Monthly Archives: September 2014

Navratri Treats – Day 4

Aloo Rajgira & Singhare Thepla

Prep time: 12 min   Cooking time: 15 min   Makes: 10 pcs

1 Potato boiled
1 cup rajgira atta (Amaranth flour)
1/2 cup singhare ke atta ( water chestnut/caltrop flour)
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp chilli ginger paste
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
ghee for cooking


  1. mix all the ingredients with some water to make a soft dough
  2. divide the mixture into 10 equal portions
  3. roll each portion into a flat round shape with a rolling pin
  4. place it on a pan and cook both the sides with ghee
  5. serve with sabudana kheer or chutney

Navratri Treats – Day 3

Sabudana Kheer

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Prep time: 5 min   Cooking time: 15 min   Serves : 2

1/2 cup sabudana (soaked for 2 hours)
1/2 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of saffron mixed with 1 tbsp of milk
For the Garnish
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
almond and pistachio slices


  1. take 1/4 cup of sabudanas and grind them in a mixer with some water
  2. take the mixture and add the remaining sabudanas along with half a cup of water and boil it for few minutes while stirring constantly to avoid lumping
  3. add the milk and sugar and stir well
  4. add the saffron to the mixture and garnish it

Navratri Treats – Day 2

Chilkewale Aloo

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3 potatoes diced (Do not peel off the skin)
2 green chillies
1 1/2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp coriander leaves


  1. Heat the ghee in a pan
  2. Add the cumin seeds and chilli
  3. Once it makes a crackling sound, add the potatoes and some water and cover the pan with a plate filled with water
  4. Add the other ingredients once the potatoes are cooked
  5. Serve hot


Navratri Treats


Festivity is in the air and you can almost taste it! 

Despite the strict diet of no onion, garlic and non-vegetarian foods, I always feel the colourful festival of Navratri calls for pleasing the Hindu Goddess Durga without displeasing our taste buds.

Because who says you cannot feast when you fast!

One look at my “Navratri special” faraali recipe and you will know that faraal foods can be even more sumptuous and much more flavourful than everyday meals!

Sabudana Wada


Prep time: 10 min    Cooking time:20 min    Serves: 15 pcs


1/2 tea cup sabudana (soaked in water for 2 hours)
3 potatoes (boiled and mashed)
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tea cup peanut (roughly ground)
1/4 tea cup coriander leaves
2 tsp chilli ginger paste
2 tbsp singhare ka atta (water chestnut/caltrop flour)
salt to taste
oil for frying


  1. Mix all the ingredients except the oil and flour
  2. Divide the mixture in 15 equal parts
  3. Make a flat ball and rub it in the flour and deep fry

Potato Treat

Who doesn’t like potatoes!!! Here’s a recipe to satiate the craving carbs while balancing it with a healthy twist. Even though the name says ‘hara batata’, there’s no spinach in this. To balance health with visual appeal, I have added sweet potatoes for its nutritional benefits along with eye-catchingly attractive baby potatoes. These are hard-boiled and coated with lots and lots of garlic, Kashmiri chillies and fresh coriander and sautéed rapidly for the flavours to sink in. This versatile potato dish can be served as a starter or even as a main sabzi with piping hot parathas!

Hara Batata

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Prep time: 10 min    Cooking time: 25 min     Serves: 3


250 gms baby potatoes (boiled – not very soft)
1 sweet potato (boiled)
3 tbsp oil 6 kashmiri chilly (finely chopped)
8 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 cup fresh coriander salt to taste


  1. heat the oil in a large pan
  2. add the chilly and garlic
  3. cook for 5 minutes
  4. cut the potatoes in half
  5. add the potatoes, salt, coriander & cook until it wilts

Healthy Bites

Fighting against time? Bite into all your nutritional requirements with this powerful union of protein-rich paneer and refreshing blast of crunchy multi-coloured bell-peppers and juicy corn.

By substituting the pita with brown bread, you can ensure you never go hungry again with this grab-and-go delight!

Paneer, Bell Pepper and Corn Panini


Prep Time: 7 min      Cooking time: 7 min        Serves: 2 


2 pita bread
100 gms paneer / cottage cheese
25 gms cheese (grated) (optional)
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/4 cup green bell pepper
1/4 cup corn
1 small tomato (chopped)
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 onion finely chopped  (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all the ingredients except bread
  2. Slice one pita bread horizontally
  3. Place half of the mixture on one slice
  4. Cover it with the other slice
  5. Brush the outer surface with butter
  6. Grill the panini
  7. Repeat with another bread

Note: Serve with ketchup or yogurt & garlic green chutney