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    #THECOLORFULWORLD

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    HOLI is just around the corner! You must be excited to be a part of this extravagant festival of colors. It’s the colorful and fun-filled festival that is incomplete without spray colors, dance, party, delicacies, bhang and thandai. This Holi, let’s create #TheColorfulWorld with the following recipes, home decorating tips, safe Holi tips and DIYs:

    Holi Recipes

    There are a few traditional delicacies that are relished on this festival of colors making it even more enjoyable. Here’re are the two most famous Holi recipes to help you celebrate the festival to the hilt.

    1. Gujiya

    This traditional sweet dumpling with crispy, flaky outer crust and the goodness of dried fruits with no added sugar, makes for the best traditional sweet dish of Holi.

    Recipe:

    • Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the ghee with your fingertips till the mixture gets a breadcrumb like texture
    • Now add water to it and knead into a stiff dough. Cover with a piece of muslin and keep it aside for fifteen minutes
    • For the filling, heat ghee in a pan, add khoya and sauté. Once done, keep it aside to cool
    • Now, add figs, dates, cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts to it and mix well. Divide this khoya mixture into 10-12 equal portions
    • Divide the dough into equal portions and shape into balls. Roll out each ball into a puri
    • Place one portion of the khoya mixture on one half of the puri, fold the other half over the stuffing and press the edges to seal. Repeat the same with the other balls.
    • In a pan, heat oil; gently slide in a few gujiyas at a time and deep fry till golden brown
    • Drain the gujiyas on absorbent paper and store in an airtight container when completely cool

    Prepare these delicious Gujiyas on our Glamour (3 Burner Glass Top) Gas Cooktop. Find it here http://bit.ly/1p74QvS

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    2. DahiBhalle

    DahiBhalle is an extremely scrumptious recipe, especially made on Holi. It’s a must-Holi-snack that is made of fried lentil balls, with yoghurt and delicious chutneys.

    Recipe:

    • Soak the UradDuli Dal for 2 hours and keep aside
    • Then take out extra water and add pinch of hing, salt, chopped green chilly and chopped ginger to it; grind it into a mixture
    • In a bowl, take 1 tsp chopped cashew nuts, 1 tsp raisins, 1 small tsp grated coconut and salt and mix well
    • Now, in a pan, heat oil for frying. Take a dal mixture on your palm, flatten it out and place filling in the center
    • With the help of water, close the sides of the mixture on the hand
    • Place the half-moon shaped balls into oil and fry them till golden crisp
    • Now add them in water for ½ hour
    • In a bowl, beat the yoghurt, add milk and sugar to it
    • Squeeze water from the bhalle and place them in the beaten yoghurt mixture
    • Now in a plate lay out the dahi and bhalla; pour some beaten dahi over them
    • Sprinkle some jeera powder, black salt, tamarind chutney and coriander chutney
    • Garnish dahibhalle with pomegranate seeds, sev and serve immediately

    Our Joy Turbo Mixer Grinder is the one to opt for, to prepare these DahiBhallehttp://bit.ly/1TuvmN1.

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    Home Decorating Tips

    Holi brings a splash of colors and liveliness to our homes and lives.This Holi, let’s decorate our homes to welcome this festival of colors with all eagerness and happiness. Here’re the two best home decorating ideas to make your Holi more happening.

    1. Flower decoration

    One of the best ways to make your home look amazing for Holi is to embellish it with colorful flowers. Get garlands of marigold flower and hang them at different places like interior walls, railings of staircases, balconies and exterior walls. You can even decorate your living room with colorful bouquets. Flower petals can also be used to make Rangoli on the patio.

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    2. Wall hangings

    On this Holi, festoon the interior of your home with colorful, vibrant wall hangings. Select stunning hangings that are made out of colorful motifs, mirror work, fabric patchwork and crafted paper patterns to beautify your walls.

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    Holi Safety Tips

    Apart from all the happiness and fun it brings, Holi is also unsafe at times, especially for children. No worries, here’re a few tips that would help keep you and your children safe while playing Holi:

    1. Home-made colors are safe

    This Holi, play safe with natural home-made colors. If natural colors are not possible to be made, try using better quality colors. Use more of red or pink colors that not only look good, but can also easily be taken off. Gaudy green, purple, orange and dark colors have more harmful chemicals and should be avoided. In addition, make sure that your face is well-creamed before and after the play. 

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    2. Eyes are particularly vulnerable

    Make sure that the colors do not get inside your eyes. Eyes are extremely vulnerable on Holi due to their strategic place in body and also due to the use of harmful chemicals in the colors. And, if any of the colors enter your child’s or your eyes, wash the eyes immediately with plenty of water. Use a sunglass to protect your eyes from a misfire of color filled darts or water jets.

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    Holi DIYs

    We’ve got a few Holi DIY craft ideas to help keep your kids busy during this festival of colors. Below are the two amazing Holi DIYs that are worth a try:

    1. DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

    This DIY makes for one of the great Holi craft ideas to decorate your room with. Here’s how you can make it:

    • To make these flowers, first you take two square tissue papers or paper napkins
    • After this, fold them into square and layer the 2 squares over one another. Staple within the center
    • Cut these stapled tissue papers in a round shape and cut their edges in the shape of flower petals
    • Now take each layer upward one by one so that they look like flower petals

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    2.  DIY Painted Feathers

    The idea of painting fake feathers is always loved by everyone, and with festival season underway, it seems like the perfect time to do it. This DIY painted feather idea calls for fake feathers, painting colors and brush. So, take feathers and paint them as the way you want to.

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    Let us know in the comments section below that how you find these Holi recipes, safety tips, decoration ideas and Holi DIYs.

    For more info, you can reach us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    WELCOME SPRING WITH OUR TOP 5 SMOOTHIES

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    It’s time to say goodbye to winters and welcome spring. In this change of season, let smoothies give you nature’s bio-available vitamins, minerals, nutrients, fiber and anti-oxidants. Start your day with a glass of delicious smoothie that helps boost your immune system and protect you from illness. Here’re the top five smoothie recipes that make it easy to eat healthy with fruits, milk, low fat yogurt and other nutritious ingredients. Not only perfect to welcome the spring season, these smoothies are great for those on a smoothie diet, too.

    1. Strawberry lemon coconut smoothie

    This delectable, nutritious and easy to be made smoothie is like an indulgent treat. Made using milk and coconut oil, the strawberry lemon coconut smoothie is perfect to make your mornings energetic and keep you full longer.

    Recipe –

    • In a blender, pour 1 ½ raw milk, 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1-3 tablespoons coconut oil and blend all together.
    • Now, add 1-2 cups frozen strawberries, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ¼ lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth.
    • Pour smoothie in a pitcher, add ice cubes and enjoy.

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    2. Spinach orange smoothie

    Packed with aniti-oxidants, this refreshing spinach orange smoothie is a rich source of nutrients and helps improve your brain function. Making it your breakfast partner can give you a boost of energy, and helps you stay healthy and empower your immunity.

    Recipe –

    • In a blender, add 1 orange, ½ banana, 1 cup spinach and ¼ cup coconut water; blend all together.
    • Add more coconut water as desired to make it smooth.
    • Pour into a glass, add ice cubes and enjoy!

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    1. Beetroot, pomegranate and ginger smoothie

    Put flavor, zing and goodness into your mornings with this heart healthy beetroot, pomegranate and ginger smoothie. With no added sugar, this delicious drink is packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants that will keep you stay healthy and refreshed for all day long.

    Recipe –

    • Put 4 raw beetroot, 4 apples, 1 pomegranate, 1 lemon and ½ teaspoon of grated ginger in a blender. Blend until smooth.
    • Now add 1 peeled banana, 1 teaspoon honey and blend it again.
    • Pour it into a glass and serve.

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    1. Gingery berry oat smoothie

    This scrumptious blend of ginger, blueberries and oats is low calorie and hence, is perfect for those on a smoothie diet. The ginger adds a delicious flavor without adding to your waistline and helps improve your digestive health. Give it a try!

    Recipe –

    • In a bowl, put ¼ cup oats, pour water and let it soak for a few minutes.
    • Now, add this in a blender with ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup yoghurt, ice cubes, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and ¼ to ½ teaspoon grated ginger.
    • Blend until smooth and frothy. Enjoy!

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    1. Raw chocolate smoothie

    Raw Chocolate makes for an excellent and flavoring superfood boost to many smoothie recipes. And, this raw chocolate smoothie is energizing and tasty. It’s a total lifesaver when those night time cravings sneak up.

    Recipe –

    • Take a blender, put 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 banana, 2 tablespoons raw peanut butter and ½ cup almond milk. Blend until smooth.
    • Now, add 1 ½ tablespoons cacao powder to it and blend it again.
    • Enjoy your raw chocolate smoothie.

    The Maharaja Whiteline’s hand blenders are the ones to opt for, to prepare these healthy and tasty smoothies. Discover an amazing range of our hand blenders here http://www.maharajawhiteline.com/hand-blender.

    Let us know in the comments section below that how you find these smoothie recipes. For more info, you can reach us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    HEALTHY WINTER SOUPS TO TRY YOUR HAND ON

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    A soup can do what a medicine cannot – soothe and relax in the best way when you are down with winter ailments like cold, cough and fever. It is one of the most comforting foods that we can have anytime, not to mention, healthy and delicious too. This winter, we bring to you the five healthiest Indian soups that will help you stay warm in the cold weather. Tasty and easy to make, these soups will amaze you with their heavenly aroma and unique flavors. Here’s a curated list of top 5 healthy soups that you can try your hand on:

    1. Pepper Rasam

    Winters are synonymous with cough and cold. Besides medication, it is imperative to have healthy soup. The spices used in Pepper Rasam soup help in digestion, soothe your senses and hence, is a perfect recipe to give you relief from incessant sneezes and running nose.

    Recipe for you:

    • Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water and extract its juice.
    • Grind cumin seeds, pepper and garlic in a mixer.
    • In a pan, pour tamarind juice, add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and all the grinded ingredients. Boil them together.
    • Once it starts boiling, let it simmer for a few minutes.
    • Heat a tea spoon of ghee and add mustard seeds, red chilli powder and curry leaves to it. Pour it over rasam.

    Our Joy Turbo Mixer Grinder is just perfect to prepare it http://snip.ly/ZLKd.

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    1. Lemon Coriander Soup

    Lemon is known to be a rich source of vitamin C, which helps build immunity and fight cold and cough. So, relax with a bowl of hot lemon coriander soup to get a comforting experience during winters.

    Recipe for you:

    • Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions, spring onion bulb, ginger, garlic and saute well.
    • Now, add gram flour, spinach, mushroom, cabbage, coriander stems and carrot cubes, and bring it to boil.
    • Also, add crushed peppercorns and continue to boil.
    • Once boiled, add salt, lemon juice and bring to boil again. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

    Use Maharaja Whiteline Fortune Food Processor to chop the vegetables used in preparing this soup. Know more here http://snip.ly/BVyH.

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    1. Carrot and Beetroot Shorba

    While beetroot is packed with anti-oxidants  and nutrients like calcium, potassium, iron and fiber, carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A. Hence, carrot and beetroot shorba is excellent for our body as it benefits our skin, vision and immune system.

    Recipe for you:

    • In a pan, heat oil and add bay leaves, cumin seeds, and ginger to it. Saute for a minute.
    • Now, add carrot, beetroot and green chillies to it. Cook it for a few minutes.
    • Add water and once it starts boiling, strain and make a puree of it.
    • Now, garnish it with diced beetroot and carrot. Serve hot!

    To prepare this tasty and healthy soup, our Blaze Induction Cooktop is the one to choose. Know more here http://snip.ly/zCsz.

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    1. Spinach Soup

    Rich in minerals, foliate and vitamins, spinach is believed to be one of the healthiest vegetables. This is the reason why a spinach soup is preferred in winters. It helps our body fight against harmful germs and strengthens the immunity.

    Recipe for you:

    • In a pan, heat butter, add onions, chopped spinach, water and saute over a medium flame.
    • Once boiled, take it off the flame and allow it to cool completely.
    • Once cooled, blend it in a blender to a smooth puree and pour it in a pan.
    • Now, in a bowl mix cornflour, milk and cream all together; add it to the spinach puree. Cook it over a medium flame.
    • Add salt and pepper to it. Serve hot!

    Prepare this delicious and healthy soup using our amazing Turbomix King Hand Blender http://snip.ly/U8mx.

