Let’s have a bite of Yoga!

Let’s just say that you are offered a challenge to live in a box and you have been supplied with a mat and a bottle of water. How would you choose to survive? If I were you—to stay calm I would meditate and stretch myself on the mat that would relax my muscles and strengthen my joints. In theory, we can presume many such illusive ideas, but in reality do we take ourselves seriously enough? We are blinded with branded fast food joints that come in our way when the stomach starts to growl. We spend thousands of rupees on fitness center and still lurk around KFC, McDonalds like hungry wolves. Yoga-Sunset-Meditation

We fail to understand that it’s important to eat healthy and stay fit as well. Yoga is for everyone. In school, I was introduced to yoga in class four. I was always excited about the class as it was less tiring and more rejuvenating. It is proven science that has become a household name around the world. But how do we find balance between yoga and healthy eating?

Yoga offers a balance between mind and body and so does healthy food. You can say that both are two-sides of the same coin. You can’t practice yoga without changing your diet or just having healthy meals without any physical activity. You must make conscious efforts to drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water every day. And you will see the difference. Your skin will become clearer and younger. Whereas, yoga will enhance your stamina and make your body flexible. If you start eating healthy food, it will give you strength, stimulate resistance to wounds and help body to function properly. It is crucial for ladies to avoid yoga during menstruation, as the body needs to rest during that period of time. And in case of pregnancy, you must consult a yoga guru for guidelines.

All you need is to schedule yourself. You must start early to practice yoga empty stomach. Although, there is no hard and fast rule to stick to a particular time, but it is more beneficial if you have at least three hour gap between your meals and your next yoga session. You must know that yoga is a potent antidote to prevent any bodily ailment. We advise you to stick to fruits and vegetables. Beans are also a good source of protein, if you want to avoid dairy products. Did you know that too much of regular salt can lead to serious problems like blood pressure, dehydration, hypertension and other heart related diseases. You must make a conscious effort to reduce salt intake in your food and consume rock salt instead. If you have lukewarm water with lemon and honey in empty stomach, it will increase metabolism that you had in your childhood. yoga

To start yoga today, grab a mat and practice yoga at least for an hour. Do rest a few seconds between asanas (exercises). When you spread the mat and sit comfortably on it; start with long breaths for five minutes, followed by Pranayam (breathing exercises). Once you’re done with Pranayam, stretch your hands and legs before starting with asanas. Anybody can perform asanas in yoga with basic guidelines or consult a yoga guru. The best part about practicing yoga is that there is no age limit. Practice makes yoga perfect!

Pranayam had been tucked away for many years. This ancient magical science was practised by a few or were trained under yoga gurus. Ramdev Baba made these breathing techniques accessible to common men. We must now, thank the social media, which has made knowledge available to us with a click of a button. These techniques can be practiced sitting anywhere. You can be on a train or stuck in a traffic or sitting on a hilltop; all you have to do is learn these controlled breathing techniques with the help of books, videos or yoga gurus. To decode these breathing techniques, we will first make you understand why these techniques should be part of your daily life.

It is the fact that we can live without food and water, but cannot live without breathing. Our body has three doshas i.e. vata (air), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (water and earth). These qualities exist in each of us, but due to our unstable lifestyle either of these qualities increase in proportion to others. When this happens, our body reacts and we feel sick. For instance, when the vote soars up, the body loses its balance internally. Unstable vata can create digestive problems. So, we must make sure that our body is fit from within. online-yoga

Ramdev Baba Tipnis:

  • Children from the age of 3 can practice Pranayam (light breathing exercises) and start asanas by the age of 5. This will help them grow wise, intelligent, energetic, strong and confident. It will also lead to good eyesight and height.
  • An adult who practices kapalabhati and anuloma-viloma, each for minimum 5 minutes will live a life free of diseases and tension. He can benefit more if he exercises, breathing techniques up to 30 minutes, which can cure deadly diseases like cancer and AIDS.

We waste our little fortune on beauty products, preservative products and dietary supplements, but all we need to do is to utilize all the natural resources, which are abundantly available.

Plan your day as follows:

  • Have lukewarm water with lemon and honey empty stomach
  • Start yoga with pranayam followed by asanas
  • Make sure you have freshly squeezed juice of any fruit with your breakfast
  • Include dry fruits between your meals
  • If you are at work, distress yourself with green tea
  • Have a lot of salads with your meals
  • End your last meal with a cup of milk

If you follow these basic rules and provide your body what it needs, you won’t be requiring a doctor or medicines again.

