Cool Hacks for Indian Cooking

Mark Twain has said, “Part of secret of success in life is to eat what you like.” This cannot be more true, and food lovers or caterers will attest to it. Serving hot, scrumptious hygienic food is what makes up for happy and satisfied customers at any restaurant. Food culture is prevalent in corporate events, festivals etc. But, before relishing that delicious food or cuisine, most of the effort goes in preparing them. And if you have some cooking tips in handy, this whole scenario changes in a matter of minutes replenishing your taste buds.

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  • Salt sprinkling on Greens: Sprinkle some salt on green leafy vegetables, thus enhancing the veggies and keeping the nutrients intact even after you have chopped them finely.

  • Salt correction in curries: Most of the times, we add some salt to taste for the vegetables. But, sometimes although, the measurement differs and ruins the whole curry. Fear not, because you can simply add raw cut potato. Potato sucks in the excess salt and makes your curry back to tasty.

  • Color me right: Most Indian dishes look delicious and inviting because of its color. But what happens when you seem to have messed up the main highlight of your dish? These are 3 ingredients that will add the lost color to your dishes.

  • Add finely chopped coriander or simply and well ground coriander for GREEN.Half Boiled beet will bring back the orange / red tint to your stews.

  • Curd or cream will take away the extra hotness and restore a lighter color. Thus, even if your dish isn’t that hot but looks too dark, just add some curd to make it look right.

  • Make soft chapatis by adding warm water and some milk to the dough while kneading.
    If you want a certain consistency to your curry and it seems to be skimmed, add a spoonful of wheat flour and mix it up. This will instantly give you the desired consistency to the curry.

  • Apply a dash or oil before chopping ladies fingers or small gourds, so the sticky juices don’t stain your hands or chopping board.

  • Pureed Tomato can act as a worthy substitute if you run out of tomatoes at the 11th hour.

  • Peel off the skin of ginger, this will add to the taste wherein you prefer to add the hot gingery taste in your food.

  • Hold the nugget or stuffing that needs to be fried with long tongs for 5-6 mins over a hot pan of oil before deeply frying it. This will seal the exteriors and the stuffing with fried from the inside wholly.

  • Reheating leftover gravy or curry gets tedious on the next morning. This tip will save you from this frustrating scenario. Just pour the leftover gravy into ice trays, and reheat the next morning without any hassle.

  • When making masala, do not add iodized salt. Instead, add coarse sea salt, this will make your masalas even and finely ground to all ingredients.


A Perfect Event Catering for Your Wedding

Every bride and groom want their wedding day to be the perfect moment to remember for life. From the flower arrangements to the guest sitting to the event food, everything has to be the best and within budget. One thing that makes wedding unforgettable is when your guests praise your wedding food menu and even go for second round of servings.

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Food is definitely a way to a successful wedding day. With everything else set up for your wedding day let us think about the Event Catering. Make sure no guest goes hungry by choosing the best catering services in Pune who will take charge of feeding your guest a mouth-watering menu.

1. Set your budget

If it’s time to start talking to the caterers about your event and you have money to book a caterer then think about how much you should be budgeting for the best catering services. Caterers customize their rates according to your budget depending on the number of guests, the menu, the location, and the theme of the event.

When you interact with the caterers, you will get to know that they break down their catering packages in different parts of food, beverages, rental charges, staffing and other expenses. What they will offer you will be price including everything. The food rate is charged on per head basis, so the perfect count of guests coming at your party may help you to lower your package rates. Keep in mind that a wedding is not the only thing that you might want to cater. You might also consider a Reception, Mehandi ceremony or Haldi.

2. Not too much food but not less either

Hungry guest’s passion for food is inevitable. While most people are on their best behavior at weddings, there are always that relatives who feel that the free ka food should absolutely pile onto their plates. There are some events where you can get away with ordering the 30-serving portion for 35 people. Weddings are not one of those events. So be ready with your backup plans.

3. Method matters

So many caterers deliver food that tastes bad and mass produced, on the contrary many caterers try to change up their menus too much. Others simply don’t care enough to do better. Most rush, trying to minimize their expenditure and maximize their profits.

Catering companies should focus on the menu that is their main specialty. Every dish has been tested, tasted, and perfected. Like catering staff of Adhik Resort is happy to provide you with the best menu to serve to your guests. When you hire a caterer who takes their work seriously, you gain everything you need to surprise and delight your guests.

4. The food is absolutely the thing your guests will remember most.

Decorations, music, and venues set the atmosphere. The ceremony is all about you. But despite having sat through many disappointing weddings in the past, your guests will obviously hope for the food that is amazing and if it is amazing, they’ll have a happy time. They’ll laugh louder, stay longer and they’ll spend years saying, “And the food was greatttttttttt!”

