Archive | January, 2018

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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!
how to plan a menu for overnight guests

How To Plan A Menu For Overnight Guests?

We all have that guests who stay overnight and we have to rush to make several dishes at a time .  Planning your menu beforehand can save your time. We, at Zayka ka Tadka are going to help to plan your menu for overnight guests.

Athithi Devo Bhava– ‘ The guest is equivalent to God’, is a part of the code of conduct for our Indian society. We share a dynamic host-guest relationship. We should make our guests comfortable by making them feel like home.

When it comes to planning a menu, the menu should be simple  and the food should be balanced, healthy and delicious. We should also take care of the guests’ ages and check if they have any dietary restrictions.

Breakfast

Breakfast–a very important and the first meal of the day. Create an attractive platter of fruits, yogurt and juices. Also keep milk, bread, biscuits, cereal, coffee and tea handy , so that everyone can enjoy the breakfast.

You can go for Fresh Orange juice  or chikoo shake is also a good option for a healthy and filling breakfast. Make besan bread toast in breakfast if you have kids along with your guests. It is healthy, instant and yummy.

Morning Snack

Healthy Chaats and salads must rule your morning snack platter. Boiled chana chaat is personally my  favorite morning snack. Rainbow salad is an attractive mix of veggies which is not only healthy but also appeal to the kids because of the beautiful colors present in it. Sprout Salad is also a very good option for morning snack. It is healthy, full of proteins and generally liked by all age groups. Lemony sprouts chaat  and kulia fruit chaat are the other easy  and healthy options you can opt for.

Lunch/Dinner

Lunches and dinners are the important meals of the day.  A simple menu include- rice, chapati, lentil, vegetable dish, chutney and curd/yogurt. A meal can be finished with simple dessert that you can prepare beforehand. You can also serve a simple salad- sliced tomatoes and cucumber sprinkle with salt, black pepper, and lemon juice. Vegetable dishes may include corn palak gravy, Lauki Kofte, Mixed Vegetable stir fry, Aloo gobhi , soya granules bhurji or tofu corn makhana gravy. Rajma curry, Chana dal palak curry, Amritsari dal tadka, Dal Makhani are some of the lentils recipes that you can choose from your lunch or dinner. You can go for plain chapati or kulcha or crispy tandoori naan. Though jeera rice go with any combination of the vegetable and lentils, you can also try Veg fried rice or Vegetable biryani.

Evening Snack

Onion Pakoras served with Masala Chai is an ideal snack for those who are fond of fried snacks.  Veg Vermiceilli or creamy sandwiches comes to rescue when you have guests who prefer healthy snacks. If you are interested in baking, try this simple chocolate cake or oats butter cookies, to be enjoyed with evening tea.

If you have kids along with your guests, keep some milk packets handy as many kids are used to drink milk either before going to bed or early in the morning.

This coffee cappuccino comes to rescue when you have some serious coffee lovers in the group who cannot stay late at night without strong coffee.

Hope you like these ideas on how to plan your menu for overnight guests. Do share your feedback with us. Happy cooking.

Zayka Ka Tadka : The Live Video Story

Zayka Ka Tadka : The Live Video Story

With 100 plus Live cooking videos with Moms, reaching millions and millions of people in the world, spreading smiles in the households of India, The Live cooking videos at Zayka Ka Tadka are a big hit! From a 84 year old Mom to a 25 year old one, we have covered them all. Read on to know the why, what and how it all happened!
The building blocks of any society are families. And the foundation for our families is strong because of our moms! She is the one person who converts a house into a home and binds everyone together. Such moms deserve appreciation and recognition beyond words!
live cooking video

Apeksha with Sandhya Sampat

Sharing the knowledge treasure

Zayka Ka Tadka is built to recognize moms and much more! We are committed to bring out the hidden talents of many moms and homemakers of India and showcase it to the world. These moms have so much to offer and an appropriate platform is the only path that they need to share their knowledge.
live cooking video

Apeksha with Mridula Ameriya

Hence we started to promote moms and with that, we also promote the secret recipes of many households of our country. Some are even passed down through generations in the family and are authentic regional recipes.

Retrospection and need of the hour – going live!

With hundreds of text recipes and few video recipes, Zayka Ka Tadka was blooming by the day. Apeksha then received a call from one of the Strategic partner manager leading “Food” vertical from Facebook India team. She told Apeksha on how Facebook is going to focus more on quality videos and how live videos can be an interesting option as videos are a great medium to connect and enrich user experience. So there developed a thought about how we could produce live videos at Zayka Ka Tadka.
sowmya apeksha

Sowmya & Apeksha

Apeksha and myself were having discussions on making the user experience better with videos. That was the point when I suggested that why not we create videos with moms? Because, a live cooking event makes cooking enjoyable, gives clarity about the recipe and answers all the doubts about the technique involved in preparing a dish. A live cooking episode also serves a greater purpose of empowering moms, which we always wanted to do at Zayka Ka Tadka!

