Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 9th December 2017

Top 5 Recipes Of The Week 9th December 2017

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

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

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

Makka Aloo Poori recipe

by Angel Srivastava

Please click here for the recipe -> Makka Aloo Poori

Makka Aloo Poori Recipe

Matki Sabzi or Moth Beans recipe

by Sandhya Sampat

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

Matki Sabzi Recipe

 

Cabbage Sandwich recipe

by Heena Bharat

Please click here for the recipe -> Cabbage Sandwich

Cabbage Sandwich Recipe

 

Red Chillies Kaachri Chutney recipe

by  Sandhya Harsh

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

Red Chillies Kaachri Chutney Recipe

Bihari Aloo Baingan recipe

by Madhuri Singh

Please click here for the recipe -> Bihari Aloo Baingan

Bihari Aloo Baingan Recipe

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

 

What is coconut oil good for? 

What Is Coconut Oil Good For? 8 Amazing Ideas!

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

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

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

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

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

What is coconut oil good for? 

 

What is coconut oil good for? As a face wash

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

What is coconut oil good for? 

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

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

what is coconut oil good for?

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

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

What is coconut oil good for? 

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

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

What is coconut oil good for? 

What is coconut oil good for? Reduces Stretch Marks

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

What is coconut oil good for? 

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

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

What is coconut oil good for? 

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

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

What is coconut oil good for? 

 

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

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

References:

https://www.prevention.com/beauty/coconut-oil-cures-for-your-skin-and-hair

https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/coconut-oil-uses/

https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-for-hair/

https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-for-skin/

 

Top 5 Authors Of The Month November 2017

Top 5 Food Authors Of The Month November 2017

Presenting 5 top authors at Zayka Ka Tadka for the month of November 2017. Here is a glimpse of our top authors in case you missed checking their recipes.

We appreciate all the food authors for their continued efforts in contributing amazing recipes form their home kitchens. Here we are presenting the top 5 authors of this month, along with their top rated recipe. In case if you have missed trying our recipes, here is the list of our must try popular recipes of the month!

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

Papad ki sabzi recipe

by Sandhya Harsh

Please click here for the recipe -> Papad ki sabzi

Papad Ki Sabzi Recipe

 

Litti chokha recipe

by Angel Srivastava

Please click here for the recipe -> Litti chokha

Litti Chokha Recipe

 

 

Vegetable samosa recipe

by Heena Bharat

Please click here for the recipe -> Vegetable Samosa

Veg Samosa Recipe

 

 

Methi aloo recipe

by Subhadra Arya

Please click here for the recipe -> Methi Aloo

Methi Aloo Recipe

Palak paneer frankie recipe

by Sandhya Sampat

Please click here for the recipe -> Palak Paneer Frankie

Palak Paneer Frankie Recipe

 

 

 

heat generating foods

5 Heat Generating Foods To Eat This Winter

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

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

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

Nuts

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

The benefits of nuts are as follows:

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

Vegetables

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

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

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

Honey

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

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

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

Whole grains

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

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

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

Murabba

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

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

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

 

must visit places in India this winter

5 Must Visit Places In India This Winter

While must visit places in India do not limit to a certain number, I bring you my favorite top 5 places to visit in winter. Must visit places In India attract people from within the country and abroad.
Winter has almost arrived. North India witness low temperatures during winter while the south enjoys a pleasant climate. Some cities in India are simply better in these months. So,  if you are looking for planning a family trip,  solo holiday or going out with friends,  go through the list of destinations to visit this winter.
Here are my picks for some of the best places to travel in winter:

Goa

December is one of the most vacation friendly month in India. With the number of festivals and events, Goa is a destination that you should not miss this December. Goa is the most famous and loved beach winter destination of India. Plan your trip to Goa from 25th December to 1st January. Goa has exactly everything to offer from Christmas to New Year. It is the perfect time to relax on beaches as the weather this time is pleasant here.

Nainital

If you are a person who loves viewing scenic beauty,  then this place should be on your top list while visiting during winters. Though Nainital is not so crowded in winters as it is during summer, but you will find many tourists this season too. Winters are the best time to visit this hill station to view snowfall. Nainital is blessed with immense scenic beauty due to number of lakes present there. So,  head over to Nainital to experience snow, chilling weather and picturesque scenery. It will never disappoint you.

