Welcome to the new normal; where you stay at home, work from home, and even order from restaurants and eat, at home. Home chefs have gained a newly found momentum in their food businesses due to the pandemic. Now, in Dhaka, it has become easy to order any type of cuisine from such chefs from the comfort of their homes.
Bake Away is such a bakery which is quickly making a mark in the dessert scene. They are currently taking orders through their Facebook and Instagram page only. I personally believe that it is the presentation of their desserts that sets them apart. from gold foils in their red velvet cupcakes to kiwi and strawberry topped lemon tarts this online bakery is trying to put a spin on classic dessert items.
These Lemon Tarts looked like desserts right out of Pinterest. I got a very subtle sour taste of lemon here which should've been stronger given its name. The Strawberry and Kiwis added a fruity flavor along with the thick custard filling. Had it been named fruit tart, I would’ve been sold for sure!
Chocolate Cup Cake with American Double Chocolate: Frosting
This is the best Chocolate Cupcake I've had in a while! It was really moist and well decorated. The chocolate flavor was not too intense and the frosting was extremely creamy! Despite of both the cake and frosting flavor being chocolate, it didn’t come off as too sweet which is perfect for me. Having Maltesers as topping is such a good idea as it added crunchiness as a texture. If you are someone who loves desserts but want the perfect balance, this is a must order I highly recommend it.
These profiteroles melt in your mouth! They were airy and the cream filling was just the right amount. To me, the chocolate or vanilla coating doesn’t make much of a difference tastewise but they do make them look beautiful! The Choux of Pastryarchy (another online bakery are even lighter than this so do check them out too!)
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
The Red Velvet Cupcake with cream cheese frosting is loved by many! It’s a classic flavor that now many restaurants and bakeries offer on a regular basis too. But have you ever seen such a cupcake with golden foils? It just gives it a luxurious look that we can all definitely admire! While the frosting could’ve been slightly sourer, the cupcake was just perfect! Both the cupcake and frosting held their shapes perfectly despite them being home delivered!
(This article was first published on Dhaka Courier)
Farmhouse Burger is one of those places in town that I could go to multiple times without getting bored. Their well-crafted menu and ambience make this place a great place to hangout with friends and family or even go on a cozy date. Located at the south end of Gulshan Avenue in the Bay Development building, they are located underground which might take you a while to spot.
Once you enter, their warm lighting and pub style setting will lighten your mood. Their well trained servers presented a menu to us and one of their owners, Nadine Khan, was present there to explain the new additions to their menu. I noticed that some of their prices had been cut down and she explained that over the months they were able to cut down costs where necessary and make Farmhouse a place which everyone could afford. I was really impressed with this genuine remark.
I ordered the Bob Marley and Ricky Bobby Melt from their burger section, fried pickles and the Strawberry Shortcake Shake. The Bob Marley is a jerk marinated chicken with pineapple salsa, green lettuce and lime aioli. It was so refreshing to have a fruity flavor to a burger; something that I would have never imagined. The only issue I had with this burger is the thickness of the chicken which was too thin for me.
The Ricky Bobby Melt is a beef burger on toast with jalapeno, cheddar, chipotle pepper sauce, caramelized onions. If you had (and know) Bombay Toast as a kid, this will definitely bring back some memories. This burger cum sandwich was properly toasted with a sweet touch to it. The minced beef and cheddar gave it a classic backyard burger taste and the sweet, sharp and smoky taste of the caramelized onions made this melt a delicious one.
The Fried Pickles were crispy because of the hand-batter that they use. I have had this side before but they definitely changed the recipe. It tasted lighter and had bits of fried peppers along with jalapenos as well. Previously they had a ranch sauce as a dipping which was too tangy for me to go with the jalapenos but now they mixed it up with in house made mayonnaise which made the consistency thicker and also helped in cutting down the tangy taste. A must have if you visit Farmhouse Burger in my opinion.
The Strawberry Shortcake Shake’s core ingredients were strawberries, shortbread crumbs and whipped cream. Previously, I was a huge fan of their Nutty Italian shake but now I can say without hesitance that this is the best shake in their menu and perhaps in town. It was thick, not overly sweet and refreshing! Perfect summer drink if you ask me. The strawberries tasted really fresh and the shortcake crumbs were giving it a buttery and baked cookie taste.
