UNIQUE BREAD RECIPES FOR A HUNGRY YOU!

Bread is the most common leftover factor in every home, which is why we have unique bread recipes! No one is a perfect cook, but when it comes to bread, anyone can be a unique chef. Here we list down the top 5 unique bread recipes for a hungry you…

unique bread recipes

 

  • Bread fritters

Nothing is as simpler and tastier as bread fritters! Simply dip bread slices into a spicy or sweet batter made of flour and deep fry until golden brown. You have the perfect snack for the evening, which is why it is at the top of our list of 5 unique bread recipes.

 

  • Cheese bread balls

Same as the bread fritters, but more flavorful! Break bread into crumbs and add loads of cheese and spices, along with the required amount of salt. Mix water of the required consistency to make cheese balls, and deep fry them later on; you have the perfect snack for a boring Sunday.

 

  • Bread pizza

If you are crazy of pizzas, but no one is there to pay the bill for your home delivery, simply grab bread and make a pizza out of it! Top loads of mozzarella cheese and all your favorite toppings on bread and heat it on a pan or in an oven till the cheese melts.  Voila!

 

  • Bread upma-

Let’s add a bit more of flavors and also give it an Indian touch!  ‘Upma ‘may seem boring for some, but can be made delicious if made out of bread. Break the bread into crumbs and shallow fry it with onions, curry leaves and spices, to give you that exact hit of aroma.

 

  • Stuffed bread fritters

May seem complicated yet easy and appetizing! Create a unique stuffing for your bread and seal it within folded bread (you could also cut the bread into halves and make it like a sandwich.). Enclose the bread using a bit of water to dip into a batter of your choice; deep fry until golden brown.

 

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Top 10 food preservation techniques from then to now –

Restaurants worldwide use various techniques to preserve food depending on factors like the ingredient, the climate, taste required, etc.  Our ancestors have used various preservation techniques like canning, drying, pickling and many more, which are still being used in today’s modern world. Let’s have a sneak peek at the top 10 food preservation techniques ranging from ancient methods to the modern day of food preservation.

Ancient techniques-

There are various ancient techniques which are still useful in today’s world. Food preservation of the olden times most commonly used salt, oil, sugar among many other basic ingredients for preservation. It is also quite often said that these methods preserve food longer in comparison to present-day techniques.

  • Drying- Drying is a technique carried from the ancient times till now and it involves removing the moisture from the food until there is no moisture enough to breed microbes. It is mostly done for preserving certain vegetables, fruits, meats and many more. It can be done in various methods ranging from simple to using heavy equipment.
  • Fermenting- This method involves producing ‘good bacteria’ to inhibit the ‘bad bacteria’ from breeding. Fermenting is usually done on fruits (like grapes to produce wine), meat (like cured sausage, dairy products (like producing yoghurt). Although the method seems easy, it involves paying attention at different levels for different products.
  • Pickling- Pickling involves soaking meat, vegetables, or fruits and the like in a solution made of oils, salt, acid etc. Pickling can be tedious as it involves making the solution in the right concentration as well as taking good care of the product once it’s pickled. This method is usually combined with other methods like fermenting, canning, or refrigerating as pickling alone may not work out.
Pickled cucumbers!

 

  • Dry salting- This method involves covering food in a very high concentration of salt. This method is one of the earliest forms of food preservation and is also considered tastier and fresher when compared to canning. Salted vegetables and meat were highly used during the 20th
  • Cellaring- This method is also one of the earliest forms of preserving wherein the food is stored under specific conditions like high humidity and a light- controlled space. Many grains, nuts, vegetables etc. have been stored in this way across the world. It is also one of the easiest methods of preservation.
Cellared wine!

Although there are plenty of ancient techniques used in food preservation, hotels these days prefer the modern and easier techniques.

  • Refrigeration and freezing- This is the most commonly used among the top 10 food preservation techniques. Refrigeration helps in slowing down the process of bacterial breeding while freezing helps in completely cancelling the process. Almost all kinds of foods are frozen except fruits, unless for specific requirements or recipes.
  • Freeze drying- Freeze drying is much more intense than normal freezing and does not affect the taste as such. This technique helps in removing the moisture completely from the food by turning it into ice first and then into vapour. This is widely used in making instant coffee.
  • Carbonated water- This method is usually used for the preservation of carbonated drinks, as the name suggests. Carbonated water is nothing but carbon dioxide dissolved in water under pressure. The oxygen is completely eliminated from the water so that no microbial growth is encouraged.
  • Chemical food preservation- This is the most common method of food preservation and is also considered unhealthy to a certain extent. Even though, it is widely practised as it is much more economical and it also helps in preserving the food longer. Chemical preserves either eliminate or slow down bacterial activity or function as antioxidants.
Preserved jam!
  • Food irradiation- This is one of the latest methods of food preservation and it uses gamma radiation to kill bacteria. Food in packets is usually nuclear radiated and then sealed airtight. However, this method is not widely practised due to its expense.

Although new methods of preservation are coming up, very few countries have adopted it. India, in specific, still uses the conventional methods of preservation.

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Top 6 cuisines in India that will blow your mind!!!

India is home to many spices and flavours, and we Indians haven’t failed to make good use of them. Starting from the mountains in the North till the Indian Ocean in the South, these varied spices have been amalgamated and added into various curries, dishes and other delicacies. Based on the usage of these spice elements, we have listed down the top cuisines in India.

  • Aromatic ‘North Indian’

Cuisines in India

North Indian dishes are definitely the chart-toppers for cuisines in India. Imagine the plethora of gravies, bread and desserts that will make you feel that you are on the top of the world. North Indians prefer their food to be rich and with lots of exciting flavours. They are also huge consumers of dairy products and hence we have the famous paneer, lassi and kulfi among many others. The key ingredient that they use is ghee which gives their curries that extra tinge of aroma. Some of the famous North Indian dishes that they have to offer are ‘Chole Bature’ (Punjab), ‘Rogan Josh’ (Kashmir), ‘Bati Churma’ (Rajasthan), ‘Murgh Dum Biriyani’ (Delhi), ‘Malai Ki Kheer’, ‘Aloo Samosa’, ‘Nihari Gosht’ (Delhi), ‘Butter Chicken’ (Punjab) and ‘Dahi Bhalla’ among many others.

 

  • Smoky ‘North- East’

Smoky North- East

Flavours from the north-east are generally less in spice but rich in terms of aroma. North-east food is smoky and shares roots with our neighbouring China, Myanmar, and Bhutan. If you are a fan of delicacies like momos and dumplings, then their other dishes will make you spellbound as well. Manipur is famous for using banana leaves to serve food which shows the closeness between the Manipuris and nature. The key ingredients used in this region are rice, vegetables, and fish. Some of the lip-smacking dishes are ‘Khar’ (Assam), Kumurat Diya Hanhor Mangxo (Assam), ‘Pitha’ (Assam), ‘Fish Tenga’ (Assam), Sanpiau (Mizoram), ‘Vawksa Rep’ (Mizoram), ‘Smoked Pork’ (Nagaland), ‘Bamboo Steamed Fish’ (Nagaland),‘Nga Atoiba Thongba’ (Manipur) among others.

 

  • Vibrant ‘South India’

South Indian dishes

South Indian dishes vary from spicy to non-spicy and from sweet to sour. This region always serves a colourful and vibrant platter which will tickle our taste buds with different flavours. Just like Manipur, south Indians too have the habit of having their meals on banana leaves for special occasions. The most sought after cuisines of south Indian are from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh in general. While north Indians use spices for fragrance, south Indians use spice to actually feel the heat (mostly for meat or any other particular dishes). The most common delicacies are – Idli, Dosa, vada, Sambar, appam, south Indian biriyani, south Indian thali, sadya, and upma among many others.

 

  • Flavorful ‘West’

West Indian dishes

West Indian dishes can again vary from spice to non-spicy because it stretches all the way from Goa to Rajasthan. While Goa has a more mild approach towards flavours, Rajasthan can be quite intense. The main meat preference for the West Indians is fish, and they cook it in different methods and levels. Although this is the scenario, the Rajasthanis and Gujaratis are more passionate towards vegetables. The key ingredients used in this region are coconut, spices, oils and even sugar in the case of Gujarat (Gujaratis add a pinch of sugar to almost any kind of dish). Some of the dishes that are offered by this part of India are- Pork Vindaloo, Chicken Xacuti, Fish curry, Bhelpuri, Thepla, Daal- Baati- Choorma, Laal Maas, Ghewar, Shrikhand etc.

