Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kadhai Chicken

Kadhai chicken masala

  • black pepper
  • cumin seeds
  • dry red chilies
  • coriander seeds
  • fennel seed (optional)

Dry roast all above ingredients and grind it.

Kadhai chicken

  • oil
  • cumin seeds
  • chopped onion (1 small)
  • turmeric powder
  • salt
  • ginger garlic chopped
  • boneless chicken (1.4 lbs)
  • chicken kadhai masala (1 1/2 tbl spoon)
  • red chili powder
  • tomato puree (4 small-medium)
  • chopped onion squares (1/2 medium)
  • chopped bell pepper squares (1/2 medium)
  • curd (optional)
  • kasoori methi
  • chopped coriander

  1. Heat oil in the pan, add dry red chilies, cumin seeds, salt and turmeric powder.
  2. Add chopped ginger garlic and cook it for 2 min.
  3. Add chicken, cover the pan. After 10 minutes, add kadhai masala and red chili powder and let it cook for another 5-10 mins. Stir it occasionally.
  4. Add tomato puree to it and let it cook for another 15-20 min, without covering the pan.
  5. Add chopped onion and bell pepper, whisk some yogurt and add it.
  6. Add kasoori methi and chopped coriander to it.
  7. Let the chicken cook until it is done, turn the heat off.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Veggie Puffs


Puff pastry sheets


  • Boiled potatoes
  • Green peas (dried) aka vatana - soaked and then pressure cooked
  • Oil
  • Red chili powder
  • Garam masala
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Coriander
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and Sugar

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add ginger garlic paste, garam masala, chili powder. Fry it on very low flame.
  2. Add peas and saute for 1 to 2 min. Add smashed potatoes, salt, sugar, lemon juice and coriander mix well. Stuffing should be dry. Let it cool off for sometime.
  3. Take the puff pastry sheet out of freezer about 25 min before you start making the puffs, so that it will come to room temperature.
  4. Cut the sheets in desired shape. Fill the stuffing and seal it. Use little bit of water to seal the sides. Grease the baking tray. Arrange the puffs in a baking tray.
  5. Preheat oven at 350F for 10 min. Keep the baking tray in oven, flip the puffs after 8 to 10 min and bake other side. Make sure the puffs are brownish golden from both sides.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lettuce Wraps


  • tofu
  • red bell pepper
  • corn
  • onion
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • soy sauce
  • sriracha sauce
  • black pepper powder
  • Romaine/iceberg lettuce


  • Saute ginger garlic in olive oil.
  • Add vegetables and tofu in it. Add soy sauce, sriracha, salt and black pepper powder. Turn the heat off after 6 to 7 min. Let the stuffing cool off a little bit.
  • Wash a lettuce leaf, add stuffing on it and make a wrap.

You can make any variations to the stuffing.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Veggie Quesadillas


  • onion
  • red pepper
  • zucchini
  • tomato
  • mushrooms
  • jalapeno
  • black pepper
  • salt

  • Cooked rice
  • Coriander
  • salt and sugar
  • lemon juice

whole wheat tortillas
Mexican 4 cheese mix

1. Saute chopped vegetables in oil with salt and black pepper powder for 5 to 6 minutes.
2. Saute cooked rice with coriander and lemon.
3. Place one tortilla in pan. Spread cheese, add rice and veggies, add cheese again and then place second tortilla on top.
4. Cook each side on low heat, for approximately 2 min per side. Cut it in 4 or 8 pieces before serving.

Adding black beans/lettuce could be great variation. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Leftover Idli Manchurian (Baked)

Find the Recipe here. I have NOT coated idlis with corn flour batter, I baked them directly.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Veggie Burger

1. Burger buns
2. Veggie patti ( I use Masala Patti from trader joe's or use this Recipe to make one)
3. Coleslaw ( Recipe )
3. Lettuce, cucumber, onion and tomatoes
4. Cheese slice
5. Tomato ketchup and mustard sauce

1. Lightly toast the burger buns.
2. Spread tomato ketchup and mustard sauce on lower bun.
3. Place lettuce and coleslaw and patti.
4. Place cheese slice, put onion slice, few cucumber slices and tomato slices.
5. Cover with upper half of bun.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Aloo Palak


  1. Spinach bunch - 2
  2. 3 Potato - Boiled, Peeled and chopped
  3. 1 medium Onion - Finely chopped
  4. Ginger - small piece
  5. Garlic - 3 cloves
  6. Chillies - 3 to 4, finely choppd
  7. Garam masala
  8. Kitchen king masala
  9. Yogurt


  1. Boil the spinach, add some salt.
  2. Blend garlic, ginger and spinach to make smooth puree.
  3. In a pan heat ghee/butter add cumin seeds, asafoetida,turmeric, chillies and onion. Let it cook for 2 to 3 mins.
  4. Add potatoes, garam masala and kitchen king masala and cover it for another 2 mins.
  5. Add spinach puree, salt and sugar, add some water if required. Whisk the yogurt and add it.
  6. Turn the heat off once it starts to boil.

Note - Use same recipe to make Palak Paneer and Palak Chana.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spinach Pesto Pasta


  1. Boiled penne (whole grain)
  2. Pesto (Get it from supermarket or find recipe here)
  3. Asparagus
  4. Cherry tomatoes
  5. Yellow bell pepper
  6. Spinach
  7. Garlic cloves
  8. Parmesan cheese 
  9. Olive oil


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add chopped garlic and asparagus. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add yellow bell peppers, pesto and pasta. Mix well.
  3. Add spinach and cherry tomatoes then add salt.
  4. Serve hot with parmesan cheese shavings. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Pasta Sizzler

1. Pasta - Boiled penne tossed in olive oil with garlic and tomato sauce
2. Green, red and yellow peppers and onion tossed in olive oil with mustard sauce
3. Spinach and feta - Put spinach directly on plate and top with feta cheese
4. Corn cob

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pineapple-Paneer Salad

1. Greens - none
2. Veggies/fruits - pineapple, cucumber, tomato, onion, red bell pepper (sauteed in olive oil), coriander
3. Protein - Boiled kidney beans
4. Crunch - dried cranberries and walnuts
5. Cheese - Cottage cheese a.k.a. Paneer cubes (sauteed in olive oil)
6. Dressing - mayonnaise + Black pepper + salt

In a pan heat olive oil, add paneer cubes and red bell pepper and saute for about 1 minute and then add it in salad.
This dressing is very mild, add chilli flakes or cayenne pepper to spice it up.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Indo-chinese sizzler

1. Paneer manchurian
2. Vegetable stir fry
3. Pepper rice 
4. Corn cob