Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Easy Diwali Sweet Recipes That You Have To Try


Whether you are a complete dessert-fanatic or a total spice nut, the festive season is bound to get your mouth watering for some syrupy, crumbly rasgullas or some delectable, melt-in-your-mouth soft motichoor ladoos. Hungry enough? Fret not, because we have just the thing for you! This Diwali, sweeten your palate with these must-try, easy, Diwali, sweet recipes.

1. Badam Barfis

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It’s time to get nutty for Diwali! Whip up these lovely, smooth and gobble-some badam barfis in no time at all. Just one bite will have you savoring these little treats of heaven, all day long!

Ingredients

• 125 gm of Healthy Alternatives American Almonds, soaked, peeled, and ground
• 75 gm of poppy seeds, soaked in milk
• 1-liter of milk
• 125 gm of khoya
• 200 gm of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
• 200 gm of Healthy Alternatives Cow Ghee
• 1/4 tsp. saffron strands
• 4 green Healthy Alternatives Cardamoms

Instructions

1.Strain and grind the poppy seeds.
2.Combine this mixture with the almonds, the cardamoms and the milk.
3.Then, blend this mixture until it is smooth and cook it on a slow flame.
4.Once, the mixture thickens, add the khoya, the sugar and the saffron strands.
5.Thicken the mixture, further.
6.Add the ghee and continue cooking until the mixture comes together.
7.Transfer this mixture into a lightly oiled tray. Cut into any desired shape and decorate the barfis with silver leaves.

2. Mawa Malpuas
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These golden delights are a must-have traditional, Indian sweet for the festive season! They are fried pancakes dunked in heaps of sugar-syrup for a total explosion of flavor and fun. If you are looking for an easy, at-home recipe for Indian sweets, you have found the one!

Ingredients

• 1 and ½ cup of warm Milk
• ½ cup of Khoya, grated
• 3/4th cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Whole Wheat Flour 
• 1 tsp. of Healthy Alternatives Roasted Saunf, coarsely grounded
• 2 tsp. of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
• A pinch of salt
• A small pinch of baking powder
Healthy Alternative’s Cow Ghee for frying

For the sugar syrup:

• 1 cup of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
• ¼ cup of Water
• 2-3 green Healthy Alternatives Cardamoms, grounded
• 8-10 Saffron strands

Instructions

1. Add the sugar, the cardamom, the saffron strands and water in a pan and cook until it reaches a syrupy consistency and set the mixture aside.
2. Mix half of the warm milk and khoya until the mixture is well combined.
3. Add half of the flour, too and mix before adding the remaining half. Then, mix again till it is smooth.
4. Add the sugar, saunf, salt and baking powder and mix well.
5. Add the remaining milk, mix well and set it aside for 10 minutes.
6. Heat ghee in a pan, mix the batter and pour a small ladle full of batter in the hot ghee.
7. Simmer the heat to low and fry both sides of the malpuas until they turn golden brown.
8. Remove them from the heat and dip them in the sugar syrup for 2 minutes and serve.

3. Apple Kheer
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No festive season is complete without a bowl full of kheer! This apple kheer recipe will, surely, prove to be a total winner at your dinner table, this Diwali! Garnish this dessert with bits of grated dry-fruits and some saffron strands along with a few, thin slices of apple and feel like a gourmet, culinary expert.

Ingredients

• 1.5 cups of full-fat milk
• 1/2 cup of apples, grated
• 2-3 tsp. of sweetened condensed milk
• A pinch of cardamom powder
• A few strands of saffron
• 8 Healthy Alternatives American Almonds, chopped
• 1 tsp. Healthy Alternatives Cow Ghee

Instructions

1. Bring the milk to a boil in a pan and let it simmer on a low flame. Stir frequently to prevent it from burning.
2. Meanwhile, in a smaller pan, heat the ghee and roast the almonds until they turn light golden brown.
3. Add the grated apple to this mixture and saute for 3 minutes or until the mixture turns dry and the apples soften a bit but still retain their crunchy texture.
4. Now, Turn back to the milk. In about 10 mins or so, the milk would have reduced to half the original amount. At this point, add the cardamom and the saffron. Mix well and let it cook for another minute.
5. Now add the condensed milk and the cooked apple-almond mixture. Mix well and serve.

