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Try varied tastes of India this Independence Day

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New Delhi, Aug 11  As India marks 70 years of being a truly diverse democratic country, how about celebrating the milestone with varied tastes of the country. From trio of Panna Cotta to mazedaar masala munch chaat, get your hands on some of the delicacies that will satiate your taste buds.

This Independence Day, some of the experts curated easy-to-do recipes with a regional twist to celebrate freedom from diet goals.

* Recipe: Trio of Panna Cotta by Chef Elangovan from Vivanta by Taj- Dwarka: Indian take on classic Italian dessert from Veneto. Flavours of khus, vanilla and saffron are a modern twist to this humble set cream with the perfect wobbly texture on the occasion of Independence Day.

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* Ingredients: Heavy Cream: 300 ml; Breakfast sugar: 35 gm; Gelatin: 5 gm; Khus: 10 ml; Saffron: 50 gm; Vanilla: 5 ml

* Method: Soak gelatin in cold water, Boil cream and sugar in a pan. Add soaked gelatin and mix till it cools slightly, strain, divide mixture into three equal parts. Add khus in one part, vanilla in second and saffron in the third. In a glass gently pour khus mix first and allow it to set. Then pour vanilla mix and allow it to set. Finally pour the saffron mix and let it set. Serve chilled!

* Recipe: Chocolate dome stuffed with Apricot cream and green cardamom ganache by Chef Elangovan from Vivanta by Taj-Dwarka.

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* Ingredients: For Dome – White chocolate:100 gm; Orange edible colour:01 gm; Green edible colour: 01 gm.

For Mousse – Whipped cream:100 gm; Apricot puree:30 gm; Vanilla:02 ml.
For Ganache – White chocolate:100 gm; Fresh cream:70 ml; Cardamom powder: 05 gm.

* Method – Melt white chocolate and divide into three parts then add green and orange colour to one part, respectively. Colour the shell in a chocolate mould as desired. Chop white chocolate for cardamom ganache. Boil the cream with cardamom powder and pour over white chocolate then mix well and allow it to cool. Whip cream to soft texture with vanilla and gently fold apricot puree in above. Fill little cream in chocolate dome, pipe ganache and cover with cream. Serve chilled!

* Recipe: Experts of Pepsico brand Kurkure give recipe on mazedaar masala munch chaat.

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* Ingredients: One pack of rice crispies, sweet corn, bell peppers and onion.

* Recipe: Take a pack of rice crispies in a bowl and mix it up with fresh sliced bell peppers and diced onions. Add sweet corn for a juicy crunch.

Here is the twist to transform this easy and simple recipe into regional adaptations of popular snacks from the four regions of the country —

* From the East: Bengal is known for its spicy and delicious cuisine. Take a cue from their all-time favourite Jhal Muri and to Mazedaar Masala Munch Chaat, add half tea spoon of imli chutney, half a lemon juice and half teaspoon red chilli powder, half tablespoon finely chopped coriander, one teaspoon of Jeera powder, one teaspoon of chaat masala and salt to the masala recipe. Stir well for a lip smacking evening snack with a Bengali spicy twist

* From the West: The street food culture runs strong in western India, be it Gujarat or Maharashtra. Be inspired from Sev Puri Dahi Puri, lovingly called SPDP and to the Mazedaar Masala Munch Chaat, lay golgappas on a plate and fill them with masala recipe. Then add half cup mint coriander chutney, half cup sweet tamarind and dates chutney, half tea spoon imli chutney, half cup red chili garlic chutney, half a lemon juice with a pinch of Jeera powder or roasted cumin powder. This age-old favourite classic deserves a contemporary twist.

* From the North: Nothing beats evening tea with snacks in north India. Capture the moment with your family and add a bowl of Channe to the Mazedaar Masala Munch Chaat, add ginger, coriander powder, a tinge of black salt and cucumbers. Serve with a piping hot cup of tea.