Dehradun

Dehradun, a beautiful city and capital of Indian state Uttarakhand has lot of things to offer in winter. Days are generally sunny with an unexpected rain anytime and cold nights marked with awesome climate. There are many spots to visit in Dehradun.  Dehradun is known for its heritage,  mountains, and lush greenery. Zoological park,  waterfalls and shrines –  Dehradun has it all. Mahadev Temple, Sahastradhara, Malsi Deer park, Fun Valley, Daat Kali Temple are the few places to visit in or near Dehradun.  The beautiful hill station Mussorrie is just 30 kms away from Dehradun.

Jaipur

Rajasthan is too hot in summers,  so winter is the best time to visit the places in Rajasthan. Jaipur,  a beautiful city of Rajasthan attracts lot of tourists from India and abroad.  Early mornings and evenings in winter are dominated by fog. Visit this wonderful place during these months and be all set to have a lovely vacation beating the heat. The pleasant weather ensures that you visit the Royal Pink City with complete delight. Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort,  Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal are the few historical places to visit in Jaipur. Chokhi Dhani located around 20 km from Jaipur,  recreates the ambience of a Rajasthani village. It is an open-air restaurant offers a rural Rajasthani experience complete with entertainment, snacks, camel rides and a proper sit-down Rajasthani meal which is served by enthusiastic servers.

Kerala

One of the most beautiful states of India,  Kerala, also known as God’s own country, attracts lots of tourists in winter season. The temperature is low during in winters but the weather is never too chilly. Located on the sea side,  Kerala is a sight to behold. There are plenty of wonderful places to visit in Kerala. Kovalam,  Munnar, Poovar are some of the places that one must visit on a trip to Kerala. From coconut palm-lined coasts to rolling hills of tea to diverse wildlife to backwaters, holidays in Kerala make the perfect vacation.
I am definitely going to plan to visit one of these places this winter. So,  where are you heading?
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

 

baking supplies

My Top 7 Baking Supplies – A Baker’s Friends

Baking supplies or baking tools are unlimited when you hit the market. Here is a list of top baking tools that are must haves which make every baker’s life hassle-free.

 

What could possibly make a baker’s life easier? Say, you made this amazing cake last week and want to replicate it the following week for an upcoming dinner. You would hope that it comes out equally ‘amazing’ if not better than last week, right? Consistency then, is what you are looking for? Whether you are baking professionally or at home for family, you would like it to turn out consistently WELL. The right tools/baking supplies will help you out here.

What are the right baking supplies, you ask? My list may not be exhaustive, but over the years, I have found that these tools have made mixing, incorporation and texture better and generally ensured consistency. They have also helped to avert many cake disasters that I featured in my last post. Thanks to these essential baking supplies, I have even been able to try out things I have never made before with almost a 90-95% satisfaction rate. 

Do you take way too much time and energy baking and are left with a load of utensils after? Check out these helpful baking supplies that could make your life easier!

Springform baking pan

These baking pans have a clip at the edge that allows you to remove the cake from the pan without much fuss and ensures it looks fabulous. Be careful, though – as with all cakes, especially in the springform pan, the cakes need to be cooled before you even disengage the clip otherwise you can be rest assured the cake will split in half or crack open at the edges ruining the entire look of the cake.

Weighing scale

I discovered this pretty late – but it is easier to weigh your ingredients than following the ‘cup’ system (measuring). Bakers vouch by their weighing scale. It also makes it easier when you are halving or doubling your recipe quantity. For example – if you want to halve a recipe that calls for ¼ cup of cocoa powder. Ahem, not too easy to measure out 1/8 of a cup, is it? Also, when you measure out 1 cup of flour it is pretty easy to pack in more than a cup without realizing, especially if you are the sort who packs it in the cup pretty tightly. You can’t do that when you weigh ingredients out. I use this extremely cheap and functional one on Amazon.

Having said all this, if you aren’t comfortable with the weighing method, the measurement system will still give you good results.

Oven Mitts

Yes, oven mitts. Whether you are using a full blown oven, convection microwave or an OTG, buy a pair. You wouldn’t want to burn your extremely useful hands every time you get the pan into or out of the oven, do you?

Baking Supplies

Spatula

Spatulas are a wonderful, wonderful way of maximising the use of every last drop of your batter and ensuring it gets into the oven. These silicone spatulas are easy to clean, thoroughly collects the batter from the sides of your mixing bowl and it’s also very satisfying to watch it do its job.

Baking Supplies

Whisk

 

The balloon whisk is a very useful contraption especially to beat some sense into the initial few ingredients. Once you add the flour, it does get a bit difficult to use, but I have used it successfully to whisk batter for smaller quantity cakes. Large quantities will need the spatula for folding the flour in.

