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…

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…

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…

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….

Tomato Beetroot Carrot & Turnip Winter Soup

This is a staple dinner at home for winters. Whenever I am in the mood for warmth at the expense of lower-than-less calories (if you know what I mean), I cook this baby up. This is an easy one pan, low fat, no cream version but this can obviously rise to an occasion if you…

Chunky Mushroom and Onion French Soup

My chunky mushroom and onion French soup recipe is a mood lifter. It’s ready in a jiffy and is a great option for dinner when you are too bored to cook anything significant. All you need is mushrooms, onions and some staples which you would essentially always have in your kitchen. PREPARATION TIME: 5 minutes…

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Mud Cake

This is my version of a chocolate and cherry mud cake which is best had warm with a creamy chocolate sauce. I made it on a rainy day and had it with tea and it was bliss! PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 40 minutes SERVINGS: 6-8 DIFFICULTY SCALE: High INGREDIENTS:  For the cake mix:…

Daal Baati (Indian Lentil Soup & Baked Flour Balls)

Dal-Baati is a staple dish from the state of Rajasthan in India. Dal is a lentil curry which Indians love and make in uncountable variations that are possible. Baati is a flour ball which is traditionally baked on coals. My recipe is an oven version, as that Is what was readily available to me. This…

Drumstick and Veggie Soup

This is a great soup for winters but I love having it on a rainy evening as well. The warmth and goodness that this soup brings is incredible. Like most of my recipes, you can alter the veggies to make your own versions. I made this with carrots and few beans, but it also tastes…