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Lick it or Munch It, Your Brain Needs Almond!

As the saying goes…you are what you eat. If you are concerned about your health and keep a check on your regular diet, almond must be part of your food intake. I can sit and keep on blabbering about the health benefits of almond on regular consumption. But in this article, let’s discuss the positive effects of almond on the most important part of your body- brain. It is no secret that almond is packed with nutritional goodness which boosts memory skills and improves overall brain function. Maybe this is the reason why you were asked to eat almond as a kid so that you do well in academics and work environment. But almond is equally beneficial for elderlies. And if you are sick of munching on regular almond, prepare yourself a spread with 100 per cent pure almond butter since it has equal benefits.

5 Benefits of Almond Butter on Brain:

  • boosts memory skills and improves overall brain function
  • helps combat inflammation
  • helps delay age-related brain decline
  • fight conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and enhances memory
  • improves cognitive functions

Almond contains folate and fiber and vitamin E that release phytochemicals which act as antioxidants in the brain to combat inflammation. Moreover, the presence of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in almond helps delay age-related brain decline. Almond also controls the levels of ACh acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps fight conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and enhances memory.

Almonds are most important nuts for your brain

Almonds are also loaded with vitamin B6 that acts as pyridoxine that helps aid the metabolism of proteins, which is then released for brain cell repair and improve cognitive functions. Vitamin B6 also promotes the production of neurotransmitter chemicals that improves communication between brain cells and reduces the rate of neurodegenerative diseases.

Zinc in almond prevents bacterial and viral infections that can damage the brain cells by boosting the immune system and thiamine helps the brain and nervous system convert glucose to energy.

So, if you had ever made the habit of munching a hand-full of almonds every day, never let it go. Or maybe replace it with a spoon full of pure almond butter, but make an effort to not miss it because no matter what you age is, your brain needs the goodness of almond.

Now only inside, you would be surprised how Almond Butter can handle the outside of your head very as well. To read more about it, please Click Here.

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Hair Problems? Here is a delicious solution

How often do you come across snacking options that are not only delicious but also healthy?

Well, let’s make it easy for you with just one ingredient – almond. We all are aware of the numerous health benefits of almonds and raise hands all those who consume five almonds regularly and follow it as a ritual. But now, it’s time to make this healthy habit even more scrumptious, while you keep flaunting your lustrous hair.

5 Benefits of Almond Butter on Hair

• It helps stimulate hair growth.
• Reduces hair fall due to breakage.
• Makes hair glossy by maintaining the keratin level.
• It helps treat scalp infections like dandruff and itchy scalp.
• Prevents hair from premature graying.

That’s right. Several studies made in the past have proved that almond butter is the best cure for almost all hair problems. It contains healthy elements such as magnesium, iron, vitamin E, biotin, potassium, zinc, magnesium, omega 3 and 6, fatty acids and is loaded with protein which helps stimulate hair growth.

Almond Butter by Masala Monk
100% natural almond butter

I understand almond butter tastes yum, but you won’t mind sparing a spoonful or two to apply on your scalp in return of healthy hair. As healthy as it is to consume almond butter, you can also massage it on your scalp to penetrate the goodness of almond into your hair follicles and strengthen them. This reduces hair fall due to breakage and makes your hair glossy by maintaining the keratin level.

And if you have dandruff issues, just add a few drops of lime juice to almond butter and apply the mask on the scalp. Almonds have anti-fungal properties that help treat scalp infections like dandruff and itchy scalp by fighting against yeast multiplication.

Moreover, almond butter is the best solution for regenerating and repairing tissues. Also, good news for those who are apprehensive about greying of hair at an early age. Almond butter also contains catalase, a form of antioxidant and copper which helps prevent loss of hair pigments and building up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle.

Take it from the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra or from Meghan Markle, almond butter (in its purest form) if used and consumed in moderation, can defeat the best of cosmetic brands.

A healthy dessert spread
A quick solution of add a twist to your regular dessert

Note: Almond butter should not be overused as it can lead to greasy skin by developing excess oil. Moreover, only pure almond butter can give you the best result. Mass-produced almond butter available in local markets generally contain additives that are rather harmful. Check out Masala Monk’s 100% Natural Almond Butter to enjoy the goodness of pure almond.

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Ever tried Butter made from Almonds or Cashews? Here are 10 reasons that you MUST

Almond Butter by Masala Monk

Going nuts about how to make your vegetarian diet equally nutritious as non-veg diet?