4. Chocolate Kalakand

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We love everything chocolate, don’t you? This famous, Indian milk cake gets a chocolatey makeover for the festive season.  If chocolate is your go-to comfort food and milk sweets are your calling, then you must try this chocolate kalakand recipe for Diwali!

Ingredients

• 1 cup of unsweetened khoya, grated
• ½ cup of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
• 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder
• 2-3 tbsp. of milk
• Chopped nuts for garnishing

Instructions

1. Mix the cocoa and milk to form a thick paste and set it aside.
2. Add the grated khoya and the sugar to a wide pan kept on low flame. Gently heat and mix for 3-4 minutes, until the khoya thickens and starts rolling around your spatula.
3. Take half of this mixture and pat it firmly at the base of a greased plate. Quickly, add the cocoa powder and milk mixture and stir to combine. After a min, remove.
4. Pat the chocolate mixture firmly and evenly on the layer of the remaining khoya mixture.
5. Add the chopped nuts to garnish.
6. Cool the mixture to room temperature and refrigerate for an hour before cutting it into squares.

Ready to get your festive side on with these easy, Diwali sweet recipes? Get your ingredients here.

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Diwali Gift Options Perfect For Kids




The festive season is here and it’s time to shower some much-deserved love on your kiddie siblings and cousins! But finding that one gift that they will absolutely love can be quite a task. Don’t worry, this Diwali we have got some nutty, chocolatey and savoury surprises that make the perfect Diwali gift options for the little ones.

1. Junior Mini Treats


Price: 520/-

A mini surprise for the smallest and the cutest member of the family. The Junior Mini Treats is a sure shot way to cheer up your kid, this Diwali! The sugary fruity jujubes and the gooey snickers pack are bound to make this festive season as memorable as it can be.

2. Junior Happiness Treats


Price: 794/-

Happiness is devouring a box full of candied goodness! These Junior Happiness Treats will definitely make your little cousin’s day. What makes this hamper the perfect Diwali gift for kids? The crumbly hazelnut short pastry cookies, the gooey chocolates, and the fun-filled fox fruits are just to name a few.

3. Junior Sweet Treats


Price: 1508/-

This chocolatey hamper is a must-buy Diwali gift for that candy hogger of a sibling! With fun-filled goodies like the creamy chocolate milk, the gobble-some Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and some Hershey's chocolate syrup to drizzle over everything, could any kid resist these Junior Sweet Treats?

4. Junior Mixed Treats


Price: 2839/-

A perfect blend of sweet and savoury for that naughty yet adorable little brother! The Junior Mixed Treats hamper offers some delectable delights like the crispy sour cream and onion chips, the crunchy coated almonds, the finest Belgium chocolate and more!

5. Junior Bumper Treats


Price: 3972/-

An unforgettable Diwali gift that any kid will go gaga over! The Junior Bumper Treats hamper is made up of scrumptious goodies like the savoury barbeque delights, delightful shortbread triangles, delicious dark chocolate chip cookies and so much more!

Loved these kiddie hampers? Get your favourite Diwali gift hampers at Nature’s Basket.

Looking for more unique Diwali gift ideas? Check out these Exotic Gift Hampers For The Festive Season.

Exotic Gift Hampers For The Festive Season


Out of unique festive gift ideas? Don't the same old almonds, cashews and sweets seem like such a bore? We have a creative solution for you this festive season! Get in the mood for some exotic fun with these premium gift hampers. A spicy feast or a cheesy spread? Whatever your loved ones crave for, you will find it here.

1. Mexican Gourmet Hamper


Price: 1953/-

Put on your sombreros and get ready to kickstart the festive season with these fiery Mexican delights! Are your taste buds always craving some spicy, exotic flavours? Then, the Mexican Gourmet Hamper is made just for you! Munch on the savoury nacho chips to satiate those comfort food cravings over the long weekend or whip up some tacos for an exciting and flavourful meal.

