Monday, December 8, 2014

Pink pasta made with beetroot

serves 2
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 whole beetroot
1 egg
salt to taste

this pasta is similar to plane pasta recipe posted earlier. only difference is it uses one egg because of the moisture it gets from beetroot juice .

1. Boil 1 cup of water , make flame to low and add washed beetroot into the boiling water . boil it for 1 minute .

2 . Take out beetroot hot from the water and wash beetroot with ice cold water immedietly.this makes it retain its beautiful colour.

3. Peel the skin and make small pieces enough to grind and make smooth paste. note :do not add water.

4. Take flour, salt ,egg and beetroot paste into a bowl and knead it to make dough . if you feel moisture is much add bit of more flour.

5. Let it rest for 1 hour .

6. Divide the dough into 8 portions .

7. Dust surface and roll into long flat dough about 15-20 inches depending upon how thin you want your pasta . or use pasta maker.

8. Cut them into thin strips or use pasta maker.

9. Dry them overnight to get best results in retaining colour of pasta.
or you can immedietly put them into boiling water and cook for 2 minutes . the more you boil it will loose its colour . I cooked pasta immedietly in the picture and not kept it overnight .

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stir fry okro in chinese way

Serves 2
250 grams of okro sliced thin
1 Tbsp of soya sauce
1 Tbsp of chilli garlic sauce
1 tsp of vinegar
1 Tbsp of ginger and garlic cut finely
take 60-50 % of garlic - ginger.
3 Tbsp of seseme oil

2 tsp of corn flour
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp of soya sauce

Wash and dry okro nicely and cut into thin and diagonaly .

put oil in wok and let it get hot on high flame .

put ginger and garlic stir untill cooked followed by okro . stir continiously .

In separate bowl put soya sauce , vinegar , chilli garlic sauce stir it .

When okro gets cooked thrown in seasoning of bowl and stir nicely .

take corn flour in a cup and pour little water and soya sauce .pour the mixter into okro and stir it for another 1 minute .

Garnish with spring onion .

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Veg cheese sandwich

Serves 2 sandwiches
4 slices of wheat bread
2 sliced mozrilla or cheddar cheese
handful of lettuce ...cut fine
handful of cabbage ...cut fine
one small size onion about 1/4 cup..finely chopped
1 Tbsp of mayonise
butter for bread

Mix mayonise with all chopped veggies.
Spread butter on the bread and warm a bit.
Put cheese slice on one bread .
Spread veggies mix on top .
close with other slice of bread .
cut into triangle or any shape .

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Banana shake

Serve 1 glass large
2 riped bananas cut into pcs
3/4 cup of milk
2 drops of vanilla
2 cubes of ice

Mix all ingredients toghether into mixer and churn them for a minute.
serve cold.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Baigan ka bharta or mashed egg plant saute with onion and tomato

This recipe is simple and tasty . and will get ready in no time .

Serves 2-4

2-3 large sized egg plant
1 onion chopped fine
3 medium size tomato chopped fine
2 fresh green chillies
oil to fry 4-5 Tbsp
yellow powder(optional)
coriander handful

Roast egg plants directly on fire to make them cook and give them smoky Flavour.

let oil get hot in frying pan .

put onion and cook untill they get translucent .

put green chillies and tomatoes .
cook untill they get soft .

put salt as per your taste .

yellow powder optional.

now peel and mash egg plants with your hands and saute in the pan untill oil comes out .

you can eat mashed egg plants with bread or fresh Indian bread.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Indian cottage cheese recipe

Makes about 200 gms of Paneer

1 litre of full cream milk
2 juicy lemons or 2 Tbsp vinegar

Things used
1 muslin cloth to tie
any heavy bottle or stone having weight of 3-5 kgs

Boil 1 litre of milk .

