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Know all about the humble Iyengar Bakery

Know all about the humble Iyengar Bakery

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Updates from : The Hindu : The story of the humble, street-corner Iyengar bakeries, standing proud through decades of shifting culinary trends, is long and heady with nostalgia As I walk past the Iyengar bakery in Jayanagar IV block, the aroma of freshly-baked bread and the sight of rotund buttery cookies fresh off the oven catch my attention. My resolve is not that steely: I walk in and settle for a piping hot vegetable puff. It is about half-past-three in the afternoon, the crowds swell in, and within a couple of hours, most of their goodies stand sold. That is the scene at most of the Iyengar bakeries in Bengaluru. To say that these bakeries are an iconic chain of sorts and a brand almost legendary would not be an exaggeration. Having stood the test of time for over a centu...
Crimea and punishment

Crimea and punishment

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Updates from : The Hindu : An alien fruit took root in India two decades ago, sparking an export-driven boom that brought overnight prosperity to thousands of farmers. But today gherkin cultivation is in crisis, and the fingers of blame are all pointing in the direction of Crimea, reports Mohit M. Rao Manzoor, a farmer barely in his 20s, picks up a small prickly fruit. He scrapes at its rough green skin, which is covered in hair. “I know for sure you can’t eat this,” he says. He speaks of a “large company”, whose local agents contacted him with seeds, contracts and promises earlier this year. “It is actually medicine,” he adds, with some confidence. When he puts it down, he washes his hands thoroughly, and uses a stone to exfoliate the fingers. Pesticide, he says, corrodes the skin, tu
Idli, dosa help fight mineral deficiency

Idli, dosa help fight mineral deficiency

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Updates from : The Hindu For vegetarians, a south Indian diet enables higher absorption of iron, says study Those with a weakness for south Indian food now have a legitimate reason to gorge themselves on idlis and dosas: these dishes help in the body’s absorption of minerals such as iron and zinc. A large number of Indians have trouble absorbing iron and zinc from food. While this is mainly due to vegetarian food habits, south Indian vegetarians are better off: their food choices allow for better absorption of iron and zinc, says a study published last month in Current Science by scientists of the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research. The article says the high content of phytates (anti-oxidants in cereals, legumes and oilseeds) in Indian foods slows down the absorption of
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