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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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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.

IFB Recipes

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.

How to Make Healthy Snacks This Festive Season

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How to Make Healthy Snacks This Festive Season

As the festive season of Durga Puja, Dussehra and Diwali, leading up to Christmas and New Year begins, snacks and special treats will be gracing the festive spread quite frequently. Without doubt, celebrations will be muted due to COVID-19 and parties and get-togethers should be avoided to maintain social distancing, but this doesn’t mean you can’t cook your heart out for your family and enjoy the festivities – the healthy way.

What are your favorite accompaniments and savoury snacks to go with the celebrations even as the weather turns chilly: cutlets, nuggets, kebabs, patties, tikkis? They’re warm and tempting to munch on, but considering that the festive season will last long, indulgence may soon turn unhealthy. Not to worry though!

Stay Home, Stay Safe … Cook Healthy!

Here are a few tips to make healthy snacks, at the same time retaining their flavour and keeping them as scrumptious as can be.

Avoid Ordering In

The first step to stay safe this year: Avoid ordering in unless you’re sure the snacks being delivered will be completely free of germs, considering safety protocols might be compromised during the higher load of festive orders. Cooking at home is sure to keep you safer!

Choose Olive Oil for Brushing

To make healthy kebabs and cutlets, lightly brush olive oil on their surface. This helps them cook better, enhancing their outer texture and making them crispier, at the same time keeping the fat content low.

Use Cornflakes for Crusts

To coat any cutlets or patties, use crushed cornflakes instead of bread crumbs. Cornflakes not only give a good, crispy outer crust but are also a healthier alternative to bread.

Coat with Eggs

While making any shallow-fried nuggets or tikkis, a coating of beaten eggs provides additional crispiness and helps in binding the crumb coating better. Use of eggs in the recipe also enhances its nutritional value.

Choose Healthier Ingredients

Instead of using potatoes for making patties or cutlets, use paneer, sweet potatoes or leftover multigrain bread. By using these healthy alternatives, you don’t need to worry about additional carbs in your dish. They also bind better and have great texture once cooked.

Go the Veggie Way

Not sure what to do with your leftover vegetables? Mash them in when making a patty or tikki. Not only does this reduce food wastage, it boosts nutrition and gives a unique twist to a regular recipe, making the dish more delectable and varying in taste.

Use Leftovers

Leftover kidney bean curry, chickpea stew and various recipes with pulses can similarly be used while preparing the mixture for patties, tikkis, kebabs and cutlets. They are protein-rich, give additional flavor to the dish and bind well too.

Oil Free Cooking with IFB Microwave Ovens

While there is the conventional way to cook these dishes by deep- or shallow-frying in pans or griddles, using a microwave oven is a quick and healthy alternative. IFB Microwave Ovens come with Oil Free Cooking technology – you can cook with minimal or no use of oil. Furthermore, microwave cooking is faster and suitable for making a number of dishes during festivals, especially when you’re in a celebratory mood and wish to Set Yourself Free for festivities!

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Navratri Recipe: Lapsi

Saptami or day seven of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Kaalratri, the fiercest form of Maa Durga. Dark and ferocious in appearance, she sacrificed her skin colour and embraced a dark complexion to kill demons and evil spirits. Her form is etched as breathing flames of fire and emanating lustrous rays while carrying a sword, a trident and a noose.

Bhog made from jaggery or gur is offered to delight this goddess associated with the third eye chakra. This recipe for lapsi made with broken wheat (dalia) and nutsis the ideal sweet to impress her. Her blessings will protect you from dark powers and infuse confidence and fearlessness in you to help fight negative energies.

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 20 min

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup broken wheat (dalia)
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts, broken
  • 2 tbsp ghee

Preparation: 

1. Dissolve the jaggery in 2 cups of hot water; strain to remove any residue and set aside.

2. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a microwave-safe glass bowl; add the cashew nuts and roast until the color changes to light golden at 100% micropower for 2 min.

3. Heat another tablespoon of ghee in a microwave-safe glass bowl; stir in the broken wheat and roast until it gets a roasted aroma and the color changes to golden orange, at 100% micropower for 8 min.

4. Pour in the jaggery mixture and cardamom powder, stirring until well combined. Heat at 50% micropower for 10 min, stirring occasionally until the wheat is cooked to tender.

5. When done, the grains should be separate and not mushy and sticking together. Allow the Lapsi to rest covered for 5 min. Stir in the cashew nuts and raisins.

6. Serve the Lapsi warm.

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Navratri Recipe: Balushai

The sixth day of Navratri, or Shashti, is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. Legend has it that Sage Katyayan meditated long and hard to win the blessings of the goddess. Durga Mata was pleased by his devotion and rewarded him by being reborn as his daughter, hence the name Katyayani.

On this day, honey is offered as bhog to please the goddess. This is said to help make the devotee charming and attractive. All the more reason to make this traditional festive sweet. It’s called balushai in the North, badusha in the South and is loved all across India. Balushai is a flaky pastry that’s baked to perfection, dressed with nuts and then crowned with a swirl of honey. In a nutshell, it’s doubly delicious!

Preparation time: 30 min                                   

Cooking time: 35 min                                

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients :

  • 350 gm all-purpose flour
  • 100 gm ghee
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp curd
  • 500 gm sugar
  • 300 ml honey
  • Ghee

Preparation:

1. Put baking powder, curd and ghee in flour; mix. Using warm water, knead a soft dough.

2. Divide the dough into small lemon-size balls. Make it round with your palms. Press it like a peda and make a crater with your thumb on both sides.

3. Grease the baking tray or magic tawa with ghee and preheat on convection mode at 180°C. Place the balushahi and bake for 35 mins at 150°C. Once the balushahi turns golden, take them out on a plate.

4. Dilute honey with 50 ml of warm water. Soak the balushahi in the honey concentrate for 10 mins. Drain and remove on a plate.

5. Garnish with slivers of pistachios and some dried rose petals.

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Navratri Recipe: Sheera

Today is Panchami, day five of the nine festive days of Navratri. Halfway through, and the excitement is only growing with this delicious meetha to dedicate to Maa Skandamata. She is the mother of Skanda, the war name for Lord Kartikeya.
Aeons ago, Lord Brahma blessed the demon Tarkasur with a boon—no one could kill him, except the son of Shiva. So, Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati to become the father of Kartikeya, who grew up to slay Tarkasur.

To honour her, prepare bhog with her favourite food: bananas. This sheera recipe boosts the goodness of ghee with the strength of bananas making the perfect offering. The preparation matches the colour of the day’s celebration, a radiant yellow. Worshipping Her on this day will lead to double the blessings, of good health and prosperity, as you will also worship Lord Skanda seated on her lap.

Preparation time: 20 min

Cooking time: 18 min

Servings: 2 portions

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup semolina
  • 01  No. Banana (Ripened)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup ghee
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 12 cashews
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tsp chironji
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pinch edible camphor

Preparation:

1. In a microwave-safe glass bowl, add ghee and heat the nuts at 100% micropower for 1 min.

2. Remove and place aside. In the same bowl, add ghee again along with semolina; mix well and heat at 100% micropower for 5 min, stirring every 1 min.

3. In another glass bowl, heat water for 6 min at 100% micropower.

4. Add the hot water in the roasted semolina. Mix well till absorbed and no lumps are seen. Add sugar and stir well until sugar dissolves.

5. Heat at 50% micropower for 6 min. Add roasted nuts, cardamom powder and edible camphor; mix well and continue cooking.