A gift to myself – Insta Photo Book from PhotoJaanic

My Insta Photo Book from Photojaanic
My Insta Photo Book from Photojaanic

My journey as a food blogger started by writing reviews on Zomato and the social media exposure started by sharing pics on my Instagram handle @savorytales. Ever since then I am posting food pictures on my Instagram handle almost every single day. Instagram has become a very important and inseparable part of my food blogging journey. All bloggers can relate to it as how we all try to click the best pictures and post it on Instagram and share the creativity with the larger audience. Because it’s undoubtedly one of the best social media to showcase your work or skill. I recently came across the concept of Insta Photo Books, which is a great way of having a collection of your best Instagram pictures. Any kind of pictures be it food, travel, lifestyle or fashion related. So, without waiting for a minute I thought of gifting it to myself and also to cherish the memories, learning and the effort that goes into each picture before posting it on Instagram.

My Insta Photo Book from Photojaanic
My Insta Photo Book from Photojaanic

Why this Post?

The idea behind this blog post is to introduce you all to this concept of Insta Photo book. I got a lot of lovely messages from my  #instafamily  praising and asking about this photo book when I posted the Insta-story and picture of this book. I created and ordered this photo book from Photojaanic.com. This concept of the Insta Photo Book is relatively new and a few other websites like https://inkmat.com/ have these insta photo books. You can use this book as a portfolio of your work and or it’s a great way to preserve your memories. And personally, when I saw my pictures in this photo book it motivated me to click and style more beautiful pictures as I thought someday my pictures too might get featured on some magazine cover  (yes, yes! Daydreaming is allowed :P)

My Insta Photo Book from Photojaanic
My Insta Photo Book from Photojaanic

How I created my Insta Photo book:

It’s an easy-peasy process. Sign up on the website and select the Photobook. Hardcovers and Soft covers both options are available. I am a big time lover of the Hardcover and Matte finish look. So I opted for Hardcover 8*8 and in the image wrap option. In image wrap, the album cover is printed in a matte finish which is water and scratch resistant. The other option is of the dusk jacket which is a detachable cover sleeve that wraps around the cover of the photo book.

Design your book :

Select the theme which is basically different layouts. I opted for “design your own”. I enjoyed selecting the different styles on different pages, add text, backgrounds, clipart, borders and ya, go crazy! If you opt for any theme the pictures are automatically arranged. Connect your Instagram account and select the pictures from there. You can add more pages as per your need.

The next step is ordering the Insta Photo Book. They were prompt in shooting mail regarding the printing and the dispatch status update. They claim to make the delivery it in 3-5 business days, and I received it on the third day. I was excited to see those Insta images in print and was impressed with the final product and the quality. So, good job is done here by Photojaanic.com. Check out their website for more details.

My Insta Photo Book from Photojaanic
My Insta Photo Book from Photojaanic

 

Let me know if you guyz order Insta Photo book too by tagging me in your pictures on Instagram or Facebook.

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Bihari Litti Chokha Recipe / Litti Chokha Recipe

 

How To Make Litti Chokha, Bihari Litti Chokha, Litti Choka Recipe in hindi

Litti chokha or Batti chokha or Bhauri is one of the most popular dishes of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The baked whole wheat balls are stuffed with flavorful sattu or roasted gram flour filling and I am sure you are going to fall in love with it from the first bite itself. Sattu also called Makuni or Roasted Gram Flour is the main ingredient of Bihari Litti Recipe. It is very versatile as you can make sattu paratha, sattu kachori and even sattu sharbat. The traditional style of cooking litti is baking it in traditional fuel, i.e. dried Cow Dung (local name : goitha) but since it’s not possible to follow that process because of our city life. So in this post, I will share Litti Chokha Recipe and how to make litti in the microwave and on the gas tandoor.

