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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.

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Troubleshooting Tips: How to Solve Front Load Washing Machine Problems

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Troubleshooting Tips: How to Solve Front Load Washing Machine Problems

From ‘washing machine not functioning’ to ‘water not entering the drum’, there are some problems that you might occasionally encounter with your IFB Front Load Washing Machine. There is no reason to worry though. If you don’t wish to hastily call a service technician, here are some quick tips to easily troubleshoot at home.

Washing machine not working

The washing machine might not be working or functioning if:

  • Power supply is not turned ON.
  • Electrical power cord is not plugged in or connection is loose.
  • Program is not selected.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure that supply mains switch is ON.
  • Check if the power cord is plugged in properly and the connection isn’t loose.
  • Ensure that the program is selected.

The washing machine should now function normally.

Washing machine door not opening

The washing machine door may not be opening because:

  • Machine may be in operation.
  • Door opening may not be possible.
  • Child Lock may be active.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Check if a program is active. If yes, pause the program and check door symbol indication. For safety reasons, door cannot be opened when water level, temperature or speed is too high.
  • Check if ‘dLEr (door lock error)’ message is displayed. If yes, switch OFF the machine for 2 minutes and then try opening the door again. Don’t forcibly open it.
  • Disable Child Lock; wait for 1-2 minutes till door symbol glows on the display.

The door should now open easily.

Washing machine program not starting

The program may not be starting in the washing machine because:

  • Start/Pause button on the washing machine may not be pressed.
  • Water supply tap may not be ON or there may be no water supply or low water pressure.
  • Washing machine door may not be closed properly.
  • Program may be in Pause/Soak or Rinse hold mode.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure that the Start/Pause button is pressed. It glows when touched.
  • Open tap and ensure there is water supply with normal pressure.
  • Open and close the door firmly.
  • Check the status on the display (whether program is in Pause/Soak or Rinse hold mode) and refer user manual if required.

The program should now start without any issues.

No water entering the washing machine

Water may not be entering the washing machine because:

  • Tap may not be ON or there may be no water supply or low pressure.
  • Door may not be closed properly.
  • Inlet hose may be bent; sieve or inlet valve/inlet hose may be clogged.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Open tap; ensure there is water supply with normal pressure.
  • Open and close the door firmly.
  • Check if the inlet hose is bent or sieve is blocked. Fix the bend and clean the blockage.

Water should now enter the washing machine normally.

Water leaking from washing machine

There may be water leakage from the washing machine because:

  • Inlet hose connection may be loose.
  • Filter may not be tight.
  • Inlet hose may be leaking.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Check and tighten the inlet hose connection.
  • Check and tighten the filter.
  • Inlet hose may need to be replaced.

Water leakage should now have stopped.

Water not draining from washing machine

The washing machine might not be draining water because:

  • Filter may be clogged.
  • Drain hose may be above 1 metre (check) from the ground.
  • Drain hose may be twisted or clogged.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Check and clean the filter.
  • Check and place drain hose within 1 metre or ground level if required.
  • Clean and straighten the drain hose.

The machine should now drain water normally.

Problem persists?

Call IFB Care at 1860 208 5678/1860 425 5678 or use My IFB App to schedule a service appointment by a trained IFB technician.

How to Avoid and Remove Odour in Clothes

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How to Avoid and Remove Odour in Clothes

Laundry odour is a problem we come across quite frequently. Whether you’ve forgotten the washed load in the washing machine or the weather is too damp, moist clothes end up emitting a foul, musty smell.

The good news is you can prevent and eliminate odour in clothes by following a few steps and make your laundry smelling fresh and fragrant.

Immediately remove washed load

To prevent the formation of musty odour in your garments, remove the washed load immediately at the end of the cycle and dry it. If damp clothes stay in the washing machine, they’re likely to emit odour even after spin drying.

Use Rinse Hold option

If there is a possibility of delay in removing the clothes after final spin drying, then it is advised to select Rinse Hold option. Clothes will remain stationary in water before final spin.

Ensure quality of input water

Water quality is one of the most important factors for odour prevention. If the input water has odour, it is essential to pre-treat the water. Also make sure there is no blockage/air lock in the discharge pipe.

Clean the tub

Running a regular Tub Clean program in an empty washing machine keeps it uncontaminated and removes detergent and residue build-up in the drum, tub and clothes. Not only does this help avoid odours, it also improves wash performance.

