Sumptuous Iftar delights!
Enjoy an array of
Iftar delights at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel from delicious drinks to traditional
sweets like as Jeelapi, Rossomalai, Zarda, Payes, Semai, Sandesh, Mousse,
Cream Caramel, Pitha to delicious fruits from the selection of sliced
fresh seasonal fruit, fruit cocktail, fruit yogurt, dates, dry apricot,
and pears. All these to be followed by the chefs' exquisite iftar special
from the range of Alo Chola Chatt, Chicken Chat, Babaganouj, Khoriatike,
Fattoush, Khair Bil Laban, labenh, Mixed salad, Olive Pickle, Achar,
Chutney, Rice Puff. Also try our special Halim with garnish, Piazo,
Beguni, Pakora, Aloo Chop, Singara, Cutlet, Fried Gram, Dabri or Pindi
Chana, Nehari, Mughlai Paratha, Tehari, Bhoona Khichuri, Morogh Pullao,
Tangri Kebab, Boti Kebab, Shashlick, Chaap, Tikka, Puri, Nan, Paratha,
Bhoona, Do-Piazza, Kosha or Stir fry.
The month long buffet
Iftar temptation will start from the first of Ramadan and will continue
until the end of holy month at the Bithika Restaurant.
away traditional Iftar Box will also be available. Alternatively should
you prefer to break your fast in the privacy of your circle or loved
ones, friends, colleagues, or business partners, ask for their special
Ramadan banquet set menu's tailored to meet your individual needs.
Mantra fashion Café hosted an Iftar festival on Thursday,
7 October. The festival featured some common, and some not so common,
delectable iftar favorites prepared by renowned local chef
Keka Ferdousi. The event was organized as a prelude to Mantra specializing
on Keka Ferdousi's creations all throughout Ramadan this year.. Ms.
Keka Ferdousi cooked about 20 different iftar dishes for the
festival. Arshad Hossian, the CEO of Mantra Fashion Café, hopes
that the iftari at Mantra will be able to satisfy the appetite
of those looking to taste something exotic, yet familiar, during the
month of Ramadan. Mantra Fashion Café will be offering
these and more iftar items everyday, throughout Ramadan,
this time around. Mantra will also be glad to take any large iftari
orders anyone might have for them. Customers have been requested to
contact them from beforehand in that case.
of a Food Obsessed Person
I have once again joined the work force or should I say the teaching
force of the community. I had actually decided to retire from this part
of my life and lead a life of the idle fat persons life, but presto!
Somehow I was maneuvered and cajoled back into that familiar territory.
Only this time it got better. I get to be the boss. Anyway, just before
taking the job, as I was contemplating whether I would join or not,
my mother and my husband descended on me like two tons of bricks on
either side of me, literally took hold of my shoulders and shook me
like a rag doll simultaneously to tell me the virtues of working. Picture
this diary, me sitting in the middle, ping ponging between the two most
important people in my life.
My mother's argument:
A. Baking is not an actual profession
B. She does feel proud enough to be a baker's mother
C. What good has baking done for me anyway? Except making me fat.
D. Made my son fat
E. Nobody comes up to her anymore saying, "Oh what a good teacher
your daughter is".
F. And the final ego booster is, since she is the splitting image of
me, nobody mistakes her for me anymore. She feels good when she is mistaken
for a forty year old.
My husband's argument:
A. I will feel more productive (like…yeah)
B. I will have a separate identity. (hello.. no identity needed, no
C. More spending money (his will do)
D. Getting up early in the morning is good for my health. (well its
been a month already… no change.)
He gave up!
A. done enough for the community during my productive and reproductive
years. (pun intended)
B. not a morning person
C. I really miss going to the gym and catching up with my gym partner
and friend, Raj.
D. Sorting out my fridge everyday, is a major high for me
E. And as my previous employer said I miss doing all my "princessy"
things. Ex: face pack, amla pack, hot oil etc., etc.
F. It makes me really envious to see hubby curled up in ball while I
leave the freezing , darkened room for work.
