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    7 BEST APPLIANCES TO USE AT HOME

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    We all want to make our lives easier and sometimes certain appliances help us make it easier. Listed below are a number of appliances that will not make your life easier but, in some cases, help you save as well. Check them out!

    For the Kitchen:

    1. Cool Touch Multi Cooker

    Perfect for a number of preparations, be it a delicious pulao, mouth-watering khichidi, sinful kheer, or spicy steamed veggies, the Maharaja Whiteline Cool Touch Multi Cooker is a must-have for every household. The powerful 1.8 litre capacity multi cooker can also be used to keep your food warm.

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    1. Maestro Mixer Grinder

    If convenience is what you’re looking for, then Maharaja Whiteline’s Maestro Mixer Grinder with its convenient 3-in-1 attachments is just what you need. With a power range of 600 watts, it also boasts of an accompaniment of 3 heavy duty stainless steel jars with super sharp blades suited for any kind of mixing or grinding. It also has an angled panel that allows easy access.

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    1. Turbomix King Hand Blender

    Perfect for juices, chutneys, smoothies, mocktails and many more, the Maharaja Whiteline Turbomix King Hand Blender is convenience personified. Its hanging loop also makes it easy to store and allows for easy accessibility.

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    1. Blaze Induction Cooktop

    Living as a paying guest or in a rented apartment and are you tired of eating out of restaurants? Maharaja Whiteline’s Blaze Induction Cooktop will come in to save the day. Compact and easy to store, it comes with 10 pre-set Indian menus and is also energy and money saving. We’re guessing that this would end almost half of your woes.

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    For Home Comfort:

    1. Clemio Storage Water Heater

    Move over the bulky and ordinarily designed water heaters and opt for Maharaja Whiteline’s beautifully designed Clemio Storage Water Heater. Apart from its exclusive design, the Clemio Storage also boasts of a unique glassline tank coating, an 8 bar working pressure as well as energy efficiency.

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    For Garment Care:

    1. Preciso Garment Steamer

    In hurry to leave for work or a party, but your outfit looks creased and wrinkly? Maharaja Whiteline’s Preciso Garment Steamer will take care of that for you. With its powerful vertical steam it will quickly and efficiently remove all wrinkles, sanitize and remove odor and have your outfit ready in 2 minutes. It has five attachments that come along with it, for different requirements: Fabric Brush, Upholstery Brush, Lint Pad, Door Hook and the Crease Attachment.

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    1. Aquao Dlx Steam Iron

    Looking to get a superior quality press on your garments? Opt for Maharaja Whiteline’s Aquao Dlx Steam Iron that boasts of world class technology that can provide perfect ironing. The high steam rate, vertical steam and superior quality steam shot only add to the many qualities that this steam iron possesses.

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    SWEET RECIPES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

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    This Valentine’s Day, put your heart into the special day with a romance-themed sweet spread. Red, pink, heart-shaped — we’ve got some of the most adorable sweets you could possibly want. Create a fabulous feast at home with these recipes that are enough to set even the most-stoic heart aflutter.

    Totally Random Chocolate-dipped Pretzels:

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    Want to have a little fun with food on Valentine’s Day? Try this one out.

    What you’ll need:

    • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or 2 cups white chocolate, chocolate chips, etc
    • 24 pretzel sticks
    • 1 cup of any topping you like such as candy sprinkles, coconut, desecrated coconut, etc

    Directions:

    Melt you Chocolate chips in the microwave or chocolate melter for as long as it takes to make the chocolate smooth and easy to use. Then using a fork put the pretzel on the fork and dip has much as you feel necessary. Before the chocolate cools sprinkle on your sprinkles, coconut, crushed peacons, etc. Put in fridge for about 10mins to harden. Enjoy!

    Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts:

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    Treat your special someone to a tray full of these sinful little bites.

    What you’ll need:

    • 8 ounces plain flour
    • 4 ounces butter – chilled and cut into small pieces
    • 1 -2 tablespoon cold water
    • Flour – for dusting
    • Raspberry jam or apricot jam or strawberry jam or lemon curd or black currant jam
    • Caster sugar – for sprinkling

    Directions:

    Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, add the butter and rub it in using your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Turn the oven on to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

    Dip the cutter in flour then cut out as many circles as you can – you may need to gather the bits of pastry up and roll them out again to make 12 to 18 circles. Once you have the desired amount of pastry cases, roll out the pastry scraps and cut out the required amount of hearts, using a mini heart shaped biscuit/cookie cutter.

    Lay the rounds of pastry in the tart tin, which has been buttered or greased and press them gently into place. Put the tart tray into the oven and bake for 6 minutes until the pastry is very pale golden. Carefully put 1 heaped teaspoon of jam into each tart, and then top them off with a pastry heart.

    Leave them to cool for a few minutes then arrange them on an attractive serving plate and sprinkle with caster sugar.

    Double Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Filling:

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    Warning: This is sinful. Very, very sinful.

    What you’ll need:

    3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

    1/4 teaspoon baking powder

    1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

    2 large eggs, at room temperature

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    1 cup creamy peanut butter

    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 350° and position 2 racks in the lower and middle third of the oven. Line 24 muffin cups with paper or foil liners. Put the cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl. In a medium bowl, sift the flour with the baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1 1/2 sticks of the butter with the granulated sugar until light and fluffy, for about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then beat in the dry ingredients in 2 batches, alternating with the cocoa mixture. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes and then let the cupcakes cool in the pans for 5 minutes. 

    In a medium bowl, beat the peanut butter with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter until creamy. Spoon all but 3 tablespoons of the peanut butter filling into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch star tip. Holding a cupcake in your hand, plunge the tip into the top of the cake, pushing it about 3/4 inch deep.

