OMG! Time flew so fast and here we are welcoming another year! So ready for the Party!! Well here is my little help for a quick and easy party snack for the New Year's Eve. Everybody loves cottage cheese (paneer) and it is very quick to cook as well. So save you time and effort with this Grilled party snack that tastes so good with the mint-curd. Well, may God give you strength to keep up your New Year's resolution(s) :P and also you cook the natural way!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!! See you next year :)!
Thursday, 31 December 2015
Tuesday, 29 December 2015
POTATO-SOYA (MINT) and the amazing flavour of roasted tomatoes in ROASTED TOMATO PASTA . This recipe has the goodness of both! The deep flavour of roasted tomatoes along with the tender-crisp vegetables and chewy soya chunks, makes this dish not only healthy but delicious too. Almonds make the recipe deliciously rich and mustard seeds give it an earthy hint. This nutritious recipe will sure be an add-on to the on-going celebration. So take a little break from the heavy festive meals and try this healthy yet delicious recipe and never forget to cook the natural way!!
Thursday, 24 December 2015
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Fruits are delicious on their own, they don't need a recipe but still we foodies can't resist the temptation to create something out of them. And sometimes it does work, like in this recipe. This relish is not only delicious but also healthy. The pomegranate syrup has a very dominating flavour here. I added a little sugar as I find pomegranate juice's taste a little odd. But If you don't have any problem with that, you can skip the sugar altogether. You can also cook this relish but I like it this way better. The mushy-juicy apples, the tanginess of orange-lemon juice and the juicy bites of pomegranate makes this relish a delish!! How about serving this relish to your guests this festive time or giving this away to them in a beautiful jar or something! So try this healthy tasty relish and cook the natural way!!
Monday, 21 December 2015
Every food-blogger is in love with their blog. For them, each and every recipe they cook, click, share and post is like their baby!! So it is for me as well, I love all the efforts I put in here. Although all our recipes are special to us but still there are some recipes which are our favourite. They have helped us to understand cooking and thus enhancing our cooking skills. This recipe is one such! I am a self-taught baker, baking still makes me nervous but when I get the desired results, it is so satisfying. So a successful baking attempt means a lot to me and makes me so happy. Well, this cake is just perfect in every sense. I can eat this all, without sharing!!. I often bake this cake before our evening tea times. I love it's texture and flavors. Apricots with orange, believe me, tastes great!! And in this festive time, this cake can be a big hit! So try this awesome cake and let the Christmas Celebrations continue......
Thursday, 17 December 2015
I think I have never met anybody who doesn't like chocolate cookies!! The moment you bake them, they are gone! The whole home smells like heaven, isn't it? These icebox chocolate cookies are so delicious, so chocolaty, so soft and so easy that it can be an ideal treat or even an ideal giveaway this festive season. You can make the log ahead and bake them later or how about simply gifting your busy friends and family a frozen log (don't forget the baking instructions too)!! Well, I called these cookies chocolate coins for their shape and size. They are so quick to make that you can prepare them minutes before serving. They are egg-less too, so if you want them vegan, just use coconut butter instead (this will add extra flavour too). So bake them and enjoy them with a cup of milk or coffee or tea or simply enjoy them with nothing!!
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Thursday, 10 December 2015
When I was a child, Christmas time was one of the most loved time for me
1) because of the cake treats
2) because of the gifts
3) because of the vacation time
4) and; the winter time, my favourite season.
Even now it is still the most loved time, but only the reasons have changed. Now I love Christmas
1) for the cakes and cookies I bake for my girl
2) for the gift(s) she smartly gets from us
3) for that extra hour sleep cause of vacation time....hehehe
4) and; for the cosy evenings we all spend together!!
This cake recipe is just a start to this festive mood. What I like about this cake is that it is so soft and delicious, it literally melts in your mouth!! So try this cake and enjoy the Christmas time!!
