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How eating heavy after sunset affects your health?

The notion of urbanization has actually made our lives bizarre. We stay awake during late nights and eat anomalous food at odd hours. Because of this, we sleep with our bellies full which in turn makes it difficult for the system to digest that food. Whereas according to the law of nature, your body should be relaxing, repairing and detoxifying itself instead of working upon digesting the food at a complex timing. At night, in the absence of sunlight, the digestion becomes weak, body consumes maximum energy in digesting food eaten after sunset and as a result you wake up feeling dull, exhausted & sluggish.

 

Since sunlight is directly connected with our digestive fire (Agni), Ayurveda recommends consuming meals during the daylight when the Agni is strongest. The biggest should be your mid-day meal. And avoid taking heavier meals after the sun goes down. Ayurveda suggests a direct connection between the sunlight and our body’s digestive fire. The fact is also scientifically proven. Read here to know more http://www.ayurvedum.com/does-sunlight-affect-your-digestive-system/

 

So, whenever you eat during the day hours and not after the sunset, your sleep patterns start becoming better and undisturbed. Whatever the diet be during the day, your digestion tends to improve along with the overall health. And initially things might look somewhat complicated but once the biological clock starts to adjust, your body too gets in tune with the nature.


Credits: www.ayurvedum.com (Shubha Agarwal)



Posted on Jan 11 2017

    

Kids Speak - Organic, healthy is the way to go!!

It happens to everybody. You look down upon yourself and stare at your lazy, plump figure. Oh! How you crave for the taste of cheesy pizza in your mouth... or the exciting sensation in your veins that creeps up when you bite into a burger!


But that can't happen. You've been munching on junk food everyday for a week. And now you can't just stay that way, right?


It goes on well for a few days, you are eating happy, healthy green vegetables everyday
when suddenly, you forget everything! Your efforts go down the drain as that pizza is already savored and down your stomach. So there's nothing you can do. Or can you?

 

Of course you can't take out the pizza that just went down your belly, but at least you can prevent getting too weighty, without really going off your addiction.

That is right- now we have it, our own Organic Express! Yes, the perfect restaurant which uses innovative ways to cook tasty foods and has reasonable rates! All a foodie's dream!

With branches in Gurgaon and Hyderabad, the Organic Express has a specially designed menu that appeals to one and all. There's everything you can imagine... pitas, wraps, a hundred and one types of rice, healthy burgers, pizzas, delicious desserts... the list could be a mile long and never end!

Organic Express provides its customers with the best of services. It prevents you from taking the pains of going all the way there. Instead, you can have the food delivered right at your doorstep at the click of the 'Order Now' button on their website.

If you think that this is just a marketing ad- that is just not true. You can go and check it out for yourself to see that it is truly as amazing as I say it is!

So what are you waiting for? Get out and drive to the nearest branch of Organic Express for a luxurious assortment of tasty and healthy foods just for you! Or order online via their App and relish the organic, healthy and yummylicious food!

 

About - Riti Aggarwal

Riti is a budding young author and has been writing since she was six. With the help of her family, she has found a world of creativity in writing and is keen to take her works a step further. To make her dream come true, she is willing to let anyone read her articles, all written from a child’s point of view and sometimes as a young adult too! we hope you will enjoy what she writes.



A couple of weeks back we had invited kids (below 18 years of age) to write/blog about their experiences with various foods and healthy eating. We do believe that kids can be made to eat healthy without them compromising on the taste. There are a lot of children out there who have adopted healthy eating habits. A lot of them are regulars at Organic Express as well. Riti approached us after reading about us and our invitation. You should hear from her often. Stay tuned.

Posted on Jul 18 2016

    

Cashback and Loyalty Program - Organic Express


The norm these days has been to give cashbacks and discounts. Most of these are either unsustainable (we are already seeing a lot of such businesses shutting down) or are not genuine – enticing the customer with eye wash discounts but putting a lot of restrictions like first time user, minimum order amount etc. etc. We even know of one Food Company that has doubled its selling price, giving 100% wallet cashback and allowing only 50% of order amount to be used from wallet. In a way they are still selling at their previous selling price (half of current selling price –before doubling). What this is doing is that it is leaving a lot of wallet money into the users’ account which of course will never be used. The company currently has lakhs and lakhs of rupees in customers’ wallets. It’s a pure eyes wash, misleading and cheating the customers. No doubt it’s a great marketing gimmick but the bubble will burst sooner or later.



We at Organic Express don’t believe in these unsustainable marketing gimmicks most cheating the customers, hiding information etc. We are sticking to our mission of making Organic Affordable, Accessible and Authentic (Traceable). We even without such gimmicks have a customer repeat rate of >90%. To reward and to say thank you to our loyal customers for believing in us and for joining the cause of growing the Organic Movement, we are now offering 5% cash back on all orders (prepared food or grocery) placed through our website www.OrganicExpressIndia.com. The cashback can be redeemed in full on your next order – be it a grocery or a food order. Happy Ordering and Thank you.

Posted on Jul 03 2016

    

Watch before you dig into that bread sandwich! It could be cancerous!

Whilst the hot discussion topic around healthy eating has been on brown bread vs. the white bread, the astounding new finding reported recently reveals startlingly disturbing news. A study conducted by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claims that as much as a whopping 84% of breads tested by them were found to contain potential carcinogens! This includes white breads and brown breads by popular bakeries, pre-packaged products from branded companies and even reputed food chain restaurants.


