USHA Big Fat Goan HAT 2015

11049554_10156103683190251_4279534687597190249_nUSHA INTERNATIONAL sponsored ‘USHA Big Fat Goan HAT 2015’

USHA International, sponsored the ‘USHA Big Fat Goan HAT, the first ever Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Goa. Approved by Goa Tourism, it was a three day tournament slated between November 6th -8th 2015. Tournament started with pool games at Manderem Beach on 6th-7th November and finale was played on 8th November at Miramar beach, Goa.

2Usha Big Fat Goan Hat’15 was a 5 on 5 person game that was played in a beach format with two end zones. There were 100 international and national players and about 7 to 8 under-15 kids were competing in the tournament. Being a HAT tournament, players had registered individually and then grouped into teams. The tournament consisted of 24 teams of 4 to 5 players each. All the competing teams first played 7 Round Robins in pool stages. Further, top 4 teams played in the finals for the winner title of Usha Big Fat Goan HAT 2015.

Usha strongly believes in the brand ethos ‘Play’ and thereby supports and promotes a wide array of sports initiatives across the country which includes the Mawana Marathon, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf (junior and ladies), IPL, cricket for deaf and football.

1Ultimate, a global sport recognized with the international Olympic association, blends perfectly with the Usha brand ethos ‘Play’. Usha has been associated with ultimate for more than four years now.

The new age appliances from the company, like Infiniti Cook Halogen Oven, slow juicers, on the go blenders, air coolers with ionizers and many other appliances also represent Usha’s commitment to promote a fun, active and healthy lifestyle.

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“It’s (Usha Halogen Oven) a very good product I’m satisfied with the overall product… I get a complete solution to cook Low Fat Precision Cooking suited for defrosting and barbecuing and is perfect for cooking all kinds of food.” –  Vidya Lakshmi , Food Vlogger.

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The Art of Sandwich Making

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There is a big difference between a sandwich that makes you say ‘meh’ and one that leaves you speechless. You’re much too busy devouring it to even think of adjectives to define it. But what’s that defining factor in a drool-worthy sandwich? We’ll fill you in on the secret – it’s all about how it’s made. Truly, it’s an art form, so here’s a quick crash course in the art of sandwich making.

2Rule #1: It’s All About the Bread

Plain old white sandwich bread has its place, but it’s not on a great sandwich. You need a good canvas on which to build your masterpiece. Artisan breads, rustic loafs, something with a little sustenance of its own. Think ciabatta, sourdough or a great multi-grain bread. A great rule of thumb is to only use bread that you would eat on its own. You can always try and toast the bread with a USHA toaster, to add flavour to your bread. Toasters that are equipped with four bread slots, will help you get it done in a jiffy.

Rule #2: The Filling Facts

We all have different tastes, so by all means, use ingredients you love. But might we make a few suggestions for upgrades? If you usually load up your sandwich with sliced deli lunch meat, why not try swapping it out for leftover chicken, steak, or any other meat you’ve cooked? Don’t rule out pork roast or meatloaf either – they can make an excellent sandwich filling! For the usual lettuce, try peppery arugula, watercress, or mixed greens.

Feel free to expand your horizons too. Play with other ingredients. Maybe, avocado to give your sandwich a bit of creaminess, or some sundried tomatoes for a rich flavor. Remember, it’s all about building layers of flavor that work together with each other. Try toasting the bread in a USHA Sandwich maker to add a crisp texture.

1Rule #3: Dress That Sandwich Up!

Mayonnaise is good. Yellow mustard? Fine. But you know what’s even better? Garlic mayo or dijonnaise. Creating a gourmet sauce for your sandwich is as easy as taking the usual suspects and adding a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of minced garlic, whatever it is you like. The most important thing to remember is not to overdo it. Moderation is the key when it comes to dressing. Too much and you’ll end up with an overpowering, or worse yet, soggy sandwich. In case you like your cheese melted and sticky, use a Sandwich maker – this is specially recommended if you are using cheese slices.

