Monday, April 14, 2014

Cashkaro coupon site - A Review

These days online shopping has become very popular,convenient and time saving. I too am addicted to online shopping and now it has become an habit. Its so difficult to go to malls along with kids and husband. It becomes so chaotic with them that we forget what we came for and land up in the food court tired and exhausted. Hope it is the same story with every women :)

Online shopping  is slowly and steadily becoming part of our lives.It is comfortable ,convenient and we get to browse so many varieties just sitting in the couch. It also actually save money and time.These days lots of sites have free shipping, return and refund policies.You can also choose between online pay or COD( cash on delivery). Everything is so safe and well organized.




I was approached by Cashkaro.com for a review and was a little skeptical thinking how can someone get cash in return after shopping. This is how it works.

Why Cashkaro.com

1. Great Cashback offers:
Through Cashkaro.com you can earn Cashback on retailers you shop at. All you need to do is visit the retailer's website through Cashkaro.com & shop. It's that simple! For example, if you visit Myntra via Cashkaro.com & shop, you will get Rs 180 Cashback from us. We have over 500 brands.

2. Coupons with Cashback:
We also have coupons from these top brands like Myntra, Snapdeal, Jabong, Zovi, Yebhi.com, Tradus and many more. Unlike other coupon sites, not only do you get the instant coupon savings you also get Cashback on top. This makes us the most rewarding website in India.

3. Cashback and coupons on International Brands:
Our parent company is based in the UK, which gives us access to many international brands like Expedia, Hotels.com, Hilton and many more. No other Cashback site in India gives you access to these brands.

4. Restaurant offers:
We are actively tying up with the best restaurants in your city and are launching this platform soon. With our exclusive restaurant offers you can easily save 1000s on your next meal.

5. Earn free money:
We work with many of India's largest brands. Because you are shopping with them anyway, by being a member of Cashkaro.com and visiting these brands via us you get extra Cashback and coupon discount. Saving has never been this easy.

6. Cashkaro.com is free to use:
Using Cashkaro.com is ALWAYS free. There are no admin fees, no joining costs or any other hidden costs. We are paid by the retailers we promote like Myntra, Snapeal, Zovi and India Times Shopping.

7. India's most attractive referral program:
For every friend, family member or colleague you refer to Cashkaro.com, you get a lifetime referral bonus of 10%. So 10% of everything your referrals earn comes to you. So if your friend earns Rs 5000 a year in Cashback, you earn Rs 500. This comes from us as a thank you. You can refer all your friends easily via Facebook, Twitter or email.



How Cashback Works?

Join Cashkaro.com & Browse offers from 500+ brands
Click-through & Shop
Click out of Cashkaro to the retailer's website e.g. Myntra. Now shop like you normally do transaction gets tracked. After you shop, within 72 hours we add your cashback to your cashkaro account & send you an email. This remains in 'Pending' status till the retailer pays us cashback gets confirmed. As soon as we get the commission from retailers we change the status of your Cashback to 'Confirmed'. This usually takes between 4-12 weeks. Get Paid!
When you have Rs 250 or more as 'Confirmed' Cashback , you can request payment and we transfer the money to your bank account for free

Cashkaro.com is the India's No.1 Cashback and coupons site. Their goal is to help their members save on their regular online purchases at leading Indian and International Brands. Their cashback and coupon partners includes your favourite brands like Jet Airways, Yatra, Expedia, Flipkart, Myntra and 100s more. Other coupons site gives you only free coupons, but Cashkaro.com gives you coupons and cashback too.
Cashkaro has turned one recently and is celebrating its success by giving away some amazing gifts check here to know more .

