Chef of the Week, 13th January 2020 – Chef Kirti

Hello Foodies and Buddies,

We are back with a new Chef of the week – Chef Kirti Sood from Bangalore! She is a housewife & a mother of three kids, and she really loves cooking for her family.

She has sold more than 1000 meals on FoodyBuddy. Congratulations Chef!

How her journey started

Chef Kirti wanted to do something from home where she could take care of ger kids and still do something. FoodyBuddy gave her that platform! She got a reference for this app from Akila Aunty Ji and being passionate about cooking, she and her husband started cooking and selling on FoodyBuddy. While she mostly cooks vegetarian, her husband cooks non-vegetarian dishes.

She mentions – “The appreciation which I get from my foodies really inspires me to cook more and experiment with new dishes.”

Her Specialities and Favourite dishes

Chef Kirti loves to cook delicacies ranging from Punjabi and Chinese cuisine to Italian cuisine as these are among her favorites. Her most popular dishes are Paneer cutlet, Mix-veg cutlet, Chicken cutlet, Sabudana vada, Moong dal vada, all types of parathas, different types of Kofta curries, Paneer makhani, pasta, veg noodles, Sarson ka saag with Makki di roti and many more.

Her tip to fellow Buddies!

“ I don’t compromise on quality and quantity. Same I will tell to new buddies.

To wrap up, she says that in the future she will keep cooking for her lovely Foodies and will also try providing new dishes.  She also expressed her gratitude to Foodybuddy for giving her a great platform to showcase her passion for cooking

We wish you a great future Chef Kirti! Keep rocking 🙂

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

Dish of the Week – Mee Goreng by Chef Meena

Hello Foodies and Buddies,

In this column of Dish of the Week, we are back with a spicy Malaysian noodle dish – Mee Goreng by Chef Meena. Originating from Indonesia, the dish is most commonly had in Malaysia and Singapore.

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She Meena tells “My aunt runs a restaurant in Malaysia, and I learnt this dish from her when I visited there for the first time. I used to prepare it there in her restaurant. We could find the dish in every street of Malaysia, even if we go to remote villages over there.”

She gets the main ingredients of the dish – noddle and soy sauce from Malaysia, hence she is able to maintain the authentic taste. Another thing to be noted is that the noodles should be cooked with care. If it is overcooked then the taste will not be nice.

Chef Meena’s customers are really happy with the dish and her customer’s testimonials always mention that it tastes original just as they had in Singapore/Malaysia. She is very happy with the reviews. 🙂

DISH RECIPE: 

Ingredients:

  • Noodles – 1 pack
  • Dry red chilli and garlic (soak in hot water and grind it to make a fine paste)
  • Crushed garlic pods – 3 
  • Onion – 1
  • Sliced cabbage –  1 cup
  • Capsicum and carrot slices – 1 cup
  • Sprouted green moong dal – 3 tsp
  • Tomato ketchup – 1 tsp
  • Soya sauce (thicker one) – 1 tsp
  • Mustard leaves or spinach
  • Soya paneer(tofu)
  • Salt to taste

Note: If you are a non-vegetarian you can add egg omelette slices or fish fries or chicken pieces along with the veggies.

Method:

  • Cook the noodles in boiling water for 2 mins and strain the excess water.
  • Add 2 tsp of chilli and garlic paste, salt and mix in the noodles thoroughly.
  • Heat the pan and add 3 TSP of oil. Saute onions and veggies in the oil for 2 mins with a pinch of salt and add tomato ketchup and soy sauce.
  • Saute it for a minute and add the marinated noodles now.
  • Fry the noodles along with the veggies for 3 mins
  • Deep fry the tofu in oil and add to the noodles and also add chopped Mustard leaves and switch off the flame.
  • Top it with sliced green chillies.

Dish is ready to serve.  🙂

Chef Meena is looking forward to making many mouth-watering Asian delicacies famous on FoodyBuddy, such as Kway Teow, Nasi Li Ma and Nasi veg Goreng. She also expressed his gratitude to the FoodyBuddy team for keeping her busy all the time and for customer testimonials that always fill her up with energy.

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We are glad to have great Chefs like you onboard and we wish you good luck on your journey ahead. Keep shining!

If you would like FoodyBuddy to be launched in your apartment community, please contact us by clicking here!

Chef of the Week, 6th January 2020 – Chef Sandhya

Hello Foodies and Buddies,

In this New Year, we are back with a new Chef of the week from Hyderabad – Chef Sandhya Iyer! She has sold more than 1000 meals on FoodyBuddy. Congratulations Chef!

How her journey started

Chef Sandhya has a circle of friends who were a part of FoodyBuddy already and they would often share their experiences that inspired her to give it try. Somehow it worked out very well as it gave her a platform to showcase her culinary skills, and that’s how her journey began as a Chef on FoodyBuddy.

She mentions – “Cooking is my passion. I belong to a typical South Indian family wherein our ancestors gave a lot of importance to cooking, we dealt with food a lot. Cooking and feeding has been imbibed in me right from there, it carries in our lineage.”

Her Specialities and Favourite dishes

Being born to a South Indian family and brought up in Mumbai (where cuisines from multiple cultures thrive), gave her a great opportunity to learn and appreciate food from all parts of the world. Her favorites from the menu include Sambhar, Avial, Pav Bhaji, Masala Pav, Poha, Sabudana kichadi, Phulkhas, and the list goes on!