* From the South: Serve the tanginess of south India for snacks with your family. Just take these quick steps to whip up a coconutty crunch. To the Mazedaar Masala Munch Chaat, add a handful of grated coconut. Temper with mustard seeds.

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What women from Delhi-NCR order most online?

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New Delhi, June 25: Online shopping is a continuously growing trend in India and the numbers of both sellers and buyers are increasing daily by whopping percentages. Without anyone’s surprise, women are the most active online shoppers for groceries and they are far more likely to seek information, entertainment and advice ‘on the go’!

Prashant Verma, Vice President, Marketing, Grofers, shares insights on the product categories which are popular among female customers in Delhi-NCR.

* Grocery: Women in Delhi-NCR never want to run short of daily use items like atta, rice, pulses, salt, sugar, cooking oil, spices, and toiletries. The key reason behind ordering these items online is its availability at a lesser price compared to super markets, every day. Grofers has over 400,000 users shopping only from this category, every month.

* Baby care products: The new mothers of Delhi-NCR are fond of online shopping too! Baby care items are one of the high selling product categories and products like baby soaps, talcum powders, creams, oils and diapers are ordered extensively on the online grocery platform and contribute to a 50 per cent retention on the platform.

* Home decor items: Love of decorating their homes is an inseparable part of any woman. Women online shoppers of Delhi-NCR love to brighten up their home by ordering drapes, cushion covers, table mats, rugs, carpets and wall-hangings.

Anshul Khandelwal, Head of Marketing at Foodpanda, gives in some of the trends basis user behaviour on the platform.

* Experimentative: Women are a key contributor to our customer base and are more likely to be experimentative with their food choices according to the trends we are witnessing at Foodpanda. We are seeing an uptake of international cuisines such as Lebanese, European, Mediterranean, Mexican and others by our women consumers.

* Satiating their sweet tooth: Ice creams, shakes and smoothies are picking up as home productsa category among women with about 15 per cent increase.

* Health conscious: Women are as health conscious today as the men who order food online. We witness both men and women are at par when it comes to searching for and ordering healthy bites on the platform.

* Early Dinner: Women users generally order their dinners earlier than the men. We see around 20 per cent spike in the orders placed by women between 7 and 8.30 pm.

Ayush Agarwal, Founder, Dezertfox, says that most of the females shoppers from South Delhi have their inclination for new age desserts like:

* Shoppers from Connaught Place and Greater Kailash region in New Delhi are fond of chocolate. Most of the order are for Choco Mocha Pudding and Chocolate Cakes. No wonder women like chocolate the most!

* Shoppers from South Delhi, especially Green Park and Amar Colony region, tend to show their love for new age dessert and seasonal flavours like Banoffee Pies and other cakes like Red Velvet, Tiramisu and others.

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Personal hygiene tips for hair, skin

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New Delhi, June 23: Live a healthy life, keep yourself happy starting with your own body and then mind. For starters shampoo a maximum of two to three times a week. If you sweat a lot, invest in an alcohol-free and sulfate-free dry shampoo, and cover your mouth while sneezing, coughing and washing your hands frequently to avoid transmitting germs, experts suggest.

Shikhee Agrawal, Head Training, The Body Shop India, and Rohit Murgai, category expert at VLCC Healthcare Pvt limited, have listed few points which are important for personal hygiene:

* For neat hair and breathable skin, bathe regularly to get away from the toxins and maintain a personal hygiene.

Use antiperspirants that decreases sweating and perspiration. Keep a fragrant body roll-on handy. For hair, regularly go for hair spas and condition your hair for a smooth and silky hair.

* Keep you skin hydrated and cover it up using a sunscreen. Also, make sure you keep a pore minimiser handy for face. Opt for SPF for skin protection as not only in sun but also indoors.

* Wash your scalp regularly and when needed. More importantly, don’t forget to rinse your hair after swimming and exercising.

* Combing or brushing too hard can increase the frizzy look. It also damages the cuticles, leads to hair breakage, and can become a cause of hair loss in the humidity. Try to minimize the number of times you would need to comb your hair. Add bounce and volume by going through it again with a nylon-bristle brush.

