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Friday, September 1, 2017

House of Eka

One of the weekends where I wasn't being a lazy and couch potato, but instead headed out to this beautiful store which is located in Ulsoor, Bangalore. Was invited over to this store by a friend of mine to know about the Eco-Ganesha, yeah yeah I know I am late writing about it but nevertheless it's not only about the Eco-Ganesha but also about the serene feeling when you enter the store. Their Products are handcrafted from natural materials and sourced directly from traditional artisans that also reflect the culture, art, craftsmanship and diversity of the country and its people.
Most of us love spending time at home, being creative with our idea, choices of interiors and then spending time find to see where can we find them within the city. 

Every home has a vibe that connects with you, do you agree? 
Every piece in the showcase to furniture that attracts you and that's you connect as somewhere it gets registered in your mind.

Most of the products are made with their natural colour of the wood or stone. 

If you have a hobby of collecting different shapes and designs of Ganesha then this is heaven for you. They have a cute collection from Ganesha reading a book relaxing on a rocking chair to Ganesha having a sheshnag overhead. The team travels around and selects each and every piece that's being sold in house of eka

There is also a range of wine bottles and glasses that are handcrafted in solid wood. Perfect for gifting or for a display in your kitchen or bar area.
You can also find these unique Madhubani painting, a limited edition series of Ganesha paintings exclusive to Eka by renowned artist Vidushini.

‘The Poetry in Wood’ An artistic way of storytelling with laser cut beautiful creations on wood. They are just beautiful and I am sure you will find your fav story on their wall to pick it up. They give 3D illusory effect, featuring diverse motifs inspired by Nature, Divinity, Indian Art and more.

Another beautiful piece which is perfect for gifting for any House warming ceremonies or Pooja's to even anniversaries is this cute tiny Ganesha beautifully framed against a brocade background. 

Scarves, Stoles, Duppatas & Shawls made with pure cotton with crochet tassels or natural ahimsa silk or recycled silk with kantha embroidery. They also have printed t-shirts and also other apparels every now and then. Its one stop shop for all those revolving ideas to decor your home and surround it with positive energy. Eka is Singular, distinctive and truly exceptional! 

As rightly said by House of Eka - "When you buy an Eka product, you take home a unique experience" I did take an experience with me back home and waiting to go back and get lost on all these beauties on the racks and pick up a few as the festive seasons starts soon. 
I end my experience by these words 

You can also know about them more on https://www.facebook.com/ekalifestyle 

Do ahead out and look around the store and I am sure you will find something that connects with you instantly. No to forget do let me know your experience as well. 

Healthy Dal Pitha

Back from the days where I started to keep a watch on my calorie intake it was difficult for me to stay from all the cheese and beer but it wasn't impossible. One of the days during my diet, A friends mother was in bangalore and while i visited her and gossiping about things happening around, she slowly brought a small plate filled with food and kept in front of me. I still laugh when i think of the dialogue she said - " Khalo Nita, Weight nahi badega :-)" and there I was introduced to this delicious dish - " Dal Pitha "
Dal Pitha is a popular rice flour dumplings in Bihari Cuisine. But this my version of using wheat flour instead of rice flour which makes it healthy and also instead of frying I have boiled the pitha or you can also steam just like momo's and other dumplings. Its high in proteins and its enjoyed by all age group. A perfect and healthy tea time snack trust me you wont stop with just one bite as the flavour of the spicy masala stuffing with the green chutney whoaaa... I am hungry now... :-)

Ingredients Of Dal Pitha

  • 250 gm wheat flour
  • 500 gm channa dal
  • 1 teaspoon garlic and ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp green chilly paste
  • Coriander leaves optional
  • 1/2 tsp of Jeera
  • Salt as per taste
    How to Make Dal pitha:

    Soak dal three to four hours. 

    Take wheat flour and water, kneed flour smoothly just like how we knead for Roti/Phulka and divide them into equal portions.

    Drain the excess water from soaked dal and grind dal along with green chillies, ginger, garlic, salt, carom seeds cumin seeds and pepper corns to make a coarse paste. Add the chopped cilantro leaves optional.

    Stuffing for Dal Pitha is ready.  

    To Make Pitha's:

    Grease a steamer vessel with oil. Just like how to make Momo's or other dumplings. 

    You can either roll it in the share of small puri's and fill the stuffing or use gujiya mould to shape the pithas.

    Place the pithas in the greased steamer and steam them for 8-10 minutes. You can also cook the pitha by dunking them in boiling hot water. Cook till they rise up to the surface, drain and serve. 
    **Make sure to seal the pithas properly to avoid leakage.

    Serve it hot along with your choice of chutneys or sauces.

