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Diwali recipe: Malai Peda

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Make melt-in-the-mouth Malai Peda at home using this easy microwave oven recipe and enjoy a safe and happy Diwali.

Preparation time: 40 min

Cooking time: 16 min

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh malai (milk cream)
  • 1 tbsp wheat flour
  • 1½ cup milk
  • Some kesar (saffron) threads
  • Sugar (as per taste)

Preparation:

1. Take fresh cream (do not mix the packet and only take thick cream, not the thin milk) in a microwave-safe glass bowl and add wheat flour. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.

2. Heat this mixture at 100% micropower for 10 min, stirring every 1 min (till the ghee is separated from the cream).

3. Strain all desi ghee in another container. Now add 1 cup milk in the mixture and stir.

4. Add kesar and mix well. Stir again and cook for 6 min (stirring every 1 min) at 100% micropower till it thickens and takes a dough kind of look with light brown colour. Now add sugar and continue cooking.

5. Ensure the mixture is completely dry. Take it out on a plate and let cool.

6. Take small portions in the palm and make small flat balls. Garnish with chopped almonds.



Tips to Reduce Sugar in Diwali Desserts

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Tips to Reduce Sugar in Diwali Desserts

Is your sweet tooth during Diwali festivities hampering your desire for healthy living? Sugar and artificial sweeteners are common barriers to preparing recipes that don’t affect our health adversely. However, just swapping out a few ingredients in dishes and reducing our dependence on sugar to satisfy our cravings can go a long way in making recipes healthier.

So do you wish to make your festive desserts tasty, yet healthy?

Here are some tips to reduce sugar in your Diwali dessert recipes.

Avoid Cane Sugar

Replace cane sugar in your recipes with honey or maple syrup. Both have lower glycemic index, meaning they don’t increase blood sugar levels as fast as cane sugar does. They are also naturally sweeter than sugar, so you need to put less of them in your dish.

Use Jaggery in Sweet Dishes

Jaggery is a useful and healthier substitute for sugar in various sweet dishes. It also helps in nicely binding dishes such as ladoos, barfis, pedha, kalakand, etc.

Put Less Sugar in Fruit Recipes

To make custard sauce, it is good to put less sugar during preparation. Once the fruits are added, the custard tends to become sweeter due to the fruit juice seeping into the dish.

Soak in Milk When Making Halwa

While making halwa from carrot, doodhi, beetroot, etc., it’s good to soak the grated vegetables in milk. This helps the vegetables to cook faster and the sugar requirement can be reduced.

Don’t Add Sugar If Using Condensed Milk

If you are using condensed milk for Indian sweet dishes, completely avoid adding sugar in the recipe as this can make the dish extremely sweet.

Use Spices for Natural Sweetness

To give a natural sweet flavour to your food and drinks, cut down on sugars and replace with spices such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg or ginger.

Use Fruit Pulp to Sweeten Dishes

You can include pulp of dried peach, apricot, dates, sultanas and raisins as natural sweeteners while preparing dishes.

Switch to Naturally Sweet Alternatives

Replace your dessert cravings with something more naturally sweet, such as dates, grapes, etc.

Include Stevia in Dishes

Use stevia in recipes, as it has almost zero calories. Research suggests that those with diabetes and who are trying to lose weight can benefit from its use, as it also helps in keeping blood sugar levels in check.

Making some small changes in our lifestyle and switching a few ingredients in our recipes go a long way in cooking healthy sweet dishes. This festive season, follow these easy tips to celebrate health and make your Diwali and other festivals free from guilt.

Wishing all our readers a Happy, Healthy Diwali!

[Must Try] Healthy Snacks Recipes This Diwali

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[Must Try] Healthy Snacks Recipes This Diwali

Are you planning a lavish Diwali menu for your family?

But can’t seem to decide what Diwali snacks to prepare?

Or worried about safety and hygiene while ordering snacks?

Time for ‘safe snacking’ this Diwali with easy recipes!

Forget about buying packaged snacks from stores or ordering from outside if you aren’t sure whether a restaurant is serving contact-less food! Just use your microwave and some super-simple recipes to make fresh, hygienic and scrumptious Diwali snacks and enjoy home-cooked food with your family.

Here are some Diwali snacks recipes to make your festivities distinctly flavourful.

1. Dahi Bhalla

Soft, refreshing and dunked in curd, Dahi Bhallas have always been a favourite Diwali snack! Moreover, with a microwave, they’re even easier to prepare.

Explore the full Dahi Bhalla recipe.

2. Baked Sabudana Wada

Who says sabudana is meant only for fasting? Healthy, wholesome and traditionally festive, the modest sabudana can be transformed into a delicious Diwali snack in your microwave.

