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5 savoury recipes for Ramadan

Here are some delicious savoury recipes that you can cook up to spice up your iftar table spread.

1d ago

DANDELIONZ: A one-stop platform for holistic development of children and families

There are various aspects that contribute to a child’s development, starting from how a mother navigates her pregnancy to the interactions a child has over the years of growth. Keeping these in view and providing a one-stop solution to the needs of both children and parents, DANDELIONZ, a holistic centre for the development of children and families, was incepted by Tamzida Karim and Bushra Amin.

1w ago

Prepare delicious iftar desserts with Radhuni

Sweet cravings post iftar is a common phenomenon and it can be difficult to make desserts amidst all the other preparations but with Radhuni’s dessert range, you can prepare various desserts that are ready-to-make and hassle-free.

1w ago

Easy & healthy iftar with Dan Cake Tortilla Ruti

Ramadan is one of the busiest times of the year and with this auspicious month comes the routine task of preparing iftar and sehri meals. Preparing such meals everyday can be a hassle but with Dan Cake Tortilla Ruti, you can prepare a multitude of items easily.

1w ago

Healthy Ramadan recipes with All Time Milk Bread

The holy month of Ramadan is almost here and brings with it blessings and peace. We find ourselves getting busy preparing meals for iftar and sehri during Ramadan, but often, these meals are not as healthy as they should be.

1w ago

Rising to success: Shams Ahmed a juggernaut in the world of music

Shams Ahmed, a Bangladeshi-origin music director, vocal producer, and singer is making headlines in the world of Western music for his exceptional composition and extraordinary musical productions. Co-founding various musical properties, including a girl group, Citizen Queen, a kids’ music brand, Acapop! KIDS, and producing for the highly popular a cappella group, Pentatonix, Shams has already left an indelible mark in the music industry.

1w ago

Recipes for Shab-e-Barat

Over time, the practice of cooking and distributing halwa and roti have etched themselves as part of our tradition and now, Shab-e-Barat is synonymous to having halwa and bread in the house. On this note, here are a few bread and roti recipes for you try out.

Top 5 places to buy bread for Shab-e-Barat

Shab-e-Barat brings with it not only auspiciousness and blessings but also festive vibes and sociable exchanges. While devout Muslims engage themselves in acts of worship, households also get busy getting the best bread for their family and relatives, and distributing it among the needy. Among the hundreds of places that are available to buy bread, here are the top 5 in the city.

Culture Club by The Food Talk

The Food Talk, a popular Facebook group that is abuzz with food enthusiasts, restauranteurs, home cooks, and the like recently hosted a culture mixer called “Culture Club” on Saturday, 18 February, 2023. The idea of the event was for epicures from all backgrounds to converse and connect, while the stalls portrayed how a massive part of our culture is defined by food.

Dhaka’s lively bakery scene

As a city, Dhaka is rich in terms of culture and tradition, and what forms a big part of our heritage is the food we have carried down from generation to generation.

Women on the move: Making travelling easier

While the desire to explore new places may be the same for all, is travelling throughout the country the same for everyone?

Chocolate dessert recipes for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate is the universal language of love and to many, is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.So, this Valentine’s Day, win the heart of your loved ones by making a decadent dessert with chocolates!

’Tis the season of pithas

Every country has a host of traditional sweets that they proudly plate as a representation of their food and culture; for Bangladesh, this is undoubtedly pitha. For us, pitha is not just any other ordinary food but is also a treasure trove of great memories. Growing up, winter would mean seeing your mum making pithas of various sizes and shapes and listening to the stories of the origin of these sweets. Or, it would mean having steaming hot, warm chitoi pitha for breakfast with mangsher jhol.

Top 6 places to visit in Jashore

Like every other region in Bangladesh, Jashore, formerly spelled Jashore, located in the southwestern part of the country, contains a treasure trove of places to visit and explore. From housing the country’s largest flower garden to being home to one of the pioneers of Bengali literature — Jashore has a lot to offer, from both natural and historical aspects. Here is a list of the 5 must-visit places in Jashore.

Is it time to rethink Shakrain?

Previously, Shakrain was all about the day-long preparation of flying kites and making traditional pitha that would keep the youth and elderly busy and brimming with excitement. Mostly happening in the areas that line the Buriganga river, it is an occasion exclusive to old Dhaka, where people from all over the city come to take part in.

Satiate your sweet and savoury cravings with Expressions – Chocolates & Cakes

Established as an online bakery in 2017, Expressions – Chocolates & Cakes is a passion project that turned into a profession for Sumaiyah Abid. Since then, she and her husband, Ashiq Ferdous, have been delivering delicious boxes of happiness through their Facebook page.

