TOP 5 PASTA DISHES FOR A LOVELY SUNDAY BRUNCH!

Pasta is a dish which is vibrant, flavourful and light, and does not compromise on the health factor. There is no person who doesn’t skip the idea of having pasta dishes for a brunch plan or a dinner idea. Be it for your child’s tiffin, or for a lovely dinner date, pasta is always a saviour and is a dish which can be easily experimented.

 

Here are top 5 pasta dishes for that much awaited Sunday brunch-

 

  1. Sicilian Spicy Pasta-
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Sicilian spicy pasta

This is the perfect recipe for a quick healthy and cheesy pasta dish and is also a perfect dish for all the spice lovers. All you need is to throw in some broccoli, parmesan cheese, garlic, and some red chilli. This is one of the easiest of pasta dishes and is a must-have for all the gym lovers.

   2) Wheat pasta in Mushroom sauce-

Pasta dishes
Pasta in mushroom sauce

                       The mushroom sauce is a sauce which has to be nailed to perfection and you can also add in some chicken chunks into this mind-blowing pasta dish. This recipe works really well with whole wheat flour and is a must try for all the pasta lovers. Wheat Pasta in mushroom sauce is also one of the most delicious pasta dishes.

 

                  3) Spaghetti Alio Olio Peperoncino-

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Spaghetti alio olio peperoncino

                      Give it 20 minutes time and you can gobble upon this amazing pasta recipe. This is also one of the most delicious and easy pasta dishes and all you have to do is some simple tossing. The 3 major ingredients are garlic, chillies, and olive oil.

 

                   4) Cheesy baked pasta-

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Cheesy baked pasta

                        Are you a cheese lover? Then here is one of the best pasta dishes for all the cheese lovers in town! Add in some chicken chunks along with other ingredients, top it with some cheese, bake it to perfection and your good to go.

 

                   5) Pasta Con Pomodoro E Basilico-

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Pasta Con Pomodoro E Basilico

                        This can be suggested as one of the pasta dishes that make the benchmark of Italian cooking. Add your pasta to an amazing tomato sauce base with lots of garlic and olive oil. Serve it hot and you will find yourself craving for more.

 

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TOP 5 NEW YEAR COCKTAILS TO WELCOME 2019!

As 2018 ends, we all have certain things to bid goodbye to, and we also plan on inviting good vibes and welcome in the new year. New year is also a time where you spend good times with your loved ones, through food, music, parties, and much more happiness. Here are top 5 New Year Cocktails to welcome 2019 with an amazing toast-

  1. Gibson Martini-
New Year Cocktails
Gibson Martini

Gibson Martini is one of the best New Year Cocktails and is the most sought-after New Year drink of the year. With its exclusive flavour of dry mouth giving you the perfect midnight New Year kiss, this cocktail will end your year with the perfect bang. Add in some cocktail onions and vermouth to your gin and your good to go!

2. Red velvet cake martini-

New Year Cocktails
Red Velvet Cake Martini

One of the best New Year Cocktails for the red velvet lovers! All you need is vodka, creme de cacao, buttermilk and some food colour to give you the rich redness. To make it even more visually appealing, dip the rims of the martini glass to some frosting and then on some red sugar.

3. Ginger Cosmopolitan-

New Year Cocktails
Ginger Cosmopolitan

This is one of the most exciting New Year Cocktails which will spice up the party! Blend in some ice, vodka, liquor, cranberry juice, lime juice with some muddled ginger root. Strain out the ice and muddle root to have the perfect pungent touch to your New Year.

4. Royal Blue Cocktail-

New Year Cocktails
Royal Blue Cocktail

The Royal Blue Cocktail is one of the most tantalizing drinks and is the most eye- appealing drink to serve for a fancy New Year Party. The secret behind its rich blue hue is of Blue Curacao. All you need for the cocktail is cranberry juice, citron vodka, blue curacao, and lime; decorate the rim with some granulated sugar.

5. French 75 Cocktail-

New Year Cocktails
French 75 Cocktail

One of the most classy and light New Year cocktails for all the wine lovers! All you need is some gin, lemon juice, simple syrup to be poured into a champagne flute. Add some sparkling wine further and garnish with lemon peel to make your drink of the year.

 

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Top 5 Christmas Cakes you must be baking this year-

It’s the festive season and what’s a Christmas without baking some cakes! Over the years, cakes have been baked as a tradition for every Christmas, all around the world and have been evolved over the years. Here are the top 5 Christmas Cakes that you must be baking this year-

 

  1. Classic Waldorf Red Cake-
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Classic Waldorf Red Cake

 

This is a cake that will kick in the holiday colour to your day and will be an element of decor on your table. The famous Classic Waldorf Red Cake is mostly baked as a cake tower with layers of buttercream frosting in between. The secret ingredient is almond milk and it definitely tops the chart among Christmas Cakes.