Chemicals like potassium bromate and potassium iodate are often used to help the bread dough rise and achieve a uniform finish. These chemicals were declared potential in causing cancer and many countries have banned their use. However the FSSAI permits the use of these ‘under permissible limits’ in India! The CSE study reveals blatant misuse and liberal use of these dangerous chemicals!


Whilst the news grabs headlines, it may be a good idea to educate oneself of the obvious harmful effects, once again proving how our precious health is at risk at the mercy of unscrupulous financial gains of food business. Does that mean one should give up eating bread completely?


No, not at all! Being aware means being smart, not hit the panic button! With the bad, there always exists the good! The idea is to find the right people who believe that health is not to be compromised at any cost for profit.


Switching to whole wheat bread, one that is made with love and care, free of quick short-cut processes is what is the key to enjoying the pleasures of eating right.  It is just a matter of finding the right place that takes pains to bring the purest and best breads for joyful consumption!

Download the CSE Policy Brief (POTASSIUM BROMATE/IODATE IN BREAD AND BAKERY PRODUCTS) and CSE Lab Report (Potassium Bromate or Potassium Iodate in Bread). View the CSE presentation here.

Also the ZEE News coverage of the incident here.

Posted on May 24 2016

    

Myths busted about natural/healthy labels

We all are tempted to roll down the aisle in the grocery store to buy the premium priced ‘healthy’ or ‘natural’ labeled food, aren’t we?

After all health of your family comes first!

But should you believe the label that proclaims ‘healthy or ‘natural’? No!!

Here are a few misleading labels that you should be aware.

1. Whole grain

2. Multi grain

3. Sugar Free

4. Zero Trans fat

5. Fat Free

6. Made with ‘real’ fruits or ‘vegetables’

7. Cholesterol Free

8. Gluten free

9. Light

10. Natural

Packaged foods are after all processed. A 100% natural claim may apply to one or two ingredients, but others may be synthetic or hidden under the natural label. There are a number of loopholes in the definition of these terms, which are often loosely coined. The FSSAI has no strict norms for certifying these claims. Marketers of these brands often exploit these and add the misleading terms to attract customers.

Don’t fall into the trap! Not only read the list of ingredients on the box carefully but also research and do your homework before selecting a particular brand or product for its ‘natural’ benefits!

Or better still - rely on our expertise at Organic Express. We have made it our aim to get you the health benefits of eating organic! From grocery to ready-to- bite into food – all delivered with a passion to be pure and true to our promise!

We will unravel how each of these labels is fooling you in more posts that follow. Stay tuned!

Posted on May 21 2016

    

The Mango love - Artificial Ripening (Why how Ill-effects?) & how to spot artifically ripened mangoes

We all love Mangoes don’t we? It is this love for mangoes which is partially responsible for majority of the industry artificially ripening mangoes. Every year in the mango season, it is common to see a debate on chemical ripening, calcium carbide, FDA raids, and some traders saying it is not possible to ripen mangoes otherwise.


Why the race?


The issue of artificial ripening happens because of the way market is structured. Mango that comes into the market first gets sold at higher price. It’s the race to get the mangoes to the market early that is making people involved in the mango trade to not only use pesticides in production but artificially ripen the mango and get to the market before the natural actual season begins. It’s a pure demand supply thing and corrupt business practices with the motive of making extra buck. In the beginning of the mango season people have been waiting for mangoes for long. The actual season begins in April end. But to meet this demand of people who had been waiting for more than 6-8 months get the fruit to the market 1-2 months in advance i.e. Feb end itself. They are able to willfully charge customers. This happens across various mango varieties as well throughout the mango season. Artificial ripening is also done to achieve faster and more uniform ripening characteristics.


What is ripening?


Ripening in general is a physiological process which makes the fruit edible, palatable and nutritious. In nature fruits ripen after attainment of proper maturity by a sequence of physiological and biochemical events and the process is irreversible. Whether fruits ripen on the plant or after harvest, the general changes associated with ripening process is softening of fruit, change in color and development of characteristic aroma and flavor. There is also reduction in sourness and increase in sweetness of fruit. Usually fruits produce ethylene gas, a plant hormone naturally that ripens the fruits.


What is artificial ripening and how it is done?


With the development of fruit trade the fruits are sent to distant places, requiring several days in ordinary or refrigerated transportation and only firm and mature fruits are least damaged during marketing. The fruits are ripened at the destination markets before retailing and hence harvesting of fruits before they are fully ripe has become essential.


Unsaturated hydrocarbons such as acetylene, ethylene etc. can promote ripening and induce color changes effectively. The most commonly used chemical for artificial ripening is Calcium Carbide CaC2 and is popularly known as masala. It is a point to note that calcium carbide does not ‘ripen’ mangoes. It is important for customers to understand that ripening is a biochemical reaction. When the fruit reaches maturity, it starts producing ethylene gas, along with slowly breaking down acids in the fruit, and converting starch into sugar. It is not humanly possible to accelerate this natural biochemical reaction in the fruit.


What calcium carbide does for mangoes is that it produces acetylene gas when it comes in contact with water, which creates heat. Acetylene’s main application is in welding and as a fuel. When generated from calcium carbide, acetylene contains toxic impurities that affect the neurological system. When acetylene fills up the box of mangoes, it heats the fruit from outside. Mangoes start losing their green colour and turn yellow from outside.


Mangoes turn yellow, but do not ripen internally. Some starch near the skin of mangoes is broken into sugar and then mangoes take a uniform yellow colour. For the customer, the mango looks yellow, he/she thinks it is ripe and buys it at whatever cost. However, the taste is not what the customer expecting for the price she paid. Such mangoes taste pathetic.


Ill Effects?