G. And once again, not a morning person
H. And finally, no hang up being Mrs. Sam Q. I love being a woman with
no responsibility of a man.
So dairy, you decide
who wins? I hope my present employer doesn't get to read you dairy,
otherwise I just might get my wish granted and get to stay home.
On a serious note
dairy, I am actually enjoying work after my two year hiatus. I have
supportive colleagues and teachers who had made me feel welcome and
specially my vivacious and perky assistant, Sanjida.
And getting up in
the morning is not as bad as I had imagined it would be. But catch me
admitting this to my husband. I would hate to see his "I told you
So diary, I will
pen off today with a favorite recipe of mine. As winter is approaching
a nice spicy soup should do the trick.
THAI CHICKEN SOUP
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion sliced
10 ounce stir fried strips of chicken
1 -2 tbsp of red curry paste
1 liter chicken stock
400 gm chopped tomatoes
5 ounce baby corn
4 tbsp chopped coriander
grated zest of ½ lime
Heat oil, add onion and fry till transparent. Add previously fried chicken
strips and cook for five minutes and then add curry pastes. After 1-2
minutes add chicken stock and tomatoes. Add baby corn. Boil for another
4-5 minutes. Serve with coriander and lime zest. Add salt if needed.
* red curry paste can be found in Agora or Pick n' Pay.
refers to any cloth that is hand spun and hand woven. It can be made
from cotton, silk, and wool, or a mixture of any two or all such yarns.
first true designer was Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi gave the fabric a more
important status after his return from South Africa, when he began
to urge the people of India to reject foreign imports in favour of
over the decades has moved from a freedom fighters identity fabric
to a fashion garments. At one time it was scorned as the fabric for
farmers and the rural weavers. Around that time Gandhi used khadi
as the uniform for the first 'Non cooperation movement and the 'Gandhi
cap' had strong symbolic over tones, that of the Indo-British battle
over the looms of Manchester a bid for a modern Indian identity. So
deep-rooted was the sentiment attached to this fabric that Pandit
Nehru wove for his daughter Indira Gandhi a wedding sari in Salmon
Pink Khadi while he was in jail.
sari is still worn by women of the Nehru-Gandhi family on their wedding
days. Khadi, however can no longer be sold on an emotional level.
A new approach has to be adopted for the new generation who are unaware
of its original implications. It will be worthwhile for the young
and trendy generations of this millennium to discover the beauty of
khadi and support it as a fabric of our tradition.
by Sultana Yasmin
discount at Dhaka Language Club For Ramadan
Dhaka Language Club is going to start a special batch
for Ramadan with a special 10 percent discount for all courses. The
available courses are Spoken English, Business English, French, Spanish,
Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, German, Italian, Special Bangla language
course for foreigners. IELTS preparation and News reading courses
are also available here.
Club is situated at Road 29 House 395 New DOHS Mohakhali.
If you are looking
for authentic Indian cuisine, then one name that definitely comes
to mind is Samarkand. Ever since its inception, Samarkand, has been
regarded very highly by connoisseurs of Indian food.
offers a buffet service to its customers. Starting from 12.30pm and
continuing till 3pm, the lunch buffet can be enjoyed. It costs Tk
350 per head and you will be able to taste 30 gourmet items. As for
the dinner buffet, it starts from 6.30pm and continues till 11pm.
The price charged for the dinner buffet is slightly more than the
lunch buffet Tk 550 to be precise. The reason for this extra charge
is that for the dinner buffet, customers are offered 42 gourmet items.
Although all the
items are sumptuous, we strongly recommend that you try out their
chicken as its simply mouth-watering. Another item that we would urge
you to try out is their jilapi. It is so tasty that you will not want
to have a jilapi from anywhere else after having theirs.
service and décor is excellent. It is an ideal place to spend
some time with friends or family. As it is quite a spacious restaurant,
you can consider celebrating birthday parties, gaye holuds etc. here.
So, what are you
waiting for? Without further delay, head to Samarkand and devour some
truly special delicacies.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam