Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Celebrating The Women Of Nature's Basket


When you go to a Nature’s Basket store to pick out your favourite groceries, do you ever stop to think where all that fresh produce is coming from? A farm, of course. But who are these people working tirelessly to give us the best of the harvest? They’re our personal superwomen! This women’s day, we want you to meet the hidden figures of the food industry whose strength, passion, and of course, an excellent sense of quality and taste brings great food to our tables every day. Take a look at their personal journeys and get to know the story behind the scenes.

Nanda Kadam  - Vegetable & Grain farmer

Nanda is a vegetable and grain farmer from a small village in rural Maharashtra. She’s one of the many women from that village without whom, our grains and vegetables section wouldn’t be the same. Read in her own words, what she has to say about the fresh produce of Nature’s Basket:


Sayali Kanafade - Fishery Quality Executive

We at Nature’s Basket always take pride in the supreme quality of our seafood, satisfying seafood lovers across Mumbai with the best catches of the day. Well, the secret of our excellent produce lies in the hard work of Sayali Kanafade, our Fishery Quality Executive.


Shital Tamboli - Vegetable farmer

Shital is another vegetable farmer, and just like Nanda, she dedicates every single day to growing the best of vegetables. Next time you’re at the store, make sure you pick the freshest veggies! Chances are, it came from Shital's farm with a lot of love.


Aditi Malik - CEO at Conscious Foods

Age is just a number, and this is proven by Aditi every day with her brilliant work at Conscious Foods. See how Aditi has provided us Mumbaikars with a healthy, environment friendly alternative to our everyday food needs.



Gurneet Kaur Dhingra - Patisserie Chef

Every time you fill your cart with all that baked comfort food, you put a smile on Gurmeet’s face. We at Nature’s Basket are glad that she shattered the glass ceiling, because those pastries and cakes are just way too delicious to miss out on!


So head to your nearest Nature’s Basket store this week and encourage these women, and many more out there whose hard work gives you the best of food and more.

Leave a message for them here!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

4 Unique Tea Brews For You


                       Picture Courtesy: Body Health Mag

Are you one of those people who can’t start their day without having a steaming cup of tea first? If yes, then you will love what we’re going to talk about. If you’re not a tea person, well you might just become one after checking out these aromatic tea recipes. So sit back and take a look at 4 unique brews that will help you enjoy your everyday tea in ways you didn’t think possible.

1. Oolong Tea

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Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea full of nutritional benefits. It helps in reducing chronic heart diseases, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels, while providing vital antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It has a pleasant aroma and a fruity flavour that can be enjoyed with or without milk. Check out this simple recipe to brew Oolong tea –

Ingredients

• 2 cups water
• 2 tbsp. Tea Culture – Oolong Tea Leaves
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• ½ tsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey

Instructions

1. Brew the tea with the water and vanilla extract. Filter out the water with a sieve into a tea cup.
2. Add the honey and stir well before serving.

2. Ginger Cinnamon Tea

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We all know that nothing beats cold in the winters like a steaming hot cup of ginger tea. The high levels of vitamin C and essential minerals make it extremely healthy, and the flavours of ginger and cinnamon coming together is the best thing that could happen to a tea lover. Try this easy recipe and enjoy your time in the tea heaven –

Ingredients

• 2 tsp. Tea Culture – Ginger Tea
• 2 Healthy Alternatives – Cinnamon Quills
• 2 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey

Instructions

1. Place the ginger tea leaves, cinnamon and 4 cups cold water in a saucepan over high heat. Cover the pan and bring it to a boil. Once boiled, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes for flavours to develop.
2. Strain mixture into a heatproof jug. Add honey and stir to combine. Serve it warm or slightly cooled.

3. Chamomile Tea

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Chamomile is known for its relaxing and soothing effects. This is exactly the kind of tea you need after a stressful day at work. Give yourself a healthy break with this easy and aromatic chamomile tea recipe –

Ingredients

• 2 tsp. Tea Culture – Chamomile Loose Tea
• 2 cups hot water
• 2 tsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey

Instructions

1. Mix the chamomile loose tea leaves in hot water and let it infuse for 2 to 3 minutes. Strain and serve.
2. Optional: add honey for a sweet flavour.

