The festival of lights is around the corner, and gifting your loved ones is the most awaited activity of the year. With a motive to spread happiness among your friends and family, Masala Box launches an exclusive range of Diwali Hampers this year. We present you 5 Diwali Hampers gifting options, along with an extra choice of customising your own.
The major Diwali hampers that we have launched this year are – Bundle Of Joy, Mithaai Dabba, Jars Of Love, The Dhamaka Hamper & The Festive Hamper. ‘Bundle Of Joy’ contains a homemade Almond Blueberry cake along with other contents and comes in a basket, while ‘Mithaai Dabba’, as the name suggests, is an assortment of homemade sweets. ‘Jars Of Love’ is an assortment of collectable jars with different contents like flavoured popcorn and other treats, while ‘The Dhamaka Hamper’ is a unique collection of chocolates in varied festive forms along with a Diya.
‘The Festive Hamper’ gives a perfect festive vibe with contents like homemade chocolates and diya. Apart from these hampers, you can also customise your own hamper with assorted chocolates, sweets, diyas, and much more. Happy Diwali!
India as a country, is a homeland for a multitude of cuisines ranging from sweet to spicy. While the Northern part of India dwells in rich spicy and sweet flavours, Southern India goes bananas over tangy and other mild aromas. Here are the top 5 popular Indian Dishes you must try-
Chicken Tikka Masala-
Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most loved recipes by Indians from all regions alike. Tender chicken pieces are immersed in a creamy gravy of tomato, yoghurt and spices. This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
2. Rogan Josh-
This Kashmiri delight is all about its spices! Juicy red mutton chunks are slow-cooked in a spicy and creamy broth making it an unforgettable delicacy. This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
3. Papdi Chaat-
Chaat is one of the most exclusive delicacies savoured across the country, especially in North India. It is made with ingredients like sev, curd, chole, and much more. This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
Naan, a staple in the Indian kitchen, comes in varied forms. Naan can come in different forms, and is mostly served with kebabs, exclusive curries, or eaten simply with butter. This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
5. Palak Paneer-
Paneer refers to cottage cheese and can be prepared in an array of methods. Palak Paneer refers to when the paneer is prepared in a thick creamy gravy of blended spinach (palak). This makes it one of the most popular Indian dishes we all love.
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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.
Olan is a perfectly balanced curry with a mild spice and a rich flavour. It is a curry prepared with white pumpkin, cowpeas and coconut milk. It is one of the most commonly prepared Onam Sadhya recipes.
Kalan is a deliciously prepared gravy made of yams, plantains, coconut and curd. It can prepared spicy using crushed pepper. This makes it one of the best Onam Sadhya recipes.
3. Ulli Theeyal-
Ulli theeyal is widely in demand because of its sour and spicy taste. It is made with shallots immersed in a flavourful gravy. This makes it one of the best Onam Sadhya recipes.
4. Pumpkin Erissery-
Pumpkin erissery is prepared using fresh pumpkins, coconuts, and spices. It is mildly tempered and can be prepared either sweet or spicy. This makes it one of the best Onam Sadhya recipes.
5. Paal Payasam-
Although a lot of payasam recipes are available, a Malayalee’s favourite will always be a ‘Paal Payasam’. It is a mildly sweetened payasam recipe and can be easily prepared with very few ingredients like boiled rice, milk, sugar etc. This makes it one of the best Onam Sadhya recipes.
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No Onam passes by without the sweet flavour of Payasams in the air…Payasams are exclusive sweet delicacies of South India, especially Kerala, and Onam is the season where everybody relishes on their favourite Payasam. Here are top 5 Payasam recipes of the season-
Kadala Parippu Payasam-
‘Kadala Parippu’, also known as Bengal gram, is the main ingredient used in this Payasam. The broth is made by dissolving jaggery and adding soaked Bengal Gram. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
2. Ada Pradhaman-
Ada Pradhaman is one of the most aromatic Payasams in Kerala cuisine. It is a blend of jaggery, coconut milk, cashews and much more ingredients like cardamom, ghee and sugar. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
3. Paal payasam-
This payasam is nothing much but simple rice boiled in milk and sugar with an exclusive taste. Unlike other payasams, Paal Payasam never makes a person feel heavy after its consumption. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
4. Aval Payasam-
Aval Payasam, is just like other payasams, although the main ingredient is ‘aval’. ‘Aval’ is nothing but rice flakes, and has a unique flavour of its own. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
5. Cherupayar Parippu Payasam-
This is one of the richest payasams in South Indian cuisine. Not only is it flavourful, but it is also healthy and nutritious. This makes it one of the best payasam recipes for Onam.
