How were Sandwiches invented?

Aren’t Sandwiches just wonderful! They are delicious, hassle free and they double up as snacks or meals as and when we desire! But do you know how sandwiches were invented?

Sandwiches have their origin in England in 1700s, and the credit goes to Lord Montague of Sandwich. He was an ardent gambler and did not tolerate any disturbance during his game of cards. On one such evening, he commanded his cook to make something which could be eaten without distracting his game of cards!

The chef was a mastermind, and he slapped the afternoon meat and vegetables in between two slices of bread and created the first sandwich as we know today. Lord Montague could now enjoy his game and have a fulfilling meal at the same time!

The invention was so awesome that the word soon traveled across continents via travelers. Being a convenient and delicious food item, sandwiches gained popularity throughout the world.  Today, sandwiches are the most popular food item throughout the globe!

At Box8, we recreated this masterpiece to suit your flare for a good sandwich with a Desi tinge. And we have cracked the perfect recipe for the modern, progressive, and Indian taste.

Protein of your choice cooked in sumptuous Indian spices, is paired with farm fresh vegetables, drizzled with our secret sauce and laid between warm oven baked multi-grain bread.

So go ahead and grab a bite!

These foods will give you major #HoliHunger

Holi is a riot of colours and there is no stopping anyone from getting ‘magan’ in the spirit. While ‘O Rang Barse’ is the catch phrase of all holi celebrations, quite a few of us are all about the irresistible snacks and sweets. The diversity of these is so rich across the country,  that if we add all of them in our ‘food bucket list’ it’ll take multiple holis to get to it.

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How can one have holi without it’s signature foods!

 Here are some of the dishes and desserts across India which are particularly enjoyed with colored hands 😉

Gujiya

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Gujiyas are made of maida or flour and filled with khoya and dry fruits mixture deep fried and dipped in sugary syrup, popularly made in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. This sweet delicacy is made only during Holi, so don’t miss the chance.

 

Pakode

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Pakode is a deep fried snack enjoyed through out the country. Mostly, gram flour is used for coating the veggies and then they are deep fried in oil. One of the most common finger food in Indian household, many make Bhang pakode for the ocassion.

Thandai

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Thandai is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of dry-fruits,spices, milk and sugar. The drink can be enjoyed through out the year but for Holi, a special ingredient called Bhang (prepared from the cannabis plant) is added. This drink is perfect to slow things down a bit when the excitement gets intense.

Puran poli

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Puran is a sweet stuffing made from chana dal and jaggery (or sugar), flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom. Though traditionally made on Holi by Maharashtrians,it’s famous in Gujarat too.Tastes best when eaten fresh with generous amount of ghee.

Gajar Ka Halwa

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A sweet dessert made with grated carrots,milk and sugar stirred regularly and served with a garnish of almonds and pistachios slightly fried in ghee. A winter seasonal favourite but still enjoyed during many festivals, tastes best when it’s hot.

Barfi

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Barfis are small treats that are made with condensed milk, sugar and ground nuts or flour. Cooked until solidified, this Holi sweet is cut into different shapes and decorated with dry fruits or sliced fruits.

Kanji Vada

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Kanji vada is a popular delight in Rajasthan and  Gujarat. It consists of small moong dal vadas immersed in a tangy mustard flavoured fermented liquid called Kanji. Kanji is generally prepared a day in advance which gives required tangy flavour.

Gulab Jamun

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Soft,spongy and dipped in sugar syrup, this traditional sweet is made with khoya or mawa and flour used as a binding agent. Available throughout the year, yet it is still one of the favourite desserts for Holi.

Hey, do remember to try most of these delicacies from different parts of our great country. Too exhausted for cooking? don’t worry Box8 has it covered, guaranteed delivery all day on Holi. Celebrate the festival of colours responsibly and to the fullest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Innovations that Changed the World

With every passing year, new life-changing innovations take place which keeps making our life simple and trouble-free. Innovation happens in every step of human life, and food is not far from it. So here are top 5 food innovations in the last five years that will always be remembered by our taste buds for their out of the box taste and looks!

  1. Tomato Sushi

The words “livable” and “vegetarian” are apparently the least things on your mind when you’re enjoying sushi, But currently, we’re overfishing many of the world’s remaining fisheries.

With that in sense, Chef James Corwell arranged about making a delicious flipside to a famous fish that would match picky palettes.

Using sous vide ways to taste, he invented a palatable, tomato-based substitute for tuna that should keep us in the sushi game strong.

2. Cronuts

A Cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry created by New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel of Dominique Ansel Bakery. The pastry is similar to a doughnut and is created from croissant-like dough which is stuffed with flavored cream and deep-fried in grapeseed oil. A trademark was certified for the name “cronut” at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. After the release of the Cronut, similar products have sprung up all over the world.

