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Here’s a list of mouth-watering dishes to gorge on this Basant Panchami!

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New Delhi [India], February 10 (ANI): As the occasion of Basant Panchami, which marks the onset of the spring season, is just around the corner, people are gearing up to seek blessings from Goddess Saraswati, who is considered as the deity of wisdom, intellect, and learning.
Associated with yellow colour, the festival of Basant Panchami also marks the start of preparation for Holika and Holi, which occurs nearly 40 days later. But every festival is incomplete without some delicious dishes to gorge on, and if you are planning to prepare something lip-smacking this Basant Panchami then we have got you all covered!
Ex Radisson Chef Anil Dahiya had suggested a list of delicacies that one can savour on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami:
1. Sweet saffron rice

Ingredients:
1. One cup long-grained basmati rice
2. Six tbsp ghee
3. Two tbsps almonds chopped
4. Two tbsps pistachios chopped
5. Two tbsps cashew nuts chopped
6. Two tbsps cranberries chopped
7. Two tbsps raisins
8. Two cardamoms green
9. One bay leaf
10. Two cinnamon sticks
11. Six cloves
12. Half cup sugar syrup (chashni)
13. Two tbsps milk
14. Two cups water
15. One pinch saffron sachet powder
16. Rose petals for garnishing
Method:
Wash the rice and soak it in water for 30 minutes. Heat ghee in a pan, and then add the chopped nuts and dried fruit. Saute on medium flame until cashews are golden brown and raisins are puffed up. In the remaining ghee, add the cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir for one minute or so until the cinnamon unfurls and cloves are puffed up. In another bowl, wash rice and drain them and add to the pan. Toast the rice with the spices on a medium flame for two to three minutes. Then add two cups of water. Bring this to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the flame, cover with a lid and allow to cook for eight minutes. Then, mix the saffron powder in the milk, pour sugar syrup, and saffron on rice. Gently toss the rice in the saffron milk until it gets a uniformly golden hue. Remove the pan from the flame. Mix half the fruit-nut mix into the rice. Remove this onto a platter. Garnish with the leftover fruit-nut mix rose petals.
2. Bengali cauliflower and potato curry

Ingredients:
1. Cauliflower – 250 gms
2. One large potato
3. One piece of cinnamon
4. Three cloves
5. One bay leaf
6. One tsp cumin seeds
7. Half tsp chilli powder
8. Two large pinches of turmeric
9. Three tbsp of mustard oil
10. Salt to taste
Method:
Peel and cut the potato into 1/2” cubes. Clean and break the cauliflower into small florets. In a wok or kadai, heat the mustard oil. Add the cumin seeds and wait till they start to change colour. Add the bay leaf, cloves, and cinnamon. Stir fry for 10 seconds. Add potato and stir fry for five minutes. Add cauliflower and stir fry for five minutes. Add one cup of water. Cook covered till the potato and cauliflower are parboiled.
3. Turmeric Ber fruit smoothie

Ingredients:
1. One cup of almond or any other milk curd
2. Half tsp of turmeric juice
3. 10 sweet Ber fruit seedless
4. One tsp of honey
5. Five soaked almonds
6. Half tsp of cardamom powder
Method:
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until all the ingredients are mixed properly. Warm the milk (optional) and it’s ready to serve!
4. Makkai Kesari Halwa (Polenta Halwa)

Ingredients:
1. One-third of makkai fine dalia or polenta
2. One-third cup of sugar
3. One-third cup of ghee
4. One-fourth tsp of Cardamom powder
5. Two or three cups of hot water
6. Roasted dry nuts
7. Two tbsp of khoya
8. Four to six drops of yellow or orange food colour
Method:
In a pan, heat the ghee. Add the polenta and saute for about five minutes. When the polenta gives off a gentle aroma, add the sugar ad cardamom powder. Now add the water and food colour and mix well. Over medium flame, cook till the water is absorbed and the polenta Kesari is slightly translucent. Turn off the heat and let the Kesari cool to room temperature. Using a spoon or a fork, mix the Polenta Kesari well so that it becomes a bit crumbly. Garnish with roasted nuts and grated khoya. Served with poori.
5. Masala jhaal muri

