Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Avacado and Spinach Salad

Eating healthy is very important. In the present day scenario, everyone is leading a very busy and a fast life. It has become a burden for many to cook, go to work and manage home well. Salads come in handy in similar situations. Chop a couple of fresh veggies, empty a pack of store bought greens and toss it well with a few other ingredients from the pantry. Trust me, you will end up with a delicious and a wholesome dish that will satisfy your appetite.

Avacadoes are one of my favorite fruit and I live to have it as a milkshake and enjoy eating it with salads. The fruit is very buttery and smooth. The fruit can turn brown on exposure to air due to oxidation. To prevent this just coat with with lime juice and I will stay fresh. It has a lot of health benefits associated with it and considered to be very healthy (though it is high in its fat content).

Here is the recipe to a healthy and a delicious salad.

(Serves 2)
Avacado - 1 Ripe
Baby spinach - Cleaned,washed and chopped - 2 cups
Spring onions - 4 stalks
Red onion - Medium sized -1
Ripe tomatoes - medium sized - 2
Salt - To taste
Lime/Lemon juice - from 1large lime/lemon
Chat masala - 1/4th of a tsp
Ground black Pepper - 1/4th of a tsp


  • In a large bowl add the chopped spinach, red onions, tomatoes and spring onions.

  • Then add ground black pepper, chat masala, salt and lime juice.
  • Toss the salad and serve it with avacadoes.
  • Enjoy the salad.

  • You can use cherry tomatoes if you like.
  • You can use spring mix, arugula or watercress instead of spinach or with spinach.
  • You can prefer to add or skip chat masala.
  • Use raw veggies of your choice to make the salad more interesting.

Monday, September 23, 2013

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bitter Gourd chips / Pavakkai Fry

The word bitter gourd creates a bitter sensation in the mouth right? But trust me, there is a good feeling in biting into that bitterness. Bitter Gourd is one versatile veggie. You can create many kinds of dishes from a bittergourd. I will gradually post a bittergourd special in which I will showcase different bitter gourd recipes.

This bitter gourd chips is what I learnt from my MIL when she was here. Its a very easy recipe to make.Here is how we made it. This recipe serves 4.


Bitter Gourd - 4-5 medium sized
Gram Flour - 2 tbsp
Salt - To taste
Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch


  • Cut off the ends of the bitter gourd. Then cut the bitter gourd in from of rings and remove the seeds from the core.
  • Add the gram flour, asafoetida, salt and red chilli powder to the bitter gourd rings and mix well. Keep it aside for 15-20 mins.

  • In a wok/kadai heat oil and once the oil is hot enough for frying, add the bitter gourd rings and allow them to fry until they are golden Brown.

  • Remove from oil and place them on a paper towel to soak off the excess oil.

  • Serve as a snack with evening tea or serve as chips/accompaniment to Sambar rice or Rasam rice.

  • Enjoy the Fryums!!Try it out and let me know how it was!

  • If the seeds are tender, we can leave them as it is. If the seeds are hard then we need to remove them.
  • After cutting them in rings put them in a bowl of water in which we have added one tbsp of curd to remove excessive bitterness. This helps people who cannot tolerate much of the bitterness of the bitter gourd.

  • Slice the rings as thin as possible so that frying becomes faster.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Paal Khova

Paal khova is also called as Doodh Peda in Hindi. I am from Bangalore and I am absolutely in love with Nandini Paal Khova that we get there. Since I live very far from home, occasional cravings to eat the sweet crops up in my mind and makes my mouth water. One day while talking to my cousin brother, he mentioned to me about how he tried to recreate the paal khova. After a lot of trials with measurements of the ingredients, I finally found the right way to make it. It tastes absolutely fabulous and just melts in your mouth. This is how I made it.


Sweetened condensed milk - 1 can (14oz)
Milk - 2 tbsp
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave it for approximately 5-7 minutes in 30 sec intervals.
  • Stir it well each time a 30 sec microwave cooking is done.
  • It will start to get solid and small granules of khova starts forming.
  • The Paal Khova is done and ready to be served.
  • A tbsp of this yummy dessert goes a long way!!
  • Try this and enjoy..And yes, let me know how it was.


  • Different microwaves come with different powers. So use your judgement to keep it for 5 mins or more or even less.
  • Always remember to NOT microwave for more than 30 sec.