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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 !