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Top 10 Chakhanas: Savory that goes well with Alcohol

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According to science, the more we drink, the hungrier we get. Alcohol stimulates hunger appetite to a great extent and leads to a high craving for savory snacks. In India, the savory snacks taken while boozing is popularly known as chakhana. In a Friday night party after a long busy hectic work schedule boozing becomes a mandate stress buster and that’s the time when chakhana plays a vital role. It is also believed that Chakhna slows down the pace of alcohol consumption which ultimately decelerates its absorption into the body and thus prevents from a nasty hangover. It is always suggested that one must not consume alcohol on an empty stomach and munching while drinking alcohol helps stay in control.

Here is a list of 10 best chakhanas that complement your Weekend party.

#1
Peanuts

Salted or boiled or fried, in any form peanuts become the number one chakhana when combines with chopped tomatoes, onions, and some masalas can spice up your party! The reason behind peanuts being the best chakhana is these are available anywhere and everywhere. For few people, peanuts are essential for their beer sips.

#2
Masala Papad

Another vegetarian yet extremely cheap and amazing mouthwatering chakhana is masala papad. When loaded with chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumber, coriander leaves, and green chilies it becomes a great accompaniment with whatsoever you may be sipping.

#3
Cashews

Cashews roasted or salted or fried always rules over all the chakhanas. It’s a great munch while boozing and perfectly pairs with Indian drinking scenes. This snack is served in almost every bars and restaurant that serve spirits and wine.

#4
Potato Chips, Fries & Wedges

When we are talking about veg chakhana, how come we can forget about the most loved Potato fries, chips, and wedges? French fries and wedges taste great when accompanied by spirits. Even the simple salted or spicy potato chips or wafers make a fantastic pocket-friendly combo with alcohol.

#5
Fried Chana Dal & Roasted Chhola

For a salty and spicy taste, one can also have fried chana dal or spicy roasted chholas with alcohol. These are the Indian desi savory, which are easily available everywhere and are pocket-friendly chakhana.

#6
Paneer Tikkaa and Soya chaap

Vegetarians are always considered to be failed for options when it comes to Chakhnas. However, a delicious platter of paneer tikkas or the spicy and yummy soya chaaps are real heroes that make your boozing night a yum one.

#7
Tandoori Chicken

When the thought of boozing comes to mind, the first thing that pairs well with any kind of spirit is chicken. Chicken tandoori dipped in creamy mayonnaise or spicy mint chutney is the best starter that doubles the pleasure.

#8
Fish Fry

Fish fries are just a coastal thing but as yummy as fried chicken. This is an amazing chakhana that goes too good when paired with whiskey pegs. Simple fish fry or fried in spicy Indian batter, both are craved by seafood lovers while gulping down liquor.

#9
Prawn Platter

Another treat for seafood lovers is prawns. A shrimp or prawn platter tossed or fried with spice and herbs tastes awesome when combines with spirits.

#10
Thin crust Pizza

For fast food lovers, a thin crust pizza loaded with lots of toppings including salami or cheese pair well with beer or wine. The saltiness of the cheese and smoked chicken together make alcohol taste even more refreshing.

So these are few chakhanas that takes your weekend party to the next level. Cheers!!!

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Odisha’s First Robotic Restaurant: A Dining Experience with Robots

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Sounds exciting!

Yes, you read it right. It is true that soon robots are going to replace the waiters in Bhubaneswar. Recently, the smart city Bhubaneswar has got its 1st Robo Chef Restaurant in Odisha.

A robot-themed restaurant, named ‘Robo Chef’ has been opened at the Infocity DLF tower of Bhubaneswar. The restaurant offers an innovative dining experience to its customers by deploying two robots named ‘Champa’ and ‘Chameli’, who not only take orders but also serve food on the dining table.

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These robots are developed by using SLAM technology at a start-up based in Jaipur. Just like human beings, these robots navigate and follow the instructions. The most peculiar thing about these machines is the way they ask the customers for the feedback in Odia, which resembles the dialogue by the CM of Odisha Naveen Pattnaik that has gained much popularity among the Odia people.

Jeet Basha, the restaurant owner, says that he was inspired by the services of robots in restaurants during his visit to the US and wanted to create the same in Bhubaneswar.

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The restaurant claims that it is the first restaurant in Eastern India where two indigenously developed robots are deployed. Earlier, such robotic restaurants had already been launched in Chennai and Bengaluru, however, the robot machines were imported from China.

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Ambula Raai: Sun-dried Green Mango in Mustard Paste

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Ambula is sun-dried green mango, which is primarily used to sour curries in Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal. It is prepared by mixing green mango wedges with salt and then dried in the sunlight. After sun drying, these mango wedges are preserved in earthen pots for several days and months.

