Marinades – layering their way to flavour

When we mix spices and other ingredients with all the imaginary and irresistible tastes to be infused into a real dish – marinades help us out! Marinades – layering their way to flavour – Aaah! It’s an effective method to brew your sought-after tang to all parts of the dish. We don’t want you to commit flavoring related blunders. So, let’s know the three key factors which decide the quality of marination –

1. What type of meat or fresh vegetable is it
2. What kind of cut is being used
3. The variety of tenderizer is being chosen

For how long to keep – The meat that you have lovingly flavored with the marinades can be kept in a refrigerator for 2-3 days. But, if you want to last it for a longer period of time, it’s time to freeze it. CAUTION!! When you defrost it, mark it important to achieve this purpose via microwave. And yes, don’t keep the marinated food in open (we all know India has a terribly hot climate)

Don’t rush into things – Let the food get synchronized with the room temperature before you put it into the tandoor. Salting can be done with spicing in the beginning. Again Caution!! Red meat would become sticky if salt addition takes place during the first marination. Add after 15-20 minutes before cooking.

Create exotic flavors – The use of dry fruits would impart a mesmerizing taste that many a times describe tandoori cooking as well. In fact in the marinades for meat, the seeds help in delivering a distinct flavor. Though, chicken doesn’t welcome seeds!

Marination is a process that plays an irreplaceable role in providing the right sort of smacks. So, can you do without it?


Spices – the jewels of past, taste of present

Spices add tang, aroma and that punch for which we the foodies long to participate in feasts. Most of us would buy the spices while visiting a supermarket or grocery shop in accordance with the quantity needed and, of course, the taste.
Spices were no less than  sapphire
Believe it or not! But if spices were to be compared with the commodities two-three centuries back, they would be economically equivalent to the bottles full of gold, gems, diamond, and ruby. The nutmeg we use often was a reason big enough for England to fight and win Long Island.
Time begins and so do the spices
Start from as early as possible. The Bhagavad Geeta and the Old Testament have also been found to bring up spices. And, this is the beginning of the history.
Spice that were the question of life and death
There were battles between the nations and thousands and lakhs would lose their lives – Why? Because of spices. Around 15000, there were many spice wars earlier between the Dutch and the Portuguese and further between the Dutch and the English.
Spicy voyages
Another interesting discovery is that the quest to explore more and more spices led to the identification of many nations and islands. It is a fact that a large number of voyages were set only to discover the places having an abundance of spices.
Spices or medicines in disguise?
A German doctor in the ancient ages conducted the research and concluded that the spice vanilla helps in increasing sexual performance. Since, then it became a hit. Nutmeg was in urgent demand in England in the year 1603, to cure the plague. But due to its acute shortage, a large number of 35,000 people died.
So engaging is the history of spices, isn’t it?  And, their taste is no less mesmerizing. On a happy note, as a tribute to these indispensable ingredients for luscious food, let’s have a delicious meal with our loved ones. Order Burrah Chaap or Tandoori Mushrooms from Chowki and celebrate great times. 



Silk route – a bridge that familiarized civilizations

Once upon a century, the spice trade was world’s biggest industry. It was the reason behind the establishment and destruction of so many empires. In quest of spices, people traveled around the globe and ended up discovering many civilizations. To a considerable extent, it is one of the breakthroughs that started building the roots of the modern world.
About Silk Route
From the very beginning, Silk route has been a strong channel that helped in trading as well as knowing the civilizations of other communities. This 4,000 miles long road was named after the famous trade of exporting and importing silk. Spices and other goods followed later.
Meet of the cultures
The Silk Route was constructed to act as a bridge between China and the Roman Empire. This route helped in improving the economy and society as a whole. It provided better cultural exposure to the countries like China, India, Egypt, Persia, Rome, and Arabia.
Stories that sold spices
The Arabian sellers would create interesting stories about the spices sold at that time. And, this action would often prove to be a great marketing strategy.
Competition no less than today
After the period, Silk Route had become an integral road for trade. In 1497, the competition among several provinces grew to its saturation stage and there was bloodshed about who would take the lead. The participants were Spanish, English, Dutch and the Portuguese Empire. So, Silk Road not only opened its way to extensive international trade but unimaginable rivalry too.
Spices might not have remained economically that precious today, but their entry via Silk Route  in this wide world created enough buzz. It only proves their worth. Fortunately, India uses a wide range of them in cooking. Order from Chowki and feel privileged that now you can easily calm down your taste buds unlike centuries ago.