Cashkaro.com sets Cashback in Motion - the New Wave in E-commerce

Cashkaro.com is the first cashback site to reach the Rs 1.5 Crore mark in Cashback paid
to members within a year of operations; quickest by any cashback site yet

Members earn cashback on every transaction made via Cashkaro.com on partner brands like Amazon.in, Jabong, Myntra, Yatra.com & 500 more, over and above discounts already available

Created one of the most cost effective customer acquisition platforms for partnering
e-commerce brands in India

Categories Fashion and Electronics contribute highest, followed by Travel and Babycare

Company expects to reach the Rs 5 crore mark in Cashback paid by end 2015

Happy Shopping and saving!

Friday, April 4, 2014

7th blog Anniversary with Magnum Icecream

It's been an amazing journey so far, I lost track of time and forgot that my blog is now seven years old. Didn't know that when kids grow older our responsibilities multiply! I am hardly posting recipes and only doing the review part these days.

A big "Hearty Thank You" to all my readers and visitors for your support, patience and encouragement all through these years. Please keep visiting and commenting. This keeps me inspired to blog. This year started with a big bang for me! I got the meet the very handsome and modest Indian celebrity chef and restaurateur Kunal Kapur and attend his masterclass!

Kunal Kapur is one of the most celebrated faces of Indian cuisine today. He is Chef extraordinaire, TV show host, winner of several culinary awards and the author of recently launched cookbook- ‘A Chef in Every Home’. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one cuisine in the world and empowering everyone through power of cooking to become self-sufficient. Chef Kunal (Executive Sous Chef, The Leela, Gurgaon) has been recognised amongst the Best Chefs in India by National Weekly Magazine - India Today. Recently, the Food & Nightlife Magazine adjudged him as the “Gourmet Guru”. He has been honored as one of the Top 20 chefs of India.

The event started like an interactive session with the chef. It was real pleasure to meet him. He started asking us about chocolates, the various types, test to identify the  best chocolate and how Magnum is different! We got 3 samples of chocolates and were asked to do a taste test.
For me eventually all were chocolates but I liked the bitter sweet one better and it was a nice start up!
Then came the tasting of Magnum Ice creams which was served in 3 different flavors. Chef Kunal Kapur wanted us to take the first bite and asked us how it feels after the very first bite! We were all speechless and were more keen on continuing the ice cream :)
Next was the creativity part. We got divided into teams and were given some ingredients along with the ice cream. We had to create something out of the given items.
I grabbed a few ingredients and found some gummy bears so we all decided to create traffic signals and a sundae out of them. This is what it eventually turned out to be :)

Though we all ended up with messy and sticky fingers we had so much fun creating it all! But the chef  created his master own piece which was standing out amongst us !

He even explained how to get the angry look of the bird with the placement of its eyes! That was simply awesome!
The event happily came to end with some refreshments, photo sessions, autographs, and goodie bags!



About Magnum:
Unilever’s biggest impulse ice-cream brand globally, Magnum not only dominates entire Europe but also is making giant waves across U.S., Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. Its currently sold in more than 40 countries.Made from the finest Belgian chocolate and velvety smooth ice-cream, each bar of Magnum is crafted skillfully from bean to bite to invoke a sophisticated sensuous sensation, keeping perfect balance between bitter, sweet and milky. It’s a luxurious choc o-bar on a stick, fairly sophisticated flavors — vanilla wrapped in a neat, sturdy shell of Belgian chocolate.Magnum strongly believes " A day without pleasure is a day lost... " .They say if you haven't tasted Belgian chocolate you haven't experienced pure pleasure.
Magnum in India :
After a successful launch in Chennai last year ,the impulse ice cream brand is all set to make waves this summer in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune.
Magnum ice creams are made with 100% pure Belgian chocolate. They are delicious, creamy ice-creams covered in a thick layer of Belgian chocolate shell
Magnum’s “distinctive crack”- The sound and sight of the Belgian chocolate shell breaking when one first bites into the ice cream is signature Magnum
Magnum is one of the world’s largest chocolate ice cream brands and is owned by Unilever. As Unilever’s biggest impulse ice-cream brand globally, Magnum not only dominates Europe but is also making waves across the U.S. and Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. 
Magnum truly is an intense and remarkable experience of pleasure. It delivers pleasure experiences that are sensorial and intense, the kind that leaves you completely satisfied. It has a perfectionist approach.  From crafting to ingredient selection, there’s attention to every detail
Flavors available in India :
Classic: Plain vanilla ice cream covered in Belgian milk chocolate shell. Perfect for those who don’t like too much frills while enjoying an ice cream bar.