Leave the washing machine door open

If there is moisture accumulated in your machine, your clothes may end up smelling damp. Keep the washing machine door slightly open for a few hours after each wash to allow air circulation and removal of moisture inside.

Wash at higher temperature

During wet weather, mould may commonly form on damp fabric and start emitting odour. To remove mould from clothes, wash at the maximum temperature after reading the fabric’s wash care instructions. This will kill the mould spores and get rid of foul smells.

Use steam wash

The steam wash or steam clean feature in washing machines such as the IFB Senator Smart Touch is highly effective in eliminating odour. Steam penetrates deep into the fabric, killing germ, bacteria and mould and thus removing foul smell.

Don’t leave damp clothes in laundry basket

Wet towels, sweaty athletic/gym wear and damp cleaning cloths should not sit for long in a laundry basket or bag. They should either be washed soon or air-dried before storing in the basket so they don’t spread their musty odour to other clothes.

Avoid mixed loads

Steer clear of washing extremely soiled items such as cleaning cloths and tea towels – which have trapped odour – with other clothes. They may end up transmitting foul smell to the entire wash load.

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Ensure complete drying

Garments should be allowed to completely dry before stored in wardrobes and closets. This will not allow the moisture to remain trapped in fabric, which can give rise to odours and mould.

Avoid indoor drying

Drying clothes outdoors helps in odour removal through sunlight and air. Just make sure you’re not exposing your coloured clothes to direct sunlight as it may fade their colour. Using an IFB Clothes Dryer will help avoid fading due to long exposure to sunlight and contamination of clothes from the outdoor environment.

Use distilled white vinegar

A household remedy for removing odours from gym wear and cleaning cloths is to use white vinegar. Adding it to the wash load breaks down oil and sweat and serves as a disinfectant too.

Apart from these simple tricks, you can use the IFB essentials range of fabric care and machine care products to keep your garments and washing machine clean, fresh and fragrant.

How to Use a Dishwasher for Best Washing of Utensils

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How to Use a Dishwasher for Best Washing of Utensils

Planning to buy a dishwasher or already have an IFB Dishwasher? Since we’re accustomed to washing utensils like kadhais and pans by hand, we might not be familiar with how to get the cleanest results from a dishwasher. Here are some steps and tips to get perfectly clean, sparkling utensils.

Scrape Leftovers before Putting Utensils in the Dishwasher

Much like you would remove the food remaining on your plate before putting it in the kitchen sink to avoid clogging, just scrape the food leftovers from the dishes into a dustbin before loading them in the dishwasher.

Loading the Dishwasher

Loadthe utensils from the inside of the dishwasher to its outer side. The ideal way is to load all dishes at once instead of just putting one or two utensils every time they get dirty. This helps in proper arrangement of the dishes in their placeholders. However, an IFB Dishwasher also allows you the flexibility to load the utensils on the go.

Placing Larger Utensils in the Dishwasher

Load larger utensils on the lower basket, with the kadhais and pans upside down and plates in the plate holders.

Placing Smaller Utensils in the Dishwasher

Load the upper basket too by placing the smaller dishes in the plate racks.

Placing Stainless Steel Plates in the Dishwasher

Place Indian stainless steel plates with bigger ends on the right side of the dishwasher and on alternate racks to allow water flow between them.

Avoid Overlapping of Utensils in the Dishwasher

Do not overlap utensils when loading the dishwasher. This will hamper optimal cleaning since water may not trickle down to the unexposed, hidden areas of overlapping dishes.

Avoid Loose Utensils in the Dishwasher

All dishes should be stacked in their respective placeholders, especially forks and spoons, to avoid them from floating around and scratching or damaging other utensils.

Never block dishwasher water spray arms

Ensure that the water spray arms are not blocked by a utensil. When the dishwasher is running, these arms move around spraying water on the utensils and rendering them clean. If a dish is barring the movement of these arms, there are chances of damage to the machine.

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How to Avoid These Common Cake Baking Problems

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How to Avoid These Common Cake Baking Problems

Does your cake crack on top or sink in the middle?

Does the cake keep sticking on the mould or is sticky on the whole?

Do you end up with a hard or burnt cake?

From inappropriate oven temperature and excessive use of ingredients to wrong pan size and not following the recipe properly, there are ample reasons that can mar a cake.

