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Meet ZKT featured author Sandhya Sampat

Meet ZKT Featured Author : Sandhya Sampat

Here is the story of yet another featured author at ZKT – meet Sandhya Sampat, the healthy baking lady of our community! She proved that healthy food need not be boring and we agree completely!

I read somewhere, “Nature is so smart, it put medicine inside the food.” While nature took care of the magical composition, a cook uses her art to turn it the way it pleases the taste buds. Thus, a healthy meal is born and when we do not play around that magical composition too much, we are safe and sound and learn to enjoy food, the way it ought to be.

Sandhya Sampant reminds us of such kind of a cook. A cook who is aware of the natural properties of ingredients and brings out the best, without loosing much on the nutrition scale. It truly is a skill to cook that way and we are thankful that she shares all that knowledge with our audience. Let us get to know more about such amazing food author.

Finance and food are her forte

Sandhya Sampat is a mom and also a grand mom. She has an immense interest in cooking and has contributed over 100 plus recipes so far at ZKT. She says, “I am a full time financial advisor and a part-time food blogger. I currently live in Mumbai. I am a mother of one and a grandmother of one. I started as a food blogger two years ago.

Apple Kheer with Oats Recipe

Roots for inspiration

Finances and cooking sounded an unusual combination for us!  Sandhya reveals, “I am passionate about cooking and have loved it since I was a teenager. ” We wonder how come a financial adviser took so much interest in cooking now as she started food blogging only two years back? Clearly, there must be more to the story! She smiles and adds, “In 2016 I traveled to USA to help my daughter with the birth of my grand daughter. Then I started as a food blogger after some much needed nudging for my daughter. My daughter prompted to start blogging about my recipes. She gave me motivation and enthusiasm to express my recipes on global platform. Then I enrolled for membership at ZkT.  Apeksha discovered my talent and encouraged me to publish my recipes.

Paneer Sabji Recipe

Love for food, ingredients and travel!

Travel is a perfect way if you want to enjoy the ingredients in ingenious ways. The way mustard is used in India would be quite different from how it is used in eastern Europe for example. Sandhya Sampant is a cook who loves to enjoy and work with ingredients in their truest essence. She adds, “I learnt to relish each ingredient without making it spicy. Apart from cooking, I am a globe trotter where I learn to relish new recipes and savor each ingredients taste and nutritional value. It gives me great pleasure in doing this. It is just like attaining a state of Nirvana.” When someone has such deep association with each ingredient, the food cooked with her hands would reveal the best of flavors!

Homemade Crunchy Granola Bars Recipe

Association with ZKT

Sandhya says, “ZKT is near and dear to my heart, just like a family member. Vijay ma’am, Apeksha and team members respect me as an author. Everything on ZKT is transparent and clear. ZKT is doing a divine service to humanity as it is said stomach is the way to heart.” The feeling is in fact mutual and we are grateful to have such food authors in our community.

 

Coming to her favorites

Stuffed nankhatai, homemade granola barsQuinoa salad with stir fried veggies, broken wheat and paneer patties and cappuccino coffee are her favorite recipes as a food author at ZKT. She is a Gujarati by native and lives in Mumbai. She adds, “I love my  local food Misal Pav . I can make it with sprouted pulses which makes it a healthy dish. Serving them along with wheat buns, makes this recipe a complete meal.

 Baked Methi Muthiya - Oil Free Snacks

Some cool tips for cooking

Cooking tips will make life easier in the kitchen, isn’t it? And what best than to get some cool hacks from the expert herself! Sandhya readily agrees and gives us the following awesome tips-

  • While boiling potatoes in pressure cooker make slits on potatoes so it gets cooked evenly.
  • Slice green chillies very finely which will add flavor to the recipe but not spiciness.
  • Keep brown sugar from going hard by throwing a piece of bread into the container.
  • Use wet hands to easily work with sticky food like fudge and granola bars. Corn Capsicum Masala Recipe

Message to budding food authors

Sandhya found her love for cooking in promoting ingredients in the healthiest form possible. She is spreading her love in the form of her recipes that is shared with all our users and inspiring many others to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families. She concludes this interview with a message to budding food authors, “My message to budding food authors and audience is, whatever you cook for you and your family members, cook it with a smile on your face and contentment in your hearts.

bombay veg sandwich recipe

7 Sandwich Recipes That Are Unique Bread Savories

Sandwich recipes help you pack nutrition between two bread slices. These sandwich recipes also make up for a quick breakfast.

An important staple food of half of the world’s population is “bread”. Given below are seven savoury bread sandwich recipes which can be prepared at home.

How to make bread

Bread is usually made from wheat flour. The wheat flour passes through various processes. The end product is bread. An important process in bread making is leavening process. Leavening refers to the rising or fermentation of the flour. It is either natural or artificial. Artificial leavening is induced by various rising agents such as yeast whereas natural leavening does not require any agent but it requires a certain temperature. After the wheat dough rises then it is baked in ovens and then we get what we call as bread. Sandwich recipes are among the most famous recipes with breads.