4. Hōjicha Tea Latte

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Hōjicha is a green tea which originates in Japan. It’s known for its earthy, nutty, caramel notes. The end product is more brown than green because unlike other green teas, it’s roasted. This relaxing and delicious tea will have you wishing you lived in Japan! But until you get a chance to go there, check out this recipe and make this beautiful tea at home –

Ingredients

• 2 tbsp. Tea Culture – Hōjicha Loose Tea
• 1.5 cup water
• 4 tsp. Coffee Mate
• 5 tsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Brown Sugar

Instructions

1. Bring the water to a boil and add the tea. Let it brew for 4 minutes. Filter the water out with a sieve after the tea has been brewed.
2. Add coffee-mate and sugar. Stir it well and serve.

Excited to try out these unique tea flavours at home now? Get your favourite tea from the Tea Culture  range at the Nature’s Basket  store!

Need some more reasons to have tea? You can go on a tea cleanse! Read All About The Tea Cleanse  and give yourself delicious detox.

An Ode to Oats


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What can be better than a bowl of delicious oats to drive away the Monday blues? Oats are one of those versatile ingredients that can be used for a variety of recipes and lucky for us, their nutritional value is just as amazing as their taste. They are a great source of carbs and fiber, and they contain more protein and healthy fats than most grains. If that’s not enough, they’re also loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant plant compounds.

It’s safe to say that oats are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. But it’s important to know what kind of oats you’re eating with all those different varieties available out there. A packet of instant oats, which are heavily processed to make them easy-to-cook, have very little nutritional value. But don’t worry, we’ve made sure that you get your healthy fix with our mouth-watering oats recipes listed below, using the right type of oats for your diet. Read on to try out the recipes –

1. Oats Idli


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Idli is a staple South Indian food item known for its healthy nature. We’re taking it to another level with our oats idli recipe. It makes for an excellent breakfast dish, and can be served with a variety of chutneys and sides. The goodness of steel-cut oats in this Indian breakfast recipe will ensure that you have nutritious start to the day! Steel-cut oats are the closest to their original grain form with minimal processing, making them extremely healthy. Follow the steps below to enjoy the healthy grain in a delicious way –

Ingredients

For Idli:

• 1 ½ cup Healthy Alternatives – Steel Cut Oats
• ¾ cup coarse semolina
• 1 cup curd
• 1 carrot (peeled and grated)
Salt to taste
• ½ tsp. cooking soda

For Tadka:

• ½ tsp. mustard seeds
• 1 tsp. split black gram dal
• ¼ tsp Healthy Alternatives – Natural Asafetida (Hing)
• 2 green chilies (finely chopped)
• 1 sprig of curry leaves.
• 1 tbsp. coriander leaves (finely chopped)
• 2 tsp. Healthy Alternatives – Pure Olive Oil

Instructions

1. Dry roast the oats for 4 minutes and then grind it to a fine powder. Add some salt to taste to the ground roasted oats powder and mix it with curd. Add just enough water to make a thick dosa batter.
2. Grease the idli plates. Add the cooking soda to the idli batter and mix well. Pour a ladle full of batter in each greased depression of the idli plates. Steam the idlis for 13-15 minutes. Let it sit for some time after the batter is cooked through.
3. In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the olive oil. Add mustard seeds and as they begin to splutter, add the black gram dal and let the dal turn red. Add chopped green chilies, curry leaves and asafetida (hing) and sauté for a few seconds.
4. Add the grated carrot and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the coarse semolina and sauté for 4 minutes again. Add the coriander leaves and turn off heat. Let it cool.
5. Garnish the steamed idlis with this tadka. Serve it warm with a chutney of your choice.

