Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Hello All!

It’s been a while since I put up a recipe and this is one that’s extremely close to my heart.. and my tummy! My earliest memories of Sunday mornings as a child are those of either a hearty Gujarati breakfast, or waffles made by Mom. Nothing still manages to bring a big smile to my face and warmth in my heart like two of her best bakes – her apple pie and waffles. Now she’s incorporated apples and cinnamon into her waffles making this the greatest breakfast dish EVER!

Recipe:

150 gms maida
1/4 tsp baking powder
50 gms butter
1 tsp powdered sugar
1/2 tin condensed milk
200 ml milk
4 drops vanilla essence
1 tbsp apple juice*
1 cup grated apples
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Method:

  1. Sieve maida, baking powder and cinnamon powder together.
  2. Knead butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the condensed milk to the butter sugar mix.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the above mix.
  5. Add the grated apple, juice and essence. Let this lie at room temperature for a good 30 mins.
  6. Pour a cup of the mix into the waffle maker and allow it to cook for 4-5 minutes. Alternatively take a look at the instructions on your waffle maker since no two makers are the same. However this should be your call eventually so don’t forget to pay attention!

Quick Tip: *Grate the apples and let it lie aside for a while. They will begin to get runny in a while. Use the same fresh juice and nothing else, especially store bought.

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Dining Maharaja Style

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  – Luciano Pavarotti

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Have you ever thought about what it would be like if you could be King for the day?  Masala Bay at The Taj Lands End Hotel decided to turn back time and curated a special culinary tour taking us from Kabul to Kolkata on a true gourmet adventure. Just look at that set up! We knew we were in for a special evening, about to dine like nothing less than royalty.

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”  – Elsa Schiaparelli

Master Chef Amninder Sandhu and Executive Chef Anirudhya Roy have curated a stunning menu with (thankfully) a large number of vegetarian options sure to tickle your tastebuds. This journey is on till the 20th of June.

Dinner began with an invigorating bowl of Subz Badami Shorba – Handpicked summer vegetables with infused coriander, tempered with cumin and garnished with almond flakes.
One would expect an almond soup to be extremely heavy and rich, but this one was far from it. If anything, it was light, full of flavour and a very interesting start to the evening.

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Subz Badami Shorba

Appetisers comprised of this sinful platter:

Silbatta Ki Arvi Shammi
Cooked colocasia gently grounded to paste with hints of almond

Achari Laal Mirch Ka Paneer Tikka
Cottage cheese in whole red chili pickle marinade cooked in the clay oven

Kishtwad Ki Rajma Tikki
A perfect and nutritious snack of red kidney bean patty seasoned with aromatic spices shallow fried

Challi Aur Methi Ki Seekh
Corn kernel is given a royal treatment with chopped fenugreek leaves

Sure to teleport you to the villages of beautiful North India, these tikkis each had a distinct flavour and spices. Not one to survive a platter of spicy food, I did manage to wipe off every tikki simply because it was too difficult to resist no matter the consequences! By the end of it I was battling tears but they were so worth it. Not to forget I had a lip smacking ‘Paan Mojito’ accompanying my food. I have never had a Paan (betel nut) flavoured anything, this delicious. It’s not too sweet and the flavour of the paan hits you only at the end of each sip. I convinced the others on the table too that this NEEDED to be their drink for the evening.

Mains included:

Pista khubani kofta
Apricot stuffed koftas, in a luxurious pistachio gravy from the kitchens of Maharaja of Patiala

Dum Aloo Banarasi
Baby potatoes in a robust fennel and dry ginger gravy

Rawalpindi Channa
Chickpeas cooked over charcoal fire

Lasooni Palak
Creamy spinach flavoured with garlic

Dal Makhani
Black lentils simmered overnight and finished with homemade churned butter and cream

Afghani Kabuli Pulao

Assorted Indian Breads

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By the time the mains arrived I wasn’t sure if I had it in me to eat anymore(!) but I had to try everything that Chef had prepared for us with such love. For someone who is terrified of spinach to say the least, especially cooked spinach ( I could eat baby spinach in a salad), the lasooni palak is one of the best Indian foods I’ve ever eaten. The spinach is so tender and the garlic just makes it so so much better. I had to serve myself another spoon. The chole and kofta reminded me of why I want to do purely a food trail in North India and experience how much that region has to offer. If only I could spend a month with Chef in the kitchen and inherit even a tad bit of her talent!

