TOP 5 UNIQUE SWEETS FOR DUSSEHRA-

Dussehra is one of the most popular festivals in India and is the tenth and final day of Navrathri. In southern India, it marks as the day when Lord Rama won over the demon king Ravana. In certain parts of India, it commemorates the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura.

 

With victory all over, India celebrates this day by various dance forms like ‘Garba’, and also not to forget the special sweets and savouries made for the day. Here are some of the top 5 unique sweets made for Dussehra-

 

  1. Coconut Barfi-

For all the coconut lovers, this ‘barfi’ oozes out the mixture of ghee and coconut flavours in your mouth. It is a very sweet and chewy dessert and is prepared using fewer ingredients for Dussehra. This is most commonly prepared in the Central states of India.

dussehra- coconut barfi
coconut burfi

 

2) Kheer Khas Khas-

Kheer Khas Khas is a different variant of the common yet famous ‘kheer’. When the ‘kheer’ is prepared using rice, rose water and nuts, it becomes more flavourful. This variant of ‘Kheer’ is known as ‘Kheer Khas Khas’ and is commonly prepared in North India during Dussehra.

dussehra - kheer khas khas
Kheer Khas Khas

 

3) Jaggery Rasgulla-

Jaggery Rasgulla is commonly prepared in many parts of North and Western India. This absolute festive treat is made by dipping soft and spongy rasgullas in a jaggery syrup. This adds a unique flavour to the entire feel of Dussehra.

dussehra- jaggery rasagulla
Jaggery Rasagulla

 

4) Besan Ladoo-

This is commonly known as the healthier version of laddus. This laddoo is made out of ‘besan’ (gram flour) and is lighter and more flavourful than the common laddoo. This is commonly made during Dussehra in the Western parts of the country.

dussehra- besan ladoo
Besan ladoo

 

5) Badam Halwa-

‘Halwa’ is a sweet confectionary ranging in many Asian parts of the world. However, it is most exquisite in India, especially when prepared with the unique flavours of almonds. ‘Badam’ refers to almonds, and this recipe is most commonly prepared in South and North India.

dussehra- badam halwa
Badam halwa

 

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Top 5 benefits of eating peanuts everyday-

Peanuts are the most commonly consumed variant of nuts and are also known as ‘groundnuts’. They can be consumed raw, roasted, flavoured and are even widely used in many recipes like in some kinds of pasta, peanut butter, milkshakes etc. They can also be simply roasted and mixed in flavours like pepper, herbs, or even simple salt. However, eating these nuts in the rawest form can help you in many ways.

peanuts
Peanuts

 

Some of the benefits of eating peanuts every day are-

 

  • Helps in growth-

Peanuts are highly rich in proteins. This helps them in boosting growth in children through proper body development. They can be even used in your child’s snacks like a peanut butter sandwich, cookies, or just give them as a snack every day, while they are still raw. 

 

  • Fighting stomach cancer-

Poly-phenolic anti-oxidants are highly present in these nuts. These help in fighting cancerous symptoms in the stomach.  The risky growth of cancerous agents is reduced.

 

  • Regulating blood sugar-

Peanuts help in regulating your blood sugar! This is due to the high presence of manganese in the nuts. Manganese helps in regulating the blood sugar levels and also by boosting metabolism.

 

  • Fighting depression-

Peanuts contain tryptophan which helps in reducing the levels of depression and anxiety in you. Tryptophan eliminates low serotonin, which is one of the major reasons for depression. An ounce of it a day can boost up your mood for the day.

 

  • Protecting skin-

They also contain a high level of Vitamin E which protects from skin damage. These nuts help in increasing cell integrity. Higher the cell integrity, lesser the skin damage.

 

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Top 5 anti- ageing foods-

Anti– ageing is something, which we all crave for especially in this age of stress, unhealthy lifestyle, pollution etc. Skin problems can be cleared with a simple, healthy food lifestyle. Here are some of the top 5 anti- ageing foods-

 

  • Avocado-

Avocados are on the top of the list of anti- ageing foods due to its high nutritional value. They contain Vitamin A, which helps in shedding dead skin cells and thus giving a glow to the skin. They also assist in blocking toxins arising due to sun damage and pollution.

anti- ageing avocado
avocado
  • Ginger-

Ginger is a major helper when it comes to anti- ageing. It contains gingerol, an antioxidant that helps in cellular degradation. Add ginger to your everyday meals, or you can always have a chill spiced up drink made with ginger.

anti- ageing ginger
ginger
  • Berries-

Berries contain an anti- ageing antioxidant called anthocyanine, which helps in slowing down the ageing process. This gives the nourishing deep colours, and they also contain high levels of Vitamins A and C. They further help in preventing collagen loss arising due to sun damage, stress and pollution.

anti- ageing berries
berries
  • Watermelon-

The antioxidant called lycopene in watermelons reduces the level of ‘ free radicals’, which are culprits of skin ageing. It also contains a high nutritional as well as water level. This helps in keeping the skin young and supple forever.

anti- ageing watermelon
watermelon
  • Garlic-

Garlic contains high levels of antioxidants, which again reduce the growth of ‘free radicals’ in the skin. Further, they also help in preventing various skin diseases and cancers. Have a clove of garlic everyday for a better skin and a better body.

