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IPL Fever | 5 Tips To Host An IPL Cricket Party At Home

IPL Fever | 5 Tips To Host An IPL Cricket Party At Home

Here are 5 super helpful tips to make your IPL cricket party at home, the biggest hit!

Nothing unites India as the cricket does,  especially an event such as Indian Premier League (IPL). The 2018 season of the Indian Premier League, also known as IPL 11, is the current eleventh season of the IPL, a professional T20 cricket league .

8 teams and 169 players from all over the world : preparing to challenge for the prestigious trophy once again. It is the biggest event happening in the country right now and every cricket fan is glued to the television.

If you are a cricket fan and love watching matches with your family and friends, then you should go ahead hosting the cricket party at home without any hassle.

So,  here we present you the tips to host cricket party at home and the easy and beforehand recipes that are going to make your party a super-six party.

Convert your living room into cricket stadium

Arrange your television in one corner and seats opposite to the television. If you can provide the huge television to watch the game on,  even better. Arrange for sofas, chairs and mattresses on the floor covered with clean sheets and cushions and pillows to relax. Put the table at the one side of the room to put food and drinks to enjoy in between the matches.

Themed dress code

Keep a proper dress code to make the live matches more fun. Ask your friends to wear the color of the team they are supporting. You can also go for the jersey of the team you are supporting. You can also go for wearing a hat in coordinating colors for a complete sports look.

Food and drinks

Arrange for some cool drinks and mocktails while watching IPL with your league.

It is summer folks and IPL is sure heating up. Cool down with some ice cold Mango shake.
Lassi is a great refresher and can easily be flavored. It is my favorite drink while watching IPL. Mango Lassi , Makhaniya Lassi, Rose Lassi  are some of the various versions of lassi you can choose from. You can prepare them beforehand and serve them chilled in between the matches.

Cheer for your favorite team while you gorge on healthy watermelon juice or Coconut Kewra Drink . Quench your thirst with masala shikanji or mint and rose flavored Neembu pani which can be made in minutes.

While watching IPL, you will definitely need some snacks to munch on. Masala French Fries, cornflakes bhel, murmura namkeen , cornflakes chivda are some of the munching snacks that you can prepare before party and enjoy that in the sixes and fours.

There are also some recipes which you can partially prepare before your party and you just need to assemble to make it a complete dish. They are the recipes that are filling and can be served cold. Dahi bhalle is the recipe in which you can prepare bhallas beforehand and you just need to assemble them during the matches. If you forgot to soak dal or have no time to prepare bhallas,  but still want to enjoy dahi badas,  you can make instant bread ke dahi badas .

Different types of sandwiches are must in a cricket party. Pinwheel sandwiches bread sandwich toastcorn capsicum mayo sandwich , creamy sandwiches and cucumber sandwich are the types of sandwiches you can choose from to make and serve to your guests.

For your food, sandwiches and snack foods are perfectly acceptable. You don’t have to
provide anything too fancy! You can also prepare Cupcakes and decorate them to look like a cricket pitch are a fun option, or you could decorate them to look like cricket balls. Keep the things informal and relaxed.

Time to groove!

What’s a party without some foot-tapping music, opt for inspirational songs from sports based movies like Lagaan, Iqbal, Ferrari Ki Sawari, Patiala House etc to keep people motivated and energetic throughout.

Fun games

You can also plan some sport quiz at the end of matches and can keep some small return gifts for the winners.

Above all, have a great time enjoying an amazing sport, great food and good friends.

Do share your feedback.

Summer break

How Kitchen Time Can Be A Good Summer Break Experience For Children

Make the best use of  summer break with these tips to let your children  understand and appreciate food.

Kitchen is a great place to spend time with children this summer break. You might wonder, but it’s vacation time, we should let kids have fun! However, ‘fun’ is a word sometimes misinterpreted and attributed to things only in entertainment space!

If your children find opportunities to play with neighbourhood kids or spend time with their grand parents, it is great. Also some of us prefer traveling to new places. All this done, there is still ample amount of time left to spend in your home kitchen. What if we take this opportunity to let them know some basic life skills, like cooking?

My mom, coming from a big family, tells me how she and her siblings, used to take turns to do dishes, fill drinking water, hand pound spices, to hand grind dosa batter, clearing the grains etc. It was part of their daily chores during childhood and it did not limit to just summer break. This might not look very practical in today’s time. The advancement of technology, comfort, number of children, schedule of schools, offices, traffic, among other things make very little time to do such work willingly. Hence summer break should be treated as a huge opportunity to keep things slow, steady and work on those activities that are essential for a living. Here are some reasons why we should let our children experience the most soulful space of the home, the kitchen!