Back in Love with Indian Food

Growing up in an Indian household from a mediocre city, you somehow indulge in kitchen and cooking. Summers fill in with the aroma of pickles, Papad, Muramba and what not traditional recipes any Maharashtrian household has. As the atmosphere gets colder, the kitchen gets warmer and cosier. From the aromas and crazy neighbours to the warm spicyness and overwhelming mothers bring to us the best chatpatas in the monsoons. The transition of the kitchen as per the climate has always made me indulge in the kitchen diaries I have. But as life grew, so did my reluctance for cooking. I was never a fan of cooking, though all my family just loves to be in kitchen making some new thing, experimenting the traditional recipes. But if you ask me, I really love the stereotypical Indian tastes. Holi calls for malpua, padwa calls for Puranpoli and rains call for kandyachi bhaji. Until recently, I did not worry to go and make something for myself anytime. My eagerly awaiting family was always serving me with things that I would just like to enjoy. But, as people got busy and take away menus piling onto our doors, we sort of drifted from kitchen to our living room. The family room turned from a general chitter chatter to rumbling tummies. While we were wondering who will take to kitchen I remembered that awesome place where we could spend some quality time and indulge in our favourite foods of indianness. And when I suggested, I was more than happy because my family liked the place just the way I have been liking it since the day I accidentally set my foot onto it.

So here I am taking a time off to talk about something that matters to me and my family the most and which is very close to my heart. In this big fast forwarding home delivery world, where continental cuisines and foreign food has taken its place where will us foolish Indian food lovers find a sanctuary? Us Indian food lovers are constantly on a quest to be treated with the desi taste and desi style eating. Once when I was running late for a meeting, I planned to drop to this place that said a traditional royal dining experience. Half sceptical and half hungry I went ahead to try it. Although experimental but not about outside food, I tried my luck just this one time. And I was astonished, not because of the food or anything of it, but, what I could see in the menu. There was Taak, there was vangyachi bhaji, there was chhunda and then there also was dodkyachi chatni. Most people would not understand what I am blabbering about, but any Maharashtrain can feel what I am talking about. Even after witnessing the menu I didn’t get my hopes high because I do know how it works. Yet again, I was overwhelmed since my judgement was flawed. I asked for the things and to my surprise I was well-fed with exactly what I ordered. And so, I went to my meeting satisfied and well fed by my proxy family O’Zara- the royal dining experience in the hearts of chakan industrial area.

Lightening up Diwali Diet

When the roads are being over silent and the market places being overly crowded, it is the cue for one and only one thing; Its Diwali time of the year. As people turn for their vacations the corporate world pauses its reign of hectic work hours and speed up for the celebrations. The caterers too wind up their routine of sabji-roti and welcome the Maharashtrian faraal in their diet. The convenience of this faraal is that it adds up as the most amazing travel food pack. There is no liquid mess or over oily and pungent odour to them. Therefore, when travelling carrying this faraal becomes habitual for an empty stomach. While the industrial caterers are famous for their nutrition packed balanced diet food, little do people known that they dabble for the festive food stuff as well. So here are some reasons why the nostalgic Indian snacks becomes your best travel food.

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1. Remember the typical gujju sitcoms where baa is always busy making snacks. Well mostly those snacks involve the maharashtrian crunchies like chakli or chivda.
2. The travel foods that we see in the train stations or bus stations, well most of the times they stink or are so oily that we prefer not eating in the travel at all. Probably, because of that, now there are many caterers who offer their services amidst the travel journeys.
3. If its not catering food that you like, then, easy home-made snacks are the best package for travelling. The easy finger foods and the lip-smacking nutritious laddoos are the best giveaway during travels.
4. Other than the typical Diwali snacks, the theplas or parathas give a tough competition to the travel foods. Paratha is the generic and universally acclaimed Indian food which never goes out of style. Another gujju member from this family is the khakra that famously indulged in short term travel or even long distance overseas travels as well.
5. The scrumptious aluwadi or shrikhandwadi are the best source for instant energy in the travels. Many people who have low sugar trouble often carry them as much as the candies. These are the easiest candy substitute with the advantage of nutrition and taste.
6. One more trustworthy food is the Gajag that never disappoints travel foodies. Mostly used in winter travels, Gajak is an instant source for energy. Mostly gajak is a known foodstuff in northern India, as we travel down to west, the name shifts to chikki. And as foreigners like to say it an energy bar or fruit bar. Although the names are different, the objective of it is the same. Easy to carry even in hard treks, Gajak or chikki is the best travel food bar.
7. The balanced or nutritional values of many foods is the factor wherein we take them with us. But, for downright foodies like me, well, we need some rewarding snack as well. So for people like us, there is still hope when there is nankatai or shrews berry biscuits in our pocket. Nutritionally they are not much of a taker, but, if it’s a guilty pleasure you want to indulge in then yes, you definitely should carry them with you for sudden treats.

