Love Cooking Rich Food? This Popular Chef Gives A Glimpse Of Her Pantry

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    Cooking is a therapeutic activity but choosing the right ingredients is an art. If you love cooking rich dishes that are also healthy, take a look at these recommendations from Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji, a Navi Mumbai-based chef and recipe developer who is known for her delectable and picture-perfect dishes and desserts. She shows us a glimpse of her pantry that has some amazing products. The groceries will add taste and also a healthy twist. Take a look! 

    Pink Himalayan Salt

    Pink Himalayan Salt

    90

    Chef Reetu loves her salads and fruit bowls. She prefers the Natirel pink Himalayan salt from Kokos Natural as it has multiple health benefits and gives that extra edge to the dish. She suggests that we put this salt in veggies and fruit salads. You will get it for INR 90 only.

    Organic Jaggery Powder

    Organic Jaggery Powder

    160

    Although a chef, she is very particular about the 'health quotient' of her dishes. Known for her signature sweet preparations, Chef Reetu always uses organic jaggery powder instead of refined sugar in her sweets and while making syrups. She also recommends adding it to your daily chai. Buy it for INR 160 from NutriOrg, a brand known for its healthy and organic groceries.

    Gulab Patti

    Gulab Patti

    180
    Chef Reetu is known for her unique recipes and one of her specialties is the gulab aur aaloo halwa. She always makes use of gulab patti (natural dried rose petals) from Mr. Merchant in her sweets and desserts for an extra delicious twist. It also makes for an awesome garnishing ingredient. A packet costs about INR 180.

    Natural Green Cardamom

    Natural Green Cardemom

    250

    Manteri has amazing products and she tells us to buy the natural green cardamom that has an authentic flavour and no artificial colouring. The chef uses this in her desserts to make them more delectable. A packet is priced at INR 250.

    Organic Cold-Pressed Sesame Oil

    Organic Cold-Pressed Sesame Oil

    265

    One should always use a variety of oils and Chef strongly recommends this organic cold-pressed sesame oil from Urvika. She personally uses it for salad dressings to give her dish a toasty flavour. She also uses it for sauteing and deep-frying! The best part about this oil is that it contains no harmful additives or chemicals and is completely organic. Buy it for INR 265.

    Mango Pickle

    Mango Pickle

    300

    No time to make pickles at home? Worry not! Chef recommends the authentic Punjabi mango pickle from The Little Farm Co. Priced at INR 300, this pickle will tickle your palette, is authentic, and has the right amount of mustard oil in it. It's natural, fresh and you should eat it with parathas. 

    Natural Asafoetida

    Natural Asafoetida

    393

    Some dishes can cause a lot of problems such as bloating, gas, etc. Chef Reetu recommends the natural asafoetida from Conscious Food, a brand known for its organic groceries, spices, and condiments. Use this aromatic hing for tempering of dals, chole, rajma, khichadi and more as it will add a rich taste and also help with digestion. The product costs INR 393.