3. Banana Flour

Here is another prime example of a young innovator taking action to put the world’s waste to use. In this scenario, it’s the millions of tons of bananas that has damaged before ever reaching customers. Possibly, some Swedish grad students had witnessed enough gluten-free belly-aching and took a decision to make a flour alternate made of bananas. Banana chapatis anyone?

4.  Glitter Latte

Clearly not all that glitters is gold. It can now very well be your morning cup of coffee.  This glittering latte was popularized by a cafe in Mumbai and broke the internet.  If you are curious, the glitter is absolutely edible. It doesn’t really have a taste of it’s own, but you’re sure to get a glittery lip.

5. Stir fried Ice-cream

Contrary to what the name the name suggests, it is not stir fried on a flame with oil, but on a cold ice-pan. Stir-fried ice cream also is known as Thai rolled ice cream is a handmade ice cream dessert formed with milk poured on an iced grill, mixed with fruit or various ingredients on the ice-pan. It reached worldwide in 2015 from internet viral videos.

6.   BOX8’s Fusion Box

We’ve invented a unique concept of Desi Fusion with our signature 8 layer desi meal in a box! It comes with an amazing fusion of flavours and is super convenient

Know more about such out of the box food innovations?  Hit us in the comments section below 🙂

Article contributed by Siddesh Bhoir for BOX8

Know what you use! #TakeCharge

69 years ago our forefathers took charge of our country. This Republic Day lets reinforce that feeling and #TakeCharge of our waste and work towards maintaining our land. Here is a list of symbols found on plastic whose meaning we should all know. It will not only teach us how to use it safely, but also how we can re-use and recycle it and make a difference in our own way. 

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This is one of the most commonly used plastics in consumer products, and is found in most water and pop bottles, and some packaging. It is intended for single use applications; repeated use increases the risk of leaching and bacterial growth. Hence this should be recycled but not reused.

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HDPE plastic is the stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, detergent and oil bottles, toys, and some plastic bags. HDPE is the most commonly recycled plastic and is considered one of the safest forms of plastic. Hence, Products made of HDPE are reusable and recyclable.

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PVC is a soft, flexible plastic used to make clear plastic food wrapping, cooking oil bottles, teething rings, children’s and pets’ toys, and blister packaging for myriad consumer products. It is commonly used as the sheathing material for computer cables, and to make plastic pipes and parts for plumbing. Because PVC is relatively impervious to sunlight and weather, it is used to make window frames, garden hoses, arbors, raised beds and trellises. Products made using PVC plastic are not recyclable. While some PCV products can be repurposed, PVC products should not be reused for applications with food or for children’s use.

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LDPE is often found in shrink wraps, dry cleaner garment bags, squeezable bottles, and the type of plastic bags used to package bread. The plastic grocery bags used in most stores today are made using LDPE plastic. Products made using LDPE plastic are reusable, but not always recyclable. You need to check with your local collection service to see if they are accepting LDPE plastic items for recycling.

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Polypropylene plastic is tough and lightweight, and has excellent heat-resistance qualities. It serves as a barrier against moisture, grease and chemicals. When you try to open the thin plastic liner in a cereal box, it is polypropylene. This keeps your cereal dry and fresh. PP is also commonly used for bottle tops, margarine and yogurt containers, potato chip bags, straws, packing tape and rope. PP is considered safe for reuse and should definitely be recycled.

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Polystyrene is an inexpensive, lightweight and easily-formed plastic with a wide variety of uses. It is most often used to make disposable styrofoam drinking cups, take-out “clamshell” food containers, egg cartons, plastic picnic cutlery, foam packaging and those ubiquitous “peanut” foam chips used to fill shipping boxes to protect the contents. Polystyrene is also widely used to make rigid foam insulation and underlay sheeting for laminate flooring used in home construction. Recycling is not widely available for polystyrene products

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This symbol indicates that products are made of materials that are specifically designed for contact with food. So it is safe for you to use them for food.

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All products displaying this symbol are Bisphenol A free. This means you can store and heat your food without any worries.

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This symbol indicates that the product is designed to be used in the microwave. So you can safely reheat or defrost food in it in a microwave oven.

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This symbol displays the minimum and maximum temperatures that the product can withstand: from the coldest, shown below the line (in the freezer) to the hottest, shown above it (in the microwave).

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A product displaying this symbol can be used to store food in the refrigerator or freezer

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Products displaying this symbol are designed to be dishwasher safe.

Stay informed and #TakeCharge 🙂

 

 

 

Not all matches are made in Heaven

Roti, Kapdha, Makaan

jab tak inme kuch twist na ho

nai aata hum Indians ko araam

India is a land of fusions. And why not? A land as richly diverse as ours craves for fusion. We need to add our desi twist to everything, and this my friends, is our USP. This twist is most reflected in something we are the most well known for. The thing we all live and die for. KHAANA– hamara sabse anmol khazaana. Here we share with you a list of some of the most wacky yet mouth watering fusion dishes of all time.

