Disclaimer: Philips provided me with an Airfryer to experience and review at no cost to myself. Opinions are my own and completely unbiased and honest. An additional AirFryer will also be provided by Phillips to GIVEAWAY to ONE lucky winner!

And the winner is… HASNAH!! Congratulations Hasnah, you’ll be receiving a Philips Airfryer free of charge, soon. Please check your email for details.

If you know even a little bit about me, then you’ll know how much I LOVE fried food. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the scare of me just suddenly dropping dead one fine day due to a clogged artery, then I’d probably have my way with it too! Hubby Dear is no different. We both love our samosas, and crave crispy, salty fries every two days.

About a month ago, I was given the opportunity to test out the new Airfryer and get creative in the kitchen. It was an offer I just could not turn down and decided to take my own time with it before I shared my thoughts with you all. I first heard about the Airfyer over a year ago, and to be honest, was really skeptical if this machine, or any machine for that matter, could actually deep fry food with hardly any trace of oil!

Like many other home cooks, I too wondered if it was worth the investment and all the hype. Let’s be honest here and lay all cards on the table. I do NOT need any more fancy kitchen gadgets to take up my precious counter space, and that would only be used a few times in a year. Over the years, I’ve acquired tons of them – some bought, some gifted, and some sent to me by PR companies to test out or develop recipes for. And except for 2-3 of them, the rest have found a cozy home in my basement, neatly tucked on a shelf, only to be taken out occasionally.

I love a good investment and any help that I can get in the kitchen to aid in my cooking in a big way is worth my money. Which is why I decided to take own time with the Airfryer and see what this baby could do!

Does it really fry with NO oil?
The Airfryer works on Rapid Air Technology, which just means that the grill on top gets heated while high speed air circulates, allowing the food to cook faster and evenly on all sides. So just by brushing on a tiny bit of oil, the food bakes to a crisp, almost fried-like texture. Think of it like a super-high performing convection oven – only smaller, and much, much faster!

Does the food come out tasting deep-fried?
Well, yes and no! You do get an amazing resemblance in most food types. Stuff like fries, chicken nuggets and cutlets came out superbly well. Even my Spicy Stuffed Peppers, which I decided to add in on a whim, came out delicious – maybe even better than if I’d have fried them! But the samosas and spring rolls were definitely missing something. Now don’t get me wrong… I didn’t mind them too much and they still tasted good – but if you were looking for the exact same deep fried version, then no. But then again, I’d take this any day over the amount of fat that actually goes into a real deep-fried samosa.

How big is it?
It’s a decent, not too big – almost comparable to a Keurig or Tassimo machine. But it’s also not too heavy and portable enough to tuck into a kitchen cabinet when you don’t need it out in the open.

Is it useful for a large family?
Not really. Since the mesh basket is not too big in surface area, you can’t cook large amounts of food at any given time. Now, if you’re deep-frying anyway, you’d be doing it in batches – so the AirFryer would be comparable given the quick cooking time. But if you’re cooking for a crowd, and would have done the meal in the oven – then no, it would take you a very long time to feed every mouth in the room.

What all can you cook in it?
Now here is where it gets really interesting! Although it’s highly advertised as a healthy alternative to deep frying, the AirFryer can and should be used in many more ways. I’ve made kebabs and Tandoori chicken, both finger-licking good. Roast vegetables were a definite winner for a meal one evening. And I even experimented with baking muffins. They all worked great, and I can honestly say this a very versatile machine.

Would you buy it?
Hubby Dear and I have discussed this quite a bit over the past year and even contemplated of getting it as a combined present to each other this holiday season. But the price is steep, and we can never really make up our minds. Knowing what I know now after using it these past few weeks, I’d say maybe I would.

Here’s the thing – it’s a wonderful gadget, no doubt about it! But what you have to evaluate here is how useful it’s going to be for you. For us, as a small family of 3, it’s perfect. I can get a huge part of my dinner done fast. But if you’re a family of 5 or more, or even a family of 4 with a much larger appetite than us, then you may be better off using your oven instead – to avoid cooking in batches. Then again, since the AirFryer is pretty powerful, I do prefer this to my oven since the quick cook time avoids drying out the food.

