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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Convert your living room into cricket stadium

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

Themed dress code

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

Food and drinks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time to groove!

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

Fun games

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

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

Do share your feedback.

Summer break

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

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

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

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

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

Focus on the whole cycle

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

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

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

List your favorites

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

The little master chef

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

Sorting can be fun

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

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

Kohli. Dhoni and cricketers favorite food

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

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

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

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

M.S. Dhoni

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

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Virat Kohli

This cricket super star is a fan of Japanese sushi.

IPL Fever

Suresh Raina

His favorite food is some yummy kebabs.

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Harbhajan Singh

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

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Gautam Gambhir

This batsman loves to eat a plate of Rajma Chawal.

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Yuvraj Singh

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

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Rohit Sharma

He prefers to eat the all time favorite Aloo paratha.

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Ravichandran Ashwin

The famous spinner loves to eat Paneer Capsicum.

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Murali Vijay

He prefers a simple meal with some dal-chawal.

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Virender Sehwag

Biryani is his all time favorite dish.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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

AB De Villiers

He enjoys a meal with Paneer Capsicum pasta.

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Chris Gayle

Biryani is one among his favorite foods.

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Ross Taylor

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

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cook with kids

5 Fun Recipe Ideas To Cook Together With Your Kids

Cook with your kids this summer! It’s vacation time and it’s the time to involve your kids in cooking and other chores around the house. 

Cooking with kids can be fun!  Inviting kids to the kitchen to help you cook is  a great way to make them learn and to spend quality time together. So,  whether you are baking some dessert, making some quick snacks,  children love to mix, measure and pour.

We will now present you the five fun recipe ideas to cook together with your kids. Take your kids along with you to the kitchen and enjoy cooking.

Tri color paneer tikka

This recipe not only helps your kids to recognize colors, but also helps in introducing  bell peppers to your kids. Ask your kids to put the peppers and paneer on wooden skewers in a manner that paneer is in between the red and green bell peppers. Lots of fun to do!

Bhel puri 

An easy and quick recipe to make with your kids. It is a recipe which involves measuring ingredients and mixing them well. Involve your kids for measuring and mixing. Tell them how to measure ingredients. It helps in developing early math skills in your child.

Instant bread pastry

Children love cakes, then why not help them make it​? It is a no cook recipe and tastes exactly like cake. You can use chocolate or whipped cream according to the liking of your kid. Let your kids apply chocolate spread and whipped cream on bread. Let them decorate the pastry according to their choice. And you will be amazed how cute they decorate!

Fruit Sandwich

A very interesting recipe idea to share with your kids. These sandwiches are very tasty and refreshing. It is a good choice to use fruits in a recipe and your kid will surely enjoy it. Let your kids choose the fruits they want to put in their sandwich and let them decorate the sandwich according to their choice. You both will surely have fun! Cute puppy sandwiches are the creative sandwiches that your kids will love to make.

Jam rolls

This is a fun recipe I love doing it with my little one. As we all know how much kids like bread and jam. My little one likes eating it in his breakfast and love to take these jam rolls along with him to school in his lunch box. The choice of jam totally depends on your kids choice. Let them spread jam on bread and teach them how to roll. They will totally love doing it.

These are some of the fun recipe ideas I totally enjoy doing with my kid. If your kid is so fond of chocolates, you can go for chocolate shake recipe. Chocolate cake Strawberry salad is the fun salad to do with your kids. They will totally love it.

Fruit cream is a yummy dessert that kids not only love to eat but also love to make. It involves mixing of fruits in cream. Let them choose the fruits they want to put in and ask them to mix well in cream along with sugar. Mango cream is also the dessert that has the concept same as fruit cream, it only involves mango as fruit. Kids will love making it.

We generally do not allow kids to help in kitchen as they make the things messy, but the love they spread and the things they learn will make them creative and help in developing fine skills. Do take care that they should be kept away from knives, flame and other sharp things in the kitchen.

Do share the feedback with us! Have fun with your kids!!

how to plan a menu for overnight guests

How To Plan A Menu For Overnight Guests?

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

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

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

Breakfast

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

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

Morning Snack

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

Lunch/Dinner

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

Evening Snack

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

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

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

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

Zayka Ka Tadka : The Live Video Story

Zayka Ka Tadka : The Live Video Story

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

Sharing the knowledge treasure

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

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

Retrospection and need of the hour – going live!