 

2) Rum Cake-

Christmas Cakes
Rum Cake

A simple yet divine cake for the perfect Christmas dinner! The cake is prepared using rum and pecans as the highlight with a simple vanilla batter mix. Rum Cakes are popularly baked around the world making it to the top list of Christmas Cakes.

 

3) White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake-

Christmas Cakes
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Cheesecakes are always a succulent party in the mouth and are a must bake goodie for this Christmas. This cheesecake is simple to prepare yet adds a slight twist in flavour by bringing in the white chocolate blend along with the sour cream cheese. While chocolate biscuits are added as the base, pure raspberry sauce is drizzled over, hence making it one of the best Christmas cakes ever.

 

4) Gingerbread Cake-

Christmas Cakes
Gingerbread cake

Gingerbread was first introduced in Europe during the 10th century. This cake is just a twist to the famous gingerbread and is a party for ginger lovers. These cakes are a must try among Christmas Cakes due to its simple preparation methods.

 

5) Figgy Pudding cake-

Christmas Cakes
Figgy pudding cake

The name of this one of the best Christmas cakes will sort of lead to confusion. Well, confuse not! This bliss of a cake is a dense and moist cake immersed in flavours like nutmeg, cinnamon, orange marmalade and lots of figs.

 

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Top 5 easy Salad recipes for a healthy you!

Salads are the healthiest and refreshing option when you crave for a healthy life. Although to kickstart a healthy life, it may seem difficult initially to get into the habit of eating healthy, especially eating salads. Here are some of the top 5 easy salad recipes for a healthy you-

 

 

  • Tomato- peach salad-

    easy salad recipe
    tomato & peach salad

 

          If you are a sweet tooth, this is definitely one of the easy salad recipes you can nail. Toss in some diced tomatoes and peach along with some red onion slices. Drizzle it with cider vinegar and olive oil, along with some sugar, salt and pepper seasoning.

 

2) Creole Green Beans-

Creole Beans salad
Creole beans salad

    Beans can be easily used as one of the easy salad recipes for a healthy you. Blanch some green beans along with some red onion slices. Drizzle it with creole mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

 

3) Caesar Salad-

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Caesar Chicken Salad

   Caesar salad is also one of the most delicious easy salad recipes. Prepare a puree with garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and egg yolk, by slowly adding a bit of olive oil while blending. Drizzle this puree over lettuce, onions and tomatoes, and if needed, some chicken chunks.

 

4)  Hearty Tuna Salad-

Easy Salad recipe
Tuna salad

    Here is one of the healthiest easy salad recipes for the gym lovers. Mix in some oil- canned tuna with your favourite veggies like pickled mushrooms, beans, celery, and olives. Drizzle it in with some mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss in some cherry tomatoes if needed.

 

5) Chicken Mango Salad-

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Chicken & Mango salad

    Again one of the yummiest easy salad recipes for both chicken and sweet lovers. Toss in some diced chicken and mango with some lemon juice, ginger and olive oil. Serve it chilled!

 

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Top 5 Party Menu Recipes-

Hosting a party at home is quite simple yet tough to nail in terms of food! Party menu recipes are quite the trick to make your party a grand success among your guests. Here are the top 5 party menu recipes that you can easily execute-

 

 

  • Galouti Kebabs-

 

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kebab

 

          These are one of the best party menu recipes to nail if you have a lot to feed for the party. Kebabs are quick to make by using some minced meat of your choice or veggies and deep fried in light ghee. They can be served as the perfect starter as well along with an amazing mint chutney.

 

2) Dum Aloo Lakhnavi-

 

 

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Dum Aloo Lakhnavi

    This is one of the most finger-licking good party menu recipes you can have for the day. The key to a ‘Dum Aloo Lakhnawi’ is the flavour of the yoghurt blended with cashews, tomatoes and onion gravy. It is usually of a mild spicy flavour yet very aromatic.

 

3) Makhwali Kofta-

 

 

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Makhwali Kofta

   This dish is also one of the best among party menu recipes due to its rich flavour content. The koftas are made from khoya and are immersed in a rich gravy made of  khus-khus, coconut and milk. This is the best dish to nail if you are looking forward to serving some hungry vegetarian guests for the night.

 

4) Dal Makhani-

 

 

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dal makhani

  This may sound too simple to be one of the best party menu recipes, although can kick in amazing flavours if made in the right way and served with the right dish. Dal Makhani along with some flavoured rice, chapatis and other main side dishes can bring in delight to the menu. Top it with some melted butter to make it more aromatic.