Try the full Baked Sabudana Wada recipe.

3. Dahiwala Bread Chaat

You are sure to get a lip-smacking taste of Chowpatty the moment you indulge in this chaat! This Diwali snack uses bread and is almost effortless to prepare in a microwave. Your family and friends will be left wanting for more!

Read full Dahiwala Bread Chaat recipe.

4. Mix Vegetable Kebab

Wanting to prepare an appetising Diwali snack or starter? You’ll be surprised to find how scrumptious kebabs made in your microwave using mix vegetables/veg sabzi are so much better than frozen or readymade snacks.

Explore full Mix Vegetable Kebab recipe.

5. Yam Patties

A delectable surprise! Amazing how something like yam can turn into a yummy Diwali snack. Your family will be raving about your cooking skills once they bite into one of these patties.

Try the full Yam Patties recipe.

6. Beetroot Rolls

If you think beetroot is boring, think again! This new avatar of Beetroot Rolls will leave everyone astonished, while making sure that your Diwali snacks are as healthy as can be.

Click for full Beetroot Rolls recipe.

Enjoy ‘safe snacking’ and have a Happy Diwali!

IFB Home Appliances to Add to Your Diwali Shopping List

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IFB Home Appliances to Add to Your Diwali Shopping List

This Diwali is different.

Never in recent memory have we faced a festive scenario that is scary to say the least. The COVID-19 pandemic has subdued the festive fever for most of us even as concerns for safety remain. Health has taken utmost priority. Keeping our families secure is of paramount importance.

It is in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic that we bring to you Diwali shopping ideas that are dedicated to and celebrate nothing but health. So ‘Stay Home, Shop Safe‘ and give your family the gift of health this Diwali.

Here are a few IFB home appliances that you can explore this Diwali:

IFB Senator Smart Touch SX 8.5 Kg Front Load Washing Machine – Steam Wash

Clothes are in touch with your skin 24/7, so if what you’re wearing isn’t hygienic, there is a chance you may not be healthy. The IFB Senator Smart Touch SX 8.5 Kg Front Load Washing Machine is loaded with features that keep your clothes hygienically clean and 99.99% germ-free. Steam Wash is available in 14 programs, offering the highest germ protection.

The Sanitize program uses a temperature of 95˚C for heavily soiled items such as bed sheets, washable masks and cloth diapers. The Hygiene/Anti-Allergen program is particularly useful for homes with kids as it removes allergens. There also are various temperature settings for Hot Wash, which kill germs to render hygienic clothes.

IFB Dishwasher – Safe, Sanitised Utensils

A dishwasher is perhaps the most useful appliance in the current context of COVID-19. If you’re looking to take the dishwashing chore off yourself or your partner even as you work from home or office, an IFB Dishwasher is a healthy choice this festive season. Not only does it reduce the possibility of your family getting exposed to the virus if someone is entering your home every day, its wash temperatures of up to 70°C and steam drying ensure that 99.9% germs are killed and your utensils are completely safe and sanitised.

IFB Senator WSS 8 Kg Front Load Washing Machine – Power Steam

If you wish to ensure your family’s hygiene and 99.99% germ-free laundry, this Diwali give them the safety of Power Steam with the all-new Senator WSS 8 Kg Front Load Washing Machine. The Power Steam is a 30-min program with dual steam cycle that kills germs, at the same time maintaining the colour, texture and elasticity of the fabric.

The program is best suited for your sportswear, children and work uniforms as well as gym wear. The Senator WSS also comes with other health-oriented features such as Hot Wash and Hygiene/Anti-Allergen.

IFB 100% Clothes Dryer – Hygienic Drying

Diwali sees the onset of winter, and winter brings with it greater risk of infections. While things are hard to predict regarding the novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 situation, seasonal viruses are known to thrive in winter. Cold weather also presents the problem of clothes not drying outdoors, plus dust and pollution.

An IFB Clothes Dryer is a great Diwali shopping idea ahead of winter. Not only does it give 100% dry clothes, it helps avoid germs, allergens, mould and odours from drying clothes indoors and prevents outdoor dirt, pollution and germs from settling on clothes.

IFB FastCool AC – Zero Compromise on Air Quality

In a bid to ensure that indoor air is healthier for you to breathe, IFB AC comes equipped with a revolutionary 7-Stage Air Treatment. It comprises Dust Filter, PM 0.3 Filter, Anti-bacterial Filter, Activated Carbon Filter, Catechin Filter, Vitamin C Diffuser and Aroma Diffuser, which combine to improve indoor air quality.

