Breakfast

Shakshuka

Shakshuka (pronounced Shahk-SHOO-kah!) is a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish that has gone on to become a vegetarian favorite across the globe due to its ease of making (+ taste, of course!)

It literally translates to “a mixture”, and the traditional version is a simple combination of simmering tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices, and gently poached eggs. It is nourishing, filling and full of flavour. You are most definitely going to keep coming back to this skillet-based recipe because it also comes together in almost no time.

There are two simple parts to this recipe:
– The thick, chunky tomato mixture with olive oil (also called shakshuka sauce) made of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and garlic +
– The eggs, which are nestled in the cooked mixture.

You can also try out a whole bunch of variations, starting with the Green Shakshuka (made with spinach) to Shakshuka with meat and so many more. Traditionally Shakshuka is served with warm pita bread. But you can savour it with naan, any other breads of your choice, or as is.

What’s more? It is also great for make-ahead as you can make a large batch of the sauce and just cook the eggs in it whenever you need a 15-minute quick meal any time of the day!

Let me know how you like this recipe when you try it and I’d love to see your versions, so don’t forget to tag me in those!
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Desserts

Chocolate Pudding

There is no greater love than our love than our love for chocolate based desserts (especially since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!)

Presenting our fool proof and absolutely decadent-Chocolate Pudding – made with less than 6 ingredients all of which are easily accessible if you’re planning to whip this up last minute!

Things to be mindful about: ensure you’re using good quality chocolate – it plays a key role in the decadence of this dessert. Additionally, keep a close eye on the baking time; you want the centre to be slightly wobbly. And lastly, toppings are your playground – go crazy with more chocolate, whipped cream, berries, nuts – anything you (or the person you’re making this for) would like.

Servings           6 pax
Course Dessert
Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes + 2 hrs cooling time

Ingredients for  the Chocolate Pudding

( 1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

300 gms Dark chocolate, chopped (Callebaut)
340 gms Cream
110 gms Milk
50 gms Caster sugar
1 No. Egg

For Garnish

A handful of strawberries / cherries / red currants whipped cream, for piping.

Instructions for the Chocolate Pudding

1. Blend the chocolate in a blender into tiny pieces.  Bring the cream milk and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Do not melt chocolate in this layer.
2. Pour the milk, cream sugar mix over chocolate and mix together until well emulsified. The mixture should be dark and glossy.
3. Whisk the egg. Mix it with the chocolate mixture and pass it through a fine sieve.
4. Set this in a deep baking dish or individual ramekins and bake. Bake at 110°C in a preheated oven until it sets from outside, but still has a wobble in the centre.
5. Remove from the oven and cool in fridge for about 2 hours before serving.
6. Decorate with strawberries / cherries / currants and whipped cream.
Appetizers

Soya Mushroom Kheema

Soya Mushroom Kheema

Looking for a quick and easy fix to calm those hunger pangs without compromising on taste & nutrition? My street style  Soya Mushroom Kheema is the answer!
This protein rich power house is great for vegetarians who may find it difficult to get enough protein during their day. The spices, taste & texture is reminiscent of the ones used to make the authentic (non-veg kheema pav ) you get on the bustling streets of Bombay. This recipe is made with Veg Pro Soya Granules.
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Soups & Salads

Spiced Turmeric Noodle Soup

Spiced Turmeric Noodle Soup

Just that perfect winter nourishment-in-a-bowl to ward off your pangs of indulgent guilt! Besides, who could have imagined that such a gorgeous looking, divine tasting immunity booster & anti-inflammatory could also double up as a deliciously perfect low calorie dinner option sending your palate for a frenzy!
In fact it will be completely in order to say that this is a totally feel-good stew loaded with a slew of great health boosters which include onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric, greens, chickpeas and ultimately flavoured with coconut milk.
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Soups & Salads

Puy Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi Steaks

Puy Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi Steaks

Puy Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi Steaks, complete wellness in a bowl is what I call this magical recipe! An ensemble of fresh ingredients, mostly straight from your kitchen and topped with a tangy and minty yogurt dressing, this is indeed a great comeback health food. Unlike its contemporaries, it’s a temperature controlled salad which is truly comforting to all your senses specially during these winter months and also doubles up a wholesome dinner option! Bon appetite friends!

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Servings 2 – 4 persons
Course Salad
Preparation Time 10 to 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Ingredients for the Salad

(1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

1/2 cup Puy lentil or (black masoor dal)
1/2 cup Diced green cucumber (Lebanese variety preferably)
1/2 cup Roasted red capsicum, diced
1/2 cup Spring onions, chopped
1/2 cup Pomegranate kernels
2 stalks Celery chopped finely
2 nos. Green chilies finely chopped
1 – 2 tbsp Olive oil (for roasting purpose)

Ingredients for the Lentil Salad Dressing

(1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

2 tbsp Red wine vinegar
2 tbsp Lemon juice (fresh)
3 – 4 tbsp Olive Oil
A few drops Tabasco
½ tsp Jeera powder
Salt to taste

