RSSAuthor Archive for 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

Nut Brittle

Nut Brittle

Ingredients: Mixed Nuts (Almonds, Pistachios, Cashew nuts) – 1 Cup Poppy Seeds / Khus Khus – 2 tbsp Cardamoms – 4 -5 Sugar – 1 Cup Ghee Clarified Butter ( ghee)- 1 tbsp Method: 1. Slice all mixed nuts. Powder the Cardamom seeds. 2. In a heavy bottomed pan, add ghee and sugar. On low […]

Autumn Fruits Chutney

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 coriander   Method:   1. […]

Snowflake Lemon Shortbread

Snowflake Lemon Shortbread

Rich melt in the mouth lemon shortbread with a lovely citrus zing. Ingredients: 180 grams / 6 oz plain flour 60 grams / 2 oz sugar 120 grams /4 oz  butter Zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon milk Icing: 4 tablespoons icing sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon water approx Method: 1. Preheat the oven to […]

Banana Pops

Banana Pops

Healthy and delicious frozen bananas covered in  delectable creamy white chocolate and sprinkles. Ingredients: 1 banana 120 g / 4 oz white chocolate chocolate sprinkles. Method: 1. Peel the banana and cut in half. 2. Push a lolly pop stick into the cut end and freeze the bananas for 30 minutes. 3. Melt the chocolate and when […]

Grated Carrot Salad

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  coarsely grate them. 2. Soak […]

Watermelon Pops

Watermelon Pops

    Refreshing and delicious water melon pops that make perfect summer coolers. Ingredients: 1/2 watermelon 2 tablespoons icing sugar Method: 1. Cut the water melon into pieces and remove all the seeds. 2. Place the water melon pieces into a blender jug and add the icing sugar. 3. Blend the water melon to form […]

German Rice Pudding

German Rice Pudding

Creamy and rich cinnamon scented German rice pudding. Ingredients: 90 g / 3 oz basmati rice 600 ml full fat milk 125 ml single cream 90 g / 3 oz sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon  ground cinnamon Method: 1. Wash the rice and soak it in water for 30 minutes 2. In a very […]

Taco Wontons

Taco Wontons

Tasty appetizer that is colourful speedy and delicious. Ingredients 4 whole meal tortilla wraps 1 can of mixed bean (precooked) 125 g mixed peppers finely diced 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes 1 tablespoon tomato purée Pinch of ground cumin Coriander and chopped peppers for garnish Method: […]

Coconut and Orange cookies

Coconut and Orange cookies

Delicious coconut cookies with a subtle citrus twist. Makes 30 Ingredients: 240 grams / 8oz butter 150 grams / 5 oz sugar 1 egg yolk 300 grams /10 oz plain flour 120 grams / 4oz desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Pinch of salt 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon orange zest. Method: 1. Preheat […]

Virgin Sangria

Virgin Sangria

No alcoholic Sangria -refreshing drink with delicious fresh summer  fruits. Ingredients: 1 peach stone and diced 1 lemon cut into round slices 1 orange cut into round slices 1 apple diced 12 grapes halved 350 ml cranberry Juice 150 ml orange juice 500 ml sparkling water apple flavour 100 ml lemon juice 1ce cubes Method: […]

Spanish Romesco Sauce

Spanish Romesco Sauce

Ingredients: 1 Orange capsicum 1 teaspoon chilli flakes 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 120 g almonds Method: 1. In a dry pan roast the almonds  for 5 minutes stirring intermittently so that they dont’t burn. 2. Remove from pan and allow […]

Spanish Paprika and Saffron Rice

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 hot water and the saffron […]

Goan Style French Beans

Goan Style French Beans

Tender french beans stir fried in simple spices to prepare crunchy spicy side dish. Ingredients: 240 grams / 8 oz  french beans 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon ajwain seeds 1 tablespoon vinegar  or lemon juice 1 clove garlic sliced thinly 1 tablespoon olive oil […]

