Choose hygiene over habit.

Madhur is not just sweet sugar. It is pure, sweet sugar.

Sugar is so tempting, isn’t it? The more you have, the more you want. What’s more, it goes into everything that is a heart’s desire — cakes, chocolates, cookies, brownies, candies, donuts — the list goes on and on and the mouth waters just to think of it.

The only sane thought that stopped us from plunging right into a sugar-feast was, “Is the sugar really pure?”

That was then. Now, with Madhur Sugar, nothing stands between us and sweet, heavenly sugar.

All because Madhur is not just sweet like other sugar, but it is also 100% pure!

While loose sugar is made using a sulphitation process, Madhur uses the Defeco Remelt Phosphatation Technology (DRP Technology). The difference is that the former method leaves sulphur traces on sugar granules. Knowing this and understanding our love for sugar, Madhur insists on using DRP Technology. It applies fully-automated filtration equipments and media to produce the best quality refined sugar.  

Thus, Madhur Sugar is made using sulphur free process and is hygienically packed.. So, from the time it leaves the factory till it reaches your home, nobody touches it.  Not the middlemen, not the shopkeeper, not the other consumers or certainly not the industrious ant.

In other words, Madhur makes it easy to give in to sugar. It’s sweet, it’s pure and it’s hygienic.

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Dryfruit milkshake

Dry fruits milkshake is a healthy beverage as well a great energy supplement for anyone who wants a quick boost of energy.

This milkshake is very rich in iron and calcium. good for occasions when you are low in energy levels and quickly wants o super charge your energy levels. this milkshake can also be prepared during fasting or vrat occasions too.

I have posted many milkshakes recipes in my blog like banana milkshakemango milkshake etc. i enjoyed all these milkshakes. but if i have to choose one milkshake which is packed with energy then i would mention this milkshake recipe. it is an ideal drink for growing up kids or for people looking for energy drinks.

I have used all the dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, cashews, raisins, dates, dried figs and a pinch of saffron in this milkshake. you can exclude any dry fruit you don’t have or increase as well as decrease the quantity as per your liking.

 

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This dry fruits milkshake is very filling and you might like to skip a meal after having it. i have used soy milk instead of regular milk to make it. you can use regular milk or also make with almond milk.

There will be tiny chewy bits of dates and figs in this milkshake and that online casino what makes this milkshake different from the regular ones. you can chew the figs and dates while drinking the milkshake.

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Dry fruits milkshake recipe below:

Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup unsalted pistachios, shelled
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 7-8 dates, chopped
  • 2-3 dried figs, chopped
  • a pinch of saffron (kesar)
  • 2.5 cups milk – chilled soy or dairy milk
  • sugar as required
  • a few dry fruits reserved from the above lot for garnishing – either slice or chop the dry fruits.
Instructions
  1. first blend all the dry fruits in ½ cup milk.
  2. then add sugar and milk.
  3. blend well.
  4. stir and pour in glasses.
  5. garnish with a few dry fruits slices and serve dry fruits milkshake immediately.

Chocolate mousse

Ingredients:
- 8 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup water, divided
- 2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/4 cups whipping cream; whipped with vanilla extract* until stiff peaks form
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract*

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Directions:
1. In a microwave or double boiler, heat chocolate, 1/4 cup water and butter until the chocolate and butter are melted. Cool for online casino 10 minutes.
2. In a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees F, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat; whisk in chocolate mixture.
3. Set saucepan in ice and stir until cooled, about 5-10 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into dessert dishes and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Cuppa cake for Mom on her day!

As a best friend and a confidante, a mother turns to you when everyone else turns away. She gives you hope when your heart is filled with despair. She picks you up when you fall. She gives you all the time and energy without expecting a thing in return.

It is time to recognize her efforts and let her know how much you appreciate all that she does for you. So, what have you planned for her special day? Delight her in a way that is simple and sweet.

All of us love surprises! We ascertain a big broad smile on your mother’s face online casino with this one. Bake a cake in her favorite mug with a potion of love! Serve it to her instead of the usual afternoon tea and watch her eyes twinkle with joy.

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Here is what you’ll need:

  1. ¼ cup maida, sifted
  2. 1 tsp coffee powder
  3. 1 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  4. 4 tbsp Madhur sugar, powdered
  5. ¼ tsp baking powder
  6. ½ tsp vanilla essence
  7. 1 tbsp butter some for greasing
  8. 2 tbsp milk
  9. 1 egg yolk, small
  10. Almond flakes for garnishing

How to go about it:

  1. Mix maida, cocoa powder, coffee, baking powder and Madhur sugar in a bowl.
  2. Mix milk, egg yolk, butter and vanilla essence in another bowl. Beat the mixture until fluffy and smooth.
  3. Stir all the ingredients together with a spatula until combined. Make sure there are no lumps in the batter and is of pouring consistency.
  4. Grease the microwavable mug in which you would like to bake the cake, with butter.
  5. Pour the batter into the mug. Pop it in the microwave for 3 mins on high.
  6. Take the mug out, pierce a toothpick through the cake; if it comes out clean, your cake is ready. If not, it needs some more baking.