Calcium Carbide is a dangerous and corrosive chemical. Carbide ripened fruits on consumption cause several harmful effects to human health. As discussed earlier, it has cancer causing properties and contains traces of arsenic and phosphorous hydride. The early symptoms of arsenic or phosphorous poisoning include vomiting diarrhea with or without blood, burning sensation of chest and abdomen, thirst, weakness, difficulty in swallowing, irritation or burning in the eyes and skin, permanent eye damage ulcers on the skin sore throat cough and shortness of breath. High exposure may cause a buildup of fluids in the lungs.  It may cause stomach upset because the alkaline substance is an irritant that erodes the mucosal tissues in the stomach and disrupts intestinal functions. As calcium carbide imitates acetylene gas it may affect the neurological system by including prolonged hypoxia. Free radicals from carbide play a major role in the ageing process as well as in the onset of cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and perhaps allergies. If pregnant women consume these artificially ripened fruits, it can cause miscarriages and developmental abnormalities if the child is born.


What should you do?


We recommend waiting for the peak mango season to buy the summer fruit.  Mangoes enter the market in the end of March, but at this time most are usually artificially ripened.  The consumers should wait till the end of April to get the naturally ripened ones. Also one should know and understand what varieties are available during which month and follow the above advice throughout the season.  OR just go for the Organic naturally ripened mangoes sourced from trusted farmers and suppliers.


How to spot artificially ripened mangoes?


Artificially ripened mangoes unlike naturally ripened ones will not have a good aroma, mangoes will have yellow outer skin but the tissue inside will not be ripe, the fruit sugars remain immature, it does not taste sweet. They will be dry and less juicy as compared to naturally ripened ones, which would have sucked enough water from the tree. Fruits that have a uniform color are more likely to have been artificially ripened.


Parameters

Artificially Ripened with Calcium Carbide

Naturally Ripened Fruit

Weight per fruit

Fair

Mostly Good unless the variety si such

Aroma

Mildly Good

Good

Firmness

Fair

Fair

Texture

Not very attractive but uniformly colored

Attractive but not uniformly colored

Shelf Life

Shorter, black blotches appear on the skin of the fruit in 2-3 days

Longer

Taste

In-core sour, mildly pleasant

Sweet, pleasant


Where to get Organic naturally ripened mangoes?


There are many trusted sources. We at Organic Express of course can supply to you. You may contact us here with your requirement.

Posted on Apr 09 2016

    

Organic Juice Subscription details and FAQ

Here is a list of frequently asked questions for first time juice subscribers. We hope that this page will provide you with some direction and ease of mind!

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

ABOUT OUR OFFERING


We offer 100% raw organic juices and blends that not only do good for your health but taste great too!

The ingredients are unique – handpicked, organic fruits and vegetables. They flood the body’s cells with vitamins, minerals and enzymes that cleanse, heal and most of all, nurture vitality.

You can choose from the list of Juices offered in the subscription as per your requirement. Minimum 7 Juices and in multiples of 7 e.g. 14, 21, 28.

TRANSPARENCY

We use the freshest, highest-quality produce we can find. We never pasteurize, use concentrate, freeze, or water down our juice. We never add sugar fillers, or preservatives.

GREAT TASTING JUICES

Every single one of our juices is hand crafted by each of our expert juicers. We craft each of our juice blends in small batches, creating delicious and innovative flavor combinations that satisfy all taste buds.

FAQS

What type of juicer do you use to make your juice?


We use a combination of cold pressed and a masticating slow juicer to make juices

Are all of your ingredients 100% organic?


Absolutely! We strive to provide our customers with only the best, so naturally our ingredient list reflects that! we use only the freshest handpicked fruits and vegetables to give you the purest and most refreshing healthiest juice ever. For more information on the importance of organic produce visit us at www.OrganicExpressIndia.com

Where do you source your ingredients from?


We believe in supporting your own economy to build a stronger community. That’s why we buy all of our ingredients, weather permitting, from local farmers and farmers around the country.

How long will the juice stay fresh?


We don’t use any artificial coloring or preservatives. For optimal nutrient absorption, we suggest consuming your juice immediately on delivery.

Do you pasteurize your juice?


No! When juice is pasteurized it is heated to a high temperature for a short period destroying the vital nutrients and enzymes of the raw juice.
We keep our juice 100% natural so that you get 100% of the nutritional benefits.

Is the juice diluted with water?


Absolutely not! Our juice is made from 100% fresh fruits and vegetables unless listed on the ingredient list.

Are there any additives or sweeteners in the juice?


No way! Our delicious juice is created with only raw fruits and vegetables, benefiting from their natural flavours and sugars.

When do you deliver and do you deliver every day?

We try to make the ordering and delivery process as simple and convenient to you. We deliver every day between the hours of 8am-9pm.

Does someone have to be available during these hours?

Unfortunately yes, we will never leave your juices unattended as they will need to be refrigerated upon delivery. Our drivers are scheduled to delivery within these hours, so in the event that no one is available to accept the delivery, a re-delivery charge will be assessed.

Are your juices fresh upon delivery?

You can count on it. Our juices are prepared and pressed the same day of your delivery, and are delivered in refrigerated vans, so be prepared to receive some great tasting COLD pressed juices.

Where do you prepare your juices?

All our juices are prepared in our Kitchen Facility located in DLF Gurgaon

Can I get juice delivered to me every day?

Why yes of course. We provide free home deliveries every day, so why not enjoy the fresh juice delivered to you every day.

When is the cut-off time for making changes to my juice subscription?