 

  • Tangy ‘East India’

East Indian dishes

East India is home to tangy flavours and also to fish lovers. The main states that form a part of East Indian cooking are West Bengal and Odisha in comparison to Bihar and Jharkhand. While West Bengal and Odisha are more prominent with their fish, Jharkhand and Bihar are more inclined towards vegetables and pickles. The key ingredients used in East Indian cooking are mustard oil, maize, gram flour, green chillies and other spices. West Bengal is famous for their luchis, Alur torkari, Sandesh etc., while Odisha is famous for their milk cakes, spiced rice-coconut cake, chakuli pitha etc. The other famous East Indian dishes are Rassogolla, Sondesh, Begun Bhaja among many others.

 

  • Exotic ‘Central India’

Indian Cuisines

No one can ignore the blissful whiffs of Central India,one of the major cuisines in India, which are mainly Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. From the streets to the 7-star hotels in Central India, one can always be high with all the unique sweets available.  The famous ‘Shikanji’ that we all pine for during summers is an integral part of this cuisine. Although they do have a varied amount of dishes to offer, the charming people of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh always have more of a sweet tooth. The key ingredients used in their delicacies are semolina, flour, ghee, almonds, sugar, coconuts, raisins etc. Some of the famous mouth-watering dishes are ‘Kusli’, ‘Lavang Lata’, ‘Cashew Barfi’, ‘Jalebi’, ‘Khurma’, ‘Moong Dal Ka Halwa’, ‘Sabudana ki Khichdi’, ‘Shikanji’ and varied cookies.

 

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Recipe Thursday: How to Make Cheesy Vegetarian Chilli Mac

Looking to add some variety to your culinary expertise? A cheesy vegetarian chilli mac might just do the trick. A favourite among both kids and adults alike, this quirky take on a classic mac ‘n’ cheese is hit all the right flavour notes and is packed with all the good stuff your body needs. Make it for dinner, brunch or packed lunch, this one is a winner!

Chilli mac

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium-sized onion – diced

2 cloves of garlic – minced

2 tbsp flour

2 cups of diced tomatoes

1 ½ cups of tomato puree/sauce

2 cups of kidney beans (soaked overnight)

2 cups of black beans (soaked overnight)

2 cups of pinto beans (soaked overnight)

1 cup of corn kernels

2 cups of vegetable broth

2 cups of uncooked macaroni (elbow) pasta

1 cup of cheddar cheese

Method of preparation:
  • Sautee the diced onions and minced garlic in olive oil in a large pot on a medium flame for about 2-3 minutes, until the onions become transparent.
  • Add the flour to the sautéed onion and garlic mix and continue to stir the mixture for about 2 minutes. You can continue this step until the flour and chilli powder mix starts to form a coating at the bottom of the pot.
  • Drain water from the kidney, black and pinto beans. Add all the three varieties of beans, corn kernels, diced tomatoes and tomato puree to the pot along with the vegetable broth. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. While stirring, it’s important to make sure there are no lumps in the mixture.
  • Add the uncooked elbow pasta to the mixture and stir until it’s combined with the bean-tomato mixture. Close the pot with a lid and cook until the water in the pot comes to a boil. It’s advisable to carry out this step over a medium flame. To avoid the formation of clumps, make sure you keep stirring the pasta mixture every now and then.
  • When the pot reaches a boil, turn the heat down so that contents continue to simmer. Let the simmering continue for another 10-12 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the pasta becomes tender, add the grated cheddar cheese to the pot and mix until all the cheese has melted.

Your cheesy vegetarian chilli mac is ready to be served!

Happiness Through Healthy Eating

Healthy eating habits, unlike common misconceptions, aren’t about restricting your diet or steering clear of foods you love to eat. Healthy eating is all about feeling energetic, improved health and mood – basically, feeling great. The amount of diet and nutrition advice that is out there can you leave you overwhelmed and confused. But the truth is, maintaining a healthy diet isn’t that difficult.

Healthy Eating

How Eating Habits Affect Your Mood

Everyone is aware of how healthy eating helps maintain a healthy weight and avoid weight-related ailments. What’s overlooked is how your diet has a serious effect on your mood and sense of wellbeing. Studies have linked diets consisting of processed meats, frozen meals, restaurant food and sugary snacks to increased susceptibility to depression, stress, bipolar disorder and anxiety. An unhealthy diet can even trigger serious mental health disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

A diet that comprises of a lot of fruits and vegetables, more home-cooked meals and reduced intake of sugar and refined carbs can remarkably improve your mood and lower the risk of mental health issues.