Monday, 7 December 2015
Honestly I had never used kohlrabi in soups until I tried this soup one day ! This soup turned out so tasty and so light (it's vegan) that it is now in my "must-try recipes" list! Kohlrabi with leeks bring out a very smooth flavour and the onion tempering adds on to it's taste. This winter when kohlrabi is in a good supply, this soup deserves a try!
Kohlrabi (ganth gobhi) is a round turnip-shaped vegetable which belongs to cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli family and taste more or less like cauliflower stem but it is sweeter. This crispy, sweet, low fat, zero cholesterol vegetable is rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. It especially contains good amount of vitamin B, vitamin C, anti-oxidants, potassium, manganese iron and phosphorus. It's leaves are also very nutritious...boy do try this vegetable :)!
Because of it's crispy texture, I tried kohlrabi often in salads but now I buy this healthy vegetable for this soup as well. So go ahead and try this soup and cook the natural way!!
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Winter is here and in winters I crave for something warm, comforting and in short that means Pasta!! :))) A pasta treat is a yummy good break from the regular routine meals. I love trying pasta recipes and this one is one of my favourites. When you roast tomatoes, they have a very unique tangy salty flavor and that is the soul of this pasta recipe!!! I love the simplicity of this recipe. So go get some tomatoes roasted and try this recipe and yes, always cook the natural way!!!
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
I know we all are really "happily" busy today, after all, it's Diwali Time!!! So here is a quick post. This papaya halwa that I prepared for my family and friends, tastes soooo good. It is more or less tastes like gajar ka halwa (halwa) but a little different and easier to make. So go fast and impress your guests and celebrate cooking the natural way!!
A VERY HAPPY DIWALI TO YOU ALL!!!
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Wow, it's Diwali time! I just love this festival, it is full of positive vibes. Lights, guests, party, get togethers and of course, SWEETS......yumm!! Oh come on, this is the time to say yes to sugar!!
This Diwali, being a little busy, I am trying to take out time for my HOMEMADE DELICIOUS SWEETS and this halwa is a start!! I have made sooji halwa many times before but with bananas it is a big super-duper hit. I bet you can't stop at just a spoonful. So try this halwa on Diwali and cook the natural way!!!
Monday, 9 November 2015
Ok it's MY BIRTHDAY today!!! Despite being busy these days, I don't want to spend my birthday without you guyz!! So today I am here with one of my favourite cake recipe!! Hope you like it, bake it and remember me while enjoying it. If you try this cake I am sure you gonna love me more....hahaha....it is so tasty!! And it could be a perfect cake for DIWALI as well!!!! I just wanna thanks you all for being here today and I love you all for you have always cook the natural way with me!!!
Monday, 2 November 2015
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away!! Really I believe it, a smoothie is a very easy way to get maximum nutrition in minimum efforts. Just throw the ingredients into the blender and just mix mix mix!!!! Well this smoothie is one of my favourites. I love everything this smoothie has. Pear (the star ingredient in this smoothie) is a fibrous, fat-free, cholesterol-free, vitamins-minerals-antioxidant rich, delicious, juicy super fruit. Whoa!! too much about pear in a single line...haha!! Pears, along with the other ingredients in this smoothie, make this smoothie a must in my smoothie's list. The kick of ginger, the zing of lime and lemon, the creaminess of cashews and the herby hint of basil makes this smoothie a must-try! And it is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free too!! So try it soon and always cook the natural way!!
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
If you love fresh herb sauces or chutneys, then this is the sauce you must give a try to and I am sure if you try it once, you will make again. First of all, I just love it's name "chimichurri" --say it, one more time-- it's fun, isn't it?....lol!!! Chimichurri, a green pesto- like sauce using parsley, coriander (cilantro), garlic with other ingredients, is originally from Argentina. Once I had a good amount of parsley and before it went bad, I looked for a way to use it, and then I came across this recipe. I love that fact that this sauce can be used in many ways.
Some of the popular uses are-
1. as a dip
2. as a marinade
3. as a sauce (popularly with grilled steaks but perfect with fish, chicken)
Now some of other way I use it, are-
1. Toss a tablespoon with stir fried veggies (not while cooking but as a final touch)
2. as a salad dressing.
