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Khazana- Iftar buffets and offers

The month of Ramadan is just a few days down the line. And already the air is electric with the hubbub of the oncoming festivities. While this is, no doubt, a month of piety, abstinence and moral uprightness, there is a certain kind of joy the month brings in. The businessmen adorn their stores, restaurants and food courts with flashy neon signs. Then of course, there are those iftar deals like those all-you-can-eat offers.

Khazana in Gulshan-2, is apparently gearing up for an early start in this regard. In celebration of Ramadan, Khazana will be launching a buffet iftar from the first day of the holy month. There will, of course, be available the items from the traditional Khazana menu including the popular array of kebabs. Needless to say, there will also be iftar items on offer starting from the conventional pakoras to the more fanciful dishes (with equally fanciful name tags).

However, the specialty of this arrangement will be the line of desserts known as the “Khazana Mithai Collection”. The restaurant has flown in the master halwai chef from India to prepare these mouthwatering delicacies. The chef has worked for Taj Bengal, a 5 star deluxe hotel in Kolkata for 13 years and has also worked in London. He will be preparing a wide range of sweets. These include Gulab Jamun, Rabri Malpua, Rasmalai, Motichur Laddu, Kaju Barfi, Badam Pesta Barfi, Gopal Bhog, Khazana Shandesh, Komolabhog and Chocolate Sandesh, to name a few. The Motichur Laddu, in particular is not to be missed.

One of the classic Khazana items- Khazana ka Jalebi will also be available. While normally these are sold on a kg basis, the restaurant is planning to introduce a per-piece rate, a concept not yet popularized in Bangladesh.

For those with a knack for the spicier items, Khazana will also cater to their taste buds. Aside the usual Khazana items (previously available only on an a la carte basis), some special dishes will also be taking up some table space. There will be biriyani, Shahi Haleem (both mutton and chicken), Chicken Kathi Rolls, Dahi Barra, Chana Chat Pata and Matka Lassi.

The buffet price will be Tk.550+ per person, which is a good buy for quality. There are also other ancillary feats. For instance, with every purchase of Tk.600 of iftar the customer would get a Teem Lemon free. Both Teem Lemon and Igloo ice-cream are co-sponsoring Khazana for this event. As an interesting point to note, Igloo will have on offer ice-cream exclusively made for Khazana (ie, not available in stores to the mass public). The radio partner for Khazana's iftar arrangement, Radio Foorti, will be handing out Khazana gift coupons to the listeners throughout the month.

Beside welcoming cozy family gatherings, Khazana will also be having special packages for the corporate clients. There is a variety of corporate take-away iftar boxes that the customers can select from. It is also taking reservations for iftar parties.

By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

Shop Talk

Cook Books
These are found easily at almost all book shops like Etc, Gyankosh and Boi-Bichitra. Etc has some very attractive cook books on baking. A book called 'Real Chocolate' has mouth-watering recipes and costs a little more than Tk 1600. And another book which has fabulous methods of cake decoration named ' Sugarcrafts' costs slightly more than Tk 2000. So take some time out and surf the shelves of cook books at Etc.

Baking Utensils
If you enter New Market through the post office gate you will come across a lot of home utilities. Starting from stainless steel spoons, to glasses and tea sets to decoration pieces like huge vases, everything is available there. You can also get lots of baking equipments like stainless steel strainers the price of which range from Tk 150 to Tk 350 depending on the size and where it is made. Plastic measuring cups and spoons are available within Tk 100. Fancy containers in shapes of stars and flowers for cakes, biscuits and cup cakes are available in different sizes. Small containers, apt for making cup cakes are available at the rate of Tk 15-20 per piece.

Cooking Chocolate
250g of Cadbury Cooking Dark Chocolate costs Tk 280 and it is available at Almas Super Store. They also have milk cooking chocolate. So if home baked food strikes your fancy, get hold of these ingredients for added flavour.

Electric Mixer
One of the secrets of a well-baked product is that you whip the white part of the egg till it becomes firm enough to hold on to the bowl even when it is turned over. This is very hard to do with your own hands. An electric mixer makes the process effortless. Just dip the beater into the bowl and watch the magic take place. These mixers are reasonably priced between Tk 1500 to Tk 2000.

By Fahreen Faree

On The Cover

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Juice jamba
Drinking fruit juices is a great way to revive yourself after a long day. And there's no better juice than juice made fresh at home. After all fresh, homemade juice has no additives or preservatives and it is purely juice devoid of any added sugar. Making fresh fruit juice can be a fun business with just a little bit of creativity.

What fruit?
When making fresh juice, choose a fruit that'll give you a lot to work with. Oranges, lemons, watermelons, pineapples and mangos are ideal to work with. These provide a lot of juice and give you the option of playing around with the pulp for added fibre content. In case you prefer vegetable juice, tomatoes and carrots are ideal. Practically any fruit or greens can be made into juice. You just have to decide on what tastes good to you.

What way?
When making freshly squeezed juice, remember that if stored for too long, citrus-based juices tend to turn bitter. It is not wise to store freshly squeezed grape juice for a long time because it too alters in taste quickly. In case of apples, remove the pits before juicing as the pits contain a small amount of cyanide. In general, fresh juice should always be drunk within minutes of being made. And never use bruised fruits as the bruised portions may distort flavour.

What nutrients?
Citrus fruits are rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) that help reduce facial lines and age spots. Watermelon helps cleanse the liver. Papaya is great for the digestive system. Pineapple is a known source of Bromelian, a natural anti-inflammatory agent for arthritic joint problems. Beetroot works great for detoxing. Celery and cucumber are natural diuretics and pears are hypo-allergenic.

Great to taste, rich in nutrients and fairly easy to make. Fruit juices are simply the way to go.

By Tahiat-e-Mahboob



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