Chef of the Week, 15th February 2019 – Sagun Jain

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

It’s time for a new Chef of the Week column and on this week’s edition, we are featuring Chef Sagun Jain – a highly popular Buddy who recently crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone!

Talking to Chef Sagun, we asked her how she got started on FoodyBuddy and she replied that she got to know about FoodyBuddy from a friend of hers.

Having become a favourite Chef of many Foodies, she quickly crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone and we asked what keeps her inspired to keep selling so regularly. She replied, “It is about the satisfaction which I get from my food-making skills.”

When quizzed on her most popular dishes, Chef Sagun said that her snacks – mainly Samosas and Khaman Dhokla – are at the top of the list.

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Chef Sagun also said that it is the feedback from her Foodies which gives her the most satisfaction – especially when they say good things about the taste of her dishes.

We asked if she had any advice for new Buddies and she replied, “Please be regular and give your one hundred percent.” Short and sweet!

Chef Sagun also has some straightforward plans regarding her immediate future. She said, “I’ll continue to serve my customers and increase the number of orders slowly.”

Finally, this is what she had to say in closing. “I’m very happy with FoodyBuddy’s services, especially for giving an opportunity to ladies who are not able to go out and enjoy passion. Thanks to FoodyBuddy for giving this.”

Thank you so much, Chef Sagun for being such a key part of FoodyBuddy’s success and we wish you all the very best going forward 🙂

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Dish of the Week, 12th February 2019 – Sooji Chilla by Chef Supriya

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

We’re thrilled to announce our newest Dish of the Week and it is this amazing Sooji Chilla by Chef Supriya!

What is Sooji Chilla you ask? Chef Supriya explains, “This dish is actually a simple pancake made of Rawa/Sooji. This is a very tasty and healthy food which can be served for breakfast, evening snacks and for kids’ lunch boxes also. It can be prepared within minutes with any topping of your choice.”

Sounds delicious! So, how exactly did Chef Supriya learn to make this dish?

“I learned this dish from my Mom, as she used to give me in my lunch box. It is one of my favourite dishes as it is very easy to make and my daughter also likes to have it,” Chef Supriya said with a smile.

 

Chef Supriya was even kind enough to share the recipe for her delicious Sooji Chilla which you can find here:

Ingredients
• 2 Cup rawa/sooji
• 1/2 cup curd
• 1 and 1/2 tsp salt or as per the taste
• 2 cup water
• 4 tbsp onion, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp tomato, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp carrots, finely chopped
• 2 green chillies
• 1/2 tsp ginger paste
• 2 tsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
• oil for roasting chilla

Instructions
• First in a large bowl mix rawa and curd
• Add salt and water
• Mix well without forming any lumps
• Now wait for 20 mins so that the rawa becomes soft
• Add all the veggies and mix well
• Add water if required to get thick flowing consistency of the batter
• Now grease the dosa pan with oil and spread a ladleful of batter thickly
• Pour a little oil around the edges
• Cook the chilla for 1 min and then flip over and press gently. Again put little oil around the edges
• Let the chilla gets roasted well from both the sides on medium flame
• Finally, serve the chilla with green chutney and sauce.

Pretty easy, right? Chef Supriya definitely agrees although she does point out one small challenge involved in making this dish.

She says, “The only challenge in preparing this dish is the proportion of curd we put. If a little more curd gets added then the chillas will stick on the tawa and it would be difficult to flip them over.”

We would like to thank Chef Supriya for her time and effort in sharing this awesome recipe with us and everyone here at FoodyBuddy wishes her all the very best going forward 🙂

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FoodyBudy is always looking for unique dishes to be featured as a Dish of the Week. If you would like your dish to be featured, please do write to us at akash.c@foodybuddy.in

Sixty Hall of Famers!

A big week in the FoodyBuddy Hall of Fame gives us SIXTY entrants including TEN Master Chefs!

Congrats to everyone who made it in and you find the full list here: https://www.foodybuddy.in/hall-of-fame

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Also, here are the rules for this week’s Hall of Fame contest:

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That’s it from us for now, everyone. Have a great week ahead 🙂

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Chef of the Week, 8th February 2019 – Sarika Palnati

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

It’s Chef of the Week time and on this edition, we have Chef Sarika Palnati who recently completed 1000 Meals on the FoodyBuddy platform and is a highly popular Buddy for her tremendously good food!

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This is what Chef Sarika had to say about her FoodyBuddy experience in her own words:

“Thank you to all the Foodies and Buddies because of whom I am here and have crossed 1000 Meals Sold! My inspiration is my Foodies, and without them I wouldn’t be here.

I remember when I was new to my apartment, I was looking for food online, and one of my friends told me about FoodyBuddy where I could get homemade food. It was from here that I decided to try serving people like me who were looking for homemade food.

I have completed my Masters in Information Technology from Australia but what I really enjoy is cooking. I love to cook new dishes with different recipes.

Basically, I didn’t have many friends but since I started selling on FoodyBuddy, I have found many friends in my Foodies! Nowadays, my Foodies wave at me when I pass through the clubhouse or the park and I feel so happy. Whatever I cook, I do it with love and passion. I love to cook and serve my Foodies. This is the inspiration I get is from my customers and the smiles on their faces when I deliver the food and their reviews on the FoodyBuddy app or WhatsApp groups really make my day.”

