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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 December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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