June 8, 2019

India is the second largest producer of tea in the world. These are some of the type of varieties and flavourings common to India and Eastern countries (including some great variations on chai!).

Types of Tea in India

India is one of the largest producers of tea in the world, especially from the regions of Assam, Nilgiri and Darjeeling. The major tea producing states in India are Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and other northe...

May 5, 2019

Ever walk into an Indian restaurant and wished you could order in Hindi? Or at least, say the names of the dishes in their traditional names? Well, here is a small but good list to help you out!

Aloo

[a lu]

The Indian word for potatoes, most often found in aloo gobi (spiced potatoes and cauliflower), aloo palak (curried potatoes and spinach), and aloo tikki (Indian version of a potato pancake).

Biryani

[bih ree ah nee]

Mixed rice dish, often combining s...

April 10, 2019

A lot of people ask us, what's the main difference between North and South Indian Cuisine? We at Zara's take influence from both sides of our homelands... But for your knowledge, there is a world of difference in terms of flavour and spicing etc in either hemisphere. Here is a tiny look at those differences:

-Courtesy of NearSay.com

'Indian cuisine is commonly found all across the United States, and many people love tikka masala and savor every piece of naan....

March 30, 2019

Rajma is a classic homemade dish of India, that goes deliciously over rice! Have an easy time making this treasured dish from the motherland.

Cuisine: Punjabi, Indian
Course: Main, curry
Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking time: 40-50 minutes (excludes soaking time)
Recipe level: Moderate

What you need?

  • 2 cup Red kidney beans, soaked in warm water overnight

  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste ( I made fresh at home)** see notes

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 3-4 lar...

March 9, 2019

One favourite for chilly weather is hot chilli of course! Check out the list for the world's hottest peppers of 2019

 Courtesy of:

https://www.cayennediane.com/hottest-peppers/

#1 – THE CAROLINA REAPER  2,200,000 SHU

As of August, 2013, Guinness World Records stated that Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper® is officially the world’s hottest chile pepper. Originally named the “HP22BNH7”, this pepper is bred by cultivator Ed Currie, who runs PuckerButt Pe...

February 15, 2019

As the seasons change, we at Zara's love to bundle up and keep keep warm with spices and some tips from Ayurveda on dealing with cool weather. Enjoy!

(courtesy of organicauthority.com)

Ayurveda and Winter

As the seasons change, so too do our body’s food requirements, according to the principles of Ayurveda. Colder, dryer weather leads to dryness in the body, evident by dry flaky skin and tired, rigid joints. During winter months, the body’s mucus membranes may...

February 2, 2019

We love adding carrots to so many of our recipes! The colour, the zest and crunch can add so much to fusion cooking! Enjoy these health benefits (courtesy healthfitnessrevolution.com) of our favourite orange root!

"First cultivated where the Himalayan and Hindu Kush mountains meet, purple carrots and their yellow alternates were domesticated in the early 10-11th centuries before touching the Mediterranean, and then the Western Hemisphere around 1600. From pe...

January 2, 2019

When we look back on our history at Zara's Gourmet Kitchen, there have been so many stories, tips and recipes we have collected in our almost 30 years of business. From that first bag of flour to make rotis in 1988, to today where we happily feed thousands of Canadian customers a month, it's a blessing to share this journey with you... our fellow foodies.

We love Indian Food. And we love sharing it with you Canada. 🇨🇦

- Zara's family

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