Saturday, 30 April 2016

Ghoshala Stories: Meet Ganga & Radha

This is the second part of the stories from Goshala from where we get our desi ghee.

Ganga is the leader of the pack in Goshala. All the cows follow where Ganga goes while grazing. She is a 10 year old Gir cow. Her friend in the pack is Radha. Radha always stands next to Ganga in the Goshala.

Why Organic Matters in Non Perishables

·      It is a popular misconception that organic matters only in fresh fruits and
     vegetables. But in reality, organic is equally important when it comes to non-        
     perishables like dal, rice, oils, honey, sugar, juices, etc.

·      Not only in the way it is grown without chemicals, but also in the way it is processed (without chemicals) & stored without any fumigants.

·      For instance, majority of the non-Organic branded honeys contain antibiotics. In the case of Atta, fillers are added during the wheat grinding process. In Rice & Pulses, fumigants are sprayed while storing to prevent insects.

What is special about groceries at Healthy Buddha?
Comes from the best of farmers across 11 states 
carefully handpicked over 15 years.

·      We sell NOT just anything. We identify specific farmers who are passionate about the organic cause and take pride in their produce. We visit their farms and understand the farmer’s intentions before we even consider them.

·      Many of our farmers have won awards for their products. For instance,
o  Jaggery powder that comes from Tamilnadu.
o  Brown Rice that comes from Andhra Pradesh.

·      We have covered length and breadth of India to get you authentic high quality products
o   Red Rajma and Dry Fruits like walnuts come from Himachal
o   Dals, Spices, Rice, Oils from from Maharastra, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Uttarpradesh
o   Wheat Dhalia and Multigrain atta come from Uttarpradesh
o   Organic Chai comes from Assam
o   Pasta Sauces from Kodaikannal
o   Cheese from Pondicherry
o   Various other curated products from across India

·      We consciously do NOT sell branded items. We sell the same only in cases where we are unable to find a good authentic direct source or if it is a processed item.

·      Some of our products are very unique to us and you wouldn’t find them anywhere else:
o   Hibiscus Juice , Cream Honey , Organic Chikki Bar made out of Jaggery

·      We consciously do NOT sell produce which is not healthy.  For instance
o   We do not sell Maida nor any products made out of it.
o   We do NOT sell refined oils. All our oils are healthy cold pressed oils only.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Chia Chronicles

Kanna maari irke,” said my cousin as she stared intently at the little pieces of gel dotting her gola. And just like that, the oodles of sabja in our cool, summer drink came to be likened to eyes in our family.

Every time we stood at Rama’s handcart in the blazing summer heat, we’d point at the bottle of the seeds, an extract from the Tulsi plant, soaked in water and shout, “Kanna! Eyes! Eyes! More eyes!”

We loved the way they looked on our kaala khatta (black current) golas. We were fascinated by the way they floated on the top of the sherbet that followed.

They didn’t taste like much. But there was a certain pleasure in scooping them out with our fingers and hearing them squeak against teeth.

Then one day, Rama stopped coming and we started to lose interest in sabja. Over the next 20 years, the eyes would fade out of our summer drinks completely.

But about a year ago, I came across something reminded me so much of my favourite childhood treat. Looking exactly like little translucent eyes, they were staring up at me from an “Oatmeal and Chia Smoothie in a Jar with Blueberries and Mango”.  Breakfast with a side of nostalgia, anyone?

Chia… Is that what they call Sabja in the West? I wondered.

Not really. Chia, while similar in look and texture to the Indian Sabja, especially when soaked in water or milk, is not the same thing at all, I soon found out!

Sabja, like I mentioned earlier, is an Indian Basil (Tulsi) seed whereas Chia is part of the mint family and comes from a plant called Salvia Hispanica, native to South America. The latter is also packed with health properties that will keep you feeling healthy and happy for a long time once you introduce it into your diet.