Ingredients:
1. Two tbsp of mustard Oil
2. One cup of peanuts (raw)
3. Half cup roasted gram dal /Dalia
4. 10-15 curry leaves
5. Two tsp Asafetida or hing
6. Two tsp of turmeric
7. Salt to taste
8. Two tbsp boiled potatoes
9. Eight cups of puffed rice or brown puffed rice
10. Two tsp of red chili powder
11. One cup of sev fried chickpea noodles (optional)
Method:
Heat oil in a pot, add peanuts and stir well. Add roasted gram dal and curry leaves, asafoetida, turmeric, salt and mix well. Add in puffed rice and stir well. Add in the red chili and mix well to combine. Add sev and potatoes, again mix it well. Serve with tea and enjoy.
Apart from these lip-smacking dishes, one could also treat their taste buds with sweets such as Rajbhog, and Sondesh. These sweets are first offered to Goddess Saraswati and then distributed among the devotees celebrating the occasion.
Here’s wishing all our readers a very happy Basant Panchami 2021! (ANI)

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Bollywood stars extend birthday wishes to ‘Devdas’ filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 24 (ANI): As one of the most celebrated Indian filmmakers Sanjay Leela Bhansali turned 58 on Wednesday, several Bollywood stars including Sonam Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Katrina Kaif, and many others sent in wishes on social media.
Wishing her ‘Devdas’ director, Bollywood’s ‘Dhak-dhak’ girl took to her Twitter account and wrote, “I wish you a very happy birthday #SanjayLeelaBhansali. Working with you in #Devdas was such a delight & a fun experience. May you continue achieving cinematic excellence this year & always,” with a party popper emoticon.

Bollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor, who debuted in Indian cinema with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial ‘Saawariya’ also, sent birthday wishes to the ace filmmaker by sharing two throwback pictures with him on Instagram story. Alongside the pictures, she wrote, “Wishing you a very happy birthday Sanjay sir. Thank you for all that you’ve taught me about the world of cinema and for giving me my first chance in Saawariya,” using a red heart emoticon.

Wishing him all the happiness in the world, Katrina Kaif penned an adorable birthday note for Bhansali with his solo picture on her Instagram story. She wrote, “Happy birthday sir #sanjayleelabhansali wish u all the happiness in the world, keep sharing your magic.”

Aditi Rao Hydari who portrayed the fictional character of Mehrunissa in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ also wished the filmmaker on her Instagram story by sharing a selfie picture with him. Alongside the picture she wrote, “Happyyyyyyyy birthday my dearest Sanjay sir! To a year as eternally beautiful as your movies, Biggest hug,” using a string of red heart and warm hug emojis.

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The film based on one of the chapters of noted author S Hussain Zaidi’s book, ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ also stars Ajay Devgun in a special appearance.
The one-minute-thirty-second-long teaser by Bhansali, famed for his grand cinema shows Alia Bhatt in a never-seen-before avatar as she portrays an eponymous character in the flick. The makers have announced the theatrical release date of the film on July 30 this year.
The film marks Bhansali’s first collaboration with Alia. This project will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited. (ANI)

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Washington [US], February 24 (ANI): American reality TV star Kim Kardashian on Wednesday (local time) posted an adorable picture of her youngest son, Psalm on social media.
The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star is often seen sharing heart-warming pictures of her four children on social media.
She recently hopped on to her official social media handles and shared an image of her youngest child Psalm West on both Instagram and Twitter. Alongside the candid picture, she also penned a sweet note for him which reads, “The sweetest boy! You can’t tell here but he has the most infectious smile! I love you baby Psalm.”
In the awestruck picture shared by his mother, Psalm is captured giving an innocent expression to the lens. Donning a bear-brown set of tracksuits with white sneakers, the baby boy perfectly proves he is the son of Instagram’s one of the most followed fashionistas.

The picture whopped more than one million likes within a few hours of being posted with scores of fans leaving love-struck emoticons in the comments section.
The 40-year-old reality TV star had been hogging the limelight due to her divorce rumours from her husband and American rapper from West.
Ending all the rumours on Friday, Kim filed for divorce from West, after seven years of marriage. Prior to their union, Kardashian was married to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2004. She later wed basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011 and filed for divorce 72 days later. Their divorce was finalized in 2013. (ANI)

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Kangana Ranaut took to her official social media accounts and wrote, “To Jaya Amma, on her birth anniversary. Witness the story of the legend, #Thalaivi, in cinemas on 23rd April 2021. @thearvindswami #Vijay @vishinduri @ShaaileshRSingh @BrindaPrasad1 @neeta_lulla #BhushanKumar @KarmaMediaent @TSeries @vibri_media #SprintFilms @ThalaiviTheFilm”.