 

anti- ageing garlic
garlic

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Unravel the journey of RELISH- worthy flavours…!

With a mission to promote a healthy society, Masala Box has catered to many health-conscious foodies by providing yummy, healthy and homemade meal plans across Kochi and Bangalore. Using a network of home chefs who are nothing less than gourmet cooks, Masala Box curates the menu, procures the food from the chefs, and finally delivers the food to the customers. The main range of meal plans offered by us is namely ‘Classic’ and ‘Treat’, and now we have ‘Relish’.

meal plan
RELISH

 

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pasta
Italian

 

RELISH is all about bringing you a plethora of flavours within a single week, starting from a ‘Hariyali tawa pulao’ and ending the perfect week with ’Pesto spaghetti’. Apart from these, the menu plan will also kick in some South Indian dishes like ‘Chettinad Chicken’ along with other North- South fusion dishes. ‘Relish’ will let you indulge in flavours so fresh and original, that it will make you crave for even more.

noodles
Orient

 

Talking about the North Indian cuisine, RELISH will give in the exact vibe of the North through bold flavours and aromas. Some of the delicacies involved in the menu are ‘Bhutte Ki pulao’, ‘Murgh Saagwala’, ‘Mutter Pulao with Butter Chicken’ and many more. Relish promises a blend of flavours from Gujarat, Punjab, Kolkata and all the exquisite flavours from the North.

 

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The season of Onam is back…

Onam

Onam is the harvest season of Kerala which is celebrated with high fervour and excitement. It is celebrated amongst the Malayalee Diaspora in the entire world. The festival is celebrated with a lot of grandeur and can also be called as the homecoming of ‘Mahaballi’.

It celebrates the prosperity and culture of Kerala, and also centers around the tale of ‘Mahabelli’ and ‘Vamana’. The tale tells about how the latter conquers the earth, sky, and ‘Mahabelli'(who is sent to hell) himself in just 3 footsteps. Although being sent to hell, the king wishes to visit Kerala on a particular day, which is known as Onam today.

Onam sadya

Dozens of traditions are practiced for Onam, like ‘Pookalam’ (flower arrangement), ‘Vallam Kali’ (boat race), and ‘Puli Kali’ (tiger dance). However, ‘Pookalam’ is the most prominent when it comes to the season, and the size and complexity of the flower arrangement gradualy increases in 10 days. The boat race is witnessed most commonly in Alapuzha, and people from different parts ok Kerala join in to watch the enthralling boat race.

These days, various organizations and informal groups organize events and games for Onam which gives a memory of a lifetime. Floral swings are fixed to add a playful yet decorative element to the whole festival. The beautiful women of Kerala are witnessed in the famous ‘Kasavu Saree’ while the men adorn themselves in ‘Kasavu Mundu and Kurtas’.

After a tiring day of celebrations, the festival is completed by noon after a delicious Sadya. ‘Sadya’ is nothing but the assortment of various Onam delicacies along with rice on a banana leaf, and the flavours vary from being sweet to spicy. The ‘Sadya’ is completed with a dessert called ‘Payasam’ to give a sweet end note to the day.

Pookalam
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Top 5 must-have recipes for Onam-

Onam is the annual festival of harvest originated in the rich state of Kerala. The festival is celebrated by relishing on Onam special food which is also known as Onam Sadya or Sadhya, just like the Onam food we all grew up eating. Here is a list of the top 5 must-have recipes for Onam this year.

Onam sadya

  • Thenga Choru-

‘Thenga Choru’ or Coconut rice is rice cooked with grated coconut or coconut paste. If you are looking for a simple twist to Onam this year, coconut rice is surely a best option. Apart from being easy to make, it is a lot more flavourful with all its aromatic ingredients, hence making it to the top of this list of must-have recipes for Onam.

 

recipes for onam

 

  • Pachadi-

Pachadi is a thick broth made out of a base made of curd and coconut. This tangy broth is commonly made in different flavors like green mango, pineapples, beetroots etc. and can also be made sweet to an extent. It can also be made fierier by adding green chillies than the usual numbers.

pachadi

 

  • Kalan-

Almost close to the flavour of Pachadi, but less tangy and more intense in terms of heat. Kalan is a delicacy mandatorily made out of raw bananas, curd and coconut. Since no Onam passes by without the thought of Kalan, we have added it to this list of top 5 must-have recipes for Onam.

kalan

 

  • Ulli Theeyal-

A delicacy where the sweet and pungent flavor of onions are highlighted! Shallots are slowly stir fried along with coconuts and is made into a spicy and tangy broth. Make ‘Ulli Theeyal’ instantly this Onam by using the Handcrafted Ulli Theeyal mix.

theeyal

 

  • Rasam-

Rasam is a clear aromatic broth made out of a lot of crushed peppers, tomatoes and tamarind. It is usually consumed as a soup or with steamed rice, making it also a must-have recipe for Onam. Apart from its flavour, it also has many medicinal properties like encouraging digestion, weight loss, and is also rich in vitamins.

rasam

 

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Top 5 Health Benefits of Mustard-

Mustard is a common ingredient used in almost many cuisines and in different manners. These tiny seeds may seem insignificant, but are actually home to many health benefiting properties. Here is a piece on the top 5 health benefits of mustard.

health benefits of mustard

  • Fights dermatitis-

dermatitis

Mustard can be consumed in different ways- as seeds, oil, leaves etc. Dermatitis is a skin disease which is caused due to unknown factors, but is at times assumed due to environmental factors. Mustard contains many anti- bacterial and anti- fungal properties, which helps in preventing or toning down dermatitis, making it to the top of the list of health benefits of mustard.

