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Combat the 4pm Hunger Pangs!

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Combat the 4pm Hunger Pangs!

Imagine this setting: you’re done with lunch and you've gone back to your desk with a massive to do list in front of you. Then just as you're getting back into the flow and ticking off those tasks like anything, the inevitable happens: its 4 pm and you are raging with hunger.You want to have a bhel, vada pav, sandwich, heck whatever comes in front of you. To make matters worse, your colleague on the next table is talking about muffins and cookies. Seems like a situation that even the most well-disciplined and diet conscious fail to combat. Time for...

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How to deal with a spicy mouth

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How to deal with a spicy mouth

Have you ever taken a bite of something, and realised that camouflaged under some unsuspecting vegetable was actually a big piece of chilli that was about to blow your mouth off? Or maybe you had a Dr. Pepper moment and just went straight in and bit off the end of a chilli pepper thinking "what's the worst that can happen"?  Don't worry, you're not alone. Every so often a rogue chilli creeps onto your plate and by the time you realise what's happening your mouth is aflame and won't return to normal for at least 10 minutes. Perhaps, like some of...

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For the love of chutney

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For the love of chutney

For Millenia, Indian food has gone hand in hand with a green chutney. Whatever you're eating, whichever Indian restaurant you may be in across the globe, you will find yourself dipping something tasty into a fresh green chutney. Here in India, so many homes across the country will whip up a chutney in time for a meal, whether it uses coriander or mint as its base, flaming hot with green chillies or cooled down with dahi, water based or whizzed with mustard oil.  So why is it, when you walk into a grocery shop, you see stacks of pickles all...

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What's in a name?

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Loads of people ask us why our brand is called PICO. What does it mean? Where does it come from? Why did we choose this word?  So here it is... The original plan was to use a word that didn't immediately link to a specific thought, whether it is a type of food, a region or a type of business. We wanted to build the entire meaning around the word ourselves. From scratch.  So we started looking out for words that didn't  have any immediate significance in India, but that could work well with our long term vision for the...

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Indian nachos recipe

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Indian nachos recipe

Everybody loves nachos. And why wouldn't they? They taste amazing and they are so easy to share. It's the perfect dish to whip up when you have a few people over to your house. What some people don't know is that nachos are in fact incredibly easy to make. And the best part is that unless you want to be incredibly authentic, you can easily make a great tasting nachos dish from the kind of ingredients you find around a typical Indian pantry... all you need is a couple of bottle of PICO sauces and the no-brainer recipe below, and...

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