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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Piyaz – Turkish Black-Eyed Bean Salad

"piyaz", "turkish salad"

A healthy and delicious protein packed salad perfect for picnics and barbeques. Preparation time: 15 minutes Chilling time: 1 hour Serves 2 Ingredients: 1 small red onion finely diced 1 can pre-cooked black eyed beans drained 2 medium tomatoes diced 1 tablespoon fresh coriander Juice of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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