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Rainy Day Comfort Meal-Wok Tossed Ginger-Soy-Honey Mushrooms.


This recipe is perfect for a rainy day, when you’re craving for a good warm homemade meal, that can be made in minutes. Ginger, with its numerous health benefits, is an excellent ingredient to include in your diet, especially during monsoons when you need to boost your immunity. 

This easy recipe uses just a few ingredients, & can be rustled up within minutes. Enjoy these mushrooms with noodles, or a bowl of warm steamed rice, or simply toss the rice in the wok & make a quick fried rice. 

*Wok Tossed Ginger-Soy-Honey Mushrooms, on a bed of flat rice noodles*

 ~ In a wok, heat a little sesame oil, add minced/julienne ginger, soy sauce, black pepper (you can add red chilli flakes/minced green chillies too if you want it spicy), a pinch of salt (soy sauce is very salty, so be careful). 

Add chopped mushrooms to the wok & stir fry on high heat for a minute. 

Add honey & cook further  for a minute, till the sauce thickens & coats the mushrooms with a sticky glaze. 

In the meanwhile boil & drain noodles, to serve on the side. Garnish with spring onion/coriander. Serve hot. 

If you want to use up leftover cooked rice, then you can toss it into the wok & mix with the mushrooms to make a fried rice, & skip those noodles. 🍽

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Quick n Healthy Wok Tossed Chicken for a busy day. 

​Next up in the series of #healthymeals is this quick wok tossed chicken & bell pepper, with flat rice noodles. 

If I have a busy day, & I know I’ll be too tired to cook dinner, this one dish meal is my go to. 

Before leaving for work I marinate boneless chunks of chicken in a mix of soy sauce, chilli sauce, black pepper, salt, ketchup & honey. 

Pack it in an airtight container & store it in the fridge. 

In another box I store chopped bell peppers (broccoli, carrot, beans, baby corn….basically whatever is available.)

 In the evening, all you have to do is toss the marinated chicken in a work, with a teaspoon of oil, on high heat. 

Once the chicken is half cooked, add in the veggies & stir till the marinade coats the veggies too. 

You can boil noodles simultaneously, while the chicken is still cooking, & then serve on the side (or you can have just the wok tossed chicken & veggies as a full meal, without any noodles/rice too) 

Just a few mins of basic prep in the morning, and then just 10 mins of cooking time in the evening, that’s all it takes to make this delicious healthy meal. 

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Thai inspired Summer Salad 

This Thai inspired Summer Salad is my absolute favourite one dish meal on a hot summer afternoon. 

A healthy mix of seafood, veggies, fresh herbs and spices. 

I scored couple of squids, & chargrilled them for 2-3 minutes, till they’re cooked just right. 

Slice the squids, and then add in bite sized chunks of cucumber, tomato, & crushed salted peanuts. 

Now add some torn fresh mint leaves, coriander & spring onion greens. 

For the Dressing – mix some lemon juice, sugar, birds eye chilli (or chilli flakes) & fish sauce (taste the dressing and decide if you need more salt, as the fish sauce is already very salty) Drizzle this dressing on the salad and toss just till all ingredients are mixed well. 

Serve at room temperature or slightly cold. 

* You can add grilled prawns/chicken, if you don’t like squid * 

This is the picture of scored grilled squid for reference – 

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Baali to Baan Tao – Indonesian Food Festival at Hyatt, Pune.

Get a feel of your favourite holiday destination, Bali, sitting right here in Pune ! 

Been Tao -Hyatt, Pune is hosting an Indonesian Food Festival till 5th December, where you can tuck into delicacies like Sari Segara, Lawar Kacang Panjang , Soto Ayam, Ikan Bakar, Bubur Injin to name a few. 

This a la carte menu is curated by Chef Nyoman, from Grand Hyatt Bali, who explained the nuances of each preparation as we sampled each dish in the menu at the preview of this festival. The attention to detail can be seen in the fact that Chef Nyoman brought with him, some of the essential herbs and spices that would be unavailable in India, to ensure that the dishes are as authentic as possible. 

Out of all the dishes we sampled that evening, here are few of my favourites – 

Gado Gado – A salad made with steamed vegetables, tofu, bean curd, egg,  peanut sauce. 

Lawar Kacang Panjang – Long bean salad made with minced chicken , grated coconut, & Balinese bumbu spice.

Chef also gave us a quick demo of how this salad is made. Simple ingredients with subtle flavours. Very light and refreshing. 

Next up were the Prawn, Fish, Lamb & Chicken Satay, out of which the Prawn and Fish Satay were my favourite. The lemonlemongrass stalk used as a skewer for the satay infused a great aroma into the meat as it cooked. 

Lamb satay turned out rather tough and chewy, maybe because of the way it was cut into chunks. So that was bit of a disappointment. But the fish & prawn more than made up for it. 

Sari Segara – This was easily the best dish for me, from that evening. Sari Segara means ‘everything from the Sea’.

