He’s curated a ‘satvik’ meal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hosted four seasons of MasterChef India and an 18-episode “Pickled Nation” TV series. Now, celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur has turned his attention to green coffee that he says “has a neutral flavour, giving it the added advantage of being versatile”.
“I have prepared cookies using green coffee powder and they are fantastic. Because the taste of green coffee is unlike roasted coffee, it can easily blend into different foods. Another way to use green coffee is by adding it in cupcakes, cold brews and even milk and cereals,” Kapur told IANS in an interview ahead of the International Coffee Day on October 1.
How did he get involved with this initiative and what has been his role so far in promoting green coffee?
Kapur first got introduced to green coffee when he was out of the country travelling, and his initial research was not encouraging — it was a beverage that was not highly spoken about.
“While there was a certain amount of education involved, not many focused on its flavour and taste. This is a unique beverage that is mild in taste (unlike your regular roasted coffee) with a distinctive aroma. While there is availability of the product, there is also a certain understanding that is needed in terms of its preparation, the experience of drinking it and most importantly, the health benefits it offers. Therefore I hope to encourage people in starting to include this in their daily routine by just making a healthier choice with a healthier coffee,” Kapur explained.
How does one extract green coffee?
Coffee beans are actually green seeds with a bright red berry inside. When it is roasted, it turns the seeds brown, giving it a certain aroma along with the flavour of coffee. For the green coffee bean extract, the seeds are left unroasted and when soaked, it creates a concentrated extract which is known as “green coffe”.
In other words, green coffee is coffee beans in their natural form. There are various forms to consume green coffee. One of the easiest ways to have it is through coffee powder which is soluble in water and easy to prepare, Kapur elaborated.
Green coffee is lower in caffeine and is not only packed with health benefits, but is also great to taste, Kapur said, adding that since it is made with only unroasted beans, it does’nt taste like traditional roasted coffee.
“It has a neutral flavour, giving it the added advantage of being versatile. Green coffee beans have up to 3X antioxidant power than regular coffee, making it a naturally healthy alternative. A natural antioxidant called Chlorogenic acid that is present in green coffee not only protects your health, but also keeps your skin healthy. Moreover, it aids in weight management and helps regulate metabolism, amongst various other benefits,” Kapur said.
“I feel green coffee is just a start towards the growing demand in the health segment. There is a huge push needed to make people aware about the availability of healthy alternatives. There are innumerable choices present in categories ranging from breakfast to snacking as well as main meals. Green coffee, oats, coconut, vegetarian protein, moringa etc. are some very unique offerings now available,” Kapur concluded. (IANS)
“I want to Entertain people but with some substance….”
This is what had been the motive of one of the finest actors of all time~ the great Irrfan Khan who is unfortunately not amongst us anymore.
Irrfan Khan, who recently left for heavenly abode after battling with prolonged illness has left behind such a rich and exquisite cinematic legacy which is unmatchable and impossible to define. Over the course of his 30-year career in the field of cinema, this gem of an actor did everything~ from big Bollywood hits to Oscar Winners, from grand Hollywood blockbusters to even dramas and thus, the actor will always remain versatile in his own aesthetic.
Beyond the impeccable skills he had, Irrfan’s face was one of cinema’s most expressive one’s, where many people have actually acclaimed that the guy could act with his eyes! The very famous Hollywood Actor Tom Hanks has also termed him as “the coolest guy in the room”.
Here I present to you 10 Key performances of Irrfan Khan which you must watch in order to experience his everlasting magic!
1. EK DOCTOR KI MAUT (1990)
Director: Tapan Sinha
Coming out as the Masterpiece by the director, Ek Doctor Ki Maut is a must watch if you want to know why and where India lags behind in the field of medical research, why the one who is on the verge of developing leprosy vaccine is frustrated fighting the conundrums of the bureaucratic system. People who are interested in the field of scientific research should definitely watch this film. It was this film from where Irrfan started gaining fame. In this film, Irrfan played the role of a sympathetic science reporter.
2. MAQBOOL (2003)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Maqbool is an outstanding crime drama film by Vishal Bhardwaj. It is based on the famous play “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare. Maqbool isn’t a literal adaptation of Macbeth, it has its own tone and culture. The movie is not just a piece of content you see to enjoy your time, you live through it. Irrfan has done a tremendous job as a lead. This film is indeed a cinematic masterpiece.
3. QISSA (2013)
Director: Anup Singh
Qissa is an exquisite masterpiece, which tells the story of a Sikh trapped in his desire for eternity. This film is an excellent portrayal of the traditional mindset of a Punjabi family where a father aspires for a male child after successive female children. Here again, Irrfan has played the role of the lead. This film will make you get swayed in its situation, life of characters, their individual psychology and dignity of life. It is beautifully scripted but is surprisingly horrifying.
4. THE LUNCHBOX (2013)
Director: Ritesh Batra
Have you ever seen a movie and after watching it you just need some time to process what you are feeling or what do you exactly want from life? The Lunchbox will make you do that! It is just a simple story of how we as humans need to connect with people,how we constantly need someone to hold us and tell us that everything will be alright. The nuances and subtle human nature is captured with so much perfection that it feels like too good to be true~ all thanks to Irrfan! This critically acclaimed film featured yet another subtle, poignant performance from Irrfan. You should definitely watch it.
