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Launch of Danone at Bangalore (The Healthy Swap with Danone)

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Danone – World’s No. 1 Fresh Dairy Co started its activity in India by 2010. As a food company, they are always innovating to address the major food and health challenges. Also, they adapt themselves to the nutritional needs and cultures of each and every country where they operate.

Danone dairy has both fresh diary and UHT offerings, also they have launched range of flavored yoghurts and smoothies which best suits Indian customers. The fresh products include Dahi, Misti Doi and flavored yoghurts. The UHT includes UHT milk, buttermilk, lassi, cold coffee and smoothies.

And the latest addition to their products is Plain Greek Yoghurt and flavored yoghurt (Mango with fruit pieces, Strawberry with fruit pieces and Blueberry with Fruit pieces), which was launched few days back at Fava, Bangalore.

Recently being a food blogger, I came across many people looking forward to Greek Yoghurt – as it’s very good health with high protein and low-fat content. It was at the launch event, where Dietician Madhavi – explained about the Greek Yoghurt and its health benefits.

Greek Yoghurt is similar to Hung curd (thicken curd), but prepared from the double toned milk, which has less fat content and more protein content.

Greek yoghurt is being used as a replacement of milk, mayonnaise, chips and also our so called more calorie snack like samosa, chat… They can be consumed in anytime, may be as a smoothie along with fruits as breakfast, with salad, as a spread in bread, dip and along with fruits for lunch or snack time or dinner. A perfect and healthy replacement for snacks. Also because of the rich content of dietary fiber, they provide more satisfaction by consuming a small quantity which is good for diabetes.

Plain Greek yoghurt is best for diabetes as they don’t have any sugar content in them, whereas the flavored ones have little sugar content due to the flavor in them. This can be consumed as such or can be served with fruits, vegetables and so on.

Greek Yoghurt are packed very well, as they are distributed to the shops within 2 to 3 days of manufacture. Also, they have a specific expiry date, within which they should be consumed. Moreover, its required to store them in a refrigerator, to avoid it from spoiling. Also it priced INR 35/- for 80 gm pack which is more sufficient for an adult.

Chef Abhijit Saha, shared his fruitful experience with Danone and also demonstrated three food recipes with Danone Greek Yoghurt. Also, we had a chance to taste over the dishes tried out using Greek Yoghurt.

Due to more and more health issues, and now most of us concentrating on our diet, can take a shift to Danone Greek Yoghurt which helps to maintain our health and enjoy a happy life – #TheHealthySwap

 

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Master Chef cooking class by Whirlpool Built-In appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

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Got an invite for culinary Masterclass sponsored by Whirlpool Built-in appliances to mark the celebrations for the second anniversary of Haute Kitchen – an experiential center for Whirlpool built-in appliances in Koramangala, Bangalore. The event was hosted by the Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur, at something’s cooking culinary studio, Bangalore.

Commenting on the successful conclusion of Masterclass, Mr. Natarajan A, Head- New Business Unit, Whirlpool of India said, “We are glad that Chef Kunal Kapur joined us today for the anniversary celebration of our Haute-Kitchen in Bangalore. We believe that holding a meet-and-greet session for our patrons with Celebrity Chefs is important as they get to learn the art of cooking using the finest range of Whirlpool built in appliances from the masters. Going forward, we intend to conduct similar classes in other parts of India as well. We would like to thank both Chef Kunal Kapur and Something’s Cooking studio for today’s event success”

More excited when I got to hear we were going to cook with Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur. There were few bloggers and bloggers were divided to 5 teams where there was 2 veg team and 3 non-veg team. As everyone over there knew my daughter (10 yrs) is too interested and cooks well, she was also enrolled to our team. Our team with 4 of us – Me, My daughter (Hiranmayi), Harsha and Swathi.

Masterchef Cooking Class by Whirlpool's Built-In Appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

Masterchef Cooking Class by Whirlpool’s Built-In Appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

The recipe was given to us along with the ingredients, kitchen utensils and so on. Chef Kunal Kapur, instructed us the way with tips and tricks on how to cook the recipe, also he demonstrated the way of cooking and why we cook like that. For example, why do we slit fish, along the skin side, to avoid it from shrinking.

The menu was curated by Chef Kunal kapur, it was a unique idea, sounds good and yeah it tasted delicious. Recipe – Seafood Modak with Moilee Sauce, tossed spinach and Kokum Foam, Andae ka Halwa, Lemon Basil curd. Seafood Modak sounds interesting and unique right, it’s stuffed with spicy prawn masala and the moilee sauce was prepared with prawn head. Due to lack of time, we couldn’t prepare Andae Ka Halwa, but got to taste the one prepared by chef, it was divine, melt in mouth. Stay tuned for recipe…

My daughter preparing Prawn Moilee –

 

Finally, the day was spent fantastic and informative with fun, laughter, thanks a lot to Whirlpool India for extending the invite. Wishing you all the very success and many more returns of anniversary day with your Whirlpool Built-In Appliances. I have been a using Whirlpool refrigerator and washing machine more than a decade and would never comprise with any brands for these and eagerly looking to handle Whirlpool Kitchen Appliances.