Bread is a staple food for majority of the people in the world except Asia where rice is staple food. With changing eating habits people do try eating new foods. The bread which we eat in India is usually in the form of chapattis, puris or parathas and is usually cooked fresh and is easily cooked compared to its western counterpart. Bread has also carved a special space in our eating habits. So to suit our needs, we have modified it according to our taste. Sandwich recipes are the most famous breakfast or snack option. It can be easily made and served. It provides energy and is a healthy preparation.

Following are seven sandwich recipes which you can try and are quite unique in taste.

Tiranga sandwich recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

It is an unusual yet interesting sandwich with filling of sev and other ingredients, which impart a unique flavor to it. Made within a few minutes it is very attractive and yummy.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tiranga Sandwich Recipe

Tiranga Sandwich Recipe

Corn Cheese Sandwich Recipe

By Somya’s Kitchen

Cheese and corn are both healthy and required for the development of body. These sandwiches will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Made from very simple ingredients these can be prepared even as a snack and served to guests too.

Please click here for the recipe -> Corn Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Corn Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Mixed Vegetable Sandwiches-Instant Recipe

By Heena Bharat

These sandwiches can be served as a breakfast. You can use the veggies available at home and does not require any special ingredients. Cooked very quickly can also be given to kids as the veggies are grated and kids won’t be able to figure out the filling in a hurry.

Please click here for the recipe -> Mixed Vegetable Sandwich Recipe

Mixed vegetable sandwich recipe

Bombay Veg Sandwich : A Wholesome Meal Recipe

By Anita Sharma

These sandwiches are very unique in a sense that within a few ingredients a wholesome meal can be made that too within a very short period. Filled with yummy tomatoes and onions and potatoes these can also be served as appetizer or given to kids in between for satisfying their short hunger pangs.

Please click here for the recipe -> Bombay Veg Sandwich Recipe

bombay veg sandwich recipe

Cabbage Malai Open Sandwich-Healthy Breakfast Recipe

By Somya Gupta

The sandwich is another unique option for kids who run away from veggies. Grated cabbage mixed with malai or cream tastes great along with the other ingredients. The specialty of the sandwich is it open that is you can figure out the filling. The fillings can be substituted with other veggies if you like. It is a healthy breakfast recipe.

Please click here for the recipe -> Cabbage Malai Open Sandwich Recipe

Cabbage malai open sandwich recipe

Cheese Sandwich Burger Style – Yummy Snack Recipe

By Darshan Khandelwal

The unusual use of chaat masala along with cheese and other ingredients sounds very appetizing and tasty. It is a must try if you plan to make sandwiches with a difference.

Please click here for the recipe -> Cheese Sandwich Recipe Burger Style

Burger Style Cheese Sandwich recipe

Paneer Sandwich – Instant Healthy Breakfast Recipe

By Heena Bharat

Paneer is an important milk derivative and aids in building body development. This sandwich also uses very less ingredients. It is very healthy for kids and is a great tiffin option.

Please click here for the recipe -> Paneer Sandwich Recipe

Paneer Sandwich recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have outlined seven unique sandwich recipes which you all can try in near future. As winters are approaching it is said that we should eat light in the season. Sandwiches are simple and light and can be eaten at any time of the day. Hope you like the recipes. Do share your feedback.

 

eco friendly diwali

How Eco Friendly Diwali Develops Empathy

Eco friendly Diwali is the way to celebrate the festival of lights. After all, it is our responsibility to safeguard our planet for generations to come.

We all know Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of our land. Diwali is also known as the festival of lights. In this age of LED lights, we still give importance to age old traditions and our culture. That is the reason why we buy clay diyas and light the lamp, the traditional way with cotton wicks / cotton battis and oil. The beauty and how our culture comes alive can be seen in a row of such diyas!

The connect with festivals

Festivals are a significance of nature and rhythm and how our body and mind connects to a particular event. Apart from religious reasons, there are also other important factors such as Pongal celebrated to observe harvest, Rakhi celebrated to observe the brother-sister relationship etc.
In a similar way Diwali is celebrated to observe the fact that always good wins over evil and with light, we create a path through darkness. While observing such significant days, we also celebrate by including those rituals that tend to make us happy. For some it is buying new clothes for themselves, for others it could be an opportunity to clean and decorate their home. And of course, celebrations are never complete without a feast!

Respect environment

While love and respect form the basis of our celebrations, let there be empathy and consciousness when we think of our surroundings and future years to come. That is when the thought of making Diwali cracker-free comes from! Green Diwali or eco-friendly Diwali are just not a fancy terms coined by environmentalists for fun. Rather, I would urge people to follow the consciousness whenever they can. It could be saving power, recycling products, reducing the waste, garbage segregation, helping the needy, volunteering etc.
Many of you know about the supreme court order that no crackers were allowed to be sold in Delhi markets for this Diwali. Last year the smog, that is created from the smoke generated by Diwali crackers has stayed on for more than a month. It is so alarming that many schools and other institutions asked people to stay indoors as it became extremely unsafe to be outside and inhale such polluted air. Especially, those who suffer with breathing problems or lung related ailments had to go through so much and it took a toll on their health!

