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Baked Brinjals

Monday, May 6th, 2013

2 medium purple brinjals, cut into round slices
2 large onions, sliced into thin rings
2 large tomatoes sliced into thin rings
1 inch piece ginger
6 flakes garlic
4 green chilies, handful of coriander leaves
1 tblsps dhaniajeera
Salt and chili powder to taste.

Grind all the above ingredients to a paste with the exception of vegetables. Arrange onions, tomatoes in alternate layers in a shallow pan sprinkle ground paste in between each layer. Pour a little water on top. Bake 20 minutes in a moderate oven till the vegetables are cooked and a thick gravy is left.

Wholewheat & Veggie Samolina Cake

Thursday, December 13th, 2012


For Batter
1 cup Semolina
1/2 cup wholewheat flour
1 cup yogurt/curd
1 cup water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder
Salt as desired
1 tbsp.Fresh coriander leaves

For tempering;
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida powder
2. tbsp. oil

1 cup veggies;
1 small onion
Fresh sweet corn kernels
Carrot cubes
Fresh green peas
1 tsp. grated ginger
2 pearls of garlic

Method; Peel carrot and dice it into small cubes. Slice onion into small pieces. Take another vessel and soak semolina in water for 10 minutes.

Heat oil and crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add asafoetida powder, diced onion, ginger Juline and crushed garlic in the oil and cook for a minute. Stir in all the veggies in tempering and cook for another minute. Take off the flame and add this tempering to the wet ingredients below.

Take a large vessel and add wholewheat flour, baking powder, turmeric powder, red chilli, salt and mix it well. Add yogurt in the soaked semolina and pour it into the dry wholewheat flour mix.

Grease a rectangular baking tray with oil and pour the prepared batter into it. Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves over the batter and stir it lightly so that the leaves get mixed.

Bake it at 190° C for about 30-40 minutes till the top is slightly brown and a knife when inserted comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing the cake to get perfect slices.

Bean Pasta

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

3/4 cup cooked whole wheat (gehun) penne
1/4 cup soaked and boiled rajma (kidney beans)
2 tsp butter
2 to 3 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)
1 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp fresh cream
salt to taste


1. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the peppercorns, bayleaf and garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
2. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes or till they turn translucent.
3. Add the tomatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while mashing with the back of the spoon.
4. Add the rajma, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously.
5. Add the tomato ketchup, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously.
6. Add the cream, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
7. Add the salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
8. Add the penne, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 more minutes, while stirring occasionally.
9. Remove and discard the bayleaf and peppercorns. Serve hot.

Lemon chicken for cold

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012


fresh chicken pieces-1/4 kgs or boneless medium bits of chicken
spring onions-2 bundles finely chopped,
carrots-2 medium sized finely chopped,
garlic pods-12, finely chopped,
badi elaichi-2,
tej patta-1,
oil-1 tablespoon-any cooking oil except mustard,
turmeric powder-1 tsp,
salt to taste
pepper powder preferably freshly ground-1 tsp,
juice of one large lemon,
coriander leaves-finely chopped,
1 tablespoon corn flour


Wash chicken pieces thoroughly, keep aside.
In a cooker,put a tblsp of oil- let heat. drop in the tej patta, cloves, badi elaichi,peppercorns one after another. saute for a minute. add spring onions and garlic-saute for 30 seconds, add carrots, let fry for 1 minute. add turmeric, chicken pieces, fry for 2 mts. add one and a half cups of water, corn flour and cook it for 10 mins.

Potato, Red Pepper, and Feta Frittata

Monday, February 20th, 2012

1 large onion, diced
6-8 small red potatoes (about 12 ounces), diced
2 red peppers, diced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
6 eggs, lightly beaten
4 ounces feta, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Place a 10- to 12- inch oven-safe skillet (or sauté pan!) on the stove over medium-high heat. Coat the bottom with olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and a pinch of salt, and sauté until the onions are translucent and starting to turn brown. Add the potatoes and another pinch of salt, and cook, stirring every few minutes, until the potatoes are browned and cooked through. Add the red peppers and the thyme – I like the red peppers still crunchy, but cook them for longer if you like softer peppers. Taste to adjust the seasonings.

Pour the eggs into the pan and stir the vegetables until the eggs are evenly distributed. Sprinkle the feta over the top of the frittata. Cook without stirring for 3-5 minutes until the eggs are set on the bottoms and sides, but the middle is still runny.

Put the entire pan in the oven and bake for 5 – 10 minutes until the eggs are completely set and beginning to pull away from the sides. Let the frittata cool for a few minutes and then slice it into wedges.

We like to serve frittatas with a simple green salad and a crusty piece of bread.

Peanut butter stuffed Okra

Friday, January 27th, 2012

12-15 Okra or Ladies finger
2 tbsp. peanut butter
1 small onion
1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp. red chilly powder
1 tsp. dry coriander powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. dry mango powder (optional)
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. salt

Method; Wash and pat fry the okra and the ridge gourd, wipe them with a kitchen napkin. Chop off the head and the tail part of the okra and make a slit on one side from top to the bottom end. Make about 2 inch pieces of ridge gourd and make a slit lengthwise.