In the end, don’t forget to give her a warm hug and let her know how much she means to you!

Roasted Strawberries & Buttermilk Ice Cream {Egg Free}

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I am kinda hooked on to this egg free ice cream base, which Jeni of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home has discovered. And why not, it’s super easy, free of hassle to cook the custard perfectly and nonetheless creamier than an egg based ice cream. And it comes without eggs, so you can feed it to a larger set of people and make them happy.

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This is my third attempt at her ice cream base, and I am a fan! I made lychee ice cream and mango and blueberry popsicles (I didn’t write about those popsicles, we gobbled them up fast before I could take pictures) using the glorious base and they were super fun!

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This time I took a recipe from her book and made this roasted strawberries and buttermilk ice cream. A delish way to use the last of the strawberries stash from the freezer. In fact, I had reserved them for making an ice cream only {even before I bought her book}.

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Roasting the strawberries concentrated the flavor, with evaporating some of the water. And a touch of lemon juice and buttermilk helped drawing out the subtle tartness of the fruit. One spoon full of this luscious ice cream, and you are straight into the spring heaven.

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There is nothing like a homemade ice cream. The one which is devoid of any artificial colors or essence. You can play around with ingredients, flavors, fruits, veggies or for that matter even herbs. Yeah, a basil ice cream next has been playing on mind. Till then, enjoy this lovely full of spring roasted online casino strawberries ice cream.

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Ingredients

Roasted Strawberries:

250 gm strawberries (hulled and sliced)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Ice Cream Base:

1 1/2 cup whole milk
2 tbsp cornstarch
4 tbsp cream cheese (I used Amul cream cheese spread)
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/4 cup low fat cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degree C. Combine the sugar in glass or ceramic baking dish, stirring gently to mix well. Roast for 8 minutes or until just soft (increase the roasting time by 5 minutes, if using frozen strawberries). Let cool slightly.
  2. Puree the strawberries with lemon juice in a food processor.
  3. For ice cream base, mix about 2 tbsp of milk with corn starch in a small bowl to make a slurry.
  4. Whisk together cream cheese and salt in a medium bowl until smooth.
  5. Combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar, honey in a sauce pan and bring to rolling boil over medium high heat and boil for 4 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Bring the mixture back to boil and boil over medium high heat and cook stirring about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  7. Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese until smooth. Let the mixture come to room temperature.
  8. Add the strawberry puree and buttermilk and mix well. Chill it in fridge, at least 5 hours or overnight.
  9. Freeze the ice cream in ice cream maker as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Store in freezer for another 4 hours before serving.

 

Double Chocolate doughnuts w. Chocolate sprinkles

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It’s no secret we’re fiends for chocolate around here–Sean especially…and today is his birthday! Yay! I made these doughnuts with my favorite dude in mind, piling chocolate on top of chocolate with a sprinkling of more chocolate for good measure.

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These doughnuts are of the baked variety–cake and tender with an intense chocolate flavor. The glaze is a super simple mixture of powdered sugar, cocoa, and milk. The chocolate sprinkles are actually chocolaty, not just brown, adding that extra little bit of decadence.

Double Chocolate Doughnuts

I used a heart shaped doughnut pan, making 1 dozen doughnuts–if you use a regular doughnut pan you should yield about 6 doughnuts. 

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350*F. Lightly spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sugar. In a large measuring cup whisk together the buttermilk, egg, butter, and casino online vanilla. Mix the wet mixture into the dry until just combined. Scrape the batter into a plastic bag, cut off the tip, and pipe batter into doughnut pan wells–about 1/2 way up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes (heart shaped) or 13 for regular doughnuts. Allow to cool about 5 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a rack to cool. Glaze and sprinkle once doughnuts have cooled.

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • Whisk all ingredients together until combined well. Add more powdered sugar to thicken or milk to thin, to desired consistency.

Another sweet year gone by

As we prepare to bid adieu to twenty-thirteen, let’s take a look at five unconventionally sweet things that happened this year.

1. Vegas cabbie turns in $300,000 found in back seat.

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While natural tendency may drive you to think the obvious, it takes a great measure of self-respect and control to curb the temptation and do the morally ‘right’ thing. Hats off to Mr. Gerardo Gamboa, who was named cabbie of the year for his honest act. Sir, you have our respect.

