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Christmas baking ideas

Christmas Baking Ideas Made Easy With These Supplies

Christmas baking ideas are never enough and we agree! Here is a list of products that might come in handy for Christmas baking ideas.

There are days when I think of baking something exotic and exquisite! I start with cake recipes then go on to checking cookie recipes and then would be following pie recipes and ultimately end up confused! I heard many friends say the same thing. If you are not a professional baker, it is likely that you do not have all kinds of baking supplies and equipment. However, we have curated this list of basic baking supplies some time back that is worth checking.

First things first!

If you love baking then it is worth considering to buy an OTG, than just a microwave or convection oven. For example, you could check this OTG that helps with many Christmas baking ideas. I have been using this OTG at my home and so far the results are good and predictable!

Cookies and decoration

For cookies, a tray like this works best to lay all your cookies. And if you are looking for innovative cookie cutter then this cookie cutters set might be the one you are looking for. I know that your kitchen counter becomes messy with the process of making cookies, so this cake mat will save you from the extra cleaning.

We all love decorating our cakes and cookies, isn’t it? How about using some tips/icing nozzles for the same? Although the age old polythene cover homemade cones serve the basic purpose, these icing nozzles will make your cake art better.

Coming to the favorite in baking

Do you plan to create different shaped cakes for variety? Then try this set of 3 different shaped cake tins set for all occasions. If you have difficulty in getting the fluffy butter-sugar mixture then try investing in a hand blender. Here is a hand blender and stand mixer suggestion for you based on your budget.

Cup cakes, anyone?

Cup cakes are never enough! Sometimes the same batter looks more lovely in the form of cup cakes than the regular cakes. Also cup cakes are a great way to save time while serving, are less messy and gives you a better idea on planning the number of servings. Try this 12 slot cup cake pan for maximizing the amount of batter that goes into your oven.

Serving suggestions

If you like to cut and serve the cake itself, try this cake cutter and slicer for those perfect shapes. Keeping your cakes fresh and inviting is one of the most important aspect of saving them till your guests arrive. Try this cake service stand along with dome for such cool decor and a great way to store your cupcakes and cakes.

Are you a no-bake person?

Well, if baking is not your interest we have you covered too! Just order this healthy & rich plum cake or a cake with assorted chocolates and enjoy!

Note: Please consider buying the baking supplies by clicking on the links listed in the article. This is part of affiliate marketing and When you do so, a share of that amount goes to Zayka Ka Tadka, which will help us sustain our operations in bringing the best food recipes and content to you. We do not endorse any particular brand here and these are just suggestions based on our personal experience or users review on Amazon!

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas Cookie Recipes For This Festive Season

Christmas cookie recipes are a must addition to your baking list. These Christmas cookie recipes are easy to make and will be loved by your kids.

Christmas is an yearly festival which commemorates the birth of Lord Jesus Christ . It is observed on 25th Of December every year. Though it is a celebration Of the Christian community with time it has become a celebration which is not limited to any particular community. People across races and nationalities come together and celebrate it With great joy. When we were kids I remember faintly that our neighboring aunties used to send Christmas goodies in the form of cakes, cookies, chocolates and fruits. They used to erect a Christmas tree at home and have wonderful celebrations. Christmas cookie recipes have a special place in all of these.

My childhood and Christmas cookie recipes

The variety of cookies they used to distribute used to be homemade in most of the cases. They used to start baking them  a a few days before Christmas and it used to be fun watching the aunties bake them together . My favorite ones were Ajwain cookies. Whenever we had the option to buy biscuits I used to  buy them from the nearest shop . The sweet, salty and  buttery taste is so delicious that you can’t resist eating them.They are perfect with a cup of hot tea . Apart from the above, another favorite one was cardamom flavoured coconut cookies. The chewy grated coconut in those Christmas cookie recipes, was very delicious and we used to keep on chewing the coconut for quite sometime. Whenever there were guests at home, they were served along with tea . But as children, we used to gobble them up and Polish off the plates.

Christmas cookie recipes today!

With time, I think things have changed too. Today the kids are so demanding that you never know what they might end up asking for in snacks . Apart from other items I make sure to have Mixed dry fruits cookies in my pantry. As a rule kids, do not eat anything healthy if you serve them in a straight forward way. Incorporating dry fruits in the cookies makes them more nutritious and kids also love them. Apart from nutrition, they also keep the body warm which is specially good for the body during winters.