Squeeze 2 lemons in the milk 

watch if milk forms clusters and leave water. If you do not see milk leaving water then you must squeeze more lemon or you can also try vinegar instead .

drain liquid in muslin cloth when it is still hot and tie it loose.

now this is very important, you must leave your tied cheese under heavy weight for Atleast 20 minutes.
allow it to set .

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Parmesan mayo chicken

Serves 8  pcs
8 thigh chicken pcs
1/4 cup of mayo
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
2 cloves of garlic
2 red fresh chillies
bread crumbs seasoned

Slit chicken with a knife .
Marinade  with salt , crushed red chilli and garlic for 2 hrs.
Brush chicken with mixture of mayo and parmesan cheese from both sides.
Top with bread crumbs .
Roast in oven for 20-30 minutes till its done nicely .
Broil for few minutes at the end .
to give nice golden brown colour .

Wheat butter dinner rolls

For these tasty and healthy rolls credit goes to my lovely sis Neha . She is having some wonderful recipes and some great art ideas on her site  colourandsome....

 Love you sis . 

They are soft , fluffy, healthy ,fresh and easy to make.Serves 10 rolls of small size

3/4 cup of wheat flour
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1tsp salt
1 Tbsp of sugar
1tsp of dry active yeast
1 1/2 cup of water
Butter about 10 Tbsp


Activate yeast in warm water . Mix all dry ingredients and water and make dough . Let the dough be sticky .

Let it sit for 45-60 minutes .

After which Divide them into 10 portions of small size .

Dust the surface and roll them into long oval shaped disc about size if your palm.

Apply butter on surface  and fold it into half , then again apply butter on upper side all over . Now start rolling them from one side till the end . Repeat for all 10 portions .

Keep them for another 30 minutes in the mean time pre heat oven at 180 degrees.

Bake them in oven for 20 minutes . I usually broil in the end for 2 minutes to give nice golden brown colour on top of rolls .

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wheat pasta/ noodle

Try making this pasta at home and you and your kids will love it for sure , apart from extra 1 hour of cooking time there is not much to it . And i feel thats not a big price to pay when you are making it sure  your family is taking healthy food. This recipe is for sure will give you boost of making it so perfect.

Serves 2

1 cup of wheat flour 

2 eggs big size 

1/2 tsp of salt 

1 Tbsp of olive oil 

White flour or corn flour to dust and roll . 


Make dough with egg and salt . Knead it nicely with olive oil on your hands . 

Leave it for 20 minutes . Divide dough into 8 portions and make them round . 

Leave it for another 20 minutes . 

Now dust the surface and use a roller to make long and thin shaped discs . Use dry flour as much and strech it with roller as thin as you like your noodles to be .

 Now roll all the discs and keep them separate make sure you dust them well . When you finish all, take knife and cut into thin strips one by one , lift it with knife from one side carefully and dry them on hanger.


You could use pasta maker to cut them and save all these efforts .

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rava cheela or semovita pan cakes

Serves 15 pancakes medium size
2 cups of semovita
2 carrots
Cabbage 2 cups
1 -2 Green chilli crushed
Jeera seeds 1/2 tsp
Water about 1/2 litre -1 litre
Oil to fry

Method mix semovita and all the ingredients toghether with water , consistency should not be too watery or too thick . Let mix stay for 20 minute , it will allow semovita to absorb veggies salt and water .
Take flat pan put 2 tsp of oil and spread on pan . Let pan be very hot .now take about 1/2 cup of batter and pour into the pan and press it with the spatula and expand it to make it round. Let it cook on low to medium flame untill it turns golden brown , cook from other side with tsp of oil on the sides .

Serve it with mint chutney or coriander chutney .