And the discussions on social media…

Then I read few comments over social media about how it is ok to burst crackers for new year and not burst them on Diwali? The dialogue is not about when is the right time to burst some crackers but are we in a luxury to burst them anymore? Though I was never a huge fan of crackers, I did play with firing crackers year after year, right from my childhood to a few years after becoming a mom. As with every other change, there was a point of realization in me too! Being a mom, I want my child to grow up and be in a healthy and positive environment with bustling life all around. How far is this possible if we go on generating more and more pollution in the name of festivals?

Why it matters now?

Discussions on eco-friendly Diwali started in the last few years and so are the discussions about garbage segregation, recycling waste, growing more plants, reduce plastic usage etc. When we were less populated and had ample space to dispose the little waste generated (with less plastic in daily use) we were ok. Today’s story is definitely not the same. Today we live in a densely populated world with tons of waste produced that goes to landfill. Trees are brought down to accommodate flyovers and huge shopping malls. This is a developing world in a different sense. When we seek such a development, we also loose the luxury to generate waste and smoke as we please! The equation is not balanced with limited natural resources and unlimited waste. Whether one agrees or not, it is a fact that the number of clothes we buy, the number of household stuff we buy, the number of toys we buy, the number of gadgets we buy is on the rise. Leading a minimalist life is far away dream with the brands exploiting many of us.
If we understand this reality, we can also understand that we do not have the privilege of bursting crackers as we please. If you feel Diwali is never complete without bursting few crackers, start with reducing the number of crackers that you indulge in. Simultaneously make conscious efforts in making other lifestyle changes that leaves lesser and lesser carbon foot print. This way at least we take the initial step towards a more inclusive world. Let us think about the health of those people working in cracker manufacturing factories, who are exposed to harmful chemicals. Let us think about all the animals that are on the lookout for hiding from the sounds. Let us make it a practice of not bursting crackers so our kids learn by example.

Are you ready?

One person asked me if this act would make the smoke disappear if only I decide to go for a cracker-free Diwali? But then, how can you spread the message or convince others if you do not live by example? The change should always start from home. While we cannot do the 1000 other good things out there, start consciously inculcating those where you can do your bit and contribute to a greener environment. If you are thinking that it is boring without crackers or wondering on which ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali, then we have some ideas for you!  Go green this Diwali and take pride in celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali with your family!
5 Ideas To Celebrate Eco Friendly Diwali

5 Ideas To Celebrate Eco Friendly Diwali

Eco friendly Diwali need not sound boring! Let us make this eco friendly Diwali, an event to remember!
There is more to Diwali than to just burst some crackers. Here are some ideas to celebrate an eco friendly Diwali and yet have loads of fun!

Making Diwali special festival recipes

Think of any festival, the first thing that comes to our mind is food (at least to my mind!) To me, food is a form of love that binds the family and the whole community together. There is so much fun in preparing loads of sweets and savories together by the whole family. Preparing sweets at home includes procuring required items, shopping, soaking, pounding, mixing, kneading, making shapes, frying etc. All these activities can be divided among the family members to make awesome homemade Diwali sweets recipes and Diwali snacks recipes. You can even include kids to help you with mixing or making ladoos.
eco friendly diwali

Get the diyas ready

Before the festivities begin, get those clay diyas washed and dry them completely. The afternoon time on the 5 days of Diwali can be used to making cotton wicks | cotton batti, filling oil in diyas and soaking the wicks. The soaked wicks stay on longer than the instant lighted ones.
Eco friendly Diwali

Fun with colors – rangoli time

Rangoli is another important part of our festivities. Even if you stay in small apartments, there is always a corner waiting to get adorned with Rangoli! Rangoli instantly brightens up the mood of the festival and sky is the limit to beautify the space if you like the art.
eco friendly diwali

DIY – arts, crafts, gifts, decor and more!

To me, the best way to keep yourself engaged in free time is to indulge in some DIY! Nothing beats a handmade creation! It adds a unique look and special warmth to your creations. You can create give away boxes, in which you can place the homemade sweets to gift to your loved ones! You can also try creating some home decor products along with your kids like these.

An evening of laughter and pure fun

Evening time of Diwali can be used to place diyas in a most interesting way, almost like a Rangoli! Once the house and surroundings are well lit with lots of diyas and the family prayer is done, sit together to enjoy an evening of together time. Let your talents unleash and each person can showcase their most favourite skill. It could be singing, dancing, playing musical instrument, story telling, antakshari, making paper crafts, role play, skits, mime, puppet show, comedy session or even a silly game like who can eat more ladoos! You can even indulge in board games or some party games where it involves more people.
eco friendly diwali
If you are a person who would like to observe how light brings cheer to our life, on this Diwali donate something to the needy, do volunteering, meditate and invite others to join the activities.
eco friendly diwali
Let the evening end with a family meal with all the Diwali festival recipes. Have a happy Diwali in its true essence!
5 days Diwali

Do You Know How Diwali Is Celebrated For 5 Days?

