Top 5 Onam Sadhya recipes to savor on this season!

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 sadhya recipes
Onam sadhya
  1. Olan-

Olan is a perfectly balanced curry with a mild spice and a rich flavour. It is a curry prepared with white pumpkin, cowpeas and coconut milk. It is one of the most commonly prepared Onam Sadhya recipes.

2. Kalan-

Kalan is a deliciously prepared gravy made of yams, plantains, coconut and curd. It can prepared spicy using crushed pepper. This makes it one of the best Onam Sadhya recipes. 

3. Ulli Theeyal-

Ulli theeyal is widely in demand because of its sour and spicy taste. It is made with shallots immersed in a flavourful gravy. This makes it one of the best Onam Sadhya recipes. 

4. Pumpkin Erissery-

Pumpkin erissery is prepared using fresh pumpkins, coconuts, and spices. It is mildly tempered and can be prepared either sweet or spicy. This makes it one of the best Onam Sadhya recipes. 

5. Paal Payasam-

Although a lot of payasam recipes are available, a Malayalee’s favourite will always be a ‘Paal Payasam’. It is a mildly sweetened payasam recipe and can be easily prepared with very few ingredients like boiled rice, milk, sugar etc. This makes it one of the best Onam Sadhya recipes. 

 

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Chicken Bartha Recipe- a must-try recipe for the weekend!

Chicken Bartha, hailing from the flavourful land of Kolkata, is originally known as ‘Chicken Bortha’. The recipe has also scattered its variants throughout many places in North India. The word ‘Bharta’ or ‘Bortha’ literally means mashed.

 

 

chicken bartha
chicken bartha

 

 

Ingredients required for Chicken Bartha-

 

  • Chicken boiled and shredded                            
  • Pureed onion                                        
  • Pureed Tomatoes
  • Paste ginger garlic and green chilly
  • Cashew nut paste (with dahi/fresh cream if fewer cashews)

 

Directions to prepare Chicken Bartha-

 

  • Heat oil in a pan and saute the onion puree until the raw flavour diminishes.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste & the green chilli paste once the onion puree is done. 
  • Pour the tomato puree into the pan and cook for a few minutes in high flame.
  • Add the required masalas like Garam Masala, Turmeric Powder, Red Chilly Powder and lastly kasoori methi.
  • Add cashew paste and the required amount of salt.
  • Add the leftover chicken stock to have a richer gravy.
  • Add butter and shredded chicken and let it cook.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and a half-cut boiled egg. 

 

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Top 5 Indian Beef Recipes for the perfect Sunday Lunch-

Beef is meat from the bovine family, like cows, buffaloes etc. It is high in minerals like phosphorus, iron, zinc and much more. Here are the top 5 Indian Beef Recipes-

 

  1. Beef Masala-

 

  • Add oil, chopped onions, garlic, spices, salt and pepper in a pressure cooker.
  • Add crushed tomatoes once the onions are translucent.
  • Remove from heat and blend the mixture to create a fine paste.
  • Fry the meat until brown in the pressure cooker, add the paste, beef stock and lemon zest.
  • Cook under high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

 

Beef Masala is known for its simplicity, hence making it one of the top 5 Indian Beef recipes.

 

2) Masala Beef fry-

Indian Beef Recipes
Masala beef Fry
  • Roast fennel, coriander seeds, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom seeds and cinnamon until light brown and the aroma is produced; grind them.
  • Mix the meat, sliced onions, green chillies, tomatoes, ginger/garlic paste, and ground spices; set the marinated meat aside.
  • After an hour or 2, cook the marinated meat in a large vessel until tender.
  • Heat oil in a separate pan on medium flame, and fry chopped onions until transparent.
  • Add curry leaves and mustard seeds until they sputter; fry coconut slivers until golden.
  • Add the mixture while hot to the meat and mix well; cook until the meat is dark brown and the water is dried off.
  • Serve hot with dosas or appams.

This beef dish is an exquisite recipe of non-veg loving Keralites, making it one of the best Indian Beef recipes. 

 

3) Kappa Beef Recipe-

Indian Beef Recipes
Kappa Beef

Kappa Beef recipe is widely common among Keralites. Fresh tapioca is cooked with coconut slivers, mustard seeds, red chillies etc. and is served with a spicy beef curry. This makes it another of the best of Indian Beef Recipes. 