Almond: Plain vanilla ice cream covered in Belgian milk chocolate shell with almond nuts. Perfect for those who like some crunch in their ice cream.

Chocolate Truffle: Plain chocolate ice cream with chocolate truffle syrup covered in Belgian milk chocolate shell. Perfect for the chocoholics out there who like a good mix of creamy and bitter chocolate ice cream.
My Hearty Thanks to Sameer Malkani of Food Bloggers Association, India (FBAI) for sending me the invite and making it a memorable evening for me!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Apollo Cradle - Women's day Special!

We celebrated International Women's day on March 8th at Apollo Cradle which is a famous boutique birthing center. I along with other women bloggers, were invited for a good cause. As a salute to all women, Apollo Cradle unveils the Age-wise health check up package for women of all age group on this occasion.


We had lunch at Punjab Grill with  Mr. Uday, General Manager Apollo, Dr. Suresh.G, Medical Director, Apollo Cradle and Dr.Priya, who heads the Value Added Services Team. It was an elaborate lunch with lots of conversation! Then we were taken on a tour around the hospital facilities by Mr. Uday Davda. It was indeed state of art facilities!


we saw tiny premature babies in their incubators at the NICU attended by the specially trained nurses. The recovery rooms and the consultation rooms have been designed keeping in mind the special needs of the mother to be, baby and the family attending to her. There is a bedside buzzer and one at the washroom which is used in case of emergency by the Mother, which brings Nurse in to help within 30 seconds as Mr.Uday demonstrated to us! Extremely reassuring for the recovering guest, specially when no family is around. The hospital also offers services to pick up patients from home during emergency.
All the furniture and interiors are well planned and designed so as to assure the safety of the new mom and baby.

 Proactive health screenings though on the rise in the recent years, can do with more awareness, specifically with regard to women.

A regular health check-up is of paramount importance in every woman's life. In her everyday attempts to excel, a healthy mind and body is a woman's best ally. AHLL's Age- Specific health check packages are specially crafted keeping in mind the changing facets of health with age. The packages are customized to cater to the specific health requirements of women in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

These health packages address the need for regular screening tests, since there are a host of health related issues'  say Apollo Cradle.

It is indeed a very good idea to have age specific health check ups for women, since we always tend to ignore our health until something serious happens!
This pictures are age specific packages starting from teens, twenties, thirties, forties and fifties!
Health Teens : A healthy adolescent is a healthy adult. Emotional and physical health during this difficult phase, personal hygiene, weight issues, timely immunization and other tests are part of this package.

Health Twenties Package : Pre-marital screening helps address any health issues early, gearing up the young woman for a healthy motherhood. This package includes early diagnosis of any medical disorders, safe sex and contraceptive advise to help aid safe pregnancy and other related tests.

Health Thirties : Stress contributes to conception issues. And then there are other health issues like bone loss, skin tone and weight gain. This package aims at addressing these issues, helping pave the way for physical and mental wellness  during the years to come.
Health Forties : A phase when hormonal changes in a woman's body bring about physical and emotional challenges to deal with. Mood swings, menopausal issues, timely screening and early detection of medical disorders and cancer, graceful aging and help with weight challenges, along with other tests are part of this package.

Health fifties: Age and menopause bring more challenges, physical and emotional. Bone health, prolapsed uterus, stress incontinence, handling empty nest syndrome, weight management, early detection of cancer and other tests are part of this package.