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

Sowmya & Apeksha

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

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

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

Just the way a mom cooks at home!

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

Apeksha with Anitha

How our “Live Videos” happen

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

Megha making instant carrot pickle

Location is no more a barrier!

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

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

Interesting trivia and the road ahead..

 

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

Apeksha tasting Chocolate Paratha at Sowmya’s house

The story in a nutshell

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

 

Don’t miss!

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

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.
Indian Festivals
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
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!
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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!
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Get Inspired By Rat From Ratatouille To Become A Food Author

The rat from the movie, Ratatouille is no ordinary rat! Rat from Ratatouille takes a roller coaster ride to live his dreams and inspires us in many ways. Here is how!
 
You must be wondering what this movie, Ratatouille got to do with being a food author at Zayka Ka Tadka! We accept your doubts are very valid. However let us ask you a simple question – when was the last time you appreciated your mom or dad or grand mom or even your cook for that lip smacking dish? Is it hard to remember? Often we take things for granted and seldom realize the importance of showing love for what people deserve. At Zayka Ka Tadka, we are serious about food and even more serious about the one who prepares it! We have exclusive home chefs contributing their recipes as food authors. However our expedition is not over yet, as we are striving to bring out those gems that are still hiding to join our bubbling team! Here is some inspiration for all those budding and to-be authors!

Rat from Ratatouille is fond of good food

Anyone can cook,” says chef Auguste Gusteau in the movie, Ratatouille. This movie, as unconventional it may sound, shows the journey of a rat from being jeered at by humans to being a chef, who can please humans with the famous French dish, Ratatouille. There is enough inspiration everywhere, if we are willing to look around. This rat’s name is Remy. Remy mistakenly gets hold of Chef Gusteau’s books in one of the houses, and eventually becomes his follower and develops passion for cooking. The phrase, “anyone can cook” gets him hooked till he became a renowned chef.

If you are a person fond of cooking or often get praised for your cooking skills, may be it is time to take that plunge to become a food author at Zyka Ka Tadka. We provide a solid platform, that is essential to give the much needed recognition for what you do. 
Do you feel there is a lack of appreciation for your efforts in cooking? Are you still contemplating on whether to add your recipes on our platform?  Have you not been able to contribute like our featured authors? If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, then read the rest of this post. Here are some life lessons from the movie to drive your motivation to step ahead.

Rat from Ratatouille did not accept his fate

Remy, having born in a community of rats, who hide and eat the discarded leftover food, refuses to accept it as his destiny. He takes cooking seriously and does not settle for anything less when it comes to cooking and eating good food. So much so that, even when he has access to a restaurant’s food storage unit, he refuses to eat, accepting the process as stealing food.

Rat from Ratatouille sets new targets

Remy challenges himself and enjoys the process of preparing food and feeding many guests at a local French restaurant. There is a scene from the movie when a restaurant chef accepts Remy as her fellow chef, inspite of him being a rat. Yet Remy does not settle for either shortcuts or accepts the less risky part of recipes. He believes in himself, takes risks and improvises in making recipes. His goal is to please the hotel guests by giving only his best.

Rat from Ratatouille did not forget the hygiene part

In one scene, Remy takes the help of his whole family in preparing a meal with a sharp deadline, but that did not stop him from sanitizing his herd before they try their hands at cooking. This shows that Remy goes to an extent of not hesitating to accept the help and yet not compromising on the quality and hygiene.

The story is all about how humans come to terms with accepting Remy, the rat as a fellow chef without any prejudice about how rats are treated by humans. I know it sounds impossible to think of a rat becoming a chef in real life but what we can consider from this movie is the possibility of making your dreams real. Whether you are a working mom or a home maker, a passion for cooking is a desired talent as any other talent out there.Cooking is definitely an art! If food is meant to just satiate hunger, we would have been consuming only raw foods every day. We crave for taste and are aware of how it affects our senses. Hence love for cooking should never be under estimated and one should not let others to make it look like an inferior activity. We all miss mom’s food as soon as we are away from home, isn’t it? It’s time we show appreciation and give back some love that it deserves!

To help you get started..

If you are new to Zayka Ka Tadka, we are here to help you get started and contribute the recipes. Here is a step-by-step guide to how to add a recipe – text version and video version. See you soon onboard!