Write-up by Kitchen Pops coordinate: Sonal

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Bueno – Great place to order food online!

With the changing times and the changing trends, why not have the delicious meals at your doorstep!1

Delivered sizzling hot in a hygienic packaging, Beuno makes sure to serve you with the best gourmet food at your comfort homes and offices, with the click of your mouse. Bueno, is a global food hub that today delivers  these fresh meals in Delhi and NCR. They have a huge variety of more than 400 options in their menu, to entitle the user order from. With the categories majorly divided into veg and non veg, they offer the variety in the following cuisines:

  • American
  • Asian2
  • European,
  • Indian
  • Middle Eastern
  • Mexican

The fresh & delicious food delivers within the notice of just 24 hours by an online order is what Beuno boasts.  Together with this, they also offer the express delivery within an hour’s period, offering selective dishes. The express delivery system is currently available in the selected areas of Gurgaon and can be ordered from Bueno.kitchen/xprs.

Kitchen Pops was delighted to get the opportunity to order and review food from their menu. We went ahead and selected the following dishes:

  • Pita Bread with Hummus (priced at INR 170): 8 pie pieces of Pita bread served along with a portion of hummus, packed beautifully in a semi transparent container which was marked with “Bueno”. Personally, we think that the amount of hummus served with the 8 pieces was quite less and also the hummus could have tasted better. It was more towards a dry hummus rather than a freshly made hummus paste.

    Pita Bread with Hummus

    Pita Bread with Hummus

  • Mexican Rice (Veg) with Paprika Yoghurt (priced at INR 210): A good portion which can serve 2. Mexican rice tasted yummy with a spicy flavor and some veggies. It had the paprika yoghurt which was fresh. The combination was just perfect and was a relished meal.
  • Thai Green Curry (Veg) with Steamed Rice (priced at INR 260): A perfect portion with a flawless flavor of green curry. The steamed rice again were steaming hot. The green curry had a lot of veggies along with the superb color, while the rice is something that they can improve on the quality.
  • Penne Arrabiata (Veg) (priced at INR 199): A perfect hot dish which you can have anywhere anytime! Tempting looks with delicious flavor, with lots of veggies and a flawless sauce, is what this dish can be summed up as. Loved this one and planning to order it again.
  • Smoked Vegetable Sandwich (cold) (priced at INR 125): A little disappointed with the serving size as when you opt for the sandwich, you need to order something else as well, in case you are looking to fill your appetite. To talk about the taste, it was pretty fine, but could have tasted better if served grilled.
  • Paneer Bhurji Wrap (priced at INR 125): Reminds you of the traditional flavors of the wraps and Frankies, paneer bhurji wrap entitles you to have a quick bite. A perfect blend of paneer and the masalas, this wrap is for the chat-pata food lovers.1
  • Chocolate Chip Muffin (priced at INR 60): When it comes to having desserts with Bueno, we opted for the chocolate muffin which had a good flavor of chocolate chips into it. The freshness of the muffin seemed to be a bit to be worried as it had a foul smell when heated.
  • Chocolate Brownie (priced at INR 70): We would prefer the brownie over the muffin as this was much fresher and was having the appropriate taste of the brownie. Good taste and freshness intact, the brownie was loved!

Overall, Bueno is a good option to choose from, if you are planning to order food and want it delivered at your doorstep. With a wide variety of options to choose from, be it for an individual or for a party planned, Bueno is there for you! Check out the details at: http://www.bueno.kitchen.FullSizeRender_1

Our recommendations:

  • Mexican Rice (Veg) with Paprika Yoghurt
  • Penne Arabiata (Veg)
  • Paneer Bhurji Wrap
  • Chocolate Brownie

 

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Review n Recipe: Cuban Cuisine in your own kitchen with Cook Gourmet!

Cooking gets so simple with Cook Gourmet and the best part is that the authentic taste of the delicious recipes is there when you cook them with your own hands.

