Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao- Serves 3This is one of my favorite to go recipes to make when I have kids coming over for dinner. This pulao is made with lots of veggies, is simple to prepare and is always relished by all! So last week I invited my friend and her kids over for dinner. Her husband was away on a business trip and since our kids were having a playdate, I asked her to join us for dinner too! My friend loves Indian food but this was the first time her kids (ages 6 and 4) were trying it out. I kept things simple by preparing chicken curry, eggplant fry, greek salad, chappati (Indian bread), and this pulao. The pulao is . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Pav Bhaji

I hope you enjoy this recently uploaded video on how to prepare Pav-Bhaji! “Pav” ( small loaf of bread) Bhaji (veggies)” is a popular form of Indian fast food sold on street corners and restaurants alike. Delicious, cheap and easy-to-put together pav-bhaji is served with buttered bread hot off the stove. I am yet to meet a person who is not fond of this famous street food from India. Pav-bhaji is basically a thick potato-based mixture (tomatoes, green peas, carrots, cauliflower and capsicum) prepared on a flat griddle. A special masala called pav-bhaji masala is added to this with a dollop of butter on top. The mixture is garnished with chopped cilantro and onions flavored with lemon juice. INGREDIENTS: . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Sai-Bhaji Tikkis

I love making these tikkis as a healthy afternoon snack or appetizer with drinks. These tikkis or vegetable patties are made with left over Sai Bhaji. Sai bhaji is a delicious vegetable made with spinach, dill, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and lentil. I dry the sai bhaji mixture by cooking it on medium flame in a saucepan or flat griddle. Then, add a pinch a garam masala powder and bread for binding. Make round patties and shallow fry. Serve hot and enjoy! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups sai bhaji 6 slices bread, soaked in water and squeezed tightly to remove the water 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder 2- 3 tablespoons oil salt to taste Method: Heat the sai bhaji in a saucepan . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Paneer Makhanwala

“Makhanwala” is a tangy, tomato-based gravy cooked with butter and cream. You can add chicken, vegetables or paneer to this rich and creamy sauce depending upon your preference. However, what’s great about this particular recipe is that it has no butter or cream, making it a healthier option than the traditional recipe without compromising on flavor. It includes loads of healthy veggies like carrots,tomatoes, green capsicum and onions as well. The veggies are cooked and pureed and thus disguised making it a tasty option for kids otherwise averse to eating their vegetables. The credit for this recipe goes to my mom-in-law. After having tried this, I have to call her a genius. Ingredients: 1 medium onion- sliced 1/2 green capsicum . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Vegetarian Frankies

“Frankies” are another popular Indian street snack first introduced in Mumbai many, many years ago. It is similar to a “kati” roll and comprises egg-washed flat bread, chutney, spices, onions and any kind of meat and/or a mix of veggies. The “Frankie” is a great way to get a healthy serving of protein, carbs and vegetables all in one convenient, kid-friendly roll or snack wrap! I prefer Missoni tortillas or Malaysian “Kawan” brand rotis which are easily available at any Indian grocery store. You could also make Indian bread at home, but let me be honest, I am just too lazy to roll out “chappatis”. If you like, you can also skip the egg wash for the pure vegetarian experience. . . . CLICK TO READ MORE