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Ricotta Cheese - Mint Flat Bread (Pudina ka Paratha)

Filling Ricotta cheese - 1 tub
Mint leaves - 1-1.5 cup
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Green chillies, chopped - 3-4
Amchur powder (dry mango powder)- 1 tsp, optional
Dough Whole wheat flour  - 3 cups
Water - 1 cup or as needed

Method: Prepare dough by mixing flour and water and knead with hands to get soft, pliable dough. It should not be very sticky, otherwise add more flour. Leave the dough covered at room temperature for 30 minutesMix every thing in the filling section. Adjust seasoning to adjust taste.Divide the dough into small balls approximately 12 in numberRoll one ball at a time into a small circle. Fill 1-2 tbsp of filling mixture and seal the edges of the ball. Dust the ball with flour and roll it gently to form disc (It is very likely it going to tear will rolling. It is OK if this happens, parathas will still taste good :))Toast on hot griddle with vegetable oil or ghee and serve hot with chutney !

Bandh Gobhi Raita (Cabbage Dip)

Ingredients: Cabbage, chopped - 1 cup
Yogurt - 1.5 cups
Green chillies - diced and according to your taste
Vegetable oil - 1tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
Seasoning: Salt
Roasted cumin powder
Cilantro leaves for garnishing

Method: Steam chopped cabbage and keep it asideHeat oil, add mustard seeds and wait to crackle. Now add green chillies followed by steamed cabbage and cook till glossed with oil. Let it cool at room temperature.Beat yogurt to mix lumps. Add all the seasoning and adjust consistency by adding waterNow mix cooked cabbage, garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and chill in refrigerator Serve chilled !

Apple Halwa

This an unusual halwa for me. I had never tried cooking fruit to make halwa. This halwa is a perfect prasad for festivals.


Red apples - 3 medium size
Sugar - 1-1.5 c
Ghee - 2-3 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Saffron strings (Kesar) - 3-4
Slivered nuts - optional

Soak saffron strings in 1 tsp warm water.Peel the apples and remove seeds and core. Dice and grind in a hand blender.Heat ghee in a non-stick pan (or a heavy bottomed pan) and cook apple pulp on medium heat until the water evaporates. Add sugar, soaked saffron strings and cardamom powder.Cook on low heat till the mixture leaves the sides of pan.Cool and garnish with slivered pistachiosVerdict:

Halwa has this sweet and tangy taste, a distinctive apple flavor.

Stuffed Potato Beetroot Paratha

Another way of getting beetroots in diet.

Ingredients for Dough 1-2 small beet roots
2 cups whole flour

Ingredients for potato filling 2 potato - boiled
1 medium onion - chopped
1 green chillie - chopped
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1.5 tsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Cilantro leaves - few sprigs
Any vegetable oil - 1.5 tbsp

Method Grate beetroots and steam for 10 minutes. Combine steamed beets and whole wheat flour to make dough. Cover the dough and keep it asidePrepare potato filling by frying boiled potatoes and onions in vegetable oil tempered with mustard seeds. Add all the spices and salt. Garnish with cilantro leaves and let it coolPinch out small balls out of the dough and and roll it a little. Place potato mixture on the rolled dough ball and seal the sides with your finger. Sprinkle little dry flour on the rolling board and roll it gently with rolling pin into a circle. Put the rolled circle on a hot griddle kept on medium heat and roast the bread on both sides by apply…

Eggless Oatmeal Banana Muffin [Egg Substitute: Yogurt]

This makes a good breakfast muffin which includes oats and banana. You are sure to get some fiber and fruits in one serving.

Ingredients: [makes 6 medium size]

1/2 cup oat [Coach's Oats bought from Costco store ]
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup mashed banana [very ripe]
3 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup thick yogurt
1/2 cup chopped fresh cherries [optional]
dessicated coconut powder [optional]


Pre-heat oven at 350 degree Fahrenheit. Mix all the dry ingredients except sugar. In a separate bowl blend mashed banana, yogurt, oil and sugar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and blend just enough to mix the batter. Fold in the fresh cherries. Line muffin tray with paper and fill 2/3rd with batter. Sprinkle grated coconut powder and bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted tooth pick comes out clean. Allow to cool before indulging .....

