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Pampering the childrens tastebuds can be a full time job! One simple meal and they start complaining. So it was back to fancy cooking today and this time with restaurant style Paneer Lababdar, from vegrecipesofindia,com. Another mouth watering dish!


This is what you’ll need

For the Tomato Cashew Nut Paste

Tomatoes: 250gms (chopped)

Cashew nuts: 12

Ginger: 1/2″ piece (chopped)

Garlic: 3 cloves (chopped)

Cardamom: 1

Cloves: 2

Water: 1/2 cup

For the curry

Paneer: 200gms Plus 2tbsp grated

Onions: 1/2 cup (chopped)

Tej patta (bay leaf): 1

Chilli powder: 1/2tsp

Cumin powder: 1/2tsp

Coriander powder: 1/2tsp

Garam masala: 1/4tsp

Green chillies: 2 (slit)

Low fat cream: 1/4tsp

Kasuri methi: 1tsp

Butter: 2tbsp

Sugar: 1/2tsp

Salt to taste

Water: 1 cup

Coriander leaves: To garnish

Let’s get cooking

1. Take the ingredients listed under tomato cashew nut paste in a pan and boil along with the water till the tomatoes are soft.

2. If the mixture gets too dry add a few more tablespoons of water.

3. Let the mixture cool.

4. Grind it to a smooth paste and keep aside.

5. Heat the butter in a pan. Add the bay leaf and the chopped onions. Saute till the onions are golden.

6. Pour in the tomato cashew paste and fry for a few minutes.

7. Add the chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and mix well. fry till oil leaves the sides of the mixture.

8. Add a glass of water and mix well.

9. add the slit green chillies and cook for a minute.

10. Add the salt and sugar.

11. Mix in he paneer pieces and the grated paneer. Gently mix it with the gravy.

12. Add the kasuri methi along with the garam masala and cook on a low flame for another minute.

13. Lastly, add the low fat cream and simmer the mixture for another 2 minutes.

14, Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and ginger juliennes (optional)

15. Serve hot with naan, rotis or rice.


Approximate preparation time: 40 minutes

Serves: 3-4








Blogging has taken a backseat since the past few months. I keep myself busy with other things, so posting recipes is very occasional. After a long time found this easy breakfast recipe on the Tarla Dalal website and decided to try it. Quick, easy and tasty too!


This is what you’ll need

For the poha

Sweet corn kernels: 1/2 cup (I used the tinned corn, but if you are using fresh corn kernels, you need to boil them first)

Thick poha: 1 1/2 cups

Onion: 1/2 cup (finely chopped)

Milk: 2tbsp

Turmeric powder: 1/2tsp

Green chilli paste: 1tsp

Sugar: 2tsp

Lime juice: 2tsp

Mustard seeds: 1tsp

Coriander leaves: 2tsp (chopped)

Oil: 1tbsp

Salt to taste

For the topping

Onions: 1/4cup (finely chopped)

Tomatoes: 1/4cup (finely chopped)

Baarik sev: 1/4 cup

Lemon wedges

Let’s get cooking

1.  Clean, wash and drain the poha and keep aside.

2. Heat the oil in a broad pan and add the mustard seeds.

3. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for a couple of minutes, till they turn translucent.

4. Add the sweet corn and sauté on a medium flame for a minute.

5. Add the poha,  mix well and cook on a medium flame for another minute, stirring continuously.

6. Add the turmeric powder, sugar, salt, green chilli paste, lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well and cook on a medium flame.

7. Add the milk and mix again.

8. Serve hot topped with tomatoes, onions, sev and a lemon wedge.


Approximate p[reparation and cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 3 to 4






I am a member of several food groups on Facebook. On one such group a member had posted this video on chilli pizza star. The ready pizza was such a visual treat that I bookmarked the video immediately. It took me a while before I got around to making it. However, I followed only the technique to get the star shape. The toppings can vary according to personal preferences. I chose to make a veg pizza.


This is what you need

Pizza base: 1 (readymade)

Tomato purée: 3tbsp

Cheddar cheese: 1/2 cup (grated)

Mozzarella cheese: 1/2 cup (grated)

Pizza toppings of your choice. I used thinly sliced red onions, mushrooms, red peppers, pineapple and jalapeños

Seasoning: Oregano and Chilli flakes (optional)

Dipping sauce: Optional

Let’s get cooking

1. Place the pizza base on a sheet of grease proof paper.

2. Make 3 cuts with a pizza cutter in the centre of the dough,  this will create a star shape that will give you 6 triangles of dough to fold outwards towards the edge.

3. Around the outer edge of the pizza spread the tomato purée, leaving the centre untouched (where he slits end)

4. Add the onions, mushrooms, red peppers, pineapple and jalapeños.

5. Sprinkle the cheese, both cheddar and mozzarella along with oregano and chilli flakes.

6.  Slowly lift one of the triangles from the centre and overlap it with the corresponding outside edge of the pizza. Continue until you have completed the pizza.