Dahi butti or yogurt rice

Serves 2 cooking time 10 min / 20 min
1 cup rice leftover or freshly cooked
2 cups of thick yogurt
4 Tbsp oil to temper
1 tsp of mustard seeds
2-3 red whole chilli
1 green chilli
1/2 inch ginger
1/2 tsp of hing or asafoetida
Sugar a pinch
Roasted and coarsely grinded groundnut a handful
Curry leaves 4-5
Coriander leaves for garnish

Cook rice with little bit of salt .or you can also use leftover rice . Let it get cold.
Grind green chilli and ginger with bit of water . Mix with yogurt, put sugar and salt into the yogurt. Make sure you dont put too much salt because there is salt in rice too. Mix rice and yogurt .

Take oil in pan , let mustard seeds splatter then put hing , chillies,groundnut,curry leaves . Mix it with rice . Garnish with coriander leaves.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Usad chi bhaji

Serves 2-3
2 cups Sprouted green moong
1 medium size onion
2 fresh tomatoes
2 green chillies
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
4 tbsp Oil to fry
Fresh coriander powder Yellow powder Goda masala or indian garam masala
1 tsp Jaggery

Method to make sprouts with whole green moong
Wash and soak whole green moong overnight . Drain extra water and turn them into big enough that air can pass, leave it for another day .by evening roots will start to grow and overnight they will develop in lagos temperature is just perfect for seeds to sprout.if you are living in colder region you could keep your seeds wrapped in wet muslin cloth and keep it in closed kitchen cupboard , but make sure its not tightly close , just enough to give warmth to seeds like a baby.:-). 

Method to fry 

  Take oil in pan let it be hot . Start with onion untill golden brown. Followed by green chillies, ginger garlic paste. When it leaves oil put tomatoes cook untill they leave oil . Now put corinader powder, goda masala yellow powder and nicely mix your sprouts . After they leave oil pour 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 1 whistle , mix with jaggery. Idea behind semi cooking sprouts is to retain their nutrition and taste . Serve with hot chapati or wheat bread.

Feta cheese and pasta salad

Serves 2

1/2 onion medium size diced

1/2 tsp of dried oregano 

4 medium size tomatoes deseeded and diced 

2 medium size cucumber diced

Lettuce leaf handful two 

4 Tbsp of feta cheese diced scrambled

1 Tbsp of honey 

1 cup of pasta

3 Tbsp of olive oil 

Cook pasta , i used home made wheat pasta in noodle form . Mix all ingredients toghether and refreigerate for about 3 hours so that all veggies and pasta absorbs flavour of dressing .Serve chilled. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

chicken cooked in barbeque sauce

Serves 8 pcs of small chicken legs

3 Tbsp of Heinz barbeque sauce
1 Tbsp of soya sauce
1 Tbsp Ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Oil to cook about 3 Tbsp

Slit chicken legs with knife from all sides . Marinade chicken with above ingredients for about 2 hours in refrigerator. After 2 hours let them sit get to normal temperature . You can either bake or shallow fry chicken legs untill they are cooked .
You can serve them with dinner rolls and salad of your choice .

Fried beans chinese style

Combination of sweet and sour with a bit of garlic and smoky flavour of seseme oil . I feel thats the best way of cooking fresh beans.

Serves 2
500 gm of fresh beans
2 cloves of garlic cut finely
1 tsp of honey or brown sugar
1 Tbsp of white vinegar
1 Tbsp of soya sauce
1 Tbsp of chilli garlic sauce
2 Tbsp of seseme oil
Water to boil beans

Boil water and boil beans for 2 minutes .drain water and dip beans in ice cold water as soon as you take the beans out that healps in retaining the colour of beans to green . Peal fibres out from sides and cut them into halves .

Now in another pot take seseme oil make it very hot and put garlic .
As garlic gets light brown  put vinegar , soya sauce , honey , chilli garlic sauce ,salt and toss fried beans into it . For a minute . Off gas and let it stay in pan . As beans are already cooked they just need time for all ingredients to get inside but should not be overcooked or else they would loose their vitamins and texture . Also please note do not close the lid . Else they will loose their colour.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stuffed chicken wheat bread

Serves 2
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup white all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1Tbsp sugar
1 tsp dry active instant yeast
Warm water about 1 cup

For stuffing
1 medium size onion
Large pinch of kasuri methi
300-400 gms of minced chicken
1tsp of garam masala
1tsp of chicken tandoori masala
Red chilli powder

Fry onion till golden brown and put a pinch of kasoori methi and other spices with salt and pepper . Cook minced chicken for 10 minutes or untill done . Usually it does ny take much time . Let it get cold for stuffing.

For dough
1.Take warm water activate yeast .
2.mix wheat and white flour with salt and sugar
3.knead dough
4 . Leave it for 45 minutes to 1 hour
When it gets double in size .
5. Take dough and divide them into 8 parts .
6. Roll each part to a round or square shape disc about size of your palm , stuff about 1 Tbsp of chicken in the middle of rolled dough .Spread it evenly and close
It using little water. Arrange them onto the greased baking tray with space in between.
repeat same step for all 8 parts .

Let them sit for another 20-30 minutes, in the mean time pre heat oven upto 180degrees . You would see that stuffed dough has risen in size . Bake it for 30 minutes and thy are ready to go .

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coconut rice

Basmati  rice cooked in coconut milk with all the flavours of veggies and herbs .Scrumptious treat for dinner . 

Serves 2
1 cup basmati rice
Coconut milk to cook about 2 glasses
1 medium size onion
Ginger garlic paste about 1 Tbsp
Tomato paste 3 Tbsp
1 cup cabbage grated
1 cup carrot grated
1/2 cup peas optional
1 tsp thyme
1tsp Red chilli powder

Method to make coconut milk
Break fresh coconut and grind with 1 glass of water ,strain coconut milk with the seave . Then put more water in the grinded coconut and take out milk in another pot . Note first milk is more flavourful than second one . 

Fry onion untill golden brown followed by ginger garlic paste thyme salt and pepper , peas except cabbage and carrot . Put rice and give it stir , and pour 1 glass of coconut milk into it . Close the lid and let it cook , when rice is about to done ,thrown in cabbage and carrot and stir lightly . Check rice if its cook else pour another glass of coconut milk or as much required . 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Egg wheat roll

One bite of hot egg roll and i  remember delhi's cold winters and thick foggy morning .Egg roll is one of the best street foods of delhi . 

Serves 6 rolls of medium size
Ingredients for roll
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
1 cup of wheat flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 Tbsp of. Yogurt

For stuffing
1 cup of grated cabbage
1/2 cup of thin sliced onion
2 Tbsp of mint coriander  chutney( Grind handful of coriander , mint leaves and one green chilli and one clove of garlic)

For eggs 

Wisk eggs with milk and salt a pinch . 


Knead dough with water,flour, baking soda ,baking powder, yogurt and salt . Let it sit for 30 minutes.

In the mean time make mint chutney, grate cabbage and thin slice onion , mix everything toghether . 

Now this is important part , divide dough into 4 parts . And roll them into disc of about palm size as diameter . Take hot flat pan , and put your disc on pan . Cook it from one side and turn and let it cook from another side , remove it from pan ,Now apply some butter on the pan and pour your wisked egg on pan like you do for an omelatte . Take your flat bread and put it on top of egg and cook egg untill its nicely done and carefully lift your bread covered with egg from pan and stuff it with veggies . And wrap it nicely from three sides. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Egg lettuce salad

Serves 1
2 boiled eggs
About 200 gms of lettuce
Freshly grounded black pepper

Cut lettuce and mix mayonise , salt and pepper and pieces of eggs .
And its ready to go .

Cheesy eggs on toast

Crisp buttery toasted bread ,scrambled semi cook eggs and hot melted mozrilla cheese on top for beautiful morning breakfast bite, with hot cuppa. Sure is heaven on earth.