Stride with flair this wedding season

Fairy lights and festive vibes have taken over the streets of Dhaka – it’s the wedding season after all! Winter brings with it many end-of-year festivities and the much-awaited wedding season, where we celebrate new beginnings and put on our best outfits. However, no look is complete without the right pair of shoes.

Complete your breakfast spread with All Time Family Cake

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, as it gives us the required energy to go about with our daily activities and tasks while keeping us full for a long time. A balanced breakfast must include a mix of essential nutrients and required minerals to keep us energised, and All Time Family Cake ensures just that. It contains essential nutrients that act as the fuel for our body that not only enables us to complete our daily activities but also keeps us full.

Experiencing the joy of FIFA World Cup live at the stadium

Whether or not we are football fanatics, watching the FIFA world cup live from the stadium is something almost all of us have in our bucket list. Most people spend months, or even years planning for this day. But what does it really feel like to watch the game from the bleachers? Well, watching the FIFA world cup live is not just about a game, but it is an entire journey.

5 facts you did not know about the FIFA World Cup Trophy

The FIFA World Cup is undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events in history and is currently the talk of the town. With so much glory surrounding this magnificent tournament, the iconic trophy that is football’s biggest mark of honour has a host of interesting stories captivated within it — most of which you probably never heard of.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The fitness freak no one can beat!

There is one thing Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for other than being one of the best players in the world and winning several titles to his name – being a fitness freak! Who else would make headlines for removing Coca-Cola bottles with international spectators watching? Cristiano Ronaldo’s journey in football is well-known, but in the process, he has also garnered a lot of attention for being a fitness enthusiast. Albeit he has been training for football since a young age, has he always pushed himself to reach peak fitness? How did he get here?

5 most stylish footballers playing at the World Cup 2022

The game of football is a class apart, and so are some of the players — not just in terms of their athletic prowess while playing the game, but also in their fashion game — they stand apart. Some have a formal style, some prefer casual, and some straight up flamboyant.

Rules for wearing plaid pants!

Plaid pants have been around for a while and have a reputation for making the wearer look smart and preppy. These tartan-patterned trousers bring an edge to your look whether you opt for a funky colourful get-up or rather stick to a subdued, retro look.

The Bengali rickshaw bride: Fashion designer Tasmit Afiyat Arny shattering bridal stereotypes

Being a part of the fashion industry and being deeply rooted in her rich Bengali culture and heritage, Arny has always been passionate about loudly displaying things that narrate her culture. You may recall the time when Shirin Akter Shila walked the ramp in Miss Universe 2019 stunning the audience sporting a red jamdani, green rickshaw hood, and Bengali alphabets for jewellery — a costume that was designed by Arny.

Top 4 footballers and their dietary habits

You are what you eat – how true is this statement? Well, whether or not it reflects on us ordinary individuals, for athletes, this directly reflects on their performance. So, what are the top players in the world eating for such power-packed performance on the field?

4 great guava recipes to prepare at home

Summer in Bangladesh may be unbearable at some point, but we are indeed very lucky to live in a country with a tropical climate, because we are blessed with an abundance of delicious fruits. Guava is one such seasonal fruit that we wait for throughout the year, and we are glad guava season is now in full swing. There are many ways we can use guava to create delightful recipes. Other than the usual savoury street food that is made with a spicy mustard sauce and other condiments, there are several other ways to go about it.

All Time Croissant: Your companion for every occasion

How do you meet your cravings for croissants any time of the day when it is not possible to order from a bakery? All Time, which is always coming up with new and delicious products, has the perfect answer with their newest addition – All Time Chocolate Croissant. This is the first-of-its-kind instant packaged croissant in Bangladesh!

All Time Croissant: Your everyday companion

As our preference for food is slowly taking a foreign route, croissants are gaining popularity among the urban populace. A croissant is a delicacy that our local tastebuds have come to enjoy. Bakeries all around the city now offer this popular food.  

Your complete guide to visiting the Sundarbans

The Sundarbans is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Bangladesh, and easily one of the best tourist attractions in the country. This mangrove forest is the largest in the world, and is densely populated with various trees, and diverse wildlife. This time of the year — from October to March —is best to visit this treasure trove of natural beauty as the weather is perfect, not too warm with low chances of rain or storm. But how do we get there and what’s there to see? This article shall serve as your guide.

All Time Bread adding sweetness to your festivities

The atmosphere already feels jovial as we prepare for the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja. The traditional sweets of our country are unlike any other. The amount of effort and time that goes into making our delicate mishtis truly define what labour of love stands for. The lengthy process often resists us from making these at home. But what if I told you that these desserts can easily be replicated in your own kitchen? Yes, they can! That too, by using a simple ingredient such as All Time Bread.

