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Vikas Khanna’s Upcoming Book To Focus On Grains And Northeast

Khanna also prepared recipes using Quaker Whole Oats, a new variant made from "uncut A grade oats"

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Vikas Khanna's Upcoming Book To Focus On Grains And Northeast
Vikas Khanna's Upcoming Book To Focus On Grains And Northeast, flickr

Michelin-starred Chef Vikas Khanna, who was here for a masterclass and launch of Quaker Whole Oats, says his next book will focus on grains and will also talk about India’s northeast region which he feels still holds its rich culture intact through food.

“My next thing (book) is only about grains and about north east. They are a culture which inspite of being modernised still holds on to the value of their grains and how they do farming. I was obssessed with their fish paddy farming,” Khanna, also PepsiCo India’s nutrition ambassador, told IANS on the sidelines of the event here.

At the event, Khanna also prepared recipes using Quaker Whole Oats, a new variant made from “uncut A grade oats”.

With the aim to showcase oats as an appetising and nutritious breakfast option, Khanna’s masterclass took food enthusiasts on an experiential journey. He used two recipes.

The Thandai Oats was loaded with the richness of dry fruits and aromatic ingredients, layered together with overnight soaked whole oats, spinach puree and topped with candied nuts.

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grains, Pixabay

The Curd Oats with Parmesan crisp was a mix of dried herbs, spices, cherries, plums, and baby vegetables like broccoli, beans, beetroots, carrots, cauliflower and corn, which gave regular “dahi” a makeover and amped it up for a tastier version.

Asked about how aware people have become when it comes to not skipping breakfast, Khanna said: “I think because of Internet and because of media, there is whole lot of awareness… The industry is changing because of requirement of people,” he said.

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“Breakfast is essential and everybody needs to understand that if stomach is empty, brain starts becoming extremely aggressive,” he added. (IANS)

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Brocolli and Almond soup: For an Improved Respiratory System

Soup that improves respiratory health boosts immunity

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Brocoli and Almond soup
Brocolli and Almond soup is very good for your respiratory health. (Representational Image). Pixabay

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.

Ingredients

  • Blanched almonds 100gm
  • Butter 20gm
  • 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
Brocoli and Almond soup
Brocolli and Almod soup can also help you lose weight. IANS

Instructions

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.

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Add the reserved almonds to the soup but reserve a few for garnishing at the end. Puree the soup with a hand blender, regular blender or food processor.

Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. (IANS)

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COVID-19: Roseate House Shares Live Camera Access to it’s Kitchen

Roseate House Customers can monitor how their food is being prepared during the pandemic

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Roseate House provides it’s customers with live camera access to its kitchen. (Representational Image). Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

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.

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The live streaming shall be continued as an ongoing process once the lockdown is lifted. Pixabay

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.

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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)

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Using Oats to Achieve Perfect Skin Goals

The beauty benefits of Oats

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Oats are a great antioxidant, it can help to get rid of sunburn, heals damage skin by UV rays and provide soothing effect. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

Oats have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It has nutritive properties both internally and externally. This is a lifestyle article

In skin care, it can be used as an emollient in cosmetics, recommended for dermatological disorders such as eczema, atopic dermatitis etc. It is an excellent source of B complex, Vitamins (Vit. E), Protein, Fats and Minerals., informs Pooja Nagdev, Aromatherapist, Cosmetologist & Founder, Inatur.

Oats oil, is a good source moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin due to high concentration of starches and beta-glucan. Oat’s protective and water holding functions, prevent earlier ageing signs, she says.

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“It has anti-inflammatory properties that absorb, remove oil and bacteria from skin. It helps to exfoliate dead skin cells all of which can fight the outbreak of acne and helps to treat acne. Oat is enriched with Amino acids and Vitamin B they boost blood circulation, fights pigmentation and fades dark spots,” Nagdev points out.

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Oats can help achieve a clear and tan-free skin. Pixabay

“Oats is also an antioxidant, it can help to get rid of sunburn, heals damage skin by UV rays and provide soothing effect. It’s is enriched with Saponin, a natural cleanser with intense exfoliating properties which help in removal of dead skin, unclog the pores and reduces the risk of blackheads. It is good for sensitive skin care and babies’ skin.”

Nagdev shares some DIY mask you can try at home with oats powder:

Oats Powder Face Mask for Acne- Take half cup of oats in the same amount of water boil together and let it cool. Stir the mixture until you get a fine paste. Apply this paste all over your face especially on affected area. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water. It will help to remove excess sebum on your skin and reduce the risk of acne. For better results, use twice in a week.

Oats Powder Cleanser for Blackheads- Take 2 tablespoons of oat powder, add 3 tablespoons of yogurt and half 1 tablespoons lemon juice, mix it well together. Apply this pack on your Nose and chin or affected area, keep it for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.

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Oats have anti-inflammatory properties. Pixabay

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Oats powder Body Scrub- Take 1 tablespoon sugar, coconut oil and lukewarm water, Mix it and apply this on your face for 20 minutes. Clean your face with soft wet tissues. Apply moisturizer after cleaning your face.

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Oats Powder Mask for Removing Tan- Take 3 tablespoons of Oats powder and mix it with curd into a fine paste. Apply this pack on your entire face especially over the affected area. Keep it for 20 minutes than wash it off with cold water. For better results, use 2-3 times in a week. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer immediately after washing.

Try these simple recipes at home with ease and joy and enjoy the goodness of this wonderful ingredient. (IANS)

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