Misha And Zain Kapoor Help Mommy Mira Kapoor Make This Healthy Lunch

Highlights

  • Mira Kapoor married actor Shahid Kapoor in the year 2015
  • Mira Kapoor is a vegetarian
  • Mira is also a self-confessed foodie

Mira Kapoor is a self-confessed foodie, and going by her Instagram activity, the 26 year-old also knows how to cook up a storm. Of late, she has been very vocal about eating clean and local food, and promoting fresh garden produce. A few days back she posted two of her salad recipes that looked all things fresh and enticing. On Wednesday, she shared a picture of her home-made lunch on Instagram stories, and that’s not all, her kids Misha Kapoor (4) and Zain Kapoor (2) had a huge role to play here. In the image we found some stir-fried aloo-phali. “The kids actually plucked the beans from the tree growing behind our house and we had it for lunch”, Mira wrote in her story caption. Isn’t that super cute?
For the uninitiated, phalli or cluster beans are one of the most popular variety of beans consumed in India. These beans and long, flat, slender and green in colour, and have tremendous amount of fibre, chlorophyll and vital antioxidants and folic acid. It could help keep blood sugar in check, keep you satiated and also do wonders for your immunity.

(Also Read: Foodie Alert: Mira Kapoor Lists Her Favorite Indian Food, Cuisine, Desserts, Food Show And More)

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Here’s our favourite guar ki phali recipe, if you want to make it more wholesome you can also add some cut potatoes to the mix. Pair the sabzi with roti, or make a guar phalli roti roll, it is all up to you

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

Soya Do-Pyaaza Recipe – An Easy And Flavourful Way To Spruce Up Your Lunch Spread

Soya Do-Pyaaza Recipe - An Easy And Flavourful Way To Spruce Up Your Lunch Spread

Soya Do Pyaaza recipe: This is an easy and delicious dish to make at home!

Highlights

  • Soya Do Pyaaza is a flavourful dish made with a whole lot of onions
  • This interesting and unique recipe also uses a little bit of tomato puree
  • Take a look at this wonderful recipe which is high-protein too

The ‘Do-Pyaaza’ dishes are a must-try when it comes to ordering from our favourite restaurants. Whether it is a succulent Chicken Do-Pyaaza or a sumptuous Mutton Do-Pyaaza, there are a number of delicious versions of the Mughlai delight. But how about some ‘Do-Pyaaza’ style preparation for vegetarians? We bring to you our very own interesting and unique recipe for Soya Do-Pyaaza which is a heavenly and flavourful delight to savour.

The Soya Do-Pyaaza, true to its name, uses two whole onions in the recipe. Apart from this, baby onions or green onions can also be used as an interesting addition to the recipe. Soya granules or soya nuggets both can be used for this delicious and healthy recipe, but the texture imparted can be vastly different. The Soya Do-Pyaaza recipe also uses a small quantity of tomato puree to bring out the tangy flavours of the preparation.

(Also Read: High-Protein Diet: Make These Veg Soya Snacks That Taste Just Like Meat)

pedb3bioSoya Do Pyaaza makes for a healthy addition to your meal.  

So, what are you waiting for? Get hold of these simple ingredients and cook up a sumptuous dish which will leave you asking for more.

Here Is The Step-By-Step Recipe Of Soya Do-Pyaaza:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Soya Granules/Nuggets, soaked
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Coriander leaves, to garnish

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Sautee fennel seeds in it till it starts to sputter.
  2. Now, add chopped onions to the pan and let them cook for 1-2 minutes or till they become translucent.
  3. Mix in the tomato puree and ginger garlic paste. Let the mixture cook for a few minutes.
  4. Now, add the spices, and soya nuggets or granules. Cover the pan with a lid and lower the heat to let everything blend together.
  5. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot and fresh!

About Aditi AhujaAditi loves talking to and meeting like-minded foodies (especially the kind who like veg momos). Plus points if you get her bad jokes and sitcom references, or if you recommend a new place to eat at.