Get the right look with Apex this Durga Puja

Durga Puja is just around the corner and no festive occasion is ever complete without a stunning look. Whether you decide to drape yourself in a sari, slip in a kurta, or casually wear a top, you will need the right pair of shoes to complete your look. And on this festive occasion, Apex Footwear brings you an array of fashionable footwear for men and women to add elegance and style to your festivities.

Pamper yourself at Glam by Asmita

If you are looking to take a day off from your hectic schedule to relax and pamper yourself with a luxurious experience, then look no further because Glam by Asmita (GBA) is where you should be headed!

MEHER by Samina Sara: Adding glitz and glamour to a star-studded affair

The evening of 3 September 2022 witnessed an exclusive event as luminaries graced the Blender’s Choice-The Daily Star OTT & Digital Content Awards 2021 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka. Four amazing personalities, Sunerah Binte Kamal, Rafsan Sabab, Naziba Basher, and Yash Rohan were hosts of the evening. The team of emcees added elegance and humour to the occasion with their gorgeous outfits and clever conversations.      All their attires were from MEHER by Samina Sara, a high-end clothing label. Samina Sara put a lot of thought into designing the outfits for the hosts, and the inspiration behind each of these was beautifully executed.

Regal desserts made with All Time Milk Bread

Bread and regal desserts put together may sound like an oxymoron at first, but it is amazing to think that a humble ingredient such as bread can be used as the core ingredient in decadent desserts that scream grandiose. All Time Milk Bread is prepared fresh, and its soft texture makes it the perfect pick to make your bread desserts.

Top 5 houseboats to check out in Bangladesh

The vast network of waterways in Bangladesh gives the opportunity to explore the country and admire its riverine islands and endless stretches of water. Be it on the Tanguar haor of Sylhet or the Kaptai Lake of Rangamati, houseboats that are now commonly available provide a one-of-a-kind experience to explore and rejoice in the country’s aquatic beauty. Modern houseboats come decked with a lot of facilities and yet their wooden construction make us feel close to nature. Slowly floating away in the quietude of still water with sudden interruptions caused by gushing waves truly provide the experience of a lifetime.

Office hour changes – what does it mean for the average office goer?

As instructed by officials, a workday from now onwards would start at 8 AM and employees are expected to wrap up by 3 PM. As for banks, the timing shall be from 9 AM to 4 PM. 3 PM? I thought to myself, as I glanced at my calendar and realised, I was occupied by meetings only up until that time. A drastic change in such a short span of time will definitely hamper work schedules. Over time, we get accustomed to a certain working clock and organise our day accordingly. A sudden change may disrupt the work pace and alter our routine way of work to some extent. It is especially difficult for offices that are highly invested in international clients or counterparts to adjust.

Recipes with sugarcane

Sugarcane is a quintessential summer delight in our country and now is that time of the year where various sugarcane juice carts have started to pop up. The most common ways of consuming it is by having its juice directly squeezed out or by chewing it and crushing it to swallow the juices. However, sugarcane is more than just its juices. There are so many recipes both sweet and savoury that you may try out using sugarcane. In the joy of summer and this glorious summer delight, here are a couple of tantalizing sugarcane juice and skewer recipes.

Rejuvenate your soul with refreshing iced tea

What can be a better thirst quencher than a glass of chilled and refreshing iced tea in this hot and humid weather? Nothing beats the heat better than a rejuvenating glass of iced tea. Here is an array of fruity, soul replenishing iced tea recipes for you to enjoy this summer.

Light vegetable recipes for summer

It’s that time of the year again when the temperature is at a constant high and the sun is blazing, showing off its tenacity in full glory. At times like these, we often crave for cold delicacies and ditch the regular ones. However, it is more important now than ever to get our daily intake of nutrition. While meat during this time can feel heavy and leave us with an overwhelming feeling, summer vegetables will leave us with a lighter feeling and yet a satisfied tummy.

Salads for every mood

Salads can be delicious; salads can be gorgeous. And yet, we have a bittersweet relationship with salads. At least now, we have come far from the thought that healthy food equals boring food. Salads, if done right, can be something worth shamelessly devouring — and there are a million ways you can do it! With so many combinations of the contents in a salad along with endless possibilities of what to put in the dressing — the sky is really the limit once you have cracked the perfect equations.

Places to visit during your journey of Hajj

While the intention of performing Hajj should be restricted to only the performing of Hajj, many a times, pilgrims are intrigued by the fascinating history of Islam and would like to visit the places where the foundations of our religion were laid.