Rule #4: Think of it as Sandwich Architecture

 Sure, anybody could slap some meat and veggies onto a slice of bread, but a little forethought can make all the difference. Just follow these steps of sandwich crafting:

  1. Untitled-1If you’ve purchased unsliced bread, cut your sandwich slices a little thicker than the usual pre-sliced stuff. If you’re using a sub or hoagie roll, be sure not to cut all the way through. Form a sort of cradle to hold your fillings by only cutting 2/3 of the way through the bread and tearing out a bit of the bread inside.
  2. If you’re using a creamy or oily sauce, lay that down next. It’ll form a barrier between the bread and the topping, making it less likely to get soggy.
  3. Cheese is the next step. This will help add some strength to your bread and hold the filling up better.
  4. Next, place the meat and top it off with any of the wet ingredients (i.e. tomatoes, greens, and other vegetables).
  5. Use a sandwich maker to add texture and to keep everything in place.

Voila! You’ve just created the perfect sandwich. Now stop reading and bite into the edible masterpiece!

Winter Shots!

amla Honey ShotsWith winter setting in cough and cold are in the air and are very easy to catch. Smoothen this change of season with a few shots! No not Tequila shots, but healthy Amla shots. Amla, also known as the Indian Gooseberry is a rich source of Vitamin C and even contains more of it than Oranges, which are known for the aforementioned Vitamin. We also tend to eat more of comfort food during this season, thereby putting on weight. An Amla Shot a Day will keep all that away too!

Use your Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder to make this healthy concoction with ease, its durable and efficient blade will ensure that your final shot is smooth and easy on your throat. The JMG’s detachable parts also make it easy to clean.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Amla, deseeded and chopped roughly
  • 1 tsp Amla crush syrup
  • Pinch of star anise powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup of water

 Method

  • Combine amla, amla crush, star anise powder and 1 cup of water in a mixer and blend till smooth. Strain the liquid and keep aside.
  • Combine the strained liquid and honey and mix well in a mixing glass.
  • In each shot glass, pour equal quantity of the juice
  • Serve garnished with a star anise on the rim of each glass

The Defending Blueberry Smoothie

Juice BluebberryBlueberries aid the immune system by neutralizing the free radicals produced during metabolism thereby protecting the body from harmful effects.  Making them an ideal must-have before a Game, helping us to strengthen our immune system which at times gets compromised during intensive pre-match exercise routines.  As such a glass of Blueberry Smoothie will do you a lot good before a game or an exercise routine.

This unique Smoothie is especially great for kids since they are more prone to viral infections, now that winter is knocking at our doors. And you know kids, come rain or cold their playtime is sacred. Besides it is Blue in colour – a colour, no kid can resist in the liquid form.

Make this smoothie with ease with the Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder 3274, which comes equipped with 5 different functions, Anti drip spout and Overheat protection for safety. The JMG also features unique detachable parts for easy cleaning and storage; along with a 2 litre extra large pulp container for convenience.

And this is how you make this yummy-licious Smoothie:

Ingredients

  • ½ cup vanilla soy milk (optional)
  • 1 cup vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 ½ tsp honey
  • 1 cup blueberry yoghurt

Method

Place all the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Go Bananas: The Sports Drink

Banana Green ROriginally the scientific name for banana was musa sapientum, meaning ‘fruit of the wise men,’ it could very well been called musa ludum or ‘fruit of the sportsmen.’ Besides being a good source for vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber, they are great for sports and workouts because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during a game or exercise. As such a Banana Shake makes for an apt pre-match or pre-exercise drink. Add to that Spinach and you have unlimited Popeye power to tap into.

The best place to make this one-of-a-kind Banana Green Smoothie is the Usha JMG 3274, which features fully safe operation with 5 different functions, Anti drip spout and Overheat protection for safety. The Juicer Mixer Grinder’s large feeder tube for full fruit juicing will help you fit in all the ingredients nice and proper, while the safety function ensures that the Juicer does not operate unless properly fitted. Its 5 functions include – Juicing, Blending, Mixing, Light grinding and Mincing. That’s like having your own food preparation Team!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup baby spinach or to taste
  • 1 carrot ( cut into large chunks)
  • ¾ cup plain yoghurt or to taste
  • ¾ cup ice
  • 2 tbsp honey

Method

Place spinach, banana, carrot, yoghurt, ice and honey in a blender; blend until smooth.

Berry Berry Nice Smoothie

Juice1Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie is the ideal morning drink for the family. It is great for those who love a quick nutritious breakfast on the go and those who relish a long extended breakfast. It will please even those little kids who won’t touch anything on their plates unless there is something exotic on the table.

The Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder 3274 is ideal for making this healthy and delicious potion in a jiffy. Its stylish look and safety lock make it perfect for the breakfast table ensuring there is never any spillage. The JMG 3274 also features a large feeder tube for full fruit juicing; for you are bound to skip between strawberries, apples, oranges and pears as days come and go. It will also help you to meet all your other needs – breakfast, lunch or dinner – from juicing, grinding, and mixing to light grinding and mincing.

Ingredients

  • 8 strawberries (diced)
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • Use Mawana Select Sugar to taste
  • 2 drops vanilla essence
  • 6 ice cubes (crushed)

Method

  1. In a blender combine strawberries, milk, yogurt, Mawana Select Sugar and vanilla. Toss in the ice.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.Strawberries

Health, Wealth & Rasgullas!

A few years back a study conducted by Consumer Voice, a NGO supported by the ministry of Consumer Affairs, found Canned Rasgullas to be a Health Hazard. Times of India ran an article stating “If you think canned Rasgullas are a better option than khoya-based sweets this Diwali, think again.” (http://goo.gl/sieNZZ)Rasgulla

This Diwali keep your family healthy by making your own Rasgullas easily with the Usha Electronic Pressure Cooker (EPC), which is also engineered to preserve essential nutrients in your food. If you think this is going to be a hassle, think again, because the Usha EPC is efficient, fast and saves time leaving you with hours and hours to have fun and join in the festivities. The EPC’s electronically controlled precision cooking system and variable food cooking options will also allow you to cook various other festive dishes with ease. Talk about having your Rasgulla and eating it too!

Ingredients: (Servers 10 -12 persons) keep-calm-and-eat-rasgulla

  • 1 liter toned milk, 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp flour (Maida)
  • 2 pinches baking powder

Syrup

  • 1¼ cups sugar, 3 cups water

Method:

  1. Boil the milk. Add vinegar and immediately switch off the gas. Add 1 liter bottle of water to cool the chhena. Strain. Put tap water immediately. Spread the chhena on the kitchen cloth for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Mash the chenna with the palm till smooth. Add maida and baking powder and mix very well.
  3. Put water and sugar in the Usha Electric Pressure Cooker. Set the knob at mark 3. Cook without covering. Wait till the syrup comes to boil.
  4. Make small balls of the chhena mix and put them in the sugar syrup and cover the lid. Pressure cook till knob turns to keep warm mode. Switch off the USHA EPC and wait for the pressure to drop by itself.
  5. Remove Rasagullas with the syrup from the cooker and transfer to a bowl and refrigerate. Serve chilled.

And get ready for healthy snacking!

Diet Hard Or Gone in 8 Minutes

Mary Kom at The HAB by USHA

Mary Kom at The HAB by USHA

Years and months of training are all put to test in just 8 minutes inside the boxing ring. The result of all your disciplined routines of exercises, practice bouts and diet plans either will see you through or rest you in peace with the knockout that you never see coming.

When it comes to Mary Kom, though she follows a regular and a much MC BWdisciplined diet and training routine, it was not so during her initial years. As a struggling boxer she was “fighting five years without any good diet. No supplement, no eggs. No breakfast. Just lunch and dinner, vegetable only and rice. Sometimes when the relative I am staying with in Imphal, when he gets salary, then we get meat. Once a month.”

mary_kom copyHowever as the medals kept coming things got better, both her diet plans and training regime improved. Gone were the days of protein-less life. Today, she survives on light snacks before her training, followed by a healthy breakfast. Lunch around 2 and Dinner before 9 pm. And in between, she drinks a lot of juices, ending her day with a glass of milk. Morning follows with a similar diet routine coupled with her training schedule, which consists of early morning runs, followed by punching and kicking the Punching bag for an hour. And o’ course bouts of practice fighting, follow.

While at The HAB by Usha Mary Kom claimed that this routine helped her to lose 2 kgs a day, after her pregnancy! Impossible though that may seem to us, we all can try and live healthy lives, even with our offices, meetings and daily chores. No, you won’t lose 2 kgs a day but healthy you will stay. The secret dietary plan that normal boxers follow, which you could too in order to stay in shape goes something like this: To begin with skip from 3 heavy meals a day to 6 small meals a day – smaller meals keep you energized and keep your metabolism high.

