Bottle Gaurd (lauki) Vegetable

This is a very popular Bengali dish made from bottle Gourd(lauki) skin sautéed with green chillies and onion. INGREDIENTS: 1. Skin of one medium bottle gourd 2. Onion – 1 big 3. Green chilly – 2 4. Kalaunji ( kala jeera) – 1/2 Tsp 5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 Tsp 6. Red chilly powder –…

Yogurt Pudding

This pudding is amazing in taste and the recipe has calibrated itself over a period of time. A huge favorite with my kids it is equally appreciated by friends and extended family. What started with a recipe of American cheese cake in the early 1980, slowly lost all the ingredients which were fattening. I  decided…

Homemade Mango Ice – Cream

I like cooking in phases as in most days it is a necessity to be got through. I finish my cooking by 9 in the morning, leaving the day free to paint. But wanting my family to have nutritious, balanced and healthy meals I do most of my own cooking. This enables me to be…

Vegetable Keema Pulao

VEG KEEMA PULAO This is one recipe I converted from the original non- veg one which my mother used to make. Instead of using minced mutton, I used soya granules. Easier to make and faster too! Ingredients:- 1. Basmati rice.           1.5 cups 2. Soya granules.         3/4 cup 3….

My Special Shahi Paneer

  I learnt this recipe years ago  from my neighbour and over the years added my own variations. Hence the name :- MY SPECIAL SHAHI PANEER Ingredients: 1. To be boiled together with one cup water: Red, ripe, big tomatoes      4 chopped roughly Carrot                   …

Aam Panna – Raw Mango Drink

  In India summer temperatures easily cross 45 degrees centigrade. With the hot winds blowing from the desert area the felt temperature can be much higher. To protect the body from a heat stroke we have a traditional drink made from raw mangoes. My mother would make it and we would have it every day…

Vanilla Cake

  Vanilla upside down cake is a light and a very soft cake. It is easy to make and a great favorite with children. Ingredients 2 cups flour/ maida 2 level teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt 1 cup castor sugar (ground sugar) 6 large eggs 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons Vanilla essence 1/2…

Caramel Custard Recipe- Traditional and also Microwaved

Growing up in Army Cantonments and having Mess food often, Caramel Custard was and still is a favorite dessert.  I learnt to make this pudding as a youngster from my mother as it is very simple and quick to make. It is also the recipe I passed on to my daughter when she started taking…

Masala Bhat and Avial Recipe

I have made the Avial without the traditional coconut. A delicious dish made out of curd and mixed vegetables. Great for children who don’t like to eat vegetables like lauki and pumpkin! It is a dish from South India and a complete dish because of the vegetables. Ingredients: 1. 2 cups finely chopped mixed vegetables…

Green peas and cheese cutlet recipe

This is a quick and easy cutlet packed with the goodness of cheese and green peas. Sure to be a great hit with kids! Makes 8-9 cutlets Ingredients: 1. 2 cups boiled peas 2. 2 green chillies 3. 1/2 Tsp cummin seeds(sabut jeera) 4. 1level Tsp baking powder 5. 4 tbsp flour( maida) 6. Salt…