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
Abundance of fresh pea pods can be seen in the vegetable market during winter season in Mumbai. They are freshly brought locally or from northern part of India. It is naturally sweet and taste great when mix with crunchy peanuts and smoky corn. This salad is simple to make with least of effort and ingredients. Enjoy it as a light meal or relish it at any time of the day. Continue reading Seasonal Peas and Corn Salad
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
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
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
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
A soup with delicious blend of coconut milk, lentils, cilantro & dash of dill leaves. This healthy vegan nourishing soup is high in protein and easy to make; particularly when all the Ingredients are available in our pantry. It’s a creamy herb infused soup, great in taste and loved by all. Continue reading Creamy Coconut Lentil Soup
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
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
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