That it is available on from a farmer in the Belgaum district, who cultivates it conscientiously, without the use of chemicals and fertilizers, is actually an added bonus. An organic farmer for the last 12 years, Anand came to know about chia during a training programme he attended in Mysore around 2 years ago, and has been cultivating it ever since.  

So let’s talk Chia and why you should be eating it every day.

If you’re one to curate your meals based on the health properties they provide, you will absolutely love this little seed.

1. Chia is among the healthiest foods on the planet! It provides you with essential nutrients such as protein, calcium and Omega-3. In the long run, this promotes bone health, helps built muscle and could even prevent breast and cervical cancer!

2. It promotes heart health with its ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure.  

3. It’s high in fiber which helps you stay fuller for longer, and also feeds your intestines with healthy bacteria. 

4. Can Chia help you lose weight? Well, this claim is a little debatable because no one ate their way to skinniness, now did they? But if a portion of Chia keeps you from stuffing your face with unhealthy snacks between tea time and dinner, then that’s half the battle won, right there, isn’t it? 

5. The seeds have the propensity to improve boost energy and metabolic health! 

6. Studies have shown that a diet that includes chia can also help reduce Type 2 diabetes.

7. It's high in antioxidants, one of the benefits of which is speeding up skin repair systems, keeping you looking (and feeling) younger for longer.  

The Basics: How to make Chia Gel so you can add it to everything!
Image Credit: The Family Dinner Book
Making Chia gel is possibly the simplest thing you can do and it takes just a minute of your time! Follow the simple steps in this recipe to make Chia gel. While this one calls for water, you can achieve the same results -- and some added flavour -- with regular milk, coconut milk, almond milk, even your favourite lemonade recipe! Just remember that while this recipe will give you a good portion of Chia that you can store for 2 weeks, versions with the milks will have a shorter shelf life. Recipe here

Banana Chia Smoothie
Image Credit: Slender Kitchen
A smoothie in a jar is the perfect accompaniment for those who are constantly on the go. Just make your favourite smoothie -- mine is banana, simple, nutritious, delicious -- and add some chia to it to give it a little extra texture. Recipe here

Coconut Chia Popsicles
Image Credit: SkinnyTaste
I challenge you to find a child who won't delightfully slurp this little beauty up on a hot summer's day! And with Bangalore's temperatures pushing to meet the 40 degree mark lately, this treat is just what the doctor ordered. Don't have raspberries at hand? No problem! Pair it with anything else in your fruit basket! I'd probably go with pomegranate (think of the colour it would add) or mango! Recipe here

Image Credit: Edible Perspective
Who says Chia only belongs to the sweet tooth? In this wonderfully nutritious recipe, you can see how wonderfully the seed, in its raw form, lends itself to a savoury bowl of salad. Recipe here

Tomato, Onion and Chia Chutney
Image Credit: Low Carb Lovelies
Chia in a chutney? Why in the world not! Here is a delicious chutney you can eat with your dosa at breakfast and bring out with crackers at a fancy dinner party. Recipe here

Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake
Image Credit: Half Baked Harvest
Chocolate is no longer a guilty pleasure with this rich and creamy shake! Drink it in the morning at breakfast, slurp it up at tea time with a biscuit. Heck, you can even take a spoon and scoop out all that delicious goodness at midnight when those sinful cravings come around for a visit. Go ahead! We won't tell anyone. Recipe here  

Lemon Loaf with Chia 
Image Credit: Jessica's Dinner Party
Here's a wonderfully simple way to adding Chia to a Lemon Loaf. The recipe calls for a portion of Poppy Seeds too. But you can leave that out if you want to Chia to hero the dish. Recipe here

Afsha Khan Jayapal is a food journalist who focusses on good-for-you food that also tastes good, and local, sustainable food practices. She has worked with Bangalore Mirror, The Indian Express and Hindustan Times. Read more of her work on her personal blog here.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Know our Employee: Satish Kumar

Satish is one of our key employees at Healthy Buddha. He pretty much controls the deliveries sitting at our office and ensures accurate communication to customers.

