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Nadia’s Dhokra

In Appetizers, Favorite Recipes, Vegetarian on August 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I have always failed at making dhokra and most kinds of sabzi. Armed with this recipe, I decided to give dhokra another shot and this time they were a keeper! Thanks to my lovely friend 🙂







One and a 1/2 cup Sooji

One cup yogurt

One cup water

A green chili finely chopped

A little coriander finely chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric

One tsp olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

salt to taste

eno fruit salt – 2 sachet’s



Put water to heat in your steamer and cover till it comes to a boil. Mix all the ingredients except for the Eno, which you will add right before you are ready to steam the dhokra. Oil your dhokra dish, add eno to the dhokra mix and pourin your prepared pan and place in the steamer. It should be done in about 15-20 minutes. Garnish with some chili flakes and coriander leaves. Serve with red chutney.

Caprese salad

In Appetizers, Favorite Recipes, Vegetarian on June 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Is this even a recipe? No not really, but it’s a whole lot of delicious during our hot hot summer.

You will need fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes( never refrigerated!), basil from your garden, extra virgin olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar to drizzle along with sea salt ( or if handy ever pink Himalayan salt) and fresh pepper. Slice, chop and drizzle to serve this easy salad.


Party perfect Chicken Salad Sandwiches

In Appetizers, Favorite Recipes, Meat & Poultry on March 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

My hunt for the perfect chicken sandwiches ended with this recipe. It has the perfect amount of mayo, crunch from the celery and almonds and sweet tartness from the grapes. Devoured!

<Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Chicken Salad Sandwiches

2 pounds roasted chicken, cooked and diced
3/4 cup mayo
1 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup grapes, halved
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1/4 cup roasted walnuts
1 cup spinach or arugula
7 grain bread


1. Mix together Mayo, mustard, lemon juice. In a large bowl, mix together chicken, salt, black and cayenne pepper, grapes, celery and walnuts. Stir until everything is coated.

2. To serve, lightly smear mayo on the bread. Place greens on bread and top off with a spoonful of chicken salad. Cut off the edges neatly for tea sandwiches.

Club Sandwiches

In Appetizers, Favorite Recipes, Week night meals on June 9, 2013 at 1:33 am

Club Sandwiches

These delightful sandwiches are sure to be enjoyed at any tea party or as a light lunch.


Boiled chicken (use 3-4 pieces of bone in chicken)
pinch of cayenne pepper
Black pepper
Cheddar Cheese – thinly sliced
White bread with edges cut off


Boil chicken, once cooked through and cooled, remove meat from bone. Pulse the chicken with a tablespoon or 2 of mayo and a pinch of cayenne pepper, such that it is incorporated and the meat is shredded. Add salt and a dash of black pepper. Apply mayo to one side of the bread (you will need 3 slices per sandwich. Put the chicken mixture on one slice of bread, top with lettuce and a second layer of bread. Apply mayo on this layer and then add cheddar and tomato and finish with the 3rd slice of bread. Cut into 4. You will need a toothpick to hold it together!

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings

In Appetizers, Favorite Recipes, Meat & Poultry, Week night meals on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

Happy New Year!

After some partying and drunken stupor, we’ve been craving some comfort foods. Enter in chicken wings!

These are by far the best chicken wings ever! Seriously. If I ever entered a contest, it would be with this recipe. They are “oh, so really good”! Just the right amount of sweet with tender chicken. You will have devoured an entire pan before you know it!

The first time I made honey garlic chicken wings was when I was in the mid teens. My little sister has been asking me to make that recipe, but I couldn’t seem to reproduce it. You could also make this recipe on the stove top, by cooking the chicken wings in their marinade till sticky and cooked through.


1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 lbs chicken wings


Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil and cayenne. Add chicken wings and toss to coat. Marinate for a few hours. Remove wings from marinade and spread in a single layer on the baking sheet. Reserve marinade. Bake wings for 15 minutes and turn over once during baking. Once done, remove from oven and set aside.

Boil remaining marinade over high heat until thick and syrupy.Toss with chicken wings. Dig in!!