We appreciate the taste, but what about those hands and the person behind that recipe?

Then we pondered – is it enough if we just share their recipes? The world is getting benefited by their knowledge and they are also quite happy that many users appreciate their efforts, there is no doubt here. However, we felt we should more! Like, we should also empower them, make them more confident and make them famous too! With this deep thought and the strong desire to make their presence felt more than ever, the idea of our “Live Cooking Videos” was born, which became in sync with the thought of making user experience better with videos.
live cooking video

When mawa gulab jamoons were made at Megha’s house

Just the way a mom cooks at home!

At Zayka Ka Tadka, the celebrity chef in our live cooking videos are these moms and some of them probably have more cooking experience than the so called celebrity chefs that we see in the media!  We neither set up a studio nor ask moms to be ready in a certain way/decorate their place/present in a certain way etc. After all, we are looking for authentic homely recipes, which calls for moms to be in their natural comfort zone and connect with user, just the way they do with their family and friends.

Apeksha with Anitha

How our “Live Videos” happen

We show “Live Cooking Videos” with moms and homemakers by visiting their homes and telecast live from their home kitchens. During the process, the host becomes the celebrity chef, speaks in front of the camera, shares many cooking tips, answers the audience’s questions, cook something lovely, give a sneak peek into their lives and we end up tasting the most amazing food! They are so proud to be sharing their recipes live on our channel and we are so content when they say that it’s a big moment for them to go live!

Megha making instant carrot pickle

Location is no more a barrier!

Yes! Now the passionate cooks can connect with us from remote locations to do live videos. This move brings us much closer to far away home kitchens and we can telecast the amazing cooks wherever they are. This also means that your location can never be a hurdle for showcasing your cooking talents to the world.

For example, we have done live videos with moms staying in as far as California to Bihar to Rajasthan!

Interesting trivia and the road ahead..

 

Till date, we completed 100 plus live videos with over 1 million plus user engagement and we are counting! We are inspired to do more with each passing Live video. For example, one mom is 67 years old and still works outside through out the day to meet ends and there is this 84 year old granny who has been cooking from pre-independence age! Today, it is not exaggerating if we define Zayka Ka Tadka as the Food Network Channel with Live Videos, Text Recipes, Offline Videos  for moms and homemakers. Stay tuned, because we will continue to bring out the gems and that’s our promise!

Apeksha tasting Chocolate Paratha at Sowmya’s house

The story in a nutshell

Here is an interesting video on our journey so far in making the live cooking videos.

 

Don’t miss!

  • Follow us on Facebook and keep your notifications “on” so you do not miss out the action on our “Live Videos.” Show us some love by sharing our Live Videos with your friends and family and tag them with #cookingwithmoms@ZKT and #livecookingvideosonZKT . You can also check many step pictures of our recipes.
  • Follow us on Instagram to catch all the good recipes, daily cooking feed, back scenes of live videos, interesting trivia, boomerang fun and much more.
  • Follow us on Youtube to find numerous offline short videos on how to make different recipes and travel dairies.
Why Goals Are Important

Importance Of Goal Setting | 5 Reasons Why Goals Are Important

Importance of goal setting needs no introduction. Read on to know how to set goals and why it is important to set goals for each one of us.

Importance of goal setting is trending like never before. But who needs to set goals for themselves? Goals are not just for students or employees. Goals are not just for some privileged or a business man. Goals are not just for planning your finances or loosing weight. Then, to whom does goal setting applies to?

Agree that goal setting is important to each and every category I mentioned above, but why limit ourselves to just a few categories? Importance of goal setting applies to all those who need to or want to track their progress in whatever they are doing.

Setting goals could be at a personal level or professional level. The process could involve someone you might report to or it could be self-made goals. Whatever the kind of goals are, there are some ideas on why are goals important, read on!

Direction for pending items

That plan to visit the Dentist, to go for driving classes, take up a new hobby etc seem like they are in our to-do list forever. When you set goals to start and finish each of these tasks, suddenly it shows a path to achieve the list of pending items. It is as simple as planning your regular day. Once you have a decent plan in place, achieving these goals becomes just a matter of time.

Motivation for future

Importance of goal setting does not end with just setting them. Once you achieve a certain goal, it automatically gives a positive push for future responsibilities. If you could accomplish a task, you will naturally have the tendency to face more challenging work and yet hope for the best. Setting measurable goals and reaching goals help you track your progress and prompts you to do better the next time around.

A sense of fulfillment

When loosing weight is your goal, you could still indulge in dessert once in a while. This is like a self-reward system for being nutritionally conscious all the while. In the same manner, the importance of goal setting is to make you feel satisfied and contended. This happy feeling goes a long way in nurturing you as a confident person.