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    1. Tomato Shorba

    Tomatoes are a power-pack of essential phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that provide energy to the body. A bowl of hot tomato soup with an Indian tadka can awake your senses and makes you step out of your cozy blanket during cold weather.

    Recipe for you:

    • In a bowl, mix besan with a cup of water and keep it aside.
    • Now, in a pan, boil water and add chopped tomatoes to it.
    • Once boiled, remove it from flame and allow it to cool completely.
    • Now, add curry leaves and chilli powder to it and blend in a mixer to a smooth puree.
    • In a pan, pour this puree and bring to boil.
    • Now, add besan mixture, salt, sugar, and lemon juice to the puree; mix it all together.
    • In another pan, heat ghee, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
    • Once they start crackling, pour it over the shorba and mix well.
    • Your tomato shorba is ready. Serve hot!

    The Flora Mixer Grinder is the one to opt for to prepare this tangy tomato shorba http://snip.ly/wsfO.

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    Let us know in the comments section below that how you find these healthy soup recipes to get a comforting experience during winters. For more info, you can reach us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    8 KITCHEN HACKS TO SAVE TIME AND GET ORGANIZED

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    We’ve got a few quick fixes to food prepping, cooking, baking, etc. right from pitting an orange to softening butter the easy way. Listed below are 8 kitchen hacks that you could use to save time and if you like your things organized, start right away.

    1. Keep potatoes white.

    Cover shredded or diced potatoes with cold water before cooking to prevent the spuds from turning that gross grayish/brown caused by the release of a starch that makes them oxidize. 

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    1. Save tomatoes from rotting quickly.

    Store tomatoes stem end down to keep them from spoiling as quickly. This prevents air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar where the tomato once attached to the vine. Storing them at room temperature rather than in the fridge also makes them last longer.

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    1. Speed up the ripening process.

    Be a total magician and morph a banana from green to yellow or a peach from crunchy to juicy all with the help of a paper bag. When fruit is tossed into the bag, concentrated ethylene gas helps it ripen faster.

    1. Check if eggs are still edible.

    Gently place raw eggs in a bowl of cold water to see if they’ve gone bad. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it’s a-OK. If it floats, it has seen better days. Over time, the liquid inside eggs evaporates through the porous shell, leaving a gas bubble inside. The floatier it is, the older it is.

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    1. Prevent onions from making you weep.

    To stop onion-induced tears, freeze the onion before chopping. (Note: This trick only works if you’re planning to cook the onions later—otherwise, after the onion thaws out, the raw pieces will be a bit soggy!) Or if you want to look absolutely crazy when your housemate walks in, put a slice of bread in your mouth (partially sticking out) to absorb the irritant gas before it reaches the eyes. 

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    1. Save fresh herbs for later use.

    Use an ice-cube tray or muffin tin to freeze fresh chopped herbs in water, olive oil, or stock for later use as a seasoning agent.

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    1. De-crust a microwave.

    Soak a sponge in water, pop it in the microwave, and let it cruise around the turntable for a minute. This double-whammy hack loosens all the caked stuff inside the microwave (making it easier to wipe away later) plus it helps disinfect the sponge too!

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    1. Separate egg yolks from whites.

    Separate eggs by gently squeezing a plastic water bottle over a cracked egg. When the bottle re-inflates with air, it will scoop the yolk right up. (Disclaimer: This method may take a little practice.) 

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    Did you find these tips useful? Have any more useful tips/hacks to share? Submit them in the comments section below. 

    QUICK & EASY SALAD RECIPES

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    From leafy to creamy, we’ve tossed together a variety of cold salads for every taste. Spun into a sandwich or simply eaten alone, these recipes are fast, filling and deliciously stress-free.

     Watermelon, Tomato and Cheese Salad

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    What you’ll need:

    • 2 1/2 cups seedless watermelon, cut in 1 inch cubes or balls (reserve juice)
    • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1/2 cup cheese, crumbled
    • salt
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
    • 1 pinch chilli powder
    • 1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped

    Directions:

    1. Combine watermelon, tomato, cheese and salt in a bowl.
    2. Whisk together 2 tablespoons of watermelon juice, oil, vinegar and chilli powder and gently toss with salad.
    3. Garnish with parsley.

    Apple Chicken Salad

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    What you’ll need:

    • 5 -6 ounces cooked chicken, cubed
    • 1/4 cup chopped apple
    • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
    • 2 tablespoons raisins
    • 1/3 cup Italian dressing (or your favourite)
    • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    • nuts (to sprinkle)

     

    Directions:

    1. In a medium bowl, gently stir together, chicken, apple, celery and raisins.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together, dressing and brown sugar, pour over chicken mixture.
    3. Toss gently to coat.
    4. Serve on lettuce leaves, sprinkle nuts of your choice over.

    Mexican Egg Salad

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    What you’ll need:

    • 6 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
    • 1/3 cup minced celery
    • 1/4 cup minced pickle
    • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed cumin seeds
    • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
    • 1 teaspoon vinegar
    • mayonnaise
    • salad greens

     

    Directions:

    1. Mix all ingredients except last 2.
    2. Add mayonnaise to moisten.
    3. Serve on greens.
    4. Makes 4 servings.
    5. Enjoy!

    Creamy Corn Salad

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    What you’ll need:

    • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
    • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
    • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
    • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (optional)
    • salt and pepper

     

    Directions:

    • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Season with the basil or try other herbs. I like cumin, or you might try dill weed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

    Stir-fried Chicken Salad

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    What you’ll need:

    • 1/4 cup chicken broth
    • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
    • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp bottled chopped garlic
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 pound  boneless chicken breast
    • 1 tbsp peanut oil
    • 4 cups mixed salad greens
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
    • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
    • Lime wedges (optional)

     

    Directions:

    1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add chicken to broth mixture, stirring to coat. Let stand 3 minutes.
    2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Drain chicken, reserving marinade. Add chicken to the pan; cook 4 minutes or until done, stirring frequently.
    3. Stir in the reserved marinade. Reduce heat; cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Remove pan from heat.
    4. Combine greens and basil in a large bowl. Add chicken mixture, tossing to coat. Place 1 1/4 cups salad mixture on each of 4 plates.
    5. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons onion and 1 1/2 teaspoons peanuts. Serve immediately. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
    6. The pan sauce in this dish doubles as a piquant vinaigrette for the salad. Serve with crunchy breadsticks, if you wish.

    MARVELLO-US BAKING WITH MAHARAJA WHITELINE

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    HOME BAKING IS IN!

    Long gone is the time when you had to rush to the market to buy bakes and cakes when you had the cravings. These days, people are taking up baking as a hobby as it is a great stress-buster and gives yummy results. A few basic recipes and techniques, along with a great oven, go a long way in cooking deliciousness.

    Here are some easy bakes that you can make at home:

    CHOCOLATE COOKIES

    Cookies make the best companions to tea and a great option to satisfy the sweet tooth as well. They can be made at home with the help of Marvello 35 (OTG) that comes with ‘convection’ option that helps the cookies become crisp and brown more easily.

    • Preheat oven to 180 degree C
    • Whisk 1 cup butter1 cup white sugar, and 1 cup packed brown sugar until smooth
    • Beat in 2 eggs, 1 at a time
    • Add 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • Add 1 tsp baking soda dissolved in a little hot water
    • Add ½ tsp salt to the batter
    • Stir in 3 cups all-purpose flour slowly
    • Add 2 cups chocolate chips and stir
    • Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto butter paper on the baking tray
    • Bake for about 10 min

    Baking Tip: Drop the batter on the baking tray with a gap of about 1 inch because the cookie will expand on baking.

    Make it Marvello-us Tip: You can add nuts, gems, etc., to the batter to make tweak the recipe. You can also turn the cookies into cookie sandwiches by letting the cookies cool down and then putting cream cheese frosting or ice-cream between two cookies.

    WHOLE WHEAT BREAD RECIPE

    Breads can be easily baked using Maharaja Whiteline Marvello range of OTGs. Here is a recipe to make whole wheat bread at home.

    • Dissolve 1 tbsp sugar in 1 cup warm water
    • Add ½ tbsp dry yeast and stir and keep it aside for 10 min
    • Sieve 3 cups whole wheat flour with 1 tsp rock salt
    • Add yeast mixture, 2 tbsp butter, and 2 tbsp yogurt
    • Mix everything and knead the dough
    • Add water as required
    • Knead the dough till smooth
    • Brush the dough with water, cover and leaven in a bowl for 2 hours
    • Punch the dough and deflate it lightly
    • Roll the dough to achieve a cylindrical shape with flattened sides
    • Place the dough on a greased pan
    • Cover the dough and leaven for 1 hour
    • Preheat the oven at 220 degree C for 20 min
    • Place the bread in the oven and bake for about 25 min

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    Baking Tip: To check if the bread is baked, tap the bread to check if the bread sounds hollow

    Make it Marvello-us Tip: Larger batches of bread usually cost less. The ‘convection’ feature in Marvello helps in baking even large batches of bread evenly and quickly. The convection mode circulates the air and helps brown the outer crust while keeping the inner part soft.

    BAKED PASTA

    Baked pastas are great comfort food. The flavour and cheese make the mouth salivate. Marvello OTG is great for baking pastas, lasagnes, and more.

    • Boil water in pan with a little salt
    • Add 500g penne pasta and cook till a little firm than al dente and drain water
    • Pour cold water over the pasta
    • Preheat oven to 175 degree C
    • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over the cooktop
    • Add bell pepper, zucchini, and cook for 2 min
    • Add 1 tsp dried basil1 tsp dried oregano, and cook for 1 min
    • Stir in 750g pasta sauce
    • Drain the pasta and add to the sauce
    • Grease a glass oven tray with olive oil
    • Pour half of the pasta in the tray
    • Top it with 5 cup of shredded mozzarella
    • Layer it with the other half of pasta
    • Again top it with 5 cup of shredded mozzarella
    • Bake for about 30 min or till the cheese melts and turns brown

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    Baking tip: Practice makes you perfect. If the pasta tends to dry up while cooking, do not add the cheese at first. Cover the pasta with an aluminium foil and bake for about 20 min. Then remove the foil, add the cheese, and bake.

    Make it Marvello-us Tip: Marvello OTG comes with the USP that allows you to set timer up to 2 hours, unlike most other OTGs that have timers up to 1 hour. This allows you to bake lasagnes, meats, etc, in one go rather than having to set the timer twice.

    VANILLA SPONGE CAKE

    A basic vanilla or chocolate sponge cake is a very versatile option for cake lovers. You can eat it hot or cold, add in nuts, choco chips, etc, with ice cream or with chocolate sauce, etc. Follow this super easy, yet marvello-us recipe and make it in your own kitchen.

    • Sieve 5 cup all-purpose flour with 1.5 tsp baking powder
    • Grease a cake baking tin
    • Mix ¾ cup butter and 1 cup powdered sugar until smooth
    • Mix in 3 eggs, 1 at a time
    • Fold in the flour, 1 tsp vanilla essence, and 5 tbsp milk
    • Pour the mix in the baking tin
    • Bake at 200 degree C for 30 min
    • Put in a tooth pick; if the pick comes out clean, the cake is ready, else it needs to be baked more
    • Take the cake out of the tin and invert

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    Baking Tip: To replace eggs in cake batter, whisk together and add 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp vegetable oil, and 2 tsp baking powder for each egg.

    Make it Marvello-us Tip: To make a chocolate sponge cake, sieve 5 tbsp cocoa powder along with the flour and follow the rest of the recipe as it is.

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    Let us know in the comments section below that how you find these bake recipes with Marvello OTG.

    For more info, you can reach us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    HAPPY BAKING!  

    TOP 5 HEALTHY NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

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    New Year resolutions are fun to make, but extremely difficult to keep for a time period as long as a complete year. Most of us make resolutions, like to lose weight, reboot diet and a lot more, but are unable to follow them throughout the year. Roughly 3 out of 10 of us continue on the New Year resolutions. But this time, let’s make 2016 your healthiest year yet!  Here’re a few healthy resolutions that you can make to boost your health and well-being, and be an inspiration to others:

    1. Detox your body, but keep it safe

    Part of living a healthy life is finding a joy in it. Going into extreme diets, exercises or detox practices could harm your body in the other way. So, this New Year, make a resolution to quit smoking and cut back on alcohol as these are the safest ways that would help you detox your body. These two acts will not only help you save cash but will also keep you miles away serious life threatening diseases. The best way to do it would be, talk to a real person who has actually gone through the entire detox cycle, learn from his experience and plan your cycle your way!

