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

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 … Continue reading

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

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

Touarits – Tunisian Stuffed Semolina Bread

Crispy Tunisian style stuffed semolina bread with a spicy vegetarian harissa filling. Preparation time 30 minutes Dough Resting time 1.5 hours Cooking time -25 minutes Makes 5 Ingredients: 240 g / 8 oz fine semolina 1 teaspoon fast acting yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon oil 1/2 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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

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