We need to receive all changes to your subscription by 10 a.m., 2 days before your next changed scheduled delivery day. Changes to your service can be made by contacting us via phone or email. Examples: If your changed delivery day is Thursday, changes to your upcoming delivery must be made by Tuesday by 10 a.m. If your delivery day is Tuesday, changes to your upcoming delivery must be made by Sunday by 10 a.m.

What if I don’t receive an item in my delivery that I subscribed to or it was a seasonal item when I subscribed to the juices and is no longer available?

We do our best to procure seasonal fresh produce from our partner farms all across India. But because of the infrastructure, transportation problems from small fragmented organic farms coupled with uncertainty related to organic agriculture, if you don’t receive an item in your delivery we will either (1) reduce the corresponding amount from your subscription amount OR (2) contact you before your next scheduled delivery to offer a replacement of similar value and nature.

What if I need to leave for vacation?

You can easily change or suspend your service to fit your schedule or vacations by contacting us by 10 a.m., 2 days before your next scheduled delivery day. We will hold all deliveries until your return.

I did not receive my scheduled delivery. What do I do?

If you do not receive a scheduled delivery, please advise us within 24 hours by contacting us. We will investigate and make it right.

How am I billed for the Juices?

The subscription is Pre-Paid

Why Juicing?

Whether you’d like to stimulate short-term weight loss and or kickstart a healthier lifestyle, juicing can benefit you in the following ways:

Meal replacement

Need a quick meal on the go? A raw blended juice can serve as a healthy and satisfying occasional meal replacement.

Nutrient boost

As a healthy snack, or with a meal, 100% raw, organic juices can provide you with much-needed nutrients.

Juice cleanse

A detoxifying juice cleanse gives your body a rest from digestion so it can remove toxins and replenish nutrients.

What Are The Benefits?

Juicing breaks up the insoluble fibre of fruits and vegetables, providing greater access to the nutritional elements locked within. Raw juice infuses your system with enzymes to help boost your metabolism, and phytonutrients to help fight disease.

Juicing gives your digestive system a rest, and allows your body to spend more time and energy on repairing and re-balancing itself.

2-4 Pounds Fresh Produce/Bottle: Get your daily dose of fresh fruits and vegetables in one nutritious drink.

Flush Toxins From Your Body: Harness the power of raw juice to eliminate toxic waste from your digestive system.

Help Prevent Illness & Disease: Raw juice ingredients have been known to help prevent chronic conditions.

Posted on Apr 04 2016

    

The McDonalds (read most Food chains) French Fries Story

I am sure you would have read stories of the McDonalds burger not rotting for a period of 3-4 years. One post even claimed 10 years. All stories of the western world. Back home, although we all know McDonalds in bad for health, food is junk, recipes are unhealthy, makes one obese, yes there are bound to be preservatives and artificial flavoring but  to what extent.? We all have been skeptical about the extreme stories on either side including me – till this happened.


I must confess kids do get tempted to eat McDonalds – once they are near one McDonalds and there are quite a few everywhere. It’s difficult to convince them to not buy French Fries or the happy meal (the toy makes it worse). On one of these days I too was unwillingly coaxed into buying a happy meal for my son. Even while my son was playing with the toy and binging on the French Fries I was constantly trying various tricks to take the fries off his mind, so that he doesn’t consume them. And that moment did come. I slipped the fries into my wife’s bag at an appropriate moment and Eureka. I was happy. We all forgot about it till the below happened.


Almost a month after I was out again with my wife and suddenly she finds and brings out some McDonalds fries from her bag. Starts wondering when why how they landed up in her bag. Till we both remembered the above day. Why my wife didn’t find those for a month? Well women do have multiple bags and my wife does really have a lot of them :). This one was used after a month :). Anyways I opened the fries and to my surprise they looked and smelled exactly the same what they do 15-20 minutes post buying them (i.e. as soon as they get to room temperature). They had not decomposed. There was no funny smell on them. Thank God for that though otherwise I would have got a beating from wifey. Shocked I even dared to taste/eat them. Yes you guessed it right, they even tasted the same!!!


Do I need to write more?? Our food at Organic Express doesn’t survive a day or some even not more than a few hours and here we had something which smelled looked and tasted the same after a month that too in non-controlled temperature and environment. Was it even food? Imagine the kind of chemical additives taste enhancers and preservatives that would have been added. Scary? For sure.


Know what you are eating. Make smart choices. Go Organic.


Posted on Apr 03 2016

    

World’s Largest Community Kitchen at Golden Temple Will Now Serve Organic Langar


While the world's largest community kitchen goes Organic - we at Organic Express are building something similar - making genuine organic food accessible and affordable.


A kitchen that feeds 100,000 people daily, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for free, is ready to raise the bar even further and set a benchmark for others to follow. Guru Ramdas Langar Hall at Sri Harmandir Sahib (popularly known as the Golden Temple) – one of the world’s largest community kitchens, will soon be serving organic food.



Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which administers the gurdwaras across the country, has decided to adopt organic farming – a decision that is sure to delight pilgrims and conservationists alike. Organic farming is the practice of growing crops without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. Instead, it emphasises on crop rotation, organic fertilisers, and plant-based pesticides and herbicides to maintain soil productivity.


“Organic farming is the new mission of SGPC to inspire farmers to cut down on the use of chemicals and pesticides and switch to sustainable agricultural practices,” an SGPC official said.


Grains, fruits and vegetables like carrot, reddish, cauliflower, spinach and fenugreek (popularly known as ‘methi’) are now being grown at farms in Patiala and Gurdwara Gurusar Satlani Sahib near Amritsar, the official said, adding that they have now started receiving supply of 10 quintals of organic produce every 1-2 days which is being used to prepare nourishing vegetarian meals for the pilgrims.