It is true that since vegetarians avoid meat and egg, it limits their intake of certain nutrients. But we have got you covered, in a rather delicious way! Did you know that 1-oz (28-gram) serving of nuts contains 5–12 grams of protein, which is as good as meat infused diet? So how about including the oh-so-delicious range of nut butters in your regular diet? Well, we are lucky to survive in an era when nut butters need not necessarily be the good old peanut butter, but we have options like cashew butter, almond butter, and hazelnut butter.

Need more reasons to convince yourself? Here are 10 reasons why you should include nut butter in your diet:

  1. Nuts butters are nutritious and are rich in protein, folic acid, niacin, copper, potassium, iron, fibre, zinc, selenium, vitamin E and B6 and contain a good amount of antioxidants, making them a good alternative to protein-rich animal products.
  2. Nut butters can make for a perfect filling snack for vegetarians if combined with fruits or toast and can fuel your body for hours. Say goodbye to unhealthy snacking.
  3. Almond butter is a good source of calcium, healthy fats and protein, which helps your body to absorb certain vitamins. It is a great source of vitamin B7 as well, which is essential to help your body process the fat, sugar, and protein intake. It also helps keep your blood sugar stable and your skin healthy.
  4. The high protein and fibre in nut butter keep you full and active, helping you consume lesser calories and lose weight. It can be used as a post-workout snack as well.
  5. A good dose of flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols, and other substances in nut butter help protect your cells, keep your heart healthier and protect against colon cancer.
  6. Nut butter aids in cholesterol control, eliminating health issues such as hardening of arteries that lead to stroke.
  7. Nut butter contains a great amount of magnesium which is good for your nerves, muscles, bones, blood sugar, blood pressure, and even your genetic material, or DNA.
  8. Peanut butter helps decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Moreover, iron and folate in it help prevent anaemia which is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy. It contains potassium which is good for your muscles, magnesium for your bones, vitamin E for your skin and to fight cancer, and vitamin B6 and zinc for your immune system. Also, it helps you to sleep well!
  9. If you have a sweet tooth and often suffer from guilty sweet consumption, switch to a spoon full of cashew butter instead. The naturally sweet-tasting nut butter acts as a great dessert along with all its nutritional goodness. It is one of the best sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, essential amino acids, and magnesium which are beneficial for blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol control, bone health, the immune system, and metabolism. Also, put an end to your hunt for eggless desserts.
  10. In a high-pressure environment, peanut butter can be turned into diamonds. Imagine what wonder it can do to your body!

With all being said, you must also note that overconsumption of heavily processed nut butter can have an adverse effect on your body. Here is little information for you:

FAQs

Why are nut butters good for you?

Nut butters are loaded with minerals like selenium and manganese, phenols, polyphenols, vitamins C and E, flavonoids and more, which work as a team to help protect human cells.

Which nut butters are the healthiest?

All nut butter are good if consumed at proper amount, based on the needs of individual body needs. Find out yours from the list of nutritional facts from our range of nut butters (of serving size of 30 g).

Peanut Butter

Energy (kcal): 241 
Protein (g): 11.5
Carbohydrates (g): 7.5
Sugar (g): 2.4
Total Fat (g): 18.3

Almond Butter

Energy: 190.3 kcal
Protein: 7.3 g
Carbohydrate: 6.5 g
Sugar: 1.3 g
Total Fat: 15 g

Hazelnut Butter

Energy (kcal): 220.9
Protein (g): 6.7
Carbohydrates (g): 13.2
Sugar (g): 0.8
Total Fat (g): 15.6

Cashew Butter

Energy (kcal): 110.6
Protein (g): 3.6
Carbohydrates (g): 6
Sugar (g): 1.2
Total Fat (g): 8.8

Is nut butter healthier than peanut butter?

Well, peanut butter is the oldest form of nut butter consumed. But then some suffer from allergies. Almond butter has more vitamins, minerals, and fiber but peanut butter has more protein than almond butter. While both the nut butters are roughly equal in calories and sugar. So it is completely up to your body needs.

Are nut butters bad for cholesterol?

Wait for it… The answer is NO. Because not all delicious food needs to be unhealthy. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and hazelnut butter is loved by all and also good for all. As long as the nut butters don’t contain hydrogenated fat, you are good to go. But keep a check over the quantity.

Is it okay to eat peanut butter everyday?

I know it is hard to keep off your hands from the jar full this heavenly deliciousness. So here is a win-win condition…how about a very small portion now and then?

Is almond butter inflammatory?

It is actually the opposite.