3. as a sauce in sandwiches and burgers
4. a little drizzle on soups or gazpachos
5. with pasta too
There must be more, do share if you know. Well, I have used banana pepper as I find it perfect, not too hot and not too blunt. But if you like it spicy hot, use your desired chilli. Also I have added water to it, just to make it lighter, but you can use same amount of oil instead. With oil the sauce can be stored a little longer. Now just go and try this versatile sauce and cook the natural way!!!!
Sunday, 4 October 2015
When it comes to satisfy my hunger, I prefer one or two chapatis (whole wheat flat bread) with any vegetables mix. But sometimes for a change and newness, I make these bell peppers stuffed with broken wheat (daliya). It serves me the same as chapati and sabji (vegetables mix). Broken wheat, as the name suggests, are broken berries of wheat. It has all the benefits of whole wheat flour, plus even more as it contains the outer bran and the wheat germ also, hence more fibres! This whole grain food is rich in magnesium and helps to control weight, diabetes and heart problems. The stuffing also has o cottage cheese and other vegetables, making it a healthy and satisfying treat.
Using every coloured bell pepper not only makes the platter looks attractive but also interesting, as they have their own unique taste. For a bell pepper lover, like me, its a feast!! The broken wheat gives this recipe a very nutty chewy texture and blends great with rest of the ingredients. And Parmesan cheese gives a nice cheesy kick to it! So if you like it, then try it AND always cook the natural way!!!
Monday, 28 September 2015
My love for vegetables is never-ending and this barbecue recipe has doubled it. Hi all, being super busy these days I am here with a big off and a little on. But I am really glad that we are still connected!! Having fun filled weekends with family is a celebration in itself and barbecuing together is a great way to celebrate!! This recipe is soo good that I could not click a good shot of it! The moment I get ready with the camera, I find an empty plate....haha!! Anyways, hope you will like the recipe too and will always cook the natural way!!
Thursday, 10 September 2015
This rice recipe is easy but not quick (specially if using homemade coconut milk), still worth the efforts. This can be eaten with or without any curry dish. You can use store-bought coconut milk but homemade is always the best. So try this recipe someday and cook the natural way!!! Hope you like it!!!!
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Monday, 31 August 2015
Friday, 21 August 2015
I love herbs a lot, I can't imagine my cooking without them. I always abide by using less oil, sugar and salt, and more herbs. Their flavour gives any recipe a new dimension. And parmesan cheese is ....what to say....it's yumm!! This rice recipe has both and I love it! I serve this dish with a very simple stir fry vegetable recipe which is on my Facebook page (CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE)
Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Today I have yet another beet smoothie for you which is dairy-free or vegan.. A smoothie is a great answer to our morning or day rush. Just blend the ingredients and you are good to go!! This smoothie has all my favorite ingredients which goes very well. I used dates to sweeten it but you can use honey also. The oats give a thick consistency and of course make it healthier, but you can skip adding it. The beet, cucumber and orange juice are the main ingredients, rest you can add more or skip any other,according to your choice. So try this smoothie and play around it, and don't forget to cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!
Thursday, 30 July 2015
It's barbecue time here and I am with one of my best barbecue chicken recipe, also really excited to share it!!! In one of my previous posts(Brined Roasted Chicken), I talked about brining, well for this recipe I tried buttermilk for brining the meat. The result is always juicy tender meat! It's rainy time here, although it is not raining much, but still the lovely weather and cool winds invite you ourdoors. So celebrated the awesome rainy ambience with these delicious smokey chicken tikkas....yumm!! The recipe is simple but super in taste. Enjoy them with green chutney, which is a blend of herbs, nuts, onion or tomato and super easy to make at home. So try this someday and cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!!