2. Strawberry Chocolate Overnight Oats

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Is work-life taking away your me-time and stopping you from getting your daily essentials? No more rushing to work with an empty stomach and bitter take-away coffee. This overnight oats recipe will make sure your mornings are fresh and deliciously healthy. Rolled oats are first steamed to make them soft and pliable, and then rolled to flatten them. This additional processing means they cook faster, and for an overnight oats recipe they’re the perfect type. The recipe is super quick and super simple to make, and you can even have it on-the-go! Check it out below –

Ingredients

• ¼ cup Healthy Alternatives – Rolled Oats 
• 1/3 cup milk
• ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
• 1 tsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Chia Seeds
• ½ tbsp. cocoa powder
• 1 tsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey
• ½ tsp. vanilla
• ¼ cup strawberries (diced)
• 1 tbsp. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid. Mix well to combine.
2. Refrigerate the jars overnight to allow the oats to soften. Serve them cold in the morning.

3. Oats Sesame Laddus

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Ever heard of healthy sweets? Well thanks to the uniqueness of oats, we can binge on our good ol’ laddus without any guilt. This fat-free sweet made of oats and jaggery is actually a health booster and a must-have every morning. Worried about the sugar content? Jaggery is actually loaded with antioxidants and minerals which will only improve your health for the better. It even acts as a detox for the liver, making it the perfect ingredient to mix your healthy, fibrous oats with. Try this simple recipe –

Ingredients

• 1 cup Healthy Alternatives – Rolled Oats
• 1 cup sesame
• 3 to 4 green cardamoms
• 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cup grated jaggery

Instructions

1. On medium heat, dry roast the oats and sesame separately until lightly golden. Let them cool. Grind the oats and sesame into a blender and set aside half a portion.
2. Take the other half of oats and sesame powder and mix it well with half a portion of jaggery. Do the same with the other half of powder and jaggery.
3. Roll the mixture into balls and store them into an airtight jar.

Breakfast has never been healthier and better! Get your dose of healthy oats at the Nature’s Basket  store now.

Think it’s okay to ditch the everyday breakfast routine? Read more on Why You Shouldn’t Skip Breakfast  and start living healthy!

Mug Recipes for Every Meal


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Are you always in a hurry and missing meals? Are you a student living alone with an empty fridge and no cooking skills? Are you just lazy, like most of us? Two words – mug recipes. We’ve all heard of mug cakes, but why stop there? These mug recipes ranging from breakfast to dinner are all you need to fix your problems and your daily diet. They’re super easy to make and we’ve even added some healthy twists to get you your required nutrition. So, as long as you have a mug and a microwave/oven, we can assure you, you will never go hungry again. Check out these recipes – 

1. Banana Nut Bread


Got a banana, a microwave, and 5 minutes to spare? Then you’re in for a healthy treat. The Banana Nut Bread is a super-quick fix for your nutritious needs. It will give you your daily dose of required iron, and essential vitamins, and the high fiber value will keep your blood sugar levels in check. Use this recipe for when you’re in a hurry, or just too lazy to cook a dish early in the morning. Having breakfast like a healthy king isn’t difficult anymore! 

Ingredients

• 3 tbsp. Almond Flour
• ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 tbsp. milk
banana (ripe and mashed)
• Pinch of salt
• Pinch of baking powder
• Pinch of baking soda
• A cup of walnuts
Nutella or chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

1. Whisk together dry ingredients directly into a mug. 
2. Add in the egg and stir until thoroughly combined. 
3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. 
4. Microwave for 2 ½ to 3 minutes at 60-second intervals. 

2. Spinach and Cheddar Quiche

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Have this for breakfast or lunch – it works both ways! A wholesome quiche power-packed with spinach’s nutrients and the yummy taste of cheddar cheese to help you love the greens. Spinach is an excellent source for a host of vitamins and minerals, along with high calcium and iron content. Who said healthy eating can’t be effortless? Just quickly put the ingredients in a mug and you’re all set for a healthy meal in just 5 minutes! 

Ingredients

• ½ cup fresh baby spinach 
• 1/3 cup milk
• 1/3 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
• 1 slice bacon (cooked and chopped) (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Place the fresh spinach in a mug with 2 tbsp. of water. Cover it with a paper towel and microwave on high for one minute. Remove the mug from the microwave and drain the water and liquid from spinach thoroughly.
2. Crack the egg into the mug with the spinach and add the milk, cheese, bacon (if using), and salt and pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined.
3. Cover it with a paper towel and microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until fully cooked.