Also, unblanched and unroasted nut butter is ideal as a great portion of the nutrition gets diffused while roasting or blanching them. Thus, always look for natural nut butter.

Where can you find 100% Natural Nut Butters?

In our quest to find delicious and healthy nut butters we realised that most of the products that we buy from the shelves have high levels of added sugars, fats and god knows what. Instead of the goodness and benefit from the nut, by consuming those products you might end up doing more harm to yourself than benefit.

When our creator’s frustrations level rose up, we asked him to design perfect nut butters minus all the artificial things that popular brands were adding to them. The results were awesome and now we have an array of delicious and healthy nut butter, right here at Masala Monk.

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

The name itself gives it away. The goodness of almonds combined with all-natural cocoa powder makes for a perfect snacking partner. It has no added fats, colour enhancers or preservatives. Spread on pancakes, use as a topping or for baking, blend in shakes, pair with fruits, or just lick off a spoon.

Home-Made Cashew Nut Butter

Your gluten-free dessert partner! Be it on a well-toasted slice of bread, in your favourite smoothie bowl, on top of your favourite oatmeal, or your before gym snack, this cashew butter packs flavour and will tingle your taste buds with its nutty flavour.

100% Natural Almond Butter

Use it as a topping on oats, parfaits, or flavoured yoghurt. This KETO friendly, vegan and gluten-free nut butter is made using only one ingredient – almonds. There is no added sugar, no added oil and of course and no added preservatives. A jar full of just homemade love and nutrition.

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Made using just Turkish Hazelnuts and the best quality cocoa powder, this nut butter spread can be one of the most delicious healthy condiment you can add to your diet. With no added sugar, fat or preservative, this product is apt for KETO or vegan-friendly diet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

The good old peanut butter with a chocolaty twist! Made keeping in mind chocolate lovers, this jar of deliciousness has all the goodness of peanut butter with just the added taste of chocolate. Spread it on a well-toasted slice of any bread, use it as a dessert sauce, spread on pancakes, cakes, and of course just pick a spoon and lick!

Peanut Butter

We all love peanut butter. But while some like it creamy, some like it chunky. We don’t want to disappoint any. Thus we have the option for both. This home churned stuff has a very simple ingredient – peanuts and nothing else. Blended to suit your preferred texture, this jar of peanut butter will take care of your health and taste both.

And did we tell you how good all of these actually taste? So go away and enjoy those nut butters while helping yourself build a better yourself.

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Cows with VR sets – Coming soon to a farm near you

Well, we all need a good ambiance at our workplace for better performance. Don’t we? While we, modern humans, have very conveniently customized our surroundings according to our needs with the help of advanced technology, here is something not all of us could have thought of.

Instead of artificially inseminating cows before age and breaking the natural cycle, why not use modern technology to make the cows produce more milk? As much as it is painful for the animals, artificial insemination (AI) can also reduce the nutrition of cow milk.

But then RusMoloko, a dairy farm in Russia, came up with this unique idea of making a herd of cows wear VR and send them on a vacation. Researches have proved that dairy farms around the world with a calm atmosphere produces higher and better quality milk. Now, sending the cows overseas for a vacation is quite a task. Besides the cows look better with those VR glasses on!

That’s right, technology can do wonders, but innovation is the key. This dairy farm has been using VR glasses, designed specifically for these dairy cows to reduce their anxiety and enable them to relax into producing more milk.

Source : MOSCOW MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD

Combining its years of experience in the dairy farming industry with modern technology, the team developed VR views in accordance with a cow’s vision. Did you know cows have a higher perception of the colour red but weaker tones of blue and green? Moreover, the virtual reality architects designed a unique program for simulating the feel of green summer fields within the cows. The cows are definitely in a happy place now, so are the animal right activist.

Now only time will tell how efficient and cruelty-free milk production would be using this and other technologies like these. Please do share your thoughts in the comments. Do share with friends who care.

Why do we care?

At Masala Monk, we believe not only in delivering the most unadulterated food products at your doorstep but also aim to eradicate the global issue of food additives. Cow milk is consumed by many, including a huge section of children and aged and if this VR project reaches success, it might reap interesting results.

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Win Masala Monk Hampers!

Its 2020 time and we are excited! To keep the excitement flowing here we are with our FIRST EVER contest!

We have kept it very simple – and the best part – everyone can be a winner, yes you read it right. And No you do not need to invite your friends or share or collect likes, none of that is needed.