Dessert:

Tille Wali Kulfi

Sandesh Platter

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By this point I was sure my body would reject any morsel of food, but I simply could not have said no to the kulfi and sandesh platter. The kulfi served with sweet rose flavoured vermicelli was helpful in cooling down my systems. I’ve also never enjoyed sandesh (pronounced Sondesh) quite as much. My favourite was the nolen gur sandesh which I learnt is made from date palm jaggery. It tastes every bit as interesting as it sounds. Bite into a gooey, caramel like centre to guide you to the stairways of heaven.

The Taj Group has always been known for its hospitality and there is no shred of doubt that I have enjoyed every moment of being associated with this brand. The PR team from Edelman and the Taj as well as all the servers at Masala Bay ensured that we were taken care of from the very minute we stepped into the restaurant. What a wonderful evening this was with brilliant food, wonderful company and some unheard of great folk music!

This menu is available until the 20th of June so I sincerely recommend you to book your table to enjoy a meal you’ll be talking about for a long long time to come.

Address: Masala Bay, Taj Lands End, Band stand Mumbai
Telephone: 022 6668 1234

Iftar Specials at Grand Hyatt Mumbai

Grand Hyatt Mumbai presents a special Iftar menu at Fifty Five East throughout the holy period of Ramadan.

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Indulge in all-time favorite Iftar preparations at the splendid dinner buffet with a designated Iftar seating zone in the restaurant. Savor chef crafted Iftar specialties alongside a global buffet as you express gratitude and pray for well-being of loved ones in this holy month.

As the sun sets, the ceremonious sound is an eagerly welcomed invitation to the joyous meal of Iftar – a time when family, friends and communities celebrate the special season of Ramadan together as one. Honoured to be part of these festivities, the restaurant presents to you an incredible dinner buffet with Iftar specialties in addition to a myriad range of international cuisines; Lebanese mezze, Indian and Western delicacies as well as a magnificent dessert zone.

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Enjoy Ramadan specials like samosa, biryani, short (all non-vegetarian), kabuli chana masala, kebabs, khichda, assorted pakoras and many more. Satiate your sweet tooth with their indulgent falooda, fruit milkshakes, kheer, seviyan payassam, sooji badam halwa and more. From celebrating Iftar with your family to inviting loved ones for a memorable meal, the Iftar buffet at Fifty Five East is the perfect destination for creating beautiful memories this Ramadan.

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Assorted Arabic Sweets – Konafa, Semolina Cake, Sesame Seed Brittle

Iftar offerings at Fifty Five East buffet are available for dinner from June 7 – July 7
 at INR 1900 (plus taxes per person).

For further information please call +91 22 6676 1149, or visit hyattrestaurants.com to book online and avail 20% discount 🙂

Submitted by The Grand Hyatt Mumbai for Chai Cake & Kitsch. 

 

The Dineout Experience with Shiros

Open your App Store, enter ‘Food’ in the search bar and a 100 different apps will pop up presenting to you, the problem of plenty. In this new age of Digital Food, Dineout comes to us at the right time bringing to us a cashless experience. I kid you not, there couldn’t have been an easier app to use to help you book a table at your favourite restaurant in town and experience your lunch / dinner party ‘cashless’.

‘Dineout is a times internet acquired premium table reservation app. We believe in making your meals hassle free by eliminating wait time. Recently Dineout has introduced smart pay an easy and quick way to pay your bill cashless. If you pay by mobikwik you get 40 percent as cash back in your wallet which you can always enjoy at your next meal’. 

Spread across 8 cities, they seat over 1,00,000 diners a month, have over 4,50,000 active app users and a strong ecosystem of top restaurants, discerning diners and premium Food and Beverage outlets.

