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Date: Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 09:52

Apples are Really Good For You! Eating fresh apples is always good for you, but to get the full nutritional benefits associated with eating apples you should eat at least one fresh apple every day.

I was sent some fresh Granny Smith apples by the SCS Group and Washington Apple Commission for me to taste and make something. What can be more refreshing than a salad. This is how I like my everyday salad.

Ingredients

Fresh Granny Smith Apples-2
handful of walnuts (slightly toasted)
Romaine Lettuce- 1 cup
handful of Mint leaves
Italian seasoning-1/2 tsp
lemon juice- 1/2 tsp
olive oil- 1tsp
any cheese (optional) - 1 tbsp for sour taste

Preparation

Wash and dry the apples, lettuce and mint leaves. chop them roughly into bite size and toss them in a bowl. Add toasted walnuts, Italian seasoning, olive oil, lemon juice and mix. I do not add salt.

Granny Smith apples are green, extremely tart, crisp, juicy and versatile. They are popular for making Pies.
Apples have lots of health benefits like cancer prevention, healthy lungs, heart disease and stroke prevention and weight loss!
For more information visit bestapples.com
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Date: Monday, 23 Jun 2014 12:08
Eat, Drink, Dance, Repeat is the concept of Cafe Infinito, a Mediterranean restaurant where I had been last week. I was impressed by the simple elegant decor and seating arrangements. There was a small bar and a live pizza counter.
We got to see how the the pizza was made, right from scratch which my son enjoyed a lot.The cuisine is primarily Cafe-ish with influences from Italy and Med but not limited to it. This forms the major inspiration to create an offering that exists from breakfast to desserts and drinks for a post dinner offering. One can hop in anytime of the day for a quick bite of a crostini or attend out-of-office meetings devouring varieties of small eats and salads; work on creative projects on work table or indulge in home preparations of pastas, wood-fired pizzas, healthy sandwiches, burgers and wraps.
We were served with assorted bread basket which was fresh from oven along with some condiments.
 Their Vegetarian Pizzas have signature smoked cherry tomato sauce & house salad
Greek pizza‐ crumbled feta, pitted olives, red onions, sun dried tomatoes & torn basil,
Garniture pizza ‐ seasoned potatoes , fresh thyme, sizzling brie & sour cream,
Margarita pizza ‐ mozzarella, plum tomato sauce with torn basil,
Been to Mexico pizza ‐ salsa , re fried beans, jalapeno, cilantro & sun dried tomato (this was served to us) are some of their specialty.

These days I am much into salads so loved the Arugula, goat cheese crumbs, red wine poached pear & balsamic fresh salad. to my surprise the menu had veg-pastas, Penne with smoked cherry tomato sauce & broccoli florets and Spinach & ricotta ravioli in porcini cream sauce kept me asking for more.
Oven cooked spinach & ricotta cannelloni with pine nuts was nice and creamy.
I loved the wide chioce for kids. There are huge burgers with Soya, barley & crack wheat, with onion tomato relish & harissa mayo and many variety of milk shakes.
We were so full but could not resist the desserts even veg options!
Bakewell tart, Classic crème brûlée and Tiramisu were some to pick from! You can see what a feast it was :)
Address:Cafe Infinito Level 1, Inorbit Mall, EPIP area, Whitefield, Bengaluru.

All were reasonably priced and it is a nice place for a simple weekend brunch with family or friends!
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Date: Monday, 16 Jun 2014 23:26
JW Marriott Bengaluru is Launching a premium chocolate and confectionery from Japan and I was invited for the tasting session.

ROYCE’ was founded in 1983 in Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.
ROYCE' chocolate is made in a truly special place surrounded by the beauty and contrasts of
all four seasons.
ROYCE' has brought together the best ingredients from all over the world and developed cutting-edge production techniques to produce a truly unique range of high quality and exquisitely packaged chocolates.
Chef Jolly, Director, F&B started with an introduction to the chocolate tasting session.

 Avani  Raheja and Samir Gadhok, Directors, Burgundy Hospitality spoke about Royce, and the products they plan to launch shortly in Bengaluru on 20th June.

These are a range of NAMA CHOCOLATE-Velvety smooth chocolate that will melt in your mouth
Ghana Bitter-A liquor-free bitter Nama (means Pure) Chocolate with an excellent acid-bitter combination. This was true chocolate indulgence! Egg free, smooth and creamy, these come with a thermal bag to help retain the delicate texture during the journey from the store to your refrigerator. They are similar to truffles and have to be refrigerated. it has a limited shelf life. When I heard the name Nama I said " Nama chocolates in Namma bengaluru"!

Mild Cacao-The smooth flavor and fragrant aroma of cacao fill your mouth in this liquor-free Nama Chocolate.


CRIOLLO CHOCOLATE-Bitter Chocolate that fully conveys the intense flavor of the rare Criollo cacao bean.
CRIOLLO CHOCOLATE Sweet-Moderately sweet chocolate with the delicate flavor of the rare Criollo cacao bean.



PURE CHOCOLATE-The beautiful facade and shape of the Pure Chocolate was designed to enhance both the texture and the shape. This chocolate is available in six varieties, ranging in cacao percentages. Each box contains a set of two varieties - 20 pieces of each - a total of 40 individually


POTATOCHIP CHOCOLATE-The eye-opening combination of salty potato chips coated with chocolate. This was the first time I was tasting a combination of potato chips dunked in chocolate!

BATON COOKIES-Coconut Golden-baked coconut cookies coated with chocolate on one side.


BATON COOKIES-Hazel Cacao Finely crushed cacao nibs blended into a cocoa. These are made of eggs so could not taste them!



