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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Recipe - Hara Bhara Kebab

Hara Bhara Kebab/Tikka

Hara bhara kebab is a vegetarian starter dish full of green vegetables. They can be shallow fried or roasted or grilled in an oven. These kebab are also known as hariyali kebab or tikka and are very famous kebab in Indian vegetarian kitchens. It’s a famous starter in kitty parties and restaurants. Spinach makes this snack both healthy and delicious at the same time.


  • 1 cup of Spinach cleaned and pureed
  • 2 small potatoes boiled and peeled
  • ½ cup green peas boiled
  • ¼ cup onions chopped
  • ¼ cup capsicum chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ginger grated
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. chaat masal
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • Salt as required
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Oil to shallow fry


  • Heat one tablespoon oil in a pan, add cumin seeds then add onion green chili. Sauté for few minutes
  • Add ginger and capsicum green peas and then spices, mix everything well; let cook until mixture becomes dry, add coriander leaves, cool and then grind to paste, keep aside
  • Now take the boiled potatoes in a bowl, mash them well then add the prepared mixture with pureed spinach, add salt; mix everything well
  • To this mix gradually add bread crumbs as needed until the mixture gets consistent enough to make kebabs
  • Now make round shaped kebabs and coat them in bread crumbs
  • Shallow fry them with enough oil in a non-stick pan from both sides till golden brown

Serve hot with tomato ketchup!

Note: Corn starch can be used to adjust the moisture in the mix to make kebabs.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recipe - Tomato Sauce for pizza

Pizza Sauce

Pizza is an Italian dish which is every foodie’s first love. Italian pizza and pasta both are internationally famous and both dishes call for a tomato sauce. There are various types of popular pizzas like thin crust pizza, American style pizza, deep dish pizza etc. Mostly all of them require a tomato based sauce.

In Italy they have world’s best tomatoes which is not possible to get outside of Italy. To make a great tomato sauce, you first need great tomatoes, which is fresh, flame red, little watery but you can use canned tomatoes as well.

The most important ingredients for pizza tomato sauce are olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and Italian herbs like oregano and basil other than these it’s up to you if you want to add onions, carrot or any other vegetables, sugar etc. You can experiment with the recipe according to your taste.

Also this tomato based pizza sauce can be cooked or uncooked too. Some belief that sauce should be cooked because ingredients and herbs needed the heat to release their respective flavors on the other hand some belief that sauce will get cooked inside the oven on top of pizza so the sauce should be uncooked. So you can use either way as you like, I enjoy both cooked and uncooked sauces.

Here I am sharing recipe to make pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes. Hope you will like it and try it, so happy pizza eating!

Recipe: Tomato Sauce from scratch

This is very simple recipe to make pizza sauce from fresh tomatoes, aroma of the Italian herbs will fill your house. This sauce has a chunky texture and can also be used as pasta sauce. Herbs release their flavor very nicely when cooked by simmering it until the right consistency (easy to spread) hence the sauce should not be watery and runny.


  • 2 Medium sized fresh plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2-3 Cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 Small yellow onion chopped
  • ½ tsp. Black pepper
  • Italian herbs dried (oregano, basil)
  • Salt to taste


  • To blanch tomatoes, fill a large pot with water and bring to boil, put tomatoes to water and let boil till tomato skin splits open around a minute
  • Transfer tomatoes to cold water it will make easy to peel the skin
  • Now after peeling the skin chop tomatoes to cook
  • Heat oil in a pan and add onions and then garlic and sauté until soft
  • Add Tomatoes and then dried herbs, mix it well
  • Cover the pan and simmer heat about 30 minutes, keep gently stirring occasionally, until thickened
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper

Note: The sauce can be made 4 to 5 days in advance of use and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator, take it out when ready to use.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Recipe - Banana, Apple and Chocolate chips Loaf Cake "EGGLESS"

Banana, Apple and Chocolate chips Loaf Cake "EGGLESS"

Yield- 11-12 Slices

Bake Time- 45 Min
Preparation Time- 20 Min


This eggless loaf cake is a perfect snack to have with tea or coffee, loaded with chocolate chips for chocolate lovers like me, apple chunks and mashed banana gives a distinct flavor and texture that makes this loaf cake so irresistible. The yogurt keeps it light and chocolate chips gives sweetness. Here I am describing step by step recipe with pictures so try this ultimate loaf cake at home!


  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 Cup unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • ½ tsp. Baking soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla essence
  • ½ Cup Whole milk yogurt
  • ½ Cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Ripened banana mashed
  • 1 Cup apple chopped
  • ½ Cup milk chocolate chips (I used Nestle)
  • 2 Pound non-stick loaf pan for baking


  • Preheat the oven at 350⁰F
  • Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda (dry ingredients) and keep aside
  • In another bowl take butter and sugar and cream with the help of a spatula or whisk until light and creamy
  • Then add yogurt and vanilla essence and mix well, add mashed banana (mash banana with the help of a fork) again mix well
  • Now gradually add the flour mix to the wet mix and keep mixing until everything is well mixed
  • Then add the apple chunks and chocolate chips, lightly mix but avoid over mixing
  • Lightly grease the loaf pan and pour this mix into the pan, give a few taps to the batter so it settles nicely
  • Now bake in the preheated oven for around 40-45 minutes, check with knife or skewer that it comes out clean, let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes then unmold

Slice it like bread, enjoy the yummy cake!


  •  To keep the cake light in texture do not over mix
  •  Keep the ingredients ready beforehand
  •  Do not cut apple and mash banana too early to avoid oxidization and from turning dark
  • Apple release little water at the time of baking, so try not to make batter consistency very thin

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