    Heart-shaped Chocolate Chip Pancakes:

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    The perfect breakfast dish to mark the beginning of a perfect day.

    What you’ll need:

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 cup chocolate chips

    1 tablespoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 3/4 cups milk

    2 large eggs

    1/3 cup vegetable oil, plus more for the griddle and cookie cutters

    1/3 cup packed brown sugar

    3-inch heart-shaped metal cookie cutters (optional)

    Powdered sugar

    Directions:

    COMBINE flour, morsels, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Combine milk, eggs, oil and brown sugar in medium bowl; add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Put contents into a small pan and place on the MAHARAJA WHITELINE BLAZE INDUCTION COOKTOP on medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot pan into the shape of a heart; cook until bubbles begin to burst. Turn; continue to cook about 1 minute longer or until golden. Repeat with remaining batter. SPRINKLE with powdered sugar before serving.

    DIY TIPS FOR CREATIVE HOME DÉCOR #2

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    Do-it-yourself decorating allows you to customize your home, apartment, condo, or room with DIY accents that transform your space on a budget without completing a full-scale remodel. Try out a project or two, get your hands dirty, and fall back in love with your space.

    DIY Desk Organiser

    Need to neatly stack away some paper on your desk? Create a simple tiered desk organizer from the most unlikely of items: picture frames, a plastic hanger and a couple of felt tip screws! It’s simple to make and won’t take you longer than 45 minutes to complete.

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    (Image source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-room-decor-how-to-make-a-desk-organizer-from-hangers-acrylic-frames-apartment-therapy-reader-project-tutorial-200578)

    DIY Paint-dipped Jars

    Sweet and simple: make these minimal bud vases with reused glass jars and spray paint. It will cost you close to nothing and all you will need to make it are a couple of mix-and-matched clean and sticker-free jars, masking tape and any spray paint. Fill them with plants and enjoy in your home!

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    (Image source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-room-decor-how-to-make-paintdipped-jars-apartment-therapy-reader-project-tutorial-200466)

    DIY Leather Mail Organiser

    This DIY wood and leather mail organizer takes up minimal space and keeps all your clutter contained and handy. Hang it up close to your workstation or in your kitchen and store all of your letters, take-away menu cards, important flyers, etc. All that you’ll need to make one of these are a wooden plank, pieces of leather, a handful of brass nails and 1 hour of your time.

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    (Image source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-room-decor-how-to-make-a-leather-mail-organizer-apartment-therapy-reader-project-tutorial-200465)

    DIY Welcome Mat

    Move over from your regular and boring doormats. A simple, plain welcome mat is okay, but make a template, grab a can of spray paint and tell guests how you really feel. Leave a message that they’ll probably think of later and smile. Spread some cheer!

    DIY Welcome Mat

    (Image source: http://griffanie.com/hey-there-doormat/)

    DIY Woolen Sweater Coasters

    What to do with a worn-out sweater? This simple craft turns your tattered cardigans, shrunken V-necks, or the kids’ castoffs into cool coasters. Wash 100 percent wool in hot water and then dry with an agitator like jeans. After three rounds, sweaters should feel taut and felt-like. Use a pencil and a large-mouthed glass to trace circles onto the fabric, then snip out a set.

    DIY Sweater Coasters

    (Image source: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/cm/goodhousekeeping/images/AE/mug-and-coasters-s3-medium_new.jpg)

    Do you have any cool DIY tips on Home Décor to share?

    AMAZING KITCHEN TIPS THAT NOBODY TOLD YOU ABOUT

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    Simple yet amazing tips for your kitchen can make all the difference in how much you enjoy being in the kitchen. You’d be surprised just how much these tips can help you in the kitchen.

    1. Keep your cake moist by placing a slice of bread on top until you’re ready to frost it. Give it a try if you want your cake layers to stay as perfectly moist as when you made them.

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    2. Cut bread loaves upside down to avoid squishing.

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    3. Always keep dough covered with a moist cloth to avoid a dry crust from forming on it. When the dough reacts with the air, the yeast in the dough starts making small bubbles in the dough causing it to rise. The wet cloth keeps the dough moist so it doesn’t dry up while it is expanding.

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    4. Don’t have a rolling pin? Use an empty bottle. For this application they’re perfect, however, because the bottles are long, flat, and the dough shouldn’t stick to the surface any worse than a real rolling pin.

    5. To prevent potatoes from budding, place them in a bag with apples. Do you hate those ugly sprouts that form on your potatoes after just a couple of weeks? Here’s a tip that can save your potatoes!

    6. Put a damp paper towel under your cutting board to keep it from slipping and wobbling. Get the towel wet and then wring out as much water as possible. Lay it under your cutting board to create traction between the board and the counter. Thin, cotton towels work best for this; thicker towels are too spongy and can make the board rock while you’re chopping.

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    7. Put Ice Cream in a Zip Lock Bag to Keep It Soft.

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    8. Is the salt in your shaker clumping? Put a few grains of rice into the shaker to absorb excess moisture.

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    9. Shine your sink with citrus and baking soda.Your stainless steel sink can be clean and fresh in just a few minutes with two simple ingredients. It is an easy, quick and a natural way to get a fresh and clean stainless steel sink!

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    10. Squeeze lemon juice over half-eaten fruits and prevent them from rotting or turning brown. Lemon juice poured over other fruits prevents discolouration of the flesh when exposed to air and prevents them from rotting.

    11. Rub hands with dry salt to remove onion and garlic odor. Onion, shallot, and garlic odor is pervasive and irritating long after a delicious meal is over. It clings to the fingers and nail region with ferocity. If the smell is following you around, try this tip to cast it away!