     

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    2. Reboot your diet 

    This is not about losing weight, but restarting your diet both physically as well as mentally. It’s more about to pamper yourself a little. But this time you don’t need to cut on your taste to get on a healthy mode. Our OTG (Oven Toaster Griller) is a perfect solution that will let you prepare nutritious and delicious dishes to make you feel healthy all day long. Few of the recipes that you can try in our OTG can be homemade whole wheat pizza, baked cinnamon bananas, toaster oven French fries, baked oatmeal and a lot more. To know more about our easy-to-use OTG, click http://snip.ly/mzme

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    3. Go green, go healthy

    This year, take a few steps ahead towards greener environment. This can be accomplished by adopting the environment-friendly choices that would not only take you towards a greener environment, but also a healthy lifestyle. Walk or ride your bike to your work or explore carpooling. It means more money in your pocket and less air pollution. Also, you can cut back on your pocket-heavy gym membership costs by exercising at home. Gymming has only physical benefits which are shortlived. Whereas, home workouts offer you mental stimulation and have a more long-lasting effect.

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    4. Travel

    The joys and rewards of vacations are long lasting even after your travel bags are put away. It’s true that travelling allows us to tap into life as fun, adventure and we can bring these changes in our lives without doing anything too dramatic. This new year, make yourself rejuvenated and replenished by planning a trip with your loved ones full of fun, adventurous games like trekking, para gliding, river rafting and much more. It’s another form of new discovery and learning, and is amazing, not only for your body and but also for your soul.

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    5. Bring smiles to others for a healthier you

    It is true that happiness is the best solution to stay healthy and fit. We tend to think that our own bliss relies on bettering ourselves, but it is a fact that our happiness also lies in helping others. In 2016, make a resolution to help needy people and bring smiles to them. Doing things whether small, regular volunteering or unplanned acts is one of the best ways to boost our own happiness as well as of those around us. Giving is not just about donating money, it can be just as simple as a single kind word, thoughtful gesture or a charming smile.

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    Pick any of these worthy resolutions and make this year a healthier one for you. Let us know in the comments section below that how you find these New Year’s resolutions and which one out of these are you going to make. For more info, you can reach us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    CREATIVE WAYS TO MAKE VALENTINE’S DAY – THEMED FOOD

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    Valentine’s Day celebrates our feelings for the loved ones in our lives. Whether you are looking cook an impressive dinner for your date or to create treats for a class party, we are ready to help make your Valentine’s Day memorable.

    Valentine’s Day Heart-shaped Sugar Cookies:

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    Looking for a simple yet delicious Valentine’s cookie recipe? Look no further. These delectable cookies are festive and fun and they taste absolutely fantastic.

    What you’ll need:

    For the cookies –

    1 1/2 cups sifted Powdered Sugar

    1 cup unsalted Butter at room temperature

    1 large Egg at room temperature

    1 1/2 tsp. pure Vanilla extract

    2 1/2 cups all sifted Flour

    1 tsp. Baking Soda

    1 tsp. Cream of Tarter

     

    For the icing –

    1 lb. bag Powdered Sugar

    3/4 cube Butter at room temperature

    Tbs. of Milk

    1 tsp. pure Vanilla extract

    Directions:

    1. Mix all your dry ingredients for the cookies in large bowl. In a mixer cream together your sugar, almond, vanilla, and butter until smooth and pale.  Mix in egg.
    2. Once the dough is formed, wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for overnight or at least 6 hours. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
    3. Use your cookie cutters and cut out the shapes you want. Place your cut cookies on the parchment paper cookie sheet and place in the oven for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are just turning very slightly golden.
    4. In a mixing bowl, mix together butter, cream cheese, and vanilla.  Slowly add your powdered sugar until it is all in there.  You can add Tbs. of milk in with each addition of more powdered sugar. 
    5. Mix with a hand mixer until all the clumps are out and it tastes like how you want it. Then frost your cooled cookies, add sprinkles if you want and enjoy!

       

    Valentine’s Day Sprinkled Chocolate Doughnuts

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    These festive Valentine’s red, pink and white sprinkled donuts aren’t exactly a healthy treat but they’re definitely delicious. Consider making smaller sized donuts to cut back on the calories. And, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day, right? Everyone’s allowed indulge a little!

    What you’ll need:

    For the doughnuts –
    2 cups cake flour, sifted
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup buttermilk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    2 tablespoon butter, melted

    For the Chocolate Glaze –
    1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 tablespoon corn syrup
    1 teaspoon hot water

    Directions:

    1. Spray a regular-sized donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
    2. Whisk in buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and butter and beat until just combined. Fill each donut cup until about 2/3 full.
    3. Cook for 7-9 minutes in the Maharaja Whiteline Cool Touch Multicooker for 7-9 minutes, or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Cool in pan for about 4-5 minutes before removing from pan.
    4. Meanwhile, make the glaze. In medium metal bowl over a simmering water bath over medium heat on a Maharaja Whiteline Blaze Induction Cooktop, melt chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup, stirring frequently until completely melted.
    5. Stir in one teaspoon hot water, until the glaze is thick and smooth. Add another teaspoon hot water if the glaze is too thick. Use immediately to glaze doughnuts.

       

    Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Cupcakes:

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    Instead of just making plain white cupcakes, take it a step further and make them extra special. You can change the colors to suit the likes of your special someone.

    What you’ll need:

    1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix

     1 1/4 cups water

     1/3 cup vegetable oil

     3 egg whites

     8 drops red food coloring

     2 drops raspberry candy oil

     

    Directions:

    1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
    2. Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites together on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium for 2 minutes, until smooth. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with white batter; set aside.
    3. Stir 4 drops of red food coloring into the remaining bowl of batter to make the batter pink, stir in the raspberry oil.
    4. Pour 1/3 of pink batter into a reseal-able plastic bag and set aside. Mix more food coloring into the remaining bowl of pink batter until it is an orange/red color and pour the batter into a reseal-able plastic bag.
    5. Cut a corner off the bag, stick the open tip into the center of each cup of white batter and squeeze in about two tablespoons of red batter.
    6. Cut the corner off the bag with the pink batter, stick the open tip into the center of the red batter and squeeze about 1 tablespoon pink batter into each cup.
    7. Bake the layered cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

       

     30 second Chocolate Cake:

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    Unbelievable, but it’s possible.  Rich, decadent, and enrobed in a thick chocolate sauce, it’ll make you feel like you cheated some law of nature because it’s done so fast. It’s literally a hot mess and while they may not all come out looking great, what they lack in esthetics, they make up for in taste.

    What you’ll need:

    1 egg – beaten

    1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

    1 tbsp heavy cream

    2 tbsp cocoa powder

    2 tablespoons sugar

    1/4 tsp baking powder

    1 tsp oil

    Directions:

    1. Split the oil between two tall mugs with vertical walls, and then use your finger to spread it evenly up the sides, drain any excess oil.
    2. The mugs must be very well oiled or the cake will stick when you try and unmold it. Add the sugar to a small bowl, and then sift in the coco powder (a tea strainer works great for this).
    3. Add the heavy cream, egg and optional vanilla and whisk until there are no lumps. Sprinkle the baking powder on top and quickly mix together. Microwave one cake at a time.
    4. Since you don’t want to start and stop the microwave a bunch of times, set it for about 30 seconds, and closely watch the cake.
    5. It’s done when the cake rises about half-way up to sides of the mug (about 18 seconds in a 1000 watt microwave).
    6. Because the mug retains heat, it will continue cooking until you unmold it, so have a plate ready and unmold the cake as soon as it comes out of the microwave.

    ESSENTIAL TIPS TO A HEALTHY HOME

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    Simple modifications to your daily routine may help you keep germs that cause infections, like the cold and flu, and allergens at bay. By doing the following simple things you can make your environment healthier and safer for yourself and your family.

    For living areas:

    1. Make your marble shine:

    Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda into a quart of water, wash your marble with it and let it air dry. Now, dip a clean rag into crushed chalk, wipe down your marble, then rinse and dry with the two cloth method (use one cloth to spread the water, using it like a cleanser, the other to quickly dry it)

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    1. Deep clean your carpets:

    Mix 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup borax (sodium borate) and 1/4 cup vinegar, then apply this paste to deep stains or heavily soiled sections of carpet. Allow the paste to sit on the carpet for several hours until it dries completely, then vacuum it away.

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    1. Control dust:

    To minimize accumulated household dust, display hard-to-clean collectibles behind glass doors. Keep dust mites at bay in the bedroom, by putting allergy-control covers on mattresses and pillows, and be sure to wash your bed linens weekly in hot water and dry on high heat.

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    1. Create your DIY rust remover:

    Cut a potato in half, and then dipping the cut end in dish soap or baking soda. Apply the soaked end to the rusted area and rub. To keep going, just cut the potato’s top layer and re-apply the soap.

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    1. Open up your windows:

    To allow for natural ventilation during mild weather and air exchanges while cleaning, open up the windows. Keep windows operable and unobstructed so it’s easy to do so. It’s best to place windows on multiple walls to allow cross ventilation.

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    1. Keep your upholstery clean:

    For any type of stain, whipped detergent works well. Fill a container with half dish detergent, half water, and use a hand mixer to whip it up. Use a rag to rub the froth into the spot, and then rinse with water.

    For the kitchen area:

    1. Use antibacterial solutions:

    Clean your kitchen sink and counters with antibacterial solutions after each use. Bacteria left from meats and vegetables can flourish and get on your hands, utensils or other foods you are preparing.

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    1. Smart cleaning:

    Sanitize sponges by tossing them into the microwave or dishwasher. Make sure countertops and cutting boards are nonporous, and clean them regularly. Also, look for cleaning products that are made from plant sources rather than petroleum and that are free of chemicals that can irritate (such as chlorine) or pollute (such as phosphates).

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    1. Clean burnt and scorched pans:

    If there are any super stubborn marks that don’t come off, make a paste of baking soda, a dash of vinegar and a couple of drops of water. Leave the paste on the marks for a while and return to clean as normal.

    1. Clean grease from kitchen surfaces:

    Pour undiluted vinegar into an empty spray bottle and apply generously to the greased surface. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then wipe clean with a dishcloth or non-abrasive scrubber. If all else fails, a surprising grease remover is none other than —grease! A natural vegetable oil on a paper towel can remove a really difficult stain.

    For the laundry:

    1. Use chalk to remove grease stains:

    Instead of using extra laundry detergent to pre-treat, we turn to our old school friend: WHITE CHALK. Simply rub onto greasy stains and the chalk powder will absorb the grease, making the stain easily removable by the laundry soap in the wash. It works wonders for everything from lipstick to bacon grease.

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    1. Make your own clothing freshner and dewrinkler:

    Take 2 tbsp of white vinegar, 2 tbsp of fabric softener (use a natural/organic softener) and 6 to 10 drops of your favorite essential/scented oil or try vanilla or almond extract. Pour all of these into a 16 ounce fine mist sprayer and fill the remainder with distilled water. Shake, spray and rejuvenate!

    GARMENT CARE TIPS

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    Everyone has tried-and-true tips and tricks they absolutely swear by, especially when it comes to caring for your clothing. Some are useful, while others … well, not so much. With that in mind, we’ve culled a few tips on how to effectively care for every item in your closet, from cotton to denim. Read on for more!

    1. Look after your silk While dry-cleaning is fine for basic silk pieces, it’s better to hand wash them in order to keep them in good shape. Never wring out silk to dry! Instead roll the item up in a towel and gently press the water out. Silk should be pressed while it’s still damp. You could use a dry iron like the Maharaja Whiteline Classico Dlx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-7qxePutpk on a low setting, but don’t use steam. It could leave watermarks.
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    2. Love your denims Always wash jeans inside out in cold water on the delicate cycle. If you actually want denim to fade quickly, wash once in hot water. Add a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.
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    3. Care for your cashmere/wool Never hold up a wet cashmere sweater by the shoulders, it’ll stretch it out. In fact, keep your cashmere in a lump when you go to pick it up when wet. To dry it quickly, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds. Don’t have one? Lay it flat to dry, pressing it gently with a towel. Use a garment steamer like the Maharaja Whiteline Preciso Garment Steamer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z__dHnzEDsM that can quickly and efficiently remove all the wrinkles.
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    4. Keep your cottons safe Cotton is super-durable, so garments can be washed in the machine with any detergent, and bleach can be used as needed. To keep cotton towels, robes, and washcloths fluffy, use half the amount of detergent and run them through an extra rinse cycle, as sometimes detergent residue can diminish softness. For a crisp, perfect & steamed press, opt for the Maharaja Whiteline Aquao Dlx Steam Iron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-7qxePutpk

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    5. Tend to your leathers Before wearing a leather jacket, treat it first with scotch guard or a similar spray to help prevent the ingress of water, stains or grime. The best way to keep leather clean is to simply use a damp cloth. Also, never ever use a hair blower to dry wet leather.
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    6. Protect your velvets Always read labels, as some velvet fabrics must be dry cleaned, but others—such as crushed velvet—can be machine washed. Never iron velvet, as the fibers will get crushed and the iron will leave an imprint. However, you can use a steamer to remove mild wrinkles from velvet if you turn the garment inside out.