All you need to do is record a video from your mobile or preferred camera and upload the same on our facebook page. A video of you sharing your feelings or feedback about a Masala Monk product, or how exactly you like to use it. If some product or creator has a life-changing impact, we are keen to hear that as well.

Here are some things that are a must.

  • You yourself or someone from your family to feature in the video and express their feelings.
  • Must hold one or multiple Masala Monk products in hand or in the frame.
  • Make sure you mention your age and location somewhere in the video.
  • The minimum length should be 30 seconds and a maximum 60 seconds.
  • Please make sure the video is uploaded on our facebook page here.

We would be picking up videos we like and featuring them on our website, product pages, social profiles, and advertising. If we like your video and use it for advertising you are going to get hundreds and thousands of eyeballs – making you famous maybe. Besides that, an awesome Hamper worth Rs.2000 would be sent over in case we pick your video.

Tips :

  • Make sure you record it in daylight or well-lit room.
  • Gardens, Balconies, Terraces work the best – the more natural the better.
  • Dress well and look smart – you got to become famous 🙂
  • Yes, mobile videos are acceptable.

So what are you waiting for – record a testimonial for us, upload it on our page and stand to get famous along with an awesome hamper from our side worth Rs.2000 ^_^

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5 Food Items That Are Surprisingly Vegan

Go Vegan

For all the vegan monks out there, let’s add some masala to your platter! Turning vegan or being a vegan is no more a tasteless affair with Masala Monk’s array of products that shout ‘delicious’ in every possible form.  With the rising awareness on animal rights and global warming happening due to human consumption of animal meat, veganism is on the march, and even we jumped into the vegan wagon, but with a twist. We curate food products that are deliciously sinful, but not ethically. Moreover, the usage of fresh wholesome ingredients balances the nutrition missing in a vegan diet.

To be honest, all we had in mind was to help small vendors grow fresh products and deliver them directly to our customers post-processing. And in the process, we never realized we are contributing to the vegan world as well. With our unique creation of ‘vegan in a jar’ using fresh and exotic ingredients, we bet being vegan had never been this delicious and exciting.

Selecting a vegan dish is not an easy task as it involves a lot of research on whether every ingredient in the dish is vegan. But this blog will spice up your vegan lifestyle and make your animal-free eating simple and easy to maintain.

Vegan Spreads: In Masala Monk we care and respect the vegan diet and here we present to you a range of spreads to add flavour and nutrition to your daily breakfast. The unsweetened Chocolate Hazelnut Butter is just a raw mix of roasted hazelnuts and 100 per cent natural cocoa powder. Use it as a spread on a well-toasted slice of your favourite bread or use it as a dessert sauce and spread over pancakes and cakes, or just lick it like that. For a healthier version, check out Almond Butter, a jar full of nutrition and deliciousness. Or, how about Chocolate Peanut Butter for a change? The gooey peanut butter blended with the rich flavour of pure chocolate is the perfect product to say out loud, ‘vegan is not a tasteless diet’. But if you like the taste of classic peanut but, you get the option to choose how you like the texture of your peanut butter – chunky or smooth.

Oh, did you know that nuts are high on proteins! So go, spread the word that one need not be cruel to animals to suffice their protein intake. And with Masala Monk’s wide array of nut butters, protein intake for vegans just got delicious.

Jamun Relish: Paint your tongue purple and say hello to the new item in your vegan menu. This lip-smacking jam made out of fresh, juicy, plump jamuns, will make your vegan snacking more interesting. Dive into your fond childhood memories as you relish the sweet-sour fruit with a dash of green chilly. Available in a preserve able jar, pair it with your favourite snack and forget about boring vegan snacking.

A healthy tangy relish post monsoon

Ammiji’s Chai Masala: Hey chai can be vegan too! Just replace animal milk with any plant based milk of your choice and there you are ready to rock India’s favourite beverage. On that note, we have something to make the taste of your chai perfect. Our collection of Ammiji’s Chai Masala ranging from Immunity, Vitality, and Digestion can be easily used in your cup of vegan milk tea or black tea to enhance the flavour and nutrition. This homemade product, straight from Ammiji’s kitchen is an exotic blend of aromatic and nutritionally enriched spices to add the right flavour to the tea. You can even use this masala in your vegan cakes or pancakes or for that matter, use it in your nimbu paani as well and feel the burst of exotic flavours.