Jazz up your food with salt and vinegar

What initiated as a sensational flavour of chips, coming as a complete game-changer in the world of potato crisps, salt and vinegar has now moulded itself as an indispensable part of contemporary cooking. However, it would be unwise to limit this amazing flavour pairing to crisps only. With these two rudimentary kitchen condiments, the sky is really your limit when it comes to elevating the flavour profile of any dish! Thus, here are a few lip-smacking recipes highlighting this classic combination along with a delicious salad dressing.

Savoury bites with All Time Milk Bread

Whether used to prepare a quick sandwich or create mouth-watering appetizers such as prawn balls, All Time Milk Bread stands as the shining ingredient. Here are four recipes for you to try using All Time Milk Bread.

Top 4 haors to visit in Bangladesh during monsoon

The rivers of Bangladesh flow across it like blood across veins, breathing life into its vast territories. It is this wetland ecosystem that fills our lush green country with several amazing haors. Among the many wetlands, haors are mostly located within Brahmanbaria, Habiganj, Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Netrokona, Moulovibazar, and Sylhet.

Carrying essential medicine to Saudi Arabia during Hajj

In order to carry prescribed drugs to Saudi Arabia, you have to abide by some rules.

Bangladesh from a foreign student’s point of view

Going abroad to study can be an experience of a lifetime. Being introduced to new cultures, getting involved with new people, tasting new food and with a host of other novel experiences that follow, we not only enhance our educational qualifications, but also create bonds for a lifetime and memories to cherish forever.

5 top Buddhist sites in Bangladesh

Although Buddhism comprises a very small percentage of the population, there are Buddhist temples and monasteries aplenty, especially due to Bengal’s rich Buddhist heritage.

Virtual psychology counselling: ShobThik is here to hear you

However, ensuring we are at our best in terms of mental health is as important as physical wellbeing. In order to mitigate the woes of the victims of mental health conditions, ShobThik was conceived in October 2021. Being the brainchild of Shuvo Datta, this platform lives by its motto of “here to hear you,” and that is precisely what they do.

April 30, 2022
April 30, 2022

Top 5 travel destinations to visit during a monsoon Eid in Bangladesh

Here are the top five travel destinations for you to consider this Eid ul Fitr.

April 26, 2022
April 26, 2022

Level up your fashion game with TAHAR

Often times, investing in our passion leads to some of the greatest outcomes. It is when we enliven our ideas and bring them to life that creates some spectacular masterpieces.

April 26, 2022
April 26, 2022

Complete your Eid food spread with All Time Bread

Bread is a pantry staple in every household. Useful to make meals during any time of the day, from a quick jam sandwich for breakfast to delicious desserts post dinner, bread can be used in a variety of ways.

April 19, 2022
April 19, 2022

Stylish and comfortable shoes from Bata this Eid

These designs have been created keeping the wearer’s comfort in mind, so that you can comfortably move around in Bata shoes for hours without facing any sort of distress.

April 19, 2022
April 19, 2022

Delicious desserts with All Time Bread

Bread is a pantry essential and a highly versatile ingredient too. From making a quick jam sandwich to creating decadent desserts, bread can be used in a multitude of ways.

April 19, 2022
April 19, 2022

Sharing wisdom with The Daily Star Gift Cards

Gift cards and vouchers are an exquisite way of gift giving, where the receiver can purchase anything to their liking within a said amount. While gift card is a common custom in the retail scene, what if you could do the same in terms of sharing knowledge and information?

April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022

Rickshaw painting a dying art form?

Not many things scream quintessentially Bangladeshi as does rickshaw art. Seeing the vibrant colours, picturesque designs,

April 12, 2022
April 12, 2022

Persona relocates Banani outlet

For the past 25 years since its inception, Persona has been a reigning name in the beauty industry. Owing to their quality services that are provided with precision and perfection,

April 5, 2022
April 5, 2022

Rejuvenate your soul with ISPI

Ramadan coinciding with summer this year means we have to take extra care about hydrating, which makes refreshing drinks during iftar a must! ISPI Powder Drink is a delicious instant powder drink from the house of Ispahani that is available in two flavours – mango and orange. These can be perfect iftar companions throughout this blessed month.

April 5, 2022
April 5, 2022

Quick iftar fix with Mr. Noodles Magic Masala

As we enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that comes along with Ramadan, we cannot help but wonder everyday what to prepare for iftar. Making a meal seems to get difficult, especially after a busy and hectic day at work when we have barely any time left to cook before the call to prayer.