Thursday, December 1, 2016

Chicken Chowmein Recipe

Chicken Chowmein is my comfort food during winter๐Ÿ˜€ We don't need precisely chopped veggies use what you have in fridge...peas and beans in my case๐Ÿ˜‰

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1/2 Inch Ginger
8 Pods Garlic
2 Medium Onions
5 Sprigs Spring Onions
5 + 3 Chilies
2 Dried Red Chilies
2 Tbsp Soya Sauce 
1 Tbsp Pepper Powder
500 Grams Noodles (I used whole wheat noodles)
250 Grams Chicken Mince
1 Tsp Chinese tasting salt (MSG/Ajinomoto)
1 Star Anise
3 Cloves 
2 Inch Sticks Cinnamon
Salt as per taste 
3 Tbsp Oil 

Prep Up:
Finely Chop 1 Onion, Ginger and Garlic.
Thinly Slice the other Onion.
Finely Chop Spring Onions.

Finely Chop 5 Green Chilies and Slit the other 3 Chilies.
Cook the noodles as per package directions reserve.
Slit and chop the beans into 2 inch pieces reserve.
Par boil the green peas reserve.

Marinate the chicken mince 15 to 20 minutes ahead of time. Add finely chipped onion, ginger, garlic, 1 tbsp spring onions and chilies 1 tbsp soya sauce, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, 1/2 tbsp salt and 1/4 tsp ajinomoto mix well and reserve ๐Ÿ‘Œ

We can also use ready-made store bought five spice powder instead of whole spices๐Ÿ˜Ž
Heat a heavy bottom wok or pot add oil and place on medium flame.

Once the oil starts to smoke add spices and allow to splutter. 
Add slit chilies, dried red chilies, sliced onions and fry until the onion turns light pink in color.

Add the bean and peas to the onions and fry for a minute. Add marinated chicken mince and fry until the chicken crumbles apart.
Add 1/2 Cup water to the chicken allow to cook until the veggies and chicken are cooked.

Once the chicken has cooked place the flame on high allow the excess moisture to evaporate. Add salt, 1 tbsp soya sauce, 1/2 tsp pepper powder fry for a minute.

Add cooked noodles to the masala mix till well combined and fry for a minute. Garnish with coriander and spring onions serve hot...Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‹ 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ordering Food From Box8

Box 8 is an app and web-based food delivery service who operate in 3 cities...Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru. There is something for everyone in Box 8 from sandwiches to all-in-one-meals ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Overall concept of delivering home style fresh meals on a budget is something many expats and IT professionals are looking forward too, just because people who are here(in Bengaluru) for work do not prefer traveling but yet want to enjoy delicious meals served to them on call. People who want to organize large parties or events can contact Box 8 they handle bulk party orders ๐Ÿ˜ 

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About Box8: Started by two IIT graduates Amit Raj and Anshul Gupta, Box8 currently claims to serve 12,000 meals every day to its consumer base through a network of 60 stores across three cities Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru. The company initially started out as Poncho in 2011 serving only Mexican dishes in the quick service format (QSR), but then expanded its menu and re-branded (to Box8) in 2014.

How was the food? All the dishes were moderately warm. they provide microwaveable bowls for reheating if needed. 

The salads and sandwiches were filling packed with fresh veggies and chicken๐Ÿ˜‹ However they could've provided some tissues and plastic utensils, along with a 200 ml water bottle, these add on's are nice touches and this is something many food delivery services are over looking. We were really impressed with the packaging, pricing and service. 

 Ice tea and Masala Lemonade

 Herbed Chicken Salad

Morsels of grilled chicken tenders are coated in a basil and pepper paste tossed with veggies, olives and thousand island sauce. This is a cold chicken salad can be sandwiched with bread and eaten ๐Ÿ˜‡

Impressive Packaging there were no leaks or spills.

 Veg Royal Feast Sandwich

Whole wheat bread filled with crispy veggies, paneer, olives and mushrooms the creamy and nutty sauce adds to the flavor and taste.

 Tandoori Chicken Sandwich

Whole wheat bread sandwiched with boneless grilled tandoori chicken and veggies...the sweet corn and mustard spread set this sandwich apart ๐Ÿ˜‹

 Paneer House Full Wrap
 Whole wheat roti filled with spicy veg and paneer filling...

 Chicken seekh Wraps

Chicken seekh kababs rolled in whole wheat roti with veggies and tangy sauce.

Chicken Tikka Biryani: This biryani was spicy its served with a chutney and raita. Pieces of boneless chicken are marinated in red masala flame grilled and dum cooked with rice.  
 Bhuna Kabab Meal

Succulent Chicken Kababs in a spicy gravy + Dal Makhani + Rice + Salad + Chutney + Roti + Gulab Jamun was quite a filling meal.