While applauding this landmark decision, Dr Rajwant Singh, founder and president of EcoSikh, a non-profit organisation working to raise awareness about environmental issues and inspiring farmers to focus on producing food through organic means, said that they are now hoping that around 25,000-30,000 gurdwaras in Punjab will follow suit to serve organic langar.


“We need to respects the natural resources… the gifts given by our creator,” he said. “Just imagine, if all the gurdwaras, temples and mosques switch to organic food in consumption and distribution – the farmers will then see that there’s set market and they can start producing food for which they will not have to use chemicals and pesticides,” said Dr Singh.

Organic farming also got a fillip in Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget this year. Under the Parmparagat Krishi Vikas scheme launched by the government – the aim is to increase the area under organic farming in the country to five lakh acres in the next three years. The government has also allocated Rs. 412 crore to organic farming in the Budget.

“Everyone today is aware of how badly chemically-grown food affects their lives and the environment”, Dr Singh told NDTV, adding that a clear message from the precincts of Sri Harmandir Sahib will certainly be an inspiration for all faiths to promote organic farming and take good care of Mother Earth.
                              

Credits: http://sites.ndtv.com/cultivatinghope/project/worlds-largest-free-eatery-goes-organic/

Written by Karanvir Singh on March 12, 2016

Posted on Apr 03 2016

    

More About Organic Express Menu - How we keep our food Healthy, Wholesome and Fresh while dealing with the operational challenges in the Organic World

We will start by explaining the operational side of things at a typical restaurant or a fast food eatery. Although running a food business operation is never easy we will only be highlighting the facts which we at Organic Express do differently.

 

Procurement:                                                

Typical Restaurant – Procures everything conventional (non organic) through a distributor or a bulk supplier at the best rates. Also most of the raw material purchased is GRADE B or GRADE C which cannot be sold in retail market. Every thing is easily available – seasonality doesn’t matter, indigenous doesn’t matter, packaged frozen stuff too easily available, pricing doesn’t change often. Just call the established supply chain distributors and it’s all done.

 

Organic Express – Procures everything Organic. There are no distributors, no established supply chain. The team is constantly working with hundreds of farmers across India and a few established brands (mostly selling non perishable produce), understanding seasonality, checking on the genuineness  of the Organic produce, through certifications, soil testing, random produce testing (more on that in a separate post) and transporting stuff constantly across the missing supply chain. We some times even transport one kind of item from a particular farmer of a group e.g cheese from Auroville or Himachal, various vegetables from nearby Organic farms – distance of around 500 Km, milk from an organic dairy in Rewari, Papayas from Andhra, Avocados from Himachal, Kiwis from Arunachal, Pineapple from Nagaland, Mangoes from Maharashtra and across – various varieties, Kinnows from Abohar, Oranges from Nagpur, Onions from Rajasthan etc. etc. Most of the times the produce has to be picked up from bus stands, railway stations or private courier company offices. Imagine the kind uncertainties and the effort.

 

Preparation and Recipes:

Typical Restaurant – Since a lot of ingredients are available to them (chemical and preservative laden though) through out the year, the team and the chef has its/his task easier to implement. They also use a lot of pre-prepared packaged ingredients in their recipes – ready made Mayo, Salad Sauces, Tahini, Ragu, Thai curry powder , syrups to make beverages etc. etc. The team even outsources bakery like breads, burger buns etc. and the desserts as well to third parties. Also they use a lot of artificial flavoring and coloring to prepare their dishes including taste enhancers like MSG aka Ajinomoto etc.

 

Organic Express – We at Organic Express don’t do any of that. Since we do organic  (hardly any players in the market doing organic ready to eat) and don’t use any artificial coloring or preservatives, we prepare everything from scratch with organic and natural ingredients. Breads are baked in house, all dips sauces are made in house, beverages from real fruits and vegetables etc. Imagine a world where all dishes are prepared from the basic non processed ingredients. We make and serve food like the way it is meant to be.

 

Freshness and related Wastages:

Apart from healthy preparations and the uniqueness of Organic Express menu (whole foods and millets based dishes – we will write a separate post on that) our food has no artificial chemicals or preservatives added to increase the shelf life of the food. This ensures that everything is fresh. Yes we do deal with a lot of wastages (again will write a separate post on that) when ever we have a bad day at office.

 

On the other hand a typical restaurant would add a lot of chemical preservatives to increase the shelf life to reduce wastages.

 

Manpower and Training:

Most of the manpower available in the market including high end chefs etc. are trained to function in a way described above. So switch from one to another is easy and staff adjusts easily. At Organic Express we always have to make the people we hire unlearn the above bad habits (as we call it) before they become productive. And let us assure you its anything but easy. Making people unlearn what they have been doing for years and what they think is normal is super difficult.

Posted on Mar 29 2016

    

Brown Bread and Whole Wheat Bread Conundrum

The Brown Bread (so called whole wheat bread) available in the market Vs the Organic Express’s whole wheat bread.


 We get asked the below questions a lot.


(1)  Why is Organic Express bread not brown in color? We want a healthy brown bread sandwich.

(2) Why is your whole wheat bread so coarse while the brown (supposedly whole wheat bread) we get in the market is super soft?

(3) Why is Organic Express bread somewhat expensive as compared to conventional breads available in the market?

(4)  Why does Organic Express bread have a very short shelf life as compared to the conventional commercial breads?