2. Meet the most generous Indian in 2013.

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While Indians aren’t usually known for their monetary generosity, a recent report regarding the China based, Hurun India Philanthropy List 2013, outlines a host of Indian entrepreneurs with a heart of gold. It is delightful to learn that education was the most important area for the Indian philanthropists with a total contribution of Rs.12,200 crore. Wipro chief Mr. Azim Premji topped the list of donors as the most generous Indian for 2013 with an empowering 8,000 crores! Now that’s sweet!

3Abdul Kareem – He came. He saw. He planted.

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Few ordinary people have a vision so great, it makes them extraordinary. In 1977, one such man bought 32 acres of barren land and turned it into a green forest. Commendable. The government of Kerala calls this lush green part of the state, Kareem’s forest. Kudos to you Mr. Kareem. The world needs more extraordinary gentlemen like you.

4. India is the 1st Asian country to step into the interplanetary space to explore Mars.

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At some point in our years growing up, we have all wondered what it would be like to go into outer space, into the vast and mysterious unknown. India has a proud moment to share with the world by cementing its position as the first Asian country to successfully realize this dream with its space expedition to explore Mars. We’re waiting with bated breath for 24th September 2014 to celebrate the Mars orbiter’s entry into the planet’s orbit.

5Want to control diabetes? Pop a pill.

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Diabetes is one of modern India’s biggest health challenges. By 2030, India’s diabetes burden is expected to cross the 100 million mark.
A breakthrough for science in India comes in the form of a pill. Diabetics can now replace irksome insulin injections with a pill to keep a tab on the condition. For years, researchers have sought a way to transform delivery of this therapy from a shot to a pill, but it has been a challenge. And while we don’t recommend anyone go overboard with his or her sweet intake, we thought this sweet invention deserves to be shared.

If you’ve come across something unconventionally sweet that you think deserves a mention here, do share. We’ll be glad to oblige.

Seven different uses of sugar.

Whenever, we hear the word “Sugar”, the first thing that comes to our mind is sweetness, naturally! We normally use sugar to enhance the taste in recipes. But, do we all know that sugar or sugar cubes are also used for various other things apart from cooking? Yes, listing a few more uses of sugar specially for you:

1. Soothe a burnt tongue:
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If you burn your tongue while eating or drinking something piping hot, apply sugar or sugar cubes on it; it helps relieve the pain and the burning sensation whatever the cause might have been.

2. Extend lipstick life:
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Sprinkle some sugar crystals over freshly applied lipstick, let it sit, and then lick it off. This will help set the lipstick and extend its life.

3.Homemade body scrub:
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Sugar makes for a splendid exfoliating agent in body scrubs. You can make a simple one by mixing sugar with oil (canola, almond, jojoba, or olive will work) to create a loose paste. Add some essential oil for a fragrance that eases away all the stress. Rub gently casino pa natet on your skin and then rinse off in the shower.

4. Clean your grinders:
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Sugar helps to clean your coffee bean and spice grinders. The sweet ingredient actually absorbs those flavours and the smell residues from coffee and spices put through the grinder. Pour 1/4 cup of sugar into the grinder and run it for 2 -3 minutes and then clean it with a sponge.

5. Keep Flowers Fresh:
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Add three teaspoons of sugar and two tablespoons of white vinegar to the water in your vase to keep those flowers fresh. The sugar feeds the stems and the vinegar stops the growth of bacteria.

6. Attack grass stains:
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Make a paste of sugar and warm water and apply it to grass-stained clothing, wait for an hour (or longer for tougher stains) and then wash as you normally do. The stain will be washed away completely.

7. To clean cruddy hands:
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Use sugar to clean extra mucky hands (thick paint, grease, grime). Add some sugar crystals to your soap lather to act as an abrasive. You can also use equal parts of sugar and olive oil, which soothes and moisturizes over-worked hands.

Ranga Alu’r Pantua (Sweet Potato Gulab Jamun)

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Ingredients:

Sweet potato: 4 medium (3 cups when boiled and mashed)

Flour: 2 tbsp

Sugar: 2 cups

Water: 3 cups

Cardamoms: 6-7

Khoya: 2 tbsp or 2 tbsp milk powder mixed with a few drops of water to make a thick paste

Oil: deep-frying

 

Method:

Rub and wash the skin of the sweet potatoes to get rid of all the dirt. With a thin and pointy knife poke through the sweet potatoes at 3-4 places. Place them in a pressure cooker and add 1 1/2 cups of water. Tighten the lid and cook on medium for 1 whistles. Let the steam dissipate in itself and then take out the potatoes one by one. You can also boil or steam then in a heavy bottom pan but at the end of cooking it should be soft so that you can mash them to a smooth dough.

