Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ASK ME - an app to provide you all infos you need to lead your life hassle-free

  In today's techno world, we are so much dependant on our phones, oops sorry, on our Smartphones, that without that device we are like nowhere. When most of our smartphones are flooded with different types of apps from editing our pics till social networking, a good and friendly utility apps are what we always look for. If you are moving to a new city, where you have no idea where to go for shopping, for doctor, or school and everything else, then this utility apps come most handy. There are many such utility search engines available, but each one lacks something. One with not enough dtabase or another with non-friendly UI and so on. Well, no more worries, one such app has already in our hand to solve all our queries. ASK ME, an initiative of Getit Infoservices Pvt. Ltd. is a standout android application to win your heart for sure.
      Why standout ? Well, they have an extensive database of information listing your local businesses, schools, doctors, restaurants, shopping outlets, movie halls and everything you need from 18 big and small cities of India. Anyone can grab their service through various channels like internet, mobile app and voice service no. 4444 4444 44(10 times 4). I have recently downloaded this app and checking it all its services. It totally surprising me in a good way and now I'm addicted to it.

   The most fascinating thing about this app is, along with the local search engines, they have combined online shopping, travel deals, classified ads and deals posting for buyers and sellers, even put together lots of useful infos about food, health, gadgets, fashion, interiors and so many topics into one app. Therefore, ASK ME is using the tagline,"Baap of all apps(father of all apps)". And I'll say very true it is.....................

Some important key features of ASK ME app :
  • Search for businesses near you
  • Get great deals offered by your favorite local businesses
  • Latest classifieds on mobile, jobs, cars, real estate and more
  • Add reviews, photos, and tips for your favorite businesses
  • Make your own listings of your favorite local businesses
  • Read reviews to know about good businesses (and not so good) in your city
  • Share favorite businesses with friends via SMS, email, Facebook and Twitter
  • Look up addresses and phone numbers for thousands of businesses, and call them instantly from ASKME app
  • Additional Business information, such as ratings, payment methods and opening hours, to help make your choice easier

Downloading this App :
It's a free app and you can download this without any difficulty from Google Playstore from this link :
It will soon be available on APP STORE too. It is compatible for any Android device that has after the version 2.2. It takes very less memory (only 3.13 MB) of your phone, too.

My trials :
After downloading it, you'll be greeted with this page on your phone with seach engine on the top, some ads in the middle and AD, DEALS and ASK ME BAZZAR at the bottom. You can also call them from the top middle button directly or dial 444-444-4444(10 times 4).

 As I'm a foodie, I wanted to check some Italian restaurant in my city, Kolkata. I searched near my locality and the search result came immediately with the contact number and address of restaurants. Not only the ASK ME search results, some free ads(if available) and deals related to your search also pops up in the same page along with your search results. I think those extra information were very helpful for me.
                                                        Deals related to my search

There are few points I want to highlight for this app which I liked the most :

1. Friendly user interface :
Whenever we use a online page or app, what I look for, if it is user friendly or not. I mean, how easy it is to use. In this app, you won't have any problem using it, even a kid can do it. Very minimum fields to fill in and you are done.

2. Efficient & fast Search Engine :
The search engine is totally hassle-free. Just fill up the fields, what are you looking for and location, and within few seconds it gives an accurate location based results on your search topics. Like, I searched for Italian restaurants in my city, Kolkata and all search results has popped up within seconds along with address and current phone numbers of all restaurants. I call it efficient and very much helpful.

3. Uses fewer resources :
This application uses mobile data/Wi-Fi connection and GPS to offer any information and doesn’t take much memory(only 3.13 MB) of your phone. So it's a win-win situation for us, nothing to loose, just gain. 

4. Help and Support :
If you are not satisfied with the information you got and you have some queries, you can always call them(444-444-4444) and their customer support will help you with your queries.

Another features of ASK ME app is their online shopping store with huge collection of products for all your needs. Shop from the comforts of your home. 

My verdict :
Even though there are many search engine apps are available in the market, ASK ME app is an standout application which caters to lots of our daily needs from one app. That's like one stop shop, which we all want in today's busy life. The efficient and quick search engine is what won my heart. The simple and clear look is another advantage of this app. So, I'll recommend everyone to download this app into your smartphones and make your life little more hassle-free and save some quality time for your family. if you wan't to download it into your phone, enjoy their service from ASKME.COM

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

No-bake Mango CheeseCake(using Paneer, Condensed milk and Gelatin)

    In India, summer is almost over, even though in my state, is never over, but we are blessed with heavy downpour almost everyday nowadays. What a bliss, aha!! I'm just loving the rain after 2-3 months of over 40 degree C temperature. And in India, summer is synonymous to mango. This summer, I've experimented some unusual recipes with mango along with the regular ones, like Mango lassi, mango smoothie or mango slush etc.

