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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.

 

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

 

 

 

tips to stay healthy this winter

Tips To Stay Healthy This Winter

Tips to stay healthy this winter are required so you make right choice of food and body care. Tips to stay healthy this winter mainly involves eating seasonal food. Read on to know more.
Tips to stay healthy this winter help us make little changes in our routine to lead a holistic life. Winter is here and I see all the jackets and sweaters coming out of wardrobes. Winters mean many things to each one of us. For some it is time to cuddle up with a book, hot chocolate and a shawl. For some it is the season of giving and spreading joy. For some it is the time to travel and explore beaches. And for some it is time to do a lot of cooking, baking and hosting friends and family. What does winter mean to you?
Winter is also a time, during which our body needs that extra care and protection to stay healthy, warm and comfortable. With such tips to stay healthy this winter, we tend to embrace the weather change and enjoy the cold weather too. So here are some ideas to include in your winter rhythm.

Tips to stay healthy this winter start right from mornings!

Good morning winter! A daily ritual of winter rhythm takes care of your body and mind. If you are planning to start an early morning routine, then start with some walking and exercise that makes your body warm. Also the transition from under the blanket to up and doing chores becomes smoother with a physical activity in between. Winter might seem like a challenging time, however don’t let the cold weather get in the way in maintaining your physical fitness. Find a great company, enjoy the early morning silence and start your day with a masala tea or green tea. If you are more health conscious, then why not make a strong flavored turmeric latte to start your day with raw turmeric and jaggery?

Body care in winter is essential too

It is time we take care of skin and it needs some body care too, along with eating right. If it is too breezy, the cold air can make your skin and hair to become more pale and dry. Your skin needs a good daily massage. You don’t need to splurge on those expensive body lotions and creams now. And no need to visit a spa every other day. All you need to buy is a good quality sesame or coconut oil. Cold pressed and organic oils being the best, not just for body but for cooking too. Do not worry if you will have time to do this every day. Our Ayurveda expert says that a simple 5 minute applying oil and massage will go a long way in maintaining that hydration in your skin and hair.

Breakfast, make the most of this important meal

When it comes to food, it is important we eat seasonal fruits and vegetables to give our body, the right balance that’s required for the season. For example, during breakfast, use grated Amla / Indian gooseberry in place of lemon juice in your poha. Or try a thick strawberry smoothie, if you want something quick and nutritious. If you are eating parathas, then try this instant pickle made with red carrots / Delhi carrots as a side dish.

Snacking in winter?

Fruits that come in this season like custard apple | Sitaphal, apples, strawberries, oranges, grapes etc act as great snacking options. Also, you can easily make candies with Amla. This Amla candy recipe is super easy and stays good for many weeks.

When cold evenings call for a warm soup

Soups are very nutritious and a good way to feed vegetables to kids who show resistance in eating their veggies. Especially winter is a good time to enjoy a bowl of goodness in that cold weather. Here are some soup ideas listed for you.

Lunch & dinner ideas with winter vegetables

Again, eating seasonal foods provide us with all the specific nutrients required to cope with the change in weather and maintain a healthy body. For parathas or vegetables | sabzi, you can prepare with carrot, beetroot, green peas, radish, cauliflower etc. South Indian sambar with radish tastes awesome! Or if you like flavored rice, you can prepare green peas pulao, veg pulao with winter vegetables etc. You can add Amla to your dal during winters. Also there are certain vegetables like whole lot of beans and greens that are winter special vegetables. Vegetables like, double beans, broad beans (avrekai in Karnataka, hyacinth beans/Flat beans/Indian liva beans in English,Surti papdi in Hindi,Chikudukaya/Anapakayalu in Andhra), pigeon peas (kandi kayalu in telugu) etc that add lot of protein to your diet.
Hope these tips to stay healthy this winter will help you enjoy the season hassle-free. Eat well, stay warm and ring in the new year with health and happiness, surrounded by friends and family. Also stay tuned in this space to find more tips for hosting party for Christmas/new year and interesting recipes that you can cook for your guests.
Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 25th November 2017

Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 25th November 2017

Top 5 recipes at Zayka Ka Tadka for the week ending 25th November 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, 18th November 2017. Also please check our top 5 food authors for the month of October 2017 and September 2017.

