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Renting Accommodation

Whether you are new to the country, or planning a move, searching for a rental place of residence can be daunting. Manasa Mukka shares some tips and tricks to find your dream accommodation. Switzerland is a small country with only a small amount of land available for accommodation. Around 65% of the population lives in rented homes – and preferably in cities. Hence, the real estate market is in high demand and the prices are steep. Homes in Switzerland are smaller and expensive. Most apartments have a sizable cellar for storage. Houses are more common outside of cities, in...

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Asparagus Bhajis

Each season comes with seasonal bounty. And spring inevitably brings asparagus into my kitchen and onto my chopping board. I think up new ways each year to use it in my Indian recipes. This year I’ve created this asparagus bhaji recipe, especially for Namaste Switzerland. I like to have theses bhajis with a piping hot cup of masala chai on a nippy spring day listening to the birds’ chirp. Happy cooking and experimenting in your kitchens. Ps: If you have ever wondered what is the difference between bhajis and pakoras wonder no more. They are exactly the same thing...

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How to wish a good/nice weekend

In our language corner, every issue we bring to you phrases that you can use in your everyday life in Switzerland. There are four official languages in Switzerland – German, French, Italian and Romansch. This issue, we bring you ways to wish colleagues and friends a ‘nice/good weekend’ in the four languages spoken in Switzerland. GERMAN Schönes Wochenende FRENCH bon weekend ITALIAN Buon fine settimana ROMANSH Buna fin...

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Phirni with a twist of nostalgia

Phirni is a creamy rice-based dessert, which is usually made from coarsely ground basmati rice. It is traditionally served in small earthen bowls, which are used to keep the pudding cool. This recipe uses wholemeal oats instead of rice. Oats are higher in protein content, fibre, and as a slow-digesting carb, oats are also a great way to feel energised and alert. Rooh Afza is a concentrate that includes the essences of coriander, orange, pineapple, carrot, rose petals, spinach and mint. The drink is said to be the discovery of Hakim Abdul Majeed, a renowned Unani physician of herbal...

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  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #41:

    Darjeeling Tea

    In 2003, Darjeeling tea became the first Indian product to receive a GI tag. GI stands for Geographical Indication, used on products or goods corresponding to a specific geographical location.

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