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

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

Kenyan Spicy Black Eyed Bean Stew

Spicy and rich protein packed Kenyan black-eyed bean stew. Preparation time – 5 minutes Cooking time – 15 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients: 8oz / 240 g cooked black eyed beans 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 1 clove garlic finely chopped 2 medium tomatoes 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder 1/2 … 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

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

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

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 … 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

Eggless Banana Muffins

Moist eggless banana muffins with a hint of spice and a surprisingly crunchy nutty crumble topping. Preparation time – 15 minutes Cooking time -25 minutes Makes 12 muffins Ingredients: For muffins 2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup oil 1/4 cup coarsely chopped Brazil nuts (can use … Continue reading

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

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

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

Turkish Eggplant and Red Pepper Dip

A delicious spicy and tasty dip with a smoked flavour. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Serves 6 Ingredients: I large dutch aubergine 1 red capsicum pepper 1 teaspoon salt Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes 1 clove garlic … Continue reading

Tropical Tornado Mocktail

A tornado of tropical flavours bursting to cool and refresh your palate and quench your thirst. Preparation time – 10 mins Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 pineapple 100ml coconut water Ice cubes 1 small lime Lime and pineapple slices for garnish Method: 1. Peel the pineapple and cut into chunks (Reserve … Continue reading

Mauritian Lima Bean Stew

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

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

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

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