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Culiniste – Fresh Ingredients & Easy Recipes Home Delivery

How many of you ladies do meal planning while way back to home? I can’t lie that I use to do that quite often until one day I saw ad of CULINISTE. It is a weekly grocery delivery service and is great for working women as well busy home-stay moms. They create personalized box that contains all the ingredients, along with beautiful recipe cards, to cook tasty meals at home. Topping is they deliver everything right at your home-step with proper packaging in refrigerated box.

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They have variety of plans like 2-Person or Family plans. Make them aware of your dietary preferences and they do their best to personalize based on your choice. Recipe cards make cooking very easy and well planned pre-portioned ingredients decrease the effort.


Some of the best things which make Culiniste must try for families.

  • They use perfect handpicked ingredients.
  • Variety of menu each week.
  • You can order meals for 2 people or 4 people.
  • Accommodates your dietary and delivery scheduling preferences.
  • Easy follow recipes and quick cooking time.
  • Fewer calories and healthy bites for families.

Their meals are designed to stay fresh for a full week following the delivery of your box, so less of worry if you aren’t at home when they deliver as boxes are refrigerated.

Ingredients looks highly fresh and well picked so fuss-free green and healthy meat selection. No worries about wasting time in grocery store picking right beans or not expired meats.
Incase you are a person with gluten-free diet or vegetarian then just look for gluten-free or vegetarian symbols in the picture of each recipe.

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Diwali with Tea India

Diwali is a special festival for most Indians including me and it is close to my heart. Filled with wonderful memories of past celebrations with crackers, ‘gujiyas’ and ‘diyas’ (tea-light), it is definitely one festival which I wait for eagerly. A time to enjoy good food, family and friend reunions and firecrackers. With all comes unavoidable ‘Chai’ moments which freshens up and uplift the Diwali mood. This year I will be celebrating Diwali with ‘Tea India’.

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Every Diwali we celebrate the festival by lighting Candles/Lamps and firecrackers at night, cook special dishes and have dinner together which eventually follows by divine sip of our favourite Masala Tea. I have to mention that I am quite a picky chooser for tea and I judge it based on it’s flavour and leaf quality. Recently I came across Tea India brand and I was really impressed by the range of speciality teas they are offering and the way they have incorporated very minute details of chai in their website.

So I decided to try the brand. I am amused to know that the product is available in many stores around my place in Toronto. Since the time I tried this brand I really liked their tea and have been using them regularly. It is going to be part of celebrations as well as my routine life. I still remember my childhood memories of Diwali when after pooja and firecrackers we all use to sit together and enjoying the Diwali specialities made by my mother. With that part of that day, ‘chai’ was bound to happen and since we were teens so we weren’t allowed to drink tea. But my mother sometime use to put one tea bag on my hot cup of milk so I get that ginger and cardamom flavour in my glass of milk. It use to get finished like a flash of light.

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So just like all previous years, this Diwali too I will welcome my guest with ‘Tea India’ flavoured ‘chai’. On this note, I wish you all a very ‘Happy & Safe Diwali’.

This post is part of a sponsored campaign on behalf of the South Asian Bloggers Network for Tea India and I have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.  

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Halloween’s Healthy Options for Kids

Halloween is one of the best time for kids when they wear character based costumes and look funny plus cute. Some of older kids do trick-and-treat and visit neighborhood asking for candies. Personally, I like this day but I hate the fact that kids have to devour excess of sugary candies. I just wish if other people give healthy candy/snack to kids.

This Halloween, I will personally replace candies with following options –

Little Oliver Healthy Snack Olives – This particular snack olives is one of the best candy replacement for this Halloween. It comes in a big box with multiple small packets which is perfect for eating, sharing and giving.

You can make simple snacks for little kids to eat at your place or give them directly the packet. They both are good to go.

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Baby Gourmet Squoosh – Ideal fruit/vegetable supplement for picky eaters. I am sure all kids would love this as much as my kids love. They are healthy and made of real fruits with no additives. Available in various flavours and perfect on-the-go option for young to big kids. You won’t believe how quickly it gets finished 🙂

I had to really restrict my kids from finishing the whole batch in a single day. When something is labeled ‘For all ages’ that means you can trust them for a long journey of parenting. I am sure my kids and their friends will be thrilled to receive this as a Halloween treat.

Get ready for ‘Trick or Treat’ with these tasty and super healthy options. Happy Halloween !


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Zomato Meetup

Experiencing street side food runs in my blood, since I am born and brought up in India where culturally it is pretty much common to enjoy street food, even if you own a Mercedes. First of all let me tell you that I love being ‘verified reviewer’ for Zomato. Getting an invite for #Zomatomeetup at Kathi Roll Express gave me a definite happy face. So we were suppose to taste some great Indian fast food at Kathi Roll Express with great company. Sounds yumilicious !

Read this post to find recipe for Masoor Daal Khichdi ( Lentil Rice).


They specialize in Kathi Rolls with fillings of butter chicken, paneer tikka masala, shaami kebab and many more delicious Indian dishes.  Here are few pictures of the food served and enjoyed by us.

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Special mention to Sumit (the host + the owner), who explained us the contents as well the preparation for each plate he served. And above all some cool plus friendly Zomato Canada team members like Pardis, Andrea and Kevin. It’s always a great pleasure to meet bloggers and people in love with food and that night was house full with such talents.

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Masoor Daal Khichdi ( Lentil Rice) Recipe

Masoor Dal Khichdi

This recipe is contributed by Natasha Srivastava, who is extremely fond of cooking Indian food and has an edge over North Indian recipes. She is a full-time working mom of a 6-year-old kid and loves to cook for her family.

Masoor Dal Khichdi ( Lentil Rice) Recipe
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian
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Serves: 4
Very easy to make and a great source of protein for the whole family. Tastes great with combination of yogurt or pickle. Serve with papad.
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup Masoor Lentils (prewashed and soaked)
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 finely Chopped onion
  • ½ finely Chopped tomato
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch of Asafoetida
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup Chopped coriander
  • Salt to taste
  1. Wash basmati rice and masoor lentil almost half an hour before cooking.
  2. Heat the oil in a covered cooker and add the mustard seeds.
  3. When the the mustard seeds crackle add cinnamon, turmeric, rice, cumin seeds, asafoetida to it and mix it thoroughly.
  4. Now add masoor lentils and saute for 1 minutes.
  5. Add chopped tomato and onions and mix it thoroughly.
  6. Add 4 cups of water and mix it well for few seconds.
  7. Cook on low flame with covered lid for about 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
  9. Allow the extra heat to escape before serving.
  10. Serve with pickle or yogurt for extra taste.

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Masala Curry Dal Recipe


♥ Read here to know recipe for Okra (Bhindi) fry.

Masala Curry Dal
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
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Serves: Serves 6
  • 1 cup Split Red Lentil (Masoor Dal)
  • ½ cup Moong Lentil (Dal)
  • 5 slit Green Chilli
  • 1 tblsp chopped Coriander Leaves
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seed
  • 2 chopped Tomato
  • 2 tblsp Oil
  • 1 medium sized sliced Onion
  • 1-2 Bay Leaves
  1. Wash and soak the lentils for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, when they crackle add the cumin seeds. Put few bay leaves.
  3. Fry the sliced onions till golden brown, add the green chillies , turmeric powder tomatoes and salt. cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Cook the lentils in a pressure cooker with sufficient water to cook the dal until soft but they shouldn't lose the shape.
  5. Now add cooked lentils in the fried masala and add garam masala.
  6. Cook for a minute and remove from the flame.
  7. Serve hot garnished with the fried onions and the chopped coriander leaves.


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