January 18, 2021
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The cuisine of Odisha is one of my all time favourites. Famous for its scenic beauty , Odisha also holds a very rich culinary culture.  The cuisine of Odisha has lesser spices and oil but is high on flavours. 

Very closely associated to an Odia family, I grew up having the most amazing food of the region. 

In Frame, Machha Tarkari , a delicate aromatic fish preparation (usually Rohu)  , is a staple of the Odia household.  

Machha Tarkari :

  • Rohu fish pieces 500gm
  • Onion 1 sliced
  • Tomato 1 chopped
  • Ginger 1″chopped
  • Garlic 4-5pods
  • Panch phoron 1 tsp (mixture of Cumin, Brown Mustard, Fenugreek, Nigella and Fennel seeds.) 
  • Cinnamon 1″
  • Green Cardamom 2
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Mustard oil 4tbsp
  • Chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Marinate fish pieces with salt and turmeric powder for 10mins.
  • Make a paste by grinding ginger, garlic, half of sliced onions, cinnamon, cardamom and little water.
  • Heat mustard oil in a pan and fry the fish pieces. Set aside.
  • In the same oil and add panch phoron.
  • When splutter, add the remaining sliced onions.
  • When onion becomes golden add the masala paste and mix.
  • Cook till oil separates and then add the tomatoes and all the spice powders.
  • Cook few more minutes till everything cooked well and oil separates.
  • Add 1-1/2cups water and when boil comes add the fish and cook covered.

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Art-n-Culture Recipies

Kumaoni Dubke is one of the authentic dishes of Kumaon, Uttarakhand. Made with locally grown Organic Lentils like gram, green gram, gahat and Bhatt, this is an extremely flavour full and nourishing dish. This one’s a true labour of love. Slow cooked lentils in earthen pots, imparts a distinct smoky flavours and keeps the nutrition locked in.


  • Whole Moong Dal 1 Cup
  • Chana Dal 1/2 cup 
  • 4 tbsp ghee.
  • 2tbsp crushed garlic. 
  • 2tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
  • Whole red dry chillies. 2-3.
  •  1tsp turmeric powder 
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder 
  • 1tsp garam masala powder
  • Heeng – a pinch 
  • 4-5 cups water

Soak the dals overnight. 

In the morning wash well removing the green peels that separate from the dal.

Grind the soaked washed Dal’s to a fine paste adding enough water.  Set aside.

 In a Lange heavy bottom pot (earthenware) heat ghee.  Put in cumin seeds, garlic, whole red chillies, heeng and fry well.  Put in the dal paste, 4-5 cups of water, salt, turmeric, coriander powder and garam masala. Keep stirring till one boil comes. lower the flame and let it simmer for further 40-45 mins.

Once done temper with ghee and red chilli powder (optional) 

Serve with rice topped with a dollop of ghee.


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Father’s Day is that one Sunday you usually celebrate with your old man cooking together and enjoying nice family meals along with chatter and drinks. While this year, as with several other occasions, COVID-19 has been a dampener but do not let it lower your spirits on Father’s Day.

Make the most of staying at home with your dad and plan a few surprises for him including sharing his favourite spirit – a beautiful aged single malt or an exquisitely blended bourbon whisky. Trust us, he would love to get pampered with his favourite drink, food and music! After all, it doesn’t take a thousand extraordinary gifts to tell our fathers how much they mean to us, and how grateful we are for his unconditional love.

Ringing in the spirit of Father’s Day, we bring to you different ways to enjoy one of the most well-known aged single malts in the world, the Bowmore Aged 12 Years Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which is actually the oldest malt from Islay. And if your old man would like to go for something extremely smooth, then it has to be the world’s most popular and smoothest American Bourbon whisky – Jim Beam. Below are some ways you can enjoy these drinks the best with your dad this Sunday, or any other day! After all, enjoying a small moment of shared joy with one’s father is the biggest celebration of all.


  • Ingredients Required:
    • Bowmore 12-Year-Old 30ml
    • A dash of water
  • Glass: Old Fashioned
  • Method: Pour Bowmore 12 Year Old into an old fashioned and add a dash of water. Stir lightly and sip.
  • Why this is a perfect celebratory drink: Bowmore, Islay’s oldest distillery, is home to the world’s oldest whisky maturation warehouse, The No. 1 Vaults. Crafted to perfection in this legendary warehouse for over 240 years, the Bowmore’s 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a delicate blend of citrus notes and mellow honey, teasing the brand’s trademark peat smoke notes all the way. The blend is so exquisite that the taste needs no mixers.


  • Ingredients Required:
    • Bowmore 12-Year-Old 30ml
    • 2 cubes of ice
  • Glass: Old Fashioned
  • Method: Pour Bowmore 12 Year Old into an old fashioned with two cubes of ice and sip.


  • Ingredients Required:
    • Jim Beam 50ml
    • Raspberry Puree 2 bar spoons
    • Cinnamon Syrup 10ml
    • Sugar Syrup 10ml
    • Lime Juice 25ml
    • Egg White ½
    • Mint Leaf for Garnish
  • Glass: Coupe or Cocktail
  • Method: Shake and strain
  • Garnish: Mint Leaf. And fresh raspberries on cocktail Skewer if available.


  • Ingredients Required:
    • Jim Beam 50ml
    • Red Wine to Float 20ml
    • Orange Juice 30ml
    • Sugar Syrup 20ml
    • Lemon Juice 20ml
    • Ice
  • Glass: Rocks Glass
  • Method: Shake and Strain. For a little more depth, float red wine on the drink at the end.