Serves 4pcs of toast

2 eggs
4 pcs of bread round shape or square shaped
1 Tbsp of butter for frying eggs
4 Tbsp of butter for applying on bread
4 Tbsp of mozrilla cheese grated
Salt and freshly grounded pepper
Coriander to serve

Break two eggs whisk them and
Semi cook them in butter with salt and pepper  . Apply butter on breads . Apply 1 Tbsp of scrambled eggs on bread followed by grated mozrilla cheese on each. Greese baking tray and broil them for 5 minutes or untill you see crispy golden brown bread and golden brown cheese.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Almond wheat cake in pot

Healthy and tasty wheat almond cake is best for daily intake of nutrition for my kiddies . And it is cooked in 30 minutes.

1 cup of coarsely grinded almond about 200 gms
1 cup of wheat flour / all purpose flour .
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
4 tsp of coco powder
A pinch of salt
1 cup of eggs
1 cup of butter unsalted or ghee or veg oil .

Put a big cooking pot on a fire on medium flame. Put a base plate or tray upside down  so that your baking tray does not touch the pot.
This way we are pre heating the pot for a while.

In the mean time take 1 cup of eggs , whisk or churn them in mixer untill you see froth.
Mix flour and churn it again , followed by almond and other ingredients one by one .
Oil your baking tray , and pour your mixture evenly on the tray . This whole method takes less than ten minutes .  now keep your pot nicely inside the pot on a base tray . Cover the. Glass lid and watch the cake rising . After 15-20 minutes you can check cake by inserting tooth pick or knife if it comes clean means its done . Off flame and let it stay untill it gets cold . And you will have delicious cake ready in 30 minutes.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Shrimp oat patties

Crispy and juicy with whole lot of flavour inside  yet healthy . Thats shrimp patties .

Recipe serves about 12 patties
About 2 handful of shrimps medium size washed and deveined. 
1 full cup of oats to bind
1 red chilli whole minced 
4 cloves of garlic minced 
Handful of coriander leaves
1/2 tsp cumin roasted and grinded
Salt and black pepper

Grind garlic,pepper , cumin toghether and mix with shrimps , coriander ,salt , pepper . Mash with your hands so that shrimps leave their juices and get minced. Mix oat to the mixture . You will see oats act as binding agent. Make about 12 patties with your hands . Keep it for 5-10 minutes before you start frying them in deep pan but little oil just enough to cover its sides . Fry for atleast 2 minutes from each side to let shrimp cook from inside .  

Serve it with ketchup or chilli garlic sauce . 

Shrimp sandwich

If you and your family likes seafood then what else can be more healthy nutritious and easy to make meal to start a day than shrimp sandwich.
Its also good for kid's lunch box .

Serves 2 sandwiches
200 grams fresh shrimps washed and deveined. i am using medium size shrimps.
4 slices of wheat bread
Lettuce leaf
Slices of 1 onion
Slices of 1 tomato
2 slices of chedder cheese
Butter 4 Tbsp

And freshly grounded black pepper

Add 1 Tbsp of butter in pan and place shrimp , add salt and black pepper . Cook just for a minute and then off gas and close the lid . Shrimps does not take time to cook . If you cook for long period they would get hard and rubber like in texture .

Apply butter on each bread and warm slightly . Place handful of shrimps on the bread( butter side)
Place chedder cheese slice on top of follwed by lettuce , onion and tomato slices . Top up with second slice and dab with your hands . Or you can grill in your oven to do the same for 1/2 minute.   cut and serve  . If you like your shrimps to be binded in sandwitch then try my "shrimp patties" recipe and make delicious sandwich which are easy healthy , tasty and loved by kids.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oats patties

Serves 2
4-5 medium size potatoes
1 cup oats
2-3 green chilli minced
An inch of ginger minced
Oil to shallow fry

Boil potatoes and mesh them. Mix all ingredients .
You would get a dough like mixture divide about 8 portions and make patties round . 

Shallow fry them untill they get golden brown. They are crisp healthy and tasty serve it with tomato ketchup .

I served it with "tamarind chutney" topped with onion and tomato .