7. Bake at around 250deg C for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and the cheese has melted.

8. Serve hot with a dip of your choice.


Approximate preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 2







All my hubbie has to hear is “It’s masala upma for breakfast today” and his mood is ruined. Trust me to try out something which caught my attention using masala upma! Thanks to Sanjeev Kapoor I tried out his masala upma fritters and hubbie could not stop praising the delicious breakfast he had!


This is what you’ll need

Semolina: 1 cup

Onion: 1 (finely chopped)

Carrot: 1 (peeled and cut into very fine cubes)

French beans: 12 to 15 (finely chopped)

Green chillies: 2

Ginger: 1/4tsp (grated)

Curry leaves: Few

Mustard seeds: 1tsp

Coriander leaves: 1tbsp (finely chopped)

Salt to taste

Ghee: 1tbsp

Oil for frying

Let’s get cooking

1. Heat the ghee in a pan and season with the mustard seeds, curry leaves, slit green chillies and ginger.

2. Add the onions and saute for a couple of minutes.

3. Add the chopped vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.

4. Add the semolina and salt. Fry well for 3 to 4 minutes.

5. Add 3 cups of water (more if the mixture is thick) and cover the pan. Let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

6. When the mixture is dry, remove from flame.

7. Add the chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

8. Shape into small round shaped vadas and deep fry in hot oil.

9. Serve hot with rasam/ sambhar and chutney.


Approximate preparation and cooking time: 1 hour

Serves: 3-4



Have been so caught up with work that the time I spend in the kitchen has reduced drastically. This was probably the first Diwali where I had hardly made anything specil. Was feeling so guilty, that the night before Diwali made Rava Laadoos and this simple Date and dry fruit roll.


This is what you’ll need

Seedless dates: 500gms (finely chopped)

Mixed nuts: 1 and a 1/2 cups ( I used almonds, cashew nuts and pistachios)

Ghee: 2 tbsp

Let’s get cooking

1. Lightly toast the nuts in a pan and keep aside.

2. In the same pan heat the ghee and add the chopped dates to it. Mix until nicely mashed.

3. Add the toasted nuts and mix well.

4. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

5. Shape into laddoos or alternately, roll into a long roll and cut into one inch roundels.

6. Refrigerate once made. Serve when required.


Approximate preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes

Dieticians Note

Dates are calorie dense, iron rich foods, easy to digest and contain simple natural sugars.

The combination of nuts in this sweet, makes it protein rich as well.






Italian pasta with a desi twist was on the Saturday menu. Nutritious and spicy perfect for the kids!


This is what you’ll need

Pasta: 1 cup (dry pasta) (I used fusilli, you can use any pasta)

Onion: 1 (finely chopped)

Carrot: 1 (finely chopped)

Peas: 1/4 cup

Mixed peppers: 1/2 cup

Tomatoes: 2

Garlic: 3 cloves (finely chopped)

Ginger: 1/4tsp (finely chopped)

Chilli powder: 1tsp

Turmeric powder: 1/4tsp

Coriander powder: 1/4tsp

Garam Masala powder: 1tsp

Chilli flakes: 1/2tsp

Oregano: 1/2tsp

Grated cheese: 2tbsp

Olive oil: 2tbsp

Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. Cook the pasta in boiling water. Drain and keep aside.

2. Blanch the tomatoes. Peel, purée and keep aside.

3. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onions and sauté until transparent.

4. Add the ginger and garlic. Fry for a minute.

5. Add the chopped carrots along with the peas and a little water (around 1/4 cup). Cover and cook till the carrots are almost done.

6. Add the dry powders Chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Fry for 30 seconds.

7. Pour in the tomato purée along with the mixed peppers. Cover and cook for a few minutes.

8. Add the pasta and give the mixture a good stir.

9. Add the grated cheese, salt, chilli flakes and oregano. Mix again.

10. Cook for another five minutes and serve the pasta hot.


Approximate preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 2-3



It is always an ordeal to get my kids to have their daily quota of vegetables. I need to come up with different ways to get them to eat them. Today came up with this idea of spinach and cauliflower cutlets.


This is what you’ll need

Spinach: 1 cup (finely chopped)

Cauliflower: 1 cup (finely shredded)

Potato: 1 (boiled)

Ginger: 1tsp (grated)

Chilli powder: 1tsp

Turmeric powder: 1/2tsp

Garam masala: 1tsp

Chaat Masala: 1tsp

Cornflour: 2tbsp

Bread crumbs: 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Oil: To shallow fry

Let’s get cooking

1. In a bowl add the chopped spinach along with the shredded cauliflower, ginger, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, chaat masala, cornflour and salt.

2. Grate in the boiled potato and add 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs to the above mentioned mixture. Keep the remaining bread crumbs aside, to be used for coating the cutlets.

