I am not sure whether I should be happy that monsoons are here finally! Because, the weather takes away the scorching heat of summer and along with it, the mangoes and mango recipes go too! These days I see raw mangoes in winter too, but if you check their aroma and flavor they are not the same as how you get in summers. Hence I stick to eating seasonal vegetables and fruits which promise the genuine taste!
Archive | July, 2017
What makes Indian food so special that it receives much love and attention from around the world? Read on to know!
Indian food – as fresh as it can get!
The best part about Indian food is, it is mostly made from fundamental ingredients. Also, the first and foremost reason for Indian food having authentic flavors is the use of freshly ground seasonings and pastes. Though we have many ready to eat foods, I have known many families who would prefer investing time in cooking from basics. Homemade paneer, sauces, cream, batters, masalas, chutney powders, pickles, snacks, sweets, bakes and even homemade ghee. That is the reason why nothing can beat the heavenly aroma of ghee that wraps your home when it is getting ready in the kitchen. Homemade is a pride of Indian food!
Influence of markets on Indian food
Quite a big assortment!
Indian food in Europe travel
Indian food is antique, yet enriching!
The roots were spicier and definitely stronger
Growth hardly happens in a comfort zone
Perseverance can take you places
Did technology bother her?
Featured with Accolades
When daughter joined her on board!
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Cravings – the hunger behind skillful cooking!
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Love for food, cravings, interest in trying new recipes are a trademark bunch for someone to land at Zayka Ka Tadka. In her words, Heena also adds, “I came to know about Zayka Ka Tadka through our earlier batchmate and friend Apeksha Haldia, the founder of ZKT. That’s how the path was created to become a food author. In fact, I should say that my actual cooking started after moving to Germany and joining Zayka Ka Tadka only. Earlier life was completely dedicated to my work but after my child, we came to Germany so I had to leave my job. But thanks to Zayka Ka Tadka, we find cooking quite interesting and I am now motivated to cook varieties of recipes for my family.” This video has been made as a token of love when Heena reached 100 recipes at Zayka Ka Tadka.
She has many roles to her credit at Zayka Ka Tadka. Heena adds, ” At present, I am a chef, author and editor for the recipes at Zayka Ka Tadka. It has been a proud feeling that I perform and handle so many roles for this sweet website and company. Also ZKT is a wonderful platform for housewives or mothers to show their cooking talent to the whole world. It guides them in learning new and innovative recipes to its authors and audience simultaneously.“
Her prized recipes
Thoughts on cooking and authors
Heena says, “The food tastes at its best when you cook it from your heart.” She believes that food is the way to win anyone’s heart too. On that note, she ends the conversation with inspiring words, “Please keep checking new, healthy and tempting food recipes of India as well as outside on our website https://zaykakatadka.com/. Budding authors must keep experimenting new recipes without fear. Give your own tadka taste to the recipes. Good Luck!“
Evening snacks add to the most relaxing atmosphere for some bonding time with family. Here are 5 evening snacks that you should try.
We are a crazy bunch when it comes to food and we are all proud of it! Evening snacks have been a versatile meal that all of us look forward to. Evening snacks also make us creative in using the some leftover ingredients to work with. If you want to involve your kids in cooking, then I bet evening snacks are the best dishes to start with. This is because during evenings, the kids get to try their hand in improving their culinary skills at their own pace without having to rush anywhere. Here are 5 ideas for you to get started.
This recipe comes to your rescue when guests surprise you at your doorstep. This easy to make idly based snack turns out to soft and fluffy, just the way a famous dhokla is supposed to be.
Craving for some sweet but do not have the time to prepare an elaborate one? Here is a bread based sweet recipe that is definitely going to melt away!
Save this recipe for evening snacks on that play date of your child and you won’t be disappointed! This recipe is super quick and looks colourful and inviting for kids to try.
If you are nutrition conscious and would like to make the snack time wholesome then do try this recipe. Cutlets are famous for evening snacks and adding carrots makes it healthy.
If you love baking, then try this eggless variation of tutti frutti cake with suji/semolina. This cake turns out be moist and chewy with the addition of tutti frutti and an absolute treat for the whole family.
Rat from Ratatouille is fond of good food
“Anyone can cook,” says chef Auguste Gusteau in the movie, Ratatouille. This movie, as unconventional it may sound, shows the journey of a rat from being jeered at by humans to being a chef, who can please humans with the famous French dish, Ratatouille. There is enough inspiration everywhere, if we are willing to look around. This rat’s name is Remy. Remy mistakenly gets hold of Chef Gusteau’s books in one of the houses, and eventually becomes his follower and develops passion for cooking. The phrase, “anyone can cook” gets him hooked till he became a renowned chef.
Rat from Ratatouille did not accept his fate
Rat from Ratatouille sets new targets
Rat from Ratatouille did not forget the hygiene part
The story is all about how humans come to terms with accepting Remy, the rat as a fellow chef without any prejudice about how rats are treated by humans. I know it sounds impossible to think of a rat becoming a chef in real life but what we can consider from this movie is the possibility of making your dreams real. Whether you are a working mom or a home maker, a passion for cooking is a desired talent as any other talent out there.Cooking is definitely an art! If food is meant to just satiate hunger, we would have been consuming only raw foods every day. We crave for taste and are aware of how it affects our senses. Hence love for cooking should never be under estimated and one should not let others to make it look like an inferior activity. We all miss mom’s food as soon as we are away from home, isn’t it? It’s time we show appreciation and give back some love that it deserves!
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