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

 

Masala Box launches the all new RELISH meal plan which will tickle your taste buds by bringing you flavours from North and South India, Italy[once a week], and the Orient[once a week].The meal will consist of a healthy combination of a protein/ veggies, and a carbohydrate all in the comfort of a bowl. Every recipe is made with love and passion by our home cooks, using only authentic flavours and no preservatives or additives.

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.

 

The South Indian Cuisine, on the other hand, gives you pleasant and mild flavours from the colorful South India. Some of the delicacies involved in the menu are ‘Karivepaku annam’, ‘chicken Nilgiri korma’, ‘Citranna with Kai kari kurma’ and many more. Relish promises a blend of vibrant flavours from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and all the exquisite flavours from the South.

 

Coming to the International cuisine, it consists of the succulent mouth watering flavours of Italy and the Orient with our specially curated menu. Some of the delicacies involved in the menu are ‘Veg Thai curry’, ‘Stir fried Soya Chicken’, ‘Sichuan noodles with stir fried veggies and chilli garlic sauce’ among others. Apart from these, the menu is also specially curated with a segment of a North and South Indian fusion to give a complete twist to the week.

 

‘Relish’ is presently delivered only in Indiranagar . Try out the new cuisine only from Masala Box and get the perfect week.

 

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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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Get to Know the Women Who Drive Masala Box

The growth of Masala Box over the past few years is attributable to its primary driving force, our amazingly talented home chefs! They have consistently assisted us in our efforts to make delicious, homemade food available at your doorstep by sharing their knowledge, skill and time and whipping up delectable dishes. On the occasion of Women’s Day, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate all the strong women who strive hard in their home kitchens and help us fulfil our goal of delivering homemade meals to hungry customers spread across two cities.

We caught up some of our home chefs and chatted about cooking, food, and of course, what Masala Box is to them.
Usha Moorthy, specializes in South Indian dishes, Bangalore

“After moving back to Bangalore for my son’s education, I wanted to spend more time with my family and decided not to continue with a full-time job. I was looking for a work-from-home job with flexible hours when I came across Masala Box on Facebook. Partnering with Masala Box has been like a dream come true for me, especially because I have always enjoyed cooking for other people. Through this partnership, I’m able to do just that and also learn how to cook new dishes in the process. It is a great feeling when people get to know me through the food I cook. Working with Masala Box is more than just an income source, it makes me feel independent and helps me overcome boredom and loneliness.”

 

Nisha Kattikaran, our Malayali cuisine expert, Kochi

“For me, Masala Box has been the perfect platform to exhibit my skills, talents and interests in cooking. My partnership with Masala Box has been comfortable, convenient and long mainly because of their efficient, organised working system. The highlight is the compatibility, I have the freedom to work based on my convenience and also choose dishes that I specialize in. Over the years, Masala Box has served as a platform for me to do a business of my own and make an earning. I’m not only happy but also proud to be associated with Masala Box as a chef.”

 

Nasrath, a Kochi-based home chef, is one of the stars behind our tasty Malabari delicacies

“I have always been passionate about cooking, it gives me a certain joy when I’m cooking for people. I enjoy the process of trying out new recipes and coming up with some of my own, it is my approach to staying stress-free. Joining Masala Box as a chef gave me the opportunity to prepare a variety of dishes in my very own kitchen and share it with people who love homemade food as much as me! I have become more confident through my partnership with Masala Box as the process involves planning, purchases and cooking at a fast pace. The Masala Box team are a bunch of sincere and dedicated people, occasionally convincing me to make more quantity to meet the high demand. Over the short time that I have been a Masala Box chef partner, they have become an extension of my kitchen, constantly communicating  with me and giving feedback.”

 

A Masala Box chef since 2014, Kinnari cooks up delicious North Indian food. Her signature cooking style is Gujarati cuisine

“I first heard of Masala Box through a newspaper ad –  a platform that provided opportunities to housewives like me to bring out their creative and entrepreneurial skills. Formerly, cooking was a passion that only my friends and family knew about. Ever since I joined Masala Box, I have been able to extend my passion into an exciting and fulfilling line of work. I have even learnt a thing or two about cooking over the course of these years.”

 

Gurpreet Kaur, specialises in Punjabi cuisine, Bangalore

“I came across Masala Box when I was searching for employment opportunities as a home chef on the Internet. Being a homemaker, you cook on an everyday basis. By partnering with Masala Box, we are able to turn an everyday routine into a means of income. We also get to learn some entrepreneurship from a food operations perspective. This partnership with Masala Box has been great, I feel proud of how I am able to serve home-cooked food to customers who are far from their family. It’s a wonderful experience.”

 

Gitima, Specialises in Assamese Food, Bangalore

 “I used to work as an HR for eight and a half years before I got married and moved to Bangalore in 2016. Since then, I haven’t been working full-time as there were family emergencies which were stalling my search for a job. Living in a city like Bangalore as a single income family can get difficult. I was dependant on my husband for almost everything. I was researching on how I could make cooking – my passion, a source of income when I came across Masala Box. After partnering with Masala Box, I have been able to earn my own income which makes me feel independent and self-sustained. The flexibility of the job gives me plenty of time to finish all my household tasks, spend with my family, and most importantly, tend to my health when I’m sick.”

 

Kalpana, Rajasthani cuisine expert, Bangalore

“I found out about Masala Box on Facebook. It’s been three months since I started my partnership with them and it’s been a great experience so far. I like how cooperative and helpful the team are, I’m able to choose my own working days and cook based on my convenience. Since I began my partnership, I also have had a steady source of income. It makes me feel great to be earning by cooking for people who live away from their families and crave homemade food.”

In our quest to feed fresh, home-cooked food to hungry customers, we’ve been trying to do our part in empowering the most underutilized asset of our nation – homemakers. We hope to inspire more of you to pursue your dreams and achieve the impossible.

Happy Women’s Day!