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    A few bonus tips!

    • Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.
    • Never put a garment on immediately after ironing, as this can actually cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for five minutes to set the press.

    ​7 WAYS TO MAKE WINTER BREAK AWESOME IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY MAJOR PLANS ALREADY

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    The holiday season is just round the corner and we are super excited. Schools and colleges will be out for winter break and most working people will have two extended weekends because of Christmas and New Year. Some of us have already made plans and some of us are in process. In case you are not planning anything big or just need a backup for your plan, here are a few ideas to make good use of the holidays.

    1. Step out and turn on the festive mode

    The markets, malls, restaurants, and your local church are all decked up for Christmas and you need to go out and see that.  The Christmas trees, giant installations, lights, and other decorations, as well as the Santas are guaranteed to bring back nostalgia and make you smile.

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    1. Catch up with your friends

    Remember how all of us keep complaining about not being able to take out time to meet our friends? Well, now is the time! Check with your friends right now and see who all are available to meet up. People might have plans, people might make plans, but if you are the first one to ask, they will try to take out time if they are in town at that time.

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    1. Play Santa to someone in need

    Nothing feels as good as making someone smile. Donate to your favourite NGO or teach your domestic help’s kids. If you can’t devote time and don’t want to shell out money, you can do something as simple as feeding street dogs or helping an elderly person push their shopping cart.

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    1. Decorate your home

    This is the quickest and sure shot way to get into celebration mode.

    Bring home a Christmas tree, as big or as small as you like, and decorate it. Add some decorative elements here and there. Make some DIY home decor pieces that would last you a long time. The idea is create points which remind you and your loved ones that it is festive season every time you see them and make you feel excited that you made something for your house. Buy little gifts for your loved ones and start the Christmas trend of hanging stockings, just for fun.

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    1. Do something that you have been wanting to do

    Want to start a blog, but don’t have the time to even look for a name? Well, here is your time; decide a name, set it up, and maybe even write something. Now, here writing and blog may not be your thing, but you get the gist. Do the research and make a roadmap. Follow your heart. Enter the New Year with new goals.

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    1. Cook something new

    Try out a new dish. Perhaps, cook a Christmas or New Year dinner for your family. Keep it simple. You need not spend all day cooking. Maharaja Whiteline appliances will add ease to your life.

    1. Watch movies/read

    Generally, we download tonnes of movies / TV series and buy books, etc., and forget about them eventually, when we actually find time. So, in case you are not a winter loving person, wrap yourself up in a blanket/quilt at home, sip on a warm cup of coffee, which you can make easily using Maharaja Whiteline electric kettle, and get started.

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    Have an amazing winter break!

    Let us know in the comments section below about how you find all these suggestions. You can also reach us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    HOW TO STAY HEALTHY IN THE CHANGING WEATHER

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    Morning breezes, sunshine in the day, rain in the evening and nighttime storms, this clearly indicates that the weather is changing. Different seasons mean different weather, changing temperatures and the most important of all is your fluctuating health. As the weather goes warmer or colder, it’s important that we keep ourselves stay flexible and adjust our lifestyles so that we can stay healthy year round.

    Here we bring to you few tips that can keep you miles away from illness in the changing weather:

    1. Stay hydrated

    Start off your morning with fresh fruit juices as these are rich in Vitamin C and the extra-C intake will boost your immunity-fighting ability. In fact, you can add honey to your favorite juices to soothe your sore throat. Similarly, drink lots of water without thinking what the weather is like. Water flushes out toxins from your body and helps absorb nutrients.

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    1. Take healthy diet

    Try and increase your vitamin intake through healthy food also. Adding extra vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds will help you fight diseases like flu, cold etc.  Green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach are the health boosters that should not be avoided at all. Your diet should also include papayas, broccoli, pineapples, oranges, lemons, ginger and garlic so as to get the extra hit of vitamin C during periods of seasonal transitions.

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    1. Drink herbal tea

    One cup of herbal tea a day is just perfect for your healthy lifestyle. In fact, you can bring thermos filled with herbal tea at your workplace. It will help you keep refresh while at work. Chamomile, tulsi, red clover, oregano hibiscus and cinnamon-clove-ginger teas can be your perfect breakfast partner that will surely help support your health.

    1. Dress right

    It is very important to change your wardrobe in accordance to the weather. People are at risk of becoming ill in the changing weather and wrong dressing could a major reason behind it. To not let your immune system affected, dress in layers during periods of seasonal transitions and add or subtract layers whenever required.

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    1. Exercise often

    Exercising works wonders for your health. Nothing keeps you healthy and strong like exercise. Any sort of exercise is good, be it doing yoga, a brisk walk, swimming, cycling, jogging or going to the gym. It helps you get rid of toxins, improve blood circulation, reduce stress and hence, making you look fresh and good.

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    1. Take proper rest

    Rest is as important as exercise. If you’re waking up feeling low and less refreshed, the chances are that you are not getting the sufficient amount of sleep you need. At least, aim for sleep of 7-8 hours a night to let your body rest, boost your immune system and to get you prepared for the day ahead.

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    Let us know in the comments section below that how you find all these tips to stay healthy in the changing weather. For more info, you can reach us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE AWAY FROM YOUR LOVED ONES THIS DIWALI

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    Can you feel the festive buzz around? It’s not even a week left for Diwali. This ‘Festival of Lights’ is the season of spreading joy and happiness that everyone looks forward to all year long. Diwali, being one of the India’s biggest festivals, is celebrated by many families all across the world. But, what about those who’re staying away from their homes? Here we give you a curated list of things that you can do to keep your smiles intact even if you are away from your home.

    1. Shopping

    With Diwali round the corner, the markets are humming with happiness and liveliness. It’s raining discounts everywhere, so, where are you? Retail therapy is one the best ways to get yourself indulged in and make you feel lively. Check out the various ethnic stores of your favorite brands and get yourself ready for the perfect Diwali look. Also, shop for diyas, candles and light up your space with them.

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    1. Cooking

    Let food come to the rescue! Food makes festivals. So, how can this widely-celebrated festival be left without finger-licking delicacies? On this Diwali, prepare some unique and savory delights while enjoying your favorite songs on your music system. Those spicy Aloo Kachori, CholePuri, Paneer Bagh-E-Bahar and a lot more are just perfect to gorge on. We all know that no festivity is complete without sweets that make your celebrations all the more tempting. On this auspicious occasion, try some amazing sweetened delicacies at home like coconut Ladoos, RavaKheer, BadaamHalwaetc. Maharaja Whiteline kitchen appliances are perfect to make these delightful recipes at home. Discover them here: http://maharajawhiteline.com/

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    1. Clean your house

    This is a time when people clean their houses and also give away their old stuff that is not required. Cleaning the house with very few days left for Diwali will remind you of the time when your mom used to forceyou to clean your room and throw away everything you’ve ever hoarded. This will also let you feel the festive buzz and keep you busy. So, clean the fans, dust off the cobwebs, wash your curtains, arrange your cupboard and get all the unnecessary stuff out of your home. Last but not the least, decorate your home with beautiful scented candles, diyas, multi-colored lights and hand-crafted lanterns. Make Rangolisat your doorstep by using vibrant colors and beautiful flowers.

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    1. Diwali Mela

    As the Diwali atmosphere sets in, Diwali Melas start rolling at different locations in the city. Double up your celebrations and excitement by visiting any Diwali Mela around your house. The giant Ferris Wheel, countless food stalls, fun games, magic shows and shopping kiosks – these are some of the exciting things to look out for, at the Mela. What’s more, handicrafts, decorative items, bags, ethnic clothes, floating candles, diyas and other Diwali knick-knacks are found in abundance. Don’t forget to buy some of these for yourself and your loved ones.

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    1. Create a family away from home

    When away from your home, one of the good ways to make your Diwali a happy one would be to brighten someone else’s day. There are many unprivileged people who equally love festivities, but don’t have the means to celebrate. On this auspicious occasion, visit any of the charity organizations, old age homes or orphanages and, distribute sweets, clothes & other necessary items there if you want to go an extra mile in trying to help the needy.

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    Let us know in the comments section below that how you find all these suggestions. For further info, you can reach us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    QUICK SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK RECIPES

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    The festive season has arrived and it’s the best time to enjoy sweets without any guilt. After all no celebration or festival is complete without desserts. What is Diwali without Ladoos? Nothing! Indian desserts give us the perfect reason to be a part of any festivity. Just because you’re busy working or travelling, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make sweets at home or would buy them from outside. We bring to you a few ‘easy to make’condensed milk sweet recipes to add a twist of milky sweetness to this festive season. Here you go exploring the quick recipes of sweet delights that can make any celebration and festival even more special.

    1. Kalakand / Milk Cake

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    Kalakand, the Indian authentic dessert,is an ultimate mouth melting sweet prepared with paneer and condensed milk as its main ingredients. Here’s how you can start with it.

    Recipe:

    • Take soft paneer and crumble it.
    • In a pan, add ghee, paneer and sauté till it gets cooked.
    • Now add condensed milk and keep stirring for a while.
    • Once the mixture begins to thicken, add sugar, cardamom powder and mix well.
    • Keep stirring till the entire mixture gets into a dough.
    • Now put the dough in a greased plate and pat it with a spatula or palms, and let it cool completely.
    • Cut it into desired shapes, garnish it with your favorite dry fruits and enjoy this delicious dessert.
    1. DoodhPedha/Milk Fudge

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    Want to try something different other than sugar cookies for this festive season? How about a classic, delicious Indian sweet recipe, DoodhPedhathat perfectly makes for an ideal festive treat for family and friends. This delicacy is sweet, rich and easy-to-make with hardly any preparation time. Below is a quick recipe to prepare these Pedhas.

    Recipe:

    • Heat ghee in a pan.
    • Once it melts, add condensed milk, milk powder and mix well so that there are no lumps.
    • Keep stirring continuously to avoid the chances of burning at bottom and till it gets in the form of dough.
    • Now keep the dough in another plate and let it cool completely.
    • Once, it gets cooled, add sugar, cardamom powder and knead well into the dough.
    • Apply some ghee on palms and pinch out small, round balls from the dough and mildly press them.
    • Use a knife to make shallow or superficial marks on one side of the Pedha or fudge.
    • Garnish them with dry fruits of your choice and share them with your family, friends and relatives.
    1. Rasmalai using Rasogullas

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    ‘Lip-smacking’ is the perfect word to describe this royal and delightful Indian dessert, Rasmalai. And, now with a quick recipe in hand, it makes for the perfect sweet for festival days when you’re busy in making a variety of other dishes for your family. The below recipe can let you prepare this tasty Rasmalai in few minutes.

    Recipe:

    • Take the canned Rasogullas and squeeze them to remove any extra syrup inside.
    • In a pan, mix milk, condensed milk and bring to boil.
    • Now add cardamom powder, saffron and simmer for a while.
    • Then add the squeezedRasogullas and chopped nuts. Mix well and simmer together for a minute.
    • Transfer the Rasmalai into a bowl, let it cool down and refrigerate for a few hours.
    • Serve chilled with more crushed dry fruits on top.
    1. Rava Ladoos

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    Blended in with a twist of taste, Rava Ladoo is one of the healthiest sweets for any festival that can be prepared within no time. Festive celebrations come alive when delectable RavaLadoo prepared with saffron and dry fruits are served. Here’s a quick recipe for you.