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Here is a recipe of an authentic Odia dish, where Ambula is used as the prime ingredient.

Ambula Raai

Raai is nothing but a dish prepared using mustard paste in odia culinary. Ambula rai has a mixed taste of sweet and savoury and goes best with the rice.

Ingredients: 5-6 pieces ambula or Sundry green mango wedges, half cup grated coconut, 1 cup yogurt, mustard seed (2 tbsp + 1 tsp), 2 green chilis, 2 tbsp Sugar, mustard oil, red chilli, curry leaf and salt to taste.

Let’s prepare it.

  1. First, soak the ambula or the sun dried green mango wedges in water for minimum 1-2 hours.
  2. Then take a blender and put green chillies and mustard seeds to grind into a smooth paste.
  3. Now, tale a mixing bowl and put curd and add the mustard paste, sugar, salt and grated coconut to it. Mix well.
  4. Then add the soaked ambula or sun dried green mangoes and mix well.
  5. Now take a pan and add mustard oil. Add mustard seeds once the oil is heated. When the seeds start to splutter add curry leaves and red chillies. Fry well.
  6. Then add this tempering on the dry mango mixture. Then cover it with a lid for 1-2 hours so that the flavour is infused well.
  7. Now serve the ambula raai as a mouth watering accompaniment with rice.

Happy Cooking!

 

 

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Make this Navratri Delightful With These Desserts

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Navratri is one of the greatest festivals that bring joy as well as cleanses our body, mind, and soul. Most of the devotees observe fasts to display their devotion to Goddess Durga. However, observing fasts and eating the same things every day sometimes becomes a bit monotonous. Therefore, here are some of the dessert recipes that will make your Navratri special.

Aloo ka Halwa

This is a famous and delicious dessert from Uttar Pradesh and is generally prepared during the festive season of Navratri.

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Ingredients needed: 3 large potatoes, boiled, 1 Tbsp ghee, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 Tbsp cashews chopped & lightly roasted, 1/4 Tbsp almonds flaked or chopped, A pinch of cardamom powder, 1/2 Tbsp raisins.

Let’s cook it.

  1. First, boil the potatoes. Then peel off the skin and mash the potatoes.
  2. Take a pan, add some ghee and let it heat. Then add the mashed potatoes and let it roast for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Next, add milk, sugar, and raisins to the mashed potatoes and mix them well.
  4. Cook the same for another 8-10 minutes and keep stirring frequently.
  5. Then, add cardamom and mix well.
  6. Finally, garnish with almonds flakes & cashews.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy.

Apple Crumble with Singhara Atta (Water Chestnut Flour)

The tremendous combination of singhara atta or water chestnut flour and some grated coconut along with raisins is a lovely and wholesome treat to the taste buds.

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Ingredients needed: 1/2 Kg apples peeled and cut into 1/2″ dices, 1/2 coconut (grated), 50 gms raisins, 1/2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds, 3/4 tsp cinnamon powder, 3 cloves, grated nutmeg, 2-3 tbsp grated gur/sugar,

Ingredients for the Topping: 150 gms singhara atta, 75 gms chilled butter and 75 gms grated gur/sugar.

Let’s cook it.

  1. Take a bowl and mix the apples with the coconut, raisins, spice, and sugar.
  2. Next, spoon into a buttered ovenproof dish.
  3. Then, mix the sugar and singhara atta and sugar.
  4. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture attains breadcrumbs like texture.
  5. Then, top the apples with the crumble mixture.
  6. Now, bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 C/ 350 F for 20 minutes, or until the topping becomes crisp and colored.
  7. Serve hot with ice cream, custard or cream.

Enjoy your Navratri Fasting!!!

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Vegetable Juices: A healthy way of Detoxification

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Veggies are a great means to accelerate weight loss. It also helps in dealing with the crazy hunger pangs. Vegetable juices offer a rich pack of nutrients in the diet. Additionally, it helps in detoxification and cleansing of the liver so that the body flushes out all the toxins.

Here are some of the healthy vegetable Juice Recipes.

Cucumber and Tomato Cooler

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Ingredients needed: 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1/2 cup chopped tomato, 1/4 lemon juice, A pinch of salt.

Let’s juice it up.

  1. First, put the chopped cucumber and tomato into a blender and give it a spin.
  2. Now, pour it into a glass and add lemon juice
  3. Then add a pinch of salt and stir it well.
  4. Enjoy the healthy drink.

Gingery Carrot Juice

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Ingredients needed: 1/2 cup chopped carrots, 1/2 cup chopped apples, 1/2 inch ginger root, 1 tablespoon lime juice, a pinch of salt.

Let’s juice it up.