We were served with canapes and water in between so as to differentiate between the taste of chocolate.
On the whole I carried my sweet tooth with me :)
The Price ranges from 500 to 1000 and upward. Currently being retailed out of their outlets in Mumbai at JWM Mumbai and Palladium Mall, this range will be launched at JWM, Bengaluru on the 20th of this month.
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Date: Saturday, 03 May 2014 17:50
Day by day I float my paper boats one by one, down the running stream.
In bid black letters I write my name on them and the name of the village where I live.
I hope that someone in some strange land will find them and know who I am.
I load my little boats with shiuli flower from our garden, and hope that these blooms of the dawn will be carried safely to land in the night.
I launch my paper boats and look up into the sky and see the little clouds setting thee white bulging sails.
I know not what playmate of mine in the sky sends them down the air to race with my boats!
When night comes I bury my face in my arms and dream that my paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars.
The fairies of sleep are sailing in them, and the lading in their baskets full of dreams.

Paper Boats by,
Rabindranath Tagore.

I was very much carried away by the Paper Boat website. Couldn't believe someone has created a drink with a concept of bringing back childhood memories !


Paper Boat, much like the Tagore poem, claims to send these drinks, these culinary messages to those who have never tasted such concoctions. And of course to those, who long for the days gone by. Of homemade Aamras, Jaljeera, Kokum, Aampanna, Kala Khatta and many other secret recipes.
 
Inspired by these famous lines….. four industry veterans Neeraj Kakkar, James Nutall, Suhas Misra and Neeraj Biyani coming from varied backgrounds, these Founding Fathers who are also nicknamed as The A-Team and Fantastic Four are the power behind ‘Paper Boat’.


Imli ka Amlana
A refreshing ale from the hills of Marwar, usually had a bowl of tasty khichda, the amlana is a testament of the region’s victories and
celebrations. A drink fit for the grandest of events, Imli ka Amlana offers to your palate something you thought was long gone - an
element of surprise. The tang of tamarind coupled with the
complimentary zest of cinnamon (and some other secret spices), this is the definitive sweet-sour (and spicy) ale for the centuries
Jaljeera 
 A hot summer day is magnified tenfold in India. The sun, once a trusted ally, is now a vengeful god charring its antlike populace. Don’t worry he’ll calm down in a while. But till he does, what respite does a mortal have against the might of distant nuclear fusion of a main-sequence star that constantly turns hydrogen into helium*? The answer descends from the heavens in the form of Jaljeera - The perfect infusion of cumin, lemon juice, black pepper and rock salt that functions both as an electrolyte AND an appetizer. Perfect for those summer days, those heavy meals, those elaborate family functions... Actually, you don’t need a reason to drink Jaljeera, you just need to be.
Golgappe ka Pani
Nothing makes you stop in your tracks in a harried evening like the sight of a Golgappewala (Or Panipuriwala. Or Phuchkawala. Or Patashewala. The list goes on.) The very thought of a Golgappa can make you salivate like you did the first time to had one. You couldn’t believe yourself. You couldn’t believe that they could make food taste like this. But they did. And we bring you the same Golgappe ka Pani. Well, minus the aftermath of the gastrointestinal horrors that you might or might not have faced.
 Aam Panna
The pre-vacation between your actual summer vacation and the last day of the final exams.The buffer time it took for your teachers to grade you, to graduate you into another class. That was the window of The Kairi. There was something poetic about raw, unfledged mangoes enticing our fully formed taste buds. Like it was another fruit altogether. Mixed with spices, mint and served cold, almost inversely to the soaring temperatures outside. You gushed it down in a single gulp. But the moment lingered forever.


Jamun Ka Khatta
Jamun Kala Khatta is not quite the Kala Khatta (of chemical Gola stain fame) you grew up with... A paradox of sorts, this Kala Khatta, dark purple and not black, dates all the way back to the year 100 AD. Made at the peak of civilization, this drink was called Raga. And those who had it, described it as music for the taste buds. (They also described actual music as fragrance for the ear.)
Therapeutic as it is tasty, they say Kala Khatta can be used to cure a host of ailments. (Hangovers? Certainly!) But don't take our word for it. Try it out. Take a little swig. Fancy a gulp. Infer a chug. Who knows? You might even describe it as a great novel for the nostrils.

Kokum
 A berry belonging to the mangosteen family and largely indigenous to the western ghats, Kokum is a specific affair. Seemingly made exclusively for the South Asian palate (it grows nowhere else in the world!), Kokum, with its unique zest, is certainly a taste to reckon with. And eventually accept defeat to.
And the sherbet made from Kokum berries, a hint of cardamom, cumin and sugarcane extract has been described as the reason why Ratna fell and decided to name an entire district after the incident. But Ratnagiri's dubious nomenclature aside, Kokum is a relaxant, an anti-oxidant and an appetizer. So when you treat yourself to Kokum, Kokum treats you back.

 Aamras
During summer, there is barely a home in western India, be it Gujarat or Rajasthan, that doesn’t partake in the festivity that is Aamras. Sometimes, they have it with milk, sometimes rotis and if time and patience allow, they even make sweets out of it. But the best way to go about Aamras is to have it directly as is. The way the ancients intended. Without preservatives or artificial flavour. Without frills or hassles. An honest treat for an honest day’s work. A silkesque ale cascading down your throat - Soothing, serenading and more importantly, lingering. To remind you that the mango is indeed the true king of the fruit realm. And that we cannot help but submit to its tasty tyranny.

My personal favorite is chilled Aam panna for this summer and for the kids its needless to say!! All are their favorite!

The Best part I like about the website is Hope Floats
It is a lovely initiative to gift a bit of childhood to kids who really need it. For every Paper Boat you make, the paper boat people will give INR 20 to facilitate the education of an under-privileged child somewhere. All you have to do is make a simple paper boat, take its picture and upload it on their Facebook or Twitter page. This way you will help a child who is in need.

So quench your thirst with theses drinks which have a touch of tradition and memories!

 
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 00:09
These days online shopping has become very popular,convenient and time saving. I too am addicted to online shopping and now it has become an habit. Its so difficult to go to malls along with kids and husband. It becomes so chaotic with them that we forget what we came for and land up in the food court tired and exhausted. Hope it is the same story with every women :)

Online shopping  is slowly and steadily becoming part of our lives.It is comfortable ,convenient and we get to browse so many varieties just sitting in the couch. It also actually save money and time.These days lots of sites have free shipping, return and refund policies.You can also choose between online pay or COD( cash on delivery). Everything is so safe and well organized.