Starting 2020 on an exciting note, PizzaExpress brings to you the most delightful times to celebrate occasions of togetherness through flavors with your loved ones. As a solid culinary brand in India, PizzaExpress is all about the grand fiesta. We are therefore thrilled to announce our “Good Times Together.” campaign where we are celebrating all things pizza and more this Valentine’s Day.

From first dates to mate dates or teammates to soulmates; 90% of a relationship is deciding where to eat! No matter who you’re celebrating with this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget your love at first bite – PizzaExpress. Staying true to its DNA of evocative design and great food, PizzaExpress has introduced a special menu which is supremely crafted to surprise your palate and melt your hearts. Since every moment & bite is precious, munch on some salads, enjoy some delicious pizza, and dessert this Valentine’s Day.

Get your hands on the two amazing salads: Superfood Salad and Chicken & Apple salad. Followed by three pizzas, crafted to perfection. The Caprese Pizza topped with Fior di latte cheese, marinated tomatoes, basil and arugula with a tang of traditional Italian pesto. The Chicken Caesar, which is a classic salad turned pizza with pulled chicken, Caesar dressing, sun-dried tomatoes and olives topped with shaved parmesan cheese. Lastly, try Vasco Da Gama pizza ; an Indian inspired fusion festive pizza made from Goan Chorizo, topped with red onion, red chilies, and potato.

To end the meal on a sweet note and even sweeter memories try our very own Sticky toffee pudding.

To make the occasion even more special, PizzaExpress is offering a complimentary glass of wine for each person for a table of two and a complimentary bottle of house wine for a table of four.

Valid till: 9th – 15th February’2020

With the “Good Times. Together.” campaign, PizzaExpress on this Valentine’s Day aims to bring people together through good food, love and all things pizza across its 8 outlets in Mumbai & Delhi.



  1. Cranberry Juice 60 ml
  2. Pineapple juice 60ml
  3. Orange juice 45ml


  • In a glass pour cranberry juice and pineapple juice along with some ice cubes, with the help of a shaker mix all the ingredients well.
  • In a fresh glass, empty the mixture, pour crushed ice on top of the juice
  • Finish it off with by adding orange juice and garnish with a dash of lime or cut cherry pieces.

Ruthless cocktail is made from three main ingredients namely – Whisky, cranberry juice and lychee crush.


  1. 45ml of whisky (any choice)
  2. Cranberry juice for taste
  3. 60ml of Lychee crush
  4. Few mint leaves and lemon slices.


  • In a glass have few mint leaves and lime slices, crush them well, add 45 ml of whisky and 60 ml of lychee crush and lots of ice.
  • Put it in a shaker and mix well until everything is well incorporated.
  • Take a fresh glass, pour crushed ice and empty the mixture in to it and at last pour cranberry juice for the taste, garnish with a few lime slices

Sponge ingredients

  • Eggs- 02 nos.
  • Gur- 50 gms.
  • Roasted white til- 50 gms.
  • Flour refined- 100 gms.
  • Butter- 40 gms.

Ganache ingredients

  • Butter white- 100 gms.
  • Gur- 50 gms.


  • Whisk eggs and Gur powder together until fluffy but not over-beat.
  • Fold refined flour and roasted white til gently into the batter.
  • Pour melted butter into sponge mixer and mix gently.
  • Pour the mixer into mold
  • Bake it at 180* C if sheets 200*C


  • Melt gur on slow heat and stir with butter and let it fluffy as butter cream
  • Finish with gur butter cream of the pastry.


Sponge ingredients

  • Eggs – 02 nos.
  • Sugar grain- 50 gms
  • Refined flour- 150 gms
  • Beetroot color- 50 gms
  • Oil refined- 50 ml.


  • Whisk eggs and sugar together until fluffy, but not over-beat.
  • Fold refined flour and beetroot color gently until mixed well.
  • Pour oil into batter and mix gently.
  • Pour the batter into heart shape flexi pan mold.
  • Bake it at 180C if sheets 200C

Icing with whipped cream and fold with sponge crumb.


Recipe is prepared by Cornitos Chef Appurv Sharma using Beetroot Veggie Nachos that are made from natural vegetable extracts blended with Corn Masa and seasoned in Spicy Pepper Flavor. It is a quick flavorful recipe of nachos with beans, garnishing done with sliced Jalapenos, black olives and sweet corn adds to its appeal.


  • Cornitos Beetroot Nacho Crisps 1 pkt (70g)
  • Refried beans 100 gms
  • Diced Yellow bell pepper 45 gm
  • Cornitos Sliced Jalapenos 20 gms
  • Sliced Black olives 15 gm
  • Mozzarella cheese 100 gm
  • Boiled Sweet Corn 30 gm
  • Seasoning to taste
  • Cornitos Chunky Salsa Mild 50 gm
  • Guacamole dip 50 gm
  • Method

Arrange cornitos beetroot nacho crisps in an ovenproof dish, overlapping one over the other.

  • Layer Nachos with refried beans, vegetables and Cornitos Sliced Jalapenos
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on the Nachos and finish with seasoning
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 *F for 2 minutes or till cheese melts
  • Remove from oven and serve with Guacamole dip and Cornitos Chunky Salsa dip


  • Cornitos nachos (cheese and herbs) bag                150gm
  • Sweet Corn boiled                           150 gm
  • Sour cream                                                                         120 ml
  • Lemon wedges                                                                 2 nos
  • Coriander                                                                            20 gm
  • Taco seasoning                                                 as per taste


  1. Arrange the nachos on the platter, then add sweet corn, pour sour cream evenly on the nachos, finish with chopped coriander and taco seasoning.
  2. Garnish with lemon wedges.