How To Make Litti Chokha, Bihari Litti Chokha, Litti Choka Recipe in hindi
Litti Choka Recipe

Bihari Litti Chokha Recipe:

This post is very special because of few reasons.

a.) This is the most popular dish of Uttar Pradesh (my native place) and Bihar (husband’s native place), so it becomes the favorite of both of us. You can also easily spot small eateries road side in UP and Bihar serving authentic Litti Choka with roasted tomato chutney.

b.) This dish makes me nostalgic about the childhood days or the family gathering when the whole family together use to cook this dish. Each family member was assigned some or the other task, be it of sattu stuffing preparation, Litti making, Chokha preparation or Baking Litti.

c.) I have made detailed recipe videos of how to make bihari litti chokha step by step on a gas tandoor, litti in microwave convection oven and baingan ka choka. You can check the video to have a look at the process of making litti and chokha. In the video you will find litti chokha recipe in hindi. The ingredients list is mentioned in the blog and for the instructions you can check the videos posted here.

 

 

 

 

 

Litti or Baati is served with Baingan ka Choka or also with dal at some places. Rubbing Desi ghee or dipping the litti or baati in Desi Ghee enhances the taste of it to many folds. Give this recipe a try, and share the pictures or your feedback with me on Insta, Facebook or Twitter.

How To Make Litti Chokha, Bihari Litti Chokha, Litti Choka Recipe
Litti Choka

Also, if you like the video, please like it, share it and also subscribe to my channel. So that you can stay updated with more amazing recipes that I will be sharing.

 

You may also find these recipes intresting:

Chana Dal Fara or Gojha

Banarasi Egg Chop

Kala Channa Ghughni

 

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New Holiday Trends #HolidayDifferently with Sterling Holidays

The approach towards travel and holiday is no longer the same what it used to be a few years ago. As per Expedia research report, India is the 5th most vacations deprived country but the good news is that there is an impressive growth in the number of travelers in India over the years. Today, holiday is no longer only about visiting the popular destinations, but it is more about finding ‘one-of-a kind’ experience, exploring the unexplored and discovering the culture, food and nature of the destination.

How to #holidaydifferently with Sterling Holidays was well explained by their Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Peshwa Acharya at the Indiblogger event held at ITC Grand Central on 7th Dec, 2017. Sterling Holidays have rightly identified the latest trends of holiday which involves the weekend travelling, short getaways, small reunions, Social Media Groups travelers and the family holidays which is more about individual discoveries.

#HolidayDifferently with Sterling Holidays – What’s New?

In this interactive session of Sterling Holidays,  who are re-branding themselves to match this new travel trends have expanded their number of resorts from 13 to 33 and they are targeting offbeat as well as the popular tourist destinations. They are focused on providing an unique experience to its customer, to make their holiday different and memorable. Like in Darjeeling, how amazing it would be if your stay is combined with a trip to the tea estates which is then paired with tea tasting experience in the tea lounge of the resort and enriching the experience with some local dishes or in Ooty, your stay experience is enhanced with the demonstration of traditional dress making or cooking local dishes inside a Toda Hut.

Sterling Holidays introduced us to ‘Raja Rex’, the cutest discovery mascot. This name is a well thought name which is derived from “Rajasaurus Narmadensis” a Dinosorous of Indian Origin. Interesting, isn’t it? Because we all love surprises ofcourse, the pleasant ones 😉 therefore the Sterling Holidays have planned 100 days of surprises to make your stay even more memorable. So let it be a surprise only 🙂 Have you ever heard of Holiday Insurance? Sterling is the first one to offer door to door holiday insurance and the insurance will cover the holiday as well as your travel.

Sterling Holiday Logo
Sterling Holiday Logo
Indiblogger meet for Sterling Holidays at ITC Grand Central
Indiblogger meet for Sterling Holidays at ITC Grand Central

I am a part of Indiblogger since last 1.5 years, but never got a chance to attend the Indiblogger meet. The moment I received the email and the date/time matched my schedule, I decided to be a part of the Holiday Differently by Sterling Holidays event. I was really nice meeting passionate and like-minded fellow bloggers. I am glad I was a part of this event. Thanks to Indiblogger and Sterling Holidays for the invitation as I got to know about the all new Sterling holiday and the concept behind #holidaydifferently. Looking forward to experience stay at the new Sterling Resorts.

 

 

 

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Kerala 5 Days Trip- Travel Blog Part 1 -What to do in Munnar, Kerala

SavoryTales Kerala Travel Blog

I am really excited about this Kerala 5 Days Trip post because this is the first Travel post on the blog. I have posted two photo blog posts earlier Tarkarli – Devbag and Rajasthan Photo Blog.

