Shan – Bombay Biryani Masala

Shan - Bombay Biryani Masala

Shan – Bombay Biryani Masala

Made mutton biryani recently with this. Turned out very good. Its easy to make and turns out really good. Like it mentions, it really does serve 6-8 persons.

Mutton Biryani - using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Mutton Biryani – using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala


Brand: Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Net weight: 60 gms

Price: Rs. 60

Validity: 3 years

Rating: 4 on 5

Mutton Biryani

My hubby loves mutton Biryani – who doesn’t?

I took the easy way out this time. I used Shan’s Bombay Biryani Masala. (See following post to know more about the masala). The result –

Mutton Biryani - using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Mutton Biryani – using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

To cook the mutton, it took an hour but must say that the result was good. I got an 8 on 10 from hubby dear for this. What I liked about making with this ready masala was that it was easy to make and the biryani was not dry. It had a good thickened gravy-finish. Served it with kachumbar raita.

Mutton Biryani with kachumbar raita

Mutton Biryani with kachumbar raita

Shan – Chicken Masala

Shan - Chicken Masala pack

Shan – Chicken Masala pack

I used this pack to make dinner for hubby last night. As usual, the taste was perfect.

Shan - Chicken Masala

Shan – Chicken Masala

I have used a few more products from Shan’s collection and they turn out faultless every time. Just follow the recipe mentioned on the pack behind and you can’t go wrong.

I recommend this brand of ready-to-cook masalas for all, especially those living alone or for those vegetarian persons who cook non-vegetarian dishes for their non-vegetarian partners / family members. Its hassle-free and easy to cook.

Brand: Shan – Chicken Masala

Net wt: 50 g

Price: Rs 60

Validity: 3 years

Rating: 5 on 5

MTR – Madras Sambar Powder

MTR Madras Sambar Powder

MTR Madras Sambar Powder

I used this powder to make Sambar last night . I served it with idlis (see earlier post) and malgapoodi chutney (post to follow).

Years ago if anyone told me to use MTR products, I would have desisted – and desisted hard. However, in the past few months, I have been using a lot of their products – and I am impressed. REALLY. I highly recommend MTR brands now. Most of the foodstuff I really really like and some like this is decent.

To make sambar – using Madras Sambar powder is quite decent. Just follow the directions on the back of the packet and sambar is ready. The only addition I made to this recipe was I added red chili powder for more a spicy flavour.

Brand name: MTR Madras Sambar powder

Net wg: 100 gms

Price: Rs. 33

Rating: 4 on 5

Availability in Mumbai: I picked this pack when I was in Bangalore. I’m not sure if its available in Mumbai as I have checked a couple of grocery shops here and they don’t stock this product from the MTR range. However, it is easily available in any of the store in South India.

Goda Masala

Bedekar Goda Masala

This is the masala I used to make usal pav and misal pav. Turned out really great.


Brand: Bedekar Goda Masala

Net wt: 100 gms

Price: Rs. 35

Rating: 5 stars when used in the preparation of usal pav and misal pav

Coriander Pesto sauce

I used Sacla Italia brand of Coriander Pesto for the pesto pizza. Its a very good pesto – perfect for the pizza.

Sacla Coriander Pesto

Sacla Coriander Pesto


Brand: Sacla Italia Coriander Pesto

Imported n Marketed by: Olive Tree Trading

Net wt: 190 g

Price: Rs. 425

Validity: 2 years

Rating: 5 on 5 if used to make a pesto pizza

4 on 5 if used to make a pesto pasta

Green olives with red pepper

I’m not a great fan of olives but tried this brand on the pizza I made. (see earlier post). I must say I was pleasantly happy with the flavour of these olives. I definitely and highly recommend this brand. The flavour is strong but very well balanced. It imparts its taste with the other ingredients smoothly – it  has its distinct flavour but at the same time it also lets the other tastes through.

The size of these olives are about 1 and 1/2 inches! Each!

Green olives with red peppers

Green olives with red peppers

Brand : Olea Europaea

Imported by: Olive Tree Trading

Net wt: 350 gr

Price: Rs. 550

Validity: 3 years

My rating: excellent – 5 stars