 

4) Beef Cutlet-

Indian Beef Recipes
Beef Cutlet
  • Stir-fry minced beef with turmeric, meat masala, chilli powder, pepper, and salt.
  • Add water and cook until meat is cooked and water is evaporated.
  • In a separate pan, heat oil and stir fry onions along with ginger and garlic until golden brown.
  • Add the minced beef and stir and cook well; add mashed potatoes and mix well.
  • Shape them into the desired shape (balls, heart, oval etc).
  • Refrigerate for an hour, dip them in an egg wash, coat with bread crumbs and shallow fry until crisp.
  • Serve with a sauce of your choice.

 

Beef cutlets are widely cooked not only in India, but also in many other parts of the world, which makes it one of the best Indian Beef Recipes. 

 

5) Indian Beef Stew recipe-

Indian Beef Recipes
Beef Stew
  • Marinate boneless beef chunks with salt and pepper.
  • Brown the meat in a deep pan.
  • Add chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrots and cook until tender.
  • Add water, flour, tomato paste, potatoes and bay leaves.
  • Simmer in a closed pan until meat is cooked to perfection. 
  • Add necessary salt and cook for another 5 minutes after stirring.
  • Serve hot with appam/ idiyappam, mashed potatoes or cauliflower, breads and much more. 

 

The beef stew mentioned here is a variant of one of the Western recipes used in India; this makes it one of the best Indian Beef Recipes.

 

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Top 5 Yoga Foods for International Yoga Day- a guide to a balanced yogic diet!

Yoga is a cure not just for the body, but also for the spirit and the mind. Along with Yoga, there are certain Yoga foods that will help you maintain the physical, spiritual and mental endurance. Here are the top 5 yoga foods for a yogic diet-

  1. Whole Grains-
Yoga foods
whole grains

Whole grains like brown rice, barley and quinoa are high in several nutrients like selenium, magnesium and protein. You can consume a toast made out of whole grains before your yoga session for extra energy due to carbohydrates. This makes whole grains one of the best yoga foods.

2. Beans-

Yoga foods
beans

Beans like black beans, kidney beans, and navy beans, are highly packed with nutrients like carbs, fibre, potassium and much more. Beans aid in weight loss, heart health, and the overall betterment of health. This makes beans one of the best yoga foods.

3. Sweet Spices-

Yoga Foods
Cinnamon

Sweet spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg have various health benefits overall. While cinnamon benefits the heart, cardamom helps in digestion and nutmeg has antibacterial properties. Now you know spices are one of the best yoga foods.

4. Fruits-

yoga foods
fruits

Fruits of different kinds have various benefits for various body parts and functions. They are not just a natural energy booster, but also richly packed in various nutrients. This makes fruits as one of the best yoga foods.

5. Herbal Tea-

Yoga Foods
Herbal Tea

A strong cup of herbal tea before or after your workout can help in reducing muscle pains, prevent chronic diseases, boost your immune system and much more. Some of the best herbal teas are lemon tea, Passionflower tea, turmeric tea and much more. Now you know herbal tea is one of the best yoga foods.

 

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Top 5 Foods for eyes and vision- Eat away for perfect healthy eyes!

Eye health is of great importance, especially when the world has focused its vision towards bright screens throughout the day. Apart from that, a hectic lifestyle has led to a quick and unhealthy diet. All these factors have led to a population with diminishing eye health at a very young age. Here are the top 5 foods for eyes & it’s health-

 

  1. Seeds-

    foods for eyes
    Seeds

Seeds are highly packed with nutrients like omega-3 and vitamin E. Seeds can be used as a garnish or can be blended in juices or smoothies. Some of the best seeds which fall under best foods for eyes are chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds.

2. Citrus fruits-

Foods for Eyes
Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are also one of the best foods for eyes, due to its high content of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in fighting age-related eye damage. Some of the best citrus fruits are lemons, oranges, and grapefruits.

3. Eggs-

Foods For Eyes
Eggs

Eggs are not only good for eyes but are also good for various other health issues too. Eggs contain multiple nutrients like Vitamins C & E, lutein, zeaxanthin etc. These help in avoiding age-related eye damage, which makes them one of the best food for eyes.

4. Water-

Foods For Eyes
Water

Water, as we all know, is one of the major requirements for our very existence. Every function in our body is directly dependent on the water content in our bodies, including our eyes which requires fluid. This makes one of the most important foods for eyes, as plenty of water can avoid symptoms of dry eyes.

5. Sweet potatoes-

Foods For Eyes
Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, just like carrots (which are also good for the eyes). They are also a good source of the antioxidant Vitamin E, which helps in the overall eye health. This makes sweet potatoes one of the best foods for eyes.

 

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Top 5 Delicious Bowl Meal recipes for a quick foodgasm!

