Every time someone goes out of town from the family, we end up making a huge list of snacks, sweets and other similar things which are prominent in that particular town. Usually, we buy snacks and sweets which are famous in smaller quantities while we are travelling but once it gets over we crave for it because we loved it a way too much. There are also many things which we ate while growing up and still remember the taste of it.

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I always had an eye on the yellow building behind our office at Indiranagar and wished to go in there. This Sunday I decided to try the place and was really eager to taste their food. We entered and it was a semi-open place that had blue walls and a yellow room had the displays of bread they bake. On the other side the pastry corner, the man in the billing area handed us the menu card that was small and had come classics that we wanted to order.

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Having chocolates is an exciting affaire at our home and are always in the look out for the finest chocolate which has the rich taste and the melt in the mouth texture. Having travelled around the world and live in european countries, I have had the privilege to taste some of the best chocolates in the world and among them is a classic favorite Amedei which is a Venezuelan sourced Porcelana bar. It was not until recently, that I had to break that note on my mind when I taste Fabelle Chocolates. 

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Has anyone ever told you, “You make the best Italian recipe ever!”  Well, now is your chance to prove it and share those recipes with us. From Pasta, Pizza, Salads, Breads and Desserts - dive right in and start sharing your favorite recipes with us.

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Udaipur, popularly known as city of lakes is one of the most famous tourist places in India. From several beautiful lakes to the royal culture, this city owns it all. It has become very popular for destination weddings and people from all over the world come to celebrate their special day in this beautiful city. And I feel extremely happy that I belong to such a beautiful place.

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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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Aren't we all fans of our mothers cooking? With Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away, we wanted to celebrate it in a different way: by coming together and applauding moms everywhere for their fantastic home cooking.

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Recently, we received some awesome comments from our viewers and contributors and we came to know that you all love Archana’s Kitchen contest the most. After receiving some amazing recipes for the Holi Contest, we are here again with a brand new contest, which is more interesting and exciting.

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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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We all love the festival of holi! Not only because we get a chance to play with colours, meet our friends and family but also because we get to eat some delicious food. There is so much more than bhaang and pakoras. So here is a chance for your to share the special, traditional, fun, exotic recipes that you make at home for holi.

Dive deep into the tradition and get your grandmothers, mothers, aunts, uncles and friends to share the recipes. Every household has their own speciality and we want you to share that yummy recipe with us and celebrate the festival of holi in a foodie way. You holi recipes ideas can be from snacks, drinks, appetizers, main course, desserts, mithai and more. Don't forget to include bhang :)

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Jan 6th was when Archana's Kitchens', first ever office space got inaugurated. The first team lunch was to Monkey Bar on day one, but we were all so stiff that easing out was out of the question with no selfies and no photos of food. That's so unlike Archana. We got into the grind with a little bit of ups and downs (few team members leaving). But that did not shatter us as a team. We worked hard, delivered our OKRs and even managed to roll out a fabulous Valentine's Day Contest, which did so well. This surely needed a celebration for team work and support.

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We are back! Atta/Wheat Flour is something which we include almost daily in our meals and everybody knows how to cook the basic recipes out of it.

But we at Archana’s Kitchen want to see what new you can make using whole wheat flour (chakki atta) because creativity is what we are looking for! You can even make something from leftover rotis too, so imagination is purely up to you. If you have a passion for food and love to cook, this is a great chance to show your cooking skills.

Click here to buy the Vivatta whole wheat flour to make your recipes for this contest (optional)

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As you all know Valentine day is coming closer and we here at Archana’s kitchen are confused about what to cook for the special day. Well, you can help and it is also a great opportunity for all you foodies out there to win vouchers worth Rs. 3000 and Rs. 2000 from Flipkart.com. If you have a passion for food and love to cook, this is a great chance to show your cooking skills.

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With today’s fast-paced lifestyles, it has become imperative that we need to be aware of the way we use our bodies, and that we also keep a close watch on the food we eat. Good exercise, good sleep, and healthy eating habits play an important role in keeping our minds and bodies fit and healthy.

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We are going to embark into a New Year and with the holiday season coming up, it’s a great time to take stock. A great place to do that is to start from the Kitchen. It is a place that is used everyday, where families cook, eat, drink and spend a large part of the time bonding with eachother. And this is also the place that gets over stocked and piled up with pantry and dirt.

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For a country with such a rich agricultural heritage, the plight of the Indian farmer today, is deplorable. One look at your daily newspaper is enough to understand the many ways in which farmers across the country are suffering. Failed not just by weather and changing environmental conditions, but by a range of issues that lead to a vicious cycle of debt, drought and inefficient management, that farmers are unable to come out of. If you’ve been following this issue in recent times and helplessly wonder how you can help make a difference, this is your chance to be an enabler of change.

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It's festive time and we at Archana's Kitchen are sharing our love for our followers by giving away an Airfryer. An Airfryer is a kitchen appliance that cooks by circulating hot air, at high speed around the food that helps in cooking the food and producing a crispy layer on it.

The Air fryer is a fantastic appliance that will help you whip up some healthy potato chips, pakodas, vadas, cakes, crispy karela, crispy bhindi and more using very less oil in a traditional deep frying method. Airfryers come with adjustable temperature and timer knobs that allow for more precise cooking. Check out some recipes from Archana's Kitchen that use the air fryer. 

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Festivals in India go back in time when there are unwritten customs and traditions that we follow, and they are passed on to us through generations.  Every festival has something special to offer and every region across India, including the smallest of the villages and towns have their favorite food to boast about.

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Hi There!

Thank you for entering the Diwali AirFryer Giveaway with Archana's Kitchen!!

We value your time and information. The winners of the Giveaway will be notified via email after Nov 6th 2015.

Until then Click Here to See All The Latest Recipes From Archana's Kitchen

Happy Cooking and Healthy Eating!

Archana Doshi

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How often do you get to attend an event by where the CEO of the company is there to speak to you and addresses an audience of bloggers and willing to answer all question on their products.

October 10th October, 2015, I was part of a meet by ITC Foods. The meet was called, ‘ITC Foods You Ask We Answer’, was aimed to introduce to us what all goes behind building successful food brands as well as provide an open platform to answer questions related to packed foods.

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Kitchenaid appliances are legendary and one cannot but drool over them. From the iconic Stand Mixer to an entire kitchen of high-performance appliances that are all created with the same attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, versatile technology and timeless design.

Kitchenaid is the only appliance brand that only makes things for the kitchen, and they continue to keep pushing the limits with their products so you can keep doing the same with everything you create.

So this Diwali KitchenAid has some sparkling offers just for you.  Take a pick and gift yourself any one of these legendary appliances and why now - because they have a sparkling Diwali Offer just for you. Click here to see all the offers

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Take on the KitchenAid India Navratri Blogger Challenge here @ The Hub at Archana’s Kitchen, where you share traditional "Sweet Recipes & Fasting Recipes" that are usually made during these 9 holy days of Navratri. Contest - Closed

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