To make the dough first I mashed them with my hand and then press little bit of this through a medium sieve. You can just process it in a mixer as well. Do this after online casino you peel the skin. Add the flour and knead to make a smooth dough.

Pinch small lemon buy non prescription viagra online size dough and place one cardamom seed and a pinch of khoya or milk powder paste in the middle. Close it and tightly roll between your palm to smooth the surface. Keep aside. Repeat with the rest of the dough. I got 2 dozens of pantua from the dough.

In a heavy bottom pan bring the water and sugar to a boil. Stir so that the sugar does not get burnt at the bottom. Once it comes to a boil pound and add 2 green cardamoms and let it simmer on medium flame till its thick. Once done it would be thick and sticky (almost 12-15 minutes). Keep this warm.

Heat oil for deep-frying in a heavy bottom pan. Once it”s very hot carefully place the gulab jamuns in a single layer. Do not over crowd the pan. Once the colour starts to change lower the heat to medium and fry till they are dark brown in colour. With a slotted spatula take them out one by one and dunk directly to the warm thick syrup. Let them get soaked at-least for 20-30 minutes to absorb the aroma and get super soft and pillowy.

 

A Homemaker”s Notes:
While mashing the boiled sweet potatoes make sure that it”s really smooth and while shaping try to roll it tightly between your palm. The surface should be smooth for a nice and evenly coloured finished product.

If you eat them immediately you might notice the sweet potato flavour. We prefer to rest it for 6-7 hours for the flavour to mature.

Following the Sweet Trail

sugarWe can follow the trail of sugar with the introduction of sugarcane cultivation in Mesopotamia, to Levant and from there on to the islands of the eastern Mediterranean, especially Cyprus, by the 10th century. This started with the Muslims traders who took the sugar from India to further, western shores.

The Crusaders who visited Jerusalem at the time saw caravans filled with what they referred to as “sweet salt”- funny huh, now we probably refer to salt as salty sugar, considering sugar is so much more common now than it was back then. And of course, the Crusaders took this awesome new sweet back to the old world i.e. Europe and introduced it to everyone there. Soon, the demand for sugar grew, people wanted more of the sweet stuff, and the only way to give it to them was to start growing your own sugarcane!

Venice set up estates in the early 12th century to produce sugar for export, where it was at the time a supplement sweetener, second to honey. Crusade chronicler William of Tyre, writing in the late 12th century, described sugar as “a most precious product, very necessary for the use and health of mankind.” Yes, sugar was a luxury condiment, right up there with gold and musk and pearls and spices, what a lofty position indeed for something that you can today find in your kitchen!

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The Sugar factory and the sugarcane plantation always co-existed in the very same plantation. Why you ask? The sugarcane once harvested was too expensive and heavy to transport to a separate factory, back then the only way to transport items was via animal labour or human labour, both of which were expensive and time consuming. It thus made so much more sense to keep the cane, the sugar, the press- everything in one place! This doesn”t mean that the process was as easy as it is today- with all our industrialization. Once the cane was harvested- by hand, it had to then be crushed, the extracted juice boiled to concentrate it into granules- all of this being an extremely intense and hands-on job for the workers. But don’t worry, the story gets better here onward.

Things started to change in the late 1300s, as a better sugar press was developed which doubled the juice obtained as compared to the traditional press.

And then Columbus came along, and discovered a new place- America, also referred to as “The New World”, he was actually looking to visit India, but we all know that story, don’t we?

Now in America, it was obvious that the sugar trade and sugar plantations had casino online found a new home. The various colonies from the different countries of Europe established their own sugar mills and plantations to supply the item back to their customers in the home country.

The Portuguese started the first mills in Brazil and soon there were more than 2000 sugar mills all over southern America. Approximately 3,000 small mills built before 1550 in the New World created an unprecedented demand for implements used in the trade.

All of these mills had to have highly important, mass produced implements and technology- and guess what that led to? Probably the Industrial revolution!! Yes, factories, which led to the railway transport explosion which led to life as we know it today. It all probably began with an obsession for sugar- that sweet delight!

Of course the price of sugar declined slowly as production became multi-sourced. By the 18th century all levels of society had become common consumers of the former luxury product. Sugar which began with being used only in tea was soon a part of confectionery  jams, and other savory items.

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And thus ends our story of how sugar, began its history in India as Shakkara, undertook a journey that saw it become a luxury item in Europe, was soon being created in America, leading to the beginning of the Industrial revolution, and then took over the world as the most common commodity that everyone across the world uses!