Chocolaty almond peanut butter

1/4 cup almonds 1/2 cup Peanuts 25g chocolate of your choice (I used 70% dark chocolate and added 1tbsp of jaggery powder) Jaggery powder/sugar to taste (optional) Salt to taste (optional, I skipped it) Method: Roast the almonds and peanuts on slow flame till the peanuts are done (brown and not black). Transfer onto a … More

Prawns 2 ways

Mama Crasto’s curry patta prawns (prawns flavoured with curry leaves) Clean and devein prawms. Marinate prawns in salt (Mama salts before deshelling but I salt after). Heat oil and add curry leaves.  Once they splutter add salted prawns and cook till they change colour and are no longer translucent. Add freshly ground black pepper. (Mama … More

Braised Chicken in mushroom sauce

A simple, tasty and easy to prepare one pot meal. Ingredients: 2 chicken legs ginger garlic paste (1.5tsp) Salt to taste (1/2tsp) juice of 1/2 a lime 1 packet button mushrooms (washed and quartered or thickly sliced) 6 garlic cloves (12-15g) – minced 1 tbsp (1/2+1/2 tbsp) butter 1tsp naashni powder (used as a thickener … More

Crab curry

Thanks to A. Mildred and my brother-in-law, I could make this delicious crab curry. My husband loves plain crab cooked in a little water and mildly flavoured with turmeric, binda sol, kashmiri chilli and curry leaves. But when I heard praise for A. Mildred’s curry I had to give it a try. My brother in … More

Vegetable bites

Have a variety of uncooked veggies left after a party? Bind them together with some potatoes and a few simple ingredients to make delicious cutlets/ potato balls/ aloo tikki… call them whatever you like… but you will not be able to omit the delicious prefix. My kids and their play mate love these. I love … More

Whole wheat naan

Need a quick easy and tasty bread to accompany your left over chicken dish or just to have as a starter? Try these healthy stove top naans. Ingredients: 1.5 cups wheat flour1/2 cup curds or buttermilk1 tsp salt1 tsp powdered sugar1/2 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp baking soda2 tbsp oilA little water if required to knead.Grated … More

Doughnut balls

Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups maida (all purpose flour)1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast3 tbsp (40 gms) room temperature unsalted butter3 tbsp (35 gms) granulated white sugar1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup (120 ml) lukewarm milk or water(I use water) 1 large egg, lightly beatenOil for deep fryingPowdered sugar for dustingPowdered cinnamon for dusting (optional) Making doughnuts: Mix … More

Cheese and corn potato bites

Ingredients: 350 g potatoes (boil, peel and mash)100 g processed cheese (grated or cut into pieces to make it easier to mash)1/2 tsp salt1 to 2 tbsp coriander/ cilantro leaves (wash, drain and finely chop)1/4 tsp pepper powder1/2 cup boiled sweet corn (Add 1/2 tsp salt while boiling)1/2 cup breadcrumbs or as required to coat … More

Besan Sev

Ingredients: 2 cups besan (gram flour)1 tbsp rice flour1/2 tsp hing1/2 tsp turmeric4 tbsp coconut oil1/2 tsp salt 3/8th cup waterCoconut oil for deep frying Tips: I find that when fried in coconut oil, excess oil drains off fast. I use a 20cm dia vessel for deep frying so that the quantity of oil used … More

Lianne’s delicious Besan Almond Laddus

I would like to thank Lianne for sharing this delicious easy to make recipe with me. My kids enjoyed them. It is a small quantity and very convenient to make while the kids are distracted with some activity. Ingredients: 1 cup besan2 tbsp + 2 tbsp ghee (more if required)1/2 cup sugar (powdered) You could … More

Spinach Peas Mushroom rice

A delicious green rice that all enjoy. It does not need a side dish. Ingredients:1 tsp oil1/2  tsp cumin/ jeera seeds1 large onion chopped fine1/2 cup green peas (you can add 1/2 cup more if you wish)1/4 tsp xacuti masala1 tsp +1 tbsp butter2 bunches of palak (washed, blanched, drained)4 garlic cloves (minced or ground … More

Mushroom and Spinach soup

Ingredients: 1 tsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter4 garlic cloves (chopped)2 large onions (roughly chopped)1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp pepper powder (I add 1/2 tsp as I like pepper a lot)1 pkt button mushrooms (sliced)1 bunch of spinach/ palak (remove leaves, wash well, blanch in hot water)1/2 cup coconut milk1 cup chicken broth (optional- I had … More

Sabudana khichdi the way my kids like it

Ingredients: 1 cup groundnuts (roasted, pealed and crushed) 1 cup sabudana (washed, soaked overnight in 2.5 cups of water, drained-t should smash easily when pressed between 2 fingers) 1 tbsp oil 1tsp jeera/ cumin 1/2 tsp salt 1 green chili (finely chopped) 1 spring of curry leaves (finely chopped) 1 medium potato or 2 small … More

Flavour packed toss salad

A salad to brighten your buffet table and excite your palette! For the salad mix together- 1 cup each of chopped Red, green and yellow bell peppers 1 cup roughly torn lettuce leaves (3 nos) 1 cup Olives (halved) 1 cup chopped Tomato (approximately 1) 1 cup Orange pulp (approximately 2 nos) 1 cup chopped … More

Palak samosa sheets (Spinach wraps)

The number of ways one can use these wraps depends entirely on ones imagination. From a plain chapati, to a samosa, to nachos, to a tortilla wrap…the possibilities are endless. Ingredients: 1 cup wheat flour1/2 cup warm Palak/ Spinach puree. (leaves of 1 small bunch of palak- no stalks, washed, blanched and pureed)1/2 tsp salt1 … More

Lepo Curry (Sole fish Curry)

I learnt to make curry from my mother. It is a creamy tasty lightly spiced curry that children love. My nieces as well as my own children love the curry. And watching it being prepared in the garden on the open fire makes it even more desirable. The fresh curry leaves from our garden and … More

Mushroom and green peas

A tasty mushroom preparation that makes yummy mushroom samosas. I make samosa sheets when I get time and freeze them. Comes in handy. Ingredients: 1 pkt mushrooms (washed and drained)1/2 cup frozen green peas (washed and drained)2 medium onions2 garlic cloves1/2 tsp pepperpinch of salt – you will not require if you add salt while … More

Child friendly Tomato Ketchup

This ketchup allows me to serve it to my children without feeling the guilt of giving them something that is not good for them. No preservatives, no corn flour and no sodium benzoate. In addition to serving it as a dip I use this sauce for pizzas, noodles and any time I want a little … More

Non-caffeinated Lactose free Mushroom Cappuccino

A healthy delicious drink the kids enjoy. And if served in a tea cup it makes them feel like adults. They can join you in style at the tea table. My daughter was very excited to show me her empty tea cup. I hope your children enjoy it as much as mine did.  Ingredients: 1pkt … More

Steamed mixed meat spread

A delicious spread for sandwiches and pãozinhos! This recipe is an adaptation of a meat loaf recipe I got from my friend’s mom. Her meatloaf has been enjoyed and relished by all who have tasted it. The only reason I tweaked it a bit was so as to make it spreadable in bread, in a … More

Cheesy Potato balls

An easy, quick and delicious snack! These cheesy balls are inspired by Xanti Pinto’s cheesy potato smilies. Do check them out on They can be had with tomato sauce but we prefer them as they are. The warm cheesy bites make a lovely evening snack or party starter.  If you have a potato ricer … More