Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Cabbage Tortillas

In India , Guest are suppose to be "Bhagwan", but people often dont welcome their "Bhagwan" just to avoid the efforts of treating them with dinner or lunch. Its a elaborate process, which takes a lot of time, and today, time is precious to money. But what if you have some guests just dropping in for coffee !!!! Dont tear your hair, just follow the recipes...

Recipe 1. Cabbage Tortillas (serves 4)

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredient :- 
1. Cabbage                                                  250 gms
2. Minced Chicken/ minced Mushroom        100 gms 
3. Chopped onion                                        1 big 
4. White oil                                                  2 table spoon
5. Mayonnaise                                             2 table spoon 
6. Organo                                                    1/2 tea spoon
7. Black pepper powder                               1 tea spoon
8. Salt to taste
9. Melted Butter                                            5 table spoon

How to go about it.

1. Cut cabbage in rectangular shape , and slightly steam it. The cabbage should get little soft, but shouldnt be fully cooked.
2. Pan fry onions in 2 spoon of oil.
3. Once golden brown add in the minced chicken/mushroom and fry it with salt , pepper and oregano. Chicken would take 2 mins more time than mushroom.
4. Take out the mixture in a bowl and mix the mayo along with the chicken/ mushroom.
5. Make rolls of cabbage slices and put 1 spoon of mixture in it and wrap and pin with tooth picks.
6. Brush some butter on the rolls and either roast it on a hot pan, or just simply grill or microwave it till the cabbage turn dark brown at places.
7. Serve hot with coffee and ketchup.


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Shake it up!!!

It was a big break........got real busy with work.....
Parama di.......here u go...

Break fast shake recipe 1. Low fat 

Yoghurt (any flavour or just plain curd)            -        8 table spoon
Banana                                                          -         1
Honey                                                            -         2 tea spoon
Vanilla flavour                                                -         1/2 tea spoon


1.Take yogurt in a bowl. Incase you are using curd , just remove the excess water by just simply straining the curd in a plain cloth.
2. Blend all ingedients smooth and serve.

Break fast shake recipe 2. Chhaas

Curd                                                              -        4 table spoon
Black Salt                                                       -         to taste
Coriander powder                                           -         1/2 tea spoon
Cummin powder                                             -         1/2 tea spoon
Saunf pow                                                     -         1/2 tea spoon
Coriander leaves chopped                               -         1 tea spoon
Water                                                            -         150 ml             

1.Take the curd blend it for a min with salt.
2. Add water and blend it further.
3. Roast the cummin ,coriander and saunf powder on a dry frying pan for a min or 2.
4. Serve the blend in the glass and put the spice mixture on top and garnish coriander leaves.

Chhas is a Indian drink and is very useful for summers as it keeps u cool, and helps in digestion.

Break fast shake recipe 3. Oat smoothie


Milk ( low fat)                                                -       1 cup
Instant oatmeal                                             -        3 table spoon
Banana                                                          -        1
Orange juice or any fruit juice                        -         1 cup
Saunf pow                                                     -         1/2 tea spoon
Coriander leaves chopped                               -         1 tea spoon
Water                                                            -         150 ml             

1.Blend all ingredients together to get a glass full of healthy shake for your break fast.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Dinner grin yesterday

7:30 pm in the evening, on my way home, stuck in Powai for hours, and will remain this way for next 1 hour. And the most Ugly thought in mind, " have to cook dinner once back home".And the next idea, which always saves my life..........MAGGI.But too much Maggi , is only flour which is definitely not that good for health, and might be boring at times too.Check out my quick dinner recipe for people like me, you will be saves.
Recipe 1. Chicken Chawal milawat.(Single Serving)
Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time :      15 mins.


Rice                 -        1 small katori

Chicken           -         250 grams
Garam masala   -        1 spoon
Curd                -         2 table spoon
Salt                  -         to taste
Onion Paste      -         2 spoon
Ginger - Garlic paste - 1 spoon
Sugar                          - 1/2 tea spoon
Chopped onion               - 1 spoon
Turmeric powder           - 1/4 tea spoon
Ghee                           - 1 spoon
Oil                              - 2 spoon
Water                         - Double the quantity of rice


1. In a pan take 2 tea spoon oil and heat it. Put in onion paste, ginger-garlic paste , salt and 1/2 spoon garam masala powder, and fry till light brown.
2. Add chicken marinated in salt and curd and cook for 2 mins in high flame.
3. In a pressure cooker, take 1 spoon ghee and 1 spoon oil. and heat it.
4.Add Garam masala and wait till it starts popping.
5. Add Chopped onions, and fry till golden brown, Add rice washed in plain water, salt, sugar, turmeric powder .
6. Fry for few seconds and add the chicken and fry for a minute in high flame, and  pour in double the amount of rice, ie. for one katori rice , use the same katori and take two katori of water.
7. Close the lid of the cooker and put on high flame till one whistle and wait till vapor comes out completely.
8. Serve yourself hot with cucumber salad.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Breakfast - The Big challenge for Busy people.

