5 Delicious Watermelon Recipes to Try at Home

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of watermelon. Apart from being a delicious low-calorie diet, the fruit also packs antioxidants and electrolytes that play a vital role in keeping your body cool in this hot, humid weather.

Here are five ways you can use this water-rich fruit to the fullest this summer:

Frozen watermelon ice cubes

Watermelon

If you enjoy the fruit-infused water, then this one is a sure shot winner! Cut watermelon into small chunks and pop them in the freezer. You can use the frozen chunks in place of ice cubes to keep your drink cold and release that subtle, sweet delicious flavour we all love!

Dip it in dark chocolate and season with sea salt

Health Tips

Cut watermelons into big chunks and pat dry them well. Dip the dried watermelon chunks in dark chocolate and sprinkle sea salt on them before putting them in the fridge to set. This one is a definite must-try.

Drink it!

Watermelon Juice

A simple watermelon and mint agua fresca are just what you need to cool down this summer. Juice a mix of watermelon chunks, mint and maple syrup to enjoy the most easy-to-make, refreshing drink. You can also this mix to prepare cocktails on a Saturday night.

Make a salad

Salad

Very few things are as refreshing as a salad in this sweltering summer heat. Cut the watermelon into small cubes and toss it with some cucumber and feta cheese for the perfect balance of sweet and salty. You can experiment with other combinations of vegetables and fruits as well.

Cold soups

Cold soups

It can’t get much simpler than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a blender and transferring into a bowl, ready for consumption. A watermelon gazpacho requires minimal prepping and makes a lip-smacking appetizer. You can find the recipe here.

What are your favourite ways to consume watermelons this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

 

6 Body Cooling Foods to Beat the Heat This Summer

Summer can leave us dehydrated and feel deprived of energy. With the mercury levels soaring higher each day, it is important that we find ways to overcome the impact summer has on our bodies. Keeping your body heat in check can help prevent ailments such as stomach ulcers, rashes and boils on the skin, heat cramps, acidity and heartburn and excessive perspiration, among others. Incorporating body cooling foods in daily meal plans will not only balance our diets but also helps keep the body cool. Listed below are some cooling foods that can be included in our diet to fight the effects the sweltering weather has on our bodies:

Watermelon

Body cooling foods

Watermelon, a seasonal summer fruit, is 91.5% water. It’s a great way of fulfilling your body’s water requirement. The fruit also packs plenty of anti-oxidants. Make some freshly squeezed juice, fruit salads and chaats or just enjoy it by itself to keep your body well hydrated.

Coconut water

Coconut water

There is no better summer drink than coconut water. Available in abundance, this not-so-expensive drink is loaded with electrolytes, essential vitamins and minerals and other nutrients. Drinking coconut water regularly helps fight the hot weather and its negative impacts our bodies. Recent studies have also established that coconut water has cancer-fighting properties. Even more reasons to drink coconut water this summer!

Cucumber

cucumber

Rich in fibre, eating cucumber during the summer can work wonders in keeping any constipation troubles at bay. Use this water-rich vegetable in your salads or just eat them as a snack to stay as cool as a cucumber.

Curd/Yoghurt

Curd

Apart from being delicious, curd/yoghurt is a great coolant and has probiotic properties. It is a very versatile ingredient in the kitchen that can be used to prepare an array of dishes, both sweet and savoury. You can use curd to make spiced buttermilk, raita or sweet lassi. You can also add seasonal fruits to it and make a lip-smacking smoothie.

Mint

Mint

Mint is a cheap, easily available herb that you can find in most vegetable stores and markets. Adding mint in water, chai or curd is great for overall health. You can also use this herb to prepare mint chutneys and dips which make a great accompaniment to snacks. Including mint in your diet is a great way to stay cool and refreshed.

Onions

Onions

Who would have thought onions have cooling properties, right? Red onions especially are loaded with quercertin, a natural anti-allergen. Ranging from mild to pungent, the taste of raw onions may not appeal to everyone. You can chop them up and mix it with other vegetables to make salads. Yet another way to eat onions is to add it to your curries and raita. Adding onions to your food also helps protect you from sun strokes.

