Welcome to my kitchen...

Welcome to my kitchen...
There is no love sincerer than the love of food. ~George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, 27 September 2012


Upma, south indian breakfast

Upma…ahh…the very thought of it reminds me of a train journey, especially Rajdhani, in India. It is a common breakfast menu in most of the southern Indian trains and I simply adore it. I have been trying to make the perfect upma from quite some time, like the way we used to enjoy on our train journey, and now finally I have!! Take a look at the very simple recipe…

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Stuffed Cabbage Paratha

Stuffed Cabbage Paratha

It’s autumn time in London with cold winters just waiting to arrive. To celebrate the arrival of the new season and get cozy and warm, I recently made cabbage parathas. I am sure you have eaten Parathas with a filling of potatoes, onion, paneer etc but have you tried cabbage parathas?  Here’s the step by step recipe…

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Bread Uttapam

Bread Uttapam, Indian vegetarian breakfast

Here’s another delicious breakfast recipe from my mum’s kitchen, also known as ‘Semolina on toast’. It is an innovative way to enjoy the Uttapam, which is basically a south Indian recipe.  Diced vegetables like onion, tomato, capsicum and cabbage are mixed with semolina and yoghurt and toasted over a bread. It is a very easy and quick way to enjoy a scrumptious and healthy breakfast, especially when you are running out of ideas…

Friday, 7 September 2012

Join Me on Facebook

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Street style Matar Chole

Matar chole, dry peas

I miss being in India and most importantly its street food. I remember as a child how we used to enthusiastically wait, outside our home, for the arrival of the road side vendor selling the yummy matar chole (dry peas). It’s tangy flavour with a touch of spiciness can’t stop you lick your fingers. The best part is that it is very easy to make...

Monday, 3 September 2012

Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Pasta

Spinach and Mushroom Pasta in creamy white sauce

Enjoy this very rich pasta made in a creamy white sauce with spinach and mushroom to add to the delicious flavor.  I love trying different pastas and you will get to see some of my favourite pasta recipes, with different tastes and combinations in the weeks to come…

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Eggless Chocolate Brownies

Olympic fever is running high in London and what could be a better way to enjoy this great event than relish these delicious eggless chocolate brownies.  They are an absolute divine and I love to have these with a hot cup of tea/coffee…

Monday, 2 July 2012

Bean Bruschetta

Veggie bean Bruschetta

This could be one of the simplest yet delicious recipes on my blog. Just 30 minutes and it was done...Hmmm I am still salivating!! A Bruschetta is an antipasto (first course of an Italian meal) and consists of roasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Variations may include toppings of spicy red pepper, tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese. The most popular recipe outside of Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion or mozzarella. In this recipe of the Bruschetta I used red kidney beans, onion and bell pepper for the topping...

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Onion and Cheese Paratha

Onion and Cheese Paratha

Think of eating Parathas on a cold winter morning, or a rainy day, with lots of butter on it and enjoying a hot cup of chaay alongside (Indian tea)…hmmm mouthwatering isn’t it? Parathas are my favourite and I love eating them any day! I am sure most of you have eaten the Paneer Paratha (Indian cheese bread). But have you tried making Parathas using grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese? I did that recently and loved it completely! Here’s the step by step recipe…

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Veggie Stromboli

Veggie Stromboli

It was Friday evening as usual, the best day of the week when me and my husband enjoy some good food with a movie, and I wanted to try this wonderful recipe I once ate at a popular restaurant in US. Do you know Stromboli is nothing but a rolled pizza? Many American pizza shops serve a Stromboli using pizza dough that is folded in half with fillings. Simple isn't it? Check the recipe out…

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Eggless French Toast

Eggless French Toast - Made from chickpea flour /gram flour

I remember my mom packing these yummy vegan toasts for my lunchbox when I was a kid.  Made from chickpea flour /gram flour (popularly known as besan in India), replacing the usual eggs, I stuffed them with mashed potatoes to make a wholesome meal. It could be a great idea for your kid’s lunchbox 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Chatpata Black Chana with Moth Beans

Chatpata Black Chana with Moth Beans - Made from Black Gram or Bengal Gram (popularly known as kala chana in India) mixed with Moth beans.

If you are looking to have a healthy breakfast today and can’t think of an idea, then try this delicious, very healthy and quick made recipe. Made from Black Gram or Bengal Gram (popularly known as kala chana in India) mixed with Moth beans, it brings a very nice tangy flavor with a touch of some spiciness.

Black Chana is a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and prevents blood sugar levels from rising. It also provides fat-free high quality protein.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Whole Wheat Crust Pizza

Whole Wheat Crust Pizza
Do you know that Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second? And that pizzas account for more than 10 percent of all food service sales across the globe? So I thought why not make this very popular dish a little healthy using whole wheat flour for the crust….

Friday, 15 June 2012

Baked French Toast

A great breakfast recipe which most of us would love to have any day… Here I have given a little twist with adding some mozzarella cheese, onion and capsicum stuffing and then baking it, in the oven, instead of the usual frying…

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Gol Gappas

This mouthwatering round and hollow crispy snack, filled with spicy, tangy water and a mixture of potatoes and chickpeas, is a very popular street food across India. Commonly known as gol gappe or pani puri or in some parts as phuchkas, they are hard to resist and can be best enjoyed during summers…

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Samosa Chaat

Craving for something sweet and sour with a touch of spice? Then you should try this mouth-watering recipe, made from some leftover samosas mixed with sweet and sour chutneys and yoghurt. It is a very popular street food in India and has a wonderful tangy flavour that will make you eat it again and again…

Monday, 14 May 2012

Baked Bean Pasta

I made this pasta using baked beans and vegetables, for a party at home, and everyone loved it!!...even the kids liked it very much. Made from Capelli d'angelo pasta, which has been popular in Italy since the 14th century, it is very light and goes well in soups or as "pasta asciutta" with a seafood and other light sauces.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Dum Aaloo

A delicious way to enjoy potatoes in a rich yogurt based gravy with various spices…
Facts - Dum Aaloo belongs to North Indian or more specifically Kashmiri cuisine.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Veggie Bean Burrito

One of my favourite recipes from the popular Chipotle Mexican Grill…an ideal for the breakfast, it is healthy and very easy to make with lots of  yummy veggies like shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes and capsicum…
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