Let’s talk about the red-hot Garam Masala

It is one of the most available spice recipes in our kitchens. How would you like to prepare the Garam Masala in your house? As the taste buds dictate you. My mom likes to add cumin or Jeera in relatively high amount while the Chef at Chowki prefers to keep the pepper content high.

Why the Masala is ‘Garam’?
Does it come to your mind too? The word ‘Garam’ means ‘heat’. From the perspective of Ayurveda, the body temperature risen by eating something warm helps in building immunity and staying prevented from many diseases.What goes into Garam Masala?It is slightly tricky to answer. This popular blend of spices is used extensively in North-Indian and South-Asian cuisines. It majorly includes the following spices -Cumin (jeera)
Clove (lounge)
Sheets of bay leaves (tej patta)
Black cardamom seeds (bari elaichi)
Green cardamom seeds (choti elaichi)
Small pieces of cinnamon 1 inch of each slice (dalchini)
Peas black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
Mace (mace, javitri)
Nutmeg (jaiphal)

However, there is no standard composition. so, you have the liberty to minus and add the ingredients as per the individual preference.

Where is Garam Masala not used?
Just like the Garam Masala composition can be altered, it’s uses can be maximized to the fullest. It will go according to how innovatively you can think about cooking. Traditionally, this luscious spice is used in cooking vegetables, Pulao, snacks such as Samosas, Chutney, egg recipes, non-veg recipes and other delectable dishes.

Why add Garam Masala?
According to Ayurveda, this blend of spices has the following health advantages:

– Effective pain killer with no side-effects
– Slows down aging process
– Helps in losing weight
– Increases the ability to absorb beneficial elements
– Helps in smooth functioning of digestive system
– Decreases the blood-sugar level
– Fights bad breath
– Protects from infection and flu

Since, you have all the reasons in the world to eat a delicacy punched with Garam Masala. We better tell you the solution. Order Murg Malai Tikka from Chowki and surprise your beloved with a great feast!



Sesame: a tang with twist

People generally advise avoiding sesame. But it comes with several health benefits. On the better, Kids love its lip-smacking flavor – be it on the buns or in sweets.
Sesame is one of the oldest oil-bearing plants with 60%. of oil content in it. Don’t judge this wonderful plant by its heavy calorie composition only.
It also has many health benefits such as: 
1. Rich in Vitamins and Calcium – Sesame is also rich in vitamin A and E. In addition,  calcium is another essential nutrient found in it by the virtue of which, it becomes easier to heal during fractures
2. Makes you get well soon – ingredient is a reliable source for recovering from illness because of its of effective therapeutic properties
3. Keeps you younger looking – Sesame oil has analgesic and anti-aging properties and is widely used in medetsine and cosmetology.
The taste and nutrition facts have made sesame widely used across the globe:
1. In the West – The seeds are used in baking. Also, many loaves of bread, burgers and buns experiment with it.
In the East – Sesame was a symbol of youth and immortality, victory, and good spirit, and almonds sesame served to soldiers winners in Persia.
In fact, the following Asian nations make a wonderful use of sesame – 
India: In our country, the popular usage of sesame is in the form of halwa (sweet India dish) or laddoo (Another sweet Indian dish made in the form of balls). The traditional cooking of sesame is also found in other sweet dishes, such as sugarcane – peanut brittle.
China: ordinary sesame is used for the seasoning of meat and fish. sesame is the part of the religious culture, it is offered to the gods.
Roasted sesame perfectly complements the salads with a nutty flavor. Be it in the form of oil or powder, this Zinc-rich element adds a certain flavor to your food, which is not just different but delectable. And guess what, everybody will wonder about the secret behind your healthy and radiating skin. So, add sesame regularly, although in moderation.

India – The king of spices

Chilly, sour, sweet, salty, spicy, mouth-watering, curry, bitter – Indian spices are deliciously overwhelming in their flavours. The world learned from India taste. Mornings in India are awakened by the rich aroma of spices, when mothers and housewives are cooking delightfully for the family.

Try to trace the roots of your farthest possible forefathers, even before that period, the usage of spices was very much part of the Indian civilization. This culture is as old as the world history of spices. If Rig Veda is testified to mention about mustard, then Yajur Veda talks about black pepper.

Some other country would have been called the Land of Spices, had it been fortuned with India’s diverse topography. Mountain, swamp, riverine, tropical rainforest, wetlands, marshy woodland, rich valley and green field – each type of land nourishes specific spices.
The culture of making spicy food further led Indians to cultivate them in their farms. Due to the abundance of spices, Ayurveda also studied their health benefits and concluded that each one of them has an array of advantages.
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