One cookie that has not changed till date is the nankhatai. They used to be available in the shops and these days, we can make them at home too. I made them too and will share the recipe here at ZKT. They instantly melt in the mouth and the crumbling taste is awesome . You can also make stuffed nankhatai  which is  a bit richer in taste and perfect for celebrations .

More suggestions on Christmas cookie recipes

Cornflakes cookiesWheat coconut cookies are worth trying as both of them do not have refined flour. These can be consumed by diabetic people as well as the white sugar can be lowered and substituted by other sugar substitutes. You can also mix various flours together for making Christmas cookie recipes. They can be consumed by people who are weight conscious too.

I hope you will bake some of the Christmas cookie recipes that I mentioned above and serve them to your guests. Do not bother if they lack professional touch. Remember that anything made at home is more healthy and nutritious than those available in the markets. Moreover you can control the amount of sugar and fat levels from your end and also use healthier options compared to the store bought ones. Please share your feedback with us and Happy cooking. Merry Christmas to you to your near and dear ones!

Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 9th December 2017

Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 9th December 2017

Top 5 recipes at Zayka Ka Tadka for the week ending 9th December 2017. Here is a glimpse of our top recipes in case you missed checking them.

We love all recipes at Zayka Ka Tadka, simply for the fact that these recipes are contributed (mostly) by house wives and moms. Nothing beats home cooked food and no one is a better chef than a mom! So we are glad we have the privilege to share such authentic homely vegetarian recipes submitted to us by our food authors. Here we are presenting the top 5 recipes of this week that received most likes. In case if you have missed trying our recipes, here is the list of our must try popular recipes of the week!

Don’t forget to check our other top recipes like, top recipes of last week, 25th November 2017. Also please check our top 5 food authors for the month of November 2017 and October 2017.

Makka Aloo Poori recipe

by Angel Srivastava

Please click here for the recipe -> Makka Aloo Poori

Makka Aloo Poori Recipe

Matki Sabzi or Moth Beans recipe

by Sandhya Sampat

Please click here for the recipe -> Matki Sabzi or Moth Beans

Matki Sabzi Recipe


Cabbage Sandwich recipe

by Heena Bharat

Please click here for the recipe -> Cabbage Sandwich

Cabbage Sandwich Recipe


Red Chillies Kaachri Chutney recipe

by  Sandhya Harsh

Please click here for the recipe -> Red Chillies Kaachri Chutney

Red Chillies Kaachri Chutney Recipe

Bihari Aloo Baingan recipe

by Madhuri Singh

Please click here for the recipe -> Bihari Aloo Baingan

Bihari Aloo Baingan Recipe

Bihari aloo baingan is really easy and turns out to be a delicious dish that tastes great when served with hot chapatis. A raita is also a nice touch if you’d like to dip the baingan into it. Bihari aloo baingan recipe tastes best when eaten fresh.


What is coconut oil good for? 

What Is Coconut Oil Good For? 8 Amazing Ideas!

What is coconut oil good for is one of the common questions that we face! Here we give 8 amazing answers to what is coconut oil good for!

What is coconut oil good for? Some say it’s simple – in cooking and for skin/hair. Absolutely! However, this wonder ingredient can do way more than that.

Coconut oil has amazing benefits with respect to skin and hair. We have already seen the uses of EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) in making our own body scrubs or body butter etc. But it has much more in it to offer. This amazing oil has many incredible qualities which makes it an all round essential part of our daily skin and beauty regime. We bring some easy and yet amazing uses of coconut oil:

What is coconut oil good for? As a shaving cream!

Most of us use the store bought expansive shaving products to keep the skin soft and avoid darkening after shaving. But hardly any of them give satisfying results. Simply, swap that product with EVCO, and you will get a closer shave with moisturizing.

What is coconut oil good for? 


What is coconut oil good for? As a face wash

Yes! Try coconut oil to wash your face. Apply few drops of oil on your face and massage gently. Then clean the face with gentle and natural soap/ cleanser. This will not only deep clean your face as coconut oil is rich with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, but will also nourish your skin and leave it soft and smooth.

What is coconut oil good for? 