  1. Chop the carrots, apple, and ginger root and put all into the blender and blend it.
  2. Strain the juice into a glass.
  3. Then add lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Stir well.
  4. Enjoy drinking it.

Cabbage and Lemon Juice

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Ingredients needed: 1 cabbage, A handful on mint leaves, 1 Tbsp honey, lemon juice.

Let’s juice it up.

  1. Peel the leaves of the cabbage and wash well with cold water and then pat dry.
  2. Chop the cabbage and throw it in a blender. Also, add the mint leaves into it.
  3. Blend it well and strain it and add honey and lemon.
  4. Enjoy the detox fluid.

Bottle Gourd, Amla and Mint Juice

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Ingredients needed: 1/2 bottle gourd, peeled; 3-4 amla, chopped; 1 sprig mint leaves; 1/2 inch ginger; Rock salt to taste.

  1. Blend the bottle gourd along with a little water, amla, ginger, fresh mint leaves, and rock salt.
  2. Strain and pour it into a glass.
  3. Drink immediately.
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Have you ever baked a cake from leftover ice-cream!

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This is one of the easiest and simplest eggless cake recipes. The most interesting part of this recipe is there isn’t much hassle to prepare the cake batter. Let’s see how we can do this.

Ingredients needed:

  1. 2 cups ice cream of any flavour of your preference.
  2. 1½ cups maida or plain flour or refined flour or all-purpose flour
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. pinch of salt

Let’s bake the cake.

  1. First, take a large mixing bowl and add 2 cups vanilla ice cream or you can use any flavoured ice cream.
  2. Allow it to melt at room temperature naturally.
  3. Then, add 1½ cups maida or all-purpose flour into it.
  4. Next, add 2 tsp baking powder and salt.
  5. Then, combine and mix well to form a thick batter.
  6. Then, transfer the batter into the baking tray greased with baking paper.
  7. Then bake the cake in a preheated oven at 180-degree Celsius or 356-degree Fahrenheit for 25 to 35 minutes.
  8. Then, cool down the cake completely. Next, transfer it to a cooling rack to cool faster.
  9. Now slice it and enjoy the yummy eggless ice cream cake.

 

Tips:

  • Use a full cream ice cream. Low-fat or dairy-free ice cream do not work.
  • Avoid baking powder and salt if you are using self-raising flour.
  • To check the cake has baked completely, insert a toothpick at the centre and see if it does not stick to the toothpick. If it sticks, then you need to bake it for another 5 minutes.

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Healthy Yogurt Smoothies for Breakfast

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It is a well-known fact that yogurt is extremely nutritious and is a great source of protein, calcium, and potassium. It also offers numerous vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in calories.
Here are some recipes of yogurt smoothies that keep you energetic throughout the day, if taken in breakfast.

Breakfast Energy Drink

Breakfast Energy Drink

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups orange juice
  2. 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups frozen berries (or mixed fresh)

Let’s shake it.

Put all ingredients into a blender.

Blend on high until it becomes smooth.

Serve and enjoy!

Good Morning Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  2. 1 cup frozen pineapple pieces
  3. 1 frozen banana
  4. 1 cup fresh squeezed or bottled orange juice
  5. 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  6. 1 tablespoon honey
  7. Assorted fresh berries for topping, optional

Let’s shake it.

Put all ingredients, except berries, into a blender

Process until it becomes smooth.

Pour into glasses and top it with fresh berries.

Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Pomegranate Smoothie

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of water
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  4. 2 pints nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt
  5. 4 Lipton white tea with blueberry & pomegranate flavor pyramid tea bag

Let’s shake it.

Pour boiling water over Lipton White Tea with Blueberry & Pomegranate Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags

Cover and brew 5 minutes. Then, remove the Tea Bags and squeeze.

Now, add sugar and stir until it gets dissolved. Keep it in the refrigerator to chill.

Process the tea mixture with remaining ingredients in a blender until it becomes smooth.

Then, serve immediately.

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Do you love Keventers? Try These Milkshakes at Home

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Keventers is an iconic brand which is best known for its refreshing and delicious milkshakes offered in many flavors. And if there is no Keventers outlet near your locality then you are missing a very big thing in your life. Therefore we present you some of the milkshake recipes you can make at your home. Trust me it tastes exactly like the Keventers.

Choco Peanut Butter

For peanut butter lovers, this is a treat to them. It is a very simple chocolaty shake with the strong essence of peanut butter.

All you need,

  1. 2 cups of chocolate ice cream
  2. 1 cup of milk
  3. 1/3 of a cup of peanut butter
  4. One cup of ice.

Pour the milk, peanut butter and ice into a blender and blend until it becomes smooth.

Then, add the chocolate ice cream and pulse until desired consistency

Serve chill and enjoy!

