Healing Foods?

Surgery incision, injury, a big wound, or a foot ulcer, all will heal faster if you add all the above foods to your diet! 

You don’t have to add all of them, but make sure the ones you select, contain vitamins, proteins, minerals, and all the other nutrients or you won’t be able to heal faster.

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Healthiest Dry Fruits List to Strengthen Your Body

Healthiest Dry Fruits List to Strengthen Your Body

Dry fruits are considered delicacies but they also come with medicinal properties. They complement both your taste and health. Children who tend to avoid fresh fruits, love eating dry fruits. To give your breakfast cereal or oatmeal a healthier spin, you can use dry fruits as a topping.

Dry fruits are small and can easily be carried anywhere and eaten anytime to give you quick energy and refreshment. An added benefit is that they are free of sugars, cholesterol, and sodium, serving as a perfect combination of healthy and tasty. 

Dry Fruits
Dry Fruits

Even though dry fruits are small in size, they contain lots of minerals and proteins. Every dietician or healthcare professional will advise you to inculcate a handful of dry fruits in your everyday routine. They come in a wide variety of cashews, pistachios, raisins, almonds, nuts, and so many more. I’ve compiled a list of some dry fruits that will add some nutritional goodness to your everyday food and give you health benefits as no other foods can. 

Dry Fruits List Along-with Their Benefits 

Are you on the hunt for some low-calorie alternative to a high-calorie snack? Or maybe you’re looking for a healthier alternative to give you a quick energy boost? If your answer is yes, dry fruits are your best friend. They are high in nutrition and provide you protein, minerals, vitamins, and fibers making for a delicious and healthy snack. 

They have a wide range of benefits and medicinal properties because of so many nutrients present in them. We’ll discuss some dry fruits and their benefits and medicinal properties so that you can incorporate them into your everyday diet. This dry fruit list is all that you need to have in mind when you go on for shopping the next time.

1. Almonds

Due to their exceptional benefits, almonds are a favorite among many people. They are high in vitamin E, essential oils, and antioxidants and make for a perfect fit for children and adults alike. The best way to eat almonds is to soak them in water overnight, and eat them in the morning. They can also be consumed raw and roasted. 

Health Benefits:

  • Promotes Heart Health
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Healthy hair and skin
  • Controls blood sugar levels

28g of almonds contains: 

  • 6g proteins
  • 4g fiber
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

2. Pistachios 

If you’re someone who’s always on the hunt for something to eat, pistachios are for you. It can make you feel fuller for a long time by resisting your appetite. Of many things, it contains antioxidants, copper, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and more. It is shaped like a heart and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. 

Health benefits: 

  • Prevents diabetes
  • Reduces bad cholesterol
  • Boosts immunity
  • Helps to reduce weight 

28g of serving pistachios contains: 

  • 5.72g proteins
  • 3g fiber 
  • 7.7g carbs
  • 12.85g fat 
  • 159 calories 

3. Cashews 

Cashews are well-loved by both adults and children because of their rich and creamy taste. It is loaded with Vitamin E, B6, protein, and magnesium. It is shaped like a kidney and promotes heart health, reduces weight, and controls blood sugar.  

Health benefits: 

  • Reduces the risk of heart diseases 
  • Reduces bad cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss

28g serving of cashews contains: 

  • 5g protein 
  • 1g fiber 
  • Iron (11% of daily value) 
  • Copper (67% of Daily Value) 
  • Carbs 9g 
  • Fats 12g 
  • 157 Calories 

4. Apricots 

Apricots are another dry fruit that will make you feel fuller and are loaded with the goodness of Vitamin E, A, magnesium, and copper. It’s high in antioxidants and strengthens our immune system to fight internal infections. Apricots are small, orange in color, and taste like tarts. It is nutritionally dense and shields your heart, eyes, and overall health. 

Health benefits: 

  • Great for eyes
  • Promotes healthy bone and skin
  • Helps in weight loss

35g serving of Apricots contains: 

  •  Proteins 0.49 grams
  •  Fiber 0.7 grams
  •  Energy 16.8 calories
  •  Vitamin A 33.6 mcg
  •  Beta-Carotene 383 mcg
  •  Carbohydrates 3.89 grams
  •  Fat 0.14 grams

5. Dates 

Dates are tropical fruits available in both dry and wet varieties. Dry dates are high in fibers and keep you full for a longer time by suppressing your appetite. It’s rich in iron and provides many benefits. Because of its texture and nutrition, it makes for an ideal fruit for winters. You can use them as a topping on your favorite dessert or eat them as it is. They are available in seeded and de-seeded varieties. 