    FUN AND INTERESTING FOOD FACTS

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    Knowing more about the food we nourish our bodies with is never going to be enough, right? Let’s plunge right in to this blog about fun and interesting food facts. Keep reading to find out what they are!

    1. Honey never goes bad
    Honey can be kept forever. Seriously, you never have to throw honey out. In fact, honey was found in King Tut’s tomb that was still good to eat.

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    2. Unbelievable, isn’t it?

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    3. There are so many apple varieties that if you were to eat an apple a day, it would take over 27 years to try them all. And more kinds are produced every year!

    4. Watermelons were the first water jugs or containers. Africans carried them across the hot deserts so they would always have a drink handy.

    5. In colonial times, pineapples were so rare and costly that they were rented to households by the day for center-pieces for entertaining.

    6. The highest calorie fast-food item in the world is a milkshake.
    We say, make a green healthy smoothie instead. J

    7. At an Indian buffet, average calories consumed is 2,500.
    (The only prize here is a belly and a bigger pant size.)

    8. It took a ruling by the Supreme court in 1893 to settle the “Are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable?” debate. And the final verdict was concluded as tomato being a fruit.

    9. While most people think of peanuts as nuts, they are actually legumes.

    10. About 70% of olive oil being sold is not actually pure olive oil.

    11. Ketchup was once used as a medicine in the 1800’s to treat diarrhea, among other things.
    That’s so good to know, isn’t it?

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    12. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
    Eating a peanut butter sandwich is challenging for people with Arachibutyrophobia. The question is, do you fear it or not?

    13. Fruit flavoured snacks are made with the same wax used on cars.
    Would you still have fruit flavoured snacks after knowing this?

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    14. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000 and takes 72 hours to make.
    If that isn’t amazing, we don’t know what is!

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    15. Hot water is heavier than cold. The heated water will expand compared to the colder water, so it will be heavier.

    We hope you found these food facts as interesting as we did. Which of these facts did you find the most interesting? Share in the comments below!

    HEALTHY AND FESTIVE DRINKS TO SERVE THE GUESTS

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    If you’re feeling festive and healthy this season, then why not try these nutritionally dense and delicious festive drinks. These drinks are not only healthy but they are bursting with flavour and will help to detoxify your body. Check these out!

    1. Thandai
    This is one of our favourite drinks during the festive season! Prepared by pounding together pistachios, almonds, saffron and flavorful spices blended in cold milk, this beverage is refreshing and relished by everyone.

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    2. Nimbu Paani
    This is a drink for anyone and everyone out there: A glass of lemonade. Indulge in this festive drink and you won’t be disappointed!

    3. Kokum Sharbat
    Another way to bring in the festive season is with a sweet and tangy drink prepared by soaking the kokum in hot water and then blending the juice with roasted cumin seed powder, black pepper and sugar.

    4. Jal Jeera
    This peppy drink made with refreshing ingredients like mint leaves, coriander, tamarind and cumin is a great way to beat the heat and celebrate the festivities.

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    5. Badaam Milk
    Anything made with milk is automatically ten times more healthier and delectable! This festive drink will help you fall asleep on cold nights this season, keeping you warm and relaxed.

    6. Falooda
    Since festive season is here, you may be trying to avoid calories wherever you can. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a festive classic like a glass of Falooda.

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    7. Watermelon Soda
    We call this a magic drink. Refreshing fruit and a hint of black pepper: it soothes us inside just thinking about it. This drink is also great for digestion and is often used as an appetizer.

    8. Mint Lassi
    This twist on a festive drink is one worth trying! Mint lends a soothing flavour and has a great refreshing taste. Trying this drink will not only be a good experience, but a tasty one.

    9. Cold Coffee
    Another healthier option this festive season is a glass of cold coffee. Recreate this drink in your own home and blend it with our Maharaja Whiteline Hand Blender to make it smooth and creamy.

    10. Litchi Squash
    This drink looks so interesting, how could you not try it? You and your family are bound to enjoy this drink, this festive season.

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    11. Aamras
    What will really bring out the festive side is a bowl of sinful Aamras. Aamras has a special something that other festive drink simply can’t offer! Perfect for any luncheons you have coming up this season!

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    12. Masala Chai
    Who doesn’t love a delicious cup of hot tea? The Indian masala tea made with almond milk might certainly do the job of warming up the guests during festivities.

    Festivals have so many amazing things to offer, but some of the best come in the form of food and drinks! Which of these festive drinks are you dying to try?

    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FOOD TRADITIONS

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    Did you know that almost every Indian state / region has its own distinctive version of food and unique food etiquette depending on local tastes and cooking styles? Here are a few food traditions that will certainly leave you amused.

    1. Let’s begin with something healthy: Did you know that in some parts of India people prefer not to drink water while eating, and drink it after the meal is finished. This is to ensure a better digestion of the food.

    2. You might know that people eat with their hands in Kerala. But ever wondered why? This is because eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the MIND and the SPIRIT.

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    3. Gujaratis have a sweet tooth and every dish from veggies, dal, pickles to chutneys they add jaggery and sugar. (At least a pinch of sugar is added to ALL of their dishes!)

    4. South Indian Food = Rice and some more rice!
    No South Indian meal is complete without rice in some form or other. Be it boiled rice or Idlis (steamed cakes made from rice batter), Dosas or Uttapams, Daals (lentils) are also a part of most meals.

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    5. Whereas North Indians seem to prefer Indian breads over rice. Tandoori roti and naans, stuffed parathas and kulchas are a must in their traditional meal.