2. Italian Gourmet Hamper


Price: 5456/-

Buongiorno Principessa! This festive season, try giving your palette a taste for some premium Italian goodies with the Italian Gourmet Hamper. Pick your favourite from the parmesan and the cheddar cheese, the juicy sliced olives and the gluten-free pastas.

3. Thai Gourmet Hamper


Price: 2894/-

This festive season, go all out on the Thai Gourmet Hamper for a blast of exotic, Asian flavours. Trifle through the hot chilli sauce, the tom yum paste, oyster sauce, coconut cream and more for a fun-filled, fiery Diwali.

Loved these exotic gift hampers? There are many more festive goodies to grab at Nature’s Basket.

Want some more Diwali gift ideas? Check out these Best Diwali Gifts For Every Budget.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Famous Foods Around The World




Do you have a love for food and travel? Maybe, your feet are always looking to wander or maybe, you have a peculiar taste for exotic, foreign food.

Whether, you live for sushi or for samosa,hop on to the food express for some fun and flavour from around the globe! Check out these famous foods around on the world that are bound to make your mouth water.

1. Seafood Paella From Spain



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Imagine sitting in a quaint little rooftop café in a cozy little corner of Valencia, the horizon in front of your eyes, the sea breeze in your hair, and just then a steaming pot of seafood paella fills your senses with the exquisite smell of succulent mussels, shrimps, lobster and cuttlefish sitting on a bed of rice.

Breathing in the smell of aromatic herbs, oil and salt and you know that you are about to have a taste of heaven. Still there or have you already left for the airport? This is what seafood paella does to you! Just a taste of this Spanish favourite will have your taste buds saying, “Gracias”!

2. Neapolitan Pizza From Italy



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This Italian delicacy is sure to steal a pizza of your heart! Who knew that a simple concoction of raw dough, fresh San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella cheese topped with a few sprigs of basil and olive oil could be so utterly irresistible?

Originally, from Naples, Italy, it is baked for just about 60-90 seconds in a stone oven with wood fire to bring out all those authentic flavours. Trust us, just a single bite of this exotic marvel of a dish can make you go, “mmmmmm”.

3. Massaman Curry From Thailand



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This super- scrumptious southern Thai curry has a lot of influence from India. Both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions rely heavily on dry spices that were once carried to Thailand by early Muslim traders.

Coconut milk, bay leaves, lemongrass and nuts along with other Thai ingredients are the essence of this flavourful, spicy curry. Served over some steaming hot, fragrant rice, it’s the perfect extravagant meal for those long, chilly winter days.

4. Pho Noodle Soup From Vietnam


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This hearty Vietnamese noodle dish is so meant pho you! Though, this popular street food from Vietnam seems a simple blend of clear chicken broth, rice noodles and various spices and herbs. But getting the right mix of all those complex flavours calls for some true culinary skills!

To add richness and body to the broth, the bones are shimmered for hours on low heat. The chewy texture of the rice noodles combined with the succulent meats and the crunchy bean sprouts seamlessly mingle together as one. The taste of this noodle dish is sure to remain on your lips pho-ever!

5. Macaroons From France



Make room for some macaroons! Of all the decadent French pastries, these little colourful delights are our absolute favourite!

A timeless dessert, macaroons are creamy on the inside and soft and crumbly on the outside! They are like velvety cookie sandwiches that are so gobble-some, your taste buds are definitely be craving for more.

The original macaroons were made from ground almonds, coconut, sugar and egg white among other ingredients. Today, they come in so many vibrant colours and delicious flavours, it’s impossible just to have one.

6. Butter Chicken From India



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Even the most fervent traveler knows that no places compare to home. And when you dig into a bowl full of hot, spicy butter chicken served with crusty pieces of naan (topped with dollops of butter, of course), it feels exactly like coming home.

You might be into some authentic Chinese cuisine or some subtle Italian flavours, but who can resist this desi favourite? That’s why, butter chicken definitely tops our list of famous foods around the world!