Cervical Cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases today, studies showing that one woman dies every 7 minutes of cervical cancer. This cancer is caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The infection caused by HPV most of the times disappears without treatment sometimes stays in the cells of some women, eventually causing cervical cancer. Along with regular screening, HPV vaccine is the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer. All women who are sexually active are potentially at risk of contracting the virus. Hence the best time for a woman to get herself vaccinated is before she becomes sexually active, the best age to get vaccinated is 11-12 years. Vaccine at later years may not be very effective.

These health packages are available at Apollo Cradle & Apollo Clinics*. As an introductory offer all consumers can avail a 25% discount on the package till March 31st, 2014.

Disclaimer: The above information has been compiled from the pamphlets provided by Apollo Cradle. This post is an attempt to help spread awareness about health screenings for women.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pav Bhaji Bread Bowl and Pav Bhaji tikkis

Pav Bhaji being everyone's favorite I thought of giving it a new make over :) So I thought why not make a bread bowl. My kids loved the idea!
I received some samples of vegit's Pav Bhaji mix which is a ready made Pav Bhaji mix. Awesome isn't it! Why go through an elaborate time consuming process of making bhaji when we can do it in minutes.

  
 
Preparation 

Heat 50grams butter in frying pan on a low flame. Add 100grams chopped tomatoes and fry on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
To this add 100grams of pav bhaji mix and mix well on a low flame. Add 500ml water and stir on a low flame for 15 minutes till water is absorbed.
Mash the pav bhai and garnish with fresh coriander leaves and half tsp. butter.
To make the bread bowl, the buns should be firm. Gently scoop out the upper part of the bun with knife and spoon. Place some bhaji inside it, top it with butter and serve warm with lemon wedges and chopped onions!



Pav Bhaji Tikkis
 
Follow the exact procedure given above to make the Bhaji. Make the bhaji a little dry leaving very little moisture so that tikkis can be made.
Make the patties/tikkis and coat them with bread crumbs. In a pan/tava add 1tsp oil and place the tikkis. Fry them till golden. Serve with ketchup!

About Vegit
Vegit, an agro division of Merino group and a leading brand in ready to cook segment, announced expansion of its product portfolio in Bangalore market with the launch of ever famous Vegit Pav Bhaji for the Retail HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant & Catering) segment. Priced at Rs. 60 for Retail, Vegit will now be available with a range of 9 new snacks mixes along with its flagship product ‘Aloo Mash’ (Potato Flakes), thereby strengthening its presence in Indian market. 

Keeping in line with the tradition of offering tasty, nutritive food that offers immense convenience, Vegit Pav Bhaji mix offers 100% classic Indian flavor and its preparation involves only 10% of time and effort on cooking, without missing the taste of traditional pav bhaji. Vegit Pav Bhaji mix comes in an innovative refreshed, clutter free packaging, which brings convenience into your kitchen.

Vegit products are healthy and contain the much essential vitamins and nutrients. The USP of these products “Hamara Mix, Aapka Twist” being that they can be prepared as it is or with a “Twist” as the consumer is free to experiment and modify the dish as per their taste buds.

Vegit has a wide array of products starting from the flagship products Aloo Mash (Potato Flakes) to 9 mouthwatering instant Indian snacks viz Pav Bhaji, Burger Patty, Aloo Tikki, Aloo Bonda, Soya Rolls, Cheese Balls, Hara Bhara Kebabs, Shammi Kebabas and  Veg cutlets.

Vegit is the agro division of Merino Group, spread equally between making of Potato Flakes and sumptuous Snacks Mixes and is committed to providing an international standard products that has been domestically produced. The integration of complete agri operations from tissue culture to food processing has assured the consistent supply of best quality products and has established a sustainable market for itself both with the domestic and international buyers.
Vegit offers a range of snacks mixes which are all simple, fast, neat and ready to make and also exports the products and reaches out to the retail sector and also the industrial catering units, restaurants and hotels. For more information visit Vegit at www.vegit-merino.com and www.merinoindia.com