Indian Egg Roll

Tired of boring breakfast everyday ? try this protein packed wrap ! Prepare it simple or spice it up, you are going to like it :)

*Tortilla wraps - 1
Egg - 1 large
Salt and pepper
Shredded cheese - optional
Cooking oil

Method: Beat the egg with all salt, pepper and shredded cheeseHeat oil in a griddle, put tortilla wrap and slightly cook on both sidesRemove wrap from the griddle and keep it asideNow add some more oil to the pan and pour the egg batter and let it spreadOnce the egg is half cooked and slightly liquid, put the wrap on top Flip the wrap ( fused with egg ) over and cook for few secondsRoll up the with egg side inside Variation:
*Use plain Indian paratha instead of wrapSpread some filling like onions, tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup on the egg side, roll it and serve

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Biscotti is a twice baked cake originated in  Italy. They are best eaten by dunking in hot coffee on a rainy day :) They are large crunchy, dry cakes and very very easy to bake. This is a tried and tested recipe from Joy of Baking .

All-purpose flour - 1 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Eggs - 2 large
Sugar - 2/3 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Toasted almonds - 1/2 cup
Semi-sweet chocolate chips - 1/4 cups


 Set the oven 350 degrees F.Line the baking tray with parchment paper or foil. (don't use wax paper in place of parchment paper. I did it and it was smokey inside the oven)Beat eggs and sugar at high speed for 5 minutes. Now add vanilla extract. In a separate bowl sieve flour, baking powder and salt at least 2 times.Now pour egg mixture and beat until mixed.Fold in toasted almonds and chocolate chipsBaking Step 1
Transfer the dough on baking sheet and form a log ~ 12 inches long and 3.5 inches wide. The dough will be sticky, dampen your hands to…

Strawberry Smoothie

Great smoothie for kids, like my little one who doesn't like to drink milk. Adding some walnuts make it more nutritious. Soaked almonds also make nice addition.

Milk - 1 cup
Strawberries - 3-4 nos
Walnuts - 3-4 pieces
Sugar - 1.5 Tbsp
or Honey instead of sugar

Blend everything in a blender till its smooth. Pour in a glass and enjoy !

Corn Potato Curry

Nice curry for a change. Goes well with parathas and naan.

Corn on the cob - 2, large
Potatoes - medium -2
Onion 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Tomato puree - 1 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1.5 tsp
Garam masala - 1.5 tsp
Corriander masala - 2 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Red chilli powder - optional
Green peppers - minced, optional
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Vegetable oil - 2-3 tbsp

Boil the corn on the cob for 8-10 minutes in water or steam it. Remove the kernels by scrapping with knifeChop onions, tomatoes, green peppers and keep it aside.Peel and dice potatoes and keep in water (this will stop them from darkening)Heat oil, add cumin seeds and wait to for them to crackle.Add chopped onions and saute till pinkish brown. Now add ginger garlic paste and fry on low heatOnce onion and ginger-garlic past eis cooked, add chopped tomatoes followed by tomato pureeAdd all the dry spices, cook till oil separates from the pasteNow add some water, potatoes and boiled corn. Add more water, acc…

Chukandar Pudina Ka Raita (Beetroot Mint Dip)

This is a power packed nutritious raita which combines the goodness of beetroot and yogurt. Beetroots have very powerful antioxidants called betacyanin, a potent anti-carcinogenic compound. It also cleans blood, liver, kidney, spleen and gall bladder.
Yogurt is well known probiotic. Keeps the gut clean and provides good amount of calcium. So when yogurt and beetroot come together with a hint of mint, nothing can resist those taste buds !

Ingredients: Beetroot - medium
Mint leaves - handful
Yogurt - 1 cup
Roasted cumin powder - 1 tsp
Black salt - to taste
Salt - to taste
Red chili powder - optional

Method: Grate and steam beetroot and keep it aside. Whip yogurt, add some water to get desired consistency. Add all the spices, grated beetroot and chopped mint leaves. Mix, cool and serve

Palak Paneer Paratha

I love to make this paratha as it is one good way of giving goodness of spinach and paneer to my little picky eater :) Very easy to cook. I used fresh spinach, frozen can be used too. I normally prepare paneer in advance and keep it in my fridge. Find the recipe here

For Dough: Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Spinach -  1 bunch, chopped

For Filling: Paneer, crumbled - 2.5 cups
Cilantro leaves, chopped - 1/2 cup
Salt - to taste
Black pepper , crushed


Prepare Dough Steam spinach and mash it in a hand blender to make smooth pasteMix the spinach paste to the flour and prepare dough using little by little waterKeep the dough at room temperature for ~ 30 minutesPrepare Filling Crumble paneer and mix salt, pepper, cilantro. Adjust for tastePrepare Paratha Make parathas by pinching small balls from the dough. Roll a little and put the paneer stuffing on top. Seal the edge and roll it again Fry the parathas on hot tawa/griddle by brushing little oil on both sides  Serve it with K…

Carrot Cake

I prepared this cake for my trip to Las Vegas. I normally make it eggless by substituting egg for yogurt, however, didn't have yogurt in my pantry and I had no time to run and get one. So I mixed two of my cake recipe idea ( Eggless Carrot Cake and Moist Banana Muffin) to get this wonderful cake. Yes, we had this for breakfast everyday on our trip. We had junk food almost everyday n Vegas, bringing some healthy, fresh home baked cake for breakfast was a good idea !

