Category Archives: appetizer

Quinoa and Cherry Tomato Salad bowl

Organic supply of farm fresh baby tomatoes, motivated me to try making healthy salad. Tomatoes were absolutely red in color, thin skinned, plump and sweet in taste. I mixed them with quinoa and cream cheese. Added cranberries, mint leaves and fresh coriander. At the time of serving, garnished with chopped almonds and few mint leaves. Continue reading Quinoa and Cherry Tomato Salad bowl

Pav Bhaji Bites

Easy and a quick way to serve most popular snack of Maharashtra – Pav Bhaji. I made it in to a small, light, interesting appetizer bites. Undoubtedly, pav bhaji is ruling among all the road side food favorites. Trip to Mumbai is not complete if you have not eaten Pav bhaji, batata vada and bhelpuri. So, let us first start with quick method of making bhaji and then to serve it differently.

Bhaji is a spicy curry of mixed vegetables cooked in specially blended spices and served with warm, soft, buttered shallow fried pav (type of burger bread). It is quite filling, healthy and favorite anytime meal option. Continue reading Pav Bhaji Bites

Pan Fried Cottage Cheese & Veggie Patties

Cottage cheese has long been my favorite ingredient. It is a healthy option for vegetarian diet – an excellent source of calcium, minerals, rich in protein and is relatively low in fat.

These are very simple cottage cheese patties with crispy outside and velvety inside. I curated this recipe to cook in the least of oil with very few steps. List of ingredients seems to be long but it literally mixes in two minutes and cooks in 15 minutes. It is a tasty, liked by all, any time treat. Serve it with a scoop of mashed potato and barbecue sauce to make it a complete main course meal. Continue reading Pan Fried Cottage Cheese & Veggie Patties

Papad Churie with Caramelized Onions

Who can refuse papad as a starter or when served with any meal? Papads are spicy, light and appetizing. As name suggests, churie is a preparation of crushed papads, spices and ghee. It is quite a popular serve with Rajasthani cuisine. I gave twist to the taste by adding caramelized onion and fresh coriander to the basic recipe of churrie.

There are variety of papads available in the market. Choose as per your taste. Preferably, thick papads will be good for this preparation since it will remains crispier for long. Continue reading Papad Churie with Caramelized Onions

Grilled Cheesy Aubergine

I am putting up a post after a long break. So, I thought to restart with a super easy one. All you need in this recipe is cheese, Italian tomato/ basil sauce and good quality medium size aubergine (eggplant or baingan in Hindi). Italian sauce was also handy for me since it was precooked and kept as frozen cubes.

Serve Grilled Cheesy Aubergine as an appetizer or along with main course. It is quite filling and taste great when served with any warm bread. Continue reading Grilled Cheesy Aubergine

Grilled Green Kebabs

Green Kebabs are somehow similar to Hara Bhara Kebab – a favorite of Indian palate. I simplified the recipe by mixing all the ingredients in one step and by avoiding traditional method of deep frying. Instead, I opted for grilling which is much healthier and less cumbersome. Kebabs are loaded with healthy green vegetables like spinach, peas, coriander etc and flavored with readily available spices. It can be served as an appetizer or as a starter with green chutney. Or make a complete meal by using it to prepare burgers, wraps and rolls. Continue reading Grilled Green Kebabs

Crispy Mango Fritters

A tasty and interesting snack using seasonal fruit – Mango. First time I tried it at my friend’s place. She is quite innovative with her cooking skills and keep trying something new. Though fried, which I normally avoid but then ease of making these sweet and savory fritters tempted me to share the recipe. It is quite similar to Vegetable Pakoras or Bhajias, an all time favorite Indian snack. Hot fritters are perfect as a snack on a rainy day and delicious if served with green chutney along with hot cup of masala chai. Continue reading Crispy Mango Fritters

Minty Paneer (Chutney & Paneer)

An another work with paneer….my favourite ingredient. It is a simple recipe of grilled paneer with chutney. And I made it further simpler by using frozen cubes of green chutney, which I always keep handy. We just have to marinate paneer cubes in green chutney and bake it till crisp. Sprinkle chat masala over it for chatpata (tangy) flavour; and the taste is irresistible.

 Minty Paneer goes well as a starter or can be served as an appetizer. Make a meal by using it as filling with tortilla wraps by adding sliced raw onion and chat masala or enjoy on it’s own as a main course with roomali roti. Continue reading Minty Paneer (Chutney & Paneer)

Cottage Cheese Slider with Vegetables

Hello friends…It has been a while since I last updated my blog. I was travelling; went to my favourite destinations in the Himalayas – Rishikesh & Mussoorie. Beautiful, divine destinations, feel like going and again. in fact, this was my second trip in the last 3 years. I love their local cuisine which involves many local ingredients which I am going to share later.

I will start with my favourite recipe – Cottage cheese slider…a easy & healthy starter. It’s main ingredients are cottage cheese and curd,  which are rich source of proteins. So if you  want to increase your protein intake then try this one. Add vegetables of your choice to make it a perfect healthy appetizer. Continue reading Cottage Cheese Slider with Vegetables

Hummus….my fix

Hummus is no more new to our palette. It is a classic, creamy Middle Eastern dip or spread made of chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini and lemon juice. My method has all these ingredients with addition of fresh basil leaves. Instead of buying tahini sauce from the market, I use sesame seeds. My simple fix for hummus is grounding all the fresh ingredients at one go and adding whipped curd while serving.

Hummus is very versatile. So I prefer making large quantities and store it in deep freezer in the form of cubes.20170302_153433

Ingredients:

  1. Chick peas -1 cup boiled
  2. Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon
  3. Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  4. Basil leaves – 1/2 cup approximately
  5. Yogurt or curd – 1 tablespoon, thick curd or hung curd
  6. Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  7. Ginger – 1/2 teaspoon chopped
  8. Green chilly – 1 inch or as per taste
  9. Garlic – 1 teaspoon chopped
  10. Salt and pepper as per taste

Method:

  1. Dry roast sesame seeds.
  2. Grind all the ingredients except curd along with roasted sesame seed.
  3. Grind to smooth creamy texture by adding 1 or 2 tablespoon of water or as per requirement. I avoid using extra olive oil.
  4. Hummus is ready to be served. Before serving mix in curd, drizzle olive oil, paprika and finally garnish with sliced olives.

For storing:

 After the step 3, remove hummus in the ice cube tray. Store frozen cubes in a zip lock bag.

To use frozen cubes:

Defrost required quantity of cubes, mix in curd, drizzle olive oil. Finally garnish with paprika and sliced olives just before serving.

Tips & tricks:

  • Frozen hummus cubes can be stored in deep freeze for 2 months
  • Use of garlic and basil is optional
  • Traditionally, curd is not included in the recipe but I feel it gives nice creamy texture to the dip.
  • Also, curd gives freshness to the recipe if we are using stored cubes
  • Thick curd can be easily replaced by greek curd