Mar 28, 2016

Lazy Lunch after HOLI @ COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT Gurgaon

Add more colours to your life with an exotic brunch at MoMo Cafe!

This Holi, splash the colours of joy in your life with Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon’s exclusive 'Holi Lunch'. Step in to MoMo Cafe to experience a colourful culinary treat at MoMo Cafe with a large spread of traditional and contemporary preparations.

To mark the festival of colours, Chef Amit Dash, Executive Chef at Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon has designed a special Holi lunch menu. The vibrant buffet will showcase a stellar array with original Indian flavours coupled with colourful and elegant desserts to augment the joyous and vibrant Holi afternoon. Traditional Holi fare such as Niyamat biryani, Asian Style Chicken Wings, Palak Peanut Kebab along with Pani Puri, Chaat and Dahi Bhalla live counters and a lot more will be on offer. Not to miss the traditional thandai and Gujias.

The perfect get together with family and friends on a leisurely holiday to share a hearty meal, Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon will truly make this Holi experience a memorable one!

Restaurant: MoMo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon

Date: Thursday, 24th March 2016

Time: 12:30 pm to 3:30pm

Pricing: INR 1450 plus taxes with soft beverages

INR 2250 plus taxes with alcoholic beverages 

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Mar 25, 2016

CraveNoMore with Saffola Masala Oats Chinese and Italian variants

Food enthusiasts from across the country came together for a great culinary experience in the capital city!

Have you ever-imagined Chinese and Italian cuisine being guilt free? Globally renowned Chef extraordinaire, Kunal Kapur now brings to you the new Saffola Masala Oats, Chefs Choice range in Italian & Chinese flavors, a delightful treat for the taste buds. To celebrate the launch of these exquisite flavors, Saffola Masala Oats hosted top bloggers from across India for a fun-filled and enriching gastronomic experience with gourmet chefs - Kunal Kapur, Saransh Goila and Shipra Khanna.

During the meet, Chef Kunal Kapur announced a two-phase competition around #CraveNoMore with SaffolaMasalaOats. The Phase I of #CraveNoMore took off in Delhi; an exciting mystery box challenge wherein 40 food bloggers were presented with the task of identifying exotic Chinese & Italian food condiments. Out of these, 24 bloggers became a part of the exhilarating cook-off thereafter creating quick recipes using Saffola Masala Oats Italian and Chinese variant as the key ingredient.

Judged by the Fit Foodie panelists, Chef Kunal Kapur, Chef Shipra Khanna and Chef Saransh Goila, announced Adarsh Munjala, The Big Bhookad; Kumar Jhuremalani, Pet Pujaris; Saloni Malkhani, Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI); Sayantani Mahapatra, A Homemaker’s Diary; Priya Sharma, Mumasfooddiary and Richa Gupta, Myfoodstory as the winners for the phase I. The winners from this phase will go on to Phase 2 of the competition and will participate in a ‘food-truck’ challenge in Mumbai.

The Fit Foodie panelists, Chef Shipra Khanna and Chef Saransh Goila went on to create some unique and interesting snacking recipes through their master class with the bloggers. While Chef Shipra chose Italian Saffola Masala Oats and came up with the delicious Cottage cheese oats with yogurt and apple salad recipe, Chef Saransh Goila picked the Chinese variant and prepared Saffola Masala Oats Chinese Wraps in just a few minutes.

Commenting on the occasion, Saffola Masala Oats brand Ambassador, Chef Kunal Kapur, one of the most celebrated faces of Indian cuisine today and winner of several National culinary awards, said “It feels great to be associated with Saffola Masala Oats in their innovation journey and co-creating the new Chinese & Italian flavors. As part of Saffola Fit Foodie panel, we always encourage people to adopt healthy eating habits and I believe these new variants are a perfect blend of tasty yet healthy snack. Today at Saffola #CraveNoMore meet, I was impressed to see the creative way food enthusiasts showed off their best culinary skills!”

“I am glad to be a part of Saffola Masala Oats fit foodie panel. It was truly an experience to witness the #CraveNoMore cook-off event today in Delhi, where the online food influencers gave an interesting and creative spin to Chinese and Italian flavor oats”, said India’s youngest celebrity chef Saransh Goila also known for his popular show Roti Rasta Aur India and Health Challenge.

MasterChef India winner Chef Shipra Khanna added,” I am delighted to join  Saffola fit foodie panel and feel the new flavours are an apt solution to satiate the hunger craving of health conscious people. Italian being my favorite cuisine, it was a fun saturday spent with the online food community exploring some scrumptious dishes prepared with Italian Oats. Many congratulations to the winners #CraveNoMore Cook-off and looking forward to meet them soon in Mumbai.

Saffola Masala Oats has created the ‘unthinkable’ by smartly infusing the essence of most popular international cuisines in India- Chinese and Italian, in Oats. The new flavours have been introduced to make snacking guilt-free and unbelievably tasty. With universal appeal to consumers across varied age groups ranging from children, youth to adults, these variants are first-of-its-kind offering in in oats in both domestic and international market.

Variants description:
·         Saffola Masala Oats Chefs Choice Chinese Flavor has a spicy tangy taste, which comes from a mix of juicy corn, crunchy french beans and capsicum, leaving you with an authentic Chinese flavour.
·         Saffola Masala Oats Chefs Choice Italian Flavor is a delectable mix of green capsicum, spicy red chilli flakes, oregano and a dash of pepper which gives it a cheesy taste with just the right amount of spice.