5 days of Diwali is celebrated in many parts of the country. Read on to know the significance of 5 days of Diwali.

After we are finished with cleaning our houses for Diwali, now its the time to prepare for this auspicious festival. Many follow the tradition of buying new clothes, utensils, gold, set up a new work place, renovate home with furnishing etc, as per one’s interests, beliefs and affordability. Loads of Diwali sweets and Diwali snacks do rounds in all the houses and the market.

Day one of Diwali is Dhanteras 

Dhanteras is the first day of celebration during Diwali, On this day, it is believed that the goddess Lakshmi came out of the churning of ocean  and this day is  marked as birthday of God Dhanwantri. This day is celebrated by lighting diyas, making rangoli and people decorate their house and offices by arranging lights. Shopping precious metals like silver and gold is considered auspicious on this day. Dhanteras celebrated by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and God kuber and God Dhanvantri.

Naraka Chaturdashi – second day of Diwali

Naraka chaturdashi is day two of Diwali. This is also called as choti Diwali or roop chaudas. It is said that demon Narakasura was killed by lord Krishna. On this day most of the people take bath with holy water and apply homemade scrub. In Hindu tradition it is believed the water kalash of Ahoi ashtami is used to take bath because it makes us more beautiful.

Diwali | Deepavali

It is on this day lord Ram along with goddess Sita reached back to his home Ayodhya after completing 14 yrs of forest exile. Diwali is one of the most important festival of Hindus. Diwali is celebrated by worshipping Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi. Generally people adhere to the auspicious mahurat for Diwali pujan . In all the hindu  households the puja thali is prepared, the mandir is decorated with flower and lights. Mostly people do Diwali pujan at offices and factory as well.  Many beautiful lights, diyas, lamps are lit on this day to welcome Goddess Lakshmi – goddess of wealth and wisdom. All the family members gather and celebrate this festival therefore this is a festival of togetherness. People burst different variety of fire crackers and fire sticks.

Goverdhan and Annakut

The next day of Diwali is celebrated as festival of Goverdhan. Goverdhan is a huge hill which Lord Krishna lifted on his little finger  and gave shelter to save the people of vrindavan from heavy rains, lightning and storm. On Goverdhan small figure of cow dung symbolizing Govardhan hill is made and decorated with flowers and then worshipped by family members by doing  parikrama (circumambulating) around it.Prayers are also made to Lord Govardhan. On this day annakut is celebrated by preparing large variety of vegetarian food as offering to God and goddess. Goddess Annapurna the goddess of food is worshipped on this day.

Bhaiya Dooj

This is fifth day of Diwali celebration. On this day the sisters  invite their brothers  and prepare brother’s favourite recipes. On bhai dooj day generally sisters perform aarti for their brother and apply tika with kumkum on their brother’s forehead. Sisters pray for the wellbeing and prosperity of their brother and their families and some may exchange gifts like we do on rakshabandhan day.

All the 5 days of Diwali is celebrated with tradition vigour and happiness. This Diwali we can pledge to save our environment and planet earth by celebrating a no cracker Diwali.

Apart from religious significance, many believe in the spiritual significance of this festival. This is when we welcome light, not just in our houses, but also in our hearts, there by infusing the positive energy in our thoughts. What are your thoughts on Diwali?

 

 

cleaning house for Diwali

Why Do We Clean Our House For Diwali?

Deep cleaning of our houses for Diwali has been an age old custom. Have you wondered why we clean our houses, especially for Diwali?

Diwali also called as Deepavali is an auspicious festival celebrated on the new moon night of Kartik month(autumn season) in India. It is the day when Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya with goddess Sita after defeating the demon king Ravan. This day is considered as the victory of knowledge over ignorance and good over evil. This festival is a 5 days long celebration and there is different significance of each day.

People all across the country believe to prepare and clean their house and offices so as to welcome positivity on this day. Cleaning the house is a day to day work but before Diwali cleaning carries specific significance. We generally consider the following reasons to clean the house before Diwali

Welcome positive energy  

On this day, many worship and offer prayers to the almighty. It is believed that there is a lot of positive energy that will grace the house, which is clean, well lit and adorned as per our interests and beliefs. Hence it is for prosperity and allowing the light to cleanse our house, body and mind and wish good vibes for self, family and friends.

Becoming a good host  

Diwali is one occasion when people pay visit to each other’s house. Many also cook a lot of Diwali snack recipes and Diwali sweet recipes for guests. It is considered a good symbol to welcome guest in a spick and span house. All of us prefer to visit clean and spruce up places, over cluttered or unhygienic places.

Declutter the house

Once a year comes this occasion when, we should remove all the unwanted items lying in the house. Idle things, lying in any space bring dust and attract negative energy. Also, there is more happiness in minimal things and it is always a good to donate items in good condition to the needy. Especially kitchen organization calls for a mention as it is the most usable space in a house.