 I'll share today one of my experiments with you. I made a no-bake Mango cheese cake with very easily available ingredients. The main ingredient of Cheesecake is cream cheese, which is not easily available throughout India and even we get it, the price is quite high. After searching for some recipe to substitute the cream cheese, I found a recipe in my fellow blogger's page, Yummy Tummy, which is made with Indian Cottage cheese(paneer), condensed milk and gelatin. I immediately collected all the ingredients and made this no-bake Mango cheesecake for my marriage anniversary. My whole family and relatives loved the cake. The assembling of this cake is quite easy. Do not discourage yourself seeing the long list of ingredients.

  This no-bake mango cheesecake has three layers, bottom layer is made with biscuits like arrowroot biscuits, whole-wheat Marie or crackers etc. I made mine with whole-grain digestive biscuits. Second layer is mango flavoured cream cheese layer and top layer is mango jelly. You can avoid the top layer and just decorate the top with fresh mangoes or any other way. Follow the steps properly and you can have a delightful dessert in your hand to be proud of.

One more thing before you start planning your cake, you need a spring form
baking pan(like the pic. In this pan, it is easy to de-mould the cake. Or you can also assemble in tall glasses or bowls, which also looks very pretty. I used a 7" springform pan.

Ingredients :
For the bottom/biscuit layer :
Biscuits : 20-30 pcs. (depending on the size of the pan using)
Butter : 100 gms. (melted)

For the mango cheese layer :

Paneer / Cottage Cheese - 250 gms

Condensed Milk / Milk maid - 1 tin or 400 ml

Sugar - 2 tblsp.

Vanilla - 1 tsp.

Geletin - 3 tblsp.(I used powdered gelatin)

Mango Puree - 200 ml(puree 2 large size mangoes) 

For the mango jelly topping :
Mango puree - 200 ml.
Gelatin - 2 tblsp.

How To :
  • Preperation : Start making this cake, by soaking total of 5 tblsp. gelatin(for the cream cheese layer and for the mango jelly layer together) in cold water for around 15 minutes till it plumps up. Puree 4 large size mangoes in a blender until smooth. Divide into two bowls and keep aside. Prepare the base and side of the springform pan with little butter.
  • For the biscuit layer : Take biscuits in a blender and make a fine powder. Now melt butter in a pan. switch off the flame when butter melts down. Now add the biscuit powder into the butter. mix well. When mixed well, all the biscuits will come together. Spread the biscuits mixture on the base of the pan evenly with the help of spatula, press with hand a bit to set and put the pan in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. 
  • For the mango cream cheese layer : Take paneer, condensed milk, vanilla and sugar in ablender and blend until it forms a smooth puree. Add half of the mango puree in there and mix again till smooth. Pour this in a bowl. Now take enough water in a pan to dissolve the soaked gelatin and continue stirring with a spoon until totally dissolved. Now immediately pour half of the gelatin mixture in the above mango-paneer mixture and mix well. Pour this mixture over the biscuit layer and refrigerate this for 30 minutes to set before you add the third layer.
  • For the top/mango jelly layer : Add other half of gelatin mixture in rest of the mango puree. Mix well immediately.Then pour this over the cheese layer and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours.  I have not covered the whole cake with mango jelly, I used only in the center and decorated with fresh mango slices and melted chocolate.

So, you see, it's very easy-to-make. Surprise your loved ones with this delicious dessert before the mango season is over. Enjooooooooooooooooooooooooyyyyyyy...

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Baked Samosa ~ A famous Guilt-free Street Food of India

    The whole World is severing with Football World Cup fever and my family is not any exception. Along with my husband, I am also a big fan of this exciting game, especially when it's World Cup, I have to watch all the matches. Finally, we are onto Semifinals and then Final match. Oh, I'm so excited to know who is going to win the final title, when all four are very deserving teams. 

  Football matches to watch and there is no munchies? That's not possible. My husband demands for some healthy snacks he can munch on while watching matches. So on demand, I thought of preparing some famous street-side snack of India, Samosa. Samosa is a deep-fried snack with outer covering made with flour and has a spicy filling(veg/non-veg). But I planned to bake them. I found one recipe on Tarla Dalal's website and followed it. The filling I made the way we bengalis make it. So love to share the recipe with you all...........

