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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 … 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

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

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 … Continue reading

Tourchi Batata – Tunisian Spicy Potato Salad

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

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