3. Mix well and shape into cutlets. Coat with breadcrumbs.

4. Shallow fry until evenly brown.

5. Serve hot with ketchup or green chutney.


Approximate preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4


During my holiday to Bombay this time, I visited this Spanish dessert joint with friends and tried out their speciality called Churros for the first time. The first look of it reminded me of chakli/ muruku. The taste however was completely different. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I could not resist trying to make it at home.  Found a recipe for it on and it was so very easy to make. Ideally you use a piping bag with a star nozzle to pipe out the churros, but I did not have that, so used a murku press which works just as well, except for the thickness.


This is what you’ll need

For the Churros

All purpose flour: 1 cup

Water: 1 cup

Sugar: 2 1/2 tbsp

Oil: 2tbsp

Salt: 1/2tsp

Oil: For frying

For the sugar coating

Fine sugar: 1/4 cup

Cinnamon powder: 1tsp

Let’s get cooking

1. Bring the water to a boil in a sauce pan. Turn off the flame and keep aside.

2. Add the flour, sugar, oil and salt to the water when it is still hot and using a spoon mix it well until it forms a soft dough.

3. Place this dough into the piping bag or the murku press (which is what I used) and press out the dough into the hot oil. Cook until nicely brown.

4. Drain on a kitchen towel and keep aside.

5. Prepare the sugar coating by mixing the sugar and cinnamon powder.

6. Roll the fried churros in the sugar mixture until well coated.

7. Serve warm on it’s own or with chocolate sauce.


Approximate preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2 to 3







I have been on a break from blogging for a really long time and finally got back to it after almost 3 months. Thought will start off with something very simple and came up with this open sandwich with a cheesy mushroom topping.


This is what you’ll need

Bread slices: 4

Butter: 2tbsp

For the mushroom filling

Mushrooms: 100gms (sliced finely)

Onion: 1 (finely chopped)

Garlic: 2 cloves (diced)

Butter: 1tbsp

Cheese spread: 2tbsp

Grated mozzarella cheese: 2tbsp

Coriander leaves: 1tbsp (chopped)

Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. To prepare the filling, melt the butter in a pan.

2. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté until transparent.

3. Add the mushrooms and cook until done.

4. Add the salt, pepper and coriander leaves. Mix well.

5. Remove from flame and when the mixture is still hot add the cheese spread and grated cheese.mix well.

6. Butter each bread slice and grill on a pan. Let it brown. Spread the mushroom filling on each slice and serve hot.


Approximate preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2



Fotor_146618220531437Given a choice, I will eat only the rice from the biryani, but if I do decide to have a chicken piece I’ve always preferred chicken on the bone. This recipe for a boneless chicken biryani looked easy and tempting too. Thanks to

This is what you’ll need

To marinate the chicken

Boneless chicken: 500gms

Ginger garlic paste: 1tbsp

Chilli sauce: 3tbsp

Chilli powder: 1tbsp

Turmeric powder: 1/2tsp

Garam masala: 1tbsp

Egg: 1

Cornflour: 2tbsp

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

For the Chicken Masala

Onions: 3 (chopped)

Tomatoes: 3 (chopped)

Ginger garlic paste: 1tsp

Chilli powder: 1tsp

Turmeric powder: 1/2tsp

Garam masala: 1tsp

Mint leaves: 2 tbsp (finely chopped)

Coriander leaves: 3 tbsp (finely chopped)

Green chillies: 4 (slit)

Salt to taste

For the biryani rice

Rice: 2 cups

Bay leaf: 1

Cardamom: 3

Cinnamon: 1″ piece

Cloves: 5

Yoghurt: 3tbsp

Coriander leaves: 1/4 cup (finely chopped)

Mint leaves: 2tbsp (finely chopped)

Green chillies: 3 (slit)

Salt to taste

Oil or ghee as required

Let’s get cooking

1. Clean and cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Marinate it with the ingredients listed under marinade (except the oil) for at least an hour. Fry the chicken pieces in oil. Drain on a kitchen towel and keep aside.

2. To prepare the rice, wash the rice and soak it for half an hour.

3. Heat oil in a wide pan. Add the bayleaf, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Fry for a minute.

4. Add the rice and fry for 2 minutes.

5. Add the yoghurt, mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies and salt. Fry for a few more minutes.

6. Pour in 3 cups of water. Once it comes to a boil, lower the flame cover and cook till the rice is done. Open the lid and let the rice cool.

7. For the chicken masala, heat oil in a pan. Add the onions and sauté until transparent.

8. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for another minute.

9. Mix in the dry powders, followed by the chopped tomatoes.

10. Cook until the tomatoes are pulpy.

11. Add the fried chicken pieces, coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies and salt. Mix well.

12. Add a glass of water and bring the curry to a boil.

13. To layer the biryani first spread a layer of the chicken masala at the bottom. Top it with a layer of the rice. Continue till the chicken and rice are over. Cover and seal the pan. Let it cook on a low flame for around 20 minutes.

14. Mix gently and serve hot with a raita of your choice.


Approximate preparation and cooking time: 1 hr 30 minutes

Serves: 6 to 8


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