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4 Yummy Mother’s Day Recipes You must try

Chocolate Cupcake

Mothers are champions every day of the year, however, the second Sunday in May marks the official ‘Mother’s Day’ in many countries, including India. This day is an ode to the spirit of motherhood and gives an opportunity to all of us to honour their contribution to our lives. This is an opportunity for every person in the household, be it the children, husbands, in-laws, to celebrate motherhood.

Let Dr Oetker be a part of this celebration with some wonderfully yummy and quick recipes created specially by Gaurav Chadha, in-house Chef Dr Oetker India!

4 yummy Mother’s Day recipes include:

· Roti Salad

· Aloo Tikki Burger

· Chatpata Creamy Corn Cups

· Chocolate cupcakes

Roti Salad

Roti salad, Mother's Day recipes

Serving: 2


2 Rotis

2 tbsp Onions

3 tsp Lemon Juice

2 tbsp Spring Onions

2 tbsp Tomatoes (chopped)

1 tsp Sabzi Masala

½ tsp Garam Masala Powder

2 tbsp. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Diet

50 g Paneer

20 – 25g Green Bell Peppers

20 – 25g Carrot

20 – 25g Cucumber

Coriander Leaves

15g Almonds Slivers


  1. Roll the 2 rotis together and cut into thin Julienne.
  2. For the dressing, in a mixing bowl add 2 tbsp chopped onions, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp spring onions, 2 tbsp chopped tomatoes, mix it. Now add 1 Tsp. sabji masala, ½ tsp garam masala and 2 tbsp diet mayonnaise, stir and mix the dressing. Now add the roti Julienne to the dressing and 50 gm of crumbled. Mix everything together and plate it.
  3. Now in the same bowl, add juliennes of ¼ green bell pepper, ¼ carrot & ¼ cucumber and fresh coriander leaves, mix it with the leftover juices from the dressing. Use this as the garnish over the roti salad and finish with a sprinkle of about 1 tbsp of almond slivers.

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

Aloo Tikki Burger

Aloo tikki burger, Mother's Day recipes

Serving: 1



3 tbsp Dr Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Burger

1 Portion Burger Bun

1 Portion Aloo Tikki

1 Piece Tomato (Medium, sliced)

1 Piece  Onion (Medium, sliced)


  1. Spread 1 tbsp burger mayonnaise on each half of burger bun.
  2. On the bottom, half of burger bun place burger patty, tomato slices, onion slices. Add a dollop of mayo and top it up with another half of the bun. Serve

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 5 Minutes

Chatpata Creamy Corn Cups     

Chatpata Creamy Corn Cups, Mother's Day recipes


Serving: 2


100 g Jaggery

100 ml Water

1 tbsp Tamarind Pulp

1 Cinnamon Stick

1 Bay Leaf

½ tsp Black Peppercorn

2 ½ g Ginger (ginger)

150 g Corns

3 tbsp Dr Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Garlic

75 g Cheese (processed)

4 – 5 g Mint Leaves



  1. Put the pan on flame, add 100 gm jaggery, 100 ml water & 1 tbsp tamarind pulp & stir. Add 1 cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf, ½ tsp black peppercorn and salt. Add the chopped ginger & 150 gm sweet corn. Cover the lid and let it cook for at least 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes, add 3 tbsp of garlic mayonnaise, and mix with a whisk finely. Now add 75 gm processed cheese grated into the preparation. Add a few mint leaves, cook more for about 5 minutes and prepare to plate.
  3. Serve as suggested in a glass with tamarind pulp.

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Cupcakes   


Chocolate Cupcake

Serving: 3


250 g Dr Oetker FunFoods Eggless Bake Mix 11 Cakes

8 tbsp Dr Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Veg

100 ml Water

50 g Butter

3 tbsp Whipped Cream

50 g Blueberry Jelly

2 tsp Sugar (icing)


  1. Empty the eggless bake mix into a mixing bowl. Add 7 tbsp of Mayonnaise Veg & 100 ml water, stir thoroughly & then add 50 gm of melted butter. Stir continuously till batter has blended evenly.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180degree C, fill the mix into the moulds. Bake it for about 20 minutes roughly, check once with a toothpick a little after 15 minutes. Remove them once ready and keep it aside to cool.
  3. For frosting, mix the whipped cream with 1 tbsp of Mayonnaise Veg, fill this mix into the piping bag. Start frosting the cupcakes with the cream and top it/garnish with the blueberry jelly. Give a touch of icing sugar in the end.