This was a seafood soup which consisted of prawns, clams, mussels, squid & fish. The seafood was cooked in a broth flavoured with lemongrass, lemon leaves, fried shallot, potato & beans. Very subtle flavour of the aromatics which let the original seafood flavour shine through. 

Nasi Goreng – A popular fried rice dish , is served with lamb satay & chicken on the side & topped with fried egg. Except for the lamb satay which was rather tough & chewy, everything else on the plate was quite well cooked & balanced in flavour.  

Balinese Lamb Curry – This curry which is best had with steamed rice, has chunks of perfectly cooked tender lamb, braised in coconut milk, fresh turmeric, galangal, & lemon leaf. Quite a hearty dish. 

Bubur Injin – The only dessert on the menu , but definitely a good one if you like a warm rice porridge sorta end to the meal. This one is a Black Sticky Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk. Moderately sweet, with a nice creamy texture of the coconut milk, & black rice which has a nice al dente texture to it. This is one of those slightly warm comforting desserts you’d want to have on a winter evening. 

This festival is open for Lunch as well as Dinner till 5th December 2017 at Baan Tao, Hyatt Pune. 

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Panash, at Four Points by Sheraton launches new menu. 


Panash, at Four Points by Sheraton which is well known for its subtle yet classy interiors, calm & relaxed vibe and excellent service, has recently launched their new menu.

Curated by Chef Tenzin, this pan Asian menu offers to the guests a wide selection of preparations, that would please all palates.

While you have a wide choice of Sushi made the authentic way, you also have a section of it curated especially for the vegetarian guests, or for those who like a bit of Indian or fusion touch to their food.

Along with this, there are various streetfood style preparations like Stir Fried veggies and meats, Pad Thai noodles, dumplings, crisp lotus stem and lotus leaf wrapped chicken, prawns in xo sauce, to name a few. The dumplings which had a chicken & mushroom filling were spot on, in terms of flavour and texture. Also a plus point to them for not adding artificial food colouring, and instead using vegetables to give a natural colour to the dumpling flour.

You would also find on the menu, some unique desserts like coconut pancakes, & lemongrass panacotta, which I really enjoyed. I would have liked to see a better garnish on the lemongrass panacota though…maybe a lemongrass leaf & a citrus garnish, instead of a regular chocolate garnish, which quite honestly had nothing to do with the core ingredients of the dessert, & looked slightly out of place.

But just that minor point aside, most of the preparations were pretty good, and definitely worth a try.

The restaurant is open for dinner service, 7 pm onwards. Do check it out !

* Bloggers table was hosted by Panash *

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Bengali food festival at Eighty Eight, Hyatt Pune.

Chef Suvendu Roy & team have have come up with yet another must visit food festival, from a land best known for its poetry, music and delicious food….Bengal ! 

Extend the festivities a bit more and indulge in this rich cuisine once, before you start with your diet again, post Diwali. 

This amazing buffet which serves different delicacies everyday include Bhetki Machar Paturi, Mochar Chop,  Cholar Dal, Aloo Pateler Tarkari, Sarse Hilsa, Kosha Mangsho to name a few. 

You will also find here, a variety of street style foods, soups, momos, rolls, noodles and other Tangra style preparations, which are an equally important aspect, when you think of the typical daily cuisine from Bengal.

This fest is on till 3rd November, at Eighty Eight, Hyatt Pune. 

At 1300++ per person, this huge buffet is definitely worth a try, & value for money. 

And how can any Bengali meal be complete without their famous desserts ?! 

Indulge your  sweet tooth with an array of desserts that include the legendary Rosogulla , Misti Doi  & much more ! 

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3 Spices – Double Tree by Hilton, Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Located in the heart of Pune’s Industrial belt, Double Tree by Hilton is an ideal venue for a lunch meeting, corporate event, or even to stay on a business trip.
I was recently invited to their restaurant ‘3 Spices’ for the launch of their new menu.

A warm inviting ambiance with a lively vibe, this place isn’t just for mundane meetings, but also a good venue for an evening out with family and friends.
We started the tasting session with an assortment of wines from Sula Vineyards, and some delectable starters to go with it.

Keeping in mind the preferences of the guests, the newly designed menu is a mix of cuisines, to cater to all palates.

There’s a wide variety to choose from Indian, Oriental, & Continental cuisine.

A special mention has to be made about the Desserts though. Everything on the dessert counter looked so attractive, that we started our meal with a couple of desserts !

We were quite literally alternating between the sweet and savoury courses.
I particularly enjoyed the Continental cuisine and preferred to stick with that, over the Indian mains. And then some more desserts ofcourse !

The place felt a little crowded and noisy later, as the restaurant was almost packed to capacity by late evening…but then again, that’s a good sign…right?
Everything from the food, to the plating, presentation and the service was upto the mark & definitely worth another visit.

* Bloggers table was hosted by 3 Spices *

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