Apart from what’s mentioned above, you can also include loads of fruits and vegetables, especially the green leafy kind, in your diet to stay cool and healthy. What are your favourite foods to eat during summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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!

 

Simplify Cooking with These Easy Kitchen Hacks

Simple kitchen hacks can a long way. When used effectively, they help simplify quite a few otherwise tedious tasks. Listed below are some tips and tricks that can turn you into a kitchen expert from an experimenting maverick!

Kitchen Hacks

  1.    Add a slice of bread while cooking cabbage to get rid of the smell.
  2.    Microwave lemons for a minute or place them in hot water for 20 minutes to extract maximum juice from them.
  3.    Place boiled potatoes in cold water to make the skin removal process easier.
  4.    Wash salad greens (leafy vegetables) in cold water to make them retain their crunchiness.
  5.    Add a pinch of sugar when you sauté spices for curries. This will make the vegetables look richer.
  6.    Shake eggs vigorously before boiling to make them look more yellow from the outside.
  7.    Placing a long spoon on top of the vessel while boiling milk or water will prevent the content from spilling over.
  8.    Slice both ends of cucumber, apply a pinch of salt on either side and rub with the chopped head till the ends get slightly frothy. This is supposed to do away with the bitterness of the vegetable.
  9.    Adding semolina or rice flakes to pakoras make them crunchier.
  10.  Rub your hands against a stainless steel vessel or against a steel sink to remove the smell of onions and garlic.
  11.   You can check the freshness of eggs by placing them in a bowl of water. The good ones sink and the bad ones float.
  12.  Stick a slice of bread to cut area of a cake (you can use toothpicks) to prevent it from getting stale.

Balancing the Protein Intake in Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

Getting the required amount of protein in your everyday diet without consuming too much meat can seem tough, maybe even impossible. It can appear especially difficult if you are vegan or vegetarian and are looking to consume vegetarian protein or plant protein. Getting all the required nutrients and minerals is just a matter of following a healthy, wholesome diet. Protein-rich meats can be substituted by simple, everyday ingredients to get all the protein your body requires.

Listed below are some of the most easy-to-source, simple-to-cook sources of vegetarian protein:

  •  Legumes
    Legumes

Legumes, such as chickpeas, lentils, green peas, soybeans, kidney beans, etc. are some of the most common ingredients used in vegetarian, Indian dishes. Legumes are a powerhouse of nutrients as they are rich in fibre, iron, phosphorous, potassium and B vitamins apart from protein. For instance, half a cup of cooked chickpeas contains about 7 grams of dietary protein. Dishes such as lentil curries and hummus are a great source of vegetarian protein and make a perfect substitute for meats. Legumes are often classified as incomplete proteins. However, when paired with rice, it makes a complete protein and can provide all the essential amino acids your body requires on a daily basis. Including dishes such as dal tadka, dal makhani, toor dal fry, channa masala, etc., are a simple, quick and delicious protein-fix.

  •  Tofu

    Vegetarian ProteinTofu, or bean curd, is a plant-based protein. It makes an excellent addition to several Indian dishes and is immensely popular as a vegan alternative for paneer (cottage cheese). Half a cup of tofu contains about 10 grams of dietary proteins. It is also rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids including omega-3 fats, making it a heart-healthier alternative for high-fat meats that contain saturated fat. Curries, salads, noodles, etc. are some of the dishes that tofu can be incorporated into.

  • Heart-healthy Nuts

    Healthy Nuts

Including nuts such as cashews and almonds is a great way to incorporate plant-based protein into vegetarian and vegan diets. Furthermore, nuts are excellent sources of heart-healthy fats, dietary fibre and vitamin E besides being a vegetarian protein mine. About 23 whole almonds provide about 6 grams of protein, while around 17 cashews contain just over 4 grams of dietary protein.