Monday, August 28, 2017

#NewDessertMenu - Cafe Mangii Orion Mall

Stresssssss... yes yes i know we all have that in our lives don't we? how do we de-stress hmm let me see... ahh here the answer lies in the question itself.. STRESSED = DESSERTS

Okay I give up and accept the fact that I am a sweet tooth person. Love every bit of chocolate and every form of it. Being a caffeine addict plus a chocolate addict i don't count my calories but later have the guilt of adding on to it. I know we all do it :-)

Over the years living in bangalore and with all the traffic cribs I would never imagine myself travelling all the way from marathahalli to Orion Mall just for these small yet soulful beauties. Guess what?? I did travel :-)

So one of the evening with few other friends I travelled to orion mall to taste melting chocolate and few quick bites that was served to us by chef Sandeep Rane who flew all the away from #Mumbai to ensure we get the fresh and best on our plates. Between all the desserts that we had tasted my favourite is the Gooey Mocha fudge with Coffee cremeux and topped it off with mocha cream which is " Mocha Fudge Treat " Ask for this... Highly recommended!

1.. 2.. 3.. Slurrrppp .. burps!!
Who will wait to count it till the end... This is what will happen when you're served " 34 Layers " dessert. Layer's which are filled with Chocolate Ganache, Cake and my fav 54% Chocolate Mousse.

"Dessert is like a feel-good song and the best one can make you dance. "
And so did Chef Sandeep Rane Chef Ajay Thakur found their feel-good song while coming up with their all new dessert menu at Cafe Mangii and I found the best one that made me dance guilt free :-)
#cafemangiiorion #Newdessertmenu #Cafemangii



Philadelphia Bake Cheesecake 

Apple Crumble 
Aren't they just too beautiful that even a sweet tooth like me would have the heart dig into them and indulge without any guilt but yes i did break my heart and my soul enjoyed every bite that I had.
God! Now I am craving for these beauties to melt in my mouth :-(

Well so not only that we had these little treats but also enjoyed the special veg pizza and few other cocktails. My fav was the Handsome Jack which a blend of JD, lime juice and simple syrup.. very close to whiskey sour but i guess the JD did all the magic.

So here is my recommendations:

Dessert: Mocha Fudge Treat  & 34 layers
Cocktail: Handsome Jack
Bites: Veg Pizza and Hariyali Paneer.

Ambience: 3 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Food: 4 out of 5

Do give a visit and taste these treats and let me know your views on it.
Till then Chao :-) 

Swensen's Faloodafull Journey

It's a pleasure to write about a dessert that we all love the most, from kids to elderly who doesn't love this dessert and which is popular in Indian Dessert - " Falooda "
And what if you get to be apart of the first few to taste this with world renowned Ice-cream brand?? Yes, One of the few who was a part in the making of "Crunchy Crispy Falooda" by Swensen's India.
Swensen's for more than 60 years, more than 180 flavours of ice cream have been created and enjoyed by both young and old, making Earle Swensen's America's, “Ice Cream Man".
Traditionally we all know that Falooda is made up by mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, sweet basil seeds, and pieces of jelly with milk also sometimes it's topped off with a scoop of ice cream. Yumm.. 
And now Swensen's have come up with something interesting which has a twist in Falooda where keeping in mind the traditional taste that we all are used too. Swensen's has come up with a new sundae called "Crispy Crunchy Falooda". This is the only sundae On their menu with an Indian touch. And yes it's a sundae that is limited edition.
Introducing the new "Kesar Flavour" which gives falooda a unique taste and doesn't let you miss the traditional one. "Crunchy Crispy Falooda" has layers of dry fruits, vermicelli, rose syrup, kesar flavoured Ice-cream and topping up with loads of whipped cream & cherry.
The moment you dig it and with every bite you can experience the burst of flavours with all these layers of dry fruits and the best is the kesar flavoured Ice-cream. I totally enjoyed it! 
Also these vermicelli are freshly prepared vermicelli... Edible rose petal, and of course the signature Cherry which is one of its kind and this is only available in swensens. 
They source their cherries a year in advance and the cherries quality remains exactly the same across the world, Now isn't that wonderful :-)

 We have 3 variation of this #Sundae:
1. The Tall Glass - Crispy Crunchy Falooda which has 2 full scoops of ice cream with the layers in between leaving you to crave for more.
 2. Not so tall - Carnival Falooda which has 1 1/2 scoops of ice cream with the layers. This is will suit best for all the weight watchers as well :-)

3. Smally - Happy Falooda that contains 1 full scoop of ice cream with one portion of the layer topping it off with the whipped cream, cherry and the rose syrup.

They are decently priced as well as the tall Crispy Crunchy Falooda is only about 229 Rs, Carnival Falooda is about 149 Rs and the smally Happy Falooda is only about 99 Rs.

I would recommend these to you whether you're experimental or even a sweet tooth person to take a bite of this all new falooda by swensen's and let me know your views on it. I relished every bite that i dug into.. I am sure you will as well :-)
#swensensindia, #swensensfalooda