All purpose flour - 1.5 cups
Baking soda - 1.5 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Ground Cinnamon - 1/4tsp
Sugar - 1cup
Grated Carrot -1.5 cupButter or vegetable oil - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Egg - 1
Vanilla essence- 1/2 tsp
Walnuts - 1/4 cup

Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Vanilla - 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder - 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1tsp
Resins - 1/4 cup

Method: Heat the oven at 350 F Line / grease cake pan (I used 8 inch bundt pan)Sieve all the dry ingredients EXCLUDING SUGAR and keep it aside Whisk egg, yogurt, oil,  vanilla essence, milk a…

Peach Upside Down Cake

All purpose flour - 1.5 cup
White sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Cardamon powder - grind 2 pods
Vanilla essence - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Whole milk - 1/4 cup or more
Vegetable oil [canola oil] - 2 tbsp
Butter [un-salted]- 4 tbsp
2 Large eggs


Preparation of peach layer:
First we will slice the peaches with skin and add 1 tbsp of table sugar to it.
Take 1/4 cup sugar in a thick bottomed pan and heat it with 2 tbsp water and warm the mixture on medium heat, the sugar will start melting and bubbling

Next add the peaches and cook in sugar for 5 minutes at medium heat.

Take a 8 x 8 inch pan and grease it thoroughly [otherwise the cake will stick at the bottom] and pour the cooked peaches and arrange it properly to cover the surface. Now proceed for next step

Preparation of cake
Sift all purpose flour, baking powder, cardamon powder and salt and keep it aside

In a different bowl whisk the following
Butter for 3 minutes [at medium speed]add sugar and whisk at medium s…

Marshmallow Rice Krispy Square

Nice treat for kids and very easy to make.

Marshmellows - 2 cups
Rice puffs - 1 cup
Butter - 1.5 tbsp

Cook butter and marshmellow untill the later starts meltingTurn off the heat and puffed rice Mix until rice puffs get coated with marshmellowTransfer the contents on a greased plate and press it gently to form a layerCool and cut into desired shapes

Low Fat Mattar Paneer

Normally mattar paneer has a rich creamy gravy. Yes, it is yummylicious, but it comes with a price...I mean saturated fat in the form of cream. This recipe does not use cream. I have noticed, that cashew nuts alone can do the trick. Yes, cashew nuts are fat laden too, but they are rich in good fats and I am asking to add only a few :) Read more about Cahews here

Paneer - 2 cups
Tomato - 1 big ripe
Tomato puree - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Frozen peas - 1 cup
Cashews - 5-8 soaked in water (or milk)
Oil to cook
Salt - as per your taste
Red pepper - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1tsp
Corriander powder - 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 tsp

Method: Prepare paneer in advance by following the recipe here or buy it from a store   Finely chop onions and tomatoes Heat oil, add cumin seeds and wait till it starts to crackle. Now add chopped onions and cook till they are pinkish. Add ginger garlic paste and cook for 1 minute. Add chopped tomatoes and t…

Watermelon Popsicles

This is somethings kids will love cooling of on hot summer days. Also, a good way of getting your toddler eat a serving of fruit :)

Water - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Watermelon - small size, fleshed and deseeded

Method: Boil sugar and water in a small saucepan and let it boil till its syrupy. Cool and keep it aside.Puree the watermelon and mix with sugar syrup Pour it into the popsicle molds and freeze !

Gatte Ki Sabzi in Onion-Tomato Gravy (Gram flour Dumplings in Gravy)

This is a very unique gatte ki sabzi, unique because it does not have yogurt gravy ! My mother makes it in onion gravy and its tastes delicious.  My onion gravy doesn't comes out as good as hers, so added small amount of tomatoes and voilĂ , it tastes amazing.