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    6. They rightly say, “Don’t waste food, Food is God” It is not necessary to taste each and every dish prepared, but one should finish everything on the plate as it is considered a respect for served food, and food is sacred.

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    7. Bengali cuisine is appreciated for its fabulous use of panchphoron aka five essential spices, namely mustard, fenugreek seed, cumin seed, aniseed, and black cumin seed.

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    8. Ladakh is probably the only place where people drink yak milk first thing in the morning and also use it to make various food items like butter, cheese etc.

    9. Ker sangria is a food dish that is commonly and only prepared in Rajasthan.
    The story goes that ker and sangri – desert plants – were discovered ages ago by Rajasthani villagers during the time of a great famine when all other natural vegetation, which was scarce anyways, had died and withered away.

    10. Goan food is synonymous with sea food, rice, coconut, fish and yes, kokum!

    DELICIOUS & UNIQUE FOOD RECIPES FOR FESTIVE SEASON

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    LET’S ACCEPT IT! FOOD IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF INDIAN FESTIVALS. EACH AND EVERY FESTIVAL BRINGS WITH IT THE JOY OF THE FESTIVAL AND CEREMONIOUS FOOD THAT IS AWAITED FOR ALL YEAR LONG. CHECK OUT THESE DELICIOUS AND UNIQUE FOOD RECIPES AND PICK WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE!
    1. GUJIYA
    IF YOU LOVE CRISPY, FLAKY EXTERIORS OF A SNACK WITH A SWEET FILLING INSIDE, THIS IS THE PERFECT FESTIVE SNACK FOR YOU. ALSO, YOU CAN MAKE A BATCH OF THIS FESTIVE SNACK AND STORE IT IN AIR-TIGHT CONTAINERS. HERE’S HOW YOU MAKE IT.

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    INGREDIENTS: 2 CUPS PLAIN FLOUR, 4TBSP GHEE, ½ TSP SALT, OIL FOR DEEP FRYING.
    FOR THE FILLING: ½ CUP DRY COCONUT, ½ CUP MAWA, ¾ CUP POWDERED SUGAR, 1 TSP CARDAMOM POWDER, A FISTFUL OF PISTACHIOS, ALMONDS AND CASHEWS.
    DIRECTIONS: IN A BOWL, ADD THE FLOUR, SALT AND GHEE. ADD ENOUGH WATER TO MAKE A FIRM DOUGH. DIVIDE THE DOUGH AND SHAPE INTO SMALL BALLS AND KEEP THEM ASIDE. HEAT A PAN, ADD ½ TBSP GHEE, ADD GRATED COCONUT AND ENSURE IT’S WELL ROASTED. IN THE SAME PAN, ADD A TBSP GHEE AND ADD THE MAWA + CASHEW NUTS. REMOVE AND MAKE A COARSE POWDER ONCE THE MIXTURE COOLS DOWN. MIX POWDERED SUGAR AND A PINCH OF CARDAMOM POWDER WITH THE MIXTURE. NOW ROLL EACH BALL AND SPREAD A TBSP OF THE FILLING IN THE DOUGH. PRESS THE FILLING FIRMLY AND HEAT ENOUGH OIL IN A WIDE VESSEL TO DEEP FRY THE GUJIYAS. COOK THEM TILL IT TURNS GOLDEN BROWN AND DRAIN THE EXCESS OIL.
    2. METHI MATHRI
    TRY THIS QUICK AND EASY FESTIVE SNACK TO WOW YOUR GUESTS DURING TEA-TIME OR ACTUALLY, ANYTIME. BEST PART ABOUT THIS SNACK? YOU CAN HAVE SECONDS. 

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    INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ CUP FLOUR, ½ CUP WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, 1TBSP RAVA, 1/4TH TSP BLACK PEPPER POWDER, 4TBSP GHEE, 1TSP CUMIN SEEDS, SALT AND OIL.
    DIRECTIONS: IN A STAINLESS STEEL VESSEL, ADD FLOUR, CUMIN SEEDS, GHEE, AND SALT AND COMBINE WELL. MAKE SURE THE MIXTURE RESEMBLES LIKE FINE BREAD CRUMBS. SLOWLY ADD WARM WATER AND KNEAD INTO A STIFF YET PLIABLE DOUGH. ROLL THE DOUGH INTO SMALL BALLS AND INTO SLIGHTLY THICK PURIS.
    HEAT OIL FOR DEEP FRYING IN A VESSEL ON THE MAHARAJA WHITELINE INDUCTION COOKTOP. PLACE 6 – 8 MATHRIS AND FRY THEM TILL GOLDEN BROWN. STORE THEM IN AIR-TIGHT CONTAINERS.
    3. INSTANT RABDI
    OH YUM! THIS TRADITIONAL RICH AND CREAMY SWEET DISH IS MADE IN INDIAN HOUSEHOLDS DURING THE FESTIVE OCCASIONS. FOLLOW THE RECIPE AND IT’LL TASTE DELICIOUSLY GOOD!

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    INGREDIENTS: 2 CUPS MILK, 2 BREAD  SLICES, 1/4 CUP CONDENSED MILK, 2 TBSP SUGAR, 1/4 TSP CARDAMOM POWDER, SAFFRON STRANDS.
    DIRECTIONS: REMOVE THE CRUSTS OF THE BREAD SLICES AND GRIND THEM IN MAHARAJA WHITELINE’S FOOD PROCESSOR TO MAKE FRESH BREAD CRUMBS. KEEP THEM ASIDE. BRING THE MILK TO BOIL IN A HEAVY BOTTOMED PAN. ADD THE FRESH BREAD CRUMBS, CONDENSED MILK AND SUGAR AND COOK ON A HIGH FLAME, WHILE STIRRING CONTINUOUSLY FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES. ADD THE CARDAMOM POWDER AND SAFFRON AND MIX WELL. REFRIGERATE FOR 2 TO 3 HOURS AND SERVE CHILLED.
    TIP: YOU CAN FLAVOUR THE DISH WITH NUTMEG POWDER TOO.
    4. PUFFED RICE CHIVDA
    HERE’S ANOTHER TASTY IDEA ON THE LIST OF FESTIVE SNACKS FOR THE FAMILY!