New year beginning 

As per Hindu calendar Diwali is the beginning of new year, we all want to welcome the inception of anything new with a clean slate. Similarly it goes for this new year we all look forward for clean house and happy space. Cleaning brings commencement of freshness and new environment. Many people paint, renovate their houses and offices before Diwali.

Have you cleaned your house yet? What do you think is the most important reason for cleaning house before Diwali? Do let us know your thoughts in comments section.

Diwali sweet recipes

10 Diwali Sweet Recipes That Spread Happiness

Diwali sweet recipes are the most interesting things in all Indian homes right now. These Diwali sweet recipes will come in handy to try out something new this Diwali!

Sweets and festivals complement each other. And when it comes to Diwali, mithai is being prepared in every household. We have got you a mix of traditional, new and regional Diwali sweet recipes that everyone will love.

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated on the Amavasya of Kartik month every year. Diwali is India’s biggest and most important festival. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps which were lighted when Lord Rama returns to Ayodhya after years of exile. This day people exchange sweets between them and children are busy in making rangoli and decorating their homes. Diwali and sweets/desserts have a strong connection. Diwali is just round the corner, so,  start preparing mithai/ desserts at home with these easy and quick recipes.  Here are our top 10 Diwali sweet recipes that spread happiness. Also, if you are looking for some great savories to make at home for Diwali, please check our top Diwali snack recipes!

Shahi Malai Bread Diwali sweet recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

If you have not prepared any sweet beforehand,  then you must try this 5 minutes easy dessert. It takes just 5 minutes, prepared with easily available ingredients and tastes heavenly.
Please click here for recipe – – > Shahi Malai Bread

Diwali sweet recipe

Mastani Pudding Diwali sweet recipe

By Vijay Haldiya 

A quick and yummy dessert prepared just by assembling the ingredients. Different flavors in a single dessert makes it tempting and irresistible.
Please click here for recipe – – > Mastani Pudding

Diwali sweet recipe

Kalakand Diwali sweet recipe

By Geeta Temani

A mouthwatering sweet of Rajasthan that is prepared using milk is one of the mithai that you can gift to your family and friends. Do not buy sweets from market this year,  prepare them with love at home.
Please click here for recipe – – > Kalakand

Kalakand Reicpe

Bread Rasmalai Diwali sweet recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

The biggest timesaver in my experience to make Diwali dessert is bread. This recipe uses bread to make yummy dessert to be served to your family and friends.
Please click here for recipe – – > Bread Rasmalai

Diwali sweet recipe

Coconut Laddu Diwali sweet recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

Laddus made using coconut is one of the popular giveaways during Diwali. This year surprise your friends and family with home made treats.
Please click here for recipe – – > Coconut Laddu

Diwali sweet recipe

Besan Barfi Diwali sweet recipe

By Vijay Haldiya 

Your guests will surely enjoy Diwali much more when you serve a platter full of Besan barfi. This traditional Besan barfi made using besan, ghee and few other ingredients will just melt in your mouth, leaving an everlasting taste.
Please click here for recipe – – > Besan Barfi

Diwali sweet recipe

Bread Burfi Diwali sweet recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

Festivals are complete when you have a platter full of sweets and a home filled with celebrations. This burfi recipe is quick and easy to prepare and is a perfect sweet for those who do not want to spend too much time in kitchen.
Please click here for recipe – – > Bread Burfi 

Diwali sweet recipe

Chum chum Diwali sweet recipe

By Heena Bharat

Chum chum is a bengali delicacy that you can make at home using Chenna. It is oval in shape and is generally served dry with khoya stuffing or rolled in coconut or served with rabdi.
Please click here for recipe – – > Chum chum

Diwali sweet recipe

Mohanthal Diwali sweet recipe

By Somya Gupta

It is a traditional Rajasthani mithai that is prepared on auspicious occasions, especially Diwali. Besan, khoya, ghee and nuts are combined together to make square shape burfi.  Ghee roasted besan gives a rich flavor and melt in mouth texture.
Please click here for recipe – – > Mohanthal 

Diwali sweet recipe

Paan Nariyal Ladoo with Gulkand Diwali sweet recipe

By Sandhya harsh

Stuffed  with gulkand at centre,  these ladoos are made using betel leaves and coconut. They are absolutely easy to make and are extremely tasty.
Please click here for recipe – – > Paan Nariyal Ladoo

Diwali sweet recipe

Everyday ingredients and few minutes are all you need to spread bright smiles on the faces of your family and friends. Serve the sweet tooth in minutes with these Diwali Sweet recipes and let your near and dear ones sparkle with satisfaction.

 

how to organize kitchen cabinets

6 Ideas On How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets

How to organize kitchen cabinets is the most sought after question when you need a hassle free cooking space. These ideas on how to organize kitchen cabinets will help you achieve just that.

Kitchen is an integral part of organised households all across the world. The ease of cooking/baking in a structured kitchen is a privilege dream but not achieved by all. Kitchen cabinets mostly form bases to create a systematic cooking work space. Everyone wants a systematic kitchen space, here we have shared few ideas on how to organize kitchen cabinets.