Ingredients For Gattas: Gram flour (Besan) - 1- 1.25 cups
Yogurt - 3 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Chillie powder - to taste
Salt - to taste
Asafoetida- pinch

For Curry Red onion - 1, big
Tomato - 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Garam masala - 1.5 tsp
Corriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1-2 dashes

Method : Prepare Gatte's  : Mix all the ingredients under Gatte's and make dough by adding water little by little. The dough doesn't come all together at once. Keep oiling your hands and work on the dough and eventually it will form smooth doughPinch lemon sized balls from the dough and roll it between your palms to make it cylindrical, like a log. Boil water in a pan …

Bharwa Tamatar (Stuffed Tomatoes)

Stuffed tomatoes or bharva tamatar is a good  recipe for potlucks, picnics and very easy to cook. They look very pretty and delicious. These go well with naan, plain parathas or pulao (aromatic fried rice)and some raita as a side dish

Tomatoes - 4
Boiled potato - 1 cup
Grated cauliflower - 1 cup
Green peas - 1/2 cup
Mint leaves - 2-3 sprigs
Vegetable oil for cooking

Turmeric - 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 1 tsp
Red Chilli powder - to taste
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

Filling Wash tomatoes and chop off the head. Keep the head portion to cover the tomatoes later. Now scoop the pulp and seeds. (do not throw away the seeds and pulp. Boil it in microwave and sieve it to collect the juice and use it to prepare any tomato based gravy ) Heat oil in a heavy bottom wok. Add cumin seeds and let it crackle. Now add chopped onion, fry till they are translucent. Add grated cauliflower followed by frozen peas and boiled potatoes. Add all th…

Moist Vegan Chocolate Cake (Eggless, Milkless, Butterless)

I have perfected baking chocolate cake (with eggs) and can whip an awesome cake anytime :) I was looking for egg-less chocolate cake for very long time and my search ended when I googled for it. There are numerous recipes out there and most of them are pretty much the same. Hence my recipe is no different. Try it out, you wont be disappointed. This recipe is a keeper.

Ingredients: All purpose flour - 1.5 cups
Cocoa powder - 3.5 tbsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking soda - 1 tsp Salt - 1/4 tsp Oil - 1/4 cup White vinegar - 1 tbsp Vanilla essence - 1/2 tbsp Water - 1 cup
Method: Pre-heat oven 350 degree Fahrenheit and line the 8x8 inch baking panSieve all the dry ingredients (excluding sugar) at least 3 timesWhisk together oil, sugar, white vinegar, water and vanillaSlowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently [the batter will be runny] (I baked this cake again today, June 26, 2011 and accidentally dumped dry and wet ingredient in the same bowl and whisked it together and my cake was awesome ! …

Eggless Dates Pancakes

My son likes pancakes and so as me. Normally I use pre-mixes bought from the store. They come out very good, however need eggs all the time. There are times when I don't have eggs in the kitchen and my son craves for pancakes, then I am stuck and come up with some excuse. Last week I found this wonderful recipe on  Good Food. Loved the recipe, it has no eggs and uses dates. I love dates and always find excuse to use it. I couldn't wait to try it out. I made few minor changes to the recipe like added some cardamon powder and grated coconuts and it tasted awesome !!!

Ingredients:  Wheat flour - 1 cup
Pitted dates - 12-15
Milk - 1 cup and more
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
*Sugar - to adjust taste or optional
Cardamon powder - 1 tsp
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Cooking oil

Method: Mix all the dry ingredients including sugar and coconuts in a bowl Soak dates in half cup of milk and put it in a microwave for 45seconds. Blend using a hand blender and make a paste. Mix the the paste to …

Paneer Tikka Kabab

Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) - 15-20 pieces
Thick yogurt - 4-5 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Dry spice powder:
Chaat masala - 1-1.5 tsp
Red chillie powder
Black pepper 
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Tandoori masala (optional)
Cubed veggies - onion, bell peppers, zucchini, squash
Metal or wooden skewers
Lime juice
Cooking oil

Method: Cube paneer pieces and keep it aside (recipe here)Combine all the spices, ginger-garlic paste and yogurt. Cover the paneer pieces with the above yogurt mixture.Marinate it by keeping it covered in fridge for at least 2 hoursGrease the skewers and arrange marinated paneer pieces and cubbed veggies on them (for wooden skewers, please soak them in water for 30 minutes before using. This will prevent charring of the wood)Heat regular griddle or a stove top grill pan, sprinkle some oil and arrange the skewers on them and cook till the veggies and paneer gets brown spotsKeep changing the sides for even cooking of all sides.Once done, sprinkl…

Zebra Cake (revisited)

This is my second time trying this Zebra Cake and again it did not disappoint me. This is one cake which looks intimidating but very easy to put it together. Kids love the stripes and can't stop having more than one slice. I like it with Coffee or french vanilla ice cream !try it your self.

Check the Recipe here !