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    INGREDIENTS: PUFFED RICE – 250 GMS, ROASTED PEANUTS – 1/2 CUP, CASHEW NUTS – 1/4 CUP, ROASTED CHICKPEAS – 1/3 CUP, DRIED COCONUT – 1/2 CUP, GRATED, GREEN CHILIES – 6-7, CURRY LEAVES – 2 SPRIGS, SUGAR – 1 TSP, TURMERIC POWDER – 1/4 TSP, RED CHILI POWDER – 1/2 TSP, SALT TO TASTE (APPROX 1/4 TSP) AND OIL – 4 TO 5 TBSPS.
    DIRECTIONS: HEAT OIL IN A PAN. ADD GREEN CHILLIES, TURMERIC POWDER, RED CHILLI POWDER AND SAUTÉ TILL THE CURRY LEAVES BECOME CRISP. ADD ROASTED PEANUTS; ADD DRIED COCONUT TO SAUTÉ FOR ANOTHER MINUTE. ADD PUFFED RICE AND MIX WELL. ADD SALT + FRIED PEANUTS AND MIX IT WELL! LET THE MIXTURE COOL DOWN COMPLETELY AND STORE IN AN AIR-TIGHT CONTAINER.
    5. SABUDANA VADA
    THIS QUICK AND EASY FOOD DISH IS IDEAL FOR THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU’RE FASTING ON AUSPICIOUS FESTIVE DAYS. IT IS NOT ONLY YUMMY, BUT A BUDGET-FRIENDLY RECIPE TOO!

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    INGREDIENTS: 1 CUP SABOODANA, 2 TSP SALT, 1 TSP CHILLI POWDER, 1 TBSP CORIANDER LEAVES – CHOPPED, 1 TSP GREEN CHILLIES – CHOPPED, 1 TBSP LEMON JUICE, OIL FOR DEEP-FRYING

    DIRECTIONS: WASH THE SABOODANA SOAK COVERED WITH WATER FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. DRAIN IN A COLANDER, AND MIX IN POTATOES, SALT, PEANUTS, CHILLI POWDER, CORIANDER, GREEN CHILLIES AND THE LEMON JUICE. FORM MIXTURE INTO FLAT, ROUND VADAS AND FRY IN HOT OIL.
    KEEP THESE RECIPES HANDY ANYTIME WHEN YOU HAVE GUESTS OVER AT YOUR PLACE DURING FESTIVITIES, EVERYONE WILL THINK YOU’RE A GENIUS IN THE KITCHEN! 
    WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE, DELICIOUS FESTIVE RECIPES?

    A HEALTHY LUNCH BOX

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    EVER FIND YOURSELF RUNNING OUT OF HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS? OFTEN IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S EASY TO PACK FOOD FOR LUNCH BUT ALL YOU END UP EATING IS JUNK / UNHEALTHY FOOD. WE’RE SURE THIS SITUATION SOUNDS FAMILIAR TO YOU.

    IF YOU’RE TRYING TO PACK FOOD TO STAY FIT, TRY THESE LUNCH IDEAS THAT HAVE IT ALL – FIBER, FLAVOUR AND PLENTY OF NUTRIENTS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND BUILD A HEALTHIER LUNCH BOX. 

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    1. The Salad Wrap
    This one is simple to create and tastes great! Just slice up lettuce, tomatoes, capsicum, onions and put this inside a whole wheat wrap or pita bread. Add a sprinkle of cheese and enjoy. Pair it with a yummy fruit smoothie with 2 cups cubed watermelon, 5 frozen strawberries and ½ cup coconut water.

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    2. Pasta for Lunch. 
    Here is a great dish for pasta lovers. Pack a cold pasta salad and a plastic fork, and your inner foodie will love you! Make the salad with lean chicken for protein, lots of vegetables to boost fiber and nutrition, and whole wheat pasta. Toss everything together with olive oil or canola oil. And there is nothing more refreshing than having a tall glass of fresh mixed fruit juice.

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    3. Fruit and Cheese Plate. 
    This one is a crowd-pleaser! Fill a divided plastic container with assorted cubes or slices of reduced fat cheese, easy-to-eat fruit such as apple and pear slices, grapes, watermelon and whole-wheat biscuits. Cut up some celery sticks at the side to make it more filling. A MUST TRY.

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    4. Mini Burgers. 

    Give your fattening burger a skinny healthy makeover and make a mini-burger for yourself. Place chicken on a whole wheat bun and top it off with low-fat cheese and fresh tomato, onion, lettuce or sprouts. Two mini burgers can supply 6 grams of fiber to the meal. Consume a whole cup of vegetable juice to give it a healthy kick.

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    5. Grilled Chicken Sandwich 

    Grill a skinless, boneless chicken breast and lay the chicken on 2 slices of brown bread. Add a slice of onion, tomatoes and a sprinkle of oregano for a delicious and healthy lunch. Pair it with carrot sticks on the side for your snack. Eat up and enjoy! Quench your thirst with a tall, long glass of lemon iced tea.

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    6. VEGGIE EGG SALAD

    Crunchy carrot, cucumber and tomatoes are a colourful addition to this vegetarian egg salad recipe. Pack it with some crunchy chips and healthy dips for a healthy, light lunch.