Sunday, 26 July 2015
My last week went very busy but the weekends were quite relaxing :). I went easy on cooking too and had this easy yet flavourful vegetable recipe. I love to eat vegetables (and sometimes only vegetables!!). This season we planted many of them, and now I am eagerly waiting for the results. Nothing is equal to the freshness of homegrown veggies and also it bring along a sense of satisfaction and happiness. Well, this recipe is simple with ingredients easy to find at home. It goes well with all kinds of breads. So try this someday and cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!
Monday, 20 July 2015
Hope you are having a great start of the weekdays! I have mixed feeling on Mondays, sad because weekend is gone and excited because life is back on track...hehe!! If weekends relax you, weekdays keep you going and organized. Well, now about the salad. Salads are not only healthy but they make you feel healthy also. The more I try salad recipes, the more I fall in love with them. I don't about others, but I feel so good after having salads, it changes my mood. This salad has boiled peanuts. I never tried boiled peanuts until 2006, and since then I use them often. Peanuts are one of the tastiest heart-healthy super food. They are rich in vitamin E, proteins and minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc etc. With all the fresh ingredients, this salad is super tasty. So, try this some day and cook the natural way! Hope you like it!!
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Hi there! Well today's star ingredient is cardamom! This recipe has a strong flavour of cardamom. Cardamoms go well with both dessert and savoury dishes and I love it. The recipe has green cardamoms for a very pungent flavour and black cardamoms for an earthy smokey flavour. With few ingredients and easy to cook, this recipe is good to try. So have some cardamom taste and cook the natural way! Hope you like it!!
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Saturday, 4 July 2015
Weekend is here and I am in a mood of having something non-vegetarian. No,no no not a curry version, I am here with one of my best roasted chicken recipe. Lately, I've started brining the chicken and the result- soft, tender, perfectly flavored chicken! Everybody asks me how I do that! Well now all will know...hehe. Brining is basically soaking chicken in salty water along with other flavours which is optional. It moisten the meat and makes it soft and juicy. Since the day I learned about brining, I am stuck to it and will always be. Well this recipe doesn't have any Indian touch as I wanted to cook something different than the regular. The spices in the brine give the chicken an earthy flavour and the seasoning makes it very delicious. The most important thing about this recipe is that it has very less oil but still it is finger licking good, as they say..haha. I believe food can be tasty even with less or without oil. So, try this recipe someday and don't forget to cook the natural way!!!
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
cottage cheese recipe. it was appreciated both ways :). So I thought why not to share it with all! It has almonds, sun-dried tomatoes(which gives this sauce a nice tangy flavour) and herbs too. Homemade food is always best-fresh, good to taste and healthy! So try this versatile sauce and cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!
Saturday, 27 June 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015
So, how was your weekend? Mine was good, it was raining here and I enjoyed the monsoon shower sitting on the porch and admiring the soothing "pitter patter" of rain drops. It was very relaxing! And of course the food. Unlike the popular rainy day treat- pakora and chai (tea and fritters), I made this salad! I know this may sound boring but it was really good and healthy too. Well, we all know that broccoli is a superfood! It has more nutrition and less calories. A cup of broccoli provides 100% daily need of vitamin C and K. I love using them in salad, but blanch them to avoid any germs or bacteria.
And then there are "the poor" potatoes, they have a very bad reputation among weight watchers. But the truth is that it is also a very healthy, low calorie food which is rich in potassium, fibres, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Minus the extra fat or deep frying, and add potatoes to your diet! Potatoes do have carbohydrates but they are easy to digest. If eaten in moderation, potatoes are very good for your health. But still if you are not convinced, use sweet potatoes instead :). I have also added beetroot for more health and to have the gorgeous coloured salad!!The combination of flavours in the dressing gives the salad its depth. So try it anyday, anytime and cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!