Diwali is here and cleaning is a major act that happens just before the festivities begin. Also when you start cooking many festival recipes like Diwali snacks recipes and Diwali sweets recipes, you need an organized kitchen to keep the cooking process smooth.

Sometimes kitchen can be lagging space to create ample cabinets, then we can use stainless steel racks depending upon the size of room. But these steel racks can be used on a huge wall or along an empty wall. We can also utilize small spaces above sink area or a small gap besides refrigerator. The following ideas/information will help you figure out how to organize kitchen cabinets.

 

Use hooks to organize kitchen cabinets

how to organize kitchen cabinets

We can add small hooks on the inner side of the cabinet door to hang small pans,

Measuring cups, spoons or any sleek shaped utensil as per the space between the cabinet door and shelf inside it.

Grouping will help you organize kitchen cabinets

how to organize kitchen cabinets

We can always collect similar objects and keep them together, like spatula, stirrer, ladle, and other such kitchen equipment together in a wide mouth jar or bottle so that when we are in a haste we do not have to search them in the drawer. All the related items for baking can be kept together, various parts of food processor can be kept together. Grilling attachments can be kept together, like wise we can categorize other items.

Label the jars, bottles and containers

how to organize kitchen cabinets

When it comes to choosing between similar looking ingredient kept together, labeling them is the best alternative. We can avoid to become a victim to a situation where while cooking we mix up salt with powdered sugar and create a disaster recipe. Moreover if the jar/container is labelled we can easily refill the same ingredient into it next time.

Avoid wasting space

how to organize kitchen cabinets

We can avoid or minimize the wastage or misuse of the discrete space in our cabinets. By adding a separator or organizer in a broad shelf we can divide it into various parts and use it accordingly. Example, keeping all the lids in steel-wire stand, makes them instantly available when needed. We can also use small self dividers or a basket and stick/hang them to cabinet door to keep all the small bottles of sprinkling spices together.

Reaarange the cabinets

how to organize kitchen cabinets

We cannot conserve our time and energy if we just fill up the cabinet again, rearranging the cabinets is of utmost importance to keep it organized. Keep the daily needs(oil, tea, coffee, spices, flour, grains, cereals etc) in front of /besides the cooking platform and things which are used once in a while can be kept far away. As we start our daily chores we can categorize the serving and cooking utensils pan, kadhai, tawa, bowl at cabinet near platform, some of them can be kept on hook besides the wall near gas cook top.

Declutter periodically

how to organize kitchen cabinets

Many of us keep idle equipment, crockery, jars and utensils  just because we like them. The unused lid is of no need whose jar is broken but still its lying in our cabinet. Sometimes out of  affection we keep non suitable utensils, all these form clutter in our home and dust on these unused items attract negative energy and create space crunch. Regularly removing the unused item can help keep the space clean and organized.

The pot holders, kitchen towels, aprons , wiping sponge , tray liner, foils should be kept close to the cooking platform  so that they are readily available when needed. Water purifier should be enclosed in a covered space to avoid dust. The area below the kitchen sink can be utilized to keep garbage bags, utensil washing equipment, disposable containers, and other dry non edible daily use items.

 

If we want to maintain the structured kitchen, cleaning is ought to be regularly done. With Diwali, most of the households go for a complete cleaning routine and it’s a blessing in the form of festivals that we get to clean and organize our kitchens and thereby our homes. Happy Diwali!

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Diwali snack recipes

Top 5 Diwali Snacks Recipes For Your Family

Diwali snack recipes give you ideas for festival recipes at home. These Diwali snack recipes are easy to make and please everyone in the family.

Diwali or Deepavali is a festival which is very important to Indians worldwide. Festival and feasting go side by side. Here are a few snacks which can be made at home during Diwali for your family and well wishers too.

A festival celebrated with great pomp and show, Diwali is celebrated on amavasya of kartik month according to Hindu calendar. Mythologically it is believed that when Lord Rama returned to his kingdom – Ayodhya after an exile of 14 long years his subjects welcomed him back by lightening up their homes with lamps.

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped this day. Preparations start off weeks before Diwali. Houses are cleaned and given a facelift if required. On the day goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and sweets are exchanged between well-wishers and friends. All the houses are lit up with lamps candles or electric lights .  Children and elders dress up in their finery and enjoy by bursting crackers at night.

As said feast and festivals complement each other presenting some snacks which you may like. Also check our Diwali sweet recipes for preparing some yummy sweets at home!

Sooji Ki Kachori Diwali Snacks Recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

Kachoris are very popular food in Indian households specially in Rajasthan. Stuffed with potatoes it is very tasty and can be prepared quite fast. Does not require any fancy equipment . They can also be prepared and kept and can be fried just before eating. They are best served with any sweet and sour chutney which balances the spicy nature of kachoris.

