Archive | January, 2018

Til Ki Barfi : Lohri or Sankranthi Special Recipe

5 Special Dishes To Make For Lohri | Sankranti Special

Makar Sankranti (the sun entering the Capricorn) is an important festival all over India. Here are 5 ideas for special dishes to prepare on Sankranti and Lohri

Lohri is a harvest festival which is celebrated in Punjab . The same festival has different names all over India. In TamilNadu it is called Pongal, in Bihar it is celebrated in the form of khichdi, Bihu in Assam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh, whereas in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana it is called Maghi.

Significance of Lohri

Basically Lohri is a harvest festival. It is celebrated with great fervor as the previous crop produce is at home and new crop has been sown in the fields. It is a matter of great joy for the farmers whose entire life revolves around fields and farming. It marks the middle of a winter season too. A day before Makar Sankranti huge bonfire is lit in the evening  and yields from the field in the form of groundnuts, sesame seeds, puffed rice etc are offered in the bonfire followed by distributing delicacies made from the nuts and new jaggery. It is also marked by performing gidda and bhangra –the traditional dance of the region.

In other parts of India the following day is celebrated by cooking Pongal and khichdi . Pongal is also made in jaggery juice as well and is called sakkarai Pongal or bellam pongal. In the eastern parts curd and chivda or flattened rice (poha) is also consumed. Khichdi is cooked and distributed among friends and relatives. kite flying is also associated with this day and in fact a kite festival is organized in Gujarat this day. In the ganga belt bathing in the river is considered auspicious on this day.

Following below are some recipes which are cooked specially for this day.

Til ki barfi- Lohri or Sankranti special recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya

It is very easy to make and involves only three items . It does not take much time to prepare the sweet. It is extremely crunchy and is an energy bar in itself. Sesame seeds are a storehouse of important nutrients. You can make and store them too.

Please click here for the recipe-> Til ki Barfi- lohri or Sankranti special

Til Ki Barfi : Lohri or Sankranthi Special Recipe

 

 

 

 

Dal Pinni Lohri recipe

By Meenakshi kapur

Pinnis are another storehouse of nutrients which keep your body warm. Pinnis are very famous in Punjab. They are delicious and tasty. They are gifted during various festivals too.

Please click here for the recipe-> Dal pinni

Dal Pinni Recipe

 

Peanuts Til ki chikki(home made energy bar) recipe

By Sandhya Harsh

Peanuts coupled with sesame seeds provide that extra energy which you require during this season.

The sweet is made with in five minutes and also eaten up that fast too. Make sure you make heaps of it otherwise you might loose your share.

Please click here for the recipe-> Peanuts til ki chikki(home made energy bar)

Peanuts Til ki Chikki ( Homemade Energy Bar) Recipe

 

 

 

 

Til Mawa ladoo Lohri recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

Mawa or evaporated milk is rich in fats and thus is again an important energy source which is needed for the body. Mawa is extremely tasty and this ladoo will be a hit.

Please click here for the recipe-> Til mawa ladoo

Til Mawa Ladoo Recipe

 

Moong dal khichdi recipe

By Heena Bharat

As I said khichdi is eaten in certain parts of the country . Moong dal khichdi is an easy option for people who like eating salty items. You can add veggies and make it more delicious. Eat with a dollop of ghee on top, papad and curd. It is very easy to make and is a whole meal in itself.

Please click here for the recipe -> Moong Dal khichdi

Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe

 

 

 

I have outlined five various recipes which you might like to make for this Lohri/Sankranti. You can also go through the page to browse more recipes of your choice. Have a happy lohri and happy cooking.

 

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Meet ZKT Featured Author : Nisha Srivastava

Our next featured author is the youngest in the list and has immense interest in cooking. Meet Nisha Srivastava, also known as Angel Srivastava and here is a quick interview with her.

Age is just a number – it applies to the eldest, as well as the youngest! Nothing can stop a person from getting better at something if she has a passion, and when we say nothing, it includes the age as well. We are very impressed with our next featured author inline; she is young, active and extremely good at what she does! Meet Nisha Srivastava, who submitted around 100 recipes to ZKT in a very short span of time. Let’s get to know more about her.

Bhelpuri - Mumbai Special Recipe

Tell us about yourself Nisha

Hi, I am Nisha from Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India. I am a student of B.Com, part 1 . I am 19 years old and I am passionate about cooking. I started cooking since October 2017 and I run a page on Instagram. I am registered as Angel Srivastava as a food author with ZKT.
Jalebi Recipe

Inspiration for cooking?

