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March 21, 2014

CASHKARO.COM WEBSITE REVIEW

Recently I got a mail from Cashkaro.com, to review and join up their site…curious as to what it might be, I logged in asap and believe me I was quite surprised!...for an online shopping freak like me this was godsend!!!!
Initially I was quite wary as whether its legit or not but after reading hundreds of reviews online, I came to know that its actually India’s best trustworthy cashback site!


MY EXPERIENCE-
I have been bitten by the online shopping bug especially where clothes, shoes and makeup is concerned ;)…coz most of it is hardly available locally, so its basically every month that I am placing an order for my essentials. Now you can only imagine that how happy I would be if I got some of the money back from this amount that I have to spend !!!
So I  placed a first time order for a pair of shoes from Myntra.com , Cashkaro has loads of partner associates but just make sure that you first join up and login and from there place all your orders, there was a good discount going on and I loved a pair from Nike with neon lining…once I placed the order, all I had to do was sit and wait, within 72 hours my order was tracked and I received an email in my inbox regarding it from Cashkaro.

My cashback was however still being reflected as ‘pending”..I guess that was till the retailer paid Cashkaro, well I guess as soon as that happened, the status changed to “Confirmed”but that took about 5 weeks, so definitely there’s a waiting period but I guess as you keep shopping it just builds up a cycle upto the time that you will be seeing some cashback practically every month.
I linked my bank account (thru NEFT transfer) and hey!I get a neat sum back now practically every month!!! So I guess what does anyone have to lose by joining up????
All in all it was a good experience but be prepared for the waiting period, also if your cashback is not tracked immediately, you can raise a ticket and the good guys at Cashkaro will take care of it asap.
That’s my experience… 


You can read more user reviews right HERE

DO JOIN UP AND REAP THE BENEFITS!! CLICK HERE RIGHT NOW TO JOIN!


WHAT I LIKED ABOUT CASHKARO.COM-
EASY AND CONVENIENT TO USE
FREE TO JOIN
YOU SAVE MONEY ON WHATEVER YOU SHOP
EVEN ON PHONE RECHARGES THERE ARE OFFERS AND CASHBACK
RESTAURANT DEALS ALSO AVAILABLE
USER FRIENDLY
UNIQUE REFERRAL PROGRAM FOR FAMILY N FRIENDS
HUGE NUMBER OF AFFILIATED BRANDS
OVERALL  A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR ALL ONLINE SHOPPERS



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March 15, 2014

HOLI SPECIAL!! DAHI BHALLA, CRISPY BESAN SEV, CAPE GOOSEBERRY JAM AND TIPS FOR A SAFE HOLI


 Here's wishing all my beautiful readers a colourful Holi!
We are moving towards warmer weather and the palate craves some spicy cooling foods along with Holi staples like Gujiya and Thandai. Gujiya we bought this year and I made the spicy stuff!!My mom loves Chaat and the likes on Holi and we usually make it every year.So here we go...

 DAHI~BHALLA(Dahi Vada/ Lentil dumplings in spicy yogurt)
FOR Detailed recipe just click HERE 

            AND CRISPY BESAN SEV
                      FOR Detailed recipe just click HERE

Also Cape Gooseberries are in season yet again and I made huge batches of my famous Cape Gooseberry Jam(Rasbhari Jam). For the recipe, just click right HERE
 

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March 5, 2014

PAPER BOAT BEVERAGES- THE HOT NEW WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT!

Its 12pm..I am at work and trust me I am bored..I take a piece of orange colored paper and try to make a boat out of it, one of those paper boats we used to make as kids, especially during the rains and let them loose under rainy torrents. So I fold this way and that but I cant make the boat..its been so long..have I forgotten how to make it???
Weird how I got down  to making this..how did it cross my mind?? Oh yeah .. I received a package from paper boat drinks and that’s how the whole –making the paper boat thing started!! Well more about that later...Right now I am eager to share my package with you!!
 Cute, cute, cute…I loved the packaging, so fresh and hep! Once opened there were some unusual flavours and I could not wait to taste them, so one after the other the packs were opened, poured into a tall glass, clunked in some ice cubes and voila!I am a happy girl!!
AAMRAS
JALJEERA
JAMUN KALA KHATTA
IMLI KA AMLANA
AAM PANNA
Wow! Man I sure was impressed and eager to lap it all up!!
Here is a shot of my favourite- Imli ka Aamlana with Besan methi ki roti and a dollop of butter...yummmm
One click onto their site and a calmness washed over me, I could spend hours here...
I think u guys must try these cutesy yummy drinks and as for me, I' ve found a way to beat the heat and office boredom on sultry summer afternoons!!!!
NOTE: I finally made the orange paper boat, after following instructions at their site lolzzz


Call them at:
+91-124-4222034/33

Mail them at:
paperboat@hectorbeverages.com
hector@hectorbeverages.com

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February 26, 2014

TRY THESE DELICIOUS MAHASHIVRATRI RECIPES!


Shivaratri (literally meaning Shiva's night) is a festival of great significance for Hindus all over the world AND especially for those of Kashmir. It is symbolic of the mystic union of Jiva (soul) with Paramatma (the Supreme God) and it represents the highest state of spirituality
If you ask each and every devotee of Lord Shiva then they will tell you that the Maha Shivaratri Fast or vrat vidhi is the most important of all because if a devotee with a pure and sane heart observes Shivaratri vrat then he/she is blessed with the diving blessings and grace of Lord Shiva. Some of the foods that are religiously followed on the Maha Shivaratri vrat is - Fruits and milk is really very important. The extreme devotees step up it up a notch and do not take in even a drop of water through the day and night. 
Here is a compilation of recipes from my blog which I plan to make, HAVE FUN! 
 