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    7. An All-In-One Treat! 

    This box makes for a hearty lunch and snack all in one. Indulge in the egg salad & add lettuce long with some veggies to keep it healthy. Toss banana and other fruits with yogurt to make it more delicious. The chocolate chips and pistachios are optional. for an evening time. We highly recommend this one for you!

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    WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED ALL OUR HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS. THESE LUNCH IDEAS WILL HELP SATISFY YOUR APPETITE AND MAKE FOR HEALTHIER FOOD OPTIONS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

    Now that you have these ideas, which healthy lunch would you whip up first?

    DIY TIPS FOR CREATIVE HOME DÉCOR

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    DIY home decorations are a great way to spruce up your living space on a budget. Whether you make decorations from scratch or re-purpose old items, you can’t deny that do-it-yourself (DIY) seems to be the best way these days. Check out the below fun DIY home decoration tips to give your home a new makeover.

    1. Colourful Furniture

    Liven up your home space with a bit of colourful furniture. This is one of the easiest ways to give your home a brand new touch. Simply sand it down and then paint it with the colour of your choice! For brighter colours, you might want to start with a white base coat to make the final colour pop.

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    2. DIY Pillow Pockets

    Keep the remote in easy reach of your armchair with this pillow pocket. You’ll need: a throw pillow with a removable cover, the pocket from a pair of jeans and fusible webbing. Cut the whole pocket out of the pants. Sandwich the webbing between the cover and back of pocket edges; iron layers together. Put the cover back on, and place it neatly on the sofa.

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    Fabric Place-Mats
    Need a new creative table setting that really catches the guests’ eye? DIY your own. Search for an interesting fabric pattern which is thicker and durable, cut the fabric into place mat sized pieces   apply an iron-on-vinyl on both sides and then trim the edges for a clean look.

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    DIY Suitcase Side-Table
    Suit up vintage luggage as clever storage. If you can’t get your hands of some vintage looking suitcases, try stacking them in your room to create an interesting looking side-table. Start with the largest suitcase on the bottom for balance.

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    Festive Place-cards
    For your next dinner party, try this DIY trick: Spear place cards onto wooden skewers atop lemon slices, then park them in glasses as you set the table. Simply snip card stock into 2-inch squares, write names, slice lemon, and assemble on skewers.
    Hint: Remind guests to remove them before drinking. 
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     Do you have any DIY home decorating ideas that you’d like to share?

    FOOD MYTHS BUSTED

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    Revamping your diet can be a fantastic idea but while you’re doing that, don’t believe the food myths that come along the way, no matter how promising they may sound. We’ve all heard these pieces of diet advice from health magazines and advertisements; we understand it’s easy to get confused about what is true and what is not.
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    Read on to find out some food myths that you shouldn’t believe at all! Avoid these myths as if it were some dangerous disease and just eat smart and healthy.

    Food Myth #1 Busted: Less is More
    They often say that if you eat less, you’ll lose more but this is one food myth you shouldn’t believe. Skipping meals will not help you lose weight. Your body needs regular meals to function properly and keep your blood sugar constant. When your blood sugar drops, you are likely to become grumpy and opt for an unhealthy snack / food. Instead, aim to eat smaller meals 4-5 times a day and stop when you’re 80% full.

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    Food Myth #2 Busted: Have healthy food as much as you want
    Healthy foods contain energy that needs to be used up, so they’re not a license to eat more. It is not just the quality of food that matters, but also the quantity.

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    Food Myth #3 Busted: Calories In, Calories Out
    When food turns into a numbers game, it can create an unhealthy mindset for you. Instead of counting calories of the food you eat each time, just fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, protein, a little healthy fat and small amounts of carbs. Remember, it’s not about the calories, it’s about the quality of the foods you consume.

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    Food Myth #4 Busted: Dark green vegetables are better for you
    High in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K, leafy greens reduces the risk of certain cancers, and while they are a healthy addition to most diets, there is no concrete evidence they are better for you than other vegetables.

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    Food Myths #5: Organic means fewer calories
    Just because a food on a shelf is termed as organic, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily healthy. For example: Foods like organic cereal, non-dairy yogurt may be organic, but most are extremely high in sugar, additives and ingredients you should try to avoid when revamping your diet.

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    We believe that the best way to feed your body is to give it simple, healthy foods! What’s the worst food myth you’ve ever heard?

    FESTIVE RECIPES WITH CHOCOLATE

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    Calling all chocolate lovers! This is the blog for you because chocolate is such a power food and foodies are experimenting and creating festive recipes with chocolate. You might think that chocolate tastes best when just had by itself but believe us, if you do it right, chocolate adds richness and texture to many dishes. If you want to try something new, consider making these festive recipes with chocolate!

    1. Pedas
    This is one of the unique chocolate recipes to make for the festive season! You’ll want to make this recipe every weekend, perhaps as a chocolatey end to a lovely brunch with your main course.

    Ingredients: Cocoa Powder – 4 Tbsp, 9 Marie biscuits, Almond Powder – 9 Tbsp, Milk Powder – 12 Tbsp, Sugar Powder  – 3 Tbsp, Condensed Milk,  Chopped walnuts / gems / granulated sugar sprinkles to garnish.

    Directions:  Powder each separately – Marie biscuits, almond and sugar. To a wide bowl, transfer all the ingredients mentioned except milk. Mix them well. Add milk to the dry mixture and make soft dough. Grease your hands and roll the mixture into round shape. Roll them in almond powder and refrigerate for about 1 – 2 hours. Garnish with chopped walnuts.