* Regular exfoliation of the skin is required, so exfoliate your skin on regular basis too know the needs of your skin and hair. You can scrub your skin and hair to remove the dirt and get away using the skin and hair scrubs.

* You must moisturise your hair with a hair mask or a fruit mask to increase blood circulation. For skin always keep your lotions or light weight sorbets ready for a healthy and smooth skin.

* Opt for Regular detox maintaining a detox diet and detox water. This helps to cleanse the body and bring in a natural glow.

* Do not forget to take care o your skin. Keep a lip conditioner or lip butter in your beauty pouch with SPF to keep them hydrated and screened all day long.

* Due to increased levels of sebum secretion, coupled with a lot of humidity and moisture in the air, hair tends to get all frizzy, unmanageable and unruly. Scalp gets too itchy and general levels of a having a bad hair day peak up. Use products with genuine argan oil to moisturise hair.

* Shampooing daily will strip your scalp off its natural oils that work to keep your hair manageable. Shampoo a maximum of two to three times a week. If you sweat a lot, invest in an alcohol-free and sulfate-free dry shampoo. But do use water to rinse the scalp as often as you may need.

* Indulge in a lot of deep conditioning treatments and hair spa in the summer. Try replacing your shampoo with a mask once a week. Rinse hair with water, apply the mask for a few minutes, rinse again, and air-dry.

* Body hair should be properly cleaned otherwise, sweat gets accumulated and can cause skin infection. Get regular waxing done, as it is not cosmetic but rather a health prerogative. Waxing and laser hair removal are your best options for removing body hair.

* Due to heat and sweat, acne often tends to aggravate, resulting in a breakout. If you have acne prone skin, cleansing is very important. Make sure to use a good anti-acne face wash for best results.

* Our skin tends to be oilier during sticky summer days. To help control it, use a toner to get rid of any excess oil. Toning removes all the stuff left behind on the skin after washing, such as makeup, dead skin cells or residue left from the cleanser.

* Good personal hygiene also includes covering your mouth while sneezing and coughing, washing your hands frequently to avoid transmitting germs.

 

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Things to keep in mind while buying leather shoes

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New Delhi, June 22: Shoes are a crucial part of a wardrobe especially the leather ones. A right pair can accentuate your look whereas a wrong choice can break your entire look no matter how great the outfit so opt for the one that suits your personality, comfort.

Ritesh Srivastava, CEO at Elitify.com and Jyoti Narula, Director at JOE SHU share a few tips to keep in mind while buying a pair of genuine leather shoes.

* Shoe surface: The tactile feel of the shoe surface plays a significant role in deciding the authenticity of leather by the buyer. A pair of genuine leather shoes will usually have a sanded and refinished surface. It would not have a plastic feel or artificial finish that is common with faux leather.

* The insole: One should examine the detailing of the inner lining of the shoes which is another important indicator of quality. Genuine leather shoes will have an extra padded insole that works as a cushion between the feet and the shoes giving comfort and ensuring a sturdy grip.

* Price factor: As a general rule genuine leather costs more. It demands a relatively higher cost for the kind of durability, aesthetic appeal and fine detailing it brings to the footwear.

* Finishing and stitching: Aesthetics play a very important role while choosing a pair of shoes. An elegant silhouette is what adds to instant appeal along with its perfect coloration. The stitching should also be neat and smooth, thereby depicting attention to detail. More so in handcrafted or hand painted shoes.

* Comfort: A fine craftsman of shoes will always focus on comfort along with the styling. There is nothing worse than a shoe that bites.

* Rich fragrance of leather: A crucial point in identifying a real leather shoe is its smell. A shoe made of genuine leather will always carry a rich fragrance which is a natural odour. Authentic leather will never smell of chemicals or plastic.

* The sole: Sole is an important indicator of quality. The better the sole and the lining the more comfort and grip it offers. The shoes should always be light in weight. An extra layer of the sole between the shoe body and the feet will give freedom to the wearer for long hours.

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