Health benefits: 

  • Helps to reduce weight
  • Increases hemoglobin levels
  • Boosts energy
  • Enhances gut health

7g Serving of Dates (1 Date)

  • Protein 0.2 grams
  • Fiber 0.6 grams
  • Sodium 0.14 mg
  • Carbohydrates 5.3 grams
  • 20 calories

6. Hazelnuts 

Hazelnuts are an indispensable part of this list. The hazelnuts produced by Corylus trees are rich in protein, fats, minerals, and vitamins. This combination of nutty and sweet flavor is eaten either raw, roasted, or as a grounded paste. It is also used in dairy products like chocolate, Nutella, or Granola. 


Health Benefits:

  • Helps in weight loss
  • Reduces cell damage
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Promotes heart health

28g Serving of Hazelnut:

  • Protein 4.2g
  • Fiber 2.7g
  • Copper (24% of Daily Value)
  • Magnesium (12% of Daily Value)
  • Manganese (87% of Daily Value)
  • Vitamin E (21% of Daily Value)
  • Carbs 4.7g
  • Fat 17g
  • 176 calories

7. Walnuts 

Walnuts are single-seeded and hard-stone-like fruits that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and proteins. They’re a must to incorporate into your daily diet for their nutritional value. Fatty acids present in walnuts will aid your weight loss journey. 

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces stress
  • Prevents cancer
  • Healthy skin and hair

28g Serving of Walnut:

  • Protein 4.3 grams
  • Fiber 1.9 grams
  • Carbs 3.9 grams
  • Fat 18.5 grams
  • Sugar 0.7 grams
  • 185 calories

8. Raisins

Raisins are nothing but dried grapes that taste both sweet and sour. They’re a great source of iron and are known to help treat anemia. Just a handful of raisins can prove effective to improve your digestion and constipation problems if you have. 

Health Benefits:

  • Promotes weight loss
  • Treats constipation and acidity
  • Treats anemia

28g Serving of Raisins:

  • Protein 0.5g
  • Fiber 0.6g
  • Sodium 3.6g
  • Carbohydrates 11g
  • Sugar 9.1g
  • 42 calories

9. Prunes 

Prunes have great nutritional value and health benefits. They are dried plums. Although they have high sugar content, they can still prove beneficial for your health in a number of ways. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, they are for you. 


Health Benefits:

  • Good source of iron
  • Builds bones and muscles
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Reduces blood pressure

28g Serving of Prunes:

  • Fiber 2g
  • Vitamin A (4% of Daily Value)
  • Vitamin K (21% of Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B2/B3/B6 (3% of Daily Value)
  • Carbs 18g
  • Sugars 11g
  • 67 Calories

10. Dry Figs 

Figs are true of a kind fruit and are covered with edible skin in green or purple color and contain many tiny seeds inside. Figs are proven to aid people in improving their reproductive and respiratory-related problems. Their skin is mild and sweet in taste, and high in nutrients. 

Health Benefits:

  • Improves bone health
  • Ward off the growth of cancer cells
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Aids in weight loss

100g Serving of Dried Figs

  • Protein 3.3g
  • Dietary Fiber 9.8g
  • Iron 2.03 mg
  • Magnesium 68 mg
  • Calcium 162 mg
  • Vitamin C 1.2 mg
  • Beta-Carotene 6 mcg
  • 249 calories

Frequently Asked Questions on Dry Fruits

If you have any questions surrounding the health benefits of dry fruits, we’ve curated a list of some Q and A for you. 

How many dry fruits to consume in a day? 

To get the best out of each, you can consume 5-6 pieces of each per day. Consuming fruits in this way will give you all the essential nutrients. 

What are the benefits of dry fruits?

Which dry fruit is proven best to reduce weight? 

You can consider consuming dates, walnuts, hazelnuts, raisins, apricots, and prunes daily in moderate amounts to speed up your weight loss journey. 

Which dry fruit is best to improve weight gain? 

