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

Christmas Cake Pops (Eggless)

  Delectable little Christmas pudding shaped cakes on sticks, coated in chocolate and edible decorations. Preparation time – 2 hours Cooking time- 30 minutes Chilling time – 45 minutes Makes 18 Ingredients: For Cake 420 grams / 14 oz Plain flour 240 grams / 8 oz Sugar 60 grams / … Continue reading

Grated Carrot Salad

Ingredients: 2 medium carrots 1 tablespoon raisins 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 tablespoon Roasted peanuts 1/2 green chilli (optional) Dressing: 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/2 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon mild olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper Method: 1. Peel and wash the carrots and … Continue reading

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and spicy, tangy soup with wonderful garlic and ginger infusion making this soup a wonderful accompaniment to any Chinese meal Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients: 450 ml boiling water 1 vegetarian stock cube 240 grams / 8 oz mixed vegetables, carrots, beans, peas, … Continue reading

Houmous Dip

A rich and creamy Mediterranean dip, with a hint of garlic, perfect dip for any snack. Preparation time – 10 minutes Cooking time – none Serves 6 Ingredients: 15oz / 450 grams cooked  white chickpeas,( precooked in can) rinsed and drained 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon olive … 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

Pizza Bites

Preparation time – 15 minutes Cooking time – 20 minutes Makes about 40 small pizza bites Ingredients: 2 sheets of ready rolled puff pastry 2 tablespoon sun dried tomato paste 2 tablespoons tomato puree ½ teaspoon chilli flakes 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning ¼ teaspoon salt 200 grams grated mature cheddar … Continue reading

Russian Salad

Preparation Time: 20 minutes Chilling time: 30 minutes A refreshing salad that’s colourful, tangy and tasty. Ingredients: 2 medium potatoes boiled and diced 240 g / 8 oz  precooked diced  mixed vegetables (green beans, carrots, sweetcorn) 60g / 2 oz  pickled beetroot diced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper … Continue reading

Cereal Chocolate Crispies

Crunchy cereal, dry fruits & coconut all coated in a golden syrup and scrumptious chocolate. Preparation time – 20 minutes Yields 24 Ingredients: 480 grams / 16 oz of Kellogg’s special fruit and nut cereal. 30 grams /1 oz butter 60 grams / 2oz desiccated coconut or coconut flakes 120 grams … 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

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

Banana Chocolate Pancakes

Light, soft and fluffy pancakes, served with sweet bananas and chocolate sauce. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serves 4   Ingredients: 75 g  plain flour Pinch of salt 2 large eggs 150 ml  milk Sunflower oil for frying 2 bananas sliced Chocolate sauce 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar … Continue reading

Summer Fruits Yoghurt

A burst of summer freshness folded into smooth creamy yoghurt. Preparation Time – 10 minutes  (plus 2 hours draining time) Serves 4 Ingredients: 240 ml natural low fat yoghurt 240 grams mixed berries- raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. 2 tablespoon icing sugar or to taste Method: 1. Place a muslin cloth in a colander … Continue reading

Peas and Potato Curry

A fast and easy dish to make. Simple flavours but a classic curry that makes a good accompaniment to any rice dish or chapatti. Preparation Time-20 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients: 240 grams peas (fresh or frozen) 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced. 2 medium tomatoes de … Continue reading

Cake Bites

Delectable little cake bites, coated in delicious milk chocolate. Preparation  time – 60 minutes Chilling time – 30 minutes Makes approx 40 Ingredients: 1 small chocolate cake loaf 4 tablespoons Nutella chocolate spread 1 large bag of chocolate melts Edible cake sprinkles of choice. Method: 1. Cut the cake into … Continue reading

Banana Milkshake

Delicious rich and creamy milkshake. Preparation Time-5 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients: 1/2 pint ice cold low fat milk 4 scoops low fat vanilla ice cream 1 large ripe banana chopped into small pieces 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence Method: 1. Pour the milk into the blender jug. 2. Add the ice … Continue reading

Piyaz – Turkish Black-Eyed Bean Salad

"piyaz", "turkish salad"

A healthy and delicious protein packed salad perfect for picnics and barbeques. Preparation time: 15 minutes Chilling time: 1 hour Serves 2 Ingredients: 1 small red onion finely diced 1 can pre-cooked black eyed beans drained 2 medium tomatoes diced 1 tablespoon fresh coriander Juice of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon … Continue reading

Turkish Eggplant and Red Pepper Dip

A delicious spicy and tasty dip with a smoked flavour. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Serves 6 Ingredients: I large dutch aubergine 1 red capsicum pepper 1 teaspoon salt Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes 1 clove garlic … Continue reading

Strawberry Truffle Fudge

Lip smacking gooey  and  delicious melt in the mouth fudge. Preparation time – 15 minutes Chilling time 5 hours Makes 24 pieces Ingredients: Layer 1 300g milk chocolate coarsely chopped 400g can sweetened condensed milk 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt Layer 2 60ml double cream 120g … 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