IFB Microwaves – Oil Free Cooking

If fitness and building natural resistance through healthy food is what you have in mind, the IFB range of microwaves is equipped just for that. Featuring Oil Free Cooking technology, IFB Convection Microwaves require minimal or no oil while cooking. There are no compromises in either taste or nutrition, and recipes prepared with Oil Free Cooking are good for health and wellbeing. Its hygiene-focused features like Steam Clean, Disinfect and Deodorize further ensure your family’s protection.

TL-REWH 6.5 Kg Aqua Top Load Washing Machine – Heater Technology

Having an in-built heater in your top load washing machine is a huge plus in the fight against germs. Using a state-of-the-art heater technology, IFB TL-REWH 6.5 Kg Aqua Top Load Washing Machine gives you wash options at high temperatures of 40°C and 60°C, delivering 99.99% germ-free clothes.

IFB Chimneys – Breath of Fresh Air

Kitchen is the heart of any home, and kitchen hygiene is an essential step towards a healthy home. Efficiently removing smoke, gases, fumes, odour and heat, IFB Chimneys make the air healthier for you to breathe and help in keeping your kitchen clean.

Enjoy Our Festive Offers on IFB Home Appliances: Stay Home, Shop Safe … and have a Happy and Healthy Diwali!

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Dahi Bhalla Recipe

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Soft, refreshing and dunked in curd, make Dahi Bhallas with this easy microwave oven recipe.

Preparation time: 30 min 

Cooking time: 10 min

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients:

For wadas

  • 1/4 cup split and skinned green gram
  • 1/4 cup split and skinned black gram
  • 1/2 tsp fruit salt
  • 1/2 inch ginger 
  • 1 green chilli
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • Salt to taste

For Dahi

  • 2 cups thick yogurt
  • 3-4 tsp sugar (optional)
  • Roasted cumin powder to taste
  • Salt to taste

For garnishing (quantity as per taste)

  • Roasted cumin powder 
  • Chaat masala 
  • Red chilli powder 
  • Khajur imli chutney
  • Coriander chutney
  • Besan sev/nylon sev
  • Pomegranate

Preparation:

1. Rinse and soak the urad and moong dals together in warm water for 2-3 hours.

2. Transfer the dals to a blender jar and add green chilli, ginger, salt and asafoetida. Grind to a smooth paste, without adding water. You may add very little water if required to make the paste. Make sure the paste is not very thin or thick.

3. Grease the idli steamer and add water to the steamer, heat the steamer at 100% micropower level for 5 min. Transfer the vada batter to a bowl and whisk it well. Now add fruit salt to it and mix nicely.

4. The mixture will turn light and frothy; now add a tablespoon of this mixture to the idli plates. Put the wadas inside the steamer and steam for 6 min. Check if done by inserting a fork. If it comes out clean, the vadas are done. If the batter sticks to the fork, steam for 5 more min.

5. Remove the vadas from the idli plate while still warm. Dip them in a bowl of warm water and let them soak for 15-20 min. Meanwhile, prepare the dahi for the dahi vada. Add roasted cumin powder, salt and sugar to the curd and whisk it.

6. Press the vadas delicately by your hands to remove excess water. Place them in a bowl and add the seasoned curd to it. Refrigerate the bowl until serving time.

7. When ready to serve, garnish the chilled dahi bhalla with dates tamarind chutney, green chutney, pomegranate and nylon sev. Sprinkle roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and red chilli powder to taste.

How to Make Rice Recipes Tastier and Healthier

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How to Make Rice Recipes Tastier and Healthier

Rice is one of the staple foods in Indian cuisine, consumed in all regions of the country in different avatars. Although rice is consumed year-round, the festive season sees this humble grain take an exotic form quite often. Whether it is delicious biryanis or pulaos on Durga Puja, Dussehra and Diwali, comforting fried rice or plain rice to go with your festive dishes, preparations from this ingredient are as varied as they are delectable.

Take these steps while cooking rice to ensure that your rice recipes are tasty, healthy, beautiful in presentation, and just perfect for your festive celebrations.

Use Leftover Water to Cook Rice

Instead of using stock cubes to enhance the flavour of pulao or fried rice, use leftover water in which you have boiled rice, vegetables, etc. This way, you can consume healthy, water-soluble nutrients and also enjoy the added flavour.

Add Green Chilli for Flavour and Presentation

While making rice for pulao or biryani, add one green chilli while boiling it. Acetic acid in the chilli not only enhances flavour but also makes the rice whiter due to its bleaching quality.

Cook Rice Partially

For recipes such as fried rice, mix vegetable pulao or biryani, always cook rice partially or ¾th to avoid breaking while tossing, mixing or final cooking.