  • Improves cardiovascular health-

heart

Mustard when consumed as oil has many health properties such as reducing the risks of many heart diseases. This is because of its presence of omega- 3 fatty acids among its many other helpful properties. Studies have shown that people, who have used mustard as their cooking oil, had lesser risks of chest pains and attacks.

  • Hair and Skin care-

hair and skin care

Mustard seeds and oil are used for various beauty treatments as well. While mustard oil promotes healthy hair growth, coconut oil heated with mustard seeds helps in giving you a clear complexion. This makes it one of the best health benefits of mustard due to its richness in various vitamins.

  • Heal the nerves-

nerve

Mustard is also used as a relaxing and nerve calming agent. Apart from that, mustard when consumed also heals or prevents nerve related ailments. It arouses the impulses as well as leaves an invigorating and calm effect on the nerves.

  • Reduces the risk of cancer-

cancer

Mustard seeds contain glucosinolates which are agents that reduce the risks of cancer like colon, bladder and cervical cancer. Studies have shown that various anti- cancer properties in mustard inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. This makes it as one of the top health benefits of mustard.

 

 

 

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Foods for a flat belly- The Top 5-

Wondering why your diets are not helping you out in getting a flat belly? We often fail to realize that there are many foods which actually help us in reducing our belly fat. Here is a list of the top 5 foods for a flat belly-

  • Almonds-

foods for a flat belly

 

Almonds are strong antioxidants which contain a high amount of proteins and fibers. These delicious nuts also help in maintaining a proper blood sugar level, which further reduces unwanted cravings.  Almonds also block calories, which makes it to the top of this list of foods for a flat belly.

  • Beans and legumes-

 

beans and legumes

 

Beans and legumes contain the essential nutrients, which helps your body in maintaining the necessary nutrient quotient.  They help in eliminating body fat and also improve on digestion.  With their fat reducing properties, they definitely deserve to be in this list of foods for a flat belly.

  • Dark leafy veggies-

spinach

They do not directly help you in losing fat, but they are a good source to fuel up your workouts. Dark leafy veggies like spinach contain small amounts of calories and also contain cancer preventing carotenoids. They are also a great source of calcium which is essential for muscle contraction.

  • Apples-

apples

An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, but it also helps in flattening out your belly because of many of its properties. An average sized apple contains 85% of water, which makes you feel full and hence reduce your cravings. Apart from that, they contain essential fibers, and also help in combating cancers and cholesterol.

  • Seafood-

seafood

Seafood like mackerel, salmon and tuna contain omega- 3 fatty acids which help in burning fat and also improves your metabolism. Eating fish everyday helps in slow digestion, and hence lesser cravings. Apart from that, they have a high amount of proteins which makes them to the list of top 5 foods for a flat belly.

 

 

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5 METHODS ON HOW TO AVOID JUNK FOOD-

How to avoid junk food seems to be a common issue of the present generation and is a tough one to tackle with. Studies have shown that fast food acts with the same effect of cocaine or heroin by triggering the pleasure centres of our brain. This trigger results in the form of addiction but this article will talk about 5 ways on how to avoid junk food.

  • Understand the ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’ foods-

how to avoid junk food

The first key to avoiding unhealthy food is to completely understand the complexities of junk food like obesity, chronic diseases, heart attacks etc. Research on why junk food is known as “junk”, and ultimately understand what the benefits of ‘right’ foods. That is when you start your self-therapy to cut in your cravings.

  • Don’t diet, just change your lifestyle-

walking

This is one of the key stages of how to avoid fast food. Make small lifestyle changes like incorporating more of walking for short distance travels, starting out on eating homemade food, and also by keeping yourself mentally and physically engaged. Try to stay active by doing simple workouts, cooking, meditation or anything else that you enjoy.

  • Calculate your expenses-

calculate expenses

Calculate on how much you spend on unhealthy food per month, and calculate how much you have saved after switching over to homemade food. You will stick to homemade food eventually when you realize your expenses. If you find homemade food boring, you can always incorporate cooking interesting healthy recipes on your weekends.

  • Keep yourself motivated-

motivation

When the craving kicks in, remind yourself of why you chose this lifestyle. Remind yourself of the benefits you will be reaping from this. Understand the importance of this stage on how to avoid junk food.

  • Don’t be too harsh on yourself-

hanging out

Treat yourself thrice a month on fast food. Give yourself a break from all the deadlines, homemade food, and other stress-related factors. Remember to have only 1-3 meals of junk food a month.

 

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