O’Zara- The Taste of Health

Food is all about its intake and what it gives to the body. Apart from sufficing the hunger, food, needs to add the necessary energy needed for a healthy body. Eating anything or anyway is definitely not the way to achieve it. So, when a caterer tells that they bring out the best healthy lunch and dinner and packed with nutrition, most certainly, it means you have to pay extra bucks. Some minor studies show the statistics for healthy and nutritional foods to be greater than what we intend to actually pay. The competition of the cost for diners, restaurateur and food joints has always hampered our daily budget unintendedly. I, personally, find it very frustrating when I am on a tight budget, and only healthy food I can have is processed and packaged food (which I do not like at all). Moreover, I hardly doubt that it’d be healthy at all.

Therefore, while again I was on a budget (Month end does come every now and then), I started exploring my budget friendly healthy food options. When the scorching heat of sun tires you, having a cold soothing sherbet or cold coffee is all what you want. But, if you calculate your daily limit, it certainly doesn’t add up in your food regime. Because, first you would have to set aside your food money and add this extra expense in the same. Instead, I however, have a better option to it. Have a lunch or dinner, wherein this tall cold glass is included in your diet. It will suffice your hot day, your hunger pang and keep you on the budget leash without extra trouble. My Personal recommendation for this food choice, is the mini lunch at O’Zara. Commuting daily to work with absolutely nothing much of choice in the industrial zone of Chakan, my daily pitstop for a quick bite and refreshing drink is O’Zara. The mini lunch serves a refreshing glass of buttermilk, or the seasonal sherbet, depending on the day’s climate and a nutritional combo to go with it. So, there you have a budget food nutri choice all in one package.

If someday, however, you don’t feel like the cold glass or a nutritional food, you can skip the health regime and serve yourself with some proper Indian Junk food. But, even so, nothing will be too much harmful at all. The special kothimbirwadi or maaswadi in fact is a great way to restore your body fibers which in other circumstances we avoid anyhow. And if you are in no mood for junk food, or health food, the daily balanced diet of roti, sabzi, daal rice is what keeps these caterers going for better taste, better health and better finger licks in all places. All these are just better ways and means to avoid an impulse of lazy food thus paying double bucks to the doctors later. So, if you are on a budget, does not mean you need to eat whatever is put in front of you, how much ever unhealthy you might think it to be. Where there is a budget, there always will be a good choice for healthy and nutritious food.

The Different Tastes of Diwali

This October marks yet another overwhelming start of the double trouble festival season. Usually, Diwali is more likely the mid pattern of nearing the year end. So from October, every month is a chance of every new festival that is influentially very significant and calls for a celebration in itself. However, the IT sector or the work pressure does not call for holiday or quits to indulge us with a bit of rest. Which specifically means, the industries are opened up, the caterers are supplying and we are eating just what we usually have. The difference lies only in the market that has lighted up with new merchandise and new spirits.

Amongst the cranked up markets, there are people still owing themselves to the corporate routine who need tiffin every 5 days a week. Amidst this routine, sometimes the caterers surprise you with a big dollop of basundi, or most certainly 3 balls of gulab jamun. And that’s how we know today is something special. Otherwise, festival does not bother us with any more special treatments. In this festive routine, there happens to be a rising hope for more balanced diet and nutritious delicacies with some of the caterers. The equal nutrition given through karanji, chakli, shev and ladoo is what makes the festival more special. Most prominently people end up eating too much of sweet in festive times, or gain weight through overeating. Any which ways calls for a controlling diet in the post festive season. Instead, what if we gave you an option for a low cal festive delicacies. Yes! There happens to be such a thing called low cal festive foods.

Paushtik/ Nutritious Ladoo:

So for starters let’s assume you like Laddoos. Just substitute the boondi/ rava/ besan Ladoo with paushtik Laddo. Paushtik Ladoo are made from different ingredients. There may be multigrain, or multi vitamin laddoos. Whatever you prefer, paushtik laddoo is the most nutritious guilty pleasure you can try this festive season.

Wheat Chakli/ Baked Chakli:

Chakli has been the favourite foods of Diwali. Earlier when the era of cooking prevailed all ladies did an Armstrong job while making chakli. The twirling circular food has made in the top three of Diwali foodstuff since long. But, along with the most wanted snack it has also added up to highest weight gainer snack for everyone. The oily and prickly snack can be your best friend if you alter some of the ingredients. Usually Chakli is made of a specific blend of flours, often called Bhajani. Instead of this blend you can use just the wheat flour and fry them. Or if you don’t like frying, you can bake them in microwave which taste exactly the same minus the extra calories they can put you up.

Diet Chivda:

This might bring the smirky look on you, but, yes, there is something called diet chivda. Although, chivda is just another snack that tastes good and is quick stomach feeling bite but since you are on the weight control regime why not practice it in full swing? So, diet chivda is nothing but a mixture of different crunchy ingredients that can make you feel light and strong even in the most awaited festival of Diwali. Ask your tiffin supplier for it, and you will know that he takes special order for such stuff.

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.