  • Dairy Foods and Their Alternatives

Apart from the above, dairy products such as milk, yoghurt and cheese are also great sources of vegetarian protein. Paneer, a fresh cheese used widely in Indian cuisine, contains about 17 grams of protein per cup. Calcium-fortified non-dairy substitutes, such as soy milk and soy yoghurt, are also excellent sources of protein. A cup of milk or soy milk provides about 8 grams, and 1 cup of low-fat yoghurt contains about 13 grams of dietary protein.

These ingredients work great with Indian dishes and are easily available in almost all local stores. If you lack the time to prepare your own food, then you can choose to get a meal subscription plan that includes some or all of the above-mentioned vegetarian goodness in their meal plan. That way, you can still get that vegetarian protein and keep your protein game strong!

5 Food Additives You Should Avoid

Food additives are nothing but chemicals that are added to food products to ease the processing, enhance the flavours and improve their shelf life. However, unlike the term suggests, these chemicals don’t really “add” any value to the food. Some of these additives are said to be cancer-causing and have been linked to triggering several ailments.

Listed below are some of the most common additives to stay clear from:

Food Additives

  • Artificial sweeteners

Aspartame (E951) is a chemical compound that is most commonly used in “diet” and “sugar-free” foods. A neurotoxin and a carcinogenic, this compound is said to have drastic effects on intelligence and short-term memory. Brain tumour, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, migraines and seizures are some of the ailments that artificial sweeteners are said to trigger. Some of the most commonly consumed food products that contain aspartame include sugar-free sodas, diet coke, coke zero, jello (and other gelatins), desserts, sugar-free gum, drink mixes, baking goods, tabletop sweeteners, cereal, breath mints, pudding, ice tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste.

  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG is widely used as a flavour enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and many restaurant foods. MSG is known as an excitotoxin – a substance that causes cells to get overexcited to the point of damage or death. Increased consumption of MSG can result in adverse side effects including depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity. MSG is used as an additive in Chinese food, many snacks, chips, cookies, seasonings, frozen dinners and lunch meats.

  • Trans Fat

Trans fat is on the extreme end of the dangerous additives chart. It finds application in increasing the shelf-life of food products. Several studies show that trans fats increase LDL cholesterol levels while decreasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol, increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes, and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes, and other health problems. Deep-fried fast foods and certain processed foods made with margarine or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, baked goods, fast foods, chips and crackers are some examples of trans fat-containing foods.

  • Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite

Sodium nitrate (or sodium nitrite) is often used as a preservative, colouring, and flavouring in processed meats. This compound is highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system. Once inside the digestive system, it forms a variety of nitrosamine compounds that enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc with a number of internal organs, the liver and pancreas in particular. Sodium nitrate is found commonly in food items such as bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, corned beef, smoked fish and other processed meats.

  • Soy Lecithin

Soy lecithin is used to give products a smooth, uniform appearance. Some of the more commonly recognized side effects associated are like bloating, diarrhoea, mild skin rashes, nausea and stomach pain. Used primarily as an emulsifier, you can find this compound in anything from salad dressing to tea bags, especially chocolates.

 

7 Easy Hacks for Staying Healthy, Especially If You Have a Busy Lifestyle

Making lifestyle improvements, exercising more and staying healthy are expected to emerge as some of the major trends this year. However, since most of us have day jobs followed by a multitude of house chores, we are all faced with one big problem – lack of time to invest towards maintaining that healthy lifestyle. We, at Masala Box, has compiled a list of simple, yet highly effective tips and trends that you can inculcate in your daily routine to stay healthy and fit without having to spend too much time.

