Raw Banana Cutlets

Made raw banana cutlets for dinner. They turned out to be wonderfully light and delicious. Bananas are a great source of fibre, Vitamin C & B 12 and potassium and when mom came in with this hearty bounty, a lot of dish ideas popped in. Banana cutlets are had in India when people are fasting,…

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

Som Tam is a fresh Thai salad with really simple and clean flavors.  It serves as a great side and main dish as well depending on the kind of mood you are in. Since it has all raw veggies, it’s high in fiber and keeps all the minerals intact. Because of its slightly sweet base,…

Zucchini Ribbons in Sherry & Béchamel Sauce

I was in mood to have something fresh and something healthy since I was eating at home on a Friday evening (yes, it was a very hectic week). So I looked into my refrigerator and found some great winter veggies like zucchini, broccoli and mushrooms. One look at my liquor cabinet and spotted a gorgeous…

Middle Eastern Flavored Grill Panini Sandwiches

Made this middle eastern flavoured panini sandwich today to give a twist to the usual mix-veg sandwich. We get green chickpeas in winters which are so versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, chutneys and dips. Made a great hummus with this once and have been hooked to it ever since. Hope…

Harissa Paste

Harissa paste is a Middle Eastern paste which can be used to paste and used for salads, dips, veggies, etc. PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY SCALE: Low INGREDIENTS:  Red chilli – 100 gms Cumin – 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds – 1 tablespoons Garlic – 2 Lemon – juice and zest Olive oil – 2 tablespoons…

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup is my ultimate go-to winter dish. This is such an easy no-frill recipe and guarantees a full and happy tummy. Due to the natural sugars in pumpkin, this soup tends to be slightly sweet in taste which is why I always accompany it with salty garlic-y croutons. PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes COOKING TIME:…

Kadhai Paneer (Cottage Cheese)

Kadhai paneer is a North India staple cottage cheese recipe. Kadhai stands for wok and paneer is cottage cheese, which means this is a cottage cheese recipe made in a wok. This always has capsicum in it. It is usually had with naan, chapattis or any flatbread. I make several versions of the same recipe…

Veggie Uttapam

Uttapams are a south India speciality usually had for breakfast. I like to make my version with a lot of veggies to make them super healthy and nutritious. They are savoury pancakes and this recipe makes super fluffy and soft ones. Keeping the batter aside for 2 hours or overnight (like I do), does the…

Apple-Beetroot-Carrot Detox Juice

This beetroot, carrot and apple juice is a great detox drink and rejuvenates your body. This is a powerhouse of minerals and vitamins and gives you the needed energy to carry out through the day. This is a fat-free drink which boosts your immunity in winter. I have added carrot and apple in this version,…

Saffron Rice Pudding with Palm Sugar

This rice pudding aka kheer was part of the weekend binge and a demand from hubby dearest. I have, however, tried to keep a tab on the calories by adding palm sugar instead of the normal refined sugar.  Rice pudding or kheer as its called in Hindi is a household favourite and reminds me of…

Khatta White Dhokla with Peanut Chutney

I have fond memories of my mum making perfectly soft white khatta dhokla with peanut chutney. This is a Gujarati dish made from fermented rice and lentil batter and is usually had for breakfast or evening snack. Since dhoklas are steamed, they are low in fat and a healthy snack option. PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes…

Minestrone Soup

This is a full meal in a soup bowl. It absolutely nutritious and filing and serves as a great dinner recipe. I have added black-eyed peas (the lentil, not the band J ) and fusilli pasta in this as that was readily available at home, though the classic is made with cannellini beans and macaroni pasta….