Bowl Meal is a trend now and is also a meal that can be easily prepared, easily packaged and easily consumed. This type of meal was introduced due to its convenience, especially for people with a hectic work schedule. Here are some of the best must-try bowl meal recipes-

 

  1. Tomato Mint Pulao & Paneer Chutneywala-
bowl meal
Tomato Mint pulao

This is one of the best bowl meal recipes in the Indian Cuisine! Tomato Mint Pulao with its tangy and spicy flavour leaves a rush of flavours in between your boring work hours. The Paneer Chutneywala is a dish with a spicy and minty flavour and is mostly prepared as a dry dish/ starter.

2. Mattar Pulao & Butter Chicken-

bowl meal
Mutter Pulao

Mattar Pulao, with its subtle flavour, can be paired with any side dish. Butter Chicken, on the other hand, is a creamy and aromatic gravy with tender chicken pieces marinating in the gravy. This is the perfect bowl meal for people who love non-spicy yet aromatic and heavy flavours.

3. Coconut rice & Vegetable Stew-

bowl meal
Coconut rice

Coconut rice is a famous south Indian Rice Dish and can be eaten with no condiments. A vegetable Stew, a perfect gravy for veg lovers, and leaves a soothing flavour in your mouth due to its lack of spice. This is the perfect bowl meal for someone who loves mild flavours.

4. Karivepaku Annam & Chicken Chettinad-

bowl meal
Karivepaku Annam

Karivepaku Annam is usually a perfect dish for the weekends rather than for a day at work. This is because it is more of an oily and crispy nature, with roasted curry leaves, nuts and other flavours. This dish, combined with a spicy Chicken Chettinad, gives you the best foodgasm of the day as a bowl meal.

5. Tamarind Rice & Banarasi Dum Aloo-

Are you someone who loves to have the perfect kick of flavours in your mouth? Then, a bowl meal of Tamarind Rice and some Banarasi Dum Aloo is the perfect bowl meal for you! Tamarind rice gives a tangy flavour, while the Dum Aloo gives you a journey of all the Indian spices in your mouth.

 

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A leaf Licking good experience with these Top 5 Vishu Sadya recipes!

Vishu is one of the times when Malayalees anticipate for that perfect Vishu Sadya! A Sadya is a plethora of veg curries that are spread on a banana leaf to resemble a sumptuous meal. A typical Sadya features flavours from tangy to spicy to sweet. Here are the top 5 Vishu Sadya dishes of Vishu 2019

 

Vishu 2019
Vishu Sadhya

Olan

Olan is a non-spicy dish with a coconut milk curry base and its major ingredients being Black-eyed beans, pumpkin, and green chillies. Although it commonly appears in white, it can also be made in a slight brown coloured prep. Olan is a recipe that is mandatory in every Sadya and it is so for Vishu 2019 as well.

Tamarind Rasam

This is an exclusive recipe for the people who love tangy flavours. Rasam is a dish that can be made in many ways like tangy, spicy, etc and much more. Tamarind Rasam can add the extra touch of tanginess and spiciness to your Vishu 2019.

 

Pachadi

Pachadi is a sour curd based dish and can be made into varieties depending on flavours. Some of the common Pachadi flavours are Beetroot, raw mango, Bitter gourd and much more. Make this Vishu 2019 fabulous with a colourful Beetroot Pachadi.

Naranga Achar

‘Naranga Achaar’ typically means lemon pickle. With its sour and spicy flavour, it is all set to add fire in your mouth. Vishu 2019 cannot be any more grandeur!

Payar Mezhukkupetti

This is a fried and healthy dish made of long beans. It is the perfect side dish for a curry like Sambhar. Add some healthy note to Vishu 2019 with this dish.

 

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Top 5 Salads to beat the heat this Summer!

Summer is the season for you to whisk up the perfect salads to keep you hydrated all day long! Using the right ingredients and drinking ample water throughout the day can help you stay fresh the whole season.

Here are some of the top 5 Salads you should be munching on for ‘Healthy and Nutritious Week’-

 

  1. Kachumber Salad-
salads
Kachumber Salad

Kachumber, meaning cucumbers, are some of the best ingredients that can be used for almost any kind of salads. Kachumber Salad is the perfect crunch this summer due to its heavy content of cucumber. Cucumbers have high water content, hence can keep you hydrated all long. Get the recipe!

 

2. Green Salad-

salads
Green Salad

With the goodness of the greens pumping in, green salads are amazing for their freshness factor. A salad so easy to prepare and light! Get the recipe. 

3. Sprout Relish Salad-

salads
Sprout Salad

One of the best salads to get you going all day long! Packed with multiple nutrients and proteins, a single bowl of sprout salad with a perfect workout regime can give you the body you have always dreamt for. Get the recipe now! 

