Thursday, April 26, 2012

Onion-Olive-Tomato Tango with Snackuits

The other day, I was delighted to hear from Priya, a fellow blogger and a wonderful human being about the event she was holding for her blog. The task sounded simple and I was upbeat about it. With a bit of imagination and good support from Priya, here I am with my recipe/review of Britannia’s snackuits. Would take this opportunity to thank Priya & Britannia for my post.

Binging, snacking whatever you want to call- I simply love it! You get the picture; I am not someone who shies away from a good snack even on a full stomach.  And every single bite I take, I have this twinge of unshakable guilt. What if you could enjoy snacking without a complete feeling of guilt? Well that’s how these snacks are positioned by Britannia- as a snacking guru, I got to taste these wonderful little flavorful snacks and here is my verdict-  I love it!

Britannia has a winner with these snacks considering the whole hoopla about health snacks in Indian market.Britannia’s effort to entice the audience with three international flavors- Italiano Pizza, Chinese hot & sweet, Swiss cheese and chilli will not go in vain. However, for me, what worked the most was the Italiano pizza flavor. I am partial to Italian food, perhaps! With a heightened sense of garlic, this snack was the most appealing of the three. And the least favorite is the Swiss cheese and chilli- Cause, this reminds me of sour cream and onion chips that’s already in the market. So, nothing special about it. Chinese hot & sweet has oriental flavor written all over it and I wouldn't mind emptying the packet in a jiffy. Would these flavors work for Indian market? Oh yes!  People may be partial to one particular flavor but these baked goodies are a hit 

So coming back to some whacky and funky ideas to gobble them up, oh I have some good suggestions-
You can dunk it in a sauce, crumble them in your salad, top them with veggies and spices of your choice or eat them plain. Flavors hit you at the right spot especially the Italiano pizza snack! 

 Since these biscuits are flavorful, they would work great in a onion-olive-tomato tango treat. Blends perfect with all the three biscuit flavors. 

Onion-Olive-Tomato Tango with Snackuits

  • 1 small red onion (chopped fine)
  • ½ cucumber (chopped fine)
  • ½ firm tomato (chopped fine)
  • sliced olives (black) 1 tbsp
  • 1 green chilli (optional)
  • ¼ tsp of roasted cumin powder 
  • Olive oil to blend all the ingredients

Since we are going to use tomato I would advise you to blend the biscuits towards the end. Otherwise it would get soggy and lose the essence. In a bowl, mix onion, cucumber, tomato, green chillies, olives together. Add cumin and olive oil. Before serving, add a packet of Britannia Italiano pizza biscuits, give it a good toss and watch it vanish in front of your eyes like magic!

You could be super creative and try out different things with these biscuits- Look who had fun of her own with these biscuits-

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tulsi Tamatar Shorba

Tomato Soup with Basil and Coriander

I come from a family where picky eating was frowned upon. So, I pride myself as someone who can pretty much manage everything. The big exception is soups. I am a bit annoying when it comes to soups. I don’t like creamy soups and I am more in favor of broth based soups. I seldom try out soups in restaurant as most of them are cream based. So, to my big surprise, when I recently tried out this tomato soup at a hotel in Hyderabad, I loved it! The flavors were clear and lovely. Highlight of the soup was the inherent coriander flavor that just left a lingering burst of flavor in my tongue. I had to meet the chef to get my hands on the soup recipe. Lucky me, the chef was more than happy to share this recipe with me :) – I made subtle changes and though it’s not 100% copy of the soup I had at the restaurant but it still packs in a punch and is delicious.

Tulsi Tamatar Shorba

Recipe type: Appetiser, Entree
Author: Suchitra Vaidyaram
A broth based flavorful tomato soup with Basil & Coriander
  • 4-5 medium sized tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 tsp Roasted cumin powder
  • 1 small carrot (chopped)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (crushed and chopped)
  • 1 small sized Apple (peeled and cut in cubes)
  • 50 grams Coriander roots (don’t use the leaves)
  • Salt according to taste
  • 3/4 tsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • Black pepper (dash of it)
  • Olive oil to saute (2 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp dried Basil
  1. In a pan, heat oil and add chopped garlic. Allow the oil to absorb the garlic flavor.
  2. Saute the garlic slowly and after a few seconds add the tomatoes, carrot, apple, salt, Kashmiri chili powder.
  3. Add water and cook them for 45 minutes till the vegetables get tender and mashed.
  4. Add the chopped coriander roots with pepper and cook for another two minutes.
  5. Blend the mixture using a blender and strain with a soup strainer if you want a clear soup.
  6. Else, you can keep the soup chunky and thick without straining it (that’s my preference).
  7. Heat the soup again and add Basil and adjust the salt according to your taste.
  8. Serve hot!
The original recipe handed by the chef had white pepper powder which i substituted to black pepper.
Chef had also asked me add honey (dash of it) towards the end to give it a glossy look- which I omitted.
The recipe also asks to use butter which i had to substitute to olive oil for health reasons.


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