3. Egg Fried Rice

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What if we tell you that you can now enjoy fried rice without any efforts? Your dinner cravings now have a quick and easy solution with this egg fried rice mug recipe. No more worrying about goopy rice or getting the water measurement wrong. With the goodness of eggs giving you your protein power and the jasmine rice fulfilling your fiber needs, this is a wholesome meal that takes barely any time to cook. Just follow our easy recipe to get delicious fried rice any time! 

Ingredients

• 1 cup Jasmine Rice (cooked)
• 2 tbsp. frozen peas
• 2 tbsp. red pepper (chopped)
• ½ stalk of green onion (sliced)
• Small pinch of mung bean sprouts
• ½ bowl cabbage (shredded)
•  1 tbsp. light soy sauce
• ½ tsp. sesame oil
• ½ tsp. onion powder
• ¼ tsp. five-spice powder

Instructions

1. Place the rice into a large mug. Lay the peas, red pepper, green onion, mung bean sprouts and cabbage on top. Cover the mug with cling film. Using a knife, puncture one or two small holes through the film. This step is important! You don't want to scald yourself. Microwave on high for 1 minute 15 seconds.
2. In the meantime, beat the egg and mix in the seasonings (soy sauce, sesame oil, onion powder and five-spice powder). Pour the egg mixture into the mug, and stir with the vegetables and rice.
3. Cover the mug with cling film again, and microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds to 1 minute 30 seconds. Take the mug out of the microwave, and give everything a good stir. Let the fried rice stand for a minute to finish cooking. Use a fork to fluff up the rice and serve.

4. Vegetarian Bean Chili

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Did you think that only easy, low-ingredient recipes can be made in a mug? Even a rich dish like vegetarian kidney bean chili can be mastered within 5 minutes with a mug and microwave. Did you know that kidney beans are an excellent source of molybdenum, a mineral which helps in breaking down essential amino acids in the body? This makes kidney beans extremely nutritional along with its high fiber content. Once again, you have an excellent lunch or dinner recipe to help you have a delicious and healthy meal instead of spending on cold take-outs. No need to become a MasterChef anymore to enjoy a tasty dinner! 

Ingredients

• ½ small onion (finely chopped)
• 1 red & yellow bell pepper each (chopped)
• 1 fat garlic clove (crushed)
• 1 tbsp. butter
• ½ tsp. ground cumin
• 1 tsp. paprika (sweet or smoked)
• Pinch of chili flakes or chili powder
• 400 g. tomatoes (chopped)
• 400 g. kidney beans 
• 1 tbsp. coriander (chopped)
• 1 tbsp. soured cream (topping)

Instructions

1. Put the onion, bell peppers, garlic, butter and spices in a microwaveable mug, give it a quick stir, then heat in the microwave on high for 30-40 secs. Leave it to stand for 1 minute, then add the chopped tomatoes, beans, and vegetable stock cube. 
2. Cover the mug with cling film and pierce it 3 times. Place some kitchen paper on your microwave turntable, put the container on top and cook for 2 minutes on high. Stir well and leave to stand for 1 minute. 
3. Cover the mug again and cook on medium heat for a further 2 minutes. Give it a good stir and allow to stand for 1 minute before serving it. Top it with soured cream and coriander. 

No more skipping meals or compromising on your health on busy days! Get your ingredients at the Nature’s Basket  store and have fun with your mug and microwave. 

Want some easy to cook sweet recipes for those me-time days when you’re feeling lazy? Check out these 5 Minute Dessert Recipes

3 Vegan Blueberry Breakfast Recipes


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Keeping up with our fusion of health and taste, this time we’ve got a dessert favourite for you. Blueberries are known for their striking colour and sweet yummy taste, often being used for desserts and cheesecakes. Would you believe it if we tell you that this delicious fruit also has amazing health benefits?