HOMESTYLE POTATOES (TARI WALE ALOO)


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February 22, 2014

SPICY BEAN BURRITOS WITH SALSA AND SOUR CREAM~ from a scratch!

An old time buddy and Fitness enthusiast Nitin who blogs here has been asking me to make these since long, sparking the fire to learn more about World cuisine, so today I got down to making these and the freshness, taste and health benefits of this handy snack took me by surprise!! This one is definitely going into lunchboxes, frozen for meals in a jiffy, as well as smaller versions  as party snacks….the creativity with these is simply endlesss!!!
Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, they are however quite simple to make with a little bit of prep, and quite resemble our very own Indian Kathi rolls.

What I got to know about them-
Burritos are a traditional food of Ciudad Juárez, a city in Mexico, where people buy them at restaurants and roadside stands, burritos are one of the most popular examples of Mexican cuisine outside of Mexico.
Varieties of Burritos- 
Breakfast burrito
The breakfast burrito, a variety of American breakfast, is composed of breakfast items wrapped inside a flour tortilla. This style was invented and popularized in several different regional American cuisines
 Smothered burrito(Wet burrito style)
A smothered (often called "wet" or enchilada style) burrito is smothered with a red chili sauce similar to enchilada sauce with melted shredded cheese on top.
A burrito bowl is not technically a burrito, as it consists of burrito fillings served without the tortilla, with the fillings placed in a bowl, and a layer of rice at the bottom.
A chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito popular in Southwestern and Tex-Mex cuisines, and in the Mexican states.

NOW LETS MAKE ‘EM!
For the tortillas-
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ½ cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Warm water for kneading
For the filling-
  • 1 cup Haricot beans(rajma)/ Chickpeas (boiled and lightly mashed)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • Spring onion greens- 1 cup sliced
  • Tomato-1 medium chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tsp.
  • Hot sauce- 2 tbsp
  • Jalapenos- ½ cup sliced
  • Tomato ketchup-1/2 cup
  • Corn kernels-1/2 cup
  • Olive oil- 1tsp
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh chopped coriander leaves
 For the Salsa-
  • ½ cup sliced spring onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 grated carrot
  • ½ cup shredded lettuce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Coriander leaves chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
 For the Sour cream-
  • ½ cup fresh cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
 For finishing-
  • ½ cup Shredded cheese of choice
 METHOD-
Make the tortillas-
Combine flour, wholewheat flour, oil, salt and knead into a pliable dough with warm water.
Let the dough rest for 1 hour
Knead again and roll out into discs just like chapatis and of the same thickness, stack and keep warm

Make the filling-
Heat oil in a pan and add ginger-garlic paste, followed by onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn and the boiled beans, cook for 5-10 minutes till soft and dry.Add rest of ingredients and cook for a further 10 minutes. Keep aside to cool.Taste and adjust seasoning, at this point you can add more chopped green chillies if you like it hot!
Make the salsa-
In a large salad bowl combine all the ingredients for the salsa and toss wel, taste and adjust seasoning.
Make the sour cream-
Combine all the ingredients and mix well, keep aside.

FOR FINAL ASSEMBLY-
Take 1 tortilla and add 2-3 tbsp of the filling, layer with the salsa and sour cream, lastly shredded cheese, roll up and wrap in silver foil.
Eat them hot :-0

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February 20, 2014

UNBAKED STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE~with 7 ingredients only!

“I think cheesecake helps call attention to you. Then you can follow through and prove yourself.”-Marilyn Monroe

Judging by the looks of it, it seems that Marilyn DID love Cheesecake A LOT!!!
There have been odes written about this irresistible dessert..who thought that it would be so easy to make!!Though for a lot of people a cheesecake simply means a huge number of calories, but in this recipe the calories are minimal, the fresh fruit in abundance..and the recipe really, really simple and easy to make.
We liked it very much, the creaminess of the cheese offset by the acidity and tanginess of the strawberries,I will be making this throughout the Summer months for sure!

INGREDIENTS

For the biscuit base-
  • 100 gms/1 pkt Britannia Digestive biscuits
  • 80gms Salted butter(Amul)
For the filling
  • 400 gms Thick curd (Dahi, I used Nestle A+)
  • 200 ml Cream (I used Amul)
  • ¾ cup Powdered sugar
  • 250 gms Fresh strawberries (reserve some for topping)
  • Gelatin- 2 tbsp
METHOD-

Make the crunchy salted biscuit base-
  1. Blitz the digestives with 2 tbsp powdered sugar till they resemble breadcrumbs.
  2. Add melted butter and press well with fingertips onto a springform pan.Level with the back of a spoon, esp. along the sides.
  3. Keep in the fridge to Chill well
 Make the filling-
  1. Hang the curd in a muslin cloth till whey drips out( about 2 hrs).
  2. Blitz the washed and hulled strawberries with ½ cup powdered sugar.
  3. Add the thick curd to the strawberries and process for 2 minutes till smooth and creamy.
  4. Measure out gelatin in a small bowl, add ½ cup room temp. water and place on top of double boiler, for 8-10 minutes, till gelatin melts and turns into a clear liquid, DO NOT stir.
  5. Whip fresh cream till stiff peaks form.
  6. To the curd-strawberry mixture pour in gelatin and process for a minute till well combined.
  7. Lastly fold in whipped cream lightly.
  8. Pour onto prepared  chilled biscuit base
  9. Leave to chill atleast 2 hours or better still, overnight.
  10. Run a knife along sides of the set cheesecake to loosen, then remove base of pan to release.
  11. Top with sliced fresh strawberries/ macerated with sugar strawberries or strawberry conserve/jelly , as desired.
  12. Serve chilled.


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