Stuffed Okra

Filling; Peel and chop the onion, grind the onion into a fine paste. Take a small bowl and add the onion paste, salt, ginger garlic paste, peanut butter and all the dry spice into it. Mix well till all the ingredients are well blended.

Take a slit okra and fill about 1 tsp. of the above stuffing in it. Repeat the same process with all the veggies. Keep them aside.

Heat oil in a flat skillet or pan. Add all the stuffed okras carefully into the hot oil. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat and turn the okras gently taking care not to spill the stuffing out. Cook for anther 5 minutes and turn off the gas.



  •     You can avoid peanut butter in the ingredients and still get a scrumptious stuffed okras.
  •     Use the same stuffing for small Brinjals, Ridge gourd and scooped out potatoes.
  •     If extra stuffing is left after filling the okras, smear it on each veggie or just add it during the cooking.
  •     Avoid using the store bought peanut butter for this recipe, as it contains sugar and will make the dish sweet. Use homemade peanut butter.
  •     You can bake the okras instead of frying and reduce the fat in the recipe. Arrange the stuffed okras on a baking dish and bake at 210°C for about 10-15 minutes, turning once in between.


Homemade peanut butter

Peanut butter; Dry roast 100 gms. of peanuts in a wok till they are light brown in color. Take out and remove the skin rubbing them with a harsh cloth. Grind the roasted peanuts with 1-2 tsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. of rock salt. Store the peanut butter in a glass bottle and refrigerate till use.


Crustless Broccoli-Cheddar Quiches

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Butter, for ramekins
Coarse salt
1 package(s) (10-ounce) frozen broccoli florets
6 large eggs
1/2 cup(s) half-and-half
Ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
3/4 cup(s) (3 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Crusty bread and mixed salad (optional), to accompany


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter four 8-ounce ramekins (or a 9-inch pie dish); set aside. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli; cook 1 minute. Drain well; transfer to a cutting board, and blot dry with paper towels. Chop coarsely.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in broccoli and cheese.
  • Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Ladle broccoli mixture into ramekins, dividing evenly. Bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with crusty bread and a mixed-green salad, if desired.


Charmoula Vegetable Satay

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012


For The Marinade (makes 1/2 Cup)
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 1/2 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp dry red chilli flakes (paprika)
salt to taste
3/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp chopped ginger (adrak)
1/2 tsp green chilli paste
1 tbsp hung low-fat curds (dahi)
1 tsp cornflour
1/8 tsp sugar substitute

Other Ingredients
1 1/4 tsp oil
1 1/2 thick slices of brinjal (baingan / eggplant) (baingan/ eggplant) , cut into quarters
6 red capsicum cubes , deseeded and cut into 25 mm. (1”) pieces
3 blanched mushrooms (khumbh) , halved
6 yellow capsicum cubes , deseeded and cut into 25 mm. (1”) pieces
6 cauliflower florets , blanched
6 green capsicum cubes , deseeded and cut into 25 mm. (1”) pieces
6 onion cubes , cut into 25 mm. (1”) pieces
6 carrot roundels , cut into 6 mm. ( 1/4”) thickness and blanched

For the marinade

  •     Combine all the ingredients along with 1 tsp of water and blend in a mixer to smooth paste. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  •     Heat ½ tsp of oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the brinjal and cook on a slow flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the brinjal is light brown in colour from both the sides.
  •     Combine the brinjals and all the remaining ingredients including the marinade in a bowl and toss well. Keep aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
  •     Thread a piece of red capsicum, mushroom, yellow capsicum, cauliflower, green capsicum, onion, carrot and brinjal on a satay stick.
  •     Repeat the same with the remaining ingredients to make 5 more satays.
  •     Cook each satay on a non-stick tava (griddle), using 1/8 tsp of oil, till the vegetables turn golden brown in colour on all the sides.
  •     Serve hot.


Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

2 teaspoons oil
1 small yellow onion
4 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger, from a 3-inch piece
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 large lemon, zested and juiced (about 2 tablespoons juice)
1 dried hot red pepper or dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup boiled chickpeas, drained
1 cup baby spinach
15-ounce can coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground ginger

To serve:
Whole roasted sweet potatoes
Cilantro leaves, to garnish
Toasted unsweetened coconut, to garnish

Heat the oil in a large, deep Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is beginning to brown. Add the garlic, ginger, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest and red pepper, if using. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the chickpeas and cook over high heat for a few minutes or until the chickpeas are beginning to turn golden and they are coated with the onion and garlic mixture.

Toss in the spinach, one handful at a time. This will take about 5 minutes; stir in a handful or two and wait for it to wilt down and make room in the pot before adding the next handful. When all the spinach has been stirred in, pour in the coconut milk and stir in the salt, ground ginger, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer then turn down the heat and cook for 10 minutes or until the chickpeas are warm through. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice, if necessary.

Serve hot over roasted sweet potatoes, with cilantro leaves and toasted unsweetened coconut to garnish.

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower

Saturday, January 7th, 2012


1/2 head cauliflower florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
Coarse salt
Red chile flakes


Heat oven to 425 degrees.

On a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle cauliflower florets with olive oil. Season with salt. Roast, turning occasionally, until golden brown and just tender, about 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with red chili flakes.