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Super Seeds
  1. Super seeds: Often deceptive because of their size, super seeds are a powerhouse of essential nutrients such as protein, fiber, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Super seeds – flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. – are easily accessible and available in most stores and supermarkets. Sprinkle a handful of these on salads and smoothies, maybe even rotis, dosas and just about anything to make your meal a power-packed one.
  2. Simple flavours: Maintaining simple, yet bold flavours is an upcoming trend in home kitchens. The rising popularity of culinary shows and books coupled with the use of equipment such as microwaves and grills are quickly transforming flavour preferences. Spicy, heavy-on-the-stomach curries are being replaced by stir-fried, grilled and boiled alternatives, whether it is a simple dinner at home or a family feast.
  3. East meets West: Fusion dishes are a huge hit in Indian kitchens currently. Dosa wraps, roti tacos, using Greek yoghurt or skyr instead of the more familiar, homemade dahi, incorporating superfoods such as seaweed, quinoa and amaranth in everyday meals are slowly becoming the norm in Indian food.
  4. Farm to table: This somewhat old trend is making a huge comeback, especially with the increasing popularity of organic food and preference for healthy eating. The use of farm-fresh vegetables and fruits instead of the mass-produced stuff not only makes the food healthier but also ensures that farmers get a better return for all their hard work.
  5. Veganism: With the rise in awareness about the health benefits of veganism, doing away with conventional staples such as milk and dairy products is no longer frowned upon (maybe with the exception of your grandmother!). More people are adopting a vegan lifestyle owing to the availability of alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk, peanut butter, almond butter, coconut cream, tofu, etc., which makes the transition not only easy, but also healthy.
  6. Gluten-free eating: Gluten-free eating is yet another upcoming trend in India, a country where the idea of wheat-less paranthas would be laughed at. As more people are learning about gluten-intolerance and the health benefits of gluten-free eating, the popularity of bhajra, millet and jowar, which are also easily available, is on the rise.
  7. Easy-to-carry alternatives and food makeovers: The preference for the consumption of home-made food is increasingly favoured as more people are focusing on lifestyle improvement and healthy eating. This shift in preference is transforming several Indian dishes, with strong and pungent flavours making way for subtle ones and deep fried items being replaced with roasted or grilled alternatives. Oats upma and kichdis, Indian-style sandwiches and innovative paranthas are some of the most popular alternatives that are currently finding their way inside office lunch boxes in India.

Most Delicious and Famous Biryanis in India

Top 7 Famous Biryanis from different Parts of India

Famous BiryanisBiryani, a timeless gourmet classic is probably one of the most popular delicacies in India. While it is believed that the Mughals first introduced biryani in North India, it is the Arabs who brought its flavours to the South of India. Almost every region in India has its own aromatic and flavoursome version of this dish with a vegetarian version that’s equally popular in Indian homes, especially in North India. The delicious blend of spices, flavours and aromas in a biryani perhaps epitomises what Indian cooking and culinary traditions are all about. Here’s a list of just some of the many variants of famous biryanis cooked across the country.

Hyderabadi Biryani: While in most biryanis the flavoured meat takes centre stage, in the layered Hyderabadi biryani, the aromatic saffron flavoured rice is given prominence. Cooked in “dum” style, it is an amalgamation of Mughal and Andhra flavours.

Order Biryani OnlineMalabar Biryani: This biryani is traditionally made in northern Kerala with a unique variety of rice called Khyma rice. The gravy with meat is cooked separately from the rice and combined at the end. Not too spicy, what sets it apart is the use of dry fruits such as cashew nuts and raisins.

Lucknowi Biryani: Also, known as Awadhi Biryani and based on the Persian style of cooking, the meat and gravy are partially cooked and layered with rice. It is then cooked in dum pukht style in a sealed handi.

Kolkata Biryani: This version of biryani has perhaps evolved from the Awadhi style. What makes it unique is the lighter spice content, distinct flavour and yellowish colour.

Sindhi Biryani: This biryani is quite spicy and flavoursome. What lends to its uniqueness is the fact that the meat curry is made with a lot of yoghurts.

Dindigul Biryani: A very unique preparation from Tamil Nadu, this biryani is perhaps nothing like the other biryanis you get across India. It exudes subtle flavours of mint leaves and garam masala. Basmati or the seeraga samba rice is used for this preparation.