We ( Me and my husband) visited Kerala in the month of October this year during our Diwali holidays. Kerala was on our bucket list since long and finally made the plan to visit the “God’s Own Country”. Kerala has everything that one can ask for from a holiday destination. It has from beautiful hills, spice plantations, tea plantations, serene beaches to calm backwaters. We covered Munnar, Alleppey, and Kochi in this trip. So I am dividing this post into two parts. Part one will be about reaching Munnar and all about our Munnar experience and part two will be about Alleppey and Kochi.

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P.S: This is not a sponsored post.

Here is a video of our Kerala 5 Days Trip:

 

Planning The Trip

Planning a trip is tiring and at the same time exciting task. We mostly prefer planning trips on our own and not going for a package tour. For doing research like places to visit, things to do, what and where to eat, websites like the Trip advisor and Travel blogs come to my rescue. We booked Zoom Car for our commute within Kerala and hotel booking was done through websites like MakeMyTrip, Oyo and Booking.com.

Munnar, Kerala

After reaching Kochi in the evening we collected our Zoom Car and left early morning for Munnar.

Day 1:

The whole road journey to Munnar is full of breathtaking views and scenic spots. Don’t forget to take a halt and click selfies at CheyapparaWaterfall and Valara Falls which will be approx 50 Kms before Munnar.  It took us aprox 4.5 hours to reach Munnar from Kochi.

 

Cheeyappara Waterfall, Munnar
Cheeyappara Waterfall, Munnar
Munnar, Kerala Blogpost
Munnar, Kerala Blogpost

After reaching we checked into our hotel. We booked one night at Moselberg Riverside Cottages. The property is around 18 kms from the Munnar market. The property is beautiful with a river flowing at the backside of the cottage but I won’t recommend staying here because of many reasons. Firstly, we requested but didn’t get the desired room and the owner is very rigid and non-coopertive.  Secondly, if you plan to stay near the city center then this is definitely not the place for you because it is an isolated area. Thirdly, for the tariff paid I think one can get better properties in Munnar.

Moselberg Riverside Cottages, Munnar, Kerala
Moselberg Riverside Cottages, Munnar, Kerala

We started the sightseeing by visiting the Tea Gardens and these gardens are so beautiful and mesmerizing that its difficult to stop taking pictures because every other point looks better than the previous one. We went to the Tea Museum where the entry fee is approx Rs.125. They show a documentary on Munnar and the history of the Tea estate. After this, in the demo area, they explain how the tea is processed in the factory to get the different varieties like Green , Black and CTC Tea. You can shop varieties of Tea sold here.

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After the Tea Museum we proceeded for Top Station. Top Station is approx 40 Kms from Munnar and is the highest point in Munnar. The view  of the mountains and clouds is simply stunning from Top station.  Top Station is in Tamil Nadu and not Kerala.  As we started going up in the high range hills, the difference in temperature is evident with the cool breeze and fog. Since, we decided to visit Top station on day one so we skipped the other points that were on the way to Top Station. The road to Top Station is in a very bad condition.

Top Station, Munnar, Kerala
Top Station, Munnar, Kerala

 

Day 2:

We started our day early and after breakfast went for a short cycling trip. The cycles were provided by the hotel only. After that we checked out and checked in to another hotel Munnar Queen. We were pleased and impressed with this property in every aspect. After check-in we left to cover the other points. We left for Pothamedu View point which is a small view point but beautiful. The road to this view point is also in a bad condition. I really don’t know why the tourism department don’t pay attention to this.

Pothamedu View Point, Munnar, Kerala
Pothamedu View Point, Munnar, Kerala

Then we headed towards Mattupatty Dam which is a very huge and scenic lake with boating facility. Next stop was echo point, where there were lots of shops and you can find some food vendors selling tea, maggi, corn, etc. Nothing special here so we headed for Kundala Lake. The lake is very serene and alluring.

Mattupatty, Munnar, Kerala
Mattupatty Dam, Munnar, Kerala
Echo Point, Munnar, Kerala
Echo Point, Munnar, Kerala

From here we returned back to Munnar city center and visited Hydel Park. The park is big and maintained but nothing extraordinary about this park. If you have kids, they will enjoy playing the park and you can rest for a while or skip it.

