Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fasting with Love…. Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth is a very popular and most awaited festival of Northern India. A festival celebrated by the Hindu married women, who fast for the longevity and safety of their husbands.

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Preparations for this festival start a day earlier. Women look forward for this festival. They fast from early morning till moonrise without even drinking a drop of water. They usually eat food before sunrise and the food is usually vermicilli kheer, puri and aloo. Women folk then adorn themselves with shringar and other traditional adornments and wait for the moon to rise. They see the moon through a sieve and then look at their husband, then break their fast by drinking water.

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The entire family then sits together for a grand feast….

It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Karwa chaut goes on to show that staying away from food too, can lead to quite a romantic experience!

Penne for your thoughts…..National Pasta Day

 

Life is not worth living if I cannot eat pasta and bread again

                                                                                         - Monica Seles

We are talking about the world famous and one of the most favourites from kids to adults, PASTA!!!

Pasta is the national dish of Italy and it has also been named as the Queen of the Mediterranean Diet.  It is the staple and traditional food of Italy, with its first reference dated in the year 1154 in Sicily.

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Did you know?? there are almost 600 varieties of pasta around the world and they are broadly classified as dried and fresh.

Fresh Pasta is called as Pasta Fresca and has a very delicate texture to it. It also cooks faster.

Dried Pasta is called as Pasta Secca and it has a firm texture and takes a longer time to cook.

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Pasta is basically made from Durum Wheat and this helps in it holding its shape and staying firm while getting cooked. There are even colored pastas available and these are done with carrots to give them an orange colour, squid ink for black colour and spinach for green colour.

Here are some fun facts about Pasta….

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Italy, U.S.A and Brazil are the three top producers of Pasta around the world.

An average Italian consumes 26 kgs of pasta annualy!!!

25th October is celebrated as the World Pasta Day

The shape of the pasta determines the pairing sauce (are pairing it right???)

A common belief is that Marco Polo brought Pasta from China in the 13th Century (We thought it was Italian!!!)

It is also believed that pasta existed in the 4th Century B.C!!!

There are three basic preparation styles:

Baked, Soup preparation and Sauce based (which one is your favorite??)

Did you know that Spagetti Bolognese, Macaroni and Cheese and Lasagna are the three most popular pasta dishes in the world?? So which one are you going to try next????

MealTango is very happy to celebrate the famous and favourite food around the world and make it part of our menu today.

As our motto goes, the food is not only great but also fresh and is free of preservatives and colouring. The food is tasted and tested by pro tasters to maintain the authenticity of the dish.

What are you waiting for!!!! Andare Avanti e Ordine!!!! ooops!!! Go ahead and order here!!!

Cheers….

Team MealTango

Of Simplicity, Sambar & Rice… Celebrate Former President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s Birthday with Food!!!

You have to dream before your dreams come true”

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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, is lovingly called the “People’s President”. A recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, Abdul Kalam passed away this year while delivering a lecture in Shillong.

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For a man of such great stature, simplicity was his preferred way of life and also in the food that he ate.

Abdul Kalam preferred simple and soul filling meals – be it the Rashtrapathi Bhavan or a very small eatery at the time of his student days. In his book, Pride of the Nation: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Mahesh Dutt Sharma writes, “Dr. Kalam had very close bond with his mother Ashiyamma.” His favourite mom-cooked food was rice and sambar with coconut chutney. “I often used to eat food with my mother in the kitchen. She used to serve my favourite dish on a banana leaf,” Dr. Kalam related in the book.

Dr. Kalam was a vegetarian and traditional South Indian preparations would typically constitute most of his regular meals and gave great importance to eating right and staying fit. He loved traditional Iyengar food like Vendhya Kozhambu and Puliyodare. But how did he embrace vegetarianism? Turns out that it was a well-thought through, practical choice that he made in his life. “Economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally started liking it. Today I am 100 per cent vegetarian. Wherever I go, as long as I get a hot vegetable dish, I am okay. If I am in Gujarat, I have Gujarati food, if it’s Shillong, its North Eastern,” Dr. Kalam was quoted by the daily. The only non-vegetarian food he ate occasionally was egg masala along with Kerala parottas,”

Another restaurant where he was a regular was Guruvaayoorappa in Trivandrum. “He would always enjoy appams and two glasses of milk, sometimes chappathis. He was always a person who would finish his meal fast and was always in a hurry” states the owner of the restaurant. He even had a special plate that was only meant for Dr. Kalam.

MealTango salutes Abdul Kalam on his birthday, on 15-October, by offering a special menu with his favourite meal combinatins: Authentic South Indian Sambhar Rice with Apalams, home-made traditional Sponge Dosas with chutney, sambhar and vegetable, and delicious payasam.

Like all MealTango dishes, these are made in homes with care on the same day, and are free of preservatives or coloring.

Celebrate this simple yet great man’s birthday with a fitting meal for lunch or dinner today.

Cheers…

Team MealTango

The Onam that was….

Onam is considered as the Harvest Festival of Kerala (one of the 4 South Indian States). People from Kerala mark this festival by welcoming their mythical king Mahabali.  It is believed that the people want their king to be happy and know that they are prosperous and wealthy; hence they celebrate the festival with a lot of pomp. Onam celebrated by decorating their homes with Pookalam (rangoli made with flowers), conducting boat race and relishing the famous Onam Sadya (traditional meal)

The Onam Sadya is the traditional meal of this harvest festival. It is served on a banana leaf with rice as the main item, accompanied with a variety of other sides. Ask a keralite how important is an Onam Sadya for him/ her?? He would say “Kaanam Vittum Onam Unnanamwhich means “One must have the Onam Sadya even if one is forced to sell his property”. The essence of the festival is captured with this Malayalam proverb and shows how important as well as how close is this festival to Keralites.

The home chefs and guests at MealTango celebrated Onam by hosting the traditional Onam Sadya in Pune. The Onam Sadya was lovingly cooked by our home chefs and the entire spread was packed and sent to the customers with a banana leaf, so that they enjoy the true sense of their Sadya. The Onam Sadya was prepared by different South Indian Home Chefs. The meal was not only freshly prepared but also was devoid of any preservatives and additives. It was prepared with the healthiest of ingredients. Each dish was verified and approved by meal tasters.

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(Our C.E.O Mr. Saket Khanna (extreme left) personally supervises the packing. Helpers wearing chef hats and gloves to ensure cleanliness while packing)

The entire meal was neatly packed in containers and also had a leaflet to guide the guest on which dish should be served where on the banana leaf, making sure that they have an authentic experience.

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The spread consisted of (Clockwise from top left): Salt, Round Ethakka Uperri, Puli Inchi , Cut Ethakka Upperi, Vadukapuli Lime Pickle, Thoran, Kalan, Avial, Ada Payasam, Pachadi, Banana, Sambhar, Rice with Parippu , Papadums, Sharkara Puratti

The Onam Sadya was a big hit in Pune and was hosted for two consecutive days. MealTango received an over whelming response of more than 300+ calls to deliver the Onam Sadya. MealTango was recognised by the Pune Mirror for this wonderful intiative of the Onam Sadya in Pune.

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(Some of our guests enjoying the Onam Sadya from MealTango)

 Here is the link that had MealTango featured.

Here is what some of our guests had to say about the Sadya:

Usha Pratap — Had an Onam sadya. Extremely good food. Good portions (except the rice), and fresh too. Was late (but apologised nicely- so didn’t reduce the stars). It was the first time- but will try again

Team MealTango is extremely happy about the enthusiasm shown by our guests. More festivals to come and more good food to come!!!

Until next time let’s meet with another celebration….

Cheers,

Team MealTango