Homemade Food DeliveryBhatkali Biryani: This biryani originated from the Nawayath Muslim community in Bhatkal, Karnataka. Onions and green chilli are liberally used in this preparation.

Biryanis are such an integral part of the Indian palate! Hence, the above is not an exhaustive list of biryanis that you would encounter as you travel the length and breadth of this country. One is sure to find some hidden gems from kitchens across India. Got such a unique recipe to share? Then do write to us. We’d love to hear from you!”

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10 most delicious food from the various regions of India

Read on to find out some comfort dishes from the various regions of India

Life can be hard, sometimes! Your boss not recognising your hard work at office, your bae moving out of town for next weeks, your parents again comparing you to Sharma ji ka beta- all these can make things dull for you. 10 Special Indian FoodYou might roam around, trying to find some solace, warmth and comfort, only to be met with despair and lost hope. In times like these, only a heaping plate of comfort and delicious food can be your proverbial silver lining. It can remind you of the warmth of your mother’s hug or the reassurance you feel every time your day lovingly parts you on the back.

Finding good comfort food, however, can be tricky. You can find a good tasty meal at your nearby five-star establishment, but nothing can compare to a plate of wholesome, homely meal filled with your childhood memories and nostalgia.

Different regions of India have different comfort foods. The only thing staple in all these is the nostalgia that you feel in the first bite of these dishes. Read on to find out some awesome comfort food from the various regions of India which have been reminding people of their happy past since time immemorial.

10 delicious food in India

  1. Dum aloo: – A widely preferred Kashmiri dish, dum aloo is liked by everyone. This spicy and fragrant dish has now become a national favourite, these days. This tasty dish is also not very difficult to make, making this an ideal comfort food.
  2. Idli: – These soft, spongy steamed fermented rice buns have found national fame, thanks to its simple yet wholesome taste and easy to digest properties. These can be best had with a filling bowl of sambhar or even by themselves with a dash of ghee.
  3. Rajma chawal: –  The staple Sunday afternoon meals for many families across north India, this dish has become one synonymous with the lazy Sunday afternoons that everyone looks forward to. An ideal dish to push away any pre-Monday blues effectively!
  4. Banana Chips Banana chips: – While the rest of the world is still stuck with potato chips (or crisps, actually) and Pringles, we have our own banana chips. Indigenous and utterly delicious, these originally came from God’s own country, Kerela. Perfect snack for all those movie-pajama binges.
  5. Khichdi: – Time honoured and loved by all, this dish has found its appreciation across India. While in the north, Khichdi should always go with its chaar yaar- dahi, papad, ghee, achaar, the peace-loving Bengalis prefer it a little soupy and with lots of vegetables, and the Maharashtrians like the drier and less spicy avatar of this superstar. Perfect to be enjoyed on those rainy nights with a serving of petrichor on the side.
  6. Bhel puri: – This dish globally known for its taste, ease of making and mood uplifting qualities cannot be left out from this list. Unlike a lot of other delicious food, this is one of the boons for the weight watchers.
  7. Thayir Sadam: –  Thayir Sadam, a famous delicacy of Tamil Nadu also known as yoghurt rice is very popular in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Made with curd and rice and often tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves soothe the stomach and tastes heavenly. A perfect dish to end your day with.
  8. Samosa: – The national favourite snack did not even originate in India. It came to India from the middle east. But these have had such a huge impact on us that their mentions can even be found in the works of Amir Khusro and Ibn Battuta. Perfect to be had with tea, coffee, by themselves, before a meal, after a meal, basically ANYTIME.
  9. Roshogolla: – This soft white globe of love dipped in a mildly sweet syrup is one of the most potent comfort food in the entire eastern region. In fact, a popular belief prevalent in this part of the country say that there are two types of people- one, who love roshogolla; and the others who have been lying since time immemorial.
  10. Delicious FoodBiryani: – The real king of good times, and bad times, and times when your best friend dumps you to go out with their crush! Biriyani has many avatars all over the subcontinent and is loved by all. This brilliant dish deserves entire volumes for itself.

