Packing a lunch box to work requires efficient planning of groceries and what you plan to cook for the week. A lot of times, we are short of ideas and end up taking the same Roti, Sabzi and Salad to work. But look at the brighter side, taking a lunch box not just saves your money, but also will help you in eating healthy, eating in the right portions and may be help in your weight loss efforts if you have one.

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With increasing number of men and women working in startups and large multi-national companies we are most often overwhelmed with the possibility of eating out from multi-cuisine canteens at work place. We waver from making fresh homemade food every day and carrying lunch boxes to the office. Nothing beats a homemade food when it comes to freshness, health and nutrition.

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Bhujia a crispy snack that is obtained from a small town called “Bikaner” in Rajasthan. The Bhujias are usually made from two main ingredients, which are moth beans and besan (nothing but gram flour). They are fried and flavoured with different kind of spice mixes to create various flavour.  

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The Food Network's show Kitchen Casino ran a single season in 2014. The Food Network's show was a bizarre combination of extreme cuisine and high-stakes gambling all at the same time. However, it was cancelled the same year it aired because of low ratings and was much maligned by critical reviews. Eight episodes was the extent of its lifespan.

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Does life feel stagnant? Sometimes we feel we need a kick start and a whole heap of motivation to change our life for the better. Whether you’re wanting to get fit, move house, think about a new career or revive your relationship – you have the power to do it! You just need… to do it? Read out helpful tips below!

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Woman is the powerhouse that keeps everyone else around her alive and kicking. Her duty towards her family is most adored and the balance that she maintains between her work life and personal life is a legendary tale that a man seldom beats. The nutritional requirements of a woman amidst all the other achievements of her day many times takes a back seat. Here is a write up about the nutrients that are most required by women. Though some amount of these nutrients is present in the foods that we consume on day to day basis, special attention is required to fulfil the recommended level of vital nutrients.

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New Year is just around the corner and we are busy in retrospection and planning for the year to come. With every passing year, our priorities change according to various phases of life that we are in. A task we all love to do during year end is making an agenda about how we want to see ourselves in the approaching year, with the New Year resolutions.

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Many of the vegan and vegetarian recipes are recreated including meat and seafood to vary and improvise. It appears we hardly discover that there are umpteen non-vegetarian delicacies of the finest World cuisines that can come out equally well with “only vegetarian ingredients”. Few recipes like Pad Thai, Wonton, Khow Suey or Massaman dishes go unexplored in vegetarian kitchens owing to the general conception and non-vegetarian branding.

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Fridge is one of the most important electronic items in our kitchen. With our hectic and busy lives, we couldn't even imagine a single day without fridge. We almost store everything in our fridge so that it doesn't get spoilt within 2 or 3 days. From leftover, vegetables to other food items, we are totally dependent on our fridge to keep them fresh and edible.

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Preparing the perfect meal for family and friends demands more than just great cooking. To place dishes on the table for the family so they come out hot and ready to serve is one of the biggest challenges that one faces, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many different types of casseroles and even electrical ones that are designed to keep food hot so you can spend quality time with your family.

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There are days when we feel not being the complete person that we are. It might be an externally triggered feeling arising from the work stress, family pressure or bad events, or an internal sinking feeling we rarely encounter. That sinking feeling in women might also be a mood swing arising due to menstruation (periods), pregnancy or during early months of delivery. What if you could set your mood right by eating different mood building foods? There are a few foods which have the nutrition and enzymes to trigger the mood-influencing hormones in our body.

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Diwali is a big festival of India, also known a the Festival Of Lights and is widely celebrated all over the world. It is celebrated due to the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after completing his 14 years of exile in the forest after getting victory over the evil. It is the most eagerly waited festival of the year, as the members of the family and friends celebrate it together. The process of cleaning the home on the Diwali is an age old tradition which has been passed on from generations. 

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Seeds are the small pockets of energy and a storehouse of nutrients that the plant manufactures to help it reproduce. As a rule of thumb, many plants with edible plant parts, with seeds as a mode of multiplication have edible seeds. Apart from major cereals and pulses like rice, wheat, corn, beans, nuts, spices and dals, there are umpteen plant seeds that are edible. Some edible seeds are lesser known for their culinary value and are sparsely used in everyday diet. Some of these beneficial edible seeds can be eaten raw, some are roasted or cooked and then consumed.