We will start by explaining the difference between whole wheat flour (aata) and refined wheat flour (maida or just wheat flour). Whole-wheat flour is derived by grinding the whole grain of wheat. The word "whole" refers to the fact that all of the grain (bran, germ, and endosperm) is used and nothing is lost in the process of making the flour. This is in contrast to white, refined flours, which contain only the endosperm. Because the whole flour contains the remains of all of the grain, it has a textured, brownish appearance.


Whole wheat flour is full-flavored flour containing vitamins, minerals and protein. Whole wheat flour is more nutritious than refined white flour and does not contain the macronutrients of the wheat's bran and germ (especially fiber and protein) like whole-wheat flour does, and is notably lacking in fiber. Whole grain is a good source of calcium, iron, fiber, and other minerals like selenium. Also refined wheat flour has a higher glycemic index as compared to whole wheat flour making refined wheat flour unsuitable for patients with diabetes. High glycemic index foods are also associated with increased risk of obesity. High GI foods also increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and age-related macular degeneration.


So why do bakeries don’t use whole wheat flour and why everything is mostly made up of refined wheat flour

Whole-wheat flour has a shorter shelf life than white flour, as the higher oil content leads to rancidification if not stored properly, such as with refrigeration, or in other cool areas.

Often, whole wheat flour is not the main ingredient in baked goods, as it may add a certain "heaviness" that prevents them from rising as high as refined flours. This can add to the cost per volume of the baked item, as it requires more flour to obtain the same volume, due to the fewer and smaller air pockets trapped in the raised goods.

Nevertheless, it is possible to make a high-rising, light loaf of 100% whole-wheat bread, as long as one increases the water content of the dough (the bran and germ in whole wheat absorb more water than plain white flour), kneads the dough for a longer period of time to develop the gluten adequately, and allows for a longer rise before shaping the dough. Some bakers let the dough rise twice before shaping. The addition of fats, such as butter or oil, and milk products (fresh milk, powdered milk, buttermilk, yogurt, etc.) can also greatly assist the dough in rising. Of course that would make the costs go up again of the baked goods.

Since baked goods made out of refined wheat flour have high GI, they break down into sugars quickly causing a certain craving, which is what the bakery owners want. More the craving more the desire to eat and more the profits for the bakery.


So are the brown breads available in the market made of whole wheat flour?

The answer is NO. Majority of products have the brown color added to the refined wheat flour while baking to fool the customer. This color is either from a brown colored chemical food additive added while baking or from caramelized sugar added while baking.


The labeling game

A lot of companies add just 15%-20% whole wheat flour to their breads plus add color and label as whole wheat bread. Major ingredient is these breads is refined wheat flour/maida. Read the label carefully. Some brands do disclose the actual percentage of whole wheat flour. A lot of them do play with the norms and fool the customers as well. We picked up a popular brand bread from the market with the label on the front claiming 100% whole wheat bread. When we carefully looked at the actual ingredient list it said 20% whole wheat flour rest all refined wheat flour and a lot of chemical additives. Curious – we called the company and questioned them? A prompt reply came – THE 20% WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR THAT WE USE IS PURE 100% WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR WITH NO ADDITIVES. :) :) …REALLY :)


The Organic Express bread

We hope the above will help answer the questions that we get asked often. Of course our 100% whole wheat flour bread is made with organic 100% whole wheat flour with no artificial coloring or additives added. Yes it does costs more to make because we use organic ingredients and we bake it with whole wheat flour (as explained above). It also has a shorter shelf life because we don’t add any chemical preservatives and again because we bake it with whole wheat flour.

 

Credits: Wikipedia

Posted on Mar 28 2016

    

Fruits and Vegetable Box Subscription FAQ


You can now subscribe and get an Organic fruit and/or veg box delivered once or twice every week. You choose the contents of the box. Prices remain stable for at least a month. If you want to sign up to our subscription service you may please contact us here. This box is then automatically delivered taking the hassle out of it for you. You can cancel this order or amend the content and the delivery of the box by giving adequate notice as described below.


Service Overview


How does Organic Express’s organic produce delivery service work?


We bring fresh organic produce directly from partner farmers and some collaborators right to your doorstep. You are able to choose the Box contents and Delivery Frequency that best fits your lifestyle and family size. You preselect the contents of your box in accordance with your requirement. There is no commitment — you can change or suspend your service to fit your schedule or vacations. Tip!—You can change your service as your needs change. Please remember: we need to receive all changes to your service (by emailing/calling us) by 10 a.m., 2 days prior to your next scheduled delivery.


How do I get started?


Please contact us here. Enter your delivery information (address/location/contact details) and Delivery Frequency that best fits your needs. We will get back to you with the list and prices of organic produce available for the next 1 month.


Where does the produce in the box come from?


We bring the season’s best mix of local, organic produce to your door by growing and partnering with trusted organic farms across the country.  


How frequently should I receive a delivery?


The majority of our customers get a box every week or every other week as their main weekly source of fruits and vegetables (rather than going to the grocery store). You can also choose to get a delivery every three weeks or every four weeks. You can change your delivery frequency as your needs change.


When is the cut-off time for making changes to my service / box type?


As we need time to harvest and prepare for the packing and delivery of your box, we need to receive all changes to your service by 10 a.m., 2 days before your next scheduled delivery day. Changes to your service can be made by contacting us via phone or email.



Examples:


If your delivery day is Thursday, changes to your upcoming delivery must be made by Tuesday at 10 a.m.


  • If your delivery day is Tuesday, changes to your upcoming delivery must be made by Sunday at 10 a.m.   


What if I receive an item in my delivery that I am not satisfied with?