Comfort and delicious food have the unique ability to make us feel happy and content. However, more often than not, these dishes do not find their place in high-end restaurants. This becomes a problem for all those who do not or cannot cook at home for any reason. But now with Masalabox,  you can order any of these dishes in the comfort of your home. Also, when you order these from us, you get a special serving of love and care (unlimited scoops). So, do not wait for your mood to dip, order from Masalabox and enjoy a bowl full of happiness.”

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Navratri Celebrations Across India

The story of Navratri and Dussehra

Navratri, the nine sacred days, is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine avatars. It is one of the most sacred festivals in Hinduism where we worship Goddess Durga or Shakti in her nine beautiful forms with great reverence. Navratri is celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm. During the nine days, there is a feeling of festivity in the air.

NAVRATRI VRAT:

Navratri Food OnlineDifferent parts of India celebrate Navratri in different styles. The thing that is common is its grandeur and auspiciousness. Some fast, others feast. Some people fast for the entire nine days. They eat only fruits and drink milk. Some eat just one meal a day, which is prepared without using onion and garlic. Those who do Navratri vrat are not allowed to consume alcohol, no smoking and should not eat eggs and non-vegetarian food. The house and the Puja room should be kept clean as you are inviting Goddess Durga into your house.

NAVRATRI PUJA:

All people celebrate Navratri. In some South Indian states, people arrange dolls in their home like a miniature museum. This is called kolu. One diya is burned in the Puja room throughout the nine days. One red cloth and one coconut are kept in the Puja room. They also keep red sindoor, bangles, Kajal and anklets in the Puja room as these things denote auspiciousness.

In Gujarat, during Navratri nights people do Dandiya and Garba, a beautiful folk dance wearing colourful dresses. In West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujrat Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja in praise of Goddess Durga. It celebrates both the victory of truth and greatness of feminism. During this period, the three forms of Goddess Durga – Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are invoked.It starts on the sixth day or Shashthi of Navratri and ends on Dashmi when the idol of the Goddess is immersed in water.

NAVRATRI SPECIAL FOOD:

There are some special recipes which are prepared during Navratri. People cook this and distribute it as bhog to their neighbours and friends. The most popular food prepared during Navratra is the Bhog or Prasada. It may vary from region to region but its significance remains the same. In some parts, the Bhog offered differs on every day. Ghee, Sugar, Milk or Kheer made of milk, Malpua, Banana, Honey, Jaggery, Coconut and Til are offered on nine days respectively. The bhog offered in South India is known as Sundal. This is basically a dry lentil or legume preparation spiced and tempered with fresh coconut. Kala chana, safedchana, rajma and green peas are used for this.

UPVAS FOOD:

Those who follow Navratri upvas should abstain from onion, garlic, eggs, meat, fish and alcohol. They should avoid lentils and legumes too. They can eat fruits, dry fruits, milk and milk products. Special flour and grains are allowed. Tapioca or Sabudana is also a very popular thing eaten during the festival. It can be made into a sweet pudding with milk, savoury khichadi or fried cutlets with mint chutney.Upvas food should be cooked using ghee, peanut oil or groundnut oil.

DUSSEHRA:

Dussehra Sweets OnlineDussehra or Vijayadashmi is the 10th day and it marks the end of Navratri. It means the victory of good over evil. Dussehra marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. People make special food like Jalebi, BesanLadoo and Mysore Pak to celebrate Dussehra. Kheer and Poori, vegetables without onion, garlic are also made in most houses. In some places, on Vijayadashmi day tools, weapons, vehicles and productive instruments are maintained, decorated, thanked and worshipped. Ram Leela recalling the life of Lord Rama is the most loved and popular way of people celebrating the festival of Dassara across the country.

All festivals in India are celebrated with special and unique festival food. Special dishes are made for these festivals. Most people are having a very busy life running between office and home. They do not find enough time to cook special recipes for festivals.

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