Tangible output

Often goal setting does not fade away as soon as a goal is achieved. It often comes with a measurable outcome like a handicraft born out of a hobby or driving through traffic after driving lessons or cooking for a lot of guests without worrying about the final taste!

Helps de-clutter your choices

Many of us want to do those hundred other things but always complain that we do not have enough time. How about starting with one? Well, in all the probability, there is a chance that that particular goal could end up in a failure! However, the positive aspect is that, at least we can strike off one thing from those hundred items, so you can now focus on the remaining 99. At least, now there is more clarity on the kind of choices you make!

If you are fond of cooking, you could set goals like trying new cuisine or changing the type of ingredients or trying out different styles of cooking. If you are fond of eating, you could set goals like travel to try different local foods, or plan your finances to try those luxury restaurants.

Goal setting becomes fun when you include some friends too, like partners in crime!

Essentially, goals can be in different sizes and apply differently to different people. Here at ZKT, we have many moms and homemakers as part of our community. We would love our community to let us know what they think about the importance of goal setting and which goals did they set for 2018?

 

winter foods

5 Seasonal Winter Foods To Try Before The Winter Ends

Here are some ideas on foods to try before the winter ends! Eating seasonal foods is a healthy option and as well caters to tasting those yummy foods before the onset of spring and summer.

Winter season is marked by a steep decrease in the temperatures in northern India. The northern parts of the country experience snowfall too. Regions in the plains are also no different. People clad in warm clothes are a regular sight. Compared to the north, the southern states do not experience harsh winters. Weather is lovely throughout. Winter season is marked by huge agricultural produce. Grains vegetables and also variety of fruits flood the local markets. The season also coincides with the harvesting season of rice, potatoes, sugarcane, sesame etc.

Makki roti with saag

Since there is a fall  in temperature, our body needs foods that keep it warm throughout the season. Staple food of wheat flour chapattis is replaced with missi rotis, bajra rotis, makka rotis and it is best  paired with the seasonal sarson ka saag,  mixed saag or any other leafy preparation. Laden with huge amounts of ghee and ginger, garlic, saag is a very good immunity booster which provides nutrition as well as energy to the body. It helps to keep the body warm. Makka roti saag should be tried in this weather .

Custard apple recipes

There is also abundant increase in the fruit produce, and  sitaphal or custard apple is one fruit which is available in this season only. It can be had as it is or you can prepare sitaphal kheer or custard apple rabri . it is easy to prepare and can be given to the kids as well. I had a sitaphal tree in my backyard where I lived before. Being a north Indian our family did not know about this fruit. But when they tasted it  they were so amazed. Earlier we used to give away the fruits to the people but afterwards we only gave away less. Sitaphal is extremely delicious and kids love it.

Red carrot recipes

This season is marked by a huge production of vegetables. Carrot, sweet potatoes, potatoes, radish, turnips etc can be found all over apart from the seasonal leafy veggies. Carrots are a favourite in indian households in winters not just for curry preparation but also for halwa. Laden with carotene and vitamins it is absolutely healthy. Carrot halwa is cooked using milk and sugar and nuts are also used to enhance the flavours. It is a must in the winter season as the carrots are more juicy at this time.

Paratha recipes

Chapattis and parathas are staple food in the north. Parathas are extremely popular in the northern states compared to the south. As veggies are abundant in every household, stuffed parathas are cooked and eaten with lots of butter and jaggery.

Makka parathas, aloo parathas, mooli ke parathey methi k parathey , gobhi k parathey are some of the parathas which are relished by everyone. Kids also love them and they are a good tiffin option as there is no fuss of making a different curry. They can be given away with a piece of pickle. They are equally healthy .

Good old khichdi

Another item which is relished during the winter season is khichdi. Cooked with the new rice produced in the fields mixed with lentils it is also one important preparation made throughout the country. Our festival of Sankranti is especially marked by cooking a variety of khichdi throughout India. Urad dal khichdi in east, moong dal khichdi in south and toor dal in bisi bele bhaath are noteworthy.  The process of making khichdi is almost same in all areas, excepting for a few changes. It provides natural immunity to the body during winters and is usually paired with accompaniments. There is a saying “ khichdi tere teen yaar- ghee dahi aur achar”. There is a fourth accompaniment too- papad.

Herbal drinks to fight infections

Apart from these foods try to keep the seasonal diseases at bay by drinking kadha (herbal concoction) which is a reduction of pepper, cloves, big cardamom, tulsi leaves and ginger.

Cook together cinnamon, a bit of mishri or sugar, bay leaf, a bit of tea leaves in two glasses of water. Now, reduce this to about half of the volume and can be consumed on a regular basis to keep the cold infections at bay.

Hope you will try the above recipes before the season ends and post your feedback. Happy cooking!

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.

 

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.