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10 Exotic Dishes You Can Try At Home Without Traveling Around

10 Exotic Dishes You Can Try At Home Without Traveling Around

We travel around the world to experience the different cultures and heritages, to taste the exotic dishes that represent the countries, to acquire knowledge and most importantly, to witness the beauties every country posses. But for various reasons, whether it is monetary or lack of time management or holidays, it is always impossible to travel so much. It is said that if you want to see a country without visiting it, then try their local dishes. The food will tell you a lot about the country. This article will mainly focus on cuisines taken from all over the world, for you to try at home, so that, at least, you can feel the exotic lives of our fellow human beings all over the globe.

1. Pan Fry Teriyaki Chicken

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    Hello Japan! Here is a recipe that is easy to make, and can go with any types of rice. My personal favorite is jasmine rice. It is a bit sticky, and has a jasmine flavor. You can add boiled carrots and some fresh cherry tomatoes on top of the beans. It will look colorful, and healthy as well.

    2. Boo Paht Pong Karee (Thai Crab Curry)

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      What is Thailand without their crab curry? Spicy, juicy, and scrumptious, crabs are all time favorites, besides their traditional red and green curry. This stir fried crab curry has the deadly combination of fresh spices and coconut milk. So, the next time you are craving something spicy, and exotic, you can easily make this dish.

      3. Singapore Rice Noodles

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        Say hello to Malay Peninsula! This is a well loved dish, especially among the Chinese. If you and your family are spicy food lovers, then this is a perfect Saturday brunch for all of you to enjoy. You don’t have to add any other dishes to go with this.

        4. Dal Makhani

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          Dal Makhani, or Whole Black Lentil, is a very famous dish in India. Originated from North India, it has spread throughout the whole nation, and beyond. The main ingredients are Whole Black Lentil, Red Kidney Beans, butter oil, or ghee, and full fat cream. These are what make this food very rich. Dal Makhani goes best with naan or pita bread. But you can also eat it with white rice.

          5. Lamb Biryani

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            Biryani is a highly popular dish in South Asia. This dish is commonly served as the main meal in weddings, and on special occasions. The aromatic basmati rice is combined with lambs cooked in spices, and yogurt, making this an exotic cuisine. You can try it with chicken instead of lamb, or even substitute with shrimps. Vegetarians can omit all and can add their favorite veggies to make a vegetable biryani.

            6. Shish Kebabs

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              What is Middle East without Shish Kebabs? This beloved dish consists of chicken, or lamb, or beef chunks, all boneless, and is marinaded before hand. It is usually said not to marinade for more than 30 minutes. You can grill your personal choice vegetables to go with this exotic dish. The best way to enjoy Shish Kebabs are with naans.

              7. Frikkadels (South African meat balls)

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                Welcome to South Africa! This authentic dish is basically a baked meat balls based on tomatoes and tomato soup powder. If you want, you can fry them on a stove. You can try it with rice, or pita bread. It is better to have it with salads though.

                8. Roasted Ducks with Apples

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                  This classy, elegant dish is a traditional Russian dish that is cooked in nearly every household. Personally, I believe this could be a great idea for Christmas dinner. A very easy and simple ingredients to follow, this exotic meal is best to have it with red wine, and lots of salads.

                  9. Gaufres de Liege (Belgium Waffles)

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                    If you haven’t ever tried Belgium waffles, now is the right time to do it! If you are the lucky person with a waffle iron at home, then I think you should put on your apron now. This waffle is different from the usual waffles you eat. They are not served with ice cream or maple syrup. They are crisp, and the entire waffle is made out of generous amount of butter. You can dust sugar powder on top.

                    10. Kompot (European Drink)

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                      Lastly, here’s a drink for you to quench your thirst after traveling the world cuisines with me. This European drink is a perfect fruit drink that is non alcoholic, and bursts with the flavors of currants and peaches. It is basically an ideal beverage for summer, but can be drank any time of the year.

                      With these, I bid farewell from you all. I hope you have  tasted some exotic world cuisines through this article, and hope you will, at least, try one or two recipes at home.

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                      Last Updated on January 3, 2020

                      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                      Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                      The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                      1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                      Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                       I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                      To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                      And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                       2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                      Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                      3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                      Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                      4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                      The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                      5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                      Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                      6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                      Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                      7. Positive people smile a lot!

                      When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                      8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                      They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                      9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                      One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                      10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                      Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                      How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                      I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

                      Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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