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

Roasted Cherry Tomato Quinoa bowl

Abundance supply of fresh farm produce of slender cherry  tomatoes, motivated me to try making this salad. Although, they were not absolutely red in color but they were thin skinned and sweet in taste. I roast them and added caramelize onions. To Quinoa, I  thought to use up and stir in mascarpone cream cheese. Final topping of cranberries, almonds and dressing of hot & sweet sauce; gave this fresh salad a sweet and crunchy taste. Continue reading Roasted Cherry Tomato Quinoa bowl

Samosa

Two Bite Samosa

I usually avoid giving traditional recipes in my blog. But on insistence of my friends, I thought of sharing my samosa recipe which they think is easy with perfect proportion and size.

Samosa doesn’t need any introduction. It is a favorite Indian snack, now popular across the country. It is a triangle, deep fried flaky crust made of flour, filled with spiced potatoes and peas. Enjoy it plane with green chutney or smash it and use it as sandwich filling. You can also make chaat from smashed samosa by adding spicy mint and sweet  chutney. Continue reading Two Bite Samosa

Grilled Cottage Cheese with Oriental Glaze

A melange of sauces mixed to get this tasty glaze, which goes well with my new easy to make recipe – Grilled Cottage Cheese with Oriental Glaze. This one is a healthy option and can be enjoyed hot, any time of the day. Serve it as a salad or as an accompaniment, it is surely going to be hit. Add boiled or saute veggies alongside to make it a complete platter. Continue reading Grilled Cottage Cheese with Oriental Glaze

Chunky Tomato Chutney

Chunky Tomato Chutney or dip is a deliciously spicy condiment prepared from pulpy red tomatoes and tempering of tangy masala. It is no onion no garlic recipe, easy to make with not much of oil and least of chopping.

This zesty dip goes well with various starters or snacks. It taste great with potato chips nachos and pairs well with Indian breads. You can store leftover chutney in fridge for 5 to 6 days or keep it frozen as cubes for 2 months for later use. Continue reading Chunky Tomato Chutney

Cheesy Hot Cross Buns

You can’t go wrong in making these cheesy, easy to cook buns. I used mini burger bread, vegetables, processed cheese and few herbs. You can use any vegetable and any type of cheese. Toast them in an oven and in ten minutes you will have tasty, colorful, crisp – Hot cross buns. Serve them as an appetizer or on it’s own or as any time snack. Continue reading Cheesy Hot Cross Buns

Baby Spinach, Mandarin Orange & Dried Cranberry Salad

Farm fresh organic produce of baby spinach, tempted me to try making this healthy green fruity salad. A Colorful combination of green baby spinach, cranberries and mandarin oranges, with crunch of roasted almonds and pungent sesame seeds gives it an irresistible taste and flavor. Drizzle of vinaigrette; makes it a perfect sweet n savory salad.
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Minty Grapefruit and Orange Salad

Very easy low calorie recipe of two citrus fruits. Grapefruit has very distinct tart taste and tangy flavor. It is mildly sweet and makes refreshing colorful salad when combines with orange. I prefer using pinkish grape fruit. The peppiness of mint leaves, with orange dressing enhance freshness. Garnish of crushed peanuts brings crunchiness to the salad.

Minty Orange Grapefruit Salad is full of fiber and other healthy nutrients. It is super doze of vitamin C. A bowl full of this salad is quite filling and is perfect as anytime snack or can be served as an appetizer. Plus, it is sweet enough to satisfy our sweet cravings without feeling guilty.  Continue reading Minty Grapefruit and Orange Salad

Cottage Cheese Hung Curd and Dill Squares

A very easy and simple starter for cocktail parties. Main ingredients of this energy rich appetizer is cottage cheese and dill leaves. Thick curd is used for binding the ingredients. Topping of sliced olives further enhance the flavor and appearance of the squares. Continue reading Cottage Cheese Hung Curd and Dill Squares

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