Soak Rice before Cooking

It is always good to wash and soak the rice in water for some time while preparing a dish. This helps in faster cooking and reduces energy consumption.

Pre-cook Rice for Use Later

For making pulao or biryani, pre-cook the rice and store in the refrigerator. Just before use, open it up so the rice easily disintegrates. Cold rice not only gives good identification of grains but also does not overcook or turn starchy.

Add Salt While Cooking Rice

Add a small amount of salt while cooking any kind of starches, including rice. This ensures even cooking and enhances the flavour and is also an efficient way of balancing sugar and salts in the body fluids.

Use Stock for Making Biryani or Pulao

To make pulao or biryani, use rice or vegetable stock instead of water. It is healthy and enhances the flavour of the dish.

Just follow these easy cooking tips and see how your rice recipes turn more delicious, nutritious and presentable for your festive spread of Durga Puja, Dussehra or Diwali.

Stay Home, Stay Safe … Cook Healthy!

Reasons to Buy from IFB Point this Festive Season

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Reasons to Buy from IFB Point this Festive Season

The festive season of Navaratri, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and New Year ushers in the auspiciousness of bringing home something new. Purchases made during these festivals are associated with good luck and prosperity, and most of us wait all year around and look forward to this auspicious period of buying.

Savings, Safety, Service … Reasons to Buy from IFB Point

Whether you are planning to buy a home appliance on Dhanteras or looking at Diwali gift ideas for your loved ones, here are some reasons why you should head to an IFB Point for your festive purchase.

‘Shop Safe’ at an IFB Point

In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that you may have reservations about safety while shopping at stores. For us, it is about your 100% safe shopping experience. All employees at IFB Points follow in-store safety protocols, including daily temperature checks, filling a health check sheet, wearing masks, frequent handwashing, sanitizing and maintaining social distancing. Daily and frequent sanitization of the store is also carried out, especially for high-touch surfaces such as entry door, work stations, furniture, computers, card swipe machines and other items.

Explore Entire Range of IFB Products

Compared to other outlets where only a few IFB products are on display, IFB Points are exclusive stores that showcase the exhaustive IFB product portfolio spanning laundry, kitchen and living solutions. These include products from Washing Machines, Clothes Dryers, Air Conditioners and Dishwashers to Microwave Ovens, Hobs, Chimneys and the entire IFB Essentials range of fabric care, dish care and machine care products.

Choose from Multiple Models and Variants at IFB Points

You get a much better choice before making a purchase with multiple models available for any product category. Whether it’s a washing machine, air conditioner or dishwasher, IFB Points display everything from a top-end variant loaded with the choicest features to base models for budget purchases, ensuring your every need is catered to.

IFB Point CSRs Help You Make an Informed Decision

Dedicated Counter Sales Representatives (CSRs) present at IFB Points are trained to answer all your product queries, assisting you in all ways possible and helping you make an informed decision through personalised attention. If you need clarifications on what product, variant or features will best suit your laundry, kitchen or living requirement, IFB Point CSRs will go to great lengths in explaining, offering comparisons and helping you get complete clarity.

Discover Technology and Virtual Reality at IFB Points

You can get an up-close and inside-out view of a product with virtual reality (VR) technologies and demo videos at many IFB Points. Experience the innovation and technology that go into making IFB home appliances and do a thorough exploration before you make your buying decision.

Exclusive Showcase of IFB Modular Kitchens

For those planning a new home purchase this Navaratri or looking to upgrade their kitchens this festive season, you can explore the entire range of IFB Modular Kitchens at many IFB Points. Choose from decor that blends with your home or experiment with the many options available for design, shutters, countertops, handles and lighting – and watch your kitchen become the cynosure of everyone’s eyes during festivities, family get-togethers and video calls.

Spice Secrets Cooking Classes

IFB Points across India play host to cooking classes under the signature IFB Spice Secrets program. In these classes, you can learn healthy microwave recipes, meet chefs, ask questions and serve up food in style at home. Taking into consideration social distancing and assembly regulations, these classes are currently being offered live on Instagram @IFBSpiceSecrets.

Undiluted IFB-Only Experience

We take pride in our patrons the same way we take pride in our products. For us, a consumer is the beginning of a durable relationship that lasts years, sometimes decades. An undiluted, IFB-only experience is what IFB Points aim at delivering to our existing customers and someone walking in our store for the very first time.

IFB Points have Pan-India Presence

There are more than 500 IFB Points across India and the footprint is expanding constantly in an attempt to reach out to you and serve you better. Click here to access our Store Locator and find the IFB Point closest to you.