Dry fruits like cashews, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, almonds, and pecans are best when it comes to increasing weight. 

How to consume figs? 

You can either combine figs with almonds at night and soak them in 1/2 cup of water and eat it on an empty stomach the next morning. 

Which dry fruit is the best to improve hair health? 

Dry fruits like almonds and walnuts are loaded with vitamins, protein, and iron which strengthen hair from the roots and prevent hair damage and loss. When consumed regularly, figs and dates are high in iron and aid hair growth. 

Which dry fruit is the best to improve skin health? 

Dry Figs contain minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin B6 and K which encourage glowing and healthy skin. They also reduce sebum production and prevent epidermal water loss making it a super-food for people with oily skin. 

Which dry fruits are the best for pregnant women?

Is it okay to consume dry fruits at night? 

The best time to consume dry fruits is early morning after soaking them in water overnight. They make a healthy alternative for junk food, but it’s advised that you don’t consume it at night. 

Different Dry Fruits
Variety of Dry Fruits

Add From this Dry Fruits List to Your Daily Diet

Dried fruits are better options than fresh ones when it comes to their nutritional value and health benefits. They are nutritionally dense and high in dietary fiber, potassium, and phenolic compounds. They can lower severe health risks up to a great extent. So, do spare a part of your budget to add dry fruits to your diet.

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Top 10 Street Foods of Kashmir [Must Try]

Top 10 Street Foods of Kashmir [Must Try]

I just thought of blogging about the street foods of Kashmir. It was not out of a blue that I decided to blog about Kashmiri street foods. The tale goes like this.

I was sitting at one of the prime locations of Srinagar, that is the Hazratbal area which is known for a historical mosque. The mosque is said to be housing the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), but there is little evidence to prove its truth. I say, it is more of a folklore than anything else.

The beauty of the Hazratbal area attracts a multitude of tourists everyday. It is situated on the banks of Dal Lake, making it a perfect place for people who want to spend a quiet and serene evening. And it is a place o chill with your friends and family. It has beauty, spirituality and some amazing street food culture that you will enjoy, for sure.

As it’s a place that is generally crowded, it also has a variety of Kashmiri street food available. You will also find Lebanese food, Mughlai foods, Wazwan, Italian foods and a lot of other typical Kashmiri foods that you can savior. Those dishes are also available across different places in the city and other districts of the valley. 

Here’s a list of 10 must-have foods on your next trip to Kashmir: 

1. Monji Gaade 

If you love seafood, especially fish, then this is something you’re missing out on. It’s a fish snack, in which the fish is first dipped in rice flour and besan, to which then is added salt and a little food color, and then deep-fried. It is a perfect snack for the fish lover in you! 

Monje Gaade
Monji Gaade

2. Halve-Parathe 

This dish comprises two parts. The first one, Halwa, is made of Semolina or Suji. The second part is the Paratha which is made out of flour. What’s special about this paratha is that it has a 3ft diameter! It’s something that Kashmiris live to buy. It’s a sweet delicacy, must be eaten hot, and definitely, a must try! 

Halwa paratha
Halwa paratha

3. Laayeh 

Laayeh is colored puffs, which are made out of rice, sugar, and some food color. As soon as you put it in your mouth, it melts right away leaving behind an ethereal sweet taste. 


4. Khandh Gaziri 

These delightful candies are made of flour dough and ghee, which are then dipped in sugar syrup. It’s a traditional and crispy snack, that not only children but adults love too, and it gives out flavor as soon as you eat it. 

Khande Gaazre
Khandh Gaziri

5. Mongh Masalah 

Mongh Masalah is the Kashmiri black steamed beans. The Black gram (Kala Mongh) is steamed with very basic ingredients like salt, and red chili powder then served hot. A simple dish that you can easily try at home for a quick snack. 

6. Basrakh 

Basrakh is another traditional sweet dish. It is made out of flour and ghee, then is baked and dipped into the sugar syrup. Dry fruits are then sprinkled over to enhance the taste of Basrakh. 


7. Lale Shangram 

This food is as interesting as it sounds. It is a delicacy made out of flour, suji, and sugar and then deep-fried in ghee. It is crispy and rough on the outside, but it has a spongy texture as soon as you chew it. 