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Baingan Chicken is an exclusive recipe for chicken and brinjal lovers alike, and also a treat in the mouth for those of you who don’t relish on brinjals! Brinjals are rich in various nutrients and not many love the flavour of it. Which is why here is a recipe for Baingan Chicken-
Ingredients for Baingan Chicken-
A Large Eggplant
One large potato
Crushed Ginger and garlic
Heat oil in a Kadai, add the ginger and garlic.
Heat onions until golden brown.
Add the curry masala paste along with a pinch of turmeric powder.
Toss in the chicken and the cubed potato; cover with a lid.
Add the brinjal once the chicken gets tender.
Pour in half a cup of hot water and let the brinjal soften.
Thicken the sauce by adding coconut powder (optional).
Serve hot with steamed rice or fresh Indian Breads.
Chicken Bartha, hailing from the flavourful land of Kolkata, is originally known as ‘Chicken Bortha’. The recipe has also scattered its variants throughout many places in North India. The word ‘Bharta’ or ‘Bortha’ literally means mashed.
Ingredients required for Chicken Bartha-
Chicken boiled and shredded
Paste ginger garlic and green chilly
Cashew nut paste (with dahi/fresh cream if fewer cashews)
Directions to prepare Chicken Bartha-
Heat oil in a pan and saute the onion puree until the raw flavour diminishes.
Add the ginger-garlic paste & the green chilli paste once the onion puree is done.
Pour the tomato puree into the pan and cook for a few minutes in high flame.
Add the required masalas like Garam Masala, Turmeric Powder, Red Chilly Powder and lastly kasoori methi.
Add cashew paste and the required amount of salt.
Add the leftover chicken stock to have a richer gravy.
Add butter and shredded chicken and let it cook.
Garnish with coriander leaves and a half-cut boiled egg.
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Monsoon is that season where ‘garam chai aur pakode’ comes into play! Apart from some pakode, there are plenty of other snacks to bite onto…
Here are the top 5 monsoon dishes that you must cherish this monsoon season-
Stuffed bread pakoda-
Stuffed Bread pakoda is one of the most tantalising dishes to have this monsoon. Bread is stuffed with a filling of your choice, preferably spicy, dipped in batter and deep-fried. This makes it one of the best monsoon recipes.
2. Moong Dal pakode-
Picture yourself in the balcony while it rains, and you feast yourself on a plate of ‘moong dal pakode’ with some green chutney. Pakodes are made with moong dal and then deep-fried. This makes it one of the best monsoon recipes.
Chowmein is an all-time favourite for people of any age. Although it is widely enjoyed at any season, it is most enjoyed perfectly during the monsoon. This makes it one of the best monsoon recipes.
4. Aloo Paratha-
Aloo paratha may sound normal for you, but it is quite amazing during the monsoon. Aloo parathas are freshly prepared, paired with raita and topped with a dollop of warm butter. This makes it one of the best monsoon recipes.
This may sound like a cliche, but Corn on the Cobs are pretty delicious during the monsoons. Top it with lime and spices to make it extra exciting. This makes it one of the best monsoon recipes.
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Fish has been a major part of the diet among various cultures across India, and every culture shares a unique method of cooking fish. It is also a high source of proteins, omega fats, and other vitamins.
Here are the top 5 Indian Fish recipes-
Fish Biriyani is an exquisite recipe with layers of biriyani rice and masala. It is made using Seer fish but you can always use a fish of your choice. This makes it one of the best of Indian Fish recipes.
Fish Pulusu is one of the favourites from the ancient culinary recipe handbooks of Andhra Pradesh. The recipe is rich with flavours of garam masala, poppy seeds, and tamarind, giving it a tangy and spicy flavour. This makes it one of the best of Indian Fish recipes.
Apollo Fish fry-
Apollo fish fry is a unique recipe hailing from Hyderabad. Boneless fish fillet pieces are used for this exquisite recipe. This makes it one of the best of Indian Fish recipes.