Imli Ka Amlana: This instant power mix is the best product for your on-the-go ‘sippy’. Completely plant-based, your favourite age-old Imli Ka Amlana is now available in an easy-to-take form. The blast of taste from dried raw pulp along with pepper, mint leaves, black salt and cardamom makes for great refreshment which helps in your digestion as well. Moreover, this product is a rich source of vitamin B, C, potassium, magnesium and loads of antioxidants which helps balance out the nutritional deficiencies of your vegan diet.

Imli ka Amlana by Masala Monk

Instant Thandai Powder: Nope, not making you cheat your diet here. But did ever you realize that vegans can also relish the delicious thandai, a Holi special Indian milk-based drink. With a variety of plant-based milk available in the market and with Masala Monk’s array of instant thandai powder, all you need to do is mix the both to enjoy the taste of real thandai and add some good dose of nutrition as well. Made with premium and exotic nuts, spices and dried fruits the product will not only cool you down but will also give your body the strength to fight the heat. Out of Kesar Pista Thandai Mix, Zero Sugar Thandai Powder, and Rose Thandai or Shardai Powder, select your favourite flavour or go for all of them and enjoy the taste of original thandai.

Orange and Whiskey Marmalade: Well, for all those who think vegan is boring, it is time to add some boozy twist to your diet. We have infused Jack Daniels and Jameson Irish whisky (which are 100 per cent vegan) in a jar full of Seville orange marmalade, a spoon full of which will make you go ‘oh so yum’.

Celebrating a year since this yummiliciousness happened

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A dash of ajwain or a pinch of healthy miracle?

The Indian cuisine goes as vast as you are capable of exploring and mostly because of its exposure to a wide array of spices. It’s an art or rather a learning to understand and decide which spice goes with which dish and why. Each spice has a distinct aroma, flavour and nutritional benefit, and if you take a look at the traditional Indian recipes, you will find them all. There may be hundred different types of spices, but ajwain, also known as carom seed, has been scientifically proven to have the maximum number of health benefits along with its spicy fresh flavour and exotic aroma. Extracted from a herb called Bishop’s weed, ajwain has also played a major role in Ayurveda.

Bishop’s Weed

Time has witnessed the usage and benefits of ajwain when nature used to be the only source of medicine in India. According to an ancient Indian practice, ajwain water reduces the water retention and swelling for women post-pregnancy. But even though we have evolved with science and technology, Indian recipes still swear by the essence and health benefits of spices and ajwain goes in a lot of them.

Carom seed contains thymol, an essential oil, which is an antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties. The chemical in the oil increases the secretion of gastric juices helping in better digestion, metabolism, and provides relief from abdominal gas. Ajwain is also considered as a natural antioxidant, and regular consumption in the right quantity removes toxic substances from the body, helping lose weight.

And it does not end here. Carom seeds can do wonders to the human body and how! From treating toothache and bad odour to curing liver and kidney malfunctions, menstrual cramps, joint pains, piles, cold and flu, to dissolving kidney stones, cleaning uterus and increasing milk production, the list seems never-ending. This common Indian spice is also considered to be rich in fibre, minerals, nutrients and cancer prevention matters.

Carom seed, has been scientifically proven to have innumerable health benefits

If you are already planning to incorporate ajwain in your daily diet, here are few tips from my side. Boil it in water and drink it away or stuff your parathas with it or just look for the below items in Masala Monk’s range to add this magic weed to your diet…

Winter Comfort by Ammiji:

One just for the sake of good health during winters. Personally speaking, winter is my favourite season and the last thing I want is to fall sick during a span of time when I get the best chance to explore, both in terms of food and places. Keep a jar of this healthy mix handy and say goodbye to all the winter blues. Ajwain, along with other healthy ingredients in this product will shoo away all the health issues this beautiful season brings with it.

Instant Batata Vada Mix:

We Indians can’t imagine batata vada, or for that matter, any kind of pakoda without the aroma of ajwain in it. Keeping in mind every specific flavour that needs to go in for the perfect batata vada mix, we have curated this instant batter.

Shahi Mukhwas – Digestive Mouth Freshener:

How about a post-meal mouth freshener that is digestive as well? Shahi Mukhwas has a mix of several exotic ingredients along with ajwain that not only helps you cleanse your palate after a heavy meal, but also boosts your digestion.

Instant Pakoda Batter:

Your love of pakodas is unmatchable, yet you can’t relish a plate full of pakodas because…digestion issue? Well, a dash of ajwain in the batter can save the day. And the Instant Pakoda Batter has the right blend of ingredients for a quick, delicious and healthy portion of Indian fritters.

