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

Baby corn and Broccoli Rice


  Preparation time-5 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Serves 2 Delicious Chinese style rice that is easy to make and perfect accompaniment to any curry. Ingredients: 240 g cold boiled rice 6 broccoli florets cut into smaller florets 8 baby corn cut into small one cm rounds 1/4 teaspoon salt … Continue reading

Grated Carrot Salad

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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

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. … Continue reading

Spanish Paprika and Saffron Rice

spanish paprika 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

Goan Style French Beans

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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

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 … Continue reading

Roti Canai: Malaysian Flaky Flat Bread

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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

Yoghurt and Coconut Chutney/Dip

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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

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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

Apple, Mango and Kiwi Breakfast Smoothie

Mango and kiwi 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

Three Merry Berry Mocktail

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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

Snowflake Lemon Shortbread

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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

Tourchi Batata – Tunisian Spicy Potato Salad

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A delicious and spicy potato salad with a hint of cumin and lemon. Preparation Time-20 minutes Cooking time- 20 minutes Serves- 2 Ingredients: 4 medium sized potatoes 1 tablespoon Harissa paste 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin powder 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil Method: 1. Boil … Continue reading

Dholl Puri – Mauritian Flatbread

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  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

Mauritian Lima Bean Stew

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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