Top 5 Lockdown Recipes by our Masala Box Homechefs-

While quarantine life has become normal now, we all have developed different sets of passion and interests like cooking, reading, dancing, and much more. We asked our homechefs to share some of their Lockdown Recipes with us. Here are the top 5-

Vegetable Pulao-
Vegetable Pulao has been a favorite to a lot of Indians, especially when paired with an exquisite side dish like Paneer Butter Masala, Gobi Manchurian, Butter Chicken or even to eat plain with some homemade Dahi. All you need are a few vegetables, some basmati rice, and some butter along with other ingredients like the regular spices, etc. This makes Vegetable Pulao is one of the top 5 Lockdown Dishes.

Egg Schezwan Fried Rice-
This is one dish that is extremely simple to cook, delicious and loved by all- kids and adults! All you need is some ketchup to pair it up with, that too if really needed. This makes one of the top 5 Lockdown Recipes you really wanna drool on…

Masala Vada Curry-
Masala Vada Curry is an exclusive dish prepared in certain parts of Tamil Nadu and is extremely delicious and easy to prepare. The curry can be prepared in a masala curry base, or even a chana dal masala curry base; to which you soak the deep-fried Vadas and cook. Serve it with some Aloo Parathas or even dosas, and this will make one of your best Lockdown recipes.

Red Sauce Pasta-
Are you a bachelor looking to whip up a quick dinner, or a mom trying to get your child something homemade and delicious? Either way, Pasta is one of those dishes that can ease you from work at the same time and satisfy everyone with the meal. All you need to prepare is a creamy tomato-based sauce, add some pasta to it and serve hot; this makes a plate of Red Sauce Pasta is one of the top 5 Lockdown Recipes.

Palak Paneer-
Any paneer lover would love to have some Palak Paneer with some white rice or Naan! Combine the goodness of freshly ground Palak with some cream, masalas, and paneer, to give you a unique and healthy dish. Palak Paneer definitely becomes one of the top Lockdown recipes of the era!

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Your safety matters to us! How Masala Box has coped up with the situation?

Your safety matters to us!
How Masala Box has coped up with the Covid19 situation?

As COVID-19 becomes a matter of global concern, we, at Masala box, are taking some proactive measures to help minimize the chances of spreading of the coronavirus. The safety of our customers, employees, delivery partners, and home chef partners has always been a matter of top priority for us – now more than ever before.

Here’s a quick update on some of the steps we’ve taken to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all during covid19:
Our delivery partners & Homechef partners are continually being trained in the best practices of respiratory hygiene, proper method & frequency of washing hands, as well as identification of associated symptoms.
Should a delivery partner or a Homechef partner notice any associated symptoms, they’ve been specially requested to immediately reach out to us and consult a medical professional.
Our delivery partners & Homechef partners have also been advised to self-quarantine themselves for the recommended period upon noticing any symptoms.
We are especially in touch with our Home chef partners to ensure they’re aware of the best hygiene practices while handling and packaging food items.
Additionally, we have adopted a No Contact Delivery System wherein the delivery partners leave your package by the door (in case of online payment and we urge you to switch to online payment).

How can you help us?-
Please ask the DE to leave your package outside, in case you exhibit symptoms such as a cold, cough, sneezing etc.
Please contact our CS team in case you notice similar symptoms with our DE’s. – +91 8893627252
For your best health, please ensure to use sanitizers and hand wash frequently.
Also, please do contact us if you notice our DE’s or home chefs do not adhere to the best hygienic practices.
To avoid delivery contact, we urge you to switch to online payment!

Stay Home and Stay Safe, while we take care of your hygienic homemade food delivered to you!
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Thank You for your constant support!
We’re confident that with the right practices, we can help curb the spread of COVID-19. In the meantime, should you have any concerns about the matter, please reach out to our customer support team at support@masalabox.com or you can contact us via 8893627252.

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Top 5 Karnataka Dishes that you must try!

Karnataka is the land of a lot of flavours and the food is always known to be spectacular. The cuisine is known for its spiciness and use of coconut and other intense flavours. Here are some of the top Karnataka dishes that are a must-try-

Koli Saaru-

Koli Saaru is a very popular chicken curry prepared in the coastal side. The gravy is made out of flavours like onions, coconuts and garlic. This makes it one of the best Karnataka dishes to feast on.

Mysore Masala Dosa-

The Mysore Masala dosa has a unique chutney spread in the dosa along with the Masala. Served along with sambar, red and white chutney, this dosa is loved by all. This makes it one of the best Karnataka dishes to feast on.

Bisi Bele Bath-

Bisi Bele Bath is nothing but rice cooked in a broth like the traditional Sambar. It is a dish that is prepared in almost every household. This makes it one of the best Karnataka dishes to feast on.

Rava Kesari-

Rava Kesari is an important dessert of Karnataka and is made of semolina, ghee, dry fruits and saffron. It is prepared by roasting Rava and adding ghee and sugar along with dry fruits and flavours of your choice. This makes it one of the best Karnataka dishes to feast on.

Mysore Bonda-

This is one of the most common forms of dried snacks in Karnataka and is loved by all. The main ingredients are nothing but maida and yoghurt, made into balls and deep-fried, later served with red chutney. This makes it one of the best Karnataka dishes to feast on.

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Top Republic Day recipes to make your palette look colourful!

Republic Day is around the corner and it’s time for a colourful plethora of dishes. The usual typical dishes are tri- colour pastas, salads, or rice and much more. Here is something different for the Republic Day Party Menu this year-

Dry Fruit Biriyani-
This can be the perfect main course for you if you love a bit of crunch and sweet bits in your rice. Pair it with an amazing Chicken Pyaaz Masala or Methi Paneer to give you the perfect foodgasm. This makes it one of the best Republic Day recipes for the day.

Tri Colour Burfi Recipe-
End your special lunch or dinner with this amazing Burfi which is not just a treat for your mouth but also your eyes. Made with flavours like cashews, almonds, cardamom etc.,this burfi can be the start of your meal. This makes it one of the best Republic Day recipes for the day.

Tri colour Lasagna-
For all you cheese lovers, lasagna seems like an amazing option to cook. Make it tri coloured with layers of meat/veg filling and spinach pesto. This makes it one of the best Republic Day recipes for the day.

Tri Colour Sundae-
Sundaes are the perfect dessert if you have kids around! Layer your sundae with orange, vanilla and pista ice cream; topped with some nuts, fruits and khus khus. This makes it one of the best Republic Day recipes for the day.

Saffron Rice-
Although it sounds simple, saffron rice is one of the most amazing when it comes to flavoured rice. Pair it with a flavourful salad and a curry of your choice to make it even more exciting. This makes it one of the best Republic Day recipes for the day.

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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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