I was approached by Cashkaro.com for a review and was a little skeptical thinking how can someone get cash in return after shopping. This is how it works.

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We also have coupons from these top brands like Myntra, Snapdeal, Jabong, Zovi, Yebhi.com, Tradus and many more. Unlike other coupon sites, not only do you get the instant coupon savings you also get Cashback on top. This makes us the most rewarding website in India.

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Click out of Cashkaro to the retailer's website e.g. Myntra. Now shop like you normally do transaction gets tracked. After you shop, within 72 hours we add your cashback to your cashkaro account & send you an email. This remains in 'Pending' status till the retailer pays us cashback gets confirmed. As soon as we get the commission from retailers we change the status of your Cashback to 'Confirmed'. This usually takes between 4-12 weeks. Get Paid!
When you have Rs 250 or more as 'Confirmed' Cashback , you can request payment and we transfer the money to your bank account for free

Cashkaro.com is the India's No.1 Cashback and coupons site. Their goal is to help their members save on their regular online purchases at leading Indian and International Brands. Their cashback and coupon partners includes your favourite brands like Jet Airways, Yatra, Expedia, Flipkart, Myntra and 100s more. Other coupons site gives you only free coupons, but Cashkaro.com gives you coupons and cashback too.
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Cashkaro.com is the first cashback site to reach the Rs 1.5 Crore mark in Cashback paid
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Members earn cashback on every transaction made via Cashkaro.com on partner brands like Amazon.in, Jabong, Myntra, Yatra.com & 500 more, over and above discounts already available

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Company expects to reach the Rs 5 crore mark in Cashback paid by end 2015

Happy Shopping and saving!
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Date: Friday, 04 Apr 2014 02:04
It's been an amazing journey so far, I lost track of time and forgot that my blog is now seven years old. Didn't know that when kids grow older our responsibilities multiply! I am hardly posting recipes and only doing the review part these days.

A big "Hearty Thank You" to all my readers and visitors for your support, patience and encouragement all through these years. Please keep visiting and commenting. This keeps me inspired to blog. This year started with a big bang for me! I got the meet the very handsome and modest Indian celebrity chef and restaurateur Kunal Kapur and attend his masterclass!

Kunal Kapur is one of the most celebrated faces of Indian cuisine today. He is Chef extraordinaire, TV show host, winner of several culinary awards and the author of recently launched cookbook- ‘A Chef in Every Home’. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one cuisine in the world and empowering everyone through power of cooking to become self-sufficient. Chef Kunal (Executive Sous Chef, The Leela, Gurgaon) has been recognised amongst the Best Chefs in India by National Weekly Magazine - India Today. Recently, the Food & Nightlife Magazine adjudged him as the “Gourmet Guru”. He has been honored as one of the Top 20 chefs of India.

The event started like an interactive session with the chef. It was real pleasure to meet him. He started asking us about chocolates, the various types, test to identify the  best chocolate and how Magnum is different! We got 3 samples of chocolates and were asked to do a taste test.
For me eventually all were chocolates but I liked the bitter sweet one better and it was a nice start up!
Then came the tasting of Magnum Ice creams which was served in 3 different flavors. Chef Kunal Kapur wanted us to take the first bite and asked us how it feels after the very first bite! We were all speechless and were more keen on continuing the ice cream :)
Next was the creativity part. We got divided into teams and were given some ingredients along with the ice cream. We had to create something out of the given items.
I grabbed a few ingredients and found some gummy bears so we all decided to create traffic signals and a sundae out of them. This is what it eventually turned out to be :)

Though we all ended up with messy and sticky fingers we had so much fun creating it all! But the chef  created his master own piece which was standing out amongst us !

He even explained how to get the angry look of the bird with the placement of its eyes! That was simply awesome!
The event happily came to end with some refreshments, photo sessions, autographs, and goodie bags!



About Magnum:
Unilever’s biggest impulse ice-cream brand globally, Magnum not only dominates entire Europe but also is making giant waves across U.S., Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. Its currently sold in more than 40 countries.Made from the finest Belgian chocolate and velvety smooth ice-cream, each bar of Magnum is crafted skillfully from bean to bite to invoke a sophisticated sensuous sensation, keeping perfect balance between bitter, sweet and milky. It’s a luxurious choc o-bar on a stick, fairly sophisticated flavors — vanilla wrapped in a neat, sturdy shell of Belgian chocolate.Magnum strongly believes " A day without pleasure is a day lost... " .They say if you haven't tasted Belgian chocolate you haven't experienced pure pleasure.
Magnum in India :
After a successful launch in Chennai last year ,the impulse ice cream brand is all set to make waves this summer in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune.
Magnum ice creams are made with 100% pure Belgian chocolate. They are delicious, creamy ice-creams covered in a thick layer of Belgian chocolate shell
Magnum’s “distinctive crack”- The sound and sight of the Belgian chocolate shell breaking when one first bites into the ice cream is signature Magnum
Magnum is one of the world’s largest chocolate ice cream brands and is owned by Unilever. As Unilever’s biggest impulse ice-cream brand globally, Magnum not only dominates Europe but is also making waves across the U.S. and Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. 
Magnum truly is an intense and remarkable experience of pleasure. It delivers pleasure experiences that are sensorial and intense, the kind that leaves you completely satisfied. It has a perfectionist approach.  From crafting to ingredient selection, there’s attention to every detail
Flavors available in India :
Classic: Plain vanilla ice cream covered in Belgian milk chocolate shell. Perfect for those who don’t like too much frills while enjoying an ice cream bar.

Almond: Plain vanilla ice cream covered in Belgian milk chocolate shell with almond nuts. Perfect for those who like some crunch in their ice cream.