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Step 1: Download the App

 

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Step 2: Take a quick tour

 

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Step 3: Set your location and search for your favourite restaurant

 

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Step 4: Enter your booking preferences and confirm your contact details

 

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Step 5: Enter the SMS verification code sent by them and you’re set!

It’s literally as easy as that!

Dineout recently conducted a bloggers’ table for a few with the boys from Eat Aloud at Shiros, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

 

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The captivating entrance

With mesmerising interiors, great crowd and good music this seemed like a recipe for a great night.

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The Shanghai Sunset

My poison for the evening was The Shanghai Sunset. A delightful amalgamation of Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, vodka, melon liqueur, pineapple and cranberry juice. Tequila lovers must give this a try.

Considering that I was famished by the time I got to Shiros, the Korean Chilli potatoes were a welcome delight and I managed to finish 3/4th of that plate by myself. Tangy, spicy and a little sweet, these golden fried babies made mama happy. The Shanghai Mushroom dumplings on the other hand, did not. Whilst the stuffing was tender the dumpling itself was excessively chewy.

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Sautéed green beans and fried garlic are always welcome on my plate. These were cooked perfectly – crunchy, juicy and full of garlic, they make for a great side dish.

The vegetarian Thai curry was high on flavour but definitely not one of the best curries I’ve had. Nothing to rave about here. The fried rice by itself was fragrant but still needed a little help from the curry to help bring out its flavour.

Since I no longer eat eggs, I was unable to try any of the desserts.

Would I go back to Shiros? Without a doubt. The food may not be something to write home about but the drinks, the music, the decor and the overall vibe of this place is certainly worthy of more than one visit.

Product Review: GAIA Health Care

Gaia is the Greek name for the Goddess of the Earth, a fitting name for a brand that mines the health secrets of the earth for all of us to benefit from. As the earth regenerates itself, so do we. Gaia was founded on the belief that nature, through the earth’s diversity of flora and fauna, offers us the best solutions for all our health and personal care needs – GAIA GOOD HEALTH. Bringing science and nature together, GAIA introduces a range of health care products including nutritional supplements, green teas, green ice teas, muesli, cookies, Stevia tablets and sachets as well as health bars.

“Where there’s tea, there’s hope” – Arthur Wing Pinero

 

One of my favourite things to do after a long day’s work or a lazy Sunday afternoon is to curl up with a good book and an even better cup of tea. It’s generally a cup of home made masala chai but lately I’ve turned to a beautiful Green Tea that was sent over to me by GAIA Good Health.

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The numerous benefits of Green tea are known to all – it’s ability to increase metabolism, fight fat, improve brain function, it’s full of antioxidants, kill bacteria, improve the health of your teeth, reduce diabetes, even cardiovascular disease, and so much more. When combined with Lime & Honey, it’s benefits are snowballing!

Green Tea & Lime – Studies show that citrus juice helps bring out the green tea’s oxidants making more available to the body for absorption.

Green Tea &  Honey – This is a great substitute for those who add sugar to their green tea. Honey is a rich source of vitamins, magnesium and other minerals and antioxidants.

GAIA Green Tea – This tea is so soothing, so smooth, it’s sure to teleport you to an exotic spa. I kid you not, it feels exactly like a spa but in your mouth! I definitely give this a 5/5.DSC_0566

A good breakfast they say is the best way to kick off your day and battle your urge to snack on unhealthy foods through the day. I mostly turn to a bowl of oats or muesli for the same.

Muesli has much less sugar and calories than most packaged cereals. It’s extremely high in fiber which not only helps you clean your stomach but also keeps you feeling fuller, longer. It is consumed with dairy products which of course is great for health. I now swear by the fruits and honey muesli by GAIA. The fruits bring just enough sweetness to the muesli so there is no need for any added sugar making this an extremely healthy option.

Their protein bars and multigrain cookies make for great snacks. I generally pop in a cookie two hours after my breakfast to avoid being famished by lunch time and a protein bar 3 hours after lunch. They keep me feeling full, I don’t turn towards any unhealthy snacks, are less in calories and extremely high in taste.

I certainly recommend getting your hands on these ASAP. Thank you for sending these over GAIA, it’s great to have been introduced to guilt free eating/snacking!