Only one in five Brits use lunch break to eat – most browse social media instead

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Most people browse social media during their lunch break [STOCK PHOTO] (Image: Tim Robberts/Getty Images)

A study of 2,000 UK professionals found 79 percent will tuck into their food as they work, so they can use their ‘lunch break’ to do other things. Watching YouTube videos, walking the dog and playing on apps on their phones are also among some of the ways people spend their lunch break. Almost four in 10 would like more time to pursue hobbies and interests during their lunch break as they feel work has completely taken over.

But 67 percent will frequently skip their midday meal altogether, with the average person only managing to take a proper break from their work three days-a-week.

The study, commissioned by Samsung KX for the launch of their ‘Lunch and Listen’ two-part event series, is designed to inspire people to reclaim their lunch breaks.

Tanya Weller, director of Samsung Showcase KX, said: “We all need to make time for ourselves and our research has shown how few really are.

“It’s easy to get caught up in a piece of work, but people aren’t even giving themselves a moment to eat – let alone do anything else.

“Many of us often overlook the benefits of taking a proper lunch break during the working week, so we’re thrilled to bring our new ‘Lunch and Listen’ event series to life both physically and virtually at Samsung KX.

“Your lunch break should be just that – a break from work and a time to escape and enjoy the things outside of your professional life wherever you can.”

The study also found 46 percent of those polled find their job is simply too busy to take time out of their day to rejuvenate, whereas 15 percent get so side-tracked they forget to take it.

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Just one in five workers use their lunch break to actually eat lunch [STOCK PHOTO] (Image: Maskot/Getty Images)

Another 13 percent claimed the culture of their workplace makes them feel as though they shouldn’t have a break, with one in 10 even feeling guilty for having some time to themselves.

But 37 percent said they don’t know what to do with their time so they just don’t bother to take a lunch break.

And nearly one in 10 don’t have the right tools at their disposal if they were to do more enjoyable activities, such as playing games on a laptop or headphones to listen to music in peace.

People would prefer to spend their downtime with things like watching episodes of their favourite series, playing computer games and even getting creative by painting, drawing or making music on a device.

It also emerged that 43 percent will usually spend their allocated break time at their desk, with just a fifth stepping away to chill on the sofa.

As a result, seven in 10 confessed to checking work emails or taking calls during their lunch time, rather than enjoying themselves.

But although the average worker is allowed as long as 40 minutes to take a break from work, employees are only taking a third of this time with less than a quarter of an hour a day spent taking a rest.

A third would like to be able to spend more time stretching their legs and going for a walk during this time, while a fifth want to listen to music more often.

And to give them something to do, more than a fifth would also happily attend a virtual event or seminar during their break, all from the comfort of their own home.

As a result, they would like an additional 26 minutes a day to do things they really enjoy during their lunch break.

The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found nearly three-quarters agreed it’s important to make time for enjoyable activities during your lunch break.

But 17 percent are less likely to take a proper break for lunch when working from home.

Clara Amfo will be hosting the ‘Lunch and Listen’ show episodes to celebrate the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 device.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to catching up with Amelia, Munya and co for the start of our Samsung KX, ‘Lunch and Listen’ series.

“They’re two people who have definitely kept me and millions of others entertained before and after lockdown.

“Tech is a vital part of everyday life, now more than ever, but it’s also so important to achieve that much proverbial balance between both work and play, that we all strive for, and what this two part series hopes to do. See you at lunchtime.”

You can watch the show online through http://www.samsung.com/uk/kx from Wednesday September 9.

Top 20 ways professionals typically spend their lunch breaks

1. Go for a walk

2. Go on social media

3. Do personal admin

4. Read a book

5. Read the news/newspaper

6. Listen to music

7. Play on apps on their phone

8. Cook lunch/make lunch

9. Catch up with family/friends

10. Go shopping

11. Watch YouTube videos

12. Watch an episode of something

13. Listen to a podcast

14. Do a crossword

15. Play computer games

16. Walk the dog

17. Go for a run

18. Prep food for my evening meal

19. Go for a cycle

20. Paint/draw on a device



Kate Middleton diet: What Kate eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has long been admired for her glowing skin and slender figure. She’s a keen runner and very fit, but what diet does she follow to keep her so slim? Express.co.uk reveals Kate Middleton’s diet.