Her signature dishes are Masala Pav and Pav Bhaji. While Mixed lentil batter, which was an experiment, also happened to click very well. Additionally, she also loves homemade ‘podis’ or powders which also became an instant hit amongst her foodies due to its authenticity and freshness.

Chef Sandhya says – “I am very grateful to a few of my foodies who have moved out of my neighborhood, yet continue to order from me regularly. This is highly motivating and keeps me going, especially when the elderly and experienced people convey their appreciation, it gives me a spirit to try new things.”

Her tip to fellow Buddies!

Keep it simple, never compromise on the quantity and quality, put in your 100%.

In the future, Chef Sandhya sees herself gaining more experience and taking her entrepreneurship skills to a different level. She also expressed her gratitude to Foodybuddy for giving her a great platform to showcase her cooking skills. She is also very grateful to her family, especially her husband who has always inspired her to keep going.

We wish you a great future Chef Sandhya! Keep rising and shining 🙂

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

Dish of the Week – Lemon Chicken by Chef Tapas

Hello Foodies and Buddies,

We are back in this New Year with a dish that can be relished by all Chicken lovers – Lemon Chicken by Chef Tapas. It’s a Chinese chicken starter with an irresistibly sticky, sweet and sour sauce.

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Chef Tapas mentions that the first time he prepared the dish, it tasted so delicious that he remembers the first bite even today. 😀 It is his go-to dish every weekend.

It a self-taught dish that he tried as a variation of Chilly Chicken. The biggest challenge with the dish according to him is cutting the chicken tenders and frying them perfectly so that it doesn’t turn out hard or chewy.

DISH RECIPE: 

PREP: 30 Mins
COOK: 10 Mins
TOTAL: 40 Mins
SERVES: 2 People

Ingredients:

For Chicken:

  • 250 gms of boneless chicken cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon curd

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • Oil for frying

For Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or broth

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Red chili sauce

  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3-4 tablespoons)

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • Black pepper powder

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 cup Capsicums cubes (Green & Red)

  • 1 cup Onion petals

  • Thinly sliced green chilies

  • Thinly sliced spring onions (Green to garnish & White for cooking)

Method:

For the Chicken:

1st round of marinate –  Cut boneless chicken into 1-inch pieces (against the grain). Take a large shallow bowl add curd, salt & water (1:3) ration. Add chicken cubes, mix well and allow to marinate for 20 minutes (max 2 hrs), covered.

2nd round of marinate – Drain excess water, whisk egg white, soy sauce, Maida (all-purpose flour) & Corn starch. Add in chicken, mix well so that chicken pieces coat evenly. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a large wok, pan or skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, fry chicken in batches in a single layer for about 5-6 minutes, turning halfway during cooking, until golden and cooked through.

Drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. Discard the oil and wipe wok/pan over with a paper towel.

For the sauce:

In the same wok, pan or skillet heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions, capsicum, green chili,  garlic & ginger paste until fragrant (about 30 seconds).  Add stock, soy sauce, red chili sauce, sugar. Whisk, bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves and stir until thickened. Toss chicken in the sauce until evenly coated (about 2 minutes). Flame off, add in the lemon juice.

Garnish with spring onions(green) and serve.  🙂

 

Chef Tapas is looking forward to making many mouth-watering dishes famous on FoodyBuddy, such as Pav Bhaji, Noodles, Veg Ball Manchurian, etc. He also expressed his gratitude to the FoodyBuddy team for immense support towards home chefs like him.

We are glad to have great Chefs like you on board, Tapas and we wish you good luck on your journey ahead. Keep Rocking!

If you would like FoodyBuddy to be launched in your apartment community, please contact us by clicking here!

Chef of the Week, 30th December 2019 – Chef Lalita

Hello Foodies and Buddies,

We are back with a new Chef of the week from Ahad Euphoria apartments, Bangalore -Chef Lalita Shekhar! She has sold more than 1000 meals on FoodyBuddy. Congratulations Chef!

How her journey started

It was around one and a half year back around her anniversary that she came up with the idea of something new in life, where she could use her skills and earn love from people. That’s when she and her family remembered FoodyBuddy. They had used the FoodyBuddy app to order food when they had newly shifted to the apartment, hence, it was the answer!

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FoodyBuddy gave her a platform to play around with her skills and earn the love and appreciation of many people around her. She mentions – “ The pleasure of spreading love through my food is the biggest driving force for me to keep cooking and selling. It also gives me a lot of satisfaction to experiment with a lot of dishes and getting praise from the foodies.”

Her Specialities and Favourite dishes

Chef Lalita excels at cooking South Indian food and Parathas, and some of her favorite dishes include Idli Sambhar, Sabudana Khichdi, Aloo Paratha, Shahi Paratha, etc.

Her Most popular dishes are –  Idli Sambhar, Aloo Paratha & Sabudana Khichdi.

She keeps on having a lot of interaction with her fellow Foodies. She remembered one such interaction where a Foody shared his experience with her saying that it felt like the food was served by his own mother. That made Chef Lalita’s day! 🙂

Her tip to fellow Buddies!

She says – “ Cook with love and intention of spreading smiles, the rest will follow.”

She also mentioned that in the future she would love to experiment with food and try a lot of new dishes and expand her specialties to different cuisines.

We wish you a great future Chef Lalita! Keep spreading more smiles 🙂

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