As fresh produce is delicate in nature, we do our best to properly pack items for the journey from our partner farms to your door. If you receive produce that is damaged, or find an item missing from your order, please contact us immediately and we will make it right. Quality produce and outstanding customer service are of utmost importance to us.


What if I don’t receive an item in my delivery that I subscribed to or it was a seasonal item when I subscribed to the box and is no longer available?


We do our best to procure seasonal fresh produce from our partner farms all across India. But because of the infrastructure, transportation problems from small fragmented organic farms coupled with uncertainty related to organic agriculture, if you don’t receive an item in your delivery we will either (1) reduce the corresponding amount from your subscription amount OR (2) contact you before your next scheduled delivery to offer a replacement of similar value and nature.


How frequently the price of the items in the box or the box change?


Our prices have been quoted based on our experience of having been in the industry for 5 years. Our endeavor is to keep the prices stable throughout the year. But any major increase/decrease in the price will be communicated at the beginning of the month.


What if I need to leave for vacation?


You can easily change or suspend your service to fit your schedule or vacations by contacting us by 10 a.m., 2 days before your next scheduled delivery day. We will hold all deliveries until your return.


Do you deliver items other than produce (fruits and vegetables)?


Yes, you can add organic dairy products, other fruits and vegetables, staples, bakery etc. to your produce deliveries by contacting us by 10 a.m., 2 days before your next scheduled delivery day.


What if I am unable to decide the contents of my subscription basket?


Although you are the best judge of your requirements but we will be happy to assist you in choosing the right contents/frequency of your box. If that doesn’t work you anyways have the option to order your customized one off order anytime at www.OrganicExpressIndia.com. Please note that the prices of similar items on website might always be higher than that we offer in the subscription box. Subscription helps us to plan better, reduce wastages and hence offer lower prices.


Deliveries


Is there an extra delivery charge?


No, we do not apply a delivery charge. The delivery of produce fresh to your door is included in the price of your box.


When does my box get delivered?


Your delivery schedule depends on your geographic location and whether you receive a home or office delivery. We will do our best to include your chosen delivery day and time when we start. Once the day has been agreed, your box will be delivered on this day(s) of the week and will continue on your chosen frequency.

Why can’t I pick my exact delivery day and time?


We deliver to certain areas on certain days to minimize the environmental impact and optimize our routes so that your fresh produce arrives at its best. But we will do our best to fulfil your requests and decide upon a mutually convenient day/time (before we begin the subscription)


What should I do with my empty box/bag after delivery?


We would be happy to recycle your old box/bag. Please return the last delivery box/bag at the time of delivery


I did not receive my scheduled delivery. What do I do?


If you do not receive a scheduled delivery, please advise us within 24 hours by contacting us. We will investigate and make it right.


Do I have to sign up to receive a box?


Yes; In order for us to deliver produce directly to your doorstep, we ask that you sign up and provide information such as your address, delivery instructions and payment information. During the sign up process, you will choose the Box contents and Delivery Frequency and Day that best fits your needs.

Although we are a subscription service, there is no commitment and you can cancel or suspend your account by contacting us by 10 a.m., 2 days before your next scheduled delivery day.


How am I billed for the box?


Monthly  


How do I suspend or cancel my deliveries?


There is no commitment and you can suspend or cancel your service by contacting us by 10 a.m., 2 days prior to your next scheduled delivery day so we can properly process your account. This cancellation lead time is needed so we don’t begin preparing for the harvest and delivery of your box. A late charge of Rs. 100 may apply if box cancellations are made to your service after this time.


Do you have a rewards or referral program?


Take part in our Refer-A-Friend program! When you recommend our service to your friends and family, they save Rs.200 off their first box, and you save with a Rs.400 produce credit to your account. Your friend must give your first and last name when signing up.


Posted on Mar 27 2016

    

Do you realize what you are being fed?

So our team met with the owner of a super successful eatery in Gurgaon at Organic Express.

So he tries our juice without sugar and a whole wheat club sandwich.

Feedback - juice blend is fantastic but it needs sugar. We say you asked for it without sugar. Reply - daal diya karoo even when customer asks without sugar. Usko kya pata chalega and the customer would love it.

Feedback - Sandwich. The bread is a bit different than what whole wheat bread you get in the market. This is coarse. We tell him that it actually does contain 80%whole wheat flour as compared to 20%or even less for the breads commercially available.


Reply - daal do na maida, color, ho Jayegi soft. Customer ko soft whole wheat bread chaiye bol do whole wheat Hai kya farak padta Hai. Usko kaise pata.

Wow - being super successful at what he does, he we are sure really does know what the customer wants or perceives what he/she is getting.

But makes us think......

Posted on Mar 27 2016

    

About Organic Express Food

We are planning to write a series on our prepared food. What's so special about Organic Express's food? Where do we source ingredients from? Are the recipes really healthy? How?What etc. etc.

We begin by posting a couple of pictures below. Good starting point. Watch this space for more information.


Posted on Mar 26 2016

    

Why Do YOU Eat Organic?

