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Sept 17, 2016: When it comes to Indian food, first thing comes to mind is rich, delicious cuisines, spices, finger-licking curries, hot tandoori chicken, butter naan, rich flavours etc. Have you ever heard India could also have bizarre foods that are second to none? If you used to believe that Indian food is all about curries, vegetables, and spices, keep reading to get your facts right. We strongly believe that your perceptions about Indian food will change!
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India is truly a land of surprises. The following list of bizarre foods available in India will truly surprise you:
- Jadoh– This dish is popular with the Jaintia tribe of the North East, predominantly Meghalaya. It consists of rice being cooked with the blood and entrails of either pigs or chicken. It is like your regular Pulav, but with blood and intestines.
- Nahkham-Garo tribe is known for having this delicacy. The dish includes a curry made of dried fish which is well-blended with vegetables and distilled ashes. The dish smells actually bad, sometimes even worse than expected. But dried fish is well known in several parts of the country.
- Doh Khileh– Another one is from Meghalaya makes it to the list. If you’ve ever had pork and onion salad, this is very similar to that. But of course, there is a catch here. It’s the garnishing it comes with. This delicacy is garnished with steamed pig brain; yes you read that right. Pig Brain, anyone?
- Dog meat– All you dog lovers can stay away from this one! Though unheard of in rest of the country, Nagaland has delicacies that include dogs, spiders, pork, beef, crabs and even elephants. Dog meat prepared in different ways and is a favorite amongst the tribal communities of Nagaland, Mizoram, and Manipur.
- Frog Legs– In Sikkim’s Lepchas community, having a few pieces of frog legs is really very exotic experience. The tribal people relish on frog legs as their delicacy for their whole life. According to them, frog legs have medicinal values and they can treat various stomach ailments and dysentery.
- Sorpotel– When it comes to food, Goa has Portuguese inclinations. Goa is offering bizarre food known as Sorpotel. The pork offal is the ingredient which makes it so bizarre. Offal is actually the internal organs and entrails of animal which is used as food or waste material.
- Eri Polu– Made of silkworm pupas, Eri Polu is one of the delicious yet bizarre foods in Assam. The main ingredient in this delicacy is Eri silkworm. Its cocoon is spun and used to prepare it. Usually, it is served with another exotic dish, “Khorasan” It is prepared using fermented bamboo shoots. This traditional condiment is used in Assam.
- Red Ant Chutney– Chapra is the hottest favorite meals of the tribe in Chhattisgarh. It is actually the tribal state where this type of food is common. Chapra is chutney made of red ants and their eggs. It has the spicy and pungent flavor which gives the amazing experience. It looks weird at first. These ants are used for garnishing the dishes to add some spice and heat.
- Baby shark curry– This one was a complete surprise to me. If you’re in Goa, you’ll find that this is a star dish of the Goan cuisine. Just think of it like any other fish, really. Since it’s very difficult to catch and also very well-loved by the locals, this is one curry that won’t come for cheap. Who is afraid of sharks, anymore?
- Hilsa Eggs– Llisha or Hilsa is a fish species found in the Bay of Bengal. It is also one of the popular foods among the people of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Hilsa eggs in Bengal are made with turmeric and mustard oil.
- Buffalo Spleen– Tilli is actually the spleen of buffalo which is marinated in spices and char-grilled. It is the delicacy in Pune. It has a great nutritional value of protein and iron and it is low fat. It is a tasty and aromatic street snack in Pune.
- Rat Meat– Restaurants in Bihar are used to serve rat meat. The rat curry or roasted rat is the main delicacy in their menu. It is locally known as Patal Bageri by the Musharar community in Jharkhand and Bihar.
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- Fermented Pork Fat- The unbearable smell will make you leave the food therewith, but some Indians enjoy the fermented pig fat known as Gradook and find it delicious!
- Grated Bamboo Shoot– As it sounds , Khorisa is tasteless and spices free, but is eaten in some parts of India in Pickled form and fermented too.
- Paya– The word “Paya” , though famous, has the taste of hoofs of cow, buffalo, horse or lamb and is cooked over coal to give it a smoky flavor!.
