Get up to 5 FREE meals – MASALA BOX – Bangalore | Kochi

Homemade food by MASALA BOX

Masala Box has launched a referral program wherein you and your friends get to savour on delectable healthy and homemade meals for free.

Masala Box is a homemade meals delivery service which tries to resonate the vibes of homely food through every morsel. Presently operating in Bangalore and Kochi, we leverage a network of passionate home chefs who cook the meals as per our standards in terms of health, quantity and quality. We ensure that our food is 100% homemade by ensuring that no sorts of additives or preservatives are implemented in the food.

Here is how you can get the FREE meals –

1)Sign up by entering your NAME, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ID.
2)You will receive a unique referral link which you can share via any medium (Whatsapp, Facebook, E-mail etc).
3)You will get a FREE meal credited to your account once your friend(s) register by clicking the link shared by you.
4) Your friend(s) can claim their FREE meal by registering and referring us, just like how you did!
5) You will be issued with a free meal from the MASALA BOX site/ app.

masala box
Healthy and Homemade

Remember, the more you refer, the more you get!

Invite 1 friend for 1 free meal.
Invite 3 friends for 2 free meals.
Invite 5 friends for 3 free meals.
Invite 10 friends for 5 free meals.

Excited already? Start referring by clicking the link NOW – http://bit.ly/2xu2q1v 

 

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

Achieve a healthy lifestyle by avoiding junk and eating something homemade. Subscribe to homemade meals now, only from Masala Box.

 

You can also download the app now (available both in android and app store)!

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.

 

Unravel the journey of RELISH– worth flavours now!

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
This Onam, Masala Box is all set to deliver you the perfect homemade ‘Sadya’. Get bulk Sadyas to have a splendid Onam this year.
Call +917899854646 /+917899857746 or order from the website now.

Also avail ‘Vellupperi’ and ‘Sharkara upperi’ from Varma’s for Masala Box to make your Onam extra flavourful. (Order from website now.)

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

 

Get Onam Sadya meals from Masala Box delivered to your party or office with our Party and Corporate orders respectively! You can now also make the best sweet memories out of Onam this year, with our special Onam desserts and other Onam delicacies. Place your orders now!

 

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.

 

 

 

Masala Box is a homemade meals delivery service which uses a lot of beneficial ingredients like these in their food. They presently operate within Bangalore and Kochi. Subscribe to their meals now from their website or via their app.

 

 

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.

 

 

Avoiding junk food and eating homemade is also a major way of maintaining a healthy body weight. If cooking is a tedious task, then you can definitely subscribe to healthy homemade meals from Masala Box. With varied meal plans, Masala Box helps you in inculcating all the essential nutrients and proteins in your daily diet.

 

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.

 

These 5 methods on how to avoid unhealthy food may seem challenging. If you have no access to homemade food, you can always subscribe to Masala Box. Do check out the website or download the app for a healthier eating habit!

Top 9 foods to eat every day-

There are multiple kinds of healthy food that we must intake throughout a week, but some foods are mandatory to be eaten every day. These foods are beneficial to keep us healthy throughout the day as well as for a long period of time. Here are the top 9 foods to eat every day for taking care of us from head to toe-

  • Garlic-

Garlic coming from an onion family has many antibacterial properties which boost our immunity and also helps us in fighting the common cold. A small clove consumed every day can do wonders by also detoxifying our body, reduce our blood pressure and also lessen the risk of cholesterol. Well, now you know why garlic is at the top of the list of 9 foods to eat every day.

Garlic- Foods to eat every day

 

  • Tomatoes-

Tomatoes are known to be good for avoiding heart attacks or any other blood or heart-related problems. They are also a very good source of anti-cancer agents and help us in fighting mainly prostate, lung, and stomach and breast cancers. Apart from that, tomatoes are very good in taking care of our skin, especially for people who are prone to sunburns frequently.

Tomatos

  • Avocados-

Avocados, also known by other names like ‘butter fruit’ and ‘alligator pear’, are a highly recommended fruit due to its various health benefits. One of the best reasons to eat an avocado is that it maintains our blood pressure levels due to its high levels of potassium. Avocados are also super heart healthy and also help in weight loss; which makes it the third in our list of top 9 foods to eat every day.

