Hosting a party at home is quite simple yet tough to nail in terms of food! Party menu recipes are quite the trick to make your party a grand success among your guests. Here are the top 5 party menu recipes that you can easily execute-
These are one of the best party menu recipes to nail if you have a lot to feed for the party. Kebabs are quick to make by using some minced meat of your choice or veggies and deep fried in light ghee. They can be served as the perfect starter as well along with an amazing mint chutney.
2) Dum Aloo Lakhnavi-
This is one of the most finger-licking good party menu recipes you can have for the day. The key to a ‘Dum Aloo Lakhnawi’ is the flavour of the yoghurt blended with cashews, tomatoes and onion gravy. It is usually of a mild spicy flavour yet very aromatic.
3) Makhwali Kofta-
This dish is also one of the best among party menu recipes due to its rich flavour content. The koftas are made from khoya and are immersed in a rich gravy made of khus-khus, coconut and milk. This is the best dish to nail if you are looking forward to serving some hungry vegetarian guests for the night.
4) Dal Makhani-
This may sound too simple to be one of the best party menu recipes, although can kick in amazing flavours if made in the right way and served with the right dish. Dal Makhani along with some flavoured rice, chapatis and other main side dishes can bring in delight to the menu. Top it with some melted butter to make it more aromatic.
5) Dum Paneer Kali Mirch-
This is one of the most top guaranteed party menu recipes for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lovers alike. Paneer cubes are soaked in a gravy made of yoghurt, cinnamon, crushed black pepper, fried onions, ginger and garlic. Serve it with butter naan or other amazing Indian breads or even steamed rice.
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Diwali, also known as the festival of light, marks the celebration of spiritual victory over darkness, evil and ignorance. No matter how varied are the customs in different parts, no Diwali passes by without sharing joy and love through sweets and chocolates. Here are some of the top recipes for a splendid Diwali-
Matar Chola is a spicy curry made which can be eaten as both a side dish as well as a curry. The spicy combination of chickpeas, tomato, onions, green chillies etc. give a unique blend of flavours in the mouth. If you do not have much of a sweet tooth, you can always opt for ‘Matar Chola’.
A replacement to Namkeens, these treat bites are the perfect evening snack after a whole day of festivity. Namakparas are salty treats that can be made out of simple ingredients. You can also give them a sweet twist if you are someone who loves crunchy sweet treats.
3) Chana Dal Bhajiya-
Looking forward to some guests coming over? Then this is the perfect snack for everyone to relish on, be it a child or an adult. These are similar to ‘Pakories’ and are best served with chutney as a side dish.
4) Lauki Ki Barfi-
Who thought that a bottle- gourd can be used to make something sweet and delicious like this! This same recipe can be made using coconut instead of bottle gourd. This recipe is not only delicious but is also light and healthy.
5) Seb ka Halwa-
As the name suggests, this halwa is made out of apples and can be considered as one of the most easiest Halwa recipes. Using simple ingredients like grated apples, cashew, ghee etc., this is a simple and quick recipe you can pull off for sudden guests. You can make it more exciting by adding extra flavours like cinnamon or cardamom, and much more.
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Children’s Day is around the corner and you may be racking your brain wondering what to serve for that kitty party you are organizing. Most of us try to make it easier by serving easy snacks like chips, burgers, fries etc. Why not try out something much healthier, tastier and different.
Here are top 5 snacks that can make your kids go bananas-
Wrap up a flavourful and healthy quesadilla platter for your little stars of the party. A healthy quesadilla for kids can involve veggies, cheese, corn and many more interesting sauces and flavours. You can also make it even more interesting by adding soft chicken chunks to add in some protein.
2) Macaroni and cheese-
Mac and Cheese is a favourite among all kids and gives a fulfilling cheesy flavour. It can be even more yummy and healthy by adding in little pieces of shredded chicken and veggies. One of the easiest and tastiest recipes of all time!
Pancakes are one of the top favourites of kids and adults alike! Its nutritious and yummy at the same time, and can experiment with different flavours and ingredients. Make your pancake, even more, healthier by using wheat powder instead of flour, and by topping it with berries, bananas, honey and much more.