The traditional tastes are still there in their cooking styles to make you feel proud to have cooked something so delicious and yummy. With the easy box packaging and everything so ready to be cooked, Cook Gourmet, makes our life so easy in the kitchen, as it saves us from all the cooking and chopping as it provides you with chopped veggies, measured spices and an attractive recipe card with pictorials to help you follow the time and look of your dish and gain confidence.FullSizeRender_4

Traditionally known as “Platillo Moros y Cristianos”, this  dish which is available at all the Cuban restaurants and is found throughout the Caribbean. As the name suggests,  “Moors” refers to the black beans while the “Christians” means the rice. 

To put it in the Indian tastes, it is something similar to our traditional Rajma-Chawal but with the authentic flavor of the Cuban cuisine.

It feels immense pleasure to have the Cuban dish in the comfort of our own house and that too which is home cooked by my own hands, courtesy Cook Gourmet.

Kitchen Pops would like to thank Cook Gourmet for providing us with such International flavor in the Indian kitchens!

Cuban Black Beans with Red Radish, Cilantro and Steamed Rice

By Chef Narender Singh

Prep Time: 20 mins

Calories: 350

Traditional Cuban Black bean stew recipes have to be simmered for hours, we have reduced the cooking time by using boiled black beans along with vegetable broth. The stew is served with steamed rice and accompanied with a traditional red radish salad. The stew can also be served with Pita Bread.

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  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Onion
  • ¼ cup Tomato
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 300 gms Boiled Black beans
  • 1 ¼ Tsp Vegetable Aromat Powder
  • 1 ½ Tsp Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 Red Radishes
  • 2 Tbsp Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Cilantro
  • 1 Lemon

Method:

1. Cook Rice: Rinse rice under water to remove starch. Take 3 cups (750 ml) of water in an open pan and bring water to the boil. When water has come to the boil, stir in rice, along with salt and bring it back to a gentle simmer. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 12-15 minutes under low flame. Drain excess water and keep aside.

2. Prepare Vegetable Broth: In a saucepan, bring 300 ml (1 ¼ cup) of water to boil and add vegetable Aromat powder, mix well. Switch off the heat and keep aside.

3. Cook Aromatics for Black Beans: While the rice cooks, heat olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, until light brown. Add tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes till they are mashed.FullSizeRender_1

4. Add Bell Pepper along with spices: Add yellow bell pepper, cumin, salt and pepper to taste and cook for 2 minutes.

5. Add Black Beans and Vegetable Broth: Now add the black beans, oregano and vegetable broth. Bring heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes. While simmering, mash a few beans with a wooden spoon to make the sauce thicker. Switch off the heat, add apple cider vinegar and stir.FullSizeRender_2

6. For Final Serving: Serve black beans over hot rice. Top with radish, sour cream, cilantro and a lemon wedge on side.

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Aamchi Mumbai flavours at Vaango!

Vaango, a south Indian food concept of Devyani International Limited;  is a chain of restaurants across the country. It  is a quick-service restaurant model with the menu consisting of South Indian food delicacies.

With the new launch of chatpata flavors from Aamchi Mumbai, Vaango now tries to offer its customers the traditional Maharashtrian flavors in their comfortable and favorite Vaango outlets. With the mix of pleasing sauces and chutneys, these are served in the form of Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji.

Pao bhaji

Pao bhaji

Vaango is catering largely to Families over breakfast & dinners, while the lunch time, mainly caters to the working office crowd. With outlets round the North India, Vaango aims at growing big with new inclusions in the menu. They got their first outlet opened up in Noida & since then, it was menu a look back for them.

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Vada pav with Imli and mint coolers

Kitchen Pops was invited to the food tasting and we were delighted to try some of these new flavors from ‘’Aamchi Mumbai ‘’, at their Sector 29, Gurgaon outlet.  We were greeted well & taken care by the outlet’s senior most person, Mr. Anu Kumar.  Although it’s a self service model, we still had a couple of stewards who were helping us to clean the tables.

We well welcomed with a Mint Jeera cooler & an Imli summer cooler and with their wonderful new starters. The dishes served to us included:

  • Idli Chaat (at INR 69) A chaat made with idlis in dahi, chutney & masala was something really different & refreshing. Being light on stomach & cool in the summers, this chaat is a good option to try.