Want to fill up your kitchen with some of these continental flavours? Get your ingredients here.

Want to take another gourmet trip around the globe? Check out these different ice cream flavours from around the world here.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Unique Office Gifting Ideas For Diwali



With the festive season about to start in full swing, your annual, Diwali, corporate gifting clock is about to go off soon! How about giving your co-workers and employees a break from the same, old assortment of almonds and cashews? This Diwali, check out these unique, corporate gifting ideas that everybody at the office will fall head over heels for!

1. Wellness Mini Delights



Price: 532/-

A mini treat for the dedicated employee of the month! The Wellness Delights Hamper is full of healthy snacks like some delectable baked cheese makhana pops and roasted watermelon seeds. Give a mini surprise, this Diwali, to that fitness freak at work.

2. Savoury Celebration Hamper



Price: 753/-

A savoury celebration for that hard working junior who’s a total spice nut! Load up on scrumptious treats like the crunchy cheese and onion peanuts and the crispy sour cream and onion potato chips with this Savoury Celebration Hamper!  Now, that sounds like a perfect way to cheer up your teammate, this festive season!

3. Desi Celebration Hamper



Price: 2317/-

This Diwali, show your junior how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication with the Desi Celebration Hamper! With some delectable Indian sweets, dried prunes, honey mustard cashews and more, this hamper is the prefect Diwali gift for that team-mate who can never resist those buttery-soft ladoos and crumbly, smooth barfis.

4. Celebration Fiesta Hamper



Price: 3000/-

Shower some love on your co-workers for the festive season with the Celebration Fiesta Hamper! Let them satiate their comfort food cravings with some gooey, dark chocolate chips, roasted, sour cream and onion potato chips, spicy wasabi peanuts and more! Mmmmmm, that sounds like a great Diwali gift, doesn’t it?

5. Wellness Mixed Delights


Price: 3219/-

Load your teammates with some exciting, healthy, festive goodies for Diwali! From the crunchy, roasted sunflower seeds to the savoury, baked, cheese makhana pops, the Wellness Mixed Delights Hamper has something in store for everyone! Trust us, just one look inside this healthy hamper is enough to make your colleagues squealing over all the fascinating treats!

6. Grand Celebration Hamper


Price: 4470/-

How about awarding that colleague who has your back all year around with a grand feast, this Diwali! With loads of irresistible goodies like the sweet and savoury BBQ cashews, and the gobble-some nacho bean chips, this Grand Celebration Hamperis, sure, to raise the team spirit at the office!

7. Gourmet Italian Hamper



Price: 5456/-

Have a really important client to impress? The Gourmet Italian hamper may be your key to cracking that ground-breaking deal, this festive season! Bond with your corporate associates by gifting them these exotic Italian delights like some zesty, sliced up green olives and some flavourful parmesan cheese.

Can’t wait to get your hands on these Diwali gift hampers? Grab your hamper from Nature’s Basket, now.

Looking for some treats this Diwali? We have got you covered with this article on How to treat yourself this Diwali.




Wednesday, 11 October 2017

How To Treat Yourself This Diwali



The festive season is here and it is time to self-pamper yourself with some lovely, lavish festive goodies! But what, exactly, should you be binging on, this Diwali? Should you start feasting on those sugary, silver-coated Kajukatris or go for those exquisite Belgian chocolates? Fret not! This Diwali, we will show you how you can treat yourself with some luxurious holiday hampers and to-die-for Indian sweets recipes.

1. Junior Mini Treats



Price: 520/-

Do you have a secret candy fetish that you never told anyone about? Then, these Junior Mini treats are bound to cheer up the inner child in you! Feast on the caramel and chocolatey snickers and the fruity jujubes to satiate your sweet cravings, this festive season!

2. Savoury Celebration Hamper




Price: 753/-

Craving some extra crispy, salty potato chips to bite into? Get your munchies on with this Savoury Celebration Hamper during those one-season-a-day, binge-watching sessions. Feast on some crunchy, cheese and onion peanuts and some crumbly, hazelnut, short pastry cookies and more!