Baking Supplies

Measuring Cup

Especially useful if you are not weighing your ingredients, this is one of the must have baking supplies. Follow your recipe using this and my tips in my last post and your cake will not disappoint you!

Butter paper/Baking Paper/Wax paper

You can never have too many sheets of butter paper in your pantry. I have lost track of the number of times this unassuming sheet of paper has saved me. Ensure a smooth removal of your cake from the pan with this additional layer at the base of the pan. Use it over your oven tray to bake your cookies to avoid repeated cleaning of the tray itself and also for hygiene reasons. Use it to line the air-tight container in which you will refrigerate your baked goods if you plan to use it only the next day.

Stand Mixer

According to me, this is definitely not a must-have. I did just fine with my trusty Philips hand mixer for years. But a stand mixer is an extremely good-to-have product if you bake frequently. I bought my Oster a couple of years ago and I haven’t regretted it one bit. While the batter is mixing, your hands are free to do other things. I recently used The KitchenAid one and I was floored! Definitely features very high on my lust-list.

There you go, friends! My top pals in the kitchen. They have definitely cut down on time and frustration levels. Hope these baking supplies help you too. Leave me a comment to let me know. Until next post, toodles!

juice recipes

How Our Family Relishes Juice Recipes, With Nutrition In Check

Juice recipes are that power packed glass of goodness that are easy to prepare. Here is how I make use of juice recipes as a meal or snack in our family and how it benefits our health.

Juice recipes have found an important place in our daily food habits. With increasing technology, our knowledge about food is also increasing. As our body is mostly made up of water, it also becomes more important for us to keep it hydrated. We, as a family do have juices on various occasions and here is how.

Juices rich in nutrition

As a mother of a teenager I am very conscious about the type of food my son eats. As he is in the transformation stage of his life, he requires foods which provide energy and aid in body growth and development. In the hectic school life I try to give him healthy and nutritious food but at times he rushes out saying he is late for school. In the process, breakfast is missed.  During such situations I keep a glass of fresh orange juice recipe ready for him. Orange juice is good for health as it is rich in vitamin-c potassium, folic acid and antioxidants.  It also keeps him energetic throughout his school activities as it is also rich in natural glucose.

Juices to deal with constipation

Though some kids eat everything nicely but they can develop some problems related to bowel movements if they drink less quantity of water. I faced such an issue when my son started going to school when he was a kid. Then I started giving him shakes and smoothies and his favorite being jamun smoothie recipe, which had a mixed taste of all flavors. Thank god that I never encountered such an incident ever.

If kids and adults do not have clear bowel movements many problems may arise. People who have a sedentary lifestyle have many problems related to their excretory system. They develop certain ailments which might prove fatal. Likewise in kids too if water intake is less they might also develop such problems.  I remember when I was working; my colleague’s daughter was operated for such an ailment.  Diseases like piles fistula develop due to constant constipation. These are not only painful but they lower the activity level in kids. In the long run they lose interest in studies too. For constipation an excellent remedy is prune juice recipe and bael juice recipe or woodapple juice. Available in abundance in the summer season, a glass of bael juice is a must at my place on Sundays. It is rich in fibers and helps in cleansing the system .

Juices for weight loss

Some members of my family are allergic to cold. They cannot have foods which are cold at any time of the year. Even when we go out we don’t compromise on our health at any cost. In summers and winters such people can have vegetable juices. Nowadays even the vendors selling juices sell the vegetable juices too. Highly rich in fibers and antioxidants such a juice can also satisfy your short hunger pangs. In winters we can make them at home too, as vegetables and greens are available in abundance. In summers too I make vegetable juice recipe of tomato, coriander and mint if anything else is not available. These types of juices rejuvenate the skin too and also keep our body hydrated. As the vegetable juices are mostly low in calories than the fruit juices, they also aid in weight loss, if fat burning is your goal.

Juice cleanse

A few years back I came across the word ‘Detox’. Detox is a short form for detoxification. It helps our body to get rid of excess fats and other toxins residing in our digestive system.  I also tried it for some time. I don’t recall whether I lost weight or not but I felt energetic whole day. It makes your body very light as the inner system is almost clean. It is an easy way of burning fats. Lauki or bottlegourd juice recipe is also an important detoxifying agent. It is very easily available all-round the year and very economical. It is also good for a healthy skin.