Litti chokha recipe

by Angel Srivastava

Please click here for the recipe -> Litti Chokha

Litti Chokha Recipe

Gajar Methi Ke Gatte Ki Sabzi recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Please click here for the recipe -> Gajar – Methi Ke Gatte Ki Sabzi

Gajar - Methi Ke Gatte Ki Sabzi Recipe

Tamarind rice recipe

by Subhadra Arya

Please click here for the recipe -> Tamarind Rice

Tamarind Rice Recipe

Adai dosa recipe

by  Heena Bharat

Please click here for the recipe -> Adai Dosa – Chana Dal And Rice Mix Dosa

Adai Dosa - Chana Dal And Rice Mix Dosa Recipe

Palak Paneer Frankie recipe

by Sandhya Sampat

Please click here for the recipe -> Palak Paneer Frankie

Palak Paneer Frankie Recipe

 

Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 18th November 2017

Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 18th November 2017

Top 5 recipes at Zayka Ka Tadka for the week ending 18th November 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, 11th November 2017. Also please check our top 5 food authors for the month of October 2017 and September 2017.

Vegetable samosa recipe

by Heena Bharat

Please click here for the recipe -> Vegetable samosa

top recipes

Methi aloo recipe

by Subhadra Arya

Please click here for the recipe -> Methi Aloo

top recipes

Cauliflower tikka masala recipe

by Angel Srivastava

Please click here for the recipe -> Cauliflower Tikka Masala

top recipes

Spring onion and spinach fritters recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Please click here for the recipe -> Spring Onion And Spinach Fritters

top recipes

Whole moong chole recipe

by Madhuri Singh

Please click here for the recipe -> Whole Moong Chole

top recipes

 

Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 11th November 2017

Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 11th November 2017

Top 5 recipes at Zayka Ka Tadka for the week ending 11th November 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 out our top 5 food authors for the month of October 2017 and September 2017.

Suji ke pakode recipe

by Neelu Dua

Please click here for the recipe -> Suji ke pakode

top recipe

 

 

Creamy sandwiches in 10 minutes recipe

by Ruchika

Please click here for the recipe -> Creamy sandwiches in 10 minutes

top recipes

 

Curd ki curry – 10 minute recipe

by Heena Bharat

Please click here for the recipe -> Curd ki curry – 10 minute recipe

top recipes

 

Papad ki sabzi in 5 minutes recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Please click here for the recipe -> Papad ki sabzi in 5 minutes

top recipes

Garlic naan recipe

by Angel Srivastava

Please click here for the recipe -> Garlic naan

top recipes

 

Top 5 Food Authors Of The Month October 2017

Top 5 Food Authors Of The Month October 2017

Presenting 5 top authors at Zayka Ka Tadka for the month of October 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! (This list excludes the recent recipes that we received for Diwali contest. Please click here for Diwali recipes and posts.)

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

Fruit custard recipe

by Angel Srivastava

Please click here for the recipe -> Fruit Custard

Fruit Custard Recipe

 

 

Shahi fruit cream recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Please click here for the recipe -> Shahi Fruit Cream

Shahi Fruit Cream Recipe

 

 

Bombay sandwich recipe

by Bhawana Garg

Please click here for the recipe -> Bombay Sandwich

Bombay Sandwich Recipe

 

Custard apple kheer recipe

by Bharti Dhawan

Please click here for the recipe -> Custard Apple Kheer

Custard Apple Kheer Recipe

 

Pav bhaji with wheat buns recipe

by Sandhya Sampat

Please click here for the recipe -> Pav Bhaji With Wheat Buns

Pav Bhaji With Wheat Buns Recipe

 

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.

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!
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

best cooking oil

Best Cooking Oil For Daily Cooking | Cold Pressed Vs Refined Oil

Which is the best cooking oil? Is it cold pressed oil, organic oil or refined oil? Oil is a versatile ingredient and it is time to make a right choice in choosing the best cooking oil.
Ever wondered what is a cold pressed oil?  Here is why you should choose an organic cold pressed oil over commercial refined oil.
Ingredient, ingredient, who are you?
you make it crisp
you make it soft and moist
you let the flavors release
you bring it together
you enhance the flavor
you make it non-sticky
you make it grainy
you are married to a kadai
and not to forget, you add lots and lots of calories!
Ingredient, ingredient, who are you?
Well, I am sure you would have guessed the answer by now. Cuisine, especially in Indian cooking is almost hard to imagine without this wonder ingredient – oil.

I would consider oil as the secret fat that is almost impossible to do without. The calorie count can be a huge saving grace if you eat home cooked meals on most days. When oil is something unavoidable in daily cooking, we might as well have it in its best form and hence the search for best cooking oil.

There was a time when I was on a very conscious and wholesome, only-nutritious diet to loose weight. As part of many other changes in my diet and exercise, my dietitian asked me to cut down on oil consumption. She asked me not to have it more than two spoonfuls a day. Now it depends on my creativity whether I try to make vada (I know it is impossible with 2 spoons!) or stir fry veggies or just drizzle on my salad. Wow I had the freedom to choose what can be done with two spoonfuls!
When you feel you need to cut down on fats, you might as well have that meager quantity in the most rightful way. In spite of the fat content associated with all oils, there is no denying the fact that they are a kitchen’s best friend. So how do we make the best use of it? The best form of an oil is when it is an organic cold pressed oil. Now the real question pops up – why? Well, stay with me for the rest of the post to know the best cooking oil.

