Best dark chocolate in India

The Nation wants to know… How much dark chocolate can I eat every day?

One bite of chocolate a day can keep the doctor far away!

History states chocolate is the food of gods. Yes, I felt like one when munching on my favorite chocolate. I am a chocolate lover, but it surprises people when I say I tried my first dark chocolate only a decade ago.

I tried this chocolate with a friend and instantly hated it. My god, the hate I had for that person was surprising. How could somebody spew hate in chocolate? That thought ran through my mind for the next few days.

Finally, after two or three attempts, I started liking this dark bitter chocolate. It actually is an acquired taste.

Do you know why does dark chocolate has a bitter taste?

Flavanol is a plant chemical present in cacao beans. This is the reason dark chocolates have a bitter taste.

Whether you are looking for a chocolate gift pack, hamper, or basket, add this chocolate to it as it is healthy. Yes, you heard it right! The health benefits of dark chocolate are clear with regular consumption. I know what some will do after reading this line.

Yay, I will have this chocolate every day.

Please don’t be this type of person. An average dark chocolate bar has over 600+ calories. Consuming this daily will do more harm than good for your health.

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How much dark chocolate can I eat every day?

As per studies, 1.6 ounces (25 to 50 grams) of a dark bitter chocolate bar are good enough for daily consumption. Square-wise, have one piece per day.

But is dark chocolate good for weight loss, heart, skin, high blood pressure, and diabetes? Many studies show the benefits of this chocolate. I will list a few benefits of having an ounce of this chocolate every day.

Best dark chocolate in India

1. Nutrition:

Let’s get straight to the point. An ounce of dark chocolate (70 to 85% cacao) fulfills over 50% of the daily value for iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, and other minerals.

2. Diabetes & Lower Blood Pressure:

Flavanols in this bitter chocolate reduce risk factors related to insulin resistance. This chocolate also has anti-hypertensive properties that help in lowering blood pressure.

3. Protects your heart:

Consuming this chocolate offers anti-inflammatory effects that protect your heart from cardiovascular diseases.

How to choose the best dark chocolate in India?

Let’s keep it simple. There are few ingredients for any dark chocolate flavor. Look for one which has no trans fat and less sugar. If you are going for a specific flavor, find dark organic chocolates. This way, you know the flavors are not artificial.

Bee Tee's Melt - Best Dark Chocolate in India

Nowadays, I am focusing on finding the best artisan chocolate and bean-to-bar chocolate brands in India. Bee Tee’s Melt is one such brand that fits my requirements.

They source beans through artisans, cacao farmers locally in Kerala and internationally in Vietnam. Right from roasting, grinding, molding, and packing – They do it all. I tried a few options, and I’m impressed. I’m sure you will be too. Check out all their chocolate options on their website.

Bee Tee's Melt - Best Dark Chocolate in India

References:

WebMD

Dineout GIRF - Best Food subscription in India 2020

Eat, Save, Repeat with the Great Indian Restaurant Festival via Dineout

Whether its inflation or the great depression, people will always spend on good food. As we have been noticing since the past few years, the food industry has grown to higher standards.

There are niche restaurants that have just one theme whether it is tea, milkshakes, French fries, desserts, and even dosas! Also in one life, it gets difficult to go and eat everywhere. You either must have a lot of money or a lot of time.

Hence in order to ensure that we all can go out and eat a lot, Dineout which is India’s largest dining platform is bringing back the GREAT INDIAN RESTAURANT FESTIVAL (GIRF)!!

What is the Great Indian Restaurant Festival (GIRF)?

The GIRF is a festival run by Dineout for one full month where high discounts are given to customers all over India! You can utilize this huge discount on food, drinks, buffet and even the total food bill. Isn’t that cool?

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More information about the Dineout Great Indian Restaurant Festival:

1.      This happens to be the 4th edition of the Great Indian Restaurant Festival.

2.      Festival duration: 1st August – 1st September, 2019.

3.      The hash tag for this festival will be #MonthOfMore

4.      In this festival you will get flat 50% off (there is no minimum or maximum limit at all) at India’s top 8000+ restaurants on food, drinks, buffet or the total food bill!  So keep eating and saving this August! 

5.      These are the Participating Cities:  Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Goa, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Indore, Ludhiana, Nagpur, Kochi, Surat.

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What do you gain from Dineout GIRF?

As a long time foodie I can assure you that festivals as such allow you to broaden your knowledge about the variety of cuisines we have in the Indian market.

There are more than 8000+ restaurants. This means you can go and try out places which you haven’t tried earlier due to budget issues or because you had no knowledge about the cuisine.

So experiment all you want, save more money and eat as much as you want but don’t miss out such an amazing foodie festival. Pick out your smart phone and download the “Dineout app”. Install the app and reserve your table today. Limited seats are available. Bookings now open!

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Maharaja Bhog is the best thali place in Mumbai in 2020

Maharaja Bhog – A Royal Thali Food Experience

I have been visiting many restaurants and have tried a lot of cuisines for the past 5 years. It takes a lot of effort in cooking and presenting your best work ahead so people can enjoy the taste.

But whenever I have visited Maharaja Bhog, this experience always is on the highest level.

They will welcome you in the traditional Indian way saying “Namaste”. After you settle down, the meal experience is nothing short of exceptional.

A huge thali will be present on your table and you will be served more than 12-15 varieties of food dishes. These are bound to tickle your taste buds and also introduce you to one of the ancient ways how the food was served in India to the royals.

Location and Ambiance:

You can find them in many parts of India like Mumbai, Pune, Kochi. They are also present in the UAE and the USA too.

They usually would have seating which can accommodate a table of 2,4,6,8,10 and even 20! This is a place to bring your whole family for a royal lunch or dinner. The food is pure vegetarian. Even though you might like non-vegetarian food, Maharaja Bhog will be an experience to remember.

This is the traditional Maharaja Bhog thali.

Here’s what I tried in Maharaja Bhog:

The staff will first help you in getting your hand washed and then proceed to serve you a welcome drink. Once that’s done, the food will then be served one by one until the whole Thali is complete. The best part of dining in Maharaja Bhog is the fact that the food is unlimited. You can eat as much as your heart desires.

In appetizers, we began with small munchies like cutlets and khandvi. Along with it, you are served cucumber raita, pudina chutney, and sweet chutney. They also have dry chutney which is spicy and really good.

In veggies, I tried paneer based gravy, tinda masala, Aloo ki sabzi! In dal, I tried many variants right from the traditional dal, sweet dal (Gujarati), spicy dal (Rajasthani).

Accompanying the food was paratha, roti, and puri. These too accentuate the food experience. Finally, they had served us a traditional pulav and their famous dish dal khichdi.

In desserts, we got to try the basic halwa and aamras. For those who love mangoes, they must go soon as the season has ended and you might not get to salivate on aamras here.

Isn't the thali box cute?
Their new concept – Thali in a box
This is the packaging of a Maharaja Bhog Thali.
The box from inside!!

For those who are worried about the daily variety, Maharaja Bhog always changes their menu and brings in new variety always to ensure you don’t try the same dishes always.

Apart from having lip-smacking food, you surely will love their hospitality. Every time I go along with friends or family, they remember the good food and will always adore their hospitality. They surely know how to handle patrons and ensure they are happy. I would like to thank their MD and founder Ashish Maheshwari for the hospitality we received from the staff and also a food experience to remember!

Maharaja Bhog indeed is the best thali place in Mumbai and India. If you are looking for the best thali places near me, don’t look any further!

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