He is a smart 23 year old lad with a mischievous grin on his face. He handles the pressures that come with his job with a cool demeanour. He loves talking in tamil and grabs every opportunity to talk to any of our tamil speaking customers over the phone.

He enjoys a great friendship with all the delivery boys. In fact, he loves doing deliveries himself. 

He joined Healthy Buddha right after his B Tech and is originally from Selam. His father is a farmer and mother is a house wife.

In his free time, he enjoys watching tamil movies. In his college days he used to play volley ball and cricket.

With his potential and attitude, we see a great career ahead for him at Healthy Buddha and Beyond. 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Have you tried HB Signature Drink yet? - Hibiscus Juice

HB Signature Drink - Hibiscus Juice

This unique juice concentrate made out of 4 petal country red hibiscus flower. Known to have many medicinal properties; acts a blood purifier and is a rich source of antioxidants.

More importantly, it tastes great! When had cold, it makes a refreshing drink in this hot summer. Makes a great healthy alternative for the colas. Kids normally love it.

The concentrate contains regular sugar & lemon, but no other preservatives. Needs to be refrigerated upon receiving and it has a shelf life of 1-2 months.

Usage: Add 1:3 Water (preferably cold) as a coolant or mix with your other drinks and experiment. Makes a great cocktail/ mocktail

Ghoshala Stories: Have you met Bahula, the Gir Fighter Cow?

We recently visited the goshala from where we get our pure desi ghee.

We came across this interesting animal with an attitude. Her name is Bahula. She is Gir desi cow breed and is about 15 years old. She is a Gir fighter. Apparently these black gir cows even fight the lions. There are only 5 such living cows in the world currently. The owner of the cow had bought this from Junagad Agri University.
She does not quite mingle with other cows and stands alone. In fact, even the owner has to be careful while going near her since she will just try to ram him.
Watch out this space for more such cow stories

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Make your own Organic Italian Meal

We have put together an assortment of products that can help you cook your own gourmet organic meal. That too without any chemicals or preservatives. 

You should be able to prepare 2 good meals for 2 people. Costs Rs. 770 per Pack.
Basket includes: 
  • 1 Pasta Penne 
  • 1 Spaghetti (of your choice)
  • Cheese (of your choice) 
  • Sun Dried Tomato 
  • Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce
Mention your preference in comment at the time of check out.

Sphaghetti Options: Wheat, Ragi, Spirulina
Cheese Options: Shredded Cheese or Cheese Block (Pungent smelling)
You can add on other products from our menu like olive oil, Sweet Basil Leaves, Thymes etc from our product list.

So this summer, make some delicious healthy meals for your kids or your loved ones. 
Can be gift wrapped in an elegant cane basket at an additional cost of Rs. 330.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Know our Employee: Pankaj Shil

Pankaj has been with Healthy Buddha for about 8 months now. He is a man of few words, but will do any work given to him sincerely and with a smile on his face. He is the unnamed leader or elder brother of the bengali clan at healthy buddha. Fondly called 'Bappada", he is well respected by all.

He originally comes from the city of joy, Kolkatta and moved to Bangalore many years back. He initially dabbled in cooking related jobs and, in fact, he met his wife Champa in one such cooking job. He has two adorable boys aged 9 years and 7 years. Both Champa and Pankaj are working hard and in order to save money, their kids are growing up in his parents place in Kolkatta. He hopes to save enough money to enable his kids lead a good life.

In his free time, he enjoys playing football. He secretly harbours another dream. A dream of owning his own royal enfield motorbike. 

Pankaj delivers typically in Indranagar and Basavannagar areas in Bangalore. He loves the fact that he is able to make a difference in a small way. 

Know our employee series. Objective behind this series is to enable our customers to see the real person delivering their produce, and not just another delivery boy.