Quick and Easy recipe for ‘Murgh Saagwala’!

‘Saag‘ is a typical leaf based dish or gravy and is mostly eaten with Indian breads or rice.  ‘Murgh Saagwala’  is most popular in Nepal, Odisha, Kashmir, Haryana and West Bengal. Although spinach is the most common base used for the ‘Murgh Saagwala’ gravy, it can also be made using other greens and spices like broccoli, kale, mustard leaves and much more.

Murgh Saagwala
Murgh Saagwala

Here is a quick and easy recipe for ‘Murgh Saagwala’, or also known as ‘Chicken saagwala’-

 

Main Ingredients for ‘Murgh Saagwala’ –

 

  • Whole Chicken – 1
  • Spinach – 2 bunch
  • Large Onions – 2
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Ginger – 1 inch
  • Tomatoes (blended) – 3
  • Cardamom – 2 pods
  • Cloves – 2
  • Milk – ¼ of a cup
  • Sour cream – 6 tablespoons
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cayenne pepper – ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric – ½ teaspoon

 

Directions –

 

  • Heat oil in a skillet and fry the chicken pieces until brown and set it aside.
  • Boil spinach in a separate pot along with water; ensure that the lid is covered.
  • After boiling for about 10 minutes, blend it to a semi-paste texture.
  • Fry onions, garlic and ginger in the same skillet until brown.
  • Add the tomato puree, coriander powder, cayenne pepper, turmeric powder, cardamom and cloves.
  • Add salt as per requirement.
  • Add a tablespoon of water and stir continuously.
  • Pour milk and also add the chicken chunks to it after stirring.
  • Leave it to a simmer until the chicken is tender.
  • Add in the spinach and garam masala and let the gravy start thickening.
  • Add in the sour cream and bring it to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and add some butter if needed.

Your ‘Murgh Saagwala’ is ready!

 

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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-
Christmas cakes
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 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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The Masala Box Weekends are here!

Masala Box
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. 

Apart from these, we also offer a range of desserts and sweets to give a perfect end note to your weekends. To place orders, simply drop a Hi to the Masala Box WhatsApp number by clicking on link http://bit.ly/partymb . Say a Hi now and get our weekend menu updates every week…

Top 5 Health Benefits of Mustard-

Mustard is a common ingredient used in almost many cuisines and in different manners. These tiny seeds may seem insignificant, but are actually home to many health benefiting properties. Here is a piece on the top 5 health benefits of mustard.

health benefits of mustard

  • Fights dermatitis-

dermatitis

Mustard can be consumed in different ways- as seeds, oil, leaves etc. Dermatitis is a skin disease which is caused due to unknown factors, but is at times assumed due to environmental factors. Mustard contains many anti- bacterial and anti- fungal properties, which helps in preventing or toning down dermatitis, making it to the top of the list of health benefits of mustard.

  • Improves cardiovascular health-

heart

Mustard when consumed as oil has many health properties such as reducing the risks of many heart diseases. This is because of its presence of omega- 3 fatty acids among its many other helpful properties. Studies have shown that people, who have used mustard as their cooking oil, had lesser risks of chest pains and attacks.

  • Hair and Skin care-

hair and skin care

Mustard seeds and oil are used for various beauty treatments as well. While mustard oil promotes healthy hair growth, coconut oil heated with mustard seeds helps in giving you a clear complexion. This makes it one of the best health benefits of mustard due to its richness in various vitamins.

  • Heal the nerves-

nerve

Mustard is also used as a relaxing and nerve calming agent. Apart from that, mustard when consumed also heals or prevents nerve related ailments. It arouses the impulses as well as leaves an invigorating and calm effect on the nerves.

  • Reduces the risk of cancer-

cancer

Mustard seeds contain glucosinolates which are agents that reduce the risks of cancer like colon, bladder and cervical cancer. Studies have shown that various anti- cancer properties in mustard inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. This makes it as one of the top health benefits of mustard.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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TOP 5 KERALA DISHES YOU MUST TRY-

Kerala is truly ‘God’s Own country’ when it comes to food! Ranging from spicy to sour to sweet, we have multifarious dishes that will make your mouth drool at the very thought of it. Here is the list of the top 5 Kerala dishes that are a must try-

  • Malabar chicken biriyani-

Chicken biriyani is quite famous amongst Indians! But Malabar biriyani stands out for its very unique blend of spices and flavour. Using mostly chicken, this biriyani is the most common amongst people from the beautiful district of Kozhikode, and is the first thing in this list of top 5 Kerala dishes that you must try.

Biriyani

 

  • Puttu and Kadala-

A soft piece of ‘puttu’ along with some hot flavorful ‘Kadala curry’, is the most wanted breakfast in the stunning land of Kerala. ‘Kadala’ refers to Bengal gram or chickpeas, and is mostly prepared in a spicy and aromatic gravy made of coconut milk. Although ‘puttu’ or rice cake can be eaten with banana and sugar (for those who have a sweet tooth), it is more amazing when eaten with the curry.

 

  • Sadya-

‘Sadya’ is extremely unique to South India, especially to Kerala. With a beautiful plethora of dishes spread on a banana leaf, ‘Sadya’ consists of rice and a variety of side dishes and curries like sambar, pickle, pappad etc. and is quite exotic in terms of flavour and presentation. What makes it unique is that every dish has a fixed place and no matter what the position is not meant to be changed.

Top 5 kerala dishes

 

  • Appam and Egg Roast-

Appam is a pancake made out of fermented rice powder and coconut milk. It is usually thin at the edges and made thick at the centre like a dome. The most common side dish is egg roast while we also eat it with veg stew, ‘kadala’ curry, chicken stew etc.

Appam and stew

 

  • Semya payasam-

The famous ‘Semya payasam’ of Kerala will be a party in your mouth if you have a sweet tooth. ‘Payasam’ refers to a dessert which is liquid and the key ingredient is mostly milk. ‘Semya’ refers to vermicelli and it is cooked in a broth of milk, sugar, condensed milk and is garnished with fried cashews, raisins, and butter.

 

 

This list of the top 5 Kerala dishes is a must try if you are ever in Kerala. Looks like your tummy is growling with hunger! Add a ‘ payasam’ to your meal only with Masala Box.