    Recipe:

    • Heat ghee in a pan and fry cashews in it. Once cashews are fried, keep them aside in a plate.
    • In the same pan, fry raisins until they puff up.
    • Now roast the rava/soojiin a pan and sauté till it gets light brown in color.
    • Add cardamom powder, cashews, raisins, milk and condensed milk to the roasted rava, and mix well.
    • Once the mixture gets completely mixed, remove it from the flame.
    • Now make small round balls in even shapes from the mixture and keep them on a greased plate to cool down. Your RavaLadoos are ready!
    1. Basundi

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    If you’re bored of eating kheer, try something different this time. Basundi can let you move over those usual typical Indian sweets. This rich and creamy thickened milk Basundiis like a Rabdi and tastes equally delicious when combined with Rasogullas, Malpua and Jalebi. Do give this recipe a try at your kitchen this festive season. We bet you’ll love it for its rich creamy flavor and heavenly aroma.

    Recipe:

    • Take a non-stick deep pan, and pour milk & condensed milk into it. Bring it to boil over medium flame.
    • When milk starts to boil, let it simmer until reduced to half of its original quality. Keep stirring at regular intervals to avoid the chances of burning.
    • Once it gets thickened, add sugar and cardamom powder to it.
    • Cook for a couple of minutes over low flame while stirring continuously.
    • Turn off the flame. Serve your Basundi in a bowl and garnish it with crushed almonds, pistachio and saffron strands.

    Let us know in the comments section below, how you find these quick sweetened condensed milk recipes. To prepare these sweets, you can find the amazing range of Maharaja Whiteline Induction cooktops here http://maharajawhiteline.com/induction-cooktop. For more info, you can find us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    5 DIY ART AND CRAFTS TO TRY THIS FESTIVE SEASON

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    The festivities have begun! With Navratri right now, and Dussehra and Diwali just round the corner, the next few months are going to be fun-filled and eventful. Festival season is the time when everyone wants to put forward their best, be it with looks and dressing, food, home décor or anything else. Standing out and being your traditional best is what this season is all about. All you need is some quick, clever, and easy DIYs that will work for you. Here is how you can get started.
    1. Rangoli

    Home cleaning and decoration are traditionally considered very important in welcoming the gods. We have already covered how you can make your house festival ready in How to prepare yourself for the upcoming festive season? We have also talked about How to keep your house fresh and clean all year round? Here’s how you can decorate your house.
    Rangoli is one of the most traditional ways of decorating your house. Use paints, flowers, dyed grains, powdered colours, etc., to make the designs. You can add glitters and lamps to you rangolis too.
    If you are creative, you can make your own designs. You can also take templates off the internet that can help you get started. Use heavier materials like grains, etc., if you are making the rangoli outdoors and go with any materials at all, if you are working indoors. Once you get a hang of it, you will start enjoying it. You can go with designs as easy as circles with lamps in the middle to the more difficult and intricate designs.

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    2. Dandiya stick decoration

    It’s dandiya-raas time. Get your old and new dandiya sticks out. If you want to personalize them and add some quirkiness, make your own decorations. Cover them with fabric leftovers, laces, and borders, add little mirrors and beads, and you can own the jazziest pair of dandiya sticks. It is another DIY craft that anyone can follow, the only differential factor being the complexity of the DIY. Make sure whatever design you make, it is the right weight and design to dance with. You can also match the designs with your outfits.
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    3. Home-made lamps

    Many of us have the childhood experience of painting earthen lamps, for Diwali, at home. Wasn’t it fun? Well, you can do that again! Take out your paints, glue, glitter, mirrors, etc., and get to work. You can also use mason jars to create tea light holders. You can take seashells and make candles inside them. You can be creative with the lamps. The possibilities are limitless.
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    4. Hand-made greeting cards

    Another childhood favourite, hand-made cards are easy to make and are a more creative and personalized way of wishing someone. Making your own cards with your own designs and your own messages is bound to steal away the hearts of your loved ones. Basically, anything personal in this world where money can buy most things is amazing.
    Again, get your art supplies out and get started. Quilling is technique that is currently red hot.
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    5. DIY Hanging decorations

    Make your own hanging decorations at home. That gives you more independence to choose the designs and the quality. Use marigold flowers on strings and hang them at the house entry. Make paper hangings as per your liking. The internet is flooded with such DIYs. Choose any as per your comfort, expertise, and liking.
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    Let us know how it went in the comments section below. You can also find us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE UPCOMING FESTIVE SEASON?

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    The festival season is just round the corner and we all want to be best prepared when it comes. We bring you a list that will help you plan up better and avoid the last minute rush and regret by starting early.

    So, let’s get ready to welcome the festive season:

    Start with festive cleaning

    We know that with the pollution levels outside, it is not possible to close the cleaning chapter. But there are a few things you can take care of. Sort your things according to what you need and what you don’t and de-clutter your house. Donate the things that you do not need, but are in a usable condition. Wash your curtains and upholstery now, and use a garment steamer to sanitize them later.

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    Redecorate your house

    Why go for house painting right before Diwali, when you can get it done now and it will still look as new on Diwali? Avoid the rush during Diwali time, when you already have a thousand errands to run and when it is hard to find painters. Hosting a party at home? Get the repairs/beautification done beforehand. If you don’t wish to go for any expensive changes, go for some cool or quirky DIYs and make your house party-ready. You can do something as simple as making kitchen planters using old ceramic tea set, adding colour to your dining table by covering salt and pepper shakers with colourful yarn, or creating a wind chime from old keys, paints and some yarn. Sometimes very small and simple things can really change the look of the house. It is not necessary to spend a bomb and repaint/refurbish the house every year. You can find some year round inspiration on our Facebook page.

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    Figure out your menus

    Card parties are really popular during Diwali time. Families get together during the festivities and celebrate. The hosts want to prepare some good food for everyone. So, in case you are playing the host this time, figure out the menu before time. If you are planning to make something that you have never cooked before, try it at least once before serving it to the guest. Maharaja Whiteline kitchen appliances will help you make things easier. You can also take some cues from My Maharaja recipes. These recipes are also good if you are attending somebody else’s party, but want to make something special, or if you are going to a potluck party.

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    Look your best

    Everyone wants to put their best foot forward during festival celebrations, be it Durga Pooja, Diwali, or any other. We usually wake up to this desire only in the week leading to the festival and pray for the weight loss, clear skin, better hair, etc., which obviously doesn’t happen overnight. So start with your grooming routine at the earliest and get results by the time the festivities start. Start exercising or start eating clean or do both. Drink lots of water for clearer skin. Do hair spa at home. Pamper yourself for a more confident and healthier you.

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    Shop in advance

    Season sales start before the festival time. Try to do the shopping in the beginning. Not only will you be able to find the better stuff, but you will also be able to avoid the last minute rush and panic in which you end up buying things just because you don’t have enough time to explore the market. Also, this will help you better manage the finances and not put too much pressure at once. Kitchen appliances are a great gifting option. They are considered as an auspicious buy around festival season. Maharaja Whitelinehas some great kitchen appliances and home care appliances that are great for gifting as well as keeping purposes.

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    Hope you find this list helpful! Let us know your views in the comments section below. You can also find us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    12 FUN AND FESTIVE ACTIVITIES

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    Do you look forward to the festive season and engaging in fun activities? We absolutely do! J The festive music of Navratri, diyas and colourful rangolis of Diwali, unique household decorations, devotional songs, warmth and comfort of family get-togethers and most importantly festive FOOD is here!

    This time of the year is fun and special as you and your loved ones enjoy festivities together. If you need a little help coming up with a few festive activities, we have a list of 11 things to help you get started.

    1. Make DIY festive cards
    If there’s one thing you want to hand-make this festive season, avoid the generic store-bought cards and opt for a personalized card. Gather some craft materials and create fun festive cards with meaningful messages written on them. Give them in person if you can or attach them to gifts.

    2. Visit a temple
    If you’re a spiritual person, visiting a temple will certainly get bliss to your inner-soul. Watch various rituals performed, festive colours and special decorations of the deity and don’t forget to indulge in delicious Prasad later! 

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    3. Visit family and friends
    Take a moment to visit family and friends. Who doesn’t like good company, especially during the festivities? Good company, great conversations and yummy food dishes make for a perfect festive celebration. Remember that your time and words are special, share them with people you care about.

    4. Donate clothes to the under-privileged
    As we celebrate the festive season, there are many out there that cannot – for a host of reasons. Consider donating clothes / bags / shoes / books etc to someone in need and make them smile. We assure there is no better feeling in this world than seeing them wish and smile at you.

    5. Make Ladoos together
    The festive season isn’t complete without making some ladoos. Some people consider making desserts as a part of their family tradition. Desserts like gulab-jamun, kheer, malpua represent the festive season. It is a fantastic activity and a famous one amongst the ladies! This dessert is a favourite of all and is prepared for any religious rituals or on any special occasion.

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    6. Religious or cultural traditions
    Navratri celebrations are not the only celebrations occurring in the year. Take a moment this festive season to learn a little about other cultures around the world. Learn about their cultural traditions and rituals they follow. This is an opportunity for children to gain a greater appreciation of diversity around the world.

    7. Help feed the needy
    If you are not comfortable or able to donate clothes / books to the needy, then consider donating food and take out some time to spend with them. Many people in the country starve and this could be a thoughtful gesture to help them.

    8. Chant devotional songs together
    Take some time out to spend with family/friends and sing songs that lighten your mood and encourage festive cheer. Sing along! Doesn’t matter how you sing, these songs are gentle reminders of this festive season of caring and joy.

    9. Dress up for family get-togethers
    Family get-togethers are always fun and festive! Perhaps you don’t dress up for casual dinners every day or every year, but consider dressing up for family dinner this year. Bring out your festive side and make it a day to remember.

    10. Host a potluck dinner at your home
    Gather family and friends in your home and entertain them. As the host you can provide the main dish, beverages and desserts. Invite guests to being a side dish, contributing elements to create the full meal. A potluck festive dinner is a great way to encourage people to share their cooking skills. Keep it festive!

    11. Make a festive toran / kandil
    During festive occasions, adorn the door way of your homes with traditional door hangings / toran. This is a fabulous way to enliven and maintain the festivities.

    12. Gift your loved ones
    And lastly, it’s the gift that matters! Looking for a perfect festive gift? Invest in our Maharaja Whiteline products and gift your dearest friends and family a lovely breakfast set / kitchen appliances from our range. http://maharajawhiteline.com/

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    HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE FRESH AND CLEAN ALL YEAR ROUND?

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    The pollution level outside is alarming. The least one can hope for is clean surroundings at home and good health for oneself and for the loved ones. Sanitizing and cleaning the house is not as difficult as people believe. Life gets easier with Maharaja Whiteline Garment Steamer.

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    Here are some hints on how to use it for a more hygienic home:

    1. Sanitize the curtains:

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    Your curtains can be the breeding ground for germs and can carry a lot of dust. Taking them off and washing them often is not very convenient as it takes a lot of time and effort. Use Maharaja Whiteline Garment Steamer instead. Its powerful vertical steam works really well on the curtains, without the need of even taking them off the hooks. The added advantage is that you get neat-looking wrinkle-free curtains. Lesser washing, also makes the fabric and colours last longer.

    1. Sanitize the upholstery:

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    Soft, warm, and comfortable surfaces like sofas, cushions, etc., can be the house for many disease-causing pathogens. But that doesn’t mean that you start running away from them. Use the garment steamer to sanitize fabrics and foam.

    1. Sanitize the toys:

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    You cannot always run behind the kids, telling them not to put their mouth on the stuffed toys or hold them close. Instead, ensure that the toys are clean. Use Maharaja Whiteline Garment Steamer to make them safe for children.

    1. Sanitize bed linens:

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    Remember the feeling that fresh bed linen gives? In this busy life, it is not possible for everyone to change and wash the linens every day. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t experience that feeling often. Use Garment Steamer to sanitize your bed. It takes less than 2 min to get ready, so it is convenient to use on regular basis.

    1. Sanitize carpets and rugs:

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    Stay free of worry as your kids play on the floor. Deodorize and sanitize the carpets and rugs with a Garment Steamer and let kids be kids. Maharaja Whiteline Garment Steamer is your full home solution for quickly & efficiently removing all the wrinkles and sanitizing the house. The ergonomic handle, compact design, multiple attachments for many different purposes, large steam head, continuous and easy refill design, and integrated cord storage make it amazing.

    Let us know, in the comments section below, if we have missed anything. You can also find us on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet at @MWhiteline.