  1. Dosa Khakra

When this south Indian just couldn’t hold back his love for this Gujarati favorite, they had babies, and the word ate in awe. Sold at a famous Khakra conglomerate in Gujarat, these babies are relished by one and all.

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  1. Bhelpuri Waffle cone

This culinary marriage between our street favorite and a fancy Belgian hot shot is another proof that food doesn’t discriminate.  As the piquant taste of the Bhel fuses with the mellow sweet cone we can hear our dil go hadippa

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  1. Cheese and Avocado paratha

Bhangra may not sound appropriate in Mexico; maybe that is why we bought Mexico to Punjab. The butter soft Parathas are rendered a gorgeous green colour and the creaminess of the avocados. With the cheese oozing out of each bite you can feel your stomach doing that Bhangra in Mexico

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  1. Gol Gappa shots

Remember how you get that jhidhki from mom every time you ask her to let you eat gol gappas with an already sour throat. Ab to bhai ‘flying chappal’ receive karne ke lie tyaar ho jao. The already chatpata golgappas are drowned in sour orange juice flavored with mint, black salt and lime. Adding to the twist are plums and mangoes stuffed into the crispy shell

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  1. Masala coke

‘Opening happiness’ since years, now we add a delectable mystery to our favourite coke. Treat your taste buds to the tangy lemon and black salt dissolved in this black magic.

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  1. Gulab Jamun Cheesecake

Khushiyo ke ghar pe naya mehmaan aaya! Relish the moment devouring on the succulent half cut gulab jamuns placed on a delicious cheesecake. This fusion is sure to make you swoon over it

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  1. Pizza Dhokla

Exploiting pizza in all ways possible we have finally come up with the pizza dhokla. This is a perfect combination of Dadi’s favourite and every bachas favourite. The soft dhokla base is topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and other palatable pizza toppings.

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  1. Chocolate modak

Beta, man mein laddu phoota? The generic modak usually relinquished on occasions such as Ganesh Chaturthi is recreated with a sweet twist. The inner filling has been replaced by some delicious chocolate. This is for sure going to be a favourite parsad very soon

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  1. Gulab Jamun Ice cream

This heavenly combination is certain to have you craving for zyaada! Scrumptious Gulab Jamun chunks infused in Malai Ice-cream is like a dream come true. Relish this fabulous fusion right now, available at your doorstep, from BOX8

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8 Must Watch Movies for Foodies

There’s no sight on earth more appealing than that of a food lover crafting a masterpiece in the kitchen.  Watching a chef cook is definitely more pleasing than doing it yourself.  It is wonderful to watch some bake, saute, or fry ingredients to create something so perfect and beautiful. It has the power to tickle your food fantasies and inspire you to fulfill them. So to appease the food lover in you, here’s a list of 8 must watch movies for foodies.

Chef

There is no second question to why this movie tops the list. This heart-warming tale of a chef who wants the word to experience his food creations will surely stimulate your salivary glands. All those Cuban sandwiches will surely make you want a sandwich like none other.

Ratatouille

The concept of who you are has nothing to do with what you can do, cannot be explained better than Ratatouille does. It is a true labor of love for fine cooking, and it goes about its story in an adorable way. The animation is top notch, and the dishes look so amazing that you can’t help but appreciate the much celebrated French cuisine.

Julie and Julia

This movie is inspired by the true story of Julie Powell, a new-yorker who discovers her passion for cooking and blogging inspired by the celebrated American cookbook author Julia Child. They both discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. Her adventures with cooking and the delicious scenes will keep you engaged and wanting more.

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana

For any Punjabi style chicken lover, this movie is paradise.  A grandson tries to recreate the celebrated chicken recipe of his grandfather to save his family dhaba. His trials and tribulations give us a lot of laughs, a few tears and an irresistible craving for Punjabi dhaba style chicken.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Unlike an artistic movie glorifying food making, this is a documentary which follows 85-year-old Jiro Ono, a world-renowned sushi chef. Watching the relentless pursuit of perfection he demands from all his apprentices, is equal parts of awe-inspiring, soul-crushing and totally mouthwatering. If you decide to work at Jiro’s you may just be making eggs for 10 years till you absolutely perfect the craft.

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

A movie dedicated to chocolate. Like really! Get ready to enter a fantasy land full of candy and other weird things. While seeing the movie you will feel like you are on a joy ride enjoying the irresistible candies. Good luck with the chocolate cravings. Umm.. a chocolava cake may help. Just saying!

The Trip

Steve Coogan is asked to tour the finest restaurants of Northern England. When his girlfriend backs out, he invites his best frenemy and fellow comedian Rob Brydon instead. Get ready for some mouth-watering incredible cuisines and lots of grumbles in your tummy.

The Lunchbox

This classic Irfan movie will make you crave for some good and simple homemade food. Right from aloo gobhi to simple beans and chapatti, you would want it all cooked in the quintessential lohe ki kadhai. After all nothing beats good Desi khana.

Can you think of more foodie movies? Tell us in the comments below!