What is organic cold pressed oil?

Let us divide the term ‘organic cold pressed oil’ into organic + cold pressed oil. The base ingredient, whether it is a seed or a nut which is used for oil extraction here is organically grown one. As per wiki, while there are many processes for extracting oil, the cold pressed method neither uses chemicals nor extreme heat in the process. This will make sure that the oil retains all its nutrients and essential qualities and will not end up as a mere fat.

Why should one consume organic cold pressed oil?

Here are some more reasons to go for organic cold pressed oil and why it is the best cooking oil.

Being organic

As with any other organic food, there is no use of fertilizers in growing the base ingredient of oil, be it sunflower seeds, groundnuts etc.

Concentration

Oil is a concentrated form of the base ingredient and hence it is better to avoid regular refined oils. This is because, whatever the remains of chemicals in oil – either from base ingredient or from the process of refining – might be present in concentrated form too.

Nutritious

As the process is a cold pressed one, there is no refining done and the oil has all its nutrients intact, making it pure, much tastier and flavourful.

Prompts you to eat healthy

We all know that deep fried food consumes more oil and hence it is not recommended as a daily diet. The smoking point of most cold pressed oils is less, which means that a cold pressed oil can get heated in a lesser time than a regular refined oil. For this reason, often cold pressed oils are used for all other kinds of cooking and not much for deep frying, as deep frying requires you to cook at high heat. Once you develop the habit of eating organic cold pressed oils, it will also indirectly prompt you to reduce the habit of eating too much deep fried food – blessing in disguise, isn’t it?

How to consume organic cold pressed oil?

It is best to use organic cold pressed oil for low heat cooking or to top it on your salads. Otherwise, it can be used in regular cooking that you do. Safflower cold pressed oil is usually recommended in case you want to use some oil for high heat cooking.

How about shelf life?

As regular refined oils get treated at high temperatures, naturally they will have more shelf life when compared to cold pressed oils. But what is the use in storing and consuming something unhealthy for such long periods in the first place? It is the same case with other organic staples – the chances of organic staples catching bugs happens more often than non-organic staples. As they say, even the bugs would refuse to eat certain foods (read presence of chemicals), but many of us consider the same to be edible and fit for eating for all the wrong reasons. If you are concerned about the shelf life of your organic foods and even cold pressed oil, I would suggest you to buy them in lesser quantities and more frequently to serve the purpose, rather than consuming chemically treated food.

Other uses of edible organic cold pressed oil

Organic cold pressed oil can also be used in certain ways, other than cooking. Personally, I use organic cold pressed coconut oil as a moisturizer during winter. A drop of organic cold pressed castor oil mixed with few drops of water works effectively on extreme dry skin. Organic cold pressed sesame oil is rich in vitamin E and works effectively on your hair and scalp. For these reasons often these oils are mentioned as the ingredients in the preparation of cosmetics.

Best cooking oil – some favorites!

Somehow organic cold pressed groundnut oil has struck a chord with me. I love the aroma and the flavor that it brings to my food. Unlike other refined oils, the cold pressed one looks much thicker and is translucent, proving it to be more purer. I also use organic cold pressed sunflower oil in my occasional baking. And when I want something light and with less flavor which blends well with any food, safflower oil is my best bet. What is your favorite organic cold pressed oil?
Ingredient, ingredient, who am I?
I make it crisp, when you roast the nuts
make it soft and moist, when you bake a cake
I let the flavours release, when you do the tadka
bring it together, when you knead the dough
enhance the flavour, in whatever you make
make it unsticky, when you steam idlis
make it grainy, when you cook pulao
am married to a kadai and even a salad bowl!
and not to forget I add lots and lots of calories, so choose me right!
Ingredient, ingredient, who am I?
I am a cold pressed oil 
Milk Powder Modak Recipe

9 Modak Recipes For Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Modak is that sweet recipe that is unique to Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Here are 9 interesting variations in Modak recipe.

Whenever we think of Ganesh Chaturthi, Modak comes to our mind. Even the stories of Ganesha are filled with modaks mostly. In spite of being the most common sweet, every locality follow their own style of preparing modaks. Our awesome food authors have done exactly the same thing – prepared many modak variations for our audience exclusively! Below are 9 such ideas to try.

Mawa & meva modak recipe

By  Bharti Dhawan

This mawa modak rich with dry fruits is sure to melt in your mouth. Try this modak recipe to please those khoya fans!