IFB Point Exclusive Festive Deals and Discounts

Throughout the festive season from Navratri to New Year, you can avail exclusive deals, exchange offers and discounts on a range of IFB products at an IFB Point near you.

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Dussehra/Durga Puja Recipe: Rasgullas

Nothing tastes more delectable on Durga Puja and Dussehra than the classic Rasgullas, ready in minutes in your IFB Microwave.

Preparation time: 40 min             

Cooking time: 30 min                     

Servings: 14 nos. approx.

Ingredients:

  • 2 litre milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (mixed in 1/4 cup water)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 green cardamoms
  • ½ tsp rose water
  • Saffron for garnish
  • Rose petals for garnish, optional
  • Pistachios for garnish

Preparation:

1. Heat the milk in a microwave-safe bowl for 8 min at 60% micropower level. Add the diluted lemon juice and heat at 60% micropower level for 7 min. Stir every 2 min.

2. Once the milk is curdled, strain it with a muslin cloth and let it drain.

3. On a flat plate, put the milk solids and mash well till smooth.

4. In another microwave-safe glass bowl, add water, sugar, cardamom and rose water. Mix till sugar is dissolved completely.

5. Make even round balls of the milk solids on the palm; ensure no cracks.

6. Add the uncooked rasgullas in the sugar syrup. Now place the bowl in the microwave oven and cook rasgullas at 80% micropower level for 5 min. Check after 5 min and repeat the program twice, with total cooking time of 15 min.

7. Once done, rasgullas will be double their original size.

8. Let rasgullas chill in refrigerator, serve garnished with rose petals, saffron and pistachios.

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Navratri Recipe: Til ke Ladoo

Maa Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri, called Ashtami or Durga Ashtami. Durga Maa renounced all worldly comforts and lived in a forest, undertaking austere penance to win Lord Shiva as her consort. She braved heat, cold, rain and terrible storms during her long and deep meditation. This impressed Lord Shiva, who showered the holy water of the Ganga over her. The Gangajal washed off all the dirt, and Maa regained her natural glow and came to be known as Mahagauri. 

Sweet coconut is offered as bhog on this day. Coconut and rawa barfi can be prepared as prasad for the puja to earn blessings to mitigate sins, bring happiness and fulfil wishes. There is also a tradition of donating coconuts to Brahmins on this day, which is said to bless a childless couple with a baby.

Preparation time: 15 min                   

Cooking time: 10 min                        

Servings: 4

Ingredients:  

  • 1½ cups fresh grated coconut
  • 1½ cups powdered jaggery
  • 1½ cup roasted semolina
  • 5 pistachios
  • 5 cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp ghee

Preparation

1. In warm milk, soak saffron; slice the pistachios and keep aside.

2. In a glass bowl, add jaggery and water; heat at 100% micropower for 9 min or until it is of 2-thread consistency.

3. Add the coconut, cardamom powder, roasted semolina and ghee.

4. Stir and heat for 4 min at 50% micropower; once done, stir for a few more minutes.

5. Spread the mixture on a thali (flat metal plate) and let cool.

6. Decorate with pistachios. Cut into squares and serve.

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Navratri Recipe: Coconut Barfi

Maa Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri, called Ashtami or Durga Ashtami. Durga Maa renounced all worldly comforts and lived in a forest, undertaking austere penance to win Lord Shiva as her consort. She braved heat, cold, rain and terrible storms during her long and deep meditation. This impressed Lord Shiva, who showered the holy water of the Ganga over her. The Gangajal washed off all the dirt, and Maa regained her natural glow and came to be known as Mahagauri. 

Sweet coconut is offered as bhog on this day. Coconut and rawa barfi can be prepared as prasad for the puja to earn blessings to mitigate sins, bring happiness and fulfil wishes. There is also a tradition of donating coconuts to Brahmins on this day, which is said to bless a childless couple with a baby.

Preparation time: 15 min                   

Cooking time: 10 min                        

Servings: 4

Ingredients:  

  • 1½ cups fresh grated coconut
  • 1½ cups powdered jaggery
  • 1½ cup roasted semolina
  • 5 pistachios
  • 5 cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp ghee

Preparation

1. In warm milk, soak saffron; slice the pistachios and keep aside.

2. In a glass bowl, add jaggery and water; heat at 100% micropower for 9 min or until it is of 2-thread consistency.

3. Add the coconut, cardamom powder, roasted semolina and ghee.

4. Stir and heat for 4 min at 50% micropower; once done, stir for a few more minutes.

5. Spread the mixture on a thali (flat metal plate) and let cool.

6. Decorate with pistachios. Cut into squares and serve.