 

5) Dum Paneer Kali Mirch-

 

 

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Dum paneer kali Mirch

   This is one of the most top guaranteed party menu recipes for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lovers alike. Paneer cubes are soaked in a gravy made of yoghurt, cinnamon, crushed black pepper, fried onions, ginger and garlic. Serve it with butter naan or other amazing Indian breads or even steamed rice.

 

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Top 5 healthy Chicken recipes to kick up your protein intake-

Healthy chicken recipes are something which everyone loves to experiment with, especially when chicken is a much flavourful meat. It is highly rich in protein and is easy to prepare no matter what the recipe is. Even a simple dish where the chicken is just boiled gives a unique flavour for chicken lovers.

 

healthy chicken recipe
healthy chicken recipe

 

Here are some of the top 5 healthy chicken recipes-

 

 

  • Chicken Biriyani-

 

          Yes, a plate of Chicken Biriyani can actually be healthy! Biriyani can be made healthier by using brown rice instead of white rice, and the ghee content can also be reduced. Further, consume chicken more than the rice and add more natural spices than artificial ones, making it a healthy chicken recipe.

  • Honey and garlic chicken wings-

Chicken wings are avoided by everyone who is a tad- bit health conscious! But what if these delicious wings can be made healthier? Use garlic and honey as marination to make your chicken ooze out healthy and yummy aromas; also semi-fry it and bake it from there to avoid excess oil, making it a healthy chicken recipe.

 

  • Chicken Tikka Masala-

A dish which mostly involves adding in a lot of spices and fats. This dish is a favourite of almost many chicken lovers but is generally a matter of concern due to its oozing fat. The dish can be prepared by reducing the amount of fat and using more of natural spices, in order to make it a healthy chicken recipe.

 

  • Garlic Chicken-

Garlic is a very healthy ingredient whether used as raw, cooked or fried. Use garlic as a marinade, and also use it heavily in the gravy to make it much richer. Garlic is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, fights cholesterol etc., hence making it a healthy chicken recipe.

  • Chicken Salad-

Salads are the ultimate health kickers, although may be boring for most. Add in some flavoured chicken chunks to your salad with some Caesar dressing if required. Devour on the tastiest healthy chicken recipe of the day.

 

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How to prepare a juicy Koyla Chicken

Koyla Chicken is an age-old recipe and is known for its smoky essence in flavour. Being spicy, Koyla Chicken is all about an amalgam of flavours like cashews, garam masala, fresh cream and much more. Here is the recipe to this wonderous spicy chicken dish-

 

Koyla Chicken
Koyla Chicken

Ingredients
Chicken – 1(800) grams
Ginger – 2 one-inch pieces
Garlic – 6-8 cloves
Tomatoes – 6
Cashew nuts – 10-15
Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1 & a 1/2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Butter – 3 tablespoons
Green chillies slit – 4-5
Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
Fresh coriander leaves – 2 tablespoons
Fresh cream – 1/2 cup
Coal – 2 large
Ghee – 1 tablespoon

Recipe method

  1. Marinate chicken pieces in red chilli powder, ginger and garlic paste, garam masala powder and salt.
  2. Blanch tomatoes in boiling water for 3 minutes.
  3. Peel tomatoes and blend them into a puree while roasting cashew nuts.
  4. Grind the roasted cashew nuts into a coarse powder with a mortar.
  5. Heat butter in a Kadai and add the chicken chunks to saute them for few minutes.
  6. Add slit green chillies and also pour in the tomato puree.
  7. Add half cup water and cover the kadai; let the chicken simmer in the gravy for about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Add in the roasted cashews and cover for another 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves while the chicken gets tender. Cook for another minute or 2.
  9. Add in fresh cream and stir; remove from heat.
  10. Heat coal on an open flame until red hot and place it into a steel bowl.
  11. Place the bowl over the chicken and pour ghee onto the coal. As soon as smoke emits, cover the kadai with a lid.
  12. Open the lid, remove the coal, and serve hot!

 

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The Masala Box Weekends are here!

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Masala Box Weekends

Masala Box, with it’s healthy and 100% homemade food delivery service, is introducing its all new Masala Box Weekends menu! With this, you can now catch up on what’s special every weekend on the Masala Box menu. The menu is a yummy compilation of an array of flavourful dishes and cuisines.

We at Masala Box will be featuring a menu of Main courses, Medium bites and Snack Treats. Masala Box Weekends will be featuring menus for mainly Indiranagar, HSR Layout and Marathahalli for now. All the 3 Weekend Menus will be an amalgam of exquisite cuisines hailing from different parts of the country.

Here is a sneak peek into the menu-

The mains-

  1. Chicken Perattu-

       Hailing from ‘God’s own country’- Kerala, Chicken Perattu is an authentic cuisine featuring chicken in a uniquely flavoured manner. The main flavours used in these are of curry leaves, coconut oil and a freshly ground spice paste. Being a spicy side dish, it usually goes well with puttu, rice, and even smashed tapioca.