The Saffoala Masala Oats, Chefs Choice range in Chinese and Italian is not only loaded with the health of whole grain Oats and vegetables but is also bursting with delicious international flavours, making it an ideal to satiate one’s cravings for a healthy snack.

An apt solution for hunger craving of health conscious focused consumers – men, women and healthy snacking options for children #CraveNoMore!

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Mar 17, 2016

Monarch Cruise Promotes Luxury Cruise with Entertainment Featuring Cricket and Bollywood Stars

Monarch Cruise has announced the launch of a cruise experience that will bring together the cream of Bollywood and Cricket. The cruise will allow passengers to get up close and personal with their favourite cricket icons, Bollywood stars, world-class DJs and celebrated chefs.

An event management agency has not yet been appointed for this cruise featuring gala events, celebrity DJs, masterchefs, comedy shows, multi-cuisine meals, shore excursions at various destinations; Bollywood themed shows; international song and dance shows; and cooking and mixology shows.

Monarch today announced some more big names for its line up on the Bollywood and Cricket Edition. Legendary cricketers Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Bevan, Mark Boucher, Shane Lee, Dean Jones, Damien Martyn and Jeff Thomson have been added to the celebrity line up that already includes Sachin Tendulkar, Brett Lee and Shane Warne.

Aside from these illustrious cricketing personalities, there will also be Bollywood vocalists Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Neha Kakkar, Neha Dhupia and leading DJs NYK, Khushi, Badshah and Gouri Sharma. Stand-up comedians Vir Das and Papa CJ will entertain those on board while celebrity chefs Sanjeev Kapoor and Vineet Bhatia will serve up mouth-watering cuisines from all over the world.

On the conceptualisation of the event, Somesh Jagga, CEO, Monarch Cruise said, “The company prides itself on creating unique experiences. With this cruise we hope to achieve something extraordinary. Nothing else in India is bigger than either cricket or Bollywood. So what could possibly get bigger than this? We are thankful to all the sportspersons and celebrities who have chosen to partner with us.”

The glamorous cruise offers seven different itineraries with four 7-day legs, two 13-day legs, and one 26-day experience for the cruise enthusiasts. Departing from Singapore March 5th, 2017, the ship will course through Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, Penang, Colombo and Cochin before reaching Mumbai and retracing the route back to Singapore. As per the initial reports, ticket sales have been very strong, with selected cabin types already selling out.

Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar also commented, “The Indian subcontinent is passionate about Cricket and Bollywood and this cruise promises to be a thrilling experience with some of the best from these fields on board. I am sure that patrons will enjoy the experience of cruising with fellow cricketers along with famous Bollywood stars, musicians and brilliant chefs.”

Brett Lee added, “The Monarch Indian Cricket and Bollywood Cruise promises to be the ultimate tour for Indian cricket and movie buffs. I am looking forward to being a part of it as we cruise on the journey of a life time. ”

Elaborating on the concept of Monarch Cruise, Somesh Jagga said, “Throughout this cruise, we will bring to Indian travellers the ultimate luxury cruising lifestyle in a way that is truly unique. The Monarch Experience positions travellers up close and personal with their most beloved Bollywood stars and Cricketing legends, like they have never experienced before. We already have some amazing personalities on board and will announce more names soon.”

With red carpet gala events, world class shore entertainment, spectacular destinations, deliciously prepared gourmet meals and a luxurious cruising lifestyle, Monarch will bring to Indian globetrotters an experience not to be missed in March 2017. Exceptional care will be taken to ensure that the 2000 strong passengers will have the best of food, music and entertainment as they sail the seas.

Bookings for the cruise are now open; cabins start at a cost of INR 79,990 per person, and can be purchased at or from all leading travel agents.

Tags: Monarch Cruise, cricket, bollywood, entertainment, tourism, lifestyle, sachin tendulkar, simplytadka, travelling, holidays, luxury cruise, online booking.

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Mar 13, 2016

Dungri Bateka Nu Shaak – Gujarati Cuisine

Dungri Bateka nu shaak is a spicy and simple side dish served with bhakris or jowar ki roti. Dungri is onion and bateka or batata is potatoes in Guajarati. I got this recipe from vaishali’s blog “Ribbons to Pastas. For this recipe, you have to cook potatoes in tomatoes and onion gravy. 

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2
Category: Main Course
Cuisines: Gujarati Cuisine
Recipe Source: Vaishali 

4 Potatoes, Boiled and Diced
2 Onions, Chopped
1 Tomato, chopped
1 Tsp. Ginger, grated
2 Green Chilies, finely chopped
1/2 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
Pinch of Asafoetida
6-7 Curry Leaves
Salt to Taste
Red Chili to Taste
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
Few Coriander Leaves, Chopped
1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

Heat the oil in pan and add mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves, when they start splutter.
Add green chilies and ginger and sauté 1 minute.
Add chopped onions and sauté till translucent. Add tomato and spices, mix it.
Add boiled potatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes on medium flame. 
Garnish with green coriander leaves.

Tags: how to dungri bateka nu shaak, potato onion curry, curry recipe, gujarati recipe, main course recipe, side dish, potato recipe, onion recipe, tomato recipe, spicy recipe, simply tadka, easy and simple recipe, tiffin recipe, lunchbox recipe.

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