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    2. Chocolate Sandwich
    Both simple and more decadent, a grilled chocolate sandwich makes for a perfect serve during festive occasions.

    Ingredients: 4 bread slices, ½ cup chocolate chips, 1 banana, and butter to grease.

    Directions: Gather all the ingredients and slide the fruit thin. Prepare your Maharaja Whiteline Sandwich maker. Heat it, grease with butter generously, place the bread, spread a layer of chocolate chips and arrange the fruit slices. Place another bread to cover it and close the lid. Toast for about 3 minutes or as per your need. Cut into triangles and serve with more fruits / milk.

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    3. Halwa
    Chocolate Halwa tastes great and hardly takes time to be prepared. Follow the recipe below and enjoy! J

    Ingredients: 1 cup Semolina, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup chocolate pieces, 1/2 cup ghee, 2 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar

    Directions: Heat the milk and leave it side. In a heavy bottom pan, heat the ghee and add semolina, roast on a low heat until roasting aroma comes or turns in to golden colour. Now add milk and mix well. Add sugar, coco powder and let it cook.  When it starts to thicken again add chocolate and let it melt. Mix everything and switch of the heat. In a greased tray evenly spread the mixture.  Let it cool slightly and cut into diamond / square shape.  Sprinkle some icing sugar and it’s ready to serve.

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    4. Gulab-Jamun
    While scrumptious, this is also easy to make dessert. It’s super-quick, so gather all the ingredients together when you’ve got a hankering of some serious chocolate goodness.

    Ingredients: Cup Milk Powder, 1/4 cup Maida, 2 cup Sugar, 1/4 tsp Baking Powder, 1 tbsp Ghee, 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder, Chocolate chips and oil for deep frying

    Directions: Mix the milk powder with baking powder, maida, ghee and little water and knead into a smooth dough. Cover it with a lid and set aside for 15 minutes. Divide the dough into small smooth balls. Fill chocolate chips in it and cover it with the mixture and make a round-shaped ball.
    For preparing sugar syrup add 2 cups of water and cardamom powder to sugar and make half thread sugar syrup. After the sugar dissolves in the water, boil the sugar syrup for a few minutes and the syrup is ready. Heat oil in a pan for deep fry the jamuns. Fry the jamuns on a low flame stirring them constantly. When they turn to golden brown color, remove from the oil and put them into sugar syrup. Soak for 30 minutes. Serve hot or chilled.

    1. Samosas
      Chocolate samosas seem hard to make but they’re really not. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this dessert.

    Ingredients: 1 cup grated chocolate, 1 ½ cup refined flour, 4 tbsp castor sugar, 2 tbsp ghee, 1 tbsp pistachio powder, 1 cup sugar, oil for deep frying.

    Directions: Combine refined flour, 4 tbsp castor sugar and ghee in a bowl. Mix well and crush it till it resembles a breadcrumbs texture. Add water and knead into semi-stiff dough. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Combine chocolate and pistachio powder in a bowl. Mix well and add 1 tsp sugar. Divide dough into equal portions and roll out into rotis. Cut the rotis into halves. Roll into a small cone and place a spoonful of the chocolate mixture to seal the samosa. Prepare a thick sugar syrup by cooking sugar in 1 cup water.
    Heat sufficient oil in a pan and deep-fry samosas on low heat till golden and crisp. Garnish with reserved chocolate mixture.

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    What’s your most to die for chocolate dessert? Tell us!