Kate Middleton has always kept active, from her St Andrew’s days in the running and hockey clubs to pushing the kids to school in their prams.

It’s no secret that burning more calories than you consume in a day puts you in a calorie deficit and causes weight loss, but it is tricky to commit to a healthy diet.

Kate Middleton never seems to fluctuate, always maintaining her slim and toned shape.

What does Kate eat to keep the weight off, even after having three children?

READ MORE- Weight loss: Why skipping breakfast could be the key to losing weight

What Kate eats for breakfast

Kate avoids eating solids in the morning, instead opting for a filling smoothie.

Her favourite smoothie is packed with antioxidants, fibre, and vitamins, and these are all crucial parts of a healthy diet.

The smoothie is made of kale, spinach, romaine, spirulina, blueberries, coriander, and matcha.

You can’t get much healthier than this! A smoothie in the morning will also make you less bloated.

If Kate feels like eating something more substantial, she’ll have some porridge.

Porridge oats are great for weight loss and have a number of other health benefits from improving blood sugar to regulating your appetite.

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What Kate eats for lunch

The Duchess of Cambridge is not a vegetarian, but apparently eats lots of meat-free meals for lunch.

It is well-known that Kate loves curry, and she often makes vegetarian curry dishes at lunch-time.

Kate is a big fan of sushi, and will sometimes eat raw fish for lunch.

According to the Daily Mail, Kate also likes a salad for lunch and incorporates watermelon seeds, ceviche, goji berries and tabbouleh into her leafy plates.

What Kate eats for dinner

Kate’s dinners are typical British meals, and she enjoys a range of dishes from pasta to a roast.

Roast chicken is a favourite in the Cambridge household, especially with Prince William, reports say.

Matthew Kleiner-Mann headteacher of Lavender Primary School said Kate told the staff about the family’s food habits during a visit.

He said: “She was telling us how much her children love cooking and how they cook for her.

“They made cheesy pasta the other day. One stirs the flour, one puts the milk and butter in. And they make salads and stuff.”

What Kate eats for snacks

Snacking isn’t the best way to achieve a calorie deficit and lose weight, but if you are hungry then you should eat something healthy to keep you going.

Kate is fond of raw fruit and vegetables whenever she gets peckish, in particular she loves goji berries.

This red berry is low in calories and is often promoted as a superfood.

They’re great for the immune system, an excellent source of antioxidants, and are said to have anti-aging properties.



Asda launches cheapest supermarket meal deal that scraps the restrictive lunch rules

Asda’s Food for Now senior manager Elizabeth Ruddima said its meal deal was “the perfect quick and easy lunch that won’t break the bank”.

She added that the offer includes “simple, convenient and tasty lunchtime options that will be sure to satisfy their taste buds”.

The entire 336 items in the food-to-go range qualifies for the deal, meaning shoppers could buy their lunch for as little as £1.60. 

The cheapest combination if you want to opt for a sandwich, snack and drink would be the ham, egg and cress sandwich, which is just £1, with a bottle of Asda mineral water (38p) and a packet of Walkers crisps, which are 60p. 



5 Delicious Recipes For A Wholesome Bengali Lunch

‘Maach, Mangsho Aar Mishti’, for the most part of the country, Bengali food revolves just around these three components: fish, meat and sweets. However, the reality is strikingly different. The ever so rich and varied Bengali goes back thousands of years. Making use of local and seasonal produce, working on the right balance between flavours and textures are some of the defining features of Bengali cuisine, and a quintessential Bengali lunch is the true testament of the same. In a traditional Bengali set-up, food is consumed in courses. The first few courses include shukto, a bitter medley of vegetables, shaak or green leafy vegetables, bhaja or fried vegetable fritters, aloo posto, a dry preparation of potatoes and poppy seeds, and dal and rice. Then come the mighty mains like soothing fish curry or thick meat preparation, sweet chutney and sweetmeats follow suit soon after.  

