Mash, peas,fries

This is a really quick-fix meal and there’s nothing fresh about it! The green peas are frozen, the mash comes in a packet (just add water and butter) and the fries (wedges) are from the freezer as well. The buns, of course, are from the neighbourhood bakery! And, oh yes, the gravy crystals are also…

Made at home meat burgers

Yes, we made them from scratch. These lovely, yummy burgers! The sauces are completely optional – and so are the French fries! The best part, however, is the oil-free grilling on the plate and the brown bread! Even the cheese is ‘light’.  

Rang Baranga Saluna

This is my “light” version of the traditional Indian curry. Ordinarily, it is very hot and full of spice. But here I gave it that Mediterranean twist, adding zucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, different colours of capsicum. The local flavour came from finely-chopped potatoes and cauliflower. All the veggies were mixed and sautéed in a pan with just…

Gobhi Gazab Ki

Last week I finally found what I was looking for – garden fresh cauliflower. And, finally, again, I managed to get garden fresh potatoes. Both are rather scarce commodities in Bahrain since most of what we eat here is imported. Bahrain grows very less of its ow so it’s a blessing when we come across…

Poha Pom Pom

Today we had poha (flattened rice) for breakfast after a while. The idea was to make something different, and make something other than pasta, bread or egg. Poha is a common weekend dish in most households across India and is generally prepared when the family is around so quantities are usually large. Today, however, it…

Cheesy Weekend!

The weekend is always somewhat relaxed but this Friday and Saturday have been anything but! That meant we had to come up with some really quick meals. First it was the pasta casserole and then I hit upon the vegetable cheese sandwich. Yes, it was a rather “cheesy” weekend but then, how does that matter?…

Coconut Vegetable Stew

This is the classic vegetable stew. But there was the usual twist. I added coconut! First take some vegetables – the more the merrier – but I had carrots, capsicum, beans spinach, onion and tomato. Chop all the vegetables into small pieces and lightly fry in two tablespoons oil using a medium sized pan. As…

Twisted Shahi Paneer

This is the Shahi Paneer, a delicious North Indian curry made with paneer (cottage cheese) and tomato based spicy gravy laced with spices. Though the traditional recepie has been followed from generations and has been mainstay preparation in Indian cuisine since the time of Moguls, as usual, I gave it a twist and made it much…

Aloo Wali Bhurji

I was such a fan of this rather peculiar dish that my mother often told me to make it myself if I wanted it. So I did! And it came out so different and tasty that she would regularly want me to make it on the weekend for the family. Of course, if I am…

Onion and red jalapeño chicken

It was one of those nights when we needed a quick meal. And what better way to toss a chicken into the oven to defrost, chop some onions in the meantime and put the two all together into the pan. Yes, that” what I did and came up with this rather delicious, and very simple,…

It’s bean a litmus test

We saw these lovely purple “French” beans at the weekend vegetable market and gave them a try at dinner. I had a feeling the colour would be only temporary and figured it would not have to be heated and cooked all the way. It was quite a ‘challenge to do that knowing how we are averse…

Methi Chicken

This chicken dish is, once again, my trademark. Quick, simple and healthy! Looks very appetising as well – and it is! A medium-sized chicken, two onions, a large tomato, a generous amount of ginger garlic paste, some chicken masala, salt, turmeric and red chilli powder is all you need , besides, of course, Methi (Fenugreek) leaves….