Well, as much as we love eating and curating delicious items for our consumers, we focus equally on the health factor. There is nothing that beats being naturally healthy and that is all about introducing the best ingredient in the right quantity in your daily diet.

Sounds challenging? No more, eh?

Oh! Did you know that though it is known as carom seed, awjain is actually the fruit of the herb? To sum it up…

Top 5 Ajwain Benefits:

  • Reduces the water retention and swelling for women post-pregnancy
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties, helping in better digestion and metabolism
  • Removes toxic substances from the body, helping lose weight
  • Helps reduce pain like menstrual cramps, toothache, and joint pains
  • Cures liver and kidney malfunctions
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Top 7 Gourmet Gifts for Christmas & New Year 2018

Christmas is around the corner and like every festival the spirit is best celebrated by sharing & gifting food and goodies with your loved ones. 

So we thought we would put together a list of 7 gourmet products that you can gift to people you love cherish and appreciate. These products have been trending and super popular since their launch earlier this year and have received amazing feedback for their taste and ingenuity.

7. Pina Colada Jamalade

Its always great to start the list with some sunshine and little bit of tipple to keep the things right. Made from real pineapple, coconut and infused with rum this one is really going to keep your friends in right spirits. 

6. Chunky Peanut Butter

Friends who diet together, stay tight together. Ok.. cheesy line maybe, but hey our 100% Natural Peanut Butter is absolute gorgeous gift this X-mas and new year.. 😎🤩

5. Himalayan Honey & Garlic Murabba

A jar of honey & garlic Murabba would be appreciated by those who treat their bodies as temples. A clove of garlic and spoonful of this natural honey every morning is said to do wonders to the human body.. 🙂

4. Sweet Chilli Jam

This one is for a friend who is not afraid to experiment & play with flavors, because it takes a crazy mind to unleash our sweet chilli jam to its full potential.. 😉

3. Intensity – Chocolate & Rhum Spread

That intense poet and philosopher friend you got? yes! she is going to love a jar of Intensity with some Chocolate and Rum to set the mood right.. .. 🙃😉

2. Ammiji’s Winter Comfort

Because nothing says you care better than some love straight from Ammiji. This concoction made with finest quality of herbs and spices is going to keep your loved ones warm when you are not around.

Honorary Mention

Deserving of top honors in any list we compile, a special mention to Ammiji’s Chai Masala and its newly introduced variants. The classic one itself is something that can add lot of spice to a Christmas cake 🙂

1. Orange & Whiskey Marmalade

Our best selling table spread- Orange & Whiskey Marmalade is made for people who prefer life on ‘fun’ side..bet you got a friend or two are going to love this one .. 😚😁

Well that completes the list of gourmet & boutique products we feel that would be appreciated by your loved ones. Though we have tried to limit this to seven choices, however do explore our store which is full of wonderful the delicious goodies for yourselves and your loves ones.

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KISS THE COOKIE! Peanut Butter Blossoms by Manjula Vijh

Traditionally called as “Peanut Butter Blossoms”, these are soft, chewy peanut butter cookies, rolled in sugar and then topped with a Hershey’s Kiss Chocolate!

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It was during one lazy winter afternoon, while I was surfing the internet for some cookie recipes, that I came across these beauties. I had never worked with peanut butter as the main ingredient for cookies, but these looked so beautiful that I couldn’t resist giving them a try.

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The recipe for these lovely looking cookies was first developed in 1957, by Mrs. Freda F. Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio for the Ninth Grand National Pillsbury Bake-off competition. It’s an American classic recipe and many versions of this recipe are available online. My recipe is inspired from the one given on Hershey’s website, but since I am a vegetarian, I have modified the recipe to be an eggless one. These are chewy from the center and crisp from outside, and since these are topped with Hershey’s Kisses, I have named these cookies as, “Kiss the Cookie!”

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When I first tried this recipe with one of my friends, I made them with store bought peanut butter. They came out nice but were little extra sweet. This time I tried them with the Natural Homemade Peanut Butter curated by Mr. Mohit Arora, which is available at Masala Monk. The peanut butter by Masala Monk has the right amount of salt and sugar unlike store bought peanut butter. The cookies came out to be perfect sweet and soft! They look lovely when presented and you can also gift them to your loved ones during festival time!

