Oct 21

Fish Harissa

IMAG1135Serves two


500 gm     Sole or Tilapia fillets

1tsp          Olive Oil for cooking

1tbsp         Harissa sauce available readymade

1 tbsp.       Black sliced olives

1tsp           Lemon juice

1/2 tsp       Salt

5-6 pieces  Sundried tomatoes


In a 9″ baking pan coat the base with oil. Arrange the fillets on the base. Spread the Harissa sauce evenly on the fish. Sprinkle some salt. Arrange the olives and sundried tomatoes equally on the fish and drizzle with lemon juice. Bake in a pre heated oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve hot with bread.


Oct 21

Chicken Dahiwala

DSC01663[1]Serves two


Two drumsticks and two breast pieces Chicken

One Cup  Yoghurt

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Fresh Ground Black pepper

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tbsp. olive oil for cooking

1 bay leaf


Wash and clean the chicken pieces. Lightly fork them to enable the marinade to seep. Marinate them in yoghurt, ginger garlic paste, salt and  pepper. keep aside for two hours.

In a pan put the oil and when hot add the bay leaf and the marinated chicken. Cover and cook stirring it occasionally till tender. Serve hot with chapatti or bread.


Aug 06

Sesame-crusted Potato Toastini

Serves Four


4 Bread slices

4 Medium potatoes boiled

1 Small onion chopped fine

1 Tsp Ginger finely chopped

1 Tsp coriander leaves chopped finely

1 Tsp salt

1/2 Tsp ground zeera(cumin seeds)

1/2 Tsp red chilli powder

1 Serving spoon of white sesame seeds

1Tbsp Oil


Mash the potatoes and add onion, ginger, salt, chilli powder and zeera. Make a smooth mixture.

Heat a flat heavy based pan and add a little oil to coat the base.

Divide the potato mixture into four equal parts and spread and press equally on each bread slice. In a plate put the sesame seeds and press each slice with potato mixture side on the sesame seeds. Coat the potato mixture with the sesame seeds.

In the hot pan first toast the slice on the side without potato and then crisp it on the potato sesame side. Cut each slice into four parts and serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Sep 25

Curry Up Now!

What you might find at an Indian restaurant in Palo Alto

Anyone looking for an Indian restaurant in Palo Alto will find many options. Some establishments focus on menus

Indian Food

Indian Food

from specific part of India while others use traditional seasonings to create something completely new and different. There are some places that have some hybrid things on the menu that are combinations from different cultures.

Indian Food

Indian Food

What is best?

For anyone that has never experienced this kind of cuisine before this can be a confusing experience. People may not know what the different food items such as samosas or naan are. This can be solved several ways. One is to dine with someone that has knowledge of this kind of cuisine. An alternative is to simply ask the server. Some menus also have detailed information about what each item is and how it is made. People will find a mix of both familiar foods and ones that are new and different.

Starting out at a somewhat basic restaurant is often a good introduction to Indian food. Many casual restaurants have a fairly robust menu that encourages people to try different items in a relaxed setting.

On the menu

People will generally find a variety of different items. There are meat dishes but also many vegetarian ones as well. Dinners will find that the seasonings may be different but delicious. This food is available in both hot seasonings but also milder ones. People may experience different combinations of vegetables that are different from anything that they have experienced in other kinds of cuisines. There are sometimes options for paneer for a filling, which is a kind of white cheese. Some places also have tofu or provide patrons with the choice between white or brown rice. A few places actually make burritos but the difference here is the filling. These sometimes use actual tortillas but people will also find naan here, as this is a kind of flatbread common to Indian cuisine.

Indian Food

Indian Food

Menus can offer a variety of things. One way to experience a variety of items and flavors is to see if there are any options for a platter. These sometimes have different things and often have a good selection of garnish items such as onions, pickles, salad greens or other items.

People that want vegetarian meals but want to dine with meat eating friends will find this kind of establishment a good choice. Most places will have offerings for both kinds of dinners. There are also places that can provide gluten-free meals if needed so this can be another option for dinners.

Sep 25

Healthy recipe ideas for week night dinners

Cooking a nutritious, tasty meal every night of the week can be a real challenge. Here are some recipes that will make things easier for you. Sometimes, in the face of a busy week, it can be easy to cave and just get your food delivered, but it’s important to alternate between home cooking and eating out/take away.

Healthy meals

Healthy meals

Tilapia and quinoa with feta and cucumber

(Serves two. Recipe from Martha Stewart)

What you’ll need:
A cup of any quinoa that you like

Salt and pepper
Two tilapia fillets
A tablespoon of extra virgin, good quality, olive oil
three quarters of a teaspoon of paprika
One cup of diced English cucumber
A third of a cup of chopped fresh dill
A third of a cup of feta, crumbled with your fingers
A tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

What to do with it:
ï Cook the quinoa with a little salt
ï heat some oil in a skillet, dry the fish and season with a little salt and pepper. Cook the fish to your liking.
ï Mix the cucumber, dill, feta, lemon juice and paprika together and serve alongside the fish.

Spring pasta (serves two)

Healthy eating means a healthier you

Healthy eating means a healthier you

What you’ll need:
225 grams of cooked pasta
Two eggs

Sea salt
A tablespoon of olive oil
A tablespoon of unsalted butter.
Three big handfuls of whichever chopped greens you would like to use. Could be asparagus, pea shoots, broccoli, spinach.
Half a chopped avocado
A handful of chopped herbs of your choice


What to do with it:
Crack the eggs into a bowl and season with salt and pepper
Heat the oil and butter in a pan. Add salt and pepper, and vegetables until they are just barely cooked. Pull a third of the vegetables out of the pan and set them aside, then add the pasta until it’s heated, toss it around.
Stir in the eggs, and then remove everything from the pan and toss it again, adding the vegetables you removed and the chopped avocado and herbs.

Crunchy brown rice with vegetables, eggs, beef and vegetables (serves)
What you’ll need:
Four ounces of sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into quarter-inch strips
A tablespoon of tamari sauce
A tablespoon of minced ginger
Two cloves of minced garlic
Six chopped scallions
Half a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
Two large carrots, julienned
Eight leaves of nappa cabbage, chopped
Two teaspoons of toasted sesame oil
Two and a half cups of brown rice
Four free-range eggs
Kosher salt

What to do with it:
Marinate the sirloin in the ginger (reserving two teaspoons), tamari, garlic, scallion, pepper flakes for at least thirty minutes.
Boil some water and cook the carrot, cabbage, and remaining scallions until just cooked. Set aside.
Heat a skillet with a little oil (reserving about half a teaspoon), and add the sirloin and marinade until just cooked. Set aside.
In the skillet, add the remaining oil, and two teaspoons of ginger. Stir in rice and half a teaspoon of salt.
Add everything that you’ve set aside, plus two and a half cups of water, and cook, covered, for about eight minutes.
Uncover, and make four little holes in the rice. Crack an egg into each hole, and cover back up and cook for a further four minutes.

For more inspiration, please visit Tender Loving Cuisine.

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