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The ‘Queen’ star can also be seen striking the iconic victory pose of the late politician in the poster.
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The film is produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shailesh R Singh under their respective banners Vibri Media, Karma Media and Entertainment in association with Gothic Entertainment and Sprint films. (ANI)

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Shah Rukh Khan praises his ‘little one’ Alia Bhatt for ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 24 (ANI): Praising his ‘little one’ after the teaser release of the much-anticipated movie ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan sent his love and wishes to Alia Bhatt for her upcoming flick.
Fans and the Bollywood fraternity are awestruck after the ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali released the teaser of the much-anticipated Alia Bhatt-starrer flick ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ today.
He shared the enthralling teaser on Twitter with an adorable note for Alia which reads, “I always look forward to your work as an actor ‘little one’. And this one seems extremely special….and you….so Gangsta!!! All my love and wishes for the film. @aliaa08”.

Earlier, several Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Varun Dhawan, ace filmmaker Karan Johar and many more also congratulated Alia Bhatt on the ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ teaser release.
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Based on the book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ written by S Hussain Zaidi, the film showcases the rise of a girl named Gangubai Kothewali, a brothel owner and matriarch from Kathiawad who had no choice but to embrace the ways of destiny and swing it in her favour.
Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ marks the first collaboration between him and Alia. This project will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited. The movie will hit the big screens on July 30, 2021.
Meanwhile, after the success of the 2016 film ‘Dear Zindagi’, Shah Rukh Khan is also set to produce his next project titled ‘Darlings’ which will feature Alia in the lead role. (ANI)

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 24 (ANI): Congratulations poured in for Alia Bhatt who on Wednesday after the release of a teaser of ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ , in which she plays the lead.
Taking to Twitter, global star Priyanka Chopra Jones appreciated the ‘Student of the Year’ actor and wrote, “Alia!!!! I’m so proud of you my friend for stepping into complexity fearlessly. I hope you always keep shining. Presenting- Gangubai Kathiawadi! Congratulations Sanjay sir and team.”

Looking forward to the intriguing movie, superstar Akshay Kumar also sent their best wishes to the team and wrote, “#GangubaiKathiawadi…had found the title itself very intriguing from the day I’d heard it…the teaser only adds to it! @aliaa08 along with #SanjayLeelaBhansali sir bring their A-game again, so looking forward to it,” using a clapping hands emoticon.

Ace filmmaker Karan Johar also appreciated the team efforts on the enthralling movie and wrote, “With @aliaa08 and #SanjayLeelaBhansali working together, it’s bound to be magical…. What a brilliant teaser! Super super proud of you baby girl! Can’t wait to see this on the big screen! Fire @bhansaliProductions #GangubaiKathiawadi,” using a fire emoticon.

Veteran film actor Neetu Kapoor also shared the teaser of the movie on her Instagram stories and wrote, “Outstanding @aliaabhatt absolutely brilliant,” with thumbs up emoticon.

Varun Dhawan also shared the teaser on his Instagram stories with fire emoticons.

The teaser of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ starring Alia Bhatt was dropped on Wednesday, on the occasion of the film director’s 58th birthday.
The film based on one of the chapters of noted author S Hussain Zaidi’s book, ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ also stars Ajay Devgun in a special appearance.
The one-minute-thirty-second-long teaser by Bhansali, famed for his grand cinema shows Alia Bhatt in a never-seen-before avatar as she portrays an eponymous character in the flick.
The makers have announced the theatrical release date of the film on July 30 this year. ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ will mark Bhansali’s first collaboration with Alia. This project will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited. (ANI)

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 24 (ANI): A teaser of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ starring Alia Bhatt was dropped on Wednesday, on the occasion of the film director’s 58th birthday.
The film based on one of the chapters of noted author S Hussain Zaidi’s book, ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ also stars Ajay Devgun in a special appearance.
The one-minute-thirty-second-long teaser by Bhansali, famed for his grand cinema shows Alia Bhatt in a never-seen-before avatar as she portrays an eponymous character in the flick.
The teaser opens with a dialogue that says, “They say…nights in Kamathipura are always moonlit because Gangu lives there!”
The teaser is set in a theme where the 27-year-old named Gangubai Kothewali, a brothel owner and matriarch from Kathiawad who had no choice but to embrace the ways of destiny and swing it in her favour. She transforms from a brothel queen to a politician.
Through the enthralling video, viewers are introduced to the character of Alia as ‘Gangu’ the boss woman. She looks promising and it’s safe to say that her fans are in for a visual treat.
Dressed in traditional sarees and sporting long hairstyles, the ‘Student of the Year’ actor has aced the look of a Gujarati woman with kohl-rimmed eyes and bold red bindi completing the look.
The teaser showcases Alia in a catchy dialogue: “Live with dignity. Never fear anyone. Neither police, nor MLA, or minister or any bloody pimp…NOBODY!!” and the rising crescendo of a thrumming soundtrack.
The makers have announced the theatrical release date of the film on July 30 this year.
The film marks Bhansali’s first collaboration with Alia. This project will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited. (ANI)

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