You Need :
For Outer Covering ::
Whole-wheat flour(atta) : 1 cup
Ghee : 1 tblsp.
Oil : 1 tblsp.
Salt : a pinch
Ajwain/Kalonji(black Cumin) : 1/2 tsp. (optional)
Ice cold water to knead the dough

For filling ::
Potato : 2, medium, boiled
Peanuts : 10, fried
Ginger : 1 tsp., finely chopped
Green Chillies : 2 , finely chopped
Cumin Seed : 1/4 tsp.
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp.
Red Chilli Powder : 1 tsp.
Cumin Seed : 1 tsp. (dry roasted and powdered)
Oil : 1 tblsp.
Salt to taste

How To :
  • Prepare the outer cover : Take flour in a bowl, add salt, ghee, oil and ajwain/kalonji(if using).
    Mix well together. Then add ice cold water little by little in the dough and knead the flour together. Form a dough and keep aside covering with a wet towel.
  • Prepare the filling : Boil the potatoes and cut into small pieces. Fry the peanuts in little oil, cool and peel the skin form the peanuts. Keep aside. Roast the cumin seeds on a tawa, when they turn light brown, remove, cool and grind into powder.Then heat oil in a pan, add 1.4 tsp. cumin seeds, when crackle add ginger and green chillies, immediately add potato pieces. Add turmeric, red chilli powder and roasted cumin seed powder. Season with salt. Add fried peanut pieces breaking into halves. Mix well everything and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove and cool a bit. 
  • Making Samosas : Divide the flour dough into lemon sized balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll the ball into a thin round disc for crispier samosas. Then cut the disc from middle. Take one half moon portion, apply little water on the edges, make a cone shape bringing the two corners together. Press and seal the edges. Take the cone between your fingers, stuff with filling into the middle portion. Again apply little more water on the top side and press and seal the edges. now it has become a triangular shaped Samosa. Press from top and make it sit on surface. make other samosas following the same way. It's not very hard once you understand the steps.
  • Baking : preheat oven to 200 degree C and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the outer covering starts to change color.
  • Accompaniment : Serve hot with tomato ketchup or Bengali kasundi( Mustard seed relish). You can also serve with mint and coriander chutney.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Aam Doi (Baked Mango Yogurt)

  In Mango Season, in my home town Kolkata, which is very popular for Mishti Doi(Sweet Yogurt), sweet shop owners make a variant of Mishti Doi, Aam Doi(Mango yogurt), infusing mango flavour in regular sweet yogurt. It totally tastes yummy. You can also make this Mango Doi at home if you have an oven. There are also stove top version available but the procedure is quite lengthy and time consuming. But this baked version, you can make in 10 minutes of preperation and 30 minutes of baking time. You need only 3 ingredients and you'll have a yummy dessert to surprise your family and friends.

Ingredients :
Plain yogurt : 400 gm.
Condensed milk : 300 ml.
Mango puree : 1 cup ( of 3 large mangoes)

How To : 
  • Puree 3 mangoes in a blender without adding any water till smooth. Keep aside.
  • In a bowl, take yogurt, condensed milk and mango puree. Mix well with spoon. 
  • Pour in an ovenproof dish. Preheat oven to 200 degree C and bake for 30 minutes or yogurt is fully set. 
  • Remove and cool in room temperature. Then refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours or more to set fully. Enjoy chilled..........................

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

The moist and fluffy eggelss and butterless Chocolate Cake

Few months back it was my sons' birthday and I sent a cake for their teachers in playschool. But most of the teachers are vegetarian there, so I need to bake a cake which has to be eggless. I found a very good recipe of an eggless and butterless cake few months back and it was the right opportunity to try out the recipe. It came out so moist and fluffy, nobody in the school could believe that it's eggless and butterless. This cake you can enjoy without feeling guilty, even when you are on a diet,too. I'll share the recipe here today....try this out and surprise your vegetarian friends. Sorry, could not cut the cake and share the texture(inside pic) of the cake, actually it was cut by my sons and served to the teachers. I'll make again and update this post with the texture of the cake soon. I made another eggless cake and made cake pops for their friends and kids' loved them. I'll share the recipe soon. Now hop on to the recipe..............

Ingredients :
All purpose Flour : 1 cup
Cocoa Powder : 1/2 cup
Sugar(powdered) : 1 cup
Oil(Vegetable/canola/Olive) : 3/4 cup
Yoghurt : 3/4 cup
Baking Powder : 1 tsp.
Baking Soda : 1/4 tsp.
Vanilla Essence : 1 tsp.
Hot Water : 1/2 cup

How To :
  •  Pre-heat oven to 180 degree C or 350 degree F. Prepare your baking pan by greasing your pan with little buuter/oil and sprinkle little flour on allover the surface. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well and set aside.
  • In another bowl, mix powdered sugar and yoghurt first till smooth. Then add oil and vanilla essence in there and beat a little till smooth. Add in hot water little by little as needed while adding flour mixture little by little. Beat with hand mixture and add some more flour until all flour mixture is used.
  • Beat for 2-3 minutes more in high speech to add air in the batter. Pour the batter in prepared pan and put the pan in the oven.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Do not open your oven door often, while baking to avoid cracking on cake.
  • Cool on wire rack until cake cools down. 
  • Decorate and serve. I have decorated with whipped cream frosting and decorated a little with melted chocolate.

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