Overall, Farmhouse Burger is definitely worth the money. You don’t just pay for the food but also the amazing service and ambiance.
I recently came back from a trip to India. After all the delicious meals I have had there, I couldn’t handle the craving for Indian ever since my return. Thus, my tour group and I decided to relive the memory of our trip at Kurry Accent; our favorite Indian restaurant in Dhaka.
I usually try very traditional Indian food items at Kurry Accent but decided to order something different this time. We started off with Papdi Chaat. This scrumptious Indian street food delight has been turned into a fancy one by Kurry. Topped with potatoes, pomegranates, cilantro and tamarind chutney and bhujia, this appetizer/small bite is an excellent option for Indian food fanatics. Other than the less amount of yoghurt, I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. The best part is that it can easily be split by 2 or more if you are ordering other items from their menu.
Next, we ordered the Old Delhi Murgh Boti with Butter Roomali Roti. I was absolutely blown away with the presentation! The chunks of chicken had a rustic taste of garam masala. The additions of chilis and garnish of coriander gave it a spicy and minty taste. The crisp roti got crisper with time and I loved that! The Tandoori Khumbh was no exception in terms of presentation. It was quite unique having two button mushrooms being stuffed and then joined with each other. This dish is a hit or miss depending on what flavors you like. The nutty taste of cashew taste along with mashed veggies is really rich here. In fact, even for me it was unlike other flavors I'm accustomed to. But don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed it, especially the chars on the mushrooms gave it a smoky flavor.
For mains we got the Assorted Kabab Platter which had fish, lamb and chicken kabab served on a grill. Surprisingly it was the Dory Fish that stood out. It had a melt in the mouth texture with perfect seasoning. The Chicken and Lamb were both slightly salty especially the chicken was slightly a letdown for us.
The Daal Makhni and Butter Chicken are our all time favorite. We have had it before and the taste is always consistent. The Daal had the perfect amount of Tarka and the Butter Chicken was succulent and delicious. The Kacche Gosht Ki Dum Biryani was another favorite around the table with its fragrant ‘jhorjora’ rice and juicy mutton bits.
Kurry Accent always leaves us little room to complain. I think their dishes are authentic Indian ones and I will always remain one of their loyal customers. Only if they’d work a little more on their interior, it’d be the perfect place for any gathering.
Mother Nature has the solution of all problems of human beings. During the pandemic situation, many health-conscious people are consuming Tulsi tea as home remedy for colds and inflammation. But Tulsi has many more health benefits to offer. Though originated in Indian Sub Continent, Tulsi has been widely cultivated in Southeast Asian Tropics. As an aromatic perennial plant, Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) belongs to the family Lamiaceae. For its versatile medicinal properties, Tulsi is adored as ‘Holy Basil, ‘Queen of Herbs’ or ‘Elixir of Life’. Read this article to know the magical health benefits of Tulsi tea.
Tulsi tea helps to relieve certain respiratory illnesses including colds, sinusitis, coughs, bronchitis, asthma congestion, flu, sore throat, etc. Its ‘antitussive’ property can aid in relieving coughs. Furthermore, Tulsi is enriched with certain oil properties that relieve congestion. The ‘Expectorant’ property of this medicinal herb can assist in relaxing your respiratory system by ejecting the phlegm. Inhaling the fresh steaming Tulsi tea before drinking can alleviate the sinus problems.
As an ‘adaptogenic’ herb, Tulsi can strengthen the overall immune system of human body and promote wellness, but how? This herb is a natural source of Apigenin flavonoid that can assist your body-cells to eliminate waste materials. By virtue of its ‘Immune Modulator’ properties, Tulsi can boost up your immunity. What is more? Tulsi can speed up the healing process of diverse infections and wounds like mouth ulcers, keloids, acne, etc.