5. PAN SINGH TOMAR (2012)
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Here’s Irrfan, who covered oceans and scaled mountains. You simply can’t keep your eyes off him in this marvelous creation. Paan Singh Tomar is like a boon for every die-hard fan of Indian Cinema. The director Tigmanshu Dhulia is successfully able to tell the biopic how a former national champion athlete turned into a Dacoit in a cricket obsessed country. The interesting plot builds on it and takes you to a whirlwind journey of his life, which tickles you, inspires you, and ultimately asks you some very uncomfortable questions. For this very film, Irrfan was also felicitated with the National Award. This should be in your must watch!
6. PIKU (2015)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Piku is a beautiful and soothing story with a less drama yet endearing characters. The 3 characters in this film have their own distinct flavour~ Deepika as a flake,irritating,independent yet alluring daughter “Piku’, Amitabh with freaky,obsessive,constipated father and Irrfan with his natural acting charm, sandwiched between the eccentric father and daughter!! Overall a refreshing story and a very different genre. You should definitely give it a watch!
7. MADAARI (2016)
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Madaari is a must-watch for many reasons. First and foremost is Irrfan Khan. Second, it is meant for family audiences. Third, it has a powerful story conveying a strong message against the system. Irrfan Khan’s acting is a big compliment for Madaari. This film is well-crafted and made with a refined direction. Madaari is about a man Nirmal suffering a big disaster and then fighting back with all his energy and vigor to question the system in place.
8. TALVAR (2015)
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Talvar is one of those refreshers who never fails to give audiences a reality check on the weak and fragile system of the country. It is based on Arushi Talwar murder case. This film is just a clever interpretation of how things might have gone and not a real story. Irrfan has played the role of an investigating office in this film.
9. HINDI MEDIUM (2017)
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Hindi Medium isn’t really a movie. This is a real story of today’s elite parents who think studying in an English Medium school can promise a good life for their children. The film hasn’t gone stereotype and rather looks very different than all those movies you see these days. Hindi medium is enormously charming; light hearted comedy and a socio-political satire on the education system and the elite class’s charm for English Medium Schools. Through this film, Irrfan The film does a great commentary on India’s obsession with English, and how class and opportunity intermingle.
10. ANGREZI MEDIUM (2020)
Director: Homi Adajania
Unfortunately, being Irrfan’s last film~ Angrezi Medium is again a must watch. In this film, Irrfan flits effortlessly from the emotional to the ecstatic to the zany, creating some endearing moments in concerts with the story. Dedicated to all the sacrificing & wonderful fathers, it is a hilarious film backed by actors who have impeccable comic time to make you naturally go laughing! The story about father Daughter just touches you deep inside and also teaches you some beautiful things which will keep you connected to the core of every emotion. You must definitely watch it.
Lungs play an important part in enabling our body to function and to boost it’s health, we must incorporate some food in our diet which keep them active and working.
Chef Vaibhav Bhargawa, an expert in Asian Cuisine, shares a soup recipe which with ingredients in any kitchen, that help to improve the respiratory system.
Brocolli and Almond soup
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber. When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber.
Broccoli belongs to a family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables. A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It also provides fiber and is low in calories.
Blanched almonds 100gm
Onion finely chopped 100gm
Garlic finely minced 30gm
Chicken stock /vegetable stock 1 ltr
Broccoli stems peeled 500gm
Salt to taste
Ground white pepper to taste
Toast the almonds in a small fry pan until they become fragrant and turn a little brown. Remove from pan and reserve.
In a large heated soup pot, add the butter and when it gets hot, add the onion and cook for a few minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for a minute or two. Add the broccoli and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 12 minutes or until the broccoli becomes fork tender.
As COVID-19 has called for ramping up of hygiene, Roseate House, which is currently delivering gourmet dishes at your door step, has come up with a one-of-its kind service in India in which it will be sharing live camera access to its kitchen with its customers.
People who order food from outside the hotel or the guests residing at their properties can keep a surveillance on the hygiene and quality of their food by monitoring how their food is being prepared.
The access shall be provided for the direct orders and eventually leading to the orders through the food aggregators as well. The live streaming shall be continued as an ongoing process once the lockdown is lifted.
The service is expected to be functional from the second week of May for Kheer, the fine dining Indian restaurant by Roseate House and Roasted by Roseate, in-house barista, which is currently operational for home deliveries.
Speaking about the initiative, Kush Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, Roseate Hotels and Resorts said: “We at Roseate Hotels and Resorts constantly thrive for delivering the highest levels of standards to our guests. In continuation to the legacy of being transparent with our guest, we are giving them the confidence of the hygiene factor as well.”
Going ahead, the property plans to make the live streaming an interactive two-way communication where in guests can interact with the chef to share their preferences and likings.
Roseate Hotels and Resort is also initiating touchless programme to eliminate contact during the times of Covid-19 by ensuring minimum touch points of the delivery packets. “We also ensure safe packaging (double outer layer), multiple frequent sanitation of our kitchen utensils, regular temperature checks of all involved personnel to ensure safe food delivery,” Kapoor added.
Roseate House is the first hotel in India and the fifth in the world to achieve FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System certification) in 2019 which further strengthen the hygiene standards being maintained at all times. (IANS)