This is an easy yet one of the most exciting fish recipes ever! Marinate fish pieces as per your taste and simply bake until tenderly cooked inside and crispy outside. This makes it one of the best of Indian Fish recipes.
Amritsari fish is fried fish recipe which is marinated in exquisite spices and then deep-fried. It can also be pan-fried if you are looking for something juicier and less crispy. Being a flexible and simple recipe, this makes it one of the best of Indian Fish recipes.
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Beef is meat from the bovine family, like cows, buffaloes etc. It is high in minerals like phosphorus, iron, zinc and much more. Here are the top 5 Indian Beef Recipes-
Add oil, chopped onions, garlic, spices, salt and pepper in a pressure cooker.
Add crushed tomatoes once the onions are translucent.
Remove from heat and blend the mixture to create a fine paste.
Fry the meat until brown in the pressure cooker, add the paste, beef stock and lemon zest.
Cook under high pressure for 30 minutes.
Beef Masala is known for its simplicity, hence making it one of the top 5 Indian Beef recipes.
2) Masala Beef fry-
Roast fennel, coriander seeds, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom seeds and cinnamon until light brown and the aroma is produced; grind them.
Mix the meat, sliced onions, green chillies, tomatoes, ginger/garlic paste, and ground spices; set the marinated meat aside.
After an hour or 2, cook the marinated meat in a large vessel until tender.
Heat oil in a separate pan on medium flame, and fry chopped onions until transparent.
Add curry leaves and mustard seeds until they sputter; fry coconut slivers until golden.
Add the mixture while hot to the meat and mix well; cook until the meat is dark brown and the water is dried off.
Serve hot with dosas or appams.
This beef dish is an exquisite recipe of non-veg loving Keralites, making it one of the best Indian Beef recipes.
3) Kappa Beef Recipe-
Kappa Beef recipe is widely common among Keralites. Fresh tapioca is cooked with coconut slivers, mustard seeds, red chillies etc. and is served with a spicy beef curry. This makes it another of the best of Indian Beef Recipes.
4) Beef Cutlet-
Stir-fry minced beef with turmeric, meat masala, chilli powder, pepper, and salt.
Add water and cook until meat is cooked and water is evaporated.
In a separate pan, heat oil and stir fry onions along with ginger and garlic until golden brown.
Add the minced beef and stir and cook well; add mashed potatoes and mix well.
Shape them into the desired shape (balls, heart, oval etc).
Refrigerate for an hour, dip them in an egg wash, coat with bread crumbs and shallow fry until crisp.
Serve with a sauce of your choice.
Beef cutlets are widely cooked not only in India, but also in many other parts of the world, which makes it one of the best Indian Beef Recipes.
5) Indian Beef Stew recipe-
Marinate boneless beef chunks with salt and pepper.
Brown the meat in a deep pan.
Add chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrots and cook until tender.
Add water, flour, tomato paste, potatoes and bay leaves.
Simmer in a closed pan until meat is cooked to perfection.
Add necessary salt and cook for another 5 minutes after stirring.
Serve hot with appam/ idiyappam, mashed potatoes or cauliflower, breads and much more.
The beef stew mentioned here is a variant of one of the Western recipes used in India; this makes it one of the best Indian Beef Recipes.
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Green Tea is one of the best drinks for any age and at any time of the day. It is rich in various nutrients which are highly beneficial yet ignored. It is also useful in treating various diseases.
Here are the top 5 benefits of Green Tea-
Green Tea has antioxidants that help in increasing metabolism and burning fat. Studies have shown that people who consumed green tea have lost 17% faster. This makes it one of the top benefits of green tea.
Green Tea is known for its high content in antioxidants. This helps in eliminating the risks of cancerous cell growth. This makes it one of the best benefits of green tea.
Low risks of obesity-
Green Tea helps in decreasing cravings to a certain extent, which enables us to maintain a balanced diet. This, in turn, helps in decreasing risks of obesity. This makes it one of the top benefits of green tea.
Increases Life Expectancy-
Studies show that green tea drinkers have an increased life expectancy in comparison to non-green tea drinkers. This is due to its many nutrients. This makes it one of the best benefits of green tea.
Green Tea helps in killing bacteria and germs, which improves our dental health. It also helps in reducing the risks of bad breath. This makes it one of the top benefits of green tea.
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