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Exotic Mango recipes

Mango recipes

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with these luscious mango recipes.
All you need to do is bring home some succulent mangoes to prepare these innovative and easy-to-make recipes to relish.

Following are few of avant-garde mango recipes for summer!

Kairi Murgh Tikka or Mango Chicken Tikka

Chicken leg boneless 180 gms.,
Raw mango 100 gms,
Ginger 10 gms,
Garlic 10 gms,
Green chilli 8 gms,
Salt 5 gms,
Turmeric powder 5 gms,
Garam masala 2 gms,
Jeera powder 5 gms,
Lemon 10 gms,
Besan 20 gms,
Egg 1,
Mint 15 gms,
Coriander 20 gms,
Curd 100 gms.

Make the marinade by mixing all the ingredients. Boil the mangoes and make a puree of it. Now add chicken and keep it overnight.
Arrange marinated chicken on a skewer and cook it in tandoor of an oven. Serve hot.




1 litre milk

½ cup mango puree

1 tablespoon rice, soaked for 1 hour

3-4 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon green cardamom powder

1½ tablespoons finely chopped mixed nuts (almonds and pistachios)

¼ cup chopped mango Mango slices for garnishing


1. Boil milk in a deep non-stick pan.

2. Grind rice into a smooth mixture, add to boiling milk, mix and cook until reduced. Add sugar and mix till it melts.

3. Switch off heat, add green cardamom powder, mixed nuts, chopped mangoes and mango puree and mix well.

4. Put in individual serving bowls and refrigerate to chill.

5. Serve chilled garnished with mango slices.


Mango Kulfi

Mango kulfi is an easy Indian mango ice cream and this recipe does not require any cooking, so easy!!


Mango Puree: 1 cup or 1 1/2 cups chopped Alphonso mango

Condensed Milk:1 tin

Amul Fresh Cream: 1 pct

Saffron: A fat pinch and extra for garnishing

Seeds of 5 cardamom

Almonds: 7-8

Make hay when the mangoes are there…

Happy Mango Season


Asia Meets Parramatta



Parramatta is an amazing place full of people’s much-needed relaxation and adventures. From history to culture to arts to music to fun, name it! This beautiful place can show you that truly, it is a must-see and a must-experience wonder. …And just like a hospitable friend, Parramatta doesn’t let you starve!

If you don’t want to eat only hotel food, you can go around the place to see what Parramatta has gotten for you. Parramatta has a lot of sumptuous dishes which make the locals proud and which capture the hearts of the visiting friends from other parts of Australia and of the world…

HOWEVER, it’s not just that! Are you a local who wants to try cuisines from other countries? A visitor who misses your home food? Or someone who wants to eat some other kind of food but wants to spend time in Parramatta? Regardless of who you are, Parramatta doesn’t deprive you of your cravings or your favourites. It doesn’t force you to eat what’s just there, but also gives you the chance to try other ace cuisines!

This article presents the cuisine from one of Australia’s neighbouring continents, Asia. Asian cuisine is truly a diverse family of food. Listing them all wouldn’t be easy. So here, let’s talk about 6 Asian cuisines and one restaurant of each kind which could be found in Parramatta.

Watch Eat at Chef’s Gallery [CHINESE]

Chefs Gallery, Parramatta
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Facebook- @ChefsGalleryRestaurant

Chinese cuisine is a combination of dishes from several parts of China. Its staple food are rice, noodles and wheat. Chinese cooking techniques are highly founded on historical and ethnic backgrounds. Because of China’s influence, various other Asian foods were touched by its food culture.

Vietnamese cuisine- Parramatta

Chef’s Gallery doesn’t just offer diners appetizing food but also gives them an entertaining time as they prepare the customers’ orders live through a glass-wall kitchen. Honeycomb chicken wings with sticky sisho, yuzu and honey glaze is one of its best-sellers.

It is located at the ground floor of Westfield Parramatta, Shop 2184, 159-175 Church St. If you are looking for lodging near this area, there are a number of options. Meriton Suites George Street is just 1.4 km away via Harris St. and Parkes St., taking you around 6 minutes to travel. But if you want to exercise and to save money from riding a public vehicle, Mantra Parramatta is just a 2-minute walk away.

