Bok Choy Curry

Bok  choy    -   half grocery bag [aka, about 20 florets]
1 onion and 1 tomato.
4 Green chillies
10 Soya chunks [optional]  --  i like it with soya chunks, hence always use them.
Oil to saute
Salt to taste
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp corriander powder
handful of chopped cilantro

To know more about bok choy, please refer to "Know your Ingredients" page.

Bok Choy Curry

Procedure :
Soak soya chunks in hot water for atleast 10 mins.
Meanwhile, chop bok choy, onion, tomato, green chillies and set them aside.
Now, drain away all the water from soya chunks, squeeze them thoroughly and set them aside.
In a pan, take oil to saute, put tempering, add green chillies, onions, salt, saute until onions are tender.
Saute tomatoes, add chopped bok choy, saute for 5-7 mins on medium flame with closed lid.
Now, add soaked soya chunks, add garam masala, corriander powder, stir altogether, cook for another 5 mins.
Finally add cilantro.

Bok choy curry can be served either with rotis/rice/quinoa.

Quinoa Pulav

Hah, finally, i made something out of quinoa, instead of  having it as a rice substitute!
Want to know about quinoa? Please refer to "Know your Ingredients" page.
My recipe has :
Quinoa Pulav

Quinoa              1  cup
Mixed Vegetables [Corn, Peas, Beans]    -    1 cup
1  medium potato
4 Green chillies
1 bunch of  Scallions [Green Onions]
few Cashews
Ginger and Garlic
Curry leaves
few mint leaves and cilantro
1 lime
Salt to taste
Oil to saute

whole spices
1/2  tsp  Kala Jeera [Black cumins]
1  cinnamon stick
Couple Bay leaves
2 tsp Kasoori Methi  [dry fenugreek leaves]

powdered spices
1  tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp  Amchur powder [dry mango powder]
1/2  tsp cardomom powder
2 tsps  corriander powder
1 tsp homemade peanut powder [optional]

Procedure :
Wash quinoa and soak them in water for 30 mins.
Soak quinoa for 30 mins

After 30 mins, drain away all the water and keep the soaked quinoa aside.

In a pan, add some oil, let it heat up, add whole masalas, cashews.
Add scallions, ginger and garlic, Green Chillies, curry leaves, salt, let them cook for 5 mins or until onions turns tender.
Add potato, let it cook for 5 mins; Add vegetables [corn, peas, beans], cook for 5 mins.
Add soaked quinoa, roast for 5 mins.
soaked quinoa added to veggies

Add all powder masalas.
Add 1.5 [1 and half]  cups of water.
Close the lid and let it cook for 10 mins.
Once quinoa is cooked, open the lid, add mint, cilantro, stir altogether, switch off stove, give the punch of lime and serve it hot.
Quinoa pulav ready

Apple-Walnut Muffins

Ingredients :
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3  cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 egg
3/4  cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil [i used canola oil]
1 cup finely chopped, peeled apple
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Muffin batter with chopped apples and toasted/chopped walnuts  ready

Apple-Walnut Muffins

6-cup muffin pan with freshly made cashew-raisin muffins

Procedure :
Toast walnuts, let them cool down, chop them and set them aside.
Grease a 6-cup muffin pan, set aside.
In a bowl, beat an egg, whisk it thoroughly; add flour, sugar, baking powder, milk and oil.
Stir altogether until moistened.
Add apple pieces and stir in gently and add 1/4 cup of walnuts; stir altogether gently.
Now pre-heat oven for 350 degrees Fahreinheat.
Fill each cup of the muffin pan to 2/3 full. Do not completely fill the batter, as they need some room to raise; hence fill it only to 2/3.
Sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
Place the pan inside oven and cook them for 25 to 35 mins or until well cooked. [To know whether the baking is done or not, plz follow the tip mentioned in "Tips and Tweaks" page on my blog].
Once muffins are done, take out the pan, let them cool down for few mins, serve them fresh :)

Cashew-Raisin Muffins

Follow the same procedure for the batter as above but in the place of apple-walnuts, add, cashew-raisins.

Barely Bread

I made this barely bread from scratch at home. Am very happy to bake it fresh in the morning and have it for breakfast :)  This is an instant type bread, so easy to make it and enjoy the taste right away! Hope you all like my recipe...


1 cup milk, 2 eggs, 3 tbsps sugar, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup barley flour, pinch of salt, mustard seeds (optional)

Barely Bread
Method :
pre-heat oven for 350 degrees. meanwhile, prepare batter :
In a bowl, break eggs, add milk, sugar, baking powder - whisk altogether;
Now, add both the flours mix it without lumps. add mustard seeds.
Grease non-stick loaf bread pan or an 8 inch square pan with butter.
pour the batter into the pan and bake it in oven for 25 to 35 mins.

Basic baking done testing - poke with a fork, all the way thru the bottom of the pan and take it out; if u see liquid batter on the fork, then it still needs time to bake.
once bread is done, let it cool down, take it out from pan, cut into loafs and enjoy with the spread of your choice :)

Tofu-Beans Stir fry

Hi friends,
sooo sorry for being late in updating my blog. Here, i am coming with my recipes shower..
Ingredients required for tofu-beans stir fry :
Tofu is very high in protein and less in fat content.
1  Extra Firm Tofu
1/4 bag of beans [grocery bag]
Few leaves of Mint
1/2  tsp  Corriander powder
Oil  to saute
1/2  tsp [less/more] Red chilli powder according to spice
Salt, Cilantro to taste.

Tofu-Beans Stir Fry  with yummy omlette and rice on the side

Draining away excess water from Tofu :
Place tofu on a deep plate and place stack of  plates/bowls on top of tofu for atleast 15 minutes. This procedure removes all the absorbed water from tofu, thus making tofu perfect for stir fry.
Please do not allow tofu to break down during the process.
If tofu seems to break down, remove stack of plates and replace them again on the center of tofu.

Once all the water has been drained away from tofu, cut the tofu into smaller cubes as you see in the above picture and set them aside.
Chop beans into small piece and set them aside.

Take a pan with enough oil to saute;  Put tempering, add beans to the tempering, add salt, stir altogether, close lid and let it cook for 5 mins on medium flame.
Meanwhile, take another pan with some oil to saute, let it heat up and add the chopped tofu pieces, stir fry them until they turn golden brown.
Remove the stir-fried tofu from pan and set them aside.
Now, open the lid of beans and let the beans cook for another 10 mins.
Add stir-fried tofu to above cooked beans and let altogether cook for another 5 mins on simmer.
Finally add red chilli powder, corriander powder, cilantro, home made peanut powder [if you like], stir altogether, switch off the stove and serve it hot with yummy omlette and rice on the side :)