From: Expert Boxing

From: Expert Boxing

Workout on the above graph would translate into your daily official chores in place of rigorously punching bags or co-workers around the office! We highly recommend you refrain from the punching part.

If you do have a craving for fried food, which is natural – cook them using devices that use minimum amount of oil like the USHA Halogen Oven (click for recipes). For snacks sandwiches work best and USHA has some of the best Sandwich Toasters around, pick one up for your light in-between meals – they are pretty portable too.

Usha Halogen Oven and Sandwich Toaster

Usha Halogen Oven and Sandwich Toaster

And no diet as stated by Mary Kom, Dietitians and a zillion boxers is complete without fresh juices. The USHA Juicer Mixer Grinder can be your best friend here. And if you are looking for what juices to drink, we have a complete Juice Therapy course for you. Click Here.

Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder

Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder

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Kitchen Vastushastra Explained

The USHA Kitchen

The USHA Kitchen

Lately there has been a resurgence in ancient Indian philosophy from a very scientific point of view. Take for instance the myth of Dashaavatar where the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu can be viewed within an evolution perspective, as Homo Sapiens moved from Matsya (the fish), Kurma (the amphibious tortoise), through Narshima (half man-half beast),  Rama (the ideal Man) and finally to Kalki (the destroyer of beings – resembling Darwin’s struggle for ‘survival of the fittest’). Similarly Vastushastra or the ancient Hindu doctrine of temple architecture is today being used more and more to plan out living spaces. A huge treatise in itself, of which we will only discuss the kitchen in this post. However, even as we take our first baby steps into the world of Kitchen Vastushastra let me warn you that things have changed – people live differently today. And with new lifestyles old ways innovate with style. So switch on to a New Life With USHA. 

USHA COOKTOPS: Vastu dictates the cooking stove to be at South-East

USHA COOKTOPS: Vastu dictates the cooking stove to be at South-East

Let’s begin with the most basic kitchen appliance, the Cooking Stove / Cooktop. Vastu dictates that it should be at the South-East and shouldn’t be too close to the wall. The former is simple space logic, having a stove at the South-East allows people to store both kitchen utensils and grocery/ingredients along the South and West for easy access. As the ancient laws also dictate that storage units for essential commodities like grains, pulses spices and other non-perishable commodities should be stocked along the South or the West direction. Regions where sunlight wasn’t really necessary – as most ancient kitchens windows were in the East, giving the previous farming communities early access to sunlight.

USHA HOODS, enable you to place your cooktop at any distance from the walls

USHA HOODS, enable you to place your cooktop at any distance from the walls

As for the latter reason of avoiding stoves too close to the walls was because during those days most homes were built with combustible materials; and people were just being cautious.However, today with the emergence of Hoods and new building materials this rule has almost become redundant in most urban homes.

USHA WATER DISPENSER: Store water towards the North East

USHA WATER DISPENSER: Store water towards the North East

The ancient Treatise also instructed people to build their kitchen sinks and store their Drinking water towards the North-East of the Kitchen, this was to ensure that the early morning rays killed the germs thereby keeping the water purified. Similarly fruits and other perishable materials were stored by the water for the very same reasons, which today could be replaced as a place for our Juicers.

USHA JUICERS: Keeping fruits by the window if not inside a Fridge makes sense

USHA JUICERS: Keeping fruits by the window if not inside a Fridge makes sense

Other Cooking Utensils were to be stored next to or near the cooking stove for convenience, in ancient times it could have meant pots and pans, as they were frequently used. For us it would mean our Ovens and Fryers, which would help us to keep a lookout on things – if we happen to be cooking more than a single dish at a time using various different appliances.

USHA FRYER: Appliances located close will help you watch-over your dishes

USHA FRYER: Appliances located close will help you watch-over your dishes

That’s some science titbits behind the glorious art of Vastu, but as we had mentioned earlier, times have changed and with our modern USHA appliances you can place anything, anywhere as you like; as long as you add logic and a little style to it.

USHA HALOGEN OVEN: Happy Cooking!

USHA HALOGEN OVEN: Happy Cooking!

Thinking of rearranging your kitchen? Go ahead and Play with USHA kitchen appliances – Jaw-dropping both in style and the delicious recipes they can cook up.

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