If you are planning to host a big Bengali lunch at your place, here are some options you will love:

1. Chana Dal

The special dal made with cholar dal or Bengal gram is of pale-yellow colour and is tempered with choicest masalas. It goes best with luchi (or maida puri) or piping hot rice. Try making the tadka in ghee for the distinct aroma it is known for.  

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2. Dhokar Dalna

This unique dish is made with diamond-shaped lentil cakes that are doused in a fiery gravy and served with rice. Intrigued much? You have to give it a try! 

3. Bhapa Chingri

‘Bhapa’ means steamed in Bengali, and chingri means prawns or shrimps. While prawns are made in a variety of ways in Bengal, this preparation is both special and unique. Prawns packed with smoky flavour is a treat you don’t want to miss.

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4. Kosha Mangsho

This thick and robust mutton preparation is bursting with sizzling spices. The juicy mutton recipe is popular for its rich taste and hot quotient.  

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5. Maachcher Jhol

You saw this coming, didn’t you? This soothing fish curry, with watery thin gravy, is all things spicy and delectable. Yet it is not too hot either. Just the perfect blend. Pair with rice – and enjoy ultimate Bengali comfort meal combination. 

Try making these recipes at home and let us know how you liked it!

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

Eat Out to Help Out: How to get breakfast, lunch AND dinner for less than £5

If you’re looking for some of the best discounts under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, look no further. Express.co.uk has collated some of the discounts you can get your hands on this month, which you can combine for a day’s worth of food for less than £5.

How does Eat Out to Help Out work?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Eat Out to Help Out scheme earlier this year, which is intended to help the UK hospitality industry recover from months of closures.

Until August 31, diners can get half price meals at restaurants up and down the UK.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday every week.

READ MORE: Eat Out to Help Out: Starbucks, Costa, Pret- are coffee shops included

The discounts only apply when you eat in restaurants, and do not apply to takeaways.

The discounts are also capped at £10 per person.

But the number of times you can use the scheme is limitless, meaning you can visit as many restaurants as you like while the initiative is in place.

Thousands of businesses have already registered for the scheme, and if you want to find out what restaurants near you are signed up, the Government website now includes a postcode checker.

The discounts also apply to hot drinks if you fancy a coffee, or cold drinks like orange juice.

Morrison’s cafe prices are also down, with a regular full English breakfast costing £1.88 (normally £3.75).

If you eat at Costa Coffee, you can get a sausage bap for just £1.29, which is normally £2.95.

At the M&S Cafe you can get a teacake for 86p, or a bacon bun for £1.64.

Lunch and dinner discounts

McDonalds items for lunch and dinner have been slashed in half by the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

You can get your hands on a Big Mac for £1.69, a Vegetable Deluxe for £1.69 or a Cheeseburger for just 49p.

KFC are also taking part in the scheme, with a Mini Fillet Burger costing just 75p on selected days.

A fillet burger meal is also down from £4.99 to £2.49, while a popcorn chicken meal costs just £2.15, down from £4.29.

If you’re looking for something spicy, at Nando’s you can get your hands on a quarter of a chicken for £1.85.

Beloved pub chain JD Wetherspoon will also be selling meals from as little as £2.

And if you fancy a trip to the M&S cafe, you can get a cheese and ham toastie for £1.97, or a jacket potato with tuna and sweetcorn for £2.30.



Monsoon Diet: This Quick And Simple Aloo-Karela Mix For Lunch Spells Comfort (Recipe Inside)

Enjoying the pitter-patter of rains outside? So are we! There’s no doubt that the nippy weather gives us a respite from the high temperature and sweltering heat of the summer season. But, this sudden change in temperature also brings along several flu-causing bacteria, taking a toll on our overall health. Hence, health experts across the globe stress on being extra cautious about our diet and recommend inclusion of healthy seasonal fruits and vegetables in our everyday meal. For the uninitiated, seasonal vegetables are packed with all the essential nutrients our body needs during a particular season, which further help to boost immunity and promote overall well-being.

