About Nayna Kanabar

Nayna Kanabar is a working professional who has a passion for cooking, an interest in food styling, fruit and vegetable carving, innovative cookery and photography. Having a strong belief in healthy eating and home cooking, Nayna spends much of her spare time in the kitchen preparing and experimenting with wholesome healthy ingredients creating fusion and continental dishes giving them an Indian touch. She also enjoys cooking old family favourites but adapting the recipes and cooking techniques for healthier options to incorporate them into today’s lifestyle whilst taking care not to lose the authenticity of the dish. Click here for her food blog. Follow Nayna on Twitter @SIMPLYF00D

Tropical Tornado Mocktail

A tornado of tropical flavours bursting to cool and refresh your palate and quench your thirst. Preparation time – 10 mins Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 pineapple 100ml coconut water Ice cubes 1 small lime Lime and pineapple slices for garnish Method: 1. Peel the pineapple and cut into chunks (Reserve … Continue reading

Mauritian Lima Bean Stew

Hearty and delicious Mauritian spicy Lima bean stew. Preparation time- 10 minutes Cooking time-20 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients: 300 g precooked tinned broad beans/ Lima beans 2 medium potatoes peeled and  diced 1 small onion finely diced 1 carrot peeled and diced 1 clove garlic 2 large tomatoes diced and puréed 1 tablespoon sunflower oil … Continue reading

Autumn Fruits Chutney

Ingredients:   500 g cooking apples peeled and diced 500g tomatoes diced 250g plums stoned and diced 250g  red onions finely chopped 100g sultanas 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 350 ml white wine vinegar 250 g demerara sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt  1 teaspoon chilli flakes(optional) 1 stick cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground … Continue reading

Mini Puff Pastry Apple Bites

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 20-25 Minutes Makes 20 Delectable cinnamon and apples bites that will melt in your mouth. Ingredients: 1 sheet ready to roll puff pastry 2 Granny Smith apples 4 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder 1 teaspoon icing sugar for dusting Method: 1. Peel the … Continue reading

Dholl Puri – Mauritian Flatbread

  Delicious  flat breads with a spicy aromatic lentil filling. Preparation time- 30 minutes Cooking time -30 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients For filling: 120 grams/ 4 oz yellow split peas, soaked in water overnight 1 teaspoon salt 2 green chillies finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh coriander finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon … Continue reading

Thai Green Mango Salad

Thai Mango salad, tropical sharp and tangy mango balanced with sweet coconut in a sweet and sour and spicy dressing.  Preparation time – 10 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients: I large green mango 60g / 2oz fresh grated coconut 2 red chillies cut into thin strips 1 red sweet pepper cut into thin strips 1 … Continue reading

Red Cabbage and Apple Relish

A tangy spicy relish made with red cabbage and tart Granny Smith apples. This delicious relish is ideal as a sandwich filling, served on an open sandwich, rolled in a roti or stirred in some curd rice. Preparation Time – 10 minutes Cooking time – 10 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 … Continue reading

Spanish Paprika and Saffron Rice

Sweet paprika and saffron infused rice. Ingredients: 120 g Basmati rice 240 ml hot water Pinch of saffron 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon olive oil Method: 1. Wash the rice and soak it for  30 minutes in cold water. 2. In a bowl add two tablespoons of … Continue reading

French Lentil Salad

A protein packed and delicious summer salad that is vibrant and tangy in flavour. Ingredients: 400 g precooked green lentils 3 in piece cucumber finely diced 1 red onion finely diced 10 cherry tomatoes halved 3 sprigs of fresh coriander  or parsley finely chopped Extra lemon wedges for garnish   Dressing 2 tablespoons Pelia … Continue reading

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

Creamy delectable substitute for dairy ice cream that tastes delicious without the fat and the added calories. Preparation time- 10 minutes Freezing time – overnight Serves – 4 Ingredients: 3  Ripe Bananas 2-3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla essence For Garnishing: Handful chocolate chip. Sliced bananas Method: 1. Peel and chop … Continue reading

Apple, Mango and Kiwi Breakfast Smoothie

Refreshing and delicious fruit smoothie which is healthy and filling. Ingredients: I ripe mango 2 ripe kiwi 1 apple 100 ml apple and mango innocent fruit juice 1 tablespoon clear honey Method: 1. Peel the kiwi and cut it into quarters, remove the white core and dice it. 2. Peel and cut the mango in half, … Continue reading

Chilli Marinade

  Fiery chilli marinade that is perfect for marinading vegetables and meats for a barbecue. Preparation time-5 minutes Chilling time 3-4 hours Makes 1 cup Ingredients: 4 tablespoons ketchup 1 medium ripe tomato blended to apuree 4 tablespoons reasonable flavor neutral oil 4 cloves crushed garlic 4 tsp red chili … Continue reading

Roti Canai: Malaysian Flaky Flat Bread

Flaky Malaysian flat breads that are delicious with curry or pickle Preparation time: 30 minutes Resting time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 2 cups All purpose flour 1 egg or 2 tablespoons natural yoghurt 2 tablespoon cooking oil for dough 4 tablespoons for cooking the Roti Canai and … Continue reading

Adzuki Bean Curry

Red Chori-Adzuki beans-Low in cholesterol , high in protein this bean has a rich nutty flavour.When cooked  with aromatic spices Adzuki beans  makes a delicious  rich and creamy curry . Preparation time – 20 minutes Cooking time  -20 minutes Serves-4 Ingredients: 2 cans precooked Adzuki beans 100ml water 1 teaspoon garlic … Continue reading