Saturday, 20 June 2015
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
I call it a healthy version of aloo tikki, why?, because unlike regular tikki, it does not have any unhealthy binding base, instead I used semolina which is healthier. Also to make these tikkis even healthier , I added fox nut (aka Makhane). Fox nuts are very healthy, light and easily digestible. They are a good source of calcium, phosphors, protiens and magnesium. These tikkis are a good option for kid's snacks and a delicious way to add the goodness of makhane into their diet. I have used italian seasoning to bring a new touch to the tikkis but you can use garam masala instead. Also you can add vegetables too. So try these healthier aloo tikki and cook the natural way!! hope you like it!!
Saturday, 13 June 2015
I love putting mangoes in salads. They make salads juicy, pulpy and interesting!! This salad is one of my favourites, I often prepare it and it is always a hit!! It is vegan, oil-free and gluten-free, so a good option for weight watchers. Eating sprouts is very beneficial for loosing weight. Sprouts can be a good source of proteins without calories. they are also rich in vitamin C and minerals. But it is important to blanch them before consuming, to kill bacteria that develop during the sprouting process. Sprouting is very easy to do at home. I will soon write a post on it!Mango-sprout combination goes so well So try this fresh delicious salad and cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!
Thursday, 11 June 2015
How can we forget mango ice-cream!! I think it's a must-have, when trying mango recipes.Mangoes
are super delicious and mango ice-cream is"heaven". To top it up, I made this ice-cream healthier and low-fat, so that all can enjoy it without any guilt!!! This recipe has all natural ingredients and no chemicals at all. It is the delicious way to add goodness of oats and you need to churn it just once!! So enjoy this mango ice-cream and cook the natural way! Hope you like it!!!
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Mango Recipe#3 -Don't just get stuck with mango shake when it comes to mango drinks, try combining mango with other fruits or other ingredients for a good change.Unlike mango shake, this drink is light and refreshing and is dairy-free and vegan!! So enjoy this fresh and soothing Mango Cooler on a hot summer days and cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!
Sunday, 7 June 2015
Today it is my second mango recipe post here. This challenge is making me idea-less, as mango has a fantastic taste of its own, no matter what we make out of it, it's original taste beats all!! I taste my recipe and then the mango, the mango always wins...lol!!! But still I'm in. Anyways, this rice recipe is my favorite. It literally confuses you, you can't decide whether it is sweet or hot and spicy. All the fresh and simple ingredients make this recipe really special. So give it try and cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!!
Friday, 5 June 2015
Mangoes. mangoes, mangoes....I am sure many of you are in love with this fruit. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, this fruit is everybody's favorite!!! This week I am going to post some of my Mango recipes and today starting with this mango salsa. I have used roasted capsicum in this salsa because I like it's taste but you can use raw capsicum if you like. With all the fresh ingredients, this salsa is very refreshing and super delicious!!! So try it this hot summer season and cook the natural way!!! Hope you like it!!
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Monday, 25 May 2015
Saturday, 18 April 2015
A smoothie is the easiest way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It is actually a meal in a glass. Just choose any fruit or vegetable or both, get a base(milk, coconut water, yogurt etc), add flavour and get ready to make your smoothie.
Frankly, I am not a big fan of beetroot but mamma said "Eat all vegetables", so I do so. I always find ways to have beetroot in my diet and this smoothie recipe is a delicious way. The hint of ginger made this smoothie so good that i named it ginger-beet Smoothie. If you don't like the raw taste of beetroot then just boil it for 5-8minutes, peel and use as directed. With this recipe I can have beetroots everyday!!! So just stock up your refrigerator with lots of fruits and vegetables and get started playing with ingredients to make a "homemade health drink", without preservatives and cook the natural way! Hope you like it!!
Thursday, 16 April 2015
I am really missing posting recipes on my blog these days but life sometimes gets so busy that you have to shuffle up your priorities. My blog's birthday is coming soon, I am feeling so excited but a little low as I am busy hence won't be able to have it a gala one!!! Anyways, this recipe has lemon and thyme that goes very well with eachother, infact lemon and herbs combination is fantastically good and so refreshing!! Aloo matar ( potato- peas) is one of my favourite dish and this recipe is a nice change to it. So try it someday and cook the natural way!! Hope you like it!!