What is coconut oil good for? Makeup Remover, really!

Coconut oil works as an amazing makeup remover. Just put some coconut oil on a cotton pad and rub off the makeup. Wash the face after that. It works well for water proof eye makeup as well. The best part: it not just removes makeup but also leaves the skin nourished.

what is coconut oil good for?

What is coconut oil good for? For diaper rashes, yes! something for babies too

Just apply small amount of oil on affected area. It will help in reducing redness and itching. You can use it regularly to prevent rashes and to keep your baby’s skin soft and supple.

What is coconut oil good for? 

What is coconut oil good for? As a natural Deodorant – we are sure you didn’t guess this one!

You can also use coconut oil as a natural deodorant and it works better than any store brought deodorants. You can simply put few drops of coconut oils in the arm pit. You can also add 1 or 2 drops of your favorite essential oil. The oil doesn’t stop sweating (which is natural process of your body), it just reduces the odor.

What is coconut oil good for? 

What is coconut oil good for? Reduces Stretch Marks

Regular use of coconut oil increases elasticity of skin and thus helps in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. This comes from my personal experience. With regular use of coconut oil in my daily body butter, I can see my stretch marks reducing visibly.

What is coconut oil good for? 

What is coconut oil good for? For deep conditioning of hairs – the good old way to use it

We all know how great coconut oil works for hairs. But, at times, lot of people complain of increased hair loss after oiling. The key here is the amount of oil used and duration of oiling. In most cases, people have an oily scalp but dry and damaged hairs which need more nourishment than scalp. In this case, putting excess oil in scalp can more damage than good. Key is to provide nourishment where it is needed the most. So, if you have an oily scalp and dry hairs like me, put less amount of oil in scalp (you can totally skip to put oil in scalp occasionally) and apply more in mid length and give your ends an extra dose of oil. You can also add few drops of your essential oils in it. Like, I add a mix ylang-ylang and lemon oil.  Keep it on for 30 to 40 mins and then wash it off with a natural and mild shampoo. Don’t forget to shampoo before applying oil. This is important as you would want to remove all the dirt for your hairs before conditioning it.

What is coconut oil good for? 

What is coconut oil good for? For Styling and taming frizz

Heat from the styling equipments take the shine away from the hairs and make them life less. To protect them this damage due to excess heat, put a little bit coconut oil before any styling. Just put few drops (depending on the length of your hairs, it should not be too much.) of oil on your palm and rub your palms. Then apply this on mid length to ends. This will not only protect hairs but also keep all the frizz tamed.

What is coconut oil good for? 


Aren’t these easy hacks great to make your daily hair and skin care regime simple and naturally healthy? You can simply toss off the expensive products from your shelf which are full of chemicals and make room for this simple yet amazing wonder ingredient. Now you know the answer for, “What is coconut oil good for?

NoteBefore using any product on the body for the first time, take an allergy test. Use a small portion of it on your arm and see for any reaction for a few days. If it doesn’t show any signs of allergy or reaction, you can use it for your body. The information given by the author and website is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own dermatologist or other medical professional.  Everyone is unique and results vary from person to person. Caution must be taken while using essentials oils. Pregnant women and children below 7 years should not use essential oils.



Top 5 Authors Of The Month November 2017

Top 5 Food Authors Of The Month November 2017

Presenting 5 top authors at Zayka Ka Tadka for the month of November 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!

Also check out our top 5 food authors for the month of September 2017 and October 2017.

Papad ki sabzi recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Please click here for the recipe -> Papad ki sabzi

Papad Ki Sabzi Recipe


Litti chokha recipe

by Angel Srivastava

Please click here for the recipe -> Litti chokha

Litti Chokha Recipe



Vegetable samosa recipe

by Heena Bharat

Please click here for the recipe -> Vegetable Samosa

Veg Samosa Recipe



Methi aloo recipe

by Subhadra Arya

Please click here for the recipe -> Methi Aloo

Methi Aloo Recipe

Palak paneer frankie recipe

by Sandhya Sampat

Please click here for the recipe -> Palak Paneer Frankie

Palak Paneer Frankie Recipe




heat generating foods

5 Heat Generating Foods To Eat This Winter

Heat generating foods are important to maintain the balance in our bodies during winter. Heat generating foods are also helpful when someone is suffering from cold or flu.

