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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

Seasonal Peas and Corn Salad

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

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

Oats and Sooji Savory Cake

A healthy and tasty savory cake recipe is from popular gujarati cuisine – Handvo. Instead of fermenting the batter and then baking it as per original recipe, I tried making it in a frying pan and replaced main ingredients of lentils with oats and sooji. Uniqueness of this recipe is that it does not require fermentation, practically an instant recipe with lots of vegetables.

It is easy to make, nutritious breakfast option but can also be served at any time of the day. Enjoy freshly made hot, crispy and dense cake with green or tamarind chutney. Continue reading Oats and Sooji Savory Cake

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

Creamy Coconut Lentil Soup

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

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