  1. Mishthi Bhat-

       Mishthi Bhat is a sweet pulao hailing from Bengal. This is commonly prepared in households during festivities and is very fragrant in nature. The major taste element of this pulao is that it has a very slight undertone of sweetness in the dish.

  1. Khushka-

       Khuska is a South Asian rice dish which is primarily made of spices, rice and ghee. This is commonly served with a kurma as the side dish, be it Veg Kurma, Chicken kurma or any other non veg kurma. A mint chutney is also accompanied with the Khushka. 

Some other treats-

  1. Andhra Kodi Vepudu-

       This is a famous dry chicken dish hailing from the spicy land of Andhra Pradesh. It is prepared using a unique way of sautéing and frying the chicken in freshly ground spices. It is usually served as a starter and can also be accompanied with a simple Biriyani dish. 

  1. Chow patty Pav Bhaji- 

       There is nothing more spicy and delectable than a Pav Bhaji. This Maharashtrian exquisite cuisine is a mouth watering treat which everyone craves for and can be eaten at any time of the day. The Pav bhaji is commonly known as a street food and  every nook and corner of Mumbai is immersed in the aroma of this heavenly treat.

  1. Chole Chaawal-

       Chole Chaawal is nothing but the combination of rice and Chickpeas curry, and can be considered as a light lunch or dinner. The Chole or chickpeas is prepared in a flavourful gravy and can range from mild to extreme spice level. It is usually prepared as a healthy lunch or as a quick grab lunch. 

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Top 5 food phobias that actually exist!

Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder due to excessive fear of an object or situation. Phobias can go up to different levels and can be aversions to anything, including FOOD! Here are the top 5 food phobias that actually exist-

Food Phobias
Food Phobia

 

  1. Cibophobia-

Can you imagine someone fearing food as a whole? Cibophobia, a rare among food phobias, is an eating disorder in which the sufferer fears food. Some of the symptoms include fear of expired food, refusal to eat leftover food, worried about how well is the food cooked etc.; the sufferers most probably try to develop certain eating rules.

  1. Mageirocophobia

This condition involves the fear of cooking; a common among food phobias. The fear is associated with being afraid of burning themselves, over/undercooking the food, or even afraid of cooking for others.

  1. Acerophobia

Among food phobias, this is the fear associated with sour foods. Acerophobia usually arises out of a traumatic experience during an early age. This is also known as Acerbophobia.

  1. Thermophobia

Among food phobias, this is the fear associated with hot foods. Thermophobic people generally try to avoid hot foods, hot weather or rather anything hot. The opposite of thermophobia is Cryophobia, the fear of cold.

  1. Alektorophobia-

This among food phobias is basically the fear of chicken. This is considered as one of the rarest phobias in the world. This can also be considered as a condition linked to Obsessive Control Disorder (OCD).

 

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TOP 5 RECIPES FOR A SPLENDID DIWALI-

Diwali, also known as the festival of light, marks the celebration of spiritual victory over darkness, evil and ignorance. No matter how varied are the customs in different parts, no Diwali passes by without sharing joy and love through sweets and chocolates. Here are some of the top recipes for a splendid Diwali-

 

  1. Matar Chola-
matar chole diwali
matar chole

Matar Chola is a spicy curry made which can be eaten as both a side dish as well as a curry. The spicy combination of chickpeas, tomato, onions, green chillies etc. give a unique blend of flavours in the mouth. If you do not have much of a sweet tooth, you can always opt for ‘Matar Chola’.

 

     2) Namakpara-

namakpara diwali
namakpara

         A replacement to Namkeens, these treat bites are the perfect evening snack after a whole day of festivity. Namakparas are salty treats that can be made out of simple ingredients. You can also give them a sweet twist if you are someone who loves crunchy sweet treats.

 

3) Chana Dal Bhajiya-

chana dal bhajiya diwali
chana dal bhajiya

  Looking forward to some guests coming over? Then this is the perfect snack for everyone to relish on, be it a child or an adult. These are similar to ‘Pakories’ and are best served with chutney as a side dish.

 

4) Lauki Ki Barfi-

lauke ki barfi diwali
lauke ki barfi

    Who thought that a bottle- gourd can be used to make something sweet and delicious like this! This same recipe can be made using coconut instead of bottle gourd. This recipe is not only delicious but is also light and healthy.

 

5) Seb ka Halwa-

seb ka halwa diwali
seb ka halwa

    As the name suggests, this halwa is made out of apples and can be considered as one of the most easiest Halwa recipes. Using simple ingredients like grated apples, cashew, ghee etc., this is a simple and quick recipe you can pull off for sudden guests. You can make it more exciting by adding extra flavours like cinnamon or cardamom, and much more.

 

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