Truffles are a party in the mouth especially if you have got the flavours right! They are mostly made in chocolate and coffee flavours and can be made into smaller balls. Make your truffle balls even more fun by making them colourful with different flavours.
5) Whole grain pizza-
Pizzas are not always the healthiest option in spite of how succulent they are! But they could be made healthier by making the dough using whole grains rather than flour. A whole grain pizza dashed with a lot of veggies, or meat amongst other flavours can be an exciting option for Children’s Day.
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Peanuts are the most commonly consumed variant of nuts and are also known as ‘groundnuts’. They can be consumed raw, roasted, flavoured and are even widely used in many recipes like in some kinds of pasta, peanut butter, milkshakes etc. They can also be simply roasted and mixed in flavours like pepper, herbs, or even simple salt. However, eating these nuts in the rawest form can help you in many ways.
Some of the benefits of eating peanuts every day are-
Helps in growth-
Peanuts are highly rich in proteins. This helps them in boosting growth in children through proper body development. They can be even used in your child’s snacks like a peanut butter sandwich, cookies, or just give them as a snack every day, while they are still raw.
Fighting stomach cancer-
Poly-phenolic anti-oxidants are highly present in these nuts. These help in fighting cancerous symptoms in the stomach. The risky growth of cancerous agents is reduced.
Regulating blood sugar-
Peanuts help in regulating your blood sugar! This is due to the high presence of manganese in the nuts. Manganese helps in regulating the blood sugar levels and also by boosting metabolism.
Peanuts contain tryptophan which helps in reducing the levels of depression and anxiety in you. Tryptophan eliminates low serotonin, which is one of the major reasons for depression. An ounce of it a day can boost up your mood for the day.
They also contain a high level of Vitamin E which protects from skin damage. These nuts help in increasing cell integrity. Higher the cell integrity, lesser the skin damage.
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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.
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.
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There is around plenty of reasons why you must eat homemade, although we will be listing down only the top 5 reasons to eat homemade here. Starting from healthy to being tasty, homemade food is always the best option if you are someone who loves to enjoy an active and blissful life. Negative associations like dull, bland, boring etc. are usually given to homemade food; but the rest of the article will definitely help you in changing your perspective on homemade food.
Moving on to the top 5 reasons to eat homemade-
1) Be healthy as Popeye-
Homemade food ensures that you are eating something healthy due to the lack of additives and preservatives. Restaurants and other food outlets usually focus on just the ‘yum factor’ rather than the health of the consumer. As a result, they add unwanted amounts of sugar, oil and salt; while homemade food is always made by preserving our nutrients and by not adding excess amounts of oil, sugar and salt making this at the top of the 5 reasons to eat homemade.
2) More money in your piggy bank-
Homemade food has an advantage of not burning out money from our pockets so soon. Homemade food requires ingredients which are usually healthy and are bought at a minimal cost. On the other hand, restaurants use cheap ingredients and enhance the taste using additives, making it so yummy that we are willing to pay.
3) No more embarrassing moments with allergies-
It seems quite humiliating at times when you have a food allergy reaction during a fancy dinner. Allergies are not only embarrassing but can also be dangerous in some cases. Homemade food does not exactly trigger food allergies as we are aware of the ingredients that go in it making this one of the best reasons in this list of top 5 reasons to eat homemade.
4) Eat like an ant-
Homemade food helps you gain a control over your food portions. Restaurant foods usually contain bad germs which also makes the person crave for more junk food, while homemade food initiates good germs which makes the person want more of healthy food but at the same time knows when to stop eating. Portion control is also one of the best 5 reasons to eat homemade food.
5) Be a “Monica”-
We are all aware of how Monica Geller from ‘Friends’ is a total OCD and is strict when it comes to hygiene. Knowingly or unknowingly, we all look for the hygiene factor in our food, which is quite important. Homemade food is always safe when it comes to hygiene that even Monica approves of it.
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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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
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. You 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
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.
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.
Rajmachawal: – 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biryani: – 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.”