Avacado

  • Spinach-

Nothing is as awesome as this dark leafy superfood which contains high levels of magnesium, calcium and iron. Some of the top benefits of having spinach every day are that it helps in controlling our diabetics level, and also helps in preventing cancer and asthma apart from other benefits. Now you know why spinach is listed as one of the top foods to eat every day.

Spinach

  • Yogurt-

A cup of yogurt a day is beneficial to our body in many aspects, especially if you are on a diet as it helps in appetite and weight control. It also helps in combating many digestive related issues like constipation, bloating and diarrhoea. Apart from that, yogurt is a very good source for boosting your immunity levels.

Yogurt

  • Kale-

This leafy veggie has proven its magic in many aspects of health and is one of the highest recommended foods by doctors. Kale is mainly consumed for a better eye health, detoxifying the body, and also for a better wellbeing of your skin. These are just some of the reasons as to why it is on the list of foods to eat every day.

Kale

  • Cucumbers-

This yummy vegetable contains a lot of water and nutrients and hence is a must to eat every day. Cucumbers are generally very good in reducing the risks of chronic diseases like heart problems, cancer and autoimmune diseases. They are also a very good source of water, hence helps in hydration and also in weight loss.

Cucumber

  • Grapefruit-

One of the major reasons as to why people love grapefruit is that it helps in weight loss aggressively. The citrus factor of the fruit reduces chances of strokes in women and also helps in controlling our blood pressure and heart health. This is exactly why it is one of the foods to eat every day.

Grapefruit

  • Bell peppers-

These beauties are a wonder when it comes to maintaining our eye health. Due to its high vitamin C properties, it also helps in boosting our immunity to high levels. If you are pregnant, capsicums area great source of nourishment to your foetus.

Bell peppers

Now maybe you are not a person who can easily eat all this every day as you are a busy bee. But you can definitely incorporate healthy eating by simply eating homemade. Subscribe to healthy homemade meal plans now only from Masala Box, or simply download the app.

Top 5 Indian foods which are not Indian at all!

We all are people who enjoy our Indian cuisine no matter how many Burger outlets start nearby. The Indian food is unique when it comes to flavours, aroma and its vibes; but what if the delicious Indian meal that we all enjoy so much is actually not Indian? Here is a list of top 5 Indian foods that are bound to break your heart-

  • The all famous ‘Samosa’-

samosa

Yes, ‘Samosas’ it is; that too at the top of the list of these 5 Indian foods! ‘Originally called ‘samosa’, the Indian delicious potato filled spicy savoury travels all the way from the Middle East. It was introduced in India during the 13th or 14th century through Middle Eastern traders.

 

  • The succulent ‘Gulab Jamuns’-

gulab jamun

This sweet party in our mouths is not Indian either! Originally known as ‘luqmat al qadi’, our sweet dough balls called ‘Gulab jamuns’ in India are actually from the beautiful Meditteranean cities like Persia. It was originally deep fried and then soaked in honey syrup and sprinkled with sugar, while we Indians modified it and adopted it as ‘Gulab Jamuns’.

 

  • Spicy ‘Vindaloo’-

vindaloo

This spicy meat curry is born with Portuguese roots and is usually made with pork, chicken or beef. Known originally as ‘carne de vinha d’alhos’, this yummy hot dish is actually made with pork, wine (vin), and garlic (alhos); hence the name ‘vinha d’ alhos’. We Indians have further modified it with by adding potatoes and hence the name vindaloo (aloo means potato) became one of the top 5 Indian foods in this list.

 

  • The compulsory evening ‘chaai’

chai

Tea was originally used as a medicinal drink in China, which was later adopted and enjoyed by the Britons. Thanks to the British colonizers, we now have the habit of drinking tea quite often during a day. While they drank a strong cup of tea with no milk, we Indians made it more flavourful by adding milk, sugar and at times even spices like cardamom.

 

  • The all-rounder ‘rajma chawal’ –

indian foods

The ‘rajma’ (kidney) bean is bought from Central Mexico and Guatemala. The Mexicans love spice and hence they boiled the kidney beans and added spices to it. We Indians borrowed it and modified it into a delicious and nutritious dish and hence this is one among the top 5 Indian foods which are not Indian.

 

Craving for that yummy homemade North Indian meal? Why wait then? Subscribe now to Masala Box or simply download the app now.