Mint Oreo Crumble

This one is a refreshing blend of mint with crushed Oreos. It is an amazing and rich flavored thick shake.

All you need,

  1. 1 1/2 cup Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  2. 8 Oreos
  3. 1 cup ice
  4. 1/2 cup milk

Take a blender and add the ice cream, milk, Oreos and ice altogether.

Whiz until well blended.

Serve chill and enjoy!

Kit-Kat Flavor

This one offers a nostalgia effect to those who love kit-kat. This shake has a delicious and nice texture and offers an amazing kit-kat flavor.

All you need,

  1. 1 Kit Kat bar (broken)
  2. 2 cups vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt)
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Put ice cream, milk, Kit Kat bar, and vanilla extract in a blender. Next, add chocolate syrup into it.

Blend until it becomes smooth.

Serve chill and enjoy!

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Maachha Patropoda (Baked Fish in Banana Leaf)

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Machcha Patropoda is a traditional cuisine of Odisha. The fish is marinated with a freshly ground masala and wrapped in banana leaf and cooked for a few minutes till it’s soft and tender.

Ingredients for the masala: 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 2-3 whole dry red chillies.

Ingredients for main preparation: 1 Whole fish of your preference, 2 tsp masala, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp chopped green chillies, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 7 curry leaves, chopped coriander leaves, 1 sliced onion, 1 Tbsp mustard oil

For the masala:

  1. In a grinder put ginger, cumin seeds, garlic, mustard seeds and whole red chillies together.
  2. Blend it to a smooth paste.

For the main preparation:

  1. Clean the fish of your preference and cut into small pieces. Mostly, Hilsa fish tastes great when cooked this way.
  2. Add the ground masala to the fish pieces along with green chillies, turmeric, curry leaves, coriander leaves, onions, mustard oil and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients well and leave this to marinate.
  3. Place the marinated fish in a banana leaf and wrap it and tie up the leaf packet with a thread.
  4. Then place the sealed banana into coal stove for 15-20 minutes and serve hot.

Tips: If you don’t have coal stove then you can simply keep the leaf packets of fish on a pan or tawaa.

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Pear-Based Beverages Help to Meet Fitness Goal

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Pear, a juicy fruit worth for its nutritional qualities is low in calories with high-fiber content. The fruit is also high in water content and helps in weight loss. It is also a rich source of beta-carotene and B vitamins. No doubt that pear tastes best when eaten straight by biting into it. However, there are people who like it in juice form. So, here are recipes of beverages made from pear that are refreshing as well as delicious and healthy.

Pear, Spinach, Celery and Ginger Smoothie

This is a power pack smoothie that acts as a fuel to your body. Loaded with vitamins and minerals from spinach and celery and antioxidants of ginger, this smoothie helps in building up immunity. Let’s know the recipe.

  1. Peel and cut a cup of pear into small pieces.
  2. Boil a handful of spinach separately and cut into small pieces along with celery as per your taste.
  3. Blend all the ingredients with 1 cup yogurt and 1 tablespoon honey.
  4. Your smoothie is ready to serve.

Fresh Pear Juice with Apple and Pineapple

This fresh juice helps a lot in weight loss. Pineapple contains traces of vitamins A and K, zinc, phosphorus, and calcium, while green apples are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. These nutrients not only provide great skin but also help in building a healthy immune system and increases metabolism in the body. Let’s know-how is it prepared?

  1. Cut two pears and one pineapple and two green apples into small chunks.
  2. Put all fruit chunks in a juicer and blend it into smooth juice.
  3. Chill the juice for 1 hour in refrigerator or chill instantly by adding ice cubes.
  4. Serve chill in a tall glasses

Cheers!!!

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Making Paan Ice-cream was never this easy before!

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Paan ice cream is a refreshing treat to beat the heat. However, every time we crave for it we need to step out to get it from our favorite store. Let us make it at home. Here we have a solution for this.

Ingredients needed: 1 liter vanilla ice cream, 8-10 finely chopped large paan leaves, 4 tablespoons Gulkand or rose petal jam, 2 tablespoons candied fennel, 1.5 teaspoons Mishri or sugar candy, 3-4 chopped dates, 1/8 teaspoon mint extract, few drops green food color (optional), and desiccated coconut and cherry for garnishing

Let’s now make this…

  1. Take the vanilla ice cream in a large bowl and beat or whip the ice cream using a spatula.
  2. Then add chopped paan leaves, candied fennel, Gulkand, Mishri, chopped dates, and mint extract. Also, add a few drops of green food color to give it a green mint look.

  1. Fold in everything together and mix well.
  2. Pour the ice cream back into the ice cream container/tub and freeze overnight.
  3. Garnish the paan ice cream with coconut flakes and cherries before serving.
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