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

Matoke – Kenyan Green Banana Plantain Stew

Delicious wholesome spicy Kenyan style plantain stew. Preparation time -10 minutes Cooking time – 15 minutes Serves- 2 Ingredients: 5 green bananas -raw plantain (Matoke) 2 medium tomatoes 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons sunflower oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 green chillies. 150 ml water 1 … 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

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

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

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Cherry Ice Cream

Delicious creamy and smooth ice cream with succulent pieces of cherry. A subtle hint of vanilla compliments the sweet cherries making this ice cream not only a visual treat but a gastronomical treat to the palate too. Preparation time – 20 minutes Cooking Time – 10 minutes Freezing  Time – … 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

Snowflake Lemon Shortbread

Rich melt in the mouth shortbread with a lovely citrus zing. Preparation time- 20 minutes Chilling Time- 30 minutes Baking time – 10-12 minutes Makes 22 Ingredients: 180 grams / 6 oz plain flour 60 grams / 2 oz sugar 120 grams /4 oz  butter Zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon milk … 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

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

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 … 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

Tomato and Carrot Soup

A fast and speedy soup that is hearty and delicious .  Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes. Serves: 2 Ingredients: 2 medium carrots diced           8 tomatoes diced 1 potato diced 2 cups water   1 bay Leaf                         1/2 teaspoon black pepper.        1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Method: 1. … Continue reading