    MONSOON CRAVINGS

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    MONSOON SEASON SIGNIFIES THE BRIGHTEST HUES, SPELLBINDING AROMAS AND FOOD CRAVINGS. AN ADDED DOSE OF SOME OF THE CRUNCHIEST MUNCHIES IS ALL YOU NEED TO ENJOY THE RAINY SPLENDOR OUTSIDE. WHEN IT COMES TO MONSOON RECIPES, THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. HERE ARE A FEW QUICK, EASY AND DELICIOUS MONSOON RECIPES:
    CHATPATTA TORTILLA
    IF YOU LOVE SPICY THINGS, THIS CHATPATTA TORTILLA IS A MUST HAVE.
    INGREDIENTS
    PLAIN TORTILLA CHIPS
    2-3 TBSP OF ALOO BHUJIA
    4-5 TBSP CORN
    3-4 TBSP CAPSICUM – CHOPPED
    2 TBSP CHOPPED TOMATOES
    SALT – TO TASTE
    RED CHILLI FLAKES – TO TASTE
    MUSTARD POWDER – TO TASTE
    2-3 TSP MAYONNAISE
    2 TSP CHOPPED ONION
    METHOD :
    MIX TORTILLA CHIPS, ALOO BHUJIA AND CORN IN A BOWL.
    ADD CAPSICUM AND TOMATOES, MIX AGAIN.
    ADD SALT, CHILLI FLAKES, MUSTARD POWDER AND MAYONNAISE AND MIX WELL.
    SQUEEZE SOME LIME JUICE OVER IT JUST BEFORE SERVING.
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    VEGETABLE CUTLETS
    THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN A RANGE OF VEGGIES TOSSED TOGETHER IN A RICH DEEP FRIED CUTLET.
    INGREDIENTS
    120 GM FRENCH BEANS – STRUNG AND BLANCHED
    120 GM GOURD – PEELED AND GRATED
    120 GM CAULIFLOWER – GRATED
    1/2 CUP CARROTS-GRATED
    1 CUP POTATOES-BOILED AND MASHED
    1 TSP CUMIN SEEDS
    2 TSP GINGER-CHOPPED FINE
    2 TSP CORIANDER POWDER
    2 TSP MANGO POWDER
    1 1/2 TSP SALT
    2 TSP GREEN CHILLIES-CHOPPED FINE
    2 EGGS-SLIGHTLY BEATEN
    1/2 CUP REFINED FLOUR
    DRIED BREAD CRUMBS TO COAT THE CUTLETS
    1 TBSP OIL
    METHOD
    CHOP THE BEANS FINE.
    HEAT 2 TBSP OF OIL AND ADD CUMIN AND GINGER.
    STIR-FRY TILL WELL MIXED AND ADD THE BEANS, GOURD, CAULIFLOWER AND CARROTS AND STIR OVER HIGH HEAT TO DRY OFF THE EXCESS MOISTURE.
    ADD THE CORIANDER, AMCHOOR, SALT AND CHILLIES, TURN AROUND A FEW TIMES AND SHUT OFF THE HEAT.
    WHEN COOL, MIX IN THE POTATO.
    FORM INTO ROUND OR OVAL CUTLETS.
    DUST THE CUTLETS WITH REFINED FLOUR, THEN DIP INTO THE BEATEN EGG.
    NOW COAT WITH THE CRUMBS.
    REPEAT BY DIPPING THE CRUMBED CUTLETS INTO EGG AND CRUMBS ONCE MORE.
    DEEP-FRY THE CUTLETS TO A GOLDEN COLOUR AND SERVE.
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    CHICKEN PAKODAS
    THIS IS A DISH YOU WILL DEFINITELY NEED DURING MONSOONS. DIP THEM IN KETCHUP, YOGURT DIP OR MINT CHUTNEY TO SAVOUR THE MEATY CRISPINESS.
    250 GM BONELESS CHICKEN- CUT INTO 3 CM CUBES
    6-7 GARLIC PODS
    2.5 CM GINGER PIECE
    1/4 TSP WHITE PEPPER POWDER
    1/4 TSP RED CHILLI POWDER
    1/4 TSP SALT
    1/2 TSP GARAM MASALA
    1 TSP CORIANDER POWDER
    2 TSP LEMON JUICE
    1 EGG
    2 TBSP GRAM FLOUR
    2 TBSP REFINED FLOUR
    2 TSP LEMON JUICE
    1/2 TSP RED CHILLI POWDER
    1/4 TSP SALT
    1/2 TSP GARAM MASALA
    OIL TO DEEP FRY
    METHOD:
    MARINATE THE CHICKEN WITH GINGER-GARLIC PASTE.
    ADD THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS.
    KEEP ASIDE FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR.
    MIX TOGETHER ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR THE BATTER AND BEAT THOROUGHLY.
    HEAT OIL IN A PAN.
    DIP A MARINATED CHICKEN PIECE IN THE BATTER AND DEEP-FRY UNTIL CRISP AND GOLDEN BROWN.
    REPEAT WITH THE REMAINING CHICKEN PIECES, DRAINING EXCESS OIL ON ABSORBENT KITCHEN PAPER.
    SERVE WITH MINT CHUTNEY.
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    GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH
    THIS GRILLED SANDWICH IS FULL OF DELICIOUSNESS THAT TASTES SUPER YUM. IT’S FAST AND EASY TO MAKE AND ADDS THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FLAVOUR FOR MONSOONS.
    4 BREAD SLICES
    1 TSP SALT OR TO TASTE
    1/8 TSP BLACK PEPPER POWDER
    1/2 CUP CHEESE-GRATED
    CHOPPED GREEN CHILLIES TO TASTE
    1 TBSP CHOPPED CORIANDER LEAVES
    1 TBSP BUTTER
    METHOD:
    MIX CHEESE, SALT, BLACK PEPPER, CORIANDER AND GREEN CHILLIES.
    BUTTER THE BREAD SLICES.
    PLACE HALF EACH OF THE CHEESE MIXTURE OVER TWO SLICES, ON THE UNBUTTERED SIDE.
    COVER BOTH WITH THE OTHER SLICES, BUTTERED SIDE ON TOP.
    GRILL AND SERVE.
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    FOOD FUSION COMBINATIONS

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    Food Fusion is cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions.

    Admit it. We   all have unusual cravings and favourite food fusion combinations that we think are absolutely delicious. While combining different cuisines can be a delightful experience, sometimes the outcome can be disastrous. There are so many glorious food combinations that complement each other perfectly.

    We’ve compiled a list of bizarre dishes that are delicious!

    1) French Fries + Milkshake
    If you love a sweet and salty combination, then this is the right food fusion dish for you! The hot and salty fries mixed with cold sweet milkshake may be weird in the beginning, but after that first dip of your fry in the shake, you will simply love it.
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    2) Kebab and Paneer Pizza
    Here’s another delicious combination of a Mughlai seekh kebab and an Italian pizza. This fusion food dish is made from crunchy flavours of fresh vegetables, paneer cubes and kebabs on the pizza. It is sure to tantalize your taste-buds.

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    3) Noodle Samosa
    It’s strange but this combination of noodles in a samosa is a wonderful delight! For this, make a cone shaped roti and fill it with noodles. Seal the edges with water/oil and deep fry till it turns golden to serve.

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    4) Masala Chai Ice-Cream
    This unique combination is a match made in heaven. Pairing the piping hot masala chai with freezing cold ice-cream will certainly cool you down to leave you mesmerized.
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    5) Tadka Spaghetti Salad
    This combination is very popular around the country. Consume a whole wheat spaghetti salad with chicken chunks and vegetables for a perfect dinner.

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    Remember, these delicious food fusion combinations can come in handy when you’ve run out of certain ingredients in your kitchen and are a fabulous way to spice up your boring meals. Not to forget, they’re great tummy pleasers!

    What’s your favourite food combination? Share it with us!

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