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Friday, July 24, 2009




2 cups grated carrot, ½ cup chopped capsicum, ½ cup groundnut powder, 3 finely chopped green chilies, ½ tsp mustard seeds, 1 tbsp oil, ½ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp asafetida, ½ cup chopped coriander, ½ cup seedless dates, ¼ cup raisins, 2tsp lemon juice, ½ tsp garam masala, ½ tsp red chili powder and salt to taste.


1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it starts popping add chopped chili to it. Then add asafetida and turmeric powder.
2. Add grated carrot and capsicum to the pan. Mix it well. Simmer it for 4 mins.
3. Add chili powder, garam masala, salt and lemon juice.
4. Then add groundnut powder to it. Simmer for 2 mins.
5. Add dates, raisins and coriander. Mix it well.
6. Serve it hot with wheat roti.

Monday, July 20, 2009



Here you have the most simple pasta recipe. The one that you can really prepare in a few minutes, while the pasta is cooking.

Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 15mins
Serves: 2

Pasta Preparation:
Pasta should always be cooked in large pan containing plenty of fast boiling water. ½ liter water per 100g of Pasta.

1. Add ½ tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of oil to the pan when the water is boiling.

2. Once the water has reached a fast boil, add the PASTA. Stirring to separate it.
3. Leave the pan uncovered and stir the PASTA occasionally. PASTA will be cooked in 10 – 12 minutes.
4. Drain the PASTA as soon as it is cooked.


100g boiled PASTA, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped capsicum, 2 chopped tomatoes; 1 tsp finely chopped green chilies, ½ tsp red chili flakes, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp garlic paste, 2tbsp grated cheese, 1 ½ tbsp butter and salt to taste.

1. Heat the butter and fry the onion for 1 min.
2. Add the capsicum, tomatoes, green chilies and fry again for 1 min.
3. Add the Pasta to above mixture
4. Add cheese and salt. Mix well . 5. Serve hot :-)

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Today, I thought I would share with you my recipe of classic bread - Banana Walnut Bread! One of my favorite loafs and a great way to use ripened bananas.
Every now and again I feel the need to add some nuts to my Banana Bread recipe for a different texture and flavor combination. With this loaf I chose the “Walnut”. :-)
1/3 cup butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 50gm curd, 2 eggs well beaten, 1tbsp coco powder, 2 ripe bananas (well mashed), 1 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 1 cup chopped walnuts.
1. Take sugar and eggs in one bowl and stir it till it blends completely.
2. Add curd and flour to above mixture and mix it well. 3. Add coco powder and stir it till it gets blended completely. 4. Stir mashed banana in to flour mixture. 5. Then add the walnuts to the above mixture. Mix it well. 6. Add butter to the mixture. Stir the mixture. 7. Now add baking powder to it and blend it well. 8. Lightly grease the loaf pan. 9. Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees.
10. Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan. 11. Bake at 350 deg for 30 mins in oven. If you use microwave then bake it at 350 deg for 10mins. (Bake until the toothpick inserted in to center of the loaf comes out clean.) 12. Let bread cool in pan for a bit, and then flip it out in to a desired plate.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Kanda Bhaji/ Khekda Bhaji

Now non veggies.. I am sorry to disappoint you.. This is not a dish with crabs.. Don’t expect that from a vegetarian cook :) These are bhajis made from onions (Kanda) bhaji.These are crunchy dumplings prepared using besan and onion.
There’s a historic fort in Maharashtra, Pune City called Sinhagad fort.. It is a major tourist attraction and is famous mostly for the Khekda bhaji served there. :-)

Once I got a chance to ask the lady over their why it’s called so… She explained me that when they make these bhajis the onions take whatever shape they want which mostly resemble like a Khekda (crab) as the thin onion slices come out from sides seem to be the crab’s foot and claws. The other reason that she told me was that these are as crunchy as fried crabs.
Kanda bhaji is mostly enjoyed on a rainy day at a roadside thela with a cutting chai and some friends to chat with. Hot bhajis just make the day so refreshing and enjoyable.. Yesterday it was raining heavily in evening so I planned to prepare a plate of hot kanda bhaji with a cup of tea :-)

Here is the recipe for you all of Sinhagad special Kanda Bhaji / Khekda Bhaji :-)

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 15mins

1/2 cup Besan, 2 small Onions (thinly sliced), 3 tsp Red Chili Powder, 1 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp coriander seeds powder, Salt to taste, Oil for frying and little Water.

1) Mix all the ingredients except besan. Mix it well.
2) Add Besan to above mixture and very little water. 3) Heat oil in a kadhai /pan.
4) Add the batter in batches (don’t add all at once).

5) Make bhajis such that onion slices are coated with the batter and there seem equal amount of batter and onion.
6) Deep fry in oil and drain excess oil-using tissues.
7) Serve hot with spicy chutney on a rainy day!! :)
Spicy Chutney Ingredients 1 finely chopped onion, 2 tsp red chili powder, 3 tsp oil, salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients well in one bowl and serve along with hot Kanda Bhaji :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Very simple and quick dish
Serves: 2
Preparation time: 5 mins

2 cheese slices, 2 pineapple slices (each slice cut in to 4 pieces), cherries; 1tbsp powdered sugar, butter, 4 bread slices and tooth peak.
1. Take a bowl and add sugar and butter to it. Mix it well to make a paste. 2. Take 2 bread slices and spread the above paste on the bread slices. 3. Put cheese slice on one of the bread slice. 4. Put 4 pineapple pieces over the cheese slice. 5. Cover it with the other bread slice.Cut it in to desired shape and decorate it with a cherry :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Apple Shake !!


2 medium size chopped apples, 2 glass Milk, 1 tbsp whipped cream and 4tsp Sugar.
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into glasses and enjoy!


Hartalika Teej welcome the monsoon season and are celebrated primarily by girls and women, with songs, dancing and prayer rituals


2 Sweet Potatoes, 1tsp cumin seeds, 2-3 green chilies chopped, 1tbsp crushed roasted peanut powder, 1 tbsp Oil / Saajuk Tup (ghee), Salt as per taste and Chopped coriander to garnish


1. Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly, wipe them dry with a cloth, peel the skin off and then grate them. (Make sure that if you are not going to cook the grated sweet potatoes immediately, cover them with water)
2. In a pan/ kadai, heat the oil/ghee. Add the jeera and then the green chilies. Fry for a minute or so, and then add the grated sweet potatoes (make sure to squeeze out the water from the sweet potatoes before adding to the pan).
3. Mix well, cover with a lid and cook for about 3-4 minutes till white steam escapes from the pan. Once cooked, add the crushed peanut powder and salt to taste.
4. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
To enjoy it even more, serve it with lemon slice, butter milk and cucumber raita on the side. :)
Ingredients1 chopped cucumber, 1 tsp sugar, 2 finely chopped green chilies, 2 tbsp curd, salt to taste.
MethodTake a bowl and add cucumber, curd, chili, salt and sugar.
Mix it well and serve :-)