    5 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE YOUR SISTER FEEL SPECIAL THIS RAKHI

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    Raksha Bandhan is a festival on which brothers usually wake up at the last moment and realize that they need to get a gift for their sisters. With paucity of time and panic that is caused by last minute rush, they usually end up with cliche gifts like chocolates or shagun, even though they wanted to do something special for their sisters on the day.

    If you are a brother don’t let that happen this time!

    If you haven’t still figured out how you want to make Rakhi special for your sister this year, here are a few cues you can take and get to action:

    1. Cook for her:

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    Knowing your sister’s favourites shows care, and there is nothing better than preparing one of them for her. You might not be the best chef in the world, but it’s the thought that counts. She would nevertheless love it. This gift is great for anyone willing put in the effort.

    1. Sponsor an outing/a vacation for her:

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    It could be to the nearest place for dinner or some adventure camp with friends/family or a foreign trip, if she likes going out, she would absolutely love the surprise.

    1. Give her something personalized:

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    If she doesn’t like fancy gifts, do something sweet that makes her smile ear to ear. One possible idea is write some memories, positive thoughts, and wishes on small pieces of paper. Buy a cutesy Mason Jar and put the folded paper chit in it and gift it to her. You can do as little as 7 pieces for her to start her morning with for a week, as many as 52, to take care of her Monday blues for the whole year, or any significant or random number to just cheer her up when she needs it.

    1. Know her wish list and fulfill a wish:

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    Remember the time she loved that cool watch, but couldn’t buy it or that book series that she has her heart set upon? The key is in noticing her needs and wants. But, life is busy and it is hard to recall things at the right time. So, ask her closest friends to help you out. If even that doesn’t work out, ask her what she wants to buy or take her out for shopping and surrender your credit card or wallet. And of course, don’t forget to carry her shopping bags! If you really want to keep it a surprise and not ask her directly, get her something that makes her life easy like Maharaja Whiteline kitchen appliances.

    1. Make her feel like a queen:

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    Let her decide how she wants to spend the day and just go along with it. Motivate her to share her bucket list with you. Go where she has always wanted to go. Relive some childhood memories. Spend time with her and strengthen the bond between you.

    Let us know how it went in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @MWhiteline and share with us your favourite tip.

    HOW TO LOOK YOUR BEST DURING RAINS?

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    Unlike RaveenaTandon, Kareena Kapoor, and Katrina Kaif, most of us don’t look ravishing during monsoon. Forget ravishing, most of us don’t even like the way we look, during monsoon. The humidity and the downpour makes it difficult to control frizzy hair, break-outs on the face, makeup smudges, and wet and clingy, irksome clothes.Follow these easy tips to look smashing even on rainy days:

    Hair care

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     Monsoon is equivalent to frizz for most people. At those moments you just wish your hair looked like XYZ. Well, the good news is that they can, if you follow these hair care tips:

    • Use an old t-shirt to press water out of your hair after wash and after getting wet in the rain. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel causes friction, which leads to frizz, hence is avoidable
    • Make a paste using 3 mashed banana & honey and apply all over the hair. Keep the pack for about 30 min and wash off. This should help control frizz

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    • If you have dry hair, try olive oil spa. Apply olive oil to your hair. After 15 min, dip an old t-shirt in warm water and wrap your hair with that for about 10 min. Wash off with a mild shampoo

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    • Wash hair 2-3 times a week to take out sweat and humidity, which can cause dandruff and itchy scalp. Follow it with a good conditioner
    • Never tie up wet hair. It traps the humidity around the scalp and causes hair problems. Also do not comb wet hair, as it leads to hair breakage

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    Skin care and makeup

    Even the most blessed amongst us can’t claim to have flawless skin during monsoon.

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    Here are some skin care and makeup tips that you can follow for better skin and looks:

    • Wash your face 2-3 times a day, to get rid of sweat, oil and germs. It is necessary to use a toner during monsoon it helps to control microbial activity on the skin that happens due to humidity
    • Do not skip the sunscreen even if it cloudy outside
    • Do not keep your face wet for a long time. If you stay out in the rain for a long time, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry
    • For oily skin, increase your water consumption to reduce the oiliness; for dry skin, use good moisturizer
    • Use a good scrub to gently exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells
    • Skip foundation, instead use powder on oily areas
    • Use water proof eyeliner and mascara, skip kajal to avoid eye-infections and use matte colours on the lips

    Clothes

    Here are a few tips on how to dress up to face the rain:

    • Wear light fabrics like cotton which dry easily
    • Avoid wearing leather and suede shoes
    • Wear loose fitted clothes while going out in the rain to avoid clingy and irksome wet clothes
    • Opt for like water proof watch

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    • If you need to wear fancy shoes, carry a pair of flip-flops to wear when you step out in the rain

    Let us know how it went in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @MWhiteline and share with us your favourite tip.

    6 RELATIVELY HEALTHY DISHES TO SATISFY MONSOON CRAVINGS

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    Monsoon time is the time for comfort food cravings and the guilt trip that follows.Pakodas, fries, and cheesy delights are great, but not so much for health. Here is a list of some easy to make, lower guilt monsoon comfort foods that you can try this season:

    Chana Chaat

    Chana is a very tasty grain and is already a favourite of many. Ditch the streetsidechaats and golgappas and use it to make a chaat. Slightly boiled sprouts can also be used in this recipe instead of chana.

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    1. Boil chickpeas in water with salt till they get soft
    2. Drain the excess water from the chickpeas and add small diced boiled potato, along with finely chopped onion, tomato, cucumber, green chilies to the chickpeas
    3. Add salt, red chili powder, roasted cumin power, black pepper, dry mango powder, andchaat masala as per taste and mix well
    4. Add some lime juice and/or tamarind chutneyas per taste and mix well
    5. Add a few papdis, chips, or nachos to add a little crunch to every bite
    6. In case you want to add yogurt, skip the lemon juice and adjust the spices accordingly

    Make chopping easy with this amazing food processor: http://snip.ly/rSOr

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    Quinoa BhelPuri

    Quinoa is very low in cholesterol and sodium, and is a good source of Magnesium. Phosphorus and Manganese. Include this healthy grain in your diet by using it to make bhelpuri, instead of using puffed rice. Quinoa BhelPuri is a very healthy and hygienic alternative to roadside bhelpuri.

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    1. Take 1 cup of quinoa and wash thoroughly. Then bring it to boil in 2 cups of water. Simmer for about 15 min. Drain the water and separate the grains with a fork
    2. Mix in2 medium boiled and diced potato1 cup chopped seeded tomato1/2 cup finely chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped peeled ripe mango with the quinoa
    3. Add tamarind-date chutney,mint chutneysaltred chili powder and chaat masala as per taste
    4. Garnish with sev, pomegranate, and freshly chopped cilantro and serve immediately

    Use this multi-cooker to boil the quinoa:  http://snip.ly/nXYW

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     Stir Fried aloo chaat

    This season, ditch the fried aloochaat and go for the healthier stir-fried potato chaat. Potato is as healthy as the way it is cooked.

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    1. Boil 3 medium potatoes and cube them
    2. Heat oil in a pan and stir-fry the potatoes for 2 min
    3. Transfer the potato to a bowl and add finely chopped green chilisaltchaat masalared chili and toss
    4. Add tamarind chutneylemon, and chopped cilantro and toss again and serve immediately

    Check out this awesome induction cooktop: http://snip.ly/MY9Q

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    Corn on the Cob

    The numerous roadside challiwalas prove how well corn on the cob sells during monsoon. Instead of going for the roadside corn on the cob with masala, lemon, and saunth, try this hygienic and tasty homemade variation.

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    1. Grill the corn on the cob on the gas cooktop
    2. Take 1 tbsp of melted butter, mix inone clove of ginger, and a bit of oregano seasoning
    3. Spread the butter mixture on the corn on the cob
    4. Serve hot

    Click here to find a great gas cooktop:  http://snip.ly/gtSn

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    Vegetable Sandwich

    Come rain, the temptation to have something hot and crisp, like a samosa, takes over. One samosa has about 300 Cal and 18 g fat which is not healthy at all. Fight the samosa craving and go for a hot and crisp vegetable sandwich instead.

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    1. Mix thinly slice zucchini, quartered red pepper, and some onion slices
    2. Add a very little cheese for taste (optional)
    3. Put the mixture betweentwo slices of bread, place it in a sandwich maker and cook till bread becomes crisp
    4. Serve hot with ketchup

    This sandwich maker is perfect for you:  http://snip.ly/WKyL

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    Hot Cocoa Milk

    Dark chocolate is very good for health. Consuming about 90 g of dark chocolate everyday significantly lowers blood pressure. It also increases the level of serotonin, which is good for the heart, skin, and reduces anxiety, to name a few benefits. Hot chocolate is a tasty and healthy monsoon drink.

    Hot Cocoa Milk & Electric Kettle

    1. Put 1 cup of milk in an electric kettle
    2. Mix 2 tsp cocoa powder1 tsp sugar, and 2 tsp milk until it forms a paste
    3. Add cocoa mixture to the milk in the kettle and whisk until it mixes well
    4. Pour it out before the milk comes to a boil and serve

    Simplify this recipe with this electric kettle:  http://snip.ly/ujFv

    ekGo ahead, and try out these recipes! Let us know how it went in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @MWhiteline and share with us your favourite monsoon recipes with us.

    JOYFUL JUNE VACATION DIYS FOR KIDS

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    Joyful June Vacation DIYs for Kids

    It’s June time. A very few days are left before schools reopen, and the usual routine of waking up early, going to school, and bringing back homework starts again. But looking at it positively, there is still a chance of spending quality time with the kids. It is not very easy to get the attention of the younger generation in these times of technology. In order to get their attention, you can try to interest them with some projects that you can do together. Here are some Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects that you can involve your kids in, and teach them good things as well as know them better:

    1. DIY Marble Paper:

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    What do you need: Good quality chart papers, a water container with a wide mouth, oil paints, a pencil

    How to make:

    • Fill water in the container.
    • Put of few drops of oil paints in water and gently play with the paint with a pencil to make designs.
    • Now place the sheet of paper on the surface of the water for about 10 seconds and remove.
    • You can add more colours and repeat to achieve the desired effect.
    • Put the sheet of paper to dry with the immersed side up.

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    What you get: Some great looking paper to cover holiday homework files and folders. After all, the file covers make the first impression, and first impression is the last impression.

    What they learn: The science of density, and the fact that oil and water do not mix and oil floats on water.

    1. DIY Twig Photo Frame

    What you need: An old photo frame with a great family picture, twigs, glue, scissors, decoration items (optional).

    How to make:

    • Decide how you want to place the twigs on the photo frame. You can place them along the width of the frame, from corner to corner, diagonally on the frame, or randomly like a nest.
    • Cut the twigs into piece that can would fit on your photo frame. (If the child is small, assist her/him in cutting)
    • Paste each twig individually on the frame. Cover the whole frame and allow it to get dry.
    • Leave the rest of the decoration part to the child. Allow the child to use her/his imagination. The child can use glitters, paints, sequins, buttons, ribbons, mirrors, etc.

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    What you get: A very beautiful and rustic family photograph

    What they learn: The feelings of love for the family and confidence in themselves that something they made something great and special which the family shows off proudly. Also, a chance to show their creative side.

    1. DIY Drip Paint Flower Pot

    What you need: An empty flower pot, house paints, varnish, paint brush.

    How to make:

    • Apply a base colour on a flower pot (optional) and let it dry.
    • Place the flower pot upside down and make a small puddle of paint on the base of the pot.
    • Tilt the pot so that the paint drips down towards the mouth of the pot.
    • Repeat all along the base of the pot and then put the pot up to dry.
    • Apply a coat of varnish and keep to dry.

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    What you get: Beautiful flower pot ideal for indoors and terrace garden

    What they learn: A good way to learn about gravity. Also, the chances of either falling in love with art or gardening.

    1. DIY Key Necklace

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    What you need: An old key that you no longer use, nail paints/craft paints, a chain

    How to make:

    • Paint the key in colours of your choice using nail paints or craft colours. You can use as many colours you like. You can make nail art designs on it as well.
    • Put a chain through the key and wear this cool accessory around your neck. You can even add other small pendants and charms in the same chain to add to the beauty.

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    What you get: Beautiful necklace that make the kids look cool. And something that you can borrow from them once in a while.

    What they learn: How to upcycle things.

    No amount of time with the family is enough, so all you can do is make the most of what you have. Go ahead, DIY your way to your child’s heart! Let us know how it went in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @MWhiteline and share with us your favourite DIY.