 Choco Lava Cake

Gulab Jamuns
For all the food we had it was only 1300/- ₹. Since we keep travelling back and forth from Bangalore Box 8 seems to be reasonable and convenient for me to carry food on the go. We are also planning to try more food and Icecreams... Visit or follow them on

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Biryani, Kebabs and Curries Festival @Nook-Aloft, Cessna Business Park - Bengaluru

If there is one dish I could eat any time of the day its undoubtedly a "Biryani". I tasted one of the tastiest and massive feast fit for a king at Nook-Aloft Cessna Business Park last week, we were hosted for their ongoing Biryani and Curries festival. The buffet spread consisted 6 Biryani's, curries, tandoor, live stations and desserts. 

History says royal mughal chefs created a dish called biryani, However the south Indians claim biryani originated from southern region the nawabs were the first people to use marinated raw game meat and prepared the first one pot dish called pulao now the modern biryani. 

The Kacchi Gosht Ki Biryani (raw meat biryani) still exists in Andhra pradesh the debate over biryani is never ending but one can get to taste mountains of freshly cooked aromatic and authentic Scheherazade Fish Biryani a persian influenced biryani, Gatta Ka Pulao a gram flour dumpling pulao from rajasthan, Dindugal Vegetable Biryani from south india, Alappuzha Paneer Makhani Biryani from kerela, and Ambur Chicken Biryani from the nawabi capital tamilnadu, till 25th November 2016.

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Our Welcome Drink was Cranberry mint mocktail.

 Masala Fish Fingers 
 Onion Pakoras

 Capsicum Pakoras 
 Plantain Chips 
 Tandoori Prawns 
Prawns marinated in red chilly spice blend were grilled on coals...

 Tangdi Kabab
Chicken Thighs marinated in hung yogurt and spices were grilled to perfection...

 Dahi Kabab
Spiced Hung Yogurt Patties.

 Vegetable Kabab

 Seer Fish Podimas
Steam cooked fish is crumbled and stir fried with mustard and coconut this is also a staple southindian style side dish but was served as a starter.

 Sev Puri, Rajma Chaat, Aloo Chaat

Papdi Chaat

 Fish Fried Plantain
This plantain fry is a staple side dish all over south we use fish masala and marinate the plantain and pan fry with sesame oil. Best side dish for curd rice or rasam rice.

 Pineapple, Vodka & Basil  Cocktail

From the Live Station
 Mutton Taka Tak
Lamb offals minced and cooked in a fiery spice masala is served with butter toased pav. People who enjoy spare masala are surely in for a treat...

 Laccha Paratha

 Gonkura Fish Curry

 Mutton Sukka
Mutton sukka is a typical southern style dish served with roti or rice we also serve this semi gravy for biryani.

 Green Apple Chutney

 Palak Chicken Curry

 Assorted Breads
The naans were very unique and tasty some had orange rind and some with mint which was perfectly paired with curries...

Masala Onion Condiments

 Scheherazade Fish Biryani
This Biryani has Persian Influence prepared with spices and saffron strands not commonly available in southindia...

 Gatta Ka Pulao
Simple gram flour dumplings converted and added to a yogurt based biryani from Rajasthan region has recently gained popularity slightly tangy with mild spices...

 Mirchi Ka Salna

 Dindugal Vegetable Biryani
This biryani is gained popularity from tamil based naidu community. Its prepared with shallots and powdered spices normally its served with omelets and chicken curry...

 Alappuzha Paneer Makhani Biryani
Kerela style coconut milk and ghee based biryani with cottage cheese...

 Ambur Chicken Biryani
Typical Nawabi style or Dhakhini biryani prepare with ground red chilly paste and short grain rice called jeera samba. One can eat a lot and still feel light the quality of rice is such.

Hyderabadi Kacchi Gosht Ki Biryani
Raw marinated meat is cooked with rice typical andhra style biryani. long grain rice and meat is so juicy masala has to be mixed with rice and eaten with mirchi ka salan.

Dessert and Fruit Counter
Wheat based Dessert 

Mango and Chocolate Icecream

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Craving for biryani is never ending, I enjoyed the spread and was really happy to interact with few expats and guide them with my favorite dishes for the day. 

Our picks from the spread were the Fish Biryani, Seer fish podimas, mutton sukka and fish curry from the buffet. Pickles and chutneys are my favorite combos with biryani I thoroughly enjoyed the gonkora and apple chutney with biryani its my favorite combo. Thanks to Aloft Team and PR Company.