Incase you are not a bagpacker or a tourister even then these snacks are the best options to choose from. Therefore, if you want to just munch off your hunger, then these typical indian snacks must be always in your temptation list. May it be an industrial catering who gives you the choices, or any general store eatery, these are just a starter for any indian snacker.

Surprise in Your Lunch Box

There are some who indulge in how the food tastes, while there are some who indulge in how the food looks. Everybody has their own choice. But what happens, when you are encountered with people who eat with their eyes? Definitely, hoteliers and restaurant owners take extra care for the latter audiences too. But, order a dabba and these audiences will be disappointed profusely. To those who may not know, there are some industrial caterers who do practice as to how the food looks too. You might even be surprised as to how they present to their clients when eating through a heat packed foils. One name that comes instantly when you think about this feature is Adhik Resorts. Advancing the Chakan industrial area, Adhik has encompassed a fair deal for the love of its customers.

Recently, the internet has been flooded with unknown recipes, food presentation and different cuisines. Of course, the different culinary shows have added the food world with so many ideas. But, some food stuff just looks good only on camera or on internet. Adhik Resorts bring out the most exciting art of food presentation in your luncheons and tiffin system. The trick is not in the presentation but what to put in it and how to make it tasteful. When you watch a video or see something on the internet, you keep realising how good it looks and how you wish you could have packed your lunch that way. It motivates you so much that somewhere in your mind you want to share it with your caterer or your dabbawala. But, as much good it looks it does not have exactly the hygienic or nutritional value to it. That’s why, it is said some foods are meant to be eaten straight from the stove. But, some foods can be taken at intervals like in your lunch boxes. To add to this packing conundrum, the take away people have literally mastered the art of food presentation. When the most inviting dahi wada is served to you, with no waste of minute you just want to dig in. But what happens when the same dish is welcomed in your lunch box. The curd on it gets smeared, the masala is sticking to the tiffin lid and the wadas are just so wet that you have lost half the appetite through seeing it. The best way to end all this fiasco is how you pack the stuff. Adhik resorts take extra care for the taste it serves, and the nutrition it puts in every box. Therefore, they have a special system in place. For every dish, the packing system changes.

So, if you are someone who like eating from your eyes first, then you definitely will not be disappointed even if it’s a packed box for your appetite. The only thing you must take care is how fast can you eat and how encouraging it will be to have the balanced nutritional food even when you are sitting in your cubicle and eating from you tiffin.

From Kitchen to Office desk

There has been a long standing argument of home-cooked meals and the outside eateries’ menu. For people who come far off from their native place, having a decent meal is like an impossible event. Of course, the companies have their pantries and kitchens well-stocked but there is still the missing factor to their foods. So, where to go hunting for home cooked meal or do we simply settle for outside over spicy meals.  The most trending food places that have emerged in recent years are the traditional thali system restaurants. But seldom people know what is it and how does it work. So I have tried to pen down for people like you who yearn for a good meal every once in a while and don’t know where to look for.

What is it?

Anciently known as dining halls but they have taken tastes and Indian culture to different level. You will not get a menu card or a waiter narrating different dishes but you can see what all is it there in today’s serving. People generally relate it with mess or dining halls but here, restaurateurs take extra care for the hospitality and creating the right ambience for their guests.

What more is it?

Other than giving a pleasant experience along with a fulfilling meal, some of the restaurateurs indulge in corporate catering services or industrial tiffin system that enhances their guests even at work place to have their bargain of decent meal at all times. Mostly such places are in the heart of the city but some like Adhik resorts have expanded themselves to chakan industrial estates.

What can you expect?

If you are fan of hygienic meals that will appetize your stomach in just the right amounts of nutrition and tastes, trying your hand on such restaurants can give you a lifetime experience. May it be a family gathering or corporate event, just fill in your guests with the satisfied tummy and a decent ambience to go by.

Does it work like any other restaurant?

Some of the places boast about any other restaurants but don’t get fooled by it. You actually wanted something different, something new so why to compare with other restaurants. In addition, some of these places give you a better experience that any restaurant; its a decent meal blended with the experience of a hotel or a dining hall.

So, lets not judge it by what has it been in the recent past, but, go with the positives of its evolution these industrial caterers who have filled us with hygienic, nutritious and scrumptious meals.