Please click here for recipe link -> Mawa & Meva Modak

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Steamed modak recipe

By  Roop Parashar

This steamed modak recipe turns out to be super soft and looks similar to the famous momos. These modaks look so inviting and authentic to offer Lord Ganesha!

Please click here for recipe link -> Modak (Ukadiche Modak or Steamed Modak)

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Milk powder modak recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya

This modak recipe is a creative one that makes use of milk and cream! Try this variation and your kids are going to love it.

Please click here for recipe link -> Milk Powder Modak

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Boondi modak recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya

This modak recipe shows a unique way of using boondi. Sweet boondi is just not limited to making the famous boondi laddo, but you can even make modaks!

Please click here for recipe link -> Boondi Modak

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Sweet momos modak recipe

By  Priti Tayal

These sweet momos that are modak shaped are the most authentic ones used for prashad in maharashtra. The coconut and jaggery stuffing gives it a great flavor to binge on!

Please click here for recipe link -> Modak ( Sweet Momos)

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Dry fruit modak recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya

This modak recipe is loaded with dry fruits and nuts and is delicious yet nutritious. This is a north Indian special sweet that is served in many festivals, along with Ganesh Chaturthi.

Please click here for recipe link -> Dry Nuts Modak in 10 minutes

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Mava modak recipe

By Rajni

This mava modak is an instant sweet recipe that is famous in Maharashtra. Adding dry coconut powder enhances this modak’s texture and flavor.

Please click here for recipe link -> Mava Modak

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Ukadiche modak recipe

By  Poonam Bachhav

This is another variation to the famous steamed modak recipe. This recipe calls for sesame seeds, poppy seeds and a hint of nutmeg that gives a distinct aroma.

Please click here for recipe link -> Ukadiche Modak / Steamed Modak

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Amba baklava modak recipe

By  Meenakshi Kapur

Amba baklava modak is a mango flavored modak that is again a traditional Maharashtrain sweet recipe. The mango puree and orange zest make this modak stand out.

Please click here for recipe link -> Amba Baklava Modak

 

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Saffron Rice Recipe

9 Ganesh Chaturthi Sweet Recipes For Your Family

Ganapati bappa morya! Ganesh Chaturthi is fast approaching and here are 9 festival recipes to try!
Just yesterday we were practising Ganesh ji ki aarti for the upcoming celebrations! Ganesh Chaturthi is one such festival where the rituals get kicked off from the week before, with practices like, preparing eco friendly Ganesha! I remember how I used to accompany my dad for Ganesh Chaturthi shopping. We used to buy eco friendly Ganesha idol, made with fresh clay in Ganesha shaped moulds. Hanging fruits, as part of Ganesha idol/pooja decoration was another fun part I used to enjoy. Also undrallu and kudumulu (the Andhra/telugu dishes for Vinaya Chavithi) made by my mom form an important part to complete the celebrations.
Here are more such interesting Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipes that your family would love!

Jamun Jalebi Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By Bishakha

You must have tried gulab jamun and jalebi, but how about Jamun Jalebi? Here is an interesting variation with minimal ingredients.

Please click here for recipe link -> Jamun Jalebi

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Laapsi Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By Kumkum Mathur

Laapsi is a traditional Rajasthani festival recipe that is usually made for Ganesh Chaturthi. Try this dalia/broken wheat based sweet recipe this time.

Please click here for recipe link -> Laapsi ( Bhagwan Prasadam)

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Puran Poli Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Poonam Bachhav

Puran Poli is a famous Maharashtrain festival sweet recipe that typically looks like a chapatti with a sweet stuffing. Have it with good amount of ghee spread and it tastes heavenly!

Please click here for recipe link -> Puran Poli

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Rava coconut laddoo Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Heena Bharat

Laddoos are all time favorite sweets in India for all festivals. This rava coconut laddoo is super easy to make and the texture will make you fall in love with it!

Please click here for recipe link -> Rava Coconut Laddoo

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Besan coconut laddoo Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Sandhya Harsh

This is another laddoo variation that is sure going to melt in your mouth! There is a slight twist from the regular besan laddoo and coconut makes it interesting.

Please click here for recipe link -> Besan Coconut Laddoo

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Besan sooji laddoo Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Vijay Haldiya 

This laddoo has the good mix of sooji/semolina and besan/gram flour and is more rich in flavor and texture. This is a wholesome laddoo especially for kids and is easy to make.

Please click here for recipe link -> Gram Flour Semolina ( Besan Sooji ) ladoo

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Doodhi halwa Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Sandhya Sampat

Well, who ever doesn’t like lauki/bottle gourd as a vegetable in regular dishes should get to taste this halwa. I am sure they will change their opinion from next time after tasting this halwa!

Please click here for recipe link -> Doodhi Halwa

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Panjiri Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Ruchika

Panjiri is a rich sweet recipe loaded with many dry fruits. It is not just yummy but a nutritious sweet for your kids and whole family!