Please click here for the recipe-> Sooji ki kachori

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Bread Vada In  5 Minutes  Snacks Recipe

By Geeta temani

Vadas are very tempting and are basically prepared using urad dal and require a lot of time. This recipe by Geetaji is an instant recipe and you can relish the delicious vadas within minutes. Serve as it is or with a glass of coffee or tea.

Please click here for the recipe-> Bread vada in 5 minutes

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Potato Lollipos Diwali Snacks Recipe

By Ruchisingh

Potatoes  are all time favorite of everybody and snacks prepared using potatoes are all time favorite among guests. Cook these lollipops and impress your guests and family members .serve them with any dip as you are comfortable with.

Please click here for the recipe-> Potato Lollipos – Delicious Snacks

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Tawa Bread Pizza Diwali Snacks Recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

Pizza is a food which has carved a space among indian people. Bread pizza requires very less ingredients and moreover you can always pour your own imagination and cook up a new dish substituting the originals. Bread pizza is very much liked by kids and they will ask for more so do stack up your pantry with bread in case you decide to make them.

Please click here for the recipe-> Tawa bread pizza

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Jhatpat Canopy (katori) Chaat Diwali Snacks Recipe

By sandhya harsh

Chaat – the word itself is likely to drive people crazy, who like spice . This chaat can be prepared and served within a span of a few minutes. The toppings used vary from fruits to fried sev. The taste will tickle your taste buds and so be ready to serve more of it because chaats are never sufficient!

Please click here for the recipe-> Jhatpat canopy (katori) chaat

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The above recipes will prove helpful in planning snacks for your family during the Diwali season. Do  share your feedback and happy cooking.

baby first food

5 Nutritious Baby First Food Recipes

Baby first food is an important meal when you are starting an extra feed for your baby, apart from milk. These baby first food recipes will give you ideas to start with.
Being a MOM is a feeling that is above the all other emotions in the world. Holding the child first time in your hands, you forget all your worries and your world starts to revolve around your child. It is very important to breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months, but it is equally important what baby first food recipes you are giving to your baby after first 6 months. Let’s discuss about the five nutritious baby first foods you can introduce to your baby.
The baby first foods must be easy to digest and should not cause any allergic reaction. Never add salt or sugar to your baby’s food till he/ she turns 1 year old. Salt may harm your baby’s kidneys and sugar will encourage a sweet tooth. The baby first food should be full of nutrition. It should be full of vitamins,  minerals, fats and other nutrients that the growing body of your baby needs.

Bananas for baby first food

Bananas are great for baby first food!  Bananas are sweet, which may help baby more readily accept the first food experience. They are considered as complete food. They are rich in Vitamins, iron and minerals.
For making Banana bowl for your baby
  • Peel a ripe banana.
  • Place banana in a food processor or blender and puree.
  • You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork.

Apple puree for baby first food

After bananas, fruit purees are next in baby first foods that help in new taste sensations. Naturally sweet, apple puree is easy to make and healthy for your baby. Apples are rich in Vitamins: A, C, Folate and Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium.
For making Apple puree for your baby,
  • Peel, core and cut apple into slices or small pieces.
  • In a saucepan, bring apples and water to the boil.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes or until the apples are very soft.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Puree using  a ladle or blender until smooth and pass through a sieve to remove lumps, if any.

Rice water as baby first food

Rice water is the starch that forms on boiling rice. Most mothers prefer feeding the baby rice water before introducing mashed rice in their diet. Rice water contains high levels of carbohydrates that help fulfill your baby’s energy requirement. Also, rice water is easily digestible.
Ingredients required :
  • Two tablespoons of rice
  • 1 cup of water
 Steps to follow-
  • Place rice in a saucepan and add water to it.
  • Boil until the rice is tender.
  • Strain the rice and collect the water. Your rice water is ready.

Lentil soup as baby first food

Yellow Moong Daal is one lentil which is easily digestible and is a good source of proteins and minerals. Make sure that you are mashing cooked daal with daal ka paani (water in which dal is cooked) as only lentil water is a poor source of nutrition. Cooked daal has most of the nutrition and that should be fed to the baby.
Ingredients required :
  • 2 tbsps cup yellow moong daal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Turmeric powder (a pinch)
Steps to follow-
  • Wash daal in drinking water for 4-5 times, and soak the daal for about 30 minutes.
  • Take a pressure cooker and add the soaked daal and half a cup of water.
  • Add to this a pinch of turmeric powder.
  • Cook the daal for 4-5 whistles.
  • Let the pressure get released on its own.
  • When you open the cooker, use a flat spoon or a ladle to mash the daal and sieve it to avoid any lumps.