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KISS THE COOKIE

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves:  40-45 cookies

Ingredients

  • Condensed Milk: 1 Can (400 gm.)
  • Peanut Butter: ¾ cup
  • All Purpose Flour: 1.5 cup
  • Baking Powder: 1tsp.
  • Butter(softened): ½ cup
  • Vanilla extract: 1tsp
  • Caster sugar for rolling the cookies: ½ cup
  • Hershey’s kisses: 40-45

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together, flour and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl cream together, butter, peanut butter and vanilla to mix them well.
  3. Add the flour and make a dough. If, you are mixing with hands, and the dough sticks to your hand you can sprinkle some flour, apply butter to your hands and then again mix. You can taste the cookie dough too!! I did and it tastes great!
  4. Chill the dough to set. Cling wrap it and then keep it in the refrigerator for few hours.
  5. Preheat the oven at 190ºC.
  6. Shape dough into 1″-1.5″ balls, roll it in finely granulated caster sugar, and keep them into a baking tray.
  7. Bake the cookies at 190ºC for about 10-11 minutes, till cracks appear on sides. Do not over bake them. These cookies will not get brown in color.
  8. Meanwhile unwrap Hershey’s Kisses.
  9. After the cookies are baked, take out the baking tray, and gently press one kiss on each cookie. The warm cookies will melt the chocolate a little, but it will set after a while.
  10. Transfer the cookie onto a wire rack for cooling
  11. Store it in an airtight container.

Notes:

** Please check your oven temperature for baking.

** You can use a small ice-cream scoop, or a melon ball scoop to take out equally sized dough balls. I used one of my measuring spoons.

** You can keep the cookie dough cling wrapped for 2-3 days.

** If you want to cut down the recipe to half, you can do so. It works fine! I suggest to start with half the recipe if you are baking them for the first time.

** Use softened butter and not melted butter. I made this mistake and result was flat cookies.

** Chill the cookie dough before baking.

** If the chocolate falls of the cookie, you can dab little peanut butter on the bottom of the chocolate and press it back.

References:

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2012/09/06/Cookies-Tracking-the-tale-of-a-favorite-the-Peanut-Blossom/stories/201209060264

https://abountifulkitchen.com/peanut-butter-blossoms/

http://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/12/peanut-butter-blossoms/

https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/chewy-peanut-butter-blossoms.html

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14 Reasons to have Raw Turmeric in your daily diet

While turmeric has long been part of Indian Diet and culture, the raw turmeric itself is considered super therapeutic in nature and some research on google will throw the following benefits..

  1. Boosts Digestion : the most famous component of raw turmeric, curcumin is said to trigger bile production, which then aids smoother movement through the tracts.
  2. Stomach Issues : As per Ayurveda a lot of our issues start from stomach, and curcumin is said to work in situations like indigestion, heartburn, irritable bowl syndrome, stomach ulcers and general irritation.
  3. Anti-inflammatory properties : Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis – raw turmeric is said to help with both, white they say it also is used to treat inflammation due to eye infection.
  4. Skin friendly: It’s been used since ages to cure a variety of skin issues.  It also boosts general skin health.
  5. Excellent Antiseptic : Though we are sure that our pickle would serve this purpose however it’s traditionally been used as ointment for cuts and injuries. Just in case you know 😛
  6. Pain Reliever : Yes it is consumed as a pain reliever as well, however it is recommended to with warm milk for best affects. Can also be applied as paste on affected area.
  7. Blood Purifier : Raw turmeric regulates blood clot formation, several studies and experts have vouched for its blood cleansing abilities.
  8. Studies Show That Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression

    Curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression.

    In a controlled trial, 60 patients were randomized into three groups (45).

    One group took prozac, another group took a gram of curcumin and the third group took both prozac and curcumin.

    After 6 weeks, curcumin had led to improvements that were similar to prozac. The group that took both prozac and curcumin fared best.

    According to this (small) study, curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant.

    Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory.

    Curcumin boosts BNDF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes (46).

    There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine

    Source : HeathLine

  9. Curcumin May be Useful in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia.

    Unfortunately, no good treatment is available for Alzheimer’s yet.

    Therefore, preventing it from showing up in the first place is of utmost importance.

    There may be good news on the horizon, because curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier (39).

    It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. As we know, curcumin has beneficial effects on both (40).

    But one key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a buildup of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques (41).

    Whether curcumin can really slow down or even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease needs to be studied properly.

    Source : HeathLine

  10. Curcumin Leads to Various Improvements That Should Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

    Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world (27).

    It has been studied for many decades and researchers have learned a lot about why it happens.

    It turns out that heart disease is incredibly complicated and there are various things that contribute to it.

    Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process (28).

    Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease, is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels.