Chocolate Truffle: Plain chocolate ice cream with chocolate truffle syrup covered in Belgian milk chocolate shell. Perfect for the chocoholics out there who like a good mix of creamy and bitter chocolate ice cream.
My Hearty Thanks to Sameer Malkani of Food Bloggers Association, India (FBAI) for sending me the invite and making it a memorable evening for me!
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Date: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 09:59
We celebrated International Women's day on March 8th at Apollo Cradle which is a famous boutique birthing center. I along with other women bloggers, were invited for a good cause. As a salute to all women, Apollo Cradle unveils the Age-wise health check up package for women of all age group on this occasion.

We had lunch at Punjab Grill with  Mr. Uday, General Manager Apollo, Dr. Suresh.G, Medical Director, Apollo Cradle and Dr.Priya, who heads the Value Added Services Team. It was an elaborate lunch with lots of conversation! Then we were taken on a tour around the hospital facilities by Mr. Uday Davda. It was indeed state of art facilities!


we saw tiny premature babies in their incubators at the NICU attended by the specially trained nurses. The recovery rooms and the consultation rooms have been designed keeping in mind the special needs of the mother to be, baby and the family attending to her. There is a bedside buzzer and one at the washroom which is used in case of emergency by the Mother, which brings Nurse in to help within 30 seconds as Mr.Uday demonstrated to us! Extremely reassuring for the recovering guest, specially when no family is around. The hospital also offers services to pick up patients from home during emergency.
All the furniture and interiors are well planned and designed so as to assure the safety of the new mom and baby.

 Proactive health screenings though on the rise in the recent years, can do with more awareness, specifically with regard to women.

A regular health check-up is of paramount importance in every woman's life. In her everyday attempts to excel, a healthy mind and body is a woman's best ally. AHLL's Age- Specific health check packages are specially crafted keeping in mind the changing facets of health with age. The packages are customized to cater to the specific health requirements of women in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

These health packages address the need for regular screening tests, since there are a host of health related issues'  say Apollo Cradle.

It is indeed a very good idea to have age specific health check ups for women, since we always tend to ignore our health until something serious happens!
This pictures are age specific packages starting from teens, twenties, thirties, forties and fifties!
Health Teens : A healthy adolescent is a healthy adult. Emotional and physical health during this difficult phase, personal hygiene, weight issues, timely immunization and other tests are part of this package.

Health Twenties Package : Pre-marital screening helps address any health issues early, gearing up the young woman for a healthy motherhood. This package includes early diagnosis of any medical disorders, safe sex and contraceptive advise to help aid safe pregnancy and other related tests.

Health Thirties : Stress contributes to conception issues. And then there are other health issues like bone loss, skin tone and weight gain. This package aims at addressing these issues, helping pave the way for physical and mental wellness  during the years to come.
Health Forties : A phase when hormonal changes in a woman's body bring about physical and emotional challenges to deal with. Mood swings, menopausal issues, timely screening and early detection of medical disorders and cancer, graceful aging and help with weight challenges, along with other tests are part of this package.

Health fifties: Age and menopause bring more challenges, physical and emotional. Bone health, prolapsed uterus, stress incontinence, handling empty nest syndrome, weight management, early detection of cancer and other tests are part of this package.

Cervical Cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases today, studies showing that one woman dies every 7 minutes of cervical cancer. This cancer is caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The infection caused by HPV most of the times disappears without treatment sometimes stays in the cells of some women, eventually causing cervical cancer. Along with regular screening, HPV vaccine is the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer. All women who are sexually active are potentially at risk of contracting the virus. Hence the best time for a woman to get herself vaccinated is before she becomes sexually active, the best age to get vaccinated is 11-12 years. Vaccine at later years may not be very effective.

These health packages are available at Apollo Cradle & Apollo Clinics*. As an introductory offer all consumers can avail a 25% discount on the package till March 31st, 2014.

Disclaimer: The above information has been compiled from the pamphlets provided by Apollo Cradle. This post is an attempt to help spread awareness about health screenings for women.
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Date: Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 12:06
Pav Bhaji being everyone's favorite I thought of giving it a new make over :) So I thought why not make a bread bowl. My kids loved the idea!
I received some samples of vegit's Pav Bhaji mix which is a ready made Pav Bhaji mix. Awesome isn't it! Why go through an elaborate time consuming process of making bhaji when we can do it in minutes.

  
 
Preparation 

Heat 50grams butter in frying pan on a low flame. Add 100grams chopped tomatoes and fry on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
To this add 100grams of pav bhaji mix and mix well on a low flame. Add 500ml water and stir on a low flame for 15 minutes till water is absorbed.
Mash the pav bhai and garnish with fresh coriander leaves and half tsp. butter.
To make the bread bowl, the buns should be firm. Gently scoop out the upper part of the bun with knife and spoon. Place some bhaji inside it, top it with butter and serve warm with lemon wedges and chopped onions!



Pav Bhaji Tikkis
 
Follow the exact procedure given above to make the Bhaji. Make the bhaji a little dry leaving very little moisture so that tikkis can be made.
Make the patties/tikkis and coat them with bread crumbs. In a pan/tava add 1tsp oil and place the tikkis. Fry them till golden. Serve with ketchup!

About Vegit
Vegit, an agro division of Merino group and a leading brand in ready to cook segment, announced expansion of its product portfolio in Bangalore market with the launch of ever famous Vegit Pav Bhaji for the Retail HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant & Catering) segment. Priced at Rs. 60 for Retail, Vegit will now be available with a range of 9 new snacks mixes along with its flagship product ‘Aloo Mash’ (Potato Flakes), thereby strengthening its presence in Indian market. 

Keeping in line with the tradition of offering tasty, nutritive food that offers immense convenience, Vegit Pav Bhaji mix offers 100% classic Indian flavor and its preparation involves only 10% of time and effort on cooking, without missing the taste of traditional pav bhaji. Vegit Pav Bhaji mix comes in an innovative refreshed, clutter free packaging, which brings convenience into your kitchen.