India has always been a land of diversity and that is relevant in its cuisine. If one community disapproves a dish, the other community finds it delicious. Different cultures, different areas and thus different, unique and sometimes bizarre is what describes our food habits best.
-by Arya Sharan of NewsGram. Twitter: @NoOffense9
The US researchers have discovered a class of immune cells that plays a role in miscarriage, which affects about a quarter of pregnancies.
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that the recently discovered subset of cells known as extrathymic Aire-expressing cells in the immune system may prevent the mother's immune system from attacking the placenta and fetus.
The researchers showed that pregnant mice who did not have this subset of cells were twice as likely to miscarry, and in many of these pregnancies fetal growth was severely restricted.
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"When you're pregnant, the immune system is seeing the placenta for the first time in decades -- not since the mother made a placenta when she herself was a fetus," said Eva Gillis-Buck, from UCSF.
"Our research suggests that this subset of immune cells is carrying out a sort of 'secondary education' -- sometimes many years after the better-known population of the educator cells have carried out the primary education in the thymus -- teaching T cells not to attack the fetus, the placenta and other tissues involved in pregnancy," she added. The findings are published in the journal Science Immunology.
The immune system has to be educated not to attack one's own tissues and organs to prevent autoimmune disease. But pregnancy presents a unique challenge since the fetus expresses proteins found in the placenta as well as proteins whose genetics are distinct from the mother.
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"It was a conceptual leap to link Aire-expressing cells, which are critical for preventing autoimmune disease, to pregnancy," said Tippi Mackenzie, Professor of Surgery at UCSF's Center for Maternal Foetal Precision Medicine.
In the thymus, Aire-expressing cells begin interacting with other immune cells very early in life to teach them what not to attack. The thymus begins to shrink and is nearly gone by adulthood, by which time most immune cells have been educated. But as the thymus shrinks, the population of eTACs in lymph nodes and the spleen expands, the researchers explained.
The study suggests a healthy pregnancy may depend on having these cells around, they added. (IANS/KB)
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Adobe's global emoji study found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
"We were surprised and delighted by the discoveries made in the survey, most notably how enthusiastic respondents were for emoji as a means to express themselves," the company said in a statement.
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Emojis sometimes get criticized for being overly saccharine, but this sweetness is key when it comes to diffusing some of the heaviness of online communication.
"Many of the emoji are focused on positive emotions, so it's easy to insert them into our conversations and lighten the mood," the Adobe study said.
It's not surprising that over half of those surveyed feel more comfortable using emojis than talking on the phone or in person.
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This applies to less intense situations too. Dating, for example, can be tricky — especially when it's online or via digital apps, as it often is now.
The study also found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
In celebration of World Emoji Day on Saturday, Adobe's '2021 Global Emoji Trend Report' surveyed 7,000 people in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. (IANS/KB)
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Billionaire Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space aboard what is touted as the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight. Born in Kalyan, Maharashtra, Gavande is a systems engineer at Blue Origin who always dreamt of designing aerospace rockets.
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After completing Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai, she flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University. She also applied for an engineering job at the US space agency NASA but finally landed her dream job at Blue Origin
Sirisha flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University.IANS
Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Mary Wallace 'Wally' Funk, and other passengers are set to liftoff from west Texas and travel just beyond the edge of space on July 20. Blue Origin announced this week that Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school graduate from the Netherlands, would join the crew.
Oliver is the son of millionaire Joe Daemen, Founder, and CEO of the Dutch investment company Somerset Capital Partners. Blue Origin, however, did not reveal how much Daemen paid for his son's trip to space. Bezos chose July 20 as the launch date to honor the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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The launch site for Blue Origin's first human flight will be in a remote location north of Van Horn, Texas, from where the firm had launched New Shepard for previous flights. Blue Origin has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to carry humans on the New Shepard rocket into space.
On July 12, Bandla touched the edge of space with three others, including Virgin Galactic's billionaire CEO Richard Branson. Bandla vaulted into space onboard VSS Unity 22. After the successful spaceflight, Branson carried the Indian-American on his shoulders while celebrating their flight to space, at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (IANS/KB)