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What do you think are the belongings you should carry with yourself during travelling? Yeah, they would obviously be clothes, sunglasses, books and many other miscellaneous things. But do you know what is the most important thing to be accompanied with while travelling? It is “FOOD”. Ever thought, how about getting up early in the morning, grabbing your bag and then moving out to a place that is truly new for you with a camera on your hand and the most delightful food on the other hand? This is unimaginable and so soothing.

All you want is food along with you on the journey, and you need nothing else then. “The Yellow Plate Guy”, majorly known now as the adventure traveler and one of the most talked about personality in the social media is Himanshu Sehgal. He travels to many places. But you might be thinking, why is he named so? Truly saying this guy is just living his life. He travels to many routes and places where he had never been before but he is alone out here. He moves from places to places with his best friend without whom he can’t even imagine his journeys, his partner in crime- his yellow plate. This act is unbelievable and attractive as well as decent in its own way.

He always carries a Yellow Plate to him wherever he travels. Undoubtedly, Himanshu Sehgal has proved to be the KING OF FOOD BLOGGERS and this yellow plate seems to be a lucky charm for him. The involvement of this yellow plate in his life is very unintentional. He didn’t buy this thing from any shop especially to travel with. He never planned to go on adventurous trips with this “yellow fellow”. He met this new friend in his Kitchen.

Himanshu went to his kitchen and saw an unused yellow Plate and he started eating everything on it. Eating daily on this plate increased their bond with each other and he planned that from now on, his yellow plate will accompany him in every journey. It has now become an inseparable part of each and every journey of Himanshu Sehgal. Whenever the blogger goes to any place to uncover all its facts and acknowledge that, he always uses his yellow fellow to eat on and trust me he is really enjoying its company.

Himanshu Sehgal told in an interview with the Wittyfeed, “No one knows where it came from…. It has been there in my house; I loved the color and enjoyed eating in it.” This creativity is mind blowing, isn’t it? What do you think? The Yellow Plate Guy has now managed to become the most talked about and the hottest topic online in all the social media websites and is gaining popularity drastically. It is something unique our audience has been waiting for, and he is here with his yellow plate proving to be a heartthrob of the whole nation with his travel diaries accompanied by his yellow fellow.

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The Nagas are one of the wildest tribes who eat anything that moves. They do not spare insects and worms. But what they relish most is the meat of wild animals. Warriors as they are by nature, the Nagas love hunting, and the meat of wild animals fills them with great delight.

Rice is their staple food, which is taken with meat. The meat is mostly pork, beef and chicken, but it can also be snakes, snails, rats, squirrels, dogs, cats, mithuns, buffaloes, deer, spiders, birds, crabs, monkeys, bee larvae, shrimps, red ants, and almost everything that is wild. Elephants included. No part of an animal is wasted — even blood, skin and intestines are eaten. Occasionally, however, they let the skin be, and use it to make shields.

Hunting is something the Nagas have practiced for ages and it’s a matter of pride for a hunter if he has the highest number of kills. There are 16 recognised tribes and a number of sub-tribes of Nagas in Nagaland. They also have a sizeable population in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and eastern Myanmar. Their food habits are different from those of other tribals in the Northeast — both in terms of the animals they eat, and the style of cooking. They smoke their meat at home over a kitchen fire and apply axone (fermented soya bean) to create a pungent aroma in the dishes. Some love their meat with anishi (a preparation made of dried yam leaves).

Most meat dishes are boiled with suitable ingredients and spices. Frogs, bee larvae and insects are cooked till dry (with ginger, garlic and chilly). Snail is cooked with a lot of chillies. For dog meat, the best spices are ginger, Naga pepper and dried red chillies. Meat is also cooked with lettuce and spinach leaves. Chilly, mostly ‘bhut jolokia or Naga mircha’, and bamboo shoot are equally popular. Not all species of dogs, frogs, snails, worms and insects are eaten. The Nagas say frog meat tastes like chicken. The‘Wednesday Bazaar’ in Dimapur is very dear to these tribals for the array of animals, insects and worms sold here. A dog is sold alive for Rs500-Rs600. Frogs and river snails cost Rs200-Rs250 a kg. The river snails, which are very small in size, are cooked with ‘daal’ and sucked. The bazaar teems with customers every week. The sellers are mostly locals and they deal in local fruits, animals, insects, worms, vegetables, traditional utensils, garments, ornaments, handicraft items, etc. Nagas from all walks of life — some from remote areas — come here for shopping.