Starting your day with a good breakfast boosts your energy, increases your attention span, and heightens your sense of well-being. You’ll be in better control of your emotions. A good breakfast is one that provides at least one third of the day’s calories. A good breakfast will keep you from being tired and irritable by mid-morning.

Most people give a variety of reasons for not eating breakfast.

•  “No time?” 

•  “Not hungry?”

•  “Might gain weight?”

•  You “don’t like breakfast foods?”

The Best option for a quick healthy breakfast would definitely be cereals. Its got vitamins, Iron, u get to have milk with it which is good source of calcium , and its got higher fiber content and takes a good time to get digested. Fresh fruit also a good choice only if you can get early and have a quick bite before your breakfast because fruits got citric acid which if taken in empty stomach, takes your liver for a toss in the long run.

But we are humans, and we live to eat , so having cereals and fruits everyday for breakfast is not sane.My breakfast recipes would be for people who have above excuses to skip the most important meal of the day. Others can also try, as its surely quick and tasty, and people who still wanna bunk breakfast, best of luck for your unfit future.

Recipe 1. Quick Bite Sandwich (Non Veg)

Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 5 mins


Bread (Preferably brown)                     2 Slices
Boiled potato                                    1
Boiled Egg                                        1
Low Fat Butter                                  1 spoon
salt                                                 to taste
Pepper                                             to taste
Dhania chutney                                 1 spoon
Water                                              300 ml

How to go about it.

1. Mash the boiled potato and egg in a bowl.

2. Add salt, pepper, 0.5 spoon butter.

3. Apply Dhania chutney on 1 side of the bread and little butter on the other.

4. Sandwich the mixture into the slices with the side with butter on the outer side and toast it.

5. sprinkle peper and serve hot with tea and coffee. you can add grated cheeze as well if you not         bothered about calories.

Recipe 2. Achaari Upma (serves 1.)

Prep time -  5 mins
Cook time - 7 mins


Suji                                                 5  Big spoon
White oil                                           2 tea spoon
Ghee                                               1 tea spoon ( optional)
Mustard seeds                                   1/3rd tea spoon
salt                                                 to taste
Chopped Onions                                 2 table spoons
Chopped Dhania                                 1 tea spoon
Curry leaves                                      8 pcs
Pickle                                               1/2 tea spoon
Green chillies                                     1

How to go about it.

1. Heat oil in a pan, and add the mustard seeds once the oil is hot.

2. After 5 seconds add the curry leaves and fry for few seconds. 

3. Add chopped onions and green chillies and fry till golden brown. Put the Suji, salt, Dhania leaves  and ghee and fry for 2 mins.

4. while frying the content add in any spicy pickle,preferably  mango or lime .

5. add water and cover the pan and cook for few minutes.

6. Once the Upma is semi dry ( water must not be visible but not totally dry as well, depends on hoe you want to eat it) pour it in a bowl and sprinkle some Dhania leaves on top.

The effects of a skipped breakfast are short attention span, lack of alertness, longer reaction time, low blood sugar, decreased work productivity. Surely, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Take time to eat a large, balanced breakfast. It’s a good investment of your time. 

And Do let me know your feed back on my recipes.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Try Cooking - Its a de-stress.

Cooking - a part of every women' s life......All of us had to or have to enter the kitchen some how once or more even if we not interested. For some it becomes a Hobby, for some a pass time,some take it up as career , some have to do it without an option......and some says yew.

I always had a bent towards it.....and love cooking , but sometimes even i get bugged when i return at 11 at night after a hectic day and have to cook dinner . But sometimes again I just cook to de stress my self. when you have to mix all that spices, and keep ur eyes glued to the oven, trust me you forget the most sorrow full thing in your life. And gradually the smell drifts you and you know you making something constructive, and when its made and you taste a spoon, It feels great. U fill a kind of euphoria.

So anyone reading this blog, who has had a bad day, try cooking dinner for your self tonight.....You wuill definitely get back and read my next post, where I shall come up with some recipes to solve your day to day cooking issues.