With the onset of winter season there is a gradual decrease in temperature. Temperature of the body also decreases due to change in environment. The body needs to be kept at a suitable temperature so that there is no change in body functions. As in summers it is necessary to intake maximum water to avoid dehydration, in winters we need to take foods that generate heat in our body so that the functions of body go on smoothly.

In winters the shift is from cold to heat generating foods. Listed below are some heat generating foods which must be included in our daily diet in winters.


Nuts are believed to provide nutrition to the brain. They keep the brain hydrated and all the bodily functions go on without any hindrance. It is advisable to have a handful of nuts during the day. It was believed that nuts cause weight gain but this myth is discarded by the dietitians as they have varied benefits which prolong the age of an individual.

The benefits of nuts are as follows:

  • They prolong the age of an individual.
  • They lower cholesterol formation as a result it is beneficial for a healthy heart.
  • They are a good source of vitamin E, copper and magnesium. Apart from this they are a good source of calcium too.
  • In Indian households the nuts are taken in various forms- raw, roasted and in powdered form. It can be included in your food in any form.
  • Dry fruits are taken in the form of laddoos, gajak til Patti which are basically nuts cooked in sugar or jaggery syrup. The famous one is chikki which is a groundnuts in jaggery or sugar syrup.


Come winter and the market is flooded with a rich produce of green and multicolored vegetables. Leafy vegetables like mustard/sarson, spinach, amaranthus, fenugreek, coriander, mint etc are available in this season.

Green leafy veggies are commonly taken as saag in Indian households. In the northern parts it is actually taken in the form of saag which is a preparation consisting of a combination of various leaves like mustard, spinach, gram bathua, fenugreek etc. It is a spicy preparation and provides energy to the body. The leafy vegetables which are full of fiber, prevent constipation and also maintain blood pressure. The leafy veggies can also be prepared in dry form as aloo methi or spinach potato or can be cooked with lentils. Tomato soup and other soups can be enjoyed sitting tucked in a warm blanket. Vegetables like red carrots, turnip, green peas and beetroot are a common sight in the markets. It is always said that we should eat according to seasons produce. Also, root vegetables are good heat producing foods too.

Today irrespective of the season, the veggies are available throughout the year, but they prove beneficial in the time of their natural production


Honey is an important item which increases the immunity of a person. Due to its diverse health benefits it is an important component of Ayurveda. It has various benefits which are as follows:

  • helps in weight loss
  • A spoon of honey mixed in warm water if taken regularly aids in weight loss.
  • cures cold and cough
  • Improves eyesight too.
  • it is antifungal and anti-bacterial in nature so helps in healing wounds faster.
  • helps in regulating blood sugar in the body hence aids in a healthy heart.

In the winter season it is likely that a person might suffer cold and cough due to changes in temperature. A valuable home remedy to keep cold and cough at bay is to mix equal quantities of ginger juice and honey and take it. Even today we stack our pantry with honey and ginger during all seasons.

Whole grains

Grains like maize ragi, bajra and jowar are said to be beneficial for a human body during the winters.

In rural india and mostly northern parts we find that makki ki roti and sarson ka saag, jowar bhakri, bajra khichdi bajra laapsi, ragi rice flour etc are included in daily diet during winters. Wheat flour is replaced by millet flours in most of the cases. This is due to the fact that they provide energy and also are warm in nature.

They are rich source of calcium and other minerals and a store house of proteins and amino acids. Highly rich in zinc magnesium iron and potassium they aid in keeping the body healthy and disease free.


It is highly recommended that murabbas of different fruits like amla and apple are highly beneficial for providing heat to the body. As they increase the immunity of the body it is highly recommended that a spoon full of murabba or chyawanprash along with a glass of milk keeps the body healthy and strong during winters. Chyawanprash is available in the market and murabbas can be made at home or purchased from the market.

Winter is a season in which we become sedentary because of the coldness outside. It is advisable to eat light foods at regular intervals. One more suggestion is drink warm water. It keeps body warm and also aids in weight loss.Apart from food we should take extra care to cover up our body with essential woolen clothes. As a variety of produce is available do enjoy the joy of cooking and preparing new dishes and share your food pictures with us . Happy winter and happy cooking everyone.