Press Release for World On A Plate – 2 at VR Bengaluru, Bangalore – 2017

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Got an invite for World On A Plate – Edition 2, Press Release hosted by VR Bengaluru with celebrity Master chefs, as a part of VR One celebrations on 2nd June 2017 – 11.30 A.M. Gold Rush Entertainment bring together all the 5 Master Chefs – Gary Mehigan, Adriano Zumbo, Janice Wong, Ranveer Brar and Elena Duggan at VR Bengaluru – The Black Box at Whitefield on 3rd June.

Press Release for World On A Plate - 2 at VR Bengaluru, Bangalore

Press Release for World On A Plate – 2 at VR Bengaluru, Bangalore

One of the most memorable, precious, happy moment, that I got to attend the Press Release of the World On A Plate – Edition 2 conducted at VR Bengaluru, Whitefield, Bangalore, on behalf of the celebration of VR Bengaluru’s 1st Anniversary.

About VR Bengaluru: VR Bengaluru is a Virtuous Retail South Asia’s flagship center in the city and is a first-of-its-kind community centric integrated lifestyle destination in India. VR Bengaluru plays host to an award-winning luxury boutique hotel & residences, collaborative communal work spaces for start-ups and entrepreneurs and a multi-level premium retail arcade.  It also includes a nine-screen multiplex including an IMAX, several pubs, cafes and restaurants along with an upscale food curt, community event spaces, public art, a fitness club, spa and salon and a rooftop pool alongside a unique banqueting space with a large-scale LED screen.

The nickname “Black Box on Whitefield Road” is inspired by the striking black façade, which makes VR Bengaluru stand out from the generic building landscape on Whitefield Main Road. Equally compelling is the unique mix of experiences and the integrated design of the development that enables customers to move seamlessly among the different uses. Also it’s my neighborhood, where I spend most of times in shopping, movies, eating and so on. Even though it was my neighborhood, imagining the Bangalore Traffic, I wanted to reach at least 10 mins earlier, the same way I got to reach the place 20 mins earlier.

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During the release

About VRSA: VRSA is India’s only institutionally backed retail platform, developing and managing community oriented lifestyle centres across the country. VRSA is aggressively expanding its pan-India portfolio which currently includes its flagship centres VR Surat, VR Bengaluru and VR Chennai. Over the last 9 years, VR has redefined the spatial retail experience for consumers by delivering innovative centers that seamlessly integrate shopping, hospitality, F&B, leisure and entertainment. These award-winning lifestyle centres are designed and operated by VRSA as social hubs that are ‘Connecting Communities©’ and celebrate local culture while enhancing the overall brand image of the city they are located in.

Madraasi with Master Chef. Adriano Zumbo

About the Gold Rush Entertainment: Gold Rush has churned a number of exciting projects and activations across various cities in India including The George Calombaris – India  the most remarkable one being the 1st  edition of World On A Plate in Bangalore.

About the Event: The edition of World On A Plate 2 promises to be a culinary extravaganza where the chefs witll take the city’s food lovers through exclusive Master Classes as they create their signature dishes. This will be followed by an exclusive tete-a-tete where the chefs will share their personal experiences and moments. The event will end with Master Chef Live! Where the chefs will taste and judge 25 of city’s best restaurants to award them the titles of World on a Plate “Best Restaurant of the year”, “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Dessert”. 

Chef Quotes during Press Release:

 Australia’s favourite Master Chef Gary Mehigan said “India has always floored me with its diverse food palate. Coming back to India is always exciting but coming to Bangalore is a surreal experience. This melting pot of cuisines always has something new to offer. With an amazing line-up of chefs, we believe that the 2nd edition of World on a Plate will be a sensation”.

 Adriano Zumbo who is known as the Sweet Assassin said “I am really excited to be in India more specifically in Bangalore for the World on a Plate. The Indian cuisine has so much to offer, the flavours, textures and colours are a treat for any foodie.

 India’s favourite chef Ranveer Brar said “This is an extraordinary food festival bringing together some of the world’s finest chefs. The festival offers a modern take on gastronomy with new approaches in cooking. I am sure good lovers in Bangalore will be taken on a whirlwind of flavours at the World on a Plate 2”.

 Janice Wong, Patisserie extraordinaire added “I am glad to be part of this culinary food festival. It was a pleasure to explore and try new flavours and what really impressed me is India’s contemporary take on desserts. I can’t wait to share my experiences of World on a Plate when I go back home”.

 On her maiden trip to Bangalore, Masterchef Australia Season 8 winner Elena Duggan said “I am so excited to be part of World on a Plate 2 in the city of Bangalore. Working alongside Gary is always fun. I look forward to the experience and learning more about the local cuisine.” 

I was more excited to see all the 5 Celebrity Master Chefs together during the press release, also we were invited to taste the dishes curated by the chefs. Later we had a photo where we got to click with the chefs and then followed by lunch – Hotel Waverly.

Tons of Thanks to my all time favorite VR Bengaluru for the invite, this would not been possible for me without you, you made my 2017 more memorable. MADRAASI wishes VR Bengaluru many many and so many Anniversary to come with rocking events.