Tulsi contains a kind of terpene like chemical compound called ‘Eugenol’ that has analgesic or pain-relieving properties. People who are suffering from fibromyalgia, joint pain, or arthritis can drink Tulsi tea on a regular basis to alleviate the pain. This herb is also rich in Ursolic acid and Rosmarinic acid that offer anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and even anti-aging properties.
Tulsi is a popular home remedy for reducing the level of blood sugar. If you are suffering from pre-diabetes or type-2 diabetes, you can start drinking tulsi tea besides taking medication to control your blood sugar in a natural way. Several studies in Animal as well as human trials revealed that Tulsi may aid in preventing weight gain, insulin resistance, excess blood-insulin (hyperinsulinemia), high cholesterol, hypertension, etc.
Besides contributing in the maintenance of ‘stable’ blood sugar levels, Tulsi tea can improve your metabolism and help your body in processing carbohydrates and fats more efficiently. Some research on animals show that Tulsi can lower the level of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increase “good” cholesterol (HDL) in blood. However, more human trials are necessary to get established results.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, many people are experiencing tension due to diverse issues like illness, career, relationships, etc. A simple change into diet can contribute to alleviate stress. Tulsi is bestowed with ‘Ocimumosides A’ and ‘Ocimumosides B’ compounds that can fight stress and maintain the secretion of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in your blood.
In addition to these, the habit of drinking Tulsi tea can not only help your body in balancing the stress hormone ‘cortisol’, but also minimize your stress-level. Thus, adding Tulsi tea in regular diet, you can avoid various pushing factors of depression and keep anxiety at bay.
The multidimensional health benefits of Tulsi will continue surprising you. As a natural mouth freshener, Tulsi is capable of destroying harmful bacteria and germs developed inside your mouth area. Drinking Tulsi tea every day, you can get cleaner teeth, hygienic oral health and fresher breath. Additionally, Tulsi carries an antioxidant carotenoid called ‘Lutein’ that can improve eye health.
Holy Basil or Tulsi can naturally promote stomach health through reducing stomach acid, improving mucus secretion, boosting mucus cells, strengthening mucus cells, etc. For this blissful medicinal property Tulsi tea can be useful as a home remedy in treating indigestion, ulcers, vomiting, gastric pain, stomach cramps, intestinal parasites, etc. Tulsi can also prevent stress-induced ulcers. Furthermore, consumption of Tulsi tea can soothe stomach-ache causing from kidney stones.
Those who admire organic tea will certainly enjoy the mesmerizing aroma and exclusive flavor of Tulsi tea. Depending on the preparation style Tulsi tea can taste a bit peppery to astringent. To augment the flavor, Tulsi leaves can be combined with other kinds of organic tea leaves such as black tea, green tea, or white tea. To get additional health benefits, you can brew an herbal blend of Tulsi tea with other organic ingredients like turmeric, lemon, ginger, etc.
How to prepare Tulsi tea? First, boil 1 cup of water. Then add Half teaspoon of dried Tulsi leaves, or one teaspoon of fresh tulsi leaves, or one-third teaspoon of Tulsi powder to the hot water. Now let the blend steep for several minutes. After that remove the leaves or strain the tea. You can add honey and/or lemon juice at desired quantity to enhance the flavor.
Tulsi may affect the fertility of men and women. So, people who are trying to conceive ought to abstain from consuming Tulsi in excess amount. Especially, the breast-feeding mothers are recommended to avoid drinking Tulsi tea.
You can experience nausea, diarrhea, or similar kind of illness when you start consuming Tulsi as tea or in other dietary form. Therefore, the best practice would be starting with limited quantities and then slowly increasing the amount of consumption over the course of time.
Tulsi may cause blood clotting in a slow pace. This is why patients are asked to keep away from eating or drinking Tulsi for minimum of two weeks prior and following any medical surgery.
Tulsi properties can interfere with your pharmaceutical drugs. So, if you are currently taking medications for treating any chronic or acute medical condition, you need to consult with your doctor before adding Tulsi tea in your diet.
Many of us love to start the day with a cup of steaming tea. But have you ever thought about what benefit you can get from drinking tea? As a refreshing beverage, teas can be prepared in diverse ways. Not all kinds of teas can provide the same benefit to your health. Masala tea is one of the most beneficial organic teas that offer multifaceted benefits for the human body. Read this article to know what happens to your body, if you drink Masala Tea every day.