Please click here for recipe link -> Panjiri

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Saffron rice Ganesh Chaturthi sweet recipe

By  Bharti Dhawan

This is such an exclusive sweet dish in the form of rice. The aroma of this saffron rice will definitely make you go for seconds.

Please click here for recipe link -> Saffron Rice

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Indian festivals

Indian Festivals And Their Significance In Today’s World

Indian festivals show a unique way of celebrating culture and tradition. Among many other popular beliefs, food is one expression that brings people together and binds them with a community feeling.
The number of festivals and the number of days in a year appear to be equal in this land. And when it comes to my family, it is not an exaggeration when I say that there is a high possibility that if we start counting the festivals, the number might as well be more than the number of days! I grew up in a family that follows many rituals and takes time and effort in performing pooja and observing the days in their authentic significance. Today, as a mom, while I might not observe all the days with such endurance, I choose to enjoy and take part in at least the ones that are close to my heart. One important aspect that cannot be overlooked irrespective of festivals with varying intensities is – of course, food! I might miss religious rituals, but never a chance to taste the local delicacies that achieved prominence over time and come as a combo, that is unique to each festival. For example, one cannot imagine Ganesh Chaturthi without modaks, christmas without plum cake and eid without seviyan!

What is festival?

According to wiki, “A festival is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its religion or traditions.” Indian festivals are rich in culture, tradition, diversity, food and rituals. It gives us an opportunity to observe and celebrate a common cause, that brings the whole community together. Here are more reasons on why I love Indian festivals

Ritual Time in Indian festivals

While some perform rituals for religious purposes, there are others who do it for spiritual reasons or to keep the tradition alive or for pure pleasure. If not for religious reasons, mostly I find myself performing rituals as a form of self-expression. Like when I put this rangoli, the main intention is to make use of this opportunity (on a festival day) to express my creative self, which I would otherwise postpone doing it on a a regular day.
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It also a meditative process when I light the diya and use dhoop for fragrance. Also, rituals like breaking handi/utti for janmashtami are popular and enjoyed by the majority.

Bonding time in Indian festivals

If it is a major festival, people working out of their native place take this opportunity to visit family and friends back home. Flying kites, bullock cart rides, making rangoli, keeping bommala koluvu/golu etc are some of the practices that favor spending time with family. A traditional celebration sometimes calls for having family lunch in banana leaves filled with mouthwatering festival recipes.

Creative time in Indian festivals

Come varalakshmi vratham, and I would be engrossed in idol making! Other festivals, I would be engrossed in making rangolis or getting other forms of decor ready. Needless to say, I enjoy the way Indian festivals bring out the creative best in each of us.

Food Time in Indian festivals

Finally, we reached the most relevant feature, the food. While daily cooking in India itself offers diversity, festival recipes are like the icing on the cake. My sister and I always look forward to my mom’s handmade puliogare/pulihora on all festivals! Having a sweet tooth made me love festivals even more. Sometimes I wonder, if offering to God is just an excuse to please our own taste buds? Like, few days back I tasted a dhaniya based sweet powder, called dhaniya panjiri, that is made especially for Janmashtami and it was just yum. I never heard of this variation before and all thanks to our friends from diverse backgrounds. Even the most common modak would taste differently across different states of India. And no matter what, you do not get to taste these authentic delicacies in restaurants. Indian home kitchens have a monopoly over festival recipes, isn’t it? That is the reason why we never miss an event to bring to you the festival recipes, contributed by housewives and moms of India. With this platform, you can try a new modak variation, new barfi variation, new gujiya variation etc in your own kitchen. For example, even if you are cooking at your home in Karnataka, with these recipes you get to taste the flavors of Mathura! Keep watching this space for our upcoming Indian festival recipes, curated just for you, that are sure to entice you!

Let the footprints be only of love and kindness

As someone who has deep respect for eco friendly measures, I cannot conclude without this important message. Request everyone to respect the environment and the humans around like how we respect our own house and family members respectively. Creating pollution and causing discomfort to others in the name of festival celebrations will do no good to us and especially our future generations. Through out the celebrations, we should be conscious that we are only leaving the minimal footprint that is possible. As the famous saying goes, “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children
Independence Day Tricolor Recipes

8 Indian Independence Day Recipes For A Tricolor Platter

Try these 8 tricolor recipes that help you celebrate Indian Independence Day in an engaging way!