Indian Milk Cake

Milk cake ....yummm, reminds of the sweet shop of my city, made some delicious milk cakes. It used to be our favorite pick from that store on the occasions of Rakshabandhan and Diwali. I am so happy that I found this recipe here and now I can make it my kitchen. Its a super duper easy recipe and it cooks in no time.
Enjoy this recipe for the Mothers Daythis weekend !!

Milk - 6 cups
Lemon juice - ~ 3 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee or unsalted butter - 2 tbsp
Cardamon powder - pinch
Pistachios - for garnishing

Method Boil milk in a thick bottomed saucepan, preferably non-stick. Let it it boil for 2-3 minutes Add small amount of lemon juice to the milk and let it curdle. Do not add the entire amount of lemon juice, just enough to curdle the milk and not separate whey completelyBoil for 4-5 minutes and remove 1-2 cups of whey water over a strainer to retain the curdled milk pieces that may come along with whey. Put back the curdled milk pieces back in the saucepan. [Throwing excess…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I was looking for something to bake for my Moms club meeting and I landed on this recipe here. I knew I had to try this ...

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Large eggs, at room temperature - 2
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Ripe banana - 1 cup, mashed
Low fat yogurt - 1/2 cup
Chocolate chip - 1/2 cup

Method Pre-heat oven at 325 Fahrenheit. Line baking pans with butter or wax paperSift all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt at least 3 times and keep it asideIn another (preferably, glass)  bowl cream butter, eggs and vanilla extract using electric mixerIn a separate bowl mix banana and yogurtAlternatively mix dry mixture and banana mixture into the butter-sugar mixtureFold in the chocolate chipsPour the batter in pre-greased baking pans and bake in the center for 60-70 minutes or until the tester comes out clean and top gets golden colorCool it before slicing.

Spicy Puffed Rice Snack

I have been munching on this since I was a child. Its absolutely a guilt free tea-time snack for our family. For those who don't know about puffed rice, read here. It is made by heating rice with sand. It is easily available in Indian stores or can be bought from here

Puffed rice (murmura/laiya/ lai/) - 3-4 cups
Peanuts - 1 cup
Red Chillie - 1-2 whole pieces
Mustard seeds (rai) - 1.5 tbsp
Curry leaves - 10-15
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - just enough to give sweetness
Vegetable oil - 1.5 tbsp

Method: Dry roast peanuts on stove or microwave. Let it cool to room temperature Heat oil in heavy bottomed pan. Add rai seeds and let it crackle. Add whole red chillies followed by curry leaves and spices minus sugar.Immediately add puffed rice & peanuts.  Mix everything thoroughly on low heat.Add sugar and adjust for tasteCool and store in an air tight container

Matar ka paratha (Green peas flat bread)

Ingredients: Whole wheat flour - 2-3 cups
For Filling
Green peas (fresh/frozen)- 1 packet
Ginger - 1 inch, grated
Salt - to taste
Chaat masala
Corriander powder - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 1-2
Ajwain (carum seeds) - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds (Zeera) - 1.5 tsp
Asafotedia (Heeng)
Vegetable oil for cooking

Method: Prepare dough from wheat  and let it sit at room temperatureSteam green peas in a steamer until soft. (You can pressure cook if you don't have a steamer) Gently mash the peas by the back of a ladle or a potato masher Heat oil in a wok. Add zeera when hot followed by green chillies, carom seeds and ginger. Immediately add mashed peas mixture and cook on low heatAdd all the spices including salt and cook covered on low heat. Turn off the heat in 10-15 minutesPinch out small rolls of dough and roll it into small chapatiPut 1-1.5 tbsp of pea mixture and seal the edges. Roll it again (around 7-8 inches diameter)Fry the parathas on hot tawa/griddle by brushing little oil on both sides  Serv…

Besan Ka Ladoo (Gram flour sweet balls)

My mother makes these the best...and am surprised my attempt was as good as hers!

Ingredients Gram flour (Besan) - 1.5 cup
Semolina flour (Sooji/Rawa) - 2-3 Tbsp
Ghee (Clarified butter) - 0.5 cups
Sugar (Powder) - 3/4 cups
Almonds, Pistachio - handful
Cardamom (grounded) - 1/4 tsp  

Method Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan. Add besan,sooji and cook continuously on low-medium heat until the mixture turns golden-brown and releases a nutty aromaRemove the pan from heat and let it cool. Add almonds, pistachios and sugarMake ladoos (balls) by gathering the mixture in your palms and pressing it to form round ballsStore in air tight container   Check out Atta ka Ladoo