Masala Tea has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which can strengthen your immune system to prevent the symptoms of flu and colds. If you add spices like clove, elaichi, cinnamon, and ginger to you masala tea, the combination can help your body to fight against cough and nasal congestion. Taking at least two cups of masala tea every day can both keep you away from catching a cold and help to recover sooner. To get the best effect try to drink hot masala tea.
Depending on personal preference, Masala tea can be prepared to combine a handful of spices like tulsi, cinnamon, elaichi, clove, ginger, etc. Every spice offers some special health benefits to the human body. When you drink a cup of steaming Masala tea, the combined benefits passed by all spices contribute to lessening inflammation and leaving a soothing effect on the body.
For instance, Ginger can control inflammation by preventing the formation of prostaglandins – inflammation-inducing catalyst – in your body. Moreover, Clove is enriched with an anti-inflammatory compound called 'eugenol' that may alleviate inflammation in your muscles. When you drink Masala tea, these spices can serve as potential painkillers.
Tea is highly acidic by nature. When you add ginger as an ingredient, it neutralizes the natural acidic effect of tea. Adding other spices like clove, elaichi, and tulsi can improve your digestion process by escalating the process of saliva production.
The combined effect of these spices helps peristalsis which induces the movement of ingested food down your digestive tract. If you drink masala tea regularly, your entire digestion system can get better, which would increase the metabolism power of your body.
By improving digestion power, masala tea can help your body to prevent the accumulation of excess air or water into the stomach. This reduces the feelings of bloating or gassiness. Regular consumption of masala tea can help you in shedding some extra pounds. If you are obese, try masala tea for weight loss.
When you feel exhausted after long hours of work, have a hot cup of Masala tea to boost up your energy. Masala tea is rich in 'Tannins' which helps to revitalize your body. Adding to this, Masal tea contains a small portion of 'caffeine' that can improve your alertness by stimulating the central nervous system. When you drink Masala tea the united effect of 'tannins' and 'caffeine' can remove fatigue and heighten your energy level within a few moments.
If you are experiencing high blood pressure issues, masala tea may offer you natural remedies. 'Black tea', the main ingredient of masala tea owns strong anti-oxidant properties. The dilating effect of 'tannins' on blood can regulate your heart rate and blood pressure.
The process of plaque formation on the blood vessels may cause arterial blockages leading to heart diseases. When you put spices including 'clove' and 'elaichi' to your masala tea, these constituents prevent the process of plaque storage by reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol in your body. Thus, regular consumption of masala tea can keep your heart healthy!
The spice ingredients of masala tea can minimize the risk of diabetes. For instance, Spices like elaichi, clove, cinnamon, etc can augment the insulin sensitivity of your body. When you take Masala tea every day, your body gets equipped in handling sugars in a more effective way. Thus, Masala tea can lower your blood sugar levels and prevent/control diabetes in a natural way.
When you create the habit of drinking Masala tea every day, it can improve your immune system. The spice ingredients like clove and cinnamon can reinforce your immunity against infections. The cinnamon can keep your memory sharp preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, the clove can help your body to make the best out of sugars.
You may know that the Cancerous cells are formed in the body when rebel cells get multiplied in a huge number and damage other healthy cells. Spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, etc are enriched with cancer-preventing properties. The antioxidizing properties of these spices can help your immune system in preventing cancer. When you drink Masala tea on a regular basis, your immune system can stay alert against antigens and cancerous cells.
Though Masala tea offers numerous health benefits, it should be consumed in moderate amount. As a base of Masala tea, each cup (240 ml) should contain no more than 25mg of caffeine. Consuming more than 400mg of caffeine per day can be harmful to any individual. During pregnancy, the amount of caffeine-intake must not cross 200 mg per day. If consumed in excess amounts, caffeine can cause health issues like nausea and restlessness.
Masala tea is made with a number of spices. Some of these herbs like fennel, star anise, licorice root, etc can create a hormonal imbalance in the body during pregnancy. It would be better for pregnant mothers to avoid this beverage.