Ingredients for the Halloumi Steaks

(1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

200 gm Halloumi cheese (cut into rectangles)
2 tbsp Thick yogurt
1 tsp Tandoori masala
Salt to taste
1 tbspv Lemon juice
1 tsp Oil

Ingredients for the Green Goodness Dressing

(1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

¼ cup Thick yogurt
½ cup Mint coriander garlic chutney

Instructions for the Puy Lentil Salad

1 Wash and soak lentils for one hour.  Then rinse.  Cook with salt and four cups of water in a vessel.  Do not cover.  Cook until lentils are tender but not mushy.  Drain the water and leave aside to cool.
2 Coat pepper with olive oil. Roast the red pepper on a slow flame.  Once it turns black, remove skin.  Dice the pepper into cubes.
3 Now add the roasted pepper, cucumber, green chilies, spring onions, celery and pomegranate to the cooked lentils.
4 Mix all ingredients for lentil salad dressing and mix it with the lentil mixture. Keep aside in fridge to cool for ½ hour to 1 hour.

Instructions for the Halloumi Steaks

1 Mix the yogurt, tandoori masala, lemon juice, salt and oil.
2 Marinate the halloumi steak for 10-15 minutes.
3 Grill on a grill pan until the edges turn brown.

Green Goodness Dressing

1 Mix the mint coriander garlic chutney along with thick curd.  Beat until smooth consistency.  Chill in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

Assembling the Salad

1 Take out the salad in a bowl or plate.
2 Top with the halloumi steaks.
3 Drizzle the green goodness dressing on top (Do not use entire.  Just add the amount you require as per taste).

Note: You can substitute halloumi with paneer.

 

Soups & Salads/ Others

Potato & Leek Soup

Potato & Leek Soup

A warm and comforting deliciousness to soothe your palate during these gorgeous winter months!
Making this soup personally felt like choreographing a symphony. It’s the perfect timing, measures & coordination which gives it the rich, creamy & ephemeral experience. Even though originally a Welsh delicacy, this preparation feels very much at home & to top it, a light drizzle of truffle oil garnished with parmesan takes it to a totally different realm!!!
Bon Appetite will be amply in place for those giving it a try…

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Snacks/ Others

Beetroot Soya Shammi Kebab

Beetroot Soya Shammi Kebab

With the advent of winter, our taste buds also shift towards craving savory snacks. When I think of winter, I think of kebabs. Nothing brightens up a cold winter evening than some hot kebabs prepared with the right amount of spices. Shammi Kebabs immediately springs to my mind as one of the best snacks to devour during this season, or when entertaining. A twist to the classic Shammi Kebab is hereby adding high protein Soya & vitamin-rich beetroot. Beetroot Soya Shammi Kebab is a unique take on a classic snack that is sure to tingle your taste buds..

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Servings 4 – 6 persons
Course Snack
Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients for the Beetroot Soya Shammi Kebab

(1 cup = 200 ml, 1 tbsp = 15 ml)

1 cup Cooked soya granules (Veg Pro) (½ cup uncooked)
½ cup Chana dal, boiled
1 big Beetroot boiled and grated
1 tbsp Cashew
1 tsp Ginger paste
2 tsp Garlic paste
2-3 Green chilies, finely chopped
½ tsp Garam masala powder
1 tsp Red chili powder
1 tbsp Fried onion, finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp Amchur powder
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1-2 tbsp Bread crumbs
1 pc Coal for smoking
1 tbsp Ghee for smoking
Oil to shallow fry the kebab

Instructions for the Beetroot Soya Shammi Kebab

1 Boil the soya granules as per the packet instructions. Rinse and squeeze out all the excess water.
2 Now take the granules, beetroot grated, chana dal, and cashews in a bowl. Mix well or blend the mixture for ½ minute in a food processor.
3 Add in the pastes, chilies, and all the masalas. Season with salt. Add in bread crumbs to the mixture and mix well. Add in lemon juice too and mix.
4 Now smoke this mixture with the coal and ghee. Keep covered for 10 minutes.
5 Make round tikkis as shown in the image. Shallow fry the tikkis on the pan and serve hot. Serve with green chutney.

 

 

Desserts

Badam (Almond) Halwa

Badam (Almond) Halwa

Every Diwali, you can smell the aroma of this traditional sweet in our house!
Badam ka halwa made with the Mamra quality is indeed as good as any halwa can get and amply distinguishes itself from those available in the stores! The deep brown colour and slightly abrasive texture is a treat to the eyes and mouth but only until the flavour hits your palate…all these different experiences in just that one spoon of this badam ka halwa will surely whirl your senses in a frenzy wanting more!
Wish you all a very happy sweet and safe Diwali ?

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Mains

Paneer Lasagna

Paneer Lasagna

Bored of your regular meals! Well, then it’s time for that most welcome transgression to satisfy your palate. A delectable marriage between Indian and Mediterranean culinary delights, this Paneer Lasagna boasts of oodles of protein with abundant flavour in a ‘vegetarian avtaar’! Great visuals and a meal in itself…can be paired with a wine of your choice for those romantic or indulgent evenings with friends.

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