So there you have it! The Airfryer will also be available at Canadian Tire from September onwards.

Now for the fun part… it’s GIVEAWAY time!!

To enter the giveaway to win a Philips AirFryer (retail value: $249.99), leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d like to make with it. Also, don’t forget to leave your email so that you can be contacted in case you’re the lucky winner.

ONE winner will be selected at random. Only ONE entry per person. Canadian residents only. Contest ends on Friday, August 14th at midnight, Eastern time. The winner will be contacted directly and announced here on Hooked on Heat, as well as on my Twitter and Facebook.

Good luck!

The contest is now closed. Thanks so much to all those that participated, the winner will be announced and contacted shortly.

I’ve been eagerly waiting to hit 1000 likes on my Facebook page for a while now and finally I have! So, to celebrate and thank you all for your love and support, I decided to host a special giveaway over there. Here’s what you need to do to be eligible to win 1 of 3 copies of my first cookbook, Knack Indian Cooking:

  1. Head on over to my Facebook page and hit LIKE
  2. Leave me a comment below telling me what you like about my site, what you’d like me to change/improve on and what kind of posts you’d like to see in the coming months.

All entries will be entered into a ballot and THREE lucky winners will each win a copy. Contest is open worldwide and ends on Friday, May 30 at 11:30PM EST. So please hurry! Share this with your friends/family and spread the love!

AND THE WINNER IS: Nikhil, who said, “Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes on the side and chocolate cake for dessert!

HO! HO! HO! Do I hear Santa on his way?

Christmas comes early this year for all you lovely readers of HoH. I’ve been busy working with the kind folks at Wayfair.com to rustle up something nice for you this holiday season. One lucky reader will win a T-fal Non-Stick 12 Piece Cookware Set ($80 value). A little too big to fit in your stocking (unless of course, you have one of those gigantic ones – which I’d love to have as mine!), but perfectly snug under that wonderfully lit tree, this is a gift that won’t stop giving. I always tell people that having a good set of cookware can do wonders to not only to the taste of your food, but also help in making dinner-time a breeze. I have a T-Fal frying pan that I bought when I first moved here for college (over 8 years ago – does that age me?), and I still love using it to make omelettes for Baby Dear’s breakfast!

Wayfair has a great product selection ranging from cookware sets, dutch ovens, grill pans, and much more! In addition to the wide selection of cookware, they also offer a breadth of items from home décor items, luggage, and shoes to bedding, accent chairs and everything in between! How awesome would a kitchen play set be for a kid of a food blogger to carry the torch on further. Start them young, I say!!

To enter this fabulous giveaway, all you would need to do is any/all of the following:

– Leave a comment on this post telling me ‘What is your favourite meal to cook for your family during the holidays?

– Follow me (@Meena_HOH) on Twitter and tweet about this Giveaway

– Like my page (Hooked on Heat) on Facebook

– Sign up for my RSS feed

– Add a link to this post on your blog

Each option will be counted as a separate entry, so everyone has 5 chances to win! Contest closes Sunday, December 4th, 12 midnight EST. One winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open only to residents of Canada and USA.

So what are you waiting for?

*Image taken off T-Fal.com

This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!


Thanks so much for everyone who took the time to send me emails and leave such lovely comments on my blog. It’s been such a great trun out and I’ve had so much fun reading your feedback, that I think I should have these giveaways more often! It’s been a long wait, but we finally have our lucky winners!

Each of these lucky winners get a copy of the cookbook listed by their names:

Nigella Express, by Nigella Lawson: Jackie, who said, “I’ve tried many of your recipes and enjoyed everyone! I started visiting your site a year ago, and have been stopping by each week since then. Keep up the great work!”

Curries & Kebabs, by Madhur Jaffrey: Susie, who Said, “If there was one thing I would suggest, then it would only be to post more often. Your writing has got me hooked and I can’t help wanting to read more of what you have to say. You have one of the best food blogs I’ve come across.”

Adventures of an Italian Food Lover, by Faith Willinger: Tina, who said, “I love the way you write! I’ve tried some of your recipes and have simply loved each and everyone of them. Thanks a ton!”