    It is well known that endothelial dysfunction is a major driver of heart disease and involves an inability of the endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors (29).

    Several studies suggest that curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function. One study shows that is as effective as exercise, another shows that it works as well as the drug Atorvastatin (3031).

    But curcumin also reduces inflammation and oxidation (as discussed above), which are also important in heart disease.

    In one study, 121 patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were randomized to either placebo or 4 grams of curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery.

    The curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital (32).

    Source : HeathLine

  11. Reduces Menstrual PainAccording to one Iranian study, curcumin in turmeric was found to reduce the severity of PMS symptoms. This effect could be attributed to its anti-inflammatory effects (57).As per a report by the Evergreen State College, turmeric can be used to treat menstrual pains – as was used by the ancient Chinese and Indian healers (58).Source : Stylecraze
    Raw Turmeric Pickle is consumed for medicinal purposes.
  12. Other Possibilities : The University of Maryland Medical Center says that turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to release bile, helping your digestive tract digest fatty nutrients. Because of this effect, it may be beneficial for indigestion and other types of gastric upset. The legislative body in Germany that regulates herbal remedies, called Commission E, has approved turmeric as a general digestive aid. UMMC also reports that turmeric might lower your risk of heart disease, possibly through its ability to prevent clumping of platelets, involved in clot formation. It also says that laboratory studies suggest turmeric might kill bacteria and viruses, but these possibilities still need confirmation in clinical research.Source : SF Gate
  13. Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases

    Back in the day, it was believed that neurons weren’t able to divide and multiply after early childhood.

    However, it is now known that this does happen.

    The neurons are capable of forming new connections, but in certain areas of the brain, they can also multiply and increase in number.

    One of the main drivers of this process is Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain (20).

    Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone. This includes depression and Alzheimer’s disease (2122).

    Interestingly, curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF (2324).

    By doing this, it may be effective at delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function (25).

    There is also the possibility that it could help improve memory and make you smarter. Makes sense given its effects on BDNF levels, but this definitely needs to be tested in human controlled trials (26).

    Source : HeathLine

  14.  Preventing Cancer : Curcumin from turmeric is an antioxidant, helping your body rid itself of free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage cellular membranes and DNA and raise your long-term risk of cancer. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that, based on laboratory research, turmeric might help prevent or treat several types of cancer, including cancer of the prostate, breast, skin and colon. For example, a 2015 study published in Cancer Letters found that curcumin helped inhibit cancer stem cells in cells taken from people with colorectal cancer that had metastasized to the liver. The researchers further concluded that curcumin supplementation was safe when combined with chemotherapy. Although large clinical studies of turmeric and cancer are still lacking, the National Institutes of Health had several active clinical trials involving curcumin as of 2014, including one involving women at high risk of breast cancer.Source : SF Gate

How much raw turmeric to take?

If you want to include raw turmeric as part of your diet on a daily basis then 6-7 gms is a good.

This in grated form turns out to be around 1.5 tsp. There should be no harm even if you take 2 tsp.

All the standard precautions we take with turmeric powder apply here too e.g. – stop 2 weeks before surgeries, do not take too much during pregnancy, consult doctor in case of confusion, etc. etc.

Lastly, start low and increase gradually.

Source : Turmeric for Health

Why Raw Turmeric is Better than Powdered one

Firstly, it is made using raw turmeric. Now the processing of turmeric into powder does take away some of its constituents. Thus raw turmeric is indeed the “best package” if you are looking for turmeric benefits.

Secondly, when you use raw turmeric you eliminate the processing cycle of making a powder. That means you also eliminate things which can go wrong there like adulteration, irradiation, additives, artificial colour, etc.

Source : Turmeric for Health

How much turmeric pickle can I eat?

As we are using raw turmeric and not powder you can easily include 10-15 gms of turmeric pickle. Great thing is as it is “pickle” you will actually make it part of your diet.

It is integral part of lunch and dinner of so many people in India. I am sure after you make this one, it will become at your house too

So what are you waiting for, try it today!

Source : Turmeric for Health

Shot by : Simon A. Eugster

Once again to remind you – we use Organic Raw Turmeric grown in Himalayas using high quality water and away from pollution. While eating the turmeric in different forms is said to have different benefits, however its key component is fat soluble and eating it in pickled for ensures some fat goes with the turmeric as well.

We julienne the turmeric, air dry it, then use it in the pickle, which preserves the natural oil inside this precious herb as well.

Delivery – Our usual delivery time is 2 to 3 weeks. Thanks for patience.