An Italian And A Chinese Walk Into Indian Kitchens

This March was a month of madness, really. I felt that I had fallen through the Rabbit Hole, and pretty much felt like Alice in Wonderland through every day of the crazy month. Took a Breakfast Masterclass, shot some recipe videos, and flew out to Delhi for the launch of Saffola Masala Oats, Chef’s Choice Range in Italian and Chinese flavours. That last bit, especially, made me feel like, you know, such a lah-dee-dah blogger.
I mean, it’s not often that you fly out to Delhi, practically for a lunch break, and then fly right back into Mumbai, the same day. Because, you know, there was important stuff to be done – like packing for the Goa break we were leaving for the following Monday. I signed up for the event, and instantly had a panic attack. There was so much work to do! So many deadlines to meet! But Kumar Jhuremalani of Pet Pujaris convinced me, as he always does, to come along. And boy, what a day it turned out to be.

So, the brief was simple. Come over, taste our two new flavours, - Chinese and Italian, give us an honest feedback, interact with three young chefs – Kunal Kapoor, Saransh Goila and Shipra Khanna. That’s it. You are done. 

It turns out, things weren’t as simple.  First off, there was this awesome invite. A beautifully packed mystery box, with a clear suggestion that something more than just your average tasting was brewing there in Delhi. Something on the lines of #CraveNoMore
It looked like a cookout. Oh, well!

It takes a lot to get up at four in the morning, on a Saturday. Somehow I managed it, and it turns out, quite a few bloggers from across India joined the early-morning gang. Delhi was, you know, how Delhi is – sweet and welcoming. A cup of coffee, and some breakfast, and we were ready for the event. Or, as we all had guessed, the cookout.

But first, the launch. Chef Kunal Kapoor, Saffola Oats brand Ambassador, introduced the two new flavours, a perfect blend of health  and taste. We had tasting portions sent out to us, and believe me, the two flavours, Chinese and Italian, are impressive. 

Saffola Masala Oats Chefs Choice Chinese Flavor has a spicy tangy taste, which comes from a mix of juicy corn, crunchy french beans and capsicum, leaving you with an authentic Chinese flavour.

Saffola Masala Oats Chefs Choice Italian Flavor is a delectable mix of green capsicum, spicy red chilli flakes, oregano and a dash of pepper which gives it a cheesy taste with just the right amount of spice.

I personally find oats awesome, but family doesn’t vote for it. But these two variants are bound to be an instant hit with even the fussiest eaters. At BreakfastProjekt, I always lay emphasis on a healthy breakfast to kickstart your day, and these two would a perfect addition to any pantry.

Following the product launch, Chef Kapoor was joined by the other two members of the Saffola Fit Foodie panel – Chef Saransh Goila and Chef Shipra Khanna. Chef Goila picked out the Chinese variant, and spent just a few minutes to pepare an awesome Masala Oats Chinese Wraps. Chef Khanna made a quick and simple Cottage Cheese oats with yogurt and apple salad. Choosing the Italian variant as a base.

This was followed by a cookout challenge with the bloggers, wherein some of us were called upon to use one of the variants to create a recipe on the spot! Sleep-deprivation and recipe ideas don’t go too well. Add to that the fact that I ended up being in the first batch. AND, we had 20 minutes to think, select our ingredients, prepare, chop, cook, present and serve. I made these Crimson Pepper Boats, using the Chinese Masala Oats. Phew! What a crazy flurry of activity that was, with the three chefs following up on all our steps, and encouraging us, while reminding us how little time was left for us to finish cooking!

That's me chatting up with Chef Goila while also trying to cook!

I survived.

While the second batch cooked, I tucked into one awesome spread of healthy and awesome lunch (Delhi, your food is gorgeous!), and before I knew it, it was time to fly back to Mumbai. Turns out, Kumar was one of the winners of the Phase 1 of this challenge, and will participate in the Phase 2 “Food Truck” Challenge in Mumbai. Best of luck, my foodie partner in crime!

But think about it… Some 24 variants of the Oats recipes were created that day, each one better than the other. This was some awesome electric energy, folks! The fact that the two new flavours lend themselves so easily to so many recipes says something about the role they can play in the kitchen. You will definitely Crave No More when it comes to tasty food that's also very healthy. I am going to improve upon my own recipe and share it with you guys right here. And then, maybe you could share some of your own variants right back. What say?

Anyhoo! The madness that March brought in doesn’t show signs of slowing down as yet. There are tons of recipes that I need to start sharing with you guys, pronto! Send me a virtual kick, will you? My procrastination is reaching art levels. Till I share another sliver of madness with you, be good my friends. 


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