We asked YOU yes YOU our customers “Why have you gone Organic?” Below is what YOU said:


  1. Illness and even Cancer in the family – Better late then never. We have understood how chemical laced food has impacted us albeit too late in some cases. But better late than never. We want safe food for ourselves and our family members including kids. Many pesticides used in non-organic farming are known carcinogens, which mean that they are known to cause cancer.
  2. Organic Food Tastes Better – We have tasted Organic Food and are able to make out the difference between conventional and organically grown produce. In fact it takes us back 20-30 years to our childhood when most food was organic. Food that’s grown in nutritious organic soil without chemicals has a fuller, more flavorful taste. Also artificially ripened conventional foods are tasteless and taste more like a cardboard.
  3. No artificial Ripening of Produce and no harmful injections/coloring/sweetening substances added to the produce – Harmful gases like calcium carbide are used to accelerate the ripening of fruit and have harmful effects on humans due in part to trace amount of arsenic and phosphorus. We have all heard stories of artificial ripening of mangoes, injections given to gourds, colors and sweeteners injections given to watermelon, waxing of apples. Urea in milk. The list is endless.
  4. No GMO Produce – Organic produce is grown with non-GMO seeds.
  5. No Hormones – Non organic livestock are often pumped with growth hormones that humans end up consuming. These hormones have negative effects on our health.
  6. No Chemical Pesticides and insecticides – Chemical pesticides that are used in non-organic farming contain pesticides that are known to be harmful to human health. Especially in India where there is no control over the pesticide usage. Farmers invariably end up using a lot of chemical pesticides which remain in food even after washing. Also a lot of pesticides which are banned in other countries are still being used in India. Certain insecticides used in food production referred to as “neonicotinoids” have potentially neurotoxic effects on the human nervous system.
  7. No Antibiotics – We are consuming more harmful antibiotics than ever before as they are being widely used in conventional farming.
  8. Healthier for Children – The developing bodies or children are much more susceptible to the toxic effects of pesticides and chemicals.
  9. You Are What You Eat – Our cells are literally made from the food we eat. Make sure your body is chemical free.
  10. More Nutritious – Food grown in healthy soil is healthier. Also since we can eat the wholesome fruit/vegetable./staples without having the need to process or remove the skin we get more nutrition than the non organic produce.
  11. Health & Wellbeing of Farmers – Farmers are negatively affected by the chemicals used in pesticides. Also we have all heard incidents of farmer suicides due to debt piled upon mostly attributed to non organic inputs and practices.
  12. Helps Keep Drinking Water Pesticide Free – Pesticides from food production inevitably ends up in our drinking water.
  13. Supports Sustainable Farming – Organic farmers use techniques that support environmental health, profitability, and social equity.
  14. Knowing Where Your Food Comes From (Traceability)  – Organic foods are generally grown closer to home, and you have the peace of mind knowing that your food adheres to strict organic standards. Know your food know your farmer.
  15. Support Small Farmers and farmer markets – While non-organic farming is being taken over by factory farms, organic farms are typically smaller, independently owned operations that support farmer livelihoods. We love meeting our farmers and understanding our food from them, makes us feel connected to them. In this fast changing machine world where emotions take a backseat we love being part of this socially responsible community.
  16. More Ethical for Farm Animals – Organic farmers provide farm animals with natural living conditions, allowing them to graze, nest and have fuller lives. Organic farming prohibit feeding livestock animal by-products, which is one of the ways that Mad Cow Disease is spread which by the way can also be easily transmitted to humans who consume them.
  17. Biodiversity – Organic farms have greater biodiversity due to practices like manure fertilization, crop rotation, and multi-cultural crops. We want to preserve this biodiversity for ourselves and our future generations.
  18. Prevents Soil Erosion – Organic farmers work on building healthy soil. Healthy soil is good for ecological balances and produces healthy more nutritious food.
  19. No Unnatural Additives in Animal Feed – Non-organic livestock are typically fed with GMO cord and Soybean meal, but are also fed with manure, non food additives like sawdust, and animal by-products.
  20. No Sewage Sludge – Sewage sludge is human waste and other waste matter that is used to fertilize crops. The dangers from contamination of sewage sludge arises from prescription medications like mood altering drugs, chemicals and other pathogens whose effects and dangers aren’t fully understood.
  21. No Irradiation – Irradiation is the process of applying radiation to various crops to kill bacteria or reduce the likelihood of insect contamination. Irradiation damages the quality of food and science has not proved that a long-term diet of irradiated foods is safe for human health. 

Posted on Mar 21 2016

    

How to make Ragi Rava Dosa?

INGREDIENTS


  • ½ Cup Roasted Red Rice Flour 
  • ½ Cup Fine Semolina 
  • ¼ Cup Ragi Flour 
  • 2-3 Chopped Fine Green Chilies 
  • 1 & ½ tsp Whole Black Peppercorns  
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida
  • 3 tbsp Curd (plain yogurt)
  • 2 cups Water 
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS


  • In a bowl mix the ragi flour, red rice flour, semolina.
  • Add peppercorns, cumin seeds, finely chopped green chili, asafoetida. Mix everything well.
  • Now add water, curd and mix everything well to form a thin batter.Leave this aside for 10-15 min.
  • Heat a skillet. 
  • While the skillet is being heated, mix the batter again well using a rounded ladle since thicker particles tend to settle at the bottom.
  • Also crush the green chili against the inner wall of the container using the back of the ladle to release the chili flavor(this adds a beautiful chili flavor to the dish)
  • Now using the rounded ladle, pick up a ladle full and holding it about 2 inches above the skillet drop it onto the skillet.
  • If the skillet is well heated, the batter should bubble up forming a sort of lacy spread.
  • Now pour the batter over the skillet starting from the middle and adding the rest around this forming a crepe like spread.
  • Now spread a few drops of oil all along the edge and a few drops over the crepe.
  • Wait for a good 2-4 minutes. This will allow good browning and a crisp dosa.
  • Then, carefully flip. add few more drops of oil along the edge if you wish. 
  • Once it browns on the other surface too, transfer this to the serving plate.
  • Serve ragi red rice rava dosa with any chutney and / or sambar as a side. 

Posted on Mar 14 2016

    

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