Vegit products are healthy and contain the much essential vitamins and nutrients. The USP of these products “Hamara Mix, Aapka Twist” being that they can be prepared as it is or with a “Twist” as the consumer is free to experiment and modify the dish as per their taste buds.

Vegit has a wide array of products starting from the flagship products Aloo Mash (Potato Flakes) to 9 mouthwatering instant Indian snacks viz Pav Bhaji, Burger Patty, Aloo Tikki, Aloo Bonda, Soya Rolls, Cheese Balls, Hara Bhara Kebabs, Shammi Kebabas and  Veg cutlets.

Vegit is the agro division of Merino Group, spread equally between making of Potato Flakes and sumptuous Snacks Mixes and is committed to providing an international standard products that has been domestically produced. The integration of complete agri operations from tissue culture to food processing has assured the consistent supply of best quality products and has established a sustainable market for itself both with the domestic and international buyers.
Vegit offers a range of snacks mixes which are all simple, fast, neat and ready to make and also exports the products and reaches out to the retail sector and also the industrial catering units, restaurants and hotels. For more information visit Vegit at www.vegit-merino.com and www.merinoindia.com

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Date: Sunday, 09 Feb 2014 13:02
I was invited to this lovely pre-launch party of "High Ultra Lounge" which has been recently launched by the Brigade hospitality group. This ultra modern Asian bar and restaurant venue sits atop the 31st floor of World Trade Center, Bangalore. This beautiful place spread lavishly across 10,000 square feet is a destination based on the theme of “timelessness – things that never go out of vogue.”
There is a lift designed especially from ground floor to 31st floor which has no other stops ! Traveling up this building in that lift, with a glass view of the Garden city was quite breathtaking! We reached a height of about 421 feet on the rooftop floor.
Warmly greeted by the Brigade delegates, I shook hands with  the beautiful lady Nirupa Shankar, Director of Brigade hospitality. Nirupa Shankar being the brain behind the whole project and many other ventures is a very modest and friendly person to talk to. We had a little chat about food blogging and stuff while viewing the sunset and breathtaking views of the city. Soon the place was filled with many other bloggers !

We were taken on a tour around the place to see the sensuous interiors. The whole space at ‘High’ is divided into four zones:

HIGH VIEW is a lounge space that has open to sky seating, vertical gardens and the best spot for catching the sunset. It was quite serene and peaceful to sit and watch the sunset!


HIGH EDGE is a private dining special place for special occasions, with its standalone central bar, and smaller table seating around. Its an ideal space for private, business, corporate or social events.


HIGH DINE a fine dining experience set against a water body and elements that are a perfect accent for a relaxed and well prepared meal.

HIGH MIX a space buzzing with energy and a range of signature cocktails and mocktails that creates a new experience! 


This is the walk through to the High Mix and other places in the lounge!


And finally we were taken to the helipad  which is still far above the lounge for an awesome and mesmerizing view of the city!



Here we all are at the Helipad posing!!
Now the favorite part- Food and Drink
InceptionArmour
Amethyst mistWhite wine with ice cream
Griddled Cottage Cheese With Tomato Compote Cheese Corn

These were some of the drinks we sampled and the bar director Guru Prashant kept us busy with his creations! The beverages make use of contemporary mixology and concoctions are flavoured with natural spices and herbs.
We also met the executive chef Zhang Hao who came out with few dishes for everyone to sample and guess the ingredients from his pan Asian menu. Of these were the cauliflower wasabi and cottage cheese filled tikkis with bites of peanuts. The lounge offers classic and comforting Pan Asian food with a slightly modern twist.
We were also privileged to dined with the Directors Vineet Verma who is the  executive director, Brigade Hospitality and Nirupa Shankar.
The menu was specially crafted for all of us. Few dishes had us asking for more like the fried tofu, cheese corn, strawberry and cheese in sesame cheese roll. Being a vegetarian I had very less option left on my plate but the banoffee pie at the end made my taste buds happy.
High Ultra Lounge looks to redefine the lounge bar experience to make guests feel on top of the world.
Blending the outdoors and indoors with breathtaking views of the city with sensuous interiors, the venue raises the bar and creates high expectations for visitors and party goers in Bangalore.I and my friends felt the need for a definite comeback because of the ambiance and view. We were thinking that valentine's day is around the corner and this place is a perfect place for a candle light dinner!

The High Crew
Nirupa Shankar Vineeth Verma Guruprashanth Zhang Hao
Director - Hospitality Executive Director - Hospitality Director Bar Executive Chef
Champagne breakfasts, tall cocktails, mesmerizing music accompanied by bites of culinary wizardry.
The High Ultra Lounge experience has been designed to be sensorial, shifting moods through the day and the spaces, romancing the sun, the moon and the sky.
Redefining the sky lounge experience to make guests feel on top of the world.

My special thanks to Anamika !

HIGH ULTRA LOUNGE
World Trade Center,
Brigade Gateway Campus,
26/1 Dr. Rajkumar Road,
Malleswaram West,
Bangalore - 560 055
+91 80 4567 4567
www.highultralounge.com
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Date: Friday, 31 Jan 2014 08:35

I Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New year !
Whenever I go to Rajasthani restaurants and eat Undhiyo I wanted to replicate it at home and after much research came up with a successful one!
Followed a little of Tarla Dalal and a little from Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe !

Ingredients   

• Potatoes,2 inch cubes 2 medium

• Purple Yam (kand),2 inch cubes 400 grams

• Papdi dana 1 cup

• Surti papdi , split 1 cup

• Brinjals , split with steam  6-8 small

• Raw bananas, 2 inch pieces  1

 For the Masala Paste

• Fresh green garlic, finely chopped  1/2 cup

• Fresh coriander leaves, chopped  1 cup

• Coconut, scraped  1 cup

• Green chilli paste  2 tablespoons

• Sugar  2 tablespoons

• Lemon juice  1 tablespoon

• Ginger paste  1 tablespoon

• Salt  to taste

• Oil  to deep fry

• Carom seeds (ajwain)  1 teaspoon

2 pinch of soda bicarbonate

For Muthiya  

• Whole wheat flour (atta) 1 cup

• Gram flour (besan) 1/4 cup

• Fenugreek leaves (methi),finely chopped 1/2 cup

• Turmeric powder  1/4 teaspoon

• Red chilli powder  1 teaspoon

• Salt  to taste

• Sugar  1 teaspoon


Preparation

To make muthiyas, mix all the ingredients and three tablespoons of oil into a stiff dough. Divide into small portions and shape each into one-inch long half-inch thick rolls. Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai and deep-fry the muthiyas on medium heat till cooked through and light golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper and set aside.
Surti papdi is a variety of broad beans. Papdi Dana are shelled beans from the same surti papdi.

Mixed together all the vegetables with a little salt and pinch of soda bi carbonate and set aside.  Grind half the grated coconut,  green chilli paste, coriander, for the marination.  Add half the coconut mixture to the Surti papad and papdi dana and mix.  Add the remaining coconut mixture to the other vegetables. 
For the stuffing mix together green garlic, coriander leaves, coconut, green chilli paste, a pinch of sugar, lemon juice, ginger paste and salt in a bowl. Stuff some of this stuffing mixture into the slits of brinjals and raw banana pieces. Heat two tablespoons of the oil left after deep frying. Add carom seeds and saute. Add papdi dana and surti papdi and stir. Add half a cup of water and salt, cover and cook for two to three minutes. Open the lid and sprinkle a little of the stuffing mixture. Place the brinjals in a layer over this. Sprinkle a little of the stuffing mixture over this too. Place the raw banana pieces in a layer and once again sprinkle some of the stuffing mixture. Over this place a layer of the fried potatoes and purple yam and sprinkle the remaining stuffing mixture. Drizzle two to three tablespoons of oil all around and over the top. Toss lightly. Cover and cook on very low heat for ten minutes. Open the lid and place the muthiyas, cover once again and cook on very low heat for about half an hour or till all the vegetables are completely done and soft. Serve hot with puris or rotis !

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Date: Friday, 08 Nov 2013 19:41
My hearty greetings to all viewers. Hope all of you had a wonderful Diwali! After a long break I am back :) not with a recipe but a review!
Life is pretty busy and hectic with two kids as we get to face more challenges while they grow up . Even cooking seems to be a big and difficult task for me.
I came across this website which makes life a easy for many people who don't have the time to cook and it becomes an hassle.  


Foodpanda is a network of smart people who have provided a simple yet smart solution which makes life easy for people while hungry! Through Foodpanda you can order your food online from anywhere. All you have to do is go to this site foodpanda,   Enter your city, area or street, Select the restaurant here from where you want to order your food in your vicinity, you can see the menu and price of the food too.Select pay online or cash on delivery and your food is on its way to your home! Life is so simple isn't it!! This way you can even explore what restaurant you have in your area! You can take all the time in the world, customize your order to your preference and eat till your tummy is happy !!


 
 
Foodpanda has its network worldwide so wherever you travel one need not worry on which restaurant to go and what to eat.  The restaurant index also includes address and delivery hours.
 They also have nice discounts and offers like movie vouchers etc. Whether you’retired eating your own cooked food, can’t stop watching the cricket match ball-to-ball, simply fed up of standing in line for service, dealing with grumpy waiters, Can't get out of office meetings, having a party at home, FoodPanda has a solution for every one of you !!

For the busy life we have in a IT hub like Bangalore where life is busy 24/7, I very much recommend such innovative ideas.  So this weekend is going to be something delicious delivered to my home by this panda :) This Panda loves spreading joy and happiness, leaving smiles on people’s faces and celebrating food. Happy Eating !!
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Date: Monday, 15 Apr 2013 15:13
Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee bean and Tea Leaf is the oldest and the largest privately held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States.
 
While I was invited to review CBTL as it is called in short, the most interesting part was the decor which impressed me. It has a lovey and chic outdoor seating arrangement.
 
 

 

 
CBTL has a wide range of hot, cold coffees, ice blended drinks, coffee free drinks, fruit teas, iced coffee and espressos and many many more.....

Genmaicha Green tea 
 
Lemon Chamomile

Known for sourcing and providing the finest ingredients and flavours, through a relationship, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has built a relationship with best private tea estates and coffee farms, selecting only the world’s top 1% Arabica beans and hand-plucked, whole leaf teas. Following the philosophy of “carefully nurtured from seed to cup”, the beverages available through the café are high quality and developed to derive the best flavour profiles from the ingredients.


These are some of their flavours in Tea!


Swedish Berries for flavoured ice tea

These are the spices used in the Masala Chai!

 
This year, the iconic brand celebrates 50 years of heritage and passion of delighting its patrons worldwide.
To add to the celebrations, a new food menu with variety of gourmet and healthy eating options has also been introduced. From all day breakfast, gourmet bites, fresh bakes, main course to desserts, the new Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® menu is a foodie’s delight offering novel options like Chilly Cheese Baguette, Pizza Curl, Banofee Cake, Silky Chocolate Mousse to name a few.
 
Granola Bars 

I loved these Grilled Paneer Sandwiches !

3 cheese pizza!

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has also unveiled a new logo on the occasion, which bears the words: “passion for coffee and tea”. The logo reiterates the landmark in the brand’s history, paying tribute to its patrons and thanking consumers for their continuous support over the years. In addition, baristas at all outlets will reaffirm to produce the best tea and coffee beverages across the globe.


 
 
My overall experience was really very good and I highly recommend this place which is not at all heavy on your pocket! Its a perfect hangout for a relaxed weekend brunch !


About Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf:

Founded in 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-
held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States. With a reputation
for excellence, the company is a leader in product innovations, having developed
the original Ice Blended® beverage. Providing the highest quality coffees and
teas for 50 years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® currently has more than 1000
stores. These stores blanket the world in markets such as Germany, California,
Arizona, Nevada, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines,
Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Mongolia, UAE, Israel, Lebanon, Bahrain,
Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kurdistan, Turkey and continue
to expand both domestically and internationally. For additional information, visit
www.coffeebean.com

National, March 2013: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (CBTL), founded in 1963 by
Herbert B. Hyman in Los Angeles, has been a pioneer in bringing gourmet coffees
and teas to the global connoisseur. Over the years, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has
established itself as the oldest and most trusted brand, preferred by coffee & tea
lovers across the world.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee
and tea retailer in the United States with more than 1000 stores across 25 countries.
This year, the iconic brand celebrates 50 years of heritage and passion of delighting
its patrons worldwide. Plans are afoot to reward consumers for their loyalty that has
played an enormous role in achieving this milestone. From 50 th anniversary exclusive
merchandise to special anniversary offers, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® will gratify loyal
patrons across the globe for their continued love and support over the years.
Operational in India since 2008, the brand also completes 5 successful years in India,
where again it has played the pioneer’s role in introducing the finest coffees & teas
from around the world to Indian coffee & tea lovers.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid review. The opinions and thoughts mentioned in the post are purely mine and done by tasting.
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Date: Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 10:28
Firstly, thanks to all the participants for their lovely wishes and comments. I was away from my blog as my kids had exams... Hoping to post something this week :)

My Kids have selected 2 winners randomly ! They are Preety and Sharanya. Congratulations to you !

My Hearty Thanks to all of you and Cuponation for making the event a success!

Advance Ugadi wishes to all !
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Date: Friday, 01 Mar 2013 17:44

Neivedyam is going to turn 6 in March and what else can be a better way to celebrate than a lovely giveaway to all my readers. First get a virtual taste of this delicacy Gijiya and later we can talk on the giveaway:)

Ingredients

For Outer Covering:

2 cups refined flour (Maida)
3 tablespoons oil + to deep-fry

For Filling

2 1/2 cups khoya/mawa, grated and roasted
3 1/4 teaspoons desiccated coconut
15 cashew nuts, chopped
15 almonds, balanced and chopped
20 raisins
A pinch of nutmeg powder
1/4 teaspoon green cardamom powder
10-12 saffron strands
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup grated choclate (optional)

Preparation

For preparing the covering, sift refined flour and rub in three tablespoons of ghee or oil.  Add cold water and knead into a stiff dough.  Cover it with a damp cloth and set aside.  Add powdered sugar and khoya in a pan. Heat it on low flame and mix the sugar and khoya well. Other way is to buy sweet Khoya and skip adding sugar. Add desiccated coconut, cashew nuts, almonds, raisins, nutmeg powder, saffron strands, sunflower seeds and green cardamom powder to khoya and mix well.  Add grated chocolate and mix properly. Remove from heat and let it cool.

With oiled hands divide dough into small balls.  Roll out dough balls into small puris(flat roundels).  Place the stuffing on one half of the puri.  lightly dampen edges and fold the other half over the stuffing and press edges firmly. I did the sealing with my hands. You can do it with fork too.  Keep gujiyas covered with a damp cloth.  Similarly use up all the dough and stuffing. You can do it with a mould too or roll out puris, cut with a katori(metal bowl of four-five inch diameter) to get a proper round shape. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai(wok) and deep-fry gujiyas on medium heat till golden brown.  Drain and place on an absorbent paper.  Let them cool slightly before serving, as the stuffing inside may be very hot.

This recipe is adapted from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

Now lets get into the details of the Giveaway.
Here you have a chance to win 2 gift vouchers one is a flipkart e-gift voucher for Rs 700 for the readers in India and the other is Amazon gift card for 15USD for the viewers of USA.

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You can post your comments form 1st March to 31st March. The winner will be declared in the first week of April.
 





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Date: Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 22:17

Ingredients

2 cups yam (cleaned, washed and cubed)
1 cup flat beans cut into 2 inch size
1 inch ginger
2-3 tbsp tamarind pulp
1tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp dry coconut powder
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

for tempering
2 tsp oil
1/2 mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp chana dal
2 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
roasted cashewnut for garnish (optional)

Preparation

After cleaning the yam and cutting into cubes add 2 cups water to it. Pressure cook yam and broad beans separately in the cooker for 2 whitles. Do not add water to the broad beans. Once the veggies cool down, drain the extra water from the yam. In a pan add 2 tbsp oil and fry the yam pieces till slightly brown and crisp. Set aside.
In a pan add the tempering ingredients in the given order and let them splutter. To this add finely chopped ginger, the beans and fry for 2 minutes. Add tamarind pulp, dry coconut, coriander powder, tumeric powder and mix well. To this mixture add yam pieces and salt. Mix well and cook for few more minutes.
Garnish with cashewnuts or coriander leaves and serve warm with roti or rice.
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Date: Friday, 15 Feb 2013 23:42
Ingredients

2 cups brown rice poha (Flattened rice)
1 cup moong dal
1 cup Jaggery
3-4 tbsp ghee
3 tsp cashewnuts
3 tsp raisins
3 tsp grated fresh coconut
almonds and walnuts to garnish

Preparation

Wash the poha, drain and set aside. Wash moong dal and Pressure cook it adding 3 cups of water for 3 whistles.
Melt the Jaggery in a pan with very little water (1/2 cup ) and strain it to remove the impurities.
In a pan add 1 tsp ghee and fry the nuts and raisins till golden. Set aside.
In a bowl add poha, dal and jaggery and mix well. Heat a heavy bottomed pan with remaining ghee and add the poha mixture. If you like you can add 1/2 cup milk. I did not do that. If you feel the pongal is too dry you can add 1/2 cup of water. Add the dry fruits and  grated coconut. Serve hot.