Advantages of juice recipes

  • Juices are a rich source of antioxidants.
  • Natural cleansing agents.
  • Provide instant energy.
  • Help in hydration of the body.
  • Increase immunity.
  • Good detoxifying agents.
  • Help in growth and development.

Thus we can conclude that juices are a boon to the body. You can be healthy if you drink a glass of juice, often with less sugar . Do share any feedback related with the topic and yes “happy cooking”.

 

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10 Quick Breakfast Recipes For Working Mothers

Quick breakfast recipes come in handy for working mother. These quick breakfast recipes just not save time but also make sure you get enough nutrition.

Breakfast is the very first meal of the day. Eating breakfast is so very important. Your breakfast should be rich in fiber and healthy. Most children do not eat their breakfast properly which results in unhealthy eating patterns in them. Morning is also the time when working moms are in a hurry and that is when quick breakfast recipes come to the rescue. Here, we will list 10 quick breakfast recipes which are healthy and can be prepared in no time so that moms can take care of their kids and work life at the same time. 

It’s never easy being a mom and working woman at the same time. A working woman works hard to balance the work life and personal life. Being a mom is a full time job. You need to take care of your little’s one health and as well yours.

So, here are quick breakfast recipes which are healthy and do not take much time to prepare which makes them suitable for busy working moms like me!

Multigrain pancakes quick breakfast recipe

By Bharti Dhawan

A very healthy and fiber packed recipe prepared in just 20 minutes. These pancakes are made using four grains which makes them a hit among working moms. 

Please click here for recipe -> Multigrain Pancakes

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Tomato onion uttapam quick breakfast recipe

By Sandhya Harsh

A popular and healthy recipe that belongs to South India,  the preparation of which can be done beforehand and it just takes 10 minutes in the morning to prepare a healthy and yummy breakfast for your family. 

Please click here for recipe -> Tomato Onion Uttapam

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Rava idli with tadka quick breakfast recipe 

By Vijay Haldiya

A breakfast recipe that tops the list of working moms. It is an instant breakfast recipe that is filling and has very less calories. Moreover, these are much liked by kids as it tastes very good, is soft and crumbly in texture and is easily digestible. 

Please click here for recipe-> Rava Idli with Tadka

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Vermicelli vegetable pulao quick breakfast recipe

By Bharti Dhawan

This is a great option as breakfast among working moms. It is very easy to make,  take just 20 minutes and is liked by all, especially the kids. 

Please click here for recipe -> Vermicelli Vegetable Pulao

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Besan and rice flour dosa quick breakfast Recipe 

By Heena Bharat

This recipe is personally my favorite as it makes a fiber rich breakfast and is loved by my little one. It can be prepared in just 5-7 minutes. So, when you have some important meetings lined up at your office and you are in rush, prepare this breakfast for your family. 

Please click here for recipe -> Besan and Rice flour Dosa

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Veggie besan cheela quick breakfast Recipe 

By Ruchika

If you are looking for a satisfying breakfast, then you should definitely try these yummy and healthy besan cheelas. These are prepared using gram flour which is a healthier alternative to wheat flour. These can be served with chutney. 

Please click here for recipe -> Veggie Besan Cheela

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Whole wheat sweet porridge quick breakfast Recipe 

By Vijay Haldiya 

This recipe is full of nutrients and is very healthy. It is a one pot meal that just takes 20 minutes to prepare. If you and your family have a sweet tooth, then this recipe is enjoyed as breakfast by your family.

Please click here for recipe -> Whole Wheat Sweet Porridge 

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Chana dal chawal dhokla quick breakfast recipe 

By Sandhya Harsh 

Though there are varieties of dhoklas you can make, but this Chana Dal Chawal Dhokla is the healthiest version of all. Rich in fiber and packed with nutrients,  this makes a perfect breakfast to start your day. 

Please click here for recipe -> Chana Dal Chawal Dhokla

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Rava toast quick breakfast recipe 

By Ruchika

This breakfast recipe is packed with goodness of veggies and fiber rich food rava. It is very easy and quick to prepare. These toasts are filling and you can pack them in your kid’s tiffin too. 

Please click here for recipe -> Rava Toast

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Pumpkin pancakes quick breakfast recip

By Somya Gupta

This is a quick and easy breakfast recipe for your rush mornings. It is healthy breakfast for your family when you are running short of time. And yes!  it tastes delicious too! 

Please click here for recipe -> Pumpkin Pancakes

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The above recipes will prove helpful in planning your breakfast. Do share feedback and happy cooking!