    Idli Manchurian

    Idli Manchurian

  • Next came Idli Manchurian (at INR 69), mini idlis  dipped in hot Manchurian gravy with onions. A perfect dish for Chinese & South Indian lowers to have in combo of the cuisines & enjoy the hot sizzling dish.
  • Dal Vada chaat (at INR 79) the famous yummy dal vadas served in the form of a chaat with chilled curd & chutneys to be consumed asap in order to make same you don’t miss the crispy  hot vadas with chilled curd. A must try!
  • Vada Pav – Aamchi Mumbai’s chapata flavor & the hottest selling street- food served in the south Indian Presentation, stuffed with the dabeli masala & Aloo vada, this tasted jhakkas. These vada pavs should ideally be served with mint chutney.
  • Next came the authentically flavored Mysone Masala  Dosa (at INR 135) Cool  on your pocket, hot & spicy in taste, the dosa is of an appropriate size to make you full. The masala was yummy, while the sambhar was quite sour. The coconut chutney & red onion chutney  accompanied the dosa.
  • Mint Jeena cooler– As the summers are here, this is something to keep you cool. The taste, however needs improvement, as it tasted more like a mint chutney than a drink.

    Dal Vada Chaat

    Dal Vada Chaat

  • Imli cooler– Better than mint cooler, Imli cooler was like the Imli chutney with extra    But the flavor of imli made it to be liked.
  • Rawa Kesari (at INR 49) After the tasting of the starters & main Course, we were presented with the Rawa It is a yellow colored suji Halwa, because of Kesar. It is a famous south Indian dessert. We loved the flavor of Kesar in it, but the halwa was little on the sticky side.
  • Gulab Jamun with Rabri (at INR 69) Easy on Pocket dessert, to give you the home made gulab jamun in very rich pure ghee  Good for people with a sweet tooth. 

 

Overall, we loved the ambience, as it was not noisy as compared to all the other south Indian restaurants. And the food was satisfactory.

Our recommendation for must try

  • Dal Vada Chaat
  • Vada Pav
  • Imli Cooler

 

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5 wholesome sweets to be consumed without guilt!

To be in good physical shape is everybody’s vital priority. No one wants to gain weight by consuming desserts after a heavy meal. These are few easy making healthy desserts.

  1. Oats Bar

    Oats Bar

    Oats Bar: – Oats are considered to be healthy and also act as a power bank resource for our body. Sauté oats in a pan without any greasing agent and let them cool down for an hour. Take a half amount of black dates and almonds and grind coarsely. Add oats and honey to this mixture. Place the mix on a plate and freeze it overnight. Next day cut into shape of bars and wrap it in fancy wrappers. These bars are all set to have it as dessert. While serving, unwrap the bars and serve it with hot chocolate sauce.

  2. Pumpkin Pie: – This might sound weird, but pumpkin is a vegetable which is sweet and not enjoyed by all. Grate pumpkin, add small amount of honey, dry fruits and dispense this mixture on pie bread. Bake this under 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Let this pie cool down and serve it filled with healthy delight.

    Pumpkin Pie

    Pumpkin Pie

  3. Wheat Bread Chocolate Sandwich: – I would suggest you this as it is the hastiest recipe to be made. Take two bread slices and add chocolate pieces between them. Prepare as many as you want it, toast them in a toaster. To be served hot as the melting chocolate would be the best indulgence.

    Wheat Bread Chocolate Sandwich

    Wheat Bread Chocolate Sandwich

  4. Carrot cake: – Take 100gm of baking mix with 75gm of castor sugar. Grate carrots and add this to your cake mix. Greece the tin, add your cake mix to it and bake it in a pre-heated oven for 20-30 minutes at 180 degrees. Demould your cake and serve it by dressing the cake with castor sugar, hot or cold, as your family friends like it.

    Carrot Cake

    Carrot Cake

  5. Wheat Laddoos: – Wheat is rich in fiber and keeps you healthy with revitalizing energies in your body. Sauté wheat flour in a dry pan till it turns little brown. Let this mixture cool down and later add peanut butter to this powder and small amount of ghee or oil as a bonding agent. If you want it to be sweeter, adding honey to it would also be a good option. Take small amount of this mixture and form balls out of it. Decorate these laddoos with silver foil and serve it after your meal.

Recipes mentioned above are not only healthy, but also fulfill your sweet desires. Try these amazing recipes and give us your feedback. So kill the misconception of desserts are heavy and unhealthy today!

Write-up by Kitchen Pops coordinate: Pratiksha Mestry

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Chef Vikas Khanna Stirs-Up Mumbites With his book Launch “Shaken & Stirred”!