     
     

    COMFORT FOODS TO MAKE JUNE JOYFUL

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    No matter what anyone says, sometimes it is very difficult to convince yourself to eat clean, exercise, or do anything healthy to boost your mood. At such times, nothing feels better than eating those comforting cheesy, fried, spicy, or sweet foods. At the end of the day, keeping yourself happy is all that matters. The idea is to have tasty, easy, and quick-to-make foods that do not use a lot of fancy ingredients. Here are a few comfort food recipes that can help you find some joy on gloomy days:

    1. Grilled Lasagna and Cheese Sandwich

    The worse thing about bad mood is that you don’t feel like doing anything, which is where leftovers come into play.

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    How to make it: Take two slices of bread and lightly butter the outer sides of both. Spread some pasta sauce on the inner sides. Put in some leftover lasagna or pasta and add mozzarella cheese and make a sandwich using a sandwich maker. Bite into the cheesy delight and bid the blues goodbye.

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    Sounds yummy? Though this dish sounds fatty, it is fine once in a while. Mozzarella cheese (which contains vitamin B12) is known to enhance mood.

    1. Nutella Banana Soft Serve

    Sometimes you crave for something sweet, but most of the homemade desserts require time. Though Nutella in itself is good enough, here is a recipe if you desire something special. This recipe has banana which is healthy and chocolate which is yummy and good for mood.

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    How to make it: Keep a banana in freezer for some time and cut it into pieces. Add some Nutella (according to taste). Turn it in the blender and make it into a smooth consistency. Freeze for 5 min. Add nuts or fruits as per liking and enjoy this instant dessert.

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    1. Papad Rolls

    Craving for something crunchy? Don’t want to go for the usual potato chips? Here’s the humble Indian papad to the rescue with these yummy papad rolls. You can make the filling as spicy as you like.

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    How to make it: For the filling, add ginger paste, green chilli, coriander, onion, cumin powder, red chili powder, and salt to mashed potato and mix nicely. You can also add green peas, etc. as per your liking. Make a corn flour batter and apply that to a soft and fresh papad with hands so as to wet one side of the papad and make it stick. Put in the filling and roll the papad. Press the sides so that the filling doesn’t come out. Fry the papad roll in oil till it turns light brown. Enjoy the crunchy papad rolls with the dip of your choice.

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    1. Spicy Lemon Garlic Noodles

    Noodles. Spicy. Lemony. With garlic flavour. Need we say more?

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    Spicy Lemon Garlic Noodles

    How to make: Boil noodles in a multi-cooker, drain the water and keep aside. Heat oil in the multi-cooker and fry garlic in it till golden brown. Add vegetables to that and cook for a few min. Put the noodles in the same multi-cooker along with soy sauce, red chilli powder, green chillis, and salt, and toss together. Add lemon juice just before removing and mix well. Serve hot.

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    1. Make your own milkshake

    Different people like different things. So here’s how you can make any a milkshake as per your choice.

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    How to make: Take a glass of cold milk and add a scoop of ice-cream and blend it in a mixer grinder to make the milk thicker. In case you want to skip the ice-cream, you can directly blend-in the fruit of your choice. You can also add cookies, chocolate chips, peanut butter, Nutella, coffee, chocolate powder, cinnamon powder, vanilla essence, etc. and top it with whipped cream, fruits, nuts, chocolate sauce, etc.

    Here’s your mixer grinder: http://snip.ly/ri3g

    Go ahead, choose a recipe to suit your mood! Let us know how it went in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @MWhiteline and share with us your favourite comfort recipe.

    Stay happy!

    CELEBRATING MANGO MANIA WITH SPECIAL RECIPES

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    As the mercury steadily escalates across the country, the curtain goes up and the king of fruits – mango makes its grand appearance. Its lip-smacking flavor and the pulpy velvety consistency makes you drool over this golden fruit every time this year. Anything preceded by the word ‘mango’ and you’ll say ‘yes’ to the menus prepared from the royal fruit.

    Here’s a low-down on the best that can be done with the fruit.

    Mango Panipuri

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    Boil raw mangoes till it tenders. Peel them and extract mango pulp. Add mint-coriander-chili, salt, black salt, roasted cumin powder and lemon juice. Blend it in Maharaja Whiteline Flora Mixer Grinder with five cups of water and add tamarind paste and sugar for sweetness. Chill in the refrigerator till use. For fillings in the puris you can add blanch moong sprouts, boondi and mashed potatoes with a pinch of turmeric powder, chat masala and salt. Fill each puri with a little sprouted moong, boondi-potato mixture, then fill it up with the flavoured water and relish the pani puri.

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    Mango Sandwich

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     Slice ripe mango into flat rounds, discard the seed. If you want, chill the slices till required. Make crisp toasts of the bread slices and apply butter on one side of the bread, while it’s still hot. Put the butter on the sides as well till it becomes a bit crunchy. Arrange the mango slices on two of four toasts. Top with the remaining toast, keeping butter side down. Press gently, cut into half with a very sharp knife. Serve immediately the perfect morning or evening snack.

    Mango Cheese Cake

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    Finely crush biscuits and add butter. Chill for 15 minutes or until firm. Meanwhile, use a Maharaja Whiteline Turbomix King Hand Blender to beat the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Whisk the gelatine and hot water in a small bowl until the gelatine dissolves. Stir 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture into the gelatine mixture, then add to the remaining mixture and mix well. Pour half the cream cheese mixture over the biscuit base. Top with half the mango slices, then remaining cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate overnight.

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    Mango Almond Honey Shake 

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    The succulent mango speaks of an Indian summer, we bring you a healthy mango drink which is perfect and sumptuous breakfast with dash of honey and healthful almonds. For this, peel and chop two mangoes and blend it with 500 ml of skimmed milk Also add a half cup of low-fat natural yoghurt, a handful of almond, a teaspoon of honey and a few ice cubes. Mix all the ingredients well and blend it till it smoothens.

    Raw Mango Paratha

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    This recipe is one of its kind, sour and very juicy. For this, peel the raw mango and mash it well. In a bowl add wheat flour, red chilli, salt and cumin seeds and raw mango and then mix it well. Add water little and make dough and apply little oil and keep aside.  Take small ball and roll flat roti. Put the tawa on Maharaja Whiteline Blaze Induction Cooktop and cook both side and keep aside. Now it’s ready to serve with raita or pickle.

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    Go ahead, pick up the flavor of the season and treat yourself and your family to nice delicacies. Let us know how it went in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @ Mwhiteline and share with us your favourite recipe of the fruit.

    Enjoy the Mango Mania!

    WHAT TO EAT WHILE WATCHING CRICKET!

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    Cricket is in the air! It is all around as the season of big matches are on. For Indians, the appetite for cricket never goes off. Those nail-biting shots, jaw-dropping catches and edge-of-the-seat finishes actually enhances your real appetite and compels you to grab some quick and filling snacks. And it surprisingly works when you have delicious food right at your side that you can enjoy without missing even a single glimpse of the game.

    Here are a few mouth-watering snacks which you can enjoy while watching your favourite matches.

    Neer Dosa

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    Neer dosa, a Karnataka snack fare, literally means ‘water crepe’ since the batter is of flowing watery consistency.

    Soak 1 cup rice in enough water for 4 to 5 hours or overnight and add them in a Maharaja Whiteline Chef-Pro Wet Grinder jar with enough water for grinding the rice. Grind to a smooth batter and then take it in another bowl or pan. Add more water to get a thin flowing watery consistency almost like that of milk. In a non-stick pan, drizzle a half teaspoon of oil then pour the batter moving outwards to inside. Neer dosa is never flipped. Just the base has to be cooked well. When the dosa is cooked, it separates from the pan.

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    Falafel Sandwich

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    Falafel is a healthy, traditional and very popular Middle Eastern street food. Though it is a snack but is as filling as a main dish.

    Soak the chickpeas in 4 cups of water overnight. Then boil it in Maharaja Multi Cooker for 10 minutes. Chickpeas should be just tender not very soft. Combine chickpeas, 2 tablespoon parsley, green chili, cumin seeds, salt and 2 spoon of whole purpose flour, grind using Maharaja Whiteline SmartChef Food Processor, mixture should be grainy and add water to make it dough. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Slowly drop the falafel patties in the oil and fry until they are brown in color both sides. Keep the patties aside. Take pita bread and heat over the pan on medium heat both sides lightly. Slice the pita bread from center in half take one part and fill the pita pocket with chopped lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber and then add patties with ketchup or green chutney.

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    Corn Pakoda

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    This one is a quick and yummy snack with corn, these pakodas are crisp and crunchy goes with coffee or tea

    Heat enough oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel. In a bowl, add the coarsely ground corn, finely minced onions, green chilies, ginger, fresh coriander leaves and salt and mix well. Sprinkle besan, rice flour and corn flour over this mixture and mix well. Make small round balls out of the mixture. Slowly place a few corn balls (pakoda) into the hot oil and cook on medium flame. Fry them till they reach a golden shade. Serve them warm with ketchup and tea.

    Mixed Berry Shake

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    Is the summer heat leaving you parched? Chill out with Mixed Berry cool thirst-quenchers.

    Cool, creamy shakes and smoothies make the perfect summertime dessert. Take a few fresh and frozen juicy berries like strawberry, cranberry and raspberry. Put ice cream of your flavor, go with vanilla or butter scotch. Add everything in a mixer with 500 ml of whole milk for a rich treat and a few ice cubes. Blend it and serve it chill that’s sure to beat the heat.

    Orange Dumplings

    There’s something heavenly about biting into a perfect dumpling—the softness of dough, the burst of steam, that first hit of tangy flavourful.

    In a bowl mix the cheese with the egg, add ½ of flour and mix it with a spoon to form it into a ball, add orange zest and then more flour little by little as needed.  The dough will be very sticky, but not wet. With your palms, gently roll it into two long strands about ½ inch thick. Take a knife, slice each strand on diagonal into about half inch wide dumplings. Transfer all of them to the Maharaja Whiteline Inicio+ Multi Cooker and steam until all float to the surface, about 7-10 minutes. Then fry it little with butter and serve.

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    Try one of the above and double up the fan when you sit down for the game this evening. Let us know how your fun experience in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @ Mwhiteline and share with us your ideas to make the matches more fun. Happy watching!

    AIR COOLER MAINTENANCE TIPS

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    Come summer, every average Indian household brings out its favourite tool to battle the heat of the season – the air cooler. Be it the traditional steel body cooler or the more suave and smart one with plastic body, you need to go through a routine of cleaning and maintenance to get the best out of it. Although with the advancement of time, this pain is being cut down by using better materials and technology. Maharaja Whiteline Atlanto+ Desert Cooler is one such example.

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    Here is a concise DIY tips for keeping your cooler clean and performing across the season.

    1. Cleaning the old dust

    First things first. Because your cooler has been lying idle for several months now, it is bound to have become home to piles of dust. Wield your cleaning tools and get on the job even before putting the machine on. By cleaning your cooler, you are taking up its efficiency by a few notches. So, wash and wipe clean the body, tank, panels and filter pads. You may also use some cleaner solution to ease your job. Ou may even put some water soluble fragrant oil in the tank, so that next time you put it on, it doesn’t just cool your room but set the mood as well.

    1. Motor and pump overhaul

    The motor is the protagonist of the air cooler story. The better it performs, the cooler your room gets. Assuming there are no electrical faults, and the basic cleaning has been done, all you need to do is a good oiling job. It’s easy, you don’t need any professional help for that. Just get a bottle of lubricating oil from the market and put few drops at different places. Check the entire water distribution system, including the tubes for any crack or leakages. This makes sure the motor and pump run smooth and quietly across the season.

    1. Fan Maintenance

    The fan is what brings you the air. Hence, for assured chill, take good care of the blades. Clean them and check for loose ends on the fan belt. You may take the help of an electrician to determine this and take corrective actions. This can improve the efficiency of the air cooler to a greater extent. Do check the electrical wiring and switches for loose connection and worn out insulation.

    1. Cooling pad maintenance

    There is another important part that you can’t ignore in your air cooler – the cooling pads. Ideally, you should change it every season. But not if you are using a Maharaja Whiteline Desert Cooler. They feature honeycomb pads that provide maximum performance with minimum maintenance. All you need to do is clean them and check if they are seated properly. Once done, turn on the water supply to find out if water is running through the entire cooler pad or not. Too little water will cause dry spots and reduce the cooler’s efficiency.