Lale Shangram 
Lala Shangram

8. Kaanak Masaal 

All the health-conscious people, this one for you! It is free of fat, cholesterol, and oil (like a dream.) The preparation is simple. It involves boiling the wheat and beans till they become tender, then mixed with a few spices and served hot. 

9. Nadir Monji 

The main ingredient is the Lotus stem in this dish. The stem is dipped in rice flour and besan. Salt and other spices are added and then fried. The outer covering is very crispy, and when you eat it, it melts in your mouth leaving behind a taste that’ll keep you craving for more. 

Nadir Monje
Nadir Monji

10. Masaale Tchot 

Masaal Tchot is the Kashmiri version of a wrap or taco. Channa that tastes like hummus and radish chutney are wrapped in a bread known as Lavasa. This is a filling dish, and will satisfy your hunger, but not the craving. 

Masale Czot
Masaal Tchot

Try these Street Foods Whenever You are in Kashmir

These were some of the most famous street foods of Kashmir. From my childhood, I have been munching on these street foods, on the banks of dal lake, on the slopes of Gulmarg and even in Pahalgam. If you decide to travel to Kashmir someday, you must try them out.

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Surprising Story of How Coffee Came to India?

Surprising Story of How Coffee Came to India?

The story of how coffee came to India is interesting and refreshing. I am sure that you would never had imagined coffee to have origins that I am going to break to you. So, lets just get right into it.

How Coffee Came to India?

It was a seventeenth-century Muslim Sufi Saint, Baba Budan, who began the coffee saga in India by bringing just 7 seeds and replanting them. 

The saga of coffee began quite interestingly. It began with an act of defiance. Back in the seventeenth century, an Indian Sufi saint went to Mecca on pilgrimage. Coffee was already discovered in Ethiopia over a century ago and was treated as an Arab monopoly. The seeds were kept in the country and coffee was exported in roasted form. 

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The saint, however, managed to hem in with the checkers. With just seven coffee seeds strapped to his chest and hidden under his clothes, he made it to Mocha, Yemen. As he was a pilgrim to Mecca – the holiest site of Muslims, he was saved from an overt examination. So, he returned back home to India with a smiling face, having successfully smuggled the coffee seeds.

Looking back at it, it does seem to be fairly simple. But imagine the time and the travel. And the wit of the sufi who made a plan to smuggle the coffee seeds with a desire to end the Arab monopoly over it. So, once Baba Budan was back to home country of India, he planted the coffee seeds in Chikmagalur, back in 1670 A.D. 

The legend of Baba Budan is not very well known, yet he wasn’t the first person to bring coffee to India. The first accounts of its traces in the Malabar coast are credited to the Arab traders, as written in Hazel Colaco’s book ‘A Cache of Coffee‘. There’s also a quote by Edward Terry in the court of Jahangir (in 1616 A.D) which shows that it existed in Mughal India: 

“Many of the people there (in Mughal India) who are strict in their religion drink no wine at all, but they use a liquor more wholesome and pleasant, they call it coffee… it is very good to help in digestion, to quicken spirits and to cleanse the blood.” 

Edward Terry to Jahangir

The coffee plants that grew from the 7 green coffee seeds of Baba Budan later were spread across Chandangiri Hills, and the entire region went on to be called Baba Budan Giri – Giri meaning a hill. The name was given in the honor of this man of grit and wit. Baba Budan’s courtyard in Chikmagalur is also famous as the birthplace & origin of coffee in India.

Folklore suggests that the seeds he had got were of the Arabica variety, which interestingly is the second highest planted coffee crop after Robusta.

Coffee beans from India
Coffee beans

During the colonial reign of India, coffee was given a lot of preference by the British traders. Some analysts believe that coffee was even more favorable to the British financially than Tea. Coffee had become a big commercial crop in the 19th Century India. In the 1940s, Mysore Coffee had a very establish image in the European Markets.

India today is the 6th largest producer of coffee in the world, and the interesting thing is that the crop doesn’t even have origins in the country. We can even say that the crop is very new in the Indian Markets.

Although Coffee today is grown in many regions of South India including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, coffee markets had seen a great dip during the WW2. The coffee board of India is considered to the savior of Indian coffee post 1947.

So, a small act of defiance gave India a way to produce 16 varieties of Coffee. Not just that, it gave the people a drink to savoir and and have a little ‘gup shup’ over.

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