Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ape Snaks: Coconut Curls: Healthy Snacking

'Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.’ This quote has changed my life in many ways. A lot of motivation to take some important changes in life has now become a habit.  I have started taking baby steps toward good health and better living. Made some important changes in life- like drinking more water, not skipping breakfast, including one apple everyday in my diet and counting my steps.

It’s believed that little workout or exercise is very important for everyone. On weekends I would generally do yoga, lunges, squats and some jumping jacks but on weekdays I hardly get time. So I decided to count my steps; everyone in London who travels by tube walks a lot and if you count your steps you will be motivated to reach and walk more. 10,000 steps a day is my target and I am counting it through a device called Up by Jaw. It’s a small device that is paired with my phone and it tells me everything-my steps, my sleep and also my calorie count. I stay so motivated with this that some day when my steps are low, I would get up and start walking for some time-be it in office or home.

Another thing, please choose your food wisely. Choose salad and fruits over smoothie; choose hummus over ketchup; baked chips over fried ones-oh there are so many such examples. That’s why when Ape Snacks approached me for a review I said yes in one go. The brand was the brainchild of young entrepreneur, Zack Nathan, who is on a mission to make snacking better in the UK. He explains, “With the explosion of “healthy” snacks over the past few years, Brits are clearly hungry for something that they can genuinely feel good about eating; consumers are moving away, rightly so, from traditional fried snacks and are starting to appreciate the numerous health benefits of nature’s wonderful coconut. What we do is provide both these benefits in an easy-to- eat format that is perfect for on-the- go snacking. We know consumers will love our genuinely delicious, but actually healthy, snacks!”

This summer ditch the crisps and pass on the popcorn, as there’s a new deliciously healthy snack in town, coconut curls from ape. Not only are ape snacks completely natural, they contain just two products; 100% coconut and seasoning. Plus they are gluten free, count towards your 5 a day and have no more than 109 calories per packet, so you can munch happy! A great choice for health-conscious snackers, coconut lovers and picnic goers.

The curls are thinly sliced directly from the coconut before being slowly dried to retain their natural flavor and nutritional goodness. They are not fried, have no added sugars or chemicals - and they are even crunchier than chips.These coconut curls, my steps counting device, earphones and walk-just made my life complete. Other ways that I am going to try and use these snacks are on my porridge, salads, soups, rice and pasta. You can use it my following recipes:

-Add in kiwi yogurt dip to add crunch
-sprinkle curls on burnt garlic  pasta
-skip papadamos and serve along rice and curry
-Sprinkle on Strawberry Lassi
-Roll it put with wraps or use it in tacos.

Ape’s coconut curls are available in two flavours: Lightly Salted and Slightly Peppered, with a third variant set to be released in the near future. They are available from Co-Op; Ocado; Whole Foods; PlanetOrganic; As Nature Intended; Harvey Nichols and Revital.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or told to write positive review. The post is based on my experience and is unbiased. Thanking Ape Snacks  for sending the packets for review. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

10 Minute Chickpeas Curry: Everyday Kind Of Curry

Its believed in the UK that Indian curry and beer is the match made in heaven. And if you are in London and have ever been to any of the curry houses (read brick lane) you would know the popularity of this pair. The British love affair with curry stretches back over 200 years, with the first curry house opening in London at the start of the 19th century. In every curry house, on each table you will find poppadoms, chutneys, Indian curries, naan, rice and bottle of a chilled beer. The rich, fiery zing of a fragrant curry balances well with a glass of cool and crisp beer, and thats why Indian curries and beer are sooooooo good together.

To celebrate summer in Indian style guys at kingfisher sent me kingfisher beer. Here is the Kingfisher Story:Established in Mysore, Bangalore in 1857.  Kingfisher has risen from a soldier’s tipple to a nation’s pride and joy. Kingfisher is India’s No.1 beer and is one of the country’s most heralded exports.  Now brewed in Britain, this triumphant tipple can trace its roots all the way back to 1857 when Castle Breweries first started brewing in the majestic city of Mysore. As it has grown, the beer has become synonymous with the exciting side of Indian life.  It is a sponsor of the Bangalore Royal Challengers, the Force India Formula 1 team and countless music festivals. More on

Make it an Indian summer with kingfisher- celebrate in the sunshine with the real taste of India. Spice it up or cool it down this summer with Kingfisher. Crisp, clean and unfailingly refreshing, it’s a top choice for summer, whether you’re having a BBQ with the boys, enjoying a summer of sport or looking for a perfect curry companion. With its deft balance of light bitterness and subtle citrus flavors, Kingfisher is the perfect partner to Indian food.

My idea of an Indian summer with an Indian beer was lazy kind of a meal. Just a can of chickpeas with some spices and this curry gets ready in a jiffy. Serve it along some naan or jeera rice and you are good to go. Preparing chickpeas curry from scratch is elaborated process. Overnight soaking of chickpeas and then boiling it the other day needs lot of preparations but using canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans) is faster.

Honestly I don’t know what to name this curry. Its not Kadai chole (Punjabi north indian curry) nor it is channa masala (dry chickpeas curry). So let’s call it 10 Minute Chickpeas Curry. Yeah that’s about it. No planning at all. No grand affair in this curry- a homely or an every day kind of a curry is what you can call it. If you have less time or just don’t want to slave yourself in the kitchen that do try this curry, I promise you will be hooked.

1 can of chickpeas
2 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger piece
1 onion chopped
1 tomato
2 tablespoon oil
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
1 bay leaf/tej patta
1 inch cinnamon/dal chini
2 cloves/laung
1/4 teaspoon turmeric/haldi
½ teaspoon red chilli powder (to taste)
1 teaspoon coriander powder/dhaniya powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon kasuri methi

In mixer or grinder. Grind ginger, garlic, onion and tomato in fine paste.
Strain water from chickpeas and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Let it splutter. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
Add bay leaf, cinnamon and clove. Roast for 20 seconds.
Add the grinded paste with 1 cup of water. Mix.
Add in all dry spices- salt, turmeric, coriander powder, sugar and red chili powder. Mix. Cover and let it cook for 5 minutes.
Mix chickpeas and lemon juice. Add 1 cup of water. Cover and let it boil for 2 minutes.
Finally mix kasuri methi and serve.

Kingfisher comes available in 330ml or 650ml bottles (4.8% ABV), perfect for sharing with a fortuitous friend.  Buy as a four pack or stock up the fridges with case of 12 (650ml) or 24 (330ml) bottles.  Find in-store at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and curry houses across the country or online at responsibly, details on-

Disclaimer: I was not paid or told to write positive review. The post is based on my experience and is unbiased. Thanking Kingfisher  for sending the beers for review.