Time to see the tricolor Indian flag reaching for the skies on the eve of 70th Indian Independence day on August 15th 2017! I have fond memories of Independence Day and Republic Day from my childhood. We would practice all the patriotic songs from a week before to be performed at the school assembly on Independence day. Sometimes I would even prepare for a speech on Independence day, where the text was mostly written by dad. When I got an opportunity to visit my dad’s workplace, I used to participate in some singing/drawing competitions. Also sweets and chocolates were distributed as part of the celebrations. Independence day celebrations today are not limited to such cultural activities but innovation in food has also become the focus after flag hoisting ceremony.

How are you celebrating the Indian Independence day this year? Today there are celebrations right from kindergarten days and parents would be requested to dress their little ones in tricolors of our national flag or there would be a fancy dress walk depicting freedom fighters. Why not make it more interesting with some tricolor recipes too? You can also use them to contribute in your colony where food is part of the celebrations on August 15th.

Tricolor milky heart bite Independence day recipe

by Roopa Parashar

This super easy recipe is a delicious dessert that is made with bread and milk cream. For sure your kids are going to love this!

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolor Milky Heart Bite

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Tricolor idli sandwich Independence day recipe

by Vijay Haldiya

Make your regular idlis more inviting with this simple recipe. Also a great way to convince your kids to finish breakfast without hassles.

Please click here for the recipe -> Idli Sandwich

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Tricolor veggie upma Independence day recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Upma is a dish that is easy on cooking and light on tummy. This can be a great option for breakfast during Independence day celebrations.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolor Veggie Upma – Easy & Healthy

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Tricolor stuffed capsicum Independence day recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

We know that capsicum usually comes in saffron, green and yellow colors. Though white color is missing as per flag colors, this colorful dish can be served with rice.

Please click here for the recipe -> TriColored Stuffed Capsicum – Tasty

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Tricolor paneer idli Independence day recipe

by Bishakha

This innovative Independence day dish is yummy and takes care of nutrition too as we use pureed vegetables as the side dish.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolour Paneer Idli – Yummy

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Tricolor capsicum masala fried rice Independence day recipe

by Heena Bharat

Would you like to prepare some special rice as part of Independence day lunch? Look no where, this capsicum masala fried rice is your best bet.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolour Capsicum Masala Fried Rice – Tasty!

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Tricolor muffins Independence day recipe

by Bishakha

Kids love muffins more when they come in different colors and shapes. This tricolor muffins come in handy for a play date or as a tea time snack.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolour Muffins – Tasty

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Tricolor veggie eggs Independence day recipe

by Bishakha

If you are wondering if this recipe calls for eggs, then you are mistaken. This recipe calls for creative use of aloo, paneer and green peas to produce an effect that looks like an egg. Check the recipe for more details.

Please click here for the recipe -> Tricolour Veggie Eggs – Tasty and Simple

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Happy Raksha Bandhan

12 Raksha Bandhan Recipes To Adorn Your Aarti Thali

We all know happy Raksha Bandhan becomes happier with some sweets and Raksha Bandhan songs around. Here are 12 Rakhi festival recipes that you should try making this year!
As per hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan 2017 falls on August 7th and is a bonding time for many families. Raksha Bandhan recipes are on our mind and we know you are thinking about them too!

How do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan | Rakhi ?

Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival, usually celebrated between a brother and a sister. The sister ties the rakhi (a decorated sacred thread) to her brother’s wrist and wishes him prosperity. The brother in turn gives her a gift and promises to be there for her. Aarti, tilak and sweets definitely make their place in the process. Raksha Bandhan has such huge significance that even in the age of sending online Rakhi gifts, online Rakhi wishes and Rakhi messages, many sisters who live abroad still  try and send Rakhi to India.

Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan | Rakhi ?

Rakhi festival is that occasion, where we spend time in realizing the importance of wishing good things for someone or reflecting on the support system that we have built for each other. We should be proud to have such strong family values and close knit communities and should take a moment to appreciate the same. In a sense, I feel it can be celebrated among any two persons who have a willingness to honor the festival in such spirit of empathy and not create a difference in our roles in the family. Hence the emphasis is more to recognize the worth of such priceless relationships, than just sending an instant message wishing ‘Happy Raksha Bandhan’ or receiving gifts.
No festival is complete without some mouthwatering sweets, isn’t it? We know that all of you would be grooving to some Raksha Bandhan songs, so these sweet recipes come in handy to keep your guests happy.

Raksha Bandhan sweet thali

By Bharti Dhawan

Here is a colorful Raksha Badhan thali with various burfis. There is sevaiyan burfi, almond burfi, carrot burfi, chocolate mava burfi and coconut burfi. Can you ask for more?

Please click here for the recipe -> Raksha Bandhan sweet thali

 Happy Raksha Bandhan

Paneer gulab jamun Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Subhadra Arya

Who doesn’t love gulab jamuns? But this time around, instead of getting a readymade gulab jamun mix, try this paneer variation and the gulab jamun would turn out to so soft and creamy!