Baklava

Baklava

Baklava ~ Delicious layers of crispy flaky phyllo pasty filled with protein packed nuts and sweetened with a sweet syrup. Ingredients: 60 g / 2 oz shelled pistachio nuts 60 g / 2 oz flaked almonds 60 g / 2 oz walnuts 2 tablespoons golden syrup 60 g  / 2 oz butter (melted) 4 sheets phyllo pastry Sugar Syrup: […]

French Lentil Salad

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 olive oil 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard juice […]

Tropical Fizz Mocktail

Tropical Fizz Mocktail

Taste of tropics with a burst of refreshing lemon in every mouthful. Ingredients: 100 ml of Funkin Brazilian cocktail mix 3oo ml of bitter lemon 2 slices of lemon ice cubes Method: 1.In a tall jug add the Brazilian  cocktail mix, followed by the bitter lemon, ice cubes and stir. 2. Pour into tall chilled […]

Greek Halwa

Greek Halwa

Greek Halwa ~ a rich and fragrant sweet semolina dessert that is flavoured with spices such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise and garnished with nuts.  Ingredients: 60 g / 2 oz fine semolina 60 g / 2 oz unsalted butter few pistachio nut to garnish Sugar Syrup 60 g / 2 oz sugar 250 ml water 3 […]

Pasta Bake

Pasta Bake

Penne pasta baked in a spicy tomato sauce with a delicious cheesy topping. Ingredients: Pasta: 240 grams / 8 oz uncooked pasta penne 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 litres Water Arrabbiata Sauce: 60 grams / 2 oz pre cooked sweet corn kernels 60 grams / 2 oz mixed peppers red /green / […]

Beetroot Relish

Beetroot Relish

Sweetness of the beetroot and the tang from the lemon makes this relish delicious and tasty. Ingredients: 2 medium raw beetroots 1/4 small  white cabbage 1 tablespoon brown sugar Juice of half lemon 1/2  tablespoon  sunflower oil 1 green chilli finely diced 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 red dried chilli 1/2 teaspoon salt Method: 1. […]

Caramel Fudge

Caramel Fudge

Delectable pieces of melt-in-the-mouth soft brown fudge topped with flaked almonds. Ingredients: 240 ml  / 8 oz Caramel Condensed milk 300 g  / 10 oz Milk Powder Flaked almonds Butter to grease the pan Method: 1. In a large microwaveable dish add the caramel condensed milk and the milk powder. 2. Mix the ingredients and […]

Chocolate Coins

Chocolate Coins

These simple and delectable little chocolate coins are simple and easy to prepare and make wonderful Easter treats. Ingredients: 8 oz / 220 grams White chocolate 8 oz / 220 grams Milk chocolate Edible coloured sugar or sprinkles to decorate. Method: 1.Break up each type of chocolate into small pieces and place it in two separate bowls […]

Roti Canai: Malaysian Flaky Flat Bread

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 kneading the dough Salt to […]

Yoghurt and Coconut Chutney/Dip

Yoghurt and Coconut Chutney/Dip

Creamy and delicious spicy yoghurt and coconut chutney. Preparation time- 10 minutes Serves-4 Ingredient 170 grams (1 small  tub) Chobani Natural low fat Yoghurt ( or any Greek yoghurt) 30 grams  / 1 oz  dessicated coconut 1 green chilli finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt For tempering: 6 curry leaves 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds 1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil 1/2 […]

Baked Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins

Delicious oven baked cheesy potato skins with a spicy sweet corn filling. Preparation Time- 10 minutes Microwave-10 minutes Baking time- 25 minutes Serves- 4 Ingredients: 4 medium white baking potatoes 125 grams / 4 oz grated cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons cooked sweet corn 2 spring onions finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 1/4 teaspoon […]

Apple, Mango and Kiwi Breakfast Smoothie

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, remove the stone and dice […]

Three Merry Berry Mocktail

Three Merry Berry Mocktail

Three Merry Berry Mocktail A delicious nostalgic Christmas spiced Berry mocktail Serves 2 Ingredients: For Spiced honey syrup 90 ml water 60 ml light runny honey 2 inch piece of cinnamon Small pinch cinnamon powder 2 star anise 2 cloves For Mocktail 2 strawberries 4 raspberries 4 blackberries ½ teaspoon orange zest ½ teaspoon lime […]