I remember one of my trip to Tuli-Nagaland, where I alongside few friends when we stopped near a river side and we saw couple of naga men were having bonfire,smoked meat and some local rice beer.We too were carrying some wine and ‘chaknas’ while they offered us to sit with them and have some drink. Popped our minds, we were literally excited and began to flow to their direction over the river side. The meat was so yummy that we started and finished it with split seconds alongside local beers.

The Nagas also believe that the meat of wild animals, insects and worms can cure a number of diseases. “Frog, snails and bee larvae are eaten when one is injured (believed to quicken the healing of skin and bones), local chickens and legs of pigs are eaten during pregnancy, and dog meat is believed to be a cure for pneumonia.”

The Naga Tribe is one of the authentic hill tribe and is believed to be one of the most skilled warrior tibes of the North-East India.

 

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  1. For softer chapattis, add warm water and some warm milk to the flour, and then knead it. Keep it for 15 minutes and then the dough is ready for softer chapattis.
  2. For boiling milk or for preparing milk food items like kheer always use heavy bottomed vessel. Half cup or less water can be added before adding the milk to the vessel. This will prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom of the vessel and getting burnt.
  3. Roasting nuts, rice, rava and dal (lentils) before cooking increases its flavor considerably.
  4. Add few drops of oil to the rice or noodles before cooking. It will prevent it from becoming sticky.
  5. To make rasam, excess dal water from boiling dal can be used. Similarly, after boiling vegetables, the extra water can be used in gravies or for making chapatti dough.
  6. To remove the strong smell of onions or garlic, rub your hands in a stainless steel sink or vessel.
  7. While boiling potatoes or eggs, add a pinch of salt to the water. This will help peel the skin easily later.
  8. To separate each string of noodles or any thin pasta, run it under cold water immediately after boiling and draining the water.
  9. Making curd in winter – set in a ceramic container and place it on the voltage stabilizer of your refrigerator or keep in a hot box, inside the oven (switched off) or keep it wrapped in a blanket. This will give a warm place to speed up the fermentation.
  10. For softer idlis, add some sago or cooked rice while making the batter.

 

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As mercury levels are at the peak, staying healthy becomes primary concern. As the outside temperature is high, it is better to avoid food that generates heat inside the body. Excessive heat puts the body under strain and causes irritability, exhaustion, lack of concentration and sleeping disorders. Hence, it is suggested to increase liquid intake and fresh fruit consumption. Below are the list of foods that one should avoid in summer.

Non Vegetarian food

Non-vegetarian foods like red meat, prawns, egg, crab and squid generate excessive heat. They produce excessive heat and can cause stomach upset or diarrhea.

Spicy food

Spices such as chili, pepper, ginger, cinnamon and cumin seeds are body heating ingredients. They boost the rate of body metabolism and have a thermogenic impact on the body. 

Roasted food

Roasted or tandoori foods items are popular Indian cuisine, but they are also known to generate heat and can create gastric problems specially during the summer. 

Oily Junk food

French fries, burgers, pizzas and other oily junk food can test digestive ability and increase the possibilities of food poisoning. 

Chapati

Chapati or rotis, a primary food in many parts of India but wheat is not an easily digestible food and moreover it generates considerable amount of heat. So, it is better to avoid during the day time and eat rice instead. 

Dairy Products

Daily milk products intake such as milk, cheese, yogurt etc. are heat generating foods. Hence, during summer the less they are consumed the better it is.

Ice creams & Cold drinks

Ice creams and cold drinks are chilled food items but they produce heat inside the stomach.

Tea & Coffee

Hot beverages like tea and coffee tends to heat up the body.  So it is better to better to stay away from these during summer. 

Mangoes

Yes mangoes!

The fact is, mango is a body warming fruit and eating too many mangoes can develop heat pimples among teenagers and children. 

Dry fruits

Dry fruits generate a lot of heat. So, it is recommended to minimize the dry fruits intake in summer.