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

Malaysian Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

A refreshing sweet and sour tangy salad that is a perfect side dish to a main meal. Preparation time – 10 minutes Chilling Time -30 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients 1 cucumber, cut in half lengthways, seeds removed and sliced 1 red onion thinly diced 2 slices fresh pineapple, cubed 1 … 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

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

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

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

Strawberry Truffle Fudge

Lip smacking gooey  and  delicious melt in the mouth fudge. Preparation time – 15 minutes Chilling time 5 hours Makes 24 pieces Ingredients: Layer 1 300g milk chocolate coarsely chopped 400g can sweetened condensed milk 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt Layer 2 60ml double cream 120g … 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

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

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