Focus on the whole cycle

When we want to teach kids, it immensely helps to follow the complete process, rather than sticking to some interesting part in the middle. For example, if they want to do some drawing – fetching the paper, pencils & colors, setting up the space, drawing, displaying/saving the art, keeping the art materials back in their places etc form the whole activity. If we do the whole process and let kids do only drawing, the sense of accomplishment differs from the former to the latter.

Similarly, for cooking, it would be great if we can do a complete cycle. Starting from planting the seeds, watering them regularly, adding compost and other natural nutrition, watch the vegetables and greens grow, fetching them from the home garden to kitchen, getting other essentials from a market, washing, peeling and chopping them (also saving the peels for composting), garbage segregation, cooking, setting the table, serving, eating, clearing and washing the dishes – make this as close to complete process as possible.

If gardening is not an option for you, you could replace it with just a market visit. If market visit is not possible, start with washing vegetables. The intention is to make a start and do our best in making it as complete as possible for kids. This ensures that children try to appreciate, how on other days, their plates are magically filled with mouthwatering recipes! The chances of them wasting food (if any) would also decrease.

List your favorites

If such time spending for cooking on a daily basis is a concern, try listing out recipes that take minimal time. For example, you could start with making lemonade or a banana shake at home. Once the child is comfortable, ask them to prepare and serve the dish by taking help from his/her friends, when they come for a play date. Time for you to relax and watch how quickly kids adapt and learn.

The little master chef

Working with a food recipe platform has its own perks! My child now asks the question, “what are the ingredients?” whenever he likes a particular recipe. He knows where is which item in our kitchen. He knows that either sambar or dal is getting made whenever he watches me rinsing a dal. Hence children are quick to learn from observation than instruction and this method works more so well with children below 7 years. All they need is an opportunity to observe an adult immersed in meaningful work.

Sorting can be fun

Arranging the vessels by size, sorting storing the vegetables by type, color, shape etc, fetching the right fruit from the fruit basket etc are some fun ways to learn and understand the food we eat. It works better than going through a book where ‘A for Apple’ is written with a pictorial representation. When it comes to sensory impression, try giving them atta dough, plucking grapes, washing rice/dal, mixing ingredients for cake batter etc.

Ways to learn about and appreciate what we eat every day are endless. Take time out to let children have this vital experience. Even if they are occupied with summer camps, you could make a start with making it a weekend activity. Once they experience such process, you no longer need to tell them that spinach is nutritious, dal is protein-rich etc to make them eat. Because there will be an inclination and connection with what is present on their plates.

Dr Dhanya Ayurvedic Practitioner

“Ayurveda Is The Science Of Living” – In Conversation With Dr. Dhanya Dilip

Read on to know about Ayurveda, its benefits and how it can be practiced in our daily routine – in conversation with Dr. Dhanya Dilip.

Ayurveda, as most of us know, is an ancient science of our country that has an in-depth study of how our body works and what requires to be done to achieve balance. At Zayka Ka Tadka, we believe in passing this valuable information to our audience, so everyone can get benefited with this amazing science. These efforts and thought process made us to have a dialogue around Ayurveda, and Dr. Dhanya graciously agreed to help us achieve the same.
Dr. Dhanya Dilip is an Ayurvedic practitioner, who is familiar to audience at Zayka Ka Tadka by now. We had the pleasure of hosting her on our live videos in a series called, “Ayurveda Made Easy.” Dr. Dhanya shared many interesting and essential things about human body and how Ayurveda’s holistic approach helps us achieve good health. Dr. Dhanya even cooked the Kerala special, Avial for our audience in a live video.
Here is an excerpt on how Dr. Dhanya became an Ayurvedic expert and her views on this wonderful science.

Inspiration from childhood

Dhanya recollects her childhood days and says, “My grandfather and grandmother are my inspiration always! I remember him telling me stories about him handling his opponents in a fight through a marma technique where with a twist of his fingers over his opponents umbilicus, the person would lay stupefied unless released. Also, my grandmother giving me a regime of gingelly oil and raw eggs during the first few months of puberty, grinding up herbs in buttermilk to increase my digestive capacity and immunity etc, could be my first basic introduction to Ayurveda!
Such experiences early in Dhanya’s life, later turned out to be a deep love for medicine and ancient culture. She adds, “I have always been awed by our country, its culture, history and diversity. Right from a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be in the field of medicine, later years that was streamlined to being a doctor. After my medical entrance, though I had a seat in MBBS, all of a sudden I took a liking for Ayurveda, trying to know more about it.
The holistic method of the science attracted her quite a bit and while she entered the course, never once did she had any regret, except for one reason! “The language of the Ayurvedic texts was mostly sanskrit and the translations were more available in malayalam and hindi than english,” adds Dhanya.