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    1. What to do when not in use

    The air cooler is going to stay there for the next 3-4 months. Take care of the detailing and you’ll be spared the hassle of cleaning it again or maintaining it. Disconnect the power to the air cooler when not in use. This not only saves on your power bill but prevents wear and tear as well. Clean the dust on the body using a brush every day. Never put dirty water in the tank. If you are packing it off, let the whole system dry out, before doing so.

    It isn’t a big task to run and maintain an air cooler in its full efficiency. Just follow the above steps and spend a healthy and happy summer. If you think we’ve missed anything, or if know of more ways, let us know in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @ Mwhiteline. Have a great summer!

    QUICK BREAKFAST RECIPES

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    If it is a weekday, you are short of time. If it is a weekend, you are short of ideas. Alas, breakfast always brings a tough challenge with it. Here is your rescue. We bring you 5 very cool breakfast ideas that can be prepared very quickly and easily. So, get, set, grub!

    SEVAI UPMA

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    Sevai are nice and flavourful. Have it with or without veggies, it is always an easy, quick and healthy breakfast choice.

    To 5 cups of boiling water in Maharaja Whiteline Cool Touch Multi Cooker, add 2 cups of sevai. Boil for a while and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil (preferably coconut oil) in a kadhai. Crackle1 teaspoon of mustard seeds and add a few cashews. Saute till the cashew gets a bit golden and add chopped ginger and green chilies. Fry some finely chopped onion and curry leaves till the onions become translucent. Add the boiled and drained rice sevai. Stir well and serve hot with cocnut chutney. You can add a few drops of lemon juice to enhance taste.

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    CHEESE PARANTHA

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    Parathas make for a wholesome breakfast. Out of the numerous variety, this one is quick, crispy and spicy.

    Add finely chopped onions, green chillies, black pepper powder to grated cheese to make the stuffing. Roll two flatbeds of the whole wheat flour dough. Place the cheese stuffing in the centre of one, keeping about 1 inch empty space from the sides. Gently place the second bed on top and press and seal the edges with your fingertips. Dust some flour on the stuffed paratha and roll it flat. On a hot and dry tava bake both sides. Now spread some ghee on both sides and let it cook. Keep flipping till you see crisp brown spots on the paratha. Press the edges with a spatula to fry well. Serve it hot with curd/yogurt or mango pickle or tomato ketchup.

    CHUTNEY SANDWICH

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    Sandwiches are an all-tine and anytime food. It serves as a snack, mini-meal, starter or even a stress buster.

    In a Maharaja Whiteline Flora Mixer-Grinder, put in coriander leaves, green chilies, grated coconut, a bit of sugar and water. Grind to a smooth chutney. Spread butter evenly on bread slices, followed by the chutney. Bring together the bread slices to form a sandwich. Slice and serve the chutney sandwiches plain with hot tea or coffee.

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    ALOO POHA

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    When it comes to a healthy, quick and no-brainer breakfast, poha wins it hands down. Add potato to it and you get a sumptuous meal that kids, especially, love to gorge on.

    Wash the poha under running water and keep aside. Heat a pan on Maharaja Whiteline Induction Cooktop. Pour in a dash of oil and let a spoonful of mustard seeds splutter in it. Add urad dal, when dal turns golden brown, add onions and saute until it turns transparent. Add ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder and saute for a few more seconds. Add cubed potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft. You can even use the leftovers of the potato curry from last night! Add a few drops of lemon juice and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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    BANANA OATS SMOOTHIE

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    Considering breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it should be filled with lots of nutritious and energy-giving food. This one, especially, is filling and delicious.

    Cook oats in 1/2 cup of water and let it cool. Or, you can powder slightly dry roasted oats. Now, in the Maharaja Whiteline Turbomix King Blender jar put in oats, yogurt, chopped banana, honey, little milk and blend it until smooth. Add milk as per your choice of consistency and blend again. Pour the mixture into a glass, add chopped walnuts and serve chilled.

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    Next time you run out of time or idea or both, try one of the above. Let us know how it went in the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia. You can also tweet us @ Mwhiteline. And, share with us your favourite quick and easy breakfast recipe. Stay healthy, stay happy!

    TOP SUMMER TRENDS OF GARMENTS YOU SHOULD FOLLOW

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    If there is anything that gets most affected by the change of season, it is our wardrobe. There is nothing like picking up the right colour and fabric to cope up with the mercury. While the science of it remains the same, the trends change every year. Here is a sneak peek into the essentials of your fall collection this summer.

    1. Colours

    Combine in different proportions of subtle yet vivid hues, soft pastels and nature-inspired neutral shades. You can think beyond the whites this season. Pick from classic blue, browns, tangerine, to aquamarine, the trend is to have a myriad of variety throughout. Also, as per experts, orange is going to be the new black this season. Variations like tangerine, coral and crimson should be part of your wardrobe, especially if you have a fairer skin tone. These colours will enhance it amazingly. Whites will also be there, with added factors of embroidery and silhouettes. So, as the mercury soars this season, go for hot and fiery colours.

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    1. Fabrics

    Gone are the days when cotton was considered to be the season’s pick. Welcome a variety of choice, ranging from silk to sheer. Besides soft fabrics, silk is going to be the season’s favourite. The traditional fabric, heightened with mirror work, resham embroidery, sequins and zardozi, will be the most happening in the upcoming season. Another fabric that is going to rule the charts is sheer. From chiffon saris, net lehengas to maxi dresses, sheer is going to redefine drop-dead-gorgeous. The fabric, along with embroideries and stitch work as mentioned above, will plays on the concept of multiple layers of light to grab the eyeballs this season.

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    1. Prints

    Digital prints have already become a chosen look for Indian couture. Tribal motifs, geometric repeats and floral prints are catching momentum. Floral prints, especially, is getting a fresh lease of life with more and more designers picking it up. Basically, expect a lot of visual drama and movement on the prints this season.

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    But there is something that’s more important than sorting your wardrobe.  It is to take care of your favourite clothes. Trust the Maharaja Whiteline product range to ease off your worries. Pick up the Maharaja Whiteline Preciso garment steamer that removes the wrinkles from your clothes in a jiffy. Just what you need for your silks and cottons. So while you take care of the prints and colours, the appeal of the fabric is taken care of.

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    So this season, we hope you bring up the heat by a few degrees with your looks, style and sense of fashion. Here is wishing you a fashionable summer 2015!

    5 BEST WAYS TO BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

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    The days of sweltering heat and parched throats are here. Get ready for some ill comforts of summer. But at the same time, rejoice the opportunity to make yourself some refreshing and flavoursome mocktails. All you need is a couple of Maharaja Whiteline appliances and these 5 handpicked mocktail recipes that we have handpicked for you. Go ahead, beat the summer heat, one sip at a time.

    1. Apple and Watermelon Crush

    This easy-to-make mocktail will instantly cool you down and make you relish the burst of flavours. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and serves 4.

    Ingredients required.

    1/2 medium watermelon (de-seeded and cubed)

    2-3 tablespoon powdered sugar

    Rock salt (sendha namak) to taste

    1 teaspoon roasted and crusted cumin seeds

    1 tablespoon fresh mint

    1 medium apple grated

    Crushed ice (as required)

    Method of preparation.

    In a Maharaja Whiteline turbomix hand blender, put together watermelon, powdered sugar and rock salt and blend well. Add crushed cumin seeds, chopped mint and crushed ice to the blend and mix well. Add the grated apple to this watermelon juice. Stir and pour into individual glasses. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve chilled.

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    1. Banana Smoothie

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    Prepare this healthy and tasty concoction to have a wholesome as well as cooling meal. It is very easy to make and serves one.

    Ingredients required.

    2 sliced bananas

    1-1/2 cups of yogurt (preferably of vanilla favour)

    3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/2 cup of honey

    1/2 cup of crushed ice

    Method of preparation.

    Pour the honey, sliced bananas, vanilla yogurt and crushed ice on a Maharaja Whiteline turbomix hand blender. Drop the vanilla extract and mix well. Gradually increase the blender speed until the mixture becomes smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass. Serve chilled.

    1. Carrot Orange Frappe

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    This drink is especially for the nutrition junkies. It has the goodness of fruits and vegetables, carries a whole lot of benefits and is yet low on calorie. And most importantly, it is refreshing just the way you want it to be.

    Ingredients required.

    2 cups carrot juice (chilled)

    2 cups Orange juice (chilled)

    ½ cup lemon juice

    2 teaspoon honey

    4 tablespoon crushed ice

    1 lemon, sliced (for garnishing)

    5-6 fresh mint leaves (for garnishing)

    Method of preparation.

    In a shaker, pour together carrot juice, orange juice, lemon juice, honey and crushed ice.

    Shake well to mix. Pour out the blend into glasses. Garnish with mint leaves and a lemon slice. Serve chilled.

    1. Citrus Mint Cooler

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    The ultimate chiller for the season is here. Try this lip smacking drink to wipe away the worries of the heat from your body, mind and soul. It takes about an hour to prepare and serves 4.

    Ingredients required.

    1 cup of orange juice

    1 cup of lemon juice

    2 cups of water

    2 cups of sugar

    1 cup of ginger ale

    4 sprigs of mint leaves

    4 wedges of lime (for garnishing)

    Method of preparation.

    In a heavy bottomed pan, put together lemon juice, orange juice, sugar, water and mint. Bring the mixture to boil. Keep stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let it cool. Strain the mixture and refrigerate for 30 minutes. To serve, fill glass with equal amount of ginger ale, juice mixture, and water. Add ice cubes and serve immediately. Garnish with lemon wedges.

    1. Ginger Lemonade

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    Ingredients required.

    2 tablespoon ginger, minced

    1/4 cup of lemon juice

    2 cups of water

    1 cup of sugar

    Crushed ice

    2-3 lemon wedges (for garnishing)

    Method of preparation.

    Add water with sugar and minced ginger. Bring the mixture to a boil on a medium flame and continue stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Strain the syrup and let it cool. In a shaker, combine the cooled syrup, water and the lemon juice and shake well. Pour the lemonade into glasses filled with ice cubes. Garnish each glass with a lemon wedge.

    Try this easy recipes at home and treat your family, friends and yourself to a refreshing summer. Let us know your experience on the comments below or on www.facebook.com/maharajawhitelineindia or tweet your mocktail picture to @Mwhiteline. Here is wishing you a cool and tasty summer!

    UNEXPECTED THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD MAKE IN THE COOLTOUCH MULTICOOKER

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    A multi-cooker is perfect for making great food, not only rice. When you want fast, easy and comfort foods or new exotic dishes that you’ve never tried before, check out the unexpected dishes you could make in the Cooltouch Multicooker. Bon Appetit!

    1. Pancakes
    Making pancakes in the Maharaja Whiteline Cooltouch Multicooker can turn out to be quick – and can turn out to be really delicious as well. Simply make a mix, and pour into the multicooker on the regular setting. Patiently wait to get your hands on the big, fluffy delectable pancake. Top it with maple syrup, strawberries and enjoy!

    2. Mushroom Risotto

    We all need a super-fast dinner idea from time to time – and the multicooker can save us on those nights. Simply add the mushroom to cook along with the rice. Add a vegetable side-dish and you’ll have a healthy dinner. Maharaja Whiteline Multicooker makes perfectly cooked creamy risotto in just a few minutes.
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    3.  Sweet Potato Chilli Starter
    Did you know that sweet potatoes are considered a super food? Combine tomatoes, potatoes, 1 cup chicken, corn, onions, garlic and pepper in the base of your cool touch multi-cooker and stir to mix well. Serve with corn-bread and shredded cheese on the side.

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    4. French Onion Dip
    What goes better with potato chips when you’re watching an interesting cricket match? French Onion Dip. Simply caramelize the onions in the multicooker; add in sour creams, garlic powder, salt and pepper and your dip is ready to serve. Make this dip for your next party and there won’t be any left!

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    5. Chicken Enchiladas
    This one is definitely a keeper! Ultimate Indian comfort food made healthier in a Cooltouch Multicooker. Preheat a multicooker on medium level, add garlic, onions, curry powder, chilli powder, tomato sauce, salt and pepper and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Add chicken to multi-cooker and cook on high level.  Combine the mixtures and cut between each enchilada to place it well, one at a time with a large spatula. Garnish with tomatoes and shredded lettuce.

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