One such seasonal vegetable that we swear by is bitter gourd (or karela in Hindi). Although, it is one of the most underrated vegetables across India, karela is packed with a wide array of health benefits. It is packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamine, iron, beta carotene and several essential minerals, which are dubbed to promote immune health. It is also known to be good for gut and bowel-related ailments, which are very common during the rainy season. The low-calorie content also makes bitter gourd an ideal diet option for shedding those extra kilos. Moreover, if cooked properly, this vegetable can also please your palate with its soothing taste (a combination of bitter-salty-spicy flavours).

Here we bring you a quick, fuss-free yet delectable bitter gourd recipe that can help you whip up a healthy and wholesome dish for lunch. It is called aloo-karela mix. And trust us; this bitter gourd recipe is not as bitter as you think!

How To Make Aloo-Karela Mix | Aloo-Karela Mix Recipe:

Ingredients: 

Potatoes- 2 (finely sliced)

Bitter gourd- 1 (finely sliced)

Onion- Half (finely sliced)

Green chilli- 2 (slit)

Panch phoron– Half teaspoon (click here for recipe)

Turmeric powder (haldi)- A pinch

Salt- as per taste

Sugar- as per taste

Oil (preferably mustard oil)- 1.5-2 tablespoon

Ghee– Half teaspoon

Method:

Step 1. Heat oil a kadhai and add panch phoron to it. Let it temper.

Step 2. Add the potatoes, onion and bitter gourd to it and fry on medium flame.

Step 3. After 2-3 minutes, add green chillies, turmeric powder, salt and sugar and mix everything well. Cook till the vegetables are soft and dry.

Step 4. On high flame, sauté the mix to make it a bit crunchy. Switch off the flame and add ghee to it and transfer the aloo-karela mix to a bowl.

Pair it as a side-dish, with dal and rice, or have it as is with paratha and aachar.

Pro-Tip: You may lessen the bitterness of karela by scraping out the seeds and rubbing some salt to the vegetable.

Prepare this aloo-karela mix at home and relish a nutritious and comforting meal. Happy Monsoons!

About Somdatta SahaExplorer- this is what Somdatta likes to call herself. Be it in terms of food, people or places, all she craves for is to know the unknown. A simple aglio olio pasta or daal-chawal and a good movie can make her day.

Malaika Arora's Delicious Desi Lunch Is Inspiration For Vegan Meals

Malaika Arora's Delicious Desi Lunch Is Inspiration For Vegan Meals

Malaika is known for her strict workout routine and diet.

Highlights

  • Malaika Arora is known for her healthy lifestyle
  • She keeps sharing her workout routine and diet secrets on social media
  • She recently shared her desi vegan meal on Instagram which made us drool

Malaika Arora is one of the fittest celebrities in Bollywood. The diva has surely created a niche among her fans with a rigorous workout, including Yoga and Pilates coupled with a healthy yet wholesome diet. Malaika keeps sharing her workout videos and routine along with many tips and tricks for a healthy lifestyle. From immunity-boosting nuskhas to Yoga asanas, Malaika has been active on social media with all that even during the lockdown.

Other than that, the diva is quite popular for her foodie posts on social media. One can often find her drooling over a chocolate cake or make besan ladoo at home. Besides everything, Malaika is fond of home-cooked Indian meal and we can often see her sharing vibrant pictures of her meals on Instagram. The actress recently took to Instagram stories to share a snap of her delicious desi lunch, which got even us drooling! She wrote ‘My kinda lunch bowl….all vegan n desi’.

(Also Read: Malaika Arora Swears By This Simple Nuskha For Good Digestion – Can You Guess What It Is?)

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Malaika’s lunch bowl was packed with Indian deliciousness of what looked like lobia curry with steamed rice along with some baingan bharta and tikkis. Malaika Arora recently turned vegan, and seems like the diva loves every bit of it. She can be seen innovating unique vegan recipes that aren’t just super healthy but look simply delicious!

So the next time you think of experimenting with your desi meal, you know where to take inspiration from for a unique and tasty experience.

About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn’t share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.