Dish Entertains, by Trish Magwood: Danielle, who said, “Heya! Well, as you probably know, I love your recipes, your photography, and the way your personality comes through in your writing. There’s nothing I don’t like! As for the months ahead, although I’m not one to talk, the only thing I could dream of asking for is for you to post more often.”

Barefoot Contessa at Home, by Ina Garten: Anita, who said, “Ohh!! What a lovely way to get us lurkers out of hiding and finally saying hello! I love your writing style and your recipes have always worked out amazing for me. I look forward to many more insightful posts and delicious recipes in the future. Keep up the great work!”

Indian Everyday, by Anjum Anand: Kimmie, who said, “You have way with words, it’s almost as if I’m right there listening to you as you speak. And your food makes it even better!”

Each of these lucky winners get a prize hamper with six spice bottles each, from The Spice Depot:

Dawn, who said, “Yippee! Happy Holidays! I’ve been an avid lurker for a bit of time now. Your posts always inspire me to get out of my “Italian” comfort zone and try something new. So, win or lose, just wanted to send a heartfelt THANK YOU!”

Jamie, who said, “I love this blog! The food always looks delicious and is often either already vegan or is easily veganizable. I love how even the simplest recipes always come out delicious. Please, keep blogging for ages to come!”

Marn, who said, “I’ve loved Indian cooking since my university days in Ottawa over 30 years ago. Stumbling into your blog and finding recipes that I can make myself has been fabulous. I’ve been exploring the blogs you link to, and one of the frustrations for someone such as me who isn’t from India is that many Indian terms are used for spices, terms we don’t use in Canada. I would be eternally grateful if you could create a glossary of sorts for those of us who don’t know these words. As well, because I live in rural Quebec, some of the ingredients are impossible for me to find. If there are equivalents I could substitute for certain dals, I would love to know that. Thank you for this great resource. There’s nothing more comforting on a cold evening than a bowl of savoury dhal.”

Tiana, who said, “My favorite thing about HOH is that it’s obvious you have tried the recipes and adjusted them to perfection. Your tips make it really easy to learn to cook this cuisine and the way you write your posts is entertaining and also very accessible. As far as what I don’t like…not much! I’m a vegetarian so I’d like to see more meet-free recipes but there are plenty of those already. Happy Holidays!”

Congrats everyone! Each of your prizes are on their way to your day as you read this!

Here’s wishing all of you out there, a wonderfully faboulous Holiday Season! See you in the New Year!

When I started blogging a little over two years ago, little did I know how my life would change. These wonderful two years has brought me so much joy in ways I had’nt dreamt possible. It continues to be an enriching journey for me and I owe it most to all of my dedicated readers. As a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful readers of my blog and for all the people who send lovely e-mail my way, I’d like to do something special.

I have a few fabulous prizes up for grabs that I would really love for each of you to have. But as luck would have it, I have limited resources. So I leave it up to you to shake your dice and throw it my way. And what is it that’s up for grabs you ask? Well, look no further…

Books, Books & lots more Books!

Nigella Express Curries & Kebabs Adventures of an Italian Food Lover
Dish Entertains Barefoot Contessa at Home Indian Everyday

Nigella Express has been generously donated by Knopf Canada, and the sweet Trish Magwood has donated a copy of Dish Entertains. The rest are all courtesy of me. If you know me well, you know how much I love books, so what better way to make you all feel special than by sending you my personal favourite reads!

And what kind of a spice lover would I be if I couldn’t sprinkle some flavour you way?


The Spice Depot has generously offered four prize hampers, with six spice bottles each. and what’s even better is that they’ve included my favourites, Garlic Pepper and Spicy Sea Salt in the collection! I know you’re not gonna wanna miss this one!!

Like any fun game where prizes are at stake, this one too has certain rules you’ll need to follow in order to increase you chances of winning! From now, until December 15th, which is this coming Saturday, all you have to do is drop me a comment telling me what you like about HoH, what you don’t, and what you would like to see in the months ahead. Be sure to leave your name and a vaild email address so that I can get back to you if you’ve been chosen at a winner. Anonymous and spam comments will be deleted. At the end of the week I will add all the names into a hat, or maybe a cookie jar, and pick out the 10 winning names. So come on people, what are you waiting for!

I wish you all a very happy and festive Holiday season!