4. Carrot Sambharo Salad-

salads
Carrot Salad

Carrots are also a perfect ingredient for salads due to its high mineral content. This salad has carrots as the major ingredient, hence giving you a nutrient-packed day. Get the recipe now!

5. Pasta Salad-

salads
Pasta Salad

Who wouldn’t love pasta in salads??? Pasta salads can be your perfect bowl of dinner when you blend the perfect ingredients along with it. Get the recipe now!

6. Chicken Caesar Salad-

salads
Caesar Salad

 

For all the meat lovers, add some chicken to your favourite salad. The best salad for a meat lover is the Chicken Caesar Salad; toss some chicken into your green salad along with some Caesar dressing now.

 

 

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Battling the heat- Women chefs around the world!

The culinary world is an outstanding world which is made picture perfect with the image of a female chef cooking some of the most exquisite cuisines. Although that’s the image generally portrayed, very few women are able to battle out and emerge as notable chefs. This international womens day 2019 , let’s have a glimpse in the world of cooking. 

Just like any other field, women are still battling their way out, even in the culinary domain. Looking at a general household, kitchens are the most favourite spot for anyone to hang out. It is that place where our moms cook some of our favourite dishes which is irreplaceable in terms of taste, hygiene, and love.

 

Ironically, millions of moms are out there who are left unrecognised for their talent and passion, be it by the family, friends or anyone. The moment they decide to step out of the comfort zone of their kitchens, it becomes a tough battle to compete and come up in this still male-centric society. Various factors are meant to be challenged apart from the everyday prejudices of being a woman.

 

However, many women have been able to step out in the big picture with their culinary skills, while still are some struggling fiercely. At present, very few female chefs have been able to make it to the top and share the world kitchen with the top chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Wolfgang Puck and much more. They are namely- Ina Garten, Elena Arzak, Ana Ros, Padma Lakshmi, Bethenny Frankel, Julia Child, Garima Arora, Emma Bengtsson, Dominique Crenn and the like.

Many women like them have been able to move forward and fight for other women to get opportunities as them. Some are doing their best although they still remain unsung heroes. However, with the progress made by both men and women in creating an equal stratum for both genders, many platforms have come up to support various talents of different women across the globe.

 

These days, the growth of food techs have hiked due to constant demand, especially when healthy and homemade food is a booming market. Many platforms like Masala Box have come up with the concept of distributing homemade food fresh from home kitchens by using home chefs and their talent for cooking. Although such platforms exist, the accessibility to such information of such opportunities still remains a dream to many.

This International Women’s Day, let’s take the moment to applaud for all the women out there, recognised or not, who have been able to make a difference and be a role model.

Top 5 Indian Bread recipes you must try-

Indian Breads are some of the most varied, delicious and healthy recipes! It is well known that bread is better than rice due to its less amount of carbs and calories. If you are looking to lose weight try switching to bread rather than rice.

 

Here are the top 5 Indian Breads you will love-

 

  1. Poori-
Indian bread
poori

Who doesn’t love waking up to some hot Pooris and Aloo Bhaji with some coffee for breakfast? The wonderful thing about Pooris is that although it is eaten mostly with delicious curries like Chole, it can also be paired with something sweet, maybe some caramel sauce or Jam. This makes Poori top of the list for our Indian Breads.

2. Pav Bhaji-

indian bread
pav bhaji

Already imagining the streets of Delhi where you just run into a Pav Bhaji vendor? The amazing mash of veggies and spices with ample flavouring to give your taste buds the right kick paired with some hot buttered breads! Yes, this makes Pav Bhaji one of the best Indian Breads.

3. Amritsari Kulcha-

indian bread
Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Are you this hardcore Punjabi food fan? Then the Amritsari Kulcha is a must try; a plethora of flavours like potatoes, chillies, chaat masala, and coriander bursting in your mouth! Hence, Amritsari Kulcha can be one of the best Indian Breads.

4. Sheermal-

Indian Bread
sheermal

Sheermal is one of the best Indian breads for all those who have a sweet tooth! The recipe is a sweet amalgamation of flour, ghee, saffron and milk. Eat it plain or pair it with some sweet yoghurt or even a spicy Murgh curry.

5. Moong Dal Chila-

indian bread
moong dal chila

These are also one of the best Indian breads due to its health and nutrition factors. The bread is highly nutritious due to its strong ingredient- moong dal lentils, and are also yummy due to its spices and herbs. Simple as it is to prepare, simple as it is to eat with some green chutney or tomato ketchup.

 

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