Please click here for the recipe -> Paneer Gulab Jamun

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Sooji coconut malai ladoo Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Sandhya Harsh

Though ladoo is the most common sweet in India, we never feel satiated with eating just one, isn’t it? Forget the regular boondi ladoo and try this suji coconut malai ladoo for a change!

Please click here for the recipe -> Delicious Sooji Coconut Malai Ladoos!

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Kalakand Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Vijay Haldiya

The secret behind the awesome texture of this kalakand is, how patiently you keep stirring it till the mixture just turns to golden crumble. You should definitely try this recipe for Raksha Bandhan to know better!

Please click here for the recipe -> Kalakand

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Cham cham Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Heena Bharat

Cham cham is a famous Bengali sweet that is so juicy, soft and made with chenna/paneer. The use of pistachios and saffron strands gives it a distinct flavor that is hard to resist.

Please click here for the recipe -> Chumchum – Bengali Special Sweet

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Ghevar in mango rabri Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Bishakha Saxena

Ghevar is a famous Rajasthani sweet that is known for crunchy texture as it is deep fried. It comes in various flavors depending upon the type of syrup it is dipped in once it is fried. Here is a mango rabri version that your family would love!

Please click here for the recipe -> Ghevar In Mango Rabri

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Coconut barfi Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Rupa Burman

The texture and flavour of this coconut barfi will definitely make you go back for more. This is a simple barfi recipe with minimal ingredients.

Please click here for the recipe -> Coconut barfi

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Moong dal halwa Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Somya Gupta

Moong dal halwa is not only delicious but is also a good way of adding some dal even in sweets. Hence it is a great way of adding this to your kid’s diet, along with enjoying it on Rakhi day.

Please click here for the recipe -> Moong Dal Halwa – Delicious Dessert

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Mango kalakand Raksha Bandhan Sweet Recipe

By Shikha Gupta

Kalakand is a versatile sweet that is known for its chewy texture that is addictive. Kalakand in mango flavor just makes it more inviting!

Please click here for the recipe -> Mango Kalakand

happy Raksha Bandhan

Apple kheer with oats Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Sandhya Sampat

Are you wondering which sweet to prepare for those health conscious members in the family? Frent not! Try this kheer that has the goodness of apple and oats and can even be a great addition for toddlers.

Please click here for the recipe -> Apple Kheer With Oats

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Ras Kadam Raksha Bandhan sweet recipe

By Ruchika

Ras kadam or kheer kadam is more famous in eastern states of India. It is a quick recipe with chhena base and becomes richer with the addition of khoya.

Please click here for the recipe -> Kheer Kadam | Ras Kadam

 

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Lunch platter with Rajma

By Ruchika

If you have more guests coming in for Rakhi then try this traditional Rajma – chawal recipe for lunch, along with sweets, to make it a complete meal.
Please click here for the recipe -> Rajma Chawal

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Mango Cheese Cake - Delicious Bite

Savor The King Of Fruits For One Last Time!

Mango recipes are seasonal recipes with authentic flavor. Let us try these mango recipes before they disappear with season!

I am not sure whether I should be happy that monsoons are here finally! Because, the weather takes away the scorching heat of summer and along with it, the mangoes and mango recipes go too! These days I see raw mangoes in winter too, but if you check their aroma and flavor they are not the same as how you get in summers. Hence I stick to eating seasonal vegetables and fruits which promise the genuine taste!

As they say, you appreciate something more when you don’t have it, I experienced similar feeling when I saw no mangoes in the organic shopping website yesterday! Usually I prefer having a whole fruit to fruit juices/shakes/smoothies, for reasons such as consuming high calories and loss of fiber. However, yesterday I went ahead to break all the rules and treated myself to a thick yummy flavorful mango shake. Dear Mango, when will you come again? So dear friends, try these recipes before it is too late!

Mango ice cream recipe

I go to this ice cream parlor just to eat the real Alphonso flavored ice cream. What if we tell you that you can make this at home?
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Mango shake recipe

You must be wondering this mango recipe is just mango, milk, water and sugar. But we have surprise here with nuts and elachi. Try this variation and enjoy!
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Mango smoothie recipe

For those people who like curd flavor and prefer a thick drink, then try this delicious smoothie recipe with yogurt or curd. This also acts as a good option for a filling breakfast.
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Mango cake recipe

Tired with usual vanilla and chocolate flavoured cakes? Try this mango version which is eggless and has amazing texture, we bet you won’t be disappointed!
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Mango halwa recipe

I guess halwa is one such sweet variation loved from small kids to elderly! Its texture is smooth and easy to eat. Try this mango flavor for a change from traditional halwas.
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Mango custard recipe

Custard is one such easy sweet that I rely upon whenever I have surprise guests at home. Why not make the custart interesting before the mango season ends?
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Mango lassi recipe

Lassi completes a meal with parathas on plate and friends around. Lassi is also quite filling that you don’t need to looks for desserts post meal.
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This cheese cake is a pure delight to your eyes and taste buds! And if you are making it for a party then be sure to make it in abundance as your guests are going to come for second serving!
Mango Cheese Cake - Delicious Bite
Why not try these delicious mango recipes before they are gone completely?
Rajasthani Village Thali Recipe

Indian Food And Why It Has Most Convincing Flavors

What makes Indian food so special that it receives much love and attention from around the world? Read on to know!