Blueberries are rich in fibres, vitamin C, vitamin B, and essential phytonutrients that support heart health. They also help in maintaining a balanced blood pressure and blood sugar level. Do we even need to convince you to add this berry to your daily diet? We bet you’re putting it on your grocery list already. To help you enjoy this healthy treat better, we’ve got 3 simple and scrumptious vegan breakfast recipes to make your mornings sweeter and healthier –

1. Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats

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They say if your breakfast is great, your whole day goes great. Well if that’s the case, this blueberry breakfast recipe is just what you need to make sure your days are always perfect. The nutritious oats mixed with blueberries and chia seeds, each with their own set of health benefits, is exactly the kind of power-packed meal you need in the morning. Follow this simple recipe to get a healthy start to the day –

Ingredients

• 2 cups Healthy Alternatives – Rolled Oats
• 2 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Chia Seeds
• 2 ½ cups Healthy Alternatives – Plain Almond Milk
• 3 tbsp. coconut (finely shredded) (optional)
• 3 tbsp. maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
• 1 ½ cups Healthy Alternatives - Blueberries

Instructions

1. Place the oats, chia seeds, almond milk, coconut (if using), and maple syrup in a large bowl. Stir them together until combined. Cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge overnight.
2. In the morning, stir in the fresh blueberries, leaving some for garnish. Top the mixture with nuts or coconut flakes, if desired.

2. Blueberry Vanilla Buckwheat Waffles

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Mmm, did someone say healthy waffles? This breakfast favourite gets a healthy vegan twist with the blueberries, buckwheat batter, and almond milk. If you’re someone who likes to have a delicious, filling breakfast then the blueberry vanilla buckwheat waffles are your go-to recipe. In just four easy steps, you can treat yourself to this nutritious yumminess. Check it out –

Ingredients

• ½ cup Healthy Alternatives – Buckwheat Flour
• ¾ cup Healthy Alternatives – Whole Wheat Flour
• ¼ cup Healthy Alternatives – Organic Wheat Maida
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
• 2 tbsp. coconut sugar
• 1 ½ cup Healthy Alternatives – Plain Almond Milk
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• ½ cup Healthy Alternatives - Blueberries

Instructions

1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine buckwheat flour, whole wheat flour, organic maida, cinnamon, baking powder and sugar. Stir to combine.
2. Pour in the milk and vanilla, stirring gently and then whisk for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on the surface. This helps them become nice and fluffy when you cook them!
3. Just before you are ready to cook them, pour in the blueberries and stir gently to combine.
4. Once your waffle iron is heated, pour in the batter and cook as per instructions. Store leftovers in a zip lock bag in the fridge or freezer, and pop them in the toaster to reheat!

3. Quinoa Breakfast Porridge with Blueberry Drizzle

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This childhood favourite breakfast staple gets a healthy twist with quinoa, soy milk, and our star ingredient, blueberry. Mix it all up and enjoy a wholesome breakfast in no time! Follow the recipe here –

Ingredients

• ½ cup Healthy Alternatives – Peruvian White Quinoa
• ½ cup water
• 1 cup soy milk
• 1 Healthy Alternatives – Organic Star Anise Whole
• 3 green cardamom pods
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1 pinch salt
• 2 tbsp. almonds (chopped)
• 2 tbsp. dried apricots
• 8-10 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives - Blueberries

Instructions

1. Take a pot and add one-part white quinoa, one-part water and one-part soy milk. Bring it to a boil and then turn down to a low heat. You don’t need a lid. Now add the spices – cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, and salt.
2. Cut the almonds and apricots into slices and throw them into the pot as well. Hold back a few of each for garnish. Let everything simmer for about 20 minutes until the quinoa is soft and the liquid is absorbed.
3. Meanwhile, grab a pan and throw in the blueberries. Mash them a little with a fork. Let them simmer until they resemble marmalade. That’ll take about 5 minutes.
4. Once the quinoa is done, fish out the anise star and cardamom pods. Take a new bowl and add the cooked quinoa. Pour a little more soy milk over your concoction. Now add the blueberry sauce. Sprinkle a few more almond and apricot slices on top if desired.

Get your stock of fresh blueberries at the Nature’s Basket  store now!

Want some more healthy blueberry recipes to start your day well? Check out the recipe for Blueberry Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds.