Husband in the kitchen: Tuna Pasta (Serves:2 ; Preparation Time: 45 minutes)

Guest Blogger: Amit RajvanshyIf you are a girl/women/prettier one, stop reading ahead – NOW!  OK, my fellow boys and men, this ‘complex’, super sumptuous recipe, is a sure shot girl friend/wife pleaser! It’s an age old secret passed on from one generation of great men to the other.  So, please keep this secret – don’t be the…

Poha (Serves: 3-4; Preparation Time: 15 minutes)

When Amit and I were newly married, we resolved to  live like the new age couples, resolutely western in  our meal preferences.  So we decided to have only fancy sandwiches, subs, sausages, salami, scrambled eggs, pancakes et all for breakfast! We were quite industrious in our grocery shopping those days, going far and away to the…

Shahi Paneer

Ingredients 250 gms paneer (cottage cheese), cut into 1″ cubes 2 tbsp refined oil 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 2 black cardamoms (whole) 1″ cinnamon stick 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed 1tsp peeled and grated root of ginger 2 green chillies, finely chopped 2-3 tomatoes, blended into a puree 1tsp sugar…

Kadhi Pakora

Different states-different tastes! Having grown up in India, this is one thing I have learnt and experienced. Each state has such different cuisines, that one cannot help but marvel the fact that even with limited ingredients there could be so many variations of a single recipe! ‘Kadhi’ is one such dish of which I know…

Cheese Balls (Serves: 3-4; Preparation Time: 20 minutes)

A friend’s status message on Facebook read – “Why does binge snacking feel so great while you’re at it, and so bad the moment you’re done!”….Hmmm….I have a different take here; to me,  “If  the snack is good enough, its worth  a  guilt trip and then two” – c’mon guys one can always burn those…

Refreshing drinks for the hot summers!!

Soaring temperature and the scorching heat leave us parched and low; one needs to maintain a continuous  intake of fluids to remain hydrated and charged.  Under ‘Beverages and Accompaniments’, I will blog a few simple recipes of some refreshing summer drinks that beat the heat!! 

Aam ka panna (Serves:3-4; Preparation Time: 20 minutes)

Ingredients 4-5 raw mangoes (500 gms) 1 cup fresh mint leaves 1/3 cup sugar (less sweet)/ 1/2 cup sugar (more sweet) 1 tsp roasted and ground cumin 1/2 tsp black salt 1/2 tsp salt Steps Wash the raw mangoes, keep them in a poly bag/polythene and microwave for about 6 minutes (or till tender); one…

Phalse ka Sharbat (Serves:5-6; Preparation Time: 15 minutes)

Ingredients 250 gms phalse (the sweet and sour, exotic summer berries) 100 gms sugar 1½ tsp black salt ½  tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper powder  Steps Rinse the phalse thoroughly and leave them to dry on a plate Sprinkle the sugar on the phalse; after about half an hour, the sugar will be partly…

Thandai (Serves:3-4; Preparation Time: 30 minutes)

Ingredients 4 tbsp caster/normal sugar 10-15 black peppercorns 1½  tsp fennel seeds 4-5 cardamom seeds, powdered 10 blanched almonds (skin peeled off) A pinch of saffron (about 20 strands) 4 tsp rose water 2 tbsp khus khus (poppy seeds) 1 tbsp watermelon and muskmelon seeds Steps Soak the saffron in rose water for about half an…