“Wheat Rava Upma, Semia Upma, Sambhar, and various Non-Veg Dishes are my specialities which my customers mostly like. I also get personal requests for food they want to eat, which I really love to do, ’cause I want my Foodies to enjoy and eat what they really want. I also really appreciate the feedback from buyers which makes me want to improve myself and serve them even better next time.

I am very serious when it comes to quality, quantity and hygiene. My suggestion to newcomers is to just cook with passion because you can reach your goal when you work with passion.

We were four in my family, and now FoodyBuddy has joined my family and we are five! All chefs in my community are very friendly with each other and cook happily. I would like to really thank FoodyBuddy for giving me this opportunity to serve my Foodies from the comfort of my own home!

And also a big thank you to the FoodyBuddy team for all the support you give us. Going forward, I don’t want FoodyBuddy to be limited to community premises because there are many people who want to eat homemade food at the office and even outside apartment communities! We would love to serve all the Foodies who want to eat homemade food.

Thank you to all the Foodies once again for your love and support. I would also like to thank my family for all the support and especially my two lovely kids who understand me when I go out to deliver the food.

Providing fresh, hot, and tasty food on time is the main challenge for me so I also wanna thank my mom for sharing her recipes and teaching me how to cook during my childhood and how to manage time while cooking. Finally, I want to thank my father who taught me to be strong and face any hurdles that come in my life!”

Thank you so much for all your lovely words, Chef Sarika, and we want to wish you all the very best going forward! You are such an important part of FoodyBuddy and one of the most amazing chefs! Congrats on this great achievement!

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Dish of the Week, 5th February 2019 – Soulful Biryani by Chef Megha Shabu

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

It’s Dish of the Week time and on this edition, we have a special Biryani courtesy of Chef Megha Shabu!

What is a Soulful Biryani? Chef Megha explained, “I have captioned it as Soulful Biryani because it has become synonymous with me in my circle. It kind of completes my presence in all the wonderful occasions we celebrate. My sister says she would travel from Bangalore to Hyderabad just to have my Biryani. And I’ve got comments saying my Biryani is heavenly and it makes my soul smile from deep within!”

Chef Megha also explained why the dish is special. She said with a big smile, “It’s very special because it made its way straight to my husband’s heart. Also, it is a dish which blends my mother’s and mother in law’s style. Most importantly, though, my daughters love it too.”

Calling it one of her favourite dishes, Chef Megha told us how she learned to make this dish. She said, “I never made Biryani before marriage but soon after I got married my mother in law taught me to make Biryani on Christmas 2002. Slowly I started blending with whatever I remembered of my mother’s style – she was an awesome cook. So here I am today with my much-appreciated style of Biryani. A blend of Kerala and Tamil style.”

Chef Megha was even kind enough to provide a full recipe for the dish.

Serves 8 to 10
Ingredients
• Skinless Chicken – 1.5 kgs
• Onion – 12 medium sized (sliced thinly and fries until brown)
• Ginger garlic paste – 4 tbsp
• Green chillies – 8 finely chopped
• Pudina – 1 cup finely chopped
• Lemon juice – 2 lemons
• Coriander leaves – 1 cup finely chopped
• Curd – ½ ltr
• Red chilly powder – 2 tbsp
• Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
• Garam masala – 1 tbsp
• Oil 2 tbsp
• Ghee – 4 tbsp
• Bay leaf – 2 to 3 medium sized
• Cinnamon – 2 (1 inch)
• Cardamom – 10 nos
• Cloves – 12 to 15
• Fennel Seeds – 1 ½ tbsp
• Salt to taste
• Water – 6
• Basmati Rice – 1 kg

Procedure:
Step 1: mix together ingredients 1 to 11 along with some salt and let it marinate for 4 hours.
Step 2: Heat oil and ghee in a thick bottom vessel and ingredients 14 to 18
Step 3: Once the whole garam masala starts changing colour add the marinated chicken cook for 5 minutes add tomatoes and cook for another 10 min on low flame.
Step 4: Add water to the above and bring it to boil.
Step 5: Add in the rice along with some salt.
Step 6: Once the rice starts boiling simmer the flame and cook it completely covered for another 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and slightly
Loosen the rice with the help of a fork.
Enjoy the hot Biryani along with Raitha

Note:
1)while the marinated chicken is getting cooked clean and soak rice for 12 minutes and drain off the water completely.

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When asked on what the most challenging part of making the dish was, Chef Megha replied with a laugh, “Even though I have been making this for years cutting onions in large quantities always feel challenging!”

We asked Chef Megha what other dishes she was looking to make famous on FoodyBuddy and she said, “There are lots of them but I’ll be happy to get my Sambhar and Aviyal on the Hit List. Although they sound simple they are the most comforting food. Also, the Pasta Salad is one of my most promising dishes which I want people to really try.”

Finally, Chef Megha said in closing, “The name FoodyBuddy has a real meaning in my life. Food has helped me to win hearts and gotten me closer to the people of my community. I feel I am sharing love when I share what I cook wholeheartedly. Foodybuddy has given me that wonderful opportunity to explore my passion and bring us closer. And I am so grateful for the overwhelming love I have received from so many Foodies and Buddies!”

Thank you, ma’am, for being such an integral part of the FoodyBuddy family and we wish you all the very best going forward 🙂

If you would like to be a Home Chef on FoodyBuddy, please register by clicking here!

FoodyBudy is always looking for unique dishes to be featured as a Dish of the Week. If you would like your dish to be featured, please do write to us at akash.c@foodybuddy.in