Who knew a young lad from Amritsar would become a Michelin starred Indian chef! Yes, we are talking about down-to-earth Vikas Khanna. Kitchen Pops met him in person at the launch of his 20th cookbook Shaken & Stirred. It just took a few minutes to know one of the world’s renowned chefs of all time. It’s no surprise that he will launch his 21st book Utsav at Cannes Film Festival costing worth ₹8, 00,000, whereas the current one costs only ₹899. This is not all, he had self published his first ever book on October 23. According to others, it was not a good move for him, but he believes, ‘If you never start your journey, then how would you reach your destination!’ He dedicates all the books he has written to his grandmother, apart from Utsav, which is dedicated to trans genders in India. He believes that there are no festivals celebrated without trans genders. Chef Vikas Khanna with his new book

Before he was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Vikas Khanna runs the upscale restaurant Junoon in Manhattan. From starting a catering company at the age of 17 in Amritsar to working at Leela Kempinski in the banquet at the age of 21, for many more such as Taj, Oberoi, etc. He has been regularly featured on various international television shows such as Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef Australia and The Martha Stewart Show. As he quotes: 

‘A great artist can come from anywhere

A great artist can be born of anyone

For a great artist it doesn’t matter how the kitchen was when he started…’

 The book launch was held at Food Hall, a premium lifestyle, food superstore, which was launched in 2011 aiming at foodie’s inner epicure. The superstore was packed with fans and foodies likewise. Vikas Khanna was overwhelmed with the response, he says “I’m touched by the love & affection that the Foodhall customers gave me today and this is exactly what keeps my quest for undiscovered flavors. The versatile recipes in Shaken & Stirred allow you to play with your imagination, while keeping the pure flavour and wholesome goodness of the ingredients intact.”

Chef Vikas Khanna launches is 20th Book Shaken & Stirred at Foodhall @ Palladium, Mumbai

Chef Vikas Khanna launches is 20th Book Shaken & Stirred at Foodhall @ Palladium, Mumbai

The evening turned out better as the Michelin star Chef whipped the Mocktails lives, straight from his latest book. Kitchen Pops is delighted to share his recipe below: 

Green Machine Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 455g fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 6-8 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 large green apple, diced
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 4 tsp sugar

 Method

  • Use a blender to process the spinach, peas, parsley, green apple, celery and 480ml water together. Blend until smooth.
  • Strain, mix in sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Serve immediately.

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For your eyes ONLY!

In today’s fast pace world do we realize how much time we spend on screen? It could be your mobile phone, laptop or television. Sometimes we use it to save time or sometimes to kill time. In this muddled situation, how do we balance our diet when fast food chains surround us, offering us unhealthy food!

Foods-For-Your-Eyes-visionKitchen Pops thinks this is an alarming situation that needs a solution. We don’t want our kids to stop playing on the ground or the family sitting quietly on a dinner table busy scrolling through their phones. To be honest, we cannot control it until the effort comes from you. So, why not start with a healthy diet and then maybe, we can de-list other options.

Kitchen Pops recommends these easy food tips that can compliment your busy schedule. 270191-carrots

  • Carrots: Make sure you add them to your daily diet; have them in your salads, juices and even steamed. Carrots contain fibers, vitamins, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc. You should have carrots raw or steamed; it has more nutritional value than cooked.

    red and green gooseberry isolated on white background

    red and green gooseberries

  • Gooseberries: If you’re not a big fan of sour and bitter flavors, add some sweetness to it. For instance, in 60ml gooseberry juice, add one spoon of honey. This combination is good for cataract, night blindness and alsostrengthens age related issues. Gooseberries contain iron, vitamins, fiber, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
  • Spinach: Extremely good for eyes, and the best about spinach is it blends well with anything under the sun. You can add cheese, butter and sauté with some veggies. Spinach contains high amount of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, which protects from age-related degeneration.
  • Tomatoes: We bet you’ll not need any coaxing here. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins and good eyes. Did you know tomato is a fruit! It not only prevents you from risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, but also diabetic retinopathy. Tomatoes can be consumed in any form; the effect of the nutrients in your body will be the same. Bright_red_tomato_and_cross_section02
  • Eggs: Last but not the least, eggs are good for your tummy. Especially the yolk is good for eyes. These yolks contain lutein, which is extremely good for eyes. By consuming large intake of lutein can prevent blindness.

We hope you can mix and match these five factors in your daily diet in several forms.

Write up by: Sonal  

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