Ragi porridge – super food baby first food

Ragi is a super food. In terms of nutrition, it is a great substitute to the costly quinoa that is becoming popular! Ragi is a healthy food for babies, rich in calcium & Iron. It is rich in dietary fiber which helps in healthy weight gain. It has proteins and minerals and is easily digestible by babies. This ragi porridge is ideal when you introduce ragi for the first time to baby, as it’s prepared directly from whole ragi seeds by soaking and extracting milk, which is husk free. The consistency of this porridge is similar to the store bought baby first foods like instant cereal powder but it is much better in terms of nutrition! Ragi porridge can also be prepared from Ragi powder, and in this case sprouted organic Ragi flour is better than the regular variety.
Ingredients required :
  • Ragi seeds – 1 cup
  • Water – to grind
Steps to follow-
  • Take ragi in a pan and wash it by rubbing well with your hands. Repeat the process 2 to 3 times unless it is clean.
  • Soak the ragi in clean water for 8-10 hours. Keep it covered.  The colour of the ragi will be slightly changed after soaking.
  • Drain the water completely.
  • Transfer the  ragi to a blender.
  • Add ¼ cup of water to it and blend for 2 minutes.
  • Again add ¼ cup of water and grind it till smooth.
  • Extract the ragi milk by straining using a muslin cloth. Squeeze out the milk completely.
  • Discard the ragi and collect the milk in a pan.
  • Cook the ragi milk in a saucepan until it becomes thick and like a porridge consistency.
  • Switch off the flame once done.
  • Serve it warm.
Stay tuned for more articles!!
Top 5 Authors Of The Month September 2017

Top 5 Food Authors Of The Month September 2017

Presenting 5 top authors at Zayka Ka Tadka for the month of September 2017. Here is a glimpse of our top authors in case you missed checking their recipes.

We appreciate all the food authors for their continued efforts in contributing amazing recipes form their home kitchens. Here we are presenting the top 5 authors of this month, along with their top rated recipe. In case if you have missed trying our recipes, here is the list of our must try popular recipes of the month!

Tawa kulcha recipe

by Heena Bharat

Please click here for the recipe -> tawa kulcha

tawa Kulcha Recipe

 

Matar chaat recipe

by Bharti Dhawan

Please click here for the recipe -> Matar chaat

Matar Chaat Recipe

 

Jhatpat Canopy (katori) chaat recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Please click here for the recipe -> jhatpat canopy (katori) chaat

Jhatpat Canopy (Katori) Chaat Recipe

Instant besan dhokla recipe

by Subhadra Arya

Please click here for the recipe -> Instant besan dhokla

Instant Besan Dhokla Recipe

Instant besan coconut ladoo recipe

by Bishakha

Please click here for the recipe -> Instant besan coconut ladoo

Instant Besan Coconut Laddu Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KARVACHAHUTH Recipes

6 Karwachauth Recipes

Karwachauth is a fast which is very sacred to the hindu women in India. It is celebrated by the married women in northern Indian states. Women pray to chauth mata for the healthy and long life of their husbands.

The women fast for a whole day and break their fast after watching the moon .  In some cultures the fasting ladies eat “sargi”-which includes fruits sweets and juices ,dry fruits and eatables they wish to eat and of course water . The sargi is often gifted by the elderly ladies of the house to the younger ones i.e a mother in law . Sargi is eaten before the sunrise and after sun rises not a drop of water is gulped or taken.

The fast is consummated after watching and praying the Moon . Even water is drank after watching the moon. Gifts are bought for the elders and their blessings are sought by the couples.

The dinner is the only meal that day and according to me it should be light and healthy.

I am outlining a few recipes which can be included in sargi or the dinner a well. Do drink lots of juices if you cannot fast without water.

GUJIYA – TRADITIONAL NORTH INDIAN RECIPE

By Darshan Khandelwal

Filled with the richness of dry fruits, this gujiyas can be a part of your dinner or sargi as well. Since you don’t feel hungry before sun rise eating two of these will provide you energy throughout the day.

Please click here for the recipe-> Gujiya

 

CHANDRAKALA – SWEET RECIPE

By Sowmya Gupta

Another sweet which is easier to make and is filled with rich dry fruits . moreover it is easy to prepare.

It can be part of your sargi.

Please click here for the recipe-> Chandrakala Sweet Recipe

 

PANEER COCONUT LADOO

By Vijay Haldiya

The recipe is easy to make and can be done within minutes

Please click here for the recipe-> Paneer Coconut Ladoo

Aloo Pyaz Tamatar Rasedaar Curry Recipe

By Sandhya Harsh

This curry can be prepared in a few minutes and goes well with rice or puris. It does not require special preparations.

Please click here for the recipe-> Aloo Pyaz Tamatar Rasedaar Curry

 

HOMEMADE POORI

By Heena Bharat

These puris are again very easy and a nice accompaniment with aloo tamatar ki sabzi.

Please click here for the recipe-> Homemade Poori  

 

PANEER BIRYANI RECIPE

By Bishakha

Those who enjoy eating rice this biryani can be made within minutes and goes well with any raita or simple curd.

Please click here for the recipe-> Paneer Biryani

 

I hope the recipes I have outlined will help you in planning your sargi and dinner as well. Since I fast and I am the only woman in the house I can relate as to how difficult it is to cook during fasting. As I personally would go for such easy recipes as there is not much to prepare. After opening your fast, make sure you have a glass of any sweet fruit juice as it has a cooling effect on the digestive system.

Do fast and be blessed and of course happy cooking.