Category Archives: Main Course

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

Grilled Paneer Wraps

Grilled paneer wraps can also be called as Kathi roll or Frankie. Actually, it is simply any vegetables or kebabs wrapped in tortillas, Flat bread, chapati or parantha. Key is to add few more ingredients or spices to enhance the taste.

These delicious paneer rolls are super easy to make. Though I fixed these rolls from leftover grilled paneer, added few salad leaves, capsicum, spiced onion and served with green chutney. Here I will provide recipe with minimum spices and ingredients; and prepared in least of the time. Enjoy it with green chutney as a mid time meal, brunch or as a main course, it will remain a favorite at any time. Continue reading Grilled Paneer Wraps

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

Chopped Greens & Cottage Cheese Vegetable

I have always been a huge fan of cottage cheese and green vegetables. So I keep trying some variations. This one is a twist to our conventional palak paneer. Instead of palak puree, I used chopped palak and added fresh fenugreek leaves to it. This little change gave subtle difference in taste, flavor and appearance. Easy to make chopped green cottage cheese vegetable is rich in proteins and packed with healthy nutrients. Prepare it without onion and it will still taste great.

Serve it hot with roti, parantha, nan or any other bread. Continue reading Chopped Greens & Cottage Cheese Vegetable

Vegetable Sizzler with Paneer & Herb Rice

Sizzler is mine and my family’s favorite. It is a complete one dish meal and more often healthy too. I use herb rice, grilled chunk of cottage cheese and french fries, served along with assorted vegetables. Prepare all this in advance and place them on sizzling hot iron plate, topped with home made mix of sauces only at the time of serving. This sizzler plate is then placed in a wooden tray so that it becomes easy to hold. Little water is sprinkled to create the sizzling sound that tingles taste buds and for sure increase your appetite.

 Sizzler can be based on any international cuisine. Just need to change sauce and main ingredients according to the flavor of that region. Rice can be replaced with noodles.  Cottage cheese can be replaced with veggie cutlet or Indian potato patti and so on. There are various options but the important is to serve food steaming and sizzling hot. Continue reading Vegetable Sizzler with Paneer & Herb Rice

Super Easy Saffron Sweet Rice

The festival of Diwali was celebrated last week with lots of lights, candles, lanterns & variety of meethai (sweets). Non of the Indian festivals are complete without sweets. This time I thought to add one of the favorite traditional Indian dessert to my blog after working out a super easy way to prepare it. Saffron Sweet Rice is long grain rice (preferably Basmati variety) cooked with saffron, whole dry spices, sugar and ghee. All these ingredients gives it  beautiful color and irresistibly rich fragrance. It is a perfect dessert for lunch, dinner or any traditional get together.

There are various ways to prepare sweet rice and I find them to be quite cumbersome. I simplified the recipe by using cooked rice with very few cooking steps. It is surprisingly,  fast to cook and can be easily prepared with leftover rice. Continue reading Super Easy Saffron Sweet Rice

Cottage Cheese Steak with Pesto n Stir Fry Veggies in Home made Sauce

Very interesting  assemble of healthy ingredients – Cottage cheese, vegetables and basil pesto… a great option for vegetarians. These steaks are easy to make with available ingredients. I used home made basil pesto (we can also use ready bottled one) and combined it with stir fry veggies. Cottage cheese steaks with vegetables is quite filling, it can be served as a main course or cut them into small pieces to enjoy it as a starter. Continue reading Cottage Cheese Steak with Pesto n Stir Fry Veggies in Home made Sauce

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

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)

Mumbai Pav Bhaji Fondue

Pav bhaji  is one of the most popular street food in Mumbai.  Pav is a kind of a bread and bhaji means spicy curry of mix vegetables. Buttered and slightly roasted pav is served as an accompaniment with bhaji. Indian version of fondue is no more new but I tried for the first time and it turned out quite good. So I thought to share my recipe. To get smooth texture of fondue, I added some cheese and extra green capsicum to lift the flavor. Pav bhaji fondue can be served as an appetizer or on its own as a snack.

Here, first I will give recipe for fondue since recipe of bhaji is not new to many. Later,I will  also provide simplified recipe of bhaji for my beginner friends. Continue reading Mumbai Pav Bhaji Fondue