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Hydel Park, Munnar, Kerala
Munnar, Kerala Blogpost
Hydel Park, Munnar, Kerala

We tried to visit Attukal Waterfall but again the roads were in such a pathetic condition that we decided to take a U-turn and came back to the hotel.

Attukal Waterfall, Munnar, Kerala
Attukal Waterfall, Munnar, Kerala

We didn’t go to Ernakulam National Park because after reading not so good reviews about the places we didn’t find it worth spending three to four hours. We also didn’t go to Periyar after getting not so good feedback about the Periyar National Park. So, we headed to Alleppey on Day 3 for the backwater experience The backwater experience and all about Allepey and Kochi will be covered in the next blog post. Munnar, surely made a special place in our heart.

Share your Experience:

Are you planning a Trip too? Or how was your experience of Munnar Kerala, tell me about it. If you have any questions or feedback please share it with me in the comment box. I will be happy to answer them:)

 

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Why Food License/FSSAI License is mandatory for food businesses

Enterslice food licensing
FSSAI/Food Licensing for food business

My food blogging journey started with reviewing the restaurants. Starting a restaurant or any food business requires lot of preperation and getting the food licence is one of the critical and mandatory step to start the food business. This article will give insight about what is FSSAI and why it is required.

Abbreviation:

FSSAI is the abbreviated term for “Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.”

FSSAI Rules & Regulations

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is also commonly known as FSSAI which is an agency of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The FSSAI is accountable for safeguarding & encouraging public health for purpose of regulation & supervision of food safety.

FSSAI controls all types’ food business operators in a country & also has hand over powers at a number of levels to any other designated authorities like the FDA to speed up the process of allowing registration or licenses.

What is food business License?

A Food Business Operator License is a license granted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 has made it mandatory for the entities involved in activities related to entity to carry on such activities related to any stage of manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, distribution of food, import & includes food services, catering services, sale of food or food ingredients etc.

Who is required to obtain a license under FSSAI regulation?

FSSAI Registration or License is obligatory for all kinds of entities that are running a food business. Anyone who is handling, processing, manufacturing, selling and also serves, stores, distributes transports or imports food, generally known as Food Business Operators (“FBO”). It is also applicable to a street food vendor.

Why is Food Business Operator License required?

  • There are several intentions why Food license is required
  • For the safety of consumers or people who are ultimately consuming the food.
  • This license can be used as an effective marketing tool so as to boost your business.
  • Also with the purpose of make the sure good quality of food in your business and for the benefits 1 from government actions on non-compliances.
  • Food is proving that they have the FSSAI license, which can give you an added advantage of a solid and an increase in the customer base.
  • When the time comes for the business to go for expansion in different areas or outlets, one can easily do so with the usage of your FSSAI license.
  • Moreover, the license can also make it easier for one to get bank loans & for funding which is required for expansion.
  • FSSAI Logo can also be used in the menu cards & pamphlets to make publicity your food’s superior quality over others etc.

Services require the food license

A Food business is engaged in manufacturing, import, & processing, packaging, storing or distributing food. It also offers the following types of services:

  • Restaurants
  • Catering Services
  • Bakery
  • Sweet shop
  • Cafe
  • Warehouse
  • Homemade Food Business such as homemade chocolates, homemade pickles, jams, etc.
  • Food Truck
  • Food Tech etc.

A food business needs to fulfill with several laws & regulations and to obtain licenses to carry out its services and sell its products in India.

Penalty & Offences under FSSAI regulation: Inter alia are:

Purpose Amount
Not having FSSAI license Imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months and also with fine which may extend to Rs. 5 Lakh.
Food Quality issues up to Rs. 5 Lakh if foods sold do not match the required quality standard
Substandard food Penalty up to Rs. 5 Lakh
In case of death not less than Rs. 5 Lakh penalty
In case of serious injuries penalty up to Rs. 3 Lakh
In case of other injuries penalty up to Rs. 3 Lakh

 

Validity and renewal:

The validity for Food License remains from 1 to 5 years. An FBO can choose according to his convenience the number of years for which he has to take the License.

According to FSSAI guidelines, every single person with FSSAI License have to apply for renewal at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the validity of existing license. In case the License is renewed after the expiry time then a penalty would be imposed. Therefore, it is advisable to renew the Food License on time in order to avoid penalties.

 

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