Ayurveda in her own words

There are several interpretations of this ancient science and even, misconceptions sometimes! Dhanya makes us understand this in simple words- ” Ayurveda as you all know is a holistic science, but what what we don’t generally understand is how Ayurveda connects the dots of your various physical problems and the right treatment will help you have happier and problem free life. It starts right from how  the air you breathe, the soil you stand on, the utensils you cook, the vegetables you eat, your staple meal, the water you drink ,your daily regime – ultimately, your lifestyle can affect you in many ways.”

How can one achieve balance using Ayurveda

Our lifestyle has great impact on our health and Ayurveda emphasizes the same. Dhanya says, “The first few chapters in the classical texts of Ayurveda begin with advises on the daily regime and modifications to it based on your body kind. Ayurveda hence is not a science that deals with treating diseases but like how the name itself speaks- it is the the science of living or life. It emphasizes on physical and mental exercises .Following the classical way of Ayurveda will help attain a mental -physical balance and hence a healthy you.

An ideal Ayurvedic practitioner would be…

As with any holistic approach, Ayurveda focuses on maintaining the whole body in balance. Hence the practitioners usually do not attach the word, Physician to their names. To this, Dhanya explains, ” Ayurveda deals with the body, mind, spirit and soul together and not individually. An Ayurvedic doctor needs to be a psychologist too not just a physician. Hence the term Ayurveda physician is absolutely unsuitable.

Ayurveda in everyday life

Most of us stay away from Ayurveda thinking that one needs to consult an Ayurveda doctor only in case of illness. But Dr. Dhanya suggests that a simple daily routine helps us achieve a sound body and mind – the ultimate goal in Ayurveda. She suggests the following practices for everyone to start with-
Practising Ayurveda on a day to day basis in 3 most simple ways to me would be:
1. eating and drinking right
2. sleep right
3. mental and physical control through exercises and practises”

Thoughts on yoga

Yoga and Ayurveda are often linked together for a person to achieve balance. Elaborating on this, Dr. Dhanya adds, “Yoga is more than just mere physical exercises, the breathing regulation and stretches help in stimulating various vital points that help keep the body healthy and bring mental tranquility. Also,  massages help regulate and increase circulatory effects of the body.

Can Ayurveda be effective for all ailments?

This is one common question that keeps many of us in dilemma while suffering with an illness. To this Dr. Dhanya clarifies, “Of course Ayurveda can be used for all kinds of ailments. Western medicine is a rather new development of medical world. Until then I am sure your great grandfathers had just Ayurveda for their common colds or even hepatatic conditions. What is important to differentiate is the right doctor to consult,. because only the right doctor will be able to even refer you elsewhere in case of need.

Connect with Dr. Dhanya Dilip

Dr. Dhanya works towards spreading the essence of the science besides the physical consultations, like,

a. taking up online consultations
b. conduct seminars in schools and colleges , live videos
c. blogging her views and experiences on this beautiful science
d. manufacturing certain body products such as face creams purely based on the Ayurvedic principles

For more details



Kohli. Dhoni and cricketers favorite food

IPL Fever | Find Out What Your Favorite Cricketers Like To Eat

IPL fever is rising yet another time and the fans cannot wait for the show to begin! Let’s know about what our favorite cricketers eat and keep up the IPL fever momentum!

IPL (Indian Premeir League) is the most happening T20 cricket match, every year from April-June in India. From the time it started in 2008 till date, the enthusiasm for this form of sport has only increased. As it falls during the summer break in India, it becomes the important episode in many homes.

To keep the IPL fever build up before and during the matches, here is a sneak peek into what these cricketing stars love when it comes to food. At Zayka Ka Tadka, we are so excited with the IPL fever catching up and bringing you the recipes that your favorite batsman/bowler would love to eat. Also we plan to showcase many of these recipe through our live cooking videos on our facebook page, so you too can make them easily at home. Let the fun begin!

M.S. Dhoni

While we all know Dhoni loves to drink milk, his favorite desserts are gajar ka halwa and kheer.

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Virat Kohli

This cricket super star is a fan of Japanese sushi.

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Suresh Raina

His favorite food is some yummy kebabs.

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Harbhajan Singh

He loves to eat the comfort meal, Aloo paratha with mint chutney.

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Gautam Gambhir

This batsman loves to eat a plate of Rajma Chawal.

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Yuvraj Singh

He live to eat the famous matar paneer and kadhi chawal.

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Rohit Sharma

He prefers to eat the all time favorite Aloo paratha.

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Ravichandran Ashwin

The famous spinner loves to eat Paneer Capsicum.

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Murali Vijay

He prefers a simple meal with some dal-chawal.

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Virender Sehwag

Biryani is his all time favorite dish.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar

He loves to eat Kadhi-chawal and urad ki dal.

AB De Villiers

He enjoys a meal with Paneer Capsicum pasta.

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Chris Gayle

Biryani is one among his favorite foods.

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Ross Taylor

He loves the Indian gulab jamun and that is his favorite dessert.

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