How You Can Adapt Healthy Eating Habits    

Transitioning to a healthy diet doesn’t require giving up all your favourite foods or changing your eating habits all at once. Sudden changes in your diet often lead to cheating or giving up in the early stages. The best approach to switching to a healthy diet is to incorporate a few, easy-to-adapt health hacks – such as adding a portion to salad to your meals. Here are some simple steps you can adapt to make your diet healthier:

Eating more homemade food

Cooking your own meals or ordering homemade food rather than commercially-prepared, restaurant food makes it easier to monitor what you consume. When you eat homemade meals, you are consuming fewer calories as well as avoiding the chemical additives, added sugar and unhealthy fats that make you feel bloated and lethargic.

Simplify your diet

Health Tips

Instead of focusing on counting calories, try to approach your diet in terms of colours, variety and freshness of the ingredients. Try to minimize the intake of packaged, frozen and processed food and eat more food that is prepared using fresh ingredients.

Making the right diet changes

Eating HealthyWhile eliminating the unhealthy foods in your diet, it is imperative that you replace them with healthier alternatives. Replacing trans fats with healthy fats – eating a portion grilled salmon instead of a bucket of fried chicken – can improve your health. However, replacing animal fats with refined carbohydrates won’t help in any way.

Listen to your body

How you feel after a meal is a great way to determine if your meal choice was healthy. The healthier the meal, the better you feel. Unhealthy, junk food makes you feel bloated, tired and lethargic.

Drink loads of water

WaterDrinking enough water is an integral part of staying healthy. Water helps flush toxins and other waste products from the body. Dehydration can often cause tiredness, low energy and headaches. Keeping your body well-hydrated can also improve your overall eating habits as thirst is often mistaken for hunger.

Planning and moderating your diet   

Homemade FoodPlanning your diet is a great way to keep your diet in check. Moderating and portion control is yet another great way to maintaining your health. Eat the right amount of healthy, homemade food during the week and reserve the restaurant food for that weekend outing or a cheat day.

 

 

Make a lifetime investment by understanding how you can keep yourself healthy, make eating the right food choices. Happy World Health Day!

Recipe Thursdays: Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing

With summer almost in full swing, mangoes are taking over the stands in fruit shops, grocery stores and supermarkets. Delicious when eaten just by itself, mangoes also make for a very versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of savoury dishes, from fish curry to salads. Salads are a great way to keep the body cool during the sweltering summer. Here’s a simple, mango salad in a delicious Thai peanut dressing that you can experiment with this mango season makes a great appetizer and even better main.

Thai Mango Salad

Ingredients For the Mango Salad:

1 small-sized head of lettuce. You can replace the lettuce with any leafy greens of your choice.

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into long strips.

3 ripe mangoes (you can use any kind), diced into small cubes

½ cup sliced onions

¼ cup cilantro

1/3 cup roasted peanuts

Pickled jalapenos as per your spice tolerance

For the peanut dressing

¼ peanut butter, the creamy kind

¼ lime juice or juice from 2-3 medium-sized lemons

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 pinch of red chilly flakes (if you like your food spicy)

Peanut dressing

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients for the mango salad in a large salad bowl and mix thoroughly.

Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a mixing bowl and whisk until its mixed thoroughly.

Drizzle a generous amount of the peanut dressing over the mixed the salad and toss it gently to mix. Voila, delicious Thai mango-peanut salad is ready for consumption!

You can add some grilled prawns or fish to give this salad your own twist. Happy cooking!

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

There’s nothing like a scoop of delicious ice cream on a hot, summer day. Even better if it’s homemade. However, most of us don’t attempt making ice cream at home as the process requires an ice cream maker. But, what if you could make homemade ice cream this weekend without the use of an ice cream maker? Here’s a simple recipe to make smooth, creamy ice cream in just four steps.

Homemade ice cream

What you need:

Process of making homemade icecream2 cups of heavy whipping cream

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

3 tablespoons of melted butter

½ teaspoon cinnamon powder

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

The process…
  • Whip heavy cream in a bowl until it starts forming stiff peaks.
  • Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, butter, cinnamon and vanilla in a large bowl until it’s mixed thoroughly
  • Fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream.
  • Transfer the ice cream mixture into an airtight container and freeze for 6 hours or until the mixture becomes firm.

Cinnamon ice cream

That’s it. Delicious, homemade cinnamon-vanilla ice cream is ready for consumption!

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!