Here are some common baking issues and tips to bear in mind the next time you’re looking to bake the perfect cake.

Q:  Why does a cake crack on top?

Reasons: If the oven temperature is too hot, crust will begin to form even as the cake is rising. To allow the cake to rise, the crust bursts open, resulting in cracks. Other reasons include:

  • Excessive raising agent is used.
  • Cake tin is small.
  • Too much flour is used.

How to avoid:

  • Bake at optimal oven temperature.
  • Always use the correct pan size.
  • Follow the recipe properly.

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Q:  Why does a cake sink?

Reasons: A cake might sink when the oven temperature lowers during the baking process. If you happen to open the oven for checking or if the power turns off before the cake sets, you may end up with a sunken cake. Other possible factors are:

  • Oven temperature is too low.
  • Overuse of an ingredient such as butter, sugar, baking powder, etc.

How to avoid:

  • Open the oven only when the cake is set and not before that. Depending on the oven and size of cake, the time taken is around 30-40 minutes. To check the cake in between baking, use a cake tester instead of opening the oven.
  • Bake at optimal oven temperature.
  • Follow the recipe properly.

Q:  Why do the cake sides get burnt?

Reasons: The sides may get burnt if the cake is left in the oven for more than the stipulated baking time. Some other reasons might be:

  • Overuse of butter/fat to grease pan.
  • Oven temperature is too high.
  • Butter/fat used is not appropriate for baking.
  • Cake tin is not properly lined.

How to avoid:

  • Bake at optimal oven temperature.
  • Don’t over-bake a cake.
  • Ensure that the pan is buttered/floured and lined well.
  • Make sure that ingredients are appropriate for baking.

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Q:  Why does the cake stick in the mould?

Reasons: If the pan is not greased properly or the cake is left to cool in the tin for too long, it might get stuck in the mould.

How to avoid:

  • Grease the pan properly.
  • After the cake cools for 15 minutes in the pan, flip it on to a cooling rack and let it cool further.

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Q:  Why does a cake brown too much?

Reasons: If only the cake top is over-brown, it may be because of the following reasons:

  • Oven temperature is high.
  • Incorrect measure of water or liquid used.
  • However, if the cake is overall too brown, there could also be a third reason of excessive sugar used.

How to avoid:

  • Bake at optimal oven temperature.
  • Follow the recipe properly.

Q:  Why is the cake sticky?


  • Oven is not hot enough.
  • Cake hasn’t been baked for enough time.
  • Overuse of sugar.

How to avoid:

  • Bake at optimal oven temperature.
  • Ensure that the cake is properly baked.
  • Follow the recipe properly.

Q:  Why is the cake crust thick?

Reason: The cake crust might thicken if it is baked for more than the stipulated time.

How to avoid: Don’t over-bake the cake.

Q:  Why does the cake shrink?


  • Overuse of water/liquid.
  • High oven temperature.
  • Improper mixing of ingredients.
  • Cake is baked for more than the stipulated time.

How to avoid:

  • Follow the recipe properly.
  • Bake at optimal oven temperature.
  • Don’t over-mix or over-bake the cake.

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Q:  Why is the cake top uneven?


  • Flour hasn’t blended evenly in the batter.
  • Oven is not working properly or heat is not spreading uniformly.
  • Oven is too hot.

How to avoid:

  • Make sure the flour mixes properly in the batter.
  • Bake at optimal oven temperature.

Q:  Why does the cake top burn while inside is still moist?


  • Cake pan is too small.
  • Oven is too hot.

How to avoid:

  • Use the correct pan size.
  • Bake at optimal oven temperature.

Q:  Why does the cake batter overflow?


  • Cake tin is too small or shallow.
  • Overuse of raising agent.

How to avoid:

  • Use the correct size of tin for baking.
  • Use the correct measurement of raising agent.

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Q:  Why is the cake hard after baking?


  • Batter is mixed excessively.
  • Batter is too stiff due to less water.

How to avoid:

  • Don’t over-mix the batter.
  • Use correct amount of water as per recipe.

Along with keeping these useful tips in mind, a good microwave oven or built-in oven goes a long way in baking the perfect cake. IFB’s range of Convention Microwave Ovens offer multi-stage cooking and baking options, with 100+ Autocook settings. You can also explore IFB’s range of Built-in Ovens for all your baking needs, from cakes to cookies, and indulge in the goodness of a perfect bake.