This recipe can be made very quickly especially during festivals like Sankranti, Vasant panchami etc. and can be offered to God.
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Date: Monday, 11 Feb 2013 15:05

Ingredients

250 grams small brinjals
2 medium onions, quartered
1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp peanuts
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3/4 tsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp grated dried coconut
a pinch of fenugreek seeds
1 inch ginger, roughly chopped
6-8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
salt to taste
a pinch of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp grated jaggery or sugar
2 tbsp tamarind pulp
1/2 cup olive oil
1 sprig curry leaves
fresh coriander leaves to garnish

Preparation
Wash brinjals and wipe them clean with dry cloth. Make slit along the length taking care that the brinjal is held together at the stem. In a wide pan, add 2-4 tbsp oil and fry the brinjals till half cooked and soft from inside. Take care not to toss them too much as they tend to break. Set aside. In a pan add 1 tsp oil and roast the onions till they turn light brown and soften. Set aside. Dry roast coriander seeds, sesame seeds, peanuts, cumin seeds, poppy seeds, dried coconut and fenugreek seeds separately, till they begin to change colour and give out a nice aroma. Grind together roasted onions, roasted spices, ginger, garlic, salt turmeric powder, chilli powder and jaggery to a fine paste (2-3 tbsp water can be added to make the paste). Add tamarind pulp and mix well.

In a pan add 2-3 tbsp oil , add curry leaves and saute. Add the gravy to the pan and slighty bring to boil till the oil comes out of the gravy. Add the brinjals to this and simmer. If the gravy is too thick, water can be added as desired. Cook till the oil comes to the surface, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot. If you feel the gravy is too sweet, you can add some more red chilli powder or green chillies and some extra tamarind pulp!

This recipe is inspired from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
When ever I cook brinjals directly in any gravy base they never get cooked from inside. So I made some changes and precooked the brinjals and added them to the gravy.
Sending this recipe to "I must make that " Contest hosted by my very dear friend Pallavi of "A cook at Heart". She also has an amazing giveaway from Cuponation!





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Date: Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013 20:51

To replicate the experience of homemade chaas, Britannia Masala Chaas has natural ingredients like Jeera, Curry Leaves and Ginger added to it giving it the authentic homemade taste and feel.
It is best had chilled and leaves you with a “cool ehsaas”. I just garnished it with some pistachios, fresh mint, coriander leaves and some crushed ginger. When kids came from school they felt very refreshing and enjoyed drinking it. It can also be packed along with snack to school for kids. Its a great product as summer is approaching. I would definitely keep one in my handbag too....


About Britannia Masala Chaas Launch

Speaking at the launch , Mr. Ashok Namboodiri, Head – Dairy Business, Britannia Industries Ltd., said “ Chaas has been an integral part of India’s cuisine, no meal is complete without a glass of buttermilk. Packaged Chaas has emerged as a fast growing category driven by convenience, consistent taste and new age lifestyle. There is a strong preference and shift seen towards usage of convenient, ready to use, foods as people do not want to invest time in preparing them. Britannia Masala Chaas offers the same experience without the “ jhanjhat” of preparing it. Secondly, there is also a trend emerging of substituting carbonated high calorie drinks with low calorie healthy drinks and Dairy Drinks, which Britannia is targeting.
“Britannia Masala Chaas” also marks the extension of Britannia into F&B outlets where a large part of “Out of Home” consumption happens."
The “Masala Chaas” comes in attractive and convenient packaging which is easy to carry and can be had on the go as compared to other existing formats.  The shelf life is 4 months before opening and can be stored in an ambient environment. Britannia Masala Chaas will be priced at Rs 15/- per 150 ml pack.
This launch further enhances Britannia’s active foray into healthy milk based products. and adds to building the Britannia credo of “Drink Healthy, Think Better”.
Britannia Masala Chaas will be initially launched across Modern Trade outlets across major Cities in India.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid review. The opinions and thoughts mentioned in the post are purely mine and done by tasting the sample sent.
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Date: Friday, 25 Jan 2013 19:09
 
Sankranti was very busy and beautiful for us. My mom and mom-in-law were with us making lots of traditional Sankranti recipes:) I never knew Chikki was such an easy recipe to make. I wanted to try my hands on almond, cashew nuts, pistachios, melon seeds and many more!
 
 
 
Ingredients
 
1 cup sugar
1 cup roasted peanuts or roasted sesame seeds (any nuts desired) 
1 tsp ghee
 
Preparation
Heat a pan and add 1 tsp ghee, to this add sugar. Keep tossing the sugar on medium heat.

 The sugar melts this way as shown in the picture and changes colour.
 As soon as all the sugar melts add the crushed peanuts. Peanuts should be slightly crushed to give thick texture. Mix quickly turn off the heat immediately  and transfer it to a clean surface in the kitchen which is slightly oiled. The whole process should be done very quickly.

After pouring the mixture on a flat surface quickly roll it with rolling pin to make it flat.
 
Cut them into pieces and let it cool.

 After it cools down break them to pieces and enjoy.
Kids will enjoy the home made Chikkis!
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 23:13
This is what I tried to create with the choco sticks:) Camp Fire Mini Cakes!
 
 

 I got these Gone Mad Choco Sticks for Product review and frankly speaking my kids did the review of these chololate filled goodies! The verdict is YUMMMMMYYYY.....

The wrapper of the choco sticks is designed by school kids very beautifully. The wafer is crunchy and the chocolate filled inside is very moist.
 

Diya enjoying chocosticks!

About Gone Mad Choco sticks!




Ingredients
Mini chocolate Cookies (I used Lotte choco pie) Small chocolate muffins or cupcakes can be used.
Choco Sticks Cut into desired length
Candies of red, yellow, orange colours
 
Preparation
Break all the candies into pieces with hammer after putting them into a ziploc plastic bag.

 
 
Place them in a foil and bake it for 5 minutes!
 
After the melted candies cool down break them into pieces.

 
Assemble them like a camp fire on the chocolate cake or cookie! It makes a great treat for the kids parties and birthdays

 

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid review. The opinions and thoughts mentioned in the post are purely mine and done by tasting the sample sent by Garuda Foods.
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