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Exploring a new restaurant has become a fun activity at Archana’s Kitchen every month and we usually try to cover the places with different cuisines. So, this time it was one of the most popular restaurants of Bangalore, SMOKE HOUSE DELI. This restaurant is situated in the heart of Indiranagar, located on busy 100 feet road and crowded with many other popular restaurants around. 

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Durga Pooja, a festival of Shakti is widely celebrated all over India with friends and family by Bengalis. It marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. In India, every festival is celebrated with different varieties of food depending about the region or the state. And when it comes to Bengalis, it is all about food. Many people also opt to go vegetarian during this festival, but everyone enjoy over food in these days.

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Started in 2007, Archana’s Kitchen is a collaborative space to build ideas, create and share recipes that are easy to cook and healthy with the world. Since beginning, the vision was to make cooking easy and to make recipes at people's finger tips and till today that has not changed.

Over the many years many of you have become a part of our contributing community and have collaborated with us to share recipes with the world. For us, the idea of collaboration is not competition but it's all about sharing ideas and coming together for a common goal. We share ideas, so we can grow together as a community and create a valuable impact on our audiences. 

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There is a classic saying - ‘You can’t buy happiness, but you can always buy ice creams and that’s about the same thing’.

We totally agree with the above statement because who doesn’t like ice cream? Ice cream is one of those mouth watering and delicious treats that tops everyone’s food list and is enjoyed by almost everyone from kids to adults.

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Birthdays are special and more exciting when someone gives you a surprise. It's like a cherry on the cake. Many of us spend most of our time in office and we end up making some amazing friends. We go out to shop, eat and do a lot of fun things. And when it comes to celebrate their special day, it's time to do something special for them but it should be fun yet appropriate for an office environment.

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Every person who loves food would have tried their hand in cooking. It doesn’t matter if we make a perfect dish like a chef, all that matters is love towards food that will make us happy and satisfied at the end of the day. 

If you are a foodie your day will begin with food and end with food. You will begin to eat, talk and write about food. And hey maybe even simply watch only cooking shows and movies on food. Talking about movies  and what gets us cooking, we did a quick research on the movies that were made on food and inspired people to cook.

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Planning and thinking of lunch and snack ideas for your kid who goes to school is a challenge every parent goes through. From planning a weekly menu, to shopping ingredients is a challenging everyday task. And this task is something we as parents cant ignore, as kids need the right nutrition and food to keep them energized through the day.   

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One thing the scorching heat of the summers does is the urge to have smoothies, milkshakes, ice creams and frozen desserts.

With the heat at its peak and summer school holidays in full swing, mothers face a tough time meeting their sudden demand for snacks and food. With all these, she has to take care that she gives all healthy and nutritious food to her kids to avoid any kind of illness.

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Have you walked into a store and found a packet of frozen dessert? And when you tasted it, did it taste similar to an ice cream? Are they different? Well, the answer is yes and no.

Both of them taste amazing and have the same texture, so how do we conclude saying this is frozen dessert is not the same as ice cream? Just pick up a tub of frozen dessert and a tub of ice cream and you will be able to tell the difference by reading the product label.

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We have been reading a lot of news lately about the Frozen Desserts on the unhealthy fats like “Dalda” that is being used. We did a quick research and found some information that we thought will be useful for you.

How many of us can definitively distinguish between an ice-cream and a frozen dessert for that matter? Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has categorised cold treats or ice-creams into “Frozen Desserts” and “Ice Creams”. Many of the cold treats that we enjoy from prestigious brands in India might technically fall under “frozen dessert” category.

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It's International Women's Day and we are so delighted to share that we are an all women's team with an almost all women contributor team as well. Now that’s just a coincidence, we would love to be all inclusive having men in our team as well - so calling all men who love to cook to start sharing your recipes with us. 

On this day, we are featuring all our women recipe experts who have come forward to share their love for food and cooking on Archana's Kitchen. As the world is changing around us, it is important to pay attention to the food and fitness so we can battle all the challenges that the lifestyles dump onto us. And these women are here to help you do that. I am so delighted to have these women share their stories with me and you and to the world. I want to thank each one of you for being part of this journey.

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