Sorry, but It’s Not Just Curries [INDIAN]

Not just curry, Parramatta
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Indian Cuisine is one of the most flavourful cuisines in the world. Indians use a variety of spices, vegetables and grains which are nurtured and grown across India. One of its most famous dishes is curry.

Indian cuisine- Parramatta

People would usually think that curry is always and is just based on the curry powder. Not Just Curries aims to prove that there’s more to it; it’s more than just curry powder. The power of various spices and ingredients are actually combined to produce this tasty dish. Not Just Curries caters to all kinds of “eaters” because aside from curry, there are vegetarian and gluten-free options too.

Their store opens at 10 AM and closes at 10 PM everyday. It is located at 66 Wigram Street, Harris Park, Parramatta, 1.3 km away from Westfield Parramatta. That means it’s also accessible to near lodgings mentioned previously. Not Just Curries is located within Harris Park which means you can also visit the famous Elizabeth Farm to know a part of Australia’s history, and you can go to the Riverside Theatre if you want to witness great art performances.

The Viet Diet: Pho Pasteur [VIETNAMESE]

pho-pasteur, Parramatta

Deemed as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, Vietnamese food doesn’t give you a hundred percent of just one. It offers you a combination of all you need — herb, meat and savoury taste.

Chinese -Parramatta

Established in 1992, Pho Pasteur is owned by South Vietnam refugees who brought their love for Vietnamese food to Australia. They have delectable beef pho, meatballs and briskets.

The store opens at 10 AM and closes at 10 PM everyday. It is located at 137 Church Street. A walk in Jubilee Park, around 3 minutes away, could be your tummy’s rest after the feast. For accommodations after the day of eating and fun, the restaurant is 1.3 km away from PARKROYAL Parramatta via Marsden St. and 2.4 km away from Rydges Parramatta via Hassal St. and Parkes St.

Hello there, Lao Der! [THAI]

Lao Der, Parramatta
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Thai cooks place significance on aroma and spice. Simplicity is not their goal; they like harmony and variety with balance.

La Der-Parramatta

After his victory, Savour Australia’s “Best Thai Restaurant in Sydney Metro 2013” winner Chef Salong Khammountry decided to open another, Lao Der. Tum Talay (papaya salad with seafood) and Pad Lao (stir-fried noodles) are some of its house specialties.

It is located at 277B Church St. Parramatta. After eating, a place to stop by is the Parramatta Heritage Centre where you’ll learn about the place’s heritage and culture. Prince Alfred Square is also just around if you want to have some peaceful time with tall trees and fun time with carnival rides. SKYE Hotel Suites is just 4 minutes away from Lao Der via Marsden St.

Food Mine! Charcoal Mine BBQ House [KOREAN]

Charcoal Mine BBQ House, Parramatta
Image courtesy-Charcoal Mine BBQ House- Facebook

Korean cuisine is mostly composed of rice, meat and veggies. They also have a lot of side dishes paired with steamed rice.

Here, for sure, you’ll get what you’ll pay for. Charcoal Mine BBQ House is an eat-all-you-can bbq house. You get to eat as long and as many as you can while enjoying cooking yourself.

It is located at 454 Church Street, Parramatta. After the food mania, a walk is very much-needed, and Wistaria Gardens is a beautiful place to do that; it will only take around 5 minutes to reach it. Novotel Sydney Parramatta is just 450 m away, which will take you around 2 minutes only to travel from the BBQ House.

This is Eat! Kanzo [JAPANESE]

Kanzo, Parramatta
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Japanese food is full of art and delight, offering countless arrays of seasonal dishes. Udon and soba are Japanese noodles and also staples aside from rice. Raw and grilled seafood are also part of their specialties.


Kanzo is the place you’re looking for if you want a local favourite. Without paying too much, you can taste Japan’s mouth-watering donburi and sashimi.

The store opens at 9 AM and closes at 9 AM daily. It is located at 6/55 George Street, Parramatta. Jubilee Park is also just near the restaurant. For lodging, Mercure Sydney Parramatta is 2.8 km away from Kanzo.

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There you have it!

The Asian restaurants mentioned above are amazing places. If you’d want to stroll around Parramatta after your meals, there are lots of parks like the Jubilee Park and the Prince Alfred Square. If you’d want art sights, museums like The Lancers and Heritage Centre are some places you should go to.