My grandmother teaches me many small and basic techniques and tricks about cooking. And she always supports me. I am also inspired by ZKT’s Vijay Haldiya mam and Kabitaskitchen online.
Papri Aloo Chaat Recipe

Interests and hobbies

My hobbies are listening songs, dancing and reading books. Also, I spend a lot of time studying.
Chilli Chutney Recipe

Association with Zayka Ka Tadka

I love to play with the ingredients and always try to make more and more interesting and unique dishes. ZKT is a very inspiring platform for a food blogger. Also, ZKT has been a booster in my cooking journey. 
Aloo Puri Recipe

Personal favorites

Litti chokha, Masala pav, cauliflower tikka masala, Garlic Naan, Fruit custard are my favorite dishes among the ones I submitted to ZKT. 
Mojito | Classic Mocktail Recipe

Few cooking tips

  • To make soft chapattis, use lukewarm water
  • For spongy naan, use lukewarm milk to knead the dough

Favorite local food

Street golgappa, chola batura, samosa are my favorite Street foods. I like the spicy and yummy taste of the street foods.
Motichur Ke Laddu Recipe 

Thoughts on cooking

Never take cooking as a burden and always enjoy your time in the kitchen. Because if you consider cooking as playing with the ingredients, then the result / outcome is always perfect.
Nisha continues to surprise us with creative dishes and we wish her the best in her cooking journey!
Featured Author Subhadra Arya

Meet ZKT Featured Author : Subhadra Arya

We bring you the next in our featured author list, Subhadra Arya who recently completed submitting over 100 recipes to Zayka Ka Tadka. Here is her story.

Skills are something we acquire over time with consistent hard work and setting new targets. However, few talents also come naturally to each one of us and when we see such a person, we usually say, “she is a born dancer,” or “she is a born artist,” etc. When it comes to Subhadra Arya, it appears that, she is a born cook! Cooking came effortlessly to her or may be we should say, “Cooking found her!” Let us get to know more about this amazing cook, who is a featured author with ZKT!

Paneer Pakode In Palak Gravy Recipe

Experience from different regions

Subhadra is from the Haridwar district of Utarakhand. She is the eldest of three siblings and her family stayed in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. She adds, “My father was in government service and my mother is a homemaker. Currently I am living in Ajmer Rajasthan at present.  I am a mother to a teenager son.” She has experienced living in almost four states so far and we can understand why there is so much versatility when it comes to her cooking!

Kurkuri Bhindi/ Okra - Tasty Curry

Inspiration from family

Subhadra Arya has started to cook from a very early age. She recalls, “Cooking came very naturally to me. Way back, the favorite hobby for the ladies was cooking. I saw my mother and aunties cook lovely dishes and exchange them. My mother is a very nice cook.” But that was not all, she continued to watch and learn from her dad too. She adds, “Due to some reasons I stayed with my father for a few months. Seeing him cook and work I also used to help him in the kitchen . He taught me to make dough for the first time. This was in class 3 . From then on I was on a learning spree. By the time I was in 8th I could cook a decent meal. My parents always encouraged me.” 

With such encouragement from childhood days, clearly home is her first school and her parents are the first teachers in teaching her how to cook!

Grapes Chutney Recipe

Association with Zayka Ka Tadka

Subhadra Arya is a featured author and a special person at Zayka Ka Tadka. Apart from mouth watering recipes, she even started contributing blog articles in the last few months. We are immensly glad to have such people as part of our strong community of moms and homemakers. She says, “I joined ZKT about two years ago but more active since last year. The fellow authors here are very humble and encouraging. All authors mutually respect each other. Also the whole ZKT team is very supportive and does not get irritated by our constant queries.

Pyaz Mirch Malai - Instant Curry!

Coming to favorites

Apart from her first love, cooking, Subhadra also loves to read, travel and do crafts whenever time permits. 

Jhal muriKadhi pakoraCashew apple, Panchmel dalLauki Raita – Healthy and Instant are her most favorite recipes of hers at ZKT.

And when it comes to local food, she likes kadhi kachori, apart from south indian and Bengali dishes. She adds, “The burst of flavors of tangy and sweet kadhi and spicy dal and crunchy crust of the kachoris cannot be explained in words. You have to taste it to understand!

Urad Dal Fry - Spicy Treat!

Tips and message to budding authors

To bring balance is an important aspect in life and more so when it comes to food and cooking. Subhadra tries to achieve just that when it comes to feeding her family. She adds, “I always try to incorporate healthy food in the diet and simultaneously give importance to each person’s personal preference. I try to cook adequately, so that food does not go waste.

She ends the conversation with simple yet the most important aspects to keep in mind while cooking. Subhadra believes that the best results will come when you love what you do. She says, “If you love cooking everything is simple. Now-a-days everything is available online. Once the interest is in place, with the kind of resources available over the internet, we can learn and grow easily. When you see that your dishes are disappearing from plates, it gives a lot of happiness. Cook whatever you wish with your heart in it.