Our food – our pride! Indian food has always been famous for its creative use of ingredients and wonderful cooking styles.

Indian food – as fresh as it can get!

The best part about Indian food is, it is mostly made from fundamental ingredients. Also, the first and foremost reason for Indian food having authentic flavors is the use of freshly ground seasonings and pastes. Though we have many ready to eat foods, I have known many families who would prefer investing time in cooking from basics. Homemade paneer, sauces, cream, batters, masalas, chutney powders, pickles, snacks, sweets, bakes and even homemade ghee. That is the reason why nothing can beat the heavenly aroma of ghee that wraps your home when it is getting ready in the kitchen. Homemade is a pride of Indian food!

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Influence of markets on Indian food

On the other hand, the market is exploited with juices, biscuits, chips etc and they are packed in attractive covers and displayed in abundance. There is a huge shift from shopping from a shopkeeper who would fetch you what you want from inside the shop. Now it is the consumer herself picking up the products whatever she wants, plus browsing many others that she never wanted and ending up buying few things from that unwanted list!
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The super markets tried hard to modify the face of Indian food but we should be proud that our basics are really strong. Few days of eating out or eating instant food would definitely make most of us go back to the good old daal, sabzi and chawal/roti. In this day of hectic schedules and busy lifestyle, even though people cannot find time to cook, they prefer hiring a cook, to eating out daily. At least two meals a day of eating basic food pleases and nourishes us more than eating fast foods. While nutrition is important, the authentic flavors is what many of us crave for!
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Quite a big assortment!

For those interested in cooking and love exploring ingredients in a unique way, there cannot be a versatile cuisine as Indian food. We are a land of many cultures and with each culture there is a great variation in cuisine too. The secrets of family recipes add to the reasons behind the food culture being alive. A strong food network is something that keeps us apart from other food cultures in the world. If you are a foodie, then there cannot be a better reason to explore different parts of India, to honor your taste buds with diverse eats.

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Indian food in Europe travel

When we decided to do a month long trip to Europe last year, food was one major reason I was concerned about as we are vegetarians. Thankfully, there is a lot of dialogue going on about veganism and people finding benefits of turning into vegetarians and vegans. This has helped open doors of many vegetarian places and I was just lucky to have traveled in this phase. However, I am a proud desi soul who cannot live without native food for more than few days. Hence we had one big suitcase dedicated to Indian spices and namkeen, dal, rice and even a small pressure cooker! Here is a picture for you to know how I make sure the tadka was not missed wherever we go!
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During Europe travel, I have realized that France is famous for its baguettes, Italy is famous for its pizzas and pastas, Switzerland is famous for its cheese. However, the hosts with whom we stayed all over are all very fond of Indian food. They did not leave an opportunity to taste the Indian delicacies that I cooked in their kitchens. It was a privilege to share meals together with foreign hosts, who opened their homes for us to stay. Not to forget, how they value and show interest in knowing how Indian food is cooked, is a gratifying experience.

Indian food is antique, yet enriching!

All credit to our ancestors who found the ingenious ways of harvesting, storing and developing methods in cooking ingredients in numerous ways. For example, we use lentils/daals in many ways such as daal, sambhar, kichidi, pongal, adai, dosa, idli, sundal, chutney, vada etc. Daals are also used as thickening agent in many dishes in the form of besan. Also the famous bajjis and bondas are coated with either dosa batter or besan. And all these are one possibility of using just lentils, imagine the diversity we begin to unfold in Indian food once we combine more ingredients!
Indian food
If you like to spend time in knowing about Indian food, the best thing to do is to ask your grandparents and parents a lot of questions. This is to safeguard the age old recipes that are handed down to them from generations. Indian food is an ancient food, rich with taste, texture, spice, medicinal properties and utmost satiating. We should not miss out on what is going on in our home kitchens, if we have to recreate the magic around Indian food. Though the cook shows and internet are exploding with recipes today, none of them can still beat home cooked food. That is exactly the main motive behind Zayka Ka Tadka – to bring out the flavors from home kitchens to users, rather than just designing some recipes. At Zayka Ka Tadka, we value authenticity, which is what gives an edge to Indian food over others!