And if you’d want to take a rest near these restaurants and attractions, there is a great deal of lodgings in Parramatta, but if you want accommodation near to them, Holiday Inn Parramatta got your back! Within 10 minutes or less, you’ll arrive at those delightful Asian restaurants: Chef’s Gallery (5 minutes away), Pho Pasteur and Not Just Curries (3 minutes), Lao Der and Kanzo (7 minutes) and Charcoal Mine BBQ House (8 minutes). If you are aiming for the best rest after a long day, it offers high quality services you won’t regret! Holiday Inn Parramatta is your friendly staycation or vacation place that brings these diverse and delightful dishes within your reach.

It’s good to have fun, fill a hungry tummy and take a rest!

These are some of the various Asian dishes brought to Parramatta! Just explore, and you will find many more! Asian food is without a doubt amazing so be sure to make the most out of every restaurant you visit! Make every foodie experience in Parramatta a beautifully memorable one!

Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta, a hotel in located in Parramatta, New South Wales. Travel is one of the things that interest her the most. Nicole enjoys reading and writing lists like must-visit places, famous places to eat and what-to-do’s. She is amazed at the historical relevance of places, the diversity of cultures and the showcase of arts in different parts in the world. For Nicole, the beauty of this world is just breathtaking, astounding and something worth-sharing.

World Pie Day

Happy Pie Day

The World Pie Day observed on the 14th of March every year, is an annual celebration of the mathematical number Pi (π). In many places the entire month of March is observed as the ‘Pi Month’. Although nothing to do with food, the most common way to celebrate the occasion is by having lots and lots of pie.

The day is also the birthday of Albert Einstein, hence at places people apart from eating pies also remember the famous scientist in numerous ways. Some of the unique ways of celebrating Pie Day are throwing pies at each other, organizing pie eating contests, eating and sharing slices of pie and distributing pies made at home among people.

Chicken Pie, World Pie Day
Chicken Pie
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Pies has been an important part of our civilization, since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were baked by the Romans, who learnt it from the Greeks. The early pies were basically meat pies, and appeared in England as early as the 12th century. The story of fruit pies started in the 1500’s. The first cherry pie was made for Queen Elizabeth I. Pie travelled to America with the early settlers, with modifications made with locally available ingredients and techniques.

Over the years pie has evolved as what it is today, and for the Americans it is ‘the most traditional American dessert’. Here are some interesting facts about the all popular pie that will certainly make you fall in love with it:

The Historical Facts:

  • Sweet, savour, hot or cold, pies are considered as a comfort food. In Britain around 1 billion pounds are spent on pies, with pork pies accounting to nearly 145 million pounds.
  • In England the crust of the pie was referred to as ‘coffyn’ with more of crust and less of filling.
  • The Romans are believed to have brought pies to Europe, with not just meat as its filling, but oysters, mussels and fish also.
  • In England the pie crust was used to bake meat dishes, where people used to enjoy the meat and the crust were given to the servants and beggars.

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Shakespeare and his pies:

Shakespeare and his pies, World Pie Day
  • Shakespeare in his tragic novel ‘Titus Andronicus’, used pie, where the protagonist Titus Andronicus, avenges on Queen Tamara and her family for the evil deeds by baking her sons into a pie and serving it to her.
  • In his novel “A Winter’s Tale”, Shakespeare bakes warden pie, made of mace, ginger, prunes, nutmeg, raisins and saffron. Wardens are a type of hard pear that lasts long, but has to be cooked before eating.
Apple Pie, World Pie Day
Apple pie
Image credit- Dan Parsons

Some healthy facts about Apple Pie – one of the most preferred and a popular pie, mostly in America:

  • Regulates body temperature – Iron being a rich source in apples is responsible for the regulation of body temperatures. It also assists in metabolic and enzymatic functions in the body.
  • Improves digestion – Thiamine in apples assists the secretion of hydrochloric acid vital for digestion.
  • Enhances memory power – Thiamine also known as a moral vitamin is effective due to its positive impact on nervous system and mental attitude.
  • Helps in the treatment of diabetes – Vitamin B3 in apple tart s a treatment for diabetes and high level of blood sugar.
Happy Pie Day
Happy Pi Day!! | by Koka_Sexton

The article is authored by famous Dietitian Sheela Seharawat. She is the founder and chief mentor of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt. Ltd. Also, she is one of the youngest successful entrepreneurs of India.


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