3. Indian Celebration Hamper


Price:1589/-

Indulge in some desi-goodness, this festive season, with this Indian Celebration Hamper! Pamper your inner foodie with some mouth-watering samosas and some crumbly, silver-coated kaju katris. This holiday hamper is your ultimate binging kit for Diwali!

4. Mexican Gourmet Hamper



Price: 1953/-

This Mexican Gourmet Hamper is full of exotic, fiery delights that will definitely put you (and your taste buds) in a festive mood, this Diwali! Dip those minty protein chips in some tangy, Mexican salsa and relish every single bite. Now, that’s what we call some true self-indulgence!

5. Junior Bumper Treats Hamper



Price: 3972/-

Are you ready to treat yourself in the most lavish and the most luxurious way? Then, this Junior Bumper Treats Hamper is just what you need, this festive season! What are you going to binge on, first? The creamy, sugar crackers or the barbeque-flavoured pringles? Doesn’t matter, it’s all for you, after all!

Ready to pamper yourself with these holiday hampers? Get your self-indulging kit here.

Looking for some Unique Office Gifting Ideas? Check out these Unique OfficeGifting Ideas For Diwali.

Your Guide To Nut Butters


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Are you ready to get nutty? Because, here comes the butter half of your morning toast! Nut butters are all the rage nowadays, and why not? They are full of flavour and health. Creamy or crunchy? Sweetened or unsweetened? There are so many choices out there.

Who thought butter could be so overwhelming? But with this ultimate guide to nut butters, you can add a dollop of nutrition to your breakfast spreads.

1. All Hail Almond


Get the best of both worlds with the Healthy Alternatives Almond Butter! With its healthy monosaturated fats, protein and fiber content, it’s the perfect accomplice to your smoothies, bagels, muffins, and desserts.

It also contains numerous essential vitamins and minerals including calcium and Vitamin E.  This natural nut butter is made up only of toasted ground almonds with just a hint of honey for a wholesome, creamy treat!

Add a nutty twist to some hummus by blending in some almond butter in the dip instead of tahini or whisk it into a basic vinaigrette to make a lip-smacking salad dressing. Make your soups even healthier by stirring in a bit of almond butter, it especially pairs well with butternut squash, carrots and sweet potatoes.

Or slurp on this grape and almond butter smoothie recipe for oodles of nutrition! Check out the recipe here.

2. It’s Time To Cashew 



Add a spoonful of Healthy Alternatives Cashew Butter to your diet to load up on some antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamins. Cashew butter is smooth and subtle in taste yet full of healthy dietary fiber. Give your sauces and desserts a dose of nutrition with some cashew butter!

Being the most versatile nut butter, cashew butter can be used for making loads of mouthwatering dishes! You can even use cashew butter to make some vegan cream cheese or mayonnaise. It also tastes absolutely divine with overnight oats especially, spiced with just a little bit of cinnamon.

You can even add some cashew butter to your chocolate mousse for a nutty dessert!
Try this Cashew butter protein breakfast bar recipe for a power meal every morning! Watch the video here to whip up your wholesome, grab and go snack.

3. Pump Up On Peanuts



Who can resist a PB & J? But peanut butter is good for more than just a grab and go snack! It’s high in nutrition and low in carbs as well. Want a quick-fix, healthy snack? Spread some Healthy Alternatives Peanut Butter on some celery sticks and relish the crunchy and creamy taste!

Want to whip up some instant vegan ice cream? Just process two frozen bananas with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and jelly and relish this super-quick PB & J ice cream!

Try adding some peanut butter to your banana pancakes or use them to make a nice filling for your crepes. You can even use it to make your very own 3-ingredient marinating sauce with some coconut milk, Greek yoghurt and peanut butter to coat your chicken skewers in!

Make these adorable protein-packed peanut butter bunny toasts for some healthy food art! Take a look at the recipe here.

Ready to explore your nutty side? Get some nut butter love for yourself at Nature’s Basket.

Looking for some more butterlicous foods? Check out these 6 Butters You Need In Life.